Crazed fans’ lifestyles revolve around obsessions

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By Amaya Hunsberger

Juniors, Kirstyn Littau  and Emily Hodge, who attended both One Direction concerts, are caught wearing their shirts. Photo by Amaya Hunsberger
Juniors, Kirstyn Littau and Emily Hodge, who attended both One Direction concerts, are caught wearing their shirts.
Photo by Amaya Hunsberger

Topping charts on a global basis does not come without a loyal group of followers, more commonly known as fandoms.

“I just fall in love with the story line.  I’ve been a part of a bunch of mass discussions, and I find myself checking in constantly to find new photo edits,” Alexandra Danlag, junior, said.

Social media plays a huge role in the communication of these fandoms.  They provide a vessel for their comments and rants to be sent out to people who share the same view.  There are over thousands of fandoms worldwide that all converge on internet sites, blogs, and forums.

The suspense for the Bieb’s new single, “Heartbreaker,” is causing anxiety amongst his Beliebers.  One Direction fans are also preparing for the upcoming release of the boy band’s new album, Midnight Memories.  Additionally, J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers have announced that they will be creating a new movie/book franchise based the textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, mentioned in the Harry Potter series.  And, as the release date for the new Hunger Games installment, Catching Fire, approaches, the excitement continues to build amongst Tributes.

“The suspense is killing me; there are less than two months left!”  Ciana Thorne, junior, said.

For Beliebers, Potterheads, and Tributes alike, life is a waiting game.  Fandoms are not limited to books and movies, however, they grow up centered around any area of human interest.

“I feel like my life revolves around release dates that are months or even years away from now.  The anxiety kills me,” Taylor Luna, freshman, said.

Days drag on for what seems like forever, and what happens when the waiting is finally over?  A few hours of satisfaction before the fire is fueled again, and the cycle repeats itself.

“When my favorite series comes to an end, I feel like it’s the end of the world.  That’s never the case though because there is always something else for me to get excited about,” Lourdes Trimidal, junior, said.