November 2008, I was attending college (as a mature student, lest you mistake me for a young thing) and one of the girls I met in my classes who WAS a young thing of 21, would not stop talking about some movie called Twilight. I had seen the trailer on TV, and a certain actor *cough Rob cough* had piqued my interest. Hearing the word “vampire” from the lips of the then-unknown-to-me Bella, and I knew I would be watching it. What I didn’t realize, was that it was based on a book until I saw Twilight on the shelf at the bookstore.
I brought it home and in true form, my sister nabbed it and read it before I could. She finished it in two or three days and promptly asked me upon finishing…”Where is the next one?” The next one what? There was a next one? News to me. When I went back to the bookstore, I couldn’t believe I had missed it the first time. The display, did indeed have all four books. I bought New Moon and Eclipse, leaving the hardcover of Breaking Dawn on the shelf until I had a chance to read the other books and decide whether I deemed it worth the $40 it was going to cost me.
I read them in less than a week. Right before Christmas. During exams at school. I was at home when I finished Eclipse and called my sister, telling her not to cross the threshold without Breaking Dawn in her hands on pain of death. I was only partially kidding. Not since reading Jane Austen’s works had I fallen that hard for book characters. I wanted more. I read them again. And again. I watched the movie a few dozen times. Still I wanted more. How could I get more? Through my new-found Robsession and love of Twilight, I came across a few blogs that fed my addiction. Namely, Robsessed and our beloved RAoR (Random Acts of Rob). There I had some amazing discussions about Rob and Twilight, and I was introduced to Twilight fan fiction. A whole new way to feed my addiction to Edward. Eventually I was introduced to Twitter, but I didn’t really get the point of it. In fact, I didn’t really get on board with the Twitter thing until April of 2011, even though I had had the account for two years.
Why am I giving you a personal history of my Twilight addiction? I’m getting to that…as well as the BDB. So please, join me and my ramblings (which will lead to a point, I promise) after the jump.
The first fiction fandom actually appeared with the character Sherlock Holmes in 1887…including the advent of fan fiction. According to Wikipedia, fans went as far as publicly mourning the death of Holmes in public demonstrations when his character was killed off in 1893. Can you imagine? Actually, if it had been Edward…YES! Since then, there have been many different fandoms…sci-fi fandoms being the most prevalent. I enjoy reading sci-fi and fantasy, but I had never before read anything that I couldn’t leave behind with only a fond memory. Chance led me to a different kind of fandom, one I never expected to find.
So, here I was, a thirty-something mom who was perfectly enamored of a 107 year old vampire in a 17 year old’s body, written for the young adult demographic. The best part? I was not alone. I found a place to perv freely over Edward AND Rob. Finding those blogs led me to meeting some wonderful women…some of whom have become life-long friends, both near and far. They get why I own two copies of the Twilight series (books and DVD’s) one to watch, and one to save…as well as a pocket Edward who likes to join our outings and get up to some crazy shenanigan’s. Whether it’s a conversation on Twitter or one of our various outings, it is always a hoot. The Twilight fandom even led me to Tamie and this fantastic blog that I am proud to be a part of. Couldn’t get any better, right?
Well, last fall, it did. A friend of mine introduced me to another vampire series, the Black Dagger Brotherhood. If you are unfamiliar with these books, you can read all about them under the Reviews link over to your left. These books are definitely NOT for the young adult demographic. Oh yeah, baby…lotsa smut. There were nine books in the series when I began reading them last October (there are now 10). I was finished in less than 2 weeks, I couldn’t put them down. I LOVED the characters, and the world that J.R. Ward had created. Again, I wanted more. This time, however, I didn’t find more where I expected. There are no movies for this series as of yet, and limited fan fiction as Ward is not an advocate of it. This time, I found more of what I wanted on Twitter. My friend who had introduced the books to me, @’d her favourite character Wrath, on the timeline, during one of our conversations. She explained about the role-playing group, Behind The Mhis, and that they came onto the timeline four nights a week to re-enact the books. That was my first introduction to the world of role-playing on Twitter, which I have since learned is comprised of many BDB groups, as well as other genres. I was fortunate enough to find the best of the best for my first experience. They are a canon group, which means that each character is played just as they are in the books. They have a fantastic rapport with the followers, as well as being highly entertaining. They have had me laughing so hard on occasion, as to be incapable of breathing and/or left me in fear of an incontinence problem. Check them out if you haven’t yet. You can find more information in a previous post I wrote about them, plus an interview with Vishous, Zsadist and Rehv, here. There’s also a link on your left which will take you directly to their site.
My favourite book in the series, about a mohawk-rockin, tatted, bad-ass vampire/symphath…Rehvenge. I love him. *le sigh* Behind the Mhis will be starting Lover Avenged in a few weeks, upon the completion of Phury’s book, Lover Enshrined, which is almost completed.
If you are familiar with Twitter, you know that a common interest is the easiest way to find like-minded people. I began following women who were also fans of the BDB. Just as what happened with Twilight, I found some amazing women, from all over. Here in Ontario, New York, California, and even Brazil. I have since met a few of them and hope to meet up with more in the future. These wonderful women are funny, witty, supportive to one another…and my days wouldn’t be the same without them. Even when life gets busy and all I can do is lurk on Twitter on occasion, they never fail to lift my spirits.
I cannot WAIT for this one…due March 2013. Qhuinn and Blay. *lick*
Why did I write about this, do you wonder? Well, I was pondering my social life before Twilight and BDB, compared to after. I’m a single mom, my daughter was 2 years old when I first began this journey. First with school, then working full time, I have limited time to spend with my daughter in the evenings before she is in bed. For the remainder of the evening, I’m housebound, yet, my social life is richer than it has ever been. At any given time, I can find someone when I need a laugh, or an ear… which I can offer in return. It’s nearly impossible to miss out on any event that is going on in either fandom. For instance, I’m currently getting a play-by-play on Twitter about ComicCon, which I was unable to attend. Still, I will enjoy it vicariously through some lovely women I know, who are attending the BD2 panel. I always have some sort of get-together to look forward to and I continually meet and make new friends and acquaintances.
Regardless of our situations, each of us have found something here we didn’t even know we could have. Whether it be the books that have enriched our lives or the fantastic people we have met as a result. I have heard so many great stories and examples of how these fandoms have changed people’s lives for the better. I know, unequivocally, that these fandoms are the best thing that has ever happened to me, and I feel so very fortunate to be a part of them.
I would love to hear your thoughts and stories about your experiences as a result of a fandom. Share the love!