Today, the guys in the Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday group have an interesting topic: FANDOMS I’M NOT A PART OF ANYMORE! Everyone has those fandoms they used to be super invested in, and now are no longer a part of. List yours!
Sort of a depressing topic, but one we all can relate to, because everyone has been completely caught up in a book, tv series, film franchise, or game then lost interest. I personally always wonder why I was so addicted to something after it is all over, but I turn right around and do it again. Weird but true. And below you will find the five fandoms that came to mind when I initially read this topic.
5. MARVEL COMICS
For most of my life, I was a self-professed Marvel Zombie. It didn’t matter what the comic was about because if Marvel published it I bought it, collected it, and more-times-than-not loved it. Some of my favorite comic series all-time are classic Marvel. Then about a decade ago I began not enjoying my fav comic publisher as much. The stories and characters didn’t really speak to me anymore, so I slowly migrated over to DC and have never left. Not sure why, but the current Marvel just isn’t for me.
4. THE MATRIX
After watching The Matrix back in 1999, I was a diehard fan for years to come. I actually enjoyed The Matrix Reloaded and tried to hypnotize myself into believing that The Matrix Revolutions didn’t suck. Hell, I even collected the cool McFarlane Toys Matrix Series. Had a nice shelf in my room filled with them and other Matrix collectibles. But as time went by, I found my initial amazement and passion for the franchise waning until it morphed into complete indifference, at best. This meh attitude is so pronounced now that even the news that more Matrix movies are being planned hasn’t excited me in the least.
3. THE WALKING DEAD
I discovered The Walking Dead through the comics by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard, then migrated to the television series. For the first five seasons of the AMC show I was glued to my seat, caught up in the groups desperate struggle for survival. My wife and I actually contemplated booking a Walking Dead tour in Georgia where they film the series (We live only a few hours away.), and I talked the comic/show up to everyone who would listen. Now, though, I’m burned out on the repetitive stories and endless cast changes, as Rich and Co. meet a group, get people killed, blame everyone else except themselves, analyze why good people can’t survive anymore, then do it all again. Yeah, I’m just burned out on the Dead.
2. WORLD OF WARCRAFT
From the moment this game dropped in 2004, I was a complete addict. I played every free moment, leveling up, collecting epics, and trying to beat the most difficult raids. Vanilla will always be my favorite, but I battled through The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, and Cataclysm before finally calling it quite with Mists of Pandaria. It was eight years of fun, where I meet many a great friend and had lots of laughs. Only good memories. 🙂
1. STAR WARS
I was in elementary school when Episode IV was released. From that moment on I was a proud Warsie, watching the movies, collecting the comics and novels, and pouring endless amounts of money into collectibles. I kept at it until Episode III seemingly ended the saga. Then I got all geared up again when The Force Awakens was announced. Couldn’t wait, bought the whole family tickets to the first show in my town, went . . . and hated it. Still hate it actually. It is a horrible rehash of the first trilogy. No originality at all, in my opinion. Even afterwards, I held out hope that Rogue One would be better, renew my enthusiasm, and it was better, I guess, but not good enough. Now, I’m out. My Star Wars fandom has left me. It is okay though, because nothing lasts forever. 🙂
So, how about you? What fandoms have you been all wrapped up in then lost your passion for? Let us all know.