I use the hashtag #fangirl a lot. More than a women in her 30’s probably should. And I’m okay with that. When it comes to things like Harry Potter, the Hunger Games franchise, Jennifer Lawrence and Taylor Swift, I’m more than happy to declare myself a fangirl. Then the other day my sister-in-law Jess posted a message of sorts to those telling her she was too old for Harry Potter fandom. And it got me thinking.
Wait. If she’s too old then, I’m WAAAAY too old.
And hold on, does anyone other than my brother think that? He’s just cranky because when the books came out we made a nest and read for an entire day in it without him. Well, that and Jess recently got a deathly hallows tattoo… My hero. Maybe it’s just him. Maybe it’s not him at all. But what if other people think it. What if other people think we should give up our fangirling and get on with being a grown up?
Then I decided SO WHAT? I like what I like. I’m okay with being excited about that. I’m ok with being a little bit childlike about such things. When I dance badly, sing loudly and bop around my house or car, I don’t care what anyone else thinks about me. I’m chasing my happy. It’s a selfish joy I take in life. And I don’t care what you think. Well, not enough to change my behaviour anyway.
Simon Pegg said “Being a geek is about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to emote proudly on somewhat of a childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating”.
I totally agree with Simon Pegg. I will emote proudly! I will feel things. I will find joy in the ridiculous. This fangirl (geek) loves what she loves and will do so until it just doesn’t appeal to me anymore. It will be my choice just as it was my choice to let go of Rainbow Bright as I moved into my teens. Leaving her behind with fond memories and all that, but behind none the less. Until then, I’ll be at the midnight screening of Mockingjay Part 1 if you need me.
As far as the title question goes. When should a fangirl grow up? My vote is NEVER EVER.