5 Reasons That Fans Annoy Me

I’ve been a fan of many differ­ent things over the years and there are patterns to fandom that occur regard­less of whether it’s comput­ers or tv shows. The patterns are a simple combi­na­tion of human nature and the close knit nature of most fandoms.

We Think We’re Special

One of the most irri­tat­ing habits that fans have is a tendency towards self congrat­u­la­tion. Since we all like this special show and other people don’t we must be special, right? No, not really, we just happen to be a little obses­sive about a tv show. It’s harm­less, but it hardly makes us special.

The prob­lem is it’s a very short trip from patting your­self on the back to look­ing down on every­one else and then it’s all down­hill from there.

We Think They Owe Us

I see this one a lot. The assump­tion that since we watch the show and buy the merchan­dise, the creators and actors are some­how beholden to us. That they owe us their time and that they should do what we want. Nope. It’s a very simple exchange. If you like the product buy it. If you don’t like it don’t buy it. Really it is that simple. 

It’s nice that between the inter­net and conven­tions we have more direct access to the writ­ers and actors, and it’s nice that they often do take time to listen to what we have to say, but that doesn’t mean we are enti­tled to it.

Obses­sive Conti­nu­ity Disor­der

As they get more invested in a show, fans have an unfor­tu­nate tendency to get obses­sive about the details. Stuff that really doesn’t matter very much. Comics fans are some of the worst. Honestly is it really signif­i­cant if the latest Spider-man story contra­dicts some­thing writ­ten in 1972?

Yes those little nods to the fans are nice to see in movies, but little nods is all they should be. As soon as they start to domi­nate the story­telling every­thing falls apart.

Guardian of the Char­ac­ter

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read complaints that a char­ac­ter wouldn’t do that or wouldn’t say that. The fan sets himself up as the guardian of the char­ac­ter. The prob­lem with this even a most cursory explo­ration into how people react in real life will show you that there is no way you can make these state­ments with absolute certainty. History is full of exam­ples of people acting “out of char­ac­ter” in unusual circum­stances.

Zero Busi­ness Expe­ri­ence

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard argu­ments from fans about how they would do things better if they were in charge. Doesn’t matter if it’s comic books, tv or movies. Every­one is a back­seat driver.

The prob­lem is that nine times out of ten they don’t know what they’re talk about. Crit­i­ciz­ing the Editor in Chief for a busi­ness deci­sion doesn’t make sense, that’s not some­thing they have control over. Expect­ing a network to keep show­ing a tv show that has low ratings isn’t reason­able. Want­ing a show’s running time to be increased when it’s budget has been cut isn’t reason­able.

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