Yes, the life of a fangirl can indeed be fraught with perils.
But it is also a life of excitement and joy, and it's a life I am glad to call my own. I would even say that fangirl life has enriched my ordinary life.
Here are 6 reasons why:
1) Being a fangirl lets you live more than one life. No, I'm not talking about regeneration. As fangirls, we journey beside every character we love (and even a few we love to hate.) We get to live their lives alongside them, and even through their eyes. We experience things we otherwise couldn't. Through stories, I've rebelled against tyrants, rescued innocents, and run for my life. Being a fangirl has given me adventures beyond my own world, and that makes this life more of an adventure, too.
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2) We learn as fangirls. As we live alongside our fictional friends, we also learn from them. Caring for imaginary people may seem trivial to non-fans, but I've found it makes me more empathetic. Books and films have taught me about love and loss, and they're lessons that have transferred into reality. Life may not be exactly like fiction, but each still helps me understand the other. As fangirls, we journey alongside others, through triumphs and struggles, and I think this makes us wiser and more empathetic in reality. Plus, I've learned never to trust overbearing governments. I should probably stop reading so many dystopian books...
4) Fangirls have an awesome community. Some of us may be shy, or even a little antisocial at times, (can I get an amen, or is that just me?) but there is nothing like finding fellow fan friends. We can speak our unique language (see above), discuss ships and canons without sounding like pirates, and simply embrace our mutual nerdiness. This is the reason I am so proud to be part of the Fangirl Initiative! Being a fangirl has truly brought some fantastic friends into my life.
5) Everything is awesome. Being a fangirl amplifies excitement levels! Life is worth celebrating, and fangirls are better at celebration than anyone else. From big things, like attending a concert, to small things, like someone understanding your reference, fangirls appreciate the awesomeness of it all.
6) Living the fangirl life encourages you to live your own unique life. I know, reason #1 was about living other lives. However, being a fangirl has helped me celebrate the various things I like. It's made me comfortable with my nerdiness and quirkiness, and it's helped me embrace those differences. Because when it all comes down to it, being a fangirl is really just about being you. You, with all your fabulous squeals and ships and style. Fangirl life improves real life because it encourages you to do you. And that's fan-worthy right there.