F is for fangirling. This may be a concept unfamiliar to some, but is definitely a ‘thing’. Further, it is a ‘thing’ I have embraced and am absolutely inspired by a lot lately.

Fangirling is a term that essentially describes a borderline mania regarding something you absolutely geek out about. Most commonly this will refer to belonging to a certain ‘fandom’ with varying degrees of obsession. While I have definitely embraced being a Fangirl, I like to believe mine are in healthy and respectful limits. Sadly this is not the case for everyone, but that’s for a different post. I like to look on the bright side of fangirling.

First, I would argue that Fangirling is not limited by age (or gender as some joke that guys freaking out about something are Fangirling πŸ˜‰ )

Also, Fangirling can happen to anyone. I am almost 40 years old. I am happily married with 3 boys and a full time job. I have a very normal- if somewhat busy – life. And yet, I am a hopeless Fangirl. πŸ™‚

What do I Fangirl over? Well, anyone who knows me, or has read this blog, knows most of my Fangirl love is focused on Tom Hiddleston. But throughout the rest of this A to Z challenge, you will see me focus on other objects of my Fangirl love in later posts. Come back tomorrow for G which will be Game of Thrones Fangirl gushing, or the Wednesday post for H to share my Harry Potter love. K will be for Katniss (and my Hunger Games Fangirling). S could be for Sherlock, but I have something else for S, so it will probably be W for Watson where I share my Fangirl love for the BBC series Sherlock. As a note, if Tom had not my Fangirl heart, it might have been Benedict Cumberbatch’s. But I have Fangirl love for the entire cast and the writers of that series honestly. πŸ™‚

Thanks to the internet and all forms of social media, it is quite easy to foster a Fangirl interest (or obsession). For example, take my Hiddleston Fangirling. It was all innocent enough at first. I was just looking at the actor who played Loki on Pinterest. (There are some funny memes that say. “I just wanted to know the actor who played Loki, I never asked for any of this!” So true ehehe) Oh he’s really nice looking I thought, with his natural hair instead of the long black hair. So let’s look at some more pictures – gee there are a lot. And then, Oh aren’t those memes funny? Must scroll through more. And then, Doesn’t he look like a lot of fun? Well, I should watch an interview or two. And okay another. Maybe one more.

It can become a sickness. But it was the Nerd HQ 2013 Interview panel with Tom Hiddleston that sealed my fate as a Hiddleston Fangirl. It’s an hour long and beware you may also lose your Fangirl heart if you watch it. He’s ridiculously smart and charming. Yes, I am putting a warning label on it. It should come with one. πŸ™‚

But you can find all manner of the same type of posts on the internet/social media for any fandom you join. I find it quite a lot of fun. But also inspiring.

How is it inspiring you may ask? Well for one thing all the many Fangirling moments are fun and make me smile. And really, don’t we all need a little more in our life, however silly, that makes us smile? It is for this reason I gave myself full permission to Fangirl out. It makes me smile. πŸ™‚

But here are some other ways:

This Blog! The title of this blog (and part of inspiration to do the writing challenge, and this blog to accompany it) was from my Hiddleston fangirling. Read my initial post for the blog that explains the motivation and the name.

This Challenge I saw this A to Z challenge on Twitter, which I joined at first just because I wanted Tom’s tweets. (Hush!!!). I actually quickly found I had to create two Twitter accounts. One for writing and one for Fangirling. I saw I had way more Fangirl tweets and didn’t want to scare off potential writing connections. I have enjoyed both quite a lot.

Poetry I found The Love Book app which I write about in my D post – Desiderata through a Fangirl binge on Pinterest. And now I have a whole new appreciation for poetry. One that has made me smile a lot, too.

Exercise Believe it of not my Fangirl love for Sherlock had me getting on the treadmill at night so I could get caught up with all the episodes. Sadly now we are on hiatus so I’ll have to find another show to obsess over so I check back in on treadmill. Downton Abbey, maybe? πŸ˜‰

There’re lots more ways I have been inspired, but I will be covering those in later posts.

Below is a favorite quote by Simon Pegg ( I have lots of Fangirl love for him as well!! ) which is about being a geek, actually, but I think applies very much to Fangirling. I love it. Hopefully you will too and hopefully you give yourself permission to geek out or Fangirl out about something. Please share with me in the comments what you Fangirl over. I would love to hear it!

Being a geek is all 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 proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.


16 thoughts on “Fangirling

  1. From one Fangirl to another, you have summed our lifestyle up perfectly! ❀ ❀ How is it that one can start out with Tom Hiddleston so innocently, and end up stalking every corner of the internet for an interview with his laugh or hunting down his newest movie? And Nerd HQ! *SWOON* So gorgeous!!

    I fangirl over most things, but my big obsession at the moment is The Hobbit πŸ™‚

  2. You and I are two birds of a feather – YES to Tom Hiddleston, and to Benedict Cumberbatch (even just the name is enough), and Sherlock, and OMG to Simon Pegg, massive geek love goes his way, mainly because he is also a geek. I love that he is a mega geek and made his career doing geeky things.

    I also have mega girl crush on Miranda Hart’s show Miranda. Have you heard of it? I wish I could meet her in real life so we could hang out. My husband and friends think I’m pretty weird for how much I love her – but what can I say? She’s just amazing!

    That’s such a wonderful definition of being a geek by the way. I am a huge geek about things, but I have spent so much of my life trying to play it ‘cool’ whatever that means. Reading that was actually really liberating. Here’s to letting the Geek Flag fly!

    Have you tried tweeting your fangirl stuff with your writer stuff? Most writers are geeks who will be fangirls and boys of something (quite a lot of the same things as you no doubt!). Have you read Kristen Lamb’s Rise Of The Machines? It’s a book on social media for writers. Incredibly helpful, and she explains why actually tweeting about stuff like Tom Hiddleston will help you make connections with other like minded people. It’s really good, I highly recommend it.

    Wow – that was a long comment! I’m exhausted….. πŸ˜‰ Great post!

    1. Fangirls gotta stick together, right? I am glad to have found a fellow fan. I will absolutely have to check out both recommendations, both Miranda and Rise of the Machines. Sounds like both would be right up my alley! Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚

  3. Fun fangirl post. I guess I’m a bit giggly over the Hemsworth boys – Chris and Liam. And I love Brad Pitt and George Clooney. I don’t follow twitter or go to quite your extremes, but I understand. I’ll be a fangirl for JK Rowling. I love her Harry Potter books and now her foray into adult writing – I shall stay loyal. As for TV- I did go to a friend’s Downton Abbey tea and we were able to enjoy a full afternoon of discussion. Go Geekdom and enjoy

    1. George Clooney is like a classic suit – you can never go wrong with a little Clooney. And I absolutely love JK Rowling. You’ll see in my H post πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the visits and the comments. I do appreciate it. πŸ™‚

  4. I like the band One Direction and I have posters of them like any other fan, but my friend is crazy out of control. She is a MAJOR fangirl.

  5. I love the activity of fangirling. I personally believe that fangirling should be a sport because I would definetly sign up! Im going to be viewing your blogs a lot more often! You should see my blog about fangirling on my website: Thank you for this exciting blog though!!

  6. Thank you for this post. I only fangirl about TH, but your road is almost the same as mine into this fandom. I am not a twenty -something either and I really think women in every age need some fangirling. It is like chocolate… πŸ™‚ Who could resist?

    1. Tom is my primary Fangirl focus. Have you seen the video of him talking about Shakespeare that came out this week? Oh, I love listening to him talk – so thoughtful & intelligent. Swoon! ;).

      And yes Fangirling like chocolate a apparently I can’t get enough of either πŸ™‚

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