Ever wondered what the worst part of a fandom is? Is it a remake? A resale of the same series that has additional junk in it to make money? Maybe the fandom being bought out by another company?
Every fandom is different, which makes them unique and lovable. But, to me, the worst part about the Star Wars fandom…is the fans. Then again, the best part about this fandom is the fans (for example: The 501st Legion charity costuming organization).
After watching a ‘Rebels’ trailer on the official Star Wars YouTube channel I feel great, excited, motivated, and eager for the show!! But then……for some reason I always want to check the comments section to see public opinion. And I only see one thing:
I hear complaints from people about a variety of things in the Star Wars fandom (especially the upcoming projects). And, naturally, by pressure from the Star Wars community and constant, agonizing beatings of the dead horse, I am also bogged down.
I don’t hate, though. No. I’m still ‘excited’ for the upcoming movies, comics, novels, TV shows, etc. But yet, I am not excited.
This fandom has ruined my enthusiasm for all things Star Wars. All I hear is complaints. All I hear is hate. All I hear is wanting to go back to the past. But, people fail to release that the ability to go back in time is impossible and that we should just “move along.”
Now, I do have to say that a lot of the complaints are due to not looking up the facts and pure ignorance. Yet, the negative passion is still there.
Star Wars fans have ruined the fun of Star Wars for me (and many others). I’m not quieting Star Wars. Not even close. But I will be less involved in it until things get better (Which I know it won’t. Because us Star Wars fans are usually fairly stubborn and impatient). The love of Star Wars can be found again.
I’m also heavily involved in the Vocaloid fandom and community which are just littered with love. Yes there are faults in it. There are faults in every fandom (including Star Wars, believe it or not). But, I have never witnessed such hate for a fandom than there is in Star Wars.
Though this article is written in first person, I know I speak for many. The love is still here. But the passion is not.
To wrap things up I will end on two quotes that a lot of fans should remember:
"…you must realize that the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own points of view." -ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi
"Common. Let’s keep a little optimism here" -Han Solo