On Being A Fanboy

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Ever since I was younger I’ve had an obsession with superheroes, comic books, and videogames. I would buy t-shirts with my favorite superhero logos, pretend to web sling like Spiderman and watchmy favorite heroes on TV. My love for superheroes has grown even further with the blockbuster movie adaptations and growing popularity of these characters. It is safe to say that I am a fanboy; a term that is often used negatively. While there is nothing wrong with being a fanboy there needs to be a clear definition of what exactly a fanboy is: someone who is passionate about something.

Trolling

The term “fanboy” is often used on internet as a derogatory term used to insult people in forums and comment sections. With the recent release of the new consoles these terms get slung around more than ever as people participate in the ever going “console wars”. People get so caught up in their love for Xbox or DC that they forget what being a fanboy means. It really disappoints me when I go to a comments section of a YouTube video or IGN article and I see people arguing and throwing around slurs and other obscenities over a difference of opinion. Once again there’s nothing wrong with liking Marvel or DC and Xbox or Playstation but there is a problem with being a troll. Going online and maliciously attacking people is not only immature, but also a complete waste of time. Big companies like Microsoft and Sony do not need you to defend them because realistically they do not care about some petty internet fight; they are only focused on the money/mula/bread/bigbucks. Chances are you do not work for Microsoft or Sony so you are not getting paid to troll, so instead of trolling go and enjoy what you are passionate about.

Kneejerk Overreactions and Complaining

The thing I absolutely hate the most about fanboys is the kneejerk reactions and rioting on social media. A great example would be last years casting announcement of Ben Affleck as Batman. Fanboys from all spectrums of the internet cried and raged claiming Warner Bros had no clue what they were doing and the movie was going to be terrible etc. This is case not an exception of course as it has happened with Mass Effect 3 in 2012 (although this example is a little more reasonable). Fanboys have already written off the movie without seeing a single piece of film. I am all for free speech and voicing our opinions but as fans we should at least see the final product before arbitrarily casting judgment. Also when fanboys riot on the virtual streets of the internet it keeps film studios from wanting to make those risky decisions that could turn out to be good. I love the Christopher Nolan Batman films as much as the next person, but how long could we stay in that universe before getting bored of it? I believe it is necessary to change up how we interpret and view these characters to keep them fresh and interesting.

What does being a fanboy mean to you? Do you agree or disagree? I would love some feedback.

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