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It’s True Fandom Confession time, you guys. We all have that one thing we’re a fan of that everyone else thinks sucks. We all have that one thing that we mention quietly, amongst friends, and don’t let anyone know the amount of merchandise we’ve got shoved into a back closet at home.
What’s your fandom guilty pleasure?
Cameron Mitchell: I’m a hardcore Dragon Ball Z fan. I have the whole series, all the movies, and I love the abridged series. I still watch it from time to time but right now I’m keeping up with it’s sequel Dragon Ball Super. I only talk to like 6 people who I know are also fans.
- Justin Rhodes: Dammit, Zamasu! Why you gotta be hating on the humans.
- Nick Bailey Jr: Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re wrong!
Tyler Dent Hayes: I got this one: I love 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons. Some of the best roleplaying I ever did was in that system, because it got out of my way and gave me a lot of tools for narrative control in combat while still lending me structure and guidance in a way that more abstracted systems like FATE just don’t.
Don’t get me wrong, it had its problems, and I get that a lot of people were brought down by the presentation and the format of the powers. I like 5th Edition, too, but I was sad to see it supplant 4th Edition so quickly; I really felt like 4E just never got a fair shake from the gaming community at large. (“It’s not D&D” is still a rage-button for me.)
- Seth Oakley: You’re right about both of these, 4th ed was great for what it was, and what it was supposed to be, and FATE just sucks.
- Jarys Maragopolous: I also love 4th and consider it the most creative and risky, and fulfilling the promise of that risk, of any edition of D&D.
Mary Anne Butler: America’s Next Top Model. No shame. I’ve watched every season, and can point out contestants in commercials, movies, tv series, and runways. It’s HORRIBLE 90% of the time, but I’ve learned invaluable tips and tricks as a photographer and photo editor from it.
R Steele Earl: Milk & Cheese, and Pirate Corp$.
Seth Oakley: EVE Online, most people I talk to about it mock it as Sociopaths in Space, or Spreadsheets in Space. Their not wrong, they just mock it for being that.
Mike Fatum: I have so many. My Little Pony, Power Rangers, Tokusatsu in general…plus my favorite movie of all time is Mortal Kombat: The Movie, which is a great movie shut up I will fight you.
Jarys Maragopolous: The Matrix Trilogy. That’s right, I said Trilogy, I love the whole damn thing. convenient return? I love it. The high concept 15 minute discussion between Neo and the Architect? LOVE it. Neo’s pithy response to the question “why do you keep fighting?” Love IT!
The complete Matrix story is one of the most thoughtful, intellectually consistent action stories I have ever seen on screen. It is one of the few scifi action movie series to propose and attempt to answer questions on the nature of truth, anti-social vs eusocial values, and free-will.
I know many people find it topheavy and of diminishing entertainment value, but I enjoy it through and through.
- Nick Bailey Jr: I really like the back story that the Animatrix filled in as well.
Luke Farr: This isn’t surprising to people close to me, but I am absolutely 100% obsessed with the 2008 movie Speed Racer. I think it was he most underrated movie in the last few decades and I WILL FIGHT ABOUT THIS.
Nick Bailey Jr: It was so much fun. I own it, but don’t think I’ve watched it since the theatre.
Megan Fox: Bread! Shhh!
Alexis George: So, I want to preface this with “I was slightly drunk at the time and like Beauty and the Beast stories.”
My old housemate had this idea to watch a kid’s movie called Strange Magic, about faeries. It is a god awful movie. It is genuinely terrible both in aspects of storytelling and aesthetic design.
That said, it is an absolute blast to watch when drunk, and frankly, the main romance of the movie is pretty cute. (Beautiful fey girl spurns Prince Charming to be with the bad guy from A Bug’s Life.)
So yeah. Get drunk and watch Strange Magic, and don’t judge me.
Malkontent Blizzard: Teen Wolf for the plot. And the Wolfman/Perez Titans.
Lauren Harrington: Do band-fadoms/bandoms count?
I’ve been a fan of Fall Out Boy since 2003. I didn’t get REALLY into them until 2012. People roll their eyes and/or laugh at me when I say Fall Out Boy is my favorite band, but ya know what, their lyrics (pre-hiatus) were great–strewn with 80s pop culture references, obscure stories history had all but forgotten, PUNS EVERYWHERE, the slickest insults you’ll ever come across, and plain dorkyness. They’re a bunch of nerds–no, seriously–and they have a basis of being super involved with their fans and nonprofits. Fun fact: Pete Wentz is one of the most media-whitewashed people in the music industry. Apparently people forget he’s black.
Andy (the drummer) is a massive comic book collector
Joe (the guitarist) probably has every Star Wars collectible that he could have gotten
Patrick (the singer) has gone on record saying he collects hobbies–from astronomy to Magic the Gathering, he’s probably tried it
Pete Wentz (the bassist/front man) is a HUGE Thundercats fan, amongst MANY other nostalgic and otherwise geeky passions.
- Alexis George: I keep seeing twenty one pilots pop up in the context of a fandom, and I’m a total fan of theirs right now, but I’m not embarrassed by that.
- Lauren Harrington: Have no shame in your bandom.
- Mark Foo: …I listen to Coldplay.
Rowan Hansen: I don’t so much have things I like that other people think are stupid and lame so much as I have a lot of stuff I really like and enjoy that I recommend to people and they never actually bother to check the things out. More specifically, any time I try to get ANYONE to start reading Brent Weeks.
Raven Knighte: Cheesy B movies. And those Poe – based movies with Vincent Price. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Old cartoons – Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent. Tokusatsu hero shows. 80s music and pop culture trivia.
Sam Stafford: Absolutely everything by RedLetterMedia. I bought a copy of “Gorilla, Interrupted” on DVD, that’s how bad it is.
Melissa Devlin: I have a fandom I don’t get to talk about much because it isn’t classically geeky. I love ghost hunting shows, stories, books, technology (I don’t own any, but I’ve played with it), stories about mediums things like that. And I don’t mean fictional oogie boogie stories, though those can be fun. I mean the real and constant search for proof of life after death.
- Lauren Harrington: I love shows that do that, too, and I love laughing at the bad ones like Ghost Adventures, which I refer to as Ghost Bros.
- Nick Bailey Jr: Where we set out to find ghosts, and like totally punch them in the face.
Mike Fatum: I want to go through and watch everything you people love, now.