Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Creepy By Association: FANS

Fandom is an odd thing. Western culture is filled with hero worship. We say weird things like "we" when we speak about a sports team that WE clearly do not play for or work for. In pop culture, "we" pay anywhere from $10 to $100 to have someone famous write their name on something.

At the recently concluded Crypticon, I discussed this phenomenon with Tony Todd. We talked about how fans have a sense of ownership and entitlement when it comes to the creative people they admire.

Listen: If you start following someone you think is famous in a grocery store, you need to reevaluate your life.

Stephen King talked about how odd fans are during his event in Salt Lake City. Yes, I went. I sat in the third row and listened intently. I did not ask a question (especially one that was kind of stupid and an attempt to make his work my own or have greater significance than it already does. Deschain does not equal Duchesne, sorry.)

King, of course, wrote the book on extreme fandom. It's called MISERY and when one not-so-funny guy at the event said, "I'm your number one fan," King shrugged it off.


I've never heard that one before, his off-the-cuff "Yeah, right" seemed to say. There's one in every town. Sometimes two.

In this case, there were two. The guy who shouted about his place on King's fan list was not the same guy who went onto the stage after King left and took the half-empty bottle of Diet Pepsi King had been drinking from the podium.

Seriously, dude? What the hell is wrong with you? What are you going to do? Clone Stephen King? Sell the bottle on eBay? Eventually the soda will evaporate and you will have an empty bottle and the kind memory not really worth sharing. I almost feel like talking about it only legitimizes your crazy and maybe I shouldn't have said anything at all.

You're sick, dude, and I hope you get help. There's a line between admiration and obsession and you just crossed it.

So this shouldn't even be a Creepy By Association, if you think about it. This is just plain creepy because people are messed up and think they are entitled to things they are not.



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