Within the Fangirl culture and the Fandoms there is a rare breed known as the Fanboy. Now, don’t think for one second that just because they are in the minority it means they are not as relevant because that is where you are wrong. You may see something as being too ‘girly’ or too ‘romantic’ for a boy but I assure that there is still plenty of male fans out there and they deserve more appreciation.
According to the dictionary a “fanboy” is:
A male fan, especially one who is obsessive about comics, music, film, or science fiction.’
I do agree with this, to a certain extent, because it has definitely got the ‘obsessive‘ part spot on. However, don’t fall into the trap of believing that boys are just ‘obsessive‘ over ‘comics, music, film or science fiction’ because it’s books too!
Boys can be just as obsessed with books as girls, and in today’s society I feel like boys are almost forgotten in the Fangirl and Fandom culture. It’s such a shame! Just because a book may be seen as a “girls book” does not mean that a boy will not enjoy it, and I wish more people would accept this. For example, my favourite book is probably The Fault in Our Stars by the one and only John Green, and the stereotypical audience of this book would definitely be a girl. People are often shocked that I have read it and loved it so much; I’d get people who say, “isn’t that a girls book?” to me quite often. I don’t think anyone has the right to determine whether a book is a “girls book” or not and people should respect people’s choice in reading. What is important is that you shouldn’t feel ashamed to read whatever you want. Don’t let anyone tell you (whether you’re a boy or a girl) what you can or can’t read, because they should not be able to prevent you from enjoying a book you want to enjoy. Read what you want.
Often, fanboys are treated badly by people at school (and other places) for enjoying reading, and this is not okay. Just because someone does not like the typical male sports or doesn’t enjoy doing stereotypically “male things” (whatever they may be) does not mean they should be put down for it. People should be able to read whatever they want no matter what gender they are.
Boys can still be just as obsessed with things as girls. Obsession is not just a female trait! A girl’s favourite book series could also be a boy’s favourite books series, and that is 100% okay! It may be more difficult for some boys to want to show their obsession whether it be on social network sites or simply with their friends due to a fear of being judged, but there is nothing to be embarrassed about.
I have heard many people say that boys are only obsessive over stereotypically female-loved things for attention, and this is so wrong. Just because there are typically less male fans involved the online fan culture for young adult literature than there are female fans, it doesn’t mean that when one boy wants to share his love for something with you, that they are only doing it for attention. Boys want to share their love for their favorite books just as much as girls do, and more people need to realize this.
People should really accept the fact there are plenty of “fanboys” out there and they can love something just as much as girls do. No one should not do something because they think people will judge them if what they enjoy is not a typical thing for their gender to enjoy. Books are there to be read by both males and females and everyone deserves the chance to enjoy a book that they want to enjoy.
But what are the perks of being a fanboy? Well, the perks of being a fanboy are just the same as whatever the perks of being a fangirl are because there is no real difference (apart from the obvious) between a fanboy and fangirl. Both get to enjoy such a rich online community where people are passionate about reading, and just want to interact and discuss their favorite books.
Being a Fangirl/Fanboy can be hard work! There are many reason as to why this is, such as:
- wanting to read one more chapter when you know you should be asleep
- staying up all night waiting for movie trailers etc because of annoying time zones
- dying inside every time you remember one of your favourite fictional characters have died
- getting a mini heart attack whenever a trailer for the movie of your favourite book comes on TV
- having to contain your excitement and emotions in public
Please don’t call out male fans and make them uncomfortable, because at the end of the day we are all the same and we are all just as obsessive over things as each other. However, most importantly, read what you want to read and don’t let anyone put you down for that. Do not be ashamed of releasing that inner fangirl or fanboy!