So here's my process to becoming a complete, embarrassingly enthusiastic fangirl!
This is the very beginning - when I've seen the thing that I will fall in love with. It can be a book, a movie, a TV show or an actor/actress. (Songs are different for me - they take a different obsessive path!) Usually it takes me a few days to really comprehend what is happening. The thing, consumes my thoughts for a time - I want to engage with it for awhile - re-watch, re-read, etc. Take in every detail, and dwell on what I love about it. I even sometimes think about what I don't love about it so much - but I soon forget those thoughts.
|Ah this is why I love Ariel so much - she's a fangirl for human stuff!|
But the collecting phase is when things get crazy! Obviously I need a copy of the thing I love, and I probably already have it by now - but then I need more. More copies, more ancillary items, licensed merchandising, photos, etc. If I can physically see the new object of my fangirling - like go to an author signing or see a celebrity in a play/musical - then I'm there! It's a part of my collecting phase to collect experiences and feel the need to support the thing with time, money and attention. Cause I have it bad. And engaging in every way makes me feel happy.
Now that I'm so into the thing, I want to engage with other fans. I want to read what they think - compare my thoughts to theirs - perhaps seek them out to talk about things. I might post on my blog too, as a call to arms as it were and see who else 'feels me' on these things. I might join groups, or follow people, or save the all important 'tags' to my tumblr blog. (Tumblr is just amazing for fans!)
Are there any steps I missed? Things that other people don't really do??