Fans of the television show Star Trek are called Trekkers. Don’t call them Trekkies, unless you want to come across like some super-lame nerd-philistine.
“Trekkers are the most enduring and famous fan base with a name” is a fact. Okay, not an actual fact…but I imagine it is probably true. And though I am not a Trekker, I have certainly toyed with going back and watching the show…pretty much just because I really like participating in Fandoms.
I have realized as an adult that not everyone becomes a FAN of things the way I do. They don’t buy sonic screw drivers and fezzes, paint glitter Daleks, make countless iron-on-transfer t-shirts about Ron Weasley, have the words “Winter is Coming” on their desktop background, worry that they may actually be a Cylon, or put Nerf Herder on every single work-out mix they’ve ever made.
I really particularly like it when fan bases have a name. I like being able to declare that I am a “________”, even if I am only a casual one. TV shows (Gleeks), musicians (Fanilows), movies (Achievers, which are fans of Big Lebowski apparently), books (Twi-hards) all have fandoms.
I self-identify with none of those listed, FYI.
I do, however, self-identify with some others. For example, I am a:
Still – so many of the shows, movies, books that I love the most do not have universally-agreed-upon fandom names. In my research, I found this comic strip, with which I very much identified:
Apparently some people called Harry Potter fans “Potterheads” which I think is a straight-up dumb name, and it certainly doesn’t span the fan population. I’d rather be a part of Dumbledore’s Army or some other name that is better than that, because that’s not very good either.
Of course, lack of a name is not going to stop me from participating in a Fandom because it’s only like, my favorite thing to do. I have a suspicion that as long as there are new nerdy shows and movies and musicians and books, I’ll still be inspired to be a FAN.