The Anatomy of a Fangirl

Althea By Althea, 20th Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/q-fpgh4h/
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Were you a fangirl once in your life or are you a parent wondering what all the fuss is about? Get to know a bit about your fangirl.

The obsessed fangirl

A Fangirl can be typically characterize by a dedicated bordering to obsessed teenage girl usually with a band or a group. Merriam-Webster defines it as a girl or woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something.

I am a fangirl. In my teen years, I was a huge fan of boybands such as Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, Westlife and Spice Girls. Now in my thirties, I am a huge fan of rock bands… and some boy and girl bands too. Maybe it is my love for their music that draws me to them. Although I must admit that their looks counted more when I was a teen. Now I focus on the music.

Is your daughter or niece one of us? Do they spend hours on social media talking about their favorite band, stares at random photos of their favorite member, and spend their money on concert tickets and/or band merchandize? Do they spend hours watching videos ranging from music videos, interviews, live performances to the funny videos? Is their room covered with band posters? If they do even just one of these, there is a huge chance that they are indeed fangirls.

I can’t really say why we love a band or group; it varies from person to person. It can also be just a phase of being a teen or it can last longer, like me. But there are things that we do for the love of our favorite band or group simply because they give us inexplicable joy. In my part, their music inspires me and lightens up my mood when the going gets tough. Their personalities and some experiences make the young ones relate to them. So to show our support we make artworks, videos, lyric videos, watch their shows whenever we can, and vote for them whenever they are nominated for an award. Sounds crazy right? But we can be that dedicated when we want to.

Is it good or bad?

It depends in my opinion. If being a fangirl makes you more inspired to work hard for your dreams then it’s all good. But if it becomes an obsession, to the point where your life literally evolves around them, then that’s crossing the line to bad. It is fun to be a fangirl, but we must also balance our time for our studies, family and friends.

As a parent, we must guide our teens during these times. Support them or at least try to understand them keeping in mind that we have been teens once, some of us could have been a fangirl once. Guide them so that they can view this love for a band in a constructive way.

See related post: The Anatomy of a Fangirl: Fangirl Problems

Photo credit: Pixabay
Resource: Merriam-Webster

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Bands, Culture, Fangirl, Teens

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I am a working mom. I love to write about family, music, bands and books.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
20th Jul 2015 (#)

So you are a groupie, that is enough of advice to the artist to keep away from likes of you as memorabilia for likes of you is also scoring the artist in bed with you and publicising it. Hounding them and causing pain is also another feature. Welcome to the artist point of view of groupies. This is why we have bodyguards and PR people to keep safe.

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author avatar Althea
21st Jul 2015 (#)

I am definitely not a groupie. I am a fan but I don't follow them on tour to have sexual relationship with them.

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author avatar Althea
21st Jul 2015 (#)

That's funny. I have never even been to one of their concerts. I follow their music and watch their performances online.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
21st Jul 2015 (#)

For sure parents must remember what it was like to be young and be a fan of some group or person.

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