- Inquisitr wrote about how One Direction fandom has been misjudged. “One Direction’s fans do not get enough credit for the incredible lengths they go to in supporting charities favored by the various members of One Direction. The Inquisitr recently reported on the charitable efforts of 1D Fans Give a fan group that runs charity drives and has to date raised almost $170,000 to support a variety of causes. That group has another drive on at present in honor of Harry Styles birthday on February 1. The current drive is aiming to raise $22,000 for one of Harry’s favorite charities, London-based Switchboard, an LGBTQ helpline. To date, over $20,000 has been raised.”
- Heroic Hollywood interviewed various fangirls about what the term means. “Sure a fangirl may squeal and overly emote during certain occasions, but a true fangirl is far more complex than just having an obsession. It is actually a way of life. I reached out to three different women, who all share one thing in common: they are the epitome of what it means to be a fangirl. These women identify with many fandoms including Marvel, DC, Disney, Star Wars, Harry Potter and Dr. Who. They have all had very different experiences, but all demonstrate a strong passion for their fandoms.”
- The Fort Wayne News Sentinel printed a discussion of fandom’s emotional side. “The emotions wouldn’t let loose. It wasn’t just the victory. Being an IU fan has had its high points, like 1976, 1981, 1987 national championships. But being an IU fan over the long haul is a little like being a Chicago Cubs fan. It’s more being a part of my life and a fixative that joins family and friends in a common bond. A point of reference. A sharing of memories and special moments. It was the fact that all that history had become an important part of my life. And here I was, a father and grandfather, being treated to a great game in the crucible of IU basketball fandom, and it was a great feeling.”
- Geek and Sundry wrote about the good that fandom can do in the world. “The start of a new year (or any time, really) is always a great time to consider others and find ways to be generous to both those we love and those in need. Charity giving is a mainstay of geeky culture, and we wanted to highlight a few great organizations that keep the generous spirit that is as much a part of geeky culture as zombies, aliens and elves.”
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