i often sit and think, i am 20 years old and in college.
does my love of my fandoms denote immaturity? is collecting my little ponies and enjoying rainbow brite and the star stealer a sign of childishness? am too old to be mesmerized by nadja's flamenco? if i enjoy reading some fandom wank, does that mark me as a socially inept kid who doesn't act her age? should i be beyond squeeing for a cherry/ponyboy fanfic? is shipping for teeny-boppers?
i tend to think so.
but then i remember that there are 30+ aged women writing stories about short, hairy-footed, pointy-eared men in short pants having sex in bag end, and i suddenly feel very mature.
most of my friends, especially my r/l friends, have "outgrown" anime and manga, so i have to force anyone to sit down and check out a new series that i want to share. i have almost no one irl to talk with about my fandoms, because they've all "outgrown" that. they're in college and have real jobs and have a plan to do something with their life. so do i.
(well, i don't currently have a job, but i worked all summer.) i swear they all think i'm still a child for loving anime and manga, for still writing and reading fanfic, for having as fun a hobby as fandoms. just because my hobbies are not clubbing or playing sports or other "very social" ones, i am not a socially inept young adult. i just don't find "going out and meeting people" fun. i'd rather sit and talk with someone i already know than hang out with people i've just met.
i watch shoujo (girl's) anime. i like fluffy (GOOD) fanfic and am picky about what i consider "good" fanart. i am addicted to photoshop and i get a kick out of reading some lj drama. i squee for dominic monaghan, my little ponies, kitties, ashita no nadja, and curtis brothers. i am a fangirl, but not in a pervy sense: i hate slash but adore snuggly het. i used to be a stickler for canon, but i've since degraded myself to semi-canon ships. i can give you a ten-minute (at least) lecture why the animorphs series is way too mature to be aimed at seventh-graders. I ENJOY FANDOM and i consider myself a mostly mature young adult, thankyouverymuch.