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Watch me do the December Talking Meme and fall behind after two days! In my defense, last week was super-intense; I had an exam and two hand-ins on friday and spent all week studying for that, spent most of the weekend baking and being with friends from the corridor, and yesterday I read in the library for hours and cleaned my room in the afternoon. I've barely been on Tumblr, much less had time to write several LJ entries.

Day 3 was blank, so I'm not sure I'm gonna try to fill it (maybe if I have time), but Day 4 had a question from spaciireth, who asked: "What was your first fandom? Are you still involved with it?"

Ah yes, my sordid past as Weeaboo Trash (TM).

Jokes aside, I'm not into any of the anime/manga I watched/read between the age of eleven and fourteen (although some could do with being re-read), including Yu-Gi-Oh!, which was my first fandom. Thinking back, I'm not sure why-- why do we like the things we like as children, anyway - but the fact that it was one of the first mangas to be translated to Swedish back in the mid-2000s and thus actually had a fanbase probably had a lot to do with it. It was through manga I was introduced to the idea of internet communities at all (one of the major publishers in Sweden launched a web site aimed at 12-16-year-olds), fandom and all the things that go with it-- fanfic, fanart, slash, flame wars, you name it. All around the time I turned twelve. I was a baby, dear lord.

It's funny in a way to think about, because Scandinavian fandom is really awfully small, despite the fact that the animanga boom in Sweden did bring the phenomenon more into the public eye, but right there at the beginning it was a Swedish-only environment. I pretty quickly figured out Google, ff.net and other fansites - fandom is really responsible for me learning English as well as I did - but for quite some time my main interaction with other fans was in Swedish. The animanga community also had a very active convention culture, something that's somewhat lacking in Sweden now when it's died down (there are still some and nowadays, while most focus on Japanese subculture, they include western fandoms as well).

Still, I wouldn't say I miss it. Growing up was awful, and I don't have particularly happy memories of the friends I made and lost, plus I still feel a hefty amount of embarrassment, looking back at the way I could behave.

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Dec. 9th, 2014 04:20 pm (UTC)
I feel so old! I think most people cringe over the stuff they did as teenagers. Still what is aging but an opportunity to learn how to do things better?:)
Dec. 9th, 2014 06:41 pm (UTC)
True. I just have this idea that, idk, being able to distance yourself from things you did as a kid makes you more mature somehow? Whereas for me I get intensely uncomfortable pretty quickly whenever my early teens are brought up, ahah. But yeah, at least there's the comfort of knowing you're not that person anymore...
Dec. 10th, 2014 04:41 pm (UTC)
I tell myself people are too busy worrying about all the stupid stuff they did as a kid to remember what I did - I hope!
Dec. 9th, 2014 10:46 pm (UTC)
Don't worry! I went on holidays and am something like 5 days behind now!

It's interesting hearing you talk about your fandom interactions being predominantly in Swedish at first. Coming from an English-speaking country, I've never really had the experience of the smaller fandom groups in another language.

And I totally hear you on trying to distance yourself from the person you were back then. I did some pretty stupid things I look back on now and wonder what on earth I was thinking.
Dec. 9th, 2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
Same, same. Sitting down and talking about things is surprisingly hard.

Fandom interactions online; I should specify-- several friends irl are fandom people, and we speak Swedish most of the time. ;) But yeah, it was a strange thing; maybe it was partly due to the nature of the web site, but the most striking difference is how whole it was. While in English-speaking fandoms each fandom tends to become fragmented into fandoms for separate shows, separate ships, etc., back then we were comparatively few people (which would still be probably a couple of thousand though) all hanging out on the same forum. Seeing as comparatively few series were translated to Swedish, it was also easy to keep track of everything if you didn't follow any manga published in English, meaning that a lot of people all read exactly the same things.

I didn't do any monumentally stupid things, I think - at least nothing I could help - but there are definitely things I could have handled better. Also, I have better taste now than then. :P
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