The Fandom That Ate Fandom

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A Fandom That Ate Fandom is a vast, black hole (media) fandom about which all Fandom seems to turn, drawing away fans from other fandoms until the next fandom that ate fandom comes along.

Fandoms That Eat Fandom frequently trigger a certain amount of frustration and resentment on the part of those who aren't interested but have to watch all their friends and favourite fanwork creators endlessly talk about it.

"When I see all that SGA stuff, I basically hear Charlie Brown's teacher, and nothing more: "Mwahp mwahp-mwahp, mwahp-mwahp-mwahp mwahp-mwahp."
I know, I know, I am so bad and wrong and an unbeliever because I Do Not See the Light of the fandom that ate fandom."[1]

A fandom can be incredibly huge, grow exponentially and still not eat fandom, i.e. impact the relative size of established fandoms. Examples include Harry Potter and Twilight, which ate the mundane world instead of cannibalizing existing fandoms.[2]

A fan in 2007 speculated that "It's not really about the shows. It's because every two years fandom wants to be eaten by something new. Roughly: 2006 SPN 2004 SGA. 2002 Pop. 2001 Smallville. 1999 The Phantom Menace. 1996 The Sentinel. There wasn't a lot of time between Smallville and Pop. Some might even argue that Pop doesn't count but Pop fandom in 2002, what caught on just as hiatus started, changed how fandom dealt with RPF/RPS. Harry Potter fandom is simply too big, in case you were wondering why I left it out." [3]

Examples of Fandoms That Ate Fandom

Anime Fandom

The same type of phenomenon is the norm in anime fandom where fans, from the general reading public to hetshippers to yaoi fangirls, tend to suddenly get into whichever Shounen Jump series is big at the time. Examples of fandoms where this sudden interest was more unusual or dramatic include:

Meta/Further Reading


  1. ^ 2006-11-03 comment by JS Cavalcante in a livejournal post by mrsronweasley.
  2. ^ See Talk:The Fandom That Ate Fandom. (Accessed 15 February 2011)
  3. ^ a comment by copracat at Why SPN?; archive link by cereta (November 2007)
  4. ^ A Stargate Pimp Post by mklutz, posted April 15 2007 (accessed 6 January 2010)