Benedict Cumberbatch | Hamlet - Stage Door (2015) | photo by Dixiebell

Receiving Arts: The Motivating Power of Fannish Love

Falling in love is not convenient; it’s overwhelming, irrational, and socially disruptive. This emotional intensity is easily pathologized outside of specific acceptable circumstances (a rare folly between unattached young adults) and the analogy between fannish love and passionate love has been used to trivialize the experience of fans, particularly fangirls. Without the possibility of a person reciprocating the affection, we must be wasting our time and effort...