Anyway, in my search I did stumble across an interesting old blog on Romancing the Blog by AngieW about fangirls http://www.romancingtheblog.com/blog/?p=366. Something said author has in abundance. Granted I knew what a fangirl was, I just didn’t know there was a name for it and that it’s a much bigger phenomenon than I was aware of. AngieW defined a Fangirl as:
An obsessive fan who desires to know and follow every detail of an author and their characters’ lives. No detail is too big or too small. She will faithfully follow her beloved author across the internet, gushing endlessly about the wonder of her adored author’s every word—including but not limited to grocery lists, blog entries, and message board posts. Woe to any who dare suggest beloved author’s book was poorly plotted, written, edited, or otherwise had flaws. Faithful fangirl will rip you to shreds on one screen while typing furiously on the other to summon the hordes of hell(otherwise known as rabid fangirls) to join her in righteous fury and indignation that anyone had the temerity to insult their wonderful author’sliterary genius.To me, I think it’s more prevalent in Paranormal only because that’s my background and I’ve had the misfortune to witness it in that genre not only on the internet but in living very scary color. I’ve been behind a fan at a signing that missed her three year old’s birthday to fly 300 miles to give an author a statue as part of her campaign to gain exclusive rights to one of the author’s characters as “hers” on the BBS and loops. Like I said, scary.
Being a person that is interested in human nature, I find this whole thing completely fascinating.
What are your thoughts? Published authors, do you have or have you had fangirls? Is this phenomenon big in other genres as well? Do you think it’s irresponsible of an author to encourage fangirl behavior? Is there anything authors can do to stop it or at least discourage it?