Thank you, bb. *hugs*
Love and reassurance do help, even just temporarily. I need a lot of reassurance, unfortunately. >_< But it helps, it does.
I’m not all that great, though I try. >_<
I’m thinking about why it’s so significant that Orlando Jones is so supportive of Sleepy Hollow fandom. I’m thinking about why I have such mad respect for the man for doing so. I’m thinking about why fans feel a vague sense of hurt when other artists speak down about fandoms. I think it comes down to this: Fandom saves lives. Literally.
There are thousands, millions of people in the world who live with depression, probably the common cold of brain disorders (I dislike the term ‘mental illness’, these things are more often due to upsets in brain chemistry and the neurology of the brain, which makes them brain not mind.) Many of these people struggle just to get out of bed and go about their lives. For many of these people, fandom isn’t just a way of life, it’s their reason for living.
Many of these people (and I’m one of them) live day by day, crawling hand over hand towards small goals. They aim for little goals, reasonable goals. Little milestones on the walk of life. If you don’t have depression, it’s difficult to understand. It sounds pathetic, but for hundreds of thousands of people, it’s not just a way of life, it’s the way they stay alive. Right now, hundreds of thousands are people are getting up each morning and going to work or to school, driven by the desire to see the Doctor Who Christmas special. They lived to see the 50th Anniversary, now they’re living to see the Christmas special. Right now, hundreds of thousands of people are telling themselves they can make it through January because they have to see the third season of Sherlock. Right now, RIGHT NOW, right this VERY SECOND, someone out there is contemplating the instrument of their self-destruction and thinking “No, I need to see the next episode of Sleepy Hollow, what was that about a kid?” And that will be enough to get them through. That person will wake up the next day and the next and the next, until they’ve reached that small goal of seeing the next episode of Sleepy Hollow.
Many of these people (and again, I’m one of them) have crap self-esteem. Some people try to get attention by throwing drama fits; other people try to get attention by offering something to earn it. They write fanfic and make fan art and they take the HUGE risk of putting themselves out there. This is why comments are so important: They prove to a person that their work - their life - has value. For someone who is depressed, who has low self-esteem, having this kind of proof can help them keep going. It gives them incentive to keep watching the show, to keep producing, to keep getting up in the morning. To keep fighting for their lives.
Actors, writers, people in the industry, most of them don’t realise this. They have no idea of the depth of impact they can have. They know people enjoy their stuff but they don’t realise that their work is literally keeping people going. So, when the artists these people admire, whose shows they love so much and gives them their next goal, say they’re creeped out by fanfic, or that they look for fanfic to mock, or say they look for fic to torment their fellow artists, how is such a person going to react? Each and every one of those people has their heart fall into their stomachs and they think “Oh god, is it me? What if they’re mocking my stuff? I would die if I found out they mocked my stuff.” The thing is, some of them mean it. And some of them do, because what they heard was “Even the people I admire think I’m weird and worthless.”
And then we have Orlando Jones, an artist who’s not only okay with fandom, but actively encourages it. He participates in it, dealing out encouragement and enthusiasm, and fandoms everywhere are taking notice. Orlando Jones probably doesn’t know about the depressed people in Sleepy Hollow fandom. He probably doesn’t know about the people who are living episode to episode. He probably doesn’t know about the people who are writing wacky crack fic in an effort to buoy themselves out of a severe depressive event. He probably doesn’t know about the people who are writing and drawing in the the hopes that someone will tell them their existance is worthwhile. But every time he says something positive, every time he calls for more Ichabbie or validates Craving, those depressed people hear “I think your lives have value. I think your coping skills are cool.” They hear “I’m proud to be part of your reason for living.” They hear “I’m proud to be part of what’s keeping you alive.”
That’s what makes Orlando Jones’s love for Sleepy Hollow fandom so significant. He’s not just validating fans. He’s validating a coping strategy that works for thousands of people.
This is an excellent read. It’s a long post, but well worth it, and very well-phrased!
I have never seen it put into words so well why fandom is such a big part of my life.
Awww…. thank you so much, bb! *hugs*
*kisses back just as gently*
this is cinderella right?
Yes, it is! I meant to put more of an explanation last night but I was completely out of it!
>//////< Thank you so much! 8D I think you just made my day!
LADIES AND GENTLMEN, MAY HAVE I YOUR ATTENTION PUH-LEEEEEAAAAASEEEE
(that was a Sweeney Todd reference if no one picked it up)
But this here lovely, actual 10 pound note prop from The Runaway Bride, hand-signed by David Tennant has unfortunately not been getting the attention and love it deserves from me, so I’m auctioning it off.
I’m going back to Haiti in February and am having trouble raising the funds needed to pay for my portion of the trip, so selling this would be a huge boost! If you’re interested please check it out! If you can’t afford it I totally understand because I’m broke myself, but spreading the word would be a magnificent help!
This will make an awesome gift for any Whovian for the holiday season too :) Send me an ask or message me on ebay or send me smoke signals and carrier pigeons if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer them!
Please reblog and spread the word, and check it out here!
Keep spreading the word guys, you’re a great help! The auction ends Wednesday but will automatically be relisted if no one bids, so there’s still time!