We asked Jen Wilde to write 100 words on the importance of the One Direction family and other fandoms

“Us fangirls/fanboys/fankids are a global family!”

We’re just gonna throw it out there, we’re sick of fandoms getting shamed. As regular readers of MP! will know, we try to create a safe space for fans of all ages and gender identities on the site.

No one should feel embarrassed for embracing what they love. That’s why MP! is a place where we can all come together and fangirl out with other Directioners, Shadowhunters and Potterheads without feeling patronised or belittled.

One person who’s also keen to spread the fandom love is Jen Wilde. Jen’s an author who started her career on Wattpad.

Having build a strong online community of die hard fangirls, fanboys and fankids, her latest book ‘Queens of Geek’ was released via Swoon Reads/Macmillan in March 2017 and if you haven’t already picked up a copy that’s all about to change.

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‘Queens of Geek’ follows three friends who attend SupaCon. The story delves into the importance of fandoms and how they can make you feel less alone, form life long friendships and even help with things like anxiety.

It’s a fantastic read. In fact, we love it so much that we asked Jen to tell us more about why fandoms are sooooooo important to her. Here’s what she had to say.

This is Jen Wilde’s 100 words…

I’ve been in a lot of fandoms in my life – from Hanson and Dawson’s Creek to Supernatural and One Direction. Whether it’s a book, TV show, movie or band, fandoms give us the freedom to geek out with friends – both IRL and online. We make forever friends and connect through our shared love of an artform or artist. We could even be inspired to create art of our own. Us fangirls/fanboys/fankids are a global family. We share in-jokes, references, excitement. We support each other through thick and thin. From every walk of life, no matter who we are, we find somewhere to belong in fandoms.

Stay weird!

Want to find out more about Jen?

You can pick up a copy of ‘Queens of Geek’ by clicking here. Also make sure you follow Jen on Twitter for even more fandom love.

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Let us know why fandoms are important to you in the comments below. What was your first fandom? How did it impact your life? We’d love to hear from you.

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Written by Emma Matthews

Emma is a freelance journalist at MP.

When she’s not writing articles for Maximum Pop!, you’ll find her attending gigs, geeking out over the latest beauty products and reading feminist literature. Hermione is her favourite Harry Potter character - obviously.

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