Ringtones, Arguments And Lingo: 5 Signs Of Obsessive Fandom

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Television, like life, is sometimes just about showing up. However, when obsession is involved, a love for a television show can take on a new meaning. Many of us may re-watch our favorite episodes or even buy our favorite seasons on Blu-ray or DVD, but if we are serious fans who truly obsess, there are a multitude of ways we may show that “fancession.” This week, the CW premiered Cult, a brand new original program about true obsession and the lengths some people are willing to go to prove they are the fan of the week. We even got to thinking about the idea of crimes potentially linked to a television program. While most of us have not hit that level of fancession, it got us to thinking about some more realistic ways many of us show our extreme love for some of our favorite shows.

So, what does it take to be a true obsessive of a TV series? There are no hard or fast rules, but we’ve spent enough time arguing and clawing at one another’s choices that we’ve curated a pretty solid list. Read on to find out if you fall into one or all of our potential signs of obsession, and feel free to let us know if we missed any in the comments, below.


Die-hard Hoarding
When I was five years old, I walked over to a garage sale at a neighbor’s house and immediately spotted a sign from the television gods. Just weeks before, I had discovered wrestling for the first time, and there, standing on a display table labeled 50¢ were four Hasbro WWF action figures: Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant, The Ultimate Warrior and Macho Man Randy Savage. I didn’t just want them. I wanted things like macaroni and cheese for dinner and an extra recess during my half day at Kindergarten. I needed these little statues. I ran home and grabbed two dollars and bought myself a collectibles obsession.

Over the years, my interest in wrestling has ebbed and flowed, but in a way, it has never really changed the sentimental importance of my WWF action figure collection that has since grown to dozens upon dozens. Because it’s not about how much I love wrestling right now, it’s about how much I loved wrestling when I was ten years old. It’s not about whether post-college me relates to Vince McMahon’s traveling circus, it’s about whether ten-year-old me smiled every time he looked at his Bret Hart action figure. The best television shows allow us to make a connection, to feel something powerful, and collectibles are one time-consuming extension of that obsession.
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