This morning, the Daily Duranie’s twitter and facebook has been very active! Today is the first day of our 30 day Duran challenge! We absolutely love, love, love to hear/read other Duranies answer our question of the day and hope that the participants are bringing the challenge over to their facebooks and twitter so that their friends can read and comment, too! Just a reminder that today’s challenge is, “Your favorite DD song.” It seems that many people can answer this question super quickly and others are really challenged to figure out their absolute favorite. Still, other people are picking their favorite of the day as it can change for them, depending on their moods. As the challenge moves along, we will do our best to both remind everyone what the daily challenge is and to report back what we hear! I’m enjoying the challenge so much and it is only day 1!
This excitement reminded me of a fact that can and does get lost in the midst of worrying about Simon’s voice, concert dates, in-fighting, and more and that fact is that fandom is supposed to be fun! Goodness, why would we continue to be involved if it wasn’t a good time?! Besides fun little games like this challenge, what else is fun about being a Duranie? As I think back through all of my years as being a Duranie (which makes me feel old, by the way), I immediately think of a few really entertaining things, including watching Duran stuff with other fans, touring, meeting other fans, squeeing over pictures, learning about the band, hearing new music that really kicks ass and more.
For me, the most fun time being a Duranie is definitely when I’m on “tour”. Obviously, the shows, themselves, are a complete blast and really are the best 2 hours I could spend (assuming that they are good shows!). There is way more to touring than just the show. I love hanging out with other Duranies, including and especially, my partner in crime. I think back to past tours and realize how many great people I have met at shows! Seriously, how fun is it to meet and get to know other Duran fans?! To me, it definitely feels like meeting a kindred spirit, someone who understands you without you having to explain yourself. It is like meeting a long lost friend. I like having those discussions about what shows you have been to, how people became fans, and more. Of course, in many cases, surrounding those shows is usually a party! I’m not sure how the rest of you live, but I don’t often get to party like I do when I’m with my Duranie friends! I remember reading a quote from John once and he said something, “Have you ever had so much fun that you didn’t know if you would get over it? It was like that.” I think that is a perfect way to describe a good tour! Honestly, it is this fun that keeps me going back time and time!
Of course, tours don’t happen everyday so many of us find other ways to have fun within our fandom. Sometimes, again, if we are lucky, we are able to get together with other Duranies! This could be something large like a convention or a meetup or just having a few friends get together to watch our favorite Duran related material. These settings can and, often, do take on a party atmosphere as well! I, personally, love all types of get togethers! Conventions are super special because they take a lot of work and don’t happen very often at all. When they do and a bunch of Duranies get together, it can be magical. Meetups outside of tours don’t happen very much either but are still tons of fun. Usually, for both conventions and meetups, there is a time when a little bit of drinking and/or dancing takes place. Our fandom is expressed in that way! Smaller, more localized, get togethers are a good time as well! I love watching Duran related material, including classics like Sing Blue Silver to newer classics like Live from London and everything in between. It reminds me of when I was a kid and my best friend and I would watch Duran videos for hours just to see a certain look from our favorite or to pick out a new detail! We couldn’t get enough.
I think we are lucky to be part of a fandom in an era where fans can come together online. We don’t have to have Duran friends nearby! Now, we can have friends all over the world to share in the fun! We have message boards to discuss the latest news and social networking to connect with others. In those settings, some of the best times, for me, have been when we have a piece of good news like an album release date or when new pictures have been found. I mean…really…a lot of Duranies like to openly squee over a new picture. Just the other day, John tweeted some shots from the GQ photo shoot and those pictures got around quickly and there were many, many comments made about the appearance of the guys. Some of those comments weren’t so PG rated, either! Of course, then, many online friends get to know each other more and more, which only enhances the fun. 🙂
I believe the entertaining elements of fandom is what keeps us all going during Duran downtime, when there is bad news or when the negative elements of fandom bubble to the surface. We wouldn’t stay if we weren’t having a good time, right? So, what is fun for you? What keeps you a part of the fandom?
P.S. Remember to join in on the 30 day challenge! Today’s topic: Your favorite song!