I had another blog post planned for today but decided to scrap it in light of the news. As I’m sure most of you know, there was another terrorist attack last night in the UK. In hearing about the news, which seems to becoming common, routine, the usual thoughts and feelings popped in my head. There was fear for my friends who live there and for those innocent people who were at the wrong place, at the wrong time. Then, feelings of anger take hold directed towards anyone wanting to not only injury or kill people but who also want to create fear. They want people’s fear to change how they live. Instead of going out with friends or going to concerts, people would stay inside or give up freedoms in order to stay safe. The more these attacks happen, the more determined I hope people are not going to let them win.
Therefore, instead of posting a more serious blog about the difference between male and female fandom, I am going to be a little fluffy. No one needs me to be super serious now. There is plenty of time for that later.
Speaking of time, I am looking forward to my life in a week when the 2016-2017 school year is behind me. I cannot wait to be done with grading, contacting parents and attempting to pull students across the finish line with passing grades. One thing I hope to do with my extra time is to get a lot of reading done, especially for a project Rhonda and I are working on. Luckily, I have been able to squeeze in a little reading here and there in between class sets of papers and lesson planning. One of the books I have been reading is “The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks.”
While this book focuses on fandoms based more on movies, TV shows, comics, etc, I have been able to apply some of it to the Duran fandom. In fact, in the beginning of the book, the author describes various fandoms using the following categories: Defining Characteristics, Key Accessories How To Become One and Unending Debates. As I read about various fandoms, I wondered what I would say about Duranies. Here’s what I came up with:
The author listed the three big characteristics for this category. It is not easy to list just three but here is what I came up with.
- Love for the color and creative spirit of the 1980s especially surrounding New Wave culture
- Deep understanding for how the visual including video and fashion can impact the coolness of music
- Appreciation for the influence of punk, disco, glam and more as well as poetic lyrics
This includes merchandise that would show off one’s fandom.
Latest concert t-shirts, classic albums on vinyl especially Rio, posters that once covered bedroom walls, John’s autobiography, unofficial and intangible Duranie card, Sing Blue Silver on DVD, concert ticket stubs, and photos of concert/tour experiences.
How To Become One:
This category is pretty self-explanatory.
Listen to all of the albums, preferably in order to understand the band’s evolution. Familiarize yourself with various side projects, especially Arcadia and Power Station. Watch all of the band’s videos on YouTube or through the Greatest DVD. Attend a concert with someone who is already a Duranie to learn all of the moves and phrases. Start following Duranies on social media. Read a good blog. 😉
Obviously, this is about what the fandom can talk about over and over and over and over again.
Which guitarist is better: Andy, Warren or Dom? Why did Andy leave? Why can’t Duran be more commercially successful these days? Was Red Carpet Massacre a great album or not? How should Duran Duran treat their fans? Why doesn’t the setlist change? Why can’t Duran Duran be more like ____________________ (insert band here)?
So, what do the rest of you think? How did I do in describing Duranland? What would you say to those categories?