Five years ago, the authors of this blog were in Las Vegas, attending a charity event featuring many musical artists, including Duran Duran. Interestingly enough, many Duranies went despite the fact that Duran Duran played only 4 songs. I know that I was thrilled to see those 4 songs. In fact, I was so thrilled that I nearly lost my voice in my attempts to show support by singing and screaming. Of course, the fact that I stayed up all night, dancing and hanging out in a club with countless other Duranies did not help.
Would every Duranie fly across the country to see only 4 songs? Would every fan spend time away from work and their families to be with other fans? Does that fit the definition of a fan? Do you have to be willing to travel and spend a lot of money to be a fan? Do you have to own everything about your favorite whatever? Does all, or most, of your free time center around something related to the object of interest? Should most of your vacations be spent with other fans? What if you don’t do those things, does that make you less of a fan?
After years of being involved in the Duran Duran fandom, I have come to realize that there are different levels of fans. By saying that, I don’t mean that one level is “higher” or “better” than the other just that being a fan means different things to different people. I realize that in my daily life. I certainly know people who like a few songs who consider themselves to be fans. Obviously, there are other people who are interested in their upcoming new album and hope to catch a show or two on the next tour, if it fits with their schedules. Then, there are the fans like my blog partner and myself. We check the message boards frequently for news and commentary. We look forward to every product released from and about Duran. Touring is our most favorite activity and we take it pretty seriously. So much so, we wouldn’t recommend joining us, if one was faint of heart. That said, we know that there is a balance that needs to be maintained. We are reminded of that when we see or hear of other people who might have crossed the line a bit when it comes to celebrities.
All types of fans have their place in fandom (assuming that no one would go so far as to hurt the band or their fellow fans). When I think back to that weekend in Vegas, I’m sure that I met, saw and connected with fans across the spectrum from the casual fan to the serious one to the overboard fan. I like that we are all different, in our level of intensity. It makes us more interesting and it reminds me that fans comes in all levels of commitment and behavior. The important thing is that we all like the same thing and we just tend to express it in different ways and amounts, or so I remind myself. Not every fan needs be like me! The world would be afraid. 🙂