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What is Fandom?

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Fandom is a subculture that evolves around a particular pop culture series or format. The term is applied to diehard fans of films, television series, characters, games, music and media formats such as manga fiction. Fandom occurs when pop culture fans develop shared experiences, vocabulary, traditions and pastimes that begin to resemble a subculture.


  1. A set of shared experiences that cause fans of a particular element of pop culture to identify with each other as a social group.
  2. A subculture that evolves around enthusiasm for a pop culture series or format.
  3. Fans of a pop culture character, series, tradition or genre that form traditions, vocabulary, conventions and behaviors that resemble a subculture.
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A subculture that evolves out of enthusiasm for pop culture.
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