Twihards, and Potter heads and Grimmlins…oh my. ;)
Being a fan of something is as old as time. We tend to gravitate toward what we love, and many of us embrace it completely. In our culture, those things are often what entertain: books, movies, music, etc. Even television. If an individual can become fanatic about something, then a fandom usually forms. I suppose we all need and want to belong to something, right? So why not group ourselves with a bunch of people — often total strangers — who love something as much as we do?
Personally, I’m a Grimmlin. I love, love, LOVE the show and watch every episode with my three daughters. One recent week, we were watching and my dh walked into the room. Now he is not really a fan of the paranormal, preferring his books/movies/shows to be either historical or action-based, but not so much fantasy.
After watching with us for a few minutes — once being frantically ‘shushed’ — he asked, “Why do you like this?”
Good question, I suppose. I have a hard time understanding some of his fascinations, too. Our scattered response was along the lines of: “Because it’s good.”
Not really much of an answer, but it had to suffice. Now that I’ve had more time to think about it, I suppose I should have said it’s because we love the characters — the way they interact and relate; their divergent personalities. We love the otherworldly and fantastical aspects, too. It’s hard to explain to someone who truly doesn’t get it, but Grimm offers us the intriguing notion that those ancient stories might be based in truth; that there are, indeed, monsters in the world. I suppose it helps us reconnect with that small child within who believes in boogeymen, fairies, and dragons, but also believes in magic.
That’s why we like it. Why we watch and proudly lay claim to being Grimmlins. It’s also why I write paranormal romance. I love the fantasy, the magic… and I love the happy ending.
Fairytales not only tell us that dragons exist, but that they can be conquered.
Unless they become our friends. Then it’s just really cool to think we have a “monster” on our side.