There are sacred texts/original sources. (Book, TV, movie, comic, etc)
There’s a ritual you perform. (Watch, read, draw, write, cosplay, etc)
You believe in it, and it becomes a part of your life. Sometimes you may only have a curious appreciation for it, sometimes you may have a burning passion that lasts for years and years, and in some cases, your whole life.
And you know what else makes it similar?
Wars are constantly being waged across the internet because of fandom intolerance.
Hating on someone else’s fandom is wrong and offensive. If people enjoy it, why should it matter to you? Why should you go out of your way to say that they’re wrong? You’re not part it and should therefore not intervene.
You may think its “dumb”, “for kids”, or just plain crap. But what do you hope to gain from hating on it?
Enlightening those who enjoy it? Make them realize the error of their ways?
Is enlightenment is usually gained from mockery and hate?
Or does it just make people angry in return?
Please don’t hate on things that people enjoy. It’s really easy to just ignore a fandom that you don’t like rather than tell people they’re wrong for liking it.