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Being A Grown Fan Who Loves YA Fandoms

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Something that I’ve discovered growing up as a fan is that there are lot of people who feel that once you reach a certain age, you have to stop loving a fandom. If you grow out of loving something, then that I can understand but if you still love something but are told that you’re too old, that I don’t get. I’ve been reading so much recently how adults are almost preventing teens from reading YA because they’re seen in the section so I want to chat about what I think about being a grown up who loves YA fandoms.

Hello there! I’m Daisy, I’m in my 30s and here are some fandoms that I like and could be considered too young for me:

  • Harry Potter
  • Disney
  • YA books
  • Miraculous Ladybug
  • Pokemon

You’re probably looking at that list and thinking ‘I like that and I’m in my 20s/30s! I’m not too old!’. Believe me, there will be at least one person out there that will find you one day and tell you otherwise and it’s crazy!

I was once at my local Tesco wearing a Tweetie-Pie t-shirt and, when I was at the checkouts, the older man serving me looked at the t-shirt and said “Don’t you think you’re a little old to be wearing a t-shirt like that? You’re a woman who looks in her 20s wearing a cartoon”. I was stunned and wondered if I’d heard him properly. I immediately told him that it didn’t matter whether I was too young or too old I liked Disney and that I would appreciate it if he kept those opinions to himself.

My mum said I should have reported him for being rude but I didn’t see the point. It was the last time I wore that t-shirt regardless of what I’d told him. It’s not the first time I’ve been judged for liking something that others think is too young for my age and it won’t be the last! You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve had people looking over at any grownup in the YA section or looking at Disney clothes at Primark!

I try to be patient with these people and explain my reasons for loving what I do.

Like so many other people my age, I grew up with fandoms like Harry Potter, Disney and Pokemon so is it really a surprise that I still love them to this day. I have had moments when I have wondered whether I am too old to like them but I’ve started to understand that I shouldn’t have to. If these make me happy, then there is nothing wrong! I

I don’t particularly care what others think. They’re entitled to their opinion but it won’t stop me loving these fandoms. I will still wear Harry Potter t-shirts/hoodies out to the shops, I was still watching Disney films and sing the songs, I was still want kid films at the cinema and feel all fuzzy on the inside and I will still buy children’s and YA books.

Why?

I love them.

Never let others dictate what you should or shouldn’t love if it makes you happy. Age is nothing but a number! Now, if you don’t mind, I’m off to the kids section on Netflix to re-watch The Dragon Prince!

What are your thoughts about grown-ups liking younger fandoms? What fandoms do you love?