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Hola, Strangers! It’s Wednesday again, so you know what that means… Top 5 Wednesday! I have been looking forward to this topic All. Month. Long. This week we’re listing our top five fandoms we are no longer in. You’ve probably figured this out about me by now, but I love talking about why I don’t like things. It’s so cathartic and really allows me to analyze things in a way I can’t with things I like. However, this week… I have to use more than just book fandoms. Strictly speaking, I haven’t left too too many book fandoms. So you might find a couple of these rather interesting. But enough preamble. Let’s get on with the list.
- The Vampire Diaries
I was hardcore into these books in high school (I never really cared for the show). I reread them over and over again. I loved both Stefan and Damon, Stelena and Delena. I was so shook by this series. I don’t really remember what got me off it. Maybe it was because around this time I read Vampire Academy and decided I preferred that and then so much time went by, I got over The Vampire Diaries. I left behind a lot of unanswered questions, but I don’t think it’s worth it to catch back up. LJ Smith doesn’t even write them anymore (although she has said she hates the story it’s become and now writes fanfiction of her own series). Also, the more distance I got from the series, the more I felt it should have ended after book three. It would’ve been a tragic end, but it made sense and would’ve been iconic. Ah, well. It is what it is.
Ah, Supernatural. What can I say about Supernatural? I became obsessed with this series when season five was airing. I made this show my whole life. I stanned the cast so hard (especially Jensen). I also hardcore shipped Destiel. But then the queerbaiting began. Then it started becoming clear the writers would just kill someone off in order to create tension and conflict, rather than actually being creative. And then season eleven happened. First, they killed off a beloved character. A gay woman. All to give Sam and Dean man pain. And that finale. What the fuck was that? This show fell into the trap where they felt they had to make each season Bigger and Better than the last, rather than just telling a good story. It also fell into a loop of one brother being in trouble and the other saving him. I made it three episodes into season twelve and then they had an episode from the car’s perspective (what the fuck?) and I stopped watching, eventually taking it out of my DVR. As with The Vampire Diaries, time away from the show gave me more perspective. It should’ve ended with season five like it was originally intended. The ending was just open-ended enough that you could imagine a happy ending for everyone. And it turns out the cast are pretty shitty people.
- Throne of Glass
Oh, to get back this year of my life. I thought this series was the shit. Celaena was my main bitch and Dorian was my son. I shipped Doraelin so much. But upon reread, the series really didn’t hold up. And then the diversity discussion began and this series was found to be greatly lacking in it. And then Empire of Storms came out and basically killed all hope that this series could ever redeem itself. Aelin is obnoxious, Celaena was never as badass as we were told, and basically every other character was destroyed beyond recognition. And fuck Rowaelin. Fuck all that territorial male bullshit. Fuck. It. All.
- The Mortal Instruments
Okay, hear me out. I still like this series. But it quite simply doesn’t mean as much to me as The Infernal Devices and The Dark Artifices. To me, The Mortal Instruments simply cannot compare. I used to consider myself a part of this fandom, but over time I’ve gotten less attached to it. I simply don’t care about these characters enough. Shadowhunters may be at least partially to blame, but I think it’s more about me. I just don’t jive with this series the way I used to. A shame, perhaps, but it’s simply the way I feel.
- Miley Cyrus
In middle school and early high school, Miley was my world. I loved her music and her show. I went to see her 3D movie that only went to select theatres. Breakout was the first album I went out and bought the day of release. I defended her during her scandals (although, looking back, they really weren’t even that bad). But then something happened. I started liking her less. (I still do, but I don’t consider myself part of the fandom.) And I can attribute that sudden switch to one thing and one thing only: Demi Lovato. Once that bitch was on the scene, all my allegiance went straight to her. Now, I know you don’t have to choose only one. But my heart did. And it never changed its mind. Due to this, I really can’t call myself a Smiler. But I once was. Long ago.
All righty, Strangers! Those are my top five fandoms I am no longer a part of. With some I still have fond memories, while others I’d very much like to forget. But I can’t. So, what are some fandoms you’ve left? Let me know in the comments!
Hasta la vista, Strangers!