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fever pitch

Where else can you kick off any list of football book recommendations than the ultimate fan narrative? Nick Hornby changed the face of the football fan with his 1992 autobiographical publication, in which moments in his life correspond to particular Arsenal games. Many have tried to copy his endearing, slightly hysterical style to little or no effect. Hornby writes as the quintessential fan, jaded with repeated failure and swear-worthy frustrations (insert Arsenal dig of choice here) and yet tiredly buoyant with a hope that no non-sports fan could ever really understand and no sports fan could ever really explain. 

Aside from encapsulating the trials and tribulations of watching football, Hornby’s book was doubly instrumental in changing the face of the football fan. Coming just three years after the horrifically slanderous portrayals of fan behaviour at Hillsborough, Fever Pitch did much to ‘sell’ the sport in England, as it were, as something that could be experienced by everyone. Some go as far as to claim that the book gentrified the sport, and while its publication at the time of the Premier League’s inception must have been coincidence, it has certainly still played a part in creating the ‘middle-class’ football phenomenon we know today. The flip side to this is that Fever Pitch has also become a memorial of sorts, immortalising football before the nineties in its terraces and coin collections. 

On the face of it, the book is a simple account of his life, and I’m sure that it is a formula that has been done many times over; but no one I’ve read has come even close to doing what Hornby does, and that is to pin down feelings so pitch (pun!) perfectly. It doesn’t matter if you’re an Arsenal fan or not; this, just like football itself, is universal. Surely everyone can empathise with his observation that ‘the natural state of a football fan is bitter disappointment, no matter what the score’.

People who don’t watch football will never be able to experience what we do, but reading Fever Pitch is as close as it gets. It is the joy and the sorrow, the investment and the disappointment, the glory and the heartache. It is the reason why we spend hours and hours of our lives watching twenty two men chase a ball around a pitch. “…So please, be tolerant of those who describe a sporting moment as their best ever. We do not lack imagination, nor have we had sad and barren lives; it is just that real life is paler, duller, and contains less potential for unexpected delirium.”

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dae-dreamxx  asked:

I really wanted to formulate coherent thoughts on your new story, but I'm afraid I'm not able to after reading it lol. It was.. mindblowing in a way. I loved it, and it wasn't tiring to read at all. And it was damn hot of course omg. Daesung was really something else. Also this part: "So what if Daesung is the only one among them who can't swim. Seunghyun reaches for him when he feels like he's drowning" - it's so sweet it almost sounds cheesy? But I totally loved it haha.

Haha, thank you! And I understand. Not really expecting much in-depth feedback for this one tbh. ;)

As for that one line… seeing it out of context is so jarring, ahh. But yeah, totally cheesy, not to mention all that sugary sweetness. Normally I’d steer clear of that sort of thing. Can’t even stand them saying “I love you” to each other. And yet, no matter what universe or setting they’re in, my headcanon has Seunghyun completely smitten with Daesung. Sometimes he gets a little carried away… and oddly enough, I don’t mind it, even when it means cheesy lines like that one find their way into the fic. :)

(lol, here I am discussing this like I’m not the one writing it… If there’s one thing I’ve learned since I picked up writing fic, it’s that these characters we play with truly have minds of their own. After all, that’s how this thing went from a length of 4k planned to 18k finished!)

Anyway, glad you liked it! And thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. <3