I had a random thought the other day - while I spend a lot of time reading fanfic, i never really write any, and that got me thinking about people who do write fanfic, so! Are you ever/Have you ever been in a fandom but not felt any desire to write fic, or does being a fan of a thing bring forth the fic ideas for you? No pressure to answer if you don't feel like it! Thanks for all you do for the fancommunity!!
I suppose it depends on how “in fandom” is defined. There are certainly canons I like where I wouldn’t say I was “in the fandom”, but I don’t know how I’d quantify that if pressed. Fandom is more than writing fanfic, for sure; there are other aspects like engaging in discussion, reading articles, following the canon creators, enjoying and sharing fan content.
Like…Yuri on Ice is a great example. I’ve watched the show, I’ve written a little bit of fanfic, and I pick up information about it here and there, but I don’t seek that information out, and I don’t share it in the form of fannish essays or discussion online. Am I in the fandom? Probably not. But I have a lot of friends who are, so maybe I am? It’s hard to say.
There are canons I enjoy in a fannish sense, where I not only experience the canon but also seek out other information, and yet I don’t tend to talk about the shows or write fic for them. I will say that there are also fandoms where I have written a lot of fanfic but writing fanfic is most of what I’ve done – I haven’t contributed to discussions, read behind-the-scenes interviews, or even read other peoples’ writing. Like, I was considered a pretty prominent writer in Harry Potter, but I very rarely read any other Harry Potter fanfic. I was in that fandom, but….not in the way someone else might be.
On that note I think it’s also different for me as someone who is prominent in fandom as a whole – the way other fans interact with my work can sometimes be a little different from the average fannish experience, which can impact whether someone ELSE thinks I’m in a fandom. There have been fandoms where I most assuredly wasn’t a member, but if I liked the canon I made a remark about it and because of my prominence it was taken as a….political move, as a statement, when really I was just shooting the shit. It’s hard to know how others see our places in fandom. Definitely people will read this and go “Hey who the fuck does this guy think he is, I’ve never heard of him” and also people who will go “Ohhhh yeah I remember that.”
This is probably a much deeper meditation on fandom than you really meant to ask for :D But overall, I’ve had varying levels of involvement in fandoms over the years, but if I was ever in or even within breathing distance of a fandom, I’ve usually written something for it.