This story would never be possible without fandom. And I would never have picked up a pen if not for fanfics. That was my community, where I grew up-in the midst of flaming reviews and shipping wars and OTPs and AU fics and headcanons and songfics and half-baked homages to My Immortal. In high school, when I was sad or felt helpless the comments and reviewers and friends I met in fandoms helped me realize that I was never as alone as I thought.
And yeah, there might not be real magic in this world, but there is the power of fandom-the power of passionate people who, when working together, can birth movies out of cancelled one-season sci-fi shows, resurrect fictional towns like Stars Hollow, and create endearing fan-musicals that will last far longer than its Muggle counterpart- and that kind of magic will never disappear.
So I want to thank you. You, the reader. You, who cosplays and writes fanfiction and draws fanart and runs a Fourm and collects Funko-Pops and must have hardcovers for all of your favourite book series and frames for your autographed posters. You, who boldly goes.
Never give up on your dreams, and never let anyone tell you that what you love is inconsequential or useless or a waste of time. Because if you love it? If that OTP or children’s card game or abridged series or YA book or animated series makes you happy?
That is never a waste of time. Because in the end we’re all just a bunch of weirdos standing in front of other weirdos, asking for their username.
So, as Carmindor always says: Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.
— Ashley Poston (Acknowledgements for her novel Geekerella)