Interview with a Fangirl: Carol G
I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!
Today, it is my pleasure to interview Fangirl Carol G, who is a geek Mom and Lead Moderator of the Collider Jedi Council Fan Group on Facebook.
I became aware of Carol through the Global Star Wars Fangirl Community and I am very happy that she agreed to this interview!
Welcome Carol to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.
When do you realize you were a Fangirl?
I guess I always was, but I became more nerd about Star Wars when they announced Episode VII was in production.
How has social media helped or hindered you?
Helped a lot. I’m 39, so I belong to a generation that had to wait for a magazine to be published, or to a TV show or documentary to come up to get extra information about my fandom, and today, you can learn something new, or check canon facts instantly.
When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandom, such as Star Trek, Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter, etc. and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?
I don’t remember exactly when I watched it, but it was my Father’s VHS OT collection, so, a long time ago, much before the prequels. I loved it immediately, I remember being a little girl and wanting a robot R2D2. But it has grown exponentially after Episode XII, due to the material and availability of extra information. I want to know more. Harry Potter and Game of Thrones are my other fandoms, but more secondary.
What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?
The Star Wars fan base is very diverse. Fans tend to disagree a lot, so I learned patience and respect. Not that I wasn’t respectful before, obviously I was, but now I have learned to manage it on a Social Media level. I don’t know the person on the other side, their life, their problems, so I don’t go for arguments, especially from the “always negative” fans. If I see that a person is from a group that has other opinions, I just “move along”, let them be. Also, I have learned a lot about Social Media itself, moderating a SW group on Facebook. Met new people, with both similar or completely different interests, but the same love for SW.
What else do you Fangirl about?
Only SW, GOT and Harry Potter. Their material and lore takes all my spare time.
Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?
Being a Fangirl is awesome, but my advice for the newcomers are: read, learn, think for yourself and make your own conclusions. Write them if you like writing. Share your ideas, there’s always someone who will relate to them. Don’t be shy if you belong to a group in that is mocked a lot in fandom. Don’t argue with Lucasfilm people online, it’s not nice. And most of all, don’t fall into traps, don’t let the negativity reach you, that person doesn’t know you, the real you, so don’t let online bashing ruin your day.
Where can others interact with you?
You can find me on Twitter @carolgtweets