www.dictionary.com defines being a fangirl as: A person obsessed with an element of video or electronic culture, such as a game, sci-fi movie, comic, music, etc; a person obsessed with any other single subject or hobby.
I have been a fangirl since the early ‘90’s and the days of The X-Files. Among other things, I attended conventions with my friends Chrystal and Lauren, had an X-Files screen name for my AIM, and named my black cat Scully. Any magazine with Scully and or Mulder on the cover had to be mine: No question. I may have also written some fan fiction during this time, too. Shush, don’t tell anyone. Oh, and in case you were wondering, I was a “shipper”—I wanted Mulder and Scully together in the worst way!
Later on, I moved on to Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. Again, I hit the convention circuit hard, collected memorabilia, and gathered with “my people.” I even organized a pre-convention breakfast at one time, and a group once had a marathon viewing/sleepover.
Both of these fandoms helped me meet people during a time in my life when I was almost painfully shy, especially in high school. I felt like these were people who somewhat understood me and didn’t judge me just because I was quirky. Remember, this was before Zooey Deschanel made being quirky cool again.
Now, as an adult, I have gotten in the whole Twilight fascination; although, that is the one fangirl thing that I actually mildly regret. I mean, the books were quite enjoyable, but the horribleness that ended up being the movies kind of killed it, as did all the people obsessing over “K-Stew” and “R-Patz.” However, I was hugged by Kellan “Emmett Cullen” Lutz at a convention, so I’m pretty sure that made it all worth it. That, and the fact that, again, it brought me enjoyment and bonded me with a couple of friends, so my regrets are minimal.
And that’s just it. Being a fan girl has brought me endless pleasure and helped forge friendships. Now, there are plenty of people out there who think being hard core into something like The X-Files, Twilight or whatever is bizarre or even a waste of time. I argue that anything innocent that does what being a fan girl has done for me cannot hardly be considered a negative thing (unless, of course, you count the occasional effect on my bank account balance).