By the way if you don’t know what a fandom or fangirling is then I suggest looking at some of my earlier posts.
Yes, I know there isn’t one special way to join a fandom. However, some people find a TV show or something and they just stay at the level of “really liking” the show. Lets just say you are one of those people who watch the first episode of a show and sort of like it, but you just can’t see yourself watching the show for hours on end. For example, when I started watching Supernatural I wasn’t on that level of fangirling over it; (luckily?) I looked it up on the internet and spoiled the whole series for myself, and now I’m trying to get to season 4 so I can see Castiel. So what is my favorite way to join a fandom?
Here are the steps I take before/while joining a fandom:
Do a less than 10 minute search on the internet and get somewhat familiar with some of the characters and/or plot.
Watch the first few episodes; maybe like 3 to 6.
Pick your favorite character(s), but if you have found a character that you really like on step 1, then I guess just stick with that. You might find an awesome character later, but it depends on the show.
Step 4 (optional, remember this is what I do)
Spoil a lot of the series for yourself so that you know if your favorite charaters will/won’t die. If you skip this step then good luck trying not to drown in your tears.
Watch a few more episodes (3-7 more). By now if you don’t like the show then I would just quit watching it– don’t waste your time sleeping through the whole show.
Step 6 (optional)
If you completed step 5 then by now you might start wishing that you had some friends to watch the show with you, so get some people to watch it. I’ve actually only succeeded in this step a few times.
Make some popcorn and get comfortable.