So I’m Autistic, and I’ve always been super interested in books and movies and tv shows (and every fact under the sun about the production/people involved/details in the stories), and then fandom culture rose to popularity when I was around 13.
And fandoms became my way to connect with my peers and make friends. They’re also a huge part of how I learned to be social. I basically studied actors and worked out how I should move my face and say things. People thought I was fun because I was constantly quoting things. I learned to assimilate characters into my outward actions/personality so that I could cope with being out in stressful public situations.
And then fandom popularity quickly ‘died off’ and became ‘cringey’ to the mainstream, and I started getting bullied because I couldn’t move on. And now it’s been 9+ years and I still haven’t really moved on. The thing I thought was my key to other people became my curse, and now I weird people out when they finally get to know me because of my intense interests.
Anyway I’m waiting for my pasta to boil and I was wondering if anyone else had similar experiences