geek fandom continues to mystify mainstream media
Oh, BBC News Magazine, you’re adorable:
Game of Thrones: Why does it inspire such devotion among fans?
The third series of American TV show Game of Thrones is hotly anticipated. But the behaviour of fans is almost as intriguing as the action on screen.
A lot of British people may still not have heard of it, but Game of Thrones has quite a cult following.
The lumbering giant of a show – which sees seven families competing for an iron throne in a world of wolves and dragons, sword fights and Shakespearian feuds – is in some ways an unconventional hit.
The passion and the extreme devotion of fans has created a phenomenon unlike anything attached to rivals such as 1960s advertising drama Mad Men, or even the hugely popular Sopranos and Lost, which both attracted more than 10 million viewers.
The activism of fans is apparent on craft sites like Etsy and Folksy. Someone has collated the 10 weirdest “Game Of Thrones” objects, including a direwolf handpuppet and a Dothraki onesie, and elsewhere replica dragon eggs are on sale.
I mean, it’s so completely mysterious that people could get so caught up in something that doesn’t matter. So I look forward to the BBC’s upcoming features “Arsenal Supporters: Why Are They So Devoted?” and “Yankees vs Mets: Seriously, People, What In the Actual Fuck?”
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