Allison Larocque

I identify as a common band girl – concerts are my drug. There is nowhere in the world I feel better than at a concert listening to my favourite band sing my favourite songs with my adrenaline pumping and the bass pounding in my chest.

Allison Larocque
Allison Larocque

Of course, I always show up ridiculously early and stay until security makes me leave to try and have a chance at meeting my favourite singer. Which does happen, so trust me it’s all worth it.

I am a fangirl.

The life of a fangirl is harder than you might expect it to be. Fangirling is a 24/7 job that completely consumes your life leaving you emotional, stressed and usually tired.

Why do we do it then? I couldn’t explain it if I tried. It’s something inside of us that makes us fall head over heels in love with band members, singers, actors or actresses and even fictional characters that we probably won’t ever meet.

Urban Dictionary’s most popular definition of a fangirl is a rabid breed of human female who is obsessed with either a fictional character or an actor. They have been known to glomp, grope and tackle when encountering said obsessions.

Not true.

Though there are girls out there who fit the description above most of us are just normal people whose lives happen to revolve around one person or a group of people that somehow make us happy.

The progression of fangirling can be gradual or it can happen overnight, but guaranteed you will go through a few stages. First off is denial, where you deny that you think he is cute or that the song is actually really good. Next is anger, where you get mad at said person for being so perfect and ruining your life. Then there’s depression, which usually happens when the feels become too much to handle. And finally, it all ends with acceptance.

In the real world fangirls can seem few and far between but we are out there, just check any fandom’s Twitter. Whether you are a Directioner, a Whovian, part of the Bey Hive or still have Obsessive Jonas Disorder (OJD) like me, you should be proud of who you are.