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Fandom Snowflake Day 11

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Day 11

Share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life.


I thought and thought about this and finally decided: Naruto. Naruto was the first manga I read, the first fandom I was in, the first fandom I wrote fic for, the thing that helped me find fellow fangirls among my friends. Basically, I feel like it's the beginning of me as a fangirl!

I didn't know what Naruto was until I was in high school and constantly on Gaia. On one of the forums I was on, I saw a picture of two boys kissing and immediately went wow, I need to know what that is! I found out it was Naruto and Sasuke (of course lol) and immediately went out to find the manga and read it. I loved it! I found community online and I found fanfiction. And I had something in to talk to one of my new high school friends with! There was a really awkward day in math class where I remember us both dancing around SasuNaru, trying to figure out if the other was into yaoi or not. We figured out eventually that we both were, and we started trading recs for fanfiction and other manga. We got my now bff into manga, though not really much into Naruto. We all started writing fanfiction and my first published piece was a little KakaIru thing that's probably terrible but opened me up to a whole new area of fandom.

I mostly left Naruto behind years ago (though I do still read KakaIru fic occasionally!), but I have a lot of warm feelings for it :)

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Awwwwwwwwwwww... that's a nice story :) That's so cool how you and your BFF connected :)
It is! I don't think we'd be half as good of friends if we hadn't bonded of manga and yaoi in high school lol
First fandoms always hold a special place in our hearts. ♥
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