At the beginning of 2017, our Managing Editor, Elizabeth, wrote a piece on context and cleaning up how we write in fandom. In the piece, she details how her position as an editor necessitates that she analyze her fandom consumption habits. Are you engaging with your media by only watching certain scenes? Do you rely on other fandom members' accounts to make up the bulk of your opinion?
We strongly recommend viewing fandom media for yourself, in its entirety. Media doesn't exist in a vacuum, and context is important to form a whole opinion. Besides, you may be missing out on scenes or chapters that resonate with you powerfully, even if they don't revolve around your primary interests in that fandom.
Yes, sometimes you'll still come away from it with your opinions intact. Some shows/books/films are just dramatically satisfying and there's nothing you can do about that. But, sometimes, your entire perspective might shift. And then you have even more to gush over or discuss with your fellow fandom members.