FanA fan it’s a admirer or follower of something or someone. The term comes from English fanatic, equivalent to the concept of fanatic in our tongue. The fan is a person who defends his preferences with passion and tenacity.

For instance: “My daughter is a fan of Justin Bieber: she has all his records”, “I have been a fan of Deportivo Laurencio since I was born, inherited from my father and my grandfather”, “A fan of the local team entered the bar and hit the attendees who were celebrating the victory of the visiting team”.

The admiration that a fan feels for their idols does not always arise spontaneously and as Outcome of a gradual approach to them; in many cases, especially in sports, inherits of parents and grandparents, often with no room to make a conscious choice. Inherited fanaticism is usually born from the need not to disappoint the elderly, for which it is common that it is strongly linked to a resentment at the impossibility of choosing one’s own path.

The fan feels a excessive enthusiasm for what makes him fanatic. Unlike an amateur, the fan does not recognize limits to approach whom he admires and is capable of performing actions that escape the logic Yet the reason (such as selling personal items to have money to buy tickets to a concert, walking many miles to attend a football game or waiting all night at the door of a hotel to see a singer).

It is common for the fan to organize various activities around their idol. Since the creation of a fanzine (a publication intended to spread information about the admired person) to the organization of a fan’s clubEverything is valid to demonstrate fanaticism.

FanA fan enjoys the successes of his idol and suffers for his failures, as if they were his own, seeking to accompany him as closely as possible. Thanks to the tools provided by the Internet, nowadays it is not difficult to show all our admiration and our support for the people and companies that inspire us with their works and products. When a singer releases a new album or single, for example, his fans often send him messages of encouragement and share their opinions with him.

Today it is not uncommon for the birthday of a famous person is celebrated in various parts of the world by his fans, in meetings in which they take the opportunity to honor their idol through a review of his career and the making of posters, photo albums and videos that compile his best works , among many other possible tasks that show your admiration and respect.

The music stars, the football teams and the Hollywood actors are some of the figures and institutions that usually garner fans. In many cases, it is common to generate a kind of rivalry between fans of different artists or clubs.

When a fan is limited to respect only the creations or works of their idols, denying any merit to the competition or to people or companies that carry out similar activities and criticizing them excessively and unfairly, there is talk of fanboy or fangirl.

The industry of videogames is an area in which fanaticism tends to be taken to the extreme, and where fierce confrontations are commonplace. A fan of a developer company may accept and even admire the work of others; But a fanboy never finds inner peace, and gets irritated at the mere suggestion that another company might outperform his favorite in some way.