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When is someone a Firefly fan?
Wednesday, February 22, 2006

When is someone officially considered a Firefly fan? How much must someone love Firefly before they can call themselves a fan, or a Browncoat?

A. Interest:
You’ve started watching the series. You really like it and want to watch more.

B. Mild Interest:
You’ve seen all fourteen episodes and the movie, you love them but you haven’t watched them more than once yet. Maybe you’ve watched your favorite episode again.

C. Medium Interest:
You’ve seen all the episodes, and the movie. You’ve seen most of the episodes more than once and you are continuing to re-watch episodes when you have time.

D. High Interest:
You’ve already watched every episode, including the pilot, more than four times, and you now watch an average of three episodes a week.

E. Obsessed:
You’ve watched every episode more times than you can count with your fingers, including the movie. You love anything Firefly related and you frequently visit the fireflyfans website.

F. Helplessly Obsessed:
You are completely obsessed! You can’t stop thinking about Firefly/Serenity, you’ve watched every episode and the movie more times than you have the mental capacity to remember, you practically live on the fireflyfans website, you watch an average of an episode and a half every day, and you wish you had yet more time to spend in the ‘verse. You can't get enough Firefly!

G. Self Pronounced:
You consider yourself to be a Firefly fan. In your own opinion, by your own viewpoint, you consider yourself a fan—doesn’t matter how much you’ve watched the show or how into it you are, you just consider yourself a fan.

H. Any:
Any of the above.

Just curious what people think
So... what is it? Which one makes you a fan? What do you think?

COMMENTS

Sunday, April 23, 2006 1:15 PM

SIMONB


Yeah, have to agree with FollowMal, Singate, Anthiar and Gorbishun - you become a Browncoat the moment the show means enough to you to call yourself that. Casual fans might say they like the show, but wouldn't think of themselves as Browncoats. The only people who will do that are those that really see it as something special and personally important. And when you reach that level of love, you just know it.

Thursday, February 23, 2006 4:31 PM

GORBISHUN


I agree with all of you, especially you, FollowMal and Sigma. Being a fan doesn’t exactly have a defined starting line, you just have to consider yourself a fan and you have to be passionate about it.

So I guess it’s kind of a mix of G and parts of D, E, or F—or something like that.

Passion and self realization...

Thursday, February 23, 2006 7:18 AM

CBY


I am somewhere between C and D. Seems to be the perfect balance.

Thursday, February 23, 2006 2:50 AM

JOSSISAGOD


I'm a mix of helplessly obsessed and selp-pronounced. I've watched the series more times than I can remember off the top of my head, watched the movie three times and am on the fourth. Then again, It doesn't matter to me when others think I'm a browncoat, in my mind I was a Browncoat after watching the teaser to "The Train Job" back in 2002. I believe, if you loved this 'verse from the moment you saw your first episode(doesn't have to be THE first episode just yours), then you're a Browncoat.
Also, when I'm not at school, I surf this site and Serenitymovie.com almost exclusivly.

Thursday, February 23, 2006 12:25 AM

ERTANK


Apart from the frequency of watching the episodes, I think behave like missionary and spreading the addiction to your friends is another criteria. Organising screening nights at home, talkin about Firefly whenever it's relevant -or mostly not-, spending effort to create a relevance to come to talking on Firefly, defending the series against people who say crap like "Star Wars was a better sci-fi", etc.
These are other signs of being a fan.

There are much more signs, which are pretty personal for me. Please tell me doctor, am I normal?

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 11:15 PM

ANTHIAR


Do you love it?
Yes

Are you enthusiastic about it?
Yes

You're a Browncoat.

Just my oppinion, but I think it's that simple.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 10:50 PM

SIGMANUNKI


First off, I think that what you have written is a great indicator of how obsessed one is. Heathly, or otherwise.

But, I don't think that one can say, I watched the series x number of time (even if one can remember what x is) and then say, I'm a Browncoat. Otherwise, someone, with no life, that only has the DVD's (or downloaded it), that has watched them ump-teen times, but doesn't really like it, can call themselves a Browncoat.

I also don't necessarily think that being here a lot is necessarily good criteria either. Some people just don't really play on the web. Though, that is an odd sort now isn't it ;)


Personally, I think that there has to be a genuine love. For instance, whenever I reach that last episode, I get a feeling like I got something missing inside; something that cannot be filled. Almost makes me cry. Get a little choked up I do.

Also, whenever I'm watching any episode, I have a bitter-sweet feeling. It's awesome because... well, I'm watching Firefly. But, it's bitter... well, because, it'll end, nothing new to come.

I would think that if you got genuine love, not necessarily how I specificaly feel (love is different for everyone), and you feel like you are connected to something larger than yourself, whether it is the community in whatever form, you are a Browncoat.


But, just to add an indicator. If you've been involved in a thread where someone who said that character y say this and it meant that. And you actually got a little emotional (read: mad), because that /clearly/ isn't true, then you might be a Browncoat.


Yes, that was a little random. Yes, I'm about to fall over tired. Hope some of the above made sense and I wasn't insulting or anything. Didn't mean to, sorry if I was.

'night.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 10:24 PM

SINGATE


I remember when I first came to this sight and kept seeing people refer to Browncoats. At first I thought they meant those who opposed the Alliance. I finally caught on to the fact that it was the fans' nickname for themselves. Don't know when it happened but one day I just knew I was one too.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 9:42 PM

FOLLOWMAL


Well, I'm helplessly obsessed. But I think you are a Browncoat when you know you are a Browncoat. When being a part of that community becomes as important as anything in your real life.


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