I have a humble request for all TMNT fans reading this- and TF fans, though I'm writing this particularly with TMNT in mind.
There's a new movie coming up soon! WOO HOO! This has me excited for several reasons:
New media for fandoms creates new canon to play around with!
New media creates revenue for the fandom so more new stuff will continue to be made!
And most importantly,
New media bring new fans into the fandom!
It's this last point I'd like to address.
Think what you want of the upcoming movie; everyone is entitled to their own assessment, predictions and opinions and all are of equal value. However, keep the discussions and arguments within that context only; do not
let that bleed over into acting negatively
toward new fans who are coming in because of their exposure to this movie! It's likely this new movie will have it's own brand of canon and interpretation of the characters we know; new fans are not 'wrong' or 'silly' or 'ignorant' if they display enthusiasm and support for the movie (and current/returning fans, for that matter).
New fans are something to be very, very excited about! Each new fan is a potential new friend. Each new fan has a unique set of creative talents to bring to the fandom. Each new fan absolutely has every right to be a part of the fandom, even if all they've ever seen is this upcoming movie.
don't discourage new fans simply because you dislike a canon they know and love. Please don't limit them, don't dampen their excitement, don't pull them into petty arguments.
One thing that was very prevalent in the TMNT fandom when I was firmly engrossed in it, was the needlessly intense shipping rivalries. While we can't shelter new fans from this destructive behavior competely, you can
not direct it at
Welcome new fans with happiness, make new friends, share what you love!
Thank you for reading.