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Being in fandom means watching your heroes die. Like, that's what it means to be a fan of things, a lot of the time. Because creators and actors and the real people the bring life to the things that we love are all human and especially when you're young, they are older than you are.

My first year collecting comic books, Julius Schwartz died. When I was little, I actually thought all authors were dead, as if that was a prerequisite for being published. So, you see, I started fandom with death from the very beginning. And I don't think a year has gone by since my active fandom days where someone hasn't died, although some of them (eeerrm, Terry Pratchet?) are people I'm aware of even in the greater fandom space as I haven't necessarily consumed much of their work.

I think being a fan expands my universe in the real world, by giving me glimpses of people and places I may never know or visit that aren't fictional, that are real too. And death comes along with that reality.

Which I suppose is a very long way of me saying that Carrie Fisher died and memorials to her have rightly consumed my internet feeds. And I'm not sure what I can say or add, but it shouldn't go unnoticed. The things she did as her own person were in many ways more courageous and more complicated and nuanced than her iconic role and I'm glad the internet is recognizing her for that.

Also, Sam said a lot of this but way, way better.

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