“As I walked through the hall, I found myself thinking less about the negative side of fandom than about its benefits. At its core, fandom is a love story, like something out of Greek myth; it’s Pygmalion falling in love with someone else’s statue. Like romantic love, it can range from gentle companionship—cosplay and curtain fic—to deranged obsession.” The New Yorker’s Michael Schulman on the positive and negative aspects of extreme fandom. Superfans: A Love Story. “From Star Wars to Game of Thrones, fans have more power than ever to push back. But is fandom becoming as toxic as politics? (Or has politics become fandom?)