I’m an only child. To make up for this, many of my favorite fictional characters (and sometimes my favorite famous people) are like family to me. I used to shy away from this, because I thought if people knew, they would think I was weird. But more recently, I’ve embraced it. I even admitted it in my Children’s Literature class.
I don’t pick every fandom; my relationships with fandoms change. But if a fandom means a lot to me, it’ll stick around. Most of the characters end up being like brothers or sisters, because as I said, I don’t have any.
But some give me even more family members. An extended family, if you will. Of course, sometimes I wish I had real siblings, but I’m happy with the family I’ve created for myself.
It’s the reason I don’t get lonely. They’re people I can turn to; they give me confidence. They have my metaphorical back.
And because I’m always reading, it will evolve; my favorite characters can change. But I will always have a fanmily.