Gowing up a Fan-Girl Today: Thoughts from a Child of the ’90’s

When I think about how much things have changed through the years, I can’t help but be amazed at one particular and that’s how accessible celebrities have become to their fans. Take Twitter for instance, all you need is 140 characters- or less, something interesting to say and boom, fans have the ability to actually “converse” with their favourite celebrity! For someone like me who grew up in the ’90’s, this is amazing. Let me explain.

As a kid, buying the latest issues of “Teen Beat” “Bop” and whatever else was on stands, meant riffling to the end pages where you would always find a page listing addresses of the hottest stars and where you can send your fan mail and then, of course, wait for months to see a response or autographed photo in your mail box that essentially never came. I’m looking at you Backstreet Boys!.. But I’m over that of course. Come to think of it, I wonder if magazines even still have these pages? And how many fans actually still write letters.

As a child of the ’90’s, my life revolved around The Backstreet Boys, N’Sync and pretty much any new boy-band who came out at the time, getting a response was never this easy. As an earlier generation of fan girl, I would sometimes look at girls today and be taken back by all the hysteria and screaming, only to take a moment and remember that really, nothing has changed to that aspect. To have had Twitter then, I would’ve been have been just as enthusiastic. Twitter has made it easier than ever to “get a hold” of your favourite celebrities and with the new wave of boybands and teen heartthrobs lately, I can’t help but feel a little nostalgic and remember how different things were. I honestly cannot remember any singer being so in-touch and easy-going with fans. Before YouTube and video blogs, the only way we got an in-depth look into the day and life of a singer is buy purchasing a VHS behind the scenes cassette!… Wow, I am really feeling old right now.

Truth is, to this day, it still doesn’t take much, just hearing my favourite song when I was 10 randomly playing on the radio- which was “Quite Playing Games with my Heart” from The Backstreet Boys- YouTube it, causes me to morph back into that little girl. Even today, at 22, I can’t help but get caught up in the new boy band hysteria and think about the differences in the way fans are growing up with their favourite artists compared to how earlier generations did…  But I guess when you think about it, a lot has changed but so much has stayed the same.