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A fan is a admirer or follower of something or someone . The term comes from English fanatic, equivalent to the concept of fanatic in our language. The fan is a person that defends his preferences with passion and tenacity.

For example: “My daughter is a Justin Bieber fan: she has all her records”, "I have been a fan of Deportivo Laurencio since I was born, because of my father and my grandfather's inheritance", "A fan of the local team entered the bar and hit attendees celebrating the victory of the visiting team".

The admiration a fan feels for his idols is not always born spontaneously and as result of a gradual approach to them; in many cases, especially in sports fields, it inherit of parents and grandparents, often without space to make a conscious choice. Inherited fanaticism is usually born of the need not to disappoint the elderly, so it is common to be strongly linked to resentment at the impossibility of choosing a path of their own.

The fan feels a excessive enthusiasm for what fanatizes him. Unlike an amateur, the fan does not recognize limits to approach who admires and is able to perform actions that escape the logic Yet the reason (such as selling personal items for money and buying tickets to a concert, walking many kilometers to attend a football game or waiting all night at the door of a hotel to see a singer).

It is common for the fan to organize various activities around his idol. Since the creation of a fanzine (a publication intended to disseminate information about the admired person) until the organization of a fan's club , everything is valid to demonstrate fanaticism.

A fan enjoys the successes of his idol and suffers for his failures, as if they were his own, seeking to accompany him as closely as possible. Thanks to the tools that the Internet gives us, today it is not difficult to show all our admiration and our support to the people and companies that inspire us with their works and products. When a singer releases a new album or single, for example, his fans often send messages of encouragement and share his opinions with him.

At present it is not uncommon for the birthday A famous party is celebrated in several parts of the world by his fans, in meetings in which they take the opportunity to honor his idol through a review of his career and the preparation of posters, photo albums and videos that compile his best works , among many other possible tasks that show your admiration and respect.

The music stars , the football teams and the Hollywood actors They are some of the figures and institutions that usually reap fans. In many cases, it is common to generate a kind of rivalry between fans of different artists or clubs.

When a fan is limited to respect only the creations or works of their idols, denying any merit to the competition or people or companies that carry out similar activities and criticizing them excessively and unfairly, they talk about fanboy or fangirl.

The industry Videogames is an area in which fanaticism is usually taken to the extreme, and where fierce clashes are common currency. A fan of a developer can accept and even admire the work of others; but a fanboy never finds inner peace, and he becomes irritated at the mere suggestion that another company may in some way surpass his favorite.

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