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Three NerdNest Fangirls Spill Their Geeky Obsessions

When she envisioned NerdNest, Raine Giorgio wanted to create a one-stop shop and social-media sharing service for fangirls, And they have plenty to share. We asked three fangirls, including Raine, about their induction into fandom and what they consume each week. Keep reading for the answers.

Raine Giorgio

Age: 21
Home town: Morrison
Induction into Fandom: “Watching Star Trek with my dad when I was eight years old.”
Consumption Habits: “Up to ten hours a week watching shows, reading books, texting with friends and writing fan fiction, though there have been times, like last summer, when I’ve gone off the deep end with my consumption.”
Fandoms: All of the classic mainstays of the geek world — Doctor Who, Supernatural, The Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter series — plus a few comics: the Teen Titans issue “Raven Goes Berserk,” “Iron Manual” from Iron Man (from 1983 and 1993) and the “Daredevil” issue of The Termination of Typhoid.

Faith Lierheimer
Age: 21
Home town: Evergreen
Induction into Fandom: “Family nights watching Star Trek, followed by my parents chatting about life lessons they learned from the original series around the dinner table.”
Consumption Habits: “Who knows? At least two hours a day online, using Tumblr and NerdNest — more if it’s the weekend. Up to an hour a day working on various fic projects: shorter takes scrawled in my journal and monstrous projects like this huge 50,000+ word X-Men fic I’m currently revising. Once a month there are four-hour ‘Social Shakespeare’ readings. On top of that, my friends and I are constantly discussing our fandoms, and I’m not sure how to time-stamp that.”
Fandoms: There are the classics — Sherlock Holmes in all of its forms, Doctor Who, Star Trek, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Marvel-based fandoms include anything having to do with The X-Men, Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and more or less anything within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On YouTube, there are the Vlogbrothers video blogs; Hank Green’s web series, Sci Show; Carmilla, a web series based on the 1872 novel by Sheridan Le Fanu; Miranda Sings and My Drunk Kitchen. “I just started The Legend of Korra, the animated series,” she adds. “Finally, fandoms with a significant basis not in television include Shakespeare, Hannibal in all of its incarnations — some of the coolest fans I’ve met — and the amazing podcast Welcome to Night Vale.” 

Kyra Ferguson
Age: 17
Home town: Parker
Induction into Fandom: “I’ve been going to StarFest Denver with my dad since before I can remember.”
Consumption Habits: “Sixty hours? No, it’s probably more like forty hours a week that I spend watching shows, reading others’ fan fictions, writing fan fiction and doing my own fan art. I’m not very good at art, but I put time into trying. At school I’ll talk to friends about our fandoms, and I spend some time during school trying to find what I can online — whatever isn’t blocked by their Internet censors.”
Fandoms: Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, the new Star Trek movies, Teen Wolf, Agent Carter and NCIS.