Sorry for a double post today, but the first response to the fan challenge has been really good. Thank you for comments and tweets so far, as well as a reblog courtesy of Servetus. Servetus has also offered her blog for guest posts – what a great idea. So if you are a reader without blog but would like to dip your toe into blogging, here is the perfect opportunity and space to do so.
I am also thinking, how cool would it be if the whole Fan A to Z were to be answered by 26 different guest bloggers? That’s just my idea of fun and might not suit Serv, by the way, so take it merely as me thinking aloud.
In any case, to get the ball rolling, here is my response to
A – If you added up all the money you have spent on DVDs, cinema tickets, flights, accommodation, theatre tickets, fan art, audio books etc, how expensive has RA been so far?
Ugh. In German we say that money is not a topic that should be discussed. Ok, that’s a stupid cop out, given that *I* myself came up with this question. The truth of the matter is that I rarely think about money as such – or regret sinking money into something that I love or enjoy. Hence I do not really keep track of my outgoings – it’s a given that they were worth it. So I had to do a quick expenditure overview. These are basically ball park figures, but it turns out I have sunk about 2100 Euro (2500$) into this sweet hobby of mine over the last seven years. 😱? or 🤪?
I’ve basically attended four events abroad that accrued flight costs of about 950 Euro. Accommodation thankfully was mostly covered by
sponging off visiting friends except for one trip to Leeds. A massive 400 Euro has gone into theatre tickets. TC was an expensive run – at least when you want to sit in decent seats – as was LLL. Cinema has been much less costly at a two-figure sum – in this regard it comes as an advantage that many Armitage vehicles never turned up on the actual silver screen. Fan art is the third most expensive item on my list. I reckon I have spent about 200 Euro over the years for plushies, bags and bits and pieces over the years. (I am not calculating my own outlays for my own fan art, btw – I have totally lost track of all the postage, the printed fabrics, the postcards, the bling and tins.) Another three-figure post is my annual WordPress subscription of 99 Euro (now the second year running). Subscriptions to Audible and Stitcher have been relatively modest so far (and Stitcher has already been cancelled again), I have bought a couple of Hobbit DVD sets, so I am calculating 100 Euro for that and for sundries.
So altogether more than 2000 Euro. It’s the sort of sum that will look ludicrous when looked at in isolation. But here’s the thing: The costs accumulated over a 6 year period, so we are effectively talking 350 Euro per year, or about 30 Euro per month. That’s the kind of money that other people spend on going out for dinners and drinks every week. These were expenditures that have either given me invaluable memories or tangible products that I both greatly enjoy having. In truth, I think that the gains from my investments are actually priceless. There are no price tags on friendship, on moments of joy, on happy giggles, on unforgettable theatre experiences, precious encounters at the SD, on entertainment when needed. And if there were, then 2100 Euro was a steal! I regret nothing!
At the same time, I also don’t believe that our individual “standing” as a fan (if there is such a thing as a fan ranking) depends on the money we have ploughed into our hobby. Being a “real” fan does not mean that you have to fly to every event, to buy fan items or to donate money to the causes championed by our hero. I’ve spent money because – well, frankly, because I was able to do so. If I wasn’t, I’d be a fan within my own financial means, doing my thing with the resources that are my disposal for free.
What about you? Care to disclose a ballpark figure?