It doesn’t matter what medium or form of entertainment/amusement/learning you adhere to. Everyone is probably a fan of something. But there always seems to be varying grades. There are fans who buy tons of things related to the series, fans who have a casual interest, and many other categories. But one of the most frustrating things to see is hatred of certain fans. Many times, a dominant group will chide another for being part of the casual crowd. If someone becomes interested in a series like Lord of the Rings or Star Trek, they may be criticized by someone whose been a fan for nearly their entire lives. I understand that some people are considerably versed in a topic, but we shouldn’t ostracize others who are still willing to learn, even at such a late stage. I myself only became a fan of the under-appreciated video game Earthbound last year. Yet I find it rather heartwarming to see such a devoted fan community.
Encourage, but don’t force. Invite and they shall learn more.