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Clever and bound to cause controversy, today Vulture published an interesting list of what they believe are the Top 25 Most Devoted Fan Bases.

The list was published in an online slideshow, and each fan base had a great write up explaining why it appears. The list is as follows:

25) Mad Men
24) Real Housewives
23) Lil B
22) Stephen Colbert
21) Phish
20) Kevin Smith
19) Insane Clown Posse
18) Neil Gaiman
17) Bruce Springsteen (Editor’s note: <333)
16) True Blood
15) Oprah
14) Star Trek
13) Community
12) Joss Whedon
11) Tyler Perry
10) Arrested Development
9) Doctor Who
8) Lady Gaga
7) Hunger Games
6) Lord of the Rings
5) Justin Bieber
4) Harry Potter
3) Twilight
2) Star Wars
1) Game of Thrones

A couple of notes: It’s interesting that Twilight edged out Harry Potter. We attribute this to the fact that the Twilight fan base has a very passionate community that camps out days in advance for the film’s premieres and stars.

Game of Thrones seems to be an odd choice for number one given its the show’s young age. Yes, the books have been around for much longer, but Vulture used the show’s name. Lil B and Insane Clown Posse may be the most surprising choices to us. And while Mad Men does indeed have a fan base, we don’t think there’s anything special about it to really make the list.

You can visit Vulture’s site to see their explanations for each of the contenders. Where do you think they got the list right — and wrong?

  • randyb17

    no way does twilight beat out harry potter

    • Hermione Granger

      Maybe whoever put this list together thought dedicated meant “insane”.

    • http://hypable.com Selina

      They’re not saying Twilight beats out Harry Potter though, just that the fandom has the slight edge on how devoted they are to their saga. And I think it’s pretty close, tbh, I could see reasons for why either would narrowly beat out the other.

      • randyb17

        I understand it is the fandom but I just don’t think and many agree it will not have the endurance of the potter fandom.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001113783924 Asja ‘Merina’ Dally

          The list wasn’t about ‘enduring’ fandoms. It was about ‘devoted’ ones. And Twilight fans are bonkers with devotion, they totally deserve their place on this list in my opinion!

    • Aqua

      The lowest selling harry potter (3) made £30 million, 3 times the amount of the highest selling twilight movie. lolz

  • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

    Where’s Glee?

  • http://www.facebook.com/amber.carney3 Amber Carney

    No glee?…ok.

    • Caitlyn

      I think that Glee isn’t on there because it is a list of the most devoted fan bases. I love Glee, but its fan base, or at least number of viewers, has gradually, and in Season 4′s case drastically, dropped since the second season. I mean, on Hypable or other websites, if you go under a Glee article or recap and look at the comments, half of the comments are people who loved everything about it and half of the comments are complaints about it, even among fans.

      Honestly, even though the people who are still watching Glee this season are the devoted fans, it cannot beat the number or loyalty of the fans of Harry Potter, Doctor Who, or most of the others on that list…with the exception of Twilight. I think that fan base, unlike the others, is out after the last movie. Most of their fan base seem to be young girls, who will find something new to cling to when the hype has worn off on the series.

      • Caitlyn

        Didn’t even notice Justin Beiber before. He’s going to go out of style quick too. Again, the young girl fan base can quickly get obsessed with something and then just as quickly get bored with it.

        • http://twitter.com/AntaraC Antara Chowdhury

          I doubt Justin Bieber is going to fade away. People have been saying that since he first became popular, and it’s now three years later and he’s more famous than ever. He’s 18 now and his fans have grown up alongside him, so he does have many fans that are around his age or older. As long as he keeps making music consistently, then he’s always going to have a large dedicated fanbase.

      • http://www.facebook.com/amber.carney3 Amber Carney

        All of this is true for sure! But also on hypable glee season 4 is always the top tending item. I feel like glee fans are really attached and devoted but I see where you’re coming from about the fan base shrinking.

  • http://twitter.com/SofMarie93 Sofia Thomas

    Twilight beat out Harry Potter? No way that’s true. Pfft. Crazy Twilight fans. (All in good cheer. I’m a crazy HP fan)

  • http://twitter.com/taylie27 Taylore Thompson

    Neil Gaiman, that surprises me more then anything. I’m a fan of his work but I didn’t think he was that popular

    • Marly

      Most devoted, I think, not most popular

  • http://Hypable.com/ James Bean

    Marvel? Batman? COMICS??

    • kburford

      seriously. comic book superheroes should definitely be on that list!

      • maru

        The issue with comic books is the divided base. Most people are only into a few comic books and consider themselves for fans those franchises, as opposed to fans of comics in general. That dilutes and divides the fandom.

        It’s also a very broad category. If you include comics you end with questions like, “Should we include ‘books’? ‘Movies’? Is it fair to put those categories up against singular franchises?”

        I personally think that there are more devoted Batman fans then Kevin Smith fans but I don’t have any numbers to go by.

  • Kavitha

    Andrew. Your editor’s note on Bruce Springsteen. :P

  • Greg

    So, why is this labeled as a “Community” article?

  • Gabby Higuera

    I call BS. The Twilight phenomenon is dying out. Even after all the books came out and ten years of movies, Harry Potter fans are still gathering at conventions and is just as big as ever.

    • http://twitter.com/AntaraC Antara Chowdhury

      It made me really sad to see Twilight beat Harry Potter, but I can kind of see why it did. I mean, take all of the award shows where fans have to vote. Twilight has usually beaten Harry Potter in all of those because they have a larger amount of fans who are dedicated to voting every day. Obviously Harry Potter has a greater number of fans and we still go to conventions years after the book series has ended, but to the outside world of people who are not in fandom, it looks as if we’re the ones dying out because Twilight wins all those fan-voted awards.

      • BlueBronze

        I kind of see where you’re coming from, if we want to look from an outsider’s perspective. But Harry Potter kicked off Midnight premieres for books, started it’s own musical genre, and note: we have a “Harry Potter” generation. Twilight has no such distinction.

        Right now, Twilight is still riding high because there’s one movie left (hopefully). But HP will outlast it in terms of popularity, there’s no doubt about that.

      • Hermione Granger

        I guess it all depends on the definition of “devotion” you’re using. I would think it means the fans who are the most passionate, loyal and enduring. The fans that aren’t jumping on the bandwagon of a fad, but the fans who pour their hearts and souls into their fandom. Sitting at your computer pushing a button repeatedly to win a teen awards show shouldn’t override the cross-generational reach of a story–that’s real devotion in my mind.

        • http://twitter.com/AntaraC Antara Chowdhury

          I agree 100%, but that’s obviously not how the creator of this list was judging fan bases.

          • Hermione Granger

            Haha yeah, I get it :) Sometimes I wonder if it isn’t really good that Twilight is so popular… otherwise what would we all argue about and make fun of?! Life would be boring ;)

        • PotionWillow207

          Except that Twilight does have a cross-generational reach. Have you ever been to one of the midnight releases for the movies or the books? There are/were people there from ages 9-80.

          And there is nothing wrong with following a fad. I like Twilight, and I was a literature major in undergrad. No there isn’t a whole lot of substance to the story, but it’s a nice bit of escapism. Everything doesn’t have to have a deeper meaning to be enjoyable. There’s not a hidden meaning to Snow White or Sleeping Beauty. They’re just nice stories, and they have managed to span the ages and spread into multiple cultures. In fact, I would say that this current desire to require all stories to have some kind of complex, hidden meaning is a fad. It certainly hasn’t been the case in all past literary movements.

    • KaycePotter24

      hear hear!!

  • Alexandra V

    Sorry there seems to have been an error when typing the list…. Here’s the final list-
    1.) Harry Potter

    2.) Marvel/DC Comics
    3.) Star Wars
    4.) LOTR
    no where anywhere near this list.) Twilight

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17127641 Laura Jurgensmeyer

      Whether you like Twilight or not, you can’t deny that there’s a huge fan base!

      • Alexandra V

        Yeah I know… It just pains me to see them in front of HP when CLEARLY after a decade of loyalty, potterheads are still as active as they were from day one, whereas twilight fans seem to come and go.

        • goldensnidget92

          I think it’s just because they’re more …. vocal … than we Potterheads. We are secure in our fandom’s awesomeness and don’t feel the need to vocalise our passion everywhere we go.

          • Jon Kunitsky

            I agree goldensnidget92.

          • HJP<3

            I think you accidentally spelled annoying wrong (;

          • M

            Completely agree!

    • charlton

      Wow,I like this list.

  • Zukkity-o

    No 1D?!?!?!

    Just kidding, but really they have a pretty large fan base and they are freaking EVERYWHERE on tumblr.

    Also… uh… HELLO AVATAR?! We exist! We’re proud! WE HAVE HONORR!!!

  • Cristina

    I think some of the more “older” fandoms should be higher than the newer ones. I know that the newer fandoms will obviously become the older ones one day but honestly, how many of Justin Bieber’s fans will still be as devoted in a few years time? I’m a huge Hunger Games fan myself, but a lot of the fans (who are great) have only been fans for a year or so. I think how long the fans have been devoted for should have been a big factor in deciding. It’s a strange list, but I guess it really doesn’t matter as we all think our Fandoms are the greatest!

    • isenhobbitz

      Agreed, I feel that Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, and LOTR should be higher (as well as Marvel and DC who didn’t even make it on the list) purely because they’ve been around for sooo long and that should count for some major extra points….aren’t these the people who started things like Comic-con in the first place?

  • rrobison

    I don’t think a lot of research went into this.

  • Megushie

    How is Sherlock not on here? -.-

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Connor-Frye/1326652893 Connor Frye

      Annoyingly not too many people in the states have seen Sherlock. In comparison to other series. I just now got my Sherlock book obsessed friend to watch the series as he didn’t think from looking at Cumberbatch that he could pull it off. Of course he now thinks he is an awesome actor.

    • maru

      Plenty of people love Sherlock, but it’s a much more casual, inactive fan base. They write fan-fiction and make fan-art, but they tend to be bigger fans of other things (Harry Potter, Doctor Who, etc) which means that in poles, they tend to vote for those more established fandoms. (P.S. I am one of these people)

  • http://twitter.com/_unforgiven Maj Elisabeth

    LOL I did not expect to see Kevin Smith on this list! Actually, a lot of these I did not expect. Game of Thrones on top? Over Who, Whedon, Trek, Wars, POTTER? I love me some Ice and Fire, but ish, please. Strictly Come TV-Show, GoT does not have have the most devoted fan base on this list. A Song Of Ice and Fire? Maybe. At least we’re the most patient fanbase.

  • TexasGreatGrams

    I can not believe “SUPERNATURAL” did not make the top 5-and especially not even be on the list. There are 10-12 SUPERNATURAL conventions per year, in various countries and parts of the US. From all I’ve read, these conventions are almost always sold out, especially those attended by Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. I’m a great grandmother and have already purchased my tickets for the September 2013 Dallas convention.
    I have been a Twilight fan for 4 years, have read all 4 books many times and seen and purchased all the released movies and look forward to the final movie being released on 11/16/12-but there is just something very special about “SUPERNATURAL” and all the FANS. Just go to Facebook and/or Twitter and search for ‘SUPERNATURAL”-you will be surprised as to how many FANS you’ll find.

  • Jamie

    While this list is trying to seem broad (and it is fairly diverse) it’s a little too of the moment. I’d like someone to do a list that gave a little more weight to longevity. That would, of course, eliminate some of the younger fandoms for the time being (or at least move them down the list), but I think it would be a more accurate list. I just think that if you started before there was the internet to coordinate your efforts, and you’re still going, you should get a little extra credit. I find it hard to compare something like the Star Trek or Dr. Who fandoms with Twilight or Hunger Games, which are so new in comparison. As with all lists of this type, it’s highly subjective, so I hope there is a sociology student somewhere reading it and coming up with a slightly more scientific method of ranking these fandoms.

  • http://twitter.com/Celtise celtise

    nerdfighters? breaking bad? dexter?

  • http://twitter.com/Super_Lulu1 Lupita

    Marvel/DC Comics should be on this list! The Avengers & Batman have broken so many records these past few years.

  • Marly

    Joss Whedonnnnn! WOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Oh. Wait.
    I may be perpetuating the point of this article.

    (And for those of you who doubt the devoted-ness of aSoIaF, simply look to Westeros.org. That fanbase is very, *ahem*, devoted to GRRM and the books.)

  • Jill

    I’m happy to see the following: Tyler Perry, Lady GaGa, Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Twilight. Also, Justin Bieber, I’m not a fan but we all know his fans are very loyal and it’d be stupid to not put him up there. I would have liked to see Pretty Little Liars though. They have so many views when the show is on and has done something where it was the most talked about show on social networks.

  • http://twitter.com/AntaraC Antara Chowdhury

    I wonder what factors they considered when making this list. I’m really surprised to see Mad Men, Lil B, and Insane Clown Posse on here… as an avid user of all things social media (facebook, twitter, tumblr, etc.), I rarely see those things mentioned so I wonder what makes their fan bases so devoted. While Game of Thrones does seem to be an odd choice for #1, I’m not as surprised about that because my tumblr dash is consistently filled with GoT, and even though I don’t watch the show, I’m well aware of it.

    Also, Marvel/DC comics should DEFINITELY be on here. The fact that it’s not means that whatever rubric they used to decide this list is extremely inaccurate.

    • http://www.facebook.com/peggy.ruiz1 Peggy Ruiz

      Knowing ICP fans, I’m not surprised that they are on the list.

  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    I think Twilight beat out HP just because the fans are crazier, not more devoted. As a generalization, Twilight fans are girls and, speaking from experience, girls can be effing crazy sometimes. HP fans are crazy in a good way but Twilight fans can be absolutely terrifying. Also, Twilight still has one more movie whereas HP is over in terms of movies and books. Personally find that the HP fandom is more devoted. It’s been around longer and I don’t think that it’s as easy to grow out of as Twilight. I out grew Twilight pretty quickly. I know a lot of friends who got sucked into the twilight fandom when it was at it’s height and they just as quickly fell out.I will NEVER out grow Harry Potter.

    • hpboy13

      Agreed. I was also tempted to cry bloody murder upon seeing that, but it’s true – Twihards be crazy. Let’s revisit this issue in ten years, when it’ll be Twi-what?

  • Brittany

    twilight beating Potter and Joss Whedon made me sad for humanity…

  • Jael

    Kind of wished the Bronies were included. Believe me, we are many and we are passionate for our ponies.

    • http://www.facebook.com/peggy.ruiz1 Peggy Ruiz

      OMG! That’s Awesome! MLP!!!!!!!!!

  • BlueBronze

    Doctor Who should be much higher. In fact, Who, LoTR, and Star Wars should take the first three spots; they have avid fan bases that extend over DECADES.

    Justin Bieber and Twilight deserve a spot on this list (as much as I hate to admit it), but no way should they be that high.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Connor-Frye/1326652893 Connor Frye

      Well it is a NY magazine(right?) and DW has only recently become known to the states.

      • Victoria

        Not exactly. The revival of Who has kinda recently become popular, but the old series is as much a classic here as in the UK. I watch the new series with my mom, who used to watch the old series with her father before. It’s been going since the 60′s.
        Even the song…the one that just repeats “Doctor Who” over and over again…is extremely popular for sporting events and whatnot. That was a classic to play in my high school band, and I know it was played at others as well.

  • macattack

    No Supernatural? If you ask me, those fans are pretty damn devoted…

    • Abi

      yes! exactly! we are! eugh -_-

  • maricelag21

    Vulture picked Mad Men because it’s one of Mad Men’s biggest fangirls. Vulture eats, sleeps, and breathes Mad Men.

    Trust me, as a non-Mad Men fan and frequent Vulture commenter, it gets excessive.

    HP #1 Always.

  • Moonshoes Potter

    Im in 6 of these. I cant tell whether thats a good thing or a bad thing

  • hpboy13

    Game of Thrones? Really? I mean, I really like the TV series, and I know a lot of people who really love the books. But to put it above such craziness as Potter, LotR, Star Wars… not sure I buy it.

  • LilyLuna

    I really don’t agree with the order of this list at all, nor some of the content. Twilight’s such a fickle fad and it’s already died out so much (thankfully), where as you’ve still got loads of Potterheads who’ve been with the series for well over a decade now. Whovians should also be higher on the list. And no Glee???

  • Skywalkerspock

    I call radishes. Let some of these fandoms suffer thru sub par movie adaptions( see every other Trek movie) and even worse prequels and director cuts ( calling Mr. Lucas) and still be flying your freak flag high. 30 plus years we have been holding it down with Trek and Wars love. Who and Rings fans haven’t had it easy either. There have been a gizzilion versions of Dr. Who. And those folks watch them all. LOTR has made up languages, laments And appendixes. SW,ST,DW & LOTR are fandom royalty. They have no peers.

  • randyb17

    Also surprised Dave Matthews didn’t make it on here, they are extremely devoted as well

  • http://www.facebook.com/Liliana.Sa Liliana Sa

    hahaha

  • Jessica

    I think that people are forgetting that fandoms exist and thrive outside the world of tumblr. A lot of these fan bases just aren’t going to be writing heaps of fanfiction and making gifs and posting about “feels” but that doesn’t invalidate the fact that they are incredibly dedicated fans in their own way and that justifies their spots on this list.

  • antonia31

    HELL YEAH GAME OF THRONES.

  • Hermione Granger

    My thoughts: I really don’t understand why Harry Potter wouldn’t be #1, or at least #2 (I think Star Wars makes sense). As a Taylor Swift fan, I don’t see why she wouldn’t be included on this list AT ALL… especially because both Lady Gaga and Bieber are. Maybe her fans aren’t quite as vocal but they’re certainly some of the most dedicated people I’ve seen. As a huge fan of Gilmore Girls, I wish it had made the cut as I know it had a VERY dedicated and unique following its entire run, and even to this day (five and a half years later!) :) but I do understand that the majority of the time it was on the air there weren’t this type of “fandom websites” for people to commune on.

    But actually… since this writer put Twilight ahead of Harry Potter their opinions are no longer valid.

  • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

    Worst list ever. I mean, how does Bieber make it high on the list and yet Batman is non-existent?!

    And Harry Potter should be #2. After LOTR. False. List. GOT cannot be number one.

    Note: I loveeeeeee GOT btw. No hating on it at all.

  • Hugo Weasley

    POLL IS FALSE! HP RULEZ ALL!

  • Plat

    Where’s LOST and Batman? And I seriously question Twilight being higher than HP. They haven’t gone nearly as far in all that the HP fandom has.

  • PotionWillow207

    So to sum up everyone’s comments: the list is wrong. #1 should be [insert your favorite fandom here]. LOL.

  • http://hypable.com/author/jeremy-baril/ Jeremy Baril

    Talk about a list made on the basis of hyperbole…

  • Chicken

    Doctor Who! Certain fandoms have been come and go for me. I still like them, but not with the same intensity. But I think/hope Doctor Who will be a lifelong love. I also like Lord of the Rings (the movies); so many emotions, and so many quotable lines! Harry Potter has been a slow simmer, reaching it’s peak probably around the time the last 2 movies were coming out. I wish I was more mature when all the cool stuff was happening (messed up my OWLS). I was heavily involved with the Hunger Games not too long ago, but that has died down. Simply put, these fandoms touched me on an emotional level, and they’ll be the ones I remember.

    • Chicken

      I meant the first 3.

  • http://twitter.com/Tran_Nagwaian Tran Nguyen

    I LOVE Game of Thrones, but Harry Potter has one of the most dedicated fanbases over an incredibly long time. I’d think it’d be 1.

  • Abi

    this list is stupid, so much has been missed out! supernatural? marvel?

  • Hylia

    ahh game of thrones number 1!! :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gavin-Walsh/100000260589961 Gavin Walsh

    apart from twilight and JB , and some of the places would be switched some things would be added to it and some removed

  • yupyup

    Joss Whedon should be way higher – did they forget that Firefly, arguably not even Joss Whedon’s most popular show, had a 10 years reunion panel at comicon that packed the building? for a show that didn’t make a full season that’s some serious fan dedication

  • Gabbi

    I didn’t originally see who wrote this article, but I immediately knew who it was when seeing the editor’s note :P

  • http://hypable.com Selina

    I am disappointed with Joss Whedon fans’ placement on this list. But otherwise I’m okay with it!

  • Lucien

    I’ve met Neil Gaiman. Cool dude. Where’s Big Bang Theory?

  • lorena

    Lord of the Rings. Is. Below. Justin. Freaking. Beiber.
    I want to leave this planet now.

    On a side note: Ahhh yeaahhh, Doctor Who made it to number 9

  • Kate

    I think the only way Game of Thrones should be on there is if it includes the books as well. I mean, the fans are pretty dedicated to the show, but it’s the books that show true dedication. Waiting 6 years for the fifth book to come out (and 5 years between the third and fourth) takes quite a lot of dedication. And it won’t be until at least 2014 before book six is released. We’re looking at about 25 years for just seven (monster) books.

  • Han

    HOW ARE WE FOURTH!

  • Maya

    Harry Potter should be number one, hands down. I would also think Star Trek would be up higher.

  • DaniMoonstar

    Where’s the Vampire Diaries?? No offense to Community, but the TVD fanbase could devour that show.

  • Kelishas

    It’s an interesting list, but I don’t think it’s altogether accurate. Don’t get me wrong I love the Hunger Games, but how can you compare (and rank higher) fan bases that have been around for ten years or less (Twilight, Hunger Games etc), with ones that have been around for decades and spanned multiple generations like Star Trek, LOTR and Doctor Who. Maybe these are the fan bases that seem the most popular right now, but I think the true test is what ones will still have loyal fans in twenty, or thirty year and are still able to appeal to the next generation.

  • RumbleroarLuna

    I was about to say Glee fans are pretty devoted, but then I realized… they’re really not. Because everyone has a love/hate relationship with Glee now, so… yeah.
    Also, they’ve probably never heard of StarKid :P.

    • RumbleroarLuna

      or Nerdfighteria.

  • Slytherinhero01

    As much as I hate to say it, I can see why the Twilight fan base would win out. You have to remember, a lot of die hard HP fans are now adults. Twilight on the other hand have loads upon loads of teenage girls who will vote like crazy in any awards show with the fandom nominated, or will practically grow claws if you have anything even slightly negative to say about the series.

  • http://www.katepawsonstuder.com/ Kate Pawson Studer

    This list doesn’t seem to take longevity into account–some of these fanbases have been around and will be around. Some….won’t be. It appears to be trying to cram two lists into one. There should be a list of all-time fandom power and a separate list of currently-burning-bright-but-could-fizzle-any-moment fandoms. The fandoms in the second list would have to earn their place on the former.

  • Jack

    StarKid should be on the list

  • http://twitter.com/fluflu44 Mandy Brennan

    ICP scares me.

  • Erin

    It may be unpopular opinion but I honestly don’t know if Bieber fans are more devoted than One Direction fans.. just search the One Direction tag on tumblr and you’ll want to scratch your eyeballs out. Some of those kids are cray

  • charlton

    Joss Whedon should be in the top 10.

  • Guest

    YES. Twilight truly does have incredibly devoted fans.

  • Lezak

    Ahhhhhh I don’t think so. Sorry, Vulture!

  • Heather Orr

    While Harry Potter fans may not have been as “passionate” in the ways displayed through this article, I do believe they are quiet passionate in their persistance. College level Quidditch teams are on the rise with new schools added every year. I just don’t believe anyone is going to forget about the Wizarding World anytime soon. I will be interesting to see how this list changes with time. Star Wars and Lord of the Rings have both proven sticking power. And while Harry Potter is only a year out from the last movie, you do still get the sense that the fans are all still linked together. Twilight still has one more movie left. Will we hear much more about that franchise after that last one is completed and on the shelves for a while? I don’t see why Game of Thrones is number one. I hardly ever hear anyone talk about it. Certainly not on the level as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Twilight, or even Hunger Games.

  • Delaney

    This list was definitely not written by a nerd or anyone that understand fandoms…
    I am not a Trekkie, but Star Trek deserves to be higher up on this list. Star Trek fans are mind-boggling devoted. Just try to have a conversation with them that doesn’t involve Star Trek. It cannot be done. No matter if you are talking about football or your sister’s babyshower they will throw in a Star Trek reference and then make sure to add the name and number of the episode, you know, in case you want to check it out.
    Twilight fans are, I admit, crazy. But seeing as most Twihards were preteen/teenagers when the series first emerged, I think that they have grown a lot and as their hormones calm down, so have they. Also, I think that producers overestimated the lasting hype of this franchise. They put the second Breaking Dawn too far away from the first one, there isnt as much anticipation as there was between the two final Harry Potters and I think it will be reflected in the box office.
    Game of Thrones? What? I have read the books and I mostly enjoy the show but I am wondering where all these Game of Thrones fans are hiding themselves.
    Can we nix “Justin Bieber” and just replace it with “Boy Bands”? Its the craze that never dies. Before Bieber it was Jonas Brothers, before that it was Nsync/Backstreet Boys and it keeps going all the way to the Beatles.
    Finally…. where are the Comic Book nerds? Hello?! They are the nerds of all nerds. The fans that put all other fans to shame, they spend an obscene amount of income on comics, both new and vintage. They buy every piece of merchandise out there for no reason. They will argue with you for HOURS about “who would beat who” and travel across the country for conventions (Comicon, anyone?)

  • Derrick

    To be blunt, these kind of lists have always been annoyingly pointless to me. They aren’t based on any kind of real numbers, just opinion based on one person or a minor group of people. Even if they were based on some kind of poll, who exactly did the poll? I certainly NEVER have done one, so clearly I’ve never had a say in any of these kind of things. And clearly neither have any of you, right? I wish I could make a list of films or series I think are the coolest and most popular, and make it make headline news in any capacity! Haha! Sorry, I’m just continuously shocked at how common these kind of things are posted as news on ANY news site and how on Earth they can be taken seriously by anyone.

  • Grace

    BRUUUUUUUUUUUCCEE!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/starfishy2000 starfishy2000

    They forgot Starkid and Glee

  • morsmordre79

    Based solely on my own personal experience, this is how I would’ve written the list:

    1. Star Wars
    2. Star Trek (Despite my not being a fan of either Wars or Trek, these two fanbases have been incredibly loyal for years and have been continuously growing since they got started. Neither of them are “passing fads.”)
    3. Marvel
    4. DC (I don’t know enough about comic books to know which is the most popular, but I do know that fans of superheroes are extremely devoted. I only put Marvel higher because it’s the one I personally favor, but for all I know, it could be DC.)
    5. Lord of the Rings (Again, longevity. This one has withstood the tests of time.)
    6. Harry Potter (Of the more “modern” fanbases, this one definitely the most dedicated and loyal. Fansites, fan fiction, fan videos, conventions, movie/book releases… you name it. The Potter fans are there with enthusiasm.)
    7. The Beatles (C’mon, if this list is going to include Lady Gaga and ICP, surely the huge following The Beatles have had for nearly fifty years should be acknowledged, no?)
    8. Doctor Who (Again, this is one I’m not a fan of (yet – I’ve just started to watch!) but this is another one that has has a devout following for 50 years, and like the Star Wars/Trek fanbases, it appears to be growing steadily. And, especially lately, it’s growing outside of the UK faster than ever before.)
    9. Stephen King (This one hardly needs an explanation.)
    10. The Simpsons (The shows been on for what, 22 years or something? And /still/ going strong? That tells you something.)

    I only did 10 because I’m procrastinating enough as it is. Again, this is all only from my own personal experience; I’m sure it’s different for other people. I deliberately left out things like Twilight and, as much as I adore it, the Hunger Games because I don’t think they’ve been given a chance to test their loyalty yet. Both are still relatively young, so while the fans may be devoted now, but who’s to say they won’t lose interest in a few years’ time? (I’m not saying they will, but it could happen.)

    Also, I know some people are arguing that “devoted” means the amount of loyalty at this moment in time, but for me, devoted is a balance of both current loyalty and the longevity of that loyalty. Just my opinion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.wever Joe Wever

    With the premiere being delayed and Community loosing to Twilight, this is without a doubt the darkest timeline. From now on, I am Evil Joe. I am a member of the Evil Community fandom, and we have but one evil goal: return somehow to the Prime Timeline, the one where NBC aired community on time and Twilight was never written. Then we destroy the good versions of ourselves and reclaim our proper lives.

  • Mrs. Tatum

    Where is Glee on this list? Seriously?! Greys Anatomy? Survivor? Batman? Channing Tatum’s abs? All these things have huge fan bases.

  • LotusCalm

    How is Twillight before us? HOW?

  • Stephanie Sanderson

    I don’t think Twilight should be ahead of Harry Potter. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and I used to be huge Twilight fan… It lasted about a year, whereas I’ve loved Harry potter ever since I was 11.

  • Kaylee

    Why do things like this always come down to Harry Potter vs. Twilight?!

  • greg

    where is starkid???!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregtanwy Gregory Tan

    How bout STARKID??!!!

  • KaycePotter24

    HARRY POTTER SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN NUMBER 1! i find it sad and depressing that HP didn’t win:( i am inexpressedly devoted to the HP fandom and I’m sure millions of others are to. did we not go to 3 midnight book releases? or 5 midnight movie releases? (if my screaming does not show my devotion, i don’t know what does)

  • KaycePotter24

    and how the hell does twilight beat HP?!

  • Rachel N. Rice

    Someone needs to add the Warrior Cats fanbase to this list. There are many fan series, fan fictions, animations, AMVs, and tons of dedications and art for Warriors, which inspired many people to write their own books and stories.

  • Vajackster

    Tyler Perry beat out Star Trek?! WTF?!

  • http://twitter.com/RaeNosh Rae N

    Good to see Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings in there. But if there’s Neil Gaiman, where is John Green?!! I thought there were a lot of nerdfighters in the world…?!!!

  • AquaDaNinja

    WHERE IS MY LITTLE PONY; FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/dancelikeheya Jasmine

    I’m just wondering how Game of Thrones beats Harry Potter. I haven’t seen Game of Thrones, but I’ve seen the fandom, and to be honest, I guess being a big Potter fan myself, HP should be on there!

  • http://twitter.com/xhpfanatic Grace Chen

    very very wrong.

  • Jackijd

    Weird list

  • rhia

    Firefly, anybody? The only other fandom that actually managed to create a major motion picture because they complained so much that I see is Arrested Development.

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