(But seriously, just ask. As long as it’s not a played out question or one that’s obviously trying to troll, most anyone would answer it: brony or not.)
Oh, you did go back to ask.
I’ll give you a quick answer, because I’m not used to not being able to edit my posts whenever I want just yet (There’s a 30-minute limit for most users’ to edit their original posts.)
One time, I entered to Derpibooru, and I saw that the Bronies hate so much the Misanthropy, with all the fanfics that have this topic. Why?
I…have trouble understanding what you’re asking.
Most bronies are probably like most people in Web Culture by definition: They are mostly misanthropes.
A subculture is based on the mainstream culture. Web Culture is what I call a shadow culture turned into a counterculture. Most people in Web Culture once felt rejected because they couldn’t subscribe properly to the mainstream. After coming to grips with what generally occurred in adolescence (you won’t find many bronies who say they loved high school) and young adulthood, they begin to shun the mainstream that generally shunned them first.
As such, many people in Web Culture (and bronies, by proxy) are misanthropic. They plain don’t like most people, because most people are generally normalized to the mainstream culture.
So I’m a bit confused when you say bronies on Derpibooru hate the concept of Misanthropy (unless “Misanthropy” is a specific fanfic, which would explain why you capitalized it.) They almost embody the concept of “misanthropy,” because we are a part of an active counterculture.
Okay I guess I can try and start a thread.
I found out that there’s a pony con I can pretty easily go to in a few weeks. Going to it might be awesome (and it’s so close to me that it would honestly be a shame if I DIDN’T go,) but I’m really a bit nervous about either people who are giant fandom elitists (the idiots who think that bronies are some kind of “superior race of fandom” or something,) in addition to my gut (assholeish) fear of just going and finding it completely cringeworthy. I’ve been to an anime con before, and it wasn’t nearly as weeaboo infested as I was scared of (and there was already a good bit of MLP stuff there, so this really won’t be THAT much of a new experience.)
So basically, I think I’d have a good time, but I’m having some doubts (especially as a fairly recent member of the fandom, despite being familiar with it for years before joining up.) Anyone here ever been to a pony con, or have any thoughts?
opspe and I went to BronyCon more than a year ago, and even though I’m much more of a brony than opspe is (i.e. opspe really isn’t a brony), I’m not much of a brony either. Sure, I love my plushes (thanks again, DeePizzle), I’m going to frame the prints I got from BronyCon, and a lot of my electrical devices have something Pony-related on it. But all of those things stay away from my friends, because they think it’s weird (okay, fine, it is weird, but Ponu…who cares.)
My ex once said I’m a very specific nerd, in that I have a few, nerdy interests that I’m really into, but I’m not really a nerd in that I don’t like a lot of other things, and I don’t look or act much like the “average nerd.” Another friend described me as being part-jock, part-prep, and part-geek when I was in high school: Varsity football player, school president…avid Pokémon player who began to learn Japanese in his senior year.
So I feel you when you say that you’re fearing being around, well…bronies, even if you’re a brony yourself.
Anyway, I enjoyed the experience of BronyCon, but I didn’t really interact with many bronies. I just hung out with opspe and a lot of the staff of KYM (they were there on a assignment
(actually, they just wanted to be in on the Twilight Sparkle action because she’s Best Ponu) But I had a distinct feeling I wouldn’t have gotten along with most of the bronies there.
I went to another event where I met Fifths in Chicago, and even though Fifths himself was good company, a lot of the other bronies there just didn’t jibe with me. I got into a debate with one dude on something pony-related.
…He leaves mid-conversations, walks around the group of bronies there, and comes back to where he was. No explanation for it at all. Just…walks off and comes back after making a full circle.
Personally, I’ve never gotten along with most “nerds.” Most of my closest friends were football players in high school, people I knew from martial arts in college (who were not the Web Culture kind of geek), and defected Christian fellowship members from college. A lot of the more geeky friends I had (i.e. go to conventions, pale, Caucasian male/occasionally female, had trouble in basic social situations, etc.) either got on my nerves or were just plain nuts.
But I’ve also been to a couple of anime cons, and I had a decent time at those. Sure, there were people I just wanted to give wedgies to (because it just seemed like the right thing to do), but I also talked with some pretty cool people there as well. (I even met Semehammer at the anime con when she was selling some of her earlier arts in print…This is my favorite.)
So it would be my suggestion to go, keep your elbows up, deal with the Con Funk, and have as good of a time as you can make out of it. Meet the staff/go to the panels, buy some threads, pins, and art, and perhaps meet a couple of bronies you like.
Unless the price of admission is just too high, I don’t see why you shouldn’t give one con a shot.
…you will find something cringeworthy though. Trust.