Everyone knows which fandoms they belong to, right? I could rattle off a long, long list of each and every fandom that has my name on its roster. I’ve obsessed, made up scenes, found conspiracy theories, and bought the merchandise for each of these fandoms. Like every other self-respecting fanboy and girl. But there was one fandom I didn’t think I belonged to. I ummed and ahhed at the door, watching people walk in and out as they whispered excitedly to each other, and watched the merchandise vendors hawk their flowing green capes and gold horned helmets and almost walked in, but something always stopped me. Of course, I am talking about the Loki fandom. I don’t know why I never joined. Maybe because he’s Thor’s evil brother and basically looks like the Devil. All the other fandoms I belong to centre around the good guy: Captain America, Iron Man, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Mortal Instruments, Hunger Games… But there’s something about Loki that just makes you think that all he really needs is a huge hug, and everything would be alright.
Somehow, I ended up a member of this fandom. Not entirely against my will, but definitely without my knowing it. And how did that happen? Well, this morning I woke up from a particularly awesome dream which starred the incredible Loki (portrayed by the amazing Tom Hiddleston). Don’t get too excited, there was no smut involved. Just one of those weird dreams I have from time to time where I end up dating a fictional character. The last one was Tony Stark. Not RDJ, but RDJ as Tony Stark. I have a serious problem. But really, with so many examples of male perfection floating around, albeit fictitious, do any of us really stand a chance?
But then I thought about it, and you know what? I don’t think it’s Loki so much as the man behind those flowing black locks, Tom Hiddleston. And I blame this video:
Hot. Damn. That man can move. Could you imagine if Dancing with the Stars could afford Tom Hiddleston? I think TVs all across the world would just blow up.
Just typing Hiddleston’s name comes up with some amazing stuff. And the more you find, the more you eventually come to respect Hiddleston’s commitment to his craft, and eventually you just have to fall in love with him. Seriously. I don’t think you even have a choice in it. Trolling through the internet, you just find all of these incredible bits and pieces that make up one of the most enthusiastic and genuinely nice guys that has ever existed in Hollywood. From showing up in costume to the delight of some adorable six-year-olds for Comedy Central, or making a dramatic entrance in full Asgardian regalia to the adoring screaming of Comic-Con fans in the arena they call Hall H.
Then you get articles that talk about Hiddleston going to a charity screening of Thor 2 instead of the post-premiere party with the rest of his famous friends. Or interviews (and therefore GIFs on Tumblr) where he speaks about his characters with all the emotion and canon-mastery of a dedicated fanboy. That is a good thing. There aren’t many actors who love their characters as much as Hiddleston does. Well, maybe anyone who plays the Doctor. Especially Tennant. But I digress. I’ve found snippets of Hiddleston playing F. Scott Fitzgerald in Midnight in Paris and the trailer for a movie in which he plays a vampire rock star. And apparently he was in War Horse with Benedict Cumberbatch. Then, if you troll even further down into the depths of the internet you can find a BBC radio play of Dracula where Hiddleston becomes Jonathan Harker, and his reading of The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner. To think I was on the fence about that book. Definitely back on the top of my TBR list. His voice was made for radio, on top of his many other talents. Which include reciting Hamlet on demand, allegedly. And as you all know, if you follow me regularly, I LOVE Hamlet!
Before I start getting too off-track and just start throwing links and smiley faces at you, I’m just going to implore you to check out this comic entitled “Loki and the Loon“. It answers the question that everyone obviously needs to know the answer to:
What if Tom Hiddleston and Loki lived together? Here’s just a taste:
I love my new fandom. That is all.
- Tom Hiddleston happy with calls for Loki film (contactmusic.com)
- Tom Hiddleston Talks ‘Thor 3′ & Loki’s Future [Video] (screenrant.com)
- Thor’s Tom Hiddleston Opens Up About His Love Of Loki And The Dark Side (popwrapped.wordpress.com)
- Before You See Thor: The Dark World, Watch Tom Hiddleston Have A Pillow Fight! (tor.com)
- Tom Hiddleston reveals he wanted to play Thor, not Loki – VIDEO (popwatch.ew.com)
- Why Tom Hiddleston is Tumblr fandom’s perfect celebrity (dailydot.com)
- Tom Hiddleston Explain’s Loki’s Sex Appeal (celebuzz.com)
- Tom Hiddleston: 18 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About The Man Behind Loki (news.moviefone.com)
- All Hail the Greatness of Loki In Hilarious Comedy Central Thor: The Dark World Commercials (weminoredinfilm.com)