is there a difference between a fan and a stan?? /genq

yourtubbo 11/8/2021 01:30 pm 279

what the title says, is there like- a significant difference??

bc sometimes i’ll see stan on some ppls dnis, and fan on other ppls, n i’m not sure if i would count as a stan of certain things bc i never actually interact with fandoms for things???? help?????

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Nov 10, 2021 6:08 pm

A fan is normally more casual about liking something than a stan but stan used to mean a stalker (it got overused so the definition changed)

Nov 10, 2021 11:28 am

imo,, no but idk if someone belive diff im not gonna yell at them or sum like that kao confused

Nov 8, 2021 3:01 pm

the og meaning of stan is stalker fan, but can now be used interchangeably with fan

some people will say stan as its og meaning but a lot of people who now use the term stan (k-pop stans, mcyt stans etc) use it as the interchangeable term if that makes sense

Nov 8, 2021 2:47 pm

while they have differing definitions as explained by other commenters, they're pretty much used interchangeably online and you can use whichever you want to refer to yourself

Nov 8, 2021 2:18 pm

fan: a person who just casually enjoys something, usually doesn't frequently talk about it

stan: (derogatory) a person who is so obsessed with a thing that they post about it constantly, will defend it with their whole life, and usually is very toxic and does awful things (stalking, harassment, etc.)

this is my own personal definition btw

Nov 8, 2021 2:04 pm

The word "stan" used to be a combination of "fan' and "stalker" but now the meaning has changed to be an over-obsessive and extremely devoted fan.

A fan is just when someone really enjoys and is interested in something or something that a creator does

Nov 8, 2021 1:42 pm

stan originated as a combo of ‘stalker’ and ‘fan’ I think?? Currently stan is like a super fan of something/someone and kinda has like a bad ish connotation (crossing boundaries, very extreme kinda but sometimes people will also use it in a lighthearted way like haha I’m a [insert thing here] stan lol

And a fan is just like a normal fan of something who enjoys a creator or peice of media

Nov 8, 2021 1:40 pm

I think the terms are pretty much interchangeable but I could be wrong. Stan basically means you're a fan of something so I don't think theres a very big difference !