PHOTO: Flying their fan flags

The Vampire Diaries Convention, Rio, August

Conventions bring together professionals in a particular field or groups to engage in commerce. But there is also a specific brand of convention that brings together people who share a deep love, more an obsession, for something — the fan convention. These conventions let rabid fans meet and engage with actors they see only in character and on screen.

“You get to know more of who they are, who they represent and not just their character,” says Randi Tetreault. “Some aren’t as friendly as their characters, I would say. And then there’s others that just, like, blow you away.”

These events also let fans share this love with fellow fans. It’s a love that people without a love for the show wouldn’t understand.


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