2015 Tournament of Fandoms: Honorable Mentions

March Madness is sweeping the country, and Half Price Books is celebrating by holding a Tournament of Fandoms. We searched for the best literary, pop culture and personality driven fandoms out there.  There are a lot of fandoms, and we only had sixty-four slots to fill, so as decisions were made and fandoms began to get cut, many tears were shed, and many battles waged before finally arriving at the final bracket. Then, as the fandoms (and tears) fell, a lone voice of reason said, “Why don’t we mention some of these other fandoms on the blog?” and there was great rejoicing.

So here are our honorable mention fandoms:

1. Monty Python:

If you eat SPAM with everything and think chopping off all your limbs is only a flesh wound,  you’d fit right in at HPB. This British surreal comedy group that features Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Johns, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and the late Graham Chapman, changed the way a generation looked at comedy and we salute them.

2. Brown Coats:

If you are still mourning the loss of the 2002 Joss Whedon space western sci-fi drama Firefly, you’re not alone. Though running only one season, this series starring Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin still has some of the most loyal fans around. (Tip: the Joss Whedon fandom made it to the final bracket. If you’re not voting for it, you should be.)

3. The Walking Dead:

We felt like someone ripped our heart out and chopped off our head when this fandom got cut. Luckily, our Walking Dead enthusiasts haven’t started wearing leather and carrying crossbows…yet. This post-apocalyptic horror drama, starring Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, is based on a comic book series of the same name and has kept us looking for walkers around every corner for the past five years. 

4. Mad Men:

If you keep scotch in your office and think love was invented to sell nylons, we know some of your colleagues. This period drama set in the 1960s and starring Jon Hamm, is hands down, one of the best dramas ever, which is why TV Guide listed the show as one of the greatest dramas of all time.

5. Breaking Bad:

This show caused many people to do background checks on their child’s Chemistry teacher and surprisingly kept fans rooting for Walter even after you didn’t like him very much…or at all.  The show also generated a prequel in AMC’s new drama Better Call Saul.

6. Clone Club:

If you answer your phone “Just one. I’m a few, no family, too.  Who am I?” then we may know someone who looks exactly like you. Orphan Black, a phenomenal science fiction drama, airing on BBC America, can teach you more about genetics than any other show on television, but what is really intriguing is how Tatiana Maslany plays every single clone differently.

I have to stop now.  Not that I’ve listed all the fandoms, but there are simply too many to name in this post. Please share what you are passionate about, and remember to vote in the Tournament of Fandoms starting March, 17 at 10 a.m. CDT.

Which fandom do you think will come out on top? Remember, you can enter to win a $50 Half Price Books Gift Card if you can correctly predict the winner.


  • Visit Tournament of Fandoms and download the 2015 Tournament of Fandoms bracket PDF.
  • Fill in your choices for each match-up of fandoms and identify who you think will be the ultimate winner.
  • Visit twitter.com/halfpricebooks and retweet (RT) the giveaway message tweeted by Half Price Books (will be tweeted the morning of March 17), then click to “Follow” @halfpricebooks if you’re not already one of our fantastic followers.
  • Then, tweet a message stating your own prediction. Who do you think will be the champion of the 2015 Tournament of Fandoms? Be sure to include @halfpricebooks and #tournamentoffandoms in your tweet so that we can find your tweet out in cyberspace. Here’s an example tweet: “”I predict that The Katy Cats will be the winner of @halfpricebooks #tournamentoffandoms.
  • Predictions are due by the end of Round One, 01:59pm CT on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Limit one entry per person.

Go here for the giveaway rules and details.

Julie is Traffic Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.
You may follow her on Twitter at @auntjewey.

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