A “fan boy” is someone who lives vicariously through the achievements of another, or someone who endulges in a world of fantasy portrayed by an entertainment medium.
The most notorious fanboys of all are sports fans. Other types are rockstar groupies, science fiction, video game, anime, and comic book nuts, and devoted fans of tv and movie actors.
There are two types of “fanboys” that I have observed:
The first and most common type is the “pop fanboy”. This is the person who gravitates toward whatever is most popular, and idolizes it. Often as pop culture changes they too will change, moving from one icon to another. Whoever is on top at the time, that is who they worship. This fanboy thrives on a mob mentality, a feeling of community with his fellow fanboys who share a common interest.
The second type of “fanboy” is what I refer to as the “eccentric fanboy”. This is a person who will pick someone or something out of obscurity to align themselves with. Often they will choose the least popular or least talented act to idolize. This fanboy thrives on the concept that they know something or see something in their idol that other people are missing.
Fanboy influence may be considered a negative one because they are both passionate and indiscriminate, a volatile combination. There is no room for logic in the mind of the fanboy. A fanboys appreciation is defined through either the status quo; in the case of the pop fanboy, or his own narrow and unchallengable perception; in the case of the eccentric fanboy.
Fanboy-ism I believe originated as a combination of average peoples desire, and innability to be a part of something great. Most people are average, that is why the term average was coined. Abraham Lincoln said “God must love the common man, because he sure made a lot of them”. But most average people are not content with their commonness, nor are they motivated enough to pursue true greatness. As an alternative they attach themselves to other peoples greatness, or to a certain entertainment medium, and attempt to absorb some of the positive energy that is generated by that entity.