Disillusion

Disillusion, a character in The Enchanted Duplicator, represents the touchy, obnoxious fan, usually but not always a neofan, who wants fandom to conform to his ideas rather than to learn his way around and try to fit in.

Disillusioned fans typically react to any resistance by hurling insults at fandom or the segment of fandom they think is in their way. Sometimes they get over themselves, or go off and start their own fandom but most often they gafiate in high dudgeon.

In Chapter 4, Jophan just escapes a deadly landslide of rocks and loose stones knocked down by the highest horse he had ever seen, ridden by an angry little man pulling at the reins and swearing continually.

"Pardon me," said Jophan, "but you really should be more careful. You might injure some of the other pilgrims on the path."

"Serve them right," snarled the little man, without dismounting from his high horse. "My name is Disillusion — the Disillusion, y'know. Who are you?"

"My name is Jophan," said Jophan, "and I am on my way to Fandom to produce the Perfect Fanzine, for that is what I want to do more than anything else in the world."

"More fool you," sneered the other. "Only a fool would want to enter that place."

"Why, what's wrong with it?"

"What's wrong with it?" repeated Disillusion incredulously. "Why, everything's wrong with it! They're either stupid or mad, every one of them. Why, they didn't even come out to greet me when I arrived — me, mind you! At first they even pretended not to see me until I got down off my horse, and when they did speak to me I couldn't understand a word they were saying. And their customs! I've never seen anything like them."

"Well, after all," said Jophan, "it is a different country. Maybe if you had tried to learn their language …"

"Nonsense!" snapped Disillusion. "They were just trying to keep things from me and laughing behind my back. Well, they can have their secrets. I don't want to have anything to do with them. They were all against me, I tell you. Imagine, not even thanking me for entering Fandom after all I tried to teach them …"



Disillusioned from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959
or DISENCHANTED The state of a person who has learned not by gradual experience but by sudden severe shock that fandom has its less pleasant aspects.