In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
I didn't grow up reading comics; I thought superheroes were juvenile and boring until I found people my own age (by which I mean crushes) who were avid fans. With them as a guide, I enjoyed the first X-Men movie enough to lower my bias, and the second enough to finally start reading the source comics.
At the time, it wasn't easy to get ahold of all the necessary back issues, especially if you were a broke college student. I found the "Essential" collections and blew through them faster than they were being published, which led to a lot of flipping through stacks in comic shops and agonizing over how much I should dish out for a single issue. Fortunately, it was the only thing I wanted to spend money on. The only thing I even cared about.
Every good story changes your life in its own little way, but I chose this one for the meme because the impact was concrete. The genre and the medium are both firmly in my arena now, the themes of the series became the themes I want to explore in my own work. I've never again hesitated to embrace a fandom geared toward youth. I learned how to find integrity in entertainment, and how to deconstruct the literary and visual devices to see how the entire machine worked.
I never joined the fandom and I'm honestly not even sure that one exists for the era of Marvel that still has my heart. But I know I never would have joined any fandom at all if not for X-Men, the comic that helped me understand who I am.