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Many of the trade journals around music, such as Rolling Stone, were created by music fans.A notable music fan was groupie Cynthia Plaster Caster, famous for making numerous plaster casts of rock stars' penises.

Fans of professional wrestling can be divided into two groups: marks and smarks.

Derived from the same term for the prey of conmen, a mark is a fan who believes that everything associated with professional wrestling is real.

The word originally pertained to a temple or sacred place [Latin fanum, poetic English fane].

The modern sense of "extremely zealous" dates from around 1647; the use of fanatic as a noun dates from 1650.

They may show their enthusiasm in a variety of ways, such as by promoting the object of their interest, being members of a fan club, holding or participating in fan conventions, or writing fan mail.

They may also engage in creative activities ("fan labor") such as creating fanzines, writing fan fiction, making memes or drawing fan art.

Fanatic itself, introduced into English around 1550, means "marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion".

It comes from the Modern Latin fanaticus, meaning "insanely but divinely inspired".

Otaku is a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests.

In Japan, the term is normally derogatory, a connotation lacking in English, where it generally refers to people in the anime and manga fandom.

However, the term "fancy" for an intense liking of something, while being of a different etymology, coincidentally carries a less intense but somewhat similar connotation to "fanatic". The Dickson Baseball Dictionary cites William Henry Nugent's work asserting that it was derived from the fancy, a term from England referring to the fans of a specific hobby or sport from the early 18th century to the 19th, especially to the followers of boxing.