I think it’s definitely fair to say that geek culture has gone mainstream. The internet seems to be bursting with blogs about celebrating your inner geek, the convention circuit is thriving and it’s suddenly cool to be geeky. And to this I say “Hurrah!” I adore the fact that so many people are happy to let their freak flag fly, and now it’s more acceptable than ever to enjoy a bit of geekiness.
That being said, the concept of “geek culture” comprises a huge number of fandoms. It seems to me that if you identify yourself as a ‘geek’, then it will be assumed that you love certain things. But in reality geekiness is a little bit different for everyone. Each geek has their own interests and fandoms, and may have no fascination with some of the things that are thought to be traditionally ‘geeky”.
A while ago, Gamer Wife, hosted a link-up titled “geeky confessions’, encouraging geeks to air our geeky secrets. I’ve been eager to jump on this link-up, and now I’m finally ready to reveal my biggest geeky confessions.
It took me ages to get into Harry Potter
Although Harry Potter is one of my favourite fandoms, I was very late to jump on the Hogwarts Express. I was about eleven when the Harry Potter books first became came out, and I shunned them because they were ‘popular’. I was reading at an adult level at this point, and wouldn’t deign to lower myself to read a lowly children’s book. Fast forward to when I was nineteen and one of my Potter-obsessed mates loaned me her copies of the books when she went away to college. I read the series from book 1-5 in two and a half weeks, while sitting under a Japanese tallow tree in my parent’s backyard. I was hooked. I wish I had gotten into the fandom earlier and not been such a snob about trying something new just because it was ‘mainstream’. I was such a hipster in my pre-teens.
I don’t find Benedict Cumberbatch attractive
Lately my social media feeds have been exploding with fangirls exclaiming over the dreaminess of Benedict Cumberbatch. One of my friends told me that just looking at him causes her to ovulate spontaneously.
But….I just don’t see it. Sure, he’s not unattractive. He appears to be a well-groomed young man. In interviews he seems witty and polite. But I’m just not feeling the sex appeal from Mr Cumberbatch.
I’ve never watched Star Trek
Nope, not even once. Not the movies, not the original show and not The Next Generation. I will get around to it eventually, I’m just not drawn to it right now.
I really like Jar Jar Binks
Jar-Jar Binks is something of a joke among Star Wars fans. All the fan frustration and crabbiness gets taken out on Jar-Jar. Everyone seems to find him intolerably annoying. Everyone except me, that is.
Now, he’s not my favourite character (that would be Yoda) but I really like Jar Jar. The first time I watched The Phantom Menace, I thought he was hilarious. I still have a bit of a soft spot for him. I love an underdog.
I’ve given up on Dr Who.
This one really pains me. I used to adore Dr Who. Each Sunday morning I would bound to my computer to check out the newest installment in the Doctor’s adventures. I would dream about being whisked off in the TARDIS for a series of thrilling adventures with Doctor Number 10 (David Tennant…drool!). But then things started to turn a bit sour.
Don’t get me wrong, I still adore the earlier seasons of the rebooted Doctor. But from about mid-way through season 6, I began to lose interest. I got bored with Rory and Amy as the Doctor’s constant companions. I was fed up with the tired story-arcs and recycled villains. Most of all, I was sick of the sloppy writing and gobbledegook explanations for every occurrence within the Doctor’s universe. I held out hope that once Peter Capaldi entered as the 13th Doctor, there would be something of a fresh start and the show would get good again. But it just didn’t. I watched four episodes of the newest season before I came to terms with the fact that I just wasn’t enjoying it anymore. Sad, but true. So I stopped watching.
What are your geeky confessions? Do you speak Klingon? Do you have no idea what a portkey is? Do you make a yearly pilgrimage to New Zealand to visit the spot they shot Lord of The Rings? C’mon, out with it!