When I was in high school, I didn’t consider myself a “geek”. I did dance, was a football manager (i.e., water girl) and was also Senior Class President. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure a lot of people thought I was a nerd because I didn’t go to any parties, I still had an 11:00 curfew, and I spent most of my free time at church. But, I was in no way as enthralled with sci-fi, fantasy, or anime as I am now.
I’d always liked Star Wars (each time my mother was pregnant with me and my sisters, she thought she was pregnant with a boy they’d name Luke. Seriously.) And any mainstream fantasy movie or superhero flick that came out, I generally liked (with the exception of Tobey Maguire’s Spiderman and Edward Norton’s Hulk.) And I was a huge Harry Potter fan.
However, it wasn’t until my best friend made me watch an episode of Doctor Who that I fell through the rabbit hole of nerd-tastic culture. One glimpse of David Tennant was all I needed to become a full-fledged Whovian.
After college, I, my sister, my best friend and her husband all went to Comic Con. This was a gateway drug for diehard Fan Girlism. Since then I’ve watched and become a fan of The Big Bang Theory, Star Trek, zombies, Batman, The Avengers, video games, and yes, even anime.
It weird because in junior and high school, people that liked these things were teased and made fun of. Now, it seems like you’re not cool if you don’t like it. And truth be told, I LOVE being a geek. There’s a sense of camaraderie and belonging when you find a fellow Whovian or Browncoat. You see someone wearing a “Vote Saxon” shirt and you instantly want to talk to that person. When you do, you start exchanging theories and ideas, laments and complaints. You have a bond that is instantaneous.
I’ve camped out for almost every Harry Potter, Twilight Saga, and Hunger Games movie/book. When you’re outside in the freezing cold, waiting in line for hours to get tickets or read a much-anticipated novel, you’d be amazed how nice everyone in line can be. They’re sharing snacks, watching movies in a stranger’s laptop, or just talking about all the things they have in common. The community between geeks is AWESOME and impenetrable.
Isn’t that right, Simon Pegg?