*FYI, writing that title caused me to shed tears*… Just kidding.
Not everyone likes, or should like, science fiction and fantasy.
I hate to admit this, but it’s the truth and something I think us residents of Geekville need to remember.
When it comes to books and movies, everyone has different tastes. Entertainment preferences are subjective. Some people might prefer thrillers to fantasy or romance to time-travel stories.
And you know what? That’s okay.
We don’t have to command them to repent of their waywardness and henceforth join us in Geekville to be accepted.
I have plenty of friends who are as weird and geeky as I am—they love Marvel movies, Doctor Who, and Lord of the Rings. I also have friends who aren’t into fantasy or think superheroes aren’t awesome.
At first, it shocked me that all the cool things I enjoy didn’t hit the right notes for everyone else—then I got to thinking, and I realized something important. Just because I like something doesn’t make it universally awesome.
It’s not as if spec-fic is the “good” camp, where the fires are warm and jokes and mulled wine abound, and everything else is wallowing in the despondent darkness, missing the fun, incredible side of life.
I might be me preaching to myself, but I think Geekville suffers from an unfortunate clique mentality. We see our resident geek friends who get the same thrill out of sci-fi and fantasy we do and we think, “Okay, these are my people.”
The inhabitants of Geekville, though strange, are awesome. Which leads to the implied thought that if you don’t live in Geekville and understand all the awesome stuff, your entertainment calibrator is somehow broken. You’d rather read contemporary fiction instead of epic fantasy or watch Downtown Abbey instead of The Flash.
“Heaven forbid,” us geeks say. “One day they’ll see the light and pick a fandom to passionately follow.”
Maybe they won’t, and—try not to faint, fellow geeks—maybe they don’t need to.
What’s the point of entertainment? Oh, right. To be entertained. For geeks that amounts to:
- The Avengers
- Talking animals
- Imaginary lands
- Blue police boxes
For the non-residents, it’s something else entirely. That doesn’t make their choices less valuable or mean they’re missing out. It means that the types of fictional tastes, and books and movies to accommodate them, are as vast as the lands of Middle-earth. If normal books and movies—or even non-fiction—take them to their happy place, great.
It’s not for me, but who am I—or anyone else—to determine the entertainment choices of humanity?
I love it when I meet fellow geeks, but it’s always good to remember that you can have ordinary friends, too, who in Geekville might not fit in the “cool” category.
Geeks, embrace your weirdness and don’t let people convince you it’s some mental disorder (though it might be, in which case you should see the Doctor), but let’s not shrug off people who want to be normal and force them at wand-point to join the club or remain ostracized.
Do you have a lot of “normal” friends? Do you think us geeks fall into the trap of disdaining “boring” entertainment and people who don’t share our weirdness? I would love to hear your thoughts.