Fandom!

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Fans of the television show Star Trek are called Trekkers.  Don’t call them Trekkies, unless you want to come across like some super-lame nerd-philistine.

“Trekkers are the most enduring and famous fan base with a name” is a fact.  Okay, not an actual fact…but I imagine it is probably true.  And though I am not a Trekker, I have certainly toyed with going back and watching the show…pretty much just because I really like participating in Fandoms.

I have realized as an adult that not everyone becomes a FAN of things the way I do.  They don’t buy sonic screw drivers and fezzes, paint glitter Daleks, make countless iron-on-transfer t-shirts about Ron Weasley, have the words “Winter is Coming” on their desktop background, worry that they may actually be a Cylon, or put Nerf Herder on every single work-out mix they’ve ever made.

I really particularly like it when fan bases have a name.  I like being able to declare that I am a “________”, even if I am only a casual one.  TV shows (Gleeks), musicians (Fanilows), movies (Achievers, which are fans of Big Lebowski apparently), books (Twi-hards) all have fandoms.

I self-identify with none of those listed, FYI.

I do, however, self-identify with some others.  For example, I am a:

  • Whovian

I don’t actually have my certification.

  • Scooby:
buffy scoobies Buffy Scooby Gang T Shirt

That’s a Buffy Fan

  • Browncoat

Firefly. Seriously Whedon Fans really like to organize.

  • Nerdfighter

Youtube Vloggers Hank and John Green and their online community

  • Sportsracer

Ze Frank, GENIUS

Still – so many of the shows, movies, books that I love the most do not have universally-agreed-upon fandom names. In my research, I found this comic strip, with which I very much identified:

Srsly, man- what ARE they called?

Apparently some people called Harry Potter fans “Potterheads” which I think is a straight-up dumb name, and it certainly doesn’t span the fan population.  I’d rather be a part of Dumbledore’s Army or some other name that is better than that, because that’s not very good either.

Of course, lack of a name is not going to stop me from participating in a Fandom because it’s only like, my favorite thing to do.  I have a suspicion that as long as there are new nerdy shows and movies and musicians and books, I’ll still be inspired to be a FAN.

Get it?!?!? If not, we can’t be friends any more.

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Darcy, my homie

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So there is a new Youtube vlog series called The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, which is retelling Pride and Prejudice via video blog.  Obviously for this to work, the story has been updated to the present and is being adapted as such.

I heard about it because Hank Green (blogger, vlogger, Nerdfighter and inspiration) is the Executive Producer, and I follow just about everything he does and naturally he has been promoting it.

I find that I am interested in the project.  Sometimes the vlog format seems a little awkward and forced, especially in the first couple episodes.  I’ve kept coming back for more, though: I subscribed to the channel, and I have started, early days though it is, looking forward to new episodes on Mondays and Thursday.  I haven’t quite reached the stage where I’ve started following all the pretend characters on Twitter and Tumblr, but I am sure that is just one bored, rainy Sunday afternoon away.

If I were not insanely tired, I’d have tried to write a more content-rich musing on the topic of: Literature2.0!!!  The novel format of the future? I would have discussed how social media and the computer age have affected the way we consume literature and it would have been very intelligent and insightful.

Instead, I am just going to embed some episodes:

The first I’ve included is the first episode, which is one of my least favorites but where you should probably start.  The second is the most recent episode, in which this series presents a Lydia that (for a change!) I find entertaining rather than entirely hateful.