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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NERDY

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IT’S NERD WEEK*!

I know what you’re thinking – every week at fauxspectacles is nerd week isn’t it, in a way?  Everything about this blog is nerdy, from the banner across the top to the exhaustive and ridiculous list of tags over there on the right.  But for this week, I shine a spotlight on the Nerd.

This theme is inspired by my old college pal Amelia, who chose to go to Medieval Times for her bachelorette party.  A brilliant idea, I think we can all agree- inspired, even.  This marked the FIRST TIME I have ever gone to Medieval Times (she said to general disbelief) and it was one of the single-greatest places I have ever been.  It will loom large in my memories, up there with King Richard’s Faire, one of my other favorite places I have been.  Of course one cannot not purchase an ocarina at The Times, which means the Faire has a bit of an edge.

So highlights from Medieval Times include but are not limited to:

  • The food-  actually surprisingly super-delicious and was all eaten with my fingers.  Seriously, half a chicken – no utensils!!  Delicious!!!
  • The music – SO LOUD and MEDIEVAL-ISH and INTENSE
  • The show – SO MUCH better than the jousts at K-Rick’s Faire.   I mean, yes, the falling off the horses was a bit staged, but sparks were flying during the sword play.  Sparks!!!
  • The atmosphere – it really seemed like everyone was into it, the excitement was palpable and as far as I could see no one there was “too cool” to cheer for their appointed knight
  • The bathroom had an “Xlerator” super-powered hand-dryer decorated with medieval weapons, and although Dyson Airblade Hand-dryers have replaced the Xlerator as my hand-drying device of choice (does the average person have a hand-drying device of choice?), I still have fond memories of those early days when Xlerator dryers started popping up and I took note of them. This is a weird bullet point, isn’t it?

The only bad thing was that our knight – the Black and White – was the first to die in the tournament.  It was traumatic and very depressing, but the delicious apple turnover helped to soothe the pain.

Anyway, that was Medieval Times.  I am very happy to have gone at last.

Also on the nerdy front, I just bought a t-shirt with this on it:

The Fellowship

VERY EXCITED for its arrival!

*”Wait a sec!  I wanted MORE CREEK WEEK!” you are saying and believe me, I understand.  The breadth of my discussion on Dawson’s Creek was not nearly comprehensive enough, and I am thinking that for the foreseeable future, every other week is going to be Creek Week once again.  Next week, friends, fellow Creekers…Capesiders?  Hmm.  Dawson’s Creek’s lack of Fandom name is annoying.  Let’s work on that!  Anyway, next week, more Creek.