Editorial | I’m not a “Star Wars Geek”

I spent the vast majority of this past weekend in the recording studio/Therefore I Geek office prepping and recording for upcoming podcast episodes and planning out the next three or four months.  One of the big projects that we are undertaking is a non-sequential series of episodes with an all geek girl cast, which is incredibly exciting, since it has been a naturally occurring phenomenon that most of our podcast guests and blog writers are male.  In the course of hanging out with the group of girls that will be the guests for these podcasts, and subsequently recording with a couple of them, I found myself getting excited about and reaffirming my affection for a part of geekdom that I had slowly abandoned as I grew up and got away from it.

I was not much of a comic book fan as a kid.  My first dabblings in stories told via sequential art were Calvin and Hobbes, Tintin, and Asterix the Gaul.  I wasn’t particularly into sci-fi, either.  Video games weren’t something my family could afford (for the most part, that is–my brother did get a Nintendo Gameboy Advance when he was twelve, and we took turns playing the couple of games he had).  I’m not a geek because of role playing games or because of trading card games.  No, instead I’m a card-carrying member of the fantasy loving subset of the geek community.

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One of my bookshelves full of current and recent reading.

For me, there was no better feeling than gulping down a stack of books by authors such as Brian Jacques, Robin McKinley, Piers Anthony, Sherwood Smith, Mercedes Lackey, Patricia Wrede, Ursula Le Guin, or Madeleine L’Engle, to name just a few.  As I talked about my origins into a side of geekdom with other girls who had similar experiences, I felt a flood of awesome memories from the hours spent hiding under my bed from my mom (I hated washing dishes by hand), reading my latest treasures.  I was never a “Star Wars geek;” as a kid, I was a book geek, a lover of words, and especially of magic.  That’s where my true geek expertise lies.

These days, my reading list includes Scott Lynch, Brent Weeks, Robin Hobb, and Patrick Rothfuss, but the kid inside me still gets excited when I crack the front cover of a brand new world.  It’s a sense of wonder that never gets old.

Usually this blog writes for geeks who are secure in their identity, who are proud of what they love and enjoy reading and talking to others about it.  Today, however, I want to talk directly to those who have either lost their geekiness or who are a tangential member of the community.  I know people who claim that they “used to” love playing Magic: The Gathering, or “used to” love playing Final Fantasy.  I don’t believe that a person can grow out of those loves.  They may be pushed to the back, and real life concerns may have crowded up around them.  They are no longer the priority, but that does not mean they are gone.  I want those of you who have forgotten how amazing it is to grab a dice bag and roll a character in preparation for an amazing adventure to find a couple of friends (those you used to play with, or some that are new to the idea) and try out those old skills again.

Got some LEGOs or Erector sets in the attic or the garage?  Dig them out and see if your neighbor, your nephew, or your daughter want to help you create something totally revolutionary!  Grab a fancy coloring book and some colored pencils and reinvent Merlin’s magical uniform.  Give yourself permission to be a kid again, to wonder at the mysteries of the miraculous and magical, and to relax and let adult life roll off your shoulders for a few hours.  Become a geek again.  We’ve missed you!  Welcome back.

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5 responses to “Editorial | I’m not a “Star Wars Geek”

  1. NotAPunkRocker

    Great, but that last paragraph? Beautiful!

  2. I like MTG. And Lego. And I used to read the Redwall series, which were quite good fun. Calvin and Hobbes are my FAVOURITES, and I’m completely sold on superhero movies (okay, MARVEL superhero movies). I like the idea of sharing the fun with a kid you know. Good advice.

    (and if you like new fantasy worlds, check out upcoming release Order of Seven, by Beth Teliho – VERY cool new world there)

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