The idea that nerds are awkward and don’t ever socialize is the stupidest stereotype ever because like
Have you ever seen two nerds together?
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A MONTHFUCKING CONVENTION?
Give us a topic of a common interest and we’ll socialize way past what normal people can tolerate.
Things were so much simpler before women started stealing all of my favorite things from me. I don’t care what anyone says. Women aren’t and will never be true fans of Doctor Who, Star Trek or any of that. You jumped in because you wanted attention. You became “fans” because suddenly liking sci-fi shows and fantasy became popular. You only want guys to drool over you because you’re girls who “like” geeky stuff. Kindly go jump in a lake and die.
A woman organized the letter-writing campaign to NBC to save Star Trek when it was on the verge of being cancelled after the first season, and thus enabled the show to continue on for three seasons allowing it to go into syndication and gain the following it did in reruns.
A woman organized the first ever Star Trek convention, and convinced NASA to donate a truckload full of stuff for said convention thus starting the tradition of Star Trek conventions featuring space for modern science.
A woman greenlit Star Trek while acting at the head of a major studio, and consistently fought pressure to cancel the show. This same woman was the person who greenlit Mission Impossible and was the first woman to head a major studio.
A woman wrote many of the most famous TOS episodes, and went on to write on to write episodes of The Animated Series, The Next Generation, and Deep Space Nine.
Learn your history.
You think women stole your favorite things? If it weren’t for women, those things wouldn’t even exist, but you probably don’t even know the names of the women who made that possible.
So much for “infinite diversity in infinite combinations”…
Who is the fake now?
i’m just laughing so hard right now bc it’s hitting me that there are geek guys who think that women would actually pretend to like this stuff to cater to guys. like it never really occurred to me the depths of how absolutely fucking stupid that idea is. ”we appear to have common interests but you still don’t like me so that must mean we don’t actually have common interests and you are not a real fan”. oh my god i just can’t right now. i want to feel offended by the fact that there is an idiot out there trying to tell me what i can and cannot like but i’m just too busy laughing.
Also, a lot of the current fandom terminology we take for granted originated in the Star Trek fandom, specifically Star Trek fanfic. And who were the major driving force behind Star Trek fanfic? Women.
Earliest spec fic texts in the English-speaking Western world were written by Thomas More (Utopia), Lady Margaret Cavendish (the Blazing World), and Mary Shelley (Frankenstein). Note that there are two women among those names.
I am so sick of these Fake Geek Guys who don’t even understand the history of the fandom they claim to want to protect.
And let’s not forget Doctor Who. A woman named Verity Lambert was a founding producer of the show at the BBC and she was key to it’s early success according to everyone who worked on or around it. We wouldn’t have Doctor Who if not for Verity.
Ughh, fake geek guys!
Star Trek Lives!
"Star Trek Lives! is a reference book published in 1975. The book analyzes aspects of the Original Series, and discusses the fandom that developed as a result of the show."
Written by Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Sandra Marshak and Joan Winston.
First book to analyze Trek fandom was written by two authors (Lichtenberg created the Sime/Gen series and Marshak was co-author on licensed Trek fiction) and a member of The Committe, who organized one of the first Trek conventions (Winston).
I’ll just leave this right here.
Best part: If you go back the OP, it’s been deleted. Somebody gone blown up by a truth bomb.
Every time I see/hear something like the original post, I am baffled. I started watching Doctor Who on PBS and Star Trek in syndication when I was about six. (I don’t really remember a time when I didn’t, to be honest, but my parents had some restrictions when I was really little.) TNG started airing when I was seven. There is no way I would have watched hours and hours of sci-fi at that age if I didn’t enjoy it, and I certainly wasn’t doing it to fool grown men into paying attention to me. That’s gross.
When I went all gaga over seaQuest and Highlander and the animated X-Men series (etc., etc.) in junior high, it didn’t win me points with any guys other than the ones who were already my fellow sci-fi geeks. The person who convinced me to watch SG-1? A woman. The group who pulled me into BtVS fandom? Mostly women. The people I most ardently geek out about sci-fi with now? About half and half. (Just like the human population, oh my gosh!)
Let’s face it, guys like the OP are just upset because women he finds attractive have started publicly expressing their enjoyment of genre entertainment, and he can no longer use the stigma of fannishness as a reason for their rejection. To paraphrase The Social Network, they’re not getting rejected because they’re geeks, it’s because they’re assholes.
We haven’t “stolen” anything from you, buddy. Fandom is big enough for everyone, and we’ve always been here, whether you like it or not.
You know what I reeeeeally dislike?
We Heart It.
At least give the things people make some proper credit, damn it!
I’m really tired of this general trend I’ve been seeing over the past few months, where people are behaving as though it’s something shameful and terrible to have started reading Marvel comics because they saw the movies.
Before the MCU got me interested in the…
did you know you can actually dislike something and not make fun of it or insult the people that do like that thing
ancient proverb, displaying an enormous amount of love and tolerance (via middle-earth-and-westeros)
How I can tell who my real friends are.
so I can prove to my friend -
please reblog this if you’ve ever watched more than five hours straight of a single television series. she thinks I’m insane.
hello darkness my old friend…
Doesn’t this apply to the whole of the fandom side?
I don’t think it’s ever taken me more than 36 hours to watch the entire first season of Orphan Black, and I’ve watched it 4 or 5 times already. Granted that’s only 10 episodes, but still.
And don’t get me started on Leverage or Game of Thrones. Commentaries on every episode! I get to watch them all twice!
(When I’m rewatching, I’m usually doing other stuff at the same time, though. A lady’s gotta get things accomplished.)
REBLOG IF YOU DON’T WATCH ARROW JUST BECAUSE OF OLICITY. I WANT TO TEST SOMETHING.
I’ve been watching since the beginning, long before Felicity even appeared, let alone became a regular. I mean, I love her to pieces, too, but they drew me in with so much else first.
I was intrigued by Oliver Queen from way back when he was played by Justin Hartley on Smallville, so I definitely wanted to see where they took him in his own series. Throw in a hefty dose of Stephen Amell shirtless on the salmon ladder and my id is happy. Then they tossed in the promise of genre powerhouses like Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, John Barrowman, and Alex Kingston. And to top it off, there was the complicated friendship between Oliver and Tommy. (Oh, Tommy, I miss you.) And the emerging partnership between Oliver and Diggle. Oliver adjusting to his new reality after the island and the people around him — particularly Moira and Thea — adjusting to the new him.
So yeah, I ship Oliver and Felicity… eventually… but it’s not the only reason I watch, not by a long shot.
Any person who has ever watched a thing (via hempstock)
"You make the thing because you love the thing
Joss Whedon’s Firefly Reunion Speech (x)
I think fanfiction is literature and literature, for the most part, is fanfiction, and that anyone that dismisses it simply on the grounds that it’s derivative knows fuck-all about literature and needs to get the hell off my lawn.
Most of the history of Western literature (and probably much of non-Western literature, but I can’t speak to that) is adapted or appropriated from something else. Homer wrote historyfic and Virgil wrote Homerfic and Dante wrote Virgilfic (where he makes himself a character and writes himself hanging out with Homer and Virgil and they’re like “OMG Dante you’re so cool.” He was the original Gary Stu). Milton wrote Bible fanfic, and everyone and their mom spent the Middle Ages writing King Arthur fanfic. In the sixteenth century you and another dude could translate the same Petrarchan sonnet and somehow have it count as two separate poems, and no one gave a fuck. Shakespeare doesn’t have a single original plot—although much of it would be more rightly termed RPF—and then John Fletcher and Mary Cowden Clarke and Gloria Naylor and Jane Smiley and Stephen Sondheim wrote Shakespeare fanfic. Guys like Pope and Dryden took old narratives and rewrote them to make fun of people they didn’t like, because the eighteenth century was basically high school. And Spenser! Don’t even get me started on Spenser.
Here’s what fanfic authors/fans need to remember when anyone gives them shit: the idea that originality is somehow a good thing, an innately preferable thing, is a completely modern notion. Until about three hundred years ago, a good writer, by and large, was someone who could take a tried-and-true story and make it even more awesome. (If you want to sound fancy, the technical term is imitatio.) People were like, why would I wanna read something about some dude I’ve never heard of? There’s a new Sir Gawain story out, man! (As to when and how that changed, I tend to blame Daniel Defoe, or the Modernists, or reality television, depending on my mood.)
I also find fanfic fascinating because it takes all the barriers that keep people from professional authorship—barriers that have weakened over the centuries but are nevertheless still very real—and blows right past them. Producing literature, much less circulating it, was something that was well nigh impossible for the vast majority of people for most of human history. First you had to live in a culture where people thought it was acceptable for you to even want to be literate in the first place. And then you had to find someone who could teach you how to read and write (the two didn’t necessarily go together). And you needed sufficient leisure time to learn. And be able to afford books, or at least be friends with someone rich enough to own books who would lend them to you. Good writers are usually well-read and professional writing is a full-time job, so you needed a lot of books, and a lot of leisure time both for reading and writing. And then you had to be in a high enough social position that someone would take you seriously and want to read your work—to have access to circulation/publication in addition to education and leisure time. A very tiny percentage of the population fit those parameters (in England, which is the only place I can speak of with some authority, that meant from 500-1000 A.D.: monks; 1000-1500: aristocratic men and the very occasional aristocratic woman; 1500-1800: aristocratic men, some middle-class men, a few aristocratic women; 1800-on, some middle-class women as well). What’s amazing is how many people who didn’t fit those parameters kept writing in spite of the constant message they got from society that no one cared about what they had to say, writing letters and diaries and stories and poems that often weren’t discovered until hundreds of years later. Humans have an urge to express themselves, to tell stories, and fanfic lets them. If you’ve got access to a computer and an hour or two to while away of an evening, you can create something that people will see and respond to instantly, with a built-in community of people who care about what you have to say.
I do write the occasional fic; I wish I had the time and mental energy to write more. I’ll admit I don’t read a lot of fic these days because most of it is not—and I know how snobbish this sounds—particularly well-written. That doesn’t mean it’s “not good”—there are a lot of reasons people read fic and not all of them have to do with wanting to read finely crafted prose. That’s why fic is awesome—it creates a place for all kinds of storytelling. But for me personally, now that my job entails reading about 1500 pages of undergraduate writing per year, when I have time to read for enjoyment I want it to be by someone who really knows what they’re doing. There’s tons of high-quality fic, of course, but I no longer have the time and patience to go searching for it that I had ten years ago. But whether I’m reading it or not, I love that fanfiction exists. Because without people doing what fanfiction writers do, literature wouldn’t exist. (And then I’d be out of a job and, frankly, I don’t know how to do anything else.)
AHHHHH JESS’S META IS ALMOST TO 30,000 NOTES. SO AWESOME.
don’t lie we all have a fictional character we ship ourselves with