(I’m supposed to be finishing my (overdue) German Law work right now, but something’s been playing on my mind for a while that I just need to get out before I can return to any form of productivity)
Nerds, Geeks, Trekkies, Whovians, Marvel Zombies, Batmaniacs, Warsies, Browncoats, Unsullied (or Bookwalkers), whatever you may call yourselves, the time has come for the world to realise the truth.
We are all nerds.
Nerd culture has long been mocked, looked down upon, the subject of derision by many a sports fan, music lover, and people who I personally think are just boring. When a human being has no interests outside of education or working then I think they’re just not worth the time and effort to talk to. Everyone has to have an interest in something, be it books, television, films, football, even bloody Airfix models or conkers, everyone has something that just grabs their attention above all else (and sometimes, as in my case, several things).
So why then are some things considered nerdy and some aren’t? Why does knowing all the members of the Avengers (the comic ones) make you a nerd, whereas knowing all the players in a football team and their strengths and weaknesses just make you a fan, or a ‘lad’? The time has come to reappropriate the term nerd, no longer should it be confined to those who live on the fringes of pop culture or understand what a D12 is, nerds are everywhere and everyone, and by extension they are no one as well.
I’m not talking about shows that reference nerdy tropes and parody them (Big Bang Theory be damned), but direct sources of fantasy that play out across every aspect of modern life. Shows like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead have seeped into the public consciousness like nothing else, books and films like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and I don’t even have to mention the superhero juggernauts that rake in billions at the box office. Where’s all that money coming from? It can’t just be nerds, the people who are apparently weird outcasts, rather the money is coming from supposedly ordinary people who are surely but quietly getting drawn into our world.
There was a time when being nerdy was uncool, a term of derision, but no more. Nerds are cool nerds are resurgent, and nerds are taking the power back. We control what you watch on television and at the cinema, the books you read, even the music you listen to (Eminem is a huge comic book fan, or so my housemate assures me).
So dear reader, where does this leave you? If you are already one of us then you are saved. But what if you aren’t? What if the sight of a cosplayer makes you cringe? What if the only contact you had with a comic was Tintin? Then there is yet hope for you, watch the Marvel films, read a graphic novel, listen to the Hobbit as an audiobook, the opportunities are endless. There is no longer a need to keep your interests a secret, shamefully watching X-Men cartoons holed up in your room while the rest of the world thinks you’re “normal.” Everyone should be free to express themselves however they wish, and the stigma attached to the nerd world is a thing of the past. But don’t just take my word for it, here’s a quote from a hugely popular actor and open nerd, Mr. Simon Pegg:
“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you enjoy something. It’s basically a licence to emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.”
There you have it then, no longer is “geek” a bad word, be liberated, be open, be free, never be ashamed of who you are and never hide what you love. Be a gamer, be a geek, be a nerd, obsess over comics, pick apart your favourite films, dress up as Gandalf, wear your Harry Potter pyjamas with pride, enjoy what you want regardless of what the world thinks (but please don’t twerk like no one’s watching).
For those of you who still scoff, who spite and who…suck, I hope you enjoy being boring, being that one guy at a party who can only talk about the news or the weather, your life shall be long, drawn out and dull, but there is always room and love for you in Westeros, or Middle Earth, on board the Millenium Falcon and in the Avengers Tower. Leave normality behind.
“I’d far rather be happy than right any day.”
― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
XOXO, The Geeky Indian.