geek elitism

I hate the elitist nature of the “geek” subculture. For a group that has spent so long on the fringes of culture, they’re rather exclusionary. They rail against people they determine to be “fake” geeks, slut shame and put down anyone who dares try to use their borderline religious artifacts in a way to highlight their sexuality, and try to pretend that they’re above it all when you call them out on it. It makes me ashamed that a culture that once welcomed me with open arms, and told me that it didn’t matter if I was good enough for everyone else, would slap labels on anyone they see as unworthy of the slightly shitty title of “geek.” Listen, it’s not an exclusive club, we’re not on the fringes any more. Telling people they’re not geeky enough and to get out doesn’t make us look good, it makes us look as bad as those jocks who beat us up in middle school. We’re mainstream now, and that’s A-ok. Roll with it, accept it, and embrace that we can spread our interests to many more people than we once could. Humble yourself a bit, find out what makes people “geek out” and realize that everyone, at heart, is a geek for something. 

-Mike Marone

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

5 Star Review

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.   

I would just like to begin by declaring my love for Marie Lu. This woman and I should get married and I would watch her write and make her chicken. Okay creeping aside this book is incredible.

This is the first Marie Lu book I’ve read. The thing that I noticed right away is that Adelina, her main character, is FLAWED. I mean flawed in that wonderful way that makes us all human and keeps certain people loving us no matter what. Adelina is physically flawed (She only has one eye) and also emotionally flawed. There is a darkness within her that manifests itself in cruelty towards her younger sister and powers that she can barely control.

Marie Lu does not shy away from any sensitive topics either. All her characters (who are all under the age of 20) go through harrowing experiences. Adelina’s father tries to sell her within the first few pages, Raffaele is a male prostitute, and Enzo is in perpetual pain from his burned hands. An author who does not write as though her audiences are delicate little snowflakes is my favorite kind of author.

All her characters immediately take you in, even the ones you are supposed to hate. Marie Lu has created a world so precise that there is no doubt as to its possible existence. The beginning of each chapter begins with a poem, folktale or essay from various authors from this world. The religion is fascinating and I hope that more is explored in the subsequent novels.

No one is safe in Kenettra. Every page is a new danger for everyone in the book. You want everyone to like Adelina because only you as the reader can truly see her pain but alas the world is not like that.

Marie Lu writes in her acknowledgements that she set out to write a hero’s story and ended up writing the journey of a villain. I have never rooted for a villain as much as I cheered for Adelina throughout this story. I will be pre-ordering the next book (something else I never do). Do me a favor. Put down whatever you’re reading and get your hands on a copy of this novel. You won’t regret it.

-Khumbo

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beanarie  asked:

nothing specific. just they're the ones that spring to mind when i think about people who get ridiculous about canon minutiae.

Ahhhh. True. But I don’t think Potter fans come even close to the LotR fans who insist that you aren’t a real fan if you haven’t memorized the Silmarillion and all of the Appendices, and the comics fans (Marvel or DC) who proclaim you a fake if you can’t remember every history of every character in every reality ever. *rolls eyes*

I mean, I have a healthy appreciation for canon. There’s a reason we love it, imperfect though it may be. And I’m all for people double-checking their facts before they write something; there’s little more irritating than someone making basic errors, especially when (on occasion) that then changes the entire point they’re trying to make.

But it’s geek elitism at its worst to assume that everyone has the time, energy, mental capacity, and resources (both monetary and otherwise) to read and memorize all of the source materials, especially in a fandom where there are a lot of them. And it’s also just silly to assume that someone’s love for something can only be measured by how much minutiae they remember. Different people get different things out of source materials and out of fandom, and not everyone cares about all of the nitty-gritty details. And that’s OK.

Fight Club 2 HC by David Mack

Fight Club 2 HC
Chuck Palahniuk (W), Cameron Stewart (A), Dave Stewart ©, and David Mack (Cover)
On sale June 21
FC, 280 pages
$29.99
HC, 7” x 10”
Some imaginary friends never go away …
Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, he lives a mundane life. A kid, a wife. Pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won’t last long—the wife has seen to that. He’s back where he started, but this go-round he’s got more at stake than his own life. The time has arrived … Collects issues #1–#10 of the series.
“Poignant and very funny.”—The Atlantic
“Entertaining.”—Comic Book Resources
“Perfect.”—Forces of Geek
“Jaw dropping.”—Geek Chic Elite
“Excellent.”—The Beat
“Compulsively readable.”—Big Shiny Robot