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Yet another ACOTAR coloring book page! When I first got the book, I was a little annoyed with how many landscapes were in it, but they’ve really grown on me. I fucking love coloring trees! Who knew! However, on a related note, green is my favorite color, and now I’m fucking sick of it. Too much green. D:

“We can simultaneously be human and monster—that both of those possibilities are in all of us.”

— Matthew Quick.

Don’t do it. Don’t go to that job you hate. Do something you love today. Ride a roller coaster. Swim in the ocean naked. Go to the airport and get on the next flight to anywhere just for the fun of it. Maybe stop a spinning globe with your finger and then plan a trip to that very spot; even if it’s in the middle of the ocean you can go by boat. Eat some type of ethnic food you’ve never even heard of. Stop a stranger and ask her to explain her greatest fears and her secret hopes and aspirations in detail and then tell her you care because she is a human being. Sit down on the sidewalk and make pictures with colorful chalk. Close your eyes and try to see the world with your nose—allow smells to be your vision. Catch up on your sleep. Call an old friend you haven’t seen in years. Roll up your pant legs and walk into the sea. See a foreign film. Feed squirrels. Do anything! Something! Because you start a revolution one decision at a time, with each breath you take. Just don’t go back to that miserable place you go every day. Show me it’s possible to be an adult and also be happy. Please. This is a free country. You don’t have to keep doing this if you don’t want to. You can do anything you want. Be anyone you want. That’s what they tell us at school, but if you keep getting on that train and going to the place you hate I’m going to start thinking the people at school are liars like the Nazis who told the Jews they were just being relocated to work factories. Don’t do that to us. Tell us the truth. If adulthood is working some death-camp job you hate for the rest of your life, divorcing your secretly criminal husband, being disappointed in your son, being stressed and miserable, and dating a poser and pretending he’s a hero when he’s really a lousy person and anyone can tell that just by shaking his slimy hand—if it doesn’t get any better, I need to know right now. Just tell me. Spare me some awful fucking fate. Please.
—  Matthew Quick; Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
#252 Because of the "Fake Geek Girl".

The Fake Geek Girl - a phenomena brought to you by the creators of the Friend Zone.

So, if you haven’t heard, there’s this concept, known as the Fake Geek Girl.

Who is she?

She is any attractive woman who shows up in geek environments (comic book stores, sci-fi conventions, cosplay events, etc) and poses as a geek, but WATCH OUT! SHE’S NOT REALLY A GEEK! SHE DOESN*T EVEN READ THE COMICS, SHE’S JUST A POSER! OHMIGAWD, SHE’S JUST HERE FOR ALL THE MALE ATTENTION!

These girls are, according to designer and Geek Out! writer Joe Peacock

“… a “6″ in the “real world”, but when they put on a Batman shirt and head to the local fandom convention du jour, they instantly become a “9″.

They’re poachers. They’re a pox on our culture”

Yes, this is an actual thing. And Joe Peacock is an actual adult. So, as you might have gathered, the Fake Geek Girl is essentially a mythological creature, or possibly an extremely rare phenomena only observed every few years. But if you look at social media activity, you would believe that she is everywhere. Hatred is poured out over the supposedly fake geek girl on online chat forums, Twitter, blogs, through memes and Youtube videos. And then there are the endless accounts of girls attending conventions or visiting comic books stores who are approached by complete strangers demanding that they answer trivia questions to prove their geekiness and given abuse if they don’t manage to answer them all. 

The fake geek girl isn’t real. There are no fake geek girls. There are girls who have interest to varying degrees. But, as Forbes writer Daniel Nye Griffiths points out, she has a purpose:

“In the face of this insecurity, “fake geek girls” are the equivalent of Communist sleeper agents in the uncertain 50s – the number of women who have no interest in geek culture but want geek attention at a personal level is vanishingly small, but their phantom is used to justify prejudice more generally, with the aim of keeping an unknown quantity out of the clubhouse.”

The idea of the Fake Geek Girl keeps women away from conventions, it keeps them away from geek culture and it keeps them away from learning more about the comics, games and movies they enjoy. But mainly, it keeps them away from being part of the community. It turns geek culture into a boys’ club.