Frankly put. I am a FAKE GEEK GUY. I admit it. I like geek stuff, but I don’t love geek stuff. Not the way most geeks do. I’m an interloper on the geek scene. I’ve seen the movies, but I don’t know the canon. I am not a true fan.

All those things about not really loving the source material and “just watching the movies” or only reading the one book that everyone has read. That–all of that–applies to me.

But here are some things that have never happened to me. I have never been quizzed about who Data’s evil brother is to prove I like Star Trek. I have never had to justify my place in a midnight line to see Spider-man II by knowing who took up the mantle of Spider-man after Peter Parker’s death. (Peter Parker dies? Really? That’s so sad!) I have never had to explain who Nightwing is in order to participate in a conversation about Batman. (Nightwing is like….Robin on steroids, right?) I have never been asked how battle meditation works in order to voice my opinion that Enterprise shields would probably make a fight with Star Wars technology one sided. (Battle meditation is something that was in that Jedi role playing game, wasn’t it?) I have never had to beat everybody in the room (twice) at Mario Kart to prove I liked video games. I have never had my gender “honorarily” changed by having enough geek interests to be accepted (“you’re one of the guys now”). No one has ever insisted I tell them the difference between a tank and DPS in an MMORPG before allowing me to discuss raiding Molten Core. I have never been dismissed as a faker at a prequel screening because I didn’t know which admiral came out of light speed too close to the planet’s surface in The Empire Strikes Back. I have never been quizzed about Armor Class in order to get past someone who was blocking my path to the back of a game store where my friends were waiting at the tables. I have never been told I’m not a real fan. I have never been shamed for coming to a convention despite my lack of esoteric knowledge. And I have never, ever, EVER been invited to leave a fandom because I didn’t like [whatever it was] enough.

Every one of the things I have listed, I have personally witnessed happen. To women.

That’s not elitism. That’s sexism.
Something to remember about Star Wars

The Galactic Civil War (The Galactic Empire V. The Rebel Alliance) lasted 38 years from start to finish, including minor military actions, occupations, and covert operations. Casualties in the multiple hundreds of trillions. (swept through a stupid number of forums to gather a very relative number)

One very notable thing to think about, as to why the GCW wasn’t over with just the battle of Yavin, or the battle of Endor…
The first Death Star (henceforth known as DS1) had a crew of, according to Luke Skywalker in “Shield of Lies,1,205,109.

DS1: Imperial Casualties
25,800 Stormtroopers
27,048 Officers
774,576 Crew
378,685 Support Staff
Total: 1,205,109

To the Empire, Luke Skywalker was a terrorist. The Rebel Alliance, in one battle, killed 100,000 less living beings than the USA has lost in its entire military history. 

So, when you see this guy:

^Remember that statistic. Give the dude a hug.

^And when you see this cat, remember he’s mostly damn robot, and he lost those limbs for his boys back in the 501st.

You see General Skywalker, and YOU SHAKE HIS GOD DAMN HAND.

Darth Vader illustration by WeiMao

Via Barnes & Noble’s book blog, 9 Signs You Might Be Living In A YA Novel.

Within the past few weeks, two hot, adoring guys have come into your life.If one is a dark-haired bad boy and the other a mischievous yet trustworthy blond, just accept that you’re living in a YA novel now, and cross your fingers it’s a series.

You or someone you know is named Cam, Cameron, or Cammie. Also watch out for names that can be shortened to Kat.

Your world’s looking a little bit…whitewashed.And if you do know someone of color, they likely have skin that one might compare to a cafe au lait, mocha, or other beverage currently sold at Starbucks. (Note: If people are looking even whiter than usual, you may be living in a YA novel about vampires. Or zombies. I’m sorry.)

I’d add: has your evil dystopian society banned something random, like love? Or having a a personality? Do you bear an ancient family curse? Do you have an adorable little sister, of whom you feel very protective?

Watch out for that third book in your trilogy, is all I’m sayin’.


Wizard Quest - Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Born from the kitsch-filled lands known as Wisconsin Dells, Wizard Quest is a unique theme attraction that lets visitors pick up a wand and magic their way through a surreal fantasy land.

Unlike most theme parks, Wizard Quest isn’t based around an existing intellectual property, but features an originalish story that leads people through the entire attraction. Covering 13,000 square feet of fantasy locales, the whimsical complex provides guests the chance to quest through their puzzling rooms in an attempt to free four elemental wizards, giving attendees the chance to play the hero. The quest takes nerds of any age through the “Quadrasphere” which includes rooms such as a hall of mirrors, numerous hidden passageways and even traps! The adventure is played out through the use of a clever system of computer effects and infrared “wands” which can activate events in the Wizard Quest world.

Despite the widespread rise of genre-culture in the past 20 years, Wizard Quest is still a one-of-a-kind attraction for fans wishing to visit an immersive world of fantasy and magic. For anyone sick of dreaming that they are Harry Potter, if you’re willing to suspend disbelief and ignore a little kitsch, this quest makes you your own hero.

More awesome Wizard Questing on Atlas Obscura!