Tuesday, September 8, 2009


There's a rather large aspect of geek culture that I'm beginning to despise: snowballing.

Geeks/nerds/whatever tend to react to films, TV shows, books, and other major forms of geek media with a herd mentality.  For instance, Transformers 2 originally had a very mixed response from the geek crowd, but has now become a generally reviled film, to the point that many geeks will make strong absolute statements. ("Transformers 2 is utter ****. Anyone who likes that film is obviously stupid.")
Other such films include Star Wars Episodes I-III, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men 3, and Spider-Man 3.  Now, I have immense problems with most of those films as well, but I would never say that they are completely and unequivocally wrong in each and every way.  Yes, the Star Wars prequels are a bit disappointing.  Yes, Wolverine made Logan's story far less compelling than the comics did.  Yes, Spider-Man 3 was a mess of a film.  But does that mean that it's wrong to like those films in spite of all that?

Other films are often put in the reverse position, and placed on a type of "geek pedestal" that must not dare be challenged. (The Dark Knight, for instance)  However, instead of merely "defending" these stories, many of these fanatical people take it a step further and actually attack those who have differing opinions.  Some people say that The Dark Knight is too slow and weary; are those people absolutely wrong?

It frustrates me to no end when people don't see that being so aggressive and arrogant in their opinions is just hypocritical and moronic.  What does any person gain when they attempt to tear someone else's credibility asunder?  Does it make them feel better about themselves?

Can't we just enjoy our stories without having to critically analyze every minute aspect of fictional works that are becoming increasingly more complicated as time goes on?


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