April Posted April 28, 2016 Posted April 28, 2016 1 minute ago, wowbagger said: Just to clarify: I'm not saying that liking Marvel makes you mainstream or that you have to resign your nerd badge. Not at all- I completely agree that that sort of snobbery is- well, pretty geeky, but also truly obnoxious. I'm saying that being into the MCU is not in and of itself a marker of niche interests. As in: if the guys were into something truly obscure (like an unpopular Doctor Who- Colin Baker?), then maybe that in and of itself would say 'yep, pretty geeky'. But saying 'Avengers+GoT+vague references to Doctor Who=Geeky' is, to me, the equivalent of Penny being horrified at herself for knowing who Chewbacca was. Sure, but again a lot of these things became mainstream during the show's run. Possibly even in part because of the show - there was surely a bit of a synergy effect at play at the time. What might have been an obscure reference in 2007 is now common knowledge. What do you do with that as a writer? Trying to dive into more obscure niches in order to prove to have proper geek cred or whatever is exactly this kind of obnoxious BS that fandom gatekeepers do. And I say this as someone who's watched all of Doctor Who and would love nothing more than Sheldon making a comment about how he's listening to the latest Big Finish story! But I also don't think it makes him less of a DW fan if he doesn't. Or that it makes the show less geeky. Or that going for big geeky events like Star Wars or GoT coming back or the latest MCU movie (which are all big events for many geeks) is the show itself making a huge statement about the epitome of geekdom. I think it's only true to the characters that they're excited like pretty much any other fan of those franchises that they get all these cool movies and shows and so on. That is part of the geeky/nerdy culture at the present and the show is spot on with that. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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