We all have them, so don’t pretend that you don’t.
However, in the world of geeks and nerds, these guilty pleasures become less of a ‘guilt’ and more of a confession. After all, you can hardly call a guilty pleasure ‘guilty’ and feel any supposed ‘guilt’ for enjoying it when you’re sharing it with like-minded people. Right?
Am I right?
Of course I am!
There is no shame amongst geeks. True, we might not always agree with each other on certain aspects of geekery (i.e., which Star Trek series is the best, who’s the superior Doctor in Doctor Who, which edition of D&D is the best, or the loving/hating of George Lucas for all the changes he makes to Star Wars), but we will never full-on shun each other for these views because we ourselves know what it’s like to be shunned by the ‘popular kids’. While we might not agree on everything, there is still a feeling of solidarity and even camaraderie amongst us, and that’s why we feel no shame in sharing with each other just what it is that makes us individually geeky.
I myself am an avid fanfiction writer, and when I’m not reading comic books, obsessing over Phantom of the Opera, or role-playing (either by way of consol, table-top, or text-based), I am constantly quoting movies like Ghostbbusters, Goonies, and The Gamers: Dorkness Rising. I’m not ashamed to admit any of this, and apparently people on the internet aren’t ashamed to admit these sorts of things either.
Twitter is full of such confessions!
Just today, for example, there was the following trend of: #whatsyourgeekconfession, and I would like to take a moment to share some of these confessions with you…
Francescamain: “That the lack of apostrophe in this hashtag troubles me.”
(I for one know she feels, because I had to stop myself from adding the apostrophe when I was looking up the trend.)
Justbiglee: “My DVDs, Blu rays and TV boxsets are all sorted alphabetically by format.”
(I just knew there was someone else out there like me! My organization of our books and DVDs borders on neurotically anal-retentive, and it drives my hubby quite batty…and oh, how he loves to torture me by putting things out of order.)
GeekSyndicate: “used to know and sing all the words to Partners in Kryme - Turtle Power.”
(Okay, while he’s got me beat on knowing all the words, I do in fact still have in my possession the soundtracks for movies 1 and 2.)
Sjtoyne: “I used to like sitting in the glow of my ZX81 pretending I was Matthew Broderick in 'War Games'.”
(Okay, while I’m too young to have had that computer, I LOVE that movie!)
CareyTwoMonkeys: “I'm afraid to watch the final season of The X-Files.”
(As someone who just recently saw the final season of Roseanne for the first time, I feel your pain. ARGH! I wish I could erase that final episode from my memory!)
AntCrick: “I love playing World of Warcraft, dont care what others say!”
(I personally prefer EQ2, but to each their own.)
T_W_A_Plus: “I’m a nerd and dam proud of it.”
So there you have it, my friends…people who are not ashamed to admit what makes them go ‘geek’ in the night (myself included). So what should you take from this? Just this simple message…
Embrace your inner geek and don’t be afraid to be a dork!
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