I ranted on Chuck’s Facebook thread (sorry, Chuck…) concerning yet another dust-up over Star Wars. Thing is, this brouhaha brought up a few memories worth sharing. These are memories about me being a hardcore fan of Star Wars and Star Trek, and about hardcore fans of Doctor Whoâ€¦
â€¦and how that can sometimes be a problem.
See, whatâ€™s happening within the Star Wars fandomâ€”in the wake of other â€œreal fanâ€ movementsâ€”is nothing new. Itâ€™s just more public. â€œRealâ€ fans who draw lines in the sand, piss all over a movie poster or toy collection (mint-in-box, of course), and claim to be the Keepers of the Sanctity of Insert-Your-Favorite-Science-Fiction-Sacred-Cow-Here, thanks to social media and the Internet, are making their voices heard; and are exhorting to extreme measures to protect their Precious.
To understand just how dangerous a mentality this is, you can take a look at my own experiences. Experiences where I was on both the receiving and the giving end of this kind of â€œrealâ€ fandom.
Let me take you back to the 1990â€™s. Iâ€™m thinking the summer of 1996. Yeah, that sounds about rightâ€¦ [Read more…] about Iâ€™m a â€œRealâ€ Fan of Star Trekâ€¦and Thatâ€™s Not a Good Thing.