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Hi everyone! I’d like to give Under the Covers a huge “thank you” for letting me post here today! I’m still going strong for the GEEK GIRLS DON’T DATE DUKES release tour, and everyone has been so kind and welcoming. It’s really been awesome, and I can’t say thanks enough to the wonderful book blogging community. You guys rock!
Today, at the suggestion of UTCBB, I’m going to talk a little bit about the rise of the geek in Hollywood and major pop culture. It wasn’t all that long ago that being called a geek was an insult. Being too smart, too involved in off-beat stuff like comics or musical theatre, heck even video games painted you as someone who was doomed to live in your parent’s basement for your entire life. Or at least someone’s futon. But now being a geek is something to be proud of, something that’s presented in mainstream culture as a good thing.
What happened to change all that?
Well, this is what I think. Of course, your mileage may vary. 🙂
Kevin Smith, an independent filmmaker and geek, introduced the world to “Clerks” in 1994. This movie’s portrayal of geekdom struck a chord with the mainstream audience, and kind of gained a cult-style following. “Clerks” brought people into comic stores, broadened people’s awareness of the geek, and paved the way for others like the incomparable Joss Whedon.
If you’re not entrenched in geek culture, you might not know the name, but I’m pretty sure that you know either “Firefly” or “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” or both. Whedon did what Smith did, bringing more and more people into the culture, drumming up business for comic conventions and products related to his series. Women who had never considered stepping foot into comic shops before became regular rabid fans of BTVS comics, and they expanded their reading tastes to include other books. Guys too. In fact, that’s another point.
Many of the guys who are between thirty and fifty now spent their childhood reading superhero comics. And they don’t want to let go of those heroes. So Marvel has made a mint catering to those now-grown-up fans, making movies and merchandise that’s very grown up, but totally relates to the kid in all of us.
Video games became more and more grown up. Becoming obsessed with a fictional world became mainstream. And suddenly, someone realized that along the way, we’d become geeks. Lots of us. There are as many different flavors of geek as there are of people. And it’s wonderful.
Being able to express our passions and intimate knowledge of obscure pieces of geekdom is amazing. I’m so happy that I’m living in a time where I can passionately claim my adoration for Final Fantasy and Strangers in Paradise, and people don’t look at me as if there’s no way I can be a functional adult human being. The runaway success of The Big Bang Theory TV show is proof of that. Yeah, those characters are almost too deep into geekdom to be believable, but geeks can relate to them. And there are a lot of us out here. Many more than anyone thought.
I’m not of the opinion that anyone’s geekdom needs to be vetted. Part of the value of being a geek is understanding that your passion may lie outside the mainstream, and those who share your passion might be hard to find. Therefore, we need to embrace our fellow geeks.
I love that geek is now a title that we can claim with pride. I love that my “Geek Girls” series is striking a chord with other women that are geeks. And I hope everyone can continue being geeky and unafraid.
What about you? Do you identify as a geek? Can you remember when you started thinking “hey, it’s not a bad thing to be a geek?”
Thanks again to Under the Covers for having me. This was definitely an interesting topic to talk about!
Leah Ramsey has always loved historical romance novels and dressing in period costumes. So when she has a chance to time travel and experience the history for herself, she jumps at it—figuring it can’t be too hard to catch the eye of a duke. After all, it happens all the time in her novels.
Avery Russell, valet and prize pugilist, reluctantly helps Leah gain a position in the Duke of Granville’s household . . . as a maid.
Domestic servitude wasn’t exactly what she had in mind, but she’s determined to win her happily ever after. Even if the hero isn’t exactly who she’s expecting.
About the Author
Becoming a magician proved to be less interesting than Gina Lamm had anticipated when she was six, so in her adult life, she’s turned to writing.
This belly-dancing, wisecracking, marshmallow-addicted mother of three energetic fur-children loves nothing more than penning funny, emotional tales of love, lust, and entertaining mishaps.
Married to a real live superhero, she and her family live in North Carolina, surrounded by tobacco farms, possums, and the occasional hurricane.
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