I went on YouTube today and caught this cute little animated video about why fangirls just can’t escape the MCU. As I watched it, I had noticed that, once again, the media presented me with the same type of fans: the Whovians, the Trekkies, the Marvel fangirl, the Star Warrior (aka Star Wars fan) and the anime fan. Even though I was charmed by the video, I kept wondering: where’s the Xena fan, the Steampunk, the Dune fan (who could quip that no one’s done an adaptation since the disasterous 1984 film), the DC fan or the gamer? Why were the only Star Wars fans represented, displaying OT era clothes. Couldn’t one of them been dressed as Ahsoka Tano? She has fangirls too.
This isn’t the only incident of limited fandom.
Yesterday was Fangirl Friday at Barnes and Noble as part of their Get Pop Cultured Month. On their Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, they had a test made by Sam Maggs, author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy. Depending on which answers you chose (and how many times you chose a, b, c, etc.) your results are that you are a fan of: Harry Potter, Joss Whedon, Dr. Who, Tolkien, Supernatural, Sherlock, Game of Thrones, comics, YA literature and Disney (the test is here, for those of you who are curious).
I’m not a fan of any of the aforementioned book series. I don’t see the appeal of Joss Whedon or his works. I’m not a Marvel girl (though Lord knows I’ve tried to be). I’m a DC girl but Marvel’s been getting all the media attention (and praise) lately and even my love for Disney has waned in recent years. So I just skipped the test all together.
Why are we constantly being exposed to the same type of tv shows, movies and comics when it comes to SF and F? Why do todays “geeks” seem so alliterate when it comes to SF and F literature except when it’s a best seller? Where’s the love for Isaac Asimov, H.G. Wells, Ray Bradbury or C.L. Moore? Why are OT Star Wars fans or TOS Star Trek fans given a voice in public blogs and websites and not TNG fans or PT fans? Where’s the appreciation for shows like The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits or films like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Day the Earth Stood Still, media that pioneered the genre? It’s very frustrating.