Monday, February 17, 2014

Not A Fan

One of my favorite concepts from the TV show "The Big Bang Theory" is when Penny says something like "Getting my geek on." She says this to try to fit in with the 'geeky' guys. Sometimes, we are like Penny and try really hard to fit in. Other times, we are so against something (usually out of spite for its popularity), that we are to the point of being rude against it. Okay, maybe that's just me.

Today, however, I'm wanting to point out a few things that I am just not a fan. Yeah, I can see that some people may like a certain thing and may find value in it. I, on the other hand, just don't really like it or get it or something along those lines. Sometimes, I've given them a chance. Others, I just can't see me getting into it.

The Lord of the Rings: Let me sum up Lord of the Rings in one that really possible? There is so much to Lord of the Rings. It is the penultimate epic fantasy, and in a sense, the original fantasy to which you can apply that word "epic". Tolkien created this world that has so much to it, one could get lost. Some wish to live there. Some try even. That's cool. But really, it's just not my thing. Someone once told me I'm a jerk for not liking Tolkien. Wait, did I say that? No, I think Tolkien is awesome. He brought us the fantasy world as we know it. Not only that, but one of my favorite novels of all time is The Hobbit. "But that's the same story!" some have said to me.'s not. The Hobbit is a story of vengeance and adventure. It's a story of letting go of one's insecurities and not caring about the results. It's also less than a 1/3 of the length of The Lord of the Rings 3-book series (which is technically six, but that's neither here nor there.)

Superman: Who doesn't love Superman? *raises hand unabashedly*. As a kid, I watched all the original Superman movies. I've tried Lois & Clark. I've even watched some of Smallville. (Out of all of those, the last is actually the one I'm most interested in watching.) I just can't seem to like the man in red and blue who isn't a spider. (For that matter, not a huge fan of the man in red and blue who is a spider.) I think the thing that bothers me about Superman is his unrealistic portrayal of being almost perfect. Ever hear "Women want Superman" as a complete sentence? I have. My response to that thought is this: "So women want a man who isn't of this world with a perverted ability that has an allergy to green stuff? Interesting..."

Captain America: Now, for this, I am only referring to the movie. And only the original that takes place during WWII. My older brother is a pretty big fan of these type of movies. We had dinner together while I was in CO two weekends ago. At this dinner, 99% of our conversation could've been topics for a Comic-Con panel. One of these was Captain America 2 (which he is excited for, I guess.) However, I was almost shunned from his life when I expressed my dislike for the first film. My expectation was a superhero movie. I feel that I saw an alternate history film instead. Similar, but not the same. I saw the story as slow and not as much fighting as I had hoped.

 X-men 3: The Last Stand: Do I need a lengthy paragraph on this one? I don't think so.

To be fair, there are things I like that others may not. Joe and I argue over The Big Bang Theory a lot. Although, I see his points, I don't watch it because of its "Geek" theme. I watch it because I care about the characters and it has some great humor (geek and non-geek). These are just a few examples of things I am not of.

Oh and Happy Presidents Day! I have to work!

Alien abductions are involuntary, but probings are scheduled.


  1. T.J., being a fan of Captain America, Superman and LOTR, I can totally see why someone would not be. I have never understood why some people think geekdom means liking EVERYTHING!!! Personally, I can't get into Dr.Who or Adventure Time, and my fandom has been slipping on DC Comics and Star Wars for a while.

    1. Your fandom of those 2 slipping does not surprise me. In my opinion, when people stop going for the "cool factor" and are going for the "makes money" concept, my interest is lost. That means they aren't a fan of what they're doing anymore, imo. Still love me some Dr. Who.

    2. Yeah, I get it. I mean I do love Lord of the Rings and some of the other stuff mentioned but I can see why people wouldn't be fans of them. I love Adventure Time but I don't have much of an interest in Dr. Who. I may like it when I give it a solid chance though.

  2. I'm judging you for not liking Superman. He. Wears. Spandex. And. A. Cape! What's not to like?! lol! Jk! I totally agree. Sometimes there's nerdy stuff that I definitely don't get into. Magic: The Gathering just doesn't do it for me. I like the pictures on the cards and the descriptions and I guess some of the attacks are cool, buuuuuut I didn't get into it. D&D all the way for me.