I got to thinking the other day about when my Star Trek obsession began. When I realized that it’s been about two years, I was blown away. Then I began to think back to the other fandoms I’ve loved over the years. Some had a strong hold over me for quite some time. Other fandoms were a passing phase. Either way, I find elements of all the fandoms I’ve loved in my daily life now, even if they aren’t as prominent as they were once before.
You guys only get a glimpse into my interests, and that got me to thinking: I figured if we all know where we come from, we can become more accepting nerds. So, I’m sharing my Origin Story in the hopes that it helps you reflect on where you’ve come from. Being a geek or a nerd is amazing, and it’s time to celebrate.
So, much like Batgirl–actually, nothing like Batgirl–here is my Origin Story:
When I was a kid, I was a complete dino freak. I could identify any dinosaur that I saw, and Jurassic Park instantly became my favorite movie. That love is still present today, and I sometimes wonder why I never went into paleontology. But the 90s had much more in store for me as the GameBoy Color, Nintendo 64, and both PlayStation consoles debuted during this decade. I wasn’t a big gamer, but I had my favorites. Of course, Pokemon was HUGE (I was a big fan of the show and the cards), but Spyro was my jam. Then Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone came into my life, and I was done for. Harry Potter bewitched me for quite a few years, and my library began to expand.
I became enraptured by Victorian literature all thanks to the film The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (I know, I know). That movie inspired me to read the books that were featured; such stories as The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Invisible Man were among my favorites. However, my heart was stolen by the tales of Sherlock Holmes. If it involved Holmes, I devoured it with great fervor. This devotion to classic literature led me to other tales, such as Dracula. Soon, an obsession with vampire lore took hold. No, I didn’t read Twilight, and not for hipster reasons, either. I was swept away by other stories, walking alongside Lestat and other famous bloodsuckers. Anything spooky or creepy spoke to me–no wonder I went through an emo phase. Hey, it was middle school. Around this time, Tim Burton was my messiah. I spoke the gospel of Edward Scissorhands and sang the hymns of Jack Skellington. But I also started to dip my foot into a completely different pool: anime.
At one point, there wasn’t anything nearly as important as anime. I was a Bleach junky who binged on the adultswim Saturday evening line-up. As much as I loved the stories and pined for the latest manga, I also learned so much about Japanese culture through my exposure to anime. Not only was I an anime freak, I was a Japan freak. As I grew older, I began to expand my nerdy resume. Once got into college, I was exposed to other fandoms thanks to my friends. I was propelled into the world of Lord of the Rings and The Legend of Zelda. I finally knew what Doctor Who was all about. This was also the time when I began to cosplay and attend conventions–something I had always wanted to do. College became my portal for new passions, and it introduced me to some of my favorite fandoms. I began to read The Adventures of Tintin, which became my escape from the stress I was experiencing.
Then, Star Trek: The Next Generation captured my imagination, and everything just seemed right. Truth be told, I never thought I would love Star Trek; as a kid, the Star Trek fandom was presented as this weird passion. It was kitschy. I had this aversion to it for quite a while when it started playing on BBC America until I actually watched an episode. Since then, I’ve been hooked. In recent months, as you all know, I dove head-first into comics. What I love about comic books is that they help me exercise my English major muscles, and they helped me regain my love of reading again.
Though some of the fandoms I adored in the past aren’t as important to me at present, I appreciate and praise them for how they shaped me into the nerd I am today. I’ll read any article that discusses the discovery of some Prehistoric creature, and I’ll reminisce about the 90s. All of the creepy things I gushed over still warm a part of me, and the literature I read helped build my career in English. I learned a great deal about an amazing culture, and met some of my closest comrades through mutual interests. Essentially, I became my fandoms. That’s a fact that will never change.
Since I started this blog, I have the wonderful opportunity to share all of these nerdy passions, but it’s also opened doors to amazing new avenues. One such avenue is the chance to interact with my fellow geek/nerd bloggers. We get to share ideas, discuss fandoms, and bounce ideas off one another. In fact, I presented the idea of an Origin Story post to my blog buddies before I started writing this. Now, everything is out in the open.
Because I love the communities I belong to, I opened this prompt up to those who wished to participate. This way, we get to learn a little bit more about one another. But this is open to anyone who wants to participate! Everybody’s doing it nowadays. Don’t believe me? Well, take a look at my blog buddies who are taking the Origin Story challenge:
Geeky Brunette’s Story (Coming Soon!)
Mandy’s Story–from The True Ultimate Fangirl Officially (Coming Soon!)
Nyanla’s Story–from Geekeries de Nyanla
The Gamer Wife’s Story (Coming Soon!)
Michelle’s Story from A Geek Girl’s Guide
Kimi’s Story (Coming Soon!)
So, where does your story begin? Let’s all nerd out in the comments below to build a better nerd-munity. Okay, ignore that. I realize I was trying too hard. But still, you should share. Enjoy, Nerds!
Life was meant to be lived nerdily, so what are you waiting for?