In response to "Where the Trek Begins" from The Escapist Forum: This was a great story, even though I would have skipped dinner to stay as well. But it had me laughing out loud throughout. Alas, I've never been a big Star Trek fan, but I know several people who are, and you've captured the pain of being an outsider on all the Trekky jokes...well, maybe pain isn't the right word ;)
I've recently joined The Escapist, and I'm already enjoying this!
In response to "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" from The Escapist Forum: That was a wonderful story. As someone who found Star Trek TNG when I was a 7 or 8 year old girl, it would've been nice to have someone else to share that with me. All families have their ways of communicating, and for my mom and I it was often video games or music, but Star Trek in its many incarnations has been a big part of my life for a long time. I recently traveled to Philadelphia in large part because I wanted to see the Star Trek exhibition at the museum there. I actually messed up my timing and missed the museum, so I'm considering a trip back before it closes just to see this exhibition.
This was my favorite piece in the issue. Also, Picard is the natural choice, of course. ;)
This is a pretty touching story. Star Trek, at its core, always struck me as being aimed towards the human condition; aliens, strange worlds and exotic dangers always stood in for the more mundane problems that we as individuals, and society as a whole, faced. It was that perspective of the fantastic that made the examples and lessons easier to accept. I'm glad to see that you and your father found a common interest in the show, and that you have such fond memories of him connected to it. That's a lot more than many others have.
In response to "Get a Life" from The Escapist Forum: I completely agree with Mr. Roswell. It's not ill-defined what constitutes Angry Fandom, the key phrase is "Obsessed with the obsession" with "trample the things you love, and they'll never leave you" as a runner-up. It's like with the infatuation story, he was in love with being in love, he saw this perfectly ordinary person as the end-all-be-all of everything to do with adolescence. In the end, she was just a girl.
There's a line from the Masters of the Universe movie that encapsulates this concept as well, about how the wicked look upon what they can't have and see that as their destiny.
I've never encountered Browncoats, but I've met quite a few less-than-likeable X-Men fans, namely the ones who importuned "Where's Gambit?" for each of the three movies then weren't any less angry when he finally did show up in the Wolverine movie. I wanted to say to them, at the risk of being eaten alive, "Look, Gambit's just not that interesting a character. These movies are about people regretting their abilities and the problems that arise from having them. Gambit just doesn't fit into that category." The point is, they're overlooking the source material because they basically want to see a glorified cosplayer on the big screen.
It's fine to be a fan, but believing that just because you bought the ticket, book, toy, or adult halloween costume, you're somehow entitled to the direction that work takes is just pure delusion. Fans come after the fact; they're a reactionary phenomena, the effect and not the cause.
To quote another Escapist contributor, "Fans are clingy, complaining dipshits who will never ever be grateful for any concession you make. The sooner you shut out their shrill, tremulous voices, the happier you'll be."
There's also a tribal element, an "us and them" mentality that leads to this sort of thing. If you feel you belong to a certain group, you fight for that group. And the less you're exposed to other views the more extreme views tend to get. So it feeds on itself.
I mean I love the Trek, but I wouldn't be a Trekkie, and the opinion of Trekkies that's held by people in general makes me hesitant to mention this. But I could definitely see that people could be pushed the other way by the same reaction. So that even when they're not being attacked they're on a constant defense. But I would resist the temptation to Trek is the archetype, surely politicians and political parties get that cake for this?