I’m a geek. I’ve learned not only to accept that but also be proud of it. Who cares if people think you’re crazy for getting “too into sci-fi/fantasy stuff?” It’s so much more fun to be dorky than it is to be cool.
So I’ve compiled a very short list of some geeky characteristics, and it is my hope that fellow geeks will add to the list. Be geeky and proud!
So you know you’re a geek if…
You consider Doctor Who normal dinner conversation
Apparently, not everyone is interested in knowing the premise of Doctor Who. Some people might even think it sounds a bit odd when you explain that he is a time lord who regenerates every few years and travels around in a police box. The table might suddenly drop into awkward silence while everyone is trying to think of a way to politely change the subject.
You are over 18 and still have action figures in your bedroom
It’s not geeky if you have collector’s items on display, right? I mean, you’re not actually playing with toys; you’re just collecting.
You memorized elvish from Lord of the Rings and use it randomly in conversations
People learn other languages all the time. Accidentally picking up elvish from watching Lord of the Rings too many times isn’t weird. If anything, it should be a resume booster.
You play “guess which soundtrack this song is from” with people at work
This isn’t so bad. Non geeky people enjoy this as well. Well, they don’t enjoy it as much when you destroy them with your abundant knowledge of theme music.
You talk about characters from tv shows and movies as if they were real people
Sometimes it’s just plain fun to sit around and talk about a show. If you’re in the business of writing, you’re really just analyzing the structure of the character. Totally acceptable.
You plan your vacation around locations where movies were filmed
If you just happen to be living in New Zealand for a year, who wouldn’t go on all the Lord of the Rings tours? And the mountain they filmed The Last of the Mohicans on is part of a national park. People would be climbing it anyways. It’s only geeky if you re-enact the scenes from the movies, right? And dancing on the party field where they held Bilbo’s 111th birthday doesn’t count.
What are other clear indications of movie geekiness?