Today we are hosting JL Merrow as she celebrates the release of her new book: It’s All Geek to Me. She’s written a great post on a great topic and I hope you’ll all respond!
Geekier Than Thou
Hi, I’m JL (Jamie) Merrow, and I’m here today as part of the It’s All Geek to Me blog tour.
It’s great to be here on Smart Girls Love Sci-Fi (a sentiment I whole-heartedly agree with).
The giveaway: all commenters on the blog tour will be entered into a draw to win an ebook of their choice from my backlist, plus a $10 Amazon gift certificate. A winner will be chosen randomly on Monday, 17th February, 2014. Good luck! 🙂
And now I’d like to talk to you about geekiness.
There are many tests available on the interwebs to help you find out just how geeky you really are. The most comprehensive I’ve seen is The Original Geek Test, on Innergeek, which apparently contains 542 questions. I’d venture to say that if you’re prepared to take the time to answer that many questions on the subject, you probably don’t actually need the test. 😉
But why do we want to know? Well, I think that sadly, like most things in life, it all comes down to belonging in the club.
Let me tell you a story (I’m an author; it’s what I do. *g*) When I was a teenager I lived, breathed, ate and slept science fiction and fantasy. I could have told you Isaac Asimov’s entire life story, gleaned from the autobiographical snippets interspersed between his stories in anthologies and magazines. I’d read every Heinlein, Zelazny and McCaffrey the local library and second-hand bookstores could offer. I thought space travel was the most important thing ever. No question, I was a SF/F fan.
Then I went for an open day at a university I’d applied to for a place to read Physics. And I met a couple of other SF/F fans. I thought, fantastic! These are my people!
Except, no. They didn’t see it that way. You see, I’d never played Dungeons and Dragons. I wasn’t wearing a Tom Baker Doctor Who scarf. I wasn’t fannish enough, not for them.
I trudged home, discouraged. (And I didn’t go to their poxy university, either. So there. *blows raspberry*).
Nowadays, we have the phenomenon of the so-called Fake Geek Girl (and it almost always is Girl, not Guy, I wonder why? Not.) Leaving aside the inherent sexism, and although I have fun with the concept in It’s All Geek to Me, I’m still uncomfortable with the notion of “fake geeks” in real life. Does a person need to have read the entire Marvel backlist of comics before she’s allowed to enthuse over the films? Is even that level of knowledge adequate, without a comprehensive familiarity with DC for comparative purposes?
Can’t we all just love the things we love, to the degree to which we love them, without having to pass some arbitrary test of devotion?
What do you think? Have you ever been accused of not really being into the things you love? Or conversely, been annoyed by someone thinking a superficial level of interest entitles them to be opinionated on a subject that’s dear to your heart?
JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance, and is frequently accused of humour. Her novel Slam! won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best LGBT Romantic Comedy.
She is a member of the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.
It’s All Geek to Me
Jez is on a mission of mercy: to replace a tragically deceased comic book for his injured best mate, Tel. Venturing into the temple of geekdom itself, the Hidden Asteroid bookstore in London, Jez is bowled over by the guy behind the counter.
Rhys is the poster boy for hot geeks: tall, gorgeous, and totally cool. Jez is desperate to impress Rhys, but lacking in confidence after a bad break-up, so he bluffs his way through the comic book jargon—then dashes back to the hospital to beg Tel to teach him how to speak Geek.
Tel’s happy to oblige, and Jez is over the moon when Rhys asks him out. He’s even more thrilled when they discover a shared love of rugby, something he won’t have to fake for Rhys. The question is, how long can Jez keep up the deception—and what will happen when Rhys realizes he’s going out with Fake Geek Guy?
You can read an excerpt/purchase It’s All Geek to Me at: Riptide Publishing.