I’m trying something new. The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick had an idea to link a bunch of us female geeky bloggers together. Fridays are now Five Fandom Fridays and there are topics chosen for each Friday that serve as the prompt. I’m getting involved for several (five?) reasons:
- It’s a pre-chosen topic that I can work with. No writer’s block will impair me.
- The topics are chosen in advance so I can prepare ahead of time and not scramble at the last minute
- Maybe it will spur me to post here more regularly
- It’s a way to get in touch with other geeky bloggers and share interests
- It will be fun!
So, that said. Let’s do it.
I don’t even know how or why I started watching Veronica Mars but I was three from the very beginning. Clearly whatever marketing they did reached me. I loved it from the very beginning and so much so that I explored everything I could about it. As a result I found a podcast from the writers of the show. I faithfully listened to every episode as it was released and the writers constantly referred to The Office and to Battlestar Galactica. So…
As a result of the Veronica Mars Writers’ Podcast, I started to watch Battlestar Galactica. I figured if the writers of a show I loved enjoyed this show that much then I probably would too. I binge watched the first two seasons in a couple weekends and was ecstatic when I could watch live. But it was agony waiting between episodes. ‘d always loved Star Wars, but Battlestar opened my eyes to more possibilities.
When I was binge watching Battlestar, I was dating a guy who played World of Warcraft (WoW). Because he played WoW, he heard of this web series about people playing a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG). He watched it on his own and then persuaded me to watch because he thought I’d enjoy it. He mentioned the creator was once on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I was sold. Of course I loved it and I loved that quirky redhead who started it. I then began to follow everything Felicia Day did online which opened my eyes to some many other geeky things.
Because I loved The Guild, my WoW playing boyfriend of the time finally convinced me to play. My first character was a female druid elf. He convinced me that would be fun because I could change shapes. It all went downhill from there. I was hooked. I became an alt-aholic (someone who creates and regularly plays several different characters in different races and classes). For a time I was even participating in regular raids with my guild. When my relationship ended, I started to play constantly (I truly was addicted) but when the fog of heartbreak lifted I began to play less and less. But playing WoW introduced me to so many other games (hello Mass Effect!) and my guildmates introduced me to other geeky interests.
I didn’t realize the influence Buffy the Vampire Slayer had on me until I started to connect so many of my other interests back to Joss Whedon (Firefly, The Avengers and other Marvel things, Dr. Horrible, etc.). My entry into the comic book world was a result of the combination of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Season 8 comics and The Guild comics. From there I starting exploring the iconic characters that I’d always loved (Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman) and discovering ones I’d never heard of before (Lobo, Zatanna, Cyborg, even Martian Manhunter, just to name a few).
And those are the five fandoms that I think truly made me into the absolute and complete geek that I am. Although, let’s not discount the constant reading and good grades that started me out on this path way back when!
So what are your five gateway fandoms?