Going back if you were a geek or read comic books you might have been looked down on or bullied at school, but with shows like The Big Bang Theory taking over it isn’t so much of a taboo anymore. People have always played fantasy role-play games like Dungeons and Dragons, people have always spent money on comic books and toys, and this is unlikely to change. But now people are more accepting of these past times.
While I’m not super smart like the guys in The Big Bang Theory and I could not reel off every character to appear in Civil War (Comic Book not the movie), I do enjoy the geekier world of it. When I was a teenager I watched romantic comedies and horror movies because that’s what my friends watched and they were the people I went to the cinema with. But as I’ve gotten older I’ve realised that while rom com’s might be fun this isn’t where my passion lies. Iron Man, X-Men, Batman, Spiderman….. all these types of movies are the ones I really wanted to be watching.
Over the past few years the superhero franchise has grown to such a level that it seems a new movie is coming out every month, and while the quality isn’t always amazing and the stories can be flawed *cough* BVS *cough* I am so happy with the progress in my cinema experience. I’m not ashamed to admit that I was one of those people who was at the midnight showing of Civil War despite having work the next day, and deviating from superheroes I saw the new Star Wars movie less than 24 hours after it’s release.
I am slowly but surely getting into the world of comic books and graphic novels and am happy to spend hours in a comic book store making the decision over which new comic to buy. Last Sunday for example, I spent over half an hour staring at the shelves just to choose two comics. FYI I got Batman Death in the Family and Hawkeye Vs Deadpool, both of which I am super excited to read. I am not going to make out that I know a lot about comics because I am still learning the universes and worlds but I love the diversity and intricate nature of them. I can’t even decide if I am a DC or Marvel girl. I love the dark and creepier nature of the DC world but I love the diversity of characters from Marvel. Perhaps I’ll never decide.
A lot of areas of my flat look more suited to a teenager than that of a 26-year-old girl, I have an entire wall of canvas’ of superheroes (and an Empire Strikes Back one for good measure). I have a shelf of Nightmare Before Christmas figures and my collection of Pop Vinyl is slowly getting out of control.
The more I get into this world the more control it takes on my life. I love debating the great scenes and potential flaws in the movies with friends after their release and talking about conspiracies in the universes the characters inhabit. I am also finding that it’s impacting the kind of guys I talk to, whether they like DC, Marvel, Star Trek, Star Wars, or anything else of that nature I am finding more common ground and enjoyment from talking to people with similar interests to me.