I’m about to get all Geeky up in here. One of the things I love about most book lovers is that many of us are also major geeks/nerds/what have you. That is why I was super-excited to see the new 5 Friday Fandom meme hosted over at The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick.
Growing up, pretty much all I did was read books, play video games, debate Star Wars, and have epic board-game battles. My family didn’t get into comic books that much, so comics weren’t part of my formative years, but I’m sure I would have loved them as a child as well if I had been exposed to them.
So, the topic for today is to state all the fandoms that made me who I am today. This list would have to include (links are affiliate links):
I would be nowhere without Star Wars. Even though the universe and series has tons of flaws, it will always be my first and foremost geeky love. As a child, we watched the movies (only the original 3 were out), acted out Star Wars scenes, read Star Wars books, played Star Wars video games, and basically did everything possible related to Star Wars.
Pretty much every geek alive today was probably a part of this fandom. Harry Potter is the best. Aside from reading the books, I also used to read Harry Potter fan fiction, which is how I became introduced to Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments series.
Robin Hood/King Arthur
Another fandom I loved as a child was Robin Hood. We had a video game where you played as Robin and worked to save Nottingham, which was a favorite. We also read tons of Robin Hood and Arthur stories as children and they featured heavily in our imaginative play (me and my two older brothers). We also had a seriously old King Arthur game where you got to search for the Holy Grail.
Ocarina of Time was my favorite Zelda video game. We played for hours and days and played the game through dozens of times. To this day, I don’t know of any video game that I love more.
Monkey Island has to be the best adventure video game of all time. It’s quippy, has pirates, there’s ghosts, women in government, really bad puns, and plenty of awesome. I would not be who I am today without Monkey Island.
Bonus: Ender’s Game
I don’t think Ender’s Gamewas super popular when I first read it, but it definitely shaped who I was as a person. As a young pre-teen and teen, Ender’s Game was practically a religion to me. From this book, I launched into reading many of the old classic science fiction authors like Isaac Asmov and Ray Bradburry.
Most of my childhood memories feature around video games, computer, games, and books. It was a pretty cool way to live. 🙂 What geeky fandoms have shaped you?