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Confessions of a “Real Nerd”

Confessions of a “Real Nerd”

By: Meg Humphrey

CONFESSIONS 4No one would ever think that I’m one of those oh-so-dreaded “fake geek girls,” even when I am in an adorable cosplay. Yes, I’ve had my fair share of boys quizzing my Star Wars knowledge to see if I’m up to par (YOU get on MY level, jerks), but overall my “nerd cred” hasn’t needed to be checked.  I am thankful for this, but I also feel upset about girls (or boys) having to prove themselves in what should be a welcoming community.  Here are some pretty well kept secrets of mine that just goes to show that you can be a geek but not know about ~everything~ others deem to be quintessential to nerdom.

 

Confessions:

CONFESSIONS 1

Movies I’ve never seen from start to finish (that I remember) that would make any geek gasp:

  • E.T.
  • The Princess Bride
  • Ghost Busters and Ghost Busters II
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Fight Club
  • The Godfather Trilogy
  • Any James Bond movie (minus Skyfall which I just saw)
  • Back to the Future Trilogy
  • THX 1138
  • Top Gun

Books I’ve never started reading (or ones I threw against the wall because they I could not stand them*):

  • His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman
  • Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson* (could not even get through the first 15 pages)
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Anything by H.G. Wells
  • Anything by Ray Bradbury that wasn’t Fahrenheit 451
  • Anything by Kurt Vonnegut that wasn’t Slaughter House Five
  • Anything by H.P. Lovecraft
  • Anything by Terry Pratchett
  • The Game of Thrones books/ The Hunger Games/ Twilight

CONFESSIONS 2

Anime I haven’t seen more than one episode of, but are inescapable at cons:

  • Bleach
  • Hetalia
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
  • One Piece
  • Azumanga Daioh
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  • Dragon Ball
  • Full Metal Alchemist
  • Death Note
CONFESSIONS 3 (from J! Ent)

A portion of a One Piece photoshoot at Sakura-con2010 from J!-ENT

Don’t even get me started on video games! If it wasn’t for the SNES, if it doesn’t involve Kirby, Donkey Kong, or Cooking Mama or if it is made for people with higher skills then elementary schoolers then it is HIGHLY LIKELY I will have nothing to do with it.

So go ahead, JUDGE all you want. But know that I am no less of a nerd for these truths and should any of this ever change, I will not be a “better” nerd because of it.

 
meg@haveyounerd.com
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