My Dirty List of Fandom Confessions

Look guys, I have been a geek before conception – the nerdy community is the only world I have ever known. I’ve been going to conventions since I was nine and I honestly don’t know any other sort of environment, even with all the inevitable changes that have occurred in the geek world over the years. I don’t feel like I need to prove my geekyness by any means, but I definitely have some…confessions to get off my chest. 

I’ll be the first to admit that everyone is different and opinions are opinions! But there are some nerdy things that I feel are universal with everyone I have ever met – except for me.

So! To spice things up a bit, I’ve decided to list some abnormal, possibly straight up “unpopular”, fangirl confessions: 

Doctor Who - Van Gogh

1. I never have, and probably never will, ever get into Doctor Who

Sorry guys, but Tumblr has ruined me. I know Doctor Who is good – if it wasn’t, why would it be so immensely popular? It’s cheesy but still tugs at the heart strings, it’s got one of the biggest fanbases I can think of. I know. And not to say the fanbase is terrible, I’ve just been so over saturated in Tardis dresses, bowties and “Exterminate!!” that I’ve got my share of it. I know it’s bad to have an opinion on something I’ve never seen a full episode of, but there is zero desire in my entire body to ever watch it.

I will give it one mention – I have seen the very last scene from the Van Gogh episode, and as an artist it was a personally very powerful thing to watch. But again, I am content with just that.

Same goes for Sherlock. I know it’s good, but I don’t care enough to ever watch it.

2. I never understood the Ewok hate

I know I’m not alone in this one, buuuuuut – I think they’re hilarious looking? Dare I say, cute? Okay, it’s a little weird that they want to eat humans. I can see that being kind of disturbing! But is that just where all the hate comes from? People just don’t like these cute carnivorous teddy bears? I don’t know, I think their entire existence is hysterical. 

3. I didn’t cry after the first few minutes of Up

This one, I really do feel bad about. I’ve only seen Up once (and well, I just didn’t like it much), but I’ve heard a running joke from almost everyone I know that they either skip or can’t watch past the first ten minutes of the whole movie.

First off – as a lover of animation and the sort of storytelling that comes with it, I think the intro is brilliant! Very little dialogue and a lot of story packed into a small amount of time. (I was, however, shocked at the implied miscarriage scene and thought it was a really relatable tidbit to add into the story). 

But as someone who has casually studied a lot of movies for its storytelling pace, I have always had one single thought – “I never saw a wife mentioned in the trailers. I see where this is headed.”

4. I don’t think Sephiroth is that great of a villain

Opinions regarding Final Fantasy VII are all over the place – I fall into a weird category of “Yes, you’re right! It is overrated and it’s not the best Final Fantasy, but I DO have a lot of nostalgic love for it, so there ya go.” With the overwhelmingly popularity of the game, Sephiroth has been plastered everywhere as the iconic Final Fantasy villain. His theme, “One Winged Angel” is also the classic villain music. 

But does anyone even remember his story? He was a respected soldier who read some books, got some crazy misinformed ideas and basically just went bonkers. His story has the potential to be interesting, but at the end of the day, I feel like he’s just a murderous dweeb with a sword that doesn’t know how to stop being so moody. 

I mean, personally, compared to Kefka – as much as I love the FFVII series, Sephiroth is vastly overrated. 

5. I don’t have a lot of personal attachment to Evangelion

This one takes a little bit of explaining ( *cough* excuses?) I didn’t watch Evangelion until I was well into my 20’s, because…well, shouldn’t every anime fan be required to watch it? But I might have felt differently if I watched it when I was 14. So I think that’s just a part of it.

There are a few truths I have about Evangelion – I understand the importance it has in anime culture/history, I love Asuka a lot, and I’ve basically grown up to be Misato and that’s totally fine with me. But I wouldn’t say Evangelion is on my Top Five – or even Top Ten – anime list, and I don’t buy some of the “deep symbolism metaphors” my friends have tried to sell to me. I do think every anime fan should watch it, but I have a completely different relationship towards it than just about everyone else I know.

So there you go – my personal (unpopular) nerdy confessions! Do you have one to share? Let me know in the comments!