This Friday’s Fandorica Meetup takes place on Geek Pride Day and hopefully many of you will be coming along to the meetup to celebrate it and have a good time! 🙂
But what is Geek Pride Day you might be asking yourselves? Why does it exist? And why 25th May?! How am I supposed to celebrate it?! All good questions!
Well it’s a celebration of everything Geek and 25th May was chosen because it was already a very geek-friendly day… it’s the day that Star Wars: A New Hope was first released in 1977! It’s also Hitchhikers ‘Towel Day’, and it’s also the ‘Glorious 25th of May’ which fans of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels celebrate!
Ultimately we’re all geeks about something, whether that be Doctor Who, Marvel, Game of Thrones, video games, books, comics. A geek is just someone who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about a subject that they love.
Even sports fans are geeks! They obsess over facts and dates. They argue with each other over who their favourite teams and players are. They cosplay in the ‘costumes and colours’ of their favourite teams. Like I said, we’re all geeks about something! Being a geek is about loving something and wanting to shout about it from the rooftops! It’s about wanting to be a part of a shared community!
But try telling some sports fans that they are geeks and they probably won’t like it! At one time being called a ‘geek’ was derogatory, used as an insult, to bully. These days being a geek is far more acceptable, and even fashionable. Thanks to TV shows like The Big Bang Theory and the mainstream success of the Marvel films, Doctor Who and Game of Thrones, the term ‘Geek’ has become much more understood. It’s been reclaimed! While The Big Bang Theory may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s helped the mainstream audience realise that fans of science fiction and fantasy, of video games and comics, are just every day people with real lives and relationships. The fans who go to comic-cons and cosplay are still the same people who you go to work with in your office, the same people who serve you in shops, and help you when you need medical assistance.
So every year on 25th May, geek culture is celebrated! And you celebrate it by getting your Geek on! Do what you love and shout it from the rooftops! Watch your favourite films and TV shows, read your comics, play games, cosplay, draw and paint, be artistic, role-play, even play sports! Go out and have a good time with your fellow geeks and be proud of it!
And if you’re in or near London, you’re welcome to come along to the Fandorica meetups. The next one is this Friday 25th May, on Geek Pride Day itself! Full details are on the Fandorica Events page!