There are many types of geeks. To be a geek is to be obsessed… with anything. You don’t have to be big into ‘geek culture’ like comics, video games, STAR TREK films, yada, yada, yada.
This obsession… or extreme passion, fuels the geek. Are you obsessed over sports? Do you know baseball or football stats? You’re a sports geek, not a jock (unless you also play the sport on the reg). You are an even bigger geek if you participate in a fantasy leaf. Fantasy? That’s practically ‘Dungeons and Dragons,’ geek.
Most people have an idea in their head, a strong passion for something; maybe multiple things.
Look at me. I’m completely obsessed with Batman, STAR TREK, movies, cutting-edge TV, comics… you name a ‘geeky’ subject and I most likely dig it. I am literally watching one of my two STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS DVDs as I write this. That’s right. Two. Because I had to have the collector’s edition with the phasor replica and the walmart version with the Hot Wheels version of the USS Vengeance.
Don’t even get me started about the digital version released weeks before the Bluray release…
My roommate is obsessed with Water Polo. It’s all she talks about. She is a water polo geek just as strongly as I am a movie geek. True geekdom is committing yourself to an idea, even if it’s not a sport or form of media. All I converse about is movies and TV. And our other roommate… well… he doesn’t seem to have this extreme passion for anything, let alone the MANY things I am obsessed with.
I guess that is respectable, almost a shot of freedom not to focus all your efforts on something you love. Something, that is most likely fictional. But it also seems so dreadfully boring.
Most people though, have an obsession. Something you return to again and again, whether it’s reading books about JFK’s assassination or playing every LEGEND OF ZELDA game to 100% completion. Or not missing an episode of LOST.
Geek is no longer a negative term, it is the norm. Look at some of the biggest movies of the year, IRON MAN 3 and STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS. And the super-blockbuster which was THE AVENGERS last summer, a movie made starring entirely ‘B’ Level comic book characters; not the A-list big guns like Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man.
So stay tuned to BREAKING GEEK for nearly daily posts in the coming weeks.
Because you, my friend, are most likely a geek.