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My not so brief account of my brief membership of a fan community part 1

When I was in highschool, I never played Dungeons and Dragons.  I never went to sci fi conventions.  I didn’t collect anything.

 I was just the girl who sat alone at lunch and read a book. 

 Don’t feel bad for me.  I prefered it that way.  I would even get irritated when someone interrupted me, though I hope that those good people who ventured past the boundary of fabric-wrapped cardboard and paper didn’t know how much I felt trespassed upon.  Because another part of me did appreciate that I was interesting enough to want a conversation with.  I DO like people – in fact, I love people.  The world is full of wonderful, varied, beautiful people.  I just would usually rather observe.

So I didn’t do the really geeky stuff.  I didn’t even read Lord of the Rings, because it was a classic and those had gained a bad reputation from my experiences in English.  Not that the books themselves were bad, but the tedious way in which we had to dissect them.  I think I felt like a classic had to be read in such a way, and that was such hard work that the stories lost their lustre.

So I never had a community in which to revel in how wonderful the stories we were reading were.  And some of us, myself, were creating stories such that they were to be celebrated.  At a sci fi convention.

At the same time, the Lord of the Rings movies were coming out, and the little bits and pieces looked so intriguing that I was compelled to read the book before the movie, since that is my custom. 

Long story short, I found myself among fans of a fantasy movie.  I found myself also in a writer’s group specifically geared towards the fantasy and sci fi genre.  All this, at a time when I was a suburban housewife with three children.  Ah, I thought, I’ve finally found my native community.

Next: Amka becomes an elf and builds a ship

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  1. A friend of mine, and fellow Literary Bootcamp 2004 alum, said that when she went to Clarion West, she looked around and for the first time in her life (she’s a middle-aged housewife, and mother of two) she felt like a demographic.

    I love that.

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