A Tidbit from Amber
Had I known that my first job out of college would involve working at a comic book convention for a week every year, I probably would have thought twice before accepting the offer. At the time, comic books, video games and fantasy novels were a far cry from anything that I had ever been exposed to before; however, I was hell-bent on joining the publishing industry and if the only job available was at the largest science fiction and fantasy imprint, I was taking it. So, I approached the job (which included the annual trip to Comic Con) with an open mind and willingness to learn about this sub-culture. I soon came to realize that “Geekdom” was far more complicated and entertaining than I had initially predicted.
My coworkers slowly introduced me to their alternative interests, and before long I was using Battlestar Galatica lingo (Frak!) and having serious discussions about genre heroes (Joss Whedon); however, what I found most interesting was the notion of the “Geek Goddess.” Sure, I knew all about Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia and Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft, but these were the obvious choices, ones that had filtered over into mainstream fandom. My investigation went further and I discovered that it wasn’t just these notoriously beautiful women that fell into the category of geek goddess, it was also the kooky-girl-next-door types winning these fanboys’ hearts.
Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when the New York Post recently published an article supporting my thesis. “Beauty for the geeks” introduces the newly minted geek goddess, Ramona Flowers, a character in the movie “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.” Ramona has wildly colored hair, wears funky clothes (neon leggings and pilot goggles), and plays video games. So what about her is so appealing to this specific male populace? Andrew Serwin, an editor at Wizard takes an interesting approach to the answer: “I think fanboy mentality is that they gravitate toward women who seem more approachable or open …They tend to gravitate to outsiders.”
After taking this theory into account, I can’t help but wonder if my seemingly mainstream appearance is what has been keeping the geeks at bay. If so, we should all learn something from the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover!”