I’ve been watching a lot of movie trailers recently. Over the past 5-6 years or so, it seems like a lot of 80’s-centric and geeky focused movies are being churned out as of late. Old toy properties: G.I. Joe, Transformers, Stretch Armstrong, Battleship (You heard right. It gets better. It’s versus aliens and has a $200 million dollar budget), among others. Comic book movies have been flooding the theaters since The Crow, and some huge ones coming down the line: Avengers, Captain America, Thor, X-Men:First Class, Ant-Man, Batman’s coming eventually, Superman’s getting another crack, Green Lantern, Wolverine, so on and so forth. 15-20 years ago, friends and I would sit around in art class, coming up with dream casts of all these movies that we’re getting now. It’s crazy. I suppose that’s what happens when your age group finally starts to get to make the decisions. Well, that, and Hollywood is about as original as a clone. But, I’m not complaining too much, it’s great to see live action flicks of stuff I grew up watching, pretending to be, and playing with action figures of. It’s surreal, almost. It still blows my mind that I saw a live action Snake-Eyes, Nightcrawler, and assorted iconic characters.

But with good comes the bad. Fanboys. Fanboys ruin everything. Fanboys are the people that are so hardcore to their interest, that sometimes they forget to have fun with the hobby they are in. They over-critique material, instead of trying to enjoy the moment. They spend so much time and effort into trying to find fault, you just have to shake your head. Not to say that they are wrong about some points, but when they won’t let go, or question how people can enjoy it, well, that’s the kind of folk that gives geeks bad names. Need a reference? Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons, only not as funny. It’s something that fellow fans just have to lower their heads around, because the fanboy is pretty embarrassing, really. Those that are so passionate about something that they’ve lost their initial joy, it’s just sad.

In short, geeks, take a second to remember why you got in the hobby in the first place. Remember the joy it brings you. And quit your damn bitching if someone who bothers to bring your hobby to life on the screen has a different viewpoint on your hobby than you do.

…Wow, where the hell did that all come from?!?

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