Growing up as a geek or nerd, whichever term you want to use, I always felt like a bit of an outsider to most people. Rather than sports and the line, I found myself interested more in gaming in general, and the worlds of sci-fi and fantasy.
While my interests were outside the norm for most, I never felt any shame from it all. However, I still felt different.
Today though, things are different and the world and what was traditionally a niche world for geeks and nerds has gone mainstream.
I was thinking about this on Monday, when sci-fi fans across the world were celebrating the unofficial holiday for Star Wars fans. May the fourth. Get it? It is followed by the revenge of the fifth and sixth for those who don’t get enough out of one day of Star Wars.
What surprised me was the number of people who were posting on Facebook about the holiday this week. I was honestly surprised at who was posting about it, as the majority were people I hadn’t pegged as fans.
On the other side of the fandoms, you have the success that companies like Marvel Comics have seen in bringing their comic book heroes to the silver screen. Between all of the films, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought in more than $20 billion at the box office, and that isn’t just from geeks.
You also have the success that shows like The Big Bang Theory have in bringing a more comical side of geek culture to a wider audience. While I have my own opinion of that show, I still admit it represents another step in geek culture coming into the mainstream.