Friday, November 19, 2010

On "Star" Fandoms

It's one of the first questions that anyone who says they are a geek or nerd is ever asked, so it's only fitting that I start my blog with it.

Star Trek or Star Wars?

Yes, this question ignites firestorms over forums and chatrooms and even in the dreaded expanse of Real Life. But the thing is: they're like two completely different beasts.

If you're with me this far, I'm going to assume that you're a fan of either series, or both like me, and I really don't need to tell how and why they're different. But what's really ridiculous is the fighting between the two groups. Even George Lucas himself doesn't get it. [Say what you want about Lucas, he did create the whole thing.]

I honestly don't understand why fans that come down on one side or the other are so... fanatical sometimes. I admit, I generally prefer Star Wars, simply because it's a more exciting setting to me. I just can't get into the Star Trek novels and comics, in large part due to the fact that they're not considered to be canon, and so the quality and continuity isn't as closely controlled as the Star Wars expanded universe. But I enjoy the hell out of Star Trek as well, even Enterprise, which I know a good deal of fans didn't enjoy. One of my first celebrity crushes was Jazia Dax on DS9!

So, if you ask me, Star Wars and Star Trek fans just need to accept that each have their differences, and kiss and make up.

Especially if they happen to be cosplaying as Jaina Solo and Hoshi Sato at the time of the kiss. >:)

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