Growing up, my family never allowed us to celebrate Christmas. They were Jehovah's witnesses and so we didn't get to celebrate any holidays. The Holiday season wasn't anything for us, just another week. At least that's what it was supposed to be. For me and my brother, it was a constant reminder of what we weren't able to do. I used to go over to friends' houses and watch the tv specials and the Christmas lights that I wanted so badly knowing hat I would never be able to have one of my own.
At school, we didn't have much diversity. Nearly everyone was white, Christian, and good-looking. If you didn't celebrate Christmas, you were automatically labeled Jewish. Every person I met wanted an hour long speech about my beliefs and how they worked or told me that I had a deprived childhood or something.
Eventually, I started hanging out with people that could just "get it". I realized who I wanted to be and what I wanted to do. Together, we found that my future involved Christmas. Around holidays, my friends were so supportive; they would sneak me Halloween candy and discreetly share their valentine's chocolate. My parents never knew. Not that they could handle it anyway.
Why am I writing about this? Well, this year was my first full blow Christmas. We met at school and traded cards, presents, cartoons, and I gave to friends he first few copies of a comic I'm thinking of called "My Life in Chibi-land". This year, the Christmas lights had meaning, the carols were music to my ears instead of heinous noise. This year, I could celebrate with my friends instead of hearing about their fun later, sick with guilt and envy. This was my first Christmas, and god help me it's not going to be my last. I know what people mean now when they say it's the most wonderful time of the year.
Merry Christmas to everyone. I mean that.
Oh my god, how did we ever make it so far??? A year goes by so fast! Thank you to everybody for everything. All your votes, favorites, subs, and especially your comments and feedback have been amazing. I love all your freakin' guts. I'm sorry if I'm going insane, this is a really big deal for me. FREE HUGS FOR EVERYBODY!!!!!! C'mere...
So haloween is just around the bend...i don't know, does anybody here still do that? I mean, where I live, Haloween is never over as long as you like candy. I actually hear conversations like this:
Me: Hey Jude.
Me: Are you getting a costume for Haloween?
Me: Going trick or treating?
Fr: Yep. If I shave I can probably pass for 13.
Some people love Haloween, some people just don't bother with it. Personally, though i have never gone out trick or treating myself, I LOVE the costumes. Anybody wearing anything special? It seems to me that it would be the best time of year to get away with wearing Fullmetal Alchemist cosplay down the street. Leave me a comment!
Wooo... back from the dead. So where have i been? Well, put smply, school troubles. Put longly, I have a spanish project, required reading for honors english, 2 advanced placement classes, tryouts for swimming, five week reports next week, aa art teacher who hates anime and aviding a certain guy who may or may not have a crush on me.
I'm sorry to everyone who thought i just dissapeared, and I would like to offer a formal apology to all those challenges i wasn't here for, missed the expiration, or flat out missed from beginning to end. Sorry everyone.
Thank you to everyone for all your support, and now that i'm back it's gonna be great.
So in my previous post, i discussed the stereotype of the word geek and questioned why geeky things are so popular if geeks are only supposed to be a small percentage. I don't know all the people in the world, so i don't know for sure why exactly things get popular. However, one would theorize that perhaps there are more geeks than people let on. If geeks are so unimportant, than why don't things like Star Trek burn up and die? Everyone went to see the movies, but only the deep fans understood the history surrounding it. Only the fans took the time to research it, so if the movies were such a useless thing to these nongeeky people, why did they watch them?
To explain some of the reason behind that, i like to use an analagy i always use when i talk about why many westerners won't open up to anime. If a western person wants a bit of culture, they could always go to a restaurant and leave believing they're a better person for it. However, anyone can come in from off the street, know nothing about the culture, dunk their food in sauce and eat their sushi with a fork without thinking about it. Yes, you are eating what japanese people eat, but you are not having the whole 'experience'. One reason westerners i know refuse to watch anime is because they have to change their mindset and think like someone who was born in a different culture. To put it simply, I'm going to steal a line from a famous internet reviewer and someone much smarter than me.
"You can sit me down and force me to watch this anime and explain the cultural context about these raccon things, and the whole folklore tradition, and why they're animated with their nutsacs hanging in the wind, but i'm not going to get it how a real japanese person would." -Todd Nathanson
For some people, perhaps someone who was born in asia, going to an asian restaurant is a deal, filled with nostalgic memories about the food and can tell you the history behind each dish. For others, they just like the taste and know nothing about the past. Both types of people are great in my book; you don't have to know the culture behind everything, and it's perfectly fine to like something casually without writing a book about it. If someone knows everything about the tv show that lead up to the movie, you're awesome, and to the person who just strolled into the theater, that's great. Where i see the problem is later on in the day when unfavourable people who are veterans to the show discuss the movie and you denounce the flick telling them you've never heard of it.
Let's talk about prejudice for a moment. There's a difference between gentle sterotyping ("Emily has lunch at the same table as Jane and Rita, so they're probably friends of Emily.") and a prejudice ("Emily was a bitch before, so I'm not talking to Jane aand Rita either"). Stereotyping is okay to a point. There will be times when you cannot always see people as individuals and you will see the Shy Girl, the Mean Cheerleaders, those Skater Dudes With Long Hair instead of Mandy, June, Bess, Jill, Robert and Dave. Prejudce is a sign of low intelligence. If one cheerleader trips you in the hallway, it's not okay to hate anyone who ever held a pom-pom. Obviously, I don't speak of people with real trauma, and i'll remind you that I'm just a fourteen year old brat speculating.
Which brings us to the part of my essay that sounds like an ego trip. I know many people who are everyday, normal people, who admit that things like LOTR and Star Trek are their "Guilty Pleasures". However, in public, they yeild to the outside face of it and denounce it with everyone else. Who knows, they're might have been other people in the crowd, complaining about geeks that have a secret love in common. For many, the prejudice is a mask covering up something they really ejoy for fear of what's to come if they admit to it. Therefore, falling into the stereotype that geeks are pathetic people that openly admit their love for such 'unpopular' things that everyone loves, geeks are brave, open minded people that are not afraid to be unpopular in order to celebrate what they love. Prejudiced people have tried to foul that, to make it seem like that's a bad thing, but you and i know the truth. Shhh... ;)