As someone with lifelong nerdy interests, I feel qualified to speak on this issue. It’s not an attack, just an observation.
A significant portion of the “community,” especially those into science fiction, are shockingly rigid and literal in their thinking.
The people I’m speaking of could see a beautiful painting of an alien landscape with a spaceship soaring overhead, and the first thing that comes to their minds is “How can I nitpick this for scientific inaccuracies?
It’s as if these people, who purportedly love a genre based almost entirely in imagination, cannot grasp the idea of creative license. I’m convinced there’s some sort of shared mental disorder that renders them incapable of just enjoying things for what they are.
Star Trek fans are some of the worst offenders:
Notice how this dude couldn’t just allow himself to enjoy the pic without mentioning some minor flaw. It drives them nuts, though. I don’t get it. I might notice things like that myself, especially in comic books, but it’s hardly anything to complain about, in my estimation.
That’s why when I make Star Trek memes, I go out of my way to make them just a little bit “wrong.” It’s fascinating to me to see them completely miss or overlook the point of a joke and focus on how many pips are on an officer’s uniform. Sometimes I reverse the images to put everything on the wrong side. I know it drives them nuts, and I get a kick out of it. This is one of my faves, here, because I didn’t expect the response it got. I wrongly assumed people would know it was a joke, because it’s so silly:
I recently posted a pic on Twitter of my collection of Analog and Asimov’s mags with the caption “My pulp fiction drawer.”
Several people pointed out to me that these are “digests” and not “pulp,” as I knew they would. Okay, duh. I know that. But there’s a movie called “pulp fiction.” Saying “pulp fiction drawer” sounded cooler to me than “drawer full of digest-sized periodicals.”
You know the old stereotype about geeks not being able to get girlfriends? It’s true, and this is why. They’re probably like that about everything in life. Myself, though, I like to keep one foot in the real world, and the other in fantasyland, and maintain a healthy balance between the two. Social awareness is important to me. I can walk amongst both geeks and cool people and fit in with both, just being myself.
I wasn’t always like that, though. I was a nitpicker. I dressed up as Spock for Halloween one year when I was a kid, and a guy at one house asked me where I’d parked my spaceship. I responded with a lecture about how the Enterprise doesn’t land. I look back on that and cringe, but I was a kid, after all. I grew out of that. Some people don’t, and that’s simultaneously sad, annoying and hilarious.
There are legions of science fiction fans out there who absolutely cannot restrain themselves from being Halloween Spock. Bless their hearts, but their input matters not to me, especially when it comes to my own creative works. I’m true to myself and my vision.