Have Fun (Enjoy) the Story

Posted: July 27, 2018 by Ty in Musings, Spirituality
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It may be a bit ranty. But as a geek I believe I have a right to be ranty. What the heck folks is up with the vulgar/bullying of “Fandom”? I know fan is short for fanatics (hence the growth of hooliganism in soccer). But geeks we were the place of hanging out and fun discussions? The mainlining of our world has created the hate line of social media.

Y’know what I like? Not worrying if the story is “canon” or how it fits with the last story arc or into the bigger universe. I enjoy good stories of the characters I love, stand alone or intertwined. I am sure if anyone who has followed my pulp writings for the past 32 years could see huge gaping holes in continuity a whole caravan could go through never mind a sub-atomic Ant-Man.

Why am I ranty? Because I love being in the room when my kids are reading a fav book or comic or watching a movie. I love watching them engage with it, whether it is their first or thousandth time. They will let us know if it is a sad part, a happy part, if the villain is being a jerk like villains should be, the jokes (they laugh out loud) and they cheer the heroes on… oh and guess what? Yes they know when watching Star Trek Scotty will figure it out, but my son still cheers the “miracle worker”. My daughter still cheers for the Quidditch matches in Harry Potter. They know who their favourite Doctor is, but still cheer on, or weep the stories/transitions.

Oh, and yes they love action and adventure, super hero movies. My son laughs out loud if Ant-man can escape Thomas the Tank; my daughter loves the “we have a Hulk” line. They laugh loudly re-watching cartoon movies (which even if I didn’t have kids I probably would still own)…and my son declares clearly even with his spastic speech in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 “Peter’s daddy’s a dick.” Yes son, yes he is.

Oh, and they still gasp in Empire Strikes back when Vader stretches out his hand to Luke and rasps “Luke I am your father.” and Cheer when the Millenium Falcon flies away or the Death Star explodes.  Get a bit weepy over Rory and Amy’s love with Doctor Fezzie’s seasons of Doctor Who (as my kids affectionately call Matt Smith’s Doctor). My son chuckles when Sisko punches Q; and cheers loudly when Rom (who he says is like him, also he claims Groot) finally gets to play Baseball.

The list can go on and on in everything they are in to. How they share their passions and joys with friends and family. How they always wonder, what if this happened with this character.

Y’know, when being a fan of pop culture was fun. Not being a regressive knuckle dragger. My hope is like with their Daddy, the wonder will always stay, and what happens is when a new story is told with their favourite characters they can see the joy in it, or that it was simply a miss and move on to the next (thank you Justice League for bringing back a true Superman– Daddy’s happy dance-).

As you enter the story, yes there is great commentary to be discussed in everything around social justice (as with any good writing), but also take time to simply be immersed in the story and enjoy the ride. You can have something function on two levels, and you don’t have to be a tool towards the creative forces if you disagree with the vision.

Watch or read it with a child’s wonder.

To paraphrase Yoda, “Be one with the story.”

Do or do not. There is no try.

-Yoda

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