Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The League: Geek confessions

This weeks league topic comes right out and asks what do you not get?  What is something that you just can't wrap your head around, or maybe you just don't like?  Share your True Confessions!

Ok I was going to write about something like zombie movies (I just don't see the appeal) but then I realized I have been planning on writing this post for a long time. . . be warned its going to get ranty.


These are my opinions and do not reflect on my thoughts of any one.  I am not judging anyone simply saying that I don't get it. as I have A LOT of friends who fall into this category.  Also in the pictures I am posting here they are good friends and this is not representing any of my thoughts about them, I simply am discussing something I don't get personally.

Here is my geek confession: I don't get costuming.

My friends Jen and Rachel
Its one of those things I just don't get, but I do respect it.  I like dressing up, I do.  I like doing characters.  But costuming at conventions really looses its appeal to me. . . I wish it didn't.  I would love to do it, but it would bother me and I would take the costume off after an hour.  There are some awesome costumes out there! Its typically not the costuming that bothers me.  Its the amount of time I have seen people research a shirt or shoes but couldn't tell you who wrote the episode that they are using as reference.  This irks me.  It probably shouldn't but it does.  To me knowledge in fandom is king.  Now, I would also be remiss if I didn't say that that statement is in regards to a small percentage of costumers. 

I am coming from the perspective of Doctor Who fandom.  I have been a fan of the show for my entire life and have been involved in organized fandom for about 10 years.  When I was a teenager I found every piece of nonfiction I could on the show.  I could tell you writers, producers, production assistants.  That kind of stuff to me is as important as the story.  It is odd to me that there are people who come in from a different direction.  Notice I did not say it was wrong for them to do that!

As I said, I respect it and enjoy seeing the costumes but sometimes I question why people would dress up but not immerse themselves in the non-fiction behind the fiction.  I am sure someone could ask me the exact opposite question!

Costumes from the TWA meetup at Conoogga
Just me?  What are your thoughts on costumes, and costumers?  Are you a costumer?  Help me understand why it is so important and why you love doing it.  Lets converse about this!

For the other side of this take a look at my friend Rachel's Blog.  She has some great costuming insight!

Watch this space for more posts from league members.

Memories of Tomorrow doesn't like games!
The surfing Pizza has never beaten Super Mario Bros.
Haxbee admits he's an imposter!


  1. Thanks for sharing! I have never costumed but I think it would be fun!
    I would never spend that much time on a costume but I really support those who do. I think it's great to be passionate about things. Besides, I spend hours drawing comics and pics of GiJoe so who am I to judge? :)

  2. It's not for everyone. I'm 60 and I still cosplay. I don't know if you've noticed or not but when people are in costume they often are totally different than they are out of costume....not as up tight so to speak. But it's ok that you don't get it. Because we also need people like you with all the facts a figures. We LOVE people who can do that. To each their own and no one looks down on the other for it =)

  3. You don't understand costuming.

    We don't understand spending over a year building a life sized English police call box.

    1. Oh but you're wrong on that Ryan...only SOME of you don't understand spending over a year on that. Us Whovians DEFINITELY understand! LOL

    2. I suppose we're not so different, you and I :)

  4. I just see the whole cosplay thing as people having a good time, and it's never bothered me. There are a lot of worse things they could be doing with their time! I just can't imagine some of them enjoying going to a Con in full regalia, bumping into things, sweating in layers of fabric, and makeup running and smearing all over the place. You would think there would be a cosplay convention for that sort of thing!

  5. It looks cool but just not for me either....but if I could get into a LARPing group I might!

  6. Very fun post my friend...though I do love me some cosplay. Different strokes for different folks right?