Friday, October 21, 2011

Good Reads: GeekGirlDom

I'm a geek. In case you couldn't tell by the Bullyism piece and these avid Good Read posts, I thought I'd remind you. Last weekend, my boyfriend and I stood on a five block line at 9am in the morning for New York's Comic Con with a bunch of other humans drenched in fantasy. The early birds definitely caught the worm. We slithered into the convention center in less than twenty minutes and immersed ourselves into the fun immediately.

We saw the advanced pilot for "Once Upon a Time", listened to a panel about the new DC 52 Batman comics, caught a glimpse of Stan Lee and I even got the chance to rock a Vegeta hat. (Stop it, you're judging me.) Anyway, there was a Harper Collins booth on the convention floor that had a signing for Leslie Simon's "Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and Other Misfits Are Taking Over the World."

I missed the signing, but I did grab myself a signed copy on the way to Jay and Silent Bob's podcast.

The guide features a categorization of all the geek girls in the world: Literary, fan girls, theatre, artisans, fashion....apparently we're everywhere. Guess which one I classify as?

Anyway, the book even recommends other works for each category to explore & heighten their geek-isms. One book synopsis that caught my attention was Curtis Sittenfeld's "Prep." Although I don't agree with her horrible physical characterizations of the few African-American characters in the text, it reads a lot like my secondary education life. Lee Fiora, her protagonist, is/confronts every stereotype of the high school caste system. The only thing that seperates Sittenfeld from the mastermind behind "Mean Girls" and all other mini-chick flicks is her eye for the detail and depth that leads to such occurrences. I'm only halfway through, but so far...I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

Simon and Sittenfeld don't disappoint. Geek at heart? Give em' a glance by clicking the links above.

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