Wednesday, November 7, 2018

IWSG - November 2018

Cohosts for this month are Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor and JQ Rose!
Something's been on my mind since last month that I want to talk about here.

First of all, I want to acknowledge that not all stories are for everyone. That's a good thing. What a boring place it would be if we all only liked the same things.

I had a new audiobook come out for a book inspired by Harry Potter and that wonderful park in Florida. Well, I had some feedback from a listener of Kings Crossed Lovers who found it hard to believe that Sam and Ethan, as adults, could geek out so much about the book series.

Let me assure you that they can because I'm one of them and, believe me, I had LOTS of company.

I served for five years on the Leaky Cauldron's forum, The Leaky Lounge, prior to the release of the final book (like Sam's father Alex did in the book).

I can attest to the fact that the book series is NOT just for kids.

I know of at least one couple who was working as staff on the forum and fell in love online. She was from the UK and he from the South. They're still happily married, have two beautiful children, and continue to share their passion for the series. They attended the opening of the park on the first day and met Jo Rowling who'd heard about their romance and was thrilled for them.

On the forums I moderated, we had attorneys, geneticists, college professors, business professionals, (to name a few) who participated. We needed moderators because those oh-so-mature adults were PASSIONATE about their opinions about the stories.

Yes. That's sarcasm. ;) I found out that adults can misbehave with the worst children.

Many who geeked out about the wizarding world Jo created were mature adults--and by "mature" I mean OLD. *raises hand* I cannot stress the following enough.

We risk losing something precious when we "mature" out of having fun. 

Like Sam and Ethan in this story, I never want to be one of those adults. And my kids and grandkids love that I don't. I guess I succeeded in raising a bunch of nerds.

In my experience, one person's reality isn't necessarily another's, so I try to be open-minded.

Personally, I think geeks rule.

What about you? 
Is there a fictional place you geek over?

22 comments:

  1. That's not unrealistic at all. I've been to the park in Florida and there were just as many geeky adults having the time of their life.
    I still geek out over Star Trek and superheroes. Always will.

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    1. Me too about ST! I've been a Trekker since I first saw it when I was 13.

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  2. Hubs and I are Trekkies to the bone. Wishing you happy writing in November.

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  3. I'm a huge Harry Potter fan. I've read the entire series twice, and I'm going in for a third read. My kids and I have watched the movies hundreds of times and my husbands sarcastic remark is always, "A little Harry Potter for a change..." LOL.

    It's frustrating when we hear feedback and reviews that blow are minds about our books. My one series is Christian based, and I had a review from an atheist. She complained about the story. Why did an atheist even consider reading a Christian book...

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    1. That does blow the mind. It was almost like they wanted something to criticize. Or they weren't paying attention to the description. lol

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  4. If anything like SAO became a reality, I would geek all over that. :)

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  5. I like charming geeks with glasses :)

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    1. Did you see Ellie Goulding's fiancee Caspar Jopling? He's what I'd call a geeky dream of dreams :)

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  6. Geeks totally rule! We should never mature out of having fun. That would be so boring :-)

    Cheers - Ellen

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  7. I think, as humans, we see ourselves as the norm in all things. If we can't see it, we don't think it's a thing. (And I know plenty of adults who geek out over books and such- confuse the Marvel universe and the DC universe and those are fighting words for my husband. LOL)

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    1. I know! Just because we're big doesn't mean we're old. :D

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  8. I'm not sure I geek out about things, but I got the never going to be mature thing down lol Way too boring to be a stiff. Can be that when we're dead. And yeah, seen many old umm farts geek out haha

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  9. I love the Harry Potter series, the Narnia series, The Hobbit, the Twilight series. May I never outgrow Anne of Green Gables or Charlotte's Web, Will Hobbs books, or Roald Dahl's, and I will forever love Bunnicula. Geeks rule!

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  10. Don't know that I'd say there's a fictional place I geek over (though I am still a sucker for Original Star Trek), but I loved reading Dr. Seuss, Sandra Boynton, Captain Underpants and other things to and with my kids as much for MY enjoyment of the books as theirs. Don't tell me "Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?" is not for me; it's fun!

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    1. There are be other things we geek over. :)

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  11. Oh yes, adults as well as kids geeked out about this series. Me too. I loved taking my daughter to all the Harry Potter book release parties.

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