Do girls and Sci-fi go together?
When I think of Sci-fi, the same picture always pops into my head. A geeky guy with thick, dark-rimmed glasses sitting in a room filled with posters of Albert Einstein, Godzilla, the periodic table and such, holding a dinosaur in one hand a computer mouse in the other. Not a scene most women would picture themselves in, myself included. But I am amazed at how many of my guy friends expect me to know everything there is to know about each and every Sci-fi show, movie, book and television program out there. I’ll admit that I do enjoy the occasional show on the Sci-fi channel (now SyFy), but I do not, however, feel the need to know every character’s name, occupation, family history or tag line.
My perception of the Sci-Fi genre changed in May, when my friend invited me to see the new Star Trek film with him. After begging him to ask someone else, he offered to buy my ticket and snacks. I figured at the worst, I would have wasted a couple of hours of my time. At best, I would get to spend time with my friend and snack on some irresistible movie popcorn. Walking into the auditorium, I could sense excitement in the air. Maybe it was because I was one of the few women in the audience. My mind instantly flashed back to the nerd in the room scene, but I figured I could stick it out for my friend’s sake. I mean, how bad could it really be? The best thing about watching a movie with a room full of geeks is silence. This is pure movie enjoyment at its best.
The movie started with a bang and I found myself wrapped up in the plot immediately. Me. A girl. As a matter of fact, I was captivated from the moment the movie started and found myself crying within the first 5 minutes. After a few looks from the nerds around me, I quietly excused myself, headed to the restroom and cleaned myself up. Intact once again, I headed back to the auditorium ASAP, determined not to miss another second. Although there were times that everyone was laughing except me (I had no clue what the jokes were referring to never having watched any of the Star Trek series), I was pleasantly surprised at how much I truly enjoyed the movie. It didn’t hurt that the movie featured some major eye candy. Hubba, hubba, hubba. I liked it so much in fact, that I took my friend to the drive-in a few weeks later to watch it again – my treat this time.
So, from time to time, I think I’ll give my friend a break. He’s a great guy and Sci-fi isn’t really all that bad. I now have a greater appreciation for those who love it and I’m beginning to understand why. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be able call myself a Sci-fi geek. For right now, I’ll settle for buying my very own copy of Star Trek when it hits the stores on November 17th. Hope to see you there!
Learning to Love Sci-fi