As a lifelong SFF&P fan, I get a lot of strange looks from ‘regular’ people when I talk about the books, movies and TV shows I love. While it’s not unusual to be a Lord of the Rings fan or to admit that you love Star Wars, I’ve found that if you’re a self-proclaimed Trekker, Gater, Whovian etc. people tend to give you sidelong glances.
I learned long ago just to shrug it off. I’m not ashamed to say I own every season of Angel and Stargate SG-1 on DVD or that I read Alan Dean Foster’s ‘Splinter of the Mind’s Eye’ ten times. [That’s the very first Star Wars follow-on novel, written back when nobody even knew Luke and Leia were brother and sister.]
I met my husband at a Star Trek convention and yes, he’s put my name in the yearly ‘Get in the Gate’ sweepstakes to win a walk-on role on Stargate. [I’d faint dead away if I won!] We’ve kicked around the idea of building a Stargate [just a small one of course] in our garden, and my idea of a great Friday night is three hours of the sci-fi channel and a bowl of popcorn.
I’ll never forget a conversation I had with a friend of mine about favorite movies. I told her my husband had just bought me my all time favorite movie on DVD. She tried to guess what it was – Gone with the Wind? Titanic [close second, btw], It’s a Wonderful Life? She almost fell over when I told her it was ‘Buckaroo Banzai.’ You can’t beat science fiction adventure. You just can’t.
After 39 years in sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal fandom, I’m used to the reactions. I know I’m from another planet. And I plan to go back there some day.
What about you? What are your guilty SFF&P pleasures?