I need a break from Open Critique Days (they’ll return next week), but in the meantime I thought it would be fun to have another Sharing Day! We’ve talked before about geek moments that got you sad or weepy, but today I wanted to talk about nerd-dom’s dark underbelly: rage.
Here’s the deal:
You can ask me any question you like about whatever you like, which I will answer either completely truthfully or not at all (in which case you can ask something else). I say that because, come on, there are some things no one should have to know.
But you can only do so if you answer the following question about yourself (note that you don’t have to ask me anything, if you’d rather not, but I’d still be interested in your answer):
What’s the angriest you’ve gotten over a piece of geekery, whether it be an RPG session, computer game, movie, novel, or what have you?
Here’s my answer for that one:
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but to this day I still get angry over “Superman III”. It was such a desecration of an institution I love that I could feel my face getting flush, my hands clenching into fists, and an uncontrollable urge to find the producers and punch them in the face. Non-geeky friends sometimes ask me why I’m not planning on seeing a given super-hero movie, and “Superman III” is why. When you love something so much, seeing it done poorly is much more painful than just sitting through a random bad movie.
I’m getting pissed just thinking about it, almost thirty years later! What an awful, putrid, offensive train-wreck of a movie. I think the entire Superman movie franchise still hasn’t overcome the unholy stench of that film splashed all over the character. Bastards.
Now it’s your turn — let the stories of anger spill forth!
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