#136 – Left Out
Even though I spent the last two weeks in Honduras I have still been able to observe all the hype surrounding Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. In its opening weekend the movie had the biggest opening ever, making $168 million. Facebook was littered with statuses of people expressing grief and tears that a part of their childhood has finally come to an end.
And to be honest, I don’t get it.
As discussed before, I’ve never read any of the Harry Potter books or seen any of the movies. Harry Potter is probably the largest nerd blind spot I have, one that I’m in no rush to rectify. On weekends like this, though, when not only the nerd world but the normal world is revolving around a nerdclination, I feel rather left out.
For some reason, Harry Potter is one of those nerdclinations that reaches beyond nerds and into the heart of non-nerd culture. Obviously there are nerds who take their Harry Potter obsession to the extreme. For the most part, though, plenty of people who don’t self-identify as nerds were really excited about the final Harry Potter movie.
People who have given me grief for being a really big nerd, were posting about how they cried when the final credits rolled and the movie ended. I’m labeled a nerd for crying at the end of the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but all those people who cried at the end of Harry Potter get a free pass? What’s up with that?
Mostly I’m just upset because missing out on Harry Potter feels like getting picked last for dodge ball. Everyone else is in on the fun and I’m just standing on the sidelines practicing my Klingon. It sucks being left out especially when I’m being left out of something nerdy. Nerds are used to being left out of athletic activities; it’s quite something else to be left out of our wheelhouse.
Soon all the Harry Potter hype will pass, though, and I’ll feel secure in my nerdiness again. I just have to be ready for the next big thing as not to have it pass me by. I just hope it doesn’t have to do with vampires or teenage girls.
What nerdclinations leave you feeling left out?