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My brother feels pressured to see the Watchmen movie against his will, feels his Geek Card will be removed if he doesn't go see it.

I don't really care if my brother likes Watchmen or not. It doesn't really change anything about how I think about him. I would imagine that there are a few people who are geeks and would go "Eh" at Watchmen. I mean, I'm an English Major and I go "Eh" at Catcher in the Rye. I can appreciate it for what it is but I still don't think it's awesome. I wouldn't even go see a movie of it. It doesn't pique my interest much like I'm sure Watchmen doesn't pique my brother's.

So friendly readers I ask you: What's your secret sin? What do you feel pressured to like or have been pressured to read/watch when in truth you really just didn't care?

Follow up question: Geek Cred - something serious or something not real at all and shouldn't be taken seriously. Should we care about what other Geeks think about other Geeks? I'm a geek but I'm not into Neal Stephenson, would I get demerits if I didn't see Snowcrash if it were made into a movie? If someone wasn't into Graphic Novels but into Star Trek does that make them any less of a person?

I'm just curious
 
 
 
 
 
 
What do you feel pressured to like or have been pressured to read/watch when in truth you really just didn't care?

Pretty much any "gay" movie. 99% of them suck and make me hate my own people. Especially Another Gay Movie and its sequel. Cast and crew should have their throats slit.
It's about cultural awareness.

I read Watchmen last spring when my friends were all aghast I'd never come across it. They're hard into the old comic culture (my friend Steve began a career as a comic artist in the 90s and as one of the first web comic artists) and it was important that I understand one of their primary cultural touchstones. There's no question that Watchmen is a seminal work in the graphic novel space, and in pursuit of cultural awareness, you need to understand the references that are derived from it.

And, I would argue, contrary to the earlier poster, that equating geek culture and gay culture isn't a fair comparison.
I guess I was just pondering the whole "just because I don't want to see X doesn't mean I'm not Y" of the conundrum. You at least read the novel much like I read Catcher in the Rye. I don't even know if you LIKED the novel and I don't think that was the point I was trying to make.

I was more musing over the whole "Geek Cred" thing.

And I think ANY multifaceted cultur - like gay and geek - can be equated or at least have similar grounds.
Membership is weird.

It's definitely not the same for geek culture as it is for gay. I'm of the belief that you can choose to be a geek, but that being gay or straight is out of your hands.

I don't think you have to LIKE everything in the genre, but you do need to see the big pieces.
What's your secret sin? What do you feel pressured to like or have been pressured to read/watch when in truth you really just didn't care?

This is kind of a big thing in academia. There are certain theorists in my field that I'm ashamed I haven't read the complete works of, even though I've read selections. I just can't be bothered to read everything they have ever written because I have so much else to do.

As for the geek thing, there are a million ways to define "geek." I'm not a comic book geek, I'm not a gamer geek, but I have other things that I'm really scarily into (though maybe that makes me more of a nerd, I dunno. I was "Pure Nerd" on the OKCupid Nerd/Geek/Dork test). The idea of "Geek Cred" and "membership in the club" is kind of elitist. I was actually talking about this the other day with some friends; I've felt more shut out by geeks because I wasn't into their particular thing than I ever have by more stereotypically "normal" people, even if what I *am* into is more *similar* to what the geeks like than what *normal* people like. Ultimately, you define who you are more than anyone else does. People should do what they want and be into what they are into, rather than let other people tell them what they should be into, in my opinion.