Judge Not: The Defense of TwiHards

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by Marcus Luera

The nerd community is ever-expanding and we need to be more tolerant of the new elements of it. Something I’ve noticed is the absolute disdain for Twilight fans aka the Twi-Hards. Why? There really does seem to be no real reason for it. Once the studio decided to take Twilight to the San Diego Comic-Con, there was a ground swell of hatred for the fans and the films. I remember seeing a sign that said “Twilight ruined Comic-Con.” We have more in common with them than most would like to admit. Fandoms have always been passionate about what they love. Yet, for some reason, this group has been singled out by nerds for scorn. Maybe we should think of Twilight as a gateway into the bigger nerd verse? That is, if we don’t act like snobs and scare them off, we were all noobs at one time.

Growing up, I heard “Star Wars was stupid,” “Put down the comics, because they’re for kids,” “Grow up.” Now that sounds familiar… If memory serves, the Star Wars prequels were panned pretty hard by not only critics, but fanboys too. I also see kids look at the prequels the same way I looked at the original trilogy. Often, what makes a movie good to someone is a lot like beauty, it’s in the eye of the beholder. I can’t stress the passion they have for the elements of the story enough. It’s about more than a love triangle. It is a deep rich world to escape into and love deeply. Is that not the point of a story? We want to be on that run to Death Star or flying around any number of space ships. We, too, want to be there in the thick of it, either living through it or just as a fly on the wall.

Twi-Hards are devoted hard core group of fans. They were the first ones in line for the Hall H panel at the Con, heck, one fan’s passion was turned into a book, which is now being turned into its own movie. That’s a lot of passion! Are they to be ridiculed for it?

The answer of course is no. Just because you hate what they love does not make it okay to mock them. We need to respect that because we are all fans of something. They are no different than the guys who camped out for weeks to be the first see Phantom Menace or Return of the King. They have a name for their community, and that’s not weird is it, Whovians or Brown Coats?

Next time you see a Twi-Hard, don’t mock or judge. Welcome them to our growing nerd family, tell them their passion is what makes them cool and don’t lose it. Remember, it’s not cool to mock any one. Take some advice from Nathan Fillion: “It costs nothing to say something kind. Even less to shut up altogether.”


    7 Comments

  1. AmySeptember 21st, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Thank you for this!! I used to be part of the Twilight fandom. I was even an admin on a fansite. For multiple reasons I’ve removed myself from that fandom but I still get very defensive of people that criticize them. If you’re a nerd about anything you understand the rush you get from that thing you love. Don’t belittle someone else because they get fangirly about something you don’t like. No fandom is better than another.

  2. AviendhaSeptember 21st, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Thank you for this article! Many Twilight fans have gone on to enjoy tv shows like Buffy, True Blood, and other really good vampire shows and a lot more. People are free to like and enjoy what they want. We should treat others as we would want to be treated.

  3. PeavesSeptember 21st, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Twilight has it’s good points, although I am one of those people that LOVE to make fun of Twilight fans. I worked in a book store where the Twi-Hard twits would congregate and have their book clubs. I think one of the reasons why Twilight fans get belittled is because, they seem to think there were no other books about vampires BEFORE Twilight. I know this is a generalization, but I am just trying to figure out an answer to your question. Whedon-ites are annoyed because there was Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel, where Buffy did have an affair with a hot vampire. But he also added elements of comparison to the real world. It’s not new. Then there are Anne Rice fans, who get annoyed because duh, Anne Rice pretty much introduced the serialized, romantic, vampire genre novels to the mainstream.

    I read all four Twilight books in like 48 hours, because I wanted to. Not very well written, and for the most part, did create a wonderful sexual anxiety that probably fuels Twi-Hards into a frenzy. I must admit, Edward & Bella together, well, it took my living breath away. But overall, Twilight books are the only books where I felt stupider after reading them.

    I agree, we should embrace our Twi-Nerds with open arms, and not make fun of their stupid books anymore. But some of my friends, Lisa and Vanessa are huge Twi-Nerds, and I think I just outed them. But I still love them and if I could crochet, I would crochet them Team Edward & Team Jacob sweaters.

  4. LisaSeptember 21st, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    You better be giving me the Team Edward one. 😉

  5. PeavesSeptember 21st, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I can make two team edward ones. If I WERE a Twi-Nerd, Im a Dr Cullen fan myself. Jacob is a gross pedophiliac tool.

  6. LisaSeptember 22nd, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Another good article from a talented writer. Not really where I thought he was going to go next, that is after his clever article about Doctor Who, but pleasantly surprised.

  7. ShirleySeptember 22nd, 2012 at 11:27 am

    About time someone stood up for us Twi-Hards.

    Compliments

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