Judge Not: The Defense of TwiHards
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.”