I am a Doctor Who freak; I’ve watched all the Doctor Whos from Tom Baker on up. I also love the Sarah Jane (one of the Doctor’s companions) Chronicles. My hands-down favorite doctor is Doctor Who #10, David Tennant. I even occasionally wear my silver cuff bracelet with his quote engraved on it: “wibbly wobbley, timey wimey stuff,” and my other silver cuff that reads his standard battle cry, “Allons-y!” (French for “let’s go!”)
Because of this, I have every consideration for all those who love going to Comic Con conventions, *Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter conventions and the like. We all have our favorites, and personally I think it’s pretty cool when people go the distance to make their own costumes, war gear, wands and robes and so on. We love what we love; we just can’t help it.
And frankly, there should be no need to apologize for what we love. If role playing Star Wars characters or medieval knights and warriors are your thing, then go for it. I love people who truly commit to their passions.
Too many people scoff at those who throw their hearts into their characters, and call them “weirdos” or “freaks” or “childish adults” or whatever—if this is truly your passion, then embrace it. It is a whole lot of fun to take some time off from the real world to play in your own “**holodeck.”
Say what you will about these brave and dedicated souls, they are completely immersed in a world that they have chosen for themselves, and they love it with all their hearts. For example, if I had the great pleasure and honor of traveling with Doctor Who #10, I’d go in a heartbeat.
Ah well, it may be fantasy or fun, but there are hundreds of thousands of people who embrace these not-so-secret lives. It may be the only real fun that they have. So why make fun of them? We love what we love. Some of us just can’t help it.
*When I lived in Texas, I actually went to two Star Trek conventions. I got to see Brett Spiner (who played “Data” in “Star Trek the Next Generation”) one year, and Marina Sirtis (who played Deanna Troi, also in “Star Trek the Next Generation”). Both of them were very personable and answered lots of questions from the crowd. They appeared to enjoy themselves fully as much as the “Trekkies” did!
**From Wikipedia: The holodeck is a fictional plot device from the television series Star Trek. It is presented as a staging environment in which participants may engage with different virtual reality environments.