Sherlock Holmes is not only a badass fictional character, but he’s also a fandom and criminologist pioneer. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created a fictional character that would use forensic and criminal investigation techniques with years in advance. He predicts the use of some techniques 100 years in advance in some cases!
Sherlock Holmes has been in print ever since it was first published. We’re also used to see him on screen incarnation after incarnation. But he is much more than a pedantic detective: he is one of the first characters to spark fandom across the globe.
Today our lessons on Geek Anthropology topic is all about what happens when Superhero fashion makes you feel super. It’s not the same walking around with a plain tee than rocking around a Spider-Gwen one. So, what happens when a fan cosplays or wears an outfit that resembles that of their loved Superhero? As you know, I’ve recently had a nervous breakdown. To have more energy and feel better, I’ve been rocking around everyday cosplay fashion items that are into my wardrobe: Captain Marvel’s sweater, Captain America Sweater, Spider-Gwen cardigan and tee, and tons of cool tees. Every time I feel down I tend to dress up into the items that resemble the most the uniforms that my favorite Superheroes wear. But why? What does the Superhero costume have that makes me feel stronger than I am? What does the Superhero costume give me that makes me keep on going despite the doctor assuring me that I should be hibernating? Does Superhero fashion give us Superpowers?
Fandom characters indeed explain volumes about us, like Sherlock! Well, he might explain more about our brains, or so it seems. Sherlock is one of those characters that jump from the books and go to the big and small screens and never gets old. Although when you now think about Sherlock as the Cumberlock, reality is that when I think about Sherlock, I think about 1984’s one. Hang on? That old!? Yes! I was a kid, and I was hooked on Jeremy Brett and David Burke as Sherlock and Watson. The adaptation was produced by a British television company called Granada Television, and ran from 1984 to 1994!! I had already read about Sherlock Holmes, and I loved all about it when I finally met his screen incarnation. Not only that, Mr. Data and Captain Picard also played games with Moriarty in the holodeck at some point as well, so, picture me having a lovely Victorian idea about Sherlock Holmes. It has been his Cumberlock adaptation that made him a modern character, but in my mind, Sherlock Holmes is Jeremy Brett!
Fandom characters indeed explain volumes about us. Lagertha, the Shieldmaiden, is more than just a hot Viking on a show or a historical figure from the past. For me, she represents the stand you have to make when things go astray. She has a fierce character, and although she might show patience at rough times, there are limits that she won’t tolerate. In she same fashion she might be yielding a sword, I do that too, figuratively. I might not chop off your head, but be assured that I won’t let you take advantage of me. But, is that the only reason that I might like Lagertha Lothbrok?
She is an active woman who love independence above all. Not only she knows her limits, she also stands her ground when needed, protect those who she loves, and sails out for adventure. While she might be open minded at times, she won’t tollerate to mistake that tolenrance with being a libertine. She is capable, intelligent and ruthless when circumstances ask that from her. All in all, she is a warrior when she needs to be, an adventurer, a nurturer and a great strategist.
Fandom characters explain a lot about ourselves, even if sometimes we cannot see it right away. Tony Stark aka Ironman is one of those characters that kept me thinking for a long while. Why do I like him if apparently we share very little in common? He is a genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist and I’m far away from being a genius with machines, a billionaire, a playboy philanthropist. If we take a closer look at Tony Stark, we realize that he is a guy difficult to live with. He is damn eccentric, weird and has a very dominant personality. Let’s be real here: he ‘s hard to deal with and how he defines social roles, like friendship, is quite unique. So, we could say that he has a very particular personality that makes him a difficult person with a great heart. There, I said it!
Fandom characters explain a lot about ourselves, and no other than Killian Jones aka Captain Hook would explain some part of my personality as perfectly as he does. From the moment I saw him on the screen, I knew I was hooked. But why? What does this pirate say about me? What is he screaming so loudly that I got hooked on light speed? PERSISTENCE. This piercing-eyed smoldering pirate is extremely persistent, for good and evil. When he decides to pursue something or someone he does it with all his heart: with all his love or with all his hatred. He spent 200+ years after the damn crocodile for his revenge, doing whatever he had to so that he could avenge his double loss: his love and his hand. But we’ve also seen him being extremely persistent for a good thing: to win the heart of his love Emma Swan. For good and evil, Hook is a man of his word, a persistent being who will try to accomplish what he set his heart to do whatever happens. Guess who does that too. Exactly: Yours Truly.
Today we start a new section: fandom characters that explain a lot about us! And we start with Loki of Asgard [of course it had to be him!] Have you ever wondered why you like more a character than other, or why you get hooked with them, or even want to date them? Fandom characters that we like explain volumes about us. In fact, stating out loud who your favorite characters are is quite tricky since you’re giving a lot of information away about you and your personality. That I have written a book about Loki explains volumes about me, but how? What does have Loki that makes him give away part of my personality? What do we have in common? Why do I like this villain? Is it just chemistry on the works or is there more playing in my subconscious?
Yay! Geek Anthropology of Loki’s Army is here! If you were wondering what I’ve been working on during the past two years, this is it! Prepare yourself because you will discover one of the most compelling and mischievous fandoms existing at the moment. If you like geek anthropology, discovering all about Loki, why Tom Hiddleston has such a huge Army, and what Loki’s Army Members do: this is your book!
How is it possible to be a celebrity, attain extreme fame, and feel like you are living in a small claustrophobic cage? Jennifer Lawrence is not the first celebrity who has “nightmares” about it, and won’t be the last. Though it might seem paradoxical, extreme fame can be quite freedom limiting.
While many fantasize in reaching the top of the fame pyramid and be able to attain the so precious extreme fame, it does not come without a cost. Those living in the faceless crowd sometimes dream about the glamour and stylish images that media presents us about being a celebrity. But are we taking a look at the whole picture? Worshiping celebrities from afar might give us just the wrong image about what it really means to be the center of the spotlight.
The structure of the family is changing across the US, according to The New York Times. Women’s economic independence is not only changing the shape of the american families across the country, it is also changing Hollywood. How? Female audiences are buying more tickets, and using their freedom of choice they are also deciding which movies are making more cash than others.
Even though women will also decide to watch male-oriented movies, their power to choose and demand is growing as family trends change. The more economic independence women have, the better their status within society. Thus, the potential of women to change Hollywood grows.
Even stars like Downey, Jr. are demanding more female leading roles in superhero movies. He has recently stated that:
“I think that the interesting thing particularly after Guardians with Zoe (Saldana), (or) even from the first Iron Man where Pepper was kind of this really – to me the Iron Man franchise would never have taken off without (Gwyneth) Paltrow. There’s something about her that grounded the story. She’s not your typical lady in a superhero movie, and then by Iron Man 3 she’s swallowing serums and putting on suits and kicking (butt) and all that stuff.”