It’s Okay For People To Like Things…I Promise.

My head has been down the last few weeks as I tried to finish costumes for Salt Lake Comic Con and continue the decluttering project I’ve decided to do on my entire house.  I still check Facebook and one pattern of posts struck me as really strange and kind of bothersome.

The Harley Quinn Haters.

Let me explain, these are not fans who hate Harley, quite the opposite, they claim to love her but in the same breath, they make memes that shame new fans of the character. I saw several of these memes in various geek spaces online, and some were in regards to the many girls and women at SLCC that dressed up as Harley Quinn and how they needed to stop.   Some of these memes were accompanied by images of Margo Robbie as Harley Quinn and the original incarnation of Harley Quinn from “Batman the Animated Series” claiming that if you weren’t a fan of Harley from the start, don’t start now.  Because gasp! then you’ll be a fake geek girl. Apparently, we can only like things if we liked them all along.

What I found even more odd is that I found saw lots of Leto Joker cosplays at SLCC and yet, I saw no memes whatsoever shaming those dudes for their expression of fandom.

Harley Quinn holds a very special place in my heart and if her story resonates with other women, I say there’s plenty of room at the table for more fans.

It all boils down to this for me though:  It’s okay for people to like things.  It’s okay for them to start liking something only once it becomes popular.  Not everyone had awesome parents who took them to the comic shop every Saturday, or bought them an NES when it was first out.

I grew up loving all things DC, but in my early twenties I dove deep into Marvel comics.  I have a collection of West Avenger and Defender comics I cherish, and no one is going to tell me I can’t like something just because I got into it later in life.

Personally, I want more people who love geeky things in this world, not fewer because we shamed them out of their adoration.

So let people like what they like.  Geek culture should not be a test or a competition of who can prove they liked something first, or know the most about it.  That’s a competition we all lose, because we miss out on awesome new folks joining our geek community.

 

 

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Review – Suicide Squad

First off let me say, I enjoyed the movie.  It’s a decent popcorn flick and if you have a general idea of the backstory of the characters involved, you can fill in the blanks that may have ended up on the cutting room floor.  That being said, the action scenes were very entertaining and did not drag on.  From here I will warn you, there may be SPOILERS ahead.  If you have not seen the movie and don’t wish to know the plot, stop here for now, and come back when you’ve seen the film.

I was in the apparently small camp that did not enjoy Jared Leto as the Joker.  My favorite Joker is probably Mark Hamill, and he probably sets unrealistic expectations for anyone else who takes the role for me.  Leto was a bit over the top for me, and his “grill” distracted me with each scene he was in.  I also felt like they missed a big part of the Harley/Joker relationship.  The Joker seems obsessed with Harley and their relationship is not shown to have some of the more negative aspects we see in the comics and cartoons, partially because some of those moments ended up on the cutting room floor.  Personally, I’m dying to see what scenes were cut.  I also felt as if the entire storyline in the present with the Joker could be removed from the film and it would not heavily impact the plot, as long as the flashbacks that showed Harley’s origin remained.

The plot felt a little contrived, and some of the relationships felt forced.  For a group of villains that seemed to have no contact prior to the forming of their team, it felt as if we were supposed to believe they were family, with very few moments that established them as such.  Again, I’ve read the Suicide Squad comics, so I had a little more to go on to be able to believe the relationships between the Squad members could be tight.  That being said, the characterizations felt dead on me.  Harley came across perfectly, both playful and a bit demented.  At one point they showed her deepest desire, and it was simply a normal life with the Joker.  Robbie did an excellent job with the character, and she did not feel over the top.  Will Smith was also very good as Deadshot.  The other members of the Squad were distinct and entertaining, even if it felt like at times we were still missing a few flashbacks for them.

Suicide Squad did suffer from some of the cutting that Batman Vs. Superman seemed to struggle with, but overall it seems to keep the plot rolling along until the end of the movie.

I would absolutely recommend this movie for DC fans and fans of comic book movies.  It is definitely not a Marvel film, but if you go in with the expectation of a fun flick filled with action, you will not be disappointed.