So, apparently, geek culture has gone mainstream. I guess we’re no longer so weird as we once thought . . . 😉 Check out what we’re loving this week:
1) A “Geek” Holiday on the Local News?
I didn’t think much of it, at first, when I caught a story about May the 4th on the local TV news. After all, we did just get a new installment in the Star Wars franchise this past December with more to come (Rogue One) later this year. And I thought, well sure – merchandising, right?
Although, on second thought, this is the news we’re talking about and not a Walmart or Target ad. Apparently, this “geek holiday” has garnered so much attention that it is now worthy of its own news coverage. And while I’m always happy about all things Star Wars, I must admit, I do feel a little weird that my geeky love for this franchise has become, dare I say it? – “normal.” 🙂
2) Nerdy Nummies also Hits the Mainstream: Rosanna Pansino featured on the Chew!
In our last “What We’re Loving This Week,” I mentioned Rosanna Pansino’s new Nerdy Nummies cookbook. Well, apparently nerd food has also been “normalized,” because Pansino was cooking it up on the Chew this week!
Although she was there to demonstrate a relatively “normal” marshmallow fondant, she did sneak in mention of some of her nerdier fare (which the fondant could, of course, be used for), including BB-8 Star Wars cake pops.
3) Conde Nast Traveler Features a Harry Potter Tour of the United Kingdom!
While this article didn’t come out this week (in fact, it’s a bit “old” – from October 2014), it did just come across our Pinterest feed this week. Although the idea of “geek travel” is not new (Check out our Geek-Themed Travel Pinterest board for more geeky travel inspirations!), the idea that such a “normal” (and – sorry, but – “snooty”) travel magazine should feature a Harry Potter trip is just another sign that being geeky has become the way of things these days.
The Harry Potter franchise seems to be equally (if not more, if you can believe it) popular even than Star Wars, as is evidenced not only by the unprecedented popularity of J. K. Rowling’s novels and the movies that resulted from them, but the fact that Harry also has his very own (and freakin’ awesome!) theme park. (Actually two theme parks, with the new one now open in Hollywood).
The continued expansion of Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as well as the opening of a second theme park in Hollywood’s Universal Studios, despite the novels and movies having finished their cycle several years ago, is testament to the enduring nature of this franchise. Further, just like Star Wars, Hollywood producers are banking on that fanbase with spin-offs inspired by the main franchise. (Check out Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, coming to a theater near you this November!)