I continue to be blown away by the incredibly smart, gorgeous, badass women that we get to work with on the regular here at Bombsheller. The stars of our latest collection, Talk Nerdy to Me, are pretty inspiring. Last week, I chatted with Sarra Sherb about nerdiness and empowerment. This week, I interviewed Bombshell Victoria Stone about geek-dom, fan fiction, and media consumption.
Bombsheller: Do you self-identify as geeky?
Victoria Stone: I have some issues with identifying as geeky. Around friends I am obviously and joyfully geeky, but the term has been codified into this very particular subset of sci-fi/comics that I don’t entirely identify with. I still happily geek out all the time, I think I just use the term more as a verb than a noun. I am geeky, but I am not a geek.
I grew up in a home with no TV and I didn’t go to normal school, so while most of my peers were watching X-Men cartoons and reading comics, I mostly just read copious amounts of fantasy. I missed a lot of the foundation that is “required” of geeks, like Star Trek and super hero comics. So much of present geekiness now is what you have consumed, and I have been very cruelly challenged on that basis.
As much as I have issues with some of the current state of geekiness, I am in love with the fact that being a geek is cool now. It’s ok to be a geek, from comics to being super into something. And the fact that it is not only cool now but popular, creators and companies are listening to their fans and making stuff that is open and accessible to everyone.
B: What do you geek out over?
VS: I’m one of those types that gets completely enraptured with a fandom or a game and can’t. put. it. down. I mostly get excited about novels. Any sort of feminist fantasy novel will see me and a friend excitedly shouting at each other about characterization and world building for several hours. I just reread Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom and, due to my obsessive speed reading, ran through them in about four days. I forgot how dark and lovely they are.
I also am currently a fairly avid indie comic reader, which is a habit I only have the money for every month or so. Saga, Rat Queens, The Wicked and the Divine and Ms. Marvel are absolute gems that I am so happy to have. I also just got the first issue of Bitch Planet and it. is. flawless. Like, I woke up like this flawless.
I have recently started watching TV again and have a lot of things to excitedly shout about Agent Carter and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. I’ve gotten to a point in my media consumption where I don’t really read or watch something where the protagonist is a white, male, “misunderstood” asshat. This started out accidentally, but once I started actively applying it I’ve been much happier with the media I allow into my life.
However, I’m also a food history geek. It doesn’t fall under what a lot of people to consider to be geeky nowadays, but I really like to talk about the movement of food in our world. The impact of kinds of food and how they travel and where they come from is SO INTERESTING.
B: Do you have a nerdy/guilty pleasure?
VS: I’m not one for guilty pleasures, just pure enjoyment. But there’s one thing that I love that a lot of people tend to, in my opinion, wrongfully associate as shameful. I unabashedly love fanfiction.
I read a lot of Avengers and Tolkien fanfic, but I’ve also been reading Buffy and Harry Potter that goes back to the early 2000s. One of my dear friends and I became super close over several gin and tonics and the realization that we both shipped the same poisonous relationship from Harry Potter. We bonded over how it shaped our romantic lives.
I also realized recently that several of my friends are also obsessive readers of Avengers fanfic. Almost all my friends who are women read fanfic, and there has been a lot of sharing stories and ships that has informed our friendships.