I was sitting down to write something for today’s post and was trying to articulate a topic. I was thinking about the evolution of the pop-culture ninja since their re-emergence in the 80’s. It got me thinking, however, about how in this last month of blogging I’ve mined nostalgia for inspiration. As it turns out, a lot. Which got me thinking about when was the last time I had a new geek interest or obsession. So, the ninja conversation will have to wait for another time. Sorry shuriken fans.
I was wracking my brain about the last time anything new or original grabbed my attention. Almost everything that interests me, from comics to my favorite movies to toys to books to roleplaying games go back to childhood or adolescence. I am almost completely at a loss to discover anything I really got into as an adult. Fun and enjoyable media are often based on or inspired by old franchises that I’ve enjoyed for decades.
Oh, it’s not that bleak, I guess. As I think about it, I can come up with plenty of stuff. I really like Firefly, for instance, and that’s a new franchise. Sure, it plays on familiar science-fiction norms but it’s still something new. And there are plenty of comics, like Ed Brubaker’s Criminal series, that I think are pretty awesome without the lens of nostalgia. And George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire is a very enjoyable series that sucked me in more than any geek literature I can recall. There is new stuff, to be sure, but my head and heart seem most attached to the properties of my youth.
So I ask you, is there something special about youth for the formation of the adult geek? Can new obsessions every really match the longstanding ties we have to our first loves, so to speak. When is the last time you were inspired by something new? Discuss.