Like you, I’m a lifelong lover of science fiction and fantasy. But I grew up loving normal literature too. You know, men in boats and stuff. Old school. Some ancient school.
I also binge watched the second seasons of Orange is the New Black and House of Cards. Comic books filled my closet for the entirety of my adolescence, and I still read comics like The Walking Dead in adulthood. Now, as the Internet defines its own place in the history of fiction-delivery systems, I listen to podcasts, such as Thrilling Adventure Hour (a parody of radio-style drama) or Lightspeed (a sf&f magazine).
Point is, with the Internet creating an Ever-Present Now, it’s hard to limit one’s interests. Genre fiction can be literary (i.e. Ursula K. Le Guin), popular television can explore characterization like a novel (i.e. True Detective), and an aftershow talk show for a series about zombies airs on the American Movie Classics channel.
The culture bred into science fiction and fantasy–fanaticism, completion-ism, and immersion–not only caught on during the end of last century within the genres, it began to bleed into all fictional works. Breaking Bad is the most recent example, although one could find a subreddit for almost every TV show. Call it love of worldbuilding or good brains gone wrong, the result is the same. Overthinking fiction is a now a thing.
I publish longform-minded, opinionated features and reviews. Sometimes these take the form of lists or regular features, but what you won’t find (except in the archives) is any:
- News. At least, we don’t make it a habit. Other sites do it better and quicker. We’d rather talk about the most granular aspect of Rick and Morty.
- Negativity. Not for its own sake. No one cares about a hate spree. We critique only to support.
- Us vs. Them stances. That’s a pretty cheap tactic for anything, be it politics or dumb fan sites like ours. We won’t waste time comparing Star Trek or Star Wars. We want to explore the similarities between Samurai and Jedi.
We’re all for going way too in-depth for the subject matter. We’re crazy for stuff that interests this new culture we’re creating with just our interests.
I don’t claim to be an expert, but I think my passion is clear. I’d love for you to join me and submit an article, because I will cherish your bizarre hypothesis, your diagrammed molehill, your assertion that Thundercats was the last century’s Three Musketeers–totally just threw that one out there, but feel free to write it.