nerd vs fangirl: defining the flail


I’m a self-proclaimed fangirl. It’s really no secret. If you troll my Facebook, you can see me flailing about the fandoms I love. In fact, there was quite a bit of fangirl flailing when we signed Digging in the Stars by Katherine Blakeney. I’m pretty sure I gave Krystal an earache from squealing about how excited I was to read about an archaeologist in space–it just so happens that Stargate was the first fandom I jumped into and proclaimed my fangirl status.

I also happen to fangirl over a lot of nerdy things, from video games like Dragon Age (Alistair! Swoon!) to Marvel movies, fantasy, and beyond. So when Buzzfeed posted a quiz to find out just how nerdy you are, I had to take the test. No surprise, I got 100% and waved that Nerd Flag proudly on my Faceboook.

Only…my scorwas a little surprising given the questions. I can’t draw a map of Westeros. I get a lot of flack from friends since I’m a fantasy writer who has only read one of the Game of Thrones books. I only own two comic books. And worst of all, I’m not a Star Trek fan nor have I seen any of the Star Wars movies. That alone is enough to revoke my Geek Card. Am I really not as nerdy as Buzzfeed thinks?

Or does that even matter anymore?

Nerd is the new cool, but there’s a lack of distinction over just what makes a person fit to where the Nerd Crown. It’s no longer about pocket protectors, sci-fi, and all of the other stereotypical tropes. No, now it seems that the line between fangirl and nerd has become a little blurred. Am I automatically a nerd because I fangirl so hard? Is having a map of Middle Earth alone enough to garner me the title? Or am I a fangirl because I’m a nerd?

Maybe, now that we can all safely step out of our nerd/geek/fangirl closets, it’s not really about what you’re into but how much you’re into it.

What are you thoughts? Do you think fangirling over various fandoms and devouring books is enough to get you a Nerd Card, or do you need the stereotypical sci-fi obsessions and comic book collections to get you there? Take the quiz and tell us just where you land!