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Scif-Fantasy Fans - Help me out!

This weekend I attended Concomcon. There was a discussion that raised some questions in my mind, so I am presenting you with a poll about it. I'll explain further sometime soon, but meanwhile, if you consider yourself a "fan", please take my poll, and pass a link on to your fannish friends. Thanks!

Poll #1205895 Sci-fi/Fantasy Fans - Help me out
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 83

Do you attend Scifi/Fantasy conventions?

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Yes, they are my life!
28 (33.7%)
Once in a while.
49 (59.0%)
I used to, but I stopped.
3 (3.6%)
I would but I'm too broke.
2 (2.4%)
1 (1.2%)

Which aspects of cons do you like best?

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2 (2.4%)
1 (1.2%)
dealer's room
0 (0.0%)
meeting authors/artists
0 (0.0%)
1 (1.2%)
video room
0 (0.0%)
0 (0.0%)
0 (0.0%)

Have you ever attended a Worldcon?

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Yes, many times.
41 (49.4%)
13 (15.7%)
Not yet.
24 (28.9%)
5 (6.0%)

If you haven't, what factor was the most important in stopping you?

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Membership price
4 (8.0%)
26 (52.0%)
Hotel costs
4 (8.0%)
I can only afford 1 or 2 cons a year.
13 (26.0%)
There is nothing much of interest for me.
3 (6.0%)
I wasn't aware of them.
0 (0.0%)

If you found out there was going to be one near you, would you be interested?

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62 (79.5%)
16 (20.5%)
No, they just aren't for me.
0 (0.0%)

Feel free to expand on any question here:


Jun. 18th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
Pardon me for being a bit blunt here. Okay, so, imagine, if you will, that regional cons are like band camp, or any other kind of high school high-geeky event: band camp, drama camp, quiz bowl regionals. You go for a weekend, and you're with your geeky friends, and other people from your high school, and if it's a regional event, maybe other high schools. It's the same people, and it's cool to get away from the every day, to see each other in hotel rooms, and be sneaking in liquor, and get to see what your teacher advisor looks like in the morning, and maybe make out some, or stick a flute someplace inappropriate.

Worldcon is like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade band trip. It's like Academic Bowl Nationals in Chicago. It's like the international Math Olympics held someplace in Europe. Why?

Well, it's expensive like that. You have to sell a million chocolate bars and wash every car in the county 5 times in a year and ask for money from everyone you know to be able to afford the airfare and the hotel. It's a big deal and everyone worries and some friends don't end up going because they can't afford it.

But, also, just like that, it takes you out of your normal social thing. It's not the same friends, and the same other schools, so you don't have that same comfortable vibe of the usual band camp experience. As a tradeoff, though, you get to meet *new* people. You get to make out with people you have never met before, and you might never meet again. You get to be daring and different. You get to see people who do what you do -- band, drama, debate -- but not like you do it where you live. Maybe they've grown up on a farm instead of in the city, maybe they're from Portugal and you've never left Kansas, let alone heard someone say, "You tongue really well" in Portugese. You get exposed to something different, to different people, to different food, to a place you haven't been before and may never visit again.

And instead of being "this one time, at band camp", you come home with experiences you may look back on for 20 years. The time you made out with the Japanese calculus geek in the stairwell without ever saying anything. The amazing workshop that made you realize you didn't want to be a particle physicist any more, because your true destiny was to be a poet-psychoanalyst. The Seurat painting you stood nose-close to that haunts you into old age.

In short, the stuff they make *movies* about. Not "this one time, at RegionalCon...". Instead, "I'll never forget the time I went to a Worldcon..."

It's like that.
Jun. 18th, 2008 05:39 am (UTC)
*looks on in awe*

Bravo! You have managed to sum up in one message a feeling I've been trying to communicate to other people for most of the past two decades.

Jun. 18th, 2008 05:41 am (UTC)

Metaphor, baybeee. It's my core competency. *nod*
Jun. 18th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
I think you need to post this as an entry on your own page.

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