I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing: Star Wars and the Triumph of Geek Culture
A. D. Jameson celebrates the triumph of geekdom in I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing, an insightful and irreverent journey through the science fiction, fantasy, and superhero pop-culture cinematic icons whose legions of fans have put them at the top of the box office over and over.
Star Wars, Marvel superheroes, The Lord of the Rings—properties that were once...more
The main problem with I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing is that it is almost purely descriptive, with very little critical reflection. What A. D. Jameson writes is little more than what any geek already knows from reading some of the same websites Jameson reads. The end result is a book that I guess would be useful for aliens visiting Earth who don't ...more
Also I think it's worth noting that just because 'geek' stuff is popular not everyone is going to enjoy the same things within that. Online people get into fights ...more
That's putting it lightly.
Dude has a pic of Vader on the cover and never figured out how to spell Wookiee. Says he's a lifelong Trekkie and can't remember how many TV series existed. And so many other things across other fan bases.
This was like reading a very long, unedited Buzzfeed article no one had the good ...more
Overall, it is quite fun. I had never really thought about the role of “realism” in Geek culture, but Jameson is correct. One only needs to reflect on their favorite Geek properties to see it. Or, read half this ...more
Published in May of 2018 by Macmillan Audio.
Duration: 6 hours, 58 minutes.
Read by Holter Graham.
A.D. Jameson is a student of cinema - not just science fiction and fantasy movies, but of cinema in general. I used the word "student" in the previous sentence carefully because he is not just a fan of movies, he studies the directors, the movements and the ideas behind the movies.
But, he is also a proud geek - a fan of sci-fi and fantasy literature and movies. Like ...more
This book is meant to be a treatise on geek subculture, its merits and society's misperceptions of it. The book seems way too disorganized to effectively do this. Ironically, the most organized argument in the book is in the first ...more
At face value, this is a book that ...more
When I saw this book while browsing, I was looking forward to it. A book about geeks and geek culture. Be careful what you wish for. While this book does indeed discuss geeks and geek culture, it also managed to reference a number of non geek films. It also managed to be a long winded doctoral dissertation about what should be a fun subject. The Big Picture was a book about new Hollywood that was more fun than this. A great many elements are ...more
I finished this book only because I am always willing to listen to anything Star Wars. However, I found the book a little whiny on how geeks were originally treated. Like most of us hadn't already lived through this treatment. I found the book basically has his opinion with some Star Wars and Star Trek facts thrown in. Although, I am not a huge fan of Star Trek, I am confident that some of the facts he gave was a little off. (But I could be wrong...)
I ending up believing that ...more
It was a fast, comfortable read. It's right in my wheelhouse, so I got all the jokes and references. Definitely an interesting read for sci-fi and fantasy fans, but I think it would be very enlightening for non-geeks as well.
My geekdom is slightly different from what this book portrays. I was never that into movies, but video games. Final Fantasy. And books, Harry Potter, Stephen King, LOTR, science and fiction and fantasy.
This book is neither about the triumph of geek culture nor Star Wars. Rather, it is a scathing rebuttal to Peter Biskind's Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-And Rock 'N Roll Generation Saved Hollywood.
“The prestige critics want artworks depicting the world the way it is. They regard anything other than that as apolitical distraction. But geeks want artworks depicting the world the way it could be.” Page 222