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I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing: Star Wars and the Triumph of Geek Culture

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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

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Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Neil R. Coulter
Jun 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
By about halfway through, I didn't feel like finishing this book. I'm stubborn and obsessive, and so I did finish it. But it wasn't worth it.

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
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Lea  Bowski
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Eh 1.5, I think. Mostly because I feel like I already knew most of this and it wasn't quite what I was expecting. It's not terrible at all but it's not really great either. It's mostly just ... lacking? I felt like there was a lot of potential for some meta about why geek culture is so popular now but most of it felt pretty generic.

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
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Zombi
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. It started off interesting, a history of geek culture. But then it felt too personal in its experiences and opinions that when they were lumped into a "all geeks feel this way" tangent, I wasn't feeling it. Being a geek myself I know that everyone has different opinions and that geeks tend to argue that their opinion is correct and your wrong for not agreeing with them, but this was a little too much for me. I found myself getting bored and annoyed at some points. I also thought it was ...more
John
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"In writing this book, I've felt obliged to demonstrate my own geeky background and bona fides, even as I imagine that some readers out there will doubt the sincerity of my commitment."

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
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Anne
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Guess I am not enough of a geek to enjoy this book. Waaaay too much justification "being geek" and waaay too much whining about how geeks have been misunderstood and mistreated by society in general and a few film critics in particular.
Steve Erickson
Jul 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
One of the worst books I've ever read about culture. It's incredibly blinkered, using the dire Peter Biskind and his book EASY RIDERS, RIDING BULLS as a straw man for any kind of criticism that disrespects the blockbusters that STAR WARS & JAWS introduced to American cinema. Jameson also seems to have little knowledge of any alternative to those blockbusters except '70s New Hollywood, which he refers to obsessively. He has zero political perspective on consumerism and capitalism, ...more
Jeremy Garber
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An engagingly written and sophisticated analysis of the rise of the “Golden Age of the Geeks," both its content and the audiences who pursue it. Jameson, who is a writer of both fiction and nonfiction, lovingly identifies his own place as a Geek with a Capital G as he looks at George Lucas’ work as the archetypal geek narrative. Part I provides a particularly useful analysis of Lucas as partaking in the New Wave cinema of the Seventies, not rebelling against it; Lucas sought a gritty and ...more
Dennis Keithly
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great look in the mirror for the geek community. Although the title suggests that the book is more of a history of geekdom and how it became mainstream, and it does cover that, it is also very much about the “why” geeks like the things they do and a defense of their tastes.

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
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Ron Samul
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Being a lifelong card-carrying Star Wars fans, this book was merely a fan pick to make sure that commentary on the film(s) was in line. What surprised me was that this book was more than just a book on Star Wars and its cultural effect, but a focused and insightful look into the culture of fandom and geeks. That isn't meant to put geeks down, in fact as Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back screenwriter) states that Jameson takes geek culture "seriously, respects their power and refuses to hide ...more
Dale
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Review of the Audiobook

Published in May of 2018 by Macmillan Audio.
Duration: 6 hours, 58 minutes.
Read by Holter Graham.
Unabridged.


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
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Quinn Lavender
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, tv
Author A.D. Jameson felt the need to defend "geekdom," apparently after reading a book by a dude who called into question geek culture. That's fine, but Jameson specifically calls out the other author so many times it becomes laughable, like some kind of Twitter war.

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
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Lance Eaton
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a delightfully interminable Star Wars fan, this book triggered all the feels. Jameson provides a personal and cultural history of geek culture since the emergence of Star Wars in the 1970s. He marks Star Wars as the birth of geek culture's rise to pop culture dominance in TV, film, conventions, and much more. Throughout, he explores the pivotal ways in which Star Wars and other major geek-entities (comic books, RPG tabletop gaming, fantasy books, etc) played pivotal roles in making geek ...more
Zach Koenig
There is definitely some interesting and fun topics covered in "I Find Your Lack Of Faith Disturbing" for all those who consider themselves "geeks" or "nerds" of the sci-fi/fantasy variety. Unfortunately, author A.D. Jameson can't quite decide whether the book is a research tome or a personal editorial, so it kind of falls into that "muddled middle" of making a lot of brash statements and going in a few scholarly directions that the text can in no way back up.

At face value, this is a book that
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Ursula Johnson
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Long Winded Diatribe about what Should be a Fun Subject

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
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Lily
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, non-fiction
A.D. Jameson obviously did a lot of research; some of it has probably been life long experiences for him. He talks about what art is and if movies qualify as art. Geeks (as described by one who knows) are those people whom delve deep into their art, oblivious to what others think about them or their obsessions. They found a real niche in society through the internet, where they meet up with others of like-thinking. There are some whose whole life seems to center around certain movies, tv shows, ...more
Emily
Jun 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
Honestly, I'd really give this half a star. It's badly disjointed, to the point you forget what the chapter is even about. Jameson writes like his opinions about geek culture are not just shared by everyone, but the rule of law within geekdom. This entire book reads like "things were better when I was a kid, and they're bad now", and honestly, I don't care. If you don't like what Star Wars or Marvel or whoever did, don't interact with it, and that includes spending gods know how much time ...more
AN
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(4.7/5) I found this to be a truly fascinating look at geek culture and the place that some mainstays, like Star Wars and Marvel, have had in the creation and preservation of geek culture. This is a book with a lot of things to say about how geek culture is formed and why it has the traction it does, and with whom, not to mention it is the most articulated reasoning for some of the disputes in geekdom that I have ever read. I would have liked for Star Wars to have been a smidgen more prevalent ...more
Kirsten
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
Like any book that makes broad generalizations about a group of people, there were things here that I really agreed with, and things that were less true of me than of some geeks, but overall I thought it was an interesting look at the development of geek culture over the last forty years or so. I'm also enough of a geek myself that I've seen most of the genre movies the author discusses, and read most of the comics, since he generally sticks to the ones that had large impacts on their respective ...more
David
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I was very excited to read this book (yes I was sucked in by the clever cover) and for the first half or so, I really enjoyed it. In a way I felt like I paralleled the author's experiences. Growing up loving Star Trek and other nerdy shows and now those are actually popular culture. But after a while the author got too repetitive and defensive. His arguments boiled down to defending "geek culture" against mainline critics by focusing on its realism and its substance as art. But again, it could ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Damn I wish I had written this book. Aside from some personal preferences I disagree with, and a few personal experiences, this is certainly the way I see geekdom, both personally and professionally as a high school teacher who mentors much of the geeky student body of my school. Frankly, I don't understand some of the criticisms of this book in other reviews posted here; this isn't film critique, and this isn't deep psychological examination. But it is a more than adequate explanation of a ...more
Robert Knotts
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
(via audiobook)
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
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Ryan Laferney
Very readable. An interesting combination of personal memoir, film history, geek culture insight, that also happens to read as a defense of pop culture . I personally enjoyed the background Jameson gave on the New Realists filmmakers of the 70s and the rise of Star Wars and how Lucas essentially reinvented cinema. I also appreciated his frank discussion on why science fiction, fantasy, and superheroes can be considered a form of serious art while also admitting the there is nothing wrong with a ...more
Steve Donoghue
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A wide-ranging and terrific exploration of geek culture's rise to world domination, where Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man are now billion-dollar franchises and the whole world can rattle off a reasonably accurate Avengers roster. I loved all the careful nerdy detail in the book, and I was especially grateful for the author's complete lack of easy reductions or condescension - this is a study/celebration of geek culture that geeks themselves can enjoy. My review of it is here: ...more
Julie
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is going to appeal to a certain kind of person, and apparently I am that person. (I'm also one of those people who would go gaga over every detail of "Star Wars Explained" and I already know what happened to Mas Amedda after the Empire fell, thank you).

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.
Brian
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was fine, it kind of takes itself and it’s premise a little too seriously. I figured this would be a lighthearted reflection of geek culture in popular culture. It is a thesis.

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.

Rachel
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not even close to what I was expecting. I found Jameson's discussions of realism and escapism interesting, but beyond that, I feel a little misled.

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.

Disappointed.
Daniel Miller
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Kids with a sort of happy l, benevolent view of the world tend toward Superman, and kids who find the world a big, scary place go for Batman.” Page 95

“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
Cool Papa
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Geek utopia. A cultural and philosophical look at Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel, and other “nerdy” stuff. I learned some things about these franchises that I did not know. The only drawback is that on a handful of occasions the author interjects his leftist politics. All in all an entertaining read.
Debbie
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, but not being a true dyed-in-the-wool geek, i didnt care enough.
I love Star Wars and Star Trek, Doctor Who, but this book is for the true Big Bang Theory type geek. If this is you, you have to read this book!
Freddy
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jameson’s discussion of cinematic realism in fan favorite franchises is especially interesting. His book isn’t a mere collection of film and superhero references; it has depth, proving a thesis in an engaging way.
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