Hello, I'm a girl who's been going to Comic Con for years and I have one question: What girls have you been talking to?
If you've been on Twitter recently, you've likely caught some of the female reaction to this.
If you missed it. Let me tell you. It wasn't squees. Snickers, maybe. Guffaws, sure. Incredulity, most definitely.
Do me a favor. Read the article posted today at I09.com. I'll wait.
Back? Okay. So, let's cover a few things.
Girls have been going to SDCC for YEARS. They go because they like *gasp* comics? They go because they want to hear about the latest news from Joss Whedon, or for the BSG panel, or to watch Kevin Smith talk about...heck, anything. They are Browncoats, Cosplay fans, Gamers, Geeks, Nerds, Dorks, Comic fans, movie fanatics, book lovers and for loads of other reasons.
I'll admit, they got a few things right. Dollhouse, True Blood. Those are panels I'd wait in line for. I'd have thought a couple of the writers might have been more spot on, since they write for the Hero Complex blog.
But how do you go and kill my enjoyment of that awesome pic of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp by musing that "Alice in Wonderland" alone would be a draw for many girls, but add in the fact that quirky hotness Johnny Depp, right, is set to play the Mad Hatter, and you could have a mad (crazy) crowd of women seeking a glimpse of him on stage.
Are you serious? Think I could get Jevon Phillips on the phone and explain that Burton/Depp collaborations are a draw for a hundred other reasons? Like, say, Tim Burton? You win points for knowing we like Caprica, but I then have to immediately deduct them for the Dynasty reference.
Oh and, these weren't written from a strictly male POV.
They had a female perspective in the form of Denise Martin.
Her take on what a girl wants? "bittersweet tears." And she even suggests here that I should "arrive to Hall H early – as in a week or two before – to beat out all the other would-be Bellas who will no doubt descend" for the Twilight panel.
Um...I watched half of Twilight and never watched the rest. I don't want to be Bella. I read the bio on your blog that you have a passion for Twilight. That's great. For myself, I can't understand why any woman in her right mind would want to be an emo, sexually frustrated teen with a boyfriend who won't put out. A little understanding would be nice ;-)
And, for the record, I do agree with Elizabeth Rappe for her comments here about the fact that we should find some comfort in the fact that the media is acknowledging that girls even LIKE these sorts of things.
Still, I'd like to believe that, one day, they might also correctly report on why.
(edit added 06/17/09: I'm amazed and grateful to everyone who linked to this post. And, most of all, mad love to my bosses at Entertainment Earth for the space to blog in the first place. You are full of Win!)