I don’t write fan fiction. I don’t do role-playing games. I don’t enjoy gaming or anime or cosplay. I’m not a Trekkie or a Belieber or a Whovian, and I try not to come across as a Gleek. In fact, I try to avoid coming across as a fangirl of any sort. Why? Good question.
For one thing, I don’t enjoy those things (except Glee. That I can’t help. And for the record, I’d be a fan of Dr. Who if I watched it, I just haven’t gotten around to it.) For another thing, I’m not generally that obsessive over those things. (What I am obsessive over can be saved for another blogpost.) But also because there’s a stereotype there – a stereotype of weirdos who jump off the deep end with everything – unreasonably obsessive, unable to hold a conversation outside of their niche, and prone to bouts of squealing. That stereotype. You can see why I want to avoid it.
And yet, there is one location these obsessive types gather that I can’t help but join. The Olde English Faire.
Jousts, dancing, archery, knights, maidens, pirates, and people/creatures from all time periods, all worlds, all stories gathered in one place. It’s like a more manageable-sized ComiCon. Kinda. I may have exaggerated that a bit. But the ability to encounter characters and create characters and become characters – it’s a writer’s/reader’s dream come true.
For the record, I hear Bristol is huge and makes Peoria’s seem boring. Until I have the exciting opportunity to experience that though, this is a nice alternative. Don’t bash our humble villager celebrations.
What girl turns down a chance to dress up? – whether in a little black dress for a special night out, a bridesmaid dress, or a fancy gown from another era. For me, it may not be entirely accurate midieval-wear. And I’m fine with that. I like to dress up as characters I make up, from worlds that may be entirely different or fairly similar to our own.
Are You Going?
It’s this weekend. If you’re in the area, don’t miss it! Note that tickets are cheaper for those in costume 😉 If you’re not in the area, it may be time for a roadtrip (okay, not really – save your money and roadtrip to Bristol later.)
Will give an update here later on the event.
What About You?
Do you attend an Olde English Faire anywhere? Do you dress up?