Geek Fandoms by Politics?

Geek fandoms by Politics? Sherlock: Unbeliever

Sherlock: Unbeliever. Photo of Benedict Cumberbatch filming Sherlock in London, by Fat Les, edited by RanZag via Wikimedia. Unchanged, license: CC-BY-2.0




 
Do different geek fandoms appeal to different political types?

As the UK Election results come in, it's got me thinking: who votes which way and why?

Of course fandoms can belong to anyone, whatever their politics. After all, whatever my views, I like all these shows!

And looking at 'Political Compass', the biggest parties aren't even that far apart: see the UK 2015 Election and US 2012 Election here.

But off the top of my head, here are my hunches for how some fandoms might skew. I'd love to hear what you think about this:

 

Alien movie series:

The Alien movies feature the ultimate sociopathic corporation, evil biological weapons and a distrust of the military, while celebrating the 'common' soldier. I'm calling this series for the left wing.

Geek Fandoms by Politics - Alien: Crew Expendable. Workers Unite?

Crew Expendable. See? Exploiting the Proletarians again: a typical class struggle 😉
Image via Alien Anthology Wiki




 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer:

With a kick-ass female hero, single mother, nerdy NPR listener type librarian, techno-pagan teacher, 'good' demons, a lesbian best friend and a public high school setting, this series screams 'socially liberal' to me.

 

Doctor Who:

This one is a mixture!
 


Classic Doctor Who: Genesis of The Daleks (Amazon UK) Clip via the Official Doctor Who YouTube Channel

 
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Star Wars Cakes: Tauntaun Guts with Summer Berries

Star Wars Cake: Tauntaun Guts with Summer Berries!

How to Make a Star Wars Cake: Tauntaun Guts with Summer Berries!   (Tweet this)

This cake is based on a famous scene in one of the proper Star Wars films (Empire Strikes Back): Luke Skywalker, riding a Tauntaun, gets trapped in a blizzard while patrolling around the rebel base on the icy planet Hoth. In a favourite scene of little boys of all ages, he survives by killing his Tauntaun and climbing into its stomach for the night to keep warm.

I was inspired to make a Tauntaun cake when I saw this awesome Tauntaun sleeping bag on Thinkgeek.com

A perfect subject for cake decorating, I thought. Especially for the Cub Scouts cake auction 🙂

How to make this Star Wars Tauntaun cake:

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Star Wars Cakes: Chewbacca Chocolate Cake

Making a Chewbacca Chocolate Cake!

Making a Chewbacca Chocolate Cake!

This Chewbacca chocolate cake was the easiest of the Star Wars cakes we made for our cub scouts Blue and Gold Banquet Star Wars cake auction.

It's a basic chocolate sponge cake with chocolate buttercream frosting.

It does have a few more expensive decorations (marzipan, slivered almonds, chocolate buttons and red licorice) that I was also using for another cake, but at least some of these could be swapped for cheaper alternatives, or made out of fondant.

It's a pretty nice cake too: I tried enough of the cake and frosting while cutting it up and decorating it that this was the one I was most sorry not to be bringing back home with us afterwards!

And is it really coincidence that we saw Peter Mayhew at Denver Comic Con not long afterwards?? Probably 🙂


Here's how to make a Chewbacca Chocolate Cake (Tweet this!):
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Star Wars Cakes: Death Star by Chocolate

Star Wars Cakes: Death Star By Chocolate (How to Make a Death Star Chocolate Cake)

Star Wars Cakes: Death Star By Chocolate
(a Death Star Chocolate Biscuit Cake!)

This Death Star chocolate cake was one of three Star Wars cakes we made for the cake auction at our Cub Scouts' Star Wars Blue and Gold banquet.

Given the challenge of Star Wars cake decorating, the Death Star seems like a good place to start, since it's already round.

And I thought it would be an interesting challenge for a painting technique I've tried a couple of times before, of scraping off paint (or in this case icing sugar) with a credit card (not quite right, but it will all make sense later!)

Best of all, I thought, for this idea I could make a standard chocolate biscuit cake: a favourite classic British recipe for a very rich and chocolatey truffle style cake that sets in the fridge and doesn't require baking. This would keep my oven free and also ensure that at least one of my cakes was really nice (I can't see anyone not liking chocolate biscuit cake!)

Also it sold for about $20 more than it cost us to make it, so I count that as a success (nice generous people at the auction there!) 🙂

Chocolate biscuit cake is a fairly standard recipe that can be found all over the place, or made by experimenting with a lot of teaspoon tasting (ha! 🙂 ), but in this case I got this very simple and delicious recipe (without the topping) from mydish.co.uk . Here's how to make it:
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May the Fourth Be With You on this Princess Leia Diet

 

Less like this...
(Amazon UK)

 
May the Fourth Be With You on this Princess Leia Diet!

More like this...
(Amazon UK)

Hello! How have you been? My guess is (if you're dieting!), not enough Leia and too much Jabba the Hut?

So, May the Fourth Be With You!

It's a momentous year, with the new Star Wars film coming out, and I admit I can't keep track any more.



The kids think the Clone Wars cartoons are the real Star Wars.

And the last set of films were a bit ho-hum.

But I always did say the real battle was for Darth Vader's soul. Can even someone as evil as him redeem himself in the end? Can anyone, however late, turn their life around? The rebellion might disagree with me on that, but I think the last film proved me right 🙂

Star Wars - Darth Vader - Inside

Star Wars: the view from inside Darth Vader. Don't be like that. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 
Meanwhile, I am trying to keep an open mind and look forward to the new film that comes out at Christmas.

 

 
Ok the music got me smiling... 🙂

 

 
Yes! NOW I'm looking forward to it! Chewie, we're home...
Getting back into that Gold Bikini!

So, since it's the annual 'May the Fourth' Star Wars fest, here is my Princess Leia diet.

We'll be back in that gold bikini in no time 😉
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