Twilight fans: officially more defensive than zombie fans

So this weekend I attended Armadillo Con, Austin’s sci-fi and fantasy convention.  I had a great time hanging out with cool cats like Lee Thomas, Joe McKinney, Matt Cardin, and John Picacio, but even more importantly, I got to witness my first official Twilight fan freak out.

It happened during, or all things, the zombie panel.  This hour was by far the most fun I’ve ever had watching a panel, as it mostly involved Lee and the moderator, A. Lee Martinez, discussing the limitations and problems of the zombie sub-genre while the audience told them to go to hell because zombies fucking rule and they’re both a bunch of lame motherfuckers anyway.  Okay, so I’m paraphrasing.  It was still fun.  Near the end of the panel, after I’d spent 45 minutes wondering if one of the zombie fans planned to storm the panel with a knife or something, the topic of Twilight somehow came up.  Martinez proceeded to try to make a point about the wave of fandom that has followed Twilight‘s rise.  His attempt sparked the following exchange.

Martinez: It’s funny, because before Twilight, I’d never heard of something like a female nerd.

Furious Female Voice from Back of the Room: Bella is not a nerd!!!

Martinez: Um….

So there you have it, ladies and gents.  In a room crammed full of angry zombie fans, a pissed of Twilight fan reigned supreme on the Scary Scale.  Egad.

One thought on “Twilight fans: officially more defensive than zombie fans

  1. Twilight. Christ. Read the new Cemetery Dance yet? Marano tears Twilight a new asshole, and he does it (as always) in a staggeringly insightful manner. I mean he VIVISECTS the whole paranormal romance thing. In theory, anything that brings more young fans to the genre is a good thing, but there’s gotta be a better way than fucking angsty vampires.

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