It’s odd that in this day and age a few people still find it surprising if I admit to being a sci-fi/fantasy fan. This is at a time when it’s acceptable to publicly admit watching a Star Trek film and Game of Thrones is a now a huge hit (BTW I will go all “Red Wedding” on anyone who dares reveals any season 4 spoilers). Yet every now and then someone will make a comment that makes me wonder why some people assume women can only enjoy watching chick flicks.
I was recently told by a guy that he was surprised to find I like Jane Austen adaptations and Sci-fi movies. It didn’t bother me at the time but later I started thinking why some people still assume a girl can’t enjoy a good rom-com and then watch an action or supernatural movie straight after.
If I was to respond now I would say I’m not a fan of any particular genre-I just like good stories. Isn’t that what films are about after all? Great storytelling?
Sometimes when I buy one of my film/genre magazines I’ve had the guy at the checkout mention in a friendly way that I’m only buying the magazine because Chris Evans or Ryan Reynolds is on it. I’ve also brought a sci-fi magazine when Godzilla was on the cover so I’m not sure what he would try to imply about that.
If I only watched sci-fi films because a handsome man is in it I would have watched Green Lantern several times and brought the DVD, but even Ryan Reynolds could not make me watch that dud. I watch films that I think may have an interesting or entertaining story to tell. Having a good-looking actor in a film is a bonus not a requirement.
Still these experiences are in the minority and when I discuss it with people in day-to-day life and in the blogging world about a variety of films and genres, I like to think we all respect each other’s views and opinions. For the most part anyway.
But I’d like any female bloggers to share any similar reactions they’ve had if they’ve admitted to liking sci-fi or other typically “male” genres? And guys, is there any films you’re afraid to admit liking in case it’s seen as a “chick flick”?