The Graveyard

The Lair Of Gary James

Where Is The Geek Line Drawn?

Posted by BigWords on July 6, 2009

It isn’t often, maybe once every couple of months, that I manage to shock someone into complete and utter speechlessness, but I have managed it today. I was spitballing ideas for a website, mainly because there aren’t enough non-pornographic ones kicking around, and came up with what may be the geekiest idea ever contemplated.
The main problem with most websites devoted to comics, computer games, old television series or films is the need to cram in everything, so why not do everything properly?

My suggestion, running thus, managed to stop a room full of people in their tracks:

So, if you want to find a game or a book featuring a character, where can you turn? It isn’t like there is a central database of fictional characters…I bet it wouldn’t take too much imagination to come up with an initial list of characters for inclusion, you would just have to find all of their uses in obscure films and games.
What, all of their appearances?
Yeah, like if you were looking for Sherlock Holmes f’rinstance, up would come a list of all the books, films, television shows and computer games.
Why would you need a database though, couldn’t you just use Wikipedia?
And miss out on the stuff they haven’t got around to adding? I like lists, and if there is the slightest opportunity for me to create something that lists the many lists of lists, then I’m gonna be involved… I don’t care if I have to write it all by myself, I want to see what it would look like.

Silence. Complete and deafening silence. I think I may have stepped over the geek line.

But the more I think of it, the more the idea makes some sort of sense. Taking a stab at another character who has crossed over into multiple media incarnations, and who is every bit as complex and interesting as Holmes, we should contemplate the history of Dracula. Aside from the numerous novels, films, computer games, comic-books and television appearances, there are boardgames, role-playing games, radio serials and audio CD’s to take into account. Is the superhero Dracula the same character who met Buffy? Is it the same individual whose actions led to the LXG backstory, or are he and the Wold Newton variety different?

And what shall we do about Nosferatu? Is it Dracula in different clothes

I might need to think about this more carefully…


2 Responses to “Where Is The Geek Line Drawn?”

  1. Wow! That would be so usefull! As a writer, or as someone who just get curious about things and wants to have access to every entire backstory…
    Also, if looking for the right name for a novel character, you could peruse the listed beings, and see if s/he reminds you of any of them… Like a names website, but so much better!

  2. bigwords88 said

    Well, even if it was top priority, I’m guessing that such a list (if it were to be properly researched) would take a good three years. Less time if I get left alone. 🙂

    I’m already working on a list which is gonna make every comic-book geek go completely nuts, so an additional side-entry system might still make the to-do list.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: