I recently went to a movie theater and watched Cars 3, which was excellent but not the point of this story. At the theater, I saw a poster for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and just about lost my mind. I was so excited. I took a picture of the movie poster. I walked out of the theater giddy. I was practically bouncing.
Maybe I was too excited.
I’ve had this happen to me before. There is a button at the end of the new King Kong movie (not the Peter Jackson one but the new new one) that showed some of the other giant monster legends, i.e. Godzilla, Mothra, the cray Hydra looking one, and I literally squeed like a teen-age girl at a One Direction concert. The person I was with casually (and in no way disrespectfully) commented that I was maybe a bit too excited about the new brand of giant monster movies coming out. This got me thinking: what is “too excited”?
I have many fandoms: Disney, Kingdom Hearts, Zelda, and The Dresden Files to name a few. I get excited when I see that something new is coming out or that something is being redone in an interesting way. (BTW, I don’t care what you think, that Dresden Files TV show was awesome! Damn SciFi channel for canceling it!). Sometimes I get really excited about things. But I’m not sure that I’ve ever been “too excited” about my fandoms. I’ve been exactly as excited as I want to be. My level of excitement is proportional to my interest in the thing. I’m not really sure when this “you’re too excited” thing started. Do people say that to sports fans? “You’re too excited about the Patriots winning?” Or is it just this thing that is reserved for “geeks” and our fandoms.
I’m not going to worry about being too excited for the new Star Wars movie, or the new Star Wars land in Disneyland. Or any of the upcoming events in my life. I’ve got the right kind of excitement going on.