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How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 256 (or “I’m your biggest fan….”)

Now that Stephen King has joined Twitter, part of you wants to just tweet the man all day as if he was your pen pal. 

However, you know that this is an ill-advised course of action, as it is fueled by nerd-guided admiration for an author’s body of work rather than an invitation to annoy Stephen King with constant tweets not unlike the following:

“When are you going to be on Sons of Anarchy again?” or “What’s your favorite pizza topping?”

Having read Misery, you can appreciate the need for boundaries between author and reader, especially if the roles were reversed.

You did tweet him once to welcome him to Twitter and a second time to ask if he was aware that NBC’s Revolution makes a lot of references to his works. After all, they just aired an episode titled “Captain Trips” about an outbreak.

Does that remind anybody of anything King related?

The reason to watch “Dark Shadows”

Those of our avid readers following the @nerdodyssey Twitter feed in recent days may have noticed several tweets regarding Dark Shadows, a 1960s supernaturally-themed television soap opera about vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and witchcraft.

One might ask why a person born during the Reagan administration would bother streaming this show from Netflix in the first place, let alone multiple episodes, as I have done.  Until I first viewed the show, I too would have wondered the same thing.  However, after viewing the first 27 episodes out of 160 currently available on Netflix (of more than 1,000 episodes filmed over the life of the show), I now see the light.  You see folks, the answer is simple:

It’s hilarious.

In today’s age of film and television, sparkling vampires subject their food to unhealthy codependent relations that culminate in marriage; werewolves run around without shirts for no apparent reason, or play lacrosse while trying to keep their hormones in check to prevent their transformation.  Children growing up in this age of Twilight and MTV’s version of Teen Wolf, which has more in common with The Hills than anything else, are being deprived of a long-held tenant: vampires and werewolves are supposed to be scary villains.  Yes, vampires have long had a seductive quality to them, but lest we forget, their seduction techniques existed so they could FEED on people.  Even Joss Whedon’s Buffy series acknowledges this, while inserting love stories into the plots. In that fictional universe, when “vampires with souls” fell in love, people end up dying.

What does this have to do with Dark Shadows?

Put simply, it melds the “evil vampire” and “simpering vampire” approaches to create a creepy, sometimes scary vampire, who is also completely incompetent.  In Barnabas Collins, vampire predator preying on the distantly related Collins family, you have a creature of the night capable of terrifying stares, subtle threats disguised as charm, and cold-blooded, deadly violence.

However, as Dark Shadows was a soap opera, its serialized format, broken into 20 minutes of actual episode footage, coupled with it being filmed live with no room for error on the parts of cast or crew (and a need for romantic story arcs), created a unique comedic aspect to the show.  Every episode began with a nonsensical narration that makes Jerry Springer’s “final thoughts” seem like Shakespeare by comparison.  Not only would actors would screw up or forget lines entirely, but the crew would make mistakes, allowing everything from crew members to boom mics and even the cameras themselves to enter frame.

From a writing standpoint, Barnabas would often go on long soliloquies about architecture or the pleasantries of candlelight, which would annoy other characters and make him seem more nerdy and weird than scary.  Due to the serialized nature of the show, it would take several episodes for the “evil” vampire to carry out any scheme, which made him seem about as cunning as one of Bravo’s Real Housewives.

Perhaps this was the first step toward the ridiculousness that would later allow for the Twilight scourge, but its level of unintentional “campness” can’t help but bring laughter.

At top of the post is a compilation of bloopers, which illustrate why this show is just downright funny. I recommend watching all 9 minutes 44 seconds.  I especially like the clip of Barnabus referring to his cousin, “Uncle Jeremiah.”

Nerd Odyssey now tweets…

We have now linked our Twitter account to this, our beloved blog. By clicking on the “Nerd Odyssey Twitter” heading on the right side of the page, you can check out our tweets, or search Twitter for @nerdodyssey.

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 46

The following tweet from comedian, @DanaJGould makes you laugh: “The title ‘Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman’ doesn’t really promise a ton of action. ‘Oh my God. They’re gonna meet!'”

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 24

The following Tweet makes you laugh: “I spilled quinoa out of my chinoise and sopped it up with a chamois. Say wha’???” — This Tweet was written by actor/ badass, @TheStevenWeber.

Super Bowl PSA from Felicia Day

On this day of sport, filled with a nation of screaming football fans, star of the interweb series The Guild, and nerd goddess, Felicia Day (@feliciaday) shares a tweet that reminds all nerds to keep a rational frame of mind and embrace the better angels of our nature.

Behold: “My entire Tweet stream is filled with the Superbowl, or people being snarky about hating the Superbowl. I think I’ll go play video games.”

We agree

The more you know… words of wisdom

Esteemed author and keeper of many sacred comic book words, Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) retweeted this Twitter posting by author, Larry Marder (@larrymarder): “The Creator isn’t his or her Book and the Book isn’t his or her Creator. No one should ever get that mixed up. But sometimes we do.”


We at Nerd Odyssey agree.