In the first of our interview series, we speak to the Editor of The GeekList and hear about her pop culture influences.
Name – Laura-Jane Clements
Position – Editor of The GeekList
What made you decide to start The GeekList? Having been a geek from an early age, I found myself collating lists of the cool events happening across Scotland that I wanted to go to. As the list got longer and more involved, I decided to share it as a resource to allow other pop culture obsessives across Scotland to make sure that they always were kept up-to-date on what was happening on their doorstep.
What makes Scotland such a good place to be a Geek? I think for a long time I thought that all the cool stuff was happening in America and to attend a Comic Con, you had to go all the way to San Diego. That may have been the case 20 years ago but now Scotland hosts the most imaginative and well organised comic cons and pop culture events in the UK. From 20,000 people in a convention centre over a weekend or 20 people in a film pub quiz on a Tuesday night, pop culture is ingrained in the Scottish psyche. I think it has a lot to do with folklore from days past, Scots love a good tale of ghosts, witches, monsters and things that go bump in the night.
Favourite Fandoms? Buffy was my gateway to fandom along with the X-Files. Add in my obsession with Chewbacca and love of anything with an urban fantasy element and you have a very eclectic taste!
Best event you have ever attended? I realise that it’s not in Scotland but I once convinced my husband that we should spend our wedding anniversary travelling to Stuttgart so that I could meet Nathan Fillion. Luckily, I have a very understanding husband!
Do you have any recommendations for anyone reading this? Since geek culture is now mainstream culture, there are so many avenues to explore! A recent recommendation would be the adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens. As a book I’ve re-read every year for the past 20 years, I was delighted when they managed to capture the spirit of the book in the show.