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I have this one coworker who is about 10 years younger than me. He's pretty geeky and sometimes we talk about geeky things. And I constantly forget that, unlike other geeky people that I have geeky conversations with, he is about 10 years younger than me. We may both be geeks but we don't share the same formative cultural touchstones. He'll come in and be all, "My friend lent me these dvds and they're great - have you ever heard of a cartoon called Gargoyles?" And I have to blink for a moment and remember, oh yeah, he's too young to have watched Gargoyles when it was on tv.

This sounds like the kind of post where I'm going to complain about feeling old, but it is, in fact, something different. See, we had a patron donate a bunch of old sci-fi/fantasy paperbacks today and he was looking through them. One of them was an Anne McCaffrey book and he showed it to me, saying "What is this?" And I said, "Oh, it's Anne McCaffrey - she wrote the Pern books." He had no idea what that meant*.

I just - Anne McCaffrey. Every nerd I knew in middle school and high school had read Pern, or at least the Harper Hall trilogy. She was like Mercedes Lackey or Piers Anthony - maybe not always great, but omnipresent. It seems super weird to me that this is no longer true.

Let me tell you, friends, trying to explain Pern to people who haven't read it, especially if you haven't yourself for quite some time. Crazy names and color-coded telepathic dragons and Thread, oh my.





*I count myself fortunate that I didn't go with my first thought that always comes up about Anne McCaffrey and mention something about tentpegs. But a) I realize that that is perhaps a more specialized reference and b) this is a public library and that is inappropriate.

Date: 2016-01-20 04:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] out_there
I never read Pern. For me, the formative teenage reading was definitely Terry Pratchett and VC Andrews and Anne Rice. And only one of those would I currently recommend to other readers.

Date: 2016-01-20 05:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fuckyeahseb
We (by which I mean the family and household in its entirety) have a friend-of-a-friend staying with us for a short period of time while money is saved and work experience accrued and the age gap isn't quite as impressive - they're 23 and the oldest of us is 30 while the other two are 28-ish. And still! The differences! We drop memes in casual conversation at a rate that is, frankly, alarming and they don't get them. Any of them. There's a LOT of "in internet history.."

They're also a reader and the list of authors and books and series I have to share with them is intimidating, I think. Sometimes I'm miffed to have been asked, "Have you read..?" because my response is always, "I'm not THAT oblivious! EVERYONE read that!" And they haven't! And it's so weird and neat!

Sometimes it makes me feel old and sometimes it makes me worry about being out of touch with modern culture but mostly I'm like, "Hey. Hey, you. READ THIS!"

Also, "Fetch the VCR. WE'RE DOING THIS OLD SCHOOL." (Family chanting in the background, "BE KIND! REWIND!")

Date: 2016-01-20 10:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silveradept
It would only be semi-inappropriate to mention the tent pegs.

Also, I think the younger generation of nerds is finally heeding our advice to stay away from the classics unless they like a hefty dose of Not Cool, People.

(Says the person being the Suck Fairy to Pern on a regular basis.)

Although, if they actually make that Pern movie, it could be another generation or two dealing with that series.

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