I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing—a phrase uttered by Darth Vader in A New Hope and the title of A.D. Jameson’s new book. Here, Jameson details the rise and popularization of geek culture through main-stream cinema by examining science fiction, fantasy, and superhero movies and TV shows.

I was expecting far more about Star Wars in this book subtitled, Star Wars and the Triumph of Geek Culture. Unfortunately, Jameson’s book seems to be a rant in opposition to Peter Biskind’s Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-And Rock ‘N Roll Generation Saved Hollywood. While I found Jameson’s analysis of film history and criticism interesting, the asides that continually called out Biskind quickly grew tiresome. Oddly, large swathes of the book address the various versions of Star Trek (TV and film), that Jameson watched as a kid, and he spends a good bit of time explaining his personal experiences and love affair with this show.

Despite the oddities mentioned above, this book did have a few redeeming moments. Among his more interesting points, Jameson discusses realism and its importance in relation to the fantasy and science fiction genres. In addition, he has quite a compelling chapter dealing with the subject of escapism, a term that plagues many a self-proclaimed geek (and other lovers of fantasy and science fiction).

I wanted to love this book a great deal more than I did in actuality. It does have moments worth reading, particularly the sections discussing film history, realism, and escapism. For me, however, this book misses the mark. It is neither the triumph of geek culture I was expecting, nor was it about Star Wars, which, frankly, was incredibly disappointing considering that is what drew me to the book in the first place. This is definitely a case where a determination to have a clever title has led to confusion and irritation on the part of the reader.

While I did not personally love this book, I do think it makes a decent contribution to literature about geek culture in general and TV and film history in particular. It would make a good addition to any library’s non-fiction shelves. Though the publisher does not indicate an age category, I think this is most suitable for older teens and adults given the non-fiction nature of the work as well as its references to TV and film more suitable for these age groups.

I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing: Star Wars and the Triumph of Geek Culture
By A.D. Jameson
ISBN: 9780374537364
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018

  • Raeleigh

    Past Reviewer

    Raeleigh graduated with an MA in Music Theory and an MLS from the University of North Texas. She currently works as a cataloging librarian at the University of Arkansas, where her primary responsibilities include overseeing the cataloging of theses and dissertations. When she escapes from the confines of the cataloging world, she consumes all things nerdy. An entire room dedicated to Star Wars collecting? Check. A personal library full of everything from the classics to the newest YA fantasy to a slew of teasingly diverse comics and graphic novels? Check, check, and check. When not reading and reviewing on her personal blog, RaeleighReads (raeleighreads.com), she is busy finishing her own witchy series, Gift of Flames; cheering on her favorite eSports team, Cloud9; and posting way too many pictures of her dogs, Sherlock and Adler, to her Instagram.

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