William Shatner has been going to conventions for years as a speaker and has been studying why he feels that fans go to them as well. He originally explored the idea in a book and more recently in a documentary. Only, the times they are a changing and his views on why conventions themselves have changed as well.
I wrote a book called ‘Get a Life’ years ago, where I felt I’d done my due diligence and figured out why it is that people come to these conventions and it’s to see each other. That was my final conclusion. Then I did a film documentary and some deeper research. And it was therein that I discovered that this pop culture goes deeper than we’d imagined.
There is a mythological component, especially with science fiction. It’s people looking for answers – and science fiction offers to explain the inexplicable, the same as religion tends to do. Although ninety-nine percent of the people that come to these conventions don’t realize it, they’re going through the rituals that religion and mythology provide.”
Of course, as I mentioned above, that times are changing. The conventions for fandoms have evolved from get togethers into true spectacles of pop culture.
“It’s metastasized, I guess is the word. It’s become a huge, huge business. There used to be one or two conventions a year. Now I have to be careful and pick and choose where I go.”
Aside from the sprawling SDCC which is the current pinnacle of conventions in our favorite genres there really are quite a few to choose from out there. From single universes such as ‘Star Trek‘ and ‘Star Wars’ to every genre under the sun combined – there is a convention for anything these days.
Before the interview came to a close, Shatner did have a couple more words on his good friend Leonard Nimoy:
“I loved him. He was a wonderful man. And we’re all so much the less with his passing. Two other people connected to Star Trek have also passed away recently: Maurice Hurley, who produced and wrote the first two seasons of Next Generation, and Harve Bennett, who produced four or five of the Star Trek movies I was in. We’ve lost a lot of wonderful people of late. It makes you consider your own mortality.”
It really has been a couple years of loss for ‘Star Trek’ fans as of late.
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Source: Trek Today