I was thinking about this because with valentines day coming up, Target has all these robots in the dollar section. They did last year too. Sometimes its hard to find these things as they seem to be not as popular, so I stock up this time of year.
I kept stalling because I wasn’t sure how far I wanted to delve into this. I’m sure that I am anthropomorphizing them and if I am, to what extent? Don’t get me wrong, I find Wall-E adorable but I hated the movie “Robots”. They were too human, to the point that the entire movie made no sense to me at all.
I am not sure it has anything to do with my asian heritage and just the general love of them. Japan has the massive Gundum robot and Korea is set to open a theme park based around robots within the next few years. Generally, asian culture has embraced robots in every day life more readily than others have.
Sciene fiction and even some fantasy has embraced robots or clockwork mechanics as common in the genres, both visually and in the written form. When I was younger and reading, I had stumbled into a story called “The Eternal Enemy” by Christopher Pike. The first chapter can be read on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Eternal-Enemy-Christopher-Pike/dp/0671745093
It is the story of a typical teenage girl who buys a VCR that can record the future and what wasn’t so obvious at the time was it had robots involved in the story line. I loved this story even years later when I discovered Isaac Asimov. This story had become my introduction to learning about being human. When I try to explain it, it never comes out right, but when I was young, it was one of my favorite books.
Fudgethatsugar.com has a good cartoon of his books. (which I had started reading around age 8 or 9). I’m only going to post the link as it contains a spoiler: http://fudgethatsugar.wordpress.com/2010/06/10/3-secret-teen-robot-vampires-by-christopher-pike/
I know this obsession isn’t uncommon as shared by robotaday.com and dieselsweeties.com but I am not sure if anyone other than a few people close to me are aware of this.
What are you obsessed with or collect?
(this may or not be a picture of my dining table)