I identify with this statement far more than I want to.
I'd rather everyone knows what I'm talking about because that'd mean I could discuss Gaiman vs Moore in public.
The next step is to decide that the best way to solve both problems is to only like what everyone else hates. Everyone will know what you're talking about and nobody will care. This is how hipsters are born.
I must give you credit. That was a well articulated hipster jab, rather than the now-standard 'hipsters r dum.' Well played!
Well, I've yet to find a hipster that listens to Nickleback. Even ironically.
@Anonymous 12:48 - well, that's easy to fix. We just define everyone who listens to Nickleback as a hipster.
Unless things fail completely they can't even be liked ironically without people mistaking you for one of the pathetic few who refuse to admit that these things are ridiculous. Hipsters wouldn't drink PBR if the brand hadn't been abandoned by even the most desperate of drunks. They also won't pretend to like Nickleback until the clueless, mulleted minority stops actually enjoying them.
I prefer the phrase "Get the f@#$ out of my niche."
As always, there's a TV Tropes article for that: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheLawOfFanJackassery
Ugh. Why should the number of people who like [insert film/tv show/band/comic book here] even be a fucking issue? As others on the internet have said, if you deliberately avoid anything "popular", you are still letting the masses dictate your taste. I'm convinced that all of these contrarian, obscurantist hipster morons are so devoid of personality that they can only identify themselves through their cultural consumption, and because of their painful insistence on passing themselves off as interesting and unique, the idea of a lot of people liking what their like fucks with their sense of identity. I hate to get all Tyler Durden on everybody, but you are NOT the tv shows you watch, you are NOT the fucking hideous piercings you get, you are NOT the retarded tattoos you plaster yourself with, you are NOT the snarky t-shirts you wear, you are NOT the video games you play, you are NOT the bands you listen to and you're sure as shit NOT the comic books you read.
It's a fucking issue because the percentage of idiots among any given group, except maybe the Twighlight fans, stays the same. The more people like what you like, the more idiots you meet, because they tend to hang out in the same places you do. Now you know what it's all about, and we will never speak of it again.
What Anon 9:08 said. Invariably, with more fans of something you like, the more brainless cretins you find yourself having to put up with. The do not dictate my enjoymemt of the show/film/band/comic but they do affect my enjoyment of being part of that fandom.
So your problem is being associated with idiots. Avoiding idiots is pretty much impossible these days, so you're just going to have to learn to deal with it. There's a little thought exercise (which George Carlin came up with if I recall correctly) that helps put things in perspective. Consider for a moment how dumb an "average" person is, then keep in mind that half of the population is even dumber than that.The only time idiot fans become an issue is when said idiot fans are being exclusively pandered to, resulting in a decline in quality.
Well, sweetie, then I'm afraid you're pretty much f**ked.