Mundane

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In subcultural and fictional uses, a mundane is a person who does not belong to a particular group, according to the members of that group; the implication is that such persons, lacking imagination, are concerned solely with the mundane: the quotidian and ordinary.[1] The term first came into use in science fiction fandom to refer, sometimes deprecatingly, to non-fans; this use of the term antedates 1955.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

Some western cultural examples:

  • In science fiction fandom, some fans classify all non-fans as "mundanes."[3]
  • In historical reenactment groups such as the Society for Creative Anachronism (which originated in science fiction fandom):
    • some participants classify all non-participants as "mundanes".
    • Similarly, one's "mundane" name is the legal name one goes by in the outside world.
    • Further, "Mundanes," sometimes shortened to just "'danes" (not to be confused with people of Danish descent), is also a term for normal everyday clothes, as opposed to those dressed in historical garb.[4]
  • In the science fiction television series Babylon 5, telepathic humans (especially Psi Corps members) classify all non-telepathic humans as "mundanes". The classification is employed mainly, but not solely, by telepathic characters who have telepath-supremacist ideologies (such ideologies being one of the issues dealt with by the series), and was deliberately chosen to mirror the classification in science fiction fandom.[5]
  • In fantasy literature the term is sometimes used to apply to non-magical people or the non-magical society. It is used in Piers Anthony's Xanth novels and Bill Willingham's comic book series Fables (often shortened to "mundies" in the latter).
  • In Cassandra Clare's book series The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, humans who were not Shadowhunters nor Downworlders were referred to as "mundanes".
  • In furry fandom, it is used to describe non-furries, or "humans".[6]
  • In sanguinarian circles the word "mundane" means "non sanguinarian", although some consider it derogatory.
  • In text-based online role-playing games, the term is commonly used to refer to the player as opposed to their character, typically shortened to "mun".
  • Mundane science fiction is science fiction that does not make use of interstellar travel or other common tropes of the genre.[7]
  • Within the scope of the software communities of free and open-source software some proponents[citation needed] of the respective movements classify those that do not know enough about their views as "mundanes", signifying their normalcy, their lack of being beyond the regular users of computers.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ brown, rich Dr. Gafia's Fan Terms
  2. ^ Coppa, Francesca (2006). "A Brief History of Media Fandom". In Hellekson, Karen; Busse, Kristina. Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. pp. 41–59. ISBN 978-0-7864-2640-9. 
  3. ^ Cherryh, C. J.. "FIAWOL and All That". 
  4. ^ "The Fanfiction Glossary"
  5. ^ Message by J. Michael Straczynski on Byron's attitude towards "mundanes" in Babylon 5
  6. ^ Simo, "The New Furry's Dictionary"
  7. ^ "Geoff Ryman: The Mundane Fantastic: Interview excerpts". Locus. January 2006. Retrieved 2007-09-23.