Monthly Archive – September 2017

Week of Geek: VFC Fandom Countdown Part 3, From the Land of the Rising Sun…

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Hello again Geeklings!

It’s week 3 of our countdown to Vaughan Fan Con (YAY!).  And this week I thought we’d cover a pretty intense and, at times, maybe kind of weird fandom that has SO MANY devoted followers.

Yep, it’s Anime and Manga time!

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So, when most people think of Anime they think of big eyes, lots of hair colors and they may think it’s a little… strange.  I know I did.  Most know that it comes from Japan, but while in Japan ‘anime’ can mean any type of animation, over here when we talk about anime we usually mean that one specific style from Japan.  And Anime as we know it is much older than people realize.  There’s an article here that’ll give you the rundown but many agree the first anime film was from all the way back in 1917, so a whole century ago.

And like any format, anime and manga covers a whole range of topics, settings and characters.  It can be violent.  It can be sexual.  It can be plain weird…

Believe me, I was right on the fence about this particular format for a long time.  But if you’re able to overlook the occasional weirdness (or heck, you might even be a fan of it), and you find the right story with the right characters… ugh, it can be downright magical.  MAGICAL!

And it’s fanbase is as strong as ever.  With Studio Ghibli films still beloved, Pokemon still crazy popular, new manga series being published all the time, shows like Yuri on Ice!!! becoming a global phenomenon and Sailor Moon celebrating it’s 20th anniversary, there’s no slowing down.  And I discovered, it doesn’t hurt at all to give it a try.

And as a final note, this week is Banned Books Week, and some of our favorite fandoms are not above facing challenges from various readers.  Last week’s featured fandom, Harry Potter, has certainly seen it’s fair share of challenges, but comics, manga and anime are certainly not immune, especially by people who object to violence, LGBTQ themes, etc.  Even something like Dragonball has been under fireCertain episodes of Pokemon have been banned over the years.  The idea of censorship can still rear it’s ugly head, and it’s good to take stock of that and continue to promote intellectual freedom.

Having said that, check out our anime and manga collections.

Try that Otaku hat on and see if it fits.  Besides, the food’s mighty fine.

Stay tuned for more news, check out our programs, and until next time, End of Line.

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Unleash Your Story

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Come one, come all! Celebrate teen lit with us at this afterhours, teen only event! Love John Green? We’ll be lending out copies of his brand new book, Turtles all the Way Down – come out and beat the holds queue. Hear from Allan Stratton’s newest book, The way back home. And get some amazing writing tips from Deborah Kerbel, author of Feathered!

 

Don’t miss out!!

Week of Geek: VFC Fandom Countdown Part 2, Always There To Welcome You Home…

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Hello again Geeklings!  It’s week 2 of our 6 part series on fandoms, gearing up for Vaughan Fan Con, so let’s dive right in, shall we?  And in this particular fandom, there is a massive lake to dive into, so we’re set.

So there is a fandom that, in my experience, nearly every librarian is a member of, or at the very least an appreciator of.  Or at the very, very least aware of.  It’s a franchise that started as a solitary book published 20 years ago, and it has since grown not only into a full fledged series, but a series of films, 2 amusement parks, a stage play, an awesome main website, spin-off books, spin-off films and more die hard fans world-wide than you can shake a Nimbus at.  Not only is it beloved by young and old, but has been credited with re-establishing a love of reading for millions of people.

Yeah, I’m talking about Harry Potter, but you already knew that.  No legilimency required.

First published in 1997, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone took the world by storm.  6 more books followed, covering all 7 years of young wizard Harry Potter’s time at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, handling things such as growing up, first crushes, the demands of school work and an influx of very evil wizards.  Covering big themes such as good and evil, friendship, family, courage, doing what is right instead of what is easy, and so many other deep thoughts mixed with humor, great characters and a few laughs, it was almost impossible not to love Harry and friends.

And this last June, on the 20th anniversary of The Philosopher’s Stone‘s publication, the world celebrated in a variety of ways, sounding off on the books impact on their lives whether it be 20 years ago or this very day.

And with more movies from the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series coming up, there’s no end in sight.

But how to really convey all of this?  How to really explain what this means to the people who love it?  How important is this?  Well, one of the best ways that I’ve come across is the following video, which was released a few months ago for the 20th anniversary.  Take a look.

Honestly, there are stories like this everywhere.  Of these books being a port in the storms of the lives of the people who read them.  Of readers finding themselves in the characters, in the houses, in so much of what they were reading.  That’s the true staying power of these stories.  The fantastical elements are amazing, but what touches your heart and your mind… that’s what makes it so pivotal.

So whether you’re a Gryffindor (yo!), a Ravenclaw, a Hufflepuff, a Slytherin or something else entirely wear those colors proud and show the love.  Any memories you have that you’d like to share?  Post in the comments or write it on WriteIt.

Stay tuned for more news and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: VFC Fandom Countdown Part 1, Star Trek Wars or Star Wars Treks?

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Hiya Geeklings!  Hope school’s going good so far.  Just gonna leave links for our volunteer programs here and for the Teen Writer’s Club here and Unleash Your Story here.  *wink*

Anyhoo, in just over 6 weeks Vaughan Public Libraries will host it’s first fandom convention we’re calling Vaughan Fan Con, a celebration of things geeky and how all those geeky things just mesh with libraries.  *massive fangirl squeal*

I’m thinking this is a great opportunity for us to spend the next few weeks going over fandoms.  What they are, what they mean, how they’ve impacted the world, etc.

Today, let’s talk about a couple of the big ones.  These two fan groups have often been pitted against each other for nerdy superiority for the last few decades.  But me, being the incurable optimist and peacemaker, I say thee nay!  I LOVE THEM BOTH!  YOU CAN’T MAKE ME CHOOSE!

Of course, I speak of Star Trek and Star Wars.

I think few would argue that any other two Sci Fi franchises have had as much of an impact on the genre as these two have.  Both have had big screen features (click here and here), television shows (here and here), books (here and here), comics (here and here), whole conventions dedicated just to them, etc, etc.  One takes place in our own potential future, where science and reason have won the day.  The other takes place in a galaxy far, far away and uses mystical elements in a classic battle of “good” and “evil”.  I’ve written ad nauseum about both, and you can click on those links to read a little more on each one.  But what I thought I’d talk about today is how they relate to each other, because there is a long and colorful history of Trekkers and Star Wars Fans (who don’t really have a fan name, at least not that I could find; go figure) and how they interact with each other.

For the record, Star Trek came first.  The first episode of the first TV series aired September 8, 1966.  The first Star Wars movie was released May 25, 1977.  And while Trek may have preceded Wars by a full 11 years, it is still endlessly debated over which one has had the bigger influence, which one has more quality over quantity and, frankly, which one is just better.  Debates can get heated, everything is compared (like which space ships are cooler, how the science works or doesn’t in each one, how the weapons stack up, and so on; even grammar), and some fans just cannot be moved on some points.

That’s the thing that always gets me; why it seems to be a completely acceptable thing that the two are not only mutually exclusive but are also adversarial towards each other.  When talking about Trek and Wars there’s almost always a ‘vs’ in there somewhere.  There are so many articles, videos and comments that reflect as such.

Again, I say thee nay!  I would like to submit that they are, in fact, 2 sides of the same coin.  Science and mysticism.  Pure Sci Fi, and Sci Fi mixed with Fantasy.  Our own potential future, and far off planets and stars.  Logic and passion.  What we can see and measure, and what we can feel.

Plus, they have SO MANY common elements.  Vulcans like logic and aren’t big on emotions.  The Jedi teach being unemotional and that strong emotions lead to the Dark Side.  Both franchises have their brash adventurers, their robots, their heroines, their science types, their wide-eyed noobs, their elegantly tactical villains, their rage buckets, their intergalactic drama.  They even share actors sometimes.

And the most important thing; both have tremendously passionate fans, with their own in-jokes, fan art, conventions, cosplay, websites and love, and boundaries are crossed far more often than anyone wants to admit.  It’s a beautiful thing.

So, a few reading and watching suggestions: There’s a great story in Geektastic about a Star Wars fan (cosplaying as a Jedi) and a Star Trek fan (cosplaying as a Klingon) liking each other ‘that way’, even though each of their friend groups aren’t keep on the other.  It’s full Romeo and Juliet territory.  There’s also a great short story by Rainbow Rowell about a Star Wars fan lining up for The Force Awakens, hoping to have the full waiting-in-line-for-days experience that previous Star Wars fans have had and finding it’s a little different this time around.  And I got lists, because of course I do…

So what do you think Geeklings?  Is one franchise superior?  Are they both awesome?  Post away in the comments or sound off on the Write It! website.

Stay tuned for more news and for more posts on fandoms, and until next time, End of Line.

Welcome to the Teen Writers’ Club

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Would you consider yourself to be a young Rowling in the making? Is Shakespeare your guy? Feel at home whenever your pen is on paper, or your fingers on the keys? Check out VPL’s newest club for teens! Our Teen Writers Club is the place where you can write, discuss, and share with like-minded friends. You never know when a new idea from someone else will be just the inspiration you need! It starts at the Civic Centre Resource Library on September 12 at 3:30, and at Pierre Burton Resource Library on September 13 at 3:00pm, and then every other week after that. For ages 13-18, and no registration required.

 

Can’t wait to get together? You can upload your latest writing project on the WriteIt! Blog, and see what everyone is writing about.