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Week of Geek: Can you be a fan of something if you haven’t seen/read it?

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Ooooooooooh… tough question.  And not one easily answered.

It was Supernatural that made me ponder this puzzlement recently, the show that has a gif for everything.  This week they’ll air what you call a ‘backdoor pilot‘ (find some examples here) in order to introduce their new spin off series Wayward Sisters, a female-driven monster hunting show *squeal*!

I am excited by this news, and I consider myself a Hunter (a Supernatural fan; there might be other names for them).  But then… I remembered that I really haven’t seen much of it.  It’s currently airing it’s 13th season and I stopped regularly watching around season 4.  There is almost a decade worth of episodes I haven’t seen, just the odd ep here and there.  So… am I still in the club?

And it’s not just with Supernatural either.  It’s the same situation with a lot of shows.  Or books.  Or film series.  Many things started, but not finished… or not even started yet.  Still, all of these shows or books or movies are ones I build Pinterest boards around and find wallpaper for my computers and wear the jewelry and the tshirts.

Does the fact that I’ve even seen them at all make me a fan?  A true fan?  Does looking for pics and memes on Pinterest mean I’m still a fan?  Some fans would say no.  There are fans out there who are VERY protective of their fandoms.  Ones who have seen every episode or read every book ad infinitum.  And there are some fans who feel that doing that gives them dominion over a fandom.  That they’re the true fans, the ones who really know the show or the character or the book, and everyone else are just posers or ‘Fake Fans’.

But here’s what might be a more important question than the ones I asked above; Am I thinking WAY too hard about this and should just enjoy a franchise however I want?

I think we all know the answer to that.  The fact of the matter is that there is NO SUCH THING as a fake fan.  I mean really, no one has dominion over how much you love something. You found something you like, and it should be up to you to like it however you want.  Go forth and be plentiful!

There, question answered.  But if you do want to read or watch something, you know where to find us.

I’ll be off next week Geeklings, so have a great week, see you soon, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: The Nostalgia Craze

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Hi again Geeklings!  How’s the new year treating you?  Glad to be back at school?

So, I’m not sure if you’ve noticed this lately, but the landscapes of many television sets and movie theaters are starting to resemble zombie movies a little bit.  How?  Because a lot of franchises, thought long dead, are returning.  RETUUUURRRRNING!

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As a teen of the 1990s (yeah, I’m old) I’ve noticed that a lot of the shows I remember watching around that time are suddenly getting new episodes.  The decade of my childhood, the 1980s, has already had a bit of a resurgence (what with Transformers getting a bunch of moviesMy Little Pony getting wildly popular with Friendship is Magic, and Stranger Things working the 80s pop culture references and whatnot), but now the 90s are getting another look.  It’s looking like even the clothes are coming back.  It’s… weird, to say the least.  Yep, it’s Aunty Ali’s Nostalgia Moment kids, buckle in…

I mean, any time period when you’re a teen has it’s awesome stuff and it’s not-so-awesome stuff but sometimes I look at you guys and think ‘Man, we did not have these kinds of things and issues when I was growing up’ (you know you’re getting old when…).  We didn’t even get a computer in my house until I was, like, 12, let alone the internet (“Get off the internet, I’m trying to make a call!”).  Cell phones?  Nope, not until at least my last couple of years of high school, and those were strictly for phoning people.  I watched something the other day about extinct technology and realized that a lot of it was stuff I used when I was young.  I just… feel so OLD.

But the fact that shows I watched are not just re-airing but getting new episodes?  Apparently that’s a trend, and has been for a while now.

Will and Grace?  Just launched a new seasonTwin Peaks?  They had a ‘limited event series‘ just last year.  The X-Files?  Uh huh, Mulder and Scully are back (also in picture book and YA form).  The Powerpuff GirlsNew series.  Power Rangers?  Had a new movie come out last year.  Jumanji?  There’s a sequel currently in theatres.  DucktalesReboot series right now on DisneyXD (with David Tennant voicing Scrooge McDuck, squeal!).  Sailor Moon?  We got Sailor Moon Crystal for a new generation.

It goes on.  And I just heard that Animaniacs is coming back.  Wha?

My question to you Geeklings, is this…  What are you loving right now that you kind of hope will make a comeback in 20 years?  What do you think you’ll feel nostalgic for in your 30s and beyond?  Or what do you think you’d like to introduce your kids to?  Post in the comments or wax nostalgic on WriteIt.

Have an awesome week, whether stuffed with 90s references or not, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek Holiday Edition: What’s Coming Up in 2018 Part 2

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And we’re back

So, what else can we look forward to in 2018?  How about books?  We are a library, we’re kind of famous for our love of books.  So, with that in mind, here are some upcoming YA titles you can put on your reading list.

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu: Book 2 in the DC Icons series, after last year’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer.  Long before Bruce Wayne became Batman, he was about to turn 18 and inherit the family fortune and company, but first he’ll have to handle a stint of community service in Arkham Asylum, a group of criminals calling themselves the Nightwalkers and a mysterious young lady.  That’s a lot for a teen aged future Dark Knight, but I’m confident he can handle it.

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton:  In an alternate version of New Orleans, everyone seeks the services of a ‘Belle’, a person who controls beauty and can make the gray citizens beautiful and saved.  Camellia Beauregard is one such Belle, and she has her sights set on working for the royal family of Orleans, but her attempts to move up could reveal dark secrets…

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert: Alice has always steered clear of her grandmother’s estate, Hazel Wood, but after her grandmother dies and her mother is kidnapped by something otherworldly, Alice has to delve into her grandmother’s series of books and their devoted fans to find answers.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: Supernatural author extraordinaire Holly Black is at it again, and The Cruel Prince kicks off a new series called The Folk of the Air.  A mortal girl named Jude wants so badly to be a member of the fairy court who stole her and her sister away, but to do so means a whole lot of intrigue and defying Cardan, the youngest and cruelest son of the high king (hey, I bet that’s where the title comes from).

Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones: Last year I was all stoked over Wintersong, and was not disappointed.  This year we get part 2.  Still stoked!

The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro:  Book three in the Charlotte Holmes series, which has modernized and gender swapped the classic character of Sherlock Holmes for a new generation.  More mysteries await!

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson: Mila Flores has always loved amateur witchcraft but she must put her limited skills to use when her best friend and two other girls are murdered.  Mila brings them back for 7 days to find their killers, but the girls are distracted by unfinished business.  Can Mila keep everything on point with only a week to spare?

The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth:  A sequel to last year’s Carve the Mark, which combines Sci Fi and Fantasy, often a winning combination.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland: On the battlefields of Gettysburg the dead begin to rise, changing the course of American history forever.  That’s where we meet Jane, the daughter of a wealthy white southern woman and a black father who’s expected to fight the undead, but she finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy that may be even deadlier than the zombie plague.

Puddin’ by Julie Murphy:  A long awaited companion novel to 2015’s Dumplin’, which was a book about a plus-sized teen named Willowdean who participates in a beauty pageant along with other unlikely candidates.  Puddin’ will follow Millie, a lifelong fat camp attendee, and Callie, a dance team captain wannabe, as they are forced together over a semester.

Legendary by Stephanie Garber: A sequel to last year’s Caraval, this one featuring Scarlet’s younger sister Tella and a mysterious bargain.

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare: Book three of the Dark Artifices series, from the same author who brought us the Shadowhunters.

Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova: Book two of the Brooklyn Brujas series, after 2016’s Labyrinth Lost.

The Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan:  Apollo, the millenia-old god who had been cast out of Olympus and must now live as a teenaged boy, is back in his third outing and still trying to get back to his immortal state.  Maybe third time’s the charm?

Lizzie by Dawn Ius: A modern retelling of one of the most infamous crimes in American history.  In this version 17-year-old Lizzie is forced to work in her parents B&B and feels stifled by her lack of freedom and plagued by an affliction that causes her to have blackouts.  She is drawn to the new maid Bridget, but when Lizzie’s parents keep trying to restrain her from the life she wants it sparks something dark in her…

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli:  A sequel/companion novel to the award-winning Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda.  This time Simon’s best friend Leah takes center stage as she deals with senior year, drumming, her bisexuality and tensions among her friend group.

Ship It by Britta Lundin: This is the one I think I’m most excited for, for reasons that will become painfully apparent as I describe it.  Here we meet Claire, 16 years old and obsessed with a TV show called Demon Heart.  Yup, fangirl (I bet Demon Heart is a stand in for Supernatural; we’ll see if I’m right on that).  But things go awry when Claire meets Forest, her favorite actor on Demon Heart, during a Q&A and he breaks her heart by dismissing her shipping of his character with another male character.  Unfortunately for the show though, video of that Q&A goes viral and causes a PR disaster.  In order to save face among fans and the LGBTQ community the show hires Claire to join them on the rest of their publicity tour, leading to clashes, questions about sexuality and Claire’s noticing of a cute fanartist named Tess.  Just… all the yes!

So there’s a few suggestions, but there are plenty more.  See more books here and here and here and here (there are a lot).  Anything I left out that you’re super excited for?  Post away, or be sure to write up all the stuff you think people should see or read in 2018 over at WriteIt.

Stay tuned Geeklings, have an amazing 2018, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek Holiday Edition: What’s Coming Up in 2018 Part 1

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HAPPY NEW YEAR GEEKLINGS!

Any big plans for 2018?  Stuff going on in school?  New things to try?  Maybe wrapping up high school?  Stuff?  Yeah, stuff.

One of the things I like best about a new year is the sheer amount of fandom and pop culture projects we now get to look forward to.  Shocking, I know.  From movie adaptations of favorite books to more from Marvel to more Szechuan Sauce and just so much else going down, it’s always fun to speculate when a new year comes around.  What will be great?  What will crash and burn?  For now, we can just get excited.

So let’s squee together at upcoming movies and TV shows.

Movies

Black Panther – We first met this iteration of T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War, but the character has had a long history in Marvel Comics.  This will be the first time he headlines his own film, and from what we’ve seen in the trailers it looks like we’re in for a visually stunning treat.

A Wrinkle in Time – A big screen adaptation of the classic book by Madeleine L’Engle.  Planets, dimensions, huge evil threats and tripiness abound.

Ready Player One: Another film adaptation of a popular book, I would watch this for the pop culture references alone.  But it looks like there’s a great sci fi story and a ton of amazing visual elements too.

New Mutants: One of three entries for Fox’s X-Men film universe coming out this year, this one features a group of mutant teens trapped in a research facility, and it looks like this one is going to amp up the horror element a little bit, not that I’m complaining. (Though now that Disney owns Fox, and by extension the film rights to the X-Men, we’ll have to see if this current status quo will change).

Avengers: Infinity War: I have many thoughts, and will have many thoughts as we get closer to May and beyond.  See current thoughts here and previous films here.

Solo: A Star Wars Story: Details on this are still slim, but come on!  It’s an origin story for Han Solo!  Of course we’re gonna watch it!

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom: More dinos!  More Chris Pratt!

Ant-Man and the Wasp:  Sequel to Ant-Man, and in this one, as the title suggests, we’ll finally see the Wasp in action.

Alita: Battle Angel: Apparently this one has been in the works for a long time, and we’ll finally see it come to fruition in 2018.  The big eyes on our main character are already causing a stir, but it is based on a manga series, so it seems to me that big eyes are par for the course.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix: The X-Men film series will take another crack at one of the franchises most famous and pivotal stories.  Here’s hoping it works out a little better.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldMore Newt!  And young Dumbledore!

Mortal Engines: Based on Phillip Reeve’s series of books, featuring mobile cities, social upheaval and steampunk.  Squeal!

There’s a sampling.  Other films to watch out for include Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Venom, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Ralph Breaks the Internet, The Incredibles 2, Mary Poppins Returns, a live action version of Mulan and an Aquaman solo film.

TV

Quite a bit of new stuff on the anime front this year, including Attack on Titan Season 3…

… the final season of Fairy Tail, season 2 of One Punch Man and a continuation of the Tokyo Ghoul franchise with Tokyo Ghoul Re.

As for network TV it’s early to call, but a couple of things we can expect is a small screen adaptation of Black Lightning

… and a new series called Krypton, which takes place 200 years before Superman and features some of his ancestors.

There’s a lot right there, and honestly there was just too much good stuff to put in one post.  So… stay tuned tomorrow for part 2, when we discuss upcoming YA books.  YAY!

Get excited Geeklings, keep enjoying your time off, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek Holiday Edition: 2017’s Big Moments

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Hi again Geeklings!  How’re your holidays going?  I hope they include lots of food and good times.

So 2017 is almost over.  The year of Fidget Spinners, of wrong films winning Best Picture, solar eclipses, Szechuan Sauce and Last Jedi.  It’s been quite a year for pop culture and nerdy stuff, and as we start looking towards 2018, let’s recap some of the big entertainment moments from the last 12 months…

Envelope mix up at the Oscars – Proof that even with the most careful planning anything can happen on live television, the wrong name was given as the winner of Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards  Everyone from La La Land was already on the stage celebrating and thanking everyone when it was revealed that a mix up had occurred and that Moonlight had actually won.  Awkwardness on a worldwide scale.

Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi Commercial – Tone deaf and vain, this infamous attempt to merge protest marches with soft drinks quickly got shot down by social media and the public in general.  Lessons learned all around.

13 Reasons Why – This Netflix series based on the YA novel of the same name by Jay Asher raised a lot of questions and concerns with viewers and their parents, mainly asking if the show ended up glorifying suicide.  It sparked a lot of discussion, and became one of the most talked about YA shows of the year.

Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo – This last October Hollywood Big Wig Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual assault, and it began an online movement and a complete overhaul of how we look at people in power, not just in Hollywood but in the world at large, and it’s not slowing down any time soon.

Wonder Woman – One of the most successful films of any genre this year, Wonder Woman’s first solo live action film was a hit with critics and fans alike, and had the box office numbers to prove it.  It was proof positive that a woman could helm a hero story, both in front of and behind the camera

Another Great Year for Superheroes – The superhero trend isn’t slowing down anytime soon.  With great films like Wonder Woman, Logan (gotta be 18 to see that one, head’s up), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok, we had plenty of reasons to geek out this year.

The Handmaid’s Tale – Another series based on a book, this dystopian tale of women as 2nd class citizens became very timely in 2017 after #MeToo, the Women’s Marches and the election of Donald Trump.  Life imitating art or vice versa?

Royal Engagement and a 3rd Royal Baby – If you’re fans of the British Royal Family at all, there were two bits of good news this year.  Duchess Kate is expecting her and Prince William’s third child, and Prince Harry announced his engagement to Megan Markle.  Expect wedding bells this May and the new prince or princess this April.

Riverdale – One of the most talked about shows this year, Riverdale premiered back in January, and it’s 2nd season premiered just this last October.  A dramatic take on the classic Archie characters, this mystery has proven popular with teens and almost everyone else.

The Disney/Fox Merger – This only happened this last month, but it was still a HUGE game changer.  Now that Disney pretty much owns Fox it’s led to a ton of speculation from fans.  What does this mean?  How will everything look a few years from now?  Will the Avengers and the X-Men finally be in the same movie?  Not to mention a new reality we all have to embrace, like the fact that Disney now owns properties like The Simpsons or American Horror Story or even Rocky Horror.  WHAT?!

Babadook and Pennywise dating – What started as a mix-up on Netflix turned into a Twitter joke that was fully embraced by the LGBTQ community.  And after It became a hit this last fall it was time for the ultimate ship.

So there’s just a few in a very busy year.  Anything I left out?  Post away in the comments below or write up your own year-end reviews on the WriteIt site.

Have a happy new year Geeklings!  Hope it’s fun, safe and reflective.  See you in 2018 and until next time, End of Line.