Week of Geek: Austen in YA

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Wassup Geeklings!

Sorry for the delay in this week’s post but we’ve all been busy as beavers the last few days, and we’re all in a Jane Austen type of mood here at VPL.  This prolific author wrote during the early part of the 19th century, and her work is still popular, highlighting the gentry of the Georgian and Regency eras and their various challenges around society and love.  Many would argue that Austen has a full-fledged fandom around her work.  Many places hold Austen themed balls or events and encourage dressing up in Regency-era dress (cosplay people!).

So in honor of this early fan favorite I thought I’d highlight some YA books (and a couple of movies) inspired by Austen’s work.  You’d be surprised what some writer’s can do with her stories…

For Darkness Shows the Stars For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund – A post-apocalyptic Persuasion.  After a genetic experiment decimated humanity and the survivors created a very strict class system (where the elite are very much against technology), our heroine Elliot must choose between her duties as an upper class woman and true love when a boy she fell in love with comes back into her life.


 Clueless – This was one of my all-time favorite movies when I was a teenager, and few realize it’s actually a 1990s Valley Girl version of Emma.  Cher Horrowitz, the it-girl of her school, learns about herself and love when she tries to ‘improve’ everyone around her through makeovers and match making.



Prom & PrejudiceProm and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg – A modern take on Pride and Prejudice, this version features Lizzie Bennett as a student at a prestigious all-girls school who will be hosting a prom with the nearby all-boys school.  Lizzie’s friend Jane is especially excited about seeing Charles Bingley, but Lizzie’s less than  impressed with Charles’ friend, Will Darcy.  Tale as old as time.


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – A big screen (14A) adaptation of the hit horror mash-up novel answers the question of what would happen if P&P’s timeless characters had to fight zombies.  Wonder no more!




The Last Best KissThe Last Best Kiss by Claire Scovell LaZebnik – Another take on Persuasion.    Anna is ready to stop caring about what other people think of her after she broke the heart of the only guy she really had feelings for.  When he comes back in her life 3 years later but wants nothing to do with her, can Anna persuade herself that she doesn’t like him either or persuade him that they’re meant to be.  LaZebnik has written a few Austen takes.


Jane Austen Goes to HollywoodJane Austen Goes to Hollywood by Abby McDonald – This one is a modern take on Sense and Sensibility.  Two sisters, who are quite different, approach their move to Beverly Hills in typically different fashion, but can they learn to break out of their own ruts?




The Dark Days ClubThe Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman – Admittedly, this is not based on any particular Austen novel, but it is set in the Regency era and it sounds so cool I had to include it.  In 1812 18-year-old Lady Helen is getting ready for her presentation to the Queen, but when her family’s maid disappears Helen is thrown into something a little more intense.  Meaning a cabal of demons running various levels of society, and a mysterious man who may be able to stop them.  Demon hunting and Regency romance.  What’s not to like?

So there’s a few to get you started, but if you’re looking for the real deal, you can always go the way of Ms. Austen’s work.  Have a great week Geeklings, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: New pint-sized trailer from Marvel, plus a history making addition…

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Hiya Geeklings!  Did you miss me?

So, coupla things for you today.  This week we got the first trailer for one of Marvel’s 2018 entries, this summer’s Ant-Man and the Wasp.  Check it out!

Lots to admire here.  I like how clever everyone gets with the shrinking and growing tech and what they use it on (including a Pez dispenser).  It looks like we’ll once again see Scott deal with the consequences of his actions, this time from his shenanigans in Captain America: Civil War.  But, and I love this the best, we finally see the Wasp in action, and she’s AWESOME!  As with the first Ant-Man film, I think we’re in for a fun ride.

Check out that first Ant-Man film, and Captain America: Civil War (the last time we saw Scott), plus the other MCU movies on this handy list…

BTW, how stoked is everyone for Black Panther?  I’m stoked!

Something else I have to share… You know how I’ve talked up the anime Yuri!!! on Ice like a billion times?  Well guess what?  They’re finally releasing it on blu ray in North America?  And guess what else?  We have it on order!  That’s right, you can now put your name down to sign it out, take it home and watch it once it comes in.  YAY!

And in case it hasn’t been painfully obvious up until now, I highly recommend this show.

Thanks Geeklings!  Have a great week, and until next time, End of Line.

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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.