5 Fandom Friday: Fandoms That Need a Broadway Adaptation

This weeks topic is actually 5 Broadway roles I would love to play but since I severely lack an acting gene I decided to spin the topic to 5 movies, tv shows, books, etc that I would love to see get a Broadway adaptation.  I’ve already had the pleasure of seeing A Very Potter Musical (and I couldn’t have asked for anything better), Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (which was supremely entertaining for all the wrong reasons) and the recent off-Broadway Heathers: The Musical.  Each are things that I never imagined seeing on stage and as a musical no less so if those work, there are definitely some others that should be in the works!

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1) The Legend of Zelda – The score is very well known anyway so why not adapt it into a musical?!  Who wouldn’t love seeing Link try to save Zelda on stage? I know I would!  It might be best to do something involving Majora’s Mask because that costume would look outstanding in all its vibrancy.

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2) Lord of the Rings – Again, a story with a well known score.  The heroes journey to Mordor would translate on stage well.  Hobbits love singing anyway and a second breakfast number would be a total crowd pleaser.  And they should absolutely acquire the rights to “They’re taking the Hobbits to Isengard.”

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3) Star Wars – I feel like I keep choosing things that already have awesome music but I can’t help that they’re so perfect!  Star Wars has been done in almost every medium imaginable so I don’t see why they haven’t graced Broadway yet.  Unless they have and I just wasn’t around for it!

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4) The Nightmare Before Christmas – It goes without saying that I love anything involving Christmas so The Nightmare Before Christmas is an obvious choice for me.  They wouldn’t even have to write new songs because the tracks in the film are so darn perfect!

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5) Mean Girls – There are SO many Mean Girls catchphrases that hold up to this day and are frequently quoted by almost everyone I know.  I could just picture ‘stop trying to make fetch happen’ being a singing and dancing number, as well as ‘four for you Glen Coco, you go Glen Coco.’

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Outfit of the Day: Accio Pumpkin Spice

The season of pumpkin spice has arrived and I couldn’t be more excited! Even though my enthusiasm for my favorite flavor comes along with incessant mocking from my much cooler friends, I couldn’t care less. I am a proud pumpkin spice lover and I truly wish it were available year round.  Today’s outfit of the day celebrates the waiting period until September finally hits and the wish that I had magical powers to summon the necessary foods to satiate my cravings. Outfit details below ^.^

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Cardigan: Modcloth | Tank: Look Human | Leggings: Black Milk

Scarf: Modcloth | Earrings: imyourpresent | Wand: Universal Studios

Photos by Andrew Gallagher

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The Marvels By Brian Selznick Sneak Peek & GIVEAWAY

I am so beyond excited to be part of the teaser tour for Brian Selznick’s third novel, The Marvels.  I absolutely ADORED his previous work The Invention of Hugo Cabret and I cannot wait to dive into his latest book.  Just like his previous novels, The Marvels includes the beautifully sketched artwork Selznick is known for but this time he’s doing it a little bit different.  The Marvels actually tells two stories, the first is over 400 pages and is told exclusively through illustrations and the second is told through prose but we’re pretty certain those stories will interconnect.  The first takes place in 1776 and follows Billy Marvel who is the sole survivor in a shipwreck aboard The Kraken. He becomes involved in a theater in London where generations of his family star in a plethora of Shakespeare plays.  The second story take place in 1990 and follows a young runaway named Joseph Jervis who travels to his uncle’s home in London and begins searching through his uncle’s belongings in an effort to uncover the truth about his history.

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I was sent a box of clues to help decipher the mystery of the interconnected stories as well!  The first clue is an audio recording read by Brian Selznick himself.  There’s so much information in it! The clip talks all about different generations of actors with the last name Marvel (who I’m assuming are related to Billy Marvel) and the lives they led playing different roles in Shakespeare plays at the Royal Theater.  The clip is three and a half minutes long  and I couldn’t help wishing it were longer!

The next clue I pulled out of the box is probably the coolest thing I have ever received because it’s a PIRATE SHIP or a regular ship but who knows.  Since The Marvels synopsis tells us that Billy Marvel survived a shipwreck aboard The Kraken, I’m hoping for pirates of some kind.  This clue is an item found in Joseph’s uncles house so I’m mostly curious how he’s connected to the shipwreck and presumably to Billy Marvel.  Maybe he’s one of those guys obsessed with history? Or maybe that history hits close to home and he’s related to Billy Marvel? Only time will tell!

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Lastly, I also received a framed print of The Kraken which is signed by Brian Selznick himself (MAJOR FANGIRLING ENSUE).  The waves in the photo look very unsettled so I’m guessing that this print is a still of the ship during the storm responsible for taking it down. Another big hint is the giant bolt of lightening striking the boat on the starboard side.  I also love how the ship is named The Kraken.  It makes the mystery of all these interconnected lives that much more intriguing.

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GIVEAWAY

One winner will receive 1) a hand-signed print 2) custom The Marvels jigsaw puzzle, and 3) a copy of the book. Prizing is courtesy of Scholastic and open to US residents.

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Brian Selznick will be doing a book tour for The Marvels in case you’d like to meet him yourself or get a copy of the book signed and the full schedule has just been posted here!  You can also view the book trailer  (which is really beautiful and whimsical) below.

And don’t forget to check out the other stops on the tour for more clues!

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Kristin

NYC: Co-Ed Geek Girl Slumber Party

Attention NYC nerds! This coming Saturday I’ll be joining Lorraine Cink of Marvel’s The Watcher  as a guest on her Co-Ed Geek Girl Slumber Party podcast which is a nerdy variety show.  The event is being held at The Peoples Improv Theater at 9:30 PM and other guests include Jill Pantozzi, Daniel Kibblesmith, Margaret Lyons, Monique Moses and a special surprise guest!  There’s going to be a Q&A panel, a geeky musical act and the chance to win a prize as long as your dressed in your favorite fangirl pajamas.  Tickets are only $10 and you can purchase them here and you can visit the official website here!

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BookTube: Top 5 Manga Recommendations

Today I’m here with my top 5 manga recommendations! I’m already thinking I’ll do a second video with the same topic because there are just so many great series out there to read! What’s your favorite manga series?

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Wish List Worthy: Ranma 1/2 Saotome Figure

Bandai is currently taking preorders for a new S.H. Figuarts of Saotome from Ranma 1/2 and I have to have it.  Ranma 1/2 is a classic manga and anime series which has recently been reprinted in bind up editions and re-released on blu-ray by Rumiko Takahashi and it’s a romantic martial arts comedy.  The figure is expected to ship in January and it comes with three different faces (smiling, serious and BLAH!) and a whole bunch of accessories including a kettle and a sword.  Preorders are being taken at AmiAmi.

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Fashion Finds: The Best of Force Friday Fashion

Yesterday was one of the most exciting days in years for Star Wars fans since we all got to come together and celebrate Force Friday!  I can’t even put into words how excited I am for The Force Awakens and I love that Disney put the forethought into releasing all of the amazing merchandise on the same day in every store around the country because it was honestly just the best idea.  There was such a strong sense of community on all forms of social media and my heart smiled every single time I came across a BB-8 photo or video (which was really often!).  The only difficulty people came across was not being able to find the Covergirl x Star Wars collection but there was so much other amazing stuff to make up for it (no pun intended) that I don’t mind waiting anything week or so to celebrate my love of Star Wars again.  Here are my favorite pieces that were released for the big day (the only non-fashion item included is the Sphero BB-8 because OBVIOUSLY that droid had to be on here)!  Information about where to buy everything I included below can be found on Polyvore.

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5 Fandom Friday: Fandom Deaths I’m Still Upset About {SPOILERS}

This week’s 5 Fandom Friday is a tough topic to write about for two reasons.  The first is emotionally because guhhh fandom deaths when you’re really attached to a character are seriously difficult to cope with and the second reason is because I feel bad and I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone else! Especially if they haven’t seen something or they’re currently in the middle of watching / reading whichever thing I mention.  So be warned, there are spoilers ahead for Doctor Who, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Harry Potter, The Lion King (hopefully everyone has seen this one!) and The Avengers.

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1. Amy & Rory Pond – I was a total bawling mess during Amy and Rory’s final episode of Doctor Who which took place in NYC and probably added even more to my sadness.  The show has not been the same without them and I still haven’t warmed up to Clara :-/

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2. Gwen Stacey –  This is my number one saddest comic and movie death.  I love Gwen Stacey so much and I have always wished that Peter Parker would’ve gotten to explore a future with Gwen instead of Mary Jane.  While I have grown to like MJ a bit more, I still don’t love her relationship with Peter.

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3. Sirius Black – This KILLED me as a child.  I remember feeling so happy that Harry was finally going to have a live-in father figure in his life.  Someone who would love and care about him as if he were his own son and be able to share memories of his parents and then it was all taken away so quickly.  I can’t imagine that and it just crushed my heart into a million little pieces.

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4. Mufasa –   Another death that really had kid Kristin crying her eyes out.  Not only did Simba have his father taken away from him by his crazy evil uncle, but he had to watch the moment that it happened and even worse, he was a cub who was completely incapable of helping or trying to save him from falling off the cliff.  I can’t even imagine how I would fare if I tried to watch this film again now.

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5. Agent Coulson – I know this death didn’t stick but at the time it was a lot to handle!  I haven’t kept up with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. despite loving Clark Gregg so I’m not privy to the reason that he’s still alive in the MCU.  I couldn’t even look at Captain America for a while without seeing those bloody trading cards *insert crying emoji*

Which fandom deaths affected you the most?  And again, I am SUPER sorry if I’ve spoiled anything for anyone!

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Art Gallery: Super Mario Galaxy – Rosalina

The second and long awaited installment in my Art Gallery series is finally here and I chose to post some of my favorite pieces of Rosalina who is my favorite Nintendo Princess from the Super Mario world.  Rosalina first appeared in Super Mario Galaxy but she was not a playable character.  She’s always seen with the Lumas (the adorable stars) and she spent all of her time in the Comet Observatory.  Maybe I’m drawn to her since she’s also really into space!  It’s probably a combination of that, her wisdom and her keen fashion sense (seriously, I’m DYING to cosplay her).  For a while, I wouldn’t play as anyone other than her when Andrew and I would have Super Smash Bros. nights on his Wii U!

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The Next 10 Things in my Netflix Queue

I’m always posting about books that I’m reading or planning on reading so I thought it would be fun to compile a list of the next 10 things I have in my Netflix queue.  I only have 3 episodes left of The 100 and then I’ll be starting something new (but I’m not sure what yet!).  Let me know what you think I should watch next in the comments, and tell me whats in your queue!

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1) Doctor Who Season 8 – I’m a failure Whovian who never finished the last season while it was airing because I still really dislike Clara :-/

2) The Witches of East End – I believe this series is based on a book by Melissa de la Cruz and it centers around a family of witches who live on Long Island.

3) Sense8 – This a Netflix original series that I’ve heard such incredible things about so I need to watch it.  It centers around a group of people all over the world who’s lives are linked.

4) Gilmore Girls – I started watching the first season of Gilmore Girls in May but I was told to put it on hold until the Fall so that is what I did! I have no idea why I didn’t watch the series when it aired on TV but I’m loving it so far!

5) Once Upon a Time Seasons 2-4 – I’ve only seen the first season and about half of season 2 (which I’m going to start over because I must’ve been multitasking) but I really want to see the Frozen season so I think it’s time to catch up!

6) Beauty and the Beast – In all honesty, this doesn’t look great but it’s only two seasons and I really like Kristin Kreuk fromSmallville and Eurotrip so why not.

7) Alias – Another show that I have no idea how I missed when it was on.  I like spies and badass female protagonists so this seems right up my alley!

8) Ripper Street – I love reading about Jack the Ripper and I since I very much enjoy British drama I think this show will cater to my interests.  Plus, Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) has just been added to the cast so it’s a great motivation to catch up!

9) RWBY – RWBY is originally a YouTube series about a group of four girls who fight crime and monsters. Yes please.

10) InuYasha – This is an anime series created by Rumiko Takahashi (creator of Ranma!) and I’ve been meaning to watch it for ages!  It’s about a teenage girl who can time travel to feudal Japan to help a young demon.

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