5 Fandom Friday: My Fictional BFF’s

I tend to be a quieter person (depending on the circumstances).  I enjoy connecting with people one on one but when I’m in a large group I usually feel kind of overwhelmed and wishing I was home with a good book instead.  I’ve always been a great listener and everyone tells me I’m really supportive and I offer helpful and insightful advice.  I tend to get along best with strong-minded individuals who are more outgoing than I am.  I had such a fun time thinking of which fictional characters I would get along the best with and why I could see us being best friends.  Here’s my list!

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1) Luna Lovegood – Luna is wacky and I love her to pieces.  I would be so interested in hearing her speak about her theories and thoughts that I could picture us having plenty of tea dates together. (Sorry guys, you know I can’t go a blog post without mentioning Harry Potter at least once!)

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2) Celaena Sardothien – Caelena is such a brave and fierce heroine.  I would happy to help her do research about what could possibly be going on in the castle and I would totally cover for her when need be.1

3) Belle – Belle is more introspective than the other characters I would call my BFF’s, but I just know we would chat about books together for HOURS on end.  Plus, she seems generous and I bet she would let me walk around her library.

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4) Veronica Mars – I appreciate Veronica’s snark and I would love to be there to help her sort out her ongoing issues with Logan because they’re perfect together.

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5) Echo – Echo is hilariously snarky and puts up a strong front to protect the people she loves.  She’s loyal and caring and we have the same taste in food (plus we live in the same city which is super convenient).  I would love to be able to call her a friend!

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iZombie CW vs. iZombie the Comic – My Trailer Reaction

I really love iZombie the comic by Chris Roberson and Mike Allred so when I heard that the CW would be adapting it into a television show that would be executive produced by Rob Thomas (of Veronica Mars!), I was over the moon… until I saw the trailer and read more about the show’s vision.

Here’s why I’m really nervous about iZombie and you should be too.

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Top 10 TV Shows, Top 7 Movies & Top 5 Broadway/Off-Broadway Shows

I decided to lump together all of my favorite performances into one big best of 2014 wrap up post so I’m not overwhelming anyone today!  I split both television shows and movies into two top 5 lists, one being the best of 2014, and one being the best of what I watched in 2014.  And Don’t forget to check out the Top 10 Comics, and Top 10 Books!  What were your favorite tv shows, films and plays this year?

Top 5 TV Shows of 2014

1) Parks and Recreation1
2) Arrow
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3) The Flash
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4) The Librarians
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5) New Girl
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Top 5 (New to Me) TV Shows of 2014

1) Pushing Daisies
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2) Veronica Mars
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3) Pretty Little Liars
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4) The Carrie Diaries
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5) Twin Peaks
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Top 5 Movies of 2014

1) Guardians of the Galaxy
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2) Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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3) The LEGO Movie
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4) Into the Woods
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5) The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
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Top 2 (New to Me) Movies in 2014

1) The Princess Bride (I KNOW! You can read my review here)
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2) How to Train Your Dragon
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Top 5 Broadway Or Off-Broadway Shows of 2014

 

1) Heathers
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2) Aladdin
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3) Of Mice and Men
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4) Cinderella
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5) Matilda
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BONUS: Peter Pan Live (Read my review here!)
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Books I’ve Read & TV Shows I’ve Watched In January & February

I said I would start posting about what I’m reading more often and I’m starting now! HOORAY!  I thought it would also be fun to include which TV series I’ve been binge watching on Netflix lately since my attention span has been magically reinstated.  I haven’t split up the TV shows by month, but maybe I’ll start soon. Maybe. We’ll see. No promises!

If you have any recommendations for books or TV shows I should watch next month, please send them my way! I’m always open to suggestions!

January Books

1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I loved this book so much.  It’s very whimsical and it tells the story of a traveling circus.  There’s a beautiful love story between two characters who are destined to compete against one another with the magic they’ve studied throughout their entire childhoods.

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Oh Fangirl<3 I have so many warm and fuzzy feelings for this book.  The main character Cath is a popular fanfiction writer with a strong online following for a series similar to Harry Potter and it chronicles her experience as she adjusts to college life and grows apart from her twin sister.  And there’s a super cute boy named Levi who I just want to hug.

3. The Archived by Victoria SchwabThe Archived series quickly became one of my favorite things I’ve read.  One of the central settings is a library full of Histories (dead people), and the main character Mackenzie is Keeper which entails leading Histories to their doors using her Keeper key when they get misplace from their shelves.  There’s a librarian that’s basically David Tennant, and her potential love interest (who I wish were MY love interest) is nicknamed Guyliner.

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4. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David LeviathanDash and Lily’s Book of Dares is co-written by two authors who I love, but I found it to have too many similarities to Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist which is a story I treasure.  It was a fun, quick, snowy winter read but it wasn’t my favorite that I’ve read recently.  Maybe I’m being spoiled by the other wonderful books I’ve consumed.

5. The Diviners by Libba Bray – This book is quite the adventure.  It takes place in the roaring twenties in Manhattan which is obviously a place I love more than anywhere else in the world.  It’s a kind of supernatural mystery and I as I neared the end I was definitely having a few nightmares.

6. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – I wanted to read this book before I saw the movie and I’m really glad I did.  The movie was very loyal to the book but I felt like I got more out of it having read it beforehand.  I love the strong female friendship between Rose and Lissa and I can’t wait to devour the rest of the series!

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7. Looking For Alaska by John Green – Alaska Young is a force to be reckoned with.  I love her free spirit and I love the main character, Miles’ search for “The Great Perhaps.” I think there are so many lessons to be learned from this book and I wish it would’ve been around for me to read while I was in high school.

8. The Unbound (Archived Book 2) by Victoria Schwab – I talked about my love for the first book in this series above, and the second was one of the best sequels to a book that I’ve ever read.  I am so attached to Mackenzie and Wes that it hurts when I feel like they’re making a poor decision.  I cannot recommend this series enough.  Seriously, go buy it!

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February Books

1. The Mortal Instruments Book 2: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare – I felt kind of meh about the first book in The Mortal Instruments series and after I saw the film I was convinced that I was done with it forever but after Melissa’s constant attempts to get me to pick up the second book I finally obliged and I’m happy to report that I liked it more than the first.  It’s still not my favorite series but it’s a quick filler series to read between other endeavors.

2. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles Book 3) by Marissa Meyer – I was really impatient about waiting for this book to be released and once snowpocalypse hit and my mail was delayed, I was nearly in tears.  Cress picks up right where Scarlet left off and I found Cress to be my favorite character in the series.  I loved her immediately because she’s so awkward and such a romantic that it’s almost too adorable to handle.  I have no idea how I’m going to survive until the final installment which doesn’t come out until next year.

3. Locke & Key Volume 6: Alpha & Omega by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez – This graphic novel will leave you in tears.  It’s the conclusion to Joe and Gabriel’s Locke and Key series and it has a very satisfying ending but seriously, it will reduce you to tears so be prepared.

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4. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith – This book was cute.  It took me a little while to get into it, but once I continued on I found the story to be very pleasant.  It’s definitely a lighter read but sometimes you need one of those.

5. Sailor Moon Volume 8 by Naoko Takeuchi – I don’t think any explanation is necessary for Sailor Moon, especially when all of my magical girl merchandise keeps shipping from Japan and the rebooted anime is expected to debut this July.

6. Sailor Moon Volume 9 by Naoko Takeuchi – see above!

7. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – I picked up this book after love love loving Fangirl and I’m pretty sure my heart melted a little more with each page.  The main characters bonded over their shared love of comics and The Smiths so it really hit home for me.  I wish Rainbow Rowell had more published books for me to read before her newest novel, Landline, comes out this summer.

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January & February TV Shows

1. Pushing Daisies (streaming on Amazon Prime) – If I could do anything I would quit my job and become a pie maker and fill my closet with all of Charlotte’s dresses.  I loved everything about this series and supposedly there is a revival in the works!

2. Veronica Mars (streaming on Amazon Prime)Veronica Mars: The Movie is coming out SO soon and I’m totally caught up on this fandom that I somehow missed when it was on air.  Huzzah!

3. Pretty Little Liars (streaming on Netflix) – What a guilty little pleasure! As one of my friends pointed out, there isn’t actually much that happens on any episode of the show but they somehow make you think that lots of things are happening, especially for the first three seasons.  But I kept having to watch one after another!

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4. Arrested Development (streaming on Netflix) – I’ve already seen all of Arrested Development but my parents hadn’t seen the exclusive 4th Netflix season so I marathoned it again with them since they don’t use my Netflix account unless I’m with them for some reason.  The George Michael, Tobias, and Gob episodes are still my favorite.

5. Portlandia (streaming on Netflix) – I hadn’t watched the most recent season of Portlandia so I blew through it while I cleaned my room one day.  I love the quirky skits that Fred and Carrie developed and I always end up laughing at their antics.

6. Princess Jellyfish (streaming on Netflix) – I definitely watched this entire anime series in one day.  And it had subtitles so I even paid attention to the whole thing which is a pretty big deal.  I want a jellyfish dress!

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7. The Carrie Diaries (streaming on Netflix) – This is another guilty pleasure show that I finished watching really quickly.  There were so many nods to Sex & the City and I just love watching people who share my love of New York City. Plus it takes place in the 80’s so the fashion is so fun.

8. Pokemon: Indigo League (streaming on Netflix) – I’m actually watching more of this as I write this very blog post!  I missed Ash, Misty and Brock, but mostly Pikachu, Squirtle, Charmander and the other Pokemon.  I’m so happy that Netflix added Indigo League to their lineup but I feel pressured to watch all 52 episodes by Friday because all six season of The Clone Wars are being released then!

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The Great Veronica Mars Kickstarter Debate

It was less than one one mere week ago that the Veronica Mars Kickstarter launched and broke several records all within 10 hours.  With a 2 million dollar goal until the project was fully funded, Veronica Mars had the highest asking price of any film Kickstarter to date.  It surpassed it’s goal by 9pm that very same night.  Rob Thomas, the shows creator, put together an endearing proposal using Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls), Ryan Hansen (Dick Casablancas), and Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars), to film a teaser video of the actors asking fans to donate, promising to film this summer should they reach their goal, and highlighting some of the top rewards a backer could choose from.  If you were already a fan of the show, after having watched the trailer, it would be impossible not to donate.  Just seeing all of the same actors together in one room is enough to realize that this reunion is something that could actually happen.  The immediate success of the Veronica Mars movie sparked hope in other cult television fans who prayed  the same could be done for shows like Firefly (Joss Whedon already denied this possibility), Chuck, Pushing Daisies, Deadwood, and even Twin Peaks.  But it wasn’t long until others like James Rocchi started criticizing studio use of Kickstarter, calling it such absurd things as “food stamps for the 1%.”  But as Wired points out, there is no sleight of hand going on here.  Fans have paid for a Veronica Mars movie and that is what they’ll get.

Kickstarter is a relatively new platform in the grand scheme of things and while many people are familiar with it and have even contributed to projects on the publishing level, it wasn’t until the Veronica Mars Kickstarter launch that people started to question it.  One of the major concerns being raised is that Kickstarting studio projects could potentially ruin the movie business.  This made me wonder, what makes this Kickstarter different than any of the comics Kickstarters I’ve contributed to?  My answer: Nothing.  Original, company funded comics are still being published in addition to projects that have been crowd funded.  So why would it be any different for film?  Some of our beloved shows have been cancelled due to a lack of viewers.  Regardless of whether a fan buys the DVDs or watches the show when it’s released on Netflix, if they are not watching live while the show airs, the ratings will inevitably result in the show to be cancelled.  For a series with a cult following like Veronica Mars, it’s clear that fans wanted more.  And if they were willing to back the show, what right does anyone else have to criticize their methods?  By launching a Kickstarter, they haven’t harmed anyone in the process of obtaining the necessary funds, and it can even be argued that they’ve developed a sense of community among “Marshmallows.”  The Veronica Mars movie has mostly been funded by the audience they already had.  By fans investing in something they believe in, a movie that never would’ve been made will come to fruition and their fan base will expand even further.  Kickstarter is a wonderful platform for creators who truly believe in their projects, to have the opportunity to make their dreams become a reality.  As for the opinion that fans funding projects should be raising money for charity instead of feeding more revenue into Hollywood, no one has the authority to claim that the same people donating to the Veronica Mars Kickstarter aren’t donating to charities as well.  I myself have donated to both Kickstarter projects that I would love to see funded, as well as a plethora of charities.  Plus, it will probably take a while before the trend catches on.  Until the Veronica Mars movie is successfully made, and fans receive all of the rewards they were promised, we probably will not see too many other major film projects using Kickstarter as their means of funding.  It’s safe to say that Veronica Mars is the guinea pig in this new crowd funded experiment.  So please, enough with the criticizing of Kickstarter and the fans who choose to put their hard earned money towards something they believe in.

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Veronica Mars, the Doctor Who Bar & More

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve written a personal post about what I’ve been up to, so I figured that now is as good a time as any to get back into the groove of weekly updates.  It’s kind of a vicious cycle because lack of posts means I’ve been extra busy, which in turn means I have that much more to write about!  We’ve had an influx of West Coast visitors in New York in the past week which is part of the reason I haven’t had time to write/sleep/etc.  Our first visitor, my Super Villains Comic Book Club cohost, Jen, flew into NYC on Wednesday, aka new comic book day, and since she hadn’t ever been to Midtown Comics, Melissa, Brad, and I made sure to bring here there as our first order of business.  Jen was in awe of the amazing toy and statue selection at Midtown, and after swooning over several of the Scarlet Witch Bowen statues, we completed our purchases and headed back to her hotel to film an extra special live episode of our aforementioned club.  Melissa has been a guest in the past and I was so happy she could join us again to discuss Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples’ Saga.  The three of us purchased our trades together, and had them signed by the creators at the Midtown Comics booth at New York Comic Con last year, so the story holds even more meaning for us.  Since we were filming at a hotel and didn’t have our usual home amenities, we forgot all about needing glasses, and a bottle opener.  After extensive googling and many failed attempts at using shoes, hangers, hair pins, pens, and the wall, it occurred to us to call the front desk and thankfully they were able to accommodate us.  We filmed in what we called, a “slumber party style,” since  the giant hotel bed was the only place we could get all three of us to fit in one screen.

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That same weekend, Molly McIsaac, who I hadn’t previously had the pleasure of meeting came to New York for a weekend visit.  Molly is absolutely lovely in person and I was surprised at how much the two of us had in common from our vegetarianism, to our love of fashion, to our preference for Matt Smith over David Tennant.  I met Melissa, Jill, Molly, and Leo, at The Museum of Sex near the Flatiron building and we perused the gift shop before jumping back in Jill’s car, sharing in a traumatic experience, and then promptly heading to The Modern for drinks.  After almost an hour of driving around and searching for a parking spot, we finally found one.  Little did we know, another woman was going to get out of her car, bang on all of the windows of our vehicle, scream obscenities at us, and claim that it was her spot.  After being told we would be in for “a rude awakening today,” the psycho woman realized that Jill had been filming our entire interaction and she quickly drove away.  Nonetheless, her behavior was completely uncalled for and all of us were rather shaken.  After all of that we realized the spot was too close to a fire hydrant anyway, and we ended up parking in a garage near the museum.  It is amazing to me that a person could become so enraged and uncivilized over a parking space that wasn’t even hers to begin with.  Once we were inside MoMA we were all really excited to see Edvard Munch’s infamous painting “The Scream,”  but sadly, the museum closed before we were able to make our way to the top floor.  Next, we headed to Canal Street for some shopping, and to Mayfield for dinner where we met up with Ali, Brad, and Nate.  I had the most delicious chopped kale salad, but was ridiculed by fellow dinner goers for supplementing my healthy salad with a side of fries.  They were worth it though, so delicious!  You would think we’d be exhausted at this point, but the fun continued at The Way Station, aka the Doctor Who bar, where we met Rachael, and Jen (who was still in town until the next day).  It was karaoke night, and after several River Songs (the bar serves Doctor Who themed drinks… I know, right?!) we went onstage and joined in the fun.

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Then on Wednesday I met up with Rachael, who took me to what is quite possibly the coolest bar I have ever been to.  It’s a speakeasy in Chelsea and I have never been so impressed with a bars delicious drinks, service, overall atmosphere, and of course, fantastic company.  The bar is located inside an unmarked door, and if you aren’t already privy to location, you would never find it on your own.  Even once you manage to seek out the door and open it up, two black velvet curtains hang in your immediate view causing you to wonder if you might be in the wrong place.  But once you bravely push back the curtains and overcome the fear of possibly breaking and entering into an abandoned building, you’ll be welcomed by dim candlelight and a very friendly bartender.  In typical speakeasy fashion, there are no menus to peruse so you must tell the bartender what you enjoy and he’ll make you something he thinks would please you.  He completely hit the nail on the head with my drink order.  I usually stick to wine, but the next time I go back to the speakeasy I will be asking for another gingery, citrusy, glass of heaven.  After catching up and realizing that neither of us had eaten enough for the day, we headed to the original Shake Shack where I indulged in more french fries, and a mushroom burger.  Also! I was so proud of myself because after leaving Rachael at 9:41pm on 23rd street and Madison Avenue, I was somehow able to speed walk back to Penn Station (34th and 7th avenue), where I made a 10:08 train with nearly 10 minutes to spare.  (Excuse the grainy quality of the below photo.  We may be grainy, but we’re still adorable!)

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And finally, all of these events lead me to one of the best stay in girls nights that I’ve ever had!  In the wake of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter miracle that launched on Thursday morning and was fully funded by 9pm on Thursday night (you can still donate and reap some of the awesome rewards here if you haven’t had a chance yet) Jill had the brilliant idea of having us over for a Veronica Mars marathon.  Melissa, Rachael and I came fully equipped with snacks and various selections of wines, cider, bourbon, while  Jill supplied us with tacos and champagne.  We watched about six episodes of the show in total, with many, giggling breaks in between (which you may have noticed if you happened to read any of our Twitter accounts on Saturday night).  I had seen the least amount of episodes of the show so we stayed within the first season, and Rachael was kind enough to lend me her DVDs at the end of the night… which I’ve now been watching for six straight hours.  I deeply admire Veronica for the decisions she makes, the character she possesses at such a young age, and her willingness to help anyone in need.  She is quite the detective.  I’m probably going to finish the first season by tomorrow night which is why I had to order the second season with Amazon Prime (thank gods for 2-day shipping!).  We successfully managed to avoid the overcrowded New York City bar scene on St. Patrick’s Day.  The extent of my St. Patrick’s Day attire has always consisted of Green Lantern t-shirts and accessories for as long as I can remember so I’ve continued the tradition this year.  A bunch a of other things have happened in the midst of what I’ve already recapped, but due to a combination of 1) keeping this post to a readable length, 2) lack of memory, and 3) being summoned downstairs for St. Patty’s Day dinner with my family (in which the vegetarians will eat salad, and everyone else will eat corned beef), that will be all for now! OH! And my genius brother Bob was accepted to Columbia’s graduate program to get his masters in journalism and I could not be more proud!

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