It’s hard to believe that, only a couple of years ago, I swore off fan fiction.
No, it’s not because I’m a literary snob. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never read The Great Gatsby or The Count of Monte Cristo, which is a bit sad given that my day job is a bookseller. Fan fiction simply flew right over my head. The strange thing was, I was in fandoms, but the nagging sensation to obsessively read and even write fic never tugged inside of me.
I was simply a passive observer, smiling and commenting to the occasional fic, but ultimately taking more stock in canon, such as the Tenth Doctor’s heart eyes with Rose, or Sherlock’s melancholy violin playing.… Read More
Note: This article was written prior to the official news about the release-day DLC – I have decided to post it anyway, because the demo itself had a lot to love. However, I do not support EA’s decision to release content this way, and am as of now not going to be buying on release day. I stand by my opinion that the demo was fun and that the game will likely be excellent, but I will no longer be buying on release day unless there is significant revision to the DLC decision.
Last July, a modern-day version of Sherlock Holmes debuted on the BBC starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the consulting detective and Martin Freeman as his assistant, Dr. John Watson. Written by Doctor Who show runner Steven Moffat and actor and co-writer Mark Gatiss, Sherlock soon built up a cult audience across Britain, the United States, and elsewhere, garnering a slew of award wins and nominations, and securing Cumberbatch as a bona fide star.
This New Year’s Day, the second series of Sherlock – once again, three ninety minute installments – will premiere on the BBC. Being the resident Anglophile, I’ve always had a thing for Sherlock Holmes.… Read More
Oh boy. Just when I finally accepted that it’d be a while before I saw any news on Game of Thrones‘ second season, they give us this production teaser.
Who/what are you looking forward to seeing most next season?
I have a closet confession, and lean in real close, because this is about to get personal: I am a closet Gleek… and a brand new one, at that.
Before you ask yourself where I’ve been the last two years, let me explain. I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with Glee. Going back to the first season, I knew it existed and everyone was talking about it. Hell, even Lauren tried to get me to watch the pilot. But after sectionals, my interest sadly waned off, and just to add insult to injury, many of my close friends wrote the show off from the get-go.… Read More
Let’s face it: Friday night is hardly the slot a show wants to start out on – particularly if it’s competing with shows of the same genre in the same time slot. This is one of the huge challenges that NBC’s new show Grimm faces. It’s a fantasy drama that revolves around the idea of fairy tale legends being based in fact, and the people whose job it is to keep them at bay.
These are hardly new ideas. Secret warriors who fight to keep humanity safe from dangers they don’t know about, generations of families with the same, burgeoning responsibilities, monsters that walk among us – all of these are popular ideas in a modern fantasy setting.… Read More
It’s been over ten torturous months since we last had the privilege of an episode of The Walking Dead. When we last left Rick, Lori, and the rest of the survivors of television’s only currently running zombie apocalypse, they were driving away from the burnt out shell of the CDC, their most immediate beacon for safety. Now, we rejoin them back on the road in the season premiere, which airs this Sunday night on AMC.
“What Lies Ahead,” the hour and a half season premiere of series, picks up where the last season left off. After the explosions, the screaming, the overt action of it all, it’s nice to see the series return to the drama that really made it stand out as a great show in 2010.… Read More
Witty writing. Great artwork. A dedicated fanbase, largely over eighteen. None of these things immediately bring Saturday morning cartoons to mind, but My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has broken the mold.
You might have heard of it by now – particularly with its second season coming up, starting on the 17th. After some harsh words from Wired Magazine, the show has received some attention – not all of it positive. Fans of the show who aren’t considered quite the target audience, called bronies, have been maligned as obsessive, inappropriate, and downright strange. Not only is this an extreme generalization, it’s also largely untrue.… Read More
My far and away favorite new show last year was AMC’s The Walking Dead. The second season isn’t for a while, but to tide us over for now, AMC has given us this great behind-the-scenes clip about the makeup behind the zombies’ creepy eyes. I’m pretty impressed with the detail in them, even up close!
The video’s still frame is fairly gruesome
if you’re a wuss for the faint of heart, so we’ve got the video for you after the jump.… Read More
This was supposed to be a review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Sure, I could talk to you about the acting – how Daniel Radcliffe has amazingly, thankfully, grown as an actor since he was prepubescent. I could talk to you about the odd additions that the director chose to make to the original story. I could talk about lighting, sets, and script, but that’s all over the internet.
As I watched the film, though, I found it harder to objectively watch and critique it as a film and easier to see it as a very definite part of my growing up coming to a close. I guess what follows here is just a twenty-something blogger reflecting on what it feels like to lose a few good friends.… Read More