Thursday, October 10, 2013

National List Month Week 2!

It's National List Month, a completely made up project I'm doing all October! Here's week 2!

Villains You Can't Help but Love

SPOILER WARNING: For the Percy Jackson, Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Mortal Instruments, and Divergent series.

1.) Luke Castellan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
   I don't know about you, but I totally started bawling when he died at the end of The Last Olympian. Why, Luke, why did you have to die? You redeemed yourself. Great. Fantastic. I loved that. But then you had to go and just die on us because of it!

2.) Voldemort (Harry Potter)
  I know, I know. He's a mass wizarding murder who splits his soul, causes the death of our favorite characters, and eats puppies for breakfast. But come on--he started out as just a poor little orphan kid. Maybe if he'd just had a set of good family members to mold him, he'd be a teacher or a wizard lawyer or whatever. It can't be all his fault that he's evil! And anyways, he's just so awesome. Name one other villain as dastardly and awesome as him. Go on. Try.

3.) Snidely Whiplash ("Dudley Do-Right")
   If you haven't seen "Dudley Do-Right," or "Rocky and Bullwinkle," I feel incredibly sorry for you. Sure, the show is a little cheesy at times, but come on. It's better than a lot of this newer stuff on TV.

4.) Raphael Santiago (The Mortal Instruments)
  While he isn't techincly a villian, and isn't techinicly evil, he's deffinitly not the nicest guy on the Fictionary Literature Playground. He's a totally wicked vampire dude who, while still not a great person, still visits his family each week. How sweet is that?

5.) Al (Divergent)
  We all pitied him. We all kind of liked him.We all were fooled by him. And admit it. We all cried a little for him.

5 1/2.) Peter, too. He's a horrible person, but you can't help but kind of like him anyway.

6.) J.K. Rowling

7.) And nearly all the other Young Adult authors...

    There you have it! I know I'm missing a bunch, but that's all I have time for today. Until then, stay geeky!

A Note on the Hamsters: I'm still trying to figure out how to get the thing off of the site (and figure out how it got there in the first place) but until then, feel free to play with it and stuff. It's actually kind of neat.

Friday, October 4, 2013

A Note on the Hamster

It appears that a small furry virtual creature has attempted to take over this blog. Never fear, a team of trained warlocks is attempting to remove it at this very moment. In the mean time, feel free to feed it and stuff. Perhaps it is only seeking food and will leave once it attains enough...

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

It's National List Month!

After an incredibly long hiatus, I am back! And this time I've come up with a project.
  This October is National List Month, a completely fake idea that I've just made up. Because of this, each week I will post a list of some sort. Here's week one!

Week One

Fictional Foods You Know You Want to Feast On

1.) Nectar and Ambrosia. 
   The minute I finished the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" books, the first thing I wanted to do was get me a big ol' plate of Ambrosia and a glass of Nectar. According to the books, it tastes exactly like your favorite food, plus it has magical healing powers. 

2.) Anything from the Harry Potter books.
  Chocolate frogs, earwax flavored jellybeans, cakes shaped like giant Snitches, who hasn't wanted to jump into the Harry Potter books with a fork and a knife to start feasting?  Even the real life foods like Treacle Tart and Pumpkin Juice seem tastier in the book.

3.) Anything from The Hunger Games.
   "The Hunger Games," was probably titled so due to the fact that you cannot reading it with out becoming hungry. Lamb stew, purple melon, tiny birds with orange juice flooding from it, miniature jello fruits--so many tasty treats! It might be worth facing 24 other kids trying to kill you for a taste of all that.

4.) Scooby Snacks.
  Admit it. You've always wanted to know how they've tasted. I'd definitely face a bunch of evil monsters for a taste of these delicious looking dog treats! Scooby Dooby Dooooo!!!!

5.)  Turkish Delight.
  No, not the regular kind. The magic kind from Narnia. Even if it is cooked up by the White Witch, it still sounds pretty great.

6.) Blue Drinks.
  Okay, actually I don't especially want to try this. If you've read "The Mortal Instruments," I bet you know what I'm talking about. Who would want to turn into a rat? Other than dark wizards in hiding after faking there death, I mean.

7.) Krabby Patty.
  How could this not make the list?!?!?! If you've watched Spongebob before without begging to taste this, you are not human. Each time I imagine biting into one, I totally feel bad for Plankton.

   And that about wraps up this weeks National List Week list. 
Are there any other fictional foods your dieing to try? Leave a comment!

Note: If you're interested in more fictional food, I just found this great site-- Fictional!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Casting Coin

     First of all, I just realized that Blogger has for some unknown reason stopped sending me notifications when people post comments, so if you've posted a comment on this site and I haven't replied to it, thank you for posting and sorry I haven't replied yet.
Now for today’s post!

WARNING: Spoilers for the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. 

   If you're a Hunger Games fan, then chances are you probably check a lot of sites like Down with the Capitol,, and HGFiresidechat. If you do, then you've also probably noticed that there's been a lot of talk about Alma Coin, the tough military president of District 13 in the final book of the Hunger Games trilogy, "Mockingjay." Nearly every Hunger Games fan site out there has thrown out suggestions of which actress should embody this amazing character.
  So, although I'm not really a fan site centered on the Hunger Games, I thought I'd throw in my two cents.
  First, let's talk about what we know about Coin. She first appears on page 10 of the U.S. hard cover copy of "Mockingjay." Katniss describes her as such, "She's fifty or so, with gray hair that falls in an unbroken sheet to her shoulders... Her eyes are gray, but not like those of people from the Seam. They're very pale, as if almost all the color has been sucked out of them." Already she sounds a little bit dangerous.
  We also know that at first, everyone trusts her. Katniss doesn't necessarily like her, but she doesn't kill her immediately, which is a good sign. That not only means that the actress assigned to play Coin must get the audience to trust her, but that she still has to seem dislikeable enough that when Katniss kills her, they aren’t so taken back that the whole thing becomes unbelievable and they find it cheesy, or think that the writers needed something else to shock the audience, got lazy, and decided to kill someone off randomly.
   That's probably the biggest problem with some of the fan casts for Coin. A lot of people are trying to get actresses that played villains into him past, to play a villain in this movie. If you saw the Wicked Witch of Narnia on screen playing Coin, you'd probably realize immediately that she was up to no good, and be shocked when any of the characters trust her.
  So, no. I'm sorry. No villains please. Don't give away the ending.
  There's also the opposite problem that the characters might trust her too much. If the audience trusts Coin too much, grows to care for her, and is head over heels for her, when Katniss shoots her, no one will be thrilled. Plus, if Coin doesn’t act suspicious enough, it'll seem pointless to kill her in the first place, and her whole character looses its purpose.
  So what actor can act sincere enough to get the audience to trust her while still kindling a spark of suspicious in the back of their mind?
  The fist actress that pops into my head is Alex Kingston. I've only seen her in Doctor Who (and I'm still only on the 6th season,) but she seems perfect for the role. Admittedly, she doesn't quite look the part--her hair doesn't fall in a perfectly straight sheet--but the makeup department can work that out;
  Think about it. The more you see her in Doctor Who, the more you know something's up with her, and the more you suspect she may not always have the best intentions in mind. Despite that, you can't help but trusting her with the Doctor's life.
  And that's exactly what Coin needs to do. She has to be a strong leader, who can convincingly play a woman willing to sacrifice anything for the greater good of the people while still seeming ruthless, and a little bit crazy.
    Anyways, that's my little rant about casting Coin. What actress do you think should play Coin, and why? Do you think Alex Kingston would make a good Coin? What else makes a good Coin? Leave a comment!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Book Review: "Legend" and "Prodigy" by Marie Lu


     Once again I apologize for my leave of absence. I've been locked out of Blogger for about a month, now, (blame the pesky internet rats that lurk in every corner, demolishing websites, stealing passwords, and creating chaos) and thus couldn't post anything.
     While I was locked out, though, I had plenty of time to read. This brings me to my subject for today--
     Hey Hunger Games fans! Looking for a new exciting action-y dystopian book with interesting characters and a great plot? Look no further than Marie Lu's two books "Legend" and "Prodigy."
     When I first heard of "Legend," I can't say I was very keen on starting it. The plot seemed unoriginal and the characters sounded stereotypical. Despite that, I picked it up at the library one day and forced myself to read it.
     Then it got awesome.
     The story is based on Valjean and Javert from "Les Mis," with a hard core police officer type guy chasing after a slippery criminal. Change Javert to a high ranking teenage female military officer with a revenge wish named June, and Valjean to an infamous teenage boy named Day, and already things are interesting. Add in a mysteriously deadly plague, a sweet little sidekick for Day, and an undercover mission that goes wrong--well, it's already looking like a bestseller.
     Marie Lu really brings all the characters to life, making each flawed and loveable, and leaving the reader unable to choose which side to root for--June's or Day's.
     The story is set years into the future in LA, still standing in the remains of North America after the poles melted, causing North America to flood. (Sound familiar, Hunger Games fans?) And while there are no white roses, or District 12s, the book ranks up there with other famous titles like "Divergent," "Delirium," and "Hunger Games."
     Basically the plot of the story is Day trying to get a bottle of plague cure (for what reason, I will tell you not) and while trying to steal one, harms a top ranked soldier named Metias, brother of our other main character, June. However, angering June was not a smart move, for June is also a top solider who stops at nothing to meet her goals. She begins to track down Day, and--
     Well, as River Song would say "Spoilers!" 
     And now for a cliché and cheesy book review ending that you will probably hate: If you want to find out what happens next, pick up the book and read.


Saturday, May 4, 2013

May the Fourth Be With You

  Greetings everyone.
 First of all, I apologize for my unannounced hiatus. Now for today’s post.
  If you're a geek like me, chances are you probably celebrate a lot of holidays that most people don't. Such as Pie Day, Harry Potter's Birthday, Percy Jackson's Birthday, The Day the Hunger Games was Released in Theaters Day, the Anniversary of the First Time You Watched Doctor Who, Leif Patrick Ericson Day, Opposite Day, Popcorn Day, Ground Hog Day, and many more that no one that you've ever met seems to care about. 
   Despite that, nerds, geeks, fans, and just plain weird people make huge celebrations of these holidays every year by dressing up in uncomfortable costumes, shouting out spells in public, buying a 32 dollar pie, defeating Daleks, and stealing a groundhog from the local zoo. And each year, without fail, your co-workers will stare, your friends will un-friend you on Facebook, and your family deny that you are related to them.
  Now, to most people this seems like a good way to become depressed in a short amount of time and loose a maximum amount of friends. But what these non-fans don't realize is that these holidays are an important part of our life that we just cannot give up. They make take us farther away from our co-workers, but they bring us closer to other groups of people with common interests, and forge friendships stronger than iron that last longer than time itself.  We use these opportunities to create podcasts, blogs, YouTube videos, t-shirts, conventions, and pure awesomeness. They inspire the child inside of us to once again be enthusiastic about things and rediscover the simple wonder and joy of a book/TV show/movie franchise/set of vlogs that helped shape our lives in numerous ways.
  These holidays are not just an excuse to sit in front of our computer screen and post on twitter instead of getting work done. They are an excuse to let the inner geek shine out of us and bond us to people we'd never meet otherwise.
   So don't be afraid to go out and act like a total idiot in public celebrating these made up holidays and don't be afraid to be a nerd.
  May the Fourth be with you on this very happy Stars Day and stay geeky.

Monday, April 15, 2013

It's Trailer Time!

First, a moment of silence for those in Boston today. Our prayers are with them.


  If you're a huge Hunger Games fan, you've probably seen the new Catching Fire trailer five billion times, right? And after watching all that, you're probably having a hard time breathing and sorting through all your awe-filled thoughts. 
  I'm going to make things a little more difficult for you and add my own thoughts, just because I'm cruel.

 The first thing I noticed is that the brilliant advertising team at Lionsgate is reusing their past strategy and keeping all the arena scenes hidden and unmentioned. There are hints about it throughout the trailer, for example, President Snow saying,”there whole species needs to be eradicated," and such, but we see neither head nor trident of Finnick Odair, Johanna Mason, or even brave little Beetee. 
    Most fans will probably agree that this marketing strategy is pure genius. Instead of focusing on Katniss going back into eh Hunger Games, the trailer focuses on the rebellion, leading movie goers to realize this is not just a cheap repeat of the first film, and that if they spend their money on a ticket, it will be to watch something new, exciting, and different. Once again, Lionsgate, genius.
  The next thing I noticed is that Katniss acts a lot younger in this film, but in a good way. There were times, while watching The Hunger Games, when I felt Katniss acted or looked a little to mature to pass off for a sixteen year old. Of course, this might just be all in my head, since each time I see Katniss my brain screams out "Hey, there's that twenty two year old Jennifer Lawrence on screen!" 
   Even without my brains nasty tendency to shout out annoying things in the middle of movies, Katniss does indeed seem more like a desperate sixteen year old, just wanting to "save her skin" as Snow put it. Her voice is so helpless and scared in the scene with Haymitch in the D11 attic and her face is so frightened, every image of the confident and cool J-Law that I'm familiar with vanishes in a whiff of smoke. Or should I say, "Vanishes as it quickly catches fire." Ha ha ha, that was a lame joke.
  And then there's Peeta. His face is full of shock after he sees the D11 man get shot. Like, really shocked. If Beetee had wrapped his coil around him, let the lightening strike him, then burnt a perfectly good piece of bread for no reason, Peeta couldn't have looked more shocked.
  Poor Peeta. 

Next, of course, are the costumes. Effie seems to be wearing a grey mouse ears type wig before entering Snow's huge party, and Katniss dress seems to qualify as a lethal weapon. Look at all those spike feathers! Peeta, like usual, is wearing a classy suit type thing. There's probably a more accurate term, but I don't know it. Leave a comment explaining exactly what he's wearing, if you can.
  Also, Caesar’s hair is pink. Like a boss.

   Next, how dare they burn up the Hob! Then there's Gale, who, despite what the book says, is still conscious. Poor poor poor Gale. It looks so painful I cried. And ugh, that did not look like a gentle slap, Katniss. Put some snow on that--wait, where's the snow?

Okay, if I stay on here much longer, I'll just start crying again, so I’ll sign off.
  May the odds be ever in your favor.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Weekly Round Up

   Somewhere out there, there is someone else also calling there news round up "the Weekly Round Up" but I can't remember where, so...

1.) The Hunger Games teaser for the teaser trailer (Yeah, it's a real thing) has come out. Let me here a "whoop whoop!" And this Sunday at the MTV movie awards, the full teaser trailer will be released.

2.) The Divergent movie has officially started filming. 

3.) This Wednesday at 9PM ET, Stelecast, a Mortal Instruments podcast, will air it's first episode. So get your Steles and Witchlight rune stones ready and buckle down for a great time.

Watch out for demons all you Shadowhunters, and stay away from blue drinks!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Few Good TV Shows

    Okay, so you've just read the best book of your life and already stated having symptoms of book hangover. However, there are no other good books available at your disposal, and you're beginning to go a little crazy. So of course, you turn on your computer, log onto Netflix instant and--
   Silence. Because you've just realized that no amount of TV is going to take the place of a good book, or speed up the wait until the next great book comes out. There is no Harry Potter TV show. The Hunger Games is fictional. Delirium's TV show won't be out for months. You start to panic.  
   The next thing you know, you're curled up on the floor, sucking your thumb and cursing the world's TV overlords for not inventing something to help. You're about to scream.
  Thankfully, all is not lost!
  Although a TV show can never truly take the place of a good book, here is a list of awesome shows that will help you through your book hangover rough patch, or simply waste an afternoon! Who knows, maybe you'll be sucked into a few TV related fandoms along the way as well.
1.) Firefly. I can't emphasis this TV show enough. In a nutshell it's a western dystopia in space, but crack open the nut and it's much more. The characters leap off the screen. The dialogue is genius. The settings seem so natural you won't believe they're not real. So watch it. PG-13.

2.) Dollhouse. It's a pretty complicated show, but another work of art created by the supreme ruler of all nerds and geeks--Joss Whedon. Therefore, it is good. Dystopian fans will really like this, especially if you enjoy things like "Divergent," "Matched," and "Delirium" but are a little sick of all the romance. PG-13.

3.) Teen Wolf. Many will pass this off as just a goofy Glee or Vampire Diaries spin off, but it’s less about the romance and more about the mythology. The characters break all stereotypes. There is action to spare. Of course, there is plenty of romance, but it's not as goofy as Glee, and the primary focus of the series isn't just on the main characters love life. It's about werewolves. And it rocks.
  Fans of "Wolves of Mercy Falls," "Delirium," and even "Percy Jackson" will enjoy this. Don't remember if its PG or PG-13, but it's usually appropriate if you have younger ones around. At least, most of the episodes are...

4.) Supernatural. This is all about monster hunting, ghost chasing, and sibling rivalry. There are guns, awesome cars, funny dialogue, (and after a few seasons) Angels and Demons. If you want something action packed and love interesting ghosts and monsters, watch this now!
Not sure what the rating is, but most episodes are probably PG-13ish. Some scenes are worse than others by far.

5.) Doctor Who. This needs no explanation.

6.) Once Upon a Time. It's a great fairytale meets reality show, but not in the same way "Enchanted" was. The actors are brilliant too.

7.) Sherlock. This is probably the best show currently on TV, and it is unexplainable. Watch it and wait for your mind to be blown. TV-14, because it can be a little dark...

8.) Arrested Development. Definitely TV-14, but totally hilarious. You will never laugh as much at a show than you will at Arrested Development. It's a true cult show, and it's so good, you'll thank me for the rest of your life. Plus, Netflix is ordering another season! Double awesome.

9.) Doctor Horrible's Sing Along Blog. And everything else by Joss Whedon.

   I realize there are about a dozen more great shows out there for people looking for awesome entertainment, but that's all for now. So get off this blog and start browsing Netflix!