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Fan Fiction Writers are What We Need!

I recently saw a post on tumblr that talked about why a lot of fan fiction focuses on LBGT relationships and that it was related to the idea that the minorities of writers and readers in fandoms are the ones who think more in terms of world expansion than world knowledge of their fandoms. This got me to thinking a lot about fan fiction and actual published works. There is definitely a lack of LBGT and POC main characters in many genres of fiction and so people take to fan fiction to create pairings or new characters. In actuality those people who write fan fiction and feel that there aren’t characters they can relate to, should write their own fiction.

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An Argument For Audiobooks

Readers are a very particular group of people. Ask a reader how her books are organized, she has a system all her own. One thing that readers are very black or white about is whether listening to an audiobook counts as reading. This is an argument I’ve had several times with various readers, and I strongly believe audiobooks count as reading.

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Character Makeover– Part V.

It’s been a while, but I’m finally picking-up the pencil once again to bring you the fifth installment of my Teen Titans character makeover series. Next-up on the drawing board is the Titans’ affable half-man, half-machine: Cyborg!

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This Week on TV: Feb. 21-27

This week on TV…Arrow finally followed through on a lot of its build-up, but The Flash started a brief hiatus, and won’t be back until March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day!). Sleepy Hollow‘s second season wrapped up with a serious character death after some time-traveling shenanigans. Finally, much to the dismay of geeky feminists everywhere, Agent Carter concluded its first season without confirmation of a second season, but what a finale we got!

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“I Am What I Am”: Leonard Nimoy in Memoriam

This post will be updated throughout the day as the Geekettes add their own thoughts on the life of Leonard Nimoy. Please don't hesitate to share your own.

Leonard-Nimoy smilePop culture, not just geek culture, lost a great icon today. Leonard Nimoy passed away this morning in Los Angeles at the age of 83. End-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claimed his life after being hospitalized earlier this week. Nimoy announced his illness last year and attributed to a history of smoking, though he’d quit thirty years ago. But let’s not reduce a great man to the unfortunate circumstances of his death. And we’re not saying that simply because of Star Trek. The Boston native wore many hats throughout his life: actor, director, poet, photographer, musician, father, friend.

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Please part your fingers in a Vulcan salute with us as we remember a truly great life.

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Geekette’s Book Challenge: February Updates

Last month we introduced the reading challenge from POPSUGAR that several of the DG book babes have committed to for the year 2015. Check out the  progress we’ve made in month two of the challenge! You can also use this post for ideas of books to read for each category if you are doing the challenge yourself.

Kayla’s Accomplishments

2015ReadingChallengeKaylaFebA book published this year- Trees by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard — I loved this! See my full review here.

A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet- The Eterna Files by Leanna Renee Hieber– again, a book I’ve already reviewed. My full review is here. I love Ms. Hieber’s Magic Most Foul series, and I’m very intrigued by where this new series is going to go!

A book with antonyms in the title- The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chainani– This book surprised me quite a bit. I totally thought I had the plot pegged, I was wrong. Parts of this book were really slow, but it was interesting enough to keep me going. I’m listening to the sequel right now, and it’s definitely better. I have many thoughts on this series, but I’m going to wait until I’ve read both all the way through before I write an article on them.

A book with bad reviews- A Grimm Legacy by Janna Jennings– I read an ARC of this book on Netgalley, or what I hope is an ARC, because the editing was awful. If this is the published book (it came out two years ago), the bad reviews are wholly deserved. Basically, kids are magically abducted from our world and brought to a fairy tale world that is anachronistic and bizarre. The story was too disjointed for me to be a big fan.

A book with magic- Unwritten Volume 2 by Mike Carey and Peter Gross– If you read our January update, I was on the fence about this series. At the end of this volume, I am decidedly uninterested in continuing. It wasn’t bad, and it’s super cool that there’s a comic book series based on literary references, but it just didn’t hold my interest.

Megan’s Accomplishments

2015ReadingChallengeMeganFebA trilogy — Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth — I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first book in January, and read the next two this month. Insurgent felt a little predictable, but Allegiant still managed to surprise, so I have no regrets about reading the whole trilogy. In some ways I appreciated the final twist in Allegiant because it wasn’t what I’m used to in YA series. There was no happily ever after for all of our heroes, and that’s powerful, and real.

A book that came out the year you were born/A book by an author you’ve never read before — How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez — At the time of writing I haven’t quite finished this, but I will be done with it before the end of the month, so I’m including it in the February update. I’m enjoying the backward storytelling, following the four Garcia girls from adulthood back to childhood. While initially I struggled the tell them apart, their voices have become clearer as the novel progresses.

Carly’s Accomplishments

2015ReadingChallengeCarlyFebA book a friend recommended — Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady by L.A. Meyer — this is the second installment of the Bloody Jack series about a young girl who passes herself off as a boy to work on board a navy ship and gets up to all sorts of timber-shivering adventures. Back in September when I wrote up a list of pirate books, I asked a friend of mine who leads a secret life as a pirate queen for some nautical suggestions. She told me of the Bloody Jack series that she loved as a kid and recommended them with enthusiasm. These books are geared towards a mid-grade audience, but I enjoyed them as an adult nonetheless. The main character is spunky and likable and the plot is compelling. I especially suggest listening to it on audiobook so you can get the full experience of the Cheapside accent and musical sailor ditties.

A book based on a true story — People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks  — I was looking for a happy book about the Jewish people for my grandmother who enjoys reading  about her own heritage, but has the unfortunate tendency to gravitate towards Holocaust memoirs and nonfiction books about the history of anti-semitism through the ages. This was not the happy book I was looking for, but still an interesting read. It is a work of historical fiction based loosely on the true account of a book called the Sarajevo Haggadah. This mysterious book is an illustrated manuscript of the text used in the Passover ceremony, and it was created in a time when it was believed that Jews did not employ human images in their art the way their Gentile neighbors did. In the novel, rare book expert Hanna Heath is called on to prepare the book for display in a Bosnian museum, and unravels the amazing story of the many hands and settings that allowed the book to survive through centuries of violence and disorder.

A book you can finish in a day — Madame Tussaud’s Apprentice by Kathleen Benner Duble — I did not, in fact, finish this book in a day, but I could for it is only 200 pages. The plot wasn’t quite compelling enough to glue me to my seat long enough to finish it in one sitting, but it was a cute story. It tells the story of a French revolutionary girl with a talent for art that ends up apprenticed to Madame Tussaud of the famous wax museum. Her work brings her into direct contact with the politics of the French Revolution and while she once dreamed of overturning the societal structure that failed her family, she is repulsed by the violence of the revolution, which she is forced to depict in her art. An interesting piece of historical fiction about a time I knew little about, it was a good way to quickly knock another book out on my pledge to read 100 books in one year.

A graphic novel — Tomie Volume 1 by Junji Ito — I read this manga for a project in a class on Japanese ghosts and monsters. It is a horror manga by Junji Ito, which documents the victims of a murdered school-girl-turned-ghost/monster, who bewitches young men to do her bidding and brings death to those around her. Ever since her dismemberment at the hands of her schoolmates, she has the uncanny ability to come back to life and regenerate from smaller pieces, infesting the world with numerous dangerous little Tomies. I’m used to reading romantic shojo manga or adventurous shonen manga, so this introduction to the horror manga genre was an interesting experience.

A book that was originally written in a different language — Lust, Caution by Eileen Chang — I first came across this work while doing research on qipao, the iconic traditional Chinese dress. Apparently the movie adaptation is known for its costuming. It is long for a short story, short for a novel, at about 100 pages or an hour of audio book. The author, Eileen Chang, is one of the most famous modern Chinese authors in the West. A literary prodigy, she published numerous works beginning at a young age, in both Chinese and English. Lust, Caution was one of those originally in Chinese. It recounts the experience of a young female spy during the Japanese occupation of China. Wong Chia Chi works her way into the confidence (and bed) of Mr. Yee, a powerful man in the Japanese occupational government and enemy to the resistance movement. Her job is to set him up for an assassination attempt. But after such intimacy, can she condemn him to his death? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

Got any suggestions for books in our remaining categories? Or maybe just words of encouragement? Want to share your own progress? Please talk to us in the comments below!

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“I Put A Spell On You”: “Fifty Shades of Grey” – A Rage Quit Review

I consider myself to be a fan of romance. I read fairy tales, I like listening to Peter Gabriel, and I eat way too much chocolate on a daily basis. And the best thing about romance is that everyone can have their ideal fantasies of how it’s supposed to be. For me, big poofy dresses, strolls through Central Park, and an 80’s soundtrack are usually involved. But to each their own, as they say, which definitely applies to the population that finds a certain book, which is now a movie, the height of their romantic fantasies. And in case you haven’t realized which movie I am speaking of, just know that it uses a lot of grey. Tons, and tons of it. Fifty shades, you might even say.dakota-johnson-jamie-dornan-star-fifty-shades-greySLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD

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The Wrong Kind of Right: Katrina Crane in the Sleepy Hollow finale

…I’m angry.

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Anyone who knows me, or at least knows what sort of fangirl I am, knows that I tend to be the calm one. The one who stays out of fandom drama or just observes it like a mildly interested person on a safari. But I’m angry. Angry enough that I want to violently open my thesaurus and find stronger words than angry because that 5-letter sucker just isn’t doing it for me. Also I’m trying not to swear. But I’m really flippin’ mad at Sleepy Hollow.

I’m probably the lowest level of “Katrina stan” there is. I walk the line between “Come on, give her a chance” and “What fool signed off on that plot-line” when it comes to her. But I was just so disappointed in that finale. And I don’t mean the typical “fan” disappointed, where someone is all “I DIDN’T LIKE IT = IT WAS BAD,” I mean disappointed like when you screw up and your Mom or Dad gives you that look and it’s 50 times worse than any screaming they could have done.

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Famous Authors Born in Year of the Sheep!

SheepYearA week ago Thursday marked the biggest holiday in Chinese culture: the Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year.  Each year is associated with one of twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. On Thursday, we transitioned from the Year of the Horse to the Year of the Sheep. (Or Lamb or Ram or Goat, or whatever you want to call it. They’re all the same in Chinese.) When the year you were born in comes back around (as it will every twelve years), it’s an extra special year for you. Chinese superstition says being born in the year of the sheep means bad luck, but apparently that doesn’t preclude becoming a famous author! Continue reading Famous Authors Born in Year of the Sheep!

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Wicked Faire 2015

This was my second year attending Wicked Faire, and I only decided to attend one week before the con.

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There were quite a few Geekettes in attendance! Kayla, Carly, Julia, and I (and my boyfriend KC) all dressed up as Ever After High characters — a show/doll set that are the children of classic fairy tale characters. Kayla was Madeline Hatter, Carly was Briar Beauty, Julia was Cerise Hood, KC was Alister Wonderland, and I was Bunny Blanc. Can you guess who is the child of whom? Post guesses in the comments — no cheating!  Continue reading Wicked Faire 2015