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Nasty Nerds at the Women’s March

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, over 2.9 million people participated in the Women’s March worldwide.  6 writers for Daily Geekette were present in four different cities on the east coast.  From pussycat hats and speeches to feminist icons and nerdy protest signs, read about our different Women’s March experiences.

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Books I’ve Read Because of My Father

Father’s day is on Sunday, and you know how I like to conveniently remind you of holidays by writing posts about them a few days in advance. And, since I wrote about books I read because of my mother last month, it’s only fair that my father should get the same honor for his special day. Looking over this list, I realize that my father is largely responsible for my introduction to science fiction and fantasy. Sci-fi/fantasy then served as a springboard into all the various fandoms I got into later in life. So thank you, Daddy, for setting the foundation for the geek I am today. Continue reading Books I’ve Read Because of My Father

Will You Be My Valentine, fictional film character?

Hello everyone! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and to get you excited for it, here are a few film characters I wish I could declare my love to. Even if you don’t have a real Valentine, have no fear! Just jump into the world of film and find some cuties there (that’s what I did)!

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Back to Middle Earth Again

159191929_779ec1We’re less than ten days away from the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  This may be one of those opinions that is not okay to share (I know it’s an opinion that’s not okay to share at my house), but I am so not excited for this movie.  It’s reached the point where Peter Jackson needs to exit Middle Earth and look for something else to do with his career.  Either that, or maybe he just needs to take a nice, long break and enjoy the pile of money he’s made over the last couple decades.

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Not All Those Who Wander Are Men: How the Quest Narrative Fails Women

Just drop it in, Frodo! Geez!
Just drop it in, Frodo! Geez!

I first read The Lord of the Rings in elementary school, which may seem impressive until you realize that all I really took away from it was that eyes are bad and getting to live underground was way cooler than my parents were making it out to be. Each reread brought me a new understanding of what the books were about – themes of loss, homecoming, moral right – until eventually I was able to see it simplistically again, though this time through a lens of much greater depth: a hobbit takes a ring to a mountain and returns home. Those of you familiar with myths and fairy tales may recognize this quest narrative as one that permeates through most heroic fantasy novels. It’s a narrative that I grew up on, reading not only LOTR, but Dragonlance and Wheel of Time and other similar stories. As I grew older, I began to look for the female quester and struggled to find her. Why weren’t there women going on journeys? My solution to solving the problem of fantasy’s gender imbalance was to turn Frodo Baggins into Rosie Cotton – but it’s not that simple. Here’s why:

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5 Books to Prepare You for Ren Faire Season

Every year I look forward to August as the opening month of both the Pennsylvania and New York Renaissance Faires. I love dressing up and jumping in a car full of my friends to show up at a fairground full of strange characters with interesting life stories and a common interest in history, fantasy, mythology, etc. But entering this world can be a little intimidating if you’re not sure what it’s all about. Or maybe you are just so excited you want to fill your week leading up to it with relevant books and music and drooling over the vendors’ websites. In any case, I’ve compiled here a list of books that will get you psyched and ready for ren faire. Continue reading 5 Books to Prepare You for Ren Faire Season