Wizards, Witches, and Warner Bros, Oh My

rowling

For someone who didn't read a Harry Potter book until college, I'm a pretty big fan.  Doesn't matter that I didn't grow up with the series; I love reading the books, watching the films, sinking into the cozy world of wizards and owls and manageable mischief.  Christmas, particularly, is a time when I feel compelled to fire up the DVD player and the John Williams soundtrack. Alas, the books and movies had to come to an end eventually.  And over the past year or so, it seems the scope of the … [Read more...]

The Things We Leave Behind: Why?

halloweenpail

A long time ago (the 1990s), when I was a freshman in high school, I decided to carry a McDonald's Happy Meal plastic pumpkin pail as a purse/pencil box.  I have no idea what possessed me to do this, but I thought it was adorable and funny (baby irony, I suppose).  When it was no longer the Halloween season, I spotted a tin Sailor Moon lunchbox at a store I loved.  I carried some form of lunchbox for the remainder of high school. Even as I write this, I cringe.  I associate the lunchbox purse … [Read more...]

Pet Accessories: Geeking Out With Your Best Friend

frodo

I'll level with you: it's been a long time since I've owned a pet.  "My cat" actually lives with my mother, and has since I went off to college; after that I didn't have the heart to uproot her.  Still, I'd feel weird getting another animal while "my cat" is still out there. All this to say, when I last dealt in animal accessories, I felt extra special that my cat had a purple collar instead of a standard red or blue one.  Well, times, they have a-changed.  Just as it's now way easier to find … [Read more...]

Which Witch Is Witchier? Review of Little Witch Academia

Poster of Little Witch Academia

It’s not uncommon for the anime lovers I follow on Twitter to be talking about this or that new anime; it is, however, unusual for the non-anime fans or former anime fans to start gushing about a new show. Thus, when my Twitter feed started to light up with multiple mentions of a show called Little Witch Academia, I took notice… and when it turned out that it was legally available with English subtitles on YouTube, I knew I had to check it out. Little Witch Academia is a 26 minute short … [Read more...]

The Christmas Geek

krampus

Ah, it's that time of year again.  It's the middle of December and I'm well into the thick of my personal holiday season, which typically starts after Thanksgiving but has been known to start much earlier in November. In years past I've written about how geeks put their own personal stamp on Christmas - think Star Wars-themed trees and the like.  But this year - in fact, just today - I realized something with a start.  I don't put my own geek spin on Christmas.  Christmas is something I geek … [Read more...]

Back-to-School or Geek Holiday?

hermione

It's been (cough) several years since I left my school days behind, but I still love back-to-school time.  I look forward to the crisp days of fall, the feeling of a fresh start, maybe even a fresh haircut... and sales.  Yes, it seems everything I like and need goes on sale at back-to-school-time.  As someone who especially loves books, electronics, cross-body bags, and new episodes of Doctor Who and Downton Abbey, I feel almost like it's a geek holiday. And yes, it's only the middle of … [Read more...]

Different Geek Flavors: Downton Abbey

downtonabbey

Last winter and spring, I went through something of a phase: I watched all of the BBC period dramas I could get my hands on.  Emma, North & South... if it was set in the past and featured at least one member of the cast of Harry Potter, I watched it.  One day, something I hadn't heard of popped up on Netflix Instant and was recommended: Downton Abbey.  Weirdly enough, that same day I came across a blog post by Felicia Day that raved about it.  The extra nudge was more than I needed.  I … [Read more...]

Movies That Molded a Geek: The Worst Witch

mildred

So, there's this movie, starring Fairuza Balk as a witch who sticks it to the popular girl, gets in over her head and... saves the day?  No, I'm not talking about The Craft; I'm talking about The Worst Witch, a movie that was my four-year-old self's equivalent to Harry Potter, a cult classic and, um, kind of terrible, in an awesome way.   Mildred Hubble is a young witch sent to live and study at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches.  She attends the classes we'd all expect; Potions, Broom-Flying … [Read more...]

The Secret Circle: Spellbinding TV?

secretcirclewoods

Nowadays, with the mainstream popularity of Twilight and Harry Potter, it can be difficult to remember that there once was a time when the only people wanting stories about vampires and witches were Anne Rice enthusiasts (aka me as a 13-year-old) and third-graders in October.  Enjoying a little urban fantasy hardly seems qualifying of the "geek" label today; just as most people in the early 80s had seen Star Wars, so too have most people caught at least one movie or TV show with more than a hint … [Read more...]

From Series to Screen: Why Do We Watch?

trueblood

One week after the finale that had many TV-based Game of Thrones fan saying "WTF?", True Blood has returned for a fourth season with a premiere that was actually pretty lighthearted and light on the gore.  And the quick transition between two shows I watch and like has me comparing the two - not against each other, but against the book series that they're based on.  I noticed that though both are popular, HBO shows based on books that were also popular to begin with, they have … [Read more...]