5 Fandom Friday – Favorite Sequels

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Happy Saturday everyone! I know this comes a day late but I didn’t want to miss another Fandom Friday. Here are my favorite sequels in film:

  1. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. This is my favorite Star Wars movie. Yoda. Hoth. AT-ATs. The biggest shock of cinematic history (maybe if you didn’t know Dutch). The galaxy far, far away really expands and comes to life in this film: characters grow, relationships develop, themes get more real.
  2. The Dark Knight. The biggest strength of the movie is Heath Ledger’s Joker. Heath Ledger brings this insane character to life from his quirks of constantly licking his lips to his sinister comical laugh – it’s beautiful.
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road. So, I might be cheating here a bit because I never seen another Mad Max movie, at least, completely through. But this was probably my favorite film of 2015. Mad Max: Fury Road is amazing and honestly aside from the beautiful cinematography, I wasn’t rushing to see it in theaters. But once I did, what ride! So much more than the typical action film I thought it was going to be. SO. MUCH. MORE.
  4. Monsters University. So I might be in the vast minority here by saying I enjoyed this film more than Monsters, Inc *dodges pitchforks*. This one just really hit close to home by showing the reality that sometimes it’s not always a happy ending and we can’t always succeed but we can still grow and move forward.
  5. Jurassic World. Chris Pratt and raptors. Need I say more?

What are some of your favorite sequels in film, books, plays, et cetera?

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“Currently…” is a series I’m picking up from Alice over at a nudge in the right direction which I think originated here.

This is a great series to update what’s “currently” going on in my life – what I’ve been doing, loving and thinking about.


Loving: 

Blogging. I can’t believe I wrote at least once a week in January. Many thanks to The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick for their 5 Fandom Friday prompts. I also have been enjoying reading more blogs on bloglovin. You can see the ones I follow here.

Another thing I’ve been doing and LOVING is taking my journal to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and writing at the Three Broomsticks. There is a sitting area in the back that has tables with perfect views of Hogwarts. It feels amazing, like I’m a student at Hogwarts especially with my wand and butterbeer at my side. What better place to find some inspiration and magic.

Fit Girl is a healthy lifestyle guide that I’ve been doing for two weeks now. They have different programs the beginner’s is the 28 Day Jumpstart and it includes meal and fitness plans. These are meals you’ll actually enjoy and can easily make. And what’s special about this program is the community. Fit girls are encouraged to support and inspire one another mainly through instagram. I’ve had ups and a whole lot of downs during my first round but this program is so reassuring and hopeful. One of their mottoes is “progress not perfection” and that’s what I’m striving towards.

Reading:

 Pride and Prejudice. This is my fourth reread of Austen’s masterpiece. And it’s making me very nostalgic because my first two reads of the novel happened during two literature courses I studied at university (one being a full on Jane Austen course I know how awesome, right?). Therein began my love affair with her novels. If you’ve been wanting to get into Austen and don’t know which novel to start with, I recommend Pride and Prejudice or Northanger Abbey because it’s on the shorter side of her novels.

Watching: 

The Office. The Office. The Office. And more The Office. I’m half way through season eight so almost done. The Walking Dead is back and oh how I missed the stress. The final season of Bates Motel just started and I can’t wait to see how they end things. Looks like the season might end just before or right after the shower scene in Hitchcock’s Psycho.

Film wise, I am going to try and watch the films nominated for best picture by Oscars Sunday so I can root for my faves.

Thoughts:

Am the only one who felt that January was more exhausting than refreshing? I wanted to kick off the year with energy and motivation but that became difficult because of the daily news I would wake up to everyday since the inauguration. It just seems like everyone is in a tense state. Coworkers, friends, and family can’t bring up politics in fear of being judged one way or another. I’ve been given many eye roles from family when I can’t help but speak out and comment about what’s going on. One family member has even told me I’m being “too liberal.”

Because of this, I’ve been limiting my time on twitter and instagram. And after only  5 days of absence from these social media outlets, I felt so much better. I realize that I shouldn’t make myself blissfully ignorant so I do take the time to inform myself to what’s going on just on less opinionated and enraged outlets. Don’t get me wrong, there is obviously reason to be angry and upset (I’m right there too) it’s just sometimes posts can become so distorted and manipulative that it’s challenging to interpret news your own way. I’m glad and hopeful though, that so many have made it a point to become more aware to what’s going on in the world and using that knowledge to do something about it. It seems that for every discriminatory and unjust action the new administration makes there are so many willing to speak up and challenge him/them for what’s right.

Anticipating:

I’m always looking forward to planning my next Disneyland or Universal Studios trip. I’m an annual pass holder to both and although they have sucked my wallet dry, I’ve been going every chance I get to make it worth it. They’ve become my second and third homes.

Wishing: 

That it was March 16th already so I can see Beauty & the Beast!

Making me happy:

Family, writing and theme parks!


How are you currently doing? What are you loving and thinking about? Let me know or if you have made or plan to make a currently post link me I’d love to read it!

5 Fandom Friday: My TBR Pile

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As I mentioned on the right side of this post, I am a lazy reader. That is to say, I love to read. I won’t put a book down once I’m into the thick of a good plot. But it’s main meaning is that I can sometimes take long breaks away from books. For example, in 2016 I read one book how horrible is that? I’m ashamed to call myself a English major. Hopefully, by writing out the top 5 of my to be read pile I will hold myself more accountable to reading them and more in general this year.

  1. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (reread). I know, this might not count since I’m currently reading this book for the fourth time. But it’s one of my favorites and it’s been calling me. It’s light, happy, witty and Mr. Darcy Mr. Darcy Mr Darcy. A goal of mine this year is to read all of Austen’s novels. Also, doesn’t it make sense to start the year off by reading a book you love so much? By giving me more motivation to find new books to fall in love with.
  2. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling and Jack Thorne. I wanted to do a reread of the Harry Potter series before I read this one. I read the HP series once and as they were releasing so, it’s been a while since I’ve been transported to the wizarding world through words. I need to do it soon though because I’m dying to see what my stance will be since the reviews I’ve heard have been so mixed.
  3. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Greek mythology is one of my favorite subjects to learn about anytime I can. I heard this book was a great read and on many favorites. Hopefully this book will finally push me to read The Iliad and The Odyssey.
  4. Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde. I read Audre Lorde’s Zami: A New Spelling of My Name for my Women in Literature course and it was a powerful experience. Audre Lorde described herself as a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet” and her beautiful words will inspire you to speak out and embrace your differences especially at this time when we need it.
  5. 1984 by George Orwell. This book has been in my TBR pile for years. I did not have to read this book in high school like many others did. Now more than ever do I want to read it because so many people say how relevant it is to what’s happening in the world now. And if you read this book or know what it’s about, it’s a chilling notion to think about.

So there are just five books of my ever growing TBR pile. What books are you making it a goal to read this year?

5 Fandom Friday: TV Shows I Can’t Wait to Watch this Year

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At the moment, I’ve been binge watching The Office again, as one does. But here are the shows with new episodes that I’m most excited to see this year  (if you haven’t seen the newest episodes of The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones be for warned that this post contains brief spoilers):

  1. The Walking Dead (2/12). My favorite show ever. I’m excited to see my faves coming together to fight Negan. Though a part of me never wants Negan to go away because Jeffrey Dean Morgan is SO nice to look at and by far the best villain in anything ever.
  2. Game of Thrones (rumored 6/25). Not ready. But then again I’m never really ready for what this show decides to dish out and yet here I am still watching through the good times and the really, really bad. I can’t believe this is the second to last season. Anyways I’ve been besides myself ever since last year’s season finale. Daenerys is finally coming to Westeros!
  3. Broad City (August). I can’t really sum up this show. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about two twenty-something girls living in New York with mediocre jobs and yady yada I know we heard this one before but give it a chance it’s funny & smart – it’s really a great time.
  4. Bates Motel (2/20). I can’t believe it’s the final season. I’m excited but really sad to see one of my favorite shows go. If you haven’t seen it and are looking for a new show to watch definitely start this. All the season are on Netflix, get your binge on!
  5. House of Cards (5/30). I don’t even know what to expect this season. I think I have things figured out until I realize that I don’t. This might be too bleak and relevant to watch this year but, if you’re not too exhausted by dirty politics then you should definitely give this show a watch.

What shows are you most excited for? Leave me some suggestions I’m always looking for something new to watch!

5 Fandom Friday: Films I’m Excited For

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Star Wars Episode VIII should go without saying so I’m not going to count it in this list (this might be cheating but just a little).

  1. Beauty and the Beast. I can’t believe this movie is finally coming out! When I went to the D23 Expo in 2015, they announced the cast and I was most excited for Belle and Gaston. I feel like the “Gaston” sequence is going to be one of my favorites. Luke Evans and Josh Gad are going to be savage af.
  2. Wonder Woman. We’ve waited TOO long for this.
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I can’t wait for the Guardians of the Galaxy hype to hit. What with Baby Groot and the new attraction opening at Disneyland during summer. Also who’s excited for that new soundtrack/mixtape?
  4. Power Rangers. Can’t get over that trailer that premiered yesterday it’s going to be awesome. My inner child can’t contain itself!
  5. Coco. Although I have some qualms about this film, (the fact that its plot is similar to one of my fave animated movies Book of Life) I’m happy to see Disney/Pixar representing Mexican culture. I only hope the creators put a lot of thoughtfulness and consideration while making this film with regards to Mexican representation.

Thank goodness there are going to be some great escapist films this year. I think we might be needing them now more than ever.