Huge News for Avengers Fans!

It has been confirmed: There will be a “Thor 3”. I just about died when I saw this! And obviously, with the cliffhanger ending of Thor: The Dark World, Loki is going to have to be in this one! (Sorry to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it yet!). It seems it will be out around 2016, which seems like forever… But considering that we get Captain America: The Winter Soldier AND The Avengers: Age of Ultron before then, it doesn’t seem as painful! And FYI, Captain America 3 is already in the EARLY stages of talking! Here is the link to the article announcing Thor 3 >>>> http://marvel.com/news/movies/2014/1/29/21854/marvels_thor_the_dark_world_ep_craig_kyle_moves_to_screenwriting

Another FYI: I will not be posting again until late Sunday or on Monday, as I will be away from my computer all weekend!

Fandoms I am Not a Part of

So I know that everyone pretty much thinks that being a nerd/fangirl automatically makes you a Tolkienite, Twihard, Potterhead, Trekkie, Whovian, and everything in between, but that is simply not true. There are many fandoms that I choose not to be a part of, for different reasons, many of them morally based. I get so many people asking why I choose not to get into certain fandoms, so here is the list of fandoms I am not in, and why I choose not to be in them.

1. Twilight – It’s kind of a no brainer if you know me personally. I am a bit of a hopeless romantic, but not that much. I have read bits and pieces of the first book for a report I wrote on why I don’t read the series, and not only was it ridiculously cheesy, it was just plain badly written. (don’t kill me Twihards) My other reason is that of moral standard. Do you really think the behavior modeled by Bella is behavior for Christian young women to be modelling? Or that the relationship between her and Edward is an appropriate one? I know enough about the movies to say that the sexual content is disturbing, considering there are 13 year old girls who watch the films.

2. Harry Potter – *readers collectively gasp* I know… I know. I should be ashamed of myself for not reading the “glorious” tale by J.K. Rowling. But I’m not. I am actually fine with it. I know it is a well written book that some compare to Lord of the Rings, but the way magic is portrayed is at best disturbing. Once Upon a Time is the most I was able to handle in terms of magic usage, and being that it was a “fairy-tale”, I was able to accept it a little bit more. I guess it is hard to explain, but there are many things in Harry Potter that cause me to veer away from this particular fandom.

3. Star Trek – *readers collectively pass out* Yes, it is possible to be a nerd without being a Trekkie. My reason is actually pretty simple in terms of this fandom: I’m just not interested. Sure, it sounds alright, but not really like my cup of tea. Perhaps someday I will watch it, but at this point I don’t really want to.

4. Sherlock – *readers declare that I cannot possibly be a real nerd* I love three BBC shows, and Sherlock isn’t one of them. I haven’t seen it yet, though my sister has and swears it is the best thing ever. To be honest, it just doesn’t necessarily sound like something I would enjoy, and there is some stuff I know about that bothers me about the show. Like Star Trek, this is another one of those “perhaps someday” shows that I choose not to watch at this time.

Are there others? Yes, but I don’t know enough about them to say why I don’t get into them. Divergent is one I have considered reading, but I need to do some more reading before I decide whether it is something I want to get into. And even though I am not a part of these fandoms, I still love my fellow fangirls (and boys). On #FANDOMPOCALYPSE day, I will love you and treat you like you are the awesomest person ever, even if I hate Twilight! XD

The 12th Doctor’s Outfit Revealed to the World!

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Yup! You heard it right! After only a month of the hiatus, we have seen the outfit of the new Doctor! And we still have 8 more months to go! The outfit is very much in the style of the classic Doctors, and many have pointed out how similar the costume is to the 3rd Doctor’s! Here is a link to the article! Tell me your thoughts! Love it or hate it? Anything missing?

http://www.cultbox.co.uk/news/galleries/9014-doctor-who-first-pic-peter-capaldis-costume-revealed

Being a Nerd – The Myths

So as many of my fellow nerds may know, there are so many lies and myths surrounding us! People get so many stupid ideas of what a nerd is or is not, and frankly, I think we all get sick of it. So here are my top 5 myths about nerds… DEBUNKED!

1. We are unsociable – Seriously? I can see where some might get that idea… But really? People have gotten the idea that nerds never go out and meet people, basically sitting in front of their computer all day. Do we binge watch TV sometimes? (Raises hand and whispers “Once Upon a Time” in embarrassment). Do we occasionally stay at home with a book instead of going to a “fun” party? You better believe it! But it isn’t because we are unsociable, it is because we don’t enjoy those things all the time. Sometimes all we want is a nice quiet evening with our favorite fictional characters (or not so quiet, depending on how hard we fangirl).

2. We are pretentious know-it-alls – Again, I totally see where this could come from. Hipsters, who are often mistaken for nerds, are more likely to be found having this trait. Are there some nerds like that. Yup! But not all of us are. We might come across that way sometimes without meaning to, but it’s only because we happen to know a lot about a certain subject, or we love a certain show, and we don’t understand why everyone else cannot share in that.

3. We are all the same – Have you ever told someone: “Yeah… I’m a bit of a nerd”, and had them ask: “So you must love Star Trek and Doctor Who and all that then?” It’s annoying isn’t it. Sure, I am sure that both of those things are nice, but I do not nerd over them. Nerds are all different, with varying interests. Some nerds are Tolkienites and Potterheads, while others are Trekkies and Whovians. Some are Sherlockians and Oncers. Some people are several of these. Others are all of them. But it is ok, because our differences are what bring us together as fangirls, fanboys, and collectively nerds. I have never met a single nerd who nerds over EVERYTHING that I do, and I dare you to think of a nerd you know who nerds over everything you do.

4. We are weirdos – Have you ever seen nerds advertised like this: That awkward kid with the giant black glasses, bad haircut, and horrible social skills, who also happens to be freaky because he is too good as science for his own good. Sound familiar? *nods head* Sure, Peter Parker was pretty cool, but most nerds DO NOT fit this stereotype. In fact, we look and act about like any other kid you would meet, “about like” being the operative phrase. Sure, we have our awkward moments, and some of us are so stinking smart that it makes me cry because I am not, but we are not weird. We are just like any other kid. Wait… But everyone is weird in their own way, and nerds aren’t afraid to show their weirdness… So doesn’t that make everyone else weird, and us normal? Ok nevermind, that’s a question for another post.

5. Being a nerd = Hating everyone who is not a nerd – Yes, I have seen this myth before, and it makes me VERY angry. One of my best friends is really not a nerd, but I love him like a big brother nonetheless! Being a nerd does not mean that we shun everyone else, just like not being a nerd doesn’t mean you shun the nerds. Unfortunately, that happens far more often than it should.

So there you have it friends! And about being a nerdy fangirl, this is something y’all will want to hear. On February the 15th, all of the different fandoms, all over the world, will be celebrating #FANDOMPOCALYPSE Day. This day is meant to unite all of the fandoms, and show each other that all fandoms are awesome. How does it go? Well, on February the 15th, you will write FANDOMPOCALYPSE in green ink on your left arm when you go to school, the store, or anywhere else. You will wear your fandom gear proudly, and if you don’t own gear, improvise! And whenever you see another person with FANDOMPOCALYPSE written on their arm, you have to go up to them, hug them, and be nice, regardless of how you feel about their fandoms. Yes, this even applies to Twilight. As much as I HATE those books, I will love the fans anyway! Tell us about what you are doing for the day in the comments!

Not So Nerdy Adventures

Believe it or not, I actually do some things that aren’t really all that nerdy. Yup. I really enjoy crafting. I love to crochet! I am actually working on a TARDIS afghan right now. I love soapmaking too! I am still working on how to channel my nerd side into that. I also enjoy working with beads, cross stitch, plastic canvas, and random craft stuff.

Baking is another pastime that I enjoy, especially making chocolate chip cookies and macaroni and cheese! Birdwatching is another one of those odd things that I do, and it really is a lot of fun. Finally, I love music! Mostly listening to it and singing, but I enjoy playing sometimes too! While I am a nerd, I enjoy a whole variety of things. What? Did y’all think I sit in front of my computer all day doing nerd stuff?

Character Analysis – Samwise Gamgee

Samwise Gamgee, better known as Sam, has to be one of my all time favorite fictional characters EVER! He is loyal, brave, and has a good heart. He has qualities that we should all aspire to. In “The Lord of the Rings”, Sam is Frodo’s best friend, and refuses to leave him, even though he knows how much danger there will be. He tells Frodo about his promise to Gandalf multiple times in “The Fellowship of the Ring”; “Don’t you leave him Samwise Gamgee! And I don’t mean to.” In “The Two Towers”, Sam sticks with Frodo through it all, and proves to be very perceptive. He is not fooled by Smeagol/Gollum, and tells Frodo this, even though he knows that Frodo is blinded by the ring. It is also in this film that Sam makes that epic speech that every LOTR fan has come to know and love, with one of the most iconic quotes from the film: “There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.” In “Return of the King”, the ring begins to influence Frodo in dark ways, and eventually, this leads him to allow Smeagol to trick him. He is led to believe that Sam wants the ring for himself, and tells Sam to leave. Yet even in all of this, Sam still was determined to follow Frodo, facing down the most horrible spider you could possible imagine, just to save his friend. He ventures into a tower infested with Orcs to rescue Frodo, and even carries Frodo through Mordor. “I can’t carry it(the ring) for you, but I can carry you!”, has become one of my favorite quotes. Sam is the epitome of a true friend. He is there to hold up Frodo when he can’t go on, support him when he feels alone, and call him out when he is doing something wrong. He is willing to die, to protect Frodo. The Bible says that there is no greater love than that a person should lay down their life for their friend. Every time I read that, I think of Sam, and aspire to be a friend like him.

“By rights we shouldn’t even be here, but we are. It’s like in the great stories Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end, because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those are the stories that say with you, that meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I understand, I know now. Folk in those stories… Had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t, they kept going, because they were holding onto something.”

“What are we holding onto Sam?”

“That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for”

Being Homeschooled – The Myths

I am a proud homeschooler, who is often made to feel less proud by silly myths and the stigma that being homeschooled creates. A lot of people think of homeschoolers as uneducated rednecks, friendless weirdos, or nerds(the bad kind of nerd). Well, I have decided to do my best to disprove those myths and tell you what the average homeschooler is NOT!

1: We are NOT friendless. Are there homeschoolers who are shy and have trouble making friends? Yes. Does that mean that we are all friendless and have no social life? Absolutely not! Sure, we may not see as many people every day as a public schooled kid would, but we do have social lives. I go to church, 4-H, and multiple camps in the summer. I am friends with several people on the internet, but I have several very close friends in real life.

2: We are NOT rednecks. I don’t even know where this stereotype comes from. Duck Dynasty maybe? I wouldn’t know since I don’t watch it. Anyway, it doesn’t matter, because it is wrong. Yes, there are rednecks who are homeschooled, but that doesn’t make all of us that way. We don’t live in the backwoods, we don’t go hunting for all of our food, and we, again, are not cut off from society.

3: We are NOT pretentious nerds. There are good nerds who love Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Doctor Who. Many homeschoolers are that. Then there are bad nerds. Those nerds are the ones who excel at school and have a big head about it. They might love all of the cool nerdy things, but act like that somehow elevates them. Most homeschoolers are NOT that at all. Yes, I know one or two who are like that, but most of us are just average nerds. 😀

4: We are NOT a bunch of conspiracy theorists. Do many of us see through political and social happenings before the average person does? Yes. Do we see everything the government does as a conspiracy? No. We are more likely to investigate things, and less likely to take things at face value. But that isn’t being a conspiracy theorist, that is being educated and making decisions based off of what you know, instead of what you are told to believe.

I might post on this issue again. I just wanted to dispel a few of the many myths revolving around homeschoolers. What sort of things have you heard about homeschoolers? And if you are homeschooled, which myths make you the most angry?

“Once Upon a Time”

Today I waded into the waters of the TV show “Once Upon a Time”, a modern-ish version of classic fairytales. I was pleasantly surprised. There is a bit of language and some romance, but nothing over the top. My biggest issue in the few episodes I have seen thus far is the magic, which seems much more disturbing than say, “Lord of the Rings”. I have also been made aware that in season two there is a scene that shows a married couple in bed, though nothing is shown, I was told it was obvious that they were naked. I have just finished episode 5 (yes, I was lazy after I completed my schoolwork). Are there any episodes that I need to be watchful of? I would love to hear from others in the fandom, which I soon hope to call myself a member of.

Movie Review – “One Night With the King”

“One Night With the King” is the visual retelling of the story of Esther, the young Jewish girl who became queen, and saved her people from destruction. The synopsis on the DVD is as follows(be aware that she changed her name to Esther to protect her identity in this version of the story).

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“Born into poverty, Hadassah grows up to become a beauty who catches the eye of the powerful King Xerxes — and ultimately becomes his bride. But despite her position, Hadassah’s life is in danger, and the state has decreed that all Jews will be put to death. Defying warnings to remain silent, however, Hadassah struggles to save her people, even as she attempts to hide her heritage, in this exciting and inspiring story about courage, faith, and destiny.”

I had heard of this film before, and as my Sunday School class has begun a study on the book of Esther, I thought it appropriate that I watch it. To start out, I will say that the acting was SUPERB! Tiffany DuPont absolutely shone as she brought my favorite Biblical character to life. She portrayed Esther as I always imagined her: graceful, Godly, kind, and beautiful. John Rhys-Davies(Lord of the Rings, The Princess Diaries 2) was an incredible Mordecai as well! His faith and trust in God was inspiring, and I felt like it was the most accurate representation I had seen of the character. King Xerxes was not at all like I imagined him. To be honest, I always saw him as being closer to middle aged, a bit stuffy, etc. Never did I expect young and handsome with a fiery spirit. Despite this, I found myself enjoying Luke Goss’s interpretation of the character. Haman was every bit as evil and snakelike as I imagined him to be, making me shudder with every carefully chosen word. I would like to point out that they took some creative liberties with the story though. We are never told in the Bible whether or not Esther loves the king, yet in the film she is head over heels in love. In the film there is also a young man, Jesse, whom she has feelings for before being taken to the palace, and there is the added backstory of Haman murdering her parents when Esther was young. Despite this, I found that the story largely remained true to the Biblical account.

One of the best things about this movie was how clean it was. The most disturbing sequence for me was at the beginning of the film, where we see a battlefield strewn with bodies. While it wasn’t too graphic, we do see a bit of blood. And the sexual content is surprisingly minimal. While there are some implications about certain things (we are told in very vague terms what constitutes a Eunuch, but again, nothing inappropriate), we are not shown. Obviously, the candidates for queen didn’t spend their one night with the king playing board games, we are never shown what they do. The most sensual thing we see is Esther and the king sharing a few passionate kisses.

I give this film 5 stars for people aged 11 and up. I highly recommend that everyone take the time to see this movie, especially young women, as we can learn a lot from Esther. Instead of adorning herself with elaborate clothes and jewels for her one night with the king, she chose to be simple, and allow grace and Godliness to be her adornment. So many wonderful messages can be gleaned from this film! And the book was very good as well, though I personally enjoyed the movie more!

These Are a Few Of My Favorite Things!

I am a girl of highly varied interests, ranging from crafting to music to writing to movies. So I have decided that once a week I will post on something I love to do, read, watch, or listen, and tell y’all about why I love it. This week, I chose “The Avengers”, a fandom that I only just entered into a few months ago.

In the months leading up to my 16th birthday in August, I had heard an awful lot about these strange movies centering around these superheroes. These superheroes were called “The Avengers”. The only superhero movie I had ever seen and loved was the “Spiderman” movie and it’s sequels. I hated Batman and Superman after giving them a try however, and decided that most superhero movies must be boring. But as I heard more and more about these Avengers, I wondered if perhaps I should give them a try. When a friend who came to my birthday party said: “You HAVE to watch Thor!”, I decided to give it a try. I was impressed. “Thor” was entertaining and definitely worth my time, and Thor was the sweetest superhero ever. And I never expected to be in love with Loki by the end of the movie! I now understood why so many people loved his character. I swiftly moved on to the Avengers, which was even better. Every one of the heroes in the movie just made me happy. I can only dream of having the skill with sarcasm that Tony Stark does, and Captain America’s patriotic way of thinking was a wonderful tribute to the soldiers. Black Widow and Hawkeye turned out to be my favorites, and I quickly came to love the quiet and sad Bruce Banner, and his alter ego, the Hulk. Thor as usual was completely lovable, and Loki was even more heartbreaking. By the end of the movie I was determined too see more. I watched Captain America, which has earned the distinction of being the first superhero movie to make me bawl like a baby. The story was beautiful.

Fast forward to November, where we finally saw Thor: The Dark World. I was a bit shocked by the stronger language in the film, but outside of that found it to be even better than the first. I cried so hard so many times during the movie, and the ending left me reeling. What will happen next? We will have to wait a while, as the next Avengers film to be released is Captain America: The Winter Soldier, coming in April. If you have never seen the Avengers films, I encourage you to take the time to watch them. No, I have not seen Iron Man, though I think I might someday. I have not seen The Incredible Hulk either, and have no plans to any time soon. But I can say for sure that The Avengers are certainly the best superhero films ever made, and the second best movies ever after Lord of the Rings!

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