A review of geekdom???

Hi again, my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. As soon as I started to write my Muse somehow left, the bitch. So I have no inspiration whatsoever. And I need to write a review.

The thing is, I watched so many shows and read so many books, I don’t know where to start.

If I look at my Goodreads account, the list is just about endless. In the last couple of weeks I read and listened to:

  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (BBC radio)
  • The Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy 1 by Douglas Adams
  • The Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman – (audio, read by Neil Gaiman)
  • American Gods – by Neil Gaiman.
  • Doctor Who: Touched by an Angel – by Jonathan Morris.
  • Doctor Who: Tales of Trenzalore – by Justin Richards
  • The Ocean at the end of the Lane – by Neil Gaiman (audio, read by Neil Gaiman)
  • Howards End – by E.M. Forster (also watched the film)
  • Allegiant (divergent 3) – by Veronica Roth
  • Insurgent (divergent 2) – by Veronica Roth
  • Divergent 1 – by Veronica Roth
  • Just about all the Seven Waters books (6 of them) – by Juliet Marillier

And don’t get met started on my series. I think I’m still emotional damaged beyond repair about some season endings, series ending and not coming back to my screen, hiatuses, news about some hiatuses ending somewhat sooner than expected. Some still ongoing hiatuses. But also disappointed season endings and so on and so on.

Why the hell to I put myself trough stuff like that. Well, I’m a geek, I’m a fangirl. I invest on an emotional level towards fictional characters. I ship, I see ships sail, some ships burn, some ships change boats and so on. Even though I am 21 + taxes years old at the moment, I love how I can be, in my mind, still young and carefree. Although I say carefree, certain writers made sure I’m never carefree ever again.

And I want to address another point, thanks to my Monday night classes. (You know, English CPE). One of the assignments in our book consisted of listening to an audio fragment of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Which had me excited immediately. Seeing as the day before it was International Towel day. I then tried to explain this to my class and the teacher. But apparently he never heard of Douglas Adams nor the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I didn’t even dare to ask him if he at least heard of Doctor Who, afraid of being disappointed, and losing faith in all things British.

The discussion continued into being a geek, geekdom, fandoms, explain your enthusiasm about something and I even tried to explain fan fiction after one of my fellow students mentioned the dreadful 50 shades of grey. (I tried explaining how it started as a Twilight fanfiction.)

And I got the question, well not really a question but more a snide remark about me venturing into cosplay. Well duh! Which got me a nasty laugh and the topic was closed.

So this post started out as a, I don’t know what to review and is now sort of turning into fandom feelings. Let’s open a discussion in the comment section.

Are you a geek, a fangirl or fanboy? Do you openly invest on an emotional level in your series, books or comics? Do you ship and if so, what to do you ship? Do you miss being carefree thanks to certain writers?

But do you also find yourself subject of being misunderstood, the need to try and explain being a geek or your fandoms. Getting ridiculed about your passions and hobbies, being remarked as the strange one or even a freak.

Why is it socially accepted to love sports, being into the environment, but not loving a TV show, film or a good book?

Let’s hear it fellow geeks!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

PS: image taken from Forever Geek, originally created by Steady Rain.

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I’m sorry, I’m so so sorry…

Ok, maybe not that sorry, but you catch my drift.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. As you all know, I’m still freakishly busy with work, my English CPE studies, and 2 different mandatory courses from work.

Yeah, I’m not a happy camper at the moment. Luckily I had my first exam last Saturday and I think it went well. Just a tad bit careful, I want my marks back before I go out celebrating.

Now, seeing as the 12th of June is my writing exam and a good part of this exam is writing an essay / review / article, I need to practice. And what better way is using my blog to do said practice.

I know I still make grammar errors, so don’t go busting my ass if I make mistakes in my posts, but I’m going to try to blog at least once every two days during weekdays.

But I also want to make it up to you. I will host an epic give away at the end of June. June 19th to be precise.

Seeing as I hate raffle copter give-aways I want to try something different. On the morning of the 19th of June at 11.00 AM my time I will post my give away post. And you can leave a comment to said blog post. I will give away 3 prices.

First price is a self knitted hat or tablet cosy which you can choose from my Etsy web shop, and second price will be a self-knitted phone cosy, which you can also choose from my web shop. I’m still thinking about an epic third price, maybe, something Tekira makes. She is creative as well. But I have to talk to her about it.

The most original comments will win prices and the winners will be picked by Tekira and myself. The give away will be open until the 30th of June 11 pm Dutchie time. Oh and one important detail, you have to be following me on this blog. You can share all you want (yes please), but it won’t make any difference in your chances of winning.

The give away will be opened worldwide.

So how about that. I for one think it’s very cool.

Here’s to me sticking to new found resolutions, and hope to see you soon.

And I’ll leave you with this epic parody by the Hillywood show, dancing Doctor Who.

Love, your own hot cute girly geek Mendy.

A very special Sherlockian YouTube… Tuesday???

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks, I know I have been absent a lot. For those who stand close to me know the reasons. Let’s just say I’m really busy with studying and working and other stuff.

But sometimes, just sometimes, you come across something so amazing and epic and beautiful and truly geeky you just want to share it with everyone else.

Despite all the terrible political things going on in Russia, one thing for me stands out, and it’s to do with this vid.

I can truly say, the Russian Sherlockians are… Sherlocked.

Watch this amazing Sherlocked Flash mob and decide for yourself.

Oh and that Russian Sherlock, he does wear the purple shirt of sex very well, if I may say so. And did you notice bluebell??? Cute little bunny.

As always, leave your comments below if you like. And I promise to make it up to you somehow after the 18th of June, when hopefully my life will be a bit quieter in some ways.

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

Anime Review: The Wind Rises

 

Imagine Walt Disney would still be alive and making movies. Imagine his LAST movie would be in cinemas right now. That would be quite a thing right? Well… That’s what happened last year in Japan. Hayao Miyazaki, the man behind Studio Ghibli says farewell with his last movie The Wind Rises. Studio Ghibli is often called the Disney of Japan (technically Disney is responsible for releasing the Ghibli movies worldwide but let’s look past that).The titles My Neighbour Totoro, Grave of the Fireflies, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away (Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film) or Howl’s Moving Castle must even ring a bell with non-anime fans, right? Riiiiight…? Anyway. I’m going to write more about Studio Ghibli in a future 101. All you need to know is that Studio Ghibli is huuuuge in Japan and that Hayao Miyazaki just made his last movie.

The Wind Rises was released in Japan in July 2013, but it hit the cinema’s in Europe this month. The Wind Rises follows the life of Jiro Hirokoshi who dreams about building planes. We follow him from his teens to his adulthood. The movie is an adaption of Miyazaki’s own manga of the same name. The manga is based on the real Jiro Hirokoshi and the short story The Wind has Risen of Tatsuo Hori. It is mainly set during the interbellum. This movie proves once again that anime is not only for children. This movie deals with dreams, disappointments, death, cultural differences and war. It gives a good view of that specific time period in Japan, where I as a foreigner didn’t know much about.

As with every Miyazaki movie, the art of this movie is simply stunning. A simple still of the background would belong in a museum. No 3D animations and sh*t. Just beautifully (mainly) hand-drawn 2D pictures. *sigh* This is what I miss in Disney so much. A really nice touch is that a part of the sound-effects is done by voice acting. So when a car rides by you hear a voice saying: ‘prrrrrrrrrrr’. It’s hilarious.

Spoilers are coming here! So, watch the movie first and read further afterwards! There are two things that make this movie so great for me. The first one is that this movie is based on real events, which does not happen a lot in Ghibli movies (I believe only Grave of the Fireflies is not set in some kind of fantasy world, and that one is not made by Miyazaki). The movie starts at the ending of WW-I, we see the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 happen, we witness the pre-WW-II crisis, and we even get a glance of the situation in Germany during the interbellum.

Talking about Germany, they did a good job solving the ‘we speak our own language but we actually speak a foreign language now’-problem. The voice actor begins speaking German and that changes to Japanese quite quickly, so you know they’re actually speaking German. And I was surprised how good the voice actors speak German, since I know how ‘great’ their English pronunciation usually is…

Back to the subject. Not do we only see real events happen in the movie, we also see real persons and real companies. The main character works for Mitsubishi, they name the German aircraft manufacturer Junkers, the main character often has dreams about the Italian aircraft designer Caproni and the main character itself, Jiro Hirokoshi, was a real person. In fact, he is the inventor of the Mitzubishi A6M Zero, a plane that’s responsible for many kamikazes in WW-II. Which brings me to my second point: this movie is incredibly sad.

The movie starts with Jiro realising he could never fulfill his dream of becoming a pilot because he wears glasses. He builds aircrafts that are going to be used of war, but he actually wants to build aircrafts for people transportation. He knows Japan is going into a war that cannot be won (the sentence ‘Japan will burn’ is repeated a few times during the movie) and he marries a woman of which he knows is going to die of tuberculosis sooner or later. You know from the start that everything the main character does is going to end bad. And the main character knows that to, but he’s doing it anyway because that’s what he wants to do. We see someone pursuing dreams that cannot come true. The movie ends with Jiro realising that his great invention only brought pain and destruction, and he’s alone because his wife died. But hey, he achieved his long life dream of building planes and he married the girl he loved! Yay?

What’s also special about this movie is the critical acclaim that it received. It has a strong anti-war message which caused Miyazaki being called a traitor. Anti-war organisations also dislike the movie because it sets the inventor of Japan’s WW-II death-machine in quite a good light. But that’s maybe also what’s good about this movie. It shows two sides of the same coin and it shows that people who do evil stuff are not necessarily evil themselves.

So, If you’re a Ghibli fan, you MUST see this movie. It’s an instant classic and it’s Hayao Miyazaki’s last movie. Try to catch it in theatre if it still in theaters in your county because a tv or computer screen is not worthy of the beauty of this movie.

Final Rating: 10/10