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Megacon Review

My feet still hurt and I’ve been back a full day now. But oh was it worth it! I had so much fun during the con…insanely stupid and unnecessary drama unfolded in the after hours part of the trip, but I won’t bore you guys with those details. Especially since I am trying to ignore them as best I can.

First and foremost for my excitable news…I met Tom Felton! Well, met is probably a strong word, we hardly had a conversation or anything, but me and some friends and the Eagle Scout did take a picture with him! A few weird fangirl tidbits: He smells great. I have no idea what he wears but it’s nice. His shirt (I got to put my arm around him) was very soft, couldn’t tell what the fabric was made of but I did wonder about it. Most importantly, I managed to not squee and mumble out a very excitable “it was nice meeting you” and he actually responded to that…can’t for the life of me remember what it he said, we were ushered from the picture area very quickly, but I heard a response. Is it weird I forgot how English he was going to be? Last thing I saw him in had him doing a very convincing American accent. Anyway, so that was fun and pretty crazy.

I also bought way too much stuff…or should I say the Eagle Scout bought way too much stuff for the both of us. I am now the proud owner of a Sword of Gryffindor because apparently I was in desperate need of a sword. I also have my very own Gryffindor robes, and a Spider Gwen hooded dress. We got quite a few really awesome pieces of art as well and an amazingly drawn deck of cards where the suits were changed to the four elements from ATLA. It also has really great pictures of lots of characters from the show. The Jokers are the foaming mouth guy and the cabbage man…which is just gold. We are most definitely broke now and I feel it was worth it.

The absolute best part though was all the awesome cosplayers we saw. If it weren’t for the epic swag and celebs you can meet at a con I would literally go, find a great place to sit and just watch people walk around. Actually, I spent a decent bit of Sunday just sitting and enjoying all the cosplayers that passed by me. In fact, I got so many pictures I’m going to upload all of them on my computer and just give you pictures from Megacon. But that probably won’t be up until tomorrow since I have lots of laundry and stuff to do tonight.

Sigh…after such a geektastic weekend it’s really hard to return to the regular world. I miss everyone getting my references already. Anyway, that’s all the gushing I’ll do today. Look for those pictures tomorrow. Happy Memorial Day guys and as always, thanks for reading.

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Years From Now- Shel Silverstein

Although I cannot see your face
As you flip these poems awhile,
Somewhere from some far-off place
I hear you laughing—and I smile.

This poem is the epitome of what good poems and good books make you feel. This is the epitome of what it’s like to find someone who loves the same books or poems you do. I wish I could find an abundance of words to describe better why I love this poem so much, but there is really no better way to say it. This is the connection between every book and poetry lover. Every fangirl and boy, every gamer, every comic book geek…this is the feeling that consumes you when you wear that Ravenclaw scarf, or Tardis dress, or Flash shirt, or slip a subtle reference into conversation and someone…maybe someone across the room, someone you’ve never seen or spoken to before nods in approval or compliments your outfit. This is why you can have the most comfortable conversation with a complete stranger on a bus when any other day of the week you’d just be hoping to disappear into the crowd or very far away from the crowd. When you have these moments, these things that you all appreciate together, suddenly you sense how not alone you are, how much of a community you have, even if you never seen it’s members. Suddenly, you can feel the thousands or millions of people watching just like you, laughing and crying and gasping all together, all at once, even if you’re oceans apart. This poem makes me smile because I know this feeling so very well, and I am glad to share it with everyone who’s ever felt it before.

P.S. Tomorrow we hit Z! can you believe we’ve made it to the end? I’ll be sad to see the challenge go, but I wanted to thank everyone who’s been following along and I wanted to do it here since tomorrow will cover several books and you won’t want a post script by the end of it. It’s been a wonderful April with you guys. I’ve had some great conversations and found some really interesting bloggers from this, so it really has been a pleasure. I was glad to have you all with me. Thanks for reading.

 

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Quidditch Through the Ages

Don’t hate me. As it turns out it’s hard to find a book that starts with Q and this is the only one I’ve read. I promise this post won’t be very long because explaining this isn’t hard to do, so let’s get to it.

QuidditchthroughtheagesThis is a book about the history of Quidditch, the sport favored by many people in the magical world. To explain it better for muggles, it’s at popular as soccer is for most of the world, except in America where they prefer Quodpot, which hasn’t been as well received around the world.  The book details out the beginnings of the game, how it grew and developed over the years and what the current rules are. The book also goes over the history of the flying broom and how it evolved into the racing broom we know today. It goes over the anti-muggle protection charms placed on Quidditch pitches around the world and the Quidditch teams of Britain and Ireland.

Honestly, even if you don’t care about the sport, the books pretty fun to look at. The cover claims it’s property of the Hogwarts Library and inside we see checkout dates and the people who withdrew it from the library. There are drawings throughout the book so the reader gets a better visual of what old Quidditch balls and goals looked like, not to mention older broom models. It’s super short so it didn’t take up much time to read and it was pretty fun delving a little deeper into one of the only sports to ever actually interest me.

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Mind Blowing Fan Theory

So there is a fan theory that Harry, Ron and Hermione actually represent the other three houses and the only reason they were placed in Gryffindor is because they were brave enough to ask…this blows my mind, but not for the reason you might think.

Neville didn’t ask to be placed in Gryffindor, he actually tried to convince the Sorting Hat he wasn’t brave enough for Gryffindor, but the Hat insisted he was and placed him there anyway. Think about that for a minute…

Basically, what blows my mind about that is that, if the fan theory is correct then Neville should’ve asked to be in Gryffindor. If the fan theory is still to be considered correct despite Neville not asking to be in Gryffindor, then that mean means Neville was so brave and chivalrous and so…Gryffindor, the Hat changed the rules for him! The Sorting Hat knew Neville would never ask to be in Gryffindor, but it also knew he was meant to be in Gryffindor, more so than even Harry Potter.

I think this one sticks out a lot for me because, I have loved the character of Neville Longbottom since he first lost Trevor…maybe I just have a soft spot for the underdog, but I think, deep in my heart I knew he was more than he was being written as in Philosopher’s Stone. I knew he was a Gryffindor for a reason. Maybe the Hat made mistakes once or twice, but I never thought Neville was one. So, this fan theory just resonates with me because it proves just how Gryffindor Neville has always been. He might have been scared of many things, but he woke up every day and faced them head on. He took the punishment and kept on pushing. He was, in my eyes, the bravest Gryffindor in Harry’s year, perhaps one of the bravest there ever was.

Just thought that might be something to think on. Anyway, two posts in a day…I’m a wild woman ;D. Until next time guys, thanks for reading.

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Proving

It is something every geek must go though when they meet another geek. Unfortunately this happens a lot more with female geeks than male geeks. It doesn’t help that geek has become chic. People often use geek as a fashion statement nowadays and do not realize that it is an actual way of life.

The Proving is different for every part of geek culture. A gamer might be asked how long they have been gaming, or a subtler version of that, such as what was your favorite game when you were younger? Any answer that is deemed too recent or any answer of a game widely known to be crap, will cause doubt among fellow gamers. The Proving will then continue, but the assumption that you are not truly a gamer will have already set in.

The Proving for a comic book geek is a series of trivia questions that usually begins with the question, “What do you like to read?” Upon answering you will be drilled will questions based off of the hero or universe you have named. Comic book geeks a usually pretty harsh when it comes to details. A lack of knowledge on the minute will earn you instant distrust. Answering based off movie facts will definitely get you a veto. Comic book geeks have some of the highest standards of all geeks, and not knowing some of the smallest details, such as where The Punisher first appeared or how Aquaman lost his hand will earn you disfavor. However, stating your honest lack of knowledge rather than professing great knowledge where you have none is more accepted.

The Proving for fandoms is much like The Proving for comic book geeks. You must first find the fandom you are trying to gain favor with and once you have professed your love of said fandom you will be presented with hidden trivia questions. Your reactions will be gauged and your worth measured. Hidden trivia questions consist of making excited statements about random moments throughout the book/show/movie and watching the reaction the other gives. If there is any hint of lack of knowledge or any facts they gush over are incorrect the fandom will not be pleased. In fandoms, however, there are layers of fans, sort of like a hierarchy. Those who know all the smallest details of the fandom are often looked to for confirmation during discussions. Those who know less are not necessarily looked down upon except by elitist which occur in every aspect of life. Fandoms are probably the easiest group to find favor with, though you should always expect in fighting.

Now, on to a slightly touchy subject. The Proving for females geeks, unfortunately, is different from male geeks. Usually a male geek is happy to find in another male geek similar likes. As such, and despite how hard I make it seem to be accepted by other geeks, there is a mindset of innocent until proven guilty. This means, if you say you like Naruto I will assume you like Naruto until you prove to me you are a bandwagoner and not a true fan. This is the true reason for all Provings, just so you all know. It is much like loving a sports team who is on the bottom for years and suddenly they get good and a bunch of people who never cared pretend like they do, you become defensive of that thing you loved before they were good or cool. This is why geeks invoke The Proving.

However, and this is truly unfortunate, that same idea stops for a lot of male geeks when they meet female geeks. If I say I like comic books, instead of looks of interest I get looks of instant doubt. The questions become more about who got me into them and if the answer is anything other than a parent they assume I only did it to be liked. Same goes for gaming. Do you know how tiresome it is to hear, “I bet you’re boyfriend got you into this.”? But the sad fact is, it’s other females who cause this trouble for us. It’s the girls in skin-tight R2D2 dresses talking about how awesome the prequels were, or the girls dressing up like sexy Link and thinking she’s dressed up like sexy Zelda, and it’s the girl who takes pouty lipped pictured while holding “her games” and getting finger prints all over them and making me want to scream…sorry, I raged a little.

Now, I need you all to understand, I’m not saying that dressing up like sexy Link or in a skin-tight R2D2 dress is the problem. I’m saying that when you do those things and don’t actually know what you’re talking about, it gives us actual geek girls a harder time. So, don’t claim the geek title just because it became cool, because at the end of the day The Proving is just us trying to find people like us.

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