Meet The Fandoms

Sherlock (The BBC miniseries) Inspired by the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle- My love for sherlock began with a Skype message about a year or so ago. I was chatting with a friend of mine when she randomly began raving about “WATSON AND HIS GROCERIES!” I had absolutely no idea what she was carrying on about. Until recently. When I “accidentally” bought the first Sherlock episode of off iTunes. #BESTMISTAKEEVER

Percy Jack and The Olympians By Rick Riordan- Let me just say that I have been a PJO fan for years, and that Rick Riordans’ amazing talent really shines in these books. Greek god’s, demi-gods, monsters, a little romance-what more could you ask for? This series consists of 5 books, all of which I highly recommend. (Not that I agree with his decision regarding one of my favorite characters, Nico Di Angelo, in the spin off of the PJO series “Heroes of Olympus”. But I will save that rant for a rainy day and a rather long blog post.)

The Kane Chronicles By Rick Riordan- While the PJO series is centered mainly on Greek mythology, Rick Riordan chose to focus this trilogy on Egyptian mythology. I loved these books, and I suggest listening to them on youtube (they have the full audio books there).  The books seem to be written as though they were the recorded words of two people telling a story, and listening to them adds a unique element.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (A Modern Vlog Style Retelling of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”)- Okay. I think I should get it out in the open right now. I am a little bit of a Jane Austen freak. I went through a Jane Austen phase last Summer where my goal was to read all the Jane Austen books and watch all the movie adaptations of her books. I practically lived in the world of coat tails, cravats, and empire waist gowns that summer. When I found The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, the story of Pride and Prejudice told through Elizabeth Bennets vlogs, I was excited. The show is cool, and I almost wish I could un-watch all the videos (there are 100 episodes) so I could experience the whole thing again for the first time. There is some language, however, as this is part of the way in which they chose to interpret Lydia Bennet’s character.  (A choice I do not necessarily agree with as I do not believe it adds a whole lot to her character, but you have Hank Green to blame for that.) It is also interesting how they chose to interpret what happens when Lydia runs off with George Wickam, and to what magnitude they chose to go to make it understandable why Darcy stepped in when he did, to save the Bennet family from disgrace. (Since a daughter eloping with a boyfriend would no longer hold the same amount of mean public shame today as it would have in Jane Austen’s day.) All in all, they did a good job with this series, and it’s a fun way to experience another take on a classic. William Darcy’s company, Pemberley Digital, is where all the other modern adaptations of Jane Austen books will be posted. LBD, however, is on Lizzie’s personal youtube channel, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Emma Approved (A Modern Vlog Style Retelling of Jane Austen’s “Emma”- From the creators of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries comes Emma Approved, where Emma Woodhouse is not only match maker extraordinare in her own mind, she now owns a matchmaking business and is vlogging her “success” for all the world to see. Hank Green is doing a good job with Emma Approved, and I’m really liking her character. They are currently on episode 37 (the most fangirl worthy episode yet). The only language that has been used as of now is h*ll. You have been forewarned.  The episodes are available on youtube under the username: Pemberley Digital (Which is also the name of William Darcy’s company in LBD).
Merlin (The Story of King Arthur’s camelot With Merlin as The Main Character)-
Oh, Merlin. Merlin, Merlin, Merlin. Where do I begin. I really, really like this show. It’s humorous, sad, and poignant all at once. Gah. Watching this show is literally like asking for emotional damage. But it’s so good. So good. (And I realize I basically told you nothing about this show. Yay for pointless descriptions:)
Divergent (A Dystopian Teen Novel By Veronica Roth)- Imagine a world where you are forced to conform. Either you’re selfless, or brave, or peaceful, or intelligent, or honest. There is no in-between. You are forced to take a test that will decide who you are for the rest of your life. Unless your test results are inconclusive. Unless you are a mix of two or more factions. Unless you’re divergent. Which of course is the deal with our heroine, Tris Prior. (Otherwise there would be no story:) This is an awesome book, which is saying a lot since I normally don’t gravitate towards dystopian novels. It was well worth the read, and I can’t wait for the movie!
Harry Potter (By JK Rowling)- I’m convinced every other person is a part of this fandom. It’s probably one of the most well known fandoms world-wide. It has to do with wizards and stuff. You should check it out.
The Fault In Our Stars (By John Green, bother of Hank Green ((creator of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries)))- There once was a girl named Hazel who met a boy, named Augustas.  Hazel and Augustas meet at a cancer support group, and they quickly become friends. They eventually fall in love. Things don’t always go smoothly in relationships however, especially when two people are battling the same enemy-cancer. The idea behind this story is wonderful, and although I may not have fallen in love with how this book is written, I have definitely fallen in love with the characters.
The Princess Bride (Based on the book by William Goldman)- You knew it was going to come to this, didn’t you? Well, I may as well tell you the truth and spill the beans now. Yes, I am home schooled. And Yes.  This is one of my FAVORITE MOVIES EVER. I cannot tell you how many times I have watched this movie and never get tired of watching Princess Buttercup roll down the giant hill after Westley. It’s a brilliant timeless, movie,  and although it pokes fun at generic fairytales, by the end it has somehow convinced you that true love does exist.
Anne of Green Gables (Based on the book by LM Montgomery)- We have this tradition at my house. Every time we bake pumpkin bread (pumpkin bread, not banana bread mind you) we somehow always end up curling up on the sofa by the TV and popping in Anne of Green Gables. I’m not sure how this started, but I definitely don’t want it to end. This movie has some magic to it (Anne’s always getting herself into scrapes and what not, Gilbert is constantly making fun of her) and I think that’s what has captured the imagination of so many people. It’s really a great family movie, and  one I think everybody should see at least once in their lifetime.
Green Gables Fables (A Modern Vlog Style Retelling of Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery)- Since the Lizzie Bennet Diaries came out in 2012, many aspiring filmmakers have latched on to the idea of taking a book and retelling the story through vlogs on youtube. I think this is a great idea, and one I think would be loads of fun to do myself (Maybe for a summer project or something).This particular series has not progressed far, but I am looking forward to seeing more from it soon. It has been very fun and light hearted thus far. (Thus is such a fantabulous word.) It is available on youtube under the username: AnneWithAnE.
The Autobiography of Jane Eyre (A Modern Vlog Style Retelling of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte)- I bet you are extremely tired of the amount of vlogs I watch on a weekly basis. But they are just so much fun! This particular series is great! It incorporates all the characters, and has a very realistic feel, even more so then LBD. Jane carries her camera around with her, just like a real vlogger, and I have been loving the series. The only complaint I have at the moment, is the choice to make one of the character gay in order to “add a modern flare”. Seriously, when are directors going to catch on and realize that doing that to a beloved character in order to modernize a web show doesn’t do anything for the show in the least? It’s really beginning to annoy me. I believe that “rather long and drawn out blog post” I mentioned earlier will be coming very soon, so stay tuned:)
THE LEGOLAS (and Lord of the Rings) FANDOM- Is there such a thing as a “Legolas” fandom? If there is, I’m probably the president of it. I have loved this character from Lord of the Rings for as long as I can remember. He’s. just. so. cool. (And you’re probably looking at you’re computer screen thinking I’m the biggest nerd on the planet. oh well. #NOSHAME) I have some friends who say that they liked legolas, but then they switched from loving Legolas to loving Aragorn.  Well, Aragorn, as much as I ship you and Arwen (ya’ll are just to adorbs), I do not think I will ever be able to make the switch. EVER. My friends and I even came up with this name for the look Legolas has in most of the still pictures. We like to call it the “Pondering” expression.
See?! Doesn’t it look like he’s staring off into the sunset, pondering vast and complex thoughts? No? Just me? Okay. Moving right along.
Le Miserables- Of course we couldn’t forget Le Mis! (Does anyone know how you actually pronounce Le Miserables? That was one of my fears when I first went to the movie theatre to watch this movie. That I wouldn’t be able to pronounce it correctly and the ticket person would just stand there and look at me like:   O_O.   Anyway. ) I LOVE this movie! I cried AT LEAST 3 times, and by the end I was crying so hard people were turning around in their seats to see what on each was wrong with me but I didn’t care because my insides were all like asdhflsdbfdkjbgadjghjfnaekjhfsarkgjerjkgbeagkjrgbreakgbajkrsngjgn. It was an awesome experience.
And that’s it for now! I plan to greatly expand this page in the future as I become a part of more fandoms during the summer time! (When I actually have time to read what I want to read instead of writing a blog about my fandoms to avoid working on my debate project. #studyinghabits). Anyways, hope you all found that interesting, and I will, um…Yeah. I don’t have a sign off. So, as Lizzie Bennet once said, “PEACE!”.

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