Fan Girl Friday

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Get excited, people! Its the first Fan Girl Friday of the New Year! And I am NOT holding back for the inaugural FGF of 2015!

Huff the Hubs and Brock the Brother-In-Law are OBSESSED with tabletop games. Catan, Risk, Pathfinder; you name it, they love it! Which reminds me of another guy…

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And speaking of Ben “The Maverick” Wyatt, his fictitious game is about to become a reality! That’s right, The Cones of Dunshire will soon be available for purchase!

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It recently made an appearance at GenCon and game-makers, Mayfair, are starting up a Kickstarter campaign to get it made!

Everyone knows that I am a huge bibliophile. Well, maybe not as much as my sister. Which is why I’m kicking myself for not seeing this sooner! It would’ve been the BEST Christmas present for her!
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You can snuggle up with a good book and this comfy back support and read until your eyes go blurry!

As I type this blog post, I’m wearing my Gryffindor sweat pants and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is playing in the background. To say I’m obsessed would be an understatement. Which is why when I saw the instructions for a DIY Hogwarts Express, I did a nerd squeal!

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Isn’t this awesome?! Just click the link and you’ll be able to download instructions for your very own train! Now you have a purpose for all of those leftover boxes from Christmas!

Have you always wanted an action figure of yourself, but scared that you’d have the same outcome as Howard and Raj? Well fear no more, Think Geek has you covered! The creative minds over at TG just released new kits for you to create your own action figure!

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You can paint them to look like yourself or your favorite comic book hero(ine)! And, while you’re perusing the TG site, check out their clearance! They’ve got AH-MAY-ZING deals!

Happy Fangirling!

Movies > Books?

This morning while simultaneously eating breakfast, checking my email, and pumping Hermione’s afternoon meal, I was watching The Today Show (I know, I’m a multi-tasking BOSS). Tamran, Natalie, and Willie were talking about a new study out of London that claims men prefer the movie adaptions of books while women prefer the novel itself.

True, for certain books I wholeheartedly prefer the books. There’s more detail, character development, and inner monologues that don’t always make it in their silver screen sisters. However, there are a few books that I would rather toss in the “donate” pile and pop in the DVD version. (I think I just heard the thud of a million bibliophiles falling to the ground.)

There aren’t many, but here are my film favorites that trump their paperback paramours:

 

The Great Gatsby 

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I know, I know…I’m committing literary blasphemy. I’m sorry; I’m just NOT a fan of this book. I found it difficult to read, difficult to follow, and I absolutely loathed every. single. character. No one had any redeeming qualities and everyone was bat-crap crazy. The movie, however, I loved!

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The first reason is obvious: Leo. But I enjoyed it more because it was able to show the scenery and the glitz and glamour of the 1920’s rather than describe it in dated, pseudo-intellectual language.

 

Beautiful Creatures

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I got this book as a Christmas gift and had never heard of it. I enjoyed the story; the premise wasn’t anything new (a girl has a supernatural power/family and struggles to deal) but the characters were charming and the setting was idyllic. There were many times though, that I thought: “Holy cow! Just wrap up a thought already! Move this bad boy along!” Needless to say, I got frustrated a lot. So i wasn’t too excited when I saw the movie.

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Then, my opinion changed. I absolutely loved the movie! It cut the fat (and trust me, there was a lot!) but stayed true to the integrity of the story.

 

 

Gone With the Wind

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I’ll admit: I haven’t actually read the entire book. I started reading it when I was about 13 years old (that may have been the problem) because I loved the movie growing up. My mom read the book, which led to my sisters reading (and loving) it as well. I tried, I really did. I just couldn’t get past the first chapter.

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The movie, on the other hand, is one of my favorite movies EVER. When I was little and my sisters and I would stay home from school sick, my mom would unfold the hide-a-bed from the brown and orange couch (everyone had one of those in the 80’s!), fix us some Jell-O, and we’d watch GWTW. Scarlett was just one of those characters that you love to hate and hate to love. She was fierce, conniving, and manipulative. But she was also sensitive, hard-working, and sentimental. An absolute gem of a film!

 

What about you? Any books you prefer in movie form?