Favorite Fandoms

I write about a variety of popular media on this blog, but these are the ones that have shaped my interest in the culture.

Books and Retro Faves
Farscape, my favorite tv show of all time, has been off the air since 2004, alas, and I haven’t had the inclination to write about it on this blog…until November 2016, when I compared it’s view of government to that of other science fiction franchises, including Star Trek, Firefly, The Hunger Games and The Wayfarers books by Becky Chambers.

I don’t talk about books on here often, either, though I love them to death. Still, here’s a post that I wrote in March 2016 about Jewish speculative works. I also occasionally attempt to tie pop culture into Jewish practice like in September 2011, when I wrote a High Holidays post about another fave tv show, Xena: Warrior Princess. 😛

Harry Potter
I only started reading these books in 2001, when I was 17, and my aunt bought me the newly released Goblet of Fire for my birthday. Since then, the series has been a cornerstone in my life, helping me to reach out to people in college and even make a whole group of friends online and across the country/world. As the franchise continues to expand into new waters I’ll be here reviewing their output, like in November 2016, with the release of Fantasitic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The Hunger Games
I’m usually pretty picky with YA (young adult) fiction now-a-days, and even if I do like it, I don’t necesarily love it. I see a lot of the YA fantasy with their strong female heroines, in particular, as a modern day continuation of the dude-centric Marvel and DC comics. But The Hunger Games is on a totally different level for me. Yes, the story (and writing) has its flaws. But it’s focus on the cost of war and the price of propaganda, and the realization that Katniss is not a “badass female heroine,” but rather a traumatized victim and a girl trying her best in a morally compromised world, really spoke to me. I think I needed reassurance that despite all of the horros that human beings inflict on other human beings, both big and small, there’s a way to foster trust and faith, and to build relationships towards a better tomorrow. I write about Hunger Games a lot on this blog, comparing it to both current events and other pop culture. But my favorite post is from November 2014–The Year of the Mockingjay Adaptations.

Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire
As an HBO junkie, I only heard about this series when they were starting to do major promotion for the first season in the spring of 2011. Adult fantasy with pretty costumes, locations and props, plus a focus on family dynamics? Sign me up! I am still most obsessed with the fate of the surviving Stark siblings. The Iron Throne can go melt in dragon fire for all I care. 😛 The books have perhaps gotten a little too violent for my tastes, in that critiquing violence they’ve gone into overkill (no pun intended.) The show has often struggled with an infantile focus on nekkid ladies, plus some controversial rape scenes. For my part, I’ve appreciated a lot of the stories the show has been telling around Cersei, Sansa and Arya these past few seasons. My favorite posts thus far are June 2015’s Patriarchy and Vengeance and July 2016’s A Reversal of Fortune and the Price of Revenge.

Star Wars
I first became a Star Wars fan when my parents dragged me out to the 25th anniversary theatre showings in 1997. If I’m gonna blame George Lucas for anything, then it’s for my continuing obsession with family drama. 😛 Admittedly, I’ve been out of the game for some time. As one of the 5% of people born before 1990 who enjoy the prequels, the vitriol from the rest of the fandom has been acidic. I enjoy the hero’s journey, and the chemistry between actors in the original movies as well, but franchises like Harry Potter also crowded into that space. But with Disney turning the franchise into a Marvel/DC-type operation with a movie each year, I’m kind of intrigued again. I don’t think that I’ll be reviewing each new film, but Star Wars is on my radar again. In December of 2015, I tackled the hype of Episode VII: The Force Awakens in Major Movie Season: Star Wars, The Hunger Games.

Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time is ABC/Disney’s modern fairytale re-telling when popular figures like Snow White, Prince Charming and The Evil Queen get stuck in a small town in modern day Maine. My most popular post on this blog, November 2011’s Rumplestiltskin and Antisemitism, is a commentary on the first few episodes. Since then the show has grown and changed a lot, and although recent seasons have been lackluster with soap opera-like plots, I still maintain my soft spot for the characters. This is one of the only shows on TV, after all, where the three main characters are all women, with well explored relationships no less! Back in season three, I really feel like the show was in it’s heyday, which I wrote about in March 2014 with I Do Believe in Neverland on Once Upon a Time.

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