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Highlights in Fandom History – October

Topic: Highlights in Fandom History – October

Today, I will highlight some interesting events in “fandom” history during the month of October for the following fandoms:

Technology:

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October 18, 1985: Nintendo NES first released in New York and select North American markets.

Literature:

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October 31, 1892: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the first collection of stories by Arthur Conan Doyle was published.

Pokémon:

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October 28, 1997: First volume of the manga Electric Tale of Pikachu was published in Japan.

Disney:

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October 30, 2012: Disney announces that it will acquire Lucasfilm Ltd

Star Wars:

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October 30, 2012: Disney and Lucasfilm announce

…new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.

10 favorite fandom couples

Topic: 10 favorite fandom couples

I am a sucker for a good romantic story. Lucky for me, many of my favorite fandoms include a romantic story either as a major or minor part of the plot. Therefore, today I decided to share with you 10 of my favorite couples from some of these fandoms…

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Sailor Moon & Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon
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Rick Hunter & Lisa Hayes from Robotech

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Belle & The Beast from Disney’s Beauty & The Beast

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Westley & Buttercup from The Princess Bride

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Lee Stetson & Amanda King from Scarecrow & Mrs King

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Cordelia & Aral Vorkosigan From The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Kenshin & Kaoru from Rurouni Kenshin

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Ren & Kyoko from Skip Beat

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Elizabeth & Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

And finally…

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Princess Leia & Han Solo from Star Wars

Highlights in Fandom History – August

Topic: Highlights in Fandom History – August

Today, I will highlight interesting events in “fandom” history during the month of August for the following fandoms:

Technology:

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On August 22, 1888: The “adding machine“, the precursor to the modern calculator, was patented by William Burroughs.

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On August 24, 1995: Microsoft Windows 95 was released.

Movies and Animated Features:

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On August 1, 1973: “American Graffiti” directed by George Lucas opened in theaters.

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On August 15, 1939: Wizard of Oz premiered in Hollywood. Check out the video the Origins of Oz from the Smithsonian Channel.

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On August 9, 1930: Betty Boop is introduced in the animated short, Dizzy Dishes. For more information check out this LA Times Article!

Disney:

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On August 13, 1945: The animated feature film, Bambi, opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Star Wars:

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On August 15, 2008: The CGI animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars debuted as a full length feature film and introduced Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan, Ahsoka Tano.

Recent adventures: Once Upon A Time Season 1

Recent adventures: Once Upon A Time Season 1

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I just started watching the ABC fantasy drama Once Upon A Time. As a fan of both Disney and fantasy, you would think I would have started watching this when it first aired, but I did not. I finally decided to give this show a chance because many of my friends and my family rave about the show. Therefore, thanks to Netflix I recently started watching season one.

Here are my thoughts on the first season of this show without giving any spoilers:

Story

This is Fairy Tale Land. It’s filled with magic, monsters and all of the characters we all know from stories growing up. It’s real, and so are the people in it. But unlike the “happily ever after” you may have heard about, their stories continued, and The Evil Queen cast a Dark Curse over the land….

This is Storybrooke. It’s a quiet, little, New England town filled with people who go about their everyday lives with no idea who they really are. The Queen’s Curse has trapped them here and placed her in near-complete control. They have no real memories and no real hope.

Once Upon A Time is, at its core, a story about hope.

At first, I was not too happy with how the story switched from the “fantasy world” to “our world”. This switching made it harder to keep track of all the different characters and how they related to each other. However, as the series progressed, I became invested in the characters and how they relate to each other and the switches became less of a nuisance.

Characters

I have to say that based on the shows that I have seen so far, I love the characters and how they are portrayed. Almost all of the women in the show are strong, complex, great role models and from time-to-time even those that are ‘evil’ show a ‘good’ side, which adds another level of complexity. I think the writers have done a good job with the banter and interaction between the characters, especially between Emma Swan and Regina Mills (aka Evil Queen) pictured below:

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Settings and Costumes

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I love the fantasy settings and the costumes used throughout the series. The visuals are just amazing and are reminiscent of the settings use in The Lord of The Rings and Hobbit movies. The costumes for the characters, when they are portrayed in the fantasy world, appear to be extremely detailed and fit the imagery already established in the Disney animated features and other sources. I am slightly disappointed every time the setting switches back to the town of Storybrooke in “our world” and the characters are back into their “normal” everyday attire.

I will probably do a more through review once I finish watching more of this series. In the meantime, if you have not seen this series yet and want to find out more, then you should check out the official ABC Once Upon A Time website which features some really good 101 videos. You can also watch the first season on Netflix, like I am doing, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

Highlights in Fandom History – July

Topic: Highlights in Fandom History – July

Today, I will highlight interesting events in “fandom” history during the month of July for the following fandoms:

Technology:

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July 1, 1979: Sony Walkman is first introduced in Japan

Literature:

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On July 21, 2007: The final book in the Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is released (and I was one of those throughout the world who bought it right at midnight)!

Disney:

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On July 17, 1944: Disneyland Opens.

Star Wars:

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Highlights in Fandom History – Mid to End of June

Topic: Highlights in Fandom History – Mid to End of June

Today, I will highlight interesting events in “fandom” history from Mid to the End of June (between June 15th and June 30th) for the following fandoms:

Technology:

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On June 29, 2007: Apple, iPhone first is released!

Literature:

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On June 30, 1936: Gone With The Wind is first published!

Batman:

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On June 23, 1989: The first of the Tim Burton Batman movies is released.

Disney:

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On June 27, 1997: Hercules is released in the US and Canada.

Anime:

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On June 17, 2005: Disney releases Miyazaki’s anime movie Howl’s Moving Castle in US theaters for the first time.

June #FangirlPhotoADay Challenge: Day 13

I have accepted a challenge from Twitter User @kim_love who challenges all fangirls to answer one question a day via photos with the #FangirlPhotoADay hash tag.

The following photo answers the question for Day 13:

Question 13) What character do I most relate to?

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Belle from Disney’s Beauty & The Beast because, like me, she LOVES reading books, especially re-reading and sharing her favorite stories, even if it is to a bunch of animals.

Highlights in Fandom History – Beginning of June

Topic: Highlights in Fandom History – Beginning of June

Today, I will highlight interesting events in “fandom” history during the beginning of June (between June 1st and June 15th) for the following fandoms:

Technology:

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On June 4, 1977: Apple II, the 1st personal computer, goes on sale

Television:

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On June 1, 1980: CNN (Cable News Network), the world’s first 24-hour television news network, makes its debut.

Movies:

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On June 11, 1982: ET The Extra Terrestrial, directed by Steven Spielberg, is released at the Cannes Film Festival.

Star Trek:

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On June 4, 1982: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is released in the U.S. and is credited with reviving interest in the franchise.

Indiana Jones:

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On June 12, 1981: Raiders Of The Lost Ark, directed by Steven Spielberg, with story idea by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford, premieres.

Disney:

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On June 15, 1994: Lion King premiered in limited release.

June #FangirlPhotoADay Challenge: Day 11

I have accepted a challenge from Twitter User @kim_love who challenges all fangirls to answer one question a day via photos with the #FangirlPhotoADay hash tag.

The following photos answer the question for Day 11:

Question 11) Favorite fangirl outfit

I do not have a fangirl outfit. Therefore, I cannot highlight any outfit that is my favorite. However, I do have #StarWars and #Disney related T-shirts that I like to wear on a regular basis. The pictures below are some examples of these fangirl related T-Shirts.

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June #FangirlPhotoADay Challenge: Day 5

I have accepted a challenge from Twitter User @kim_love who challenges all fangirls to answer one question a day via photos with the #FangirlPhotoADay hash tag.

The following photos answer the question for Day 5:

Question 5) 5 things your a Fangirl of!

I am a fangirl of the following 5 fandoms in alphabetical order:

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