Event Recap: Star Wars Celebration!

I know. I know, shop I know, case I know. I’m so late on my recap. But April legit has been the craziest month ever. I don’t know why everyone seems to think that this is the best month to schedule every thing at the exact same time but apparently it is.

I first heard of Star Wars Celebration about two to three years ago when a friend of mine went to the one in Florida. I thought, ohmygod, this is the coolest thing ever and I need to go. Then I found out the next one was going to be in Anaheim. Right down the street from me. Heaven. Tickets went on sale about two years ago and I knew I had to go until I saw the ticket price. 140 dollars. At the time, I was legit making only about 100 dollars a week so there was just absolutely no way I was going to make this work.

Fast forward to about a couple months ago. I knew it was fast approaching and they kept announcing epic guests. Ian McDiarmid. Mark Hamill. Anthony Daniels. Kenny Baker. Peter Mayhew…and then the clincher, Carrie Freakin Fisher. I had to go. I learned I had a discount through my job (the House of Mouse) and knew that I just had to get there.

But an even better thing happened! I applied for press, because I have such a “why not” attitude and I was gifted a beautiful media pass, for four full days at the convention for FREE. AWESOME.

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I can’t even begin to explain the amazing time that I had that weekend. It was one of the best cons I’ve ever been to, even with the craziness of lines and the drama of the autograph tickets and all of that. I was surrounded by a million people that enjoy and love Star Wars just as much and more than I do. Everyone fangirled (fanboyed) together and there were so many cast members there and people in such epic cosplays and I can’t even begin to explain what a great time I had.

So instead of boring you will the details of all four days, I’m going to give you the highlights:

Taking pictures with everyone in their cool cosplays while I read my book. Which is something that I started doing with my friends at Disneyland and I decided it would be a super fun thing to do at the convention and omg it came out so great that now I’m going to do it all the time. It was seriously so much fun to do.

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There are a lot more but I just can’t even haha. They’re all so awesome. These are my favorites though.

Going to the Ian McDiarmid panel. For those of you who don’t know, he played Senator/Emperor Palpatine in the movies and he’s just so epic. His panel was seriously fantastic. He did a reading of the Shakespearean Star Wars and he just went into it, no problem. Seriously epic man.

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Family Feud: Star Wars style. Dark vs Light. SO hilarious plus my beautiful man crush Matt Lanter was on the panel (he does the voice for Anakin Skywalker in the Clone Wars, if you didn’t know). It was a TON of fun.

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UGH he’s so beautiful. Its not even fair. ;)

The Carrie Fisher panel. Seriously this was my main goal of the entire weekend. Because…its Carrie Fisher. Princess Leia. LIFE. And it was so much fun. She is one of the most eccentric people I have ever met and she’s such a weirdo, but if you know anything about her or her life, you totally get why. But her panel was totally wild and I had a blast.

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Taking our photo with Carrie Fisher. This actually might be the absolute best part of the whole weekend. We waited in line, and when we finally got up there, I was like, I’m doing it. I’m asking if I can kiss Carrie Fisher because WHY NOT. And I did it and it was beautiful.

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I will never ever ever ever ever ever get over the fact that I kissed Princess freakin Leia. Dream come true, I’m not even kidding. I’m pretty sure Princess Leia was my first girl crush. I still want to be her when I grow up. Except I want a pink lightsaber because…well…duh, its me.

Getting my Carrie Fisher autograph. It was such drama, seriously, I almost cried a couple times because they need to work on a better system for the autographs. Plus I finally was able to get in line because my ticket number was called, and THEN I proceeded to wait 3 hours in line. But I had to interview Karen Hallion, and I didn’t want to ditch out on that so I didn’t know what to do. Luckily one of the workers gave me a secret password that got me to the front of the line so that I could go interview Karen. Sweet!

So because Carrie’s line was so damn long, she wasn’t personalizing. She would either write “Leia”, something else that I honestly can’t remember or “Nice boobs”. Which is hilarious. She was talking to the guys in front of me and she wrote “Happy No Boobs Day” on their pictures and I could not stop laughing. Then I walked up and she was like, “whoa, you have BIG boobs” and I literally could not stop laughing. So she wrote that on my picture. She also said we looked like goobers in our picture.

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Meeting and Interviewing Karen Hallion. I adore her so much. She’s just so amazing and I love all of her Disney crossover art with Doctor Who and Star Wars and Harry Potter. I just love it. I was so excited to both be able to meet her and get the opportunity to interview her. Hopefully that will be going up on my YouTube channel quite soon!

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I know. I really should take the picture off the camera and upload that haha. I’m SO lazy. Worst. Blogger. Ever.

Seeing all the GIRLY stuff. Seriously. One of my biggest things is that you can be a total girl and still be into nerdy stuff and be a badass. My favorite characters are the ones that are gorgeous and classy and all that but also are smart as hell and can kick ass. You shouldn’t have to choose, you should be able to be all of it. And I liked seeing that. My favorite was this awesome pink R2 unit. I want it. I’m still on the search for a pink lightsaber though…

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Going to Star Wars Night at Angel Stadium and Getting my Jedi Rally Monkey. Seriously guys. These are two of my absolute favorite things in ONE. You guys know how I feel about baseball and my Angels. Add in Star Wars and its like…the most beautiful thing in the entire world. I ended up leaving the game early because I went on short notice and didn’t have a jacket with me and it was freezing as hell, but its okay because I got my rally monkey and that makes me happy.

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All in all, it was a seriously epic weekend. I had such a blast, got to see all kinds of super cool Star Wars things, took a ton of amazing pictures (that I swear will be uploaded to FB super soon) and just had an amazing time. I’m super sad that the next one will be in London because I want to go again and there’s just NO way this girl is getting to London next year. Oh well. But again, a totally fun event. They need to work on their autograph system because that was frustrating as hell and really unorganized but other than that, I really did have SUCH a blast and I can’t wait til it comes back to the US so I can go again.

May the Force be with You!

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Merry Christmas from WhataNerdGirlSays

Hello everyone! Merry merry Christmas to you all! I hope that you all had or are having a wonderful Christmas.

And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, help I hope you enjoyed Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and Winter Solstice and any other holiday or not!

I also you all got the nerdiest presents! I know I did :) I have a ton of new books to read, illness including the song of ice and fire series (game of thrones for those who don’t know) and the Heir trilogy by Cinda Williams Chima. Plus I have a ton of gift card money to spend on books and other nerdy goodness at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

I also got a TON of Los Angeles Angels stuff for Christmas. I love me some baseball and Mike Trout, this the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year, is one of my favorite players…and I got a scarf and beanie and a Mike Trout Lego and Mike Trout hat and pin. It’s super awesome.

Oh man and my mom made me a Luna doll, it’s absolutely fantastic! She made Harry, Ron and Hermione dolls for my cousin Grace and Fred and George for my sister Jessica. I’ll have to post pictures later; they are amazing. She could definitely set up an etsy and sell them!

My boyfriend outdid himself once again. The guy spoils me rotten; I swear, every year, I’m like…damn my presents pale in comparison to his! We’ve been together nearly five years and of course we have talked about our future together and I’ve told him that one thing I really want to do with him before we settle down one day is travel. I haven’t been out of my own backyard very much and I want to go out and see!

So in a few weeks, as my Christmas present, my boyfriend booked us a room at the fancy Fairmont hotel in San Francisco to start our adventures in travel! It’s such a sweet and romantic gift…and it shows how much he listens to me :) I seriously cannot wait, I haven’t been there since I was a kid and it’s going to be so great!

But I think the best part of the holidays is spending time with my family…all of them. I love spending Christmas Eve with my mom and her family and Christmas Day with my dad and his family. And now I have an extended family and I get to spend Christmas Eve with my boyfriends family as well…and it’s all good people and good food and I love it.

So I hope you all had a great holiday and that you have a fantastic new year as well! Look for some “Best of 2012” posts coming very very soon! Also, a review of the Doctor Who Christmas special!

What did YOU get for Christmas? Let me know in the comments!

Newly Released Clockwork Princess Snippet

Clockwork Princess, check the third and final installment in Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series, try will come out in bookstores in March of this coming year. The Infernal Devices series takes place about a hundred years before the Mortal Instruments series (though TMI came out first) and follows the story of Tessa, a Downworlder, and her friends Will and Jem, both Shadowhunters.

I’ve been counting down the days until this book comes out, especially since the original publication date was for this December and then was postponed until March. Bit of a letdown if you ask me.

Cassandra Clare has recently said that she has some secret that she wants to reveal to her fans. Honestly, I don’t follow it that much but apparently it had TMI and ID fans in an uproar.

I love TMI and I love ID and I think Cassandra Clare is a fun and entertaining authors and I obviously enjoy the books well enough to get a tattoo of a Shadowhunter rune on my back. But I don’t personally love her. She is supposedly really, really accessible to her fans but I’ve written and emailed and sent her messages on facebook and twitter and tumblr and I’ve never once got even a wisp of reply so I don’t pay attention TOO much to what goes on in her social networking world.

However, today she shared a little snippet from Clockwork Princess and here it is for you:

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Here’s my thing: Clockwork Princess is going to have a lot going down in the Shadowhunter world and all that. But it is also going to have a lot going down with the fact that Tessa has two boys, Jem and Will, fighting over her. However, when we left off the last book, she was engaged to Jem right before Will declared his undying love to her.

To make it clear, I am for Will. I think Will loves Tessa more than Jem does. I think Jem loves Tessa but not to the extent that Will does. Will so believed that he was cursed to have everyone who loved him die that he did the best he could to make it so she hated him. I think Will deserves to be with Tessa.

But here’s the thing. Tessa is engaged to Jem, and this is the Victorian age, so you can’t just let that go. And Jem is sick, really sick and he probably doesn’t have much longer to live. I think some fans will be mad if Tessa stays with Jem, because of Will’s intense love for Tessa. But I think a lot of fans, including myself, will be pretty pissed if Tessa gets with Will, either while Jem is alive or dead, because let’s face it…that’s messed up. Big time.

So my hope is that the choice that Tessa makes is of no choice. I think the focus of Clockwork Princess should be on the defeat of Mortmain and figuring out exactly what Tessa is and more about her past. Is she a full warlock, is she half Shadowhunter, who are her real parents, and over and over and over again. There are so many unanswered questions and yeah, Mortmain is a psycho and she needs to take him down. I think bouncing back and forth between Will and Jem is completely unnessary.

And let’s face it, most teen girls in TV shows and movies and books spend most of their time whining over what boy to choose and its gets so annoying…the ugly, annoying love triangle. I think that if Tessa chooses no one, that’ll be good for the audience. I think most of the audience would be pretty pissed but I think it makes sense. No one gets hurt, no one gets chosen and Tessa does the mature thing, as to not hurt either boy. Besides, she’s immortal, she’s going to live forever, and neither Will nor Jem will. No choice to me makes sense.

What do you think?

Book of The Week: City of Bones

So…I haven’t read anything new this week. I’ve been really busy, help honestly! I have a big exam in my art history class coming up…I just had a big exam in children’s literature…my best friend is getting married…all sorts of things!

So I’ve started some new books, dosage I’m currently reading The Eyre Affair by Jaspar Fforde, Anne of Green Gables and a book called The Demon King by Cinda WIlliams Chima. I literally will have a TON of books to review and share with you guys very very soon, and I know Jackie will too. This week…we got a little lazy…and that’s okay! Sometimes that happens.

And today, today is a VERY big day. Its Harry Potter Bowling Night! If you live in Southern Californa, you need to be at this event tonight! Its going to be epic and see if you can spot me, I’ll be a Helper Elf all night :D

So because of all this busyness and whatnot, I’m doing one of my absolute favorite books today. I’m sure those of you who read this blog know my absolute obsession with Cassandra Clare and her two series, The Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices. However, some of you may little to nothing about these books at all and are wondering what the heck I’m talking about all the time!

Plus I’m getting my MI tattoo on Monday, so I’m really really excited about this!

So this week’s book of the week is:

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

 This book is the first book in the Mortal Instruments series, which up to now, has 5 books, the 6th one slated to be released sometime in 2014. Now I went to the bookstore, I needed something new to read and this book caught my eye. The premise sounded interesting, it had Holly Black’s recommendation on it (I adore Holly Black!) and to top it off, it was fairly inexpensive (10 dollars for a fat paperback? I’m sold…) so I decided to try it.

I finished City of Bones that day. I went out and bought the second book, City of Ashes the next day and finished it that day. I went out and bought the third book, City of Glass the day after that and finished it that day. I spent 30 bucks in 3 days because it was so good! I had to wait about five months for the next one, City of Fallen Angels to come out but it was okay. I was hooked.

The basic premise of City of Bones is this: Clary Fray is a normal, every day girl living with her mom, Jocelyn, in New York City, hanging out with her best friend, Simon. That is, until one day, Clary sees people that no one else can see: Jace, Isabelle and Alec. She learns that they are called Shadowhunters, a group of humans who have a spark of angel blood and are trained to fight demons. When her mother is kidnapped and she is attacked by a demon, she gets wrapped up in this world. She soon finds her that her mom is a former Shadowhunter, and was kidnapped by her father, Valentine, a very rebellious and evil Shadowhunter. She has to figure out a way to save her mom, and help Jace, Alec and Isabelle figure out what Valentine is up to…and try and discover who she really is.

The Good or The Bad: 

Obviously this book has a ton of good. Its one of my favorite books, and I’m obsessed with the MI series so yeah, definitely a lot of good going on here.

I love the urban fantasy of it. I love true and high fantasy, don’t get me wrong. Just put the word fantasy there and I’m going to read it. I really like, however, with this one that it takes place in modern day, in modern New York City but it brings that fantasy element of demons and fae and vampires and werewolves and warlocks to the front. It seems so real and believable. Who knows what could be going on around us? Like Muggles, mundanes don’t notice whats going on most the time. So Cassandra spins a world in our world that’s just awesome.

I want to be a Shadowhunter. I want to be one. I know the life is dangerous and the life expectancy isn’t great but I want to be one. Cassandra Clare makes you want to be a Shadowhunter. I want seraph blades and a whip to fight demons. I want Runes on my skin to make me faster or stronger or fearless. I want to be part of that world. It sounds so magical. I’m getting close enough as I can, getting a fearless tattoo and putting together a cosplay outfit of Isabelle Lightwood.

The characters are great. I love Clary. Clary has been getting a lot of comparison to Bella Swan lately but I’d say Clary takes the cake there easily. Clary has no idea anything about her life, really, or her mother and father’s. She is suddenly thrust into this world, learning she is of Shadowhunter blood, but I feel like she takes it in stride. Sure, she’s surprised as hell. But she is so concerned for her mom and the safety of Simon that she runs headlong into everything.

The supporting characters are so great as well; I love them all. Isabelle, Simon, Alec, Hodge Starkweather, Luke, Magnus, even Church the cat. You just have to love them all. They are such dynamic characters in that…they’re all struggling with something and they all change through out the series. They don’t stay the same, not one of them. That is a sign of well-written characters. They are all so different as well. I also like that Alec is gay, and he and Magnus eventually have a relationship. It is awesome to see a gay couple in a novel, so openly, and having them deal with that. I like seeing it again with Aline in the later books.

Oh, but Jace. Jace Wayland. We all know my crush on Jace Wayland. He’s such a pain in the ass but he’s sexy as hell, as Isabelle puts it. He’s got this wry and sarcastic charm, and he’s physically good looking and he’s funny and quick and clever and a badass Shadowhunter. His dynamic, his attitude, everything about him drives you insane. But damn, do you want him and Clary to get together. I’m usually not a big rooter for relationships, I am more like STAB THAT GUY! But I wanted that one badly.

Which leads to me to the villain, Valentine. Valentine isn’t in your face evil like a lot of villains that you read. He’s slick, he’s cunning, he’s conniving. He’s sick. He hurts because he enjoys it. The further along in the books, the better you see this. I will say this, SPOILER ALERT: But he tells Jace and Clary at the end of City of Bones that they are brother and sister, and by this point, both of them are hooked, gone, in love. You learn later in City of Glass, that this is a lie, a complete lie. He tells this lie simply for the enjoyment of watching them suffer. He’s a damn good villain. Ugh, Valentine.

The only little problem that I had was the love triangle. We alllll know how I feel about the love triangle. I’m just not a fan of it. I feel like it takes a lot away from the plotline. Like, ugh, stop worrying about the two boys and go fight these people or go save this person and whatnot. So the whole love triangle thing between Simon, Clary and Jace was like AGGHHH. But I will say, its not as bad as most books go. While Clary is like, Simon or Jace?, she doesn’t focus on it all the time. Honestly, her main goal through all the books, what she does everything for, is to save her mother. So there’s that.

I could go on and on and on and on and on about this series for days. I love it that much. But I won’t do that to you. It’s not nice. But seriously, I recommend you picking up these books and enjoying them! I have, I love them and they’re great. They come from a super awesome author, who I had the chance to meet a few years ago, right after City of Fallen Ashes came out.

She was the nicest lady, and a serious inspiration for a budding writer like myself. She signed each and every book that her fans brought to the signing (I have CIty of Bones signed as well, but I lent it out to a very trustworthy friend). Since then, I’ve become pretty obsessed with her companion series, The Infernal Devices, following Shadowhunters in the Victorian Age. She also has a series, the Dark Artifices, planned to take place in modern day Los Angeles, which I am so excited for because I’m a Southern California girl and that is AWESOME.

Also, the movie adaptation, starring Lily Collins as Clary Fray and Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland is hitting theaters this summer, August 23rd 2013 so definitely check that out.

So click the link above, it’ll take you straight to the book on Amazon and enjoy! See you next week for the Book of the Week.

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Cassandra Clare’s Books

The Mortal Instruments Series
City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels
City of Lost Souls
City of Heavenly Fire (due out September 2014)

The Infernal Devices
Clockwork Angel
Clockwork Prince
Clockwork Princess (due out March 2013)

We Say Goodbye to the Ponds

Last night was the fall season finale of Doctor Who, website like this Angels Take Manhattan, cost until it returns in December for the Christmas special. This was the last episode for Amy Pond and Rory Williams.

In all these interviews, try Matt Smith and Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill and Steven Moffat have been saying its a tearjerker and that it was gonna be a total downer. I had heard that for months. That coupled with the fact that it involved the Weeping Angels should’ve given me some idea of what this episode was going to be like.

I wasn’t prepared at all.

Damn you, Steven Moffat, damn you.

In the most wonderful, heartbreaking way possible.

First off, there was the fact that it involved the Weeping Angels. There are so many villians in the world of Doctor Who: the Atraxi, the Daleks, the Master, the Silence, the Cybermen, etc, etc. but one of the scariest ones to me are those damn Angels. I can’t look at a statue without shuddering now. There’s something very creepy about them. They’re so silent, they make no noises and they move so silently. You don’t want to look but you can’t take your eyes off of them. AND they added little baby angels to this episode. Those little giggling things freaked the hell out of me.

I was actually really glad River Song came back. For awhile there, I just couldn’t stand her. Seriously. Every time she came on screen, I wanted to throw my pillow at my TV. I didn’t, of course, because I love my TV but you know what I mean. When River marries the Doctor at the end of season six, I really didn’t know how to feel about it. But with River back, as the Doctor’s wife? I LOVED her. It was weird how much I loved having her back. Especially the way the Doctor is with her. Ugh. So much emotions.

SO MUCH EMOTIONS.

This episode was a huge punch in the gut. a HUGE one. I knew that this was going to be Amy and Rory’s last episode. I knew that. I just didn’t think it was going to affect me that badly.

The Doctor, Amy and Rory are in New York City, 2012, reading in Central Park. Rory goes off to get coffee, comes in contact with a Weeping Angel and gets sent back in time. The Doctor realizes that he is written a book by Melody Malone a.k.a. River Song, outlining the events that are taking place and that will take place. They make their way to 1938, where Rory is transported to and find their way to the Winter Quay, the headquarters of the Angels.

Rory has to die. He has to. Because he just saw himself, eighty-something years old, and so he has to die. Unless there is a paradox. So he runs, he does what every other companion does, he runs. Until he reaches the top of the building and the FLIPPIN Statue of Liberty is chasing after him! And he does something that only Rory would do, only the last Centurion would do. He decides to throw himself off the top of the building, on the faith that it’ll create the paradox needed to get out of that building.

And all I could think was, oh god Rory is going to die! He’s going to die! And wait, what is Amy doing? She’s climbing up on the ledge with him. Oh no, they’re both jumping. They’re both going to die. The incredibly, impossible power that creates the paradox is their crazy insane love for each other. It was so sick and beautiful, I was about to lose it.

And then they all reappear at the Tardis, in 2012, they’re fine. It worked! But I knew, I knew in my heart that this was not how it was going to end. This is Doctor Who we’re talking about. Rose Tyler was trapped in an alternate reality, never to see her Doctor, the one she loved ever again. (As far as we know). Donna Noble loses all her memories of the Doctor; she’ll never remember the amazing thing she has seen and done. The regeneration of the 10th Doctor was the saddest thing in the world…he didn’t want to go! So I knew this couldn’t be it.

Then Rory say his gravestone, an angel appeared and Rory was gone, disappeared off to another time. They can’t go get him, its impossible, there’s no way. And Amy is staring at the Angel, one blink away from disappearing and going along with him. And you can see the Doctor is in serious despair, he’s begging for Amy not to go, he can’t lose her. The Doctor loves Amy; Amy is his best friend. This is when the tears started, in the corners of my eyes, as you just see the Doctor begging Amy not to go.

But of course she goes. Through it all, through all the adventures and danger and insanity, Amy loves Rory. She chooses Rory over the Doctor and she as turns away from the angel to say her final goodbye to the Doctor, she disappears and her name also appears on the gravestone. The Doctor gets one final message, one last goodbye from Amy in the afterword of the book by Melody Malone…saying goodbye, and that her and Rory love him, that they were happy together and to remind the Doctor to never be alone.

I turned to my boyfriend and LOST IT. I cried like a little baby. It was such a sad and bittersweet ending to the Ponds long run with the Doctor. And Matt Smith…Matt Smith shows that utter sadness at losing the two of them. He does an amazing job with that scene that I could feel it. All the emotions. All the feels!

Can I just pause for a quick moment to say how lucky I am to have a boyfriend who lets me cry, and comforts me when things happen to fictional characters that I love? He let me sob my eyes out after the last Harry Potter movie (all those deaths and the fact that it was over…I could barely handle it) and then last night, as I watched Amy and Rory die, he comforted me again. He’s amazing. Okay, moving on…

I thought it was a great way to end the fall season and a great way for Amy and Rory to go out. I felt like…even though it made me sad and it broke my heart, it was a devasting and beautiful way for them to go. Steven Moffat…you little rascal, you just know the perfect way to get a girl to cry.

Then they showed a nice little quick preview of the Christmas special, where Jenna-Louse Coleman will be making her debut as companion, and thats exciting. I can’t believe how long I have to wait until then! I’m going to miss Amy and Rory immensely but I can’t wait to see what the rest of series 7 has in store for us.

What did you all think of Angels Take Manhattan? Did you like it/dislike it? How hard did you cry when Amy and Rory were gone? As always, let me know in the comments.

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