Tuesday Top Ten-Favorite Romance Movies

Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope you all are having great weeks so far. I know that there are many of you gearing up for San Diego Comic Con this weekend (so jealous!) and I am so excited for you guys. My best friend is getting MARRIED this Friday, sale which is just too crazy to even believe, doctor and I am so excited! I am in the wedding too, doctor along with my boyfriend, so it should be a seriously fun time!

And since there is so much romance in the air this week, at least for me, I decided to make this week’s Tuesday Top Ten with a little bit of romance. That and my dad said he’s tired of all the book top tens haha!

So here it is: my ten personal favorite movies with the best romances in them!

10. Dirty Dancing

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Come on! “Nobody puts Baby in the Corner”! One of my absolute favorite lines EVER. Francis, also known as “Baby”, goes to a swanky little country club type resort, where she runs into the bad boy with a heart of gold, Johnny. When Johnny’s dancing partner is under the weather (an illegal abortion), Baby steps in to take her place and summer love ensues, despite the differences in social classes. Its so cheesy, and ridiculous and one of those movies that gets over played over the years but I can’t…I love the dancing and the silliness of Jennifer Grey and the sexiness of Patrick Swayze, and the whole story of it. I am addicted to those kind of movies with music and dancing, and this has both of them. You really don’t get better than that.

9. Pride and Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice is one of the BEST romantic books ever to exist in the history of literature so it would only make sense that it would be one of my favorite movies. I know most people would mention the Colin Firth adaptation of the movie, and while I definitely enjoy that one, I was thoroughly impressed by the Keira Knightley one. I have watched that one so much, I could probably quote it, and I really enjoyed that they quote the book quite often at times. I think Keira makes a really good Elizabeth Bennet and the guy who plays Mr. Darcy whose name escapes me at this time is so hot and believable as Mr. Darcy. The story of two people who absolutely loathe each other falling in love is just so addicting and you’re cheering and blushing and jumping up and down when they both finally realize and they have that moment where you just know they are going to live happily ever after. The character of Mr. Darcy is especially my favorite too because he accepts his attractive WAY before Lizzie and you just watch him struggle with it, and agh, its just so GOOD.

8. Titanic

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I don’t care what anyone says, I know this movie is cheesy and dramatic but it has been one of my favorite movies since I first saw it when I was 9 years old. One, I’ve always been ridiculously obsessed with the Titanic. I know, that’s kind of a morbid obsession to have but its true. I read every book, every article, watched movies and documentaries and all of that. I was obsessed with it. I wanted to write a novel set on the Titanic for a long time but I felt like I was just writing a rewrite of this movie. Granted I was thirteen when I was attempting this. I really wanted to try again but we’ll see. I do love the love story of the movie, rich and unattainable Rose, wanting to break out of her restrictive world, falling in love with the exciting but poor, Jack. You don’t get any cheesier than that. But I love the background of the Titanic and the history that they weaved into it. Of course, a lot of the history is exaggerated and embellished but still. I love this movie. I will watch it every time it comes on TV, even if it takes me five hours.

7. Sixteen Candles

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You know what I remember every time I think of this movie? I think of me and my parents getting in trouble because we watched this movie at my very first sleepover, when I was ten years old, and apparently it was rated R and yeah, my friends’ parents were all so pissed off. I don’t even know; apparently its Rated R because whats-her-face is naked in the beginning of the movie, in the locker room. Whatever. Anyway, this is the best teen movie ever made, and I loved that Jake Ryan (oh Jake Ryan) is totally smitten with dorky but super pretty Samantha Baker. The hilarity that ensues and the amount of actors in that movie that go on to do bigger things like Joan and John Cusack and Anthony Michael Hall, its just all great. I love that they are so many one-liners in that movie. I quoted this movie on a daily basis when I was about sixteen years old and it still remains one of my favorites :)

6. The Princess Bride

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The funniest, romantic movie that I have ever watched in my life. I watched this movie when I was a kid and it still remains a favorite. I finally got it on Blu-Ray this past Christmas (thanks dad!) and I’ve watched it so many times. This is actually, also, one of those few instances where I’ll say that the movie was better than book. I know, I know. The book WAS great, I’m not going to lie but this movie is just such a classic. I love the ridiculous fantasy element of it, and the hilarity of it, and all the actors that are in it. I like it because its a beautiful romance story but with the added awesome of humor, and action and all of that. Its a great movie for kids. Its got that fairy tale, the one we are all so familiar with because of Cinderella and Snow White or whatever, but with a twist. This is also a movie I tend to quote a ridiculous amount of times.

5. The Apartment

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I LOVE this movie. I watched this movie for the first time with Jon and it took us MONTHS to do it. We would always start watching it really late at night, and its a fairly long movie, and we’d always fall asleep. Not to say that its a boring movie, because it DEFINITELY is not. Its sweet, funny, and one of those romances that’s all about the build up. You don’t need overly sweet lines and over-the-top make out scenes to create a romance. The simple exchanges between John Lemmon as Baxter and Shirley MacClaine as Fran creates the brilliant romance between them, especially when Fran is staying in Baxter’s infamous apartment. The ridiculousness of all the managers taking their mistresses to Baxter’s apartment, and the way he really wins in the end, its so beautiful. Its such a classic and awesome movie. It won five Oscars for a reason, for many reasons. And Shirley MacClaine was such a beautiful woman, and a talented actress and John Lemmon was a comedic genius. Sigh.

4. Wall.E

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This is one of the most beautiful love stories that I have ever seen in a movie and its between two robots that barely say anything else besides their own names. Wall.E and EVE are ROBOTS for goodness sake, and yeah the movie is ultimately about the earth, and not abandoning it and taking care of it, and it does get a little preachy but I love that. But in between all that, is the beautiful love story of two robots, two very different robots who band together on a single mission and as this goes on, they fall in love. Its just such a beautiful thing. I think the simplicity of it is what makes me love it so much. And sure, the fact that its a movie my boyfriend and I both enjoy thoroughly does have something to do with it. We had been together…five months and he had come home from a tour with his band, and he was so incredibly tired, but he really wanted to see this movie with me. And we’ve seen every Pixar movie (excluding Cars 2) on the day its come out, as a tradition. So it sort of has an outside romantic connection as well.

3. Howl’s Moving Castle

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Before Howl’s Moving Castle, my experience with anime was very limited to basically Pokemon. My sister loved it, and I kind of scoffed at it. But for my sister’s 8th grade graduation, I believe, in 2005, I went with her and my mom to go see this movie in the theaters and I was blown away by this truly amazing movie. I basically went home and ate up all of the Studio Ghibli movies, which are all so fantastic. And my quiet love for anime grew from there. But Howl’s Moving Castle…its not just one of my favorite romance movies, or my favorite animated movies, its one of my favorite MOVIES, period, of all time. I love the fantasy aspect of it, with the moving castle and the wizards and different airships and all that. I love the simple romance of it, between Howl and Sophie, the build up of it, to the moment when they finally can admit it to each other and to themselves. Its such a beautiful story, and such a beautiful movie. Hayao Miyazaki makes amazing movies. When I first showed this to my boyfriend, I was so afraid of him not liking it but he loves it and it is another movie that I am so happy we get to enjoy together. Also Christian Bale as Howl? Josh Hutcherson as Markl? My nerd heart loves it.

2. Up

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I know, technically this is NOT a romance movie, since most of the movie is about the adventure that Carl and Russell have together to get the house to Paradise Falls. But I consider it in my top ten because this movie told one of the most beautiful, most heartwarming and heartbreaking love stories in a matter of minutes. The “Married Life” scene in the beginning of the movie, where you see Carl and Ellie meet for the first time, and become friends, and then marry and live their life together? I’m getting teary eyed just THINKING about it. Its exactly what a love story SHOULD be. Its exactly how a life with someone you love should be. It should be about this lasting love, a friendship that is strong, where you’re able to go on adventures, but also do simple things like clean the house and read together and still be so incredibly happy. Carl spends so much time in regret for not giving Ellie the adventures that she’s always wanted but in the end, her life with him was the best adventure she could have. How does that not make you tear up? That is just too beautiful for words and its the reason its one of my favorite movies, the reason that Jon and I have seen it so many times that we could quote it on a daily basis (and do!) and why its so high on this list.

1. Gone with the Wind

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I can’t even remember how old I was when I first watched this movie but it is such an important part of my childhood. My mom is a huge fan of the book and the movie, as well as her two sisters, and it was a huge part of my life. I first read the book when I was thirteen years old, all 1000+ pages, which was a hefty read for a girl that young. But I remember this movie, and continue to as one of the best love stories ever told because it is a love story that goes so terribly wrong, and gets so insanely messed up and isn’t that the truth? Scarlett O’Hara knows what she wants but what she wants is what is so precisely wrong for her. The man that was made for her, that will love her for her strengths and her flaws, for her attitude and her selfishness and her ambition and determination is Rhett Butler and she screws it up so badly. She makes all the wrong decisions and all the wrong moves and in the end, she is left alone, without the man she loves, because she has realized it way too late. She is heartbroken and you are heartbroken and you’re grabbing a pint of Cherry Garcia and you want to hand it through the television to Scarlett with a box of tissues while you yell at her, through your sobbing, for being so incredibly stupid and blind. It is also one of the most amazing movies ever made and remains the highest grossing movie of all time, when adjusted for inflation.

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I hope you all enjoyed this week’s edition of the Tuesday Top Ten and don’t forget to check out previous lists!

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I’d also like to say a HUGE congratulations to my best friend, Allison Holley, and her husband (on Friday!) Aaron Lane. I am so incredibly happy for you guys. Its been an up and down journey, a long journey but you guys have made it this far and you will continue to make it because you guys love each other, and you are best friends, and you have a wonderful relationship. I can’t wait to stand next to you two on Friday when you say your vows :) I love you guys!

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Fandom Friday-Lost

Hi guys! Welcome to the Fandom Friday! This is the weekly post where either myself, cialis 40mg or a guest blogger, talks about a new fandom. See, I’ve had the experience in my life where I’ve been made fun or put down about my particular fandoms. And that has made me feel pretty crappy. But I’ve also put down other fandoms as well.

So I’ve decided to change that. I’m opening my world up to new fandoms, and the best way to do that is to bring people in to write about various fandoms. We’ve had one about the Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices written by me, and one on The Big Bang Theory as well, written by Jackie, the brains behind Seeking Bazinga. Last week’s post was by Kathleen, talking all about manga. You can expect more from the Fandom Friday, like My Little Pony, Battlestar Galatica, Star Trek, Comic books, and so much more. I’m very excited about this segment.

This week’s Fandom Friday is by Crystal, all about J.J Abram’s popular show, Lost. Read all about Crystal here:

My name is Crystal, and I’m in my early 30s. I was the slacker nerd throughout high school. I was in the gifted school, but I was constantly on probation because of my grades. I’m currently working on a PhD (and a grant application that makes me want to pull my hair out).

As you can tell, I love Lost. I’m also involved in the Harry Potter fandom and the Doctor Who fandom. I’m a huge Joss Whedon fan! Feel free to challenge me with Firefly. I always have my challenge coin on me. My most recent cos play was Fionna from Adventure Time. I’ve been playing a lot of board games lately. Oh, and I play quidditch! (You can find out all about Crystal’s Quidditch team, the OC Obliviators right here)

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I remember watching the first episode of Lost back in 2004. The hype leading to this new mystery show had both my husband and me intrigued. The problem was that we did not have cable. I know it aired on ABC, but even with our TV antenna completely wrapped in aluminum foil, it was still snowy-looking. We watched the first 4 episodes through staticy snow before we had to give up.

After season 1 was available on DVD, we caught up, got cable, and started watching it weekly. The day after each new episode, I would have “Lost Lunch” with a group of friends (and friends of friends) to discuss the new episode and all of our theories. Occasionally a non-watcher would join us for lunch, and they would hang on our every word as we tried to make connections between older and newer episodes.

To put it shortly, I was a fan.

Why do I tell you all of this? Because I don’t think this experience of fans watching a show all at the same time then getting together for lunch the next day occurs anymore. Lost started before everyone had TiVo. VHS tapes were not as accessible, so you either watched it when it aired, or you had to wait a week to watch the repeat episode before the new episode. Now, more and more people watch episodes when it’s most convenient for them or wait until an entire season is available and watch all the episodes over a weekend. You don’t have time to process, speculate, and theorize with the way we watch TV now.

But I digress. Back to Lost.

The plot of Lost is actually very simple. A plane crashes on a mysterious island, and the survivors of the crash must figure out how to survive on the island. They must live together or die alone. They learn that other people are also on the island. Eventually, through the help of outsiders (people not on the island), some are rescued, but should they leave the island? Through different events, they end up on a plane together again, and (Surprise!) the plane crashes on the same island. This time, they discover the mysteries of the island.

Now all along, I had my theories. First, John Locke had to be bad. He had a cut across his eye that eventually became a scar across his eye. This is the mark of the bad guy. Second, Jack and Locke should have killed Henry Gale in the hatch. I would yell, “Shoot him!” repeatedly at the TV, but they just wouldn’t do it. Imagine how different the show would be if they just would’ve shot him.

The show was a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Curve balls were everywhere. What was up with the polar bear? How does a smoke monster work? Why do babies die? Should they have stayed on the island?

The last season, for those of us that stuck with our island friends, revealed another world. A world in which the plane didn’t crash. A world that was similar, but just a little different, from the world we know. As this sideways world was being revealed, our island friends did, indeed, go back. It’s revealed that [brother] gods controlled the island. That helps explain some of the mystery, but what about the sideways world?

The sideways world was the afterlife. The characters had to find each other in the afterlife. For me, it’s very poetic. It doesn’t exist in worldly time. Hurley is there, but as keeper of the island, he probably lived hundreds of years longer than everyone else. All of that is irrelevant. We see them as the find each other. Their experiences on the island defined them and changed them in such a way that they cross over together and will spend eternity together.

For some of my friends, the sideways world ruined everything. It didn’t answer all the questions the series asked. They “lost” 6 years of their lives to a show without a plan. I disagree!

Now, I freely admit that all of the questions were not answered. In fact, most of the questions were not answered, but that was not the point of the show. The show was about the characters, not the mysteries. People ask, “What was up with Walt?” My answer is, “He was special. He could make things happen. He lived in a world that resembles our world, but it’s not our world” The answer to most questions is simply that’s the way the world is (in the show). I fully accept this as an answer. Other people don’t. They see it as a cop-out, or the writers not knowing how to end the show. Again, I disagree. I believe the over-arching storyline existed from the beginning. I put my faith in Lost from the beginning, and even today, it’s still strong.

In short, Lost was brilliant from beginning to end.

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Thanks Crystal for that SUPER awesome article on Lost. I only watched up to season four so now I’m thinking I should go back and watch all the seasons, if the ending is good like you said!

If you guys are interested in becoming a guest blogger for the Fandom Friday, feel free to email me at whatanerdgirlsays at gmail.com or hit the “contact” tab above :)

Book of the Week: Wonder

So the Book of the Week post is a little late this week.

Sometimes things happen you know. And I think I’ve been feeding you all some seriously awesome posts lately. I added an anime contributor, generic Hobie, pharm and a comics contributor, Tabitha, and its been rad.

Our darling Jackie was up for Book of the Week this week but she’s been very busy taking care of her mom. Her mom has been pretty sick, in and out of the hospital and Jackie has been a rockstar daughter, taking care of her. Her mom is doing pretty well right now, after some surgery, so that’s great and I hope we all can send some good thoughts or prayers, if that’s your thing, or whatever her way :D

She definitely deserves them all.

So now for the Book of the Week.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

So this book was a book assigned to me for my children’s literature class.

I talk about that class a lot. It was a class I just randomly took for some units and its a class I ended up seriously loving it. A fantastic class. If your college/university has a children’s lit class, do it. You won’t regret. Especially if you’re reading my blog; you’re already half way there.

So Wonder was assigned to me for class. I went down to the bookstore and was shocked when I found out this book tops out at almost 17 dollars. That’s a lot for a book by someone I didn’t even know. So, me being the fast reader, decided to go Barnes and Noble and read the book in one sitting so I didn’t have to buy it.

Yeah that’s me, all right.

And guess what? I was totally asked to leave B&N for reading there. WHAT? It was crazy. They were like “you need to buy the book or leave?” Um, never mind the eight other people next to me reading books. I mean, its a bookstore, shouldn’t you be able to read there?

Anyway, so I ended up buying the book. I mean, I had to. I actually needed to read it for class. And let me tell you, it may not be the cheapest book you buy, but it was worth every single penny.

Wonder is R.J. Palacio’s debut novel and seriously, I don’t know how one follows that. It tells the story of August Pullman, known as Auggie, who has a face deformity. His eyes are basically on his cheeks, he doesn’t really have ears, and so on. He is constantly been in the hospital for surgeries. He has been home schooled his whole life and has pretty much gotten used to the weird looks that people give him.

But now Auggie is going to school for the first time, as a fifth grader, in middle school. Like middle school isn’t hard enough without having an extreme face deformity. The story goes from Auggie’s perspective to his sister Via’s and then a few other people that touch their lives. Obviously, Auggie has a hard time once he goes into school. His face deformity is not helping him to fit in and kids will be kids. Then you have his older sister, Via, who is used to taking care of herself and being a little neglected and how she deals with it.

The story follows the two of them as they embark on their first year at middle school and high school and how they deal with the changes in their lives and how they deal with each other, and their parents, and other hardships. It is a wonderful story.

The Good or the Bad: 

I literally cannot think of anything bad about this story. It hit me like a wall, it sucked me in, just like a good book does.

It does not matter in the slightest that this book was meant for kids in the middle school age. Because the story is universal, its relatable. And its downright touching and sweet.

Now, I don’t have a face deformity. I’m lucky enough that I’ve been a fairly healthy child my whole life. But you better believe that I felt for Auggie and I rooted for him so heavily when he walked through the doors of that middle school. The kids just stare at him, and there’s a bully named Julian who just teases him and is so mean. And Auggie just…he’s so strong. Obviously he doesn’t like, obviously it upsets him but he deals with it, you know? He only loses it once, when his friend Jack talks about him behind his back.

Buts its fifth grade, you know? Of course Jack is trying so hard to fit in, and you say things sometimes that you don’t really mean. Auggie is able to get himself a couple of good friends in Jack and Summer because even though he has a face deformity, he is an awesome, awesome kid. He’s smart and he has good interests (Star Wars and The Hobbit…badass) and you just keep rooting for him.

And you root for his sister Via too? She’s starting high school, and I remember what that was like. It was not the easiest thing in the world. And it can’t be hard to have a brother who gets all of the attention because of his deformities and health and surgeries and such. She just wants more than anything to just be Via, not Auggie’s sister. Just Via.

Its an amazing story. It puts a lot of things in perspective. I have insecurities, you know? I don’t always look at myself in the mirror and love what I see. But I’m what is considered normal, you know? To have those kind of face deformities like Auggie and to carry on with the kind of strength that he has. He has the ability to move through school, and rock his grades and he can even joke a little bit about it. And you just finish that last page and this book knocks you off your feet.

I’m not going to give away a lot. I don’t think it would be right to do so. I believe everybody should read this book, and everyone should be able to experience this. I don’t care how old you are, if you have a well enough proficiency in reading (in other words, you’re not five and learning to read), you should read this book. No ifs, no ands, no buts. This is an amazing book. I encourage everyone to read it. EVERYONE.

The best part is, if you click the link above, it takes you to the amazon page as per usual and its only 9 dollars! What a bargain! So do it, you won’t regret it. I’m going to be pushing this book on people for years because it was amazing, an unexpected delight.