Fandom Friday-Firefly the Fandom

The Fandom Friday is a weekly feature, sickness with each blog post written by a new contributor.

This is the weekly post where either myself, ask or a guest blogger, treat 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. I’m very excited about this segment.

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 contact me HERE.

Ha! Its technically still Friday here! I am quite proud that I made it! I know that it has been awhile since a Fandom Friday was posted and I swear that I am trying to get better at this weekly post. I know that I am really good with the other so I promise to show the same dedication to this one as well.

This week’s guest blogger is Jackie from Seeking Bazinga and she is here to write allll about one of my favorite shows, Firefly. Enjoy!

Firefly the Fandom

 

I came into the Firefly fandom later than a lot of fans. I missed the original airing on Fox, which according to those who DID see it, said screwed up the viewing for almost everyone. The episodes were shown out of order. Not all the episodes were shown. They were cancelled early in the season, and only made 13 episodes. I heard they even changed the night and time it was scheduled for, and they just didn’t see the numbers they wanted and POOF!

Firefly was gone.

And there were so many of us that hadn’t even known it had been there.

But we got lucky. Someone we knew, in my case it was my soon to be sister in law, had the DVD’s. She couldn’t believe we hadn’t seen the show. She sat us down, sometimes duct tape was needed, sometimes not, and put the DVD’s on and forced had us watch the first disc. Not even the first episode. The first disc. Which is a fair commitment to TV as the pilot is 86 minutes long. And then there are two more episodes on the disc. But, I have to tell you, after you get finished with episode two, “The Train Job,” you’re hooked!

The Train Job shows the amazing directorial skills of Joss Whedon and the AMAZING ability of the actors to banter and show off their comic timing.

But the best part of the Firefly ‘verse? The fans.

Referring to ourselves as Browncoats because of the history in the show, where the Browncoats fought against unification of the planets run by the “alliance.” So, since Mal fought against the alliance and against unification, we call ourselves Browncoats. Just like Captain Mal:

Firefly made more fans after it was cancelled than while it was on the air. The DVD sales spread like wildfire because of word of mouth. And then the Browncoats became many. And they remained vigilant. And then, three years later, because the fans would not let the show die, Serenity the movie was made. And still, the Browncoats are hard core. We will never go away, we will continue to stay faithful.

In fact, I asked several of my friends why they were Browncoats. It’s very simple.

Vince:
Because you can’t stop the signal, is why.

Matt:
Because I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar.

Brandi:
Because no power in the ‘verse can stop me.

Mindy (My sister in law, and the reason I am a Browncoat):
Done the impossible. That makes us mighty

Susan Fox of Krypton Radio:
I liked Joss’ previous work [Buffy/Angel] so I picked up on this from the first episode. I thought it was a brilliant treatment of the future with some very realistic guidelines, like “no aliens” and a credible post-civil war scenario.

Dr. Tanya Mueller:
I’m not sure if I’m a true browncoat but an appreciator for sure. I like strong female characters and witty dialogue.

Cat Carter also of Krypton Radio:
I am a Browncoat cus I am a sassy-mouthed rebel grrrrl living under the supposed headship of a self-absorbed ‘leader’ and I am doing my own thing in spite of him….so I can really resonate with the Serenity crew….you can’t take the sky from me!!!

Nova:
I wouldn’t call myself brown coat either, though I loved the series and movie. I would put it on my watch list if they revived it. But I haven’t read any Firefly fan fiction or anything. It was well written and a lot of fun!
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Kendall:
I just worship the ground Joss walks on…

Jessica Zipay (soon to be member of Nerds in Heels, coming soon!)
Hmmm, I don’t think I’d call myself a browncoat either, but I totally support their efforts and I love the series. I still have to watch the movie but I’m sure I’ll love it, too!

The fans, even the ones who aren’t hard core Browncoats, are appreciators of the series. We adore the show. We loved the movie. We are not going anywhere. We just get stronger and more adamant.

In fact, most of the cast, even though they all have had and/or are working on other shows, would reunited for more Firefly. And no one is a bigger Browncoat than Nathan Fillion, Captain Malcolm Reynolds himself. When he sees Browncoats at cons, or just out, he almost always stops to say hi and chit chat.

I was lucky enough to meet most of the cast and the great Joss Whedon at the movie premier of Serenity. I’ve never been surrounded by a nicer group of actors in my life. And because they all adore each other, and they adore Joss, they do damn near anything for the man.

There is a reason Joss Whedon is my master now….

So, if you haven’t watched the show…try it. Commit to disc one. And if you’re not a fan? You might need to turn in your geek card!

Bazingirl, Blogger Grand Master from Seeking Bazinga

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I hope you all enjoyed this week’s edition of the Fandom Friday. Don’t forget to submit your own posts for the Fandom Friday! We want to learn alllll about different fandoms, and you can learn about the ones we’ve already covered here.

Also, check out the last Fandom Friday post all about the show, Supernatural, also written by Jackie. I know, I’m getting bad at this post but I promise I will get better!

Happy Friday everyone!

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Movie Review

Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monster

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Rated:

Rated PG for fantasy action violence, help some scary images and mild language

Directed By:

Thor Freudanthal

Cast:

Logan Lerman, more about Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Douglas Smith, Levin Rambin, Nathan Fillion, Jake Abel, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Head.

Find the rest on IMDB here.

My Review:

I’m really sad to say this. I’m breaking down to say this, because I had such a great time at the red carpet premiere/meet and greet yesterday. The five actors (Logan, Alexandra, Brandon, Douglas and Levin) that I met were super nice, and awesome, and took the time to talk to each person, even though the line was SUPER rushed, and they didn’t really have time to talk to everyone. I had such an amazing time.

We got to see the movie for free as part of the meet and greet, and the red carpet premiere. It was a small premiere but they had the five main kids, and a couple others and the director and it was a seriously fun time.

Unfortunately the movie didn’t deliver, and I was fairly disappointed.

Here’s the thing: the movie itself wasn’t bad. It was actually pretty good. The acting skills of the kids have gotten a lot better since the first movie, which hit theaters in 2010, three years ago. They’ve all done movies since then, movies that have done pretty well and you can tell the acting skills have just gotten so much better.

The movie itself was really great too. The effects were much better than the first one, there were well timed jokes, and I really liked the hippocampus, Rainbow, and I liked the cyclops, and the sort of stunts that they all pulled. I loved Douglas Smith as Tyson. Granted Tyson was a bit smarter in the movie than he is in the book, but I think he still captured the sweetness and innocence that is Tyson. I was really impressed with him, and Levin as Clarisse. She wasn’t at all what I pictured for Clarisse because she’s SOOO insanely beautiful and Clarisse is supposed to be huge, and ugly and MEAN. But I still liked her.

Also, Logan was super adorable and way attractive. It feels a lot less creepy to have a crush on Percy Jackson as 21 year old Logan Lerman than 12 year old Percy in the books haha. Also, Jake Abel makes an extremely sexy villain.

But here’s the thing: the movie was good if you’ve never read the book, or have absolutely no attachments to the beautiful story that is the books. There was so much that was changed, I couldn’t handle it. I know its been awhile since the last time I read it but I’ve read it several times and I didn’t remember a lot of the stuff that was happening in the movie, and I remember feeling really confused. I remember thinking, okay, maybe I’m wrong and I don’t remember the book. But then I talked to my friend, Deb, who was at the movie with me and is a bigger PJ fan than me and she was devastated, disappointed and pissed off, and I knew that I wasn’t the only person who wasn’t remembering things differently.

There was also the end. I don’t really want to get into it too much, because the movie doesn’t come out til Wednesday and I don’t want to give away spoilers or anything. But honestly, I thought, with the way the ending was going, that they were never going to make another movie, and this was how it was going to end. They made assumptions about Percy’s Riptide that were NOT true. I was about to cry, I was so disappointed in the direction that they were taking the story at the end. The very end of the movie ended up being the most accurate ending to the movie, as it was the exact ending of the book, but it has made it clear that they are only going to make one more movie, if they make any more at all. Which makes me incredibly sad, because The Titan’s Curse and The Battle of Labyrinth are my two favorites, really, and I think they’ll skip straight to The Last Olympian.

I will say though: Nathan Fillion has a barely veiled joke about Firefly and it made me and a few others in the theater crack up and that was the highlight of the movie to me.

Rating:

3 out of 5 stars

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The First Time I Found a Fandom: San Diego Comic Con

So one of the best parts of running this blog is meeting new people. I’ve met a ton of new friends who are fans of the similar fandoms of me, viagra dosage I’ve met people with writing goals like me and I’ve met a ton of nerd girl bloggers that are seriously awesome.

And I thought, website like this hey, and why not do some blog swaps? Why not help each other out?

So here is the first of some of the blog swaps I’ve started.

Megan is from The Nerdy Girlie, specializing in fandoms like Doctor Who, Firefly, Sherlock, Chuck and more. She also knows her way around San Diego Comic Con. Check it out below!

The First Time I Found a Fandom: San Diego Comic Con 

By:  The Nerdy Girlie aka Megan

I had just recently moved to San Diego in January of 2009.  My husband is a professional and was able to get us both free passes to San Diego Comic Con almost on a whim.  That first year I was a total NOOB. It was our first full day in Ballroom 20 and the very first, and only panel we didn’t come to see, was Chuck.  Zachary Levi grabbed my attention immediately with his love and kindness toward his fans.  Adam Baldwin kept making jokes alluding to Firefly.  With that I went home and caught up on Chuck and Firefly and my nerdiness has been growing ever since.

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In 2010 we attended Comic Con again, and you could say I was still a newbie con goer.  We stayed inside the convention center the entire con, but this time we did attend all five days, preview night included.  I did my first official early rise for the Chuck panel in Ballroom 20 where we saw them only one year earlier.  Twitter became my best friend that year.  By following Nathan Fillion, I was able to see a tweet he sent out just as we were about to leave for the day.  He was at the CA Browncoats booth signing Serenity comics.  I grabbed the fellow Browncoat of our group and we RAN flat out from one side of the convention center to the other and got in line.  We were able to get Nathan to sign my Serenity comic.  I was officially HOOKED on San Diego Comic Con!

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I would have to say I began to get more obsessed in 2011.  It’s a bit harder when you have others with you, and you all want to do different things, like sleep in.  But they all quickly learned the first rule of Comic Con is that you do NOT sleep in!  That year it seemed you had to get to the con earlier and earlier to get a good seat — or a seat at all.  We entirely skipped Ballroom 20 that year, and instead hit up the Hilton Bayfront Indigo Ballroom.  Arriving at 6 a.m. still left us about 200 deep in line.  I got to meet my very first celebrities {the cast of Being Human U.S.} and had a blast at Nerd HQ.  We did not plan to go to any of their panels, but thanks again to Twitter, I saw that the Nathan Fillion panel had extra seats right before it was to begin.  We were able to get in and have Joshua Gomez and Ryan McParlin sit directly behind us!

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Every Comic Con I attend keeps getting better and better.  I learn so much more every year, get to see more celebs, and learn what dedication to a fandom really means.  In 2012, I was one of the thousands in line to see the 10th anniversary Firefly panel.  I again turned to my best friend Twitter for an estimate on when to arrive.  Some said 5 a.m., some said 1 a.m.  We ended up arriving in line at 2 a.m. with sleeping bags in tow.  I got a bit of sleep, but was awakened to shouts of “Joss is here!”  What a way to wake up!  I was able to get his autograph and a picture with him.  I was pleasantly surprised by how sweet and kind he was.  Thanking everyone for camping out and keeping Firefly alive.  He had one of the highest grossing films of all time and he took the time to walk a fan line at 3 o’clock in the morning.  That’s Comic Con in a nut shell.  Fans and the people they love coming together and spreading the love.

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2013 will be my fifth year at San Diego Comic Con and I can only hope that it continues on its upward climb of awesomeness.  If anything I just am glad to be there with awesome nerds and if I can share what I have learned with just one person and help them have a great con, I will be happy.

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You can read my San Diego Comic Con Guide at my blog www.thenerdygirlie.com

Top Eleven Badass Fictional Ladies

So a couple months ago (actually kind of awhile ago), information pills I did a blog post on the hottest fictional boy characters. I’m a little boy crazy and I probably could have done more than eleven. But I managed to narrow it down.

Unfortunately, viagra order I got some complaints from my small male audience, viagra saying where is the list of hot girls?

So this is the closest thing I can come to this. I mean, I do like girls and I do think every single one of the ladies listed below are pretty damn hot. I also think a ton of them are hot because they are so badass.

I mean, there is something about a woman with a weapon in her hand that is simultaneously sexy and badass.

I know that a lot of you won’t agree with this list. I know you all have your own opinions which is awesome! Unfortunately for you, this blog is called WhataNerdGirlSays and I’m the “girl” in that and I get to pick :)

So enjoy my list and feel free to complain ALLLLLL you want in the comments. I love to hear it, good and bad haha.

MY Top Eleven Badass Fictional Ladies 

11. Elena Fisher

I don’t know how many of you have played the Uncharted games on the PS3, but they are some seriously awesome games. They play well, the stories are fuckin addicting and the characters are so damn real. Half the time, I am content to just watch my boyfriend play because it’s like a movie. Nathan Drake is the main character in these games, kind of a modern day Indiana Jones, who always has a lady by his side and one of those ladies, one that seems to keep appearing over and over again in these games is Elena Fisher. Chloe, the curvy brunette, gets a lot of the fan boys attention but Elena gets my attention. That girl is wicked. She is a journalist, determined to get the story, no matter the cost, and she can handle a gun as well as anyone…and if you need a getaway car, she’s the one to call. Nate Drake can deny it all he wants; he finds Elena sexy as hell and this girl does too.

10. Marion Ravenwood

I don’t care that I wasn’t even born when this movie came out, I mean, my parents were both still in high school when this movie came out. But Marion Ravenwood is easily my favorite Jones girl. She is AWESOME. She is so pissed at Indiana, slaps him in the face and shows absolute disdain for him at times. I really like her because she can hold her own. She can handle a knife and a gun and she’s a tough cookie. No matter what is thrown at her, she relies on herself to get out. After being kidnapped, she doesn’t sit there and think “Oh, I’m just gonna wait for Indiana to save me”, she is clever enough to try and get out of the situation herself. Plus she is so damn sarcastic. I love sarcasm; its a wonderful artform and I love a heroine that can kick ass while having a snarky attitude.

9. Inara Serra

It took me AGES to get into this show. I had heard of it but I didn’t really think it was something I liked. Like Doctor Who, people bugged me enough for me to finally go “Eh, why not?” and I watched it. I figured, its less than 15 episodes and its on Netflix so I can watch it for free. And I am so glad. I went through all the episodes so incredibly fast. And throughout all the episodes, the one character that really caught my eye (besides Nathan Fillion as Captain Mal…hubba hubba) was Inara. Inara is on the ship, Serenity, with the rest of the ragtag crew but she has a slightly different purpose than the other members. Inara is a highly sought after, very classy prostitute. But despite that, she’s so badass. One, she’s gorgeous. Two, she could be on any ship in the galaxy, but she chooses to stay on that one, no matter what happens. And she’s badass in her own right. She’s not always out there in the fight but when she is? I want her on my side.

8. Isabelle Lightwood

Isabelle Lightwood is not the first person I noticed when I started reading the Mortal Instruments. Obviously I noticed Jace Wayland first (HUBBA HUBBA). And then I noticed Clary Fray. Obviously. Clary and Jace are the main characters in this series. But then I started to notice Isabelle Lightwood. Clary gets thrown into this Shadowhunter world at sixteen years old; she has never known anything of it before. You are experiencing this world anew along with her. Isabelle, on the other hand, has been raised a Shadowhunter…and she’s a badass Shadowhunter. She’s brave as hell, and she’s going around, killing demons while wearing short skirts and stilettos. Sexy and deadly. I love the fact that her weapon, her signature weapon, is a gold whip. I mean, can you give her a weapon that is anymore sexy and badass? I have no idea why Isabelle is carrying a flamethrower in the trailer for City of Bones, but who cares? It’s awesome.

7. Katniss Everdeen

Katniss Everdeen is a badass, female character all the way up to Mockingjay. Then she gets whiny. But BEFORE that, she’s badass. She’s too busy feeding her family to worry about boys. I mean, sure, she’s sixteen and its passed her mind. She has hormones, right? And I bet Gale was one hot piece to look at it. But she’s like, “Cool, Gale is hot…I’m hungry”. And that’s awesome. She’s more concerned for survival than anything else. Even when she is in the Hunger Games, and its so beyond obvious that Peeta is head over heels in love with her, she utilizes it to her survival. Now, I’m not advocating using a person who loves but how many of us wouldn’t use that sort of protection when our life is on the line? I admire a girl who puts her own survival above anything else. When her dad died, and her mom gave up, she could’ve curled up in a ball and just let life take her but she didn’t. She remembered what she could do, with plants and hunting (and her badass bow) and she survives. AWESOME.

6. Alianne Cooper of Pirate’s Swoop

Alianne Cooper is sixteen years old, and she’s daughter of the King’s Champion (who is also the first female knight in a century) and the King’s spymaster. Her godmother is the queen and her godfather is the queen. She has adopted aunts and uncles that are the Commander of the King’s Guard, the most powerful mages in the realm and so on. Her brothers are a university student of magic and a page on the path to knighthood. You could say that she has a lot to live up to. And the best part? She totally does, and she almost surpasses them all. She makes the mistake of sailing her boat alone and is captured by pirates and is sold into slavery into the neighboring Copper Isles. When she is given to a family, she realizes that she’s caught up in a rebellion, to take the country back from the tyrannical rulers and give it back to the natives. She becomes the spymaster for the rebellion at sixteen years old and is a pivotal part in its success. And she can handle a pair of daggers pretty damn well.

5. Scarlett O’Hara

Badass. Think about it: Scarlett O’Hara was a young woman, in the South, in the mid 1800s, when women were seen and not heard, there to make good marriages but not much more than that. And Scarlett O’ Hara is opposite of all that. Even in the beginning, when she is sixteen and looking for a husband, she still doesn’t fall into that proper bred Southern woman. She goes for what she wants and she takes whats not hers. Ashley Wilkes doesn’t love her, can’t marry her? Well, then, that’s fine, let’s steal India Wilkes’ beau and marry Charles Hamilton. She’s rash and ferocious and quick tempered and awesome. Atlanta is falling to pieces, the Yankees are coming and she’s like, I don’t care, I want to go and she goes home, even after Rhett Butler ditches her, and her two slaves, a sick Melly, her small child Wade (read the book) and Melly’s newborn. And despite protests amongst all her friends and family, she finds her way back into wealth, doing what she has to do so she is never hungry again. Perfect.

4. Doctor companions

I tried to pick one. I really did. I was like, Rose, duh. But Donna…and Amy! Ugh. So I decided that number four on the list was going to be the four companions of the new Doctor Who series. Rose Tyler is the most badass, taking everything in stride and fixing it. I love Rose because she’s that perfect equivalent to the Doctor; sometimes she’s just one step above him and it’s just awesome. Martha is pretty badass too; she’s a doctor and pretty much saves the world, walking all across it to save it. Donna is one of my absolute favorites: she has such little belief in herself and yet she’s the most important woman in the world. She saves the world! And Amy Pond, oh Amy Pond, the girl who waited. The Doctor’s companions are like Bond girls…except better. Not only are they hot but they are smart as hell and they kick ass. And hell, they keep the Doctor in line and there’s not many who can do that.

3. Clary Fray

I love the Mortal Instruments series. The one thing I don’t like about TMI is the love triangle. I hate love triangles. Please go away. Why do you think that people don’t like Twilight? I know my beef is that I want to tell Bella to shut the hell up about whether to choose Edward or Jacob and just be badass. God. That’s what sets Clary apart. Sure, Simon, plain ‘ol lovable geeky mundane Simon, and Jace, hot, sexy, dangerous Shadowhunter, are fighting over Clary. In my personal opinion, Simon never really has a chance so I don’t know that it was much of a love triangle. But despite Simon and Jace fighting over her, Clary is too concerned on saving her mother, and then saving the Shadowhunters and Downworlders. She comes from Shadowhunter blood, but she’s a mundane, a human, and she’s rushing into vampire lairs to save her best friend and tearing apart ships with powerful runes and making Portals into Idris so she doesn’t get left behind. She creates the Alliance rune, to convince Shadowhunters and Downworlders to work together, against the bad guy, to save the world. And she’s a redhead. I love Clary Fray, she’s awesome.

2. Princess Leia

You know when I decided Princess Leia was the biggest badass ever? When Luke Skywalker walks in to rescue her and she’s like “Yeah? So?” Best. Moment. Ever. She doesn’t know this guy and she’s not falling down at his feet, dying to be rescued. She basically gets herself out of everything. She can handle a blaster like no body’s business, and she runs circles around Luke (ew, he’s her brother haha) and Han. Even when she’s being tortured to reveal the location of the rebel base, she still lies to protect everyone. Her snarky attitude and sarcasm, and her absolute determination to spurn her feelings for Han. She’s fantastic. There’s a part in Empire Strikes Back where she is so concerned on getting everyone else evacuated off of Hoth and its only until Han basically drags her, that she leaves. She is so commited to the rebellion and its awesome; she’s willing to do anything for it. And those buns, there’s never been a hairstyle like that haha.

1. Hermione Granger

Plain and simple, Hermione is the best, most badass heroine ever. You can argue with me all you want. The fact is, she’s smart as hell and she’s never going to dumb herself down for anyone, even Ron. Even though Ron finds her intelligence annoying at times and intimidating at other times, she sticks to her guns and never hides her intelligence and that’s fantastic. And when Ron is an absolute jerk and leaves her and Harry, she carries on. She continues to fight. Her morale is down and she’s sad, and she goes days without saying anything to Harry, but she still fights on, looking for those Horcruxes. And damn, she’s just so smart! She finds solutions to everything and she’s a quick thinker. I don’t know how many times characters in the book are just amazed at Hermione’s brilliance. No matter how many times it happens over the course of the books, you still want to cheer every time she  spouts off a random bit of information or gets them out of a sticky situation. Also, who knew that little dorky Emma Watson would grow up to be so beautiful? Hermione is NOT supposed to be that attractive but she makes it work and its awesome.

So most of you probably don’t agree with my list and that’s okay! Because everyone has different opinions and tastes. These eleven fictional women rock my world and make my palms a little sweaty :) And since I know you all are going to disagree with me, why don’t you share with me your picks! I always love to hear from you guys and I want to know what sexy fictional ladies tickle your fancy :D

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

See you soon!

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