BioShock Infinite: Worth the Wait!

After what seemed like the longest wait EVER (okay, website like this not ever, but still), Bioshock Infinite, the third installment in the Bioshock video game series, finally hit stores everywhere. The game was announced back in August 2010, after the release of Bioshock 2 in February of the same year. A few years and a couple delays later, we finally got this installment.

Now, I’m not a gamer. I wish I was. I LOVE video games. They have great stories, they’re super fun and they come in a million different varieties, just like books. You can play fantasy games and dystopian games, historical games, and children’s games.

But I don’t really play. Not because I dont’ want to but because I just plain SUCK at them. I just don’t have the patience for one thing…and my hand-eye coordination basically doesn’t exist. So while I had a strong urge to finally play this installment of Bioshock, alas, it was not in the cards.

It was however, in the cards, for our guest blogger, my boyfriend, Jonathan. He spent his Spring Break playing this game, and you can read his review below :) It is written VERY similarly to my Book of the Week posts, so it’ll be easy for you all to read!

Enjoy!

Bioshock Infinite: A Review

I do not have much experience writing reviews but I figured why let that stop me! I recently purchased the game Bioshock Infinite and have already beat the game so I think I am now qualified to write a review of said game. This game is of course the follow up to the critically and commerically successful Bioshock which was released in 2007. The original Bioshock is the story of an underwater city, Rapture, in 1960 that turns for the worst. The game is heavily influenced by the works of Ayn Rand. Bioshock Infinite is the story of the floating city Columbia created by the US in 1912. Bioshock Infinite went through several delays and had already won numerous awards at events such as E3 and thus was building a lot of hype for its release. Alright so onto the review!

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Genre:
1st person shooter
Part of A Series?:
Yes it is, it is the third installment of the Bioshock series. It may not seem clear how Columbia is connected to Rapture but playing through it it becomes evident there is a connection between the two cities that have fallen.
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Plot Summary:
“Bring us the girl and wipe away the debt”, a simple phrase that starts our hero on his journey. Bioshock Infinite is the story of a former pinkerton agent Booker Dewitt who has come into some enormous debt. Someone has offered to take care of his debt but in order to do so he must journey to Columbia, which had seceded from the US and disappeared, and retrieve a girl named Elizabeth who can open up “tears” in reality. Almost as soon as Booker arrives in Columbia he is proclaimed to be the “false shepherd” by the zealous prophet Comstock. The citizens of Columbia are then after Booker because they follow Comstock with religious intensity. Unlike other games where the whole story is the journey to the girl, Bioshock Infinite goes the way where Booker and Elizabeth meet fairly early in the game they then must fight their way to through a rebellion  find the truth about Elizabeth’s powers, and a way out of Columbia.
The Bad:
There is some bad in this game because there is no such thing as a perfect game. One of the things I did have a problem with was some things in the battle system. The battle system seemed very similar to the system in the original Bioshock without much being added to it. They strived to tell a good story with this game but the battle system did not feel it always got that attention. Another thing was the vigors system, it seemed added on to be like the battle system in Bioshock but for some reason no one else in Bioshock Infinite uses vigors to fight, ONLY YOU. That part did not make a whole lot of sense to me as I was going through fighting enemies.
The Good:
Oh the good in this game! I will get it out of the way first and say that the story in this game is amazing! The original Bioshock had a good story and so it was expected that this game would follow suit. It starts off simple enough but as the game progresses the story goes to new levels and were those levels exciting! The city becomes embroiled in a revolution but that never becomes the main story, the story always stays with Booker and Elizabeth. I will not give away any spoilers but the ending of this game is definitely worth playing through and will leave you thinking!
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Columbia the city is a beautiful city and feels almost as it did actually happen in the past. A floating city in the sky at the height of American exceptionalism there is propaganda that adourns the cities and even statues referring to the founding fathers almost as deities. There are railways that connect the different floating islands with it all centered around the giant statue of Columbia, which is where Elizabeth is held captive. The setting has a steam punk kind of feel, which I am not always a fan of, but it really works well here because of how grounded it is into US history. Since Elizabeth’s powers have to do with tearing open reality there are a lot of musical Easter eggs in the game such as a barbershop quartet singing “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys (as this song would not be written for another 50+ years!). These slight reality warping events add nice little touches in the game to look out for!
Lastly, this game would not have been as great without Elizabeth. A lot of the companions in games end up being huge burdens (Resident Evil 4-Sara, here: I totally agree. Your companion in that game is USELESS! ) but this is not the case in Bioshock Infinite. Never once do you have to worry about protecting Elizabeth, the game immediately tells you she can take care of herself. As I was going through the game I had to rely on her quite a bit as she finds salts, ammo, and health for you if you are running low. During battles she can also open tears that aid in the battle, such as bringing health, weapons, or allies. She is written very well as a character with depth she is determined to go see Paris and longs to be free of the nightmare of Columbia and she knows she has to make difficult decisions to get there. She does not spend time being a reactive character to your actions as she is easily the most powerful character in the game and her actions dictate what Booker does.
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The game’s score, voice acting, and graphics were also top notch but in this kind of game those did not seem as important when the other stuff just worked so well.
Rating:
5 out of 5 stars. This might quite possibly be my favorite video game of all time.
Recommended or Not?:
YES! I highly recommend this game to anyone who wants a game with a great story. If you just want to play a shooter there are better shooter out there but if you want something with an amazing story then this is the game for you! The game is currently being sold at places such as Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon, etc. I bought this one for my PS3 but it is also available for Xbox 360 and the PC. If you are not familiar with the series the PS3 version of the game comes with the original Bioshock (well mine did) and so you can get an idea how the series is (Bioshock 2 is not necessary to the story).
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Hope you enjoyed this review! Let us know in the comments, and let us know how YOU liked Bioshock Infinite!
Check back tomorrow for the Tuesday Top Ten!
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Love and the Love Triangle.

Today, buy information pills I’m here to talk to you about love. Yes, visit this site love. I’m talking kisses and hugs, and forever, and all that stuff. Love. True Love.

Now, I’m not going to sit here and claim that I know everything about love, because I definitely do not. I love my boyfriend sooooo much and we have been together for nearly five years. But we learn every day how to make our relationship work and how to make it better. And it’s not easy, but it is most definitely worth it. I will never know 100% about love…or even a 100% about my boyfriend…but that’s the best part, it keeps things new and, like I said, its completely worth it.

But I will say one thing.

True love? Yeah, it doesn’t exist.

Did I break your heart with that one? I hope not. Here’s what I’m saying: I don’t believe in that one true love. I love my boyfriend incredibly much, and one day in the near-ish future, we’re going to get married and its going to be great. But he’s not the only guy I’ve ever had in my life. And let’s get this straight: he’s not perfect. He’s perfect for me, but in no way, is he perfect. And that’s okay. Because neither am I. I am DEFINITELY not perfect.

But I think people tend to get this idea in their heads…and I mean mostly girls. They get this idea in their head of perfect boys, who open doors and talk on the phone all night and go to the store and buy tampons for them and so on and so forth. They expect to find this PERFECT speciman of man and when they don’t, they’re so angry and they say things like “waiting for prince charming” and they pine after fictional characters.

Believe me, I know. I used to be one of those girls. And being like that…it just leads you to disappointment.

You’re probably wondering why I’m on this rant. Its because of this extremely popular trend that has been going on in young literature, one that has been driving me insane…and it’s called the love triangle.

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I am so tired of Team So-and-So. I used to be into that stuff. I still am for the most part. Sure, I wanted Jace over Simon in the Mortal Instruments. Sure, I want Will over Jem in the Infernal Devices. Sure, I wanted Peeta over Gale in Hunger Games. Sure, sure, sure.

But that’s not WHY I read the books. I read the books because Clary is a badass who invents runes and throws herself into every fight even if she’s not prepared for it. I read because Tessa is being chased by a man who keeps creating automatons and she doesn’t even know what she is: a warlock, a Shadowhunter or what. I read Hunger Games because Katniss is a badass with a bow, and she survives the Hunger Games…twice!

But I feel like a lot more of the girlies out there care about those stories. And it drives me crazy. Because now, if I pick up a book and it starts to involve a love triangle, I’m done. I’m over it. Before, I could handle it. Now, it seems like its a necessary element of young adult literature. You can’t write a young adult book without having the opportunity for Team So-and-So and its annoying!

Because, there is just so much more to a story than two guys pining after a girl, especially when the girl is being all whiny , “I can’t choose.” God, shut up. There’s shit going down and all you can think about is what boy to choose. Maybe you should either choose one and get over it already or let the boys do their job, like demon hunting or whatever, and stop distracting them.

The fact is, this literary “element” (and I put that in quotes because seriously, its a plot device that gets so damn old) is old and tiring but girls (and some boys) continue to fall all over it. Over and over and over and over again.

And then there’s my other problem with love in young adult fiction. It creates unbelievable expectations for what a boyfriend should be like, or what a relationship should be like.

Take example from pictures like this:

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I mean, Jace Wayland is hot, especially when using those blades to kill people and stuff but I love my boyfriend wayyy more

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Sure, except they aren’t real…

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Of course they are. They aren’t real.

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You need to lower your impossible standards because…guess what? They aren’t real.

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Now, don’t get me wrong. Most of you have read my post on my favorite, hottest fictional guys. There are characters that make my blood boil, that I get all hot and bothered for, that say wonderful things that make me sigh.

But they aren’t real! If Jace Wayland existed, I would alternately be extremely attracted to his sexiness and badass Shadowhunter skills and annoyed at how extremely emo and dramatic he is. I would want to punch Peeta in the face, telling him to just have some balls and stand up to me already. I would be annoyed at the Doctor’s inability to understand humanity, because he doesn’t always understand. I would be annoyed at the things they said.

And I know that real love…it’s not like the love that’s in books. You’re not going to have those perfect relationships where its true love and its going to last forever, no matter how impossible it is, no matter the crazy, insane circumstances. You can find love, and it’ll be great, but it’s not fairy tale and it takes work.

Being with Jon taught me that. I was waiting for a fictional boy but I got a real one. And I’ll tell you what? It’s sooooo much better.

And I just feel like girls are holding out for something that doesn’t exist. Girls see faults in boys and either don’t go for them or dump them. And that’s extremely unfair. I mean, I’m not saying stay with a boy if he cheats on you or treats you badly…but we have to accept the imperfections of people.

So I don’t know, I’m over the constant love triangle, the constant need for romance to be the key point in novels. Most of the books I read do have romance in it, but it’s not the whole point and it seems like more and more, that is the point. I get tired of reading books and loving it and then a love triangle gets thrown in and I want to throw the book across the room. (I’m looking at you, Lauren Oliver, you were fine until you introduced the love triangle in Pandemonium).

I’m going all over the place with this post. The point is, the love triangle is getting old. Tragic, over-the-top, ridiculous, unrealistic love doesn’t exist. Edward Cullen, Jacob Black, Jace Wayland, Will Herondale, Simon Lewis, Jem Carstairs, the Salvatore brothers, Tobias, Peeta Mellark, Gale Hawthorne, Finnick Odair, and so on…they aren’t real. They’ll never be real and there isn’t one guy in this world that are like them because they aren’t real.

Boys make mistakes. They say stupid things and they sometimes don’t call and they play too much video games or ignore you in favor of their friends. They forget your birthday or your anniversary. They drive too fast or they drive too slow, they have horrible taste in music. They don’t always say the sweetest, most romantic things. They don’t love you right away. They are imperfect. But so are you, and when you find someone to love, you find someone who puts up with all your imperfections like you put up with theirs.

And I’m hoping that things get better. As much as I enjoy a good love story, I’m hoping we get more books like The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima, or the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series or the Tortall books. All of these books have romance…but they aren’t qualified as romance and they’re amazing. They should be our best young adult literature.

Because I’m really tired of the negative views toward young adult literature.

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Fake Nerd Girls…or Not?

So, there a few days ago, malady my good friend and awesome contributor, and Jackie, did a short little post on her own website called “Fake Geek Girls-Cut the CRAP“.

And it seriously got me thinking.

Because I can totally see where she is coming from.

I’m sure a lot of you have seen this meme before.

And I’m not going to lie. This sudden burst of geekiness and nerdiness? It’s frustrating. And yeah, its pretty annoying too.

And let’s face it, there are a good amount of fake geek girls out there. There are girls out there who act like they are suddenly into all of these things that they weren’t before. And it can be extremely frustrating to me because…well, hell, I’ve been a geek for AGES and you know what? I was either teased or bullied for it…or I was just downright invisible to boys because I was so into these things. And now suddenly it’s extremely cool?

Yeah, a little frustrating. And annoying. And I want to smack some girls around.

But here’s the thing: there are even more REAL geek girls out there.

Believe me, I know a ton.

And because there are a handful of fake ones out there, there seems to be this misleading assumptions about us girls who are actually geeks.

The meme that was created above? Obviously created by a boy. And it seems that boys tend to think that us girls are being geeks in order to get their attention. Girls play video games and dress in cosplays and watch geeky movies and read comics and whatever so boys will like them.

And that just makes me want to laugh. It frustrates me and makes me want to crack up.

Because, seriously? Not true. My god, that is not true.

I am surrounded by seriously amazing geek girls. I’d like to think I’m one myself.

And trust me, I don’t do anything with boys in mind. I watch these movies and read these books and do what I want to do because I WANT TO DO IT.

I mean, come on, do you really think I have 4 Harry Potter tattoos, 1 Star Wars tattoo and a Mortal Instruments tattoo because of boys? Do you think I’ve read Harry Potter and watched Star Wars a million times because of boys? Do you think I watch all these movies or am obsessed with Doctor Who or are diving into comics because of boys?

NO! I’m doing it because it’s fun and its badass.

And yeah, just because I’m pretty and I know some seriously pretty geek girls, doesn’t mean we can’t actually like these things.

One of my friends is super pretty and amazing and awesome and owns her own comic book store. Do you really think she’s doing this because of boys?

No. No, she’s not. She loves comic books, she’s a geek and she’s kick ass.

The fact is, ten years ago, geek girls were basically in hiding. Guys weren’t exactly stoked on girls knowing more than them about Star Wars or Harry Potter or comic books or Star Trek or any of that. It just wasn’t cool. Girls were bullied. All those girls who were brave enough to show their nerdiness back then? I admire them because I couldn’t. I showed a little, in my HP and Star Wars obsessions and was teased so much, bullied so much.

But now, its obviously more accepted. Girls are coming out, so to speak, in waves and declaring out LOUD “I’M A GEEK, A NERD, AND I’M PROUD OF IT!”

And its awesome. Girls make some awesome geeks. Don’t doubt us, we know what we’re talking about. I think guys sometimes find it surprising when we know more than them. I laugh when I see my beautiful, amazing geek friends share their knowledge with boys who just don’t know what to do with it.

So part of me thinks that this whole “fake geek girl” crap comes from boys who just can’t handle this. They can’t handle girls basically being into the same things that they are into and they just come up with an excuse for it. Obviously we can’t be pretty and smart and awesome, and love all of these things on our own. Obviously we are doing this for attention.

And you know what I say to that?

GET. OVER. IT.

I mean, if you’d rather have a girl who spends all her time shopping and being obsessed with Twilight (I like it…but I’m not obsessed) and The Notebook (GAG) and is shallow and no fun, go for it. Have fun. But I’d imagine that having a girlfriend who wants to play video games with you and wants to watch Star Wars and Doctor Who and who spends ages reading and knows the difference between Zelda and Link and loves comic books and all that would be a lot better.

But maybe that’s just me.

The point is, this whole “fake geek girl” shit? It has to stop. Because it’s ridiculous. In middle school and high school, I was given crap, I was teased for being geek. And now I’m being treated like I know nothing about anything and I’m only doing it because I want attention from boys.

Reality check: I have a boyfriend and we’ve been together for five years. And trust me, I’m a much bigger geek than he is. And sometimes I think I’m a bit intense for him. But you know what? That isn’t going to change. Because he loves me, no matter how geeky or not geeky I am. He loves me because I’m smart and independent and awesome.

Just like all those other geek girls out there.

So, boys, stop acting like a bunch of jerks and enjoy the fact that there are some badass geek girls out there.

Because, honestly, I don’t see why there is anything to complain about.

The One Rule to Rule them All

Thanks to my friend, discount Tanya, for that name. Its a badass way to describe what I’m about to talk about.

Here’s the thing:

It took me a long to come to terms with who I am: as a person, as a writer, as a daughter, as a sister, as a friend, as a girlfriend, as a complete nerd and as a bisexual. All of those things were hard.

And its going to sound crazy, but that hardest one was embracing the nerd in me.

I’ve always been that nerd. I’m that kid in school that no one remembers because I was too busy with my head in a book. I read A LOT. And for the longest time, people made fun of me and teased me and bullied me because I liked to read, because I was obsessed with Harry Potter and Star Wars, because I got excited about those things. I literally was teased all the time.

Now those things are cool. That’s a whole ‘nother blog post, man. I could go on and on about this new phase of geek is cool and fake geek girls/guys. But that’s the point of this post.

The point is, it took me a long time to embrace my inner nerd. But I have. Oh believe me I have.

I love Harry Potter and Star Wars and Doctor Who and Hunger Games and what little I know about superheroes and I love Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit and I love Percy Jackson and the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices and Firefly and Glee and The Walking Dead and Once Upon a Time and I love books and I love anime and I love video games.

And you know what? I like Twilight too.

And I’m not afraid to say that anymore. They are some of the most horribly written books ever, my god. The writing in those books is terrible! But they’re entertaining and I like them. I’m seeing Breaking Dawn Part 2 tonight at 10 pm (no midnight for this old lady) and I am pretty stoked about it.

And I’m tired of all the judgement. I’m tired of the Potterheads vs the Twihards. I’m tired of Star Wars vs Star Trek. I am so damn tired of everyone bagging on everyone else’s fandoms.

I’m not guiltless. I’ve done that before. I’m not blameless. I have definitely judged on fandoms before.

I don’t get Star Trek at all. I think a lot of the young adult paranormal romance is terrible. I think the Call of Duty game needs to go away because paying 60 bucks for the same game over and over again is ridiculous. I do think Twilight is a bad book. Its just bad. I think its entertaining oh but don’t you dare ever tell me its better than Potter because that’s crazy talk.

But here’s the thing: if you stand up, and say proudly that you are a Twihard or you’re a hardcore COD fan or you’re a Trekkie…I gotta say, that’s badass. I want to see your badass Trekkie tattoos. I want to see your walls papered with posters. I want to see your COD and Halo cosplays. I want to see that.

Because if there is one thing that I’ve learned from being a nerd and being involved in all these fandoms and being exposed to all these fandoms is that I’d say 9 out of 10 times, the fandoms preach tolerance and togetherness. We have to work together to make things work. We have to tolerate and accept and respect each other.

And that’s what the rule is:

I don’t care what fandoms you do or don’t like. I don’t care how strongly you feel about it. You are more than welcome to have your opinion. If you think Harry Potter, Twilight, Percy Jackson, Star Wars, Star Trek, whatever, sucks, that’s okay.

But its never, never okay to disrespect a person for the fandom they enjoy. Never. I do not tolerate any disrespect or intolerance on this page. That includes my Facebook page, my Twitter page or my Tumblr page.

It’s called respect. Kindness. Tolerance. Acceptance. RESPECT. 

Here at WhataNerdGirlSays, we welcome people of all fandoms. I may not spend a lot of attention on some fandoms because it is my personal blog and it’s not something that I get excited for but I welcome you to this blog. If you’re a nerd, you’re welcome.

Because nerds need to stick together. Together, we can accomplish a lot. Divided, we’re just going to spend way too much time online, arguing over which fandom is better.

Especially since Harry Potter is the best one.

Just kidding. Or am I…

The point is, I’m tired of people hiding the things they like because they’re afraid to be made fun of. I’m tired of those brave enough to come out and say what they love getting attacked. Especially since I’ve been on both sides.

So let’s stop. Let’s band together and unite as nerds, no matter what we like.

What do you say?

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Bond! Ironman! Les Mis! Comic Books!

It isn’t even Tuesday yet but I’m bursting with nerdy and fandom awesomeness. In just the last two days, price I’ve experienced some super exciting things! There is just always so much going on and so much excitement.

I think that’s one of the best things about being a nerd, visit web is being able to get excited about new movies and new shows and all that. It keeps life exciting.

So my boyfriend and I went to watch Skyfall last night. The new James Bond movie.

I’m not going to sit here and lie and say that I’m a huge James Bond fan. I’m not. I’ve seen my fair share in the movies (my god, Sean Connery was a fine looking man back in the day) and I think Daniel Craig is a good James Bond, though that does have something to do with the fact that he is very, very good looking.

But beyond that, it was a super awesome movie. The plot was exciting, all of the actors were great. It was full of fantastic actors: Judi Dench, Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Helen McCrory, and so on. A relatively unknown actor, Ben Whishaw, who played Bond’s assistant, Q, was most impressive in his acting skills…and is very impressive for the eyes as well. He had that nerdy, quirkiness that I love in an actor.

It was action packed but story driven as well. Its no wonder that critics have been praising this movie. Definitely one to go see, seriously.

But some of the best awesomeness were the trailers before the movie.

Ironman 3. I adore Robert Downey Jr and I have a serious soft spot for Ironman. Ironman gave out the same year as The Dark Knight. I remember everyone being like WHOA The Dark Knight and WHOA Heath Ledger as the Joker! And don’t get me wrong, thats a badass movie. But I was like WHOA Ironman and WHOA hot Robert Downey Jr. I don’t care how old he is, he is hot. And he plays Tony Stark so well, and the first two Ironman movies are great, and I loved Avengers! This trailer shows an obvious change in Stark. He is not the man he was before. What happened in New York, with the rest of the Avengers, has obviously shaken him and there is a lot he is going to have to deal with now. This trailer left me breathless and excited. I can’t wait for May 3rd!

I tried to put a link up for the next trailer but it wouldn’t link up. Super lame. I’ll just describe it then…

It was quite a preview, more just an extended look at the movie adapation of the insanely popular Broadway musical, Les Miserables. I ADORE musicals (much to the annoyance of my boyfriend haha) and its a huge disappointment to me that I have never seen this musical on stage! I’ve listened to the soundtrack a million times though and I can’t wait to see this movie! It has amazing people in it: Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Siegfried, Hugh Jackman and so many more. I love the fact that they sang the songs while acting instead of lip synching to a previously recorded soundtrack. Fantastic.

And today, I went to the comic book store grand opening of my good friend Glynnes’ store, Comic Book Hideout.

I am way proud of my friend. In this day and age, people have a hard enough time finding a job, let alone actually opening up a business. It just doesn’t happen anymore. But I am stoked that she was able to do it and it looks GREAT! Wall to wall comics and toys and shirts! She has a comfy sofa with a flat screen TV, playing superhero movies and a couple retro arcade game machines and pinball machines set up. Its a nerd haven and definitely a cool place to hang out.

And I’m just SO PROUD of her. She’s not much older than me and I just think it rocks. What an awesome thing. Definitely click the link above, and check her out and stop by. Its going to seriously rock! :D

Stay tuned for Anime Monday, The Tuesday Three and I’ll review Breaking Dawn Part 2 and the City of Bones trailer. Hope you’re all looking forward to it!

Keep it nerdy :D

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Best Nerd of 2012…So Far…and What I Can’t Wait For!

Now that we have reached early July, information pills I’ve realized that half the year is over and damn, approved it went by fast. The beginning of 2012 has brought me many awesome things and there is still so much to look forward to these next six months. So now that I am smack dab in the middle of the year, I figured a nice countdown of some of the fantastic things that the year has already brought me and what I am most looking forward to. 

Best Things About 2012…So Far

5. Avengers movie 

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The Avengers was an unbelievably amazing movie and of course it would be with nerdtastic Joss Whedon at the helm. It is packed full of action but not in an extremely annoying Michael Bay kind of way. It has drama, it has humor. All the actors do just a fantastic job. And let’s face it, Captain American, Ironman, Hawkeye, Thor and Bruce Banner made very geek girl out there feel a little hot and bothered. Then the awesome Avengers de Mayo party held by the ever fantastic Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army was superb, especially since my team, Team Hawkeye, won :D

4. The Secret World of Arrietty

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I feel like its been ages since a new Studio Ghibli movie has been released so I was dying with excitement to see this one. I would definitely say its one of my favorites (after Howl’s Moving Castle, of course). It’s based on the great children’s book, The Borrowers, by Mary Norton and its sooo much better and more fun than its 1997 counterpart. Although…Tom Felton as a little redhead? Adorable.

3. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

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This is the fifth installment of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series and I warn you, if you have not read them all yet, there are definitely spoilers ahead. (SPOILER ALERT!!!). Now, the series is about Clary Fray, a normal teenager who suddenly gets swept up in the world of Shadowhunters, half human, half angel demon hunters. It’s no surprise when it turns out that she has Shadowhunter blood and the story unfolds from there. The series was originally supposed to be a trilogy and the third book ended pretty perfectly, in my opinion. Then the 4th book came out and I absolutely loathed it. The plotline seemed to focus more on whether Clary and Jace were going to have sex or not and less on actual demon hunting. I really debated on getting Lost Souls and I’m glad I did. It doesn’t quite reach the epicness of the first three but it did redeem the series. Now if only Alex Pettyfer was playing Jace and not Jamie Bower…

2. Hunger Games

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I love love love LOVE Hunger games and I could not wait for the movie. I couldn’t wait so badly that when it did eventually come out, I saw it three times in one week. And I really liked it. I thought it was a good adaptation. The book centers on a country, Panem, that uses the Hunger Games-a contest to the death featuring the nation’s children-to keep its citizens subdued. Its a sort of brutal idea, kids fighting other kids to the death and the nation watching it on television like a fun reality show. I was impressed on how they did it, portraying the violence but not throwing it in your face so all the young readers could still go to the a movie that wasn’t rated R. The icing on the cake was the epic Capitol party held by the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army, where I represented District 4 and partied all night long.

1. Once Upon a Time

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I know that the season started in 2011 but it finished in 2012 so pooh on your technicalities. This is the best new show, easily. The cast was perfectly selected and each episode kept me watching. It follows Emma Swan, a 28-year-old bail bondsperson, who meets her son, Henry, for the first time after giving him up ten years ago. She soon gets swept up in the life of Storybrooke, Maine, where cursed storybook characters have been living the past few decades, unaware of their real identities. Of course, Emma is the only one who can save them. It was so awesome to get alternate views of fairy tales and hell, I loved the romance. My pony-wanting, prince-seeking, little girl princess heart loved this.

Best Things in 2012…To Come…

5. Clockwork Princess

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Please keep in mind that this is NOT a legitimate cover for this novel. The cover has not yet been released and this is a cover generated by a fan on goodreads.com. Okay, now that that’s taken care of. this is the last installment of the Infernal Devices series, the Victorian age counterpart to the previously mentioned Mortal Instruments. This one follows Tessa Gray, a young girl who gets pulled into the Shadowhunter world when she discovers she has shape-shifting powers. I LOVE this series even more than I love the Mortal Instruments. I’ve been counting down the days til the last novel since the previous one came out this past December. I can’t wait to see how this ends as Tessa battles Mortmain and his robot army and figures out exactly what she is. This will hit stores in December of this year.

Just kidding, I’ve just learned that this has been delayed until March 2013. I’m still leaving it on the list though. I dare you to argue with me :D

4. Once Upon a Time, Season Two

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I’m warning you, if you have not watched Once Upon a Time and you plan to (and why wouldn’t you plan to!), I would warn you not to read further. I’m gonna spoil allll of season one for you. So now that I’ve warned you…I seriously cannot wait til season two. Season one ended on a crazy note! Emma finally believes in her destiny, finally breaks the curse, all the fairy tale characters remember who they are. Snow and Charming are back together finally! Belle and Rumple are finally together! Regina is finally going down! What could go wrong? Everything, apparently, as Rumple returns the magic to the land and you see that sly little smile from Regina and then it ends. I can’t wait to see how this changes everything. Regina is obviously not going anywhere and now that the people of Storybrooke know who she is, how is that all going to play out? And I can’t wait to see Emma accept David/Charming and Mary Margaret/Snow as her parents :D. Once Upon a Time seems likely to return in October of this year.

3. Doctor Who, Series 7

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Now that I’ve busted my way through the first six series in about a month and now consider myself a Whovian (and I’m considering a Tardis tattoo…hey, why not?), I am dying to have the Doctor back. This season should be great and the previews for it have looked exciting so far. Halfway through this season, the Doctor’s current companion’s Amy Pond and Rory Williams will depart and the Doctor will get a new companion played by Jenna Louise Coleman. I’m looking forward to seeing how awesome Jenna is and I’m dreading the tears that will inevitably come as Amy and Rory depart, in what has been revealed to be a heartbreaking departure involving the freaky Weeping Angels. Rumors are abound as to when it returns but it seems likely to return between September and October of this year.

2. The Hobbit

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Its been nearly ten years since The Return of the King came out in theaters. Now, Peter Jackson is likely to impress us once more with his amazingness (and yeah, that’s word. try and dispute that, I dare you, I’ll just ignore you haha). The Hobbit is one of my favorite books, this one is a little simpler than the LoTR series. Where the LoTR is all about saving the very existence of Middle Earth, The Hobbit is about Bilbo going on an adventure. Yes, it’s dangerous and yes, he gets his hands on the one Ring, that leads to the LoTR series, but its more adventurous by far. I’m seriously looking forward to it, and you know I’ll be out there at midnight, cosplaying as a Hobbit or Elf. I’m also really excited to see Martin Freeman as Bilbo because I already love him as John Watson on Sherlock. This movie comes out December 14th.

1. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Now I know its going to be completely different from Harry Potter. I get that. I’ve accepted that. From what I’ve read, its a political thriller about a mysterious murder in a small town and how it reveals a whole web of conspiracy in the town. Definitely in a different realm of wizards and magic. But I’m so excited for it. I love reading mostly everything I can get my hands on and JKR is a phenomenal author. She’s a magician with words. So the fact that this is the first thing she’ll have put out since Deathly Hallows back in 2007 has got me going fangirl crazy. I’m sure that its going to be wonderful and I’m hoping that the millions of HP fans out there will accept it as a separate thing from Harry Potter. Nothing will ever touch HP in my mind and heart but I have every faith that this will be a great novel. I’m counting down the days til the release on September 27th.

So those are the things I’m most looking forward to for the rest of the year, and I’ve just hit the tip of the iceberg of exciting things coming. I mean, there’s a TON of movies coming out, like the new Batman and Leo Dicaprio’s The Great Gatsby and Logan Lerman and Emma Watson in Perks of a Wallflower . There are epic video games coming out and so so so much more. There is so much to look forward to. What are some of the best things about 2012 so far and what are you guys most looking forward to? As always, let me know in the comments. And thanks for reading guys!

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