Tuesday Top Ten-Favorite Fictional Schools

Welcome back to school everyone! By this point, order most everyone has started school, more about and its just that time of year to buy pretty new school supplies and tell yourself that this semester is going to different, and you’re going to get your act together this year. I’m with you guys, this is your year! Bring home those A’s on the report card!

As you guys have noticed the last few weeks, my creativity level on the Tuesday Top Ten has been…well, basically nonexistent. My dad has totally come up with the ideas the past few weeks and this week is no different. Thanks Dad. Seriously, my creativity is all tapped out haha.

But anyway, now that school has started, I feel like this is a great way to start it off, and a great Tuesday Top Ten. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat in class, looking bored like Britney Spears in Baby One More Time, and wished I was in a different school. So that’s where this list comes in. Check it out!

10. Sweet Valley High from Sweet Valley High Series

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These were some of my favorite books when I was a kid. In hindsight, they probably weren’t the best things for a 7 to 9 year old to read, but my reading level was advanced, if nothing else, and my aunt gave me basically the whole series so there you go. But I always loved the absolute drama of Sweet Valley High. As a kid, high school seemed a thousand years away, and it was…magical, if that makes sense. High school was ALWAYS going to rock in my mind, and my mentality came from this series. Sure, there dramatics and all that, but it kept things all interesting and things always worked out in the end. You would have a nice car, be insanely attractive (the awkwardness of youth disappeared), get the hottest guys and have the best friends. Elizabeth is the dorky one but she’s still editor of the newspaper, fairly popular and has the hottest boyfriend in the school. Although, Todd, really? What kind of name is Todd?

9. Constance Billard/St. Judes from Gossip Girl 

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I think I’d want to go to Constance Billard for the pure enjoyment of the drama that comes down with being a part of the Gossip Girl show. There are a lot of things that are mostly guaranteed if you go to a school like Constance Billard, and its sister school, St. Jude. One, you’re rich. Let’s face it, its THE school to go to on the Upper East side, and its where you’re either made or unmade by Gossip Girl. Two, you probably have the best clothes in the entire world because either you can afford them or you’re a fashion genius Jenny Humphrey and you make it work. You have access to the coolest parties, and the dances, like Homecoming and Prom are OUT of this world. There are all kinds of amazing things about this high school that NEVER happened in real high school. Black and white balls, cotillions, all kinds of fun stuff. Sure, there is the ridiculous amount of drama and pressure but I still say that going to this school might have made high school a little more bearable.

8. Degrassi High from Degrassi: The Next Generation

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When you think about, I don’t know why I would want to go to Degrassi. People get shot and stabbed and get addicted to drugs, or become alcoholics or get in major car accidents or are in abusive relationships or get pregnant. I mean, this is NOT a happy school. But I LOVE this show. Its absolutely ridiculous and its completely dramatic and the amount of characters it goes through, and the amount of drama that takes place there…its all just so ridiculous. But I think its the same sort of thing with Constance Billard…it would be INTERESTING to go here. I think that it would have been crazy and dramatic and I’m sure I would ended up with some medical affliction or some sort of addiction but again, interesting.

7. Xavier’s Institute from X-Men 

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I know that in the comic and the shows and the movies that mutants aren’t accepted and that they are kind of hated because they’re different. I get that, and that sucks and it will be this ever growing fight in that universe and its kind of the whole point of it, besides the fact that they fight bad guys. But you have to admit, a school where everyone has a sort of mutation that makes them be able to do cool stuff like read minds or control weather or hop through walls? I honestly feel like I couldn’t hate school if I went to a school like that. There’s no way. Plus it would be really cool to have an awesome superpower that I was just born with, and I didn’t have to get bitten by an icky spider or anything. I like Iceman…I don’t know why but ice powers have always sounded really super awesome. I could be Icegirl and I would rock the hallways of Xaviers.

6. St. Vladimir’s Academy from Vampire Academy Series 

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I don’t want to be a vampire. I’ve never really had the desire to be a vampire unless I could become a vampire and become Simon Lewis’s girlfriend for eternity. But even then. However, I would become a dhampir. For those of you who are unaware, a dhampir is half human, half vampire, warriors trained to protect Moroi vampires from Strigoi, which are immortal, evil vampires. The main character is Rose, who attends St. Vladimir’s to eventually become an official guardian to protect her royal best friend Lissa. I always love a kickass female character, especially when they come paired with a delicious character like Dimitri, and I love this school. I love that, since they’re vampires, they go to school and party and do all their stuff at night, and sleep during the day. But because the novel is so well-written, you don’t even notice half the time, and so it’s not cheesy. I love that the classes are anything from magic (because the vampires have powers over different elements) and warfare and strategy and combat. That sounds like a really awesome school. Way better than learning chemistry and math and stuff like that.

5. The School of Idris from The Mortal Instruments series

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I have no idea if that is what its called but I call it that for now because no one has really named it yet. I want to go to Idris because it is the home of the Shadowhunter. No matter if they live there, grew up there, or grew up in an Institute or work in an Institute somewhere in the world, it is the home of the Shadowhunter. Like Mecca is to the Islams or Jerusalem is to Christians and Jews (and Islams too). It is a beautiful city, sort of old fashioned in the way that it is made, sort of like any other place in Europe, and it all seems so otherworldly and wonderful. I really want to see the Glass City part of it, with the demon wards, and the fountain, and the beautiful dances and wonderful parties. But I want to go to school in Idris because I want to be a Shadowhunter. Shadowhunters are preordained to protect the earth from demons; they’re born warriors. They don’t necessarily choose it but I think most of them would choose it. I want to be one. I want to have seraph blades, and a whip like Isabelle and I want to Mark my skin to help me fight. I would love training to be a Shadowhunter because it would be so different than our normal schooling.

4. Oden’s Ford from Seven Realms Series 

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Oden’s Ford is where the school exist in Cinda Williams Chima’s Seven Realms series. There is Mystwerk House, Temple School, Factor House, Merchant House, Isenwerk House and Wien House. What I love about this school is that it kind of reminds me of a fantasy college, if that makes sense. There are so many different schools there, schools for wizards and for trading and different crafts and that sort of thing, and the entire town seems built around the school. I love that. I love that so many people from all over the Seven Realms come here to learn a various number of things. I feel like you would get a real life experience here. There are people of all different races and religions and colors and shapes and sizes, and they’re all coming here to learn different trades, whether to harness their magics or become healers or warriors and that can really open one’s eyes wider to the world around them. You’re getting out of your bubble and you’re seeing what else is out there. I think that even though Raisa is sent here to escape the chaos that is going under her own roof, and that she is there under a false name, it really helped her become a better queen. She understood more of the way the world worked outside of her privileged life and it helped her. I also think it would be fun to live there because it is a place that is described so beautifully. So many bricks! I love brick buildings. SO beautiful.

3. Camp Half Blood from The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series 

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Okay, I recognize that this isn’t technically a school and a good amount of the kids that stay there in the summer go to normal schools during the school year. But I like to think of it as a school because these kids will never stop being demigods. This is an essential part of their life…their very being, and they have been in trouble for so long, and they will continue to be in trouble. They are attracting to danger, as the offspring of gods and goddesses and the skills that they learn at Camp Half Blood will aid them their entire life. So I do consider it a school of sorts. I would imagine that a demigod would learn more at Camp Half Blood during the summers than they do in full school years in regular schools. Despite all the danger, and all that, I think I’d much like to be a child of a god or goddess. Think of the stuff that comes from that. Think of Jason’s power with lightning and Percy’s power over water, Annabeth’s incredibly warrior skills and intelligence, Piper’s ability to charm people, Leo’s ability to tinker with just about anything and so forth. Its all so subtle but awesome. I think I’d love to go to Half Blood to learn all the things that they learn and ride a Pegasus and play Capture the Flag and have gods for teachers and centaurs for mentors. I would love to go on quests and learn to fight with a sword and live in one of the cabins. Camp Half Blood sounds like a great place to learn.

2. Jedi Academy from Star Wars 

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I want to be a Jedi. I think a Jedi is one of the things I want to be most in this life, other than a wizard (see below!) or a Shadowhunter. I have been watching Star Wars since I was a kid, and I have been a fan of it for so long. Princess Leia was always my absolute favorite character, but I was always kind of sad that she never got a lightsaber, because she wasn’t a Jedi. I love that in several of the books that have been written that take place after the movies, she does Jedi training and wields a lightsaber. I’m just saying, lightsabers are some of the best weapons that have existed in fictional world. I liked that the Jedis are trained for so much of their life because they are so disciplined and so committed to the life that they are born to live. They are there to protect the galaxy and keep the balance of the Force, and they commit their entire life for it. I like that they start off in an academy as children, where you learn with Master Yoda, before you become a Padawan to a Jedi Knight or a Jedi Master. I like that you have several teachers on the road to becoming a Jedi Knight, with the abilities to learn so much from different people. I also like that its not always a classroom type of experience, but you are taken out with your master to learn on an experience base, in the field, while you try to do your job. Its like an apprentice sort of thing, which is what the masters call them. I want to be a Jedi. If only to get a pink lightsaber. I’ll make it happen.

1. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from Harry Potter Series 

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I guess it would be no surprise that this would be the first one on my list. I think this is one of the first places that existed in a book that I thought, I want to go there. This is a place that I wish actually existed, and it never can, which only makes me want to go there more. JK Rowling created a place where you go to learn, you go to love and hate, you go to grow up, you go to have adventures and to get in trouble and learn, and so much more. When she quoted at the final Harry Potter premiere, “Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home”, I cried. I’m getting teary eyed just thinking about it. Because its HOME to Harry Potter; its where it all takes place in all seven works. It is the beginning, the middle and the end. It is where Harry Potter grew up and I would die to go there, to have adventures and to be a part of that world, a world that I have loved through the pages. Plus, I would love to take classes like that instead of the classes I take. I would love Charms and Transfiguration and Potions and Care of Magical Creatures. Hell, I think I’d even like History of Magic and Divination :) I would NOT complain like those guys! Hogwarts. The Ultimate best school ever.

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I hope you all enjoyed this edition of the Tuesday Top Ten. This one was an enjoyable one to write!

Don’t forget that you can always check out past lists here!

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What are some of your fictional schools? What would be some of your favorite fictional classes? As always, share in the comments!

Nerd Ink, Part Two!

So this week has been hard as far as blog posts have gone. I’ve been writing a lot of these at the beginning of the week, order and scheduling them to be posted on the day that they are supposed to be posted. My best friend is getting married today (tomorrow, page from my perspective) and I’m just SO busy. I was also unable to find a contributor for the Fandom Friday this week, tadalafil so I have a little something special instead!

Over a year ago, I did a post, featuring a lot of my friends and their nerd ink. Way before I joined the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army and started this blog, I didn’t know a lot of people with nerd ink. I knew a few people online, and maybe a couple in real life, but I wasn’t as immersed in the world. As soon as I joined LADA, I saw SO many Harry Potter tattoos, and I felt like…yay, my family!

Then as my nerd endeavors have increased due to this blog, I’ve met more and more people with tattoos and I love it. So far, I have six tattoos.

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All of my tattoos so far are fandom related (mostly). My first tattoo was the Deathly Hallows symbol, which is on my right wrist. My second tattoo was “wit beyond measure” under that, and “man’s greatest treasure” on my left wrist, also from Harry Potter. The third one I got was “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” from Harry Potter, as well, the quote on Harry Potter’s parents’ gravestone, paired with page stars. The fourth one I got was the Rebellion Alliance symbol from Star Wars. The fifth one I got was “Always”, also from Harry Potter, on my ankle. The musical notes are the only non-fandom part, they are musical notes from “Konstantine” by Something Corporate. The last and most recent tattoo that I got was the Fearless rune tattoo from The Mortal Instruments series.

I won’t go into detail for each tattoo, but I will say there are two main reasons I got each tattoo. One is that they all come from fandoms that mean a LOT to me. Harry Potter, Star Wars and Mortal Instruments have all played important parts in my life and getting permanent ink shows my love for those series. But I also got them because they all kind of have something to do with fear and courage. I can be a fearful person and I got these as a way to learn to overcome all the fears I have, from the fear of spiders to my fear of failing and being left alone.

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Now I have a ton of tattoos to share with you! These are some seriously awesome people, with equally awesome tattoos!

Also, if you click on the person’s name, you’ll reach their blogs, Twitters, etc. so make sure to follow them!

Ang

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A bookworm because she loves books!

Galaxy Fox

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(yes, that’s her real name)

My tattoo is Wolverine from the classic animated series.

I got this because I am a huge comic book and X-Men fan! And also because I feel I closely relate to Wolverine’s character in and out of costume. We have the same way of dealing with our pain and we are both very intuitive and strong willed people.

Thomas

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My tattoo is the ship from Galaga.

Story behind this isn’t all that interesting but basically i’m a huge nerd and wanted to get a tattoo that reminded me of my dad, my dad used to play a SHIT TON of galaga back in the day. He talks about it all the time, always looks for the game at arcades we go to and my earliest memory of him was that he got a port of the game for the PC and he and i would play it even though i was only 3 years old. means a lot to me. hope to get more nerdy tattoos but this ones my first.

Steve

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It’s the name of my favourite character ever, Castiel (from the TV show Supernatural) written in Circular Gallifreyan, the alphabet featuerd in another favourite show, Doctor Who.
Why I got it: I was planning on something Supernatural related but changed my mind the night before I had the appointment to get inked, and picked this one. Castiel is my favourite character of all time, and as an illustrator/designer, I find Gallifreyan writing fascinating and extremely beautiful. Plus, Doctor Who and Supernatural are the two shows that have helped me during the most difficult times of my life, and have literally saved me from losing my mind. This tattoo will always mean the world to me.

Mimi Schweid

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This is the Dark-Hunter Double Bow and Arrow, the Fearless rune and Angelic Power Rune. The double bow and arrow is for my love for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. She’s a dyslexic author that is always on the best seller list and I hope to one day be like her. The Angelic power, the one underneath it is a victory tattoo for surviving my first year of college and the Fearless on my right wrist was for starting college/a new chapter in my life.

Effie

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My tattoo is of Sputnik II and Laika, who became the first animal and living organism larger than a microbe to be launched into orbit. She died within hours after launch of overheating but because of her it paved the way for human spaceflight.

Why you got the tattoo: I got the tattoo because I love space and the exploration of space, but without Laika and Sputnik II our discoveries could have come at a later time. This was to honor her memory and her death to further help our understanding of the cosmos and our place in the universe.

Tahnee

And her Supernatural Instagram Account

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My tattoo is from supernatural, it’s the protection symbol that Sam and Dean have, Castiels wings, and I chose Latin writing because they always use Latin in the show, and it says “carry on my wayward son” which is the theme song :)
I got it because supernatural is my favorite show and felt I needed something to express it :)

Sarah

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I got this at the same time as my best friend. We’ve both been through hellish times, my sister broke her spine, her brother died in a car accident but through it all we were there got each other through thick and thin, true parabatais. I’d be lost without her.

I got this quote because I’ve spent my life shying away from anything that could hurt me. I got this tattoo when i decided the time was right to go to university to remember no matter how scary it is at the end of it something amazing will happen.

Bethany

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 The first one is from the anime, D.Gray-Man. A saying that Mana Walker would always tell Allen Walker before he died. I chose this quote because at the time, the quote was very meaningful to me. I felt like it was words that I need to live by and words that I still need to live by. Plus, it was the first anime that my brother and I actually watched together. Especially he is the one who got me started on anime. And it’s an awesome anime!

This is the healing rune from The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments. I chose the healing rune because it’s one of my favorite runes, from my favorite series.

Lorie Nicewonger

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This tattoo is “Always”  Snape’s love for Lilly Evans Potter from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
Along with chapter stars. Lori got this tattoo, because “that’s how I feel about the series. HP will “always” be my favorite book series.”

Amanda B.

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Harry Potter Always :) (or forever but this is my interpretation of an Always tattoo)
Because I’ve always wanted a Harry Potter tattoo. The books helped me through difficult times.

Josh Taylor

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The Deathly Hallows are a major plot point and source of power from the magical world of Harry Potter.
4. I got the tattoo because the books and movies got me through some very dark times in my childhood (self acceptance issues) and I wanted a constant reminder to look at, to keep me going should I feel down.

Michelle H.

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These are the chapter stars from the American edition of the Harry Potter books.  The tattoo is located on each wrist. I battle with depression. When I am low, I turn to Harry and the gang. More recently, I am unable to read as often as I need. I see the stars, on my wrist, approximately where my book would rest and it comforts me. Sometimes, it is the only reminder I need.

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I hope that you all enjoyed checking out these nerd tattoos! I think its really awesome that all these people are able to express their love for a particular book or TV show, or just something nerdy, by creating art on their skin. Beautiful.
If you would like to be featured in a future edition of Nerd Ink, please email me a picture of your tattoo, what it is (because I may not know haha!) and why you got it!
Happy Nerd Everyone!