"The book is a film that takes place in the mind of the reader." ~ Paulo Coelho

Thursday, March 25, 2021

The (Yet Another) Fandom Tag!

Salutations!
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How’s it going all of my story lovers? I am here to day to talk about some of my favorite stories. It’s good that this is in writing because otherwise you would have to listen to my screaming which I have been doing the whole time while writing this post.


I’ll be answering The Fandom Tag, created by Madeline. My thanks goes to the three people who tagged me: Ivy Miranda, Katie Hanna, and Hamlette! Thanks for including me!


Rules:

-Include the graphic somewhere in your post
-answer the questions
-and tag two fellow fan-people to answer them, too!


My additional rule that I’m setting for myself is that I can only use each fandom once. Just to make myself suffer from decisions unnecessarily, you know.


Questions:
1. What’s the first fandom you remember becoming a part of?

There were a lot of stories that my sisters and I were absolutely obsessed with when we were little but it would take me a long time to name all of them. The first time that I experienced a story where I knew that a lot of people loved it and talked about and came up with theories for was Harry Potter.

My mom read all of the books to my sisters and me separately and it was such a magical experience. I went up and down for how much I liked them through the years and was very frustrated with everything after the sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, but the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was so spectacular that I don’t have any words.

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Just joking, it’s rare that I’m speechless. The characters had grown so much through the seven books and had sacrificed so much of their childhood. Sometimes the ending of an epic story can be disappointing, but not here. It was better than anything I could’ve imagined. It was perfect.


2. What’s the newest fandom you’ve come to enjoy?

Everybody say it with me. *deep breath*

JULIE AND THE PHANTOMS!

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My sister and I watched this show for the first time in January and it is OUR FAVORITE THING.


If you’ve never heard of it before, it’s a show about three ghosts who want a living girl to join their band.

That might sound simple, but it is the opposite. It’s not just a “kids show”. Characters experience a lot of pain, grief, and anxiety about the changes that are happening. Contrasting that, it is full of so much heart, joy, and hope. The music is out of this world by being so uplifting! The characters have clear motivations and fears and getting to know them is an amazing journey that I’m so glad that I took. There is not a single thing about this show that I don’t like.

I love every. single. one. of the characters so let me introduce myself, we’ve got some time to kill. Consider me the pearly gates to your new favorite thrill. show off our main four quickly:

Julie, a girl who lost her mom and music and the same time.
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Alex, the drummer. “Don’t tell me how to ghost!”

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Luke, the lead singer and guitarist. “Our instruments are attached to our souls.”

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Reggie, the bass player. “Tell your friends!”

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And they aren’t the only characters. I could be here all day talking about Flynn, Willie, Nick, and Carlos, but I’ll let you find out who they are.


I can’t express how much I love this and how I want everyone to see it. I have tried to explain it a few times when I reviewed episodes 1-3 HERE and episodes 4-6 HERE. I’ll talk about my favorite episode in April, so stay tuned for that! Please, if you haven’t seen this show then give it a try!

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3. What’s a fandom guaranteed to give you feels?

(The answer is truthfully everything. I have been very emotional lately and cried during every movie that I’ve watched. For example, last night I watched Unicorn Store (2019) for the first time and it hit me deeply, man.)

My official answer is anything and everything Pixar. The movies that this company makes reach a level of excellence that is hard to surpass. I have cried during nearly all of their movies for different reasons because they know how to make you care for all of the characters and see what is going on inside them. My favorites that I bawl during ever single time that I see them are Coco (2017) and Up (2009), but so many fill me with a million other different feelings.

Especially Inside Out (2015). Because even though it’s one of my least favorite for personal reasons, you have to agree that it is filled with the most feelings. Yes, I think I’m very funny.

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4. What’s a guilty pleasure fandom of yours?


The Masterpiece series Poldark (2015-2019). This show has a lot of content that I do not like, making me loath and never quite forgive a few characters, but I still like it. There are precious characters whom I love and cheer for. This is the favorite series of one of my friends and I asked her to tell me all about it in detail, spoilers and everything. Through that, she convinced me. It is one of the few times in my life that I liked knowing where everything was going and not getting any surprises.

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5. What’s the weirdest fandom you’ve heard of/are a part of?


Anything by Lemony Snicket. His writing is so quirky and breaks every single rule which I used to hate but have now come to really enjoy. A Series of Unfortunate Events is so dark and gloomy that I never understood why people liked it. That is, until I watched the Netflix series. Then I became one of those weird fans and have been listening to the audiobooks again.

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Overall I like his other series, All the Wrong Questions, just a little bit more because it is a fun and mysterious roller-coaster. Just thinking about it makes me want to go join Lemony, Moxie, Jake, Cleo, and Ellington to see their camaraderie and secrets all over again.


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6. Favorite popular/widely-known fandom?

This seems so basic to say, but considering that this fandom has the highest grossing movie of all time and I love it so much, I don’t care if I’m predictable.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe! I’m rather a baby in the fandom community considering that I was 10 years late to the party. That’s right, I didn’t get into the movies until 2018 and only saw Avengers: Infinity War (2018) for the first time three days before seeing Avengers: Endgame (2019) in theater.

For years I’d assumed that they were just action movies with a lot of fighting. By Avengers (2012) I was hooked because of the internal battle that was waging through Tony Stark. He was one of the most complicated characters I had come across in a LONG time and since then I was sold. They have just kept expanding and created a brilliant character arc for every. single. character. No one is shoved aside and forgotten!


7. Favorite bookish fandom?

The Anne of Green Gables series. It is fully a book series and nothing else because I am determined to never see a movie or TV version of it. Anne of Green Gables is my favorite book of all time and I love seeing it in my mind, my way. I devoured the first 6 books when I started reading them, but then I didn’t want to get into the last two because they didn’t have “Anne” in the title and I thought they would be boring. Was I wrong? Of course I was. Rilla of Ingleside is one of the most beautiful books that I’ve ever read, no doubt about it.

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(An honorable mention goes to all of Kate DiCamillo’s books because they are MASTERPIECES and brilliant in all ways.)


8. What do you consider your ‘homebase,’ a fandom you can always come back to?

This one is so hard because I want to use every single fandom that I love. I DON’T KNOW.

I am going to steal Katie’s answer and say Jane Austen. No matter what I’m feeling, when I watch or read Jane Austen I feel BETTER. There is such a cozy vibe with her work that welcomes everyone. At the same time there is depth to her works that make you ponder things for days. Anytime I talk to anyone about books or movies, I’m sure to mention Jane and if you love her then we are guaranteed to get along well. I love debates about favorites!

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9. What’s a fandom you know all about…but aren’t actually into it?


Star Trek. I have seen bits and pieces of several movies as well as episodes from The Next Generation, which I liked well enough, but I’m not interested in the original. Kirk just seems like the most annoying person ever and I’m not that interested in Spock, either.

10. Which fandom has the best characters?

All of them because characters are what make or break everything for me. This is what we all respond with, right?

I’ll answer with one of my favorite fandoms of all time: Star Wars.

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I wrote a whole post about why I love and relate to Luke Skywalker right HERE, but he isn’t the only one. I love all of the characters. The friendship between Luke, Han, and Leia in the originals. The journey that Rey goes on in the sequels with Finn, Rose, and Poe. Even Obi-Wan in the prequels. Especially the villains Darth Vader and Kylo Ren as the battle with the dark side of the force.


I can’t name anything better.

11. Name your all-time favorite ship.

Robin and Marian from the BBC Robin Hood (2006-2009).

These two are the reason that this is one of my favorite shows of all time. They have problems and they know it, but they work through them. Robin isn’t the best person as he gets cocky and selfish, but he cares about people. And above all he cares about Marian.

Look at these two and tell me that they deserve to be together through everything.
Marian: “Uh-uh. That won’t help you make your decision.”
Robin: “It might!”
Marian: “It won’t.”

Looooooook. At. Them.

It’s been about a year since I last watched this show, so now thinking about them has made me want to see them all over again!

12. What’s a fandom you’re curious about joining?

I’ve been hearing about Doctor Who for, literally, as long as I can remember. I’ve never had a way to watch it, but as soon as I do I will. Time travel? That’s a part of it, right? That happens to be one of my favorite things ever.

Also, She-Ra: Princess of Power. Katie Hanna has talked about this show frequently and my interest is piqued. I love animation and pictures from this look like it has a cool style.



Some of you may have noticed the lack of anything relating to The Chronicles of Narnia. Have no fear, that is still one of my favorite fandoms of all time. I will be doing a tag devoted solely to it soon so I wanted to let other things have a chance in my answers here.


I tag:
Fawnabelle @ Geeky, Nerdy, and Proud of It
Rachel @ R’s Loft
Rakayle @ A Story Detective

(Yes, I was only supposed to tag two people, but I myself was tagged three times so it seems only fair.)
And anyone else who wants to do it! Here are the questions for easy access:
- What’s the first fandom you remember becoming a part of?
- What’s the newest fandom you’ve come to enjoy?
- What’s a fandom guaranteed to give you feels?
- What’s a guilty pleasure fandom of yours?
- What’s the weirdest fandom you’ve heard of/are a part of?
- Favorite popular/widely-known fandom?
- Favorite bookish fandom?
- What do you consider your ‘homebase,’ a fandom you can always come back to?
- What’s a fandom you know all about…but aren’t actually into it?
- Which fandom has the best characters?
- Name your all-time favorite ship.
- What’s a fandom you’re curious about joining?


Thank you muchly to the lovely ladies who tagged me! Thanks to all of you for reading! Are there any fandoms that you would recommend? Are there any fandoms on here that you had never heard about? Has anyone else seen Julie and the Phantoms?

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18 comments:

  1. I KNOW, Deathly Hallows is so great after the *cough* train wreck *cough chough* that is Half-Blood Prince.

    THAT PIXAR MEME I believe I died at "What if Scotland had feelings". Pixar is super awesome, though!

    *whispers to self* Samantha, she already knows how much you love both the MCU and Tony Stark, so there is no need for screaming. *muffled screaming ensues anyway*

    That list of the side effects of reading a Jane Austen novel is so true! I'm actually in the middle of Persuasion right now, and loving it...

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    1. Yes! Someone who agrees with me!! Whenever I ask people what their favorite Harry Potter book they say Half-Blood Prince and I'm like, "But whhhhhy??" It's the only movie that I don't blame for changing the because the book is soooooo annoying.

      That meme never fails to make me laugh so I was excited to share it here. XD The Scotland one is the BEST. XD

      *looks around to make sure no one is listening* Here's the secret, I NEVER get tired of talking about the MCU. Even if we are saying the exact same things as we always do, I will happily talk about it over and over and over... *hysterical laughter*

      Especially the obsession with the word "ardently". XD Ah, I love Persuasion! I can never decide if it or Sense and Sensibility is my second favorite!

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  2. Such a fun post! I love this tag. I really need to see Julie and the Phantoms.
    Ooh, yay for Marvel, Jane Austen, Star Wars (although I'm only kind of into that one), Anne of Green Gables, Harry Potter, and Lemony Snicket books. And Chronicles of Narnia, of course.
    I've been wanting to see both Doctor Who and She-Ra, too. They both seem so interesting.

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    1. Thanks, McKayla! It is a great tag. Ah!!!! I'm so so so excited that since you wrote this comment you've been watching Julie and the Phantoms!! I can't wait to here ALL of your thoughts!
      Oh, I didn't know that you were into Lemony Snicket books, too! We should talk about them sometime! All of those fandoms are the bomb!

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  3. Aggggh that Pixar meme is hilarious.

    Julie and the Phantoms looks really interesting! I'm coming to the realization that I really like my stories to have a dash of music, so...

    ANNNNNNEEE. *sobs (mostly) happy sobs* I need to continue my reread of that series, it's so beautiful! And RILLA. <3 Definitely one of the most beautiful books I've ever read, too!

    And Jane Austen...I need to give those books another shot, it's been awhile.

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    1. Whoever came up with it is a genius!

      Agreed! Dashes of music in stories certainly "helps the medicine go down". ;) I absolutely recommend Julie and the Phantoms, so if you have any content concerns check out my reviews!

      Same! I've read books 1-4 all twice, but I need to reread the rest. I am hesitant about 5 because there is so much sad crying that it's hard to handle. I love it even as it breaks me apart. *weeps* Rilla has the most perfect blend it is a MASTERPIECE.

      I feel like you would love Persuasion, so you should definitely pick that one up when you get the chance.

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  4. I'm so happy you enjoyed doing the tag! I loved reading your answers!! :D

    JULIE AND THE PHANTOMS!!!!!!!! You're the first blogging friend who loves that show as much as I do!!! And BOY, DO I EVER LOVE IT. Luke and Julie *heart eyes foreverrrr* ... and just, all the boys ... and their group hugs ... and I'm pretty sure "Unsaid Emily" left me sobbing ... MY FEELINGS, HALP.

    Rilla of Ingleside is absolutely incredible. My favorite Anne novel, hands down.

    Right though??? There's just something so comforting and homelike about the Jane Austen fandom. There's always some rich new insight to be gained from one of the movies or books, too. It's never boring. You can never wear it out.

    Great answers, I loved this! :D

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    1. Aww, thank you, THANK YOU, so much! I was so honored to be tagged! :D

      AAAACCCCCCKKKKKK!!!!!!! ANOTHER FAN!!! I had no idea that you have seen it, too! That pleases me tremendously. :D What is your favorite episode? Favorite song from it? I love all four of them SO MUCH with their friendship! And Julie and Luke, of course!! <3 "Unsaid Emily" never fails to make me cry...WHY DOES IT HURT SO MUCH?

      You have excellent taste because it is brilliant. I didn't know that a book could make me cry so much with joy and grief at the same time. <3

      Exactly! Whenever I ask someone who loves Jane Austen what their favorite book is they give such good reasons that I never would've thought of. There is such wisdom and humor and heart in all of her novels.

      That's so sweet of you, Katie! :D Thanks! I loved reading your comment!

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  5. Such good picks!
    I will never be over Robin and Marian they deserved more. I forgot about Lemony Snicket it's definitely a strange fandom, but a good one.

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    1. Thanks! Robin and Marian were just the best together and I hate how much pain the writers put them through! It took my sister so long to get me into Lemony Snicket, but now I'm hooked.

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  6. I mean, I suppose I could see how Captain Kirk could annoy some people. Maybe. If I squint. Probably I just love him too much to see clearly.

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    1. Captain Kirk is probably better than I think, but he just seems like the James Bond or James West type. Don't get me wrong, I really like Jim West! I just don't like that it is a standard stereotype.
      Thanks for the tag! :-)

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  7. I’m literally smiling so hard at the fact I helped introduce JATP to you!! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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    1. *singing* You are the best, Lia!! Thank you so much!!! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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  8. Looks super fun! I'll have to do this eventually!

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    1. I hope that you have as a good a time with it as I did!

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  9. I'm here! Hehe, i haven't been on blogger much, I'm gonna try to do this tag, thanks for the tag.

    astorydetective.blogspot.com

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    1. Sure thing! I'm very curious about what your answers will be!

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