The Harry Potter Tag

HarryPotterThanks to Engie @ Musings from Neville’s Navel for tagging me in this one! I think it’s been a while since I was tagged for this one (oops) but I already had quite a few posts scheduled, so oh well.

Slight disclaimer: if for some strange reason you have been living in a hole most of your life and haven’t finished the Harry Potter series yet, there are spoilers in this post. You have been warned.

Anyway. Time for some Harry Potter appreciation!

Favorite book?

DeathlyHallowsUp until my last read (a few months ago, I think), I would’ve answered The Prisoner of Azkaban, mostly because it introduced two of my favorite characters at the time- Lupin and Sirius. And I still love The Prisoner of Azkaban, don’t get me wrong.

But I think that now I prefer The Deathly Hallows. I just love the way that everything you thought you knew about all the characters got twisted around (I’m actually not on Snape’s side any more, but that’s a conversation for another day). It’s a lot faster paced than Prisoner of Azkaban, and it’s… long. A more complex story. I like that.

HalfBloodPrinceFavorite film?

I actually… don’t remember the movies that well? It’s been a while since I watched them. But I do remember really liking how The Half Blood Prince was executed. They did a nice job mixing humor and creepiness, and I liked that. And it was also the first Harry Potter movie I saw in theaters! So it has a pretty special place in my heart, which is funny considering that I didn’t particularly like the book (I didn’t dislike it, it just… doesn’t really stand out to me).

Least favorite book?HarryPotter

Okay, don’t kill me here, but… I don’t really like The Sorcerer’s Stone. It all seems so cheesy to me? I mean, I get that that’s mostly because everyone is so young, but I just feel kind of bored by it. I love the entire series, really. But I like it most later in the series, when things get more three dimensional and layered. Everything is so black and white in The Sorcerer’s Stone.

Least favorite film?

Oh my god I HATE THE GOBLET OF FIRE ADAPTATION. They changed it so much and left out so many of the things I loved about the book? And I’m never going to forgive movie Harry for killing that dragon when he was clearly capable of getting the egg without killing a dragon in the book.

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why would anybody want to hurt this little buddy?

Parts of the books/ movies that made you cry?

Well, a couple years ago, the moments when Snape’s backstory was revealed. But I’m over that now. That guy was a jerk and a creep, albeit maybe a little bit of a sympathetic jerk.

But anyway. I digress. Dumbledore’s death was one of the first scenes in a book to make me cry- I was in tears. These days, it’s usually Lupin and Tonks’ death (THEY DESERVED BETTER) but Dumbledore’s death still hurts a lot too.

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LunaFavorite character?

ALL OF THEM (except for Snape, as I’m sure you’ve realized by now).

But if I had to pick one… probably Luna? I really like how everyone assumes she’s… well… loony, but she doesn’t let it get to her. Like, she’s creative and open minded, but a lot smarter than she seems. I also have a soft spot for Ginny and Neville and Hermione.

Least favorite character?

Take a wild guess.

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The guy was an abusive, manipulative creep… but he’s still a bunch of people’s favorite character??? How about a little more love for Remus or Molly or literally anyone but Snape.

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Favorite quote?

I… honestly don’t know? I have a lot, and I don’t have time to go back and reread the books to find my favorite. So for now, I’m just going to go with one that I remember- “We’ve all got light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on, that’s who we really are.” -Sirius Black

Least favorite quote?

“Always.” I’m actually seriously considering writing up a post on how much I hate Snape because I have a lot of feelings on this.

Favorite music from the films?

I don’t really know? But I do love Hedwig’s Theme.

What would your patronus be?

A mantis shrimp. The things are beautiful and can see waaaay more colors than any other animal we know of (including humans), but they’re also, like, super vicious. You should seriously Google them, because I can’t do them justice.

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I’ve also once had a friend tell me that I looked like “a murderous fairy princess” so I feel like a mantis shrimp would be an accurate patronus for me.

If you could have the Resurrection Stone, the Invisibility Cloak, or the Elder Wand, which would you choose?

I don’t know. The Elder Wand sounds cool, but I feel like it would be more trouble than it’s worth? So I’d probably go with the Invisibility Cloak.

SlytherclawWhich house would you be in?

Honestly, I’m not sure? I’m pretty ambitious and I have big dreams- I want to do something big with my life, make the world a better place- so I feel like Slytherin would be pretty fitting. But then I feel like creativity is a pretty pivotal part of my personality, so maybe Ravenclaw?

If you could meet any member of the cast, who would it be?

EVERYONE.

If you were on the Quidditch team, what position would you play?

I’d like to say Keeper. But, honestly, I doubt that I’d be on the team. I’m not the most coordinated of people- my talents (and interests) lie elsewhere.

Were you happy with the ending?

In a way? I mean, it felt satisfying, but EVERYONE I LOVED DIED (okay, not everyone, but almost everyone).

How much does Harry Potter mean to you?

It means everything to me, honestly.

It’s life.

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I’m feeling lazy right now, so… I’m going to tag whoever is reading this post!

My Favorite LGBT+ Books

The US now has marriage equality- even Texas!!! The fight isn’t over yet- we have a long way to go before we reach true equality. But this is such a huge step, and a cause for celebration!

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So, I’ve decided to compile my top ten books (and comics) starring LGBT+ protagonists to celebrate. There should be something for everyone on this list, whether you like fantasy, contemporary, or anything in between!

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1. Hero by Perry Moore was actually one of the first LGBT+ books I read. It wasn’t really one of the best books that I’ve read, but it stuck with me, because, I mean, even if it’s not perfect, it’s really good. It was partly about the gay protagonist having to grow up with his extremely conservative dad, and partly a really funny parody of superhero stereotypes, so it has a really nice blend of seriousness and comedy.

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2. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth was amaaaaazing and I’m so glad that I finally read it (many thanks to everyone who recommended it to me!). It’s a fantastic contemporary coming-of-age story about a lesbian girl growing up in the Midwest. Also, isn’t the cover just sooo pretty? I’m not usually a fan of covers with photos on them- I prefer artwork, especially the minimalist ones- but this one is really pretty and perfect for the story.

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3. Ash by Malinda Lo is one of my favorite books ever. It’s basically a lesbian retelling of Cinderella, and I loved it, especially considering that LGBT+ fantasy is pretty sparse. Like, I’ve found plenty of good queer contemporary stories, but hardly anything in the way of fantasy??? Anyway. Ash is amazing and 5/5 would recommend!

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4. Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis is AMAZING and LET ME TELL YOU WHY. It’s an epic fantasy with tons of people of color- I don’t think any of the main characters are white- and the main character is bisexual (and bisexual characters are ridiculously hard to find. And excellent representation aside, the world was just beautiful, and the way the magic in this world worked was so interesting. So, basically, this is one of my favorite books of all time.

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5. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley was another ABSOLUTELY AMAZING book that EVERYONE needs to read RIGHT NOW. Like, if I had to pick a single favorite book, it would probably be this one. It’s a fantastic story that does a really amazing job at discussing race, sexuality, and gender inequality. And the CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT oh my god. Each of the main characters grows so much over the course of the story and just GO READ IT NOW okay?

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6. Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz is another great book. You know how I was mentioning how hard it is to find bisexual characters in books? Well, Not Otherwise Specified is a really good story about growing up, falling in (and out of) love, and never quite feeling like you fit in, starring a very clearly bisexual protagonist.

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7. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is a really cute, fluffy book. It does a really good job of blending serious themes with humor and general cuteness, which is something that I really appreciate in books. Unlike a lot of the other books on this list which are either about characters who are already out (like Not Otherwise Specified) or are unable to come out (like Hero and Cameron Post), Simon is mostly about Simon’s coming out. It’s a really heartfelt, realistic book, and I’d definitely recommend it.

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8. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray is absolutely glorious. It’s, like, a feminist take on The Lord of the Flies. There are a lot of main characters, but a good amount of them are queer, and they’re all really diverse. It makes a lot of serious points but it manages to be SUPER funny and sarcastic while it does so. If you’re into comedy and/or social justice, I would definitely highly recommend this one.

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9. The Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen is one of my all time favorite comics. While it admittedly doesn’t have the best plot, it does have really well developed, three dimensional characters, and not one of them is straight! Tommy, Billy, and Miss America are, like, super gay, Noh-Varr, Kid Loki, and Prodigy are bisxual, and Kate is most likely bisexual as well.

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10. The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys by Gerard Way and Shaun Simon is another of my favorite comics, and the world in which it takes place was intentionally created to be very, very queer. The main character, The Girl, has no romantic interest, and in the way of side characters, there are quite a few LGBT+ characters, like the runaway robots Red and Blue (in the picture above), the rebel assassin Korse, and the freedom fighter Party Poison.

What are some of your favorite LGBT+ books?

10 Marvel Characters Who Need Their Own Movies

It’s been awhile since I posted anything superhero related, hasn’t it? Figured it was time to change that. I’ve had this post in my drafts for awhile, but never really finished it. So, here are the ten Marvel characters who need their own movies! (And probably should rightly have had their own movies before Ant-Man).

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1. Black Widow. It’s kind of odd that she doesn’t have her own movie, or even a confirmed upcoming one, isn’t it? I mean, most of the fans are practically on their knees begging for one. And I must say, the Natasha we’ve seen in movies so far isn’t really even close to one of my favorite characters. She has such an interesting backstory, but in each of the movies with her so far, it’s been overshadowed with romance plots. But she really is an interesting character, with a lot of potential for a solo movie- if only we could get to see a deeper glimpse of her character!

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2. The Young AvengersTHE YOUNG AVENGERS ARE AMAZING, OKAY? They’re all such amazing, well developed characters. And although the plots of their comics leave a little to be desired, the characters all have so much drive and heart to them. They all have their own interests, passions, and talents. And, in terms to what they’d bring to a movie, they’d have a lot of potential for comedy on par with Guardians of the Galaxy, they have a lot of appeal to teens, and a hugely diverse cast!

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3. The Runaways. Okay, let me just say that this one is less about me thinking this would be a great movie and more about me just REALLY LOVING THE RUNAWAYS. But, I mean, that’s not to say that the Runaways wouldn’t make a good movie, because I feel like they would make a GREAT movie. They would give Marvel a chance to broaden their universe even more, as most of the story takes place in LA, not New York. It gives the team a bit of space from the more mainstream characters, like the Avengers and X-Men, but you can still see the influence of these bigger characters on the world, if that makes sense. The characters have really different backgrounds, too- like Xavin and Karolina, who are aliens, to Nico, a magic user, do Gertrude, who shares a telepathic link with a genetically enhanced dinosaur. Also, YOUNG AVENGERS TIE INS. They both have a lot in common, and would appeal to very similar audiences.

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4. Peggy Carter. We have an Agent Carter show, sure. But it’s not the same as seeing her on the big screen! And the show went over so well with its fans. So is it too much to ask for a movie as well?

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5. She Hulk. Don’t let the dumb name fool you- Jennifer isn’t just the girl version of the Hulk! She’s her own character, and an amazing one at that. While most of Bruce’s storyline revolves around his difficulties with finding control over his powers, Jennifer has that control. But she still has problems. Most of her character revolves around her difficulties with finding balance between her two personas, the average human lawyer Jennifer Walters and powerful green bombshell She-Hulk. Hulk movies in the past haven’t really been huge successes. But Bruce’s character in the Avengers was very popular, and I feel like a Hulk movie would be more likely to succeed now. But we already have some good movies about Bruce Banner already, so what about trying a different Hulk? Like Jennifer?

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6. Spider-Man (Miles Morales). It seems a little ridiculous to me that we’re rehashing the same Peter Parker story for the third time. Why not try something different? There are plenty of interesting Spider-people aside from Peter. People who do a much better job of representing the outsiders and misfits than Peter. And I feel like Miles would be a perfect contestant.

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7. Kamala Khan. Kamala Khan’s Miss Marvel is currently one of Marvel’s most popular characters. And with movies for Carol Danvers (Kamala’s role model, and a major part of her origin) and the Inhumans (Kamala is an Inhuman) already slated, the universe is already set up! And, like the Young Avengers and Runaways, she has a lot of potential to bring in a younger audience. Not to mention that she’s just a plain amazing character.

MoondragonQuasar8 and 9. Quasar and Moondragon. I’m actually really disappointed that these two weren’t included in Guardians of the Galaxy (but I’m still holding on to the hope that they’ll be in the sequel). The two of them are both SUPER powerful members of the Guardians- Moondragon is a telepath who  can literally TURN INTO A DRAGON, and she’s Drax’s daughter, and Quasar has some other powers that I’m actually not so sure of? And the two of them are ADORABLE SPACE GIRLFRIENDS which would give Marvel a chance to add a bit of diversity (and cuteness) into the movies.

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10. Spider-Woman. Jessica is a really interesting character, who manages to balance humor with a dark past. And she actually has a lot in common with the current Marvel cinematic universe- she’s a major player in the Civil War, has a romantic history with Hawkeye, is best friends with Carol Danvers, and has a past with both SHIELD and HYDRA! And her blend of humor, romance, and butt kickery seem to be exactly what the Marvel movies look for in their characters.

What characters do you want to see in a Marvel movie?

The Heroine Tag

I wasn’t tagged to do this one, but hey, it looks like fun, so here goes!

Which heroine would you trade places with?

Hermione Granger, probably. It’s a hard choice, but, I mean, she gets to go to Hogwarts. We’re pretty similar already, anyway. She just gets to learn magic and go on adventures.

Cress (from The Lunar Chronicles), Idie Okonkwo (X-Men), and Kate Bishop (Young Avengers & Hawkeye) all come pretty close.

Which heroine would you push off a cliff while hoping there are some jagged rocks at the bottom?

Erm. Nobody, really. My least favorite heroine (at least one that I’ve read about recently) is Hild, but I don’t necessarily hate her. I just think she’s kinda dull to read about and has really horrible taste in guys.

A heroine you couldn’t care less about? (They’re so bland that they don’t even trigger the hate in you.)

Lindsey from An Abundance of Katherines. I like John Green’s writing, I really do. But Lindsey was a super bland character and felt pretty badly developed.

Maybe Bella, but then, I haven’t actually read Twilight, so I feel kinda bad whenever I hate on it.

A character you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up liking, and vice versa?

I didn’t like Yukiko (from Stormdancer) at all at first. She seemed boring, and a lot like your basic bland femme fatale. Her character really developed through the story though, especially once she started to form her relationship with Buruu (a griffin).

The opposite goes for Clary Fray (The Mortal Instruments). I liked her at first, but after a while she just got really… dull.

A side heroine who is much more interesting than the main heroine?

Isabelle Lightwood (again from The Mortal Instruments). She was just so awesome, and I’d really like a chance to get inside her head once in a while, instead of Clary.

Which heroine would you want as your friend?

Kamala Khan from the new Ms Marvel comics. She’s so sweet and funny and also writes Avengers fanfiction. I have a feeling we would get along pretty well. Plus, she’s a superhero, so I could become her snarky sidekick.

Which heroine do you wish would just CHOOSE between the guys in her little love triangle?

Max from Maximum Ride. Like, geez, girl, it’s obvious you’re going to pick Fang. Just hurry up and make a choice already. I used to love those books, but… ugh. I can hardly read them any more. They’re horribly structured, centered around a love triangle, have no stable plot, and… you know what? I’m going to stop here. Next question!

A “bad girl” heroine?

Emma Frost (X-Men). She’s one of my all-time favorite X-Men but I seriously wish they would stop with the whole Emma/Scott romance. It doesn’t work and it ruins her character so please stop.

A “good girl” heroine?

Tori from Ultraviolet and Quicksilver. She’s probably one of my favorite heroines as well.

Your favorite heroine of them all? (If you can’t choose, pick your top three.)

Even with three choices that’s a really hard question. But I’m going to say…

  1. Tori Beaugard
  2. Cress
  3. Kitty Pryde

Who are your favorite heroines?

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Review)

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This is a spoiler free review!

I wanted to like this movie. I really did. But in the end, it all seemed very… well… meh. A mediocre movie wrapped up in a glittery package of epic fantasy battles and amazing CGI. I didn’t dislike it, don’t get me wrong. But it wasn’t anything amazing, either.

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My biggest complaint with Battle of the Five Armies is that, for a movie that went out of its way to add more female characters, it had some pretty sexist moments. Tauriel had potential, but… in the end, she had no character autonomy. At all. There were moments when she tried to rebel and leave Thranduil, but in the end, it never actually worked without Legolas’s help. And her “big”, “defining” moment had no more impact on the film than the rest of her character. But enough about Tauriel. There were other female characters in the movie, right? Bard’s two daughters were also pretty frustrating. They ran around screaming and needed their brother’s help to protect them, even though he presumably has no more weapons training than them.

From a feminist perspective, there were probably two redeeming features to the story. First, there is a pretty awesome moment when Galadriel kicks some Nazgûl butt. It’s a pretty brief scene, but also totally awesome. The second is that, although the men try to send the women and children to safety at some point during the battle (I say ‘some point’ because the battle encompassed pretty much the entire movie and it all blurred together in my head), but the women are like “Heck no! We’re going to stay and help!”. So that was cool.

But really? No matter how cool those two scenes were, the movie was most definitely not feminist, and that’s disappointing. It could have been. It really could have been. Why not let Tauriel have a bigger effect on the story? Or maybe (heaven forbid) Bard could have been a woman in the movie. It isn’t like they didn’t already massively change the story in the movie from that in the book, and making Bard a woman would add a pretty major female character (with a much larger impact on the story than Tauriel). A real, actual, strong female character (which Tauriel is not). Or some of the dwarves could have been women. Or both!

But I digress.

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The movie itself was… decent. It seemed really disjointed, and badly structured as well. Smaug was defeated much too quickly (like, ten minutes into the movie), and I feel like it would have been better to just get rid of him in Desolation of Smaug, then focus this movie on the battle.

Battle of the Five Armies didn’t feel like a movie in itself at all, really. I think it would definitely work better when combined with the other movies. It’s a conclusion, not a story.

Also, just out of curiosity, what happened to the Arkenstone? It was such a major part of the first quarter or so of the movie, and played a huge part in the trilogy overall, yet… it’s totally forgotten after the battle. We never find out what happens to it. The Arkenstone was a plot device, kinda like the eagles- it shows up conveniently, plays its part, and then disappears.

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I think Legolas was one of the best parts of the movie. He did… you know, typical Legolas stuff. Like, say, stabbing a troll in the head with his sword and then riding it around the battlefield, using the sword (still stuck in said troll’s head) to steer. You know. That kind of stuff.

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Okay, but seriously now. Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage’s acting was also great, and that also really improved my opinion of Battle of the Five Armies. Say what you want about the story itself, but the acting was well done.

But seriously. There were some really great moments between Thorin and Bilbo, whether you interpret it platonically or romantically.

But, I mean, overall…

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A mediocre ending to a good trilogy. I’d give it about 3.5/10.

Happy New Year: 2015!

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It seems like this last year went by so quickly… but even so, I feel like I’ve changed a lot since last year- and mostly in a good way. Anyway, to celebrate the New Year, I’ve written a (really) short story, which you can find here. I’m also going to write a bit about what this last year was like for me, what I’ve accomplished, and what I hope to accomplish next year!

Looking Back

Accomplishments

  • My school’s leadership team (which I am a part of) won a $2,500 grant for our school.
  • I helped to organize a school carnival.
  • I founded a school blog to help spread news.
  • My writing really improved once I started doing it more regularly than I had before.
  • I won NaNoWriMo!
  • I signed up for dual enrollment with my local college.
  • I started blogging more-or-less regularly again.

New tastes and opinions

  • I started reading comics and became utterly obsessed with Marvel.
  • I began to read a lot more YA fiction.
  • I started listening to Welcome to Night Vale.
  • I renewed my love of Disney.
  • I started listening to a lot more music than I had before.

Favorite books of 2014

Favorite movies of 2014

  1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It was just so edge-of-you-seat, and I loved the mystery aspect to it. And the big reveal at the end was amazing. I could probably fangirl about it for hours.
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy was also amazing, even if in a different way. It was HILARIOUS, and the soundtrack was great.
  3. X-Men: Days of Future Past (although my feelings on this one are pretty conflicted). I’m really not a huge fan of the X-Men movie franchise any more, since it feels like they’ve messed up a lot of my favorite characters, but I digress. It was still a good movie.
  4. The Lego Movie. Judging by the previews, it looked like it was going to be horrible, but once I saw the actual movie, it was actually pretty good, and surprisingly cute.
  5. Maleficent was a really cool movie. A good story, interesting characters… but honestly? I think my favorite part was looking at all the different magical creatures.

Favorite songs of 2014

Oh No! by Marina and the Diamonds

Centuries by Fall Out Boy

Top of the World by Greek Fire

Salute by Little Mix

Let’s Kill Tonight by Panic! at the Disco

Looking Forward

New Year’s resolutions

  • Next year, I’m going to try to be more outspoken and stand out for myself. It’s a trait that I’ve always admired in other people, but I have a hard time doing it myself.
  • I also hope to move out of my comfort zone a little and try new things.
  • I want to improve my artistic skills.
  • I’d like to write more book reviews on my blog next year.
  • Finally, I want to make writing a regular part of my daily schedule, even if it’s one ten or fifteen minutes a day. My writing has improved enormously even from just a couple days each week… Imagine how much it could improve if I wrote every day.

Things to look forward to

  • Age of Ultron is coming out in 2015! The trailer was super awesome, so I’m really looking forward to the movie itself.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, also set to release in 2015, looks pretty cool as well.
  • Winter, the fourth book in the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer, also comes out in 2015.
  • The Night Vale book is also set to come out sometime in 2015.
  • Season nine of Doctor Who.
  • More Sherlock hiatus. Season 4 probably won’t air until 2016.
  • NaNoWriMo 2015. The YWP is also moving sites in 2015, so that’ll be interesting.

Anyway, happy New Year! What are your resolutions? And what are you most looking forward to?

My Hero Monday: Shadowcat

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I’ll be participating in My Hero Monday again this month! My Hero Monday is a monthly blog link-up over at A Girl’s Voice and Free As A Girl With Wings (both of which are amazing blogs, and I highly encourage you to go check them out). It celebrates female heroes, and also encourages people to learn about new ones. If you’d like to see other blogs participating, or join the link-up next month, I’ve included links at the bottom of this post.

Since there was no specific theme for this month, I decided to go with a fictional character- one of my favorite X-Men, Kitty Pryde!

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Their full name: Katherine “Kitty” Pryde (AKA Shadowcat)

Birthdate: Unknown

Current Age: She’s currently about 24. Her first appearance in the comics was in 1980 (Uncanny X-Men #129)

School(s): Various incarnations of the Charles Xavier School. She also studied physics at the University of Chicago and studied abroad in England.

Profession: Superhero, teacher/ headmistress (former), bartender (former)

When Did I First Hear About Her: The Wolverine and the X-Men TV show (which happens to be what first got me hooked on superheroes, and later, comics). She and Nightcrawler were two of my favorite characters by far.

What Makes Her One of My Heroes: Kitty is a smart- like, real, actual genius smart- realistic, and headstrong young woman. She’s learned a lot through her years as an X-Man, and really grown as a character. She went from a nervous little girl to butt kicking leader of the X-Men.

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She’s outspoken, strong willed, and sticks up for herself and the people who need it. She isn’t afraid to point out when people are in the wrong, even if they’re someone who she’s admired and looked up to her entire life.

Kitty is Jewish, and a mutant as well, (For those of you who aren’t big on superheroes, mutants are a human subspecies from the Marvel universe. They have superpowers, but they’re also a minority, and hated because of what they are- the next step in human evolution. Humanity has attempted time and time again to completely wipe the mutants out, simply because they’re afraid.) but she isn’t ashamed of that fact, and she doesn’t try to hide it in the least bit.

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And did I mention the fact that she’s a real, bona fide genius? I love being able to look up to heroines that are smart as well as strong, so that’s always a plus for me.kittyandlockheed

Kitty was one of the first female X-Men to carry a major story arc more or less by herself (The Days of Future Past comics, in case you were wondering. Originally it was her, not Wolverine, who traveled back in time and saved the day.)

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Also, she has a tiny purple pet dragon. Need I say more?

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Quotes:

You keep waiting for the dust to settle and then you realize this is it; the dust is your life going on. If happy comes along — that weird unbearable delight that’s actually happy — I think you have to grab it while you can. You take what you can get, ’cause it’s here, and then… gone.

My partner here and I have helped save the world at least twice! So a gang of street thugs is really no great big deal. Thanks for worrying, though. That’s sweet.

Just like a classic fairy tale. We’re all gifted with powers… for which we each pay a price.

Professor Xavier is a jerk!

And, later…

Tony Stark is a jerk!

I am Jewish. I am a mutant. And I want people to know who and what I am.