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I recently found a jewel on Netflix: Atypical. It’s a show that explores the life of a family with a teen son with autism. Sam has autism, and he’s charming. He has a younger sister who is neurotypical and is very good at running, and she might even win a scholarship. His dad is lovely, and his mother is very protective.
So far, all the problems that Sam has, as a teen, anyone can relate. But there’s an extra: Sam’s autism puts him apart. How he sees the world is fascinating, also his problems. This is a great show to discover autism and how different brains work.
[SPOILERS AHEAD: I recommend you to see the show, but you’re welcome to read this short review too. Be aware that I will explain some spoilers.]
Throne of Glass [The Book Depository] is a great adventure. Sarah J. Maas delivers a masterpiece of fantasy and suspense. While meeting one of the best female heroes of all times, we get to enter into a world were magic has been baned. There’s an evil King who wants it all, and an Assassin who wants to survive another day. Celeana, Adarlan’s assassin, happens to have a conscience.
Celaena Sardothien is working as a slave in the mines. The life expentancy is grim. The King’s son, Prince Dorian, drags her from the mines to become his champion in a contest that his father has created to find his perfect assassin. Dorian saves her from the mines, but it’s Chaol, the Captain of the Guard who will train her.
She needs to compete against other assassins, mercenaries and thieves. Under an alias, she disgueses herself as a member of the court and a thief. However, she soon realizes that what would be easy is in fact, pretty difficult.
I had a wonderful geeky weekend, and I wanted to share all about it with you. I had a cupcake, Japanese food, and I enjoyed reading Wonder Woman: Warbringer [The Book Depository] by Leigh Bardugo. But, it didn’t stop there, since I also joined a meetup centered in discovering comics.
Before going to the comic book meetup, we decided to enjoy an excellent morning coffee with a great cupcake. In Brighton, you can find several coffee shops with amazing sweets. But, Cloud 9 remains my favorite. I asked an Oreo cupcake. It makes me remember the Cookie Monster. I always end up destroying the cupcakes, and eating parts of it, and doing piggy stuff with the cream. So, I’ll just share the cupcake when it was whole and beautiful.
I got another fantastic Wootbox! This time the topic is “Bad Guys.” Who doesn’t love them? The unboxing was great because the goodies inside are brilliant! As happened with the previous box, I got this one for free. I’m giving my opinion on it. As you know, my unboxings are unpredictable: I can like things inside or not. I will say that on camera!
This time I had so much fun unboxing this Wootbox. In fact, I laughed far too much, and I had to cut a little bit my laughter. But, worry not, you can see some bloopers at the end of the video for the first time. So, yes, you’ll see what happens when I want to say something, but my brain plays tricks on me.
This time, the vocabulary of fandom explores words beginning with the letter C. Let’s see if this letter surprises us as much as B did.
Canadian whites: (Canada) black & white comics published during WWII in Canada that had color covers but the interior pages were in black and white.
Canon: refers to the “established truth.” It’s composed of the elements that the source material established in the show, the film, the book, etc. Sometimes “canon” includes guides, interviews, and other official sources. There can be different canons for a given fandom. For example, the book-canon might be slightly different than the movie-canon.
Canon rape/ canonrape/ qanonreip: it happens when someone disregards aspects of the source materials when they write a work of fan fiction.
Cartoonist: visual artist who creates/draws/writes cartoons and/or comics.
Casefile: is a plot element in a storyline that involves a case, like a murder or an investigation. It’s mostly used in fact-based fandoms, like crime or medical shows.
Catgirl: usually a fourteen-year-old girl that has cat ears, and sometimes also paws and a tail. It also means ” a young female dressed in a cat costume.”
Labels can be useful, but also a curse. When talking on Twitter about writing a post about sexuality, I realized that as a fangirl I had a heroic life in high-school. The problem is that I lived mostly among books, comics, shows, and movies. My preferences for the real life where non-existent, or annoying. To compare humans to any fictional badass character in the books can be a blessing, but also a curse!
Very much like labels, using a word like “nerdysexual” to try to explain something can be both good and bad. Labels can be a pain, especially if misunderstood. As a fangirl, a geek, and someone who loves reading books and comics, losing myself in worlds of fantasy is as natural as breathing. My crushes lived in paper worlds that someone else imagined. They also lived in shows and movies! All in all, I would end up writing fan fiction at some point.
Geek fashion can have many different faces. Getting a Geek Punk look can be easy or difficult depending on colors and fandoms. Since I wanted to feel stronger than usual, in a playful way, I went the punk way. Geek fashion helps to explain how you feel in the inside. Choosing your favorite fandoms helps to send a subliminal message of how you’re getting along with yourself. It also makes a self-esteem bust in the right direction. To go out and rock a punk style mixed with geek items can be somewhat tricky.
This weekend I decided to choose a great outfit. I’ve been on the punk side of fashion for a while now, and it feels great. But you don’t need to spend millions to get a great feel. So, here is my list of items with some links (I cannot remember all of them, sorry).
I finished the Grisha Trilogy during the weekend. Ruin and Rising [The Book Depository] was amazing. I couldn’t let the book down despite fearing the Darkling’s fate. Even if it’s going to be a surprise, it’s not. We all know what will happen to the Dark Side. Many characters don’t survive the Ruin of this last book. However, it’s a masterpiece plenty of surprises. Although the reader could find hints in the other books, surprises are massive.
The Darkling and Nicolai are my favorite characters. And although they’re different, they both love Alina for similar reasons. One of them is power. Alina is the Sun Summoner, the Saint, the one who can stop the Darkling and make the Fold disappear.
[SPOILERS: there’re massive spoilers ahead. If you haven’t read the books yet, stop reading right here.]
Today I’m unboxing a super cool box: Wootbox Retro II, August 2017. I got it for free from Wootbox. They contacted me some months ago, and I agreed to make an unboxing and share all the good and evil. I got no other payment than the box itself (and all the goodies inside). I know that bloggers do things differently. Usually, you get paid for unboxings. But I wanted to be free from any guilt if I didn’t like things inside of the box. So, Wootbox sent me the swag, and when I got it this weekend, I recorded the video. And thanks to the box they sent me I spent part of my weekend remembering my childhood.
So, what do I do with unboxings? I open the boxes in front of the camera and record whatever happens next all at once. I can only make this once since I have no interest whatsoever in promoting things I despise. I can edit whatever disaster happens during the adventure, but I cannot redo it again. Once I open the box, it’s done. If I like it, you’ll notice it because I make weird sounds while I fangirl. If I don’t, I’ll start complaining or saying something negative about it.
Spoiler alert: I loved this box! I’ve been torturing everyone in the house with childhood memories because of it. Did you play with the Gameboy? Did you like Mario? Then, this box was perfect for you!
So, continuing with the vocabulary of fandom, we explore some words that start with B. In this list we do have fascinating words. So, prepare yourself for the ride!
Badfic (or Trollfic): it’s a piece of fan fiction written as poorly as humanly possible in a deliberate way. These are often funny stories that stress cliches in books or shows or emphasizing horrible grammar. It can be hilarious, or incredibly nauseating. Please note that “badfic” is also used to refer to awful fan fiction.
Backstory: it’s a piece of fan fiction based on or containing scenes of, the past story of a character. These stories tend to be set before the official story begins. It can also be an original story by the author as well.
BAMF: (bad as a mother fucker). It refers to a character who is incredibly awesome. These characters are witty, clever, and super hard to defeat. These characters can have any gender, and be heroes.
Bande dessinée: comics from the Franco-Belgian tradition.
Bandom: it’s a fandom that’s all about a musical group. Bandom communities can be large, or tiny, noisy or not.