5 Fandoms I Couldn’t Get Into [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - Fandoms I couldn't get into

This week Fandom 5 is about podcasts and since I don’t actually follow any (I occasionally listen in to Chris’ ones) I decided to do the one from the previous week which I missed.



Game of Thrones

I love fantasy, I like the themes in the show/novels and yet I just can’t get into it. I’ve tried reading one of the books, I’ve watched 1-2 seasons and I’m just not hooked in the slightest. I’m not ruling it out completely, but at the moment, I have so many other books and tv shows I want to read/watch that it is very far down in the pile.




I admire Tolkien as a world maker. He was a genius but I cannot stand his writing style and honestly? I’m not that enamoured with the whole story of Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit. It just doesn’t do anything for me. I’ve watched all the Lord of the Rings movies, and again while I appreciate the epic costumes, sets, and special effects, I just don’t like the movies themselves.


walkingThe Walking Dead

I’m not a big zombie fan. I can take my zombies with other urban fantasy stuff (such as Anita Blake) but just zombies? Boring! Yeah, I know there’s a lot more to this fandom and I’ve seen some bits of episodes. While I’m curious about some, some of it just downright freaks me out – and it isn’t the zombies, it’s the people. I know people suck, I don’t need to know just how bad they will devolve in an apocalypse.



I absolutely love pet battles in World of Warcraft, which pretty much are a rip off of Pokemon. But Pokemon itself doesn’t interest me. For me, WoW pet battles are part of a much bigger game and are a fun addition to the world. An entire game based on finding pets and so on? Nope, not for me. They’re cute, but that is about it.



I dislike manga and anime for several reasons, but most of all the way it looks. I just dislike the style of animation and do not get me started on the female characters. Oh my goodness, they drive me crazy. When Chris is watching anime I wince at the squeaky girlie voices. While I’ll admit there are some gorgeous pieces of manga art out there, there is just too many factors that annoy me about manga and anime.






5 Fandoms I Hold Dear But No One’s Ever Heard Of [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - Fandoms you've never heard of

It’s getting late, but it’s still friday! So last week you may have noticed the distinct lack of blog posts. This was due to two uni deadlines in short succession and I simply had no time or energy this week to play catch up. So I’m determined to get FF done this week and Sharing Saturday tomorrow 🙂 I’m not feeling great as I think I’ve gotten a cold on top of everything else and my body is just not coping, so a slightly slacky FF this week in which I just give you the synopsis instead of my thoughts on the fandom.


Chronicles of the Necromancer

by Gail Z. Martin

I’d been eyeing up this gorgeous cover for a while, then Chris noticed it and we both decided we wanted to try it out. The rest is history and it, and it’s following series, is now on our bookshelf 😀 Despite being an amazing series not many people have heard of it, so I try to share it as much as possible.

The comfortable world of Martris Drayke, second son of King Bricen of Margolan, is shattered when his older half-brother, Jared, and Jared’s dark mage, Foor Arontala, kill the king and seize the throne. Tris is the only surviving member of the royal family aside from Jared the traitor. Tris flees with three friends: Soterius, captain of the guard; Carroway, the court’s master bard; and Harrtuck, a member of the royal guard. Tris harbors a deep secret. In a land where spirits walk openly and influence the affairs of the living, he suspects he may be the mage heir to the power of his grandmother, Bava K’aa, once the greatest sorceress of her age. Such magic would make Tris a Summoner, the rarest of magic gifts, capable of arbitrating between the living and the dead.


Iron Druid Chronicles

by Kevin Hearne

One of the best original urban fantasy series around right now, and no one’s ever heard of it! It’s very creative, funny and puts you on the edge of your seat.

Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert.

But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shapeshifters called skinwalkers. Just when the Druid thinks he’s got a handle on all the duplicity, betrayal comes from an unlikely source. If Atticus survives this time, he vows he won’t be fooled again. Famous last words.


Death in Paradise

This is a British TV show from the BBC which I’d seen advertised for so long and then eventually gave it a try. If you’re a Red Dwarf fan, the actor that plays Cat is one of the main cast and is absolutely hilarious. The first ‘detective’ is played by Ben Miller and later by Kris Marshal.

Detective Inspector Richard Poole is transferred to Sainte Marie, an island in the Caribbean. Totally unsuited to the Caribbean way of life, Richard hates the sun, sea and sand and isn’t used to the Sainte Marie style of policing. Working with the exotic Camille each week Richard investigates intricate and intriguing murders.


Leverage is again one of those shows I saw advertised for ages before getting into it and I absolutely loved it. It has some amazing actors for the main cast, and so many other great actors popping in from time to time (Mark Sheppard, Jeri Ryan to name a few). Sadly it has ended but there are 5 awesome seasons to watch 🙂

Meet Nathan Ford, a former insurance investigator who spent his professional career dedicated to the company that refused a potentially life saving medical procedure for his son. Unemployed and teetering on the edge, Nate enlists the help of the best thieves and grifters in the business, and with their help, he steals from the rich and gives to the poor to help balance the crooks in high power positions. He and his team help provide… leverage.


Warehouse 13 (And Eureka)

And finally; Warehouse 13 and Eureka (aka A town called Eureka). They’re two seperate shows with very different settings and characters but they’re set in the same universe and do have cross-over episodes so it feels remiss not to discuss both. Again, sadly both have come to an end, both with 5 seasons of insanity 😛

Warehouse 13 –

After saving the life of an international diplomat in Washington D.C., a pair of U.S. Secret Service agents are whisked away to a covert location in South Dakota that houses supernatural objects that the U.S. Government has collected over the centuries. Their new assignment: retrieve some of the missing objects and investigate reports of new ones.

Eureka –

The sleepy Pacific Northwest town of Eureka is hiding a mysterious secret. The government has been relocating the world’s geniuses and their families to this rustic town for years where innovation and chaos have lived hand in hand. U.S. Marshal Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) stumbles upon this odd town after wrecking his car and becoming stranded there. When the denizens of the town unleash an unknown scientific creation, Carter jumps in to try to restore order and consequently learns of one of the country’s best kept secrets.


5 Fandoms I LOVE But Didn’t Think I Would! [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - fandoms I didn't think I'd love


It has been a crazy week so a slightly later than planned Fandom 5 this week and I apologise that it’s also going to be a bit on the short side. I’m getting to the end of assignment deadlines so my brain is completely focused on library cataloguing, my placements and our group website project.



Harry Potter

The hype that was Harry Potter came out when I was in Sixth Form College and everyone, and I mean everyone, was obsessed. When one of the new books came out people were going crazy if someone spoiled it for them. I was a bookworm back then, but the fact that everyone was so obsessed – even the ‘popular’ in crowd, made me avoid it like the plague for a long time. Gradually around 2006/2007 I caught a few of the movies on TV, and then when I met my fiancé I found out he was a Harry Potter fan and had the whole set of books. So when he moved to live with me, he bought them too and fell in love with them 😀


sg1Stargate SG-1

I remember watching the original Stargate movie with my dad when it was first released on video, and over the years I’d caught a few episodes of SG-1 and I have to be honest; I wasn’t that impressed. As I got older I heard massively good things about it, and after a quick chat with Chris we both decided it was something we’d been meaning to check out. We loved it 😀 We’re currently on the first season of Atlantis now. I’m not sure what put me off it when I was younger, maybe I just hadn’t matured to a stage where I could actually appreciate the show for what it was. I am, however, really glad we decided to watch it 🙂


doctorwhoDoctor Who

I’d never seen any of the old Doctor Who (and still haven’t, I’m not a big fan of some things made in that era because the technology was crap, but that’s another story) and when the hype came about for the new one I was like… meh not really my thing. I then went to London Comic Con with an online friend who was a Whovian and so I accompanied her and her friend to John Barrowman’s talk. First of all, if you haven’t seen or met John Barrowman he is absolutely hilarious and down to earth. Seeing him, hearing about Torchwood (this was just before Torchwood started I believe) and Captain Jack… well of course I had to check it out. I started with Torchwood and then moved onto Doctor Who and been a Whovian ever since.


tvdThe Vampire Diaries

When I heard about the Vampire Diaries being made into a TV show I was so happy and also unhappy. I love LJSmiths books but out of all her novels, the Vampire Diaries was the one I really didn’t like. Way back when I was a part of the LJS fandom, everyone loooved TVD. So when it came out as a show I of course HAD to check it out, it was based on one of my favourite authors books, and I wasn’t all too sure if I liked it. In the end it turned out that this is one of the few times when the TV/Movie adaptation is much much better than the original novels. I’m really behind on it, simply because I’ve been on a crime binge for ages, but I still love the show and will catch up one day.


dragonVideo Games

Until 2004 I wasn’t a gamer. I’d tried playing games when I was a kid, namely Sonic on my mega drive, and had played on my cousin’s various consoles. Being mocked for ‘button smashing’ I had grown up thinking I could never play video games, and honestly, even until earlier this year when I completed Half Life 2 for myself, I believed that there were games out there I still would never be able to play. Now? The world is my oyster! I’m never going to be a console girl, I just can’t play that way. But PC games? I love em. You can check out my game library and gaming habits on raptr!




5 Fandom Guilty Pleasures [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - Guilty pleasures


This was a really difficult post for me because I don’t really have any guilty pleasures. I don’t feel guilty about what I enjoy any more. Maybe it comes with age, because when I was younger I was very concerned about what people thought and now I’m just like.. pft, not your business :p

So how did I manage to come up with this list? I thought of more complex reasons for why I might feel guilty about these, or elements of them.

anitaAnita Blake series

This is one of my favourite book series, so why is it even on this list? There have been a huge amount of rants from fans regarding the way these books changed, however, that isn’t what put them on this list. It’s the fact that there’s a a 5 book section of the series which I still don’t even know what happened. Everything else I remember, but from Blood Noir to Hit List things got a bit mixed up, a massive amount of new characters came in and frankly it was just a bit of a mess. Thankfully with the next two books, Affliction and Dead Ice, things have gotten back on track. But that messy section makes this a bit of a guilty pleasure because while I love the author’s work, I can’t for the life of me say that period of her writing is something I’m proud to be a fan of.


twilightTwilight series

Yes, I have not only read this series but also enjoyed it. I was a big fan of it several years ago, and while my enthusiasm has diminished over time, I still don’t hate these books. I actually thought many parts of the books mythos was ingenious, including the sparkly vampires. Sure, it’s totally NOT what vampires are supposed to be – but being a writer is about exploring new ideas, making them your own and daring to go there. Take away the notion of vampires sparkling, the idea of vampires being unable to go out in bright sunshine because it makes their skin change into something obviously supernatural is pretty damn clever. People freaked out over the idea that vampires could go out in the daylight, but for those of us who had been reading vampire fiction for decades this was nothing new. It had been done before. I also appreciated a protagonist who was actually clumsy, and realistically so – I’m very clumsy and I have to say Meyer’s accounts of Bella’s clumsiness were on point as was Kristin Stewart’s acting in the movie. I remember in the first movie she gets tangled in her backpack when trying to take it off and I have done that exact thing so many times.

However, all that being said the series has some massive flaws. Namely, her writing is not the best ever and there are some major issues with the character of Bella and her relationship, especially Edward and his obsessiveness. Those are what make this a guilty pleasure for me.




Mortal Kombat TV & Movie

I absolutely love the Mortal Kombat movies and the TV series, Mortal Kombat: Conquest. However, I do have to admit that they are cheesy and aren’t the best movies ever. Yet they still fascinate me and I can watch them over and over again.



famous5Enid Blyton Books

I love Enid Blyton’s books. When I was younger I gobbled up her Famous Five series, Secret Seven and Adventure series. I also watched the TV series (the one featuring the actors in the image above). However, now as an adult and especially after studying them in English Literature last year I have to admit there are some massive issues with the books. Blyton wrote with the stereotypes of her time, and while on a moral stance I completely disagree with many aspects of her books, I can’t help but love them still.


nwNight World series

The Night World series by L. J Smith and many of her other books remain some of my favourite books. While I love the stories, mythos and characters, I do have to admit that her writing is very poor. When the Vampire Diaries came out as a TV show several years ago I decided to re-read the books and I couldn’t even finish the first one, it was just so awful.



5 Geeky Tattoos I Want [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - Geeky tattoos

When I first started this prompt I thought I’d have to change to prompt slightly, and then I began to realise that there were no examples of tattoos out there that summed up what I would ever get. So I ended up doing the prompt properly 😀 As a Libra I love art, but I’m also very picky. On top of that I’m very ticklish and one of my conditions means my skin does odd things. So these are more of a theoretical list of geeky tattoos that I would get.

  marquePhedre’s Marque

Kushiel Legacy by Jacqueline Carey

[Image credited to NACrnko]

If you’ve been reading my blog you’ve seen me mention this series a bazillion times now. The marque is a beautiful back tattoo that is completed in stages and while it represents freedom and other things in the fandom, to me personally it represents something deeply personal. A lot of people have found themselves changed and moved by the series and there is a whole page of the author’s website dedicated to fan tattoos based on Phedre’s marque. I would need to have something specifically designed, something to incorporate the different elements of my personality and spirituality if I ever decided to take the plunge. I doubt I could handle a large version, but a smaller one somewhere less ticklish might happen one day.


yubyub“Yub, Yub, Commander”

Star Wars Quote

I’m a massive Star Wars geek, so for me a Star Wars tattoo would have to be suitably geeky and something other fans would recognise. For me this would be the quote ‘Yub, yub, Commander’ from the Star Wars EU (now Legends) X-Wing series. It’s an ongoing joke through the series involving the idea of an ewok pilot;

His name is Kettch, and he’s an Ewok.
Oh, yes. Determined to fight. You should hear him say, ‘Yub, yub.’ He makes it a battle cry.
Wes, assuming he could be educated up to Alliance fighter-pilot standards, an Ewok couldn’t even reach an X-wing’s controls.
He wears arm and leg extensions, prosthetics built for him by a sympathetic medical droid. And he’s anxious to go, Commander.
Please tell me you’re kidding.
Of course I’m kidding. Pilot-candidate number one is a Human female from Tatooine, Falynn Sandskimmer.
I’m going to get you, Janson.
Yub, yub, Commander.
―Wes Janson and Wedge Antilles

You can read more about Kettch, his exploits and the pranks involving him here. If you’ve not had a chance to read these novels; do! They may not be canon any more but they are hilarious.

buffy“The hardest thing in this world is to live in it.”

Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I’ve talked about how much Buffy means to me and how much it got me through in my teen years and early 20s. There were so many lessons from that show that have stuck with me, but this one in particular rang true. My life is hard, I’m not gloating or looking for sympathy, it’s a simple fact. This quote is a reminder to me that it will be hard, it is hard for everyone, and I am not alone. There is light in the darkness.



hippogryph.v6511moonkin_hatchling_a.v6052Hippograph Hatchling & Moonkin Hatchling

World of Warcraft

I love World of Warcraft and the lore of the universe, so naturally I’d have to have a tattoo from the game. I’m a pet battle addict and these are my two favourite pets (appearance wise, don’t ask me for my favourite battle pet!).



“When in doubt, shoot the wizard.”

Advice from Numair to Kel in Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce

This is my literary geeky submission to this list. I love this quote from Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce, and like the Star Wars one it is something that only fans of the books would recognise.