Best Nerd of 2012…So Far…and What I Can’t Wait For!

Now that we have reached early July, information pills I’ve realized that half the year is over and damn, approved it went by fast. The beginning of 2012 has brought me many awesome things and there is still so much to look forward to these next six months. So now that I am smack dab in the middle of the year, I figured a nice countdown of some of the fantastic things that the year has already brought me and what I am most looking forward to. 

Best Things About 2012…So Far

5. Avengers movie 

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The Avengers was an unbelievably amazing movie and of course it would be with nerdtastic Joss Whedon at the helm. It is packed full of action but not in an extremely annoying Michael Bay kind of way. It has drama, it has humor. All the actors do just a fantastic job. And let’s face it, Captain American, Ironman, Hawkeye, Thor and Bruce Banner made very geek girl out there feel a little hot and bothered. Then the awesome Avengers de Mayo party held by the ever fantastic Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army was superb, especially since my team, Team Hawkeye, won :D

4. The Secret World of Arrietty

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I feel like its been ages since a new Studio Ghibli movie has been released so I was dying with excitement to see this one. I would definitely say its one of my favorites (after Howl’s Moving Castle, of course). It’s based on the great children’s book, The Borrowers, by Mary Norton and its sooo much better and more fun than its 1997 counterpart. Although…Tom Felton as a little redhead? Adorable.

3. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

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This is the fifth installment of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series and I warn you, if you have not read them all yet, there are definitely spoilers ahead. (SPOILER ALERT!!!). Now, the series is about Clary Fray, a normal teenager who suddenly gets swept up in the world of Shadowhunters, half human, half angel demon hunters. It’s no surprise when it turns out that she has Shadowhunter blood and the story unfolds from there. The series was originally supposed to be a trilogy and the third book ended pretty perfectly, in my opinion. Then the 4th book came out and I absolutely loathed it. The plotline seemed to focus more on whether Clary and Jace were going to have sex or not and less on actual demon hunting. I really debated on getting Lost Souls and I’m glad I did. It doesn’t quite reach the epicness of the first three but it did redeem the series. Now if only Alex Pettyfer was playing Jace and not Jamie Bower…

2. Hunger Games

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I love love love LOVE Hunger games and I could not wait for the movie. I couldn’t wait so badly that when it did eventually come out, I saw it three times in one week. And I really liked it. I thought it was a good adaptation. The book centers on a country, Panem, that uses the Hunger Games-a contest to the death featuring the nation’s children-to keep its citizens subdued. Its a sort of brutal idea, kids fighting other kids to the death and the nation watching it on television like a fun reality show. I was impressed on how they did it, portraying the violence but not throwing it in your face so all the young readers could still go to the a movie that wasn’t rated R. The icing on the cake was the epic Capitol party held by the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army, where I represented District 4 and partied all night long.

1. Once Upon a Time

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I know that the season started in 2011 but it finished in 2012 so pooh on your technicalities. This is the best new show, easily. The cast was perfectly selected and each episode kept me watching. It follows Emma Swan, a 28-year-old bail bondsperson, who meets her son, Henry, for the first time after giving him up ten years ago. She soon gets swept up in the life of Storybrooke, Maine, where cursed storybook characters have been living the past few decades, unaware of their real identities. Of course, Emma is the only one who can save them. It was so awesome to get alternate views of fairy tales and hell, I loved the romance. My pony-wanting, prince-seeking, little girl princess heart loved this.

Best Things in 2012…To Come…

5. Clockwork Princess

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Please keep in mind that this is NOT a legitimate cover for this novel. The cover has not yet been released and this is a cover generated by a fan on goodreads.com. Okay, now that that’s taken care of. this is the last installment of the Infernal Devices series, the Victorian age counterpart to the previously mentioned Mortal Instruments. This one follows Tessa Gray, a young girl who gets pulled into the Shadowhunter world when she discovers she has shape-shifting powers. I LOVE this series even more than I love the Mortal Instruments. I’ve been counting down the days til the last novel since the previous one came out this past December. I can’t wait to see how this ends as Tessa battles Mortmain and his robot army and figures out exactly what she is. This will hit stores in December of this year.

Just kidding, I’ve just learned that this has been delayed until March 2013. I’m still leaving it on the list though. I dare you to argue with me :D

4. Once Upon a Time, Season Two

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I’m warning you, if you have not watched Once Upon a Time and you plan to (and why wouldn’t you plan to!), I would warn you not to read further. I’m gonna spoil allll of season one for you. So now that I’ve warned you…I seriously cannot wait til season two. Season one ended on a crazy note! Emma finally believes in her destiny, finally breaks the curse, all the fairy tale characters remember who they are. Snow and Charming are back together finally! Belle and Rumple are finally together! Regina is finally going down! What could go wrong? Everything, apparently, as Rumple returns the magic to the land and you see that sly little smile from Regina and then it ends. I can’t wait to see how this changes everything. Regina is obviously not going anywhere and now that the people of Storybrooke know who she is, how is that all going to play out? And I can’t wait to see Emma accept David/Charming and Mary Margaret/Snow as her parents :D. Once Upon a Time seems likely to return in October of this year.

3. Doctor Who, Series 7

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Now that I’ve busted my way through the first six series in about a month and now consider myself a Whovian (and I’m considering a Tardis tattoo…hey, why not?), I am dying to have the Doctor back. This season should be great and the previews for it have looked exciting so far. Halfway through this season, the Doctor’s current companion’s Amy Pond and Rory Williams will depart and the Doctor will get a new companion played by Jenna Louise Coleman. I’m looking forward to seeing how awesome Jenna is and I’m dreading the tears that will inevitably come as Amy and Rory depart, in what has been revealed to be a heartbreaking departure involving the freaky Weeping Angels. Rumors are abound as to when it returns but it seems likely to return between September and October of this year.

2. The Hobbit

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Its been nearly ten years since The Return of the King came out in theaters. Now, Peter Jackson is likely to impress us once more with his amazingness (and yeah, that’s word. try and dispute that, I dare you, I’ll just ignore you haha). The Hobbit is one of my favorite books, this one is a little simpler than the LoTR series. Where the LoTR is all about saving the very existence of Middle Earth, The Hobbit is about Bilbo going on an adventure. Yes, it’s dangerous and yes, he gets his hands on the one Ring, that leads to the LoTR series, but its more adventurous by far. I’m seriously looking forward to it, and you know I’ll be out there at midnight, cosplaying as a Hobbit or Elf. I’m also really excited to see Martin Freeman as Bilbo because I already love him as John Watson on Sherlock. This movie comes out December 14th.

1. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Now I know its going to be completely different from Harry Potter. I get that. I’ve accepted that. From what I’ve read, its a political thriller about a mysterious murder in a small town and how it reveals a whole web of conspiracy in the town. Definitely in a different realm of wizards and magic. But I’m so excited for it. I love reading mostly everything I can get my hands on and JKR is a phenomenal author. She’s a magician with words. So the fact that this is the first thing she’ll have put out since Deathly Hallows back in 2007 has got me going fangirl crazy. I’m sure that its going to be wonderful and I’m hoping that the millions of HP fans out there will accept it as a separate thing from Harry Potter. Nothing will ever touch HP in my mind and heart but I have every faith that this will be a great novel. I’m counting down the days til the release on September 27th.

So those are the things I’m most looking forward to for the rest of the year, and I’ve just hit the tip of the iceberg of exciting things coming. I mean, there’s a TON of movies coming out, like the new Batman and Leo Dicaprio’s The Great Gatsby and Logan Lerman and Emma Watson in Perks of a Wallflower . There are epic video games coming out and so so so much more. There is so much to look forward to. What are some of the best things about 2012 so far and what are you guys most looking forward to? As always, let me know in the comments. And thanks for reading guys!

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My First Anime Expo

The best thing about being a nerd is discovering new stuff. 

Honestly. I live for books and movies and tv shows and almost anything that’s science fiction-y or supernatural. I’m constantly looking for my new obsession. 

Now my younger brother (one of my brothers, ambulance I have like 30 of them) is fairly obsessed with anime and has been going to anime conventions and cosplaying as Tsuna from Hitman Reborn for awhile now. I was supposed to go with him to the big Anime Expo last year, pharmacy but funds just kept me from going. This year however, order he bugged me until I bought my badge, months in advance. 

To be completely truthful, I’m not the biggest anime fan. It’s not that I don’t like it; I definitely do. I just don’t know a lot of it. I watched Inuyasha, Sailor Moon, Yu Yu Hakusho when they were on TV and I’m absolutely obsessed with early Pokemon. I read my share of mangas,mostly Inuyasha and Ranma 1/2. I also absolutely ADORE any and all Studio Ghibli films. So I was feeling apprehensive about going to the expo; I wasn’t sure if I was going to fit in or have fun. 

I was so wrong! And I love being wrong when it comes to things like this!

Anime Expo was so much FUN! And there were so MANY reasons for that.

The people were awesome. Everyone was friendly and welcoming, no matter what you were. I dressed in my Ravenclaw gear and even though that is completely not anime, people were awesome and didn’t judge at all.

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It was crowded, but in a good way. Having ditched Comic Con after only a couple years of going because of the insane amount of people that go nowadays, this con was perfect. It had a ton of people to let you know that it was going to be a good time but it wasn’t so crowded that you couldn’t move. 

The lines. And by lines, I mean the basically nonexistent ones. I mean, sure there were lines and they were long. The line to get your badge was long, the lines to get into panels were long, the lines to meet people were long. BUT they didn’t take forever! You could show up ten minutes before a panel, and be the last person in line and make it in and have a decent seat. Beautiful. 

The cosplays. There were some seriously awesome cosplays. There were a lot that I didn’t get, seeing as I’m not the biggest anime fan in the world. But that didn’t even matter. They were just done so well, that I was incredibly impressed. 

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Sophie and Howl From one of my favorite movies, definitely my favorite Studio Ghibli films. 

But cosplays ranged anywhere from impressive, to cute, with this little Baby Cloud, from Final Fantasy

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to awesomely OLD SCHOOL! (you know, for a 90s kid like me)…That’s Lola Bunny from Space Jam, if you didn’t know

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to just downright sexy, like half naked HOT pokemon…

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But my favorite part about the Anime Expo was discovering something new, or new to me, at least. One of my brother’s favorite anime shows is Madoka Magica. They had a panel for the show with all the English voice actors and then an autograph signing with those voice actors. Of course, we had to go. Between the panel and the autograph signing, I was hooked.

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What caught me was that there was a cute little cat-like creature named Kyubey who encouraged these young girls to become Magical Girls (who hunted witches) in exchange for one wish, any wish. They get super awesome magical powers, get to be powerful and fight witches and have bad ass costumes. Sounds pretty great right? Only apparently Kyubey is not what he seems and you definitely DO NOT want to enter a contract with him.

Now I’m only a few episodes in, but its been fantastically awesome. The show is funny and dramatic and full of action. And the actresses who play some of the main characters: Madoka, Kyoko, Homura, Sayaka, Mami and Kyubey were fun to meet; funny, laidback and genuinely excited to meet their fans.

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Lauren Landa, voice actress of the character Kyoko, posing with the Madoka Magica manga book she signed for me!

So, in a nutshell, I had a great time and I encourage all nerds to go, if only to discover fun and awesome new things. You’ll definitely have a good time and who knows, you could go home part of a new fandom. 

And I know definitely I will be going again next year, and who knows? You may just see me in a Sayaka or Madoka outfit next year…

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Worst Blogger Ever

I know, decease I know, approved its been sooooo long since I posted, it seems.

I do apologize to my three avid readers (are there three? maybe no one reads this! haha)

Anyway, this nerd girl has been quite busy lately and hasn’t had the chance to write an awesome blog post for you guys yet!

However, I’m spending this weekend (today and tomorrow) at the Anime Expo in Los Angeles (only about 35 minutes away from my dear hometown), and will be writing a nice, long AWESOME post on how AWESOME its been.

I promise. Scout’s honor :D

Until then, what’s been going on in all of your nerd lives? What’s been tickling your fancy this week?

Nerd Ink

When I was twenty-one years old, viagra 60mg many moons ago in the year two thousand and nine, I decided to get my first tattoo. It probably came as no surprise to anyone who knew me that I decided to get the Deathly Hallows symbol from Harry Potter on the inside of my wrist.

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Getting that tattoo realy showed me how wide the variety of fandom tattoos really is. If I ever thought I was unique in getting a Harry Potter tattoo, I was so completely wrong. Through my nerdom adventures and my discovery of the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army, I’ve really experienced some of the awesomeness in nerd ink.

Now, three years later, I’ve gotten a Star Wars tattoo and three more Harry Potter tattoos, the most recent just last week.

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It has really made me think why one gets a “nerd” tattoo. Most people tend to think we’re nuts. The usual response that I get is, “You know that’s permanent, right?” (No, really?! Thank Merlin I have you here to tell me tattoos are permanent). I have found that the responses all vary, from deep and meaningful to silly to because they just wanted to show some love for the fandom. I talked a few of my friends into sharing their tattoos and why they got them.

Victoria-Harry Potter

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“Siempre=Always. Meant more to me in regards to that I started reading Harry Potter to my dad when he was in the hospital with cancer.”

Jessica-Harry Potter

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“The quote around the Deathly Hallows symbol [It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, for those who can’t read it] is sort of a mantra for my life and words to live by! The thing about the page stars that I like is that only Harry Potter fans will know what they are!”

Allison-Venture Bros. 

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“I have Hank Venture from the cartoon Venture Brothers tattooed on my upper left arm and its great! 90% of the people who see it don’t know what it is. On top of that, its a matching tattoo with my brother (He has Dean). He and I are incredibly close, and I love having a bond and connection with him over something nerdy like this.”

Shannon-Twilight

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“It’s the Cullen family crest. I got it shortly after the movie and I just wanted a symbol of the series to mark how it changed my life.”

Aaron-Harry Potter

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“I liked the design and Death Eaters are cool.”

Monster-Star Wars/Princess Bride

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“I’ve been a Star Wars fan for as long as I can remember. These two represent my good and bad sides, you can’t have one without the other. Mind you, I do lean towards the dark side. My Dread Pirates Roberts is for my romantical side. I will do what has to be done for a loved one. I am an old fashioned gentle dyke and often reply “as you wish”. I’ll do just about anything for my true love.”

Tanya-Harry Potter/Record Collecting

“The Ravenclaw tattoo was inspired by my love of pinup art. I wanted a HP tattoo but I wanted something that would still reflect my personality so I got a traditional Ravenclaw pinup witch.
The little girl tattoo is a tribute to my love of collecting vinyl especially 50s R&B. My husband is a DJ and I like to dig for records for him.”

Sara (me)-Harry Potter

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This is on my left side shoulder blade. The quote is from Harry Potter, from James and Lily Potter’s gravestone, the stars are the page stars from the books. It reminds me, along with my Deathly Hallows, to not fear the unknown and to not fear death when it comes. It also just represents my completely obsession with Harry Potter.”

And these are only a sampling of the cool and awesome tattoos that I’ve come across. I’ve seen Star Wars and Harry Potter, anime and Star Trek, Twilight and Doctor Who, Disney, video games, music, I could go on. Whatever the reason or meaning, its pretty damn cool that there are people like me, willing and proud to show off their love for their fandom.

Now I am proud of my five fandom tattoos and I know my friends are too. Do you have any nerd tattoos or have any plans to get some any time in the future? Share in the comments!

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No One Forgets Their First Doctor

Now, discount my most recent obsession has been Doctor Who. People have been telling me to watch this show for YEARS and I’ve just never done it. Finally one day, I was bored, the entire series is on Netflix and I decided to watch it.

I powered through the entire six seasons in about a month, maybe less. I watched it for hours before I forced myself to go to bed and as soon as I woke up in the morning. I became obsessed.

 This is a fantastic show. It has everything a nerd could want: fantasy and sci-fi, but with humor and charm. Christopher Eggleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith all do wonderful at playing The Doctor, a 900-year-old time-traveling, regenerating alien, who literally can’t go anywhere without the end of the universe being at stake.

So I decided to compile a little list of my absolute favorite Doctor Who moments. I do warn you; there are major spoilers (BEEP BEEP SPOILER ALERT!) ahead. If you have never watched Doctor Who, or just don’t care to (though you’re crazy! Why on earth would you not want to watch this show!), I would tread carefully. I don’t want to ruin some of the best things about this fantastic show.

10. Donna Noble’s First Appearance-Season 2, Episode 3: Doomsday

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Donna Noble, the Tenth Doctor’s third companion, is one of my favorites. She’s brash and humorous and sometimes doesn’t always quite believe in herself to be as amazing as she is. She is a fantastic character and Catherine Tate does a great job playing her. When she first appears, randomly, in the Tardis, its hilarious. The Doctor has just said an extremely emotional good-bye to Rose Tyler (see later…) and is quietly contemplating when Donna suddenly appears and demands to know how the hell she got into the Tardis. Of course, the Doctor is completely confused and then its the end of the episode. This is such an insanely hilarious moment which brings you back from your tears (don’t lie, you cried) and reminds you that next season is going to be so much fun.

9. Fish Fingers and Custard-Season 5, Episode 1: The Eleventh Doctor

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This episode made me extremely nervous. It’s the first episode with Matt Smith as the Doctor and I adored David Tennant. I was extremely sad to see David Tennant leave. So I went into this episode with a little bit of trepidation. Boy, was I just being paranoid? Matt Smith is a GREAT Doctor and brings his own bit of humor and charm to the role. The first scene between him and Amy Pond, as he tries to figure out what he wants to eat is hilarious. He wants apples, he hates apples, he wants yogurt, he hates yogurt, and bacon and beans and on and on. And it’s not until he grabs a box of fish fingers and a tub of custard, that is he finally satisfied. And this moment is so pivotal in the friendship between the Doctor and Amy Pond, it is such an important moment to them.

8. “FANTASTIC!”-Season 1 All Episodes

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Christopher Eggleston, a.k.a. the 9th Doctor, only had one season to himself and I feel is sometimes overlooked. I adored him. Season one is the first season I watched and his character, his humor and his charm is what brought me on board to watch the show. He can be silly and make jokes about the most random things but he can be so serious and worldly and wise at the same time. Every single time he said his key phrase “Fantastic!” I couldn’t help but have the biggest smile in the world.

7. The Face of Boe-Season 3, Episode 13: Last of the Time Lords

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Now this little reveal at the end of Season 3, has always been speculation, never actual confirmation. The Face of Boe had been a recurring character in Doctor Who and so had Captain Jack. We learn that Jack cannot die and it has been speculated that the Face of Boe dies at a very very old age. When Captain Jack says in the third season finale that they called him the Face of Boe…I admit it, my mouth dropped open. It made perfect sense to me and whether or not its actually true…well it still was an awesome moment that got every Whovian thinking.

6. I’m the Doctor-Season 5, Episode 1: The Eleventh Hour

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This is one of my favorite scenes with Matt Smith. You’re feeling kind of apprehensive of him, he is a new Doctor and we’re not quite behind him yet. But this moment makes me on board in an instant. He saves the entire world in 20 minutes from the Atraxi and then CALLS THEM BACK to threaten them to never come back to Earth ever. They show a nice little montage of all the Doctors previous and then says “Hi, I’m the Doctor. Basically…run.” Even you didn’t cheer along with this, you have no emotions.

5. Are You My Mummy?-Season 1, Episode 9 and 10: The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances

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I think most people would agree that this is one of the creepiest episodes in the Doctor Who history. I’m not the biggest fan of creepy kids in movies; that’s one of the only thing that scares the living daylights out of me in movies. So this little kid, wearing a gas mask, walking around asking for his mummy, is straight up freaky. And then all the people in the hospital start growing gas masks out of their face. The best part of the episode is when Nancy accepts this little boy as her son, causing even the hardest heart to say “Aw.”

 4. Saying Goodbye-The End of Time Special, Part 2

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This is the most emotional moment in the Doctor Who series, besides my number one pick. The Doctor has gotten rid of the Master, and sacrificed himself for Donna’s grandfather, Wilfred. It’s time for him to die, time for him to regenerate. He goes to each of his companions, tells them goodbye and helps them. He comes back to the Tardis and now, its really time for goodbye. David Tennant’s performance is phenomenal, and you can’t help but feel your heart wrench when he says “I don’t want to go”.  For a David Tennant fan, this is a sad moment and a goodbye moment and its beautifully done.

3. Jumping Out of a Mirror-Season 2, Episode 4: The Girl in the Fireplace

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This is one of my favorite episodes. I love the episodes where the Doctor goes back in time and meets famous historical figures like Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, the queens, and Vincent Van Gogh. I think this is just a fun episode, the aliens are interesting looking and the story between Madame de Pompadour and the Doctor is so genuine and believable. I almost felt bad that there couldn’t have been anything between them. (I’m a huge Rose-The Doctor shipper). But the best moment of the episode is when the Doctor mounts the horse and goes crashing through the mirror that represents the time dimension and goes to rescue Madame de Pompadour from getting her brain ripped from her body. Epic. Moment.

2. Something Blue-Season 5, Episode 14: The Big Bang

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The Big Bang is one of my favorite episodes because it has so many awesome moments; The Doctor jumping back and forth in time, the infamous fez, Rory waiting and protecting Amy Pond for 2000 years, etc. But my favorite moment is when Amy remembers the Doctor, after he has basically never existed, at her wedding and knows, without a doubt, that the Doctor is coming because he will always come. She says the famous wedding words “Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue”, which I thought was a fantastic way to describe the Tardis. To me, it shows a really turning point for Amy. She lost faith in people as a child when the mysterious Raggedy Doctor says he’ll be back in five minutes and doesn’t return for 12 years and now regains that trust and faith. Plus Rory saying “How could we forget the Doctor…I was plastic!” is just a fantastic Rory moment.

1. Rose and Doctor Farewell-Season 2, Episode 13: Doomsday

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I love Rose Tyler. She is by far my favorite companion. And I loved her relationship with the Doctor. She is the only companion that I wanted with the Doctor. My least favorite companion was Martha because she fell in love with the Doctor. I was like, uh, no, he loves Rose! Anyway, the scene where you realize that Rose is in a parallel world and they are living away from each other…it sucks. It’s horrible. You can’t believe it and you’re hoping its not true. Then the scene where Rose comes to Norway and the Doctor comes to say his final goodbye…water works. Tears galore. You can feel Rose’s pain as she realizes that she will never see him again (as far as we know) and when she finally says her feelings out loud. The scene is so raw and real and makes me cry. Every. Single. Time.

Now, if you’ve never watched Doctor Who and you’ve read that entire thing, I’m sorry for ruining it for you. I did warn you above. Sorry I’m not that sorry. But you should definitely check out the show. Its definitely my favorite show now and my new nerd obsession.

And for those of you who have watched Doctor Who and love it, do you agree? What would be some of your favorite moments?

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P.S. Do I say the word “fantastic” a lot? I think that I do. Well its an awesome word!

E3: My Favorites

Its that time of year guys. Summer. The time of the big cons, find the ones I always live for and love: E3 and San Diego Comic Con. This is when my full nerd comes out; when all the announcements for new games, books, movies, etc. come out and giving me nerdgasm after nerdgasm. With E3 basically wrapped up (and of course, I didn’t go. You have to be so-and-so’s second cousin twice removed to get into that guy haha), I’ve compiled a short list of what excited me the most, what I’m looking forward to the most.

Disclaimer: This is a list of things that I personally am excited for. This is in no way the best of the best of E3. You’ll notice that I’ve left out the new Halo stuff, the previews of Black Ops 3, and virtually nothing to do with Nintendo. I’m not a hardcore gamer, nor do I ever claim to be one. There are video games out there that I enjoy playing and I get excited for but I’m not an authority or an expert at all. So don’t judge me on the silly video games that I’m looking forward to.

All right, nerd rant over. Sorry. Whew.

Moving on to the seven things that caught my eye at this year’s E3.

7. Lego Lord of the Rings

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I know, I know, I know, another Lego game. Lego just seems to churn them out the way Danielle Steel churns out terrible cheesy romance novels. In the beginning, the Lego games were awesome, unique and fun. As they’ve released more and more (Indiana Jones, Batman, Harry Potter, etc), they haven’t been as fantastic as they were in the beginning. However, they are extremely fun…especially for kids and for those, like me, who aren’t the best at video games. (Hey, I love video games, but it takes me AGES to beat one and play one, I just suck haha). So the Lord of the Rings Lego game actually looks pretty awesome. The developers explain that they built the entire Middle Earth world to play the entire saga and instead of going from level to level, you actually walk the land. Sort of like a little kid RPG. And to make it even better, instead of having those ridiculous ‘voices’, they actually speak. Which means, yes, yes, indeed we will be able to see a Lego Gandalf say “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!” Fantastic.

6. Wonderbook

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Now don’t get me wrong. I love to read. I love books and I love the SMELL of books. And for the most part, I’ve been pretty happy with the Kindle. As a person, who reads super fast, the Kindle works wonderfully for me. Now the new Sony Wonderbook isn’t exactly tickling my fancy but it is kind of intriguing. The idea is that this device is book-shaped “controller” that will be complemented with the Playstation Eye and Move controller to help make books more of a virtual reality. That sounds both interesting and weird at the same time. Bringing to life those familiar images of loved books is the reason we go to see the movies based on books. This could be similar. But I also like reading books because I have my own idea in my head of what this character looks like and what that place looks like, etc. So my interest in this device is only half there. However, the Wonderbook has one thing going for it. One of the first platform books available for this device is the Book of Spells, which is going to be linked with J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore, the interactive Harry Potter website that is hosted by Sony. This hands-on book is going to have new Harry Potter info and stories, including Aesop-like stories of wizards making mistakes, which ultimately leads to a teaching lesson. This alone, as a HUGE Potterhead, is almost enough for me to spend the money. This is also the only reason it got the number six spot. I’m just not interested enough in this for it to be any higher but it does have Harry Potter. That, is enough, to catch my interest.

5. Playstation All Stars Battle Royale

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Let’s be honest: this is exactly like Super Smash Brothers for Playstation. Its Sony’s answer for it. Now other games that are similar have been created before but this one has been getting way more attention, mostly because it is Playstation and because it includes notable characters like Kratos from God of War, Sly Cooper, Mael Radec from Killzone 2, Fat Princess, etc. Just announced Monday at E3, Nathan Drake from the epic Uncharted games (LOVE those games), and Big Daddy from the equally epic Bioshock games will be joining the teams. Now the preview and images already released from this game reveal a cool looking fighting platform and the levels look pretty creatively designed. I’m excited for this game because games like this involve my favorite style of gameplay: button mashing. I’m a damn good button masher.

4. Assassin’s Creed III

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I’ve never played any of the Assassin’s Creed games before. I know, insert shocked and angry gasps here. I know, I know. I’m sure it’s a great game. I’ve watched my sister and brother play the games and they look awesome. The reason that this game catches my interest is because of when this game takes place: The American Revolution and the continuation of American history after that. From what I’ve seen and read about, it includes a new protagonist named Connor and the gameplay, while different, is still familiar enough that fans of the series will feel comfortable. Those who have demoed it have said the gameplay is extremely impressive and that the new naval warfare aspect of the game is pretty awesome. I’m looking forward to finally experiencing an AC game, especially in this time period. As a history major, and a complete nerd for the American Revolution, it’s looking like a game that I definitely want to pick up on October 30th.

3. Star Wars 1313

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This game is in extreme early development, and there wasn’t a huge demo to preview at E3 but the concept of this has got me excited. Most Star Wars games have been pretty disappointing to me. I wasn’t a fan of the Force Unleashed games and I haven’t had a chance to play Old Republic. This game, though, has caught my attention. For one, it breaks away from the games centered around the Force, with the protagonist being a bounty hunter instead of a Jedi or Sith. The identity of the bounty hunter is yet unknown but the content is said to be more mature than any of the previous Star Wars games and the images already released are GORGEOUS. I’m definitely looking forward to the future and am hoping for more content to be released soon.

2. Resident Evil 6

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I’m sure this comes as shock that this is my number two, especially when you see my number one. Leave me alone. Moving on…literally, I’ve been waiting for this game forever. FOREVER. Resident Evil 5 came out about a billion years ago and I’ve been dying for some good ol awesome Resident Evil gameplay. So the Resident Evil gameplay at E3 got this girl super excited. Now in this story, they’re bringing back two of my favorite characters, Leon and Chris, (hubba hubba), and introducing a new character, Jake. Each of these characters are in a separate storyline: Leon is in the U.S. working with the president during an attack of bioware terrorism, Chris is in China, fighting a similar attack, and Jake is in a European country called Edonia, meeting up with an old character that fans will be excited to see. Eventually all these stories will meet up and interweave and you’ll be able to play as all the characters. Game Developers say that they’ve fine-tuned the co-op, making it possible to jump in and jump out of gameplay without having to wait for a cut scene. They also touch on being able to play as a foursome when the different characters meet up in the story. Watching the various gameplay looked really cool, the good ol’ fashioned fighting style is there but you can see that that are new attacks coming, especially in the melee category. I honestly haven’t seen anything to make me feel wary about this. There This game is going to be awesome, and I’m seriously counting down the days until it comes out on October 2nd.

1. LittleBigPlanet Karting

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Carting isn’t exactly new to the realm of gaming. One of the most iconic games in all of video game history is Mario Kart. And of course this game is probably going to be along the same lines. However, this is the most exciting to me for two reasons. One is that I’m a huge LBP fan. These are my favorite games. They are fun, silly and hard enough to be a challenge but not so hard that I get frustrated. And the second reason I’m looking forward to this game is because it has something that Mario Kart doesn’t have, something that is going set it apart from that game. It has the customization of the other two LBP games; you can customize maps, characters, karts and weapons. This is what makes me anxious for this game to come out. This is my most anticipated game of the year and the highlight of my E3.

Now I know that I missed a lot of things and I’m sure there are some of you out here, glaring and yelling at your computer screen. Well, let it out in the comments and tell me what has gotten you all excited at E3?

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