T5W – So Long Old Friend…

Hidy Ho! Today’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is: Fandoms You Are No Longer In. “But isn’t it only Tuesday?” you say. Well, yes, but I’m going on vacation tomorrow, so you get to enjoy this post a day early. 😉

I’ll be honest, I don’t really consider myself to have abandoned ANY of my fandoms, but there are a few that I was really intensely into and have since tempered my feelings for. So while I still consider myself to be IN those fandoms, I’m not the rabid fan I used to be.

Uh, also, these are almost all tv/movie fandoms…though I DO own at least one book from each, so that counts right? 😉

SeaQuest DSV – Does anyone even remember this show except me? This was actually my SeaQuestDSVMainTitlevery first fandom (and my first celebrity crush; you are missed more than you know Jonathan Brandis 😦 ). Not only did SeaQuest kick off my love of sci-fi (and science in general), but it is the series that introduced me to fanfiction! I still really like the show and watch it from time to time (Yea Netflix!), but I’m not as obsessed with it as I was when I was a kid.

Rise of the Guardians – This was a short-lived fandom for me. The movie 6-reasons-why-rise-of-the-guardians-is-still-the-best-holiday-movie-of-the-decadewas WAY more amazing than I thought it was going to be, and since I was really hung up on Pinterest at the time, it was extremely easy for me to fall into the fandom. The artwork that came out of this fandom was completely astounding and there are a TON of fanfics out there with some really great writers. Unfortunately, I fell out of the fandom as easily as I fell in. I think there just wasn’t enough story to keep me enthralled for very long.

Merlin – If you haven’t yet watched BBC’s Merlin…DO IT. It’s a wonderful show. It manages to be both a serious drama and a hilarious comedy, without looking like it’s trying too hard. I really enjoyed the fandom too, the fanfic was fun and some of that artwork was AMAZING! I was devastated when the series ended (Especially like that! What were they thinking?!?), but I’ve since calmed down and mostly moved on to new obsessions. I still watch the show sometimes and occasionally get on Merlin fanfic kicks, but I’m not AS angry about it ending as I used to be…maybe…kinda… 😉

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Random: This picture has always weirded me out. Doesn’t it look like Arthur is about to kill Merlin? Think that was intentional?

Sherlock – I have actually always loved Sherlock as a whole, but when I discovered BBC’s Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in BBC Sherlock Season 1 Episode 3 The Great GameSherlock during the hiatus between series 2 & 3, I fell HARD. The show was SO GOOD and it had been a LONG time since I stumbled across something that I fell in love with. So I went with it. I followed all the Pinterest boards I could find, read all the crazy conspiracy theories, bought the dvds and watched them over and over again for clues…I went a bit crazy. 😉 I still love Sherlock, but I have calmed down enough about it that I have completely accepted that it might end. In fact, I think series 4 was a wonderful conclusion to the show and probably SHOULD be the last season. Is this what growing up looks like? 😉

Harry Potter – Man, I was so far gone down the Harry Potter rabbit hole when I was in high school & college. Don’t get me wrong, I STILL love Harry Potter. I still read the fanfic (in fact, I’m re-reading one right now), am collecting the Illustrated editions, went ballistic when The Cursed Child & Fantastic Beasts came out, and still to this day have a giant poster ad for Book 5 that my friend snagged me from her job at Books A Million hanging in my book room. But…I’m definitely not still insane about it. I think I burnt myself out a bit. Harry Potter will always hold a place in my heart, it just doesn’t consume my life like it used to.calling_all_harry_potter_fans__you_can_now_enrol_at_a_real_life_hogwarts


 

What fandoms are you no longer a part of?

T5W – Classics of Tomorrow

Hi all! This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is: Future Classics. I’ll admit, this one was a bit tricky for me, since I generally read books that no one seems to have heard of. 😉 But I’ll take a whack at it!

Since I tend to believe that anything written over 30 years ago will already be considered a ‘classic in the making’ if not a straight up ‘classic’, I’m going to be sticking to books that were written during my lifetime. 🙂

American Gods (Neil Gaiman)

983100This book was AMAZING. I have always been a fan of mythology and this book managed to incorporate pretty much all of it! It even introduced me to a lot of gods & legends that I’d never heard of; pretty impressive considering how long I’ve been reading about them. And I liked the invention of the ‘new’ gods; it’s an interesting look at how societies have changed (and not changed). This one will definitely be a long-lasting book, especially amongst the history & mythology set.

All The Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)

I am only about a third of the way through this book, since I am listening18143977 to it on audio, but I can already tell that it will definitely be one that gets assigned in Literature classes (and maybe even History classes) in the future. The descriptions of WWII from the eyes of both a civilian child and a soldier really give you an inside look at what it must have been like to live during that horrific war. I have a feeling this one is going to change me as a person, as all the best books do.

The Martian (Andy Weir)

18007564This one is definitely going to be a future sci-fi classic. It’s a great introduction to the genre for a non-science person. There is a ton of technical discussion, but even the really tricky bits are written in such a way that a layperson can understand what’s happening. The main character is very humorous and personable, which makes you really eager to find out what happens to him. And the descriptions of Mars are wonderful, especially the bits where the main character runs into real-world things, like the Pathfinder. Great for space geeks and adventure hounds, this one is definitely going to be sticking around.

Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)

I will be the first to admit, I actually really disliked this book, BUT that19288043 was mainly due to not liking the characters and not because the book itself was bad. The writing in this novel is amazing and the idea behind the plot is intriguing. It kept me interested all the way to the end, even though I couldn’t stand ANY of the people I was reading about. Quite impressive! I can definitely see this as being a future classic in that it seems to have brought about a change in how thrillers are written. Any book that upends its genre deserves to stick around for a while, and considering people are still describing books as “the new Gone Girl”, I have a feeling this one will.

Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling)

Well, this one is kind of a no brainer, but it wouldn’t be a complete list without it. This book series completely changed my childhood, as it did to so many of us. It brought the joy of reading to so many people, children and adults alike; it made it cool to read again. This one isn’t just a future ‘fantasy’ classic, it’s a classic period. The world wouldn’t be quite the same without Harry Potter.

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So what do you guys think? Got any books you would choose as a Future Classic?

T5W – Book Betrayals

Hi-ho! This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is “Books You Felt Betrayed By”, perfect for the Ides of March! I’ll be honest, I had a very hard time with this topic, since I haven’t actually read that many books that made me angry enough to constitute ‘betrayal’, so the vast majority of this list is actually going to be more like ‘books I was severely disappointed with’. 😉

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (J.K. Rowling)

2Let’s start off with a book that gave me an actual ‘had to re-read that bit several times to believe it was happening and then almost threw the book across the room’ moment. You know the spot. JK! What did you do?!? He was my favorite side character, dog-gone-it! And poor Harry!!! This is probably the only book in this post that I could actually consider for a betrayal list. I was completely not expecting that moment and neither were most of the fans of the series. It was utterly horrifying and I felt almost numb for the entire rest of the book. 😦

Dorothy Must Die (Danielle Paige)

18053060Ok, so this one made the list pretty much just for the ending…BECAUSE THERE WASN’T ONE. Absolutely nowhere on the cover of my copy of the book or in the summary on the inside flaps did it say that this was the start of a series. Usually it makes me happy to find out that a book I’m reading is the start of a series. New series are awesome. But not this one. I’ll be honest, I just really wasn’t into this book. I only even GOT to the ending because I was slightly curious as to what would happen, but I didn’t like any of the characters (that were left at this point) and I was actually really glad that it was almost over. Until it wasn’t. ::shakes fist::

Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)

18490This book is supposed to be the birth of science fiction, one of my all time favorite genres. I remember in high school being disappointed because the AP kids got to read Frankenstein and I was stuck with The Crucible. I shouldn’t have wasted the emotion. Even given my issues with Victorian literature, this book was AWFUL. Dr. Frankenstein is one of the most selfish, self-absorbed, and idiotic characters I’ve ever had to read about. I found myself rooting for the Monster, just because I couldn’t stand listening to Franky whine anymore. Extremely disappointing and one of the books that makes me question who exactly comes up with the ‘Classics’ category, because this really shouldn’t be on there.

Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier)

239113I guess this one also falls into the ‘Classics’ category and I didn’t really like this one either. Again, mostly because of the ending, which didn’t really exist. It took me a month to read the first 200 pages of this book; it just dragged. The main character, who they never actually name, was completely insipid and I couldn’t bring myself to care about anything that was happening to her. But things started to turn around in the last 100 pages. The action really picked up, I was finally starting to like the main character, and was really curious how things would play out. And then it just stopped. Right in the middle of the everything. UGH!!! SO FRUSTRATING!!!

Hitchhiker’s Guide #4 & 5 (Douglas Adams)

You know those tv shows that have one too many seasons? The one’s where you can tell the writers’ are either out of ideas or they have given up on the plot because they know the show is ending? And how that let down kind of taints the entire series for you? The final two books of The Hitchhiker’s Trilogy feel a little like that. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the original trilogy (and I get a kick out of the fact that there are 5 books and everyone still calls it a trilogy, lol), but the last two books are almost completely nonsense. They are unnecessarily complicated, don’t have a linear plot (or even a logical one), and honestly just feel pointless. Such a huge let down after such an amazing series.

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Do you have any books that distressed you so much you couldn’t finish them? That made you mad enough to throw the book across the room? Or that you were just so disappointed in that they tainted how you viewed anything else by that author? Let me know in the comments!