If anyone tells you that France is lovely in the summer, you can tell them that… well, yes, it’s technically LOVELY, but it’s really really hot. At least, that was my experience at the beginning of July. Lyon, France was about thirty eight degrees Celsius (that’s over 100 degrees Farenheit for Americans), and I was drinking at least sixteen cups (that’s 128 oz.) each day without ever needing a trip to the water closet because I was expelling it in its entirety through my pores. Continue reading
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Harry Potter is a worldwide phenomenon and ubiquitous reading material among millenials. It’s easy to see why – the books are escapist, fun, and relatable. So sometimes I feel very alone when I make the startling confession: I really don’t like Harry Potter at all.
My reasons for dislike are numerous, but tend to all come back to a central problem. The first half of the series is for children; the second half is for adults. That’s fine,having the characters grow with the audience is brilliant as a marketing strategy; but in this instance, it deals a body blow to the continuity of the story. The contrived, cobbled-together world of Hogwarts and the greater Wizarding World is perfect for a children’s series. Ghosts as teachers? Cool! A school with a vicious three-legged dog hiding behind a door where a talented first-year could easily find it? Exciting! This kind of world serves perfectly for a story about a young boy from an abusive background who gets to escape the doldrums of suburban England and jet off to wizarding school.
It’s not a surprise to find that comic books are not a uniquely American experience. After all, Andrew and I recently talked to Mike Kennedy of Magnetic Press about translating French comics into English for American audiences. Still, it’s amazing to me to see that Madrid, Spain has completely embraced American geek culture.
Giant statues of Iron Man and a Star Wars stormtrooper stood guard outside a giant Disney section of one of Madrid’s most ubiquitous department stores, El Corte Inglés. I wasn’t surprised, since Disney is a master of global marketing, but the level of geekery in Madrid was certainly more than I expected.
With the recent news that HBO’s Game of Thrones will indeed finish the story in advance of the release of books six, seven (and maybe eight?), thousands of ASOIAF fans found themselves facing a tough decision. Do I keep watching, or not?
Thus far, the Game of Thrones fandom has been divided into two distinct parts – those who haven’t read the books, and those who snickered viciously as their friends reacted to the Red Wedding. However, the playing field is about to be leveled – soon all fans will be in the dark about what’s going to happen next episode or next season, which popular character is about to kick it, or which characters are about to come on the scene and shake things up. Continue reading