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Magical Musical Geekery

4 Dec

HP7.1 totally re-sparked my love for the series and, addict that I am, I’ve been re-immersing myself into (the epic black-hole that is) Harry Potter fandom.

In case you’re unfamiliar with (the vortex of doom that is) Harry Potter fandom, it is vast and varied and often worrying. Whether it’s fanfiction stories that are longer than all the novels combined, or handcrafted wands that are practically works of art, or wizard rock bands that have sold-out concerts on a grand scale, the HP fandom is impressive.

(It’s also quite disturbing sometimes, and that only starts with how easy it is to degenerate into dirty ‘wand’ jokes. Part of the fun of the fandom is wading through the Hogwarts-sized piles of crap in order to find the diamonds in the rough.)

But, my favourite part about the HP fandom is how creative it can be. If you ignore all the derivative work copyright infringement issues, I think that the innovation this one series of books has sparked is admirable.

For instance, I present, for your consideration, A Very Potter Musical.

A little out of date (because I believe it was written before Book 5: Order of the Phoenix), but that doesn’t stop it from being fun. 
If you haven’t already seen it, have you at least heard of it? If not, what sort of Harry Potter fan are you?! I mean, come on! This is practically a classic now.

I’m holding my breath for Harry Potter on Ice, because I’m sure it’s just a matter of time. All those robes billowing gracefully as they skate by…

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Mighty!Marz’s Top Five Fictional Character LadyCrushes

6 Oct

In no particular order:

Zoë Washburne (Firefly): Of all Joss Whedon’s supposedly strong female characters, Zoë’s the only one I actually like. Strong and practically Amazonian, she still manages to stay feminine while being totally bad-ass. So many similar characters give up their girliness in order to be taken seriously; Zoe doesn’t ask for her position, she doesn’t try to prove herself worthy of it…she just is and there is no room to challenge that. She’s happily married (Serenity never happened; I’m in denial; shush) to a charming man who makes her laugh and loves her just as madly as she loves him. Oh, and she’s got mad gun skillz, great hair, and makes leather vests look even cooler than they already do.

Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins): In case the rest of this list didn’t display it, I really admire competence… and there is no one more ‘practically perfect’ than Mary. She’s good with difficult kids and can easily handle cantankerous adults. She can sing and dance and fly (with the aid of an umbrella or smoke and clouds or just for tea). She is magical and mysterious and can even talk to animals (both real and animated and artificial/attached to said umbrella’s handle). And she’s gorgeous and British and exists in book, movie and musical form because her awesomeness cannot be contained in just one medium.

Ororo Munroe/Storm (X-Men): Her back story is more like a fairy tale than a comic book heroine’s. She’s descended from a long line of African witch-princesses (yeah, you read that correctly: witch-princesses). She’s orphaned in Cairo and becomes a master-thief, is briefly worshipped as a goddess and then recruited to the X-men.  In the 80’s, she temporarily sported a mowhawk and wore all leather…and actually managed to pull it off. I’ve always been impressed by her personality: serene, subtly bad-ass, elegant, and always impressive. Her ability to control the weather makes her one of the most powerful mutants, and I love the way she also uses it in unexpected ways (Ex: breathe underwater through electrolysis, see the universe in terms of energy patterns, flash freeze people, fly, sense the world’s weather patterns, etc). She speaks three languages fluently, once picked a lock with her teeth while having the mental state of an infant, and carries an ancestral ruby that allows for interdimensional transportation when combined with her lightning.

Olivia Joules (Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination): She’s the only chick-lit heroine I’ve ever been able to relate to; I guess it’s just because we’re already alike and I want to be more like her. Instinctively, both of us tend towards ridiculous explanations for everyday things, and then have to talk ourselves back to more rational/less imaginative possibilities. She’s a British reporter (yay, accent!) who then becomes a spy for MI-6; she speaks several languages and has natural spy skills rather than acquiring them through years of special training. She’s also got this homemade emergency kit that she carries around with her but hasn’t had a chance to use much, which I totally admire (Nooo, of course I don’t have a similar ‘In Case of Apocalypse’ bag in my car. That would be silly…I haven’t finished packing it yet.) When the book becomes a movie, I want her to be played by Rachel McAdams.

Diana Palmer-Walker (The Phantom): Although she’s just the wife of a superhero, she’s not just a traditional damsel in distress. For one, they knew each other as kids, before he was officially working as the Phantom, and fell in love with him for him rather than his secret identity. And, yes, as the love interest, she has been kidnapped, like, a billion times (most of which were by cheesy villains who wanted to marry her) but she’s not wimpy while waiting for rescue. She’s got black belts in various martial arts, amazing blue-black hair, an Olympic medal in diving, speaks multiple languages, fences semi-professionally, had twins in skull cave in the jungle without pain-reducing drugs, was a nurse and is now the Deputy Director of the UN.

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Runner-ups: Alanna of Trebond (Song of the Lioness Quartet), Juniper Lee (The Life and Times of Juniper Lee), Polgara the Sorceress (The Belgariad), Lt. Colonel Sarah Mackenzie (JAG), Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)

Mighty!Marz’s Top Five Fictional Character Crushes

12 Sep

Whittling down my list of swoon-worthy thump-thumps to just 5 was difficult!

5. Eric (The Little Mermaid): Like so many girls of our generation, I was raised on Disney, and this list wouldn’t be complete without a prince; Eric’s one of the few with a name, personality, and who actually has some significant interaction with his love interest before marrying her. He dresses like a sailor, which brings up happy pirate-y connotations in my head, and has useful skills that come in handy in the fight scenes in both movies. He’s kind and likes animals and plays a musical instrument and likes dancing and ‘twas magic that coerced him to almost marry someone else, rather than easily-remedied misunderstandings.

4. Alex Rider (Stormbreaker): In the movie, he’s 14, so I feel positively paedophilic for having him on the list, but he’s so awesome that I can’t help it. The movie character I love (based on a series of YA books where he’s far more angry at the world) is a teenage James Bond, but without the unnecessary drama, bloodshed, and string of ex’s with unusual names. He’s effortlessly cool, has mad spy and fighting skills, speaks English with a beautiful British accent, speaks several other languages too, and is so pretty that it almost hurts.

3. The Prince (Prince of Persia): NOT the movie version (Jake Gyllenhaal has no neck, and was not the greatest casting decision for a Persian prince, in my fangirly opinion), but more specifically the character from the Sands of Time video game. I used to play the original computer game with my Dad when I was little, so he’s got major nostalgic value, and the new version is dreamy rather than pixelated. He’s devilishly good looking, has a snarky sense of humour in bad situations, is royalty (always a plus, right?) and subtly gets progressively more naked as the game goes on.

2. Dick Grayson (Nightwing): I believe he’s the one human without the ability to fly that comes closest to it without supplementary measure, and he always seems so happy when he does hurtle through the air. That he’s tall, dark, and handsome with a perchance for motorbikes and a quirky sense of humour (he loves puns, I love puns…it works) doesn’t hurt either. Trained by the best (thegoddamnBatman), so his fighting and detective skills are superb, and he doesn’t have as many of the angst issues as his mentor. He always exudes this sense of joy and pure enjoyment of life, and not many superheroes do. Plus, he’s generally acknowledged to have the cutest butt in the DC universe…

1. Michael Carrington (Grease 2): First of all, he’s an English transfer student (it’s hard to resist that accent) who’s super smart and sings well. Plus, at the start of the movie, he manages to pull off one a sweater vest, which is rare and I appreciate that.  He learns to ride a motorbike for love, and manages to join the cool crowd by wearing a leather jacket without losing any of his own personality. Oh yeah, and his chin is fantastic and his blue eyes make me swoon.

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