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Legend of Korra’s Return to Top Form: Book Three Premiere


The Legend of Korra is back! And it’s brilliant! In fact I would hazard to assert that the first three episodes of Book Three: Change were better than the first half of Book Two: Spirits, and if it continues on in this fashion I can only see it growing stronger. Book Two was hampered down by some messy storylines and out-of-control romance-filled angst- only really picking up in the second half with the heavy focus placed on the spirit world. As we know Book Three will see Team Avatar dealing with a post-Harmonic Convergence world, wherein which humans and spirits must try to exist together.

The new season of Legend of Korra has everything that endeared Avatar The Last Airbender to the fans in the first place, moments of friendship, powerful characters, hilarity, interesting villains and a sense of adventure- that last one was especially missing last season. Basically LOK is serving up the nostalgia while still managing to distinguish itself from its parent show.

Heads up, spoilers ahead!

What we saw in the first three episodes we’d like to continue to see:

Bromance – The ease of Korra and Asami’s friendship, I loved loved LOVED how they dealt with the whole messy romance plot from the season before. There was the potential to continue on the angst but DiMartino and Konietzko did away it in one fell swoop.
This also includes Mako and Bolin’s strong sibling relationship and OMG FINDING THEIR FATHER’S FAMILY!!!!

ZUKO (AND HE HAS A DRAGON)!

Zuko’s still as awkward as ever, only he would reminisce about his failed attempts to kill Aang.

THIS: Saying goodbye to angsty teenaged romance

and hello to the fandom’s newest (harmless *knock on wood because let’s not jinx it*) ship.

– And of course, BENDING, ALL THE EPIC BENDING!

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The Fault In Our Stars – A Fangirl’s Tale

Seeing The Fault In Our Stars last month had to be a highlight of this year, especially since I saw it before a ton of people. Yasssss, I felt so boss. Continue to read and you’ll understand why. Also be sure to look out for our review which will be posted closer to the release date.

The Fault In Our Stars is not a movie for the light-hearted, but for those with the heart of a warrior! Just look at all the people who read the books! True survivors, who experienced the pain of being in a fandom such as this one. But like so many other tfios-stans, I was lined up to watch this film, accepting the emotional scarring, even before I knew it was being made into a movie!

Rocking up to the cinema, I was already crying tears of joy.

And I continued to cry as the opening credits began, starting with Hazel’s voice-over.

It was everything I hoped it would be.

It made me go…

then I was…

and then I was…

I kid you not, that was me in the cinema. You can’t judge me, because I know for fact that you will be a sobbing mess the exact same way that I was!

And despite the bucketload of tears that were shed that night, (and the morning after) I loved it so much and couldn’t have wished for anything more.

The world is not a wish-granting factory but this movie made all my wishes come true.

I saw my strong, beautiful and amazing Hazel Grace.

I saw my loving one and only, Augustus Waters.

And everything was okay.

Supernatural: 8 Scariest Monsters

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Whether you’re a fan of gore or eerie hair-raising terror, which usually leads to something that makes you jump, Supernatural manages to deliver moments of genuine fear. The show’s excellent use of mythology and lore has produced some genuinely scary monsters/creatures. Below we posit 8 of the scariest monsters the Winchesters have faced for your perusal, while keeping in mind that fear is subjective.

Feel free to disagree and make your scariest monster’s case below in the comment section!

8. Hellhounds

Hellhounds, first introduced in season two, are usually invisible, aggressive and violent. They commonly appear to kill a person who’s made a deal with a crossroads demon, and drag their souls to Hell. In the days before the end of a person’s time, Hellhounds will appear to the victim in dreams and hallucinations. When the Hellhounds do come a knockin’ they hold nothing back, not even for lead characters as Dean is torn apart right in front of Sam at the end of season three.

7. Wraiths

Imagine being stuck in a psych-ward, seeing this creature’s face in the mirror whenever a ‘normal person’ walks by it and being genuinely afraid but not being taken seriously due to the fact that you’re a mental patient. It’s bad enough that you’re there trying to get better but there’s this creature there in the guise of a doctor or nurse feeding off of your highly drugged brain fluids.

6. Wendigo

Being in the woods at night has been the basis of many a horror story, imagine being taken by a Wendigo and eaten? Supernatural did a rather splendid job of making us question whether we’re safe in our own homes, let alone safe out in the woods where even experienced campers go missing. However, as brilliant hunters themselves with the ability to mimic a human’s voice crying for help? Nope.

5. Changelings

Changelings are humanoid creatures with discoloured, slimy skin, hollow eyes, and a round mouth with many teeth. They can appear human, but their true nature is revealed in reflection, much like Wraiths. Also, like with victims of Wraiths, you initially question a victim’s sanity. What mother would place her child, or rather what appears to be her child, in a car and let drive into a large body of water? Granted you know that the child isn’t right, they act somewhat like children, but seem cold and off kilter. As such, some mothers notice that it is not their child.

4. Scarecrow

The very, jeepers creepers, feel you get from the scarecrow is what propels this particular pagan god to the forefront of its colleagues. Honourable mentions include the pagan gods who used Christmas wreathes to mark a home from which they would take a human sacrifice to dine on.

3. Bloody Mary

Surely everyone remembers daring friends, as kids, to stand in a dark bathroom in front of the mirror and say ‘Bloody Mary’ thrice. So it would be crazy of Supernatural not to have cashed in on such a well known urban legend.

The vengeful spirit, Bloody Mary, in Supernatural was a girl who was murdered and haunts an old mirror, killing people who hide secrets about unsolved deaths by burning out their eyeballs. Unfortunately she’s unconcerned about the specific role her victims played in their own victims’ deaths; she targets both Jill, a woman who killed a young boy in a hit-and-run and covered it up, and Charlie, whose boyfriend committed suicide when she tried to leave him.

Winning moments for Mary in this episode include randomly showing up in mirrors and one stunning shot of her climbing out of a mirror a la Samara from ‘the Grudge’.

2. Rakshasa

Clowns. Imagine waking up to see a clown standing over your bed. The mere thought would send someone with coulrophobia over the edge. However, thankfully, by the mere fact that a Rakshasa is the stuff of myths (right? RIGHT?) it doesn’t hold a candle to the number one scariest monster in Supernatural.

1. Humans

You may argue about any other monster on this list because, as initially stated, fear is subjective and each monster so far has one thing in common, they’re the stuff of myths and legends. Humans, however are not fictional, homo sapiens are very much real.

The episodes where monsters of lore take a back seat to humanity are scary on an entirely different level. The girl in the wall is scary when her presence is intentionally made to look like that of a ghost. It becomes terrifying and exceedingly sad when the show reveals that she is only human. The fear that inhumane atrocities perpetrated by other people highlights our inherent fear of what we, as human beings, are capable of. The family from episode 1×15 ‘The Benders’ comes to mind. I mean it really gave off them Deliverance vibes. There’s no metaphor at work here, humans have done unspeakable things, fearsome things… monstrous things. So yes, humans are the number one scariest monsters in Supernatural.

No doubt you’ll have your own ideas about what constitutes the scariest monsters produced by Supernatural, if you find any scary at all. So let me know what you think should have been included and why.

Go on, challenge my assertion.

Whoniverse: The Doctor [Will Be] In [Australia…no fair!]

WhoniverseNo fair! The Hub Productions will be presenting Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, with a further guest to be announced, on stage for the first time in Australia at Whoniverse: The Doctor Is In. Australia, across the ditch, get EVERYTHING! She screams like a spoilt child. What about New Zealand? Tickets for Whoniverse will be available mid-January from major ticketing outlets for Australia.

The event features the guests live on stage, talking about Doctor Who and their lives as Karen and the Babes (yes I’m really hoping the third guest is Arthur Darvill). There’ll be merchandise and rare collectibles to purchase from dealers, limited autographs and professional photographs available with the Doctor and Amy (depending on the ticket you buy) and all the things we in New Zealand won’t be getting. The travesty.

Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and others will be appearing in the following cities: Sydney – Saturday 1st March; Perth – Sunday 2nd March; Adelaide – Saturday 8th March; Melbourne – Sunday 9th March.

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In which I nerded out at work and no one understood why. #DoctorWho

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So I’m sitting at work this morning and I need to Google something, the pleasant surprise I was met with made me exclaim, ‘AWESOME!’ https://www.google.co.nz/ Much to my colleague’s confusion. I had to explain the Google Doodle and was met with an indifferent stare, sure she offered a ‘oh, cool’ but I could tell she thought I was weird. Oh the woes of being the only Whovian within my immediate surroundings.

I’m stuck here while the Who-le world gets more clips from the ‘Day of the Doctor‘ and more importantly get to watch ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’ which aired not too long ago.

The ‘Who’dle is live for New Zealand and Australia, granted I can’t play the game until I get home- but kudos to Google.

Click to play: http://www.google.com/doodles/doctor-whos-50th-anniversary

Google's Playable "Doctor Who" Doodle Is Adorable

Which HP/ATLA/LOK Character are you?

Brought to our attention by BuzzFeed, a Tumblr user, Simbaga (with artwork by Deviantart user Makani), created their own Harry Potter Myers-Briggs personality test.

Take the Myers-Briggs test and see who you are from these two fandoms.

ENTP! I’m Sirius Black and Bolin. Awwww yeah, Siriusly, I’m Bolin in the deep. – Mata

EDIT: So according to this test I’m INTP which kind of makes sense if I read through the whole thing. Kinda makes a lot more sense. Oh and it means I’m Hermione and Beifong.

Which Harry Potter character are you?

WhichHarryPotterCharacterWhich Avatar the Last Airbender/Legend of Korra character are you?

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Auckland Armageddon Expo 2013

On Saturday we got to go to the Armageddon Expo Auckland 2013 thanks to On the Box. It was a fangirl’s dream, well next to attending the San Diego Comic-Con anyway (one day).

The fun started outside when we caught our first glimpses of cos-playing geniuses, Jess immediately pointed out a TARDIS and said ‘we’ve found our people’. When we eventually got inside the mass of people was almost overwhelming. One had no choice but to allow the crowd’s tide to carry them along. Like n00bs we consulted our map and flew past all the gaming, comic book and merchandise stands, trying to find our way to the Logan Campbell Centre for the Doctor Who panel.

Before we entered the LCC, we stalked a Dalek. Which Exterminated us…with water.

In the LCC, the crowd from the panel before ours dispersed as we took our seats, the excitement in the room palpable. Well, unless you were my sister who got chased up the stairs by a man-sized Elmo. The MCs hyped up the crowd as we waited and finally Winston Churchill (Ian McNeice), Jenny (Catrin Stewart), Strax (Dan Starkey) and Dorium Maldovar (Simon Fisher-Becker) were ushered onto the stage, met with cheers and applause by the ever-accommodating crowd.

There were some less than interesting questions that yielded some hilarious answers, some questions from people who haven’t been devouring news about the 50th Anniversary special like their life depended on it and then there were some questions (and more importantly answers) that really got the crowd fired up. While it seemed like the group genuinely had no idea what the 50th entailed, with each saying they had no involvement with the special, they had no problem speculating about it as fans of the show. When asked whether Tennant’s role would be that of the human!Doctor, or the actual Doctor, all speculated that the Tenth Doctor would appear with two hearts, not one.

McNeice called Matt Smith his ‘special Doctor’, echoing Catrin who stated that Matt Smith would always be her Doctor- who also said one of her favourite scenes to film was the fighting-sequence. One fan asked what it was like to kiss Matt Smith and Catrin intimated that the kiss wasn’t scripted, the kiss was followed by a slap, which incidentally was her favourite part of the scene. Although, she informed us, she did slap Smith a bit too hard in the first take, and that there were quite a few takes. We were then treated to the four actors’ rendition of the show’s opening theme tune.

Someone asked ‘If you could be any other Doctor Who character, who would you be?’ Simon immediately said ‘The Master’, Catrin said ‘Clara’ and Ian responded ‘Amy Pond, because we have similar legs.’ One fan asked whether they, as fans and actors who have worked on the show, thought it possible for the Doctor to regenerate into a woman. The crowd offered ‘ooohs’ as the fan asked the question but Catrin’s immediate response was ‘Yes. Anything is possible in Doctor Who.’ The response was met with an enthusiastic roar. Simon also added ‘Absolutely. There are Timeladies and in fact before Sylvester McCoy was chosen, a woman (his friend) was being considered for the role’.

We also had a Strax impersonation competition.

Nearing the end of the panel, the group was asked to do the Nerdfighter sign and say ‘Don’t Forget To Be Awesome’ it was amazing.

DFTBAWith our hour up we once again braved the outside to explore some more, coming across more brilliant cosplayers and their amazing costumes. Jess took, dangerously, a photo with a Weeping Angel. I may not have blinked, but we must remember that an image of an angel itself becomes an angel.

It was all over when we discovered a TARDIS and some Daleks.

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Honourable Mentions (and regrets):

– We saw some wrestling and got caught up in the crowd of people baying for blood.

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– Gutted we didn’t get to see Evanna Lynch or the Supernatural Panel.

– Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special will be broadcast globally on the 23rd/24th of November. Anyone else realised late and found that all the morning sessions are fully booked? We’ve booked a 4:30pm session and now have to avoid the internet at ALL costs until after we’ve seen it on the day…the Day of the Doctor.