5 Fandom Friday: 5 Times I Totally Fangirled

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I was actually already planning a post about celeb encounters when Megan (The Nerdy Girlie) and Kristin (Super Space Chick) released the Fandom 5 topics for this month. Perfect! Now, I’ve always prided myself in not COMPLETELY fangirling when I’ve met people whom I admire. Part of that has to do with the fact that I’m kinda sorta socially awkward, so I have trouble talking to my own friends sometimes, let alone celebs. Also, I try my best not to embarrass myself too much; it’s hard, but I try. Regardless of that, there have been multiple instances where that truly fangirl side of me comes out, meaning my awkwardness comes out and it gets hard for me to form proper sentences. My version of “totally fangirling” is getting so nervous I act like a total dork.

1.) SDCC 2013 – Final Nikita Panel

I’ve documented this in a previous post, but essentially I got up the nerve to go ask my favourite people in the world a question at their final panel. Just my luck, someone in front of me asked pretty much the question I was going to ask, and I had to think of another question on the spot. So much pressure! If you watch the video, you can probably hear exactly how nervous I was.

2.) SDCC 2014 – Meeting Shane West

Meeting Shane West after the Behind the Music panel?! AHHHH!!!! Comic-Con trip made!

Again, I already posted about this. To recap, I went to the panel Shane West was moderating and was determined to meet him afterwards. Tried my damned hardest to keep my fangirliness in check.

3.) SYTYCD Tours

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I love SYTYCD and for seasons 3-8, I actually went to the tour. For all the shows except one, I stayed after the show and waited to meet the dancers (because I found out early on that they did this, and I went with people who were willing to wait with me). Season 3 I met Lauren Gottlieb, was pretty calm. Season 4 I met Chelsie, Comfort, Courtney, Kherington, Joshua and Katee; it was when I met Katee that I nerded out a bit mentioning that I was a fan of hers from Paris By Night (and I think I embarrassed her a little bit by bringing it up). I skipped season 5 (it was too cold to wait). The season 6+7 tour I met Kathryn, Robert, Kent, Lauren, Ade, and Allison. Allison is one of my favourite dancers and I was so bummed that I missed the season 2 tour, so I was SO EXCITED to meet her. To be honest, I actually don’t remember much of the interaction because of how excited/nervous I was, except for asking her about tWitch (who was there at the show, but not performing), and then later on finding out that they had actually started dating (and now married)! Then the season 8 tour I met Marko, Melanie, Tadd, Caitlynn, and Nick. I definitely fangirled meeting Marko because he’s totally my dancer crush, and again I had to mention PBN, which I think caught him completely off-guard.

4.) FanExpo 2013

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I know I’m repeating myself again, but gosh, all these Cons are what dreams are made of. Saw Stephen Amell twice and acted like it was no big deal both times. 15 minutes after meeting Stephen (the first time), I met Gina Torres and could barely form a complete sentence. I met Piper Perabo and Peter Gallagher at the Covert Affairs signing. With Piper, I was my usual awkward self, not really sure what to say. With Peter, I managed to get in the fact that I loved Center Stage and The O.C., and have a proper interaction with him. It’s times like this that I don’t know how my brain processes being a fangirl.

5.) General Reaction to Awesome Events/News

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Sometimes, I’m at my most fangirliest when I hear good news. That means if my favourite TV shows get renewed, particularly if they’re on the bubble (which let’s be honest, applies to 75% of the shows I watch), I’m screaming and doing a happy dance. Favourite music artists going on tour and stopping into Toronto? Ditto. My favourite music artists teaming up to do a tour (like in 2013, when Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson toured together)? FUCK YES!

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5 Fandom Friday: Comfort Films

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I took a couple of weeks off from doing 5 Fandom Friday, but wanted to jump back in with this week’s theme. I love TV, but I also love my fair share of movies (obviously, did you see the picture of my collection in the last Fandom 5 post?!) When I think “comfort films”, I think of movies that always put me in a good mood, and that I have watched multiple times and am not sick and tired of it yet.

1.) CENTER STAGE

It’s only like my all-time favourite movie. I don’t know what it is, but I can ALWAYS watch this movie. Well, in actuality, the obvious answer is the dancing. I feel like my love for dance reached a whole other level after I saw this movie. The movie as a whole puts me in a good mood, but if I need a quick pick-me-up, the finale dance pretty much does the trick.

2.) LEGALLY BLONDE

Reese Witherspoon at her comedic best. Elle Woods and her incredibly positive attitude is certainly one of the best cures for a crappy day. Every time this movie plays on TV, I most certainly will stop and watch it. And again, if for some reason I need a quick pick-me-up “Omigod You Guys” or “There Right There!” from the Legally Blonde musical soundtrack will do the trick.

3.) BEGIN AGAIN

This is a new addition to my comfort films list, because sinceriously, I can’t stop talking about it! I just love this movie so damn much!

4.) MONSTERS INC.

I love my animated movies too. Really, pretty much any Disney and/or Pixar movie could be put on this list – Beauty & the Beast, Lilo & Stitch, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, etc. Though what’s NOT to love about Monsters, Inc.? It might just be my top comfort animated film right now because my niece is also in love with it and always wants to watch it.

5.) CLUELESS

I had trouble picking this last spot because I wanted to pick a movie that I pretty much grew up loving – Matilda, The Mighty Ducks, Little Giants, The Little Rascals – but ultimately settled on Clueless. Why? Because it was just SO of its time. I mean, granted, I was 7 when it initially came out, so a lot of the stuff in the movie went right over my head. However, as I grew older and understood more of it, it just turned out to be such a fun movie that I completely love and despite being slightly dated looking back 20 years, it’s a classic teen movie.

So, there’s my 5 comfort films – no cheating this time around! (Though I still probably could’ve went on and on!)

5 Fandom Friday: Things I’ve Bought But Haven’t Read/Watched

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This week’s 5 Fandom Friday was actually quite easy for me because I have a terrible habit of buying books and movies with every intention of reading/watching them, but it takes FOREVER for me to actually get around to doing it. I would go massively over the five if I listed everything I haven’t read or watched so instead it’s going to be a simple two: the books and the movies.

1.) Books

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Some of the books I’ve bought and have not read…

I love reading, always have. Heck, I used to work at the library! What I have found lately though is that TV continuously wins over my time, so the only instances when I actually have a chance to read is when I’m traveling. Still doesn’t explain how I managed to read numerous books while I was in school, but I digress. Anyways, I’ve made a commitment to myself that I will get to reading these books that I’ve bought over the years. Not to mention the number of E-books I have too.

2.) Movies

The movies I've bought but haven't watched...

The movies I’ve bought but haven’t watched…

There’s a small chain of stores around where I live called The Beat Goes On, and they buy/sell used CDs and DVDs. Needless to say, it’s kind of my heaven – it feeds my need for new music and movies, but cheaper than going to an HMV or Wal-Mart (most of the time anyways). So that being said, I often find myself going there and picking up movies I find interesting or older movies I haven’t seen, it’s cheap, and then it ends up just sitting on my shelf. When I went through my collection to see what movies I hadn’t actually seen, I actually thought it was gonna be a lot more. Now, if I were to take a picture of the movies I had seen previously (in theatres, on TV, etc) and then bought the DVD but hadn’t watched the DVD copy, it would’ve been a much bigger pile. I don’t necessarily have time to watch everything, but I like having my collection for when I suddenly feel the urge to watch something.

For comparison's sake, my DVD collection

For comparison’s sake, my DVD collection

So that’s me, big collector of things that I have not made time for. I am terrible.

5 Fandom Friday: Fictional Couples I Ship

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I must say, I’m having a lot of fun doing these 5 Fandom Friday posts! This week, in honour of Valentine’s Day (even if I think it’s a totally overrated “holiday” but mainly due to the fact that I’m perpetually single and a pessimist), it’s all about the fictional couples we ship. The pessimist that I am, is still kind of a hopeless romantic, at least when it comes to my favourite fictional couples of past and present. (Although by the looks of it, I don’t really ship any current couples. At least not more than these couples of shows past.)

1.) Nikita and Michael, Nikita

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OBVIOUSLY. Favourite show, favourite couple. They would do anything for each other, which includes taking the blame for assassinating POTUS and going on the run – normal couple stuff.

2.) Haley and Nathan, One Tree Hill

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Naley had just about everything happen to them in the course of 9 seasons, with so many ups and downs, and somehow managed to make it through okay, while raising two decent human beings.

3.) Pam and Jim, The Office

Do I need to even say anything? It’s Jam! We all pretty much want what they had.

4.) Olivia and Peter, Fringe

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Alternate universes be damned! These two were just meant to be together! And then they had a kid that grew up to be a Disney princess 😉

5.) Tami and Eric, Friday Night Lights

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I didn’t watch Friday Night Lights until well after it had aired, but once I finally got around to it, I understood what everyone was talking about. In particular, the relationship and utter awesomeness that is Mr. and Mrs. Coach. They were a real couple, who were not perfect but worked out their issues like the adults they were.

6.) Jane and Brad, Happy Endings

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So I seemingly have trouble with keeping my lists to 5, but I HAD to include Jane and Brad! Those two crazies just got each other and funny as hell.

Not everything has to be about romantic relationships though, so in that spirit, a bonus 5 non-romantic/totally platonic pairings I love. Because sometimes the best relationships are awesome friendships.

1.) Leslie and Ron, Parks and Recreation

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For 6.5 seasons, we’ve seen these workplace acquaintances grow into a wonderful friendship based on mutual respect. Ron and Leslie are complete opposites, particularly when it comes to government things, but they always seem to find common ground somewhere (i.e. their love of breakfast food).

2.) Abbie and Ichabod, Sleepy Hollow

I know there are many hardcore Ichabbie shippers, who want more out of that relationship, but frankly, I truly enjoy the fact that they are friends. The rapport that they have is like no other.

3.) Zoe and Lavon, Hart of Dixie

For all the crazy antics that happen on Hart of Dixie, it’s nice to see such a great friendship grow right from the get-go. Lavon was the first person in Bluebell to accept Zoe into the fold, but more than that, they get each other’s quirks and will begrudgingly go along with the other’s crazy plans.

4.) Harvey and Mike, Suits

The show is built on this bromance! Their natural camaraderie/chemistry is what really shines through, with Harvey sticking out his neck time and time again to save Mike’s secret from getting out. Plus, all the teasing and talking in movie quotes! They’re the best.

5.) Nikita and Alex, Nikita

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From the very beginning, these two had each other’s back. Even when they were seemingly on the outs, they were still there for each other. And when Nikita needed help at the end to take down all the members of The Group, she didn’t turn to Michael, she went to Alex. Supportive while kicking ass along the way – what more do you want?

 

5 Fandom Friday: Funko Pop Figures

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I wasn’t planning on doing this week’s Fandom 5, mainly because I have yet to start a collection of Funko POPs despite thinking that a lot of them are really cute. But there was an announcement earlier this week that made me change my mind. So though I don’t have any favourites at this very moment, there are some POP figures I really like and A LOT that will be coming out this year that I actually can’t wait to get my hands on.

1.) ORPHAN BLACK


There’s going to be OB Funko POPs?! Well I’m sold! Funko (via Nerdist) announced at the beginning of the week that they will be releasing POP versions of Sarah, Cosima, Allison, Helena, and Rachel sometime this month and I honestly can’t wait to get my collection started now! Though what is still missing from this collection is Felix, but there will come a time for that.

2.) FRIENDS

This was announced at the end of 2014, I believe. At the time, I thought this was going to be what started my collection because as a fan of the show, of course I want POP versions of Monica, Chandler, Rachel, Phoebe, Ross, and Joey! Funko just needs to tell me when exactly these are coming out.

3.) CINDERELLA

I’ve always loved Cinderella; loved the Disney cartoon as a kid. This March, Disney will be releasing a new live action/non-animated version of Cinderella, and with that, POP figures to go along with. Though I really do like the new Cinderella figure, I particularly like (and want) Gus Gus in the Glass Slipper – so damn adorable!

4.) Past Disney POPs

While looking through all the Funko POPs (of which there are A LOT), I came across a couple of old figures that I’m now going to be on the lookout for in stores, at Cons, or Amazon. There’s Lilo and Stitch, Boo from Monsters Inc, Thumper from Bambi, Mrs. Potts and Chip from Beauty and the Beast. SO MANY.

5.) Coming Soon or Non-Existent

Other POP figures that are coming out this year (according to PopVinyls) and that I can’t wait to see, are figures for: TV Arrow (there better be a Felicity Smoak figure!) and The Flash, Mulan, Saved by the Bell, Tangled, Clueless, and The Breakfast Club. But there are also figures I want to wish into existence. I’d love for there to be an Agent Carter POP. I remember seeing on Twitter last year someone made their own Agent May from SHIELD, and I SO want that to be a real thing. Of course I’d love to see Nikita, but that’s just wishful thinking. I feel like Sleepy Hollow figures will be just a matter of time, and that they will happen at some point. Oh and how are there no Harry Potter ones? (Or is that a legal thing?)

Soooo basically, by the looks of it, this is the year Funko begins to steal all my money. It was inevitable, but everything’s just so cute!