Fangirl Corner: 5 Stages of Fangirl Nostalgia

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(aka the stages of suddenly remembering a fandom that you have not caught up with in ages) This has been partially inspired by Leigh Lahav’s video, The 5 Stages of Fangirling.

Stage 1: Remembering

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There are all sorts of things that can make you remember what was once forgotten. We all have moved on to different fandoms and have switched from here and there, but something suddenly triggers you to remember the one. They have been long gone from your radar. Sort off like an friend that you were really close with but time made you drift apart. Since you remember it now, you incessantly Google the other things that will pull you to rekindle your lost love with this fandom.

Stage 2: Sticking

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Apparently this is the stage where your old self suddenly comes back. Suddenly, you’re stuck with playing your favorite song/album from them on loop. You have spent the day watching the first 2 seasons of your first favorite tv series. Or worse, you have been watching the same movie because you feel like there’s nothing good to watch.

Stage 3: Crying

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Nostalgia comes with tears. There’s that fact that your favorite boy band is still on hiatus. Your favorite anime / tv series is still eternally stuck with just one season because the network discontinued it. Your favorite actor hasn’t made movies since forever. Why is the world so cruel? This question lingers as you soon launch into a fandom depression again.

Stage 4: Stalking

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But wait… maybe there is still hope. You face your screen, and type in the keywords that only a professional fanboy/fangirl would know. It’s in your blood, plus you have done this before. It’s just a hiatus, right? I mean they must be bound to reunite soon. What has every member been up to? Is the director still convincing a network to pick up the anime/tv show to continue airing the second season? Does he plan to work on a movie soon? A director work even? I MEAN FOR GOODNESS SAKES, THE FANDOM WILL TAKE WHAT IT WILL GET.

Stage 5: Accepting

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After getting your fill from stalking, you have gathered enough information to stay stable. You accept the fact that maybe your favorite boy band may come back if they have finally settled, and if they don’t you can always hunt them down and listen to their old songs. There are plans for a reboot, a relaunch, or a re-airing, so you have to catch that one soon. They have their own lives, and you accept the fact that as things come and go, you are still a member of the fandom no matter what. But just in case, you keep tabs on their Twitter account and that notification on Youtube.

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A little backstory: This has been partially triggered by The Wanted, a British band that I used to listen to when I was a freshman in high school. Also influenced by the endless rewatching of Friends and Hetalia. Haha.

So what fandoms have made you experience this? Let’s chat in the comments.

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Fangirl Corner: Epic Rap Battles of History

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Warning: Video-heavy blog post 🙂

Truth be told, I am a history nerd. I love everything about history. From the ancient civilizations to the 21st century, history is my forte. It is the only subject that I can study until the end of time. One day, when I was watching some videos on the React Channel, a video popped up in the suggestions labeled “Rasputin vs Joseph Stalin”. I was just blown away by the rapping and the ridiculous accuracy of the meanings behind the raps. I was so proud of myself because I know the references. I encountered this rap battle on a particular Youtube channel called Epic Rap Battles of History. (ERB for short) I immediately got interested. It slowly took over my life and I memorized the battles by heart. The beats in their rap battles are totally worth the replay button and you just can’t get those raps out of your head.

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The spear head of the channel is Nice Peter and Epic Lloyd, two insanely badass rappers and men of history. The rap battles actually started out on Nice Peter’s channel, but they continued doing the battles on their official channel.They quickly gained a huge following, reaching 6 million subscribers by the start of their 3rd season. The show is now on its 5th season, and they just released the first rap battle. I have huge expectations this season, because this premier was AWESOME. And who’s in the battle? J.R.R Tolkien and George R.R. Martin!

Here are the reasons why you should subscribe to their channel:

First of all, they live up to their name. Like moi, their battles are EPIC. I mean who would’ve thought that Darth Vader and Adolf Hitler would have the greatest rap battle ever?

Second, their process is magic. The lyrically inducing raps, the eerie up-to-point make-up and costumes, the ridiculous lot of dedication through research and the amazing editing. That is why no matter how many Behind The Scenes videos they upload, I will watch every single one of it.

Third, the creators are very nice. They take battle suggestions from us, the fans. Which makes the creative process challenging and brilliant at the same time.

Of course, I will not stop there. Since Tuesday is famous for its top ten’s (pun intended), I am not leaving you guys empty handed. I will gladly list down my top ten favorite rap battles in descending order. Despite being listed, all of these battles are equally awesome. Believe me, I had a hard time.

10. Albert Einstein vs. Stephen Hawking

Who knew Einstein and Hawking had some known differences? This rap is too catchy to pass up, plus the lines are oh so incredible. Watch out for Stephen Hawking.

9. Romeo and Juliet vs. Bonnie and Clyde

I have been gushing about this battle for ages. Despite making wrong decisions, I love Romeo and Juliet to bits. I have long history with the play. But Bonnie and Clyde are also wonderful two peas in a pod. Plus, who would not love this battle? Hannah Hart and Grace Helbig are in this!

8. Darth Vader vs Adolf Hitler

Granted, the rap battle that they started with is John Lennon vs. Bill O’ Reilly. But, this was the rap battle that had people talking. It was just their second battle, but you could their creativity in this one. Sick rhymes, guys.

7. Stephen King vs Edgar Allan Poe

Two literary agents of horror battle it out on this one. If this does validate what is to come, Stephen King himself actually tweeted about this rap battle!

6. Steve Jobs vs Bill Gates

Sense knows nothing. This is the ultimate nerd battle. Ever imagined what would happen if Steve Jobs and Bill Gates finally battle it out? I can say that this will already satisfy that longing. Forget Ashton Kutcher’s Jobs. You can never go wrong with this one.

5. Cleopatra vs. Marilyn Monroe

Still the best woman battle on the show (sorry Oprah!), and it slays! Cat claws here and there, plus these girls are downright hardcore. Personally, I hope they incorporate more women in the battle. There are a lot more women who can get facts straight in a rap battle.

4. Eastern Philosophers vs. Western Philosophers

I almost forgot to mention that Epic Rap Battles of History drops bombs like these every now and then. These people obviously have a lot of differences, clearly because they all gave significant insights in the world of philosophy. It’s like a boss battle, but with three great minds in each team.

3. Rasputin vs. Stalin

Probably the most epic finale still, they made sure they ended with a bang. And all are Russian figures. As I mentioned earlier, this is the rap battle that got me to hit that lovely subscribe button.

2. Dr. Seuss vs William Shakespeare

I am a George Watsky fangirl. I now admit that. 🙂 No really, thanks to ERB. This is an early battle, but you can see how it is just as cool and well-thought out. It is a fact that Dr. Seuss suffered from oral cancer, so you have to see how he plays it out in this battle.

1. Mozart vs. Skrillex

This one eventually won it out, because you cannot be wrong with fusing classic music with dubstep. How is that even possible? Magic, with a hint two accurately portrayed figures.

Runner-ups!

I feel bad for taking these guys out of my top ten, so I decided to include it here.

Gandhi vs. Martin Luther King Jr.

Steven Spielberg vs. Alfred Hitchcock

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Well, that turned out well. I hope I was able to convince you guys to appreciate your history more. To be honest, I have this weird feeling that they will probably have Alexander Hamilton in a future battle. Let’s keep our fingers (and toes) crossed for that.

What’s your favorite epic rap battle? Leave down on the comments below!

P.S. Yes, I am aware that I just posted a hiatus post. But this is a special case. 😛

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Fangirl Corner: ARCS? Chill.

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I noticed recently that there is a lot of stuff going on involving ARCs. In case you’re relatively new, an ARC stands for an Advanced Reader’s Copy. Meaning: It is the book before it gets released. There is a hype about ARCs, especially if it is surrounded by HYPE. Too much hype and all of that stuff. Meanwhile, this fangirl here is quite chill about it. Why so?

Let me explain how it goes down with ARCs:

  1. Since it is an Advanced Reader’s Copy, not everyone can have it. So it is practically like The Hunger Games. Publishers choose who gets the ARCs and who does not. They have to be picky, because: a) Not every single one of those who are given/granted the ARC reads it right away. b) Not every single one of those who are given/granted the ARC will add to the hype about that ARC. Some will dislike it because not every book pleases everyone.
  2. ARCs play a vital role when it comes to promoting the book. Which is why I have already used the word “hype” a lot because the ARCs cause the hype. If there’s hype, more people will be intrigued to read the book.
  3. Since not everyone gets ARCs, pangs of jealousy blossoms into other blogger’s hearts. If one blogger gets it and some don’t, they will not be okay because they know that they want that ARC so bad.
  4. ARCs give your blog a certain credibility, meaning that your blog can be noticed by other publishers. Hence, more ARCs for you.
  5. You get to spread the hype and build it up. Fun, if you liked the book. Depressing, if you didn’t like it.

So why am I relatively chill about this?

  1. I am a neurotic reader. If I sign-up on receiving ARCs, I cannot promise to get to it right away. They will probably pile up. But, the thing about me is that I will read it. Because I read 3-5 books a month. Yet, it will kill me if I don’t read before it’s released.
  2. Balancing studies, reading and blogging is hard enough. I mean, don’t get me wrong here. I love all of those things. But if one of those three puts me off, I go on a hiatus.
  3. ARCs eventually hit the shelves. If you guys live in the US, UK, or Australia, then lucky you. At least the books get there. Here in the Philippines on the other hand, you have to cross your fingers for the book to magically appear on your local bookstore. You also have to cross your fingers to have some money. And if you don’t have money, you have to cross your fingers for the book to be there once you have money. And yes, I am cool with it. Why? Because I make sure that I always do the first thing I mentioned. Savvy with money bookworms always have power in bookstores. Keep that in mind 😉
  4. It’s not a finished copy. Circa not-blogging-yet, I’ve always thought that there were no such things as ARCs. I thought there were only editor checks, third and fourth rechecks, and BOOM. You get a book. Then, I entered the book blogosphere and saw that people are getting books before they are released. So my attitude was like, “How do I get one?”. But as time passed, I realized that I’d rather have a finished copy. That way, I could support the authors by buying their books.
  5. I can still review a book after it comes out. And it will still give readers a sense of how much I liked or disliked what I read.

Why people should be chill about it will also have an effect on the system. Because people need to calm down first to think straight. I’m chill. It’s rare for a fangirl to be chill, but the topic about ARCs just make go “meh”. ARCs come by and go. So before you go get that ARC, ask yourself. Do you really want to read the book?

For the record, I have received ARCs. I have a NetGalley account and I also request ARCs there. But I only request what I can read. I haven’t received any ARCs in physical form, other than a loot that I won in a giveaway. And I’m entirely grateful for it.

I also don’t have anything against people who receive a lot of ARCs, because they worked really hard to get to the point where publishers trust them enough to let them know their take on the ARCs they receive.

That’s just me. What’s your take on this? I would love to hear from you.

(I just made a discussion post. Self-five.)

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Fangirl Corner: The Awesomes

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No, no, no. This TV show is not what you think it is. First of all, this is not your regular cartoon for kids. Second, I’m not even sure if it is for kids. And third, there is nothing more awesome than The Awesomes.

This week on Fangirl Corner, I am featuring The Awesomes.

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The Awesomes is a show on Hulu, created by Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker. You may know Seth Meyers as that guy who used to be on Weekend Update guy at Saturday Night Live and OR as the host of Late Night. I don’t know where or how I knew about The Awesomes (maybe I was stalking Seth Meyer’s wikipedia page… sshh) but after watching just the first episode, I was hooked.

Here’s the premise: All his life, Jeremy “Prock” Awesome just wanted his father’s attention. His father Mr. Awesome was America’s greatest superhero and is the leader of the greatest superhero team, The Awesomes. Unfornately, Prock did not inherit any of his dad’s abilities, making him a lesser hero.

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Poor Prock. Even the dog was more interesting than him.

One day, Mr. Awesome held a press conference stating that he is planning to retire. The leadership was passed on to a greater hero named Perfect Man, but he declined. Not wanting to let the world suffer, having the Awesomes disbanded, and let the opportunity to prove himself slip, Prock took responsiblity of taking over the leadership of The Awesomes. Much to his dismay, the team abandoned him, leaving him and his bestfriend Muscleman to carry on the team’s legacy.

Since he and his friend Muscleman were classified as lesser heroes, the government cut them off. Prock bargained that if he fills the team’s roster within 48 hours, they will have to be funded again. Thus, Prock’s team began to form. Here’s the catch though: they are all consisted of rejects.

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With the dilemma of having to prove that the new Awesomes were as good as the old one, Prock’s problems does not end there. The Awesome’s enemy Dr. Malocchio has escaped from prison and is planning to take over the world since Mr. Awesome is gone. Also, there’s a girl involved.


 

That’s just the first episode. Imagine how they made the rest of the season. Each season has 10 episodes each. And they just gave the conclusion for the third season of the show. Things pretty much escalated in Season 2. And Season 3 had the most shocking revelations.

What is it about this show that gives it a unique advantage?

The show’s heroes consist of reject superheroes. It is quite a refreshing take since they don’t have the usual powers that we are used to seeing. The Awesome’s team roster consists of:

Prock (Team Leader) voiced by Seth Meyers

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Power/s: Strong leadership skills, super intelligence, control of time (for 10 seconds)

Issues: Very fragile

Muscleman voiced by Ike Barinholtz

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Power/s: Super human strength

Issues: Hearing

Frantic voiced by Taran Killam

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Power/s: Super Speed (third fastest man)

Issues: Bat sh*t crazy

Impresario voiced by Kenan Thompson

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Power/s: Conjurer

Issues: Mother issues; Everything he conjures has his mama on it

Tim voiced by Bobby Lee

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Power/s: Turns into a sumo wrestler at will

Issues: Age

Gadget Gal voiced by Paula Pell

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Power/s: Gadget making (even junk can be a villain stopper)

Issues: Got hit by a rejuvinating ray but still talks like a grandma

Hotwire voiced by Rashida Jones

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Power/s: Ability to form electricity

Issues: Applied, probably has a hidden agenda

More people will join the roster. Just don’t go to Wikipedia or else you will be spoiled.


The viewers can also see how The Awesomes stumble and fall to reach the same glory Mr. Awesome has done. Ironically, they always end up saving the world but they don’t get enough recognition since the world still has doubts about them.

But what distinguishes this show the most is it’s sense of humor and themes. Yes, these superheroes cuss and discuss about innuendos sometimes. Which is why I don’t recommend that you watch it with kids. They deliver a good laugh though. Not surprising since most of the ensemble cast is affiliated with Saturday Night Live and other comedic shows.

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Nevertheless, the adventures of The Awesomes are the ones that you need to look out for. Thrilling and exciting in every turn with a sense of humor to go, I hope the show gets renewed for more seasons. I need this show. I love it.

How about you guys?  What other shows should we look out for? Any recommendations? Comment below.

I’ll just be here binge-watching The Awesomes in its entirety.

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(Images mostly from The Awesomes wikia)