Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads

So it’s that time of the year again!

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It’s time for our year in review! This is a time to reflect on what the past year held for us, the big posts, what’s new, and what you all seemed to like the most. ūüėÄ Something I did this year that I have never done before is post every single day, in fact I have reached my 300th and 400th post in this year.

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So even though what I have listed below may seem like a lot, especially compared to the previous year’s reviews, this post is actually only covering a few things. You really should check out the year yourself. To start at the beginning go here.

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1) The Views

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This year I had 31000 views!!!! Isn’t that amazing! I had only¬†9,542 views last year, which means this blog has widely grown! I have all of you to thank along with twitter and the good people at Buzzfeed who have been using my pics and linking them back to me. The top viewed day was October 11, in which I posted my review of¬†Scream 2,¬†It’s Happening Again, Isn’t It?: Scream 2.

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2) The Number One Post

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The number one post this year came during my 30 Days of Disney (see #17) in which I wrote about my favorite Disney princess. Since Disney has acquired Lucasfilm that makes Princess Leia a Disney Princess, and, in my opinion, the ultimate one. To read more go to A True Princess.

Second place went to a post from my first Valentine’s Day countdown,¬†Fulfilling the List: A Walk to Remember. In third was a post from my 2013 Halloween countdown,¬†I Saw Goody Osburn With the Devil: The Crucible. In fourth place a post dedicated to my sixth month anniversary,¬†Happy Anniversary. And rounding out this list we have in fifth place, a post all the way from my first holiday countdown,¬†Horrorfest,¬†A Monster Race: Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf.¬†

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3) The Followers

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So this community has really grown in numbers and I can not describe how pleased I am about that. We have gone from 14 followers in 2012 to 42 followers in 2013, and are now at 169. That’s amazing!

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So enough about the statistics and numbers! Let’s move on to what was covered this year and what changes I have made to the blog!

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4) Quotable Quotes

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I started a new category this year called¬†Quotable Quotes. These are different quotes from books or sayings that I just absolute adore. Since I’ve added it, I’ve had a gazillion of them posted. In fact, almost¬†every post has a quote or saying now incorporated in it. Be sure that 2015 will bring many more!

For more on Ayn Rand, go to In Their Proper Place: Metropolis (1927)

For more Quotes, go to The Final Chapter

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5) Social Media

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This year I have expanded myself throughout social media! I am on facebook, twitter, and tumblr. Follow me for extra goodies, including my #ManCandyMondays and #FilmFridays.

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6) Quizzes

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Another new category I added this year was quizzes. Everyone loves personality quizzes, right? Well I’ve decided since I love to take them, that I might as well incorporate them in my posts. They are fun, and I always include the link so you can take your own.

For more Quizzes, go to What a Fanatic!

For more on Mean Girls, go to Food, Food, Food!

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7) Chinese New Year

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With 2014 we saw a return of the¬†Chinese New Year post, but it being a bit different. Because there are so many lovable Horse characters, I decided to list 14 of my favorite fictional horses from books and movies; instead of favorite moments involving horses. To read the post, go to¬†A Horse’s Tale.¬†

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8) Romance is in the Air: Part II

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I brought back my¬†Romance is in the Air: 14 Most Romantic Moments. I have to say some of them may be unusual, but my blog, my choices. The movies I covered were: It Happened One Night (1934), It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), Roman Holiday (1953), Mystic Pizza (1988), The Little Mermaid (1989), Anastasia (1997), Flintstones Viva Rock Vegas (2000), Princess Diaries (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002),¬†Love Actually (2003), The Notebook (2004), Persuasion (2007), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (2011),¬†and Catching Fire (2013)

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9) Scenes from My Life 

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As every year I like to include little snippets of my everyday life. Such as my brush with death in Final Destination: Bike Edition. A weird experience in the mall,¬†A Trip to the Mall Turns Into the Twilight Zone. Getting attacked in¬†Snow White of a Day. Phone harassment by an ex-girlfriend in¬†Do You Know Where Alex Is?¬†A teddy bear I could NOT get rid of no matter how hard I tried in¬†The Teddy Bear that Would NOT Die!¬†My views on clothes of the day in¬†Fashion Show. A day of incredibly BAD luck in¬†Just One of Those Days…Nights…No Days.¬†How ordering pizza can be more than ordinary in¬†Pizza Delivery. My attempt to start a revolution and its failure in¬†Viva La R√©volution. My attempts to dye my hair in¬†That Girl is Poison. An exercise attempt gone horribly wrong in¬†The Little Moreland.¬†A chance meeting with a really hunky guy in¬†Just a Moment.¬†How chickens really hindered my day in¬†Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?¬† And an attack by a Christmas Tree in¬†O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree.

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10) My Favorite Movie Lines

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As promised I brought this back! I tried to post every month 100 of my favorite movie lines: Episode III: Revenge of the My Favorite Movie Lines, Episode IV: A New Favorite Movie Lines List, Episode V: My Favorite Movie Lines List Strikes Back, Part VII: It Was Said One Night, Part VIII: The Little Movie Line List, and Part IX: Adventures in Movie Lines.

In June I did a whole post on my favorite Disney movie lines,¬†Episode VI: Return of the Favorite Movie Lines List.¬†In October I did a post on my favorite horror film lines,¬†Part X: The Movie List That Would Not Die.¬†And in November, I did an ’80s themed post:¬†Part XI: A Movie Lines List Excellent Adventure.

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11) Verne’s Back

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2014 saw the conclusion of the Verne Saga. Some of you may have read my Verne Saga, but for those of you who have never heard of it before, Verne was a guy who kept hitting on me and never leaving me alone. Everytime I thought it was over, he’d pop up again. Although this last sighting was the very last one…I hope.

To read the Verne Saga from the beginning,  go to Flirting With Disaster

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13) Honoring Pride and Prejudice

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Two years ago¬†marked the 100th birthday of¬†Pride and Prejudice and I was hoping to do extensive posts on the book; going over the novel, reviewing books based on it, movies, TV series, etc. Unfortunately, things happened and I was unable to continue. However, I did pick it up this year, and here are the posts I did on it. In¬†Flu Season¬†I talk about how Kitty is treated unfairly. In¬†Just Can’t Get a Break¬†I discussed how worse off Mary has it. In¬†First Impressions,¬†I talked about all the wrong things Mr. Darcy did when he was introduced to everyone. In¬†Oh NO YOU DIDN’T I wrote on Elizabeth’s reaction to Darcy calling her “tolerable.” In¬†The After Party, I wrote on how one always discuses what went on during a dance when it has ended. In¬†An Assembly Such As This, I reviewed Pamela Aidan’s first novel in the¬†Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman series. Be assured there are plenty more to come.

Now when I was working on going through the novel, I decided it was unfair to the rest of the works to ignore them all. So what I have decided is that I am going to try and do all at the same time. Reading so many chapters in one, and matching that in all the others. Of course, along with doing books based on, films, etc. I have already started on Sense and Sensibility. 

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I have so far done only one post on it, A Family Affair, but there are plenty more coming. I also will be doing something on Emma as December 25th marks her 100th birthday as well.

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14) Painted Portrayals

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For Easter, I once again discussed different pieces of Art that depicted Christ. This year I chose¬†The Last Supper by¬†Juan de Juanes,¬†Duccio’s¬†Betrayal¬†of Christ,¬†and Reubens’¬†The Elevation of the Cross.¬†

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15) Musical Stylings of Me

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So I continued my posts of my favorite songs. This year I covered¬†The Final Countdown by¬†Europe,¬†Unbound (The Wild Ride) by¬†Avenged Sevenfold, Carry on Wayward Son by¬†Kansas, Na-Na-Na (Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na)¬†by¬†My Chemical Romance, Highway Star by¬†Deep Purple, Rock You Like a¬†Hurricane¬†by¬†The¬†Scorpions, Animal I Have Become¬†by¬†Three Days Grace,¬†and¬†In Love with the ’80s (Pink Tux to the Prom).¬†There will be many more as I love music!

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16) Scenes of Supernatural

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Since my love of Supernatural is extremely strong and I include stuff from them all the time (i mean they have a gif for everything), I have also included a Supernatural category this year. There is plenty in the past and even more of Supernatural in the future.

For more on Supernatural, go to I Before E, Especially After P

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17) 30 Day Challenge: Disney Edition

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Every day in the¬†month of June I did a post on something I love about Disney. I’m such a Disney girl, that these were hard choices but I was able to complete them all.¬†Day 1) Your Favorite Disney Princess,¬†Day 2) Your Favorite Disney Prince,¬†Day 3) Your Favorite Disney Heroine,¬†Day 4) Your Favorite Disney Animal,¬†Day 5) An Underrated Disney Movie,¬†Day 6) Your Favorite Disney Villain,¬†Day 7) Your Favorite Disney Male Sidekick,¬†Day 8) Your Favorite Disney Female Sidekick,¬†Day 9) A Disney Film You Like but Others Hate,¬†Day 10) The Most Aesthetically Pleasing Disney Film,¬†Day 11) Your Favorite Disney Song,¬†Day 12) Your Favorite Disney Love Song,¬†Day 13) Your Favorite Disney Villain Song,¬†Day 14) Your Least Favorite Disney Song,¬†Day 15) The First Disney Movie You Ever Saw,¬†Day 16)¬†A Disney Movie that Makes You Laugh,¬†Day 17) Your Least Favorite Disney Classic,¬†Day 18) Your Favorite Disney-Pixar,¬†Day 19) Your Least Favorite Disney-Pixar,¬†Day 20) Favorite Disney Sequel,¬†Day 21) A¬†Disney Movie that Makes Your Cry,¬†Day 22) Saddest Disney Death,¬†Day 23) Your Favorite Disney Theme¬†Park Ride,¬†Day 24) Your Favorite Disney Kiss,¬†Day 25) Your Favorite Disney Classic,¬†Day 26) Your Favorite Disney Original Movie (DCOM),¬†Day 27) Your Favorite Disney Hero,¬†Day 28) Your Favorite¬†Scene from Your Favorite Disney Movie,¬†Day 29)¬†Your Favorite Disney Remake, and¬†Day 30) Your Favorite Disney Character of All-Time.

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18) Getting Over a Heartbreak Series

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This July I started a series of songs to help someone get over a break up. I would post every Tuesday,¬†Thursday, and Saturday from July to September. It was a lot of work but fun as well. The songs I chose were¬†If It Means a Lot to You by¬†A Day to Remember,¬†The End by¬†Silverstein,¬†I Don’t Love You by¬†My Chemical Romance,¬†Now You’re Gone by¬†Everyday Sunday, Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis Presley,¬†Good or Bad by¬†Action Item, Love Stinks by¬†The J. Geils Band, That’s What You Get¬†by¬†Paramore, Chin Up Kid by¬†Forever the Sickest Kids,¬†I’ll Be Alright Without You¬†by¬†Journey, For a Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic by¬†Paramore, Missing You¬†by John Waite,¬†Gone Forever by¬†Three Days Grace,¬†Put Me Out by¬†The Used, But It’s Alright¬†by Huey Lewis & the News,¬†Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson,¬†Move Along¬†by¬†The All-American Rejects,¬†Up and Up by¬†Relient K, Red Rubber Ball¬†by¬†The Cyrkle, Over You by Daughtry, I Don’t Want to Be in Love (Dance Floor Anthem) by¬†Good Charlotte, Here I Go Again¬†by¬†Whitesnake, Love Will Find a Way by Pablo Cruise,¬†Don’t Stop Believin’ by¬†Journey,¬†The Lining is Silver by¬†Relient K, Whip It by¬†Devo, Be Good to Yourself by¬†Journey, Any Way You Want It by¬†Journey, Unbound¬†by¬†Avenged Sevenfold, Here I Go by¬†Relient K, and I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor.

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19) Harry Potter

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So this year I read all the Harry Potter books and saw all the movies. I am planning on doing a post on my thoughts of them soon. (I just have so many ideas and never enough time!) But because of that, I included a new category on Harry Potter and have mentioned it in many posts. And, yes I am a Slithryn, just like my favorite character Snape.

For more on the Harry Potter Series, go to When in Doubt

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20) Horrorfest III

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So this was the third installment of my horrorfest series, that is 31 days of horror films or Halloween episodes.

I covered the following films this year: Metropolis (1927),¬†The Wolf Man (1941), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Laura (1944), ¬†Under Capricorn (1949), Dial “M” for Murder (1954), I Was A Teenage Werewolf (1957), Queen of Outer Space (1958), Jaws (1975), An American Werewolf in London (1981), The Terminator (1984), Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997), Phantoms (1998), Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman (2000), Scream 3 (2000), Along Came a Spider (2001), The Ring (2002), When A Stranger Calls (2006), The Mist (2007), The Lovely Bones (2009), Vampires Suck (2010), The Wolfman (2010), ¬†Scre4m (2011), Godzilla (2014),¬†and¬†Gone Girl (2014).¬†

I also reviewed the following TV episodes:¬†Happily Ever Aftermath from¬†Grimm, Monster Movie from Supernatural,¬†Tuesday the 17th from¬†Psych, and Who’s Afraid of Cory Wolf? from¬†Boy Meets World,¬†

And I did a post on 100 of my favorite movie lines from horror films, Part X: The Movie List That Would Not Die. 

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21) The Fifth of November

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So celebrating the 5th of November isn’t exactly new as I have done it in the past. However, the last time I did it, it was on Doc Brown’s amazing idea of Time Travel. This year I did it on¬†V for Vendetta. To read the post, go to¬†Remember, Remember the 5th of November.

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22) Fandom Posts

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This year I started a series of posts on things I am a huge fan of or fandoms I am in. It was supposed to just be one post, but instead has become very many. I post every Sunday, with each post covering six of the things I fan over. So far I have covered: Agatha Christie, Alfred Hitchcock,  Anne of Green Gables, Archie Comics, The Avengers, Avenged Sevenfold, Awkward, Back to the Future, Batman, Bones, Boy Meets World, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Captain America, The Chronicles of Narnia, Copper, Criminal Minds, CSI, DanisNotOnFire/Dan Howell, Deadwood, Diagnosis Murder, Disney, Downton Abbey, Frank Peretti, The 4400, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Friday Night Lights, Game of Thrones, Garfield, Gilmore Girls, The Godfather, and Jane Austen

If you would like to check these out, go to Fanning All Over the Place, Simply Fantastic, Fantastic Fantasies, A Whole Lot of Fanfare, and What a Fanatic!

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23) Thanksgiving
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Two years ago I did a Thanksgiving post, and I decided to do it again this year. I not only talked about what I’m thankful for, but pie, Twin Peaks,¬†and Supernatural.

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Last year I mentioned I found this on Pinterest:

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But I ended up with so much stuff I actually had to do a shoebox full. Just so you all know, I will be posting on that shortly.

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So happy 2015 everybody!

And don’t forget to dress like this!

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And this!

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May this year be as awesome as always imagined!

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To read a review of the year 2013, go to Looking at the Past, Focusing on the Future

For the review of the year 2012, go to Looking Back, Moving Forward

For more on Back to the Future, go to Just a Friendly Reminder

Fanning All Over the Place

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Yes, its true.

I am such a fangirl and have so many, many, many fandoms that I belong to. They take over my life! I mean if you think of all the hours that are put into being a massive fan, it’s astounding!

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Here is a list of ¬†things (alphabetically) that constantly take over my life. I’m actually breaking this up into a series of posts, as just one was tooooo much.

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Anne of Green Gables Series

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I love Anne of Green Gables. It is one of my most favorite book series and books turned into films. The book takes place in Canada in the early 20th century. Marilla and Matthew Cuthburt, two elderly people, have decided to take in an orphan boy to help take care of their farm, Green Gables. When Matthew goes to pick the orphan up, he finds a girl instead of a boy! A redhead named Anne. Anne proves to be widely entertaining, spirited, imaginative and a whole lot of fun.

Anne is just so awesome how she is always trying to find a kindred spirit and using her optimism and sweetness in everyday life. She also has an overactive imagination and gets herself into the best scrapes.

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All my friends say that I am just like her, which I have to say is definitely true. While I’m missing the red hair; I most definitely have the same temper, imagination, and tendency to get into accidents/scrapes.

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Yep I totally would have whacked him too!

So the first book Anne of Green Gables, is about her life as she lives on Prince Edward Island. You get introduced to her character along with meeting the rest of the people who live on the island. She studies hard and ends up getting a scholarship to college, but things happen that makes her decide to wait and become a teacher for the present.

In its sequel Anne of Avonlea, it chronicles her time as a teacher on the island, and her desire to become a writer. She continues to get into scrapes, even though she that being older should make her wiser. Her family also takes in twins, Daisy and Davy, to raise.

In Anne of the Island, Anne goes to college and it chronicles her years there. She also gets six proposals.Yes, not one, not two, not even three, but six!

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In the end, she agrees to marry one of her suitors. I won’t tell you who, as you have to read!

Anne of Windy Poplars¬†she can’t get married right away as her fianc√© is still in school. She goes to Windy Poplars to teach and has to contend with the politics of the areas, as certain “old families” run the roost.

Anne’s House of Dreams Anne is married and has to deal with the issues of early marriage, running a home, and eventually kids. But that doesn’t stop her from her earlier imaginative games and friendmaking.

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Anne of Ingleside details her married life, spotlights her children, and visits old friends and flames.

Besides the wonderful, imaginative, and fun Anne; you also have one of the best romantic heros ever. Gilbert Blythe.

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Yep, I’m Anne. I know I say stuff like that all the time, but if I had to pick a fictional character I’m really like, it is her. We are the same although I live about a hundred years later than her. (Yeah an exact 100 years, spooky).

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Which means that Gilbert is absolutely perfect for me. Still looking for him. Someday I’ll find him.

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Definitely check out the books and the films. Just an FYI the films move away from the stories, and the first two are the only good ones.

For more on the¬†Anne of Green Gables series,¬†go to¬†Part XI: A Movie Lines List’s Excellent Adventure

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Austenite/Janeite

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Do I really need to explain this? I mean look at the title of my blog and half the things I write about. I am a huge Austenite and love everything Jane Austen.

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Jane Austen was an amazing woman who faced all kinds of adversary. She grew up with¬†money, but ended up living in poverty. She fell in love with a high class man, but his family intervened and sent him away. She was given another opportunity to marry a wealthy man that would have saved her and her family from destitution, but ¬†she couldn’t marry him as she didn’t love him.

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She continued to wait for her true love; although he never walked back into her life. Her first book she ever wrote, Northanger Abbey (then called Lady Susan) was published post-mortem. Her second novel and the most famous, Pride and Prejudice, was turned down several times before being published. In fact, it was published after she wrote her third novel, Sense and Sensibility.

Austen wrote not only great stories that have stood the test of time, but wrote about real issues and her more radical thoughts/philosophies, that wouldn’t be as easily accepted if spoken in person.

There is so much more I could say, but that would take several posts to fill it up. I recommend reading¬†On the 10th Day ‘Til Christmas: Merry Christnas from the Austen Novels to read more of my love for Jane Austen’s work and her characters.

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For more on Jane Austen, go to¬†Opening With…

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The Avengers

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Now I may be one of the few that are far more interested ¬†in¬†The Avengers than¬†Magic Mike but I see that as a good thing.¬†The Avengers¬†are another part of the Marvel (now Disney) family. The comic originated in the ’60s, with the team consisting of¬†Iron Man, Ant Man, Wasp, Thor, Hulk, & Captain America. Superheros from all the Marvel comics have joined up as team members through the years, such as Kitty Pryde and Wolverine from the¬†X-Men.¬†Even solo acts like¬†Spider-man, have joined up for a while.

Now the film was amazing.¬†The Avengers is one of the best superhero films to come out.They did an outstanding job as the film gave each superhero its chance to shine and made it about them as a whole, instead of one individual (that’s how it’s done X-Men.¬†Yeah I’m looking at your 2000 series that was really only about Wolverine). Plus you have some extremely hunky guys. There is Chris Evans as Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, and Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk.

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LOVE IT!! Check it out!

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Back to the Future

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I LOVE Back to the Future. Words cannot describe what this film means to me.

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After the first time I saw this film, I immediately became obsessed with it. I memorized every single line in the films. I would comb through the TV listings, and watch it every, single time it came on. One time I even got up at¬†4:00 am! That’s commitment right there. And why not be obsessed with it? Duh, it’s AWESOME!

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The film is a combo of Science-fiction, historical fiction, the ’50s, and the ’80s. All things I love and hold dear. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), is the youngest of the McFly household and growing up in 1985. He wants to be a musician but is afraid of failing. He’s close friends with amateur scientist and millionare, Dr. Emmet Brown, Doc for short. Doc has finally created the time machine he’s been working on for 30 years. And put it in a Delorean.

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Before he can set out on his trip through time, Doc¬†is killed by the terrorists he bamboozled for uranium. Marty jumps in the car and takes off, accidentally going back to 1955 and messing up his parent’s meetup. If he doesn’t get them back together, he’s history.

What’s not to love? Comedy, romance, science-fiction, great music, clothes, Michael J. Fox? Plus amazing gags!

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This film was a hit and followed by two more films. In¬†Part II¬†Marty goes to 2015¬†to fix something, but indadvertedly causes his present to be destroyed. When he goes back to 1985, he finds out his father is dead, mom is married to Biff, and the whole town is run by Biff and is a hell hole. He then has to go back to 1955 in order to refix the time stream. But, it won’t be as easy as before, he can’t run into himself or else the whole time-space continuum will be destroyed!

Part III, Marty discovers that the Doc from 1985 has gone back to 1885. He then has to get the 1955 Doc to help him out and send him to¬†1885. When he gets there, he discovers that Biff’s however many grand pappy, “Mad Dog” Tanner, is planning on killing Doc.

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They not only have to figure a way to get back without any modern convinces, but to make the issue even harder…Doc falls in love with a 1885 woman. Will they survive the Old West? Will Marty ever get back to 1985? Watch to find out!

Great mix of the ’80s & Western film

I visited Universal Studios in 2012 and was devastated to see that they had hardly anything from¬†Back to the Future. The clock tower was destroyed in that big fire, the ride had been taken out for “newer” things, and you couldn’t find any cool souvenirs. When I went in 2013, things were different. Universal Studios has a studio museum that they constantly move props in and out and they had a whole¬†Back to the Future collection. I was having a ball, in fact I wanted to climb over the plexiglass and sit in the Deloran.

Here are the clock tower building plans

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And the beautiful car

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Batman

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So I love Batman. He will always be my favorite of the DC comics. And I like all the Batmans!

So here we have a man who’s parent’s die and cause him to become a vigilante; always hoping to finally destroy crime as that was the thing that killed his parents. He is a billionaire, but other than that a normal person. I mean, unlike Superman who has a gazillion powers, Batman relies on his mind, martial arts, and inventions.

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He also has his strain of the double life. Just like¬†Sir Percy Blakeney aka¬†The Scarlet Pimpernel,¬†Don Diego de la Vega aka Zorro, and¬†Francisco Domingo Carlos Andres Sebasti√°n d’Anconia from¬†Atlas Shrugged. Batman knows that¬†this charade of a playboy not only hides his intelligence, but the fact that he is be a main piece in destroying the¬†crime. It has to be hard to be thought of and treated ‚Äúas the richest man and the most spectacularly worthless playboy on Earth‚ÄĚ (pg. 56, Atlas¬†Shrugged).¬†But Batman knows that it is a must to continue his work.

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So there are many versions of Batman and I pretty much love them all.

So besides the comic books you have¬†Batman (1966 – 1968),¬†starring Adam West. This is a hilarious show as it just makes you giggle. It’s fantastically corny.

Then you have Batman (1989) starring the handsome and wonderful Michael Keaton. In this we have Batman taken to the big screen in a darker way, with none other than the Creeper McCreepy Creep Jack Nicholson as the Joker. He is one of the best as his uber creepiness in real life was magnified on the screen. A great film, you should check out.

In¬†Batman Returns,¬†Michael Keaton is back and facing up against Christopher Walken, the Penguin, and Catwoman. I never really liked the penguin’s part in this film, but Michelle Pfeiffer is the best Catwoman ever. Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway wish they could be as awesome as her. Definitely worth seeing for her and Michael Keaton.

Batman Forever totally sucked. Val Klimer is too stiff and monotone as Batman, Nicole Kidman the therapist is a sex-crazed woman who needs to help solve her own issues before getting into others, and Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face is just…no wrong. Wrong. The only bright spot is Jim Carrey as the Riddler. He was absolutely perfect, and the only reason I watch this film.

That’s probably how most of us fans would act when we meet out idol.

Batman and Robin is…its a mess. I know it. It is full of puns, lots of stuff makes zero sense, but I LOVE IT! I can’t explain it. I find it absolutely hilarious. I love Arnold¬†Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze. Its more of a parody, and I love it.

Besides that you have a some great cartoon series that came out. Such as Batman: The Animated Series. This has to be one of the best versions of Batman ever made. It really develops into the psyche and relationships of Bruce, Dick, Barbara, Comissioner Gordon, etc. Plus you have great villans like the Joker, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, etc. It is definitely worth a watch, and it is free on Amazon Instant Watch. I have my own favorite episodes, but Nostalgia Critic really hits on the best ones in the series (although I would add Harley & Ivy episode to that list).

Then we have Batman Beyond. In this they took the story to a different level. It was very dark and used the colors black and red only. It takes place in 2039, and Bruce is all alone. All his old friends have died or left him alone. Terry McGinnis gets involved with Bruce accidentally, and eventually Bruce trains him to become the new Batman and avenger of Gotham City.

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And then we have the new Batman films. Now I really liked¬†Batman Begins¬†and¬†The Dark Knight.¬†I didn’t like¬†The Dark Knight Rises however, but I’m like the only one. I just couldn’t get into it and hate how they chose to end with Bane after the Joker. Come on now, seriously. But I thought the first film was great. The only issue I had with the second film was that they didn’t give Two-Face enough screentime, and that he didn’t argue with himself as much as he should have. He didn’t have the same rooted issues. But all in all they were really good.

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And I’m super pumped for Batman vs. Superman.¬†Bring on the bat!

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Bones

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I love Bones because of one reason really, FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth played by David Boreanaz.

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He is AMAZING!

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Bones¬†is about¬†forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) who gets hired by the FBI as a consultant to help them solve cases. There is also an amazing secondary cast: wild, artistic,¬†Angela Montenegro who does facial reconstruction;¬†Dr. Jack Hodgins, an entomologist who spurned his family’s wealth and “buisness” to study science;¬†Dr. Zack Addy, genius graduate student who is unfamilar with “social norms”; and¬†Dr. Lance Sweets, the young, handsome, FBI psychologist who helps them out. ¬†It is a great show, that I highly recommend.

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Ah, the life of a fangirl

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Stay tuned for Part 2!

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For more on my fangirlness, go to How I Differ from Others

For more of my favorite quotes, go to Peeta Please!

I’ll Be Back: The Terminator (1984)

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I’ll be back!

So¬†The Terminator is one of the best Horror-ScFi films ever! It is also one of the best Sci-fi films ever! It is one of the best ’80s films ever! It is one of the best Arnold Schwarzenegger films ever! It is one of my all-time favorote films!

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I think it is incredibly awesome! Did you know the initial draft for the movie was sold to¬†James Cameron’s wife,¬†Gale Anne Hurd¬†for the price of $1 only.

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So the film starts off in May 12, 1984 (We just celebrated it’s 30th anniversary. That’s why I had to review it) with two beings from the year 2029 ¬†(we have 15 years left! I’m going to be alive then, woah!!!) Anyways, one is the¬†Terminator T-800 Model 101, the cyborg assassin who is there to hunt down Sarah Connor and take her out before she can get pregnant and give birth to the father of the future resistance and the only threat to computer control. I just love this opening scene as you see how BA and hardcore the Terminator is.

Arnold Schwarzenegger¬†originally wanted to play Kyle Reese. But James Cameron had a different idea and saw Schwarzenegger in the title role of The Terminator. After all as Cameron told¬†Schwarzenegger, “This movie is not about the hero. It’s about The Terminator”. Just like Barney said:

The second person is Kyle Reese, sent by Sarah’s son to protect her. I love this actor as I just think he is so cute! And its funny, because everything I see him in I always think of him as Kyle Reese.

Anyways, so as Reese is tracking him down, the Terminator is looking for Sarah. He starts going through the telephone book and just mowing down every Sarah he runs into.

Arnold Schwarzenegger worked with guns everyday for a month to prepare for the role; the first two weeks of filming he practiced weapons stripping and reassembly blindfolded until the motions were automatic, like a machine. He spent hours at the shooting range, practicing with different weapons without blinking or looking at them when reloading or cocking; he also had to be ambidextrous. He practiced different moves up to 50 times.

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Meanwhile, Sarah is unknowingly is going on with her normal life. She makes plans to go out to the club, while her friend is going to hang out at home with her boyfriend. When Sarah’s out she sees a news report¬†on the TV about Sarah Conner’s being murdered and calls her friend at home to warn her. Unfortunately, she’s just missed her. She has already been terminated.

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The Terminator hears her message and tracks her down there. Before he can kill her, Reese makes it in time and knocks the Terminator down.

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Back off bot!

Of course he hasn’t actually killed him, as that is extremely hard to do, but he has managed to buy him and Sarah enough time to take off.

As the two are driving off, Kyle tells Sarah about the future. In the year 2015 (NEXT YEAR!!!), Skynet, a computer defense system, will become self aware and begin a nuclear war against the humans. Sarah’s unborn son, John, is the one who will lead the rebellion against the machines and is the only chance for humankind. With the resistance on the verge of victory, Skynet sent a terminator back. A Terminator is a being with a metal endoskeleton covered ¬†by a layer of living tissue, so that he looks more humanlike and harder to determine as cyborg.

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Sarah is so freaked out that she doesn’t know how to make heads or tails of the whole issue. She doesn’t have very much time, as the Terminator has caught up with them and is chasing them down in a truck. Their two cars crash and the police show up.

The Terminator goes off to heal himself, and it is an uber crazy scene!

They take Reese into custody as they think that he purposely killed a man (the Terminator). They interrogate him, but think that he is crazy as they cannot find any proof that the Terminator exists. While Sarah is making a statement, we have one of the best and most quoted scenes of all time. ūüôā

The Terminator: I’ll be back.”‚ÄďThe Terminator (1984)

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Sorry about that. I’m back on track now. So While the Terminator marches in and starts killing all sorts of people, Kyle and Sarah escape.

They flee to a cheap motel where Sarah questions Kyle more about why he was picked to go on this dangerous mission as he can never return home. Reese tells her he volunteered. John had a picture of her and Kyle fell in love looking at it and hearing about her. He didn’t care if he couldn’t go back as it was worth it to be with her. Sarah is touched by his words and the two have sex.

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Look at that hunky man

The next day Reese takes off to get supplies and leaves Sarah alone in the motel. She calls her mom to let her know she is okay. That would be great…except that her mom is already dead and the woman she is talking to is actually the Terminator mimicking the voice. Than Sarah does the stupidest thing, she gives her “mom” the phone number of the place she is at. Why would you do that when there is a killer on the loose Sarah? Why? You know he already knows who you and is hunting you down.Darcy P&P OMG Can't Even

So Kyle comes back and teaches Sarah everything she needs to know about creating her own weapons out of common products. While the two are having this sweet scene, the Terminator has tracked them down. Luckily, the dog belonging to the motel’s owner starts barking, warning Reese.

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The two get involved in a second car chase in which Kyle throws pipe bombs at the Terminator to try and stop him. Reese is wounded and the momentarily stop the Terminator, burning off all his flesh.

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He chases the two into a nearby factory. This part is pretty cool, as Sarah takes control of the situation, giving us a preview to how BA she will be in the sequel.

Reese attacks the Terminator, but realizes he doesn’t have much time left, as he’s wounded too bad. He stuffs a bomb into the Terminator’s stomach, the explosion killing Reese and severely injuroing the Terminator. It continues to try and take Sarah down, who leads it to a hydraulic press and crushes it. The only thing that survives is an arm.

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Sarah is later taken out of the factory by an ambulance as Kyle’s body is taken away and buried.

Months later a pregnant Sarah is traveling through Mexico and is recording audio tapes for John when he’s older.¬†This is where we are introduced to the amazing Terminator paradox. John is 20 years older than his father. Sarah is like 45 years older than her child’s father. Plus John has to care for Kyle Reese and make sure he survives until he can send him back or else he won’t be born. Crazy! Makes your head spin.

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And if you want the really abbreviated version, go to 30 Second Bunnies

Now even though I absolutely love this movie, I will say that How It Should Have Ended did a pretty good job.

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To start Horrorfest III from the beginning, go to Even a Man Pure of Heart

To go to the previous post, go to¬†What’s Your Favorite Scary Movie?

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For more on The Terminator, go to My Favorite Movie Lines

For more on Linda Hamilton, go to He Who Walks Behind the Rows

For more cyborgs, go to In Their Proper Place

For more on a resistance group, go to Na-Na-Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)

For more on ’80s films, go to¬†The Anniversary of Its Formation

For more films that spanned sequels, go to Just Follow the Screams

For more on How I Met Your Mother, go to Fashionably Postworthy

Fashion Show

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So I work early Monday mornings in a music hall at school that doubles as a classroom and I love watching the clothing people wear as it can be really cute. For instance there is this motorcycle jacket that this guy wears that I absolutely love. I know it would look good on me and would fit perfectly as the guy is close to my size, he’s about a few inches taller than me.

But today we had some really interesting clothes. There is a girl that wears fluorescent clothes every time, and today had pj pants with feet on them.

There was this other woman who was wearing some Tron: Legacy-esque pants.

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But the most interesting thing that was worn today was what the motorcycle jacket guy was wearing. He had on his jacket, black cowboy boots, and bright, red pants.

Now I know what you’re thinking, Marty tried the colored pants in¬†Back to the Future III¬†and it did not work out.

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“Doc: Marty, you’re going to have to do something about those clothes. You walk around town dressed like that, you’re liable to get shot.

Marty McFly: Or hanged.

Doc: What idiot dressed you in that outfit?

Marty McFly: You did.”

Which incidentally I got to see in real life! ‚̧

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Now, on the contrary, I think wearing colored pants shows that you have some confidence. It takes a lot of moxie and chutzpah to do so. And instead of looking horrible, he totally stalked in and as Ted would say:

For more on Back to the Future, go to At the End of the Rainbow

For more on How I Met Your Mother go to The End

 

 

Doc’s Bright Idea

Today is a very important day in Back to the Future history.

It has been 27 years since Doc Brown thought up the flux capacitor.

Without him slipping on the toilet and getting knocked out, he never would have dreamed of the flux capacitor or created the time machine. And one of the most amazing stories could never have been told.

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And I know time travel has been around long before, but let’s face it. A Delorean it is the best way to travel through time:

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After all:

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For more on Back to the Future, go to The Clock is Ticking!

For more on time travel, go to¬†It’s Time

For more ’80s films, go to¬†I’m No Warrior, I’m an Assistant Pig-Keeper