Going home

Hello, Fangirl!

Today is September 1st and for those of us who are Potterheads it means it’s going back to Hogwarts day!

I got the amazing chance to grow up along with Hermione, Harry and Ron and learn about friendship, love, loyalty, courage, resourcefulness, determination and even more about myself.

The years I spent with them helped me go through a lot of personal problems and self-esteem issues and it might not be important for a lot of people out there, but for me and for those of us who love the series it meant the world to be a part of it.

Even more so, whichever book helped you, encouraged you to be a better person, to love yourself, to love the characters and the story; whichever series kept you awake to the early morning hours or late night hours, is HOME too.

As Fangirls we don’t have one life, we have many.

As Fangirls we don’t have one home, we have several.

As Fangirls we don’t love halfway, we love completely.

And yes, what we read, what we watch, what we listen to, what we write, what we draw, what we animate and what makes us believe in different worlds, might be in our heads, but as the great J.K Rowling said:

If you’re a Potterhead, let me know which house you’re in!

If you’re not, tell me which series means HOME to you. I love getting to know new places I might get to call home.

Until our next trip together!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Hello everyone who is out there reading this!

I know it has been many months since I last wrote and I apologize for that. For 2016 I promise I’ll try to write more often.  Cross my heart and hope to fly, stick a cupcake in my eye!

Now, onto what this blog entry is about: Yes, kids! The Force has awoken! Stronger than ever.

Last Friday night I went with my friends to watch the movie and I wish I could have recorded everything that happened there. People was crying, clapping, screaming and just enjoying the movie so much in a way I don’t think anyone thought would happen.

It’s been 38 years since  A New Hope was released, 16 years since The Phantom Menace, if I look at it this way I have never lived in a world where there was no Star Wars and I am grateful for it. No, I am not a huge hardcore I-know-the-name-of-the-asteroid-where-Luke-stopped-for-gas fan, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate all that Star Wars entails.

Before I go into the review I assure you that this is SPOILER FREE! If you want to read a detailed review and theories and whatnot I’m pretty sure there are other sites where you can do that, but I want to keep it simple and without spoilers because I believe everyone deserves the chance to find out what happens at the cinema.

The first thing you should keep in consideration is that this is NOT like Episodes I-II-II. We all know that they lack a lot of things and have other things that we could have done without (like Jar Jar Binks). This movie is different and the same as Episodes IV-V-VI. The sense of it it’s the same, but it’s the beginning of a whole new galaxy, one where the old fans and the new ones can and should coexist.

The second thing that comes to mind with this movie is that the nostalgia moments are there, they linger and they take you back and then something new happens that shows respect for what was and introduces what is going to be and all this through the hand of the new characters we get to know in Episode VII.

Enter Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, whom I hope to see more in the next movies, because I think he could have had more screen time that he has. However does he need it in this movie? Not really. In the small time he has we learn to like him, root for him and want to know more about why is he doing what he does.

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Also, look at those intense eyes of his!

Next we have John Boyega, the Stormtrooper we see in the trailer that takes off his helmet and looks around, confused and hesitant on what to do. When I saw the trailer I was intrigued by his expression, but one thing was clear: he is running away and by the way he looks around it’s not a pleasant escape. Finn is a very well thought character that takes you to the everlasting conflict of should I do what I’m supposed to do or can I shape my own path?

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Look at him all: Where? Why? What?

Finally we have Rey, awesome ass kicking Rey portrayed by  Daisy Ridley. She is not Padme. Thank the Gods! I was afraid someone out there would think that it was a good idea to make her into a damsel-in-distress, but they didn’t! Some would think that at the beginning Rey might seem conforming or helpless, but we soon learn she is not to be taken lightly or to be thought of as someone who needs a man to save her.

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These three, Poe, Finn and Rey are the new Han, Luke and Leia. Their chemistry is so good you’ll see how they reflect the old trio, but at the same time they are their own and they will set the pace for this new saga.

Is there romance? If you want to see it as that then there is a little bit of romance intended between Finn and Rey, BUT it doesn’t lead their relationship nor is it important for the development of the movie. In the end I think that Finn and Rey are partners and end up as friends more than a love interest to each other.

Do you remember how Han Solo says he’s home along with Chewie i n the trailer? Well, we get to know what home means to him, his story in the great picture that made his journey with Luke and Leia and we learn about it through some very important facts. but also through some banter with Finn that shows us that Han Solo is still Han Solo.

Now, what about the Dark Side? Is there one? Who is the new bad guy? Is Darth Vader alive?

He isn’t really alive, but his memory lives on and it plays a great part on the motivation for this new lightsaber wielding, mask wearer that leads the charge for the dark side of the force.

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Weird lightsaber, right?

 Is he a worthy successor to be the evil one after Darth Vader? I think he is, especially because he is not fully trained yet and he has a great command of the force. There is was this moment in the movie where everyone gasped and kind of cheered after he showed just how powerful he is.

We also have Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux and wow, is he creepy and crazy and a huge fanatic of the Dark Side which makes him the great general he is within the First Order and determined to fulfill their ultimate goal.

This served as a reminder that the balance of the force is none existent at the moment and that this is the root as to is why we have all the problems that started a long time ago in a galaxy far far away and how this movie is not only an homage to the old ones is a new era that will allow us to fall in love with Star Wars all over again.

Is this an Unfortunate Event?

“At times the world may seem an unfriendly and sinister place, but believe that there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough. and what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may in fact be the first steps of a journey.”
Lemony Snicket

If you have been following the news regarding this awesome and, for me at least, life changing books then you must have read that Netflix announced they’d be taking them to their screen. Now, it doesn’t matter if you read the books first, then watched the movie or if you watched the movie and that lead you to read the books and accompany the Baudelaire orphans on their journey, what matters is that if you are a fan you should watch this very sneaky trailer that showed up during the weekend.

Here are some things to keep in mind after you’ve watched it:

  1. Eleanora Poe, the account it was uploaded to, only has that one video.
  2. She is the sister of Mr. Arthur Poe, who is in charge of the Baudelaire orphans’ affairs.
  3. Netflix doesn’t usually release a trailer so early and without a divulged cast, however this series is different from all others they’ve announced.
  4. Were you too busy to notice since it was the weekend of the 4th of July? This is not an uncommon thing to happen to the Baudelaire orphans.

“I didn’t realize this was a sad occasion.”
Lemony Snicket

Have you ever wondered what do they do all day?

Let me introduce you to two of my family members, I love them unconditionally and they are with me in the good and bad things, they sleep with me and I have no problem with sharing my bed with them; even more when they don’t sleep with me I miss them a lot and it’s harder for me to go to sleep.

For people like me this is, I hope, nothing weird nor unheard of. We find them when they’re small or they’re born at our place or close to it, or we might go an adopt them from someone who can’t or won’t take care of them and they just settle in our hearts and become part of our lives. So much that when they’re no longer there we cry and we wish they wouldn’t have to go. They’re family, however much there’s people who dislikes it or think we’re exaggerating, we love them and thinking about them motivates us.

Meet my adorable cats!

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There are a lot of facts about cats that I could tell you and I know there are videos out there that show what cats and dogs do when they’re alone, but I just saw the trailer for The Secret Life Of Pets and it made me think about them and what do they do when everyone is out of the house.

So, here’s the trailer and I hope it makes you think of your pets, of how much you love them and seriously, what do they do all day?

Release date: Summer 2016.

Beyond Blair

For a lot of people she’ll never shake off the character that brought her into the spotlight, but she is much more than that and if you think she’ll always be confined by the lavish Waldorf last name then you should be paying more attention to Leighton Meester’s life. She’s appeared in movies, television and, most recently, in theater. She might not be in the news as much as other actresses, but it doesn’t mean she has stopped working. Last year she released her album Heartstrings and it’s very different from her previous work, though Your Love Is A Drug is actually one of my favorite songs from her and I’d welcome a piano version of it! Three days ago The AV Club uploaded a video where Leighton covered The Cardigans’ “Lovefool” for their Undercover video series and I fell in love with her all over again.

I had the pleasure of watching her play Curley’s wife in Of Mice and Men and if  Blair made you think that Leighton is a one-sided actress then you need to think twice, Blair was a complex character and, further more, you can see how good of an actress she is during her 2014 debut on Broadway and also read how she gave this classic a whole new meaning with the essay she wrote for The Huffington Post. One of the most important things I’ve learned from following her on Twitter, Instagram and other media is that she is a very sweet, down to earth woman who enjoys what she does, loves what she has done so far and still has a lot more to do in the future because she is not afraid to be who she is. leighton-meester

I love Sansa Stark

sansa-stark-hbo-game-of-thronesLet me come out and say it: Sansa Stark is one of my favorite characters from Game of Thrones, both the books and the series. Every time I say that she is in my top five along with Tyrion, Little Finger, Daenerys and Margaery I get this very puzzled looked of “why?”

It is not a secret that, even after what happened to her in her wedding night with the sadistic twisted Ramsay Bolton, she is still a hated character. I remember reading the books and having a strong sense of why is it that living in such an awful world, filled with treachery, blood, war, broken promises and men who disregard women this girl, this character doesn’t repel me? Why do I feel drawn to her, this Westerosi little bird when everyone is such a great fan of Arya Stark?

At first I thought I pitied her, but the more I read, the more I understood her and about myself I came to the realization that I love her precisely because she is that last shred of child-like naivete that Arya, in her tomboyishness doesn’t have. Don’t get me wrong! Arya is a great character and her fan base is entirely justified. We all know what she’ll become and how amazing it is that she does.

arya-stark-sansa-stark-game-of-thrones-season-oneYes, at the beginning Sansa was utterly utterly silly, bratty and her belief in romance, princes, castles and clothes was frustrating, especially when we know how much of an ass Joffrey was, but it seems we forget that she doesn’t know it, that she desperately wants to believe in a bright, sunny future where she can fulfill the role she was taught since she was a little girl. I guess I should add that I don’t blame Sansa for how naive she was, I blame Catelyn Stark.

So, what’s the issue with Sansa? Why do people hate her? It turns out it’s for something that I used to hate myself for. A lot of people hate her because she dares to be a girl in a fantasy world where we expect women to be the “strong, badass, female character” we can all root for, encourage to go back to claim what is hers “with fire and blood” or by being a very clever political player.

Despite what you might think Sansa isn’t the only one who has shown that being naive is counterproductive. Didn’t Rob marry for love and forgot his duty? I don’t remember an outrage against him when he basically got everyone killed because he fell in love, he believed in romance, in a happy ending, being king with the lady he loved by his side and a baby on the way. On the other side we have Ned Stark, his adherence to the nobility he was taught to believe in was is downfall, his honor helped events play an awful card for him. Isn’t that the same system Sansa followed? The same she was taught to honor and keep?

I’ve said so many times to my friends that for me she is one of the strongest characters in the books and the show. Even amongst all that has happened to her she still keeps that innocence she had when she was 11 years old and was promised to Joffrey.

sansa-stark-game-of-thrones-black-dressIn the ASOIAF women are presented with two choices: you either learn how to work the established system from within, which is what Cersei and Margaery do or you fight it from the outside, which is what Arya, donning in boy’s clothes, taking a sword and killing does or what Daenerys will have to do eventually when she (FINALLY!) reclaims her rightful throne.

My deepest belief, and I hope George Martin doesn’t dismiss this, is that Sansa will be the middle ground of both sides. People still believe she is this scared, little caged bird that needs protection, but her strength lies precisely in the fact that when other people has died, when they’ve had to run she’s endured, she remains. The North Remembers and she’s no exception. She’s not ruthless, she doesn’t wield a sword, but she wields a different kind of power: she survives and thrives where other character’s would have failed.