Squee Warning: Fandom Collision in Progress

Today The Flash announced that Tom Felton of Harry Potter fame will be joining the series as a cast regular.  Now we get to wonder – good guy or bad guy?

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Honestly, one of the most awesome things about the DC TV universe is that they seem to revel in cross-fandom friendly casting. Wonder Woman Linda Carter is joining Supergirl to play the President of the United States.  Between Arrow and Legends there are four different members of the Doctor Who cast playing regular or recurring roles.  Heck Arthur Darvill even plays a “Time Master.”

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They also don’t shy away from fun winks and nudges to the origins of the actors, especially on The Flash.  When Star Wars’s Mark Hamill played a villain he got to evilly cackle the famous, “I Am Your Father” line.  And the first time Superman Brandon Routh’s character Ray Palmer was introduced it was with the classic “Is that a bird? Is that a plane?”

Yes I’m a nerd.  And it’s so so awesome.

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The Darkest Part of the Forest: Book Review

This week I listened to the audiobook version of Holly Black’s The Darkest Part of the Forest, and I found myself listening to it outside of work hours because I was so eager to finish it.  

One of Black’s real talents, which is definitely on display in other books such as the White Cat novels and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, is her ability to take large scale fantasy and tuck it into the modern world in a way that is, pardon the pun, downright magical.

That is especially true of this book – Black somehow, and as a writer I envy this in a big way, manages to work a traditional quest to Faerie into the life of a seemingly regular teenage girl. What’s so remarkable about this is that she does it without losing any of the relatability of her main character or any of the wonder and terror of her fantastical elements.

Yes, there’s a monster-fighting sequence in a high school that reminds me, and not in a good way, of a lost episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But that was one of very few missteps in an otherwise well-crafted story.

Black’s work can sometimes be a little too dark for me, but this book, oddly enough given its title, seemed a lot less grim.  I see this book being referred to as a standalone novel – but if Black decides to write a sequel I’d be more than happy to follow her characters, especially Hazel and Jack, on another trip to the forest.

 

The Flash, 5 Best Episodes: Superhero Saturday

Here are my picks for the five best episodes of The Flash, so far anyway.

4. Fallout, Season 1

As you can tell from my favorite episode lists I’m a sucker for multi-hero episodes and to me this episode really introduces Firestorm (well Firestorm 1.0 anyway) plus one of my favorite characters is Caitlin – and I think the story line of this episode, gaining back her once dead fiancé only to be okay with letting him go to keep her life, is one of the strongest for her in Season 1.

3. Crazy For You, Season 1

Okay -so I’m not the ‘shipper on The Flash that I am on Arrow.  Really, I don’t care who Barry dates, but I do think he and Caitlin, as friends or whatever, are kinda sweet. This has one of the cutest sets of scenes (and one of the most gentlemanly uses of Barry’s superpower) in all of the show – I’m especially fond of the karaoke.  There’s also some great scenes between Barry and his dad, or well, both his dads 🙂

2. Welcome to Earth-2, Season 2

As a geek I’m always kind of a sucker for time travel or cross dimension stories when they’re done right.  And this one is.  I love the evil versions of Caitlin, Cisco, and Ronnie, a Barry who on one hand, finally has Iris, but on the other is kind of a wimp, and getting to hear Joe West sing.  (Seriously they need a musical ep of The Flash, for proof see this video)

1. (Tie) I couldn’t bring myself to choose between these two episodes

Fast Enough, Season 1 Finale

Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash was a terrific bad guy and Team Flash takes him down in an epic episode that causes the death of not one, but two, likeable characters.  (Poor Eddie, the minute my husband heard the villains last name he predicted the guy was toast).  I was also particularly moved by Barry’s choice to be there for, but not save, his mother when he traveled back in time – which is kinda why I didn’t totally love Season Two’s finale, but that’s a story for another day.

Flash vs. Arrow, Season 1

Of course.

This was the first of what has been, and hopefully will be, a series of great crossover episodes in the DC TV universe.  The Arrow gang (OTA only, thank you!) is in Central City – and everything from Digg’s reaction to Barry’s superpowers, to Oliver’s snicker right before he shoots Barry in the back for “training,” to Felicity & Cisco’s joint geekout over bad guy tech is pure superhero television magic.

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A Beacon of Hope

Sometimes trying to get published feels like you’re politely shouting into the void – you send out query letters and get a rejection letter, or even worse, you get no response at all.  You start to wonder if you’re just a terrible writer, if you’ve deluded yourself into thinking that there’s any point to all that effort.

Then an agent writes back and wants to see your manuscript.

Blessedly this happened to me yesterday – and I want to shout again, only this time I want to shout at the void not into it.  “See!  It doesn’t totally suck!”

Because no matter what happens I know that those 25 pages I sent that agent were good enough that they wanted to keep reading.

And that is certainly a beacon of hope.

 

Fantasy Book to Movie Wish List- Part I

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Turning fantasy books into movies remains a strong trend in Hollywood, from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  So here’s my list of books that I wish could get the page to screen treatment:

  • The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley – one of my all time favorites, I think Hari and her gang deserve some screen time, especially in the age of Star War’s Rey and Katniss Everdeen.
  • Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett – speaking of warrior women, several other books by my husband’s favorite author have gotten the miniseries treatment – can this one, or maybe Night Watch, be next?
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – this book wouldn’t even be that expensive to film.  Only the water horses themselves would require special effects – seriously, dual female and male protagonists with everything at stake racing violent magical horses on a Brit like island.  Why isn’t this already a movie?
  • The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley – actually I think most of Kearsley’s books with their light fantasy, historical interest, and well drawn love stories would make for great film.

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