An Unexpected Fandom Part 2: Always

I’m pretty sure I’ve stated before that I didn’t grow up being a fan of the fantasy or magic genres, but it all began to change once I started playing the Fable and Elder Scrolls video games in 2010.  I made a post in early 2013 about me finally becoming a fan of the LotR world because of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Well, I’ve once again become a new fan of something that’s considered a geek staple: Harry Potter.

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Despite everyone raving about it, and having a roommate ten years ago (omg😐) who was completely obsessed with it, I never managed to have any remote interest.  That started to change last year, when I barely started to have the thought “maybe I should just give the movies a chance.”  But, it didn’t happen until November.

The first one was OK — a bit slow, but I didn’t let it affect my continuing to watch the rest.  They finally began picking up, and I think I experienced my first bit of feels at the end of The Goblet of Fire.  The Order of the Phoenix was great.  I’d quickly grown to love Sirius Black, only to end up with even more feels there.  I just kept waiting for the moment when Ron and Hermione would finally realise they liked each other.  And omg, Deathly Hallows: Part 2.  Just take me now 💀 — the feels!

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*SPOILERS*  I never believed for a second that Snape was evil — or maybe I did, but I didn’t want it to be so.  And then, BAM!  Feels, followed by the truth, further causing just the worst feels.

*SPOILERS* However, the biggest thing on my mind when the last movie ended — I still absolutely do not ship Harry and Ginny.  I mean, like, no.  I was so relieved to find out from that former roommate that I’m not crazy for thinking that way.  I mean, sure, they got married, they have children, and they’re happy, so I’ve accepted it as fact.  But I still just don’t get it.

Anyway, those were just a few thoughts from a brand new Potterhead.  No promises that I’ll ever read those massive books, but it’s not off the table.

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Favourite Characters (in no real order):
-Hermione, Harry, Ron (probably in that order?)
-Hagrid
-Tonks
-Luna Lovegood
-Sirius Black
-Draco Malfoy
-Neville Longbottom
-Severus Snape
-probably others I’m forgetting 😬

Favourite Ship: Lupin & Tonks ❤️


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Viggle Sucks Under New Management

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Do you guys remember this lame post I made back in 2013?

I gave a brief overview of a great app that allowed you to earn points and redeem rewards just by watching TV and listening to music.  (The music feature was added after the 2013 post.)  It was amazing!  I spent a lot of time “checking in” to songs and shows, and watching all the extra ads it would let me in order to gain those important extra points.  I’d redeemed several gift cards, a Viggle T-shirt (because I was more than happy to spread the word about this amazing opportunity), and had plans for possibly redeeming the biggest prize of a cruise for two (which cost several million points)!

Credit: get.viggle.com
Credit: get.viggle.com

I’m normally not one who likes to largely announce to the world how horrible something is, but this situation it too awful.  It was slightly over nine months ago that Viggle was sold to Perk.  I’ve used the Perk Browser in the past and it… wasn’t terrible.

The following is the review I finally left for the app in the App Store.  Some is repeat of what I already said in this post, but I give the details of the horrible result of the buy-out.

Rating: ★✰✰✰✰

I used to love Viggle.  Not only did I use it all the time, but I proudly wore the merch I bought with my Viggle points.

Now, the app has to be constantly open the entire time you’re watching the program you checked into.  Take a phone call during ads?  Miss out on points.  Do ANYTHING with your phone during the show?  Miss out on points.

Also, apparently points expire now.  It’s been a couple months since I last opened the app, and I opened it today only to discover I have only 6 points.  I had at LEAST 6,000.
Nope.  Don’t like that.

I’m keeping the app for as long as it takes to exchange my Viggle points for Perk points and redeem them.  Only 60,000 Viggle points are allowed to be exchanged per month, which translates into 3,000 Perk points.  I still have over 200,000 Viggle points, so it’ll take a while, but I’ll be so glad to be done with this Perk takeover nightmare.

Credit: hahasforhoohas.com
Credit: hahasforhoohas.com

I would be more understanding if Viggle was sold because it was losing money, but it wasn’t.  I was just sold.  (News articles linked at bottom.)

I’m fully convinced that all of the 5-star ratings it currently has are either from people who never knew Viggle when it was good, AND/or people desperately trying to get points took advantage of Viggle’s offer of bonus points for giving such a rating.  Nope.  Bribery is not my thing, either.  I’d rather give or read an honest review than a fake 5-star just for points.

I will give Perk a bit of a break in my rant with the best change they have made to Viggle.  They’ve finally added the ability to check in with shows and movies you’re streaming.  Don’t have regular TV or cable?  That’s not a problem anymore.  Watching on Netflix, Hulu, etc., will also get you points.

All in all, I don’t think Perk is an evil, selfish company, but they really should have thought more about what kept Viggle users coming back in the first place.  Instead, they changed everything, making it harder to earn points, and making rewards 5x as expensive to redeem.  Just remember: the most important thing in any business is the consumer.  If the consumer doesn’t like what you’re selling (or how much you’re selling it for), you lose money.


Articles about the sale:

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20151214005688/en/Viggle-Sell-Assets-Perk.com-All-Stock-Transaction

http://www.mobilemarketer.com/cms/news/strategy/21876.html?utm_referrer=direct%2Fnot%20provided&utm_referrer=direct%2Fnot%20provided

30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 30

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Day 30: The First Movie You Remember Seeing

 

Beauty and the Beast

 

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I guarantee this isn’t the first movie I saw, but it’s the first one I remember seeing in the cinema.  My dad took me to see it when I was old enough to sit still and shut up in a theatre.

Beauty and the Beast has always been my favourite fairy tale, Disney or otherwise.  I’d nearly forgotten it until I saw a play at Disney World, Orlando, Florida, when I was in high school.  It’s also my absolute favourite story in “my fairy tale book.”

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What’s the first movie you remember seeing?

 


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30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 28

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Day 28: A Classic Movie You Love

 

Mary Poppins

 

Credit: Ronald Grant Archive/Disney
Credit: Ronald Grant Archive/Disney

 

I don’t think I really need to explain much here.

A Time Lord-like woman arrives to be a couple children’s nanny.  She inspires their imagination, and saves their dad from being a butthead.

The music is brilliant, and I can’t get enough of Mary and Bert (not necessarily as a couple).

And of course, there are the earworms.  (Cue “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”)

 

What classic movie do you love?

 


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30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 27

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Day 27: A Movie From Your University Years

 

Twilight

 

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Yeah, yeah, so I picked Twilight.  It’s not like I said I was a real fan of this saga.

Mostly, I picked it because I have fond memories with friends related to this series, whether it be the movies or the books.  I admit, my first date with Hubby was to the release party at Barnes & Noble for the book Breaking Dawn.  (I’d only heard of the series at the time, but he’d read all the books.  Even at the release party, he complained that fangirls were ruining it.  Also, he was Team Jacob.)

Our hanging out with some couple friends from university always involve Twilight the first few times.  The first time we hung out, we all watched Twilight at our house after dinner.  I think the next time it was the same with New Moon.  Finally, when Breaking Dawn Part 1 was being released, we figured we might as well go see it at the cinema together.

 

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What’s a movie from your university years?

 


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30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 26

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Day 26: A Movie From Your Teenage Years

 

Johnny English

 

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Mum, the siblings, and I always loved watching Mr. Bean together; we all loved that sort of stupid humour.  It’s no wonder that we wanted to see Johnny English from the time we first saw the trailer.  While the movie does contain some of the sort of British humour none of us enjoy, the rest of the movie doesn’t disappoint.

When I was in high school, John Malkovich was probably my favourite actor, and he was the perfect villain for this movie.  He’s just so creepy and pure evil.  (Be sure to watch the deleted scenes, too.)

 

What’s a movie from your teenage years?

 


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30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 25

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Day 25: A Movie From Your Childhood

 

Lost in Space

 

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Credit: rogerebert.com

 

As a very boyish tween who was obsessed with the “modern” science fiction look of the late ’90s (mostly dim lighting and a lot of bare metal), thought music couldn’t get any cooler than rock and techno, and secretly watched Friends when my parents weren’t looking, it didn’t take me long at all to adore this movie.

The story was well executed, the CGI was great for the time, and I definitely loved the characters.  I wanted to be as confident as Judy, as cool as Penny, and as smart as Will.  And of course, I wanted my own personal robot.

 

What’s a movie from your childhood?

 


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30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 24

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Day 24: A Movie That Inspires/Encourages Your Dreams

 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

 

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My choice for this category fits in both the sense of life goals, and that of daydreaming!  As an introvert who loves to live in her inner world, but also enjoys a good real life adventure, I couldn’t resist choosing this movie.

Walter Mitty is a man who spends enough time fantasising that it often disrupts his mundane real life.  Eventually, though, when his livelihood is at stake, he goes on a grand adventure to save it.

It makes for a good reminder not only to dream, but to live.

 

What movie inspires or encourages your dreams (however you want to take it)?

 


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30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 23

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Day 23: A Movie You Tell People You’ve Seen, But Haven’t (or Haven’t Finished)

 

Star Wars

 

 

Technically, I’ve never actually said that I’ve seen them, but I know people assume I have.  (Mostly, it’s people thinking of me when they see Star Wars stuff, when I’m a trekkie.)

But first, let me explain.

I have seen all of them, or at least most of all of them.  I just never seem to have watched any of them in their entirety or from beginning to end.  I’ll catch it in the middle and watch to the end, or I’ll start and not finish for some reason.  A couple years ago, some friends and I even decided to get together in our pyjamas and watch episodes 4-6 so we could finally say we’ve seen them, but we ended up talking the whole time.

One big thing that proves I’m not to be considered an actual Star Wars fan, is that until last month I thought AT-AT was pronounced as two words instead of four letters.  (I thought it was “at at,” when it’s “ay-tee ay-tee.”)  I wasn’t even corrected by Star Wars, but by Cake Wars.

So, I may have technically seen them, and understand a lot of the references (I’m on team “Han shot first”), but I know for certain that I’ve never seen any of them from beginning to end in one sitting.  (Except episodes 3 and 7.)

Don’t worry — I’m fixing this now.

 

Is there a movie you tell people you’ve seen, but haven’t (or haven’t finished)?

 


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30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 22

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Day 22: A Movie You Feel Didn’t Live Up to the Hype

 

Guardians of the Galaxy

 

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WAIT!

Before everyone starts leaving hate comments, let me explain.

I didn’t see this movie until it had been released on DVD.  By then, everyone had been raving about how brilliant it is and how I HAVE to see it.  I thought, “OK, it must be pretty gosh darn amazing then!”

THAT was the hype it had to live up to.

I also looked forward to seeing the movie that made Karen Gillan shave her head.  Somewhere along the line of awaiting the movie, I was led to believe she would be the main villain.  Obviously, I was disappointed to find she wasn’t.

Karen Gillan, before and after shaving her head. Credit: telegraph.co.uk
Karen Gillan, before and after shaving her head.
Credit: telegraph.co.uk

I’d only seen one trailer, and knew nothing of the comics, so I couldn’t even think “well, at least it was true to canon.”

Lastly, I’ve only seen it the one time.

I fully acknowledge that my disappointment with Guardians of the Galaxy has nothing to do with the movie itself, but rather with what I was made to believe about the movie before I saw it.

And now it’s time I gave it another chance.

 

What movie do you feel didn’t live up to the hype?

 


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