I’ve been a very very bad blogger lately. I’ve skipped not one, but two weeks of Fandom Fridays. But fear not, dear readers, I haven’t abandoned them to the abyss. I’m bringing both of them to you now! Consider it an apology for leaving you hanging. Last week’s topic was 5 Favorite Aliens, a topic I admittedly am not too familiar with, but I’ll give it a try, and the week before was Geeky Guilty Pleasures. So without further ado, here we go.
My Geeky Guilty Pleasures
Part of the reason why I skipped this week was it’s just so dang hard to think of. I have a plethora of extreme geeky pleasures, but it’s hard to think of the ones I necessarily feel guilty about. In the end, I decided to go with the ones I’m not as vocal about or like way more than is probably advised. I should work harder to be less ashamed of them.
As a geek girl and a feminist, I’m often torn between my love for Disney Princess movies. I am totally aware of all their downfalls: they promote unrealistic standards of both beauty and love, they’re not exactly the most inclusive, some have weirdly abusive relationships, and what’s with the mother issues? But I’m also a sucker for pretty dresses and catchy songs. In the end, I can’t help but love Disney movies! They’re just magical!
Here’s where you may be saying, “What?! Why should you be guilty about that?” For me, anime is an example of one of those nerdy things I love that I don’t really bring up. Not because I’m embarrassed about it, it’s just that I don’t have many friends who share that fandom. And maybe I do, but they have the same mindset and haven’t said anything about it either! Also, it’s one of those pleasures I don’t know a lot about. I explored lots of shows growing up, but nowadays, I’m just very loyal to what I was into then. This includes Fullmetal Alchemist, which I adore, and another favorite of mine, Rurouni Kenshin. Although I’m not very vocal about this geekside, it’s still very special to me.
This season of the Bachelorette
Ok, here’s one I’m legitimately embarrassed about. The Bachelor/Bachelorette is an awful show. Do people actually think that this is real love? It’s the most contrived way to meet someone on the face of the planet. Then there’s the sickening double standards where outspoken women contestants are considered bitches, while the outspoken men are protecting their lady, or that the bachelor can hook up with everyone, but the bachelorette is considered a slut if she does that. Let me repeat, this show is awful, yet I’ve been glued to this season! This bachelorette, Kaitlyn, actually seems like a real person! She’s not a paper doll with the fantasized midwestern girl morality, but someone with a sense of humor and a sexual appetite. What a breath of fresh air! Oh yah, and the man candy…
“Spooky shit” is my catch-all term for anything that is paranormal, mysterious, unsolved, unexplained, and generally, well, spooky. Why is this my guilty pleasure? Because I intentionally scare the pants off myself, yet I can’t resist it. I am a firm believer in ghosts (a potential believer in cryptozoology) and love hearing scary stories or listening to EVPs. No matter how cheesy ghost hunting shows are, I love them! This also goes for spooky podcasts like my new fave, Lore. I’m pretty sure if I ever actually encountered any spooky shit, I would curl into a fetal position and cry, yet my boyfriend and I have intentionally booked a stay at a haunted hotel this fall, so we’ll just have to find out!
Being an Anglophile
Newsflash: I’m not British. I was born and raised in a very Americn household. But a girl can dream, right? Instead, I’m obsessed with tea, glued to anything on BBC, swoon over Benedict Cumberbatch, and yes, think corgis are the cutest things to waddle this earth. I feel guilty about this because I’m attracted to the allure of another country despite never visiting there. Hopefully I will soon! And that will either crush my fascination or make me even more obsessed!
5 Favorite Dr. Who Aliens
Ok, I’m not really into scifi things. I’ve never been obsessed about Star Wars, shows like Mork and Mindy and Third Rock from the Sun were before my time, and frankly, E.T. freaks me out. So I’m not really well versed enough to talk about Aliens. I can, however, talk about Dr. Who. That’s why I’ve altered this prompt to be My Favorite Aliens from Dr. Who.
Anyone not utterly terrified by Weeping Angels is a filthy stinkin’ liar. From their haunting appearance, to the fact that any statue might be a Weeping Angel is disguise is enough to make you never blink again. But that’s why they are my favorite aliens from the series. It’s actually quite poetic that they feed off potential energy. Weeping Angel episodes are also undeniably the best ones. “Blink” even being the best of all time.
True, the episode “Partners in Crime” isn’t exactly one of the greates episodes, but how can you look at that face and not love Adipose. They’re so cute! Plus, you can always blame any weight gain on them instead of your own laziness.
Captain Jack Harkness (The Face of Boe)
Be still my heart! Although he is human, he hails from the Boeshane peninsula, making him indeed an alien. I’m a sucker for a bad boy and Jack is a rogue Time Agent, as charming as they come. I haven’t seen many episodes of Torchwood, but I love the role he plays on Dr. Who, as almost a foil to the Ninth Doctor.
Then there’s the Face of Boe. Though clearly not as good looking as Jack, the face of Boe is a noble, intellectual, and influential figure. As the Doctor’s oldest friend, he has provided much guidance over the years. And how can you not tear up as the Face of Boe looks at his last sky?
I don’t know why I like the Vashta Nerada so much, when they’re clearly very anti-books. But maybe it’s not them I like as much as I like the episodes “Silence in the Library” and “Forest of the Dead.” Although these flesh eating aliens are not the same, I associate them also with the library inside a little girl’s mind. They’re also responsible for the first and last time we meet River Song.
And of course…
I have two hearts full of love to give for Time Lords, especially our beloved Doctor. What else is there to be said about the Doctor that hasn’t already been mentioned hundreds of times before? He is out to protect every race of beings in the universe, which makes him the best of them all!