The fantasy genre is arguably one of the most popular genres of books, films, and television shows. Programs like Game of Thrones, Once Upon a Time, and others instantly come to mind. Nerd culture is practically dominated by the Thrones fandom, as well as Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. As these have been … Continue reading What Should the Fantasy Genre Look Like Now?
On this day ten years ago, during what felt like the height of the vampire obsession, HBO’s True Blood premiered. Adapted from Charlaine Harris’ wildly successful book series The Southern Vampire Mysteries, True Blood proved to be a hit from the beginning. Though it wrapped up its run in 2014 with seven seasons, it is … Continue reading ‘True Blood’ 10-Year Anniversary Fancast
You have never read a book like Justina Ireland’s Dread Nation. No, I’m not reaching by saying this. It is absolutely true. I was mildly apprehensive about reading a YA (Young Adult) book involving zombies and a girl fighting them. See, I’m not wildly crazy about zombies in general. It took me six years to … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Dread Nation’ by Justina Ireland
This week many African-Americans across the country celebrated the holiday of Juneteenth: the day when the last of the enslaved African-Americans were freed on June 19th, 1865 in Texas after the end of the American Civil War. This holiday has certainly gained more widespread notoriety around the country and, as such, I thought it only … Continue reading ‘Dread Nation’ Live-Action Fancast
I eat, sleep, and breathe history. I always have. The writer in me admires the way that history feels like one huge neverending story with numerous protagonists and main events. When movies set in significant historic backdrops and periods, I always get a little excited. That is until glaring historical inaccuracies or erasures are presented. … Continue reading ‘Fantastic Beasts’ and the Lack of Historical Context
Is it still fun to be a fan of Harry Potter? I ask myself this question often, especially as I get older and look at the movies and books I loved so much throughout my childhood more critically. As a young black woman, I have often had to love this series despite there being few … Continue reading Is It Still Fun to Be a “Harry Potter” Fan?
2018 is providing an abundance of amazing and interesting Young Adult books to look forward to. This is especially true for YA authors of color. With so many good books being released this year, it may sometimes seem difficult to keep up with the ones that catch your interest before they come out. So, I've … Continue reading 5 YA Books by POC Authors to Look Forward To in 2018
Another Friday, another fancast. This week, I chose to fancast the YA novel Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows. Graphics were created courtesy of one of our amazing graphic designers, Elena, who can be followed on Twitter @lacheps. The world created in this book is extremely expansive and colorful, which would make this adaptation better … Continue reading ‘Before She Ignites’ Live-Action Fancast
By: J'Neia Stewart WizardWorld puts on cons all over the United States throughout the year in cities including New Orleans, Philadelphia, Chicago, and St. Louis to name a few. So, when I noticed it would be happening only an hour away from me in New Orleans, I knew I had to go. For the first … Continue reading My Experience at WizardWorld New Orleans
As summer comes to a close, we can dust off our different Expo markers and begin the complex process of creating a color coding schedule to ensure we don't miss our favorite television shows. Or maybe that's just me? Typically the fall tv schedule is packed with programming new and old alike and we often … Continue reading 5 Fall TV Shows We Can’t Wait For