Insurgent, a LitFlix

David and I got to go see Insurgent recently and it was interesting. It has been a while since I finished reading the book, but I remembered a lot of the important points and often watching the story played out in a movie will bring back those memories. With this movie it was not the case because there were points that were similar, but then there was a lot that went a completely different direction as well. Some of the problem is that they hit some of the larger points, but then missed the bigger picture of the story. Some of this stems from the ways that they changed the first story, but then there are a lot of things that seem to get changed due to time. The biggest thing though is that it felt like the movie was telling a different story. (Spoilers for Insurgent after the jump) Continue reading

Coming Up on Comparative Geeks

Cat in Wrapping Paper

Over the next few months we are going to have a couple of things that will be a little bit different, so wanted to give a heads up about what will be happening.

First of all, next month we will be participating in the A to Z challenge. We will be posting shorter posts 6 days a week covering topics on Science Fiction Today from A to Z. This will take us through the entire month of April.

Something else that we will be starting Monday is our countdown to International Tabletop Day on April 11. The countdown will be happening on the Comparative Geeks Instagram this year. We will be highlighting one game a day counting down to April 11 where we will put up a post with all of the games highlighted on Instagram.

Finally, the big thing is that starting some time in May we will be having a time of mostly guest posts. Geek Baby is due in May and therefore David and I will be a bit preoccupied for a while. Thank you to all the bloggers who are writing guest posts for us during that time it is a huge help to let us continue the blog during a hectic time.

That is basically everything. Hope you enjoy the A to Z posts, look out for the countdown to Tabletop Day on Instagram, and look out for some great guest posts in May!

Looking Forward to Game of Thrones Season 5

David and I love Game of Thrones we have read the books and watched the entire series so far.  Now we are about to go into Season 5 of the show, which is basically going to catch up to the book. There have already been a lot of the scenes from the books that have played out amazingly on screen and then there are other stories that have been expanded or changed due to the direction the show has needed to go. There are a lot of things coming up in season 5 that David and I are looking forward to. There are a few things though that we are really excited about that are going to happen during season 5.  Continue reading

Geek 501 – Gatekeeping

Before we dive into the A to Z Challenge, I wanted to get in another Geek 501 post. So it’s time to take on one of the bigger things in all of geek culture. Something that crops up in basically all fandoms. Gatekeeping.

I could define Gatekeeping. Or, I could let comic writers and artist Noelle Stevenson do it for me.

As I’ve talked about previously, much of the joy and point of being a geek is finding others like us, finding those who share our loves and joining together. However, in group forming, in identity forming, in self-defining, one of the problems is that we inherently exclude others.

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iZombie, Verdict

David and I caught the first episode of the new show iZombie and people need to watch it. We both loved the first episode and it is definitely something we will continue watching. It definitely has it’s campy moments, but I think that adds to the charm. Part of what is great about the show is that it is a bit of Veronica Mars and a bit of Pushing Daisies (according to David). It has the wit of a young girl trying to deal with being a zombie, but not being bloodthirsty all the time. At the same time she discovers that she can get visions from the people that she eats and since she is working in a morgue her visions tend to be of how they died. This creates an interesting dynamic where she actually gets to help the police. The whole being a zombie just adds a level of quirkiness that makes the show fun and different then other sorts of crime dramas or procedurals. (Mild spoilers for iZombie after the jump) Continue reading