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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Early on I read and fell in love with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The opening lines so perfectly took the words of Jane Austen and added zombies it was just perfect ridiculousness. Reading the book I was so excited to see how they brought together the story of the Bennet sister’s and added their prowess for fighting zombies. It was amazing to think about the fact that it was not about the guys fighting, but making part of being a refined woman not only about sewing, drawing, music, but also about the deadly arts. Now recently the movie came out and I was super excited to see it because I hoped that they could capture some of the same essence that the book had. Now this is not a direct comparison because it has been so long since I read the book. At the same time there were definitely some things about each that I liked. Continue reading

No LitFlix 2016… Sort Of

Basically with Geek Baby here the likelihood of actually making it to the movies as much as we would need to to be able to do LitFlix as we have been doing them is just not going to happen. The other issue is that when we do the LitFlix it ends up being almost all we read for the year, which is getting a little bit old. So instead we are going to change up how we might still do LitFlix, but not as a regularly scheduled program. We have really enjoyed doing LitFlix and want to continue it some way we just recognize that it cannot continue in its current form. Here are some ideas of what we might do with it.

LitFlix of Older Movies

One thought that David and I have had is that we could go back and do LitFlix for some older movies. By doing older movies we would not be tied to a specific movie release schedule and it would just be based on what movies we could find. If we did this we would probably not do as many as we have done in years past, but we could probably still do a few. Especially if we look at watching some movies of books we have already read.

Already Read the Book – Watch the Movie!

Now this would be a super easy thing that we could explore doing because if we have already read the book then all we would need to do is watch the movie. Now there are a couple of movies that are coming out that this might happen. One of these examples is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which I am personally super excited about, because the book is absolutely fantastic. If you have not read it yet, I highly recommend it.

Book Club

Another thing that we have considered exploring is actually doing the LitFlix as part of some sort of book club. Now this option is one that probably would not look at until we had our own hosted site where we could do something like a forum for the book club, but seems like a viable option. It would be one where we could introduce a book that has a corresponding movie that is already out and then plan a time to start a discussion around it. We would have to really see how it works, but it would be great to have more of a place to have a discussion instead of necessarily just have our opinion on it available.

We Will See

The big thing is that the LitFlix as we have done them is going away. We are probably going to try some different options to see what works. There are options that would work better when we are hosting our blog ourselves, but again we will just have to wait and see. What would you like to see or be interested in? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy New Year! Comparative Geeks thoughts for 2016

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Happy New Year! We don’t really have big news like last year, but the New Year is a good time to look back and reflect, to look forward and plan. Definitely plenty of that going on here.

Reflection

What the latter half of 2015 showed us was that, even with the Geek Baby, we want to and can keep blogging. I would like to think we’ve kept at least some of our quality and consistency. Hopefully that will just improve with time, but at its most basic – we can do it.

More importantly, what the first half of 2015 showed us was that we have a strong community around us and supporting us. We ran the blog for 6 weeks on guest posts by a variety of people and on a variety of topics. Opinion pieces, old stuff, new stuff, large-level reviews… just a bunch of really great stuff. This post has links to all of it, and I highly recommend checking it out. We’ve had some additional contributions from folks later in the year – and have even added a full-time weekly contributor, Julia, the newest comparative geek!

There were some things that didn’t work this year, sure. For one, we didn’t create a great communication system for all our contributors and guest posters – so it’s hard to tap them on a continual basis. For another, some of our series have just kind of fallen. I still owe everyone a Geek 501 page that I’ve promised – it’s about halfway done. And our LitFlix have really fallen to the wayside – more on our thoughts on this to come in the next few weeks. And overall, I had a lot more thoughts of what I could accomplish this year than what I really did.

Future

So looking ahead, I’m excited for what we can do this year. We’re coming up on three years of Comparative Geeks – it’s hard to believe! Thank you to everyone who’s been here with us through this. We feel we’re at the point that it’s time to consider moving forward, moving onward – growing.

We’re going to take our time with it, but our hope is that by about July, we’ll be running a self-hosted blog. The archives here likely would not come along for the ride, so this blog would stay here and live on, but without necessarily updates.

As to a self-hosted site, and the things that go with it, we have a lot of thoughts. One would be the webcomic I’ve been saying I want to do. I had some good starts before I completely fell off the wagon… And the fact that I’m not hating what I am creating is the most important thing. I might like my writing, but my drawing? Coming to terms with that has been huge. There are other things we’re considering too, that should be fun.

However, the number one thing that we want to see in a grown and improved blog is you – so let us know in the comments what would be good ways to have folks follow along to a new blog, or better yet what would work for you. And the thing we’re going to want too is contributors – to take what we accomplished early this year, drawing all those bloggers together, and channel that as a long-term thing. To magnify what we’re all doing by doing together, in one space, that can be a one-stop for people to check it out. So spend some time thinking about that, and feel free to comment on that as well!

From our family to yours, a Happy New Year indeed!

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

Gone Girl, a LitFlix

David and I finally found the opportunity to watch the movie Gone Girl. I read the novel back in October and loved it. The story keeps you guessing the entire time and I at times was not sure what was really happening and really did not see where the story was truly going until the end. I was not sure if they were going to pull off that same sense of suspense in the movie. Also, since I had read the book I do not know if I would have the same reaction to the movie. Luckily, David had not read the book so I could use his reaction to help judge the emotional progress of the book. From what I can tell they definitely pulled off telling the same story, which was not an easy feat. The book goes back and forth between perspectives and that can sometimes not done well in a movie, but the transitions were smooth and done beautifully. There were still a lot of things that were taken out for time purposes obviously, but all the same twists and turns were still there. The movie did an amazing job with pulling off the book and really getting the emotion of the story. (Spoilers for Gone Girl after the jump.) Continue reading