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The Benefits of Escapism

Sometimes, the world really sucks. It’s beginning to feel like every time we start to heal and move on from one tragedy or disaster, another strikes. Last week I was dealing with flooding in our area, and the persistent threat of tornadoes, but all of that faded into the background with what happened in Orlando.

This is by no means a post rehashing the news, or remarking on the politics now surrounding it. I’m in dire need of a break from it all, just as I’m sure you all are, no matter your personal affiliations. It’s times like these that I really do marvel at the beauty of literature, music, and films to take one’s mind off of things. This is when I’m most in need of all guilty pleasures, no matter how small. Red wine and some cookie dough ice cream while watching Netflix? Yep, I’m there.

One of my personal favorite guilty pleasures is historical romance novels. For a bit of light reading full of lush clothing and descriptive language, it can be interesting enough to keep my attention and absorb me so that I forget the awfulness of the world around me. Plus, it has the benefit of being comfortingly predictable; as a reader, you know exactly where the story is heading. Love will triumph and the hero and heroine will ride off into the sunset together. It’s incredibly reassuring and serves its purpose wonderfully: escapism.

Everyone has their own form of escapism. Literature is a fantastic one, because you can honestly imagine yourself in the shoes of a heroine and lose yourself in a new world that you create in your mind. Geek culture is full of ways to indulge in escapism. Science fiction and fantasy novels can be brilliant, richly detailed escapism. The multitude of geek-central television shows we currently have, whether presently airing or available on Netflix (Firefly, anyone?) are a fantastic source of comfort right now. Plus with all of the great movies coming out this year, there has to be one or another that you can check out in the weeks to come.

The Nine Alignments of Firefly

Editor: There we go. Firefly, Good, and Evil, all in one image.

I’ve talked before about how I use the phrase “popcorn movie” as a positive phrase because there is something so deliciously wonderful about being able to absorb myself in a film for two hours, whether or not the movie is full of substance. Popcorn movies are perfect for times like these, when all we really want is to munch some popcorn in a dark theatre and “ooo” and “ahhh” over some really cool graphics and Good vs. Evil stories. Especially because popcorn movies, like historical romance novels, give us the sense that good/love can and will win.

So I say make sure to indulge in some escapism this weekend, in whatever awesomely geeky way you want. And then Monday, pick yourself back up and face the world and do your best to emulate the heroes in the fandom you indulged in and try to make sure that good will win, even in our presently sucky world. Whether by speaking out against hate, donating time, money, or blood, writing to your lawmakers or voting, or even reaching out to your friends and family and letting them know you love them. Use your geeky escapism to bolster your spirits and refresh yourself so that you can help tackle the problems we all face.

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Batman v. Superman v. Staying Home

Holly and I have had some difficulties getting to movies. It’s the Geek Baby, lining up a babysitter, the limited movie showtimes in town (only ever one screen showing a movie), and then life. I’ve been working Saturdays. And this weekend is Easter, so it’s busy above the usual.

All of which is to say that, while they were trying to find a time with no competition to release Batman v. Superman, they have also found a time that is really hard for us to make it. If we do see it, it will either be separately from each other (but hopefully with friends), or else in several weeks’ time. That’s just where we’re at.

And then we’re seeing some of the initial reviews are questionable. But it’s a comic book movie, which can get odd reviews from “official” critics. It’s Zack Snyder, whose style turns some people off. It’s a sequel to a hotly contested movie. It’s the start of a larger multi-movie multi-title franchise. It’s DC’s Iron Man 2. All of which is to say… should we even bother?

So I have a few request of you, dear readers.

  • If you write a review or read a good one, feel free to drop a link in the comments below. We might not read it for a while, but it can help make up for us not writing one for a while, right?
  • If you’re looking for a review, check out any that folks drop in the comments below!
  • If you see the movie, give us your feedback: worth running to the theater to see? Finding the time (for a 2 and a half hour movie) and a babysitter worth it? We’d like that word of mouth!
  • Vote in our poll!

Two and a Half Years of Comparative Geeks!

Merlin Relaxing

At this point I’ve made a tradition of celebrating the milestone every six months of Comparative Geeks! With the Geek Baby we’re now counting much shorter increments in time, like age in weeks, or hours between feedings (or hours we get to sleep!) so six more months suddenly feels like a really long time!

As part of this most recent six months, we had six weeks of guest posts, along with the Friday posts I wrote in advance. That was a lot of great content from some really great bloggers, so if you missed that, I collected them all here. We are still incredibly grateful for that, because without it, I would not be sitting here now saying that we’ve had a successful, continuing blog here on Comparative Geeks!

Seeing how much success we had, and how our life has changed for sure, we are continuing to operate with additional bloggers – now contributors in their own rights, and not just guest writers! And with that, there are now more Comparative Geeks!

Which means some of the basic conceit of the site – it being the two of us, a married couple able to talk through our post ideas on a daily basis – is just not the same anymore. There are more opinions. More fandoms. More experience to bring to the table. And that’s great!

It does mean that some high-level changes need to happen – like the First Time Here and About the Authors pages need an overhaul. There’s already an authors scroll in the sidebar on those pages – recent posts by all of the different Geeks!

I’m still slowly plugging away on a Geek 501 page, as well. In the mean time, I’ve also added a link to our whirlwind board game recommendations – our annual 12 Days of TableTop Day post. And the LitFlix… well, we’re working on it. It’s been hard to make it to movies this year, which makes us sad. It’s the number one getaway thing we have done without the Geek Baby – but we haven’t pulled off both going to see a movie together yet.

At some point we really need to recruit a babysitter!

I think we’re on a roll now, and I forsee we’ve definitely got the next six months in us. I fully expect that in January we’ll be talking about three years of Comparative Geeks! Where it goes from there? Time will tell. Like I said, I’m hoping I get a few more hours of sleep tonight… we’ll see about months of blogging!

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Shadow Relaxing

Big Game – Ridiculous Looking Movie

One of our favorite movie going experiences ever was Snakes on a Plane.
Not because there was any great cinematic anything in that film, but because it owned the fact that it was utterly ridiculous. Also, we were the only ones in the theatre (a group of us) and we got to interact with the movie more that way.

Well, it looks like Samuel L. Jackson, the BAMF himself, is doing it again. We saw the add for this movie – Big Game – and it just looks ridiculous. But in that great way. And they’ve figured out how the fun works, too – the movie is coming out in theatres, and on iTunes, the same day. Today.

So grab some friends, leave your serious side behind, and check out Big Game this weekend. I know we’re going to try to!

Movie Theatre Dos and Don’ts

Going to the movie theatre is not just about watching a movie. If I want to watch a movie I can sit in my own house on my comfy couch and watch a movie. Now in most places you have comfortable seats where you can lean back, but I do not have such joy in my town. It is probably why I, almost, always go to the movies when I go on vacation. There is something about the experience of the popcorn, the drinks and sitting back and immersing yourself in a story. When a movie is good you can get lost in the experience in a theatre, when it is funny the collective laugh that springs forth from an audience is difficult to recreate at home.

I love going to the movie theatre. At the same time when you go to the theatre there is one thing that you have to deal with and that is other people. Other people is part of the experience, but those other people have the potential to make or break an experience. So here are some of my movie theatre dos and don’ts. Continue reading