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Arrow is Hamlet

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I’m not a huge DC fan, Marvel is much more my style. I’d never much wanted to check out Arrow, but when I saw it was on Netflix I figured it would be worth a shot. When I first started watching it, I thought it was basically Batman if his parents, or at least half of them, were alive. Further in (I’m about halfway through season 2) I realized it’s not Batman 2.0, it’s actually Hamlet. From what I can tell, that comes from the show’s deviations from the comic book plot, such as leaving his parents alive into his young adulthood, but I do feel it’s been done to great effect to draw in more viewers.

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F is for Faris

FSo far with the A to Z Challenge, we’ve looked at some more recent or bigger named characters. But for the letter F, I wanted to dip a bit further back, with an older character that was brought back to my attention recently.

I love Final Fantasy V, though I somehow have never actually beaten it. I picked up the new iPad app version recently to try to finally reach that lofty goal. And it was there that I was reminded of the party member Faris. When you meet Faris, it is assumed that she’s a man – not so! This hydra-owning, pirate-ship-captaining, secret-princess is a great character, probably my favorite from the game!

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Joss Whedon and the Golden Age

Alright, so I have to say: I think we are entering into a Golden Age of creativity in our world today. A world where we are running into new technologies, new ways of doing entertainment, new ways of approaching storytelling. A world where there is so much quantity, but we still value the quality so much.

I submit to you that this, the world we are moving into, the Day and Age, the Zeitgeist – for the geeks, the barometer of this has to be the success of Joss Whedon.

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The shirt is from pvponline.com, but it’s all over the Internet by now…

A man who, constantly, has been shut down by the establishment. And who, when given the chance, creates the most beloved pieces of geekdom being produced today, outside of perhaps Doctor Who. Perhaps.

So join me for a few moments to consider where Joss Whedon has been, and where he has gotten to now, director of one of the highest grossing movies ever made.

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