12 Coloring Books For Your Inner Geek

I’ve been into the whole adult coloring thing for some time now. I am not talented in the visual arts but that’s part of the reason that these are so great. Coloring allows you to add your own bit of flair to an existing piece of art without worrying overly much that you’re doing it wrong. Which is not to say that real artists can’t enjoy coloring books as well – I’ve seen some truly gorgeous colored pictures in my day. But for me, coloring is just a relaxing hobby that helps me deal with any extra stress. Naturally, I was thrilled when geeky franchises started getting into the adult coloring game.

But there are so many of these things! So much coloring, so little time. With that in mind, I made this list of 12 geeky coloring books that are definitely worth your time.

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Shelob is a Sexy Lady Because Some Game Developers Just Like to Watch the World Burn

 

It’s 2017. Donald Trump is president. The Emoji Movie is a thing that exists. And Shelob, the giant spider from Lord of the Rings, is a sexy lady because some game developers just like to watch the world burn. From Middle-Earth: Shadow of War:

I mean, okay, it doesn’t actually look that bad. I guess I could look on the bright side here and say that Monolith is just trying to add some female representation? Shelob looks like a fairly cliché femme fatale villain, but cliché storylines were pretty standard in Shadow of Mordor (see: Talion, the grizzled anti-hero dude with the fridged family) and that was still an enjoyable enough game.

But that’s the rational part of my brain talking. A nagging, irrational part of my brain believes that this is how the world ends. This is it. The apocalypse is nigh. Monolith must take responsibility for the terror that they have unleashed upon humanity. Continue reading “Shelob is a Sexy Lady Because Some Game Developers Just Like to Watch the World Burn”

The Emoji Movie Takes Place In A Terrifying Dystopian Hellscape

I’ve heard it said that hell is other emojis.

Imagine that you live in a world where everyone must show only one emotion at all times. All your friends and family must be eternally happy, eternally sad, or eternally angry. If they feel other emotions, they must be careful to never show it on their faces. To do otherwise risks the destruction of their very world.

This is the dystopia of The Emoji Movie.

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Bizarre Fan Theories Examined: Gollum Murdered Frodo’s Parents

Bizarre Fan Theories Examined is a segment that takes some of the most unusual fan theories from across the internet and analyzes them based on the evidence.

This post may contain spoilers for The Lord of the Rings books and movies.

 

I first ran across this theory a few years ago on a Lord of the Rings fan forum. It’s one of those theories that sounds completely crazy, but that has a surprising amount of circumstantial evidence to back it up. I mean, obviously the books don’t directly support it or it wouldn’t be a “bizarre fan theory.” And we’re unlikely to get any sort of Word of God statement on this one because as far as I can tell, Tolkien never addressed it and he’s been deceased for decades. Most people seem to dismiss this theory out of hand, but I like to chew it over from time to time … partly because I think it would be an interesting detail thematically. Continue reading “Bizarre Fan Theories Examined: Gollum Murdered Frodo’s Parents”

Trailer Reaction: A Wrinkle In Time

The first teaser trailer for A Wrinkle In Time is here!

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Trailer Reaction: Bright

The trailer for Netflix’s Bright starring Will Smith  and Joel Edgerton was one of the many trailers that we’ve been given during San Diego Comic Con!

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Three Reasons You Should Read The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

Whelp, The Stars are Legion was an awesome book. Honestly, I had been stuck in a slump of reading mediocre books for several months, so to  find this gem of a novel was the best thing to happen to me since that new frozen yogurt place opened up down the street. As I was attempting to write a straight review of this book, I realized that I didn’t have anything negative to say about it … which is a real rarity for me – not because I’m constantly negative or anything, but because I have a wee bit of a tendency to overanalyze media. If I was forced to level a criticism, then I might say that the first 25% of the book was paced slowly, but this is true of so many novels that are amazing that I think taking a lot of time to set things up can often make a story better. I could just rave about all the many things about this book that are awesome all day … but in the interest of not writing a 10,000 word essay, I’ve decided to just list three things that I found particularly great about this book. Continue reading “Three Reasons You Should Read The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley”

Trailer Reaction: Kingdom Hearts III

This trailer for Kingdom Hearts III is based in the world of Toy Story and … wow.

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Trailer Reaction: Ready Player One

One of many great trailers to come out at SDCC was for Ready Player One which is based on the book by Ernest Cline (yeah, I’ve read it) and is directed by Steven Spielberg.

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5 Ways That Gilmore Girls Revival Made Its Main Characters Unlikable

Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for Gilmore Girls Revival as well as for all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls.

Fandom, I have really mixed feelings about Netflix’s Gilmore Girls Revival. On the one hand, I think that it’s as good as we could have reasonably expected a reunion mini-series to be. It has its bumps and quirks, but many of the scenes do manage to recapture the magic of the original. Gilmore Girls’ unique style of “fast talking” pop culture-laden humor is on prominent display and is generally used to good effect. I also appreciated that the show didn’t offer a view of the characters living charmed, perfect lives ten years on from the original, but instead gave them legitimate struggles to overcome. The Revival does have its faults – many of the cameos from the show’s regulars feel forced and a few of the scenes (the Life and Death Brigade appearance, Lorelei’s wedding) have a bizarro, fake feeling that made me legitimately wonder if the characters had slipped into a drug-induced dream.

As usual, Liza Weil’s Paris Geller is one of the highlights of the show.

I can forgive Gilmore Girls Revival most of its flaws easily enough. After all, a few odd scenes are a small price to pay to spend more time with these characters. But Gilmore Girls Revival has one flaw that I have a much more difficult time forgiving – at times, it makes Lorelei and Rory into intensely unlikable characters. They aren’t unlikable all the time, but when they go unlikable, they go hardcore.

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