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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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”

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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5 Revolutionary Ways That Life Is Strange Portrays Female Characters

With the three-part prequel to Life Is Strange dropping soon, I’ve been thinking a lot about the original game and what made it so great. Specifically, I’ve been thinking of all the revolutionary ways that the series portrayed female characters. And look, I’m not saying that Life is Strange was a perfect bastion of diversity and inclusiveness – notably, most of the characters are white and the series manages to throw in the dead lesbians trope. But problems notwithstanding, this game does several fairly radical things when it comes to its portrayal of gender that I would like to see more in games. And it is not just that the main character is a girl – it’s the specific way that female characters and gender are portrayed throughout the game. Continue reading “5 Revolutionary Ways That Life Is Strange Portrays Female Characters”