“Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can't remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story [...] But this too is true: stories can save us [...] In a story, which is a kind of dreaming, the dead sometimes smile and sit up and return to the world."
– Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried
Greetings, Vocal readers. This week is very special to because my birthday is in a few days and I'm eager to enjoy my birthday week with friends and everyone on social media. Yes, I'm a Scorpio and love celebrating my birthday. With that being said, we’re all fans of something: a TV show, movie, or even a video game franchise. I’ve been hearing the word “fanboy” for the last several years and as I’ve gotten older, it’s a term that I personally dislike. Before I go any further, let me say a few things to everyone. I have no personal issue with what you choose to like and who you support. As long as it makes you happy and not hurting me, by all means, knock yourself out. I understand that you have your reasons of using the word fanboy, but for me, I prefer using the word “enthusiast,” rather than “fanboy” for a couple of reasons: I don’t live vicariously through famous people and they’re just regular people just like us. They don’t owe me anything, nor should I be entitled to have or receive anything from them. I love and support the stuff my favorite actors, actresses, voice actors, and so on that they’re in and that’s about it. If they do something unbecoming I don’t agree with, I’m going to call it out. I refuse to make any excuses for them, like most people do.
On July 19th, 2008, the Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender came to an end with a kiss on a balcony and a pan up to a lovingly animated sky. I was eleven. I don't remember watching it, but knowing me, I probably cried. I remember liking the finale a lot. These characters that I had watched grow for so much of my childhood had had to fight for their happy ending almost until their final moments of screen time, and the peace they were left in felt bitterly earned.
Shortly after starting to watch Adventure Time, I used it to cope. I was dealing with loss and trauma, and with nearly every moment spent waiting for the tears to come, I stopped them with this ridiculous kid and his dog.
I’m going to start this off by asking you a question: What do you think is the greatest movie of all-time? Got an answer? Great. Here’s another question: What is your favourite movie? Is your answer the same or different from the first question? If it’s different, why is that?
I seriously never saw my life becoming what it had. Anything and everything I ever dreamed or planned was long forgotten memories when Game of Thrones came into my world.
Pride month is about to start folks, and the best way to get in the right mindset is to begin watching as many LGBTQ+ movies and shows as possible. Don’t worry, for this list I’ll make sure to put if one of the gay characters dies, for I know some of you (and me included) can’t always handle tragic gay romance.
Dialogue in movies or television can seem fairly boring to most people. People love the action and special effects. As a writer, I love the words. Great dialogue between characters with rich histories is what keeps me interested in what I'm watching.
On the eve of April 1, 2019, my dad was driving me back to apartment. We were having a conversation about after-work activities and almost simultaneously he and I realized that we make grand plans to try new things, cook, and be active after work, but when we get home all we end up doing is watching Netflix or streaming of some other variety.
Last month cosplayer Yakfrost posted on their Twitter account a Google Docs list of known black face/race face cosplayers, and asked the community to block them from their social media. Upon hearing about the list, the cosplayers listed and their followers retaliated through misgendering, calling Yakfrost "the real racist," Nazi and other terrible things.
Right now, I’m holding my stuffed dinosaur, Muhammed, trying to decide whether or not I’ll let people read this. The only way for me to get this out is to be personal and emotional, but I’ve been led to believe that I can’t be taken seriously like that. Yet here I go, about to compare myself to a superhero while spilling my heart-guts for as many people who’ll read it.