The Tale of My (Slightly Unhealthy) Addiction to Sherlock

No caption.  Am speechless.

No caption. Am speechless.

This is a tale of a knight in armor, and a girl who knew their love could never be.  A tale of transformation and obsession.  A tale of a soul in anguish and a television show.

This is the tale of my addiction to Sherlock.  (And Benedict Cumberbatch…and Martin Freeman.)

And of my transformation from a simple, nerdy, college student, to a full-blown fan girl.  (Well, I’m not quite there yet).

I blame Pinterest.  I used to go on Pinterest all the time (before I found Tumblr) and, because I often visited the “geek” page, I saw a lot of pictures about this weird looking show called Sherlock–the television show about a modern-day Sherlock Holmes and his best friend, John Watson.  At first, I hardly gave the pictures a second glance, but I soon began to examine them more closely, and thought to myself, “Hey, this looks pretty cool.”  I began “liking” many Sherlock pictures–even though I knew nothing about it–and was very curious about the show.

Several months later, I decided to sate my curiosity.  My cousin, sister, and I often get together to watch Doctor Who, but one evening that my sister couldn’t come, I said to my cousin, “Cousin, can we watch that show Sherlock?”  Cousin replied, “Actually, I’ve been wanting to watch it myself.”*  So, we watched the first episode.

I hated it.

I felt stupid and couldn’t keep up.  It was not love at first sight.

Being a whiney baby about it, I complained to my cousin, whose eyes were glazed over and who said, “I think this is my favorite tv show.”

I rolled my eyes and groaned.  “Well, I’ll give it another shot.”

The next episode went much better.  I could actually understand it and I really began to feel a connection to the characters.

By the third episode, I was hooked.  It was officially my favorite tv show, just like my cousin had said, and I had officially become a permanent fan girl.  And my curiosity concerning the show had morphed into a slightly unhealthy addiction.  I couldn’t wait to watch each of the next episodes at my cousin’s house and often pushed off my homework.  I had fallen in love with the show, Cumberbatch, and Freeman.  I even got two of my brothers and one sister interested, and now they like it, too!  (Though not as much as I do).

I recently watched the finale of season two.  (If I were emotional, I know I would have cried).  I didn’t realize it was the last available episode, and when my cousin told me, I almost had a fit of sorrow.  My soul!  The feels!  It all hit me at once.  Now, I had to be normal like everyone else and WAIT.

If you have never seen Sherlock, I highly recommend it.  I know that I say that about everything, but, seriously–this show is amazing.  I beg of you–watch the first couple of episodes, at least.

And, now that I know Cumberbatch is in Star Trek: Into Darkness, I’m totally going to go see the movie in May.

Have you ever seen Sherlock?  Do you like it?  How do you think Sherlock Holmes did what he did in the finale of season two?  (I said it that way so as to avoid spoiling it for anyone who hasn’t seen it).

Please comment !  I need to talk to some other geeks about the show!

*I may have gotten the story wrong…I have the worst memory on the planet.


Join the Club, jasynjonz!

We have another new recruit to welcome to Good News for Geeks!  His name is jasynjonz.  So…welcome!

I’ve known this blogger for a long time and he posts some really awesome stuff.  So, like I’ve said for lejonanders and magicgerbil, you can look forward to everything he will post.  He will mostly write about table-top RPG and board games, as far as I know.  Sounds good!

Join the club, jasynjonz!  And may the odds be ever in your favor.

(Say that really slowly and in a British accent.  It’ll sound better)

(Speaking of British, if you like that kind of stuff, you’ll like a post coming soon.  One hint–“Elementary”)

Fan Fiction: The Spice of Life

Where writers bring both the best and the worst to life

Where writers bring both the best and the worst to life

If you love to read, and you’ve never visited, you are seriously missing out.  Just in the past few months, I started reading a lot of stories on that website, and now I’m in love with it.  There are some amazing stories on there and, oftentimes, it makes a not-so-great day that much better.

Which is why I said it’s the spice of life.


Countless talented individuals submit work to daily, writing about their favorite fandoms.  And every possible fandom is on there.

I usually read stories about Avatar: The Last Airbender and Harry Potter.  (I’m proud to say that Avatar is number one in the “cartoon” list, as is Harry Potter in the “book” category!)

One of my favorite Avatar authors is DJNS. This author has written many fantastic stories, often about Avatarone of the best being a fiction called “Future Echoes”, a story about Aang resetting history and destroying his chance of having a romantic relationship with Katara.  Holy cow.  It should be a book.  Click this to read it!  You will not regret it.  If you want to see what else DJNS has written, go here to the author’s profile.

(Just a note–stories rated “M” are for mature readers only.  I strongly suggest you stay away from those if you don’t want to encounter any graphic material).

Another cherished Avatar story of mine is “Another Brother”, a story about what might have been if Zuko was adopted into Sokka and Katara’s family.  It is excellent and, again, should be a book.  If you want to read it, tap this.  (Warning–it is not complete and hasn’t been edited in over two years, so it may not ever be finished).  The author who wrote it is AvocadoLove, whose profile you can view here.

And, finally, one of my favorite Harry Potter stories is “Potters, Weasleys, and Misguided Snogging”, a story about the next generation of Potters and Weasleys at Hogwarts.  It’s really entertaining!  If you want to check it out, click this.  The author who wrote it is called Somewhat Quirky, whose profile you can view by going here.

To self-promote, I have submitted a story about Avatar to  It’s called “Born in a New City”, a story about the formation of Republic City, Aang and Katara’s marriage, and the birth of their first child.  Bored this weekend?  Read it by tapping this.  And, if you want to go to my profile, click here.  (If you read my story and choose to review it, let me know in the review that you came from the blog!  I would be curious to know).

What are some of your favorite fan fictions?  Have you written anything?  Feel free to include the links to either in your comments!


Comparing Fandoms: Avatar versus Harry Potter

Mixin' it up

Mixin’ it up

The fandoms of Avatar (consisted of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Avatar: The Legend of Korra) and Harry Potter are two of my favorites for many reasons. However, I have to admit that I like the former better, especially Avatar: The Last Airbender. Why? I’d like to answer that question in this post.

A few things to note before I start:

  • I’ll compare the Harry Potter series and The Last Airbender.
  • I’ll leave Korra out of the picture, because it wasn’t nearly as awesome as The Last Airbender.
  • I love the Harry Potter series, but I will be honest in expressing my opinion about why I like The Last Airbender more.
  • I’ll refer to the Harry Potter fandom as “HP”.
  • I’ll refer to the Avatar fandom as “ATLA”.

By the way, I was curious about which one others liked best, so I made a poll and put it on the blog. So far, the Avatar fandom is in the lead, but it’s almost a fifty-fifty tie. I should mention that only seven people have voted, so the statistics probably aren’t all that accurate, but it was still interesting to see the results. Anyway, let’s get crackin’.

Comparing the Plot

Both: defeat the bad guy and save the world.

I think the plot in HP was more complex, which I like.  I like stories that are complex and realistic, with clear and understandable plots.  On the same note, HP’s plot was a lot darker, which I like, too, because it often means it is more realistic.  However, the plot in ATLA was dark and realistic in its own way.

One more note: I loved the fillers in each story.  ATLA’s elaborated on the characters, leading us to love them even more (I’ll elaborate on that later).  HP’s…well, I wonder if HP actually had fillers.  Every time it seemed like something was going to be a filler, it wasn’t, although I think it had a few.  When it did, it did the same thing as ATLA.

Overall, each plot had its own complexity and realism.  Neither was dumb or childish, but focused on deep and serious issues.  They focused on mature philosophical matters, as well, teaching great morals and leading fans to become better people.  And they had a fair amount of fun and humor to not totally depress us (unlike Fullmetal Alchemist:Brotherhood*; am I right?).

Conclusion?  HP wins.

Comparing the Main Character

Both: a legendary boy with great expectations placed upon him.

Let’s look at Harry and Aang’s similarities.  Both boys:

  • were young when they learned about who they are
  • had a clear destiny
  • worked to restore balance and harmony to the world
  • heavily relied upon friends and allies
  • knew when to be serious and when to relax; well, most of the time

Now let’s look at the differences.

  • Aang had a fairly easy childhood, while Harry’s just plain stunk.
  • Harry was more serious, while Aang was a more goofy kid.
  • Harry had to go to school, while Aang didn’t.  Bummer, Harry.
  • Aang never experienced much physical pain, but Harry did.  Again–sorry, man.

I just realized how much worse Harry had it than Aang.  That makes me sad for him, but I feel like he had more serious flaws than Aang.  Harry could really be a jerk and was often jealous, cocky, and prideful, although he was awesome in many ways.  Granted, Aang had flaws, too, though (to prove my bias) I can’t think of many right now.  I didn’t like how Aang was kind of a wimp concerning certain issues, but I liked a lot of other things about him.

Overall, each boy had many similitarities, but a number of substantial differences.  Each hero of the story underwent tremendous trial and put forth extreme effort to overcome terrible things.  They were both amazing in their own ways.

Conclusion?  ATLA wins.

Comparing the Other Characters

Both: strong friends, incredible allies, and wicked villains.

This is one of the strongest factors in why I like Avatar better.  For one thing, I’m in love with Zuko.  Literally.**  I would marry him if he were real.  That seems to happen to me a lot with fictional characters.

The comment says it all

The comment says it all

The fact that the picture is of David Tennant may be confusing, but the same concept still applies.  (And, plus, I really like that guy).

I liked the other characters in HP a lot, but the characters in ATLA were awesome.  They were hilarious, infuriating, real, deep, and emotion-provoking.  They simply meant more to me than the characters in HP.

Conclusion?  ATLA wins.

Comparing the Special Abilities

Both: abilities that are granted to certain individuals; often hereditary, but not always.

Essentially, it comes down to magic versus bending. Tough call.  It would be pretty awesome to be able to bend, but I think that I’d rather have a wand.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but couldn’t you sort of bend the elements with your wand?  I don’t know if that’s accurate, but I do think that having a wand would be more practical.

Conclusion?  HP wins.

Well, that’s all, folks!  In writing this post, I realized that each of these fandoms have a lot of similarities, but it also reaffirmed my belief that ATLA is more dear to me than HP.

I was going to compare each fandoms animals and physical environment, but…I’m feeling lazy.  It’s spring break, after all.  Speaking of lazy, I obviously got really lazy as I wrote more and more of this post.  Oh, well.

What do you think?  Am I totally off?  Express your opinion below.  Remember to keep it friendly.

*I just started to watch that show.  It is my first anime and I love it, even though it is really depressing at times.  And, I take it back; it has its own share of fun, but not as much as its share of depressing-ness.  Seriously, though–I have never been on a more extreme emotional roller-coaster ride, which is saying a lot because I am not an emotional person.  At all.  I am Mai in the flesh.

**And now it should make sense why I love Zuko.  I am like Mai.  Zuko is emo.  Opposites attract.  I’m going to keep telling myself that.

What Kind of Bender Are You? (An Avatar Quiz)

Water, Earth, Fire, Air

Water, Earth, Fire, Air

I just took a quiz that determines the bending type of an individual (based on the bending types from Avatar: The Last Airbender and
Avatar: The Legend of Korra). It was actually kind of fun and really accurate!

I was an airbender, which surprised me–I thought I would be a waterbender–but, after I read the results, it made a lot of sense and described me well.

Take the quiz by clicking here and tell me what kind of bender you are!

Interpreting the Message of Avatar: The Last Airbender

The Gaang

The Gaang

Everything, whether it be a television show, a movie, or a comic book, portrays a message. Even the lives of human beings emit a message, including your own. Some messages are more subtle than others, while some are as plain as day. I’d like to elaborate on one specific television show’s message–Avatar: The Last Airbender.

I recently read two blog posts–one on the blog of Mike DiMartino (co-creator of the show) and another on the Korra blog that I told you about–which explored the subject of how messages are portrayed. Both posts were pretty interesting, so I encourage you to read them, and each of them lead me to think about the message in Avatar.  In fact, as I was driving to school one day, I thought, “What is the meaning of it?  What were the creators of the show trying to say?” And now I think I know.

Here is my interpretation of the message: the path to harmony is long, arduous, and filled with trial, but it is possible and, in fact, absolutely necessary for one to travel upon.

Think that’s accurate?  Or am I totally off?

I am going to tell you why I think that’s the meaning of the show if I can get at least one comment. Just one comment from some kind-hearted soul, telling me whether or not they agree. (Well…I’ll probably write another post about it anyway…but I’d still really appreciate it.)

So, scroll down! Click “enter your comment here”!  And type madly!  After all, fellow nerd, you’re my only hope.

My Trip to STAPLE! (a Nerdy Art Convention)

This year's STAPLE! picture

This year’s STAPLE! picture

Nerdy art is awesome, especially when it’s available in mass quantities at art conventions, which I learned last weekend when I went to a con called STAPLE!.  (By the way, I’m not putting the word “staple” into caps because I’m super-excited or something; it’s the actual name of the con).

I like art in it of itself, but art made by geeks is even better. (When I say the word “art”, I mean a lot of things–comic books, posters, paintings, etc.) However, I’m not exactly sure why I like it so much. Maybe it’s because I enjoy visually seeing the things I’m passionate about. Or maybe seeing the art dulls the pain of knowing my fandom doesn’t actually exist. There are probably a lot of reasons, but I’ll just get on with my story.

I had never been to STAPLE!, but I quickly realized that it was very cool and that it was filled with geeky artists who were selling their self-published work. The highlight of my time at the con was everything that resulted from my last-minute decision to wear a Zelda shirt (which was black with a giant, gold Triforce symbol on it). I had, like, ten artists say, “Awesome shirt!” and a few others who said, “Hey, Zelda shirt! Come here,” and promptly showed me their Zelda art. In fact, the only thing I bought was this poster:

So.  Totally.  Cool.

So. Totally. Cool.

I immediately knew it had been made for me. Okay, I’m exaggerating, but I think it’s super cool.

Overall, my time at STAPLE! was well-spent. I even got to watch Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog at the con. That movie was sad…but I liked it, mostly because it had good music. And because it had Nathan Fillion. And because it was directed by Joss Whedon.

Anyway, do you like nerdy art? Send me an email with an attachment of one of your favorite geeky pictures (at and I’ll write a post about it!

Also, have you ever been to a nerdy art convention? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it. If you have, what was it like?