It’s the season of gratitude! Unlike many, I don’t actually love Thanksgiving. It’s basically just the holiday that stands in the way of it being socially acceptable for me to fully embrace my Christmas enthusiasm at midnight on November 1. However, I do appreciate that many people try to stop and take a moment to be grateful for the good things in their lives. In the spirit of the season, I’ve got some of the top fandoms for which I’m most thankful. Keep reading to see if any of mine are yours, too.
It’s Fall, y’all! There’s finally a chill in the air and the leaves are showing their true colors. Apple cider is readily available, the kiddos are dressed up in their cutest costumes, the grownups are dressed in their geekiest gear, and there’s candy EVERYWHERE. I absolutely adore this time of year. Fall is my favorite season. In no small part because right about now, my witch obsession is not considered weird. Since the witching season is finally upon us, here’s a list of 5 of the best witching families to revisit this time of year.
Today, two badass women of current Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV come back to our screens with new seasons of their respective shows.
So this seems like a great time to highlight other badass ladies of Sci-Fi and Fantasy television who have been favorites of mine in the past. All these ladies still hold very special places in my heart. The list, of course, is not exhaustive. It just contains some favorites from my DVD collection. (These are in no particular order.)
You may have heard about the CW network and their upcoming reboot of the popular late 90’s/early 00’s show, Charmed. On Tuesday, I posted “A Case Against the ‘Charmed’ Reboot.” In that article, I laid aside my rage at the upcoming reboot and calmly stated the reasons I believe the new series is a bad idea. In hanging out around the net, it seems that most devoted Charmed fans would rather this new iteration of the show not see the light of day. And not all fans are taking steps to be as calm and level-headed as me.
One fan, Andre, took to his YouTube channel to express his reaction and review of the new trailer. He openly expresses all the rage and frustration that most of us fans feel. The results are explosive, vulgar, and hilarious. Check out Andre’s reaction right here. Warning: This language is NSFW. So put those earbuds in.
If you know me, you probably know I love, love, and love me some Charmed, the WB/CW show from the late 90’s about 3 sister-witches who fought the forces of evil. I own the entire series (a complete 8-season set) on DVD and watch it at least twice a year. I have featured the Halliwell sisters here on the site in a stand-alone article and as part of a piece about fictional witches. In the latter, the lesson that I advise you to take away from the group is that you should not be defined by your powers (skills, knowledge, or talents). Instead decide who you will be and use your powers to show the world who you are. The show was (and still is) so good that you can pull wonderful nuggets like that out of it even while you enjoy the outlandish costumes, cheesy dialogue, dramatic sibling rivalry, outdated special effects, and wonderful late-90’s/early-00’s tropes.
After years of rumors, deliberation, and false starts, the CW network has decided to move forward with a reboot of the series. And I am NOT here for it. Here’s my case against the Charmed reboot:
Have you ever considered how many different cultures create the foundation of modern America? It’s a lot. Consider it for a moment and really think through it. There’s Native American, British, Spanish, French, African, Chinese, and too many others to list here. Now consider this… every single one of these cultures has some form of legend or belief in witches and witchcraft. Even when they’re not called witches exactly, there is someone in the history of nearly every culture who could be put in that classification. It’s such an interesting thing to think about- all these different beliefs, customs, languages, and practices that meld together to make our unique culture. But they all have witches in common. Is it any wonder that witches play such a prominent role in our entertainment, from literature to plays to television to movies? No matter the medium, witches are iconic and legendary.
I love witches and greatly adore them as part of my entertainment. I enjoy witch stories. I gobble them up. Almost all witches get my love: spell-casting witches, potion-making witches, good witches, bad witches, natural witches, practicing witches, whatever. And in case you were wondering, I absolutely count wizards, warlocks, sorcerers, and mages in this category. Fortunately for me, there is lots of entertainment that features these folks and lets me enjoy them in all their magical glory. I’ve even found that if you pay special attention, there are some pretty fascinating things you can learn from witches and their stories. Allow me to break it down.
Here are ten things that makes witches so amazing and what they’re able to teach us about ourselves: Continue reading →