Random Tuesday: Doctor Who Fancasting, Fables the Movie, GOT Reactions & More

You want to know something random? We've been watching Downton Abbey (finally) and I'm finding it more addicting then many other shows on television that should appeal to my genre-loving nature. Costume dramas aren't usually in my wheelhouse, but this is kind of awesome in that adorable yet sad sort of way. Will no one ever be happy?*

*We're only in the middle of season 2, so no spoilers please.

Something else that's random? People are dying in every show that we are currrently watching. I'm ready for something fluffy and fun that does not have people dying. Any suggestions on a good television series to watch? Preferably on Netflix.

Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who after saying that he and Steven Moffat were coming back for season 8. Whatevs. Of course fan casting is alive and well and everywhere.

DC Comics' Fables is being turned into a movie. This will be a nightmare or AWESOME. There is no inbetween.

If you haven't seen the last episode of Game of Thrones, don't click here. If you have, click here to see the best Twitter responses to the episode. Then be sad with me in the comments.

A hospital in Brazil turned their children's cancer ward into the Hall of Justice and are treating kids with "superformula". When I first read this story, I may have gotten something in my eye.

Also this:

Rock Star Wonder Woman by Charles Hobart

Random Tuesdays: Favorite Couples from Books, Television & Movies

Happy Unattached Drifter Christmas!  In honor of Valentine's Day, I had originally planned to rant about my hatred for love triangles and/or the current trend of asshat male love interests.  Other than the fact that chocolate covered strawberries become more plentiful during this time of year and some candy will be on sale tomorrow, I've never been a big Valentine's Day fan.  In school it was a holiday built for embarrassment and I don't do well with embarrassment, whether it's my own or someone else's.  As a single adult, it was the time of the year where every type of media was telling me I should feel sad and lonely.  As one half of a couple, it's just another Tuesday (but possibly with chocolate covered strawberries).

But I'm going to put aside my curmudgeonly ways and attempt to celebrate what Hallmark and the advertising industry tells me Valentine's Day is about this holiday of love, here are some of my favorite fictional couples.  Warning: I have a thing for doomed romances, a fact that is more proven by my television and movie choices.  Spoilers ahead, mostly for things that have been out for three or more years.

 

From Books:

Snow & Bigby from Fables series by Bill Willingham

It's fun because they hate each other, but not really.  They bicker and complain about each other and then have floating wolf babies.  It's the perfect comic relationship (except for Bigby's regular disappearances).

 

Alexia & Lord Maccon from The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger

She's a crazy, spontaneous modern Victorian lady with a knack for getting into and causing trouble, and he's the acerbic, gruff head of a pack of werewolves.  Together, they are perfect.

 

Alec & Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare 

I know this isn't the "obvious" pairing from this series, but for most of the first three books, Jace fits firmly into the asshat category for me.  Magnus makes Alec a more interesting character by association while being made of pure awesome from the start.  

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Review: Fables Volume 7: Arabian Nights (and Days)

Fables Volume 7: Arabian Nights (and Days)
written by Bill Willingham

art by Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Jim Fern, Jimmy Palmiotti & Andrew Pepoy

Vertigo (2006)
144 pages
Comics / Twisted Faerie Tales

Purchase it from Amazon here

I’m trying to catch up on my Fables collection, so every few weeks I sit down and burn through another volume.  Luckily for me I got to read Volume 7 all in one afternoon, which usually works for a book.  In this case, however, it worked against it.  By reading it all in one go, I felt how slowly the pacing was, how boring the characters featured were, and how much we weren’t getting any scenes with my favorite characters.

Spoilers through Volume 6: Homelands

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Review: Fables Volume 6: Homelands

Fables Volume 6: Homelands
written by Bill Willingham
art by Mark Buckingham, David Hahn, Steve Leialoha

Vertigo (2006)
192 pages
Comics / Twisted Faerie Tales / Dark Fantasy

Purchase it here on Amazon

One of the more entertaining elements specific to comics is the usages of sound effects.  Because there is no actual sound, the writer or artist has to come up with a spelling to match the sound instead.  Of course there's the usual BAM, POW, SLAM, CRUNCH, etc., but every now and again I come across a new sound effect that I haven't seen before and for whatever reason it always makes me very happy.  Volume 6 of Fables quite possibly has my brand new favorite sound effect - SNICKER SNACK

Say it out loud.  It's awesome, right?  Now say it again but imagine it is cause by a large mystical sword of great power cutting off a random body part of a bad guy.

Yeah.  Bravo, Fables team.  You've had me going SNICKER SNACK at random for nearly a month now.

Spoilers through Volume 5: The Mean Seasons

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Review: Fables Volume 5: The Mean Seasons by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham & Tony Akins

Fables: The Mean Seasons (Volume 5)
written by Bill Willingham
art by Mark Buckingham and Tony Akins

Vertigo (2005)
Comics / Twisted Faerie Tales

Purchase it from Amazon here

A lot of people think Once Upon a Time is a rip off of the Fables comic series.  I really don’t think that’s the case.  It’s been awhile since I picked up a Fables trade, but I remembered it being much darker and more magical than the television series.  I wasn’t wrong.  I left volume 4, March of the Wooden Soldiers, seriously disturbed.  This is a violent and graphic series, absolutely not for children.  While The Mean Seasons is not as violent, there’s still bloodshed and so much lingering darkness hanging around the edges.

There are three fundamental things I love about Fables that I wish were also in Once Upon a Time:

  1. There is one Prince Charming.  He just happens to have three ex-wives (Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella).  I think it’s an awesome twist on the character.
  2. Characters that were animals in the stories are still animals in our world and, therefore, forced to stay at a secluded farm.
  3. Almost all the female characters are strong and intelligent, not victims.

But that really has nothing to do with what I thought about The Mean Seasons.  Spoilers through March of the Wooden Soldiers ahead.

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