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Batman: No Man’s Land by Greg Rucka

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This book is going to get rated harsher than some of my other book posts. Does it deserve it? Probably not. Is it going to happen anyway? Yes.

Hi, yes, HUGE Batman fan here. We’re talking the girl who had a Batman bathroom. We’re talking about the girl who plans on getting a Batman tattoo sleeve. We’re talking the girl who calls out people on their not-so-accurate love of Batman. “Ohhh, you only like the Nolan films. Obviously you don’t really love Batman.” Yeah, that girl is me.

That being said, I haven’t read every single Batman comic out there. I’ve read a bunch, but not everything, and No Man’s Land is one of the ones I’ve yet to get my hands on. It gets talked about a lot in some of the comics I’ve read, and I know a lot about what happens during NML, but I haven’t read it.

You don’t need to read the comic to know that this book is wrong though. Books can be wrong, and this is one of them.

Picking up this book for $1, I was intrigued. “Someone made a book about the comic book? Okay? Well, I might as well read it.” First off, I like reading books, and I like reading comics. I’m completely fine with reading comics that get turned into books, but comic storylines into books? I feel like maybe that’s a sacred space and shouldn’t be touched on. It’s already a written media. Come up with your own storyline for NML using what we don’t know but still keeping everyone in character and the original storyline accurate.

Did that get confusing? Okay, so let me try and explain. What this person has attempted to do is rewrite the comic book in a strictly “words only” format. I don’t feel that should ever be done though. You could say, “Well, remember this period of time we didn’t know where Batman was? Here’s a short story about those missing days” and I would accept that. That is ok. This just kinda feels like plagiarism, and not even good plagiarism.

Okay, so what you want to actually know about the book: Let’s talk specifics. First, it’s not a bad read. I was entertained y the whole book. A little annoyed by some out of character-ness from Two-Face, Joker, and Nightwing, but still a good read. Greg Rucka is a good writer. I just think he chose a bad storyline to write about.

For example, you can’t just come into the Batman universe and rewrite people’s beginnings. Harley Quinn has a show and a book that go over her origin story. This guy decided she needed to seem crazier, thus giving her an absurd origin story. You can’t rewrite history, guy! That’s what Fanfiction.net is for, not a published book.

I think if you truly love Batman, this book isn’t for you, but if you have a passing interest and don’t really know too much about it, then why not? Pick the book up. I sadly won’t be reading anything more by this guy though, even if the plot sounds good.

Word of advice: Go original next time. Make your own Batman plot line.

5 Fandom Friday: Characters I Would Name My Kids After

This post is actually pretty embarassing. Now you get to see how big of a geek I REALLY am. These are definitely thoughts I’ve had outside this post, too.

1. James Tiberius Kirk

2229262-720_x_576_captain_jim_kirkI have had an actual conversation with a friend about this. I need to find someone with the last name of Kirk, marry him, then name our son the Captain’s full name. My future Kirk husband would get no say in this. Of course, this was in the heat of my Star Trek phase. My passion for it has leveled itself off, so if I would actually do this, I don’t know anymore. If I ever did find a husband with the last name of Kirk, it will almost definitely happen though. And I’d call him, “Cap” for short.

2. Dean Winchester

supernatural___dean_winchester_01_by_legendaryadelia-d6pmiczDean’s a nice name and all. I think there might be too many Supernatural fans actually doing this, though, so I don’t see it happening.

3. Shane McCutcheon

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I love boy’s names for girls. Obviously, this wouldn’t be the first daughter cause that name is locked down, but if there was another, it might be Shane.

4. Edward Nygma

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5. Alistair

Alistair-Dragon-Age-Origins-alistair-theirin-37934661-799-588Alistair, my love, my king. I would name all of my children after him.

Is it weird that any character I would name future children after would be ones that I’m attracted to? Is that weird? Is it?

I won’t be participating in next week’s 5FF, so enjoy your break!

5 Fandom Friday: Things I’ve Bought, But Haven’t Played/Watched/Read Yet

Yes, I realize it’s not Friday. Yes, I realize I’m late on this. Yes, I am okay. I’ve been on a weird mental hiatus lately, so sorry for my absence on my blog (I’ve also renewed my relationship with Alistair this week. When Dragon Age is present, everything else is out the door). I got so many ideas for blog posts this week! Right now, you’re just going to have to settle for this and an apology. I swear, this next week will be better!

So the theme for this week’s Five Fandom Friday is Things I’ve bought, but haven’t touched yet. As some of you regulars know, this has been a continuous problem for me, one I’ve been steadily working toward remedying. This list could’ve been greater, but due to my work ethic of this year and my friend’s insistence toward a minimal lifestyle, it’s actually not.

1. X-Men Monopoly

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First off, how cool is it that this exists? Second, this makes me so sad that I haven’t been able to play it yet. This is why I need geeky friends, and more than one. Wanted: Baltimore geeks for Monopoly game.

2. Video Games

11018866_817613544941528_4825177123125507893_nThis is one game out of many that I bought but just never played. A friend was selling her games for cheap, so I bought practically all of them. I find good deals, buy, then never play. To date, the games I haven’t played are (I’m counting never even popped them in, not played for a second then stopped): You Don’t Know Jack Mock 2, God Of War II (I have to beat one first, so there’s an actual reason why this one was never played), Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire, Jak 3, Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Midway Arcade Treasures 2, Sega Genisis Collection, Sonic Plus Mega Collection, X-Men Legends, Fallout New Vegas, God Of War Ascension, Portal 2, Prince Of Persia PS3, Ratchet And Clank Future: A Crack In Time, Ratchet And Clank Future: Tools Of Destruction, Red Dead Redemption, Ivy The Kiwi, Super Mario Galaxy, Gauntlet, Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, TrueCrime, Child Of Eden, Dance Central, Dance Central 2, Dead Or Alive 4, Grand Theft Auto IV, Halo 3, Halo Reach, Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports, The Battle For MiddleEarth, MotionSports, Skate, Skate 2, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved.

3. Comics

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Two years ago, I had the greatest Free Comic Book Day known to man. In fact, I’m still reading comics that I bought there.

3. Batman Novels

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I keep buying novels for comics, but not reading them. Honestly, I don’t count on The Stone King being very good.I don’t even know that I bought it.

5. Supernatural Books

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While I pretty much refuse to read any Supernatural novels (I will get my fill on fanfiction), I still have The Official Companion Guide for seasons 5-6, the John Winchester Journal, Bobbie Singer’s Guide to Hunting, and The Mythology Of Supernatural. I started reading Season 6 companion guide, but I think that was around the time I started losing interest. Or maybe I’m just in denial that I’m still a fan. Maybe after I read them, I’ll get rid of them. Who really knows?

Looking at this list just makes me realize I need to get rid of more stuff. We, as a culture, live with all this excess in our homes. If we had REALLY wanted it, we probably would’ve played or read or watched it by now. This is just another nail in the head for “Save money” for me.

5 Fandoms Friday: Favorite Fictional Couples I Ship

I am an avid shipper of people. It’s emotionally exhausting, I tell you, but it’s not like I have a choice most of the time. These things just happen. I will warn you now though, I do ship some homosexual couples that some people do not see as homosexuals. I don’t have a problem with that, but in case you do, you might want to skip this post.

  1. Dean Winchester & Castiel (Supernatural) Ship name: Destiel5x03-Free-to-Be-You-and-Me-dean-and-castiel-23686485-1280-720This is my OTP (one true pairing). I have shipped them harder and more aggressively than all my other ships. An old best friend had pushed me into this, and I fell in love with them and I fell hard. Rewatching Supernatural post-Chelsea (the old best friend), I did see that you can definitely overread into their situations, that up until season 6, there’s friendship and if you squint, there’s romance. The romance was injected after season 5, after Eric Kripke, the show’s original writer, left. Destiel is ultimately why I stopped watching the show. The writers keep teasing the audience with the relationship, and I couldn’t take the emotional pain anymore. I’ve written fanfiction for this ship.
  2. Zuko & Katara (Avatar: The Last Airbender) Ship name: Zutarazutara___ember_islands_secret_by_pandalillyrose-d2jrel0I actually got into the show because of beautiful Zutara fanart. I came into it shipping them, so imagine my disappointment when I realized they never end up together. They totally should’ve ended up together. WHY ARE THEY NOT TOGETHER???? I’ve written fanfiction for this ship.
  3. Erik Lehnsherr & Charles Xavier (X-Men First Class) Ship name: Cherikcherik2Chelsea got me into this ship as well. I don’t have as much to say about this. I do only really ship the younger movie versions. I haven’t found any good fanfiction yet, so if there is some, please send! (I also strongly ship myself and Erik. I can’t stop gushing whenever I see that Fassbender face.)
  4. Inuyasha & Kagome Higurashi (Inuyasha) Ship name: Inukagtumblr_n3j3kbaacL1qltzexo1_500Oldie, and my first ship ever. Inuyasha broke a lot of firsts for me, and I look back with nostalgia. Nowadays, this isn’t my otp. I’ve been reading a really good Sesshoumaru & Kagome comic, and there is some good Kouga & Kagome fanart out there, but whenever I feel wistful, I’ll reread some of the fanfictions I’ve saved for this pairing. This was the first pairing I wrote fanfiction for, if anyone is curious. I’m debating on doing a post just talking about Inuyasha, because there is just SO much I could say. This is also the first canon pairing I’ve included on this list.
  5. Harley Quinn & The Joker (Batman) Ship name: ???3681011-0915946053-harleI know how abusive he is towards her, and while the feminist in me is screaming, I still ship it, I don’t know why. I haven’t been able to find any good fanfiction, so if you have some, please send it my way!

If you have a morbid curiosity, my fanfictions can be found here. What do you ship?

Tune in next week for Things I’ve Bought But Haven’t Read/Watched/Played Yet! (In which the answer is everything)

Reasons Why I Shouldn’t Love Batman Forever (And Reasons Why I Do Anyway)

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Sometimes, you love something, even when there is hard evidence that you shouldn’t. Sometimes, love defies all logic. And sometimes, that’s just okay.

I feel like whenever I say “My favorite movie is Batman Forever,” I have to explain that yes, I know it’s inaccurate, and yes, there’s a lot wrong with the film. Yes, I acknowledge that Batman Returns is the best live action film out there for Batman fans. Yes, Chris O’Donnell was 27 when the film came out and Dick Grayson is supposed to be a minor.

Perhaps you’ve dropped out of this conversation already. “No true Batman fan could ever like Batman Forever,” you’re saying. “You’re an imposter, a poseur, a fake. You’re just on the Batman bandwagon, a sheep to your very core. You have no taste in films.”

“Well, that’s a bit harsh,” I will respond.

So, let’s clear the air here and acknowledge all the bad in Batman Forever. It exists. I admit it.

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Chris O’Donnell. Like previously mentioned, Dick Grayson is supposed to be a minor. O’Donnell isn’t the least bit passable as a minor. His performance is average, but come on here, does Bruce Wayne really need to take the kid in? He has stubble! The original Grayson was 15 when Bruce took him in. HA. I don’t know why they decided to go older with the casting. This mistake would’ve been such an easy thing to correct. Just find a different actor, okay? Nothing against O’Donnell himself, it’s just his age. The only reason I can think that they didn’t use a younger actor might be because there is always the shadow of “Is Bruce Wayne a pedophile?” Maybe they simply wanted to avoid non-comic readers having their doubts as well about Mr. Wayne’s integrity. Who really knows? If I ever meet Schumacher, this will be the main question I ask.

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BATMAN HAS A LISP. This movie made me hate Val Kilmer. BATMAN SHOULD NOT HAVE A LISP. Most people say, “Really? I never heard it.” To them, I respond, “Tell me, Doctor. Do you like the circuth?” If Batman really had a lisp, I’d think more people would’ve figured out his real identity.

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Cheesy script.  A lot of the lines used are one-liners and cheap shots and sentences that just make you groan. “Oh noooo, boiling acid!” Puh-lease. And trust me, I could go on and on with this.

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The whole “memory loss” plotline. Nope, never happened. Easily the most annoying part of the movie. Bruce Wayne never blocked out how he got the idea for Batman. I think that if they had scrapped this storyline, the movie might have more fans. This stupid blocking out the memories bit makes me gag every time it comes on.

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The Batsuit has nipples.  That’s gross and a little perverted.

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The plotline as a whole is average. There’s nothing overly exciting about the plotline. The Riddler begins stealing information out of people’s brains after teaming up with Two-Face. Batman meets Robin, takes him under his wing, and puts a stop to them. Throw in a little Chase Meridian, and voila, Batman Forever. Not the greatest or most interesting plot. It’s no Selina Kyle falls to her death, becomes Catwoman, and kills Christopher Walken in a wig.

So, you’ve read the bad. “That seems like it’s the whole movie,” you say. “How can you say that you like, nay, LOVE this movie?” Well, if you wait a minute, I’m getting to that.

So, what made me fall in love with this movie was a number of factors, and a lot of them actually existed outside the movie.

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Jim Carrey. I don’t know if I’ve talked about him on the blog before, but he is a major player in my life, since the time I was 3. I was hopelessly in love with him (still am) when this movie came out. I know his every line in the movie. I giggle like a little girl whenever we say the lines together. He is the celebrity I love enough to never meet. If he was a jerk, it’d completely just tear me in two. He would be the celebrity whose death I would mourn above all else (even Beyoncé’s). To put him in this movie as the Riddler made me fall in love with the Riddler, with Batman, with the entire movie. I can overlook all because he is in this movie.

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The Villain Casting. And come on, was Jim Carrey not made to be the Riddler? And Tommy Lee Jones was a wonderful Two-Face. If they got all the other roles wrong, they got these two completely right.

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Cheesy script. Yes, I said previously that the cheesy script was bad, but I was 5 years old when this movie came out. I loved how cheesy it was. Someone told me this movie was targeted towards younger audiences, and guess what? I was that younger audience. The bright colors, the cartoonish look and acting in the film; that appealed to me. It still does, maybe because I’ve watched this movie every year since then.

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There wasn’t a good live-action Batman film for kids before this movie. Batman and Batman Returns were both pretty dark. Jack Nicholson is a thing of nightmares, Joker or not. And the Penguin was just too sinister for someone my age.

So yes, there are a lot of flaws, but that villain casting though…. I will argue that till I die. I’m not saying that you should love this movie, too. This movie probably will never mean as much to you as it does to me (unless it already does mean something to you). This movie is the reason I’m into comics. This movie is the reason my love for Batman didn’t fade away with puberty. This movie sometimes appears in my dreams (okay, TMI).

I’m still a Batman fan. Liking this movie shouldn’t damper that. And you know, it could be worse. It could be Batman & Robin.