“Hi my name is Ella and I watch too many shows, and read too many books, and have too many feelings. Which is why I write nerd rock songs, because that makes it better. Wanna hear some?”
(FYI: this line basically solidified my love for this series)
A little over a year ago, I wrote a post about the YouTube short film I Ship It by Yulin Kuang. This short film was one of the most fun things I watched last year, and I always wanted more. And while for the past few weeks I’ve been a bit absent from social media (and the internets in general), the other day I noticed this tweet from Yulin.
This post is a LOT longer than I was anticipating…
Salt Lake Comic Con does two conventions a year. The main one usually takes place in September and is bigger and more intense. Whereas Fan Xperience usually takes place in the beginning of the year and more like “Comic Con Lite”. When people who have never been to a convention ask me which one to go to, I tell them FanX. It’s a bit less of an shock to the system.
This year during FanX was pretty light. I didn’t really plan anything and just kind of let things happen. Luckily, two of my very good friends were willing to pal around with me the whole time. There was two things I wanted to accomplish this con: Get through my photo-ops without pulling out my hair, and hit my 10,000 steps a day on my FitBit.Read More
With a little faith, trust and some pixie dust… a youtube series based on J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan is born. The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy has been on my “need to share this amazing series with the world” pile for a while now. After Emma Approved ended and Classic Alice was on hiatus last year, I was aching for a new series to watch. I had devoted so much time and emotion to those series and I wanted something to fill the void.
I saw a gif set of the adorable Kyle Walters on tumblr, but it wasn’t from his work on Welcome to Sanditon so I was curious as to what this new series he was working on was. Little did I know that he was playing Peter Pan.
But What’s It About?
Everyone has to grow up, right? Well, not if Peter Pan has anything to say about it! Peter, a late-twenties man-child and comic book artist living in the small town of Neverland Ohio, has three life goals: 1) NEVER GROW UP. 2) Have as much fun as humanly possible while doing as little work as possible. 3) Win the heart of his best friend, Wendy Darling. With his friends John, Michael, Lily and his fairy, Tinkerbell, Peter is nailing goals 1 and 2. Goal 3, however, is a bit trickier. Wendy Darling, an advice vlogger and overall go-getter, is tired of the never-changing small town of Neverland Ohio and wants to see the world, to become… an adult. It’s Peter vs Growing Up in the battle for Wendy! But is growing up really the enemy? Or is it the solution? (from their about page)
Peter Pan has always been one of those stories that I wanted to like, but never really felt connected to it as much as I wanted to be. Part of that could be that I’ve only ever seen the Disney Animated movie and… well, Hook. It’s one of the classics that I really want to sit down and read through… especially after seeing this adaptation.
Peter would have to be one of the best characters to play, and while watching NAoPaW it’s clear that Kyle has SO much fun with the series. He has the perfect balance of innocence and mischief and channels that well into Peter.
But what I didn’t expect was to see and relate to Wendy as much as I did. In the animated movie Wendy is bossy and didn’t really have a ton of depth. She told stories but was hesitant to be a child herself. Wendy Darling in NAoPaW has her moments where she revels in the innocence of her small town life with her brothers and best friend, Peter. But her desire to leave and grow up is always in the back of her mind. Even when she’s coping with rejection, she bounces back and forth between taking it like an adult and… well, not…
Even throughout Season Two where she is supposed to be more “grown up”, there is still a little bit of Neverland in her.
As I started watching this series I loved what they were doing with the transmedia and the way they embraced their inner geek. As well as how they embraced the geeks that watch. From weekly recaps of recent Doctor Who episodes, to unboxing videos for their Loot Crates each month. Add the legit site for The Kensington Chronicle featuring articles and art from the characters (art drawn by Kyle Walters himself!), and you’ll agree the transmedia team has done an awesome job with making the viewer feel like an integral part of the town.
I liked that this web-series reinvigorated my want to read classics. There are some classics that everyone should read, but I have always had a hard time with. I enjoy series that get me interested and curious about a classic, even if I don’t end up reading it.
If you haven’t watched The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy yet, please do! You won’t be dissapointed!
I’m going to take a break from the 12 Days of Geekmas, and share with you one of my favorite holiday things. I’m a sucker for a cappella groups. I’m pretty sure I’ve talked a bit about this before. But as a choir girl all my life, there is something about a group of guys singing holiday songs completely a capella that just hits my heart in a way that I can’t really explain. Plus, I find men who sing SUPER attractive (my husband and I met in choir).
In this post are a few of my favorite a capella songs by some of my favorite a capella groups. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!Read More
I like to pretend that I don’t spend as much time on Youtube as I really do, but it would be a lie. I don’t want to lie to you guys. So here’s the deal, I usually spend a lot of time on YouTube. Mostly watching webseries based on classic literature, or watching Hannah Hart get drunk and forget to read directions. Sometimes, when I’m surfing the tubes, I come across a webseries that just looks like so much fun I have to share. Muzzled the Musical is one of those things.
It’s Thursday and Thrilled time again, and this week I’ve been on a HUGE nostalgia kick where I listen to NSYNC on repeat for weeks and watch all the movies that I grew up with and it just makes me feel horribly old. I know that I’m not, but remembering that Ella Enchanted came out in 2004 just hurts me.
On a lighter note, here are some things I’m thrilled with this week! Read More
As you may notice I’m kind of addicted to YouTube. There is currently some amazing content that is coming from it and it’s creators. One of more recent(ish) things to come across my field of vision on the YouTubes is a short film that I have fallen head over heels in love with, “I Ship It“.
This week’s 5 Fandom Friday topic is Five Fictional Characters I Most Identify With. I had to take a step back and really think about this. I tend to get overly attached to characters very quickly, and end up seeing a lot of myself in a lot of characters.
Classic Alice is about a girl who receives a bad grade on an essay and decides to partner with her best friend to film a documentary. This documentary features Alice living her life according to classic literature in an effort to become a better writer. At first you think, there is no way this could possibly go any way but wrong. And you are correct. It can only go wrong, so terribly, adorably and horribly wrong. I fell in love with it and quickly clung to the characters as much as possible