Rey (Spoiler Free)

Name: Rey

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Rey leads Finn away from the explosion (and gives him crap for when he tries to take the lead).

Fictional: Yes

Universe: Star Wars

Bio: Rey is a scavenger fending for herself on the desert planet of Jakku.

Why I have a crush on her:

It’s hard to describe why Rey is awesome without revealing too much about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and since I don’t want to have any spoilers, this is going to be pretty bare-boned. We knew that Rey was going to be the hero of this new movie based simply on the artwork; she’s been front and center on all of the posters. I’m happy to say that she didn’t disappoint. She is strong, confident, and truly a good person.

If you haven’t seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet, do it soon…I don’t know how long the internet is going to be able to keep spoilers away from you. And if you are living in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, you can use the code GEEKYODA to get $2 off a ticket to see the movie in IMAX 3D at the Virginia Air and Space Center.

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Lake Bell

Name: Lake Bell

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Meet the voices behind those movie trailers

Fictional: Nope

Universe: Hollywood

Bio: Lake Bell is an actress, writer, and director originally from New York. She got her start (at least I first saw her) as the sidekick in a couple of romantic comedies. Recently she’s appeared in some goofy adult shows, Children’s Hospital and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. She’s also done serious work such as this year’s No Escape. In 2013 she wrote, directed, and starred in In A World…

Why I have a crush on her:

I had seen Lake Bell in various roles here and there. She was one of those actresses who I would recognize but I couldn’t tell you her name or what I had seen her in before. That was until I saw In A World…

In A World… is a brilliant movie that Bell wrote, directed, and starred in. I won’t spoil the movie for you, but it centers around a group of voice actors who are all vying for the same part. Voiceover work is something I’ve always been interested in, so I geeked out over that, but more importantly this movie tackles issues of how women’s literal voices are used to drown out their figurative voices.

Lake Bell created an amazing movie that has quickly become one of my favorites. She handles issues of feminism and empowerment without being preachy. And the relationships that are portrayed are so real and raw that it sometimes feels uncomfortable (especially with Demetri Martin) but that’s part of its charm. If you get a chance to see In A World… I highly recommend that you do. And hopefully Lake Bell will continue making quirky, charming, female driven movies!

Star Wars Weekend Plans

I’m so excited for the new Star Wars movie! I know the rest of the world is too, but I’m even more excited because my birthday is the next day!

Having a birthday close to Christmas can majorly suck. I’ve always had to deal with birthday presents wrapped in holiday paper, or being told “pick which one you want to open as your birthday present”, or getting two crappy presents so that my cousins didn’t feel jealous (which they wouldn’t have) about getting only one present. I remember one year I got some pajamas and nail polish while all my cousins got RC cars. I totally wanted an RC car!

But one advantage to having a birthday near Christmas is that EPIC movies get released. The Lord of the Rings movies all came out on or around my birthday and now I get to celebrate Star Wars!

So here’s the plan for next weekend:

Thursday December 17th

Afternoon – Go with Mom to pick up my wedding dress!

Evening – Go to the Air and Space museum for their Star Wars celebration

11pm – Go to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

Friday December 18th

7am – Go to work, completely exhausted but it’s the last day of school before break, so it won’t be too strenuous

Afternoon – Come home and take a nap

Evening – See Star Wars again?

 

Saturday December 19th – My Birthday!

Morning – Sleep

Afternoon – Spend several hours deciding which Star Wars themed outfit to wear and then freak out that I’ve done zero prep work

Evening – Star Wars Themed Birthday Party! Eat until I feel like Jabba the Hutt, remember the wedding dress, and cry.

 

All in all, it’s going to be a glorious weekend!

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Sadly the force is not strong with my photoshopping skills.

Ahsoka Tano

Name: Ahsoka Tano

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You hold that lightsaber however you want, girlfriend!

Fictional: Yes

Universe: Star Wars

Bio: Ahsoka is a skilled Jedi padawan assigned to Anakin Skywalker. She fights in the Clone Wars. She is clever, swift, and very headstrong.

Why I have a crush on her:

I have to give credit to Star Wars: Clone Wars; they do an awesome job of addressing sexism and feminism by not addressing it at all. Nobody ever points out differences between men and women, or treats either gender differently than the other, particularly in the Jedi Order. Women give commands same as the men, and the response is the same regardless of gender or alien species.

My favorite of the characters in Clone Wars is Ahsoka. As Anakin’s padawan she picks up a lot of his “bad” habits such as following her instinct and speaking her mind, but she does it always to protect others and complete her mission, unlike Anakin who often gets distracted by his relationship with Padme. Overall I think The Clone Wars is an excellent series, and almost all the characters are far more likeable than they are in the movies (except for Jar-Jar…he just sucks always). I haven’t seen Star Wars: Rebels yet, but as soon as I saw that she was in it, I knew I would have to!

Plus Ahsoka uses a reverse grip on her lightsabers, which is totally cool!

She Geek Issue #1

You know what this world needs? Another blog of course!

Welcome to the She Geek Diaries! I’ve been trying to figure out how to introduce this blog, but I’m not so great at organizing my thoughts (I know that bodes REALLY well for a form of media that relies on writing). So I figure the best way to get this thing off the ground is to answer some N.A.Q.s (Never Asked Questions).

Where did the name “She Geek” come from?

I’ve been reading The She-Hulk Diaries by Marta Acosta. It’s a fun read and I recommend it, but at one point She Hulk says, “Male is not the default superhero gender.” I thought that was a bit ironic coming from a character whose name is the female pronoun slapped in front of her male counterpart’s name.

So I’m choosing to honor She Hulk’s feminist ideals by stealing her patriarchal name. I realize it makes no sense, but there are far more important things going on in the world than superhero names.

Why did you choose to start a blog?

Because I wanted to.

How often will you post?

My aim is to post at least one diary entry a week. In addition there will be a “woman crush” every Wednesday.

What is this blog going to be about?

Everything. It’s a diary, so it’s whatever random thoughts come to my mind. I’ll try and relate most posts to geek culture, but some will just be about everyday life. There will probably be quite a few posts about wedding planning.

Did you say wedding planning?

I sure did! I’m getting married July 2016! My fiancé is also a huge geek (you can find his blog at ThereforeIGeek.com). We are planning a chic-geek wedding. It’s going to be quite fun!

Ok, but this is really going to be a blog about cosplaying, right?

Not every geek blog written by women centers around cosplaying. I do enjoy getting dressed up, and I’ll probably write a little bit about it, but if that’s what your into then there are much better blogs to follow.

So why should I follow your blog?

I have no idea.  Beacuse voyeurism has become a national pastime? Oh, and because I’ll post lots of pictures of my dog.

You have a dog?

Yes, and I’m mildly obsessed with him.

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Yes, that’s an Ewok in his mouth.

I’m more of a cat person.

I also have two cats, but I haven’t had them for as long and they’re not as easy to dress up. Also, that wasn’t a question.

Let’s get back on topic. What fandoms are you into?

My biggest fandom is probably Disney, but I’m into everything.

-Star Wars

-Firefly

-Doctor Who

-Marvel

-Muppets

-Broadway Musicals

-Harry Potter

-X-Men

-Lots of other stuff that isn’t coming to mind right now

 

I think just about covers it.