Web Crush Wednesdays: All For One

webcrush picWith Ghostbusters blessing our screens this year and the announcement of Ocean’s 11 all-female cast reboot, I’m really hoping that this is the beginning of a wonderful new trend—one that will let girls and women see ourselves in the stories we already enjoyed but which severely underrepresented us. In this spirit, I introduce to you this week’s web crush—All For One, a webseries by KindaTV, which is a reimagining of Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers. Instead of being part of the French royal guard, the musketeers are a sorority at a fictional college.

But let me tell you all about it below, with some mild spoilers.

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Fanfiction Fridays: A Pause in the Air by The Angst Guy

Today I had planned for you a glorious redemption of the Sonic fandom by finding a multi-chapter fic void of OC’s and with mostly correct grammatical syntax. However, after wading through about 10 pages of absolute shit I quickly discovered that this search was harder than finding the Holy Grail and that it wouldn’t be done in time for today. You’ll just have to wait until later. All is not lost, though! Today I bring you a fic from a series that even I don’t think really needs fic.

Today’s story is from Daria, and most anyone aged 20 and up knows about this series and how it essentially defined a generation with its scathing apathy and cynicism towards teenage life in the 90’s. Although there were certain flaws with the series (coughTOMcough), it’s as close to a perfect series as I’ve ever seen. My family actually gets together to watch the DVDs, and with our widely differing tastes, that’s saying something. Since the show relies more on a vignette format as opposed a legit continuous plot, it may be hard to figure out what aspects remain “canon” enough to include in a fic or what would stick with the characters but this fic uses this aspect to its advantage. A Pause in the Air by The Angst Guy separates itself into 10 different sections that are loosely connected, but gives enough time in between the “chapters” that the audience is not bored with mundane details. And really, this story is all about the mundane details in life that end up being not so mundane.

This story is set just a little bit after the events of the Daria movie with Jane and Daria being an actual couple. The first story takes place during a Thanksgiving meal at the Morgendorffer’s home. There’s obvious tension over the girl’s recent civil union however there is another surprise in store for the family. I feel as though if I say anything, it’ll ruin the experience so I’ll keep this brief. There’s nothing supernatural or anything too horridly dramatic (except in the second to last part): this story is all about exploring the facets of this relationship and how it impacts the families involved and in general the apathy and soul searching that comes during college. The Angst Guys’ story is very dialogue intensive, but he does a wonderful job of keeping all the dialogue in-character. I can hear the characters’ voices saying each and every line and it just makes the story that much more gripping. It’s a slice-of-life drama that’ll make you laugh, make you cringe and possibly bring a tear to your eye. But, it’s something that will stick with you long after you read it.


College + Christianity

So this post is not exactly nerdy, but I think a lot of readers will be able to relate to this.  If you find yourself relating, yay!  If not, I’m terribly sorry and you don’t have to read anymore.

So I’m a Catholic college student who spends her procrastination time trolling CNN. Sometimes I come across some really dumb things; other times I come across interesting things. Today, I came across one of the latter: a CNN blog article about Christianity in college called “My Take: Don’t Blame College for Young People Leaving Christianity“.

If you aren’t a news junkie like me, I’ll explain what’s going on. One of the leading candidates for the Republican presidential nominee, Rick Santorum, recently said that college is to blame for the recent exodus of twenty-somethings leaving Christianity.

My personal opinion on the matter? It’s not college that’s the problem; it’s the Church’s for preaching a double standard and being inflexible. I should love my neighbor, yet condemn my gay friends. Does this sound right to you? Well, it doesn’t sound right to me either. And the inflexibility part? Here’s an example: abortion. I do not want this post to turn into an abortion argument, but the Church paints it as a one-sided issue, and it’s not. I do not want to go to Church on Sundays and have a priest or deacon (whoever is giving the homily) that gay people are evil and abortion is going to send me straight to hell. It’s not that black and white, and it’s through college and life that I’ve learned that lesson. However, the Church doesn’t seem to have caught on. When I go to Church, I want to hear about things that make me a better Christian/Catholic and a better person. To me, hating in any way, shape, or form does not do that.

This blog entry from CNN hits the nail right on the head. I know how I feel about the Church (now you do too). I know how a couple of my friends feel, but I wasn’t sure if we were the crazy ones or the ones making sense. Reading this blog post made me feel like I’m part of the second category.

For all of you who didn’t stop reading when I said this post wasn’t nerdy, thank you! For that, you get a relevant picture of Rainbow Dash!