You Should Read The Guardians: Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King

North Rise of the GuardiansIt’s been a few years since Rise of the Guardians came out, and I’m still in love with the story. Unfortunately, though there’s been occasional talk of a sequel, I think it might be wise to not get our hopes up. As such, wanting to know more about the mythology behind the movie, I finally sat down to read the book series the movie’s based on.

Nicholas St. North chronicles how North went from a Cossack outlaw into the man we know as Santa Claus. As this is a book series, it naturally has a lot more mythology and characters than we see in the movie. And at 228 pages with large font, it’s a very easy read; I blew through the first novel in just a couple hours. Nicholas St. North is a simple, engaging read, and I loved almost every moment of it.

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Fanfiction Fridays: Light and Shadow by rufftoon

So today’s fanfiction is for Rise of the Guardians, but it is a little different from the norm. It’s actually a fan comic series that I found on deviantART. It chronicles Pitch’s time during the Dark Ages, and it talks about the things he fears, relationship with children, and why the Guardians first fought him and removed him from power.

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Ace and Saika watch Rise of the Guardians

Spoiler Alert!

So the other day, I forced Saika to take me both to the movies and to pay for my ticket. Naturally, we went to see Rise of the Gaurdians, which was a pleasant break from the sword fight the two of us failed to properly have beforehand—more accurately, we swung wooden sticks at each other and it was very awkward—and I have to say that this movie did not reach my expectations. It’s plenty enjoyable—I’ve seen it a few times already—and it’s a good story. But it is nowhere near as epic as everyone made it out to be.

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Fanfiction Fridays: The Houseguests by MaybeIfI

So since Rise of the Guardians just came out, I figured we’d give you a Rise of the Guardians fanfic to help end the week (and also because fanfiction for this story creeps Saika out, and she’s the one who will be editing this post). Though, for anyone else who might be concerned, the fic I’m about to talk about is entirely platonic and does not feature a romance between a giant rabbit and an underaged three-hundred-year-old boy.

No, this is actually a cute, family-oriented fic that takes place after the movie, and involves Jack finding a home among the other guardians, when beforehand he hadn’t been accepted by them. This fic is also something of a sequel to a one shot about North having a son and the mistakes he made in raising him, mistakes that he’s concerned he’ll repeat with Jack if Jack decides to move in and live with him.

So the story starts with Jack heading back to the North Pole and raiding all the cookie dough from Santa’s kitchen. And after he does this for two days straight, he naturally develops a bit of stomachache, which makes North freak out and think he’s dying. North, not knowing what to do and still fearing that what happened to his son will happen to Jack, calls Bunnymund and Tooth to come over and help him deal with this catastrophe.

Following that, Bunnymund finds himself having to explain to North that making toys for children is very different than having one, and that North will need to learn the difference between the two.

The Houseguests actually came out before the movie release, which leads me to believe that MaybeIfI probably definitely read the book series. While I didn’t read it and cannot say for certain how well the movie follows it, The Houseguests is very much in line with the cinematic production. Not only that, I love how well done the characterization is. Just take a look at this conversation North and Bunnymund have about Jack’s harmless stomachache:

North glared at him. “Don’t you have any medicine or something?”

Bunnymund shrugged. “Besides chocolate? I don’t think he needs more candy after all that cookie dough. It’s a stomach ache. Children get those when they eat too many sweets.”

“He didn’t have any cookie dough-”

“How do you know?”

“Because he told me!”

“Well, that’s one mystery solved. He lied,” Bunnymund kicked his paws out lazily.

And though it’s North’s guilt and overreaction about Jack becoming ill that gets the story going, the main characters are Bunnymund and Tooth, and they’re written perfectly as well. Tooth is twittering and awkward with words because she always has to focus on millions of fairies collecting teeth everywhere all the time and Bunnymund is his grumpy and sarcastic self. Mostly, what I like about Bunnymund is that he recognizes North’s plight about Jack and how that reminds North of his original son.

“I don’t think of Jack as Nightlight’s replacement,” North mumbled reproachfully. “It’s very different. That’s why I’m trying to do better this time.”

Are things going to be done better? Well, I don’t know. Jack, Tooth, and Bunnymund all end the night by drinking hot chocolate and falling asleep in the guest bedroom.

Unfortunately, the story is very short, and the author seems to have a habit of writing one shots and not multi-chaptered stories, but that’s not really a probably. MaybeIfI is great, and everyone should go check out this fic.

Trailer Tuesdays: More Rise of the Guardians

Okay, yes, I realize that Lady Bacula already posted a trailer review for this movie, but it looks so awesome that I’m going to post more. I don’t often see this happening, but Rise of the Guardians is already a huge flipping deal. Hell, it’s not even out yet and it has over one-hundred fanfics already.

That’s impressive.

So our story is about the guardians of children, Santa Claus, the Sandman, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny enlisting the help of the playful Jack Frost to protect the children around the world from a serious threat. A guy named Pitch is causing chaos and havoc by giving children nightmares, and he needs to be stopped. Rise of the Guardians is based on William Joyce’s book series The Guardians of Childhood, and it’s scheduled to be released here in America on the 21st, so make sure you go see it.

Anyway, each character now has their own separate trailers to go along with the two Lady Bacula has already shared.

Here’s own introducing Jack:




And I really love Tooth’s: