Book: The Fellowship of the Ring
Book: The Fellowship of the Ring
Book: The Fellowship of the Ring
Okay, so the title is a bit misleading, because this isn’t about The Hobbit. Well, it’s about a hobbit, but not The Hobbit. You get the gist.
Confession: I, Leah, self-proclaimed fantasy fan and avid reader, have never read Lord of the Rings.
I will pause here to allow time for your gasps of horror and shocked swooning.
We good? Okay. So, that confession aside, I’ve also come to the conclusion that it’s high time I fixed that. Not least because, later this year, I’ll be traveling to Oxford (!!!!) and generally basking in the academic and literary glow where John Ronald Reuel Tolkien once walked.
As I read, I’ll be availing you all of my thoughts, commentary, and general impressions. I plan to take it at a pace of about 100 pages a week, and I’ll be posting which chapters I’m reading next in my weekly update on Fridays, so if any of you want to follow along, I’d enjoy the fellowship.
…eh? Eh? Okay, even I’ll admit that was a little bad.
I’ll be starting out with chapters 1-4 (A Long-Expected Party through A Short Cut to Mushrooms), so if you’re ready, bust out your swords (and your bows and your axes), and join on my travels through Middle Earth. It’s sure to be an incredible journey!
For our Marvel Monday column for the next two months, we will be reviewing all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies to prepare for our big review of The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1. (This Marvel Monday is particularly special, because it falls on a Friday. Don’t get confused. It’s just a preview of what to expect on Friday May 1.)
Of all the Marvel movies of recent years, The Avengers (2012) is DEFINITELY my favorite. First of all, it was written and directed by Joss Whedon. What can you expect but a well-paced, deeply character-driven plotline from the king of Buffy, Angel and Firefly? Ensemble cast movies can go incredibly, horribly wrong in a variety of ways, especially big-budget super hero action flicks. It’s so easy to lose one or multiple members of the cast to formulaic or missing plot points in these types of film, but everyone has a believable (but succinct) plot device to drive themselves into the group. It’s a beautifully nuanced work of art. (Remember when I said that ultimately Thor was setting everything up for something else? Well, this is it!)
To continue our theme of Sound of Music song titles…
I’ve been thinking recently about my own reading habits. As a child, I was a voracious reader. By the time I was ten, I was checking books out of the library ten at a time (that was the limit that the public library allowed for children), only to bring them back three days later. I often look back on those days with a mixture of nostalgia and humor, imagining the Matilda-like image of my young, insatiable self. Unfortunately, as I’ve aged, it has become harder and harder to maintain quite that speed of literary consumption. At my lowest point, back in 2013, I only managed to read 18 books in an entire year. But this year, as a semi-New Year’s resolution, I made myself a promise in two parts: 1) I was going to do a little bit of leisure reading every day and 2) I was finally going to finish all those books that had been sitting on my to-read shelf for years and years, collecting dust while I smothered under the weight of all my assigned reading. (Never let it be said that being an English major is a walk in the park.)
To begin this journey, I started with the books that I had filed under my “currently-reading” shelf on Goodreads. They were books that I had picked up at some point, then put down again for various reasons (schoolwork, only a limited number of books fit in my suitcase going abroad, etc.) and never finished, but couldn’t bring myself to put back on the to-read shelf, denying the progress I’d already made. Most of these books had been there for perhaps a year, maybe a bit more. But there was one outlier in all this, the dark shadow at the back of my bookshelf, lurking, waiting: Dune. Continue reading →
When I was in 10th grade, I was dual-enrolled at the local community college, which meant one of my elective courses during the school day was left gloriously blank. Of course at the time, I was only 15 going on 16 (you know you just sang the Sound of Music in your head), which meant I could go absolutely no where until my dad collected me at the end of the day.
My best friend at the time, who for purposes of anonymity I will refer to as KC, was likewise dual-enrolled with a free period, and in a fit of extreme generosity, our very young and very likable geometry teacher let us camp in her room, which was her free period as well. Her room shared an office area with three other teachers/rooms and we were ecstatic to be encouraged by another teacher in the quad-pod to delve into her old VHS movie collections to bide our time. (Seriously, as an adult myself now, I glory at these teachers’ letting us into their private time when they had to deal with teenagers ALL DAY LONG. Where ever you are, wonderful teachers, I thank you!)
First of all, as sheltered, bookish child, I had missed out on a lot of pop media in my day. KC, who was as pop-media savvy as I was naive, and I were quickly mowing through a variety of classic films, when the subject of The Princess Bride sprouted.
“What do you mean you’ve never seen The Princess Bride?!” KC exclaimed one day over popcorn and a movie, our feet propped up on the adjoining desks. The revelation was so overwhelming she actually stood up. “This is completely unacceptable. It’s my favorite movie ON THE PLANET. How in the world could you never have seen it?” Continue reading →
… or something like that. This is what I’ve come to think of as the “Agent Carter problem”, as our fabulous heroine is the most recent in a long line of heroines to be drawn into this argument.
The participants? On one side, we have those already engaged in speculation about who could be the “man saved by Captain America” with whom Peggy Carter has her future son and daughter. See the article that has caused the most uproar here. On the other side, an outraged Peggy fanbase who derides the former group for reducing a powerful, dynamic woman to a romantic interest. Seems like a simple enough binary, right? Continue reading →
Here at On a Tangent, we seek to bring you interesting and thought-provoking content about the things you (and we) love most! We also seek to fangirl about things that are cool, because, well, they’re cool. With those goals in mind, here’s what you can look forward to on the blog for the foreseeable future!
Marvel Mondays: Hosted by Leah, Marvel Mondays will be tackling that phenomenon that’s taking over the known universe with its fast-paced action and wit, and endless string of actors named Chris. (
Seriously, where do they get these guys?) For the next few weeks, we’ll be talking about Marvel’s newest smash hit, Agent Carter, discussing sexism in the workplace, the nefarious scheming of the mysterious Leviathan, and, of course, our fabulous leading lady. Meanwhile, we also might get snippets of Leah’s never-ending quest to hit 100% completion on LEGO Marvel Superheroes.
Worthy Women Wednesdays: Wherein we talk about our favorite female characters, historical figures, and current women doing amazing and interesting things. We’ll be adopting monthly themes, starting out with a discussion of some of the under-appreciated characters in one of our favorite girl-centric shows: Gilmore Girls!
And finally, Fandom Fridays: A grab-bag of rants, reviews, and chatter, where you never know quite what you’re going to get. Laney will engage you with poignant commentary, Leah will discuss her favorite
role models villains, and we might even bring in a guest blogger or two!
So grab onto some rigging, get your sea legs ready, and prepare to sail off on a tangent!