From ‘Game Of Thrones’ To ‘Arrested Development’: “Acceptable” Incest In Media

By | April 22nd, 2019|Fiona's Posts, Movies, Television|

Warning: discussion of abuse and sexual assault. Spoilers for Game of Thrones, Arrested Development, and The Royal Tenenbaums. Incest is, rightfully, often seen as abusive or repulsive, but the topic is explored in media anyway. Shows like Game of Thrones and Arrested Development have brought the sexual taboo back into cultural discussion. At times, incest [...]

Is ‘The Village’ A LARP Movie?

By | April 17th, 2019|Fiona's Posts, Movies|

Read about other LARP movies here.  LARP movies are an underrepresented genre in fan movies. However, enough exist that a few rules can be followed in terms of structure. The two most popular movies, Knights of Badassdom and Role Models, mirror one another in significant ways. They show full and obsessive immersion into the game [...]

What ‘Varsity Blues’ Says About Regina George

By | April 8th, 2019|Fiona's Posts, Movies|

Spoilers for Varsity Blues and Mean Girls. Mean Girls is a teen classic that most will recognize. The 2004 movie has kept in the public consciousness through its iconic one liners, merchandise, and even a Broadway musical. One of the titular "mean girls," Regina George (Rachel McAdams), has, arguably, become the most recognizable character from [...]

LARPing As Represented In ‘Knights Of Badassdom’ And ‘Role Models’

By | February 9th, 2019|Fiona's Posts, Movies|

LARP, live-action roleplaying, is Dungeons and Dragon's less popular sister. At least in the sense of pop culture. While many television shows devote an entire episode to the characters learning about Dungeons and Dragons or referencing a character who has once played the popular tabletop RPG, LARP is demoted to mere visual gags. While a [...]

What Makes A Christmas Movie A Christmas Movie?

By | December 12th, 2018|Fiona's Posts, Movies|

The holidays bring around a yearly debate: if Die Hard, the 1988 Bruce Willis action movie, is a Christmas movie or not. Classifying films as "a Christmas movie" is not as straightforward as it may seem. While classics like How the Grinch Stole Christmas or A Christmas Prince scream Christmas (it's literally in the name [...]

Eating Vegan and Vegetarian at Origins Game Fair

By | June 13th, 2018|Convention, Fiona's Posts|

Eating at conventions with dietary restrictions is hard. Even the professionals making the food often don't know the logistics of eating vegetarian or vegan. And, in convention settings, there are often slim pickings as it is. Columbus, like many cities, can be difficult to navigate while vegetarian or vegan. Especially in a convention setting, where [...]

Wait Times In Mobile Gaming

By | April 26th, 2018|Fiona's Posts, Video Games|

With the recent release of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, fans of Harry Potter are being introduced to (or meeting once again with) game-imposed wait times. As enthusiastic as players may be, they can't blow through the entire Hogwarts experience in a single day. Characters have a set amount of lightning bolts, which represent energy. It [...]

‘A Quiet Place’ Could Have Been A Part Of Cloverfield, But I’m Glad It Wasn’t

By | April 13th, 2018|Fiona's Posts, Movies|

Spoilers for A Quiet Place.  A Quiet Place is a monster movie with a good concept. The monsters are attracted to noise, so the characters must stay silent. This allows the film to do much more than simple jump scares and build suspense over its well-crafted scenes.  Despite the fact that the film had nothing [...]

‘Roseanne’ and Acceptable Ignorance

By | April 10th, 2018|Fiona's Posts, Television|

Spoilers for Roseanne Though the Roseanne reboot's announcement was met with excitement, the return of the show has been met with, at the very least, skepticism. While many remember that Roseanne tackled issues within the working class head on, they forget Roseanne Connor's problematic views, which led to major storylines. Roseanne came from a place [...]