Vivien Chase

Huzzah! You’ve come to see my lists of Favorites. This page is subject to updates as rad things happen (plus I might remember something awesome and wake up in the middle of the night because it’s not on my blog page). Now . . .

On to the fandoms!

Books and Authors:

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – I’ve read this over 20 times and STILL find new things
  • The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling – Pretty much the same as Dorian — STILL FINDING NEW THINGS
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – This was my teenage introduction into science fiction, and I never looked back.
  • All Tolkien! I loved The Silmarillion. It’s vast and rich, and I could spend a lifetime dissecting it. I’m currently rereading The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • Anything by Gail Carriger. She’s witty, smart, classy, and my inspiration for steam fiction. (Plus she’s an archaeologist, which was my “when I grow up” career choice.) I’m currently rereading her Parasol Protectorate series.
  • All Jane Austen, particularly Northanger Abbey, I’m a bit of a Tilney girl, if I may say. Darcy is dashing, but Tilney is charmingNorthanger Abbey is my go-to novel when I don’t know what I’m in the mood to read.
  • Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights because I have a soft spot for Gothic fiction. Just don’t compare Rochester to Heathcliff, or we will have words. (Does a writer have anything else?)

Movies & Directors:

  • I love Cameron Crowe. He has a talent for showing humanity in his characters and incorporating bitchin’ soundtracks. The dialogue is so smart–such great writing. You’ll be quoting his movies at any given chance. Watch these: Say Anything (always my number one), Almost Famous, and Elizabethtown. Singles, too, if you find yourself converted, and Vanilla Sky if you’re prepared for a mind-bender.
  • Peter Jackson is another great director. Some of you hardcore Jackson fans may even recall Dead Alive as being among his accomplishments. If you have not watched the appendices to the LotR extended films, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR. You will learn not only how much work went into those films (talk about a labor of love) but also how BRILLIANT those crew members had to be to create several visual effects WITHOUT COMPUTERS (like their implementation of forced perspective to incorporate the various sizes of the races of Middle Earth, from hobbit to dwarf to elf). Very smart film making, indeed.
  • You may already know that I have a fancrush on Buster Keaton. A list like this wouldn’t be complete without praising his work in films like The General and Sherlock Jr. Keaton accomplished incredible cinematic feats in a time period where all effects were real, not digital. His deadpan comedy is unparalleled. As I am writing this (July 2014), The General is available in the U.S. for streaming on Netflix. WATCH IT NOW. Come back to my page later. I can wait. Watch. It. Now.
  • Star Wars. Duh.
  • I feel that I should mention that I will watch anything with Jimmy Stewart in it. He may have been the perfect man–talented actor, wonderful human being, and dog lover. WARNING: The video below (Stewart reading his poem “Beau” on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson) will bring tears to your eyes and could potentially lead to ugly-face crying.

  • The Fall. THAT. MOVIE. Tarsem Singh is a master at his craft. The cinematography ALONE is breathtaking, and then you factor in the acting skills of Lee Pace and Catinca Untaru, leaving you completely blown away.
  • North & South, because I feel that Richard Armitage out-Darcy’d Colin Firth. You don’t have to agree, and I know there are some P&P fangirls out there hyperventilating, but Armitage ripped my soul to shreds as John Thornton. (It’s streaming in the US on Netflix, so go watch it if you don’t believe me.)
TV Shows:
  • The Joss Whedon Files: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, AngelFirefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, and Agents of Shield
    • To all of my Agents of Shield fanfriends out there: I’m also not ashamed to say that I shipped SkyeWard SO HARD and am still reeling over that season ender. And that Ming-Na Wen is on my team for the impending zombie apocalypse.
  • The Cheekbone Collective: Merlin & Sherlock  – Brilliant actors, damn good writing, and a good time had by all. Both of these shows are also streaming on Netflix (US). I won’t hold it against you for binge watching every episode.
    • Confession: I’ve seen the entire Merlin series five six times, from beginning to end, and I could, honestly, watch it five six more times.
  • Doctor Who – Ten will always be my Doctor, but don’t you even think about skipping Nine. You need to meet Rose Tyler good and proper. Do I make myself clear?
  • Supernatural – Carry on MY WAYWARD SOOOONNNNN. Tuesday is my favorite day of the week.
    • Author’s Note: Lady Hawkeye and I have been known to hold entire conversations of just Supernatural quotes.
  • Chuck – What self-respecting nerd DOESN’T like Chuck? That show was tailor-made. Cheers to you, Fedak and Schwartz, for developing a show that speaks to this generation’s nerds and geeks.
    • The Chase Soapbox: Can we please stop bugging Zachary Levi about when the Chuck movie is going to happen? He’ll tell us as soon as something happens, guys. Find your chill, wrap yourself in it, and relax.

Games:

  • Video Games:
    • The Legend of Zelda – always and forever. I grew up loving Zelda ever since my parents brought home the NES. I never looked back. In Soul Calibur II and Super Smash Bros, I’m almost exclusively Link (sometimes Zelda or Sheik in SSB). AND HOW EXCITED ARE YOU GUYS FOR HYRULE WARRIORS!!
      • Update: Breath of the Wild is everything I’ve ever wanted, and more. That game is beautiful.
    • Metroid. All hail Samus Aran! And how stoked was I, a young girl of six, when she took her helmet off at the end of Metroid to reveal that our beloved protagonist was a WOMAN! I remember the moment perfectly when mom beat the game: “Holy crap! Mom, it’s a GIRL!” Here’s to having a female video game protagonist, not just a side character, and she’s not a damsel in distress!
    • World of Warcraft. My family (yes, including my gamer mother) have our own guild. I love WoW, and I doubt that I’ll ever stop playing.
      • Also: Hearthstone, the digital card game created by Blizzard, is really freaking addicting. PLAY IT.
    • Other video games:
      • Final Fantasy (The ending to FFX nearly killed me. I shipped Tidus and Yuna SO HARD, even though their ship name is Tuna. We won’t talk about that.)
      • Skyrim – tons of fun! I can’t wait to devote more time to playing this one!
      • Star Wars: The Old Republic — don’t play this as much as I used to, but it was a great game when I did
      • All sorts of brawls!
        • Super Smash Brothers, both Melee and Brawl
        • Marvel vs Capcom
        • Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe
        • Marvel Nemesis (I freaking love this one)
  • Board/Card Games:
    • Lady Dynamo is teaching me to play Magic: The Gathering. She’s a tough opponent to beat!! So far, my favorite deck to run is black/red, although I have a really great red/white secondary deck. I just made a green/white that I can’t wait to try out.
      • Lady Dynamo, our resident tabletop game enthusiast, is also going to teach me many more games in the very near future.
    • I will not deny my love of Apples to Apples. I haven’t tried Cards Against Humanity yet because, well, I’m a bit of a chicken. Give me time. The Lady Nerds will be great players with whom to try it.
    • Monopoly. Haters gonna hate. I love Monopoly, particularly the Lord of the Rings edition.

Thanks for reading! And cheers to my fandom friends!   — Vivien Chase

 

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