GNBC: The Princess Bride

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Happy Friday everyone and welcome to the final GeekyNerdy Book Club “meeting” of the year! I know it’s a week late, but it took me a little longer than I expected to process my feelings on The Princess Bride, William Goldman’s most popular novel. In fact, I keep feeling like I need to rewatch the Rob Reiner film as a sort of palate cleanser. That’s not necessarily because I didn’t like the book, more, it just felt super uneven to me and I was left almost not knowing how to feel.

It started with the three introductions that weren’t really introductions. I was expecting something more traditional, a detailing of the book’s origins or reflections on the film’s longevity after its lackluster release. Continue reading “GNBC: The Princess Bride”

Revisited: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Editor’s Note: Since my planned posting schedule got a bit messed up with the Thanksgiving holiday, I’m wrapping up my Harry Potter revisit today and moving our last GeekyNerdy Book Club “meeting” for the year to Friday, December 1. See you then!!


Ever since I first finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when it came out in 2007, my main memory has been about how much I hated the epilogue. After such an intense ride, I wanted something a little more complicated than “everyone’s married now and sending their kids off to Hogwarts.” I mean, there had just been an absolutely massive battle at the wizarding school and I wanted to know more about what happened next. Four years later, when I finished watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, my main thought was, “Yep, still hate that ending and am super-annoyed that I splurged for 3D.” Continue reading “Revisited: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”

Revisited: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


And now, as Monty Python often said, for something completely different – a film adaptation of a Harry Potter book that I actually liked! Well, sort of.

After my parents arrived on Wednesday, we ordered pizza and settled in to watch Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I’m not entirely sure if it matched their remembrances or expectations, but it definitely exceeded mine. For though I knew the story, I had forgotten how funny this movie actually is. Which feels a bit odd to say, given what happens, but still, there is no denying that there are some great moments, such as Lavender Brown’s over-the-top infatuation with Ron Weasley and Harry’s comment that some people don’t like acromantulas due to their pincers. Continue reading “Revisited: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

Revisited: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


Good morning readers and Happy Friday!! I know my Harry Potter Week took a bit of a detour a few days ago, but family coming into town for Thanksgiving will do that to you! I’m still determined to finish out the week though, so I’m planning on doubling or tripling up on posts, depending on what all I can accomplish today. For now, I’m getting back on track with my revisit of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

This book in particular has always been my mother’s favorite, and she’s especially enamored with the fight at the Ministry of Magic. Continue reading “Revisited: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”

Revisited: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


As I mentioned at the beginning of yesterday’s post, I didn’t get into the Harry Potter series until the first three books were already out – though I think Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was still in hardback. Because of that, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has always held a special place in my heart since it was the book that really launched me into the fandom. In fact, it was the first (and as far as I can recall, only) midnight release party that I went to, though I did work the one for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows seven years later.

The movie version of this story has been a particular favorite too as it came out in 2005, the year I was studying abroad at Oxford, where many of the buildings were actually film locations. Continue reading “Revisited: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”