I was a peculiar child. Every Christmas season, instead of begging my parents for new dolls, princess tiaras, or a pony, I’d always write down “books” at the top of my Christmas list. To my eternal disappointment, every year my mother gave me stuff I needed: a new coat or shoes, a new dress for church, or the ever-dreaded socks. My mother doesn’t read for pleasure and never understood my fascination with words. “They’re not real,” she’d tell me when I told her about Captain Ahab’s white whale or Beth’s death in Little Women, “Why do you care so much?”
Twenty years later, that question still haunts me. Why do I care so much? Why do I cry for fictional characters? Why invest myself so much in a world that’s not real?
Don’t own this.
I blame my father.
I was seven-years-old the first time I read The Hobbit. Although my mother was unwilling to indulge my obsession for fiction, my father did. I had tossed aside The Chronicles of Narnia and The Little House on the Prairie series. I read things like The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Three Musketeers, but at the age of 7 I didn’t understand them, nor did I want to. One Christmas, my father handed me a crudely wrapped present. “Don’t tell your mother,” he whispered. Continue reading
‘Quel re, my dear collectibles. In celebration of
MartinFreemanthe premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug later this week, I’ve decided to unofficially make The Collective blog hobbitized (translation: The Collectiva Diva and the Collected Canadian have no part in my obsession…for now).
Today’s focus: Middle-earth fashion. Since the release of LotR: FotR twelve years ago (wow I feel old), the world has been inundated with Tolkienish clothes, accessories, knibknobs and whatsamacallits. Here are some of my favorites, and, as a bonus, they also make excellent holiday presents (hint hint).
- The Lord of the Rings My Precious t-shirt $25.00
Precious not included.
- The One Ring skirt, custom-made $58.94, RoobyLane on etsy.com
For the fashionable Dark Lord
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This weekend, the BBC released an interactive trailer for Sherlock series 3, which premieres in the UK January 1, 2014. The trailer, hosted on wirewax.com, includes info the filming of “The Reichenbach Fall,” exclusive content from Series 3 and Sherlock’s snarky take on the Watsonstache. Less than a month until The Collective gals reveal our Sherlocked side, and you really should mentally prepare yourself. Sherlockians will take over Tumblr as soon as we get our Christmas day short, “Many Happy Returns”–which chronicles the story of those in London who indeed believe that #SherlockLives. Don’t worry, the mania will be short and sweet. With the series premiering all 3 episodes in less than 2 weeks, the fandom will explode, and then implode, hopefully reappearing sometime soon with a promised series 4.
This is going to be epic.
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There’s not much I can say that this picture doesn’t already.
Happy Monday, Collectors!
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I love the holiday season. Decorations at my house go up as soon as Thanksgiving is over, while Christmas music hits the stereo around Halloween. As soon as school is out for me and the kid, we spend much of our time snuggled up in the living room with a fire, fresh baked cookies and a Christmas movie. So, let’s pop a bowl of popcorn, roast a few marshmallows and enjoy a few good films, shall we?
I want a Gizmo for Christmas and I cross my hearts I will not feed him after midnight. These mischievous monsters will steal your heart and your car keys in this classic eighties film that just happens to be set at Christmas time.