Game of Thrones Recap: “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

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Even those who don’t watch HBO’s Game of Thrones with any regularity have undoubtedly heard about the backlash created by Sunday’s episode, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.” The groundbreaking show, which has always been unafraid and unapologetic about showing unwarranted violence and sexual assault, may have finally crossed one too many lines. Is “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” the straw that broke the camel’s back?

Trigger warning: this post discusses a gratuitous rape scene. If this is a trigger for you, please read no further than the summary. 

Spoilers ahead.

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Hillywood Presents: A “Supernatural” Parody to End All Parodies

As you probably know, I’m a huge Hillywood fan. Both their Walking Dead and Doctor Who parodies have been featured on the blog at some point and I can’t get enough of these two sisters and the way they interact with different fandoms.

This parody is now at the top of my list of favorite things.

Released the day after the S10 finale, this video is a true love song to fans, and just what I need to get over that…aherm…interesting turn of events in “Brother’s Keeper”. Even if I find the show problematic (only because I love it so damn much and want it to be the best it can be), I appreciate the fact that the cast really cares about their fans. Along with a grueling convention circuit across the globe, a ridiculous 23 episode filming schedule and multiple charity campaigns, they manage to find the time to have fun and engage with the SPN family in a way they know we’ll love.

Dammit Supernatural, I just can’t quit you!

xoxo

C. Diva

SPN DePaul: A Celebration of Fandom, Academia and “Supernatural” Part I

If you’re a fan of the show, you know that the academic side of the Supernatural fandom is quite strong. There have been scholarly journal articles, books and meta-discussions about Supernatural ever since the show premiered back in 2005. Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls, written by Lynn Zubernis and Katherine Larsen, is a cult classic and has brought an air of legitimacy to the work of Supernatural scholars who love the show and work to connect it to the academic study of popular cultural, the definition of an aca-fan. On May 9-11, DePaul University in Chicago hosted an academic conference celebrating ten years of Supernatural, welcoming attendees from all corners of fandom, including Keynote Speaker and writer on the show, Robbie Thompson. Unfortunately, Chicago is a bit out of the way for either of the Collective gals, so we asked our friends KT Torrey and the Fangasm girls to keep us abreast of the goings-on at the conference. We sat down to ask them a few questions, and here’s what they had to say about SPN DePaul.

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The Collectress Picks 5: Favourite SciFi Films

Science-fiction is one of my favourite genres, but it’s also one of the ones I’m pickiest about. Finding a scifi film I enjoy is more difficult than jeans for short girls at Forever 21. If you’re like me and love scifi but have a helluva time finding a good one, here are my five favourite for your perusal.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

An older film, but still compelling, it follows the story of an alien who comes to Earth with a message for humanity. A chilling metaphor for xenophobia, the Cold War, and paranoia, The Day the Earth Stood Still was chosen for preservation by the U.S. National Film Registry in the 1990s.

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Ask Us Anything! The Collective Bloggers Are Doing an AMA

The Collective Blog is turning two and we want to share this special moment with you, dear reader. Last year, we gave you our fangirl edition of the Newlywed Game because we want you to get to know us (in spite of our anonymity). This year, my blouse and I (blog spouse, not my shirt) thought a Reddit-style AMA might be fun, but not on Reddit, because that site’s super confusing.

If you have a question for the Collected staff, we want to answer it. We’re pretty open, except about our names, faces, locations and identities, so ask whatever you like! We want to get to know our fandom too, so make sure you share a name/pseudonym and how we can find you, whether it be on your blog, Twitter or Tumblr.

These past two years writing for you has been an exciting journey. We can’t wait to bring you more geeky content and we have so many great things in store. We plan to take YOU on our journey through (in our hearts and on Twitter) to San Diego Comic-Con, London MCM, The Disney D23 Expo and GIShWhes 2015, just to name a few. We hope you have enjoyed your time with us as much as we’ve loved nerding out with you.

Here’s to many more years in geekdom!

xoxo C. Diva

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