Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Has a Trailer!

PPZ’s film version has been in the works for a while.  At last we have our first look at the film and The Bennet Sisters in action.  I have to say this looks great.  And one reason is due to the fact that while it is based off the book by Seth Grahame-Smith, he’s not the one writing the screenplay.  That’s director Burr Steers other duty on the film.  And he’s bringing with it an obvious punk rock sensibility from the music.

The cast is fantastic with Sam Riley, Matt Smith, Charles Dance, Lena Heady, Jack Huston, Lily James, and Bella Heathcote to name just a few.

Here’s the trailer.  And stay tuned for my video interviews with director Burr Steer and Sam Riley to be posted soon.

I Ship It: Korra & Asami


I Ship It: Your Personal Slashfic Recommendation Service

By Jessie Tarter 

Today’s Order: Korra/Asami

On December 22nd 2012 Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the co-creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, took to the internet and bestowed upon us the greatest Christmas present in fangirl history: after years of hope and speculation, Korrasami was made cannon.

Now this wasn’t the first time in my fangirlhood that the creator of a piece of beloved media has come forward post-credits and announced that a major character(s) has homosexual proclivities. But unlike certain other instances of ‘but wait, there’s more!’ the fandom felt as if they had known it all along, that we had all been following the bread crumbs of friendship and comradery as it slowly led to the magnificent cottage of love.

I mean, the series concludes (spoilers) with the two of them holding hands in front of a physical manifestation of universal harmony for God’s sake.

Not that the fic writers of the world ever needed cannon confirmation to get their pairings together but damn if this didn’t pour some gasoline on the flames! And from the ashes arose three of my all-time favorite Korrasami pieces of all time.


Good Morning
By: daisybrien
Rated: General

Possibly the shortest fic I’ve yet to review, but terribly sweet. Set the morning after their wedding, Asami wakes up to an unfamiliar weight around her neck. In the water tribe that Korra hails from, a carved pendent takes the place of an engagement or wedding ring, and while I’ve never tied the knot myself I’m sure it’s a little easier to get used to a band around your finger than a stone around your neck. But Asami is hardly perturbed. She stretches, has some back and forth with the otherworldly creatures at her window (you marry the avatar, you honeymoon in the Spirit World. It’s what you do.) And basks in the contentment of her new life.

Honestly this fic mostly concerns itself with Asami’s mood and the frankly adorable ways that Korra tries to get her new wife back into bed.

This is what you want to read on a lazy Sunday morning in bed. In 507 words the author absolutely nails down the sense of comfortable bliss that’s shared between these characters. There’s no rush, no tension, they’re on their honeymoon and they’re going to enjoy every last second of it. If you don’t get the warm and fuzzies after reading this one, I suggest you build a blanket fort and sort yourself out.


Venti Sized Crush
By: ZoeReed
Rated: Explicit

The ‘Coffee Shop AU’ is a writing trope as old as fanfiction itself. The basic conceit: You like these characters? You enjoy mundane interactions between otherwise extraordinary people? You have a excruciating crush on the delicious barista who makes your morning lattes? Mix it all together and serve it steaming hot on the counter, you’ve got yourself a fic!

True to form, this takes place in the modern world, with Korra playing the role of a snarky barista with a penitent for puns, and Asami as the gorgeous high powered business woman who never gets off her phone long enough to place an order. Names are misspelled, phone numbers exchanged, smooches are had, and there is much rejoicing!

Mundane AU’s tend to make for hits and misses in my book. On the one hand, I would happily watch an entire movie about super people doing less than super things (grocery shopping, making breakfast, getting flustered, etc.) On the other hand, when you already have an extremely compelling world developed around them, characters can seem more than a little out of place strolling down the streets of Seattle.

Luckily, ZoeReed has excellent command over setting and dialogue and never once wavers in their commitment. I believe the ultimate goal of an ‘au’ fic should be the reader ultimately forgetting the universe was ever alternative at all, for having believed the writer’s vision so thoroughly. I had that moment several times during this story. Korra and Asami belong in this world, awkwardly attempting to ask the other out without looking like the complete dorks they are.

Insert obligatory recommendation of reading this one over a cup of coffee while pining over adorable baristas here.


Stand on the Horizon
By: theinvisablekunst
Rated: Teens and Up

Pacific Rim. Legend of Korra. Crossover. Need I say more? Honestly, I’m pretty sure this author hacked into my brain and wrote out everything I could have ever hoped for in a fic. Normally I’d be breaking out the tin foil hats but in this case I would gladly offer up the keys to my mind in exchange for more of this glorious universe.

Set in the same timeline as the film ‘Pacific Rim’, the story follows Asami, head engineer of the Jaeger program as she trains to become a pilot. Along the way she runs into Korra, still the avatar but with the bonus of also wanting to steer an enormous monster fighting robot. At first the two of them clash in typical ‘I didn’t know you were the love of my life fashion’ but it’s nothing a perfectly executed neural drift can’t cure.

I can’t decide what I love more here: the dedication to relationship building, the deep and at times almost frightening attention to detail, or how much the author clearly adores both Legend of Korra and Pacific Rim. My guess is it’s a happy combination of the three.

Much like both source materials, this fic is an emotional rollercoaster. Half the time my cheeks ached from smiling at the leading ladies’ banter. Reading the hauntingly personal stories that lead both of them to become engineers and pilots respectively was harrowing. I legitimately almost cried when Asami presented Korra with their newly remodeled Jaeger.

I’m failing to describe this as anything other than ‘ultimate squee material.’ Find it. Read it. Love it. Watch the series and the movie back to back. Repeat ad infinitum.

American Horror Story: Hotel Premiere Review

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL -- Pictured: Lady Gaga as The Countess. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL — Pictured: Lady Gaga as The Countess. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX

American Horror Story: Hotel

Premiere Review

By Jessica Dwyer

You have to hand it to Ryan Murphy, the man doesn’t know the meaning of too much. Over the last seasons of AHS we’ve seen the style level of the show and it’s over the top nature become what is best about the series and what is in fact the downfall of the show.

Beginning with the dark and serious nature of Murder House, things started heading to the level of camp with Asylum and the first singing and dancing number of the series.  But within the context of a show taking place in an insane asylum…it sort of fit.  Coven saw an increase in the level of stylish design in the show and a level of camp that was obviously starting to grow.  When Freak Show happened all bets were off…anything was fair game and the campy insanity was unleashed in a torrent across our TV screens.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL -- Pictured: Matt Bomer as Donovan. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL — Pictured: Matt Bomer as Donovan. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX

While there were many fans who relished Freak Show for its outright crazy over the top levels I wasn’t one of them.  I felt that it was a missed opportunity to really deliver on a creepy concept with a lot of twisted levels within.  I missed the more serious and eerie vibes that were shown behind the doors of the Murder House.

With the first episode of Hotel I think Ryan Murphy and I have come to an understanding. The concept of this season lends itself to having lavish costumes and sets that are beautiful with weird and bizarre characters stalking around.  That’s really the point…a hotel from hell in the middle of broken dreams boulevard in Los Angeles.  It’s a beacon for the lost souls and those that would feed upon them.  It’s actually more of a perfect set up than Freak Show for this series to use as a central plot.

Murphy doesn’t waste time getting things started.  Two young and very blonde foreign tourists check into The Cortez and quickly realize something is very wrong when they find a bizarre and sickly creature sewn into their mattress.  Things don’t go well for them after that.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL -- Pictured: Sarah Paulson as Sally. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL — Pictured: Sarah Paulson as Sally. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX

Besides the tourists we meet Iris (Kathy Bates) the hotels desk clerk and her “assistant” Liz Taylor (Dennis O’Hare.)  While Liz remains a mystery this episode, we do find out about what led Iris to be working at the hotel.  It has to do with Donovan (Matt Bomer) the paramour of The Countess (Lady Gaga) and a girl by the name of Hypodermic Sally (Sarah Paulson.)  This dysfunctional group all “live” at the Hotel along with some strangely pale children who run around giving The Shining twins a run for their money.

We also are introduced in this episode to Detective John Lowe (Wes Bentley) and his family who are being stalked by a deranged killer.  They’ve already lost their son to an abduction years earlier and the strain of that has had consequences on the marriage of Lowe and his wife (Chloë Sevigny) who is now concerned about the welfare of their daughter.  

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL -- Pictured: Denis O'Hare as Liz Taylor. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL — Pictured: Denis O’Hare as Liz Taylor. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX

After an incident Lowe decides to move out and stay at the Cortez in an attempt to keep his family safe which is probably the worst decision he could have made.  But it may reveal a connection to the hotel he had no idea existed.

That same day a new owner purchases the hotel, fashion designer Will Drake (Cheyenne Jackson) who immediately has eyes for the Countess and vice versa.  This is the stirrings of trouble for Donovan who realizes he may be replaced soon.  Will’s son is introduced to a group of young, very pale children by the Countess as well…one of which is very familiar.  

It’s obvious from the first episode that AHS: Hotel is going to be full of glamour and style and lots and lots of sex with a lot of graphic violence and blood.  Within the first few minutes of the show we are introduced to what’s been called The Addiction Demon in a scene of anal rape that not only graphic but long.  There’s some group sex with Lady Gaga, Donovan, and a couple of victims.  There’s hanging entrails as well as a man who’s super glued to the inside of a woman who’s been impaled…by other means.  As I said…this is just the first episode.

As always the title sequence shows us hints of what is to come in the season, and this is no different.  It’s obvious from the deaths being committed by Lowe’s serial killer stalker that he’s out to punish those breaking the ten commandments (which are shown throughout the credits.)  We’ve already seen a victim come out of a mattress.  And we’ve seen the pale children which are also peppered within the sequence.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL -- Pictured: Evan Peters as Mr.March. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL — Pictured: Evan Peters as Mr.March. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX

Later in the season we’ll find out more of the hotels history which is eerily similar and based upon the story of serial killer HH Holmes, who built a hotel specifically to give him easy access to murder and torture his victims, his paying customers.  So that should be all sorts of fun.

The premiere is very promising and simply beautiful to look at.  The design of the Cortez is art deco meets the Overlook.  It’s also shot in a way that reminds the audience of the fish eye lens effect you get from looking through a door viewer from inside a hotel room.  I really enjoyed the trippy feel of how it was shot.

There’s a very big sense of The Hunger being homaged in this season, especially in this first episode and the seduction by the Countess & Donovan with their victims.  Instead of “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” at a club, we have them going to a cemetery in Hollywood that’s showing Nosferatu among the tombstones.  They take home another couple and proceed to use their ring claws instead of necklaces to cut their throats.

I think this season has a lot of potential to be one of the best of the series.  The creep factor is high and the story lines are darker.  But with the characters and setting Ryan Murphy is allowed to go full tilt with his need for extravagance.  He’s got the perfect woman in Lady Gaga to dress her to nines and make her a monster at the same time. He’s got an entire hotel to turn into a play pen of debauchery and evil.

As long as he doesn’t fall into the trap of previous seasons and cram more characters down our throats and too many stories that run out of time to be resolved I think American Horror Story: Hotel can be the epitome of what AHS has always wanted to be…creepy, weird, and entertaining while making horror out of art.


UK Fans of Star Wars Can Send Mail From A Galaxy Far Far Away


Releasing October 20th via Royal Mail, Star Wars fans can now get stamps with their favorite characters on them.  This includes some of the new members of the family from The Force Awakens.




US residence can order the stamps (just like the Doctor Who ones previously) but they of course won’t be able to mail anything with them.

There are some pretty neat bundles you can get including medals and framed art.  The artwork is really lovely and I like the smaller action scenes in the corners of the stamps.


You can see the complete collection here on the Royal Mail Site

Tremors 5 Hits Today!


Greetings Graboid fans!  Today marks the return of the worms and we’re celebrating here at Fangirl Magazine with our all Tremors episode of Fangirl Radio as well as some awesome behind the scenes pics from actor Michael Gross.

Listen to our Tremorstastic episode below and check out these great shots from Michael Gross’s Facebook page.

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Doctor Who Gets a 3rd Spin Off!


Young Adult author Patrick Ness will be writing a new spin off series for Doctor Who (the 3rd in the series 50+ year history.)  The new series will be called “Class” and will take place at Coal Hill School.

Coal Hill is part of the Doctor Who history from episode one.  It’s the school where Susan, the Doctor’s granddaughter was a student and where Ian & Barbara, the two original companions were teachers.  It’s also the school where Clara Oswald wound up being a teacher as well.  It’s important to note that according to the 50th anniversary special that Ian Chesterton became Chairman of the Governors at the school after leaving the Doctor.

Steven Moffat will be on board for the series (which makes me wonder if this may be an opportunity for Jenna Coleman to come back to the Doctor Who fold later on.)  The series promises a darker YA tone than the Sarah Jane Adventures which was more suited for younger kids.  We’ll probably also see the return of Courtney Woods, the teenager who figured so prominently in Kill The Moon.

The series will be limited to 8 episodes at 45 minutes each and will air in 2016.  As with the Sarah Jane Adventures there are all kinds of opportunities for characters to cross over…especially with the location so close to the Doctors hearts.