Back to Dragon Con

21230893_10155733036584524_1844308872797651683_nIt’s that time of the year again: DRAGON CON IS ALMOST HERE!!!! I am once again excited to be presenting on a few panels this year, talking about a few of my favorites fandoms/shows and proudly representing Sci-Fi Party Line. Here’s where you can find me geeking out over the weekend:

Friday, August 31

  • Arrow Season 6: The Fall of Team Arrow (Friday, Aug. 31, 11:30 am. Marriott M302-202) – Things are falling apart in Star City. Problems with Team Arrow, problems with family, people leaving, years of complications & compromises make the newest threat to the city more visceral than ever before. 

Saturday, September 1

  • Beyond the Books: Harry Potter (Saturday, Sept. 1, 11:30 am. Marriott A601-A602) – Pottermore and plays and prequels, oh my! Join us for a fan discussion of the ever-expanding universe of Harry Potter material.
  • The World of Shadowhunters (Saturday, Sept. 1, 5:30 pm. Marriott A707) – Come geek out with us about Cassandra Clare’s popular books. We’ll cover the Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, Dark Artifices, short stories & more in the Shadowhunters universe!
  • Always & Forever: The Originals Fan Panel (Saturday, Sept. 1, 7:00 pm. Westin Chastain 1-2) – A moderated fan-panel discussion of the hit show’s fifth and final season.

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 70,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. This year’s event will take place August 30 – September 3. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

 

 

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Let’s talk about Shadowhunters…

Shadowhunters will premiere on ABC Family this fall.

Shadowhunters will premiere on ABC Family this fall.

With the barrage of casting news that has come out in the past week, I think it’s time for me to finally talk about Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments, the TV series adapted from The Mortal Instruments book series written by Cassandra Clare.

City of Bones – the first book in the series – was adapted into a feature film in 2013, but despite being highly anticipated by the series’ large fanbase it did not do well at the box office. Plans to move on with the franchise were scrapped, re-visited, scrapped again and then re-packaged as a TV show.

City of Bones is the story of Clary Fray, a normal teenager who finds out that her life is not as normal as it seems. The world from which she comes from is full of Shadowhunters – a race of warriors created by the angel Raziel that are trained to hunt and fight demons and other supernatural entities. Clary’s mother Jocelyn once belonged to a rogue group of Shadowhunters called The Circle, created and led by her former husband, Valentine Morganstern. After the fall of The Circle, a pregnant Jocelyn fled to New York and has been in hiding for the past 18 years. Clary’s memories have been continually wiped away through the use of magic, and as she nears her birthday she starts to see things – and people – she never saw before, which eventually pulls her in to the dangerous world her mother has tried to shield her from. Family secrets, new friends, a complicated family history and a magical cup are only the beginning of Clary’s adventures.

PERSONAL NOTE: I actually liked the movie, and with a few exceptions I actually loved the casting of the film. That being said, I am pleased with the fact that they are moving to the small screen, because I feel that the complexity of the story – especially in regard to the Valentine/Clary/Jace situation (which was completely mishandled in the film IMHO) – deserves more time to explore than was allowed in the film.

From what we know about the show so far, Shadowhunters will start at the beginning of the story, which will completely negate the film. The characters have been completely re-cast, and for the show they will also be aged 2-3 older than they are in the books/film (Clary starts the story as a 15-year old). This is the casting that has been announced so far:

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Earlier today, Canadian actress Maxim Roy was announced as Jocelyn Fray.

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The casting looks good so far, and I’m sure there will be more casting news in the weeks to come. Check out the show’s Shadowhunters TV Facebook and Shadowhunters TV Instagram for fun updates.