Hello dear readers and welcome to this week’s Seriously Geeky Sundays post. This week we are looking at all things summertime so get that sunscreen ready as we plunge into the world of fictional summers!
This year’s summer has been a bit of a weird one so far, what with the whole ‘stay inside’ vibe that is going on right now. Since holidays are cancelled and the weather is unpredictable, it is nice to get to think about some fictional summers and summertime activities instead.
Before I get going proper I just want to say a big thank you to Heather over at Just Geeking By for creating the Seriously Geeky Sundays event. Anyone can take part so why not head on over and look at what other topics are coming up and start putting your answers together.
For now though let’s take a look at this week’s questions:
What is your favourite summer movie?
Get Over It!
Ok so I couldn’t think of a single geeky summertime film, and in fact could hardly think of any summer films at all. I guess I’m just not much of a summer film person! Anyway, I chose Get Over It in the end as it makes perfect summertime watching. It is a thoroughly hilarious high-school romp where romance meets theatre and much absurdity ensues. A lot of American high school comedies are good in summertime as they tend to be quite fun and light, but this one is particularly summery as it revolves around the complicated relationships of a bunch of students who are putting on a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The real star of the show is Martin Short, who puts in an incredible performance as a drama teacher who can only be described as the most pretentious character I’ve ever seen.
What is your favourite summer scene/moment from a fandom?
Bilbo’s eleventy–first birthday party, Lord of the Rings
The opening hour or so of The Fellowship of the Ring is packed full of summer wonder, culminating in a huge birthday party to celebrate Bilbo Baggins’ 111st birthday. The film opens with Frodo reading a book in a tranquil wood. You see young hobbits playing in the sunshine and Gandalf rolls into town with his fireworks. The sun beats down on the fields of The Shire and all seems right with the world. People sing and dance and drink ale without a care. Come the party itself and people are in high spirits and certain hobbits are up to mischief as The Shire congregates to celebrate Bilbo. Some magical, dramatic fireworks in the summer night sky round off the evening as the darkness that awaits the world starts to reveal itself. Although you know the whole time that this idyllic setting cannot last, it is a very special opening which really communicates an atmosphere that can only exist in summer’s warmth.
What is your favourite fictional tropical location?
Noctilum, Xenoblade Chronicles X
For this answer I’ve eschewed palm trees and beaches in favour of a tropical jungle with huge colourful plants and poisonous creatures. Tropical environments, with their heat and humidity, are perfect for awe inspiring plant life and wildlife to thrive and can be dangerous for humans to enter. This is very much the case in Noctilum. It is a vast jungle that you enter at your own peril. Its natural beauty is both awesome and terrifying, a true reflection of the power of nature, and like so many of the other areas in Xenoblade Chronicles X’s world it is too large and imposing to be tamed by the small human population. Noctilum is my favourite location in my favourite video game world, there really is no place like the wild green heart of the planet Mira.
If you could go on holiday to any fictional place where would it be?
Auresco, Torna – The Golden Country
More Xenoblade now I’m afraid, but really what else would you expect?! It is a series that really excels in creating amazing locations, and there was more than one location I considered for this answer, but eventually settled on Auresco, the royal capital of Torna. It is not a huge town, but it has everything you need. Cool craft shops, several renowned eateries, including one where chefs from across the world gather to participate in a cooking competition. It has a cafe bar, a plush hotel and a viewing tower from which you can see most of Torna. I like shopping and nightlife on my holidays, but I also like nature and exploration and the outskirts of Auresco are perfect for this with a nature reserve, a wild camping spot and even something that could pass as a beach all within easy reach. Locals are (mostly) friendly, and if you’re lucky you might even get a sight of royalty. Now, how do I get there again? Oh… yeah. Damn.
Which fictional characters would you choose for a road trip?
Yona (Yona of the Dawn), Lora (Torna – The Golden Country), Prompto (Final Fantasy XV), Kino & Hermes (Kino’s Journey) & Morgana (Persona 5)
On a road trip, the first thing you need is a good vehicle and just to be on the safe side my road trip has two. Hermes (a sentient motorbike) can carry Kino and essential supplies, whilst Morgana (a cat that can change into a bus) can carry the rest of us. Morgana also has a decent sense of navigation which may come in handy. Kino will be great to have around as she is one of the most well travelled characters I know, and has had to deal with everything from gladiator arenas to killer sheep. For Yona this will be a great chance to escape those pervy dragons and test her new found life skills out on the road. I’ve chosen Prompto as he loves both photography and nature and this would be a good opportunity for him to get some great snaps, not to mention the fact that he has some prior road trip experience. As for Lora, she’s coming simply because I can’t imagine a character I’d rather tavel with. She is the nicest, most straightforward, most fun character and I’d love an opportunity to get to know her better. I’m sure this party would make for an excellent journey full of exploration, adventure and new experiences, not to mention some good late night gossip around the campfire… *winks*
Pick a fandom and create an ice cream flavour based on it!
My Hero Ice-creamconia, My Hero Academia
Poor Shoto Todoroki. He has a tough time and now he even has to put up with having an ice cream based on his hair. That red/white combo was just too tempting though, and as his white side represents his ability to turn things to ice it seemed even more fitting. For the sake of tastiness I’m making this ice cream half raspberry and half white chocolate, but cinnamon or chilli might be more appropriate to represent his fiery side. I would like to add here that although I came up with this idea independently, after some light googling I discovered that I am in fact not the first person to have had the idea of making a Todoroki ice cream. Come on heroes, let’s make this a real thing! I’m sure it would be easy to get Shoto to smile for the camera… right?
So what do you think? Do you fancy visiting any of these locations this summer, or maybe trying out the newly patented My Hero Academia ice cream? What are your favourite fictional summer moments? Let me know in comments and make sure you check out Just Geeking By to find all the other answers to this week’s questions!
Thanks for reading,