Waxing Philosophical: The Benefits of Writing Fanfiction

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I wrote an article about a year ago when I was still writing for the (now defunct) Girls Like Comics website about the various things American publishers could learn from Doujinshi culture in Japan. I’ve been thinking about that article again, and how it talks about some of the benefits Japanese publishers saw in the distribution and creation of Doujinshi based on their titles. Lately, I’ve been getting sucked into reading a series that was a hug part of my high school life, a series of dark fantasy novels that pushed me into writing fanfiction during the craze that was Fanfiction.net. I found my brain returning to that state of mind, crafting new characters and scenarios that could work in this pre-established world. But my time studying creative writing in college constantly goes against these instincts, shouting that I could be writing my own characters, my own stories, that writing writing fanfiction is a waste of creative energy. Continue reading

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Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (5/28 – 6/3)

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Welcome back to another installment of “Last Week in Geekdom” where I comb through the internet for all the news you need to know so you don’t have to. Some housekeeping first: if you haven’t already seen my “100 Followers Celebration Post” head over there and check it out. It was written as a thank you to all of you guys, and feel free to answer the question at the end of the post. As for some news highlights for today: there’s some controversy brewing over an anime adaption of the light novel {New Life +] that you can read below; Toonami is pushing back the release of the English-subbed versions of the FLCL animes; and Netflix has decided to get into the comic publishing business. Be sure to also check out some of the videos and articles down below, and, as always, let me know if I missed anything important. Happy Sunday! Continue reading

[100 Follower Celebration Post] The Top 5 Anime, Manga, and Comics that have Influenced Me

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I think it was in a Liebster Award post earlier this year that I announced one of my goals was to reach 100 followers by the end of the year. A fairly reasonable goal, and one that I thought was pretty doable all things considered. So I kept writing the content I wanted to write, kept an eye on  the various conversations going on around popular things, and kept an eye on that follower count. I have to say, though, I don’t think I ever expected to hit it this early. Maybe I should have gone with a higher number, or perhaps I underestimated the immense support the WordPress anime community is able to give. I am humbled. Humbled by your love of my content that I’m never quite sure is good enough to post. I know for a fact my writing style isn’t as polished as I want it to be, but this blog is a passion project for me. It was something I started almost two years ago now as a way to pass the time between jobs. I don’t know if I ever expected it to become a major part of my life, but I’m glad that it did in some ways. Currently, Bloom Reviews rests at 109 followers, over 10,700 views, and 151 total posts. It’s been a long, fun ride and I’m so happy you all decided to spend your time with me. Continue reading