Who doesn’t love traveling to new places? Unfortunately, some places we would like to visit don’t exist. Here is a list of ten fictional places we wish we could visit this summer.
Why? Because the Ewoks are adorable and badasses. They helped defeat the Empire.
Why? “Why not?” is the better question. Quidditch, Apparating, pet owls that are house-trained … Living in the wizarding world would be incredible, but Hogwarts has the added bonus of being the coolest boarding school ever. Hufflepuff pride!
3) Neptune, CA
Why? We would seek employment at Mars Investigations, but secretly, we would visit Neptune to make out with Logan (and Duncan).
4) The Red Universe
Why? Altlivia and Lincoln. Enough said. (Bonus: lots of blimps.)
Why? We want to slay some vampires and drink tea with Giles. (Of course this would be before the town was swallowed up by a Hellmouth. Obviously.)
6) Jurassic Park (with Tom Hiddleston)
Why? Because we want to see Hiddleston communicate with the velociraptors.
7) The New York Institute
Why? Because being a Shadowhunter would be freaking awesome. But mainly because we’d want to meet Jace, Clary, Alec, Simon, Magnus, and every other butt-kicking character from the Mortal Instruments series. And afterwards, we’d stop off at the London Institute circa 1878 to swoon over Will Herondale.
8) Stars Hollow
Why? It may be a small town, but it’s full of big characters. Sure, there are downsides to everyone being involved in everybody else’s lives, but really it’s like having a huge, hilarious family that all live within walking distance of each other. Plus, we would love to eat at Al’s Pancake World, no matter what kind of cuisine he was serving that week.
Why? Where else can you have coffee with Snow White and Captain Hook? I bet if we stuck around long enough, the folks from Star Wars would eventually show up. Storybrooke is basically Disney World without roller coasters.
10) Pawnee, Indiana
Why? Sure, the city almost voted to allow Sweetums to take over their water supply, but what this place lacks in common sense, it makes up in friendship. Also, we will visit any city that had a Star Wars filibuster.
It’s July 31st! You know what that means… It’s Harry Potter’s birthday! So raise a goblet of pumpkin juice to our favorite boy wizard on the anniversary of the day he was born, and the day he crawled out from the cupboard under the stairs and into our hearts.
Also celebrating a birthday today is the ever-underrated Neville Longbottom!
And of course, how could we forget the master herself, J.K. Rowling! She and Harry share the same birthday, so happy birthday to the brilliant woman who was essentially responsible for my childhood!
To celebrate, I’m eating cake and wearing one of my many Harry Potter t-shirts. What are you doing to commemorate this most wonderful of birthdays? Let us know in the comments section, or tweet us @PopCultureNexus!
-M + L
Have you ever loved a movie, a book, a TV show, or an icon so much that you decided to get it permanently inked on your body? Well, these people have. Today, we salute them. This week’s Top 5 Tuesday features our favorite pop culture related tattoos, from Star Wars to Joss Whedon.
Most people would probably say that 23 is a little old to be going to midnight premieres of movies based on young adult books. To those people I say, we are bound not by age, but by our ability to function on three to four hours of sleep. My love for The Hunger Games definitely outweighs my desire to get a good night’s rest. In fact, I don’t want to brag, but I’ve sort of made an art out of midnight movie premieres. I’ve been to every Harry Potter midnight premiere since Prisoner of Azkaban, and I plan to continue my legacy by attending the premieres of all the future Hunger Games movies. Why, you ask? Why subject yourself to hoards of screaming fans, why stay up until 3 AM on a Thursday night just to see the very first showing of the movie? For one thing, I’ve waited three years for this moment, so waiting another 12 hours just sounds like torture. There’s something so special to me about seeing my favorite books brought to life, and next to Harry Potter, The Hunger Games is my favorite book. What makes The Hunger Games even more special is that, unlike Harry Potter, there was a time back when there was only one book, and no one had heard of it, when a movie adaptation was just a daydream. And now it’s finally coming true.
It’s that time again, pop culture fans…time for another rendition of Top 5 Tuesday! Let’s celebrate making it through two fifths of the work week (hey, that’s quite a benchmark) by taking a stroll through our favorite fictional towns. These are the top 5 fictional places we’d love to apply for citizenship…
The co-founder of Pop Culture Nexus and author of the Fringe photo recaps is celebrating her birthday today. Let’s hope she has a LEGENDARY day. -Mary
Okay, it’s time to fess up. We all have at least one movie that’s our weak spot, our Achilles’ heel. You know, that one favorite film that, whenever it comes on the television, you become completely powerless and are unable to change the channel (even though you’ve seen it a hundred times, and you own the DVD–probably the collector’s edition). Here are my top 5 movies that I am physically incapable of turning off…
1.) All Harry Potter Movies – Now that the saga has ended on the screen as well as on the page, my love and appreciation for the Harry Potter series is at an all-time high, so even the earlier films (which were of much lesser quality, I think we can all agree) bring on a crippling wave of nostalgia that I can’t fight. This becomes a real problem around the holidays, when ABC Family runs and re-runs them all for days on end. It’s safer for me to just avoid ABC Family altogether during the months between Halloween and Christmas.
2.) The Princess Bride – This is the one movie that I really don’t need to watch, because I can recite almost all of it from memory. Nonetheless, any time I come across it while flipping through channels, I absolutely have to see it through. Even though it would make more sense to just put in the DVD and cue it up to the same point, it’s just not the same as watching it on TV. It’s like hearing your favorite song on the radio–you could just as easily listen to it on your iPod, but it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun.
3.) Remember the Titans – There’s something about this movie that just reaches into your soul shakes it up (in a good way…if soul-shaking can be taken as good). Every time I watch it, it’s as exhilarating and gut-wrenching as it was the first time I saw it. Another thing that makes Titans timeless is its spectacular soundtrack. Nothing builds team spirit like a rousing locker room rendition of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” (Watch it here and take note of a baby-faced Ryan Gosling and his awkward dance moves.) Remember The Titans gets my vote for the best football movie of all time.
4.) You’ve Got Mail – Remember the early days of Internet dating? Before eHarmony and Match.com, there was AOL. There’s a certain innocence and sincerity in watching Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks fall in love in this quintessential ’90s rom-com. Tom Hanks’ charm alone is enough to keep me glued to my TV screen, but it’s his and Meg Ryan’s epic chemistry that makes You’ve Got Mail worthy of every single replay of it on the Oxygen channel.
5.) Tommy Boy – I know some people don’t appreciate the less-than-sophisticated humor of Tommy Boy, but I am not one of those people. Whenever I catch it on TV, it reduces me to a fit of giggles in a matter of minutes. I love everything from Chris Farley’s “fat guy in a little coat” dance, to him and David Spade belting it out to the Carpenters’ “Superstar” on their road trip. This movie never gets old.
What about you, pop culture fans? What movie are you unable to look away from? Hit the comments section, or tweet us @PopCultureNexus!