“So you want another story?”
“Uhh… no. We would like to know what really happened.”
“Doesn’t the telling of something always become a story?”

Edward Bloom isn’t a man at all. He’s more of a legend, a fast-paced trail of stories, adventures, and experiences that are literally too wild to be true. Written by Daniel Wallace in 1998, the whimsical and heartbreaking story was adapted into a film by Tim Burton in 2003. I won’t say that the film version of Big Fish is superior to the novel, since the two are vastly different creatures that happen to share an overarching idea and a handful of character names, but the fantastical world created by the film proves to be a vividly colorful place that weaves a new tale from the novel’s more disjointed anecdotes.

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One of our twitter pals, The Nerdy Girlie, participates in a weekly write up called Five Fandom Friday. What exactly is Five Fandom Friday? She describes it as:

 A weekly Friday blog post in the form of a top 5 list based on a predetermined topic.  It’ll give your readers a deeper insight into your fandoms and your blogging personality.  It’s a great way to avoid bloggers block and sleep well knowing that you have at least 4-5 planned posts for the month.

If you want to read more on the origins of Five Fandom Friday, click here

We decided that this would be great to take part in because who doesn’t want to learn just a little more about the folks they read posts by all the time? It’s a bit of insight into the lives of those who you may only read on a back-lit screen.  So, without further adieu, here is our first Five Fandom Friday!

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“The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone.”

Author Peter S. Beagle and co. set off on an amazing worldwide tour adventure in 2013, bringing the beloved classic The Last Unicorn to theaters and to the fans. This tour will stretch into 2016, crossing oceans and spanning the better part of three years. The Last Unicorn, penned by Beagle in 1968, finds a wide and loving audience in its’ 1982 film adaptation featuring the voice talents of Mia Farrow, Jeff Bridges, Alan Arkin, and Tammy Grimes.

The devotion to all things The Last Unicorn is staggering. Fans the world over hold Schmendrick, Molly Grue, Prince Lir, and the Lady Amalthea close to their hearts, a childhood story that passes effortlessly into a grown up tale of inspiration. The tour allows fans a chance to join together in this appreciation. Sold out theaters, gorgeous cosplay, and thankful fans have met the writer and faithful crew at every turn. The official facebook page has countess examples of fan dedication around the world.

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“You look so Seattle but you feel so LA.” – Irresistible

This is the first of many lyrics that stuck out to me when listening all the way through the newest Fall Out Boy album for the first time. Fall Out Boy, who has been around for quite the time now and is no stranger to how the world of music works, follows up their Save Rock and Roll with their newest album, American Beauty/American Psycho.

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Their return with Rock and Roll was something that my generation, as the ones who grew up listening to albums such as Take This to Your Grave and From Under the Cork Tree patiently waited for, after what I want to a call a lull in creativity in past albums. Some fans will argue with me, but there were times when listening to Fall Out Boy was not something you admitted aloud (I’m looking at you Folie A Deux…). Feel different? Let me know in the comments.

Fall Out Boy’s sound this album is something that is hard to pinpoint. I can hear a definite maturity, coming off of making a 6th album, but I can also here the influences from the early albums, even their PAX AM Days EP. I feel like the sound of each album is well represented and shows just how far the band has come from singing lyrics such as “his smile’s your rope, so wrap it tight around your throat.”

Take their single “Centuries.” The opening of the song is not the band themselves, but a throwback to the song “Tom’s Diner” by Susanne Vega, which weaves itself in and out of the song, injecting old bits of pop culture into the new pop culture that this generation is a part of.

The song “Uma Thurman” has this infectious clap track that makes you want to do nothing but clap along. The guitar throughout the song reminds me of being out by the beach, a summer surf anthem blasting from the speakers on an old boombox. Jeeze, I’m dating myself there.

You also have the slower tracks…well it’s not slower. No, its more soul-driven. You can feel the emotion as lead vocalist, showing off the vocal chops from his stint solo, in the song “Jet Pack Blues,” which may end up at one of my favorite tracks on the album itself.

“I will always land on you like a sucker punch”-Novocaine

The song does not lie, because all of these tracks land and stick as a well put together pop rock album. You have your highs, you have your lows, and you have the songs you just want sing in the shower or blast out your car window. For me, that song is “Immortals,” but your own song of choice is up to you.

Fall Out Boy’s American Beauty/American Psycho is out everywhere now. I give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

Tracklist: (Favorite tracks are bold)

1) Irresistible
2) American Beauty/American Psycho
3) Centuries
4) The Kids Aren’t Alright
5) Uma Thurman
6) Jet Pack Blues
7) Novocaine
8) Fourth the July
9) Favorite Record
10) Immortals
11) Twin Skeleton’s (Hotel in NYC)

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