Author: Tara M. Clapper

Abuse with an E: Netflix’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ Gritty Adaptation, Ep. 1

Like many adult fans of “Anne of Green Gables,” I had concerns about Netflix’s “Anne with an E.” Based upon L. M. Montgomery’s novel about an orphan who finds a home on Prince Edward Island, the Netflix version provides a more realistic, gritty interpretation of the abuse and neglect implied in the novels and the first adaptation. And I’m glad. Knowing more about myself in my thirties, I find this rendition of “Anne” harder to accept, but also valuable in exploring my own identity. Kevin Sullivan’s 1985 version is beloved to many, including myself, and served as inspiration for...

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Why ‘Anne With an E’ Isn’t For Me – But May Be Good For Your Kids

“Anne with an E” was not created for me or fans of L. M. Montgomery’s book series or the fans of Kevin Sullivan’s 1985 adaptation. “Anne with an E” brings Anne to a new generation of girls who need her. Moira Walley-Beckett’s “Anne with an E” isn’t for me, but I’ve still learned something from it now that I’m done with the first season. Note: This post contains light spoilers. Content warning for discussion of abuse, suicide, bullying, and grief. That was hard to write. I’m 36, and my life situation and my body work in such a way that...

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Summer LARP is Coming: All About the ‘Dragon Thrones’ Innovative RPG Design

Dragon Thrones is a gaming event coming to Bryn Mawr, PA, USA in July, 2017. As a LARPer (live action role player) extremely interested in political and military-oriented role play, Dragon Thrones caught my interest immediately. However, this experience goes beyond your usual LARP, and incorporates other elements and mechanics – such as an integral strategy map – to provide focus and realistic representation of world-changing events. Billed as a “MegaGame hybrid,” Dragon Thrones aims to provide something very new to the blockbuster LARP scene in the US. This is very much at the forefront a trend to combine the most...

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Join The Geek Initiative Book Club on Goodreads

Naturally, our geeky community members love to talk about books. Books are many things to us: escape from the stress of the real world, educational material, or fiction that helps us cope with the reality of our current socio-political climate. Our club will read approximately one book per month (some may take more or less time, depending on page count and subject matter) and members will suggest and select the book for the following month. We show preference to works inexpensive or free to promote accessibility, while understanding that authors deserve to be paid for their work. Ready to...

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I’m Attending a Blockbuster LARP: 12 Ways I Budget to Make It Happen

If you’re at all familiar with the international LARP scene, you know that blockbuster LARPs are a big deal. You also know that due to insurance, high production value, and fair wage, they can also get really pricey – and that’s been a big point of discussion recently. I’ve been the underemployed Starbucks worker wondering if I’d ever afford a vacation, and now I make a wage that would be comfortable – except for the rising cost of healthcare here in the U.S., which can easily surpass my monthly car payment and even my rent. But LARP is important...

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23 Things You Should Know About LARPing with a Chronic Illness

LARPing with a chronic illness isn’t easy, especially when the symptoms start long before you even know what you’re dealing with. I remember the long car ride back from North Jersey. It was years before the car accident. There I was with a migraine, struggling not to throw up when I should have been celebrating my recent engagement. Chronic pain was in my life, but I was about to commit to help run a LARP and start a life with someone. I took my cue from a lot of other people: losing weight was as simple as doing what...

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Love, Longing, and Ancestry: Interview with ‘Kurt Seyit ve Şura’ Author Nermin Bezmen

If you’ve known it, you’re fortunate: a love that never ends, even when you’re torn apart by careers or distance or life circumstances – possibly even surviving the end of the relationship itself. This describes “Seyt and Shura” (“Kurt Seyit ve Şura”), a Turkish television drama exploring the lives of a Russian aristocrat and a Turkish soldier from Crimea loyal to the tsar. Set in 1916 and forward, the romantic historical drama begins in St. Petersburg (then Petrograd) and takes the viewer on a tumultuous journey to Alushta, Crimea all the way to British-occupied Istanbul. A few episodes in, I was...

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There’s a Wizard School in England: All About LARPing at Bothwell

Hey, LARPers and wannabe wizards: there’s a new wizard school in town – in England, specifically, and it’s called Bothwell School of Witchcraft. Spoiler alert: if you’re interested in falconry and able to be in England from August 11-13, 2017, this might be the LARP for you. Read on: For those new to this type of experience, LARP (live action role play, often known as LRP or live role play in the United Kingdom), provides participants with the chance to immersively portray a character in an agreedupon setting (in this case, wizard school) with a set of rules for play....

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