The first week of November was quite the geek fest for me. I thought I'd share my adventures.
Friday, November 1st: Met Cult Leader and Princess Leia
Some of you may remember when author Helen Fielding joined Twitter two years ago as @BridgetJonesHF. She likened her followers to a cult and herself as our cult leader. So since then, my friends and I refer to her as cult leader. Last month, her third Bridget Jones book, Mad About the Boy, finally came out. I won't get into how I feel about the book (or the death of a certain character, who has become a bit of an archetype for me, and that you may see a few times on this very blog) until I have the time to read it again and truly process it. However, nothing Fielding wrote was going to stop me from meeting her and getting a book signed when she came to L.A. during her book tour this month. The fact that Carrie Fisher was hosting the event was just icing on the geek cake.
I don't have any good pictures from the event (my camera is broken), and I can't find any to steal from the internet, but they both looked lovely (Carrie was a ginger tonight, with a purple streak in her hair and copious amounts of glitter). I won't bore you with a transcript of the Q&A but you can find an overview here. I will add that she did admit that most of what happens to Bridget and her urban family has either happened to her or one of her good friends, but she wouldn't admit to any of the characters actually being based on her friends. She said she has four gay friends who all think they are Tom, and readers of Mad About the Boy will certainly see similarities between "Rebecca" and Helena Bonham Carter.
During the book signing I learned that she adores my best Twitter girlfriends and fellow cult members, Pepper and Marcie, but doesn't have the foggiest idea who I am, despite our hilarious conversation regarding the use of tampons as earplugs. Disappointing, but I'll get over it. I didn't get a chance to have a one on one Carrie Fisher encounter because she dashed out after the Q&A (getting the Princess Leia Pez signed will have to wait).
Monday, November 4th: Hobbit Fan Event and Thor 2 red carpet
I lucked out getting tickets for this (hardest tickets on the planet to acquire). I grabbed my best geek guy friend and we got to The Grove about 10am. There were only about 12 people in line at that time, so we were happy. The venue was covered in The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug posters and banners and costumes (including one of Mark Atkin's Thorin size double costumes - also Bilbo and Gandalf costumes). We picked up some serious swag during this event: t-shirt, poster, Denny's collector's coin, and, for the first 20 people in line, the Extended Edition DVDs for The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey.
Evangeline Lilly was the guest cast member at the Los Angeles event. She is so funny and so sweet. By the time we left the event, every fan in there was ready to proclaim Tauriel their favorite character. Other actors were participating in this live fan event from London (Lee Pace, Luke Evans and Andy Serkis), New York (Richard Armitage and Orlando Bloom) and Wellington (Jed Brophy and Peter Jackson). We got to see the 12th Hobbit Production Diary. Then they had a brief Q&A with the actors and Peter Jackson. Then we got to see 20 minutes of the new movie (which I won't spoil, even a little bit - but will say Martin Freeman is a comic genius). After the footage, Evangeline stayed to answer more fan questions. You can see that here.
It was an excellent afternoon, but my geek guy friend and I were still full of energy, so after the fan event we head over to the El Capitan in Hollywood to watch the red carpet for Thor The Dark World. I didn't get good pictures (broken camera & lousy camera phone), but I can report that Jaime Alexander's dress was even sexier in person than in photos (more like strategically placed pieces of cloth held together with tape and string), Chris Hemsworth and his brother Liam are hot, and Tom Hiddleston is an awesome dancer (and extremely silly, in case you missed that from the MTV videos or his sketch with Cookie Monster - look them up on You Tube). I can proudly state that I am a Hiddlestoner now. And this event leads me to....
Thursday, November 7th: Thor Marathon
The El Capitan in Hollywood hosted a Thor Marathon on the 7th (Thor, The Avengers, and Thor The Dark World). This time I went with three of my geeks (they are all more Mr. Bingley/Col. Fitzwilliam types and not Mr. Darcy types). We got some light meals in between movies, but I brought my own healthier options. We didn't get any swag (just themed 3D glasses) or win any of the raffle prizes. Stan Lee (who is a spry 90 years old) and Jaime Alexander were our surprise guests. The crowd had great energy and was surprisingly over half female (well that isn't really a surprise considering Thor and Loki are hot and the movies are very female friendly).
Thor The Dark World really is a chic flick: romance, shirtless Thor, kick ass women, lots of humor, and full of Loki goodness. It was quite funny. The main plot is extremely stupid, but the humor and the Loki subplots make it better than most superhero movies. I highly recommend seeing it.
And that was my geek week.