Valerie Rutherford (fireflys_locket) wrote,
Valerie Rutherford
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March 2020 Favorites

It's the end of the month, which means another monthly favorites post. This was a rough month pretty much universally. And it was hard for me to be excited about anything. Even my own book launch. But here are some things I appreciated.

Fruits Basket (Manga): I really loved the original Fruits Basket anime, but had never gotten more than a few volumes into the manga. Now I'm reading the Collector's Edition and realizing everyone was right in saying it got darker and more mature for such a fun, silly original concept. (And I love emotional stories!) In the most recent volume I've read, I was really moved by Hana's bullying backstory and was surprised to find myself as interested in some of these other side characters as I am. And that moment with Yuki at the end! I'm looking forward to both continuing the manga and watching the new anime when I'm done.

Carlin Brothers: If you're really into Harry Potter or Pixar/Disney, you've probably already heard of SuperCarlinBrothers on YouTube. They have theories (some way out there but fun to think about & some surprisingly on the mark) and movie reviews. But my favorite YT content they produce is J vs. Ben, where the brothers take on official Harry Potter quizzes as a competition. These are really funny, and I just got through rewatching all of them. I've actually been a SCB viewer since Year 1 (as they call it), so I remember them before fandom videos were their main thing. That's why another favorite of mine is their new(ish) podcast Popcorn Culture. The podcast is supposedly about fandoms you could enjoy with popcorn, but it's mostly just J and Ben talking about funny stories from their past and "strong opinions on things that don't matter", like candy bar rankings.

Canva: If you've seen any of my Instagram posts over the last few weeks, you'll see that I've gotten a bit better at making text graphics. I owe this to the discovery of Canva. I had previously been working with a very old version of Photoshop, which I still use for a few things, but I've found that doing text on Canva is much easier and cleaner. Plus, they have access to lots of great stock images I don't have to feel guilty for using!
Tags: books, bullying, fandom, harry potter, manga, monthly favorites, tech
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