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2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Assorted Geekery

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Get the geeks in your lives something they really want this year.

Here are our ideas for all of the Shadowhunters, Potterheads, and Demigods on your shopping list–and more.

Percy Jackson

  1. Demigods and Monsters [shameless self-promotion]. Spend a little more time at Camp Half-Blood with this anthology of your favorite authors discussing the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Edited by Rick Riordan, it also contains a glossary of Greek mythology.
  2. Camp Half-Blood Gym Bag. Don’t forget to pack your sword!
  3. Anaklusmos T-Shirt. Don’t feel bad about drawing your pen in this tee. Your foe has been warned.
  4. Demigod Copper Bracelet. This bracelet is just the thing for your favorite Demigod.
  5. The Lightening Thief Mini Book Locket. Take your favorite

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Assorted Geekery

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As geeks with discerning taste ourselves, we know they can be hard to shop for.

Whether you’re buying gifts for a Potterhead, Whedonite, Twi-hard, or Trekkie–or something that’s too geeky to name–we’ve got the perfect pick.

Harry Potter

  1. The Psychology of Harry Potter. Get inside Harry’s head, with professional help. [From Smart Pop]
  2. Accio Keys Keychain. Know someone who’s always losing their keys? They won’t be able to put down this eye-catching keychain.
  3. Golden Snitch Bracelet. 150 points to whoever wears this bracelet.
  4. Deathly Hallows Necklace. The Deathly Hallows may have originated as a children’s tale, but this necklace will delight Harry fans of all ages.
  5. Harry Potter Lightning Glasses Ring. Give the gift of a (removable) lightning scar.


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The Harry Potter Gift Guide Winner

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We have a winner from our Harry Potter gift guide giveaway. It’s:



I’ll email for your address, asap.…

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A Holiday Gift Guide for the Harry Potter Fan

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Inspired by our favorite pop culture properties (and our own anthology titles), we’ve put together a treat for you this week: each new day we’ll post a new holiday gift guide for the specific fans in your life. Today, we’re targeting those Harry Potter fanatics among us, but check back daily for things for Gleeks, True Blood fans, and more.

So, what do you buy the person in your life who can’t stop raving about The Deathly Hallows or just Harry Potter in general?

How about:


Threadless shirts are always a win, and this House Brawl one is no exception.


You can pick up one of these limited edition potions necklaces (the same shope also offers Felix Felicis, Polyjuice Potion, and Veritaserum among others, in …

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The Artist/Pop Culture Symbiosis

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Today’s guest blog from Devon Ellington takes on the relationship between pop culture and the artists that create (and are in turned shaped by) it.


No matter what it is that suddenly bursts out as a “pop culture icon,” it started in the imagination of an artist. Anita Blake’s journey into ardeur, a woman taking positive control of her sexuality and not falling into preconceived traps of a monogamous “happily ever after,” originated in Laurell K. Hamilton’s imagination. The deconstruction of our assumptions about superheros and the blurring of “good” and evil” in the Watchmen world started in the imaginations of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Janet Evanovich pulls on not only pop culture but stereotypes and turns them inside out with Stephanie Plum. …

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Dollhouse Essay Contest Tip #1: Surprise Us

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At various points from now until February 1, I’ll be posting tips for those of you thinking of entering our essay contest. Following any or all of these tips doesn’t guarantee anything, of course–but it can’t hurt!

When you’re dealing with any show or book or film, there are some ideas that are kind of obvious: the X-Men uses metaphor to explore real-world prejudices; Buffy was about female empowerment; Dollhouse asks questions about the nature of the self.

This doesn’t mean these topics make for bad essays; great writing or novel insights can make ideas that would otherwise feel like old news seem new again. But it does mean that it’ll be harder for your essay to distinguish itself, since you probably won’t be the …

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