Fulfilling Wanderlust and the Importance of Traveling

Fulfilling Wanderlust and the Importance of Traveling with Marian Sarkisian

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On this week’s episode of Marvelous Geeks, one of my best friends/sister joins me in talking about the importance  of traveling, our favorite places in the world, packing essentials, and getting super real talking about how much we’ve changed from our experiences. If you’ve ever wondered about whether or not you should take that trip you’re thinking of, we’re here to convince you that it may be one of the best decisions you make. Our opinions are from our own experiences so please be mindful listening.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

And all the feelings I can’t seem to hold back.

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Dear Readers,

How’s it going? Did you wake up today thinking of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, too? Same. I don’t know where I’m going with this article, I don’t have an outline like I normally do, no notes, nothing — just an almost annoyingly overpowering desire to write something. I mean is that not who I am? Your friendly neighborhood geek, the Goose often needing to just ramble about why she loves the thing she loves so much? And yes, most of us here have reached day six of crushing on Peter Kavinsky, and swooning about it all over social media, but there’s so much more. At its core, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a story about gut wrenching vulnerability and absolute sincerity. It’s the kind of story I wish I was exposed to as a teenager in high school because in truth, it’s the first in a number of ways. Now here’s the thing, by no means am I trying to put down any of the rom-coms that came before this treasure — I live and breathe a John Hughes appreciation life, 13 Going on 30 is still the gift that keeps on giving and I will never stop loving A Cinderella Story. Plus, don’t get me started on The Princess Diaries. As a rom-com that features an Asian American lead, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before set bars impeccably high. (Seriously, though, my Asian American friends can finally see themselves in a lead as gorgeous as this, and I can’t seem to stop beaming over how amazing it is because a lot of them aren’t movie fanatics thereby, the excitement says it all. So yes, hello, here’s proof of how powerful diversity is! Yes. A thousand times yes!)

It did something not many have done, it brought in the greatest trope of all time, fake dating into the picture. Don’t even dare come at me, this is the best; sorry not sorry, I don’t make the rules. Now here’s the thing that makes each of the films mentioned above incomparably special — there’s undeniable authenticity in all of them, but with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before especially, there’s a greater sense of it due to how Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky fall in love. Fake dating. Fake dating. Fake dating. More time together. But I think, dear readers, my favorite thing about this film is ultimately the valiant display of vulnerability — both on Lara Jean’s end and Peter’s.

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Jane Austen House Museum

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.

— Jane Austen | Emma

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Chawton, Alton, U.K. a quaint little house that inspired noted 18th century English novelist Ms. Jane Austen. The house Austen finally finished publishing her first three pre-written novels while the inspiration struck to continue creating. When I learned that the actual house was converted into a museum open to the public, it became the number one place I wanted to visit in England. And earlier this summer, I was given the opportunity to do so, which resulted in an unforgettable experience.

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Christopher Robin Review

Marvelous Geeks Podcast Episode 10: Christopher Robin Review

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Disney’s Christopher Robin was one of the most darling films of the year — a time for celebration for any of us who’ve grown up with the noteworthy stories of Winnie the Pooh and his friends. It was a film about the struggles in life and the most significant part of it, love. It was a film meant to inspire in every way, shape or form. And it did, it definitely did where my own life is concerned so be sure to check out our brand new podcast to hear more.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”

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“Do you suppose it’s possible for us to belong to someone before we’ve met them? If so, I belong to you or you to me, or me simply to the spirit I found among you in Guernsey. […] And hope that if books do have the power to bring people together, this one may work its magic.”

Yes, yes I do suppose – and that’s certainly the case with a film as remarkably captivating as this one. If you know anything about me, I hope it’s how much I adore a story of triumph and adventure cobbled with a romance that’s to be treasured for all eternity. I’m a complete sap, that’s a given, but The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is the first period-drama film I’ve ardently adored since Jane Austen adaptations. And that seems oddly fitting because the film’s very own hero/writer is a fan of the beloved Miss Austen, too. Win win. The film takes us on the kind of enamoring adventure of finding oneself through another’s story, and isn’t that how we all find inspiration every now and then? The stories we hear, the people we meet, and the journeys we embark on. The film adaptation of Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrow’s novel of the same title is an exquisite masterpiece filled with a stunning cast and pleasant twists to the story’s original format. The riveting cinematography, astounding performances, and thought-provoking themes have given us something truly great to hold onto.

P.S. let’s just go ahead and declare the summer of 2018, the summer of Lily James, because she’s doing it all, captivating our hearts one wanderlust evoking movie after another. (The first I’m referring to is Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again if that wasn’t obvious.)

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Marvelous Geeks Podcast Episode 8 “Moulin Rouge Broadway Review”

Moulin Rouge Broadway Review

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Photo Credit: Jenna Guidi

It’s a spectacular spectacular with all the confetti you could dream of, superb performances, a gorgeously talented diverse cast, an out-of-this-world stunning set, and the kind of theatrical appearance the world dreams of. Moulin Rouge is one of the most memorable films of its time, and this pre-Broadway production in Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre is an immense treat for its generation. It’s bound to be an award-winning hit you won’t want to miss. Colossal passion all around and heart wrenching emotions that’ll leave you thinking through the night — poignant, exquisitely captivating, and profoundly enduring. It’s worth every penny and more.

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The only remaining dilemma now is where is the soundtrack because we need it like we need air! Just wait until you hear it all — Oh my goodness. (Insert Michael Scott gif of “where are the turtles!?) I mean, honestly though, have you all heard Aaron Tveit’s preview of “Come What May“? Because if you haven’t, get on this stat, and now imagine how amazing the rest of the production is. Just imagine.

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