Awesome Sci-Fi Movies that are also Chick Flicks

Science Fiction encapsulates so many kinds of films. Anything from a speculative future where technology has advanced far beyond its current state (and we’ve created super epic pancake-making robots), to the idea of close encounters of the adorable ET alien kind, to alternative futures where monkeys rule the land instead of humans, to dystopian or post-apocalyptic futures where we’ve destroyed the planet and must find a way to survive using our ingenuity. As a lover of science fiction, it can be hard for me to pitch it to some of my friends. A lot of my girlfriends, who loves romantic films and your typical chick flick, aren’t really fans of science fiction (not that I don’t know a lot of women who DO)… so this is my guide to science fiction for the girly girl who would choose a Nicholas Sparks flick over Star Wars any day.

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The Stepford Wives
The Premise: A workaholic television executive (Nicole Kidman) loses her job, and chooses to start a new life with her husband and 2 kids in the quaint town of Stepford Connecticut. It’s more like a creepy Pleasantville though, and for some reason all of the wives look like supermodel 50’s housewives, and are perfectly obedient to their husbands: doing whatever cooking, or cleaning, or sexing they might need. It’s creepy for sure – especially for women.
Why Chick Flick Lovers Will Love It: You’ll love Bette Midler’s hilariously bitchy author character, the ridiculously stereotypical behavior of the “perfect woman” aka the Stepford Wives, and the horror of imagining “What if this happened to me!?”

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Premise: Joel and Clementine (Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet) start out in a fresh and exciting relationship, but it eventually gets stale and falls apart after a couple of years. After a bad break up, Clementine goes to the doctor to have her memory erased. I’m sure that’s a technology we could all wish for sometimes. Upset, Joel decided to the same thing, because he can’t deal with the pain of the heartbreak. They end up reconnecting in the future after some strange circumstances.
Why Chick Flick Lovers Will Love It: An emotional roller coaster that has such realness to it. The ups and down of the romance will be so familiar to anyone whose ever been in a relationship. The characters are clever and so genuine. Chicks, you’re going to LOVE Clementine. The sequences involving the loss of Joel’s memory are so dream-like and beautiful. And, it’s a tear jerker at the end, for sure. OH, and a great soundtrack.

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In Time
The Premise: In a world where humans do not physically age beyond 25, but instead have to “buy time” to stay alive beyond 25, time has literally become money. Cup of coffee? 2 minutes. Nice car? 4 months. How long you stay alive kind of depends on how influential/rich you are, leaving the poor people to die much sooner than everyone else. Good ole’ JT comes in to save the day, getting all Robin Hood on this corrupt world. He robs time banks to give time to the poor, falls in love with Amanda Seyfried, and does the whole high speed car chase thing. My hero!
Why Chick Flick Lovers Will Love It: 2 words… Justin Timberlake.

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Phenomenon
The Premise: John Travolta plays your all-American average dude… a car mechanic from a small town. Leaving the bar on his birthday one night, he sees what appears to be a shooting star, which turns into a large flash of light and loud bang, knocking him off his feet. Tada! Superpowers. He’s a super genius with telekinesis – but he’s still a man, capable of love. The debate rages as to whether or not the light was a UFO or aliens, and just how the heck will he win the heart of the women he loves even with his big fat brain. And of course, the truth of it all is revealed at the end. Grab the tissues, guys. Q___Q
Why Chick Flick Lovers Will Love It: The build up of the romantic plot is tense, awkward, and ultimately worth it. The superpowers are gifted to such a sweet and nice guy, whom you’ll totally adore. You will probably bawl your eyes out at the end if you’re a human. Chick flick lovers just love a good cry.

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The Lake House
The Premise: Kate and Alex (Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves) live in the same house at different times. The house is ridiculously cool, made mostly of glass, and yeah, it’s on a lake – it’s an architect’s dream! Kate and Alex end up sending each other love letters… but, oh, cruel world! – somehow, they are 2 years apart in time. Trippy, but romantic. I just love star-crossed lovers in space and time.
Why Chick Flick Lovers Will Love It: As the story unravels, you will be rooting for these lovers to find each other in time. It’s such a crazy puzzle, how the whole thing unravels. Very very interesting, even captivating! Oh yeah, and I cried my freaking eyes out.

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Upside Down
The Premise: Basically… two planets orbit extremely close to each other, but have opposite gravity. These planets are not only divided by having opposite gravity, but are also different “class systems” – long story short, one is upper class, and one is lower class. On these two planets live Adam and Eden (Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst) and wouldn’t you know it – they happen to fall in love with each other. Enter the sad plot twist. When one person goes to the other’s planet, the gravity from their home planet still affects them, so they can’t really be together. It’s like Isaac Newton’s Romeo and Juliet. I can’t even imagine how the sex would work.
Why Chick Flick Lovers Will Love It: It’s really mind-bending to see how they film this movie, to make it so there’s 2 gravitational pulls, so visually you’ll love it. You’ll love Kirsten Dunst’s reverse gravity martini. I know I want one. You’ll also love the fight for romance against the cruel pull of gravity. OH GRAVITY, you heartless bitch.

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Let Me In (Let the Right One In)
The Premise: A boy lives with his mother, and is kind of a lonely little weirdo. He’s bullied at school, doesn’t really have a father figure, or any friends for that matter. A new girl moves into the apartment complex that he lives in, but she’s kind of weird. Surprise! She’s a vampire. He begins to care about her deeply, and wants to keep her happy… by getting her blood. It’s adorable, tragic, and bloody.
Why Chick Flick Lovers Will Love It: What won’t people do for love? The sad story of this female vampire, who is ageless, and the tragic love the boy feels for a girl who will outlive him and every other boy ever… and yeah, she also drinks blood. It’s just too cute and too macabre for words.

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The 5th Element
The Premise: A sci-fi classic, Korben (Bruce Willis) is a cab driver in an awesome and exciting vision of future NYC. He accidentally comes into contact with a most powerful cosmic weapon, Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) who kind of is the only one who can save the entire universe. He wants to save her from the evil aliens trying to kill her, and of course, they fall in love too. Intergalactic love, and hijinks ensue!
Why Chick Flick Lovers Will Love It: Multipass. Leeloo is hilarious when trying to fit in with the regular world! And of course, the relationship/chemistry between her and Korben is fantastic.

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About Time
The Premise: In Tim’s family, all males can time travel. So of course, Tim, who just turned 21, tries tinkering with his life to make it awesome. It’s sort of like a well-written version of the Butterfly Effect. Tim has a few hilarious mishaps, and a few tear-jerking moments with his family. On a serious note, this movie gave me a new found appreciation for life (deep, right?) and made me want to live each day to the fullest, since we only have so many of those. This movie come HIGHLY recommended. It was worth every moment. So go watch it now. Time’s a-wasting!
Why Chick Flick Lovers Will Love It: Tim’s dunderhead efforts in love and life are hilarious, and relatable. The romance will tug at every chick flick lover’s heart strings. The end of the movie, with Tim’s dad, will completely destroy you, in a good way.


I’d love to see your recommendations for sci-fi movies a chick flick lover would love, so leave me a comment, or let me know what you think about my choices!

5 Fandom Friday: Black Friday Purchases I Would Sacrifice A Night Of Sleep For

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I am so glad I am finally able to partake in the glory that is 5 Fandom Friday. It’s a project started by 2 of my favorite geek girl bloggers, Megan, aka The Nerdy Girlie, and Kristen, aka Super Space Chick. An experiment, whose intent is to expose those deep-seeded fandom-obsessed layers of us geeky bloggers, as well as a tool to help us all overcome that creative block which can sometimes get the better of us. This Friday’s topic of choice involved Black Friday SHOPPING!

A little baby Public Service Announcement for anyone reading

I’ve got to get up on my little soapbox and make a PSA before I begin this post. First and foremost, as I write this post, my husband is at work, on Thanksgiving. Black Friday, and the monster it has become, is a bit of a moral dilemma for me. I work at eBay and Black Friday is one of our biggest days of the year, but companies putting earnings ahead of employees has never felt right to me, and shouldn’t feel right to anyone. I think certain days, no matter what their messy origins are, can and should be reserved for time with family and relaxing. Thanksgiving at one point was one of those days, but has now become “Pre-Black Friday.” I am definitely a proponent of companies who close their doors on Thanksgiving (or whatever holiday we choose to decide is a day we can not work and spend time with loved ones). Shop online all you want, but please let people spend the time with their families, and put people before profits.

The second part of my PSA involves consumerism and blogging… and YES, I am guilty. When bloggers talk about shopping, spending, and what they want want WANT, it can make them seem greedy, and it can make readers feel like they need more as well. Well, readers, I’m here to tell you that we all need to be smart with our money, and only spend what we can afford. We should budget for our families and our futures as well. If we’re fortunate enough to come into a small fortune, we need to be smart enough to put some away, or give some away; to family in need, to a friend who has fallen on hard times, or to your local Girl Scouts/Church/charity whatever. Just because we can have, doesn’t mean we need to. With a blog, we can safely fantasize/fan girl about these expensive items, but we don’t always need to buy them. I’d stress to those reading – frugality, responsibility, and charity, when possible. Alright – let’s get to it.

Black Friday Purchases I Would Sacrifice A Night Of Sleep For

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Rose Quartz Claw

Goodies from Crystal Cactus

I couldn’t possibly narrow down my choice for what I would want from Crystal Cactus for Black Friday. Too many beautiful crystals. Anything in an amethyst, for its psychic and soothing qualities, or a rose quartz for its feminine compassion and healing qualities. This store has way too much gloriously positive goodness.

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Aurora Dress in Blue Castle Print

Gobs of glorious dresses from Pin Up Girl Clothing

I was first introduced to Pin Up Girl Clothing by my darling friend Yissel via her Instagram. Not only is mid-century fashion freaking stunning and classic, but this store has adorned their beautifully made dresses with loads of lovely patterns, from fairy tales to the one I’ve chosen for my company holiday party… Tipsy Elephants. I love everything about this store!

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Bobcat Skull

Animal Skull or Ethical Taxidermy from The Strange and Unusual

A rare gem in my hometown, The Strange and Unusual, is a local store run by a local tattoo artist and a rock star. The store sells unusual taxidermy, skulls, and shrunken heads. I learned about the store because I used to work with the co-owner in a coffee shop, and he now plays drums for a fairly famous band called Motionless in White. Ah, memories. The store is absolutely fantastic.

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My Sailor Moon Chest Tattoo

Tattoos! More specifically, my Sailor Moon chest tattoo!

I’ve commissioned a really talented artist to do tattoo work for me, and that artist is Danni Jo. She has designed this fantastic Sailor Moon inspired chest piece for me, and it’s going to cost me a pretty penny. So… tattoos. Yes, please.

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Discord & Fluttershy Resin Statue My Little Pony

After becoming a Pegasister, or a Brony, or whatever the fuck you want to call me, I’ve been obsessing over this tiny horse legend, known as My Little Pony. My favorite pony happens to be Fluttershy, the sweet tempered, animal loving pegasus. I stumbled upon this resin statue, featuring a scene where she boldly yet delicately tames an angry dragon. She’s a shy and delicate pony, who happened to take down a bad-ass dragon with her sweetness. I, most certainly, would use sweetness before sweat. I adore Fluttershy!


Be sure to check out this post to see what the deal is with “5 fandom Friday” and post your very own edition! Comment to let me know what you’d give your left nut for this Black Friday!

My Internet Firsts: A Weird Adventure Through My Internet Beginnings

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AOL Instant Messenger, Geocities, chat rooms… Don’t lie, you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about. Well folks, put down your Tamagotchis and lend an ear, because tonight, I’ve just been remembering all the weird stuff I used to make and do on the Internet.

My first AIM Usernames

AIM was a huge part of my day to day at one point. It was what you used to send awkward messages to your middle school crush, find out what all your friends were doing instead of their homework, and of course, you got to pick an amazing and personal username… a true reflection of yourself. Here are some of the winners from my younger days.

  • CartoonSpaz: This was my very first username. I really loved cartoons (My favorites were Rocko’s Modern Life, As Told By Ginger, and The Angry Beavers) and also fancied myself a bit of an unusual person. My English teacher once told me that I “march to the beat of my own drummer” and I really appreciated that. Unless it meant I was tone deaf or something.
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  • LilDeadLenore: Would you believe I was a goth girl? Yeah. Some things never change. I loved Lenore, the comic series by Roman Dirge, about the adventures of a cute little dead girl. Lenore was my idol! Adorable, funny, homocidal, and dead! Check out Roman Dirge’s website here.
  • AkoUtena: My friends and I really loved Japanese, because we were huge anime fans. I had a friend who had put Ako in her screen name, and when I asked her what it meant, I found out it was “child.” I adopted it into my name, and combined it with my favorite anime character, Utena. So, you have: Child Utena. I loved the story of Utena’s tragic childhood, where she suddenly became an orphan, but was rescued by a prince and thus decided to become a prince herself. I always wanted to be a prince.
  • SushiBugs: Once I hit college, I got on a sushi kick. And I also liked bugs. You know, like insects. I really have no better explanation for this one.

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My first PC Game: Rockett’s New School

I talked about it before on my blog and I’ll talk about it again. This game was a total obsession of mine! I saw myself in the main character, Rockett – an artist and a girl who had to learn how to fit in at a new school at a weird time in her life. As a military brat, I moved every 3 years during my childhood. I wouldn’t change it for the world, (I did get to live in Ethiopia and Japan all before I was 14 years old) but it did come with some struggles. This game was relatable and immersive for me as a girl. I was really sucked into the characters, and their story lines in the games.


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My first website: Project Marionette

Around age 16, I decided the AIM username wasn’t enough. I needed to get serious about my web presence, whatever that was. I had no real concept of branding, nor did I really know the purpose of a blog, so I went with what I did know: anime. I scoured the net for the most beautiful anime art I could find, and I would theme my website after that. Usually Shoujo Kakumei Utena, Sailor Moon, Fushigi Yuugi, Card Captor Sakura, Pokemon, Ah my Goddess, or Chobits. I’d use MS Paint to manually slice tables and assemble my ancient HTML websites that was. I just loved being a little code monkey.

My first website was ProjectMarionette.com. I was in this weird angsty teen phase where I felt controlled by the SYSTEM and by ADULTS (ANARCHY!!!1!) so, I liked the word marionette. Marionettes were also beautiful dolls, elegant and creepy. It represented all that weird emo stuff I was going through. Teenagers, right?

pixelpetsOn these sites, I would struggle constantly for content, and the “blog entries” were never anymore than “Hi, it’s me again! Just a little note to say howdy doo!” For me, the thrill of the website was my little collection of pixel pets, taking personality quizzes to better find out who I was (because those things totally work…), and listing out my favorite things like colors, movies, TV shows, smells, food, music, etc. Productive, no?

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Often times on these websites, you could join online rings. Who knew what the heck the point of that was. I guess it was just a way to get people to find your site by cycling through the sites on the ring. Yeah, I was in a few of them. Mostly anime, cute, or kawaii ones. Totally inter-cool.


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My first MMORPG: Furcadia

kattahead (1)Yeah, so, hi, I’m Stewie, and I used to play a game called… Furcadia! OH GOD STOP LAUGHING. Furcadia was a free MMORPG involving, well, furries. You could create a character who was an anthropomorphized dog, cat, horse, mouse, or dragon. Basically an adorable chat room full of colorful creatures.

I played a female cat person named Katta Piraa. I had pink hair, black fur, and yeah… I was a cat.

If you’re feeling wild, you can read more here or check out the official website.


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My first online club: The Quilting Bee

The Quilting Bee was actually lots of fun, and might still be fun if it was still around. It was an online pixel art and friendship club, where you create a large digital quilt by swapping “patches” with other people in the club. The rules were simple: You had to swap at least 2 patches a month, and your website had to be decent looking. You had an official member number and had to design your own quilting patch. It was a fun way to meet other web designer types who also had an affinity for cute pixel things. Here’s an example of a quilt!

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My first real blog: Darling Stewie

I finally decided I was spending way too much time online with nothing to show for it. I needed to get organized and focus my design skill so it, well, made any fucking sense. So I decided to start a blog, develop a brand, and put my thoughts in order.

I began to showcase my web design, logos, and other design work in an online portfolio. I also modeled my favorite outfits, talked about my favorite trends, geeky things, wrote articles on blogging and social media… Basically I began to share all the magic in my mind in a better way. And hey! This particular design was featured in an article, Excellent Graphic Designer Website Designs – 30 Examples. Here’s a later evolution of the design of Darling Stewie:

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And look where we are today. I’ve been officially been blogging on DarlingStewie.com for 4 years on December 10th, so join me in celebrating my blogiversary by joining in on the fun!


I’d love to see some of your Internet Firsts! I am sure you’ve got some great stories about Angelfire, Neopets, or Yahoo Chat Rooms to share… so please, make your own Internet First posts and use #MyInternetFirsts… and let all that embarrassing, MySpace Magic hang out!


Other My Internet Firsts posts!

A Geek Tragedy’s Internet Firsts

TWIP: Halloween, NYCC, eBay Design, and D & D

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My sister, Natalie, and I went as Daria and Jane for Halloween this year, and we won the “Best Group Cosplay” award in our office! Please do not mind my horribly photoshopped hair. I think Natalie looks freaking awesome! I’ve loved Daria since I was an angsty 13 year old. Oh, who am I kidding, I’m still an angsty 13 year old.

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We went back to NYCC for our third year, with our friends @patcartelli and @tonydac! We cosplayed as an amazing troupe of Bob’s Burgers characters. I was Tina, Pat was Jimmy Jr, Tony was Beefsquatch, and Mark was Bob. So many amazing pictures! We saw some incredible comic book artists, cosplayers, and toys. Unfortunately, the panels were nearly impossible to get into and it ended up feeling more like an overcrowded advertisement than a convention. But hey, we had fun! NYC is looking more and more exciting to us each day!

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I also helped to plan one of the BEST NYCC after parties in history with my cohorts from Geek Girl Brunch. Read all about it here!

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It isn’t often that I have the chance professionally to do things outside of my day to day job as a graphic designer at eBay. But last month, they held a Design Conference for eBay employees in Red Hook, Brooklyn that was both inspiring and humbling. Never have I felt more inadequate as an artist and compelled to push myself to new limits, professionally. The conference was held at a most epic venue, Pioneer Works, which I must highly recommend as a place to go if you’re feeling creatively blocked. Not to mention, hearing some of the higher ups in the design world at eBay speak, was so inspiring. Paola Antonelli, Dustin Yellin, and John Couch to name a few.


Mark and I have been playing D & D (first edition) together recently, headed up by one of his professors at Wilkes. I’m of course a gnome – an illusionist, poof! And he’s a halfing rogue. Typical. The fun of playing a gnome – THE JOY! Such jovial jovialities. Yup.

That’s it from me for now. I hope I can blog more soon! EXCUSES. <3

TWIP: Hershey Park, we moved, and the IGGPPC is having a Halloween Party!

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Our friends Charlie and Christa (whom we LARP with) took us to Hershey Park, home of the famous chocolate bars! My favorite site to see was the Carousel. Carousels are awesome – the eerie music, the blinking lights, and the colorful vintage hand painted ponies – so kitsch! We rode the roller coasters… one in particular that made my insides feel like they were tied in knots >.< – and we even met a few adorable candy bars running around the park! I could hug people dressed in ridiculous full body character costumes all day. Seriously. They might have to escort me out of the park.

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Things are looking up for Mark and me! We moved! We spent the weekend moving into our new apartment in Wilkes Barre. Only a few blocks away, but much cheaper and smaller! Both good things!

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It’s got some Shire-esque roads near it, which remind me of a road the Hobbits would travel on. So cute! I love cobblies! Maybe I’ll go try to find Isengard?

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And also some forceful graffiti in our backyard. No.

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Our new apartment is next door to an apparently haunted house – the Welles House, aka Pennsylvania’s own Amityville House. Reports of paranormal activity, ghosts, demonic possessions, and more are everywhere about this house. I get the chills standing next to it! 2 suicides and 4 deaths on its property are enough to make anyone feel a bit spooked. Mark and I hope we can get a peek inside on Halloween!

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Speaking of spooky things, the IGGPPC is throwing a Halloween Party! 4 days of fun with the Iggles! Check out our schedule for all the spooky events!