Game of Thrones Birthday Rap

It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE Game of Thrones fan. Like seriously, if you know me yet haven’t noticed this by now then we’re not friends. I promise you. Even the people that hate me know this. Like seriously, where the hell have you been?

Now, as a huge Thronie, for me not to talk about this video would be a crime. I’m now officially obsessed with it.

[WATCH IT WITH SUBTITLES!]

Stage 5, while not my usual cup of tea, is an entertainment channel on Youtube dedicated to “emerging trends in gaming and geek culture.” Game of Thrones, while sometimes considered a pop culture phenomenon, definitely fits into the geek culture scene.

This is currently my favorite video of all time because of (1) the way the creators portray Game of Thrones content and (2) it’s creativity.

Game of Thrones is definitely a complicated, time consuming fandom to get into, making it a major turn-off. It also has alot of sex and violence,  yet another turn off. That’s not to say people don’t know about it all. I’m pretty sure most of us internet addicts have seen the memes:

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That being said, many GOT videos are made for viewers/readers only. I’ve come across many GOT inspired videos but I haven’t been able to share them with my friends simply because they wouldn’t understand the little jokes about Valar Morguhlis, or the Iron Islands, or OBERYN MARTELL <3. But this video I can enjoy with my friends without wondering if they’ll laugh or not.
The video, to make it simple for non-Thronies, features only prominent characters, like Cersei Lannister, Joffrey Baratheon, Daenerys (“Khaleesi”), Jon Snow, the rest of the Starks, and many more. At the same time the video doesn’t attempt to cater too much to non-viewers; there are little tidbits in the rap and innuendos that only Thronies can understand. Nevertheless, everyone leaves happy.  But while this allows me to like the video, this isn’t called Game of Thrones Birthday Rap for nothing.

I love this video mostly because of its setting. A father – who is a hardcore Thronie – throws a GOT-themed birthday party for his son. This video definitely plays on the “Game of Thrones is not appropriate for younger audiences” idea.
The hired entertainment, people who really  play up the characters they are assigned and decide to throw an epic rap battle, quickly make a mess of things.
The video ends with the mother saying to her husband, “You know this means divorce right?” I can honestly say I don’t think anyone has thought of a GOT-themed birthday party for children. But I really think what allowed me to enjoy this more was the fact I kept picturing Agnus’s birthday party from Despicable Me 2. [Is Gru a Thronie? He should be…] 

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ZeFrank

Hosea Jan Frank, known to the world as Ze Frank, was born to German-American parents in 1976. In 1995, he graduated from Brown University with a a degree in neuroscience. Ze Frank’s online career, however, began as a simple accident. In 2001, he created an online birthday invitation and sent it to seventeen of his closest friends. Soon enough, after a period of intense forwarding, the invitation received millions of hits and brought Ze Frank’s personal website into the limelight. His site grew to encompass video games, interactive group projects, short films, animations, and more. In 2006, Ze Frank launched a daily video program known as “the show” which combined commentary on media and current events with viewer contributions and activities. “The show” would come to influence future YouTubers like Vlogbrothers John and Hank Green. November 2013, Ze Frank made the entire library of “the show” available on YouTube.

It’s hard to say why I love Ze Frank. Honestly, I like his videos. But I love True Facts.

Since I was a little girl I’ve loved learning about animals. I saw them, not as people, but as creatures that were simpler yet far more interesting. So for years I’ve accumulated knowledge on animals (all of them, really). I can tell you how fast a cheetah can run or the outcome of a fight between a hippo and a crocodile. But in recent years I haven’t been watching as much Animal Planet. I haven’t been studying the mating patterns of the squirrels in the backyard. I haven’t been paying attention to my bird or my hamster. I haven’t been thinking about the 20 different possible ways I can set up three new fish tanks without my mom finding out. And sometimes it makes me a little sad knowing I’m so busy now that I can’t enjoy the one thing I’ve always loved doing.

At least with Ze Frank I can still do the one thing I love (learning about animals) while laughing, rather hysterically, at the same time and therefore saving time.

NOTE: While this should be obvious, it must be said. Not all the facts in True Facts are actually true.

Cinema Sins

CinemaSins is a comedy Youtube channel dedicated to pointing out the flaws in various movies, anything from Twilight to The Dark Knight Rises. The flaws found in their cinema victims are dubbed “sins.” The videos have a “sin count” and “sin timer” throughout, and at the end, the video declares a punishment for the movie (commonly “Hell” but sometimes a ounidhmrnt eikk be tailored to fit a specific movie). Occasionally, there will be a “bonus round”, where additional sins are added to the count for repetitive occurrences in the movie.

I love CinemaSins because as the channel points out, “No movie is without sin.” Movies are human creations and thus, they are prone to error.  Nothing is perfect, not even your guilty-pleasure-chick-flick. Movies are can also be interpreted in different ways. Your favorite movie might be on someone’s “worst of the century” list. While some people go into feverent denial (“It’s the best movie in the history of movies, damn you!”), I like to know why. I want to hear your opinion.  I want to know the flaws you see in the movie and I want to argue them with you.  Heated discussions are like my thing.