Seriously Geeky Sunday week 23 - Back to School
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Sorry for taking so long to get this week’s post up folks. For those who don’t follow me on Twitter, it’s been an absolute nightmare of a week. Anyway, it’s time to head back to school fandom style with this week’s Seriously Geeky Sundays prompt!

This year is actually the first year I’ve not been in academia for a while. I’ve been somewhat of a perpetual student for a bit, and until last September was on extended medical leave while I finished my Masters’ dissertation. It has been a long while since I was in an actual school uniform though!

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Back To School

My answers for week #23

Seriously Geeky Sundays Week 23 - Which fictional school is your first choice to study at and which is your absolute last?

Which fictional school is your first choice to study at and which is your absolute last?

I went through so many choices for my first choice before settling on Camp-Half blood from Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. As a Pagan Greek is my pantheon of choice and as a Libra, I often refer to myself as a daughter of Aphrodite so Camp Half-Blood feels like a natural choice.

Absolute last was easy; Sunnydale High from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. High school was a nightmare enough without an actual Hellmouth under it! No thanks!

Seriously Geeky Sundays Week 23 -

Next; choose a fictional uniform to wear to your new school (i.e. what’s your favourite?)!

This one is probably going to surprise a few people! I absolutely adore the uniforms of the girls from St Trinians! I went to a Catholic school and our uniform was stuffy with a kilt, blazer and multiple layers. It was unbearable and not at all the sexy/interesting British school uniform stereotype you see paraded around in movies like Harry Potter. I’d have loved to have had the chance to find myself and learn who I was by being able to experiment with my uniform as the St Trinians girls do. Every single one of them has made their uniform unique to them.

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What fictional subject/s are you studying?

Anything related to magic; if I have no aptitude for magic itself then I want to learn about the magical world; history, mythology, creatures. The long term aim would to be a scholar or librarian of magic.

Seriously Geeky Sundays Week 23 - What is your favourite fandom set in a teaching setting?

What is your favourite fandom set in a teaching setting?

Why do I write such hard questions??? I consume a lot of media that include a variety of teaching settings, not just schools, hence the specific wording of this question. One that is my favourite is the Winding Circle in Emelan, the setting for Tamora Pierce’s Emelan series. It took me a long while to get into the Emelan series, and while I prefer her Tortall series, I did also enjoy this series as well.

At its heart is the dynamic of teacher/student relationships especially with students who have had difficult lives. It’s something that I appreciate as an adult much more than I could ever have as a teenager when I first tried to read the first book of the Circle of Magic series. The magic is elemental based and the teachers take on a much more personal and practical approach to each student as they work to earn their students trust.

Seriously Geeky Sundays Week 23 - Which fictional teacher is your favourite, which is the most useless and who do you find the most inspiring?

Which fictional teacher is your favourite, which is the most useless and who do you find the most inspiring?

My favourite fictional teacher is Numair Salmalín from Tamora Pierce’s Tortall series. He is one of the most powerful mages in the realm and as Chief Mage, he teaches magic to the pages. He’s not your typical teacher, but most definitely a typical mage; known for turning an enemy into a tree and freezing students with spells if they disturb him while he’s working.

The most useless has got to be Principal Synder from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I don’t think we ever saw him do anything principal like except harass students throughout the entire show. The only useful thing he ever did was get eaten by a giant demon and that’s saying something.

As for the most inspiring, it’s Jefferson Pierce aka Black Lightning. I’ve spoken about my high school a few times and the state that it ended up in due to the headteacher stealing all the money. We had a lot of teachers come and go, but one that stuck with our year group was Mr Stanley, the new headteacher who promised to get us through our GCSEs (the big exams at the end of high school for students in England). I’m pretty sure he left after we did but he did right by us. Jefferson reminds me a lot of him, especially with the type of school environment he works in,  the ways he tries to help his students, and how he doesn’t talk down to them. He talks straight to them and he tries to inspire them to do better for them, not so it looks good for the school board. Every time I watch Black Lightning or read one of the comics I always feel inspired to want to help kids.

School’s just started; who’s in your school gang? Who’s the bully, the jock, the cheerleaders, popular kids, nerds etc.

So let’s start from the top, the bully would be the worst protagonist I’ve ever had the misfortunate of reading (my review is here). One Rosie Strange from Strange Magic: An Essex Witch Investigation by Syd Moore. I think anyone who goes on to become a Benefits Fraud Officer and delights in ‘catching people in the act’ would have been a complete bitch at school.

The members of the chess club are Trevor from Travelers, an old soul who is more than what he seems, Al from Kevin Hearne’s new book Ink & Sigil and Maggie from FBI.

Our popular kids are characters who are all known for having a huge amount of personality and charisma; Daniel ‘Hondo’ Harrelson from SWAT, Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars, Queen Azshara from World of Warcraft and Courtney Whitmore aka Stargirl. The jock is Mr Incredible from The Incredibles for obvious reasons! 😛 

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Over To You

Anyone heading back to school for real right now? Whether it be as a student or a teacher? Or have any little ones heading back? Let me know in the comments!

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Seriously Geeky Sundays #23 – Back To School: Every hero and villain needs to learn the tricks of the trade somewhere, right? This week Seriously Geeky Sundays is heading back to school; fandom style!

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Image Credits: The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel image is from Riordan Wiki, St Trinians Still is from Gemma-Arterton.net, Magic book image is from Unsplash.

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  1. Principal Snyder is such a good choice for a useless teacher. I had completely forgotten about him, but man what an arse!!

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