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Reaction GIF Masterpost Part 1: Futurama GIFs

Need some new reaction GIFS? I've got you covered! In this ongoing series of masterposts, I'm going to be showing off sharing all of my reaction GIFs with you guys for you to use because I'm just so nice. Credit back to my blog isn't a requirement because all of my GIFs have the 'exploringbystarlight' watermark, but if you do credit back that would be nice.

For these posts I'm going to be seperating them out into different TV shows/movies (no video game GIFs, I don't have the software available to capture video game footage :/), and this time is Futurama GIFs! And prepare yourself, there's a lot of them... 321 to be exact.

Just a heads up: this post will run quite slowly. Also, the GIFs look really small but they are all actually 400x190; I had to make them smaller in this post to fit them all on.

I'm Offended...

I'm pretty sure we've all been in this situation before: you're having a conversation with somebody and you're talking about something that you like, when suddenly they utter those horrifying words: "Yeah, I don't really like that". What? They don't like the same thing that you like? How is this possible? That's offensive.

Okay, okay. It sounds a bit obnoxious when I put it like that, but so many of us do this. Some of us do it a little bit more melodramatically than others, but still, lots of us do it. Do I do it? Nope, not anymore. Because I am usually the only person I know to like a thing, I'm usually the one who's saying "I don't really like that", and let me tell you something: there is nothing that gets on my nerves more than when people act "offended" just because you said that you don't like something that they like.

In my nineteen years of life (including most of last week), I've heard a lot of things that go like this:

"WHAT?? How can you not like that?"
There's a long list of reasons why, but I know for a fact that you won't be willing to listen.

"Please tell me you're joking."
Nope. I'm 100% serious. I don't like it.

"Do you even like anything?"
Yes, I like a lot of things. Just not the same things as you.

"You really need to get your priorities sorted."
My priorities are fine, thank you very much.

"How are we even friends?"
Because there are other things that we share a common interest in and we're friendly to each other.

"I can't be your friend if you don't like this."
Oh well, what a shame.

I think you get my point by now. This isn't something recent, this is something that has annoyed me for years now, but it hasn't really sprung to my mind until recently when I stumbled across a YouTube channel called I Hate Everything. The guy who runs this channel has a series called "Comment Comeback" where he comments on the comments that he gets on his videos where he - very politely, I should add - talks about things that he hates.

When I was watching these videos I was just amazed at how many people got upset (or butthurt, as I like to say) over something as harmless as somebody explaining their reasons for not liking something. And that's all that was happening, he just explained why. If somebody is outright bashing the thing you like and saying that it 's this-that-and-the-other using derogatory words and saying that you're a moron for liking it, then yes you have a right to get upset. But something as simple as and "I don't like this, here's why"? No, you should probably calm down a bit. Get some painkillers for your butt and come talk to me again when you're feeling better.

So, why do people get defensive when they find out that somebody doesn't like their favourite thing? I understand that a person's favourite thing (book/movie/video game/band etc.) can mean a lot to them, but art is completely subjective (yes, I just used the word 'art' in this post.). What is art to one person could be total garbage to another person. Tons of people like the song 'Uptown Funk', while I can't stand it. Big deal. It's just a song. Not liking a song isn't the same as telling somebody that they're ugly or a failure because those things are just mean.

Do you hate is when people say they're "offended" by you not liking something? Or do you actually do it yourself?

Top 10 Books That Celebrate Diversity

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Wanna know a secret? I really, really struggled with making this list. I really did. Obviously, I am in desperate need of more diverse books to read. (i will probably be putting pretty pictures into these posts in the future, but i couldn't here because i don't own all of these physically :/)

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld - I am in 100% support of queer Indian girls. Especially those who write incredibly imaginative books.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - I haven't read this book in over a year and I think I'm definitely in the mood for a re-read now. Or even to just watch the movie.

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian - About 98% of the characters in this book are white, but Lilia and her family aren't, so I guess it counts? (Also, Kat comes from a poor-ish family, and there's a spoiler about Mary so I can't really say.)

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han - I'm currently reading this book (which features a Korean-American MC) and so far so goof!

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan - So far, this is the only M/M romance I've read, and I didn't even finish it :/ Yeah, it was all just a little too sweet and rainbow-ish if you know what I mean.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer - Finally, a futuristic setting that isn't America!

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan - But wait, isn't this a straight romance?  Nick's in a queercore band despite not being gay himself, so there's quite a few gay dudes in this book.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - At first I included this book because Eleanor comes from a particularly poor family, but then I remembered that Park's mother is Korean. Swish!

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins - Lola's two dads were easily two of the best characters in this book. I need more gay parents in YA!

M or F? by Lisa Papademetriou and Chris Tebbets - Okay, if you've never heard of this book before, I'm going to ask you a question: What do you think this book is about? If you answered gender identity, you thought the same thing I did at first. It's actually not, but that's okay! (basic rundown: frannie is straight, while her best friend marcus is gay. frannie likes a guy called jeffrey but is too shy to talk to him, so marcus does instead, which leads jeffrey into thinking that marcus is actually frannie. get it? got it? good because no spoilers y'all.)

Have you read any of these books? Also, tell me some of your favourite diverse books! I'm in desperate need of reading more >.<

Bye-Bye Nerdette Reviews...

It's been a really, really long time, but I'm finally back and better than ever! This revamp took a lot of brainstorming, even though I had the name picked out a long time ago, and I'm so happy with the way that everything looks! For something so simple, I think that I've done a pretty good job.

My design for Nerdette Reviews got to be way too busy with all of the colours, paterns and moving things, so I figured that it would be better to take a cue from fashion bloggers, and a few fellow book bloggers too, and go for something more clean so that I can still continue to make GIF banners. Woo hoo!

"Why did I decide to change my blog to Exploring by Starlight?" I hear you ask. To answer that, I'm going to ask a question: How many book blogs have you seen with the word 'Nerd' in the title? In fact, go to Bloglovin and do a search for 'nerd'. There's half of your answer. 'Nerdette Reviews' just wasn't original enough and doesn't really reflect my personality. No disrespect to people who do consider themselves do be nerds, but I really don't anymore. Recently I've shied away from major fandoms, and I'm not even into Star Trek or anything else 'nerdy' anymore (except for video games and DC, I'll always love those), so thinking of myself as a nerd makes me do this total full-body cringe and I also would hesitate to tell people about my blog because I grew to hate the name so much. New name = bye-bye embarrassment!


Obviously with a change of blog name and design, I'm going to be making a lot of changes around here in terms of what I post. What are these changes going to be?
  • I'm no longer going to try to post every single day. I've only ever managed to have a full week of posts once or twice, and it's fucking exhausting. I always end up running my creative juices completely dry, so now I'm aiming to post about three or four times a week. If it's less then that, that's okay.
  • I'm limiting myself to one book review a week, and full movie reviews whenever I have one. I don't read as much as I used to, and not every movie I watch is worth writing a full-length review for.
  • Speaking of movie reviews, I'm going to be doing a Mini Movie Reviews post at the end of every month. I know that lots of bloggers do mini book review posts, but I don't read enough to have tons of mini reviews, but I do watch tons of movies.
  • I'm going to be participating in Top 10 Tuesdays, which I've been wanting to do for a long time now, but I never got the chance because Tuesday used to be my book review day (I'm now going to post on Wednesdays)
  • I'm going to be writing more discussion posts, and personal posts, and I'm going to try to make more bookish posts, as well as posts about other things I like.
  • I'm going to be more active in the blogging community. I know, I know. I say this all the time, but this time I actually do mean it. I'm going to be commenting more, and replying to comments, which is the only thing that I always forget to do.


To sum things up in a GIF, things have been like this:

Alright, alright. Here's the longer version:

For me, life has been hovering between meh and just bad. During April I was completely riddled with paranoia that I'd missed my assignment deadlines because I just couldn't remember when they were and I was too scared to go look them up. It sounds totally stupid, but it makes sense to me. Turns out that I hadn't missed any of them and they were all in May so I calmed down for just a little while.

May was full of assignments and deadlines (I had three: one essay and two short stories) and I ended up being even worse. I'm the kind of person who freaks out over things and then leaves them until the very last minute, and then somehow ends up with a good grade even though what I thought I handed in was total shit. I really have no idea how I do it, but that's just how I work. It's not healthy and I really don't recommend it. I got 72/100 on the last short story that I handed in (which I think was the best one I wrote) and I was so happy with it! Once all of the assignments were over, I became a total hermit and my mental well-being just plummeted. The worst thing about it is because it was literally no reason whatsoever. I guess it could be said that I was depressed but I haven't seen a doctor about it (I hate going to the doctors and thinking about my health freaks me out), so I'm not going to call it that.

Anways, enough of my sadness, here's some other stuff that's happened to me:
  • I made a shit-ton of GIFs, and I've got a series of posts sharing them planned, so keep an eye out for them!
  • I finally reached over 200 followers on Tumblr (and not to sound bitter or anything, but I've been on Tumblr for five years, and some people manage to get to 600 in the space of a few months, so it's about time!)
  • I crashed into a borderline-unhealthy obsession with Nine Inch Nails and developed a humongous crush on Trent Reznor. Am I embarrassed? Not in the slightest.
  • I worked my way out of a terrible reading slump, and it's all thanks to contemporary YA fiction.
  • Apple released iOS 8.4, which has Apple Music on it, and I became probably the only person to hate it. In fact, I hate it so much that I downgraded my iPhone back to iOS 8.3 but lost all of my data in the process, and also apparently the new iTunes update deleted all music that you haven't purchased in the Store (which is about 80% of my library) so I haven't downloaded the update because I really don't want to risk it.
  • I went to Disneyland Paris with my university friends. It was a thing that happened.
  • And finally, my brother got me this beautiful mouse pad:
I seriously have no words for how beautiful this is.
If I'd had something planned, this would be the part where I'd be hosting a giveaway, but since I'm broke (as per usual), there is no giveaway, sorry! I promise that I will host a giveaway sometime in the future (maybe around about October if I'm doing a horror-themed month again)!
That's about all I have to say for now, so I will see you all around!