#FollowFriday: Lindsay Ellis (@TheLindsayEllis)
It’s the end of the work week again, so it’s time for #FollowFriday, where we pick one of ninety spillion Twitter users out there in the world and tell you why we think you should follow them. This week we have Lindsay Ellis, or @TheLindsayEllis — who you might know better as the Nostalgia Chick.
Who she is: Lindsay Ellis makes thoughtful constructive videos about movies and television, specifically that of the late ’80s and early ’90s. She first got her start after winning a contest to find the female equivalent of the Nostalgia Critic, and the hope was that she would review and make fun of all the girly shows he never watched as a kid. However, since taking on the role in 2008, her own videos have become less joke-driven and much more nuanced critiques of past and present media properties, making them incredibly compelling in their own right.
In addition to the Nostalgia Chick web series, Ellis also spearheaded a campaign to parody the current teen paranormal romance trend with a book about a girl falling in love with Cthulhu. The project was called “Fifty Shades of Green” during the planning stages but has since been self published as a real downloadable ebook called Awoken. It’s also hilarious as heck, as obvious from the pitch-perfect Amazon book description:
Andromeda Slate, the self-proclaimed most ordinary girl in America, can’t figure out why the gorgeous but mysterious new boy at high school seems to hate her so much. It couldn’t have anything to do with the strange dream she had the night before he first showed up in class, could it? The dream where the very same boy rescued her from a giant, green, tentacled sea monster?
And it couldn’t have anything to do with that time she read aloud from that ancient tome of eldritch magic, the Necronomicon… could it?
Why You Should Follow:
If you’ve ever wanted to talk at length about the shortcomings of Ferngully as a film or discuss the recent Hollywood obsession with YA female-driven film franchises , then Ellis is your girl. Her Twitter feed is equal parts jokey and insightful, and she’s great at engaging with her followers. After her recent livetweeting of the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiere, she even started up a trivia game with everybody watching. You know, just for fun.
Great recent tweets:
I swear there are stealth agents performing subterfuge and writing terrible Thought Catalog articles to deliberately make the site worse.
— Lindsay Ellis (@thelindsayellis) September 23, 2013
It’s kind of sad how much it bothers me that we never see Big Fat Ugly Bug-Faced Baby-Eating O’Brien after the roll call scene.
— Lindsay Ellis (@thelindsayellis) September 19, 2013
Hey Hollywood- how is it there’s not a family comedy about a Washington bureaucrat turned reluctant babysitter called “Nanny State” yet?
— Lindsay Ellis (@thelindsayellis) September 17, 2013
We would watch that. Like a whole bunch.
I will never understand why people expend time or mental energy on fandom wank. Go outside. Get a hobby. Your life is short and precious.
— Lindsay Ellis (@thelindsayellis) August 22, 2013
Amen, sister. That’s worth a follow for sure.
- Last week, we featured Jon Moallem (@jmoeallem)
- The week before that was Bob Chipman (@the_moviebob)
- For our first #FF, we brought you Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson)
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