Stef is a pop culture enthusiast and owner of the blog Lilithia.net, where she reviews all kinds of films. She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia, and was eager to be the first pop fan to be interviewed for this series. Let’s take a look inside the mind of a film-loving Pokémon trainer.
Pop culture is not just a single thing. There are many aspects to it. Which aspect of pop culture is your favourite?
Film and music in pop-culture are the best. Also video games. Life is so vibrant, colourful and fun thanks to pop-culture.
Which film or video game has had the most influence on you?
I have a blog where I write film reviews, so I don’t really have one favourite film. I like heaps! But if I had to choose a film that has had the most influence on me, I would have to say the Harry Potter series. With both the books and the movies, they really resonated with me. I felt I could relate to Harry, his struggles with family and I really admired his courage and heart. I also loved the idea of going to a magical school, being part of a school house and essentially being part of your own special family. Even though the film series is finished and there are no more new books, the fandom is very dedicated and passionate. And I love that.
In regards to video games: I grew up playing Pokémon on Game Boy Colour. What I love so much about Pokémon is that it’s still relevant today with new video games to play that are both nostalgic and refreshing. I’m really excited for a new Pokémon game to be released on Nintendo Switch in the near future.
What would you like to see in the new Pokémon game?
I think multiple maps and destinations would be great. In the past, the game would be based on one particular island per game. If you could visit various islands in the one game, I reckon that would be really cool and exciting.
What is your opinion on fandoms?
I think fandoms are great because they’re basically communities full of like-minded people who are just as excited, passionate and obsessed as you are!
Which fandoms are you part of and can you remember the first time you’ve become part of a fandom?
Sailormoon, Pokémon, Harry Potter and KatyCats are ones I am still apart of! I used to be a Gleek too because I loved Glee. The first time I became part of a fandom would definitely be Pokémon and in the past you needed cables to connect your Gameboys to trade Pokémon.
What are the downsides you’ve experienced about fandoms?
I think that as much as we would like to believe everyone is nice, kind and awesome in your fandom… There’s always someone who is mean, nasty and bad. It doesn’t matter which fandom you’re a part of. There’s always someone that’s a bad egg. No fandom is perfect.
Which film are you most looking forward to this year?
I’m most looking forward to two films. Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. I love how the Marvel film franchise has expanded a lot in the last ten years. Superheroes are mainstream now which means more accessible superhero content and I’ve got no problem with that. The other film is Fantastic Beasts 2: Crimes of Grindelwald which is an expansion on the Harry Potter world. I’m not particularly sure if it will be good but I’m curious and keen nonetheless!
Which film/genre would you recommend?
I really would love for more sci-fi films. I think the 80’s really killed it with the sci-fi films. If you think back to any great sci-fi films, they’re usually from that era. I’ve yet to see Ready Player One though it is on the ‘to watch’ list. I’ve heard it’s amazing. Most of the greatest film franchises are sci-fi films originated from the 80’s such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Back to the Future, the Terminator, Tron series. I can’t wait for the next epic pop-culture film phenomenon!