Welcome to Pop Critical, the home of pop culture criticism for everything from movies to TV to video games to music.

Don’t you hate it when people say ‘it’s only a film, don’t take it so seriously’? Or insist that the lyrics in the music on the radio don’t matter? Or, god forbid, when they think video games are just for kids? Me too. The everyday stories we surround ourselves with — this thing called “pop culture” — reshape the boundaries of our thoughts, our dreams, our lives.

Let me take you on a magical (unlikely), thought-provoking (more likely) journey, as I explore how we view popular culture through the lens of our lives… and how pop culture in turn polishes that lens.

Not sure what you’re doing here? Then start out with some of my most popular posts:

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By the way, my name’s Lydia.  I run this joint.

If you like the way I mince words, check out my other nerdy exploits.  I also write fanfiction and sometimes publish stuff like poetry on Medium. If you want to hire me to write words for you, head to lydiacockerham.com.

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Want to get in touch? You can email me at popcriticalblog@gmail.com. Or tweet me @lydiacockerham. Or PvP me on the MMO of your choice. Jokes, please don’t do that. I’ll lose.