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In the 'Mark Does Stuff' blogs, Mark... well, [[CaptainObvious does stuff]]. And by 'stuff', we mean he [[http://markwatches.net/reviews/ reviews TV shows, movies]], [[http://markreads.net/reviews/ books]] and [[http://www.markplays.net/reviews/ games]]. Oh, and [[MemeticMutation HE IS NOT PREPARED]]. Intrigued? Then it's time to read the 'Mark Does Stuff' TV Tropes page.

[[WMG: MARK DOES STUFF]]
The 'Mark Does Stuff' Blogs are actually three separate sister blogs, run by a man named Mark Oshiro. A couple of years ago he embarked upon reading ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' to see whether it was as good--or bad--as everyone said. [[MarkReadsTwilight He managed to get through all four books]] and decided he ''really'' hated them. Afterward, he decided to do the same for the other famous young adult fantasy novel of our generation: ''Literature/HarryPotter''. [[MarkReadsHarryPotter He reviewed every chapter of every book]], and readers slowly watched him descend into pure fan-boy love for the series. This page, however, is not for either of those two blogs, but their offspring.

After finishing ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Mark decided to launch two new sites, one dedicated to his reading and reviewing of books and the other for visual media. Later, he decided to branch into games, so that he could review all manner of interactive media. They are fittingly called "Mark Reads", "Mark Watches" and "Mark Plays" respectively. He reads/watches/plays the series with little to no information on them beforehand, and reviews each episode/chapter, giving his opinions and insights on them. They're ongoing projects, and ones that don't look due to end anytime soon, as he had whole lists of series he's already promised to look at.

The appeal of the blog comes from the feeling of getting to relive the series- Mark goes through many of the same impressions and feelings ''you'' did when experiencing a book or show for the first time. Add in his playful writing, explosive reactions to plot twist and extensive debates in the comments, and you've got basically an online media club.

Naturally, it has inspired various copycat blogs:

http://danielisreading.wordpress.com/

http://readingwithavengeance.tumblr.com/

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!!Things Which Mark Has Reviewed/Is Currently Reviewing:
* A Re-Reading of ''Literature/HarryPotter''
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames''
* ''InfiniteJest''
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}''
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
* ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'' and ''AVeryPotterSequel''
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}''
* ''Literature/TheBookThief''
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
* ''Fanfic/MyImmortal''
* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}: Children of Earth''
* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined''
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' (whole book reviews only)
* ''Literature/AmericanGods''
* ''Literature/TheHobbit'' and ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''
* ''LookingForAlaska'' (along with the rest of VlogBrothers)
* ''Series/{{Jekyll}}''
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''
* ''Literature/ThePrincessBride''
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman''
* ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' (Video review)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''
* ''Literature/GoodOmens''
* ''Literature/{{Newsflesh}}''
* ''[[TortallUniverse The Song of the Lioness]]'' (Followed by ''The Immortals'', ''Protector of the Small'', ''Trickster'' and ''Provost's Dog'')
* ''Film/TheRoom'' [[VideoGame/TheRoomTheGame Game]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}''
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''
* ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas''
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop''
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu''
* ''Series/TheWestWing''
* ''Series/FridayNightLights''
* ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]''
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!!Tropes Include:
* {{Adorkable}}: Mark himself.
* AuthorCatchPhrase: 'Shit Gets Real' and 'You Are Not Prepared', following in the legacy of his last two blogs.
** In the wake of Series/DoctorWho, series three, the latter phrase sometimes get shortened to YANP, in honour of Professor [[YouAreNotAlone Yana]].
** Oh, and gifs, even if they're not quite a 'phrase'. Mark has often joked that he's already seen half of [[Series/DoctorWho Nu-Who]] "through sheer virtue of gifs".
** The banner for his reading of ''HisDarkMaterials'' was slightly altered to say "You en't prepared." Then it got much fancier when he partnered with the Pullman fansite Bridge to the Stars for the third book.
** And at the same time he was going through ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', with "You are not frakkin' prepared."
** ''Literature/TheHobbit'' has it written in Dwarvish runes, which changed to Elvish with ''TheLordOfTheRings''.
** He's taken up "Sweet Summer Child," a reference to ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', when addressing a character that has no idea what the future holds.
** He didn't take long to pick up "Bless my beard" and "Gandalf's beard" after starting ''The Lord of the Rings''.
** Mark has a handful of words he seems particularly fond of: "presumptuous", "____ bigot" (even where it doesn't make sense), "privileged", "___ist" (sexist, ableist, etc.), "oppressed"/"oppression"
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: A mild example when he was watching Battlestar Galactica. Mark said he wanted to see more Boomer. Then, of course, he discovers that she's [[spoiler: a Cylon sleeper agent, and a) could therefore lose control of her actions and try to kill all her friends at any time, and b) is one of thousands of Model 8s.]]. Someone in the comments helpfully pointed this out: "Wish granted! More Boomers! (Of a sort.)"
* BerserkButton: His hatred of spoilers is the most obvious one, but Mark also has a big problem with words like "crazy" and "insane," seeing them as ableist. Using them in the comments will get you a stern warning.
* BoldInflation: A signature of Mark's style. Because nothing says 'mind-blown' like bolded all caps!
* ClusterFBomb: Let's just say that Mark isn't afraid to use swears in his review.
** His video of watching [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer "The Gift"]] for the first time has him making a bunch of comments through the first half, and then during the climactic battle he's reduced to just saying "Fuck" over and over.
* DespairEventHorizon: He had to reduce Mark Plays to an occasional side project after the demands on his time caused the worst attack of depression he'd suffered in years.
* FanBoy: Mark's a dedicated fan to a number of shows, from TheXFiles to TheWire, and he's turned into a really big Literature/HarryPotter fanboy. And with every new series he takes on, there's a new thing for him to potentially love.
* FanNickname: Commenters use [[http://rot13.com rot13]] to discuss spoilers. Sometimes, a character's name in rot13 will be amusing enough to become one of these. For instance: Wbanguna for [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Jonathan]], Ybear for [[Series/{{Angel}} Lorne]] and Furybo for [[LordOfTheRings Shelob]].
* FreakyFashionMildMind: Mark is a heavily tattooed and pierced guy with a completely {{Adorkable}} {{Fanboy}} personality.
* GenreSavvy: Mark eventually developed into this. If something nice happens in his stories, he immediately assumes something horrible with immediately follow it.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Surprisingly in effect, even though Mark is StraightGay. If nothing else, he definitely squees over [[spoiler: [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Tara/Willow]]]].
* GushingAboutShowsYouLike: When Mark gets into something he really enjoys, like Series/DoctorWho, he will explain ''how much he loves it''. Of course, this won't stop him from pointing out things he dislikes, so avoids making it pure praise.
** The [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Sozin's Comet]] liveblog had him keysmashing and making incoherent gushing comments ''the entire time.'' Every couple of minutes or so.
** By contrast, the one for [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Daybreak]] saw him completely disappear from almost the whole middle hour, as he was so wrapped up in the episode and forgot he was supposed to be typing.
** When he reached the part of LordOfTheRings where the Ents show up, he declared them the coolest thing ''ever.'' The entire review for that chapter was in capslock.
* HeyItsThatGuy: From Mark's review of the Doctor Who episode 'Midnight':
--> "Oh, and Series/{{Merlin}} is there. Sorry, I couldnít help it, that WAS kind of distracting."
** Also, the entirity of a on-site MemeticMutation is composed of saying "Did you know [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Zhao]] is voiced by Jason Issacs?"
** He anticipated this going into ''The Lord of the Rings'', as one of the few things he knew was that John Noble, who he absolutely loves on ''{{Fringe}}'', was in the movies somewhere.
* HeroicBSOD: Mark's no stranger to talking about his horribly depressing early life, but the ''Battlestar Galactica'' episode "Maelstrom" marked the first time a subject struck so close to home that he couldn't bring himself to even discuss it beyond noting the similarity.
** There are also a few times where he's admitted to weeping so much that he had trouble continuing, like [[spoiler:Lyra being separated from Pan]] in ''HisDarkMaterials'' and [[spoiler:Laura Roslin's death]] in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''. The latter was particularly awkward as he was at a party at a friend's house, and had to try very hard to make as little of a scene as possible.
* HumanNotepad: Mark's picked up quite a few tattoos, most noticeably straight edge X's on his hands.
* LostForever: His very first video review, for the ''Buffy'' episode The Gift, was taken off Youtube due to the episode's sound being audible. Since he doesn't have the original file, there's no chance of it being posted anywhere else.
* MoodWhiplash: Following the Next/Last links has the powerful climax to ''The Hunger Games'' followed up by the joy of Harry Potter's first entrance into the Wizarding World.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Mark recently asked for support on a charity bike ride, and if he received it he said he would allow his readers to select a work for him to review. The readers chose [[spoiler: MyImmortal]].
** For another charity bike ride, he's doing videos of him reading bad books/fanfiction. The first he did? [[spoiler: Literature/AtlasShrugged]]
** He had so much fun with that last one that he opened up a section to send him money to make a video of him reading anything you want. The commenters immediately went to work on figuring out the cruelest thing they could make him read, like [[ASongOfIceAndFire the Red Wedding]].
*** This quickly got far more disturbing when he opened up requests for him to film himself watching episodes of his shows.[[spoiler:One of the first to come in was for Seeing Red, which caused a lot of discomfort with someone asking a sexual assault victim to record his reactions to that particular episode.]] To a lesser extent, [[spoiler:he was also asked to do it for A Hole in the World, despite his family's experience with cancer.]]
* OneOfUs: He has linked to TvTropes on at least [[http://markreads.net/reviews/2011/01/mark-reads-catching-fire-chapter-11/ one occasion]]. He also mentions us quite a bit.
** He apparently is quite fond of this site -- which makes [[Administrivia/SelfFulfillingSpoiler very]] [[SpoilAtYourOwnRisk little]] [[BerserkButton sense]].
* OldShame: Going into Literature/HarryPotter, he expected a disposable series of books, and was basically pretty condescending of the series. In his re-read review of the first chapter he said:
--> "Did most of you think that I was going to tear this series apart back then? Because I can sort of see why I thought what I did at the time, but now I want to vehemently defend this. YOU DONíT GET IT, JUST WAIT SHIT WILL GET REAL. Iíve become all of you. And it is wonderful."
* PerverseSexualLust: For plenty of characters, Mickey Smith in particular.
** He has called Hagrid his leather-daddy boyfriend, and told Iroh that [[WiiFit "[his] body is ready."]]
** He now wants to marry Gunn.
* RageQuit: Mark managed to get to Chapter 20 of MyImmortal before giving up.
** When playing VideoGame/{{Portal}} the first time, he got stuck at test chamber 15 and gave up for a long, long time, only returning when he decided to officially play the sequel. He was then blown away by the sudden realization of a ''plot''.
* ReviewBlog
* RunningGag: Tolkien being a pony bigot, because he didn't have ponies talk throughout ''Literature/TheHobbit''.
** Within the comments, the fact that 'ahahaha' in rot13 is 'nununun' has lead to many jokes.
-->''Barrels'' of nuns!
* ScriptFic: ''Lords and Stuff: A Play'' for ''TheLordOfTheRings''.
* SirSwearsALot: [[AuthorCatchphrase YOU ARE NOT]] [[PrecisionFStrike FUCKING]] [[AuthorCatchphrase PREPARED]]. Ages 12 and under be warned.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: In order to mix things up with his [[Literature/TheHungerGames 'Mockingjay']] reviews, he once did one from the point of view of Buttercup the cat.
** Similarly, during Harry Potter he occasionally did reviews from Hedwig's point of view. In fact, this trope was a lot more common in the ealier Twilight/Harry Potter reviews.
** ''Literature/TheHobbit'' offers one chapter as Bilbo's journal, and another as a RealPersonFic of what Tolkien's original telling of the story to his kids might have been like.
* StraightGay: Mark himself.
* UpToEleven: Given that he's reviewed some pretty popular stuff, the site server has been put under a good deal of strain. But it was finally brought to its knees by the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' fans, who showed up in such droves after the pilot review was posted that the site was crashed in ''less than a minute''. Mark then had to find a new server so this wouldn't happen every time.
* YouAreNotReady: [[PhraseCatcher All the time]], but especially on the topic of Suzanne 'KilledOffForReal' Collins.
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to:

In the 'Mark Does Stuff' blogs, Mark... well, [[CaptainObvious does stuff]]. And by 'stuff', we mean he [[http://markwatches.net/reviews/ reviews TV shows, movies]], [[http://markreads.net/reviews/ books]] and [[http://www.markplays.net/reviews/ games]]. Oh, and [[MemeticMutation HE IS NOT PREPARED]]. Intrigued? Then it's time to read the 'Mark Does Stuff' TV Tropes page.

[[WMG: MARK DOES STUFF]]
The 'Mark Does Stuff' Blogs are actually three separate sister blogs, run by a man named Mark Oshiro. A couple of years ago he embarked upon reading ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' to see whether it was as good--or bad--as everyone said. [[MarkReadsTwilight He managed to get through all four books]] and decided he ''really'' hated them. Afterward, he decided to do the same for the other famous young adult fantasy novel of our generation: ''Literature/HarryPotter''. [[MarkReadsHarryPotter He reviewed every chapter of every book]], and readers slowly watched him descend into pure fan-boy love for the series. This page, however, is not for either of those two blogs, but their offspring.

After finishing ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Mark decided to launch two new sites, one dedicated to his reading and reviewing of books and the other for visual media. Later, he decided to branch into games, so that he could review all manner of interactive media. They are fittingly called "Mark Reads", "Mark Watches" and "Mark Plays" respectively. He reads/watches/plays the series with little to no information on them beforehand, and reviews each episode/chapter, giving his opinions and insights on them. They're ongoing projects, and ones that don't look due to end anytime soon, as he had whole lists of series he's already promised to look at.

The appeal of the blog comes from the feeling of getting to relive the series- Mark goes through many of the same impressions and feelings ''you'' did when experiencing a book or show for the first time. Add in his playful writing, explosive reactions to plot twist and extensive debates in the comments, and you've got basically an online media club.

Naturally, it has inspired various copycat blogs:

http://danielisreading.wordpress.com/

http://readingwithavengeance.tumblr.com/

----
!!Things Which Mark Has Reviewed/Is Currently Reviewing:
* A Re-Reading of ''Literature/HarryPotter''
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames''
* ''InfiniteJest''
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}''
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
* ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'' and ''AVeryPotterSequel''
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}''
* ''Literature/TheBookThief''
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
* ''Fanfic/MyImmortal''
* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}: Children of Earth''
* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined''
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' (whole book reviews only)
* ''Literature/AmericanGods''
* ''Literature/TheHobbit'' and ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''
* ''LookingForAlaska'' (along with the rest of VlogBrothers)
* ''Series/{{Jekyll}}''
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''
* ''Literature/ThePrincessBride''
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman''
* ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' (Video review)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''
* ''Literature/GoodOmens''
* ''Literature/{{Newsflesh}}''
* ''[[TortallUniverse The Song of the Lioness]]'' (Followed by ''The Immortals'', ''Protector of the Small'', ''Trickster'' and ''Provost's Dog'')
* ''Film/TheRoom'' [[VideoGame/TheRoomTheGame Game]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}''
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''
* ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas''
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop''
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu''
* ''Series/TheWestWing''
* ''Series/FridayNightLights''
* ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]''
----
!!Tropes Include:
* {{Adorkable}}: Mark himself.
* AuthorCatchPhrase: 'Shit Gets Real' and 'You Are Not Prepared', following in the legacy of his last two blogs.
** In the wake of Series/DoctorWho, series three, the latter phrase sometimes get shortened to YANP, in honour of Professor [[YouAreNotAlone Yana]].
** Oh, and gifs, even if they're not quite a 'phrase'. Mark has often joked that he's already seen half of [[Series/DoctorWho Nu-Who]] "through sheer virtue of gifs".
** The banner for his reading of ''HisDarkMaterials'' was slightly altered to say "You en't prepared." Then it got much fancier when he partnered with the Pullman fansite Bridge to the Stars for the third book.
** And at the same time he was going through ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', with "You are not frakkin' prepared."
** ''Literature/TheHobbit'' has it written in Dwarvish runes, which changed to Elvish with ''TheLordOfTheRings''.
** He's taken up "Sweet Summer Child," a reference to ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', when addressing a character that has no idea what the future holds.
** He didn't take long to pick up "Bless my beard" and "Gandalf's beard" after starting ''The Lord of the Rings''.
** Mark has a handful of words he seems particularly fond of: "presumptuous", "____ bigot" (even where it doesn't make sense), "privileged", "___ist" (sexist, ableist, etc.), "oppressed"/"oppression"
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: A mild example when he was watching Battlestar Galactica. Mark said he wanted to see more Boomer. Then, of course, he discovers that she's [[spoiler: a Cylon sleeper agent, and a) could therefore lose control of her actions and try to kill all her friends at any time, and b) is one of thousands of Model 8s.]]. Someone in the comments helpfully pointed this out: "Wish granted! More Boomers! (Of a sort.)"
* BerserkButton: His hatred of spoilers is the most obvious one, but Mark also has a big problem with words like "crazy" and "insane," seeing them as ableist. Using them in the comments will get you a stern warning.
* BoldInflation: A signature of Mark's style. Because nothing says 'mind-blown' like bolded all caps!
* ClusterFBomb: Let's just say that Mark isn't afraid to use swears in his review.
** His video of watching [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer "The Gift"]] for the first time has him making a bunch of comments through the first half, and then during the climactic battle he's reduced to just saying "Fuck" over and over.
* DespairEventHorizon: He had to reduce Mark Plays to an occasional side project after the demands on his time caused the worst attack of depression he'd suffered in years.
* FanBoy: Mark's a dedicated fan to a number of shows, from TheXFiles to TheWire, and he's turned into a really big Literature/HarryPotter fanboy. And with every new series he takes on, there's a new thing for him to potentially love.
* FanNickname: Commenters use [[http://rot13.com rot13]] to discuss spoilers. Sometimes, a character's name in rot13 will be amusing enough to become one of these. For instance: Wbanguna for [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Jonathan]], Ybear for [[Series/{{Angel}} Lorne]] and Furybo for [[LordOfTheRings Shelob]].
* FreakyFashionMildMind: Mark is a heavily tattooed and pierced guy with a completely {{Adorkable}} {{Fanboy}} personality.
* GenreSavvy: Mark eventually developed into this. If something nice happens in his stories, he immediately assumes something horrible with immediately follow it.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Surprisingly in effect, even though Mark is StraightGay. If nothing else, he definitely squees over [[spoiler: [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Tara/Willow]]]].
* GushingAboutShowsYouLike: When Mark gets into something he really enjoys, like Series/DoctorWho, he will explain ''how much he loves it''. Of course, this won't stop him from pointing out things he dislikes, so avoids making it pure praise.
** The [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Sozin's Comet]] liveblog had him keysmashing and making incoherent gushing comments ''the entire time.'' Every couple of minutes or so.
** By contrast, the one for [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Daybreak]] saw him completely disappear from almost the whole middle hour, as he was so wrapped up in the episode and forgot he was supposed to be typing.
** When he reached the part of LordOfTheRings where the Ents show up, he declared them the coolest thing ''ever.'' The entire review for that chapter was in capslock.
* HeyItsThatGuy: From Mark's review of the Doctor Who episode 'Midnight':
--> "Oh, and Series/{{Merlin}} is there. Sorry, I couldnít help it, that WAS kind of distracting."
** Also, the entirity of a on-site MemeticMutation is composed of saying "Did you know [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Zhao]] is voiced by Jason Issacs?"
** He anticipated this going into ''The Lord of the Rings'', as one of the few things he knew was that John Noble, who he absolutely loves on ''{{Fringe}}'', was in the movies somewhere.
* HeroicBSOD: Mark's no stranger to talking about his horribly depressing early life, but the ''Battlestar Galactica'' episode "Maelstrom" marked the first time a subject struck so close to home that he couldn't bring himself to even discuss it beyond noting the similarity.
** There are also a few times where he's admitted to weeping so much that he had trouble continuing, like [[spoiler:Lyra being separated from Pan]] in ''HisDarkMaterials'' and [[spoiler:Laura Roslin's death]] in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''. The latter was particularly awkward as he was at a party at a friend's house, and had to try very hard to make as little of a scene as possible.
* HumanNotepad: Mark's picked up quite a few tattoos, most noticeably straight edge X's on his hands.
* LostForever: His very first video review, for the ''Buffy'' episode The Gift, was taken off Youtube due to the episode's sound being audible. Since he doesn't have the original file, there's no chance of it being posted anywhere else.
* MoodWhiplash: Following the Next/Last links has the powerful climax to ''The Hunger Games'' followed up by the joy of Harry Potter's first entrance into the Wizarding World.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Mark recently asked for support on a charity bike ride, and if he received it he said he would allow his readers to select a work for him to review. The readers chose [[spoiler: MyImmortal]].
** For another charity bike ride, he's doing videos of him reading bad books/fanfiction. The first he did? [[spoiler: Literature/AtlasShrugged]]
** He had so much fun with that last one that he opened up a section to send him money to make a video of him reading anything you want. The commenters immediately went to work on figuring out the cruelest thing they could make him read, like [[ASongOfIceAndFire the Red Wedding]].
*** This quickly got far more disturbing when he opened up requests for him to film himself watching episodes of his shows.[[spoiler:One of the first to come in was for Seeing Red, which caused a lot of discomfort with someone asking a sexual assault victim to record his reactions to that particular episode.]] To a lesser extent, [[spoiler:he was also asked to do it for A Hole in the World, despite his family's experience with cancer.]]
* OneOfUs: He has linked to TvTropes on at least [[http://markreads.net/reviews/2011/01/mark-reads-catching-fire-chapter-11/ one occasion]]. He also mentions us quite a bit.
** He apparently is quite fond of this site -- which makes [[Administrivia/SelfFulfillingSpoiler very]] [[SpoilAtYourOwnRisk little]] [[BerserkButton sense]].
* OldShame: Going into Literature/HarryPotter, he expected a disposable series of books, and was basically pretty condescending of the series. In his re-read review of the first chapter he said:
--> "Did most of you think that I was going to tear this series apart back then? Because I can sort of see why I thought what I did at the time, but now I want to vehemently defend this. YOU DONíT GET IT, JUST WAIT SHIT WILL GET REAL. Iíve become all of you. And it is wonderful."
* PerverseSexualLust: For plenty of characters, Mickey Smith in particular.
** He has called Hagrid his leather-daddy boyfriend, and told Iroh that [[WiiFit "[his] body is ready."]]
** He now wants to marry Gunn.
* RageQuit: Mark managed to get to Chapter 20 of MyImmortal before giving up.
** When playing VideoGame/{{Portal}} the first time, he got stuck at test chamber 15 and gave up for a long, long time, only returning when he decided to officially play the sequel. He was then blown away by the sudden realization of a ''plot''.
* ReviewBlog
* RunningGag: Tolkien being a pony bigot, because he didn't have ponies talk throughout ''Literature/TheHobbit''.
** Within the comments, the fact that 'ahahaha' in rot13 is 'nununun' has lead to many jokes.
-->''Barrels'' of nuns!
* ScriptFic: ''Lords and Stuff: A Play'' for ''TheLordOfTheRings''.
* SirSwearsALot: [[AuthorCatchphrase YOU ARE NOT]] [[PrecisionFStrike FUCKING]] [[AuthorCatchphrase PREPARED]]. Ages 12 and under be warned.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: In order to mix things up with his [[Literature/TheHungerGames 'Mockingjay']] reviews, he once did one from the point of view of Buttercup the cat.
** Similarly, during Harry Potter he occasionally did reviews from Hedwig's point of view. In fact, this trope was a lot more common in the ealier Twilight/Harry Potter reviews.
** ''Literature/TheHobbit'' offers one chapter as Bilbo's journal, and another as a RealPersonFic of what Tolkien's original telling of the story to his kids might have been like.
* StraightGay: Mark himself.
* UpToEleven: Given that he's reviewed some pretty popular stuff, the site server has been put under a good deal of strain. But it was finally brought to its knees by the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' fans, who showed up in such droves after the pilot review was posted that the site was crashed in ''less than a minute''. Mark then had to find a new server so this wouldn't happen every time.
* YouAreNotReady: [[PhraseCatcher All the time]], but especially on the topic of Suzanne 'KilledOffForReal' Collins.
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* FreakyFashionMildMind: Mark is a heavily tattooed and pierced guy with a completely {{Adorkable}} {{Fanboy}} personality.
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* FanBoy: Mark's a dedicated fan to a number of shows, from TheXFiles to TheWire, and he's turned into a really big HarryPotter fanboy. And with every new series he takes on, there's a new thing for him to potentially love.

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* FanBoy: Mark's a dedicated fan to a number of shows, from TheXFiles to TheWire, and he's turned into a really big HarryPotter Literature/HarryPotter fanboy. And with every new series he takes on, there's a new thing for him to potentially love.



* OldShame: Going into HarryPotter, he expected a disposable series of books, and was basically pretty condescending of the series. In his re-read review of the first chapter he said:

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* OldShame: Going into HarryPotter, Literature/HarryPotter, he expected a disposable series of books, and was basically pretty condescending of the series. In his re-read review of the first chapter he said:
15th Jun '13 7:30:02 PM cordychase
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*BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: A mild example when he was watching Battlestar Galactica. Mark said he wanted to see more Boomer. Then, of course, he discovers that she's [[spoiler: a Cylon sleeper agent, and a) could therefore lose control of her actions and try to kill all her friends at any time, and b) is one of thousands of Model 8s.]]. Someone in the comments helpfully pointed this out: "Wish granted! More Boomers! (Of a sort.)"
5th Jun '13 12:57:30 PM JIKTV
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** For another charity bike ride, he's doing videos of him reading bad books/fanfiction. The first he did? [[spoiler: AtlasShrugged]]

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** For another charity bike ride, he's doing videos of him reading bad books/fanfiction. The first he did? [[spoiler: AtlasShrugged]]Literature/AtlasShrugged]]
7th May '13 3:02:03 AM Munchable
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7th May '13 3:01:54 AM Munchable
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Naturally, it has inspired various copycat blogs.

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Naturally, it has inspired various copycat blogs.blogs:
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Naturally, it has inspired various copycat blogs.
http://danielisreading.wordpress.com/
http://readingwithavengeance.tumblr.com/
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