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Father's Day is almost here, which means two things: last minute gift shopping and a higher tolerance for dad jokes for one day only.

Whether it's your step-dad, a special father figure in your life or your parent, buying the right gift can be tricky to navigate but worth it for the results.

Is your Papa obsessed with fantasy themes like Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings? Or is he more of a Breaking Bad lad?

Image credit: Breaking Bad

From Peaky Blinders caps to Sherlock detective gear, here are some of our favourite gift ideas for TV and film franchise fanatics this Father's Day.

1. Men's Star Wars pyjamas

Buy: Aldi
Price: €9.99

2. The Unofficial Game of Thrones cookbook

Buy: Rakuten Kobo
Price: €9.78 (excl. shipping)

 

3. Breaking Bad: The complete DVD series

Buy: Shop4ie.com
Price: €27.99

4. Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot Speaker

Buy: Shop4ie.com
Price: €28.99

5. By the order of the Peaky Blinders novelty shirt

Buy: EMP.com
Price: €17.99

6. Harry Potter polyjuice potion table lamp

Buy: EMP.com
Price: €24.99

7. Inside Black Mirror: Behind-the-scenes secrets

Buy: A Good Read
Price: €15.03

8. Hogwarts wristwatch

Buy: EMP.ie
Price: €29.99

9. Viserion White Walker goblet

Buy: EMP.ie
Price: €39.99

10. Avengers: Endgame Thanos gauntlet-shaped mug

Buy: MenKind
Price: €13.56

11. Only Fools and Horses: The Peckham Archives by Rod Green.

An inside look at the iconic British sitcom.

Buy: Book Depository
Price: €22.87

12. I am SHERLOCKED: Cooking apron

Buy: Shirt City
Price: €26.98

13. The Walking Dead: Monopoly survival edition board game

Buy: Shop4ie.com
Price: €34.99

14. 'Ah It's Yourself' Father Ted t-shirt

Buy: Hairy Baby
Price: €24.99

15. Star Wars 'Welcome to the Dark Side' doormat

Buy: EMP.ie
Price: €18.99

16. Lord of the Rings Middle Earth map poster

Buy: EMP.ie
Price: €9.99

17. Stranger Things notebook

Buy: Fruugo
Price: €8.95

18. Rick and Morty novelty Rick bathrobe

Buy: EMP.ie
Price: €29.99

19. Dr Who varsity jacket

Buy: EMP.ie
Price: €45.94

20. Marvel Thor: Ragnarok hammer key-ring

Buy: EMP.ie
Price; €9.89

Happy Father's Day to all the film and TV show fanatics, we hope they enjoy all these gorgeous gifts and have a special fanboy day.

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When it comes to dating, finding someone with similar interests to you can often be hugely important. Especially when those interests include magical worlds, fantastic creatures and beasts, and cruel deaths.

Game of Thrones fans and Harry Potter lovers are often pretty…intense…when it comes to their appreciation of the world-famous novels and franchises. It makes sense that they'd have a lot in common.

A study has taken place at the University of Oklahoma, where researchers analysed over 400 readers (male and female) and measured their exposure to various fiction genres, and the results are vital for your fantasy-fuelled love lives.

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The attitudes of the participants towards gender roles and sexual behaviour were also studied, and we are loving this form of science. 

The readers were tested on their exposure to seven different genres- classics, contemporary literary fiction, romance, fantasy, science fiction, thriller, and horror. They were also asked for their views on a series of toxic beliefs about relationships.

These beliefs included quips such as: "disagreement is destructive", "mind-reading is expected", "romantic partners cannot change", "the sexes are different" and "the expectation of sexual perfection".

The respondents were told to explain to which degree they agreed or disagreed with the alternating statements. All in the name of love.

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The study is called. 'What you read and what you believe: Genre exposure and beliefs about relationships' and was published in the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts journal.

The results found that people who had the most exposure to fantasy genres and sci-fi had the healthiest beliefs about how loving relationships should function.

We bet Dumbledore gave some decent wisdom about Tinder swiping.

Interestingly, readers who enjoyed fantasy and science fiction novels were "less likely to support the belief that disagreement is destructive". Fighting can be a healthy way to air grievances, even if it's with a wand or a sword…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Fans of the fantasy genre were also less likely to hold "the belief that partners cannot change, the belief that sexes are different, and the belief that mind-reading is expected in relationships". 

Stephanie C. Stern led the research team at the University of Oklahoma, and wrote of their findings; "Individuals who scored higher for exposure to science fiction and fantasy were less likely to endorse four unrealistic relationship beliefs."

Even Jon Snow realised that having a fling with your aunt is a little too unorthodox for him, but Cersei and Jaime endorse the incest vibe.

Ron and Hermione bickered their way through the HP franchise, but made peace in the end with a big sloppy kiss after destroying a Horcrux. Seems like a good way to find love?

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Sir Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93.The legendary actor had been hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure.

The news is coming a few days after his death – a decision made by his wife of 50 years, Danish model and painter Gitte Kroencke. Ms Kroencke understandably wanted to inform family members first, before releasing the news to the public.

The Fellowship of the Ring star was most famous for his villainous roles, playing the roles of Count Dracula, the Frankenstein monster and Fu Manchu. He also starred as the Bond villain opposite Roger Moore in The Man with the Golden Gun.

Sir Lee also boasted the incredible fact of being the only member of The Lord of the Rings franchise to ever actually meet JRR Tolkien, who was born in 1892.

The star who was also a heavy metal musician has one final film that will be released posthumously, Angels in Notting Hill.

Sir Lee was also set to star opposite Uma Thurman in The 11th, a drama based around the events of September 11th. However, filming had yet to begin when the 93-year-old passed away.

 

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