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“It was not that she did not love him; he was quite certain that she did, but sometimes it seemed as if she had fallen in love with him for the sole purpose of quarrelling with him….The name of this curiously dissatisfied young woman was Arabella Woodhope and she was the daughter of the late curate of St Swithin’s in Clunbury.”


Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell premieres June 13 at 10/9c on bbcamerica.

Jupiter Ascending Cast Updates

Tuppence Middleton as Riley in Sense8

The cast members of Jupiter Ascending have a habit of getting involved in interesting (read - weird, sci-fi/fantasy, etc.) projects, and when they get involved with said projects I will aim to inform you. With no further adieu, I present the current interesting projects that have members of the Jupiter Ascending cast involved.

Eddie Redmayne (Balem Abrasax)

The big news is, of course, that Eddie has been cast as the lead in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the eagerly anticipated Harry Potter spin-off. The film will follow magizoologist Newt Scamander (Redmayne) in New York around 70 years before Harry’s story commences. The film is due out in 2016.

Douglas Booth (Titus Abrasax)

Douglas has been cast as Percy Bysshe Shelley in A Storm in the Stars, a film about the epic love affair between Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft, the girl who would go on to write Frankenstein while still a teenager. You can think of Shelley as a real-life antecedent for Titus, just with less money and far greater poetic ability. 

Tuppence Middleton (Kalique Abrasax)

Tuppence is featured as Riley, a drug-addicted Icelandic DJ with a troubled past, in the Wachowskis’ new Netflix series Sense8, which débuts Friday - naturally, Sense8 should be mandatory viewing due to all of the Jupiter Ascending connections both on and off screen. 

Tuppence has also been cast as a young Miss Havisham in the BBC’s Dickensian, which is being billed as a soap opera that mashes all of Charles Dickens’ most famous characters into a single series. If we’re lucky, it will be like a live-action, historical House of Mouse where all of the characters antagonise and secretly scheme against each other.

Doona Bae (Razo)

Doona is one of the stars of Sense8, the Wachowskis’ epically crazy sounding new Netflix series. Doona plays Sun, a Korean businesswoman and expert martial artist. All 12 episodes of Sense8 are available on Netflix this Friday.

Maria Doyle Kennedy (Aleksa Jones)

Maria is, as I’m sure most of you appreciate, featured in the superb Orphan Black as Mrs S. Orphan Black is currently nearing the close of its third season, and it’s well worth checking out - it’s got clones (all played by a single actress, the brilliant Tatiana Maslany), suburban drug-dealing and more clones (spoilers!)

Edward Hogg (Chicanery Night) and Ariyon Bakare (Greeghan)

Edward and Ariyon are both currently featured cast members in Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, a BBC miniseries set in an alternative history where magic is experiencing a resurgence around the time of the Napoleonic Wars. I posted about the series just before it started, and now I’ve seen up to episode three I can confirm that it’s wonderful and, dare I say it, rather magical. Edward plays Segundus, a scholarly magician attempting to start a magic school, and Ariyon plays Stephen Black, a refined servant who finds himself entrapped by fairy magic. You can watch it here on iPlayer.

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It is the contention of Mr Norrell of Hanover-square that everything belonging to John Uskglass must be shaken out of modern magic, as one would shake moths and dust of of an old coat. What does he imagine he will have left? If you get rid of John Uskglass you will be left holding the empty air.

- Jonathan Strange, Prologue to The History and Practice of English Magic, pub. John Murry, London, 1816

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell: Jonathan Strange [ENFP]

OFFICIAL TYPING by Charity / The Mod

Extroverted Intuition (Ne): Jonathan’s future wife complains that he cannot seem to settle on a profession, but instead is ever chasing about ideas; he admits that though most of them were good, he could not make a success of them because he soon tired of the work involved. Jonathan is eager to banter any new idea about; he takes to the concept of magic quite easily, accepts that he is a magician, and is probably one of the two mentioned in the prophecy, and then sets out to simply use it. He cannot explain how he knows how to do things, except that it is a “feeling.” He is excellent at seeing opportunities in his environment to do remarkable, impulsive, and impressive magic… creating sand horses out of horse sand, roads across France, etc.

Introverted Feeling (Fi): When asked if a magician could use magic to kill a man, Jonathan says that he imagines it would be possible but “a gentleman would not do it,” meaning: he refuses. That is immoral and distasteful to him, so he does not entertain the thought. He is quite emotional and inclined to follow his heart over social conventions (“how long must one wait to propose after one’s father has died? Six months? A few weeks? Three days?”). Jonathan is emotionally devastated when his magic has severe repercussions (he cannot figure out how to reverse it, and save the poor lost souls from hellish torment).

Extroverted Thinking (Te): Logic is logic, and fact is fact, and magic is for a purpose. Jonathan follows this in how he handles it, always going for the most logical or tactical advantage to serve some greater cause. When confronted with problems, he tries out all the obvious solutions and then if it fails, cannot always figure out how to get out of the mess. Much of his later expertise comes from books, which he trusts to be accurate (since someone wrote them, after all, and must have known what they were doing). He tends to take things at face value in terms of objectivity.

Introverted Sensing (Si): He cannot explain the magic, only do it; Jonathan falls back on other magician’s details rather than create his own. He becomes quite interested in researching magic, down to the finer details, and is frustrated when Mr Norrell conceals certain forms of magic from him. He is not always cautious in his decisions, but has a sentimental attachment to his past and the people in it, particularly his wife.

in which we wake

I was looking through my last two reviews of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell to see if I used numbered lists or dotted lists, and I was scrolling and scrolling and scrolling, and I thought, Bitch, you don’t have to use every word in the dictionary in every post. You can leave one or two out sometimes. Nobody will get mad.

I don’t know if I can, though! It’s so hard. I only like about six things, and I want to talk about them all the time. Let’s see how I do this week –

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fourteenpavanes said: OKAY. Do you think Norrell would spend all his time on the computer? Or Strange doing weird jobs he found on Craigslist like dog-walking and plant watering? #

Oooh, well, I have a sneaking suspicion that Norrell’s one of those Book Purists (Conveniently the est way to make sure that all the magic knowledge is his) who tends to turn his nose up at the whole wired-in thing going on.

And oh man Strange like ‘jobs yeah ok jobs what do people do for jobs what is my last experience of doing a job’ and kind of being like the only experience of working he actually has is those little jobs you get as a kid or teen for extra cash? Looking after pets for people on holiday, washing cars, mowing lawns and doing weeding, and well! He can do that! He’s taller now and everything!

And Arabella just standing there like this is a thirty-something man and despite al of it she still fancies him

(spoilers)

Aw man the divide between the book!fans and the tv!fans is just… funny? Bc It’s this tiny corner of ppl that suddenly has a whole load of ppl screaming over Childermass and the veterans just kind of going ‘STOP SCREAMING IT’S FINE EVERYTHING’S GOING TO BE FINE’

tagged by the amazing trav at devoutdean thanks hun <33

10 people i want to know better

Nickname: ro, rowena, robo

Star sign: gemini

Gender: female (cisgender)

Height: 5′ 1 1/2″

Time & Date: june 2nd 3:20pm

Average amount of sleep: maybe 7.5 hours?

Lucky number: 19

Last thing I googled: transcendentalism <3

How many blankets do you sleep under? a duvet and a sheet (i also have a fluffy tardis blanket for winter!)

Favourite fictional characters: leslie knope, elizabeth bennet, beatrice and benedick, clara oswald, donna noble, gina linetti, raymond holt, steve rogers, alison hendrix, sansa stark, tyrion lannister, ben wyatt, eowyn, inara serra, kaylee frye, malcolm reynolds, rogelio de la vega, jane gloriana villanueva (i’m in love with beautiful, strong women and male nerds don’t touch me)

Favourite book: NEVER currently obsessed with jonathan strange and mr norrell, the books i’ve reread the most are probably lotr and pride and prejudice

Favourite musician: idk? currently obsessed with foster the people and san cisco and walk the moon and the beatles and the black keys and the smiths :)

Last movie I saw in the cinemas: oh god.. maybe cinderella?

Dream holiday: new zealand and budapest and all of the museumsss!

Dream job: recommending things to people and gushing about things i love

I’m going to tag these 10 cuties: rosetylr, doctordarkness, winterflell, cybermqn, expellairmus, daviedtennant, sansasdark, occlumencyclass, amyroryponds, taurielz, doctorstwelfth