anonymous asked:

Hey there! :) I'm strongly contemplating whether I should read the whole TMI series because I love Malec so fucking much. I read the first book years ago but I was wondering if you've read the books and could tell me exactly how long I would have to wait until there is any actual Malec in them haha. Thanks :)

Hi! Well, there’s Malec content in every book, but if you’re looking for more specific Malec scenes (where they are alone), then book 2 and so on have them. Books 4-6 have more Malec scenes in general as well. There is some minimal Malec content in The Dark Artifices books (Lord of Shadows in this case).

I would recommend you also read What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyway) and The Course of True Love (and First Dates). Both of these are stand alone novellas that can be found in The Bane Chronicles book (or on their own as ebooks on Amazon). Oh, and of course, Born to Endless Night, which can be found in Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy book (or on its own as an ebook on Amazon).

And, well, Malec also have their own trilogy coming out called The Eldest Curses. Book one, called The Lost Book of the White, comes out next year, so keep an eye out for that! 

anonymous asked:

So in Aang and Katara's relationship what does "letting go" actually mean? I still don't understand this, is it for him to just let her go as a crush and still be friends with her or something else?

In Aang’s case it would mean letting go of the expectations that he has for her to automatically be with him as a girlfriend. That is why I think The Fortuneteller was written around the same time the writers were playing with the idea of Zuko/Katara. The entire episode deals with Aang’s unrequited crush on Katara. It is setting this up as a future issue.

And the same with The Cave of Two Lovers. This episode explicitly deals with Aang’s romantic feelings for Katara, and it is setting things up for later. Aang’s “love” is infatuation, but being a truly loving person is a lot more difficult. The entire point of Aang’s character arc was to learn how to be a good Avatar, by truly loving others unconditionally. This is the lesson of the Crown Chakra.

Sokka: You see, Aang? A little positive thinking works wonders. We got the king on our side, we got Long Feng arrested, and when we get back, Suki’s waiting for me.

Aang: Yeah. Girls are waiting for us. Thanks, positive attitude.

Sokka: Everything is gonna work out perfectly. From now on and forever.

Suki and Sokka are romantically involved. Aang and Katara are not. Aang assumes that Katara will return his romantic feelings. He sees her as the prize at the end of his Avatar journey. This is the attachment. It is a selfish expectation that he has. He expects Katara as a reward in the end, but that is not real love. He needs to overcome this to love her unconditionally.

Aang letting go would simply be about accepting Katara’s choice to be true to her feelings, even if he is disappointed by her choice. He would need to accept that he isn’t entitled to her as a girlfriend and that letting go of his expectations is a more genuine way to show love, because he is respecting her feelings instead of only prioritizing his own. That’s why Katara and Zuko had their romantic encounter during this time. Zuko was the original love interest for Katara if the story had actually continued from where Book 2 was originally going. This would have sent a far better message to kids. Unfortunately, Aang’s development went in the exact opposite direction.

In case I haven’t mentioned it before; I actually miss Endless Summer, and I dearly hope that the second book’s coming out soon, and then the third book ( a Post-La Huerta story maybe? And on, and on, and on.
And yeah I can imagine how pathetic and funny this sounds to all Most Wanted fans, that are still desperately waiting for the promised sequal. 
I feel with you.  

5 things you didn’t know about Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift knowledge never goes out of ‘Style.’

Erin Jensen | USA TODAY 7 hours ago

So, you think you know Taylor Swift? Perhaps you even fancy yourself the most well-versed of the Swifties. Well, we have 5 little-known facts that we recently uncovered in time for the 10-year anniversary of her self-titled debut album on Monday. And no, we didn’t have to scrounge through KimYe’s secretly recorded videos to find these. We certainly wouldn’t want to leave anyone seeing Red.

No, for our intel we went straight to the source himself, Tyler Conroy, honorary author of Taylor Swift: This is Our Song, available now. The 23-year-old singer/songwriter/blogger has seen Tom Hiddleston’s ex in concert 19 times and met her on three separate occasions. He was selected by publishing house Simon & Schuster to help with the book that he calls “100% for the fans,” which includes a surplus of colorful photos, reviews and articles from different outlets, fan Q&As, and crossword puzzles.

Without further adieu, we leave you with this formerly Blank Space that we’ve filled with Taybits.

1. Swift Has A Hidden Bathroom

In our phone chat, Conroy told us about his trip to the singer’s New York City apartment for the launch of 1989. He divulged by far the coolest thing in her pad was her secret bathroom hidden behind a bookshelf.

“There’s a handle in (the bookshelf) that you slid the door open (with), like a space where a book should be almost.”

2. She Keeps A Grammy In A Birdcage

“(Her awards are) kind of all over the house like décor,” Conroy shared. “There’s not like a shelf with them.” He said Swift kept an MTV Moonman on the fireplace, one Grammy in the bathroom, and another that she broke backstage at the ceremony in 2010 in a birdcage.

3. She’s Designed A Tattoo

The second time Conroy met Swift, he asked her to write “Fearless” on an index card so he could get the script tattooed on his foot because the message meant so much to him. After confirming this is what Conroy really wanted, he says Swift was meticulous about her penmanship. “She wrote it so slowly,” he said. “She took so much time to write it.”

4. Swift Is A Well-Meaning Interrupter

During their first meeting, Conroy was completely starstruck, so he practiced what he wanted to say for their second rendezvous at Club Red, a meet and greet-type lounge with a guest list hand-picked by Swift.

“I got to tell her my story,” Conroy shares, “and it was funny because I was telling it and she kept interjecting her thoughts and interrupting. And, my friend was like, ‘You need to just let him talk because he’s been rehearsing this like it’s a monologue in the car.’”

5. Her Choice Cocktail Is An Old Fashioned

Conroy says the libation made with sugar, bitters, and whiskey or brandy is the artist’s favorite drink.


Day 11 of the IG writing photo challenge is writing notebooks. I love notebooks! A few are empty and waiting until I finish other notebooks, but most are in use. The green binder holds all my old finished stories (that reminds me, I need to print out the newer ones and put them in there). The teal striped binder is my planner I carry everywhere with my outlines and character/culture info and motivation stuff and all sorts of good stuff. The large striped binder is mostly world building. The Wreck This Journal is writing themed and the sketchbook next to it is going to hold writing drawings and sketched ideas. The purple notebook is where I write scenes for book 1, the teal compass holds notes for this trilogy, the green tree is for working and planning short stories, the black one will be where I write book 2 scenes. The green next to this is a grid notebook where I might do maps (not sure yet) and the leather one is blank without a purpose yet. The purple is filled with old stories and ideas for my previous characters/world, the brown is completely full and was my notes journal for this serious previous to the teal compass one. The big green notebooks hold some world building and the small green one is still blank and waiting for a purpose. I also have a notes app on my phone. Can you tell I love writing and notebooks? 😉

I was tagged by @arislotle :) thank youuuu <3

Rules: You can tell a lot about a person by the music they listen to. Put your music on shuffle and list the ten first songs, then tag ten people.

1. i think you see where this is headed - hotel books

2. reminder - the weeknd

3. single - the neighbourhood

4. kettering - the antlers

5. she - tyler, the creator

6. lost love letters - fog lake

7. drew barrymore - sza

8. xo tour llif3 - lil uzi vert

9. where’s my love - syml

10. post break up sex - the vaccines

i tag whoever else wants to do this :)

anonymous asked:

Hey it's the ACOTAR anon again, my friend brought up a good point that Tamlin was horrible from the start i.e. Rhys TAUGHT Feyre to write, Tamlin wanted to write for her

omGGGGGG don’t even get me started

Like, I read this post on tumblr somewhere that really resonated with me about the mindfuck that is Tamlin/abuse etc. I can’t find the post right now, but basically it was about how the OP didn’t really care for Tamlin in book 1, and as he did shit/chose things, the OP even REMEMBERED THINKING: That’s not right, that’s unhealthy, that’s weird, that’s problematic.

But the end of the book came and Feyre seemed to get her Happy Ever After with him, so the OP shrugged it all off and said, “welp good for her I guess.”

Then the second book comes out. And no, you can pretty clearly see the abuse that Feyre suffers with Tamlin because of his control issues and his obsession with keeping her safe and accessible at all times. And the OP had this moment of, “Oh my God, I watched an abusive relationship happen and then I totally GLOSSED OVER IT and accepted it because Feyre got her happy ending.” And it hit me hard because I did the same thing! I did the same exact damn thing.

I didn’t LIKE Tamlin in the first book. I thought he was passive and too willing to sit in his tower and let shit happen around him. While there was clearly a logic to how tight of a leash he kept on her in that first book, it still bothered me because it’s GROSS to mess with someone’s sense of autonomy even if it’s a dangerous world and you’re worried about them.

But in the first book, he did it with a very light touch. VERY light. He didn’t say, “I forbid you from doing xyz” (for the most part), he couched it in words like “It’s too dangerous,” “you could get hurt,” etc. He basically used his Concern as a prison, and on the surface it looks kind of sweet (and if you recall, Feyre had a very tough life up until then, and I’m sure she was aching for someone to step in and “take care of her” a bit, because it would be such a new and wondrous feeling).

So the insidious thing happens where book 2 rolls about. The Big Bad Bitch is six feet under, and now Tamlin has nothing to fear from no one.

So what does he do?

He starts whipping out the control-words. He won’t LET her do this. He FORBIDS her from that. He’s no longer worried about losing her and condemning his life to Amarantha’s toy, and he’s determined to never lose that kind of control again. So what looked kind of sweet in book 1 now becomes a terrifying NIGHTMARE for Feyre, where she’s basically trapped on all ends: She can’t say “fuck this” and go HOME. She’s a Fae now. She’ll never be accepted there. Someone will probably try to kill her. She can’t cross Tamlin because he’s basically her king. He keeps her separated from her peers and her entire social circle is Ianthe and Lucien (two Tamlin-Approved Friends ™). He essentially shrinks her entire world down to a nice little controllable area with the intent of controlling her life.

This is abuse. It happens every day IRL. To see it explored in a fantasy novel is somewhat amazing, especially because you can tell that the author KNOWS it’s happening, has always known it was happening, and specifically built it in that way so that the insidious nature of Tamlin’s obsession comes out in bits and pieces – it was hinted at in the first book, and then it unravels in the second.

Worst of all, Lucien, who is supposed to be a real friend of Feyre’s, basically fucks her over just to keep the peace. He is the epitome of every person that turns a blind eye to abuse because they don’t want to make waves. If I was in Feyre’s position by the end of book 2, I’d be perfectly willing to end all possibility of friendship with him forever on the basis that he is a cowardly little asshole who would rather watch his “friend” shrivel up and DIE from the abuse she’s suffering (to the point that he’s willing to basically gaslight her about it to make her think she’s the one being unreasonable) than suffer any sort of interpersonal issues with Tamlin. That’s beyond fucked up. I’m not sure I’m willing to accept him as redeemable tbh, he really pissed me off in this book. He is the perfect example of when male passivity (he’s not willing to step in and tell Tamlin he’s being a fuck) is actually VIOLENT towards women. Being a bystander doesn’t excuse him from the emotional and psychological violence he is inflicting on Feyre.

Then you have Rhys.

I won’t lie; I thought Rhys was a fucking tool in book 1. I didn’t like Tamlin, but I preferred Tamlin to Rhys (and Lucien to them both, although obviously that changed). Rhys’ motivation was purposefully hidden to make him seem like your typical Dark Sexy Edgelord, and I honestly thought his inclusion was for the purpose of playing out the Isn’t Rape/NonCon Kinda Sexy? trope.

Then book 2 happens, and I. Am. In. Love. With. This. Fucker.

Rhys’ act is a terrible one, but the important thing is that he makes sure Feyre is aware of the act and why it exists. He does have some issues with sharing and communication (I understand why, but I also understand why it would piss Feyre off so badly, it would upset me too), but you see development as the book goes on where he tries to be more upfront. He is ACTIVELY trying to improve himself, while understanding that for SOME ungodly reason, his mate is in love with Sir Fuckbutt of the Spring Court. He’s not biding his time and waiting for her to come to her senses and CHOOSE him. He was going to let the wedding to Tamlin happen. He respects Feyre’s decisions, even when they’re not fully informed, and doesn’t try to even drop the Mate thing on her in order to convince her to choose him, instead.

He doesn’t try and lock Feyre up for her own safety. He is nervous when she’s in danger (obviously), but not once does he try and tell her that she can’t do something or that he won’t let her do something. He will offer advice or a warning that she’s stepping into a dangerous situation, but he leaves the choice to her.

And that’s really important. Autonomy is one of the most important things a person can have, and trying to take that away from a person is dehumanizing and also TERRIFYING. Rhys understands that and even when his instincts tell him to protect her at all costs, he is actively working against his own inner nature in order to not infringe upon her autonomy at all. That is the big lesson, here: Not that Rhys is just naturally a better person, because he has the same dumbass instincts Tamlin does. But Rhys RECOGNIZES them, sees himself clearly for the flawed individual he is, and makes the conscious decision not to fall prey to his own instincts. He chooses Feyre’s psychological health over the possibility of him feeling slight discomfort or uncertainty, and Tamlin DOESN’T.

That’s the big difference between them. Tamlin has decided that he would sacrifice anything in order to make himself happy, to build a safe place for himself. Rhys has decided (multiple times and at great personal cost throughout the last few centuries) that he’d rather sacrifice himself for others. He put himself through torture of the worst kind for FIFTY YEARS to keep a city of his people safe.

He’s fucking magical and if something happens in book 3 that undoes everything good he did in book 2, I will be fucking devastated. I love him. He’s the best.

And fuck Tamlin.

this got really long I’m sorry

Things I Love About LoK

Goal: Write 1 thought every day re: why I love The Legend of Korra until I finish rewatching the series.

#71: The art in “The Southern Lights.”

There are a lot of reasons why I did not like “The Southern Lights.”  It’s where Book 2 starts to feel “off,” for starters.  Tonraq, Mako, Bolin, Eska, and Desna tag along with Unalaq and Korra on their trek to the South Pole for no apparent reason other than to give Mako/Bolin/Eska screen time and Tonraq/Unalaq a reason to do the backstory exposition dump.  The dynamic between all of the characters feels off.  Mako is basically extraneous to the scene.  Bolin/Eska … I have many thoughts about them – and not many of them are positive.  And the Tonraq/Unalaq exposition dump felt like it came too soon.

But I did enjoy two things in the episode.  First, at this point, Unalaq continued fascinate me as a villain.  He really seemed like he was, in a sense, “right” on spiritual matters.  The South did, in fact, seem out of balance:

Unalaq: Look to the sky. Where I’m from, the spirits are at peace and they light up the dark.
Korra: The Northern Lights.
Unalaq: Yes. There used to be lights in the South as well but during the hundred year war, the South was thrown out of balance and the lights disappeared. When the war ended, the North helped to rebuild you physically as a nation but we have not rebuilt you spiritually. Now the spirits no longer dance in your skies. Instead, they rampage in the Everstorm.

I enjoy that his choice of words – “dance” and “rampage” – complements his character.  I also loved his lines in this exchange, where he comes off as a wise mentor:

Unalaq: The Avatar must go alone.
Korra: But I don’t have any connection with the spirits. In fact, it seems like they hate me.
Unalaq: You have to believe in yourself like I believe in you. What is it?
Korra: I guess I’m just so used to people telling me how to do things that I forgot what it was like to have someone trust in me.
Unalaq: Korra, all the past Avatars live on inside of you. Let them guide you. Let them help you find the light in the dark.

Of course, turns out he was telling Korra all this and manipulating her for his own selfish ends.  But I love that Korra internalized his “light in the dark” line and ending up using it against him in the finale.  I don’t think I realized that when she heard “find the light in the dark” in the finale, she was hearing an echo of Unalaq’s voice.  (The idea Unalaq expresses here is also a beautiful idea – like something that Tenzin or Uncle Iroh would say.  Except it comes from the mouth of a villain.)  

Second, I love the background art in this episode.  Studio Pierrot gets sh*t on by the fandom.  Maybe rightly so – I have no idea. I didn’t think they were that terrible (though I’m not animation expert by any means).  The animation of characters looked different than Book 1, sure, and I do ultimately prefer Studio Mir’s work.  But honestly, if I hadn’t been actively engaged in the fandom and aware that a different studio had animated 7 episodes of this season, I’m not sure I would have noticed much difference (other than slightly different drawing of characters).  

And in “The Southern Lights,” I thought the background art was just phenomenal.  It’s screen porn:

The aurora in these shots are just stunning: 

I love this shot in particular, with Korra emerging from the ice forest:

What a beautiful show.

anonymous asked:

It's hard not to think of Bolin as anything other than just comic relief when again, that's pretty much the only role he had in Book 1. I mean his last moment was basically him putting his foot in his mouth and declaring he'd shut up. Meanwhile Sokka's last moment in Book 1 was dealt with heartbreak over Yue's death, with no degrading moment.

I don’t think this is really a fair assessment of Bolin in Book 1.

In the first half of Book 1, there was definitely more to him than comic relief – he was the one who taught Korra about Probending, he was the one who got kidnapped by the Equalists, he was the one who held the Fire Ferrets together when Mako and Korra started fighting, and he was the one who freed Team Avatar when the Equalists tied them all up during the finals.

That he didn’t get to do as much in the second half of the season doesn’t define his entire character, especially not to the point where his Book 2 characterization ought to get ignored.

Besides, I think that particular scene that you quote has been unnecessarily maligned anyway.  It’s a moment that shows how Bolin thinks trauma ought to be handled, not just a moment that shows him as a dunce – it’s really easy to imagine him using the same kind of “comfort” to deal with life when he and Mako were out on the streets, after all.

anonymous asked:

hey so i know you don't like korra's spiritual arc, but how do you feel about aang's? people are saying that korra finding meaning in her suffering is wrong, yet that's just what aang did when his whole race was wiped out. what different??thank much

that’s not what anyone is saying though. aang and korra would have found meaning in their circumstances whether they were suffering or not. but neither of them NEEDED to suffer for any reason.

like let’s compare the two.

at the beginning of the show and aang and korra were both already good people. aang’s problem was that he ran away from being the avatar and korra’s was that she (was raised to) let it define her.

aang’s spiritual arc was all about returning and embracing his duties. korra’s spiritual arc was all about proving herself, and that she didn’t need to change herself.

korra’s spiritual arc was complete in the book 2 finale.

both of their arcs were displayed in miniature form throughout their respective long term arcs.

aang returned to save the southern water tribe. he returned to help the family cross the serpent’s pass. he returned from being in hiding in the fire nation. long term and short term it was always about him running away from his duties and learning how to return.

korra proved that probending was a good learning opportunity. she proved she was right about hiroshi being an equalist. she proved her own unique qualities were the most powerful thing about her, not the past avatars. long term and short term it was always about her having to prove to US basically that “she’s not aang and she should’t be aang.” notice AGAIN that korra’s proved this definitively by the book 2 finale.

aang’s story would have been the same without the suffering of losing his people - he would still have to return and come to terms with his duties (he only ran away because they were going to separate him from gyatso remember). so why did they make korra suffer to teach her a lesson after she already proved herself in books 1 and 2 and the show could end right then and there?

aang got to PROVE that he didn’t have to change himself. korra RETURNED to save the world. they both exhibit each other’s arcs in their own (where i consider book 1 and 2 korra’s complete arc).

but then they put korra through aang-level suffering and her book 4 arc was the OPPOSITE - she had to suddenly change herself completely, throw the “old her” under the bus, and undo all the proving she did in book 1 and 2.

that’s why it’s completely different. they were both already good people at the beginning who realized they didn’t have to change the very core of their being to appease what the world thought the avatar should be. they returned and proved this.

aang did this while growing to accept the harsher side of his duties. korra did this while growing to accept the softer side of her duties.

both of them learned to RECONCILE their values and personalities with their duties, how to balance them, rather than let either push the other to the side - how to KEEP both, not DILUTE both.

aang displayed this in sozin’s comet and showed us in the comics that he’s still the same person we fell in love with.

korra displayed this in the book 2 finale and showed us in book 3 that she’s still the same person we fell in love with.

the stupid, nonsensical thing they did with korra’s arc after this, that showed they themselves forgot the meaning of her book 1 and 2 journey and actually CAVED to appeasing the people who had been hating on her - was that korra, in a moment of selfless compassion, sacrificed herself and ended up in a state of suffering. and then they said the reason she HAD to go through this suffering was to change herself to learn compassion. ignoring how problematic this is it’s also just like.. horrible writing? she sacrificed herself out of compassion to … learn compassion? wait what? it’s just literally incorrect and that’s why i don’t consider book 4 canon like it makes no sense and is just FALSE lol.

so that’s why it’s different. no one is talking about the merits of finding meaning in your suffering. the issue is the hypocrisy of the writing.

korra already suffered a lot in book 1 and 2. she proved she didn’t have to change herself and overcame said suffering because of this - in book 1 and 2.

then in book 4 she went through suffering again and this time they said she HAD to change herself and realistically never did overcome her suffering. like i really don’t consider korra to have ever “gotten better” in book 4.

and guess which case is the the only one people consider valid and “important” suffering? book 4. what an interesting coincidence that the one time that korra comes out of suffering softer than before is the one time where all the sexist racist haters want to talk about the importance of suffering.

where were they when korra was having nightmares about amon and then overcame him by unlocking her airbending with a fucking punch? or when she was broken down and hopeless because she thought it was her fault the world was ending and then she saved it on her OWN.

how come every time she went through horrible suffering and overcame it thanks to her headstrong, pugnacious, unyielding personality it didn’t count?

but the one time when the suffering ended with korra denouncing her old self and being “humbled” suddenly let’s talk about korra’s amazing spiritual arc.

overall: yikes.