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Storybook Romance

Requested by Anon

Summary: “A stranger comes to Camelot from a far away place, and Merlin falls head over heels for her. She’s pretty and silly and clumsy and awkward and loves books and never seems to stop smiling. She’s basically the Girl version of Merlin. Merlin can’t help but to smile like a fool whenever she delivers books to the physician’s quarters.”

Warnings: Fluffy fluff and suspicious parental unit Gaius

A/N: This is a super cute trope. Also, this isn’t exactly like the request that was sent in, but I combined some elements of this request in one of my upcoming fic requests. Thanks for requesting, Anon!

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anonymous asked:

Hi! First of all, thank you for this blog, it's truly great. Now for the request... My very favorite books are Tell the Wolves I'm Home and Ari and Dante, and I, as a wlw, was looking for f/f that read similarly raw and genuine... Do you know of any YA books like that?

Ooh, great request, and YES. The books I’d send you to immediately are Tess Sharpe’s Far From You, Jenny Downham’s Unbecoming, and Gabby Rivera’s Juliet Takes a Breath. 

Downham’s is the most like Tell the Wolves I’m Home - it’s actually a multigenerational story with dual narration, and the modern teen protag is questioning/super into this girl who’s already out. (You might also wanna check out 37 Things I Love (in No Particular Order) by Kekla Magoon, which is about grieving/family and finding comfort - it’s thematically relevant to your request but a little less literary.) FFY has that really great, painful, merciless writing and might break your heart a little bit, and Juliet is killer voice and so much intersectional feminism and ugh yes read those books read those books read those books.

For a little bit lighter, I also recommend Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour, which is a fluffy f/f story but with plenty of lovely writing and substance. Her newest book, We Are Okay, is excellent and wrenching and also definitely recommended, but although the protag is a lesbian and the major secondary is her bi ex-girlfriend, there’s no active romance, if that’s a requirement.

How is Iron Fist so hated by critics and yet they still treat Dr Strange and Civil War like masterpieces? What actually goes on in the average critic’s mind?

I’m sure some DCEU supporters might unfollow me for this, but I believe in fairness, and I don’t care for the DC vs Marvel argument except for when it highlights the single-mindedness and hypocrisy of most Marvel fans.

Iron Fist is by no means the best Netflix show, but it’s still proof that being darker and more serious works for Marvel (and the Netflix shows still outdo the majority of the MCU movies by a mile).

If the movies could take a leaf from the Netflix shows books, I think we’d get some truly great movies. The shows have a distinctive formula and visual style, and yet they manage to maintain their own identity for each character. This is something the MCU movies haven’t done since Winter Soldier.

But I can’t be a hypocrite and look at the bad reviews for Iron Fist and say “how does it feel, Marvel!?” because I genuinely fight for truth, and if I urge people to ignore negative DCEU reviews, I have to urge people to ignore the negative reviews for this. It is not a bad show at all. There’s some hokey moments, that’s for damn sure, but the plot is compelling, the acting is tight and Colleen Wing is fucking FANTASTIC!
I know we’re getting a Defenders show, but after Jessica Henwick’s performance, I’d love to see a Heroes for hire/ Wing and Knight investigations series.

Bookish Questions

What book is on your nightstand now? 
I’m currently reading a book called The Gene Machine by Bonnie Rochman. It’s fascinating. It’s about gene screening and its possibilities as well as its dangers, and all the problematic questions that come with the increased screening of genetics, from eugenics to ‘designer babies.’

What was the last truly great book you read?
There have been so many! The last one that blew me away entirely was A Conjuring of Light, the culmination of the Shades of Magic series. The last literary fiction book that was truly great is Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, and before that, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. And the last truly great incredible classic I read was Middlemarch by George Eliot. 

If you could meet any writer—dead or alive—who would it be? What would you want to know?
That’s difficult. My first answer would be JK Rowling, but there’s not much left to ask her thanks to the intense proliferation of information she’s put out. The second thought is that I’d like to ask George R.R. Martin whether my theory as to who sits on the Iron Throne at the end is right, but that would spoil the series for me and he probably wouldn’t answer anyway.
So instead I think I would want to hang out with @neil-gaiman. I don’t know what I would ask him—probably about the mysteries of the universe, some Sphinx-like riddles, where the sons of Loki live, where best to go to Scotland to not meet some of the monsters he’s written about. Plus, I could get to meet Amanda Palmer and their glorious baby. So it’s a win-win.

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?
I went through this great teenage phase of historical fiction where I realized that I could combine my tortured love of Tudor-era history with my puberty-stirrings of wanting to read more sex scenes. It was a wonderful time. I still have my full Philippa Gregory collection on my bookshelves in New Jersey. 
It might also be surprising to see my entire shelf of books from when I was a Religious Studies minor (which I completed). I’m not religious, so I imagine people would be surprised to find that I own two Bibles and have read several books on Islam, Judaism, Catholicism/Christianity, and Hinduism, including the entirety of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. 

How do you organize your personal library?
I have my own sort of themes. I have two shelves of my “Favorites,” and an entire shelf of my Neil Gaiman collection, which is getting a little packed actually (not complaining). Other than that, it’s mainly organized by schoolbooks. Someday maybe I’ll miss them into my larger collection, because their order doesn’t entirely make sense now, and there are definitely a lot of favorites in there, but it still feels somehow wrong to separate my “1970s Feminist Sci Fi” books from each other after they hung out on my shelves together for so long. In particular, the books I used for my senior thesis have their own proud pile of magical realism and theory that includes both editions of The Dictionary of the KhazarsAlice in the Looking Glass, and multiple short story collections by Jorge Luis Borges.

What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet? Anything you feel embarrassed never to have read?
There are tons and tons of books that I’ve always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet, sitting on my bookshelf, taunting me as I read new releases or skip them over for another backlist book. I don’t feel embarrassed. I read 100 books a year. I’ll get to them eventually.

What book did you feel you were supposed to like but didn’t? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing? 
I hate Charles Dickens. I hated Great Expectations, and people continue to be shocked whenever I tell them that I don’t think I ever plan to bother reading another one of his novels. Add Jonathan Franzen to that list after I read Freedom—never again.
I rarely DNF a book, honestly. I’m pretty careful with my book selection, and usually if I don’t like it I’ll still push through in order to be able to confidently defend my dislike. 

What kinds of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?
I’m definitely drawn to stories that use magical realism. I’m a sucker for good poetic prose and a difficult read as long as the language is beautiful. Also a sucker for good fantasy world-building and for genuinely strong female characters. 
I stay clear of books that I’ve clearly read before. So many postmodern books are this marriage struggle with a male protagonist always thinking about sex, and I try to avoid those if possible. I also stay clear of books that other people have told me are problematic, because I don’t like to waste my reading time. 

If you could require the president to read one particular book, what would it be?
I don’t like to tell others what to read, although I’ll admit it does concern me that a president doesn’t read at all. Obama always had an exciting reading list. I think reading is an important tool for empathy and knowledge. I’d encourage our current president to read whatever got him reading. 

What do you plan to read next?
Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and There are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker

Thank you @bookavid for tagging everyone, me included! :) I would like to tag @mariesbookblog, @dukeofbookingham, @thelibraryofmars, and anyone else who would like to participate!

I was in Barnes and Noble today (or as we call it, Buns and Noodle) so naturally I cruised by the tarot shelves, and I found the Deviant Moon book. It’s been out awhile but I had not seen it before. It’s effing huge! It’s seriously the size and weight of a high school chemistry textbook. But ever so much more interesting.

And it’s pretty. Just look at that gloss finish on the cover.

Endpapers! 

Every card has a glorious full page color plate.

And then a few pages of text along with concept sketches, etc. It’s a truly impressive book and well worth the wait. Great job Patrick and thank you so much for your hard work in putting it together.

I didn’t buy it today but I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to resist it for very long.