a world with two mary kates

anonymous asked:

So since your fandom is what put me onto Rivers of London, which I think is now vying for second favourite series with Temeraire (Discworld takes the top spot)... any other series you've enjoyed and would particularly recommend?

Book recs! The first place I’m going to point you is this post I did a while ago about books I would recommend to fans of Rivers of London. But you didn’t specify that exactly, so I’m going to take this opportunity to recommend a couple of other series I particularly like. 

The Falco series, Lindsey Davis: Marcus Didius Falco is a private eye in Ancient Rome who makes the mistake of taking up with a Senator’s daughter, and - well, come for the noir pastiche, stay for the hilarious adventures all over first-century Europe from London to Alexandria, and especially stay for Helena Justina, the Senator’s daughter. Chock-full of details you would swear are lightly mocking modern culture and are actually 100% historically accurate. First one is Silver Pigs

The Broken Earth trilogy, N K Jemisin: has won a lot of prizes, I haven’t read the last one yet so NOBODY SPOIL ME, but it’s - it’s secondary-world SFF, science fiction in a fantasy mindset, and there’s a lot of geology and I like geology and the world is ending which is very depressing but there’s some fantastic narrative twists and just read it, OK, if I try to explain all the specific great things I’ll spoil you. First one is The Fifth Season

Court of Fives trilogy, Kate Elliott (also Cold Magic): I also recently recced this, so go to that post for more specifics, but: secondary-world YA fantasy that really digs into the effects of colonialism and female friendship and sisterhood. I have only read the first book of her Cold Magic trilogy, but that’s steampunk Ice Age Europe with fae and intelligent dinosaurs and Carthage and I cannot wait to read the next two.  

Glamourist Histories, Mary Robinette Kowal: Jane Austen with a little bit of extra magic; more or less historical romance, but the effect of a little magic on the world is woven in subtly and cleverly and there’s a lot of focus on the main character developing new ways to use it. First one is Shades of Milk and Honey

anonymous asked:

Hi, do you have any recommendations for queer historical fiction (I enjoyed The Song of Achilles, but I'm happy with any period of history)? Thanks!

Hi there! I don’t know too much about historical fiction, but I’ll try to round some up:

If followers have more suggestions, please reblog and add!

Happy reading :)


Moffat Appreciation Day Countdown: Favourite villain

“I need you to know we are not so different. I need my friend back. Every battle, every war, every invasion. From now on you decide the outcome.”

A Cyberman invasion. A supervillain, unabashedly describing herself “bananas”. An intricate design to move the chess pieces in the right place, to bring a plan to frutition which could not be more diabolical in nature - raise the Earth’s dead. The Mistress once weaponised humanity’s future against it, the nightmare of the Toclafane. Now she will defile and exploit its past. It is a horrifying vision. And yet it cannot compare to the twisted truth which lies beneath it.

Because Missy does not come to destroy a mere planet or to conquer the universe. She sets out to slay the story itself.

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2014, the year that CW aired its pilot of The Flash; comic book adaption about the fastest man alive, Barry Allen (The Flash) played by loveable Grant Gustin. A forensic scientist’s life takes a turn into the fast line after a freak accident allows him to possess superhuman reflexes. Of course this was an exciting time for comic book fans everywhere but especially for women of colour. You’re probably thinking, how is a show about a white man who can real fast relevant to me, an independent beautiful woman of colour? Well, today we pay our respects to the striking Candice Patton, she isn’t dead, just severely underrated.

For those who aren’t familiar with the show, she plays reporter Iris West, the love interest of Barry Allen. Initially, her casting caused a lot of controversy because a black woman playing a canonically white character? In this economy? However, once the show started Candice Patton really proved that she was here to slay and funnily enough stay as the show is still running with its viewership higher than it’s other CW comic book adaptation brethren.

Growing up, I had always felt isolated when watching my favourite comic book films because there was a heavy emphasis on the white damsel in distress and I just couldn’t relate to such a character. As a young girl, I thought getting kissed in the rain by Spider-Man would be the greatest thing ever but seeing Candice Patton’s Iris West made me realise that I can strive for much more as a woman of colour. She plays the part of Barry Allen’s childhood sweetheart in unison with the role of a fearless reporter and manages to rise in a male driven show. Casting Candice Patton as Iris West is probably the smartest move CW has ever made, no shade just facts.

Nonetheless, Kirsten Dunst (Spider-man, 1999) and Kate Bosworth (Superman returns, 2006) have somewhat become a distant memory as Candice Patton paves the way for actresses of colour to find their way into the comic book adaptation world. Since 2014, we’ve seen a surge of women of colour filling roles that white women have played in the past and doing may I say a better job than them and it’s God damn poetic. In Spider-man homecoming (2014) not one but two of Peter Parker’s canonically caucasian love interests, Liz Allan and Mary-Jane Watson, are played by the beautiful Laura Harrier and Zendaya, two talented young black women. Making Homecoming one of the most diverse comic book movies I’ve ever seen, especially since Marvel have built ‘qwhite’ a reputation for themselves in the past. Now, we look forward to Black Panther gracing our screens in 2018. Progression has never been so colourful. On our favourite netfilx shows, our favourite sai weilding assassin previously played by Jennifer Garner, now the role of Elektra Natchios rightfully belongs to Cambodian, French actress, Elodie Young in Marvel’s Daredevil and recently Defenders. I wouldn’t be able to finish writing this article without mentioning Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Defenders) Dawson is of Peurto Rican, Afro cuban and Native American descent. Her character, Claire Temple also known as the night nurse, is somewhat the golden thread that ties the whole Netflix universe together. She shows us that sometimes heroes don’t have to be super to do what they do. Furthermore, in the DC cinematic universe, Kiersy Clemmons is set to play Iris West on the silver screen alongside Ezra Miller’s Flash. I, an avid comic book reader would love to continue seeing women of colour playing such iconic roles.

This really goes to show the positive effect of diversity in media today. Essentially, Candice Patton was the start of something important. TV is for everyone, thus we should have characters that appeal to the fast moving society that we live in and let me break the news to you, that society isn’t white. Without Candice Patton’s Iris West, we might not have had Zendaya’s MJ or Anna Diop’s Starfire. Therefore, we do not accept the slander of Candice Patton or Iris West in these walls because her character now stands for something greater than Barry Allen’s love interest. So, Candice, my Queen, you’ll never read this but I just wanted to thank you on behalf of young girls everywhere for making Iris West into an icon even though some people may not be aware of it yet. You’ve made history.

- Abida

a list of good things that happened in 2016: 

  • the handmaiden dir. park chan wook
  • the announcement that zendaya will play mary jane watson in the upcoming spiderman movies
  • amandla stenberg, mara wilson, colton haynes, aubrey plaza all came out and that’s great 
  • the announcement of an all female ocean’s eight and the first pics of the actresses on set 
  • there are more pandas and more tigers in the world 
  • leonardo dicaprio won an oscar
  • sarah paulson and kate mckinnon, two queer women, won an emmy 
  • finding dory
  • moana 
  • the last of us 2 trailer 
  • black mirror said fuck you to the bury your gays trope 
  • supergirl’s sister is a giant lesbian 
  • the get down is all about poc 
  • lemonade by beyoncé 
  • all female ghostbusters movie
  • margot robbie doesn’t like the joker’s abusive relationship with harley quinn 
  • viola davis gets more roles and we are blessed 
  • moonlight is one of the best movies of 2016 according to the critics and the main character is a black gay kid 

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clairedaring  asked:

What do you think differs Zoe and Ella? What are some of the similarities between them and the thing that differs them from one another?

Thanks for this question! I’m a fan of both Zoe and Ella - they both share a spark of my own character in that they’re quite intense and creatively ambitious, maybe a little tunnel visioned too.

That said, Zoe and Ella have become very different in my mind, in large part thanks to the actresses (Mary Kate Wiles and Helen Highfield) who play them in the short film and the series respectively. Their musical sounds are also different - Zoe has more of a fast-paced, 90′s rock, All Time Low vibe, whereas Ella favors a folk-rock/indie pop, God Help the Girl sound.

Zoe is probably more independent - I don’t think she cares as much what other people think of her in the immediate sense - so what if you think it’s weird that she wears a yellow backpack and has a scary knack for popping up out of nowhere, that’s just how she does things. Zoe feels things very immediately and swims in those feelings, she doesn’t keep things bottled up very often. She’s fueled by a lot of rage-fire. Zoe’s also a vlogger, which is an element that went away in the series adaptation.

Ella is probably more insecure - I think she’s more likely to bury her feelings, if something seems emotionally complicated, you can bet she’s going to shovel that shit into a bottomless pit and run in the opposite direction. She has a lot of walls up but you wouldn’t know that right away, because she really wants you to like her. The exception is in her music - Ella has a post-grad entry level office job that she’s been doing for a while now, and she knows she isn’t happy there but it’s scary to do the things she wants to do full-time. So her feelings and frustrations work themselves into her music, with songs like Even Superman Has a Dayjob and Here Lies My Love Life

Ella has also known Tim longer than Zoe’s known Charlie - Ella went to college with Tim, she had a crush on him back when he was just a Shakespeare-reading dork. They work in the same office (Tim probably got her this job after they graduated), and they live in the same apartment. Tim and Ella’s lives are a lot more tangled up in each other’s from the start.

I think Zoe is also more motivated by her break up during the events of the short film - Peter Hackett is the main reason that Zoe signs up for the Battle of the Bands, Horcruxes is a break up song about getting over their shitty relationship, to prove that she can still be awesome without him (and she is), so when Peter wins the BotB, it’s an extra blow to her ego - she staked a lot of “winning the break up” on this. Also they used to perform together, and when they broke up, Peter basically found Zoe 2.0, another redhead who could sing and replace her seamlessly as the Ginny to his Harry. How could he do that, were you that replaceable?

On the flip side, while Chris Hackett is a bit of extra incentive for Ella to kick it into high gear, I think she was already considering signing up for the Battle of the Bands before she saw his name on the list. Chris played a large part in making Ella insecure and unsure of pursuing music for herself, he never took her songwriting / singing seriously enough to perform publicly with her. He also moved on with someone who’s like, your worst nightmare version of an ex’s new girlfriend - talented, gorgeous, great shiny blonde hair, the opposite of how you see yourself. Is that what he wanted the whole time he was with you?

So yeah. They’re very different characters despite having similar sparks of origin stories - Zoe and Ella approach the world differently, they manage their relationships differently, their insecurities manifest themselves differently.

I remember at lunch during one of our later shooting days, once we realized how different Ella and Zoe were becoming, @rachelkiley​ and I tried to imagine what these two characters would be like in a room together. Would they like each other? What would they talk about? They had a lot in common, but they were also totally different people. It was a trippy mental exercise.

Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen have been style icons for years, so here at Sephora, we couldn’t be more excited to be the exclusive retailer of their new scent—make that scents. The sisters became so enthralled with fragrance that they created two perfumes, both for women, Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black and Elizabeth and James Nirvana White. Meant to be worn alone or layered together, the two blends embody the same sense of duality inherent in their partnership and approach to designing Elizabeth and James. The Sephora Glossy caught up with Ashley and Mary-Kate to learn more. HOLLY SIEGEL

The traditional definition of Nirvana is a state free of care, pain, and external reality. What’s your personal definition of Nirvana?
MARY-KATE OLSEN: Fragrance is incredibly personal and intimate. We began this process thinking about those special, intimate moments that make everything else in our lives more exciting—nirvana moments. Everyone wants to experience nirvana and as modern women, we all define it differently.

Why did you decide to create two fragrances? Are they designed to be worn together?
ASHLEY OLSEN: We thought about the modern woman and what she wants in life. She wants it all: independence, career, love, great friends, etc. We created two fragrances to give her options and to reflect Elizabeth and James’s signature duality—striking a balance between masculine and feminine, sexy and sophisticated. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black is dark and rich with notes of sandalwood, vanilla, and violet. Elizabeth and James Nirvana White is a lighter blend of peony, musk, and muguet. We didn’t create Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black and Elizabeth and James Nirvana White with layering in mind, but they’re actually quite beautiful together.

Why did you decide to launch these fragrances at Sephora?
Elizabeth and James apparel, handbags, eyewear, and jewelry are for the fun, modern customer. Ashley and I wanted to partner with a retailer who understands and speaks to our girl. Sephora is amazing at connecting with their client and creating an environment that encourages her to explore and find new ways to express herself. It was a natural fit to launch Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black and Elizabeth and James Nirvana White exclusively with Sephora.

Are designing apparel and accessories at all like designing a fragrance? Do you now find yourself wanting to create an entire fragrance wardrobe?
MKO: We’re already thinking about ways we can expand our Elizabeth and James fragrance world but for now, we’re excited about this launch. It’s been an amazing two-year process and we’re so excited to finally share Elizabeth and James Nirvana with Sephora clients.


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Elizabeth & James / Nirvana Black Rollerball

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Elizabeth & James / Nirvana Black

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Elizabeth & James / Nirvana White

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Elizabeth & James / Nirvana White Rollerball

LOTD: Ashley Olsen

See her stylish take on sophisticated glamour

Mary-Kate and Ashley’s style evolution is no doubt impressive - we’ve seen them each go from boho grunge to ultra conservative to muted sophistication with the confidence of two fashion icons. They recently took a break from their busy lives as designers to attend the World of Children Awards in New York, wearing signature black in their own ways. Ashley’s on-point outfit of a thin black sweater over a patterned satin dress with textured accessories stood out as a perfect fall look, elevating the expected all-black ensemble with a hint of color and psychedelic detail. Get the polished look for yourself with our similar pieces below, and wear it from day to night with ease.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen at the World of Children Awards

1x1 Turtleneck

Lou Lou floral-print satin maxi skirt

Cheap Monday Square-Front Zip Boot

ASOS Leather Bag with Perforated Front Panel

Kensington Leather in Natural