also i think i re used like half of these oops

WE DO knot ALWAYS LOVE YOU PART 18 Full Translation

The Ceremony

4

Pages 187-200

After the ceremony, a banquet was held, a reservation was made at Renji’s favourite bar and eatery, ‘Daruma Bar’, not far from the Kuchiki clan’s ceremonial shrine.

Based on reflection of what had happened last time, this time it was Renji who decided to conduct the arrangements for the restaurant, but complaints arose from Rangiku immediately, “if only you had left it up to Kuchiki, we might have been able to drink at a high class ryotei restaurant again~!”

“High class restaurant? what do you mean, lieutenant!?”

When the 13th division’s third seat, Kotsubaki Sentaro pressed Rukia for a reply, he received a shoulder tackle from Kiyone who interrupted the conversation.

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This Was a Bad Idea

This Was a Bad Idea by evansrogerskitten

Inspired by this tweet. Shit, I’m sorry Jeff. This just happened and I blame my art and even I’m ashamed LOL Also @jml509 because you’re also to blame! 

Warnings: omg its JDM masturbation and again, oops. But it was needed after this tweet and I needed this meta shit. WC: 700-somethin’

Oh, and in no way is this beta-ed. I just wrote it and also, I’ve had the margaritas. 


Jeff snapped the screen shot as he stared down at his phone.

 “Huh.” he muttered, the small screen with Tumblr on the main page. He’d accidentally come across it, and following the link wasn’t a good idea. The house was quiet, yet he listened for a moment to make sure everything was still. He reclined back on his couch, peering at the website through his black-framed glasses.

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anonymous asked:

I'm starting to think that half of the time the root of all this aspec and split attraction hate is in the fact that ppl just resent us for having re re-evaluate their own sexuality. I had someone ranting at me bc they realised they're demi and they blame me for mentioning the term bc now they "feel like a freak". I mean, they don't have to use the label at all but internalising phobias isn't our fault, unsplit attraction isn't the norm and being demi doesn't make anyone a freak or a snowflake.

I think to some degree this is absolutely true. I think it’s rarely that they are secretly also ace (despite having my own ‘oops I’m ace too and mad at you for it’ story) and far more ‘No I was sold the gay straight binary. Anything that is different from that is weird, and wrong, and I don’t want to think about this for a second more.’

That mentality is not only false, but harmful to over half of the community which doesn’t fit the gay straight binary. I think aces are naturally queer and natural allies to other queer people. But others see us (as well as bisexuals and pansexuals) as a comparison point and project their own fear and insecurities on. 

apprendere  asked:

Hey, you may have talked about this before, (if so, then oops, sorry for repeating questions) but, what's your writing process like? Especially regarding planning or outlining stories

You’re so adorable, thinking I do real planning and outlining. :D Mostly when I’m doing my own writing, I just start at the beginning and go. (…Usually. Sometimes not. For instance, Stark Naked Science had a structure that suggested itself fairly early on, so I adapted the plot to fit that structure. Branches of Pine also sort of forcibly organized itself, because it was structured around various winter holidays.)

But I actually don’t write that many long and complicated fics on my own. Most of my longer fics have been written with @tisfan. And that’s more of a process.

Most of the time, it starts in chat:

tisfan: So I had an idea.
me: Oh no.
tisfan: What if [literally anything here]?
me: Oh, that would cause so much trouble. [Character] would be like [reaction].
tisfan: omg yes. And then [another character] would [different reaction].
[This continues for anywhere from 5 minutes to 2 hours.]
me: …Okay I’m making a doc.

And then I make a googledoc and invite Tis to join it as a co-author (or she makes the doc and invites me) and at that point, depending on the specific idea in question and its complexity and whether it’s an established ‘verse or a new one and, idk, the alignment of the planets or something, we have a couple of different processes.

(Putting the rest of this under a cut, because it got long and also because there might be spoilers for readers who aren’t caught up on all the fic yet. The stuff that is spoiler-y for things that haven’t been POSTED yet have been redacted.)

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Just some updates… So it’s been a little over 12 hours since I started working on this junk this morning. There were breaks of course but it’s still been 12 hours and I’m very tired lol

Everything’s planted, but the landscaping is not entirely complete. I only have one hide that isn’t in use, so it’s the only one I could put in and design around. I’ve got an idea of rough placement for all of them, but since I like to have them at least half buried, most likely some of the plants and decor will have to be moved a little bit once I’m ready to put *everything* in. For that reason, I’m not going to wait the full 6 weeks before moving the snakes in, since moving the plants will kind of mess with the acclimation anyway. They’re all big enough that I don’t think the snakes will bother them too much while they grow out a bit. 

I did put grass seed in there though, so I definitely will be waiting for that to start growing in. Apparently, growth is seen in 1-2 weeks, so right now I’m planning on waiting 3 at least. 

I haven’t added cuc or leaf litter yet. I started breeder colonies for some isopods recently so I’m going to give them a chance to populate a bit before seeding the vivs. I’ll add leaf litter after seeding and after the grass starts growing, so I don’t cover it all up. 

I’m going to stop back at the nursery sometime this next week to get a couple more things. 

My room is a mess. There’s dirt everywhere. And so much sphagnum moss. 

I’ve even shed blood today. 

It’s been fun. 

aka “I thought I didn’t like Ransom/Holster but then I read a few really good fics and whoa” aka “co-captains in love” aka “the d-men get the d” 

When you got skin in the game (you stay in the game) - Ransom/Holster, 7,328 words, Explicit - if you like fic that’s mostly about how deep r & h’s friendship runs, but is also about how they’ve actually been in love a long time without noticing and is ALSO about Holster domming the f*ck out of Ransom, read this.

Things Holster Likes - Ransom/Holster, Jacky/Bitty, Lardo/Shitty, 12,154 words, Teen - this is the fic that launched the ship for me. This is a lovely, excellently-crafted story about how Ransom is in love with his best friend but does not want to sleep with him. A great deal of heart-felt bumbling ensues.

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jacqueline's all-time favorite aph fanfictions [2014 edition]

I’ve put out fanfic recommendation lists for both APH and Breaking Bad before, but they’re all kind of outdated in the sense that I’ve read more fics, have developed a better taste in fics, and because some fics just get flat out deleted. Anyhow, Mariana started reading APH fics again and I told her I’d give her a list of my favorites. Thought I might as well share it with all of you, too.

Some notes about this particular list:

  • These are the best of the best. I’ve been in this fandom for a little over four years, so I’ve read a lot of fanfiction. There are more that I really liked, but these are the fics that made me cry, wrenched my heart, kept me up all night. These are all must-reads.
  • They’re sectioned off by pairing.
  • Within their pairing section, they’re just listed by whichever ones I thought of first ^^’ Read my comments to see how much I love each one.
  • I wrote some short summaries of my own. Some of them serve their purpose and have a blunt synopsis. However, they’re mostly about why I love that particular fic and why you need to read it.
  • I’m excluding fanfics that I liked mostly because of smut or dirty concepts. All of these are posted solely because of their plots and writing quality. Many have smut in them, but smut is not a main focus.
  • I’m also excluding Omegaverse since my main audience for this list is my friend, who I don’t think is very well-versed in how Omegaverse works. But don’t worry, I’ll make eventually make a separate list of outstanding Omegaverse fics. 
  • Each one will at least have a rating noted. Check the link to the full work for specific tags and warnings.
  • All are completed unless otherwise noted
  • Word counts are approximated
  • Pairings are listed in alphabetical order (AmeCan, Franada, NedCan, USUK, Other/Multi)

See the list under the readmore:

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Blame

Summary: Blame follows the reader after the events of Stone Cold.

Warnings: None that I can think of

Word Count: 3,076 (oops)

A/N: Back by popular demand, this is a continuation of Stone Cold and I’m not gonna lie, I may have cried a little when I wrote this!


You regretted everything. When Bucky left for cryo, you were inconsolable and the only person who could ever break through your heartbroken haze was Steve. He reminded you so much of Bucky in so many ways that you couldn’t help but want to be near him. Steve helped you rise from the ashes, the pieces of your heart being taped back together, yet parts of you were still missing. On the outside, you appeared whole, like you were beginning to move on, but on the inside, there were still parts of you that not even Steve could heal, only time.

Neither of you meant for things to end up the way they did. But they happened anyway. In amongst your shared anguish, your found solace in one another, awakening parts of you that had been shut off to the world after Bucky’s departure. Steve made you smile in a way no one else had been able to since Bucky, he made your stomach do little cartwheels when he smiled at you, but most importantly, he made you feel alive again. Something you weren’t sure you’d feel again.

Fast-forward one and a half years and you were the happiest you’d been for a long time, but the second you heard of Bucky’s re-awakening, you could feel old wounds splitting open and a wave of guilt wash over you, crushing your soul once again. You’d betrayed Bucky in more ways than you could imagine, but you couldn’t help the way your heart felt.

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Kink #6 - Patience is a Virtue Even God(Stiel) Does Not Possess

Pairing: Godstiel (Castiel as God from s7) x Reader

Word count: 4300 (oops)

Reader Gender: Female

Warnings: Profanity, oral sex (reader giving and receiving), the smut takes place in a church, use of the ‘c’ word. Excessive smut, dom!Cas.

A/N: This took me such a long time to complete but I’m fairly happy with how it turned out! I’m working on some more fics and hopefully they’ll be done quicker than this was! :)

Requests are open and also if you like free things then check out my giveaway c:

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Huge thanks and big hugs to everyone following and still loving Sterek!! Sorry this is kind of lengthy, I was on vacay and caught up on some fic reading. 

affettuoso by bleepobleep | 13,066

Derek mentally kicks himself for just standing there like a lovestruck fool, but it’s been exactly forty-six days since he saw Stiles, and he still remembers the taste of his skin, how Stiles feels underneath him.

All Stirred Up by jsea, marguerite_26 | 49,430

Derek’s first duty as a new deputy is the early morning coffee run to The Leaky Carafe, and it’s not long before he discovers that the quirky barista has a knack for making the perfect drink. Every time. Even before you order.

But is it intuition, luck or magic that has all Stiles’ customers leaving happy?

Bite Down Hard by KuriKuri | 25,730

For a moment, Derek can’t breathe.

Because moles aren’t the only thing marring the pale skin of Stiles’ neck. Oh no, that’s –

– that’s a bond bite. A bond bite which Stiles definitely did not have yesterday, and which appears to have roughly the same dimensions as Derek’s own mouth.

Shit.

(Or: In which Secret Service Agent Derek Hale accidentally gets bonded to First Son Stiles Stilinski. Oops.)

By a Law Divine by mirrorkill | 23,171 | * Favorite

Okay, so, kissing Stiles. That’s a weird thing that Derek’s doing now. He has no idea where it’s even coming from, especially considering bickering and fighting is their usual state of existence. And then he does find out where it’s coming from: A curse that’s making everyone in town kiss someone they have mutual feelings for.

…yeah, Derek’s not even sure why he’s surprised by that.

Choice by Omni | 8,613

Derek knows what it feels like to not really have a choice, what it’s like to be manipulated. He’d never take away someone’s right to choose freely. The fear of even accidentally doing so is enough to hold him back from acting on his own feelings.

Stiles has never had a problem making his own choices, and fuck anyone who would try to tell him he can’t.

(Or: Stiles gets bitten by a different alpha, but of course would prefer to have Derek as his alpha. And also just, you know, have Derek.)

don’t go changing (to try and please me) by Menacherie | 2,680

It’s not exactly planned, but it still manages to fuck things up, which is how life goes in Beacon Hills. He should be used to it by now, but he’s not.

Font size twenty-four by Vendelin | 10,430

Stiles is a librarian and research professional extraordinaire. So, when Derek comes in, asking for help with research for his new book, it’s only natural for Stiles to offer his help. He just didn’t count on late night waffle eating, or that his heart would go boom.

I Thought You Would Like That by Emela | 7,325 | * Praise Kink (fans self)

Yeah, that was pretty bad, but what was worse was having spent the last three years pretending to hate Stiles, because it was better than being the guy who failed at emotions and got rejected for them, and now Derek was locked in the same room as him under the promise they would only be let out when they “did something about their sexual tension”.

OR

The one where Derek and Stiles get locked in a room together at an office Christmas party, and end up having sex.

Noteworthy Observations by LadyDrace | 3,776

In which Derek recieves complimentary notes in his locker from a secret admirer, and though it turns out they weren’t actually for him, things turn out pretty well in the end.

Of Witches and Werewolves by alexenglish | 8,713

“I need you to have sex with Derek Hale like yesterday,” Lydia says, slamming her bag down on the table with more force than strictly necessary, mouth a tight line of displeasure. Stiles chokes on his boxed apple juice, sputtering, limbs flailing.

“Say it louder,” Stiles hisses, leaning forward so they can talk in low tones. “I don’t think they heard you in the back.”

Red Velvet by arrowofcarnations | 7,690

Stiles is pretty used to people coming to visit him at Sweet Stuff when he’s baking. It’s only when Isaac starts bringing along one Derek Hale that things start to get really interesting.

Shared Canvases by butyoureyessaidyes | 18,167

Apparently, Derek is being stalked by a renegade graffiti activist.

Or the college AU where Derek is a serious art student, and Stiles is the graffiti artist ruining his life (until he’s not).

Three Phone Calls by pandabomb | 15,696

“You’re not a hooker, Stiles.”
“Okay, yes, true, but—for a thousand dollars…”

An AU in which Scott and Stiles live in a shitty apartment in NYC, Lydia is still queenly, and Derek is a clueless rich guy who mistakes Stiles for a hooker.

Unwind by coffeeinallcaps | 15,047

Hope you enjoy your present, the text from Erica says. Payment’s taken care of. You can thank me tomorrow.

“So you’re a werewolf, huh,” the guy says when Derek looks up at him again. His gaze drifts down from Derek’s face to the rest of his body, slowly, shamelessly. When it’s traveled back up and their eyes meet again, the corner of the guy’s mouth twitches up into a cocky little half-smile. “I fucking love working with werewolves.” AU in which businessman Derek falls in love with escort Stiles.

You Can Hear It In the Silence by Mimiminaj | 7,241

Stiles focused on Derek’s face long enough to see a flicker of regret flash across it. Good. Serves him right for throwing him against a brick wall. Stiles felt his back hit said well, and he went limp as Derek worked his coat closed.
“I don’t think you can take me to the hospital though, Derek.”
The hands stilled.
“And why is that?”
“I don’t think they allow dogs.”
“I’m going to kill you.”


And one honorable mention; ‘cause drunk Derek singing country love songs deserves a re-read!! 

and i can easily understand, how easily you could take my man by bleepobleep | 1,908

“Your smile is like a breath of spring, your voice is soft like summer rain, and I cannot compete with you, Jordan…” 

The voice drifts along the hallway of the loft building, a clear tenor that’s rich with sorrow. Stiles stops in his tracks, is that…Derek? Singing a country song, twangs and all. It sounds good though. He must be still drunk, he’s not even getting the song right.

PERIDOT WAS NEVER GOING TO BETRAY THE CRYSTAL GEMS

So I’ve seen a few people talking about how Peridot was going to sell the Crystal Gems out to Yellow Diamond or maybe just get a ride home but then changed her mind and I think that’s not a correct assessment.

We now know that Peridot believes that the Earth is worth protecting and she values it even over her loyalty to Yellow Diamond. That’s not to say that she wasn’t still loyal to Yellow Diamond, it’s just that Earth is higher on her list. Knowing that,and knowing what her plan ultimately is, colors her earlier words to Steven and the Gems in a different light.

One of the first things Peridot says to Steven is that Yellow Diamond is “the most perfect, the most reasonable, rational, efficient decider ever to exist in the universe.” Keep that in mind as we move forward

Peridot later says that she’s “figured it out.” If she was going to betray the Crystal Gems or get a lift off the planet, what’s there to figure out?

The next thing she says is that the Crystal Gems keep messing up but it doesn’t matter because she, and more importantly the planet, can be of use to Yellow Diamond. She then says that she needs to contact Yellow Diamond to reveal what she’s discovered.

Steven then asks her why she would want to do that because all the Diamonds wanted to do was hollow out the Earth and now blow it up with the Cluster, and she responds by saying “That’s the POINT!”

Well, what IS the point? The point is that if Earth can be of use to Yellow Diamond, why would she want to destroy it? She’s “the most perfect, the most reasonable, rational, efficient DECIDER ever to exist in the universe.” (I said we’d be coming back to this)

Once she finishes her report to YD, Peridot launches into what is basically a sales pitch. “The organic ecosystem [of earth] creates resources unique to this world. We can’s sacrifice all that potential just for one geoweapon!” This next part is important : “I’d like to tell you some plans I came up with to utilize the planet without disrupting the local-” she’s cut off by YD here, but I think she was about to say ecosystem or wildlife or something like that.

Let me repeat that. Peridot had PLANS that would allow YD to make use of Earth without destroying it or even disrupting the things living on it. This is the entire reason she needed the communicator. She didn’t want to get off Earth or to tell YD about the Crystal Gems so they could be destroyed, this was her last ditch effort to save the planet in the only way she truly knew how, appealing to the authority of the Gem she truly believed in.

 If YD wanted the Earth preserved for whatever plans Peridot presented, then the cluster would have to be destroyed or at least deactivated. She might even send Homeworld resources to help. This would probably be less risky then the drill plan, and if the Crystal Gems could be hidden from YD it would probably be a lot safer for them than burrowing down into the mantle of the planet in a home-made drill.

Some might say “Well, if she wasn’t going to betray the Crystal Gems, why not go to them with her plan?” Because I don’t think she really fully trusts them yet. She sure as hell doesn’t trust them to rely on a Diamond for help. The Crystal Gems have been pretty consistently anti-authoritarian and kinda violent the entire time she’s known them, there’s no way she could trust them to go along with a diplomatic solution to the problem at hand.

I’d also like to point out how quickly Peridot breaks down and confronts YD. How quickly? Literally the instant she understands that YD doesn’t care what the Earth can give her and most importantly she wants the Earth to DIE. YD finishes her sentence and within half a second Peridot’s yelling NO. She was loyal to YD right up until the moment when she was absolutely sure that there was no way to get her to spare the Earth.

But we know where her true loyalties lie.

TLDR: Peridot never wanted to betray the Crystal Gems or the Earth, she just hoped she could use Yellow Diamond to save it. When that didn’t work she burned her bridges and officially picked her side. And I couldn’t be happier.

EDIT: I just re-watched the ending of the episode and Peridot even says “I thought I could reason with her.” Garnet noticed it too, saying “You thought you could change her mind.”

anonymous asked:

So maybe Beca is hella sick and thinks Chloe should stay away/won't let her kiss her so she doesn't get sick too but C does anyway etc etc fluff etc :)

“Oh my god,” Beca groaned when Chloe walked into the room with a steaming mug of tea, “You might actually be my hero.” 

Chloe smiled, practically skipping at the offhanded compliment Beca had thrown at her. Beca was slumped in the corner of the room, refusing to lie in bed because “it hurt too much”, half her bodies huddled under a blanket and the other half with clothes pushed up to shirk as much of her body heat as possible. There was a horrendous line of pink under her nose, which Chloe guessed was stuffed because there was a small mountain of tissues being built next to her, and Beca was currently talking like she was wearing a nose plug in some ridiculous but somehow still sexy (?) version of Urkel. 

Chloe, for the record, was very confused by this comparison and her body’s reaction to it. 

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Fic: Start Spreading The News

Kurt and Blaine have a surprise for Kurt’s parents. <3
~1090 words, PG, fluff fluff fluff and also fluff.

“So, what are you really doing here?”

“Not even gonna let us get in the house, Dad?” Kurt responded, dropping his heavy suitcase on the floor in the entryway before moving forward enough to let Blaine come in, too.

“I would’ve accosted you right at the airport, but you two had that taxi pre-booked,” Burt said, ambling in from the living room instead of just shouting across the house again. “Which is also weird, I gotta say. Are you guys smuggling drugs or something now?”

Blaine blushed a deep red as Kurt said, “No, Dad. God. A couple of kids can’t come visit their family without being accused of drug trafficking anymore?”

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anonymous asked:

What do you think it is about the story of Harry Potter that makes it so powerful? I've been asked why I love it so much, but I honestly can't express it. I'm not very good at putting things into words...help? I know, it's kind of a tough/random question.

Hehe it is a tough question but do you know what? I love it! In fact I started to well up just thinking how I would reply to this message. It doesn’t help that I’m now listening to a HP soundtrack playlist on youtube either. I don’t help myself really.

I think that for most of us here on Tumblr, the significance of it is that we grew up with it. It doesn’t matter if you were 13 when the first film came out, or 5, a whole generation grew up with it. My mum works with a 22/23 year old who is apparently just as obsessed with it as I am, quite a lot of my friends love it, and I am moulding my 3 year old sister to love it - in fact she calls me Dumbledore, and calls herself “Romione”, which is how she says Hermione (for some reason, though she can say it properly), which I love. But, having said that, my dad loves it too, he read the books when I was a child and took me to see the films, and took me to the HP Studios, and actually wants to go back. I feel like I was lucky, because I got into it at a very young age. My parents took me to the cinema to see PS in 2001 when it came out, simply because they had seen on the news the success, and the recommendations that it was a great film for kids. That was that, I then became obsessed at 5 years old. Oops. It’s my parents fault, I swear!

I think that the series is a rare thing. The outline of the plot may not be that original - “The Chosen One” versus “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named”. But Jo is a mastermind. She embellishes it so that it is something that has never been done before: a 7 book series, that are so closely interwoven that there is foreshadowing for the ending in the first book! And amazingly it never gets old! I read the first book 12/13 years ago now (I was 5 or 6 I can’t remember exactly how old I was), and read the rest of the books when they came out. I’ve probably read each book half a dozen times, more likely a dozen times each. But I never tire of them. Whenever my parents see me settle down to read one of the books again, they’re amazed that I can still read it, even though I probably know each sentence by now, and even though the plot to each book is engrained in my brain, so much so that I think I know the Harry Potter Universe better than I know myself. I remember when I was like 8 or 9 years old, they told me with conviction that I would grow out of it. Now, a decade later, I actually love it even more, which I’m baffled is possible. In another decade, I’ll love it even more. Each time I re-read one of the books, I notice even more about it, more foreshadowing, or moments or sentences that I’ve overlooked and forgotten in the past. It’s these small details that make the series so special. Jo is nothing short of a genius. I’m not joking when I say that I think she should be made queen. Shove over Windsors, the Rowlings are taking the throne mate. 

First of all, let’s look at the characters. They’re painfully real and relatable. They’re all grey characters, no-one is just good or just bad, the line between them is blurred in real life, and they’re blurred realistically in the series. They’re just such realistic people! I’m not going to go into a great deal of detail with the characters because I was planning on going to sleep at some point tonight.

Let’s look at Harry, who could so easily have been written as “The Chosen One”, perfect boy, poor unfortunate soul who handles his burdens with an air of grace, and just manages to defeat the evil one every time because he is so goddamn brilliant, like most of the protagonists are in YA. No. Our Harry is a goddamn idiot. He is the biggest idiot ever! He is a sarcastic little twat who, if he wasn’t the chosen one, would be an average student who just happened to be good at sports. He is overly loyal and forgiving, and wouldn’t be able to do anything that he did do without his friends. 

Now, Hermione. In the films she is little miss perfect, but in the books she is far from it. She’s not just the smart girl, who in quite a lot of YA novel would fall in love with the protagonist. She’s ruthless: she punched Malfoy, cursed Marietta, set fire to Snape, and set a flock of birds to attack Ron.

Ron grew up in a very poor household, overshadowed by his brothers, then came to Hogwarts, where he was overshadowed by his best friend. He earned the right to be pissed off with him. But he’s loyal, and intelligent too, which most people seem to forget. No he didn’t get great grades, nor did Harry. But did you see that chess game he played in his first year????!!!?!?!?!

Moving on from the trio, what makes the series even more rare is the development of the secondary and tertiary characters. Think of the silver trio, Draco, Dumbledore, Lupin, Dobby, Cho, Lily, the Weasleys, even Crookshanks! They are all so developed that it’s amazing. How did Jo even do it? What’s more, they’re all realistic too. I don’t think there’s anyone in the series who wouldn’t exist in real life. I don’t know any other novel or series ever to have so many characters that are so well developed. Every character is so interesting, from Harry, to Luna, to Rita. My mind bogles at the thought! This makes the series special, because everyone has that one character that we relate too. I can’t even articulate how Jo has written so many characters that we love and adore and hate and relate to and who are all so important in their own right and so amazing. We also see them grow up, from children to adults. But I think one important lesson is that no matter who you are, you’re loved: Harry didn’t think we was loved, and then he became on of the Weasleys. Also, the fact that even the wisest of characters, Dumbledore,makes mistakes, and so teaching us that it’s okay to make mistakes, and not to know what you’re doing. And, that despite how you’ve been brought up, no one is more important than another because of their birth. 

I think that brings me on to this: the series has so many important life lessons in it, and that, for a series about a wizard, it’s surprising the parallels it draws to our world. For a supposed child’s series, it touches on some very real and important topics, but masks them. Like racial prejudice for example: the prejudice of purebloods against muggle-borns. The Death Eaters are basically the KKK. There is other prejudice, against werewolves for example (an example of HIV), house-elves, and giants. But in the end, Jo teaches us to throw our prejudices out the window: everyone is equal. That’s not just it. There are very heavy topics in the series. Abuse (the Dursleys), PTSD (Harry), grief after death (Harry and Cho), moving on from loss (Luna, Harry, Cho, Neville), the inevitably of death (Tom), the importance of having love (Harry vs Tom), depression (Dementors). This educates kids without it being obvious what it’s about, learning the lessons about acceptance without the prejudice. I don’t think this is a kid’s series, but the fact that so many children read it is fantastic.

Finally, the world that Jo created is so magic. It’s so like our own, but just different enough for us to be entranced by it. She created this world and it’s people so cleverly. You never want to leave. Once you’ve read one of the books, or seen one of the films, you have to come back. The depth that Jo went in to creating this universe is outstanding, and I’m amazed that I’m still learning stuff about it, nearly 14 years later.

That’s what makes the series so powerful. It’s so hard not to fall in love with it. It was so cleverly created, and, in my opinion, stands head and shoulders above most literature. I think that people are going to be reading the books and watching the films for centuries. I’m already looking forward to reading the books to my kids - hell, I’m excited to reading it to my little sister (if she would let me, her attention span isn’t quite long enough yet). 

In short, the series is just magical.

The Subconscious, or It's Not An Underground Network, It's an Underground Network in The Empty Hearse: Part 2

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My usual disclaimer: I’m not an expert in Freudian psychology. I stopped paying much attention to Freud when I read about “penis envy.” But Freud and his theories of the subconscious are everywhere in Western culture and have pretty much shaped Western thought in the 20th century. I’ll probably get these terms wrong. I’m approaching it from a “lay” person’s understanding of the subconscious and a visual storyteller’s perspective of creating narrative. This method is just one way of looking at storytelling. It’s really not meant to be definitive. YMMV.

People might think I’m nuts for analyzing this episode to this depth but it’s a type of thing I enjoy. It also gives me ideas for how I tell my own visual stories in my actual job as a photographer, because it’s just done so very well. I’m not so much trying to get to the “real” truth (spoiler: I don’t think there is such a thing as one definitive “real” interpretation of a piece of narrative or artwork) as I am about unpacking the way this story is put together for my own benefit (and whoever else is interested enough to read this). Do not worry about my sanity. I am having a great time. It’s all squee here.

I need to get know the place again. Breathe it in. Feel every quiver of its beating heart. - London as The Conscious and The Underground as The Subconscious

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