also this film good great one of the best and you all ought to watch it

Gramander 101: An Introductory Fic Reclist

I’m still in disbelief that I’m actually shipping a pairing solely made up of hot standing next to each other action, and I’ve seen people wondering as well why this OTP got pretty popular in fandom. So I put together a fic reclist, because to be honest? I read one Gramander fic and that’s all it took; after that, I was immediately hooked and am so thankful we have plenty of talented artists and writers. So here’s a list, in no particular order, of some of my favorite fics that interested parties ought to check out:

1) Plan G by Aate

“Getting a certain kind of a lizard – a newt, to be precise – to sit on his face,” Kilonski said, exhaling cigarette smoke out of his nose. “Wouldn’t that rather be the point of this whole thing?”

Graves’ team of aurors conspire to try and get him and Newt together. Aate’s fics were some of the first Gramander fics i’ve ever read and I do recommend every single one of them. I remember following this fic from the first chapter all the way to the end and jumping for joy every time there was update. It’s hilarious, sweet and very, very sexy, with some well-earned smut.

2) Masquerade by prosodiical

His fingers stop there for a moment, warm against his skin, and Newt swallows, his gaze drawn to the man’s lips. “I could hardly find your knowledge irritating, lovely hippogriff.”

MACUSA has a masquerade ball and sexiness ensues. Only that summary doesn’t do this amazing story justice because the way the tension builds between them is incredible, and it’s just as romantic as it is smutty.

3) Shake Your Chains To Earth Like Dew (WIP) by Whatevergirl

The man leaned in, a charming smile on his face, “It’s nothing evil, my boy.” He leaned out to brush Newt’s hair back from his face. The young man flinched. “Nothing bad.”

So far this fic is fascinating because it provides a what-if scenario involving Newt having been taken prisoner by Grindelwald before the events of the film. The internal monologues of characters (especially Newt) are a joy to read. Will possibly contain mpreg, from the looks of it. I love everything about it so far.

4) If I Risk It All by Anonymous

He thought he had read Newt Scamander like a book. Apparently, he had thought wrong.

The quintessential smutty one-shot. Newt. Graves. wall!sex. That’s all you need to know. It’s scorchingly hot.

5) Heat of the Chase (WIP) by argentoswan

Newt felt like he had just been sized up, and had the awful, gut-wrenching feeling that Mr. Graves wasn’t impressed with what he saw.

What I love about Gramander fics is the noir vibe you get from reading about them cracking cases together. This fic so far is doing that perfectly, with just the right amount of build-up and a lot of tension. It’s realistic in that it depicts a Graves that is initially irritated by Newt. Given their personalities I think it make sense that he wouldn’t take a shine to Newt immediately. But of course, that changes eventually.

6) Whichever Way Your Body Promotes by kissingandcrying

“You could touch me,” The goblin in Graves’ brain prompts him to say. It’s tactless and straightforward, but it works.

“Could I?” Newt asks.

An incredible sex pollen fic, and probably one of the first Gramander fics to show them in an established relationship. The author has another fic that is also just as great.

7) The Case of the Missing Obscurus by manic_intent

“You find breaking the law amusing, do you?” Graves asked testily, which had the opposite desired effect. Newt smiled tentatively. Maybe Graves was losing his touch. That’s what an enforced vacation in a box did to you.

Another Gramander classic, with consultant!Newt who melts workaholic!Graves’ heart. It’s Graves-centric and the progression of his character is marvelous, with a lot of memorable scenes that you’ll be thinking about for days on end. Read manic_intent’s other Gramander fics, too!

8) Intent by Miss_Lv

He watched the way the crude language seemed to fluster Newt. “So you’ll have dinner with me tomorrow, somewhere nice, and then we’ll return here and you’ll put on a dress, look gorgeous, and I’ll fuck you again. Seems perfectly reasonable to me.”

Labelling this fic a PWP would do it a great disservice because it’s actually really plotty… While also containing 20,000 words of extremely hot porn. There’s BDSM, crossdressing and too many other kinks to mention (and Miss_Lv covers even more kinks in their other fics, read those asap too) yet you end up going “awww” because Graves and Newt just go so well together in this.

9) To Build a Home (WIP) by BeanieBaby

Newt’s mother had once told him that nothing could compare to the wonderful rush of warmth one feels upon meeting their intended for the first time. The sight of Percival Graves does not evoke any warmth in his chest.

I normally don’t go for soul mark AUs, but this is an exception. Graves and Newt dance around their feelings for each other while everyone else facepalms, but the fic also develops the other characters in the movie quite  nicely and reading this will leave you feeling fuzzy a lot like all good fics should.

10) Five kisses by Aethelar

Graves would tell Newt he loved him was interested in pursuing a relationship with him by giving him a kiss. It was classic. It was timeless. It worked in the stories, and if Newt didn’t like it then Graves would emigrate to Australia anyway so that was all fine.

I love how you can have extremely dark Gramander fics and then, on the opposite spectrum, have hilarious gems such as this one. It’s the best 5+1 fic you could ask for, wittily-written and full of lines that’ll have you laughing out loud. Aethelar’s other works are great as well.

BONUS: A Secret Chord by Anonymous

It was Newt’s face—Mercy Lewis, the person was wearing Newt’s face—now looking back at him, lips curved into a smile that wasn’t a smile. “You don’t remember? You were fucking me only hours ago.”

I had to throw this fic in because it was recently posted and it’s been haunting me ever since. Newt has an alternate personality and it’s heart-breaking and poignant. Contains references to past non-con.

Important Announcements One After Another from Tsubasa Honda, Kanata Hongo, Ryuta Sato, and Director Sori! FMA Fan Event Part Two (Film Part) Report

On Wednesday July 12th, the invitation-only fan event that marked the triumphant end of the world tour through America and France, and encompassed the manga, anime, and film - all of FMA - began! This day was the day that the original FMA work began serialization. The day was divided into two parts: the manga and anime part and the film part, and with the film part, Winry’s actress Tsubasa Honda, Envy’s actor Kanata Hongo, Hughes’ actor Ryuta Sato, and Director Fumihiko Sori appeared! In a theatre swelling with excitement, on a day that ought to be celebrated, important, fitting news were continuously announced! Here’s the report on this day’s event!

The audience overflowed with even more excitement, shrieking and shouting as Tsubasa Honda (Winry), Kanata Hongo (Envy), Ryuta Sato (Hughes), and Director Fumihiko Sori appeared! Honda-san greeted everybody, “Since today’s a fan event, let’s have fun!” Hongo-san said, “Because I’m also a Fullmetal Alchemist fan I’d like to have fun too!” Then Sato-san, “I’m more nervous than at other usual theater greetings. We also haven’t seen [the footage] yet so I think [we’re also waiting to] evaluate it (haha). It does seem to be shaping up to be a wonderful film so please enjoy it!” Director Sori added, “I’m very nervous standing in front of so many people. The film is currently in the middle of a lavish production. Please look forward to it.” And with that, everyone individually greeted all of the FMA fans that had gathered at the theater.

While the theater audience showed off their excitement, news about the mouthwatering presents given to moviegoers were revealed! The first present is a special edition comic drawn by Hiromu Arakawa! This present is a new chapter drawn by Arakawa-sensei herself after 7 years with never-before-drawn Ed and Al. “That’s amazing, isn’t it! That [Arakawa-sensei] will draw a new chapter for us, it’s awesome! In order to have a reading copy [of the manga] and a collection copy, I guess we’ll have to watch [the movie] at least twice, huh!” Hongo-san exclaimed, reacting as a fan and receiving laughs and great applause from the audience. Furthermore, a second present for moviegoers was decided! A 2018 poster calendar that uses the special edition comic cover was announced, making the audience’s excitement rise to the max!!

Actually, while telling the story about how the fan event came to be and how it was communicated to the original creator Arakawa-Sensei, a message from Arakawa-Sensei arrived. After hearing the comment, Honda-san said, “Receiving such words of gratitude, then having a special edition comic drawn for us, and a calendar - she’s also bringing us a lot of fun!” with earnest gratitude toward Arakawa-Sensei. Director Sori agreed, giving a message of joy in response to Arakawa-Sensei’s message, “We’re really grateful. It won’t be too long now until the film’s completion, so I’ll do my best to take all of your (the fans) support and use it to work on what’s left of the film!“ 

After a lot of new information was revealed at the event, to think even more news was to come! Al loves cats and so back on April first, as part of an April Fool’s joke, we requested that the public name our cat Bo-chan’s character in the film, and it’s been decided that the character the cat will be playing is, ‘Nyalphonse’ (Nyarufonsu)! The audience reacted with applause! And, a character visual with Nyalphonse was also revealed! Actually, Honda-san, who along with Arakawa-Sensei and Yamada-san chose Bo-chan’s character name, nearly melted when she saw Nyalphonse being brought out to the stage! Nyalphonse will also appear in the film. Please check it out when you watch the movie!

Finally, in celebration of the live action movie, a life-sized Alphonse figure was manufactured and the reproduction was so faithful that it felt like it was taken straight out of the film’s world! Park-san and Kugimiya-san, who appeared in the first part of the event, returned for the unveiling ceremony! This life-sized Alphonse figure will also be exhibited at the Fullmetal Alchemist Exhibition. And with a very enthusiastic audience, the fan event came to a close! 

♦ Message from creator Hiromu Arakawa ♦

Good parts of the manga are all amazingly packed into the film Fullmetal Alchemist. I would like to personally experience the joy of fans so look forward to see something new [in the live action], and also look forward to see it on a big screen in a movie theater together with everyone [there]. I would be glad if fans of Yamada-kun and the rest of the cast, and also people that still don’t know about the original work too, learned about Fullmetal Alchemist through the movie!

source: hagaren-movie


I defy you to find something in this movie that doesn’t qualify it for MST3K.  Giant lizardy monster?  Check.  A musical number that has nothing to do with the plot?  We have that.  Actors who appear to be dubbed despite also appearing to speak English?  The entire cast!  Black and white footage tinted blue in an effort to make it look like it belongs in a colour movie?  You betcha!  Wooden acting?  Beakers of kool-aid standing in for SCIENCE? Foreigners pretending to be Americans?  Toy boats?  Yep, Reptilicus has it all, wrapped up in a bright technicolour package by our old friend, American International Pictures!

It seems tailor-made for the show, and Joel apparently agrees.  I wrote most of this review before I found out that Reptilicus was slated to be the Season 11 debut, and now I’m looking forward to seeing how many of my predictions here come true when the episode hits Netflix on Friday.

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The Jungle Book Review

Note: Considering how old and well known this story is, I figured putting out a spoiler warning is pretty useless. Nevertheless, I don’t go into detail about plot points specific to this particular adaptation, so this review is spoiler free!

“Now this is the law of the jungle, as old and as true as the sky,
And the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die. As the creeper that girdles the tree trunk, the law runneth forward and back; For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack” -
The Law of the Jungle, by Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling’s original 1894 magnum opus is truly one of Literature’s greatest works. Drawing upon his experiences growing up and working in Colonial India, Kipling created a vivid series of stories about the Indian Jungle that enraptured generations of readers. A masterful wordsmith, he created a Jungle that was both terrifyingly dangerous and intoxicatingly inviting. He populated this world with anthropomorphic animals in order to teach children lessons in respect and morality, with memorable characters like Bagheera, Baloo, Shere Khan, Raksha, Kaa and of course, Mowgli, the Man-Cub. Like many, I fondly remember having it read to me as a child, and to this day it’s one of my all-time favourite books. 

And also like many, I loved Disney’s animated 1967 take on the original story. It was an almost completely different beast from the original story, but it was a wonderful movie that, while lacking much of a plot, was nevertheless charming with it’s humour and its songs, and holds a special place in the hearts of millions of children and those like me who are children at heart. 

And now here we are, almost half a century on from Disney’s initial animated effort, and once again, after some slightly less than memorable live action remakes in the 90s, the Mouse House has unleashed upon the world yet another. But this one delivers. Guys, this one meets the hype. It’s freaking phenomenal. 

With game-changing, spectacular, photorealistic CGI and an impeccably picked cast, Jon Favreau delivers a marvelous adaptation of The Jungle Book for this generation - one that pays homage to it’s animated predecessor, draws thematic inspiration from its source material, all the while creating a compelling narrative of it’s own accord - which could very well be the definitive adaptation of Kipling’s timeless tale. 

There were numerous ways they could’ve screwed this one up. This film is the latest in a long line of live action remakes that Disney is recently producing of it’s animated classics. Some have been better than others. Maleficent, for example, despite a stellar performance from Angelina Jolie, was so obsessed with putting a contemporary spin on a well-known antagonist, and rewriting events in order to make the titular villain more sympathetic, that it was utterly devoid of the original Sleeping Beauty’s charm. The outrageous amount of CGI didn’t help matters either, and it ended up looking like a fake mess. Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland remake, meanwhile had issues with a meandering plot. Last year’s Cinderella, however, was a breath of fresh air. In deciding to make a faithful adaptation of the animated classic, Kenneth Branagh’s movie was received well by both critics and audiences.  

It’s thus that adapting the Jungle Book posed a tricky situation for Jon Favreau, and screenwriter Justin Marks. Had this movie been overly faithful to the 1967 animation, modern audiences would probably scoff at it. However nostalgically people remember talking animals singing about the Bare Necessities of life, a whimsical, live action musical with a lack of threat probably wouldn’t cut it. Too faithful to Kipling’s original text, and it would be considered too “dark and gritty” (as is all the rage today in Hollywood) for the typical Disney demographic. It would also probably lose the trademark Disney charm that people so fondly remember the original with. So what did they do? They combined the best of both worlds, of course, to great success. While setting a new bar for the standards of CGI in movies today. 

As charming as the 1967 version was, it had a very basic plot and lacked a good deal of narrative heft. As befitting the works of Walt Disney, it was very child-friendly, which it ought to have been. But as a result, stakes were significantly lowered. Shere Khan ran away from fire after being distracted by those Beatles vultures. Again, very cute and child friendly - which isn’t to say Favreau’s version isn’t for kids, because it certainly is. Show this to any child and I bet they’d be totally enraptured by what’s unfolding on-screen. But Justin Marks, using themes from Kipling’s novels, lends a great deal of gravitas to the screenplay, and gives more depth to characters like Shere Khan and make them genuinely evil. There’s nothing particularly horrifying, but certain sequences may have especially young children, under 10 perhaps, holding their parents hands. It’s totally fine though - using more “mature” themes allows the audience to feel a real sense of danger, as well as a more clear, concise, and centralized journey for Mowgli to undertake from the start of the film to the end, especially in comparison to the animated movie. The wolf mantra heard repetitively throughout the movie is taken from one of Kipling’s original poems from the books, and allows to solidify the movie’s messages of the strength in both individuality as well as companionship. 

Marks’ screenplay at different times changes the tonality of the movie from a humorous comedy, heartfelt emotional drama, to a thrilling revenge story, with the lush jungle as a backdrop. But remarkably, just like Kipling’s original story, these shifts in tonality don’t seem jarring at all. Scenes and sequences move smoothly from one to the other, and even the songs (the film includes “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wan’na be Like You” from the original - it would be sacrilegious if they didn’t).  which some people found to feel a little odd from the rest of the movie - I thought were spontaneous and added beautifully to the film. 

The CGI in this movie, truly, is breathtaking, and arguably the best in any movie I’ve ever seen. It’s ridiculous to believe that every tree, every leaf, every drop of water, every strand of hair on the animals’ body, was created on a computer. “Location shooting” wasn’t the vast Jungles of India. It was a studio in LA. It’s clear to see how painstaking the process must have been to the animators, but their hard work definitely paid off. I don’t think we’ve seen such a leap in CGI technology since Avatar in 2009 or Life of Pi in 2012. At times it definitely felt like I was watching a nature documentary, as opposed to a fictional fantasy story. There are even some shots where water would splash upon the camera lens, adding a great depth of depth and immersion to the cinematic experience. 

The cast was, as I previously mentioned, was impeccably picked. Ben Kingsley is wonderful as the stern but loving fatherly Bagheera, complete with his RP accent. Bill Murray is just perfect as the laid back and easy-going Baloo. There’s not many people who could’ve held a candle to Phil Harris and his original version of the “Bare Necessities”, but Murray rendition is just as brilliant. His role as Baloo is probably his best work in ages. Likewise is Christopher Walken’s King Louie, now a Gigantopithecus ape, since Louis Prima’s orangutan wasn’t native to India. And his cover of “I Wan’na Be Like You” is just perfect. His voice and accent fit the song so well. Lupita Nyong’o brings a warmth and motherly love to Raksha, and the seductive, dulcet tones of Scarlett Johansson’s Kaa really give you chills. As for the antagonist, the great Shere Khan, Idris Elba brings a menacing East London-accented gravitas to the iconic tiger. He’s a genuinely terrifying villain, and his interplay with Mowgli and delivery of lines has to be commended. There’s absolutely nothing to complain about the voice talent on display here. 

Which brings us to basically our only human character in the film, Neel Sethi’s Mowgli. This kid is just brilliant. He portrays Mowgli with just the right amount of naivete, enthusiasm, humor, heart, bravery, and cuteness. We watch or read the Jungle Book through the eyes of a child, and Neel is the perfect audience surrogate, reacting like we would with a child’s amazement and wonder at the extraordinary events happening around him. On the rare occasions that his delivery of lines may slip up, or his eyes are looking in another direction it’s important to keep in mind that he was a) only 10 years old during filming, and b) a kid with hardly any acting experience acting not along with other humans, but literally nothing but green screen and boxes and tennis balls. It’s extraordinary how he managed to carry the whole film by himself, and you can’t help but think that if they cast the wrong kid, the entire movie would’ve probably fallen flat on it’s face. There are seasoned adult actors who act in front of a green screen and come off as utterly wooden and lifeless. Neel knocked it out of the park. An incredibly talented young man, who I’m sure has great things ahead for him. 

I was initially hesitant about the idea of a live action remake of the Jungle Book, but safe to say I was more than satisfied with this film. It’s one of those rare movies that I can seriously find no serious fault with. If anything, I only wish we could see those Beatles tribute band Vultures in live action. Apparently Favreau even planned for Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to appear as cameos, but sadly the scheduling didn’t work out. 

But the movie as a whole was spectacular - fantastic voice talent, brilliant photorealistic CGI, and a heartfelt, emotional narrative at it’s core. It’s a wonderful story for families, and is just 2 hours full of pure escapism. A massive well done to all the cast and crew. 

Rating: 5/5

All thoughts turn now to Andy Serkis and WB’s completely separate adaptation, Jungle Book, now since delayed from next October to October 2018. Set to be closer to the spirit of Kipling’s novel even more than this one, it’s hard not to get excited with talent such as Serkis, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Benedict Cumberbatch behind it. There’s also a sequel planned for this one, with the same creative talent returning, so it’s all the more reason to get excited, especially with the wealth of Kipling’s original stories left to adapt. But those are still a long way away, and for now, we can rest content with what I believe to be the most definitive adaptation of Kipling’s text. A masterpiece.  

Marvelmas (10/13) - December 22 - Wanda Maximoff x Reader

Words: 1040
Pairing: Wanda Maximoff x Reader
Featuring: Tony, Pietro
Warnings: Swearing, fire
Marvelmas Series!
Authors Note
: the series is coming to an end soon :((((

Marvelmas Masterlist. Masterlist.

“On this side of the kitchen, we have the telepath, the nightmare fueler, the Scarlet Witch, Wanda Maximoff!” Tony announced through a microphone that played through the speakers in the kitchen and surrounding rooms.

“And on the other side of the kitchen, we have the ass-kicker, the annoying one, the festive friend, (Y/N) (L/N)!” Tony pointed to you. “And welcome to, Avengers Cook-Off!” He looked at the camera that was pointed at the center on the room.

You decided that making cookies more than just making cookies would be much more fun. And by setting up your phone to get both you and Wanda in the shot was the way to get it like a game show, which you found hilarious.

“Today, we will be testing (Y/N) and Wanda on their skills to make the most festive and delicious cookies!” You and Wanda walked to the center of the room and shook hands, as well as whispering good luck to each other.

The cookies you were making today were going to the party you convinced Tony to throw, and it would be a much more fun way to introduce how the cookies were made by showing a homemade video. Sure, it would take you a little bit of time to edit it to be how you wanted it, but you knew you had time. You would have time after the competition with Wanda. You also knew that you wouldn’t be doing “Clint Day” until the afternoon when his family arrives, so you would be all good.

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thorned-owl  asked:

This one's for Charity: Hi! You thought you were an ISFJ before retyping as an ENFP, yes? What was it about yourself that made you sure that you're an Ne-dom? What do you think made you believe you were an Si-dom for so long? What advice would you give to someone who is trying to discover if they're an Ne-dom, but has been so unhealthy for such a long time that they have a hard time seeing it?

I’ll summarize a very long story that unraveled over several years: I mistyped INTJ, INFJ, INTP, ENTP, and SFJ. Because I am a responsible project-finisher and the stereotypes about ENFPs are that they do not finish anything, instead getting distracted, I let myself be convinced by others of being an ISFJ, even though the people who knew me best cast doubtful looks upon it. I lived unhappily under that delusion until my friends set me free of it.

So, how do I KNOW I’m an ENFP?

I don’t. I fight doubts and “What if…?” every day, which is Ne being a pain. =P

But whenever I go through one of my periodic bouts of self doubt (which is every two weeks) I remind myself of these things about me:

I don’t think like most other people, to the point of misunderstandings and frustrations between them and me, with me wondering, “Why can’t they see what I do? Why are they so set in what they believe? I feel like I am whipping in the wind here, with no answers!” and them thinking I am out there in left field or about to drive off a cliff, because that is NOT the way you should think, girl! Ne is described as promiscuous with ideas. I steal them shamelessly and it requires no effort to use or drop them. I rarely think the same way, one month to the next (unless it’s on a core belief). I’ll throw ideas around like cannon fire just to get a reaction out of people, to watch them play with the idea or reject it. My friends complain that I am inconsistent, changeable in my beliefs and politics and often “out there” in what I like to talk about. I live in the gray areas. I think in the gray areas of life. Only one perspective really, really, really bothers me, and that has been the case since childhood. I have never fit into any establishment, political party, or church denomination, because I can see how all of them have good and bad things about them.

I have a really hard time classifying someone as all good, or all bad. NFPs are called the idealists for a reason, and I am no exception. I think the best of even my enemies. I give people the benefit of the doubt most of the time, even when it is undeserved. This was a real problem for me as a teen, because Fi tends to blame itself when things go wrong – it is so wrapped up in itself, it can think itself the center of the universe. So, whenever I had a fight with a friend, I assumed it was MY fault, because (idealism here) friends are supposed to love and support each other and get along, and if we’re not, I did something wrong as a bad friend. I still find it hard to assign blame to anyone except myself. :P

I can’t deal in emotions right in the moment. This was the big Fi-indicator, even after an INTJ helped me see that I use a fair amount of Te. Suddenly, all the times serious emotional stuff went down and I had to retreat from it, to figure out how I wanted to react made sense. Sure, I react with anger, tears, etc., but as far as putting words to my feelings… that’s hard. I find it even hard to tell my family I love them. I made albums for them one year for Christmas, expressing my love in words and pictures, because that felt more meaningful and true, and was easier than just saying, “I love you.” Saying that… doesn’t mean much to me, because people also love their dog, and pizza, and movies. If it isn’t said with the soul, it’s meaningless. I dodge discussion of feelings. It makes me uncomfortable. Like Elizabeth Bennet, if the conversation becomes too deep or serious for me, I’ll make some wisecrack to distract people with.

I am a catalyst. This blog exists, with hundreds of contributors and over 20,000 readers, because I got up one morning, totally unaware of how much work would be involved, and said, “A blog for MBTI characters would be great!” My movie review site has 2,000+ costume drama reviews because I thought, “Hey, there needs to be a source where more conservative / Christian readers can find out what is in the latest costume dramas! I’ll do that.” I had an enormous, highly popular Lord of the Rings movie site a decade ago, devoted to exploring the spiritual themes of the films. People flocked to it from all over the world. My online webzine exists because of an idea I had to get people together to write articles based around a bi-monthly theme.

I leap on things without looking, then either keep them up if I think it is a worthy cause or abandon them without looking back. Someone once said of John Lennon, that as an ENFP, he would dump relationships, former successes, his entire career and everything he had built to that moment, to pursue something new, on a whim, and I saw myself more clearly in that moment. I do that. I have spent years on things – only to turn around and abandon them. And if I ever go back to it, what comes out of it is nothing like before. That book takes a different direction, becomes a multi-character universe, with rewrites and edits shaping it in continually new directions, as I build off and branch into new ideas.* Once it’s finished, I’m done. I move on. I find another project, another pursuit, another interest – underestimating the incredible amount of WORK involved.

I, Charity, masterful, wonderful being that I am, decided one day to write a novel on Katharine of Aragon. That became three novels, with 6-8 perspectives per book, and midway through the second volume, I’m already thinking, “After this trilogy, I’d like to do one for the Medicis… and the Borgias… and someone really ought to do the same thing for the Scottish monarchs, since I hated leaving out Margaret Tudor’s perspective in this book… and I could go back and do the War of the Roses, and to be fair, I really should write one about Ferdinand and Isabella… and Charles, and include Martin Luther to offset the Catholic perspective, since it’s stupid to only include one perspective…”

That ought to take me, oh, about the next twenty years. But when I’m done, I’ll have the most expansive knowledge of that time period of anyone, ever, and not much to show for it, since then I’ll probably move on to something else. :P

Does that help at all?

I hope so, because I need to leave. I decided a few weeks ago, after learning the local dinner playhouse is hosting a zombie theme for Halloween weekend, and costumes are invited, that myself and my two best friends ought to be the Bennet sisters from Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. Naturally, this meant sewing costumes. Regency costumes. Not cheap knock-offs, actual costumes that resemble the ones worn in the film. I went for it… the same month I had eye surgery scheduled, work deadlines, two Halloween parties planned, and two online webzine deadlines.

I did not think that one through.

Yet, I got it all done and wrote 20k words on a novel besides.

* This is why it was stupid to let INFP George Lucas near Star Wars 30 years later. ;)

[trans] Z.Tao Femina interview..

very rough trans…as usual. Pardon any inaccuracies.. spelling mistakes..

edit:!!!! I realised that I forgot the credit lunchbox for the scans!!!! =.= I’m so sorry… minor edits… the interview is funny in that… they keep on mentioning that Charming Daddy has aired in it.. when it really hasn’t at all..

Huang Zitao : “Being Anti-ed” is not all there is to him

Born in 1993, 185 cm tall, practiced martial arts since young and equipped with 8 packs… If we ignore the arguments between Hailangs and Faqis (hereafter referred to as FQ), and just judge based on the facts on Baidu Baike, Huang Zitao definitely has what it takes to have attracted so many “Hailangs”. However, his filming of  TV show “Charming Daddy” was overshadowed by the many “emoticon/sticker” packs featuring him. One of the first search result one gets after he attended the press conference for “I’m the Sovereign” was a selection of photoshop-ed images, mocking him by giving him extremely red lips…. The fact that his antis seem to attract more attention than his fans has not stopped Huang Zitao though. He’s currently working on a movie “Railroad Tiger” with Jackie Chan. He also uses those famous “emoticon/sticker” packs of himself  in private occasionally

“My personality is quite frank and not fake. I also have a humorous side to me. So long as it is not too much, it’s really not too bad if it brings laughter to everyone. An artiste should entertain the masses!”

There are not many who dominate the hot search lists so very often. Huang Zitao is probably the only one who has made the lists by being “anti-ed”. “Being late to a show”, “overtly strong eyeliner”, “overly forceful performance”, “not wanted by his teammates”…… his actions have always resulted in two completely different interpretations by fans and antis. They are equally-matched and go into heated arguments with each other.  It’s probably alright if random netizens merely looked on and observed the arguments for entertainment. But even the showbiz people who usually try not to take a stand have done so. Wang Sicong  (son of a rich tycoon in China) mocks him once in a while, probably in boredom. The sharp tongued TV host Jin Xing has also thoroughly criticized him on the show.

As for the netizens who makes up ridiculous remarks on him from out of nowhere, Huang Zitao remarks that “those really aren’t an issue”. He doesn’t know Wang Sicong but he does want to go on Jin Xing’s show. For our magazine however, we believe that rather than try to piece together the truth from what others are saying, it’s better to go straight to the source

In London, Huang Zitao did some photo-shoots for us before returning to Beijing for the interview. When he picked up the phone, we heard his deep voice saying “I’m Tao”. He sounded cautious. He admitted that it’s because it’s his first telephone interview. That is understandable.  You are on the phone with a stranger, and you can’t see each other’s expressions. You can only gauge if the other party is serious by their tone. As such it’s easy for people to make unpleasant associations with even a second’s pause.

Zitao’s not the only person on the other end. His team and his dad are also there. At this moment, he has to be careful. A sensitive topic or a misconstrued remark is all it takes for him to be attacked. Fortunately, the antis have neither affected his mood or his career. His schedule was still fully packed. He attended the “I’m the Sovereign” press conference where Yang Mi teased him for being like “a little rabbit”.  He then flew back to Shenyang for his new movie “Railroad Tiger”. Jackie Chan left a post in Facebook which says that he’s “very talented”. Each single person has a very different opinion of Huang Zitao, which is similar to the difference in opinion between his Hailangs and the FQs.

“I will never throw a tantrum because there’s too much work. Instead, I’ll feel troubled if I have no work.” Huang Zitao is ambitious and doesn’t hide it. He vows to be an all-rounded artiste and to be known throughout the world. With this goal in mind, he is able to face the attacks and laugh them off, “those really aren’t an issue”.

My mental age is over 30.  

“Do you feel that you have grown up overnight in these few months?”

“A lot … all it takes is a day for one to grow up”

The period from August till now is the hardest time that Zitao has had to endure. He decided to accept a video interview from a certain website in August, clarifying all the different questions that people have of him in it.   He cried as emotions ran high.  Following that, he has adjusted “the way he expresses himself” ; that’s the description he chose. Regardless of it being due to youthful arrogance or not, one simply cannot say whatever it is one wants to say. Same goes for one’s actions. That old advice about one having to be cautious and consider the consequences of one’s speech and actions ought to be framed and put up for all to see. Can 93-er Huang Zitao willingly be bounded to this “shackle”?

“I’ve begun to realize that there are two sides to everything. Grateful for this early realization that will enable me go further and stay on the correct path. One has to go through a lot to become mature.”  The one thing that Zitao still cares deeply about is the accusation of him not being patriotic. “As a Chinese, it is impossible for me to not love my country. I have learnt martial arts since I was young. I will bring that Chinese martial arts overseas and I am proud of it.” That’s a clever way of phrasing it (CN puts it as a kind of “chicken soup for the soul” way of saying things?).

He’s only 22 but he has many “mature” views. He feels that he should be in his thirties, mentally speaking.

Too many attacks on Huang Zitao exist. “Likes” can be gotten by simply bashing him without reason in Weibo comments. Several stars have blocked the public from commenting as they are unable to take it. Huang Zitao though, will read it. “Just laugh it off. I won’t block the comments. It is good to hear other voices as an artiste. It can’t be just praises every single day. ‘So handsome.’ ‘That’s great music.’ I cannot control what others choose to say.”

Regarding on him being a “natural magnet for antis”, Huang Zitao finds the whole rather interesting. “My personality is quite frank and not fake. I also have a humorous side. So long as it is not too much, it’s really not too bad if it brings laughter to everyone. An artiste should entertain the masses!”!” He talked about the popular phrase “go die” himself. “I didn’t pronounce the English well when I performed the rap. It’s pretty cool that “go die” is now popular.”

No relationship before he establishes his career

You can feel his very strong desire to succeed, even over the phone. Zitao has a very grand goal. He wants to make music, C-Pop. “To have overseas fans listen to it, for them to like Chinese songs and culture” He wants to act in movies. “Bring action movies to the world, and make my name known to all” He aims to be an all-rounded artiste. “Making music, movies, is all for my dreams. I really like it. I am happy only when I’m doing this. It’s not for the money either. Money will come if you work hard for it.”

This isn’t just some grandiose speech. Zitao is now filming “Railroad Tiger”, a Jackie Chan movie, which is a remake of the famous “ Railway Guerrilla”.

The only thing one can get out of him on the movie is “on war and the railways.”  His name is placed just after Jackie Chan and Xu Fan this time round. His part is naturally heavier than his role in “You are my sunshine”, the movie which has also just earned Huang Xiaoming the Best Actor award in the 2nd China Australia International Film Festival.  It’s also Huang Xiaoming’s invitation that helped Zitao enter the movie industry.

“When I first went, I didn’t know what sort of role I was going to play. I just did according to what the director and the script said.” Netizens of course, poked fun at his first movie appearance. He defends the movie though, saying that “I didn’t look at the comments, but I feel that it is a good movie. I still need to work harder, improve my acting skills.”

Zitao admits that he “has no love life”. He has no time for it.  “Work and music has taken up my time. There’s no opportunity to meet girls. A man should focus on his career as his priority though. There’s not much meaning to being in a relationship if one doesn’t have a career. I want to become a successful man first, before I get involved.  That is to be responsible towards the girl. I don’t want to not be able to return messages and have no time to meet because of work. Now is really not the time for relationships.” He shares what he likes in girls. Being filial, generous, kindness, beauty and a great bod! He has taken in consideration both inner and outer factors.

Willing to let time prove what’s good and bad

Zitao has wanted to be star since young.

“I didn’t know anything then, just that I wanted to be a star. Being a star meant that people will know you, know your talents, listen to your music and watch your works. That was a dream when I was young, and that dream is coming true now.” There’s a great dream, but reality’s always somewhat lacking. “ I want to become an idol”, was a brave claim in the past. Now when he speaks of it, the meaning and how it feels has completely changed. His experience, means that he understands that there’s isn’t just glory to being an idol.

Sometimes he does resists getting interviewed by the media. After the “Fashion show” incident and getting attacked for days, slow but surely, there are media that has started to stand up for him. “The truth is the truth. I thank the media, magazines for showing what actually happened.” Slowly, Zitao has chosen to speak out in the media. “ I want to express my real self, and hope that people now will not, because of society or the views of other, change or give up what is true and correct to oneself.”

Huang Zitao has forgotten when he has cried. Though sensitive, he doesn’t tear up over physical pain. He only cries over his friends and families being wronged. “ I basically don’t cry over myself, but rather, for others.” He treasures the bunch of friends who stuck by him when times were bad for him. They will go driving, sing songs and listen to music. “They are friends I have known before I became a celebrity. They don’t care about news on me in the internet. When we are together, we talk about day-to-day stuff. Privately I am like that. I don’t treat myself as a celebrity.”

The internet is furiously debating. Is he actually a good boy or a bad boy?

Huang Zitao gives a fresh answer here.  “To the people I know, and those who know me, I hope that I’m a good man. I am slowly maturing and constantly progressing. I may not be able to see the returns to all the effort that I’m putting in now. But in the nearby future, I will succeed and get what I deserve.” He needs to prove himself, prove to those who misunderstand him, and make them feel, “I’ve been wrong about this person. I didn’t know he’s such a good person.”

For now, Zitao will not say too much. It’s no use saying so much. He believes, that time will prove everything

Q& A: Zitao doesn’t want to rely on his looks to attract people

Q: Your new song “Reluctantly” is a story about a big star. Is the lifestyle depicted in the MV what you want? 

A: No, my dream life is having those who love me, having time to be with my family. Driving at night to the beach to look at stars in the sky, making a wish and enjoying the sea breeze

Q: There’s a scene where you are running through the streets in London wearing Versace. Some netizens made fun of you by saying that you were late because you were shooting the MV. Do you not want to talk about that anymore? 

A:  The real reason was because of traffic regulations that day, and not because of the MV shooting. I think there’s one thing that is very true and that is you cannot rely on weibo to find the truth. Me and my team were very much looking forward to the show as it is our first time, and we went out early. We regret that we ran into unforeseen circumstances, and are very sorry to be late

Q: It seems that Koreans have very strict requirements on one’s figure. After training there, are you as strict on it too?

A: I think that Chinese artistes are pretty good at it too. but I don’t want to be too big (I think he means too muscular?) because I want to dance, if it’s too big I can’t dance. 

Q; How do you maintain your figure?

A: running and going to the gym if there’s time. If there’s none then I try to control my diet. Before going to sleep I will do a few push ups. I also do that before I shower when I get up. 

Q: Do you have a 6 pack now? 

A: 8

Q: What (features) are you most satisfied with ? 

A: my nose, it’s higher.

Q: Do you think you are narcissistic?

A: I used to be, but not now. Artists still have to take care over their image though. Before I film something I’ll make sure that I’m ok. I rarely do selfies now, maybe it’s because I’m older now.. Oh I know it, because there’s no use taking so many. I’m not someone who depends on looks to attract others!

Q: You think you are considered to be good looking right?

A: Just…… not ugly! 

Q: For your filming of “Charming Daddy”, netizens have started to make emoticons/sticker packs using your pictures, will that put pressure on you for  future performances? 

A: Nope. It’s unavoidable, everyone will get those unflattering shots. If I were to avoid it because of that, it would be too tiring. I won’t do it. 

Q: Is it because you have been attacked too much lately, so it has affected your self confidence? 

A: No way! I have already said. Those aren’t really an issue to me

Q: Have you seen those emoticon/sticker packs? will you use it privately? 

A: I have seen them when I am searching for pictures. Some are quite handy. Thanks everyone who paying attention to me. 

Q: have you have thought that your performance is really too over (over the top)? Have you thought about changing? 

A: Actually some say that I’m not “over” in my performance. Everyone sees things differently. I can’t satisfy everyone, so all I need to do is to be myelf. 

Q: Many people want to know what eyeliner you are using? 

A: that I really don’t know. I know there are people who say that I am nothing without my eyeliner. But I do it because the make-up artists all say that my eyes make them want to do it that way when they see me. I respect their profession and their work, and will not overly interfere with it. I don’t really like to put on eyeliner and strong make-up in private too, It’s okie for Guys to just be fresh!

Q:But there were a lot of pictures of you with “extremely red lips” in the “I’m the Sovereign” press conference. 

A: I didn’t use lipstick at the press con. The staff told me about this. It was the work of some bored netizen which led to this misunderstanding. 

Q: Some people feel that having eyeliners means one is not masculine. What do you wish to say to them? 

A: nothing, what does me having eyeline done got to do with them? 

Q: If you can change something about yourself, what would it be? 

A: I don’t want to change anything

Q: Are you still in contact with EXO members? Some people once screen-capped pictures and said that you were bullying BaekHyun in a performance.

A: This has been asked several times, but still I want to clarify this. I trust that everyone has played with their friends (mock fights and all). It’s just that that scene was taken completely out of context, that’s all. There’s no bad blood between me and EXO members. 

Q: A lot of bad boys in foreign country are still very popular despite being themselves. Are you envious of them? 

A: Nope

Q: Do you want to be a good man? 

A: yes I want to be a good man.