an allusion to it anyway

@youvegotenoughnerve was born today, so uh, here’s Ginny Weasley

(color palette) (psd)


death incarnate /// happy birthday to everyone’s favourite lieutenant-colonel, guren ichinose! (28/08)

Sherlock. Eurus. I Am One.

More thoughts on names. In HLV Sherlock tells John: “Sherlock is actually a girls’ name.” This has been discussed extensively so for now just keep in mind that in this not so funny joke he is proposing to use a male name for a female. 

We had this even at the beginning of the show, in ASiP, when he mistakes John’s sister to be a brother because she is called Harry. Sherlock has learned from this. By now he knows that a woman can have a man’s name. 

Then there is Eurus who is presented as a woman and played by a woman. But the Greek god of the East Wind is invariably depicted as male. The Greeks had gods and goddesses, so the Holmes parents could have chosen the name of a goddess which they did not. 

So we have Sherlock who bears a male name telling John that it can be used as a female name. And we have Eurus who bears a male name but is presented as a woman. There is a definite parallel. 

And now for an interesting bit of speculation. In the PBS/Masterpiece credits of TFP certain letters were highlighted in red. (The red letters were not included in the BBC broadcast so it must have been the choice of PBS. The others were “the six napoleons” resp. “once more unto the breach”, both direct allusions to ACD/Shakespeare referred to in the episodes) Anyway, as some people posted here before, the TFP letters spell the word ANEMOI which is Greek and sums up the four main winds: Zephyrus, Boreas, Notus, and - Eurus. 

A family of winds - and there are four of them. But the Holmes family consists of five persons. Unless two of them are one. Or, if we read ANEMOI as an anagram: I AM ONE.

I’ll leave you to your deductions. 

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anonymous asked:

Why are people hating on you about the Illidan thing lmao. The thing with Xe'ra, isn't it hinted that she is an UNRELIABLE narrative pov? I think her failing to see his crimes during the flashbacks helps to further point out this out AND the wrong illidan did. But this will probably in turn strengthen the good™ illidan will do at the end of this expac. I love illidan, but i see why people hate on him, Xe'ra and his current narrative. I'm worried about how they'll write Jaina

Is she pointed out to be unreliable? I need a source on that asap so I can frame it ‘cause Xe’ra’s questline is so DUMB. I mean…aside from the 7.3 shit.

I really hope things end up in a better place than they are rn for Illidan but yeah… if Blizz can be trusted to do anything it’s to be unreliable and bad.

There are so many ways to do Jaina a dirty and Blizzard seems to find the absolute worst ways to do it so I am…terrified.

Also Sylvanas and the Horde ‘cause like…what the fuck is happening to them??

post-5x23 Drabble- Take Two

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The rating on the beginning of this chapter might border on M (or like T+ or something) for stronger allusions to sex than in the past. Anyway. Hope you enjoy!

They’ve only just stepped foot in the loft when Felicity grabs Oliver and kisses him for all she’s worth, leaving him no chance to ask (again) if she’s really sure she wants him to stay. It’s nothing like the chaste kiss she gave him before everything went down on the island, or even the fierce one he gave her when he found her after—it’s messy and needy and desperate, and it heats up quickly. He kisses her back, the fears of almost losing her pouring through. She’s crying and he’s crying, all the emotions and stress of the last several days finally breaking through.

They don’t really make it to the fully undressed part before he’s lifting her up onto the counter and sliding home for the first time in months. This isn’t merely the gentle lovemaking of re-uniting their bodies together. It’s not the rough, angry way he almost wished to use to shake her to her bones as she became reckless in the last few months. It’s certainly nothing like the half-drunk, half-frenzied night in the bunker last summer. It isn’t hurried, or rough, or even frantic, though perhaps a bit fervent, but in a way that’s an affirmation of love and life. This is an “I thought I lost you,” and “God am I glad you’re alive” moment of desperation that shakes them both to their core the moment Oliver slides in.

Felicity pulls her lips away from his, wraps her arms around his shoulders and sobs into his neck. He holds her and trembles. Neither of them wants to move ever again, but neither of them really wants to stay still either. When he moves again, it’s needy and desperate and they cling to one another as if they’ll never let go.

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PLL/Gatsby Theory

DISCLAIMER: Most of this information is from other PLL theories. And the Great Gatsby Allusions are from Alloy Entertainment

Okay so if you’ve seen at least one episode of Pretty Little Liars from season one, then you’ve seen a reference to The Great Gatsby. And they almost always seem to be situated around Ezra and Aria. In short, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is about Jay Gatsby’s undying love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, which ultimately causes him his life. It’s about irresponsible rich people who have no concern for the damage they cause.

In Pretty Little Liars, there are many Great Gatsby references.

1.The first being the most obvious one. Ezra’s surname is FITZGERALD.

2. The Great Gatsby is required reading in Mr. Fitz’s Honors English class at Rosewood High. Aria, Emily, Spencer, and Hanna are spotted with the book in hand in the Pretty Little Liars Season 1 episode “Salt Meets Wound.”

3. In Pretty Little Liars Season 2 episode titled “Blind Dates,” the Liars find themselves staring at a creepy billboard right after they receive a text from A about diamonds being a girl’s best friend. The ad features a pair of bespectacled, long-lashed brown eyes and the follow text: “Dr. Lars Thorwald, O.D.: Someone’s Watching You So Look Your Best.” If we recall correctly, Fitzgerald describes a similar unsettling scene in The Great Gatsby. The only differences between PLL’s and Fitzgerald’s faded billboards is that Fitzgerald mentions a set of blue eyes, belonging to a man named Dr. T.J. Eckleburg.

4. In the PLL Season 1 episode called “Know Your Frenemies,” notes about The Great Gatsby are written on the board (“Gatsby = the corruption of the American dream), when Noel Kahn enters the classroom and attempts to blackmail Ezra into changing his essay grade. Here’s the full excerpt Ezra has posted on the blackboard: “I couldn’t forgive him or like him but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made….”

5. In the Pretty Little Liars Season 2 Halloween special, Aria Montgomery doesn’t go for a witch costume or a princess one. Instead, the glamorous brunette dresses up like one of the book’s main characters, Daisy Buchanan!

6. In the PLL Season 1 mid-season finale, Hanna Marin is plowed down by an SUV at Mona’s  birthday party, much like Tom Buchanan’s mistress Myrtle is by Daisy in the Great Gatsby.

But the references aren’t just to The Great Gatsby. In “A Is For Answers”, Ezra is reading Tender Is The Night by Fitzgerald.

So anyways, all these Great Gatsby references and allusions made me think that maybe The Great Gatsby is a clue and that Ezra and Aria are Daisy and Gatsby.

But I have a tendency to over think so naturally, that’s what I did. And I thought what if they allusions aren’t to The Great Gatsby but to Fitzgerald himself. And that Ezra and Aria aren’t Daisy and Gatsby but Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda.

Fitzgerald and Zelda had a very complicated relationship much like Ezra and Aria. She was the rich golden girl and he, not so much. In 1930, Zelda was diagnosed with Schizophrenia.

So here’s my theory:
If Ezra is supposed to be Fitzgerald and Aria is supposed to be Zelda. Than this could mean that Aria is a schizophrenic.

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that makes it hard to: Tell the difference between what is real and not real; Think clearly; Have normal emotional responses; Act normally in social situations. It can also be hereditary.

-Byron once said that mental disorders run in the Montgomery family.

People with schizophrenia don’t have normal emotional responses. In this photo, Ms. Marin has just been released from prison. All the girls are extremely happy except Aria’s facial expression shows anything but that… In this episode, Dr. Sullivan has to draft up a patient file for all the girls except Aria. She already had one. Which indicates that she has been a patient before. This is probably the biggest hint about Aria mental instability. The word “schizophrenia” roughly translates to “split mind”. Many people confuse this with multiple or split personality disorder but they’re not the same thing. It just means that the brain is more or less split in half, between what’s real and what’s not. In this photo the broken mirror literally splits Aria in half. I think this might have been a clue. Okay, now I know the Black Swan is about a girl with multiple personality disorder but I thinks it’s safe to note that it’s still about a person with a mental illness and they only person who dressed up like the Black Swan is Aria. Now I know with everything these girls go through on a daily basis, believing that someone is trying to hurt you isn’t exactly that suspicious. But what if, this was yet another symptom of her schizophrenia. People with schizophrenia suffer from hallucinations and paranoia.

This is yet another big clue. That fact that Eddie remembers indicates that she was in fact a Radley patient once upon a time. 

Okay, so you’re thinking “well how could she be a schizophrenic without her friends ever finding out?” Under the right medication, schizophrenia can be treated to a point where if the patient continues to regularly and properly takes his/her medication, they can function normally. To the point where if someone didn’t know already that a person has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, they won’t suspect anything.

My theory is that Aria was diagnosed with schizophrenia when she was a child. And she was being properly treated so no one outside of her family ever knew. When Alison disappeared, it worsened her symptoms which is why her family went to Iceland. So they can treat her in a place where they weren’t under the scrutiny of the media or their friends. I mean think about it, no one knows what Aria did while she was away in Iceland. She’s never even told her friends once. If I got to go on an exotic vacation, I’d be bragging nonstop. I think the reason she hasn’t shared any memories about Iceland with her friends is because she was holed in a place probably no different than Radley being treated for a mental disorder.  

So as you probably already know, I’m not expert in all things schizophrenia, if you are or you know more and I’ve missed something please feel free to share it with me. 

Also, if you don’t know a damn thing about schizophrenia but you’ve noticed some strange things about Aria then also feel free to share - because sharing is caring. 

And if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, then please don’t hesitate to hit that ask button. 

**I will continue to build on this theory as the show progresses. And with the whole killing Shana - even if it was self defense - I feel like we’re going to see more things that will indicate Aria’s mental instability.**

it’s not the right season

skye sees grant for the first time since his escape.  it’s not much of a surprise, though, since she’s the one who called him.

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Religion in Fiction & Fantasy


I have two questions regarding previous answers you gave. Those questions are not argumentative but strictly stem from the motivation to understand the points you made and to gather information. If I say something problematic I apologize because I don’t intend to make anyone feel uncomfortable.

(Also I’m not a Native Speaker so I hope my way of phrasing is not too odd/incorrect.)

The questions concern the representation of religion in fictional, respectively, fantasy work.

My first question refers to the answer you gave in response to the wendigo ask. You stated that it is offensive to use mythical creatures from a religion that is still practised and alive at present day.

I wondered if the reasons for this are the oppressive dynamics of our Western society that lead to the fact that non-Christian believe systems are heavily discrimminated against* (and on top of that entails the consequence that Native Americans are in constant danger of their religions becoming extinct) or if it is a stance that religion should be inviolable in general out of being respectful.

* (I don’t know whether atheism or Christianity hold the general believe supremacy in the West but I am aware that when it comes to religion alone we definitely live in a Christian supremacy.)

This question occured to me because, being Christian myself, I often see how popular media uses elements (or whole stories) from the Christian faith; sometimes also not depicted in relation to Christianity (or at least “blasphemically” for some Christians’ taste). Examples would be the general use of angels/demons* as mythical creatures in popular imagery (e.g. gothic pictures) or fantasy stories (devil villain in the Power Puff Girls, angels as fantasy creatures/‘heaven’ as fantasy place in novels, games or pen and paper), Dan Brown’s thrillers that build on biblical stories (and are considered blasphemic by some Christians) or The Matrix using Jesus as inspiration for Neo.

*(I know that angels are elements of other religions as well and that Christianity adapted them from Jewish scriptures to begin with but I feel as if in the public eye angels are linked to the Bible and as thus mostly reference angels as Christian angels.)

Personally (but again I’m aware that my religion is not endangered) I’m not bothered by this if it’s not used to mock (not as in criticize but downright slander) Christianity. I view those things purely as fantasy that I uncouple from my actual belief and enjoy as mere fantasy entertainment. Also where I’m from (not the US) the general credo is that due to freedom of speech everyone is allowed to use any (public) property, no matter which iology it stems from to express their own thoughts. People entertain the idea that offending others does not necessarily equal being problematic and that it is their right to produce offending material in the context of free speech. (I’m sorry that I’m so detailed about this but I don’t know if it is similar in the US or not. I know of shows like The Simpsons or Southpark but at the same time it seems to me that simultaneously the Christian influence is much bigger in the US.)

To get back at my actual question: Would it as thus be problematic if people use Christian elements as they commonly do (often ommitting/ignoring the significance it holds in the Christian faith) in your eyes because you advocate to not offend religions in general or would it be ok in the context of free speech because Christian is not oppressed?

Also, consequently would that mean that if no religion was oppressed in our society and they were treated as Christianity commonly is today by entertainment media, it would not be problematic from a social justice perspective? (I know this question is hypothetical but want to understand the systematics behind your answer.)

My second question refers to something mod Shira often stated, namely that she doesn’t like it when people code something or someone as Jewish. She’d prefer if people used actuall Jewish people and Judaism instead.

My question is whether this is a general sentiment regarding the representation of religion or if it relates to something specifically rooted in Judaism (or specific problems Jewish people face).

Her answer surprised me because in the fantasy stories I have read religions have never been directly portrayed as a real world religion (say, a middle-earth themed world but people actually worship Jesus). I have only seen people making allusions to real religions by mimicking their stories and mythology and I had not only seen it for Christianity but also for other believe systems. So for some reason I always thought if you write a fantasy story that’s the way to go with religion.

I think I understand her veto if you refer to fantasy stories set up in our actual world but I wonder if it is the same for self-made worlds and if so, what the reason is. And as inititially said I also wonder whether her point should be applied to other religions as well (especially when writing fiction/fantasy in a real world setting) or if it has to do with something specifically Jewish.

Thank you very much for your time and again, sorry that my submission became so long.

Have a good day!

difficultly Blue


“I also wonder whether her point should be applied to other religions as well (especially when writing fiction/fantasy in a real world setting) or if it has to do with something specifically Jewish.”

Specifically Jewish.

My frequent posts against gentile writers using coding to make characters Jew-ISH without making them Jewish are intended for a narrow reading, about Jewishness specifically, not about coding in general or even religious coding in general. All I’m trying to do is make it so that Jewish people can see ourselves in fictional characters that were constructed to share our practices, customs, beliefs, and phenotypes, without people slapping us on the wrist the way they do with slash fans saying “no! you’re just reading into things!” In other words, it’s a side effect of being a minority, first of all, and second of all a minority that in many circumstances can either pass or “plausibly pass.”

The problem with Jewish coding is that some gentiles will be all too quick to point to the lack of canonicity of explicit Jewishness as proof that the characters in question aren’t really Jewish, and that those of us finding representation in them (or disliking Christmas art of them) should shut up. People are all too ready to write fanfic about Magneto celebrating Christmas and he’s literally described as Jewish. So, that’s why explicit representation is important–can you imagine how much more prevalent that would get if his Jewishness was only coded, not overt?

Gentilewashing Jewish characters is easy to pull off because while we’re often genetically distinct it’s also not like there’s one way to look Jewish. I have “the nose” and full-bodied hair but I also have blonde hair and blue eyes. And there are plenty of us who are sorta “very light brown” with brown eyes and black, full-bodied hair but we’re certainly by no means the only demographic who looks like that, by a long shot!

Christianity is the dominant religious and in many senses cultural force in America, where I live. Therefore, when people stick Christian elements into books not explicitly labeled as Christian, there’s not an overwhelming voice of majority insisting those details are imagined and invalid. It’s that kind of plausible deniability I’m trying to avoid by speaking against “coded” Jewish characters (written by gentiles, anyway.)

I have only seen people making allusions to real religions by mimicking their stories and mythology and I had not only seen it for Christianity but also for other believe systems. So for some reason I always thought if you write a fantasy story that’s the way to go with religion.

Well, there’s definitely explicitly Christian fantasy out there, so the rules are probably more lax than you think they are :P (We may be talking at cross-purposes, though.)



Christianity is a whole different beast because it’s in a dominant religious position, therefore examples of it are everywhere and it’s not at risk of being misconstrued. You can research it and most sources are actual legitimate sources, without pop culture taking over. Not to mention how works with Christian monsters very often (in the West, at least) have the protagonist subscribe on one level or another to a Christian belief system, therefore the work basically ends up Christian without anybody realizing, because it’s so ubiquitous.

Meanwhile for marginalized religions, it ends up being “Othered monster, Christian protagonist” (because of the ubiquitous nature of Christianity, characters are often Christian even if they aren’t admittedly Christian), so you have some nasty colonialist undertones. It implies that these Othered religions are evil and the only thing that can defeat them is Christianity, which is incredibly insensitive considering these monsters have their own ways of being defeated in their own religions.

My rule of thumb tends to be: if you can search it and get mostly primary, within-community authority sources, it’s fine to mess with. But if you search it and mostly get various media wikis instead of any from-community sources, you need to be careful.

As an aside, this only applies to the Western world and the religious mixups of different areas will be different, so they have different leniencies.

~Mod Lesya


I’d like to address a few specific points of you question:

Personally (but again I’m aware that my religion is not endangered) I’m not bothered by this if it’s not used to mock (not as in criticize but downright slander) Christianity. I view those things purely as fantasy that I uncouple from my actual belief and enjoy as mere fantasy entertainment. Also where I’m from (not the US) the general credo is that due to freedom of speech everyone is allowed to use any (public) property, no matter which iology it stems from to express their own thoughts. People entertain the idea that offending others does not necessarily equal being problematic and that it is their right to produce offending material in the context of free speech.

The problem is that other religions are not usually afforded this courtesy.  The Chronicles of Narnia is my go-to exemplar of how bad this can get.  The god Tash of the Calormens is basically Satan, or pure evil, and he and Calormen society are depicted as some sort of weird Islamic/Hindu/Proto-Semitic hybrid. Narnia is explicitly Christian fantasy but written for mass audience and while you can argue that this is just C.S. Lewis being a man of his times, it’s regarded as a fantasy classic that left an imprint on books to come, and that fantasy classic shows the non-Christian belief (which is at once not reflecting a real world religion and coded as many different ones—quite a feat) as wholly evil and false, to the point that Aslan (i.e. fantasy lion Jesus) says that all good-hearted Calormens are actually worshipping him (Jesus) and that all bad-hearted Narnians are actually worshipping Tash (not-Jesus).

I’m personally not opposed to religious-coding in secondary-world fantasy, but when non-Christians see something that looks kinda like our culture or religious background, we get wary, because nominal Christians can console themselves over pseudo-Christianity in fantasy by resting on Christianity’s privileged status and knowing that most readers/viewers will see that any evil done by pseudo-Christianity should not be taken as applied to real-world Christians, but non-Christians don’t have so much history of benign depictions to look back on.

It is possible to disagree, even vehemently, with the tenets of a religion (as I do, with many parts of all of them), and still take steps to not portray its adherents as overwhelmingly villainous or “stupid”.

Also, consequently would that mean that if no religion was oppressed in our society and they were treated as Christianity commonly is today by entertainment media, it would not be problematic from a social justice perspective?

Possibly, but I challenge you to show me a world where this would in fact be the case.  Christianity occupies a privileged position in western society and media, even as overall religiosity declines.  If all religions were treated as Christianity is, they would all be privileged, and that’s not logistically possible.  Were all religions equal, they would all have to be subject to equal levels of exaltation, value-neutral use of various decoupled elements, and, as you say, slander—all depictions subject to equal toleration.  Humans being humans and beliefs being the powerful motivators for human behaviors that they are, this would be to say the least, difficult.



 you collapse my house of cards merely by breathing

(letters, towards and away; margaret atwood)

Fic: Ornithology

Kurt is not the cat who got the canary. Or the cat who got the warbler. The bird analogies are too obvious but they come anyway. 

Warnings: Brief mention of cancer and allusions to depression. PG-13.

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Burt first puts the comparison in Kurt’s mind. Kurt comes home from one of his first dinners out with Blaine and Burt doesn’t know exactly what Kurt has been up to – isn’t ready to know yet – but he comments on Kurt floating through the door instead of carrying the weight of the world with, “Don’t you look like the cat who got the canary.”

“Warbler,” Kurt corrects, although that’s not actually the part of Burt’s statement that isn’t quite right. Kurt counts on not making sense to his father consistently enough to not be questioned further. He skips off to sigh over Blaine’s dreamy school yearbook photo in private.

It’s not quite right, the cat and the canary. Kurt doesn’t want to feel that predatory. Never again. He wants, absolutely, but most of all, he wants to be wanted back.

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MMFD Fanfic Round-Up October 2016 Edition

H’lo! Sorry to be a little late with this, but the last week has been bananas and I’m behind on so many things. We have a bounty of fics from October to feast on, so if you haven’t already read these, dig in! Those of us in the US probably need a distraction from the tire fire happening around us, anyway. (Allusion to politics, sorry!)

I’d like to give a shout out to all the new followers of this blog! It’s really cool that people are still discovering MMFD, and the wonders and therapeutic powers of fanfic to heal the wounds inflicted by this (mostly) amazing show. And another shout out to everyone who has stuck around all these months and years! HI YOU GUYS!

As ever, if I’ve missed something, or if someone is posting fic somewhere else, let me know, so I can update the post! Have a great weekend, everyone, and please hold your breath and make a wish that the apocalypse doesn’t happen Tuesday night! xoxo

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@borntosikThat Moment When Routine Has Come to Get You Pt. 3

@crystalgiddings1993Welcome to Stamford Earl Pt. 2 - Pt. 3

@emmatationsforallHold, Please Pt. 8 - Pt. 9 - Pt. 10 - Pt. 11 - Pt. 12

@endemictoearth – Hot Train Guy - Worlds

@girlsofargoneFirst You Say You Love Me, and Then You Say You Don’t

@ghostcat3000 – Some more in-progress, un-betaed snippets to keep us salivating for this epic fic that’s in the works (Disclaimer) 10/2/16 - 10/9/16 - 10/16/16 - 10/23/16 - 10/30/16Oasis - Teeth - Gravy - Moist 

@kneekeytaOne Night - One Night (Three years later) - sure, yeah, alright

@lily-pop-2Rose-Tinted Glasses Pt. 4 - Pt. 5 - Through Gina’s Eyes Pt. 1 - Pt. 2

@madfattythings we don’t tell chloe

@mariamirallegroYou Told Me He Was Just a Friend

@mykuhkorsFinn’s Mad Fat Diary Ch. 1 - Ch. 2

@my-mad-fatuation – Plus One - A Gang in Her Room - Quiet Zone - Loner - Prompt ficlet

@rinnshipOne More Time Pt. 3 - Just One Good Scare

anonymous asked:

Hiya! I hope this doesn't cause undue drama, but I'm both a taylor swift fan and a 1D fan and it was only recently I got into 1D and noticed some of Tswifts allusions in her songs. Anyway, in OOTW I noticed the lyric "Remember when you couldn't take the heat, I walked out and said 'i'm setting you free'" which comes right after the infamous hospital room lyrics. I kind of think those lines are her acknowledging her relationship with Harry was for PR. What do you think bc youre theories queen

I’m kinda amazed that were still talking about OOTW.

Yes, those dates say 2014. Tay Tay has done an amazing job of milking this. The publicity from Haylor has lasted 3 years total. The fakelationship lasted less than 3 months. And no, I don’t think she would ever ever admit that she fauxmances. That’s why she’s tentatively getting an ass covering story together should Harry come out in the near future.

You can see why Harry’s fauxmancing shifted to modelizing. Models are mostly mute and use these stunts to generally raise their profile and move on. But a fellow performer like Taylor seems content to resurrect this whenever it suits her publicity needs. This is also what Zayn is going through with Perrie. It’s really shady, manipulative and totally self-serving. Not cool.