awesome book though

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Just some scenes that I wish would’ve been animated in Book of Atlantic.
It is the small details that matter most.

anonymous asked:

Where would i begin to amass as much knowledge about fae as you have lol?? There are so many crosses between cultures and eras that it's really hard to pin down a Solid Source haha.

The thing is, the ‘Solid Source’ is kind of a myth when it comes to folklore and fairytale, in that the vast majority of these tales were a) oral, and some of the best retellings we have are b) written and secondary or tertiary. We’ve already lost a lot of the best versions of the tales if the cultures are gone or Christianised or heavily damaged.

So it’s good to turf the ‘I need solid sources’ mindframe when researching this stuff? I mean, it’s - I believe - way better to read like 100 versions of say…the Ugly Duckling or Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave, than it is to look for the ‘one true story.’ (Which doesn’t exist anyway, because in an oral tradition, they are meant to be changed and adapted to become relevant for whatever geographical group or class is hearing the story). Also fairytales and folklore are generally pretty short? You end up with huge huge variation.

However, I’ve written some stuff in the past that might be useful for you as well re: sources: 

Some book references.

Here’s another post with links / thoughts on the subject.

General thoughts and some info.

And there’s this aggregate post which is great:

Mythology aggregate. All the links!

It’s worth also looking into anthropological studies on different cultures that practice animism; fair warning though, they can be very problematic. (Especially earlier studies, which are often racist and/or xenophobic). 

Mostly with this stuff, it is actually often a matter of ‘quantity over quality’ which sounds weird but, there is so much and you can only really start by getting started and say…picking a favourite fairytale (or ‘species’ of fae) and researching them. You can hunt down more primary written sources (some of them are actually freely available on places like sacred-texts, due to copyright no longer holding on those sorts of texts) to distinguish between heavily Christianised tales and earlier versions; but you can also distinguish between those by researching animism tales/stories in different cultures etc.

Be prepared to give it a lot of your time, too. Like, I’m really only at the tip of the iceberg myself, and a lot of my studies have been going on since I was young and are very personal in that I research what has felt relevant to me over the years and I haven’t been doing this for say a course, or for a university or something (I’ve done some electives at university on this subject but ultimately, my research into these subjects is partly spiritually motivated, and partly about my fascination with ‘simple’ narratives told in complex or poignant ways to make them relevant).

Imagine Zaheer and Korra regularly meeting in the spirit world to discuss politics and philosophy as they both grow older. While they don’t always agree on the matter, Korra learns to accept and appreciate a different point of view while Zaheer enjoys a little bit of company in his otherwise lonely existence. It would be an interesting friendship, wouldn’t it be?

Why you need to read ACOTAR:

*Awesome kickass heroin 

*Unique fantasy world

*Faeries 

*Rhysand

*Sarah J. Maas has written it

*Action!

*Romance

*Magic! 

*Very hot male characters

*Tamlin

*Rhysand 

*Lucien- the High Fae sass master

*Beautiful writing

*Sexy High Fae

*Oh did i mention Rhysand?

*Because Rhysand! 

“You’re a kaleidoscope, you change every time I look away.”
― Rainbow Rowell, My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

(Happy birthday, bethanyactually!)

‘Some humans used to believe the world was flat and rested on the backs of four elephants,’ said Silver.

'Yeah?’ said Kin.  'What did the elephants stand on?’

'A giant turtle, swimming endlessly through space.’

'Kin tasted the idea.  'Stupid,’ she said. 'What did the turtle breathe?’

'Search me.  It’s your race’s myth.’

—  Terry Pratchett, “Strata”
The Legend of Korra Ending - Why It Works

I haven’t posted much in the past month, but I felt this was something I needed to weigh in on. There’s been a lot of nasty vitriol on Tumblr since the ending aired. While I truly sympathize with all the people that feel left by the wayside, I’ve decided to write up my thoughts on the ending in an attempt to show the angry people of Tumblr a different point of view.

Before I begin, I’d like to summarize my mindset for this. The most important thing is that I don’t ship anyone in The Legend of Korra. That’s not to say I dislike shipping or romance, but I tend to focus much more on friendship. Having said that, I still liked the idea of Makorra at endgame; I just didn’t particularly care about it. Instead, my personal preference was to see Korra not ending up with anyone.

I didn’t even like Korrasami all that much, especially for the first two Books; it truly felt like people were shipping them just because Asami was the only other female protagonist near Korra’s age—a mindset I was determined to avoid—or because they hated Mako and his actions. To me, neither of these reasons were valid ones for envisioning Korrasami at endgame. 

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