This prediction deals with that “certain something” about Feyre that is mentioned but is never focused on in the first book. It is also based on great personal fascination with the “Beauty and the Beast” tale type, with which I am very familiar. However, if you are not familiar with the tale type or the original de Villeneuve version, this predication could be super-spoilery for you, so I am going to put most of it beneath the cut.
That “certain something” to which I am referring is mentioned at least twice that I have noticed, but it’s probably slipped in other places, too, because it is meant to be subtle. The first occurrence is on page 143 in my copy, and it takes place the day after the Suriel incident when Tamlin is offering to help Feyre write for the second time.
Passage 1 (P1)
“I’m not insulting you.” His quiet voice made it all the worse.
“I don’t need your help.”
“Clearly not,” he said with a half smile. But the smile faded. “A human who can take down a faerie in a wolf’s skin, who ensnared the Suriel and killed two naga on her own …” He choked on a laugh, and shook his head. The firelight danced along his mask. “They’re fools. Fools for not seeing it.” He winced. But his eyes held no mischief.
The second passage is at the very end of the book, during the final exchange between Feyre and Rhysand on page 415. Indeed, I felt the whole bargain between them was a bit strange, especially if the only reason Rhysand was interested in her had to do with making Tamlin angry. He would not go through so much trouble for someone he only lusted for, would he? There’s a particular moment during their final conversation that points again to this “certain something.”
Passage 2 (P2)
“Well, good-bye for now,” he said, rolling his neck as if we hadn’t been talking about anything important at all. He bowed at the waist, those wings vanishing entirely, and had begun to fade into the nearest shadow when he went rigid.
His eyes locked on mine, wide and wild, and his nostrils flared. Shock–pure shock flashed across his features at whatever he saw on my face, and he stumbled back a step. Actually stumbled.
“What is–” I began.
He disappeared–simply disappeared, not a shadow in sight–into the crisp air.
I have two very good ideas about what this “certain something” is. In fact, the what is less of a question for me. It’s more to do with the who. If you’re interested in finding out what and who I think Feyre is based on close familiarity with the “Beauty and the Beast” tale type, read below the jump!
Newt: Sometimes when you make an omelet you’ve got to break a few eggs. What’s the alternative? No omelets at all? Who wants to live in that kind of world? Maybe birds. Then all their babies would live.
(Parks and Recreation; season 2, episode 6: Kaboom!)
DAN STEVENS ON THE “TERRIFYING” PRESSURE OF ‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’
In case you didn’t notice, Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast remake is currently the biggest movie in the world, having smashed five box-office records during its opening weekend alone. You can thank Dan Stevens in part for the film’s massive success; the Downton Abbey alum took on arguably the movie’s most challenging role, bringing the lovelorn, misunderstood Beast to life through a motion-capture suit and prosthetics. It’s a stark departure from his starring turn as X-Men mutant David Haller in FX’s new smash-hit series Legion, which received its Season 2 order last week. “To get to explore fantastical realms has always been a dream of mine, so long may it continue,” Stevens says of his current penchant for less-than-human roles. Below, the actor opens up about the “extreme excitement and mild terror” of taking on one of Disney’s most iconic roles, creating the voice of the Beast and developing his back story.
He admits he was “terrified” when he was cast in the role.
“It was a mixture of extreme excitement and mild terror. It’s a huge honor to be asked to play an iconic role like this. It’s a privilege. I guess the biggest responsibility I felt was to my childhood self, really, who loved this fairytale, loved fairytales in general, and loved the animated film. Then it was to my own kids. I tried not to think about all the millions of other kids that would be seeing it. Just my own, and thinking about the ways in which they enjoy the book when we read it to them, and the things in the animated film that made them laugh, and trying to retain those things.”
There were several moments throughout the filmmaking process where he questioned if he’d be able to pull off a convincing Beast.
“That question was going on throughout pre-production, really. We were exploring a couple of different ways that we might [create the Beast], so I was exploring prosthetic options, and the muscle suit was being constructed for the mass and hulk of the Beast, so I was getting to explore moving around with that on. The stilts were being modified almost daily. We’d have a meeting in the morning with a team of engineers and the choreographers, and we’d try and modify these things so I could waltz in them effectively. It wasn’t so comfortable, but definitely in a way that wasn’t going to completely cripple me. With the dance training, getting those steps down, but then getting them down in the stilts… Every day I woke up thinking, "How are we going to do this?” I continued to probably think that throughout the post[-production] process as well. The first cut of the film, the first rough assembly that Bill showed me of the movie—which was gorgeous, by the way—had me still in my Lycra suit. There was no CGI rendered at all, so the performance was there, but I had to just draw on untold resources of imagination to believe and will the Beast into being.“
Besides the Beast’s appearance, very little in the film actually used a green screen—which helped Stevens and the rest of the cast make the world of Beauty and the Beast believable.
What [director] Bill [Condon] really wanted, from the very beginning, was in order to have a world in which you have these fantastical beasts that we’re creating using technology, everything else had to feel and look real. There wasn’t a lot of green screen. The costumes and the props, and Sarah Greenwood’s production design, were intentionally practical and gorgeous. The ballroom was 360 degrees of gorgeousness. It was vast, and that area of the castle, going from the terrace outside the ballroom, through the ballroom into the hallway, around by the fireside and in through to the kitchen and the dining room, that was all one giant set. It was two massive hangars worth of set, and it would take about five minutes to walk through from one end to the other. In that sense, it felt about as real as it could. I would lumber in in this giant, gray motion capture muscle suit and feel pretty monstrous.”
Stevens’s voice wasn’t really modified to play the Beast.
“That was actually my voice. I guess they work up the bass a little bit, but no, it was something that came out of a prosthetic exploration. They made these incredible fangs for me, so I could go away and wear those for a few hours a day and figure out how he was going to talk. I started looking at how the very vain character that you see in the beginning of the movie would try and hide these fangs when he’s been cursed with these monstrous teeth. He ends up with a kind of downturned mouth, but he can still talk out of the front of his mouth and hide the fangs. On top of which, he’s a very grumpy man. He’s been stuck in this lonely tower for ten years. It’s sort of this downturned mouth thing that probably stretched the larynx, and I thought, that’s interesting. I could pursue that and have him talk more out of the bottom of his mouth, and this incredibly grumpy, dry character started to emerge.”
He did his own singing, too.
“I had an incredible voice coach. First of all, my wife, who coached me for the audition, and Ann-Marie Speed, who teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London. [She] really got me to engage with the musculature of the voice in the same way that I was engaging my body physically to puppeteer the Beast, and to dance and do all the physical prep. [She helped me] get to grips with my voice in a new way, both to speak as the Beast, but also sing as the Beast.”
He hopes audiences pick up on the subtle changes that set the new movie apart from the original.
“You see a little bit of the Prince’s back story. You see the kind of parties he used to hold before he was cursed, and telling a bit of his back story through dance. This kind of speed-waltzing that we see at the beginning, where he’s dancing with 60 princesses—he doesn’t particularly connect to any of them.
And then obviously you’ve got that lovely celebration at the end, winter turning to spring—I think that was a new verse. They discovered some of Howard Ashman’s notes or some of Howard and Alan [Menken]’s notes, and they discovered a new verse that hadn’t been used in the original Beauty and the Beast song. I’m going to get it wildly wrong now, but I think it’s "Winter turns to spring, famine turns to feast. Nature points the way, nothing left to say. Beauty and the Beast.” That’s not in the original. It’s still the same beautiful tune, but I guess it’s telling of the whole story, really, that it’s the same tune, the same melodies, but sung in a slightly different way, which make [the songs] classics, which make them timeless. It is also a lovely verse. It’s a lovely sentiment to go out on.“
Imagine if back in Season 2 they had decided to go with Red Beauty. We would’ve had an LGBT relationship with 2 main characters (Ruby was still a main at the time) 3 seasons earlier, it could still easily have BatB undertones (Ruby is a freaking wolf), it would have gotten Belle away from Rumple (who they could’ve made into more of a ‘Gaston’ figure it they chose to). They could have foiled Red and Rumple as 2 “monsters” to show which one is the real beast. Imagine if in that episode where David’s step-dad/King whats-his-face convinced everyone to lead a hunt against Red if Belle had been the one to stand up for her and defend her from the mob (“Kill the Beast” song, anyone?)
Imagine Belle in a relationship with someone who wouldn’t constantly lie to her, except when it suddenly becomes convenient to tell the truth. Imagine her being with someone who wouldn’t excuse their shitty treatment of her by saying stuff like “You knew this is what you were getting when you fell in love with me” despite them repeatedly saying that they were going to try to be better. Imagine Belle being with someone who shared her ideals of being kind and selfless and wanting to help others.
Also, imagine Red having a more central part in the plot of Season’s 3-5 as all the Rumbe!!e episodes are now Red Beauty episodes. Rumple can still be around too, because he’s a great villain, but he could just be that… a villain.
☆ Fire Emblem Heroes, the upcoming mobile app in the beloved Nintendo series, debuts at No. 17. ☆ Undertale fans come out in full force, pushing the game up three spots to No. 5 this week.
Web stuff: Dogs should live forever. Gabe the Dog doubly so.
☆ Gabe the Dog (No. 8) found fame by borking his way into our hearts. RIP, Gabe. We love you forever. ☆ Eleven Little Roosters (aren’t those just chicks?) , a new scripted series from Rooster Teeth, debuts at No. 15.
I was waiting for D.O. around mid-afternoon while sitting on a chair in the corner of a studio in Gangnam, Seoul. He showed up out of nowhere making any noise, and was standing right in front of me.
I immediately stood up and greeted him in Japanese without thinking. Then he greeted me in Japanese, bobbed his head and smiled.
With clear fair skin wearing gray parka and sneakers with thin silver metal framed glasses, D.O. had such a refreshing style and he looked like a college freshman rather than an entertainer.
It has been 3 years since he began acting along with his activity as an EXO member. Co-staring with renowned actors such as Jung-woo Ha and Ha-kyun Shin, he has made remarkable progress amongst EXO members with his acting career.
Reason to choose to play a psychopath instead of being in a school life drama
In Korea, many musicians and pop stars who start their acting career by acting in school life drama as characters that are similar to them in real life. However, D.O. has left significant impression from the onset by consecutively playing roles such as the other self of the main character who suffers from schizophrenia (“It’s OK, that’s love”) and a psychopath (“I remember you”). The first movie he worked on was a social film about the situation that contract workers deal with. D.O. played a son of the main female character who stood up against wrongful employment condition.
“In Korea, I go by my real name Kyungsoo Do when I act, so some viewers who see me in movies and dramas are surprised when they find out I’m a member of EXO. But I actually don’t do anything different when I sing and dance as an EXO member or when I act in dramas and movies Any worksite I go, I seems to be able to morph into who I’m supposed to be. When choose the role, I decide whether or not I want to play that role by reading the screenplay.”
He appeared in a love comedy web drama for the first time called “Be Positive (Positive Constitution)”. This drama became a social phenomenon by recording 30 million views in total.
“I played a role of Hwan-dong, a college student majoring in Film who aspires to be a movie director. He is energetic and cheerful, completely different type of role from what I played before, so I thought I could show a different side of me.”
There is a kiss scene with his female senior at college. They reveal their feelings to each other at a modest spicy chicken feet restaurant. It’s typical of college romance that they invite each other to eat spicy chicken feet instead of fancy restaurant.
“Hwan-dong and I are very similar in that we are both positive. But I’m not as cheerful as he is to start dancing in the middle of the street. (laugh) Also, I don’t like spicy food that much. I like light food like Japanese. (and he says in Japanese) ochazuke (hot green tea over steamed rice), kasuzuke (pickled fish in the lees). I often go to Japanese restaurant in Korea, too. (His staff teased him, ‘You went yesterday, too, didn’t you?’) Yes, I just had sushi yesterday. (wry smile)”
Among the EXO fans, he is known to be like “onma (mom)” who prepares a night snack for the members. At the concert, while other members shout “I love you!” to the fans, he says “Please go home and eat tasty food”.
“When I was a child, my mother cooked 3 times a day, and I learned “Eating properly is important.” So, I try to deliver the message at the concert. I love eating and there is a part of me that I live to eat.”
He said he likes to see the happy face of the person who ate his food, and he broke into a smile.
“I can’t do it too often recently but I sometimes cook for the members like pasta and steak. If it’s Korean food, I cook doenjang-jjigae (soybean paste stew) and fried rice.”
In middle school, I did nothing but watched movies.
While being a member of EXO, he has continued acting without break. I am worried if he has any time to even sleep, but the air around him is relaxed and calm.
“Ever since I was a child, I liked watching movies as much as I liked singing. I like any genre of movie. When I was in middle school, I did nothing but watched movies. I think I saw every movie that was released back then. I liked playing games and playing outside with my friends, but movie was an exception to the rule.”
Without thinking I said, “Singing and acting are both your calling, aren’t they?”, then he gave me a big nod and said “yes” without waiting for his interpreter.
“I still go to the movie quite often. I go by myself late at night making sure no one finds out about me. (I suspiciously asked, ‘Really?’). I recently saw “La La Land”, “Moana”, “Fast & Furious 8” and “The Beauty and the Beast”. I once had a day off and saw 5 movies in a day. I watched 1 movie after breakfast, then another movie after lunch, and then 2 more after dinner, then 1 more after nap (laugh).”
He says he also likes Japanese movies.
“I like films directed by Naoko Ogigami (“Seagull Diner” and “Glasses”) and “Little Forest” that depicts the four seasons of a small village in a rural area. I like that kind of movies. If I find the film I like, I search previous work of the director. I would like to watch more films by Hirokazu Koreeda who filmed Umimachi Diary. If I have a chance, I want to direct a movie about ordinary people who live ordinary lives. I like realistic and calm story rather than energetic story.”
As we were leaving, he bowed and said “Thank you for today.” to every single staff member. And he did it so naturally. We rarely see 24 year old person so polite like him.
By Admin r2_exoluv@exolusa
Chapter Summary: After the reader reveals her feelings for Negan to Maggie, Negan’s at Alexandria’s gates ready to attack - but doesn’t know that reader had a secret weapon.
Pairing: Negan x Reader
Prompt: “Being on the Lucille Lineup and Negan taking an interest in you”
Word Count: 5.1k
Fandom: The Walking Dead
Warnings & A/N: okay, so 1. i definitely should’ve written more parts to this for the last few episodes of the season, but on the bright side this chapter is about to be long asf, so ya welcome ;). 2. lowkey sad bc this is the last part in the series (at least until october) and this is one of my favorite series i’ve written thus far. 3. Since I didn’t want to spend a lot of time explaining things in the story that have happened in the show, some things like Dwight being at Alexandria, Sasha being held captive by the Savior’s, etc etc etc, aren’t gonna be touched upon. And 4 Pretty please let me know which series of mine you guys would like to see more of, since we all know i have the worst tendency to never update shit (ik i’m sorry ok). ~ Mentions of Negan’s backstory (“Here’s Negan”),
The day had finally come. After mass persuasion, Rick had yet to get other groups besides the Hilltop and Jadis’ group to oblige. After running into her, Rick came to agreement with her after a ‘test’.