So I’m making this post to talk
about the good things that BigHit does in this time of lines and screen time feud. BigHit
entertainment is one of the best and least restrictive companies I have come to know.
Since BTS are their only artists, the amount of freedom and close knit
management they get is amazing.
There is no dungeon that the boys can
disappear into, and there is constantly new content for the fans. Sure
there are some things that happen that we nor the boys like, but then
they are dealt with. Yoongi complained about his scalp, and BigHit
relented, allowing him to stay dark for the past couple of comebacks.
They also allow the boys to use expensive equipment write and produce their own
music to release as non monetized mixtapes or song covers. They even fully funded the MVs given to both Yoongi and Nams for their mixtapes, and that is something they didn’t have to do.
The boys are
given the best produced music videos, and are allowed to create cinematic masterpieces with a deepened meaning. They not censored in the types of
lyrics that they write, despite how controversial in Korean culture.
this may seem trivial to you. All these small things are nothing
compared to the injustice that the members face. How dare they give
Jungkook all the lines and leave everyone else out in the cold! 2Seok
was basically missing this entire comeback!
Ok I hear you, but at the
same time, consider the fact that this is the first (and probably the
last) time Hoseok gets few *cough cough none cough cough* individual lines in a song. Spring Day was a more
vocal based song, so they decided that he should use his vocal talent to
back Jungkook rather than add another rap verse. It makes sense to me,
and it gives him the opportunity to show his vocal talent on stage if he
and Jungkook harmonize live as well.
And then there is Jin. It seems
that he always gets the short end of the stick. The amount of individual
screen time he got was unfair yes, completely. He is officially a
visual of the group, and if anything that should be the place he pops up
the most. But at the same time, Not Today was more a dance video, and he and
Nams are well, not the best dancers, so they wouldn’t put them in the
middle on all the dance shots.
Also look at the I Need U and Run comebacks, the entire story in the music videos clearly revolved around him and his character, something that the fans were quick to point out and appreciate. For those comebacks, he was in the center.
This is still not a justification, but
simply a reason for why they might have chosen to edit the video like
Next moving on to his line distribution. He notoriously along
with V get the short end of the stick when it comes to lines. And I
think it is simply because of the way the industry works.
You know how
sometimes Jimin and Jungkook switch lines because Jimin is better at the
high notes in the studio, but Jungkook hits them better live? The same
thing goes for most line distributions. What voice works the best for the feeling they want to produce? Who can hold the notes the best on stage? Like I said before, Jin is not
the best dancer, and their dances are HARD, so most of his time probably goes
towards practicing the choreography rather than nailing his vocal stability on
He objectively doesn’t have the best or most stable voice in the group, as
often times on live stages he is out of breath by the time his lines
do come up, and that is completely understandable. It’s the reason why
so many (even the more experienced) artists lip sync to certain performances.
Dancing while singing
is hard, and maybe it’s just not for Jin. Maybe, just maybe, he decided himself
that his voice was better suited for slower songs with less choreo so
that he can really focus on nailing his vocal performance. I mean in the solo he got to produce himself he chose a more soft ballad song rather than a more hard hitting one like Jimin’s because that just suits his voice better, and he knows it.
That’s why he got a lot more lines in “Butterfly” a slower ballad with less complex dancing and softer vocals, right where Jin thrives, but not really the typical image BTS produces musically.
Once again this isn’t a justification, and more a reason why he might get fewer lines. It is true that the line distributions are unfair and I agree with that, but it’s also a question of the industry standards, and the fact that sometimes it might be the best solution to a shitty problem.
I know I’m
probably going to get some flack for this one, but it’s just something
that needed to be said. Us fans really need to step back and appreciate
not only the boys, but the company that helped make them.
•Great trick master
•BREAKING ALL THE ANKLES
•"They call me the nutcracker because of how I execute nutmegs"
•Came up with the color scheme
•Most active player on social media
•practices all day, every day
•Best at corner shots
•Has a merchandising deal with NIKE headbands
•Record of 10 yellow cards and 4 red cards in a single season
•Trash talk™ even to the other teams face
•Spends time in the locker room listening to music and making the Micheal Phelps Face™
•Queen of fakeouts
•Plans all of the team’s public appearances
•Total sweetheart and apologizes when he accidentally trips or bumps into someone
•Beat Lance in a juggling contest by 4
•Cooks all of the team meals on Friday (team bonding night)
•Last hope player
•People claim he and Keith have a telepathic bond for shots on goal
•Always has a strategy for every situation
•Films Lance for his YouTube videos
•Has done multiple makeup and sports clothing commercials
•Secretly dating someone but REFUSES to say who
•works out after games
•Wears a jersey with the number 1
•Practice 5 times a week or else
•Screams at the team the entire game
•Helps Pidge plan public meetings
•First time soccer mom
•Has Pidge and Keith warm him up
•Once saved a ball that was way too high to see, coming in really fast
•Best friends with Lance
•Cool kid off-feild but will yell and scream as much as Allura on-feild
Shay (human version):
•Steals balls almost as well as she steals hearts
•Secretly dates Hunk (literally everyone knows about it)
•Somehow— for some reason convinced the team to do a nude photo shoot
Summary: Almost two years after she left him, Bucky is still trying to move on from their relationship. But when one of his nightmares begins unfolding in real life, he and the team must do what it takes to find her before it’s too late. Will she survive this? Is there any hope for their relationship to begin again? And will Bucky ever get closure?
Pairing: Bucky Barnes X Bisexual!Reader, Bisexual!Reader X OC
Word Count: 1.8k (sorry guys)
Warnings: Language probably, possibly brief violence, maybe discussion of a sexual encounter?
A/N: Hi guys! I’m back with another chapter of All or Nothing! I honestly have no clue what I wrote in this but @fangirlisms-22 and @lostboyinneverland said it was good so it’s getting posted. I know it’s been 84 years 2 weeks since an update and I’m sorry about that, my life got a little busy so I haven’t had a chance to write much. 3rd POV for the group dynamics and 1st POV for reader again. Here’s the Spotify playlist. If you’d like to be tagged in future updates send me an ask here! Send me feedback and let me know what you think! See you soon!
Request/Inspiration: Anon “Okay but this could for any of the cast (you could just pick your favorite) but the reader gets some of her friends to do a street performance of “Schuyler Sisters” and she sings Angelica’s lyrics (Eliza’s maybe if you picked Lin) but whoever you pick is shook by her singing and dancing and manages to talk to her (bonus is she gets a number and if they stutter)
Summary: “I need to compel him to include you in the show somehow.”
A/N: Okay okay I was thinking of doing this to either Lin or Anthony and I really couldn’t decide so I asked y’all what you wanted! I’m writing this as of the time in which I have no idea who I’m writing it for so I’ll just skedaddle across the keyboard. I love writing for Lin, but I don’t know if y’all are tired of him or not? I also feel like I should write for someone new because?? UPDATE: I’M DOING ANTHONY OOPS. Just saying, this is a really short fic sorry! THIS IS SOMETHING. SOMETHING REALLY RUSHED BECAUSE I COULDN’T LEAVE Y’ALL FICLESS IT’S NOT MY BEST AND I’M SORRY.
Random, maybe. But why does Yongguk have minimal shots in the MV? He’s technically invisible? And in the choreography he doesn’t come in until like an entire minute has passed after which he is placed in the back as the only one for the remainder of the video. He’s one of the best dancers and he’s the leader and I just… I don’t know. I don’t get it. And it bothers me. I’m happy that he’s back, but it feels like he’s absent still.
For years I have been in Bamon fandom. For years I have watched these characters grow and change, just as I have grown and changed with them. It’s been one hell of a ride with lots of ups and downs. I’ve literally been beyond happy sometimes with certain moments on this show but I’ve also been totally crushed at others.
First things first…there should be Bamon goodbye, and that really broke me.
Secondly, this is me saying goodbye to these two. In my head these two will always be endgame.
As for the rest of the tvd finale; it was good but not great. I had a lot of expectations and it really didn’t live up to any of them. I think what bothered me the most was Nina and Ian’s acting - especially when they had scenes together. Nina’s acting was not the best neither as Katherine or as Elena tbh but that last shot with Delena walking down the street was Ian’s worse acting on this entire show ugh. That half-ass smile was so bad I cringed. And I’m so sorry because of Steroline there are endgame in my head too, actually BELVAFORE is the true endgame.
Thank you Ian and Kat for giving us Bamon. And thank you to the Bamon fam for being my biggest supporters and loving my bamon videos. The journey would’ve not been the same without you all. This one is for you guys.
As I was accompanying a group of students from Odsherred Efterskole, Denmark on a trip to Malawi for a week, I took advantage of the little time off I had to take some pictures. In cooperation with Francis Botha, local citizen and employed at NGO Danish Church Aid, we toured the African country from South to North, helping me find diverse locations and scenes to best capture what I had in mind.
What She Means:
Yasuke Matsuda was in one frame this entire god damn anime. My beloved Matsuda-kun got one shot and didn't even speak. But thank god we got a whole episode about video games and the power of friendship. My dear husband deserved better than this, Kodaka. And ya know what? He may have only had one frame, but it was the best god damn frame in the whole anime I mean did you see him he's so beautiful and shame on you for depriving me of the animated Yasuke Matsuda that I deserve.
Every single thing I noticed and felt while watching Taylor’s LWYMMD music video
By now I think it’s a fair assumption to make that you have already seen @taylorswift ‘s new video for Look What You Made Me Do (it had over 39 million views in the first 24 hours). If you’re like me you may have rewatched it about 13 million times trying to decipher all the hidden meanings. If you’re not (cool) like me, you may have just watched it once and wondered: “what on earth did I just see??”.
Lucky for you I’ve decided to document my entire emotional journey through the 4:15 video. Disclaimer 1: many of these theories are my own opinions or theories I’ve read from other fans. I do not pretend to understand the entire genius of T-Swift. Disclaimer 2: I am a 100% biased Taylor Swift fan and therefore this analysis is 100% biased with my love for Tay.
HERE WE GO
Ok, opening scene. Spooky. Fits the soft but slightly creepy lullaby intro. Honestly thought we might be stepping into Hogwarts.
Here is one of the first of many “TS” we will see throughout the video.
For anyone who has been following Taylor the past year, this is a pretty clear reference to the online hate Taylor received after being “exposed” by Kim Kardashian (note: she was in no way exposed). Trolls began to fill social media with “RIP Taylor’s career” and “Taylor Swift Is Over Party”. It is a fitting place to begin the video.
Does that dress look familiar to anyone? It appears to be the same dress Taylor wore in the Out Of The Woods music video (the last video from the 1989 era…symbolic right?).
What is that on the tombstone behind Taylor? Nils Sjoberg. This was the alias name Taylor used when she helped write Calvin Harris’ “This Is What You Came For” (he later appeared to be less than happy once Taylor started receiving credit for the song).
We now see the old Taylor that Zombie Taylor is burying. This Taylor is dressed the same as when Taylor attended the Met Gala in 2014 (marking the beginning of the 1989 era). Here we literally see post-1989 Taylor burying pre-1989 Taylor. *tears*
Taylor transforms from the graveyard into this beautiful scene. Several things to point out here. Taylor is almost literally drowning in jewels. Perhaps alluding to the media’s perception of Taylor being money obsessed? If you look closely, we also see a single dollar bill lying in the bathtub with her. Most likely referencing the symbolic 1 dollar Taylor requested in her countersuit against a former radio DJ who sexually assaulted her (Taylor won this case). Finally, and this may be a stretch but notice on the floor to the left of the bathtub what looks like a heart shaped locket? It’s possible this is the same locket that Calvin Harris gave Taylor for their 1 year anniversary. Wow. Brilliant.
ENTER SNAKES. We now get all the snake references we could ever need (also clearing up the snake video clues Taylor teased just a few days before releasing LWYMMD). The snakes themselves are a reference to the hate Taylor received after the Kim/Kanye blow up. Haters filled her Instagram and Twitter with snake emojis implying that Taylor herself was a snake. Looks like the joke is on them now. Also notice the subtle, “et tu brute” on the chair? We see this several times in this scene, of course referring to the betrayal Taylor has felt from people she thought were her friends.
And Snakes! Check out Taylor sipping on her tea that she now gets to serve up. It’s her time to tell the story and she’s doing it with this BA Salazar Slytherin look.
The golden car crash. This is an interesting scene because it has many interpretations. My gut reaction was Katy Perry. The feud is well known and Katy added fuel to the fire by releasing her song “Swish Swish” that was meant to be a dig at Tay. I think she looks very much like Katy here with the sunglasses and the short blonde hair. Notice she is even holding a single Grammy (something that Katy Perry does not have). However, it’s also been pointed out that this may also be a Kim Kardashian reference (which I will discuss later).
A further analysis of the car crash shows the paparazzi taking pictures after Taylor crashes. Perhaps symbolically saying that the media loves to see Taylor suffer and fail?
Two things to note here. 1) Jaguar? Your guess is as good as mine. 2) The cute little guy is wearing a golden 13.
Next, we find Taylor in what looks like a giant bird cage. Wearing orange to perhaps symbolize that she feels like a prisoner at times? We also see a snake tattoo on her right leg.
At this point in the song, Taylor says “and threw a feast”. This could be a reference to KP’s song Bon Appetit. But it is unclear. Also, notice the rat on the table? Yeup just thought I’d point him out.
Now, this is a fun scene. Tay is robbing a currently undisclosed location. The cat masks could be a cute play at Taylor’s love for cats. Or could be another hit at Katy. Either way, it’s a great scene. Her sweatshirt reads “blind for love” as we know Taylor frequently referred to herself as a hopeless romantic.
We are now introduced to biker chick Taylor. It might seem a little out of place at first. But remember when Taylor got hate for her Bad Blood video apparently ripping off of Britney Spear’s Toxic? This very well may be alluding to that.
Absolutely love this part. We now see what Taylor was robbing. A streaming company. Of course. After the backlash, she got from leaving Spotify and writing her letter to Apple this scene makes perfect sense. Side note: absolutely adored Taylor’s letter to Apple. You go girl.
What is Taylor doing dictating what looks like an army of life size barbies? This is a reference to the “squad” and the comments Taylor received that her friendship circle was more like a cult of freakishly perfect looking women as opposed to a genuine group of friends.
Which of course leads us to the falling out of the squad the media claimed happened but didn’t.
Taylor enters the mansion. As soon as she enters the room the men immediately step up to do her bidding. As if Taylor is their commander and they must obey.
This is our first glimpse of the mysterious airplane Taylor. We only see short glimpses of her but she seems to serve an important role. She perhaps represents the real Taylor that neither the media nor the fans truly get to see or understand fully.
The boys are back. 8 of them all in line (apparently something only Beyonce is allowed to do if you ask Twitter). She could be representing her past relationships and the scorn she received for each one. Fun fact: it’s Taylor’s back up dancers from the 1989 world tour!
The I <3 TS shirt. Tom Hiddleston wore an I <3 TS shirt while dating Taylor. He got mocked and Taylor got called manipulative for “forcing him to wear it”. Taking a wild guess here, but pretty sure Tom makes his own wardrobe choices.
This is our first real glimpse at the “Reputation” era Taylor. She’s dark. Her hair is slicked back. And she looks like she is 100% done apologizing. She is standing on top of a mound of the “old Taylors”.
Shoutout to Fearless era Taylor with the iconic 13 on her hand. What a gem.
This is one of the best shots in the video. A look at the past decade of Taylor. How many Taylor’s can you spot?
More snakes. Side note: You can actually buy this snake ring on Taylor’s merch store. Taylor now reveals to us the most anticipated line of the song. “I’m sorry the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, cuz she’s dead.” This line brings the entire song together as well as the symbolism of Taylor wiping her social media a week prior to LWYMMD release. The old Taylor is dead. The haters have killed her.
Taylor breaks it down with her backup dancers to some pretty great choreography. I like to think of this as shade to all the people who made fun of Taylor’s dancing abilities. Our girl can dance.
Annnnnnnnd boom! Our Jaguar friend is back. Still unsure what he represents but he’s pretty cute.
Let’s pause to appreciate the adorable wink Tay gives us here. Reputation may be a darker album than we are used to but Taylor is still the light-hearted girl we’ve always known.
Wow, she’s like Super Woman.
This is one of the best views we get of the mysterious airplane Taylor. Who are you???
We finally come to the last and most important scene. 15 Taylors. 14 lined out in front and one back on the airplane. There just so happens to be 15 songs on the new album reputation…coincidence?? Also, notice TS6 written on the end of the plane? Subtle genius.
You Belong With Me Taylor is precious. She’s so happy and genuinely surprised that she has accomplished all that she has. But everyone hates her for that and will drag her down until she no longer will show that much genuine and pure happiness at an award show again. Also, recognize that shirt from the YBWM music video? Only now it’s slightly different. This time it has real names of Taylor’s real friends you might recognize. Like Selena, Ed, and Jack.
As the scene continues we see Shake It Off Taylor mock YBWM Taylor for being surprised all the time. Mansion Taylor calls Zombie Taylor/SIO Taylor a b**ch and Zombie Talyor responds with “don’t call me that!” Alluding to Kanye calling Taylor this in his song “Famous”. In real life, Taylor responded by making a very strong statement against Kanye’s words during her Album of the Year acceptance speech at the Grammys later that year.
A particularly heart-wrenching scene. Fearless Taylor tries to calm everyone down but gets shut down by We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (Tour) Taylor, calling her a fake. We see the young innocent Taylor begin to cry. The young sweet girl who got stomped on by the world for making music about love. It is sure to elicit a few tears.
“There she goes playing the victim again”. Taylor is literally beating the haters to the punch.
Met Gala Taylor Asks Katy/Kim Taylor what she’s doing and she responds with “getting receipts…gonna edit this later.” This could be interpreted in two ways. If this is meant to be Katy, it could be referencing the song “Swish Swish” where Katy claims that “karma keeps receipts”. Or if it is Kim, it would be naturally referencing the snapchat videos Kim perhaps “edited” of Kanye and Taylor’s phone conversation. Side note: it is illegal to record people without their consent in certain states, Kim.
Finally, we see 2009 VMA Taylor who had been interrupted by Kanye West while she was accepting her award for Best Female Music Video of the Year. She quotes 2016 Taylor by saying “I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative”. Which all the other Taylor’s and symbolically the world respond with…
“SHUT UP”. Here Taylor is telling us that no matter what she does or doesn’t do, she will be judged. It isn’t fair but it is something she has accepted. She will no longer be providing any explanation. There will just be reputation.
Jeno + #27: “Just give me my cut of the money and I’ll be out of here.”
“This isn’t even a fair game,” Jeno whined. “Humor is subjective! There’s not rules here!” “Well Taeyong won’t let us play blackjack,” You shrugged. “So cards against humanity is all we got to bet on.” “This is so stupid.” Jeno grumbled. “You guys intentionally sabotage a member each time, it’s not fair…” “Stop whining, and just play.” Mark snickered at Jeno. “The card is: ‘(blank): hours of fun. Easy to use. Perfect for (blank)’. Give it your best shot.” “I don’t…think I can say this. Can I?” Jeno turned to you, “Is…can I say that?” “It’s cards against humanity, dude.” You shrugged, “Anything goes.” “Okay okay, I better not get yelled at for saying it then.” Jeno said. “The entire internet: Hours of fun. Easy to use. Perfect for a cat video so cute that your eyes roll back and your spine slides out of your anus.” “That’s uh…” You bit your lip to hold in your laughter at the defeated look on his face for actually saying anus in an actual sentence. “That’s it, I fold.” Mark chucked his cards. “You know we’re not playing that kind of game, right?” You snickered at Mark’s pout. “He won, that’s the best, I give up.” “I swear to god…” You shook your head. “You’re just bitter you’re losing.” “Anyways! This means I won right?” Jeno got real excited. “Just give my cut of the money and I’ll be out of here.” “Dude, it’s just candy.” You pushed the pile of sweets towards Jeno. “I don’t care, I won.” Jeno stuck his tongue out. “Peace out, I’m just going to go get some cavities.” “Taeyong’s gonna kill you if you do.” “…Then don’t tell him. Please?”
First thing’s first, let me just mention that this music video was extremely hard to capture, especially with many of the shots being out of focus, incredibly shaky and just focusing on more eyes and lips without the entire face. Nevertheless, here are 10 of my “best” screencaps of Burn It Up! :’) It’s a little late (once again), especially with all the high-quality gifs that have been flooding the “Wanna One” tag. :’) This song is such a bop really and thank you YMC for actually releasing it nevertheless.
Congratulations Wanna One on your official M! Countdown stage yesterday and may you continue walking the path of flowers! :) The stage was not only mind-blowing, but it was executed incredibly well by our 11 boys. :) For those who have not seen their MR removed videos, you can check Burn It Up HERE and Energetic HERE! To me, it is one of the best videos that I’ve ever heard because it just proves how talented these boys truly are, amidst their variety skills and blessed visuals.
If you guys have not noticed yet, Energetic is one of the contenders for this week on a music show and are currently in 2nd place on Show Champion! :) Do vote for them when you can! ^^ Wanna One hwaiting!! ^^
With its imposing mountains, endless plateaus and echoing valleys, Norway is a country where nature takes the lead. Using time-lapse, this film attempts to capture the ebb and flow of the seasons and is a result of one year of planning, a second year of shooting and four months of editing.
20,000 kilometers have been travelled, 200,000 photos taken and 20 terabytes worth of hard drives filled. Months have been spent hiking through the mountains, sleeping in tents and travelling through the entire country hunting for the best locations.
SEASONS of NORWAY is shot and edited by Morten Rustad. The video is available in up to 8K resolution (7680*4320 letterboxed). INFORMATION ABOUT THE FILM CAN BE FOUND AT: mortenrustad.com
So I finished this request and I really like it. I’m in choir myself and the request was for a music project. Lucky for me, our choir final has always been the project in the imagine! The song was based off a song I wrote for my project last year. THANKS FOR THE REQUEST AND ENJOY!
In my highschool, you need to have three credits in a fine arts or foreign language class to graduate. This was great, seeing as I love music. I play guitar, piano, and I sing..
However, this means that, because she didn’t want to take Spanish or drawing, I’m sitting in a choir class with Audrey Jensen. Don’t get me wrong, I love Audrey. She’s a great friend of mine. I just have a huge crush on her.
Auds is gorgeous. And smart. And creative. And she’s just AMAZING. I could watch her for hours… “Y/n! Are you there?” Audrey asks, pulling me from my daydream.
“Y-eah. Wait what?” I stumble. Audrey laughs.
“You were really out of it! Did you even hear what Mrs. Smith said?” I consider it before shaking my head. I really didn’t even know our teacher had been talking. Auds rolled her beautiful blue eyes. “She said we all have to write a song and film a music video as our final!”
“Oh yeah..” I had done this project before in the last couple years I’d been in choir. It wasn’t hard, but then again, I always had inspiration. I look back up at Audrey. She was looking at me weird. “What?” I ask.
“You wanna work together? I mean.. You know instruments and music writing and I can film the video.”
“Yeah! Um.. That sounds great.” I say. I wasn’t lying. Working with Audrey would be fun, and she wouldn’t put all the work on me like other partners would. The problem was, I always wrote my best songs about her. But I can’t write about her if she’s right there!
Well, maybe we could find something else to write about. So after school, Audrey comes over and we hold up in my bedroom with my journal, guitar, and piano. “So remind me again why I can’t hear the other songs you’ve written.” She says, staring at my ceiling as she lays on my bed.
“Because…” I state, sitting next to her and strumming a cord on the acoustic strings of my guitar. “I write very crappy songs that no one should hear.”
“I doubt that. How about this? If we finish this song today, you play me something.” Audrey wasn’t going to give up on this. Plus, there had to be something that I wrote that wasn’t about Auds.
“Okay. But we don’t even know what to write about.” We were silent for a few moments.
Audrey shrugged. “I never wrote a song before. I don’t even know where to start!”
I nodded. “The hardest part about writing songs is finding inspiration. Once you get it, the words and notes will just come.” I strum another cord. “So what are we passionate about?”
We finally picked a topic. Writing about “music” was a broad pick, but it would get the job done. Plus the lyrics were easy to write. Soon enough I was at the piano playing the tune. “I kinda always wanted to learn the piano, but I just never had the motivation to do it.” Auds muttered, watching me from the bed.
“It’s not too hard.” I replied. “Here, I’ll show you.” I scooted over and let her sit next to me. “Well you know how to read notes. Like the bottom line of treble clef is ‘e’ and it goes in alphabetical order from 'a’ to 'g’.” I point to the notes I was writing on the paper. “Well the keys match up with the notes.” I take her hand and press her finger to a white key. “This is middle C.” Next. “D” Next. “E” “F” “G” “A” “B” “C again.” Then I press her hand to a black key. “These keys are sharp or flat of each letter key. So if this is 'g’,” We press a key. “Then this is 'g’ sharp’ and this is 'g flat’.” We are really close. I’m holding her hands and having her play notes, play the song we are writing. My heart is racing.
“Will you play something for me?” She asks quietly. I nod, opening up my notebook. Almost every song was about her, but there was a certain song I knew better than any others in the book. I quickly open that one up.
I wrote this the day Piper died. It was a powerful day for us all and I needed to wrap my head around it. This is my favorite song I’ve ever written.
Beautiful girl I see you everywhere, smiling at me like you have no care. I look into your eyes and soon I see, everything that you could be.
The person in black with the face of a mask, threatens to pull you away from me. But soon you’ll see. Oh soon you’ll see..
I wrote a song for her, a thousand words for her, I’ll sing my heart for her, I’ll be there for her. Just don’t let her leave. Don’t take her away. I still have a song for her…
Oo-oo.. A song for her..
I finish the last note and stop. It’s silent as a try to stop my beating heart. Audrey doesn’t speak. I don’t move. We just sit there for a moment.
“Wow. That was.. amazing.. Can we use that song?” Audrey asks. Silence..
“I mean. It’s really good! And you wrote this amazing song so I think we would use it. You can record it and I’ll just make the music video.” I nodded.
“I- uh.. Guess we can use it…” Sure. And I guess Audrey didn’t know it was about her so why not? Well as soon as I thought that, she jumps up.
“Great! You record that and send it to me. I’ll get started on that video!”
Then she left. I, of course, just sat there in shock. Did I do something wrong? Why was she in such a hurry to get out of here?
Over the next couple days, I asked Audrey if I needed to help record anything for the video. Everytime she said no. She said she got it. I asked Noah, our best friend, about it and he just smiled. He said the video was great. So apparently he’s seen it.
Well today we were all going to see it. Audrey sat next to me and smiled. Mrs. Smith took attendance, then asked if there were any volunteers to go first. I sunk lower in my chair, not wanting the entire class to, inevitably, hear my music. Well that wasn’t an option, as Audrey’s hand shot straight in the air, almost dragging her body with it. She got up and pressed play on the video.
The intro played as the opening credits showed up on screen. “ 'A Song For Her’ written my Y/n L/n. Music video by Audrey Jensen.” Then the lyrics started. It was a video of Audrey and I at the Grindhouse. Then a Snapchat video of us. Us playing with the filters. Pictures I snuck of Audrey when she wasn’t looking, no doubt hacked by Noah. Pictures of me that Audrey must’ve taken without my knowledge. Old pictures, new pictures. Videos. Both of us together, happy. Me playing piano yesterday; I didn’t know Auds was recording that. Then the song ended as a couple words popped on screen.
“Y/n, will you go out with me?”
I looked at Audrey and she had her black, handheld camera out, pointed at me. I looked back at the screen. The words still there, but now next to my face, live. I looked back at the black haired girl.
Looking at Nintendo’s catalogue, it’s difficult to find very many games with massive amounts of references to 3rd century religions. Xenoblade Chronicles is one of those rare few.
Most of the previous games in the Xeno series have a few references to the ancient religion of Gnosticism, and Xenoblade is no different. But how deep does it go, beyond borrowing the words “Monad” and “Yaldabaoth?”
Face here! Today, we’re going to do something a little different from the norm. Today we’re going to explore Tetsuya Takahashi’s love affair with Gnostic philosophy that resulted in Nintendo’s latest great JRPG! That’s right, kiddies! Get ready for a history, philosophy, and theology lesson all wrapped up in a nice little video game discussion!
BE AWARE THAT THIS ENTIRE ARTICLE WILL BE NOTHING BUT XENOBLADE SPOILERS. IF YOU HAVEN’T YET BEATEN IT AND CARE ABOUT THE ENDING, TURN BACK NOW.
Predictions: Is there anyone who has not seen this movie?? If you have not seen this movie, GET OUT NOW and go watch this movie. We had obviously seen this movie about a million times, so we had no predictions.
Plot: Ah, Love Actually. The movie that began this questionable trend of holiday-themed movies with way too many characters who all know each other in different ways. Thankfully, though, it’s not called Christmas, or Christmas Day, or Six Weeks Leading Up To Christmas. Starring every British actor you’ve ever heard of, Love Actually is about the idea that love is all around. Gross, right? No, it’s super charming, shut up.
In order of appearance: Bill Nighy is a washed-up pop star who makes a comeback by adapting one of his greatest hits and turning it into a cheesy Christmas single. He realizes that, more than fame or sex or whatever, his greatest love is actually his best friend, his manager. Colin Firth is a cuckolded writer who runs away to France and meets a Portuguese girl there. They fall in love, despite not speaking the same language, and he eventually goes to…France? Portugal? to…propose???? Liam Neeson is the widowed stepfather of 11-year-old Thomas Sangster, who has fallen in love with one of his classmates. He wins her heart by…learning to play the drums? with Liam Neeson’s support, and Liam Neeson meets Claudia Schiffer, to boot.
New paragraph – too many storylines! Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman are married, but then his eye wanders to his weirdly sexually aggressive secretary (WHY ARE YOU HITTING ON HIM, LADY???? HE IS MARRIED, AND ALSO OLD), but then Alan Rickman regrets his choices, as well he should. Kris Marshall, a creeper weirdo, announces to his friend that it’s not him, it’s England, and American girls would love him, due to his British accent. Sadly, he…is not mistaken???? Martin Freeman and Joanna Page meet as naked stand-ins and fall in love. Chiwetel Ejiofor marries Keira Knightley, but then Andrew Lincoln, his best friend, inexplicably confesses his love for her also???????? Like, not in a predatory way, but still, seems SUPER WEIRD. YOU ARE A WEIRD BEST FRIEND.
Last but not least, newly-appointed Prime Minister Hugh Grant gets together with some girl who works for him (after some obligatory shenanigans; they’re pretty cute), and Laura Linney gives up Rodrigo Santoro to be with her mentally-ill brother on Christmas. Ah, the holidays. Isn’t love grand? This movie is so much more delightful than all the movies that came after it. It is R-rated, so more risqué than any of them, and yet SOMEHOW MORE CLASSY???? Much more classy. Maybe it’s because it’s half-British. ;)
Also, RIP Alan Rickman, the classiest of us all (in real life; sadly not so much in this movie). We will miss your eyebrows.
Best Scene: At one point, would-be cheater cheater pumpkin eater Alan Rickman is trying to purchase a necklace for his secretary (!!!! NO. DON’T DO IT, ALAN RICKMAN) and has the misfortune of being helped by salesperson Rowan Atkinson. Rowan Atkinson spends basically a year wrapping the gift, and it is marvelous. Everything he does is a Christmas miracle, not to mention the look on Alan Rickman’s face at every additional frill. Runner-up: Prime Minister Hugh Grant and his door-to-door search for his hopefully-girlfriend.
Worst Scene: When Kris Marshall arrives in Wisconsin, and Wisconsin debases itself in the form of FOUR HOT GIRLS who, for some reason, share ONE BED and are eager to bring this British stranger into it. Not that we mind seeing surprise!Elisha Cuthbert and her hot friends, but like…what is even happening here???? Was Richard Curtis writing a porno, but then lost his funding, and thought, well, God, I’d hate to waste this amazing scene I already wrote?!
Best Line: This entire film is VERY funny and touching, so it’s hard to pick just one line, or even three or four. Everything that comes out of Emma Thompson’s mouth is amazing. Colin Firth’s bilingual interactions with Lúcia Moniz are very funny. Prime Minister Hugh Grant is exactly as you would imagine.
Worst Line: Probably something that either Kris Marshall or one of his new American lady friends says, because why.
Highlights of the Watching Experience: So, like, if Keira Knightley turned up at your door, asking to see the wedding video that you obviously shot but equally obviously can never show her, maybe you could (1) shut the door in her face because she turned up unexpectedly and WHO DOES THAT except a MONSTER or (2) make a babbling excuse and immediately throw the VHS out the window. Things we would not do: let her watch it and make our relationship even weirder than it was. Other things we would not do: later appear at HER door unexpectedly (!!!!), ask her to lie to her husband slash our best friend, play a recording of NOT CAROLERS (this CD = obviously accompanied), and then confess our unwanted and unsolicited love. Garbage friend. Garbage story.
How Many POC in the Film: A few supporting characters – Chiwetel Ejiofor, Abdul Salis (Kris Marshall’s friend), Olivia Olson (Thomas Sangster’s love interest) and her mom, and Prime Minister Hugh Grant’s…secretary? chief of staff?? Some important lady who works at Downing Street. Also, a whole bunch of background people. This movie did an okay job, POC-wise.
Alternate Scenes: Every time we watch this movie, we hope that somehow this will be the time that the movie is different and Alan Rickman just gives Emma Thompson the goddamn necklace instead of ruining their life together. It’s so easy not to cheat on people, guys. Just, why.
Was the Poster Better or Worse than the Film: Worse. The poster says, “Merry Christmas! Here is my gift to you – the faces of 10 white famous people, coming to murder you tonight.” Whereas the movie, of course, is delightful.
Score: 9.5 out of 10 Christmas-is-all-around-us smooches. We would, however, like to qualify that it’s EXTREMELY HARD (as we’ve now seen many times, to our chagrin) to make a movie perfect, or even any good at all, that has this many characters and storylines. While there are certain things we might change, overall, we both deeply enjoy this movie and find it impressively put together.
Ranking: 2, out of the 56 movies we’ve seen so far.
Why you should read Umineko No Naku Koro Ni (Please read):
So lately on tumblr It seems that our fandom has been trying to recruit more fans to enjoy the story (more than usual I mean). I have seen quite a few variations of “please read Umineko” and laments that there aren’t more people in the fandom. What I have not seen, however, is anyone offering up any arguments or reasons of as to why you should devote your time and energy to read this story, so I’ve decided to take on the role of story salesman to explain why Umineko is amazing and worth your time.
Setting: The story of Umineko primarily takes place on a private island known as Rokenjima in the year 1986.
The Ushiromya family is holding a family conference in which the adult siblings intend to decide how to split up the assets of their dying father. Upon receiving a challenge letter that appears to be from the witch of the forest Beatrice, a gruesome mass murder takes place involving 13 characters being killed in a ritualistic murder game, in which the only way to stop the killings is by solving the mysterious epitaph that is said to reveal the location of 10 tons of gold. However, if the epitaph is not solved, “On the 9th twilight, the witch shall revive and none shall be left alive.“
The Story: The story of Umineko is easily the most complex and beautiful work that I have ever read, this thing is a true piece of art. I honestly think that I will never read a story that will surpass it in depth. If each medium of art were to be represented for it’s form of beauty by one piece, Umineko would be the piece I’d choose for the written medium. I could probably fill up several pages waxing poetic and singing the praises of it, but that would probably just bore you. There is a reason that the paragraph above you is listed as “setting” instead of “story”. You see, the tale repeats itself several times, each with various alterations (such as who dies and in what order) and additions of new information. 2 beings oversee the unfolding of each tale in a place that we fans call “the meta” in which our protagonist Battler argues with the Golden Witch (or perhaps I should call her the concept of the witch) Beatrice, over whether the tale being told is mystery or fantasy, human culprit or non-human culprit.
(It’s like an intense sword fight with logic)
The ultimate goal of the story and the readers is to discover the truth, the underlying truth of all game boards. What truly happened those 2 days, and why? Who is the culprit? Is there a culprit? Why do these deaths occur?
The Layers- One of the greatest things about Umineko is what I think of as the layering of stories in each game (Each story showing what happens on Rokenjima is called a game board by the characters inhabiting the meta). It is my to my understanding that, not including the neigh endless number of culprit theories one can create per game so long as they can work around the restriction, in each game there are 3 stories being told: The fantasy story shown to us which requires only acceptance.
The main human-culprit story per game board (the angle the mystery side is playing).
(this is not an image involving a Rosa culprit theory, I just can’t find any images for culprit theories)
and the truth: that which hides quietly in the shadows of the story which you can only see if you understand everything
(Of course, some fans deny the particular answer the author places in front of us believing it to simply be another of his many, many attempts to mislead, trick, and deceive. I wouldn’t doubt him to be the sort to hide the truth of his own story from his readers honestly). Everything is interwoven ridiculously tightly, and only going back and rereading it have I realized exactly how much doublespeak goes on throughout the novels. There is no doubt in my mind that if you were to read Umineko alongside someone who had already read it before, you would find yourselves reading completely different stories.
The Music: The music of Umineko is some of my favorite, it’s what pushed me to finally read the story in the first place, which would eventually cause me to write this very post. There are somewhere around maybe 200 different pieces total plus unofficials and character songs. The music accurately depicts and enhances the mood of each scene splendidly, shaping something unnerving into something truly horrifying. There is so much variety in it, and I would urge you to look up some Umineko bgm on youtube and give it a taste.
The Mysteries, A Challenge- One of the funnest (and simultaneously most headache and tear inducing) aspects of the story are the mysteries presented to us to solve.
The confusion and doubt when hit with something you can’t explain, the feeling of wonder when you finally grasp what the correct answer is (and then bewilderment when that possibility is crushed) are feelings that any reader will feel intimately familiar with.The challenges given to us by the author usually come in the form of impossible closed-room murders, which the protagonist (and readers) are charged to explain without magic. Many of the mysteries occur outside of closed rooms however, and often more subtle, less easily placed into words. Still, if you want a challenge, then this story is perfect for you. It is not just something that is meant to be read without thought or pondering, it is a direct challenge issued by our author to his readers. If you do not think, you will not understand, and you will not enjoy nearly as much.
The Characters- Umineko is a story with a VERY large character cast. With the 1st game board you start out with 18 human characters, and with each new game the character count increases, usually with a fantasy character (or seven) . Despite the large cast everyone has at least a few scenes where they play in important role, and all of them have a great level of depth to them. Each of them are unique with interesting perspective and opinions, and their own problems. Their character designs are also quite nice.
(This is just the fantasy side btw, there are still 18 people missing)
Have I interested you at all? I hope so. If even one person reads this post and decides to try it out, I will be extremely happy. The only information I have left to give is it’s format, a preview, and some advice. This story comes in three different forms: A visual novel, a manga, and an anime. I will beg of you now: please, do not watch the anime, it is mediocre at best, is missing vital clues, and is mssing the entire second half of the story. You will just be spoiled in the most boring and anticlimactic way possible. Both the visual novel and the manga are great, although I’ll warn you now that the manga adaptation isn’t finished. Now for some friendly advice if you miraculously read this boring looking post about a fandom you probably aren’t in and decided you wanted to join: doubt. You will be neck-deep in illusions, and you do not have a gods-eye view of the situation most stories give, so doubt. If you need help finding the novels (because they are hard to acquire) please ask me and I’ll gladly help you. And if you decide to try out the story because of this post please tell me, it would make me glad to know that my words have been heard by someone.
Anyways, this person put the entire first half of the story on their youtube account, so perhaps you could check it out~
and here is a sample of the story, also from their account (sorry it’s so long, but the story is really long and it’s best to let the suspense build up)~
Good luck :)
I’ve NEVER seen art of Balan in lab goggles and … I realized tonight that I needed to rectify this? So there’s SCIENCE safety Balan (as much as he bothered to be anyway) and a few other Balans since drawing him puts me in a better mood.