I think my favourite thing about books is how they shape us. Your book history is uniquely your own, no one else in the world has read the all the same books at the exact same times of their lives as you have, and all those books have changed you so intrinsically that you couldn’t erase their influence on you anymore then you could change your DNA.
I wanted to do something with very simple shapes. Something that would be appealling to kids, maybe for a kids’ book. Just simple squares, triangles and stars, and giving them a bit of personality. A change of style, while still using some of my techniques.
They all meet when they're initially struggling to get their books published, and so all of them pool their savings (and a significant donation from from Combeferre's mothers) into self publishing.
Eventually their books prove to be popular enough for them to have a proper little printing company of their own- it's not huge but they all love it anyway.
Enjolras writes those illustrated social justice books to teach children about human rights, and writes simplified biographies of famous figures in various political movements. He also puts similar messages into more traditional stories to try and make sure that parents prejudices are or passed on to children as easily.
Courfeyrac tends to write joke books full of terrible puns, but he's also loves pop up books. He's published the least of any of the amis, but he has also read every single book any of the others have written.
Combeferre writes those 101 fact books about basically every subject that interests himself. He's written dozens of books on science and space, they're his favorites.
Joly writes books of fun home science experiments to get kids interested in chemistry. He tests them all out at home, and on the weekends him, Bossuet and Chetta will all make a complete mess of their house with baking soda volcanos (and have a heap of fun doing it).
Gav is his official tester, he gets the first copy of every new book as soon as Joly has it and he won't put anything in the book with his seal of approval.
Combeferre and Joly are also working on a collection of books about the human body. So far they've written three.
Jehan writes poetry books, which have notes and encouragement for kids to try and write their own. They've also done books of those fun shape poems, again with helpful hints about writing and forming your own, and with blank shapes left at the back for kids to fill in their own.
Bahorel does traditional moral stories with a modern twist. He wants his books to teach children to be kinder to one another, and to other people. Him and Enjolras have been working together on trying to write books about racism without being too overt.
Cosette writes books about hobby crafts and other fun activities for children. She began publishing with ABC because she was being pressured to publish her books as those 'crafts for girls' things and she didn't believe in gendering them so heavily. She helps Musichetta with her children's cook books too. Typically she writes the baking sections because she can include recipes that baker!Valjean did with her when she was a child.
Eponine writes those versions of fairytales which are messed up or told from the villains point of view or whatever. She could never get them published because they were kind of dark.
Marius does traditional fairy tales illustrated really well (with princess who tend to look increasingly like Cosette) and is the only one of ABC and friends to ever have something published by a major publisher.
Grantaire and Feuilly are both illustrators. They both have very different styles- Feuilly typically illustrates Enjolras' books since his style is more traditional, where Grantaire's more cartoonish style fits better with Bahorel and Joly's styles.
Feuilly has also co written a book with Cosette about origami.
Grantaire could always see how much joy his friends got from creating stories and decided to try it himself. He finds inspiration in the people that he loves, rewriting traditional fairytales with them as characters.
It actually started with him writing "The democratically elected leader and the frog" as a joke, but people actually love them? And eventually everyone has their own.
Montparnasse doesn't talk to R for a week after the publication of "The (Gender Fluid) Beauty and the Beast" because of the rather unflattering caricature of him.
His most popular three are still his presentation of the ABC and friends in Robin Hood, his reimagining of the little mermaid (wherein rather than melting into sea foam princess Chetta marries the prince and his husband) and his lesbian version of Rapunzel (featuring eposette).
Can we stop the idea that fanfiction is just a niche and has zero effect on its readers whatsoever and that it’s okay to use and promote offensive tropes in fanfiction? I know I’m not the only one who mostly reads fanfiction rather than books, it’s shaped the way I perceive human relations and sexuality more than I care to admit, it’s a fucking huge part of the lives of many young people and especially teenage girls. Fanfiction should be treated like any other media and we shouldn’t drop all standards when it comes to judging fanfiction.
It’s quite sad how it seems like there’s absolutely no children’s books about autism, adressed to autistic kids. This morning, i had a false hope, because i’ve seen a collection of books about disabled kids, in which every kid is the narrator of its own story (like “My name is Marie, i’m epileptic, here’s how it affects my daily life”).
The books were well written and could be useful for disabled kids and able-bodied/neurotypical kids. So, hopeful, i open the book about the autistic kid and…
“Hi, my name is Marc, i have a friend, Lolo, who has autism. This is his story.”
[gif of Troy from the tv show Community, proclaiming an exasperated and angered “WHY ?”]
Yes, why ? Why can’t we have our own story ? Why are they treating us like these “mysterious beings” who can’t tell who they are, how they feel, what they like, what they want ? I had the same regret about the autistic girl, Julia, introduced in a Sesame Street book.
Again, we’re witnessing everything from the outside. Again, the autistic kid doesn’t tell its own story. Again, it’s a book shaped for Neurotypical kids/parents.
I don’t get it. All of the other books are written from the child’s POV. It would have been so nice to get to know Lolo, what he’s thinking, what makes him laugh, what makes him afraid… And yet, we’re stuck with Marc, the neurotypical kid.
There are plenty of books about kids like Marc, who get to be the heros of their own stories. Not much about Lolo, who’s just “something” to witness and observe, i guess…
Also, the book ends on a very pessimistic note, because Marc asks Santa Claus to “cure” his friend and to make him able to talk. Because, obviously, it’s so sad that Lolo can’t be neurotypical, am i right ? And Marc is soooo nice to wish for him to “get better”, right ?
And then you said it.
It was soft. It was low. But it was said.
And all at once, my world opened up. My eyes, my ears. My arms.
Because you said what I needed.
What I needed to hear the most.
You said I was needed.
I was loved.
And you said it all,
In the shape of a heart.
“au where harry james potter has a youtube channel in which he tells story times about himself and shit that happens with him and bam one day he and Draco Beauty Guru Malfoy collaborate: Harry tells a story time while Draco does his make up”- @saintdrarry
Harry James Potter started his youtube channel at the age of 18, when he moved out of the Dursley’s and into an old London mansion he inherited from his late godfather.
He goes to uni for European History (he wants to be a professor because he’s a neeeeerd) .
His first video- “Welcome to this Grim-old Place!”
Ron, Hermione, Neville, Luna, and Ginny are constantly in his “daily” vlogs
Tbh he’s shit at being daily, it’s mainly when he can be bothered to go outside
He loves to walk around the city with his dogs, Hedwig (a Samoyed), and Padfoot (a Great Dane-also called a boarhound)
Often, they go to a small bookshop owned by Xenophilius Lovegood (who always lets animals in) and read for hours
He likes to put glasses on his dogs while the lay down and drool over “doggy books” (chew toys in the shape of books) and Instagram it
He likes to walk around the house and make up stories about the Blacks, and then ends them all by looking at the camera, very seriously, and saying, “Their ghosts will murder me in my sleep, I’m Sirius, goodnight.”
Often, though, he just makes videos at the end of the day telling about his life.
His best videos are the drunk ones at all the youtube parties-or the ones when he’s home alone
An excerpt from one such video, where he is sitting on a desk chair backwards-”you guys, i gotta be honest with you. Boys are hot as fucK
He fell off the chair during that last word
The channel gains popularity, and he has like 4 million subs by the time he turns 20
His most watched video (with like 15 mil views!!) is “My Coming Out Story
The Thumbnail is of him and Ginny sitting on his bed
The description is, “Hi im not gay. Im not straight. Im certainly not dating Ginny. Yes, I used to. No, I don’t have an s/o atm.
Luna pops up about 30 seconds in, kisses Ginny for 10 seconds while Harry very awkwardly looks at the camera, and then leaves with Ginny.
Newsflash: he’s bi af.
His second most watched video is about his mum and dad, and everyone cries watching it.
They died protecting him in an attempted robbery from a gang when he was very little
He also talks about Sirius and Remus
Sirius died by being killed by a gang member (after spending 12 years in prison for “being one”
Remus died from Cancer
Another video is where Luna, Ginny, and Hermione do his hair and choose his wardrobe for a daily vlog
He lost a bet
His hair is long, so Hermione puts it in a french braid and ties it up in a messy bun
They then spend a few minutes talking about how Hermione’s coarse hair has a different care process
Ginny chooses an orange button up shirt and faded dungarees for the outfit
Luna just elects to put glitter/stick-on jewels on Harry’s face because, she says, it will really pop on his dark skin
After that video they film a vlog in which they go to the London Zoo, which is quite near Grimmauld Place
Harry really likes the glitter, so he searched Youtube for makeup tutorials and found the one, the only, Draco Malfoy
While watching his videos, Harry always notices how clean his workspace was
Harry’s house was constantly a mess, but he always cleaned on Sundays-he really did!
Also, Malfoy was cold, hardly ever expressing emotion
He was brutally honest and loved a challenge
Blaise Zabini and Pansy Parkinson (two other beauty gurus) often pop up in his videos
Malfoy has one video up about the racist comments he receives for his friends being, well, not white
He rants for 15 minutes about how real MUA’s should be able to do makeup on all people, not just white people
Apparently, Malfoy has his own line of makeup, called, of course, “Malfoy”
All of his videos were makeup related, but his other social media (what no, Harry didn’t stalk) shows his normal life-perfectly pristine and flawless in every way, with a hint of crude humor on Tumblr
He was never seen in public without a full face of makeup; his eyeliner could cut a bitch.
He didn’t have any pets, but his parents owned an estate with peacocks and horses
Draco had a Friesian called Atticus (After Atticus Finch, of course)
Anyways, Draco lives in London as well and goes to uni for English
One day, Harry emails Draco asking if he wants to collab.
This was after weeks of obsessing and multiple friends yelling at him to “just find the boy and snog him”
Technically, Ron and Hermione wrote and sent the email
When Draco reads it, his heart stops
Wow who knew that Draco had been low-key obsessed with Harry the whole time?
I did. I’m the author
Also, you did. This is a cliche and I am loVING IT
Anyways, back to the story.
He immediately calls Pansy and yells at her to go to his flat
They spend 20 minutes crafting the perfect respons
3 days later, a bare-faced Draco Lucius Malfoy shows up on Harry James Potter’s front doorstep.
He steps in, and Harry offers a cuppa
He accepts, and they talk for almost two hours before starting to film.
Draco sets up his makeup and hair stuff on a desk next to the camera, and has Harry sit down on a stool opposite his own
Harry decides he’s going to talk about his godson, Teddy, and tells Draco so
Draco just stares at Harry for about two minutes before bursting out laughing and informing Harry that Teddy is his cousin
Eventually, they start filming.
Draco decided a long time ago that Harry would be golden, and makes him up that way-from bright eyelids to shiny cheekbones
His lips were a matte brown nude with a shimmer on them
In the meantime, Harry chattered on about his bus ride with Teddy and how the kid’s hair was bright red, and it almost seemed pink in the sun
When they were done, Harry saw how he looked and gasped
“Don’t you dare cry, Potter, you’ll ruin everything”
After they turned off the camera, Harry worked up the courage to ask Draco out
Draco, of course, said yes, and kissed Harry softly on the mouth
“Oi, you’ll mess up my makeup” “The lipstick is special, it’s made to stay on. Anyways, I can always do it again.”
howdy, could you making a mini tutorial drawing furry? general anatomy, body proportions something like that (at least some tips) plese (:
Not my best tutorial, but Imma use a bear as an example:
when it comes to drawing them walking talking anthropomorphic characters, I just draw out on the shapes.
Can also mess with shapes to make oddly but interesting proportions :
You don’t have to follow this. There are many ways to make interesting anthro characters. I do recommend looking at pictures of animals and creatures to look at their shapes/ characteristics. Books, real life studying and vids of them helps!