books are a gateway

Harry Potter is like the gateway fandom. You start reading the books, then all of a sudden you have a sonic screwdriver, you want to go to Rivendell, and you have this awkward fascination with Sherlock Holmes. And you don’t really know how any of it happened, but you’re pretty sure it started with Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Dursley of Four Privet Drive who were proud to say that they were perfectly normal thank you very much.

Ask Me Musicals

Book of Mormon: Favorite Musical?

If/Then: What was your gateway musical? 

Newsies: Favorite broadway star?

The Last Five Years: Favorite Cast of Any Show?

Bonnie and Clyde: One show you want to be in before you die?

Next to Normal: Least favorite show?

Spring Awakening: Show you most identify with?

Rent: Ever been to New York?

Into the Woods: Dream cast for any show?

Little Shop of Horrors: How many Playbills do you have?

Les Mis: Character death you can’t get over?

Phantom of the Opera: How many live shows have you been to (tour/ obc)?

Bookish Ask

1. Top three books?

2. Favorite genre[s]?

3. How do you organize your bookshelf?

4. About how many books do you read a week?

5. Favorite authors?

6. Favorite series?

7. How do you mark your place in books?

8. How long have you been on Booklr/Tumblr?

9. Favorite Book Blogs?

10. Current or Classics?

11. Fiction or Non-Fiction

12. Favorite place to read?

13. Reading playlist?

14. Latest book haul?

15. Favorite beverage for reading?

16. Currently Reading?

17. Popular series/book you didn’t like/didn’t finnish?

18. Favorite characters?

19. Characters you’d date?

20. Fantasy or Science Fiction?

21. Guilty Pleasure?

22. Favorite bookstore?

23. Hardcover or Paperback?

24. Do you use ebooks or audiobooks?

25. Order online or buy in the store?

26. Favorite time of day for reading?

27. Favorite page to screen books?

28. Books you think should be movies?

29. Favorite cozy read?

30. Gateway book?

31. Do you like fluff?

32. Summer or school-year reads?

feels like home

bughead fanfiction - pointless domesticity- oneshot - future fic


“Feels like home
I should have known
From my first breath”
—Depeche Mode, Home


It’s been a long day of book signings and Jughead is more than relieved to make it back to his hotel room, plopping face first into the decorative floral pillows with a groan as his agent follows behind him, lingering by the door with his eyes glued to the phone in his grip. 

“We had a great turn out today. We increased our revenue by nearly—”

“Barry, your talking is interfering with my attempts to ignore you." 

There’s a sigh before the clicks of Barry’s phone continue to echo through the room. "Just be packed and ready for tomorrow morning. Our flight for Indianapolis takes off at five, so we need to be at the airport by three, which means—”

“Which means I’ll sleep on the plane.” Jughead interrupts again, rolling onto his back and lacing his hands behind his head. “You worry too much, Bar.”

“Mr. Jones—“


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Harry Potter is like the gateway fandom. You start reading the books, then all of a sudden you have a sonic screwdriver, you want to go to Rivendell, and you have this awkward fascination with Sherlock Holmes. And you don’t really know how any of it happened, but you’re pretty sure it started with Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Dursley of Four Privet Drive who were proud to say that they were perfectly normal thank you very much.


From our stacks: Title page “A design of borders, selected from those in “Jerusalem” (plates 5, 19, etc.), with minor details from “Marriage of Heaven and Hell,” and “Book of Thiel.” and frontispiece detail “Gateway with eclipse. A reduction of plate 70, from “Jerusalem.” from William Blake. A Ciritcal Essay. By Algernon Charles Swinburne. With Illustrations from Blake’s Designs in Facsimile, Couloured and Plain. London: John Camden Hotten, Piccadilly. 1868.


When people fall asleep, their dreams always take place in another, existing world if it’s not their own. Unknowingly, writers and artists and other “makers” typically create things based off their dreams. These paintings, books, and the like are gateways to accessing alternate worlds.

sweetdreamslipstickkisses  asked:

You made a couple of posts about vintage Parisian lesbians a while back and I'd just like to know where you are getting your information bc I would also like to get excited about vintage Parisian lesbians but I don't know how to start?


my “gateway book” was, ironically enough, a moveable feast (hemingway’s memoir on his time in 1920s paris). it got me so excited about the lost generation that i went on a big wikipedia hopping spree to kind of “fill in the blanks” of the era (note: i don’t recommend wikipedia for true and thorough research, but it’s awesome for finding new names to zero in on)

i naturally gravitate towards historical women, so hemingway led me to getrude stein, alice b toklas, and sylvia beach (owner of the original shakespeare & co. bookstore); they led to me to djuna barnes, and she led me to natalie clifford barney, who was basically the shane mccutcheon of 1920s paris, right down to the snarled who’s banged who map:

….admittedly this is sort of illegible but you get the idea.

in terms of connecting me to histories of vintage paris lesbians, natalie was a goldmine. she ran a popular literary salon in paris that pretty much every major female figure of the era attended at some point; and she also started l’academie des femmes, a society designed to promote female writers. her biography wild heart was an awesome point of reference for me.

i haven’t read it in its entirety, but djuna barnes’ ladies almanack is another source to check out! it’s a roman à clef she wrote about her friends within the barney circle. she also based some of the characters in nightwood off of her friends from that era.

most recently i read truly wilde, a biography on dolly wilde (oscar’s niece!). dolly was a major lover of natalie’s, and kind of hopped around that whole scene as well. 

some other books you might want to check out: women of the left bank, paris was yesterday, the well of loneliness, paris was a woman, the alice b toklas cookbook, shakespeare and company, the lost lunar baedeker: poems of mina loy (mina wasn’t a lesbian, but she was a fantastic poet and kind of like their token str8)

in terms of online research… here’s an overview on natalie; here’s another on djuna barnes; here is a jstor article translating an interview with natalie’s housekeeper where she talks about the barney salon (you do need a login to view, but it’s free!)

there’s also a film project based on the ladies almanack!! idk what its release is looking like, but you can learn more about that here.

and if you want anything more like….. specific. ask and i will see what i can do!!

The Top 10 Children’s Books You Should Re-Read as an Adult

We all have happy memories of the books we loved as children. Children’s books are gateways back in time and can remind us of the past, when we were innocent, much more creative and prepared to believe in wonders. And classic children’s books are classics for a reason: they have wide-ranging messages that relate to grownups as well as young children. When was the last time you re-read your favorite book from childhood? Regardless of whether you have young ones to read to, you’re going to want to get your vintage copy of these classics out of the garage and spend an afternoon re-living those enchanting moments when you were a young, innocent reader. You may be surprised at just how relevant they are to your adult life too.

10. “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf 

This beloved story of a bull who refuses to fight has been around since 1936. Adolf Hitler had it banned in Germany because he saw it as pacifist propaganda.

9. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst

The message of this classic is that, no matter how bad a day seems, there is always tomorrow.  Things actually DO get better.  What adult doesn’t need to be reminded of that from time to time?

8. “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” by Judi Barrett

This magical tale is peppered with quirky details (like food raining from the sky) and by somewhat morbid humor (decapitated dolls for example) that probably went right over your head as a kid, but that will make this book all the more fun when you read it as a grown-up.

7. “Harriet the Spy” by Louise Fitzhugh

The story of an 11-year-old girl living in New York City who carefully observes and writes about the people around her was ahead of its time when it was published in 1964. Issues like negotiating dysfunctional family relationships, gender non-conformity and feeling like an outsider will resonate with adults.

6. “Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren

Pippi Longstocking has been a hero to children around the world since she first made her debut in 1945, in Sweden.  She is fearless but has humility, she isn’t worried about what other people think of her, and she truly believes that anything is possible.  Many small children actually believe those same things, but it seems like as we get older, we tend to forget. Read this book if you need reminding (and who doesn’t?) that we are all stronger than we think and maybe we really CAN do anything.

5. “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

This worldwide bestseller has been beloved since it was first published in 1943. If you read it when you were a child, you may have loved the illustrations and the fantasy of it, but as an adult you will notice all of the lessons it can teach us even as we get older: about looking beyond the surface, about expressing our feelings and about allowing ourselves the freedom to explore.

4. “In the Night Kitchen” by Maurice Sendak

When you read this as a child, you probably wished you could be Mickey and stay up making cake all night. As an adult, you will be just as envious, and just as entranced by Sendak’s illustrations.  But now that you’re all grown up, maybe you really can stay up late doing something completely unexpected, like making a cake.

3. “Eloise” by Kay Thompson

Eloise is the gutsy little girl who lives in a fancy hotel with her parents and her dog. When you read it again, it’s hard not to be struck by Eloise’s feistiness, and by what a glamorous life she leads. The writer, Kay Thompson, based much of the story on her own life and many of the characters on the real people she met while working as an actress and lounge singer around New York City.

2. “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll

Children are delighted by the outrageous characters Alice encounters, and by her adventures in a world that seems upside down.  Immerse yourself in this book again and you will find yourself carried away by the settings and descriptions and after a while, you may just find yourself believing in the fantastic and unreal. Just like you did when you were a kid.  

1.  "Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White

If you remember how this one ends, you know that re-reading it is an excersise in having your heart torn out. But the tale of the friendship that develops between a pig and the spider who saves his life, only to die herself contains lessons that most adults need to be reminded of. Lessons about friendship, altruism, about the natural cycle of life and about the importance of leaving a legacy of kindness after we are gone.

this book. this beautiful gateway and magical portal. this is a precious light gem. how many times has it brought me back into clarity from all the madness of the mind. pure ancestral wisdom of the self being manifested in crystal clear simple full-grasping words. it transformed my life in oh so many ways. all i can do is share and pass it on blissfully as it was passed on to me and let the magic of healing and power of words carry on its way xxxx

Hello to my girls!

 Are you looking for a comic book series with strong female leads? Try my gateway into comics: Lumberjanes.

It’s about a group of Girlscouts Hardcore Lady types that go to summer camp and discover the supernatural creatures that lurk around the grounds. 

Their whole thing is FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX! They’re super supportive of eachother

The series is very inclusive of multiple groups. There’s a queer couple:

One girl has ADHD: 

Of course, there are girls of color:

And as you could see from the pictures, there’s girls of all different body types represented!

This is a great series and it got me into different comics. It teaches about friendship, acceptance and adventure. And this is only in the first 4 issues! If you have a daughter or a little sister, this is a great series to get them into comic books, too. Highly reccomended!

And ya know apparently this fandom has been around for a while, but if you haven’t heard of it, now you have! 

anonymous asked:

Which fantasy book(s) got you into the genre? I mean, apart from anything too mainstream (i.e. LotR).

Well, I mean, mainstream books tend to be the gateway drug for a lot of people to get into the genre, so don’t discount the mainstream stuff. I was actually a big tabletop player rather than a fantasy reader, and I got into fantasy from borrowing ASOIAF from my girlfriend at the time, who was a fellow tabletop player for a D&D v3.5 game we were playing (she was an aasimar paladin, I was a tiefling rogue, the sparks were glorious). I’m actually not that big into fantasy, I’m more of a science fiction fan, but on advice of others, I have picked up Prince of Nothing and Black Company, and I’m enjoying them.

As you might guess from my worldbuilding posts, I tend to be rather fussy about the settings and their commitment to realism, so I tend to not read fantasy unless someone that knows me suggests that I would like it, or if one of my friends wishes me to edit their stuff. This is especially true of amateur stuff, I tend to not read them unless I get multiple people alleviating my suspicion about them. While something like “the Westerlands are out of gold” for the show seems like a throwaway plot point, I made a huge stink about it, and something like that will probably stop me from reading something.

Thanks for the question, Anon.

SomethingLikeALawyer, Hand of the King

Androl and Pevara

TL;DR caption: I love these two.

Longer, geekier caption: However many months into this little blogging project, and I haven’t even mentioned the name Brandon Sanderson. I’m vaguely aware that the fandom is somewhat split; I’ve seen some people say that they don’t consider the last three books “real”, while others have been highly complimentary of the replacement choice. Without getting into it too much, here’s my basic position:

I love that RJ and Harriet decided to have someone conclude the series. In my mind, it was a gift to the fandom, to see the conclusion to this series as close to how RJ envisioned it as was possible considering his illness. I had never read anything by Sanderson before aGS, so I was relatively fresh. And I liked his stuff well enough to read his other work, which gradually turned me into a huge fan. In fact, I consider him closer to my personal favorite than I do Jordan (heresy, I know). I still prefer Jordan on WoT; it was too idiosyncratic for Sanderson to get it perfect, but he did well, and it easily flows as one story for me.

Now, with that behind us, let’s talk about two characters I love. Pevara was awesome right from the beginning; a “rebel red” who wanted her own warder (hee hee), and who was fiercely loyal to her friends and implacable against the Shadow. Jordan made her cool, and then Sanderson added a whole new dimension to that. Androl, meanwhile, was (as far as I understand) mostly Sanderson’s character. And while I think he’s great on his own, it’s the dynamic of the two of them together that really turn’s the amp up to 11. The scene where they bond each other is great, almost like they are both ta’veren, catching each other in their webs. And the double bond making them almost psychic with each other? Super awesome. Add to that the romance that comes from knowing each other so intimately (as well as sharing some really intense experiences), and it’s one of my favorite parts of the last three books (especially all the fun surprises with Androl’s gateway talent). Anyway, finally got around to drawing them, let me know what you think.



The inspiration for Gateway came from my favourite book series called His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. In this series, there is a knife which can cut holes into the fabric of reality and create portals to other worlds. In the books they are often described to look like holes in the air, showing something completely different from the place around it. I have always found that image very intriguing and inspiring and that led me to create the photo set you can see here. 

My aim while taking these photos was capturing a moment that looks almost impossible. I think there is something very magical in the whole idea of alternate reality and I wanted to bring that same feeling into these photos. At first I was actually going to just take pictures of opposite objects with the help of mirrors (so that you could see e.g. fire from behind the mirror and water from the mirror) but once I started looking at the pictures I had taken, I realised that I had done something entirely different. Nevertheless, I am happier with capturing these photographs than with my original idea. 

Even though I was quite happy with the natural lighting of these photos, I ended up editing them a bit on my computer because I felt that they weren’t magical-looking enough. What I did to each of the photos was adjust the contrast so that the light and dark parts of the photos would be more striking. This created more depth and drama, which was exactly what I wanted. Upping the contrast makes the pieces of mirror seem more detached from their surroundings and emphasises the colour differences.

 This photo set is one of my favourites and I am very happy with how it turned out. I have actually been considering to make this into a series with photos of these portals in different settings. I think it would be an interesting project to do at some point. Also, If I am going to have Gateway in my final exhibition, I think I will want to find some gold coloured picture frames for each of the photos. 

Dealing with Dragons (Patricia C. Wrede)


Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, a tiny young person who only wanted to ever read books about *real* people doing *real* things was held captive in the back of a station wagon for a 4-hour drive and forcibly read to by her older-and-wiser best friend. The friend promised to read “just the first chapter,” and then quit. At the end of the first chapter, the tiny young person, who was beginning to become a bit wiser, asked,“Okay, then what?”

This was my gateway book to all things fantasy, and it’s all about Cimorene here.  The defiant-princess genre was to become a staple of mine, and I coveted this dress/sword combination for years. I love the expression on Kazul’s face - part “who, me?!” and part “oh no, she DIDN’T”

Complaints: the cotton candy clouds and the ground they’re standing on are both texturally weird.


Love the setup here; the clutter on the table, Kazul’s casual posture, the obvious attention to detail (accuracy in Cimorene’s hair, wardrobe and cooking repertoire - chocolate mousse!)  I think this one really conveys the tone of the book - it’s arguably not much of an adventure story and is more about the delights of dragon domesticity.

Complaints: There’s a lot of texture going on in this image, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, except that it doesn’t create a very clear focal point.


This one’s all about the color - love that orange focal point, the fact that Cimorene and Kazul seem to be sharing the same litle smirk.

Complaints: it looks like a chunk of Kazul’s body is missing where the book title goes, and the background would be way better as a simple black or white - none of this 1998 powerpoint background crap.

What language is this?


The Haughty and The Unimpressed face off in this cover.  This is a facial expression winner in a slew of facial expression winners.  Love the detail and texture in the dragon.

Complaints: I hate the Cimorene-with-makeup and her hair looks like it’s about to crawl off her head and down her back. I’d also like more contrast between the dragon and the background, though I could see argument for blending Kazul with her surroundings. The font is pretty cheesy.


Another fairytale canon. I like the posture here, the peering-around-the-corner.

Complaints: Cimorene’s skirt looks like it got lost on its way to a goth contra dance, and Kazul’s intensely kreepy yellow eyes. 


This German entry, while far from my favorite, does a cool interpretation of the dragon skin.

Complaints: the boofiest dragon expression ever, and Cimorene would *never* wear anything that frilly up around her neck.


Okay, what language is this one? Guys? Help? If I know what country it comes from, maybe I can understand more about its aesthetics.

Complaints: Oy. The styling is offensive to me; it looks like a children’s book, which it is, but not *that* kind of children’s book. Kazul is not blue, Cimorene looks like something drawn out of a princess marketing 101 book, and the giant anime eyes making everyone look cute? Not a fan.