but this is my favourite scene from the show and one of my favourites from the books

French TV shows rec list:

Fais pas ci fais pas ça:

Comedy about two very different families living right next to each other: The Lepics and the Bouleys. There are nine seasons so we can see the characters evolve on a really long time period. Some serious issues are tackled with humour, like education, how to cope with the death of a loved one, or how parents react to one of their children coming out as gay, for instance. Most of the characters are really lovable and you easily get attached to them even though they can be annoying sometimes. Also, there are some really funny moments. I wouldn’t say it’s one of my favourite shows ever but I had a nice time watching it (though, I haven’t watched all the seasons yet).

Trigger warning: none that I can think of (this show is suitable for children).

Level of difficulty when it comes to French: I think it should be fine (there’s nothing really technical, the show’s about everyday life, so it mainly uses colloquial/casual French).

Les Bleus premiers pas dans la police:

A four-season show about rookies in the French police. I used to really love this show when I was in middle school, and I have very fond memories of it now, even if I haven’t watched it for a long time. This show has diversity and representation: a Muslim man (who is one of the main characters) and his family, gay men (one of them is also a main character), a bisexual woman (also a main character in the first seasons), and so on. It also portrays strong female characters (including a woman in a position of power, from season 2 to the end I think). The characters are very lovable (in my opinion), and funny. By the way, this show has very funny moments as well as serious moments (including the scenes showing how the LGBT characters and the women deal with discrimination at their workplace or elsewhere). The only problem with this show is that the end is a bit unsatisfying considering it stopped because it failed to get renewed (or at least that’s what I understood at the time).   

Trigger warning: depiction of discrimination (for instance, homophobia), and of course the usual warnings when it comes to cop shows (even though it is far less graphic than most other shows of this kind, and there are less murder investigations than in most investigation shows).

Level of difficulty when it comes to French: I think this one is okay too. There might be some terms describing police stuff, but all in all it’s pretty casual.

Le Bureau des Légendes (ongoing show):

A show about the DGSE (Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure), which is basically the French intelligence agency concerning foreign matters. It has three seasons so far and it’s one of my favourite TV show ever. It’s captivating, I got really attached to many of the characters (and most of them are not completely good or bad, there are a lot of grey characters, which is great), and it’s also really moving (especially the last season I think). One of my favourite thing about this show is its subtlety: it’s deeply moving, but in a subtle and somewhat low-key way. There are close to no typical tear-jerking scenes, with sad music and close-ups on the crying faces of devastated characters. There are really sad scenes, but they are played out with a great sobriety.

Trigger warning: psychological and physical torture (nothing too graphic though).

Level of difficulty when it comes to French: it should be mainly okay, I think. There are probably some technical terms, since it’s about an intelligence agency, but it should be understandable as a whole. Also, many scenes are in other languages (English, Farsi, Arabic, etc) and are subtitled in French, which is really good in order to practise your written French ;)

Les Revenants (ongoing show):

A show about dead people coming back to life in a village of the Pyrénées. It only has two seasons so far, but I’m really looking forward to more. The show is really mysterious, with a gloomy atmosphere that I absolutely love. The dead people (who are from different generations and died at different times) come back to their family/loved ones (when they have some), and no one understands what happened, including the dead people. After their arrival, other very strange events take place in the village. Some characters have very dubious motives and you’re often unsettled, not knowing what to think of them. However, you can’t help but to get attached to some of them anyway. This show has some very serious themes like how to cope with the death of a loved one, death in general, love, family (by blood or by choice).

Trigger warnings: death, suicide.

Level of difficulty concerning French: I think it’s pretty okay… The show aired on American TV so you can probably find a subtitled version quite easily, which is pretty cool :D

Kaamelott:

My favourite French tv show (and even my favourite show ever). This show depicts the Arthurian legend in a humorous way, and it’s one of the funniest thing I’ve ever watched. The humour is unique, the characters are really lovable, and the entire show is extremely creative: this is honestly pure genius. Plus, the atmosphere evolves from something exclusively light and funny to something that is serious and deeply moving at times. The show goes from episodes that last a few minutes to far longer episodes in the 6th (and last) book (=season). I could go on and on about this show, but nothing I could say would make it justice. Honestly, just give it a go, this is brilliant.

PS: Alexandre Astier (who plays Arhtur, wrote the scenario, the music and basically came up with this entire masterpiece) is a national hero. That’s all I had to say.

Trigger warning: it’s really funny and you’re having the time of your life, and suddenly there is a serious/sad scene and you feel like crying (but it’s worth it)… just be prepared ^^

Level of difficulty concerning French: it might be pretty hard at first, because they speak quite quickly and use weird expressions (but then, use these expressions in front of Kaamelott fans [ie a looooot of people] and see their faces lit up => it could be really rewarding I think).

Apart from these, all the creations canal + (Braquo, Engrenages, Cercle polaire…) have a good reputation/positive reviews I think, but I’ve only watched Les Revenants and Le Bureau des Légendes for now, so I only talked about those ^^

I think many people like 10 pour cent and Hero Corp too, but I haven’t watched them (yet) so I couldn’t include them in the list.

A Book Makes All the Difference

Originally posted by lukevanski

Request by @i-wished-upon-a-star-one-night.
Okay, how about the reader used to be Gaston’s fiancée and worked at the palace as a maid. Once the curse took over he forgot about her and his whole personality changed. He moves on to Belle because the reader liked books/has a similar personality, subconsciously trying to fill the whole of her. On his way to kill the beast, he hears her calling out for him and he starts to remember. Then she turns into a human and Gaston’s personality/humanity/kindness is restored?

Author’s Note: So I realise that this is a bit late and I apologise. I’ve been really busy with exams and have little time to write. However, I hope you enjoy this one-shot, my first ever Gaston x reader. I may have changed the reader from a maid to a librarian, so I hope you don’t mind too much. And I apologise for any SPaG errors. Hope you all enjoy :)  MASTERLIST

No one had really enjoyed books. You were the only one who truly loved them. The village would laugh at you, discuss you behind your back for your love of reading. That was until, he took an interest in you. Gaston. He would approach you around the village and ask you what you were reading. He genuinely seemed interested in what you had to say, and would laugh when you got so carried away with your book that you’d walk into a wall or person. He was the war hero, that returned to the village two years prior to when he first asked you about Hamlet, the book that was in your hands at the time. You were glad that he didn’t scoff at the idea of you reading and you found it incredibly endearing when he came up to you one day to announce that he had read Hamlet in its entirety. He gushed over how much he loved it and you spent the entire afternoon discussing the play in question. It was on that day that you and he had his first kiss. From then on, your relationship only grew. The dramatic climax, so far, had been when he’d roped in LeFou to help him perform a scene from ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. He’d taken you outside the village, into one of the many meadows. He had prepared a make-shift stage and he and LeFou had performed the scene where Benedict and Beatrice finally confessed their feelings for one another. LeFou played all the extra characters, whilst Gaston played Benedict. He let you play Beatrice as you knew all the words already. You had loved it, and whilst watching LeFou perform a few lines, your heart swelled with pure love for the man playing your Benedict.
What you hadn’t expected was to turn around to see Gaston on one knee, a small gold band in his hands. You didn’t even let him ask the question. You screamed “Yes” at the top of your lungs and dived hugged him, whilst smashing your lips into his. You were to marry the man of your dreams, someone who cared about you and what you loved. You started planning the wedding almost immediately, and to add onto your joy, you managed to get a position at the Prince’s castle. Gaston had recommended you to the head housekeeper, Mrs Potts, the wife of the town potter; he had told her that you loved reading and Mrs Potts suggested that you should become the new librarian. The old one left after the Prince threw a book at his face. You couldn’t believe your luck. You had a job where you were surrounded by more books than you could comprehend and in less than a month you were to be married.
But that day never came. The Prince made sure of that. You were transformed into a bookstand and Gaston forgot all about you. He became the man he would have been if he hadn’t met you. In the castle you remained in the library, hidden from the rest of the staff. Mrs Potts would visit you along with Chip, but you didn’t venture outside the library. You’d already lost the person you loved the most, so you were determined to keep the books that you loved. In the village, Gaston had taken an interest in a girl named Belle. He told himself it was because she was beautiful, but the reality was that he liked her because she was so much like you.
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When Belle first arrived in the castle you had had no desire to see her. Whilst the rest of the staff rambled about how she was the one, you now ever the pessimist, remained upstairs in the library, scoffing at their ill placed hope. The Prince was a monster, and no intelligent woman would want him. So you were surprised to hear that she was staying. You thought her foolish but when Mrs Potts explained that it was to save her father, your initial thought on her intelligence was replaced with pride for her. Although you couldn’t help wonder if she was slightly insane to live with the master. Mrs Potts, ever your informant, came up to you the next day to tell you about the wolves. You were shocked that the master had actually shown compassion to save her. What shocked you even more was that Belle decided to stay with him, to heal him. You couldn’t help but be curious about her. You actually decided to leave the library, after the nine years you’d stayed cooped up, to try and meet her for the first time. It turned out you didn’t have to.
One day, about two weeks after Mrs Potts told you about the attack, the Prince and Belle entered the library. You couldn’t help but gasp slightly at the sight of them. The master hadn’t been in the library since the curse was set and for once, he looked happy. Belle was truly her namesake. You had never seen anyone so beautiful. She was clearly in awe of the library as she stopped abruptly as soon as she entered. You watched silently from your corner, whilst the two of them threw mild mockeries at one another. You smiled to yourself. They were perfect for one another, even if they didn’t know it yet. You couldn’t help but feel slightly upset by their love for one another, as it only made you long to be in the arms of Gaston. Still, you were happy for them.
Almost as quickly as he arrived, the master left leaving Belle alone squealing with delight at the library. You could tell that she didn’t even know where to begin, so with courage you didn’t know you possessed, you stepped out from the shadows to introduce yourself.
“Is there something in particular you’d like to read mademoiselle?” You asked.
Belle leaped up in the air and looked around desperately for the source of the voice. Eventually her eyes tested on you as you made your way towards her.
“Sorry if I startled you. My name’s Y/N, the castle librarian.”
She seemed shocked at your introduction and you didn’t know why until she stated,
“You mean, you read?”
“Yes, it’s one of my passions.” You stated matter-of-factly. “It would be most unusual if they hired a librarian who couldn’t read.”
“But… But you’re a woman.” She stated.
“Well yes I once was. Do you have a problem with that mademoiselle?” You asked slightly angered by her response.
“I’ve never met another woman who likes to read.” She stated. You immediately understood why she said what she had.
“Well now you have. And I’d love to show you around.”
She nodded at your proposal and you gladly showed her every nook and cranny of the library. You even showed her a hidden section, where your personal favourites were stored. You found that you enjoyed her company and realized that you wanted to see her more often.
You saw her practically every day after that. She’d come and pick up several books and read them before coming back in the afternoon to discuss them with you. You even helped her find the castle’s copy of Romeo and Juliet just to spite the master. The master would come in every so often to help Belle with picking out books. He’d roll his eyes at you every time she picked out a romance and you only responded with a look. One day he even came into the library, asking for a romance recommendation. You smirked as you have him ‘King Arthur and the Round Table’.
You and Belle found that over time you talked less about books and more about each other. It was then that you discovered the fate of the village. She was discussing Villeneuve, how no one liked that she could read, and you told her that that had always been the case.
“Yes, no one bar my fiancé, liked that I read.” You had said.
“You’re engaged?” She questioned.
“Well if what you say is true, I was engaged, I doubt my fiancé knows that I exist anymore.”
“I’m sure they still remember you somehow. Love can break any curse.” She encouraged, and you only smiled knowing how much that was true. “Tell me about him.” She said eagerly.
“Well, he was a soldier. The town war hero.” You started and you saw Belle visibly frown. You continued anyway.
“He was so sweet with me. He didn’t care that other people thought I was odd. He even started reading with me, so I could discuss books with someone else.” Belle was visibly shocked by the statement. “He’s the one who got me the job here. He knew I loved to read and recommend me to Mrs Potts for this position. He proposed to me about five months before the curse was cast. It was beautiful. He and his best friend performed a scene from my favourite play, and before I knew it he was down on one knee. I love him so much.” You whispered the last line. If you could cry you knew you would’ve. Belle looked at you and gave you a hug as normal as she could manage. You were a book stand after all. She pulled away and looked at you before asking,
“Is your fiancé Gaston?”
You perked up at the sound of his name.
“Yes! Oh do you know him? How is he?” You let out a slew of questions but stopped when you saw Belle’s face.
“I do know him, but the man you described most certainly isn’t the one I know.”
Your breath hitched in your throat. From Belle’s body language you knew instantly what was wrong.
“He doesn’t remember me does he?”
Belle shook her head and looked down at her lap, clearly wanting to tell you something.
“Tell me Belle, I promise I won’t hate you.”
“He….. He has been trying to gain my affection.”
You nodded curtly. You knew you should’ve felt rage but you didn’t.
“It’s okay Belle. He doesn’t know me anymore, I wouldn’t expect anything less from him.”
“If it makes you feel any better, I know now why he chose me over all the other girls.” She said looking at you. “I’m just like you.”  
You felt pride swell in your chest and you hugged her as best you could. She was your friend, and you couldn’t ever be mad at her.
Life in the castle continued on after the revelation of Gaston. You still loved him, he was cursed after all. One evening, whilst you were busy organizing the desk, after Belle and the Prince had travelled using that cursed book a week prior, (it had upset you to see Belle so sad); Belle came by in a yellow ball gown that you had to admit made you quite jealous. You knew of her dance with the master, and had wished her luck but you were confused as to why she was here, in the library. She rushed to you, and you noticed the mirror gripped in her hand.
“Belle, what are you doing here?”
“I am leaving.” She stated, “My father, he needs me.”
You nodded. “Then I wish you luck my friend.” You told her as you gave her one last hug before she disappeared into the night.
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It was a few hours before dawn when Mrs Potts came charging into library in desperate search of you.
“Y/N?” She called out to you. You waddled over to her, concerned.
“What is it Mrs Potts?” You questioned as you approached.
“Invaders!” She simply said. You nodded and followed closely behind her as you left the library for the first time in years.
As you approached the lower levels you could hear the chaos that was occurring down below. Mrs Potts had already sped off to fight so you wandered slowly towards the noises, preparing yourself for war. As you reached the end of one of the castle’s many corridors you noticed a man standing there, his eyes fixed on a mirror the same as Belle’s. You could make out the master’s picture inside it, and you could only assume that he was here to hurt the master, as he had two revolvers and a bow and arrow that were visible. You didn’t want to know what would happen if the master died, but you sure as hell didn’t want to find out. You did the only thing you could think of in the moment. You growled, just like the master used to before Belle came along. You had a lot of practice of mimicking voices as you spent your time in the library acting out various scenes from books. The man instantly turned to where you were. He looked straight past you, down the corridor. As he approached you started to make out his features until it hit you.
“Gaston?” You whispered unintentionally. You smacked yourself internally for your stupidity. Gaston stopped abruptly in the hallway. He had a puzzled expression on his face, wondering why the voice seemed familiar. You saw him struggle to remember and it broke your heart.
“Gaston.” You repeated again and he began walking slowly down the corridor looking for the source of the familiar voice. This was a good sign, he was heading away from the Beast and towards you. You began to shuffle down the corridor, leading him away from the Beast, towards the library. You kept on repeating his name and he became more and more determined to find your body to match your voice.
As you entered the library, you noticed through the windows, Belle on her horse galloping towards the entrance of the castle. You begged her to hurry, unsure of how much longer you could distract Gaston.
Gaston burst into the library a few seconds after you had hidden yourself away.
“Who’s there?” He commanded, nothing but fear in his voice.
“It’s me.” You said aloud, trying not to think about the fact that he didn’t know who you were.
“Who are you?” He bellowed looking for you amongst the shadows.
“It’s me, Y/N.”
He stopped turning abruptly. He recognized your name. He was clearly struggling with himself, fighting about what to do.
“I don’t know you!” He screamed desperately trying to convince himself that what he said was true.
“Yes you do Gaston.” You said as you tried to take a step forward. You couldn’t. Your body was going rigid, the curse finally ending. You saw Gaston desperately trying to search for you. You clung onto your remaining humanity to utter, “Gaston, I love you.” You felt yourself fade away as you stared at him, not hearing him say your name out loud.
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The darkness consumed you, for what felt like years. When you opened your eyes you expected to see heaven. You opened your eyes instead to a brown floor. The library’s wooden floor. You looked up slowly to see that you were lying on the ground, hidden behind one of the bookcases. You pushed yourself up with your hands, your human hands. Oh the joy of being human again. You stood slowly, struggling to stay upright after being a book stand for so long. Before you could cheer about your new found humanity, you saw movement in the corner of your eye. You looked through the bookshelf to see Gaston dazed and confused clutching his head.
You slowly made your way around the bookshelf so that you were in his line of sight. He looked at you, and his eyes widened.
“Y/N!” He exclaimed and you both didn’t hesitate before you rushed into each other’s arms, tears rolling down your faces. “You’re alive!” He said whilst he clung to you. You gripped him tightly before looking at him directly in the eyes.
“You’re in big trouble.” You teased before smashing your lips into his. You and he gripped each other desperately as you both melted into the kiss. After deciding that you actually needed to breathe you pulled away, where you just stared lovingly at one another.
“Y/N, I’m so sorry….” He was about to continue but you brought your finger to his lips.
“Shhhh…” You said, “All is forgiven from me. But maybe you should apologise to Belle? Hmm?”
“You know about that?” He said sheepishly.
“Well, friends usually talk about their lives with one another. Me and Belle are no exception.”
He nodded and you both rose from the floor together. You made your way downstairs, towards the foyer, where everyone was gathered. Belle and the Prince were among them. You approached quickly, with Gaston walking slowly behind you. You tapped Belle on the shoulder and she turned to face you.
“Thank you Belle!” You exclaimed as you pulled her into a tight hug. She hugged you back tightly. As you pulled away you said to her, “Someone wishes to apologise to you.” She looked confused but when she saw Gaston approach she instantly understood.
“Belle,” he began, “I am so sorry for everything I ever said to you. For everything I ever did to you. You didn’t deserve it and I hope you can accept my humblest of apologies.”
She smiled, “I forgive you Gaston. I’m glad you make my closest friend so happy, and I apologise for calling you a monster. You were just as cursed as everyone else.” You smiled at her, grateful for her kindness. Gaston turned to you and explained that he had many more apologies to give out. You let him go to find everyone who he had wronged in the past nine years. You knew the list would most likely be extensive. Belle turned to you smiling.
“He’s different to what I knew him to be.”
“Well what can I say,” you said to her jokingly, “I’ve got him wrapped around my finger.”
You both giggled at your remark. You spent the majority of the day, with Belle reuniting with everyone else. LeFou was ecstatic to see you again and he thanked you for being in Gaston’s life, now knowing what he would’ve been like if he hadn’t had met you.
As the day drew to a close, you and Gaston found yourselves alone. He’d apologised to everyone including Maurice, Belle’s father. Maurice was apparently not too impressed by him, but Belle had convinced him that Gaston was a changed man.
“I can’t believe this has happened.” He stated.
“Well it’s not every day that you find your one true love twirling around in a library, a bow in one hand and a mirror in another.” You teased. He picked you up and spun you around.
“For what it’s worth,” he said, “I’d gladly do it again, if it meant you’d laugh at me afterwards.”
You kissed him passionately as you both sat on the steps of the palace. You say there in bliss as you kissed, thinking of the future that you could now finally spend together.
And what a future it was. 

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Disconnected

Prompt: The reader doesn’t really like Spencer but she’s best friends with Derek so she’s with him. Until Derek has a cruel plan.

Relationship: Spencer x Reader

Fandom: Criminal Minds 

Warning: Smut

As me, Derek and Spencer sat on the couch watching the newest baseball game with popcorn and beer.

“Did you know, 300,000 to 1 is the chances that a fan can be hit by a baseball and-“ Spencer goes to speak before I cut him off.

“Shut it Reid.” I snap, he’s interrupting the game.

“Why have I never heard you call him Spencer?” Derek asks confused.

“Because I call people I’m friends with by their names, acquaintances get their last name.” I say looking at the screen again. Derek whispers something to Spencer and he hands him his phone. Within a second Derek bursts up and runs out the door locking it. I shoot up and run towards the door. I see him at his window and I bang on the window as Spencer tries the door.

“Let us out Derek!!” I yell so he can hear me. That’s when a burner phone rings from a drawer. I pick it up and it’s Derek calling from my phone.

“You son of a bitch Derek let us out.” I say annoyed.

“You two are going to sit in this house until I get back and you’re gonna talk and become friends,” He obviously knows what I’m thinking because he replies again,“And the phone doesn’t have any credit so good luck ringing JJ or Garcia to help you.” He says smirking hanging up. He holds up both our phones by now Spencer’s stood behind me. Kinda close…. I put my middle finger up at Dereks and he smiles and walks away.

“So… whatcha wanna do?” Spencer asks sitting down.

“Let’s just finish the episode.” I say sitting on the opposite side of the couch. We go back to where we were and watch it all again, even our sex scene making Spencer go slightly red. I noticed by the end Spencer was closer than before but I shrug it off.

“I’m going to cook.” I say getting up and walking to the kitchen. Spencer just nods. I put music on and blast it while cooking some cookies.
*If you’ve seen the Bughead almost sex scene you know the song*

“So you’re baking cookies? Since when did you bake?” He says sitting on the chairs in front of me.

“Since forever, you don’t actually know that much about me.” I say laughing putting a tray in the oven.

“Can I?” He says eating some cookie dough out the bowl.

“Fire away.” I say still putting the cookies into the oven.

“Favourite Colour?”
“Blue.“ 
"Sport?" 
"Baseball and basketball”
“Baseball team?" 
"NYM”
“Favourite book series?" 
"Percy Jackson.”
“TV Show?" 
"Supernatural.”

This went on for about 10 minutes of rapid fire questioning.

“So why don’t you like me?” He asks as I’ve finished with all the cookies.

“You’re too sarky and you’ve never made an actual effort.” I say and I turn around and he’s stood infront of me.

“What type of effort do you want me to make?” He says standing even closer. I can feel his breath on my face and I’m not mad about it.

“It depends.” I say gulping with my back to the counter.

**** GET READY BOIS****

Spencer grabs me and put my on the counter keeping his hands on my back and he pulls me in to kiss me and I’m not gonna refuse he may be a dick but he’s hot as fuck okay. I slide closer towards him continuing to kiss him. It took like 0.2 seconds to feel what it was doing to him so I wrapped my legs around his back and pulled him even closer and a moan escaped his lips.

“Is this okay?” He says against my lips seeming nervous.

“Just kiss me Spencer.” I say and his eyes go wide at me calling him Spencer. He puts one hand on my neck and the other one near my ass as we continue to make out. I run my hand down his shirt and stop at the waistband of his pants putting my finger running exactly underneath the belt line and he shudders. Within an instant he pulls my shirt over my head and I follow and do the same to him. Against the kiss he moans as I put my finger back just under his trousers.

“Jump.” He mumbles against my lips. I just agree and he carries me over to a wall pushing my back against it hard and now the only thing keeping us apart is the clothes inbetween. He carries me up the stairs as we’re still making out. Once he manages to get the spare room door open he throws me onto the bed and he’s stood at the end shirtless.

This isn’t a sight I’d ever thought I’d see outside of work but I’m not gonna deny I’m into it right now. 
He unbuckles his belt and throws it across the room and he looks for confirmation before taking off his trousers so he’s left stood their in his boxers. He then climbs onto the bed and hovers over me before smashing his lips against mine once again. We begin to grind as his moaning gets heavier and deeper which is turning me on more and more. With his penis pushing against my leggings whenever we kiss I moan he and that clearly sends him into over drive because he rips my trousers off so we’re both in our underwear.

As he hovers over me he uses one hand to massage my boob over my bra. As the kiss gets heavier and we both get hornier I just mumble for him to take it off and he unclasps it and throws it leaving me in my pants. I use one finger and run my hand down his chest making him shudder once I reach his boxer line I put my hand inside and grab his penis doing the same motions that he’s doing to my boob making him groan my name which just made me instantly 10 times more wet.

He moves his hands to my pants and pulls away from the kiss. I nod and he takes my pants off too. I think we both get a bit heated because he instantly stands up runs to Dereks room and comes back with a condom. I try to calm my breathing but it’s no use in all honesty. As he stands at the end of the bed he takes his boxers off he tries to open the condom packet.

With a clever idea I slide to the end of the bed and put his dick in my mouth deepthroating it making him moan my name even louder which in turn gets me more wet. As I pull away he’s looking at me wide eyed. He puts the condom on and picks me up by my thighs and begins to lick my vagina in circles making me now moan his name and put my hands through his hair. He starts rubbing his tounge up and down all of my vagina and I can already feel an orgasm building up. He stops and quickly climbs up the bed to me level putting the tip of his penis on the whole of my vagina.

“Are you sure?” He asks. I put my mouth to his ear.

“Fuck me Spencer.” As he pushes him self inside of me I moan against his ear and it makes him shudder with excitement. Our bodies are tightly close together getting even more sweaty than before. I move my hips up every time he pushes himself into me and I can feel the orgasm rapidly build up.

“Spencer… I’m close.” I whisper with my hands in his hair. He puts his hands on my back and picks me up and slams me against the wall. Doing me hard and slow as he kisses my neck probably leaving a few marks.

“Not just yet baby.” He whispers in my ear continuing to fuck me very hard and slow. I shudder at the way he calls me baby and it makes him smirk. He throws me back on the bed going into the same position as before. This is when the orgasm build gets really intense.

“Okay im definitely gonna come now.” I say against his ear. As he continues to fuck me like he has been my whole body shudders as I moan his name as a wave of pleasure goes through me and I can feel myself tightening around his dick. This obviously gets him to finish because he moans deeply and lets out a giant breath. He kisses me one last time probably thinking it’s the last time and gets out of me laying next to me.

I get up and go to the toilet and when I get back Spencer’s sat their in his boxers while I’m still fully naked. I grab my bra and underwear and sit next to him.

“Spencer, I-” I start to say before I’m cut off.

“I really like you. And if you wouldn’t mind I’d like to kiss you a lot more. Not just like that, although that was great, but sweet kisses in public, sleepy kisses on the forehead when I go to work early. Small kisses shared when I think you look cute. Anyway what I’m saying is… i really like you Y/N.” He says still staring at his hands. I get on my knees in front of him and put my hand on his cheek. I put my lips to his and kiss him softly. I stand up and hold my hand out.

“Lets go downstairs, Spencer.” I say and he smiles. He nods and stands up putting on his trousers. I grab my shirt to see his literally ripped it. Seriously. I laugh show him and just use his shirt. I put on my leggings and we go downstairs.

As we sit down and eat the cookies that I thankfully put on a low temperature for 30 minutes. As we’re eating we intertwine our hands listening to the music. When Derek walks in.

“Hey guys how was bondin- WOAH WOAH WOAH I SAID BOND NOT BONDAGE Y/N WHY ARE IN SPENCERS SHIRT, SPENCER WHY ARE YOU SHIRTLESS ANYWAY. DID YOU FUCK ON MY BED!?” He shouts and me and Spencer just laughs as Derek runs out.

“YOU’RE PHONES ARE HERE YOU FUCKING ANIMALS IM OUT.” Derek says as the door slams.

“IHOP?” I ask hungry for pancakes.

“Oh god yes.” He says putting the rest of the cookies in a box.

“Lets go get you a shirt first babe.” I say laughing. His head shots up at me calling him babe. A big smile erupts on his face and he scratches the back of his neck.

Oh god he’s adorable.

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This was a very long imagine but I hope you like my first actual smut. Don’t forget to let me know how to improve and what’s bits you’d like me to change

Thanks for reading.

Thank you to @dontshootmespence for the confidence to post this

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i would really like to read more tcoh fic!

Your wish is my command, anon. I don’t think I ever posted this one:


Is The New Prince K Here To Stay?

Exclusive interview by Hani Sereson

I’m late for my interview with Prince Kiem, everyone’s favourite royal, because I get lost. He and his partner have moved to a bigger suite of rooms in the other wing of the palace, with two studies, their own kitchen, and a spare bedroom. “I don’t really use the kitchen,” confesses Kiem when he sees me looking, “but Jainan makes me breakfast sometimes.”

Does he never return the favour?

“I tried once,” says Kiem, with the roguish grin familiar to everyone who’s followed his career of scrapes and scandals over the years. “The firemen made me promise never to do it again.”

What about the spare bedroom? It’s what everyone wants to know. The rumours have been flying ever since Prince Kiem got his startling new diplomatic appointment, suggesting that the Emperor has finally joined the rest of us in the fan club. Is there going to be an addition to the family for Iskat’s favourite love story?

Kiem laughs. “Come on, Hani!” he says. “I thought this interview was about my job?”

Keep reading

afirewiel  asked:

What is your favorite non-Austen period novel? Movie?

Okay I’m gonna do a rundown of all my favourites because making me pick one is just mean. (Also at one point in my notes on the following books and films I just wrote “Bagels” and I can’t for the life of me think what I might have meant or autocorrected that from. Maybe a shopping list started to take form. I don’t know.)

(If the film Miss Austen Regrets and book Longbourn by Jo Baker count as non-Austen then include them.)

Films:

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India - 2001 (Sports! High stakes! Sticking it to the Colonial Man!)

Mozart’s Sister - 2010 (Beautiful music! Gorgeous androgyny! GIRLS CAST TO PLAY THEIR ACTUAL AGE AND NOT SOME 20-SOMETHING PRETENDING TO BE FOURTEEN!)

Possession - 2002 (I’ve tried the novel, and A.S. Byatt has some beautiful prose but her structures sometimes do my head in, so never finished it. Ignore Paltrow as best you can and enjoy lush Victorian Gothic mystery and the ending is one of the most poignant things I’ve ever been pleasantly surprised with on film, and it leaves you wondering about many, many things…)

Jodhaa Akbar - 2008 (You could put Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai in the worst commercial ever made and I would watch it. Costumes, scenery, and, as a friend once put it “I’m not sure how they did it, but they just had a sex scene without any sex.” Bravo.)

Water - 2005 (Deepa Mehta is such a fantastic filmmaker and I loved this whole trilogy but Water is my favourite.)

Elizabeth - 1998 & Elizabeth: The Golden Age - 2007 (The costumes! The caMERA ANGLES!!! The compli-fucking-cated mess that is Elizabeth I.)

[Okay Tumblr won’t let me embed any more trailers, but those ones are easy to find, they’re out there.]

Vatel - 2000 (Any foodie who is also a fan of The Sun King and his era will dig this one. A great score, baddie Tim Roth.)

Alternatively, in the same era: A Little Chaos - 2015. Storyline is a little weak, but it’s so beautiful and the cast is great and the M U S I C. Kate Winslet. Alan Rickman. Helen McCrory. STANLEY TUCCI.)

Also: they’re not films, but TV shows - honourable mentions to the Spanish series Gran Hotel. It’s like a good version of Downton Abbey, only sorta on crack and with a tonne more murder mysteries; and while I have some Issues with its so-called hero and some comparatively weirdo plot-points in S3, overall, it’s fantastic and I’m obssessed. Please don’t mix it up with the Italian re-make which looks horrible in every way. Like, main actors dressed in a poorly-sewn-table-cloth-bad.

And shout-out to the new CBC/Netflix series Anne. I will defend this show to the DEATH, alright? They’ve gone bolder and fresher and have managed to involve period realism in a moving way while retaining the sunshine-and-pinafores element that so many people love about L.M. Montgomery’s work. There’s heaps of women with production credits, and I think it shows. Geraldine James is already my favourite Marilla after one episode, and I feel like R.H. Thompson (HEY JASPER DALE HEEEEY!) and Amybeth McNulty are likely going to become my favourite Matthew and Anne, too. People have complained about this series going off-book and in particular some have condemned it sight-unseen because the writers/directors are putting a feminist spin on it and OH GOD THEY SAID FEMINIST QUICK WE GOTTA SET EVERYTHING ON FIRE BECAUSE CHILDHOOD IS RUINED, but honestly it’s just perky and gorgeous and scrappy and nobody can tell me to my face that Kevin Sullivan didn’t go all the fucking way off-book from the very beginning so I am not gonna sit here and insist that the Megan Fallows Anne of Green Gables was perfection which could never be improved upon because that’s just a plain lie. It was nice and it has its place but it’s time for some new blood. (And NOT the telefilms they’ve also come out with recently with Martin Sheen, bless his heart, but they took a brunette child actor and dumped an atrociously stark box of red hair-dye on her before drawing on her freckles and then telling her to please play everything theatrically to the back of the house even though there is a camera ten inches from her face.) I am HERE FOR ANNE. RIDE OR DIE.

AND NOW, FOR BOOKS!

After that you might assume my L.M. Montgomery recommendation would be Anne of Green Gables and sure I won’t say DON’T read them, but for my money the Emily of New Moon trilogy is more my jam and I wish to God and Netflix in all my prayers that there might someday be a decent adaptation of them.

I was really into Cassandra Clark’s Abbess of Meaux mystery series for a time, but then things went a bit pear-shaped in what I think was the fourth(?) book and everything was OOC and honestly I haven’t caught up on the later books after that and they seem to be self-published now but I am a sucker for nuns and mysteries so I’ll probably get back into it when I have time.

The Princess Priscilla’s Fortnight and The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth von Arnim. Vacation-reads! Beautiful prose, some wry wit, and fun hijinks. If you’ve ever wanted to run away and live in an isolated cottage in the wilderness for a little while, these are for you. [ETA: I recently got my hands on a copy of The Jasmine Farm so THANK YOU to one of you who recommended it I am loving it so far only I don’t see the appeal in Andrew so wtf Terry you can do better.]

Edward Rutherfurd’s geographical history novels–Sarum is the classic to start with, but the others I’ve read are very good, too. (London, New York, and I’m now working my way through a first-edition of Russka.)

Amy Levy. A M Y   L E V Y. Criminally under-recognized Jewish Victorian novelist and poet. Novellas Ruben Sachs and The Romance of a Shop. (RS a beautiful and bittersweet story about the conflicts between love, identity, and expectations, and some would say a response to George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda. TRoaS reading a bit like a less treacle-sweet variation on Little Women, where four sisters try to make their way in the world by setting up their own photography studio in late 19th century London.)

The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgkin Burnett. Colonialist racism appears in this one, so be warned. Still the book is a THOUSAND times better than the utterly dreadful adaptation known as The Making of a Lady. Jane is better, Emily is better, Walderhurst is better, pretty much EVERYONE IS BETTER. The pacing is better. The plotting and suspense make actual sense.

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy. A classic, and the grand-daddy of every secret-identity superhero.

The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy. Like, it makes me MAD how good these books are.

And last but not least, a non-fiction selection in Vere Hodgson’s WWII diaries: Few Eggs and No Oranges. Nothing else has ever brought the experience of living (or trying to) under the shadow of the bombs and the threat of invasion quite like these diaries. Fascinating details, engagingly written, and at times a stark reminder that the Allied victory we take for granted in our history could by no means be counted on by the millions who dwelt in daily uncertainty.

anonymous asked:

Hi!! Just wanted to say your blog always gives me positive Jonsa vibes!! I know it's probably something you've already answered but I'd really like to know how you came to ship Jon and Sansa in the show??

Hi Anonny!!

Oh my god. I’m probably going to ramble a lot so please bear with me. Lemme start at the beginning. This is the order in which I liked the Starks in season one.

1. Ned
2. Robb
3. Arya and Jon
4. Bran Stark
5. Catelyn Stark
6. Sansa and Rickon

Yes, Sansa was the least favourite of the Starks for me but of course I never did really hate her. After Ned’s death (which was my first WTF?? moment on GOT) I thought she was not going to survive for too long. Robb stark was then my most favourite stark. (I still love him). I felt hope for Sansa, I started to like her more when she stood up to Joffrey knowing very well what it would earn her. Her dreams were shattered and she truly became GRRM’s variety of course but nevertheless a princess trapped in a golden cage/castle with the man of her dreams turning into her worst nightmare. I felt for her and sincerely hoped her brother would soon rescue her.

Jon on the other hand went through a similar though less drastic phase of disillusionment. When Ned Stark died I really wanted Jon to join Robb and the Starks to take over but of course that was never meant to happen because the focus was kept on Robb for a reason. The Red wedding. My second WTF my life is over moment on GOT!!

D. Targ remained the only hope for westeros and I really thought at that point that she and Jon should collaborate at some point and rid westeros of all its evil. I liked ygritte but somehow I never thought that her’s and Jon was a romance that was going to last. I knew she was going to die even before she was going to die and I was saved from my third WTF moment on game of thrones.

When Sansa got married to Tyrion, I heaved a huge sigh of relief. Here was a man who was clever and kind and would treat her with respect and even remain loyal to her. Finally Sansa Stark’s future was beginning to look not so bleak and I thought even though physically Tyrion was the exact opposite of what Sansa wanted, he might be her happy ending. But that didn’t materialise in the end.

When I was disappointed in Sansa’s character about her trusting LF, the worst thing ever happens to her - Ramsay Bolton. And suddenly I’m awed by Sansa Stark. Inspite of the torture she’s being put through she remains strong. Broken but strong. She’s the one who brings Theon out of Reek. She’s constantly trying to escape her fate and I began to love her. I can’t tell you the amount of disappointment I felt when Brienne fails to see her lit candle. That was my first “I’m going to kill you D&D” on GOT!!

The amount of tension that I felt in the time between Sansa and Theon’s escape from winterfell and her reaching the wall is the most amount of tension that I’ve ever felt in GOT. I was screaming “Please Sansa… just reach Jon. And don’t you dare die before you reach!!!!”

When the gates of castle black opened and I saw Sansa come in and that reunion happened I was like. FINALLY SOMETHING GOOD HAS HAPPENED ON THRONES!! I was confident that Jon is going to do everything to protect his sister and then the reunion scene happened. And it was just WOW!!

It was during the “where will we go?” Scene that the first thought crept into my head ..

Me: “God.. Kit Harrington is made for romance… the way Jon’s looking at Sansa…”

Also me: Idiot!! They’re brother and sister.

In the scene with Ramsay’s letter… when Sansa held Jon’s hand ..For a second I was like.. oooooook. But the next second I told myself “She said ‘our brother’ and “our home.. Jeez get your mind out of the gutter!!”

In Sansa’s scene with Little finger when she says “My brother and I will take back the north.” I told myself ‘See, there’s nothing there. You’ve been reading too many romance novels.“ And then LF stresses on “Half - brother”
And I went “Oh no.. here I go again.”

Then in the scene where they are all planning how to rally the north against Ramsay I was like “Er… Isn’t Jon staring a little too much at Sansa??”
But then I was caught off guard by Sansa lying to Jon about where she got information about the blackfish. And then Sansa says “Jon is Jon. I trust him. He’s my brother.” Again I was like “She’s making it pretty clear that he’s her brother…”

Then Sansa gives him a cloak and Jon fumbles and Sansa is looking so pretty and Jon blushes when Edd sees him wearing the cloak and Jon leaves castle black looking like a king and Sansa follows right behind him looking like his queen and I was like “Which is this show that I’m watching, again? Game of thrones??? Sorry!! I forgot that for a minute.”

I didn’t catch any such vibes in their scene with Lyanna Mormont. My whole focus was on an exceptionally talented little girl who literally ate up the screen.

The scene with Lord Glover was the beginning of the huffs and the disagreements which went on to heavy breathing and small pauses in the scene before Sansa sends LF the raven which grew to laboured breathing and pregnant pauses in the scene before the BOB which is the scene in which I finally said to myself “There’s something more than a sibling relationship happening here!!”

Then the forehead kiss happened which I tried my level best to not read into (Jon did not look at her lips… he was just… I don’t know maybe pink is a better colour than white… of course snowflakes falling does not make the whole scene look romantic… it just means winter is here..)

Then the cousin reveal happened. My fourth WTF?? Moment on GOT, in an I’m so excited way

Then the King in the north scene happened. My fifth WTF?? Moment on GOT, In an I’m screaming with joy way

I must say that until this point I dint know anything about the books, I didn’t know a ship called Jonsa even existed, I had not read a single meta and I didn’t know about the existence of Ao3 and jonsa fanfiction. And ironically not a thing about tumblr. I just called my brother who doesn’t have a single romantic bone in his body and asked him, “I got a weird feeling that this show wants us to see Jon and Sansa in a romantic light.” To which he said, “Well, surprisingly me too.. kind of.” That was enough for me to ship them.

What I am really trying to say in this irritatingly long ass answer is that I was person who never thought I would EVER ship Jon with Sansa, never wanted to ship them, went back and forth, had conflicted feelings about them throughout season 6 before jonsa became my OTP.

And it is my HONEST opinion that this is exactly what the makers of the show wanted us to feel. This is my Jonsa story!!!

Vulcan Mind Link Analysis – Conclusion

Part 1| Part 2| Part 3| Part 4| Part 5

 After taking a closer look at the instances where the touch telepathic abilities of Vulcans are mentioned and or used during TOS and TMP I wanted to sum up the results in one last post on the subject.

The first time the Vulcan Mind Meld is used occurs in the first season episode “Dagger Of The Mind” (S1E11 in production order). Here Spock melds with Dr. Gelder to find out what happened to him. During the series there are a number of occasions when Spock has to meld with someone or something. It is always a last resort and only if there is no better way to solve the problem or handle miscommunication (remember the Horta?).

It took me by surprise to realize that the first Mind Meld with Jim only happens in season three. Episode 56 to be precisely. In “Spectre Of The Gun” Spock melds with the entire crew to convince their minds that what happens to them is not real, in order to save their lives. At first this doesn’t seem to be that much of an indicator for intimacy, but looking at the reactions of the other crew members it does prove interesting. While Scotty and McCoy freeze and seem terrified by having another mind in their head, Jim is comfortable and doesn’t display any signs of distress.

The second time Spock melds with Jim is in “The Paradise Syndrome” where he has to find Jim’s buried memories of his real self, due to a serious case of amnesia. It’s an intense scene and probably a much deeper meld than the first time, not only because of the duration of the contact, but also because Jim’s distress is visibly bleeding into Spock.

After everything is said and done Spock compliments the captain: “His mind. He is an extremely dynamic individual”. Which tells us that he delved deep enough to get a good look at Jim’s innermost thoughts, his mind, maybe even what constitutes as Katra in Vulcans. There is a reason for one of the five principles of Vulcan philosophy to be privacy. If you possess the ability to look that deeply into someone else’s mind, be the intentions as they may, you have to honor the privacy of each individual for society to work.

But I think it can be established that from this (admittedly otherwise whacky) episode that Spock knew Jim’s mind and, as we see a bit further down, is able to recognize it by a mere touch alone.

The third time happens in “Requiem for Methuselah”, which in itself is a very special episode and famous for McCoy’s often quoted dialogue with Spock. It’s one of my personal favourites for its portrayal of love and the different facets that make up this complex emotion. In Methuselah we see Flint’s obsession with his creation. Rayna, who never saw another living being before and develops an innocent crush for our charming captain. Jim himself is manipulated into caring for Rayna, but he still likes her. In the original post I called it infatuation on his side and I think that still makes sense, because I don’t think love can grow over one afternoon. And then, of course, there is Spock. Who is the only one to show love as a selfless want for the wellbeing of another person. Because when Jim is heartbroken over Rayna’s death, he makes him forget her. And that is a VERY IMPORTANT point here! Spock is Vulcan. He is INSANELY private and he still deletes Jim’s memory of the android, although every Vulcan principle tells him not to. He does it, because he is helpless otherwise, doesn’t know how to make Jim feel better.

Ironically, this is where he proves Bones wrong, only minutes after the doctor left Jim’s quarters.

The last instance in the Original Series concludes the third season in “Turnabout Intruder”. This episode is another personal favourite, because not only does Spock recognizes Jim’s mind IN AN INSTANT, when everything else tells him that this has to be a fraught, but he also holds Jim’s hand for almost two minutes, while he protects him. And we all know how casual Vulcans are when it comes to hand-holding *insert sarcasm here*.

What did I take from those reoccurring mind melds throughout the series?

I think by the time the 5-year mission ended those two had an unacknowledged mind link. A link that established itself without conscious decision, something that’s NEVER supposed to happen. However, since Spock is not only repeatedly exposed to Jim’s mind, but also progressively comfortable with this kind of intimacy I regard this as a possibility.

And Gene Roddenberry, ever the helpful cheerleading ghost that he is, practically hand-delivered me the arguments for this theory in the novelization of the Motion Picture Movie.

The very first thing the reader of the novel gets to see, before the author’s note, before anything, is the prologue, which happens to be Spock saying goodbye to Jim. Why is he saying goodbye? Because he is about to pass the trials of Kolinahr that will “purge all his remaining emotions”. Spock never intends to go back to earth at this point.

Now let’s take a step back here and ignore Spock calling Jim his T’hy’la for a moment (I know it’s hard), because I sure know that my favourite question of all time always resurfaces at this part: Why?

WHY?!? Why would Spock try to purge all emotion? Why did he come back to Vulcan after the five-year mission? Why would he return to a place that he left because he couldn’t stand how it made him feel? Why give up an extraordinary career? WHY WOULD HE EVER LEAVE THE SIDE OF NOT ONLY HIS TWO BEST FRIENDS, BUT ALSO OF THE PEOPLE THAT BECAME HIS FAMILY?

It will forever remain an enigma because Gene decided to be a horrible tease about it.

The fact is: We just don’t know and are left to speculate.

But there is this little something that doesn’t quite leave me alone and that I want to present. The only hint we are ever given regarding Spock’s decision is this tiny, seemingly unimportant remark:

Spock was in pain. Now the reader can either choose to interpret this as: “The raging war between his two halves finally takes its toll” or “Why does it hurt so much to be in the company of humans/one specific human”. In my understanding it’s a bit of both. Yes, of course Spock’s human half had to fight all its life to not be squashed by its overbearing Vulcan counterpart, but this is something Spock is actually used to. He even says so himself in “The Enemy Within”.

Which leaves us with option Nr. 2. Spock is canonically in possession of an extremely sensitive mind, which seems to be the nature of all Vulcans, hence the extensive mental shielding they are taught from an early age. When applying the afore-mentioned theory of an unacknowledged mind link the entire situation could not only drain, but actually be painful to Spock, if he is not aware of it. WHICH HE IS NOT.

The exact same moment: POV Jim on earth (above) and POV Spock on Vulcan (below).

As is shown in the book. The second Spock has to open his mind for master T’sai he is hit by Jim’s thoughts, and I mean HIT. It’s apparent form Spock’s reaction that this comes completely out of the blue. He isn’t even sure if they are Jim’s thoughts for a second, before he recognizes them and that’s the thing that trips me up. At this point Spock is more sursprised than the reader to realized the connection. I mean how can that even be possible? To be this close to someone without noticing?

It’s highly probable that Spock repressed his human half so completely, even before running away to Vulcan, that the link to Jim and all the emotions bleeding through were buried with it. Maybe he felt too close to him thanks to the link and it scared him or the bleed-through began to throw him off balance.

But in order to finally achieve the state of total logic he HAD TO open his mind entirely. So in this moment he had to let go and not even a heartbeat later he hears Jim thinking about him.

At this point the unacknowledged mind link theory can be addressed as canon, because when Jim wishes to speak to Spock and Spock can hear him 10.6 light years away, it can’t be anything BUT a mind link. Again, Vulcans are TOUCH telepaths, so reading minds while touching? Check. Reading the mood of a room? Check. Melding with someone over the distance of a few meters or through a wall? Check. Hearing someone entire systems away? Nope. It doesn’t usually happen, if we are not talking about something like hundreds of telepaths dying (The Immunity Syndrome) or the appearance of a powerful entity a.k.a Vger. And Jim is neither. This is a completely singular occurrence. As far as I know it never happens again between two regular(-ish) people.

I will be mad at the movie for not including this particular dialogue into the triumvirate-scene after Spock comes back on board as long as I live. Spock admits to being able to hear Jim’s thoughts and it’s a shame that we don’t get the captain’s thoughts on this revelation. BUT we get Bones, which is better still.

Bones is not surprised, not even the slightest, that those two have a connection between them. His medical knowledge throws me a bit though. Not because I don’t think it’s plausible, but because this is the only instance we ever hear of a connection like that.

But “telepathic rapport between Vulcan and human only in cases of EXTRAORDINARILY close friendship”? This line is gold. Those two are so close to each other that they know each other’s thoughts, they can sense the other one blind. They risked their lives time and time again to save each other. So yeah…extraordinarily close is how I would coin them too. Hence my undying love for the term T’hy’la, that Gene generously gifted us with. Friend. Brother. Lover. There is no “or” in between those words, it’s not “choose the correct meaning” it’s all three of them, together forming one untranslatable word and friend is only a third of the concept.

Also: Bones is still pissed about how Spock denies even the tiniest display of friendship towards Jim, which makes for an interesting discussion about what happened after the Five-Year-Mission to split the trio up.

So, to sum this up:

  1. During the Five-Year-Mission Spock has to meld with Jim more than once (at least four times are documented).
  2. The melds increase in intensity up to the point where Spock alters Jim’s memory.
  3. At the end Spock can tell Jim’s mind by a simple probe. He knows him “better than anyone in the universe” he “knows his thoughts” (Jim’s words)
  4. There is an established mind link between them that neither know about. 
  5. The link seems to be the root of the pain that drives Spock to Mt. Seleya to pursue Kolinahr.
  6. Spock can hear Jim’s thoughts from 10.6 LIGHTYEARS away, when he finally opens his mind for the first time after three years. (I like to stress this, because it’s absolutely unique.)
  7. Bones is not even fazed by this revelation, maybe because he suspected it ever since “Turnabout Intruder” when Spock was the only one to believe “Janice Lester’s” story.
  8. “It was common knowledge that telepathic rapport between Vulcan and human was possible only in cases of extraordinarily close friendship.”  - official medical assessment.

Your honor, I rest my case.

Request 41- Disney

Y/s/n sat in between Phil’s legs, staring at the array of colours shown on the screen. His face changing as the plot of his favourite film developed. I watched as Phil held his sons hand through the trauma of the current scene. “Daddy.” He whined, gripping Phil’s hand tighter. Phil smiled lightly before lifting y/s/n from between his legs and leaving the room.

Moments later he returned, a mug in each hand and his phone between his teeth. I chuckled lightly before taking one of the mugs. Phil and y/s/n returned to their original position however Phil was focusing his eyes on his phone. I began to grow suspicious after hearing the click of Phils phone indicating he’d screenshoted something. 

After feeling the young boy curl into him Phil placed his phone back on the arm of the sofa. Within moments my phone lit up to show some messages from Phil. I glanced over to him, curious about what was so important that he couldn’t say it. Once the phone was unlocked and the messages were open I understood.
Disneyland.
You, y/s/n and me
Flight aren’t that much
Come on love, he’ll love it
Please

The messages were followed by screenshots of hotels and flights each signifying he’d thought this through.

The two of us watched as y/s/n fell asleep in Phils  arms, Phil running his hand along his arm until light snores fell from him.
“So have you thought anything more about…. y'know?” Phil whispered.
“I don’t know Phil?? He’s only young. I think I’m too scared to be honest.” I shrugged in response nodding down his gentle sleeping figure.
“Come on baby, we can look after him, it’ll be fine I promise.” He continued to smile at our son.
I thought about the smile that would lightened their faces if I said yes, I thought about the excitement that would take over our son when he saw his favourite character. Before I knew it I agreed.

It had been a month since Phil came up with the idea and now we were all stood in Luton airport waiting for our gate to open. We didn’t tell y/s/n our destination as we didn’t want to spoil the surprise. All he knew was we would be joining Phils family in Florida.

Y/s/n fell asleep in the car as we drove towards the mystery location. Phil chatted to his brother as Cornelia and I smiled down at the young blonde haired boy. Every few minutes Cornelia and I found ourselves hushing the men in the front of the car to prevent y/s/n from waking up.

The following morning I was the first of the 3 of us to wake up. I hurried around the log cabin, unpacking everyone’s clothes. Digging through the bags I found out every disney themed item I could and placed them on the double bed next to y/s/n’s sleeping figure.

Phil woke up soon after I’d finished my plan. His hair messy and eyes glazed with water from the brightness of the light. I sat next to him, peppering his cheeks with kisses. I felt his mouth curl into a grin as I continued with my kisses. When he fully woke up he turned his face to meet my lips and began kissing me back. The kisses soon grew more passionate as I was pushed back against the sofa.

“Mommy!! Daddy!!” Y/s/n called from the room next to us. Phil and I pulled away from eachother as I made my way over to him.
“Hey baby.” I smiled as he wrapped his arms around my legs. Phil crouched down next to y/s/n before picking him up and pulling him close.
“What’s up son?” Phil asked after wiping away the tears that spilled down y/s/n face.
“Wh-where are we?” He asked crying slightly into Phils pyjama shirt.

Phil carried him over to the window and with the other hand pulled away the curtain. The foreground was simply tree however in the distance the magical castle could be seen. Y/s/n’s jaw dropped when he realised where he’d woken up.

My grip on y/s/n hand got tighter as we entered the huge crowds. Phil noticed and copied my actions, y/s/n too captured by the magic to notice.  We led our son towards his favourite characters, his face lighting up at the sight of each of them. Before leaving the cabin we agreed to leave his favourite character until last.

Soon the day began to end and Phil and I walked y/s/n to the animal kindom.
“Y/s/n, can you see that over there?” I asked almost as excited as him. Thw two of us shared a favourite disney film and we were on the way to meeting our favourite characters.

Phils POV
Both of their faces lit up as their eyes landed on Baloo and King Louie. Y/n and y/s/n both adored the jungle book so this was just as amazing for y/n as it was for y/s/n.

My gorgeous girlfriend smiled over to me, her smile lifting the atmosphere more than I thought was possible. I laughed as I noticed both of them begining to cry tears of joy.
I took pictures of both of them with the two characters to capture the moment. They had their autograph books signed and rejoined me at the front of the crowd.

Once back to the cabin y/s/n fell asleep straight away clutching his new Baloo teddy. Y/n and I watched over his sleeping figure until moved him to his bed.

I walked back to the sofa which we made our bed to see y/n sat flicking through a magazine not paying much attention to the articles. As I sat next to her she placed the glossy paper down and smiled up to me.

After feeling me lie back on the makeshift bed, y/n joined me. She moved her body to fit perfectly against mine as I drew circles on the tops of her arms helping her sleep.

here’s another for @phanny-fics competition
FOCUS ON... JOHN HARLAN KIM

Our latest ‘FOCUS ON’ feature interview is with  Australian actor John Harlan Kim. Kim has journeyed from the familiar sights of Ramsay Street on Neighbours, to become a valued Librarian on the hit TNT show, The Librarians.

Hi John, how’s your visit home been?
Unreal! Always good to get home for the Summer and see all my mates and the family. Mom was stoked to have me back but now I’m pretty sure she’s getting over it and probably ready for me to head back to the States!

We’ve just seen the season 3 finale of The Librarians. Talk about an emotional rollercoaster. Your character Ezekiel has grown over the years, matured, what’s the journey been like over that time?
It’s weird. Here’s a character I never thought would grow. It was apparent that he suffered from some type of Peter Pan syndrome. But over the seasons we’ve seen more and more that it’s just a guard he has set up and I think people can relate to Ezekiel in that way, that having walls up is a normal human thing to do. He has the most to prove yet he acts like he doesn’t care but we’re seeing more and more that he truly does care, especially about his new family.

Can you relate to Ezekiel in any way?
I’ve grown up with the show myself so that’s probably one of the coolest parts, to not only see Ezekiel grow up and mature with each script but also needing to have to do that myself albeit on a less grander scale because obviously I’m not fighting dragons and minotaurs in my personal life. My problems are a little more realistic like trying to score a date or not over-cooking my eggs.

Has there been an episode that stood out as a favourite?
Point of Salvation. Hands down. The cast were so supportive that ep as was Jonathan Frakes and Jeremy Bernstein. They put me in an environment where I felt confident enough to make choices and take creative risks. I think it all came together really well in the end and I couldn’t be prouder.

Tell us about your relationship with the other Librarians.
Lindy [Booth] and Christian [Kane] set great examples for me, they’re always there for me (Lindy & Rebecca have even housed me at one stage) and they’re just good people to be around. And with Noah [Wyle], I couldn’t be more amped to work with. He’s phenomenal at what he does and I have a lot of respect for the way he handles the pressure whether as an actor, producer, director or writer. He’s awesome. I really couldn’t be in a better position with the cast I have.

And the dynamic between the Librarians and their Guardian, as well as Jenkins? It’s a great technique, incorporating different roles to cover a variety of plot lines.
Rebecca Romijn and John Larroquette make it way too easy to play! They’ve both had long and successful careers in the industry and it was easy to see why from the moment I got to Portland. I love working with them. It’s fun because you’re right, when we have such a wide variety of plot lines to cover splitting up the team becomes necessary to keep on top of it all. Every script I get, it’s exciting! One day I’ll be sitting on a magic council with Larroquette, the next I’ll be beating up zombies along with Romijn!

The episodes are always so unique and interesting, when you first read each script how do you feel? I’d imagine much like the audience, fascinated, but excited as your character experiences it.
One of my favorite parts about the whole thing is getting the next episode’s script. The writers on our show are top flight and they do a spectacular job in conveying their vision onto paper and keeping things fresh and interesting! Like I mentioned, you don’t know what you’ll be doing or where your character will get to travel to, all you know for sure is it won’t be boring!

There are some harder themes, for example in season 3 the team deals with the resolution of Cassandra’s tumour. In contrast, what was it like filming those scenes? As a viewer it was tense!
To an extent, it definitely felt like a shock to the system! Showing up that day was such a different type of shooting day for us. I wasn’t used to coming in and filming something so somber but being the incredible talent she is, Lindy absolutely killed it!

Were there any other scenes that presented a challenge in terms of emotional response? Like the finale?
Yeah I mean Flynn’s ultimate sacrifice was rough. And I had already read what was going to happen and I still got anxious watching it! That and Charlene’s goodbye. Jane Curtin’s a star, I loved having her around.

And what about training for the more physical combat roles, what was that like? Did you enjoy it?
Definitely. I got to live out a bit of a youth dream with that vampire ep. And to do it alongside Christian Kane who is well-versed in vampire combat himself. I mean, come on! How lucky am I!? Our stunt guys Tim Eulich and Buster Reeves were a dream to work with and they’re absolute legends as well.

Over the seasons, what’s one of your favourite moments working on the ‘The Librarians’ set?
My first day. Noah Wyle and the jewel theft scene. It still feels like a dream, such a surreal moment. I haven’t lost that feeling yet and I hope I never do. I never want to be jaded.

Do you have an idea as to what The Librarians will go through in the upcoming series? What would you like to see happen next, for all the librarians and specifically Ezekiel?
Zero idea. They’re good at keeping pretty secretive about all of that stuff. I’d love to see Ezekiel continue to evolve into the Librarian he’s going to be someday. He’s far from being fully-realized and has the most growing up to do so to see him take that next step would be awesome.

The Librarians has been renewed for a fourth season, what do you think makes the series so successful?
Our showrunners. John Rogers and now Dean Devlin. They’re the pulse of the show. I don’t really need to say anymore, they’re extraordinary at what they do and they’re two of the best men I’ll ever come across, by every measurement of the word.

Is there any other role you’d like to take on from a book or comic? Or another series you’d also like to be a part of?
Amadeus Cho. I’ve always wanted to be a humungous, green giant.

Did you always want to be an actor?
I decided at 15 I wanted to be an actor so I took a class, auditioned for my first gig and booked it. I then took that pay check from my first acting gig, coupled that with money saved from working at a charcoal chicken store and flew to New York in my school holidays. I knocked on the door to a film school building in Manhattan and told the concierge I wanted to be an actor and he told me to go find my parents. I think he thought I was lost.

On your down time what other things do you enjoy doing?
I love shooting hoops, hitting the water and playing video games. I picked up boxing a few months ago too but my heads so big, it makes it ridiculously hard to dodge punches.

How does working overseas compare to working here at home in Australia?
The biggest difference I’ve found is the pacing. I can’t speak for either industry as a whole but my experience on Neighbours was a much more fast-paced environment than something like The Librarians. It was actually a fantastic way to learn to nail your first few takes and within that, I found preparation was key so I make sure to show up to any set now with my lines absolutely ingrained into my brain so that the real fun can begin once you start shooting.

What advice do you have for actors, especially Australians wanting to make it in the industry and overseas?
Trust your choices. It’s so easy to second guess if you’re on the right path or not but just back yourself and everything else will fall into place.

And finally, what can we expect from you next?
I’m actually in the middle of editing my first project right now so I’m hoping to complete that before we start work on Season 4! Way too excited to see that finished and then to get to go back to work with Dean & the gang is going to be an absolute blast as always!

Thank you so much for your time John. We can’t wait to see you on screen in 2017!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Recap: June 15th/16th

So as some of you who read my tags may have guessed, I went to see the play again this week. I wanted to hit a nice round number before my first anniversary of seeing Cursed Child next Wednesday, and I’ve been hearing such good things about how the new cast are developing that I couldn’t resist. I was not disappointed.

I’d been told that the show is almost unrecognisable from how it was on the 24th and 25th of May, and while that is not entirely accurate, it is so much more than what it was. My impression, particularly on the 24th, was of something raw and skeletal, that needed filling out. The bare bones were all there, but there wasn’t much detail, simply because they hadn’t had very much time to explore. And now they’re 13 shows in, the detail is definitely coming.

I’m not going to do a full on line-by-line recap, but I have too much to say not to write something, so I think this will just be a summary of things I loved from each of the actors, and maybe a little bit about a couple of my favourite scenes. I’ll attempt to keep this short (wish me luck).

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that clip of the lightwoods is so interesting to me? Like, even though Alec is hella done with maryse, for a split second he reverts back to his submissive posture in front of her. I also loved the way he tried to warn Izzy to tone down what she was saying in front of max. And maryse's reaction to Izz dragging her was fascinating. She seemed... not regretful but more embressed? Idk if I'm making sense. I just really hope we see more of the lightwood dynimacs in future episodes.

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES I love talking about the Lightwoods’ dynamic!! I definitely want to see more of it because it’s so damn interesting, and I also want to see more of the Lightwood kids and Robert, too (and I wonder if they’re going to do the whole Anna Marie Highsmith thing in the show, but it doesn’t seem like it).

I like how they show how rebelliousness of any kind does not come easily to Alec. There are way too many protagonist characters in general and in the show (each of Clary, Jace, and Izzy, to name a few) that are just “fuck the rules I’m gonna do the right thing/what my heart says!” but that they still depict that as a bit of a struggle for Alec is really interesting to me and I hope they explore that further (and how he eventually overcomes it). Like his most “rebellious” act was far and away the kiss at the wedding, and for the first time in his life, he does do what his heart says – and then, right after – “What did I just do?” So it’s still a conflict for him, even if his heart does win out in the end (as we see now with Malec), and that’s one of the things I find most interesting about his character.

So like, even though he is indeed hella done with Maryse, you can see how he kind of shifts as soon as he sees her, becomes a little more soldier-like in his countenance and his stance, the obedience coming naturally to him through years of conditioning himself to be like that (if he can be the perfect soldier and the dutiful son, it can compensate for his other self-perceived shortcomings and they at least won’t hate him for never being good enough).

Also, another detail I loved from that clip was Alec and Izzy’s different reaction to Robert’s absence. Like, Alec was hardly surprised but Izzy really was, and I think it highlights the different ways that Robert treats Alec vs. Izzy. Like, Robert dotes on Izzy and it’s pretty clear that she’s his favourite, and he’s seen as the Good™ parent compared to Maryse, but other than the scene after the kiss in 1x12, he hasn’t really treated Alec very well either – in fact, blaming him directly for Jace’s insubordinations in 1x06-1x07, and Alec’s allusion to past mistreatment in 1x09 (“You drilled into me that I was never good enough”). So I really want to see more of Robert and Alec’s dynamic and how it’s different from Robert and Izzy’s. I think both Maryse and Robert basically got used to Alec being more of a soldier than a son and treated him accordingly (and tried to do the same with Izzy, but she was more resilient in that sense).

(And I think Maryse is sort of the inverse, in that Alec is her “favourite” (after the Jace/demon blood thing, because before it was pretty clearly Jace), even though she doesn’t exactly treat any of them very well, but she has a massive and clear disdain for Izzy that’s not as much there for Alec, likely because of Alec’s soldier-like obedience more than anything else – although we haven’t seen them interact too much about his coming-out and Magnus, so I’m really really really excited to see how they portray that in 2x08.)

Also I talked at length about the Lightwood parent/child dynamics in this post and go over some of these thoughts in greater detail! 

FINALLY, yes! I really liked how they showed some dimension to Maryse, because after 1x12-13, people were so so so quick to completely villainize her and so many Malec fics actually made her out to be the villain of the story. Like, between her treatment of her kids and her being in the Circle, she’s not a good person by any stretch of the imagination – but here in this clip you can see that despite everything, she does care about her children and their relationship with her, and she can feel how frosty they are towards her, and I’m sure no mother – no matter how convinced of her own toxic ideologies – really likes that feeling. Plus, if you recall, Jocelyn was in the Circle with Maryse and Robert (Maryse was a very prominent member according to the books), so you can only imagine that Jocelyn and Maryse knew each other and probably quite well. So I like that she mentioned Jocelyn and looked genuinely sad about her passing.

Beauty and the Beast Part Four (Loki x Reader)

Originally posted by maryxglz

Word Count: 910

Pairing: Loki x Reader

AN: You can read part one, part two and part three here

It had been a few days since your failed attempt at escaping, all wounds had been healed from that night in more ways than you’d thought. Ever since that night Loki had been treating you like a guest rather than a hostage, which you have gratefully appreciated. His attitude towards you was no longer harsh and unrefined. In fact, he’d actually become rather sweet and almost kind, something you’d never seen in him before.

He let you roam around the gigantic house as much as you pleased, including the magnificent garden outside. No longer did he lock you in your room, instead he gave you a sense of freedom even though you were still certainly not free. Loki still hadn’t informed you why you were so important in his plan and that did frustrate you. However you weren’t going to push your luck and anger him like the other night, you didn’t want to see the beast in him again. 

You were currently sitting across from the man eating breakfast, making small talk as you munched on your cereal. The tension between you both was still awkward but you both tried to have normal conversations. “Do you enjoy literature?” Loki asked as he gestured towards the books placed next to you on the table. The topic instantly made you smile as it was one of your greatest passions, making you eager to talk about it. “I adore it actually! My favourite is Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.”

Not seeming pleased with your answer Loki rolled his eyes. “Why does that not surprise me?” His tone was bored as he continued eating from his breakfast, leaving you offended by his words. And just when you thought he was becoming a nice guy!

Not being able to help yourself you further pushed, wanting to know what problem he had with your favourite choice of literature. “What are you talking about?” Looking up from his meal he let out a sigh giving you his full attention. “Oh all that heartache and pining.” He exclaimed as he shuddered dramatically to prove his point making you scoff at his overreaction. “There are so many better things to read.” Not believing his words you quickly became annoyed at his arrogance. What could possibly be so much better than Shakespeare? “Like what?”


“This is amazing!” You gasped, hands covering your mouth as you took in the scene around you. Loki brought you to his library that apparently you hadn’t discovered yet and to say it was huge was an understatement. There were two rooms with shelves covering all the walls, various books stacked from the floor to the ceiling. You were really living your nerdiest dreams right now.

Smiling at your reaction, the demigod unexpectedly took your hand in his own causing a chill to travel down your spine at his touch. Your cheeks darkened at his sweet action, why did he make you feel this way? “If you like it so much, then it’s yours.” His words caused your jaw to drop in shock, was he for real?! “Your kidding.” 

“I don’t joke.”

Sending him a cheeky smile you gently pushed your finger against his chest in a teasing manner whilst you rocked back and forth on your feet. “You should, I think you’d have a nice laugh.” Smirking in return he leaned in close enough so that your noses were almost touching, speaking in a deep voice that made you feel weak at the knees. “I don’t think you’ll ever hear it.”

Crossing your arms you raised your eyebrow at the man. “Is that a challenge?”

Loki knew where this was going, you were never one to back down from a challenge so he didn’t expect you to now. His assumptions were confirmed when you excitedly start blurting out the lines to some cheesy dad joke. “What do you call a man with no nose and no body?”

Face-palming at your childishness Loki let out a dramatic sigh. “This is stupid-” 

Cutting him off before he could complain any longer you rushed out the end of the joke. “Nobody nose.”

He tried to hide it by biting his lip but the demigod almost laughed at your terrible joke and you weren’t going to let him forget it. “Hey you almost laughed at that one!”

Feigning annoyance towards you Loki kept up his cold front. “Please stop these are terrible-” 

But of course you ignored him as you fired out another bad joke in attempts to make the god of mischief laugh. “What cheese can never be yours?”

“Please stop-”

“Nacho cheese.”

Then the most amazing thing happened, Loki Laufeyson actually laughed and it was the most beautiful sound you’d ever heard. Immediately a wide smile spread across your face as you listened to the sound, feeling accomplished for being the cause of it.“See I told you i’d get you to laugh!”

Still hunched over a little in laughter the demigod eventually got his words out.“I don’t even know what that meant it just sounded so stupid that I laughed.”

Feeling slightly offended by him calling your jokes stupid you slightly pushed his shoulder showing your annoyance. “Hey my jokes are not bad!”

Loki smiled as he looked down at you, gently reaching up to caress the side of your face. His actions made you feel all bubbly inside, as it did when he spoke in his deep voice.“What am I going to do with you Y/N?”

Show Review 29/03/2017

This show was the most important performance for me because it was the one I was seeing with my Mum. I was actually quite nervous. I really wanted her to understand why I keep going back to see the show again and again and why it means so much to me. My Mum says I’m obsessed. I say I’m passionate. Maybe somewhere in-between. ;) 

I was also full of trepidation because my Mum is a cynic, and very hard to please. She is much more critical, generally-speaking, than I am and I was worried that she simply wouldn’t find the play as wonderful as I do and I was so desperate for her approval of it. If she didn’t think as highly as possible of it, I would be devastated. My Mum read and enjoyed the books - she would borrow my copy after I’d finished with it on every release. The last time she read one of them was nearly exactly ten years ago, when the last book came out. We saw every film together. There’s a lot of personal history for us that is attached to Harry Potter and in a relationship that has been tested at times to its absolute limit, the Harry Potter memories are positives of our time together that stand out for me. It was vital to me that this memory would be as jubilant as all those memories and that she would understand what the play and its themes meant to me and think as highly of the play as she did of the books and their themes and histories for us. Given that we disagree far more than we agree, my worries were not unfounded.

She thought the play was “outstanding”. The highlights for her were the acting, the choreography, the special effects and the music. She was particularly admiring of Anthony, Sam, Noma, Jamie and Anabel (as Myrtle), even though Noma and Jamie both stumbled on some lines (just momentary hesitation while they remembered the line. I don’t know if it was something in the air, as there were a couple of moments where I thought the cast might break, or whether they are all just very tired - it was enough for a first-timer like my Mum to pick up on but it wasn’t held against them at all). During certain moments she actually grabbed me and grinned at me like a child in Hamley’s, her eyes just shining with awe, such as in the Polyjuice transformations and the appearance of the dementors. I’ve never seen her react to something like that.

She wants to see it again. My Mum never wants to see anything twice. She gets bored incredibly easily - as I said, she’s really hard to please. She’s also disabled - it’s worth bearing in mind that sitting upright for five hours is difficult for her. But she wants to do it again. I didn’t dare to dream that she would want to see it more than once. There is no greater compliment to the show, for me, than my Mum wanting to see it more than once. For this particular performance, her reaction alone was everything to me, I wouldn’t have minded if anything else wasn’t ideal.

However, as luck would have it, the performance itself today was an absolute smasher - probably the second-best I’ve seen. The cast was almost entirely in their original roles, bar one - Josh Wyatt was on as Karl/Dudley - I really liked him in this role - I thought his Dudley in particular was very good:

I found out at the end of the night that @mrsellacott was at the same performance - it’s a shame I didn’t know she was in or I would have gone to introduce myself. I know what she looks like (though she doesn’t know what I look like, mwah-ha-ha-ha) so I feel foolish for not spotting her four rows in front of me (she was in AA, I was in C but I walked right between where she was sitting and the stage more than once - I’m so unobservant, but then when you’ve been holding your bladder for the interval, the loos beckon you rather determinedly). 

She has already posted her recap (https://mrsellacott.tumblr.com/post/159003741424/cursed-child-review-29317) so I apologise if I repeat anything she has already mentioned. I notice different things in every performance, so indeed, I apologise if I’m repeating something I’ve mentioned in a previous recap, or something someone else has mentioned. 

Act One Scene One:

Albus and Lily were holding hands on arriving at King’s Cross. Sibling moments within the Potters are few and far between in the play so that was lovely.

Act One Scene Two:

Ron and James laughed really hard when Albus asked about being put in Slytherin. Is it a running joke or do they find the idea ludicrous?

When Rose went to get onto the train after telling Hermione she couldn’t give a Professor love, she hurriedly said “Bye, love you, bye” as she left. It was cute and Rose-y and genuine. I love ad-libs - they make things even more real somehow.

When the kids left the platform, Albus last of all, Ginny wrapped her arms around Harry’s neck and he held her and gave her the sweetest kiss. Swoon. Okay, I promise to try to keep the Hinny swooning to a minimum.

Act One Scene Three:

Cherelle varies the “It’s exciting!” line from show to show and my favourite version of it is the one she did in this performance where she grabs Albus and shakes him back and forth as she squeals “It’s exciiiiitiiiiiiinnng!” Her enthusiasm is infectious to the audience and it always gets a good laugh when delivered like this.

Act One Scene Four:

During the flying lesson, Madam Hooch stopped the other students in their teasing of Albus by saying a scolding”Ah-ah!” at them and pointing her finger in termination when they Karl calls Albus a squib. This isn’t scripted but I really liked it because it bothered me that there was no scripted reaction from Hooch (though I understand that for the stage one has to make allowances in terms of cutting details from scenes that would extend the play). I always imagined Hooch (and any other teacher for that matter) putting a foot down if they heard that kind of thing from any student toward another. Anyway, I hope Helena keeps doing that.

The DADA scene - Rose really did try to help Albus with his wand in this scene. She hurried over to him and very briefly tried to assist and then said ”I can’t help” and re-joined the class.

Act One Scene Five:

When Hermione nagged Harry about his paperwork with a “Consider this a gentle nudge” he avoided her eye and tried to wave it off with an abrupt “Yeah, yeah, yeah”. It was childish and gave me strong book throwbacks with Hermione nagging Harry about homework or revision or working out his egg clue and I liked it. At this response, Hermione seemed to think he wasn’t quite heeding her authority, so she added the “from the Minister for Magic” which Harry reluctantly acknowledged, still avoiding her eyes. Such a kid. (I love it when something in the play gives an anamnesis of the books).

Act One Scene Seven:

Poppy gave the softest chuckle at Lily and her fairy wings. It was so natural and the way she was looking at her was with so much love and fondness. Poppy is one of the more unsung heroes of the cast. Her role isn’t as big as Noma’s so she gets less recognition but she deserves just as much, because her performance is just as outstanding. The way she looks at the people she loves, Albus, Lily, James, Harry, even Heroine and Ron - it’s so hard for me to remember that she’s acting. She is utterly, utterly convincing and she just radiates love and warmth. I imagine Poppy to be the kindest, warmest person in real life, because I really feel it from her on stage. She’s my favourite actress of the cast. It amazes me how readily she can cry real tears, too. She’s superb.

Jamie extended the “never wanted gratitude” line. It was “I never wanted gratitude or anything-” before Albus cut him off. As I’ve said, I love these ad-libs and actors playing with lines because it gives the play so much authenticity for each show and it works better for the cast because they have more to play with from each other.

Sam skipped the “Sometimes” in the infamous “wish you weren’t my Dad” line. I really like it like this because it makes it so much more hurtful and provocative to Harry. The line became simply “I wish you weren’t my Dad”. It changes the line so much - it is no more just something Albus is feeling on a bad day, the absence of the “sometimes” makes it definitive with no room for alleviation. It’s brutal. I’ve not noticed Sam changing it like this before (has anyone else?) but I prefer the line that way. Harry’s following line was the same “Well, there are times I wish you weren’t my son.”

Act One Scene Eight:

Little Harry for this performance was Jabez Cheeseman (epic name) and he is my favourite little Harry so far. He is adorable! He is indeed, really little, the smallest of the all the cast members (child actors included), and he’s excellent in his role. The child actors, particularly the young Harrys, as so impressive.

The whooshing noise in the transition between this dream scene at the lighthouse and scene nine sounds like waves. I don’t know if that’s intentional or if that’s just my interpretation.

Act One Scene Nine:

Ginny was stroking Harry’s hair when comforting him in bed. Sweet.

Act One Scene Ten:

I really feel for Rose in this scene. She is really trying with Albus, yes, it’s prompted but she’s trying. Cherelle added a new line here (it might not be new - maybe I just haven’t noticed it before - can anyone else weigh in? It’s definitely not scripted): when Albus tells Rose to leave him alone she gets really frustrated; she’s visibly hurt and angrily says “Why are you so angry all the time?” (unscripted) but they are then interrupted by Scorpius. Rose saying”I’m here, OK?” is very genuine. Rose has a good heart and she does care.

Sam was really on his game today, he gave the best performance I’ve seen from him. When he was explaining to Scorpius the conversation he overhead between Amos and Harry, he quotes Amos and says it exactly as Amos said it, same tones, same pronunciation, same expression of outrage, everything and it showed how much he’d been influenced by Amos (fuelled by their shared animosity toward Harry). However, Albus’s “I need to do this” shows that his motives behind the mission are selfish.

Act One Scene Twelve:

I mentioned in my last recap that when sitting in Row AA I could hear things in the general meeting that weren’t on microphones. In particular was Martin Johnston indignantly saying “that was unnecessary” when Hermione conjured silence from the crowd. I listened out for this time from Row C and could still hear it - he does say this every performance, it seems.

Act One Scene Fourteen:

This scene opens with an elderly witch pushing a walking frame which gets stuck. She hits it with her wand and it suddenly shoots out of her reach and zooms away. When the frame shot away this time, the witch said “You bugger” in an endearing northern accent. It was the first time I’ve heard it - can anyone else say whether she says it every time?

Act One Scene Sixteen:

When Albus, Delphi and Scorpius stand outside the telephone box at the Ministry, you can hear Big Ben chiming in the background. It’s a cool detail and I don’t remember noticing it before. Obviously, sound effects don’t change between performances, but as I said, part of the joy of seeing repeat performances it noticing new things each time - you just can’t pick up on everything in one show - there’s too much to focus on!

Anthony didn’t do his sea lion barks. :(

I love how Jamie!Scorpius looks at Delphi after he tells Paul!Albus to go to his room. He really grins at her, you can really see how much fun he’s having but it’s also as if he wants a bit of Delphi’s approval. Jamie!Scorpius was so dorky with his cloak that he actually almost fell over. I’m sure Jamie’s stumble here is intentional but it looks klutzy and accidental. He’s brilliant. Noma!Delphi gets impatient with the boys very quickly when they tussle with each other. She gets in between them with an impatient “Excuse me.”

Act One Scene Eighteen:

Hermione put her arms around Harry when she was trying to reassure him over what he said to Albus. I love the Harry/Hermione relationship. I only wish there was as much Harry/Ron in the play.

Noma did the two-fingered “I’m watching you” gesture to Paul. She doesn’t always do it. 

Paul’s mortified moan is wonderful as he buries his face in his hands once Harry  and Hermione leave. Paul is pure brilliance in this scene. I don’t know how he doesn’t crack every time.

Act One Scene Nineteen.

Paul!Albus got indignant at Jamie!Scorpius teasing him about kissing his Aunt, as if he felt Scorpius didn’t appreciate what he, Albus, had just been put through. :D

Jamie!Scorpius got so overexcited and high-pitched at seeing Sonnets of a Sorcerer and collapsed onto his knees looking as though all his dreams had come true. The audience loved it; it got a big laugh.

Act Two Scene Six:

This is always one of the more poignant scenes for me. Scorpius’s line about the “little tingle” is example of Jack Thorne’s genius because he knows that is exactly how the audience feels (Of course he does: he’s a Potterhead). I find the Hide and Seek soundtrack simply beautiful here. To anyone who knows the song but hasn’t heard it in this scene, it doesn’t sound like the original song. The song is cut to start from “Hide and seek, trains and sewing machines…” It sounds as though it is being sung by a choir from inside a nearby church that you are standing outside of. It’s so, so beautiful. If you recall the Part One film adaptation of Deathly Hallows, where Harry and Hermione visit Godric’s Hollow: in that scene you can hear a choir singing from inside a church on screen. The soundtrack to the play in this scene sounds just like that as the theatre glows around you to make you feel as though you are in Hogwarts. It’s one of the most beautiful scenes of the play and it never fails to give me and everyone else a “tingle”.

Act Two Scene Seven:

Cherelle was great in this scene. She really went for it when cheering for Harry “HARRYYYYY! HARRYYYY! HARRYYYY!” She sounded like a football fan. Then, when she questioned the boys and Durmstrang!Albus apologised to her, Scorpius did the most ridiculous accent I’ve ever heard saying “Mmmmmm, yeeeessss” as Albus was trying to cover for him. Oh, these boys. 

Act Two Scene Eleven:

I hadn’t noticed before that when Hermione warns “if anyone else interrupts me again” it’s because Polly and Yann are just in the process of rising out of the chairs again with the mouths open to speak and Hermione sits them down with her hand as she says this.

Act Two Scene Twelve:

In the musical transition between this scene and the last (impeccably smooth) you can hear the staircases being moved on, but the set pieces are so soft in sound that the movement of them against the music sounds like a background of soft rain dissipating into the scene. It’s something I noticed before but forgot to mention. Perhaps it doesn’t sound that way to others but it is what it sounds like to me and only in the context of this scene. It’s the most haunting, beautiful, soulful, emotive sound and it will stir emotion inside me before I’ve even laid eyes on the actors.

Act Two Scene Thirteen:

This was my favourite performance of Alex’s that I’ve seen. I thought he was brilliant tonight. He was softer in general and his timing and his comedy was superb. When Harry asked if he was sure Scorpius was his, there was the longest pause I’ve seen. It was as if Draco was trying to work Harry out, did Harry genuinely believe the rumours or was he just trying to antagonise, or simply just clutching at straws? Alex’s “take that back” was almost comical, almost playful, as if he didn’t entirely believe Harry meant it but that Draco wanted an excuse to get wands out anyway; he drummed a pointed finger on the table with every word. When he drew his wand and Harry warned him, he emitted this high-pitched “Uhhh” as if he was really quickly thinking about what Harry said before deciding he really does want to do it. It was funny, but the Malfoy confidence with which he expressed his thoughts without becoming sinister and taking from the scene was excellent.

Act Two Scene Fifteen:

I finally saw the infamous “cooking” reaction from Alex, which I hadn’t seen him do in this way before. Upon hearing that Harry is the cook, there is a beat while he takes this in and then the biggest, most charming, adorable grin, as though this is the best piece of news he has ever heard and he’s immediately thinking about how much fun he is going to have over teasing Harry about this.

The rest of his lines in this scene were soft. I love it when Alex plays this scene soft because it seems that Draco really feels what he trying to say. Sometimes Alex can be quite rough with this speech which I understand, given the character and his reluctant to show vulnerability but I think it takes away from what is a very profound few moments from him so I loved his delivery this time.

Act Two Scene Sixteen:

The library scene. As well as being the best performance from Alex I’ve ever seen, today was also the best performance from Anthony I’ve ever seen (and Sam, as mentioned earlier). He really showed why he got that Olivier nom. He was incredible. He has never made me laugh and cry so much in one scene. Up until this performance, my favourite version of this scene had been when I saw James Le Lacheur as Scorpius (I’m sad she’s not staying on, I’d love more opportunity to see her in the role) but Anthony did it for me this time around. We all know how heavy this scene gets but a couple of comical moments include Scorpius giving an impromptu apologetic wave with one hand to Polly when she tells them to “Sshhh!”, Scorpius really starts to lose his patience and raises his voice when he says “This is bigger than you and your Dad” - Polly looks around again and he turns to her and puts both hands up in the air in apologetic surrender which got a chuckle from the audience. The highlight of this scene was the hug at the end. I’ve never seen Sam hug him so forcefully. As soon as Scorpius grabbed his hand to shake it (sneaky Albus never wanted just a handshake) he pulled him in for the hug so forcefully that Anthony completely lost his balance and fell into him and Sam was literally holding him up with his head buried on Anthony’s left shoulder, facing away from the audience, while Anthony just hung there looking awkwardly at the audience. There was this pause and then Anthony, pure genius that he is, just goes “Okay…” (it was a slightly muffled “Okay” because Sam was squeezing him so hard and Anthony’s face was squished) and his delivery of it was hysterical, as if he was gently trying not to offend a mentally unstable person. Big audience reaction.

Act Three Scene Five:

The Neville revelation got a gasp, from a handful of people, but one person in particular gave the biggest, most comical gasp I’ve ever heard and then the rest of the audience all laughed.

I have to say that I’ve never been convinced by Paul Bentall as Snape but this performance changed that. He made me tear up. Paul normally raises his voice quite a bit, which I don’t like as I find it very out of character but he hardly did so at all this time. He was definitely convincing in this show and the way he broke when Scorpius revealed what he knew - he really showed Snape as a broken, lonely, desperate man and it worked so well. I thought this different approach made his relationship with Hermione work much better in the next scene. Kudos.

Act Three Scene Seven:

Paul (Thornley) didn’t do the thumbs-up when Ron finds out he and Hermione are married in the other world. :(

Act Three Scene Nine:

Anthony did the long drawn-out version of “it’s HARRYY POTTAAHHHHHHHHHHH!” He doesn’t always exclaim it this way, sometimes he just says “It’s Harry Potter!!” I love it when he draws out his euphoria at seeing Harry because the audience loves it and they really feel his relief. It always gets a big reaction when he delivers it like this and the audience claps and whoops because they are just as overjoyed to see Harry back to life but their reaction is definitely fed by how Anthony delivers the line. Anthony also did the McGonagall dance which gets a good laugh. He doesn’t always do it.

Act Four Scene Six:

I know I promised to keep the Hinny swooning to a minimum and I think I’ve been quite successful but the kiss was awesome, as always. It was quite short but so full of emotion. Jamie literally grabbed Poppy and took her off her feet - she had to step into him to get her footing back. He also interrupted her - the end of her sentence got lost in his mouth. ^^ Swoon.

Act Four Scene Ten:

Paul took his coat off in this scene as he volunteers and it’s the first time I’ve seen him do it.  @mrsellacott can tell you more about this. https://mrsellacott.tumblr.com/post/158997227469/with-paul-thornley-at-the-stage-door-following

Act Four Scene Fourteen:

Anthony’s robe-thing on the staircase with Rose gets more and more adorable and ridiculous. This was the first time I’ve seen Cherelle really get into Anthony’s face and she held the longest beat, ever. Scorpius was nervous, Albus, was nervous, the audience was nervous because none of us knew what she might do but then she just calls him Scorpion King and laughs and Scorpius looks slightly relieved. Albus’s mouth falls open. Scorpius gave Albus the most adorable hug. They were standing quite apart for most of the scene (I still haven’t seen the nose hoop in any of the performances I’ve gone to) but you could see Scorpius thinking about hugging Albus. Part of him wanted to and part of him didn’t want to and then he just decided to go for it and slowly, gingerly put his arms around Albus’s middle (Albus was standing above him) and just kind of rests his head against Albus’s side. It was adorable.

Act Four Scene Fifteen:

Albus telling Harry that his childhood was a constant struggle got a big laugh from the audience. Jamie was very weepy in this scene - more weepy in this one than any other. Aaaaaaaannnnddd he did the hoodie thing! Not the tie-thing (because he hadn’t ruined the tie presentation this time) but he zipped up Albus’s hoodie and neatened out the hood behind his neck, smoothing his shoulders. Swoon.


And that’s the recap. It got very long, sorry! 

Shadowhunters 2.16

          Spoilers ahead- Read on your own free will!

     Friendly reminder to all Shadowhunters, Warlocks, Vampires, and                  Downworlders alike ~ These opinions are mine and mine alone.                              Be respectful and kind even when you don’t agree.                                                    We are one fandom, one Shadow World


I think this is my favourite episode out of the entire series. We got a mix of everything!! Idris, Alec and Izzy, Simon with Maia and his family. Sebastian and Val. And most importantly…Clary and Jace.

But first those Izzy and Alec scenes were amazing, getting to see them interact more was nice. Simon and Maia? I really hope these two get the chance to explore their relationship before Simon and Izzy fall in love. Which I hope will also lead to more of Maia’s background. Robert was my least favourite in the books (next to Jocelyn) but i sort of like him in the show but not really. I have mixed feelings. 

Personally I think I have an issue because I am unbelievably attracted to Sebastian/Will Tudor. (Not his burnt flesh face but the Will Tudor face lol) he’s psychotic, dangerous and just down right EVIL. But holy hell I love him. You know what? It’s probably the fuckin eyes. I die for cute boys with blue eyes. It’s my weakness. Will and Alan did an excellent job this episode. Wonderful work.


             Now here is where i talk about Clary and Jace so be prepared

There was something a friend said about the song Anchors, that plays in the background during the healing scene between Clary and Jace in Idris. Anchors are important, and for me they go back to that quote from Teen Wolf by Melissa “Be your own Anchor” but in this world, the shadow world; Clary and Jace are each others anchors. When I first read the books, there was something about Clary and Jace that seemed to go past their love for each other, it’s like the two of them could only survive if the other was okay or they were around each other. I could never figure out what it was. Until I heard the term Anchor on Teen Wolf. Everything clicked. And I think that goes for all 3 of the main relationships in the show. (Clace, Malec, Sizzy) They depend on each other. Even if they didn’t know it. (But we cant mix this up with Parabatai, thats another emotional rollercoaster.) This scene in the episode is so pivotal to their relationship it is unreal. The fact that Jace asked Izzy for her stele to heal his hand, but when it came to Clary he was able to activate his runes. It seems he’s always able to activate his runes when she’s around. I can’t wait for this relationship to grow. Their relationship is so important to the show and Paul Wesley did an unbelievable job with this scene, as did Kat and Dom. 


RANT TIME

Since last weeks episode Dom got a lot of hate from fans. Basically saying that because he was straight he couldn’t have an opinion. And i don’t think i’ve ever been so ashamed to be part of this fandom. All you motherfuckers, bitch about how the show sucks and how you aren’t getting what you want. Then the show tries to bring in what you want, then when you get it, you get fucking pissed. Well guess what. FUCK YOU!!! I am done with this bullshit. You can bitch about how you don’t like the show, thats fine. BUT. As soon as you attack someone i admire/love. BITCH I WILL FUCKING CUT YOU DOWN. These actors put everything they have into this fucking show and their characters and you make them feel fucking awful. Dom is allowed to have an opinion. If he himself does not believe in love at first sight, great because guess what? i don’t either. BUT his character does. Jace and i say JACE, NOT DOM, feel in love with Clary the moment they meet and Jace is allowed to feel that way. you know why? He’s a fictional character. Dom also said he didn’t believe Malec feel inlove at first sight or some other crap like that but guess what? The Malec-Lunatics were immediately set off. It’s fucking annoying. and to those who decided they were going to boycott the episode because they didn’t have Malec, guess what? There wasn’t THAT much Clace either. There were 3 fantastic scenes but thats it. It wasn’t directly based on Clace. We saw other relationships as well. 

So next time you want to bitch that the ratings are down and your scared the show will end and you’ll never see malec again? Remember that it’s your fault because your favourite characters/relationship wasn’t in the episode, so you ran and cried in a corner. 


Ill say this again just for those in the back who cant hear!

To all the Malec/Sizzy/Clace shippers who appreciate the other cast and watch for every ship not just your own. I love you and i appreciate you.

If you’re going to reblog this and call me a bitch go ahead. I really don’t give a shit. Better yet, ill enjoy it. You’ll be sharing my words for everyone.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Recap: Part One, 24th May

Where to begin with this? I’m not sure whether to give opening assessments of the characters first, or line by line details. How about we start with the characters!


Ron

Thomas is just really delightfully funny. You forget that he doesn’t look like Ron, because he inhabits the character so well. Because he’s so jovial and bubbly all the time, the second timeline Ron is a stark and entertaining contrast. I think he’s brilliant, and he’s one of about five or six cast members who is completely nailing it already.

Hermione

I adore Rakie. She exudes Hermione’s authority, and she has this beautiful sort of Hermione-ish quality to her that I’m not sure I ever personally felt from Noma. She just has this presence about her. I feel so comfortable when she’s on stage, I trust her implicitly, and she and Thomas have already given me one of my favourite ever Romione moments.

Rose

Helen’s Rose is simply adorable. She’s young and bubbly and seems like she’s having so much fun. I love how she has no time for Scorpius’s flirting, and she seems to have such a sweet relationship with her parents.

Harry

I was surprised and delighted by how much I liked Jamie. I was really worried about him, because in the past I don’t have a good track record of enjoying Harrys who weren’t played by Jamie Parker, but I didn’t have any issues with him. There were a couple of decisions that he made that I thought were really beautiful, especially in the second timeline. I could really feel a change between his normal timeline Harry and how he was in the second timeline. You could tell, especially at times in that timeline, that he loves Albus and wants the best for him.

Ginny

I lot of the good Ginny moments come in Part Two (which I hadn’t realised; it’s fascinating how a new cast changes the whole balance and feel of the show), so I don’t think we’ve seen too much of Emma yet. But what I have seen I’ve liked, especially things she did around the duel scene. I can’t help but wonder if this cast have rehearsed the second timeline a lot, because that felt the most complete section of Part One for me.

Albus

From the first moment I saw the first photo of Theo in character, my impression was that he was uptight and insecure and nerdy, and that’s exactly what we got on stage. The photos and videos actually do give a really good sense of how these characters are being played, looking back on them with hindsight. I think Theo is really scared, but there are flashes of how he will be when he’s relaxed, and I do think we got a small sense of how he’ll be playing Albus going forward, which is entirely contrary to anything Sam or Tom ever did (although I actually really like that).

Draco

James has always been my favourite Draco. He exudes confidence and pain, and is one of those actors who’s shining. His Draco feels the most complete of all the characters on the stage, just because he’s had so much time to dig into him. I am so excited for his big moments in Act Two. I should also mention that it helps that James seems to have chemistry with everyone, from Thomas, to Jamie, to Samuel. All the people you want him to have chemistry with.

Scorpius

There is nothing to be said about Samuel beyond wow. His Scorpius is nothing like anything we’ve ever seen before. In a similar way to Theo, it’s the opposite to how Anthony or James played Scorpius. Brimming with confidence. Enthusiastic and excitable. His crush on Rose is so explicit and painfully cute. He’s just adorable, and he’s owning this character in a completely new way. Scorpius is Samuel’s now, and I’m delighted with him.

And with all that initial assessment out of the way, let’s have a look at the play itself!

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SCRIPTING MISS FISHER MURDERS  

by Wendy Morriss 2014

Gippsland Country Life magazine

Television scriptwriter, Ysabelle Dean started her career as a story liner for Grundy Productions popular soap ‘Prisoner’ in 1984. She is now writing scripts for the second series of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Melbourne’s own, extremely popular 13-part television series that was first aired in February 2012 on ABC1.

The series is based on Australian author Kerry Greenwood’s novels, the first written in 1989 about the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher, a daring, glamorous, lady detective that fights injustice with her pearl handled pistol in late 1920s Melbourne. Phryne (pronounced Fry-nee) is a thoroughly modern woman with an acquired taste for the best, but from impeccable working class origins.

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries starring Essie Davis as Miss Phryne Fisher and Nathan Page who plays detective inspector Jack Robinson, was created and produced by Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger and their production company Every Cloud Productions. The first series was filmed over a six-month period in and around Melbourne from July 2011 with a budget of one million dollars per episode. Since then the ABC drama series has been purchased by 120 territories worldwide including Europe, Canada, USA, Asia and Latin America.

Ysabelle, who has written and edited scripts for many Australian television series, wrote or co-wrote scripts for three episodes of the first Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, which were‘Murder in the Dark’, ‘Away with the Fairies’, and ‘Murder in Montparnasse’. She also did some over writing and script editing. She is now writing three scripts for the second series, which she said is shooting now and is due to come out later this year.

“I am one of a few scriptwriters for the project,” she said. “I’ve just finished episode 12 and started working on episode 11. When I write an episode, I take one of the stories the producers have developed and work with them through various stages of it to shooting stage. That goes on for three or four months for each script.

“Each scriptwriter does complete episodes but if there are time issues the creative producer Deb Cox, may take over and do a polish on the last draft or running changes. If someone is ill, or a location can’t be used or something goes wrong, then the script is adjusted quickly before going on set.

“We also work with a fantastic bunch of script editors who edit and make adjustments after the scripts are written. We hope after the script writing stages of scene breakdown, first draft, second draft and polish that they don’t have to do a lot of re writing. There are serial strands though that change and evolve as you go and sometimes they have to be adjusted right up to the last minute, and it’s pretty much a team effort.”

She said there’s a lot of respect from the crew for the producers Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger. “Fi and Deb are so great to work with.”

When asked if she knew before they started how successful the series was going to be Ysabelle said she had a pretty good idea. “Kerry Greenwood’s books were already successful and Fi and Deb and their production company Every Cloud Productions have a very strong track record. The work they do is painstakingly crafted and when the ABC take on a project like that they become very involved and operate in the same way, so I knew with that sort of formula it would be a goer, and it has been. With everyone on board, the last detail, the last second of shooting and film editing is so well crafted.

“Initially I didn’t know the series was going to be set in Melbourne, which was exciting. I read the books a few days before going to Byron Bay where we plotted at Every Cloud Production Company. I knew it was set in Melbourne in the books but I still didn’t know for sure if it would be filmed in Melbourne or Sydney.

“What was more exciting was that it was a period piece which gave it a new and interesting flavour. I have worked on several shows set in Melbourne that weren’t able to really make use of the location like this show has. They were shows that were shot in Melbourne because that’s where the studios were. In Prisoner, Cell Block H was in Channel 10.

“Because it’s a period piece, I’ve had to do a lot of research. When I write verbal expressions, I have to stop and think about what was used in 1929 or when someone goes to the fridge, I have to remember they go to the ice chest. There are little things like that all the way through but it makes it really interesting. For Murder in Montparnasse there had to be a French restaurant in Melbourne and French characters so I had to learn a lot of French in a hurry, but Google makes it easier.”

Ysabelle’s first contact with Australia’s film industry was while studying a Bachelor of Arts in Writing and Literature at Victoria College. “In my third year, someone from Grundy’s approached my script writing tutor looking for a trainee to work on Prisoner and I was recommended. I still had the last semester to complete but my tutors allowed me to finish the work at home, which was great and I finished with high distinctions.

“I was a story liner on prisoner because I was a trainee. There were four story liners and we all worked in house to come up with two episodes a week of was called a scene breakdown and the screenwriters wrote from that. They only did one draft for Prisoner and then a script editor would make all the changes.

She said she felt a bit bemused by it all. “At the time there was a bit of a set amongst my fellow university students against television soaps. I was never really interested in them, but when you are asked to write, and given an idea that you don’t know anything about or you have a strong opinion on, you have to try to find a way to become part of it and it has to become part of you so that it’s authentic. That’s what I had to do with prisoner, but once I did that, I was able to get right into it.”

After working on Prisoner, Ysabelle went to Sydney to write storylines and scripts for ‘Son’s and Daughters’. She left Sydney in 87 to come back to Melbourne and started working as a freelance scriptwriter and editor.

Since then she has written or edited scripts for Neighbours, SeaChange, Blue Heelers, Wormwood, Bed of Roses, Home and Away, McLeod’s Daughters, Always Greener, Guinevere Jones, Ship to Shore, Chuck Finn, Return to Eden and The Rogue Stallion, a television movie.

“I have enjoyed script producing, writing and editing children’s shows for Paul Barron of Barron Entertainment in Perth and the series ‘Ship to Shore’ was my favourite. I also wrote scripts for ‘The New Adventures of Skippy’, not the original version – I was too young. You need to make a point of that.

“Of all the adult shows I have scripted, my favourite would have to be Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries although the scripts have been the hardest I’ve written because it is so complex and there’s so much to pack into it, but it’s been very satisfying. Essie Davis is beautiful. She’s just gorgeous on screen and Nathan Page is incredible and they work so well together. I look at it and think this is great, and then I forget how many nights I’ve been up trying to finish the scripts.”

By Wendy Morriss

Anna Talks Books

This is my first book review in a weekly post I’m going to do called Anna Talks Books. So there way be a few kinks to work out, but I hope it’s not too bad. :)

Book #1: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sàenz

1. Describe (without spoilers) what this story is about in a few sentences?

A coming of age story about 2 Mexican-American boys who meet in their early teen years. They grow up alongside each other and become best friends. This story follows as they enter young-adulthood and figure out who they are and the struggles of being themselves in the world the live in.

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Love sonnets

Characters: Jin & You

Genre: romance, slice of life, slight angst, friends to lovers

Words: 4630

Summary: You and Jin have been best friends for years but only when he’s on the verge of losing you, he realizes that you might have been in love all along.

I got quite rusty writing third pov, so this is my attempt to get back to it. I hope it’s not confusing but every other scene is a flashback. Also, check out Pablo Neruda’s poems, they were my inspiration for this fic.

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While I’m on the subject of the TV show, here are some things to remember:

  • An adaptation will never be the same as its source. Things will be changed: taken away, added, altered. This will happen, because it’s a completely different medium and some things just won’t translate.
  • Appearances aren’t everything. Everyone will be disappointed with some aspect of the casting. They are not going to find someone who looks exactly like your headcanon. Give the actors a shot - they might surprise you.
  • Just because it isn’t exactly the same doesn’t mean it will be bad. 

Speaking from experience, one of my favourite books is also one of my favourite TV shows: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, which is a 1000 page novel and was made into a 7 part BBC drama. Obviously they had to change a lot of what I’ve mentioned above:

  • Scenes were moved around in order
  • Drawlight was cast completely differently to his descriptions in the book (just one example)
  • Scenes were added (I’m thinking of a lot of the Starecross scenes), a lot of scenes were removed (too many to count because y’know, 1000 page novel)

And IT WORKED. It’s a completely different beast from the book, but it is wonderful in its own right. The thing it does so well is keep to the tone and the atmosphere of the book, which I think is one of the most important things for TRC. 

As far as I’m concerned, if this TRC show can do that then things will be fine.

The important thing is to keep an open mind. At this point (as far as I’m aware) we don’t even know when it’s going to be made. It might be years: these things can move slowly.

Books: Whump Edition

first of all, holy heck… the response to my / anon’s request for whumpy books has been amazing (not to mention a little overwhelming)! thank you all for your suggestions; i can’t wait to read all these. ;) let’s get to it, shall we?

  1. Dick Francis books :

    “Dick Francis’s books are all wonderfully whumpy. They are murder mysteries set around the British horseracing world (Francis was a jockey before he became a writer) and despite being a bit formulaic they are wonderfully well written and fun to read. If I had to recommend one to start with, I’d say “Odds Against (Sid Halley #1)”, as it is the first of the Sid Halley books and he is my favourite Dick Francis character.” // submitted by @nemo-forever and @alipeeps​ 

  2. The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen : 

    “The first book has some nice whump (the main character gets whipped and then is taken care of in a dungeon cell), and the second book has such good whump that I just open it sometimes and read the whumpy part when I need some good whump. (It involves a broken leg, climbing a wall and dueling on said leg, passing out, going into shock at some point and plenty of being taken care of.)” // submitted by @helpidkwhatmyusernameshouldbe and @aliciaaanne14​ 

  3. The Last Herald Mage Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey : 

    “If you like fantasy books then Mercedes Lackey’s The Last Herald Mage trilogy is fairly well-peppered with whump too, mainly for the main character Vanyel. There’s whump in all three of the books, from what I remember, but especially the first and the third ones.” // submitted by @alipeeps

  4. Doctor Who Tie-In Novels : 

    Some of the Doctor Who tie-in novels have some very nice whump (I’ve mostly only read the 10th Doctor ones personally).” // submitted by @alipeeps

  5. Stargate Atlantis Tie-In Novels by Martha Wells : 

    “Oooh ooh and while we’re talking tie-in novels, oh my, the Stargate Atlantis tie-in novels! Now quite a few of them are good for whump but the best ones are the ones by Martha Wells - now SHE knows her whump! Lovely lovely Sheppard whump in Reliquary in particular. :D” // submitted by @alipeeps 

  6. The Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson : 

    “Basically there’s a lot of whump to go around for all the characters but Fang gets a fair share of it and boy, is it amazing. From passing out mid-flight (oh yeah, they can fly) from blood loss to being beaten up, there’s just a lot of it.” // submitted by @aliciaaanne14

  7. The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Claire : 

    “I know The Mortal Instruments is pretty big, but this prequel is amazing. Jem Carstairs is basically a cinnamon roll that needs to be protected at all costs because he’s genuinely such a sweetheart. But he’s got a condition where he became addicted to a drug (yin fey) by some demons and he needs the drug to survive. So you can imagine what happens. There’s so many great scenes in this book and lots of after-care, meaning caring from Will. <3″ // submitted by @aliciaaanne14 

  8. *edited* Parallel: The Secret Life of Jordan Mckay by Abra Ebner and Christina Corlett 

    “A guy who has the ability to time travel. He uses it to fix things, but every time he does, his body gets weaker and the stakes get higher. One of my fav books.” // submitted by @pumpkinpixel

  9. Acheron and Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon : 

    “They’re pretty much every whumper’s dream. The two main characters go through every torture and torment out there from the beginning to the end of the book, but not to the point that it becomes pointless. Their sense of enduring and survival makes it all the merrier.” // submitted by @pumpkinpixel

  10. Bruiser by Neal Shusterman : 

    “The main character has the uncontrollable ability of transforming every physical hurt from those he loves unto him. Need I say more?” (No, you needn’t. *heart eyes*) // submitted by @pumpkinpixel​ 

  11. The Scotland Yard Murder Squad by Alex Grecian : 

    “Starting with the book “The Yard”, these books have some pretty good whump, especially for Nevil Hammersmith. Plus, they are fun, quick read mysteries :)” // submitted by @lavoyageuse21​ 

  12. Blink Once by Cylin Busby : 

    “This book is from the perspective of a guy in a coma the whole book is his recovery and stuff it’s actually amazing and the plot is good.” // submitted by @wolfypuppypiles

  13. Fracture by Megan Miranda : 

    “This book is amazing; the main character almost drowns in the first few pages and she’s in hospital for ages then stuff happens and mystery things… it’s good as there’s a lot of whump.” // submitted by @wolfypuppypiles

  14. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater :

    Shiver is amazing for physical and emotional whump plus it’s my favourite book and I just love it so much please read it it’s so freaking amazing.” // submitted by @wolfypuppypiles

  15. The Paranormalcy Series by Kiersten White : 

    “This series has some pretty good whump plus it’s just amazing. In the first book the main character and this other hot dude get zapped and batted around quite a bit, and then in the second book, I think, someone gets cursed so that the person they are in love with will fall asleep every time they come near each other, which is hilarious and they worry over him for ages. Yeah, just read it. It’s great. // Submitted by @wolfypuppypiles​ 

  16. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher : 

    “The books (not show) is extremely whumpy.” “Poor Harry. He gets kicked around a lot.” “It’s amazing that guy has survived 16 books.” // Submitted by @nothingimpossibleonlyimprobable and @lizzerbell and @vimesbootstheory​ and @estelkenobi​ 

  17. Cal Leandros Series by Rob Thurman // submitted by @bromanceandships

  18. The Books of the Raksura Series by Martha Wells // submitted by @bromanceandships

  19.  Books by authors Courtney Schafer and Carol Berg // submitted by @bromanceandships 

  20. Symphony of Ages Series by Elizabeth Haydon // submitted by @northernredwood 

  21. All For The Game Series by Nora Sakavic : 

    “It’s absolute whump heaven and the characters are amazing!” “Basically it’s a bunch of guys constantly getting hurt, especially the protagonist Neil <3″ // submitted by @quicksilver-1998​ and anonymous 

  22. Homelanders Series by Andrew Klavan : 

    AHHHH THERE’S THIS BOOK SERIES CALLED THE HOMELANDERS. ok no more caps for now. Anyway, it’s a super chill book series (4 books) and they’re amazing and full of whump from what I remember.” // submitted by anonymous

  23. Ashfall Trilogy by Mike Mullin : 

    This is a dystopian series with a decent amount of whump.” // submitted by anonymous

  24. The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch // submitted by anonymous 

  25. The Monument 14 Series by Emmy Laybourne // submitted by anonymous 


sheesh. i think i covered all of them - for now! thank you again to everyone who submitted suggestions for this! now i just have to find the time to read these. ;D

*note: if anyone does NOT want their name on this list as the source, let me know and i will remove it. being a whumper isn’t anything to be ashamed of, but if you would prefer to remain anonymous - as i myself do, to some extent - i definitely understand. :)*