classic novel

greek myth asks
  • zeus: if you could have one power, what would it be?
  • poseidon: do you prefer the ocean or land?
  • apollo: what are your favorite pieces of poetry?
  • aphrodite: do you believe in true love?
  • athena: what are your favorite classic novels?
  • ares: are you a confrontational person?
  • artemis: do you prefer night or day?
  • hera: who makes up your tumblr family?
  • hestia: where do you live or want to live?
  • demeter: do you enjoy nature?
  • persephone: what's your favorite season?
  • hades: do you believe in an afterlife?
  • hephaestus: what do you enjoy making?
  • hermes: where do you want to travel that you've never been before?
  • odysseus: what's your favorite place to travel?
  • echo: what's something you can't stop talking about?
  • narcissus: what's your best trait?
  • icarus: what's your fatal flaw?
  • orpheus: what's your favorite song or type of music?
  • eurydice: what's something you regret?
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Jules Verne merch dump requested by anon!

Extraordinary Voyages Notebook by Consulting Fan Geeks
20,000 Leagues Necktie by binarywinter
Doctor Ox book clutch by psBesitos
Hot Air Balloon necklace by CampSodella
Jules Verne Illustrated Anthology by Bamidala
20,000 Leagues Handbag by Novel Creations
Steampunk Octopus Patch by Storied Threads
Jules Verne button by PemberlyPond
Classic Book Locket by TheLocketLibrary

In Defense of Holden Caulfield

I honestly don’t know if I’ll ever understand why exactly people hate Holden Caulfield from “The Catcher in the Rye”.

I mean, sure, you could defend your dislike with a classic gem such as, “Oh, he’s just a whiny, pretentious f***boy! He’s so boring, all he does is complain!”

But at that I’m just like

okay, wow, I’m sorry the incredibly depressed mentally ill teenager who has no true friends and is constantly being ignored by the people he tries to reach out to and is constantly being told he’s useless and a bad influence by his peers and has alluded to being sexually molested by multiple people as a little kid and has to deal with the pain and hardship of growing up in a world he can’t help but see as superficial and hypocritical and WHOSE CLASSMATE FRICKIN’ COMMITTED SUICIDE IN FRONT OF HIM isn’t a conventionally cheerful or likeable protagonist????

I don’t understand why that’s so hard for people to grasp; it just straight up BAFFLES me. I mean, people eke out all sorts of ways to like downright villains like Alex (DeLarge) or Loki or Ramsay Snow/Bolton, or antiheros like Jaime/Cersei Lannister, Sherlock Holmes, etc.

Why is it so hard to dole out a little sympathy for Holden, who, ultimately, just wants to protect children from the evils of the world—arguably one of the noblest and most heartbreakingly tender aspirations of all?

IDK why we need and darker version of Pride & Prejudice

Apparently the producers of Poldark are developing a new ‘darker’ version of Pride and Prejudice. Like, what even.
I’m sorry, but I don’t want a ‘dark’ version of Pride and Prejudice, whatever the heck that means. If I want dark and tortured, I’ll go and read Wuthering Heights or whatever.

To directly quote Nina Raine who is writing the adaptation
- ‘Pride and Prejudice is actually a very adult book, much less bonnet-y than people assume… I hope to do justice to Austen’s dark intelligence - sparkling, yes, but sparkling like granite.’

I have so many questions - what does she even mean by bonnet-y. It was the freaking Regency Period, everyone wore a bonnet. Idk what she’s actually trying to say… like prim and proper and whatnot???? This question will probably haunt me for all eternity. Does granite sparkle, someone please help me.

Also what darker themes is she planning to pull out, cos I really don’t want to see an extended cut of the pervy Mr W grooming underage girls. Maybe Mr Bingley has a mad wife stashed away in his attic, maybe Mr Collins is filled with lustful thoughts for Lady Catherine de Bourgh… maybe Mr Bennett is shooting up heroin on the sly…who can tell.

Personally I like P&P for its often snarky humor, independent heroine and great characters and I’m not sure a dark and gritty remake would really capture what I love about it.

@a-marvellous-miscellany
Do you have any thoughts on this… you’ve probably read P&P more recently than me.
@happybibliosaurus and @archeozoic I know you guys are Austen fans, what do you think?

TL;DR - did anyone even ask for a darker version of Pride and Prejudice???

One of the things that bothers me so much about this Broadway season is that many of Great Comet’ defining aspects were things repeatedly praised in Hamilton only last year, yet they were largely ignored in GC’s production. 

Everyone (not just the Broadway tumblr fanbase, I’m also referring to the mainstream media) praised Hamilton for its diversity, and rightfully so. And while Great Comet was not as diverse as Hamilton, its use of racially blind casting should be used as a model for all future productions. Denée Benton, a black woman with natural hair playing a romantic lead of a prominent musical about old Russians, is damn groundbreaking. Oak’s upcoming turn as Pierre proves this commitment to diversity by the show. Yes, Hamilton did this last year, but one show acting in this way does not excuse ignoring others for doing the same.

Everyone praised Hamilton for seamlessly blended together multiple genres of music; again, rightfully so. Great Comet did this to an even greater extent. Dave Malloy’s score beautifully combined seemingly every genre to create a cohesive, genius piece of work. He utilized these different genres to describe his characters so subtly no one realizes he’s doing it. I could take for pages about how his score is a damn masterpiece, but the point lies in that Hamilton was widely praised for doing the very thing Great Comet is being ignored (or even downright criticized) for.

Finally, many praised Lin’s using of an unconventional source material to tell an excellent Broadway musical. But, again, Dave Malloy looking at a tiny sliver of a classic novel and deciding it should be an electropop opera musical? How? He took something so frequently adapted and made it incredibly original in ways many do not realize. It’s quite frustrating to see writers using the War & Peace origins as only an introductory statement instead of the praise it should be.

tl;dr: I’m just really pissed so many people ignore Great Comet’s successes in the very categories they praised Hamilton for okay sorry for the rant