donna is the best and will always be my favourite

anonymous asked:

hi Lottie! so I want to do a thing next year where i only read books by women because I was looking at my bookshelf recently and realised i drastically need to redress the gender balance there - do you have any recommendations?

YES, YES I DO

  • anything and everything by V. E./Victoria Schwab, but especially the Shades of Magic series and Vicious
  • SHIRLEY JACKSON (I read We Have Always Lived In the Castle a few months ago and I’m still shook) 
  • Sarah Waters writes pretty much exclusively about historical lesbians, and all her books are fantastic (The Handmaiden was based on her book Fingersmith) 
  • Jeanette Winterson is also prolific in the slightly weird and gay arena
  • Philippa Gregory is a combo of the two: prolific, historical (The Other Boleyn Girl is one of my favourite books eveeerrrr) 
  • DONNA friggin’ TARTT 
  • check out Pat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy, the best series I’ve ever read, probably (and if you like it she has another war trilogy, because St Pat blesses us) 
  • The Montmaray Journals series by Michelle Cooper is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING and involves QUEER ROYALTY and WORLD WAR II, some of my FAVOURITE THINGS 
  • Naomi Novik, Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater and Leigh Bardugo all write great YA SF/F and I love all of them (Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle series in particular is #lifechanging) 
  • literally anything by Catherynne M. Valente, but especially Deathless 
  • Mary Renault writes loooooads of gay history, she is unparalleled (The Charioteer is [100 emoji]) 
  • GILLIAN FLYNN
  • if you want to power through a load of books that feel like the literary equivalent of riding a rollercoaster: anything by Jodi Picoult
  • and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, especially if you’re into ROMANCÉ
  • and, if you’re into CRIME, Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli & Isles series is lit (and dark and scary and #flawed, unlike that HEINOUS tv adaptation) 
  • if you want to laugh lots and reminisce about teenagerhood, then the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series by Louise Rennisen and The Secret Diaries of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend are A+ 
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman, Witch Light by Susan Fletcher, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt and The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold are all standalone books by women about women that I LOVED
  • As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann, The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley, Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz and The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger are all about dudes but equally as fantastic 
  • I’m also currently reading Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf and it’s giving me a lot of Feelings (I also read Orlando a million years ago, which was similarly emotion-inducing) 
  • some POETRY: Warsan Shire, Carol Ann Duffy, Anne Carson, SAPPHO
  • and if you need a BREAK FROM NOVELS then check out Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, my favourite graphic novel EVER, Through the Woods by Emily Carroll, which is a bunch of spooky and fab graphic short stories, and, of course, KATE BEATON’S HARK! A VAGRANT 
Why you should watch Doctor Who (for those who have never seen it)

If you want to drool over naked people getting it on- watch Game of Thrones, if you want to see millions of dollars worth of special effects- watch Agents of SHIELD, if you want to see a genius solving unthinkable crimes- watch Sherlock but if you want to fall in love- watch Doctor Who.

I was 9 when I started watching this show (BBC’s reboot) and I take it as a responsibility that those who don’t watch the show should atleast give it one try.

Basics first:

  1. The show is called ‘Doctor Who’ but the man is called just 'The Doctor’ because he doesn’t even know his own name. 
  2. He is an alien from the planet Gallifrey who has two hearts 

  3. He has a time machine called 'The TARDIS’
  4. He has a sonic screw-driver that can do pretty much anything
  5. He travels through space and time making friends, battling monsters, living hundreds of years and yet he is completely and utterly alone.

Reasons I love it:

  1. The chemistry that The Doctor has with his companions( let’s call them female 'love interest’ for the lack of a better word) is marvellous. It’s not as simple and straight-forward as friendship but it’s also not as complicated as love.

    Yes, the Doctor often falls in love with his companions and they often reciprocate, but he never admits it. He knows that he is cursed to never grow old, he is forced to spend his entire life wandering faraway planets and fighting creatures, but never will he settle down.

    Yet, their relationship has love, anger, jealousy, possessiveness, humour, everything but sex. This proves bodies don’t have to meet to express love, sometimes eyes do it well enough.

    2. The companions themselves are beautifully devised characters with storylines that set them apart and the relationship that The Doctor has with each one of them is different but equally breath-taking.

    My three favourites- Rose is that 'Bad Wolf’ that the Doctor will always be in love with but never admits, Donna is that woman who is the Doctor’s best-friend who is sensible enough to know and accept the fact that he is unattainable and Amy 'the girl who waited’ and ultimately choose her human lover Rory over the time-travelling alien because she knew how hard it is to find true love.

The Doctors:

9th-

Christopher Eccleston was given the charge of doing the difficult job of starting the Doctor Who series after it had been gone for years. He played the 9th Doctor, a man with a flawed past, a slightly cocky attitude but two generous hearts stunningly nonetheless.

10th- David Freaking Tennant Ladies and Gentlemen

This ordinary boy from Glasgow was obssessively passionate about Doctor Who as a child and dreamed of playing the Doctor one day.

Then years later, now the greatest stage actor of our generation, played the 10th Doctor. A quirky man with a quick wit and great hair (and so much more, I could write a separate post on him alone)

What is this man really?

Does anyone know?

11th-

Ah! Our adorable raggedy man, our sweet giraffe- Matt Smith brought his childish charm and good looks to the show and made me realize that I have girl parts.

12th- Peter Capaldi, another fanboy of the show has us at 'KIDNEYS!' 

In Doctor Who, regenerations are very hard- when a Doctor with whom you have formed an intimate connection with transforms into a stranger you initially are very insecure and hesitant.

But in only a few minutes this stranger starts to create his own little corner in your heart. If you like men with six packs and biceps go join the Vampire Diaries fandom, in the Whoniverse, we admire cleverness over cleavage.

Doctor Who is not an ordinary hero, he does not have biceps like Thor or ammunition like Iron Man, what he does have is the realization that violence does not achieve anything.

So he always saves the world with his charm and intelligence. Every Whovian in this world deeply respects every actor who has played the character, but there is always that one person you always refer to as 'MY’ Doctor- the one who took us with him on his journeys to strange planets, who held our hand when the scary aliens attacked, who made us laugh when we were having a bad day, who made us fall in love while wooing his companion.

A man who we never knew, never met, never saw before in real said

and we we did.

You will remember everything, the strange introductions

The unforgettable fashion 

The hilarious fights

The unbreakable bonds

The heartwarming kisses

The scary villians

The words said repeatedly

The words left unsaid

The Christmas Specials

The teary Goodbyes

You may grow up to have a better taste for TV, you might like the superbly directed Transformers, the sleekly edited Game of Thrones and the gut-wrenching Supernatural but even with its adorable villians and tacky special-effects, Doctor Who will always define you. 

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The Sign of Three Review by Claudia Boleyn

For once, I find myself in the very rare position of writing an almost entirely positive review. It’s a gorgeous feeling, and one I hope continues into next week as we hit the climax of Sherlock Series Three.

The Sign of Three was funny, it was smart, it was emotional, it was tense in places, it was sensitive, it was well paced, well directed, and phenomenally acted. For me, it blew The Empty Hearse out of the water, and joins my list of favourite Sherlock episodes ever.

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