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Voice Types according to TV Tropes:

Contraltos are the lowest female singers commonly heard. Unlike their male counterparts (the basses), however, roles for altos are a bit more common, especially in rock musicals. In more traditional pieces, altos are frequently middle-aged leading women, though some of those are mezzos as well. The only role demographic altos have a firm hold over is for women over sixty - which in most shows means grandmothers. In the rare case that there is a female villain in a show, she will probably be an alto.

[soprano] [mezzo-soprano] [tenor] [baritone] [bass]


#what kind of accidental slow burn endgame romance

The Creeping Horror: Or, The Veil That Ate Emma’s Face

So, about Emma’s wedding dress …

The dress itself is fine– a direct knockoff of Grace Kelly’s wedding dress:

However, Emma’s veil headpiece looks like a giant pasty stuck on her head and all I can think of is the egg from Alien:

But the real problem with this dress is one of association. Emma Swan’s major emotional drive in S6 is fear– she’s afraid of dying from her curse, and she’s afraid of being separated from her secretive beloved.

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And when you add Fearful Bride + Curse + Secretive Fiance’ + Long White Dress you get a completely different genre from fairy-tales. You get … gothic romance. Here’s Frankenstein:

And here’s a bunch of gothic romance novels:

Notice they all have the same high-collared white dress. There are variants of this cover where the necklines get lower (and occasionally venture into other colors), but the same patterns apply: new bride, shady husband, creepy house, feeling of impending doom. Emma’s S6 severe hairdo and lack of makeup all play into the new, fearful bride stereotype.

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Nothing wrong with this trope by itself. Except we already HAVE the Naive Bride Investigates Shady, Cursed Husband gothic trope on this show: it’s these two morons:

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And Emma Swan of S1-2 is NOT the Fearful Gothic Romance Heroine– she’s the Brave Knight.

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We’ve now taken Emma from being a fairy-tale knight to a gothic bride, which necessitates her main emotional driver being changed from courage to … fear. That’s not “walls down” that’s  … a different character.

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Darling, how can we defeat this horrible curse of impending doom before the honeymoon is over?


There’s nothing wrong with Emma Swan: Gothic Horror Bride– but it sure isn’t the Emma Swan we signed up for when we started this show. Dress and makeup and hair all speak to character … and Emma’s wedding dress, like the horror genre itself, gives me the creeps.


Voice Types according to TV Tropes:

Mezzo-sopranos, being in the most common vocal register for women, come in a wide variety of types. They can be a wide range of ages, although female characters over fifty tend to be altos more often than mezzos. The majority of mezzo singing, especially nowadays, is belting and as such mezzos are especially common in pop- or rock-oriented musicals. Just as the leads in most operas are sopranos, the secondary female characters - commonly referred to as “witches, bitches and britches (cross-dressing roles)” - are generally mezzos; this is not uncommon in modern musicals, where frequently the soprano will be the main love interest and the mezzo her best friend or rival. Also referred to in many productions as a “belt” voice, for someone who can strongly sing passages in the middle and high register in her chest voice (rather than the soprano’s lighter head voice).

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[soprano] [contralto] [tenor] [baritone] [bass]

Thinking about Killian and how he would 100% give everything he had to ensure Henry’s well-being, even at the expense of his and Emma’s own happiness or well-being, because that’s exactly what Emma would want gives me so many feels.


Endless list of webseries femslash ships: 7/?

April Hawkins/Hedy Bates, The Emma Agenda

“I’m asking you on a date! …To the bees, and then coffee?”

“Yeah. That sounds good.”

CSBB Author Spotlight: mahstatins

Today’s Captain Swan Big Bang Spotlight features @mahstatins!

What is your writing process like?

I start by writing longhand in notebooks, then transfer the decent bits to screen. Other than that I don’t have what I would consider a process. For longer fics I will have a list of ‘things that need to happen’ but things often go off on a tangent I wasn’t expecting. I also write nonlinearly quite a lot of the time, so sometimes chapter eight might have been completed weeks or months before chapter one.

What do you think your greatest strength is as a writer?

Dialogue. Particularly banter between Emma and Killian

What’s a particular trope or kind of story you’ve wanted to try, but haven’t gotten to yet?

I had great plans for a murder mystery fic that never panned out! Maybe one day.

Who is your favorite OUAT character to write?

Since I can’t choose between CS: Henry. I love his teenage stroppiness, childlike faith, and his dynamic with both Emma and Killian!

If you participated in the first Captain Swan Big Bang, what was the experience like for you? What are you looking forward to this time around?

My first Big Bang experience was unusual in that I swapped fics halfway through! I’m looking forward to the more community based style of this year’s event

Favorite Fics:

It Runs in the Family (AO3)

I like that this one is a little bit sweet, a little bit angsty, but also very silly. It also contains Captain Cobra Swan which is my favourite thing to write!

A Fixed Point (AO3)

There’s a dreamy sort of twisted quality to this Doctor Who AU that I really enjoyed writing and still really like.

Ready to Believe You (AO3)

Last year’s CSBB (little bang) fic! Some of the imagery in this still makes me giggle, and I absolutely loved writing it!

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Look at that side eye Emma gives Rumple. LOOK AT IT. That’s the sort of sid-eye that says “Asshole, you are not subtle and we are not playing your games.” I wonder if the concept of them putting aside their awkwardness and working together to rescue someone they care about is beyond him. Mostly, I’m here for two women coming together to do the right thing, and recognizing the strength in each other. 

anonymous asked:

Ok but Emma my absolute FAVORITE FREAKING TROPE is tiny shy Derek who has been wronged by someone and everyone assumes when he goes to confront his wrong-doer that uh-oh here's this huge guy about to punch someone but no instead Stiles jumps out from behind him and "WHAT THE //FUCK// DID YOU SAY TO MY BOO!? I WILL FUCK UP YOUR SHIT!" as Derek shyly stands aside trying not to say anything because he's anxious and smol

Oh my god, yes. I mean, we all know Derek can take care of himself in a fight but at the same time, I love the headcanon that while Derek can fight, it doesn’t mean he necessarily likes it, or is ready to get into a fight at any given moment when someone is being an asshole. 

Derek’s aggressiveness always seems to come from a place of defense - just as Stiles uses sarcasm - and the image of Derek just sighing and stepping out of the way while Stiles comes at this guy, a small, private smile on his face as Stiles ultimately stumbles and falls, is my favourite. Maybe Derek, yes, being a little shy about it -or total AU where Derek really is just a shy smol summer child who’s never been in a fight in his life - because no-one ever assumes he needs protecting and while physically, he doesn’t, emotionally it’s just so nice having someone who will go “what did you just say???” on anyone’s ass who dares to insult Derek or make him upset. 

Please, give me all the Derek headcanons where he could fuck a person up but chooses not to, or gets out of the habit, because he gets butterflies every time Stiles “defends his honour” before inevitably banging his head on something (but not before he gets a few choice words in - this is Stiles, after all).  

Welcome to Storybrooke #2

a/n: For cs au week day three — beloved tropes. Emma moves from New York to Storybrooke and straight into a prank war between her new neighbours.

I never really got to know my neighbours in this house and now we’re moving so there’s not much point. But by far my favourite story about them is the time I called the city to report the f***ing rooster in my neighbour’s backyard.

           Noise had been a constant thing in the city, the hum and buzz, voices raised in anger and joy all clearly audible through the thin walls of her New York City apartment. Emma had thought that moving from the big city to the definition of small town America — a sleepy, seaside town in Maine — would bring with it a blanket of silence. Cicadas, maybe. The occasional clunk from an ancient car making its way down Main Street.

           She did not expect a rooster.

           Grabbing her phone from the floor to check the time, Emma pushes up from the air mattress with a groan. Henry’s still asleep, of course. Her son could probably sleep through the apocalypse. Emma on the other hand… as if it’s not enough that her kid was kicking her for half the night, now she gets woken up by a goddamn rooster.

           Their house isn’t in the country for fuck’s sake. The grey Victorian that Henry chose for them is right in the middle of town. Is it so unreasonable for her to not expect a rooster crowing to wake her up at five in the morning their very first day in town?

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