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Bungou Stray Dogs Characters and Their Real Prototypes The Guild:

1. Nathaniel Hawthorne — one of the first and the most universally recognized masters of American literature. He made a great contribution to the genre of novel and introduced elements of allegory and symbolism into the literature. Was in the spiritual Brook Farm commune. Was fond of the theory of transcendentalism. His famous work is ‘The Scarlet Letter’ (Scarlet Letter)

2. Margaret Mitchell — an American writer, author of ‘Gone With the Wind’ (Gone With the Wind)

3. Lucy Montgomery — Canadian writer, known for her serial of books about redhead orphan girl Anne Shirley. Her famous works are ‘Anne of Green Gables’, ‘Anne of Avonlea’, ‘The Story Girl’ (Anne of Abyssal Red)

4. John Steinbeck — an American prose writer, author of many world famous works and short stories: 'The Grapes of Wrath’, 'Eden of the East’ (Grapes of Wrath)

5. Francis Scott Fitzgerald — an American writer, the largest representative of the so-called 'lost generation’. He’s known for number of novels and stories about the 'jazz era’ of 1920s and, of course, for his work 'The Great Gatsby’ (The Great Fitzgerald)

6. Howard Lovecraft — an American writer and journalist working in the genres of mysticism, horror and fantasy, combining them in his own style. Ancestor of Myths of Cthulhu. Known for his works ’The Call of Cthulhu’, 'Dagon’, 'The Silver Key’ (The Call of Cthulhu)

7. Mark Twain an American writer, journalist and public figure. His work covers many genres - humor, satire, philosophical fiction, publicism and others. As an author, he took the position of the humanist and democrat. His famous works are 'The Adventures of Tom Swayer’ and 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ (Huckleberry Finn and Tom Swayer)

8. Louisa May Alcott — an American writer who became famous for her novel 'Little Women’ which was based on her memories about her growing up time with three sisters (The Story of Little Women) 9. Herman Melville — an American writer and seaman, the author of 'Moby Dick, or the Whale’. Wrote not just prose but also poems (Moby Dick) 10. Edgar Allan Poe — an American writer, poet, essayist, literature critic and editor, the representative of American romantism. The creater of modern detective style and genre of psychological prose. He became famous for his novel 'Murders on Morgue St.’ (A Cat on Morgue St.) By Akaigami via Tumblr
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Photo: Ishmael Reed in 2015. (Rommel Demano/Getty Images)

Happy 79th birthday to author, poet and activist Ishmael Reed! Reed is known for his satire and political and social commentary. His 1976 novel Flight to Canada tells the story of three slaves on the run, and his 1972 novel Mumbo Jumbo was a National Book Award finalist. Check him out, you guys!

-Intern Kelli

10 Should Reads

for Ladies into Ladies into Sci-fi/Fantasy


[You like Buffy, contemporary urban fantasy, witches, sisterhood, Young Adult]

[You like classic fantasy, epic fantasy, quests, magic, sole survivors]

[You like military fantasy, matriarchal societies, female warriors, slow-burn bow chicka-wow-wow]

[You like shapeshifters, secret societies, romance, star crossed lovers]

[You like super powered mutants, near future dystopias, underdogs, and orphans who like to box]

[You like Zombies, pop culture references, innuendos and sass]

[You like Norse mythology, urban fantasy, blacksmiths, dragons and Portland]

[You like classic Science Fiction, parallel universes, poetry and philosphy]

[You like gothic ghost stories, mind-fucks, atmospheric autumn novels in a New England setting]

[You like robots, space, science fiction, wit, scathing satire]


You really should read more lesbian books, so you’re perfectly free to see this as the kick in the ass that you need to do just that. Pick one and read it. Pick two, read both. Pick all. Just read more lesbian books.

This user is ok with you asking them questions about their diabetes to help develop your diabetic character.

I have type 1 so if you need help with type 1 then you’re welcome to ask me. I will answer any question so don’t think anything is dumb or too personal.

“About the anti-anti-historical Hetalia submission: I’m heavily on the historical Hetalia side of the fandom and I’ve never encountered anyone who tried to tell me off for incorporating historical events in my fanfiction. I have, however, seen people argue not to incorporate recent events such as, to use an example from last year, the Brexit vote in their fanworks. That is something I, as a person who has always loved political satire ever since I became interested in politics, will never understand … also considering Himaruya actually addressed the Brexit vote in official Hetalia strips.“


The problem is that nearly nobody knows that when people make such fan works, that they’re meant to be political satire.  And indeed, most of the works I see on DeviantArt that do contain politics are serious.  They can be considered borderline propaganda and the creators of such pieces tend to do so to spread their political agenda which, quite frankly, a lot of people do not appreciate or fancy that especially when it involves fictional pieces they like. 

I know I myself would not like my political views being shoved in people’s faces, nor would I want it to involve a fictional piece I like because people of all kinds like that piece.  If a Republican made a Hetalia fanwork that promoted their views (saw one do it by making a Hetalia stamp to promote their support for Trump), would a non-Republican appreciate that?

No, I think not.  I think they’d feel quite sour from seeing that.  Likewise, I can see that vice versa for a non-Liberal when seeing a Liberal promoting their views by using a fictional piece they liked.

Fictional pieces, if nothing to do with politics, should not be used for spreading or promoting political agenda.  Political satire, in general, is actually quite a controversial matter because politics itself is a topic that is highly despised and most people would rather not spend time on.  A lot of people go to fiction because they want to avoid reality: politics included.

Additionally, I’ve seen people do Hetalia works on recent shootings.  That’s offensive because it looks like you don’t care about these people: it just looks like you care about your fictional piece and want to make it about that fictional work.  The least you can do is give respect to the families who’ve suffered and if you do want to make an artwork to acknowledge it, it’d be best to do something from you, yourself and you.  Even Himaruya doesn’t focus on topics like that.

- Mod V

P.S.: Could you also provide that Hetalia strip about Brexit? I don’t recall there being a strip addressing that, but then again, I’m not interested in strips about England, so I most likely skipped it.

What some people don’t realize is that there is a difference between writing a tragedy and romanticizing something tragic. 

The Northrop Frye Theory of A Song of Ice and Fire (or, why you can be certain this series won’t have a downer ending)

The affinity between the mythical and the abstractly literary illuminates many aspects of fiction, especially the more popular fiction which is real enough to be plausible in its incidents and yet romantic enough to be a “good story,” which means a clearly designed one. (p 139)

This quote comes from Northrop Frye’s 1957 essay “Archetypal Criticism” in his book Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays. An influential Canadian literary critic, Fye is especially known for his work on William Blake. I’d been familiar with his theory of the four mythoi (generalized story patterns) since high school, and while reading A Song of Ice and Fire I became convinced that Martin has to be aware of it as well. Thus I decided to read the entire essay it comes from to test the idea (not an easy task; it’s 110 pages of very dense text), and that conviction has grown to the point that I want to write the man to ask him directly.

Of course, it doesn’t entirely matter if Martin has read Frye’s work, because his mythoi are archetypes. Frye’s theory of archetypes doesn’t necessitate a collective unconscious like Jung’s; rather, he’s talking about the cultural legacy Western society has inherited primarily from Hellenistic and Biblical traditions, the tropes and symbols we all recognize instinctively. It’s part of our cultural unconscious, the background noise we’ve all received since childhood.

There’s a lot in this essay that could be applicable to aSoIaF, such as how wolves and dragons are classic archetypes of evil or at least dangerous and untamed nature, or how literature versus mythology gives you more freedom to subvert archetypal meaning, but I want to focus on his idea of mythos, and how he argues that there are four major mythoi, comedy, romance, tragedy, and irony, and that they archetypally correspond to the four seasons, spring, summer, autumn, and winter.

You should already be able to guess a little of where this is going.

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This is your God

Some of you may know this already, but only realised today that these pieces of paper Seungri throws around in BigBang’s SOBER MV are a clear reference to John Carpenter’s movie They Live.

They Live is an American satirical science fiction action horror film released in 1988. The story is set in LA. The main character, John Nada, finds a box of sunglasses and keep one pair before hiding the box. When he puts the sunglasses, he discovers a black & white world revealing advertising and media actually hide subliminal messages (source: Wikipedia).

Nada sees through the sunglasses that most of wealthy people are actually aliens with skeleton face (gosh, those aliens are so creepy).

And now, about the reference in SOBER MV, it is actually what money looks like in the black & white world: pieces of paper with “THIS IS YOUR GOD” on it.

In SOBER MV, we can see that BigBang are in two worlds: a green natural environment, in which Seungri throws bank notes, and an empty white world, in which bank notes are substituted by the pieces of paper with “THIS IS YOUR GOD” on it.

Voilà, that’s pretty much what I noticed, I’m too lazy to make a deeper analysis. This is for those who didn’t know.

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Comic science fiction or comedy science fiction is a subgenre of soft science fiction or science fantasy that exploits the genre’s conventions for comedic effect. Comic science fiction often mocks or satirizes standard SF conventions like alien invasion of Earth, interstellar travel, or futuristic technology. (x)

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*This is so next-level.

netflix masterpost 03/27/15
  • I only had time to do 4 categories: action adventure, drama, comedy & family but I'll make more for TV, anime, sci-fi, horror and such later. they're all movies that I've seen and enjoyed, my personal favorites are starred ☆
  • action/adventure:
  • django unchained
  • lock, stock and two smoking barrels ☆
  • super
  • kill bill volumes 1&2 ☆
  • cool world ☆☆
  • the fifth element ☆
  • world war z
  • from dusk till dawn ☆
  • the crow
  • equilibrium
  • get the gringo
  • homefront (weird but entertaining)
  • drama:
  • trainspotting ☆
  • forrest gump
  • big fish ☆
  • pulp fiction ☆
  • american beauty ☆
  • fargo ☆
  • crash
  • rain man
  • k-pax
  • good will hunting
  • waking life ☆
  • lawless
  • city of god ☆☆
  • chinatown ☆
  • reign over me
  • sling blade
  • out of the furnace
  • the wolf of wall street
  • fried green tomatoes
  • basquiat ☆☆
  • poetic justice
  • y tu mama tambien
  • amores perros ☆☆
  • antichrist
  • comedy:
  • billy madison
  • zoolander
  • ferris bueller's day off
  • jay and silent bob strike back
  • airplane
  • airplane 2, the sequel
  • the naked gun
  • heathers ☆
  • wayne's world
  • wayne's world 2
  • clerks
  • school of rock
  • chasing amy ☆
  • mr. deeds
  • mean girls
  • the interview
  • adventureland
  • trading places
  • groundhog day
  • the cable guy
  • clueless
  • fear and loathing in las vegas ☆
  • cheech & chongs up in smoke
  • crystal fairy & the magical cactus
  • tommy boy
  • coming to america
  • the ladies man ☆
  • prince avalanche ☆
  • hitch
  • cone heads
  • who framed roger rabbit ☆
  • bruce almighty
  • family movies:
  • labyrinth
  • mulan
  • robinhood ☆☆
  • aristocats ☆
  • pocahontas
  • hook
  • jumanji
  • the nightmare before christmas ☆
  • fantasia ☆☆
  • fantasia 2000
  • the croods
  • fox and the hound ☆
  • dumbo ☆
  • the rescuers down under
  • lilo & stitch
  • 101 dalmatians