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15/? favourite fictional males : Peter Petrelli (Heroes)

“because if we save ourselves, who’s going to save everyone else?”

You’re a Wizard, Neil

Part One: Neil finally discovers Harry Potter and he likes it Part Two: Part Three:

  • It started with Andrew reading a book
  • Neil wasn’t into reading, seeing as he had been on the run for a good portion of his teen years and never had the time to just sit and relax
  • And his parents weren’t the type to read him a bedtime story when he was little
  • But Andrew likes to read because books had always put him into another world where he could pretend to be the hero worshipped protagonist and didn’t have to actually worry about anything because it wasn’t real
  • So Neil finds Andrew reading all the time
    • Stuffed in a beanbag chair while Nicky and Aaron are playing some dumb video game in the living area, in the back of the bus to one of their away games, snuggled in bed waiting for Neil to be done arguing exy strategies with Kevin (and to come snuggle him to sleep)
  • This one book Neil has noticed Andrew reading lately is one that he’s seen him read before and the title looks familiar:
    • It’s Harry Potter

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anonymous asked:

I enjoy the fact that you rejoice in Chalo's universality in appearance. It is much more fun than those who attempt to find/portray their pets as the most unique visual experience. Good stuff.

all things are Chalo, Chalo is all things

honestly rukia was probably the most formative asian heroine of my childhood. nobody else could burn with kindness as fiercely as she could. who could snarl with such disdain, who could hunger so much to be a warrior, stalking across the battlefield with a sword glistening in her fist like a raw diamond.

i mean. here you have a dead girl, talking about justice. demanding for all spirits to be protected, demonstrating to our Male Shounen Protagonist what it means to be selfless, and a hero. she was thoughtful, earnest, and spoke her mind, and she never apologized for it.

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Some re-design (ish) things I sketched. X3 For some reason, lately I’ve been thinking about Danny Phantom getting a reboot that’s got more of a serious undertone while still conserving stupid puns and jokes. I was actually looking at anna-cattish ’s blog and I wanted a reboot to look like some of her art. It’s beautiful. :3 Anyway, I’d love a dp reboot that’s less afraid of angst and serious themes.

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Changquan, a Northern Chinese martial art form that Azula’s firebending style is partially based on, according to Sifu KIsu.

Formative Fiction

As per request by @sarahtaylorgibson, I have compiled a list of formative fiction, mostly dark fantasy, from my adolescence. Unfortunately, the majority of the romantic subplots are heterosexual, but almost all of the books are very feminist:

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray: The first book in the Gemma Doyle trilogy. Lesbian side characters! Victorian lesbians! Takes place at an all girl’s boarding school in Victorian England. There’s ancient magic, secret societies, etiquette training, prophecies, and dark forces. Very dark, at times creepy, fantasy that deals with Victorian heteropatriarchy, xenophobia, and ableism in a nuanced, beautifully crafted way.

Magyk by Angie Sage: Book one of the Septimus Heap series (7 books). These books are middle school reading level, but very fun, a little dark, and always interesting. A foray into young Septimus Heap’s journey into sorcery, his destiny as the seventh son of a seventh son. Magic, dark forces, magisocial politics, strong female side characters and role models.

The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones: The first book in the Faerie Path series (6 books). Sixteen-year-old, Anita Palmer, is hospitalized after an accident on her birthday and discovers that she is the seventh daughter of Queen Titania and King Oberon, who put a sleeping spell on the kingdom of Faerie until his youngest daughter returned. Parallel universes, complexities of sisterhood, special powers, fae, court intrigue, fate mixed with politics, family ties, and duty to country. Dark fantasy that plays heavily with Celtic mythology (especially Welsh and Irish).

Mira, Mirror by Mette Ivie Harrison: Stand-alone novel. Mira is trapped in a mirror and forced to serve her vain adopted witch sister, who uses blood magic to remain youthful and powerful. After becoming queen, Mira’s sister abandons her. Years later, Mira finds herself in the hands of the peasant girl, Ivana. Mira does anything she can to get her human form back. Manipulation, female friendships, betrayal, intrigue, dark magic, moral growth. The first book I read that didn’t have a cut-and-dry happy ending. All major players are women. 

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix: Retelling of Cinderella. Ella is chosen by the Prince for her looks, rather than true love. She finds Prince Charming as dull as she does court life, where she is in training to be Charming’s bride. Frustrated by her own powerlessness, Ella attempts to break off the engagement, only to be imprisoned in harsh conditions. She must use her wits and her new friends to escape the palace. Eating disorders, abuse, and the dark side of royalty.

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede: Book one of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles (4 books). Headstrong Princess Cimorene runs away from her painfully ordinary family and a looming engagement to become a dragon’s princess. Dragon politics, wizards v. dragons, industrious young women, friendship over romance.

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor: Dark!Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass. Alice must regain her memories and imaginative capabilities in order to save her queendom from her wicked aunt, Redd, a corrupt, neighboring kingdom, and social disorder. If you like murder, evil aunts, the power of Imagination, Victorian England, and/or matriarchy, this series is for you. Violent, cause-centered love interest and reluctant queen. War, terrible war. DARK. Rich imaginative world-building.

Princess Academy and The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale: Both are first books in a trilogy. PA is lighter, focused on classism, education, friendships between girls and the power that comes from that, set in mining country. The prince must find a bride from the mountains, so all eligible mountain girls are sent to a new academy to hone their etiquette, as well as their minds. TGG is a retelling of the original fairy tale. Princess Ani can talk to animals and is betrothed to the prince of Bayern, but she is betrayed by her caravan in-route to Bayern and her lady-in-waiting poses as her. Ani disguises herself as a goose girl and fights to regain her rightful place with the aid of her friends.

Fairest and The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine: Fairest is about Aza, a young girl with a beautiful voice and much less beautiful looks. Aza can “throw” her voice, a talent which ties her up with palace intrigue, ogres, bravery, and adventure. TTPoB is about princess sisters, one of whom (Meryl, the adventurous one) comes down with the Gray Death. Addie (the shy, quiet one) must overcome her fear and the lack of help from the king to find the illusive prophesied cure to save her sister. Though she is assisted a little by her sorcerer friend/love interest, Rhys, Addie must go on this hero’s quest alone.

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima: First book in the Heir Chronicles (5 books). Small town America meets British fantasy stretching back to the Middle Ages. Fantasy politics, warring houses/factions, underguilds controlled by Wizards. Each book follows a different teenager from different guilds as they discover and fight against the Wizard guild for equality and freedom.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card: Early sci-fi. Part of a larger series, but perhaps best as a stand-alone novel. I really love parallel book, Ender’s Shadow, which is probably better than EG, but needs the context EG provides. Follow Ender as he rises through the ranks of fellow child soldiers in a war to protect Earth. This book features dubious morality, questioning ethics, violence between young children chosen for combat, and an exploration of the actual psychological repercussions of traumatic events on survivors.

Avalon High by Meg Cabot: Essentially, a King Arthur Modern High School AU, centering around Ellie, who has recently moved to Maryland with her parents, who are professors of medieval history. Is it better to know your fate, or does it just mess things up? Featuring issues of interpretation regarding prophecy, going against destiny, unproblematic love interest, and complex motives and morality. 

Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw: Written in the 80s. Mara is a brilliant slave girl freed from bondage to become a spy-turned-double-agent in the court of Queen Hatshepsut. Mara also becomes caught in her feelings for the brooding, Enjolras-type love interest, Sheftu. Who can you trust when everyone you know is a spy? A little trope-y at times, but very enjoyable. Not exotifying, as far as I remember.


Lighter Fare:

Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng: First in a series of many. Magical orphan girl kind of fiction. Molly is charming, brilliant, and finds a book about hypnotism that she uses to make life better for herself and her orphan friends. Filled with action and humor, Molly and her pet pug are on the run from a man who wants to steal her secrets.

Girl, 15, Charming but Insane by Sue Limb: First in a series of three or four. Jess navigates teenage life through friend break-ups, jealousy, first loves, and body issues. Charming, funny, British. For fans of Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging.

The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty: A stand-alone Australian novel. Funny, charming novel about pen pals between schools, budding romances, false identities, secret missions, and friendship.

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter: First book in the Gallagher Girls series (6 books). Overly competent spy girls in a private school attached to a small town filled with cute, less competent boys. A light-hearted spy romance. The following books have more complex plots, intrigue, and issues of trust and romance between spies.

Spy Goddess: Live and Let Shop by Michael P. Spradlin: First of three books in the Spy Goddess series. Rachel gets in trouble with the law and is sent to Blackthorn Academy, a spy school masquerading as a boarding school for troubled teens. While there, Rachel encounters some weird, creepy occult stuff, including a man who believes her to be a reincarnated goddess. Betrayal, romance, action, intrigue. Spradlin does not write women or teenagers very well, but the books are thoroughly enjoyable.

Hidden Talents by David Lubar: First of two books. 13-year-old Martin is sent to Edgeview, a juvenile corrections facility/boarding school. Martin and some of the other boys at Edgeview discover they have special powers, which they use for their own gain and to save the school.

A Separate Peace by John Knowles: This book was assigned reading in high school English. Gene Forrester is a sixteen-year-old at Devon Academy during the advent of the USA’s entrance into WWII. The novel explores Gene’s time at Devon, the loss of innocence, and the untimely death of his friend, Phineas. An academic/campus novel with homosexual undertones.


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Fluff Friday: November 25 “Tea Party”

Because I fell in love with smol!Kakashi and doesn’t-know-how-she-became-a-babysitter!Sakura, and wanted to write more about them. Also, Tsunade was supposed to have a bit part, but then I went and had feelings about her all over. Tsunade is just the best, okay?

Wherein Sakura signs a bunch of stuff, Sai’s attempts at real life as guided by books end badly (again), and Sakura’s bed has somehow become the place for cuddles and midnight promises.

(I’m apparently incapable of writing sheer fluff, so this does veer vaguely into angst, because shinobi.)

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“And now,” Tsunade-shishō continues, shoving the completed forms for Kakashi’s custody to the side, “let’s talk finances.”

Sakura does her best not to blanch, because her most esteemed Hokage-sama gets just a little bit touchy when people bring up, refer to, or allude vaguely in the direction of her many gambling debts and terrible credit score, and somehow, village finances and mission pay negotiations manage to almost always skirt too close to that line, even though the only thing they particularly have in common is money. The memories of six desks meeting their end at the touch of a single finger and of two windows shattered in the wake of shinobi Tsunade-shishō has sent flying through them make for excellent incentive for Sakura to approach this more carefully than a surgery for restructuring a shattered limb or one of Gai-sensei’s obstacle courses.

“Right, finances,” Sakura says with an impressive lack of squeaking. She doesn’t dare show fear.

Tsunade-shishō can smell it on you.

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Claire rails against the gender politics of 18th-century Scotland the same way that she would’ve railed against the gender politics of 1950s Western culture. She’s a woman attempting to negotiate patriarchy and her own sexual and emotional desires — why, when described this way, does it sound like such a narrative innovation?

Maybe because it’s feminist one. [ x ]

anyway , remember you deserve friends who lift you up