Marinette is the person who ends her texts with an ‘x’ like a walking Zayn tweet and EMOJIS she LOVES them especially the heart with the little yellow bow on it, she uses ‘u’ and ‘you’ in the same sentence and Alya hates it
Adrien prefers emoticons to emojis but he will fire off the occasional cat emoji (how have these people not figured it out yet??) he doesn’t use caps unless he’s talking about Ladybug in which case he uses all caps and you can probably hear him sighing like a lovesick dork from a block away
Alya types with perfect punctuation, perfect grammar, perfect spelling if you don’t text her with perfect punctuation, perfect grammar, perfect spelling she will block your number immediately she also comes up with all the group chat names and her contact names are a variety of ‘asshat’ ‘dickbutt’ and ‘cute cinnamon sugar cupcake’
Nino is the person who rarely texts in the group chat but reads everything and offers the occasional ‘lmao’ and recommends music and he’s the first person people text when asking what movie they should watch
Kim is all caps every time and he texts so fast that no one really knows what he’s talking about and autocorrect hates him and he texts ‘FIGHT ME’ every hour
Max rarely texts anyone, forgets to text back unless it’s an emergency and prefers skype over messaging and probably has a Samsung
Chloe texts rants and presses send too many times like one sentence will be spaced out into like ten different messages, she’s the bitmoji person and adds people into group chats and??? doesn’t name??? the group chats???? who does that???
Sabrina prefers calling to texting but she will send messages if it’s about school she can’t use emojis and uses ‘:)’ as punctuation
Alix uses all the abbreviations probably uses the word ‘noob’ a lot she’s the life of the group chat and usually keeps conversations going and livetexts everything uses typos her friends make as their contact names
Ivan only texts Mylene and usually texts like a fucking normal person, rarely swears and always replies to any texts he gets but doesn’t usually text first
Juleka is the one up at 3am contemplating life in the group chat like ‘dude who’s texting you in the middle of the night?’ ‘oh it’s just juleka just tell her she has to do her homework no matter how insignificant her existence is’
Rose uses all the heart emojis she plugs emojis next to each of her friends’ names that represent them lots of exclamation points and <333333333333
Mylene is the one who you go to when you feel like you’re life is falling apart she will talk you through whatever it is no matter what time it is or anything she always knows what to say she’s the mom friend of the group chat but like more chill about it
I can’t get over this theory and I will protect it fiercely until the show says otherwise. I’m basically copy-pasting my rant to my husband over IM
so Gordon Cole has to come back to Twin Peaks as part of the Cooper investigation. At some point he stops by the diner to see if Shelly still works there. They just so happen to be throwing a birthday party for her daughter RIGHT THEN and he’s like ‘OH I’M OBVIOUSLY INTERRUPTING SOME SORT OF PRIVATE EVENT, I’LL COME BACK LATER’ and Shelly’s happy to see him and doesn’t want to be rude even tho she’s lowkey freaking out and she’s like, “No, no, it’s okay, why don’t you join us. It’s just uh…my daughter’s birthday” (oh I guess since he’s talking to Shelly he’d talk lower not all caps) anyway one thing leads to another and Gordon slowly realizes that Amanda Seyfried’s birthday lines up exactly 9 months after he left Twin Peaks 25 years ago and he takes her aside and says in a soft voice bc of course, “Young lady, I hope you’ll excuse my forthrightness, but do you happen to know who your father is?” and she’s kinda confused but she’s like, “Uh…actually, no, my mom doesn’t talk about him. All I know is he was sort of like a drifter type, maybe? here and then gone, I guess. It’s always just been us."and Shelly sees them talking and runs up and Gordon looks straight at her and it’s like they both know the cat’s out of the bag then
Hey. I heard that Discworld is good, but I don't know what it's about. That, and it's 40-something books and I'm not sure about starting another long series. Help?
Oh man you’d better make your peace with starting a long series because there is literally no way I’m going to not tell you to read Discworld, especially not today.
Okay, so Discworld is actually several series following several sets of characters and some standalone books about other characters, all taking place on the Discworld, which is an entirely flat, circular world sitting on the shoulders of four elephants who stand on the back of a gigantic space turtle. It’s a world a bit off the edge of the reality curve, and yet while Sir Pterry uses (used no no don’t cry it’s just the past tense DO NOT FUCKING CRY ABOUT THE PAST TENSE) uses it to tell fantastical stories, he also uses it to drop the realest shit on you (one of my favourites being “So many crimes are solved by happy accident–an overheard conversation, the wrong phone call, someone of the right nationality just happening to be within five miles of the scene of the crime without an alibi…). He has (had *sobs*) a huge love of wit and wordplay and his writing is jam packed with puns, jokes and twists.
Before I go off on a giant rant, I should mention that Mark Oshiro is doing a “Mark Reads Discworld” series and that if you’re unsure it might be worth popping onto Youtube and listening to him read a few.
There are several main character sets and if the series at large seems too intimidating it might be good to pick one and start with that.
The Watch: Guards! Guards!, Men At Arms, Feet Of Clay, Jingo, The Fifth Elephant, Night Watch, Thud!, Snuff
Books following the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, the equivalent of the police for the sprawling twin city of Ankh-Morpork, which is one of the central locations of the whole series. While the Discworld at large is fantasy, the Watch books dip into the Crime genre as Captain (later Commander) Sam Vimes and the other various members of the Watch solve crimes and face major social issues such as racism, sexism, cissexism (no really, one of the characters is a dwarf who decides to express herself as openly female even though traditional dwarfish society is one where everybody has a beard and twelve layers of chainmail and is referred to as “he”, and the way her “coming out” is treated by other dwarves and her feelings about it strike a lot of chords with coming out as transgender–or so I’ve been told, not being transgender myself but I can see the parallels), political subterfuge (Jingo was written during the first Gulf War and it’s still so horrifyingly relevant) and rich people thinking they’re above the law (Sam Vimes disagrees). Also Night Watch is a huge homage to Les Mis with morally-flipped Javert and Valjean and it’s amazing, but also equally amazing even if you’re not familiar with Les Mis (which I wasn’t the first twenty times I read it). Along with werewolves, dwarves, trolls, vampires, zombies and Nobby Nobbs (who was disqualified from the human race for shoving), the series will introduce you to my ultimate Life Goal, Lady Sybil Ramkin, a mightily-built woman who breeds pet dragons and is kinda the living embodiment of “do no harm, take no shit”.
The Witches: Equal Rites, Wyrd Sisters, Witches Abroad, Lords and Ladies, Maskerade, Carpe Jugulum
If you like fairy tales and folklore and the power of stories, these are the books for you. Following the Ramtop Witches–predominantly the fierce and powerful old witch Granny Weatherwax; her best friend and cheerful matriarch of a minor army of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Nanny Ogg; Magrat Garlick, the somewhat soppy, pathetic and dreaming young(ish) witch (I identify with Magrat like WHOA so when she gets her moments of power–and she gets at least one per book and when she does DAYUM–it’s so, so wonderful); and the fat, powerfully-voiced junior witch Agnes Nitt. They fight mad dukes (Wyrd Sisters has a plot that’s some kind of amazing hybrid between Hamlet and Macbeth), fairy queens, fairy godmothers, and any force of story that tries to force people into what they should be instead of accepting what they are. As well as the power of stories, they also deal with some heavy moral themes (Carpe Jugulum has an amazing conversation between Granny Weatherwax and a somewhat lost priest about the nature of sin that has had a huge formative effect on me) and has a lot of basis in theatre (aside from all the Shakespeare, Maskerade takes place in an opera house in Ankh-Morpork).
Tiffany Aching–The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, I Shall Wear Midnight
Kind of a subset of the Witches books, these books predominantly follow Tiffany Aching, who starts off nine in the first book and ages two years between each subsequent book. They’re YA (but I mean that in a good way I swear) and they were actually my gateway drug to the Discworld. Tiffany is a little girl from the farming country who has read the dictionary from cover to cover and thinks about things too much and in general is a perfect candidate to be a witch, even though when the books begin they’re outlawed where she lives after the Baron’s son disappeared and everyone decided that the strange old lady who lived alone in the forest was to blame. Tiffany isn’t quite buying that old story, though (and every time she talks about this poor old lady it’s fucking heartbreaking), and it’s good that she doesn’t because fairies are coming to her land, and if you think that’s a good thing you are about to learn very differently. However, she has some help in the form of MY VERY FAVOURITE SPECIES ON THE ENTIRE DISCWORLD: the Nac Mac Feegle, the thievin’, drinkin’, fightin’, six-inch-tall blue Pictsies who were thrown out of Fairyland for being Drunk and Disorderly. They’re FLIPPING HILARIOUS.
I’d say these books are kiiiiinda Discworld Lite? Except A Hat Full of Sky goes some kinda dark places and then I Shall Wear Midnight is DARK AS HELL LIKE WOW I WOULD LET KIDS READ THE FIRST THREE BOOKS BUT MOST DEFINITELY NOT THIS ONE. But they’re all hella good and I think they’re a good first choice of series to go with.
The Wizards–The Colour of Magic, The Light Fantastic, Sourcery, FaustEric, Interesting Times, The Last Continent, The Last Hero, kinda Unseen Academicals
Predominantly following the chronic-failure-of-a-wizard Rincewind, the wizard books are mostly earlier books (The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic being the first two Discworld books chronologically, though personally I wouldn’t recommend starting with them–I tried reading The Colour of Magic a few times and couldn’t get into it until I’d read The Wee Free Men and a bunch of others) and are the most about the nature of magic and cover the widest expanse of the Discworld, because Rincewind is extremely good at getting into massive trouble and then running away from it. Rincewind kinda moves out of centre stage in later books in favour of the rest of the colourful faculty of Unseen University in their misadventures. Your favourite character will be the Librarian. The Librarian is everybody’s favourite characters. He’s an orang-utan. There is a reason for this, but nobody cares. He’s an orang-utan and everybody loves him. Ook.
Death–Mort, Reaper Man, Soul Music, Hogfather, Thief of Time
These books are all about the Death of the Discworld–seven foot tall, skeletal, black robes, scythe, tends to show up under unfortunate circumstances–and his friends and family. Death is one of the best characters in Discworld but I feel too emotionally compromised to talk about him right now, so let me talk about his granddaughter Susan because she’s the deuteragonist of Soul Music, Hogfather and Thief of Time and she’s amazing. She’s partly human, partly… not, and she keeps trying to carve out a normal life and never quite managing it as she invariably gets drawn in when things are happening that are strange even by the Discworld’s standards (for example, Soul Music is about what happens when Rock Music gets invented, and Hogfather is about what happens when your Santa-equivalent winter figure goes missing and Death has to fill in for him). The stories deal strongly in themes of creativity, imagination and belief, especially Hogfather, and tend to be really, really beautiful. Death cameos in just about every book, but his character development arc across these books is one of the best in all of Discworld. AND HE ALWAYS TALKS LIKE THIS, IN ALL CAPS WITH NO QUOTATION MARKS. YOU ALWAYS KNOW WHEN HE’S SPEAKING TO YOU.
There are a bunch of other standalone books (there are three about Moist Von Lipwig but that’s not a series you want to get to until way later) and my absolute favourite that you should definitely read, if you read nothing else, is Monstrous Regiment. The premise is fairly basic: Polly cuts her hair and pretends to be a boy to join the army and find her brother in the backwards militaristic nation of Borogravia. If you know what the title’s from, it pretty much spoils the plot, but you may have seen it cross my dash enough times to get it anyway if you’re following me :P You want canon lesbians who don’t come to a horrible end? You want varying neurodivergent characters treated with love and respect? You want crossdressers and transgender characters and how to tell the difference? You want major discussion and consideration of gender issues and a Joan of Arc homage who doesn’t get burned? Read Monstrous Regiment. You also get a vampire hallucinating that they’re in the Vietnam War on a world where Vietnam doesn’t actually exist when they run out of coffee.
TL;DR (but please do read): Pick one of the series and read it. I’d highly recommend Tiffany Aching, but The Watch and The Witches are also good starts. The characters and locations and such do intertwine with each other sometimes, but the majority of the books are specifically written so that you can pick them up and enjoy them without having read any of the others.
And you will enjoy them. They’re sweet, they’re sad, they’re terrifying, they’re funny as hell, they’ll really make you think and you’ll be quoting them forever. Don’t be scared of how much is ahead of you: be grateful you have so much to experience for the first time. I guarantee you that once you’ve read them all, it won’t be enough. There could never be enough. But what there is is a gift.