historic humour

After I posted pictures of me annotating books and how they looked afterwards, I got some questions about how I went about it. As an English major, I spend a lot of time annotating, so by now I have some sort of routine going on:

Before you start:

1. Know what you’re looking for

If you’re annotating in preparation of an essay and not just for fun, my advice would be to try and have a vague research idea in mind already before you start reading. That way, you’ll know that everything you highlight is relevant for your essay, and you’ll be able to come up with a colour-coding system in advance (more on that later). If you don’t have a topic/question yet, it might be good to skim the book without annotating it, then coming up with an idea for research, and then reading and annotating it in depth with that question in mind. Otherwise you’ll have post-it notes in places that aren’t relevant for your research question, which might confuse you while writing and which can waste quite a lot of time. In the pictures I posted, I was looking for quotes on how girls’ rebellion against authorities is described.

The Process

2. Supplies

  • Highlighters: Only usable if it’s your own copy of a book, or if you have several printed sheets (e.g. poetry) or photocopies. The advantage is that you can highlight exactly the quote you need, and if you make further remarks on the margins, you can highlight them in the same colour so you know where they belong to.
  • Post-it notes: Good if it’s not your own book and you can’t make any damage (or if you don’t want to write in your own books). I personally prefer see-through ones/tabs with colourful margins because then you can still read what’s beneath it. There are various sizes from very slim so they cover only one line to very big so the cover multiple lines. (fair warning that if you love stationery, shopping for post-it notes can be dangerous because there are so many sizes and colours and shapes that you quickly end up with way more than you actually need.)
  • Pens and Pencils: If you want to write on the plastic post-it notes, not every pen will work! I recommend pencils and ballpoint pens, Muji gel pens, and CD/DVD markers. Fineliners (e.g. Stabilo .88) smudge really easily, as does normal ink (for example in fountain pens). 

3. Colour-Coding

My favourite thing in this world! Colour-coding is heaven for visual learners like me. In the example posts, I had the following system: Blue was rebellion/significant interaction with peers, pink was rebellion against authorities, green was surrendering to authorities, orange was general setting and characterizations. That way, when I was looking for suitable quotes while writing my paper, I only had to read the lines of the assigned colour, and I would likely find a quote that fit.

Some things you can assign colours to: 

  • Places, times, each character for characterisation purposes, sounds, historical references, humour/sarcasm, revealing of secrets
  • changes in setting, narrator switches, dialogue/monologue, foreshadowing/retrospection, time lapse/differences in narrated and narrative time, speech acts
  • irregularities in metre, mentions of the lyrical I, changes in rhyme scheme, metaphors, ellipses 
  • (Those are just suggestions! Choose things that fit your research question best.)

4. Ideas and Comments

Did you read a quote and immediately knew what you wanted to say about it? Write it down in the margins, or open a word document and jot down page number, attributed colour if applicable, and your comment. These things are immensely helpful when you write your paper. 

Examples: The lyrical I is always mentioned when the metre is irregular; secrets are always revealed to the reader before they are revealed to other characters; every second-to-last verse of a stanza is an ellipsis… Whatever you notice, any pattern or correlation, and whatever you think, even if it’s just “that character seems dishonest”, write it down and you can later analyse if you were right and how you came to that conclusion. 

I hope this helped! If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Happy writing/annotating, everyone! 

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Common Ground

Summary: As the dirt walls of his half-dug foxhole collapse in front of him, Officer Cadet Daniel Howell finds himself face-to-face with another soldier. To make matters worse, this one is wearing a German uniform.

Or:

In which Dan and Phil have a rather unorthodox meeting when their foxholes collide.

A/N: this fic (code name: craig) is an idea i’ve had for quite a while, maybe years, and here it is! finally… always good with some historical aus amiright?? i really really like it and i hope you will too (please i need love) also thanks to bethany for writing in the boob-hand-motion. i guess you’ll have to read it to laugh with us lmao

Genre: Historical (WWI), fluff, humour-ish.
Warnings: Mentions of blood, war themes.
Words: 2371

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EVERYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF IS TRUE / FANFIC GRAPHIC

When things start to go very wrong for the Musketeers in the field, Treville sends in the best spy he can think of to sort things out. Things get much worse before they get better, and the fate of France may hinge on whether Athos and Milady can learn to trust one another again. [ Canon divergence after S2. ]

As statements go, failing to meet her at the crossroads had not carried the same finality as having her hanged, but even so: It was hardly ambiguous.

WRITTEN BY: @atratum

Originally posted by phantasmald

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