i love that he mentions niall is doing rock, but he's doing his rock. like he's a true student of the classic rock times that he has the ability to modernize it and make it something current and catchy..... my king! lol
YEESSS!! omg dude i just finished rambling an essay into the tags of that quote, i love it so much. the one that goes,
the Eagles had superb songwriting skills, with melodies and choruses, and so does Niall. not making a direct comparison, it’s just that what goes for rock today is oftentimes too self-referential, such a reaction to what once was that you can’t understand it unless you’re deep in the rabbit hole.
i loooved that he brought this up, and that he articulated it so well!! i think a lot of learning from the past is making a lot of pale imitations of what inspires you, which is certainly educational! but if that’s where the progression stops, then you end up suffering a fairly drastic decrease in overall quality. you can hew as closely as you possibly can to your favorite masterpiece, but it’s never going to be anything more than a copy.
you figure out how they did it so you can do it too, and that becomes your toolbox for making something yours. the tools don’t ever really change, whether it’s art or music or architecture or writing, it’s the combination you use them in and the hand that wields them that do. and to me, that’s the best part! nothing is ever really lost, or forgotten, and the stories never really change. but we go on appreciating them because there’s value in the telling, and in the way people tell them. the anodyne quality of good stories (art, music, books) is that the happy ones make us happier, and the sad ones make our own sadnesses not quite so blue.
Put on Niall’s new album at a dinner party and everybody will enjoy it. Songs with meaning you can sing along with, what a concept!
so you can see how that might be quite a lovely thing to say! not to say that flicker is his masterpiece, because i think that’d be selling niall short, but that wielding the tools of your trade as best you can and making something resonant confers the idea that your feelings are shared, that the things that matter to you matter to other people, too…which is all you can hope for, really
Omg! I’ve probably had like 2hrs sleep and I gotta say, save a couple of scenes here and there*(quick mention on this later), I loooved the ep! I’m not generally a crier, and I didn’t cry here either but I FELT this ep. I felt it like I haven’t felt an ep of OL in a very long time!
Wow, I just don’t even know where to begin lol so I’ll jus give quick brain farts as they come. There were sooo many incredible moments/iconic QUOTES/So. Much. TOUCHING.
The reunion itself was sweet, and tentative, and surprising (didn’t expect him to tell her about Willie - I skipped the “previously”). I cackled at the eyes like a hawk part, esp after the leaked photo of him in specs, I joked they’d not be needing that line. I loved how they split up the “do not be afraid” line so both had a piece of that.
Omg he was pretty damn perfect. He even sounded like Romann lol and he played not wanting to leave Milady so well, that last hug was so sweet! Cannot wait to see more o Domboy!!
I honestly don’t see myself having much issue with him on the show, he had a sweet undertone so I’m hoping they find the right balance for him. But also him fucking with Jamie (you just know he called Claire Honorable First Wife, in Chinese 😂 The smirk he gives Jamie when they’re leaving) had me laughing.
Shit guys… Any wee gripes I had all melted away, I didn’t give 2 shits about anything but them in that room! I loved loved LOVED how much book quotes there were, not only from the brothel but also from Moubrays!! And they were all peppered PERFECTLY with dem sexy times. So much physical/emotional intimacy, the teasing, y'all I *whoooped* at the mutual ass slapping! Ok, I whooped pretty much the WHOLE time they were in that room lol. Never in an ep of OL when I’ve said ‘I wish they say this or that’ has it come in floods like that. He even kissed her booboo ffs!
It felt really abrupt how they shot from the intro to her being his aunt, but I love that I finally have 2 of my faves together lol I can just feel they’ll have an amazing dynamic! Gimme more!!
The Hoors Brunch.
I’m all for any time the show gets to throw in some humor, and I really enjoyed getting that wee scene. It was light and fun and great seeing Claire from the eyes of outsiders and judging by what they saw, she had one fulfilling night lol
Additional thoughts (I’m sure I'mma have a lot of good and bad ones, but I’m just still processing everything! Jamie’s horrendous wig for one. Fix it Jesus.):
- I didn’t much like the first scene of the ep with Madame Jeanne. It gave an unnecessary impression and undertone. I could have completely done without it tbh.
- I dunno how a feel about Jamie telling Claire about Willie so soon… It just felt like not only did it take a bit away from him seeing Bree’s pics and him being completely absorbed and lost in that, but also how, not alters really, but deviates I suppose showJamie’s motivation/intent from book Jamie’s? Ugh I dunno how to explain it yet properly. Anyway, guess it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out now that Claire’s known all along.
- I both liked and didn’t like how they handled Jamie wanting and not wanting to tell Claire about Laoghaire. I liked that he seemed hit by the knowledge of it from time to time and Claire would notice something was off, BUT I also didn’t like that by having Claire tell him just before he was apparently about to spill the beans the next morning, that they didn’t need to rush it. It takes away some of the fault Jamie had from keeping it from her as he had done in the book. It opens the door to “well she didn’t want to know, she stopped him saying anything, why is she getting so pissed now”, so I’m even more interested in seeing just how this - in my opinion, irredeemable - situation is gonna play out!
- As I said after 3x04, the only reason to do that particular move in that ep had one purpose AMD one purpose only: The boob kiss/lick shot has officially been retired.
Guys, I’m still buzzing and have sooo much whirling around my head, but overall, I truly enjoyed this ep and can LEGIT watch hours and HOURS of them in bed like that. We probs will never get another ep like that but lawdy, I really really hope that the intimacy and touching and humor isn’t forgotten about throughout the season now. Let them be all touchy-feely when alone, please and thank you!
Hi! First of all, your blog is amazing, and I LOOOVE your daily drarry quotes, so thanks for all the hard work you put into it! <3 This said, I have a request: do you have a list of Drarry fics where their relationship started off as a joke/fake one? Like "omg this happened and now we must absolutely pretend we are together while making doe eyes at each other the whole time"? That would be awesome! *hugs*
Nicest ask ever, lostris-thequeen, and I can def help you out! This is a super fun trope, isn’t it? So much good humor, and pining, and flangst, and fluff - so much awesome, basically. Enjoy it all!! And as always, remember, comments + kudos are love!
Drarry Recs: Pretend Boyfriends
And We Are But Actorsby alafaye - PG-13, 5k - Under pressure, Draco tells his mother that he has a boyfriend; a
serious boyfriend. The only problem is that he doesn’t actually have
one. But he refuses to go through another Christmas single with his
mother pressuring him about marriage and children. Enter one Harry
Potter who once said he owed Draco a debt.
Date Blindnessby Cheryl Dyson - M, 24.5k - Harry thought he was perfectly happy until Hermione decided to set him up on a blind date.
Drawing Down the Moonby scoradh - NC-17, 21k - After breaking up with Blaise, a drunken Draco begs Harry Potter
for help in winning him back. In a fit of misguided philanthropy (plus
one or two ulterior motives) Harry agrees. In the midst of the ensuing
chaos, at least one person falls in love.
The Gentlewizard Club by Sophie_French - NC-17, 28k - Draco wants what Draco wants. And if he has to snuggle up to Harry to
get it, well, surely, Draco can handle that. Problem is, not sure Harry
In Which Harry is Magnetic North and Draco Is An Idiotby bryoneybrynn - PG-13, 14k - For as long as he can remember, Draco’s been bringing fake dates to his
family’s annual Yuletide celebration in order to evade his mother’s
matchmaking. This year, Potter’s posing as his pretend boyfriend. But as
the party gets underway, it gets unclear who’s playing who, who’s
pretending what, who’s not pretending at all, and what the game really
is. Confused? Yeah, so is Draco…
The Next Best Thing by Emma Grant - NC-17, 28k - How does a boy get a girl to notice him? Why, by pretending to be gay, of course!
A Test of Characterby SilentAuror - NC-17, 22k - Draco Malfoy is nearly finished his Auror training. However,
something comes up in his character testing which may prevent him from
qualifying: he is required to befriend an old enemy
The Venice Jobby nishizono - NC-17, 26k - Harry Potter was one of the youngest Aurors in history. He was the Boy
Who Lived, and the Boy Who Lived Again. He loved Guinness and Quidditch,
and hated pineapple. He wrote letters to Hagrid every Thursday, and on
Sundays, he visited Hermione and Ron. Harry Potter was also not gay.