i need more films and books like this

anonymous asked:

I don't understand this concept of "being barred" from progressing in a game, unless you've got a disability, there's nothing stopping you from getting better at a game or beating a tough boss, especially since the game isn't getting any easier after.

One of the common things I hear is that “Well, games are the only medium that prevent player progress. Books and movies don’t do that.” but there’s two issues:

a) Games aren’t books or movies.

People who unironically try to say one should be like the other are downplaying the uniqueness of those mediums and just show that they don’t appreciate it. Games are unique because they require active involvement from the participant; board games, card games, sports, the newspaper Sudoku, etc may have different methods of engaging the player but it’s still working under the same end goal of getting you involved.

John Walker from RPS tried drawing the comparison to wanting to add in the option to skip gameplay to people who want a burger but take off some of the toppings, the tomato. But that’s the problem: Gameplay is not inconsequential. It’s not added fluff that can be easily removed. It’s literally in the name of the medium. Gameplay isn’t the topping, it’s the goddamn meat itself! It’s because of nonsense like this why games journalists get laughed at on a daily basis: they clearly show they don’t appreciate the medium but are utterly stunned when there’s so much blowback from gamers. Gamers balk at dumb reasons like this because regardless of your age, your skill at games, platform of choice: the reason people drop $60 on a game is because they want to play it. Not to just look at pretty pictures and marvel at the scenery, which are the toppings on the burger.

b) Just because anyone can technically partake in passive activities like watching doesn’t mean that they’ll actually understand it or appreciate the creator’s intent.

Take David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive. I didn’t like the movie, in fact, I think I can honestly say that I hated it and thought it was a huge waste of time. But other people loved it so much that it’s gotten lots of awards and nominations and praise from film buffs and critics. Does this mean David Lynch should make his movies more straightforward for simpletons like me? No. If it was his vision to make Mulholland Drive a clusterfuck mishmash, then that’s fine. I may not like it, but other people clearly do, so instead of me whining for it to fit my tastes, I’ll just go watch Airplane for the 89798234759384th time since it’s a better movie.

There isn’t anything wrong with a game requiring more from the player to proceed because not every game needs to be “accessible”. Not every movie is “accessible”, not every book is an “easy read”: some things require more from the participant and that’s perfectly fine. Games don’t have to be designed for every person in mind and I will always prefer products with a specific niche in mind than ones made with the nebulous and vague goal of “mass appeal”.


These are also the same kinds of people that really push the “games are art” rhetoric, which makes their complaints ironic, because if they were truly serious about that then they’d realize that the value of art is something that varies heavily from person to person. People are unique and have their own tastes, ergo it would only make sense for art to exist to cater to that taste and that taste exclusively.

If game journos had any sense, they’d realize this but they don’t so they get laughed at 24/7 by everyone.

victorian-enjolras  asked:

yo please teach me about oscar wilde i really wanna get into him but i dont know where to start

oh boy have you come to the right place!!!! let me tell you about this man!!! 

this is probably my favourite picture of him because of his expression… i mean how is that not universally relatable…

Crash Course Biography:

  • Oscar marries his wife Constance in 1884, had 2 kids & decided he didn’t actually like her all that much & i’m like 70% sure they never had sex after kid #2
  • 1886 Robbie Ross (light of my life) turns up & is unabashedly homosexual - most people attribute Robbie as the one to bring Oscar to the Side of Gay.
  • Oscar struts about town, living a life that Henry Wotton would wholeheartedly advocate. He assumes the role of a ‘dandy’ - think flamboyance from every angle & add some frills. This was cool for him as it wasn’t seen as synonymous with being gay, just being a dramatist. 
  • 1891 is when Lord “Bosie” Douglas turns up & introduces Oscar to more gay stuff & more illegal stuff like weed & brothels & prostitution 
  • 1894 is when Bosie’s dad finds out about their relationship, flips out & takes Oscar to court for being illegally gay in 1895 :(
  • 1895 Oscar counters the charge by saying the case was unfounded (it totally wasn’t, he really did have a lot of sex) & whilst his epigrams / wit won him initial support, it all went downhill quite quickly. there’s another 2 trials for Oscar whilst all his friends pack up & get out of England (Robbie breaks into Oscar’s house upon request & packs up some of Oscar’s stuff, then legs it out to Paris) 
  • I think that the judge doesn’t even let Oscar have any last words in court i mean is that not the most heartbreaking, soul crushing thing you can do to this man 
  • Oscar does his sentence of 2 years hard labor in prison & gets hit in the head / ear - this injury & botched treatment is to be the cause of his death
  • He goes to Paris under exile & as far as I can gather lives with Robbie’s help but spent a lot of the time rejecting his help too. Also Oscar tries to live with Bosie again but both of their families are having exactly none of that behavior.
  • Oscar dies in Paris at the age of 46

Works:
Importance of Being Ernest is the 1st work of Oscar’s I read & I have never looked back. it’s short & sweet & hysterically funny, the humour is in no way dated & I love it
Picture of Dorian Gray please read this book as I have read it more than 7 times now & I need someone to rhapsodise about this with. It’s honestly a brilliant book with a totally cool plot & 3 fascinating characters (3 guesses who my fave is…it’s basil… it’s always basil)
The Ballad of Reading Gaol is the last work Oscar created before his death, & it’s about the harsh reality of prison & honestly I cry just because of the context
The Happy Prince & Other Tales so, my parents used to read these to me as a kid & like…is it really any wonder i love Oscar Wilde so much…I really honestly adore these stories!! 

Films:
Wilde (1997) Stephen Fry has been my standard image for Henry Wotton but he does make a damn good Oscar & also Michael Sheen as Robbie Ross is everything
Dorian Gray (2009) now…i have to admit i haven’t watched this but with all things considered i think i’m slightly justified in that due to the blatant disregard of Dorian’s descriptions in the book

Articles / other things to check out!!
queerhistoryproject has 2 great articles on Oscar here & here!! 
An article on Dorian Gray which is great 
This article explains a bit about where Oscar was coming from in the whole ‘aestheticism’ movement!!
And if you’re really keen (like me) there’s this one on Ernest 

I’ll cut my info dump off here - it seems like an ok place to stop! I’ll probably make more posts about Oscar-related things & any lit revision that I think might be useful to put up on this blog? I hope you enjoy the crash-course in Oscar Wilde & that this is all somewhat useful!! :]

Ballad Of An Introvert


There are so many moments that I can’t share with others.
There are so many feelings, familiar smells and unique colours
only I seem to feel, smell and see,
through which I feel like being me.

There are so many seconds that seem to last for hours,
there are so many thoughts that are only mine, not ours
and that I cherish like my new born child
and in my head they’re running wild.

There are so many winter nights I feel the warmth inside of me.
There are so many candles lit while I blow on my tea.
And when it is so silent, that I can hear my heartbeat,
I feel at ease and time just tastes so sweet.

There are so many fears, so many worries and much pain
that I can’t quite work out, can’t quite explain.
But all that is fine in the end, when I can just be with myself,
don’t ask if I’m alright alone, I know I won’t need someone else.

There are so many jokes and talks I have with only me.
This is a good thing in my eyes, liking yourself that is the key.
Sharing secrets with myself? I’m sure I won’t tell them.
Because I trust myself and forgive me for mistakes over and again.

There are so many beautiful things; if just a smile, that is enough
that make me happy to live to see them, even when my day is tough.
And I feel like an audience, the world is this small movie theatre
across the street where they have just the special films, which are all the greater.

And when I then come home, I change in my pyjamas,
cuddle my pets, hide in my bed where there is never drama.
My favourite books and TV shows, my music and delicious food
is all I need then for my heart to feel way more than good.

i get artists who feel sympathetic towards the crewniverse, but i mean…..as an artist (or more accurately, a writer), there is a HUGE difference between fanwork/casual work and what the crewniverse does.

they went to college. they work in a professional environment. theyre getting paid an actual salary for this. this isnt commission work or shitting around on tegaki or building a portfolio. this is a PROFESSIONAL JOB that they are being PAID FOR and they are not only putting in minimal effort, but it looks awful too. if this was someones freetime work or fucking deviantart account, i dont think anyone wold really care to criticize them. (at least, not like this.)

but these are people who paid money to go to college. they went through extensive training on shit like color theory, animation, character design, script writing, etc etc…

and theyre giving us garbage and getting mad when we point out that what they gave us was, in fact, garbage.

like, you guys DO know that this kind of criticism we’re doing is ENCOURAGED in college classes, right? this is how you LEARN, both the artist and criticizer. this is how its done. this is why film critics, book critics, shit like that EXIST. (among other reasons but i digress.)

im sorry if i seem rude, its just hard for me to pity a bunch of grown adults in their late 20s-30s whove been doing this for YEARS when they get upset that someone is criticizing them, and even more so when they DONT LISTEN.

these are adults. grown ass adults who dont need you to coddle them and hold their hands through their art process. grown ass adults who WORK in a PROFESSIONAL FIELD in a REAL BUSINESS thats not only very cutthroat, but not exactly lucrative or stable.

if they cant make the cut, and they refuse to take advice to try and better their work, theyre gonna fail. im sure we’ve all seen those dropping ratings?

its not rocket science, folks. the truth isnt always gonna be sugar-coated. its either suck it up or fall down and out.

So, just because Rick and Morty brought this back up again, but also because it’s been bugging me for ages…

When did we start demanding that autistic characters had to be pure angels who do no wrong?

Because I’m a grouch with a chronic hatred of other people and a need to make sharp, sarcastic comments when I’m annoyed. Which is always because other people are actually artificial constructs specifically designed to test my patience. I also drink way too much, am a total slut, and have a mouth like a sailor.

I don’t need some sickly saccharine role model that was designed by the purity police.

And I especially find it shitty that we’re demanding that from autistic creators.

Like, “Oh, your version of how autism affects you isn’t pure enough for us” is actually kind of fucked up?

Idk, if you want to have an in-depth discussion about a show/film/book that you think is problematic, go for it. But I’m not seeing that here. I’m just seeing “this character doesn’t pass my morality bar and so is bad rep.” And, like, I’m way more bothered by shit like “is the character fully rounded” and “does the narrative treat them with respect”, you know?

anonymous asked:

I've never seen the Sorbo Kull movie, but having watched the trailer, it seems a lot more like a Conan movie than any Conan movie, which is ironic because Kull basically morphed into Conan in Howard's stuff. Poor, overlooked Kull.

Well…yeah, there’s a reason for that: it’s an adaptation of Hour of the Dragon, the only full length King Conan novel. It was going to be a Conan movie but was rewritten to be about Kull for some absolutely begobbled legal reason.

You’re absolutely right. Conan and Kull are very much alike: they’re both barbarians who become king of an impossibly ancient country who’s history steeped in black magic is something they don’t entirely understand when they get the job, and because they of their lack of lineage, all the rich, chinless, overbred, blue-blooded jerks in the kingdom despise him and want to kick him off the throne. This is always why Conan was always more interesting to me as a King than as an adventurer: we all understand what it’s like to be on the outside looking in, or friendlessly surrounded by snakes who smile at us.

In Hour of the Dragon, these rich blue-bloods hatch an intrigue to get rid of this nobody barbarian they despise by bring a mummy back from the dead, Xaltotun. In a development nobody could predicted, a scheme centered around reawakening a mummy backfires. The conspirators expected to control the mummy to do their bidding, but Xaltotun was smarter than the lot, and with his great cunning, set the conspirators against each other, which works as they’re already a backbiting paranoid lot who loathe each other. Very soon, the situation reversed itself: it’s the mummy who is calling the shots. Meanwhile, King Conan is kidnapped and gets a state funeral, believed dead to everyone, and though it looks like he lost his crown and doesn’t have a friend in the world, he is saved from death and smuggled out from the city by a widely despised religious minority, who never forgot that King Conan showed them kindness and tolerance when the nobles didn’t.

At the end, Conan kills the evil mummy, gets his crown back, and, ever the bull in a china shop, decides to ignore all the wealthy noblewomen and instead married a slave girl of low birth who was his companion when others abandoned him. Also, there’s fun things in that story like Conan wrestling a gorilla. 

You know, people get hung up, deservedly in some cases, on Howard’s many less than enlightened depictions of “slave girls” and people of other races, but if you were to force Soviet film-maker/propagandist Sergei Eisenstein to read Hour of the Dragon, he would have loved it and understood it immediately. It’s amazing to me how Conan has been analyzed every which way except the most obvious: class conflict. It’s what the series is about; you don’t need to squint to see it.

Oh, you were talking about the Kevin Sorbo movie, right? Sorry, I forgot…the movie is fun in places, kind of like a Harryhausen movie, and very watchable, but the book it’s based on is like 10,000 times more interesting. I don’t think I’m saying anything controversial when I say that the Kull adaptation failed because it got the tone all wrong. There shouldn’t be any wisecracking in a Kull movie. Kevin Sorbo is a lot of fun, but he was wildly miscast as Kull, who should be grim and with a thoughtful streak. The heavy metal music soundtrack was so out of place that it was borderline surreal. 

Fun fact: Hour of the Dragon has the distinction of having its’ oddly specific plot borrowed by a Doc Savage story not once but twice, both of which involve a conspiracy to bring a mummy to life as a puppet and tool of a conspiracy, only to have the much smarter mummy turn the tables, set the backbiters against each other, and take over. The first was Resurrection Day, and the second was an issue of the 80s comic where the mummy brought to life was Doc’s archenemy, the evil John Sunlight. 

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a ship that needs more love >> emmett & rosalie cullen

I got luckier than I deserved. Emmett is everything I would have asked for if I’d known myself well enough to know what to ask for. He’s exactly the kind of person that someone like me needs. And, oddly enough, he needs me, too.

anonymous asked:

But you have know idea how much the team at Pixar researched about Mexican culture. From my visit to Mexico music was a huge part of the culture and musicians used the guitar alot. Unfortunately Guillermo del Toro's (producer of BOL) movies haven't been doing well. And (director of BOL) Jorge isn't barely known. Also coco is Co directed and written by Adrian Molina. Someone of Latino origin. I'm sure he understands the culture. Using the same holiday isn't really a rip off.

I have no issue with Pixar doing a well researched film on Dia de Los Muertos. My problem is that Disney and Pixer outright passed on A Book of Life and then decided “never mind we will do it” and then couldn’t even be bothered to hire an actual Mexican director. And then decided to have a plot very similar to The Book of Life, a film they, again, rejected because it would not get interest in America. 

I am also not going to just forget the fact Disney grossly tried to copyright “Dia de Los Muertos”, they literally tried to copyright a Mexican Holiday so they could make money of it. It would mean actual Mexicans would have to pay Disney to use Dia de los Muertos. This is gross. It would be like a Mexican film company trademarking Christmas. 

I am Latina myself. There is a difference between being Latino and being Mexican in this case. Dia de Los Muertos is a Mexican Holiday and they should have hired an actual Mexican director to actually do the project. 

Again I am not going to stop people from watching this. Am I glad to see our cultures getting more attention, yeah. But I’m also not going to let Disney get away with what they did just because of whom they are. We need to hold companies accountable.  

This isn’t about Pixar not being able to make a film like this. It is about the shady history behind this film and Disney’s treatment of A Book of Life before practically ripping it off.  

The Price of Coming Out

The book The Price of Salt was first recommended to me as an infatuated 18-year-old girl in high school. Stubbornly in denial, I ignored the recommendation. It wasn’t until 10 years later, when its movie Carol came out, that the story pulled me in so deeply I still find it hard to let go of its words. 


For me, falling in love with a woman for the first time was so much more intense than falling for a man. There was no precedent. To paraphrase Carol, she was flung out of space. I’d never read about that kind of love in books or saw women like her in movies. So when it happened to me, when she happened to me, I looked into the world for understanding in art and there was just static noise. I had nothing but the all-consuming weight of everything she made me feel. There was no outlet, and it began to feel like a burden.


When I finally saw Carol, it was the first piece that told parts of me and other women I know so well that it was, at times, utterly overwhelming. It’s a rare and beautiful thing when a single creation changes how you view yourself and your own work. Seeing it for the first time was nothing short of the extraordinary moment when art eviscerated the world around me, silencing me while making me feel all of it.  


Because I still remember the moment I saw her signature on that sheet, unable to understand why her name drew me closer. I remember my friends calling me to catch up. I knew I wanted to talk about her but didn’t know why I felt I couldn’t. I remember how the autumn air shifted when I saw her again, unable to look away from a glance that had stopped me. I didn’t know what it was then, I just knew it was changing me, right there in front of the world and no one seemed to notice.


Carol was the first time I saw my experience so authentically and elegantly portrayed on screen, reminding me what it was like the first time I felt all of it… leaving me thinking I’ve been there, I’ve felt those things, I’ve said those words and had those arguments.


But that’s what great storytelling does. It puts you in the middle of its world and makes you feel like it’s all happening to you for the first time - or happening for the first time all over again.


You’re suddenly arguing again about what you feel, even though you don’t even know yourself what those feelings mean. But you defend and you deny that you don’t feel that way, that you’re not that girl, because it’s the only way you keep any sense of normalcy in a room full of the electric chaos she brings. So you swear you’re not in love because love would mean your world will irrevocably change.

And then it does.


You wake up wrapped in sheets that aren’t yours, and there’s a beautiful woman across the room smiling at you. And it’s the way she puts on her heels and does her hair, the way she kisses you and creates that burst of everything through your lips that makes you realize your life will never be the same.

When a thousand indecipherable moments culminate into one, it feels more than an epiphany - it feels transformative and transcendent.  I will never know how to translate that into my work, I just know when I find it in others. 

And I found that in this story. I felt it when she was first accused and exposed of what she felt, stripping her identity with just a few words. 

I remember the denial – my own and theirs - the attempt to rationalize that impenetrable, intangible force that made a mess of our world. 

I can tell you what it felt like when my family first asked me about it. I can tell you how their voices changed to whispers in the next room and I can describe the downward curves of their pursed lips. I can tell you about the silence that came after I told a friend. I remember the first time I cried when it was too much to take in and comprehend.  

I can’t describe how I became dismantled by the presence of another. 

But I do know that those moments still come now, ten years later, whether they’re fleeting or immortal. Whether it’s a woman or a man. Some will be lovers, some will be friends, some will be passing strangers, perpetually reminding me that no matter how much I fight and deny, we’ll never have control over what we feel.


That’s what this book and this movie did, they made all of those silent looks and loud moments infinite again.


But it all worked because Patricia Highsmith wrote an incredible book. Because the talented Rooney Mara & Cate Blanchett had chemistry. Because Todd Haynes directed art onto film. Part of me is glad I never read this book as an 18-year-old.  It wouldn’t have hit me the way it did as an adult. I would have denied parts of it back then just like I denied parts of myself.


And that’s why we need more stories like these. Because the girl I was then took over ten years to become comfortable saying it out loud. It took over ten years for me to start putting pieces of the girl I was and the woman she was into my own work.

The more we talk about it, the more we normalize it, the easier it will be for LGBTQ experiencing it all for the first time. 

It’s almost National Coming Out Day. I urge you all to embrace it. If you can’t yet, embrace a book or a movie or piece of art that helps. If you haven’t found one yet, I urge you to create it. 

Be Brave x

Cait’s POV: The Twin Bed Scene

Awww…it was Tobias’s last scene!!

What did you think about that twin beds twist when you read the script for this episode?

Balfe: I loved that. That’s a big departure from the book, which initially I was like, “What?! No!” Because there’s a scene in the book that I had loved so much, which is the night before Frank and Claire have the fight, they’re still in bed together. I always thought that was such an interesting scene. But I think in terms of the TV show, to explain how far apart they are, you needed a scene like that. And it was actually Tobias’ last scene that he filmed.

Did that make it more emotional for you?

Balfe: Honestly, it was such a funny day because they needed to get that shot of him looking over to me and I roll over, and I had to face plant. I got the worst case of the giggles. I was just crying I was laughing so much. And then [producer] Matt B. Roberts and myself decided we would do one take where I would turn and say “goodbye” after he says “good night,” and then I had real tears. So that scene is very dear to me.

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New bookshelf organization 💁

So, I reorganized my bookshelves and I am so happy with how this one turned out! I need more red books hahaha!!! 😂
I also got some new books today which I will be sharing with you soon!
Currently watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 2 and I am fangirling like crazy! Some how I always fangirl as if I have never seen the movie! Lol!
Which is your favorite Harry Potter film? What’s your Hogwarts house? I’m a Ravenclaw 💙🦅💙🦅

So since Kat said, “no relationship leaves unscathed” for 2A I’m seeing all these people on my dash freaking out.

1) Matt said Magnus and Alec end 2A in the honeymoon phase

2) Kat is probably saying this to attract greater interest in people watching the season finale, also while she is aware of what is going on with Malec, she is more focused on her character’s relationships with other people

3) Anyone who thinks Magnus and Alec would break up, especially this early on, it’s ridiculous. Come on, they need to build up the relationship more. They still need to say I love you to each other. They still need to move in together. If they do break them up briefly like in the books (which I’m hoping they will change since the reasons they broke up in the books were basically due to a lack of communication which has been fixed in the show) then it wouldn’t be until way, WAY down the line

4) Magnus and Alec appear to have a fight or disagreement in 2x09, which appears resolved in 2x10 where a fan reported seeing them filming a scene of Magnus and Alec hugging and kissing in front of the Institute

So that’s all I’m going to say on this matter now.

Cool question! 

There are a LOT of positions for animation, so I may not go over all of them, but I could list some. There’s a great book by Don Hahn (producer of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) called The Alchemy of Animation. He explains the pipeline, as I am about to share here as a summary: 

Director - Leader of the animation team, guiding the writers, artists, and other creative talent to keep the vision clear and consistent. 

Writer - Those in charge of working on the script.

Producer - This role is important, assembling the team, and keeping the team focused in collaborating on the project.

Art Director - Works with the Production Designer in keeping the style for the film/show consistent. 

Visual Development Artist - Helps in visualizing the world and possible characters for the project, works with the Art Director. Some say Concept Artists have the same role as the Visual Development Artist.

Character Designer - Designs characters for the lead and background roles. 

Layout Artist - Designs the sets for the show/film.

Story Artist (or Storyboard Artist) - Helps tell the story by drawing it so the team can see how it is structured, and what changes need to be made before animating.

Animator - Produces the animation for characters, special effects, and takes notes from leads to tighten the performance. Different roles of animators for animation films/shows. The (real) actors of animation films/shows. 

I believe there are more roles, and some might have the same duties as the ones listed here (like Background Designer/Layout Artist). At the same time, there are many roles for each animation project. The Don Hahn book is a great read, I recommend it for sure! :) 

harrysgaytour  asked:

HI I loved you jumping in sooooo would you wanna do a book rec please? 😇💕

of course, thanks for giving me a reason to put my never without a book nature to use!! sorry I got a little excessive, I just had to force myself not to add any more. Some of these are a little heavy so feel free to ask if you’re worried about reading any of them!

Fiction

  • Brideshead Revisited - this book is the love of my life okay, I care about very few people as much as I care about these two idiots who love each other (possibly should be in classics but idk)
  • Brave New World - pretty dark dystopian world, definitely worth reading if you liked 1984
  • Misery - need to throw in a horror, this is bleak but great! please watch the kathy bates film after because what a terrifying performance, only for people who are into creepy things through especially psychological stuff
  • Birdsong - I wouldn’t rec this as one people would def enjoy but if you like war related stuff it’s great and I just think the writing is stunning
  • An Untamed State - this book would be v triggering for some people so I don’t rec it lights but honestly I will happily rec any single piece of writing that roxane gay has put out into to world
  • Gone Girl - you all know what this is about, shamelessly love it
  • Neverwhere - my favouite of neil gaiman’s stuff, also very worth listening to the radio play version if you can get your hands on it
  • The Raven Cycle - if you’re looking for good YA with supernatural tones, this is my fave

LGBT

  • The Song of Achilles - my joint fave with brideshead, this book means the world to me. I never go more than a few months without reading, especially if you’re into mythology this is for you
  • The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue - I only read this last week and it’s instantly one of my faves, it’s everything I wanted: pining! sweet boys in love! aristocratic tones! adventure!
  • The Price of Salt - the book that carol is based on (also watch carol)
  • Girl Meets Boy - another mythological reinterpretation, this time of the myth of iphis
  • Angels in America - play in two parts set during the AIDS crisis, also my favourite play of all time
  • Bent - okay pals this is simultaneously a rec and a brace yourself, this is a play about being gay in a german concentration camp so not a good time but I cried and cried over it (disclaimer that I just finished it so I might be biased)
  • The Normal Heart - man I love a sad gay play, also set in the 80s and watch the film after
  • A Single Man - book of the colin firth film, every bit as stunning (upsetting at times, feel free to message me about any of these)
  • Maurice - I expected this one to be heartbreaking bc gay book written in the early 1900s but surprisingly not
  • Tipping the Velvet - classic lesbian read, probably one of my first lesbian books so I’m attached to it

Classics

  • Pride and Prejudice - listen if you like a romcom or a period piece and you haven’t read this, what are you waiting for
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray - wonderful original gothic horror, also arguably belongs in the LGBT category
  • Rebecca - also gothic horror, prob in my top five books bc I’ve read it so many times
  • Wuthering Heights - as I said to eline the people are so volatile but it’s a fascinating read, especially as a character study
  • Jane Eyre - there are some terrible tropes in this book but it’s gorgeously writen and as I mentioned, it’s particularly interesting if you pair it with Wide Sargasso Sea
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles - listen I’m not advocating for this book, it’s objectively fucked but if I’m making a list of books that struck me I couldn’t stop thinking about it and rereading passages for like a year
  • The Importance of Being Earnest - pals if you shy away from classics, read this play! I’ve probably read it 20 times because it’s genuinely like watching a comedy for me, it’s so so funny

anonymous asked:

Hey there :) I really like your opinions and wanted to ask what do you think how much of dans depressive "branding" is him being relatable and how much is his true self?

oooooohhh thank you so much for the question anon, and thanks also for saying that you like my opinions, that really really means a lot :) this is actually sort of difficult to answer hahah but i’ll do my best with it!!! i’ll start w a pretty enormous caveat that everything i could ever say on this topic is just me speculating and not a firm statement about who dan howell is/what his experiences are. i don’t know him in real life, therefore nothing i say is based in reality, but rather is pieced together from the aspects of himself and his life that dan has chosen to share with us. probably a general qualification applicable to everything dnp-related, and an essential part of being a fan of real people, but important to explicitly state nonetheless.

that being said, there are a lot of things we can probably accurately conclude about dan based on the way he reacts to certain situations and the way that he approaches people/problems. i wrote an entire fucking essay … bc it’s me … idk how to be concise… so i put it under the break. but, on the most general level i think that the dark and cynical ~thing~ that dan has going on is branding in that it is an exaggerated part of his real personality but ultimately it is based in truth. but more specifically:

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Hercules (Reader X Jughead)

Request : no, my idea

warning: NONE!

A/N: man I was watching the whole movie while writing this, but because I was writing I missed majority of the movie. As a result I watched it again, haha.

but I really hope you guys like it! I absolutely love this movie till no end.BTW fun fact about me, I used the term Aromantic because I’m Aromantic. So I thought I’d tell you guys. if you don’t know what romantic is, it’s: An aromantic person is someone who doesn’t experience romantic attraction. 

anyway, Hopefully you like this and You find no mistakes.( since I’m lazy atm to double check) and the Bold  parts are the song. 



Friday, my favorite day of the school week and the worst schedule of the week. The usual was going to happen, I walk with Jughead to school, have almost every class with him. Thank God because as I mentioned the schedule is terrible but I have Jughead to entertain me during every subject.

 It was finally the last period of the day, history, which I don’t mind because we’re learning about the Greek mythology. “Okay class I’ll need you all to do a project, which will be in pairs.. you’ll enjoy some movies to watch and you’ll come back to class discussing the movie you’ve watch to the class. Now I’ll be naming the groups.”our teacher informs us as she starts to look through her folder to look for the paper with the pairs .

 Name after name is called and I still wait to find out. Findlay my name comes up, “(Y/N)(Y/L/N) and… Jughead Jones.” 

 I take a quick look at Jughead a shove him with my elbow, of course Jughead being Jughead rolls his eyes but I could swear I heard him say “ thank God.”

 Casually Jughead and I wait till she comes to our table and tells us which God or Goddess we’ll be talking about. “Y/N and Jughead, you’ll be talking about Hercules and Megara.. I know Megara isn’t a Goddess but their love story is amazing in this movie! You’ll be watching Hercules the Disney movie.” 

 I hear Jughead groan while I’m literally bubbling with excitement! Jughead looks at me and shakes his head knowing how much I’m a sucker for Disney films. It’s officially the end of the day and I’m grabbing whatever books I need from the locker. 

Suddenly I feel the presence of someone. “What do you want Juggie.” 

 “ Y/N how do you always know when it’s me? Anyway, I was wondering we could watch the movie on my laptop at my home but if you think my home is a bit too small we could do it at yours.” 

 “ We can watch it at yours, i prefer your house more than mine.. your place actually feels like home, but it will have to be after 6 because I have cheer practice.” I reason with him while closing my locker. 

 “ okay sure, and how on earth does my house that literally consists of only my bed, desk, small fridge, small bathroom seem more like home than yours? I never understood why you entered to be a Vixen.”

 I laugh at his comment because I’ve told him over a hundred times that being a cheerleader would be good on my college application.

 “Trust me little Juggie, home is where the heart is.. and your drive-in house is where my heart is. Jughead, I’ve told you a million times that cheerleading would look good for college.” After our discussion, Jughead and I went our separate ways. 

As I headed towards the gym I end up meeting with Betty and Veronica. “ A little bird told me that you and our Beanie boy are going to work on the love story of Hercules and Megara.” Veronica speaks with a smile on her face. Of course I know who the little bird is because Kevin sits right in front of Jughead and I.

 “ Veronica just say it’s Kevin, besides it’s just a project.” I shrug my shoulders.

 “ yeah, but I heard it’s about the Disney movie and the movie literally is the cutest thing ever! Besides I think it will be a good movie to actually get you to admit your love for your Juggie. I totally see you as a Megara, a damsel in distress, sarcastic, and someone who doesn’t want to admit their love. Besides Jughead is in love with you, it’s obvious but you just seem to ignore any affection he shows you. ” 

 I laugh and lower my head trying to hide my face because I know if Veronica or Betty saw my pink cheeks I’ll never hear the end of it. I mumble a “whatever” and hear both of them giggle.

 “Y/N! Show them how it’s done again! These girls are going to to give me high blood pressure.” Cheryl shouts I nod my head and reshow the moves and Cheryl sits down. 

I could feel my body aching, being the co- captain can be tiring. Especially when the Captain herself isn’t helping. An hour later we are done with everything and I’m headed to Jughead’s home hoping he’ll let me take a quick shower. I knock on his door and he’s quick to open it for me.

 “ you’re on time, good job little miss perfect.” He jokes and moves to the side to allow me to enter.

 “ shut up Juggie, anyway; can I take a quick shower because Cheryl decided to murder my body once again.” He nods his head and said he’ll prepare the movie. I walk into the bathroom and start to shower. 

I’m glad that I decided months ago to leave my shampoo, razor and body wash here because I’ve noticed myself from time to time staying over at Jughead’s house. We kinda help each other out, in return I do Jughead’s laundry,iron and fold them, make him homemade food whenever we decide not to go to pop’s and help with the cleaning at his house whenever it needs cleaning. 

 When I’m done with my shower I notice that Jughead left on the toilet seat cover a towel and a shirt of his. I slip on my underwear ,the extra spandex I keep with me and his shirt. I walk out the bathroom and notice that Jughead has arranged the pillows around his bed and the laptop in front of him, with the movie ready. I I take my time walking towards the bed, but since it’s a small place it takes me seconds to reach there. I hop onto his bed and sit next to him as we start to play the movie. 

 We are now at the part when Hercules would “save” Megara and he’s all googly eyes and she’s being sarcastic. 

 “ (Y/N/N) remember when we were kids and these kids were bullying you because you were short and I came in to save you. I say our relationship is exactly like theirs.”

 I hum in response “ yeah and then I said the exact same thing she said .. that my name is (Y/N) but my friends call me (Y/N/N) that’s if i had any friends… I was new to Riverdale so I had no friends. Are you implying that you were all heart eyes when you saw me?”

 He laughs so loud that I don’t think I’ve ever heard him laugh that loud in my life. “ you were the most beautiful girl I have ever met at the playground, and that’s why I called you by your nickname when you said that because I knew we would be friends.” 

 I laugh and return my attention back to the movie that was still playing. Now we reached the part when Megara starts to sing the song “ I won’t say I’m in love.”

 Every word that was sung I felt the exact same way, I felt like the Muses are Veronica and Betty .. After dating Reggie and what he did.. it absolutely broke my heart, and I said I would never fall in love again.. I even considered myself for 2 years as an Aromantic. But then Jughead just always made my heart warm every time we would be together.

 [Meg] 

No man is worth the aggravation. That’s ancient history, been there, done that! 

 [Muses]

 Who’d ‘ya think you’re kiddin' 

 He’s the Earth and heaven to you 

 Try to keep it hidden Honey, we can see right through you 

 Girl, ya can’t conceal it

 We know how ya feel and 

 Who you’re thinking of 

 I automatically think of what Betty and Veronica would always tell me..

 [Meg]

 No chance, no way I won’t say it, no, no 

 I internally laugh because that’s always my response whenever Betty or Veronica say I should admit my love.

 [muses] 

You swoon, you sigh why deny it, uh-oh

 [Meg] 

It’s too cliche I won’t say I’m in love

 I thought my heart had learned its lesson

 It feels so good when you start out

 My head is screaming get a grip, girl 

Unless you’re dying to cry your heart out. 

 After that verse I feel my head is screaming with joy! That finally someone or a song actually understands what’s it’s been trying to tell me. And that thinking of Jughead in a romantic way is wrong and I shouldn’t even bother.

 [muses] 

You keep on denying 

 Who you are and how you’re feeling 

 Baby, we’re not buying 

 Hon, we saw ya hit the ceiling

 Face it like a grown-up When ya gonna own up 

That ya got, got, got it bad 

 Once again Betty and Veronica’s words just keep playing … 

 [Meg]

 You’re way off base I won’t say it

 Get off my case I won’t say it 

 I feel myself now having an internal conflict That it’s true .. that I’ll actually never say whatever my heart is telling me. 

 [Muses] 

Girl, don’t be proud It’s O.K. you’re in love

 The last line of the song is the line that hit my heart like a ton of bricks.

 [Meg]

 Oh At least out loud, I won’t say I’m in love 

 When the song ended I feel like my heart has been warmed, that even though I’m in love with Jughead, I’ll never say it out loud. By the end of the movie, Megara and Hercules are happy together after Hercules saves her. And I feel like crying at how much he loves Her after everything she did. 

 Officially the movie is over and I turn to Jughead to speak but Jughead had something to say. “Y/N I need to tell you something.” I could hear the doubt in his voice but ignore it and nod for him to continue.

 Suddenly, I feel his right hand grabbing my side of my face and he pulls me in and kisses me. I feel like my stomach is doing flips and my heart is beating 100 miles per hour, but all I do is kiss back and letting this moment live

. When we pull away a whisper from Jughead is said “ will you be my Meg and I your Hercules?”

anonymous asked:

Hi! You talk quite a bit about adaptations, could you give your thoughts on some adaptations of other classic novels, ones you particularly like or hate?

Well, let me think. I’ll give you the rundown on literary adaptations I like or love, as it’s getting late in the evening here and a bout of solid rage isn’t going to send me off to sleep so much as bring on a bout of indigestion. Also I went to review my DVD collection and for obvious reasons I don’t own many DVDs of things that I loathed. (I do recall nearly bursting into tears after a matinee viewing of I Capture the Castle because I felt the movie ended on such a bittersweet note that I was not prepared to walk out of a darkened cinema into a sunny day with birds singing while I was still Feeling a Lot of Unhappy Things, and so I felt like I hated that movie for a long time because of the sheer mood whiplash of it all. Also I wish I’d read the book first. The book is lovely, and I think I’d’ve stomached the film better, had I gone through the book first.)

Oh! I just remembered The Wings of the Dove (1997). I should have loved it, it had a lot going for it, buuuut fuck that movie and everyone involved in it, it just fell flat, for me. I don’t even care how critically-acclaimed it was, all the characters are The Worst and I never have a moment’s sympathy enough to care what happens to any of them. I hate even thinking about this movie and it is largely responsible for how much I despise Helena Bonham-Carter to this very day. Her and Jeremy Irons (who I admit I have many more personal issues with ‘cause he’s a silver-spoon gross-ass fuckshit.) A movie has got to be pretty damn brilliant on several other points for me to get past the knee-jerk rage I feel whenever either of them appear on-screen.

Also The Portrait of a Lady was terrible and riddled with pointless alterations and please just read The Making of a Marchioness, instead. Maybe I should add Linus Roache to my shitlist as he’s in this one, as well as The Wings of the Dove.

And now for adaptations I liked:

Wives and Daughters (1999) is quite good, in my view, and the ending they added to Gaskell’s unfinished work is quite satisfying, I think. (I don’t know about realistic, but it was sweet and simple and I dug it.)

Orlando (1992) Beautifully done. (Billy Zane! I love him in everything and I literally don’t even know why.)

Little Women (1994) is a classic, but I’m also very excited to see what Heidi Thomas and Vanessa Caswill do with the new miniseries from the BBC and PBS next year.

Daniel Deronda (2002) It’s prettyyyyyy. And so is Jodhi Maaaay. <3 (Also some powerful performances, like, damn.)

Washington Square (1997) has a beautiful soundtrack, solid direction, and a stellar cast.

Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) had some great cinematography and a good cast.

Dangerous Liasons (1988) I have such mixed feelings about Malkovich in this one but Glenn Close, holy shit she’s good.

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) A TRUE CLASSIC LITERARY ADAPTATION I WILL FIGHT EVERYONE. THEN PAY FOR THE RUINED GREEK RESTAURANT.

The Remains of the Day
(1993) A somewhat underrated classic that I think perhaps unfairly sits in the shadow of Howard’s End a lot of the time, what with the comparisons of the Thompson-Hopkins casting in a Merchant-Ivory film. (I do like Howard’s End, but, again, Helena Bonham-Carter, and I just connect a lot more with The Remains of the Day, as a story.)

Wide Sargasso Sea (2006) I don’t recall unabashedly loving this one, but I own it, so I feel like I must’ve liked it well enough. Then again, I also just found a copy of Sweeney Todd still in its plastic-wrap that I don’t know how I came by, I don’t even like the concept enough to want to watch it in the first place. Also, Helena Bonham-Carter is in it. And Johnny Depp. Why the fuck do I even own Sweeney Todd? Anyway, Wide Sargasso Sea is alright, though I feel like I preferred Karina Lombard’s Antoinette to Rebecca Hall’s.

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982) I’m pretty sure this is where Jane Seymour and Anthony Andrews made me bi and SIR IAN MCKELLEN HOW DO YOU DO?

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) HOW DO YOU FILM SMELLS? LIKE THIS. MY GOD. (Also please read the book.)

Dracula (1992) I mean, the cast swings between pretty good and absolutely wooden, but from a literary standpoint this is one of the more faithful adaptations of Stoker’s novel out there–though this movie is by no means The Best Anyone Could Do. There’s a lot wrong with it. But then Coppola didn’t need to include the blue fire thing, but he did, and I appreciate that.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994) is worth it for Robert de Niro, alone; and maybe a handful of really, really good shots. Otherwise there’s too much Helena Bonham-Carter and also Ken Branagh just recently hauled himself onto my shitlist but GOOD NEWS the character of Victor Frankenstein was always an annoying fucko and that’s canon, so feel free to hate him throughout, anyhow.

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996) Does not get enough love. A good antidote to Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights for anyone who sat there thinking Rochester and Heathcliff were BIG PILES OF RED FLAGS. Wildfell is a cautionary tale, but actually ends reasonably happily (and more believably happily, IMO, than Jane Eyre.)

The Secret Garden (1993) Pure nostalgia for this one, excellent casting, and the same director as Washington Square.

Ivanhoe (1982) Sam Neill has no business making a villain that compelling. (I know, I know, Bois-Gilbert’s characterization is softened a lot in this adaptation.) And this time I’m bi for Neill and Olivia Hussey. Sorry, Anthony Andrews, you drop to second-slot in this love-fest. Also Rowena ruins everything but that’s canon, so what can you do?

Maurice (1987) Who doesn’t love a fluffy gay gamekeeper?

Cousin Bette (1998) Changes stuff from the book, and on the whole the story can be a bit rocky, especially in the second half or so, but it’s worth seeing for Jessica Lange, alone, I think, as well as some broadly comic notes from side-characters in Hugh Laurie and Bob Hoskins.

Possession (2002) Ignore Gwyneth Paltrow as best you can and otherwise enjoy the literary mystery unfolding in between some amazing flashbacks. Most of the good actors are crammed into the flashback bits, but at least there’s some snarky Tom Hollander and dastardly-but-personally-I-think-he’s-in-love-with-Roland Toby Stephens in the modern-day sections to give us some fun.

Twelfth Night (1996) Again, ignoring Helena Bonham-Carter, this one’s got a lot going for it. Trevor Nunn directing, Toby Stephens managing to be damn fine and somehow I don’t entirely mind that Orsino’s kind of a douchebag, Imogen Stubbs being cute as fuck, and stellar supporting actors.

The Inheritance (1997) Look, this is a little-known Louisa May Alcott thing, and I’ll be honest, it’s not Groundbreaking Television. As far as direction and score and acting and script goes, there is no danger of anyone ever losing sight of the fact that it’s a made-for-TV-movie from 1997 and Meredith Baxter was probably the biggest name they could get for it at the time. Anyway, there’s a reason I own it, and that reason is that watching it is the equivalent of a big mug of hot chocolate after a terrible day. It is pretty and sweet and funny and the villains and heroes are clearly marked from the moment they appear on-screen, and is it perhaps a bit too sweet? Yes. Embrace the sugar-shock.

Titus (1999) Goes on a little long, perhaps, but you can’t look away. Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange go toe to toe and it’s a thing of horrific beauty. Shhh don’t question the batshit bloodbath, just let Julie Taymor do her thing.

Enchanted April (1991) Run away to Italy with your girlfriends. Just do it.

The Princess Diaries (2001) A modern masterpiece. GET OFF THE GRASS.

Bleak House (2005) Oh my God, this cast??? Is so magnificent?

Persepolis (2007) One of those films that are so good you need to lie down afterwards. Again, please also read the graphic novels.

Any Agatha Christie adaptation, ever–I am HERE FOR IT.

I know I’m forgetting one I thought of earlier, but oh well.

like otters [the shape of water drabble]

title: like otters

fandom: the shape of water [upcoming film]

summary: “Long ago in school, Elisa read a book about otters: apparently, otters like clasping the hands of their companions while laying in water to keep them from drifting off. If they drift downstream, they go together.”

authors note: my days been fjdkfdksl today so i wrote some tSoW fanfiction; KEEP IN MIND that im writing this on 9/20/17 which is about a little more than a month before the movie comes out - so obviously, this probably won’t tie into the movie very well at all. obviously no dialogue, written quickly.

words: ~600+

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Many people want a five book/film series of the marauders. I also want that, but do you know what I want more. A trilogy of books based on the relationship of Remus and Tonks. Behind the scenes in OotP, HBP & DH. All the flirting, the drama, the romance and angst. Then those books need to be recreated into movies, but it has to be exactly like the books. Idc if it’s like 5hr long, it HAS to be the exact same as the books. It also must have Teddy. And I want funko pops of them. I want every detail of their lives. I also want Natalia Tena and David Thewlis to play Tonks and Remus. Come on DAVID THEWLIS. I LOVE YA! 😍

Can we call JK’s agent???

anonymous asked:

Do you think that the movie is long enough? I mean isn't the part of the movie where they're finally together too short? And is there a lot of scenes of Elio and Oliver doing casual couple things?

The part of the movie where they are finally together is short, like the book, but that is the entire point. 

“I suddenly realized that we were on borrowed time, that time is always borrowed, and that the lending agency exacts its premium precisely when we are least prepared to pay and need to borrow more.”

In the film they acknowledge how much time they wasted that summer and there is urgency in all the scenes that follow because time is running out. 

Like Aciman, Luca didn’t come to play. The plot is airtight. There is no time for casual couple things. They are trying to make the most of their last moments together. Like Elio and Oliver the viewer/reader is desperately clinging to every last hour and minute that they have.