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In which I rant at length (and at times angrily) about the 1994 BBC adaptation of Middlemarch. With literally all of the spoilers. Friends, I am not kidding, this post literally has quotes from the last pages of the book, do not read this if you don’t want to know how Middlemarch ends. Seriously.


Okay. This miniseries pissed. me. off.

I mean. Okay, part of it was hype. I hyped this thing up so much because Middlemarch is legit one of my favorite books (and probably the best book I’ve ever read), and I was so hungry for an adaptation to do it justice. And I knew it’d be hard, I knew it forever ago, because Middlemarch is one of those Big novels with all sorts of threads that interlock according to a very particular mechanism. I had a gut feeling that it would just be hard to adapt.

I was right.

As I was watching “Middlemarch”, a thought kept coming back to me. Middlemarch works as a single novel, because novels enable you to see into the character’s heart and mind in a unique way. Any straight adaptation would instantly lose a lot by attempting to recreate the multiple threads, because they would thin out the story. They’d interfere with the natural progression of each plot point, by instantly forcing the filmed version to cut to an unrelated story. I started thinking that there’s simply no way to properly adapt Middlemarch to the screen with all three stories told alongside each other, and instead began to imagine a series of three films that have overlaps in very specific points (but always from different angles).

Part of this, of course, is a personal preference within the narrative. Middlemarch focuses more-or-less on three main stories: Dorothea Brooke, Tertius Lydgate, and Fred Vincy/the Garths (with Fred’s story moderately less centered). The overall plot is one of a changing culture, a changing Middlemarch, a changing England, but this is reflected also in the internal affairs of each character. And so I’m going to set aside the wonderful politics for a moment, and focus on the personal relationships. Mostly the shipping, to be honest.

Because seriously does the BBC’s “Middlemarch” get it wrong

And now I rant extensively with lots of long and amazing quotes from Middlemarch under the cut. You have been warned.

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I’ve stopped being sorry for all my soft. I won’t apologise because I miss you, or because I said it, or because I text you first, or again. I think everyone spends too much time trying to close themselves off. I don’t want to be cool or indifferent, I want to be honest. If I love you at 5AM, I’d damn well rather that you know I felt it. If I love you two hours later, I’ll tell you then too. Listen, I won’t wait double the time it takes for you to text me back because I don’t want to. I don’t care enough to be patient with you. I’m happy, you made me feel that way, don’t you want to know? So that’s how it’s going to be. I’m going to leave myself as open as a church door. And I’m going to wake you up before the crack of dawn to tell you that I’m fucking joyful, no pretending, not from me, not ever. Would you like some coffee, would you please kiss me? Here, these are my hands, this is my mouth, it is all yours.
—  Azra T.Don’t Wait Three Days to Text First
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        What’s in a name? A thousand songs. Hundreds of photographs. A million stories.  
                                           Everything.  Everything is in a name.

                                           Everything is in your name. (insp)

my fave parts in beauty and the beast:

  • gaston dragging agathe in front of the whole town and then just going like ‘no offense agathe’
  • when lefou asked gaston whether he seriously wanted to be part of belle’s family
  • “is that fair?” - “i don’t care”
  • when gaston told belle that she just had to find the right man and she was all like ‘it’s a small village i’ve met everyone’ like what kind of savage
  • “BE FREE!” iconic
  • lefou spelling gaston’s name
  • beast dragging belle for her taste in shakespeare
  • belle holding back tears when she’s in the library for the first time honestly same
  • lefou’s smile upon realizing that maurice was still alive
  • “there’s a beast running wild, there’s no question, but i fear the wrong monster’s released”
  • maestro cadenza going “ouch” when gaston ditches lefou
  • when chip apologized to maurice for moving and maurice was just like ‘it’s alright’ and then he fucking bolted
  • luke evans singing
  • EVERMORE
  • “too much?” - “…yep”
  • belle teaching that little girl how to read
  • “i didn’t think she would say yes!”
  • when everyone was changed back

Let me just say it now: Whatever happens in episode 12, I will treasure these past 11 weeks I have spent in the Yuri on Ice fandom.

All the good memories will definitely stay with me for a long time; all the weekly fangirling/fanboying over the new developments in the show, all the gifs, all the memes, all the jokes and incorrect quotes, all the beautiful fanart, all the interesting meta, all the sweet fanfics, all the translation corrections, all the Kubo-sensei worship, all the positivity, all the appreciation, all the happiness that this anime has given so many people - I will definitely remember it all with a smile for a long time.

Because that’s what anime is all about in the end, isn’t it? Having fun and sharing it with like-minded people. Personally, Yuri on Ice has made me feel things I thought anime couldn’t make me feel anymore, and that’s just one thing from a long list of things I love about it.

As much as I crave a satisfying conclusion, I can say that these past 11 weeks have been the happiest I’ve been in a while, and nothing can change that. Of course I trust the creators to deliver us the amazing content we expect and an epic (history-making, shall I say?) ending, but just in case it falls anything short of that I can honestly say that I’ve already gotten more than I could have ever asked for and I am happy.

So thank you, YOI, however you may end, you’ve positively affected me and my life and at the end of the day, it’s the good things I’ll remember.

So I look forward to episode 12, whatever it may bring.

It is human nature to always want more.
If I’d had you for a minute – I would have wanted an hour. If I’d had you for a day – I would have wanted a week… So it’s only natural that I should have you for a year and want a lifetime.
When it comes to you, enough is never enough. I am completely addicted to you in a way that defies description. Even after all this time, I still crave you, I still obsess over you. I feel your presence sometimes, even though you’re not there. You’re like a living ghost the way you haunt me.
I know it makes no logical sense to love another human being this much – but I do. With you – nothing is ever enough – I will always want more. One more moment; One more day; One more kiss… always just a little more… when really, anything less than eternity will never be enough.
he gives me so much butterflies making me never want to stop thinking about him. he’s always the last thing on my mind and i’m always making fake little scenarios i wish would happen. seeing him in person makes the butterflies in my stomach seem like nothing. he’s always smiling which makes me want to smile back. his eyes make me drown even though they aren’t even close to the color of the ocean. his voice and his laugh are just so adorable. his personality and how he likes to have fun makes me so happy. he’s so hyper and just so ‘loveable’. i’m falling for him so badly but he can’t see how i can make him happy. how i can help him in bad times, how i can always be there for him, he just doesn’t see how much i want to be there by his side. it stings me just knowing that i think about him all day when he has probably never even thought about me once. i wanna be his but i also want to get over him but neither is happening.
—  rant.
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Hi guys!!! I am doing an amazing taylor give away in honor of taylor coming back to tumblr finally (we’ve been waiting for you!! - sorry had to quote WTNY)! Anyways, I wanted to do this giveaway to thank all of you (my followers) for just being amazing! I have made some amazing friends through this blog and tumblr and just the swiftie fandom. All of you guys have been so sweet and awesome to me, so thank you SO SO SO much. I love you to the moon and back!

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**Giveaway ends January 1st. (Hopefully a good way to start off 2017!!!)
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2 1989 SUNGLASSES
3 TAYLOR SWIFT 1989 TOUR BOOKS
3 TAYLOR SWIFT 1989 PHOTOS
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1 RED LANYARD
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1 RED TOUR BOOK
1 RED BAG

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“Would you take him back?”

She hesitated and placed her hand over her heart.

She let out a deep sigh “You know I cried uncontrollably every day for weeks. I sobbed and screamed, begging for the pain to go away. I prayed so hard, so fucking hard for him to come back to me. Maybe if he reached out to me durning those days I would’ve taken him back in a heartbeat.”

“But he didn’t”

“One day I just grew tired of crying myself to sleep and feeling so damn exhausted in the morning. I was tired of walking around feeling nothing and everything all at once. I was sick of being broken while he was perfectly okay.”

“That day I realized if he truly did care for me, truly loved me he wouldn’t have caused me that much pain and sorrow. He ran out of chances, he ran out of time, he ran out of my love.”

—  “to answer your question: no”
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“First of all, this is not about me, this is about you. This is about thanking you for showing me that my life matters. Thanking you for showing me what strength means. Thank you for paving the way for us, for showing us that we are worth it, that we are proud and it’s okay to be proud of who we are, of our bodies, of the way we look, of the way we feel. It’s beautiful. And now, it’s such a pivotal time in our history. It’s such a pivotal, crazy time and I want you to know all you ladies up there: You are the leaders. We are the future. We need you. We need every single one in this room. We are needed. You are needed to step up to the play right here, right now, and let your voice be heard. This is the time. So, please, continue to do so. I appreciate you. I love you. I thank you. I support you. I’m with you. We are all with you in this room tonight. So, thank you for every thing that you do. Thank you for allowing me to be here with you, and… There’s nothing else I can say, but thank you, thank you, thank you.” | Zendaya accepting her ‘Glamour: Woman of the Year’ award

You know what you deserve? You deserve so much better. So many things have happened to you whether its a bad break up, family issues, friends, whatever it is.. you pulled through. You have made it this far and I’m proud of you. You truly deserve the world and since no one can give you that now, find someone that will, apologize, forgive but don’t forget, find new friends. Ones that make plans with you and free their time to give you attention. You deserve all good things and don’t for a second think you’re not worth it because you remind me of the sun, you hide away but always come back even more beautiful than before.
The sun
  • Chris: you know my dick has a lot in common with the sun
  • Victor: why? Because nobody likes to look directly at it?
  • Yuuri: because it gives people cancer?
  • Phichit: it rises at the crack of dawn?
  • Michele: it disappears at night?
  • Seung: direct exposure to it often leads to nasty sunburns?
  • Yurio: it needs to stay approximately 92,960,000 miles away from me?
  • Otabek: nobody will ever touch it?
  • Chris: gee thanks you guys! You're all such supportive friends!
  • Victor: we try
  • Everyone: *grunting in agreement*

Bookmas Series: 23rd December 2016
A review my my lovely cousin Anna Reid all the way from Australia!

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

Rating: 10/10

I know what you’re thinking, 10/10 surely thats a bit of an over statement. But I promise you if you’re a fan of fiction and you’ve got a bit of an imagination (and a love for the circus), you will absolutely love this book.

I was introduced to this book by one of my best friends, who explained the book as a written artwork. Erin Morgenstern is an artist as well as an author which definitely comes through her writing - I think the main reason I loved the book so much was because you can get completely lost in the world she creates. The colours, smells and characters become almost tangible and I often found myself reading for several hours at a time because I was completely transported.

The book is a bit of a fantasy/fairy tale, set in Victorian London centred around a circus - Le Cirque des Rêves (the Circus of Dreams). In the novel, the circus “appears without warning and leaves without notice”, only operating between sundown and sunrise. It centres around a few of the lives of both patrons and circus members, but in particular two young magicians, Celia Bowen and Marco Alistair, who discover that their performances matter just as much outside of circus hours as they do inside of them, questioning the future of the circus’s operation.

Enjoy!

It’s not that I can’t fall in love. It’s really that I can’t help falling in love with too many things all at once. So, you must understand why I can’t distinguish between what’s platonic and what isn’t, because it’s all too much and not enough at the same time.
—  Jack Kerouac

Do you remember the first time you saw him?“

“Of course, he was charming, very well mannered, I didn’t detect the tiniest bit of shyness he was rather confident.” I take a moment and giggle to myself before continuing. “He was beautiful now I know that’s not a word you would use to describe a man but he truly was beautiful. Not only was he handsome but he had such a giving heart, a delicate but incredible soul. If perfection were a human he would be it.”

“Do you remember the last time you saw him?”

“I wish I didn’t…but I do, he was cold, he looked peaceful, like he was finally free from all the burdens and struggles he had encountered throughout his life. He still looked beautiful, deary me even in his death bed he still looked charming as ever. I spent so much of my life loving him and watching him grown and still I don’t believe we had enough ‘time’ together. He…” I tried to think of the right words to say but it was almost like they had been stuck on the tip of tongue and couldn’t get any further. “He was my soulmate and I honestly have no idea how I’m going to make it without him. The time we spent together, his last couple of months have meant the world to me and I will cherish them forever. So I guess what I’m saying to you is to not take your loved ones for granted because as much as we’d like to think we have forever with them, we don’t. Time stops for nobody so please hold the ones you love close and love them with all your heart before it’s too late.

—  Tenari Ioapo
WALANI LOVES THE ANIMALS AND JUST WANTS TO CHILL OUT CUDDLING ANIMALS ALL THE TIME COMPILATION

Even when a creature is her enemy, her animal loving heart cannot help but be endeared.

Other notable Walani things:

  • She asks the bunny men if they give good hugs.
  • When she sees a mosling, she says “Don’t you just want to pick it up and squeeze it?" 
  • No animosity for the gobbler. “He’s a doofy little guy.”
  • She calls koalefants “big guy” and encourages them to hang ten.
  • Her catcoon quote is the GREATEST. “It’s very independent and loves garbage. Me too!”
  • She loves all the birds in the reign of giants world, unlike SOME so called bird lovers who reject the crows for being too creepy. *coughs at Wilson*
  • When she’s looking at the cactus armor, she says “How can I hug trees wearing this?”
  • Cat Cap: “I can feel the spirits of catcoons that made it.”
  • I could go on and on forever. She has a LOT of cute quotes about the animals and lot of hippy-like quotes. Walani is the number one animal lover. Let her chill out and snuggle her animal friends.
I truly hope that 2017 will be the year that everything in your life will finally make sense to you. I hope you realize that everything happens for a reason, and that you’re so much stronger than you were before. I hope that you go on adventures, and make countless memories. I hope that you will fall in love with the world around you, and find people who make your time worthwhile. Lastly, I hope that 2017 is the year where you will learn to let go of all your insecurities and love what your life has become.
—  here’s to a fresh start.

When you fall in love with people,
You make homes out of them,
You leave bits and pieces of yourself there and it becomes a part of who they are and this pretty much explains why I feel empty and lost.
For all of my life,
I had my walls built so high that no one managed to climb it, but I fell for you and suddenly your existence became my walls.
I’m forsaken and sad but i’m not scared to be.
I learned the hard way that eventually everything will pass,

And regardless of how logical this sounds,
Or how it is supposed to make my heart hurt less,
It doesn’t.
I don’t want to spend these lonely nights knowing I still have demons to face.

So..

Give me something,
for the lonely hours..
Give me time,
so I’d learn how to love the regret..
Aren’t we all dying in spent breaths after all?
Aren’t we all broken by our own beliefs?
Betrayals?
The homes we left?
The ghosts we became?
And the demons we destroyed?

But for some reason,
Being with you felt like a better version of being alone and I thought we were eternity.
My thoughts are depressing,
But don’t I make you want to live?
Things were pretty much smooth and easy before me,
But were they beautiful?
We had an obsession with matching tattoos,
And now we have a matching hole inside our heart and soul.
Despite the tornadoes that raged on and the deafening silence we shared,
Us, this, will echo in our heads like a broken record.

My god,
I feel this numbness wrecking all my feelings,
emptying me and turning me cold.
I’m sorry,
I’m hard to understand..
I’m sorry,
I don’t talk..
I’m sorry,
I let you go..
But you weren’t supposed to make me want to kill myself.

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“In a way, you are poetry material; You are full of cloudy subtleties I am willing to spend a lifetime figuring out. Words burst in your essence and you carry their dust in the pores of your ethereal individuality.”  —  Franz Kafka

Beautiful quote, isn’t it? It has become a habit of mine to associate pretty writings with you. Yet I find difficulty in stringing all the right words together to express how lovely you are and how much you mean to me. Time flies by so quickly that it feels like it was just yesterday when I was hoping I could do something for your birthday. And here it is, a project that was made possible with dedication and help from everybody. This year has been a roller coaster ride but you managed to flash that beautiful smile of yours each and everyday. You filled our hearts with happiness and our tummies with butterflies. The universe has endowed us with such a wonderful human being; an inspiration worth looking up to. I am truly, solemnly, beyond blessed to have you as my most favorite person. Thank you for the things you do, Kwon Yuri. This will be my 7th time celebrating your special day and it gives me such pleasure to watch you grow without ever forgetting your virtues and where you came from. And with that, I am proud. Be it your 28th, 50th, or 100th starry year, I will always be here to support you come what may. So happiest birthday to you, my darling angel

I used to wonder if it was possible to fully love someone without ever seeing them or feeling their presence. If one could love so much that their heart may burst. Then all of a sudden your existence has converted my life into this unfathomable prose, and loving you has been as natural as breathing.

Celebrating #28StarryYearsWithYuri
12.05.16 / / Yuri’s 9862 Starry Nights
In the disorder, you are the peace sign.