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anonymous asked:

I heard conflicting things about Wentworth Miller's contract and was curious if you knew about it. After Legends episode 15, the news articles said he was always meant to be there as part of the main cast for only one season before becoming a regular on all the Arrowverse shows. Then I heard on Twitter that they begged him to stay on Legends full time but he refused. Have you heard anything about what really happened or when/why he decided to leave? Did he dislike the writing for his character?

I’ve been following some of that discussion myself. I can’t actually find a source that says it was his choice to leave or that he was begged to stay, but I also can’t say it’s untrue, and people in the industry might know more. Marc Guggenheim was certainly quick to point out that he’s still going to be part of the show, but of course that comes down to brass tax: having Cold brings viewership.

The official position has been restated on pretty much every website and it comes from Berlanti, who is a producer for the whole DCTV CW universe (the “Berlanti-verse”) and he maintains that it was always the intent to have Leonard for only one season, basically because he’s so awesome that they wanted to have him back on the Flash. (Source; the quote is the same on pretty much every website you can find).

To be totally honest though, I’m not 100% sure I buy ‘the official position’ in its entirety. Like I said, Cold = viewers, and because of that, I can imagine that at least someone on the production team must have been sad to relinquish him. Moreover, in early interviews, Wentworth mentioned that he signed onto the show without having read a single page, and his interviews implied he was already thinking about season 2 and what his role might potentially be on it. So I think that door was left open and that he was open to the idea of sticking around back then, and likely that the writers were too. If nothing else, Wentworth was definitely focused on Legends specifically when it first aired and certainly hadn’t been told he’d be around short term, though he always knew it was a possibility

What I suspect happened is that they kept everyone’s contracts short (i.e., a single season) because they weren’t fully sure what was going to happen with it when they started (we know lots of things changed, things we can guess about the plot from the promos, the episode number, plot holes, unplanned dynamics, etc). I think they had some notion that they didn’t want to steal him entirely from The Flash, because Captain Cold is a pretty major villain in the comics and a fan favorite, but weren’t sure how it would balance. They always planned to have somewhat rotating characters, but it’s unclear what their plans were for Leonard after the first season, whatever the producers might have been saying at the end of the season.

Beyond that, I suspect that Wentworth liked the idea of a 4-show contract more than being a series main on Legends toward the end of the season. He’s talked about the workload of being a series main and how busy filming was when he was temporarily filming for both shows (I think for The Flash 2x09 and the first episode or two of Legends). Further, he’s talked about the ‘expositional heavy lifting’ he does as Michael Scofield on Prison Break, and that he enjoys playing Captain Cold. In those interviews, he highlights the fun of the character and also the fun of coming in and doing his thing but not being the main character (he refers to Cold as a ‘spice character’, which I find amusing). So I think, after Legends, he was happy for the opportunity not to be in every episode but to keep playing the character. 

But I also think it’s possible that the writing choices on the show left Wentworth frustrated. He’s a private guy, so I obviously can’t confirm this, and it’s bad for him career-wise to bash the writing of a show he’s on and a universe he’s got a contract for, so obviously he’s not going to say anything about it. But I personally find it telling that he signed onto the show eagerly (like I said, without even reading a script) and was active in promoting it, but so quick to leave it and not really mention it again (there are other possible reasons for this, because he’s busy promoting Prison Break). And he said at the outset that he wanted Snart to remain an anti-hero, so I can see some level of frustration with the character’s rapid development toward being a team-player. He’s also talked about how likes the ‘mystique’ of Cold and the ‘edge’ to the character, and how he is true to himself. He also pushed for Leonard to be canonically pansexual, but obviously that we never actively explored in canon, and expressed hope for more scenes with Lisa, which we also know didn’t happen.

So that’s just conjecture and opinion, and it’s what fits my narrative because if I were him, that’s how I would feel: frustrated, and maybe a little disappointed. But Wentworth hasn’t said that himself, and very likely wouldn’t say that himself. I understand that Victor Garber has been a bit more blunt about some of the plot holes and such from the show, but Wentworth chooses his words very carefully. He also talks about how these things are always at the discretion of the writers, of course, so it’s entirely possible that he had no opinion really, and was just happy to be moving forward with the shows.

At the end of the day, I doubt he out-and-out hated Legends or was emphatically demanding to get out. He seems to enjoy the character a lot, and maybe doesn’t want to be a series main, especially given the time he’s had to spend on filming Prison Break this year too. But he’s always wanted to go back and “revisit the Flash / Captain Cold relationship” and likely, they offered him the opportunity to jump back to that show but stick around a bit, and he took it (and if some of the producers were reluctant to let him go off Legends full-time, who knows, but I wouldn’t blame them if they were).


That is pretty much all I can drum up on the subject, and it’s like 40% conjecture. If anyone has more sources, I’d be happy to read them :)  

Let’s talk about my books to read suggestions

Alright i have been thinking about doing one of these for a while now so i have gathered a number of books, according to me, should be on your to read lists. Since i mostly read fantasy throughout my youth the list will probably include a lot off books from that genre, but i tried to include a couple of other genres as well. All of these books influenced my own work in one way or another and most of them had me thinking about them for weeks after i first read them. Some of them even helped me change as a human being and my attitude towards others and the world, that’s how much these stories meant to me and hopefully, will mean for you. With each title or series i will include a little description from the first book in the series straight from goodread (àr translated myself) and a list that tells you what to look out for when reading them, what can help you become a better writer. So without further ado, here we go!

The banned and the banished series by James Clemens

On a fateful night five centuries ago, three made a desperate last stand, sacrificing everything to preserve the only hope of goodness in the beautiful, doomed land of Alasea. Now, on the anniversary of that ominous night, a girl-child ripens into the heritage of lost power. But before she can even comprehend her terrible new gift, the Dark Lord dispatches his winged monsters to capture her and bring him the embryonic magic she embodies.

Fleeing the minions of darkness, Elena is swept toward certain doom-and into the company of unexpected allies. Aided by a one-armed warrior and a strange seer, she forms a band of the hunted and the cursed, the outcasts and the outlaws, to battle the unstoppable forces of evil and rescue a once-glorious empire… 

Long time followers of this blog know that these fantasy books by James Clemens are without a doubt my absolute favorite. His work alone is what inspired me to become a writer myself. His writing style is simply amazing and his attention to detail throughout his books together with some of the most well developed characters that were ever created. There is nothing but originality to find in this story and will inspire you for weeks to come. The main thing that draws me to this story, even more than the amazing world building that Clemens does is the depth of the characters. You can actually see the hem change over time and see the impact the events have on their personality. This makes you feel for the characters like they were people you know and i guarantee you that you will be moved at least a dozen times while reading through these books. Once you start reading this series you probably will never stop rereading them. I absolutely recommend this series to anyone who is in to fantasy, trust me, you won’t regret it.

Things to look out for while reading the series:

  • The evolution of the characters throughout the books.
  • The way he places this fantasy setting in the real world is completely unique and worth looking at.
  • The layered depth of the characters in general.
  • The variation of characters.
  • The world building elements in this series are simply amazing.
  • One of the best female main characters i have ever read.
  • Another main character who is handicapped and is simply a badass (and can teach you how to write such a character).

The first law series by Joe Abercrombie

Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he’s on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian – leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies.

Nobleman Captain Jezal dan Luthar, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.

Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box. But then Glokta hates everyone: cutting treason out of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendship. His latest trail of corpses may lead him right to the rotten heart of government, if he can stay alive long enough to follow it.

Enter the wizard, Bayaz. A bald old man with a terrible temper and a pathetic assistant, he could be the First of the Magi, he could be a spectacular fraud, but whatever he is, he’s about to make the lives of Logen, Jezal, and Glokta a whole lot more difficult.

Murderous conspiracies rise to the surface, old scores are ready to be settled, and the line between hero and villain is sharp enough to draw blood.

This debut series by Joe Abercrombie is simply amazing. His approach to fantasy focuses on the dark manipulative nature of man kind. All of his characters are written in their unique way and each of them has their own set of flaws that come along with their personality. No two characters are alike in this series and none of them are made out to be heroes, they are just the right people at the right place, at the right time. Most of them don’t even want to be apart of the adventure, which throws that hero status and And because of this, all of his characters feel as realistic as they possibly can be and the relationships between the characters and how they interact with one another just feels so lifelike. So if you want a story that focuses on the darker, more realistic side of the fantasy world than i really suggest this series to you.

Things to look out for while reading the series:

  • The realistic and down to earth approach to his world and characters.
  • A character who was severely physically handicapped by being tortured, is a bastard in general but still is likable in a way (can teach you about writing likable bad characters).
  • How to make your characters flawed and avoid Mary Sue’s.
  • The dualistic feelings the reader gets while reading the story and how  Abercrombie achieves this.

The chronicles of Siala series by Alexey Pehov

After centuries of calm, the Nameless One is stirring.

An army is gathering; thousands of giants, ogres, and other creatures are joining forces from all across the Desolate Lands, united, for the first time in history, under one, black banner. By the spring, or perhaps sooner, the Nameless One and his forces will be at the walls of the great city of Avendoom.

Unless Shadow Harold, master thief, can find some way to stop them.

Epic fantasy at its best, Shadow Prowler is the first in a trilogy that follows Shadow Harold on his quest for a magic Horn that will restore peace to the Kingdom of Siala. Harold will be accompanied on his quest by an Elfin princess, Miralissa, her elfin escort, and ten Wild Hearts, the most experienced and dangerous fighters in their world.and by the king’s court jester (who may be more than he seems - or less).

I read this series a summer a couple of years back and it was the first and only really good first person story i have read to this day. At its center this series is one of those invasion stories we all know and love, but the way he adreses this trope is simply amazing. There is really nothing bad i can say about this series. The characters are likable and well created, he uses a couple of tropes he uses them in a unique way by adding plenty of originality to them, the world is interesting and so is the story. He also has a very diverse cast of different races, even ones that havent been used in a long time. So if you are into first person fantasy stories i definitely recommend this one to you.

Things to look out for while reading the series:

  • A great example of how to write in first person.
  • A great example of an urban medieval fantasy story (only the first book is set in a city).
  • The way he handles tropes and fantasy races with his own unique twist.
  • The great character ensemble.

Eon series by Alison Goodman

Twelve-year-old Eon has been in training for years. His intensive study of Dragon Magic, based on East Asian astrology, involves two kinds of skills: sword-work and magical aptitude. He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye–an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.

But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a boy for the chance to become a Dragoneye. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; if anyone discovers she has been hiding in plain sight, her death is assured.

When Eon’s secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a deadly struggle for the Imperial throne. Eon must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic…and her life.

This short fantasy series just baffled me when i read it. I love Chinese culture and Alison Goodman has adapted a lot of elements of that in this story. At its center this story is like any other coming of age and turning into a hero story but the way she presents it is simply amazing. Eona, the main character is so interesting and the journey of oppression and discrimination she goes through has you feel for her throughout the story. And although she is the hero of the story and that usually means that she will be fine you are actually not sure of this at all leaving you scared for her life. I can’t tell you to much about the story without spoiling it but take my word for it that this series is everything you ever wanted in a fantasy tale.

Things to look out for while reading the series:

  • A great female lead.
  • Her approach to dragons is simply amazing.
  • Her Chinese cultural influences on the story.

The Collector series by Markus Heitz

It is the year 3042. Humanity has broken out into space , but not with its own technology , but with the help of objects that have been found during excavations on Earth: aliens legacies that work, however, human pilots understanding of this technology is only in its infancy. Thus, the colonization of other planets runs conceivable chaotic. But then people encounter an alien species - the Collector - that offers to take the human civilization under their wing and introduce into the community of galactic peoples . An offer that people can not refuse - with disastrous consequences … 

Markus Heitz is one of my favorite authors ever, from fantasy inspired tales to historical thrillers, and in this case sci-fi, there is nothing he can’t do. He has a very simple writing style that makes even the most technical explanations understandable to the general public. This series is great for people who want to get in to sci-fi but do not know where to start or are a bit intimidated by the technical aspect of the genre. His collector series was one of the first times i touched any sci-fi book in my life and it changed the way i looked at writing about events on a grand scale. The characters are likable, the world (or better yet, universe) is amazing and the Collector species is one i will never forget. The only problem here is that these books haven’t been translated to English. But for those bilingual people out there it has been published in five other languages including German and Dutch. nevertheless i absolutely recommend this series to anyone who loves sci-fi and space exploration stories.

Things to look out for while reading the series:

  • How to write about technical equipment without it getting confusing for the reader.
  • Writing about events on a grand scale and still managing to keep it clear for the reader what is going on.
  • Great example of sci-fi action.
  • His originality with the sci-fi/space exploration genre.

Ritus and Sanctum by Markus Heitz

France 1764 : The Beast of Gevaudan is putting fear and terror in peoples hearts. Men , women, children are being hunted and killed . The king offers  a high prize to the one who brings him the monster’s head The Vatican however sends some of their secret investigators that pursue illustrious targets such as this one. Even the hunter Jean Chastel participates in the hunt for the beast. Eventually the two parties cross paths and neither of them expected that they are little more than figures in a terrifying game that will be still continuing more than 200 years later.

Like the previous book this one is written by Markus Heitz and hasn’t been translated to English just yet. I debated whether i should include this book because of that but the shear impact it had on me and my writings persuaded me to do it. This book is inspired by historical/folklore events with a fantasy/Gothic style added upon it.The characters are memorable and the dark world he created had me hooked from the first sentence to the last. So if you are in to a Gothic styled story than Ritus and Sanctum are definitely books you should read.

Things to look out for while reading the series:

  • The adaptation and building of a story around a folklore tale.
  • Perfect example about writing action with guns.
  • Writing a story in a historical setting and how to make it feel real.
  • great example of Gothic style writing.

The young samurai series by Chris Bradford

Jack Fletcher is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan, his beloved father and the crew lie slaughtered by ninja pirates.
Rescued by a legendary master swordsman and brought under his wing, Jack begins the grueling physical and psychological training needed to become a samurai. Life at Samurai school is fraught with difficulty for Jack who is bullied and treated as an outcast.
With his friend the remarkable, beautiful Akiko at his side and all the courage he can muster, Jack has to prove himself. Will he be able to face deadly rivals and challenges that will test him to his very limits?

This series changed the way i handled cultural adaptation in my writings and showed me how years of research can change a story for the better. Chris Bradford has a very simplistic writing style that can often feel a bit childish (but then again it is aimed towards a younger audience) mixed with the complicated Japanese language and culture. The story isn’t as original as it could have been, its basically The last samurai but with children, but it’s still a lovely and interesting read that will teach you a lot about Japanese culture.So if you like reading these kinds of stories than this one is definitely something for you.

Things to look out for while reading the series:

  • The strong characters.
  • Great example of writing a younger character.
  • Writing a story in a historical setting and how to make it feel real.
  • The historical accuracy of the Japanese culture.

The Jack Howard series by David Gibbins

Marine archaeologist Jack Howard has stumbled upon the keys to an ancient puzzle. With a crack team of scientific experts and ex–Special Forces commandos, he is heading for what he believes could be the greatest archaeological find of all time——the site of fabled Atlantis——while a ruthless adversary watches his every move and prepares to strike.

But neither of them could have imagined what awaits them in the murky depths. Not only a shocking truth about a lost world, but an explosive secret that could have devastating consequences today. Jack is determined to stop the legacy of Atlantis from falling into the wrong hands, whatever the cost. But first he must do battle to prevent a global catastrophe.

David Gibbins is one of my al time favorites. As an archaeologist myself i always felt like, with the exception of Indiana Jones of course, the archaeological part of historical stories was a bit lacking (or so god awful that it really wasn’t enjoyable). Enter Gibbins, a marine archaeologist who finds the perfect balance between presenting archaeological methods and taking a writers liberty to changing some details around. At the end of each book he includes an explanation of what is historically accurate and what is not, which is something history geeks like myself greatly appreciate. From Atlantis to Troje, this series takes you around the European world of myths and legends. So if you are in to history and action, these books are definitely for you.

Things to look out for while reading the series:

  • Writing an Archaeologist/historian story in the modern age.
  • Writing great action scenes underwater.
  • The perfect balance between being accurate and taking writer liberties with the truth to keep both the science geeks (like myself) and the adventure readers out there happy.

The Border trilogy by Cormac Mccarthy

Beginning with All the Pretty Horses and continuing through The Crossing and Cities of the Plain, McCarthy chronicles the lives of two young men coming of age in the Southwest and Mexico, poised on the edge of a world about to change forever. Hauntingly beautiful, filled with sorrow and humor, The Border Trilogy is a masterful elegy for the American frontier.

The border trilogy is the last series i read and i was pleasantly surprised on how much i liked it. It is a western series and i previously had never dabbled in this genre, not a lot in movies either. And this series was a gift from a friend who said that, as a writer i should definitely check it out. So i took his word and i am glad i did. McCarthy somehow manages to capture the feeling of the west by working with almost no chapters and writing in his unique writing style. There is really no way for me to explain how he does it, it is simply something you need to experience for yourself. So for anyone who is interested in how a story structure and the structure of a book can influence the feel of a story, or you just like westerns, than i recommend this to you.

Things to look out for while reading the series:

  • How he tackles the feeling of the Western setting by making longer chapters and with his unique writing style.
  • Writing a story in a historical setting and how to make it feel real.

The Insurrection trilogy by Robyn Young

1286 A.D. Scotland is in the grip of the worst winter in living memory. Some say the Day of Judgement has arrived. The King of Scotland rides out from Edinburgh into the stormy night. On the road he is murdered by one of his own men, leaving the succession to the throne wide open. Civil war threatens as the powerful Scottish families jostle for power, not knowing that King Edward I of England has set his own plans for conquest in motion. But all is not destined to go Edward’s way. Through the ashes of war, through blood feuds and divided loyalties, a young squire will rise to defy England’s greatest king. His name is Robert Bruce. Insurrection is the first in an addictive and action-packed trilogy in the tradition of Conn Iggulden, Bernard Cornwell and Manda Scott.

This series is te perfect example of how to write a historical novel. The above historically inspired books by Gibbens and Markus Heitz are great, but at their center they are focused on telling a story while this one is focused on telling the story of a historical figure and takes far less liberties with its historical accuracy. It tels the tale of Robert Bruce, the savior of Schotland. I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who like historical stories.

Things to look out for while reading the series: 

  • Writing a story in a historical setting and how to make it feel real.

Honorable mentions that i didn’t write a segment about since most off you probably already read them but i just love:

  • The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • The lord of the rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • A song of ice and fire series by George R.R. Martin
  • Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown

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Well that will be it for today! If you like this than let me know, maybe then i will have the mods do one of these as well. Hope you guys have as much fun with these books as i did!

another-hot-mess  asked:

I hate it when my Mimi tells me I should get out more and stop reading and listening to music so much. I would rather stay home than socialize. I'm perfectly fine with being the introvert I am, so I wish she could be too.

in time she will

“ born to love, cursed to feel ” is a book that every woman should read. I just realized that the deal on Amazon.com is ending because the price is rising. this is probably the best time to purchase it. @borntolovecursedtofeel by @_samantha.king is a poetic narrative about a woman surviving heartache. a woman in search of peace. If you enjoyed “ whiskey words and a shovel ” you’ll enjoy “ born to love, cursed to feel ” by Samantha King (at Central Park in NYC)

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I’m tired of seeing romance everywhere in books/movies/TV shows. I don’t want to see romance, because I can’t relate to it since I’m aro-ace. I know we live in a romance/sex centered world, but I can’t see any ‘chemistry’ between those two characters that everyone is rooting for to hook up. All I see is people kissing and I don’t see anything romantic about it. It’s just a kiss.

Maybe I should stop reading and watching movies/TV shows because of that annoying romance angle/subplot.

Sorry for venting. I just needed to get it out.

I would like to thank @swlfangirl (as @through-the-pages-we-go) and @shanandco0825 for the live blogging they did today of my fic, An Angel Came Down. 

I wish I could have been commenting alongside you, but I was on mobile all day. But I absolutely LOVED watching your feedback and conversations. That’s personally my favorite fic that I’ve ever written and it thrilled me to the bone watching you guys enjoy it so much. 

Thank you thank you thank you for making my day so much brighter! 

songofhelling  asked:

Who is this new Chara!?!?! Also, it can't be coincidence that they both have stars. I mean, c'mon.

* There’s nothing new about me, other than the fact that I actually decided to show myself. And actually, it was a complete coincidence.

anonymous asked:

You've got me interested in ults now but I've never read it before. Any idea where I should start?

do not start with Orson Scott Card’s Iron Man. DO NOT.

now. i’m probably one of the five people in the world who enjoy Ults vol 1 and 2 (also, this is where the Nat and Tony stuff happens). They’re both only 13 issues, so you can just start at Ultimates vol 1 001 and go from there. They’re kinda dark and terrible, as you might’ve gathered.

after that, vol 3 happens. vol 3 is kind of a mess, although not as big a mess as the event after it, Ultimatum. Ultimatum has one good scene of a crying Tony, but I’d advise against reading it.

now, a quality shift occurs, and things are still terrible, but better written, too. with some exceptions.

THINGS YOU MUST READ NOW: ULTIMATE ARMOUR WARS. TONY IS THE SADDEST

Also, after the Ultimatum, Ults vol 4 is not Ults vol 4, but New Ultimates. These are weird, but good. Really pretty art, and also, Tony/Carol happens. At the same time, you might want to read Ultimate Avengers (then again, you might not. You can google Ultimate Red Skull, because I am not saying that). Iirc, Tony’s evil blond twin gets introduced in Ult Avengers though (you read that right).

Then, Death of Spider-Man comes, with Ultimate Avengers vs New Ultimates (the titles are getting a bit of a handful). TONY ANGST, READ.

After that, Ultimates are retitled into Ultimate Comics Ultimates. 12 issues of those, read all. Also, read Spider-Men. It’s a five-issues miniseries by Bendis and features Miles meeting 616 Peter. There’s also a very cute Ults Tony.

The next step: Ultimate Comics Ultimates vol 2 (or you can refer to them as Ults vol 5, because this is what they are). 12 issues, weird but good, read^^

Issue 13 starts another event: Divided We Fall United We Stand (Ultimate Comics Ultimates v2 013-019). Again, weird but good, recommended reading.

After that, you can read the four issues Ultimate Comics Iron Man mini-series, although I personally don’t recommend it. It has some good Tony moments, but generally doesn’t work for me in Ultimates.

Let’s continue to Ultimate Comics Ultimates vol 2 020-030. READ THOSE. THOSE ARE GOOD. FEELS HAPPEN HERE. But also you’d probably be lost without reading the previous Ult Comics Ults, so, I really just rec reading them all. It’s not that much and it’s very enjoyable (and weird. Did I mention weird?).

And after that, Ultimate Marvel ends.

There’s Cataclysm–and The Ultimates’ Last Stand is worth reading for Tony pain (Don’t read Cataclysm - Ultimate Comics Ultimates, just don’t). 

After that, there’s one issue called Survive, which I won’t say anything about, but read it. Tony cries. Also, Tony now features in Ultimate FF, but I don’t recommend reading it.

If you’re still with me, now’s the time for Ultimate End, which is exactly what it sounds like, and has 616 TONY MEETING ULT TONY WHAT ELSE CAN YOU WISH FOR IN LIFE. (It’s a five-issues mini-series).

Things I didn’t mention: Ultimate Human, because I’m not sure when exactly it happens (I’d guess for something around the first two volumes though). READ. HALF-NAKED TONY TIED UP TO A CHAIR. GOOD.

Uh, you asked how to start, and this is more of a reading guide (Tony-centric reading guide might I add, I haven’t read any Ult X-Men or Fantastic Four comics). I hope it helps anyway.

also, REASONS TO READ ULTS INCLUDE:

  • tony is sad. like. very sad.
  • steve is possibly sadder than everywhere else but he’s also a giant asshole
  • america is my white house (aka President Cap)
  • tony wearing the iron patrior armour to match steve
  • tony adopting his brain tumour and having a cute father/son relationship with him (you’ll cry, believe me)
  • tony and thor being awesome
  • tony paying thor to stop talking like he’s in shakespeare
  • tony and thor being really awesome friends though
  • let me be your conscience
  • if you’re into that, utlimates is the single universe nicest to bucky: he grows old with his wife
  • tony is really very sad
  • tony becomes iron man because he has cancer and he wants to die doing something
  • tony’s evil twin is cool
  • tony cries A LOT and is in hospital A LOT and it’s awesome
You Should Be Watching…  BrainDead

When I first read the description of BrainDead—CBS’s hour-long political horror comedy in which space bugs eat portions of the brains of D.C. insiders—nothing about it made sense to me. The words didn’t seem to go together, and while I’d be the first to watch a political comedy, horror and space bugs are not my thing.

And yet, I knew I’d be watching: BrainDead comes from the creative team (showrunners, several directors, producers, set and costume designers, etc.) behind The Good Wife, my favorite show. There was no doubt in my mind: I’d tune in for the first episode.

I’m glad I did. BrainDead is delightful. It’s the most bizarre, enjoyable, surprising, fun, and creative show of the summer.

Turns out, all of those seemingly incompatible elements make BrainDead unique. The presence of politics (treated as a subject for satire while also taken seriously; the show doesn’t hesitate to dive into explorations of policy details) grounds the show. The horror element adds intrigue. The comedy aspect allows the Kings (the showrunners) to experiment and infuses the show with a quirky energy (there’s a sex scene fans affectionately refer to as #salamisex at the top of 1x06, and I promise you, it is incredible). It also prevents the show from taking itself too seriously: it’s neither a preachy political drama (though it does want to make the point that pragmatism and compromise are necessary in a democracy) nor a horror show that just wants to gross out the audience.

In fact, BrainDead’s genre-straddling means that the horror and the comedy, in practice, are not always separate. There’s comedy independent of the horror, but almost all of the “horror” moments would be more accurately described as “horrorcomedy” moments. Yes, the space bugs are creepy—but they’re also ridiculous, and intentionally so. Yes, it’s scary when the space bugs threaten to eat the main character’s brain—but just wait ‘til you see what the cure for a space bug infection turns out to be.  

Speaking of characters: they’re not written like caricatures in a horror movie. Instead, they’re written like protagonists of a (semi-)serious drama. Their personalities are well-developed (with the exception of the bug people, who are intentionally two-dimensional and extremist because that’s one of the symptoms of space bug infection) to the point where it’s easy to imagine them carrying a show with no horror or mystery at all. This sometimes works against BrainDead: I often feel myself wishing for a character-study drama so there’d be more time to get to know Laurel, Rochelle, Gustav, Gareth, Luke, and the rest of the main players.

But then I remember how amusing the show as-is can be, and how it’s so amusing because it blends genres. It’s a political horror comedy that’s also a character-driven drama (with musical recaps/Previously Ons!). You couldn’t ask for more in a series… because BrainDead is everything at once.    

nothingimpossibleonlyimprobable  asked:

This line-by-line idea is amazing! I was rewatching season 2 and it took SO LONG because every line just brought a mess of future emotions and tied in so well with everything we've seen since. Thank you!

Thank you! I’m so glad you liked it.

I’ve wanted to do it for forever now, but I just never got around to it. It’s super fun and I really missed writing about the character.

I was hesitant actually to write anything new regarding the character anymore as there are some who tend to get very angry/self-righteous/attached to their individual interpretations or can feel like their opinions on the character are the only valid ones, and it makes writing meta absolutely no fun feeling like you are under constant scrutiny or that there are Killian Jones Police who get to dictate what is true or not.

I kind of feel I should attach a disclaimer that this is just how I’m reading/viewing these lines with what we’ve seen and what eventually comes to pass, that no one should take it as fact or as me asserting that my interpretation as the only valid or correct one.

anonymous asked:

not trying to like harsh squee or w/e but please keep in mind that fic like that is really kind of ableist? like it doesn't make anyone a bad person for writing or reading but idk it's important to remember disability/mental illness isn't like cute. maybe people should just try to remember while reading i guess?? ilu your kind of awesome, just i'm mentally ill and those fics get me uncomfortable sorry if i'm being mean, just trying to be honest.

Oh no no no hun I don’t like reading about mental illnesses because it’s cute, I like reading about them because it interests me. I have always been interested in what mental illnesses can do to the human brain because, like, it’s just so odd to think that your own brain can make you see things that aren’t there or hear things no one else can hear or make you see things worse than it is, you know? It’s interesting to read about when a person can’t control their own mind.

I probably sound sadistic and crazy here but I in no way find mental illnesses cute, I just like reading about characters who do have a mental illness because it interests me in how the author will write about how the character acts and perceives reality you know??

I’m sorry though, I maybe should’ve said it was sensitive content? I didn’t mean to trigger you dear I’m really very sorry ^.^”