if only it really was a book

People say, ‘I’m going to sleep now,’ as if it were nothing. But it’s really a bizarre activity. ‘For the next several hours, while the sun is gone, I’m going to become unconscious, temporarily losing command over everything I know and understand. When the sun returns, I will resume my life.’

If you didn’t know what sleep was, and you had only seen it in a science fiction movie, you would think it was weird and tell all your friends about the movie you’d seen.

They had these people, you know? And they would walk around all day and be OK? And then, once a day, usually after dark, they would lie down on these special platforms and become unconscious. They would stop functioning almost completely, except deep in their minds they would have adventures and experiences that were completely impossible in real life. As they lay there, completely vulnerable to their enemies, their only movements were to occasionally shift from one position to another; or, if one of the 'mind adventures’ got too real, they would sit up and scream and be glad they weren’t unconscious anymore. Then they would drink a lot of coffee.’

So, next time you see someone sleeping, make believe you’re in a science fiction movie. And whisper, 'The creature is regenerating itself.

—  George Carlin, Brain Droppings.

tendokage  asked:

What are your thoughts on Rogue One and on Star Wars in general? Have you seen the animated shows or read any books? I'm curious.

I’ve only seen the movies. I really do love them. They aren’t perfect by any means, but I think the movies are moving in the right direction as far as diversity is concerned. 

anonymous asked:

I'm curious to know what you think about Zuko's character arc, like did you like him betraying Katara and Iroh at the end of Book 2 or did you find it OOC? Did you like how he wanted throughout Book 3, cause to me he looked like a douchebag yelling at Iroh, hiring an assassin etc, really looked like Bryke was trying to make him as bad as possible and pair him up with Mai, to cancel him as a love interest for Katara.

I believe his betrayal of Katara and Iroh at the end of Book 2 was entirely necessary for his character arc. Zuko always showed himself as one who needed to make his own decisions and mistakes before he learned from them. His uncle could preach at him all he wanted, but Zuko only ever recognized Iroh’s truth after he’d pursued a goal to no avail. 

For example, the greatest turning point in Zuko’s story during Book 2 was when he let Appa go. Now, he wasn’t planning to do so. He only released Appa after much urging from Iroh, and Iroh’s explanation of Zuko’s past failings: 

Iroh: So, the Blue Spirit. I wonder who could be behind that mask …
Zuko: [Sighs and takes off the mask.] What are you doing here?
Iroh: I was just about to ask you the same thing. What do you plan to do now that you’ve found the Avatar’s bison? Keep him locked in our new apartment? Should I go put on a pot of tea for him?
Zuko: First I have to get it out of here.
Iroh: And then what!? You never think these things through! [Points at him.] This is exactly what happened when you captured the Avatar at the North Pole! You had him, and then you had nowhere to go!
Zuko: I would have figured something out!
Iroh: [Starts yelling.] No! If his friends hadn’t found you, you would have frozen to death!

Iroh is quick to tell Zuko that his lack of planning will ultimately lead to his downfall. He was never successful in the past because he never thought his schemes through. What did he really hope to accomplish by capturing Appa? What was his end goal? How exactly did he think revealing his identity in the Earth Kingdom’s only stronghold was going to play out? And this was after he went on a date with Jin, after his uncle had found some success in Ba Sing Se, and after Zuko had a taste of what a normal, peaceful life could be if he’d just let his destiny go. 

Zuko: I know my own destiny, Uncle!
Iroh: Is it your own destiny, or is it a destiny someone else has tried to force on you?

He was happy in Ba Sing Se, but largely so, because he had no other choice. His life no longer followed the trajectory he had planned— he couldn’t hunt the Avatar because doing so would mean revealing his location in Ba Sing Se and he couldn’t return home because he couldn’t hunt the Avatar.

Jump back up to Iroh’s last line listed above: Is it a destiny someone else has tried to force on you? That can easily be applied to his hunt for the Avatar, but look how easily can that also be applied to Zuko’s newfound life in Ba Sing Se! His actions — pursuing Appa the second he knew the bison was in the city, even after experiencing peace and success — prove that his life in Ba Sing Se was another destiny being forced on him. 

Now, I know you may be arguing in your head that Zuko’s metamorphosis proves that he had changed— but I don’t think so. I think Zuko’s metamorphosis proved he hadn’t, foreshadowed by this exchange: 

Zuko: Stop it, Uncle! I have to do this!
Iroh: I’m begging you, Prince Zuko! It’s time for you to look inward and begin asking yourself the big questions. Who are you, and what do you want?

His transformation in Book 2 was his wrestling with this question: What do I want? Zuko didn’t know. He had no idea. Everything was conflicting in his head. Did he want the Avatar? Did he want peace? Did he want to go home? Did he want this new life? This is particularly evident in the warring dragons in his dreams: 

Blue dragon: It’s getting late. Are you planning to retire soon, my lord?
Zuko: I’m not tired.
Blue dragon: Relax, Fire Lord Zuko. Just let go. Give in to it. Shut your eyes for a while.
Zuko slowly starts to shut his eyes but widely opens them upon hearing the other dragon.
Red dragon: No, Fire Lord Zuko! Do not listen to the blue dragon. You should get out of here right now. Go! Before it’s too late!
Blue dragon: Sleep now, Fire Lord Zuko.
The dragons disappear, and the room they’re in, as well as the guards watching Zuko, crumble to nothing. The blue dragon reappears in front of him. Two golden eyes appear, followed by the face of the blue dragon, which closes rapidly.
Blue dragon: Sleep. Just like mother!
Charges at Zuko and opens its mouth. Inside the dragon’s mouth, Zuko sees his mother, Ursa. Within that darkness, the camera draws closer to Ursa, who drops her hood.
Ursa: Zuko! Help me! 
Zuko disappears through the floor.

Later when Zuko awakens:

Zuko: What’s happening?
Iroh: Your critical decision. What you did beneath that lake. It was in such conflict with your image of yourself that you are now at war within your own mind and body.
Zuko: What’s that mean? 
Iroh: You are going through a metamorphosis, my nephew. It will not be a pleasant experience, but when you come out of it, you will be the beautiful prince you were always meant to be.

I think a lot of viewers take Iroh’s final comment as the end all and be all sign that Zuko was supposed to fully transform here and join the Avatar’s side, however, I do not believe this is the case. I believe Iroh’s comment wasn’t exactly wrong… it’s just interpreted incorrectly. Zuko did change when he woke from his coma: He didn’t change sides or soften or discern all of Azula’s lies, but as became evident in Book 3, Zuko woke from his coma and was able to finally recognize the truth in Iroh’s words

Let’s delve into the imagery of the metamorphosis… not only is he plagued by weird visions such as taking on Aang’s body, the dragons in Zuko’s dreams symbolize the two dueling sides of him. One part of him wants to enjoy the life he’s found in Ba Sing Se, evidenced by the red dragon warning him to get away from the influence of the blue dragon— 

[SIDE NOTE: Zuko may know that Azula always lies… but he always seems to fall for it i.e. that time she said father wanted him home. that time she said he’d be welcomed home. that time she gave him credit for killing Aang as a favor. that time she said the Agni Kai would be one-on-one]

—while the blue dragon represents his desires lying in the Fire Nation. He nearly succumbs to the blue dragon’s suggestion that he sleep, until the red dragon appears and warns him off. However, in the end, Zuko is charged by the blue dragon: He is swallowed by the blue dragon, and in the blue dragon’s mouth, Zuko sees his mother (representing his long-lost childhood desires— to protect those in need and be gentle/kind/innocent) calling for help, before sinking into the floor. 

What does this mean? Well, I believe it means that Zuko gave in to the blue dragon, and it was meant to foreshadow him giving in to Azula’s seduction in the Crystal Catacombs, rather than foreshadowing him saving sides. It also foreshadowed his recognition of his mistake and his distraught emotional state following his choice to betray the red dragon (Iroh (and Katara)). 

Again, to break it down even more so: 

Zuko wants to give in to the Blue Dragon’s request to sleep. 
In the real world, Zuko falls prey to Azula’s bait, challenging her to an Agni Kai and being imprisoned. 

Zuko is warned by the Red Dragon of his choices. 
In the real world, Iroh pleads with Zuko not to listen to Azula. Twice, actually. Once when Iroh flees the palace and Zuko says he’s done running, and again, below the city, when Iroh pleads with Zuko to make the decision he knows is right.

Zuko is swallowed whole by the Blue Dragon.
In the real world, Zuko falls into Azula’s scheme. Unbeknownst to him, Azula is using him— she knows she cannot defeat Aang and Katara alone, so she entices him with the promise of being welcomed home a hero. 

Zuko panics over the vision of his mother (innocence), but is ultimately lost to the Blue Dragon.
In the real world, Zuko is completely absorbed in the version of himself he thinks he needs to be. He is angry. He is violent. He is a betrayer. He has lost all connection to the innocence of his childhood and the image of himself that he nearly reconnected with during his metamorphosis. 

Furthermore, being lost to the Blue Dragon symbolized Zuko’s emotional and mental spiral in Book 3. He was incredibly unhappy, even after he sold his soul to come home. He’d lost it all. He had no one to blame but himself but he didn’t want to blame himself— he wanted to blame Iroh for being right all along. Zuko’s behavior towards Iroh was unacceptable, yes, but it was in character when you consider Zuko’s complete and utter implosion and the destruction of his soul in his decision to betray everyone. 

I fully believe the betrayal was Aaron Ehasz’s idea. In my opinion, it was fundamental to Zuko’s character. As long as he had the support and guidance of his uncle, Zuko would never transform on his own. He needed to hit rockbottom. He needed to realign himself with what he wanted, and the only way to do so, was to have everything he wanted and nothing at all at the same time. 

I do not believe it was a ploy by Bryke to destroy Zutara, as the pair came back together in Book 3 and were closer/stronger than ever. 

What Avatar struggled with the most was the timing of Zuko’s arc. Book 3 spent too much time focusing on useless episodes that could have been utilized to showcase Zuko’s actions in the Fire Nation and his resulting decision to leave his place there. His treason could have taken place earlier and, as a result, we could’ve spent more time with the transformed Zuko and the Gaang.

I also think Avatar suffered greatly by cancelling Book 4. If we’d had a chance to see Zuko rule as Fire Lord, I believe his transformation would’ve felt complete. 

Only stories and magic really endure. How tiny one’s area of understanding is art teaches one perhaps better than philosophy. There is a kind of despair involved in creation which I am sure any artist knows all about. In art, as in morality, great things go by the board because at the crucial moment we blink our eyes. When is the crucial moment? Greatness is to recognize it and be able to hold it and to extend it. But for most of us the space between ‘dreaming on things to come’ and 'its is too late, it is all over’ is too tiny to enter. And so we let each thing go, thinking vaguely that it will always be given to us to try again. Thus works of art, and thus whole lives of men, are spoilt by blinking and moving quickly on.
—  Iris Murdoch, The Black Prince

anonymous asked:

I prefer IWTB over what CC delivered in s10. The latter was a mess. The former at least had Frank helping to rein him in. I appreciate that. And I hope that he's around to help do so when/if there is s11.

I feel this so hard, anon. The only good thing is that I have a whole new appreciation for IWTB. But the longer I’ve sat with S10, the more I’ve grown to really, really dislike it. And I’m resentful that I don’t like it. And I’m bitter that I didn’t like Scully much….who I used to LOVE with all my heart. Essentially, I will need therapy to get over what this goddamn show has done to me. Could Gillian please write a book about that? “How to Be a Zen Person After Your Favourite Show Has Been Butchered and Bastardized Beyond Recognition?” I mean, how many fucking candles and affirmations would that take?

I would be pleased if Frank returned but I would be THRILLED if Vince came back.

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After the Berkeley kids shut down my freedom of speech and my book got shut down for being a little too liberal for the liberals, I wanted a change.  Let’s face it, I only did the Breitbart thing because I wasn’t really getting the hookups I wanted.  Money can buy a lot these days, anyhow, so down in Palo Alto I hooked up with some of my connections at Stanford and discussed the latest in epigentics and sexuality enhancements.  I really just wanted a sort of popper for the weekend, a yohimbe-esque aphrodisiac, but I was a bit drunk and running my mouth off… anyhow, it was just a little powder, I thought, how wild could it be?

Before I knew it, though, I was getting hot flashes.  I almost had to loosen my collar on the drive home, just felt a bit woozy and, well, as I parked in the hotel’s parking ramp I had to fight an urge to almost literally rip my shirt off as I hurried back to my hotel room.  I just felt overheated but also cramped, stuffy, something else… as I almost ran down the hotel corridor I did start to almost rip my shirt right off.  I felt like I was going to start to pant…

As soon as I slammed the door behind me, I started getting out of my clothes as it really hit me.  I was hulking out, jocking up, furring out… this couldn’t be real, I thought, but it was real.  I was not only feeling up, I was feeling horny, and who could blame me given the hairy muscle jock that was staring back at me in the mirror?

Turns out the change was permanent, so the old Milo is gone.  The new Milo though, hell, he’s more in command than ever… that is, when I can manage to keep a dick out of my mouth or keep my hands off any other jock’s furry ass….growl, man, fuckin’ yeah.  I love the new me.

random life/college updates:

  • decisions for my dream school come out tomorrow. and i mean i know i’ll be fine if i don’t get in, but i still really, really want it :/
  • either way, i’m visiting colleges next week and i’m super excited! my second choice school (which i’ve already gotten into) is super beautiful and i know i’ll still be happy there
  • i started/finished reading ‘this adventure ends’ yesterday, which i surprisingly liked! it’s a lot like igyts. or maybe i just feel that way since those are the only two realistic fiction books i’ve read in a long time oops
  • on that note, i’ve been wanting to read more recently, so rec me any good mystery/romance/realistic books?

so idk if this is up anyone’s alley, but i just downloaded an app called thriftbooks and it has a lot of used books for like $4, and standard shipping is only $1, or free shipping if your order is $10 or more which i think is a good deal. idk, im usually really picky about how much i spend on shipping.

also! there’s a lot of categories and they have textbooks too (tho i didn’t look through those so idk how wide of a selection there is) as well as nonfiction so that might be worth checking out as well

you know those romance movies where a person is sick/weak/disabled somehow and they fall in love and disobey their doctor’s orders and go on a road trip or whatever and end up dying and it’s supposed to be all romantic because they weren’t “really living before” and at least they got a taste of what “real life” is like even if it killed them? like they don’t think a disabled life is worth living?
yeah i don’t care for those.
but hey i hate romance so what do i know

Like I KNOW it was only like maybe 2 seconds but that gym class scene withPeter and Ned talking and she right there pretending to read a book cause her eyes ain’t move at all im going say she was spying on him


Man I really gotta leave this trailer and movie alone until I actually see it cause it’s going to drive me insane lol

asoue fancasting: part four

KIT SNICKET

i have a problem here, because nobody is ever going to be my kit. i was far less concerned about comedy for this one - kit’s scenes really aren’t funny in the books, at all, and i think for this character it’s more about finding someone who can be pregnant and distraught, as well as a bit shady on the side.

sarah paulson

a very big, very serious actress to only make a couple of appearances, i know. on the hope that they might start following her early (and under the assumption she’s not jacquelyn), i would love sarah paulson as kit snicket. i think she could really pull off the whole morally grey, highly worried part of kit’s character, and also the inner strength, if that makes sense. see the people vs oj simpson for more on that.

winona ryder

again - a really big actress for quite a small part. but seriously, how perfect would this be? obviously winona ryder is a highly versatile actress and could probably play anything, but i’d love to see her play kit’s fragility in the later books.

I just… argh.  I’m simultaneously overjoyed that I have representation in FBAWTFT and deeply disappointed that that representation was really only ever hinted at.  I simultaneously am so appreciative that the HP books taught children about discrimination and prejudice but so chagrined when JKR cops out of addressing racism by saying it doesn’t exist in her world.  I’m annoyed when she says that, but displays real racism – on her part – in the Ilvermorny story.  I absolutely love the universe she created, but I’m frustrated that so little of it is populated by people of color and LGBT people.  I’m happy she made her characters so real that they feel like they have lives of their own, but angry that when that meant people saw two characters in a gay relationship, she denied it.  There’s so much potential here, so much she could do – so many characters people already headcanon as so much more diverse.  And so many people have been saying so much of this for so many years.  It feels like we’re shouting at a brick wall.  

I see her posts on Twitter – I see that she does care about racism, homophobia, and antisemitism in the world – but that only makes me so much more frustrated that she never looks to her own works and examines her own self.  I deeply appreciate her posting about the attacks on Jewish cemetaries, but it doesn’t erase that her goblins are an antisemitic caricature.  It feels like she thinks she is already at the pinnacle of social justice progressivism and there’s no more work to be done.  But there’s always more work to be done.  On onesself.  Recognizing racism in the world, and telling people about it, is important but so is recognizing racism in onesself and working to root it out.  So is listening when people tell you you’ve stepped wrong.  Maybe she’s never heard our complaints, but I doubt it.  So many people have been making them for so long that I can’t help but think she just doesn’t want to hear.  But it’s also so hard for me to believe that because I’ve loved her so much.

I’m starting to get really bored with love hacks. The story is just kind of stagnating. Each new episode is just one really watered down event. Also only in this book specifically they tend to give you two choices. The diamond choice being a good choice and the free choice kind of sucking. Rather than a great choice that cost money and a neutral choice for free like all the other books? When i first got the choices app lovehacks was one of my favorites… i kinda dislike it now.

anonymous asked:

If you could only publish one of your books (finished or otherwise) in your entire life and that book would be your legacy as and author (as well as being very well received) what would it be? PS if its a series like Soul Child you can publish the rest but thats it.

You are EVIL. I bet you’re a good writer.

Anyways, this is killer. 

The Definition of Impossible. It’s the story that’s closest to my heart, it means so much to me, I think it’s really unique, and I love the characters. BUT it’s important also to note that you are evil and this question is evil. 

Once upon a time, all your favorite story book characters lived in a land filled with magic and happy endings, until that happiness was stolen away by an evil queen and banishing them to another world. Now they all live in a small town called Storybrooke, completely unaware of the lives they once led or the fact that the fairytales they read are about them. Will the curse ever be broken and true love really conquer all?

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  • any major plot twists such as pregnancy, death, and the like must be discussed with admin
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  • mun age:
  • how active are you?:
  • storybrooke idenity ( muse’s name! ):
  • what fairytale character are they?:
  • Why did you pick this for them?: ( question can be skipped but its for my own interest! )
  • Second choice: ( just in case first choice is taken )

The Residents of Storybrooke

anonymous asked:

Why do people like Stannis? Why is the show version of Stannis so hated by fandom?

This isn’t directed personally to you, Anon, but: I really do not care for answering questions that go “why do people/the fandom/fans/x like/dislike/think [insert idea/character/book/x here]”. I can only talk about what I think. I couldn’t even remotely begin to say what percentage of the enormous ASOIAF fandom likes/dislikes/things any one thing, let alone speculate why each member of that group does what that question is purporting he/she does. They’re just not questions I feel comfortable answering.

As for why I like Stannis … this thread by @poorquentyn reflects my sentiments nicely.

- NFriel

anonymous asked:

I really hate the Wereworld book series. Unlike in most books, you don't become a werewolf. You're born one. Except this can only happen if both parents are werewolves. And for some reason, even if they're werewolves, women can't transform into their monster forms. I think the excuse the book gives is that they can't get angry enough or something? Which basically means that the only use female werewolves have is having kids.

What that’s weird and terrible and makes no sense

Like, even genetically - if it takes two werewolf parents to make a werewolf, it’s a recessive gene. However, sex wouldn’t make a difference, and there would also be carrier not-werewolves, so you could have a werewolf kid with just one werewolf and a carrier, or two carriers.

There’s also the possibility of it being a gene on the X chromosome, so you would see a significant disparity between the number of x/xy and xx/xxy/other chromosome werewolves like with hemophilia, but it still only takes one xx carrier/werewolf to make an xy werewolf, or one xy werewolf (there are no xy carriers) and an xx carrier/werewolf to make an xx werewolf. But you would get no cis “father to son” werewolf lineages, since it passes on the x. And there’s would still be no difference in whether werewolves could transform all the way. X is x.

But werewolf species are very, very prone to gendered fuckery. See “oh, we have no women because women are too frail and delicate to survive the change” in Bitten, “werewolves can’t get pregnant because the change is just too violent” in Mercy Thompson, “uh lol idk there’s only one werewolf girl in the history of ever and she’s probably a freak” in Twilight. The Iron & Velvet werewolves were also gendered, but the other way around - some xx/other people (including a dude) could shift into full wolf, and xy/other and I think xx carriers could half-shift.

These werewolves make as little sense as the Sookie stackhouse ones who are only full shifters if both parents are born not bitten and this is their first child together. Then they have to have kids with other people if they want more full shifter babies. It was weird and terrible and wouldn’t work at all.

But lol the idea that women just don’t get mad enough to turn into werewolves. Author, have you MET women? Have you told women your shitty werewolf headcanon? Women get plenty mad.