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Beautiful Discoveries I Made Rewatching 2X02 “And the Broken Staff”

I’ve only seen this episode once really, when it premiered, maybe twice, because I never had a good copy of it. But my wifi was out tonight and so I plopped in my DVD and made some tea and watched. And I discovered that this episode definitely deserves a spot amongst my favorites and it has so many great little quirks. Some of these quirks I knew already, others not so much

Things I knew about already

  • Eve and Flynn wanting to bang 24/7 good lord I forgot how much of a honeymoon stage they were in at the top of season 2 get off of each other for 2 seconds for the love of…
  • Frankenstein’s creature on Tinder
  • Hug it out for humanity
  • Flynn using the curse of the Scottish play and me ecstatic to finally have a show that utilizes it while simultaneously panicking about Flynn saying M@cBeth on a stage.
  • Eve and Flynn were both theatre kids. EVE AND FLYNN WERE BOTH THEATRE KIDS
  • The tree of knowledge being all tiny and Flynn tricking Prospero into thinking it was the big gnarled one and Eve being subsequently very turned on by this string of events

Things I had forgotten/rediscovered

  • Ok just the idea of what the fictionals are and why they are able to come into being. It happens when a story is read so often and loved so much that they gain power
  • So basically what I’m saying here is Harry Potter and friends are out there in our  world fight me
  • ALICE IN WONDERLAND IS ONE OF JAKE’S FAVORITE BOOKS? THIS IS SO IMPORTANT TO ME FOR SOME REASON?
  • AND IN THAT SAME SCENE, JACOB STONE, RAVENCLAW EXTRAORDINAIRE, USES THE STANDARD RAVENCLAW RIDDLE “WHY IS A RAVEN LIKE A WRITING DESK?” MY SON
  • The tree of righteous indignation
  • “Knowledge isn’t old or gnarled or knotted. It’s young…always growing. That’s the thing about knowledge. No matter how much you think you have, there’s always room to grow”
  • Ok but really that’s gotta be one of my favorite quotes from the show now good lord it’s like the epitome of the mentality of the characters on this show and people like them. I never get to see people like this on TV and its so refreshing?! Holy shit?! WHY HAVE I BEEN BLESSED WITH THIS GIFT OF A SHOW?
  • And last but not least
  • BEFORE FLYNN LEAVES, AFTER HE AND EVE FIGHT, HE TELLS JENKINS TO MAKE SURE SHE TAKES CARE OF HERSELF
  • THEY’RE SO IN LOVE I CRY

In conculsion: THIS EPISODE IS SUCH A GEM AND IS THE EPITOME OF EVERYTHING I LOVE ABOUT THIS SHOW HOW HAVE I IGNORED IT FOR SO LONG?

Marie Lu’s 5 Tips For Getting Into (And Out Of) A Villain’s Head

We think there aren’t enough heroines out there with a dark side – that’s why Adelina from THE YOUNG ELITES totally captivates us. But how do you go about writing from the mind of a villain? And more importantly…how do you then go BACK to everyday life after having been in that dark place? Read on for Marie Lu’s 5 ways to dive in and 5 ways to climb out of Adelina’s headspace!

Getting in: 

1. Headphones on. I almost never write in silence, and when I’m in Adelina’s head, I almost always have dark, angry music on. I start by choosing one of my dark favorites, then closing my eyes and letting the music pound away for a while before starting to type. Occasionally, I will also put on Rainymoods.com to get myself into a thunderstorm-y mindset. 

2. Writing in a dark room. Sometimes, a very dark room–i.e. a pitch-black closet. I learned this from the incredible author Jandy Nelson, who said that writing in complete darkness lets her dive into her world like nothing else. It’s true, and totally psychedelic–although I have to be careful not to do it when I’m tired, because then I just pass out and sleep in the closet. 

3. Watching or reading horror. If I do this before I start writing, I will write a much darker scene than I normally could manage. (Btw, if you’ve never read horror microstories before, give these a shot. Spine. Tingling.) 

4. Drawing. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve attempted to draw Adelina’s scowl. My husband can always tell when I’m at it, though, because I unconsciously make the same face myself. Raaargh. 

5. Pinterest. This is a dangerous rabbit hole for me to go down, because sometimes I start off pinning cool dark things that help me get into Adelina’s mindset–and then I see a cool picture of home decor and go “oooh home decor!” and then soon I’m pinning recipes. But usually this will help! 

Getting out: 

1. Playing with my dogs. I have three–two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and one chihuahua mix. They are the epitome of derpy. And it’s pretty hard to hang onto Adelina’s lingering dark thoughts when something like this is staring at you. 

2. Taking a long walk. I live on a tree-lined street that is a straight shot toward the ocean–so one of my favorite things to do after an intense writing session with Adelina is to walk that street a couple of miles until I hit the boardwalk. (With music blasting, of course.) 

3. Watching adorable videos. This kind of goes hand in hand with #1, but it totally deserves its own category. Because this video. And this video. And this video.

4. Cleaning the house. Okay, look–I hate chores. I despiiise them. But there is nothing that washes away the epic destruction that Adelina leaves in her wake or the sound of villain laughter in my head….like cleaning lint out of the dryer. 

5. Eating something super delicious. I am firmly convinced that Adelina would be a happier person if only she got to eat macarons and gelato every day.

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Thanks Marie! 

Curious as to what the finished product looks like? Start reading THE YOUNG ELITES and meet Adelina! 

What’s nice about it is when I look at the TV landscape today, there’s incredible talent and just incredible stuff out there. But there aren’t a whole lot of shows I would call “comforting.” You’ve got your serial killers and your zombies and the homeland is being threatened all the time. I’ve been on the TV selling side and their question is, “What’s noisy about this idea?” And there’s nothing noisy about anything in this show. I watched the pilot [recently] for research for something I was writing and I said to Amy, “Nothing happens in the first 20 minutes.” Like I give someone their keys at the Inn, and I’m tasting Sookie’s soufflé. I get some coffee, and then I get some more coffee. It’s really, really charming but it’s until like 20 minutes in that she [Rory] gets into school and things kick in. People would laugh at you today. But I think there’s something so fresh in a weird way about that because it’s still kind of rare. It’s not just nostalgic but it can speak to a new audience because it’s so different than what’s on.
—  Lauren Graham on Gilmore Girls [x]