just a perfect ending to a great series

Gradence/Gravebone/Gredence/Graves x Credence Fic Rec list

Originally posted by illilis

WARNING: most if not all of these stories have some to a lot of smut, possibly dub-con and/or non-con and/or questionable situations and consent. please be aware, and proceed with caution. also lots of spoilers. these are rec’s and reviews beyond the flailing sorts of comments i leave on the actual fics so yes that too.


First off I must mention the fact that when I left the theater after seeing the movie for the first time, the one thing I knew I wanted was some kind of consensual BDSM stuffs, and THIS series is bringing that to the extreme. I’ve dabbled and I’m still learning, the shit I include in my writing is pretty damn tame but this series is not, and I LOVE it. it’s a Modern AU where Credence and Graves are eventually living the scene 24/7 and it’s intense but so so so good.

Three parts currently:

Notes on a Lifestyle

Anima Mea

Lux(uria)

author is @clutchhedonist on tumblr too!

Next we have Show Me

The fic you knew was going to ensue after the healing scene and its frankly dreamy and perfect and I love it so much but its Credence and Grindelwald!Graves, so if that’s problematic, you know to avoid.


and next we have more sin aka smut that’s just short of a plot but you know what? that’s ok. Some of us just needed smut after all that goddamned sexual tension, so here, enjoy some

Freedom (Bound and Restricted) –great name btw.

also technically part of a series, and it is Credence and Grindelwald!Graves


and at long last we have an AU where Credence ends up finding the Real!Graves and he’s a bit of an asshole and you know what? it works damn well.

Its also a glorious 7k words and there is smut too so…. Yeah.

Such as is common to Man


a story I have been long awaiting and am breaking my ‘I never read WIP’s’ USUALLY rule, the Sugar Daddy AU and its of course modern and just, well, what it says.

What Shines Through

also go follow this creature on tumblr because just…do it.

@jonstarks

next up is the newest of the A/B/O stories, only 2 of which I have ever read, bc frankly its not usually my cup o’tea, but HOT DAMN for this ship I’ll take anything with smut that’s not too non-con or dub-con so yeah.

this is a lil confusing bc it is Real!Graves and Credence, but Grindelwald is sort of behind the scenes pulling the strings.

The Mating Habits of American Wizards


HERE is the first A/B/O story I read and goddamn it it’s a WIP but its so damn filthy and good im along for the sinful ass ride.

Pin me and mount me like a butterfly –YET ANOTHER PERFECT TITLE Hella

literally i was getting blushy reading this, and I aint no innocent little virgin, this story is just so….uh, well, when I saw the update posted lets just say I didn’t walk I ran to it.

also follow here @grindlywindlywald

now for something a bit darker, this story is a story with daddy!kink but its Grindy!graves and Credence and slightly dub-con so be ware.

I was just so thirsty for daddy!kink after usually seeing the only stories tagged that way are in RUSSIAN WHICH I CANNOT SPEAK OF COURSE so then I saw this and holy shit.

Mine


THIS story I just read today, after having seen the prompt sort of floating around the tag, and it is just great, short but good. I always want more of course because like how could I not?

So Graves is summoned to Credence before he’s found the Obscurus, mostly by accident. And yeah its fun.

Caught so neatly, as a bird in a net

@emowithalightsaber

this next story is one of my legit favorites I think ive read it about ten times and its just ugh, for those who wanted a non!innocent/virginal Credence and Graves first time, and HELLA he is a bit of a hoe but he’s fucking sweet and adorable so its FIIINE.

Til Tomorrow Comes

this needs a sequel like soon pls but if not its ok ill survive

(I wont)

THIS story I found myself reading at my car place awaiting the checkup, and let me tell you, reading smut for these two in public is still a challenge to keep a poker face, esp this little bit of fluff which sounds strange considering the plot-ish, its Prostitute!Credence and its great.

Fill My Head With Dreams


here’s a bit more filthy sin before we get to my ALL TIME FAVE FIC, and it gets DARK ish at the end so watchout. Grindle!graves x Credence.

Showersex. Because duhhh.

I want Colin Farrell naked in a shower with Ezra on his knees so this is a close second.

Wipe you clean with dirty hands


#timetosininearnest

THE LORDS WORK. Let me tell you a bit about this story. I have lived a life full of oppressive religion and plenty of gaslighting bullshit, and this story contains lots of that, but with plenty of angstyfluffysmut and a happy ending (SPOILER) to make it worth it, to me, so theres that.

This is also my fave trope of young innocent Credence being (accidentally) corrupted by hot smexy older Graves and its just bomb as fuck.

DID I MENTION ITS 15K?

Cause yeah.

Time for your come to jesus moment. More like come to graves and come for graves moments amiright?

The Lord’s Work


this concludes my horribly organized and off the cuff list, and it is not as complete as it should be, I’ll prolly end up updating it sometime soon.

Enjoy the sinbin my lovelies!

Naruto Couples

I just feel like ranting for a bit… this is just how I feel about the Naruto couples. Argue if you want to.

NaruHina: I don’t really ship them but I don’t mind them. I wished they showed more developments on how Naruto starts to fall for Hinata and move on from Sakura. Because all this time, even after Hinata confessed to him and all, it seems he still hasn’t gotten over Sakura. The movie “The Last”, totally skipped the part on how did Naruto really fell for Hinata…it only showed how Naruto and Hinata got together.

SasuSaku: I don’t really care if they end up together or not, because honestly I find the both of them annoying. I respect Sakura’s growth in strength, it impressed me and makes me want to cheer her on, but then she started crying again over Sasuke which just makes her look really pathetic. Crying over a crush she’s crazy for who doesn’t love her back. Look Idek if I’m ranting about ships or am I ranting on characters now… Idk if Sasuke is some ‘tsundere’ guy who tries to hide his feelings by killing Sakura, or is it he got interested after seeing how powerful she became, he’s still a total asshole. Sasuke takes advantage of Sakura, and Sakura takes advantage of Naruto -.-

ShikaTema: I didn’t like Temari at first because I thought she was a bad person and is like every other girl who’s interested in Sasuke. Then as the series goes by, I started liking her. Especially ever since Naruto Shippudden. I like how Shikamaru and Temari have grown closer and started respecting and trusting each other over the series. Both have been side by side alot on screen and they just make the perfect team . Temari may be harsh but she has a soft side towards Shikamaru. She probably stopped teasing him because she started to respect him as a great shinobi. Shikamaru seems to like being around Temari and finds her quite charming as well. He respects her as a cruel yet great shinobi too. It takes awhile for the both of them to noticed their feelings, but I’m glad they ended up together, they’re meant for each other :))))

InoSai: I’m glad that Ino found someone else. She gave up Sasuke for Sakura. Although there was no developments between Ino and Sai’s relationship throughout the series, atleast the series shows how Sai started falling for Ino when she saved him. And we all know that Ino has been interested in Sai. Then, they started dating and gotten even closer…I like them together :)

ChouKarui: Idk how they ended up together, but I’m curious to know. I think it would be a funny story yet sweet. I’m hoping they’ll finally show how they got together in a Boruto episode or omake.

FIC RECOMMENDATIONS

So Here it is finally ! I will class them by genre and in no particular order of preference, tbh all of the things that will be listed down below are pure gold ! (under a cut because it’s gonna be soooooo long lmao) 

I did include au’s in the categories, but I decided to create an AU category anyway, just to put, well my fave ones, like the concept y’know

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Gotta say, if this season is OUAT’s last (and that’s a BIG if), all I want is for Killian and Emma to share a True Love Kiss. 

I’ve wanted this since I started shipping them all the way back in 2x06. 

I don’t care about babies. I could even forgo a wedding. 

I just want that kiss. 

I know we’ve already received True Love confirmation last year and I have no doubt that CS is and always will be True Love. That’s not my issue. 

The True Love Kiss is just so iconic. It’s the stuff fairytales are made of– the hallmark–and in the end, OUAT is a show about fairytales. 

And really, wouldn’t it be amazing considering the show opened with Snow & Charming’s True Love Kiss, picture it closing with that same epic moment for their daughter??!! It’s such a great full circle scene. A perfect end to the series. 

Plus, for all Emma’s sacrificed and suffered through her role as Savior, she deserves that moment of pure and utter happiness. That second where she’s actually enveloped into that fairytale world and not by fighting the Villain of the Week. It would mark an end to the constant drama and be the beginning of a new, positive chapter of her life–with Killian by her side.

UGH–I’m gonna go die of feels now. 

Dragon Ball Super criticisms

A thing I’ve noticed with a lot of Super fans is that they’ve only watched DBZ and seem to have this idea that it’s the only other series that’s important. But the original Dragon Ball isn’t just great, it’s also directly relevant to everything else - especially Super. Not to say that Super is perfect, but two criticisms I often see can be explained by Dragon Ball.

1. “Trunks and Goten look too young! Gohan looked much older at their age.”

This annoys me too but only because I’m eager to see more of late teens/end of Z Goten! But their aging isn’t actually inconsistent within the DB universe - Gohan is literally the only character that DOES seem to age normally from childhood to adult. Goku, Krillin, and Chichi ALL looked like little kids until they were around 19/20. Trunks and Goten will age… eventually. Here’s Goku and Krillin around age 12/13, and then around age 16/17. Plus Chichi and Goku from around the same time (age 15/16). 

Their aging doesn’t match up with Gohan at all either.

2. “Goku’s personally is completely different now, they made him so selfish and he only cares about fighting.”

This is not new. Here’s Master Roshi talking about Goku during his fight with Piccolo during the 23rd Tenkaichi tournament (Dragon Ball episode 146)

So there you go. You can dislike Goku in Super anyway but his attitude really isn’t out of character. 

Rhetorical Ink Reviews: Sherlock, “The Final Problem.”

**SISTERLY SPOILERS BELOW**


My Top 10 Thoughts on Sherlock, Season 4, Episode 3: 

Originally posted by bridget-malfoy-stilinski-hale

10. So…..so, was Eurus his therapist? Or….was she wearing a wig? Did she use a double? We’re led to believe it was her, but her look is SO different than in the last episode…are they the same? I guess so. That part did confuse me, plus with the dark hair, Eurus does look a lot different than prior. Glad Watson didn’t die though….though, that leaves the question: How did they get Eurus back in prison? Did she go back? I may need to rewatch that scene.

Originally posted by enigmaticpenguinofdeath

9. I do appreciate all the information on Mycroft that we get in this episode: that he’s a sucker for chivalrous, noir romances (SUPER surprising for me!), that he is scared of not being in control, cannot stomach murder in his face, and in the end…is actually a good brother in a lot of respects. At least, later on, when he sacrifices himself or tries to….I’m glad we get this development on Mycroft. He’s still a terrible brother in a lot of ways, though, but still, not a complete emotionless reptile

Originally posted by greencarnations

Originally posted by bosswaldcobblepot

8. There are quite a lot of deaths occurring in this episode, and in shocking ways…they do work quite well to establish how terrifying Eurus, the high-functioning psychopath works. I was genuinely scared throughout a lot of the second act of the story. It definitely raised the stakes and made her an antagonist to be wary of….speaking of antagonist to be wary of…

Originally posted by andrewxscotts

7. I really like how we had Moriarty FINALLY answered. And I liked it. A psychopath working with an equal psychopath. For a second, when he pops out of the chopper, I was scared that he actually survived somehow. Then we find out it’s a flashback and that all of the things she had done were recorded…I’m not sure when those were recorded, to be honest. I’m assuming she told him what to say and then he went and did it; leaving her the recordings after his death. I almost WISH that we’d been able to hear the conversation they’d had…but that’s a nice thing about the writing too; we’re allowed our imagination to fill in the gaps. I can just PICTURE the Eurus X Moriarty fan fiction developing as I type this….

Originally posted by stellagibson

6. So, we FINALLY got the Sherlolly scene we fans have waited on…I do, think, for now at least, that Sherlock loves Molly as a friend. I say this with all of the Sherlollyness in my heart wanting them to be more, but I was happy that Sherlock and Molly had this scene…though, immediately afterwards, we don’t get any aftermath scene. Even at the end of the episode, we see Molly pop in…what about that?! I would imagine it’d be awkward for them afterwards…hmmm…was Sherlock texting Molly at the end of the episode? Or the woman? Again, the writers leave a lot for the audience to speculate…and speculate we shall. 

Originally posted by fangirlhani

5. One thing we can’t speculate on is the fate of Redbeard…we finally realize who Redbeard was…Sherlock’s best friend. Euros, out of jealousy, murdered Sherlock’s best friend, and attempted to do it again. That scene where Sherlock figures it out was very well done…and I can completely see why someone would want to repress those memories, how traumatic it probably was for Sherlock and Mycroft both at that age. It’s a very tragic moment and reveal, and one that really shook me watching it. 

Originally posted by sirjohnwatsons

4. I think that Mycroft and Sherlock’s relationship in this episode worked well; and while I think that my family personally would react a little harsher to finding out that Mycroft and “Uncle Rudi” had hidden away Sherlock’s sister, the end result wasn’t too drawn out and was handled best as it could be. 

Originally posted by enigmaticpenguinofdeath

3. If I had to pick my least favorite part of the episode, it would be the “Plane” plot; I really was in suspense with how the little girl on the plane was going to “save” everyone in the end or was going to pass…and then we find out it’s all part of Eurus’s psychosis. I mean, I GET it, but it was all a bit forced and sort of deflated the tension at the end. That said, I did like that Sherlock was able to somewhat “reach” Eurus, but the manner in which it was executed just didn’t suit me personally. 

Originally posted by enigmaticpenguinofdeath

Originally posted by knightlley

2. That said, Eurus’s character was interesting; her desire to be close to Sherlock was also fascinating, especially when Sherlock decides to “Solve” the crisis and shoot himself to save his brother and his friend, John. The actress portraying her did a beautiful job creating a complex, and innocent, while terrifyingly powerful antagonist throughout the episode. Her frailty coupled with her power was engaging and made for one of the toughest villains Sherlock’s faced ever. I can definitely see why Moriarty was someone she was “treated” to.

Originally posted by doctorwhogeneration

1. I did love seeing 221 B Baker Street being rebuilt after the explosion at the end…the fact that Watson adds back the smiley face, and that their adventures continue on was a lovely addition. I still think Mary’s post-mortem videos are odd, but I love that she knew that even after she was gone, the mysteries would continue…and Sherlock holding little Rosie! ADORABLE! The fact that his “humanity” shows is so telling of how much Sherlock’s developed since Season One…it was just a perfect ending to the series, should it end there. 

Originally posted by cumberbatchaddiction

So, FINAL VERDICT? It’s a great episode; not perfect, by any means, but contains a lot of entertainment. While I would have liked more “aftermath” in the resolution of the episode, I did enjoy this episode and Series 4 as a whole. The character development and emotional roller coaster was worth the wait. I think my favorite parts are those that aren’t “spelled out” for us. I like when writers leave some things to our imagination, letting us predict which ending we believe…which works fine for my Sherlolly heart me. Keep up the good adventures, Dr. Watson and Mr. Holmes. Cheers to a great season!

Originally posted by fangirlhani

anonymous asked:

Sorry but I feel that isn't only ABC's fault. A&E likes to tell that ABC will make the decision but I think if they would have said that they don't/can't want to continue without JMo because Emma is the main heroine ABC would have thought this decision.

I agree

So, I think A&E are really creative and tell very compelling stories. I’m a fan …

But, tbh … I will never watch a series of theirs again … because they don’t have the artistic integrity that I like to see from showrunners.

And I can’t blame them for that. I mean, I probably wouldn’t decide to fire myself from a great job either.

But I just finished Black Sails and it was by far the tightest storytelling I have ever had the pleasure to watch and I could have enjoyed the show for years to come but they chose to end it the way they wanted to and it was perfection.

That’s what I want to have. I have learned that A&E want to prolong the story and that’s fine … but it’s not going to keep me as a fan of theirs going forward. I would probably enjoy their ideas if it was a movie or mini series but no more series for me.

i finally watched the season finale of ouat, and…

why the literal fuck are they doing another season? aside from the setup for next season’s conflict, this was a corny-perfect series finale. not to mention that next season is scrapping most of its cast–inc jennifer morrison, who opted to leave–and only retaining hook, gold, and regina. all those actors/characters are great, don’t get me wrong, but they’re also not enough. just let the show die already, goddamn.

If you’re like me and need some LGBT-positive media to cope with the events in Orlando today, here’s some recommendations:

***This list is ALL things that have prominent LGBT characters that have happy endings. Not including things that are LGBT-positive but include deaths of LGBT characters or otherwise sad endings for the LGBT characters. Feel free to add on***


Movies (most of these are on Netflix):

-GBF: This is literally my go-to feel good movie. It’s all about how gross it is to fetishize gay men and is just so all-around fantastic

-But I’m a Cheerleader: a classic. Potential trigger warnings for conversion therapy, but I can reassure you that the message is against conversion therapy as a practice and the point of the movie is to condemn conversion therapy (also the two girls escape the camp and fall in love in the end so that’s good)

- Pride: Based on a historical event and an amazing feel-good film overall!

-The Birdcage: Starring Nathan Lane and Robin Williams. One of my favorites!

-Shortbus: An amazing (and incredibly NSFW due to nudity) movie about sexual exploration. Every queer character lives and has a happy ending

-Imagine Me and You: All the adorable cheesy lesbian content you need, tbh. Also a classic

-Hedwig and the Angry Inch: Some sad parts but ultimately very happy in the end


TV Shows: 

-Broad City: Ilana, one of the two main characters of the show is openly queer. One of my favorite shows!

-Rupaul’s Drag Race: A reality show, but one of my favorites. Somewhat problematic due to the use of the t-slur a couple of times, but ultimately it isn’t used much and is a good show. 

-Orange is the New Black: Incredibly diverse, includes many queer women of color and none of them die (trigger warnings for transphobia scattered about, but the narrative ultimately supports the trans female character despite her struggles shown)

-Sense8: Includes a queer trans woman (played by a trans woman!) and a great couple of two men of color!

-Shadowhunters: one of the main characters, Alec, falls in love with a bisexual warlock named Magnus and they get together by the end of the season!

-The Legend of Korra: nothing too explicitly queer since it’s a children’s show, but by the end two girls end up together, and the creators of the show have been as explicit as possible about them being in love

-Steven Universe: Amazing! Incredibly open about their main lesbian couple and just a great feel good show in general

-Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidtt: An incredibly vibrant and cute show! One of the main characters is a gay black man named Titus and he’s respected within the narrative

-The Real O’Neals: a cute new comedy about an irish catholic kid who comes out to his family (and his family learns to support him) 


Books (author’s names in parentheses): 

-Carry On (Rainbow Rowell): A perfect fantasy novel with a queer main character who falls in love with his roommate and gets his happy ending. One of my favorite books of all time

-The Mortal Instruments Series (Cassandra Clare): Has some problematic elements (including the author herself) but the representation, especially of the bisexual character, is ultimately well written. 

-Drag Teen (Jeffery Self): cute, cute CUTE. I cannot use the word cute enough. 

-Boy Meets Boy (David Levithan): Honestly I cannot recommend David Levithan’s work in general enough. Amazing writer and all of his work is lgbt-centric!

-Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Benjamin Alire Sáenz): I debated adding this because it includes the gay-bashing of a queer character (trigger warning for that, by the way), but I ultimately decided to add it because it’s incredibly positive towards the LGBT characters overall, there’s a happy ending where the boys fall in love, and the book is almost entirely populated by people of color. Proceed with caution but do so knowing it’s mostly a happy book and is very positive overall

-Simon vs the Homosapien Agenda (Becky Albertalli): another book where I cannot use the word “cute” enough. wonderful wonderful book!


Sending all of my love to you guys during this time 

tunditur-unda  asked:

okay so I read and loved the Imperial Radch, but I had never read anything else of yours until today, as I'm making my way through Clockwork Phoenix 2, and I JUST READ "THE ENDANGERED CAMP" AND IT IS AMAZING AND I LOVE YOU. thank you for being so hecking amazing, for writing such arresting characters and such perfect endings. <3

Oh, thank you! I’ve always been fond of that story–I mean, dinosaurs!–and I was so happy when I finally sold it. CP is a great series of anthologies all around, really.

Spoilers!

In which the OUAT season 6 finale manages to have great scenes but a fucking awful ending one.


Captain Swan is perfect was perfect and we were blessed thanks to Colin & Jen to have such an amazing love story all these years.

But I fucking called it that the guy and girl in beginning was adult Henry and his kid. I just wtf wtf wtf

Also pissed how the show kinda ultimately screwed Outlaw Queen, sorry the Alts getting happy endings like lol no. I don’t even remember evil queen and robin going off to enchanted forest??

This should have been series finale. It was right place to end. But nope gotta get that $$$

Rumple still became the worst over the years and I mean he didn’t really earn a happy ending but whatever

Also missed opportunity of Hook showing up on her door in Boston since they were doing the call backs also how the fuck did Emma still have her Boston apartment after all those years?????

About a Girl by Sarah McCarry

7/10

Do the wlw end up together : No

If this review was based on the cover alone, this book would have a perfect score. I picked this up from my library without even reading the inside flap because it was obviously so unequivocally gay it just called to me. I didn’t notice it was part of a longer series, and while the plot works perfectly as a standalone, I was shocked halfway through to realize it had developed into a fantasy novel rather than a classic romance. It seemed like the book was two great ideas smushed into one story line. Anyway, Tally lives with her adoptive family (who are a great cast all on their own, I love how many characters this book has, and how well fleshed out they are) ever since her mother left her on their doorstep as a baby. A mysterious old man gives Tally a clue as to her father, and she decides to seek out this elusive musician after a sexual mishap with her longtime best friend Shane. This leads her to small town in California where memories seem to fade and people don’t seem quite human. Once I had grasped the plot, I fell in love with McCarry’s writing style, the type of seductive, sleek sentences that make you forget the rest of the world is still turning. Somehow you can’t help but feel just like Tally, lost in a world apart.

Epic Movie (Re)Watch Analysis - The Bond Actors

Note: designating a film as, “best,” and, “worst,” is born from averaging various critical ratings from sites like Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, and IMDb.

Originally posted by renegadism

Instead of, “ranking,” the Bond actors I think I’m just going to analyze them: talk about their strengths and weaknesses as a whole. Things like that. Because ranking Bonds is purely a matter of opinion and while I may talk about my opinion in this piece I will mainly talk about the 007′s.

Sean Connery (1963-1967, 1971)

Originally posted by esraa1993

Films: Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever

  • Best film: Goldfinger
  • Worst film: Diamonds Are Forever

Designation: The Tough Guy

Connery would define the Bond franchise and every Bond actor to follow, in both a good and bad way. His first four films are classics, with Goldfinger being the Bong film all others aspire to be. While You Only Live Twice hasn’t aged very well (it could quite possibly be the most racist and misogynistic film the series) it’s still not a bad film. Diamonds Are Forever was the beginning of over-the-top Bond with kinda campy elements, a category Connery didn’t fit well in (he also returned to the role because of a paycheck and it shows in his performance).

What makes Connery interesting to watch is that he was able to define who Bond was and so had a sort of free reign with the character. He was the most human of the 007′s until Daniel Craig came along, showing fear and anger often in his films. In those first four films you can tell he seems to be really enjoying the part, and therefore we enjoy watching him in them.

The reason Connery is designated as, “The Tough Guy,” of 007s is because he was very much a man’s man of the era. He hits women to interrogate them, but he’s also very rough with all the other villains and henchmen of the series too. Bond creator Ian Fleming was originally hesitant to see blue-collar Connery as the upper class 007 but was so impressed by his performance he changed Bond’s family tree to reflect Scottish heritage and that’s all because of Connery. 

George Lazenby (1969)

Originally posted by thefilmfatale

Films: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

  • Best film: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • Worst film: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Designation: The Romantic

Designation one film as best or worst when it comes to George Lazenby is rather redundant because - unfortunately - he only appeared in one Bond film.

Lazenby gets a bad wrap, as most of the press had decided he would suck as James Bond before even seeing the film (mostly because he wasn’t Sean Connery). But here’s the thing: Lazenby isn’t a bad Bond and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is actually a VERY good movie. Bond has more personal stakes in it than he has in any other film, he is emotionally vulnerable and even cries in the film. He is more tender with women then Sean Connery was, and that is why he gets the designation of, “The Romantic,” Bond.

Roger Moore (1973-1985)

Originally posted by britishsecretservice

Films: Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill

  • Best film: The Spy Who Loved Me
  • Worst film: A View to a Kill

Designation: Gentleman Spy

When it comes to the quality of Roger Moore’s work on the 007s films (and the quality of the films themselves) it’s a bit of a roller coaster. You start off kinda high with Live and Let Die and then you drop down with The Man with the Golden Gun before skyrocketing with The Spy Who Loved Me. And while there’s a bump in the ride with Moonraker you stay on that high with For Your Eyes Only only to come down with Octopussy and A View to a Kill. Unfortunately, Moore’s tenure as Bond did drop because he stuck with the role for too long. He got too comfortable with it, and Bond became too comfortable, whereas Bond should always have a bit of edge to him.

Moore’s Bond was at his best when he wasn’t Sean Connery’s James Bond. This is one of the big reasons The Man with the Golden Gun suffered, as it felt like a better script for Sean Connery than Roger Moore. Moore’s Bond doesn’t hit women, he romances them and he is (to the best of his ability) a gentleman. Whenever anyone looks for, “generic James Bond,” they look to Roger Moore, and I don’t mean that as an insult but as an observation. He played the role longer then anyone else, in more films than anyone else, and he did play it less emotionally vulnerable than Lazenby and even with less fear/anger we sometimes saw Connery have.

At the end of the day all of Moore’s films are worth watching for one reason or another with the exception of Octopussy (you can even skip A View to a Kill but Christopher Walken is pretty good in it). He just overstayed his welcome a little.

Timothy Dalton (1987-1989)

Originally posted by taladarkiejj

Films: The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill

  • Best film: Licence to Kill
  • Worst film: The Living Daylights

Designation: The Rogue

Calling one Timothy Dalton film better than the other is actually kind of a stupid thing to do because they’re both pretty consistent in quality and they’re both very good. Dalton is a very refreshing change of pace from Roger Moore’s more relaxed James Bond as he goes back to a lot of what Sean Connery did well in his films: he shows fear, he gets angry (he’s probably the angriest of the Bonds), you can tell he’s a little vulnerable (although not as much as Lazenby) and all in all he’s VERY interesting to watch. I greatly enjoyed Dalton’s films, and the reason he is designated as, “The Rogue,” is because we see in his films - more than other Bond films - his personal sense of honor and justice actually outweigh his devotion to queen and country. This is best on display in Licence to Kill (I don’t know why they spell Licence that way) which is probably my favorite of his two 007 films.

Pierce Brosnan (1995-2002)

Originally posted by greatspacedustbin

Films: GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day

  • Best film: GoldenEye
  • Worst film: Die Another Day

Designation: The Near-Total Package

It was sorta difficult for me to designate Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond, for although he’s pretty good he doesn’t really bring anything new to the role. He’s like the middle ground between Sean Connery and Roger Moore: he’s smooth, he’s been doing this a while, he’s emotionally steady, BUT he’s still got a bit of those rough edges. It does make him interesting to watch, he’s not a bad Bond by any means, in fact he’s kind of a perfect representation of all the Bonds before him. He’s got Connery’s rough edges, Lazenby’s romanticism, Moore’s gentlemen nature, and even a bit of Dalton’s rogue tendencies.

When it comes to his films most people tend to agree that GoldenEye is the best of the bunch and Die Another Day should really just be avoided (it’s very cartoony but without the fun of a cartoon, and there is a lot of awful CGI). While people are also pretty harsh towards his other two films I actually greatly enjoyed The World is Not Enough despite Denise Richards less-than-desirable performance as the Bond girl. All in all, Brosnan was the perfect Bond to end a 40 year continuity on before rebooting the series with Daniel Craig.

Daniel Craig (2006-Present)

Originally posted by bridgetfrombudapest

Films: Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre

  • Best film: Casino Royale
  • Worst film: Quantum of Solace

Designation: The Raw Bond

I speak at great length in all of my (re)watches of the Daniel Craig Bond films as to why he’s the raw 007, but here’s the gist of it: a lot changed in terms of filmmaking between 2002 and 2006. Jason Bourne was now a lucrative franchise with the third film coming out a year after Casino Royale, and films such as Batman Begins and even 2002′s Spider-Man showed that audiences were interested in origin stories. Not only that, but Batman Begins proved that something which had gotten ridiculously campy and over the top could return to it’s darker roots very well. This film largely inspired producer Barbra Broccoli to reboot the Bond franchise with Casino Royale with a new continuity, and Craig is playing a Bond who has never been on a big ass mission before.

Craig is not the same Bond who has encountered Dr. No or Goldfinger before, everything he’s doing he’s doing for the first time and he’s really learning on the job. Casino Royale is the best example of this, as Bond is exceptionally raw and undisciplined in that film with a massive ego. As the films progress he grows into more a seasoned veteran (to the point of fault in Spectre) but he’s got just a little bit of edgy Jason Bourne type thrown into him to make him relevant. He’s still 007: he’s still slick and cool, but Craig is by far the most human James Bond ever showing fear, love, anger, sadness, all of it. And it makes for excellent character writing. Craig is, by far, my favorite 007.

Originally posted by artoftheautomobile


A little break in my standard Epic Movie (Re)Watch post but I thought it’d be fun to try something new. I don’t think I’ll do a, “rank the Bond films,” or, “rank the Bond girls,” or anything like that. I may write one more Bond analytical post but it might also be outside of my Epic Movie (Re)Watch and deal with, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” also. Anyway, if you guys enjoyed this format let me know!

NEWT/HERMANN FIC REC

Long time coming, with very poor execution because I can’t format worth shit. So here it is! A newmann fic rec of my personal favorite fics because reasons and slightly because I promised to do this for a friend!

*warning: Nearly all fics under the cut are rated M or E, barring two. Also, I don’t give any real descriptions of the fics other than personal opinions but hey whatever! More maybe added to this as time goes on.

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Mitsu's Top Ten Anime of 2013

Mitsu’s Top 10 Anime of 2013

No particular rules here, these animes are ones I found were appealing to my own personal tastes and ones I recommend above others that came out this year. If something you love was missing from the list I’m sorry, but there were many of my own favorites removed from the list in favor of the ones I found most groundbreaking, inspiring, beautifully animated, written, etc etc. Some of these I haven’t had a chance to review yet! Please enjoy! (1 is the best, 10 is on the lower end (but these are the best of the best so number 10 isn’t by any means bad)

10. Nagi no Asukara

I added this anime after a great struggle to quietly push aside another anime I admire very much. Nagi isn’t done yet, but it’s shown great promise in its first half, being a show that focuses on an age group that usually is skipped over in most anime I’ve seen, preteens. It’s that awkward stage between childish innocence and adult maturity with the main characters fighting between the two while also trapped between the fight of the land and the sea. It’s about FISH PEOPLE to put it bluntly and to explain quickly (my dad cutely calls this “Fishy Anime”) that this anime is just incredibly beautiful and sweet, and paaaainful. I’m really hoping the rest of the series doesn’t disappoint me, but is a genuinely good series to carry over to 2014.

9. Silver Spoon

I love me some slice of life, and Silver Spoon is so much more. It’s educational, feel good, coming of age, and full of things I’d gladly show to anyone. It is a GREAT anime for just about anyone to get into. There isn’t a ton of action and fighting, it’s by no means supernatural, but it’s just so nice! I’m happy to see it return in January and excited to see what fun things we’ll learn next about agriculture!

8. Little Witch Academia

I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS IS GETTING A FULL SERIES I’M SO PUMPED OH MY GOD.

*coughs* I did a review on this one earlier, so much of why I love it has already been explained. Really Studio Trigger (and this little part of it) has just done so well in bringing life so such a tiny little gem like LWA. Anime is magical, and LWA takes that seriously, bringing forth animation that really stands out on its own, a story and characters (and their great designs) that bring color and light into the show and the fact that all of that, a small, half hour long OVA won itself an anime thanks to a mostly WESTERN audience! Please keep an eye out for announcements of the upcoming anime!!

7. Suisei no Gargantia

The Urobutcher strikes again!! And he makes a mecha anime about post-ice age earth nicer and more heartfelt than that painful magical girl anime. He is one backwards man, but Garganita was one of my favorite surprises this year, mostly for the writing and directing. The plot twists were insane I MEAN INSANE, the character development WAS AMAZING for all characters, and the world building and animation was just perfect (SERIOUSLY LEDO GETS A TAN OVER THE SERIES HOLY HELL DETAILS) and it went out with such a wonderful bang.

I wanna say I caught wind of some sort of sequel/movie in the works (I know OVAs came out but CR doesn’t DO OVAs which kinda is their biggest fault at the moment), but I’m not entirely sure, regardless, the anime to me at least ended at a point that was just perfect and I’d be okay if no more showed up, but PUMPED if more were to be released.

6. Kyokai no Katana

A lot of people were upset with KNK’s ending, which surprises me seeing as it was a pretty heart-racing, gut-wrenching and tear jerking climax in my book. I had read the manga for AOT and knew what was coming (and what’s to come) so the climax of THAT anime was not nearly as emotionally provoking as KNK was, as I’ve never read the novel.

Overall, Kyoani has just had a great year and I’m glad they did, but I still stand by what I said, KNK deserved more praise than Free, and I’m happy to see Free returning next year, I’m just more satisfied with KNK as it had an ending that was just perfect, along with a freaking amazingly great story, characters, comedy, romance, and wow the tragedy.  

5. Eccentric Family

One of the few animes I see hardly anything about around was Eccentric Family. It was a really nice short, concise anime with some great story telling and mythology. I’ve gotta say, this one had my attention nonstop, and I came into this series late, having to watch around 75% of the anime before I caught up RIGHT AT THE CLIMAX, so I was all built up and raring to go at the bad guys and crying over the big reveal, and praying that the ending would be good and not RIP MY HEART TO SHREDS, but in the long run, Eccentric Family is a BEAUTIFUL coming of age story, and a story about family.

4. Attack on Titan

I had to put it on the list, not to pander, but just to mention it as AOT really was the anime of 2013. People OUTSIDE of anime knew what it was and it had such a great online presence…The problem is, after months, AOT actually just wore out its welcome for me. It’s already hurt me emotionally in ways you cannot imagine if you haven’t watched the show, yet I absolutely love it. I should hate it, I should hate all of the characters, YET I LOVE IT. Maybe the huge outpouring of pornography keeps me going, and my colossal titan nendoroid, but since the last few episodes of the anime, the OVA, the prequel and the latest chapters of the manga, my soul is just dying.

No anime has caused such emotional chaos since Natsuyuki Randevous or Shiki, maybe even Fruits Basket, but the problem is, those anime are what make me LOVE anime. The pain is GOOD. ;_; There is something wrong with me…

3. Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen

You have no idea how important Rozen Maiden is to me. It actually had an effect on my life and I have been waiting YEARS for this reboot/special series. To explain to people new to anime, Rozen Maiden originally came out during one of the…worst time for animes based off of manga. None of them ever got an actually decent anime and because of this, fat was trimmed, and by fat, I mean STORY AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, replaced instead by pandering and FILLER.

Zurückspulen (German for rewind) was a completely new spin on this to fix the anime the best it could and wow…I could not stop watching it. I have a feeling it had to do with Kirakishou and older Jun. Oh, and that they just kept twiiisiting that knife into my back, which as you can see, seems to keep me interested in anime.

I am such a freaking masochist OTL

2. Kyousogiga

Wowza, this was a great year for anime, artistically and emotionally. I was…mostly mad at Kyousogiga at first (I’m about to watch episode 10.5 to get to speed on what I just watched). Firstly, let me explain: this story is NOT told in chronological order! So you’re jumping back and forth between 4 or 5 different worlds, time lines, character POVs it’s stressful and hard to keep up with, but at the same time, it felt like a puzzle I HAD to put together on my own, slowly putting the pieces together and watching as the big picture came together. I enjoyed every moment of it, the reveals, the concept, and I was SCREAMING in shock in the last two episodes at my poor TV.

Beautiful animation, symbolism, story (despite how hard it is to follow) and I just…I’m in awe of this anime. IT WOULD BE NUMBER ONE IF ONLY FOR ONE SHOW

1. Gatchaman Crowds

It’s great to see something like Gatchaman Crowds come out of the woodwork. It’s retro, but yet it has this new, almost futuristic appeal to it. To me, this anime feels lost in time. Gatchaman itself is an OLD franchise, super popular in Japan, but not in the west, but CROWDS brings forth new technology, character types, animation and music to make this beautiful chic anime that is a treat for the eyes, ears and mind.

I say eyes and ears mostly because of the music and visuals. This anime, from the second it started to the moment it ended had the most visually appealing art style to me all season. Yes attack on titan was beautiful in its own respects (especially once you see the source material), but Crowds had this poppy, minimalist art style and soft color pallet. A lot of people HATE CG in anime like in Tiger and Bunny, but Gatchaman just pulls it off beautifully, taking a new mecha like approach on the old Gatchaman uniforms that were actually one of the main trademarks of the original Gatchaman series.

The music is an absolute treat. As soon as I heard Tutu I was blasted back to 2007 when I’d be playing Katamari Damacy, and it’s such a mix. A lot of people joke that the soundtrack is very dubsteppy, but not in a bad way at all. It takes opera, orchestral works, rock, pop, alternative music, and electrocutes it with the industrial sound of EDM and Dubstep to bring out the futuristic appeal of the Gatchaman Crowds universe.

It also broke the mold on characters. There are characters, flamboyant, masculine, miniscule, feminine, awkward, strange, angry and all in places you don’t expect. I was in awe to see a character in drag…and hardly anyone pointed it out within the series. It was nice to see a lead female character who wasn’t of your normal pick of the litter. There was little to no romance in this anime (though I won’t lie, I will gladly enjoy some when the series picks back up) and WOW JUST THE ANIMATION IS GREAT.

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Regardless of what my favorites were, be it Saint Young Men, Free, AOT or whatever, 2013 was a great year for anime. The year ahead looks incredibly exciting and full of many more TBAs and a great line up prepared for Winter and Spring. I hope you all have a WONDERFUL new year, stay safe, and resolve to watch more anime in the coming year!

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, etc, feel free to drop me a line be it via reblog, ask or whatever :3 I’m always up for feedback!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

zdnielsen  asked:

Hey do you have any good klaroline fanfiction

Thanks for the question zdnielsen, this gave me the chance to create a reference post for whenever I want!

Do I have any? No, but I know some crazy talented folks who do!!

preface this by saying I haven’t been actively reading LATELY so I’m probably gonna miss some people that have joined the fandom more recently

basically anything by:

highgaarden - hannah is really the best tvd ensemble writer imo, and her klaroline makes me want to claw my eyeballs out in a good way. I’m not much into AU’s but I love all of hers so that’s saying something. here is her master fic list. (it will probably take you weeks to get through, so jackpot!)

cbk1000 - She gets this a lot, but honestly the best Klaus writer out there. Her Orginals AU series is probably one of the most robust fics in the fandom and well worth the read. It will make you wish she was actually writing for the show!! You can find her stuff on FF

a few more of my favorite authors:

wordspank // Ao3

hybridtunnelvision // FF

sunoftheguns // FF

theviolonist // FF

theelliedoll // Ao3

concertinacheatingheartbeat // FF

willowaus // FF

liarfaker // FF

little-miss-sunny-daisy // FF

hybridlovelies // FF

+ some oldies but goodies I just think every Klaroliner should read!

Paradise Circus by Lila2 (not finished but every word is perfection and even where she left off could be an ending imo)

But I Surrender Love by Banana71588 (and everything else by her) ((especially if you’re into Alaric!Klaus))

Hand Covers Bruise by grim grace (seriously one of my favorites ever, and her other stuff is great too)

Set Down Your Glass series by imperfectandchaotic

Holy Water Cannot Help You Now by eenasbabysmom

your name like a box where I keep my love by whendocloudssleep

so you didn’t grow up to be brigitte bardot by youcallitwinter

What the Devil Brings by sevenisles (so good but not finished :( )

and if you’re into AUs:

heystrippah has plenty!!!

also shameless plug for my favorite au of all time: all those friendly people; a rival!musicians au (I will never be over it, highgaarden)

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This is a long list, but I’m sure I forgot some amazing writers, please feel free to chime in anyone! I hope you find something you haven’t read yet, and if you’re looking for more specific suggestions just give me a holler! xx

kazuhiramlller  asked:

WAIT SO YOU'VE READ CAPTIVE PRINCE TOO. I need an honest review from someone I know has good taste, stat. Amazon had bad reviews and I don't tend to trust the general tumblr populace has to say... So was it good? great? Completely awful?

The beginning of this sounds like I’m slamming the series, but I own all three books and gushed about it for days, so hold your horses until you finish reading.

Right, so I have several pretentious tumors that make it difficult for me to have fun. This is just how I am. I’ve given up caring whether or not 90% of my person is a stick in the mud or not. With that ‘no fun’ clause in place, I want to say that Captive Prince was my first ‘good time’ read in years. Bear with me when I say that. I’m just coming out of a creative writing/art history degree built on visual analysis, so I’ve had no time for an easy read since basically high school. It wasn’t by choice.

I think a lot of people scrunch their noses at Captive Prince, especially Tumblr, because it has extremely unapologetic sexual content that is evidently self-indulgent. To be honest, this is what made me like it. I miss that sense of ‘I don’t fucking care’ in fan fiction, so seeing it in a published work was like a goddamn treat. I ate it up. Licked the plate, even. I stole rolls and put them in my purse. You might even find the salt and pepper shakers in there.

Pacat conveniently framed it so that fluid sexuality was unquestionable. There are, unfortunately, moments of romanticized slave relationships, but that’s tackled by the eventual horrors she brings into it. Really, you get a sense of ‘this is just how the world is.’ The writer obviously branched from fan fiction, which is fine, but typically, when people make the transition into publishing, they’ve thoughtfully reformatted their tone for the small aspiration to be taken serious by the literary community. I could’ve gone through that whole book with an ink pen and highlighter and done double-time what her editor did. Sometimes you can’t tell if it’s romance or Stockholm Syndrome, but that also sorts itself out. There are a lot of – “Did that even make sense?” moments, but usually, you flit over them. Let’s be fair, we’re always more there for the characters. 

While reading it, it was easy to insert my OTP’s names on top of Laurent’s and Damen’s and build my own massively French/Italian meets Greco-Roman war au. Sometimes it dragged, and then other times, it went way too fast where it needed to drag (the ending), and you can feel when she got sick of certain parts of her own book rather than muscling through and tidying them up.  

Me picking it apart aside, she accurately captures the point blank neuroticism that comes from being abused and how it bleeds into your personality throughout the rest of your life; how it forcefully recreates your identity. She makes good commentary on how relationships cannot always come to fruition because we want them to, even when the pieces are lined up. Love never comes first when real life happens. Pacat was very thoughtful about never sweetening the relationship between the two men when you’re ripping your teeth out because they just won’t be. What makes it so good is how the start’s world building is so devoid from what the ending becomes. She hooks you with the sex and then guts you with unexpected emotional investment. Also, the unreliable narrator aspect of it is handled very well.

Seriously, you cannot have a full-bodied opinion of this series until you read all of it. It’s enjoyable. There’s great sexual tension. The slow burn is something I’ve been choking myself for since 2013. You cannot expect perfection in Captive Prince, but it really got my brain thinking about abuse and me as a person. I know it’s done that for a lot of people. That, in itself, makes it a good read. It also ends in hope. You really couldn’t ask for more. 

Sometimes I feel like people have higher standards for characters more than they do for themselves. I see so many posts about Ron being a shit friend or James Potter being an arrogant bully and people spitting vitriol at these characters as if they themselves would never do such in their situations. Like they would never be jealous or arrogant or mean or whatever.

And I’m just sitting here like guys, perfect do good characters are BORING. They’re not human. People aren’t all good or all bad– moral absolutism doesn’t exist.

What I love about the Harry Potter series is how REAL the characters are. Hermione is a genius but she’s also really fricking annoying sometimes. Sirius is a great godfather but he’s also brash and has a flair for danger which gets him killed. Lupin is a sweet wonderful summer child but he has insane insecurities that leads him to walk out on his wife and child. But at the end of the day– all these characters, they grew and they learned and they were good.

The only real evil was Voldemort. And even Harry– who I think is the closest anyone can ever get to being absolutely good– has his flaws. And I think that’s how life and humanity is. It’s not about being perfect and being good ALWAYS. It’s about keeping ourselves from becoming the worst, learning from every bad situation we find ourselves in, and learning to forgive mostly others and mostly ourselves.

anonymous asked:

Hey Jan, I recently re-read Stone Ocean and wondered what you thought about Anasui. He's grown on me a bit (his doofus-moments are more pronounced this time), but I am still uncomfortable with Jolyne getting together with a serial-killer, and it's weird how it's completely ignored towards the end. Kinda wish his best lines had just been given to Hermes instead, so she could have more screentime.

Oh, that’s a good question! In a perfect world, Jolyne and Hermes would have spent way more time together. But at least we got to see Irene reciprocating Annakiss’s love in the final chapter: it doesn’t feel so one-sided and creepy by the end of SO. That’s cool! Also, I agree that Anasui comes across as a better character in a re-read. I think I mentioned in my Pucci effortpost that he can’t ever catch a break, which I found kind of endearing(!). 

Other thoughts about Anasui: 

His interest in disassembly is never brought up beyond his back story, unless you count Diver Down as some kind of expression of his desire to dismantle things. I guess you could say that its ability to store and release energy is sort of like exploding things from within (?????). Diver Down’s power also goes from fairly specific to so flexible that Anasui can, e.g., implant a frog in a stand’s head without any problems. I sort of wish Araki had stuck with the original limits of Anasui’s abilities and shown him using his interests and powers together. (I mind this issue more than the gender swap, which seems like something that happened because someone in Weekly Jump’s editorial department realized most of SO’s cast was female and that it wasn’t a harem manga.)

Anasui’s back story (specifically, his murderous jealousy and his “dismantling” of his cheating girlfriend) is a super-creepy thing to have hanging over a character who is otherwise usually comic relief.  It’s especially a problem because this comic relief takes the form of his mostly one-sided, obsessive devotion to Jolyne. 

WTF. Slow down, dude. (Sidenote: For me, a similar problem comes up in JJL. I’m not a huge fan of Joshuu, who fills a similar comic relief role; I think he’s great in, e.g., Beetle Tendency and Swindlers’ Road, but I find it hard to separate those moments from everything he says and does around Yasuho.)

At the same time, Anasui’s love for Jolyne is clearly supposed to redeem him. This is a hard idea to buy because love tends not to change creeps in real life; I think your appreciation of his character depends on your personal tolerance for that “good girl redeems bad boy” cliché, and on your ability as a reader to sort of bracket his history from his present actions. But hey, this is a comic, and I like the idea that, in an arc that’s all about legacy, repetition, and choice, Anasui chooses to let go of his past. I don’t think this idea is very well developed, but we do see some suggestions that he’s gradually making room in his head for things other than jealousy and obsession. I especially like his chapters with Weather Report (and not just because Bohemian Rhapsody is bizarre even by JJBA standards). Remember the moment when Pucci blows off Weather’s leg and then yells at Anasui for trying to help and daring to care about his friend? Anasui goes from disregarding anything that’s not directly related to helping/wooing Jolyne, to helping his bro out and getting upset when WR is suffering. I love that! (Not the suffering, obviously: the caring.)

In any case, Anasui is genuinely funny. “Celebrate us” is so delightfully creepy. Jolyne throwing his engagement ring at an alligator is comedy gold. Most of his funniest moments come from his failed attempts to get Jolyne to notice him or rely on him–though let’s not forget “Where the fuck is Mickey?!” And in the end, it’s weirdly moving when he asks Jotaro for permission to marry his daughter right as shit hits the fan. It’s the same obsessive crap he’s been spouting throughout the arc, but in a new context in which Anasui has no control over anything and Jolyne sort of represents the idea of hope for him. He phrases the request super self-consciously, too: “I’m a murderer, I don’t deny it, and I also know that Jolyne won’t fall in love with me just like that.” He knows it’s an absurd request, but he needs to cling to something hopeful in a series of chapters in which it’s increasingly obvious that the bad guy has won.

The dude’s alright, I guess!