An Ideal Marriage - A Beauty and the Beast/Downton Abbey AU
Adam Savoy is the sole heir of the Earl of Villeneuve, living a lavish life of spending and gambling. But where he goes, scandal always seems to follow. After a way of paying off Adam’s spending sinks with the Titanic, the Earl orders Adam back to their country home and marry an eligible girl from a good family as soon as possible, or he loses his inheritance.
Belle Deveraux lives a modest life with her father in a small village in Kent. Longing for more than the life of a farm hand, she accepts a job as a housemaid at the village’s big house,Theron Hall, home to the Earl of Villeneuve and his son, to save up enough money to see galleries, universities, and libraries.
When the two meet accidentally, Adam becomes immediately intrigued with the woman who loves Theron’s library as much as he does. But he knows that a relationship between them would not be taken well by society, and least of all by his father. Belle tries to avoid the handsome heir’s advances at first, as she knows that any sort of romance would never be a success, but nevertheless the two are drawn towards each other, despite the world of obstacles that would prevent them from being together.
“Hitching rides from New York to Chicago; keeping enough change in your pocket to make calls from pay phones; making the rounds of friends and acquaintances living in tenement walk-ups, all with the same makeshift end table next to the same beat-up sofa by the same window looking out on the same fire escape—Inside Llewyn Davisis a story whose every particular is firmly rooted in the early sixties in general, and in the West Village in particular. The Coens have always been zealous excavators of the unheralded or bypassed corners of American life, from late-forties Northern California suburbia to the folkways of the modern American Midwest. They are connoisseurs of the spaces between and the moments before and after or just on the edges of historical milestones. And as storytellers, they seem to begin, gleefully, with a self-imposed challenge: Who is the least likely hero-on-a-quest on whose shoulders we can park an entire movie?
That the Coen brothers are comic artists is lost on no one, but I think of them equally as musical filmmakers. Like Martin Scorsese and the many directors who have come after him, the Coens make films with carefully curated pop-music soundtracks (The Big Lebowski, A Serious Man) tied not only to the ambience but also the thematic drive of the works. Each of the Coens’ movies is “set” to the music of a particular variety of American speech …
Whenever the characters in this film pick up their instruments and sing, their sense of time, and ours, shifts from the numbingly horizontal to the poetically and ecstatically vertical … Plain American language in all its glory, a deep and aching sadness transfigured by song into what can only be called affirmation, a tattered, bloody flag of freedom planted in the ground of doubt, cruelty, and indeterminacy. That’s the wonder of this music and the movie that holds it.”
@ittybittyzimmermann i bulleted something for your omgcp x httyd au? i hope this is what you were picturing! (this got really frickin long)
ok so bad bob was the leader of their clan? tribe? village? whatever? and he’s still technically the leader but more and more he’s trying to get jack to take on more responsibilities to train him for when bob retires
bad bob used to win ALL the dragon races, like when he became the leader (chief? someone help me with terminology please) everyone was just relieved because it’s custom for the leader to ref the races instead of participating and now maybe someone else can win
and his dragon is a monstrous nightmare? (the one that sets itself on fire i think, anyway it’s badass) and the dragon’s name is good robert (i got this idea from through the crowd by kirkaut, which by the way is hilarious) and jack also has a monstrous nightmare (who is named after a historical figure, possibly and probably hiccup)
so jack and his dragon hiccup are doing v well, dragon racing with the best of them not that anyone expects anything less. and his best friend/competitor is kent, whose dragon i haven’t decided on yet but i think it’s entirely possible his dragon is the same one astrid rides (think of the bonus angst value b/c of course jack knows about hiccup and astrid and he knows what dragon astrid rode IMAGINE THE HOPE AND THE ANGST)
ok so i can’t really think of anything like the draft for them so here is my alternative solution: kent is faster than jack when they race. jack is worried b/c he isn’t living up to his dad and thinks that means he can’t be a good leader. he stays up at night worrying about it and is so tired that he falls off his dragon in one of the races and hits his head on a rock on the way down