Amazing photograph of Queen Victoria’s wedding veil and preserved wreath of orange blossom flowers, worn by Victoria during her wedding ceremony to Prince Albert on the 10th February 1840. This photograph is amazing because Victoria was buried wearing the veil, so it hasn’t been seen for over a century.

Royal Collection

Stunning Wedding Dresses with Breathtaking Patterns
Quality and details are often the keys that determine the beauty of a wedding dress. The patterns used on a gown, either presented through the choice of fabric, lace, or artistic embroidery, evoke romance and refined times, and add that special finishing touch to a wedding day look.

Sirimione Round Up

Sirius x Hermione fics I’ve read and loved: 

Toothpaste Kisses by Calebski (Post Veil romance) 

Zest by LJ Summers (Soul Bond AU) 

The Debt of Time by ShayaLonnie (Time Turner AU)

Leather and Lace by Rowena Hill (Romance)

Seasons by Synoir (Romance)

The Art of Bandying by justcourbeau (Shameless Smut)

Kitten by MaryRoyale (Bittersweet) 

Roundabout Destiny by MaryRoyale (Time Turner AU)

The Art of Love by wickedswanz (Definitely a little smutty romance) 

Here come my rambles…

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about just why we like the characters and relationships we do in books. Most of the people we ship would, in real life, be obviously horrible for each other and we would never push them to be together. Also, the most terrible, backhanded, rude characters appear to be the most loved.

My first instinct is to say that it is easier to accept and find these things endearing because with books we HAVE the full story. We HAVE the inner thoughts of individuals who would drive us insane in real life.

Think about it. In comedies, the characters most adored make the rude quips and are always laced in sarcasm. In romances, it is often the dark, misunderstood, elusive men who are the dreamboats. In fantasy, cheers ring out for the slueths, the underground criminals, the ones who are bad but have those tiny silver linings of goodness from time to time. Not to mention the actual antagonists who are often the most watched and listened to. I will raise my hand to that because I am one of those people.

Sometimes I just wonder how many of the people we dislike or find annoying and abrasive would we love if we could read them like the characters in a novel. Just a funny thought.