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How I know I'm in the right major

I legit get an adrenaline rush from writing literary analysis essays.

Maybe it’s all the coffee I drink, but I legit get such a thrill when I finally find that one quote I’ve been looking for to back up my argument. Or when I read through everything I have so far and it flows so smoothly.

Ugh, it feels great, man.

When it comes to the creatures you love, and the things you love and the life you love, what on earth could possibly be more important than soaking them up right now while you still have the opportunity?
—  Jen Sincero, You are a Badass
Character Study: Jason Peter Todd

Anon asked: sorry i keep asking dick and jason questions but can you like do an overview of their personalities and like use in-text examples? its hard for me to get a grasp on characters and their mannerisms and personalities.

Quick Background: Jason practically grew up on the streets as a kid. Between his father who was stuck in a perpetual revolving door of prison sentences and a drug addicted mother, he didn’t have much of a family life before joining the Batfamily. His father was murdered by Two-face and his mother died of an overdose, leaving a young Jason to survive on the streets. Batman found Jason one night while Jason was in the process of stealing the tires off the Batmobile. Bruce will eventually come to take in Jason and give him the mantle of being the second Robin. After only being Robin for a few years he is murdered at the age of 16 by the Joker. He is resurrected by the Lazarus Pit and has since become the problematic character that we all know and love. 

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Carmilla Movie Theory

You’ve asked me to tell you a story, to weave you a theory. My inbox sings with your requests to try and jumble everything together. You ask. I’ll deliver. 

Originally posted by loveisweakness-clexa4life

I’ll give it my best shot because there’s nothing I like more than a challenge. We’re sticking to the usual plan of trying to make the most ridiculous but still kinda plausible theory possible. To start us off, here’s what canon information I have to work with.

  1. The Existing Carmilla Mythos - So we naturally have everything from the 3 seasons to work with. You’ve seen the web series. You know.
  2. The Original Trailer - This is the one on the beach that announced the movie. Frankly, I’m curious as to how much of this will actually apply because from my understanding it was put together before they had a script. As a scene, it’s probably cut.  I’m treating the information as canon because I don’t have enough material to be cutting ANY of it.
  3. The New Cast Information - Literally yesterday, we received the names of three new cast members. Seeing as I’m going to make the case that these are all literary references (stay tuned) just their names alone give me info. They are:
    1. Emily Bronte
    2. Charlotte Bronte
    3. The Woman In Black

Now we do our magical conjecture and fun fact building to try and whip it all together into a coherent story. Basically, I’m going to write you a movie because I’m a novelist at heart and a story structure buff. We’re going to try and figure out what we can expect when the movie releases in the fall (?). Buckle up, creampuffs.

 This is going to get 7k words worth of messy from parents to exes to fish gods to old school novellas. 

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Orphan Black Character Analysis One: Delphine Cormier

Originally posted by ladypusheen

Being that during the past week I’ve binged watched the entire series (only 3 episodes left of season 5 at the time of this post so about over) and I was totally riveted by it, I decided to do an (not too in depth, since most of this is from the top of my head) analysis on some of the intriguing characters. And yes I will go into the Leda clones as well. With the introduction out of the way, the analysis starts below.

Character’s Traits:

I can describe Delphine in three words: passionate, intelligent and cunning. The fact that this show doesn’t have one token “smart” character is great and besides Cosima, Scott and even Leekie, Delphine is one of the characters with high intellect. From the minute we see Delphine interact with Cosima, she’s very interested in her and drawn towards her. Even though at the time she was hired by Leekie to monitor Cosima, she still showed legit and genuine interest. You could argue that it’s a French stereotype for the individual to be passionate, but it fits for Delphine. I think its a fairly human condition to be passionate and interested in people we’re drawn to and love. That’s huge for Delphine’s character and I think that passion for Cosima definitely puts her in certain positions and leads me to the next part.

Charcater’s Role:

Delphine’s role in the Orphan Black story line is an extremely crucial one. I think Delphine is a sort of liaison between clone club, Dyad (for the time in season 3) and even the Neolutionists in season 5. It’s clear to just assume that Delphine is just a pawn in Dyad’s plans or even the Neolutionists, however it’s much more than that. She serves a large purpose and promise to Cosima and the other members of clone club. This ties back into the passion that she feels for Cosima, her motivation is finding a cure for Cosima’s sickness, which will benefit her clone sisters as well. This is a true growth in character, as an audience we see that Delphine values Cosima’s wishes and it shows that she’ll go through great lengths in carrying them out. A great example would be keeping her intel about Dyad and the Neolutionists away from Cosima. She was willing to sever and break her relationship with Cosima (even though it was for a short time) to pursue searching for answers and protecting her. This affected them both extremely, and even gave Cosima a distrusting view of Delphine. I think that the character’s distrust of Delphine really makes her complex, because you don’t really know if she’s good or bad. She’s teetering between certain factions during the show (Dyad especially in season 3) and at times it isn’t clear why she’s doing it. However you soon realize that it’s all for Cosima and her sisters, which makes it all the more endearing. 

Conclusion of Character:

Delphine, even though she’s considered a minor or guest character in the Orphan Black series, she’s one of the best. I think that her character mirrors what certain individuals are willing to go through for those they care about. Delphine (even though a bit cliche but works) fell in love with Cosima at first sight and that is a common human thing. We typically hold some sort of physical attraction toward someone we consider desirable. It’s also a clear human thing to implement certain actions for those you care for. This is something that Delphine and many characters’ of the Orphan Black show do and that’s what makes it so intriguing and realistic.  

This idea just came to me, and I apologize if I overlooked some (or most) things. I found this show just thought-provoking and intriguing that I had to write something (and show my literary nerd-ness) and launch my thoughts on the series out there.

A show of nerdiness. The Finale.

I wasn’t expecting it. Caught off guard by that first glance, I involuntarily debated breathing. My next inhale was orgasmic. Several people looked my way, but I only saw them peripherally and I didn’t care because I was overwhelmed. It was too much. I had to turn away and look at something else.

When I had come round that corner, I recognised the Beowulf Manuscript immediately. Despite this being the first time I had ever set eyes on it, I knew this was it. I’ve read it many times and I felt the words speak to me through the glass and across the letters that formed the Old English in which it was written 1000 years ago. But I wasn’t ready to see the story I love so much. I needed time to prepare myself for such an event.

So I turned and walked around the room, trying desperately to pay attention the other magnificent manuscripts. Nizami’s Khamsah, the Guthlac Roll, Sultan Baybar’s Qur’an, the Gutenberg Bible, and the Golden Haggadah were all there along with many more wonderful things. I could hardly look at them. Beowulf, Grendel, and especially Grendel’s mother were all I could think about.

I took a moment and sat on the small couch. Then I went and stood in front of that display for at least thirty minutes. Pretty sure I ticked off at least four people. Screw them. This was my life’s dream.

Oh. And I saw the Magna Carta too. It was kinda cool.

man why is it so hard to believe that people liked Batman v Superman?? not just die hard DC fans like me, but people like my friend Tash who doesn’t know a damn thing about DC and generally loves the superhero genre and was positively blown away by how unique and beautiful it was? or people like my brother-in-law who knows DC and Marvel canon like the back of his hand and thought characterization was more on point then any other superhero character in a movie so far? what about the literary and art nerds who were surprised when they went to see a superhero flick and got something with depth and nuance, filmed like a painting and written like a revenge tragedy? what about those who just saw the movie because they know the DC heroes because of their iconic nature and didn’t get blown away by seeing characters who have changed their lives on screen together but genuinely liked it and were moved by it??

why is it so FUCKING hard to believe that DC did something good and new and people actually want more???

The Problem with Supergirl

Author note: S3 spoilers ahead (not that you haven’t already seen them). Also, these thoughts are my own, and others may see differently. Respectful comments are appreciated.

For reading clarity: If in italics, I am referring to Supergirl the show, not the character.

So…we’ve all heard the news, had time to process, gotten pissed as hell and maybe a little drunk over it. (Okay, maybe that last part was just me.) Sanvers is on the rocks, possibly irrevocably. And it blows.

But if I’m being honest, I can’t say I didn’t see it coming. I began having concerns around episode 2x14, when it became clear they no longer had any interest in having Alex and Maggie work cases together and that Maggie seemed to be getting shunted into the “girlfriend” role. By not integrating Maggie into the larger narrative (by, say, having her become the NCPD’s official liaison to the DEO), it kept her sidelined and limited her character development. I had hoped maybe that would be in the plan for this season, but…this is me, getting ready to write it myself because clearly no one on their payroll has any interest in it.

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