masterful storyteller

  • me: understands that the last scene in epi 11 was not a victor/yuuri breakup. the pair obviously need to communicate to each other and come into terms with their feelings about each other's careers. it was only a mere play of words to keep us, the audience, on the edge of our seats till next wednesday. kubo has not yet failed to impress me with her masterful, fast paced storytelling.

Now that I completely understand The FInal Problem, it is my favorite episode.  Their trick was cruel, yes, but this is their best episode. It is masterful in its storytelling.  I’m not being even the least bit sarcastic.  This is my favorite episode by far – that is until the next one is released within the week. This is groundbreaking television.  This will make history.  I can’t believe they’re doing it. I’m shocked that it’s working. Every single thing is completely on schedule. If you think I’m lying, read what I just wrote here.   It’ll all become clear.  


Trollhunters (2016) | Official Trailer

Trollhunters is an epic saga from master storyteller Guillermo del Toro featuring a group of friends who discover a fantastical new world wrapped beneath their home town and who will face a battle between good and bad trolls. All episodes available on December 23, 2016. — Netflix

A Love Letter to Hibike Euphonium

With Kyoto Animation’s latest darling work having come to its end I find it important to take a moment to really look at Hibike! Euphonium. Kyoto Animation, while always boasting masterful visual storytelling and cinematography, has not had a recent streak of strong narrative. The like of Phantom World, Amagi, and Chunnibyou all ranged from being simply entertaining to rather hollow in terms of their thematic structure and grander narrative. While this never bottomed up for them–even in the case of Phantom World–these kinds of shows were not the Haruhi’s or the Clannad’s that give the studio its rep among the community. By comparison Hibike is a real star that outclassed much of anything I’ve seen as of recent by a large margin.

Every little aspect of the narrative or the cast in Hibike Euphonium all work to say something about its core themes and message, elements that drive the story and all of its characters. Not since Kanon 2006 have I seen something this wonderfully executed in terms of thematic implementation. Hibike is a story about passion, about what passion can do for you and what it means to have interest and desire. Every character’s in the show can be boiled down to two basic questions, “What does it mean to be passionate about something?” and “What does having passion in something do to a person?” and this is something that drives to the core of the entire cast. And what’s special is that every character answers these questions differently. Natuski develops a passion for music because she sees it as a way to connect to the people she cares about. Nozomi’s passion comes from a sense of unity and a fulfillment in improving one’s self. Hazuki wants to do whatever she can to allow the people around her to enjoy themselves. Reina sees it as a way to become special and reach out to those who inspire her. The list goes on and on for every character. 

One on the important concepts regarding this that the show examines is asking where passion is derived. While many members of the cast have their own reasons coming from their own personal experiences–such as Taki’s commitment to carry on the dream of his late wife–something that is true for the entire cast is the idea of passion inciting passion. For most every character, their drive comes from the drive of another. Taki’s wife inspires Taki who inspires Reina who inspires Kumiko who inspires Natsuki. Nozomi inspires Yorizuka who inspires Yuko. Asuka’s father inspires Asuka who inspires most of the third years. These chains can be drawn all throughout the show. For Hibike Euphonium passion is something wonderful that when pursued gives you a sense of purpose and identity that is invaluable. This acquired attitude is infectious. It is, after all, one of the largest reasons why Taki is able to whip the band into shape in season one. 

Speaking of season one, it takes a bit of a different specific approach to the themes than season two does. The first season is largely the story of Kumiko. Her arc is told throughout the entirety of the first thirteen episodes and her character is always changing and growing throughout. The first season is, for this reason, much more about the importance of finding what you love and giving it your all, something seen in both Kumiko’s relationship to music and her relationship to Kousaka Reina. It is important to note that Kumiko begins the story without having passion in anything. She has a mild interest in music but actively avoids it in high school, this despite her moderate talent in the craft. It is not until she sees Reina’s passion does she come to realize her own. In one of the most powerful and well animated scenes Kumiko runs off in a panic screaming about how she personally wants to improve as a musician, that her words to Taki assuring him that she could play her piece were not coming from nothing, but rather from a passion she now had. By the end of the series Kumiko has found an identity, built relationships, and has discovered a drive to improve as a result of her passions. Her conversation with Reina at the end of the season, in which Kumiko explains how she will never abandon her, works on a larger scale to represent the changes in her outlook in general. Kumiko will no longer run from what she cares for and will be open in her passion and interest, for both music and her loved ones.

Season two builds on this now that Kumiko is strictly defined as someone who is passionate. The focal point becomes about how easy it is to lose that passion and how important it is to fight to keep it always. Nozomi, Yorizuka, Asuka, and Kumiko’s sister all face something that shakes their passion, something painful in which the easiest option is to give up. Nozomi and Mamiko give up and grow to be bitter and isolated, while the others who begin to walk that path lose their light and will. We see it in the fact that every one of these characters always comes back to music, however, that the ultimate message is that it is always worth it to keep following your passion. Asuka playing at the nationals, Mamiko supporting her sister and pursuing her own dreams outside of her parent’s wishes, everything ties back to this: One’s happiness is derived from doing what pulls them, identity and motivation come from doing what one has passion for. This is ultimately what Hibike season two leaves us with.

The relationships formed from the inciting of passion and through the arcs that analyze the depth of their passion are ultimately what makes this sea of thematic framing work. Casting aside the question of romance, the relationship between Kumiko and Reina is in and of itself inspiring and moving in subtle ways unlike anything I’ve seen in a long time. Every growth and step back in their bond comes from a clear place for clear reasons and is always evolving. The awkward distance turning into a one sided admiration turning into two people pushing each other to excel was absolutely stunning. And this level of complexity in character interaction isn’t reserved for the leads, its seen in Kumiko inspiring Natsuki, growing to love Asuka, to understand her sister. The interactions are all so human, so deliberate. With the exception of Shuichi, every character had their moments to grow and from bonds that defined and redefined them and made the ensemble cast feel alive like little has this year.

Sound Euphonium is beautiful. It is well orchestrated, animated, and filmed, but then again so are all of Kyoto Animation’s works. What really makes this show irreplaceable, one of the greats, is its clear sense of purpose and how that purpose bleeds into every aspect of the narrative. What results is a world composed of thinking and feeling people in a story about how a girl finds something to care about and love, and how that changes her forever. All with a cast of characters who’s struggles and plights work in tandem to push them all to even greater heights. This show makes me laugh, cry, and be completely taken aback at seeing these people work hard for what they believe in. It tells us that no mater what we should always work towards what makes us happy, to give ourselves to our passions if we have them and to find them if we don’t. In the end every single character and me myself leaves the show a different person than how they were when it started, because that’s what finding something you love and are passionate about does to you.

Now that 850 is out, I would like to say a few things *ehem*

1. PUDDING IS EEEEEEEEEVIL (though again, it’s Oda, so she COULD be good all along, but the gravity of her actions/expressions seem to be way worse than Robin or even Boa before their face-heel turn)

2. To the person/s who called that what Pudding whispered was that she’d assassinate Sanji, and then people thought they were delusional, you can celebrate and shake your tail feathers, because you were SO RIGHT!

3. What do you mean people didn’t see this coming? So many people thought she was shady af from the start since so many things didn’t add up (Though I did lose hope after 849 which just proves how Oda is indeed the Master of all storytellers.)

4. SANAMI TIME: *evil cackle* With this revelation, it was shown that Nami cried for Sanji twice, once at the start of the arc and after Pudding whispered she’d kill him. PLEASE NOTICE that the panel is focused on her horrified face when Pudding specifically says the lines, ‘I’ll kill that idiot!’

5. Not even getting into how she looked more shocked than Luffy to hear Sanji proposed to Pudding, dare I say heartbroken?

6. Also, notice how in one panel, you can see Sanji packing tangerines in his picnic basket, along with wine? I mean that seems like a weird thing for Oda to give panel time on. (But you know us shippers, we see symbolism in everything.)

Hayao Miyazaki -born January 5, 1941- is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. Through a career that has spanned five decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio.


The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Rating: ★★★★☆


Ken Follett is known worldwide as the master of split-second suspense, but his most beloved and bestselling book tells the magnificent tale of a twelfth-century monk driven to do the seemingly impossible: build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known.

Everything readers expect from Follett is here: intrigue, fast-paced action, and passionate romance. But what makes The Pillars of the Earth extraordinary is the time—the twelfth century; the place—feudal England; and the subject—the building of a glorious cathedral. Follett has re-created the crude, flamboyant England of the Middle Ages in every detail. The vast forests, the walled towns, the castles, and the monasteries become a familiar landscape. Against this richly imagined and intricately interwoven backdrop, filled with the ravages of war and the rhythms of daily life, the master storyteller draws the reader irresistibly into the intertwined lives of his characters—into their dreams, their labors, and their loves: Tom, the master builder; Aliena, the ravishingly beautiful noblewoman; Philip, the prior of Kingsbridge; Jack, the artist in stone; and Ellen, the woman of the forest who casts a terrifying curse. From humble stonemason to imperious monarch, each character is brought vividly to life.

The building of the cathedral, with the almost eerie artistry of the unschooled stonemasons, is the center of the drama. Around the site of the construction, Follett weaves a story of betrayal, revenge, and love, which begins with the public hanging of an innocent man and ends with the humiliation of a king.

At once a sensuous and endearing love story and an epic that shines with the fierce spirit of a passionate age, The Pillars of the Earth is without a doubt Ken Follett’s masterpiece.


I saw the TV miniseries based on this book years ago, and when I visited Scotland and saw some of the awe-inspiring castles to be found there, I started thinking about the story again. I decided to read the book, and started listening to the audiobook. I think this was a good move, since the book is almost a thousand pages long. The timeline spans across an entire lifetime, so it has a lot of ground to cover. Overall, it struck me as Game of Thrones without the magic. It is not fantasy, but it takes place in a similar setting, were we get to follow both nobles and commoners alike. They all have different motives and goals, but their stories are beautifully woven together. Another thing that reminds me of GoT is the level of violence. This book should definitely come with a few trigger warnings in my opinion, and some scenes were very difficult to get though. That is something the reader should be prepared for before picking up this book.

The thing that stood out to me the most in this book it the Cathedral around which the story is centered. The way the author describes the techniques and the perils of building and the symbolism imbedded in the stones really shows a remarkable knowledge and understanding. Reading this book, you start to understand the enormous amount of work that went into such a project in these times, but also how much it came to impact ordinary people’s lives. To the people in this story a cathedral is not just a building, but something much more. I don’t think I will ever look at great buildings like cathedrals the same way ever again.

I recommend this book for people who enjoy long, intricate stories with many characters. You should also be prepared for dark and brutal scenes. This is in no way a light read, but to me it was so worth the effort. If you in any way find the premise of this story intriguing, I urge you to pick it up. You will not regret it.

//Love from L

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sententiousandbellicose  asked:

Have I mentioned in like a year how much I love OFD. Even when other Sherlock things let me down, that story has not. You are a master storyteller and I'll happily wait for whatever you share next. Also, way to go on that paper submission! Rest up, treat yoself to something tasty or cute. You've earned it!!! :D

Ahhh- I am answering a bit late, but thank you so much for the kind words and the congrats on my paper submission!! I was very pleased to finish it. :))

My Reactions to Scanlan

Episode 1: Ugh another Bard with an ego that doesn’t take anything seriously, uses his bardic chords of creation to get laid, and who messes with the tone for everyone else. I wish Sam would treat Matt’s game with some respect. 

Episode 58: *Crying softly* I love you Scanlan, you are my favourite - I laugh and cry at your whim. Sam is master of comedy, music, storytelling, and makes sure everyone at the table is treated well. 

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Princess Beatrice Attended  Popsurgar’s  Master storytellers on January 5th 2017,  At Encore Las Vegas.

It was a dynamic panel featuring female entrepreneurs  whom shared their expertise and insights over dinner.  I would think Princess Beatrice was there to show her support to her friend,  Misha Nonoo who was one of the  speakers at the event.

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anonymous asked:

Even back then, while I enjoyed it enough, I felt it could have been better than it was. I admit, my opinion of its writing is souring a bit... Game ended onna cliffhanger, to boot. Not only is it non-canon, I think any shot for a sequel is gone.

It’s probably for the best that they didn’t make a sequel to Chronicles.

Because given what masterful writing and storytelling they showed off in the first one, you know they’d find a way to make a plotline involving Robotnik taking over the world underwhelming. Or maybe they’d turn it into a Diet Coke SatAM… which is already a Diet Coke version of the games.


Rich Moore loved the world that he and Disney built, and the districts and things that weren’t in the first movie, would most likely be in the sequel.

And he also stated that Judy and Nick’s relationship will be either romantic or platonic.

I would love to see them build up the relationship to romance, to see them get together. All of this build up means the best relationship, because it takes the longest time.

A great blog @agentexeider said that the Wilde Hopps romance is being rushed at Disney world. And rather see the romance being built up, even if it takes YEARS.

I agree so much!

It may not be in the sequel, but it’ll happen eventually.

And for me, if Zootopia 2 does have Wilde Hopps, I think Disney will surprise us.

They are the masters of storytelling and filmmaking, so I’m really excited!!’

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violaeads  asked:

let me rephrase: top FIVE animated movies

i want everyone to know she said “fave animated films” first and we would’ve been here all night (but if u want a longer list here you go)

1. the iron giant. no one is surprised favorite movie of all time hands down. fucking. masterful storytelling. excellent animation and plot?? emotional, hilarious, perfect in every way? (i mean it’s very white but it’s also maine so)

2. kiki’s delivery service oh my gosh what a childhood fave. first movie i was obsessed with i watched it all the damn time. just really sweet and young and so relatable even though she’s a witch? like you feel her struggles and her excitement and her determination and you want to see her succeed and make friends and even when something happens that you don’t understand you can come back better from it. i love kiki so much

3. wall-e !!!!! almost no dialogue for most of the movie until the end, but still full of life and emotion even tho its about robots? but its about humans too and its about what we CAN do and also what we do for love of all sorts and for each other. oh my gosh what an amazing movie. and very romantic

4. god it’s getting close now!! the book of life!! its so colorful and so much fun and it tells a story that you can just TELL the entire cast and crew poured their dang hearts into it and even when its cliche or cheesy or predictable its true to the story that it set out to tell and its really perfect that way? plus um all 3 of them r in love and thats some magic too.

5. THIS IS SO HARD but i’m gonna say either ernest and celestine or kubo and the two strings. i haven’t seen kubo enough times yet esp recently so for just now i guess e+c. first off its all watercolor and beautiful what r u doing. second its about the purest friendship in the world and defending it no matter what. the sweetest, tooth-achingly cute movie i can think of.

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How old are you?: 25

Current job/ Dream job?: Currently a stay at home mom which is my dream job while my children are small. When they are older/grown, I’d love to become a certified nurse midwife.

What are you talented at?: Musically gifted, played french horn for 7 years, decent singing voice, etc. Decent writer. Excellent bedtime storyteller. Master in the art of pb&j making. I’m a pretty damn good wife and mother. 

What is your aesthetic?: snacks and naps and pajama pants

Do you collect anything?: Not really? I hate dusting so i try to avoid collecting anything that i’d have to dust. 

Good advice to give?: Learn to differentiate between what is true and what is bullshit in regards to your inner dialogue. Not every thought you have about yourself is the truth. Sometimes you have to tell yourself to stop being an asshole to yourself and remember that you are actually a spectacular human being. 

Recommend three songs?: Battle of Evermore- Led Zeppelin, Butterflies- Sia, Eet- Regina Spektor

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Probably my favorite scary thing Neil has ever written (which is saying something, given how many scary things Gaiman has written during the span his career). It’s just a brilliant, masterful piece of creepy storytelling. 

This reading of the story is particularly great because of the audience, whose reaction gradually goes from amusement to unease to full on silent fucking dread and discomfort during the course of the story and it is just a glorious thing to witness.

I’ve been tagged by @relentless-for-jesus in her positivity post to list five positive things about myself and five things I love about God (thank you DeJa!). Here we go!

Things about myself:

  • I can laugh at myself
  • I don’t like lying to people
  • I try to express gratitude whenever I can
  • I know how to juggle (does this count..?!)
  • I am loved by God

Things I love about God:

  • His overwhelming grace and love
  • His artistry, and the beauty He’s put in this world
  • That all true wisdom comes from Him
  • He’s a master storyteller
  • He is infinitely stronger than the evils of this world

I tag @aubscares@i-amneveralone, @eroticarejected, and @porniscancer for this, as well as anyone else who feels like doing it :)