midnight ball

This will never fail to crack me up. He looks like Captain Jack Sparrow just decided, “EH - Why not go to a fancy dress & rub elbows with high society? I’ll take all their loose belongings while dressed like an aristocrat & they’ll never be any the wiser! Icouldgetawaywithit!” And, then he did.

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Sleeping Beauty

Beauty and the Beast

The Little Mermaid

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Little Red Ridding Hood

Snow White


Alice in Wonderland

The Goose Girl

Peter pan

Other Retellings

What is your favorite fairy tale retelling? Any retellings that aren’t on the list that you would recommend?
Fantasy with “women’s work”

I’ve been thinking about this post that talks about wanting more fantasy heroines who don’t look down on female-coded work. I realized that I couldn’t think of many that completely fit this description, but I do know of some fantasy novels and short stories that are positive about traditionally feminine tasks:

  • Dragon Slippers trilogy by Jessica Day George: The heroine repeatedly saves the day using her sewing skills. She also becomes successful at making a living by sewing. The author also has a retelling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” titled Princess of the Midnight Ball featuring a boy who knits, but I haven’t read it yet.
  • Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede: Admittedly, Cimorene isn’t too interested in most female-coded pursuits, but she makes great cherries jubilee and chocolate mousse. Cleaning supplies also turn out to play a major role, and there is a witch who makes cider. 
  • Sunshine by Robin McKinley: The heroine works in a bakery and is very passionate about her baking.
  • Antickes and Frets by Susanna Clarke: This short story features enchanted embroidery done by Mary, Queen of Scots and Bess of Hardwick, the Countess of Shrewsbury. It can be found in Clarke’s collection, The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories.
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel: Though more magical realism than outright fantasy, this novel revolves around cooking and the effect food prepared by the heroine has on other people.

Feel free to add any fantasy works you can think of!

Shut up, Malfoy.

Philosopher’s Stone, Ch. 9

Parvati gets a lot of flak from the fandom for being a vapid ditz, but she’s a much stronger person than she gets credit for. She’s the first of the group to stand up to Malfoy about Neville, and tries to defend Harry to McGonagall. She’s also a wonderful, caring friend to Lavender, and she refuses to put up with Harry’s bullshit when he ignores her at the Yule Ball. Seriously, Parvati’s a champ and she absolutely doesn’t deserve the hate she gets.

'Samurai Jack' Wins Big On Adult Swim as 'Dragon Ball Kai' Falters

‘Samurai Jack’ Wins Big On Adult Swim as 'Dragon Ball Kai’ Falters

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The return of Samurai Jack after thirteen years away was well met this past Saturday as the debut episode did 1.55 million viewers at the 11pm hour, making for a very strong showing that must delight the network. Unfortunately, that seems to have made a hit on the Toonami block that follows. While we usually get three or four Toonami shows listing in the top twenty-five rankings, this week has just one show making the list with the midnight showing of Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters. And it had a 200,000 viewership drop from its 1.1 million last week to just 900,000 this week. While no data is available, one can reasonably expect that other shows that night took a hit as well.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, March 11, 2017

Source: The Nielsen Company

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New Year's Sentence Meme
  • "You going to the New Year's Eve party?"
  • "Are you really going to wear those glasses?"
  • "Do you have anyone to kiss at midnight?"
  • "Wanna watch the ball drop with me?"
  • "We should go on a vacation for New Year's!"
  • "How much champagne have you had tonight?"
  • "Ryan Seacrest hosts too much TV."
  • "That's a hell of a lot of confetti."
  • "You have confetti in your hair."
  • "Wait! Don't drink that! There's confetti in it!"
  • "If you're going to insist on wearing those silly New Year's glasses, I'm going to pretend I don't know you."
  • "Another year, another no midnight kiss."
  • "I still don't know what this song means."
  • "I want my life tonight to be like When Harry Met Sally ended."