Did you ever feel bored midway writing a scene? Or lukewarm? Do you feel like readers will jump full chunks of text?
Well, I used to feel that all the time.
I disliked outline with a passion. I thought it stole the magic away from creation. I thought it would trap my story in a box. Whenever I tried, I had no idea where to start, so I blamed outlining all over again. I would just write the first scene and allow my story to unfold itself. Although it is fun to let your story take the lead, it’s also chaotic.
I realized the importance of outlining on my third book. After months and months of hard work, my story turned out just… boring. Weak characters. A plot full of holes. No defined theme. Useless scenes. And a story that started with a goal, but changed so many times along the pages and accomplished almost nothing. Slow. Tedious. I was frustrated. I had to delete more than half to make it work. Even after rewriting, I wasn’t happy. That project was a major fail.
And failing was good, because, on my next project, I outlined.
I listed all arcs and, within the arcs, all scenes. I was mad. I wanted control. I wanted power. And I only sat down to write when I knew exactly what was going to happen from start to finish. I never wrote something that fast and effortlessly in my life. It didn’t take away the magic of writing, it simply gave me a sense of direction.
Outline is a map. And when you have a map, you have a journey to make.
If, like me, you are a bit lost, here’s how you can create the map for your next novel, or how to outline your book scene by scene. I’ll share with you three techniques, but will divide them into three posts. This is the part one. Or the Map Technique.
I advice you to grab pen and paper, and move away from the computer. Find a comfortable spot, maybe a coffee shop, or by your window. And let’s work!
Before outlining, write down your storyline in one phrase. I’ll be using an example to help you understand this technique. So, my storyline is:
Masked twins fight against a violent dictatorship.
Now, let’s start.
In every journey, we need a departure point and an arrival point. This is essential for a map. And, if it’s essential for a map, it’s essential for our outline. So, create the start (departure) and the end (arrival) of your story. With my example, it goes:
Twins have their lives destroyed by the government (departure)
They destroy the government (arrival)
Amazing!! Our map is taking form.
What else a journey must have? Milestones. Without milestones, we don’t know how far we are from the arrival. They are essential as well. But how can we put milestones in an outline? Easy. Between departure and arrival, you will list every important arc (or event, or key scene, or plot point) that must happen in order to take the plot from start to end. More or less like this:
Twins have their lives destroyed by the government (departure)
Their family is destroyed
They are taken in by their uncle
Uncle and twins plan their revenge
Twins find their mask
Twins perform small acts of justice
They gain the respect of the citizens
Government sees them as threat
Government tries to erase them
Twins perform huge acts of justice
They are almost killed
Uncle is killed
They perform one last act of justice by killing the dictator
Citizens claim for democracy
Democracy is installed
The twins destroy their masks
They destroy the government (arrival)
All milestones are placed, nothing too fancy, just a description of what we’ll be seeing along the journey. Good.
From milestone to milestone, we have roads, or sequences of roads. Between arcs, write down sequences of scenes that must happen to move the plot forward. For example:
Twins have their lives destroyed by the government (departure)
Their family is destroyed
Twins live with their father (who is an important journalist)
Father is abducted by the government
Social worker takes them to lonely uncle
They are taken in by their uncle
Twins and uncle can’t adjust to new life
They are all filled with grief
Uncle comes up with revenge plan
Uncle and twins plan their revenge
Twins trains while uncle perfects his plan
Twins and uncle adjust to new life
They become a family
Twins find their mask
Getting ready for their first step
Twins perform small acts of justice
They destroy factory that uses slave force
They kill politician who closed hospitals
They kill a famous torturer for the government party
They find their father’s file
Discover that father was tortured and killed
They gain the respect of the citizens
We are almost there…
Because, in every mile of the road, we have landscapes. Scenes are landscapes. And we need hundreds of different landscapes along the journey, beautiful ones, strange ones, unexpected ones… we need scenes. To every sequence, create as many scenes as you need:
Twins have their lives destroyed by the government (departure)
Their family is destroyed
Twins live with their father (who is an important journalist)
Father receives a journalism award
Twins enjoy the party
It’s time to go
Father drives them home
Father is abducted by the government
In isolated street, the car is stoped
Two man attacks them and abducts their father
One of the twins receive a scar on their face
Twins are left alone in deserted street
Social worker takes them to lonely uncle
Social worker takes them from the hospital
Drives them to poor area
Leaves them with unknown uncle
They are taken in by their uncle
Twins and uncle can’t adjust to new life
Twins can’t eat
Twins won’t leave the house
Uncle tries to get information on what happened to his brother, but fails
It’s believed that their father died
They are all filled with grief
Uncle and twins have a sincere talk about father, they tell past stories, they laugh, they cry
For the first time, they have dinner together
Uncle comes up with revenge plan
You can almost see the story playing inside your head like a movie. That’s the magic of a scene by scene outline. :D
This last step is optional. But it’s a great exercise to trim the rough edges. Under each scene, catalog which character(s) you’ll need, what place(s) will be used, what does the scene accomplishes and ways it can unfold. Example:
Dean X Reader; Mary tells Dean that the reader cheated on him to stop him finding out about her (Mary) stealing from Ramiel.
Knocking on the door of the bunker, you shift on your heels outside of the place you used to call home. Palms sweaty, heart racing and you’re sure that you can smell the nervousness radiating from you.
The door opens, your now ex-boyfriend looking anything but jolly to see you on his doorstep. “Sorry, I already gave all my change to the homeless guy down the street.”
“I’m just here to get the rest of my stuff, then you’ll be clear of me for good.” Standing up straight, arms crossed against your chest, you hold your head up high, refusing to feel belittled by the man who tossed you away so easily.
He runs his tongue across his bottom lip arrogantly, a sarcastic smile on his face as he pulls open the door, inviting you inside begrudgingly. “Make it quick. Don’t take anything you didn’t pay for.”
“I wouldn’t dream of it.” you spit, striding past him angrily, the ache in your soul becoming even more prominent from being this close to Dean, yet knowing he’s no longer yours.
You pass Sam and Castiel in the kitchen, ignoring their judgemental gazes as you head to Dean’s room, to a bed that used to hold two bodies, not one.
Pushing all the memories within these walls away, you grab your suitcase from under the bed, flipping back the lid and throwing your belongings inside. You wanted to be out of this place as swiftly as you could be, your presence clearly unwanted.
“I’m surprised you had the nerve to show up here.” You look back over your shoulder, Mary leaning smugly against the door frame, your attention moving back to your suitcase. She was the reason you were packing in the first place, the lies she told Dean being the very statements to sever the ribbons of your relationship.
“Yeah? I’m surprised you’ve got the nerve to still be here.” you hiss, a bubble of laughter leaving her lips as she pushes you closer and closer to the edge, anger bubbling inside you. “Aren’t you afraid your web of lies will unravel?”
“Don’t be silly, sweetheart, my webs are perfectly crafted. My son will always believe his dear mommy over some worthless bitch.” Now it’s your turn to laugh, not a slither of humour in your tone. You skim your fingers over the white frame on the beside, the besotted couple grinning at the camera.
If someone had told you then, that just months down the line Mary would be alive and kicking, and she would be the very thing to rip your lover from your arms, you would’ve laughed in their face.
“You know what,” you spin around, your glare harsh enough to wound as you stare at the poisonous bitch in front of you. “I hope your boys never find out who you really are. It’d break them to know their mother almost killed their best friend.”
“Not only are you working for the British, but you disturbed the Prince of Hell, stole from him and then stood in silence as Castiel’s life drained from his eyes.”
Her expression turns colder as you taunt her, her lip quivering in anger, not being able to take the truth you’re dealing out. She makes her way towards you, fists clenching, as you speak aloud all the damage that she’s done. “Shut your mouth.”
You shake your head, standing up against her, refusing to cower under her wrath. “If you were my mom, I’d be wishing you’d have stayed on the ceiling.”
Smack! Your head sharply twists to the side as her hand makes contact with your cheek, smugness running through your veins with the knowledge that your words have hit home. “If you ever tell anybody about me stealing from Ramiel, I’ll cut your heart out.”
“She doesn’t need to tell me anything.” Mary jumps at the sound of the voice, your fingers rubbing your cheek, trying to soothe the sting. Dean enters the room, coming to stand by your side, his mother lost for words.
“Sweetheart, let me explain…” She trails off, the level of vexation in Dean’s eyes enough to shut her up. Her eyes move to you as you watch the scene unfold. “You little bitch-”
Dean pushes her back as she lunges for you, his broad figure standing protectively in front of your own, your heart clenching, hoping that maybe there is something left to salvage.
“I want you out of here, now. Don’t bother coming back.” Dean warns, the ice chill in his voice something you’d been faced with a few minutes before. Mary weighs up her options, before backing out of the room resentfully, a vengeful twinkle in her eyes.
Once she’s gone, you turn back to the task at hand, shoving your final few things into your suitcase, ignoring Dean’s burning stare on your back. You move around in silence, him not being brave enough to break it, and you wanting to hear an apology before anything else.
“Why didn’t you tell me?” You freeze at the question, Dean’s voice timid as it should be. Throwing the shirt in your grasp onto the bed, you turn to face the older brother, not being able to believe his arrogance.
“Oh, I’m sorry, I don’t remember you giving me a chance to say anything when you believed your mom’s bullshit lies over me.” He looks down at the floor as you scold him, your eyes beginning to glaze over with due to frustration.
“I’m sorry-” you cut him off with a scoff, his emerald eyes as glassy as your own as he lifts them upwards to meet you. You want nothing more than to wrap your arms around him, tell him that everything is forgiven and you can go back to how it used to be.
“You weren’t sorry when you kicked me out in the pouring rain and called me a dirty whore.” The dam breaks, you cursing yourself as you turn your back on Dean, your fingers roughly swiping away the fallen tears.
You zip up your suitcase, thankful you’ll be alone in a few minutes and able to sob to your hearts content without prying eyes. “What are you doing? Don’t go.”
“What does it look like I’m doing, Dean?” you sniffle, grasping the handle of the case and holding the heavy object to your side. “I want you to be happy, and if that means me leaving, then so be it.”
You shove past the older Winchester, your chin quivering as you somehow hold in your cries. You let out a shaky breath as a hand grabs your arm, Dean’s warm touch stopping you in your tracks.
“Stay. All I want is for you to stay.” he pleads, his throat thick with emotion. You turn your head, his glassy eyes meeting your own, a desperate look on his face.
After what feels like hours of silence, you make your decision. “Five minutes. Let’s see how well you do.”
A/N - Thanks for all the support on my last Dean imagine, it was incredibleeeeeeee!!! Feel free to request :) now, gif before the imagine, or after??? Let me know! X
-2 years before the wall? Wait is this like a baby bat Rhys POV?
-oh God this field isn’t a nice place. Kinda like it tho.
- omfg 6 High Fae… 6, to defeat one Illyrian… damn.
- Rhys is so protective if his brothers it’s killing me.
-AGH PART ONE HERE I FUCKING COME.
-Yes Feyre, burn this shit.
-Already thinking about that wingspan Feyre? Can’t blame ya.
- Ugh Tamlin no can you not enter this moment just yet. Ugh Lucian I’m fucking watching you.
-Oh for Fuck sake I gotta read about Ianthe soon to?
-ugh I just want some smut and it’s only page nine.
-Feyre you can roll your eyes. God knows I am.
- Oh hey Ianthe, go Fuck yourself Ianthe.
-You definitely revived something from Rhys hands Feyre, but it was far more pleasurable than torture.
-Lucian I won’t ship you and Elaine. But please, for the love of God, kill Ianthe.
-Oh hell fucking ni, Jurian, go fucking Fuck yourself and stay the Fuck away.
-Oh snap, Nesta and Elaine already so powerful they can drain the cauldron.
-Oh snap, Feyre laying down these facts. Also that’s how I spell Miryaim’s name.
-Feyre you savage.
-Jurian, talk about Elaine like that again and I will kill you.
-Oh Fuck off Ianthe, I’ve read enough of you.
-Okay Lucian, my heart is softening towards you.
-God I missed you Alis.
-Damn summer solstice is giving me goosebumps.
-Rhys you are giving me life.
-Uh Oh, Tamlin’s getting jealous of friendship.
-YOU FUCKING BURNED THEIR WINGS.
-Ahhh Feyre you also cringing about Elaine being fucked by a fire blooded male?? Let me introduce to Azriel. He’s far better in my opinion.
-All these painting titles… we’re they like, working title for Acowar.
-Rhysand you get that tongue to work.
-Also Tam you prick.
-TAMLIN YOU MOTHERFUCKING PRICK HOW WOULD YOU LIKE A WHIPPING.
-God Alis, my bae.
-Feyre slit her throat.
-Yes Feyre Fuck this bitch up.
-Oh these twins. Can you fucking not.
- Go Lucian Go.
-Bring on Part Two.
-“He can get in line,” Feyre getting a list of people who wanna kill her to rivals Aelins.
-Oh for Fuck sake, everything was going so well, until Lucian’s brothers showed up.
-OMG CASSIAN YOU’RE BACK.
-AZRIEL MY CUPCAKE.
-“There’s no such thing as a High Lady,” bitch excuse me.
-Cassian you melt my stone cold heart.
-Mor my darling.
-OMG IT’S HAPPENING, RHYS IS COMING.
-Amren, boo. Hru?
-Lucian being called a girl, I’m dying
-“Go find somewhere else to be,” I know what that means.
-The smut was worth it.
-Oh I missed the banter of my baby bats.
-And Rhys’ swearing begins.
-Cassian sunning his wings. I wonder if a certain Nesta sees.
-Cassian trying to be chill around Nesta is my new aesthetic.
-Nesta reads romance. Hell Yes.
-“You come between a male and his mate, Nesta Archeron, and you’re going to learn about the consequences the hard way.” Trying to foreshadow something there Cassian? I Ship.
-No is mentioning the sorrow and longing in Cassian eyes, Feyre, for the same reason no one mentioned it when Rhys looked at you all those months ago.
-Reading about Elaine is painful.
-I’m relating to Elaine and all those open curtains too much… shit.
-Cassian you’re to precious.
-I missed the Amren/Cassian banter so much.
-Shit Mor is getting pissed.
-Feyre keeps calling Rhys mate and I’m feeling bad for the Australian readers.
-“Because I can’t stay away” well Fuck me if they ain’t mates.
-Nesta looking as Cassian like he’s the only one in the room.
-Damn right there was a reason Lucian wore a fox mask.
-Idk what to write but the nessian at pg.203. gahhhhhhh.
-“Surely Nesta wasn’t anything he couldn’t handle,” omfg Feyre, it’s hilarious of you to think that.
-Feyre were you not there for Acomaf. He was very clearly, cocky then.
-Library sex? I’m in.
-oh, so no library sex.
-To the Bone Carver we go. RIP.
-Oh so, the Carver, and the Wearer are- I’d be shocked only I read that spoiler.
-Oh so the Carver is a mirror type of perosn? What even is a mirror person? Is it his kink?
-Oh Nesta having death powers.
-Feyre constantly calling Rhys mate tho.
-Tbh all I wanna know is who or what the carver appeared to Cassian.
-Everyone in this book be complementing Rhys good taste.
-Ah Az and Elaine be starting. Az be carrying his ship.
-Poor Cassian. Nesta will come around, I promise, I read the spoiler.
-YES AZRIEL SHOW HER THE GARDEN. I’VE READ THIS SPOILER PAGE SO MUCH AND NOW IT’S MINE.
-You know, I wrote a fanfiction about Az and Elaine in a garden and her calling his scars pretty. They kissed in it.
-“Azriel isn’t the ravishing type,” Rhys you should read the fanfic I wrote about him. He loves to ravish.
-omg Cassian calming Nesta- ugh how many more pages until this kiss?
-Az, sunning your wings for Elaine? How scandalous.
-“Why not make them mates?” Feyre babe I’m asking the same question.
-FEYRE YOU SHIP ELRIEL TOO? Oh sweetie I love you more than Cassian rn.
-Rhysand, let Feyre play matchmaker.
-I was about to bash Kier for insulting Az, but Az got this shit.
-Oh not this fucking Eris bitch again.
-Rhys the Fuck you playing at?
-Okay, ngl I know Mor is gay but those Eris know? Ffs.
-Okay everyone is fighting and I’m more intrigued than I should be.
-Double d'aw Elriel.
-Pg.303 and back to sassy Az.
-Sassy Az KS giving me life.
-It was at page 306 that I realised I was in love with Az.
-Nephelle’s be giving me goosebumps.
-Yes bathtub scent with Rhys.
-Oh it’s actually a massage scene? I’m in.
-Feyre are you trying to start a war? Cassian flying with Nesta. Dammit who am I kidding I wanna see that.
-Yes Az, help Elaine in the garden. I am sailing this ship.
-Nesta watching Cassian lick his fingers and I’m like, now imagine that kissing elsewhere.
-Nes? I ship.
-Some shit happening in the library.
-ohhhh so we finally reached the part where people wonder if Elaine is a seer.
-Yes Feyre, put Elaine’s riddles together.
-Okay that scene was intense but Nessian at the end was calming.
-“Amren on the hunt,” a novel by sjm.
-Damn Az, took you awhile but bravo, she’s a seer. God it couldn’t be any easier to love you.
-Lucian I swear to God if you die, looking for this sixth queen, I will kill you.
-Also where is my Suriel.
-Shit Alis don’t die.
-oh FFS, look, “king” of Hybren, old buddy. If you’d kindly fuck off. Only it’s late, I don’t need these plot twists.
-Look, “King,” I’d pay good money to see you try and take Feyre.
-Rhys if you could destroy my upcoming exams the way you did those ships, I’d be grateful.
-pg.379, more smut, hell yes.
-pg.381, Nesta all concerned.
-The amount of sex feysand are having. That wingspan must be truly impress you Feyre darling.
-So Cassian is terrible at complements.
-Ah yes boys, bringing up that wingspan again.
-This Nessian tho.
-“she threatened to freeze my balls off,” Kallias, Viviane, welcome to my heart.
-I’m in love with Viviane.
-God sake, Tamlin Fuck off.
-Tamlin, let me tell you, Rhys and Feyre have fucked so much I’m sure he could recount every noise she is capable of making.
-Fucking shut up Tamlin.
-Eris if you’d kindly shut the Fuck up too, it’d be a pleasure.
-Pg.438, Nesta, damn, *blows kisses.*
-nvm of 439, Go Feyre. Slay.
-Helion…. wait… look I can’t go around loving all these people. It makes me look like I have a heart.
-You know I’d be surprised at Lucian being a whole, some air of dawn court, but I already read that spoiler.
-Okay mor is gay why is- you know what, never mind, I give up.
-Oh. Oh Fuck.
-lol, I’m so tired, whenever I hear the wall mentioned all I can think of is humpty dumpty.
-“Don’t even start,” Nesta, sweetie, we’ve been shipping this since the last book.
-Part three here I come.
-btw this is still the same day for me. I’ve read up to part three in a few hours. It’s two in the morning. Never underestimate a fangirl deprived of her smut.
-Jurian just has to show up, doesn’t he.
-idk who I am to believe anymore.
-I wanna say Fuck this shit I’m out. But I am so in.
-So am I meant to trust Jurian or not.
-Nessian will kill me quicker than these plot twists.
-Ayyy more shut, god I love you Sarah.
-Yes, the Suriel is coming into play bitches. I’d been surprised by what happens only I’ve seen this spoiler too.
-Okay first thing first, Ianthe please Fuck off Secondly rip Suriel 2K17.
-Cassian what happened. Nesta please. I know the ending and shit but tf happened.
-Feyre be joining up these dots about which way Mor floats.
-This, Varian, Amren thing, yeah I’d like another five books of it.
-Awww, Az, you’re to sweet and selfless.
-I’m so tired IDK how to feel anymore.
-Oh greatttt, Feyre got hit with an arrow. Any more plot twists.
-Wait Tamlin? Fuck, ugh.
-d'aw, Elaine kissed his cheek.
-it’s four in the morning. I have less than one hundred pages left.
-Fucking hell Elaine stab them bastard.
-Also Nessian hell yes.
-Also…wait what’s happening.
-Rhysand you fucking bastard it’s five in the morning don’t do this to me. I know you live god dammit don’t fucking do this.
-oh thank fuck that’s all settled.
-This book. These plot twists. These ships. It’s all so heart wrenching and shit.
-Wait is she flying over Velaris in her lingerie.
-Fuck it’s half five in the morning. I read this book in under 24 hours. I need to sleep.
-omfg I need to read this shit again. It was so good. The High Lords, the banter, the near death experiences. The romance. The sass. Sarah you queen.
-if the at least the novellas don’t have nessian or Elriel tho I may be tempted to cry.
And that, my friends, is a snippet of the roller coaster if thoughts and emotions I went through. I was too tired to cry during it but my heart was successfully ripped out a few times.
A comparison of Jasper storyboards inspired by evieisyourqueen/critically-bitter. Save two exceptions I chose boarders that provided a lot of Jasper content, at the very least a full scene’s worth. Katie and Lamar I didn’t include as they drew Amethyst disguised as Jasper. I didn’t know how heavily that influenced their drawings of Amethyst/Jasper in the episode so I didn’t include either of them. If they do board more for her or post more art of her I’ll probably update this list with them. Hillary wasn’t included as she hasn’t boarded Jasper at all, and unless I missed it or didn’t pay attention didn’t see enough art from her with Jasper to get a solid grasp on how she’d draw her.
All that said, let’s get this analysis started!
I really like Colin’s Jasper! It’s fairly consistent and looks very nice. The arms are well defined and her jaw and neck look thick and powerful without seeming awkward. Said jaw is rounded but without looking too soft either. Her expressions are some of her best here, especially those smiles she gives. My favorite aspect is probably the hair though. It’s huge and fluffy, something about how Colin draws it gives it presence and feeling. All around a great Jasper.
Fun Fact- Colin also drew some of the early sketches for Jasper before her design was finalized!
While occasionally inconsistent looking, Jeff’s Jasper is still quite good. She reminds me of a Tiger a lot in this episode, fierce and intimidating. The hair seems to have less volume on the whole, but spikes up when she’s especially angry. The chin is either rounded or angular with her body a touch on the leaner side of Jaspers at times. I’m not always a fan of how he draws her mouth, but it’s a smaller complaint compared to other stuff we’ll be getting into… Another good one all said and done, if a touch inconsistent at times.
Another great Jasper! Her expressions are probably at their sharpest and most frightening here, just look at that grin! Her hair is really big here, though not in the same way as Colin’s. It really adds to her already massive size, which is always a plus. Her body type also seems to be just right here, not too small but not too thick either. The jaw looks more rectangular here compared to Colin’s rounder one. While it’s not my favorite, it’s certainly up there.
Fun Fact- Jeff and Joe have also boarded Malachite the most so far!
Here’s where it starts to fall flat a bit. The brief parts where Jasper is boarded by Lauren are… not great looking, to say the least. Looking at their sketches is a better indication of how their Jasper could look, but I’m still not a fan. Something about the torso feels off and the fact this is a leaner looking Jasper isn’t helping. The hair isn’t as big but certainly fluffy looking, The face has it worst here though, with the over all shape and the too big eyes making it look rather off compared to other Jaspers. At the very least it’s consistent, but it’s not helping much.
Surprise! Zuke’s Jasper isn’t my least favorite! That honor goes to the inconsistent and quite off model boarding of Paul Villeco, and my god does it show. All these are from different episodes and dear lord it’s bad. From the odd jaws and ridiculous proportions of The Return to the long neck and odd body shapes in Crack the Whip, it’s hardly ever looks good and looks ridiculous at worst. He has improved though and by Earthlings his Jasper manages to get some consistency, but it’s still a touch too lean and even the consistency falls apart once the corruption scene happens (though he also didn’t board that part entirely). It gains some points for saving itself at the end, but outside of that it’s my worst by far.
Fun Fact- Despite being my least favorite Paul Villeco actually boarded Jasper the most. Huzzah.
Now here’s a return to form! While some minor inconsistencies with the hands, hair, and teeth abound, this is still a great Jasper. A well proportioned and thick body, a strong jaw somewhere between Colin’s and Joe’s, nice looking hair on the whole and wonderful expressions, Raven’s Jasper makes me wish she drew her more on the episodes she had with her rather then Paul. All over a good Jasper, if lacking some sharpness on the whole.
Without a doubt my favorite Jasper. The hair looks wonderful, the right mix of volume and fluffiness. The body type is excellent, looking strong and well muscled but not leaning too far on the thick or lean side. The best part hands down has to be the expressions. While the eyes aren’t as sharp as I would prefer them Rebbeca never makes them feel too big and the range of emotions she gets on Jasper is amazing. Definitely the first person I draw from when I want to draw Jasper.
Fun Fact- In addition to never drawing Jasper with her helmet Rebecca also drew additional boards for Jasper in Chille Tid and Earthlings!
Amber hasn’t had a chance to board for Jasper much yet but I hope and pray she does soon. While some of the proportions look off and the hair not super consistent, Amber’s expressions are amazing on Jasper, in particular the detail on the teeth. More of Jasper’s huge canines in the art please. Now that she’s been upgraded to a storyboard artist maybe we’ll see some of her Jasper soon! Maybe? Please…?
Soo… I saw Rogue One again last night on IMAX. Some random thoughts:
In the bunker while little Jyn waits for someone to get her, in the low glow of the lantern light, you can see her silent tears rolling down her face. At eight, she learned how to cry silently. I imagine that, until she saw her father’s holo on Jedha, from eight until twenty-two, it was the only way she ever cried if she cried at all: alone and without a sound.
I’ve been pronouncing Chirrut’s name wrong for months now. I’ve seen this movie twice before. His name is not a text post. What the hell is wrong with me?
You can see how much Jyn and Saw cared for each other when they reunite on Jedha. There’s a lot of hurt, but also a lot of love that never went away.
The looks on Baze and Bodhi’s faces when they see NiJedha destroyed breaks my heart. You see it pass through their eyes: their home is gone, everyone they ever knew is now dead; incinerated.
I got chills every time Cassian shouted “JYN!” because this guy has no chill and I love it.
Jyn lashes out at Cassian after Eadu because he has lied to her and had intended to kill her father, but it strikes me that the hurt is amplified because up until then, she has trusted him more than she has trusted anyone else in almost a decade. And like in the novel, she doesn’t just feel like he lied to her–many people have lied to her–she feels betrayed because he mattered, and he’s shown that she matters to him somehow, too.
The first time I watched it, I was totally in the uncanny valley with Tarkin. Less so the second time, and this third time, I was like oh yeah, that’s cool, that looks fine.
TARKIN IS TALL. I never noticed this before, but he’s a giant. After we got home from the movie, we put on A New Hope and yep, Tarkin was always super tall, but he looked average sized because he was always standing next to Darth Vader who is a giant.
The lack of personal space, oh my gawd. I mean I noticed it the last two viewings and obviously during all the times I stared moonily into the various gifsets, but seeing it on IMAX, like whoa. They’re six inches away from each other practically every time they speak. One stumble and they’re making out. WHY DID THEY NOT STUMBLE EVER? STUPID SURE-FOOTED REBELS.
Ben Medelsohn nails the look of terror when Krennic meets Vader. By all accounts from the Rogue One press tour, he was legit terrified when he shot those scenes, and it shows, and it’s perfect.
Felicity Jones is fucking amazing in this part and I’m literally the fight me emoji (ง'̀-‘́)ง to all the haters because if all you want is obvious scenery-chewing to represent deep emotion, then get out of my face you clowns.
By the time we get to “welcome home,” Jyn and Cassian are so into each other, like, I cannot even.
Oh, Bodhi. You were key to all of this. Your bravery was the first domino to fall. Without you, none of this would have happened. And then, taking charge on Rogue One. Giving orders. What a change from the shell-shocked, post-Bor Gullet Bodhi on Jedha. Galen would have been proud of you, too.
When Baze smiles my heart melts a little bit and then I die inside because he’ll be dead soon, too.
“Your Father Would Be Proud” kicks in as soon as Cassian saves Jyn from Krennic on the tower, and I was barely holding my shit together right then and there.
THE LOOKS IN THE TURBOLIFT LIKE WTF CAN I JUST FREEZE TIME AND LIVE IN THAT MOMENT FOREVER? OK. THANKS. I THINK I’M PREGNANT NOW?
Jyn and Cassian walking to the beach is like peak handsomeness and beauty. Goddamit, Diego and Felicity. And goddamit, Gareth Edwards, you done good.
THE HUG ON THE BEACH IN IMAX PLZ SEND HELP.
Every single one of them died knowing that they had completed their piece of the mission. Bodhi patched through to the Alliance. Baze and Chirrut turned on the master switch. Kaytoo helped Jyn and Cassian get the data file. Jyn and Cassian successfully transmitted the plans. But none of them never knew for sure if the Alliance got the plans. They’d never know that the Death Star would be destroyed. They’d never know that they were all parts in the sum of the whole. But they all died knowing they gave it everything they had to give.
was amazing! Emotional and action packed with zinging dialogue.
What struck me
most was how full circle it was. “Missing” sets up the heroes versus
villains battle that will come to fruition in the finale, but it also kicks off
the basic question Oliver must ask: What makes a hero? What makes a villain?
Those concepts are not always rigid. In fact, the very essence of hero and
villain is fluid.
Oh… and did I mention there’s an
Olicity reunion scene?
I did a thing a while back (a
year ago, in fact) where I tried to make a primer for sports
animes. I have since watched Many, Many More so let’s do this
again (still no Daiya no Ace tho). Based purely on my own
meandering experience, here’s a hopefully comprehensive guide on
picking your next set of adoptive sons.
There’s ten shows so this is going to be
long, you guys. Just… so long. And there will be many exclamation points.
kookies-and-myrok asked: Hello, sweets! I love your writing and I’m not just saying that Lol i always get excited when you post smt, anyways do you write parent au’s? If you do can I get a BTS reaction about what they would be like as a single parent? If not then its okay! Keep up the great work 💜
This doesn’t necessarily work as a reaction, but I can do a little like… bullet drabble or whatever on this. Either way, very doable. - Admin Dayna
There’s like… this anime called Amaama to Inazuma (a.k.a. Sweetness and Lightning) which is basically about a single father who raises his daughter to the best of his abilities but he can’t cook as well as his wife (who passed away). I see Single Parent!Jin being like that… except in Jin’s case he can actually throw down in a kitchen
Lots of love and affection
Smothers his baby girl with kisses before dropping her off to daycare and after picking her up
The daycare moms thirst after him bOI
His cookies sold out the fastest at the school bakery
Partially because Daycare Moms are trying to give him the succ
Mainly because his cookies are bomb asf
He got hoes
Reads/sings his daughter to sleep at night religiously
Chocolate covered Strawberries while they watch cartoons together
Shed a single tear in the beginning of Finding Nemo evRYTIM
Was literally floating on air for like a month because his daughter told him he was the “handsomest appa”
Tries really hard to scold his baby girl
Can’t look her in the face when he does it because she’s too damn cute
Puppy Dog Eyes work every once in a while tbh
Will cAUSE A FUCKING SCENE IF HE EVER HEARD SOMEONE WAS BULLYING HIS CHILD
Dad jokes, fucking duh.
Picture this: Yoongi is chilling, right? Lounging on the sofa, watching some psychological mystery film or whatever emo shit he watches. His face is pretty indifferent. He’s unbothered asf. His right arm is covered in scribbles and squiggles. His 7 year old son is currently surrounded by markers, casually doodling on his dad’s arm.
Lets his son choose whatever toys he wants
If his baby boy wants a nerf gun, he’ll get a nerf gun.
If his baby boy wants a fucking bubblegum pink barbie jeep atv, he’s getting a fucking bubblegum pink barbie jeep atv.
Also lets his kid wear whatever he wants
Supports the creative and imaginative endeavors of his child
Does not support coloRING ON THE WALL YOU LIL DEMON BABY
Sometimes stares at his child and thinks “whose mans is this?”
Also looks at his child and thinks “that’s the love of my life”.
One time considered redecorating his closet just so that he can hang a bunch of mirrors on the wall so that whenever his child does something stupid, he can sit him in that closet and close the door so that he can look at his reflection and reevaluate his 7 years long life.
John, frustrated with his place, with his restraints, with his own damned pride, finds himself walking out on the moors in the early morning hours. It is quiet in that way that only the moors can be: peaceful, but busy with the murmur of late frogs and early birds, the buzz of bees, the song of the wind through the long grasses.
Beyond the hills, the trees, the horizon, the sun rises.
John ducks his head into the cover of his collar and walks, the hem of his coat dragging wet through the morning dew. The house behind him is sleeping, but for the first scullery maids and stable boys, and John imagines that he can leave behind the disaster he’s made in his heart as easily as he does his overbearing mother, his newly engaged and unbearably delighted sister, and the oily slick memory of Lord Mycroft Holmes, looming out of the darkness of the safe and familiar rooms of home.
If he is to be unhappy now, it will be only of his own making.
Yet John remembers the softness around those pale eyes just yesterday, the confession in them as he passed Clara Bingley into Harriet’s waiting arms, and cannot now suppress the seedling of hope growing beneath his breast.
And then, a hush.
Through the fog, through the grey-green-violet fields, through the first weak strains of sunrise, there is a miracle with hair wild and shirt open, coming across the moor toward him: Sherlock Holmes.
He is now as John had for so long not been able to imagine him to be – soft-edged and warm-cheeked, looking over John with such wonder and longing, as if he can scarcely believe him to be real.
If John had been able to see this truth in him from the very beginning, he might have saved them all a great deal of pain. But what’s done is done, and it has been Mr Holmes’ goodness of heart that has slowly begun to repair the damage left in John’s wake, and John can see him now for who he truly is.
Mr Holmes stands in front of him. John swallows. “I couldn’t sleep,” he offers in explanation. Niceties and social rules hardly seem to apply to a meeting on the moors at sunrise.
“Nor I,” Mr Holmes says quietly. “My brother…”
“Yes, he was here.” John offers a shy smile to soften the blow.
Mr Holmes’ neck and cheeks are flushed against the chill of the morning, and the colour deepens with embarrassment. “However can I make amends for such behavior?”
John would lower his own eyes in shame but finds he cannot tear them away. “After what you’ve done to protect us from Ms Morstan, and I suspect for Harriet, it is I who should be making amends.”
“You must know,” Mr Holmes chokes out, suddenly overcome, “Surely you must know it was all for you.” John does know. John does, and he nods, and Mr Holmes says, quickly, breathlessly, as if he might lose his nerve, “You are too generous to trifle with me. You spoke with my brother last night, and it has taught me to hope as I’d scarcely allowed myself before. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed – but one word from you will silence me forever.”
John looks up into Sherlock’s eyes, willing him to see there how John’s feelings have changed, and says nothing.
After the longest moments of John’s life, Sherlock begins again. “If, however, your feelings have changed…” His lips are trembling as he pauses, collecting his courage. John holds his breath. “I would have to tell you. You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love – I love – I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.”
Oh, but to hear it said, to hear it confirmed, to hear that it is still, after everything, still true: John’s chest is full to bursting, an ache of light and adoration that stills the flurry of John’s thoughts and soothes the very deepest places in his soul.
He steps forward, takes Sherlock’s hand. Sherlock, unblinking, lets him.
“Well then,” John whispers, bringing Sherlock’s knuckles to his lips. I shall never be parted from you from this day on, he breathes over them, and Sherlock’s chest hitches as if he has heard the words said aloud. “Your hands are cold.”
John closes his hands around Sherlock’s fingers, holding them close, holding them with promise, and Sherlock leans in, resting his forehead against John’s, letting himself be held, letting himself give in.
Somewhere in the distance, the sunrise crests over a ridge, and warms the first tentative breath of a kiss.
Every izuocha scene in bnha and other izuocha stuff
Despite this fanbase being so small, they actually have a lot of scenes together… so lemme start from the very beginning
Uraraka stopping Izuku from falling from falling on his face as well as saving from 5-6 seconds of utter embarassment.
Look at how happy he is to talk to a girl, and a cute girl for that matter, and it just so happens that she is actually the first girl Izuku has actually ‘talked’ to. It’s not like Izuku has never spoken to a female in his life before (I mean he has his mom, and I’m sure he’s talked to other girls in his past classes but you get the point), but this was like the first time according to Izuku that he had a real conversation with a girl.
Izuku is a hella nervous for the entrance exam and he sees Uraraka as a source of comfort, well at least someone to talk to for him calm him down a little before Iida stopped him. This isn’t like an actual romantic moment or whatever so don’t hate me for this please, but at least it’s something right?
Izuku saving Uraraka from the robot, this scene is what triggered their friendship. He could have chosen to run away like everyone else did, he had zero points but he still chose to sacrifice his chances of getting into U.A just to save her.
Uraraka going out of her way to beg them to let Izuku at least have some of her points, no normal person would do that… no one would go out of their way to make sure a complete stranger passed, I mean it’s an exam so it’s every man for themselves. And look at how touched Izuku is here… with the kind of shitty people around him (bakugou, his middle school classmates, his middle school teacher, that doctor) he never would’ve imagined anyone going out of their way to do something like this for him. They actually both made an impact on each other after the entrance exam. And I know for a fact that people are gonna argue with this and say that she was just being nice and shit
You’re telling me that you’re just gonna ignore this?!!! He indirectly said this girl was attractive.
Here he is acting like a normal socially awkward teenager who’s too shy to talk to a cute girl, and we’re just gonna ignore this??? I mean he can’t even look her in the eye, doesn’t that mean something?
Uraraka cheering for Izuku in the backgorund…
Uraraka being worried about Izuku’s swollen finger…
Izuku finds Uraraka to be very attractive again, twice.
Izuku blushing like crazy because he’s on the same team with a cute girl who just happens to be his first real friend, who’s a cute girl.
And this is probably the most important moment. Izuku easily accepted the new meaning that Uraraka gave to the the demeaning name Deku. We all know that it’s impossible to change the meaning of the word, especially a word that a lot of people already know the meaning of. I’m sure Izuku knew that. He probably would have accepted the name of it was someone else who changed the meaning but I don’t think he would’ve accepted it as quickly as he did for Uraraka, because it really touched him when she said that.
At first you’d think Izuku just felt super flattered for what Uraraka did to his name, but he took it to heart. Look at him confidently declaring the ‘new meaning of his name’, this surprised Uraraka too because… well she didn’t think he’d take it seriously.
Bakugou has zero chill XD
Izuku treasures the new meaning of his name so much that he even decides to make it his hero name, aka the hero name he’ll be using for the rest of his life, the name that he’ll forever be known as, and the name that sounds so demeaning… good luck with that my son…
Uraraka voting for Izuku knowing fully well that she could have voted for herself, but she voted for Izuku because of her admiration for him.
Uraraka being the only person to notice Izuku wasn’t in his costume. Izuku blushing, or getting excited… or blushing I can’t really explain what was going on here between these two but they were definitely having a moment.
Uraraka teaming up with Izuku when he was all alone which brought Izuku to tears. She teamed up with him because she’s most comfortable with him, they’re both really good friends, and because she admires him so much. Izuku is surprised too, because if she teamed up with anyone else it would give her a better chance for her to win. So once again, Izuku’s touched by Uraraka’s affection towards him.
Uraraka getting jealous of Hatsume because she’s getting all of Izuku’s attention. It’s not like Uraraka wanted to be the center of izuku’s llife 24/7 or anything but how can I say it… it’s kinda annoying to be really good friends with a boy and then some other girl just swoops in from nowhere and grabs his attention, I mean I know I’d feel a little ‘ish’ if that happened to me, because Uraraka was basically like the third wheel throughout the cavalry battle, and no one likes being a third wheel.
Uraraka admiring Izuku’s strategic mind once again, although she mainly said this because she was feeling uneasy.
Izuku knew Uraraka felt uneasy about going against Bakugou, so he went out of his way to make a plan for her to win. It’s funny because this is exactly how Izuku felt before his first fight with Bakugou, and Uraraka was the one comforting him and trying to help him feel better, and now the roles have been reversed.
Although I’m glad Uraraka rejected his help, because it helped her realize that she couldn’t always rely on others for her success.
Izuku was rooting for her throughout the whole Kacchako battle (and jeez, have I ever said how much I love Bakugou and Uraraka in this fight) and he was concerned for her safety. Izuku was Uraraka’s motivational drive here, her motivation to win.
Izuku was rooting for her before the match even started, sure he felt nervous but at least he didn’t immediately think he she was gonna lose like EVERYONE else did.
Izuku feeling bad for not being able to do anything for her…
He’s the only one that goes out of his way to check up on her, not even Iida, or Tsuyu.
Izuku saw right through Uraraka and she obviously knew she was lying about being totally fine. He felt guilty that he wasn’t able to do anything to help her win… even though there was really nothing he could do.
Uraraka’s helped Izuku out so many times, so the only thing he wants to do for her, what he needs to do for her is return the favor.
This was part was pretty sweet on both ends.. although I’m still not sure if Bakugou was pissed off at Izuku because he thought he let Uraraka use her quirk carelessly and throw him off guard (gonna wait for the anime to clear that up, afterall this episode is gonna air in about 2 weeks or so…)
Anyway, Izuku is defending Uraraka here by saying she’s completely capable of devising strategic plans on her own.
Izuku getting super flustered after having a real conversation on a phone with a girl… who just happened to be Uraraka. Uraraka getting teased about being in love…. she could have called Iida too, but she decided to call Izuku instead.
Uraraka using Izuku as a source of motivation, again.
I think we’re all familiar with this scene. This is the moment Uraraka realized that she may in fact have a crush on Izuku.
And this is the moment when she sorta confirmed it, and she even said “probably”
This. This is just adorable.
My buddy @happycloude-91 pointed out in this post. This was probably one of the sweetest things Uraraka’s ever done. She did a little first-aid thing for Izuku to at least try and reduce the pain even though she knew it wouldn’t do much. She didn’t try and stop him and say “there’s no way I’ll let you go! Not with those injuries and blah blah blah”, because she understood the weight of the situtation and she understood Izuku’s feelings, plus Izuku probably wouldn’t have listened to her anyway.
Hell she even tore her shirt in half to help Izuku and seemed like it worked pretty well. We all know that Uraraka doesn’t have a lot of money, and she probably doesn’t have the best clothes either, yet she still sacrificed to help Izuku.
Hatsume is a trigger to Uraraka’s jealousy, since it mostly pops up when she’s around. Her face here, she obviously doesn’t like what she’s seeing, because not only was Izuku almost explodo-killed, he came chest-to-chest with another girl!
Uraraka getting a little more jealous here because Hatsume’s getting Izuku’s attention, but she mostly feels like she’s getting left behind and she wants to walk side by side with Izuku.
Uraraka’s feelings for Izuku confirmed. The fact that she was thinking about the whole thing with Hatsume all day shows something.
Uraraka noticing and admiring Izuku’s strength again.These pages just say it all…
In the hero license exam, even though ‘Uraraka’ came out of nowhere with absolutely no plan at all, which could have led to her failing right there…
Izuku still jumped in to save her, jeopardizing his own chances of passing the exam.
adding this because the way he carried her was just…PERFECT.
This is probably one of my favorite scenes in this arc. Izuku knew Uraraka wasn’t that careless, he knew that she was much more stronger than that.
This line has a lot of depth in it guys. Izuku knew Uraraka was a lot smarter than to come out without any sort of plan.
Uraraka believing in Izuku’s strength.Uraraka sees Izuku as an image of victory, that’s why she always thinks about him when she’s in a pinch or is she wants to win (let that be a reminder for those who think she’s ‘obsessed’).
Izuku is to Uraraka what Kacchan is to him, an image of victory. (but we don’t go ahead and call Izuku obsessed whenever he thinks about Kacchan, which he does A LOT, do we???) It’s not that she’s obsessed with being like him but she has the same feelings that Izuku has for Kacchan.
Uraraka getting jealous again and contemplating her feelings.
Uraraka’s feelings getting in the way of her focus.
Chapter 109 says it all, at least in Uraraka’s side, she knows that she has feelings for Izuku. I’m not gonna say the word love because this is a fan translation so it’s not 100% accurate, also the word love is pretty strong in Japan, so I think Horikoshi must have used a… how can I say it? a less serious word in the second panel… I could be completely wrong though.
We know that she ‘shut down her feelings’ but that doesn’t mean they’re completely gone right?
Uraraka notices things about Izuku, and you can read all about that in my other buddy @rex101111‘s post here.
Also, have I mentioned that they are ALWAYS together??!
And there are a lot more screencaps of them standing together and that includes the panels I used for this post too, but we know that I can’t fit all those screencaps in this post XD
The omake. I can already feel all of the kacchako shippers glaring daggers at me XD.
But anyway, many misinterpret this as a Kacchako scene… but it’s actually not. The reason is because, Uraraka came to talk to Bakugou about Izuku, not her, or heir fight, but Izuku. I know people are gonna be like “she sees through Bakugou!” or “Bakugou called her by her name!”, but let’s be honest, what Uraraka was saying here was: you either make up with Izuku or just stop being mean to him. Overall her primary concern was Izuku, because nobody likes to see their friend/love interest constantly get bullied right?
Another thing is the drama CD 7. The drama CD 7, the drama CD 7, the drama CD!!! I freaking love the drama CD 7, because it is a safe haven for us izuocha shippers.
Izuku and Uraraka eating lunch together, Uraraka teasing Izuku for nerding about heroes… well she didn’t exactly tease him, she giggled and he blushed!
Izuku and Uraraka chatting near Izuku’s desk before Bakugou came and interrupted them XD
Izuku saved Uraraka from the sludge villain and he happened to hold hands with her for a very long time, and Bakugou himself had to point it out!
Izuku stuttering and blushing after he realized just how long he held Uraraka’s hand and how good it felt. Then he starts to remember how he had to do a folk dance with a guy when he was in middle school because there weren’t enough girls… and I love how my son is such a loveable nerd/dork omg XD
Uraraka mistook Izuku’s flustered face as some kind of adrenaline rush which was adorable.
There were other good scenes in the drama cd, but these are like the cutest ones, and mind you the drama CD was written by HORIKOSHI KOUHEI!
So it’s technically canon :p
I know I said that the wiki is about 98% accurate, but if people can believe Jirou is a lesbian from reading the wiki then I can believe this right? I know the love is one sided for now, but Izuku has shown a lot of signs in the beginning of the series, he obviously won’t show any now because of where the series is going… but it’s gonna come back…soon.
and one more thing…
WHY THE FUCK DOES THIS TAG EXIST???? THIS IS THE ONLY SHIP IN BNHA THAT I’VE SEEN WITH THIS TAG!
There are only like two posts under this tag and one of them just happens to be someone answering my ask, and if you’re wondering why I like that post if you ever see it, it’s because I like all posts that answer my asks just to let the person know that I’ve seen their answer.
a/n: i want more reggie asap like riverdale give us more reggie please i need it in my life. i also had a lot of fun playing around with like kind good protective reggie instead of jerk jock reggie!! asshole to the world but never to his girl!💙💛🏈1️⃣4️⃣
prompt: 55- “don’t you dare lay a finger on her” & 86- “you know it’s okay to cry”
you walk out of the gym still clad in your cheerleading uniform, the hall filling with the loud commotion of kids as they pour out from their classes.
you see the jocks exit their locker room rowdy from practice you assume, as you make your way toward your locker one of the jocks bumps into you sending you toward the ground
“watch it idiot” i spit annoyed picking myself up of the floor “me watch it? how about you watch your mouth vixen” he steps closer to me trying to intimidate me. i place my hand on his chest pushing the jock out of my face
“you think your tough because your a bulldog?” i giggle and roll my eyes at the teen “get out of my face Chuck”
i try and move past as a crowd gathers but he’s hands dart to my arm and he pulls me back pushing me up against the lockers “no can do princess” he snarls
“seriously chuck stop being a meat head and let me go” he steps back and i glance at him before walking forward only to have chuck grab a handful of my ass as i pass
i freeze turning on my heel “what the hell chuck!” i yell feeling sick to my stomach “oh c'mon (y/n), i had to see if the rumours were true” he bites his lip and runs his hands over his head taking a good look at my body
i suddenly feel self conscious in my uniform and lookas a crowds gather “CLAYTON!” a sudden voice yells
i search for the voice as none other than reggie mantle steps through the sea of jocks and shoves his friend into the lockers behind him just like the boy had done with me.
“ah chill mantle im just having fun with the hottest little river vixen, right (y/n)” the jocks get giddy pushing on each other like ‘bros’
“it’s fine reg forget it” i mutter to the raven haired boy turning to leave the scene “yeah reg it’s fine” chuck tease slipping past the boy and walking briskly toward me to get one last touch of my ass
i squeal disgusted in the boys actions, and like lightning reggie is next to me in a flash shoving the dim witted boy up against the lockers holding him up by his sweat shirt
“don’t you dare lay a finger on her” he warns getting into his face “you hear me” he shouts and the boy nods vigorously “okay okay reg chill” he drops the boy down and I turn walking away as fast as my legs could take me.
“did i hear that chuck & reggie were fighting over you today!” ronnie gushes as we prepare for the big game.
i roll my eyes applying another coat of mascara to my lashes “jeez v it wasn’t like that at all” i exhale placing down the wand and turning to face my two best friends “chuck was being a handsy dick and reggie stuck up for me thats all”
they share a puzzled glance “wait what do you mean handsy?” betty pushes worry washing over her face “he just grabbed my ass a few times and yeah I don’t want to talk about it can we just drop it?”
“(y/n) that’s not nothing you-” and by some grace of god cheryl bounds into the locker room “let’s go sluts show time”
“god i hate the kids at this school” i mummer before following the raven and blonde headed girls out and onto the field.
we stand along the track as the bulldogs rip through their banner jogging onto the school field as the bleacher erupt in cheers. we do a few cheers and flips before it was the opposing teams turn to enter
i make my way over to the drinks table and catch chuck and his mates staring me down like a piece of meat making gestures that would only make a girl feel sick to her stomach
and like clockwork tears dribble down your fast as fast as they appear “(y/n?)” i cuz sand turn away from the boy quickly wiping my eyes before turning back to the jock “reg hey” i smile
“your crying” he states and i shake my head denying it which only causes me to cry even more “im sorry it’s stupid i shouldn’t be crying im fine” i choke and he shakes his head stepping closer to me
“hey hey” he places his hands on my shoulders in attempts to comfort me “you know it’s okay to cry?” he questions dabbing a few of my fallen tears with his thumb
“do you?” i tease earning a laugh from him which cause me to giggle to myself “um yes for a fact i do, your looking at a dude who cried during the fault in our stars”
my eyes widen “no way” he shrugs his shoulders “guilty, but if you tell anyone im afraid I’ll have to kill ya” he said as a matter of fact. i hold my hand up “scouts honour”
i wipe the remaining tears off my face and take a few steady breathes trying to block out chuck and he’s idiotic friends
“forget Chuck okay? a guy like that doesn’t deserve a pretty girls tears okay?” i look up into his eyes and smile to myself “thanks reg” he smiles shyly.
“anytime (y/n/n)” he plays with his helmet and i glance down to my shoes to nervous to say anything else
“mantle lets go!” he turns to his coach as he yells for him “coming coach” he yells back glancing at me looking slightly guilty
“im sorry ive gotta go” and i shake my head touches his shoulder softly “it’s fine it’s fine!”
“goodluck” he smiles at me and i blush “thanks reg” he waits glancing at me “what aren’t you going to wish me good luck?” he sasses and giggle.
“you won’t need it but” i throw my arms around the boys next and stand on my tip toes kissing him
“good” kiss “luck” kiss “reg” kiss
i take my hands away from his neck settling them on his chest as his still linger around my waist “woah that was way better” i smile giddy as he re joins our lips “good luck my little vixen”
“MANTLE” he rolls his eyes “im coming coach im coming!” he yells giving me another kiss before rushing off to his team turning around and smiling giddily at your as a blush covers your face.
Standard work hours are long over but your profession is far from ordinary. It is in the dead of night where the true monsters come out to play, feeding and existing only in the shadows. It is there, hidden that they find their strength.
You are no stranger to such a lifestyle. Just as they do, you live under a dark sheath, thinly cloaked by nothing more than a name that is not your own to protect you.
Summary: A few years after being accepted into your dream college,
everything’s going well. Your grades are good, your social life is booming, all your assignments are easy… Except for the damn essay that Professor Winchester assigned you. Based off this
Chapter Warnings : Language, alcohol usage, mentions of sex, mentions of
‘Similar to the effects of the mythical creature the basilisk, Medusa…”
You groan out as you sit at your kitchen table, your fingertips typing away at your laptop in an attempt to start the introduction paragraph of your research essay that’s due tonight. You tend to be a procrastinator, which never works well, and more often than not leaves you immensely stressed out.
You shake your head, deleting the first sentence all together before taking a long sip of coffee. Only three hours to get the essay done. Three hours until the deadline. Damn Professor Winchester for giving you such a challenging topic.
Normally, you love his class. He’s easily one of the most laid back, chilled out professors you’ve had throughout your three years at the University of Kansas. His love for Greek Mythology is unlike anything you’ve seen before. His lectures are nothing short of interesting, as he somehow manages to make even the most minuscule of things seem like the most amazing thing in the world. The tests are hard, but as long as you pay attention and take notes in class, you’ve always been fine.
Unfortunately for you, the subject of your essay that Professor Winchester had assigned you is something that you’ve yet to go over in the class, leaving you completely clueless.
honestly, i just can’t get over monty’s scene in 4x02 where he frees the people instead of killing the ice nation warrior. his actions are so tied together with what we know about his father in that moment - with such a surprising outcome - that i can’t help myself but literally scream and declare my undying love for my stormcloud and hero - because that is what he is to me, lets be real.
like, remember when hannah and pike told him about his father in 3x02?:
Monty: I need to know what happened.
Hannah: We landed in the snow.
Your father said it absorbed some of the impact.
That’s why we survived.
The snow looked so beautiful, it… Charles?
Pike: The children were playing in it.
They were the first to die…
15 of them.
If not for your father, would’ve been more.
He pulled 4 kids back into the ship, all 4 alive today.
They got him when he went back for the fifth.
Your father died a hero, Monty.
when monty is confronted with the person who killed his father in 4x02 and bryan tells him that this is his kill (suggesting revenge) we see bellamy tell him that he doesn’t have to do this, because monty is thrust into a corner in which he has to make a rather hard decision - one that is not just gonna affect him, but will also affect the people around him. but then monty says “yeah i do”, and all initial thoughts are cracked open and pushed into another direction.
i get chills every time now, because i know he is going to use the axe to break the chains (three strong hits) and free the slaves. and just, i’m so aware of how much that action contrasts his first choice. to take the hydro generator and leave farm station without saving the 25 people and sacrifice them for the greater good? that decision is juxtaposed the second he uses the axe, a tool that is so drastically associated with violence and death, to free the people.
and it gets even wilder:
he literally gives riley a nod that says “this is your kill”.
and they do. they attack the ice nation warrior and kill him with their bare hands (what a crazy way to put emphasis on the fact that the slaves can use their hands now btw. while the axe, a deathly tool, frees them from the chains around their wrists, we also see that once they get to freedom, they get to use it to kill someone). and i know, people like to mention how monty indirectly gets his revenge through the 25 people, but i think the greater part of all this is that he is actually (partly) coming out as a hero, just like pike told him his father were. conflicted yes, but also willing to finish what they have started.
it’s an act (decision) that sits heavily on his shoulders, one he never had the chance to even remotely prepare himself for, unlike with the hydro generator, but this was a big moment for him, especially as a person, nonetheless.
he can be so hauntingly calculating during missions, but then he can also be ready for other dramatic shifts that highlight the kindred spirit that he is. i really wonder how this experience will affect him personally and his mindset over the course of the show tbh, considering that they couldn’t bring home the one thing they went to farm station for, but still got to save lifes. there is a reason the writers played with two choices and it’s exciting as much as it is unsettling. it’s clear that he is going to have to make more hard decisions in the future…
anyway. i’m rambling but god, the stakes are truly higher than ever before. i don’t think i’m ready for this season after all lmao.
Let me start off by mentioning how much
this movie means to me. I’ve kind of made my niche on the internet by
dreamcasting Disney movies as if they were live action. I’ve made a
ridiculous number of edits, I mean I’ve spent hours, days, probably weeks on this stuff at this point, and many of these edits have been focused on Beauty and the Beast. Live action versions of
Disney movies are like… my Thing. And, to be totally honest, this
really is only the second faithful adaptation. Alice in Wonderland
was a total reworking of the Alice story, not really a cartoon-to-live-action like this. Maleficent completely retold the story from a
different angle by making one Disney’s most vicious villains not only
sympathetic but good. Cinderella is so close (and
so good, I might add)
but visually it’s vastly different from its animated counterpart,
especially when it comes to Lady Tremaine and the Fairy Godmother,
and it’s not a musical. The Jungle Book is the closest we’ve seen to
a real and true “live action remake” as opposed to a live action
reinterpretation. But here we are. Disney did it. They took one of
their most beloved animated classics and straight-up made it into a
live action movie without cutting any songs or really very much at
And oh boy, did they knock it out of
I love this movie. This is what I’ve been waiting for.
I love Emma Watson as Belle. I think
she’s a wonderful choice, I completely buy into her as Belle. She’s
beautiful and intelligent and spunky. Her singing is fine. She’s not
Kristin Chenoweth or Sutton Foster, but Belle doesn’t need to be.
She’s also not Meryl Streep or Daniel Day-Lewis, you know, Emma
doesn’t go through a massive transformation and disappear into the
role, but she doesn’t need to because she’s already so much like
Belle. Still, I don’t find myself watching it thinking about Emma playing the role, I think of her as Belle, which is the goal of acting really. I love that this Belle is so active. I love that she is
continuously trying to find a way to escape from the castle. The
addition of the laundry machine and teaching the young girl how to
read is so good because it actually shows
us Belle’s intelligence. In the animated movie, we know Belle’s smart
because we’re told Belle’s smart. She reads books and, sure, she acts
rationally and she certainly shows the poise of an intelligent
person, but this new scene gives us an active example of her
intelligence and creativity while also demonstrating the oppressive
and small-minded nature of the townspeople. Emma’s Belle is charming
and smart and lovely, and I think she captures the essence of Belle
All that being said, our two male leads
really steal the show for me. I’ve seen the movie twice now and each
time, one of the leading gentleman really jumped out. The first time
I watched, Luke Evans felt like the true shining star of the film. His Gaston
reminds me of Jason Isaacs as both Captain Hook and Lucius Malfoy. He
isn’t just vain… this guy is a legitimate narcissist, it seems like
his mind has truly been twisted by the war. This Gaston is even more
evil than the one we left behind in the world of animation. Gaston
has always been terrifying because of his charisma. The way he’s able
to charm the people of the village is chilling and this time around
we see even more of that trait, paired with a darker and more violent
streak particularly illustrated by Gaston tying up Maurice and
leaving him for the wolves. Plus, both times I saw the movie the
audience gasped in horror when Gaston stomped on Belle’s lettuces.
The second time I saw the film, I was
specifically watching for Dan Stevens’s performance as the Beast and
man, this is good stuff. The Prince at the beginning is such
a drama queen. He’s so over-the-top with his costuming, wig, even his gestures are extremely theatrical. The make up at the beginning
is particularly brilliant, burying the Prince’s face in streaks of
blue and silver so he still feels like an obscure figure that we
don’t quite see. When Belle first meets the Beast, this is all still
evident. The way he hides in the shadows, even his lines of dialogue,
it’s all very dramatic. And then as the movie progresses, you can see
this flair for melodrama fade away as he becomes a more grounded
person. He becomes gentler, kinder, and his intelligence, which has
always been there, comes forward. By the time we see the Prince again
at the end, you can tell that this is the same man but he has been
changed. The animated film’s human Prince always felt disconnected
from the Beast for me. Sure, they made the eyes
the same, but it was hard to see much else because we just see so
little of him, so he always felt rather vanilla. That’s not the case here. When the Prince transforms back to a human at the end, this feels like the same character we have watched throughout the film. I’m sure this is aided by
the incredible motion capture and CGI work, because the Beast is
animated superbly, but Dan’s performance is just stellar.
The objects are
perfect. There’s only one shot that I think feels odd (when Belle is
carrying Lumiere with Cogsworth walking in front as they lead her to
her room) but other than that one moment, I never second guess them
as objects. They feel and act real. Lumiere’s movements in particular
are incredible, right down to his close up at the start of “Be Our
Guest.” I was worried about Plumette before seeing the movie because the bird design
is so unusual, but it makes sense since they needed her to be able to
fly to get around, and doesn’t feel out of place at all in the movie.
Mrs. Potts and Chip are also beautifully animated, they always feel
like real and solid objects with weight to them. Their relationship
is wonderful, so loving and caring. Chip’s line, “OK. I’m older”
is one of my favorite little moments of the whole thing. Cadenza is a
wonderful addition to our cast of characters and I did not expect his
relationship with Garderobe, but they were an excellent surprise. And
Frou Frou! I love that Frou Fou is Garderobe’s and that he becomes
Cadenza’s bench and is therefore the link between the two throughout
their years in the curse. They’re just so sweet.
Maurice has been an
under-reported character in all of this, and that’s a shame because
Kevin Klein knocks this role out of the park. He is absolutely
wonderful as Maurice. He is fatherly and kind but he has also clearly
made mistakes as a parent and that is kind of embraced and understood
in the storytelling. He is sincere at all times in a role that is
pretty exaggerated in the animated film. If Maurice’s arrival in the
tavern had been played exactly like the original, it would have felt
campy, but Kevin Klein’s earnestness grounds the moment in reality.
Not to mention his quips about snow in June and “apparently that’s
what happens around here when you pick a flower” are delivered
talk Lefou. I don’t like this Lefou, and here’s why. Every other character
in this film feels developed in a natural way. It feels like we are
learning more information about these characters that has always
existed, we just didn’t fit it in the first time around. Lefou, on
the other, doesn’t feel like a character who has been developed but a
character who has been rewritten. They clearly got the seed of an
idea to make him gay but felt squeamish about making him evil and gay
(and rightfully so), so they wrote this redemption arc that feels
forced and really doesn’t actually go anywhere…
Lefou’s turn during the battle with the castle objects doesn’t
actually do anything, so the whole thing feels arbitrary. After
seeing the film the second time, my friend and I spent probably an
hour and a half just talking about Lefou and came up with a brilliant
solution to this whole mess of a character… more on that in a
the Enchantress into the story is very compelling. I think it’s very
obvious who Agatha is throughout the movie, but it gives the sense
that she wants the
spell to be broken, she wants the
Beast to learn his lesson, which is very interesting. Having her
arrive after the spell has completed and actively reverse it is a
riveting choice, and I actually felt like we were missing a moment
with her where she realizes that she made a mistake. When she was
watching the separated loved ones reunite, it seemed like there was a
seed of remorse that was not addressed.
development is very well done across the board, but I think something this movie did
that was important and contributes to its success is the development
of the spell itself. I think this was one of the most brilliant moves
the film made. The eternal winter around the castle explains the
sudden weather changes in such a short period of time while still
using the seasons as an emotional storytelling technique like the
animated film. The wolves are also clearly part of the curse here –
I would have actually liked to have seen them included in the finale
sequence, either transformed into humans like the objects, or else
disappearing like mist with the rest of the eternal winter. Having
the castle crumble every time a petal falls from the rose is so smart
as well; it explains why the objects know every time a petal fall
while also representing their and the Beast’s disintegrating
humanity. But the best part of the curse’s development was definitely
the memory loss. Adding the simple line to the opening narration
about removing the people of the castle from the minds of
the people who loved them was absolutely inspired. This one quick
line explained a huge loophole that the animated film left regarding
the presence of a massive castle in the woods and a royal family that
apparently the entirely world did not know about. But even better than
that, it created some wonderfully emotional reunions at the end. My
friend beside me gasped so loudly when our favorite teapot exclaimed,
“Mr. Potts!” and the moment with Henri Cogsworth and his wife(?)
was so hilarious and, in my opinion, subtly hinted at our second LGBT
character in this universe. Which brings me to the Lefou thing.
Here’s what my
friend and I came up with: in the opening sequence, we see Cogsworth
lurking in the shadows telling the Prince that “it’s time,” we
see Lumiere handing the Prince a candelabra, we see Mrs. Potts chasing
after Chip… in the midst of all this, we could also show a masked
jester entertaining a few people at the ball. When the Enchantress
arrives, a lot of people run out – presumably that’s where Mr.
Potts and Mrs. Cogsworth escape and why they’re not included in the
spell – and the jester leaves with them as well. At the end, the
Pottses are reunited, the Cogsworths are reunited, and then Lefou
recognizes his old beau, Chapeau the violinist/coat rack, and joins
the finale back in his jester outfit. It makes total sense for Lefou
to be “the fool” of course and explains why he falls into the
abusive friendship he has with Gaston, since it would parallel the
relationship he probably would have had as a jester for the similarly
self-centered Prince. This adds two quick two-second shots to the
opening scene, one of the masked Lefou juggling or something and one of him fleeing when the Enchantress shows up, and about twenty seconds at the end for the reunion and revelation and, in my opinion,
is so much less problematic than writing our first ever LGBT Disney
character as an evil sidekick with a forced redemption arc – this
way, he had his memory erased, just like everyone else. Just our
little idea but I think it could have blended into this world quite smoothly. Alas, here we are.
Moving on! The finale is absolutely gorgeous. The whole ending
sequence is my favorite thing about the whole film. The fight scene
is fantastic and then from there to the end, everything is so
marvelous. We know the objects are going to be okay in the end, but
seeing them all finally lose the battle they’ve been fighting and
become motionless household objects is… emotional! Then the
Prince’s transformation is brilliant, giving the perfect nods to the
original film, and each character’s subsequent change back to their
human state is perfect (Cadenza’s teeth!), especially when Mrs. Potts
and Chip go sliding down the steps. And then when she says, “You
smell so good,” oh my gosh. Whoever contributed that line is a
genius. I go all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it. Then we have
the wonderful and funny reunions and then the final dance sequence,
where Emma is beautiful and Dan is looking good
in bright sky blue and rococo curls in his hair. Audra McDonald sings flawlessly and we have that beautiful moment between Mrs. Potts and Maurice that made my little shipper heart do a backflip, even if there is a Mr. Potts now. I’m still not sure
if I’m on board with the growl, but I adore the line about the beard
– apparently it was written for the original film and Paige O'Hara
even recorded it! But it interrupted that finale sequence so they
never used it. I think it works perfectly
here, it’s so cute.
The first time
watching, I felt the pacing was so odd in the film, with some abrupt
transitions that didn’t quite work. I felt that less so the second
time, maybe just because I was expecting it, and sometimes I actually
liked the sudden change. I also don’t fully understand the shuffling
of scenes at the beginning. The animated film goes (1) “Belle,”
(2) Belle and Maurice at home, (3) Maurice leaves for the fair, (4)
Maurice arrives in the castle, (5) Gaston proposes, (6) “Belle
(Reprise),” (7) Philippe comes back and tells Belle to the castle.
The movie rearrange this so almost all of the village scenes happen
together, reordering that sequence as 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 4, 7. Because of
this we end up going from Maurice’s whole scene in the castle, back
to the village for about thirty seconds with Philippe and Belle, then
right back to the castle again. This made the whole sequence of
events feel rushed even though each moment was given about the same
amount of time, or more, as the original film. Additionally, I felt
some of the filming choices from a cinematography point of view were
weird. There were several times that we were zoomed in on a
character, usually Belle or Gaston in the village, and it felt like
the shot was kept tight to hide something but then there wasn’t
anything to hide… it’s a hard thing to articulate, but I definitely
noticed it through both viewings.
design of this movie is amazing. Breathtaking. Thousands of
beautiful costumes and such detail – human Cogsworth’s buttons have
the Roman numeral numbers on them! Not to mention the object designs.
Lumiere’s candlestick form is clearly inspired by the Broadway
production, which was an absolutely brilliant choice. Garderobe’s
wardrobe form is A THEATRE, it has box seats and a stage with
curtains as her mouth piece! Even the villagers are designed with such care,
memorable and reminiscent of the original in many places – the man
with the scissors and the guy with the mustache, the Baker is very
similar to his animated design… I would have liked to have seen
blonde silly girls to contrast them more distinctly with Belle, but they are what they are. The set design, from the village to the absolutely
incredible castle, it’s all so, so good.
I love the little flowers painted on the doorway to Maurice’s cottage
and I loved the magnificent, baroque-meets-gothic design of an
extremely unique castle. I know people are up in arms about the
yellow dress, I know it’s not perfect, but it doesn’t stick out so
horribly in the movie and it moves so beautifully
in the ballroom scene. And honestly, I’ve never cared about the
yellow dress, the blue dress is the one I’ve always loved and I just
think the live action interpretation is glorious. It does not feel
like a costume, it feels worn-in, it feels natural, like it’s just
Belle’s favorite dress, and I just love it so much.
Speaking of detail,
they named the village. And they named it Villeneuve. As in
Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, the original author of the
fairy tale. Come on. That’s fantastic.
see, some of my other favorite moments that jumped out at me that I
wanted to mention… the whole “Gaston” scene in the tavern is
awesome, maybe my favorite scene besides the finale sequence. I love
that Lefou is going around paying everyone off to boost Gaston’s ego,
I love the dance, I love the use of Tom, Dick, and Stanley as cronies throughout the entire movie, I love lifting the young woman and then lifting
Lefou, the whole song is fun and funny and exciting and the new
lyrics are just amazing
- “Then I shoot from behind!” “Is that fair?” “I don’t
care!” …That’s exactly what’s going to happen in the final
battle. Ugh. So good.
The moment in
“Something There” where the Beast moves to Belle’s end of the
table, she puts down her spoon, and they both sip their soup out of
the bowl… that hit me in a way the animated movie never has before.
It’s amazing symbolism. He can’t eat with the spoon, she’s not going
to lap it up like an animal, so they find a way they can both eat the
same way. They’re meeting each other halfway. That’s some good stuff
and I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned “Be Our Guest!” Come on.
They went hard with
that. They put on a full Broadway production on the table in front of
Belle! The way it just kept growing bigger and bigger was delightful. Plus I love that the grey stuff is designed after Be Our Guest
Restaurant’s grey stuff, complete with the silver and grey chocolate
the animated film’s bookstore, which never really made sense in a
town of people who think reading makes someone weird, with a small
shelf holding a dozen old and worn books that Belle has read over and
over is just such a wonderful touch. I love that Belle’s favorite
play is Romeo and Juliet
because she’s barely read anything else and I love that the
Beast’s reaction is to roll his eyes at her selection. I would have
liked to have seen the giving of the library be a little more
deliberate and a little less off the cuff, and I definitely missed
the “promises you don’t intend to keep” line, but I’m so
satisfied with the choice to make the Beast a reader. Having “a
very expensive education” totally makes sense, and what else would
he have had to do with all that time? They each develop the other’s
literary taste! What’s better in a relationship than that?
The new songs are
lovely as well. “How Can A Moment Last Forever?” is so much
better than “No Matter What,” I wish it could logically fit into
the musical instead because it’s really, really good. “Days in the
Sun” is so sweet, it’s nice to have those moments with the young prince and each of the objects and even Belle, and honestly I
can’t stand “Human Again” so I’m good with this one, plus the
lyrical nod to “A Change in Me” is nice. But “Evermore” is
clearly stealing the show as far as the new songs are concerned. What
a great song. I still think they could have done a little tweaking to
the lyrics in order to still use “If I Can’t Love Her” but if
we’re going to write a new song for the Beast, I’ll take this one.
(But can we not digitally lower Dan Stevens’s voice next time? It
sounds like a computer singing at some points.) I also loved all of
the new/old lyrics that were incorporated into the songs we were
familiar with. They felt fresh without being forced. The new “Gaston”
lyrics are definitely my favorite, but the new lyrics that Mrs. Potts
sings in the finale are touching. Plus, using the Broadway songs as
underscoring was really nice, especially “Home.”
just so delighted with this movie. Everything from the original is
there but now there’s more.
The stove is there. The coat rack is there. The footstool is there.
They just paid so much attention to detail and did this movie the
justice it deserved. I’m already prepared to call this my favorite
movie. Easily. By miles. It’s beautiful and just absolutely
everything I was hoping it would be.
if you move again, I will stab you with a paint scraper,” Lardo snaps out, not
looking up from her canvas. She scratches her thumbnail over an imperfection in
the white expanse in front of her, flicking off the offending fleck.
sniffs from across the room, muttering to himself.
was that?” Lardo says, looking up at him sharply.
Lards! Nothing at all.” He’s quiet for another few seconds. “My nose itches.”
Lardo drops her head down to her chest and lets out a long-suffering sigh. She
tosses her pencil into the wells at the bottom of her easel and circles her
Move.” She chides him. Carefully, she reaches out and scratches gently along
the bridge of Nursey’s nose.