of course i loved books more than people

Happily Ever After

“are you still writing too-flowery poe party drabbles? don’t you know it’s over? move on!”

sorry i can’t hear you over the intense need to write down every poe party fic idea i get in my head

alternately titled: i have no idea what this is and it’s so long and i’m sorry

There was nothing Annabel Lee loved more than a good story.

Growing up, she’d read anything she could get her hands on - fairytales, folkstories, romances; thick, ancient books that Lenore said gave her a headache just looking at them. Annabel disagreed, privately; there was something only too thrilling about books, about the promises lingering on their pages, the characters and morals and twists and turns, waiting for you to open the cover and soak it all in.

It was all, of course, terribly unladylike. She knew that, and she knew what people would say, if they found out about her literary obsession. It was just that, when she was reading, Annabel didn’t really care.

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anonymous asked:

You have no idea how excited my friends and I were about KC, but your attitude towards the whole Epub thing is just disappointing. It wouldn't be so bad if you at least tried to imagine yourself in our position, you would understand. Just to give you an idea, the book it's $20 plus the shipping it makes more than 120 DOLARS. Of course, 120 multiplied by 16. That's 1920 pesos where i live. 1920 pesos and is not even in my native language. 1920 for a book I know I'll love but cant possibly aford.

I’m sorry, and you’re not going to find many authors who are okay with people stealing their work, and the work of dozens of other people. I understand people are in very different positions, but please understand mine (and the other people who work on every single book). This is how I pay the bills, and how hundreds of others pay the bills. 

anonymous asked:

I just finished the secret history and now I don't know what to do with my life- can you recommend some books?

My favorite kind of asks!!! I imagine you want recs that share similar themes/atmosphere with The Secret History so I tried to do that.  

  • Bacchae - Euripides: If you’re into Greek tragedies you should check out this play. It’s about Dionysus and it will make it easier to understand his importance for the characters/plot and the bacchanal.
  • The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoyevsky:  Our friend Wikipedia says “(…) that enters deeply into the ethical debates of God, free will, and morality. It is a spiritual drama of moral struggles concerning faith, doubt, and reason, set against a modernizing Russia” which I actually think is a good summary of the themes. Basically it’s a study of how a horrible parent can –differently- affect his sons and who they grow up to be. Don’t want to spoil anything but “The Devil” appears in a delightful manner. Also, Ivan Karamazov and Henry Winter would have the most interesting discussions. Donna Tartt includes Dostoyevsky as one of her literary influences and I think that in this book we can see why.     
  • The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Euginides: A lot of people say that the narration in this book (a group of /male/ teenagers obsessed with sisters) resembles a Greek Chorus. While the author said it’s just because his last name sounds like Euripides (lmao) I think there’s some truth to it so it made the list. Also because this book greatly shows how harmful it can be to have girls through male lenses. While not the main theme in TSH the Richard/Camilla sideplot explores the same things.  
  • Any short story Borges wrote? ? ? ? his main themes include “dreams, labyrinths, libraries, mirrors, fictional writers, philosophy, and religion.” THEY ARE ALL SO GOOD. For starters, I recommend: Tlön,Uqbar,Orbis Tertius,  The Aleph, The Secret MiracleThe House of Asterion, The Library of Babel and The Circular Ruins. These have the TSH atmosphere IMO but do yourself a favor and check all of them out!! 
  • Julio Cortazar also has amazing short stories but for the TSH hangover i recommend: The Night Face Up and House Taken Over. No spoilers -you’ll have to trust me!!- but the last one has incest subtext for those who are interested. 
  • The Time of the Hero –Mario Vargas Llosa (Correct translation would be “The City and the Dogs): Probably the most different book in terms of style and the overall themes (it takes place at a military school) but the most similar if we talk about the set up. Both have: a group of male students, a female character who is used as a projection of /said males/ desires (Teresa is an outsider while Camilla an insider), murder as a changing point for the plot and unreliable narrator(s). While all the other books on the list have that “intellectual” style this one is the total opposite in terms of language. I think it’s a great study of the male POV (esp in teenagers).I own three different copies of this book (two in Spanish and one in English) and sadly I don’t think the English translation is very good?? (or as good as it could be) It’s okay but it loses some power. Still!!!  It’s ♡MY BOOK♡  

I’ll add The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller because i can. It’s a really different read but it stays in the Greek world. IT’S SO GOOD! I’m still not over it. THAT’S IT FOR NOW!  This could keep you occupied for a while. Kisses and good reading ♡ ♡  

anonymous asked:

I think if I could recommend a book for you, would be "The diary of a young girl" (Anne Frank), have you read it? If so, I would love to know your perspective about those lines ❤. I saw a documentary about her life and I believe is a very interesting point of view from everything that was happening at that time. This is definitely a book that deeply touched me. Last but not least, a powerful quote "Dead people receive more flowers than the living ones because regret is stronger than gratitude.".

Of course I’ve read it. WWII is part of my personal history.

It’s a very true quote, and sad. It’s very fitting when it comes to holocaust, refugee crisis that is happening right now, and every interpersonal situation, for example gay teenagers killing themselves due to bullying and parental negligence of their problems.

I wish there was more appreciation of life, when it lasts. We tend to forget cherishing the people we love, we take them for granted, until it’s too late to give them flowers and see the light in their eyes. (The Catholic tradition of decorating the graves with flowers and candles)…

I wish humans learned from history, but I understand the complexity of the world and life. A miserable person cannot show love and appreciation to the other, because they don’t know how. I’ve been reading and watching Holocaust researches,literature, and films (in Darkness by Holland, highly recommended), also from the perpetrator’s point of view. And it’s my personal observation that people who harm other people are the ones who are hurt the most (something like Voldemort. His soul was already shattered). As if hate was merely the absence of love.

anonymous asked:

Of course, it's none of my business, but it's kind of heartbreaking that at first our own people from LGBT community made jokes and money at our expense, and at the expense of the famous, wonderful books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, screwing them up, together with the much loved characters, which they had no right to do. And now somebody from our fandom tricks people into believing there's more to it than the bad writing by mofftiss who have no respect for anyone and are quite proud of themselves.

Well, I’m not sure what you mean by “of course it’s none of my business,” but if you mean you shouldn’t be mad about what you feel they did, it absolutely is your business.  Feel how you feel.

If you mean the things like the lost special website or the codes, we are saying look at everything but carry lots of grains of salt with you.

If you mean about us being “somebody from our fandom tricks people into believe there’s more…” I can safely say most of us aren’t tricking anybody.  I can only speak for myself, but it is a harder stretch for me to believe TPTB were actually terrible writers after 3 seasons, or wanted to spit on ACD.  There were SO MANY THINGS that were fucky about that episode that it is impossible for me to think it’s real.  SO MANY.  It’s like it was made by an entirely different production company.

AND they’re are plenty of mirrors and indications that the episodes from S4 aren’t happening “in real life.”  Why we think there’s a special is because it would be too long to wait until S5 to fix it, and they’ve repeatedly said they’ve mapped out S5.  It wasn’t until this fall they started hinting at “maybe the end,” and then that atrocious freeze frame sealed that in the audience’s mind.

“who have no respect for anyone and are quite proud of themselves.”

As for this, I haven’t seen anything except mush-mouthed musings that don’t say anything at all.  And Gatiss straight up wrote a poem after TST responding to criticism.  No?  Practical silence.  FUCKY.

Also, I answered an ask yesterday regarding my feelings on Moftiss, so I’m gonna copy and paste what I said:  

anonymous asks:Is there anything MOftiss did that ur mad at? Sometimes its upsetting seeing ppl defend them so much

whimsicalethnographies said:

Well, I don’t actually think there’s anything to defend, because I don’t think it’s over.  If it WAS over, then I’ll be the first to fly to the UK and throw rocks through the windows.  

That said, I’m not happy about the “I love you” in the trailer.  And the “who is Sherlock in love with?” from BBC iPlayer.  Like, we all thought, originally, that S5 was going to be the kiss and confession.  Then those came out, plus Moftiss hinting “we don’t know about S5,” and everyone went nuts and assumed we’d get it in S4 and were devastated.

So, I’m pissed about that I guess.  I just don’t think it’s over because of how FUCKED UP TFP is, and no, people just don’t all of a sudden suck, or decide to smash their toy so others can’t play with it, or completely change narratives.

If that turns out to be real I’ll be livid, like I was immediately after TFP aired and before I realized Something Was Up.  

You feel how you feel.  Some of us feel differently, and if we are wrong, we’ll be just as livid as you.

I hope I answered what you were asking.

He said he loves her. No matter what, he said. But she is rain, and she pours down randomly. A mess, a destruction, she causes things that people hates without any hesitation. Despite what, he said. I’ll still love you, he said. A lie, she realized. He hates catastrophes, and she is more than that—worse than that. Of course, she thinks, staring into nothing. How can he love the rain when he hates the storm it brings?
—  xxi. // raincracks - she is nothing but storm.

anonymous asked:

Honestly I don't really understand Shadowhunters and the hype that surrounds it. I tried to watch it, but I just found the acting so bad, like truly awful, and the entire plot just ridiculous. This isn't hate, I'm just trying to understand why people like it.

I can’t say season 1 was perfect, because it wasn’t. Some parts were confusing and some acting wasn’t at its best, I agree in certain extent. Now, I think people like it because of the character’s essence. Personally, I read the TMI books first, so I was a fan way before the show so I already loved the story (not that the books were that great, of course).
Now, the show is giving us more than the books did. For instance, a lot of characters have more screen time.
I can’t really speak for everybody but I think people like the relationships between this characters and how they develop in this fantasy world that surrounds the show. Because you can identify yourself with plenty of the characters and see how they solve their problems and try to figure themselves out.
Besides, a lot of us like a fantasy world. A supernatural world where all this mythic creatures exist.
I’m sorry I can’t give you a more proper answer for your question, maybe someone else has a better answer? It’s just I can’t speak for everybody when I say why they like the show.
I think you stopped watching season 1? Well, season 2 has improved a lot! Seriously, it’s worth watching it. The special effects are better, the writing improved more, the acting is better, the whole plot makes more sense (I’m not saying you will understand it right away but it reveals itself little by little), and this is because there was a change of show runners for this second season and they hired more writers, staff for special effects and stunts, among others.
The show now is more grounded and mature than its previous season.

“Fallen in love? of course i’ve fallen in love. Who hasn’t, problem is i fall for people i can’t get. 

No, literally , i fall for fictional characters from books or movies. I fall for actors more than twice my age and for youtube personalities.”


Hi Cassie, I’m a huge fan of your books (ergo you) and me and loads of other people are still wondering why City of Ashes will not be made into a movie? We know COB didn’t go as expected, but maybe a second well made movie (that follows the book) could do well. Tv show thing is great, but people don’t think it is that appropiate to this series of books (by people I mean fans, of course). I am happy either way, I just want this books to be brought to life. Just wondering why a movie franchise is not happenning. Love, — livesmileandstaystrong

The thing is, I have no idea. I am not the movie production company and I don’t make decisions about whether they make a movie or a TV show or a stage musical. I’m excited about the idea of a TV show because I love TV, and because it seems more productive to be excited about something that is happening than mad about something that isn’t — and as for why it isn’t, I don’t know and never will; Hollywood financing and decisions are a mystery. But I love TV, it’s certainly a way to enjoy an adaptation on a more long-term basis, and I feel very lucky to perhaps see two different versions of my work adapted for screen.

Thoughts on Carol

Carol is a film that needs more than one viewing. There are so many details, so much symbolism that it is impossible to get it all in one time. Plenty of people have seen the movie more than twice. I’ve only seen it twice so far but I will be buying the DVD. I have not read the book yet. Please note that I am not well-versed in LGBT+ movies or books and I hope I won’t offend anyone. Also, English is not my first language.

I love period dramas. I especially love those that are set in the United States before/during/after the Second World War or the Cold War. That’s my thing. So when I heard about Carol as a romantic movie at first, I didn’t think much of it, but when I started seeing gifs of the movie on Tumblr and I saw the outfits and sets, I thought “wait a minute.”

I fell in love with the movie. It is not perfect, no, but that is why I love it. I found it challenging and engaging on many points. I read a lot of positive reviews and also some negative feedback about Carol; and one reason for the divergence of opinions is that the film does not tell you how to react. The viewer is left to process their own emotions. The ending is not definite, it is a new beginning and we are left wanting more. There is no universal truth about Carol, there is no “this is how you should feel about it” and this is unusual for some people.

Some of the complaints about the movie were that it was too cold and distant, that the audience could not identify with the characters because we do not get to know them, their thoughts, who they really are. I can understand this point of view. However, I do not agree with it because I believe that it does not go far enough in its own reasoning. It is lacking arguments. Why is the movie cold? Why is it distant? (Please don’t tell me it’s because it’s set during winter time…)

The way I understood the film is that we, the audience, are not meant to know the characters more than what is established in the film. What is there to know about Therese, other than the fact that she does not know herself? How can the audience know Therese when she, herself, does not? The whole movie is about Therese finding herself, growing into herself. It’s about her journey as a young adult in the 1950s. Do we really need to know her background, where she grew up, how many friends she has, how long have she and Richard been together, what is her favorite color? What else do we need to know about Carol? Is the knowledge that she is divorcing her husband because she cannot lie and pretend any longer not enough? Or that she’s had a sexual/romantic relationship with her childhood friend Abby? Or that Harge and his family have her see a psychotherapist to “cure” her from her homosexuality? Do we need to know when she learned how to drive or what is her morning routine?

Carol is not cold. It is subtle. It is not distant; it allows the audience to witness the beginning of a love story without letting us intrude. We are very much bystanders in this movie. How many of those who have seen the movie in theaters were surprised at how silent the crowd was, at how quiet people were after the movie ended, at how people remained seated for a while, processing the movie?

The cold and distant feeling that people get can be attributed to the fact that the movie is set in the 1950s, which is remote enough from our own time that we need to constantly keep in mind that Carol is a period drama. No wonder there are no outbursts of love and passion between Carol and Therese unless they are alone in a closed space. In Carol’s world there is no place for any kinds of displays of affection between two people of the same sex. And so everything in the movie is done in subtlety. We see the glances and gazes between Therese and Carol, the silent communication through their eyes and smiles. We hear the voices trembling; see the touches hesitant and clumsy. We see them falling in love and that is what the movie is about: the struggle of a woman falling in love with another woman in 1952’s America.

Carol is not for everyone, for diverse reasons. Some people can appreciate the beauty of the movie and yet fail to be absorbed by the story. Some people can’t identify with the characters because they are lesbians, despite the universality of love. Some people don’t like period dramas. Others don’t like quiet movies and prefer action movies. But Carol is far from cold.

The film is heavy in symbolism and metaphors as well, without hitting you over the head with it (though hello, Chekhov’s gun.) You have to pay attention to notice and the interpretation is left open to the audience. Of course I can be totally reaching in some of the interpretations I suggest but here we go.

Why the constant repetition of the train, either heard or seen? How is it linked to Carol’s “Everything comes full circle” and the train set that we see going in a circular motion? It is because the whole movie is a journey from Therese to Carol and from Carol to Therese? It is so that we feel we embark on an adventure with the two women? Or maybe it is because once the train has left the station there is no stopping it, just like there is no stopping Carol and Therese from loving each other?

Why the parallels between the beginning and the end? Is “Everything comes full circle” a good summary of the movie since we literally see Therese and Carol lay eyes on each other across a room full of people in their first meeting and in their last scene? Everything has indeed come full circle and the two women are offered another chance to be together in the end.

Why do Therese and Rindy have a strikingly similar haircut? Why are the only pictures of young children we see of Therese and Rindy? Is it to insert a parallel between the two as foreshadowing of what is to come? Is the audience supposed to pick up on that to realize that at some point, Carol will have to make a choice between the two people she loves most? (Though I am of the opinion that it was never a choice between Therese and Rindy but rather Carol choosing to save herself.)

Why the constant use of windows and reflections? Is it to put some distance between the audience and the characters? To remind us that we are silent witnesses of a love story forever frozen in time? That we are not privy to their thoughts? Is it because everything in this movie is so fragile that it can shatter any time? Does the use of windows contribute to people’s feeling of coldness from the film, because we are automatically outside and not allowed inside with the characters? The symbolism of mirrors in films is also interesting. In Carol, I feel it reflects on who the characters are: when Carol brushes Rindy’s hair, we only see Carol in the mirror, and she turns away from it once Harge enters the room. In Waterloo we see both Therese and Carol in the mirror with a clear shot because this is who they are, without pretense, without having to hide. Abby adjusts her rearview mirror before glancing back at Therese; is it because Therese’s heartbreak reminds her of her own (Abby is therefore looking back on the past, on her past self)? At the end, after Carol leaves the Ritz, we see Therese in the bathroom, looking at herself in the mirror for a moment. Is she contemplating who she is now, and what she wants? Then at Phil’s party, Therese is turning away from the mirror and we do not see her reflection. Is it because this is no longer who she is, the girl who hanged out with friends at a party where people got drunk and stoned? Is it a sign of Therese’s growth?  

What is the meaning of a hand touching a shoulder and why is it repeated so many times throughout the movie? How can such a small gesture give so much meaning to a scene? (Comfort when Therese tentatively touches Carol’s shoulder; goodbye when Carol touches Therese’s shoulder at the Ritz, etc.)

These are only the most blatant metaphors and pieces of symbolism in the film. Carol is rich and has much to offer to the audience. We simply need to be willing to truly see it. That’s why it deserves more than one viewing. That’s why I loved it. And that’s that.

Cursed child

I’m one of the lucky few who got first screening preview tickets.

I’m not posting spoilers because I have too much respect for JK Rowling and how immensely she has contributed to my life.

But wow. You guys need to CHILL. There seems to be no more than a couple of people posting spoilers, and, of course, tumblr is naturally latching on to the negativity.

It’s like reading half a book and complaining about the plot. WAIT. I loved it. And I’ve read an obscene amount of fan fic and watch a lot of theatre. I love these characters more than most of my family/friends. No gross injustice has been done.

In terms of specifics - the Harry comment everyone is freaking out about was said in the heat of an argument, in response to Albus very purposefully hurting Harry. You could immediately see Harry’s horror at having said it.

The logistics of the plot are a bit eh. I mean it counteracts PoA canon at this point which bothers me but other than that it’s absolutely riveting.

The staging is spectacular. The acting is spectacular. And despite what people are saying, the characterisation is spectacular. (Except maybe Ron, I’m waiting though).

So take a step back and have a breath to all those who are flaming away based on a set of bullet points from one person.

I have like no followers so not sure whether this will get out there, but I really hope it does, because the amount of negativity is gut wrenching, considering it so far has been a beautiful experience. Everyone around me agreed and we all came out floating.

my recs for #readwomen

So I rather likes this idea so I decided to share a few of my favorite female authors that aren’t quote as well known or talked about on tumblr, either because they’re older authors or just cuz the genres aren’t as hyped up!

Anne McCaffrey - The queen of dragons people, her Pern series has made me cry more than any other book series I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. There are dozens of books and her son is now taking over the series now that’s she’s passed away, but still if you haven’t read these. Go. Read. Now! She also has a couple of sets of books revolving around sci-fi which are of course great reads too. Just kinda read everything by her. They’re fast and easy to read and you’ll love yourself for it!

Mercedes Lackey - Right up there with Pern at getting me emotionally involved in characters until I weep right along with them. Her Valdemar series is absolutely superb with a great mix of diversity. Plus, talking ‘horses.’ Do I really need to say more? But honestly all of her books are pretty much amazing, I haven’t read one of them I wouldn’t recommend to someone else.

Anne Bishop - Absolutely one of my fave ‘new’ authors. The Other series is my newest obsession and I’m literally counting the days until the next book comes out. And her Black Jewel series is also very empowering and demanding on the soul. Warning though these books are made for trigger warnings so read the summaries and know what you’re getting into first. 

Patricia Briggs - Ah my true love, I would haunt this author if I died before she stopped writing her books. Seriously I’d just hang around her office and read over her shoulder as she write and just be in heaven. Fantastic mix of characters, monsters, diversity, genders, sexuality, mythologies, etc. Just fantastic. I love every single thing about these books.

Naomi Novik - Absolutely interesting read, her Temeraire series is an AU that absolutely appeals to me in every way shape and form. The story is told from a point of a view of a British naval officer during the time of Napoleon’s rise to power and creation of his empire. With one twist…did I mention dragons are real and used by the military as aerial combat units? 

Tamora Pierce - I read these books as a teen and came back later in life and re-read them again. And yes I still love them. Built around diverse female lead characters in a fantasy world, her books are a pleasure to read.

Gail Z. Martin - Absolute genius are creating a in depth and complicated fantasy world with a huge cast of characters and locations. Like Game of Thrones level of world creation here and about the same length in book size too. lol

Karen Miller - Creating massive diverse fantasy worlds with political machinations and magical backgrounds and theories with the same ease that I manage to turn on my computer with. I’ve read two of her series so far and am eagerly looking for more from her in the future! So also writes under the name K.E. Mills and those books are just as amazing too. Definitely an author for a reader who loves to dive into their fantasy worlds. 

Jane Lindskold - Fantastic world builder and character builder, she really does a great job of creating diverse characters with different voices in her stories. Plus the inclusion of ‘Royal’ animals which have human or above level intelligence is a bonus for the critter loving side of my life. Plus one of the main characters is a giant wolf, so take that as you will as my type of story. lol

Robin Hobb - Creator of what is probably one of my absolutely fave fantasy worlds, in which all her books kind of interweave a presence through. There is just some kind of odd joy for me in seeing the names of towns and players from others books mentioned in a completely different story and knowing that they’re all in the same vast world.

Diana Pharaoh Francis - Fantastic fantasy/adventure stories with great fun characters and worlds that are great to read over and over again.

Jennifer Estep - I’m about 7 books into her Elemental Assassin series and have yet to be disappointed by her writing and her characters. 

Ilona Andrews - Okay so this may be a bit of a cheat so you might save these for another time if you want. These books are written by a husband and wife team. But honestly I love the Kate Daniels series so much I can’t help but recommend reading it. It’s rare to have a funny, tough, character with some lovely sexy scenes mixed into a plot that is outstanding.


Time for Friday reads! here’s what we’re working on:

Correspondent Karen Grigsby Bates: Finishing Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings, by Stephen O’Connor (it’s a big book – more than 600 pages.) The more I read, the more struck I am by the notion that, really, nobody can definitively say what their relationship was.  Did they love each other?  Quite probably.  Did she hate the fact that, despite his love for her (which seems an open secret), she remained enslaved? Probably.  Was he a hypocrite for keeping his lover and children enslaved while espousing freedom and equality in his writings?  Of course. He said so himself.  O’Connor uses myriad devices—flashbacks, Jefferson’s own words, notes from his contemporaries – to make both these people three-dimensional and fully, frustratingly human.

Editor Tom Cole: Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume.

Tumblrer/Producer Nicole: Yesterday I picked up Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves. On the very first page, the moon blows up! Thumbs up so far.

Tumblrer/Editor Petra: I’m reading Faith Erin Hicks’ new graphic novel The Nameless City.

Producer Jessica Reedy: I’m about halfway through the deliciously wicked young adult novel Kill The Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky. A group of teenage girls kidnap a member of their favorite boy band. It’s like if Heathers met One Direction.

Producer Malika Gumpangkum: I’ve just started Submergence by J.M. Ledgard.