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In defense of Emma Watson’s singing...

I’m seeing a lot of criticism of her voice and I’m going to have to disagree. As someone who has been studying music extensively for the past 13 years as well also being a classically trained pianist and vocalist I think her performance was rather impressive. She obviously isn’t someone who grew up in vocal training but she is clearly talented. Her tone and stability is clear and steady, she has pretty good range and through her voice isn’t extremely powerful it’s pleasant and I wouldn’t describe it as weak.

When I heard that Emma Watson was going to play Belle I thought she was perfect acting wise but I was skeptical of her singing. I was surprised at the amount of emotion and fragility she brought in her singing and how lovely it turned out. It’s rare for someone who isn’t classically trained to be able to sing 

Of course when you compare her to Audra McDonald she pales in comparison but I still say that given her inexperience she did remarkably well. The sweetness and innocence in her tone combined with her surprisingly solid technique has me believing her to be a talented vocalist. Not the best by any means but she sure as hell carried her weight in the film and I’ll fight anyone who says otherwise (not really but I’ll politely disagree).

  • leliana is not marjolaine
  • she never becomes marjolaine even if she’s hardened
  • leliana resorts to violence when there is legitimate threat and admits that violence isn’t desirable
  • if hardened and divine, she uses violence to dismantle the oppressive chantry institution and deal with zealots who threaten progress to equality 
  • compare with: marjolaine who used violence to serve her own ends, only ever cared about herself, was abusive and used people
  • please stop these reductive comparisons
  • cool talk, thanks
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  • Kylo Ren/Hux - Dream You Wide Awake [AU]

Brendol Hux leads a mundane life as a lawyer but his dreams are filled with vivid images of him living in a faraway galaxy as a ruthless military General. He finds himself distracted during the day as his thoughts are constantly lingering on Kylo Ren, a strong & alluring character who always seems to be by General Hux’s side on the bridge of their ship. Hux finds himself wishing the day away just so he can get home and dream of himself as ‘General Hux’ and have Kylo Ren by his side.

Ben Solo is an insomniac, unable to sleep as a result of his dreams being plagued by nightmares which depict him as ‘Kylo Ren’, a dark and conflicted knight with mysterious powers. But the only pleasant thing about his nightmares is 'General Hux’, a man who Ben can’t prevent himself from thinking about during the day. But he knows that General Hux is simply a figment of his imagination…or so his therapists have firmly told him.

Whilst at a friend’s party, Hux spots a familiar face across the room, someone who looks exactly like Kylo Ren, the man in his imagination who Hux thinks he’s fallen in love with. When the man stares back at Hux with the same astonished expression, Hux decides to approach him and the two realise that they do indeed know each other.

As they see more of each other and discuss their dreams, Hux realises that Ben is exactly like the Kylo in his dreams, and Ben finds that Hux is exactly like his ‘imaginary’ General. ✨

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Hope you enjoy! (っ◔◡◔)っ ♥

John Roddam Spencer Stanhope, The Waters of Lethe by the Plains of Elysium (c. 1880)

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To Mnemosyne, or the Goddess of Memory
The fumigation from Frankinscense.

“The consort I invoke of Jove divine,
Source of the holy, sweetly-speaking Nine;
Free from th’ oblivion of the fallen mind,
By whom the soul with intellect is join’d:
Reason’s increase, and thought to thee belong,
All-powerful, pleasant, vigilant, and strong:
‘Tis thine, to waken from lethargic rest
All thoughts deposited within the breast;
And nought neglecting, vigorous to excite
The mental eye from dark oblivion’s night.
Come, blessed power, thy mystic’s mem'ry wake
To holy rites, and Lethe’s fetters break.”

The Hymns of Orpheus, transl. Thomas Taylor