quentin's muse

Bless my heart, a network tv show discusses female sexual pleasure

So, we get to the episode where they use the Bechdel test line. I seriously LOLed at this part because it was so ludicrous. At least they are acknowledging the ridiculousness of pandering to only male fantasy on TV and pointing fingers at it — and using it as a dream and not an actual event is definite kudos. And YES Julia, I saw you go for the spectacular boobs.

The more the series goes on the less it is like the books, but again I think that’s okay because of what they are doing to further the storylines. We have queer characters, we have mental illness, alcohol and drug addiction, etc. AND NOW WE HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT FEMALE SEXUAL PLEASURE. Bless my exploding heart, a network television show just openly talked about women getting off.

On top of that, the subject came about really honestly. It is brought up — guy thinks everything is a-OK — girl says actually not really — feelings are hurt, discussions are had, and abracadabra, orgasms all around. Alice was shy about admitting it at first, but who wouldn’t be growing up in that maze of horrors she did…and when she admits yes, sometimes it is hard for her to orgasm and she doesn’t know how to ask for what she wants, all women everywhere watching this show probably cheered. In a world where women are expected (and shown to) orgasm in 2 seconds flat from a bit of gymnastic thrusting, it’s hard to say that you need more assistance in the bedroom department. In the end, she literally grabs Quentin’s hand and pulls it down to where she wants. This is huge. Now, in my opinion, Quentin doesn’t really become a feminist until book three. I’m liking the more evolved attitude on the show thus far. I don’t know how the show runners are going to fit this new attitude into the ending storyline but whatever. When said he was a feminist in the dream sequence I about died. A STRAIGHT WHITE MAN ADMITTING HE IS A FEMINIST ON TV? I mean I know it was his dream and he was watching two hot girls macking but still.

Quentin also handled the whole sex thing better than expected, and very realistically. Imagine what you would do if you are told you’re not doing “it” correctly, your feelings would be understandably hurt. He assumes wrongly he is being a good lover, either because he lacks attention or because Alice is faking, but after a bit of childish storming off he comes back and admits his douchebaggery and insecurity. This is incredible! — Especially for men to watch. It’s not only damaging for women to see on TV that they don’t need foreplay, it’s damaging for men to see that they don’t need to do it, or pay attention — or even that they are perfect lovers right off the bat. No one is. It was also awesome that he admitted he wanted direction from Alice. When she asked if he expected sex to be perfect every time and he said no, that he wanted her to tell him when he was doing something incorrectly, that he wanted her to speak up about what she wanted, it floored me. TV usually shows men just taking pleasure, but he genuinely wants to give Alice pleasure and be a good lover to her. He swallows his wounded pride and accepts her directions, listens to what SHE wants, does those things, and guess what — it works. Communication about sex is so rare in media, it’s even more rare when it involves women speaking up about what they want. I’m so glad they had two characters actually communicate with each other on this subject and do so successfully, with a woman asking for and receiving pleasure, and a man checking his ego at the door and wanting to give it.

Side notes. My baby Elliot is a broken teddy bear who needs a hug. I was genuinely upset that Margot was not there for the speech he gave. He understandably recoils when Margot-Bot kisses him, he’s so not in that place, and he’s not into her. Not sure how he feels now that he knows it wasn’t the real Margot. Yet, he closes right back up and doesn’t tell her what happens. His body language is so heartbreaking, he curled into himself so tight when real Margot sat down, it looked painful. I honestly like Margot (Janet?) and Elliot needs a friend. Hey show people, can the Queliot friendship start now,? You’re way past the deadline on that one. Remember who practically saves Elliot from cirrhosis? It’s Quentin.

Maurice Quentin de La Tour (1704-1788)
“Portrait of King Louis XV” (1748)
Pastel on gray-blue paper stuck on a canvas stretched on a chassis
Located in the Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

Louis XV (1710-1774), known as Louis the Beloved (Louis le bien aimé), was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France from 1 September 1715 until his death. He succeeded his great-grandfather Louis XIV at the age of five. Until he reached maturity in 1723, his kingdom was ruled by Philippe d'Orléans, Duke of Orléans as Regent of France; the duke was his maternal great-uncle, as well as first cousin twice removed patrilineally.

Wolverine and the X-Men

Okay but, have you ever actually stopped and thought about how awesome the 5 original main X-Kids in Wolverine and the X-Men are and how much potential they have?

You have a powerful telepathic genius who is near universally disliked, who has to redeem himself from his past mischief (or not. It’s up to him.) He stands up for what he believes in, even if it means standing utterly alone, and he is not afraid to get shit done. And on many occasions, he has done just that–get shit done. Because in the end, he may not be likable, but he sure as hell is reliable. 

A girl who can control the elements who was not revered like a goddess like Storm, but was treated like a monster, and believes herself to be one, yet doesn’t go around being a monster; she is steadfast in her morals and religion, but does what is necessary, even if it is damnable.

A brood. A fucking brood. A species that is bloodthirsty by nature, yet he is the opposite. He suppresses his instinct in order to be who he wants to be, be who he is.  An intelligent, kind, bug-lookin’ little dude. He doesn’t do what the rest of his kind does. He is arguably the most anti-conformist of the entire group.

A clone of the X-Men’s most dangerous and deadliest foe who was raised in a virtual reality to become morally upright and heroic. He is compassionate and selfless country boy who battles with the fact that he shares the same genetic makeup as a deadly psychopath. Yet he overcomes this, not because he has anything to prove, but because that’s who he is.

The son of one of the strongest men in the galaxy. Not only that, but a Gladiator. The leader of the Shi'ar Empire. Talk about high expectations. He destroyed half of the royal city and was put on a time-out on a different planet, into a different culture. Now, he’s stuck between homeland pride and their expectations, and the chill nature of the Jean Grey School and all of the rowdy, life-endangering fun he has there.

And let’s not forget their beloved headmaster– small, smelly, claw-popping Canadian who is battling against his savage, animalistic urges to try to set these potential atom bombs on the right path. Not because he has to prove to anyone that he is a man, not an animal–he could care less what they think–but because it’s the right thing to do

And their enemies? A bunch of 5th grade sociopaths

Say what you will about them, or the writing, or the stories, but Wolverine and the X-Men had a fuck ton of potential. It could have been handled so much better than it has been. This combination of characters is genius. Diverse backgrounds, all different personalities, incredible potential for interaction–This is the team of X-Men I wanna hear more about. 

The sub-plot of Episode 2x7 ‘Plan B’

This is just a bit of speculation on my part.  I really felt that the sub-theme of the lastest ‘The Magicians’ episode was the love triangle between Quentin, Alice and Eliot.  I’m talking about 2x7 ‘Plan B’

The show seemed to put any animosity over the three-way in season 1 to bed in the first episodes of season 2.  Everyone talked about it, and tried to make amends, and the four of them took the thrones and it seemed like it wouldn’t be brought up again.  Eliot’s bound by a fidelity clause, and it felt, though it would take time, that Quentin and Alice would eventually make up.

I know it’s likely just Niffen!Alice trying to make Quentin feel guilty,  but the episode goes into detail of what actually happened that night.  Why bring it up again when all four parties had decided to move past it?  Is Quentin still just that guilty over it?  Or has it stuck with him as some kind of revelatory moment?

Moreso, at the end of the episode Eliot sacrificing himself for Quentin mirrors Quentin’s sacrifice for Alice almost down to a frame for frame replay.  It’s been obvious that Eliot’s been in love with Quentin since the beginning of the show, so it makes sense that he would protect him.

I’m sure i’m reading subtext where I want to see it, and the creators are just trying to build angst for Quentin in the next episode when he can’t help either of them, but I’d really like that to not be the case.

Alice and Fen are great characters, and I don’t want people accusing me of downplaying them for the sake of a slash pairing.  I just don’t think either of them work.  Fen for obvious reasons of her relationship to Eliot being arranged and forced, not to mention the fact that he’s gay.  Alice and Quentin feel just as forced to me, I don’t know.   I guess I would love to see Eliot’s fidelity clause nullified somehow, and for Alice to be restored but still reluctant or refusing to get back together with Quentin. 

Thoughts and musings and theories are welcomed and encouraged.


Me: I have ten thousand roleplay blog and I need to be more active on all of them.

My Brain: make a Quentin ask blog. You’ve watched the movies. You can re watch them ten times to make sure you portray him right. Knowledge is power.

Me: real shit?????

Muse Meme - Quentin Tarantino Movies Edition
  • "And what do you consider 'ridiculous'?"
  • "There's a special rung in hell reserved for people who waste good scotch. Seeing as how I may be rapping on the door momentarily..."
  • "Oh, 'come on', my ass!"
  • "You're not a bad person. You're a terrific person. You're my favorite person, but every once in a while, you can be a real cunt."
  • "When you grow up, if you still feel raw about it, I'll be waiting."
  • "Half a million dollars will always be missed."
  • "Does he look like a bitch?"
  • "You kill anybody?"
  • "Gentleman, you had my curiosity, now you have my attention."
  • "Well, I speak the most Italian, so I'll be your escort."
  • "What about 'kinda cute, kinda hot, kinda sexy, hysterically funny, but not funny-looking guy who you could fuck' did you not understand?"
  • "Bitch, you don't have a future."
  • "Don't laugh. Do you want to screw me, yes or no?"
  • "What the fuck happened to you, man? Shit, your ass used to be beautiful!"
  • "And you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?"
  • "This man set us up."
  • "So, you really free?"
  • "I didn't mean to, I was just... playing around!"
  • "You and I have unfinished business."
  • "So I suppose it's a little late for an apology, huh?"
  • " Fuck you and your chill pill!"
  • "Oh, that what now. I tell you what now between me and you. There is no me and you. Not no more."
  • "You keep talking like a bitch, I'm gonna slap you like a bitch."
  • "It's me, baby..."
  • "Be careful, my arm is broken!"
  • "Well, that little darlin', I can pretty much damn well guarantee."
  • "Is she aware her daughter is still alive?"
  • "Aw, the milk went bad while I was in jail."
  • "This is some serious gourmet shit!"
  • "Shit, I don't remember that at all."
  • "My good man, did you simply get carried away with your dramatic gesture, or are you pointing your weapon at me with lethal intention?"
  • "I'm gonna give you a little somethin' you can't take off."
  • "Fair lady, your chariot awaits."
  • "You 'overreacted'? Is that your explanation?"
  • " It would appear someone objected to this union and wasn't able to hold their peace."
  • "Try not to tear his clothes off, OK? They're new."
  • "If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions."
  • "This is bad. This is so fucking bad. Is it bad?"
  • "Keep it funny!"
  • "Yeah, we got a word for that kinda odd in English. It's called suspicious."
  • "Shots first, questions later!"
  • "Wakey wakey, eggs and bakey."
  • " I'm not bald, okay? I shaved my head."
  • "I got some 'for-your-eyes-only' shit to show you."
  • "Now I wanna dance, I wanna win. I want that trophy, so dance good."
  • "Was that as good for you as it was for me?"