reasons why i miss the 90s

anonymous asked:

*curtsies* Your Grace, my lit professor was talking about The Bacchae and how he believes it condemns Dionysus/the gods rather than praising them. He also specifically singled out Dionysus as a senseless, upstart party boy unworthy of worship. What is your opinion on this? (and please defend Dionysus, it hurt my heart to see him so insulted)

*Curtsies* Okay, I’m gonna full-on maenad-level rage about this because it pisses me off just as badly as the Diomedes thing. 

First things first: Anyone who insists that Dionysus is strictly one thing has automatically already proved they have no business talking (much less teaching) about him, because Dionysus’ entire essence is characterized by contradictions. As Alfred Henrichs puts it “Virtually everybody who has an informed opinion on the subject seems to concede that a balanced and unified view of Dionysus and his place in history is not only difficult to achieve but is essentially incompatible with the complexity of the god and with his disparate manifestations.” Dionysus isn’t ‘just’ the god of wine or ‘just’ the god of anything. He’s at the same time Theban and foreign, human and divine, masculine and feminine, life and death, frenzy and tranquility, joy and horror, ecstasy and rage, mercy and revenge. Most of the Orphic and Homeric hymns give him epithets like ‘two-faced,’ two-formed,’ ‘twice-born’ (more on this in Walter F. Otto’s book, Dionysus: Myth and Cult). Beyond all that, he’s the god of theatre and masks and deception and dissembling, so insisting that he’s any one thing is plain and simply shitty scholarship even if you have no respect for the mythology because it’s (a) incredibly reductive and (b) just fucking wrong.

Second things second: The Bacchae. Has your professor actually even read the fucking play? Because if he has he’s completely missed the point. The whole reason everything goes to shit is because Pentheus is a self-important Socratic dickbag who refuses to acknowledge Dionysus for exactly the same reasons your professor is using to dismiss him. How he could have missed that irony is utterly beyond me. But what happens to Pentheus? He ends up up a tree in a fucking dress and gets his fucking head ripped off by his own mother because she’s being punished, too, for refusing to believe her sister when she said that it was Zeus who got her pregnant. (Sidenote: Why is that even so hard to believe? Fucking Zeus gets everybody pregnant.) But I digress: HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY MISS THE POINT THAT BADLY? Even Nietzsche, who spends like 90% of The Birth of Tragedy bitching about how Euripides ruined Greek theatre by undermining the Dionysian impulse, insists that the Bacchae is the apology play, that Euripides realized he was wrong all along about Dionysus and wrote it as a form of weird literary vindication of the god: “The god Dionysus is too powerful,” he says. “His most intelligent adversary–like Pentheus in the Bacchae–is unwittingly enchanted by him and in his enchantment runs to meet his own fate… This is what we are told by a poet who opposed Dionysus with heroic valor throughout a long life–and who finally ended his career with a glorification of his adversary and with suicide, like a giddy man who, to escape the horrible vertigo he can no longer endure, casts himself from a tower” (trans. Walter Kaufmann). In order for your professor to have missed all this he might also be a self-important Socratic dickbag, and he should probably watch himself because things usually don’t end well for people who like to laugh at Dionysus.

Last things last: Let’s talk about the wine. Yes, Dionysus was famously the god who gave man wine. But what a lot of people clearly don’t understand is that wine had a very different status in ancient Greek culture than it does in ours. Wine was not something that existed just to make your tongue happy and maybe get you shitfaced. Wine was fucking sacred. The Greeks didn’t understand how fermentation worked, so they literally regarded wine as a divine gift from the gods–partly because it was one of the few things they could drink with relative safety because of its alcoholic content, but also because it literally brought them closer to the gods. Wine had huge religious significance, and not just as a libation or offering. Part of the reason Dionysus is so often dismissed as the party god is because the Dionysian orgy–much like wine in ancient culture–is so vastly misunderstood. The Dionysian cult was not built on a tradition of getting hammered and fucking your brains out in the woods. This is another major point of the Bacchae which your professor seems to have completely missed. The Dionysian orgy often involved no sex at all. Instead it was about human communion with nature and with god. Because wine induced intoxication, adherents of the cult believed it actually enabled them to see the god and to enter into spiritual union with him and each other which overrode their selfish, individualistic impulses. It’s not about sex and over-indulgence. It’s about the opposite, about returning to the purest possible state of man wherein he is no longer a man but part of a larger natural whole and a rapturous group psyche. And this is part of the function of the chorus in Greek tragedy–to speak for the the whole, to be the voice of something greater than the individual. Forgive me but I’m going to quote Nietzsche again: “This is the most immediate effect of Dionysian tragedy, that the state and society and, quite generally, the gulfs between man and man give way to an overwhelming feeling of unity leading back to the very heart of nature.”

I have a lot of feelings about this and I’ve been reading a lot about it lately for research reasons, so I could probably go on about it for hours. The last thing I’ll say is that it’s people like Pentheus and evidently your professor who ruin mythology and religion. As soon as you try to rationalize it and make it sane and ridicule anything you don’t understand, what you’re left with isn’t religion at all but a form of moral government that has no need for spiritual experience. And–like Pentheus–I think you kind of deserve to get your shit wrecked by angry maenads. Duke out.

ok not to anger anyone but,, how did y’all get the idea that noodle is gay? i feel like i missed out on something big that pointed out that she might be gay and im just so confused like…. why does 90% of the gorillaz fandom think noodle is gay for no apparent reason, for all we know she could be asexual, bisexual etc but not gay

jus felt like pointing this out but i’m not annoyed by this headcanon; in fact, i support lgbt and am a straight cissie, goodbye

10 Fav characters post-- with a TWEEST.

theicombaticon tagged me for a 10 fav characters post… and since I would have a really REALLy hard time picking fav characters for all genres, I decided to go with strictly literary character!  SO HERE WE GO.  (I’ll probably still miss one but whatever)

These are in no particular order:


1. Tris from the Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce

Not only am I about 90% sure she’s aroace, the reason why I love Tris so much is that she is written as a VERY powerful mage– probably one of the most powerful of her time– and it SCARES her.  She can control weather and the forces of nature with a flick of her wrist– which is what ultimately caused her family to dump her off at the nearest temple and leave her there.  She hides her achievements because no one would believe her right out anyways if she told them “Yeah, I braided an earthquake into my hair and I can scry on the winds”.  She’s merchant-class, bookish, snarky, no-nonsense and has had so much character growth over the books she’s in (she used to have a MAJOR temper, which caused flare-ups of her powers but now she has learned to remain calm).  I really can’t wait for the standalone book starring her Tamora’s writing right now.


2. Lirael from the Abhorsen series by Garth Nix

Another badass lady from a book series I love– Lirael was raised in the mountains by a race of women who have the power to scry the future and predict outcomes.  Most women become awakened at early ages (14 etc) but as the years progress and Lirael gets older without awakening, the more she is disheartened.  She ends up working in the society’s library, where she discovers its many secrets (ultimately gaining the companionship of the Disreputable Dog, becoming a remembrancer and slaying an ancient beast).  Did I mention this is only the first leg of the book?  She ultimately leaves the mountain, charged by the people she resided with on a great mission where she finds out who she really is and where she really belongs. 


3. Nawat from the Trickster’s duet by Tamora Pierce

He’s a crow that can shift into human form.  That should tell you basically why he’s my fav.  ERR ANYWAY– Nawat is a great character and written SUPER WELL.  He might have some human tendencies but his mannerisms are straight crow (him picking and preening Aly’s hair, bringing her sparklies, liking to sit up high, being super protective of his chosen mate, etc).  He goes through a lot of growth too, where he learns he needs to let the woman he loves be alone and that she’s NOT going to act like a crow because she’s human– he also learns about human child-rearing in the short story Nawat and ultimately makes a large sacrifice for a child his crow instincts tell him he should not keep alive.


4. Cimorene from the Enchanted Forest chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede

Cimorene, Cimorene, let me tell you guys how much I love her.  Basically she’s a princess who doesn’t want to get married or have anyone rescue her– she’s too intelligent for the men who try to woo her, she’s too strong and is not allowed to pursue men’s arts like swordplay, basically her life is dull and annoying.  So she says “Screw it, I’m going to live with the dragons”.  She ends up running away from home and becoming Kazul’s princess.  As her family realizes she’s gone, they start sending knights and princes to rescue her– but she ends up turning them down at the door and, ;later, sending them to other princesses she thinks would make a good match for them.  She ends up having to put up a sign that basically says “SORRY I DON’T NEED SAVED, PLEASE LEAVE K THANKS.”.  She ends up saving the land from a powerful wizard and learns that lemon-scented soapy water is a really good wizard repellant.


5. Peter Thompson from the My Teacher is an Alien series by Bruce Coville

I think why Peter makes this list is because I identified with him so strongly when I first read the book in junior high.  He’s a nerd, an invisible kid and an outcast at his school.  He’s incredibly smart and bookish and has only a ferw close friends (one of which bullied him mercilessly at one point).  When given the opportunity, he leaves earth with his extraterrestrial teacher to live on a space station, taking lessons with another alien about why life is so important.  In the final book, it’s revealed that the aliens are on earth to judge whether the planet is a threat and whether it must be destroyed (this series is worth reading for the final book ALONE imo, though I love all of them dearly).  The aliens show that Earth cannot work together on issues– in some countries people have excess food that is wasted while other countries starve, wars, disease, poverty that can be prevented is allowed to continue.  It’s up to Peter and his two human friends to convince the council that Earth isn’t too far gone and that it can learn and be saved.


6. Beka Cooper from the Beka Cooper trilogy by Tamora Pierce

This series is a more recent read for me and I LOVE IT (as I do all of Tamora’s books as you can see).  Beka is strong and relentless in her goals.  She works hard to prove to everyone that she is worthy of her job.  Written in journal style, the series follows Beka Cooper, a new trainee in the city’s provost guard.  Over the course of the books, she hunts down murderers, kidnappers, smugglers and the like– kicking ass and taking names as she does so.  This book preceeds the events of the Lioness quartet, and it AMAZING.


7. Minerva McGonagall from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

I think everyone loves McGonagall– I mean she’s a badass teacher, can hold her own against the more powerful witches and wizards of her time and she’s also, deep down, a mother hen.  She also has a wicked snarky streak in her (one of my favorite moments is her telling Peeves which way to unscrew the chandeliers) and is hilariously competitive when it comes to Quidditch.  Minerva is a bamf and my favorite character of HP.



8. Alanna from the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce

SPEAKING OF KICKASS LADIES– Alanna and her twin brother Thom don’t want to take the paths that society wants them to take.  Alanna is about to be shipped off to a school to learn how to be a proper lady and Thom is going to be forced into the king’s service to become a knight when Alanna gets a brilliant idea.  They are going to switch places before the journey so that she can become a knight and Thom can learn to be a powerful mage.  She ends up having to bully both Thom and, later, her guardian Coram into accepting the plan.  She cuts her hair and hides her gender from her classmates (women are NOT allowed in the service and she can be killed for such behavior) and has to work DAMN hard for her goals.  Over time she proves herself and becomes the most sought-after squire by her upperclassmen who survived their trials of Knighthood– and also ends up saving the royal family in the process.  Also that was only book one YOU SHOULD READ THESE.


9.  Numair from The Immortals series by Tamora Pierce

Numair– oh man love love love this character.  He’s the most powerful mage in Tortall and gets SUPER NERDILY EXCITED about new challenges and mysteries.  He’s gentle and super protective of Daine (leading lady of the series) but has clearly led a different life in the past– a book that will be published soon will detail that past life and I am ON EDGE for its release.

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10. Basically all the characters Tamora Pierce has ever written 

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I am a HUGE FAN of Tamora’s works.  I first picked up Wolf-Speaker at my school’s library because she and I share our last names and the book was about magic and animals.  I DEVOURED it and soon sought the other books in the series, then other books by the author.  She has the best sense of worldbuilding out of any fantasy author I’ve read– her characters are all relatable and flawed in their own ways, they all experience AMAZING growth in character and they’re all unique in personality and well-written.  She has a lot of POC main characters and POC in positions of power, she has main character LGBTQ characters (one who is bi and with a notably open relationship with her life partner) and it’s all written where the magic of each land is so delicatley braided with the technology of the time.  Mages don’t hold some SUPREME POWER over the mundane citizens of the lands nor do people heavily rely on magic to complete tasks and such.  She’s written wars and epidemics, mass murderers and deities all with such command and grace that it’s interesting to read and no two charactyers are similar.

Bravo to you, Tamora– I included this picture of you because I think it accurately shows how I feel about you:

Also she has a tumblr!  Follow her!: tamorapierce
Also also if you want SUPER COOL fanart and basically my headcanon looks for the characters, check out minuiko’s Tortall tag!


Also I am not tagging anyone– but if you read this then you should read these!!!!

anonymous asked:

hey ^_^ i'll just come to the point,, i've seen so much anti bi dean stuff on my dash today and i am not sure where it's coming from =\ i rlly can't see dean as anything but bi, but is there reason why ppl are so against it?? thank you!

Hii! 

Yeah, I spotted that discussion on my dash earlier today, it was hard to miss, lol. :p

It’s 2am here, I’m pretty tired, but here’s all you need to know in a nutshell:

90% of the people who are blatantly and passionately against even the mere possibility of bi!Dean, are the people who essentially want him to fuck his own brother. And that is truly all you need to know. 

I think the reviews of Transistor are a good illustration of one of the major reasons why frequent non-skippable cutscenes and lead-you-by-the-nose exposition have become common in games: if you DON’T force-feed the story to the player, the reviewers—who are generally going to be blitzing through the game as quickly as possible in the race to be the first to get a review up—will miss 90% of it, and proceed to claim that your game has no story.
—  David J. Prokopetz, forum.rpg.net
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Kevin Feige Confirms No Natalie Portman In Thor: Ragnarok

Kevin Feige Confirms No Natalie Portman In Thor: Ragnarok

Tony Stark isn’t the only one missing his girlfriend while appearing on screen. When Thor: Ragnarok rolls around in 2017, the God of Thunder will be missing his Jane Foster.

When asked by Empire Film whether the rumors of Natalie Portman sitting Thor: Ragnarok out were true, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige simply responded, “I can confirm that, yes.”

As for why, there are “many reasons,” according to Feige. “Many of which are in the film so you will see that,” he says. “There are only a couple of scenes on Earth in this movie. 80 to 90 percent takes place in the cosmos.”

The exploration of the cosmos in Ragnarok will be no joke - something else Feige was willing to spill. “Tonally and geographically there are a lot of different planets outside of the nine realms that we visit in Thor: Ragnarok,” the executie producer says.

Thor: Ragnarok is set for release November 3, 2017.

Source: comicbook.com

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In May 1995, the magazine “People” put Jeff Buckley in the twelfth place of the “fifty people most beautiful of the world”. Immediately Jeff dyed his hair black and stopped washing it, he wanted to become “ugly”. He wished to be loved thanks to the power of his music, not because he was handsome. This is one of the reason why I love him so much.

The New 52 Wally West

I remember when they said Wally West was coming back to the New 52 my first reaction was “Don’t do that.” Because with all the characters they had just destroyed in their new interpretations, I honestly didn’t want to see anymore characters come back to the New 52. Wally was safe in the old DC universe, he was hugging his wife and tucking his kids into bed. But it had been a month or two without a terrible new interpretation, and even some of the older characters were getting better. Maybe everything was going to be okay.

Everything is not okay.

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anonymous asked:

Can I ask why you dislike Talisa or at least the Talisa/Robb romance?

Of course :) well I openly hate both, so xD okay, premise: the fact that I don’t likr Talisa doesn’t mean I dislike Oona - actually I think she was entirely wasted in that part. So, this stated. (Also, book spoilers? I assume you read them or you know how it was in there anyway)

Talisa: okay, the thing is, ASOIAF is famous because it deconstructs tropes, right? Well, Talisa is an incarnated trope and a pretty bad one at that. I mean, where the hell in the books you find the typical sassy warrior woman who takes no shit from anyone, says fuck it to everything because she wants to and does badass things because she’s that great and charms the hell out of the hero of the story and then they end up in a omg so tragic but so romantic love story? Answer: nowhere, because that’s not what GRRM set to do, but Talisa is.. that. Pretty much. Down to the tragic noble background backstory which doesn’t make any sense whatsoever if you look at it - like, what’s even remotely realistic about it? Nothing, because it looks like she just went and decided to be a sassy nurse and that was it. In a series that’s supposed to be realistic fantasy or whatever in contrast to mainstream fantasy where this shit happens all the time, she sticks out like a sore thumb because she doesn’t belong there. And this brings us to the ‘why I hate Robb/Talisa’ part of it.

Robb/Talisa: okay, see, the point is that Robb hooking up with the aforementioned sassy badass girl in the circumstances when it happened completely defies the point of that entire storyline and makes it 100% more dumb. Meaning:

a) in the book, Robb slept with Jeyne in a moment of acute distress after learning that Theon had presumably killed Bran and Rickon, this after Theon took Winterfell and as far as he was concerned betrayed him, so it’s not like it was OMG YOU’RE SO WONDERFUL ILU LET’S FUCK. It was a moment of weakness with someone he barely even knew. Now, anyone else would have just left and be done with it, but he actually fucks up his most important alliance because he doesn’t want to ruin Jeyne’s life even if they barely know each other and he has everything to lose from it. It’s 100% more poignant that he’d do that, especially since it’s a very *Robb* thing to do, never mind that Robb and Jeyne got the happy marriage where you learn to know your spouse even if you didn’t exactly have STRONG FEELINGS for them before that Cat and Ned had, which the showrunners completely missed on since in the show Cat told Robb it was the good kind of marriage and Robb was like BUT I LOVE HER YOLO. Like, book!Robb would have never slept with someone/married them BECAUSE *LOVE* - he’s nowhere near that careless, never mind that he knows he’s doing something that might fuck his war up and he behaves accordingly while show!Robb almost always behaved like marrying Talisa wasn’t the biggest fuck-up he could have done. Never mind that he did it because OMG SHE’S SO SASSY AND BADASS AND LOVELY WHO CARES I’M IN LOVE WITH HER YOLO, not because he was half-depressed and grief-driven.

b) The other point of the Robb/Jeyne romance is that… Robb marries a perfectly ordinary person. Jaime even said it in AFFC when he saw her - she was pretty but not a girl to lose a war for. Jeyne isn’t sassy, isn’t badass, is pretty but not overwhelmingly beautiful, she doesn’t know shit about war (and didn’t take Cat’s place counseling him *coughhhh*), she’s a pretty lovely person but she’s no great catch either. She’s… well, a normal person. That no one would have risked losing a war for. Except Robb Stark. Who ends up loving her anyway and who certainly wasn’t charmed by all the trope traits Talisa has that Jeyne never had. It makes it 100% more tragic because anyone else would have just left Jeyne there and said sorry, but he didn’t. And she didn’t need to be this perfect imaginary oh-so-independent-and-sassy woman who sweeps him off his feet. And I hate that D&D didn’t think that it was good enough, you know? Omg the hero of the story can’t get married to a perfectly ordinary person who doesn’t know how to sew wounds or make quippy comebacks and takes orders from no men and doesn’t give a shit about her family, noooo, in order to make it interesting he has to marry a stereotype! The Robb/Jeyne romance is a deconstruction of the typical hero/heroine romance and Robb/Talisa IS EXACTLY THAT. Which is a disservice to Jeyne and a disservice to Robb, because in the show it looks like a Romeo and Juliet thing where he does the dumbest shit ever (like, WHO SAID HE HAD TO *MARRY* TALISA FFS, and the whole deflowering a maiden thing was totally lost for that matter), in the book it’s actually a tragic decision that has some reason of existing.

So, tldr: I dislike Talisa because she’s a trope that makes no sense in asoiaf and I dislike her romance with Robb because it completely misses the point of the original arc that Robb had and turns everything into a trite love story that we’ve seen a hundred times when that wasn’t the way it went and it actually was pretty fundamental to Robb’s character, and as a consequence I spent S2 and S3 watching someone who was a Robb bodysnatcher 90% of the time rather than my favorite asoiaf character.

Also, BONUS REASON WHY I HATE THE ROBB/TALISA ROMANCE, which is related to Theon’s storyline and has ADWD spoilers so in case just skip this part:

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