screams symbolism

Damen said, ‘Wear it for me.’

For a moment he thought Laurent wasn’t going to do it. But in public, Laurent had no recourse to refusal. 

Laurent extended his hand. And then waited, palm outstretched, his eyes lifting to meet Damen’s.

Laurent said, ‘Put it on me.’

Listen, this scene destroyed me. I had to sit down on the floor in an aisle of priceline because I was so overwhelmed. I was on fire, and I bet you Jord was also on fire, albeit for different reasons. 

Part two of the continuing saga chronicling my descent into Captive Prince hell. 

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Did anyone say they wanted cool facts about two of the backgrounds in the new gorillaz music video? i am a huge nerd so here we go:


Well, the first picture is from the Butoh Japanese dance called the Silent Scream, it’s actually symbolic for the horrors of Hiroshima. A very beautiful dance for something so very tragic.

The second one is from the animated movie of George Orwell’s book Animal Farm (very good book that i would absolutely recommend, but i digress). It’s an allegorical novel about totalitarianism and the animals all symbolize historical people and events. Such as Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union, dictatorship/totalitarianism, the communist theory, etc!! (again very good book, i recommended checking it out!)

A complaint I have re: Legions of Fire that I haven’t talked about yet (somehow) is that like

Peter David doesn’t really put much effort into portraying the tone Londo’s eps have in the show

Londo’s focus episodes are usually chaotic. They’re full of surreal lighting, dreams, visions, unreality, screaming/crying/shouting, symbolism, death, blood and usually they have at least one v loud and visually confusing sequence. This is esp true for Londo eps that also heavily feature G’Kar

The trilogy isn’t… angry enough. 518 is largely quiet for the same reason the Centauri emperor outfit is white, to symbolize the stifling of Londo’s personality, the stripping of his personhood. But there’s still underlying anger present in the way we see Emperor Londo, in how the strangling scene in 317 is practically deafening w/ how amplified the growling and choking and music are

The trilogy is impotent in its attempts to capture the visceral nature of Londo and the symbolism of his storyline, refusing to let the reader even read about him properly half the time in book three by limiting his presence to short diary interludes instead of proper chapters. The part where Londo cuts a Centauri nobleman’s head off is as good as it gets

G’Kar also lacks the… meaty presence… that he has in the show. He gets a single one-word line of dialogue in 317 and yet you can feel it when he says it. In the trilogy he’s unobtrusive, insignificant, lukewarm and flat and boring. Trilogy G’Kar is the hypothetical vivisected, organless, and lifeless G’Kar post-execution that Londo describes in 402

Even the death scene is flaccid, having G’Kar think about how he had to kill Londo to “save Sheridan” in the climax of a storyline Sheridan has absolutely no part in, a storyline that belongs to Londo and G’Kar and no one else, definitely not to Sheridan of all peopleAn awkward denial of the connection between them even in their most iconic moment together

The essential erotic tension present in Londo-G’Kar interactions is missing entirely, and yet Peter David believes the reader has some sexual desire to see Londo “put in his place” by Shiv’kala, by Durla, by whoever. This is a misinterpretation of how Londo is written in the show, bc one doesn’t create a character w/ the obvious intention of averting stereotypes of fat people in order to make the audience want to see them humiliated

To quote jms on only showing the aftermath of G’Kar attacking Londo in Dust to Dust, rather than any of the physical violence itself:

Implying more than one sees is something that you kinda have to learn over time. It can be very effective, as here.

Peter David is voyeuristic and gratuitous w/ his portrayal of Londo’s violation, instead of framing him as having any sort of strength or agency or power in his ability to withstand over a decade of torture and abuse

Vir Cotto’s Oatmeal Hetero Hellscape is where good characters go to die

Alex Grey - Progress of the Soul pt. 17

“Birth” 1990, oil on linen.

“The pleasures and discomforts of pregnancy yield to the violent logic of birth. A tremendous flow
of energy goes through the mother, who emits and orgasmic scream of pain that echoes from her
own birth to her death, portrayed as silhouettes on either side of her head. The letter symbols in the
painting are Tibetan syllables, a white Om, red Ah, and blue Hum. When placed in the head, throat, and
heart, these letters are the seed syllables of all the Buddhas. Thus, the mother is a birthing Buddha. The heart
vajra in the screaming newborn is a symbol of imperishable spirit. Though the umbilical cord will be
cut, the child will remain connected to the mother with subtle heart cords.”

NO, BUT FRODO REALLY IS THE GREATEST HERO, BECAUSE HE WAS HOPELESS ALL THE TIME AND HE STILL KEPT GOING; HE THOUGHT HE WAS TOO WEAK, BUT STILL KEPT GOING, HE NEVER THOUGHT HE COULD ACTUALLY MAKE IT, HE GAVE EVERYTHING, HIS SOUL AND HIS BODY, AND WHEN HE REALISED THAT WASN’T ENOUGH, YOU KNOW WHAT? THAT’S RIGHT, HE STILL KEPT GOING! KEEP YOUR BADASSES, I’M GONNA STICK WITH THE PURE-HEARTED AND WORRIED.

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“Perhaps because thought waves flowed in reverse form the Elmeth’s psychommu interface, the action also served to heighten Lalah’s awareness.

Through the psychommu she became aware of the presence of Amuro and Char in the area, and of something terrifying. Something screaming, symbolizing man’s basic fighting instinct, rushed toward her like a dark wall of water.

There were no audible words, nor describable sounds, but she knew what it represented. It was the yells of two men locked in mortal combat, the war cries of two independent conscious beings merging screams, anger and fear.”

-from Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, by Yoshiyuki Tomino

Steve Carlsberg’s favourite sky colour is taupe. All the lines, dashes, and dots are really easy to see on this background, especially compared to turquoise (which tends to blend with a number of important lines) and void (which makes looking at the sky to examine the symbols without screaming difficult).