the knights tale
Review | Shonda Rhimes plus Shakespeare? It’s a no-brainer.
Shondaland expands to fair Verona with “Still Star-Crossed,” taking place in the wake of Romeo and Juliet’s deaths.

I have been waiting for this show since the pilot was approved months ago.  “Still Star-Crossed” is what happens in Verona *after* R & J bite the dust.  It’s an AU, and I’m assuming that, like A Knight’s Tale, it is precisely as accurate as is compatible with having fun.   I’ll be checking my “History didn’t WORK like that!” at the door, at least for an episode or two.

From the Washington Post nonspoiler review: 

…a multicultural Verona. Rosaline and her sister are black. Their uncle, Juliet’s father, is white. Prince Escalus (Sterling Sulieman), newly ascended to the throne after the death of his father, is black — his sister, Princess Isabella, is played by Iranian American actress Medalion Rahimi. And those are just a few examples of the show’s perhaps unexpected casting.

Not really in the mood for ecchi mangas rn but I’m bored af, let’s see how bad this is gonna be-

Wait- so THE LADY ARMOR IS ACCURATE AND DOESN’T DO THE BOOB-ARMOR STYLE?! HELLO YES YOU HAVE MY ATTENTIO- no wait I’m not falling for that, could be like that one time with the anime lady’s basketball and have ““cutesy”“ weak moves and no actual powerful action-

*wheezes* ok you have 90% of my attention-

HELLO YES, NOW (combining the points from the previous statement) YOU HAVE




Alan Lee - Illustrations from “The Mabinogion” - Medieval Welsh Tales: «Peredur, son of Efrawg»

Romantic Tropes I’m an absolute sucker for:

The slow burn where they both love each other but think the other person doesn’t feel the same way but literally everyone in the world knows how they feel about each other.

They absolutely loathe each other but everyone around them knows that they actually totally love each other.

Royalty/Commoner ESPECIALLY when the commoner didn’t know they were royalty and feel so betrayed when they find out.

I mean really, any version of the Person A is hiding something about their identity for decentish reasons and Person B eventually finds out and is just so betrayed and Person A has some version of the “I didn’t mean for it to happen, but it did. I fell in love with you.” (Chasing Liberty is my favorite, okay?)

Also the “we’re from different worlds” version, too.

And of course Person A is trying to rescue/find/reunite with they significant other and Person B gets enlisted to help but then totally falls in love but thinks Person A really loves sigo, but when they finally are reunited they realize they really love Person B.