the sun king

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Partisan Carried by the Bodyguard of Louis XIV (1638–1715, reigned from 1643)

  • Dated: circa 1678–1709
  • Sword cutler: inscription probably refers to Bonaventure Ravoisie (French, Paris, recorded 1678–1709)
  • Culture: French, Paris
  • Medium: steel, gold, wood, textile
  • Measurements: overall length 94 1/8 inches (239 cm); length of head 22 9/16 inches (57.3 cm); width of head 6 ½ inches (16.5 cm)
  • Inscription: decoration on this partisan features a sunburst surmounted by Louis XIV’s motto, NEC PLURIBUS IMPAR (Not equaled by many); inscribed along the curved lower edge on both sides of the blade: RAVOISIE FOVRBISSEVR DV ROY A PARIS
  • Provenance: Ex coll.: de Dino

This partisan, along with two like it also in the Metropolitan Museum’s collection (acc. nos. 14.25.454, 04.3.64), are thought to have been carried by the Gardes de la Manche (literally, “guards of the sleeve,” indicating their close proximity to the king), an elite unit of the bodyguard of Louis XIV.

This example (along with 04.3.64) bears the king’ motto and sunburst above the crowned arms of France and Navarre, which are encircled by the collars of the royal orders of the Holy Spirit and Saint Michael. It is inscribed RAVOISIE FOVRBISSEVR DV ROY A PARIS, probably referring to Bonaventure Ravoisie, a royal cutler recorded between 1678 and 1709.

The other partisan (14.25.454) is from a small group designed by Jean Bérain the Elder (1637–1711) for the marriage of Louis’s niece Marie-Louise d'rléans to Carlos II of Spain in 1679. The decoration features a sunburst surmounted by the king’s motto, ‘NEC PLURIBUS IMPAR’ (’not equalled by many’). Beneath, the sun god Apollo is being crowned with laurel by the winged figure of Fame. The sunburst and Apollo were favourite symbols of Louis XIV, the self-styled Sun King.

Source: Copyright © 2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

5 Signs You Treat Your Reader Like an Idiot

(1) Overusing Adverbs

For Example: “Get out, Michael. I swear to God, get out before I try to kill you. I wasted two years of my life on your pathetic cheating ass. Get out!” Tara yelled angrily.

Adverbs are, more often than not, useless additions to your writing. Looking to the example above, adding “angrily” to the end of the line tells the reader nothing new. The reader knew Tara was angry, because Tara is clearly yelling at Michael. The dialogue alone is enough to portray this, and I’m sure with the full scene, the reader doesn’t need any extra help. Adverbs clutter up your writing and weaken your writing. Trust the reader to catch on without the adverb.

(2) “As if” Phrases

For Example: Mrs. Winters lingered over Bryan, her stern face glaring down at him, as if daring him to speak out again.

You don’t need to explain why characters are doing what they do. “As if” phrases are explanations we don’t need. Your writing needs to be strong enough to portray that Mrs. Winters wants Bryan to shut up.

(3) Exposition in Dialogue  

For Example: “Hello, Bridget, my ex-girlfriend who cheated on me with Brad”.

I wrote a whole post on this last week, because exposition in dialogue is absolutely terrible, but I will say it again. Using dialogue to explain things is usually just lazy writing. Dialogue needs to sound the way that people actually talk. Keep in mind that the characters know more than they say, and rarely need to explain it.

(4) Lazy Research

For Example: The curtains opened and Jared lifted the wand. With a wave, he instructed the winds start playing. The hall filled with the melody of flutes, clarinets and trumpets.

To the untrained eye, Jared is a decent conductor, and is doing a fine job leading the orchestra. To a musician, this scene would come off as weird. The stick a conductor uses is a baton, not a wand. Trumpets are not wind instruments. These details aren’t enough to completely ruin a story, but if you have a character interested, you need to do research. Know what you’re talking about. Using the right words, terms that are only used within the community (for this example, words like staccato or laccato tell musicians how to play a note).  If you have a character who is a musician, learn about music. If you have a character who does ballet, learn what a pliée is, and what an arabesque is. Don’t assume your readers won’t notice if you mess up on small details. The small details matter.

(5) One Dimensional Characters

No matter how minor a character is, it is your job to make them matter. Every character should have some sort of story. It might go untold, but characters need to be people in the universe you created, not plot devices there to guide your main character to what they need to do. This is especially true when writing women. Many female characters are written with the purpose of being a love interest to your main character, and they deserve more than that. 

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Partizan of the Royal Bodyguard of Louis XIV

  • Maker: probably designed by Georges Berain
  • Dated: circa 1662 - 1715
  • Culture: French
  • Measurements: length 204 cm.

In 1662 Louis XIV chose the image of the sun in splendour as his emblem, an act which sparked his transformation into the Sun King. The sun image was prominently featured on countless works during Louis’ reign, and this partizan for the royal bodyguards is no exception. Above the sun, the partizan also carries Louis’ motto “nec pluribus impar”, which translates as “not equalled by many”, or less literally but perhaps more comprehensibly, “equalled by no one”.

Source: Copyright © 2015 The Wallace Collection