the triumphs of humanity

A Macbeth version where one of the witches is always hooded and no one sees her face all through the play. Then after Lady Macbeth’s death we see two witches approaching the queen’s corpse, bearing a cloak and  reaching the body say “Come sister, your part is done” at which the Lady rises, takes the cloak, pulls the hood over her face and all three witches disappear laughing manically at their latest triumph over the gullible humans.

As I leave this earth and sail into the infinite cosmos of the universe, the wars, the triumphs, the beauty, and the bloodshed, the ocean of human endeavor, it all grows quiet, insignificant. I’m nothing more than recycled stardust and borrowed energy, born from a rock, spinning in the ether. I watch my life backwards and forwards and I feel free. Nothing is real, love is everything, and I know nothing.
—  Kesha’s outro for her new album, Rainbow. She’s a Pisces sun and moon. 
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Fact: Jason outwited Mongul when he was Robin and saved the trinity.

Whereas Wonder Woman and Batman were both incapacitated by Mongul and Superman wasn’t really getting anywhere by trying to match his strength, Jason proved to be the smartest of all the characters. Whilst Superman tried to best Mongul in a match that was equal, and Wonder Woman has been beaten senseless at this point, Jason thought to use the Black Mercy against Mongul to defeat him. His moments of capturing the Black Mercy, containing it, and transporting it to Mongul, show him to be intelligent and resourceful. When he finally defeated Mongul, it was a moment of triumph, showing that humans are not “almost intelligent,” as Mongul previously said.

This moment was one of Jason’s best moments as Robin where he used his wits and ultimately defeated Mongul when the others couldn’t.

Antoni Caba [Spanish. 1838-1907]
“The Triumph of Day over Night Preceded by Dawn” Details (modified) 1882

malec fic rec

For the anon who was asking the other day, here we go!

As always, leave kudos and comments. Tell those wonderful people exactly how wonderful they are. They make our days with their talent, let’s give back a little ;).

You can find them all and my past fic recs on my fic rec page.

Personal favorites are marked with a 

BANIVERSE @baniverse

Alec volunteers at an art organization known as Nephilart as a body artist. Magnus is his body model, and something special grows between them.

CLOCKWORKSWAN @clockworkswans

“Magnus freezes. It’s then that he realises. He should’ve seen it before. He’s fairly certain he’s crushing on his best friend. His neighbour. The one boy who grew alongside him.”
Childhood sweethearts AU where Alec and Magnus grow up next door to each other. Over the years, they transition from playmates to best friends to something more. But as usual, the path to happiness is always complicated. Oneshot.

CRAZYELLEPHANT @crazyellephantrambles

Alec Lightwood likes to go on road trips. He doesn’t pick up hitchhikers. But the one time he does, it’s Magnus. He’s in for an adventure or maybe even fall in love.

DORKBERTO @dorkberto

Bibliophile

Despite what his sister thinks about his non-existent love life, Alec is not in danger of an oncoming descent into recluse crazy cat owner. For one; Church would eat his competitors for Alec’s undivided attention and two; Alec’s a little hung up over Magnus Bane.

EVERYDAYFANDOM @everydayfandom

Sometimes someone comes along and throws you of your life path. And sometimes that’s not such a bad thing.

FIREBLAZIE @fireblazie

The mask and goggles clatter to the ground. Isabelle makes a choked noise, and Jace whispers, paper-thin, “Alec?”

Magnus stops breathing as Alec’s gaze—cold, dead, and empty—comes to rest impassively on them.

“Who the hell is Alec?”

(Loosely based on Captain America: The Winter Soldier.)

HEARTSDESIRE456 @jchelseaw

When Magnus Bane bought the space for his dance studio, Pandemonium, he had no idea that the wall between it and the MMA Training Gym next door was so thin. Neither did he realize that a dispute over the loud music would lead to him becoming involved in the world of MMA and, more importantly, guide him to the man who would end up changing his life.

Alternate canon telling of Magnus and Alec’s story. Set in the TV ‘verse but without any of the main story of the books or TV show. There is no Valentine Circle Uprising Thing going on. It’s pretty much just an alternative version of how Alec and Magnus and their child(ren) become the Lightwood-Bane family.

KETZ @sweetillusionketz

Magnus Bane has made a name for himself in the fashion industry after raising high against all odds and becoming the Editor in Chief of the world’s most celebrated fashion magazine, Pandemonium. He’s powerful, influential, and most of all, he’s a genius.

Just not when it comes to technology. In fact, Magnus hates it with a passion.

So one can imagine his distaste when, after a huge thunderstorm, Pandemonium’s office lost every in a short circuit and he was forced to buy thousands worth of new fancy products from Light Inc., the world’s most renowned technology company.

Good thing all that high-tech crap comes with instructions in the form of Alec Lightwood.

The Olympic Games were more than the biggest sports competition of the world. It was the time for gods to be born, for the mighty to raise and triumph over fabulous feats. Athletes from all over the globe challenged the human body and competed to be consecrated the very best.

It is a time of high expectations and even higher levels of emotions. A time for greatness, for glory.

But can it also be a time for love?

After one black out too many, Ragnor and Catarina had enough of Magnus trying to drink himself to an early grave. It was time for an intervention and they had the perfect place in mind: The Institute, the best rehabilitation installation in the New York state.

Only Magnus wasn’t exactly asked for his opinion on the matter. And if there is something Magnus doesn’t like, is to be forced into something.

Maybe the Head of the Institute, Alec Lightwood, is enough of an argument to chance his mind?

Alec Lightwood had a good life in Columbus, Ohio. He was growing strong as a lawyer in his mother’s law firm and achieving his dream-career step by step. He had a good life, comfortable and steady, if not a little boring.

So, when headhunter Magnus Bane offered him an interview at the prestigious IDRIS LLP in New York, Alec decided that it couldn’t hurt to take a look. After all, one didn’t turn down IDRIS LLP off the hat, even if they weren’t really interested.

Little did he know that New York offered much more than a job in a bigger company. The city was fast, insanely alive, but most of all, it had Magnus. And Magnus changed everything.

MAGICANDARCHERY @magicandarchery

It’s Christmas Eve and Alec is just trying to get home to his family to celebrate Christmas when he suddenly finds himself stranded in the airport, frantically searching for any other way to get home.

With the help of a kind military serviceman named Luke, can Alec make it home in time for Christmas?

“A road trip?” Alec repeats instead, doing his best to hide the intrigued note in his voice at the description of the car as he sits in his chair, thumb running along the side of his middle finger. “Sounds fun.”

“I was hoping you’d say that,” Magnus’ voice holds a lighter tone than before. It’s subtle, but it’s there, and Alec knits his brow together. “The Pacific Coast Highway is beautiful this time of year.”

MALECISEVERYTHING @m-aleciseverything

Alec, Jace, and Simon go to Vegas for Jace’s bachelor party and things get a little bit ridiculous.

Alec wakes up the next morning and…wait a minute, who’s that in his bed?

MASTER OF UNLOCKING @withbrokenbones

Once upon a time, in a faraway land called Brooklyn, an older-than-he-seemed Warlock lived in a fashionable loft apartment…

Magnus Bane angers the wrong warlock and ends up with more than he bargained for. Not only is he cursed to live out fairytales that risk his life in increasingly creative ways, he also has to find his One True Love within the year or face dire consequences.

An AU set in the canon universe.

OH_LA_FRAISE @ohlafraise

Alec couldn’t remember the last time he’d felt so natural talking to someone—usually, he stuttered and had to scramble for things to say. With Magnus, it felt like they would never run out of things to talk about. The only hiccup was when the topic of careers came up; when Alec explained in detail how he worked as an editor, Magnus simply said he worked in fashion and demurred quickly. Alec didn’t push; he could imagine “I was a reality TV star” was a topic you would want to avoid on a first date.

AKA irreverent Christmas fluff in which Magnus Bane is a name everyone recognizes except Alec.

There were three unspoken rules to the Manhattan Institute of Higher Learning, New York’s premier private K-12 school:

1) Respect that the space under the football bleachers was for sex, and only for sex.
2) Don’t eat the cafeteria meatloaf.
3) Never mention Mr. Bane to Mr. Lightwood or vice versa, unless you wanted the whole class to get extra homework.

OHPRONGS @lightwoodlesbians

or, the ’i sneaked into this huge house party for some free alcohol but you asked me how i knew the host and the first excuse i could think of was that i’m dating their sibling, so i basically just lied to you about going out with you’ au

OTPPUREFUCKINGMAGIC @otppurefuckingmagic

magnus disappears on a thursday. there’s too much alec remembers about that day.

STARWITNESS42 @baneismyexistence

Alec Lightwood has dreamed of hoisting Lord Stanley since he was eight. It’s in his blood. He’s spent the last five years trying to make that dream a reality, only managing to fall short each time.

Until a scandal leads to a multi-team trade that sends Magnus Bane his way. One of the top performing wingers in the league. An up and coming star.

And the most handsome man Alec has ever met.

He’s doomed.

The Capricorn Shadow

“These woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”  

-Robert Frost


To stand on top of the mountain
to stare over the edge of the midheaven, sometimes all you would ever
see would be your own shadow. And the Capricorn’s shadow can linger like a heavy fog, always threatening, always concerning. At her peak, she radiates like a Mistress of Brilliance, she has scaled the land and sea, starred in her
own dream and written her own success story. She has stood behind people and encouraged their ascent
in her graces she has climbed and flown, a mountain goat, pursuing the grand land and salty sea. In all of this, she has only had herself to rely on,
and a voice of wisdom, found only in the darkest moments. She can be hungry for descent because she understands the reigns of flight. The Capricorn is contained, and yet they are the stitches that thread the stars, the grand mastery of it all. In her spirit wields the resources of the Gods, each of whom have tried and tested her. Through the Capricorn’s shadow, a self portrait is created. It reveals the most powerful triumphs of human kind. Saturn was once where the universe stopped, and all ascension was comprised in Capricorn. For this, the Capricorn is lined in battle stars and stamps of triumph. This shadow can
be menacing for the ill developed Capricorn, one who becomes trapped in a world of darkness, held hostage to her own self induced complexes
and inadequacies. The undeniable component of the shadow is that in its presence it reflects only light. The Capricorn is capable
of wielding both in their starry ascent toward the heavens, an intuitive focus in strategic command, a skilled concentration that gleams fantasy into
reality. The shadow can be lined in
exquisite silver.

-Cherry

art: mab graves

As I leave this earth and sail into the infinite cosmos of the universe, the wars, the triumphs, the beauty, and the bloodshed, the ocean of human endeavor, it all grows quiet, insignificant. I’m nothing more than recycled stardust and borrowed energy, born from a rock, spinning in the ether. I watch my life backwards and forwards and I feel free. Nothing is real, love is everything, and I know nothing.

Originally posted by nikkiiklebold

Mark your calendars Dazatsu fandom, the second Dazatsu Week will run from July 17-July 23, 2017! While we are not the same mods who ran the week last year, we love Dazatsu and can’t wait to see what all of you come up with. Without further ado, the prompts for the week are: 


Day 1: Fortune is Unpredictable and Mutable

Prologue (noun): An introduction to a work of literature

Ephemeral (adjective): Lasting for a very short time

Serendipity (noun): The chance occurrence of events in a beneficial way


Day 2: “A good book is always good, no matter how many times you’ve already read it.”

“The head may err, but never the blood.” (Nakajima Atsushi, Light, Wind and Dreams)  

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“It is the struggle between one individual and another, a then-and-there struggle, in which the immediate triumph is everything. Human beings never submit to human beings.” (Dazai Osamu, No Longer Human)


Day 3: “Are these empty days gonna start shining bright?” 

The Moon / The Death

Both cards belong to Major Arcana. While the moon  can signify deeper intuition, dreams, uncertainty, and the unconscious, Death is symbolic of endings and new beginnings, transformations and transitions. 


Day 4: “The wind blows in this city and I’m living true to myself so I can stand pridefully before you.” 

Free Day / AU / Memories


Day 5: “What should one do, when what they want to be isn’t what they’re good at?”

Feral (adjective): In a wild state, particularly after escape from captivity 

Inhuman (adjective): Lacking compassion and mercy, actions are heartless and without remorse


Day 6: “Why did Dazai-san help me?”

“Anything I would never want to lose will be lost. It is given that everything that is worth wanting will be lost the moment I obtain it. There’s nothing worth pursuing at the cost of prolonging a life of suffering.” (Dazai Osamu, A Room Where We Can Someday See the Ocean

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 "Loneliness wasn’t a king lording over us forever. Loneliness is just a soft, puffy cloud forming and vanishing on a whim. Many people on the ground carry wounds the way we do. Abandon them, and you’re abandoning your past self.” (Nakajima Atsushi, Though the Head May Err)


Day 7: If I May Shed Away My Burden Now

Eternal (adjective): Everlasting, without an end or a beginning

Ineffable (adjective): Too great to be described in words

Epilogue (noun): A conclusion or commentary following the end of a work of literature


Rules:

1 l Please tag your works dazatsu week 2017 within the first FIVE tags if you want your work to be reblogged. If tumblr messes up and doesn’t show your post in the tag, feel free to submit it or tag us in it and we will reblog it from there. 

2 l While NSFW works are accepted, they must be tagged accordingly and be put under a cut. 

3 l Other pairings are welcome as well, but Dazatsu should be the main focus of your work. 

4 l Have fun! 

Chris gave me a call and told me there was something he’d be sending me.  We know each other well enough that he knows what might interest me, and what kinds of roles I might respond to and see as a challenge.   And when it’s a Christopher Nolan film, chances are it’s going to be bloody good.  It’s a lovely feeling when he does call you up again.  And this one… I was just knocked out by it.

I think my character is representative of something experienced by thousands and thousands of soldiers, which is the profound emotional and psychological toll that war can have on the individual.  We first meet him when he is picked up by the Moonstone, which is one of the civilian ships crossing the English Channel to evacuate soldiers at Dunkirk.   He’s someone who has survived an experience that is mind-alteringly horrific, only to be told, ‘Actually, we’re just heading back into it.’  The film shifts between multiple interweaving storylines that cover the entire series of events at Dunkirk.  But this being a Christopher Nolan film, these different storylines do not unfold along the same linear timeline.  Each has its own pace – a week on land, a day on the sea and an hour in the air – and my character pops up in two of those timelines.

I hope the film takes people on an exciting, visceral journey into this experience, but that they’re ultimately moved by the human story that anchors it all.  That’s what Chris does so well with all films, and very much so with Dunkirk.  At its heart, it’s a film about courage and survival and the triumph of the human spirit, really. 

Why You Should Be Reading Chang Ge Xing

So what is Chang Ge Xing?

Chang Ge Xing is a Chinese webcomic by Xia Da that is also published in magazines in China and Japan.

It is set during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) in China and Central Asia and follows the adventures of Li Chang Ge, a princess of the ruling Li family, who sets out on a quest for revenge after her uncle kills her family and usurps the throne.

Okay, that’s neat. Now why should I read it?

Alright, here goes. First of all….

Story

Chang Ge Xing weaves a wonderful story about revenge, personal growth, and the effect history can have on the people living in it. The writing holds a deep compassion for its characters and for people in general. Both the protagonists and antagonists are multi-layered characters with valid goals and points-of-view.

Plot

Xia Da is a goddess of plotting. The storyline travels its way across China and Central Asia with twists and turns that are entirely unexpected, but also clear and well-executed. Chang Ge’s journey has an excellent mix of adventure, action, character drama, and intrigue.

Characters

Li Chang Ge:

Chang Ge is a competent badass with the mind of a political chess-master. More importantly, however, she is human and thus very capable of both triumph and failure. Aspects of her personality (such as her skill at lying and keeping track of multiple identities) can be both the key to her success and her most fatal flaw.

She is above all else a (covertly) compassionate person.

Ashina Sun:

Sun is a general of the Eastern Turkic Khaganate (think central Asian nomadic kingdom) and the adopted son of the Great Khan. He is a straight-forward, loyal guy with a deep dislike of intrigue. Sun starts off as basically a jerk (large active armies are rarely enlightened places), but grows into a thoughtful, mature person.

He likes to make impulsive decisions, to the distress of his subordinates.

Mimiguli:

Mimi is a young Uighur woman who Chang Ge saves from execution. She hides a tragic past behind her care-free demeanor. There is more to this gal than meets the eye.

Also she and Chang Ge are kind of a thing.

Mujin:

Mujin is Ashina Sun’s very put-upon subordinate. He is very organized and observant. He and Sun have known each other since they were kids.

Qin:

Qin is an old trickster who pledges himself to Chang Ge’s cause. He has served in shadows of many lords over the course of his life.

Jin Dan:

She is the renowned mistress of a Daoist temple that Chang Ge visits. She is very wise and acts as a mentor towards Chang Ge.

Ashina She Er:

He is a clever general in the Turkish army and the nephew of the Great Khan.  She Er intends connive and manipulate his way to the Turkish throne. He and Sun are enemies.

Li Shimin/Emperor Taizong:

Li Shimin is Chang Ge’s uncle and the object her revenge.

There are also a whole bunch more characters that I could wax poetic about, but I’m trying to keep this post at an acceptable length.

Art:

The art in this series is incredible. It’s super detailed and lovely.

I mean…..

CHECK

IT

OUT

Seriously, Xia Da must have sold her soul to attain this kind of talent. She is a god-level artist.

History:

Chang Ge takes place in the background of real historical events such as the Xuanwu gate incident and the uighur/khitan/xueyantuo rebellion against the Turks in 627. The series pays close attention to historical accuracy in both plot and setting. Actual historical figures are included in the narrative alongside the fictional characters.

At the same time, Xia Da knows how to balance fiction vs. fact. She keeps the conflicts clear and concise while also throwing the occasional bone to history nerds such as myself.

So yeah, this comic is incredible and you should go read it.

I dont think God has a religion,

more an essence of universal fluid, flowing agape love. this omnipresent spirit that exists around us, and most importantly, within…the only way to find God in the outer world is to dwell in the inner world. I am praying when I am giggling, I am dancing with the divine when I hear music and wind and waves, I am tasting God when I drink wine and kiss my baby, in terms of astrology it is sort of

a kaleidoscope view or insight into the genius of god. uranus rules astrology so there is the sort of telepathic cosmic combust, it gives an insight into the sort of finely crafted archetypes set upon the world to accomplish, succeed, and ascend. astrology is real because we made it real. over time we watched gods and goddesses in human form triumph and fall. we recognised the greatness of existence and the mantra “as above, so below” with acute observation over centuries, we created this whole masterpiece, i think astrology truly is the closest you will come to hearing the voice of god, speaking from deep within the soul, remember all of this? we wrote it together

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A while back, I came up with an idea for a sequel to Godzilla (2014) centering around an offbeat take on Mothra. Some of you might remember me carrying on about it in group chats. Well, I was never able to set aside the time to hammer out a complete script, but I hope this 3,000-word outline proves entertaining. I started working on it before Kong: Skull Island came out, then reworked it into something that would align with that movie in a couple of marathon writing sessions.

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(The lovely picture is used with very kind permission from the artist,  苺野めりー★– please do not remove source or repost)

This! This is the perfect picture for the ending that I have envisioned for my fem!Levi x Erwin fic, A Choice With No Regrets.

“She’s beautiful,” whispered Erwin, cradling the baby in his arms. His baby. After all these weeks, it had still not sunk in entirely. “Just like her mother.”

“She’s big,” Levi said dryly, though Erwin could see the slight smile touching her lips. “Just like her father.” 

He could still remember his state of panic when her labor had drawn on and on and judging from her wry tone, Levi had not forgotten either. 

“She’s just so…”

Amazing. Incredible. A triumph. Erwin gazed down at the tiny bundle of precious humanity in his arms and knew that he was hopelessly besotted. 

Once upon a time, he had been foolish enough to think that this fate was not for him, that his life had only one grim purpose and there was no need for complications. He’d leave nothing of himself behind. He had very nearly missed out on this little miracle, had it not been for Levi. 

Levi lifted a slim eyebrow at him. “So…?” she prodded.

“Perfect,” sighed Erwin, unable to stop himself from reaching down to kiss his daughter. “She’s perfect.”

When he straightened back up, he found his wife gazing at him searchingly.

“No regrets?” Levi asked.

Erwin smiled. “How can I possibly have any?” he said.

I’m raiding the Icarus & mythology tags greedily for any headcanon I can find :D

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Helios is a very physical being – or at any rate, he is these days.  His small and winsome little body is still somewhat new, by their standards.  At some point, Helios had decided that after so many centuries of being tall and terrifying, it might be more fun to take a form that the mortals would find appealing.  And now, having determined that yes, it is more fun to hug smiling humans than to terrify them, it’s all he wants to do.  When he isn’t tormenting them for fun, anyway.

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Some idiot: BUT OMG KYLO IS 30

Rian: it’s a metaphor dumbass

Some idiot: BUT WHAT REAL WORLD IMPLICATIONS COULD IT HOLD TO SYMPATHIZE WITH A METAPHOR?!

Rian: it’s fiction about fictional characters who are representative of the human psyche; it’s not Triumph of the Will

Reylos: …………………..WE BEEN SAYIN’

anonymous asked:

Do you agree with Linkspooky meta about chapter 125?

Drawing me into the tumblr drama, eh, anon? Because we have very different interpretations of the overall trajectory the series is going to take, our views are naturally inimical, and I don’t really want to start anything that might be considered ‘beef’, because you see…

But you did ask, and fandom’s full of debate, right? Because it’s quite a lengthy meta and I want to provide a sufficient rebuttal, this post is pretty comprehensive and/or exhaustive.

Along with theme-related disagreements, there are two major things in the meta that I take issue with: 1) It presents a lot of assumptions as fact without making the case for them, and 2) It expects Ishida’s moral system and values to match the analyst’s own, even if there isn’t any evidence for it. I’ll be coming back to these two here and then. 

Early on in the meta it makes the argument that the final panel is unlikely to be a 19 because usually reversed Tarot are simply presented as upside down in the manga whereas this one is mirrored. But later, it goes on to argue the case for it being a 16, even though no matter how the image is moved, the 16 will remain in the wrong order, whereas at least in a mirror a 19 can clearly be made out. For that reason I would definitely say a 19 is more likely and could possibly even reflect (lol) Kaneki and Touka’s parallel development.

“Sex isn’t really a net positive or a net negative, it’s just neutral”

This is really just a personal opinion stated as fact, and ignores the very real and very powerful emotional charge of 125. Such an objective view is far from universal, and in many circles sex is triumphed as the ultimate form of love, which, I think, is closer to what Ishida’s view is, judging from the care and dedication he took to drawing 125. And again:

“having sex doesn’t really resolve any of Kaneki and Touka’s issues” 

This reduces the act to just a quick shag without acknowledging the clear emotional significance of the experience for both the characters, proved both in the chapter and beyond it. Sex does really resolve their issues when both of their issues revolve around the need to be loved. The comment is a subtle reductio ad absurdum which tries to instantly dismiss an argument without really fighting it.

“Having sex, or advancing their relationship might solve their relationship arc, but it’s tangential to their individual character arcs.”

Again, it underplays 125′s significance and the enormous impact a sexual-romantic relationship can have on one’s character - it seems like it’s trying to clinically separate the two when, the way I see it, the relationship arc has become a major part of their individual characters now. Just look at the ending narration for Ch 131: “A reminder that the two of them were once two”, i.e. they are now one.

“Kaneki isn’t really experiencing a happiness of his inner spirit though, considering he started crying in the middle of sex and could not explain why.”

This is another example of stating assumption as fact. I really don’t why everyone assumes crying has to be a negative thing when tears of joy are a well-established concept. He leans into passionately kiss Touka right afterwards, so why do people assume his heart isn’t in it? I would argue that he does explain why, but chooses not to do so with the unreliability of words, but the certainty of action in the kiss. And again, with evidence from recent chapters, he’s clearly drawing strength from his relationship with Touka in trying times for him.

“There’s also the fact that they’re having this sex in the darkness, with black borders around the panels and constant cut to black. I hope this makes a good case for why I think the sun isn’t exactly the perfect fit for this scene.”

Not really, because the final page of the chapter is bathed in light, specifically for the sake of showing the illumination in their lives, the way I see it. Furthermore, the panel specifically makes use of that darkness to make it seem as though light is emanating from Touka over the naked Kaneki, strongly paralleling the Sun Tarot.

The darkness does in fact serve one of the purposes the meta argues for - to close them off from the rest of the world. But even then the interpretation of that feature feels unnecessarily cruel. It goes on to argue that Kaneki and Touka are being selfish for forgetting the troubles of the outside world for this one brief moment. Considering everything they’ve been through, and all the incredible effort they’ve put in (and are still putting in, as the following chapters prove), to punish them for relaxing for a few hours just seems brutally unfair. Like yelling at Churchill for pouring a brandy in his room after a day hard spent towards the war effort. If this was just sex for the sake of distraction, then why dedicate a whole chapter to it? Why focus so deeply on the strength of the emotions involved, and why portray it so beautifully? As we have seen from the following chapters, no-one has suffered as a result of their actions, Kaneki and Touka are still working diligently for the future of the Ghoul, and in fact this experience has strengthened Kaneki’s resolve to fulfil his duty as the One-Eyed King rather than undermined it.

That white hair is Giri, not Ninjo. Kaneki stuck his head in the sand as Haise and wilfully rejected the greater concerns of the world as the Black Reaper, but his sense of duty now is stronger than ever by working in tandem with his feelings rather than against them. Having one night of relaxation with a loved one is in no way a neglectful failure of duty, especially when it’s only improved his work ethic.

The next part doesn’t really make much sense to me:

“In a way it’s an unequal love because Touka can never value Kaneki the way Kaneki wants to use her, as a reason to live, as a symbol for all the good things that make life worth living.”

Yet not that long ago I was arguing against a meta by the same author claiming Touka had an unhealthy and unrequited fixation with Kaneki. Touka definitely wants to be a source of support to Kaneki, but that’s because she wants to return the favour for how he once supported her, knowing how much of a difference it makes first-hand. What we’re seeing with Kaneki now is not all that different to what we were seeing with Touka back in the original manga’s first half, and as such, it is both equal and balanced. I’ve just seen so many stretches from people trying to find ways to claim their relationship is unhealthy, when there’s barely been any circumstantial evidence to suggest that, let alone definitive. If you’re shooting from a tragic axis, then focus on all those death-flags in recent chapters instead - even though I think they’re red herrings, they’re at least more substantial than this ‘toxic love’ angle I keep hearing about.

“That being said, defining yourself entirely by the relationships you have in your life and trying to keep them around is in and of itself a flaw.”

And see, this goes back to my major issue #2 with this meta. This is just a personal opinion. There really has been very little in the manga to suggest that Ishida thinks the same. I hear this statement like it’s a given truth, but really Tokyo Ghoul has been much more focused on finding the right people to rely on than giving up on them altogether. The concepts of both :re and Anteiku are heavily lauded by all upright characters in the series and by the series itself; both Kaneki and Hinami’s lives going off the rails upon leaving them and various troubled lives finding peace within them – Yoshimura, Amon, Akira, and pretty much all of Goat. These two cafes are founded on the story’s very heart, the current series even being named after the latter, and they are institutions that represent community and family, not strong-willed independence. Both Touka and Kaneki have been punished for trying to take that latter route and are now only now feeling something close to peace because they have embraced the former. The whole struggle between Humans and Ghouls exist because they reject interspecies relationships and stubbornly persist on their own path and their own way of being. So for that reason, I highly doubt Ishida shares the same individualist outlook, whether you consider that to be personally right or not. His sympathies, and those of the series, lie on a more communal and social axis – a kind-of “power of friendship” for adults, acknowledging the rocky roads that relationships can go down, but for the sake of both parties, insisting that they’re worth preserving nonetheless. Tokyo Ghoul triumphs ultimate interpersonal understanding over individual integrity as the way forward for societies and ourselves.

“At it’s core it’s a struggle of people from two different worlds trying desperately to connect.”

This bit I agree with! Touken is a microcosm of Ghouls and Humans trying to understand each other. Only because to me the relationship seems so clearly positive, I take that as a symbol of hope for the triumph of peace between Ghouls and Humans as has been the goal from the series start. :re is not the same story as the original was and so is free from its trappings of Tragedy; making it possible to view its developments under a very different, and in my opinion more precise, lens.

“Re: and Anteiku before it was a place where both of them were sheltered and allowed to be mostly innocent to the world.”

No, not really. Touka dealt with her father being killed and lived on the streets as a predatory Ghoul before coming to Anteiku, and even when she was there she became embroiled in Investigator-killing and various loved ones put at risk of death. During Kaneki’s time at Anteiku a loving mother was murdered before his eyes, he fought a Dove who detested his very existence, he was almost made into a meal twice by an insane cannibal who pretended to be his friend, and he was kidnapped and tortured for two weeks. In no way can they possibly be considered to be innocent to the world during their time at Anteiku, and the claim holds even less water when referring to :re after everything they’ve been through in the first series. It’s an attempt to paint Anteiku and :re in a negative light when there really isn’t one.

“At some point theoretically the idea is that Touka and Kaneki will decide for themselves what they view as right and wrong, rather than following simply what Yoshimura or Arima told them, or endlessly substituting new parental figures to guide them.”

This is again a substitution of the analyst’s own rhetoric over Ishida’s concepts. Yoshimura’s ideology has no need to be replaced, because the story has only ever lauded his stance, and Touka is clearly benefiting from following his ideology (calmer, wiser, gentler) as well as providing a positive influence to others (through creating a home for them in :re). Yoshimura’s legacy ought to be honoured and not simply thrown away because it’s not Touka’s original idea; no ideologies really are original - you pick up everything from somewhere. Touka has chosen of her own will to adopt Yoshimura’s ways because she has seen firsthand the good it can do people. She’s not blindly obedient - she is capable of thinking otherwise and disagreeing with Yoshimura, as she did plenty in the original series, concerning how to deal with the Doves, Kaneki’s kidnapping, and his decision to save Touka from the Anteiku Raid - so why should her growing respect for his ways now be childlike deferral? Kaneki likewise has his own reasons for continuing Arima’s legacy, as Ishida has taken care to point out for us:

Kaneki is equally capable of turning against his mentor as he demonstrated when he physically fought against Arima. Respecting and adopting other people’s ideas is no great sin if it appeals to your already present sense of right and wrong, as is the case with both of these two. As for the parental figures part, that returns to the “finding the right people” argument I made earlier. Young people have a natural need for an older generation to guide them as they come into their own, as they have now. Demanding that they leave that hole in their heart empty as they continue to make poor, uninformed decisions is like telling a child to skip high school and go straight to work. Both Yoshimura and Arima have made a great contribution towards these two finding their own identities, and towards a huge and necessary step in resolving their parental issues before they can pass into life’s Adult Stage. 

“Surely she did that because she wanted to love a man, yet you say she wanted to be loved. It’s a good summary of their relationship and the tragedy of Touka’s own self conflicting selflessness.”

I agree with the Adam and Eve stuff as they will effectively be the parents of the new world of the Half-Ghoul ideology, but not the conclusion drawn from Eto’s speech; isn’t the point that she wants both? To love and be loved? Isn’t that exactly what Touka has received?

“Characters consciously wanting to change but being unable to do so is basically the theme of the past ten chapters.”

…But they have changed. In the past ten chapters before 125, and the chapters after them, characters have been addressing their past mistakes and moving beyond them. Their core desires may remain the same but that’s what makes them them. That’s what good, realistic character development is; to change their behaviour and their outlook without ever changing them into a completely different person. Amon has moved past his grudge against Ghouls and even the specific Ghoul that killed his mentor, and hopes to create what is a truly righteous world; Akira has come to drop her father’s vendetta and understand Ghouls as people; Urie is placing his morals above his position in the CCG; Saiko has finally decided to make a stand; Takizawa has found purpose and selflessness in his life once more along with something like a reason to live;and finally, Kaneki and Touka have talked over their relationship that has thus far been fraught with misunderstanding and reaped their reward, finally discovering the love that both of them have been searching for. That’s what makes this the Sun Arc of revelation. They don’t need to become different people, they just need to become the best versions of themselves. 

Then there’s the rest that I can mostly skim over (haven’t read Berserk yet so I haven’t looked too deeply into that segment, but I will say that inspiration =/= exact paralleling):

16 for Tower: 

I’ve already made the case for the Sun and I don’t really see what would be the point in doing the Tower again when we’re already long past that point in the Fool’s Journey. The Sun has much more appropriate timing.

Tsukiyama’s betrayal: 

Impressive analysis of Tsukiyama’s aesthetic/emotional divide, but considering how chill and even excited Tsukiyama was to hear about the Touken marriage, I think the fandom has collectively misjudged the nature of Tsukiyama’s feelings towards Kaneki. He’s already moved past his obsessive stage in the Rose Arc, and now I think, rather than wanting Kaneki all to himself, he just wants to be his friend because most of his other friends are now dead (a comedic omake doesn’t suggest any truly deep emotion on Shuu’s part). And I don’t think that’s an avoidance of reality. Goat was about bringing people from all corners together past their grudges to form a cohesive unit dedicated to creating a better world.

So Tsukiyama’s forgiveness of Kaneki seems to have been the mature thing to do, similar to Amon forgiving Touka, because they all share the same real enemy: the world - the egg they must shatter. Tsukiyama ending his emotional isolation by joining Goat is thus a positive emotional development his character, and so I highly doubt a betrayal. I think Furuta uttering Shuu’s alias was more of a hint to his identity as Souta than any kind of foreshadowing, and Shuu throwing open the door on Kaneki and Touka is due to him being Kaneki’s second-in-command rather than any symbolic reason. 

Hinami will also not defect. I’m concerned that the meta considers Hinami joining Aogiri a positive development for her character and her joining Goat to be negative. Joining a sadistic Ghoul terrorist organisation is never a positive development for anyone’s character, and indeed the narrative punished her for that decision. Aogiri did teach her strength, yes, but Goat allows her to use that strength together with her kindness. Just as it is made very clear that Kaneki was wrong to leave Anteiku, so it is made clear that Hinami was wrong to join Aogiri - the kind of isolated rebellion the analyst prefers is not considered favourably by Ishida, who has consistently championed the benefits of community, teamwork and understanding above the follies of reckless self-destruction. 


So yeah, that’s my two-cents where that’s concerned. Sorry for the delay btw anon, but, uh, you can see why.

In light of recent events, I think this post should definitely be made. It’s important to remind those around you, those you care about how much they mean to you.
I’d like to encourage everyone, not just those who are mentioned in this post, to reach out when things get rough. I’m not always the best to talk to, but if you need someone to talk, I’m always here. If Tumblr isn’t the best platform, I have no problem giving out my Facebook or phone number. Please don’t hesitate to message me. 
Let’s put aside our differences and show each other respect and love.

@maexchen-therescuemutt You’re such a kind person. I really enjoy reading about yours and Mäxchen’s accomplishments and what you did during your day.
@romatheacdmix Another truly lovely person. I’ve followed you and Roma since you were norestfortherescue and it’s been an absolute pleasure to see Roma start overcoming fears and the two of you start really becoming a team
@aelthen Okay so maybe you’re not a dogblr (#bringbackcaninesandcomplaints2k17) but you’re still wonderful and I love ur poodle. I followed you way back when you were fostering Maybeline (I believe her name was?) Seeing you become comfortable with your sexuality on Tumblr has been wonderful and someday hope to be where you are with that.
@coonhoundchronicles I love you dogs so much, just absolutely adore them. It’s wonderful to find someone who is equally in love with plain ole’ hound dogs. You’re such a genuinely lovely person and I’m so glad that I still get to see your pups, even after Wagtail ended.
@blueboyluca A gem, honestly. You’re so sweet and I love interacting with you (even if I suck at it lol) Luca is a such gorgeous dog. I’ve learned so much about Schipperkes since following you.
@sidetongue Reading your captions and tags is honestly one of the highlights of my day. It’s so obvious how much you love Henry and Miller. I love reading all about your shelter and foster shenanigans as well.
@achoirofcritters I’ve been following you for forever it seems. I’ve loved seeing your photography and editing skills progress and you get more confident in your photography (which dude !!! incredible)
@tempurafriedhappiness Another amazing tumblr photographer. It’s been absolute joy to watch you develop a photography style and really work towards your goals. I hope Colorado treats you well
@bandizoi / @noodle-dragon One of the first dogblrs I followed and a core component to my dogblr experience. Whatever life throws at you, you seem to take in stride. I admire your dedication to your dogs. Also, a big thanks for introducing me to Silken Windhounds; they’re pretty neat
@pulldogs It’s so clear how much you love your dogs and do the absolute most for them. I’ve loved being introduced to a breed I’d never considered before and whole different side of the dog world.
@herebelife Thistle and Thyme are wonderful dogs with an equally wonderful human. Watching Thistle grow and triumph has been, in the simplest terms, incredible. You’ve put so much hard work into making life great for her. It’s also been a joy watching Thyme grow into the precious old man he is.
@tinybigpaws Despite everything that’s happened regarding Lotta and your health, you two are still here and still achieving amazing things. It’s so clear how caring of a person you are.
@perfectdogs I seriously love Aska and Goa so much. Before your blog, I’d never give Schnauzers a second thought and I didn’t even know Tibetan Terriers were a thing. Your photography is absolutely stunning, as well. And once again, despite all that’s happened, you guys are still here and you’re still accomplishing incredible stuff
@mango-pup Seriously one of the sweetest, most understanding people on here. When you posted your list of mistakes, I can’t imagine what that took, but it was an remains an important document. I admire your ability to put that out there and I admire your dedication to Mango


As much as I’d love to shout out everyone, there’s simply no way to do that all in one post, but I do hope to continue spreading positivity of some sort. I do intend to add to this eventually because I haven’t even scratched the surface of all the amazing and inspiring people dogblr has within the community.

Prompt: Chuck Shurley

A/N: I tried a new concept I’ve been thinking of on this one. Also the plot in this story is kind of not canon

Pairing: Chuck/Reader

Request: Prompt #20 with Chuck

Word Count: 1302

Originally posted by sooper-dee-dooper-natural

          Chuck didn’t know how royally screwed he was until he met you. He thought his life was a disaster, what with the throbbing headaches and extremely graphic and vivid premonitions, which had inevitably caused him to turn to alcohol and (sometimes) cheap sex with call girls to take his mind off of the constant hell that went through his head. If only he’d known what’s to come.

See, you were sort of a hunter. You spent most your cases working with the Winchesters, even the ones involving the 66 seals and trying - but failing - to keep them in tact. So you were a huge part in the boys’ lives at the time, almost always with them. Like this time, the three of you had found out about a book titled ‘Supernatural’, by one Carver Edlund, that depicted a frightening amount of things that had happened to the boys. The demons, vampires, brotherly love triumphing over love for humanity, everything. Everything, except, well… you. And some other minor details (maybe a couple important ones too).

So, you and the boys decided to meet this ‘Carver Edlund’, who actually turned out to be a ‘Chuck Shurley’, and figure this whole thing out, although you were certain that Dean would throw a bitchfit about having someone make a book out of his hardships. Maybe it was due to the fact that you weren’t in it, but you figured since it was in the fiction section that no one would even believe it’s real.

Imagine your surprise when you find out that this man was actually a prophet of the lord. And a cute one at that, you might add. After the whole fiasco with Lilith was dealt with, you decided to pay him a visit and ask something that had been on your mind.

“Not that I’m terribly conceited, but why am I not in the books?” you asked him, furrowing your brows. You were more confused about this than upset. His crystal blue eyes met yours for a minute as he thought out the answer.

“Truthfully? I’ve never seen you in the visions. There were quite a few times that I felt as if someone else was there, but I could never really get a glimpse, and believe me, I’ve tried,” he stared at you with a look in his eyes that you couldn’t quite place, something akin to confusion, or maybe even awe.

“Huh,” you breathe out, crossing your arms. “I wonder why that is.”

*********

Chuck wasn’t quite sure what it was, but everytime they spoke his vision got clearer, he was more focused… and the premonitions seemed to never end, and not just of the Winchesters, but of ‘everyone’. He started remembering things. Things from his past, from his real past. Names flew around in his head, Gabriel…Michael…Raphael….Lucifer.. Although that last one wasn’t really new to him, he saw enough visions of Lucifer already. He even started to remember….Heaven? Why was he remembering Heaven?

He had all these pieces, and he wanted to piece them together but they weren’t all there. Not yet, at least. He tried to remember more after you left, but all that did was give him another migraine.

He didn’t know what to do with all this new information. He didn’t know what it meant or if he was just going crazy. But he did know one thing. Everytime he met with you, the barrier in his mind that kept ‘that’ information from the rest broke just a little. So he decided to finally get it over with and meet up with you on the hunt that he saw Sam and Dean were about to wrap up. He knew you’d be there too, and it was only a couple towns over from where he was.

When he got to the diner that you were in, your eyes immediately met his, surprise evident on your face as he strode briskly up to you, the boys already out in the car.

“Chuck, wha-”

“Please don’t hit me,” he cut you off pleadingly, shortly before placing his hand on the back of your neck and gently but firmly pulling you into a kiss. You let out a surprised gasp before kissing back. If he were anyone else, you would have knocked his lights out by now, and he knew that.

It was almost like an explosion, things coming back to him that he never would have thought to be true. The Creation, the archangels, Leviathan, mankind… and her. More specifically, you. The wall that had been blocking his memories - his real memories - had disintegrated. He’d have figured that finding out that you’re the big man upstairs would be too much to process in one single moment, but that was the beauty of being god; he knew exactly who he was and took all of that information, knowledge of literally everything in existence, and processed the whole thing in under a second. He remembered needing a break from everything, and asking Metatron to write down instructions on how to run things while he was gone.

Not only did he need a break from everything, he finally figured out where you were. For, you see, you were special to him. In the beginning, he created all human souls that were to walk the earth, from the beginning to the end. All of them except for one. You. He wasn’t exactly sure who created you, but ever since he had laid eyes on your bright, thriving soul, he had awaited the day that you would walk the earth.

When you were born, he would have wept if he could. He had even sent an angel to look over you while you grew up. For awhile, watching you from above was enough to sate him, but when you had been introduced to the hunter’s life, he found that watching from Heaven wasn’t enough. He had tried using other angels to persuade you to quit the life, but you were stubborn. You wanted to help people, and when you found out that you could manipulate your soul to heal people - and not just people - you definitely weren’t getting out of the game. You had a lot of love to give, and you did. You healed nearly everyone, monster or not. That wasn’t to say you let them free, if they’d went on killing sprees, well, you usually left them up to other hunters to deal with afterwards.

It was when you crossed paths with the Winchesters that he finally decided to do something about it. He hadn’t had much actual interaction with humans before, so he hatched a little plan. He would walk the earth a human, clearing his mind of everything god-like. He made it so that he would start to remember once he met you, albeit slowly so as to get you to trust him, treat him like a human. He knew that if you thought he was the almighty, you would be turned away, maybe even a bit frightened by him.

All of these thoughts went through his head in a manner of seconds, before the two of you parted. Your eyes were filled with love and confusion as you stared at him, asking the silent question ‘What the hell was that?

Chuck - he had grown to like the name, he figured he’d keep it - let a grin grace his features. He stood up, shoulders squared but relaxed, his whole demeanor emitting confidence.

“I’ve wanted you for so long,” he says softly, and he could see it in your eyes. You saw what he saw. Without even speaking a word, he knew that you felt the same as him. He brushed your cheek with the back of his hand, the look in his eyes pure.

He finally had you.

Review, Game of Thrones 7.03: ‘The Queen’s Justice’

“I want her to know it was me.”

Conversations between the high and mighty have been a part of Game of Thrones since its inception. From Daenerys’s culture clashes with the grandees of Slaver’s Bay and the Great Grass Sea to uncounted staring contests, squabbles, and idle conversations in the solars and throne rooms of Westeros, these conversations have propelled both the show’s plot and the growth and development of its characters. Now, with the players in their final positions and threads snapping left and right, those exchange seems to rest on a knife’s edge.

Every moment of pointless cruelty carries with it the unspoken horror that this is happening in what might well be the last days of the human race, and ‘The Queen’s Justice’ is an episode freighted with the kind of petty brutality that has kept Westeros knee-deep in blood for the greater part of a decade. Even as the series accelerates to breakneck speed, Daenerys’s grand design for a peaceful conquest dissolving into a welter of burning ships and butchery and events spiraling toward all-out war, its focus remains resolutely on the human cost of all this sneering gamesmanship and professional grudge-holding. Death. A graveyard kingdom where dwindling clans of blood-crazed nobles stab frantically at one another atop a shifting mountain made up of the skulls of the smallfolk slaughtered in their wars.

As Littlefinger puts it during his near-lunatic monologue to Sansa about his method of moving through life while keeping his eye on the prize he so desires, either death triumphs and humanity is done, its woes and wars vanished like a bad dream, or life wins out. But in his maniacal focus on the paper cutout victory he so desires, a hollow moment of triumph and dominance as thin as a dull-witted teenage boy’s masturbatory fantasies, he misses the point of his own neat summation of the terrible stakes of the war to come. As existence teeters on the brink, he keeps playing the game he’s made his entire persona and reason for living. More than Daenerys, whose invocation of her ancestral right to rule Westeros in a throne room last occupied by a man who could say little else comes off as more than a little ugly, more even than Cersei who lusts for power but toward an end, Petyr represents the mean and sordid ugliness of the desire to rule. He’s a man dreaming of flattening his existence into a single image, of donning a paper crown and marrying a dead woman’s younger, more beautiful reflection to wash away the decades of inadequacy and burning sexual resentment that have propelled him on his pointless quest, and all the while the world is crumbling around him.

Daenerys’s initial meeting with Jon (and the first time the prophesied three heads of the dragon have been in the same room) summons up this same spirit of frustration and fear. The two rulers butt heads and debate whose ancient bloodlines and long-forgotten oaths bind whom to servitude after a delightful sequence in which Missandei attempts to awe Jon and Davos with a recitation of Daenerys’s titles before Davos replies bluntly: “This is Jon Snow.” and adds, almost as an afterthought, “He’s king in the North.” Jon’s stay at Dragonstone unfolds unhurriedly as he wins Tyrion over to his cause, makes inroads with the prickly but intelligent and reasonable queen, and marvels at the sight of dragons soaring over the ancient Targaryen seat. It’s a collection of scenes that moves artfully from stiff, brittle formality to quiet acceptance, scaling down and not up to reach its resolution. In an era where shouting is often mistaken for drama, it’s a lovely shot in the arm.

Meanwhile, Lena Headey’s extended scene with Ellaria and her daughter in the dungeons of the Red Keep is painful almost as much for Cersei’s vulnerability as for her grotesque revenge killing. “She was mine, and you took her from me. Why did you do that?” she asks, her voice breaking with what sounds like genuine confusion. Her memory of refusing a wet nurse and breastfeeding Myrcella herself over the court’s objections gives us a visceral window into what her children offered her: an escape from a life as a teenage bride sold to an indifferent and violent rapist. Here was a part of her body her husband wouldn’t hurt, a person she could satisfy and love and protect. As her incestuous relationship with her twin is, in part, an extension of her solipsistic outlook on the value of human life, so is her love for the children they made together. Who, given the chance, wouldn’t want to protect their younger self from all life’s cruelty and unfairness?

Indira Varma’s gagged cries of impotent rage, and then her moment of horrified realization as Cersei presses poisoned lips to her daughter’s mouth, make the scene’s silences as miserable as Cersei’s sadistic monologue. Her face is a mask of helpless grief and fury as she stares into her doomed daughter’s eyes, knowing that in hours, days at the most, all the life will have gone out of them. Likewise for Gemma Wheatley’s stoic silence as her uncle, laughing about how Theon broke in the heat of battle and the crowd’s adulation (and vicious scorn for the women he’s taken prisoner) is giving him a hard-on, leads her by a leash through the streets of King’s Landing. It’s Cersei’s walk of shame turned into a carnival triumph as the city applauds its queen’s conquering suitor, whose lewd maneuvering with Jaime is a thing of beauty.

So too is the scene that follows, a sexual interlude between Cersei and her twin in which she brushes aside his objections with ravenous disregard. It’s an act of taking as ungentle as the twins’ morning in bed together is quiet and, in some ways, sweet. The soft grey light, Cersei’s gauzy robe, Jaime’s rueful expression when his sister flaunts their verboten dalliance to a servant girl; all of it speaks to two people whose love for one another, no matter how diseased, contains some measure of trust, peace, and gentleness. It’s a surprisingly touching sequence, achingly sad for the knowledge that maybe, absent the emotionally cauterizing abomination of life among the nobility and the abusive oppression of their father, these two people might have been capable of happiness.

The episode’s concluding act revolves around the taking of Casterly Rock by the Unsullied and the unexpected storming of Highgarden by the Lannister Army. The first is a fast-paced montage of bravery, butchery, and skullduggery as Grey Worm leads his men through a culvert designed by a youthful and randy Tyrion and takes the Rock from within only to find that its defending army is absent and Euron’s fleet has snuck up unobserved to rain fire on the Unsullied ships. It’s a propulsive and exciting sequence given a feel of heist-ish dash by Tyrion’s narration, a sharp contrast to the sad inevitability of the taking of Highgarden. Jaime’s army storms the castle and captures it handily, completing the ruination of Daenerys’s alliance and snatching up enough gold to pay back the Iron Bank of Braavos with interest in the same fell swoop.

Jaime’s visit with Olenna is a profoundly ugly scene. There’s no shouting, no images of violence; Olenna even gets in a great final dig at Joffrey, calling him a cunt for naming his sword “Widow’s Wail.” But this broken old woman, whose whole house has gone up in flames, who has no living issue and no cause left to fight for now that her vengeance has been taken from her, spends her last breaths telling Jaime with glee that she poisoned his son at his own wedding. She confesses just moments after drinking poison herself, and it’s clear that she relishes each gruesome detail. Jaime leaves without a word, and the episode’s final image is Olenna alone in her solar, a withered face lost in the black of her mourning gown as the light of the setting sun slants through the windows.

Book recs for Hufflepuffs!

Gif source | More recs: hufflepuff (pt. 2), ravenclaw (pt. 1 and pt. 2), slytherin (pt. 1 and pt. 2), gryffindor (pt. 1 and pt. 2) | text by @viegsen and @juan-nieves

House traits: trustworthy, loyal, kind, just, friendly, patient, hardworking, dedicated, inclusive

  • FEMINISM IS FOR EVERYBODY, by bell hooks - non fiction - Hufflepuffs care about justice, equality and inclusion, and they aren’t afraid to fight for what’s right. Helga Hufflepuff never stood for discrimination of any kind and for this reason I would recommend this amazing and inspiring work by bell hooks, which presents a passionate theory of feminism sure to appeal to the socially-conscious Hufflepuff!
  • THE PRINCESS BRIDE, by William Goldman - fantasy - Adventures aren’t just for Gryffindors! And in any case, The Princess Bride is about lots of things, not least of all perseverance, endurance and working hard for revenge (like Inigo) and for true love (like Westley). A funny and hearwarming story that could be read aloud in the cosy Hufflepuff common room for everybody to enjoy.
  • A LITTLE PRINCESS, by Frances Hodgson Burnett - children’s - “I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses.” I dare you not to cry when reading the story of Sara Crewe, a kind-hearted girl who goes from the most pampered student in an all-girls school to the lowliest servant when her father dies, and stays just as loving, friendly, generous and patient, because even all the terrible things she suffers cannot change the fact that she’s a princess in her heart.
  • FANGIRL, by Rainbow Rowell - YA; romance - Cath is a Hufflepuff with crippling social anxiety. When she goes to college, she has to juggle the challenges of her new life, a bad home situation, a new distance from her twin sister, and a crush on her intimidating roomate’s cute boyfriend, Levi (also a total Hufflepuff). It can be quite sugary-sweet at times, but I think Hufflepuffs will appreciate the characters a lot.
  • PERSUASION, by Jane Austen - romance - Anne Elliot is unfailingly dedicated to her family. When she’s 19, she’s reluctantly persuaded that her engagement with naval officer Frederick Wentworth is beneath her family’s status, and gives up on her love. She spends years being treated terribly by her family but enduring it with the patience of Job. When Frederick reappears in her life, he’s rich and respectable, and looking for a wife, while Anne (at 27) is quite “on the shelf” by Regency standards, but strong, quietly dignified and much more mature than the girl she was. Could Frederick ever forgive her? Could Anne hope for a chance of happiness?
  • COTILLION, by Georgette Heyer - historical romance - Did you know that Georgette Heyer is the inventor of the Toaster Strudel Regency historical romance? Cotillion is absolutely hilarious (it’s actually more of a comedy than a romance, really) and follows Kitty and Freddy, who get up to all sorts of hijinks in London after getting fake-engaged. They are consistently underestimated by the people around them but are, of course, as trustworthy, kind, friendly and dependable as you’d expect from two Hufflepuff cuties!
  • SCANDAL IN SPRING, by Lisa Kleypas - historical romance - Daisy Bowman is a nice, romantic, kind girl who is told by her father that if she can’t find a husband by the end of Spring, she would have to marry the bridegroom of his choice, Matthew Swift, whom Daisy hasn’t seen in years, but considers to be cold, aloof and ruthless. As they reacquaint themselves, however, the idea of marrying Swift starts looking decidedly attractive…
  • RADIANCE, by Grace Draven - fantasy romance - Ildiko and Brishen are nobles who enter into an arranged marriage to seal an alliance between their kingdoms. Just a teeny, tiny, problem: Brishen and his people aren’t actually human. This is a cool twist on the Beauty and the Beast story because both parties think the other is a Beast. But Ildiko and Brishen are both decent people who try to make the best out of a difficult situation and end up forming a deep friendship. If being a Hufflepuff is all about accepting those who are different and not being judgmental, these two are definitely Hufflepuffs.
  • THE BOOK THIEF, by Markus Zusak - historical fiction - Liesel Meminger is a girl who comes into the care of Hans and Rosa Hubermann feeling like there’s not much in the world that isn’t scary or dangerous. However, through the patience, humor, warmth and kindness she finds in her new surroundings -even during WWII in Germany-, she slowly begins to see everything in a different light. This book is filled with tons of Hufflepuff characters that not only see the value of being accepting and compassionate, but of actually following those feelings with actions that benefit those that might need it most.
  • THE COLOR PURPLE, by Alice Walker - historical fiction - Set in rural Georgia in the 1930s, this epistolary novel tells the story of Celie, a black woman that has to live a life filled with as many hardships and heartbreaks as you could imagine. Don’t let that depressing summary convince you of not picking up this book though, because what makes it great is that it’s actually a story very much about the triumph of the human spirit. Celie sees the world in a really moving way, and it helps to show you just how big of an impact empathy and acceptance can make in someone’s life.
  • MAUS, by Art Spiegelman - graphic novel - This graphic novel set tells you the true story of Art Spiegelman’s father, who was a survivor of the Holocaust. Here you’ll find a man that, in true Hufflepuff fashion, works carefully and relentlessly to make the best he possibly can out of a horrible situation for himself and his family. As with most of literature set in or about this time period, you get to see how it in some ways shaped the man he was later in life, but that doesn’t prevent you from seeing just how intelligent and perseverant he always was.
  • THE HISTORY OF LOVE, by Nicole Krauss - fiction - I honestly think this book is better if you go into it not knowing much about it, but I’ll tell you this: it has 3 stories that are linked in one way or another, it’s a book about human relationships and the endurance of love, and it will probably make you very very sad and very happy at the same time.
  • UPROOTED, by Naomi Novik - fantasy; romance - This book may have been marketed as more of a romance but the most important relationship in it is the friendship between Agniezka and Kasia. You could argue Agniezka is actually a Gryffindor on account of the many brave deeds she performs to save her friend and her village but I just think she has a very laid-back, Hufflepuff vibe, and more than bravery it is her loyalty and empathy that define her.
  • DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST, by Juliet Marillier - fantasy - [tw: rape!!!] Sorcha, the protagonist, is very much a Hufflepuff. She is fiercely loyal to her six brothers and her people, and kind even to her enemies. She is really into plants and healing (herbology, anyone?) and always rushes to help those in need no matter their social station or if it will get her in trouble. And when her brothers are cursed she really goes above and beyond to save them, in an impressive display of patience and hard work.