the whole monologue is so damn beautiful it makes me cry

Creating Believable Romance: Things Writers Can Learn from Beauty and the Beast (1991)

It always makes me laugh when Hollywood has these two hour films made for adults in which I feel like I know nothing about the cardboard romantic leads or why they even care about each other, when Disney’s little ninety minute family movie manages to develop much more believable chemistry. 

So how did they do it? What can writers learn from this movie about how to create a believable romance in their own stories?

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RWBY Vol. 4 Ch. 12

How many times is this show going to make me cry? Like, I’m not comfortable with this at all.

• It’s about to go down, guys.

• This Nuckelavee for real reminds me of that thing from CTCD and I just want it dead. Please. (“Return the slab”)

•Ren’s semblance is awesome.

•Qrow/Jaune wtf did that look even mean?

•Oh crap, their asses are getting handed to them on platinum platters.


•Stop screeching, man. It’s not that serious.

•Ren’s rage scares me. Like, honestly scares me. He, as I’ve noticed, gets a kind of one track mind when he’s angry and doesn’t think clearly so he starts getting a little reckless. And that’s so unlike him.


•My baby did that self sacrifice for her man ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

•Ren low key peeped and Nora low key liked it. Don’t lie. We all saw that smirk.

•That thing did not just throw her like a ragdoll

•Oh, shit. He’s losing it again. Don’t touch his girl or he goes nuts.

•Yeah, Ren. Chill. You’re getting more wounds than necessary.

•Ren, please take a moment to calm yourself and think rationally

•Damn, I felt that slap.

•I love Nora’s progression from when she was a child. She was so scared and dull. Now, she’s still scared, but she’s also so vibrant and more confident. Proof that things 100% can get better.

• On another note, I think Ren’s kind of finally seeing her as a young adult that doesn’t necessarily need saving. I think he still saw her as that scared, defenseless kid from years ago. Like, he needed to protect her. I think now he sees that she can protect him too if they work together. But I’m pretty sure he knew that the whole time. I don’t know. These thoughts are jumbled.

•Papa Ren’s knife ❤

•Her hand ❤

•Team RNJR strategy time!!!!!!!!!

•I love how teamwork skills have progressed through the series. Like, Jaune still needs help and Ren supported him because he knows his leader still has a long way to go.

•Nora, wtf?


•Ren’s getting serious. Back up guys. Give him some room

•Ren: Lol, did you think that pterodactyl screech would scare me?

•YES, REN. KILL THE BEAST. That inner monologue gave me a reason to be at peace

•Speaking of, I’m glad that Ren can set him mind at ease.

•Don’t ask why, but I thought Qrow disappeared because he would do some backwards shit like that.

•Where’d these airships come from?????? Who called you????? Who has service out here????

•Oh, makes sense.

•Baby Qrow is gonna live, guys

•Mistral really is beautiful (Lol, I don’t remember who posted it and I’m going to find out when I’m done here, but they’d said that if Ren, Nora, and Pyrrha stayed, and Jaune had been from Anima and stayed, they’d all be at Haven. So what made them all go to Beacon (how did Renora even get there?) Just something to think about. I promise to cite as soon as I’m done if I can find the post again 😅) Update: the user is Sunder-the-gold

•IT’S CANON. MY BABIES ARE CANON. They didn’t need a kiss to be canon and I just love that. Boop is playing. This is perfect. I hope Jaune starts teasing them in V5. I think this is good way to start making up for Pyrrha’s death. Key word: start. You’re not done until she’s back in the flesh.

•Oh… Rubes… she’s left already… babes, honey

•Weiss is finally getting out of here!!!!!!

•Baby Blake!!!! (F the new WF)

•Yang upgrade afffffffff

•Poor Tai. Both of his babies are gone again.

•Zwei is life.


•Jaune, baby it’s gonna be okay. I promise. (They’re playing Cold. I’m officially done.)

•Aw, it’s a little memorial now with Papa Ren’s knife.

•Team JNR cuddle and mourn time.

•(I’m pretty sure Nora and Ren share a bed, if I’m not mistaken…)


•Old WF for life!!!!! I love the look they share

•Is that Menagerie???? Sure looks like it kind of. SHE’S GOING FOR BLAKE

•I’m still confused about Oscar. I want to learn more

•Ilia, WF spies, fuck you

•Cinder, fuck you, too. (I still think we should her for human transmutation so we can bring back Pyrrha)

•Don’t say lost, Ruby. Please.

•Ruby is so strong. I love her to pieces ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

•Qrow’s dry humor is great

•Oh, shit. She’s going for Ruby and not Blake… great! (Lol, I think she’ll be the one to tease Renora instead ;3333)

•This letter drove me to tears

•Oh, hell no


Now, we have to wait for the soundtrack and V5 in Fall… I can’t wait that long. Please. Please no.


*!!!SPOILERS!!! for Life Is Strange and LIS: Before The Storm, duh*

If you actually take the time to read this “review” of sorts, this is probably gonna be long. Haul up, take a seat.
*Spoilers, duh*

This game, I had extremely high expectations due to how bloody much I loved the first game. Not to hard to know that with how much I screech about it.
But this game, even though the first episode is the only one released of the three (four, if you got the deluxe) ((kill me emo heart I’m gonna die playing one last time as a young max rip me)), is honestly beautiful prequel.
Originally, I was quite disappointed it wasn’t being created by DONTNOD, but instead created this time by Deck Nine Games, but after looking into how much they admired the source material and wanted to do it justice, I gave it hope. And they pulled through, 10 times more than what I’d expected.

Now I’m gonna get into my pros and cons with this. (Obviously more pros than cons but ya know)
So obviously, the voice actors are different. Nothing could be helped there unfortunately. Yes, majority of the voice actors are so far off it hurts, but so far the once you hear most is Chloes new VA. And to be honest, she isn’t half bad. Sometimes she sounds like she trying to hard, but other times it sounds much like OG Chloe.
I wanna quickly note Dana’s and Justin’s VA’s.
I know there’s a strike going on but whAT. They couldn’t have tried to find anyone who’s pitch is even remotely close to Dana’s and Justin’s OG VA??? Like cmon. I know they’re only side NPC’s in this game and we will *probably* hardly see them since this prequel focuses on Rachel and Chloe, but come onNNNN man.

Now what I love about this game (which is a lot more than what I dislike)
The animation on these characters is something I love so much. It’s such a subtle different in the facial expressions, the eye movements and slight smirks and smiles that are made by characters that just wasn’t there in the OG Life is Strange, and honestly it just makes the immersion that much better. It gives the characters so much more character and emotion. It makes them feel much more human and more alive.
Also wanna quickly point out the cool as heck feature of getting to choose the outfit Chloe wears??? Like heck yes thank you I am
DOWN for this.

The diary function for Chloe (the same kind as max had in the OG) gives you so much more insight into how Chloe is feeling and it adds so much more to her already interesting character. It shows how she is dealing with the death of her father, her mum and Madsen, and her feelings of abandonment by her best friend Max when she left with her family to Seattle.
In the OG game, you see people kinda viewing Chloe as being a bit selfish and bitchy for thinking everything’s about her, and that her finding anger in the fact that Max didn’t speak to her after she left Arcadia bay as an irrational feeling. It makes you view Max as someone who is basically incapable or hurting anyone, which while she wouldn’t purposely want to, she is humans and humans can and will hurt people whether they mean to or not. Chloe’s feelings of anger and abandonment toward Max are so extremely valid, but this is something you don’t really see or feel while you’re playing the OG as Max. You only see Chloe’s actions as something fuelled by unnecessary anger and selfishness, when that’s not the case.
She’s feeling hurt from her father dying and her mother moving on with some guy who does NOT respect her at all, and dealing with her best friend since childhood just leaving her behind. Anyone would be hurt and distressed by that.
All the diary entries and her own opinions of the different characters, add to the character development of Chloe. Along with that, her inner monologue also lets you into her thoughts a lot, yet again adding more to her personality and just allowing you to really feel what it was like for her in the events leading up to the first Life is Strange.

Okay next, Rachel. My sweet bean. My lil princess rebel bbbbbbbbby.
Quick thing why do her and Chloe’s VA have to sound LITERALLY. EXACTLY. THE SAME. Way to confuse a girl. But hat fact aside, Rachel is beautiful. Such a beautiful character. I have seen some people worrying about Rachel’s character ACTUALLY being realised and put into reality, since her whole appeal in the OG was the fact that she was so appealing BECAUSE of the mystery behind this missing girl that everyone absolutely adored. And they’re not wrong, that was the whole appeal. There’s this girl that we have never met that everyone adored so much and was loved by everyone, of course you’d be worried that it would be ruined once she’s actually put into game as a real life person and character.
Thing is, I don’t think it ruins it. It only cements the fact that Rachel IS that character that everyone spoke of her as. The perfect and popular girl that was friends with everyone. I don’t know what else I can really say about Rachel except hat I LOVE HER and the ending scene with her breaks my DAMN heart.

Now I wanna talk about the junkyard scene with Chloe and Rachel. I need to because DAMN BOI MY EMOTIONS. Quick run down: Rachel is acting quite weird with Chloe, Chloe calls her out on it and Rachel isn’t having it. Chloe tries to get her to not leave the junkyards and confesses her feelings for her, and even though Rachel feels the same thing due to whatever has happened she can’t be there right now so she leaves.
Chloe is hurt as heck by that. She does her Chloe thing and smashes everything in her sights and that scene alone with Chloe crying, her anger, and the DAMN background music is already emotional enough. But then they show Chloe finding her dads wrecked car in the junkyard, the car he died in. And oH BOY the feelings.
They way they showed Chloe’s emotions when seeing that car, but also mixed with her anger and her then smashing the car due to that mix of emotions, honestly worked so well in creating an immersing and emotion filled experience for the player.
The final scene, they show Chloe reuniting with Rachel and Rachel apologising for the way she acted and you find out what is upsetting her (spoiler: her dads having an affair and she’s angry af)
She then burns a photo of her and her dad in a trash can, kicks over the van and it lights a tree on fire.
Then, obviously being filled with rage and sadness, she screams out in pain toward the tree and oh boy oh man oh mAN, I don’t think I’ve ever had a SCREAM feel so painful. I felt the pain in each scream. I don’t know how they did it and made me actually cry with a simple scream, but damn. Bloody 10/10.

A few smaller things I want to mention: they NAILED it with the soundtrack. That was one thing I was worried about but I think they smashed it.
I’m curious to see how much we see of Nathan in this game as well since seeing him briefly in this first episode. Is he gonna be as prevalent as the first? Or just a side character?
Also, the dialogue in this game is actually so good. Obviously a lot is cheesy monologue because it’s coming from a bunch of 16 year old teenagers, but for what it is it’s really accurate and portrays a lot of emotions so raw and genuinely.

I went into this game obviously being so hyped because I love this game, but also cautious BECAUSE it is being created by a different studio and I didn’t want this game to be ruined for me, but I can honestly say with 100% confidence that this game did NOT disappoint and they did it so much justice.
It may only be the first episode of three but damn, I really cannot fault it all too much, if any at all.

There’s probably so much that I missed talking about but I guess these are the main things that stood out.

If you actually read all this you deserve some kind of a medal so thank you


1. The Characters

Clannad honestly has one of the greatest cast of characters from any anime I’ve ever seen ever. It doesn’t matter if they’re a main character, a supporting character or a character who only showed up in one episode, I’ve grown attached to every single person in this show in one way or another and that’s amazing if you ask me.

2. The Animation

Kyoto Animation really outdid themselves with this one. Most of the scenery is so beautiful and atmospheric that’s it’s left me gaping on more than one occasion, plus the animation is so smooth and really well done, with special mention going to the girl and robot scenes.

3. After Story

Yep, this is a whole reason. Like, Clannad’s first season was amazing and even if it didn’t have a 2nd season it’d probably still end up somewhere on my top 10 favorite anime list, but After Story took what made the first season great, and made it better. We got to see the characters develop and see their lives after high school which is something we don’t usually get to see in most anime, and it really did a great job of teaching the importance of family relationships.

4. Every Episode is Avaliable on Youtube

Subbed and dubbed.

Now that’s just plain convenient.

5. Tomoya and Nagisa’s Relationship

If you ask me, the relationship between Tomoya and Nagisa is one of the best and most realistic relationships from any anime I’ve ever seen. These two probably couldn’t be more different and yet their relationship works so well. Their lives are full of ups and downs (mainly downs) but they’re both always willing to stay with each other through everything which is just a tiny part of what makes their relationship so beautiful.

6. The Soundtrack

Clannad’s soundtrack has to be my favorite anime soundtrack of all time. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve fallen asleep listening to Dango Daikazoku, Nagisa or any of the other songs from this magnificent soundtrack. The first season had a decent opening theme but After Story’s opening was beyond beautiful. The only track I didn’t particularly like would be After Story’s ending theme but that’s mainly because it ruined the emotional value of some episodes.

7. The Funny Moments

People make Clannad out to be a depressing anime (which is true to some extent) but this show has sent me into so many fits of laughter that just remembering it makes my gut hurt.

8. The Sad Moments

Clannad is definitely an emotional anime, there’s no doubt about that. It’s made me cry on more than one occasion which I’ll admit I’m strangely proud of. It really makes you think and realize the importance of friendships and family values which is partly why it leaves leaves such a huge impact.

9. The Voice Acting and Dialogue

If you ask me, it doesn’t matter if you prefer anime subbed or dubbed because both versions of Clannad were done marvelously. I’m personally a dub fan and I found no problems with it. Some of the lines and monologues from this anime have left me choked up because they’re so meaningful and often symbolic in some way.

10. The Message

Clannad is not only limited to one message but if you ask me, it’s all about family. It teaches you that your family isn’t only limited to the people you share blood with. Family can be anyone you feel safe and happy around, no matter how messed up and broken it may be.

In Conclusion

Watch this damn anime

Supermarket Sweep-me off my feet- Damien//Dadsona.

Damien and Dadsona bump into each other in the supermarket, Dadsona’s internal monologue leaves him tripping over words in adult conversation.

Read as a DamienxReader.
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This was requested by @childofmorrigan
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You aren’t really paying attention to where you are walking, you’re lugging a too heavy shopping basket down the cereal aisle.

‘Should have gotten a cart… it’s too late. Too late, we all must live with our mistakes.‘

Amanda demanded lucky charms, she’s sick and can’t even taste food right now, but if she wants those sugary marshmallow monstrosities, damn it she will get him or your ‘#1 dad’ coffee mug would surely mean nothing, it would surely fall apart into dust in your bad dad hands….

It isn’t until you are forcibly stopped in your tracks that you realise you have, embarrassingly, walked right into another shopper, another shopper who had innocently come out to buy cereal and you had callously walked into them as though they didn’t exist!

You drop your basket, mumbling an apology leaning down to pick it up, the injured party swoop down and grab the basket for you- black nails… that’s pretty cool.

As you raise your gaze you realise it is Damien from your quiet little cul de sac, he looks amused more then anything, a slight pink blush on his cheeks as he offers you back your too heavy shopping basket.

‘Oh, no don’t look at me like that, you’re already the one that I search out in a crowd, Damien… don’t lure me into this further!’

“Good afternoon, Olin, I don’t wish to offend but is there something so very important on your mind that you failed to notice me standing right before you?” Damn it, he’s adorable and clever and…. right- an answer, he’d expect a response from you.

That is how conversation works. 

“I’m so sorry, Damien. I was just… Amanda is sick and I wanted to get her cereal and I think I just zoned out.” Upon hearing that your daughter is sick his face falls going mild amusement to outright concern and you almost feel as though you must comfort him.

“Dear Amanda is unwell?” At this point you only nod as you swap hands moving the basket from one hand to another, you still sorely regret not grabbing a cart, Damien seems to notice this and takes the basket from you setting it in his own cart with a smile.

“I know some good remedies, what is it that ails the young lady?” Still sounding sincerely concerned Damien slowly turns, his hand on your side to guide you round to stand at his side, back to the cart.

Everything about Damien’s look was out of place in the supermarket and it only seemed more so with the incongruous sight of a shopping cart painted bright orange and white clashing horribly with his Victorian era inspired outfit.

“She’s all gross with a cold, pretty bad one. Sore throat, coughing, hundreds upon thousands of tissues litter her floor like she just watch My Sister’s Keeper…” You should be honest with Damien, you’re the one with all the tissues from crying after watching that movie but…. you really want to seem cool, maybe mentioning that particular movie was a bad idea… what cool movies can you mention to him to earn back points?

Incredibly, Damien just nods knowingly, you’re not if it was the mention of a cold or the movie, you play it cool and smile instead of opening your mouth again. You have a rocky relationship with your mouth, you think it is a good idea to have one but as soon as you open it really ridiculous, uncool statements fly out like they lived behind your teeth and knew the exact moment you were talking to a beautiful, clever, wonderful man you had a mad big crush on.

Your mouth conspires against you.

“Lucien had a similar illness not long ago, I give you my sympathies. Have you honey and lemon at home?” The tone sounds as though he already knows you don’t and you both take a slow silent walk to the right aisles to pick things up.

Damien separates off from you when you get to the check outs, but you end up realising you’ve parked together in the lot, as you pop open the trunk a shadow falls over your shopping and you turn to find Damien at your side.

“You know… my appearance always suggests that I am not a fan of modern age cinema, I am more likely to seek out something a tad light hearted, nothing so intense as My Sister’s Keeper, I wear too much make up at times to have that kind of emotional cinematography in my collection, perhaps you would like to… maybe get together and we can see something together?” He could barely meet your eye as he spoke, it was endearing to say the least, it must have taken some courage to come out and ask something like that.

Wait, is he asking me out on a date? Wait, Manda Panda isn’t here to help me, this isn’t a messaging system… how. do. respond?

Luckily, you don’t seem to have put him off with your delayed response as you nod vigorously.

“Yeah, yeah that sounds great, I would really like that.”

Damien’s smile was radiant, fuck you sun light, Damien’s smile could light up a whole planet if it felt like it…

“Splendid, I shall contact you at a later date, I do so look forward to seeing you again.”

With that you’re left standing at the trunk of your car, melting ice cream somewhere in one of the bags, but this time you could let that go… just for him.

Things I have learned from Fifty Shades of Grey (part 5/?)

1. I can’t believe I’m only at the half mark and this is my 5th post of this kind. Wow. If this isn’t an indication of the crapfest that is this book, I don’t know what is. 

2. “Don’t think, Ana”. Well screw you too, Christian. I feel offended on Ana’s behalf, because she doesn’t seem to be capable of this emotion. Us chicas gotta stick together.

3. Ana’s subconscious suggests that Ana should pretend to be a car, in order to feel like a possession of Christian’s. I don’t know how to respond to this. How do you respond to this. Wow.

4. They’re drinking in celebration of Ana’s graduation, but she feels like it’s really about her “capitulation”. Ana is capable of thinking something logical. 

5. “I will take you across my knee”. There are a million things wrong with this sentence. Also, this is not sexy, this is slightly pedophilic.

6. “Your ass will need training”. In the future, when someone asks you why they shouldn’t read Fifty Shades of Grey, show them this sentence. It should be enough.

7. Please, please, can someone pay for an assassin to take care of her damned inner goddess? 

8. The conversation about limits and toys and issues with the contract is the most difficult and cringeworthy piece of crap I have read in my entire life.

9. Sure, get her drunk so she agrees with crap. A+ in manipulation for Christian. Star student here, folks.

10. “My subconscious runs, screaming, and hides behind the couch.” Ana, listen to your subconscious. Mirror her actions. Get the fuck out of there. Dooooo iiiiiittttt.

11. I wonder if Christian is slightly bipolar, with all his mood swings.

12. They’re having sex again. Lovely. This is agonizing to read. Especially since Ana’s questions pop up all the damn time: “Oh no, how? Oh no, what? Oh no, why? What does this mean?”. *snoooore*

13. I have close my eyes and taken deep calming breaths at least 5 times so far, since the sexy times have begun.

14. “Whoa…wow…oh, my…”. PLEASE STOP THINKING CRAP LIKE THIS. We get it, he has a big dick/is the most beautiful man in existence. Now stop.

15. That was so painful to read. I want to compare it to something, but nothing comes close in my head right now. Yes, it was that painful.

16. Finally, praise the gods, Christian speaks the truth: “I am fifty shades of fucked-up.” Preach it, brother. Preach it.

17. She finds the idea of him holding her against her will hot. Maybe Ana is fifty shades of fucked up too. Guys, I think I’ve stumbled onto something here.

18. I do not find any of this sexy at all. Which is a testament to how good the writer is. *snort* Good, yeah.

19. Make up your mind: is spanking demeaning, scary or hot.

20. This is fucked up and abusive in so many ways, I cannot. She’s in pain, you moron.

21. Wow. Just wow. No. This is wrong on so many levels. (to explain, Christian is spanking her because she rolled her eyes and apparently, that doesn’t sit well with mister billionaire, cause he’s a sensitive little duckling)

22. “I’m so pleased that he’s happy.” It’s literally taking me every ounce of determination I have to continue this piece of crap at this point.

23. What’s with this author and the word smart. STOP IT. Smart doesn’t work in every context ever. *whispers* use a dictionary and save us all a lot of headaches.

24. Ana thinks the concept of Christian being worthy of her is “interesting” and the first time this even crossed her mind is when her mom points it out. Are you fucking kidding me? Does this girl have no shred of self respect?

25. Ana be like: “Naaaah, do anything you want to me, even though I may not agree with it/enjoy is, it’s cool, I don’t mind”. Ugh.

26. “I fell over and landed on my behind” = I fell down the stairs and that’s why I have bruises; I ran into a door; I tripped and fell. Say it with me, Ana: I am a victim of abuse. This shit isn’t even funny anymore, it’s deplorable.

27. Abuse, then flattery. Typical Christian. Saying that he’s a dick to Ana doesn’t even cover it anymore. We’re so far past that point, that not even smoke signals can reach us anymore.

28. Yes, Kate, thank you, Christian is an asshole.

29. “I want him to stay because he wants to stay with me, not because I’m a blubbering mess, and I don’t want him to beat me, is that so unreasonable?” This fucking piece of shit has twisted this girl’s views so much that she thinks requests like “don’t beat me” are unreasonable. How so many people have found this story romantic astounds me. This is Fifty Shades of Fucked Up. Reevaluate your life choices, please.

30. And now he’s calling her untrustworthy. You manipulative piece of shit. Fuck you, Christian. Please go die in all the fires.

31. Cringe, gag, shudder, cry, sob = me for the whole book last pages.

32. If I ever see the words “inner goddess” again, it will be too soon.

33. Ana should be walking around with a permanent flush, based on the number of times this word has been used.

34. Why aren’t these people capable of holding a normal conversation is beyond me.

35. “Is that all you want me for - my body?” Yes. Now run, Ana. Run like the wind.

36. These people’s breath hitches a lot. I would like to kindly direct the author towards a thesaurus, because if I see the same words again over every page, I may do something I regret. Like murder Ana’s inner goddess. Wait…I won’t regret that :D

37. “Are you going to hit me?” ACTUAL LINE OF DIALOGUE.

38. You want to know why this story is unrealistic? It’s because Ana was a virgin, not interested in sex AT ALL until she met Christian, and whoa, look at that, she happens to be into BDSM. Oh my, what were the odds of that happening. It was written in the stars. Oh look, so cute, they’re made for each other. Please excuse me while I try not to vomit.

39. And the sad part is that this book feeds all these unrealistic expectations to young readers (because, let’s face it, kids are reading this). I’m honestly appalled.

40. The emotional manipulation…oh, the emotional manipulation…

41. “My inner goddess has a do not disturb sign on the outside of her room” - For the love of all that is holy, don’t disturb her and maybe she’ll just disappear *prays in silence*

42. Tying her hands with plastic cables? Dude, that doesn’t sound comfortable or safe at all.

43. Her inner monologue shows how uncomfortable she is…yet she still, um, finishes. And every single time they do it. Nope. Nuh-uh. Anyone with a basic knowledge of women and how pleasure works with them knows that it takes a bit more to get a woman to that point and it doesn’t happen every single time a woman gets jiggy with it. Repeat after me: unreaaaaaliiiissstttiiiiccccc.

44. Okay then. I want to salt and burn this book so I make sure it doesn’t haunt me. 

45. 120 pages left *uncontrollable sobbing*

Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4

Read It Wednesday

Welcome to the first Read It Wednesday in 2017! I’m super happy to be doing this again, but I will admit it was nice to have a little break. This is week 6 of Read It Wednesday. Like always, if you don’t see a series here, it means I’m not caught up on it yet, but be on the look out for it in future Read It Wednesday’s. Now, onto some amazing fics!

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Weathering the Storm (Katya/Alaska) - me in mediocre

A/N: I will have y’all know, I cried hard at this finale. I also didn’t fall on either side of the Alaska/Katya divide, preferring to pitch my tent firmly in the “not Detox or Roxxxy” camp. I’d also like to note that I’m writing this directly after the airing of the finale, so I don’t know how everything’s going to shake down, but I’m taking *waves fingers mysteriously* creative liberty. I also think that we don’t explore the non-goofy,ex-addict, been around the block, possible Mom Friend side of Katya enough, so I’m playing with that too. Admittedly, this took a strange turn.

Pronouns switch in/out of drag. Trigger warnings for light D/s with minimal negotiation, anxiety, angst, sexual content (holla).

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The Get Down (a review)

I’ve been anxiously awaiting for this series to drop on Netflix for over a year now. I found out about it through looking on Justice Smith’s wiki page and found out he would have a part in the show. I enjoy his style of acting and said I would try to follow his next project.
I awaited project announcements and there weren’t too many promotions outside of general YouTube ads but I was still stoked.
Then slowly, as the release date began to approach, more casting was revealed and the hype picked up pace.
Then, August 12th hit and Pt. 1 of The Get Down dropped.
I was honestly shocked.

This show exceeded every expectation I had.

Needless to say, I’m going to be spoiler free, this has it all. Action, comedy, tragedy, romance, even a little bit of sci-fi, music, and most importantly, representation for many different groups of people who don’t have a voice.

Great casting with young faces, new and familiar. The chemistry works well between each character and their own interpersonal relationships.
Also, almost every character has an arc that remains stable but continues to intertwine with the main plot.
The wardrobe/style team need awards and an infinite supply of cake because DAMN. The style of the clothing is so spot on, especially with how they’ve styled the hair/make up of each person? It’s not overdone or fake.
In conjunction with the styling of the cast, the location AND camera work make everything seem extremely authentic.
Everything from a broken brick to the vibe of a late 70s sidewalk view feels so real.
It’s like I’m diving into the 70s.
And the writing? My god. The dialogue is so well done. There are also a few monologues that had me tearing up or left me inspired as well.
Every character really does play a large role, even if they are not a principal or main part of the cast. Each character ties the whole story together.

Now, the music. I guess that would be the hardest part to translate over to a new audience. The beginnings of hip-hop intertwined with the peak of disco to our generation with all sorts of newer, experimental music.
Honestly? Sensational. Lyrically, some of the best I’ve heard. Especially considering half of it is freestyled during the show.
You can feel every word impact you in a different way that comes from the characters’ lips.
And the music always fits the scene or the theme of that particular episode.
The music never really misses a beat.
Zeke has the most sick bars but his own style and rhythm, as the audience finds out later though, every character brings their own style to the table.

And as far as exceptional performances?
I would say all but I just have to highlight a few(from the main group):

Justice Smith (Zeke): the reason I followed the production and release of this show. He delivered, most definitely. Don’t sleep on him. This is the beginning. A real impact in the show on and of screen and such a nice guy. His performance left me speechless because he can be so immersed in one thing that you forget he has 7383929372 other events going on but he eventually problem-solves and has time to do most things flawlessly.

Shameik Moore(Shaolin):
If you’ve seen this guy in Dope, you already know he’s dope (I’m sorry, I had to). BUT, what you may not have been able to catch as much is this guy’s versatility to play a character. Both verbally and physically. Not much to spoil but he does A LOT of moving. I’m physically exhausted after an episode of just watching this guy move. Jeez. Amazing performance and each time he interacts with a new character, it’s intense and meaningful. Wow.

Herizen Guardiola(Mylene): fresh face on the scene. Gorgeous, angelic, graceful with ambition and drive. She’s so refreshing to watch and has a lot of moral fiber that drives her character so far. Additionally, her singing voice is beautiful, wow. She’s new but I see many new opportunities coming her way soon enough. Plus, her Spanish makes me cry happy tears. YAS. Don’t sleep on her either. She’s blowing my mind.

Jaden Smith(Dizzee):
All I can say is, Jaden is playing himself. They wrote Dizzee for Jaden. I see Jaden on that screen and I am so HAPPY about it. He was born for this role and I love what they’re doing with his arc. Jaden is doing the damn thing. Also, if you download the soundtrack or if you’ve listened to any of his solo music, this guy is very much a triple threat.
Plus, as I’m seeing from the brand new gifs/photo sets on tumblr, he’s becoming the heartthrob of the show.
@ WRITERS, MOVE HIM TO PRINCIPLE CASTING. Right now, he’s marked as recurring but I don’t think that will last. He’ll be a main soon enough.

Other casting notices (not as in depth)-

Skylan Brooks(Ra-Ra): reminds me of every friend that had something important to say but got slept on. LISTEN. TO. HIM. He always has the best interest at heart. Plus, his facial expressions give me life.

Stefanée Martin(Yolanda): so sweet, so pure. Loves everybody. She reminds me of a fun aunt. She’s not the mom because she likes to cut loose but at the end of the day, she has everyone’s interests at heart.

Tremaine Brown Jr.(Boo-Boo): the little brother I always wanted but I know I’d probably get annoyed with because he’s always hype and ready to go. He’s so much fun and brings life to the crew.
Plus, he probably roasts people the best, next to Zeke. Love this dude.

Shyrley Rodriguz(Regina): she is ruthless and won’t let any damn body tell her what to do. She has fun, bad af, but she’s a softie on the inside. She loves her friends. Give her love.

I don’t want to spoil anything but watch for every little detail that may seem insignificant because it will definitely show itself later on.

Overall, 11/10 for this show. The only thing I could be nitpicky about is some of the driving scenes were a bit awkward and I wanted more backstory on some of the main characters but hopefully, that’ll be what Pt. 2 is for.
Everybody get on Netflix and watch this damn show as soon as you can.

P.S. Let the fan art begin. I’m READY.

Fic Submission: The Name On Her Back

Written by: stydiafan89

Author’s Note: hi! This is for the prompt of Stiles giving Lydia his jersey and Malia finding out. I had lots of fun with this one! Sorry it’s so long overdue. I hope you all like it :)

From stydia-xo: Can we talk about how precious this is? I went through and proofread for you my dear! Hope everyone loves it as much as I did! 

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