the wizard of oz movie is one of my all time favorites

Inside the super-sized Glee reunion on The Flash-Supergirl musical crossover

Darren Criss is singing his heart out. Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist are tap dancing. “It’s literally a Glee episode,” Gustin jokes. No, the Fox series hasn’t been revived. The trio are actually reuniting for the first time since their days on the Emmy-nominated hit series for a different kind of musical — and Criss may finally get his revenge.

His Glee character, Blaine Anderson, received a slushy facial from Gustin’s Sebastian Smythe back in 2012, but now the tables have turned, with Criss assuming the mantle of the dastardly DC Comics villain Music Meister in the highly anticipated Flash/Supergirl musical crossover. “It is funny that the last time I worked with Grant, he was the bad guy and he was singing at me, and now I’m the bad guy singing at him,” Criss says. Though it’s a different set, with the quick turnaround and prep, Criss concurs that this all feels familiar. “It’s just Glee,” he says.

In the March 21 episode of The Flash, Barry (Gustin) and Kara (Benoist) find themselves trapped in a movie musical of the Meister’s creation — an hour that has been years in the making. “We’ve always talked about doing it, from the very beginning, more in a joking way,” says executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. Gustin, however, was initially curious. “I didn’t ever think it would be a real thing, so when they told me it was real, I was like, ‘How?!‘”

Here’s how: As the Scarlet Speedster and Girl of Steel experience turmoil in their interpersonal relationships, they’re whammied by the Music Meister, a less mustache-twirling, more manipulative villain who causes victims to break into song. The character was famously voiced by Neil Patrick Harris in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated series. “I have made a pretty decent career of only taking over roles as made famous by child stars,” jokes Criss, who also played the titular wizard in the Harry Potter musical.

“I could not be happier that he’s here,” gushes Benoist, whose Glee character Marley Rose was mentored by Blaine. “He’s killing this role. He’s bringing such a fun energy, the way he did on Glee as well.”

Being fans of movie musicals as kids, the power-stripped heroes end up trapped in a golden-age send-up involving rival gangs and their kids falling in love — though expect many of the couples to come with a twist. The only way out? Follow the Meister’s script till the end. It may be a prison to them, but it’s heaven to Benoist. Noting she was born in the wrong era, the actress takes delight in the vintage ambience while sitting on a ’40s-era nightclub set. “Not that I don’t love the [Supergirl] suit, but it just feels good playing the same character in a completely different setting,” she says. “I’m eating this up.”

The Glee alums aren’t the only big names attached to the special episode. In a nod to Kara’s favorite film Wizard of Oz, everyone else in the vocally impressive cast is playing a character within this movie, from Jesse L. Martin, Victor Garber, and John Barrowman as rival mob bosses to Jeremy Jordan’s club pianist and Carlos Valdes’ aspiring artist busboy. Cherry-picking the movie musical genre — West Side Story, Singing in the Rain, and Guys and Dolls among the show’s inspirations — the hour also features some original songs, including “Runnin’ Home to You” from Oscar-winning La La Land duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, as well as the bubbly and playful Rachel Bloom co-penned tap duet “Super Friend.” “It’s a goofy song and it’s very consistent with that style of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Gustin says.

“We were approached by Rachel Bloom, who reached out to us and she really wanted to write a song for us,” Kreisberg explains. “And Greg [Berlanti] had a relationship with Pasek and Paul, so we sat down with them — we hadn’t even seen La La Land with them, but Greg had been such huge fans of theirs.”

The episode also includes several covers, among them the Benoist solo “Moon River,” and an ensemble performance of Jackie DeShannon’s “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” that brings the denizens of the ’40s nightclub to their feet as the Meister conducts Jordan, Valdes, and John Barrowman in an epic, upbeat dance number choreographed by Glee’s Zachary Woodlee. “Some things are just star-crossed,” Valdes says of his two worlds — superheroes and musicals — colliding. “Some things are just destined and written in the stars. This felt like one of those instances where it was just something that was going to happen.”

Jordan concurs: “Ever since they announced the cast of our show — plus the casts of Flash and other shows having so many musical theater people in them — it was only a matter of time before they harnessed those talents and made something into it.”

All involved have unquestionable talents when it comes to singing, but Barrowman says the DeShannon piece doesn’t play to his strengths: “I’m exceptionally confident vocally, but they show me the dance steps and I’m not a hip-hopper, no way,” says Barrowman, who practices his moves on set between takes. “I panicked.” Still, Barrowman was determined to be involved once he learned of the crossover. “I hadn’t heard anything and I just basically then said, ‘I think you would be daft or stupid not to have me in this, really,‘” he says. “But they planned on it all along.”

On the flip side, Gustin says he was excited about slipping back into his dance shoes. “More than anything else, my true foundation was tap dance,” the actor says. “It’s been cool to get back to it.” Adds Benoist: “It’s funny how things stay in your muscle memory. It was fun to pick it back up again and see your body and be like, ‘Oh, we remember how to do this.'”

With everyone in one room, Barrowman admits, “I’m a bit fan-boying out to be honest,” explaining that he watched his castmates’ former projects Glee and Smash. “What a nerd,” Jordan responds upon hearing the news. “He plays it super cool backstage, so you wouldn’t know he was geeking out.”

Beyond Glee, the hour marks an even bigger reunion as Gustin and Supergirl‘s Chris Wood — who, along with co-star David Harewood, will guest in the crossover, but not sing — went to school together, while Criss counts Valdes, Pasek, and Paul as classmates. “It’s been a very sentimental crossover on so many levels,” Criss says. “Every day, every scene my mind is being blown. I can’t believe I’m here with Melissa Benoist and Carlos Valdes. ‘How do you guys even know each other? Oh, that’s right, you’re both superheroes!'”

Fun fact: Another classmate of theirs, Andy Mientus, also previously played a villain on The Flash, with Criss joking it’s about damn time he appeared in the Berlanti-verse. “I was wondering why everybody else I knew had been on the show but me,” Criss says with a laugh. In truth, Kreisberg says Criss was destined to play this role. “Darren so brings him to life,” the EP says. “I’m not sure who we would have gotten to do it if Darren had said no, but it turned out to be one of those things where we wanted Darren and Darren actually wanted the part. It was very kismet.”

Should the crossover prove successful, Kreisberg even has hopes for a sequel, and Criss would be elated to return to the wild, wild world of singing superheroes. “I would have liked to have written some songs,” quips the actor and musician, who landed the role too late in the process to do so. “I want to come back, I’m not done — then I’ll have my true payback!” Watch out, Flash!

The musical crossover will kick off at the end of Supergirl‘s March 20 hour, with the majority of the action taking place during The Flash‘s March 21 episode, both airing at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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Inside the Super-Sized 'Glee' Reunion on 'The Flash'-'Supergirl' Musical Crossover
Good luck staying in your seat during this episode

Darren Criss is singing his heart out. Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist are tap dancing. “It’s literally a Glee episode,” Gustin jokes. No, the Fox series hasn’t been revived. The trio are actually reuniting for the first time since their days on the Emmy-nominated hit series for a different kind of musical — and Criss may finally get his revenge. 

His Glee character, Blaine Anderson, received a slushy facial from Gustin’s Sebastian Smythe back in 2012, but now the tables have turned, with Criss assuming the mantle of the dastardly DC Comics villain Music Meister in the highly anticipated Flash/Supergirl musical crossover. “It is funny that the last time I worked with Grant, he was the bad guy and he was singing at me, and now I’m the bad guy singing at him,” Criss says. Though it’s a different set, with the quick turnaround and prep, Criss concurs that this all feels familiar. “It’s just Glee,” he says. 

In the March 21 episode of The Flash, Barry (Gustin) and Kara (Benoist) find themselves trapped in a movie musical of the Meister’s creation — an hour that has been years in the making. “We’ve always talked about doing it, from the very beginning, more in a joking way,” says executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. Gustin, however, was initially curious. “I didn’t ever think it would be a real thing, so when they told me it was real, I was like, ‘How?!‘” 

Here’s how: As the Scarlet Speedster and Girl of Steel experience turmoil in their interpersonal relationships, they’re whammied by the Music Meister, a less mustache-twirling, more manipulative villain who causes victims to break into song. The character was famously voiced by Neil Patrick Harris in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated series. “I have made a pretty decent career of only taking over roles as made famous by child stars,” jokes Criss, who also played the titular wizard in the Harry Potter musical. 

“I could not be happier that he’s here,” gushes Benoist, whose Glee character Marley Rose was mentored by Blaine. “He’s killing this role. He’s bringing such a fun energy, the way he did on Glee as well.”

Being fans of movie musicals as kids, the power-stripped heroes end up trapped in a golden-age send-up involving rival gangs and their kids falling in love — though expect many of the couples to come with a twist. The only way out? Follow the Meister’s script till the end. It may be a prison to them, but it’s heaven to Benoist. Noting she was born in the wrong era, the actress takes delight in the vintage ambience while sitting on a ’40s-era nightclub set. “Not that I don’t love the [Supergirl] suit, but it just feels good playing the same character in a completely different setting,” she says. “I’m eating this up.”

The Glee alums aren’t the only big names attached to the special episode. In a nod to Kara’s favorite film Wizard of Oz, everyone else in the vocally impressive cast is playing a character within this movie, from Jesse L. Martin, Victor Garber, and John Barrowman as rival mob bosses to Jeremy Jordan’s club pianist and Carlos Valdes’ aspiring artist busboy. Cherry-picking the movie musical genre — West Side Story, Singing in the Rain, and Guys and Dolls among the show’s inspirations — the hour also features some original songs, including “Runnin’ Home to You” from Oscar-winning La La Land duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, as well as the bubbly and playful Rachel Bloom co-penned tap duet “Super Friend.” “It’s a goofy song and it’s very consistent with that style of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Gustin says. 

“We were approached by Rachel Bloom, who reached out to us and she really wanted to write a song for us,” Kreisberg explains. “And Greg [Berlanti] had a relationship with Pasek and Paul, so we sat down with them — we hadn’t even seen La La Land with them, but Greg had been such huge fans of theirs.” 

The episode also includes several covers, among them the Benoist solo “Moon River,” and an ensemble performance of Jackie DeShannon’s “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” that brings the denizens of the ’40s nightclub to their feet as the Meister conducts Jordan, Valdes, and John Barrowman in an epic, upbeat dance number choreographed by Glee’s Zachary Woodlee. “Some things are just star-crossed,” Valdes says of his two worlds — superheroes and musicals — colliding. “Some things are just destined and written in the stars. This felt like one of those instances where it was just something that was going to happen.” 

Jordan concurs: “Ever since they announced the cast of our show — plus the casts of Flash and other shows having so many musical theater people in them — it was only a matter of time before they harnessed those talents and made something into it.” 

All involved have unquestionable talents when it comes to singing, but Barrowman says the DeShannon piece doesn’t play to his strengths: “I’m exceptionally confident vocally, but they show me the dance steps and I’m not a hip-hopper, no way,” says Barrowman, who practices his moves on set between takes. “I panicked.” Still, Barrowman was determined to be involved once he learned of the crossover. “I hadn’t heard anything and I just basically then said, ‘I think you would be daft or stupid not to have me in this, really,‘” he says. “But they planned on it all along.” 

On the flip side, Gustin says he was excited about slipping back into his dance shoes. “More than anything else, my true foundation was tap dance,” the actor says. “It’s been cool to get back to it.” Adds Benoist: “It’s funny how things stay in your muscle memory. It was fun to pick it back up again and see your body and be like, ‘Oh, we remember how to do this.'” 

With everyone in one room, Barrowman admits, “I’m a bit fan-boying out to be honest,” explaining that he watched his castmates’ former projects Glee and Smash. “What a nerd,” Jordan responds upon hearing the news. “He plays it super cool backstage, so you wouldn’t know he was geeking out.”  

Beyond Glee, the hour marks an even bigger reunion as Gustin and Supergirl‘s Chris Wood — who, along with co-star David Harewood, will guest in the crossover, but not sing — went to school together, while Criss counts Valdes, Pasek, and Paul as classmates. “It’s been a very sentimental crossover on so many levels,” Criss says. “Every day, every scene my mind is being blown. I can’t believe I’m here with Melissa Benoist and Carlos Valdes. ‘How do you guys even know each other? Oh, that’s right, you’re both superheroes!'” 

Fun fact: Another classmate of theirs, Andy Mientus, also previously played a villain on The Flash, with Criss joking it’s about damn time he appeared in the Berlanti-verse. “I was wondering why everybody else I knew had been on the show but me,” Criss says with a laugh. In truth, Kreisberg says Criss was destined to play this role. “Darren so brings him to life,” the EP says. “I’m not sure who we would have gotten to do it if Darren had said no, but it turned out to be one of those things where we wanted Darren and Darren actually wanted the part. It was very kismet.” 

Should the crossover prove successful, Kreisberg even has hopes for a sequel, and Criss would be elated to return to the wild, wild world of singing superheroes. “I would have liked to have written some songs,” quips the actor and musician, who landed the role too late in the process to do so. “I want to come back, I’m not done — then I’ll have my true payback!” Watch out, Flash! 

The musical crossover will kick off at the end of Supergirl‘s March 20 hour, with the majority of the action taking place during The Flash‘s March 21 episode, both airing at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

anonymous asked:

hey! so im the person who asked for musical recs and im hella new to musicals so i've only listened to hamilton, tgc, deh, and heathers. thanks!

okay, awesome. i think the best way to do this would be to break it up into a few categories. and of course, there’s tons of shows out there that i can’t possibly all mention here! so keep that in mind. these are just a few of my personal faves. (and don’t think you need to listen to all of them! think of this as just a list of possibilities.)

1. THE OLD-SCHOOL CLASSICS–pre 1970, very traditional music, relatively straightforward plots, resolutions, etc

•west side story! you’ve heard of this one. romeo and juliet, but nyc gangs. classic tragic love story with some damn good music.

•the sound of music! don’t watch the carrie underwood version lmao. takes place in 1930s austria. a young aspiring nun isn’t quite fit for the job, so her convent sends her to work as the governess for the seven children of a widower. cute love story, but also they flee from nazis. julie andrews is everything.

•seven brides for seven brothers! this isn’t quite as much of a true classic as much as those first two are, but it’s a personal favorite. a mountain man in 1850s oregon sets out to get a wife; when he successfully returns home, she realizes she’s meant to take care of his 6 uncivilized brothers, too. she whips them into shape, and eventually they all fall in love with 6 of HER friends. shenanigans ensue. questionable gender dynamics but w/e.

2. THE NEW CLASSICS–more recent shows that have established themselves as Important Musicals, may be more experimental or innovative, may just be super popular, either way ought to be remembered down the line

•wicked! a musical prequel to the wizard of oz that explores the relationship between the wicked witch of the west and glinda the good witch…as college roommates. crazy popular show, you might know “defying gravity” or “popular” already.

•rent! be prepared to cry and want to rage against society, dude. centers around a group of artists in new york city near the middle/end of the AIDS epidemic. about half the main characters are lgbtq, and about the same number live with HIV/AIDS. focuses on the artists trying to fight against gentrification and society while also dealing with personal struggles.

•fun home! a very recent show, won the best musical tony in 2015. explores the life of lesbian cartoonist alison bechdel (ever heard of the bechdel test? she inadvertently created it) through three perspectives: her as a young girl, a college student, and an adult reflecting on her life. follows her journey with regards to her sexuality as she grew up and her relationship with her father, a gay man who committed suicide when she was in college. so heartbreaking, so amazing. a personal favorite.

•in the heights! lin manuel miranda’s first show. it follows a close knit community of black and latinx people who all live on the same block in washington heignts. the plot focuses on how the community is rocked by 1. the revelation that one of them has won $96,000 in the lotto and 2. a massive blackout. super funny, super emotional, amazing music.

3. SHOWS THAT ARE JUST REALLY FUN

•hairspray! it takes place in the 1960s (super cute costumes/musical styles) and follows an overweight teenage girl named tracy turnblad who wants to dance on her local tv station’s after school teen dance program. it also addresses the racial struggles of the time as the black dancers fight for the tv station’s integration. super funny, really fun music, lovable characters.

•legally blonde! yes, there’s a musical adaptation of the movie, and i love it. you might know the plot; elle woods, a sorority girl from california, is dumped by her trust fund boyfriend who wants to find someone more “serious” at harvard law, so she decides to get into harvard law to prove her worth to him. along the way, she finds out she’s worth a lot more.

•the book of mormon! i’m not exaggerating when i say this is probably the funniest show i’ve ever seen/listened to. like, the music is laugh-out-loud hilarious. it was actually written by the dudes from south park, so there’s that. it’s about two young clueless mormon missionaries who get sent to uganda and have to try to spread the word of god while trying to fight back against a warlord. so. fucking. funny.

4. AMAZING SCORES–like, i don’t necessarily mean here that i love every single individual song, but if you like incredibly intricate music with beautifully recurring themes (like great comet), these you might like.

•les miserables! one of my personal all-time favorites. it takes place in the early nineteenth century in france, and it’s about this dude named jean valjean, who went to prison for years for stealing bread. he gets out and decides to basically remake his whole life. later, he becomes a successful factory owner and adopts the daughter of one of his former workers, then the daughter grows up and falls in love…there’s a lot going on. just watch the show.

•into the woods! you like fairy tales? well, here’s ALL of them mashed into one show. seriously, sondheim is sorta a crazy genius. it’s about a generic baker who, to lift a curse, has to get jack (and the beanstalk’s) cow, some of rapunzel’s hair, little red riding hood’s cape, cinderella’s shoe…a lot happens, yo.

•sweeney todd! sondheim again, and this one is pretty dark and crazy, lmao. a vengeful barber named sweeney todd starts cutting the throats of his clients, and his accomplice/friend/lover(?) mrs. lovett, who runs a pie shop, starts baking the clients into pies to help get rid of the evidence.

5. WEIRD SHIT–broadway can be weird and experimental, idk.

•spring awakening! based on a german play from the late 1800s, i believe. german farm teens discover the strange wonders of sex for the first time, accompanied by mid-2000s indie rock.

•avenue q! it’s like sesame street rated r. it’s all puppets, except the puppets swear and fuck and stuff. the music is catchy as hell, though.

•little shop of horrors! a classic, tbh. a mild-mannered nerd works in a flower store, comes across a weird-ass alien plant. the plant can talk and stuff. turns out the only thing that can satisfy it is human blood! lots of murder by plant. really funny, though.

6. PERSONAL FAVORITES–things that didn’t fit in any other category precisely but i still like, idk.

•newsies! there’s a movie with baby christian bale lmao, but the stage show is better. newsboys in 1899 go on strike when newspaper suppliers raise prices. VERY dancey. very catchy songs.

•falsettos! oh man, i love crying. a gay man, marvin, leaves his wife (and son, a bit) for his lover, and after everyone finally gets sick of his shit, is forced to reckon with his own maturity and problems. then, in the second act, more stuff happens, but i don’t want to spoil it. PLEASE listen to falsettos. it’s one of my favorites of all time.

•the last 5 years! this show actually has only 2 people in it. it tells the story of a relationship from both people’s perspectives. the thing is, her songs go from the end of their relationship backwards to the beginning, and his go chronologically from the beginning to the end, and they meet just once in the middle. it’s just songs going back and forth, and the songs are pretty wonderful.

•next to normal! it’s about a woman with severe mental health problems and her family trying to make it through as she struggles to find a treatment that will help keep her “balanced.” kinda heartbreaking, kinda wonderful, raises some fascinating questions about mental health and if treatment is right for everyone.

•heathers! you’ve already listened to it. i just love it so i’m gonna say it anyway.


this is, well, TONS of shows, so i think i’m good! happy listening!

Stupid Bowl- Sam Morin

Originally posted by antoinebibeau

Ok so Sam Morin is kind of adorable, but I don’t want more feels for the Flyers. I already have too many! XD Anyway… enjoy!

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Anon Request: Could you write a Sam morin imagine just a fluffy one maybe where you’re really short and maybe he makes fun of you (he’s like 6'6) thank you!

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100 Michael Jackson Facts
  • 1. Michael Jackson's favorite animated character was Pinocchio
  • 2. When he was a child his favorite books included Rip Van Winkle and The Old Man and the Sea
  • 3. Michael Jackson was very ticklish
  • 4. Saint Vincent, an island in the Caribbean, once issued Michael Jackson stamps
  • 5. The singer once owned a boa constrictor called “Muscles”
  • 6. As a youngster he used to put spiders in sister La Toyah’s bed
  • 7. He played a scarecrow in The Wiz, a movie version of the Wizard of Oz
  • 8. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (one for himself and one as part of the Jackson Five)
  • 9. Quincy Jones nicknamed him “smelly” – a slang term similar to “funky”
  • 10. Jackson described his own voice on early Jackson 5 records as “like Minnie Mouse”
  • 11. He was a big fan of The Three Stooges
  • 12. He is an Exeter City fan
  • 13. He had two llamas called Louis and Lola
  • 14. Thriller spent 37 weeks at number one in the US Billboard chart.
  • 15. In 1984 he won eight Grammys – the joint highest amount ever won by one person in a single year
  • 16. He gave his first public performance at the age of 5 singing Climb Every Mountain
  • 17. He had eight brothers and sisters
  • 18. His marriage to Lisa-Marie Presley lasted only 19 months
  • 19. Jackson paid $47 million for the publishing rights to the Beatles back catalogue in 1985 and sold a share of to Sony in 1995 for $95 million
  • 20. His middle name was Joseph
  • 21. He was born on Aug 29, 1958
  • 22. At the Brit Awards in 1996 Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker took exception to his bombastic performance of Earth Song and ran on to the stage
  • 23. Jackson was very fond of Mexican food
  • 24. In 1993 Jackson’s dermatologist said he had a rare skin disease called vitiligo, which causes sufferers to lose pigmentation in their skin
  • 25. Thriller is the world’s best-selling record of all time with an estimated 150 million copies sold worldwide
  • 26. Two of his other albums – Bad and Dangerous – are also among the world’s best-selling records
  • 27. He popularised dance moves including the robot and the moonwalk
  • 28. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice
  • 29. He won 13 Grammy Awards
  • 30. Billie Jean was the first video by a black artist to air on MTV.
  • 31. Jackson owns the rights to the South Carolina State Anthem, South Carolina on My Mind.
  • 32. He has waxworks in five Madame Tussauds museums across the world. Only Elvis Presley and Madonna have more.
  • 33. He has sold more than 300 million records worldwide
  • 34. His favourite superhero is Morph from X-Men
  • 35. He had a pet ram called Mr Tibbs
  • 36. His total lifetime earnings from music are estimated at $500 million
  • 37. Jackson regularly wore a black armband to remind people of children suffering around the world.
  • 38. The moonwalk was picked up from street dancers
  • 39. Little Richard wanted to be played by Jackson in a biopic
  • 40. Jackson had a pet python called Crusher
  • 41. In 1984 a French fan committed suicide because he couldn’t have surgery to look like Jackson
  • 42. The video for Scream was the most expensive ever at £3.8 million.
  • 43. A library once accused the singer of owing $1 million in overdue book fines
  • 44. Jackson was a vegetarian
  • 45. He won an MTV award for Best Movie Song in 1994. It was for Will You Be There from the movie Free Willy
  • 46. HIStory was the biggest selling double album ever released in the United States
  • 47. Jackson was given a royal title in the Ivory Coast in 1992
  • 48. Before concerts he would drink Ricola candy dissolved in hot water
  • 49. His birthplace Gary, Indiana, is planning a museum in his honour
  • 50. The singer patented a shoe device that allowed dancers to lean forward at gravity defying angles
  • 51. He was a best man at Liza Minnelli’s wedding to David Gest
  • 52. The largest television audience in US history watched him perform at half time during the 1993 Super Bowl
  • 53. Martin Scorcese once directed a Jackson video
  • 54. A survey in 1997 declared him the Most Famous Person in the World
  • 55. He paid $1.5 million in 1999 to buy for the 1939 Oscar for best film won by Gone With The Wind
  • 56. Jackson once described Elizabeth Taylor as “a warm cuddly blanket that I love to snuggle up to”
  • 57. He recorded a voice-over on The Simpsons
  • 58. Macauley Culkin is godfather to two of Jackson’s children
  • 59. Jackson co-wrote We Are The World with Lionel Richie
  • 60. He is godfather to Nicole Richie
  • 61. He is also godfather to Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb’s son Michael
  • 62. Jackson shares a birthday with Sir Richard Attenborough and actress Rebecca DeMornay
  • 63. At the time of his death Jackson was rehearsing for his greatest comeback, with 50 shows scheduled in London
  • 64. He was four years old when he began singing with his brothers Marlon, Jermaine, Jackie and Tito in the Jackson 5
  • 65. The Jackson 5’s number one hits included “I Want You Back,” “ABC” and “I’ll Be There”
  • 66. In 2002 Jackson caused controversy when he playfully dangled his infant son, Prince Michael II, over a hotel balcony in Berlin in front of fans
  • 67. MC Hammer once challenged Jackson to a dance off
  • 68. In a TV documentary he acknowledged sharing his bed with children but described the practice as sweet, and not sexual
  • 69. During production of a 1984 Pepsi advertisement Jackson sustained burns when an explosion set his hair on fire
  • 70. Jackson’s 13 number one hits on the US Billboard charts put him behind only Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Mariah Carey
  • 71. Jackson’s father Joseph worked in a steel mill
  • 72. Joseph Jackson and his brother Luther were in an R&B band called The Falcons
  • 73. Michael was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness by his mother
  • 74. In a 1993 interview with Oprah Winfrey the singer spoke of a traumatic childhood including suffering from loneliness
  • 75. Jackson showed his singing talent at the age of five when he performed at a Christmas recital
  • 76. The family band was originally called the Jackson Brothers
  • 77. Michael was promoted to joint lead vocals at the age of eight and the band became the Jackson 5
  • 78. They toured extensively in the US Midwest from 1966 to 1968
  • 79. Hestrongly disliked the “Wacko Jacko” nickname
  • 80. Wild stories about him included that he slept in an oxygen chamber and that he bought the bones of The Elephant Man.
  • 81. During the world tour for Bad he performed to 4.4 million people
  • 82. His first autobiography, Moonwalk, took four years to complete
  • 83. The book reached the top of The New York Times best sellers’ list
  • 84. Jackson had 8 siblings; 5 brothers and 3 sisters
  • 85. He suggested weight loss and a strict vegetarian diet had contributed to the change in his appearance
  • 86. He paid $17 million in 1988 for the land in California that became the Neverland Ranch
  • 87. The 2,700-acre property had a theme park, a menagerie, and a movie theatre.
  • 88. Its grounds were protected by a security staff of 40
  • 89. Neverland was valued at $100 million in 2003
  • 90. The profits from his single “Man in the Mirror” went to charity
  • 91. In 1991 he signed a contract with Sony worth $65 million
  • 92. In 1992 he founded the Heal the World Foundation which brought underprivileged children to Neverland and made donations worldwide
  • 93. When he visited the African country of Gabon 100,000 people turned out to see him
  • 94. Jackson’s most famous pet was Bubbles the chimpanzee
  • 95. Bubbles was adopted at the age of three from a cancer research clinic in Texas.
  • 96. Bubbles sat in on recording sessions for the Bad album and accompanied Jackson to Tokyo
  • 97. The artist Jeff Koons made a series of sculptures of Jackson and Bubbles
  • 98. Jackson fathered two children with Deborah Jeanne Rowe – Michael Joseph Jackson Junior (also known as “Prince”) and a daughter, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson
  • 99. The couple divorced in 1999 and Rowe gave full custody rights to Jackson
  • 100. Vitiligo, the skin disease from which he suffered, affects 1 to 2 percent of the population
  • ~Courtesy of The Telegraph
Scaring my Condescending Coworker

So I have a coworker who is probably 10, 15 years older than me and sees me more like a teenager than an adult (I’m 23, college grad). He spotted my Wicked Witch of the West-themed water bottle one day and says “Is that a Wizard of Oz cup?” To which I smile and reply “Yes! It’s my favorite movie.” He sort of chuckles and says “Allie, it amazes me how simple your taste is.” Then tries to cover his ass by adding “I don’t mean that you’re simple-minded, just that you enjoy simple things.” Uh-huh. I can read between the lines. 

Fast forward a few weeks. Our company is attending a conference and we all go out to dinner one night and enter a trivia contest. One of the questions revolves around Silence of the Lambs, which I answer easily. I then start spouting off a whole bunch of Hannibal Lecter themed fun facts. My coworker asks “How do you know all this?” To which I smile and reply, “Oh, it’s my all-time favorite movie. I have all the DVDs, read all the books, I love the TV show too.” He gets REAL quiet after that. And I realize…I might have scared him a little bit. Good. I plan to do it again. 

Fast forward again. He comes downstairs, irritated by one of our other coworkers. He says, “I might actually murder him.” (Obviously exaggerating). And, without looking up from my computer screen, I say: “It’s a good thing we live in Iowa then.” He blinks, frowns, and asks me to elaborate. “Well, pigs will eat nearly anything, including bones. So you can chop a body up, throw it to some pigs, and pretty much get rid of the evidence. All you have to do is find a nearby pig farm.” I give him a sweet, innocent little smile and he just pales and stutters out some excuse about needing to get back to work. 

Simple taste, indeed. 

anonymous asked:

Dude I have no idea what the show the labyrinth is but reading your thing made me want to watch all of it then invest and all the merchandise

this is my favorite ask ever and i am going to use it as my PLEASE WATCH LABYRINTH campaign for the several people who’ve said things along the lines of “i’ve never seen labyrinth/ dont know what it is but i’m into this” about my fic. ( @illyriantremors and @birdiethebibliophile i see y’alls tags/replies >:) )

Labyrinth is a cult classic fantasy movie ostensibly for children, along the lines of a modern Wizard of Oz/ Alice in Wonderland. I say ostensibly because it’s the story of a fifteen year old girl coming of age via a fantasy realm of her own imagining in 1986, and thus one of its central features is David Bowie in very tight leggings, leering sexually, wearing leather coats and poet shirts, singing in every other scene, and glittering liberally.

Originally posted by runningwithhelicopters

The protagonist is Sarah and she’s charming and I love her.

Originally posted by altlivia

Baby jennifer connelly brings down the entire fucking kingdom of the dude trying to intimidate her (and FAILING) by making friends with everyone in it! She gets to wear a pretty dress! She’s a realistically immature but also resourceful and kind teenager gets to live out her fantasies and have fun and grow up in a healthy happy way!! She’s a NERD WHO RUNS AROUND IN A PRINCESS DRESS IN THE PARK BY HERSELF.  R E L A T A B L E

Originally posted by neonearthtone

Also, this is a Jim Henson production, so the Labyrinth is populated with crazy puppet shit. WHICH I LOVE, YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY (hi lauren)

It’s my favorite movie of all time and it’s literally so weird and makes no sense and it’s simultaneously so wholesome and so “wow Jim Henson really did make a full-length film version of a fifteen-year-old nerd girl’s wet dream with a bunch of musical numbers” and also this fifteen-year-old nerd girl was me, probably, the fact that I wouldn’t be born for another ~10 years not withstanding

I mean look at this

Originally posted by island-delver-go

Originally posted by slaughteringbunnies

Originally posted by sarahs-delights

????????????????????????? FOR CHILDREN, I GUESS. CHILDREN DEFINITELY WANT TO GAZE INTO DAVID BOWIE’S EYES WHILE BALLROOM DANCING, RIGHT?

Originally posted by captain-rachel

^ me, popping up to tell you to watch this thing

So that’s my pitch, sorry it’s kind of incoherent. bottom line is please watch Labyrinth, so you can be way less impressed with my fic because you can see how many of the lines i just wholesale stole, but also your life will be immeasurably richer for it. Even if u hate it it’s so fucking bizarre it’s worth seeing once. Sadly it is not on netflix but it is VERY easy to find other places, ifyaknowwhadimean

Originally posted by mysterylullaby

also if u watch it for the first time as a result of my fic/ this post you are REQUIRED to come and tell me what you thought. ok NOW i’m done <3

Vocaloid Song Master List

EDIT: This has been updated! …Again! As per the usual I’ve gone through and added all the new songs I’ve happened to stumble across and ended up liking. I’ve put stars next to the new songs in case you wanted to look at only the added ones! I hope you enjoy!

Seeing as this is only months after the last time I updated, there aren’t as many new songs as last time. The last time I updated it had probably been around a year since I last touched the list, so…yeah. Not as much new content this time, but I figured it would be good to update this before it became to tedious to do so ^^’

I actually made this for my good friend Blacklands, but I figured, hey, if you guys want some good Vocaloid tunes to listen to and don’t know where to start, here you go! Now you know all the stuff I jam to on a daily basis.

Inspiration for everything I do usually comes from listening to Vocaloid music. Hollah.

IMPORTANT: Sooo tumblr is being stubborn and refusing to show all of the links I spent hours putting together, so I decided to put this whole word document in my stash on DeviantART. If you’re lazy and don’t want to go through the effort of looking up these songs, my stash has all of the links attached. This time I didn’t go through and check all of the links to see if they’re broken or not, seeing as that’s like 200-300 songs I have to go through…a very, very long process. So! If you click on a link and it no longer works, please let me know and I will fix it ASAP.
Here’s the link: http://sta.sh/079mmjr50yr

Well…here we go, then!

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Carol Therese Potter, you were named for two of the raddest lesbians in the history of love stories

Hedwig Arol Potter, you were named for two owls. No reason behind it

Bedknob Broomstick Potter, you were named for a rad ass magical movie

Glinda Goodwitch Potter, I owed the land of Oz a favor after Dorothy lent me her shoes to fix the mess you made in your fourth year

Cursed Child Potter, you were named after one of the biggest mistakes in expanded continuity

Willy Wonka Potter, your god-uncle owns a dope-ass candy factory so it only fits I name you for him

Thranduil Galadriel Potter, you were named for two of the most fabulous characters in fantasy literature

Hagrid Minerva Potter, you were named for the two people who actually gave a damn about me as a person and not an object or a means to an end

Fabian Frank Potter, you were named for two of the bravest men who ever lived

Buckbeak Dobby Potter, you were named for two of the gnarliest magical creatures I knew

Mary Poppins Potter, you were named for the greatest witch who ever lived, and could’ve beaten Voldemort with her eyes closed but she didn’t want to embarrass me

David Cameron Potter, you were named for a pig-fucker, which is honestly less offensive than my original idea

Albus Severus Potter, you were named after two Hogwarts professors I happened to know. One was a complete douche canoe, not only to me, but also to my friends, causing trauma and strife and pain. The other used me as a tool to defeat the dark lord and never told me jack

Paperclip Rockstop Potter, you were named after two random objects

Slash Fanfiction Potter, you were named for what everyone will be doing once the Cursed Child plotline is widely known

Frodo Baggins Potter, you were named for the last ring bearer of The One Ring, to Rule Them All, One Ring to Find Them, and in the Darkness, Bind Them

Widow Tracer Potter, you were named for my favorite Overwatch ship that I fell into and is now sailing away with me at top speed to open sea. Good luck with your life or whatever

Heroes

Summary: When the music blasting from Bucky’s room interrupts team movie night, Steve takes it upon himself to see what’s up and comes to regret it.

Bucky x reader, MILD SMUT/MOSTLY JUST FUN TEAM SHENANIGANS. Word count: 896

TW: references to sex

A/N: Just a fun one-shot. I chose Bowie because he’s one of my favorites!


“Okay, so who’s turn is it to choose the movie?” asked Clint as he sat down on the couch, gripping a large bowl of popcorn.

“Steve’s. He’s running a little late,” said Natasha, draping her legs over Clint’s and grabbing a handful of popcorn from the bowl. Sam, Tony, Scott, and Wanda were spread out on the other couches and chairs in the common room of the tower, patiently awaiting Steve’s arrival.

“Where’s Barnes?” asked Sam, but before anyone could reply, he figured out the answer to his question.

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Confessions // Spencer Reid X Reader oneshot

Prompt #97 “I want you and I know you want me too.” from this list.

Requested by: mysteriouscrystalnomad

Your eyes were locked on Spencer as you watched him from afar. He was at his desk happily conversing with Emily, his hands gesturing wildly as he spoke enthusiastically. You grinned against the coffee cup that you brought to your lips. 

“Enjoying the view Y/N?” Morgan asked as he appeared next to you. You blushed as he made his own coffee before turning your gaze away from the eccentric man. 

“Shut up,” you mumbled as you placed your cup down and poured more sugar in. Morgan shook his head as he watched the white substance fall into your drink. 

“You two are so alike,” he chuckled. “Ever consider telling him?" 

"I have,” you admitted. “But I just don’t know." 

"Don’t deprive yourself of happiness,” Morgan replied as he gestured towards Spencer. You turned your head to see that his gaze was on you. He smiled broadly and waved when he caught your eye, gesturing you over. “Because Lord knows that boy really likes you." 

You blushed and nodded as you picked your cup up and made your way over to your desk. It was right in front of Spencer’s and he grinned as you sat down across from him. 

"Y/N. I was wondering if you were free tonight?,” he asked hopefully.

“I am. What did you have in mind?” You asked as you leaned your head on your hand. Spencer watched as your hair fell against the side of your face, your eyes shining with curiosity. Those were the same eyes that caused his heart to beat a little faster whenever he caught sight of them and the same soft hair he’d stroked countless times when you had fallen asleep on him on the plane. 

“Movies and a pizza? My place?” He replied with a grin. 

“Only if you let me get pineapple on it,” you replied with a small arch of your eyebrow. He groaned at your condition. 

“Y/N, no one likes pineapple on pizza,” he argued although he already knew he would be eating it later that day. He always indulged your requests if only to see you smile. 

“I do,” you replied with a small huff. “But I guess if you want to watch movies alone…" 

"Fine. We can get pineapple on it,” he grumbled. You beamed at his agreement and he found that seeing you happy was worth the unfavorable topping. 

Spencer was excited as he opened the door to his apartment. You followed behind with the box of pizza in your hands before placing it down on the small table. Spencer grabbed some plates and cans of soda before arranging everything perfectly in front of the television. You bounced onto his sofa, kicking your shoes off in the process, and sat down with your feet beneath you. 

The two of you had compromised- getting only pineapple on half of the pizza to save him from the “pain of eating something healthy on something that was meant to be beautifully greasy”, or at least that’s what Spencer had described it as. You ate happily as you watched The Wizard of Oz, one of your personal favorites, unaware of Spencer’s gaze. 

Spencer stared at you as you ate. He grinned as you absentmindedly wiped away the pizza grease that ran down your chin, too enthralled in the movie to notice much else. This wasn’t necessarily his favorite movie but he had come to love it because of how much you enjoyed it. His favorite moment was always when the lion would begin to sing because you would erupt into a fit of giggles and exclaim that it was so wonderfully bad. 

“Y/N,” Spencer called out to you in the middle of the movie. You turned your attention the man next to you. 

“Yeah?” You asked as you set your pizza down. He turned fully so that his body was facing yours causing you to immediately become alert. “Something wrong Spence?" 

"Look, Y/N,” he began as he summoned up his courage. “I want you and I know you want me too." 

Your eyes widened at his words and you blushed deeply as you looked away in embarrassment. He chuckled at your reaction. 

"I’ve caught the subtle glances at work and I’m pretty sure I know what they mean,” he laughed. You groaned as you hung your head in shame. “But I give you those same looks." 

"You do?” You asked as you finally looked at him. He smiled sheepishly. 

“Yeah. I think you’re pretty amazing. And I feel things for you that I don’t feel for Emily or JJ so I’m pretty sure that means I like you or else I don’t know what it means because I think you’re beautiful and being around you makes me happy and-" 

You placed your lips against his lightly, surprising him as his eyes immediately widened. You smiled as you pulled away catching the dreamy look in his eyes. 

“I like you too.” His face broke out into a huge smile of relief at your confession. He was sure that you did, his years of being a profiler and reading body language had helped him decode that, but there had still been a small doubt in his mind.

 "Can I hold your hand?“ He asked tentatively as he gestured to it. 

 "You may,” you replied with a grin. He smiled as he sat closer and intertwined his fingers with yours. Your phone vibrated and you pulled it out to see a message from Morgan.

 You two confess your undying love for each other yet?

You rolled your eyes before replying.

 Shut up.

You thought a little bit more before replying again.

 But we’re holding hands now.

Spencer looked at you as your phone buzzed again.

 Look at pretty boy go.

 You rolled your eyes and threw the phone far from you.

 "Was it Morgan?“ Spencer asked. 

 "Yeah. How’d you know?” you replied.

 "He’s been texting me all night too.“

anonymous asked:

Saw your musicals thing and I couldn't help but wonder what you think of Wicked. A lot of people seem to think that if you like it, you're not a real fan of musicals, but I think there are a lot of great songs and messages in it! Do you agree?

I will state it here for the record: I love “Wicked”. You can all pry “Wicked” from my cold, dead fingers. 

I think the reason people get all high and mighty about “Wicked” is that it’s popular. Like, really popular. It’s one of the few musicals that crossed out into the bigger pop culture world and became well-known to non-theatre people (kind of like “Hamilton” on a smaller scale). It’s a lot of people’s first musical. It’s a lot of people’s only musical because the plot is really accessible and you can figure it out pretty much just from listening to the soundtrack. And it tours like EVERYWHERE pretty much CONSTANTLY, so people can see it easily. Moms can afford to buy tickets for their 13 year old to see it, and it’s pretty family-friendly and, again, super well known, so they do. Anyone who is even a little interested in theatre or musicals or whose grandmother just wanted to give some culture…they have heard and likely seen “Wicked”.

So, this lead to the “Wicked” snobbery in two ways. First off, I’m sorry, but if I bring up musical theatre and the first thing someone says is “Oh, I love Wicked!”, it’s annoying. As a certified Musical Theatre Person, there are hundreds of musicals I love and want to talk about, but people literally always want to bring up “Wicked” first. And I’m low-key tired of hearing about it…maybe especially from people who think it’s the end-all, be-all in musicals yet think it’s cool and unusual that Glinda sings the same song later in the show but it’s SADDER. There’s also a decent chance that if you say it’s your favorite musical, it might be the only one you know. So, saying that makes you seem sort of noobish (is that still a thing people say?). 

And, let’s be real, we Theatre People like to think we’re cooler and better and more cultured and more informed than the rest of the population. So when one of “our” things is liked by too many of the “other people”, we suddenly think it’s kinda pedestrian. Like a lot of people started saying “Hamilton” was over-rated once it blew up. It’s not over-rated. You’re just being all hipstery and “I liked it before it was cool”, but the “it” is the entirety of musical theatre. 

BUT. The thing is… “Wicked” is crossing over and seeing this much popularity and success because it is AMAZING. Like, seriously amazing. It’s a female-lead musical more concerned with platonic friendships and social justice than with romance. It’s about being different and that being a good thing. And it’s the freaking “Wizard of Oz”, but sexy and cool and low-key steam-punk and high-key feminist. And the music is beautiful and emotional and catchy and fun and you can’t help but want to sing along. OF COURSE people like it. And they should! And we should embrace that! Does someone like “Wicked”, well then they are going to love these other five soundtracks you’ll loan them to teach them about musicals, not to mention when they come over for Filmed Live on Broadway Movie Night! You just found a musical theatre geek waiting to happen. 

Also, I saw “Wicked” on tour when I was like 13 and obsessed with all musicals. Then I saw it on Broadway when I was a freshman in college majoring in Theatre (out of all the shows I could have seen). I loved it more than life both times. 

tagged by the darling @missbeckywrites

  • Relationship status : married (four years this fall, wtf)
  • Favorite color : blue
  • Lipstick or chapstick : chapstick though I seem to never have any (my daughter went through a phase where she ate them if left unattended so they all got hid/pitched)
  • Last song you listened to : Magic by MAALA
  • Last movie you watched : Deepwater Horizon. I just needed to see Dylan O’Brien.
  • Top 3 characters : Eggsy Unwin, Dean Winchester, Stiles Stilinski (I have a type, okay)
  • Top 3 ships : Harry Hart/Eggsy Unwin, Ron Weasley/Hermione Granger, Dean Winchester/Castiel (my ride or die ships that will always have a place in my heart) 
  • Books you are currently reading : The Night Watch by Sarah Waters, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, The Collected Works of Alice Munro
  • Top 5 musicals : uhhh, christ. MARY POPPINS!!!, Grease, Chicago, The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

tagging: @firthermore @alethiaii @galahadthelate @sententiousandbellicose @sherlockianonfire91 @trekkiepirate @hartwinorlose @becool–mallory @kingscunt

April Rec

our shoulders, necks (used to fit so well together) by deadspy

Or the one where Louis and Harry fall in love and fall apart, Harry goes to London for the first time in five years, Louis owns a record label and thinks way too much, and Zayn gives excellent cuddles (and advice)

my kingdom for a kiss (tonight you’re on my mind) by Anonymous for Cori Lannam (corilannam)

Or, the one where Zayn and Louis make a friendly wager and it goes too far, Harry’s a baker with a heart of gold and really great hair, Liam is an overworked PA who just wants to enjoy his holiday and Niall is completely at ease, as always. An accidentally married AU mixed with a splash of modern royalty.

Be My Little Good Luck Charm by 100percentsassy

In which Harry is a promising amateur golfer making his debut at the PGA Championship, and Louis is a Sky Sports anchor who would really rather be commentating on footie.
The other boys are around too: caddy!Niall provides victory pints, Liam is Louis’s Very Serious co-anchor, and poor Zayn just gets his face drawn on.

Watch The Flames Climb High Into The Night by whisperingwind

A loss of one of their own causes a friendship to turn to ashes. Through heartache and pain, the ashes rebuild into something greater than before.
Harry is a firefighter with an addiction to painkillers. Louis is a firefighter who has a serious stick up his ass. Niall is a paramedic who really just wants Louis and Harry to make out. Liam is a firefighter and a terrible cook who wants everyone to be friends. Zayn is the new candidate with really pretty hair. Perrie is a side chick paramedic who lives with Harry.

Fringe by embro for TrynaGetStylinson

Louis is the hair stylist who likes to flirt and tease but never dates, and Harry is the boy trying to change that.

nocturne in silver and blue by tinyweirdloves

louis is a fallen star and harry brings him home. told over the course of fourteen years.

Daddy I want you by daddyharry

or Harry comes home from the gym to find Louis fingering himself on their bed and he punishes him (except he doesn’t really)

Lavender by iwillpaintasongforlou

Louis’ safe place, Harry has come to discover with him, is when he’s small. Some people might find it strange that loud, bossy, sassy Louis has a soft stuffed bunny that he likes to hold, or that his favorite present Daddy’s ever given him is a pretty blue soother. To Harry and his beautiful boy, though, it’s just another quiet night at home.

With the Lights On by iforgetlikeanelephant

Harry and Louis have a lazy morning in bed (aka pure bottom!Louis smut and I have no idea what the summary should be)

Be Professional by writtensoul

Basically, Harry’s the Prime Minister of England and Louis is his hot and willing personal assistant.

This Heart is Heavier than the Bills in my Pocket by pliantlouis

Harry is 28, Louis is 18. They have office sex. That is all.

Take Me Down by LouisandHarryandLove

Louis and Harry explore Daddy!kink and subspace

Never In Your Wildest Dreams by leonpaladin

It’s prom night and Harry’s all alone – still nerdy, still has those magnifying glasses of spectacles, and still a loser. But that night was nothing of the ordinary as two drunken blue eyes watched him with lust and he didn’t even know it. (Or the time when a nerdy Harry fucks the brains out of a drunk Louis)

You ain’t right for doing it to me like that baby by unshipping for harrberry

Or, the one where Harry is the captain of the school football team, and Louis is the injured professional football player that takes over the team. They immediately hate each other with a passion. Featuring Niall as Harry’s best friend, Liam as a bartender and friends with everyone, Zayn as an art teacher, and Louis and Perrie’s best friend, and Perrie as Harry’s photography teacher.

put your faith in my stomach by hilourry

Harry and Louis want a baby. Louis is a carrier, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to get pregnant.

Feel It All Over Now (And I Feel Loved) by sincehewaseighteen

Louis thinks Harry’s in LA, but he’s actually the mascot who keeps throwing random shapes.

Hotel by tvvinkqueen

Louis’ got a problem he just can’t conceal this time.

going nowhere fast by starseas

harry and louis are the stars of their high school’s football team. one day after practice, they get locked into a storage closet. shit happens.

Been Gone Way Too Long by whoknows

“This can’t be happening,” Louis says, banging his hand against the window. “This seriously can’t be happening right now.”
Things like this only happen in the movies. Things like this don’t happen in real life. There’s no way that he’s seriously been snowed in. There’s no way that the heating is broken. There’s no way that it’s going to take upwards of twenty-four hours and probably a lot longer for the storm to break and someone to come and rescue them.
“Just sit down, Louis,” Harry sighs from somewhere behind him. He sounds miserable, like he’s already feeling the cold.
Louis whirls around and points a finger at him. “Did you plan this?” he demands a little hysterically. He regrets the question as soon as it’s out of his mouth, but he thinks he’s got a valid point. It’s not like this storm just came out of nowhere - it has to have been on the news for a couple of days, at least. Plenty of time for Harry to have canceled this excursion.

like an animal (i wanna feel you from the inside) by bottomlinsons (grimgrace)

Harry and Louis get a little stuck. Literally.

Standing on the Edge of Forever by EllaO for exitthequitters

“So let me get this straight. You took Mr. Squiggles from the classroom habitat, took him with you on your fieldtrip to the zoo, and released him in the aviary?”
Harry Styles is a single father, just trying to keep his life organized after losing his husband four years earlier. Between his daughter, Liam’s hellion twins, and Sophia throwing him into any romantic tangle she can think of, life gets a little crazy. Of course, everything changes the moment Lo and the twins get interested in their school musical, The Wizard of Oz. Because the new director, Louis Tomlinson, is just about the most attractive man that Harry has ever seen.
Featuring adorable Dad Harry, hotshot actor Louis, three sassy kids, a badass Sophia Smith, and a Liam who just wants all their kids to be well behaved.

read you for some kind of poem by mentalistecbm for heroics

Louis is human, and Harry is lucky enough to be his vampire boyfriend.

After Hours by Velvetoscar for shipsdrifting

Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are the bane of each other’s existences. Unfortunately, they’re already in love–even if they aren’t completely aware of this minor detail.

Let’s Fall in Love in a Place You Want to Stay by embro for screwbystyles

A George of the Jungle / Tarzan AU where Louis is a model who meets Wild Man Harry in the Congo. He was raised by apes and barely speaks a word of English and turns Louis’ life upside down.

Temporary Tattoos, Hotel Hearts, Horizon Homes by Teumessian

Louis is just 18 and ends up in 2015 for one day at Harry’s request, one day to make sure his spirit is strong and hopeful enough to take him to the X Factor and end him up where he’s supposed to be. Aka, the one where Harry makes sure Louis knows how amazing he is.

you burn with the brightest flame by sarcasticfluentry

the X-Factor Era A/B/O fic.

Outwit, Outplay, Outlast by dancesongsoul, lookatyourchoices

Or a Survivor All-Stars AU in which Harry and Louis are just in this game to win the million dollars, but they end up with something better.
Featuring Harry’s yellow swim shorts, Louis in snapbacks, and OT5 shenanigans.

Is That A Wand In Your Pocket Or Are You Just Happy To See Me by rimmeniall

Louis works rides at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Harry wants to ride him.

an exquisite relic by damnitharry

Or, an au where we’re all born with entities linked to our hearts and they will eventually lead us to our soulmates.

to be loved (and to be in love) by donnyslouis

-or the one where Louis’s popular, Harry’s not and they bond by trying to get their friends together while accidentally matchmaking the entire school.

here comes the sun (little darling) by you_explode

louis and liam are a trapeze act who’ve just joined syco circus. despite his best efforts, louis immediately falls head over heels for harry, one of the jugglers with a penchant for glittery pink leotards. but louis’s had issues before with intra-circus dating, so he’s trying his best to ignore his feelings. which is why he’s not at all bothered by harry flirting with everyone but him.
featuring lots of pining, lots of ot5 friendship, runaway boys reconnecting with their families, harry and louis becoming co-dependent best friends until they figure out they’re in love with each other, liam fancying zayn who’s already dating perrie, and a beatles-themed circus.

Why *Josie And The Pussycats* Is The Best Movie Ever

Once in a generation a film comes along that so encapsulates its era, speaks to its audiences and permeates the collective cultural unconscious that it defies categorization. It is more than a masterpiece or classic, cult or otherwise. It lives beyond the reach of its creators, in the realm not just of art but of beauty itself, that distant dimension Plato spoke of where ideal forms exist. In April of 2001, such a film was released. It was called “Josie And The Pussycats”.

I would conservatively estimate that I have seen JATP between fifteen and twenty times, or, at least once a year since it hit theaters. And to put the following in context, I have also seen your favorite movie, okay? “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Annie Hall,” “Goodfellas,” “Rashomon*,” “500 Days of Summer,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Schindler’s List,” “Blue Velvet,” “La Dolce Vita”…anything that might reasonably be considered “required viewing,” I have viewed. So when I tell you that JATP is as well-made a film as there is, I don’t mean in comparison to schlocky TV specials. I mean it is flawless like “The Godfather” is flawless. At the very least, it deserves to be ranked alongside “Animal House,” and “Blazing Saddles” as one of the finest comedies ever produced for American audiences.

     Because this is not a widely-held opinion (for reasons I will get into later), I am forced to put my mostly-dormant BFA into practice and analyze JATP in terms of, well, every conceivable metric by which a film might be judged. I did not undertake this quest lightly; it took six whole hours and five long days for, well, read for yourself.


Part One: Craft

(Background: JATP was written and directed by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont, the team behind “Can’t Hardly Wait” (Ms. Elfont later married Breckin Meyer, a point that is not pertinent to this discussion but is nonetheless adorable).)

     There are a number of theories (& books & blogs & podcasts & pricey workshops) that claim to know the secret to a great screenplay, and they all have one thing in common: the hero. Our hero is Josie. Following Josie, we see all the Campbellian elements of a hero’s journey, from the Call To Adventure (@ the Starbucks with Wyatt) to the Abyss (scary clown sequence) to the Atonement (with Mel and Val backstage.) There’s even a Crossing the Threshold/Transformation sequence wherein Josie and her comrades enter the beauty salon Riverdale chicks and exit into a bustling metropolis (“the Unknown”) glam-ified stars. It is at exactly this point that the band’s name changes, setting Josie up as our megalopsychos (thanks, Aristotle).

Despite the lack of sex, death and prophecy, Josie does go through a distinctly Oedipal journey: her desire to learn the truth behind her success leads her to despair (“they’re selling stuff through our music!”). Over the course of the film, Josie grows from yet another spunky girl with dreams of stardom to a true artist who values her integrity above fame. Now, enter the supporting characters…

     Val and Mel truly are “good, solid back-up,” but they also have fully realized personalities (Val is a humanitarian, Mel sings in the shower). Mel is the heart. Val is the head. Josie is the singer. Like the Fellowship or the Power Rangers or the leaders of the Democratic party, the Pussycats are strongest when their individual powers are combined. The implicit message here - that lady friends will save the world - is powerful without being obnoxious, obvious without being cloying. Almost every scene passes the Bechdel test, yet at no point does anyone exclaim, “You can’t do that! You’re just a girl!” followed by the “Yeah? Watch me.” of so many so-called “strong female character” narratives. Even seemingly minor characters (Alan M, Alexander, Alexandra) have integrated story arcs: Alan M learns to speak his mind, Alexandra gets a love interest and Alexander frees himself from the shackles of consumer capitalism. That is so difficult to accomplish, and the film runs less than two hours. Do you hear that, Tarantino? Multiple interwoven storylines in an hour and thirty-nine minutes, including multiple song breaks.

     A hero is only as interesting as her villain, and JATP gives us two for the ages: nefariously insecure Fiona and devious henchman Wyatt. We meet Fiona during a scene of pure exposition to explain the central mystery, but she quickly evolves into a bizarro caricature of a corporate queen. Look at Fiona’s hair, makeup and costume color palette: she’s a funhouse mirror version of Josie. Like Darth Vader, Fiona represents the dark side of the path Josie has chosen to walk. She has what Josie wants (power, fame, position), and wants what Josie has (love, friends, self-esteem). She can’t help but compare herself to Josie (“Ha! I’m three pounds lighter than you!”). The ultimate reveal of her higher plan is both shocking and, in hindsight, satisfying. Who among us hasn’t had a moment of wishing to make themselves so powerful as to defy insecurity, only to find that embracing one’s flaws is the only way to move forward? It’s not out of nowhere; it’s called having a backstory.

     Wyatt, on the other hand, is more like a traitorous Obi-Wan. He’s Gandalf, leading them through new and treacherous territory. He’s the mentor, the goddess, the wizard with the ability to make the impossible possible (his magical amulet: the sound mixer). And then it turns out he’s playing them! Isn’t that better? Isn’t that more fun than another coach figure who, like, dies of a mild cough the day before the big game?

     The difference between a good and great script might lie in the attention paid to truly tiny parts. Ideally, each interaction moves the plot forward or enriches the world of the story. Well, JATP is a great script. DuJour and the fangirls (and boy) in the opening sequence introduce the world of the film before showing us the titular characters, much like the Capulet and Montague servants in the first scene of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” The guy outside the Steve Madden store (“they’re new; they’re orange”) sets the emotional stage for the Pussycats to jump at the chance to sign with Wyatt, believing they are, to the masses, unwanted. The punk girl at the megastore gives voice to the anti-pop eye-rollers in the audience, and her cameo later in the underground brainwash complex is not to be overlooked. The government guy puts a limit on Fiona’s power. After the bowling alley, one might mistake the Pussycats for a beloved local band, but the bully girls show reveal them to be the town joke…which only makes the girls’ return as faux-Pussycats/stalkers all the more of a payoff.

     While a well-told story can hold an audience’s attention for its duration, we don’t return to films again and again, allowing them into our inner psyches and deeming them “iconic,” unless they also speak to the world around us or within us in some profound way. This is where most people miss the single most obvious thing JATP gets right: it’s a biting satire of consumer culture, American capitalism and even - in fact, especially - of itself. It’s about subliminal messages, but makes its message overt. It’s about corporate branding, and it has the most obvious product placement ever seen on the big screen. It’s an update of a beloved comic book franchise that includes the line “I was in the comic book.” The “profit kills creativity” maxim is brought to vivid - and hilarious - life when Carson Daly tries to kill Mel with a bat after admitting that he is an integral part of a plot to destroy the youth of America through music. If you consider yourself a hardened anti-establishment alt-indie-hippie-vegan free-thinking spirit of the wind, this should be required viewing. It’s subversive. It attacks. It’s edgy, dammit. This is punk rock filmmaking. Andy Warhol would have approved of this movie. It’s an indictment of the monoculture. Just imagine the think pieces this film would spawn if it were released today!

     When Fiona asks why so many musicians die in crashes and overdoses and suicides, she’s setting up the idea that actually they’ve been murdered by their corporate overlords. Ha, ha. But…isn’t she kind of right? Didn’t the pressures of fame kill Kurt Cobain, didn’t the excesses of wealth kill Elvis? We burn up our celebrities not only with our scorn but with our worship, fandom as medicinal poison. And this is before tumblr. And it’s all done so subtly! Wyatt’s code-word for “crach the duJour plane” is “take the Chevy to the levy,” a nonsense line from American Pie…which is a song about musicians dying in a plane crash.

     The exhaustion of fame on hyperdrive. Media saturation as lifestyle. An X-Files-worthy government conspiracy. This movie was a thousand years ahead of its time. So, with all that in mind, can we please agree that, at least on paper, Josie And The Pussycats is a flawless masterpiece? Great.


Part Two: Execution.

     Let’s take a look at what there is to take a look at: cinematography. JATP’s cinematography, from a technical angle, is rather unfussy. There are no walk-and-talks, no winding Scorseseësque dollies through a space or pans across a striking vista. It’s your basic master/two-shot/over-the-shoulder filmmaking. There are fun graphics in the montages, notably the “climbing up the charts” gag, an accurate recreation of the era’s music video aesthetic when necessary, and a few amusing fisheye shots, like seeing the faux-pussycats through the apartment door peephole. The split screens were likely made in the editing room, not in-camera, but still, points for exciting visuals. One must remember that, at the end of the day, form is supposed to support content, not the other way around (some people disagree with me on this. Those people are wrong). The story is a deep dive into the psyche of mainstream America, so the directors chose a mainstream technique.

     Where the visual storytelling becomes crazy subtle is in the set and costume design. Hipsters can harp all they want about how, like, every single frame of Scott Pilgrim has, whoa, a number in it because, like, Edgar Wright is, whoa, a genius, but have you ever bothered to look at the background actors in “Josie And The Pussycats?” An ongoing joke in the film is that the subliminal messages in pop music change the trendy color (“orange is the new pink!”) for the sole purpose of encouraging wasteful shopping. Sure enough, the extras in every mall scene can be seen wearing variations of the same hue. In the bird’s-eye shot of the Riverdale suburb, every single house is the same, down to the make, model and color of the SUV in the driveway. Each Pussycat lives in a penthouse hilariously plastered in the logo of the brand “sponsoring” her (pre-Instagram, can you imagine?). At the Pussycat house, too, there’s an element of self-branding: the walls are speckled with spray-painted leopard spots and almost every home accessory has a cat motif. (There are also a few live kittens roaming around. One assumes they were adopted when the band moved away.) When the members of duJour return in full-body casts, their plaster chests have been sharpie’d with the insignia from the clothes they were wearing in the airplane (which is also, itself, covered in logos). This level of attention to detail makes the film an easter-egg-hunting joy to re-watch and complicates one of the themes: does what you like inside dictate what you put on your outside, or the other way around?

     The Pussycats would be nothing without their music, and the soundtrack is perhaps what elevates the film above other teen fare of the time. (It was certified Gold, by the way.) Every single track is a banger. “3 Small Words” is an angsty chick anthem; “Pretend To Be Nice” sounds like everything else on the turn-of-the-millennium radio, so it’s perfect as the Pussycats’ fictional hit; I dare you not to dance to “Spin Around”; “You Don’t See Me” is serviceable as a love song for Alan M but works even better as an ode to insecurity; “You’re A Star” is the opposite of the previous track, aka character development; “I Wish You Well” dips into riot grrrl territory and scratches my I Miss The Donnas Every Day itch, “Real Wild Child” is a cute cover, as is “Money”; “Shape Shifter” is pretty much the theme of the movie in a single song; “Come On” is, admittedly, the weakest track on the album but the guitar hook is kind of flawless. Onto the DuJour tracks: “DuJour Around The World” manages to use “DuJour” in every line. “Backdoor Lover” is a boyband song about butt sex. I rest my case. Finally, the Josie And The Pussycats theme. A non-ironic update of the original 70s cartoon theme. Why don’t other franchise reboots understand how simple it can be?

     And now we come to the most tired and pathetic complaint that can be lobbied against this or any movie of a similar nature: those girls aren’t really singing or playing their instruments.

     The first thing is fuck you. The second this is yes they are, in the scene, they are playing their instruments and singing, it’s just that the sounds they made weren’t recorded. Very, very few films feature live music. Do you have any idea how shitty the musical acoustics are on a soundstage? Boom mics were designed for dialogue, not electric guitars. So, no, at no point do you hear the vocal or musical stylings of Rachel Leigh Cook…but why should you have to in order to enjoy the songs? Not only would “real” music be antithetical to the giant meta-wink that is the entire film, but also, everything in a movie is a special effect. In a scene where “Josie” would have done her hair and makeup herself that morning, Rachel Leigh Cook didn’t; a professional did. Rachel Leigh Cook didn’t do stunts; a professional did. And no one expected her, though she played Josie, to write songs. Professionals did. Because creating an authentic character is a collaboration between professionals. They hired professional actresses to act the Pussycats and a professional singer to sing for them. And not just any professional singer…Kay Hanley from Letters to Cleo. You get to see a movie starring three starlets and hear Kay Hanley. This is the best of all possible combinations!

     The entire cast is pitch-fucking-perfect. Donald Faison, Seth Green, Alan Cumming, Parker Posey, Missi Pyle…comedy superstars, all of them. Cumming and Posey, especially, are let off their respective chains and are as deliciously insane as I have ever seen them. Tara Reid is so sincere as the all-loving vegetarian airhead Mel. Watch her explain all the things she could do if she could be in multiple places at once. Watch her fall on her ass in the living room. Rachel Leigh Cook, the star-next-door of 1999 thanks to “She’’s All That,” is recognizable enough to be a believable rock star and unknown enough to be a believable loser. She’s spunky and cute and the tiniest bit annoying, so you buy it when she turns into a bitch.

     But by far the MVP (Most Val-uable Pussycat) is Val, aka Rosario Dawson, aka pre-Rent Rosario Dawson, aka pre-skinny Rosario Dawson. She’s deadpan and cool and dorky and totally un-self-conscious in a way you never see in teen movies. Mel and Josie come off like girls. Val is a woman. She’s the moral center of the story and its most reasonable character. She doesn’t get many whacky showcase moments or punchlines. In fact, her main joke is that Wyatt keeps forgetting about her because yeah, isn’t Val a little bit boring? But also…yeah! She’s a rock star and she’s a little bit boring! She’s happy with herself and her decisions. She’s supportive and smart and does volunteer work. She’s just a cool, calm and collected cat. She’s Dave Grohl or Bob Gaudio or everyone in Bon Jovi or no one in Fleetwood Mac.

Then there’s the X-factor, the je news said quoits, the kitty-ness of it all. The monkey. Captain and Tennnille and The Chief. The Charlie’s Angels girls playing the Pussycats in the very movie you’re watching. The quite catchy melody of “Taking My Truck For Granted”. These are things that make the film an absolute joy to watch. They show how much time, care, effort, energy, talent and, yes, love went into making “Josie And The Pussycats.” When you love something that much and work that hard on it, I think the least you can expect is that audiences and critics give it a fair shot before casting an opinion. Unfortunately…


Part Three: Reception

JATP made fifteen million against a twenty-two million budget. It’s not that audiences didn’t like it; they didn’t even see it. Roger Ebert, the most influential critic of his time, basically panned it. And there’s only one reason, I think, why this film has not received the recognition it deserves: the patriarchy.

Calm tf down. I’m not accusing Ebert or any critic or any man or any penis of outright misogyny. What I am arguing is that there are many aspects of the movie that prevented it from being seen by male audiences who would otherwise be free to enjoy it, and that it hasn’t taken its place among the greats because of a systematic disregard for the things the film is fundamentally about.

     Take the title, for instance. It has the word PUSSY in it. How many guys, of a Saturday, would feel comfortable rolling up to the box office and asking for tickets to a movie with Pussy in the title and a glitter-covered girl gang on the poster? Most people of ticket-buying age have already been indoctrinated (by the very brain-washing society the movie mocks) that this is a chick flick. Dissuading men from enjoying “feminine” things isn’t reverse-sexism…it’s the patriarchy!, So while of course I am all for female-driven movies making bank on the strength of female purchasing power, the fact remains that it is twice as hard to turn a profit when half the population is getting signals from all sides telling them not to go.

     Beyond the title, the pink-and-purple poster and the lack of “bankable” leads (ie macho action stars or old-man-approved Award Winners), this movie was, frankly, scary to conservative America. Remember, the patriarchy is just another branch of authoritarianism and oppression. The Pussycats are the opposite of oppressed. They don’t exist within the sanctified, codified world of high school (see: the massive success of “Mean Girls” and “Clueless,” or “Legally Blonde” for post-grad institutionalization); they aren’t at a pre-prescribed stage in life as designated by a major milestone (“Bridesmaids”); they aren’t gainfully employed but looking for mates (“13 Going On 30,” “27 Dresses,” “How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days”). Instead, like Romy and Michele (again under appreciated, again starring Alan Cumming…are you sensing a theme?) they are semi-employed and okay with it, chasing their dreams instead of men, existing more in relationship to each other than to any structure from the outside world. They have their own Pussycat society, a society with its own rules and norms and boundaries. This is anathema to the patriarchy. The pussycat house may very well have been a brother for all that it completely rejects the heteronormative standard.

     Groups of liberated females have long struck fear into the heart of the establishment, and so the establishment tries to shut them down. Funny women aren’t supposed to tell you not to buy stuff. They are supposed to shut up and have babies. Well, Josie and Mel and Val are college-aged girls living on their own in a house full of cats, refusing to buy new clothes or listen to bland music, and the movie paints them as powerful, not pitiful. Talk about subverting the dominant paradigm. This movie was the revolution, people, and we fucking missed it!

     The movie was called “ridiculous” because men have always called women ridiculous for wanting the things they can’t have. What it comes down to is if this were a drama about a bunch of boys who liked to sing and play guitar and hated “the man,” and wanted a record contract anyway, Oliver Stone and Cameron Crowe would have been fighting over the chance to direct it and Leonardo DiCaprio would have been growing his hair out to take on the lead. But instead, the movie is - gasp! - a comedy about - omg! - friendship instead of drugs, centered on three - wtf! - cute girls instead of two guys and their shared sex object. Because at the end of the day, the establishment can make peace with men who fight the power with guns or whatever, probably something that the establishment sold them anyways. Not so for ladies.

Now, how am I so sure that the patriarchy is completely to blame? How do I know it wasn’t simply that this happens sometimes with movies, and maybe there were a bunch of other factors I don’t know about? Well, consider the closest thing we have to a “control” movie against which we can test my theory: “Zoolander.”

     Heard of it? It came out the same year as JATP and boasted a roster of comedy’s best. It also has…pretty much the exact same plot as JATP. It’s about an industry that brainwashes its stars to promote and preserve a capitalist way of life. They were made for around the same amount of money, even. Yet “Zoolander” grossed its budget back twice over, is quoted by film fans ad infinitum and, oh yeah, the star-studded sequel just came out. So what did Derek Z have that Josie M didn’t?

     Well, “Zoolander" was about a guy and made by guys. Ben Stiller stared and directed; Scott Rudin produced. Other guys could go to a Ben Stiller/Scott Rudin movie. “Zoolander” was about an adult, and society tells us that their stories are worth telling. Josie and her friends aren’t teenagers, yet JATP consistently pops up on “teen movie” lists, even thought it’s really clever. “Zoolander,” which has demonstrably juvenile humor, is never considered a teen movie, and adults went to it in droves. Again, the deciding factors are sexism and ageism which, yes, is part of patriarchy (establishment = conservatism). The original “Zoolander” trailer features, instead of Josie’s peppy music, a guy getting kicked in the face. And celebrity cameos. And an explosion. So Middle America was like YES PUT IT IN ME IT LOOKS LIKE WHAT I HAVE BEEN TOLD IS FOR ME.

     The other reason I know I’m right is…there is no other possible explanation. “Josie And The Pussycats” is so goddamn good that for it to have done as poorly as it did both commercially and critically, something must have been deeply wrong with the society into which it premiered. Like the work of Jane Austen, JATP was declared “chick stuff” and brushed under the rug, only to be discovered later by a more deserving audience. Well, the time has come. Rent it. Buy it. Watch it. Make like Alexander and hit the streets to spread the gospel of the pussycats.

*I have not seen Rashomon.

Change of Plans

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Request: Hi! Amazing blog, by the way, I LOVE your work! Could you maybe do an imagine/oneshot where when Balthazar goes to prevent the Titanic from sinking, he meets a girl on board who recognizes him as an angel and he becomes fascinated and ends up forgetting to save the ship so it hits the iceberg anyway but he saves the girl. Bonus if he brings her back to the modern age. Fluff and angst (when he’s frantically searching for her after the shop starts sinking)? Thanks!

Request: Could you write one were the reader is super shy and dorky and quite ,but falls in love with Balthazar but think he doesn’t like her back and one day there out and these people start bullying her and she’s clise to tears and he like saves her and in the end the date?sorry I just friggin love you’re blog

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Why We Read Fanfiction (final)

-deep breath- Well here it is. My take on why we read these glorious things. PLEASE bear in mind, that this by no means is intended to encompass ALL of the reasons- I wanted to get at why we read fanfiction specifically as opposed to original literature. This could have been (and tried valiantly to be) much, much longer. Also bear in mind, it was written so that those unfamiliar with the genre would also understand, so pardon the definitions.

My gift to you writers and readers- I bear my heart. I do not write fanfiction, but I find myself grateful for the chance to express my esteem and gratitude to all of you.

Why We Read Fanfiction

You’re walking out of a theater, basking in the glow of new characters to love and a plot to get lost in. But, what now? You’ve fallen in love with a protagonist, a couple, or some side character, and their story ended too soon. You need more. What happens now? There’s only one option. Fanfiction.  Merriam-Webster defines fanfiction as “stories involving popular fictional characters that are written by fans and often posted on the Internet.” Fanfiction is a boon to fandoms (the fan community) gasping to see more of their characters and the universe they live in. It has continued stories, developed characters, and explored new possibilities in a way that captures an audience with members that may otherwise not be interested in reading literature. I do not use the term “literature” lightly- many of the best fanfictions out there are novel length, masterfully written by both experienced and budding authors without the means to publish professionally. What drives us to read their derivative stories? We readers get an escape from the doldrums of life into a beloved universe, and writers get the attention that inspires them to grow and in some cases become published authors. Familiar characters can be developed and beloved universes explored while secondary characters and hidden subtexts can be fleshed out. Plot holes can be filled, and new plots in new universes foster fresh perspectives. Fanfiction is inherently inclusive, and diverse scenarios offer a chance for more consideration and acceptance of subjects close to readers, but too taboo for a mainstream audience. We read fanfiction to escape as we would in other literature, but in fanfiction, we are drawn in by the chance to see a story and characters we only got a taste of continue and grow in the shape of our particular desires.

I have been a fanfiction reader and editor since I was in high school, and have seen firsthand, and behind-the-scenes, how the genre has evolved and exploded. Fanfiction has actually been around long before the internet, where it is so prevalent today. Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre” was originally a fanfiction of sorts, as it began as a story about Jane Fairfax in Jane Austen’s “Emma.” P.D. James’ book, “Death Comes to Pemberly,” which continues the story of characters in “Pride and Prejudice,” was so popular that it was recently made into a television mini-series. Gregory Maguire’s “Wicked,” which suggests a backstory for the characters and universe of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful World of Oz,” is a national best seller and has gone on to win multiple tony awards as a musical on Broadway. Modern fanfiction as we see it today took off in the 1970s as fan-published “fanzines” about characters from the hit television series “Star Trek.” The invention of the internet allowed an even wider spread for the genre, which saw a resurgence with the popularity of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” book series. Since then, more and more fandoms are growing and producing a berth of amateur works numbering in the millions. Fanfiction has become an increasingly meaningful and present aspect of adult and young adult lives as it fills particular desires we never knew could be filled.

We’re all human, with human desires. We get attached to people, places, things. Having a favorite character pairing or relationship is not too different from having a favorite food. We want more of it, become invested in it. Fanfiction is just one avenue to delve deeper into the story of a character and get at their inner workings, see how they could develop. We read fanfiction to see these characters grow beyond what we were first given and explore new possibilities. Most recently, there has been a massive wave of fanfiction about the movie “Frozen,” particularly delving into the relationship of Kristoff and Anna (a pairing lovingly dubbed “Kristanna” by the Frozen fandom.) Our hearts delight in reading about them courting, marrying, starting a family- all with that sassy banter we’ve come to love. Even secondary characters that caught our eye get the attention they deserve and become full-fledged protagonists (or antagonists) in their own stories. What trouble might goofy Sven the reindeer get into with the help of his new snowman friend, Olaf? When we read these new stories, our human nature to pull back the curtain and see what is happening behind the scenes is fulfilled.

We also read fanfiction for closure. Fanfiction is a vehicle for smoothing out and filling in original stories. Plot holes, continuity errors, and cliffhangers can all be things of the past, much to our relief. The 19 unspoken years after Voldemort is defeated in “Harry Potter” leave plenty of room for authors to satisfy our curiosity about how the young witches and wizards we’ve grown up with develop into the adults we encounter in the epilogue.  Open endings and subtle implications allow all sorts of possibilities to be explored. There’s an entire subgenre all about filling these holes—some called “fix-its”—that diverge from the “canon,” or original material, and propose alternate endings and scenarios to tie up loose ends or better suit reader’s desires. A particularly popular fix-it is the retelling of “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” movie, based on Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” where Thorin does not die, and everyone lives happily ever after- or continues with more perilous and angst-filled adventures. We happily see a favorite character restored and the novel timeline draws on.

These new scenarios often lead to “alternate universes,” that combine the development of familiar characters with a new world offering a whole new set of adventures. Sometimes the entire original plot is recreated in a different environment that might peak our interests or appeal to us more than the canon universe.  Protagonists from a favorite sci-fi drama can be cast in a fairytale, and vice versa. Alternate universes might simply be the modern day, leading to various practical changes in the characters (losing magic, becoming human, etc.) What would happen if the movie “Frozen” was set in 1940s America? Perhaps Elsa, even without her powers, would have a harder time living in that more conservative society, and Kristoff would find himself whisked to war with Anna left behind.  We might relate more to characters if, for instance, their stories are retold without their special powers, or the restrictive rules of the canon universe.  There is a whole swath of fanfictions about the characters in the television show “Supernatural” taken out of their “supernatural” universe and into the real world. Emotional bonds are tugged as we imagine them in the same situations we might face, and take on challenges that we have yet to stomach.

            We gain respect for characters in fanfictions that address gritty subjects that we deal with every day. When we find ourselves marginalized by our taboo desires and feel underrepresented by mass media, we find acceptance in the fanfiction we read. Rape and social stigmas are not hidden away, but confronted and overcome without fear of rejection by society (or publishers.) Fanfiction is universal and celebrates diversity. The earliest Star Trek fanzines commonly paired Kirk and Spock with great success, and that trend continues today as gay and lesbian pairings (as well as other sexualities) are widely common and rejoiced in fanfiction.

            Why do we read fanfiction? We read a book, watch a film or television series, and find ourselves invested in the characters and enchanted by their world. Re-watching and re-reading only deepen the ache to experience more and wonder “what if__?” We could move on, but would still find ourselves unsatisfied, and drawn back to that favorite story that starts and ends just as we remember (and have no doubt memorized.) Reading fanfiction satisfies all these human desires for more, for closure, for acceptance, all without judgment. Fanfiction authors do not write for profit or esteem, but are nonetheless celebrated and lifted on the shoulders of grateful readers across the globe. The original canon told by masters remains beloved, but as we read these new derivative stories, we find ourselves opening to new ideas, while still holding hands with our familiar favorites.

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My deepest thanks to all of you who offered your insight, big and small, while I was sifting through my ideas! Especially singtomedreams feistypaants (the author of the 1940’s Frozen fanfiction, Till We Meet Again, which is pure perfection in progress) ramyakitty jennyupabove ominouscloudsofarendelle jessica988 karis-the-fangirl frozenmemes neenorroar kuwaneko kingofthewilderwest ookaookaooka xxspiritkeeperxx searlait upthenorthmountain and redonthefly 

vands88’s PERFECT graphic is worthy of a plug here, as it was one of my inspirations for this piece.

-bows awkwardly- -scurries away to dive headlong into MOAR FANFICTION-

P.S.- LET’S PRETEND THAT ONE OF THE OTHER MAIN REASONS WE READ- ALL THOSE DELIGHTFUL PWP AND SMUT SCENES…. ARE INCLUDED IN THE TABOO AND CONTINUING RELATIONSHIP BITS. This was written for a class- I couldn’t very well go into the kinky bits, but we all know they’re there. ;)

Burgers Make Everything Better

Request:  “You’re besties with cas and you make him mad by saying a mean comment about dean. So to make up for it you take him to a dinner and buy him burgers. But he doesn’t respond so you end up crying and dean intervenes telling cas to get over it and make up with you”

A/N: This one really flowed, so I hope you enjoy it! Sorry for the late post, I had to work yesterday and I’ve been working on a history paper and then I made brownies with my mom so i’ve been sort of busy…but I hope this makes up for it! Feedback is always welcome. :)

Author: Emily

Pairings: Castiel x Reader

Warnings: Fluff at the end

Summary: You call Dean an asshole and give him an elbow to the chest for being an annoying dick (on purpose) and Cas takes it literally. You try to make up for it with burgers, but Cas ignores you.

Words: 1,144

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Dean was being generally annoying this evening, and you know that he’s doing it on purpose just to get to you, but man, you could hardly take any more of it.

It was movie night in the bunker and you guys picked something action-y, so Sam decided to skip out on it because his pick of Wizard of Oz was voted out by you and Dean. So you ended up watching Transformers, and your best (ex-angel) friend, Castiel, sat beside of you looking sort of confused and frightened by the large, robotic monsters fighting each other on the screen, and then morphing back into cars.

You were wedged between he and Dean, and Dean kept throwing popcorn in the air and missing it on purpose so it’d land in your hair and greasing it up.

Finally, you elbowed Dean in the chest and shoved the popcorn out of his lap. “Okay, seriously, stop being such a fucking asshole and putting popcorn in my hair! I’ll shove it where the sun doesn’t shine, you understand?!” You snap at him, and silently, he doubles over in laughter which could have easily been mistaken as him doubling over in pain, which he did on purpose to make you feel guilty. You didn’t. “Shove it up yours, asshole.” You mutter, but you still love him, because he’s basically your brother and you can’t hate a brother.

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