The kind of literature that fan fiction is did not spring fully formed into being in the 1960s and 70s, though some journalists still seem to think so. Throughout this book I have been stressing the link, in literary terms, between fan fiction and any other fiction based on a shared canon […]. It is clear from the comments of fan fiction writers like Ika and Belatrix Carter that one major attraction of this genre for writers is the sense of a complicit audience who already share much information with the writer and can be relied on to pick up ironies or allusions without having them spelled out. Writing based on the canons of myth and folklore can do this too, though as Belatrix Carter pointed out in chapter 7, these canons have been so extensively used for so long it is becoming harder to do anything with them that feels original.

But there is another point, implied in Ika’s remark in chapter 2 - ‘What I like about fan fiction is that you can still get that very highly trained audience that can understand very, very complex and allusive things.’ The use of 'still’ alludes to the undoubted fact that for the traditional canons of myth, Bible, history, and folklore, this “very highly trained” audience is not as reliable as it once was, because the canon information is not as widely shared as it used to be. […] a writer can no longer allude to Lazarus, Circe or Alexander and be reasonably sure that most of his readers have in their heads the thoughts, stories or images for which he was aiming. The human need for heroes and archetypes does not go away, but their faces change with time, and one avatar takes the place of another. Ika’s point is a shrewd one: in an age of fragmented rather than shared cultures the fan fiction audience is unusual in having as thorough a knowledge of its particularly shared canon as a Bible-reading or classically educated audience once did.
—  Sheenagh Pugh, The Democratic Genre: Fan Fiction in a Literary Context, p. 219

Public service announcement:

The cross on the left is the ‘Petrine Cross’,
A.K.A the cross of Saint Peter. Simon Peter did not feel worthy of being crucified in the same fashion as Jesus Christs, and requested his crucifixion be inverted for the sake of humilty.
As such it is also one of the symbols of the Papacy and the Keys of Heaven.
So if you think it is an edgy 'Satanic’ symbol or in someway alternative - it quite literaly is one of the most powerful and well known Catholic symbols.

The cross on the right is the 'Leviathan Cross’, it is mad up of a double cross and the infinity symbol, and is also the Alchemical symbol for Sulphur, or in the East, Brimstone.
It symbolises the unity and eqaulity in all things, the free Will of the human soul.
It was created by the Knights Templar and adopted by Anton LaVey in The Satanic Bible as Sulphur is a Masculine Fire element, and the association between Sulphur/Brimstone in the Biblical texts refering to Hell, and the fact that it represents ones own ability to control their destiny.

I like this particular image (origin unknown at present), because the Petrine Cross is on the Left, and the Leviathan Cross is on the Right - when the left and right hand philosophies are considered, it shines a light on the darkness of Christianity, and the stigma now attached to the symbol of freedom for the human soul, as a result of the Templar arrests, assassinations and deaths by decree of Pope Clemant V and Philip IV of France.

Frater 440.’.
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Religion and history never go hand in hand. The sad part is history can so easily be rewritten by fools who don’t study it. Julius Caesar lived 50 years before Jesus but we know everything about him, even his burial site. And there were many historians who lived in the area at the time. Not one wrote about a man who could bring the dead back to life? Walk on water? Feed a large number of people with almost nothing? This is what you get when people are uneducated. 

Satanic Bible

Called “The Black Pope” by many of his followers, Anton La Vey began the road to High Priesthood of the Church of Satan when he was only 16 years old and an organ player in a carnival:

“On Saturday night I would see men lusting after halfnaked girls dancing at the carnival, and on Sunday morning when I was playing the organ for tent-show evangelists at the other end of the carnival lot, I would see these same men sitting in the pews with their wives and children, asking God to forgive them and purge them of carnal desires. And the next Saturday night they’d be back at The carnival or some other place of indulgence.

"I knew then that the Christian Church thrives on hypocrisy, and that man’s carnal nature will out!”

From that time early in his life his path was clear. Finally, on the last night of April, 1966—Walpurgisnacht, the most important festival of the believers in witchcraft—LaVey shaved his head in the tradition of Ancient executioners and announced the formation of The Church Of Satan. He had seen the need for a church that would recapture man’s body and his carnal desires as objects of celebration. “Since worship of fleshly things produces pleasure,” he said, “there would then be a temple of glorious indulgence …”

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Everything. Is. Gay.

Judas and Jesus canonically kissed in the Bible. They were lovers and Judas broke Jesus’s heart and that’s why gays get such a bad rep. Don’t tell me I’m crazy I know what I’m talking about. The Bible is gay and history is gay. Gay gay gay gay gay

Things I’ve Heard High School Students Say (and do) During the Second Semester of School (2017)

This is a short collection of dumb/funny things I have seen and at my high school during the second semester. (Most of it is really dumb, but whatever.)

  •  “I think I have aids.”             
  • Pouring water into the cap of his water bottle while singing Shots by LMFAO
  • A girl outside yelled PARKOUR really loud, then I heard a soft this followed by ugh.
  • “I bet dragons think it’s really cute the way we produce water with our mouths.”
  • (Over semester tests) “Oh well, time to play Russian roulette with my future.”
  • “How many times do I have to hit my head on this desk before I die?”
  • “Well, according to Hitler, I’M FUCKING PERFECT!” -Blonde haired, blue eyed boy.
  • “Yeah, I don’t think they’ll make you take semester tests if you’re in prison for killing a koala. The real question is where are you gonna find a koala in Iowa?”
  • (On the topic of the season seven (p1) finale of TWD. SPOILER WARNING.) “Shit fam, Negan be trippin’. He done kill Glenn, next thing you know, Judith’s gon’ be one uh his wifes.”             
  • “Oh fu…..(teacher turns around)….luffy kittens?”
  • “Raspberries are nature’s shot glasses.”
  • A star senior running back (who made it to state) singing Elmo’s World
  • P1: Shut up you stupid jew! P2: I’m catholic
  • We were on a jazz band trip and had stopped by Dairy Queen for lunch. One kid, (the drummer, if that tells you anything,) after eating lunch at Dairy Queen, called Jimmy Johns and ordered a sandwich, drink, chips, and a cookie to be delivered at Dairy Queen. AND THEY DID. I SHIT YOU NOT, JIMMY JOHN’S FUCKING DELIVERED TO DAIRY QUEEN.
  • P1: I’m as deaf as a bat. P2: Uh, bats are blind. Not deaf. P1: *sarcastically* Thanks, Dracula.
  • “Wait, if Osama was killed, then who’s running our country?
  • “I was so high, I thought Ariana Grande was a font.”
  • “This test is gonna blow worse than a $2 hooker.”
  • “Oh my GeorgeWashingtonwithapinkwig, I’m drinking the history!”
  • Need Bible sounds like verifiable.
  • “Stupid winter. I’m going to boycott you till you go away.”
  • “You can’t Google things in 1643, you asshat.”
  • P1: So what was your beef yesterday? P2: Nothing. P1: It was obviously something. P3: She doesn’t want to talk about it. P1: What, do you speak for P2 now? Are you the Lorax? You speak for the P2’s?
  • “Dude, I need to learn how to speak Canadian.”
  •  P1: What’s the difference between hard water and soft water? P2: Hard water is ice.
On the Art of Writing

Anonymous asked: “Is it correct to say that the art of writing involves the use of ethos, pathos, and logos?”

In a sense, yeah, but let’s not get too high and mighty. I’m a big believer in humility and while I think some works are great examples of this, I would not use these appeals to define the art of writing. 

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thewickedandthehufflepuff  asked:

Hi! Sorry if you've already been asked that but I thought your post about Judas was SO INTERESTING and it's got me yearnin' to learnin' about nonfiction Bible/gnostic books? do u have any recs? Historical and crticial contexts of Biblical stuff is really interesting to me


As I’m sure you’ve guessed, this is a topic of much interest to me, and I love to read about it! This is a list of books I’ve read and heartily recommend for anyone interested in the Bible or biblical history, context, and interpretation. It is by no means exhaustive - I tend towards common sense writing with a sociological or history lens when it comes to non fiction, and away from anything scathingly atheist or overtly preachy - but it’s more than enough to get you started.

  • This may sound stupid, but you’d be surprised how many people who are interested in the bible haven’t read… the Bible. There are lots of reasons - people think it’s boring, people think it’s just for the religious, people have been scarred by Sunday school and/or scripture and/or those terrifying concerts your teachers made you endure with muppet like characters telling you the word of the lord was Totally Cool - but I’m here to tell you to think again, friends. The bible is a fascinatingly hot mess of a text that has influenced nearly every writer, politician, thinker, artist and layperson in the Western world and beyond for two thousand years. It is literally the basis of western civilization. The truth is, you probably have heard of or been influenced by stories and parables in the bible for your whole life - many people who read it as adults for the first time find themselves going, oh shit. That’s where that’s from, huh. The trick is in the telling - choose a bible that’s written in a style that’s not going to put you to sleep. I’m a fan of the King James version, because it’s the first one i read completely, but it’s flowery. The English Standard version is the most accessible, in my opinion (it’s what my new barbie bible is, lmao) - go down to your local bookstore and have a flick through whatever copies they’ve got. Another resource I love is biblehub - you can compare the way different versions have written verses + heaps of other tools.
  • The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls are another primary source vital to the way we view the bible and the time of Christ in the modern era. This penguin version is the one I own and it’s both well translated and comprehensive.
  • Judas: the troubling history of the renegade apostle - 12/10 HIGHLY RECOMMEND FOR ANYONE AND EVERYONE INTERESTED IN THIS TOPIC.
  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth - there are a lot of biographical works about Jesus out there but this is the best one I’ve read. It’s all about examining context, baby - Judea in 4BC had no mass communication et al.
  • If you can get your hands on it, Biblica: The Bible Atlas is an amazing text. It is enormous - like, enormous, here is my copy:

I’ve linked all the titles here to their goodreads pages for anyone interested, and I’ve collated them into a shelf on my own goodreads if you want to bookmark it for a later date.

Paris Ormskirk’s Revelations of Thirty-Six Other Worlds

A funny thing happens when you mash up novel and show canon regarding this book.

In show–JS&MN, Norrell mentions it (by a slightly different title: Revelations of Thirty-Six Different Worlds) in episode 2 while discussing the upcoming auction of the Duke of Roxburghe’s library. The Duke’s estate has a copy, and Norrell — as he insists to Childermass with long-simmering frustration — has been trying to get his hands on one for quite a while as well.

In book–JS&MN, Revelations is not one of the seven magical texts acquired by Norrell at the auction. However, a copy of the book is among the possessions Childermass takes with him from Hurtfew after being dismissed. One assumes this is Childermass’s own personal copy, though I suppose it’s not impossible that it’s the same one — presumably belonging to Norrell — that Strange uses elsewhere in the novel:

It did not take long to collect his possessions. There was a mahogany case containing a pair of pistols, a small purse of money, a razor, a comb, a toothbrush, a bit of soap, some clothes (all as ancient as the ones he was wearing) and a small parcel of books, including a Bible, A Child’s History of the Raven King by Lord Portishead and a copy of Paris Ormskirk’s Revelations of Thirty-Six Other Worlds.

Either way, if you mash the book and show canons together, two possibilities appear:

1. Childermass secretly always had a copy of Revelations in his personal possession and just watched with quiet amusement while Norrell spent years searching for one.

2. Childermass did not secretly always have a copy, but — as a very subtle means of getting the last laugh, so to speak, after being dismissed in favor of goddamn Lascelles — nicked the long-coveted Roxburghe copy from Norrell on his way out of the door.

Because Childer-sass.

Originally posted by vicivefallen

Both of these possibilities are hilarious to me and I choose to believe in them both simultaneously.