this is my absolute favorite fairy tale

Any story claiming to be a deconstruction of fairy tales but has nothing to offer except new types of violence, more explicit sex, and a general attitude of “lol happy endings aren’t real” is like. such a cultural waste of time tbh

Kitty Bandit’s Ultimate Laven Fic Rec List

Okay, since it’s Fic Rec Time again, I figured I’d finally, FINALLY rec you all my favorite Laven fics. These will be stories that I’ve personally read and enjoyed. It’s obviously not a comprehensive list of every fic out there, but these are ones that I find absolutely amazing.

By Bottlecapmermaid (@thefearofcod on tumblr)
I’m Only Happy When it Rains (Vampire AU)

By LadyCosmos (@ninjalc on tumblr)
First Christmas
 (Canon; Fluffy; Little bit o’ angst)
Baby Come Home (Canon; Angst)
Rapunzel Retold  (Fairy Tale AU)

By Errantknightess (@errantknightess on tumblr)
Cold Side of the Pillow (Canon; Fluff)
Open Wounds (Canon; Angst)
Before the Light Fades Away (Canon; Angst)
Almost There (Canon; Angst; Breaking my heart every day)
Laven Week 2015 (Various; Multiple chapters)
After the Storm (Canon; Angst; Fluff)
Raspberries and Honey (Canon; Fluff)
Something Sweet (Canon; Fluff)
Ink on Paper (Canon; Fluff; Little bit o’ angst)
The Hardest Thing to Say (Canon; Fluff)
Violets are Blue (Modern AU – Flower Shop & Diner; Fluffy; Cute as fuck)

By Dhampir72 (@dhampir72 on tumblr)
Love in the Beauty of Chaos (Canon; Angst; Rip out my gd heart; I died)

By Salmonellagogo (@salmonellagogo on tumblr)
Stranger on the Shore (Canon/Canon Divergent; Angst; I’m dead– this fic ruined me.)

By Echoresonance (@echoresonance on tumblr)
What a Lonely View (Canon; Angst)

By The49thname (@the49thname on tumblr)
Two Sides of the Same Coin (Various; Multiple chapters)
As the Snow Falls (Canon; Fluff)
And So We Fall (Canon; Angst; NSFW)
Duality (Fantasy AU; Angst; NSFW)

By ApplePi (@ninfia on tumblr)
There is Peace in his Arms (Canon; Fluff)
Those Who Wander (Urban Fantasy AU; Mystery)
Words Left Unsaid (Canon; NSFW; Angst; Nosebleed Material)

By Zodiac_Attack (@novastellaluna on tumblr)
We’re not Broken, We’re Living Life (Modern AU– College; Trans!Lavi; Angst)
Black Ink and Rose Petals (Modern AU– Flower Shop & Tattoo Parlor; Fluff; Cute as fuck)

By Albenkind (@the14thnea on tumblr)
Taste the Flesh (Canon; Omegaverse; NSFW; Nosebleed Material)

By Lightningwaltz
Recorded History (Canon; Angst; NSFW; Nosebleed Material)

By Lovecraftian
Casual Haunts (Modern AU; Humor)

By Miko
Don’t Break Your Heart (Canon; Angst; NSFW; Broke me)

By Ouchness
Bad Weather (Canon/Canon Divergent; NSFW; Nose Bleed Material; Angst)

By Voiceless Freak
Midnight Occurrence  (Canon; Poetry; Rape; NSFW)

By Sirbartonslady
Lost Reason (Canon/Canon Divergent; Angst)
Via Dolorosa (Canon/Canon Divergent; Angst)
Deo Volente (Canon/Canon Divergent; Angst)
Je Vis en Espoir (Canon/Canon Divergent; Angst)
Angelus (Canon/Canon Divergent; Angst; NSFW)
My Little Lovely  (Canon/Canon Divergent; Angst; Lavi and Allen as parents)
Life Becoming (Canon/Canon Divergent; Angst; Lavi and Allen as parents)
Ten of Eight (Canon/Canon Divergent; Angst; NSFW; Lavi and Allen as parents)
Canta Libre (Canon/Canon Divergent; Angst; Lavi and Allen as parents)

And there you have it! My list of recommendations! If you check out any of these authors, please please please leave them kudos/likes/favs/comments. Spread the love!!!

You know what?

I’m happy today. The sun is shining; the grass is green; and my otp of all otps will be gracing my TV screen in 2 hours. I have loved Killian Jones and Emma Swan (Jones? Swan-Jones?) More than I’ve ever loved a fictional couple, and their love story has been absolutely exquisite. Tonight, they start out ripped apart, but they’ll find each other again, like the Charming/Swan/Jones family always does, and this time they’ll get their happy beginning for real, I’m sure of it. Whatever season 7 brings, however A&E choose to explain Emma’s absence, I feel confident that they aren’t tearing apart the otp of otps, they aren’t ripping the happy beginning from their own fairy tale princess. Not a chance.

So yes. I’m happy. At 10:01 pm I may be sad, because the days of seeing my otp featured on my favorite show are over, but I feel confident the sadness will fade quickly, and I’ll be left with the realization that the canon story may be effectively over, but it HAPPENED. We have 5 seasons of beautiful moments, and nothing season 7 might throw at us will ever take that away. We got a front row seat to Emma and Killian’s love story, and it lives on in seasons 2-6 that we can watch over and over again. It lives on in the countless works of CS art and fic that it has inspired–those already created and those to come. It lives on in those of us in the fandom who will continue to talk about it.

And as for season 7? I don’t know what it will be like. I don’t know if I’ll like it, dislike it or fall somewhere inbetween. I don’t know if I’ll continue live-blogging and writing Initial Thoughts metas, but I do know this. I’m not going anywhere. I plan to watch the new season, and my blog will still be full of Killian and Captain Swan. My ask box will always, always be open for anyone who wants to talk about this amazing show–whether to flail or cry.

Let’s go forth and enjoy the last adventure of out Savior Princess and Pirate Prince!
Fanfic: Fairy Tales Ch 1, Shingeki no Kyojin/進撃の巨人 | FanFiction

This is one of my favorite ereri fanfics I absolutely love it Eren was kicked out of his house and forced to live on the streets there he meets Levi when he drops his wallet and returns it to him after the wallets return He finds out Levi is a prince living in America running his own business and offers him a job as a maid at his estate from there they grow closer and face a new relationship and some family drama it’s super cute and well done completed with 12 chapters and a 56k+ word count

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Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

Hey, tumblr! It’s halfway through the year now (how???) and I was looking through my book list and thinking that I have read so many good books this year, so I thought I would just throw my book list as it stands under a cut, with brief notes on the books in case anyone is interested! Or wants to talk about how awesome they are. Or even wants to recommend me some based on what I’ve read!

Or just tell me what you’ve been reading, if you do not want to deal with, um. A 90-item annotated list.

It’s possible that I read too much.

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OUAT Shocker: Jennifer Morrison Leaving the Show
However, ABC has yet to renew the show for season 7

Prepare yourselves for Jennifer Morrison’s Once Upon a Time swan song. The actress took to Instagram to announce she is leaving the ABC fairy tale drama after season six.

“As I reached the end of my 6 year contract on Once Upon a Time, I was faced with a significant decision. ABC, Eddy Kitsis, and Adam Horowitz very generously invited me to continue as a series regular. After very careful consideration, I have decided that creatively and personally, it is time for me to move on,” she wrote on Instagram. “Emma Swan is one my favorite characters that I have ever played. My 6 years on Once Upon a Time has changed my life in the most beautiful ways. I am absolutely blown away by the passion and commitment of the Oncer fans. I am so honored to have been a central part of such a special show.”

ABC has yet to officially order a seventh season.

“I will be forever grateful to Adam, Eddy, and ABC for giving me the gift of playing Emma Swan. As I move on to other creative endeavors, I will continue to attend the fan conventions whenever my professional schedule allows. I always look forward meeting the fans,” Morrison continued on Instagram. “If ABC Network does in fact order a season 7, I have agreed to appear in one episode, and I will most certainly continue to watch Once Upon a Time. The creativity of the showrunners has always inspired me, and I cannot wait to see the ways that they continue to develop and reinvent the show.”

Request for comment from ABC was not immediately returned.

The future of OUAT, which just aired its special musical episode, has been in question for months. Morrison, along with Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle and Colin O'Donoghue, were rumored to be part of a seventh season reinvention.

“I think the way we sort of look at it is these are stories for these characters and there are set end points to different stories but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t new stories for different characters,” executive producer Adam Horowitz recently told press. “So I think that by the end of the season finale, a lot of what we’ve been doing for the last six years is wrapped up in a very satisfying way and then we move forward in a way that at the end of it, hopefully you’ll see what we’re hoping to do in season seven.”

The Coin, The Stone, & The Rose

AO3 Link

By: Silver_Scribbles

Genres/Tags: Fluff and Humor, Alternate Universe - Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and the Beast Elements, Fairy Tale Retellings

Rating: Teen and Up


Crown Prince Viktor Nikiforov once had the world at his fingertips; he was rich and powerful and handsome, and he had everything his heart desired. Now, he is a Beast, imprisoned by an Enchantress’ spell; hiding away from the world in the never-ending winter of his shame.

Katsuki Yuuri is… odd, to say the least. Beautiful, but odd. While the rest of the villagers put one foot firmly in front of the other, Yuuri would rather loose himself to his dancing and his daydreams; always wishing for something more than his provincial life.

Each is captive to circumstances beyond their control; trapped by unbreakable spells and impossible dreams. However, an unlikely meeting is about to change everything.

Hope makes a final play for their salvation as the sands of time run out; but as Yuuri and Viktor learn to find themselves in one another, they also make discoveries that they’re completely unprepared for … some wondrous, some wretched … and some treacherous enough to permanently tear them apart.

For who could ever learn to love a Beast?

Review about the fic: It’s not everyday that you tend to find crossovers from either fairy tales (or at least the Disney versions). Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. However this one not only take references of both the animated version of 1991 and 2017 reboot, but most likely the original fairy tale source. 

I, myself, am a sucker for mythology and folklore thanks to my favorite podcast Myths and Legends, and combine that with a favorite pairing, I’m immediately on board. 

Currently work in progress since Silver_Scribbles is new to the AO3 website as well as it was her very first work. But from what I read, while it takes some inspiration from all three sources but managed to make it a bit more original. 

Every single character (both current and about to appear) have certain roles filled into the Beauty and the Beast cast, and my absolute favorite is Phichit, taking on Maurice’s role as the eccentric (maybe) tinker/inventor and his beloved hamsters being field mice. You can tell that he is Yuuri’s brother, blood be darned. 

The best thing I like about this fanfic is how the writer kept everyone (so far that we have seen) in character, and I’m interested on what kind of roles the rest will play at Beast!Victor’s castle. The update is kinda slow but the wait will be worth it. 

Recommended by: @sumi-ink-ninja


(Peers in from around corner)  Psst!  I heard some of you wanted to know about my book collection!  XD

As you can see I have quite a substantial amount of various fairytale and folklore books that I’ve collected over the years.  (Some of which I’ve had since childhood)  Most of the older looking ones I found in old book stores or antique shops.  And this isn’t even including all the various fairytale retelling novels and original fantasy books I own.  I also added in some of my favorite scary story books in for fun as most of them contain scary stories from around the world.

Personal Recommendations:

The Fantasy Encyclopedia - Judy Allen:  If you get nothing else on this list, get this book!  It has information on just about every fantasy creature and fae you could possibly think of!  Plus the illustrations are just beautiful.

Faeries - Brian Froud:  See above.  Great info and absolutely gorgeous artwork.  Plus, it’s Brian Froud, come on!  XD

Little Red Riding Hood and other Classic French Fairy Tales: You might have heard of some of these already, but there are plenty of great, obscure faiirytales in here that make it well worth the read.  Each story also has some nice little poetry on tacked on the end translated from the original text.

The Barefoot Books:  I positively love these books, because each one if focuses on a different category (pirates, princesses, mythology, brothers and sisters, etc.) and contains stories from all over the world.  The art is also very unique and beautifully stylized.  (There’s even a book about the folktales that inspired Shakespeare’s plays.)

Swedish Folk Tales - Illustrated by John Bauer:  If you like classic tales of trolls, lost princesses, and plucky heroes than you’ll definitely love this book.

Short and Shivery/Ask the Bones:  These are some of my favorite scary story books of all time!  Each book is packed with spooky folklore legends from all over the world.

The Spooky Series - S. E. Schlosser:  Each book is focused on a different U.S state and is separated into traditional ghost stories and supernatural/folklore stories.  I definitely recommend is you dig the southern gothic or the creepy northeastern vibe.

been doing a lot of neat little side projects recently - and one of them has been collaborating with the fabulous hellsing ficwriter @lesmismignon to make Snow White in a physical form!  :3  

(…and *cough*, if you like fairy tale AU’s and monster/human romances minus some of the crassness/wtf-ness that the canon series has, you’ll probably dig said fic!)

Just had it shipped to both of us, and thought I’d share some pics~  It’s one of my favorite Hellsing longfics ever, and the author has been an absolute delight through the whole process. 

tbh, it’s the little collaborations like this that makes me glad fandom exists - warts and all.  Would never have seen such a wonderful collection of fics otherwise, and it was legit an honor to have fun with a new friend and to be trusted with this.  <3

altered-karma  asked:

11 for Riddles of the Heart (which I love to itty bitty bits)?

11: What do you like best about this fic?

Oh my god. Oh my God, I just. Everything??

Here’s the thing. Okay. Here’s the thing about Riddles in the Heart. It was an absolute zero-pressure fic. I wasn’t worried about it coming out well. I never wondered how I’d do a certain thing or what would happen, because I started with the entire thing planned out to the finish, and I just. There was never any anxiety, or difficulty. It was easy to write, and it was fun to write. It was one of the few fics I’ve ever written where I honestly wasn’t worried about how it would be received, I wrote it purely for me, because I thought it’d be fun and what do you know, it was fun. I was honest-to-god giggling to myself while writing it at certain points, like the very act of writing it filled me with glee from start to finish. It was an uncomplicated, purely self-indulgent fairy-tale romp with my favorite pairing and I was absolutely jazzed to write it and post it.

So yeah I love it to itty bitty bits, too.

The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher

When Gerta’s friend Kay is stolen away by the mysterious Snow Queen, it’s up to Gerta to find him. Her journey will take her through a dangerous land of snow and witchcraft, accompanied only by a bandit and a talking raven. Can she win her friend’s release, or will following her heart take her to unexpected places?

Story: The Raven and the Reindeer is, as you might expect, a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. It has all the typical components and a few new ones. After loving the heck out of Bryony and Roses, I was excited to check out another of Kingfisher’s retellings. I wasn’t disappointed in the least. 

Characters: I will admit that Gerta herself frustrated me a little bit. She felt a tad bit…ah, naive. Not to mention her (pretty blind) devotion to a guy who pretty clearly didn’t care about her. However, she was also determined, and brave, and she did a lot of growing as the story pressed forward. Kay was pretty terrible, but that was definitely the point. (Spoiler alert: this is not a love story for Gerta and Kay.) My favorite characters were Janna, Kingfisher’s version of the little robber girl, and Mousebones, a raven who I have decided is one of my best friends. Not to mention the completely silly and stupid otters. 

Setting: For much of the book, I didn’t find the setting particularly notable. One thing that was super cool though, was the reindeer road, which is basically a mystical shortcut that can only be run by reindeer…usually. 

The Snow Queen: So, The Snow Queen is one of my absolute favorite fairy tales. I’ve adored it for ages, especially for the little robber girl. Kingfisher has provided a great new version of the tale. The updates I appreciate the most are regarding the reindeer road, which was a really interesting piece of magic…and the romance. Instead of sticking to Gerta/Kay endgame, Kingfisher made this a queer retelling, and I am 100% here for w|w versions of my favorite fairy tales.

Conclusion: While I didn’t love The Raven and the Reindeer as much as I loved Bryony and Roses (that’s a high bar anyway), it’s definitely going to be near and dear to my heart. If you’re in the market for queer fairy tale retellings, you should absolutely pick this up.

               The Black Sheep Book Review: Huntress by Malinda Lo  

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, a division of the Hachette Book Group 

Year Pubished: 2011 

Number of Pages: 369 

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy 

Target Audience: Teens ages 13 - 18

        For two years the lands have been shrouded gray - the weather grows colder, the crops aren’t surviving, and people are dying in droves. An unexpected invitation from the Fairy Queen arrives at The Academy which thrusts Taisin, a young sage in training, and Kaede, a stubborn Councilman’s daughter, on a journey north to put an end to the desolation plaguing their home. However, Taisin receives a recurring vision of Kaede that alarms her, stirring up intense feelings that an aspiring sage isn’t allowed to have. What ensues is a tale of magic, love, and sacrifice as Taisin and Kaede fight to save their homeland.

        Warriors! Fairies! Sages! Oh, my!

         As a reader and overall nerd, I’m absolutely in love with fantasy novels. Fantasy is my favorite genre of literature, and I can’t get enough of reading about mystical creatures, faraway lands, and magic. So once I opened Huntress I was right back in my element, and I nearly devoured it. Cosmetically speaking it had the makings of a memorable fantasy novel: an enticing cover (I mean come on, this cover is gorgeous!), a map of the world (which I soon became immersed in), and over 300 pages of adventure.   

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Max and Magnus are going to meet this season so I just want you to imagine:

  • Max thinking that Magnus is simply the COOLEST person in the world. (Alec is distraught for all of .2 seconds until he sees how delighted Magnus is)
  • Magnus also being absolutely taken with the littlest Lightwood and telling him fairy tales as Max listens enraptured.
  • Magnus conjuring up shapes with his magic and Max running across the room trying to catch them.
  • Max demanding that his wardrobe is more colorful like Magnus’ 
  • Magnus sneaking Max little treats especially sour candies (those are Max’s favorite)
  • Magnus getting a call from Izzy because “My brother just got into a fight defending your honor. Alexander?! No, you idiot! Max.”
  • Magnus being the ONLY one who can call Max, Maxwell. 
  • Alec watching them with so much fondness and thinking of what a future with Magnus could have in store. 
Father Brown Reread: The Sins of Prince Saradine

When Flambeau took his month’s holiday from his office in Westminster he took it in a small sailing-boat, so small that it passed much of its time as a rowing-boat.

  • We haven’t started a story from Flambeau’s point of view in a while.
  • The detective business must be good if he can take an entire month off.
  • In “The Invisible Man”, Flambeau’s house and office are in Hampstead, a suburb of London. Apparently, Flambeau has moved to a new office in the center of London.
  • I adore the these opening pages, and I love the atmosphere of the story. I would rank it as one of my favorite Father Browns. Yet before this reread, I remembered absolutely nothing about the plot of the story. I’m not sure I’ll have much to say about this one, beyond ecstatic exclamations of “COLORS!” and “FAIRY TALES!”

The vessel was just comfortable for two people; there was room only for necessities, and Flambeau had stocked it with such things as his special philosophy considered necessary. They reduced themselves, apparently, to four essentials: tins of salmon, if he should want to eat; loaded revolvers, if he should want to fight; a bottle of brandy, presumably in case he should faint; and a priest, presumably in case he should die.

  • This is my favorite quote in all the Father Brown stories.
  • Such good characterization and such good humor. 

Like a true philosopher, Flambeau had no aim in his holiday; but, like a true philosopher, he had an excuse. He had a sort of half purpose, which he took just so seriously that its success would crown the holiday, but just so lightly that its failure would not spoil it. Years ago, when he had been a king of thieves and the most famous figure in Paris, he had often received wild communications of approval, denunciation, or even love; but one had, somehow, stuck in his memory. It consisted simply of a visiting-card, in an envelope with an English postmark. On the back of the card was written in French and in green ink: “If you ever retire and become respectable, come and see me. I want to meet you, for I have met all the other great men of my time. That trick of yours of getting one detective to arrest the other was the most splendid scene in French history.” On the front of the card was engraved in the formal fashion, “Prince Saradine, Reed House, Reed Island, Norfolk.”

  • This is a good vacation philosophy.
  • I’m kind of impressed that not only has Flambeau remembered the card, he also saved it.
  • (Flambeau, king of thieves and hoarder?)
  • But really, it’s a terrible idea to send an internationally-renowned thief your address.
  • I’m trying to imagine how Flambeau convinced Father Brown to go on this vacation. “Hey, Father, come help me find one of my fanboys.” “Okay.”
  • Also, how does an active priest get a full month of vacation? Priests get a few weeks of vacation time per year, but it seems strange that he’d be able to take it all at once. Maybe he was just there part of the time?

To speak more strictly, they awoke before it was daylight; for a large lemon moon was only just setting in the forest of high grass above their heads, and the sky was of a vivid violet-blue, nocturnal but bright. Both men had simultaneously a reminiscence of childhood, of the elfin and adventurous time when tall weeds close over us like woods. Standing up thus against the large low moon, the daisies really seemed to be giant daisies, the dandelions to be giant dandelions. Somehow it reminded them of the dado of a nursery wall-paper. The drop of the river-bed sufficed to sink them under the roots of all shrubs and flowers and make them gaze upwards at the grass. “By Jove!” said Flambeau, “it’s like being in fairyland.”

  • COLORS!!!
  • This is like the best parts of the Orthodoxy chapter about fairy tales. No one conjures a sense of wonder the way Chesterton does.

“All right,” said Father Brown. “I never said it was always wrong to enter fairyland. I only said it was always dangerous.”

  • Me: *nods furiously*
  • I love how this story doesn’t even attempt to ground itself in reality. We’re just straight-up in a portal fantasy, traveling to a place where the rules of literature, not of life, take precedence.

It was opened by a butler of the drearier type—long, lean, grey and listless—who murmured that Prince Saradine was from home at present, but was expected hourly; the house being kept ready for him and his guests. The exhibition of the card with the scrawl of green ink awoke a flicker of life in the parchment face of the depressed retainer, and it was with a certain shaky courtesy that he suggested that the strangers should remain.

  • Apparently he’s expecting the arrival of his two enemies, if he keeps up the butler masquerade. So why does Paul invite them to stay? Wouldn’t it be easier and safer to send them off?

“We have taken a wrong turning, and come to a wrong place,” said Father Brown, looking out of the window at the grey-green sedges and the silver flood. “Never mind; one can sometimes do good by being the right person in the wrong place.” 

  • Father Brown is heavily, heavily intuitive, and never more so than in this story. He was suspicious of the house before they even stepped inside. He has no evidence–he just knows that something’s wrong with the place.
  • Father Brown’s familiar with how fairyland works. He’s been a fairy tale trickster in previous stories, so this is his native ground, in a sense. Yet because fairyland is familiar, he doesn’t have the same sense of wonder that an ordinary mortal would have. There’s always that sense of foreboding and horror.
  • For all that, he’s not afraid. He knows that fairy tales can have good endings, as that last, wonderful sentence shows. Fairyland has many horrors, but like Pandora’s box, it also always has hope.

Father Brown, though commonly a silent, was an oddly sympathetic little man, and in those few but endless hours he unconsciously sank deeper into the secrets of Reed House than his professional friend. He had that knack of friendly silence which is so essential to gossip; and saying scarcely a word, he probably obtained from his new acquaintances all that in any case they would have told. 

  • I like this side of Father Brown’s character. He’s a quiet, steady presence in the background, not immediately impressive, but more effective for all that. Quiet people never get as much respect as they deserve in fiction.

“There isn’t a good one,” she hissed. “There was badness enough in the captain taking all that money, but I don’t think there was much goodness in the prince giving it. The captain’s not the only one with something against him.”

  • Poor Mrs. Anthony. Stuck in this house for so many years with people like that. Is she trying to escape?

The nameless interest lay in something else, in the very framework of the face; Brown was tormented with a half memory of having seen it somewhere before. The man looked like some old friend of his dressed up. Then he suddenly remembered the mirrors, and put his fancy down to some psychological effect of that multiplication of human masks.

  • I like that Father Brown was wrong, and that there was a good reason he was wrong. The mirrors add to the fairyland feel, yet also serve a practical story purpose.

His face was fastidious, but his eye was wild; he had little nervous tricks, like a man shaken by drink or drugs, and he neither had, nor professed to have, his hand on the helm of household affairs. All these were left to the two old servants, especially to the butler, who was plainly the central pillar of the house. Mr. Paul, indeed, was not so much a butler as a sort of steward or, even, chamberlain; he dined privately, but with almost as much pomp as his master; he was feared by all the servants; and he consulted with the prince decorously, but somewhat unbendingly—rather as if he were the prince’s solicitor.

  • Father Brown sure learns a lot in only a few hours.
  • It’s interesting that Paul retains such authority, when he’s the blackmail victim here.

The sombre housekeeper was a mere shadow in comparison; indeed, she seemed to efface herself and wait only on the butler, and Brown heard no more of those volcanic whispers which had half told him of the younger brother who blackmailed the elder.

  • She’s totally a domestic abuse victim, isn’t she?

The same singular sentiment of some sad and evil fairyland crossed the priest’s mind again like a little grey cloud. “I wish Flambeau were back,” he muttered.

  • Poor Father Brown. He’s really vulnerable here.
  • We’ve seen how Flambeau relies on Father Brown. Now we see how Father Brown relies on Flambeau, and it’s a little heartbreaking. 
  • The rest of the story would have played out differently if Flambeau had been with him.

“I mean that we here are on the wrong side of the tapestry,” answered Father Brown. “The things that happen here do not seem to mean anything; they mean something somewhere else. Somewhere else retribution will come on the real offender. Here it often seems to fall on the wrong person.”

  • A nice bit of theology.

The prince made an inexplicable noise like an animal; in his shadowed face the eyes were shining queerly. A new and shrewd thought exploded silently in the other’s mind. Was there another meaning in Saradine’s blend of brilliancy and abruptness? Was the prince—Was he perfectly sane? He was repeating, “The wrong person—the wrong person,” many more times than was natural in a social exclamation.

  • I’m trying to figure out why Saradine reacts like this. He’s not mad. Has he figured out that Father Brown thinks he’s his elder brother? Has he figured out some part of his brother’s scheme? Does he think that Father Brown is hinting that maybe Paul didn’t kill the guy?

He took out of it two long Italian rapiers, with splendid steel hilts and blades, which he planted point downwards in the lawn. The strange young man standing facing the entrance with his yellow and vindictive face, the two swords standing up in the turf like two crosses in a cemetery, and the line of the ranked towers behind, gave it all an odd appearance of being some barbaric court of justice.

  • This is a splendid image. Shocking and romantic.
  • The fairy tale has collided with a Ruritanian romance. The swords are like a slap to the face, pulling us out of the dreamy fairyland and into a real world with real life-and-death stakes. Yet a duel to the death is also completely unrealistic and fits in with the fairyland atmosphere.
  • It’s a strange combination of reality and over-the-top fantasy, and from here, the story has a nightmarish quality.

“Prince Saradine,” said the man called Antonelli, “when I was an infant in the cradle you killed my father and stole my mother; my father was the more fortunate.

  • My name is Inigo Montoya…

Father Brown had also sprung forward, striving to compose the dispute; but he soon found his personal presence made matters worse. Saradine was a French freemason and a fierce atheist, and a priest moved him by the law of contraries. And for the other man neither priest nor layman moved him at all. This young man with the Bonaparte face and the brown eyes was something far sterner than a puritan—a pagan. He was a simple slayer from the morning of the earth; a man of the stone age—a man of stone.

  • Father Brown is in the wrong place at the wrong time. If he hadn’t been there, there’s a chance the truth of the matter may have come out. But since they’re both stubborn and contrary, Brown’s presence sparked a duel that needn’t have happened.

“Flambeau!” he cried, and shook his friend by both hands again and again, much to the astonishment of that sportsman, as he came on shore with his fishing tackle. “Flambeau,” he said, “so you’re not killed?”  “Killed!” repeated the angler in great astonishment. “And why should I be killed?” “Oh, because nearly everybody else is,” said his companion rather wildly. “Saradine got murdered, and Antonelli wants to be hanged, and his mother’s fainted, and I, for one, don’t know whether I’m in this world or the next. But, thank God, you’re in the same one.” And he took the bewildered Flambeau’s arm.

  • This shows how shaken up Father Brown is. He’s rarely this expressive. It’s especially jarring in this story, where he’s been in one of his more reserved moods.

They saw plainly the family likeness that had haunted them in the dead man. Then his old shoulders began to heave and shake a little, as if he were choking, but his face did not alter. “My God!” cried Flambeau after a pause, “he’s laughing!” “Come away,” said Father Brown, who was quite white. “Come away from this house of hell. Let us get into an honest boat again.”

  • There’s no reason for Paul Saradine to reveal the truth, but I totally believe this old monster would do it. Horrible person.
  • We’ve fallen fully into a horror story now.
  • Father Brown’s reaction was exactly the same as mine.

“But, however agitated, he was not hopeless. He knew the adventurer and he knew the fanatic. It was quite probable that Stephen, the adventurer, would hold his tongue, through his mere histrionic pleasure in playing a part, his lust for clinging to his new cosy quarters, his rascal’s trust in luck, and his fine fencing. It was certain that Antonelli, the fanatic, would hold his tongue, and be hanged without telling tales of his family.

  • That seems like a lot of assumptions to make. Especially about Antonelli. I get that he took the law into his own hands and doesn’t need to tell the story of the murder–but why wouldn’t he want to? Even if Antonelli’s going to hang for achieving vigilante justice, there’s no reason he would protect Saradine’s reputation.
  • But if Saradine was wrong and Antonelli said something, he could always go on the run again. He was already half-planning to do so.

“Laughing, God help us!” said Flambeau with a strong shudder. “Do they get such ideas from Satan?” “He got that idea from you,” answered the priest.

  • The horror I felt in this moment was visceral.
  • This is the final horrible touch to cap off the story and tie everything together. I’m a little in awe of how well it worked.
  • Poor Flambeau. You’ve built such a lovely little life, but you’ll never quite escape your past. It’s still wreaking havoc in the world, long after you’ve left it behind.

“Father,” said Flambeau suddenly, “do you think it was all a dream?” The priest shook his head, whether in dissent or agnosticism, but remained mute. A smell of hawthorn and of orchards came to them through the darkness, telling them that a wind was awake; the next moment it swayed their little boat and swelled their sail, and carried them onward down the winding river to happier places and the homes of harmless men.

  • It certainly felt like a dream. Chesterton did a fantastic job of creating that surreal atmosphere.
  • It feels good to leave the horror behind and sail away in peace.
  • Yet it also seems horrible that the prince and his entrapped wife will live undisturbed. Can’t Father Brown and Flambeau do something? They have no concrete evidence, but isn’t there some way to reach justice?
  • I suppose we have to trust that things will come out right on the other side of the tapestry.

anonymous asked:

Do you have any recommendations, then, for more obscure French fairytales?

Yes! My favorite collection is Beauties, Beasts, and Enchantments: Classic French Fairy Tales edited by Jack Zipes. It includes works by Charlotte-Rose de la Force, Marie-Jeanne le Prince de Beaumont, Marie-Jeanne l’Heritier de Villandon, and Marie-Catherine le Jumel de Barneville, Countess d’Aulnoy. If you search these names you’ll likely come up with their stories. Madame d’Aulnoy wrote the most, I think, and my favorites of hers are “The White Cat” and “Belle-Belle, or the Knight Fortuné” (my current Master’s Project includes “The White Cat” and de la Force’s “Persinette”). My other absolute favorite is, as I mentioned, “The Clever Princess, or the Adventures of Finette” by Madame l’Heritier. 

Hope you enjoy!

jlaweez  asked:

6. What is your favorite book to read?

Perhaps the hardest question I’ve ever been asked, I like so many, hmm where to start I’ll give a few answers.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman would be one of my all time faves, an amazing story dark and beautiful, funny and absolutely sad all at once, A must read if you haven’t

Neverwhere By Neil Gaiman, Another amazing book by Neil just fantastic, what starts as a pretty normal modern day story turns quickly into his amazing Urban Fairy Tale, do yourself a favour and read it!

And the last one I’ll give for now.

Valkia The Bloody By Sarah Cawkwell.

This is a Warhammer Fantasy novel more of a guilty ppleasure more than anything but it’s a fun story about how a tribal chiefs daughter becomes a deadly warchief in her own way and then proceeds to kill lots and lots of people with a spear, Fun to read!

Thanks for the ask @jlaweez!


This one took a while, but I think it’s finally done now (once again except for the text haha).  This is one of my favorite books ever so I kinda got sucked in to just wanting to draw absolutely every part of it.  Then it got so busy that everything just blended together into mush so I had to keep editing and re-drawing until it seemed like each individual element stood out on its own but was still part of a cohesive whole.  It was tough for me but hopefully I succeeded!! haha.  OH and also, if you haven’t read this book yet, you definitely should!

anonymous asked:

LOCUST: What was your favourite book as a child?

i had a lot, honestly. one of them belong to my aunt. it was a beautiful fairy tale book and it had just …. absolutely lovely illustrations of the wild swans, the twelve dancing princesses, and the story of hades and persephone. and the wild swans remains my favorite fairy tale to this day mostly because of that book. god, i would just sit on the floor for hours reading it over and over again. 

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