this movie has some good camera angles let me tell u

afirewiel  asked:

What is your favorite non-Austen period novel? Movie?

Okay I’m gonna do a rundown of all my favourites because making me pick one is just mean. (Also at one point in my notes on the following books and films I just wrote “Bagels” and I can’t for the life of me think what I might have meant or autocorrected that from. Maybe a shopping list started to take form. I don’t know.)

(If the film Miss Austen Regrets and book Longbourn by Jo Baker count as non-Austen then include them.)

Films:

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India - 2001 (Sports! High stakes! Sticking it to the Colonial Man!)

Mozart’s Sister - 2010 (Beautiful music! Gorgeous androgyny! GIRLS CAST TO PLAY THEIR ACTUAL AGE AND NOT SOME 20-SOMETHING PRETENDING TO BE FOURTEEN!)

Possession - 2002 (I’ve tried the novel, and A.S. Byatt has some beautiful prose but her structures sometimes do my head in, so never finished it. Ignore Paltrow as best you can and enjoy lush Victorian Gothic mystery and the ending is one of the most poignant things I’ve ever been pleasantly surprised with on film, and it leaves you wondering about many, many things…)

Jodhaa Akbar - 2008 (You could put Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai in the worst commercial ever made and I would watch it. Costumes, scenery, and, as a friend once put it “I’m not sure how they did it, but they just had a sex scene without any sex.” Bravo.)

Water - 2005 (Deepa Mehta is such a fantastic filmmaker and I loved this whole trilogy but Water is my favourite.)

Elizabeth - 1998 & Elizabeth: The Golden Age - 2007 (The costumes! The caMERA ANGLES!!! The compli-fucking-cated mess that is Elizabeth I.)

[Okay Tumblr won’t let me embed any more trailers, but those ones are easy to find, they’re out there.]

Vatel - 2000 (Any foodie who is also a fan of The Sun King and his era will dig this one. A great score, baddie Tim Roth.)

Alternatively, in the same era: A Little Chaos - 2015. Storyline is a little weak, but it’s so beautiful and the cast is great and the M U S I C. Kate Winslet. Alan Rickman. Helen McCrory. STANLEY TUCCI.)

Also: they’re not films, but TV shows - honourable mentions to the Spanish series Gran Hotel. It’s like a good version of Downton Abbey, only sorta on crack and with a tonne more murder mysteries; and while I have some Issues with its so-called hero and some comparatively weirdo plot-points in S3, overall, it’s fantastic and I’m obssessed. Please don’t mix it up with the Italian re-make which looks horrible in every way. Like, main actors dressed in a poorly-sewn-table-cloth-bad.

And shout-out to the new CBC/Netflix series Anne. I will defend this show to the DEATH, alright? They’ve gone bolder and fresher and have managed to involve period realism in a moving way while retaining the sunshine-and-pinafores element that so many people love about L.M. Montgomery’s work. There’s heaps of women with production credits, and I think it shows. Geraldine James is already my favourite Marilla after one episode, and I feel like R.H. Thompson (HEY JASPER DALE HEEEEY!) and Amybeth McNulty are likely going to become my favourite Matthew and Anne, too. People have complained about this series going off-book and in particular some have condemned it sight-unseen because the writers/directors are putting a feminist spin on it and OH GOD THEY SAID FEMINIST QUICK WE GOTTA SET EVERYTHING ON FIRE BECAUSE CHILDHOOD IS RUINED, but honestly it’s just perky and gorgeous and scrappy and nobody can tell me to my face that Kevin Sullivan didn’t go all the fucking way off-book from the very beginning so I am not gonna sit here and insist that the Megan Fallows Anne of Green Gables was perfection which could never be improved upon because that’s just a plain lie. It was nice and it has its place but it’s time for some new blood. (And NOT the telefilms they’ve also come out with recently with Martin Sheen, bless his heart, but they took a brunette child actor and dumped an atrociously stark box of red hair-dye on her before drawing on her freckles and then telling her to please play everything theatrically to the back of the house even though there is a camera ten inches from her face.) I am HERE FOR ANNE. RIDE OR DIE.

AND NOW, FOR BOOKS!

After that you might assume my L.M. Montgomery recommendation would be Anne of Green Gables and sure I won’t say DON’T read them, but for my money the Emily of New Moon trilogy is more my jam and I wish to God and Netflix in all my prayers that there might someday be a decent adaptation of them.

I was really into Cassandra Clark’s Abbess of Meaux mystery series for a time, but then things went a bit pear-shaped in what I think was the fourth(?) book and everything was OOC and honestly I haven’t caught up on the later books after that and they seem to be self-published now but I am a sucker for nuns and mysteries so I’ll probably get back into it when I have time.

The Princess Priscilla’s Fortnight and The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth von Arnim. Vacation-reads! Beautiful prose, some wry wit, and fun hijinks. If you’ve ever wanted to run away and live in an isolated cottage in the wilderness for a little while, these are for you. [ETA: I recently got my hands on a copy of The Jasmine Farm so THANK YOU to one of you who recommended it I am loving it so far only I don’t see the appeal in Andrew so wtf Terry you can do better.]

Edward Rutherfurd’s geographical history novels–Sarum is the classic to start with, but the others I’ve read are very good, too. (London, New York, and I’m now working my way through a first-edition of Russka.)

Amy Levy. A M Y   L E V Y. Criminally under-recognized Jewish Victorian novelist and poet. Novellas Ruben Sachs and The Romance of a Shop. (RS a beautiful and bittersweet story about the conflicts between love, identity, and expectations, and some would say a response to George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda. TRoaS reading a bit like a less treacle-sweet variation on Little Women, where four sisters try to make their way in the world by setting up their own photography studio in late 19th century London.)

The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgkin Burnett. Colonialist racism appears in this one, so be warned. Still the book is a THOUSAND times better than the utterly dreadful adaptation known as The Making of a Lady. Jane is better, Emily is better, Walderhurst is better, pretty much EVERYONE IS BETTER. The pacing is better. The plotting and suspense make actual sense.

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy. A classic, and the grand-daddy of every secret-identity superhero.

The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy. Like, it makes me MAD how good these books are.

And last but not least, a non-fiction selection in Vere Hodgson’s WWII diaries: Few Eggs and No Oranges. Nothing else has ever brought the experience of living (or trying to) under the shadow of the bombs and the threat of invasion quite like these diaries. Fascinating details, engagingly written, and at times a stark reminder that the Allied victory we take for granted in our history could by no means be counted on by the millions who dwelt in daily uncertainty.

anonymous asked:

How about Rfa+V and a very shy, smol, and bashful mc

Ooh this sounds so cute! Thank you!
~Z:)

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Yoosung:

  • honestly you two are the most pure and awkwardly-adorable couple in the world
  • like nobody knows how you two possibly get through the day 
  • you two have such equal naiveness and clumsiness
  • you’re just so sweet and cute??
  • seven almost feels bad to prank you two when you’re both so gullible
  • “Yoosung, maybe he’s telling the truth. I mean they might have…um possibly, thrown it away in the dumpster behind the game store…right?”
  • “Hmm… yeah MC. Maybe there really is a special edition LOLOL pack in the dumpster…!”
  • almost
  • when you first start dating-
  • you both are so awkward and cute  it almost hurts to watch
  • a blushing and embarassed mumbling mess when you accidently brush against each other or when you hold hands anytime (awww =>u<=)
  • “You guys are grossly cute. I almost want to throw up.” -707 everytime
  • yoosung thinks it’s even more wonderful that you’re shorter than him
  • it makes him feel more “manly”   lmao this puppy-boi
  • like you guys are so cutesy when you wear matching outfits and go for ice cream dates just because you’re feeling like it
  • this blonde gets so giddy when you give him hugs and cheek kisses
  • and he gets so flustered when he tries to kiss you though XD
  • the few times when you’re both completely at ease and comfortable with each other enough to get cuddly are when you’re both playing video games   typical

Zen:

  • “so cute” 
  • that is literally 75% of what comes to his mind when he looks at you
  • you’re soooo small next to him 
  • and when you’re being extremely shy and just a blushing little person
  • it does funny things to his heart 
  • and especially when you’re surprised at something- he can’t help but start to chuckle at your quizzical expression every time 
  • he really loves to give your surprises kisses and randomly say “I love you”  ALL. THE. TIME. 
  • however, when you turn the tables on him and reciprocate his antics- he becomes so quiet and red  (blushy zen >w<)
  • zenny is just super cheesy, so he goes all out with the shabang
  • buying you flowers and other little gifts, romantic gestures, and just constantly proclaiming his love for you in the most movie-dramatic way
  • like even when you’re in the cereal isle while shopping 
  • everyone stares
  • but he’s such a gentleman to you
  • never does or says anything that would make you uncomfortable (except maybe announcing to the world how much he adores you in the middle of grocery shopping) 
  • he teases you about how tiny you are sometimes and just loves to hold your delicate hand in his on walks 
  • whenever practicing lines, he saves all the lovey-dovey parts for when you’re helping him just so he can make you blush and to give you kisses
  • never hesitates to call you beautiful (your reactions are his favorite) 

Jaehee:

  • you are just so adorkable
  • yes, you’re her adorable dork 
  • first of all, she loves your size since she’s always been the shorter person 
  • like hugging you and getting to place her chin on top of your head~ she loves it 
  • her favorite petname for you: mini-muffin
  • shopping for you is also really fun- outfits in your size always look so cute 
  • “MC, how about this?” 
  • “Jaehee! That is so not casual. Did you get that from the kids’ section?? We’re not going to disneyland for crying out loud!”
  • she especially loves it when you wear big sweaters
  • because WARM HUGS 
  • sometimes when you’re embarassed and stutter, she tries not to giggle- you just look too cute
  • your laugh is her favorite sound- soo loud coming from such a tiny person
  • and the fact that you’re such a fangirl over many different shows, movies and books- means you get excited so easily 
  • she once bought matching t-shirts for one of zen’s musicals, which was an adaption of one of your favorite books, and your giddy squeal was quite something
  • baehee really loves it when you get talkative and excited over something you love, more so when it’s something you both enjoy- your affectionate brightness makes her day 

Jumin:

  • he finds you endearing 
  • you being smol and so bashful 
  • it makes this toll bean smile too much 
  • he loves how tiny you are 
  • so easy to fold you into his lap and wrap his arms around you
  • and you being so shy and a blushing mess when he’s being affectionate in public or private- makes him only want to protect you more 
  • holds your hand everywhere 
  • like your smallness just makes him want to hug you forever when you cuddle 
  • calls you his “little kitten” 
  • and when you’re trying to reach for things, he has no problem lifting your light figure up or just getting it himself 
  • he’s a giant next to you gdi
  • you remind him awfully like a doll 
  • particularly when you wear cutesy dresses and do your hair all nice for dinners
  • you’re so awkward sometimes and just so shy- it makes him chuckle in good humor
  • he of course always asks for your consent when touching you- he would never force you to do anything 
  • gentle kisses after being 100% sure you allow it
  • but when you surprise him by being bold
  • “Jumin you’re so cute!” and give him a deep kiss
  • he becomes the blushing mess so fast 
  • nothing makes him melt like the sight of you curled up with Elizabeth 3rd and playing together 
  • just soooo cute
  • your giggles are just also extremely adorable and contagious  (giggling jumin imagine >w<) 
  • sometimes, he just stares at you and realizes how happy you make him

707:

  • he considers you a fun-size human being
  • “MC, I bet you can fit inside a honey buddha chip bag.” 
  • NONSTOP TEASING ABOUT YOUR HEIGHT 
  • “How’s the view from below? Is the grass growing too fast for you?”
  • “Oh you can’t reach that? Here let me get it for you…” and instead of handing it over, he makes you jump and climb up to take it from his overstretched hand above you
  • *ensue wrestling and a game of chase*
  • you two are ultimate prankers thanks to your amazing ability to hide ANYWHERE
  • finding crazy places for you to jump scare the RFA is a game you two take very seriously 
  • “hey, MC, do you think you can hide in the air vents?”
  • he tries to convince you to pass off as a kid to get special discounts at restaurants and arcades because you’re short enough (he will legit dress up as a mom to pull it off)
  • also
  • 24/7 hugs 
  • because engulfing you in his ol’ big jacket is so warm??
  • he just loves how easy it is to pick you up and carry you around too
  • PIGGY-BACK RIDES 
  • sometimes he jokingly calls you his “koala baby”
  • because sometimes you can be so clingy 
  • like during long hours of working, he just gathers you in his lap and types away with you all curled up against him  (*can somebody draw this for me please??)
  • and it helps that he can easily carry you around the house whenever- even when he’s going to the kitchen to grab some drinks from the fridge
  • your cute laugh is contagious, but also your blushing??
  • like you look too adorable when your face is red- so it does crazy things to his heart and his thoughts??? 
  • so yeah hair and face are the same shade in an instant!
  • he becomes such a tomato boy too whenever praised with a kiss
  • and he hides his laugh when he sees that focused face you make when you’re confused on something- where your eyebrows knit together and you pout your lips 
  • he purposely messes with you (when does he not?)- you’re just so gullible sometimes 
  • “Yes, MC, i’m color blind. My hair is green to me, while everyone says I’m a red-head. And so that’s why I don’t eat vegetables, since I can’t really tell what’s what.” 
  • but again, he becomes a stammering pepper-head boy the instant you decided to surprise him with a *ahem* naughty phrase 
  • what he loves to do the most is just classic cuddling on the couch while watching movies-
  • like just keeping you close and giving all his attention and focus to the most precious person in his life 

V:

  • your small frame reminds him of lovely small flowers
  • in fact, one of his favorite names to call you is “little flower”
  • he can’t see how short you are, but he sure can feel the height different
  • sometimes he’ll accidently take the hand of a random kid at the park, thinking it was you (so many apologies to parents before they could call the police)
  • as implied, he just needs to hold your hand- and like jumin, everywhere but also ANYTIME 
  • whether you’re out for a walk, doing an errand, chilling on the couch, in bed, even when you’re cooking together or you’re on the phone
  • it’s just if you’re within reach- he’ll have your hand in his 
  • and sometimes, he’ll just pull you into his arms and hold you just to feel you close
  • you also fit perfectly in his arms??
  • soooo many cuddles
  • touching you is one of his only ways to assure himself of you being there
  • so yeah, constant hugs and again, hand-holding
  • he’s so tender and gentle with you, and anytime he compliments you-
  • you get so blushy and shy- and even though he can’t really see your reddening face he can tell from your actions
  • the way you shyly giggle or stutter a bit, pull a bit on his hand, and reach up to tuck your hair back 
  • honestly, he starts to blush himself  (this sweet teal boy ^u^✿)
  • being unable to see, his heigh isn’t much help when you’re having trouble reaching something
  • “V, uh no that’s not it. Careful…to the right a bit, it’s the thick- CAREFUL!”
  • you’re so smol that he kinda has to lean down to kiss you
  • but he has no problem dropping them on the top of your head
  • one of his favorite things about you is your voice
  • just so sweet and soft to his ears- your laughs, excited chatter and whenever you ask questions  
  • or when you’re being loud about something that’s frustrating- it helps that you can be loud at times so he can find you 
  • if you’re mad or having a bad day, he can tell right away by your tone
  • so he’ll just swoop in, tuck you under his arm and carry you to sit somewhere and talk it out 
  • when you two go out on your relaxing photography dates while walking through woods, 
  • you help him angle the camera and steady his hands
  • you’re like his human tripod
  • and when you lie down in the grass for a break, you leaning against him, he’ll just start braiding flowers into your hair 
  • loves, loves being able to hold you
  • and it kinda makes him sad that he can’t admire you with his eyes 
  • he starts wondering how lovely his little flower is if only…