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10 Must-Watch K-Dramas Of 2017 That You Really Can’t Miss

As the warmer months wither away and we’re greeted with the chill of autumn, there may be more of a desire to stay indoors and snuggle up while watching some K-dramas. This past year has been quite a success in terms of binge-worthy K-dramas, so here’s a look at just 10 of the dramas that we thought would pique your interest!

1. Goblin

“Goblin” was the hit tvN drama that was written by famous writer, Kim Eun Sook. It starred well-seasoned actors, Gong Yoo, Lee Dong Wook, and Kim Go Eun. This script was so unique in that it revolved around a goblin, his bride-to-be, and a grim reaper. There was bromance, comedy, and dramatic elements that were all pieced together so perfectly. It really is a masterpiece of a drama and a definite must-watch!

2. Fight My Way

“Fight For My Way” stars the charming duo Park Seo Jun and Kim Ji Won. It’s a nostalgic K-drama that is set around a group of childhood friends who are dealing with the pains of growing up and being adults. Park Seo Jun plays MMA fighter Go Dong Man, who is best friends with Choi Ae Ra, played by Kim Ji Won. They support each other as best as they can as they try and achieve their dreams.

3. Greatest One-Shot

“Greatest One-Shot,” is a KBS2 variety K-drama with an all-star cast of Yoon Shi Yoon, Lee Se Young, Cha Tae Hyun, Kim Min Jae, Hong Kyung Min, ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo, and even Taeyang’s big brother, Dong Hyun Bae. The story involved a ’90s K-pop icon (Yoon Shi Yoon) who accidentally travels into the future. This drama is a light-hearted drama that will have you laughing and crying. Definitely one that can’t be missed!

4. The Guardians

This was a drama that really came out of nowhere. Starring Kim Young Kwang and Lee Si Young, “The Guardians” is about a group of vigilantes who all have different skills that help them to fight crime. Lead by prosecutor Jang Do Han (Kim Young Kwang), there is one common goal for this group of misfits, which is to bring down the bad guy who had wronged them in the past. It’s a fast-paced K-drama that you will most likely binge-watch without stopping. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

5. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

“Do you like Messi?” This line was even trending on Twitter at one point. “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo” is the perfect K-drama to warm up to as winter approaches. Starring Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk, this drama is about first loves and friendship. It’s a heart-warming drama and you will find yourself completely shipping the main leads!

6. Degree of Love

“Degree of Love” is the new SBS drama starring Yang Se Jong and Seo Hyun Jinthat is still currently airing, but is too good to not put on this list. Yang Se Jong plays a gourmet chef named Ohn Jung Sun and Seo Hyun Jin plays a drama writer by the name of Lee Hyun Soo. The two of them are on the road to achieving their dreams, but face a lot of obstacles in their paths that prevent them from dating. Definitely a relatable drama, there’s something so soothing and calming about its production that viewers will appreciate!

7. Suspicious Partner

This successful drama starred Ji Chang Wook as No Ji Wook and Nam Ji Hyun as Eun Bong Hee. They both work in a team of prosecutors, and when Eun Bong Hee is wrongfully accused of murdering her boyfriend, No Ji Wook comes to the rescue. If you don’t mind seeing Ji Chang Wook on the small screen for 16 hours, then this drama comes highly recommended!

8. While You Were Sleeping

“While You Were Sleeping” is the new hit SBS drama starring Suzy and Lee Jong Suk. Suzy’s character Nam Hong Joo is able to dream about events that will happen in the future. Jung Jae Chan (Lee Jong Suk) also has the same ability, but is also able to prevent the dream from coming true. The two embark on a crazy adventure of interpreting their dreams and making sure everything is right in everyone’s lives. It’s an adventure that can’t be missed!

9. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

This all-star cast of Park Bo Young, Park Hyung Sik, and Ji Soo are sure to put a smile on your face. The story involves a strong female lead named Do Bong Soon (Park Bo Young) who has Herculean super strength. Park Hyung Sik plays Ahn Min Hyuk, the CEO of a game company who falls completely head over heels for her. This rom-com is full of laughs as well as mystery and adorable moments between the two main leads.

10. Because This Is My First Life

The newest drama on this list, but one that can’t be missed is the new tvN drama, “Because This Is My First Life,” starring Lee Min Ki and Jung So Min. Lee Min Ki plays a rational computer designer who is looking for a housemate, while Jung So Min plays a writer who is desperately trying to become a successful script-writer. The two are brought together by chance despite their opposite personalities. This drama is already so promising!

Finn handles a blaster like no one else

Do you want to talk about how badly The Force Awakens shortcharged Finn’s character? One thing that no one to my knowledge is talking about is his phenomenal skill with blasters. This is LucasFilm’s fault, not the audience’s, because it was shown right on the screen but never properly foregrounded.

I don’t mean the time he picked up starfighter gunning with a ten-second tutorial, then combined that with lightning-fast tactical judgment in a thirty-second firefight to get himself and Poe out alive while still minimizing Stormtrooper casualties. No, that was an amazing scene that blurred by too fast for almost any reasonable viewer to fully appreciate, but it wasn’t… what’s the word… unthinkable.

What’s unthinkable, and what passed right under the audience’s noses because LF filmed it but didn’t emphasize it, is what Finn does with a handheld blaster. As I will discuss, his style at least as shown in the battle at Takodana is very different from the way we’ve seen the heroes use blasters but also different from the way Stormtroopers use them, combining his training with his own astounding skills and strength.

I hesitate to even call this style “good,” because it could be very bad indeed for certain purposes, e.g. survival. It does, however, showcase his athleticism and sheer boldness in a breathtaking way.

This is hard to tell, though, on a casual viewing because it goes by so fast and is treated more as background action to Poe’s aerial acrobatics than a focus in itself. I didn’t realize just what was so special about this sequence until I did a deliberate comparison with how other characters and groups used different types of blasters in different situations. Let me explain below the fold just why Finn’s blaster style shown here is incredible and unique.

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Thoughts On the Beauty of Katsuki Yuuri

apparently there’s been a debate going on about whether yuuri ought to be called beautiful or not? idk, here’s my thoughts on the issue I guess, for what it’s worth.

I’m just gonna start off by saying I think yuuri is a REALLY well-designed character. there’s a lot to talk about here! his design is not only appealing and charming (because tadashi hiramatsu is a goddamn professional) but I’d even go a step further and say that the finer points of yuuri’s character design are also a vehicle that communicates the show’s themes. this is a really impressive and unfortunately rare thing in anime these days! 

When Hiramatsu has talked about his thought process for designing yuuri in the past, he’s said that yuuri is meant to look as plain as possible. this is pushed further by comparing him to the rest of the flashy-looking characters in the cast, but I’ll just use victor for now as a point of comparison.

Yuuri: he’s Japanese, obviously. He has many prototypical japanese features (black hair, brown eyes, shorter legs etc). His looks are virtually never commented on by anyone in the story, and when they are it is most often in a negative light, though it is mentioned his skating is beautiful. Victor: he’s russian. he has straight-up silver hair and really bright, somewhere-between-blue-and-turquoise eyes. uh… this is… normal for russians..? he is universally acknowledged in canon as, at the very least, distractingly good looking, causing heart attacks and fainting spells all around him with but one wink.

point is victor looks like an anime character, and yuuri looks like a real person, comparatively.

however, the MOST IMPORTANT feature of yuuri’s design is how dramatically he can change his look and still be recognizable as himself.

Like…??!?!

ok yeah this is obvious, I know it is, because I know every single one of us had A Reaction when yuuri turned on the eros for the first time. After inching closer and closer to a nervous breakdown for the first 3 episodes, we get nice and comfortable in our perception of what yuuri’s character type is; then the Onsen On Ice event comes and he suddenly does a 180 and becomes Sexy Confidence Personified for 2 minutes on the ice. I’m thinking woah, this is the fabled Gap Moe, where a character’s seemingly predominant personality traits are contradicted in certain situations. The gap moe only works because we love to be surprised, which just happens to be a recurring theme in YOI. :O 

But yoi handled characterization really well and sidestepped a number of oft-tread tropey paths for most of the characters. Especially Yuuri. The series portrays him as having a wide range of feelings, motivations, and reactions to things. He is revealed more and more to be a really complex, real-feeling person. The expressiveness of his design, and his ability to transform visually in so many different ways (there are so many different variations of his design! his body goes through physical changes as well as his changes of attitude physically changing his design. is this why he has 3 different nendoroids already…?) reinforces the wide range of his personality as well. His well-written character and carefully-designed outward appearance work together to express a really believable person, who is capable of surprising us with his depth episode after episode.

So, think of yourself as Victor, for a moment. The first time he sees yuuri, he arguably doesn’t even recognize him as a skater, from looking at him. Nothing special, probably just a fan, of which he has and has-seen zillions. Victor, like the viewer, comes to appreciate yuuri by experiencing his depths over time, learns how he works and how to exist successfully alongside him, and eventually comes to really capital-L Love him. As the viewer, speaking for myself, I found myself developing my feelings for this character at much the same trajectory as victor: over time, and in response to his gradually-revealed depths. My first impression was indeed of a shy, plain, regular-ass guy. I was like “oh looks like Hiramatsu re-used Parasyte Guy again” (which, lol, joke’s on me: Parasyte Guy is also designed with versatility of his look in mind). That’s all you get when you see a person for the first time. Just an impression based entirely on how they look. It is completely purposeful that he looks pretty regular in the beginning, to the viewer and to victor. Because it makes uncovering all the beautiful details SO much more enchanting.

it’s necessary for yuuri to come off as plain in the beginning, because how else will we feel that sweet, sweet surprise when he brings the Eros all of a sudden?

I think, as viewers, we fall in love with yuuri just as victor does. As we accumulate knowledge of his personality, little things about him start to take on beauty you probably wouldn’t have noticed as keenly at first. It’s what can take you from:

“This is a pretty cute anime-smile”

to:

*PRINCE’S I WOULD DIE 4 U BLARING AT 100000000 DECIBELS*

I’d argue it’s appropriate to call yuuri “plain-looking”. He looks like a regular person (well, caveat: he looks like a regular figure skater. that’s the only explanation for his ass) His magnetism is not in blinding, fae-like beauty like Victor’s or Yuri P’s. The effect of his confidence is never as obvious on him as it is one someone like JJ, with his near-permanent smirk and half-lidded eyes. the appeal of his eros isn’t like Chris’ overt, exaggerated sexuality with full lips, bright eyes, and prominent eyelashes. He never even really fits into the Eros costume perfectly. it’s never skin-tight on him. It is even, technically, a borrowed costume. But while not really fitting his body, it grows more becoming on him as he brings more and more of his genuine feelings into his performance.

(as an aside: one of the only times a character outright calls yuuri himself beautiful, it’s Victor, and yuuri is wearing his free skate costume, designed for a routine that expresses yuuri’s own emotions and development of himself. a.k.a.: symbolizes everything I’m talking about here lol)

Yuuri’s beauty is never JUST about how he looks, because that’s not how his character was constructed in the first place. Our impression of him is crafted carefully over the course of the series, using his character design and character writing in tandem with eachother. It is through Yuuri that the show’s recurring theme of Surprise is delivered, as yuuri continuously surprises his audience, himself, Victor, and us as viewers. Just because he is indeed “plain-looking”, doesn’t mean he isn’t also so, so beautiful. Yuuri’s beauty flows out gently from within him and manifests in response to learned facets of his personality. His smiles are so beautiful because you’ve seen him in his worst panic. His eros is so mesmerizing because you’ve seen how hard he’d struggled to access it, because you know what honest feelings he tapped into to release it; alluring, because you realize the shy, plain dude from the beginning is just the top layer. Every Yuuri we see is an honest yuuri, it’s all recognizably him, and the variety and surprise as you watch him open up to you and you begin to piece all these visions of Yuuri together into a cohesive picture of his character… is what leads you to fall in love with him, and see him as beautiful. Much like what drew victor to fall in love with him, and see him as beautiful. Much like how a real person might fall in love with a real person, and come to find their beauty as well. 

Very few of us are like Victor Nikiforov, Instantly Stunning With A Chin So Perfect It Could Fell A God. Most of us are Katsuki Yuuris, overlooked by 99.9999% of people on the street, but whose beauty waits to be seen by someone who wants to look close enough. 

so anyway I guess this is why I’M not completely sold on fics and stuff where victor is immediately all hummina-hummina over him. I just feel like that skips over the most interesting angle of Yuuri himself, and imo it’s just plain less interesting to read about a relationship where BOTH sides are smoking hot in much the same way…? There’s something really interesting to me in acknowledging something is plain but finding it absolutely beautiful in its simplicity at the same time. Somehow reminded I heard of a fic where kissing was described as, instead of sweet or fiery or melting, “tastes like mouth”. That’s just… so memorable and wonderful to me, lol.

this sort of bleeds into a thing I’ve been thinking about writing on designing sets of characters anyway, ideas about contrasting the designs against eachother and using a character design to subvert expectations later on down the line. related, but eh. it’s why I latch so hard onto the idea that yuuri can be considered genuinely plain AND beautiful AND sexy all at the same time, just cause… that’s the kind of effect I’ve been trying to achieve in my characters for a long time XD

Anyway that was a ramble, ty for reading, yuri on ice saved my soul goodnight

Special thanks!

I had to get to work this morning, so I really only had time to answer the ask I had and make a quick note to the person tumblr woudn’t let me respond too, but I’ve been meaning to say something to everyone who’s sent me asks, liked, reblogged and left nice comments in their tags about my work.

Thank you. Thank you all, so very much.

I struggle with depression, which contributes to the insomnia I’ve mentioned in tags. This fic is only two chapters long so far and less than a week old, and the praise it has gotten means more to me than I can possible express. I can only make you this promise:

15 Things We Love About ‘Band of Brothers’

(HBO)

This September, Band of Brothers will celebrate its 15th anniversary. Can it really be 15 years since Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks breathed new life into the TV landscape with their $125 million 10-episode WWII dramatic miniseries? Using historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s New York Times best-selling book of the same name as source material, Spielberg and Hanks assembled an unparalleled creative team (consisting of talented young actors and a sterling behind-the-scenes crew) to bring their vision to the small screen. Their subject? The heroes of “Easy” Company, part of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, who landed at Normandy and fought their way in less than a year to Hitler’s Berchtesgaden home in the Alps.

Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember the men and women who’ve died serving our country. Through its understated but eloquent celebration of the men of Easy Company, Band of Brothers pays particular homage to the ordinary citizens who, in all our wars, have been called upon to give extraordinary service to their country.

With that in mind as HBO Signature airs a complete marathon of the miniseries starting at 10 a.m. ET today, we look back at 15 things we love about Band of Brothers.

1. It’s still ranked as the No. 1 TV show on IMDB

That’s a pretty impressive feat for a miniseries that is about to turn 15 years old. What better evidence that Band of Brothers remains relevant and compelling a decade and a half after its debut? To be included on the IMDB Top Rated TV Shows list, a miniseries must have received ratings from at least 5,000 users. To give you an idea of the competition, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and The Wire are currently in the #3, #4, and #5 spots on the list.

2. Everyone is in Band of Brothers… literally, everyone

No, we’re not exaggerating. While only Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Donnie Wahlberg, Scott Grimes (ER) and a few others appear in all 10 episodes, the men of Easy Company are comprised of some remarkably familiar faces including Kirk Acevedo, Eion Bailey, Michael Cudlitz, Jimmy Fallon (!), Colin Hanks, Neal McDonough, David Schwimmer, and Matthew Settle. Oh, but that’s just the Americans. The alert viewer can easily pick out such notable British actors as Jamie Bamber, Michael Fassbender, Dexter Fletcher, Stephen Graham, Tom Hardy, James McAvoy and Simon Pegg. All appeared in Band of Brothers before their “big breaks” elsewhere.

3. Interviews with the real men of 101st Airborne Division bookend almost each episode

While there are 500 speaking roles in Band of Brothers, perhaps the most powerful words are spoken by members of Easy Company themselves who appear at strategic intervals to recount their memories of the war. To maintain suspense about the fates of key members of the 101st, the creative team wisely waits to identify the speakers until the end of the 10th episode. However, the big reveal is hardly a surprise because the actors bear such an uncanny resemblance to their real-life counterparts that they essentially embody their roles.

4. Each episode has a different protagonist within Easy Company

How do you tell a story that encompasses the experience of an entire Company? Miraculously, Spielberg and Hanks pulled it off by using seven different Easy Company men to serve as point-of-view characters for different stages of Easy Company’s trek through Europe. Damien Lewis’s Dick Winters (who works himself up to Major) is at the center of only three of the episodes, though he is a unifying presence in all 10. The other episodes are anchored by soldiers (and a medic) of all different ranks, giving the audience a feel for the collective experiences of the unit and keeping the series fresh.    

5. “Currahee!”

The premiere episode of Band of Brothers arguably provides the greatest military training montage of all time, stretched over 90 minutes. David Schwimmer embraces the role of Captain Sobel, the maniacally demanding commander who appears to enjoy torturing the men of Easy Company (especially Dick Winters). The scenes of their multiple three-mile runs to the top of Currahee Mountain are among the most memorable in the series. Viewers fully appreciate why “Currahee!” later becomes a rallying cry for the unit. Ironically, it is thanks in large part to Sobel’s brutality that the men of Easy Company bond as a unit and are thoroughly prepared for the hardships of the battlefield.

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6. The friendship between Dick Winters and Lewis Nixon

We really would like to think Damien Lewis and Ron Livingston hang out to this day, but we haven’t seen the paparazzi photos to prove it. As Dick Winters and Lewis Nixon, the two actors form a bond so believable you have to think they’ve been through real basic training together, not the Hollywood version. Our favorite moment is when a bullet ricochets off Nixon’s helmet as a horrified Winters looks on. The shock and relief in both men’s faces says it all.

7. D-Day (Brécourt Manor Assault)

While Spielberg showed us one version of the D-Day invasion in Saving Private Ryan, audiences were able to glimpse quite another in Band of Brothers. The men of Easy Company were paratroopers who leaped into the fiery skies over Normandy the night before the invasion. While the recreation of the harrowing parachute jump was incredible, the centerpiece of the second episode is the re-enactment of Easy Company’s attack of a fixed position held by a large force of Germans at Brécourt Manor. Dick Winters devised and led the assault so effectively that the tactics he employed are still taught at West Point. He also won himself the Silver Star.

8. How it deals with PTSD

Of course, we now know it as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but during World War II, the disorder, if diagnosed, was called “shell shock” and considered shameful. While a number of soldiers obviously suffer from some form of PTSD throughout the series, two examples stand out. One involves Private Albert Blithe (Marc Warren), who becomes increasingly disoriented after the jump at Normandy and finally suffers hysterical blindness during battle. He begins to function again only after Dick Winters is kind to him. McDonough’s Buck Compton, though, is the character who best displays the gradual onset of PTSD over many battles and humanizes the syndrome. The scene in which Buck finally reaches his breaking point (in the episode aptly titled, “The Breaking Point”) after witnessing the dismemberment of his two closest friends, is easily one of the most disturbing of the series.

9. Bastogne

Perhaps the most harrowing sequences in Band of Brothers take place in the forests of Bastogne in Belgium, the focal point of the Battle of the Bulge. The two episodes devoted to this struggle in the freezing, deadly woods not only show the careless brutality of actual combat, but also the agony associated with waiting for the enemy to strike. Inside their foxholes under the towering trees, the men have intervals when they reflect and bond, until the trees start exploding above them and fire rains down. This signature battle, during which Easy Company holds the line against German onslaughts at tremendous cost, is a turning point for the paratroopers — as well as the series. After Bastogne, they are certain only of each other.

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10. The Blue Headscarf

Due to its focus around Easy Company, Band of Brothers does not feature many women or children. That makes the appearance of Nurse Renee (Lucie Jeanne) all the more striking. Medic Eugene Roe (portrayed masterfully by Shane Taylor) encounters her at a make-shift clinic in a Belgium church near Bastogne. The two bond by recounting mutual experiences, share a chocolate bar, and form a real connection. She seems untouchable — a beacon of light in the darkness — until the clinic is bombed. A stunned Eugene finds her blue headscarf among the rubble that had been the aid station. He absorbs the fact that no one is safe and continues to deal with a wounded soldier — which is what she would have expected.

11. The legend of Ronald C. Speirs

One of the true gems of the series is Matthew Settle’s complex performance as Ronald C. Speirs, a skilled Captain who understands that, for an officer, it is better to be feared than be loved. Settle expertly conveys the dual nature of Speirs. He is both the man who is believed to have killed a group of German POWs after offering them a smoke and the man who turns out to be the savior of Easy Company when their craven commander is paralyzed by his fear of battle. It’s a gripping performance, which makes you wonder: why isn’t Matthew Settle a bigger star?

12. The 9th episode, “Why We Fight”  

For eight episodes, the men of Easy Company fight the Germans simply because they are the enemy. In this episode, they come to a much deeper understanding of why defeating Hitler is the right thing to do. When they finally enter Germany, they occupy a town called Landsberg where they stumble upon a concentration camp. The sequence that has them liberating starving prisoners while forcing Germans from the neighboring town to witness the horror is remarkably effective.

13. The occupation of Berchtesgaden

The men of Easy Company cap off their long journey by occupying Hitler’s famed holiday home, Berchtesgaden, better known as the Eagle’s Nest. In an incredible, eerie sequence, the men marvel at the castle-like interiors with stolen treasures from all of Europe on display. The surreal fortress is guarded by a dead Nazi officer who obviously committed suicide. Winters and Nixon smoke outside on the balcony, drink Hitler’s alcohol, uncover remarkable souvenirs (including Hitler’s photo albums), and admire the views of the Alps. It’s fitting that it is at this moment that they receive the news of the German army’s complete surrender.

14. “We salute the rank, not the man.”

Maybe the most satisfying line in the entire series. After working his way up to the rank of Major, Dick Winters encounters Schwimmer’s Captain Herbert Sobel, the man who tormented him and the men of Easy Company and even attempted to court-martial him. Now that he is out-ranked, Sobel averts his eyes to avoid Winters, but Winters can’t let him get away with it. It’s a glorious moment of comeuppance when Winters forces Sobel to acknowledge him.

15. The ending baseball sequence

What better way to end the chronicles of Easy Company than with the survivors indulging in America’s favorite pastime? In this tasteful slow motion sequence, Damien Lewis’s Dick Winters narrates the fate of each featured member of this extraordinary unit. While Buck Compton went on to become the prosecutor who convicted Sirhan Sirhan, others found success in ordinary endeavors: they became construction workers, postmen, a cab driver, writers, and even handy men. It’s true when Winters says, “how we lived our lives after the war was as varied as each man.”

Bye-bye, little butterfly.

(This pic on Twitter) Also bonus samurai Chat in a different outfit because man I love Chat in tradition clothes:

Congrats to Papapillon and all the other hardworking people whose sweat, blood, and tears made Miraculous Ladybug a reality. 

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Strike Up the Bandstand Dresses

Typically, a Broadway costume is showy and dramatic, but not all costumery falls into those categories–or if they do, it is in a much more subtle fashion. Such is the case with the designs that Tony-award winning costume designer Paloma Young crafted for Bandstand, a 2016-2017 season production. Set in the immediate post-war era of the 1940s, the musical is a swing-inspired theatrical moment in time that follows returned war veterans as they seek to win a national radio contest. Sweeping and dramatic, its costumes are understated in their elegance and Ms Young delivers some memorable pieces we’ll take a look at now. For this review, all of the photos are publicly available on the Playbill website and copyright remains with the photographer and licensee.

With the technical lingo and introduction out of the way, let’s sample a few of the designs Ms Young has put out. The female lead (and costumes for female leads are almost always the most interesting), Julia Trojan, is played by the truly incomparable Laura Osnes, and she spends the production radiating late 1940s glamor and style. There’s no particular order to the pieces I’m reviewing, so here goes:

This blue number is absolutely classic mid-1940s; it could easily have come out of the closet of any number of working or middle-class women in the era, either as a party dress for formal outfit for the former, or something a bit more run-of-the-mill for the latter. The 1940s was really the first decade of American fashion where patterned fabrics were obtainable by the masses. Prior to the Second World War, the cost of producing a patterned outfit meant that it was relegated either to specific types of couture or otherwise priced out of the range of the average American woman. But with increased production speed and revolutions in textile technology (including some used by yours truly’s grandparents!), patterned fabrics became accessible, and with accessibility, they became fashionable.

Blue and white is a classic combination of colors, or more strictly, a color and negative space. The floral is well-defined and monochromatic, with the variation in the blues caused by the presence or absence of additional dyes or pigments depending on how Bandstand’s costume shop decided to produce this number. Based on what I can see, Ms Young seems to have been inspired by a hydrangea or other dramatic flower; this is not a surprising choice! When you have a patterned number, you want the central element of the pattern, be it a floral or geometric design, to be memorable but replicable. Pick something too complicated, and the eye lingers too long on the design and misses the overall effect. But pick something too simple and you risk the work looking shoddy or overtly cheap (unless one is going for a minimalist effect–not typically done with florals). In the case of this dress, there is a complexity to the floral element that is replicated and allows for the viewer to appreciate it without distracting from the overall ensemble.

I also quite like that Ms Young did not do this is a simple straight dress, and instead chose to allow the fabric to bunch a little. The pinching of the fabric on the chest/shoulder and the bunching on the side show that the fabric has some give and is designed to be comfortable as well as elegant, something that would have been important to a performer such as the Julia Trojan character.

The other dress from this production that I want to take a look at is the one that Playbill features on the cover of the program. which has been used as the window card for the musical, and which features as the cover of the forthcoming (23 June) cast recording:

This is, obviously, a manipulated image, designed to look like something of an oil painting despite being based in a photograph. But what’s interesting is the design on the dress, which can be more clearly scene in this production still sourced from Playbill:

Every era has its inspired designs, and Paloma Young has clearly done her research here. The 1940s was an era when geometric patterns were making a comeback (and making their way into department store and middle class fashions) after being out of vogue for a few years.  If you look closely at the pattern on the red dress, you can see that there’s almost a floral nature to the geometric pattern, but that it is still somewhat abstract and “clean”. The lines form a subtle, eye-catching design that does something else important: it changes as the wearer moves. I don’t have a great clip handy right now, but the way the pattern uses a different thread to catch the light all but guarantees that you will never see the same pattern in the same way twice.

Bandstand is not a musical that is about the visual aesthetic; it is intended to be a more character-driven, simpler production that places emphasis on the music. But that does not mean the costumery is any less rich or vibrant than some of the more showy productions of the 2017-2018 season. What Paloma Young has done here is create two very different, unique pieces that fit the era of the musical and draw the eye in a positive way. 

The costumes complement the wearer (in this case Ms Osnes) without being too much of a distraction. Onstage, what will come through is the beauty of the fabric but in a way that does not take away from the music or the storyline. That’s not an easy tightrope to walk as a costume designer. Subtlety is your friend, and both of these outfits possess a subtle character that is not only ingenious, but accurate to the era from which they are meant to harken.

Well done, Paloma Young!

How Demi Lovato Stays Strong In Her ‘Simply Complicated’ World

Hint: It involves MMA fighting

The following feature appears in the October 2017 issue of NYLON.

Ever the champion for candor and vulnerability, Demi Lovato is letting us in on her daily life with the release of her new documentary, Simply Complicated, out this month on YouTube. Here, the superstar discusses her history with the video-sharing site, how she learned to live in the moment, and her foray into martial arts.

Why did now feel like the right time to create Simply Complicated?
Now feels like the perfect time because it’s been a really honest year. I couldn’t wait to take advantage of the opportunity, and also it felt right, with me working on my new album and turning 25.

What made you decide to release it on YouTube?
YouTube and I have had a great relationship. It’s definitely been a huge platform for engaging with my fans—I’ve used it to reach out to my fans since I was about 13, when I posted my very first video on YouTube. And it’s great to have a documentary that fans can watch at any time wherever they are.

What are some specific events we can look forward to seeing in the documentary?
You will get to see me in the studio, and you’ll get to see some philanthropic work that I did in India.

I heard you’re boxing in it, too.
Yeah, for over a year now I’ve been training in MMA, so I’ve been doing everything from boxing and kickboxing to jiujitsu.

You also did a documentary, Stay Strong, with MTV a few years back. How is Simply Complicated different?
Simply Complicated is different because it focuses on my journey of where I wanted to go in my life. [Stay Strong] was about six years ago, so I’m in a totally different place now, and it’s a totally different time in my life. I’ve learned so much since the last documentary, and I’ve gotten sober. I’ve started so many projects that are important to me.

You’ve mentioned that you’re less strict about your future now—in the past you had a five-year plan but now, not so much. What do you think led to that change?
Just taking a look at my life and being present, living in the moment and listening to what I want right now, rather than thinking that a certain idea is what I want—knowing for sure and having the courage to say this is the kind of life that I want to live. Learning to live in the moment can be a difficult change. Did you find that it made you less anxious? I do have anxiety. It’s something that I struggle with, but for the most part I’m in complete control of that. I’m just doing everything that it takes to take care of my anxiety.

I’m sure viewers are going to appreciate seeing this because you’ve been very open and vulnerable about your personal struggles and how you’ve overcome them.
I’m definitely very honest and I think viewers will be very receptive to that honesty in this album and in this documentary.

What are you most excited about on your new album?
My new music is R&B/pop, and more soulful. I got to work with DJ Mustard, which was really cool.

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sequel to “not that easy

for my babe @k-stagram , i tried to make this like cute and quirky cause i feel like johnny is like that haha. hopefully you like it!

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anonymous asked:

Hi I realize this is late but what is your opinion on the whole Phil-not-discussing-politics-and-not-discussing-moonlight drama? I saw you reblogged from one of the blogs that was super angry about it? Don't you think it's a bit harsh to expect him to talk about every social issue even in the movies he watches for fun? Idk. I feel like people can never be happy with Phil, they're always looking for reasons to criticize him. But I would like to hear your thoughts.

I haven’t seen Moonlight so i don’t feel like I can make a personal comment on the movie or worth of his opinion on it, but I’ll make a few points about the situation in general as I see it: 

- It’s not uncommon for someone to identify with the struggle portrayed in a movie when they see it as representation. To have someone view something you consider representation (of you, or just the kind of struggle you feel strongly about) as boring with little further in the way of explanation can feel like a personal rejection. 

- It’s not that people expect him to talk about “every social issue even in the movies he watches for fun” - it’s that the actual plot of this particular movie was a social issue and he neglected to even glancingly acknowledge that. The fact that Dan spoke about it and did acknowledge the social issue and importance just puts Phil in a slightly worse light by comparison. 

- It’s a sign of a bigger issue people have with Phil. We don’t know that he values the struggle that POC and the LGBTQ community go through, so it’s harder to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume by ‘it’s boring’ he meant ‘I recognize the weight of the film and what it represents, I just found the storytelling slow’. We don’t know enough to cut him slack because he doesn’t talk about it. 

- Phil doesn’t talk about anything he values beyond a shallow surface layer of things that relate directly to himself. To paraphrase @europeansoul in a conversation I was in earlier, we know he’s passionate about his family, his career, his partner. We do not hear Phil talk passionately about anything outside of his immediate life and circumstances. Does that mean he doesn’t care about social issues? We don’t know. Are we obligated to assume the best of him because we’re fans? I sure as hell hope not. Down that way lies blind adoration and I’m not here for that. 

- His channel is about telling stories that make people happy. He’s under no obligation to go any deeper than that. In fact, I generally appreciate that he doesn’t because it’s a nice bit of a mental break from the world. But as much as it is his choice to keep us in the dark about how he feels about social issues and reject using his platform to spread awareness, it is the choice of his viewers to appreciate or not appreciate that. 

- It’s ok to criticize people you’re a fan of.  It’s ok to criticize people you’re a fan of.

anonymous asked:

I grew up with the 1985 version. whats the new series of 'Anne' like? is it good?

absolutely amazing.

(at least so far) 

i may be biased because i’ve been excited about this show since they announced it. moira walley-beckett is the creator/showrunner and she is such a good writer. and she’s a fan of aogg too!

honestly it’s more gritty. it’s a more realistic take. anne is still the same idealistic girl but the show tackles on some serious issues like child abuse and bullying. it’s something that’s always been there, just not front and center. it’s rather faithful, they go totally off-book in the second episode but it makes sense storywise and it never feels wrong or ooc

there are some additional scenes that modern viewers should appreciate. i know i did. marilla’s shenanigans in ep3? it was SO GOOD

the actors are just brilliant. geraldine james as marilla is basically straight from my imagination. p e r f e c t. and rachel lynde. i love their dynamic so much. amybeth mcnulty as anne is just great for someone her age. i was so unsure about gilbert but he stole my heart in his very first episode. ‘any dragons around here need slaying?’ PLEASEEEEEEEEE I WAS SOLD ON THE SPOT

GO WATCH IT NOW or wait and marathon it on netflix

oh and they just released a new trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zb28ROCQMHU

Modern Fairytale

Summary: You felt it was love at first sight, akin to those fateful meetings described in fairytales.
A/N: AU romantic and hopefully realistic sort of oneshot filled with cute sweet moments. Yes, this is the oneshot I mentioned some time ago. I’m just glad it’s finished x.x
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Did Delena Sink The Vampire Diaries’ Ratings?

So I watched Vampire Diaries from the very beginning in 2009 all the until the finale last month and though I had been with show that long I’d still call myself  a casual viewer – there are quite a few episodes I willfully decided not to watch, all of which are in season 5 – but anyways over the years I’ve noticed how much the viewership dropped dramatically, and I wanted to know just how much and which season was the worst. So I looked up the rating for each seasons did some math and here’s what I found. 

Disclaimer: The conclusions I draw from the numbers are my opinions, and not to be taken as fact. I’m being as objective as I can be but bias is there whether I want it there or not.    

So to determine the worst season the usual route is the simplistic view and see which season had the lowest overall ratings. Now I did the math myself based on the numbers from Wikipedia because the some of the season averages made no mathematical sense (season seven′s average was at 1.49 when not a single episode that season had a rating that high) – I checked the numbers three times to make sure I was right. Also because the numbers are from Wikipedia they’re only the US ratings.

So according to that approach season six, seven, and eight are the worst seasons which isn’t surprising since with most shows the rating gradually drop – but are those seasons actually the worst? No, because you can’t satisfy an audience you’ve already lost – meaning only the people that watched the season can determine it’s quality. So using purely the numbers the best way to determine the worst seasons was to look at how many viewers were lost between each season and assess how well each season kept it’s audience within the season – basically the one that drove the most people away.

So with that in mind I looked at the amount of viewers lost between one season to the next. Instead of just looking at the raw numbers I took the percent as I felt that it would more accurately represent how much was lost because using percents would determine how much of their existing audience they lost.

So the reason why I’m looking at the numbers lost between each season is because I’m going off the logic that the season before determines how many viewers will or in this case will not come back for the next season. According to the numbers the worst performing seasons are five, six and four. Why didn’t people want to come back for the next season? 

It’s commonly viewed among most people that TVD had a drop in quality. Most people say season 1-3 or 1-4 were there best seasons with the quality dropping in seasons four and five which the numbers support and I can see why. For me personally I noticed the drop in season three, but it was minor and the show continued that trajectory into season four which led to them basically jumping off the cliff in season five – their gas leak year. That explains why seasons five and four lost the audience going on to the next, but what about season six?

This is probably more of a personal opinion, but season six was a step up from season 5 and mildly more entertaining than season four. It’s the season that brought me and a lot of people I know back to the series, but still wasn’t enough to bring the show back to it’s former status – why? Well, the lead actress, Nina Dobrev, left the show at the end of the season. There are a lot of people who’s hearts weren’t into watching after Elena was gone (despite how much they complained about her), so a lot of people didn’t continue onto season seven. Also, though the quality had gone up just not that much – the better quality was mostly dependent on a brand new character, Kai, and character development for a main character who should have had that kind of development years ago, Bonnie, and by the end of that season the brand new character was gone and that character development was up in the air whether it was going to stay. On top of that there were still the same problematic elements in storytelling from season five in season six there was just something more to latch on to. There wasn’t really much to hang onto going into the next season besides the Heretics (rip-off Originals) and not enough was known about them to make them an exciting plot line to follow into the next season. Bottom line was that it was low expectations for season seven that didn’t have much to do with how well season six did as a season.  

What about the ratings within the season?

I did that by calculating the percentage of viewers lost from the premiere to finale each season.

Season five lost the most amount of viewers within the season and just after that are season four and season one. Season one can easily be attributed to the show just starting to get regular viewers, but what’s season four’s excuse? Also you’s note that season 8 didn’t lose any viewers from the premiere to the finale they gained 17.35% more, but that’s because of the series finale – more people tuning in for the final episode to say their official goodbyes to the show even though they stopped watching years ago.

What was going on during these seasons (4 & 5)?

  • Damon and Elena had finally officially gotten together much to some shippers enjoyment, but a lot of others dismay and that shows in the ratings. There are a lot of vocal Delena shippers, but they’re just that – vocal – they nowhere near represent the entire fan base. But what made this ship a nightmare was the way their relationship was written. They were the on and off again couple that put Ross and Rachel to shame in terms of annoyance – they would be happy for a short sex filled time and then something that should be inconsequential would happen and they’d start the “I’m not good for you“I don’t care about that”obstacle and break up then Damon kills someone, Elena forgives him and they do that all over again. Every time I think about their relationship in this specific season I hear Phoebe from Friends in my head singing “and lather, rinse, repeat, and lather, rinse, repeat, and lather rinse repeat” on a reoccurring loop never to get to the “as needed” portion of the song because that’s all they do and their relationship is as arbitrary as that song. They ruined everything that could have been good about that ship within those two seasons and I’m not just saying that because it’s a personal opinion – there are a lot of former Delena shippers that hate them as much as I do because of what we had to endure from their relationship season five. However, a simple ship getting together shouldn’t cause such a drop in viewership because there are a lot viewers that were flexible or indifferent as to who the main character ended up with and there’s more to a show than ships, especially one ship.
  • Fan Pandering: Any show you watch will have things in there that aren’t there specifically for the plot, but for fans to enjoy. When show do this it’s usually something of no real consequence and TVD so far had been doing this, but season four and five had the largest amount of retcons, characters that should have stayed dead coming back to life, and too much focus on the romantic subplot of the main ship and most of that was mainly due to vocal fans which again don’t represent the majority and because of that fan pandering became alienating to the point that these things were only enjoyable to the fans that they were pandering to and in some cases not even them. However why was this so alienating?
  • Convoluted Plot Lines: TVD has always had convoluted plots each seasons, but they were ones people could still follow. Seasons four and five have things so complicated years later the writers are still having issues explaining things. The Travelers – what even? Oh and don’t get me started on doppelgangers – before they were mildly confusing, but after season 4 they were incomprehensible. Anyways, the plot got so convoluted that the only things you could follow with accuracy was the fan pandering making that pretty much the entire show and if the number say anything it’s that viewers didn’t appreciate it and jumped ship, many to never come back again except in fanfiction.

So there was a lot going on in seasons four and five and most of it not good – sure it’s teen show on the CW with a ridiculous name, but it wasn’t until then they they officially started living up to that ridiculousness that was set in before the show even started.

Overall which season was the worst?

Season 5.

While I personally would actually say season eight based on the series finale alone, season five consistently had the worst writing – so much so that I’m pretty sure if you jumbled the episodes it would make the same amount of sense – and lost the most viewers both within the season and going on to the next. 

Did Delena Sink their ratings?

I personally think yes. Season five not only is the most prominent season for Delena, most of the issues in that season are because everyone of those fan services and convoluted plot lines revolved around them. They were inescapable to the point that you couldn’t ignore them in favor of focusing on other characters, so people chose not to watch at all.

Am I 100% Right?

No. I could be make a correlation as inaccurate as ice cream causes murder, but I honestly think that there was too much of a coincidence between the loss of viewership and Delena. 

as usual, viewers more appreciative than critics

Like many, I thought the critics’ early attitude toward this film was like an internet pile-on, people scrambling to see how snarky and pissy they could be.

And as some of us know ( @the-haven-of-fiction​ ), this film deserved better.  I’m heartened to see the reviews by typical viewers. Reading through, I found a lot of older generation viewers especially enjoyed it.

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Friendly reminder that Sam Winchester still had faith and kept fighting when even Castiel, angel of the Lord, was ready to get drunk and wait for the end, when even his own brother had lost faith in him. He fought with all he had even though hell had told stories of its Boy King and heaven of the great battle between the archangels for longer than human minds can even fathom. 

Friendly reminder that Sam defied destiny before he even knew his role in it, and that–despite manipulation and plans set in motion before his birth, despite demon-possessed friends and teachers whispering in his ear since he learned the meaning of words–Sam peeled off these dark prophecies like an ill-fitting piece of clothing and chose to be good.

Friendly reminder that the person who played the biggest and most instrumental role in saving the world is one of the only people who has never once claimed credit for it in any way, never flaunted his sacrifice, and yet continues to try to do what’s right with every bit of strength left in him.

arms headcanons: 


Kid Cobra: He spends a lot of his free time snakeboarding. Like, if he isn’t in a match or sleeping or hanging out with the other ARMS league fighters, he’s snakeboarding. It’s his absolute passion and he loves his viewers to pieces. He isn’t big on getting all emotional or sentimental, but he really does appreciate his viewers’ support. He hangs out with Spring Man a lot and tries to teach him how to snakeboard. Spring sucks at it, but they always have fun with each other. His viewers also enjoy seeing the other fighters make appearances in his streams. Although, if it isn’t Spring Man snakeboarding with him, it’s Mom Twintelle patching up one of his many injuries from his sport. 

Biff: Absolute number one fan of the ARMS league. He’s the ARMS commentator and loves his job to pieces. Literally could not be happier. He admires all the fighters. Nothing excites him more than new fighters joining the league and commentating an interesting match (although that’s pretty much every match to him). Nobody is quite sure what he is or how he came to be the small, yellow, three-handed being he is, but he doesn’t seem to be too unhappy about his current state. He owns tons of merch for every fighter. Even outside the ARMS league, he keeps up with the fighters’ lives. Biff eats at Min Min’s restaurant, watches Ribbon Girl’s performances, and frequently enjoys Kid Cobra’s streams. Biff is everyone’s supportive best friend.