we love saved by the bell

Can we just talk about this moment? He has no idea that Belle said she loved him back. He died before hand.

•This expression on his face says everything. He turns around and looks at Belle as if he truly can’t believe the meaning behind it all.

• “I’m human? But that means….” he whips around and sees Belle standing there. He lets out a breath of relief. Everything he has ever hoped for since she got there has fallen into place. The spell is broken, she loves him, his castle has been saved.

• But just look at this precious cinnamon roll. Look at that FACE. That expression crushes me every time. He looks as though he’s about ready to cry. But following this part, he’s cautious. He lets Belle lead. He’s afraid he’ll scare her somehow. That perhaps his human form is more frightening than the Beast. He knows his character as a human to be despicable, arrogant, hateful, and conceited. That’s the last thing he wants Belle to see. But she sees into his heart. She knows. She knows how loving, caring, kind, and compassionate he’s become. And now so does he.

• That hair tho. It’s so soft JUST LET ME TOUCH IT.

•And those EYES. Hngggg.

how does harry manage to update his fashion sense with each of his eras?

2012 - sweet dorky kid who might offer to pay for your ice cream and will want to “take it slow, yeah?”

2013 - some bratty frat boy who always gets what he wants but you would still let him fuck up your life

2014 - the matured ex frat boy who left the frat when he got educated on “no means no” and “rape culture” & switched his major to art or some bullshit like that

2015 - that one guy who spends WAY too much time at record stores flipping through queen and the rolling stones commenting about how he “listened to this shit wayyy before it was fucking hipster” even tho he was born in the ‘90s

2016 - the cute new dude who your boss just hired and all the girls (and some guys) in the office have a crush on and so you try to find him on social media but he has absolutely none

2017 - intimidating as fuck guy who gets iced coffee every single morning at 7 am with some weird ass bell bottoms on but when you actually have a convo he just starts crying about how much he loves the bees and “we need to save them at all costs”

most underrated parts of Beauty and the Beast 2017

•  Maurice cuz he is just the best dad in the world and imagine his pain when he had to leave his wife for saving his baby daughter! 

•  Audra McDonald’s amazing parts 

•  How in the midst of all this sorrow Can so much hope and love endure? 

•  Maestro Cadenza loosing some of his teeth in the battle (appearing with all of them in the finale haha)

•  Forever can spare a minute

Beast’s look when Belle leaves to save her father. Gave me the fucking chills 

• The Prince’s laugh in the openning scene (I mean it’s Dan fucking Stevens and he’s gorgeous)

 •  Belle’s kiss on Beast’s forehead SHE KISSED HIM come on

•  When the master lost his mother, and his cruel father took that sweet, innocent lad and twisted him up to be just like him, we did nothing.

Season 7.

The scene opens on the Swan-Jones house. We go into the house. It looks different than before – actually well-lived in now. Books and toys are scattered about and pictures hang on the walls. The camera pans past some of these pictures. There are obvious ones hanging like Emma and Killian’s wedding photos, Emma and David by the Sheriff’s car, but there are new ones, as well. Emma and Hook in the hospital room cradling a small bundle, happy and exhausted grins on their faces. There’s Henry in a graduation robe, flanked by both Emma and Regina. There’s a shot of Regina with a mystery character we haven’t seen together, clearly at their own wedding. There’s even Belle with Gideon, smiling happily. Basically, a few years have passed, and it’s been a good few years.

We hear a squeal, and the scene turns to Emma and Hook preparing a child for bed. Emma’s phone rings, and she learns that there’s a crisis on the docks. Looks like it’s a job for the Sheriff.

“Sure you don’t need backup, love?”

“Please, after the demagorgon last month, this is gonna be a cakewalk. Sure you can handle bedtime?”

“It’ll be a cake walk.”

They kiss, and Emma goes off to save the day. Because she’s Emma Swan, ass-kicker extraordinaire.

We stick with Killian and little Swan-Jones. It’s story time, and the kid holds up a “Once Upon a Time” book. They begin to flip through it, and we realize that this book is different. There are new stories than what we’ve seen.

“Your brother’s been busy, but how about I tell you about a story that isn’t in your brother’s book.”

The kid’s eyes go wide. It’s interested.

“You see, Once Upon a Time, your Aunt Regina…”

And there we go. It’s a new season. The season is literally this story featuring everyone who is coming back. There can be flashbacks within flashbacks. Emma doesn’t die. She’s off kicking ass. We learn that most everyone gets their HEA/HB. If there’s a season after that, it’s another story. The series ends with Hook telling the kid to go to sleep, tomorrow is a big day, after all.

“It’s your Mum’s birthday.”

If we get JMo to come back, the scene cuts to her party at Granny’s. Everyone is there. Henry is wearing a college sweatshirt. Snow and Charming are there. Regina is being her fabulous self with her love interest, who we meet in the story, by her side. Emma, surrounded by her family and friends, blows out the candle. We go full circle.

I cannot BELIEVE Belle is just like “wow he’s amazing. he’s not only letting me go, but he’s the one pushing for me to do it. okay so I’m leaving the castle to save my father and then I’m going to go back, perhaps take my father with me, and stay with Adam yeah that’s gonna be great I just need to save my father first”

and then we have Adam being like “i’ll never see her again, the love of my life. i’m gonna give her my magic mirror to look back on me if she wants (wow slow down adam you’re such a fucking dork, like she’d want to remember you) and then i’ll never see her again”

and Belle’s like “oh okay he gave me his mirror. hold up what does he mean with it being a way to look back on him?? lol i’ll see him in a couple of hours or so” and then she runs away like “brb, adam! just gotta save my dad first!”

and Adam is literally giving up on his life, singing about how his life will be empty without her, how he’ll keep waiting for her to return one day even though he knows he’s only fooling himself, she can’t love him

miraculous 'Your Name' au;

i’ve been thinking about this movie a lot so let’s get started shall we not?

spoilers for your name, duh.

ps: some of these replacements for characters are a little out of the box so please hear me out.

  • Marinette Cheng lives on the countryside of France with her grandfather Master Fu and her little sister Bridgette
  • her mother Sabine Cheng died of a horrible sickness when she was younger and due to that her loving and warm father Tom Dupain turned cold and distant and ruptured any connection he had with the family and their traditions
  • Marinette dislikes her town and wishes she could go to Paris and pursue her dreams of becoming a famous designer
  • but for now she stays in town with her grandfather and sister and her two best friends Alya (who has a little crush on her) and Chloe (who here is much more subdued because she’s been raised by her mother instead of her father, who didn’t have any fortune. Chloe still has a hard time believing in herself, and sometimes needs a little push to be confident).
  • chloe can still come up with snarky comebacks to alya’s taunts however.
  • what she does enjoy doing is weaving braided chords as well as adding little pearls and wooden designs to them to make them her own
  • she calls them her lucky charms and always likes keeping them in her hair
  • Adrien on the other hand is a pretty wealthy boy from Paris.
  • His dad, Gabriel, is not very present but he basically gives the boy anything he could ever want.
  • His best friends are Nino (who encourages his wild side) and Felix (who keeps him a little more grounded.
  • he also works at an italian restaurant to prove to his dad and the world that he can do things himself. he refuses to use any of the money that his father gives him and instead gives it to charity. he only spends the money that he earns.
  • it also helps that Tikki, a beautiful girl who seems like the world spins in her favor, works with him.
  • anyways the two switch blahblahblahblahblah
  • As Marinette, Adrien is able to express a little more of his wildside and the temper that most people don’t seem to realize he has
  • As Adrien, Marinette shows off a little more assertiveness and is also given the opportunity to show off her sewing skills when a rude customer slashes Tikki’s dress with a knife
  • She also gets extremely exited when she sees all of the pastries in the big Paris cafes because it reminds her of the baked goods her parents would make her when she was younger.
  • anyways they cause a lot of mischief to each other’s lives blahblahblah but secretly they don’t want these switches to end.
  • but they do.
  • and after a disastrous date with Tikki, Adrien realises that he might have true deep feelings and try to find her.
  • so Tikki and Felix decide to come with him. Tikki finds it incredibly romantic and Felix just wants to keep his friend out of trouble.
  • but then they find out that the small town was destroyed 3 years ago
  • and Marinette is dead.
  • but he suddenly remembers a shrine he visited as Marinette, Home to Plagg (the god of destruction), Wayzz (the god of protection) and Nooroo (the god of heroes).
  • if all of them agree, they could give him a second chance.
  • and they do.
  • yay!
  • so when he gets back he convinces Alya and Chloe to help him save the town and although Alya is all for causing mischief Chloe is so so on the idea but she stil wants to help her friends.
  • Adrien also tries to convince Tom to back him up but gets reminded of his own relationship with his father.
  • and he realizes that only the true Marinette can convince her father.
  • and since he knows she’s probably in his body near the shrine, he goes there to find her.
  • and while he’s biking to find her he realizes that she came to visit him three years ago when he didnt know her and thats how he got his lucky charm around his wrist.
  • he gets to the shrine.
  • AND ITS TWILIGHT. THE MAGIC HOUR.
  • so they change back into their own bodies and first they flirt and tease each other but then Adrien tells Marinette about the situation
  • and then he has the brilliant idea to write each other’s name on their hands so that the memories of each other will never fade
  • but twilight ends and marinette doesn’t get to write her name on his hand
  • and adrien stupid romantic kid writes “i love you” on her hand instead.
  • CRIES.
  • anyways marinette saves most of the town.
  • and now we are 8 years into the future from that point.
  • Adrien and Marinette both know they are looking for something but they don’t know what.
  • Adrien keeps having these weird moments of clarity. Sometimes he hears bells when he passes a certain figure. One time he even heard a conversation between a couple about to get married. The girl refers to the other as Alya, which is familiar. She wants her to lose weight before the wedding.
  • for some reason that strikes something strange inside of Adrien
  • and one day in the train
  • he sees HER
  • he doesn’t know who she is but he chases after her
  • she chases after him
  • they find each other
  • they see each other
  • he cries
  • she cries
  • they ask each other for their names.
The way Belle looks at Adam/The Beast

After watching the movie again…. and again.. and again, i started noticing the different ways Belle looks at Adam (Yes, i’m making a point of calling him by his name from now on) and i felt like i needed to make a post (lengthy post) about it.

1. This is the first time Belle sees Adam. She’s shocked, which we all would be, i mean….. He’s a monster!

2. I wanted to point out the change from the first image to this one. At first glance, Belle is shocked, having never seen anything like him before, but in this one she’s terrified. Her father is being taken away from her by this monster and she feels there’s nothing she can do.

3. FIESTY BELLE! We’d seen a little bit of rebellious Belle early on with Gaston, but this is her proper letting loose. You tell him girl!!

4. The moment of hesitation here always catches me for a second. Is this maybe…just maybe, the first time Belle really feels anything towards Adam? Why would she turn around and help him. True, she’s a nice person, but she gives up her only chance at freedom to help this monster she knows nothing about. Could there be an underlying feeling towards him? 


5. Here, we see Belle showing something close to care. Like she feels sorry for Adam, or maybe helpless in making things better. Sharing a similar backstory with their mother dying, maybe this is were she first feels a connection towards him.

6. We all loved this moment. I mean, who wouldn’t fall in love at the sight of a library that big? Speaking of love. That pause, ^, If you just look, the way she stares at him is something a bit more than just laughing at his joke. She’s seeing a change in him, a change that she likes, and it looks as though she’s catching herself before she falls too far.

7. Another long look. What could it mean?!

8. ANNNND another one! Someone is starting to like the look of Adam. Even beneath all that hair and claws.

9. Okay we’ve all done this when we’ve been caught staring at someone we like. Come on Belle! You’re making it too obvious.

10. Yes, this is better, do it at a distance when he can’t see you. (Also, I love the new sequence of scenes for this song)

11. “Still, a romance.” We caught that little glance when he was looking away, you cheeky Belle.

12. Okay, now we can get back into the deeper looks. This is sympathy again. Knowing that a whole world has rejected him, she couldn’t help feeling sorry for him.

13. “Let’s go home.” First off, she called it home! Imagine how that makes Adam feel? That she feels his cursed, dark dusty castle is home. I feel like she really means it, that she’s begging him to take her somewhere that she is happy, and that she has good memories of. 

14. Okay, the eyebrow lift, how cute is that. Subtle, but it’s like she’s saying, “I scrub up well… yeah.. i know.” (I must say, a little come hither might be hidden in there somewhere)

15. Disbelief. The way she looks around, thinking to herself “Do i want to go?” “Do i want to leave this play that makes me so happy?” “Do i want to leave him?”

16. This turn. She makes it seem as though she thinks she’ll never see Adam again, but she’s already said thank you, so why turn around again? Was there something else she wanted to say? I think so, but maybe she didn’t know how to voice it, how to tell him, because maybe she didn’t really know either.

17. Fear again. She finally lays eyes on him, and she can see he is injured. What if she won’t be able to tell him how she feels?

18. Shock. This is where the Adam is dragging Gaston towards the edge of the castle wall. The last time we saw shock from Belle was the first time she saw Adam. Maybe she feels fear too that he is becoming what they all think he is….a Beast.

19. I think the she feels nothing here. In her arms is the dying body of the man she cares for. The only thing she can do is reasure him. Tell him it will be okay, all the while trying to convince herself.

20. This is desperation. She’s nearly there, she nearly understands what she is feeling, but she is too late and she knows it. She needs him to come back to her, to not leave her alone, not like she left him.

21. The realisation. We all know this moment. When the main character realises they are in love, and they try desperately, to tell the other person, in the hopes it might save them. Disney have done this a few times, one example being back in Tangled when Rapunzel saves Flynn/Eugene with a tear drop of pure love.

22. Shock. Each time Belle sees Adam for the first time in some way, she experiences some sort of shock. She’s unsure of what has happened. (As my brother said, she’s probably thinking “Thank God he’s handsome.”)

23. Relief, happiness, love, amazement. She knows now that she can be happy, she can be with this man she loves. It’s overwhelming, but she knows it is what she’s always wanted.

24. Love. There is nothing but love in that look. She is where she is meant to be, with who she is meant to be with, and she loves it.


Look at the difference. Look at the change over the period they spent together. That…… is Disney.




Extra:

Because who doesn’t love this scene?

*Rawr*

9 Reasons Why the New “Beauty and the Beast” is Better Than the 1991 Original

I know, such a crazy notion, but as a die-hard fan of the original 1991 animated classic, as a young woman who adored Belle and looked up to her as a young girl, and as someone who loves Disney, I truly believe that while the cartoon classic is phenomenal, the new live-action reimagining is astoundingly better. Here are my reasons why:

1. Back-story 

In the original I always had SO MANY QUESTIONS. Mainly–how in the hell did a village less than a few miles away not know that a giant castle that once was home to a wealthy and powerful Prince was RIGHT THERE? Who was the Prince ruling over if the villagers had no clue this place and this beast existed? Why were the servants cursed if they weren’t the ones who turned the old woman away? Why was the Prince so cold-hearted, arrogant, and shallow? The prologue amongst other scenes in the 2017 film address all these questions.

We learn that the enchantress placed a spell on the villagers to make them forget about the Prince and everyone in the castle. This explains how no one knew it was there, and also the sense of lawlessness in the village, because if their ruler–the Prince–vanished, and no one remembered him then whose in charge? Gaston? No wonder it’s a mess there.

We also learn why Beast is so cold-hearted, we learn his mother died when he was young and his father was emotionally abusive, and raised him to be a spoiled, arrogant, shallow shell of a man. We also learn that the servants witnessed the emotional abuse of this child and did nothing to stop it–deeming them worthy of punishment for being so cowardly and selfish as to not help the Prince when he was young.

Now someone asked me why the hell Chip and the dog were cursed too, they didn’t do anything. My theory is the curse was really only taking effect inside the ballroom, all the servants were in there for the ball, and in the opening sequence we see Chip running in to see what’s the matter and Mrs. Potts running after him–terrified. I believe she sensed the danger in the ballroom, and was trying to save Chip from meeting the same fate as the rest of them, and ultimately–she failed. The Maestro and Madame de Garderobe’s dog was in the ballroom as well, so I guess he was just unlucky also.

We also learn that Cogsworth and Mrs. Potts had spouses who must’ve been away from the castle when the spell was cast, causing them tragically (at least in Mrs. Potts case) to be forgotten by their loves.


2. Belle the Feminist Activist

It was never made clear in the cartoon film that it wasn’t just ‘odd’ that Belle liked reading it was ‘odd’ that a low-born woman in 18th century France even COULD read. It wouldn’t occur to children (it certainly didn’t to me) that her reading in public is practically illegal and worthy of public shame. In the cartoon it was just all ‘lol books are lame,’ In the live action not only does Belle not have a town bookshop to go to (because seriously, why would a town of mostly illiterate people who hate reading have a bookshop) she is merely friends with the Priest who owns less than a dozen books. THAT IS ALL SHE HAS. And then she teaches another young girl how to read and is publicly shamed for it, and still doesn’t back down, because she believes that women deserve the same rights as men. 

In the beginning sequence of the town, we literally see boys marching into school while the girls are stuck doing the wash. Belle also refuses to waste valuable reading time on the laundry–so girl INVENTS A WASHING MACHINE! 

When Belle gets to the castle, she tricks the Beast into taking her instead. She tries savvy ways to escape. She never flings herself onto the bed and cries like in the cartoon. She fights every damn second.

In the end she doesn’t even change out of her ballgown to go save her father, she just hops on her horse and goes. 

Belle was ALWAYS strong, but this 2017 Belle is formidable and a force to be reckoned with.


3. Tragic love

In the 1991 film, the wardrobe was a goofy character there for laughs, as was Plumette. Also, Lumiere and Plumette’s relationship in the cartoon was creepy and borderline sexual harassment. It was pure lust. In this version, they are madly in love and Lumiere clearly cares about her so much. 

We also see Madama de Garderobe and Maestro Cadenza (a brilliant new character) who are also madly in love, but unlike Lumiere and Plumette can’t even be with one another during the curse due to the stationary limitations as the objects they’ve been cursed to be. By the time Madame finally makes her way downstairs to be with Maestro it is too late, the curse is taking away their life. The moment when Lumiere realizes he has lost Plumette, and where Maestro realizes he has lost Madame, add a heart-breaking very raw and real layer to the story. It’s not just about Belle and Beast, these servants aren’t just funny objects that talk, they were people too. They had a life and loves and that was stolen from them just as it was the Beast.

4. Papa and Belle’s Motherless Backstory

In the cartoon, Belle’s father is simply a goofy character. He’s a blithering idiot who makes pointless inventions. In this version, he is an artist who had to leave his plagued wife behind in Paris in order to save their only daughter. We see him live with the pain of this everyday. We see him and Belle have a beautiful, genuine relationship. We see him fight whole-heartedly for Belle. We see him give her courage and strength to never back down from who she is.

And we learn something that the cartoon NEVER gave us–we learn of Belle’s mother. Lost to the plague when Belle was a babe, with nothing but a rose-shaped rattle to remember her by, that her Father captured in a painting. Explaining why Belle always asks for one. We learn that Belle–like her father and mother–is willing to sacrifice everything for the ones that she loves.


5. Classic Fairytale Homage 

While the cartoon held almost no remnants of the original fairytale written over 500 years ago, or the original French film made in the 40s, the 2017 version pays homage to both. 

Belle asking for simply a rose from her father’s travels, as well as Beast and his servants preparing Maurice a fire and dinner when he arrives at the castle, but Beast only growing angry when Maurice steals the rose–is taken directly from the pages of the fairytale. 

We also see another fun easter egg reference to the french film: when Maurice walks up to the door–he sees the front lantern is being held by what looks like a human arm made of stone, which in the French film, was an incredibly iconic scene when Belle walks through the dungeon to find her father.


6. A Real Antagonist

Cartoon Gaston is again, a 2D character there to provide some conflict at the end. The 2017 version shows him as the epitome of prejudice, hatred and sexism. He expresses many times throughout the film the the sees Belle as prey for him to hunt. He leaves Maurice for dead in the wood. The lyrics of the mob song were even changed to include his verse “but I know they all will follow, for in times like this they do just as I say.” Gaston is the scariest Disney villain because people like him exist in real-life. Gaston and his angry mob of blind-followers provide a tangible conflict outside of the curse that the cartoon simply did not provide.


7. A Shared Love of Reading

It never made a damn bit of sense in the 1991 cartoon and the Broadway musical adaptation–that Beast was illiterate. If ANYONE during the time could read it sure as hell would’ve been the wealthy Prince. All aristocracy could read and most men knew how to read a little. So yeah, a Prince could read.

So the fact that he and Belle share a love of reading adds and element to their friendship bred romance that didn’t exist prior to this reimagining.


8. New Music

What would Beauty and the Beast be without those iconic numbers like: ‘Belle,’ ‘Gaston,’ ‘Be Our Guest,’ and of course, the title song–made famous by Angela Lansbury– ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ When Broadway adapted the cartoon film years ago, they added some songs of their own, such as the Broadway-Buff-Beloved number– ‘Home.’ So naturally it would’ve been easy for the writers and directors of this film to just buy the rights to those songs and call it a day. Instead we got 5 gorgeous new numbers, and 1 new reprise. We got the opening ‘Aria,’ sung at the Prince’s beginning ball by Madame de Garderobe, we get ‘How Does a Moment Last Forever,’ sung by Maurice, singing about remembering his late wife. Then we later get the Montmartre of this song sung by Belle as she recalls the lost ‘Paris of her childhood,’ in an all new scene where her and Beast use a magic book to travel to the attic where she lost her mother. We get ‘Days in the Sun,’ where we hear from the servants and the pain they feel as well living under the curse. We get, ‘Evermore,’ the torrid, angst-filled lamenting ballad Beast sings when he let’s Belle go. And lastly, we get a never before heard reprise of ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ sung by Mrs. Potts ( Emma Thompson) at Belle and Beast’s wedding. These news songs add more passion to the film. (Evermore is my personal favorite)

9. Gay Lefou

It’s about damn time. Cartoon Lefou is definitely alluded to being in-love with Gaston, but Josh Gads blatantly homosexual portrayal was brilliant, and as a member of the queer community–made me so happy.

Yes, in ‘Frozen’ we got the one throw-away joke about Oaken being gay, but it was 0.5 seconds long and barely delved into. In this 2017 film, Lefou makes many sexual innuendos towards Gaston, publicly cuddles Gaston, and in the end dances happily with another queer fellow at Belle and Beast’s wedding, and this is an amazing step forward for the Disney franchise to start having openly queer characters in their films.


SO THERE YOU HAVE IT! My 9 reasons why the 2017 Beauty and the Beast is better than the 1991 original. I still love the original and it will always have a fond place in my heart–but when movie nights of the future come round, I will opt to put on the 2017 version instead, and experience a Tale as Old as Time, retold for a new generation.

FOR DAMEN    a captive prince fanmix

1. Dessa  Sound the bells  -  2. Bayta  What’s my name  -  3. Grandson  Bury me face down  -  4. Mumford and Sons  Snake eyes  -  5. Woodkid  I love you  -  6. Goo Goo Dolls  Iris  -  7. Ed Sheeran  Kiss me  -  8. John Legend  Surefire  -  9. Àsgeir  Stardust  -  10. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds  If I had a gun  -  11. Lauren Aquilina  King  -  12. Alpines  Empire

Gorgeous art by the lovely marty-mc 

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Rhetorical Ink Reviews: Beauty and the Beast (2017 Live Action)

**Careful for SPOILERS below**

I will be the first to admit that I’m a HUGE Beauty and the Beast fan. I had the book as a kid, wanted to be Belle, and have had a large fascination with the story and believe it spurned me into wanting to draw more.

So, the Live Action adaptation had HUGE shoes to fill for me before even going in. I tried to look at the film as a standalone and not judge it based on the predecessor…a VERY hard task when watching, I might add.

My best friend saw it with me and she loved it! What did I think? Well, putting ten thoughts alone would not do my favorite childhood movie justice. So instead, I am doing a Top Ten Likes and Top Ten Dislikes. Careful for spoilers!

My Top Ten Likes of Beauty and the Beast (2017):

Originally posted by dailyplanetnerd

10. The set and costumes: Everything has layers and detail and colors that pop but also makes sense for the time period. I LOVED the costumes and even the yellow gown, considering the wardrobe “makes it” in this, grew on me quickly. As for the sets? They are beautifully ornate and have a classic “other worldly” look to them. I could watch the movie over and over to gawk at the scenery and character designs.

9. The Opening Scene: Nothing will ever live up to the deep voice of the narrator and the stained glass…but there was something so fresh about how we started on the Prince, how the dance unfolded, and how the Enchantress appeared. She looked gorgeous and the classic French scene was a welcome addition (more so than others…but we’ll talk of that soon). In any case, it is a worthy contrast from the beginning, when he’s surrounded by beautiful girls, to late when there’s only Belle.

8. Kevin Kline as Maurice: Kevin Kline is a fine actor, and he brings such a charm and dignity to the formerly bumbling character. I still like Maurice in the animated movie, but it makes more sense for Belle’s father to be an artist and hopeless romantic than a “world famous inventor.” Kline’s performance was a highlight for me and definitely added to the movie as a whole.

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7. “Kill the Beast!” I’ll talk more about some other songs below, but this was by far my favorite number; this is EXACTLY what I was hoping for with this song in live action form. It does not disappoint. Speaking of “Kill the Beast…”

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6. We see Gaston and Lefou learning where the castle is: A big question I had as a kid was, “How did they know where to go to find the Beast?” In this, we get our answer. Lefou and Gaston actually follow Maurice to the woods, where he believes he can route them to the Beast’s castle. This backfires on him, but in any case we learn how Gaston and Lefou knew where to go in the first place.

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5. Belle is more an inventor….and a teacher: It makes sense for Belle to be as learned as she is to be more of the inventor. I loved the little scene where she does her own laundry with the contraption she made and is trying to teach a little girl to read. After having to sit through a preview for a CGI movie where the boy character is an inventor and the girl, lo and behold, wants to just be a dancer…it’s nice to see “ahead of their time” people represented in a modern movie’s version of a classic time period.

Originally posted by bigbadroman

4. Lefou paying off the people to dance and help during “Gaston:”

It was a little tidbit to note for the film, but Lefou pays off the people to help dance in the “Gaston” music number; and Belle does pay for the food in the market she gets. It’s little touches like that which help to cement this story in a more “realistic” world.

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3. The ensemble of side characters:

This entire cast was well-chosen. Josh Gad as Lefou? Perfection; he was born for the role! Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts?  She’s about as close to Angela Lansbury as you can get for this role, I feel. Ewan McGregor as Lumiere? I was on the fence about this casting, but it works so well. Luke Evans as Gaston? He fits the part great. Sir Ian McKellan as Cogsworth? Again, I had no clue what to think, but he may have been my favorite in the whole side cast. Even Stanley Tucci and the Wardrobe’s actress were great choices. They really did a perfect job casting the side characters…but as for the main characters…

Originally posted by parkxiaowu

2. Dan Stevens as The Beast/The Prince:

This WAS perfect casting! I know they’ve altered the voice and distorted it to sound similar to the animated Beast. But seriously, the motion capture work on his face and his range of emotion are perfect here. It’s hard to believe, but I care more for his character as the Beast than the animated (for reasons below); plus, the main thing: He looks SO much better as the human Prince. From the opening to the end scene, he may be my favorite character, actor, and part of the film. Definitely a genius casting choice and excellent performance!

Originally posted by noplaceforsanity

1. All of the added scenes of Belle and The Beast learning about one another:

If I had one, minuscule complaint with the original Beauty and the Beast, it is that we don’t get many scenes of Belle and the Beast “falling in love” and getting to know one another. He saves her, gives her a library, and then they just sort of fall in love post-dance…obviously, it’s not a huge issue, since you’re pacing this out in movie format.

However, I feel this movie allowed more time for these two to connect. Also, they found common ground; first, with their love of literature, but second, with losing their mothers and how their father’s shaped who they were: The Prince’s with hate, and Belle’s with love. It was a beautiful duality and connection created between them and it helped to make the ending better and more satisfying.

Originally posted by partofyourtaleasoldastime

Of course, especially considering the movie is based on a staple of my childhood, it CERTAINLY has flaws, as noted below.

My Top 10 Dislikes of Beauty and the Beast (2017):

10. The obvious Enchantress:

I do like the twist of The Enchantress being Agathe, a character we see throughout the story…perhaps she’s keeping the magic strong? However, there are a lot of problematic elements of her being in the movie so much. For one thing, she saves Maurice, which is good, but then when Maurice confronts Gaston, she doesn’t do anything. She could have stopped all of our conflict! Also, at the end, while she shows up and it does make sense in a technical sense…she just vanishes. Belle doesn’t even see her…what was the point? In the animated movie, the spell was broken without her having to be there. Having her there didn’t answer questions; it created more! It just seemed awkward at times.

Originally posted by luuuuuke-evans

9. Gaston’s “post-war” blood rage?

While I appreciate them trying to flesh out Gaston’s character…this was their choice? He’s got post-war bursts of rage? I love how the animated movie treated Gaston just as the jerk-bro who becomes jealous and can’t stand that Belle chooses someone over him. Here, his villainous outbursts are “justified” by his post-war blood lust. It just seemed almost like a distraction and didn’t seem warranted for me. Gaston is a near-perfect villain. Let Luke Evans do a good job of playing him without trying to make him too complex. Gaston’s not smart enough for that.

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8. The unnecessary additional songs:

Maybe I’m in a minority here, but I wasn’t crazy about the new songs. The Soundtrack of Beauty and the Beast is nearly flawless. Even the special edition with “Human Again” is okay. The Broadway songs they add…are okay. “Evermore” is not a terrible song (we’ll talk more about it below), but the song about “Sunny skies” and “Evermore” are not necessary to make the story better. If you wanted to include them in a “Director’s Cut,” that would have sufficed for me…I just didn’t see the need for them here…again, I’ll touch back on this point twice below.

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7. Don’t bring an arrow to a gun fight:

In the original, Gaston was a hunter, so it made sense he had multiple weapons at his disposal. It also made sense for the time period. And he hunted a lot of deer-like animals, so it seemed fitting that he would shoot an arrow at the Beast and then stab him with a knife….hunting tools for the type of game he hunted.

In this? We just full blown (literally) gun the Beast down. Gaston shoots the Beast three times in the climax. At the very least, he still uses a club like the original. It just seemed like overkill and to me, didn’t make as much sense as keeping like the original would have.

Originally posted by luuuuuke-evans

6. The rushed beginning and scenes out of place:

The opening, I loved; however, once that scene was over, the first thirty minutes seemed SO rushed! They rushed through “Belle,” then moved some scenes around, and quickly went through the reprise! There wasn’t the “wedding proposal” scene with Gaston and Belle! I did LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the reaction of Maurice and Chip, but there were little scenes that were skimmed over and rearranged that just seemed to rush the opening and didn’t let us the audience “settle down” into the film. It’s not until we’re at the scene of Belle running away from the castle that the movie starts to slow down. The editing of the movie in those places was a little disappointing to me.

Originally posted by alittlebiteverything

5. Lefou and the lack of controversy:

Okay, so the last week has been filled with news stories about how Lefou is the first openly gay character in a Disney film. It was a huge source of controversy…but….in all seriousness……you wouldn’t really know that watching this film. It’s clear he cares for Gaston, but the animated picture portrayed that as well. He shares two seconds with a male character at the very end of the movie in a brief dance…but that’s it. All that press and controversy for a tiny scene that seems inconsequential. Eh. Come on, Disney. Commit or not; don’t try to play up something that’s halfway even developed.

4. The Enchantress’s book:

I loved the extra scenes with Belle and Beast developing their relationship over the course of a few scenes. However, one comes out of nowhere and does nothing to the plot as a whole. At one point, the Beast shows her a book the Enchantress gave him as a “joke.” It is able to take them anywhere you think of; and Belle chooses the room she was born in, where her mother dies of the plague. While I DO love a few things about this: the fact that it connects Belle and the Beast more, and it explains what happened to her…it’s never used again. The book is just a one-time only plot device. The scene it was used in was SO out of place! I would have rather Belle had known why her mother died and just talked it out with the Beast than having used this forced book that logically doesn’t fit in with the story.

3. The Beast’s Song, “Evermore:”

I don’t dislike “Evermore,” I don’t…but…in the animated movie, when Belle leaves Beast, he is so heartbroken. He lets out a howl of despair, knowing his only chance of happiness has left him, potentially forever. Here, he immediately bursts into a Phantom of the Opera style musical number. Maybe upon reviewing, I’ll appreciate it. But I loved how the original was so organic and raw…this seemed almost too Broadway and too theatrical.

Originally posted by joleenalice

2. Emma Watson’s facial expressions vs. animated Belle:

I love the original because of the animation, mainly. The expressions and line work showed SO much emotion. Now, I like Emma Watson a lot as an actress. BUT, aside from the wolf scene on….her facial expressions are so subdued. This is most apparent in “Be Our Guest.” Belle in that musical number is in AWE! She is so excited, bewildered, and amazed…but here? She just smiles and watches the show. Granted, Emma Watson would have been watching a Green Screen throughout this; but STILL. She doesn’t even seem in shock or awe…and that I sorely missed in this film. Now, after the wolves attack Belle, Watson’s acting becomes more pronounced. I just wish she could have acted a little more in-character through some of the CGI numbers.

Originally posted by a-dreamers-universe

1. The cut out comedy:

When I asked my brother if he was thinking of seeing the movie, he asked about the fight scene at the end:

Brother: “Do they have the part where Lumiere burns Lefou’s butt? Or Cogsworth with the scissors?”

Me: “No.”

Brother: “What?! How could they?”

There is so much physical comedy in the original that works; here, and yes, I understand that it is “physically” impossible some of the things they do, I still was hoping there would be more of the original comedy. For example, Cogsworth taking Belle on a tour of the castle isn’t even in the FILM! “If it’s not baroque, don’t fix it.” SERIOUSLY.


Originally posted by cloudbender

THE VERDICT?

The original is near-perfect for me. Still today, it is the better film. If you love the original and are expecting a closely faithful adaptation; they try, but it’s a miss there, because some of the best parts are either condensed or left out.

If you love Beauty and the Beast, but you’re comfortable with them altering parts and want to see new additions to the story? You’ll probably like this!

The original is still better though. If you don’t want to spend the $10 at the theatre, just wait until the DVD or Blu-Ray comes out and watch the original in the meantime.

If you’ve never seen the original Beauty and the Beast? PLEASE watch that one first; it’s better. If you’ve already seen the live action one? STILL go view the animated version; you’ll appreciate it more.

Originally posted by partofyourtaleasoldastime

So, I saw Beauty and the Beast today. First of all, Emma Watson is a goddess and we do not deserve her. Second, I’m honestly impressed with how they handled LeFou.

When I first heard that LeFou was going to be gay, I was really worried that he’d just be a one-dimensional joke character. Instead, I got a funny, three-dimensional, awesome side character who actually got some real development.

First of all, his crush on Gaston wasn’t obnoxious. He wasn’t a gay guy hopelessly pining for his hetero friend. He clearly knew that he didn’t have a chance and was resigned to that, hanging around Gaston purely because they were friends. This is shown in the tavern scene when Gaston is lamenting his failure with Belle. Instead of trying to flirt, LeFou encourages Gaston to go for one of the other girls in town.

Second, we see him fall out of love with Gaston over the course of the film. As Gaston’s actions become more and more cruel, LeFou is less and less okay with what’s going on. When Maurice is about to be taken away, it takes a direct threat from Gaston to keep him from saying anything. Admittedly, I wish he had turned on Gaston earlier, but still. Also, him saving Mrs. Potts and her telling him that he’s too good for Gaston was a nice touch.

Finally, the “gay scene” that everyone was freaking out about wasn’t even a huge deal. We see LeFou briefly dancing with a character named Stanley, there’s clear attraction when they look at each other, and that’s it.

For Disney’s first openly, canonically gay character, I think this was pretty damn good. Would I like to see a gay character more in the foreground? Yes. Do I want to see an actual gay romance as a main Disney plot? Of course. But, for a starting point, this was perfect. LeFou wasn’t “the gay character.” He was a genuine, enjoyable character who happened to be gay. The fact that he was gay was present without being in your face each time you saw him, just like how it would be with an actual person.

For this and other reasons, I have to say that Beauty and the Beast is the best Disney reboot I’ve seen. I’ll even say that it improved on the original. Good job, Disney.

Brienne and Jaime ARE Beauty and the Beast

I started to realize that the reason why many people in the fandom still don’t believe or understand that Jaime-Brienne is a romantic love story is that they are not fully aware of the fact that it’s an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast tale. 

George RR Martin said years ago that it’s an adaptation of the classic tale. However, I think only Jaime and Brienne shippers are fully aware of this fact; others either don’t know this fact or even if they have heard or read about it, they think it’s just an analogy based on Brienne being described as conventionally ugly and Jaime being conventionally handsome, and that’s it. 

That’s why some people insist on claiming things such as Brienne and Jaime are just friends, or Brienne is gay (or asexual), or Jaime’s true love is Cersei, or Brienne-Tormund is a love story etc. 

However, all of these claims/arguments are completely false and this is actually not even open to argument because Brienne and Jaime ARE Beauty and the Beast. It’s not just an analogy, it’s an adaptation. George RR Martin has written Brienne and Jaime because he intended to put the Beauty and the Beast tale in his story (he has been writing for Beauty and the Beast series in the late 80s just before he started writing A Song of Ice and Fire, you can check his imdb page). 

So, GRRM has developed the character named Brienne as the counterpart of “Beauty” or Belle. His trick here is that he wanted to make it a bit unconventional and original, so he made “Beauty” the conventionally ugly-freakish looking one (it’s not really about masculine looks; she was just intended to be conventionally ugly in that society, she even has a hole on her face now in the books, her cheek was chewed off). Brienne is Belle, although she is not a conventional, feminine, beautiful girl. It is even hinted in her nickname: Brienne the Beauty. Some people consider her “the Beast”, only because of her looks, but she isn’t. 

GRRM developed Jaime as “the Beast”; although he looks like a beauty, he is a beast inside in the beginning of the story, just as Prince Adam in the famous tale. But he is “the Beast” mainly because everybody thinks that he is a monster…they hate him and they never give him the benefit of the doubt because when they look at him they see a monster (it’s funny because people in GOT fandom who dislike Jaime and keep saying that “he is bad, he did terrible things, he doesn’t deserve it etc.” do exactly the same thing…they think he is a beast, they don’t want him to have a romance with “Beauty”, they want her to be with somebody else and they want the Beast to die). The writer is simply retelling Belle and Adam’s story here; the details are different, more realistic and have been adapted to A Song of Ice and Fire. But the outline of the story is exactly the same. Let’s analyse and compare:

1. Jaime is a man who is considered a monster, everybody hates and is afraid of him. He lives in a palace although he is seemingly not a prince. He seems like a jerk; he seems mean, rude, selfish, cruel, arrogant just like the Beast in the tale (he just doesn’t look like the Beast, he is still beautiful outside). Brienne is a romantic and innocent girl (in the show she was aged up and was made more of a badass, but in the books she is exactly like Belle except her looks) whose only wish is to fight and die for her prince, and she thinks that her prince is Renly (Belle in the tale sees a handsome prince in her dreams and she is kind of in love with that dream prince).

2. In the tale, Belle has a big family, she has brothers and sisters (in one version of the original tale, it is revealed that Belle was not really a merchant’s daughter but the offspring of a king…George RR Martin said last year that Brienne is actually the descendant of sir Duncan the Tall and has Targaryen blood). In our story Starks are kind of like her family in the tale, they see the Beast as an enemy. In the tale Belle’s father is captured by the Beast and he is released later when Belle promises to take his father’s place and stays with the Beast in his castle for some time as his captive/friend. In our story it’s more complicated but it still involves the Stark father being captured by the Beast, as well as Stark daughters, and later they agree on a captive exchange, and Beauty and the Beast find themselves in a captor/captive position for some time. 

The only difference is that the captor is Brienne at first, because George RR Martin starts telling their story as if Brienne is the Beast and Jaime is Beauty since that’s how it looks like. He reveals that it’s the opposite only when they are captured by Boltons. But he keeps exploring the physical ugliness aspect of the tale via Brienne; although in terms of roles in the story she is the Beauty, she is considered freakishly ugly. So in the beginning it seems like Jaime can never love her romantically…but the same thing is true for Brienne too, she hates Jaime in the beginning because she sees him as a beast like everybody else, too. In the tale it also seems as if neither the Beast nor Beauty can ever love the other romantically, at first (because the Beast seems too ugly on the outside to be loved, but also too ugly on the inside to truly love). 

3. In the tale, the Beast saves Belle in the forest and he gets injured in the process; after that she nurses his wounds, they get close and begin to bond. Exactly the same thing happens in GRRM’s story; Jaime saves Brienne from those who want to rape her first and loses his hand (we can say that beauty/beast aspects in our story are not really related to appearence; because after this point Jaime hardly counts as a conventional beauty in terms of appearance, he is a cripple now and he is getting old as well…a man who doesn’t have a hand can only count as unconventionally attractive; so neither Brienne nor Jaime are conventionally beautiful in terms of looks now, although Brienne still looks more like a beast because Biter chewed off her cheek in the books…or maybe we can say that the beast/ugliness in Jaime’s soul is transferred to his appearance as he starts becoming a better man), then he saves her in the bear pit. They start to develop romantic feelings but can’t admit it yet. 

4. There is a “rose” motif in Beauty and the Beast. In the original tale, Belle loves roses and asks his father to bring a rose to her; his father sees beautiful roses in the garden of the Beast’s palace, picks one and that’s how he is caught by the Beast. The beast accuses him of taking his most precious possession, but agrees to let him go and give the rose to Beauty only if he will send her in return. In many adaptations it is revealed that the roses have something to do with the spell; it is said that if the beast can’t learn to truly love someone and earn her love in return until the last rose dies or the last petal falls, he will die (or remain as a beast forever).

In ASOIAF, a man who was once betrothed to Brienne went to see her and brought a rose to give her, but when he handed her the rose, he told her that the flower was all she would ever have from him, as he had no real interest in marrying her. Brienne has a dream about this painful memory, but at the end of the dream the man changes as he turns away, and becomes Jaime. The rose represents the Beast’s heart, he lives (or his soul is saved) if he finds true love. Brienne wants Jaime to be the man who would give her his heart, and Jaime gives her his heart not in the form of a rose but a sword…“it’s yours, it will always be yours”. Belle wanted a rose but Brienne wanted a sword, and the sword was Jaime’s most precious possession. But the biggest hint is this: In Jaime’s Weirwood dream in the books, Cersei tells Jaime that “when the flames of his sword die, he will die too”. This is exactly what the witch/ evil fairy told to Prince Adam/the Beast in the tale, the only difference is that roses became swords in our story.

5. Belle has to go back to her family, Brienne has to go and save Stark daughters. The Beast lets Belle go and gives her a magic ring and a magic mirror, Jaime lets Brienne go and gives her a magic sword, an armor and a squire (in the tale the ring and mirror help her to go back and save the Beast later, obviously a sword and armor are more realistic choices for it). Belle leaves the Beast in his castle, Brienne leaves Jaime in his castle two times: first goodbye in King’s Landing, second goodbye in Riverrun. 

6. When Belle goes back to her family, they all try to convince her that the Beast is an evil monster, he would kill all of them, she shouldn’t go back, they have to kill the Beast etc. In movie adaptations there is also a popular guy in her town who is interested in marrying Belle, but Belle keeps rejecting him because she loves the prince in her dreams. In our story Brienne tries to convince people in the north that Jaime is not a monster, Lady Stoneheart wants to kill him but Brienne defends and tries to protect him, and at the same time Hyle Hunt becomes interested in her in the books (Tormund in the show). He seems like a good suitor as in the tale, but Brienne rejects him. 

7. Belle sees in the magic mirror that the Beast is about the die. When she sees him dying, she understands that she loves him and goes back to save him using the magic ring. In movie adaptations, usually Belle’s family and other people in her town attack the Beast and he is mortally wounded. Belle comes and admits her feelings when he is about to die. This is the part that didn’t happen in the books and the show yet, but the spoilers confirm that Jaime will be surrounded by his enemies in the south next season and Brienne will go to south in the finale (and in the books Lady Stoneheart is trying to kill Jaime, and Brienne is trying to save him).

8. At the end of the tale when Belle admits that she loves him, the Beast is revived and turns into a handsome prince…it turns out that he was the prince whom Belle saw and loved in her dreams. It is revealed that the Beast was actually the prince of that palace, but he was turned into a beast by a witch and the spell could only be broken if a beautiful girl truly loves him despite his ugliness. In our story, Jaime had also been turned into a beast by a witch…Cersei (in some versions of the original tale, the witch that transformed the prince into a beast was an evil fairy who tried to seduce him because she wanted to be the queen). In the books, Jaime starts replacing Renly in Brienne’s dreams, as her prince; it turns out that her prince was not Renly after all, but Jaime. Brienne loves Jaime despite the ugliness in his soul because she sees beauty in him, she believes that he can change and saves his soul in the end (turns him into a prince again).

So, saying that Brienne and Jaime are just friends and they only respect each other means that you think Belle/the Beauty and Prince Adam/the Beast saw each other only as friends in the tale, even in the end (they do see each other as friends for some time in the tale, but eventually they realize that they are in love which is exactly what happens in ASOIAF/GOT). You think “Beauty and the Beast” is a tale of two friends…Well, then the ending is awfully wrong because it precisely says that the spell was broken only because it was true love…and they get married in the end.

Some people say that Brienne is gay etc. It’s simply wrong because this is an adaptation of a classic love story, and the Beast that Brienne/Beauty loves is a man here. Of course you can say that it’s possible to adapt the tale to a gay couple, which could be interesting and I would like to see that version too…You could prefer Brienne to be a lesbian here and Sansa to be her Beast or Beauty etc, but it’s just not the case in GRRM’s story. GRRM only changed the beautiful/ugly aspect in his adaptation, he didn’t make them a gay couple. Jaime is her Beast, she loves him. 

And some people keep saying that Jaime doesn’t deserve Brienne. Again, this is what the tale is about, people. It’s about Beauty loving a Beast. Some other people think that Brienne doesn’t deserve Jaime because she looks ugly. Sure, you can say that you dislike the classic tale too, you can say that the Beast never deserved Belle, because he wasn’t as good or as beautiful as her etc. Well, then this story is simply not for you. This story simply tells that “we don’t get to choose who we love”, there is no such thing as deserving or not deserving someone, love is not a mathematical equation, good and evil are argumentative concepts, people can change, beauty is in the eye of the beholder etc. This is a story about a person seeing beauty in someone when noone else can and love making a difference and saving us. It’s absurd to say that “she/he doesn’t deserve him/her” here; I think it simply shows that you didn’t understand the story at all, you don’t know what you are watching. 

Finally, can you see what “shipping Jaime and Cersei” means? It means that you want Prince Adam/the Beast in the classic tale to be with the witch who turned him into a beast. And shipping Brienne and Tormund means that you want Belle/Beauty to be with that secondary character who wants to marry her in the tale, you want her to stop loving the prince and settle for someone she doesn’t love. 

Obviously, you are free to ship whatever you want, you can ship Snow White with one of the dwarves if you want, and ship her stepmother with the Prince. But you should be aware that in the tale Snow White and the Prince love each other and they are the endgame, you should know which story you are in. We know that in Beauty and the Beast, the true love of Prince Adam/the Beast is Belle/Beauty and they end up together after the spell is broken. So, for example if you think and claim that Jaime’s true love is Cersei and he will never leave her, you are simply wrong…It’s not a debate, it’s not open to interpretation, it’s a fact because we know this tale. It means that you really didn’t understand this story, you weren’t aware of the fact that this was an adaptation of that tale. This is not “the Witch and the Beast”. Or “Beauty and the Lustful Ginger Man”. Or “Beauty the Lesbian Warrior”.

Brienne and Jaime are Beauty and the Beast…they won’t stay just as friends, Beauty won’t fall in love with a woman or a secondary character who hits on her, Beast won’t stay with the witch, they won’t choose not to love each other just because other people don’t approve them. 

Try to understand what you are reading or watching.

Everybody's Got A Secret

Pairing: Sonny x Reader

Requested: Nope

A/N: I haven’t been able to watch the episode buuuut I have seen the gifs. Here is my take and what makes me hopeful that maybe Sonny will finally have a girl of his own! 

Originally posted by eighthmark

You swung your apartment door open, “Oh, Sonny! I thought I was meeting you at your place?”

“That was the plan wasn’t it, I’m sorry, I can just go. You are probably busy.” Sonny tried to leave but you pulled him into your apartment.

“No it’s fine,” you smiled at him, “I’m glad to see you!” Sonny blushed.

“I was thinking we could just stay in for the night, order takeout, maybe watch a movie?” Sonny pulled his laptop out of his bag, laying it on the table. He looked adorable, wearing jeans and his Fordham Law hoodie. Equal parts adorable and irresistible.

“That sounds perf-,” you chewed on your thoughts for a moment, “I hope you aren’t trying to get laid. I had a plan and I haven’t ordered it yet! I’m not prepared tonight!”  

Sonny put his hands up, “whoa, promise I wasn’t trying anything. Just wanted a night in with my girl. Plus, your sheets are much comfier than mine and I may just fall asleep.” His boyish grin was enough to settle your panic.

Long after your food was finished, you and Sonny sat atop your bed with his arm around your shoulders and legs tangled together. Sonny broke the silence.

“What was the plan you were talkin’ about earlier?” You blushed.

“I -uh- had an outfit I was going to model.”

“What kinda outfit?”

You smiled, pulling Sonny’s laptop from the table beside the bed.

“Well, it looks a little something like this.

"Whoa, doll, let me just say, whoa.”

“You like?”

“I love, and I will be buying dis for you. I mean, it’s much more of a gift for me than you.”

“You don’t have to do that.”

“Yeah I do, and I have to get expedited shipping too.”

“God I love you Sonny.”

“I love you too, Y/N. even more once we get dat outfit!”


“So, you’re friend got a name?” Amanda asked with a hint of jealousy in her voice. Sonny panicked, he wasn’t ready for the squad to know all of his business. Once it’s out there, nothing’s off limits.

“Uh, yeah, it’s Y/N. She -” before he could finish he was cut off by the shrill ring of his cell phone.

“Carisi. Yeah, okay, I’ll be right there.” Sonny ended the call while grabbing his coat.

“Saved by the bell.”

A feminist defense of the animated Belle (warning: long)

Ah, Belle. She’s one of the universal favorites of all the Disney princesses and possibly my own personal favorite, hard though it is to choose. She was the first Disney heroine whose screenplay was written by a woman, Linda Woolverton, and has been widely acclaimed as “Disney’s first feminist heroine” (or at least the second, if you count Ariel as the first). Yet as with every Disney heroine, plenty of feminists over the years have disdained and lambasted her. The publicity surrounding the live-action remake seems to have enhanced the criticisms of the original: Emma Watson, Bill Condon, Jacqueline Durran, et al, have all made a real effort to make their version of Belle a more “empowered” and “modern” heroine than the original and emphasized this fact in all their interviews. This is all well and good, but in response, too many people are now claiming that the original Belle was never “really” strong, smart or interesting and that Watson’s Belle is superior in every way. Having grown up loving the original Belle, and knowing about the tireless efforts that Linda Woolverton, lyricist Howard Ashman, storyboard artist/writer Brenda Chapman, and others put into making her a strong, empowered character, I can’t possibly agree with the criticisms. They make some valid points, but on the whole they range from half-truths to total nonsense!

So here’s my feminist defense of the original, animated Belle. I don’t address every complaint I’ve ever read about the character, only the complaints about feminist issues. For example, I don’t address the common claim that she’s “a snob,” because that gripe has nothing to do with gender roles. But even with this narrow focus, be warned: this defense is long, because I’ve read a lot of complaints over the years and I have no shortage of opinions about them.

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the other night at taco bell i was 50¢ short on my order, & i was like “oh just take this and that off” but the girl at the drive thru window started fishing in her pockets!! she said “don’t worry girl i’ve been there, i got you” she put in the amount remaining on my order, casually mentioned she’s saving money for her son’s first birthday party and then complimented my makeup…she was so sweet. i love girls. i told her that her hair was super cute (it was pink) and we wished each other a good night :“) i don’t think i’ve ever been so thankful

There are so many things I love about Skin Deep and Rumbelle.

But one of my absolute favourite twists on OUAT is that their Beauty and the Beast story starts with ending a war. I… can’t really explain why, but the idea that Beauty in this story is not simply making a deal with the Beast to save her father (or -in some versions-  is basically being sold by her father who already made the deal with the Beast so he would let him go home), this Beauty is a peacemaker. OUAT’s Belle is a nobelwoman in a town under siege. A nobelwoman in a war council room, who is kind and gentle but at the same time has this incredible strength to her. She is someone who is not just capable of finding solutions that others wouldn’t have thought of (in this case summoning the Dark One) she is also the person who is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her people. The stakes are much higher than in any other BatB adaptation I know and that just gives this really interesting vibe to that very first scene. 

But it’s not just that it made (at least to me) Belle someone who is instantly a fascinating character. I also love how the Ogre Wars are something that played an extremely important role in both Rumple’s and Belle’s lives. 

I mean, here we have these two people who couldn’t come from more different backgrounds, born 300 years apart… and yet… war brings them together, in a way. The same kind of war, that so long ago ruined Rumplestiltskin’s life and ultimately made him who he is (after all if there were no Ogre Wars, he wouldn’t have become the Dark One). 

But it’s also interesting what kind of role they played in the Ogre Wars. Rumple was a soldier, who suffered because the nobels who ruled that territory (probably) couldn’t care less for their subjects. Rumple in that situation didn’t have any power or privilege. 300 years later he is the one with all the power, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he finds himself fascinated by- and later falls for this young noblewoman, who is willing to give up all her privilege and her freedom to save her own subjects. Belle becomes what Rumplestiltskin once was (a peasant/servant, someone whose life is basically in the hands of their master(s)) -what fate he later escaped from!- willingly, so she can save people like Spinner Rumple and Bae. And I don’t think that’s something Rumplestiltskin saw many times in his long life. 

There are many important things about Rumbelle, and the Ogre Wars being a shared experience (even if from totally different POV’s - but imo, that’s what makes it interesting) is probably not one of the most important ones. But damn, it’s fascinating.

1. she is the light of my life, the hearthfire of this empty space i call a body. her harsh kiss ignites the flames in me; her tender goodbye reminiscent of smoke. she is but a child trapped in the body of a tired woman.


2. she is soft, like snow; and so damn beautiful. her red tendrils bleed down her neck and her eyes pierce us with every lingering glance. her chest rises and falls as i lie next to her; stare deep into the world of sadness behind her eyes. maybe someday there’ll be something called sincerity in this makeshift homeland we call love – but today is not that day.


3. she is no angel, and has yet to earn her wings. red locks turn black and lollipops turn to cigarettes. she dances down dirt roads, a weak woman with a thirst for drugs and love and an appreciation for anyone who will give it to her. she is no longer a child.


4. she grows older, and the bags beneath her eyes are only becoming more present. she watches idly as her life ticks by before her, every second the click of a hand. when the hour bell signs, she is distraught. I cannot save her from this life of greed and disease.


5. I forget sometimes that she is still young, with dirt under her nails and a lifetime of mistakes to look forward to. I lace my fingers with hers and we fall silent; eyes clacking together like something of magnets. in an ideal world, we’d collide. but eventually, we drift apart. we look away.
cowards, both of us.


6. she is the embodiment of perfect imperfection; a fragile character with odd socks and pessimistic demeanour. but the love I hold for her is both brittle and unbreakable at the same time. her bitter kiss is poisonous, and I savour every inch of her; wanting time to pause and for the world to cease its spinning.


but all I have is my tarnished memory. a kiss; so rare and slicing it is but a knife in disguise.


when she kisses me for the first time, I want to remember it as such. a lifetime of boys and girls alike who cherished our bodies but were unable to reach our hearts; and she reaches it in one fell swoop; in one chaste kiss.


later on, when I am old, and she is but a distant memory; I remember this toxic kiss – because it was the only time.

—  she
Some thoughts on the finale (even though I’m probably forgetting a lot of things)

- Rumple was UNBEARABLY HOT throughout the episode.

- Gideon is a precious cinnamon roll, both as an adult and as a baby.

- Also THE PAIN when it was revealed that the Black Fairy still had Gideon’s heart. That bitch. 

- ROBERT CARLYLE HOLDING BABY GIDEON DOES THINGS TO ME. I WANT TO LOOK AT THOSE PICS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. SEND HELP.

- I’m slightly pissed by the fact that we didn’t see more of Belle’s cursed persona, because I was really intrigued by that dynamic. 

- MY BABY FUCKING BROKE THE CURSE AND SAVED ALL OF THE REALMS. Also, I loved the parallel with the scene where he killed his father.

- Henry, it’s not kind of you not to care about Belle.

- The OQ proposal was so cute.

- I’m sorry, but Emma’s smile when Belle and Rumple walk into the diner is the fakest thing ever. Like: “Hi girl whose name I can’t even remember, we all thought you were dead and we didn’t really care, but sure, sit with us and enjoy this family dinner!”

- Speaking of the diner, I cackled because it’s really a reference of the last supper, and LOL.

- OMG RUMPLE’S FACE WHEN HE GOT TO SIT WITH THE OTHERS. He doesn’t say anything, but Robert Carlyle says it all with his eyes: Rumple finally feels part of a family, and I’M IN TEARS. 

- Also, Bobby and Emilie totally spoiled the ending with their tweets, and I love them for it. 0 fucks given by them about secrecy.

So Close (Part 2 of 5)

Pairing: Lin-Manuel x Reader

Summary: This started as a 4+1 setup on Lin asking you to marry him. It devolved into a study of a year plus some in a relationship, and how you can be so close to the end and yet so far in the blink of an eye.

Word Count: 6057 (oh god I’m so sorry)

Warnings: SMUT AHEAD, KIDDOS. It is a very short section, but it’s there. Also, medical speak (nothing too graphic), badly translated Spanish, lots of swears.

Notes:  I am not a medical professional, nor do I speak Spanish, nor have I ever been on Broadway. I put a lot of research into this stuff to make it seem as realistic as possible, but if you can tell me how to fix a situation or change a translation to make it better, please let me know, I’m happy to listen.

I took a lot of inspiration from random things, but I want to point out some of my sources because they are important.

  • The Hamiltome gave me most of the original cast/crew names and timelines for when things happened (transfer to Broadway, opening night, etc.) I also heavily relied on the timeline on the Hamilton Wiki page.
  • One of the recurring quotes throughout this work comes from Peter Pan. Kudos if you know it.
  • The quote about cause of derailment comes from a news article in February of 2017 from ABC7 of NY.
  • “Mine” by @musicalmoriarty​ heavily inspired my tiny smut scene, but she writes better than I do, so don’t judge her on this small section of my poor writing. Go read hers and tell her she is wonderful!
  • The very first line is a prompt from @caceerps. Plenty of amazing prompt offerings over there, please go look!
  • Spanish translations are courtesy of Reverso Contexto. Better than Google, but I’m sure, not infallible. Let me know if I’m way off the mark.
  • Title comes from the Jon McLaughlin song of the same name. It is the over arcing theme song for this fic. Link

This is the first thing I’ve written in at least 5 years, and it’s the first thing I’ve written for a Broadway fandom in 10+ years. Please be kind.

Tags: @musicalmoriarty (my beautiful Goddess, thank you for being my cheerleader!) / @invisiblerambler / @spicydice/ @keikoraventeller / @mistressofdawn / @hamwriters // If you want to be tagged, just ask ☺

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I visited my uncles in Chicago and we toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House early on. Our guide was this larger than life Polish lady named Janina, and I immediately fell in love. If I had to guess, she was at LEAST in her late 80s, yet so wonderfully full of life. She herded us around like school children, waving that key around like a bell. 

Had to do a quick loop! Decided to save some of the process to share with my uncle, as he has no idea what I get up to. Very basic, but I think he’ll get a kick out of it.