Once I saw this category I immediately knew I would be choosing the Dear My Friends women. And as I was making this gifset and rewatching the scenes I started crying. That’s how impactful these women were for me and how deeply they touched me. They’re the kind of women you see and say, “I want to be like you when I grow up.” Their stories were so painfully truthful that after an episode, I felt a deep aching in my heart. Their sadness, joy, fear, and love was my own. Though I’m not at their age, they were still women who felt relatable in some way. Their friendship really added to my love for them, because you saw how much they depended on each other during uncertain times. Separately, everyone was interesting and watching them live their individual lives was a great experience, but together they were incredible and made watching the drama even more enjoyable. I really applaud Noh Hee Kyung for writing such complex women and this was only elevated by the amazing performances given by the cast. Maybe it’s kind of cliche to say, but these women did teach me lessons. And the one I take close to my heart is: keep going. It’s something everyone tells you all the time, but with Dear My Friends, I felt the lesson really penetrate and stick with me. It was in the small moments, the way the women lived their lives, how they laughed hard after days of worrying and crying, and when they said death could wait, but their farm needed tending to right now.
“They have no shame but they’re not shameless. They had struggled to survive for over 70 years, I regretted being mean to them as if I understood them all. I wanted to tell them that I’d been ignorant & foolish.”
I would if I knew how to lol, but would you or someone be willing to make a gifset where Jane is explaining to Mateo happily ever after in episode 63, and everything she's says about husband and wife, ups and downs, relationship tested- are gifsets of her and Michael, and when she says things don't work out perfectly, it's Michael's death scene and Jane sobbing cause im a wreck
dskndjndkmc this is my favorite request that i’ve gotten so far but this messed me up lmao. Just posted! I hope you like it and thanks for the request!
So before I post my 100th Rumple gifset of my 100 Days of Rumple, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for liking, reblogging, and encouraging me. Thank you for flailing over the hotness and crying over the poor woobie. I thought this would be a cool thing to do to start the new year because hey I sorta knew how to make gifs that didn’t completely suck, but I had no idea how much WORK it would be. Mad respect to the people who have two and three series like this going at once. I did 4 gifs in each set, often 4 completely different scenes from the episode. I frequently made 6 and 7 gifs to see which came out the best. In total I have 454 Rumple gifs in that folder.
And because I’m me, I figured out how to do a thing in Photoshop and then I did it to death. #how i roll
he wasnt sure why he decided to find you. it wasnt a conscious decision, it was this… pull. you were all he could think about. dream about. and sure, when he dreamt of you everything around you would be fuzzy, because you were the main focus, but he didnt care. he knew it was something that had been real.
Anon: OH OH!! What if you made a snap/text thing where you are talking to one of the guys in one of the tattoo or fashion au’s?? That would be so cool! Like you aren’t one of the characters but youre a close friend of namjoon or jungkook or something idk -au anon (I’m so sorry for always talking about these dang au’s)
My Fashion au! You can read it here! This took a while to do because i knew i wanted to do something special for it to sorta bring it to life and so i decided to make a snap gifset ^^’ Chances are im gonna do this for my other au’s too because this was really fun whoops
The Lauri Brons video is big news. I had no idea it existed. Have you watched it yet and if you have, what are your thoughts on her Christine, now that you've got more to judge her on than just her voice? Also, would you mind making a gif-set? I'm intrigued!
I know! I knew it existed because I’d seen a clip and it looked like
it was filmed by the master of the other Hamburg videos, but I didn’t
expect to get it! (And now I’ve gotten the VOB version, woot.) I’m definitely going to try and get a gifset out, but in the meantime, here’s a review.
To start off, in Hannibal, she did not go en pointe
or even demi pointe for that matter, but kind of slid around on flat
feet. I guess dancing is not her forte. But she had a good moment in
‘Think of Me’ after M. Reyer slammed the score in her face, where she
held out her hand with a plaintive look on her face, like, “No wait,
come back…” and she looked and sounded pretty enough.
Christine has some Leroux tendencies and reminded me a lot of Anna
O’Byrne’s Christine, with a somewhat nervous, jumpy, but still curious
and flattered regard towards the Phantom, even as early as ‘Angel of
Music’. She looks enraptured even talking about him, which was nice
foreshadowing for ‘The Mirror’ scene. She seems to have guessed who
Raoul was almost from the beginning and was just waiting for him to
confirm it. There was a kind of half-giggling, child-like demeanor to
her when she talked to Raoul about the Angel of Music which did put me
in mind of two children telling ghost stories to each other, with Nicky
Wuchinger coming off as the more mature one who’s happy indulging
Christine for a few moments. Still, there were other moments, like the
entirety of ‘The Mirror’, where her acting would head in “Sarah
Brightman eyes” territory or where she’d start waving her arms a bit too
much. This was kind of like that for most of the show, where I liked a
lot of how she interpreted the character but kept getting mixed feelings
on her acting.
Anyway, I did like how well she reacted to the
Phantom in ‘Music of the Night’, sometimes seeming drawn to him (she
walked up to him on the portcullis particularly fast, and appeared
amazed and joyful at the beauty of his world) and other times moving
back (the appearance of the Mirror Bride was a shock to her). She also
tended to move in sync with the music, which is a neat idea for
Christine but also occasionally resulted in a lot of bodily swaying or
bouncing. She was unusually energetic for a Christine in ‘I Remember’,
sitting up and stroking the boat edges, gave a lot of gasped screams
when the Phantom chased her around, and could not even look at him when
he crawled up to her. Again, some subtle Leroux reminders (”He kissed the hem of my dress and did not see that I closed my eyes.”)
She was pretty fearful during the rooftop scenes, practically tearing herself out of Raoul’s grip. Interestingly, she played the “my soul began to soar” bit with fear rather than the enraptured awe I usually see in a Christine. That distressed, jumpy demeanor started appearing again, with her Christine remaining wide-eyed and looking around her for almost the first half of ‘All I Ask of You’; I’m not sure her Christine quite believed what Raoul was saying until he proposed to her. It kind of pushed Raoul to put more effort into convincing and reassuring her, which is not something I see often.
Raoul gave such a loud kiss at the end though. Like, a literal “MWAH” sound.
I need to check if Nicky Wuchinger was the same around the other actresses, but he did seem a little more protective of Christine in the ‘Notes II’ scene, such as gently pulling her away from the managers. Lauri Brons’s Christine, for that matter, did also lay a hand on his arm (while throwing a death glare at Carlotta); it was a nice little bit of communication without words between them. Her Christine also had to be physically pushed back from Carlotta. She had a pretty desperate ‘Twisted Every Way’, even though I thought she could have put her arms down a little more. I also really liked how Nicky Wuchinger was always touching or holding her, though in this scene, it looked like his words were making her flinch rather than being comforting, since he was asking her to be bait. It was a nice touch. She was so twitchy that he ended up saying “Christine, Christine” with an emphasis like he was trying to get her to calm down.
A pretty nice ‘Wishing’ followed, though my favorite was the very beginning of the song, where she really did look lost in memories. She made a pretty sultry Aminta, with an extra skirt swish here and there and a little kick at one point. Unlike Valerie Link, who from what I remember was relatively calm, Lauri Brons was shocked at the Phantom’s proposal and shaking her head throughout. When the Phantom went on (probably choosing to ignore her), I could see her physically preparing herself to unmask him. It might not be the most sympathetic interpretation, but it was realistic and appropriate for her Christine.
Her Christine kind of remained distressed and scared at the beginning of the ‘Final Lair’, especially noticeable when the Phantom starts grabbing and stroking her, which she reacted to with a lot of struggling and crying. There were also moments where she seemed angry not just at the Phantom, but at the entire situation she was stuck in, singing out to the audience instead of the actor. She had a particularly awesome moment too where she stared straight at the Phantom, only a few inches from his face, and made him back down from the sheer force of her death glare. After Raoul was released, both she and Raoul hesitated to leave, but it seemed more out of confusion (”Wait, you’re letting us go?”) then sympathy. She looked a bit sad to leave the Phantom, but otherwise got out of there pretty quick.
Overall, what an interesting performance. There were a number of aspects of her acting I didn’t like, where she really felt like she was “acting” the role and not quite living it, I guess, but she really played up how terrified and disturbed her Christine was and made lots of the blocking and show work to show that. A somewhat Leroux-accurate Christine.
End notes: Lauri Brons looks so much better onstage than she did in some of the official photos (I’ll never understand how those made her look so, well, old.) Nicky Wuchinger was a great Raoul, even though I found his bouncing up and down while in the noose a tad distracting. Rachel Anne Moore had a delightful range of expressions. Michelle van de Ven as the Hannibal princess and others was also a fun background character to watch. And the Hamburg wigs were glorious as ever.
I absolutely love it when people make norwegian edits, I just wish I knew what they mean lol. Would it be too much trouble for you to translate the text on that gifset? Or just give the general gist of it maybe? :)) Google translate was a massive fail, as always lolol
hiya, anon!!💖 ahh, i’m glad - i love them too (^:
i’m sorry, but rap lyrics don’t translate well. it’s from the song tusen tegninger by karpe diem and those particular lines on the gifset are about islamophobia.
a long time,” he said at last, “when I was small, I pretended to
myself that I was the bastard of some great man. All orphans do this,
I think,” he added dispassionately. “It makes life easier to
bear, to pretend that it will not always be as it is, that someone
will come and restore you to your rightful place in the world.” He shrugged.
I grew older, and knew this was not true. No one would come to rescue
me. But then-” He turned his head and gave Jamie a smile of
I grew older still, and discovered that, after all, it was true. I am
the son of a great man.”
anyway i think one of my favorite Small Things about im3 – and actually the entire iron man franchise – is the way tony casually kisses the back of the card he leaves maya hansen like. it’s such a private thing. it’s not like he thinks anyone’s looking. it’s not like it’s something maya will find out about when he’s not there. it’s not like it’s something that’s gonna make any level of a difference. it’s just SUCH A GENUINE LITTLE THING??? a “good luck” little thing and an “i hope you do well” little thing that’s so??????)? Good and Pure and nobody will ever know oh my god
We always have a choice, Kane. You chose to press charges against my husband, your friend, even though you knew he would get floated for it. You chose to include my daughter in those charges, and now you’re choosing this. Hiding behind the law absolves you of nothing.”
I was wondering if you knew where to find templates for gifsets and how to download and use them? I wanted to try new ways of making graphics in my spare time and your help would be greatly appreciated.
Apart from the ones I make myself, I get all of my templates from here, it’s honestly the best resource imo:
The great thing about gifset templates is that you don’t really have to download them to use them (at least I don’t), lemme explain.
When I first started making gifsets, thiswas hands-down the best video I came across. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s interested in knowing how to use templates for gifs in Photoshop. I’m a visual learner so I was happy to come across a step-by-step tutorial that explains everything really well.
There’s one thing that isn’t covered in the video though and I think it’s really important (assuming you’re using Photoshop):
Colour your individual gif
Before you copy it onto your template, click the small arrow with the lines on your timeline and select flatten frames into layers.
I cannot stress enough how important this stage is lol. If you don’t do it, you’ll end up with a horrendously coloured final product and I wish I had known that when I was starting out tbh.
Here’s part of a gifset I made a few months ago and the template (full one here) I used to achieve it. You can see the dimensions for each gif and the overall image size for the set is 245 x 300.
Another way I like to use templates is so that the gifs are kinda “centred” like this:
All you have to do is crop the gif to the dimension you want (in this case 300 x 165) and then go to image - canvas size - select pixels from the dropdown box - and then change the width to 500 px and there you have it!
Hope this helps, if you have any other questions just let me know. :)
I almost forgot about this… Fortunately it came to my mind before 23:59 31 Dec 2015 lol.
Rec Three Fics: Okay, since this is such a wonderful idea when I saw @luredin posted this, and I’ve enjoyed everything so much in this fandom (especially the fics), I figure that I should play big, so I’m going to rec three kinds of fics instead of three fics that I read in 2015 ;) (Sorry I didn’t tag all the authors since I don’t know if they are on tumblr, maybe someone would kindly tell me if they are?)
Better Outrun My Gun by Magnetism_bind Everything in this story is quite old west, and kinda classic. It has all I want in an old west cherik AU.
The Mutant Games by @turtletotem This is a Hunger Games AU that done an incredible job mixing with the canon. I thought I could predict the plot since I saw XMFC and Hunger Games, but the plot twist in the end is very surprising.
The Amazing Adventures of Cat-Man by so_shhy Interesting setting that Charles and Erik are the sidekick of the superhero and the supervillain, and they met when they were twelve and this is just too adorable <3
Doctor’s Diary by minzimpression It’s kinda like Gray’s Anatomy but I was a fan of the show before, so. But it’s actually great if you’re okay with the complicated romantic relationships lol.
What We All Long For by @nos4a2no9 The aura of homophobia and anti-Semitic in the period is realistic. And the angst is very good that it made my heart break when I thought it couldn’t be broken more. I like the characterization of Erik and the great writing.
Ruining the Pedigree by @elbatross It’s a WIP and the author hasn’t updated over a year… But the world building (omega dominant) and the writing is brilliant.
Beneath the Jacaranda by @geertruis This does capture the Japanese and geisha culture very well, and the writing is great as well. It’s a very special fic in this fandom since it sets on a non-western culture.
Sink or Swim by @endingthemes DADNETO and kids! This is kinda a hurt/comfort story that I enjoyed. The development and how the character turned the table are really good.
The Swan by @waitfornight It’s a WIP. The writing and the atmosphere of this story is just gorgeous. It sets on WW2 and there are tons of history involved, and the homophobia and anti-Semitic at the time.
This far but no further by @niniblack Love this mpreg fix-it canon divergence fic. Cherik have very different point of view about everything, but they wanted to be with each other too much that they eventually compromised and find a way to be together.
On your knees, My King! by Hyperballad (AKA @fireflydown1) King Erik and Prince Charles, in a sort of Children of Dune world. The setting is interesting and the plot is fascinating so far (It’s a WIP) I have read.
Fics I just LOVE too much and don’t need a reason to recommend:
Missed Connections by aisle_one Obsessed stalker!Charles is something I didn’t know I want. It’s first person and epistolary form which I usually not prefer but I couldn’t stop reading. It’s kinda creepy but there is more than that.
Do You Love Me by cgf_kat Arranged marriage and nuclear holocaust are what I love :P The world building is fantastic and the development of their relationship is great.
Dragon’s Blood by
Sophia_Bee (AKA @sophiabee)
I love loVE LOVE this story. I even recommended it on my blog before, but I just have to rec it again lol. Everyone did thing because of love, but the outcomes were not what they expected. It’s a story about hurt, forgiveness, acceptance, love, and everyone learned about how you let go the things you can’t get, and deal with the choices you had made.
Four Nights by theapolis (AKA @yoursidekick) The plot and the dynamic between Cherik are fantastic. I love how they admit their feelings and desire for each other.
Are We Fucking? by Butterynutjob (AKA @mc-meow-avoy-fassbender) I really love this story. I mean, include the het part in it. It has this background that how social vulnerable groups deal with their difficulty in their life, and the sexual orientation is really a spectrum, that there’s no absolutely straight or gay. And of course the hot sex is delicious :D
What I’ve always wanted but didn’t think they exist and I was wrong: These fics are really special to me. There are always some discussions about the unrealistic part in fandoms, and I’ve always wanted some fics that are realistic. And these fics, I found them quite educational in some way.
The House Spouse by Butterynutjob (AKA @mc-meow-avoy-fassbender) It’s one of the few fics that shows you what a real gay sex with protection would be like. And I like how it gave me a glimpse of the LGBTQI community was like in 90s, and how the character faced his orientation and accepted what he really is and what he really wants. The dynamic and development is really great.
Three Days in April by Sophia_Bee (AKA @sophiabee) This story is educational. It made me go researching about PEP/PrEP which I barely knew before. HIV/AIDS is not very common in fics (the fic The House Spouse up there mentioned HIV/AIDS briefly as well ) despite it is a serious issue in the real world and it’s not unfamiliar in gay community (at least in my country). And the Erik in this story is supportive and thoughtful, it’s like this Erik has bought out all the good part in Erik lol.
People in this fandom have been really creative and devoted, and the discussions and metas are deep and interesting. I enjoy and love this fandom so much, and the people I encountered here are all friendly and nice. Well, I hope this fandom would keep being this wonderful, and thank you for creating all the amazing works that got me through the bad days :D
Arrow + Olicity + song lyrics Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do (Val’s choice of song) listen to the song [ here ] especially made for my beautiful sugar princess:olicityalways For all of the Olicity shippers out there, you can find the first gifset I made [ here ]
Before my followers end up having a heart attack and thinking I’ve swapped ships that’s not the case here - I would quickly just like to point out to all of my lovely followers and everybody who’s part of the Arrow fandom that I am 100% a diehard Lauriver shipper, always and forever.
Although, a sweet friend of mine, olicityalways who I’ve been following for a while now has been going through a really difficult time and words can’t explain how truly upset I am for her. I can’t offer much since it’s a really painful experience, but what I wanted to do was at least give Val some sort of happiness in her life. Val is honestly such a heart of gold along with many of my other lovely ladies I know here.
Oliver and Felicity make Val happier than ever, and because I already knew this I sent her a quick little message telling her that I’d make her an Olicity gifset with a theme of her choice. Val came up with two ideas, one: A Fifty Shades Of Grey AU that’s based strictly on Olicity, secondly: A gifset that includes lyrics from the song“Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do” Since I have enough time on my hands I decided to make both gifsets for Val.
This is not something I would normally do, but as a giffer I tend to stay neutral with what I gif in general. I can pretty much gif any character/pairing/setting if I put my mind to it. I know all of my amazing followers are so wonderful, and I’m not pointing fingers out to anybody here, but to the entire Arrow fandom I’d really REALLY appreciate it if you don’t cause shipping wars on a gifset that I made for a dear friend who’s going through a hard time. Please don’t lower yourself to the hate and be kind to Val because she’s honestly as sweet as sugar.
I will tag Olicity as part of this post, and #olicityedit because at the end of the day these are two brand new gifs that each and every one of you will probably love, so please don’t feel I’m just claiming your tag with these two gifsets. That’s never my intention, I’m just staying friendly, supporing a friend and posting a gifset in the tags appropriate.
If you delete my captions to this post, I can’t stop you, that’s out my control - but fair warning that this is the only time I’m putting this message out on the post. I won’t be repeating myself on why I made these two gifsets.
I really hope you like these two gifsets Val! They’re especially for you. I wish only good things in your life and I truly hope everything you’re dealing with heals in time. You’re such a beautiful soul with a kind heart. Never change babe! <3333
I did appreciation posts for each of the 2012 turtles. I guess it’s Casey’s turn.
I wasn’t gonna do these for the other characters, but a few days ago I posted a gifset of Casey’s sweet moments from “Buried Secrets,” and wrote “You know Casey, you make it awfully hard for me to dislike you immensely when you act this way…”
I want to make it clear I don’t dislike Casey. Like I said, it’s very hard to dislike him.
I’ll admit I did at first. Let me put it this way - if I knew a guy in real life who was that outgoing, bragged that much, had anger issues, and didn’t respect my personal space, we would not be friends. Our personalities just wouldn’t gel. I’d probably be afraid of him. BUT as a fictional character, there’s something endearing and even charming about this little booger. I guess my thoughts toward Casey could be summed up with April’s quote from the 1990 movie: “He might almost be cute if it wasn’t for that pigheadedness.”
“Buried Secrets,” was a turning point for my opinion of this Casey. He was such a sweetie! It’s a good testament to the writers as far as character development goes. Kids grow up. Fictional teenagers should, too. Casey’s done a lot of growing up, even though he still has a ways to go. “Buried Secrets,” got me thinking about the side of Casey we don’t get to see much (here come the speculations and headcanons).
We know he has a little sister. I can totally picture him secretly being an expert on Disney Princesses (or the TMNT universe equivalent).
It sounds like he has a very high opinion of his dad, too. I can just imagine his dad teaching him hockey as a little muffin. He did say he was practically born in the rink, so he must have been in skates as soon as he could stand.
Maybe all that bragging he does is just to cover up insecurities. I mean what teenager doesn’t have those? But everyone deals with them in different ways.
Even though he may represent normality to April, he’s also encouraged her to embrace the abnormal. “Who wants a normal life anyway, right?” He helped her reconnect with the turtles, which helped her character development, too.
He filled the void Raph had in his life after loosing Spike, and I can’t help but think Casey’s also taken on the role of confidant for Raph. Maybe he sat up with Raph a lot of nights at the farmhouse watching over Leo. We don’t know, but I could totally see it.
As cocky as he seems, he did have the humility to ask beg Donnie for help when it came to fixing up his car so he could beat the Speed Demon. (How much do you wanna bet he learned that face from his little sister?)
He and Mikey are a very dangerous but extremely adorable team. I bet the two of them goofed off a lot at the farmhouse to keep themselves distracted from their grief (seriously, there’s so much we don’t know about those three months while Leo was out).