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trying to find a needle in a haystack isnt hard at all like wtf all u gotta do is burn the fuckin hay
u are the future
find the hay in the needlestack tho
if we ever get off this fucking website we are going to do great things
I guess they’re driving away from a sunset or maybe it’s an explosion but either way it is pretty illegal
Too Many Teens In A Jeep And Derek.png.
My only problem with One Direction is that I can’t believe they’re not secretly twelve years old.
If you can name another show with a female protagonist, a female co-protagonist, a female main antagonist, that also breaks the Bechdel Test almost every episode (probably because more than half the cast are women) and has action/adventure storylines for ALL the women (including one of two little girls), MAYBE I will stop judging you.
A quiet Astoria street in Queens, NY, was briefly shut down by a huge swarm of bees. The swarm contained two groups of bees, each with roughly 10,000 of the flying insects. One group buzzed out of their hive in a tree along 35th Street, while the second covered a decorative lion at the entrance gate to a home at 24-21 35th Street, near Astoria Blvd.
Forget spiders, this is my biggest fear.
forever reblogging the scene where brittany became my favorite character
i kind of sorta broke down here
BROKE DOWN LAUGHING NOW I FEEL HORRIBLE AND AM CRYING NOW
I just realized that nu!James T. Kirk is the son of Thor and Emma Swan
and remember that he’s named after his mom’s dad James?
King James Charming
[Cinderella Manages To Disgust Rumplestiltskin]
“In exchange for our other child, you will see to it that our land is once again fertile.”
Here’s an interesting thing. I don’t believe Hopper is really the conscience of the show. Rumpelstiltskin is. He always gives people the choice - they don’t have to take it, but in the cases of the Queen, Cinderella and Hopper, they’re so desperate, they go in unquestioning. He gives them the option to do something terrible and whether or not they regret it, it was always their choice. He didn’t force their hand. He really is one of the most moral people in it, despite being a complete git half the time.
Hey guys. So I want to talk to you about one of the greatest heroines ever written for young adult literature, and that is A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Violet Baudelaire.
In any discussion of women in YA lit, there are basically three names that come up: Bella Swan (generally derided as weak and useless), Hermione Granger (whom everyone agrees is THE BESTEST!!!!), and Katniss Everdeen (jury’s still out on that one, but the consensus as far as I’ve seen is that feminist bloggers and Twilight haters alike super love her). Violet rarely comes up, which I think is a shame, because I would argue that she’s perhaps better written than all three of those other young women.
Note that I’m not saying she’s a better woman. This isn’t one of those posts where someone tries to empirically prove that this character is TOTALLY BETTER than that character, because I find that sort of thing dull and counterproductive. I’m not trying to pit different ladies against each other, because I’m generally against that sort of thing (though I don’t think having a preference between two female characters or real-life women makes you sexist). This is more of an exploration on how young women are treated in books geared toward tweens, and how we could all perhaps take a lesson from Daniel Handler (a male writer, interestingly enough) in this arena.
The first thing that strikes me when analyzing ASOUE from a feminist perspective is that Violet is, of course, a skilled inventor, a field in which you don’t see many fictional women. A different writer might have stuck to more “traditional” gender roles and cast Violet as the bookish wordsmith and Klaus as the science-minded inventor, but wouldn’t that have been boring, really? The boy tinkers around in his laboratory and invents things that save the day, and his sister occasionally correctly defines a word. Boring. But what’s even more interesting to me is that Violet, despite having tremendous skill in a traditionally “non-feminine” area, is never presented as The Exceptional Woman, which is perhaps my least favorite trope in fiction, one that has ruined countless characters for me (Veronica Mars, Ginny Weasley, River Song). Rather, each of the kids in the book has one particular skill that saves everyone else’s asses at least once, and even among the girls, they’re evenly split between the “feminine” (Sunny the cook, Isadora the poet) and the “masculine” (Violet the inventor, Fiona the mycologist).
Furthermore, her looks are only commented on once or twice, and always by another character — never by herself or the narrator. This is significant. Young women in literature are almost always given a thorough physical description, whether it’s fawning or, more commonly, one of those “So-and-so was hardly beautiful — in fact, she was really rather plain, with boring brown eyes and long dark hair that fell into her face” deals that contemporary authors love. Even in Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, Katniss and Hermione’s appearances are mentioned quite a few times. But in ASOUE, none of the Baudelaire kids are really described in detail, aside from Klaus’s glasses (which are often a plot point) and Violet tying up her hair when she has to think. THIS IS HUGE. I don’t know if I’m making a mountain out of a molehill here, but honestly, it’s so refreshing to see a teenage girl character who isn’t defined in any way by her looks, whether beautiful or exceptionally “plain.” It simply doesn’t matter; she’s got 99 problems but a zit ain’t one. Similarly, while she and Klaus both get romantic subplots with tertiary characters, they never threaten to take over the actual plot. These kids are kind of busy trying to escape a crapton of people who want them dead, and there’s not a ton of time left over to moon over Quigley Quagmire (though I loved their little romance, don’t get me wrong!).
Furthermore, LET’S TALK ABOUT THE MORAL AMBIGUITY OF THIS CHARACTER. There are quite a few moments in the books wherein Violet and Klaus discuss whether or not their actions — causing lots of deaths, burning down the carnival and the Hotel Denouement, et cetera — mean that they’re just as bad as the people from whom they’re running. I mean, there have probably been lots of essays written about how smart these books are (come on, it’s essentially a kids’ book series about ethical relativism!) but honestly, how often in the lit world, kids’ or adults’, do you see teenage female characters struggling with these kinds of huge moral issues? Not particularly often, to my knowledge.
This obviously isn’t the most well-written little post and I’m probably going to revise it a bunch of times until it’s actually a smart piece of analysis and not just a FEELINGS GEYSER about a criminally underrated kids’ book series, but for now, I’m just going to post it and that’s that.
The end, but not really.
excellent character, excellent series
Every day you play with the light of the universe.
Subtle visitor, you arrive in the flower and the water.
You are more than this white head that I hold tightly
as a cluster of fruit, every day, between my hands.
You are like nobody since I love you.
Let me spread you out among yellow garlands.
Who writes your name in letters of smoke among the stars of the south?
Oh let me remember you as you were before you existed.
Suddenly the wind howls and bangs at my shut window.
The sky is a net crammed with shadowy fish.
Here all the winds let go sooner or later, all of them.
The rain takes off her clothes.
The birds go by, fleeing.
The wind. The wind.
I can contend only against the power of men.
The storm whirls dark leaves
and turns loose all the boats that were moored last night to the sky.
You are here. Oh, you do not run away.
You will answer me to the last cry.
Cling to me as though you were frightened.
Even so, at one time a strange shadow ran through your eyes.
Now, now too, little one, you bring me honeysuckle,
and even your breasts smell of it.
While the sad wind goes slaughtering butterflies
I love you, and my happiness bites the plum of your mouth.
How you must have suffered getting accustomed to me,
my savage, solitary soul, my name that sends them all running.
So many times we have seen the morning star burn, kissing our eyes,
and over our heads the gray light unwind in turning fans.
My words rained over you, stroking you.
A long time I have loved the sunned mother-of-pearl of your body.
I go so far as to think that you own the universe.
I will bring you happy flowers from the mountains, bluebells,
dark hazels, and rustic baskets of kisses.
to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.
That is, if you can shoot yourself in a “less badly manner”.
I mean, they’ve created a side couple that is so intriguing, involving, amazing, sexy, and angst ridden that anything short of burning down all of Storybrooke would go unnoticed by most of the fandom.
Or they know exactly what they’re doing and are being stupid cock teases.
Make your Victorian doll.
i really like the colour black
but my hair is not too long D:
i like butterflies .3.
Like a madam.
I like black and purple a lot.
If only they had a bald option for the hair… :T
I’m in love with that umbrella.