I love collecting titles and groups because they're things I can actually control in this life.
•11in. cedar, phoenix feather, quite bendy
•no longer left-handed
•Aries •Ram •Fox
Just re-read all of Gillen/McKelvie’s Young Avengers, because that’s a thing you can do when you own all of Gillen/McKelvie’s Young Avengers, and everyone should absolutely own and read all of Gillen/McKelvie’s Young Avengers.
I opened the All This Bad Blood CD… AAAAAH IT’S GORGEOUS (and… THE ALBUM ART PLOT… THICKENS…???)
Reblogging because for some reason the first photo disappeared when I first posted this >_> Which is bullshit because I distinctly remember positioning the photos relative to each other…
The first CD is my favourite, it’s got a beautiful matte finish with only the font being glossy and it’s like a chalkboard CD.
thinkin bout sad kids who hide their eyes
The second one is great and support for epically not religious Brady makes me happy
…But the first one is lazy writing. Way to make him kind of a misogynist dick for no reason. Canonically he grew up with women like Lissa and Maribelle, who at…
I spent so much time playing Stern Mom Maribelle that I forgot she doesn’t necessarily strike fear into the hearts of men with just a glance in canon.
Given that though, there is still no excuse for the sexist first conversation.
I bought and read the first of this book series (the Wide-Awake Princess) because I thought the premise was very promising and the cover artwork beautiful. It was a story about a princess trying to save her sleep-cursed sister with the handicap of being magic-incapable in a magic-rampant world. I thought that sounded awesome!
But it was very disappointing. Large parts of the narrative are devoted to the idea that the main character is better than other princesses. And it isn’t just because she manages to do great things despite her handicap, no— the story presents her as better than other princesses BECAUSE she doesn’t have magic. She’s “genuine,” because she doesn’t have any beautifying spells or grace spells or manners spells! It goes out of its way to emphasize how the other princesses are actually uglier than her without their magic, and of course even though she’s “homely,” she is somehow mostly beautiful in a traditional sense, except her beauty is “real” because it hasn’t been enhanced. Gag.
She does a fair job of doing quite a lot on her own, but the narrative highlights it’s because she devoted her time to “un-princessy” things like riding horses and gobbling food impolitely and talking rudely to visiting royalty. There’s a place for that, but when it’s by itself there’s the implication that grace and manners and diplomacy… and other “princessy” pursuits… are BAD things. And I really can’t get behind that.
Not to mention the love interest is “the one guy who appreciates her unmagical self.” It doesn’t stop there, though! He also gets jealous and possessive when he feels she isn’t appreciating his niceness, complains when she helps him because it offends his masculinity, and outright says several times that he’s the only one who REALLY gets her (demonstrably untrue with some of the other princes).
I’m sad about this story because it had so much promise but was actually filled with so much gross crap. The plot was actually quite good otherwise, which makes it sadder because I just think about What Could Have Been and want so hard to fix it.
That said, since the second and third books also feature her sister — one of the magical, beautiful, graceful, prettified princesses — as an active character in the quest, it’s possible they’re much better and provide good examples of feminine princesshood. I don’t know, because I haven’t read them and don’t want to risk giving the author more money if they don’t. (Maybe I’ll look for them in the library sometime).
"Three fifty-eight over two days"?
Nope! “Three five eight days over two”!
WHAT THE HELL?!?! THAT’S HOW YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO PRONOUNCE THAT?!?!
I also really love this Lindsey Stirling album that has a sort of musicbox / rainbow fantasy theme, which are two of my favourite things ever.