Safely in London, guys!
A little sick and jetlagged, but super excited
(and, okay, maybe just a little homesick)
expect sight-seeing tour selfies tomorrow u.u
how about that last gif though
as both a Harmonizer and a Mixer, I now have yet another girlgroup to fangirl over. Welcome Beatz
Girlgroups taking over the world.
I was NOT expecting that
I’M IN LOVE
identical twins have so much power tbh last year my lab partner steve came in with pierced ears and everyone was like whoa steve when did u get them pierced and he was like i’ve had them for 3 years. i’m not steve. and he just sat down and started taking notes. the next day steve came in and was like did u guys see my brother jake yesterday lmao we switched schools
Wait but hear me out
- ravenclaws that hate studying and procrastinate every assignment
- hufflepuffs that curse like sailors and that look like they could definitely fuck you up if they wanted to
- slytherin that are really nice and sweet who constantly ask how your days going and if you need help with something
- gryffindor that are scared to kill the spider in the corner of their rooms because who knows if that shit can fly or if it’ll attack you
yep that’s exactly how it went
I’m a piece of shit
"Romeo And Juliet" Act I scene I
People are so totally allowed to dislike Shakespeare but it’s likely that a lot of that dislike comes from the way people were exposed and the way Shakespeare is culturally perceived?
I have a lot of anger about the way Shakespeare is taught okay do not even get me started about how much this needs fixing
(actually like,. all of the modern literature curriculum but ThAT’S ANOTHER RANT)
A fellow library sciences student just said that “Shakespeare is so boring.”
*weeps for the future of everything*
I fear we are going to hell in a handbasket if future librarians aren’t out there stanning for Shakespeare as hard as I stan for Shakespeare. I’m no librarian, but one thing that I want from my librarians, as a member of the library-going public, is the development and encouragement of reading skills, and if you can read Shakespeare you can read just about anything, and all you truly need in order to be able to read Shakespeare is the existing ability to read at a middle-to-high-school grade level and a little bit of patience. That’s it. There’s no magic involved. If you get the Folger editions, with the line-by-line explanations and definitions of unfamiliar words and phrases conveniently facing the text on each page, with a little time and focus you can come to understand everything the Bard ever wrote — every line, every scene. And in the process you’ll flex your brain’s wordy muscles considerably, thereby improving your skills as both a reader and as a writer, by encountering some words in their original contexts or with their original connotations, detecting subtext (WHY YES, IT’S SUBTEXT), developing skill at unraveling complex sentence structures, and so much more. (It’s the sentence structures that can be trickiest for some readers because, just as I am doing in this very sentence, which is full of commas, and which goes on a tangent for a while before finishing the original thought, Shakespeare wrote before our modern-day reliance on dashes and parentheses. But that is by no means an obstacle which the Folger texts can’t help with. Seriously, they make the plays so accessible.)
And the best part is that once you’ve gotten the hang of reading Shakespeare, you will realize how fucking funny some of these 400-something-year-old plays are. Shakespeare is the all-time grand punmaster. Shakespeare’s pun game was so strong that he ruined puns forever. We as a culture are unconsciously aware that our puns are so vastly inferior to those of the peak pun era of the early 1600s that we tend to use the word “bad” as an adjective for puns without even thinking twice about it, and we have to make sure that everyone knows that our puns were not intended, and when someone is all like “Cannibals are fed up with other people!” we all groan instead of slapping our knees and laughing, and then if we learn to read Shakespeare properly it’s like, oh, shit, this is where the GOOD puns are. And the insults! The insults! Shakespeare’s characters spend half their time dragging one another to death, and he comes up with a different insult basically every time that happens, which is seemingly every few lines. And no one ever stops at just calling someone a boil without going on to point out that they are also a plague sore and an embossed carbuncle. It’s brutal.
And the more dramatic plays and scenes, the ones full of political intrigue and domestic affairs, are not only also full of wordplay and witticisms and newly-coined words and memorable phrases and the occasional double entendre or bit of 17th-century toilet humor, but are just generally well-written. Thematically, they are so, so tight. They are structured so well. Characters have depth; conflicts have complexity. And did I mention subtext? Because there are dual meanings everywhere. The plays are even better when you imagine them being acted out by your favorite actors (which is ideally what you should do, for the full effect) and when you think about how you would direct them — how you’d have certain words emphasized, where you’d put the dramatic pauses, etc. They are products of their era, and you definitely shouldn’t expect 21st-century representation from stories written in an era in which the question of whether or not the earth revolved around the sun was a ginormous controversy, but there are so many instances of both complexity and ambiguity where you least expect to find them that it’s possible to read Shakespeare from, say, a feminist or queer perspective, and find plenty of food for thought (or for debate), especially if you’re delving into those sonnets *cough* fifty-seven *cough.* There are minimal stage directions in the plays and few hints as to how certain lines “should” be delivered or how certain characters “should” act, so you can take the texts in as many directions as your modern imagination can take them. Their themes and the issues they present are still relevant — there’s even a group called the Mobile Shakespeare Unit based in NYC which goes around putting on the Bard’s plays for free in places like community centers in low-income neighborhoods and in prisons, and at one of their ticketed performances in Manhattan I learned that their audiences in those places almost always respond positively both to their ability to understand stories that they’d always been erroneously led to believe were too difficult for people of their educational backgrounds to understand, and to their ability to recognize aspects of their own lives — say, for example, victimization by an unjust system — in Shakespeare’s characters, often to the point of having visceral, verbal and physical reactions during the performances. It’s a sign that your play has held up pretty well if inmates, watching a bare-bones production centuries after it was written, under fluorescent lights in a common room of a prison, are on the edges of their seats and literally shaking their fists at your villains. And I challenge anyone to watch the NT Live recording of Tom Hiddleston’s Coriolanus listening to the pleas of his family to not wage war against Rome, from which he was exiled, without feeling their chests get tight — it’s not possible. Scenes like that one will never not have an impact.
And if all that weren’t enough, SHAKESPEARE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MARTIN FREEMAN’S BEARD.
Boring, my ass. This production had a splash zone.
tl;dr: go read some Shakespeare, dammit.
BREAKING NEWS: killing off two lesbians without actually revealing they’re lesbians still makes you people who killed off two lesbians
it just compounds that fucked-up, homophobic, misogynistic awfulness with the fact that you couldn’t even be bothered to give them the dignity of having loving relationships and expressing their sexuality
I want to know more about the pop culture aspect of jaegar pilots and kaijus.
I’m sure kids grow up pretending to be pilots, but like do teens refer to their gfs/bfs as being drift compatible? do kids write rpf about jaegar pilots? have social media accounts with names like ‘@thebecketbrosbutts’? and chuck’s “I’ll drop u like a second kaiju shit’, I bet there’s whole slews of regional kaiju relates swears and insults.
important things that I need to know
i love the Women Against Feminism that are like “I dont need feminism because i can admit i need my husband to open a jar for me and thats ok!” cause listen 1. get a towel 2. get the towel damp 3. put it on the lid and twist. BAM now men are completely useless. you, too, can open a jar. time to get a divorce
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I want to write an alternative version of Romeo and Juliet where instead of being a little ponce and trying to work things out for himself, Romeo asks his smarter friends what to do about the whole thing and Benvolio and Mercutio come up with the world’s greatest plan:
Marriage of convenience between Juliet and Mercutio.
Think about it.
Juliet’s parents want her to marry into the Prince’s family. Mercutio is a good compromise between no marriage and Paris.
Mercutio probably won’t get his inheritance if he keeps being HELLA FUCKING GAY ALL OVER THE PLACE so a beard is only a benefit to him.
They would probably get along great rolling their eyes at how adorably stupid Romeo is.
Romeo and Benvolio could get a “bachelor pad” right next to Juliet and Mercutio’s house. Every night, Romeo and Mercutio high five as they hop the fence to go bang their one true love.
The second half of the play is just all of them trying to keep up the charade and being “THIS CLOSE” to getting caught all the time. But everything ends nicely because true love conquers all.
Everybody wins. Nobody dies.
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