About Time (2013)
A new Richard Curtis directed British romcom in which Bill Weasley and Regina George fall in love and there’s time travel? And Bill Nighy? YES PLEASE.
A BRITISH ROMCOM ABOUT TIME TRAVEL. OH MY STARS. PERFECTION IS REAL.
Paul McGann, playing Benedict in a musical version of Much Ado About Nothing, mulls over the information that Beatrice is in love with him.
Yeah, I don’t think that we do normal
Did you know I once had the chance do avert your creation? […] I hesitated. I thought I could claim the moral high ground, and I let the Daleks live. […] But you listen to me. You better hope you don’t give me one single chance to escape, because I will take it, no matter what I’ll take it, and I will go back in time, AND I WILL WIPE THE DALEKS OFF THE FACE OF HISTORY.
If you ever wonder how this
could possibly destroy all of this
look no further
I re-blogged a picture of a little girl, dressed as Tiana, hugging the face actress who plays Tiana at one of the Disney Parks, and noted that everyone should have their princess. And a few people have now contacted me basically going “no, only straight white people can have princesses if you stick with the classics.”
I am a folklorist, and it’s time for some Fun With Folklore.
First off, very few Princesses/fairy tale heroines who are going to become Princesses because that’s what you do are actually defined by specific physical attributes. You have Snow White, who yes, requires the “skin as white as snow” etc, but that’s to make her an alien beauty and justify the actions of her stepmother. She belongs to the Aarne-Thompson tale type 709, which is commonly referred to as “Snow White,” but which contains a hell of a lot more, including “Bella Venezia”, “Myrsina”, “Nourie Hadig” and “Gold-Tree and Silver-Tree.” All those links will take you to Wikipedia. Click them. Note that NOT ONE of those girls is defined by her appearance, beyond “incredibly beautiful.” “Nourie Hadig” is Armenian in origin; you can bet that girl was not white as snow. (Note that I do not actually care for the “Nourie Hadig” 709 variant, due to using a Roma girl as the main adversary, but that’s another story.) Any story you want to tell is going to have variants where the heroines are never described! You know why?
BECAUSE THE PEOPLE WHO WERE TELLING THESE STORIES UNDERSTOOD THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR CHILDREN TO SEE THEMSELVES IN THE MIRROR OF THE TALE.
There are fairy tales about people with disabilities, ranging from the physical (missing limbs, missing eyes, missing tongues) to the emotional (girls who cannot smile, boys who cannot feel fear). There are fairy tales that end in same-sex marriage. There’s even an excellent fairy tale about gender identity, “The Princess Who Became A Prince,” in which our hero has always felt he was a boy, but tried to be a dutiful daughter, until a dragon stole a neighbor princess and he had to ride to rescue the girl in order to save the kingdom. One misaimed curse later, and wham, our new-minted prince is finally outwardly as he had been all along on the inside.
THIS IS JUST AS OLD AND TRUE AND SCHOLASTIC AS CINDERELLA AND THE OTHERS.
The “big fairy tales” of today are the ones that someone seized on as marketable. We have the power, as drivers of media, to say that we want more diversity. We want Princesses of every race, creed, and religion, and we have the folklore and fairy tales to make them real. We want our transgender Princess (although wow would the marketing be problematic). Saying “the classics” are 100% about straight white people reduces the past to a place where only straight whiteness existed, and where no other children ever needed stories. And that’s not what the past was.
Once upon a time has never stopped being right now.
OH MY FUCKING GOD. THANK YOU
SWEET BABY JESUS THANK YOU
Are we going to talk about the fact that Joan has discussed that conversation with him?
We know she was angry and kept it all bottled up in the restaurant but when she finally got back to Sherlock she must have let lose about what Moriarty said. I’m guessing we caught the end of it in Gregson’s office.
I think she was especially mad about being called a mascot; that’s why he picks up on it in his confrontation with Moriarty, because it upset Joan the most, so he takes the thing that hurt her and throws it back in Moriarty’s face to prove Joan’s power, to use the insult as a tool of Joan’s power.
In writing everything is done with a purpose; there are no accidents. “The Mascot.” is it’s own sentence to truely emphasise Joan’s place in this world, because if you’ve made it through 24 episodes and still think Joan Watson is a sidekick, this scene proves you very much wrong.
This one line takes Sherlock and Joan’s equality and brands it into the very heart of the show: In Elementary, there’s no such thing as a sidekick.
partners who communicate are THE BEST.
That smile. I wasn’t sure we’d ever see that again.
I’m debating whether to install XKit or not; I only want to do that, because it has Audio Downloader… I never had Missing E, so idk how those extensions change the Dashboard etc. Can you tell me is there even a point of installing XKit in my case?
Oh my gosh, how do you survive without a modification extension?
Um, let’s see, the things that xkit/missing e have/had that I can’t live without are a wrap tags script (and it’s updated, so it handles the new source link shenanigans better than missing e does now), a function to make you able to reblog yourself (to your main blog), a widget thingy that lets me have new post buttons even when i’m not on the first page of my dash (i don’t do endless scroll), and it can hide the tumblr radar and recommendations, which I just think are annoying. and it will be nice to have an audio downloader again since tumtaster stopped working, which is what I was using before.
I just like feeling like I have a bit more control over the way I use tumblr, I guess. *shrug*