Re-read Barrie’s Peter Pan if it’s been a while. I forgot how clever and twisted it is. Peter is an anarchic supernatural character who does whatever the hell he pleases. We’ve become too familiar with the watered down film versions so, once we returned to the original text, I was especially excited to explore a more tribal and chaotic Pan. Once again we were very lucky with local environments. You could travel quite far to capture this lush, jungle-like wilderness which is really just a patch of garden not too far from here.
- Luke Milton
Disney has the power to completely dominate people’s imaginations to the point that they can’t imagine certain characters any other way. After being pleasantly surprised by Frankenstein I wondered what other classics novels I was missing out on, I love the Peter Pan animated film but it doesn’t quite capture Barrie’s unique way with words nor the darker side of Neverland. Indeed it seems beautiful and inviting but this is a world where there is but a thin line between fantasy and reality and time, there’s this vague implaceable sense of unease.
Peter Pan embodies these qualities, his memories and imagination are interchangeable and he seems to be able to influence his world with his thoughts alone.Peter is ultimately an antihero, he can come of as a sociopath at times because he is so selfish and unempathetic, but these are the qualities of a very young boy, which is fine except he’s really centuries old and the leader of the Lost Boys, there’s an air of danger about him. He’s unpredictable, driven by impulse and seldom listens to reason, he’s also quite powerful.
Barrie is intentionally vague about Peter’s appearance, a beautiful young boy still with his first teeth and "clad in skeleton leaves and the juices that flow from trees". So I wanted his environment to influence his costume, not just nature but from what he had scavenged from the pirates and the natives.
As a nod to the Disney film I couldn’t resist adding the bandana as a take on his usual cap, I believe it’s what makes the character instantly recognisable.
I understand people who appreciate the whole feel of paper and turning pages and stuff with books, and I love that too, but let’s be realistic, guys, I can carry dozens and dozens of books on my Nook, and it’s still gonna take up less space than one hardback, so don’t act like you can’t understand why my complaints about not having enough bookshelf space and my love for ereaders are related.
Portraits of a Khaleesi
I recently had the chance to shoot with I Must be Dead Photography (mature content warning) when he made a brief stop up in San Francisco for a gig. We’d been trying to find a time to collaborate, so decided to make the most out of the opportunity even if it meant shooting on the fly at his hotel. As we’re both fans of A Song of Ice and Fire, Daenerys was the natural fit.
We chose to focus mostly on portraits due to the limited time and space, but I was actually quite happy with the prospect. I’m a huge fan of his raw approach to photography - sharp, high contrast photos with little retouching done on the model. Imperfections lend authenticity and intrigue to his work.
Drawing from Daenerys’ experiences in the House of The Undying, I tried to express an array of emotions from fear to sadness and determination. These are incredibly unique images in my cosplay portfolio, and I’m madly in love with the end result.
Build notes for this costume are coming, but in case anyone is curious my eyes are indeed purple! I picked up contacts from eyesbright.com. :)
That last photo makes my heart sink - in the good way. Stunning job.
Evoking memories of book-filled libraries, this handy notecard set reproduces the original cards used to keep track of literary classics. Enclosed in a keepsake replica card catalog box with tabbed dividers, each card features a different beloved work of literature straight from the storied collection of the Library of Congress.
The lovely http://dazeyearsmonths.tumblr.com/ brought this to my attention and now it is my new favorite thing.
Nice Christmas gift idea for the book lover in your life. ~ eP
I heard, one time, a dementor kissed her and IT died
Voldemort committed genocide, but Umbridge dared to be female while she abused her power.
The point isn’t that Umbridge was worse than Voldemort; it’s that everyone hates her more. And I think it has nothing to do with her being a woman and everything with being the sort of cruel most of us have actually experienced.
I mean, look at Voldemort. He’s basically Wizard Hitler, which is, obviously, an incredibly terrible thing to be. But most people—especially the younger people in Harry Potter’s target audience—have not had their parents murdered by a xenophobic cult leader. Nor have they fought for their lives against giant snakes, been kidnapped for dark rituals, or watched numerous friends die in front of them. Voldemort’s crimes are numerous, but they’re distant and fantastical, like hearing about a serial killer on the news.
But they have had that one teacher who inflicts extra punishments just because they don’t like you. They’ve complained to parents and authorities only to be ignored. They’ve sat through pointless classes and been silenced when they criticize. Umbridge is that teacher we all hated because she made our lives miserable and we were powerless to stop her. And as we grow out of school, there are still people in positions of power who act like her. The manager who denies your schedule requests and penalizes you for invented infractions. That customer who complains to corporate because their scam didn’t work, and the corporate decision to listen to their story. Cops performing illegal searches because they know you don’t have any proof.
Yes, torturing and killing numerous people is worse than terrorizing a handful of schoolchildren, but Voldemort is the bad guy in a fairy tale. Umbridge is personal.
I’d say it has something to do with her being a woman, a woman who dresses and surrounds herself with hyperfemininity which contrasts sharply with a) her behaviour (‘pink older ladies nurture’) and b) her physicality. If she were less femme her spite wouldn’t have the same tang; we’re introduced to her as “toadlike” and a point is made of how her girlish (there’s ageism, sexism and infantilisation mixed up in there) bow is jarring vs the gender neutral (& you could argue default-masculine) state of ‘like a toad’. We’re invited to feel a contempt and revulsion for her that empowers us before she’s done 99% of the things that the all-four-cheekbones mentions. We’re softened up for the valid emotional distaste, and it is done through her gendered presentation. It is in no way as easy to feel powerful/righteous/subconsciously self-indulgent whilst hating Voldemort.
Everything mentioned above is all good, probably true, but it’s over-simplifying to say “nothing to do with her being a woman”
Reblogging for really interesting commentary. I’m going to throw in this, as well. Check out the paragraph I bolded. It doesn’t just describe Umbridge, it also perfectly describes Snape. And the difference between how Umbridge and Snape were viewed, even before the final book’s reveal, is pretty damn telling.
Daenerys Targaryen [Game of Thrones, Season 3]
Aubry Canales is a goddess with photography!! I’m in love with all her photos, it took a lot to chose my favorites so I didn’t end up spamming you guys!!
(Still not happy with my costume, I plan to completely redo it x_x And sad my wig didn’t hold the curls I worked hours on…)
My two Unsullied are bremucayon and highwarlock-magnus bane <3
Finally got to be an unsullied to my amazingly talented khaleesi
Holy shit, you guys! <3