Books that people read romantically but shouldn’t because they’re missing the point:
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
"I’ve become skeptical of the unwritten rule that just because a boy and girl appear in the same feature, a romance must ensue. Rather, I want to portray a slightly different relationship, one where they two mutually inspire each other to live– if I’ m able to, then perhaps I’ll be closer to portraying a true expression of love."
"But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more."
"Next year I will not be the self of this year now. And that is why I laugh at the transient, the ephemeral; laugh, while clutching, holding, tenderly, like a fool his toy, cracked glass, water through fingers. For all the writing, for all the invention of engines to express and convey and capture life, it is the living of it that is the gimmick. It goes by, and whatever dream you use to dope up the pains and hurts, it goes. Delude yourself about printed islands of permanence. You’ve only got so long to live. You’re getting your dream. Things are working, blind forces, no personal spiritual beneficent ones except your own intelligence and the good will of a few other fools and fellow humans. So hit it while it’s hot."
me cause football right around the corner
Wow. Tumblr is supposed to be a sanctuary, a safe haven, even, for alternative lifestyles. Not for high school jocks interested in the most common thing ever. Seriously, football is exactly the kind of thing someone joins tumblr to escape from. Stop watching football and go join a fandom, or delete your account.
Signed, a proud football-hating SuperWhoLockianStuckSwimmingOnTitanPotter fan.
we takin’ over
Honestly I think there needs to be more football on Tumblr! I’m a diehard fantasy football player.
(Source: swooshmami, via itsaysnothingtomeaboutmylife)
"Nowadays I know the true reason I read is to feel less alone, to make a connection with a consciousness other than my own."
I just read through almost all of your book reviews and I loved them. You definitely inspired me to add a couple novels to my "to read" list. :)
Yay!! Please let me know what you end up reading and what your thoughts were about the books.
Daily Photo: How incredible are these Penguin Classics editions of stories that inspired The Hobbit?
Glad you like them!
Laura Miller (who wrote the foreword to our Shirley Jackson collection Come Along with Me) explains in a Pacific Standard piece how Thackeray’s rewriting of Ivanhoe is an early pioneering work of fan fiction. Oh Makepeace, you trendsetter…
Thackeray, remarks Anne Jamison at the beginning of Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World, was “obviously a total shipper”—that is, a reader who objects to the way a story’s author has paired off its characters romantically, and feels compelled to rewrite things. Thackeray didn’t know he was a shipper, of course, because the term didn’t exist in the 19th century. It’s a relatively recent invention, coined not by literary scholars or critics but by members of the fan fiction community, a vast network of people—mostly amateurs, mostly women—who read and write stories using characters and settings created by professionals.