"Fantasy doesn’t have to be fantastic. American writers in particular find this much harder to grasp. You need to have your feet on the ground as much as your head in the clouds. The cute dragon that sits on your shoulder also craps all down your back, but this makes it more interesting because it gives it an added dimension."
— Terry Pratchett (via writingquotes)
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The only mentions of Loras in S4E1 were of people belittling him. First we got Cersei making what amounts to a gay joke, and then there’s Olenna’s cheery remark about Brienne knocking Loras on his arse. The next episode continues to make fun of Loras and Renly at the same time in the wedding scene. All throughout the season before, we got gay jokes and trite stereotypes instead of characterization.

The problem with depicting Loras like that (and constantly having other characters belittle him, even if it is in character for the person doing so) is that it gives show watchers a very different impression of Loras than the books do—that Loras is somehow worthy of derision, instead of being a skilled and capable young man. Meanwhile, Loras is also stripped of the roles and feelings he had in the books. When every mention of him on the show wants you to laugh at him, usually because he’s gay, and then Loras isn’t given a voice within the story, it hugely distorts his character.

In the books, we get a more nuanced view of Loras from several characters’ viewpoints. He’s loved by the smallfolk, who see him as an impressive knight. Robert calls him “a boy any man would be proud to have as a son”. Jaime respects him. His family respects him. Cersei and a few others do insult him, but we’re not meant to laugh at it. And in the books, Loras gets to be heartbroken and impulsive and unwaveringly loyal to the people he loves, because he’s a fully realized character.

I’m always having to explain to people who only watch the show why Loras is my favorite character; why he stands out in the books. Because to the show writers, instead of being fleshed out by all of the things that make him interesting in the books, Loras is either a plot device or a punchline.

I was skeptical because it wasn’t in the books, but now I like the idea of Brienne and Margaery being friendly to each other in the show.

I imagine a modern AU where Brienne is friends with both Renly and Margaery, and they sometimes eat lunches with her, and Loras sulks when they tell him about it.

The youngest of Lord Steffon’s three sons had grown into a man bold but heedless, who acted from impulse rather than calculation.

theacademy:

Yesterday on a Reddit “Ask Me Anything”, Harrison Ford answered the most controversial Star Wars question as if he had never stopped playing the role of Han Solo. 

tagged → #love it #star wars
Track Title: The Rains of Castamere

Artist: Sigur Rós

Album: The Rains of Castamere (From the HBO® Series Game of Thrones - Season 4) - Single

birdfingers:

Sigur Rós cover The Rains of Castamere for Season 4 of HBO’s Game Of Thrones

And so he spoke, and so he spoke,
that Lord of Castamere,
But now the rains weep o’er his hall,
with no one there to hear.
Yes now the rains weep o’er his hall,
and not a soul to hear.

Happy Purple Wedding, everyone!

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gnomingabout:

you don’t have to write about sex in your fanfic. it’s not a requirement, don’t let anyone tell you it is. your ship doesn’t have to be physical to be intimate. if you want to write fluffy one shots, you make those fangirls squeal. if you want to write angsty heart breakers, bring on the tears. write what you love and what you’re comfortable with. but never let those comments people make, about how T and G rated fics aren’t worth their time, sway your inspiration.