My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.

And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.


— Elizabeth Bear - My Least Favorite Trope (via feministquotes)

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Vintage 1960’s Library Poster.


Vintage 1960’s Library Poster.

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A woman’s place is in the revolution.


A woman’s place is in the revolution.

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Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray


Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Kurt Vonnegut’s Rules for Short Stories
1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things–reveal character or advance the action.

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them–in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.


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Wow. Great advice.

- Mike

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Instead of leaking celebrity photos we could leak pdf versions of college textbooks? Idk just an idea

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September 1st

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To all the people who want to live stream Doctor Who tonight, but doesn’t live in Britain:

  1. Download Hola
  2. Choose Britain when you unblock the bbc website 
  3. Your pc thinks you are actually in Britain
  4. Watch Doctor Who

You are welcome

I feel the need to tell you that this post was a glorious revelation. Bless you.

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"I really like how all bookstores or libraries are quiet. No one talks above a whisper. It’s like everyone is respecting and listening to the voices from the books. It’s truly magical."

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think about the concept of a library. that’s one thing that humanity didn’t fuck up. we did a good thing when we made libraries

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"Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)"

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Anyone who calls BSG a sci-fi-first show is missing it.

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