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Aikainkauna

* Dodgy gifs * Appalling tags * Conrad Veidt's tunnel of love *

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OH NO

Just found another variant of the Jaffar/Abbasa forbidden love tragedy (the last two links on the page). WHY DID I CLICK

wsswatson:

people: “benedict cumberbatch is the most attractive actor to play sherlock holmes”

me:

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Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the child that you have stolen.

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originallonemagpie:

aikainkauna:

aikainkauna:

When you’re writing alternate history but it’s also fanfic and the source film is so careless about the way it changed history that you have a massive mess on your hands trying to sort it all out while a) trying to stay faithful enough to the source film and b) not making your obsessive history nerd brain explode.

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Because this is al-Amin we’re talking about. This is the guy that was so gay that his mum couldn’t get him to bang even the hot slave girls she had dressed as boys (where the whole tomboy fashion thing mentioned in a couple of my fics came from). Or I think he did try one or two but he bummed them, so that plan failed pretty spectacularly right there. Like, he was super-gay even for gay ruler standards in that he never managed the “have straight sex a few times for the sake of heirs” thing before his brother invaded Baghdad and killed him and took over the Caliphate. Poor guy.

OTOH, I rambled about this a bit on LJ and now I want to do a thing where Jaffar comes into al-Amin’s bedroom, gives him a handjob and then injects the result into the dumbest, dimmest bimbo girl he can find so he can produce the ideal puppet ruler, a.k.a. Ahmad. This makes a frightening amount of sense, so I probably will end up using it, now.

Ah, Super-gay to that extent, in that era? Yeah, that is a bit of a pickle. Normally in that case the Queen just bangs somebody else and declares a miracle, but I like your idea better - has that air of being a scientific advancement for the era that could just work, and provides kinky opportunities too. Nice!

but at least i now know why i mean it’s all this connie influence all over the place.

Them blatantly ripping off his black costume from TOB probably didn’t hinder the influence either. There also needs to be a name for this genre, or genus, really, of villain. Y’know the sort who get fandoms of their own, basically, and a proper rivals to the heroes for the affections of the audience. They’re *all* derived from Connie… 

He may not have as many fans and admirers today, but I’d struggle to think of any actor who’s had as wide and lasting an influence on actors and the acting craft.

There are plenty of variations of those villains to be found on TVTropes, I think.

Oh, and BTW, in Persia (or pretty much any Muslim-ruled area for the next few centuries), it didn’t have to be the ruler’s head wife (or any of his other wives) whose kid would inherit the throne, as the right of inheritance was absolutely equal to all sons. A lot of the women who later became queens/queen mothers were just ordinary slave girls—more often than not, actually. Hence the slave girls in boy costumes. And a female slave would automatically become a free woman the moment she bore her master a child, so there was a lot of competition. The courtesan-level slave girls could also be way more educated (at special schools for such girls, studying medicine and calligraphy and music and pretty much all the arts and sciences) and behave way more freely than posh women would, which made it easier for the rulers to fall in love with them. Our poor Pwinzezz would’ve been brought up to be way more stuck-up and chaste in comparison. So there was, oddly enough, more social mobility going on at the time in comparison to Europe when it came to class and ethnicity and whatnot. Harun al-Rashid’s grandmother was a black African slave girl to begin with, for instance.

But I’ll try and STFU before I launch into another essay…

Monty Python Live (mostly) — July 20, 2014

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aikainkauna:

When you’re writing alternate history but it’s also fanfic and the source film is so careless about the way it changed history that you have a massive mess on your hands trying to sort it all out while a) trying to stay faithful enough to the source film and b) not making your obsessive history nerd brain explode.

image

Because this is al-Amin we’re talking about. This is the guy that was so gay that his mum couldn’t get him to bang even the hot slave girls she had dressed as boys (where the whole tomboy fashion thing mentioned in a couple of my fics came from). Or I think he did try one or two but he bummed them, so that plan failed pretty spectacularly right there. Like, he was super-gay even for gay ruler standards in that he never managed the “have straight sex a few times for the sake of heirs” thing before his brother invaded Baghdad and killed him and took over the Caliphate. Poor guy.

OTOH, I rambled about this a bit on LJ and now I want to do a thing where Jaffar comes into al-Amin’s bedroom, gives him a handjob and then injects the result into the dumbest, dimmest bimbo girl he can find so he can produce the ideal puppet ruler, a.k.a. Ahmad. This makes a frightening amount of sense, so I probably will end up using it, now.

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riversong01:

fulbrite:

HOW TO BECOME A GODDAMN MAGICIAN

1. OWN A TABLET PEN

2. PUT IT DOWN FOR TEN SECONDS

3. ABRACADABRA WHERE THE FUCK DID IT GO

never have I laughed so hard

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When you’re writing alternate history but it’s also fanfic and the source film is so careless about the way it changed history that you have a massive mess on your hands trying to sort it all out while a) trying to stay faithful enough to the source film and b) not making your obsessive history nerd brain explode.

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aikainkauna:

Conrad Veidt’s stare appreciation post. Top: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919/1920), Bottom: The Thief of Bagdad (1940).

SO GUESS WHO JUST GOT HERSELF THIS IN 1080 P AND JFC, THE DETAIL YOU CAN SEE IN THE RESTORED VERSION IS STILL RIDICULOUS

THE MOST HORRIFYING THING IS THAT WHEN CESARE WAKES UP HE FUCKING KEEPS HIS GAZE ON YOU

HE IS STILL LOOKING STRAIGHT AT THE CAMERA WHEN HE STARTS MOVING TOWARDS YOU

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

consultingcapaldi:

the older doctors being grumpy about all the kissing in new who is my new favourite thing

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I just realised that in every fic in the Roses series, I’ve imagined them having sex in an entirely new type of bedroom even if they’re only supposed to have two main ones (his and hers) to shag in.

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The first one, I imagined having darkish walls, red bedcurtains and white sheets (a colour scheme not unlike the one in Jaffar’s cabin). In Orchard, for some reason, I imagined cream and white and blue walls and a bed with green curtains. For Byzantium, the room became all red and dark again, but now with added divans (Middle Eastern divans, that is) lining the walls. And now I’m seeing grays and geens and reds and a writing desk, not unlike what I saw in The Past Forgotten.

WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON

Is their palace like a TARDIS that rearranges itself randomly all the time, or is Jaffar just really, really, really into interior decorating?

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