Em. Ravenclaw.INTP.Trying to be a good student and employee, but really only succeeding in becoming an even more devoted fangirl.

Currently filling the Downton Abbey sized hole in my life with: The Hunger Games. Game of Thrones. Loki feels. Photography. Quotes. All things Jane Austen. Books in general. Fanfiction. Horses.
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Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?

We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.

They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to Middle-Earth.
George R.R. Martin (via x-akurei)
I blissfully rediscovered the joys of lying, cradled, suspended in sunshine. Of course there’s the wheel, but the wheel is actually only useful if you want to go somewhere. If you’ve found where you want to be and you don’t need to move then a hammock – or “hangabout”, as my daughter dubs it – is about the most beautiful thing you could imagine.
— Dan Stevens (x)
‘There is the character of the strong woman who doesn’t want to be a rebel. She agrees to live behind the rules,’ he [Fellowes] said. ‘In their own ways they are fighting the system that holds them down, they are finding ways around it.’
It’s a uniquely American prudishness. You can write the most detailed, vivid description of an ax entering a skull, and nobody will say a word in protest. But if you write a similarly detailed description of a penis entering a vagina, you get letters from people saying they’ll never read you again. What the hell? Penises entering vaginas bring a lot more joy into the world than axes entering skulls.
— Author George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire.) Interview published in May 2012 Rolling Stones Magazine. (via sweetupndown9)
By not trying to [top it]. By being smaller. More personal, more painful. By being the next thing that should happen to these characters, and not just a rehash of what seemed to work the first time. By having a theme that is completely fresh and organic to itself. I want to know what makes them tick, what makes them flawed, what makes them fight — and ultimately, what makes them awesome. I go to these movies for those moments when the heroes define themselves, either through action or deliciously overwritten speeches.
— Joss Whedon on what he would do if he were to direct the sequel to The Avengers (via colinfirth)

“He doesn’t really know who he is anymore. I don’t think he can quite remember who he was, because he is so different. The only person who knows who is his and can make him feel like he can even remember the person he used to be is [Keira Knightley’s character] Cecilia Tallis. If it wasn’t for the fact that she still cared for him, still loved him, or that she’s even alive, I think he’d kill himself because who he was would be completely lost.” - James McAvoy about his character.

knowledgefordummies:

- Now that’s wise!

People say that the opposite of love isn’t, in fact, hate it’s indifference. That love and hate are united by passion. And Loki hates Thor which means he must, in his heart, still love him.

Tom Hiddleston x

(via mycroft)

Another day, while we were waiting upstairs in the dressing rooms, Jodie and Michelle Dockery taught me the whole dance from Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video. I won’t forget them performing that in their corsets and long skirts! That was very entertaining. I had to dance it in my britches and ridding boots.
— Tom Hiddleston (via thequietworld)

mcroce:

There can never be enough quotes about books in this world. 

“It’s absolutely amazing. I was getting texts all through the night from Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary, who was at the ceremony. She was there with some of our producers and cast. I found out that Julian (Fellowes) has won, (Dame) Maggie (Smith) had won, but then the texts went quiet and I thought maybe we hadn’t won the mini-series one. Then at about 7.30am I got a call from Michelle saying we’d won. She was already at some party with the Mad Men lot!”

- Dan Stevens, discussing the texts he received from Michelle during the 2011 Emmy Awards [x]

lucymcclane:

“I do want to say,  y’know, people can disagree about strategy, and political and foreign policies, and things of that nature, but hopefully we can all agree that the men and women of our armed services are giving so much to our country and the task that they are performing is a complex one, it’s nuanced. The patience that they display, tenacity that they display, and the competence that they display is astonishing, and they’re doing it all on a surface that at times resembles what I assume to be Venus… I cannot thank you all enough, you’re amazing people.”

— Jon Stewart on the Armed Forces