As a former band nerd, I can tell you that this instrument is finally being used as it should be :D
Also here’s a link to the entire song if you want it - there’s more silliness!
The slapstick guy is named Grant and according to a YouTube comment:
Damn should have performed sleigh ride like this back in high school.
In 2015 ultra-successful Nirvana in Fire, although itself not being BL, made the Chinese drama-makers realize that content focused on the complex relationship of male characters can be very successful. In 2016 every major Chinese streaming service began experimenting with BL: Youku released Love Is More Than A Word / 识汝不识丁, Tencent - Revive / 重生之名流巨星, iQiyi - Addiction / 上瘾, Sohu - Men with Sword / 刺客列传.
All of them were adapted from BL novels except for MwS. Instead of a popular novel, Sohu made a bid on the all-male cast with the leading roles played by members of a popular Taiwanese boy band SpeXial.
This makes MwS unique since till now it is the only fantasy BL drama based on the original script. (This also makes MwS a very unusual example of the BL genre in terms of plot, but more about it later.)
Considering the idol cast, it seems that the story of the drama should have been light and romantic.
Instead, the story told in MwS is quite dark and intense. It is based on the history of the Warring States, or the end of the Han dynasty, or maybe the Northern and Southern dynasties - the dark eras of chaos, instability and constant wars, when old states crumbled, new kingdoms sprouted on their ruins like weeds and unceasingly fought with each other.
The Chinese title of the drama, 刺客列传 (Qike Liezhuan), i.e. “Biographies of Assassins”, refers to the section of the Records of the Grand Historian by Sima Qian with the same name, dedicated to famous killers of the Warring States era.
Besides the historical chronicles, one of the primary sources of inspiration for MwS seem to be the classic of Chinese literature - the Romance of the Three Kingdoms (the ending of the 2nd season basically all consists of references to it).
There are no active heroines in Rot3K, except for Diaochan (and historically even she didn’t exist), so the all-male cast of MwS can be attributed to upholding the venerable traditions of the Chinese historical epic genre. xD
Also, as it turned out, if you switch femme fatale Diaochan’s gender and splice her with cruel and handsome Murong Chong, the result will be far from bad:
(To make things easier for a novice actor, the personality was borrowed from another legendary Chinese beauty - never-smiling state-destroying Baosi.)
Another MwS character resembles Han Zigao, the best general and loyal lover of Emperor Wen of Southern Chen (he also reminds me of a fairy-tale from my childhood - about the woodcutter and Baihu, the white tiger). One of the kings is basically Rot3K’s Liu Shan, enjoying a peaceful life in a natural fortress, protected by inaccessible mountains, very similar to the Kingdom of Shu (modern Sichuan).
Cultural Dark Academia
After my last post about the lack of representation in academia, I felt it neccessary to provide some examples of what I’m talking about. Obviously there are more countries in the world than I can list and provide books for, so for a quick list this is what I got. !! Keep researching !! If you have any more books by POC please reply them !! If a country isn’t listed, that doesn’t mean it’s not important, this is just what I could get together real quick. If I made any mistakes, please let me know, we’re all learning. We need to help each other end eurocentrism in academia, so value representation and educate yourselves 💓💓💓
- The Art of War by Sun Tzu
- The Dream of the Red Chamber
- The Water Margin
- Romance of the Three Kingdoms
- The Journey to the West
- The Scholars
- The Peony Pavilion
- Border Town by Congwen Shen
- Half of Man is Woman by Zhang Xianliang
- To Live by Yu Hua
- Ten Years of Madness by agent Jicai
- The Field of Life and Death & Tales of Hulan River by Xiao Hong
- A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oë
- Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid
- How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
- Ghulam Bagh by Mirza Athar Baig
- Masterpieces of Urdu Nazm by K. C. Kanda
- Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji
- Savushun by Simin Daneshvar
- Anything by Rumi
- The Book of Kings by Ferdowsi
- The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
- Shahnameh (translation by Dick Davis)
- Earth and Ashes by Atiq Rahimi
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
- The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
- Aithihyamala, Garland of Legends by Kottarathil Sankunni
- The Gameworld Trilogy by Samir Basu
- Twice Blessed by Ninotchka Rosca
- The Last Time I Saw Mother by Arlene J. Chai
- Night at the Tavern by Álvares de Azevedo
- The Seven by André Vianco
- Don Casmurro by Machado de Assis
- The Lusiads by Camões
- Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Delirio by Laura Restrepo
- ¡Que viva la música! by Andrés Caicedo
- The Sound of Things Falling by Jim Gabriel Vásquez
- Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolf Anaya
- Adonis Garcia/El Vampiro de la Colonia Roma by Luis Zapata
- El Complot Mongol by Rafael Bernal
- The Cairo Trilogy by Nahuib Mahfouz
- The Book of the Dead
- Rosewater by Tade Thompson
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
- The Epic of Sundiata
- Poetry of Senghor
- The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
- Starlight by Richard Wagamese
- Almanac of the Dead by L. Silko
- Fools Crow by James Welch
- Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
- First Footprints by Scott Cane
- My Place by Sally Morgan
- Real Life by Brandon Taylor
- Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
- Internment by Samir’s Ahmed
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurtson
- Rivers of London Series by Ben Aaronovitch
I’ve made this post like six times but it still fucks me up the China’s mountains just look like that. Like I spent decades thinking it was stylistic but no, they just have different mountains over there.
For reference, here’s what my local mountains look like:
Here’s the general art style Chinese mountains are drawn in:
And here’s how some of them actually look:
What the FUCK
I’m specifically reblogging this here because I know there is a geological reason for this and I know at least one of you has to know it.
adding a couple pictures of guilin/yangshuo because these look different than the ones in zhangjiajie (the ones shown in the previous post) but also don’t look like anything I’ve ever seen outside of China!
look up Ha Long bay and Ninh Binh in Vietnam￼￼! They are some of the most beautiful places in the world and they have mountains and karsts exactly like this￼!
This was taken in Ha Long bay, just off Cat Ba island. If you haven’t been to Vietnam and you get the chance to go, I 100% recommend it ￼
I am the unknown Will,
The Anger that threatens glory and ruin:
Wayfarer, Wanderer, beggar, king,
numen, genius, strength and ring.
-Artur Balder “Invocations and Oracles” of the Nordic god Odin
I think the best way to make sparrington like. even more funnier is if norrington just commits 100% and defends everything jack does like that is unmatched
some rich guy calls him over and is like “commodore this is terrible infamous pirate captain jack sparrow stole all my precious jewelery” and james just goes “maybe it was cuter on him did you think abt that? :/”
Today, March 27, 2021, is the traditional Chinese festival known as “Huachao’jie/花朝节”. This festival falls on the full moon of the Third Month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar.
The festival used to be popular but has since fallen out of public knowledge in the last century, with only select rural communities and provinces still celebrating it. It has been experiencing a revival in recent years. Reason being the Goddess celebrated on this day is no longer seen as “significant” or “important” enough in people’s lives.
This is the day that Huashen (花神) is celebrated and made offerings to. This is the time when the first spring flowers start to bloom in the wild and in orchards. She is also known by her name Huawang (花王), and Nu’yi (女夷).
She is belived to be the Goddess who reawakens the plants and trees every spring. It is said she is responsible for “making all trees, grass, plants, and flowers under the heavens sprout, bloom, and grow”. She is attested in Huainanzi (old Chinese text from 193 B.C.), said to reawaken the plant life on Earth every spring with her drumming, dancing, and singing. The interesting thing is that in old texts she is mentioned to not only oversee the growth of plants, but also “the growth of beasts”. Meaning she reawakens the animals and wildlife every spring and makes them grow and reproduce. For this reason it’s still common to this day in certain regions for women to ask her for fertility. Just as she makes orchards bloom and grow, so may their families bloom and grow.
As blooming and flowering of plants are crucial to crops, she is also an important deity for farmers and orchards. Young women would walk trough flower orchards in groups and tie red ribbons onto the branches, asking Huashen to bring them blessings.
Altars can be set up in orchards or in groves, usually with a painting or small votive image of Huashen and offerings of flower cakes, candles, incense, and sweet liquor would be made to here. Ritual protocol dictates that it is taboo for men to lead the ceremony or to make the offerings. This is an event lead by women or female heads of the household. Sweet liquor are then to left out for her in the groves along with a portion of the cakes.
As mentioned, the traditional offering is a pastry called flower cake, or huagao/xianhuabing (花糕 / 鲜花饼). Depending on region, this is either a baked flaky pastry made with a filling made out of crushed fresh flower petals (usually roses), sugar, and lard, or a steamed leavened rice cake with crushed flowers mixed into the rice flour. They’re actually available at major Asian supermarkets, imported from China. If you can get your hands on some, do it and (if weather permits where you’re at) enjoy it under the sunshine by the flowers.
Could not stop smiling through the entire Dreamcatcher Utopia & Dystopia online concert. The live band was great and the girls looked like they had so much fun in stage. Vocals were clear and it really felt like I was sitting in front row with how the atmosphere translated.
Harry and Hermione, as Aurors Mr. and Mrs. Potter, the Ministry Dream Team and Partners in Crime. #PowerCouple 💪
My very late submission for @hms-harmony-discord “Ministry HHr” event. Inspired by the Mr. and Mrs. Smith Movie Poster, Auror Version.
some books written by asian authors that you should support because they’re really really good and overshadowed by their white counterparts:
🏳️🌈 means there is queer rep
- the poppy war series (extremely popular. fantasy based off the Song Dynasty, amoral/morally grey brown asian girl protagonist. i haven’t read this yet but all of my poc mutuals have this as their favorite book of all time. pls read tw warnings. no romance only faint subtext)
- jade city series (another favorite of the poc that i haven’t read. no romance)
- the bone shard daughter trilogy 🏳️🌈 (set on a strand of fantasy islands based on imperial china but has a healthy mix of various asian representation - south asian, southeast asian. queernormative and no patriarchy. main lesbians. one of my favs)
- these violent delights duology 🏳️🌈 (a side mlm couple, 1920s gangster shanghai, romeo and juliet retelling. one of my favs)
- warcross duology 🏳️🌈 (set in futuristic tokyo. ft. a side mlm couple, sci fi. one of my favs)
- not your sidekick triology 🏳️🌈 (sapphic superheroes and sidekicks. vietnamese bisexual protag, sci fi)
- girls of paper and fire triology 🏳️🌈 (extremely popular, chinese lesbian protag but other asian rep as well, fantasy)
- parachutes 🏳️🌈 (side sapphic couple, read tw warnings, contemporary).
- huntress 🏳️🌈 (east asian sapphics)
- last night at the telegraph club 🏳️🌈 (chinese lesbian protag. 1900s fiction)
- forest of a thousand laterns (morally grey angry chinese female protag)
- the space between worlds 🏳️🌈 (main southeast asian and east asian sapphics, sci fi dystopian. read tw)
- everything i never told you 🏳️🌈 (mlm rep. 1900s biracial family deals with the death of their daughter)
- the gilded wolves 🏳️🌈 (be gay do crime, indian love interest. historical fantasy)
- the weight of our sky (set in 1960s malaysia. historical fiction)
- spin the dawn (fantasy)
- descendant of the crane (fantasy)
Out In 2021:
- she who became the sun 🏳️🌈 (one of my most anticipated releases. genderqueer sapphic protag with a sapphic love interest, mlm main characters. set in the ming dynasty of china. the official advertisement is the song of achilles meets the untamed meets mulan)
- jade fire and gold 🏳️🌈 (the pitch was “what if katara was the dark avatar and zuko was chasing her down?” main sapphics)
- the ones we’re meant to find (i literally don’t know what this is about but the cover is gorgeous)
- counting down with you 🏳️🌈 (fake dating romcom b/w a south asian brown girl and the bad boy who is a himbo. ft. diverse girl gang so im interpreting that as lgbtq)
- the jasmine throne 🏳️🌈 (morally grey lesbians tearing an emperor from his throne/washing each other’s hair/holding sharp-edged knives to each other’s ribs. set in india)
- gearbreakers 🏳️🌈 (cyberpunk japanese sapphics. there is a tender tattooing scene)
- six crimson cranes (fantasy)
- black water sister 🏳️🌈 (sapphic malaysian protag, fantasy/sci-fi)
- how we fall apart (dark academia murder mystery thriller but make it asian american)
- you’ve reached sam (contemporary)
- love and other natural disasters 🏳️🌈 (sapphic fake dating b/w japanese girls)
- the chosen and the beautiful 🏳️🌈 (queer sapphic retelling of the great gatsby)
- hani and ishu’s guide to fake dating 🏳️🌈 (south asian sapphics)
one last thing, i realize that a lot of these are east asian, so if you have more to add on, please do!
- The Machineries of Empire trilogy by Yoon Ha Lee 🏳️🌈 (military scifi/space opera, lots of queer rep)
- In the Vanishers’ Palace 🏳️🌈 by Aliette de Bodard (sapphic beauty and the beast retelling)
- The Tensorite series by Neon Yang 🏳️🌈 (fantasy novellas, lots of queer rep)
- The Devourers by Indra Das (speculative fiction / dark fantasy)
- The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (fiction)
I’m starting a new picrew tag game!
Make you and a fantasy version of you with this picrew (you can add the pictures on to this post) and tag some more ppl!
Tagging: @adhd-lan-xichen @useless-fangirl-does-fan-art @sapphicadhder @collgeruledzebra @tyty-blackthorn @skytlake (no pressure tho, only do it if you want)
Of course anyone who wants to add on can do so😊
thanks sm for the tag @throwmeoffthisearth 💗💗 (I had to remove the reblogs cause the chain got way to long sry)
Ahh yes I can never get enough of picrews with fantasy elements.. I was about to make another horns/wings/demon thing again, but I tried smth different instead. I present tentacle mermaid AU lmao
Oh, thank you for tagging me, @thegodsaregay
(it’s not letting me format it like you guys, sorry)
eeee thanks for the tag!!! this was so much fun 💖
Reading fanfic: enemies to lovers
Writing my own stories: found family, platonic relationships, occasional friends to lovers
how to draw arms ? ?
holy fuck is right… but… does it work with legs???
but how much extend
I NEARLY CHOKED
finally. i can be accurate
This is too fucking great to not reblog
I give it MASCLES
Okay but for anyone who legit wants to know how to calculate it correctly:
The elbow joint on average rests a couple inches higher than the navel, so if you measure how long the distance is from the middle of the shoulder to that point then you have the length of the upper and fore arms!
So if anyone’s wondering about legs too, the simplest rule of thumb is that the length from the top of the leg to the knee is equal to the distance between the top of the leg and the bottom of the pectorals:
And I wanna stress that when i say “top of the leg” i’m not talking about the crotch (please don’t flag me tumblr it’s an anatomical term) i’m talking about the point where the femur connects to the pelvis, which is higher up on the hips:
It’s easier to see what I’m talking about in this photo of a man squatting:
So yeah if you use that measurement when using this technique you should get fairly realistically proportioned legs:
But remember! messing with proportions is an important and fun part of character design! Know the rules first so you can then break them however you please!
HOW THE HELL DID I FIND THIS POST OMG
Licherally in the midst of drawing a guy and crying at how bad the arms are. Thanks Tumbles
I only ever saw the part where people started drawing the limbs outrageously long and genuinely wanted to know how to fix that, so I’m really thankful to see the rest.
I’ll be forever in awe of all artists and art 💜
a gunman in georgia just went on a shooting spree targeting asian owned business in a hate crime involving 8 deaths of people with varying nationalities (6 asian, with 1 white woman and 1 white man) last night. (click on photos to enlarge, credits to @frogvk on twitter for the graphics)
here is a twitter thread and constantly updating, currently active google doc that contains the gofundmes, paypals, cashapps, etc of victims of anti-asian hate crimes, asian-owned small businesses, and asians who need financial aid. please consider donating & boosting and adding more donation links if you have them.
Shitty day at work plus brain latching onto a new thing makes for a really awkward annoying day. Finally in the art mood to work on this Mei Changsu piece and feels like I’m just wasting time…
Not an adventure, but this happened and took control of me, happy accidents.
As they didn’t stay still for the official photo, she had to resort to advanced methods of torture.
It didn’t help that when she showed up at their first team meeting, the boys said she looked like a delicate flower, she promised to get revenge one day…
She did that
HOLY SHIT, IT WAS THE ORIGINAL ONE
MAKE A WISH
the first post ever on tumblr
I WAS EXPECTING IT TO BE A REMAKE OF SOME SORT HOLY FUCK
WHO THE FUCK KEEPS BRINGING THIS BACK
World Heritage Post
like actually though. i’m in AWE of the notecount.