runecestershire:

sauntering-vaguely:

eighttwotwopointthreethree:

nodeadhotspurjokes:

Hotspur wearing so much guyliner that when Kate runs out of makeup, she just uses his. 

 (sauntering-vaguely)

I love how we’re making the Henry IV/Hamlet crossover a thing, omfg.

(yes but have you considered: A Bolingbroke-Claudius relationship of some sort)

Bolingbroke is like fuck I fucked up man. I deposed God’s anointed king and now I’m afraid my soul is damned and I’ve been cursed with this son and you would not believe the shit he gets up to. and Claudius is like TELL ME ABOUT IT. fuckin teenagers man. wanna go make out?

Claudius also deposed and murdered a king, but Hamlet Sr. wasn’t nearly as sacred as as Richard II was, so Claudius would be trying to cheer up Bolingbroke with “killing a king isn’t that bad, man” and he’d try to get Hotspur back on Bolingbroke’s side a la Laertes (oh gosh, Laertes and Hotspur would get on like a house on fire. Hotspur is all the hotblooded and headstrong that people think Laertes is, but with Laertes it’s a reaction and with Hotspur it’s a temperament, and I WANT THIS!! Also, Laertes and Mowbray. Mowbray as a father figure for Laertes, and they understand one another more than anyone would guess [I so have a type when it comes to favourite characters]) (I got carried away in those parentheses, anyway) Claudius would be trying to cheer up Bolingbroke, but he’d only end up making himself feel worse about everything, because at least Bolingbroke didn’t squick things up with an overhasty marriage. Gertrude would probably get on well with Falstaff. I don’t know why. She’d just find excuses to invite him to all the feasts because she likes what he does to the atmosphere.

Ophelia… Ophelia’s dead by this point. If Hamlet runs off to England to have adventures with Hal, then he doesn’t get dead, and so he has time to really get the guilt going about Ophelia (and Polonius), In his less teenagery moments, Hamlet and Bolingbroke could have miserable drunken guilt-parties.

Also, middle-aged Hotspur (historical) and early-thirties Hamlet (Shakespeare’s arithmetic blather) would make an interesting pair.

(Source: katapuhka, via theshakespeares)

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runecestershire:

So I mentioned during my Macbeth liveblog that Shakespeare has so much to say about Kings and kingship.

But the thing about Shakespeare is that he doesn’t really say things. He doesn’t say “this sort of king is no good” or “the best kings look like this” or  “we’d be best off if kings were understood thus” or “if you’re a king, do not do this thing!”. In fact, Shakespeare’s stuff about kings is a matter of “show, don’t tell”. He doesn’t moralise, and his characters (kings, lovers, and all) are too real to be boiled down to simple ideological points.
So “Shakespeare has so much to say about kingship” isn’t really accurate; it’s more like “Shakespeare really enjoys exploring the idea of kingship”.

There was a comic going around a bit ago about how the tragic flaws of one Shakespearian protagonist would be the solution to all of another protagonist’s problems — Hamlet’s hesitation would avoid Othello’s tragic ending (if someone’s got the link to this I’d be much obliged).

So Richard II shows us a god-king coming to terms with his own mortality. Shakespeare doesn’t say “kings are sacred” or “kings should be sacred” or “kings who think they’re sacred are mistaken” or anything; he just shows us a certain character, in a certain situation, and any other character in the same situation might react differently. A different reaction might make things turn out better or worse or just as bad, but Richard II is not a moral tale.

Macbeth shows us very bloodthirsty and ambitious couple taking the throne for themselves through brute force, and Richard III shows the same sort of thing in a very different way, and Richard II's Bolingbroke is the same thing in yet a third way. Mackers' and Bolingbroke's and Dickon's actions are wrong, but Shakespeare never comes down and says that their conception of kingship as something that can be held or taken is necessarily wrong.

Henry V shows us kingship as a profession, but as something a little more incontrovertible than in the previous three plays; Henry’s position as king is never threatened. This isn’t Shakespeare saying “kings [like this] cannot be threatened”, instead he’s exploring what kingship means in the world of that play, both to the king himself and to the people around him. It’s an incredibly complex matter, and again, Shakespeare never comes out and says “this is good” or “don’t do the thing”.

Hamlet shows us kings who are mortal first and foremost. The tricky bits of kingship aren’t addressed at all, but the fact that the characters are kings, princes, queens, etc. means that they have to keep up appearances and that little things like the death of one man really do matter in the grand scheme of things, and this creates an environment where the story can take place. Shakespeare doesn’t say that it is a good thing or a bad thing that kingship creates such an environment, he doesn’t even say that his characters are dealing with it correctly or incorrectly, there is no right answer.

relative-pronoun:

monkeyinshoes prompted “cats keeping pets”

relative-pronoun:

monkeyinshoes prompted “cats keeping pets”


Alexander McQueen, Fall 2013

Alexander McQueen, Fall 2013

(via notbecauseofvictories)

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eighttwotwopointthreethree:

shakesankle:

zahhacked:

If you think Romeo and Juliet is an awful example of love then you obviously haven’t read Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Well yes but Two Gentlemen of Verona has a dog in it so your argument is invalid.

if you think r&j is an awful example of love because you’re so fixated on the fact that they died for each other and completely ignoring all the other extenuating circumstances and dramatic irony that led to that action, you’ve bitten your thumb at me, sir, and we must quarrel.

eighttwotwopointthreethree:

nodeadhotspurjokes:

Hotspur wearing so much guyliner that when Kate runs out of makeup, she just uses his. 

 (sauntering-vaguely)

I love how we’re making the Henry IV/Hamlet crossover a thing, omfg.

(yes but have you considered: A Bolingbroke-Claudius relationship of some sort)

Bolingbroke is like fuck I fucked up man. I deposed God’s anointed king and now I’m afraid my soul is damned and I’ve been cursed with this son and you would not believe the shit he gets up to. and Claudius is like TELL ME ABOUT IT. fuckin teenagers man. wanna go make out?

littlemoongoddess:

mamalaz:

Steampunk Avengers

In which Tony is a former weapons manufacturer with his faithful automaton Jarvis, the hellicarrier is a mechanical balloon and the Avengers are a group drawn together by a new villain.

SCREECH

(via evil-bones-mccoy)

nodeadhotspurjokes:

Hotspur wearing so much guyliner that when Kate runs out of makeup, she just uses his. 

(via eighttwotwopointthreethree)

aka: literally every highschool english class ever

YES I AM SO GLAD I DIDN’T GO TO REAL HIGH SCHOOL AND DIDN’T HAVE TO TAKE ANY OF THOSE CLASSES. I heard horror stories from my friends who actually had to sit through that. But fair warning, college classes can be pretty bad too.