Lev Grossman’s novel The Magicians may just be the most subversive, gripping and enchanting fantasy novel I’ve read this century. Quentin Coldwater is a nerdy, depressed, high-achieving Brooklyn kid who finds himself hijacked from his Princeton interview and whisked away to Brakebills…
Literally one of my favourite facts ever is that J. M. Barrie, Rudyard Kipling, H. G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, P. G. Wodehouse, A. A. Milne, as well as the son of Alfred Tennyson and many others played on the same amateur cricket team AND THEY WERE TERRIBLE how great is that
HOLY SMOKES! WHAT ABOUT LESLIE’S BABYSHOWER!!!!!!!😱😱😱
WHAT ABOUT HER IN…
You all understand this is a tv show right?.. Its not real life
It’s more then just a show to us. We love each character so much. We also ship two of them so hard that when Bo Burnham guest stared on the show as a 17 year old country singer who always thanked the troops in his songs, and Leslie got pregnant in that same episode. We forgot about Bo. Each person who watches this show falls in love, I mean my best friend didn’t like this show because her mom watches it, and after making her watch season four. And admitted that now she shipped Ben and Leslie and was willing to watch it. She hasn’t seen the sixith yet but that’s something else. This may just be a show for you. But to us it’s a story about Leslie Knope and her friends and family while dealing with everything that comes in there way, from a rule that says you can’t date someone to being recalled from her dream job. It’s more then a show to us. So it may just be a thirty minute show on NBC to you, but to us. It’s a documentary of Leslie Knope in Pawnee, Indiana.
The characters may, technically speaking, be “fictional,” but to those who love the show, Leslie Knope and her friends are very much real. And more importantly, the emotions we feel when watching these characters are real, as are the lessons we learn from each character.
From April Ludgate, we learn that it’s totally cool to be really quirky and weird, as long as your staying true to yourself.
From Andy Dwyer, we learn that no matter what your age, you’re never too old to have some childish fun.
From Donna Meagle we learn not only the importance of not taking s**t from others, but also how to be fabulous.
From Tom Haverford, we learn that swag is important, but so is hard work. In his own words: “Sometimes you have to work a little so you can ball a lot.”
From Chris Traeger, we learn not only the importance of positive thinking, but the even more important lesson that even the seemingly most upbeat people can be battling depression. (And that with the support of great friends, you never have to face this depression alone.)
From Ben Wyatt, we learn that we need to forgive ourselves for stupid things we’ve done in our past (even if it’s as stupid as running an entire town into the ground) and that uptight nerds with cute butts make the best husbands.
From Ron Swanson, we learn the importance of honor and honesty, and that even though we may disagree with someone politically, we can still respect them as a person and even become their dearest friend.
From Ann Perkins, we learn how to be a supportive friend. And when it comes to romantic relationships, it’s okay to take some time to date yourself, and there’s no one correct way to start start a family.
And then there’s Leslie Knope. Leslie is very real to me. For me, she has become an important role model, and whether or not she is “fictional” does not change the fact that she possesses traits that I greatly admire and aspire to. I could write a whole book on why I admire Leslie Knope, citing different examples from each episode, but I’ll try to summarize those feelings as best I can for the sake of time. I admire Leslie because she cares so much, about her friends, her work, and even her town that does not always appreciate the hard work she has done for it. She is a selfless and dedicated friend. She is passionate. I think, a very illuminative example of why I love Leslie is the season 6 finale when Leslie is deciding between moving to Chicago or staying in Pawnee and Ron tells her, “You can’t have both,” to which Leslie realizes “Wait, I can have both.” I love this scene because it shows that Leslie is someone who doesn’t settle. She knows what she wants, and she will get it. When presented with two mediocre options, she doesn’t settle for the one that’s slightly better. She makes up a third option. She pushes boundaries, she may be a steamroller sometimes, but it’s only because she cares. She’s ambitious. She’s dedicated. And these are especially important traits for a female character to have. She is someone I would want my future daughters to look up to, because I would want them to know that they should not be afraid to be ambitious and go after what they want.
And more important than the characters themselves, are the relationships between the characters. It’s not only us who are learning from these characters, but they learn from each other. Parks and Recreation is a damn good show in terms of the writing and character development. These characters have changed so much over the past six seasons, and as they learn from one another and grow to love each other, we too learn from them and grow to love them.
Unlike most other sitcoms on TV these days, Parks and Recreation is more than just immature penis joke humor. It’s a show about love and friendship and waffles. It’s about people we can relate to and learn from. Many episodes are even thought-provoking in the way that they portray American culture and government.
So fine. Maybe to you it’s “just a TV show” but to us, Pawnee is real. These characters may be “fictional,” but the values and identities they represent are very real. We love these characters because they have touched us, they have changed us. So yeah, we’re going to spend our free time speculating what Leslie’s baby shower was like. You know why? Because it was probably the cutest damn baby shower in the universe.
Unlike most other sitcoms on TV these days, Parks and Recreation is more than just immature penis joke humor. It’s a show about love and friendship and waffles.
highlighting this because it’s why I think P&R is the best show on TV right now. It’s not about being catty or thinking they’re better than anyone. The jokes aren’t at anyone’s expense, the jokes are cos these people are funny and like each other. Imagine if the people on community actually liked each other instead of whatever happened at the end there.
“Though Mean Girls was rated PG-13 for “sexual content, language, and some teen partying,” that was a rating Paramount had to fight for, says Waters. “We had lots of battles with the ratings board on the movie. There was the line, ‘Amber D’Lessio gave a blow job to a hot dog,’ which eventually became ‘Amber D’Lessio made out with a hot dog.’ Which is somehow weirder! That’s the thing we found: When you’re trying to make a joke obey the rules and not use any bad words, it can actually become seamier, even.” Still, there were some things that Waters simply refused to change. “The line in the sand that I drew was the joke about the wide-set vagina. The ratings board said, ‘We can’t give you a PG-13 unless you cut that line.’ We ended up playing the card that the ratings board was sexist, because Anchorman had just come out, and Ron Burgundy had an erection in one scene, and that was PG-13. We told them, ‘You’re only saying this because it’s a girl, and she’s talking about a part of her anatomy. There’s no sexual context whatsoever, and to say this is restrictive to an audience of girls is demeaning to all women.’ And they eventually had to back down.””—don’t fuck with tina fey (via brokenclocksrighttwiceaday)
self diagnosis? so what, you’re just gonna research your symptoms? monitor your body for functioning abnormalities? piece together observations and compare them to diagnostic manuals and resources written by medical professionals? connect with diagnosed people willing to explain their experience and possible parallels? spend a significant amount of time on a single ‘case’ (your own), with the best possible understanding of your body? what a load of bs (/sarcasm)