"The truth is, everyone likes to look down on someone. If your favorites are all avant-garde writers who throw in Sanskrit and German, you can look down on everyone. If your favorites are all Oprah Book Club books, you can at least look down on mystery readers. Mystery readers have sci-fi readers. Sci-fi can look down on fantasy. And yes, fantasy readers have their own snobbishness. I’ll bet this, though: in a hundred years, people will be writing a lot more dissertations on Harry Potter than on John Updike. Look, Charles Dickens wrote popular fiction. Shakespeare wrote popular fiction - until he wrote his sonnets, desperate to show the literati of his day that he was real artist. Edgar Allan Poe tied himself in knots because no one realized he was a genius. The core of the problem is how we want to define “literature”. The Latin root simply means “letters”. Those letters are either delivered - they connect with an audience - or they don’t. For some, that audience is a few thousand college professors and some critics. For others, its twenty million women desperate for romance in their lives. Those connections happen because the books successfully communicate something real about the human experience. Sure, there are trashy books that do really well, but that’s because there are trashy facets of humanity. What people value in their books - and thus what they count as literature - really tells you more about them than it does about the book."

People who cannot decide for themselves are worse than people who keep making bad decisions. 

florencewelchismyreligion:

Florence and the Machine - Stay With Me (Sam Smith cover)
[live @ Orange Warsaw Festival 06.14.2014] xx

This is out of this world. 

Anonymous asked:
hi! firstly, i love your blog. i am subscriber from your aff. uwu. i want to write like you. do you have any writing tips?

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Welcome to my Tumblr! As for writing tips, I don’t really have that much. I’ll only give you three tips that I, myself, find useful.

  1. Read. In reading, you get to learn proper grammar; you also get to have a sense of what good story telling is. It also helps you develop your personal style and voice.
  2. Write. Write things. You won’t always like what you will write, but its worth writing it anyway. Remember that practice can help you improve.
  3. Research. Observe. Listen. All the inspiration and information you need is out there somewhere. The world is an endless supplier of creativity. 

:) <3

Anonymous asked:
I'm confused with the woman thor thing. if she is thor then what is he. just because you wield the hammer doesn't make your name thor. his only name is thor son of odin, unless they are doing a fem-loki thing where its thor in a woman body. I have no issue with them doing it's just they can't both be thor unless they are the same person.

marveloki:

I find it confusing that after Loki stole Sif’s body and paraded around in it in his own name and was glorified for it by a lot of fans, that people are struggling to understand a woman just having the same name as Thor.

It’s cool for Loki to literally strip away another womans identity and make it his own but it’s not okay for a woman to just share the name of Thor?

I do kinda see where you’re coming from but worse has happened without many people even raising an eyebrow.