"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."
— Brent Weeks (via victoriousvocabulary)

Black & Bloom by Paulette Tavormina

"When I’m really into a novel, I’m seeing the world differently during that time— not just for the hour or so in the day when I get to read. I’m actually walking around in a haze, spellbound by the book and looking at everything through a different prism."
Colin Firth (via duttonbooks)
rococo-girls-shrine:

versailleslife:

Catherine Palace, ballroom

Tsarskoye Selo near St. Petersburg

rococo-girls-shrine:

versailleslife:

Catherine Palace, ballroom

Tsarskoye Selo near St. Petersburg

make me choose & anonymous asked me
daenerys targaryen or sansa stark & lydia martin or daenerys targaryen

yerawizardbarry:

when you need to cough in an exam but you’ve already coughed like twice so you just sit there suffocating

psych s01e07: who ya gonna call? | “so we’re really not talking now? come on, how mature is this? the silent treatment is not how conflict is resolved, gus. we need to work through this, we need to share our feelings. maybe a smoothie.”