"Draw a monster. Why is it a monster?"

Daughter by Janice Lee

I think about this quote a lot.   (via melisica)


50 Great Books You’ll Never Read in School

posted on 02/09/2014 at 12:34:39 with 3,186 notes

"I am trying to see things in perspective. My dog wants a bite of my peanut butter chocolate chip bagel. I know she cannot have this, because chocolate makes dogs very sick. My dog does not understand this. She pouts and wraps herself around my leg like a scarf and purrs and tries to convince me to give her just a tiny bit. When I do not give in, she eventually gives up and lays in the corner, under the piano, drooping and sad. I hope the universe has my best interest in mind like I have my dog’s. When I want something with my whole being, and the universe withholds it from me, I hope the universe thinks to herself: "Silly girl. She thinks this is what she wants, but she does not understand how it will hurt."

— THEORIES ABOUT THE UNIVERSE by Blythe Baird   (via god-ghost)

yell with the wind

though the wind won’t help you fly at all

Genre Help: Satire


The main purpose of satire is to criticize a certain concept, ideology, person, group or event through humor. This often involves characters or plotlines matted with the idea in question and the usage of irony, sarcasm, parody, analogy, hyperbole and general exaggeration in order to showcase its faults and hold them up to ridicule, which we are meant not only to laugh about, but reflect and eventually, hopefully, to desire and participate in the improvement of the issue in question.

All of this is what makes satire such a popular and influential genre and, at the same time, so difficult to write. Satire must be both subtle and clear or else the message it seeks to send will get lost in translation. A satire that fails to make the reader think has failed completely and, at worst, reinforced the harmful belief it proposed to criticize, even if imperceptibly. Sure, it is the reader’s (or viewer’s) responsibility to apply even the slightest bit of critical thinking, but it is the satire’s responsibility to make, even the casual reader, recognize that there is a problem. In the case of, for example, movies, a part of everybody watches movies viscerally and there is nothing wrong with that. A satire no matter its medium has to watch over for the tone it uses to get its point across.

So creators neither can nor should hide behind the excuse of “You just didn’t get it.”

Things to consider when writing satire are:

  • 1) The audience,
  • 2) The limits, because indeed, there are limits to writing satire, and
  • 3) Context.

Satire: How to Disguise Your Criticism with Laughter ellaborates on the first two, while Hugh Holub explains the latter.

If a satirical article catches the reader by surprise, they might not get the humor.

Thus, in plying your satirical wit, make sure you target it in a context where the reader is looking for humor.

He provides further tips:

Second, vicious does not work. ”Trenchant” is a key word to remember. Sharp, vigorously effective.  Words like “delightfully vicious”” is more the goal.

Third, obscenity detracts from good satire. The best satire is very literate.

Fourth, the more subtle and authoritative your satire is, the more effective it is. British humor is very understated, and absolutely funny as a result. American’s tend to be over the top. Appearing to be serious while in fact the content is not, works very well. The best satire mimics authoritative presentation so that at a glance it might appear to be real.

The best satire works in tandem with  the level of the reader’s understanding of the subject or topic of the satire. If people care enough about a subject, they will be current on it and knowledgeable about it. Assume your reader is intelligent.

Fifth, the trick is to make sure the made-up farcical element is clear. […]

Sixth, one path to good satire is taking an existing trend or direction of a story, and keep going as far over the edge as you dare. The ultimate truth (and justification for seeing something as outrageous) is to follow the logical trend  way out there and see where it takes you. A lot of satirical humor has erupted from the current economic bailout efforts […]

Here for the full list.

And here’s a list of resources that go in depth about the topic and revise it from a variety of angles.

Lastly, I will always advice that if you want to write something, you read and overall experience everything you can. Since we are talking about a style and a genre, you go and read and watch pieces that have successfully managed to be satirical. There are certain cues you can’t learn without being subjected to them.

Wikipedia offers a list of satirists and satires which you are free to browse. Find authors that interest you and go from there. Study what made them satirical.

  • Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse-Five, Breakfast of Champions, “Cat’s Cradle”
  • George Orwell: Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four
  • Anthony Burgess:  A Clockwork Orange
  • Joseph Heller: Catch 22
  • Terry Prachett
  • Frank Zappa
  • Bill Watterson

And so forth. Even comedians (specially comedians) are known for their use of satire to both bring awareness to issues and entertain.


posted on 02/09/2014 at 09:09:06 with 1,109 notes
#writing #satire #genre 



When I say I want to read the book before seeing the movie, I don’t want brownie points or bragging rights. I want to be able to read the book with my imagined world and idea of the characters without the movie’s influence at least once. After you see the movie there’s always some part of it that sticks in your head for a long time and you lose the enjoyment of making it up yourself.

thank you so much for putting it into words


Andromeda's Disownment

Your father and I are ashamed and in disbelief at your reprehensible decision to not only associate with mudbloods, but to go off and marry one! You are a disgrace to not only us, but to your sisters and to the  Noble and Most Ancient House of Black. Your disgusting, traitorous actions will not be tolerated. We raised you to be the archetypal pureblood witch and not only have you failed to reach that standard, you have also disgraced what it means to be a pureblood- to be a Black.

You are no longer welcome in our household. We do not allow traitors, harlots or those who associate with mudbloods to remain in our family. You have besmirched the House of Black. You are no daughter of mine.

Do not attempt to contact us.

Druella Black


im not crying my eyes are just glistening with the ghost of my past

posted on 02/09/2014 at 05:43:12 with 84,520 notes
#about me 







Leo no, don’t release Valentino out into the wild. Leo no. You’re going to give people heart attacks. 

Che? I’m afraid I do not understand.