Grainger admits to being drawn to roles with a bad-girl edge, from the manipulative Lucrezia Borgia to the unfeeling Estella in Great Expectations to the bank-robbing O.G. Bonnie Parker. “I think all the characters I’ve played have had an element of putting up a front,” she says. “Bonnie was single-minded, fame-hungry, selfish, and shallow, but I still liked her. It’s great to play someone with emotional complexity.” (x)
Our database has been hacked into and hundreds of agents names have been released. Including both of yours. Agents, whose names were found out, are being killed. Your mission is to find the hacker and stop the names from being distributed. If this isn’t done soon, it could be one of your lives lost next.Pairing: Allison x Erica
Allison and Erica had been given dozens of missions, but none where they were meant to work together. Usually, it was the opposite. Neither could stand the other, could barely breathe the same air. It was work together, though, or be put on desk duty indefinitely. They grit their teeth and worked together, better, than anyone, especially themselves, expected they would. They were told to put their feelings for each other aside, but it became harder to, as the hatred eroded away. The feelings Allison and Erica had for each other now were caring too deeply for their partner. Instead of being the ones putting each other in danger, they were protecting them from it. Their greatest fear was no longer losing to one another; it was losing each other.
Made for round two of the twrarepairexchange
The most common question I get on this blog is “can you help me find a translation of [Classical text]?” So in honor of reaching 900 followers, I’ve compiled a list of favourite translations for your reference. Thank you for making this possible!
Below, you will find links…
"Do I have recommendations" like do I have bones in my body
If you like books about reading books, intellectualism, decadence, and “the education of our heroes”:
- Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series (The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel’s Game, The Prisoner of Heaven, to be continued): A little boy discovers that someone is burning his favourite author’s books and a whole world of intrigue is opened up. Sort of feels like you’re reading something forbidden. Absolutely perfect writing and oh-my-god scenery and characters.
- Tom Stoppard, Arcadia: A play about a girl who discovers a new mathematical principle, among other things. Insanely good dialogue.
- Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch: A bildungsroman about a boy and a painting, which I’ve heard called “The Secret History but with art instead of Classics.”
- Carol Goodman, The Lake of Dead Languages: More about the horrors of high school than actual intellectualism, I guess, but it’s a good read. The main character is a boarding-school Latin teacher. TW: Mental health issues, suicide.
- Gregory Maguire: Wicked: Okay, hear me out. The book’s massively different than the musical. There’s about 500% more university hijinks, a questionable sex club, research everywhere, and 100% more bloodshed and character deaths. Plus philosophical ponderings about fictional gods.
- E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks: This is a YA book about a boarding school where a secret society of high school boys goof around and do pseudo-intellectual shit together, while a real intellectual girl gets sick of being told she’s not allowed in the boys’ club and decides to one-up them. Much lighter tone than TSH, but I love it.
If you like main characters who are total assholes and/or unreliable narrators:
- Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves: Sort of like a horror-novel mindfuck … but for intellectuals. Minotaur analogies included. TW: Rape, misogyny, mental health issues, generally really fucked up shit.
- Lev Grossman, The Magicians: A somewhat different tone, but this is basically what TSH would have been if Richard were learning magic instead of Classics.
If you liked hearing Julian and the Greek students rant about “beauty is terror” and you like to think about Henry’s role as a monster messiah:
- Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces: Literary theory, but it reads more like a manual for how to become a monster messiah.
- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray: Dorian will remind you of the Greek students in TSH, I’m sure. There’s a lot of “live forever” in here.
If you like Greek mythology and murder-myths with a side of homoerotic subtext:
- Aeschylus, Oresteia, trans. Richard Lattimore: Trilogy of Greek tragedies in which the House of Atreus is one big beautiful clusterfuck.
- Euripides, Bacchai, trans. Colin Teevan: Greek tragedy in which Bacchus drives a bunch of people mad and murder ensues. Sort of what TSH is based on.
- Seneca, Six Tragedies, trans. Emily Wilson: I especially recommend the Medea. There’s infanticide and infidelity, and Wilson’s translation of Medea’s caelum trahentem speech is to die for.
- Anne Carson, Autobiography of Red: A long-form poem on the myth of Heracles and Geryon reimagined as a modern love-ish story. Good introduction, too.
- C.P. Cavafy, Complete Poems, trans. Daniel Mendelsohn: Cavafy was a poet in Greece in the early 20th century whose writings often reference mythology. The homoeroticism isn’t subtext; Cavafy wrote openly about his relationships. Mendelsohn proves himself to be a bit of a sexist tool in the intro, but his translations are excellent.
And I’ll just throw in a bit of old-school English lit:
- Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway: This one makes me think of Camilla after Hampden. Among other things. TW: Suicide, mental health issues.
- James Joyce, Dubliners: A collection of short stories featuring unreliable narrators and men who emasculate themselves without even trying. I especially recommend “The Dead.”
If you’re interested in TV shows too, I’d recommend the first season (only) of NBC’s Hannibal (for poetic dialogue and monster-philosophy), Penny Dreadful (for a group of intellectual monsters/outcasts who keep sleeping with each other), and NBC Kings (for the dialogue and the deadly decadent court).
Oh. My. FUCKING. GOD????
THAT IS ABSOLUTELY MASTERFUL???? LIKE??? HOLY SHIT.
loveholic198 have you seen this?! One of us needs to get working on that, asap!
NONNIE YOU’RE A GENIUS.
"When I was two my dad took me to St. Lukes, handed me to a nurse and said, ‘Find her a good home.’ Thanks to how my brain works I remember every moment of it. So 25 years later, I’m not cynical, I’m smart. You put a quarter inch wrench on a quarter inch bolt, it works. Tools don’t let you don’t, only people do." // Spending your life, scared to connect with other people isn’t any way to live.