#if we were villains
I love it when someone says things like “Would've been more fun if you were here" or "I wish you were here so we could do this and this". It shows that you kinda matter to them to certain degrees, that your existence matters. They mean that your mere presence could have a difference. And what's so subtle yet beautiful than this ?
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'fuck you my child is fine'
your child: the reason the Shakespearean characters James and Oliver are compared to have a main character - sidekick dynamic is because thats what Oliver sees himself as in James' story. He sees himself as nothing but a sidekick ( "Was I not always his right-hand man, his lieutenant? Banquo or Benvolio or Oliver - little difference"). In the end tho, in James' letter to Oliver, they are compared to two lovers - that's because that comparison is made by James, and not Oliver, revealing that in James' eyes the role Oliver played in his life was the love interest. In this essay I will-
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I need language to live, like food- lexemes and morphemes and morsels of meaning nourish me with the knowledge that, yes, there is a word for this. Someone else has felt it before.
M.L. Rio, If We Were Villains
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piles of leaves are tossed into the air
rakes scrape across lawns
flanells rest lazily
gusts of wind gently knock on windows
brown leaves glow gold under the warm setting sun
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2021 Bookshelf: If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio and quotes I can’t stop thinking about
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If Bunny Corcoran met Richard Stirling there would be hell to pay.
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A comparison I’ve been very interested in since I finished the stories has flown very much under the radar but I really wanted to dip into it. The two books that are often dropped in the same category of ‘dark academia in a college setting’, If We Were Villains and the Secret History, both created a character that the rest of the members of their groups tended to gravitate towards. What I found intriguing was that when you compare the two in a) real life and b) fictional world, the difference is like day and night.
James Farrow, who in the book has an unassuming, melancholic presence that goes almost unnoticed, and Henry Winter, who in the book is dynamic, unbreakable and his presence is felt in the bones.
That is how they are seen in the fictional world. Now take these two in the real one. James turns into a friendly, somewhat mysterious person in your friend group who seems to always disappear when you get too close while Henry becomes an odd occurrence, someone who lives in a big apartment with no furniture, has secret conversations with your professor and locks his belongings away while in the privacy of his own home.
The roles of the two reverse when crossing worlds of life and paper like the day turns from light to dark. It’s funny how on paper Henry is the perfect character, and in real life turns into a borderline psychopath and James is a background character in the book and becomes one of the most interesting people you’d ever meet in real life - which is sort of what Henry is supposed to represent.
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fuck shakes pear, i have discovered melodrama.
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How tremendous the agony of unmade decisions.
If We Were Villains— M. L. Rio
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Normalise liking poetry because you like the way it sounds and art because you think its beautiful. You don’t have to understand the deeper meaning of something to appreciate it - poetry is bloody difficult to analyse and art requires an extensive knowledge of movements and artists to properly get - so please just wonder around art galleries and decide which pieces you’d buy if you could, and read out lines of poetry simply because they have a nice ring to them.
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Only reason I haven’t gone insane is because I romanticise everything.
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I don't want a fucking job I want to be that elegant woman you see studying in the library all day with her cat and a cup of coffee, poring over ancient texts with a maddening half-smile on her face.
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we fell in love in october
that's why, i love fall
looking at the stars
admiring from afar
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if you were weirdly obsessed with going to boarding school as a kid then you’re queer and mentally ill now
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my love language is people cooking and feeding each other food, like it’s so intimate for no reason
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-cottagecore inspired makeups, pinterest
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i just wanna read but noooo i have to “be a productive member of society” and fucking “work” what the fuck man
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welcome, ᵗᵒ ᵗʰᵉ ᵃⁿⁿᵘᵃˡ ʰᵘⁿᵍᵉʳ ᵍᵃᵐᵉˢ
@therealalexandervass // @therealfilippakosta
@thereal-meredithdardenne // @therealrichardstirling
@therealwrenstirling // @therealjamesfarrow
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richard siken / salma deera / jen mazza / joy ladin
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““You’re not a monster,” I said. But I lied. What I really wanted to say was that a monster is not such a terrible thing to be. From the Latin root monstrum, a divine messenger of catastrophe, then adapted by the Old French to mean an animal of myriad origins: centaur, griffin, satyr. To be a monster is to be a hybrid signal, a lighthouse: both shelter and warning at once.”
— Ocean Vuong, from “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous”
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