I do not want to be alone like this. Why have you not come back to haunt me? It is the least I would have expected of you. Why this silence day after day, night after interminable night? It is like a fog, this silence of yours. First it was a blur on the horizon, the next minute we were in the midst of it, purblind and stumbling, clinging to each other...Send back your ghost. Torment me, if you like. Rattle your chains, drag your cerements across the floor, keen like a banshee, anything. I would have a ghost.
John Banville, The Sea
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Along these ways, grasses hummed their old tunes, blackthorns pointed their warnings, and every well held the memory of human desire. Maybe I was a strange child, feeling the constant hum of the past just beyond me, real as a bee, or maybe every child shares that feeling. All I knew was that I felt safe, there, in the echo of their company.
Doireann Ní Ghríofa, A Ghost in the Throat
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hey since u watch both miraculous ladybug and tts and you post about them a lot could i ask your opinion on which has better writing?
Tangled the Series hands down like it ain’t even a QUESTION, we literally Cannot Compare the depth of storytelling babe but I’m going to anyway.
consistency? Check. There is a set episode order because there is an actual narrative story taking place, so this is kind of required. even in small things! Rapunzel has one offhand line about not liking lemonade and continues to dislike lemonade later. I mean she’s wrong because lemonade is the honey and nectar of modern society but whatever.
Peak Romance? you know I love the Love Square but these kids Do Not Compare to the glory that is Rapunzel and Eugene Fitzherbert. if you ever wondered how to write a couple without the will-they-won’t-they tension and without inserting manufactured drama into every other episode? watch this fucking show. MASSIVE check.
positive messages? check. in fact, Tangled stomps ML through the floor and into the basement. Instead of getting hammered with repeated and insulting “Marinette puts her personal needs before others and causes an akuma!! better teach her not to be so selfish anymore” plots, try on for size “it’s okay if not everyone likes you, you can still co-exist with them as people,” and “you can’t help people who don’t want it, you can just be there for them if they do.”
plot? checkity-check. you ever watch the Tangled movie and wonder “hey what the fuck is up with the sundrop flower and how does that magic even work??” look no further, the show’s entire premise is dedicated to covering that (and Damn does it deliver). they cover more in one season than ML has managed to cover in three.
characterization? If we were to scale it in terms of size, let’s say that ML is a baseball and Tangled is. well. the sun. We have Actual development (Rapunzel establishing more boundaries and stepping into a role as a leader, Eugene learning to sympathize and care more about others, Lance moving past his self-preservation and selfishness from his days as a thief, etc.), portrayals of PTSD, healthy communication, and here’s the kicker! None of it disappears after one (1) episode for the sake of a vague production order. Solid check.
So, there you have it. If you’re getting sick of ML’s stale development, the use of the reset button, and manufactured relationship drama, watch please just watch Tangled the Series. If you want to see actual complex and interesting and threatening antagonists, plus a well-written redemption arc that the writers planned and are in full control of (rip to Astruc but they’re different), watch Tangled.
Oh, also: it has music and it BOPS.
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