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thegirlthatcriesacademia · 5 months ago
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Since childhood I've been faithful to monsters. I've been saved and absolved by them because monsters are the patron saints of our blissful imperfections.
Guillermo del Toro
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kinkyhorrorarticles · 8 months ago
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Some Words on a Hunchback
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Quasimodo has always been a curious figure in the pantheon of great monsters. By contemporary standards, there's hardly anything monstrous about him, save for his unconventional appearance. He was not spawned from ho-rror fiction, nor was he the primary figure in his novel of origin. And yet, Quasimodo is firmly associated with the genre, often appearing alongside genuine monsters like Dracula and the Wolfman. With no supernatural powers, razor-sharp claws, or even a fang to bare, Quasimodo seems like a peculiar choice for a featured creature. In fact, one might almost call his inclusion cruel: Quasimodo doesn't have Robert Redford good looks, so he must be the Devil? Even in terms of wicked deeds, Quasimodo has perpetrated less evil than the average lawyer. Ho-wever, strange as it is to our modern sensibilities, we believe that without Quasimodo, the movie monster as we know it wouldn't eXXXist. If Universal Pictures never found success with their 1923 adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, they wouldn't have made the more overtly frightful Phantom of the Opera, which begat Dracula, Frankenstein, and all the other ghouls we adore. Without blues, there is no rock; without Zorro, there is no Batman; without Quasimodo, there are no Universal Monsters.
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Quasimodo first appeared in a 1831 novel that was originally published as "Notre-Dame de Paris." Author Victor Hugo wrote his book to promote awareness of the Notre Dame, which was in a state of disrepair at the time. Quasimodo was a relatively minor character, but he was the character who captured the imagination of the public. In 1833, Frederic Shoberl's English translation of "Notre-Dame de Paris" was published as "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." What was intended to be a tribute to the perennial power of architecture became the tragedy of one unfortunate gentleman. In the Hugo tale, Quasimodo was born with a severe hunchback and a massive wart that obscured his left eye. Abandoned as a baby for his deformities, he's taken in by the archdeacon of Notre Dame and brought up to be the bell-ringer of the cathedral. Due to the thunderous ringing of the bells, Quasimodo is also deaf on top of all else. For the heinous act of being born, society casts him as a monster. Though Quasimodo will commit acts of violence when instructed by his master or if a loved one is in danger, his is a kind heart.
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Much like his fellow Universal Monsters, Quasimodo is now synonymous with macabre fiction. Halloween masks are made in his likeness, toys designed for young horror fans bear his unusual countenance, and he often appears in monster-themed animation like "Mad Monster Party?" and "Hotel Transylvania." Universal theme parks usually have a representation of the Hunchback in their haunted attractions. Creature lovers have completely embraced Quasimodo, but why is he considered a monster?
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Perhaps it is because he was portrayed onscreen by Lon Chaney, the first Hollywood film actor to be associated with the morbid. Chaney, the "Man of a Thousand Faces," was notorious for the strange makeups that he created with his own two hands. A physically gruesome character like Chaney's Quasimodo was relatively new in cinema at the time. Or maybe it's because Famous Monsters of Filmland, a seminal ho-rror-based publication, would often feature photos of Quasimodo and other Chaney creations. Out of conteXXXt, Quasimodo may appear scary to some.  Maybe it was the idea that such a peculiar figure dwelled within the walls of a magnificently Gothic structure, inhabiting an edifice looked after by gargoyles as if he were among their ranks.
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Since its publication, Notre-Dame de Paris has inspired an innumerable amount of adaptations across every form of media, including an opera by Victor Hugo himself. Beyond the aforementioned Chaney film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame has been filmed many times, most notably in 1939 with Charles Laughton donning the hump and in 1996 as an unusually dark Disney animated feature. Though none of them are strictly ho-rror, the Chaney and Laughton films have many creepy sequences that ought to delight fright fiends.
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Whatever the answer may be, is it fair to call Quasimodo a monster? Perhaps not, but to many of us, the Universal Monsters have become less figures of terror and more icons of individuality. The Universal Monster is usually ostracized for not adhering to societal norms, generally due to attributes that are beyond their control; their monstrous behavior is often the product of provocation from society. Not all of them are completely innocent, but they are more relatable than the people around them. Universal Monsters are flawed, imperfect misfits; that's why so many are drawn to them. Fictional mobs demonize them; movie audiences venerate them. We love their foibles and imperfections. To us, they are beautiful. Anyone who has ever felt weird or different can relate to the Universal Monsters. They are unique, they are majestic, and they are human... even the Creature from the Black Lagoon. As Guillermo del Toro observed, "Monsters are the patron saints of our blissful imperfections."
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In ho-nor of the campanologist, we present to you the 1923 Hunchback in its entirety. See Lon Chaney in awe-inspiring, self-applied makeup! Marvel at the magnificent recreation of medieval paris! Gasp at the Gothic spectacle! Weep for the Hunchback!
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Behold! The film:
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noodlefrog-omens · 9 months ago
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Noodle’s 2020 🍊 Fic Roundup
2020 was one entire bastard of a year, and we all coped with it in different ways. For a lot of us, it sucked away all of our time and willpower and left us with conditions that were really hard to try to be creative in. I was lucky enough to have conditions that were conducive to writing, because I sure needed to retreat from real life and fling myself entirely into fanfic writing as my way of coping with my own unique version of the 2020 hellscape.
Writing fic, and also finding myself welcomed into the Good Omens fan community as a whole, was one of the best parts of my 2020, a silver lining on what was otherwise for the most part a big ol’ clusterfuck. (Not all of it, though! I got married this year too and I’m still grinning like an idiot about my beautiful girlfriend becoming my beautiful wife, and I feel like I’d be remiss not to mention that when I’m talking about silver linings.) The point is, I’ve done a lot of writing this year--about 240k words of it-- and I’m proud of those stories, so I’d like to do an utterly shameless post and talk about them a bit.
💫 Gentle Night, Little Stars
Rated E, 133k, unfinished (17/21). Begun April 4th.
I put this one on the list first because I’d started writing it very early in 2020 and it has really defined my entire fic writing year. If you’ve heard me talking on discord about “The Longboi”, this is it. This fic (and the series it’s a part of) are a labor of love, and also something I am really excited about. It’s a through history fic, a pining while fucking fic, & a best friends with benefits fic. Also, the bookshop is starting to become a little bit sentient. It should be finishing up early in 2021, and then I’ll be moving on to the last part of that series to tie off any loose ends and give these two the happy ending they’ve more than earned.
🐧 Polar Opposites
Rated G, 1k, finished. March 13th.
This was the first fic that I wrote as a result of some feral thing said on discord, and it was nice to do something totally soft and fluffy like this. It’s set in a zoo, from Gabriel’s (a zookeeper) POV, and features Crowley the penguin breaking into Aziraphale the polar bear’s enclosure.
🌟 Snipple Piercings
Rated M, 2.7k, finished. March 17th.
I had fast turnaround that one week in March, I guess. XD I wrote this for the GO Events Saint Patrick’s Day snake fic event. It’s about Aziraphale making quiet gestures of loyalty to Crowley even before he could say as much out loud. It also has my second favorite title of any fic I’ve written.
🍞 quick, and not quick at the same time
Rated G, 2.9k, finished. May 1st.
The obligatory lock down fic! It’s about sourdough starters and making “rash” decisions that have really been an awfully long time coming. It’s also a little bit about me processing my feelings about eloping at the start of the pandemic and marrying my gf of 8 years in a courthouse on a whim because I couldn’t stand not being her wife anymore. The fic itself isn’t about marriage, but it was on my mind.
👁️ the patron saint of our blissful imperfections
Rated E, 8.5k, finished. June 4th.
I wrote this one for a smut writing thing my friend group did and it went well over the 500 word goal... just in time for pride! It was my first ever (published) wives fic, and it also was my first instance of dipping my toes into the monsterfucker pool. Aziraphale loses control of her corporation during sex and goes all scary Be-Not-Afraid angel. She finds this terribly embarrassing so she tries to hide it from Crowley, and naturally Crowley finds out and sets about making her feel comfortable again.
🎭 The Show Must Go Wrong
Rated T, 3.5k, unfinished. June 11th.
Don’t... don’t look at me. Yes, this is my entry for the Good AUmens event, yes it remains very very unfinished. It isn’t abandoned, just on a very long hiatus. XD Crowley and Aziraphale are professors of theatrical design in a small university, and are working on the worst summer production of their lives. There’s also a cat.
🦎 A Funny Old World
Rated T, 4.3k, finished. July 6th.
Maggot Husbands! Ligur Lives! Hastur POV! This is an ace-friendly reading of Hastur and Ligur’s Lurking Companionship relationship (I’m hesitant to start putting up ace flag bunting or anything because... it’s Hastur and Ligur, and they’re nasty, and I don’t want to claim them as being gr8 rep especially as I am not myself ace). Hastur has a crush on Ligur and deals with it in typical Hastur fashion.
🍷 reflect what you are, in case you don’t know
Rated E, 2.6k, finished. August 22nd.
Another fic I wrote because of some feral thing someone said on discord. It’s pure PWP, post-canon South Downs, and is about... some sort of kink not physically possible for mortals. Body swap sex featuring the tag “passing one single Effort back and forth like the wine bottle at the bus stop.”
🐍 Security Footage Seemed To Show A Large Swan Being Strangled By A Garden Hose
Rated E, 3k, finished. November 20th. (though I wrote it months before)
My first ever zine fic, written for the Wiggle On Zine! This is the fic of mine with my all time favorite title. Eden roleplay with snake-form Crowley, paired with some incredible art in chapter 2. This is also how I got introduced to Brydig, an incredible artist and person, and that alone would have been worth it.
(I’m listing these last two together even though their posting dates are spread out because they’re a set.)
🦷 gnawing with my teeth my bonds in sunder, I gained my freedom & dare not take what I shall die to want 🐙
gnawing: Rated E, 10k, finished. November 9th.
dare not: Rated E, 21k, finished. December 23rd.
These two fics took over my entire life here at the end of the year. No joke, I think they’re some of my favorite things I’ve ever written, but please, pleeeeaaaase mind those tags. These are monsterfucker wives fics, and they center around Crowley and Aziraphale navigating how to have sex when they have some unique anatomical considerations to work with. They are crack fics, in a manner of speaking, but they’re also something that I wanted to be very tender, gentle, and body positive. They are monsterfucker fics, yes, but they’re also monsterlover fics.
I don’t know how to finish this post, except to say that if you’ve ever talked to me on tumblr or discord, commented or kudo’d one of my fics, made any of the art or fic that’s been keeping me sane, or generally were a part of making this fandom awesome, you have had a real and concrete impact on me and have been a part of making this year survivable. Cheers to you, you beautiful people. May 2021 treat you kindly. 🥂
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bibliophilequotes · 6 months ago
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Since childhood, I've been faithful to monsters. I have been saved and absolved by them, because monsters, I believe, are patron saints of our blissful imperfections. And they allow and embody the possibility of fail[ure], and [life].
GUILLERMO DEL TORO
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monsteracademia · a year ago
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Since childhood, I have been faithful to monsters. I have been saved and absolved by them. Because monsters, I believe, are patron saints of our blissful imperfection, and they allow and embody the possibility of failing and live.
Guillermo del Toro, in his Golden Globe acceptance speech.
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she-scriptures · 7 months ago
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The monsters are patron-saints of our blissful imperfections.
Guillermo del Toro (1964–)
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blissfulimperfectionzine · 10 months ago
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For anyone who might be wondering, we got the name of our zine from the Guillermo del Toro quote:
“Since childhood, I’ve been faithful to monsters. I have been saved and absolved by them, because monsters, I believe, are patron saints of our blissful imperfection, and they allow and embody the possibility of failing.”
because Guillermo del Toro knows what’s up when it comes to monsters
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mossyshadows · 11 months ago
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i really like this quote!!: "since childhood, i've been faithful to monsters. i have been saved and absolved by them, because monsters, i believe, are patron saints of our blissful imperfection, and they allow and embody the possibility of failing"
i have been meaning to read this properly so guess that’s the heaviest association right now: “Monster Culture (Seven Theses)” by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen (also “The evolution of monsters in children’s literature” by Lauren Christie but less so) 
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criminalmindsvibez · 7 months ago
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Give me a quote 😳👀-syd aka @spencerspecifics
“Since childhood, I’ve been faithful to monsters. I have been saved and absolved by them, because monsters, I believe, are patron saints of our blissful imperfection, and they allow and embody the possibility of failing.”
-Guillermo del Toro
I like the idea that monsters aren’t evil but instead imperfect because we created the idea of monsters to hide our own flaws and fears. just the vibe of that revelation fits your vibe, but it’s also a ‘lil spooky and I will forever associate you with Halloween
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“Since childhood, I’ve been faithful to monsters. I have been saved and absolved by them, because monsters, I believe, are patron saints of our blissful imperfection, and they allow and embody the possibility of failing”
- Hannibal, guiding Will through his nightmares
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calfo · 10 months ago
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Since childhood, I've been faithful to monsters. I have been saved and absolved by them, because monsters, I believe, are patron saints of our blissful imperfection, and they allow and embody the possibility of failing.
— Guillermo del Toro, Golden Globes Acceptance Speech (Best Director, The Shape of Water)
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noodlefrog-omens · a year ago
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Chapters: 1/1 
Words: 8.5k
Archive Warnings: N/A Rating: E Pairing: Aziraphale/Crowley Additional Tags: Ineffable Wives, Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot, Fluff and Smut, Aziraphale Has a Vulva, Crowley Has A Vulva, Established Relationship, Post-Canon, Monsterfucking, Sort Of, you can have a little true form sex as a treat, Aziraphale has a lot of extra eyes, Mutual Masturbation, Oral Sex, Face-Sitting, Shower Sex, Insecurity, fear of not being enough, fear of being too much, finally talking about your problems like adults, adjusting to a new relationship after six thousand years of pining, Aziraphale Loves Crowley, Crowley Loves Aziraphale, the author is gay your honor
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Aziraphale’s hand slipping down the front of Crowley’s pajama bottoms and bringing her off with ruthless efficiency had been a surprise to both of them. A pleasant surprise. Very pleasant, from Crowley’s perspective. The sex wasn’t the problem. The problem was when Crowley tried to return the favor, Aziraphale had given her a skittish smile and a mumbled excuse about needing to go freshen up. The problem was that Aziraphale had fucked off to the bathroom, leaving Crowley alone on the sofa listening to the shower run, and that she’d done that every single time they’d had sex since then.
“Since childhood I've been faithful to monsters. I've been saved and absolved by them because monsters are the patron saints of our blissful imperfections.” -Guillermo del Toro
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kram-ulfur · a year ago
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Since childhood, I’ve been faithful to monsters. I have been saved and absolved by them, because monsters, I believe, are patron saints of our blissful imperfection, and they allow and embody the possibility of failing
Guillermo del Toro.
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davids-harbour · 3 years ago
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“Since childhood, I’ve been faithful to monsters. I have been saved and absolved by them, because monsters, I believe, are patron saints of our blissful imperfection, and they allow and embody the possibility of failing and live.”
Happy 54th Birthday to Guillermo del Toro! - (October 9, 1964)
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harringrovetrashh · a year ago
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Hi! 😊 For the ask : 14, 75, 82 & 148
Hi! Thank you so much for the ask, sorry it took me so long to get to it haha. It’s been WILD here.
14. Do you believe in luck and miracles? I mean, I believe in karma for sure. I’m not so sure about miracles, but sometimes you just need a little luck to have something go right, ya know?
75. Favourite animal? Definitely baby sloths. Hands down. 
82. Favourite movie? This one’s harder... Either The Princess Bride or Spaceballs. I know each by heart lol
148. What’s your favourite quote? My all time favorite quote is either “Monsters are the patron saints of our blissful imperfections” -Guillermo del Toro or "You gotta make your own stuff work out.” -Clint Barton. Those have both been my ig bio for YEARS lol
These are from one of these lists. Feel free to send more!
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usercaesar · 2 years ago
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Since childhood I’ve been faithful to monsters — I have been saved and absolved by them. Because monsters, I believe, are patron saints of our blissful imperfection
Guillermo del Toro
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