"It’s not so bad, my darling. Being dead. It’s like being alive, only colder. Things taste less. They feel less. You forget, little by little, who you were. There isn’t much love, but there is a lot of vodka, and reminiscing. It’s rather like a university reunion, but the cakes and tarts are made of dust. And there is always a war on. But there was always a war on before, too, wasn’t there?"
, Catherynne M. Valente
WILDWOOD DANCING FANCAST
Jenica - Alexis Bledel
Tatiana - Kaya Scoledario
Sorrow - Nicholas Hoult
Iulia, Paula and Stela - Isabelle Furhman, Georgie Henley and Florrie Betts
Cezar and Costi - Stanislav Ianevski and Jackson Rathbone
Five sisters visit a magic kingdom every full moon when a magic portal opens up for them within their bedroom. They dance and enjoy all the wonders of this other realm but danger can lurk alongside their laughter.
(Based on the novel by Juliet Marillier)
"If a man has to say trust me, Gogu conveyed, it’s a sure sign you cannot. Trust him, that is. Trust is a thing you know without words."
— Juliet Marillier, Wildwood Dancing
"Monsters come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are things people are scared of. Some of them are things that look like things people used to be scared of a long time ago. Sometimes monsters are things people should be scared of, but they aren’t."
— Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane
"She saw dwarfs, lost princes, beautiful girls who had committed themselves to silence in order to save brothers turned into swans or ravens, young men who thrived on sunshine and dwindled with darkness, mutilated maidens, who wept over their own silver arms, and then simpler people, three bears, the girl in the red hood, the lost children who found their way home, the lost children who didn’t and were covered with leaves by the robins."
— Margaret Mahy, The Changeover: a Supernatural Romance
"He doesn’t mean that we’re simply imagined, you know, but that our power flows out of the imagination, and that’s the faculty that makes magicians of all of us. Witches just act upon it with such conviction that their dreams turn into reality."
— The Changeover by Margaret Mahy
"It changes you forever, but you are changing forever anyway."
— Margaret Mahy, The Changeover
"If the world is divided into seeing and not seeing, Marya thought, I shall always choose to see."
— Catherynne M. Valente, Deathless (via little-corner-of-the-world
"If you wish to be truly free, you must love no one. But of course if you take that path you may also find that in the end you’re unloved."
— Boy, Snow, Bird
, Helen Oyeyemi
Magnificent 19th-Century Library Shelves 350,000 Books
Feast your eyes on the elegant grandeur of the Real Gabinete Português de Leitura (known in English as the Royal Portuguese Reading Room or the Royal Cabinet), a 19th-century library in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Constructed from 1880 to 1887 under the direction of architect Rafael da Silva e Castro, the magnificent library has the distinction of holding the largest and most valuable collection of Portuguese works outside of Portugal, with over 350,000 volumes filling its countless bookshelves.
(Source: missliteraryali, via droo216)
“oh, i will be cruel to you, marya morevna. it will stop your breath, how cruel i can be. but you understand, don’t you? you are clever enough. i am a demanding creature. i am selfish and cruel and extremely unreasonable. but i am your servant. when you starve i will feed you; when you are sick i will tend you. i crawl at your feet; for before your love, your kisses, i am debased. for you alone i will be weak.”
Book Picspams → Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull
We lose our mothers and look for them everywhere.
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"If magic was present, it moved under the skin of the world, beneath the ability of human eyes to catch sight of it."
— Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
, Gregory Maguire (via quotes-for-reference
When they come for you, her mother had once warned, you have to go. It’s not about wanting or not wanting.
(Source: alesandortorrent, via sansastarkt)
"He wants to draw a marble statue, not a person!" cries Iris.
“Then be marble for him, you fool,” says Margarethe. “Be bronze if he wants it; be glass; be oak. Be what he wants, or we go hungry.”
“He wants beauty,” says Iris, rubbing her nose. “He has a hound, and he wants beauty.”
Margarethe’s expression is blank. At last she says, “Then be beauty. Make-believe it."
— Gregory Maguire, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister