Unfortunately, the show is wrong, on both counts. Changing a scene from consensual sex to rape is not just a pedantic issue of accuracy—it’s a problem with story. The Daenerys Targaryen who falls in love with a man who granted her respect when no one else would is different from the Daenerys Targaryen who fell in love with her rapist. It changes that relationship. (Dany falling in love with Drogo, and calling him her “sun and stars,” makes a whole lot more sense now, doesn’t it?)

Similarly, Jaime is a figure of chivalric love in the books—despite his arrogance and ruthlessness, his devotion and sense of duty to Cersei, the only woman he has ever loved, is so fervent as to border on adoration. Admittedly, the show can’t rely on his point-of-view chapters, as the book does, to communicate that love. But given what we have seen Cersei Lannister capable of—her ex-husband is hardly the only man she’s had killed—is it even conceivable that she would stand for it? Jaime raping Cersei is a major anomaly for these two characters—even based purely on what we’ve seen in the show. It’s just not something that either character would do.

medievalpoc:

dynamicafrica:

The Egyptian Mona Lisa

I never get bored of people playing around with DaVinci’s, especially when non-Western artists provide their own take on the ever-mysterious painting that is the Mona Lisa.

Here, Egyptian illustrator FaTma WaGdi places herself wearing a hijab in her digital rendition of this 16th century portrait, poking fun at the expressionless original subject.

Contemporary Art Week!

(via theshakespeares)

lucithor:

In their last year at high school, Enjolras and Courfeyrac find themselves tied winners of the “most likely to end up in jail” prize in their yearbook. They take it graciously.

If asked why Combeferre, as the third member of the infamous meddling trio, isn’t also tied there, everyone who voted for those two reply automatically; “he wouldn’t be stupid enough to get caught.”

(via enjolrq)

All these Shakespeare blogs I follow and there’s still not enough Shakespeare on my dash

runecestershire:

tybalt-yousaucyboy:

If anyone posts Shakespeare things, kindly reblog this so I can follow you.

Have a great day!

The Shakespeare on my blog is heavily punctuated with opera and kittens and whatever strikes my fancy, but I do post more Shakespeare than anything else these days

Over here there’s a lot of Shakespeare but also a lot of things like Les Mis, if you’re not averse to that!

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