Why we love Helena Bonham Carter (and you should too)

– She is as much like Johnny Depp as a woman could possibly be.

– She has puffy hair that is reminiscent of Edward Scissorhands or her hair is something out of the 18th century.

– She is the same height as MadaLin.

– She is married to Tim Burton.

–  She starred in an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland (her character rocked a giant head in a very amusing way).

– She is the only one in the world who could make the prospect of “corpse bride” look attractive.

– She is totally steampunk in manner of dress. And it TOTALLY works.

– She sounds SO POSH.

-She is British.

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Paradisical literature

I wouldn’t mind living in the Shire. Good food, sunshine. Curls. Round doors. Flora and fauna on every flat surface.

Speaking of which, Rivendell is a vision as well.

Neverland would be a paradise. Wonderland, though, that would be the win!

How about Alagaesia, while we’re on the subject? Eragon and Sapphira would be great friends.

See what Miss Marple has been finding out?

Looking for some more excitement? Let’s go to the arena for the 73rd annual Hunger Games.

Trudge through the woods in Forks, Washington?

Sail out to Treasure Island?

Nancy Drew and the Hardy boys? Never a dull moment there!

Run the alleys and pick pockets with Oliver Twist?

Ask Scarlett why she kept up chasing Ashley?

Or would you rather follow Dorothy down the yellow brick road?

Conquer your fears with Tris and Four?

Discover the mysteries under the sea aboard the Nautilus?

Walk out with Poirot, and ask the Belgian why he is stroking his mustaches?

Run through the pasture with Black Beauty?

We could take a dusty ride to Maycombe County, and see if Jem has the courage to touch the door at the old Radley place.

Shall we take a turn about the room with Lizzie Bennet, and sneak glances at Mr. Darcy?

Do you trust Phileas Fogg’s hot air balloon?

Ride the range in a Louis L’amour western?

See who is rapping, tapping at Edgar Allen Poe’s chamber door?

Build a raft with Tom and Huckleberry?

See if Sunday’s kiss can get Grumble out of toad form?

Help Winston and Julia evade the Thought Police in 1984?

Have tea at 221b Baker street, and see if you could keep up with the master?

I guess we could accompany Algernon as he abandons obligations visits poor Bonbury, so recently taken ill.

Or should we help Petruchio tame the Shrew in Padua?

Chill with Daisy and Gatsby?

Maybe you’d like to drop eaves while Henry V tries to speak french to ‘fair cousin Catherine’, whom he loves so entirely?

Dig holes with Caveman and the gang, while avoiding Mr. Pendanski?

See if Jo accepts Mr. Baer’s proposal??

Ask Ellen to let us in the back door of Wuthering Heights? We could see where Heathcliff was those three years, how he amassed that fortune… no?

Let’s go to Sherwood Forest, then. Can you use a bow? dagger, something?

Could you hold in your laughter as Benedick gets in a row with Beatrice?

Or should we go through the wardrobe? Narnia is always more magical than the rest… But under whose reign? Caspian the 10th, perhaps…

And they wonder why we love to read.

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We must bring before your attention the newly released details of the BBC’s explosively popular feature, “Sherlock”. The first season aired in 2009, and the second in 2011. However, the reason for our recent expenditure of smelling salts is due to the fact that THEY ARE FILMING SEASON THREE AS WE SPEAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Very sparingly have details been released, per Moffat’s usual. We have been given a set of clues for the titles of the three 90minute episodes which will constitute season 3.

RAT

WEDDING

BOW

Speculation abounds. We present you now with the confirmed facts:
 

1. Sherlock will be coming back

2. Amanda Abbington will be joining the cast

3. AWESOME THINGS WILL HAPPEN

 

What is this “Steampunk” of which you speak?

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Steampunk is an art form. An expression of those souls old at heart. Of all the arts in which it has manifested, it is quite possibly literature that receives the most attention. It utilizes late Victorian era aesthetics (Clockwork gears), fashion (top hats and bustle dresses), and general cultural influences, and superimposes it with futuristic technology. (And zombies. Sometimes zombies.) It is generally agreed that Jules Verne is the father of the Steampunk movement, as he was the most popular of those who mused on the future of technology while living in the prudent and picturesque 19thc. Some others who unknowingly contributed to this neo-victorian revival are H.G. Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and, to some degree, Edgar Allen Poe (though less in a inter-species, time travelling hero sense as much as a dark literature way).

But ultimately, we must show rather than describe this phenomenon:

Etsy for accessories

Polyvore for entire ensembles

Barnes and Noble for literature (be sure to look into Arthur Slade’s “Hunchback Assignment” series, as well as “Monstrumologist” by Rick Yancy)

Pinterest is an excellent place to view artwork

You may be interested in films like “Around the world in 80 Days”, and “Treasure Planet”, which exhibit steampunk tendencies.

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So what do you think? is steampunk relevant? Beautiful? Atrocious? Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious? Let us know in the comments below.

P.S. We give due credit to Ted Dwayne for capturing the beautifully trippy photograph included in our post. We highly recommend checking into his other work!

Our favorite fictional books

MadaLin:

1) Pride and Prejudice (released 1812 by Jane Austen)

2) Revolution (released 2011 by Jennifer Donnely)

3) Entwined (released 2011 by Heather Dixon)

4) Memoirs of a Geisha (released 1997 by Arthur Golden)

5) The Godess Test series (released starting 2011 by Aimee Carter)

6) Abandoned (released 2012 by Meg Cabot)

7) Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Caroll)

8) Nevermore (released 2010 Kelley Crayg)

9) Enchanted (released 2011 by Aleathea Kontis)

10) Splintered (released 2013 by A.G. Howard)

Honorable mention: “Treachery of Beautiful Things” released 2012 by Ruth Francis Long

Nicole:

1) Eragon [The Inheritance Cycle] (released starting 2001 by Christopher Paolini)

2) To Kill a Mockingbird (released 1961 by Harper Lee)

3) The Hunger Games trilogy (released starting 2008 by Suzanne Collins)

4) Wuthering Heights (by Emily Bronte)

5)Frankenstien (released 1815 by Mary Shelley)

6) Holes (released 1998 by Louis Sachar)

7)Tell-Tale heart (released 1843 by Edgar Allen Poe)

8) Divergent (released 2011 by Veronica Roth)

9) Hunchback assignments (released 2009 by Arthur Slade)

10) 20,000 Leagues under the sea (by Jules Verne)

 

Our favorite movies & tv shows

——————————————–MadaLin:

MOVIES:

1) The Star wars saga

2) The Lord of the Rings saga

3) Penelope (starring Christina Ricci and James McAvoy)

4) Pride and Prejudice (starring Kiera Knightley and Matthew McFayden)

5) Bright Star (starring Abbey Cornish)

TV SHOWS:

1) Sherlock (starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman)

2) Doctor Who (starring David Tennant and Billie Piper, later Matt smith and Karen Gillan)

3) Downton Abbey (starring Hugh Bonneville)

4) Cranford (starring Judi Dench)

5) Return to Cranford (starring Judi Dench, introducing Tom Hiddleston)

————————–Nicole

MOVIES:

1) Much ado about Nothing (starring Kenneth Branaugh and Emma Thompsen)

2) Brothers Grimm (starring Heath Ledger and Matt Damon)

3) That thing you do! (starring Tom Hanks and Liv Tyler)

4) Wuthering Heights (starring Tom Hardy)

5) Thor (starring Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman and Tom hiddleston)

Honorable mention: Treasure Planet and Emporer’s New Groove

TV SHOWS:

1) Sherlock (starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman)

2) Lorna Doone (starring Aiden Gillen and Andrew Coyle)

3) Doctor Who (starring Matt Smith and Karen Gillan)

4) Larkrise to Candleford (starring Julia Sawahla)

5) 48 hrs Mystery (or any type of crime show)

6) Psych (starring James Roday, Dule Hill, and Corbin Bernsen)

7) Alice (starring Caterina Scorsone and Andrew Lee Potts, premiered on the SyFy channel on 2010)

Our favorite musicians and songs

Today, for your present them to you in alphabetical order our favorite musicians:

———————MadaLin:

-musicians

1) Josh Groban

2) The Civil Wars

3) Hillsong

4) Mumford & Sons

5) Kari Jobe

-Favorite songs at this very moment

1) “Falling” by The Civil Wars

2) “Scarborough Fair” by Celtic Woman

3) “Matty Groves” by Alela Diane

4) “New Soul” by Yael Naim

5) The Sleeping Beauty Ballet,  by Tchaikovsky

6) The Alice in Wonderland Ballet, by Joby Talbot

———–Nicole

Favorite musicians

1. NEEDTOBREATHE

2. James Taylor

3. The Civil Wars

4. Lincoln Durham

5. Alela Diane

6. Ben Taylor

7. Mumford and Son

Favorite songs at this very moment

1. “Birds of a Feather”, by The Civil Wars

2. “Come Away to the Water”, by Maroon 5

3. “Place only you can go”, by NEEDTOBREATHE

4. “Age Old Blue”, Alela Diane

5.”Someday Soon”, Ben Taylor

6. “Dust bowl Dance”, by Mumford and Sons

7. “Kansas City”, by the Beatles