aaaaaaah I have my first classes of the year tomorrow and I have to study but I’m not getting anywhere. I have a headache and I can’t think and my girlfriend is sick and I think she’s giving me her cold and fuck why is it so hot today and I don’t have time to go buy kitty litter and cold medicine and god why am I taking so many philosophy subjects aaaaaaah
so Charlotte Bronte read Emma by Jane Austen and was really interested in this minor character named Jane Fairfax who was poor and would have been a governess had she not married well and then Bronte wrote her own novel exploring the plight of the poor governess who married this guy named Edward Fairfax Rochester in a novel called Jane Eyre and my point is don’t let anyone tell you shit about fanfiction.
Then Jean Rhys read Jane Eyre and was pissed about how the ‘mad creole’ first wife was portrayed, especially in regards to how she apparently ruined Rochester’s life, so she wrote Wide Sargasso Sea exploring how patriarchy, i.e. Rochester and arranged marriage and the shame women are forced to feel about sex, ruined Bertha’s life and drove her insane, all in an attempt to make Charlotte Bronte’s Bertha’s madness believable and not an apparent result of her race. Also, Wide Sargasso Sea is an important example of the Modernist movement, and a literary masterpiece in its own right. SO yeah. Fanfiction ftw.
Though really I guess it’s literary fiction.
Mermaid by Sergey Kolesov
Ok, that’s fucking terrifying and cool.
woah I love this interpretation of mermaids. not human sized, but the size of like a blue whale
if you like that then you need to read The Wake. It’s basically exactly what you’ve always wanted. The cast of characters involved is amazing, I blab about it sometimes, I am in love with it.
I love this painting too though, I wish I had a poster of it
Reblogging this partly for cool art, mostly to remember to look into The Wake.