The Optimist's Workshop

My name's Ben, I love reading and being unnecessarily eloquent.
I am, if you couldn't tell, an optimist. Video games are fantastic.
My favorite shows are Doctor Who, Castle, and Sherlock. My browser background is Rainbow Dash.
I like climbing trees, playing gameboy, and eating. Especially eating. Food is the best thing.
“I am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams.”
Mon Mar 17




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Okay, okay, I’m going to tell you what Hermione sees in Ron.

A trio is a balancing act, right? They’re equalizers of each other. Harry’s like the action, Hermione’s the brains, Ron’s the heart. Hermione has been assassinated in these movies, and I mean that genuinely—by giving her every single positive character trait that Ron has, they have assassinated her character in the movies. She’s been harmed by being made to be less human, because everything good Ron has, she’s been given.

So, for instance: “If you want to kill Harry, you’re going to have to kill me too”—RON, leg is broken, he’s in pain, gets up and stands in front of Harry and says this. Who gets that line in the movie? Hermione.

“Fear of a name increases the fear of the thing itself.” Hermione doesn’t say Voldemort’s name until well into the books—that’s Dumbledore’s line. When does Hermione say it in the movies? Beginning of Movie 2.

When the Devil’s Snare is curling itself around everybody, Hermione panics, and Ron is the one who keeps his head and says “Are you a witch or not?” In the movie, everybody else panics and Hermione keeps her head and does the biggest, brightest flare of sunlight spell there ever was.

So, Hermione—all her flaws were shaved away in the films. And that sounds like you’re making a kick-ass, amazing character, and what you’re doing is dehumanizing her. And it pisses me off. It really does.

In the books, they balance each other out, because where Hermione gets frazzled and maybe her rationality overtakes some of her instinct, Ron has that to back it up; Ron has a kind of emotional grounding that can keep Hermione’s hyper-rationalness in check. Sometimes Hermione’s super-logical nature grates Harry and bothers him, and isn’t the thing he needs even if it’s the right thing, like when she says “You have a saving people thing.” That is the thing that Harry needed to hear, she’s a hundred percent right, but the way she does it is wrong. That’s the classic “she’s super logical, she’s super brilliant, but she doesn’t know how to handle people emotionally,” at least Harry.

So in the books they are this balanced group, and in the movies, in the movies—hell, not even Harry is good enough for Hermione in the movies. No one’s good enough for Hermione in the movies—God isn’t good enough for Hermione in the movies! Hermione is everybody’s everything in the movies.

Harry’s idea to jump on the dragon in the books, who gets it in the movies? Hermione, who hates to fly. Hermione, who overcomes her withering fear of flying to take over Harry’s big idea to get out of the—like, why does Hermione get all these moments?

[John: Because we need to market the movie to girls.]

I think girls like the books, period. And like the Hermione in the books, and like the Hermione in the books just fine before Hollywood made her idealized and perfect. And if they would have trusted that, they would have been just fine.

Would the movies have been bad if she was as awesome as she was in the books, and as human as she was in the books? Would the movies get worse?

She IS a strong girl character. This is the thing that pisses me off. They are equating “strong” with superhuman. To me, the Hermione in the book is twelve times stronger than the completely unreachable ideal of Hermione in the movies. Give me the Hermione in the book who’s human and has flaws any single day of the week.

Here’s a classic example: When Snape in the first book yells at Hermione for being an insufferable know-it-all, do you want to know what Ron says in the book? “Well, you’re asking the questions, and she has to answer. Why ask if you don’t want to be told?” What does he say in the movie? “He’s got a point, you know.” Ron? Would never do that. Would NEVER do that, even before he liked Hermione. Ron would never do that.

Melissa Anelli THROWS IT DOWN about the way Ron and Hermione have been adapted in the movies on the latest episode of PotterCast. Listen here. This glorious rant starts at about 49:00. (via karakamos)

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does this mean Gallifrey is real too and in Ireland

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A friend just told me and i had no idea that the 2013 blu ray edition of Matilda had a reenactment of the iconic chocolate cake scene with all the original actors made on their reunion party 


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If you could cast a current fashion into Purgatory…

Maybe sagging. Yeah, pull your pants up, guys. Really. You got a belt. Use it. It’s unnecessary. We don’t need to see what boxers you’re wearing. [x]


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Wed Feb 19








The Top 5 Times A Guest Debunked a FoxNews Host

Every once in a while, the truth sneaks through on Fox.

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The last one is the best

"How many security contractors died in Iraq, do you know?"

"I don’t."

"Yeah you don’t, nobody does, because nobody cared."

oh my god the one with bill nye though

one thing is not believing in global warming and another thing is believing its even remotely related to fucking volcanoes

Quite literally the only time you’ll ever find volcanoes related to global warming is if the planet is completely frozen over in a snowball ice age or if entire continents completely covered in volcanoes were erupting at once.

The second one. He has the most sarcastic and annoyed tone of voice. Omg. “I just HAPPEN to be a Muslim. I am a religious ACADEMIC I have always been interested in Christianity,” SHUT HER DOWNNNNNN.

Aslan is brilliant, and not even a devout, practicing Muslim. It sucks that this is what he’s known for.

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Sun Oct 13
Sat Aug 24

this is the most important gif on the INTERNET

Whistle while you work …


this is the most important gif on the INTERNET

Whistle while you work …

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In the 1998 Oscars, I found myself in the bathroom in a stall, next to Tom Selleck. So I leaned over and I said ‘looks like we’re a couple of peeing Toms.’ His angry silence is something I’ll never forget. Tom Hanks (via alimendez)

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The most British man to ever British.

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Hugging shorter people and resting your head on theirs


Hugging taller people and having your head against their chest


Hugging people your height and pressing your face against their shoulder


Hugging people and getting picked up by them




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