Believer Song Analysis- Lyric by Lyric

Okay, so a few days ago, Imagine Dragons dropped a new song. Naturally, I’ve already spam-listened to it and memorized the first part of the song. You can listen to it here. In fact, I request that you do. Anyway, today, we’ll be analyzing the lyrics with what I think they mean!

First things first- They want to get things started off right. This is the first thing they’re saying.

I’ma say all the words inside my head- He’s going to finally speak his mind and say what he was thinking.

I’m fired up and tired of the way that things have been, oh-ooh. The way that things have been.- He’s angry because no one paid him any attention or listened to him, so he’s ready to finally speak his mind.

Second things second- this is the second part of the song.

Don’t you tell me what you think that I can be- He doesn’t want other people trying to define him. He wants to be who he is because he decided, not someone else.

I’m the one at the sail, I’m the master of my sea. The master of my sea- I’m the only one who can control myself.

I was broken from a young age- Something went wrong in his home life, so he felt broken.

Taking my soul into the masses- Okay, I’m not entirely sure here, but in my brain, it means that he is repenting from his sins.

Write down my poems for the few- No one listened to him, but for those who did, he’s writing things down.

That looked at me, shook to me, feeling me- This sort of goes hand in hand with the previous lyric. The few mentioned above are the people who finally paid attention to him.

Singing from heartache from the pain- These things went into the songs or poems that he wrote and he sort of personifies them when he sings.

Take up my message from the veins- He wants people to listen to him.

Speaking my lesson from the brain- He was speaking his mind for once in his life.

Seeing the beauty through the pain!- He can see beauty underneath a person’s exterior because you don’t know what sorts of pain they’d been through.

You made me a, you made me a believer, believer- This lyric could mean that he seeked (sook? I don’t know.) God during a time of hardship and the pain brought him closer to God.

You break me down, you build me up, believer, believer- That’s what the pain did, but it still made him into a believer.

I let the bullets fly, oh let them rain- He doesn’t care anymore if he dies. He embraces death.

My luck, my love, my God, they came from pain- The pain gave him luck, he found love during pain, and he found God during pain.

You made me a, you made me a believer, believer- Like I said, pain made him believe in God.

Third things third- The third thing he wants to say.

Send a prayer to the ones up above- He is praying to God to help him through this.

All the hate that you’ve heard has turned your spirit to a dove- Okay, so I did a bit of research here, and I noticed that people say that enduring through this has made him graceful and peaceful. So maybe this means that he is now at peace with the things in his life.

I was choking in the crowd- He wanted to get away from all the people and just be alone for a while.

Living my brain up in the cloud- His own thoughts are hurting him and bringing him down.

Falling like ashes to the ground- This could be a metaphor for his life falling around him, or his thoughts bringing him down, sending him falling like ashes to the ground.

Hoping my feelings, they would drown: He’s in a war against himself by this point. He wants to conceal his feelings from himself since his feelings are making him miserable.

But they never did, ever lived, ebbing and flowing- But he couldn’t conceal his feelings and they came and went, still making him feel bad about himself.

Inhibited, limited- His feelings limited him, keeping him from leaving his comfort zone.

Till it broke up and rained down. It rained down like- Suddenly, everything just started crumbling around him.

[Chorus]

Last things last- This is the last thing he wants to say.

By the grace of the fire and the flames-Perhaps, just perhaps, this is talking about how God appeared to the Israelites in a pillar of fire. And this is another metaphor for finding God again.

You’re the face of the future, the blood in my veins. The blood in my veins- God gives him life and the strength to keep on moving.

[Insert “But they never did, ever lived, ebbing and flowing” here]

[Chorus]

And that’s all of Believer by Imagine Dragons! I hope you enjoyed my song analysis and I may be doing more of these in the future!

 

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Leese Reviews: Cinder!

Hullo hullo, and welcome to another review! I’ve been falling rather behind on these things. Anyway, today we’ll be reviewing…Cinder! This is a novel about a cyborg girl and its rather similar to Cinderella. It’s part of a series, The Lunar Chronicles, of which I am reading the second book, Scarlet. Now, let’s get this show on the road!


Title: Cinder
Author(s): Marissa Meyer
Genre: Fantasy
Synopsis: Even in the future, the story begins with once upon a time…

Humans and androids crowd the racuous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl…

Sixteen year old Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past and is reviled by her step-mother. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalatic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. Because there is something unusual about Cinder, something that others would kill for.
Characters: Linh Cinder (the last name is before the first), Linh Adri, Linh Peony, Linh Pearl, Dmitri Erland, Prince Kai, Queen Levana, Iko, Sybil Mira, Nainsi, Princess Selene, and others.
Theme: Discrimination, as Cinder is discriminated against for being a cyborg. That’s all I’ve got really.

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LEESE’S THOUGHTS:
This book. This book. This book. I LOVED Cinder! I’d already read it and had forgotten everything, and this was like reading it for the first time. It was an amazing experience!


The opening wasn’t slow, the middle was action packed, and the end left me longing to read Scarlet, the next novel in the series. You’ll laugh, cry, hope, and do everything along with the characters. Cinder is extremely relatable and her love for her step sister Peony can be felt through the page.

Ah yes, then there’s Levana. I’ll probably be doing an assessment of her later. She’s terrifying. She’s the Lunar queen who no one trusts. I actually rather like Levana, I think she’s a very interesting villain.

My favorite character is either Peony, Iko, Cinder, or Kai. It’s a four way tie. I can’t really decide. I know I should, but I can’t.
Recommended for: Fantasy and sci-fi fans, people who aren’t squeamish when it comes to diseases, as the plague, a disease called letumosis, has a very important role.
My rating: 5/5 stars
Anyway, that’s all for now! Leese, signing off!

Phantom of the Opera- Songs (SPOILER ALERT!!)

Ah, now we go though all the songs from Phantom of the Opera. I lied. I can’t go through all of them in countdown fashion. It’ll tear me to pieces as I try to decide things. So I’ll just talk about all the different songs in order of how they are on the soundtrack. I’m using the 2004 movie’s expanded soundtrack, with a few hints from the 25th anniversary (Twisted Every Way, Notes (the second one), etc) version, just saying. So, let’s get started! I’m actually listening to Phantom as I write this, ironically. Without further ado, let’s get started! I’ve been saying that a lot lately. I’m going to be separating a few, as they have a slash and I feel like they’re their own songs.

PROLOGUE:

Essentially an auction where they unveil the chandelier. It sets up the story by showing Raoul when he is older bidding on a music box topped with the figure of a monkey in Persian robes playing the cymbals.

Notable quotes:

“Lot 666: A chandelier in pieces.”- auctioneer dude.

“Perhaps we can scare away the ghost of so many years ago with a little ILLUMINATION.”- auctioneer dude who technically doesn’t have a name. Eruanna, if he does, please let me know in the comments.

OVERTURE:

The literal most iconic song in the whole movie/musical/whatever you consider this. It’s extremely dramatic, loud (beware if you are using earbuds), intense, and beautiful. Most people have probably heard it. If you haven’t, please go listen to it. Please. For Leese. It starts playing right as they rip the tarp off of the chandelier. It doesn’t have words, but I do still have a quote from it.

Notable quotes:

“DAAAAAA! DA DA DA DA DAAAAAA! DA DA DA DA DAAAAAAAAA!”- dramatic organ blaring

HANNIBAL:

Generally grouped in with the overture. This occurs during a rehearsal for the play called, you guessed it, Hannibal. It’s really entertaining with a whole bunch of yelling at Piangi because he can’t pronounce Rome. Hannibal, for your information, is not a real musical and is extremely comical. Carlotta, the main soprano for quite a while, five seasons to be exact, goes all brattastic midway through and just kind of snaps at everyone because her costume isn’t done and she hates her hat and blah blah blah blah blah blah. Yeah. It’s also where you meet Raoul, Christine, Meg, Madame Giry, Andre, Firmin, Carlotta, Piangi, and a whole bunch of other people. Big song. Yep.

Notable quotes:

“Grovel. Grovel, grovel.”- Monsieur Lefevre

“Because I will not be singing!”- Carlotta

“Hannibal comes!”- Chorus people
THINK OF ME:

Actually one of my favorite songs in the whole movie. It starts off with Carlotta singing, then the Phantom drops a backdrop and she has a whole freak attack and storms out, screaming for her dog. Then Meg suggests that Christine sings it, and of course, she does amazingly. Everyone is amazed at her talent and she gets the role, all thanks to the amazing Meg Giry. It then cuts to her performing on the stage after the first two stanzas, Raoul recognizes her halfway through the song, and there is an IMPRESSIVE cadenza (is that what it’s called?) at the very end of the song. In short, this song is absolutely gorgeous and I sing it on a daily basis. I vividly remember texting my friend when I first heard it and saying “Wow she can sing!” and she knew exactly what I was talking about.

Notable quotes:

“Think of me, think of me fondly, when we’ve said goodbye.”- Christine

“We never said our love was evergreen, or as unchanging as the sea.”- Christine

“Can it be? Can it be Christine?”- Raoul

“Flowers fade, the fruits of summer fade, they have their seasons, so do we.”- Christine

ANGEL OF MUSIC:

This song. This song. This song. Meg and Christine are trying to find out who the Angel of Music who was teaching Christine really is through the form of an absolutely beautiful song. That was a confusing sentence and I’d like to apologize. They wander around the Opera Populaire trying to find the Angel of Music. Then Christine starts to go white and pale, much to Meg’s alarm. She tells Christine not to be frightened and then the song ends. 

Notable Quotes:

“Angel of Music, guide and guardian, grant to me your glory!” -Christine

“Brava! Brava! Bravissima!”- Phantom

LITTLE LOTTE:

Really a cute song. Even I say that. And I hate Raoul/Christine. I just find it adorable for some reason. Basically, he busts into her dressing room and dramatically starts singing this song they sang together when they were children. Then he tries to force her out to dinner and it turns crazy.

Notable Quotes:

“No, Raoul, the Angel of Music is very strict.”- Christine

“Little Lotte let her mind wander.”- Raoul

THE MIRROR:

Okay, the opening of this song is the most hilariously dramatic thing on the planet. Phantom hates Raoul. No doubts about it. Then the Phantom appears in Christine’s mirror and tells her to come to him. Of course, she does, otherwise there’d be no plot. Suddenly, their hands touch and the opening notes of the next song (which is the same tune as the overture, if you were curious) explode your eardrums. This song is one of those that never comes out of your head, and I probably have it memorized from how much I love it. It’s probably my second favorite song on the soundtrack. No, never mind, I can’t pick a second favorite.

Notable Quotes:

“INSOLENT BOY! THIS SLAVE OF FASHION! BASKING IN YOUR GLORY! IGNORANT FOOL! THIS BRAVE YOUNG SUITOR! SHARING IN MY TRIUMPH!” – Phantom (his first impression of Raoul that makes me laugh because it’s basically what I thought of him the first time I watched the movie. Don’t worry, I think slightly better of him now. Key word being slightly)

“Look at your face in the mirror, I am there inside!”- Phantom

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA:

“Wait, Leese,” you might be saying, “isn’t this the name of the musical?” Yes. Yes it is. But the title song is the most important song in the movie! And it also happens to be my favorite. It starts immediately after The Mirror ends, right as she takes the Phantom’s hand. This song has been stuck in my head since I joined this fandom if that gives you any idea of how much I love it. It takes place as Phantom is leading Christine to his lair/house/thingy. It’s the legit best and has INTENSE high notes that my friends can hit but I ,unfortunately, cannot. Trust me, I’ve tried. Darn. In short, this song is AWESOME and everyone should listen to it.

Notable Quotes:

“THE PHAAAAAANTOM OF THE OPERAAA IS THEEEEERRRREEE INSIDDDEEE MY/YOUR  MINNNDDDD!”- Christine/Phantom

“Sing for me!”- Phantom

THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT:

This song is absolute perfection. It’s a ballad to Christine from the Phantom talking about the music that he writes. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and in my opinion, the prettiest song in the movie. Of course, there’s a rather…odd pose midway through and the Phantom is a bit scary, what with his lifelike dummy of Christine, but STILL! This song is beautiful! Eeeeeek! I sing it very often and it’s one of my absolute favorites! It’s a solo for Phantom, which makes it even better in most cases.

Notable Quotes:

“And listen to the music of the night.”- Phantom

“Nighttime sharpens, heightens each sensation.”- Phantom

“Turn your face away from the garish light of day!”- Phantom (this is probably my favorite line in the song)
MAGICAL LASSO:

Ew, Joseph Buquet. I’m okay with him dying. He’s annoying and hates the Phantom. Luckily, he gets his own from Madame Giry aka the LEGIT BEST. She slaps him in the face there at the end and tells him to keep his hand at the level of his eyes, the first time we hear this important line. This song’s only about a minute or so long, making it the shortest in the movie.

Notable Quotes:

“Or he will catch you with his magical lasso.”- Joseph Buquet

“Those who speak of what they know find too late that prudent silence is wise. Joseph Buquet, hold your tongue! *slap across the face* Keep your hand at the level of your eyes.”- Madame Giry (yes, I know this is a lot. I just adore this entire little song thingy.)

I REMEMBER:

Cut back to Phantom and Christine down in Phantom land. Christine’s woken up and is trying to solve the mystery of who the Phantom is. She takes off his mask and he is EXTREMELY angry. And I mean, I probably would be too, if I had on a mask for a reason. Then it goes into the next song, which is called Stranger Than You Dreamt It.

Notable Quotes:

“Who was that shape in the shadows? Whose is the face in the mask?”- Christine

“Is this what you wanted to see?”- Phantom

STRANGER THAN YOU DREAMT IT:

This song is often grouped in with I Remember, but I decided to separate them because I see them as separate songs. This one takes place when the Phantom is trying to convince Christine to love him. She gives him his mask back and he returns her to the above, even calling Andre and Firmin fools in the process. I do like this song, as it has a lovely melody and the lyrics are absolutely beautiful. The rhythm is also amazing.

Notable Quotes:

“Fear can turn to love. You’ll learn to see, to find the man behind the monster.”- Phantom

“Come, we must return, those two fools who run my theatre will be missing you.”- Phantom.

NOTES?:

Legit one of the best songs. Firmin and Andre are struggling with all their sopranos disappearing and it’s getting a lot of publicity. The Phantom is also leaving a lot of notes to all sorts of people, such as Raoul and Carlotta. It’s kind of a disaster, which leads Andre and Firmin to say that there are far too many notes. Of course, then Carlotta throws a hissy fit and they launch into another song (my least favorite in the movie mostly because I can’t stand Carlotta).

Notable Quotes:

“Far too many notes for my taste, and most of them about Christine. All we’ve heard since we came is Miss Daae’s name!”- Andre and Firmin.

“MYSTERY AFTER GALA NIGHT! IT SAYS MYSTER OF SOPRANO’S FLIGHT! MYSTIFIED ALL THE PAPERS SAY! WE ARE MYSTIFIED, WE SUSPECT FOUL PLAY! BAD NEWS ON SOPRANO SCENE! FIRST CARLOTTA, NOW CHRISTINE!”- Firmin

“Gossip’s worth it’s weight in gold.”- Firmin

“The Angel of Music has her under his wing.”- Phantom (but Andre is reading the note)

“The role of the pageboy is silent, which makes my casting, in a word, ideal.”- Phantom

PRIMA DONNA:

Ew, Carlotta. She’s back, and this time everyone is groveling at her feet. This is later discovered to be a TERRIBLE decision, seeing as the Phantom WARNED YOU ALL to cast Christine as the countess, but you know Andre and Firmin. They don’t listen worth a crap. Anyway, they’re all begging at her feet for her to sing while Meg, Madame Giry, and Raoul try to figure out who the Angel of Music (they don’t know that it’s the Phantom) is. Intensely dramatic but Carlotta just ticks me off. It’s a nice song if you ignore her.

Notable Quotes:

“Prima donna, first lady of the stage!” -Andre and Firmin

“Would you not rather have your precious little ingenue?”- Carlotta

“We get our opera.” “She gets her limelight.” -Andre and Firmin

POOR FOOL, HE MAKES ME LAUGH:

Ah yes, Il Muto. Probably the least appreciated musical within a musical. Hannibal gets attention for the dramatic dropping of the backdrop, Don Juan is, well, we’ll see when we get there, and Il Muto doesn’t get much. Sure, a guy dies, but that happens in Don Juan too. Christine gets cast as Serafimo, the silent page boy, which is a terrible idea. They cast Carlotta as the countess, which is a WORSE idea. Oh dear. Il Muto has done some stupid things. Mostly casting Carlotta. Anyway, that’s that. Basically, Buquet dies. That’s the notable thing. He gone. Dead. D-E-A-D dead. RIP, etc, etc. Done.

Notable Quotes:

“A toad, Madame? Perhaps it is you who are the toad.”- Phantom

“His Lordship sure would die of shock! His Lordship is a laughing stock!”- chorus dudes

WHY HAVE YOU BROUGHT ME HERE:

Ah yes, dramatically racing up stairways. Christine and Raoul are running from the scene of Buquet’s death, all while dramatically singing. It’s amazing. Of course, Mr. Non-Believer Raoul is all “Christine, there is no Phantom of the Opera. You’re just hallucinating again.” Of course, ding-dong, you are wrong. THIS IS WHY I DON’T LIKE YOU RAOUL. YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN PHANTOM. Yep. This song is often grouped together with Raoul I’ve Been There, the next song on the soundtrack.

Notable Quotes:

“There is no Phantom of the Opera.”- Raoul (ding-dong, you are wrong)

“And in this labyrinth, where night is blind, The Phantom of the Opera is here/there, inside my/your mind!”- Raoul and Christine

“And if he has to kill a thousand men, the Phantom of the Opera will kill and kill again.”- Christine

RAOUL I’VE BEEN THERE:

She finally convinced him that the Phantom exists. Good. That took too long, bro. Oh nope, as I scan the lyrics for quotes (I do have most of these memorized, but I’m a bit ignorant while singing), no he’s still a non-believer. Geesh. But she’s telling him about her trip down to the lair, even though she makes it sound absolutely miserable. To me, it sounds entertaining to go down there with Phantom. But I just love him, so…yeah. Anyway…the next song is one I absolutely loathe. It’s a cute song if you ignore the fact it’s a dramatic love song between Raoul and Christine. But I’m biased. Don’t listen to Leese.

Notable Quotes:

“What you heard was a dream and nothing more.”- Raoul (again I say, ding-dong, you are wrong)

“Raoul, I’ve been there, to his world of unending night. To a world where the daylight dissolves into darkness, darkness. Raoul, I’ve seen him! Can I ever forget that sight? Can I ever escape from that face? So distorted, deformed, it was hardly a face, in the darkness, darkness. But his voice filled my spirit with a strange, sweet sound. In that night, there was music in my mind .And through music my soul began to soar! And I’d heard as I’d never heard before.”- Christine (yes, that’s most of the song)

ALL I ASK OF YOU:

Oh dear. It’s not that I dislike the song, it’s that I dislike the couple in the song. But that’s my unpopular/irrelevent opinion. Yep. Basically, Raoul is making all these promises to Christine (which he breaks in LND, mind you. I know most of you hate LND, but my friend loves it. I’ve never seen it), and then they get all romantic. It’s extremely fluffy. Of course, Phantom was here this whole time and feels absolutely betrayed. Essentially, my thoughts of this song are that it’s cute but I don’t like Raoul. At all. Of course he’s better than Carlotta, but isn’t everyone?  Anyway, I’m done here. Next is the most HEARTBREAKING song in the whole show.

Notable Quotes:

“Love me…that’s all I ask of you!” – Christine and Raoul

“Say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime.”- Christine/Raoul (they sing it at different points of the song)

ALL I ASK OF YOU (REPRISE):

The first time I heard this, I said “RIP my heart.” My friend proceeded to say “Yep. And RIP my eye makeup.” I believe both of these to be true. Basically, the Phantom sees that Christine has chosen Raoul over him, which is the WORST FEELING EVER most likely. He feels betrayed, cheated, everything. And of course gets very angry, because well, he’s the Phantom. And who wouldn’t? The girl he loved, taught, helped through struggles, did so much for, had just betrayed him for her childhood sweetheart. I find this to be the most heartbreaking song in the whole show and I almost cry every time I hear it. I’ll just be listening to my Phantom/LND playlist (don’t judge me) and suddenly just become very sad because the reprise of All I Ask Of You came on. Basically, for this part, get tissues. You will cry. And of course, the first time I was watching Phantom, I had it on YouTube and had to go to bed right after this ended. So I was in depressing sleep. Yep. It was painful.

Notable Quotes:

“The whole song.”

“You will curse the day you did not do…all that…the Phantom asked of YOOOUUUUUU!”- Phantom (obviously)

“I gave you my music. Made your song take wing.”- Phantom

“*ugly sobbing*”- Leese (not a legit quote)

MASQUERADE:

I do rather like this song. It’s nicely executed and I love all the different costumes here. But it’s extremely hard to sing as the lyrics move in extreme speed mode. But I’m learning, I’m learning. I think it’s rather deep, how they talk about how no one can ever figure out who you are if you’re in a mask the whole time. Of course, this song makes me cringe at Andre and Firmin’s stupidity. IF YOU’RE TRYING TO AVOID A MASKED MAN, DO NOT THROW A MASKED BALL. It’s that simple! Then everyone’s so surprised when the Phantom shows up at the end of this/beginning of Why So Silent, and I’m just pulling my hair out because the managers are idiots. Most of this of this song is sung by a chorus, which is nice to see. Of course, ALW had to put a bit of Christine/Raoul fluff halfway through, which is a bit irritating because Raoul is still a nonbeliever when it comes to Phantom. How long will it take you, bro? And that’s all I have to say here before I say some not so nice things about Raoul, which will offend Eruanna.

Notable Quotes:
“Masquerade! Paper faces on parade! Masquerade! Hide your face so the world will never find you.”- Chorus

“Look, your future bride.”- Christine

WHY SO SILENT:

One of my all-time favorites. I don’t know why. But yep, this is one of Leese’s Picks (TM) , patent pending. The Phantom is being a drama queen again, no one’s surprised, but it’s just so amazing! He comes dramatically down the stairs, which is amazing, and the rhythm here is absolute perfection. Probably because it’s a Phantom solo. This song is often grouped with Masquerade, but I’m counting it as its own song because it’s just that fabulous. Unfortunately, I cannot say too much about it because it’s very very short, but it’s absolutely amazing. Not to mention that it reveals Don Juan Triumphant, which is a very important opera/plot point.

Notable Quotes:

“Why so silent, good messieurs? Did you think that I had left you for good?”- Phantom (fun fact: I used this to start a conversation once)

“No doubt she’ll do her best, it’s true, her voice is good, she knows, though should she wish to excel..she still has much to learn..if pride will let her return to me…her teacher…her teacher.”- Phantom

NOTES:

There are two songs named Notes. Work with me here. This one is a bit of a reaction to Don Juan, which not that many people are pleased with. Especially not Carlotta. Man, she is ANGRY! Mostly because Christine got the role of Aminta, the lead female role. But you know what? Christine sings much better than you, Carlotta. So just shut up. This song isn’t in the movie (I don’t think. It’s not on the soundtrack as its own song, anyway). Unfortunately, I cannot find any quotes for this song. Mostly because I get the other song when I search up Notes.

MADAME GIRY’S TALE/THE FAIRGROUND:

I kept these two grouped together because I’m not entirely sure what to say about them. There aren’t that many lyrics for any of them. Essentially, this is where you learn the Phantom’s EXTREMELY depressing backstory. As I’ve been saying for the past few songs, bring tissues. You might end up sad. I did. But that’s because I pitied Phantom from the bottom of my heart. I’m weird like that. Umm…that’s all I have to say here. Ooh, wait! Raoul finally starts believing in the Phantom! Yay!

Notable Quotes:

“I hid him from the world and its cruelties.”- Madame Giry

“But clearly, Madame Giry, genius has turned to madness.”- Raoul

JOURNEY TO THE CEMETERY:

Christine is going to the cemetery to see her father’s grave. That much is obvious. But it turns out that the carriage man is really the Phantom! She arrives at the graveyard and lauches into a very depressing song called Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again. You’ll cry. I came pretty close. Oh, and on the carriage ride, she starts singing The Phantom of the Opera (the song, not the musical. That’d be me you’re thinking of). I’m not going to list any quotes here, as the only lyrics are the first verse of the title song.

WISHING YOU WERE SOMEHOW HERE AGAIN:

AUUUUGGGGHHH DEPRESSING!! Christine is at the cemetery to visit her father’s grave, which is sad enough, but when she sings a heartbreaking song about it, everything is worse. I almost cried and my friend was just like, “Oh yes, that one’s sad.” Of course, her singing skills were on point in this scene. The lyrics in this song are absolutely the best and I consider this song to have some of the best quotes from the whole movie. But I always find depressing things to be very quotable. The song also has part of Little Lotte in it, which makes it all the more sad because she’s talking about how her father promised to send the Angel of Music to her. Ah, I need to stop before I make myself cry. Or maybe I’m just stuffy. I don’t know. But this is a sad song. Which means everyone should listen to it! Yay! This is one of my favorite songs on the soundtrack, and I have good taste, if I say so myself. And now it comes on. Gosh. I’m going to cry.

Notable Quotes:

“Too many years, fighting back tears. Why can’t the past just die?”- Christine

“You were once a friend and father.”- Christine

“Wishing you were somehow here again.”- Christine

“Try to forgive, teach me to live.”- Christine

“No more memories, no more silent tears. No more gazing across the wasted years.”- Christine

“Help me say Goodbye.”- Christine

WANDERING CHILD:

Aka naive Christine. She finds herself believing that the Phantom is her father, which even I think was stupid of her to do. And I defend most t.hings she does. But this song is absolutely beautiful. She remembers all that was good with the Phantom, or at least that’s how I interpret it. But of course Raoul ruins everything by telling her that it’s not her father. C’mon man, you ruined a happily ever after! I think this song is absolutely gorgeous and it’s a shame that it doesn’t get as much attention as it should. It starts right after Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again ends, but they aren’t grouped together on the soundtrack. Part of it is to the tune of Angel of Music, which I find nicely done. (I pause this to tell LND!Raoul to shut up. He’s bugging me.) But yes, Wandering Child is absolutely amazing and the opening part will get stuck in your head.

Notable Quotes:

“Angel or father? Friend or Phantom?”- Christine

“Have you forgotten your angel?”- Phantom

“What endless longings, echo in this whisper?”- Christine

THE SWORDFIGHT:

A swordfight. Exactly what it sounds like. Basically, Raoul and Phantom fight intensely because Raoul got angry at the Phantom for “mind tricking” Christine. Phantom cuts Raoul’s arm, but then gets pinned down. Luckily Christine tells him not to kill Phantom, which is good or we’d have a heartbroken Leese. So yeah. That happened. Since this is instrumental, we have no quotes today.

WE HAVE ALL BEEN BLIND:

Probably the catchiest song on the soundtrack. I am trying to make a drum cover of it, but I can’t figure out the rhythm. I find it well executed and absolutely beautiful. Even though they’re talking about killing Phantom, which is NOT OKAY. DEFINITELY NOT OKAY. It’s a trio thingy between Andre, Firmin, and Raoul. And I promise you, this will be stuck in your head for weeks and you’ll find yourself trying to figure out the rhythm. That’s a Leese guarantee. Naturally, their plan fails, which is pretty sucky. But whatever! Phantom forever!

Notable Quotes:

“We have all been blind. And yet the answer is staring us in the face! This…could be the chance. To ensnare our clever friend.”- Raoul

TWISTED EVERY WAY:

I’m putting this song in the position it is in when it comes to the movie, even though in the musical it’s grouped with the second edition of Notes. Essentially, this song is Christine panicking over the Phantom, even though she really shouldn’t. He wouldn’t hurt her. But she’s all concerned that he’s going to kill her. I absolutely love this song and I’m not sure why. Probably because it’s almost as catchy as We Have All Been Blind.

Notable Quotes:

“What horrors wait for me in this, the Phantom’s Opera?”- Christine

“Twisted every way, which answer can I give? Am I to risk my life to win the chance to live?”- Christine

DON JUAN:

Rehearsals for Don Juan are beginning! Yay! Christine got the main role! Of course, the content of this song is a little…questionable. It’s a little…not appropriate for smaller, more innocent children. I was surprised when I heard it for the first time. I knew that things got a bit romantic, but I wasn’t ready for this. Definitely not. Of course, it’s absolutely beautiful, and the ballet midway through has some phenomenal violin music. And it’s probably a bit awkward with Piangi, an old man, as the love interest and Christine, who is approximately sixteen, as the female lead. Of course, that’s just my opinion. It’s rather irrelevant most of the time.

Notable Quotes:

“No dreams within her heart but dreams of love!”- Christine

“No second thoughts.”- Phantom

THE POINT OF NO RETURN:

Ramin’s version is the best. Sorry Gerard/Michael/every other Phantom. Anyway, this song is a continuation of Don Juan after the Phantom replaces Piangi in singing with Christine. He professes his love to her in an extremly cute rendition of All I Ask Of You while Raoul looks on very disgustedly. I love this song even though it’s about…yeah. Things that are not appropriate for discussing on this blog. Who knows why I like it? I just think it’s cool sounding. Who knows why? Probably because I feel like the Phantom is at least getting part of a happy ending.  And the poor man needs a happy ending. I could rant about that all day.

Notable Quotes:

“Past the point of no return, no going back now.”- Christine

“The bridge is crossed, so stand and watch it burn!”- Phantom and Christine

“Anywhere you go let me go too. Christine, that’s all I ask of-*overture starts blaring*”- Phantom

DOWN ONCE MORE/ TRACK DOWN THIS MURDERER:

Again, I have these grouped together because Im not ceertain where one ends and the other begins. I think Track Down This Murderer is the mob singing, but I’m not certain.

Anyway, this song starts off (in the movie) right after the Chandelier Crash and as he Phantom is taking Christine to his lair again, hence the title. There is an angry mob following them and trying to kill the Phantom, which is upsetting. Meanwhile, Mme Giry and Raoul are trying to get down there and save Christine. This is one of the most frantic songs I’ve ever heard, with a lot of feeling in it and Phantom, Christine, and Raoul all singing in a crazed trio thing. It’s really hard to sing (trust me, I try to sing all the parts). It’s super crazy intense. And of course, being Leese, I do rather pity the Phantom here. He truly loves Christine and ends up getting rejected. How rude. But the Phantom does get one kiss from Christine, which made me extremely happy that he got a semi-happy ending in that sense.

Then, toward the end, Phantom realizes that the mob is coming. He tells Christine to leave and forget everything. Of course, she can’t forget about all this. Who could?

Then it ends. The song ends, as does the main part of the movie. The Phantom disappears and all that’s left of him is his mask, which Meg finds and takes back to the surface. And Leese cries.

Notable Quotes:

“Down once more to the dungeons of my black despair! Down we plunge to the prison of my mind!”- Phantom

“Why you ask was I bound and chained in this cold and dismal place?”- Phantom

“Wait, I think, my dear, we have a guest!”- Phantom (I absolutely ADORE how Gerard Butler says this line. He puts just enough venom into it and it really shows how he feels about Raoul. It’s PERFECT. This is the line that makes or breaks a Phantom for me.)

“Please, Raoul, it’s useless!”- Christine

“The world showed no compassion to me!”- Phantom

“The tears I might have shed for your dark fate…grow cold and turn to tears of hate!”- Christine

“For any way you choose you cannot win!”- Phantom

“Pitiful creature of darkness, what kind of life have you known? God give me courage to show you, you are not alone!”- Christine (sorry about using His name in vain. Those are the song’s lyrics, so I had to put them like that)

“It’s over now, the music of the night!”- Phantom

LEARN TO BE LONELY:

Yes, I know I said that Down Once More/Track Down This Murderer was last. But in the credits of the movie, Minnie Driver (Carlotta) sings another song, seeing as it was not Driver who sang in the movie as she had no opera experience. Fun fact: I used to think this song was Mme Giry singing, and I still tend to believe that it’s about her. Who knows why? But anyway, it’s the credits song and it’s absolutely amazing! Speaking of which, it came on just now as I write this. It has such a soft, sweet melody that I can’t bear to leave it out of this. And Driver’s voice is just amazing! Well, that’s all for this song.

Notable Quotes:

‘Learn how to love life that is lived alone.”- Minnie Driver

 

Well, that’s all for this post! Thanks again to H.G of Middle Hyrule for letting me steal her idea and modify it to be about Phantom! The next post will be out soon, and it should be a rather short one, seeing as there aren’t that many relationships in Phantom. But I will be expressing my opinion on all of them, and that could take a while. Mostly because I could rant for years upon years about E/C. Hehehehehehehehehehehe…Sorry to you R/C shippers, mostly Eruanna. Anyway, that’s all for now! Bye guys!

-Leese

 


The Phantom of the Opera- SPOILER WARNING

Okay, so this is probably my most recent fandom, and not that many people have heard of it. I’ve been in this fandom for a total of three weeks as of today, which is a short time compared to many other people, but I’m also younger than the musical itself. I also stole this idea from my “sister” Eruanna, so go to her blog middlehyrule.wordpress.com to read something like this with the musical Hamilton.

Wonder what it is? Well, just look at the title! It’s…The Phantom of the Opera! Let’s take a look at the plot. There will be spoilers.

Well, in short, it’s about a young girl named Christine Daae who finds herself as a mysterious man’s object of obsession. But there’s so much more than that! There’s love, adventure, moments that will terrify you out of your mind, and feels. Lots and lots of feels. Especially if you’re a Phantom/Christine shipper like myself. It was written by the amazing Andrew Lloyd Webber, who also wrote the hit musical Cats, though it was based on the book  by Gaston Leroux.

It starts off with a scene set in the future, once Christine has *chokes back sobs* died and Raoul is at an auction. Then a tarp gets ripped off a chandelier and it zooms back to the past to show the strange story of the Phantom and Christine. Act One is basically just normal stuff, happy songs, the occasional dramatic moment, etc. Act I ends with the reprise of All I Ask of You, which is about when the movie/ musical turns into a sobfest.

Act II takes place six months later, beginning with a masquerade ball. Now this is where it gets crazy/intense. There’s a new opera called Don Juan Triumphant, and he forces Christine into playing the lead. The Phantom shows up mid-opera and takes Christine back to his lair, leaving everyone to save her. It ends heartbreakingly when Christine goes with Raoul, which depressed me because I ship Christine/Phantom very very hard.

So, that’s enough about the plot. So much for a short explanation. Oopsies. Let’s take a look at the characters!

Naturally, we need to start with the titular character. By the way, all the images I’m using are from the 2004 movie directed by Joel Schumacher.

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Oh my goodness, I love the Phantom. He’s amazing! Though, if you ask most people, he’s a homicidal maniac. This portrayal of him was done by Gerard Butler, who most of you might recognize as the man who shouted “THIS! IS! SPARTAAAAAA!!!” Yep. I ship him with Christine, and they’re just adorable, though noncanonical. Sob. He doesn’t really end up with anyone, which is fine because he has quadrillions of fangirls. Probably. He has a hard time making friends, which is why I see him as a sad lost puppy. He is an amazing singer and taught Christine how to use her voice. He was her Angel of Music. Okay, I’m going to stop talking about the Phantom/Erik until I cry for three years.

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Ah, Christine. The beautiful, talented, amazing Christine, portrayed by Emmy Rossum, one of my favorite actresses because she’s just a small child who needs protection. She ends up with Raoul at the end of the movie, which is depressing for us Christine/Phantom shippers. The orphaned daughter of a Swedish violinist, she lived in the Opera Populaire for years, being taught to sing by the Phantom. She later becomes the object of  his adoration, and even goes down to his lair quite a few times. She sings in almost every song in the movie, save for Music of the Night, Prima Donna, and the reprise of All I Ask of You. In short, I love Christine, and I do look up to her for the ability to stay strong during troubles, though I do not appreciate her decision of marrying Raoul. And let’s not speak of what happens to her in Love Never Dies, mostly because I haven’t seen it. Though I do know that bad things happen…bad, bad, bad things. 


Now this small angel is Meg Giry. The blonde one, of course. She’s a ballet girl and the daughter of the amazing Madame Giry, one of my favorite characters. She’s also Christine’s best friend, which has to be amazing. Of course, she can be a bit overly curious sometimes, as seen when she went through the mirror after Christine. There’s also a line that she says toward the beginning that makes most people want her to shut up. Long story. I believe that Meg is one of the best singers in the movie, though they hardly ever give her anything to sing. I believe she only sings in Angel of Music, which makes me very sad. THEN SHE GOES COMPLETELY PSYCHO IN LOVE NEVER DIES. I WOULD KNOW BECAUSE I’M LISTENING TO THE SONG WHERE SHE GOES AND SHOOTS CHRISTINE! DO NOT LISTEN TO PLEASE MISS GIRY I WANT TO GO BACK IF YOU DON’T WANT YOUR HEART RIPPED OUT. She’s amazing in Phantom though…so…yeah. I love Meg. 


Madame Giry, who I’m not totally sure if she has a first name/ if it is ever explicitly stated. I know there’s something where it says her first name is Antoinette, but I’m not sure. I just refer to her as Madame Giry. Anyway, I should stop rambling about that. 

I adore Madame Giry and consider her an amazing mother to Meg. Other than the whole, ya know, going psycho thing. But that’s a story for once I’ve seen Love Never Dies. As of now I’ve mostly been talked to about it by my friend and listened to le soundtrack. But there are reasons that the corps de ballet at the Opera Populaire (no idea if I spelled that right, just saying) are the best. And it’s all because of Madame Giry. She’s so kind to everyone, especially the Phantom aka Erik, and refuses to betray him, even when Raoul is pestering her for information. Seriously, if Madame Giry was my ballet teacher, I’d probably still be taking dance. 


Ah yes, Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny. Personally, I dislike Raoul purely because he got in the way of my OTP and dislikes my favorite character, the Phantom. He’s my least favorite character, though I do still like him a bit. I just find flaws in his logic (point in question: Hey, remember me? We grew up together! Marry me!). I know that isn’t exactly how it went down, but that’s how I see it. I just prefer the Phantom. In every way. Feel free to question my logic. I like debating, especially fandom debating. Then there’s the path he takes in Love Never Dies. There is one song there that makes me pity him though…it’s called Why Does She Love Me. And it’s depressing. 


I do not like Carlotta. I do not like her one bit. Scratch what I said earlier. She’s my least favorite character in Phantom. Ugh! Minnie Driver’s acting was impeccable, but I just loathe Carlotta. She’s snobby and annoying and a brat. Not to mention that she went on a rampage. Christine is a much better singer than her. And she should have been replaced. That’s all I have to say about Carlotta. 


Andre and Firmin. Firmin and Andre. You can’t have one without the other. That’s why I grouped them together. I believe that Andre is the gray haired man and Firmin is the one with the Elvis hair. Don’t quote me on that. They’re hilarious, not the sharpest crayons in the box, and the source of one of Phantom’s most famous quotes, which happens to be “Far too many notes for my taste, and most of them about Christine!” 

Everyone seems to ship them, but I do not. I just think they are hilarious and slightly stupid managers who have no idea what they’re doing. 
Those are all the characters I’m going to talk about for now. If anyone notices that I’ve missed one, please let me know and I’ll add them in! 
Well, that’s all for now! See y’all at my next post, which will be a countdown of the best songs in Phantom. Warning: I’ll be doing the deluxe version of the soundtrack, which has about thirty songs on it. 

 

The Fault in Our Stars Review

Well, this very well may be the most depressing book EVER. I read it literally in one day, and I am now questioning my entire life. Curse you, John Green! 
Book: The Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green. Or as I’m calling him, John Mean.

Published: January 10th, 2012

Genre: Realistic fiction/ Romance

Plot: Two teens who have cancer try to find out the ending to a book that ended midsentence, all while falling in love and battling said cancer. Fabulous book, really. Hate the ending though. 

Shipping: Honestly, there’s only two ships, and one of them may be frowned upon by the fandom. Actually, there’s three, two likely frowned upon. 

Rating: 😀😍😭 It’s a combo of it made me happy, I loved it, and it made me cry. I rate it five stars.

Merchandise: Tons of it everywhere. 

Movie: Yes!

Fandom: Huge one. Don’t mention the word Okay to any of them. Or me, for that matter. But we’re all emotionally unstable. 

Recommended to: Any romance fan. Or anyone. I’m not a romance fan, but I still love it. Just not good for those bad with sadness. 

Child-safe: Mostly. Quite a few cuss words, one use of the f bomb, an inappropriate scene, things like that. Anyone over 11 or 12 should be able to handle it. 

My OTP: Hazel and Augustus.

Favorite character: I really like Isaac. 

Overall, I love this book. I would read it again if I get the chance. 

Leese’s Christmas Haul

So, as most of you know, Christmas was a few days ago. I hope you all had a good one! I surely did. I’ll be putting pictures of what all I got and what I think about it right here!
  
Name: The Writer’s Toolbox

Rating: 10/10

Comments: I love this thing so much! I really like drawing out the sticks and seeing what crazy stories it gives you. I mean, a story about someone with 17 cats? EPIC! It helps you banish writer’s block and boredom for once and for all!

Pros: Great for writers who have a hard time coming up with story ideas (me!), amazing for coming up with story ideas that no one else could even think of. 

Cons: The dividers are REALLY ANNOYING. I took mine out of the box. The stuff is in baggies now.

  
Name:Lego Dimensions: Wii U

Rating: 10/10

Comments: I love this game! I have Gandalf, Marty McFly, Wyldstyle, and Batman. This is probably one of the best gifts that I’ve ever gotten. I like this better than Disney Infinity, which is confusing and hard to figure out. Dimensions is really easy to learn how to work.

Pros: Easy to learn, can remove the minifigures from the base and play with them just as figures, can make all sorts of vehicles, has a set storyline, get to build your own vehicles and the portal.

Cons: You have to update not long after buying the game, which means that you must have internet. This could just be a con for me. 

  
Name: Back to the Future Lego Dimensions

Rating: 10/10

Comments: This is an add-on for the Lego Dimensions game shown above. You get Marty McFly as a figure you can play as, as well as the hoverboard and DeLorean Time Machine as vehicles you can ride in game. You also get a new level in your game. I really like Marty’s attacks, which all have to do with playing his guitar.

Pros: A great addition to the Lego Dimensions base game, a great way to incorporate a great movie into a great game.

Cons: The vehicles, the DeLorean in specific, are a bit small if you wanted to play with them just as legos. The hoverboard would probably be okay though.

  
Name: Breyer Selle Francais

Rating: 10/10

Comments: I’ve wanted this horse for a while now, and I had to settle for another one when we couldn’t find it. Now all I need is a stallion and a foal, (or just a stallion named Cloud and his mare Feldspar, his foal Encore, and the yearling Mato Ska. Sorry, different set.) and I’ll have a whole family! 

Pros: Very realistic, beautifully made.

Cons: None known.

  
Name: Puppies Calendar

Rating: 10/10

Comments: I love this calender! It’s got cute little puppies on it, what else could you ask?

Pros: ???

Cons:???

  
Name: Harry Potter cup

Rating: 10/10

Comments: I love this cup. As in, I held it up and shouted “Alleluia! Alleluia!” when I opened the box. I also said “Totally Tubular,” but that’s beside the point. It has a Hogwarts design on it and it’s beautifully decorated. 

Pros: Decorated beautifully

Cons: None known.

  
Name: Party Tyme Karaoke: Super Hits 25

Rating: 10/10

Comments: I’ve been wanting new karaoke songs for a few years now, and I was never allowed to go get some. Now, I have 14-ish new songs to sing with my best friend Adanessa!

Pros: All the songs are really good and I know most of them.

Cons: I don’t know.

  
Name: Angry Birds Star Wars

Rating: 9/10

Comments: I really like this game, well, because it’s Star Wars, but I really wish I had gotten Lego Star Wars instead of this. 

Pros: Honestly, I haven’t played it yet, so I don’t know pros and cons. Expect a review later.

  
Name: Daisy Longbow (plus a small picture of my foot)

Rating: 10/10

Comments: I’ve wanted a bow ever since I saw the movie Brave in theatres in…2012, was it? I don’t know. But now, I finally have one! It’s so cool!

Pros: I haven’t shot it yet either…again, expect a review.

  
Name: Notebook

Rating: 9/10

Comments: I really like this notebook, but it’s sort of flimsy. As in, I closed it wrong, and it sounded like it was going to break. 

Pros: Very nice pattern, lots of pages.

Cons: See comments for details.

  
Name: Harry Potter: Complete Collection

Rating: 1000000000000000000000/10

Comments: I opened this, and I legit screamed the second I saw what it was. I decorateed the trunk the way I wanted to and started reading last night. It’s like the first time.

Pros: Everything

Cons: None. 

 
Name: This fuzzy blanket that doesn’t really have another name

Rating: 10/10

Comments: It’s so fluffy! I love it! I’m currently laying under it. It also came with socks, but socks will NOT be featured in my review. 

Pros: It’s really fuzzy and soft and warm.

Cons: ???

  
Name: Velvet Art Kit

Rating: 8.5/10

Comments: I just feel like velvet art is a little under my age of 12. It’s very fun to do, but I’d rather have another adult coloring book.

Pros: Fun to do, complex.

Cons: Only 4 designs, a little below my age level.

  
Name: 3 Piece Plush PJ Set

Rating: 9/10

Comments: MORE SOCKS!!! I swear, I’m Dumbledore at heart. Socks and blankets and fuzzy things make me happy happy happy.

Pros: Very fuzzy, warm.

Cons: Being an El Nino year, I may not get to wear them.

  
Name: Mandala coloring book and pencils

Rating: 1000/10

Comments: This is so fun to color! I love coloring, and these keep me occupied for a while.

Pros: Very fun, rather complex.

Cons: Takes a while to color, and I have a short attention span sometimes. 

 
Name: Woodburned Box of my Grandfather.

Rating: 100000/10

Comments: Wow. This was hard to open. My grandfather died earlier this year, and this was my first Christmas without him. My aunt gave this to me, and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever gotten. 

Pros: Everything.

Cons: Nothing.

  
Name: Picture Frame

Rating: 9/10

Comments: It’s a pretty heavy picture frame. And, being the Leese that I am, I love the horse decorations.

Pros: Horse decorations, very intricate.

Cons: Really heavy.

  

Name: Top and Pants

Rating: 8/10

Comments: I really like this, I’m just not that big of a clothes junky. Unless it’s fandom clothes. Then I’m all for it.

Pros: Very warm, cute.

Cons: ???

  
Name: These little boots

Rating: 10/10

Comments: Normally, I could care less about shoes. But these are so cute and warm that I can’t even. I love them so much! And, the little sock rolls up to look like a boot sweater!

Pros: Very cute, very warm, the sock rolls up.

Cons: I wish they were a different color.

  
Name: Knit’s Cool Knitting Studio

Rating: 10/10

Comments: I really wanted to try this out, and now I have it! I’m definitely making the phone pouch for me and Nessa, and the scarf and headband are happening too! Hmm…maybe these would be good teacher gifts. What I knit, not the actual knitting thingy.

Pros: Well, I haven’t tried it yet, so expect a review.

  
Name: Lego Minecraft: The Dungeon

Rating: 10/10

Comments: I really like this set! There’s all sorts of cool items in it!! 

Pros: Two zombies, moving parts, ore, mob spawner, very detailed.

Cons: Supports break while building, flimsy.

  
Name: Little Live Pets CleverKeet

Rating: 10/10

Comments: This is so cool! Sierra (my bird) drives the cart, swings herself, eats, and dances! You get to name the bird yourself, too!

Pros: It does a lot of things, can personalize with name, fun.

Cons: Easy to accidentally put on try me mode. (Guity party right here!)

  
Name: Lego Snowspeeder microfighter

Rating: 10/10

Comments: I just need an AT-AT, and I can have my own Battle of Hoth, right in my bedroom!

Pros: Very detailed, shoots missiles.

Cons: Missiles hard to shoot

  
Name: Rey’s Speeder

Rating: 10/10

Comments: I don’t at all remember this from the movie, but I love it so much! Rey is very detailed (they got her hairstyle right), they have her magical stick of wonder, it shoots those little red pieces, and more!

Pros: The shooting range is really far, if you turn the bottom thruster the doors open, and much more that I am too lazy to list.

Cons: The doors are really hard to close, it’s easy to lose the red pieces.

  
Name: Nerf Rebelle Secrets and Spies Bow

Rating: 10/10

Comments: I love this bow! Sure, it’s s a little hard to aim and prep for shooting, but it’s really fun!

Pros: Everything!

Cons: Arrows are a little hard to work with.
Okay, so that’s it! That’s not everything, per se, but most everyhing. Well, I’m going to work on Saving Fandoms, as well as The United Fandoms of Fiction. Be on the lookout for an update!