They call me 'quiet girl', but, I'm a riot. LotR, ASoIaF, Harry Potter, OUaT Lover. Part Time Adventurer.
First of all this post is racist as fuck. Is it because all of these women are black? NONE OF THESE NAMES ARE GHETTO and the amount of notes it has are disgusting.
Ashanti - A common name in Ghana. It is a name from a powerful African empire. It is a fucking African name.
Aaliyah - It’s also a fucking African name. It means “High Exalted”, “Highest of All”, “To Ascend”. It also means Princess, Beautiful, Goddess, and some other beautiful meanings.
Beyonce - Oh look, another fucking African name. It means “beyond others”. It also derives from the French surname Beyincé, which is also her mother’s maiden name.
Ciara - It is of Irish origin and it means “dark haired beauty” or “black”.
Onika - Yet, another African name. It means warrior and is most often used as a boy’s name.
Last but not least, Zendaya, which is also a fucking African name. It is a language of Zimbabwe/Southern Zambi. It means “To give thanks”.
Just because it’s not of your culture doesn’t mean it’s fucking ghetto. Who wants a common ass name anyway? You are racist and ignorant. Please educate yourself.
They tried it
How were you initially cast as Brienne? George R.R. Martin’s said that you came in dressed in character and landed it on the spot.
I love that story. I wish it were real. So many people have asked me if I walked into the audition in armor, or that I walked into the audition on a horse, but I’m afraid neither of those things are true. I heard about the part of Brienne because there was something on the Internet about me being cast in an HBO series, so I Googled this and found amazing forums filled with hundreds of passionate people brought together over their love for this series of books. I then had a look at the character of Brienne, started reading the books, totally fell in love with her, and wanted to play her really, really badly.
I knew it would be a very physical role and hadn’t done any sword fighting before, so I lost about a stone-and-a-half in weight, and trained with a friend in kickboxing, yoga, and did all that I could to get into the right kind of shape. Also, prior to the part I had long, blonde hair, and was dressed in a consciously feminized manner. Without makeup, I’m very, very fair—I have incredibly blonde, pale eyebrows and eyelashes—and Brienne was an outsider who was considered to be ugly, so I thought about what that meant, and I thought about the ways in which women are conceived in society and about the constrictions of conventions of attractiveness, and I felt that if I stripped all those things away in myself, that would give me a better chance of being cast in this role, because that’s where I felt Brienne and I could meet. So, I stopped wearing makeup and stopped wearing very feminized clothing, and I paid attention to the way I walked, held my body, and spoke, and tried to direct that to a more neutralized state. I was prepared to have my hair cut off for the role, and a lot of women’s notions of femininity and their identity is tied up with their hair, so I felt that it was important that Brienne have short hair because she’s practical. I felt it would be a useful challenge to let go of those things and embrace something else—to embrace my androgyny.
Full interview here.
"Blue was the color of royalty in Khal Drogo’s khalasar. It was the color of the expensive dye which they adorned themselves with, more so on special occasions such as Drogo’s wedding. […] Thus, while in Season 3 Daenerys no longer wears a Dothraki-style "cut" to her outfit, she switched to blue colors as a symbol of her authority as a Khaleesi and in memory of Drogo."