I find that it’s easier to keep your true self buried under several layers of untrue selves, to protect yourself.
I always assumed the world’s worst flier, Orville the Albatross, from Disney’s The Rescuers was just a klutz to add whimsy to the movie. But apparently, Albatrosses are actually bad fliers/landers (at least when they are learning to fly)! Bottom two GIF credit: biologizeable
bonus extra: they are also so huge and enormous they literally have to run fast to get enough speed to become airborne (just like a plane/in the movie)
Jean Philippe Worth, 1900
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
It’s no coincidence that the Starks’ sigil is a direwolf.
Game of Thrones AU where all the women born to the Stark family are werewolves
imagine a video game where you create a hero whose destiny is to save everyone, but throughout the game you start making harder and more questionable decisions, and the game gets darker and darker. and in the end you’re just standing there, clutching the controller and finally realizing you were playing the villain all along
At this point in the books, Arya is definitely considered very pretty. I see her as a more atypical beautiful (like Visenya Targaryen or Lyanna Stark) rather than a more conventional gorgeous (such as Sansa and Cersei.)
Arya focusing on her lack of good looks is from her low self-esteem. Sansa, Catelyn, Jeyne, all the people who disregarded Arya’s looks are coming from a perspective of highborns/people among highborns who expect girls to give an incredible amount of thought to their appearance. They should be immaculate.
Arya, on the other hand, was always known for being dirty and messy and not caring one way or the other- likely again because of her self-esteem.
Her mother used to say she could be pretty if she would just wash and brush her hair and take more care with her dress, the way her sister did. Arya, ADWD
So a huge reason Arya is perceived as unattractive is due to her lack of care for her appearance. Even someone gorgeous looks plain if they have crazy messy hair, are covered in bruises and dirt, wear the most unflattering things, and ostensibly not try.
That being said, Arya was probably somewhat cute underneath it all. Jon and Ned found her to be pretty.
Only her father had ever called her that [pretty]. Him, and Jon Snow, sometimes. Arya, ADWD
So I think she was relatively cute, nothing to compare to Sansa, in AGoT. She did get creeped on in Flea Bottom as well.
The only thing was, the pot-shops were never empty, and even as she bolted down her food, Arya could feel them watching. Some of them stared at her boots or her cloak, and she knew what they were thinking. With others, she could almost feel their eyes crawling under her leathers; she didn’t know what they were thinking, and that scared her even more. A couple times, she was followed out into the alleys and chased, but so far no one had been able to catch her. Arya, AGoT
While Sansa was 100% born beautiful, Arya has grown into her beauty. She gets a lot of attention from men considering she’s always unwashed and thinks herself unattractive.
The man at the Peach believed her to be a whore and wanted to sleep with her.
An old man sat down beside her. “Well, aren’t you a pretty little peach?” His breath smelled near as foul as the dead men in the cages, and his little pig eyes were crawling up and down her. “Does my sweet peach have a name?” Arya, ASoS
The crewman from the Titan’s Daughter wanted her as well.
“Take her on as cabin girl,” said a passing oarsman, a bolt of wool over one shoulder. “She can sleep with me.” Arya, ASoS
Lady Smallwood thought her pretty.
"I’m sorry I tore the acorn dress too. It was pretty.”
“Yes, child. And so are you. Be brave.” Arya, ASoS
The Kindly Man thinks her beautiful enough to be a courtesan:
"Would you sooner be a courtesan, and have songs sung of your beauty? Speak the word, and we will send you to the Black Pearl or the Daughter of the Dusk. You will sleep on rose petals and wear silken skirts that rustle when you walk, and great lords will beggar themselves for your maiden’s blood.” Arya, AFFC
The face of Mercy, the one we know got so much attention from men (sailors, Raff, Bubono, ect.) is described by the Kindly Man this way:
"So best you have a new face as well.” He cupped her chin, turned her head this way and that, nodded. “A pretty one this time, I think. As pretty as your own." Arya, ADWD
It’s implied that when she emerges from the HoBaW for the first time as Cat (with her own face) that people find her beautiful:
Men gave her curious looks as she went past, and beggar children called out words she could not understand. Arya, AFFC
The beggar children could just be calling out for money, Arya doesn’t understand Braavosi well yet, so whatever is going on is completely lost on her. But the text specifies that men are giving her curious looks. Men are staring at her. Not people, men. “As she went past” different canals, men turned to stare at her. She’s attracting men’s stares.
Then there’s the sailor who wished to kiss her:
Quill, the sad-eyed little man who made up all the bawdy farces for the Ship, offered to teach her how a woman kisses. Arya, AFFC
There are plenty more but it’s pretty clear that Arya, with her apparent similarities in appearance with Lyanna, is supposed to be beautiful.
IT STILL REALLY AMUSES ME, THE IDEA THAT TUCKER FIGURED OUT CHURCH WAS AN AI RIGHT OFF THE BAT BUT JUST DIDN’T THINK IT WAS COOL TO BRING IT UP. LIKE… NAH THAT WOULD BE UNCOOL TO POINT OUR SOMEONE IS A ROBOT. SURE DUDE. YUR A GHOST. *spooky fingers*
Sophie Turner photographed by Sylvain Homo for Vanidad Magazine, April 2014
Team’s RWBY and JNPR Yaaaay done… I’ll do more teams but on a later note :O if anyone has any idea’s on what team I should do or character combos… whatever I’m open to ideas lol
But imagine if team RWBY were in this huge fight and were losing
Suddenly, there’s the sound of polka music
And then Team JNPR burst through a fucking wall on a jeep
Daily Show correspondent Michael Che tries to find a safe place to report from.