Okay, these pictures were taken last year, back when I had longer hair, but they’re still relevant.
Curly hair without brushing:
Curly hair with brushing:
I love playing Brienne of Tarth because, when I was growing up, I didn’t really see people on television that I felt that I could identify with. Women all looked kind of a particular way, women characters that were popular, anyway. And when I had the opportunity to play this part, it made me explore the parts of myself I had hidden from. I had very long hair. I wanted to look very feminine, really tall. (x)
My cosplay as Amethyst!
My Blog: http://jayythepanduh.tumblr.com/
OMG NO THATS TOO GOOD TEACH ME HOW TO BE THIS FABULOUS
this is real life actual Amethyst irl
OH MY GOSH I DONT EVEN WATCH THE SHOW BUT IM IN LOVE
Go to: http://fujofujo.com/ to read all 25 strips so far!
Remember to check for a new FujoFujo! strip on Tuesdays! Keziah passes the baton to Yuen and her Yaoi…
WHERE DO I START WITH THE DISCLAIMERS? XD Seriously though, if you’ve been reading from the start, you knew I was going to get into this! First off, at least go to Wikipedia and read about Yaoi if you aren’t sure what it is: Manga aimed at women which focus on graphic homosexual relationships between males. Yaoi should not be confused with Shounen Ai comics, which are usually less explicit. Or Shota, which have very young male characters. Or Bara, which caters more to gay male audiences. Like all comics, some are great and some are not so great XD Yuen just loves it all and Keziah is very dismissive of them. Don’t worry, this comic won’t show graphic imagery, but they will talk about it :P
That’s actually a really difficult question because I have no idea why anybody would ever want to try to mimic an accent that even as a natural speaker I practically never get VA parts speaking in. I have to affect a received pronunciation accent to at least the extent I do for Kanaya if not more usually!
I’m going to assume you’d want to speak generically Northern English rather than specifically South Cumbrian. My advice is:
Don’t confuse Northern English with Southern English, Welsh or Scottish. There may be crossover, but they’re NOT THE SAME. One of the easiest ways to spot fake northern is when the person suddenly drops into southern pronunciation for a word.
Your sound should generate deep in the bottom of your lungs and shaped at the front of the mouth.
Put some power into your plosive sounds (p, d, b) as though you’re trying to blow a bug off that just landed on you or shooting imaginary guns. “pew pew pew!”
K sounds should be really sharp and almost like the “ch” in “loch” you should sound like a crow going “kaa kaa!” really strong k.
Hard U sounds like in “pub”, “mud”, “flood”, “under” should sound like you’re doing an impression of a monkey “uh uh uh!”. They should NOT sound like “ah”; that’s how southern people pronounce them.
BE CAREFUL OF “A” SOUNDS. Southerners pronounce “path” as “Paahth” but northerners pronounce that a as a short, sharp sound, this goes for a lot of words like “master”, “grass”, “laugh” and “garage” (northern pronounciation is not “garahj”, it’s more like “garrij”.
TH is TH. It is not F. That is a purely cockney thing.
Words like “fire”, “ear” and “here” have two syllables in the North, just like they do in Wales! “Fiya,”, “Eeya”, “Heeya” This applies to any short word that has no consonants in the middle and ends with an r.
Hard A sounds like in “cat”, “rattle”, “anti”, “path” should be very short and sharp. Put the sound up in the top back of your mouth.
Long A sounds like in “cart” “market” “arc”, are not pronounced like “aah” or “arr”, they’re pronounced like the short A sound but drawn out, like a crow going “Kaaaa! Kaaa!”
DON’T ROLL YOUR R’s. That may be something I do, but that is not necessarily typical of Northern people and if you do it without knowing what you’re doing, it’ll sound like bad Welsh or Scottish!
Some Northern people drop T’s and others don’t. It’s not so much an accent-specific thing as a class/education/personality one. I recommend learning the accent without dropping ts first because otherwise it can sound very affected.
The speech should have a strong bouncy rhythm to it. “di-dah-di-dah-di-DAH”
Good ways to listen to northern English for reference:
Sean Bean in Game of Thrones as Ned Stark talking in his natural accent for a change.
Wallace and Gromit. Yessssss (everybody should watch Wallace and Gromit anyway, it should be enforced by LAW. Especially “The Wrong Trousers”, which is a masterpiece.)
Youtuber Totalbiscuit has a LOVELY natural accent.
ANYTHING WITH JANE HORROCKS (Little Voice is a cute movie she’s in, she’s also in Chicken Run as that really ditzy chicken).
Chris Eccleston as the 9th Doctor, again, a natural accent!
Songs by one of my favourite bands, Maximo Park (The lead singer sings in a very strong Leeds accent which is awesome for getting a sense of the Northern pronunciation and speech rhythm!)
ha ha, we devalued perfect scores so much we have to joke about giving 11/10! ha ha!