okay i'm done

  • rumple:i'm going to be a better man for you, bae. But first I'm going to lie to the person I love, make deals with the latest town villain, and maybe possibly kill emma swan
  • neal *rises from the dead*:WHAT WHAT WHAT ARE YOU DOING. LOOK AT YOUR LIFE. LOOK AT YOUR CHOICES. WHAT THE FUCK PAPA.

phantompickles asked:

So I've figured before from how you write about them that you don't like elves that much (I don't blame you, I find them pretty pretentious world building wise and I always felt they don't really work as people), but could you articulate why?

so my main beef with elves is not so much about the elves themselves, but the way that Tolkien (and, by extension, the narrative) favors them. I identify a lot with Andreth, who in the Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth, spits out: “We may be ‘Children of Eru’, as ye say in your lore; but we are children to you also: to be loved a little maybe, and yet creatures of less worth, upon whom ye may look down from the height of your power and your knowledge, with a smile, or with pity, or with a shaking of heads” (Morgoth’s Ring 308).

Tolkien himself confirms this, that he gave to his Eldar “the artistic, aesthetic, and purely scientific aspects of the Humane nature raised to a higher level than is actually seen in Men” (Letters 236). Elves embody of all the best of humanity—the wisdom, the creativity, the joy and beauty—supposedly untainted by humanity’s uglier sins. What’s more, they exist on a scale that dwarfs most men; only epic heroes such as Aragorn and Beren can hope to match.

and it just…it’s unfair. It’s so fucking grating, if you don’t buy into it at the start, because these are the fuckers who made Silmarils and slaughtered their kin and took each other captive and went to war and denied the valar and we are supposed to consider them greater than dwarves and men and orcs, because….why? they’re good at arts and crafts? they’re immortal? they make great music?

no reason is ever given for why elves are better. They just are.

they own the story, and the history, and the culture, everything is theirs—even gondor measures worth on an elven scale, how like the elves are you, how sindarin are you, how numenorean—the narrative loves Faramir over Boromir because Faramir is like the elves; Dol Amroth is better than Minas Tirith because they speak Sindarin like breathing; The Hobbit likes Thranduil better than Thorin (despite the similarity of their fixations) because Thranduil is an elf.

Bilbo—who undergoes this terrible harrowing journey to reclaim Erebor with companions whom he has learned to love and trust—Bilbo doesn’t want to return to Erebor, when he is old and grey. He doesn’t want to see the halls that his friends have built, the great dwarvish kingdom that Thorin died for finally restored to its former glory—

Bilbo wants to go to Rivendell. Because who would want to go to some dwarf’s cave when you could stay with the elves?

But we’re supposed to love them, because they are beautiful, and we are supposed to agree to this standard of measurement because why not, and when you are in this for anyone else—the Edain or the dwarves or the hobbits or the orcs—you want to scream because one of those groups is special because they were made to be, and the others just sort of struggled along, inventing semaphores and mills and languages and trade routes and mining techniques and farming techniques and genetic experimentation (apparently)

but Tolkien doesn’t care, because the elves sing about stars, and the natural world does what they want because they ask, and why wouldn’t you love these creatures who have had all the aces before they even started playing

why would you choose anyone else

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"You disgust me," said Dumbledore, and Harry had never heard so much contempt in his voice.

File this one under, ‘Scenes I Desperately Wish Were In The Movie.’

You know, I really think that they messed up Snape’s character in the movie. Hear me out! The last movie really wanted to emphasize the fact that Snape was good. And in doing so, they added scenes and cut out scenes and…well…maybe, they cut out too much. In fact, I think that they really took away the depth of his character. The whole point of Snape is supposed to be ‘redemption’, right? Well, in order to show redemption, you need to show the negative moments. You need to! Otherwise, there is no need for redemption! Does that make sense? It’s like wanting to make Jean Valjean look good, so you cut out the part where he was in prison and stole the silver from the church. It takes away meaning from the years that he spent trying to redeem himself. The same goes for Snape. By eliminating the scenes where he’s shown in a negative light, you eliminate the need for redemption, and therefore, you eliminate a great chunk of his character. What they should have done is included this scene and then they could have shown all of the scenes whereSnape helped Harry. That way the audience can realize that, in the beginning, he could care less if Harry survived, but by the end, he did everything that he could to help/save him. And thus, you have character development and you have redemption and you are able to maintain the point of his character.

whenever ppl are like ‘coLE WOULD HATE ANDERS’ i just want to ahEM *coughs* *points at blackwall* *more fAKE COUGHING* *points at solas* *exTREMELY TORTURED COUGHING* *points at cole’s own backstory* 

cole knows what it is to kill because if feels like you have to, to put your faith in the wrong people, or to make a hard choice and do a harmful thing for the betterment of a good cause 

there is no way a spirit of compassion would ever turn their back on a soul filled with as much hurt as anders’