2011 onwards


Paul Scholes, Midfielder, the most decorated English footballer of all time, and one of the most successful footballers in history, having won a total of 25 trophies, featuring 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles.

Scholes made 718 appearances for United, the third-highest number of appearances by any player for the club. Scholes announced his retirement from playing on 31 May 2011, receiving a testimonial match, and began his coaching career at the club from the 2011–12 season onward. However, he reversed this decision on 8 January 2012, and went on to play one more season before retiring again in May 2013.

“There is no doubt for me that Paul Scholes is still in a class of his own. He’s almost untouchable in what he does. I never tire of watching him play. You rarely come across the complete footballer, but Scholes is as close to it as you can get. One of my regrets is that the opportunity to play alongside him never presented itself during my career.” ~ Zinedine Zidane

Top 5 Shipping Moments of 2011

Onwards and upwards: 2011, which I know beset as the year of Adele’s 21. Here are my picks for the top 5 shipping moments:


Smallville sure made us wait for Clois, but once they got there it was well worth it. After years and years of teasing their inevitable get-together, the series finale featured the Clark/Lois wedding for this generation. They’d been through countess supervillains, hell dimensions, near deaths and un-deaths, and awful forced romances that lasted too long, but in the end they had each other. 


In the final scene of one of the best TV episodes to ever air, South Park’s “You’re Getting Old”, Kyman shippers got the moment they never thought they’d have: a friendly smile shared between the arch enemies as they left us on a cliffhanger. This is my personal favorite episode of the show, and it caused a real stir among fans at the time - fans who feared it could be the end of South Park all together. For Kyman shippers, it gave them a brief moment of the duo actually getting along, being good friends, working together on a project. Fun stuff, for the first time, and it wouldn’t be the last.


I don’t know for sure, but I’d imagine most Adventure Time fans probably weren’t shipping Princess Bubblegum and Marceline the Vampire Queen until this episode aired. All of a sudden, they have a past, Marcy sings about how ‘I shouldn’t have to be the one who makes up with you/so why do I want to?” and PB goes to great lengths to retrieve her most valued possession - a shirt Marcy gave her. Is it any wonder that after this episode Bubbline became Adventure Time’s biggest ship? It definitely won me over. 


Sure, Xavier/Magneto was around before First Class, but being entirely focused on their bromance and breakup, and starring James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, turned Cherik into the most popular X-Men pairing. Kudos. to the filmmakers; the whole thing plays like a classic tragic bromance. Add to that the fact that the X-Men films were always kind of ‘it’s all a metaphor for insert-your-own-prejudice-here”, + Xavier’s constant rejection of Mystique, and it’s very easy to read the film in that way. And many people did. 


Season 3 of Parks and Rec not only gave us the beginnings of Leslie/Ben, but it also got the will they/won’t they business all done and over with for April and Andy, and unexpectedly hooked them up in the TV wedding of the decade - an impromptu party thrown as a surprise. Yes, that’s my favorite for TV weddings this decade (I mean, for ones that didn’t end in a mass murder.) But with so many sitcoms out there that drag out the ‘will they or won’t they’ mess for years and years, Parks and Rec should be applauded for basically saying ‘nuts to that’.

anonymous asked:

All the titles from 2008 onwards till 2011 are pretty solid Batman,Detective Comics,Batgirl,Red Robin,Batman and Robin and Birds of Prey,Gates of Gotham,Streets of Gotham.The only problem with this time is that Cassandra is missing for 2 years with no one writing her where she could have easily joined the Birds of Prey.

i’m definitely saving this list and putting it in my comics page when i’m done with it (hopefully today or tomorrow)! i’ve been missing out by just reading n52 and rebirth 😅 the only one i’ve read in this list is batgirl. you’re right about that too.. i feel like they should’ve given her the batboy treatment instead of making her re-join all over and erasing her being bruce’s daughter. 

Top Billboard Music Award Winners of All Time (1990-2016)

Who holds the record for the most Billboard Music Award wins in history of the show?

From 1990 to 2016, the act with the most trophies on their shelf is Taylor Swift, with a whopping 21 wins. She took home her first award in 2011 (three wins, in fact) and then continued to rack up BBMAs as the years progressed (even taking home eight wins each in both 2013 and 2015). Her total increased to 21 in 2016, after she brought home one award at this year’s ceremony, for top touring artist.

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anonymous asked:

Crappy sales for the Clois comic prove barely anyone likes them together anymore. Are you finally going to accept that Superman/Wonder Woman is the reigning, ultimate power couple?

I can understand why a fan of Superman and Wonder Woman might have a perspective like yours, but I see things differently. While I would have loved to have seen Superman: Lois & Clark sell better, I don’t think it’s the best or only true measure of Lois and Clark’s popularity.

Comic customers may not want to read about an older, settled couple with a child or a couple they didn’t grow up reading about. The younger, new audience may want to read about a young couple and to see them fall in love. They may like the idea of Lois and Clark together, yet not be that interested in the pre-Flashpoint versions of one or both of the characters. Customers may also love them individually or together just fine, but not find the concept of them being on another Earth, and living lives that differed so much from the one they liked reading, to be that appealing. DC may have also irrevocably lost fans of the couple who read about them years ago (before the Flashpoint/New 52 reboot) due to the lack of attention and respect to Lois Lane and the Lois/Clark relationship from 2011 onward. In addition, DC Comics’, especially the Superman line, isn’t doing well at the moment. So that could be a factor, and so could DC’s odd decision not to promote the book and give it variants as much as other books. Even knowing that the Lois & Clark comic series was designed as a limited series could have encouraged a number of potential customers to wait to buy the comic until it was collected as a trade.

Furthermore, since Superman and Wonder Woman has primarily been a comic book based couple, I think fans of it sometimes forget that the Lois and Clark fanbase is quite different. Many, if not most, of its fans came to the couple through live action, whether via television shows like Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Superman: The Animated Series, and/or Smallville, movies like the Kidder/Reeve films of the 70’s and 80’s, or the more contemporary Man of Steel. Some may like them just from reading Gwenda Bond’s Lois Lane: Fallout novel, too. These fans aren’t necessarily going to buy comic books, and just because they don’t doesn’t mean that Lois/Clark isn’t appealing or doesn’t have fans. Getting the attention of these non-comic readers, and getting them interested in, and capable of, ordering/buying comics is a bigger challenge than getting fans of the Trinity/Justice League, fans of Superman or Wonder Woman, and fans of the couple who came to like them because of comics to simply buy another comic book.

I suppose one could argue that if Lois and Clark fans aren’t the type to buy comics, then DC doesn’t need to cater to them by making them a couple in comic books. I think that’s fair. However, as I argue above, I believe there are too many complicating variables involved to assume that telling a new Lois and Clark love story in comics wouldn’t sell or that the couple’s popularity among the non-comic buying audience is irrelevant and cannot be capitalized on by a company that should be interested in synergy and should be willing to reach out to potential new readers.

Finally, the Superman and Wonder Woman pairing is only a little older than three and a half years. Lois and Clark have been a couple for much longer than that counting all eras (in the pre-Flashpoint era they were together for more than a decade!). If one was uncharitable, one could argue that the appeal of Superman and Wonder Woman grew stale much more quickly by contrast. In fact, when the disparity between the Superman and Wonder Woman comic and the Superman and Lois comic is about 10,000 copies, and the Superman and Wonder Woman book lost more than that (13,000) just this past year, one could imagine that the sales figures you’re using to belittle Lois and Clark will be the sales figures of Superman and Wonder Woman next year. For a comic and a pairing that is newer and had fewer factors complicating its potential sales success, I’m not sure that’s a good sign.

The bottom line is that both couples have their appeal and their advantages/disadvantages. As a Lois and Clark fan, I am clearly biased about which one is superior. I have my reasons for enjoying them more and believing their love story is better, and you probably have your own opinions that are as unlikely to change as mine are. The best we can do is enjoy what we do have and support what we love as best we can. Personally, I love reading about Clark and Lois in Gwenda Bond’s young adult novel series. It’s thrilling to watch Lois/Clark (and Steve/Diana) fall in love in various recent comics and in upcoming movies. To see Adams and Cavill’s Clark/Lois live and fight together in the DC Cinematic Universe, and to see Gadot and Pine’s Steve/Diana bring that iconic couple to life in live action are both dreams come true.

In other words, I wouldn’t be as hasty as you are in declaring winners and losers here. Our preferred couples and fandoms can’t be neatly compared and the future isn’t so easily predicted.

anonymous asked:

Who are the 1-4th generation of idols? CAn u list them or did u just make that up?

Nah idol “generations” is actually an even academically-supported concept. I myself even wrote a research paper on Hallyu Wave’s effects and its economic and social effects in and for South Korea. Honestly, the journal articles and books on the topic of kpop as an industry, plus the rise of Hallyu Wave and its influence in Asia and now outside of Asia, surpassed my expectations.

I’ll give you a brief overview of the generations and then I’ll clean up the rest of this post later (I have to go back to work for 4 more hours):

2nd gen idols tend to have spanned around 05 through 09/10 and third gen idols debuted after that. For example, Big Bang (06), SJ (05), f(x) (08), 2PM, Wonder Girls, SNSD, SHINee, and a host of others are considered 2nd gen idol groups. They’re the ones who started and rode the Hallyu Wave originally (SJ is commonly and rightfully credited for starting the Hallyu Wave, especially from Sorry Sorry onwards) and have been dubbed the “Golden Era” of Kpop. There is much nostalgia associated with these groups because many fans got into them when they were children, and so grew up with them.

1st gen kpop idols are all their predecessors, 90s-00s. The head of YG –Yang Hyun Suk– was actually a member of a group back in the 90s called Seo Taiji and the Boys. Additional groups include Fin.KL, S.E.S., H.O.T, Sechs Kies, Baby VOX, and Shinhwa. They are often called legends, but definitely did not have it easy, having suffered much hardships during their runs. Things that win lawsuits during 2nd and 3rd gen idol eras were actually commonplace…. Very sad and not surprising many of them broke up relatively early. Shinhwa left SM and made their own company (The Shinhwa Company) for such treatment and continue activities even today. Seo Taiji is highly respected and admired in the industry, and Lee Hyori – former member of Fin.KL – continues as well. Rule of thumb is that no matter who you stan, you respect and admire these folks because of their hard work, talent, and literal paving of the road for future generations of kpop. By the way: This isn’t an exhaustive appreciation of these artists or an exhaustive list in any sense – I’m trying to condense it so you understand what I’m talking about and don’t get overwhelmed.

Now how we classify certain people in between can be subjective. For instance, BoA debuted VERY young (13!) in 2000 with her first album, but labelling her as 2nd gen is not in any sense accurate. 1st gen is much more appropriate. But TVXQ debuted in 2004 (music release wise – not appearance wise), and it feels funny to put them as either 2nd gen or 1st gen to me at least. We could easily say they’re the start of 2nd gen for sure though because it just objectively seems appropriate. So what exactly is the “line” that divides 1st gen and 2nd gen? Well, I’d say 2003 is fair. 1st gen ends there and 2nd gen begins with 03/04. Then ofc SJ comes in 05, Big Bang in 06, SNSD and Wonder Girls in 2007, SHINee, 2PM, U-Kiss and 2AM in 2008, f(x), 4Minute, After School, and 2NE1 in 2009, and so on. AGAIN THIS IS NOT AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST don’t hurt me ;A; This doesn’t include solos from these groups (which happened in some cases) or sub-units !! There are too many!!

3rd gen basically stretches from 2011/12 onwards. 2nd gen ends around 2010 imo. So a lot of the groups rising in popularity or getting really established and respected debuted in the earlier portion. We’re currently in 3rd gen imo like I am pretty sure we’re not entering 4th gen until 2019/2020. 3rd gen includes EXO, B.A.P, Nu’Est, BTS, Red Velvet, TWICE, (now) Black Pink, GOT7, 15&, iKon, Winner, Seventeen,  IOI, etc etc. If you know a group debuted recently, they’re 3rd gen. These groups benefit heavily from the rise of the Hallyu Wave during 2nd gen and see huge international appeal and success – some more than others. [Some even more than their Korea base and in a really bad way.] There is nothing particularly wrong with these groups, it’s just there are now vastly more kpop fans in the pool than during 2nd gen and the turnover spiked because so many fans now are significantly younger than 2nd gen fans. By turnover I mean that now there is a flood of teens and tweens but 2nd gen fans are 20+ usually (USUALLY – I know some v young SJ and SHINee fans ! and some EXO fans are over 30!) so there is a bit of a disconnect. Also, the new fans coming in don’t get the whole … they don’t get introduced to the full package and educated about idol history, so they don’t know about 1st gen idols, the work it took for them to get what they got, the work 2nd gen idols did, etc, or how those older idols paved the way in any sense of the word. Many 2nd gen and older fans feel a lot of resentment towards 3rd gen kpop fans for this reason. Some take to resenting the 3rd gen groups because they believe they don’t have to “struggle as much” – a criticism both invalid and unfair. The difference is now these idols have much more legal rights than in the 90s and people like Hangeng and JYJ (three former members of DBSK) established precedents to prevent unfair, abusive contracts. Yes these newer idols benefit from that, but the older idols are fucking glad that they do and don’t have to endure what they did. You know what, in some cases, the idols still do endure similar hardship like in Pledis, TS Entertainment, or Star Empire, but in the latter cases they have fought back. There is nothing wrong with improving conditions and seeing people actually see the fruits of your labor and fans need to stop acting like there is.

Ah perhaps I rambled a bit. But basically 1st gen = 90s-2003, 2nd gen = 2004 - 2010 / Golden Era, 3rd gen = 2011/12 - present. 2nd gen looked short in comparison to 1st gen so maybe it’s accelerating ? Who knows – we might start seeing 4th gen in 2017.