The Romance Arc (Destiel)

So, I know we always say it, but the other day I was finally fed up enough - or weird enough - to decide I’d make a list. And, guys, this is going to be a long-ass post, so if you haven’t got time, here is the tl;dr version: if we look at the love tropes most commonly used to build an onscreen relationship, Dean and Cas score an eye-watering 61/91 - that’s a 67% total.

Now, to put that in perspective - in order to build a romance arc, you’ve got five obligatory stages (meeting each other, falling in love, becoming a couple, a period of conflict, a resolution) and each of these stages will include at least one common trope, more or less hidden according to the kind of media and the author’s intent and sophistication. tvtropes lists a total of 91 tropes, but no love story will ever use them all. That would be ridiculous - either a parody or complete insanity. Think of a story where our lovers were destined to be together and also promised to each other as children and also the reincarnation of past lovers; where they meet by spilling coffee on each other and then she goes on to lose her handkerchief and he picks it up and runs after her to give it back but - whoa - now she’s been attacked by pirates and the hero wants to save her but his king is ordering him not to and oh no, what will he do? That sounds like overkill, right? And it totally is: a story with too many tropes is a ridiculous, unrealistic, unwatchable mess. To give you a better idea of what I mean, if look at those 91 tropes tvtropes lists as possible steps to build a romance arc, Dirty Dancing, one of the most romantic movies ever made, only scores 19 points; 10 Things I Hate about You, another big favourite of mine and an absolute ALL the love, ALL the feels story, scores 16 points. And Jane the Virgin, an actual soap-opera parody on the CW complete with sudden rain and snow to highlight special kisses, scores even lower: 13 points.

Meanwhile, normal friendships between men like Sam and Frodo’s in the Lord of the Rings trilogy or Ted and Marshall’s in How I Met Your Mother score a grand total of zero points - so, yes, it’s perfectly possible to write a non-romantic male friendship even when that friendship is a dramatic I’ll walk with you to the very edge of the Earth and then carry you up the slopes of a dangerous volcano and finally die with you sort of thing. Because, funnily enough, you can be friends with somebody and be ready to die for them without actually having a sexual interest in them. 

(Johnlock scores 29 points.)

(Wincest, 4.)

Something you could be wondering at this point is, why tropes though? Why are tropes a thing, and why does it matter how many tropes Supernatural chooses to use between Dean and Cas? And, look, I’m sure someone else could say it better, but essentially tropes are the bones of a story. Every single story you see out there, from the Odyssey to Torchwood/Gossip Girl crossovers to coffeshop AUs is built out of the same building blocks. There are, like, seven possible plots and about two dozen kinds of characters and maybe two hundred common tropes - and that’s it. Try tagging any classic novel with AO3 tags and you’ll see what I mean. 

[This story is Jules Verne’s fanfiction of an Edgar Allan Poe novel, and, yeah.]

Now, since it’s only possible to build a story in a limited number of ways, the problem all authors face is to find an original way to make it work. Some will use tropes religiously, either because they can’t think of anything different or because they hope a tried-and-tested formula will appeal to readers (see every romance novel under the sun; also most thrillers). Others will make fun of tradition by throwing the tropes back in your face (one of my favourite takes of this is Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle). And others will manage to bullshit you so thoroughly and completely you won’t notice the tropes are there until it’s too late - those are the stories where you’re truly surprised and shocked by events and you sit up in bed like a fool gasping out loud and you only stop reading because you need to tell someone asap, You won’t believe what just happened. A good example of this is the ending of the first season of Game of Thrones - we were all so convinced Ned Stark was the hero, filming people who hadn’t read the books as they watched him die became something of a hobby; and many became convinced George RR Martin was this all-powerful deity without any rules (not true: he’s a good writer, however, and he managed to convince most of us Ned was the hero when in reality he was the ‘Dumbledore’ figure - and therefore his death makes perfect sense).

And if we’re talking about Destiel - as I explained in the very first meta I wrote for this fandom (though at the time I hadn’t even realized I was part of a fandom, and didn’t know what a meta even was), I didn’t start to ‘ship’ Dean and Cas out of nefarious reasons, or tedium, or a desire to write smutty fanfiction. In fact, I still don’t consider myself a shipper in any way. I am not particularly interested in romance, and I never go out of my way to see who may be suited for whom. And I’m not saying there’s anything wrong in doing that - just that it’s something I don’t do. If I started to see Destiel and to write about it, it’s because to me (and, apparently, to a lot of other people), it was clear that there was something there; that that was how the story was built. And if I started to look at it more closely, it was simply because my expectations as a viewer were disappointed, and the relationship of trust between author and reader was - for me - crumbling into nothingness. 

And, look, I won’t lie: I was angry and upset by the implications - that there was something wrong with me - that I was trying to force a sexual relationship on two friends just because. That, as a woman, I couldn’t enjoy a story without making it all about the romance. No, I am a huge book nerd, and I like writing stories, and I mostly analyse stuff for a living and I also sort of have eyes? - so, to me, it was clear I was being lied to, and at that moment, I was left in an uncomfortably ambiguous position which will sound familiar to many of you - I was furious at the show, but at the same time I was still in love with the characters (so very much in love). This was a frustrating feeling which presented me with two equally unappealing options - to keep watching and not expect anything, or to walk away. In the end, I tried a third way, which I suspect many of you have chosen as well: I was too invested in these characters to abandon them, but I also wanted this story to be an honest story, so I started complementing it with ‘viewing supports’. I started to read (and write) fanfiction. I looked for fanvideos, fanart and gifs. And, most of all, I fell into the habit of reading (and writing) metas after every episode to make sure what I was seeing was actually there. Because, well, for me - that’s why I write metas about Supernatural when I don’t write metas of other shows I enjoy much more: because most of the time Supernatural is more focused on not telling a story than it is in telling one, which means what we are left with what is a half story where our characters have their own secret life offscreen and many lines of dialogue could mean anything. Ironically enough, Supernatural has become like its hero and POV character, Dean Winchester: a con and a liar and a charmer who tries to be liked by everyone. 

(And let’s not forget the swings both ways thing).

As for the other question - are we crazy? - I’m hoping this post will help clearing things up: no, we are not crazy. The reason we see a romance unfolding is because the relationship between Dean and Cas is written to fit a romance arc - and does fit a romance arc by 67%.

[Longer analysis under the cut.]

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Hello!! ☆ミ(o*・ω・)ノ It’s been a year since this blog came into existence, and while 2016 may not have been all that kind to us, it has been a good year on tumblr :’D It’s been nice to see this blog grow and honestly it’s also a little scary to think so many of you follow me lmao why ANYWAY I’d like to say thank you to these blogs for making my dash so interesting, and to their owners for having such lovely personalities!! 

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I finally finished it XD 

It would’ve been better if I drew it digitally but… meh. 

I hope you can understand what’s written on the comic >.>

here’s the explanation:

So basically to understand better what’s going on here you need to see Allesia’s comics first. But I’ll explain it anyway. 

~ Alphys passes out ‘cause le bebe is born too sudden. Sans calls Papyrus and asks him to come over and help him with the baby. Before Papyrus arrives, Allesia breaks the 4th wall and enters in the Lab (where Sans is). Alphys wakes up and then finally Papyrus, Undyne and Frisk arrive at the Lab too. Then Frisk gives Sans the present (and inside the present there’s something cute for the baby, of course). The end ~


“ Tell me you love me,       
         come back and haunt me,
                   oh, and I rush to the start. “ 

Decidueye Giinka; Koodie (version 3) x”D

i posted another version of the previous posts since i felt that it looks much better than the previous two;;; 

and yeah i fixed a bit mistakes in here and also i made a sketch of him in Ghost Mode;

and yes you can see how his hair actually look like :D

Reblogs are appreciated <3

About a week ago, I was afraid of my tablet and hadn’t picked it up since I bought it over a year ago. But this show is just moving and begs for things to be made. 

Those last five minutes of Episode 9 still make me misty, and I desperately hope these boys have a long, happy future together. 



For @thetourguidebarbie for her donation to @klarolinegivesback. Also, my 100th drabble!

The moment Caroline learned that Klaus was one of the fallen angels, heaven didn’t seem so divine anymore. Now she is thorn into being too hurt to trust him, but too in love to let go. (NSFW)

Thank you @princess-of-the-worlds for beta work.

i. aching thoughts

Sadness is so painfully beautiful when melancholy has settled in your bones and your lungs are sore from the loneliness that has filled them. Regret, fear, disappointment… All of them have their unique poetry that is turned into the most enchanting song.

Caroline had learned to admire the gloominess long ago; he had been the one to show her how pain could be turned into the most exquisite paintings or the loveliest verses. How ironic it was that she now had to love the heartache that he had given her.

He had left her.

He had left everything she thought he believed in, abandoned all of the promises they had made together.

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remember when we were all hoping harry would be a good influence and get louis to put his fucking shoes on? 

yeah no, i think it kind of worked out in reverse

from glittery golden boots and suede heels to adidas sandals over socks fml 

Perfect Match (15/?)

This was inspired by this post about soulmates, and after @quite-right-too requested someone write it. I am going to try and write a little bit of this every week and track them through childhood and into teenage years and eventual adulthood.

Thank you very much to @chocolatequeennk​​ for listening to me pitch ideas and for offering her opinions and ideas.

Ten x Rose, Soulmates AU, Teen

James grew up hearing the legends of soulmates. How two—or three or four or however many—people could find each other by writing messages to each other on their skin, and he spent much of his time imagining himself with a soulmate, someone who would be his perfect match.

AO3 | TSP | FF

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 |
Part 10 | Part 11 | Part 12 | Part 13 | Part 14 |

James was relaxed and groggy when he awoke the next morning. He was warm and comfortable and content and… And someone was stroking his hair.

He blinked open his eyes to look over at his bedmate.


James’s breath caught in his throat. Rose was here!

Her fingers ceased all motion when she saw he was awake. She smiled sheepishly and pulled her hand away and tucked it under her chin.

“Didn’t have to stop,” he whined.

Rose giggled and scooted closer to him to continue playing with his hair, scraping her nails gently across his scalp in a way that made him shudder in pleasure.

James wriggled closer to her until he could rest his head on her chest. He wrapped his arm around her waist and draped a leg across hers and nuzzled into the soft fabric of her sleep shirt.

“This is quite nice,” he whispered, enjoying the heat of her body radiating so close to him. He could feel every beat of her heart and the expansion and contraction of her chest as she breathed.

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I may have listened one too many times to a certain opening and all its countless remixes and versions while thinking about my sons like I always do.

alievans007  asked:

Since I'm sick with conjunctivitis and a horrible sinus infection/cough, I need to know how Chris would take care of me.

I’m super sorry Ali! That’s no fun at all! Here’s a little something quick for ya! I hope you’re feeling better!

You’re laying on the couch with your favorite plush blanket, watching your favorite show on tv. You’ve been like this for the past couple of days due to your nasty sinus infection along with conjunctivitis. 

You had been dozing in and out of sleep and hadn’t realized Chris had come home until you woke to him rubbing your feet.

“How ya doing, Babe?” Chris’ voice full of concern.

“UGH, don’t look at me. I look horrible. My eye is all sorts of fucked up and you do not need to see that. And my sinuses are killing me. The pressure I’m feeling is making me so bleh. I just wanna crawl in a hole.” You whined pulling the blanket over your head.

“Sit up.” Chris patted you leg. “I’m guessing you haven’t taken any of  your medication so I’m gonna get it and make you some soup.”

Chris went into the kitchen and found your medicine on the counter. You had kept it there so you didn’t have to walk upstairs into your bathroom to get it. 

You sat up and grabbed a tissue off of the table and cleaned up a bit around your eye. You just wished it stop leaking. It’s been a few days and now you have this sinus infection on top of it.

Chris came in about twenty minutes later with your medicine, some chicken noodle soup, crackers, and hot tea on a tray. 

Sometimes you wondered how you ended up with someone as wonderful as Chris. He always went out of his way to make sure you were taken care of without your asking. 

After you finished your soup and taken your medicine, you snuggled up with Chris on the couch with your tea in your hands and spent the rest of the day watching some of your favorite shows.