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“When I take something from a man - his ship, his money, his life - I don’t hide behind a clerk. I don’t hide behind the law. I don’t hide behind anything. I look him in his eye and I give him every chance to deny me. That is legitimate.”

I think what annoys me most about the ‘Hermione deserves better than Ron’ argument (aside from the obvious and blatant vilification of Ron, of course) is the fact that it completely disregards Hermione’s right to choose.

Hermione chose to start a relationship with Ron. She chose to date him, she chose to marry him, and she chose to have kids with him. She may not have chosen to fall in love with him, but she definitely chose everything that happened after.

By saying ‘she deserves better’ you’re implying that she made the wrong choice. That she doesn’t know what’s best for her. She doesn’t know what she wants. (Alternatively, you could just be saying you don’t really care for her choice, which is- well.) And aside from being just a tad misogynistic, it also takes her character’s agency away.

TL;DR Hermione doesn’t deserve ‘better’ than Ron. You know what Hermione does deserve? She deserves the right to choose. And she chose Ron.

In the 1960s and 70s the Doctor was known as Doctor Misterio in Mexico - and Peter is trying to bring it back! 

Some of you already know that I’m a Supernatural newbie and still on my first all-the-way-through watch. Yesterday I watched Hello, Cruel World (7x02) for the first time. The basic plot wasn’t a surprise to me – I knew about Hallucifer, I’d seen gifs of Dean grabbing Sam’s hand and knew that a big brothers’ moment went down there, I even knew that Sam used the pain from his hand to recall reality.

But guys I was pretty blown away by Jared in this one. (Actually, Jensen was excellent to, but I’ll get to him in a minute.) I don’t know how much of it was projecting things onto his performance. That’s definitely possible, maybe even likely. But guys it hit me right in the knees.

Literally as long as I can remember my brain has been my worst enemy and the hardest part of life. For a long time I thought I had to try and fix it (or get it fixed by some external Big Good). Now I think the demons we have are probably there for good and all we can do is manage them and not let them take us down. But either way, my mind has never been on my side. Anxiety, long-term depression, intrusive thoughts: these are the things I remember when I think about my childhood and adolescence and they are the things that have defined my inner life ever since.

No pity party or anything and I feel quite awkward posting something so personal and I hope you don’t all hate me, haha, and I should say that most of these things have become at least more manageable over time. But I mention them because I want to talk about Jared’s face here and my thoughts about it stem from my own experiences. This is the scene where Bobby and Dean are talking to him and he is telling them about Lucifer’s claim that he never left the Cage, that his life ever since has been an illusion.

Wait. Are you seeing him right now?


You know that he’s not real. Right?

He says the same thing about you.

Guys, Jared’s face in this scene made me cry, because that is the face you make when you realise that you can’t trust your own mind. It is the worst feeling I’ve ever felt and I suppose I’ve never seen my own face while feeling it but that is exactly how it *feels*. If someone had said ‘draw your face when you feel this way’ (and haha if I was able to draw), this would have been it: the unfocused stare, the eyes glassy but not crying because you’re too terrified to cry, you’ve gone beyond the point where crying feels like something that will help or even adequately convey what you feel. Bleak despair, not dramatic despair – the drawn face, the set jaw. Goddamn I don’t know if Jared has ever felt like that but if he hasn’t (and, well, if he has) I give him all the kudos in the world.

It’s the same later at the end of the episode when Dean finds Sam in the warehouse. Jared again just NAILS this. Watch and you’ll see that through most of the scene he’s not actually looking anywhere, not focusing. His gaze is somewhere on the middle distance, not able to commit to a perceived, sensate reality OR to retreat to the shelter of his own mind. This is what it looks like when your mind isn’t a safe place anymore.

Sam here isn’t able to engage with the world at all, period, zilch, not even to try to believe something is real because he doesn’t trust his own perception of it. He doesn’t trust his senses. And what Dean does for him here (and what Jensen and Jared so magnificently portray I think) isn’t so much to convince him of anything or even to emotionally connect with him. At least those aren’t the fundamental thing. What Dean most fundamentally does for Sam here is to step in and act as his senses. And because Sam has always trusted Dean, he is able to trust his grasp on reality – not enough to get better, not enough to be OK in any actual sense of the world – but enough to make it through five minutes, enough to take a breath.

And I love two things about how Dean does this.

First, he goes in willing to hear Sam. This isn’t always Dean’s strong point, but here he is perfection, and Jensen blows it out of the water. In his face you can see fear, apprehension, a skilled hunter with reflexes ready to go in a moment, yes – but somehow beneath all of those things that tighten and close off a face, he is still open. His instinctive reaction to Sam acting terrifyingly unlike himself is to try to listen, to try to read Sam, to use three decades of knowing him to try to know how to help him now. And he doesn’t go in with a preconceived version of what’s going on or of what Sam is experiencing.


Okay. Well, here I am.


No. No, I don’t, I…I can’t know that for sure. You understand me?


Okay, now we’re gonna have to start small.

He says whoa, whoa, OK. He doesn’t argue with Sam’s insistence that they had just been driving together, he doesn’t try to disentangle facts (because that would just force Sam to the point, again, of trying to distinguish or debate reality, which is precisely what Sam can’t do right now).

Second, Dean narrows the overwhelming suffocation of detachment from reality down to a single point. Because that’s what Sam needs and that’s all his mind can even try to accept at the moment. I don’t think Dean knows that he’s doing this; I don’t think he’s doing it deliberately; but I do think that maybe Jensen knew that this is what Dean was doing. You feel, watching, like every molecule in Dean’s body is straining to make this one thing manifestly real for Sam, to rouse in him at least enough trust to let Dean be his arbiter of reality here. Jensen has a few phenomenal speeches over the years (and I’m sure he has more I haven’t watched yet) but this one would have been very easy to overact, I think, or play too melodramatic. And he doesn’t. Neither of them do. They just vibrate with the feeling of seven years with these characters and each other.

This is real. Not a year ago, not in Hell, now. I was with you when you cut it, I sewed it up! Look!….
This is different. Right? Then the crap that’s tearing at your walnut? I’m different. Right?

Believe me, okay? You gotta believe me. You gotta make it stone number one and build on it. You understand?

Yeah. Yeah, okay.

And (I’m almost done I promise) I love this look Jared gives in response to Dean. It’s not relief and it’s not hope and it’s not peace and it’s not agreement. But it’s also not unfocused or empty or lost off in the mid-distance. What Dean gave Sam here wasn’t a solution or a fix but it was a tiny, tiny way to engage with something he could trust – not even, I think, at this point, something he necessarily did trust – but something that his emotional and mental muscle memory (as it were) responded to just enough to say ‘yes that, that voice, that’s enough to stay alive till tonight’. It’s a flicker of what might be hope. It’s finding the edge of a step when you’ve been free-falling. Your foot’s not planted yet but you can feel something under it other than air.

am I becoming more and more lesbian or do I just keep lowering my tolerance for boys

He Fucking Knows

(also a timeline theory… sort of.. only in regards to a few episodes)

TL;DR: Chat’s interactions with Marinette in The Evillustrator seem rather suspicious to me unless he’s doing them aware that she is Ladybug. The same thing goes for his, though brief, interactions with her in The Gamer, as well how he says the catchphrase she and her dad say. Given this, I think there’s a possibility that Adrien already knows and that The Evillustrator takes place way later than we think; not too long before The Gamer and not too long after the episode that we’ll hopefully get soon if my theory is correct, the one where he finds out.

So I’m on board with everyone saying Adrien either already knows, or is right on the brink of figuring it out. Though I more so believe  he already knows and we just don’t have the episode where he finds out. There are two episodes specifically that push me to believe this. The Gamer, which is the episode everyone else believes he knows in, and The Evillustrator. Since The Evillustrator aired earlier, I’m going to discuss my reasoning for thinking he knows in it first. (I haven’t seen anyone bring up thinking he may know in it, so if it has been done, my apologies!)

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I’ve you’ve been following me for a while, you might have noticed that I’m kind of obsessed with the phenomenon of why an audience prefers the Beast form to the Human form when it comes to fictional characters. (Like, how everybody says they were disappointed when the Beast transformed into a human at the end of Beauty and the Beast.)

Studying what the circumstances have to be to make an audience care most about the human form of a transforming character is something that I could think about for like… years.

So I just want to note for my records that Ganondorf is an example of a character who was

  • introduced as a huge, iconic and cool-looking beast monster in one of the best-remembered video games of all time (the original Legend of Zelda)
  • was a monster character for more than a decade
  • but today is thought of/remembered by his human form
  • not only that, but the final boss fight (which is designed to be the most climactic) of the last two games he was in weren’t fights with his beast form, but a sword fight with his human form
  • so his human form is genuinely thought of as more terrifying/intimidating/interesting/memorable than his monster form

It’s a very interesting example.

Just a quick reminder that this process isn’t for us.

It’s not supposed to be interesting to us or fun for us. This process isn’t for the fans - this process is for the public, and also through that, for Louis as well.

Everything is a blip in the public. People who read tabloids know not everything is accurate. But what won’t be a blip is that the name Louis Tomlinson is actually a name they can associate with a face.

I know this is boring and sometimes yucky, but no matter how the rest of the break goes, we will have Louis and the other boys back in June, and Louis will have his name known likely in both the U.S. and UK, and perhaps throughout most parts of the world.

Okay, I’ve gotta say it: 

Honestly, I’m pretty glad that Kubo-sensei cleared the air on this. Inoue has said many times that she wants to be strong and fight alongside Ichigo, and every time it’s come down to the wire, something has happened and Inoue is either pushed to the side, ignored, blatantly injured, incapacitated, reduced to a spectator, etc. She’s never been expressly made to fight beside Ichigo without being reduced to a walking first-aid kit or basically fanservice. The way this final arc has been progressing, I really didn’t think Inoue would be included like she is now.

This was one of the things that, I feel, Kubo-sensei needed to address when it came to Inoue’s character and her “potential” final development as Bleach comes to an end. Is she ever going to be able to stand beside Ichigo and the others and fight with him, or is she going to be pushed to the wayside again? It looks like she’s gonna fight, which I think, is a good nod to her character development.

On that note, though, I’ve also gotta say that, honestly, I don’t think she’ll be included for long.

If I know Ichigo, I know that he values fairness in battle. He’d rather battle one-on-one with his enemy. He’s just an all around, “let’s keep it civil, even though we’re trying to kill each other,” kinda guy- I think, anyway. Like how he stuck around and tended to Ikkaku’s wounds in the SS arc. He used some of that wound-closing stuff on himself, but he made sure to use some on Ikkaku, too, and I think that pretty much describes his fighting character. And I think it’ll be something similar here. Inoue’s combat value is her healing abilities. However, like we saw in the Fullbringer arc, Inoue has developed more combat-related abilities that can actually come in handy. But, I feel this is a situation in which Kubo-sensei intends to show some new abilities for Inoue, show her growth, and then he’ll push her in another direction, away from the actual final battle. I honestly feel like this is the point in the arc where Inoue’s “character involvement” is on the rise, meaning she’s going to play some integral role for a moment, she’ll finish her development as a character, and then it’ll climax in some way, and finally, she’ll only have a meager role to play until the end. 

This was an integral part of Inoue’s development throughout the entire series. She’s always wanted to stand together with Ichigo and the others as a warrior, a fighter, but because she lacks the basic characteristics of a fighter, she’s always been pushed to the wayside, and it’s really dented her character in my view, since the SS arc because of all that she’s done to try and prove herself. But, I feel like this here is reminiscent of Inoue’s character at the beginning of the series when she wanted to be strong to fight and protect Tatsuki, but throughout the series, she and everyone else, has time and again made it a point to say that she is weak. But, I feel that it’s still too early in the arc to give a definitive say-so on the outcome. There are a lot of loose ends to tie up with several other characters, as well, and I think it’s too early to speculate on how things could happen because of that. Though, I do feel that this is a plus for Inoue’s character development, especially because she didn’t overreact here, didn’t get embarrassed, or any of that jazz: she was genuinely excited and happy that Ichigo acknowledged her in this way, as someone who is capable of fighting alongside him.

I feel like this is an important moment in Inoue’s final character development that really needed to be acknowledged, so here you go.

About InTouch and Life & Style (just my opinion no one get mad):

I kind of think they might be controlled by someone other than the people who are clearly controlling the main narrative we’re seeing and on Louis’ side. I say this just because their articles aren’t random, it’s been the same outlets pushing a specific story for a while now. They’re insisting a paternity test was done and is positive and ALSO that the two sides (Louis/Briana) are at war and not at all cooperating in the best interest of the kid.

In the meantime you have Gossip Cop debunking those stories (which could be BS but I think it’s notable it keeps debunking them and following the other press outlets’ stories - like TMZ) and TMZ pushing the trusting, excited new father angle for Louis. 

So you’ve got them reporting so that Louis is in a positive, responsible light - with a negative paternity test still on the table as an option - and you have Life & Style and InTouch talking about a family unit that’s all over the place and a mess for the kid.

It could mean nothing, but because there’s a clear divide between outlets I think one is pushing the narrative how it’s supposed to play out in Louis’ favor and the other trying to mess things up and make things more difficult. And I think we can all guess who’s behind either side.

Some polls are pretty amazing. There was one conducted in the South right before the presidential elections. Just Southern whites, I think, were asked about the economic plans of the two candidates, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Southern whites said they preferred Romney’s plan, but when asked about its particular components, they opposed every one. Well, that’s the effect of good propaganda: getting people not to think in terms of their own interests, let alone the interest of communities and the class they’re part of. Overcoming that takes a lot of work. I don’t think it’s impossible, but it’s not going to happen easily.