SO BASICALLY THE WHOLE OF SEASON 8 IS A FAN FIC

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Re: hyyh not even being gay I’m surprisedhow many people are crying queerbaiting–I don’t think it’s anywhere remotely close to what queerbaiting actually looks like and from what I’ve seen its mostly cishet folks doing the complaining, which is kind of squicky for me, and I feel like a Bad Queer for not being mad about the girls existing ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

okay this is about to get long bc i’ve been thinking about this a lot recently, so i apologize in advance XD

as a person who is both an irl lesbian and of the opinion that there is at least some palpable gay subtext in hyyh i still don’t…think it looks anything like queerbaiting. i feel like queerbaiting sort of requires the possibility that the relationship you’re talking about could be made textual in the first place? like, the primary difference between “queerbaiting” and “subtextual representation” is the political climate that surrounds the media we’re talking about. 

let’s take supernatural, for example – i was pretty involved with the fandom around the time seasons 8 & 9 were coming out. at that point i would say that MOST of the avid fans of that show (or at least a HUGE portion of them) were part of the fandom and pretty vocally in support of seeing dean be canonically bi even if destiel wasn’t going to be a thing. there were a lot of hints dropped in the 8th season wrt dean’s sexuality – some scenes with men filmed basically like romance scenes, really blatant use of monster/human relationships in the A plot of the episodes, sort of an overarching narrative of dean coming to terms with the parts of himself that he probably would’ve scoffed at in previous seasons (nerdiness, etc.) as well as the introduction of charlie. icr if she was the First canonically gay character in the show but she was certainly the most prominent & frequently reoccurring one at that point. the cw had other shows with gay characters at the time.

and then as the 9th season starts airing you get one of the show execs on twitter drunkenly talking about how bi dean was considered, but was definitely, definitely never going to be a thing.

obviously there were a lot of things going on behind the scenes that i wasn’t privy to, and the situation is a lot more complicated than the way i have the space & the time to portray it here, but. at the end of the day, the people in charge of running spn made the decision to imply that dean might be canonically queer in order to keep their fanbase interested while still holding the supposed approval of the masses and not delivering on any sort of representation – despite the implication that the social repercussions of delivering on the queer representation wouldn’t have scared off most of their viewership & in fact might have gotten them a lot of positive media attention (given the sort of news articles i remember being published at the time)

hyyh is…very different than that. korea is very different than that. i’m no expert in korean culture by a longshot but you don’t need to be to realize that sk hasn’t even really moved onto accepting the “lonely, sad gay” stereotype in media. gay rumors can end people’s fucking careers. in certain professions proof that you’re gay is basically a guarantee that you are Done with your job, like – sure, gay fic definitely exists but it’s certainly not the same as it is here!! the idea that bangtan were somehow promising queer representation with the Very Vague Implications in the hyyh series and are now breaking that promise by introducing women into the storyline is – absurd.  it’s incredibly western-centric. to be frank, it’s dumb as all hell.  

bangtan are popular and new, and while there are definitely some people in kpop who can get away with making statements in support of the lgbt+ community and still retain the respect of their peers and the public at large, bangtan are definitely not one of them. that is the way the industry works. it’s sad as fuck, but it’s true.

but even beyond that, like…those relationships aren’t even textually romantic. i mean, sure, there’s implication – but at the end of the day everyone has a different opinion about which one is the Most romantic and it’s? what?? fifteen minutes of video in total??? there’s only so much you can read into that – and a lot of the stuff that we do see and the conclusions that we come to are based on our own experiences & expectations. we’re gonna see a lot of what we want to see

and to be honest the whole thing where we just get upset over the mere Existence of girls in the vicinity of our Boys who are supposed to be Gay With Each Other is worryingly reminiscent of the thinly veiled misogyny of fandom circa fuckin superwholock era. like how many fuckin hoops are yall gonna jump through to come up with some reason why having women near bangtan is inherently bad?? when we haven’t even seen the whole story yet???

like i am just

/long, extended sigh

Weekly Voltron Fic Recs #20

Rules: You can find past rec lists here. This is stuff I like, and I have a huge bias toward Lance, hurt/comfort, and general fluff, in that order. Gen unless otherwise noted. Please comment on the fics if you read and enjoy them!

I’m going to be busy this weekend with friend and family stuff, so I wanted to get this done tonight. I was going to try to make a separate list for the fics with spoilers, but there are just too many of them, so press J to skip this post if you haven’t finished Season 2 yet and don’t want to see major revelations about it.

This is a very long list. It’s been almost two weeks since the last one, and there’s been an explosion of fics with the new season. 

Here Stands a Man by awkwardCerberus
Words: 2,568 (WIP 1 / 4)
Author’s Summary: Following his disappearance after defeating Zarkon, Shiro is found floating through space and picked up by a Galran transport delivering a hold full of prisoners to a construction colony. Back at the Castle, the remains of Team Voltron are doing whatever they can to get Shiro back and trying hard not to fall apart in the process.
My Comments: Heartwrenching Post S2 fic where Shiro gets pulled back into basically his worst nighmare once again. Can’t wait for him to get rescued, please.

A Couple of Ticks by easternCriminal
Words: 1,533 (WIP 1/?)
Author’s Summary: After an unaccounted for variable does their best to assist Voltron during their final battle with Zarkon, Hunk and Lance wake up in the Galaxy Garrison… a few months before Shiro crash landed back on Earth.
My Comments: I am a sucker for time-travel AUs where a character comes back with knowledge of the future and tries to change the past. Plus this is my two faves, so you can understand why I’m excited about it. And they have a psychic connection, which is also fun. I’m really looking forward to more.

pull out your heart by valkyriered
Words: 1,965
Author’s Summary: After two weeks aboard a Galra ship, Shiro is rescued by his team.
My Comments: Really nice hurt/comfort focused on Shiro and Allura. I want Shiro to get all the hugs, please.

Spar Session by theoncomingwolf
Words: 3,025
Author’s Summary: In which Allura takes the training bot’s place as sparring opponent for the day. Set after s2, all paladins present.
My Comments: Really fun action fic in which Allura is a badass, but everyone gets a moment. It’s cool to see her leadership qualities come out and her reflections on the paladins’ skills.

Pause and Wait by the_authors_exploits
Words: 1,319
Author’s Summary: Keith and Shiro are stranded for the night, and Keith watches over Shiro while he gets some much needed rest
My Comments: Season 2 was great, but it sure seemed to skip over a lot of stuff we would have liked to see. This is a nice missing moment from Episode 1.

For Your Actions are Mine by wolfsan11
Words: 1,368
Author’s Summary: The Red Lion has awaited her Paladin for years, but the figure who fights to reach her is neither what she expects nor wants. Yet, after her imprisonment, perhaps this little one is simply what she needs.
My Comments: FANTASTIC Red pov. I love this view of her and her view of Keith. Lovely.

Insomnia by GriffinRose
Words: 15,278
Author’s Summary: They reunite after the Wormhole Incident all in one piece. Mostly. But some scars can’t be seen. Keith can’t sleep, no matter how hard he tries. Luckily he’s got the best team/family ever who are not about to let this go. No, seriously, they won’t let it go.
My Comments: Absolutely wonderful, subtle hurt/comfort and teamy goodness. What was really wrong and how to fix it was obvious to me early on, but it was fun to watch the team slowly figure it out.

Bromances in Space by ptw30
Words: 2,540 (WIP 4/?)
Author’s Summary: Various drabbles for Voltron: Legendary Defender - mainly Keith and Shiro Story One: Hug It Out (Episode Nine - The Belly of Weblum)
Story Two: Castle in the Sky (after Episode Thirteen - Blackout)
Story Three: How Shiro Became a Dad (Domestic AU)
Story Four: Dad Duties (Domestic AU)
My Comments: Each chapter is a separate story. The first two have S2 spoilers, but the others are just fluff. They’re all excellent.

Okay I can’t just go to bed with Season 2 ending like that I mean really… by Rangergirl3 for 4_angsty_zukos, PrincessMnMz, Zenthisoror
Words: 3,590
Author’s Summary: Literally what I thought after binge watching the incredible, fantastic, and all around phenomenal S2.Goes without saying: Spoiler Alert for VLD Season 2 (especially the finale) Hell of a cliffhanger, and I couldn’t rest without writing something for it, because it’s going to be AWHILE before we know what happens. So, here you all are. I had to write this for myself because otherwise, I wasn’t getting to sleep. :-)
My Comments: What it says! I love reading all these fics and seeing the various ideas people have for what that Big Dumb Cliffhanger meant. No two so far that I’ve seen have been alike.

But a Scratch by manunulat
Words: 1,052
Author’s Summary: This is a brief vignette set after s2ep2. Some things can’t be fixed by healing pods.
My Comments: Would you like some Hunk and Lance being funny, loving bros, with just a touch of angst? I always like it. I like this one, too.

for every bird there is a stone by lacking
Words: 15,954 (4/?)
Author’s Summary: Shiro walks away from his confrontation with Haggar injured and shaken. After falling through the corrupted wormhole and finding himself stranded alongside Keith on a solitary planet, Shiro begins doubting his bond with the black lion and his place among the other paladins. As the team is reunited and his health continues to decline, Shiro is forced to confront parts of himself he thought were long buried, and everyone is left questioning just how far he’s willing to go in order to survive.
My Comments: This is excellent. Fantastic characterization and interaction, especially for Shiro and Keith. We can always use more post-wormhole fics when they’re this good.

your sacred stars won’t be guiding you by contagionangel
Words: 3,233
Author’s Summary: In one reality, a major change in long-past history means that, among other things, Shiro never crash-lands on Earth. Hunk still gets attached to the people he’ll end up going to space with. A story of friendship, alien coverup conspiracies, and starting to grow courage without noticing.
My Comments: I ADORE this. I love the Garrison Trio Plus, and all the ways things change and don’t change with their closer, more involved friendship here. And Hunk’s POV is perfect. I really want more, and the author has promised there will be some more. Like, a lot more, eventually. I am waiting with open hands.

The Core of Him by nightwalker for MusicalLuna
Words: 2,072
Author’s Summary: Shiro wasn’t afraid of doing what the Olkari king had done – he knew he’d choke on the words if he even tried.
My Comments: Absolutely amazing Shiro character study, his view of the team and how important they are and what they mean to him. The other paladins are all adorable and well-characterized too, of course. There were a couple of lines in here that made me breathless with their vivid imagery and strong emotion.

White Hallways by Fernandidilly_yo
Words: 3,159
Author’s Summary: (Set right after season 2 episode 13) Keith’s reaction to finding that the black lion it empty, and Shiro is gone.
My Comments: Utterly heartbreaking, but this also feels so necessary. Lance is a good kid.

Entanglement by story_monger
Words: 1,910
Author’s Summary: Pidge has a major revelation about the castle ship’s technology and absolutely has to tell someone about it. In which Hunk and Pidge yell at one another about quantum entanglement and Lance simultaneously is confused by and loves his uber nerdy friends.
My Comments: ADORABLE. The Garrison Trio is so, so good, in both happiness and grief.

Stating the Obvious by nightwalker
Words: 1,947
Author’s Summary: It occurred to Keith like a punch to the gut that they were talking about Allura now, Lance was going to try to talk about this.
My Comments: Another scene I really wanted in the show and didn’t get. Lance is a good kid.

Between by Silverkleptofox
Words: 2,086
Author’s Summary: Between the biggest revelation of his life and his whole world changing, there is no time for Keith to rest and recover. His teammates make sure he does anyway. Tag to Season 2 Episode 8.
My Comments: Almost unnecessarily detailed hurt/comfort based on canon injuries, haha. I love it.

Casserole by genericfanatic
Words: 1,922
Author’s Summary: After Shiro “dies” on the Kerberos mission, Keith is all alone. Some days are harder than others.
My Comments: This author really excels at sharp, almost harsh depictions of pain and grief that are so realistic that you can feel it yourself. So good.

Nought but Grief and Pain (for Promis’d Joy) by Hedgi
Words: 1,353
Author’s Summary: Keith has always been many things. Stupid has never been one of them. Impulsive, sure. Reckless, yes. Intense, quiet, alone—check, check, check. But not stupid. What’s the point in looking for another way, another plan, when all they need is another person on board Zarkon’s ship? Introspection reaction to “The Best laid Plans”
My Comments: Really painful Keith POV on a pivotal moment in the season. I was glad it ended the way it did.

Basic Chemistry by 15Strawberries
Words: 1,211
Author’s Summary: Hunk has some down time in between battles. He tries to make the most of it.
My Comments: The PERFECT Hunk. This is exactly how I see him. Adorable and beautiful.

Water Vaper and Earthquakes by boredomsMuse
Words:  3,445
Author’s Summary: Hunk is generally a chill guy, well not in the matter that he’s never scared or anything but in the sense that Lance has only ever seen the guy angry like once. Until Pidge gets hurt during an ambush, and Lance is really glad this isn’t the first time he’s seen Hunk angry or things might just have been a lot worse for the paladins of Voltron.
My Comments: Really cool magic AU. I’m a big fan of berserker Hunk, and the sense of history with Lance is really fascinating. I would read a lot more of this concept.

Just What You Want by BossToaster (ChaoticReactions)
Words: 3,265 (WIP 2/5)
Author’s Summary: 5 times Shiro got hugged by the team.Written pre-Season 2 but I think we need it more now. Also, nominally takes place in the Spectrum verse, but that only matters in chapter five. Updates Saturday and Wednesday.
My Comments: Yes good. All the hugs for Shiro. Hunk and Pidge so far, and they were both perfect and adorable and genuine and sweet and made me super happy.

The Melting Milky Way by BossToaster (ChaoticReactions)
Words: 1,827
Author’s Summary: Shiro returns, but he has questions. How well did the team manage while he was gone? He doesn’t get the answer he wanted.
My Comments: Perfect Finale tag. Just read it. I don’t want to spoil it.

the currents you create by theoddoodisnude
Words: 18,501
Author’s Summary: Some days, he woke up even more tired than he’d been when he’d gone to sleep, and willing his body to go through the motions was just—tough. Like wading through thigh-high water or running on soft sand that gave under the soles of his feet.
My Comments: Here’s my obligatory Klance hurt/comfort for the week. I think there’s always one. Anyway, this one is very good. Very realistic depiction of depression, and I liked how supportive everyone was, and how hard Lance tried to deal with everything even when he just wanted to give up. Also some wonderful Hunk and Lance and team bonding in there.

Knowledge or Death (And Ignorance is Bliss) by squirenonny
Words: 2,189
Author’s Summary: Keith tells the rest of the team what he learned in the Trials of Marmora. [Season Two spoilers! Set between “The Blade of Marmora” and “The Belly of the Weblum”]
My Comments: PERFECT missing scene from S2 that we really should have gotten, omg. Unless disproven later by canon, this is how it went for me. Headcanon accepted, stamped, cosigned, and engraved in stone.

Lion’s Call by Wolfie_Dragon
Words: 2,948
Author’s Summary: After nearly getting killed during battle, Lance is confined to a healing pod. However, he seems to disagree with the severity of the situation, especially when he senses a cry of pain. And it’s up to Keith to get him back to the infirmary. Angst/Whump oneshot. Written for the Whumpaween exchange on tumblr.
My Comments: Aww, ouch. This is painful and sweet at the same time. Keith is exasperated, but he does his best.

Silence is Golden by VelkynKarma for BossToaster (ChaoticReactions)
Words: 10,291
Author’s Summary: It’s just a sore throat. It’s really not that big a deal. But the rest of team Voltron doesn’t really see it that way—and Shiro’s taking a day off whether he likes it or not.
My Comments: Aww, everyone tries so hard. What a good team. ::pats them::

Dark Necessities by BossToaster (ChaoticReactions) for VelkynKarma
Words: 9,564
Author’s Summary: Sometimes, the choices are easy. This is not one of those times. Shiro knew what he was agreeing to when he became their leader. It doesn’t make those calls easier.
My Comments: This was a rough read, but it was really well done. Being a leader is hard. I liked the way they talked it out at the end, even if nothing felt fully resolved. It can’t with things like this, sometimes.

Previously Recced Fics That Updated:

Mini Lions by earthstar
Where No One Goes by earthstar
One Week to Say Goodbye by squirenonny
Beautiful Minds by PotatoBender (really gorgeous worldbuilding this chap)
Aid by Haurvatat
Someplace Like Home by squirenonny
Coming Undone by Emerald_Ashes
Light Up the Dark by BajillionKittens
Love and Other Questions by squirenonny
He Sleeps in the Sky of Ice by jadencross (now complete! read read read!)
Engine Won’t Turn by yet_intrepid (now complete! READ READ READ!)
Trials Before the Dead by birdzilla (now complete! ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS)
The Final Act of Mercy by ptw30 (now complete!)
Parasite Knight by VelkynKarma (NOW COMPLETE)
Beast You’ve Made of Me by BossToaster (ChaoticReactions) (now complete)

anonymous asked:

What are ur fave sonny and-or barba episodes? Like ones that have a lot of either-both of them??

I will focus on Sonny (with a touch of Barisi, i.e. my fields of expertise) and I will let the Barba experts tackle the Barba version of this list.

I imagine this might also be helpful to the people who are just now discovering Sonny, in S17, and would like to go back and see how it all began. So:

A Sonny Carisi Guide to Season 16 of SVU

(with handy links to visual aids, i.e. hot Sonny gifs)

Originally posted by iheartcarisi

yes I know this gif is from S17 but work with me here

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What Do the Beautiful People Do?

Summary: A look at Will and Hannibal’s new relationship as seen from an outsider’s point of view. Very Team Sassy Science heavy. Slightly skips around in the series timeline. Part of the Giving Themselves Completely series, a Season 1 AU where Will and Hannibal begin dating after the Tobias Budge incident.  Also on AO3…

Jack Crawford stood in the lab addressing his forensics team, with Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter also present.

“With this new breakthrough, I believe we are close to finding the Wilmington Strangler. Thanks everyone for all of your extra work these past few days.”

Team Sassy Science loved making Uncle Jack beam, and hearing his words of encouragement was worth all the overtime they’d put in the last few days.

“Will and Dr. Lecter, if you’d follow me. I just have a few things in my office I’d like to go over.”

“Yes, of course, Jack,” Hannibal said.

Hannibal led the way and opened the door for Will, putting his hand on the small of Will’s back for a split second, Jack followed behind them.

Once they were out of sight, Beverly spoke.

“Did you see that?” she said.

“What?” Zeller asked.

“Oh yes, indeedy. I saw that,” Price added.

“What? What are you talking about?” Zeller asked.

“The way Hannibal touched Will on their way out?” Beverly said fanning herself with her hands.

“Damn it! I missed it,” Zeller said sadly.

“I told you there was something going on with them,” Price said to Beverly.

Jack walked back into the lab abruptly, causing Beverly, Price and Zeller to startle.

“Dr. Lecter, Will, and I will be taking over for now, so if you three want to take off early you can.”

The group looked at the clock. “Thanks, Jack. Have a good weekend,” Beverly said with a smile.

Jack grumbled, gave them a quick nod and left again.

“A whole ten minutes early, why whatever will we do with the rest of our evening?” Price said with an exaggerated eye roll.

Zeller jumped up and took his coat out of a desk drawer, “Let’s GTFO people, and go get sloshed.”

Jimmy and Bev nodded as they began to close shop for the day.

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So ladymischievous asked me about writing Barnaby, and this became a MASSIVE WALL OF TEXT, so it really works much better as a text post.  If I want anyone to read it I should probably try to add more screencaps, but maybe it’s best if my tl;dr just dies a quiet death, you know?

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I guess my main tip on writing Barnaby is to see things from his point of view?  I think the single most important thing ever to keep in mind when writing anybody is point of view.  A lot of T&B is told from Kotetsu’s point of view (especially early on) and that’s a large part of why Barnaby gets so much hate: We see Kotetsu from his own point of view, we love him because he’s Kotetsu, and then we encounter Barnaby being rude and unfriendly to Kotetsu.  

But from Barnaby’s point of view, he’s just about to start as a hero – his entire life has been leading to this moment – when he’s saddled out of the blue with some has-been and told they have to work together.  I don’t know about you, but I hated group projects in school.  Barnaby’s having to work with someone he’s just met with lives on the line, and Kotetsu’s not playing along at all.  Kotetsu seems to think he can just do things the way he always has, even though that was obviously ineffective – just look at his standing for the previous season – and he doesn’t seem to realize that he’s the sidekick to Barnaby.

Kotetsu and Barnaby view being a hero very differently at the beginning.  To Kotetsu, being a hero is the point, an end in itself.  He’s a hero to be a hero and do hero things and save people like Mr. Legend.  Barnaby’s a hero as a means to an end.  To him, being a hero is a job so you should do the job well; the job description includes posing in a telegenic fashion, and making a dramatic entrance, and cooperating with the producers and the fans and the suits.  To Kotetsu, all of that stuff (and other things like the structural integrity of buildings and the smooth running of mass transit) comes in second to SAVING PEOPLE.  Which is a noble goal, but if you’ve ever been stuck in traffic for three and a half hours on your way home from work you will understand why Kotetsu isn’t very popular with the people of Stern Bild.

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Maks Latches On

Note: This is my first fan fic and my first creative writing of any kind since i wrote a short story last year in English class about a skater who tripped on a bobby pin in competition. AKA I’m not very comfortable with my writing so this was a stretch. HUGE shoutout to astheascentbeackoned for editing and revising (a lot).  

Basically this is about when Maks goes to SOI with his mom (based on the photo that surfaced a few days ago) and hears Jeremy Abbott’s exhibition song, Latch. (Jeremy’s version was the acoustic for the 1st half then the dance version for the rest)

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“Please welcome to the ice Olympic Bronze medalist and  4-time US National Champion, Jeremy Abbott!”

 

Maks half sighed, hoping the next skater would be Meryl for her second performance.  He checked the time on his phone as Jeremy’s music begins to play, the soft melody of the song radiating throughout the arena.  

 

8:22

 

Maks breathed a sigh of relief, knowing that Meryl and Charlie’s closing number would be up soon.  As entertaining as all of the skaters were (after all, they didn’t just hand out Olympic medals for free), and as impressive as Jeremy Abbott’s program was right now, Meryl’s numbers were the only ones he was completely captivated by.   There was too much on his mind for him to focus.

 

You lift my heart up when the rest of me is down.

You, You enchant me, even when you’re not around.  

 

“Who could I recruit to camera block for Meryl this week during her Sunday show? This whole season would be so much easier if Meryl didn’t have these damned shows,”  he thought, shaking his previous thought out of his mind. “At least I have someone as great as her as my partner; what other partner would have called me nurturing? Definitely not Erin.”

 

If there are boundaries, I will try to knock them down.

I’m latching on, babe, now I know what I have found

 

He watched as Jeremy dropped onto the ice for part of his program, impressed that this ice skating business could actually be so artistic. He’d never known. In fact, he really quite liked it.

 

I feel we’re close enough

I wanna lock in your love

I think we’re close enough

Could I lock in your love, baby?

Slowly, Maks began to relax and watch the performance more closely.  Jeremy set up for his triple axel, landing it perfectly on the music’s change.  

 

Now I got you in my space

I won’t let go of you

Got you shackled in my embrace

I’m latching on to you

His thoughts consumed him once again, this time revolving around his partner. The music took on a pounding techno feel, and he couldn’t shake Meryl out of his mind.  It was thrilling and terrifying all at once, the way that girl could capture your attention.  She wasn’t even on the ice, and he was willing to bet half the audience’s minds were on her. Or maybe that was just him. Maybe he was going crazy. Maybe he was just sick of constantly having to let go.

 

“I’m latching on to you,” he thought.  He excitedly looked down at his show program and read, “Jeremy Abbott, Latch by Disclosure Feat. Sam Smith”. He smiled thoughtfully, thinking how perfectly the song applies to his partnership.  

“Are you okay, Maksim?” asked his mom.

“Yeah, fine, I just think I found the music for this season’s winning freestyle.”