a favorite film character

Billy Cranston and being unapologetically autistic

Billy Cranston a.k.a the Blue Ranger in the Power Rangers reboot, is one of my favorite film characters, probably of all time. Why? He is one of the first autistic characters I’ve seen on screen, books, or tv. “But, Kate what about all these autistic characters *points to BBC Sherlock and the one line about Aspergers” First of all, stop saying Sherlock’s autistic, Jenny, he’s a poor outdated stereotype in a white man’s circle jerking intellectual fantasy. But what I mean is, Billy is allowed to be autistic. And it’s portrayed pretty accurately, speaking as someone on the spectrum myself. So what’s the difference between Billy Cranston and what we’ll call “Hollywood Autism”?

First of the Hollywood Autistic never quite says they’re autistic. A few hints may be dropped, someone may wonder if they are, but if they’re in any genre that isn’t inspiration porn, it will remain up in the air. Billy says not long after we meet him, “I’m on the spectrum.” No question, no guesswork, he’s autistic. And no one really looks down on him for it.

Secondly, the Hollywood Autistic comes in two flavors: exaggerated caricature, or barely different from an allistic character. The first example is aloof, nonverbal, doesn’t get sarcasm or any jokes at all, hyperfixtates on a certain topic, and is almost always a suburban white boy. If they’re an adult, they’re basically a child in a grown man’s body. The second has one scene where they show autistic traits, and it is completely dropped after that one scene. Billy is neither of these characters. He has special interests that he focuses on (mining, art), the need for a routine (rearranging his pencils a certain way before he can use them), sensory issues (mostly with touch), he doesn’t get sarcasm, and he babbles (which could be interpreted as verbal stimming.) That last one brings us to the fact that Billy is allowed to stim! Stimming is often ignored with Hollywood Autistics, but Billy claps his hands when he gets excited, and babbles when he’s nervous. Seeing a character stim on screen without being seen as weird almost made me cry. And, to top it all off, Billy is black. This may not seem like a big deal, but autism goes underdiagnosed in minorities, and the stereotypical autistic is always a white boy. Billy’s representative of autistics as a whole, rather than the stereotypes.

In conclusion the world needs more Billy Cranstons and less Sherlocks and Sheldon Coopers.

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Okay, you see this? These are jacket cover/inside cover of a book called “The Beast Within” written by Serena Valentino, who wrote other Disney books that are so amazing. I purchased her first Disney book in the Germany Pavilion in Epcot a few years ago and have bought every other book of hers since. But lemme tell you why this one is my favorite:

Not only is “Beauty and the Beast” one of my favorite films of all time, but the Beast is one of my favorite characters in any film. And this book makes him seem so much more understandable. It’s written in his perspective and there’s literally a scene where he’s so close to being an actual monster that he goes out to kill Belle after she runs away from him.

Did you hear me?

HE GOES TO KILL BELLE.

Of course, he fights the wolves that attack her because in his mind, he’s like “wait I can redeem my human status still” while the beast side is literally chanting “RIP THE FLESH OPEN AND SPILL HER BLOOD EVERYWHERE ALL OVER THE SNOW COVERED GROUND”.

Let me tell you, this book is so good. And it gives more backstory to Gaston (who is, as you guessed, one of my favorite Disney villains).

If you enjoyed the 2017 version of “Beauty and the Beast”, you’ll enjoy this book. It’s different than the film, but just as good, in my opinion.

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Under-appreciated animated films challenge
Day Two - Favorite Character(s)

One favorite character each from 6 of my favorite under-appreciated animated films.

The Happy Ending Con 2017 - Lana’s Panel
  • Lana : “This is the BEST panel ever!” (x)
    • Lana is enjoying the couch “best panel ever!!” (x)
  • It’s her first time to Disneyland Paris. (x)
  • The most moving moment on ouat; moments with Reginas father, Henry, Robin. Most tender moving scenes on the show. (x)
  • Favorite song on Hamilton; ‘My shot’ (x)
    • Lana sings my shot in the car (x)
  • Lana listens to stories from fans with an open heart and mind and tries to comfort . (x)
  • Lana would love to come to Russia she’s never been (x)
  • Her favorite episode to film: the pilot. So new, discover every characters. Many favs, from every seasons (x)
  • Lana likes Eps she can connect with on a personal level (x)
  • Lana likes Regina’s power, strength, perseverance and great heart, her sass (x)
  • Lana would take Trina’s open mind, Eva’s sensitivity, Teresa’s innocence to create a new character (x)
  • Lana says breathe stay out of your head, connected to your body and don’t try to force emotions when filming an emotional scene (x)
  • Lana says acting needs a lot of practice and it takes sometimes years. (x)
    • She couldn’t the way she cries now 20 years ago. you have to prepare yourself. Lots of training (x)
  • Lana would love to see D!OutlawQueen marriage (x)
    • The Evil Queen would wear a black wedding dress, because it would be very sexy ! (x)
  • What made her proud in her career: how she recovered from not getting a job. Proud of her strength, confidence (x)
  • The scene with her father in the UW was a very important scene. She’s always wondered how Regina dealt with his death (x)
    • Lana had 2 takes for the scene with her father because they were running out of sunlight and she was super upset about it. (x)
    • She just focused on the energy of the scene. She waited 5 years to do the scene. Looked at Tony & turned out really beautiful (x)
  • Lana loves Italy’s history, the buildings, people, the food (x)
    • Lana gained 10 pounds in Italy but is now off them bc she did a cleanse for 21 days. She loves Bolognese (x)
  • Lana feels so lucky to have her evil Regals. She has the best fans in the world (x)
    • Lana says evil Regals should be an army of love, compassion, fairness (x)
  • The Henry Regina relations ship is one of Lana’s faves. She loves Jared (x)
    • Lana has respect for people who adopt. She has a half sister who got “lost” and was adopted. They found each other a few years ago (x)
    • “There are alot of children who need homes.” (x)
    • Love and family doesn’t have to be blood related (x)

(x)

Photos and videos

so anyways im rewatching the mask of zorro and vividly being reminded of how elena “while you were getting blackout drunk in some hole in the wall i was studying the blade” de la vega was truly such a formative influence growing up

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“The Princess Bride” by William Goldman
Fezzik and Inigo Montoya, my favorite characters from book and film and I have no words to say how I love this story!
This was really excited journey, I`m loving all characters, but my favorite are they two. Fezzik is so kind and сute  and brave! And Inigo, oh, he is hero my heart! Love them soooo much  (≧◡≦) ♡

Logan: My Thoughts

·fuck,,, I’m not crying,, you are,,
·"that was my favorite mug" “I’m not a box of avocados” and then “beware the light” caliban please save my soul
·my first thought: why the fuck is Wheatley in this movie
·my last thought: FUcK
·the part that had me crying (besides the entire movie) was when they wheeled Charles out of the arcade place and he kept on whispering “I’m sorry”
·WHEN LAURA FUCKING TURNED THE CROSS OVER TO MAKE AN X FUCKING DESTROYED ME
·FUCKKKK
·can we talk about the fact that they put X24 in a fucking black tank top to show that he was evil omg
·LAURAS SPEECH AT THE END AHHH
·but in all seriousness, I’ve grown up with the x-men films and two of my favorite characters are gone. Just like that. These characters have been as a part of my life as my fucking dad has and I am literally still crying. It is so sad to see them go. Thank you, Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart. You will be missed so, so, so, so so much by me, my family, and I’m sure many others.

Ella out.

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Top 100 favorite female film characters.

#57.Imogene Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison from Fried green tomatoes. 

Why:They had the sweetest relationship. So loving and supportive,they were inspiring together.

Quote:

Imogene: “ See, now is a time for courage. I guess you already know that there are angels masquerading as people walking around this planet and your mom was the bravest one of those.”

Ruth: “ Don’t you ever say never to me.”