I do too. Let’s work together to get our favorite Choi Twin some love.
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One of my favorite moments in this adaptation is this exchange:
Belle: Why do you care about him so much?
Mrs. Potts: We’ve looked after him all his life.
Belle: He’s cursed you somehow. Why? You did nothing.
Mrs. Potts: You’re quite right there, dear. You see, when the master lost his mother, and his cruel father took that sweet, innocent lad and twisted him up to be just like him, we did nothing.
It always bothered me that the staff was cursed when they did nothing to deserve it, but in this version they were punished for a reason. They let him become the way he was when they could have stopped it. I thought this was a beautiful addition to the story.
I kinda wanted to talk about that because I feel like, lots of people tend to see Jumin only as the controlling jerk who has some stick far up his butt? And I see why that is.
But I’m not sure if this solely comes from Jaehee’s route in addition with his bad story ending 2 or if some people just try to ignore the positive aspects, which I find really sad.
I want to mention that I really did dislike Jumin first, because I didn’t even try to understand where he is coming from, until I played his route.
Jumin’s the kinda guy who doesn’t show his emotions much, and when he does, outside of his route, it’s hard to understand because he has some rather indirect way of showing his concerns.
He’s super supportive in V’s route, he’s getting Mama Kim to look after Yoosung because he doesn’t seem like he can manage adulthood on his own, he sends bodyguards to everyone because he’s concerned about everyone’s well being. He goes as far as to get Zen another “job” despite how Zen treats him.
As it was shown in V’s route, Jumin aims to be the strong one out of the RFA, after all that has happened on Day 10 we can see that one;
This doesn’t look like a massively stuck up jerk, does it? That looks like the kinda guy that knows he’s gonna be able to “stand firm” given he knows how to surpress emotions to succeed in his job.
Another thing; My very first call was a call to Jumin, when I just started the game, where he told me not to waste his time with dumb chit chat. - And fuck, I see why everyone would be blown away by that kind of attitude. - I was really “offended” myself and that’s also where I started to dislike him.
But, if you look at the route’s call logs, you’ll notice that Jumin is the one who will pick up most calls. You can often call him at night when something happened, disregarding his wish not to call him again. He will listen to whatever you have to say and will be thankful that he could get his thoughts away from work, even if it was just briefly.
He doesn’t hate or even dislike Zen either, in fact, Zen is the only one he’d trust regarding MC, as he even asks Zen to take care of her, in case Jumin won’t be able to do so one day.
Those were general things, but let me get to his route;
Because this fandom is so split regarding especially BE 2. At no point, does Jumin force MC into the controlling thing. MC literally asks Jumin to lock her up. You reach it, by encouraging his sexual and controlling side instead of actually caring for his problems. Jumin is confused, he doesn’t even know whether he’s doing the right thing or not. But MC asked for it… So it must be right, right?
He has never had a relationship before, his parents couldn’t possibly be a good role model for him either, otherwise they wouldn’t be divorced. Chairman is womanizing like crazy, and thus no role model for a healthy relationship either.
It’s obviously not the best option for Jumin, but by no means does he force you into it.
MC, asks for it. Doing something against her will? Not sure where people get that from.
“As long as you continue to feel this way”, seems to me pretty much like “I’ll stop doing it as soon as you say so.”
Jumin doesn’t force MC to stay at his place. You went to his pent house with the intention to help him out, so you do help him out, but he still won’t let MC go home. He must force her to stay right?
Wrong. Jumin wants you to stay safe and sound. Rika’s apartment doesn’t seem safe to Jumin and let’s be fair. It is not safe. Some random hacker knows the address even HE doesn’t know? He even knows the password to the apartment? The RFA suddenly gets weird E-Mails? Fishy Sarah and Glam are plotting stuff.
He just found the seemingly only person who understands him. He doesn’t want her to be in danger.
And honestly, Jumin manages to keep MC the safest. Literally no one in harmed in his route - as long as you actually freaking trust his judgement.
You can very well leave his penthouse and go home. But guess who’s waiting at Rika’s apartment? - Right, Unknown.
The ending is literally there, to show you, all Jumin wants is to keep you safe and sound.
So please, I’m not asking you to love and cherish him, but please don’t try to make him look bad for the wrong reasons.
Is he dominant? Yes, definitely. But he knows his boundaries and when he crosses them, he’ll apologise immediately. If you generally don’t like that, that’s perfectly fine with me.
Does Jumin do anything against MC’s will solely for his own personal gain?
No. So please don’t say that.
Is Jumin cold hearted? No, definitely not. He just has a really unique way of showing it.
Moana Had Brothers?! Meet 'em in Exclusive Deleted Scene From Disney's Animated Blockbuster
How far did Moanago from the initial drawing-board version? Fans who snapped up $565 million worth of tickets worldwide might not recognize the story of the plucky teen wayfarer as originally conceived.
With the Oscar-contending animated hit heading home (the Digital HD version arrives Tuesday while the Blu-ray/DVD hits shelves on March 7), Yahoo Movies has an exclusive deleted scene (watch it above) that shows how the title heroine evolved as a character.
As they set up the clip, directors Ron Clements (the one with the beard) and John Musker reveal where it originally had fit in the film.
“This is a very early scene in the movie, where Moana had six older brothers,” says Clements, “and this was a showcase for Moana’s sailing proficiencies and how she really kind of outdoes her brothers.”
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“We lost her brothers and wanted to make her less proficient when she was sailing so this scene went away,” adds Musker. “But it’s a fun scene.”
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“The scene went away as did her six older brothers,” says Clements. “Somehow she became an only child and probably is much happier as an only child.”
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The “Lost Brothers” deleted scene is one of seven included on the home edition, along with a Lin-Manuel Miranda tune, “Warrior Face,” that also wound up on the cutting-room floor.
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As Musker and Clements explained earlier to Yahoo Movies, they ultimately decided the film is about Moana’s journey of self-discovery and empowerment and the story was streamlined accordingly. For example, the directors said an early iteration of the story had Maui performing more heroics in the climactic battle, but, after discussing with some female coworkers, the filmmakers realized Moana didn’t need Maui’s help in defeating the vengeful goddess Te Kā. Likewise, the subplot with her battling a half-dozen brothers for the attention of their chieftain father felt superfluous.
Disney is notorious for its intense story-vetting process, with many films undergoing radical changes, and Moana is no exception. Musker and Clements, whose joint credits include Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and The Princess and the Frog, told us earlier that the heroine’s breakout sidekick, the daft rooster Heihei, was almost excised from the film because they had trouble figuring out how best to organically fit him in the story.
In addition to the excised scenes and song, the Digital HD and Blu-ray versions of Moana will include the Maui-Moana short “Gone Fishing,” the theatrical short “Inner Workings,” music videos, making-of featurettes, director’s commentary, and a guide to the film’s Easter eggs.
I decided to come up with a bunch of bard-friendly or bard-specific magic items since bards don’t get much love in terms of treasure other than generic weapons or that short list of magic instruments that just cast spells. These are at least unique or interesting, but some are a bit “out there.” If you are a loose DM and your players like having a laugh, these items are perfect for you.
Uncommon, requires attunement by a bard
This Behir skin stretched over a black wooden drum can be beaten as a bonus action once per round. Doing so moves a creature the bard chooses to be moved one step ahead in the initiative order.
Rapier of Harmony
Very Rare, requires attunement by a bard
A thin silver +1 rapier that hums when swung. The wielder can use a bonus action to make a Performance check. On a result of 16 or higher, the rapier vibrates and creates a tone that harmonizes with the wielder’s voice. The next attack deals bonus damage equal to the bard’s CHA modifier.
Rare, requires attunement by a bard
Whenever a creature fails an attack roll against a bard wielding this gleaming white scimitar with a wavy hilt and pattern, the bard can use their reaction to whack the creature’s weapon with the scimitar and cause a loud, grating noise to deal 1d6 thunder damage to the attacker if they fail a DC 14 CON saving throw.
Song of Activation
A specific song that when played, will activate known magical items or runes in the world. [Use this song as treasure that can progress the plot, almost like finding a key to the next room of a dungeon. Think of learning a new song in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time]
Song of Prestidigitation/Thaumaturgy/Druidcraft
A specific song that when played, can mimic the effects of a Prestidigitation, Thaumaturgy, or Druidcraft spell, respectively. [A song that can be learned by a bard that is relatively harmless to the integrity of your campaign’s storyline]
Powerful words that the bard can speak with their magic to deal 1d6 cold damage at a range of 60 ft. This damage increases by one die at 5th, 11th, and 17th levels. [basically a new cantrip for bards that deals more damage than Vicious Mockery but doesn’t impose disadvantage]
Orb of Radiant Song
Common, requires attunement by a bard
Much like a Driftglobe, but only produces light while the bard is singing. [It has slightly less uses than a Driftglobe thanks to negating attempts to move silently with it lit, and its attunement restriction, so it’s meant for the very early game.]
Rare, requires attunement by a bard
A tiny golem or animated object that comes to life only when the attuned bard is performing. The golem gives the bard advantage on its Performance checks as it embellishes or harmonizes with whatever the bard does for their performance.
A tiny totem or charm that is shaped like a mask. When the wielder attempts to make an Insight check to determine if a creature is lying, the Sassy Friend charm animates temporarily with a backhanded comment, which it says aloud (whether or not the creature was lying). This decreases the DC to determine any lie by 1. This bonus does not stack with itself or other Sassy Friends.
Sassy Friend (Greater)
A Sassy Friend charm that can also cast Zone of Truth once per day, centered on itself.
Nolzur’s Marvellous Pigments
This is an item that many bards would love to use but people always forget it exists. Whatever you paint becomes real! As long as it isn’t magical.
Cloak of Dancing
Rare, requires attunement by a bard
A bard who dances while wearing this audacious red cloak can fascinate nearby creatures, affecting them in a manner similar to an Enthrall spell, once per day. The bard need not concentrate on this effect, and in fact may make a Performance check against the onlookers’ Insight checks any time during the cloak’s Enthrall effect to animate the cloak and sneak out of it as it continues to dances and enthrall its audience.
Horn of Calling
An iron-bound animal horn acts as a magic megaphone that amplifies the volume of noises that pass through it. The Horn of Calling can also cast Whispering Wind once per day.
Cursed Collar of Tongues
A golden lace choker that allows the wearer to speak any language, but never quite what they intend to say. Whenever the player wishes to speak, the player says what they intend to say and then the DM blurts out what they inevitably say instead. A DC 20 Insight check will determine what exactly is wrong with the victim and a DC 18 Insight check will allow the player to get their true message across to a character. The player must overcome a CHA save to avoid having their next sentence bastardized by the DM. Each successful saving throw deals 1 psychic damage to the wearer as it the collar fights back against their efforts. The collar cannot be removed except by repressing its magic long enough to remove it, or by casting a Tongues or Comprehend Languages spell upon it along with a DC 15 Arcana check.
A small bone whistle carved with symbols and imagery of death. The whistle, when blown, casts Circle of Death centered on the whistle. The DC for the spell is equal to the blower’s spell save DC. Once used, the whistle crumbles to dust as its shrill, eerie note echoes into the distance.
Ribbon of Hyucks
Rare, requires attunement by a bard
When this purple ribbon with white polka dots is worn by a bard, whenever the bard makes a pun, all creatures within earshot that understand the wordplay must make a DC 11 CHA save or take 1 psychic damage. This ability can only occur once per round and does not discriminate friend or foe.
Crossbow of the Fartongue
Rare, requires attunement by a bard
This crossbow is fitted with a cone at the end of the barrel, and a scope that is sculpted to look like a mouth’s opening. The weapon allows the wielder to bestow their ammunition with a noise or verbal message of their choosing not exceeding 10 words. This noise plays once when the imbued bolt hits, but then its magic fades. The crossbow can be used to relay information at a distance, create a distraction, or mislead other creatures. If the wielder wishes for the noise to be an explosion, the ammunition deals 1 bonus Thunder damage on hit to all creatures within 5 feet of where the bolt hit. An explosion noise can be heard up to 600 ft. away. The crossbow is dotted with holes and can actually be played as a wooden flute when not in use as a combat weapon.
Cloak of Deflection
This garment appears to ebb and sway of its own accord even without any wind. The wearer of this iridescent blue cloak may spend their reaction to deflect a single, nonmagical missile targeting them to another creature within 60 feet of the wearer. If the new target of the attack’s AC is equal to or less than the original attack roll, the attack hits the new target and the attacker rolls for damage as normal.
Book of Dreams
Uncommon, requires attunement by a bard
The cover of this book is made with soft leather and is bound with spider silk string and rare bird feathers. The tome is blank, but when a story is told by someone attuned to it, illusionary imagery appears hovering above the book, acting out what the storyteller describes. In addition, when a story puts someone to sleep, the storyteller may allow the book to display and act out the sleeper’s dreams, which usually somehow tie in to the story that was being told. It can be useful for coaxing information out of friendly people without their knowledge.
Snufkin is one of the most iconic and popular Moomin character. He first appears in the book Comet in Moominland (1946) and if one of the characters who appears in almost all media; comics, animations, additional stories… Snufkin is the child of Joxter and Mymble, which makes him a younger half-brother of both Mymble’s daughter and Little My. Some adaptations remove his relation to the Mymbles, such as comics and 1990s animated series.
Snufkin was created when Tove Jansson was in a relationship with Atos Wirtanen, a left-wing politician, journalist and cultural critic. Snufkin’s wide smile, pipe and hat are modeled after Atos. Snufkin’s independent and bohemian way of living is similar to both Atos and Tove but it’s also apparent that Tove’s little brother Lars was also a model for Snufkin. Lars has been said to have been the family member Tove was closest to right after their mother.
Snufkin values freedom above all else. Tove herself stated that “freedom is the most important thing”. She described Snufkin’s loneliness as “the good kind”. This is in contrast with Fillyjonk’s “wrong kind” of loneliness. Snufkin’s loneliness is something he chooses for himself. Snufkin does not attach himself to places, possessions or people. He can throw his tent away and is happy just looking at beautiful things rather than taking them with him. Snufkin values his own space where he can concentrate on his melodies. He can sometimes come off as unfriendly because he has a habit of being rather curt with people who invade his peace. For better or for worse, Snufkin is very charismatic and people flock to him to hear his wisdom.
The strongest attachment in Snufkin’s life is Moomintroll. No matter how hard Snufkin tries, Moomintroll and how he misses him will always come to his mind. And Moomintroll will always miss him and wait for him. This is clearly similar to the relationship between Tove and Atos. For Tove, Atos was the center of her world. She was entirely dedicated to their relationship, while Atos was preoccupied with his career and political ideals. Like Moomintroll, Tove was always waiting for Atos to spend time with her.
After Tove’s love for Atos cooled down, they remained good friends until the end. She was able to see his faults in a more critical light but also understood them with humor. Similar friendship after love can be seen between Snufkin and Moomintroll in later stories. It’s still good to remember that Tove Jansson’s style was to write characters and themes inspired by her life rather than actually insert them in her books. Snufkin and his relationship Moomintroll are more likely meant to reflect themes about admiration, dedication and waiting. With some small exceptions, characters in Moomin books are independent and more inspired than based on actual people. This is why Snufkin also is inspired by more than one person.
Snufkin’s character changes a bit as the books go on. This is most likely affected by the stories becoming more mature and Tove’s relationship with Atos changing. In the first books Snufkin is a passionate artist. He tells outlandish stories about himself and is actually happy to meet people. In later publications, this was among the things Tove Jansson fixed. She made Snufkin’s character more consistent and made him more quiet and distant to match his characterization in later books. He is the contrast to Moomintroll’s naivety and has a great effect on Moomintroll’s personal growth.
In Moominvalley In November (1970) Snufkin seems to let go of his aversion to the company of others. His character arc is about realizing that he was always free with the people who loved him because they actually let him do as he pleases. This realization leads him to return to the Moomin’s house even though it’s getting close to winter.
Art series: 10 Sins of Miden Bad sides of ‘Miden’ main characters. They should overcome those ‘sins’ by the end of story. [Addition information for those who want to read/are not lazy]
Selfishness – Putting own interests over community interests. Renji is always more concerned with his own opinions, desired and benefits. He doesn’t care about other points of view, because he’s totally sure he’s right. Wizard is too focused on his love towards Rukia, that he couldn’t care less about her opinion. He only listens to himself. That’s why feelings of other even very close people are unimportant to him, if they oppose his own desires.
Obsession – Fixation. Desire to own. Desire to be needed. Tender feeling became something terrifying and deformed. Even thou Cian has human heart, her snake instincts of higher beast infect her mind. When human will open his heart for Sung Sun her soul will drawn in the storm of madness. Love is like the Devil.
Vanity – urge to became famous, loved and honored. Desire to be worshiped by whole nation. Impossible dream, followed by paranoia, hypocrisy and sanctimony. Kaien wants to be someone he is not destined to be. Someone as who he wasn’t born. That’s why he wears thousands of faces, trying to fulfill his dream.
Addiction - Compulsive need. Self distracting habitude. Grimmjaw was trying to escape his past so hard he became drag addict. Hi was drawn in his new way of life. Finally he was distracted from painful memories by his awful lifestyle dynamics. But one way or another this road will lead him to mental disability and craze in full splendor.
Avarice – Desire to achieve personal gain. Riruka doesn’t only seek financial gain. Jewels and money are only a small part of all the things she wants. This girl could do any infamy to be happy. She could even ruin lives of people she finds interesting. Everything will be just like doll house. It will go according her plan, as if it is a pretty picture.
Cowardice – Weakness of the soulwhen person sees something scary. Orihime is terrified whe she sees blood. Enchantress should help those who are wounded, but this girl could only cry for help and tremble in fear. With all her awesome talents, she is helpless and useless. Pathetic crybaby right before enemies. Heavy burden to her friend.
Snobbery – Isida is all about manners, art and high society. He pretends to be an intellectual, a man of delicate taste, but he is haughty to all of those who are ‘unworthy’. And he considers as an unworthy almost everyone. Like a pitiful rats the come to his feet. But he himself is doesn’t deserve to be worthy. He is just a rat with butt soaked in wine.
Meticulousness – Bothering about smallest things. Toshiro is very pernickety and peery boy. But it’s not a pure curiosity. His sin could make him search for the forbidden knowledge that might burn his soul. The Truth could be found only if all pieces form a stained-glass window. But what sacrifices and betrayals will it coast?
Scepticism – Doubt about existing of the Thuth. Rukia truly is a skeptic who denies unconfirmed thesis. Her thoughts are critical which is unforgiving for a girl temporally performs duties of a priestess. Guide of spirits should believe in celestial power of The Stars and in Great Stream of Astral River. But Kuchiki denies all of that. Her mind is a bleached out blemish on the black canvas. Pure inference. No superstitions or prejudices. But as pity as it is – her mindset is a worst sin for a priestess.
Cruelty – Without mercy. Without heart. Hichigo lost most of his soul. He has not enough control over his mind. Whirlwind of feelings makes him impulsive and furious. All the pain that cave in his soul during his wanderings want to make it way out in a form of barbarities and sadism. And abyss is devouring his sympathy toward others. Completely. And remain of a human soul becomes… hollow.
so a lot of people still reblog my “60+ queer books” post from 2014. ngl, i was barely 16 at the time and had not read a lot of books on that list (it was def intended to be more a listing than pure recommendation), mostly because adult fiction was and remains far from my favorite literary category. this list isn’t as intensely detailed, but i just thought that since the year is over i might jot down some of the lgbt+ books i loved or at least moderately enjoyed this year, in case anyone was interested! happy reading!
gives light (6-part series) by rose christo — m/m. centered around a mute main character on an indian reservation (written by a native author!), features one of the most uplifting romances of recent media (cw for csa mention later in the series)
other ya books ordered approximately by rating
far from you by tess sharpe — f/f. bisexual protagonist (drug addiction, murder cw) a book on recovery, love, trust, justice, understanding… gut punch!!!!!
not your sidekick by c.b. lee — f/f. DOES THE TITLE NOT MAKE UR HEART SQUEEZE ALREADY? features half-chinese & half-vietnamese bisexual protagonist in futuristic superheroic universe! the second book will be about a trans black side character *___*
starting from here by lisa jenn bigelow — f/f. you will cry and be made a better person for it.
the great american whatever by tim federle — m/m. if you enjoy mg or find its lgbt+ subsection especially important (or both, like me!), definitely make sure you check out federle’s better nate than ever series!
true letters from a fictional life by kenneth logan — m/m. tbh people call it the “male version of ‘to all the boys i’ve loved before’” but also neglect mentioning that it’s a lot whiter, too. where’s that supportive covey family goodness… that precocious but caring lara jean spirit? it’s just not there…
radio silence by alice oseman — f/f, m/m, not hugely romance-focused
middle grade there were very few releases this year that i was aware of, unfortunately! my old list’s selection remains a good place to look. here are 3 that i would recommend though:
(i think i might have read george in 2015, but i felt that i might as well put them all together!)
george by alex gino — follows the story of a trans girl. its storyline is similar to gracefully grayson, but unlike gg it is written by a trans author!
the other boy by m.g. hennessey— follows the story of a trans boy. pretty solid story except… uncalled for random racist comment in the middle of the book… wyd (waiting for the mg genre to grow more inclusive of lgbt+ children of color! not being racially hostile is the FIRST STEP.)
+ A GRAPHIC NOVEL MOST OF U HAVE PROBABLY READ ALREADY: LUMBERJANES!! love it breathe it read it
if you want some mg books that have casually gay side/main-ish characters, i can name the wolf wilder and the thing about jellyfish, although… you have to kind of dig for it, so i wouldn’t call these revolutionary moments of representation, but! it’s just a nice addition to separate stories that remind you that the middle grade genre can be inclusive w/o becoming entirely issue-based (which i find sometimes more inaccessible for children? i ramble!). i do believe it’s good for young children to read this kind of fiction, too!
finally, some lgbt+ books i did not enjoy or care for in any capacity, for posterity: highly illogical behavior (gross narrative surrounding mental health, sexuality), symptoms of being human (ya book abt a nonbinary character; written by cis author who bscly uses sexual assault as plot device & doesn’t acknowledge neutral pronouns?), know not why (really unapologetically homophobic tbh), whatever.: or how junior year became totally f$@ked, more happy than not (so… bleak…), see you at harry’s, and lily and dunkin (this is the fourth mg book about a trans character that i’m aware of; i found its message hugely alarming and invalidating). that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy them, though!
~I saw Gray post this on his snapchat (graysondolan) and got inspired to write a cute lil blurb. This is the first thing I’ve written about Grayson, so I’m pretty excited. It’s just off the top of my head. I hope you enjoy!! :)
As always, please forgive any mistakes you might see.
**(No warnings. Just a lil fluff is all. xx)**
”I’m actually gonna kill him,” you mumbled to yourself as you swatted another mosquito invading your personal space. All you wanted was to locate your best friend and get to the bottom of his weird behavior without being attacked by insects every thirty seconds.
He’d been acting so strange the past couple days and neither you, nor his twin brother could pinpoint exactly why. He seemed too far lodged in his head; alone with his cyclone of thoughts. Grayson was never one to wear his heart on his sleeve per say, but he never did develop the toxic habit of shutting you or Ethan out when he wasn’t feeling one hundred percent himself. You desperately wanted to help your best friend, which is why you immediately jumped in the car to find him when you saw the recent addition to his Snapchat story captioned, “Thinkin spot”. You knew exactly where it was, having been there yourself many times.
A NEW ONGOING SERIES from Lumberjanes creator GRACE ELLIS and talented newcomer SHAE BEAGLE that tells a story of monsters, romance, and magical hijinks! The first arc also includes an additional short story with artist KATE LETH! Fantasy creatures are living typical, unremarkable lives alongside humans, and barista Julie strives to be the most unremarkable of all. Normal job, normal almost-girlfriend, normal…werewolf transformations that happen when she gets upset? Yikes! But all bets are off when she and her centaur best friend Chet find themselves in the middle of a magical conspiracy. Will Julie and Chet be able to save their friends? Is Julie’s dogged determination to be normal a lost cause? Who’s going to watch the coffee shop while our heroes are out saving the world?? These questions and more will be answered in MOONSTRUCK, coming July 19 from Image Comics.
Your main character’s first introduction is one of the most important scenes in your story. In addition to establishing the setting and their role, their personality must be introduced to the audience quickly and subtly, so that it does not feel like exposition. In a visual medium, we do not always get the benefit of being able to read/hear their inner thoughts, so writers/artists have to come up with ways to convey the same information visually.
Here, we’re going to look at what makes a character introduction powerful, using Jack Sparrow’s first appearance in Pirates of the Caribbean as an example. The scene,which is only a little over a minute long can be seen here.
We first see Jack from behind, at a slightly low angle, giving him the impression of being powerful and mysterious. By lowering the horizon line, the audience is led to assume that he is standing high up, also adding to the idea of him as a powerful man.
The next shot continues this impression by forcing the audience to look up at him. We zoom into his intense expression as he grabs hold of one of the ropes and jumps down…
…only to reveal that his boat is tiny, and filling with water. This completely subverts the audience’s first impression of Jack. Disrupting audience expectations can also be done to make things more uncomfortable, but here it is used to establish him as a more comedic figure. We’re still only twenty seconds in at this point, and the audience has already gone through two different emotional reactions.
As we continue, Jack comes across a few pirates who have been hung, and he takes his hat off to salute them, telling the audience that he has an unconventional sense of morality, and sympathizes with criminals. He also sarcastically nods at a sign warning that pirates will receive the death penalty, telling us something else about his character.
Jack continues to stand on the mast while the little boat sinks, and stepping off of it once he reaches the boardwalk. His refusal to abandon ship shows an adherence to the idea that a captain should go down with his ship, but Jack does so in a way that allows him to save his own skin rather than sink. This lets the audience know that Jack is concerned with appearing like a good ship captain, but ultimately places his interests and self-preservation first.
For the second part of @atelerixe requests for headcanons, I have decided to make a list of “little known” secrets about our favorite skaters. (Some of these could easily turn into drabbles or ficlets if anyone wants to see them!)
Leo – can line dance and taught Guang Hong how to do so as well.
Sometimes when they are at the same competition, they have line dancing dance
parties in one of their hotel rooms
JJ – has a series of really innocent things he does with Isabella.
They read series of books together, taking turns reading chapters out loud
(including all of Harry Potter and the Wrinkle in Time series). They have a
long time running score for Rummy 500 and a travel set for checkers.
Emil – can play the guitar and sing. He mostly sings love songs and
has a YouTube channel. Everyone wants to know who he is singing to and why
there is always a Mickey Mouse plushie sitting on the top of this guitar.
Mickey – secretly loves Emil (oh look here, it is another ship!)
But he doesn’t even realize that it is love. It starts out trying to shove Emil
away, but slowly, he starts watching every one of Emil’s YouTube videos and
leaving comments (great range, man!). Sometimes, he will text Emil with song
suggestions that fit with the love theme (he is also slowly killing Emil and
does not realize this either)
Mila – sometimes shaves shapes into her undercut. After she starts
dating Sara (yes I ship them) she has her hair dresser shave Sara surrounded by
a heart into her undercut. She purposely wears her hair up around Mickey
Sara – can break dance. If it hadn’t been for the dress she was
wearing at the Sochi banquet, she would have challenged Yuuri then and there.
She also took a pole dancing class and was part of an online group who posted
their pole dancing performances on YouTube while wearing masks (Mila was
personally responsible for the videos going viral)
Seung-gil –obsessively follows dog blogs and donates to animal
rescue efforts in multiple countries (his dog is a rescue animal). He has a
t-shirt that says “I rescue animals, what’s your super power?” and a water
bottle that says “my child as four paws”
Phichit – has practiced his ice show with his actual hamster. He
even made them a stage. It is the single cutest thing that has ever happened
Chris – has days of the week underwear with sexual innuendos on
them. (HUMP Day Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday, Scream My Name Saturday)
Georgi – has a collection of first addition story books. When he is
feeling happy, he will go to the stories with happily ever afters. When he is upset
he reads nothing by The Brothers Grim
Minami – has a Disney obsession. He knows every movie, every D-Com,
and can sign every song. He has a bed full of plushies, and collects Disney
snowglobes. His dream is to be a part of Disney on Ice one day
Yuri – watches YouTube videos to learn how to do his hair. He also
owns so many hair products that Yakov mutters about Yuri’s responsibility for
the hole in the ozone layer. Sometimes when he is messing with his hair, he
will angrily whisper about how it must be better than Victor’s
Otabek – is a huge nerd (again… I don’t want to spoil my plot for
my catfishprompt fic… but trust me HUGE NERD)
Victor – collects anything poodle related. The bathroom hand towels
are covered in poodles, and they have them in seven different colors. The waffle
maker makes poodle shaped waffles. There is a pancake mold and high thread
count pillow cases with pillows on them (when Yuuri moves in, Victor has a
pillow case printed of Yuuri and Vicchan – there are some very sweet,
appreciative tears). As Yuuri starts to run out of poodle themed ideas (the
poodle shaped clock now hanging in their kitchen was a last stroke of luck),
the gifts start becoming even more random. Poodle salt and pepper shakers, poodle
underwear, poodle pajama pants… Victor has it all.
Yuuri – cheats at Just Dance. The dance calls for a hip twirl?
Yuuri is grinding, “accidentally” brushing against Victor’s hip as he does it.
Every move is deliberate and if Victor somehow manages to cling to his self-control,
Yuuri steps slightly forward making sure that he is in Victor’s line of vision
while dancing. One night, when Victor was really on his game, Yuuri stripped
while playing, without missing a beat. The game was abandoned
Yakov – has broken stress dolls by throwing them. Mila gave him one
that was supposed to be indestructible but after Georgi’s third meltdown of the
day, Victor and Yuuri’s seventh attempt to sneak off the ice to make out, and
Yuri and Mila’s ninth wrestling match, he throws it against the wall so hard it
explodes. All the skaters run.
I want to do a series of vampire books following five different characters, which a final book that ties each story together. My first book is a romance between a werewolf/vampire hunter and a vampire prince.
My main concern is that vampires, werewolves, and romance are so super overdone. I don’t want my first book to be considered just another supernatural teen romance when it’s going to be part of a much bigger story arc. I don’t know how to keep from falling into stereotypes of this genre and how to make my book stand out. Do you have any tips for this?
1. Focus on the non-romance aspects of the book when you market.
Now, I hate misleading marketing as much as the next person, but if you’re planning a story in a huge world where other books in the same series will have various focuses, even the romance focused books should be more then simply romance.
What else is part of this “cliche” romance? Is there action? Mystery? Politics? Suspense? What are these two character doing while they fall in love? If the story has a strong plot during which the romance happens, you can market that aspect of the book in tandem with the romance aspect.
2. Give the world a twist.
Your vampires and werewolves and supernatural creatures make the base of your story, but maybe you can let go of another part of your world in order to make the series as a whole more original. Switch things up a bit. Give the readers the “cliche” romance in a brand new setting.
Steampunk Vampires. Vampires on spaceships. Cowboy vampires. Vampires with airships in a post-apocalyptic desert world. Vampires in a futuristic society with androids and laser guns. The options are endless.
3. Promote the characters over the romance.
Most readers love the story for the characters, whether they be part of a unique and entirely original world, or something a little more cliche. Make your characters likable and interesting, and convey these aspects to potential readers at every chance you get.
Who are your main couple? What makes you (and subsequently, your readers) love them? In what ways do they stand out? What do they want to achieve and what do they need to learn over the course of the story?
You want to know these things by heart, and work them into every blurb you have, and very heavily into your first chapter. Prove to your readers that even though the story itself might be “cliche,” the characters who go through those “cliche” motions are intriguing and worth sticking with.
4. Keep everything as it is: Paranormal romance (as well as other types of romance, and “overdone” genres) have been done a lot because they have a huge audience.
A lot of this audience hasn’t stopped loving it just because it’s been “overdone.” Personally, I still jump at a well done paranormal romance, because vampires and werewolves are a part of my youth and (when written well) they won’t ever get old.
Even if the end result of all your work gives you something that looks exactly like all the other “cliche” paranormal romances, a huge amount of people will still eat it up. There is a large, lingering audience for “cliche” genres, and flat out marketing towards that audience may just be the best thing you can do for your series.
5. To my anon friend: Why does this book have to be the first book in your series? To other “cliche” book writers: Why are you writing this book to begin with?
In your case, anon, you plan to write five or so books, each focusing on its own set of characters in the world. Does your timeline restrict you into having the paranormal romance be the first book in the series? If it doesn’t match the genre of the other books, can it be a side story, an additional book which goes with the series but isn’t the start of it?
In the case of anyone who feels they’re working on a “cliche” book: Why are you writing this book to begin with? What made you fall in love with this “cliche” idea? Chances are, if you fell in love with it then someone else will too, no matter how cliche you feel the story is.
Louis Tomlinson was arrested Friday night at Los Angeles International Airport for allegedly getting into an altercation with a member of the paparazzi, while his lawyer said the photographer was to blame.
The photographer has not commented. The incident took place while the One Direction star was in the baggage claim area with off-again, on-again girlfriend Eleanor Calder, after they arrived from a flight from Las Vegas, reports said.
A police spokesperson told E! News Tomlinson was surrounded by photographers and there was some pushing and shoving. One of the photographers fell down and claimed he hurt himself. Tomlinson was subsequently placed under misdemeanor citizen’s arrest.
“The paparazzi provoked and caused the altercation that occurred with Louis,” his lawyer, Martin Singer, told the press. “While the altercation was going on with the paparazzi, three other individuals were attacking his girlfriend during this incident and he came to her defense.”
Tomlinson was taken into police custody just after midnight and released after an hour after posting a $20,000 bond, records show. He has a court date later this month.
Reports also said Calder got into a confrontation with a female witness who began filming. She was not arrested and has not commented.
Tomlinson and Calder dated for four years before they split in 2015. They fueled reconciliation rumors last month after they interacted on Instagram. They have not commented on the status of their relationship.
Touka is such a precious woman. I love her character from the beginning. Her attitude was a little scary, but what can you say when you’re constantly dangling yourself on a thin line between humans and ghouls?
She was mean to Ken. But notice it was after he called her a monster. Touka only wanted to live, or find a reason to live. Since humans can live a guilt-free life, it makes it harder for ghouls to find their reason when they take instead of give. Their only will to live, is through love. Love of any kind. Call it cliche, but love is one of the strongest motives of all. Like I said though, love of any kind. Romance, family, or friendship.
And so, she fell in love with Ken. How? Because he said that he would have been sad if she died. She didn’t have a reason to live. She didn’t really bother to search for a reason to live. She was just surviving, and surviving isn’t living. Those words he said made her feel important to someone, because almost everyone she loved has left her. At this point, Touka started growing a soft spot for him.
I believe Touka loved Ken through his innocence and thoughtfulness. She opened up to him more after he presented his will to protect those he cares about, ghoul or human. That’s why when she confronted him on the bridge, she asked why did he change? Ken was no longer a goofy, shy co-worker. He was becoming stronger, and becoming stronger means more enemies. And someone like that would just be trouble, right? She lets her temper get the best of her but regrets it so much after. I believe that made her think and change. She scared him off because she was being selfish. “Maybe, I need to learn how to accept things that can’t be changed or else I’ll just be alone again.”
They both cared for each other in a quiet way. Ken disbanded his group so he could return for Touka. Isn’t that lovely? Sadly, those peaceful days were never going to return. She never saw him again. She wondered, but knew he would return. One of Ken’s last thoughts before being pierced by Arima, was Touka’s expression on the bridge. That was the last expression of hers to him. What a miserable thing, thinking he could see a more peaceful glance working with her again, yet to only find that last image of her in his head.
Now, finally, in :re. Touka finally sees the man she loves again. She doesn’t even let her emotions get the best of her. She accepted that Ken was Sasaki. She didn’t need to question. She just wanted him to at least have a home, somewhere. Because back then, he had no home. A human and ghoul. That’s what he was. As an investigator, he had a home. This shows that Touka will love this man through anything. Black hair, white, pudding style, haha…She finally isn’t just in love with the old Kaneki. And love comes in many ways, She loved him from a distance.
Lastly, she made him a home. A home where all the people who cares about Ken can come to and hope together that one day, he would be able to come home. It wasn’t just for herself so she can have Ken back. She did it for everyone else too. That’s why in one of the chapters, you can see Nishiki smiling and a hint of Uta’s, and with Yomo listening when Shuu asked. So when Ken came back, he would see everyone who’s been waiting for him, and not just Touka. And the real Ken, not Sasaki. Touka has grown into such a thoughtful and lovely lady.
She understands his loneliness. She understands why he is willing to throw his life away. She understands that he has been through a lot. In the end, she is still willing to love him. She is willing to mend a broken man with love. She kissed him because there is no more reason to wait. If he did not know that someone cared for him deeply as her, maybe he would have died somewhere without anyone knowing. Or maybe, disappear like he did during the Anteiku raid. Touka is his reason to live now. It’s not cliche. It’s a beautiful addition to the story. Ken has always relied on love. And now he’s found it. And this time, the love pleaded him to stay. He didn’t have to go chasing it. He didn’t have to feel hurt first. He didn’t have to dangle on a thin line. All he had to do, was be Ken Kaneki.
Kaneki and Touka really are made for each other. To come from ignorance and anger, to understanding and compassion. Remember what Ken said about Nishiki and Kimi’s relationship? Well, in this case, Ken and Touka…They are the dawn to a new world. A new world for a home to everyone. A king and a queen who will provide a new future for their children.
Thank you for saving Ken Kaneki, Touka Kirishima Kaneki. Your love has been there all along, and he is just now seeing it.
We now have less than 24 hours left to fund Destiny, NY Volume Two on Kickstarter. I wanted to do one final post where I sort of dump out everything we’re working with in effort to show you the level of passion, artistry, and fun my collaborators and I are bringing to this book.
We successfully Kickstarted the first volume of Destiny, NY last year. We pitched it as a simple story of magical girls in love, and that is our focus… but beyond that, we’re telling a story about breaking free from the boxes that life and those around you try to create to limit you.
While writing the graphic novel, I feel deeply in love with the characters and world in a way I could’ve never anticipated. I’ve expanded it into an ongoing series of graphic novels with one book per year, and we’ve already surpassed our goal for the second volume.
If you missed Volume One, you can get both through Kickstarter.
What can sell our story better than the gorgeous art? This time, artist Rosi Kämpe joins us for the second volume. You may know her as @toherrys here on Tumblr, creator of Unknown Lands.
Our lead character is Logan McBride. She has a prophecy made about her when she was young. At the age of 13, she completed her destiny. Now, she’s 30 years old trying to figure out what’s next in life.
Lilith Aberdine is Logan’s girlfriend. She’s the last surviving daughter of a mystical crime family, and she’s doing everything she can to not let her past ruin her current happiness.
Gia Espinosa is destined to “fell the most ancient evil on this plane,” but right now, she is on a downward spiral. Last year, she almost killed an innocent woman in pursuit of prophecy. Now, she has to find her way from scratch.
Gia’s best friend, a seer named Anthony Lily, is trying to pull Gia back from the brink of self-destruction… and to gain atonement for his role in last year’s events in the meantime, while trying and horribly failing at avoiding awkward situations.
Augusten Gaines is one of Logan’s best friends and co-worker at the Green Bean cafe, and his husband is Andre Hodge. They’ve hit a rough patch in their marriage, but are trying to work their way out. Things get complicated when a former nemesis of Lilith’s begins working at the Green Bean!
Back at Destiny University, where Gia still goes and where Logan has just dropped out of, we also follow the stories of some of the younger students. The London transplant Joe Rollins, heart-on-her-sleeve activist Mary-Bette Reynolds, and clever necromancer Cherry Gilbert are a trio whose story was super minor in Volume One who are coming to prominence this time around, along with new student Meadow, whose story begins here.
And so, so, so many more characters. We have Trinity the gangster barista, Ms. Davids the headmaster of Destiny University, Henley the cool professor, Henley’s partner Clay who will help Logan get her sculptures into an art gallery, Arvid the mystical mobster, and more and more and more.
In addition to the main story by me and Rosi, we have EIGHT bonus comic book stories by a bunch of amazing creators like Jenny Owen Youngs, Kristin Russo, Megan Levens, Amy Shand, Lisa Sterle, Erica Schultz, Natasha Alterici, Vita Ayala, Fabian Lelay, Emily Ree, Lauren Reilly, Eve Mae, Manuel Preitano, Katie Kuffel, and more. It’s all edited by Shannon Lee and lettered by Jim Campbell.
We have less than 24 hours left to go, and I want to see this book go to a LOT more homes.
you can play P3 on the PS2, PSP and PS Vita! there are many versions of it which consists of the original P3, P3:FES (p3+additional story) and of course, the ever so holy blessing from the gods themselves, P3:Portable (psp and vita only)
if you want to live the full Akihiko Sanada experience, get P3:Portable as it consists the original story and THIS IS THE ONLY GAME WHERE YOU CAN DATE HIMthanks to hamuko my lord and savior(additionally, if you have no consoles……….. you can always emulate it via ppsspp………………. but you didn’t hear that from me………..)
NOW WITH THIS KNOWLEDGE IN YOUR HANDS, I BEG YOU TO GO FORTH AND HUNT FOR THAT MANS