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Save Himself

Characters: Dean Winchester, Sam Winchester, Y/N Singer, Castiel (mentioned), Mary Winchester (mentioned), Jack Kline (mentioned), Crowley (mentioned)  

Pairing: Dean x Reader

Warnings: S13.03 spoilers.        

Word Count: 2200ish

A/N: I did not have time to write this but seeing how I feel so many people are once again misunderstanding Dean I felt the need too.

It is also inspired by the Ed Sheeran song Save Myself.

Thanks to the sweet amazing @docharleythegeekqueen for betaing this one for me :D

***My fics are not to be saved nor posted on any other sites without my express written permission.***

You took a deep breath, hiding away in the kitchen. You hated watching the brothers fight but once in awhile that was how they dealt with things. Or actually this fight was because they dealt with things very differently. Dean needed to push through and he more often than not needed a break from everyone around him, especially from people telling him how he was behaving wrong in those moments.

You got that. You loved him, but that wasn’t the only reason. You were the same in a lot of ways. Where as Sam was rational and composed, trying to figure a way through everything. Using his brain to distract himself, you and Dean were both very emotional. When you had lost your dad, you had run away from everyone and everything. You hated yourself for that now, because Dean had lost him too. See there was were you differed from Dean. He never ever allowed himself to be selfish. He always stayed by the people he loved. He never once left you or Sam, no matter how badly he was hurting himself. Even the few times he had walked away he had allowed himself to get dragged back in before he was ready to face the people he loved again. Dean was selfless, but this time you wanted him to be selfish.

He wasn’t. He was still here. He was still doing things Sam’s way even if he didn’t agree. Yet his brother kept pushing him while you kept your distance. You weren’t sure you were doing the right thing either. Maybe you needed to push him. Let him know that you were here for him, but a small part of you knew that you didn’t have to do that. Even if you gave Dean his space and you had gone back to sleeping in your own room every night, you gave him the chance to stop you every night. You silently communicated that you were there for him whenever he had room for you again. Right now Dean was grieving the loss of Crowley. The loss of his mom he had just learned to forgive. The loss of his best friend, who had been a true constant in his life for year, who had become like a brother to him as much as Sam was.

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i hate the “abuse victim becomes an abuser/villain” trope and if that happens to credence i will personally fist fight JKR,,

i’m tired of abused people (kids, especially) having to see these characters and identify with them only to see that they turn out just as bad or worse than who hurt them,,,,, it’s so discouraging to see (speaking as a survivor) like,, can you imagine dreaming of a better life and wanting to see that played out in a character, but instead every single fucking writer makes them into a bad guy!!!! and the only thing is that they get a “tragic backstory” it pisses me off so much!! there are too many characters like that, even just in harry potter, so i’m just like begging JKR to please not do that again. we’ve seen it enough.

not to mention the endless possibilities you have to show that character overcome what they’ve been through and just?? give them a life that ends happier than it began. to show everyone that people are more than their pasts or that “tragic backstories.” there’s just so much you can do with that, and like it’s so unoriginal and boring to stick with such an outdated, discouraging, and upsetting trope. you can make a truly original, innovative, and moving character if you just stop using that stupid, overused trope!!!! it’s that simple.

what happens to credence matters, whether you care about his character or not, because it speaks so much to people (children) in similar situations watching this movie…. it matters because it shows how people tend to view victims of abuse. and jfc this should go without saying but all abuse victims matter, and we need to really talk about them and stop giving them half-hearted stories, or stories that we see repeated across genres, franchises, mediums of art/expression…. give varied stories, give nuanced stories, give us real people going through things that really happen.

and please don’t let credence be forgotten among those characters.

I should probably warn you that: 1. The idea is very old; 2. I mostly write stuff so I can push character limits, and here I clearly pushed too hard. Basically, expect lots of OOC.


Title: Think Before You Speak

Fandom: MommaCQ (belongs to @alainaprana)

Wordcount: 983

Warnings: OOC; mentions of injury and hospitalization; blatant angst.

Summary: Error hates the hospital.

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anonymous asked:

What are some flaws you've seen in the Hashino era of Persona?

Oh boy… where do I even start… 

It’s difficult to name it “Hashino’s era” when it was basically P3 - P5 (so… about now… and fortunately it ended), which had good art, awesome music, good engine and good premise… pretty much everything that didn’t have Hashino’s hands always in it…

Here are some of the flaws though:

  • Starting by the obvious fetish with older women (specifically teachers), there is always a teacher x student relantionship in every single persona game Hashino put his hands on. This is more of a deal than homoerotic features (for those who go against it, at least it would be nice if they tried to get some sense out of the pedophilia bullshit).
  • The well known portray of homophobia used as a comic relief or taken lightly when it was supposed to do the contrary (more obviously in P4/P5). I think it was already very obvious to the point it got so exausting.
  • The use of social links/cooperation constantly for development and at some point forgetting that this is supposed to be an extra feature (Haru from P5 was obvious since her development was all pushed for the cooperation).
  • Some people already mentioned it for me, but we also have too much “waifu fest” (also pushing back the male characters development along it) and always having a male character hunting for girls felt tiring at some point. We never even had the opportunity to have a female party member that isn’t a romance… not that it is always bad, but made too much fanservice for the wrong crowd (the ones that expect a dating sim and not a profound plot).
  • The constant issue of forgetting about a character’s trauma or never properly finishing a reconciliation without the character dying (P3/P4/P5 IN MANY SITUATIONS THAT I’M NOT EXTENDING FOR SPOILERS): where they would let subtle the mention that Minato (P3) had depression but never properly adress it (the whole issue with his parents too), or when they made Yosuke shame Kanji (P4) over and over again for questioning his sexuality when he was already clearly emotional, or constantly having people call Yusuke (P5) weird when he was triggered by it being a result from years of exclusion, not even to mention the trainwreck that was Goro Akechi’s (P5) development down the road.
  • Constantly bad writing and plot holes everywhere (using the Megami Tensei original series as support in wrong situations too, which felt kind of off when it was used randomly. I mean… in P1/P2 we had the fight between Philemon and Nyarla and the Persona game introduced and explained, but for people that start out of the other games it feels a bit sudden and most references were almost all lost. The blue butterfly is not even Philemon anymore…).

Some examples of the bad writing caused by Hashino rushing things too:

The whole plot of Persona 3 cut too much of the original story that both the manga/movie tried to scrap later… It was incredible but felt a bit vague and it was more obvious how they were basically cutting the content off (I know we had FES and the PSP version, but it was already too fragmented… it was sad because the premise was really good, but Hashino rushed too much with it when he just got started as a producer).

Yosuke was supposed to be a male option that we could date, but it got scrapped by the last minute (to the point the VA lines where already brought in english) and this killed a lot of the character development that he would have of “stopping being homophobic because he was scared of accepting it” (in P2 we had a character that used to shame fat people and later on was properly developed and recognized its flaws when she herself ended up fat, also dating the boy she used to shame).


I will try to don’t extend much of it because I would still miss things here and there, but it is basically it. Some people may not agree with some things and it is totally valid, this is my opinion too after all, althought I love the series ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

SJM Fandom Podcasts - Week 2
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SJM Fandom Podcasts - Week 2

Week 2!!! I finally found a hotspot so I can post this, yay! Here is last week’s podcast.

The topic this week was Best SJM Female, anyone can participate, anytime this weekend, and it can be either voice recording, video recording, or even typed out.

(Once again, I recorded this at midnight so please forgive long sighs, ums, and my tired voice. Also, i just go on so many rants and I’m not sure I make any sense but oh well)

In the podcast, I mention fanfiction of Aelin and, for me, I think that the best written Aelin interpretation is probably in Fast Firsts and Sloppy Seconds by @ilikebigbooks-and-icannotlie or Braids and War Paint by @mayhemories, even though they are in an au, I still think they do her justice (much more than I’m able to give her). Although, again, I think she’s just too much of a complex character for any of us to get her completely right. 

Here’s the promised Aelin and Viviane Fanart (some of my favorites and credit to the artists!):

Also, everyone go follow @highlady-viviane if you love Viviane because that’s all she posts about and it makes me happy.

Reminder tags under the cut!

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So I’m watching Psych again after taking a 3 year hiatus from the show and I’m headdesking so hard right now because I can’t believe I never noticed before that Shawn is so very obviously written and played as bi.

I’ve always shipped him with Lassiter (Shassie ❤ ngl this is also because Timothy Omundson is wonderful) but I also really liked his canon romance with Juliet and I guess past me never figured that hey maybe these ships both make sense because he has chemistry with both characters and flirts with both, too (and with many other men and women on the show).

That’s not even mentioning his blatant crush on Cary Elwes’ character Pierre Despereaux

Past me was a dumbass.

Stop saying Katsugeki Touken Ranbu is better than Touken Ranbu Hanamaru

These shows, while adapted from the same game, are different. They are both wonderful shows in their own right.

Hanamaru is amazing because of the effort the creators put to acknowledge every character. Even if it was for a short time, even if they weren’t as popular as the others, they all had a chance to appear. Akashi, who is an established lazy-bum, shows that he can care about others too. Urashima, who was given very little screen time, mentions that he does not care if Nagasone was a fake, he’s still his brother. What’s better is that there will be a second season, meaning we will get to see the Genji Twins (“Anija!” “What’s your name again?”), Fudou (“What do you want a useless sword like me to do? Hic!”), Oodenta (“Are you gonna keep me in the storehouse?”), and many more. I don’t even play Touken Ranbu but I’m so happy that Hanamaru isn’t leaving any sword behind. There aren’t many swords left to be introduced too, so the other already established characters will soon get a spot in the limelight.

Katsugeki is awesome because of the animation quality. This show focuses on the plot, but makes a point to concentrate on the characters from time to time. Yagen gets to displays his skills as an experienced fighter. He proves to us that tantous, short as they may be, are still blades that can kill. There’s also the fact how Kane-san makes it a point to tell Horikawa, and the audience by extension, that the Touken Danshi’s duty is to defend history and secure the future. However, protecting the past does not protect the people living in it. If many innocent lives died in the past, then that’s what happens. They cannot change the past and should never try. (But Kane-san the hypocrite went ahead and saved that little girl anyway. Way to dismiss your own advice, man.) I also love how cute Mutsunokami and Tonbokiri are. I hope the latter gets to try the sweets he wanted.

In conclusion, Hanamaru and Katsugeki are two different adaptations of the same game. They are different interpretations of the same idea. I am sick of seeing posts of people complimenting Katsugeki by insulting Hanamaru. You can say you like a show without dissing another.

It’s Okay to be a Disney Princess

I think Auli’i Cravalho seems like a great person based on what we’ve seen of her since she was announced as Moana’s voice actress. So, I’m not trying to antagonize her with this post. But I just want to say, “Why can’t Moana be both?” Disney Princesses have shown plenty of heroism in the different films that feature them. A heroine can be a Disney Princess and a Disney Princess can be a heroine.

Originally posted by definite-disnerd

Snow White escaped the Queen after the huntsman spared her and the princess’ kindness helped her enlist the help of woodland creatures who helped her find the cottage of the dwarves. When she got there, she convinced them to let her stay by earning her keep. And, even though she was cooking and cleaning for them, she still had those men wrapped around her finger. When she first met them and said “How do you do?” and they didn’t respond, she enunciated, “I said, how do you do?” Yeah, Snow White could be a little sassy. And she was assertive with the dwarves and only let them eat dinner after they all cleaned up and even got Grumpy to do it. So, yes, she fell for the witch’s trick (but she was only 14 and very sheltered in the castle as a scullery maid) and then fell asleep for the last part of the film, so the dwarves and animals had to confront the queen and she could only be woken up the kiss of the prince she liked. But people always seem to forget some of the cool stuff that she did.

Originally posted by alantlm

Cinderella spent most of her childhood abused by her stepmother and stepsisters. She retained her kindness and never stooped to the mean and petty levels of her family. But that does not mean she just gleefully put up with their crap. She had a little bit sass and had a few sarcastic quips about her stepfamily and their cat Lucifer under her belt. Take this quote, for instance,

“Oh, that clock! Old killjoy. I hear you. Come on, get up, you say, Time to start another day. Even he orders me around. Well, there’s one thing. They can’t order me to stop dreaming.”

Also, the primary lesson Cinderella teaches us is to never give up on our dreams. That as long we believe in them, they can come true. That is a beautiful moral that not just little girls, but everyone can take something away from. 

And I’ve explained in another post how there is more to Cinderella than just marrying the prince.

Originally posted by wonderlaaaaaand

Aurora may have spent most of her film asleep, but she was a little sassy, like with her fairy guardians (she was raised by three women, that’s pretty cool, right?) And she at least had some knowledge about stranger danger when first meeting the prince. It didn’t take long for him to charm her, but she did turn away and dismiss him at first. Also, she left Phillip when she needed to and set the terms for their next meeting. I think she deserves a little credit. 

Originally posted by littleblackbabyprincess

And let’s not forget Princess Eilonwy. She maneuvered through the Horned King’s castle and allowed Taran to team up with her so that they could escape. Also, when Taran made a sexist comment about girls, “what does a girl know about swords, anyway”, oh, boy Eilonwy set him straight.

Originally posted by whiteangelxoxo

I also talked about Ariel in that other post which I actually do recommend. But I’ll add a few points here, too. She went all kinds of adventures, including exploring sunken ships and escaping sharks. Many of these exploits of hers are shown in her prequel movie and in the 90′s TV show (and this was long before she met Eric, proving that he as her love interest, does not exclude her from being a capable heroine). Also, she is the one who saved Eric from drowning. And though she made a not entirely wise decision to run away from home and be on land, you at least have to give Ariel props for going after what she wanted, which is something the film makers made a full intent on making apparent (there was an interview from when the movie came out where this was mentioned, but I’m not quite sure where, but I’m sure the peeps that read this could find it if you’re interested :D). 

Originally posted by astrologyexplained

Belle enjoys reading, even though that’s not what women usually did in her time period. She rejects the sexist, egotistical Gaston when he tries to flirt with her, insults her father (then later tries to incarcerate him if she doesn’t marry him) and tries to make her his “little wife”. She dreams of bigger and better things. She sacrifices herself for the sake of her father and later goes out to save him when he becomes ill. Belle does not take the Beast’s crap and even tries to leave when he explodes on her. When she gets attacked by wolves, she does defend herself and when the Beast saves her, she helps him back to the castle after he falls unconscious. She treats his wounds and sets him straight about his anger issues. Her patience and open-minded personality helps Beast slowly regain his humanity. And her love for him helps break the curse over him, his servants and the castle.

Originally posted by psicomana

Jasmine also took charge. She refused to be forced into an arranged marriage and preferred to marry who she wanted and when she wanted. She did not like being stuck in the castle, and though, like Ariel, she wasn’t that wise in running away, she still took it upon herself to get somewhere. She did not put up with the men in the story deciding her future and called Aladdin out on his lies. Also, she has a pet tiger! That’s pretty freaking cool. Sure, she had to dress up for Jafar and kissed him as a distraction. But she used her beauty against the piggish (actually he’s rather horse-like) Jafar. And Jasmine has also displayed her resolve in the extended Aladdin media, too.

Originally posted by runwithrockets

Pocahontas was just as adventurous as the last Disney princesses. She wanted more than to marry the stoic Kocoum. And, though wary, she managed to befriend John Smith and help open his mind to the beauty of the world and accepting people who aren’t the same as you. Colors of the Wind is a perfect summary of what Pocahontas teaches. Her wise, humanitarian ways stopped a conflict between her people and the Europeans. And although she cared very much about John, Pocahontas chose to stay and look after her family, friends and other peers. 

Originally posted by thedisneyprincessposts-blog

Mulan knew that her father was too weak from a previous war injury to be drafted, so she took his place and became a soldier in the Chinese army. Yes, she had to pretend to be a man, but that’s just how it was in her time. Mulan trained and became a skilled fighter. With some help from her friends, she saved her country from invading Huns. ‘Nuff said.

Originally posted by fruitgirl96

Kida kicked some serious butt in her film (including punching Mole when he said some… things… in her ear) and she took responsibility for the sake of her people, like Pocahontas did.

Originally posted by thedisneyportal

Tiana worked very hard for what she dreamed of. She did not put up with Naveen’s selfish, narcissistic ways and taught him of what it meant to strive for something truly important in life (while he showed her that there is more to life than work, work, work). Though she could get down on herself, Tiana tried her hardest to obtain her dreams and in the end, refused to let people stop her (like those realtor guys). She become the owner of her own restaurant, just like she always wanted, and helped her late father’s dream become realized as well. 

Originally posted by capillairement-lionne

Rapunzel was trapped in a tower for her entire childhood. The reason why she didn’t try to escape is because Gothel pretended to be her mother and insisted that staying in there was for her own good. And being as sheltered as she was, Rapunzel believed her. But when she got her chance, Rapunzel made the decision to leave. She knocked Flynn out and tied him up and didn’t let him go until he agreed to help her see the floating lights like she always wanted to. On their journey, she faced pub thugs and a very intense horse and helped them reveal their better sides. She also did this with Flynn, bringing out Eugene Fitzherbert. Rapunzel used her extremely long hair as a valuable asset on her adventure with Eugene. She stood up to Gothel and was willing to sacrifice her freedom so that he would not have to die. And a tear, her care for him and sorrow over his death combined, brought Eugene back. And it appears that Rapunzel will go on many more adventures in Tangled: Before Ever After in 2017!

Originally posted by lifeisthegreatestadventureofall

Merida loves archery, sword-wielding and horseback riding. She also is very good at those things. She’s very active and goes out to explore, even climbing a tall rock structure at the beginning of the film. Merida is a very capable Disney princess. She also, like Jasmine, does not like her future being chosen for, especially when it comes to marriage. She does make unwise decisions, like trying to give her mother a spell that will make her see things Merida’s way. And it takes her a while to take responsibility for her actions. But she learns to understand her mother better (and so does her mother with her), the two bond, and she does her best to break the curse she set and make everything right again. She learns to be diplomatic and maturely express her thoughts to the men at her castle. She defends her mother and bests her father in a sword match. All the while, Merida still retains her adventurous spirit. 

Originally posted by littleblackbabyprincess

Sofia is a wonderful role model for young girls and older audiences, as well. She helps those in need, even those who have done her wrong (though she doesn’t always forgive people that easily, like when Amber took her amulet and brought a curse on their home- though that was an accident, and Amber, too, is a testament to a character learning to be more responsible and open-minded). She changes the status quo and becomes the first female member of her school’s flying derby team. Sofia makes mistakes, but she learns from them. She goes on many adventures where she and her friends learn important lessons. She’s saved her family and friends numerous times, as well. Also, the film princesses appear every now and again to help bring the moral of the episode home. 

Originally posted by arie-ll

Anna is just as adventurous as many of the others I’ve mentioned. And she certainly has good reason, spending her entire childhood behind castle walls, similar to Rapunzel in the tower. She is very brave, going after her sister in harsh winter weather, despite their estranged status. She enlists the help of Kristoff and Sven, treks up the mountain and also confronts the giant snow creature, Marshmallow. And she gave her life to save Elsa. Sure, she took things too far, too fast with Hans, but she was desperate for affection after all those years alone and like some of the other princesses, grew up sheltered from the world. Anna’s parents were dead and she believed that the only other family she had abandoned her. She learned her lesson with Hans, though. And, well, he got what he deserved. 

Originally posted by disneysroad

Elsa isn’t a princess, she becomes a queen early on in her film, but Pocahontas and Mulan aren’t technical princesses, either (but they are in the official lineup). So, yeah, I’m going to include her, too. I can’t just have Anna and not Elsa. Elsa dealt with many problems after growing up thinking that her powers were a curse. But after she had some time to herself, she realized that her abilities were actually capable of wonderful feats. She bested Weselton’s goons and almost killed them before Hans intervened. And with Anna’s help, she overcame her fears and brought happiness to her kingdom. And she has been a great ruler ever since. 

Originally posted by disneytva

Elena is a princess learning to rule her kingdom as queen. She defended her family from a wicked sorceress and was stuck in Sofia’s amulet for a few decades. Once she was freed, she defeated the villain and now is becoming a capable monarch while also going on several daring adventures with her family and friends.

Originally posted by endiness

So, there is nothing wrong with considering Moana as a Disney princess (I also think it makes sense because she is a chief’s daughter like Pocahontas). She will display brave, empowering traits just like the other royalty before her. A princess can be a heroine just as much as a heroine can be princess. Those two things do not have to or need to be mutually exclusive. Disney has been proving that for decades and with the arrival of Moana this fall, I think we can see that it will continue on for many more years to come.

HETALIA FAN SURVEY RESULTS

Thank you to all 262 people who responded to our Fan Survey! I spent a good few hours reading through each response individually, and it yielded some interesting results and great comments! Thank you especially to those of you who left lovely little messages for us, they were a sweet surprise and a great motivator!

The results have been compiled below, and are presented with some explanation and commentary! If you just want to see the core results, then read the bolded parts only! However, we recommend reading the whole thing! It only takes 15 minutes at most, and it’s very interesting! 

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I LIKE KAMEN RIDER EX-AID!

I needed to start this with that large, exclamatory sentence for two reasons. 1) it is true.  I really do like Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, I think that the writing is, for the most part, truly good and the characters well developed and interesting. 2) I am about to talk about part of the show I have problems with and I don’t want anyone saying I’m a “hater” or “have it in for the series”.

Yes, when I first saw the designs for the show, I was vocally unimpressed and through the entire concept of a Kamen Rider revolving around Video Games was silly and aimed at a very, very young market. Then, I gave the show my standard 3-5 episodes to impress me.  It’s something I do with every series no matter how bad I think it looks because I am often proven wrong by the narrative.  I have learned to never, ever judge a show by its yearly gimmick or costume designs because writers have ways of doing amazing things with silly ideas.

I was happy to say I did like this new Kamen Rider, I found the characters and the concept intriguing once I got past the goofy costumes, flashy visuals and sillier parts.  One of the characters I was really interested by was our starting female protagonists, Asuna Karino/Poppy Pipopapo .

She was interesting to me not just because she was really, really cute (which I admit is something that hooked me at first) but because it turned out she was a computer generated character and later, we discovered she was actually created by the Bugster Virus that is the series primary evil force. This, of course, raised some questions for me because the other two totally sentient, self-sustaining Bugsters we have seen got their sentience through the deaths of the hosts they infected.  Was Poppy the same?  Was she given her own sentience and ability to exist forever in the real world because she had infected and killed someone?  That’s still yet to be answered and I really think it needs to be addressed sometime in the series.  

However, that is not what I am here to bring up today.  What I’d like to bring up is the issue of Agency and how it relates not just to Poppy Pipopapo but how her treatment in the series (intentionally or not though I have a feeling it is the latter) relates to the issues of Agency in female video game characters in general. Yep, I’m going to be talking about women in video games and Kamen Rider, so I am bracing myself for hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.  Sorry but this is something I’ve been thinking about all weekend after the events of episodes 24 and 25 and I needed to talk about it.

Oh and as a warning SPOILERS TO FOLLOW!

So, what is Agency?  One of the definitions of Agency from Mirriam-Webster is:

“ 2:  the capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power”

So, someone with Agency has the power to decide what they do in a day, what they wear, what they want and how they act.  For example, someone with their own Agency can say no to something or decide against a certain action based on weighing how it will effect them or those around them.

Now, the essential question is, do Busters in general have Agency? I would argue that those who have freed themselves from their hosts (through the act of maturing the virus, killing the host and using that loss of life to achieve sentience) do. We see Parado (or Pallad depending on your translation) defy his creator and even kill him. We also see Graphite defy the orders given to him out of a sense of personal desire.  That’s Agency.  

So, now we ask, does Poppy have Agency?  If she’s escaped from the confines of being just a game character, the answer is yes.  We see hints of that in the beginning when she wants to give the Gamer Driver to legenday Gamer M instead of the Doctor arriving by plane that the Ministry of Health wants to have it. So, at least at the beginning of the series, she has some Agency and ability to make her own decisions.

Then we get to episode 24 and when all of that ends.  Poppy is reprogrammed by the new head of the GENM Corporation, who in essence own her as she was born from one of their products. She becomes an integral part of the Kamen Rider Chronicle game and has her ability to say no essentially taken from her.  She shows small signs of having her own will still (such as when she slapped the new CEO for getting a little handsy) but she cannot refuse to harm her friends of innocent civilians anymore.  She has been reduced from a person (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) back to just a game character.

She has gone from a self-willed ally of the heroes to a villain or, perhaps worse, been damseled and become someone who needs to be rescued. This is a common problem in video games (and other forms of entertainment mind you) where female characters are used more as props or shown as victims with no choice more than they are self-willed characters in their own right.  One could argue that no one in a narrative has any real Agency as they are all products of a writer but in the story, they should have some way of acting in their own interest or making choices.

Now, I am not saying Toei intended this to be a commentary on Agency in video games for female characters.  I don’t think they are that subtle or forward thinking in their writing as is evidenced by the treatment of women in Kamen Rider since the series began and their relegation to secondary characters, disposable Riders or shoved into the movie-only category.  I’ve covered that enough before. 

However, what’s been done to Poppy is different.  She has gone from being a character to being just a mascot for this new game.  Her entire persona has been hijacked and she has been recalled by the company that created her. If she could be recalled, reprogrammed and edited like this it raises the question of whether she even had any power to make her own decisions or if that was an illusion of free-will created by her programming. I can’t answer that though, if the writers of the show are smart, they will address this in-universe.

My greatest worry is that this will never be addressed and that Poppy will suffer the same fate as many women in Rider series past and perish.  That would be a horrible missed opportunity and something that would probably ruin my enjoyment of the show.  I know she is going to become a Rider (though I have yet to see episode 26) and that just raises another Red Flag for me.  The last time we had a female rider (In Kamen Rider Ghost) she got to transform for a minute before being tied up and turned into a damsel in distress for the rest of the series.

That’s not even mentioning the scads of times women have been denied the ability to be a Rider at all.  Again, I’ve covered that before and I won’t get into it too much here but it is important to note in the treatment of female character in Kamen Rider.  I worry that Poppy being a Rider, and an apparently evil one at that, is going to raise the flag for her death or reduction to just another will-less opponent or girl to be rescued.  That would be sad as we’ve seen that too many times in this franchise.

Now, we still have to see how this plays out on screen.  All of my concerns -may- be addressed or they may not.  I am still very interested to see what happens in the series and I will likely keep going to the end but this kind of plot twist seems a bit obvious, contrived and forced to turn a good character into someone utterly controlled not just by the villains but by the plot.  It robs her of her Agency in the story and turns her into just another female character in distress.

I wouldn’t even be complaining or wondering about this if the series hadn’t gotten me thinking and if I didn’t care about it.  I wouldn’t have written this much about a series I didn’t care about or wasn’t invested in.  What it boils down to is, I care about Poppy’s treatment and the outcome of this story because:

I LIKE KAMEN RIDER EX-AID!

mahnoorjahan-deactivated2017082  asked:

How do you feel about the pages in EOS where Aelin casually thinks of colonizing other countries and Rowan AGREES to it and boosts her on?

I mean, how do I /*feel*/ about it? As in how does is affect my enjoyment and support of SJM’s books?

basically like this: *shrugs*

And that’s because I’m really good at reading things and not being bothered by issues that tumblr thinks are problematic, and I’m also pretty good at enjoying literature that has a ton of problems because uh, that’s like, the entire point of literary criticism + the discipline i spent so long studying in college? I mean literary crit has saved my life as an historian and I’m deeply committed to the idea of textual analysis being the backbone of study for any humanity (srsly humanities students, every source is a fucking text that can be picked apart and analyzed until you die and it will improve your argument tenfold). So basically, I’m all for picking apart a text, because I enjoy doing so, but I’m also very skilled at not picking apart a text and just reading it and enjoying it. 

And I also think that books/texts do not need to be morally great and completely pc in order for us to enjoy them or in order for them to be deemed readable. I mean like…take Wuthering Heights for example. I ship the shit out of cathy and heathcliff (and if all else perished and he remained i should still continue to be like FUCK ME UP EMILY ugh so good), but i also acknowledge that its just about the most unhealthy problematic ass relationship every written. she is a literal demon??? he is also horrid. but i still adore them and the relationship and am very good at separating the things i like in literature from what i expect/want for myself and the world in real life

So in terms of Aelin’s colonization that means two things:

1) if she were to colonize, I’d probably be annoyed because I’m very against colonization irl and as an historian who lived in england I am sort of familiar with how shitty it is for the countries who are colonized (in that i have seen how england continues to treat them and their concerns and its very…sad and fucked up). i was at oxford during the year of rhodes must fall, and i was uh, for the rhodes falling side of the argument. like frankly i think we should ritualistically burn every statue of cecil rhodes in an enormous bonfire meant to summon satan from the depths of hell to come collect his blood stained soul but that’s a discussion for another time. however, aelin is not cecil rhodes, and she isn’t colonizing any real world country, and if SJM chose to have aelin colonize anywhere, I can imagine we would see Aelin bring peace and prosperity wherever she went b/c this is SJM’s universe and she can make whatever decisions she wants regardless of if they are realistic or not. And I’m cool with that. Fantasy is fantasy is fantasy. I’d be annoyed and roll my eyes but ultimately it would not affect my enjoyment of the book (and frankly no piece of media you consume is going to be unproblematic. but there are so many good parts of tog and acotar, good parts that have helped me survive and have made me feel accepted. and those good parts far outweigh the problems i have with the books)

2) and secondly…i kinda…disagree with the idea that Aelin is casually mentioning colonizing. In fact, I think this bit of text plays an important role in character development and the whole idea of having so much power that it corrupts. I’ll paste some analysis of this that I’ve done in the past bc I’m too lazy to do it again from scratch (anything below was written in response to another post, so it’s not directed at your ask specifically, but it does explain my feelings on this issue):

Let’s look specifically at the bit where Aelin says “For a heartbeat, she could see it- here face carved into statues…” Clearly this part is Aelin having grand dreams. Just…imagining what it would be like to be queen of the world. To have all that power.

Lets also consider how…afraid Aelin was/is of her own powers. How long it took her to accept that part of herself. How much she struggles with the burden of being the fire bringer. Great power = great responsibility (lol spiderman I’m sorry). Aelin was afraid of that responsibility. And i think…that she was also afraid of what it might do to her? Of how using her powers might make her hunger for more power and glory? And I think thats what we are seeing here. She’s admitting that parts of herself- for a heartbeat, for a literal second- want power and glory and fame. She’s admitting that she has that capability, that she has it within herself to hunger for extreme power and rule. Let’s not pretend like that isn’t within many of us as well.

But then, almost immediately, she thinks that these ides are “stupid and useless.” and she also says “Even wondering about the possibilities…perhaps it made her no better than Maeve or Erawan.” She’s fully acknowledging that thinking about colonization is not a good thing. She understands that it makes her like her enemies. Frankly, this is a really realistic thing for Sarah to include? Are we all just going to sit here and act like if we had tremendous power and were Queens that some of us wouldn’t be tempted by the power of expansion? Of gaining more power? Of course we would be! Not everyone, but some of us. Some of us would want power and fame and glory. But wanting something for a second before realizing how bad it is (what Aelin does here) is NOT the same thing as doing it.

Sure, maybe this scene is a bit…off putting, but I also think that it is a) realistic given the amount of power Aelin has and b) a problem we see a lot of fantasy heroes face. They always struggle with balancing power with…goodness. And they struggle with not letting their power make them corrupt. This is just an instance in which we see Aelin struggling with the same thing.

The temptation to do the wrong thing with power is not the issue, or the problem. What the hero actually does with said power is the issue. And do we see Aelin colonize in this book?? Nope. Nah.

Finally, I’d like to analyze the bit where she mentions giving her people kingdoms. I think it’s important that we think of how this relates to Terrasen specifically. The kingdom essentially does not exist. The people of Terrasen are homeless. They have nothing. No nationality, no kingdom, no identity. Aelin is specifically thinking about giving them everything she could in this moment. She’s thinking about conquering places specifically for her people. Of course, the reason behind colonization doesn’t matter, but it is important, for a character who rejected her destiny and responsibility, to finally start thinking about doing things for her country. I doubt Aelin actually *will* colonize, especially given that she BLATANTLY ADMITS IT WOULD MAKE HER LIKE MAEVE AND WHY WOULD SHE WANT TO DO SOMETHING LIKE MAEVE, but I do think that this scene functions as a way to show the reader the lengths she is now willing to do for her country and people.

Also, this scene sets up a pretty essential parallel between Aelin, Maeve, and Erawan. We need to know that our heroine is on the same level of power as her adversaries. And as I have already discussed, power does not come for free, and without the temptation to use it in the wrong way. Aelin needs to be faced with the same issue that someone like Maeve was faced with—do you use your power for good, or for evil? Do you let it corrupt you or do you resist the temptation?—so that we can see her make the right choice, the choice diametrically opposed to Maeve’s choice, and so that we perceive her as being as powerful as Maeve is. The potential for both good and evil is not unique to Aelin or Maeve, but it is a problem compounded by the amount of power they each have. Any good choice Aelin makes has more power to do goodness in the world than a good choice that someone like Chaol makes. Similarly, any evil choice she makes does more evil than an evil choice that someone like Chaol makes. Aelin’s struggle with good and evil within herself is necessarily more pronounced than any other character’s. Any character with as much power as Aelin or Maeve needs to face this problem, otherwise we would just have characters who had immense power and always used it for good and were never tempted by evil or whatever and that would be…unrealistic in the extreme, and not a satisfying story.

The capacity to do evil, and speak of evil, and think of evil, is not the same thing as doing evil. That’s a trait that all of us have in us. But what we actually choose to do, those are the things that matter.

There are many things we could talk about when we wonder where Arrow went wrong. Most people might say it started with the beginning of season 3 (which was definitely a garbage start to a garbage season) but I’d argue that it started midway through the second season.

That was when I fell in love with Arrow, actually, when the show was at its peak IMO. I watched the entire first season in less than 24 hours, and while I would never hold Arrow season 1 up as a beacon of diverse racial or queer representation, the ladies in it were amazing. We had Moira Queen, who was the sort of complex, morally questionable middle-aged woman character I don’t know that I’d ever seen before. And Thea was fierce and such a teenager–she whined, she argued, she rebelled, but she had such a good heart. Laurel was such a staunch protector of justice and I loved watching her in the courtroom. I loved seeing such a badass female lawyer on the screen (this was, of course, before Viola Davis graced us with her own astonishing performance as a badass female lawyer).

And there was Felicity, too, who got to be the tech genius, and she was awkward and funny and adorable. And we were introduced to McKenna Hall (awesome detective) and Joanna de la Vega (another lawyer) and Helena Bertinelli (vigilante/vindictive widow/daughter of a mob boss). In the flashbacks, we got Shado, who was a martial artist and archer, one of Oliver Queen’s mentors, and someone who was shown to care deeply for her family and friends and was such a fascinating character. There were a few more even that I can’t remember exactly right now. There was such a wide range of female characters and shortly after season 2 began, we were gifted with Sara Lance, a bisexual martial artist and precious cupcake, and Nyssa al Ghul, a lesbian assassin made of fire and steel.

Now, McKenna, Joanna, Shado, Nyssa, and Helena were all relatively minor characters from the start, but it doesn’t change the fact that of all the characters I just mentioned, in the seasons following, only two have never been bussed off the show or brutally murdered for the sake of manpain. And then again, of those two, one of them was *almost* killed for the sake of manpain.

It was like, after they killed Shado in 2x09, they thought “wow!!!! murdering women is a great plot point let’s continue it!!!”

So my point here is: Arrow made some <i>amazing</i> female characters, but later it was as though they were like:

“shit we have too many women what do we do i dunno i guess it’s M U R D E R T I M E”

And I see that trend in a lot of CW shows? Like the 100 had a lot of women and POC and queer folk in positions of power like I’d never seen before but then they started to fuck it all up :/

Anyway, I’m tired of my ladies being hurt.

GoT Re-Watch: Fine-Toothed Comb Edition

For an episode that barely hit that magical fifty minute mark, this set of notes is fairly long. I hope it’ll tide you over for two weeks, since I’m away next weekend - I’ll still be on tumblr, I just won’t have the time to write up notes.

But enough of that housekeeping. Are you ready for a cold open?

6.07 - The Broken Man

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Your Savior - 19

Thanks again for stopping by and reading! There is some minor character development in this chapter, but also so major plot points. I hope I’m not losing too many of you along the way. I have seriously had so much fun writing this, but more than anything I live for every like, re blog, comment, and message. Your support gives me purpose! 

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Chapter 19

Warnings:

Swearing, Negan being Negan, mentions of past sexual assault


“Y/N, omg, I swear if you don’t go talk to him soon I’m going to do it for you.” Brianna said quietly to you over breakfast after catching you watching Negan out of the corner of you eye for probably the thousandth time. He was leaning against a wall talking to one of his wives. 

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Emotional Abuse Is Still Abuse

I’ve made some posts about this before, but as I’ve just recently been put in a position where I was forced to relive some of my emotional abuse, I decided it was time to make a new post about a factor of emotional abuse I have not previously talked about. And before I start, I would like to make it quite clear that I am in no way discrediting any other type of abuse. I am just speaking from the heart about my personal experience with the type of abuse I have experienced.

Emotional abuse is often made out to be solely in the victim’s mind, because emotional evidence is apparently not the same as physical evidence. You can’t see the scars left by emotional abusers because they are emotional. I can’t pull my sleeve up to reveal bruises or cuts. But I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night from a nightmare and cry myself back to sleep because of the mental scars that my emotional abuser gave to me.
For years I tried to get out of my abusive situation, but as I was a child and had no physical evidence of my abuse, few people believed me. And those few that did couldn’t do anything about it.
Once I hit 10, though, and started getting extreme panic attacks to the point of not being able to leave the house, people started to take notice. It took me years of therapy and coping techniques to even start to get better. And even though I’m doing much better now, after years of trying to cope, I still get panic attacks and depression and cry in the middle of the night when there’s no one to hear me. Which brings me to my main point: Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

It wasn’t until very recently that I identified my symptoms as C-PTSD. I always knew that some of it must be related to my abuse, but I blamed most of it on genetics, as my family has a history of mental illness, and I did have the anxiety disorder when I was very young before the abuse affected me too much. But recently I was put in a situation where I was forced to face my abusive past, and I had a panic attack so bad I could’ve been ten again. Not to mention the flashbacks and depression that came with it. I talked to someone I’m very close to about it and she related the episode to a fictional character with PTSD.
After that conversation I did some research on PTSD, and I realized that so many of the things I’d learned to live with, so many of the things I’d convinced myself were just in my mind, were really symptoms of (complex) post traumatic stress, which was something I had convinced myself I couldn’t have because I was not physically abused.
Physical abuse is a horrible, horrible thing, I am in no way discrediting this. But emotional abuse is just as valid, and can cause some of the same mental and emotional problems, and in our society I feel that that is something that is often overlooked. We teach victims of mental and emotional abuse that their experiences are invalid because they can’t show you a scar that’s on their body to prove that they’re in pain.
So if anyone ever opens up to you and tells you that they have been abused, in any way shape or form, don’t question them, don’t make them show you proof, or explain their experiences if they don’t want to. Because if they opened up to you and told you that they were abused, that means that they trust you. So just listen to them, and believe them. Because chances are that’s something they rarely, if ever, get.

dumbspacemarines replied to your post: imagine: space kids parents don’t ever pick him up…

YES BUT LIKE IMAGINE MAX BEING WEARY ABOUT EVERYTHING BECAUSE DAVID SETS UP PLAY DATES FOR SPACE KID AND DANIEL.. SO MAX OF COURSE TAGS ALONG FOR AWHILE TO MAKE SURE SPACE KID IS SAFE UNTIL HE REALIZES THAT DANIEL ISN’T A DICK TO SPACE KID

I mean, implying Daniel isn’t stuck back in jail after the summer ends. Then again, this IS the universe of Camp Camp and they tend to let people like Daniel, Jen, the Quartermaster and Cameron all roam free with little to no repercussions (again…there are way too many characters who are willing to murder and have actually gotten away with it in this universe) so maybe he’s on parole.

In any case, Space Kid is always happy to see him! And yes, Max is naturally still suspicious, even after Daniel not doing anything to harm Space Kid all summer. But it doesn’t take him long to realize that Space Kid is probably the last person in the world on Daniel’s ‘people I would stab’ list, and he just lets them be.

im thinking about the festival idea again and i just hope these small details are in it (these are of course if these characters are alive still)

- Budo in an eating contest (ive mentioned this too many times before but i want it anyways)

  • As this happens, if you choose to cause chaos, you can poison the food and kill a couple people or make them really sick

- Midori helping in a booth, either with the cooking club or a game booth the gaming club put together

- The Occult club having a shitty haunted house in their club room

- The Martial Arts Club having ‘test your strength’ games

- The gardening club having a game involving the maze!

  • a great place to kill your rival or random people

- The Light music club having karaoke or providing the music

Thoughts about the YoI movie

Because of course I’ve been thinking about it.

I think that they may be using the movie to finish up the current skating season.

Way back in January as i was doing season 2 speculation, I mentioned that going the Four Continents/Worlds route would have the problem of every single characters (except Victor) using the same skating programs the audience is already familiar with. I’m going to quickly copy paste from that post

This is a problem because
1) the narrative purpose of the programs has basically run its course except for Yuuri’s because he was robbed
2) there is a chance of the audience growing bored of watching the same programs for another entire 12 episodes.
One way to fix this would be to reanimate the programs. Have them up to ep1′s Stammi Vicino levels quality, with different angles and camera movements and proper cinematography and animation. Another would be to focus less on the skating itself and more on developing characters and relationships outside of skating. Not just our main trio, but all the secondary characters we’ve only briefly met.

With the movie they would have to reanimate the programs. And finishing off the season in movie format lets them give everyone new outfits, themes, music and choreographies for a season 2 (though going through the GPF process again can end up being repetitive too but we’ll see). There also wouldn’t be much of a need to introduce new characters to the cast, which is good since it’s already a huge cast as it is and many characters seriously need development. 

So if they wrap up the skating season in the movie and start off a new season in s2 later, I could see this working. I’m sure they would skip Nationals and just mention results, but it would be strange for them to skip Four Continents since it was actually mentioned in season 1 and it’s a temporary fix for the ridiculousness of Victor both coaching and competing against Yuuri, since he can’t compete there. Of course, it does take two of three main characters out of the game, so if the movie does go this route I would expect it to focus mostly on Worlds.

I’m still upset it’s a movie for various reasons and this idea still has problems. Mostly related to Victor but also, with the limited run time of a movie, they may have to rush through the competitions. 

I hope they give some info soon.

reasons to read pokemon special

- unlike other adaptations which make changes in order to facilitate a better story, pokespe is incredibly faithful to the source material, to the point where satoshi tajiri once said that it best portrayed the world he was trying to convey

- the characters may not be the deepest in the world, but they’re all done well and are consistent across arcs and volumes

-unlike pokeani, which forcibly resets ash every region and makes him look a lot dumber than he really is, different arcs in pokespe are handled by new characters. while this does introduce a problem of too many characters, it also means old characters returning will lead to serious ass-kicking

- again, i need to mention the amount of detail put in. nearly every insignificant thing from the games is mentioned in some form or another, from contests to secret bases to unique mons like spiky eared/cosplay pikachu to apricorn balls to the finer points of battling…i could go on and on

- excellent character development on the part of some characters, especially Silver

- i swear to god, hidenori kusaka is a god damn time traveler. he has predicted so many vital game mechanics, it’s actually a little creepy. black and white’s antagonists, critical captures, the cave behind tojo falls in hgss, the moves magnet rise, electroweb and psystrike, the green orb, the pokemon world tournament, pokemon amie, and probably more, were all predicted in some form by pokespe

- seriously, if you like pokemon, read this manga

OH MY GOD, SHE HAS A NAME?!

I was trying to figure out where FFN got its almost obsessively exhaustive character list, because it’s sure as hell not just Wikipedia or the DTB wikia. It’s definitely not just AniList either - FFN is still missing a bunch of Gemini of the Meteor characters AniList has, as it turns out - but I’m sure it helped.

Hm, so that’s why there’s only one Isozaki on the list. ETA: NO, WAIT, the wife is listed as Shizuka I. Derp.

Oh my god, full names!!

Oh my god, ANY names!

Did we already know all this from on-screen info? I can’t remember if we knew all this.

Anyway, then I headed over to Anime News Network because FFN still has more characters and/or first/last names listed I that don’t recognize…

Who are all these people from the OVAs? Is Mark a name or a synonym for “target” here? Why does Hikari have two different VAs??

(Nevermind Chin, that’s Qin the funny dude who ends up with the baby, it took me a minute to find him on the wikia because of the spelling difference.)

Gemini. Whoooooo are you, who who, who who du-dun dundun~

I mean, I’m pretty sure itty bitty Nick didn’t appear in Gemini, so if I needed proof that ANN is fallible too here it is, but still.

Erika is the other hostess in Chiaki’s club, I guess, but whooooooooooo are the others. How many of Alma’s cult members had speaking lines again?

ETA: WAIT, ETSUKO MUST BE THE CREEPY MAID!

Okay, that leaves… Hirose as the only character on FFN’s list that I can’t find any mention of elsewhere. Plus the six “unknown"s, I guess. Oh, and Steiru. Nobody’s listed him, though I’m pretty sure he’s from the manga? I’m just not going to reread the whole thing to check.

Well, this was a productive evening!

Not.