all the many perfect scenes that are set up in this game

IMPORTANT THINGS IN THE BOOTLEG

Jeremy’s massive thing of Aveeno and tissues. Same.

Will Connolly has nice legs.

Jeremy tucks in his shirt? What a nerd.

The choreography in More Than Survive is legendary.

Chloe is an asshole. Also, I’m pretty sure Jeremy was going to defend Jenna? Good boy.

Jeremy is so gleeful when he sees the sign up sheet? Fuck everyone who says he only signed up for Christine- this boy clearly wanted to do it, he was just too scared to go for it.

The sad look as he realizes that the signup is just going to end in humiliation.

CHRISTINE’S LIP BALM??? Get moisturized!

IS MY MACBOOK PRO HARD DRIVE

Brooke’s hair is gorgeous.

Jeremy bops along to Michael’s rap, which is adorable. It also shows that he’s only really comfortable around him- compare Jeremy in the chorus of More Than Survive, where he’s flailing and totally unable to keep with the choreography to Two Player Game, where he and Michael are completely in sync.

Handshake is repeated in Two Player Game! Motif confirmed!

Speaking of which, Michael himself is totally with the choreography. I think this can be taken as either him accepting his place in the hierarchy, or at least having the social skills to navigate it. Either way, it makes sense that he has trouble relating to Jeremy’s frustration with fitting in- in his own way, he already does.

Also, the prop and scene transitions are fantastic? The entire set is ridiculously versatile, and it’s incredible how seamless the transitions are and how they blend into the dancing. Also, the fucking sky bean bags. Who do you think had to stand up on the catwalks and drop those? I wanna know.

At 7:40 we have some quality hand flapping action? I mean, this entire scene is great- Jeremy stands up straighter and looks so genuinely excited, and he runs up to the poster, so ready to get genuinely into this play… and then Rich calls him gay and publically humiliates him.

Speaking of Rich, he’s kind of a dick in this, isn’t he? I mean, the whole bullying thing definitely is not a mild issue- Rich spends most of his time attacking Jeremy. At 2:40 he straight up punches Jeremy in the nuts, he actually lays hands on him during the “BOYF” scene, and when he’s singing to him, at one point he’s clearly about to punch him. Hard.

Speaking of that moment, I want to point out Jeremy’s instantaneous reaction to Rich raising his hand. That’s not a normal reaction. Normal people block their faces, obviously, but the way Jeremy automatically does it before Rich even finishes raising his hand, that’s not normal. That’s what people do when they’ve been hit. A lot.

Anyways, Michael is amazing? Such a supportive friend. So many good friendly touches. 9:45’s little face pat, and the entirety of Two Player Game stick out.

“WELL I’M JEREMY!”

And lemme talk about I Love Play Rehearsal too. I love Christine, and she’s so amazingly extra in everything she does. I also love how happy Jeremy is listening to her, even if he’s too nervous to talk, and how Christine is totally cool with that! They have a lot of great chemistry in this!

I also love how it’s absolutely obvious that Christine is horrible at reading the room and is constantly unaware of the innuendos she’s making. My beautiful, oblivious daughter.

And, she’s so comfortable with him! You go girl! Shout at the sweaty man!

Jeremy is a ball of spastic energy. Constantly. I can relate.

Shout out to Jeremy putting his hands over his lap. It’s okay man. We all have boners for Christine.

Jeremy’s little smile during her song? It’s adorable. 100% wholesome. He’s so in love.

And Christine poking his… like, everywhere? Cute as hell.

And for that matter, Jeremy’s nervous tic of smoothing down his hair? Really cute. He does it a lot too!

Jake is apparently also on the Frisbee Golf Team. Make of that what you will.

Mr. Reyes hugging Christine. Quality comforting. My poor daughter, who then proceeds to harass him during the Hot Pocket Break. Perfect girl.

She also seems really hesitant initially with Jake. Her body language is very much “Leave me alone please.”

Jeremy has canonically had to go to the nurse over breakdowns.

Rich has seen Mr. Reyes urinate. This isn’t important, but like. It happened. Why.

Rich spends the entire discussion before his song urinating while rolling his hips. And doesn’t wash his hands. Then puts said hands all over Jeremy. Jeremy has indirectly touched Rich’s dick.

Rich’s lisp comes back when he shouts at Jeremy, then he slaps himself. Damn, that’s heartbreaking.

Also, irrelevant to Rich, but Jeremy’s hands are in his pockets 85% of the time. Like a bisexual penguin.

Rich at 20:33 keeps touching Jeremy’s face. He still has not washed his hands.

AGAIN, RICH WAS ABOUT TO SERIOUSLY FUCK UP JEREMY’S FACE, AND FROM HIS IMMEDIATE, REFLEXIVE REACTION, WE CAN TELL THIS HAS HAPPENED BEFORE.

Please, someone make a tutorial for the SQUIP hand gestures. I love them.

Rich makes Jeremy stand straight. Foreshadowing much?

When Rich sings “Rule!” at 22:25, he does the rising fist motion from Pitiful Children.

Jeremy’s flailing at 23:09, beautiful anxious deer child. He’s beauty, he is grace, he’s gonna shove a SQUIP in his face.

“Aren’t you gonna wash your hands?”

Rich flashing Jeremy while he shouts about how the SQUIP makes it so he doesn’t get piss on his hands.

Rich is a nasty boy.

Jeremy’s reprise of the SQUIP Song is great.

YEET

Michael has reentered the narrative and they both sound so happy to see each other.

Beanbags, our twin heavenly Lords and Saviors, are made with space fabric.

Jeremy and Michael move in perfect tandem, like holy shit. They straight up swap controllers for a bit and keep playing as they talk and dance and annoy each other? Incredible.

This is the most wholesome thing I’ve ever seen. So full of holes.

Michael tickles Jeremy? GOOD SHIT.

Jeremy steals Michael’s controller and his face has such glee. So playful. So pure.

Friendly reminder that part of the reason Jeremy took the SQUIP and kept obeying it was fear of become his father- depressed and negligent.

The awkward hell of having to stare at Mr. Heere’s crotch. Every time he shows up. Jeremy, I feel your pain.

Mr. Heere goes in for the hair tussle and is brutally rejected by his son. In general, Jeremy is really upset by his parents, both his dad and his deadbeat mom.

Michael is super insecure.

Honestly, this whole thing is like watching the build up to a tragedy. It’s honestly unnerving to now Jeremy’s going to get the living shit kicked out of him.

Jeremy flipping Michael off at 29:07 is my aesthetic.

Rich and Jake helping with the scene transitions are amazing.

Michael’s constant glaring at Spooky Stock Boy is legendary. Quality moral support here.

Every Time Jeremy’s voice cracks, I triple in power.

The robotic backup singers and theremin during Stock Boy’s reprise are my sexuality.

Tag yourself, I’m massive hat lady.

“Minty?”

MICHAEL IS SO FUCKING HYPED FOR THAT PEPSI, DAMN SON.

More quality Jer-flaps at 34:23.

JEREMY’S SEIZURE. HOLY SHIT MY SON IS IN PAIN. ALL WHUMP IS CANON.

I mean, seriously, that’s an actual goddamn seizure. That’s horrifying.

NO JENNA DON’T RECORD JEREMY DYING, GET FUCKING MEDICAL ATTENTION.

Christine is so fucking worried, and she pushes Jake away for making fun of Jeremy. I love her.

ERIC’S HERE BITCHES.

anonymous asked:

could you possibly please rec a couple of your fave fics? ♥️

Ok, so I’m assuming: klance fics? Alright, here we go:

texting fics (I love those kind of fics. They almost always seem to nail characters’ personalities and texting style and are so funny to read. The ones I’ll mention now are my absolute fav from this category):

left on read ✓ by hinatashoyo

Ongoing, funny and although sometimes hits a serious area it’s mostly in a light tone. Pining!Keith.

(For me it’s a big plus, because as you know if you follow me, it’s one of my favourite tropes in Voltron fandom)

little numbers by ashtxns

(I guess you have to be logged in user of AO3 to read that one)

Anyway, ongoing and I suspect it won’t be finished but because of it’s form you don’t get a feeling like you’re left hanging. Super funny. Established klance.

and here comes the blushing groom by hiriki

Completed. Keith and Lance are stucked on a planet which citizens believe they are heroes destined to save them. The thing is they have to get married. Aka: Lance, Pidge, Hunk, Allura and Shiro are texting while Keith.exe stopped working. I don’t remember it very well, but I know I had fun while reading. Also, @xxxkaseixxx recommended it to me, so I already knew it’s a good one before starting.

Legendary Station by BleuSarcelle

Ok, so it’s not really texting fic but it’s a first part of a series where second part is texting fic. You don’t have to read that one to enjoy it’s continuation but I’m strongly reccomending it, because it’s a joy, I remember that one quote (about Keith’s mullet) made me laugh histerically at 3 a.m.

The story is: Voltron is a Radio Station beloging to Allura and her family and: Black, Green, Yellow, Red and Blue are it’s hosts. The station menagers decide that if all radio hosts specialize in certian topics and have already established base of listeners then Station can be even more popular if hosts would be paired with each other. Turns out they were right. Completed.

dance au fics:

i bet you look good on the dancefloor by xShieru

One of the first fics I’ve read in this fandom. I don’t remember it very well but the general impression is that it was quite enjoyable. Except that…pining!lance was…very extremaley thirsty and I’m not very fond of Keith being pictured as some sex object. The fic is well written, it’s not like Keith is dumb but pretty. It’s just when you see him through Lance’s eyes it may be uncomfortable for some people.

Lance, Hunk and Pidge are dancers who strongly admire dancing duo Keith and Shiro. Some stuff happens, Lance goes on dancing camp and guess who’s an instructor? Completed.

Shut Up And Dance With Me by wittyy_name

I’m pretty sure everyone knows this one so I’ll just say it’s pretty great and if you haven’t before you should read this one and also every other fic wrtitten by this author. Ongoing.

I’m Going To Sweep You Off Your Feet   by Adventures_in_Writing

Ongoing. Shiro and Allura are getting married and Keith - as Shiro’s best man - needs to take some dance lesson because it’s important part of a wedding. So he takes them from Allura’s maid of honor - Lance. There is some actual knowledge about dances so it’s cool. Also, Keith’s a florist.

fanatsy kind of fics:

Gate Keeper by MoonlitPaladin (MoonlitStardust)

Scottish folklore, faes, mystery. Lance has a destiny. Really good writing.

Flirting With Death by drippingpen

Now this one is maybe my favourite. It’s hard to decide but there is something about this story that reminds me of a type of books I used to read before discovering fanfiction.

Ongoing. Keith is Grim Reaper. Lance is his first…client?

Of Lions and House Cats  by Ms_Towa

People with super powers are real and known in public because they all belong to Voltron Alliance. Unless they are Galra.

Keith is a superhero. Lance is vigilante that he has to stop. Lance is also a cute boy he has a crush on. Secret identyties. Pining!Keith. Ongoing

coffe shop au (well not exactly but)

Better than coffee by peralta

Also one of the first fics I started reading in this fandom and only recently completed.

Lance is a college student who tries to cut of his addiction to coffee and maybe switch for tea… Keith conviniently is a hot as hell barista in a bubble tea shop. And also college student, double majoring because he’s awesome and perfect and dead inside.

Voltron cafe by PinkHitman

If you know this blog but didn’t read a fic that goes with it, go read it immediately.

It’s kind of like maid/butler cafe where Lance is a butler and his rival from high school his most frequent client. Very very like v e r y pining!Keith. Ongoing.

kind of nsfw/kinky stuff:

Please Drink Resposibly by enjayas

It’s completed and has lots of additional to this au separate fics. All of them great.

Let’s play a game „How much drunk Lance can remember”? Pining!Keith.

Keith is sure that his feelings will forever stay one-sided since Lance is so obviously straight.

Hot singles in your area by rire

Lance calls a girl who gave him her number execpt that she gave him a Sex Line number. Quite cruel, right? But the person on the phone is actually more interesting than that girl anyway, so.

Keith is Sex Line worker, but he’s soo into this that he talks his clients through while solving a sudoku. At least most of them, because one is special. Ongoing, possibly on hiatus.

Crowd Pleaser by WhatTheBodyGraspsNot

Keith gets a job as a bertender and is immediately strongly atrracted to one of club’s dancers: Blue Rider. Too bad Keith’s taken.

This one may be triggering for some people because Keith is in a realtionship with a male OC character who’s manipulative, controlling and once used a violence to make a point.

I put this fic in „kinky” category but it’s actually a very thought out psychological study, excellent writing, some funny scenes too. Ongoing.

College au:

Not That Bad by varelsen

Actually realistic settings. I remember it very fondly. Mutual pining. Completed.

Keith moves in by averagebear

Slow burn torture. Like, really. Agony, but don’t we love it?

Anyway, title kinda tells what it’s about. Hunk decided that Lance as a roommate is too distracing so he moves out but finds Lance a new roommate so he can pay his rent. New roommate turns out to be Keith, Lance’s highschool rival and bisexual awakening. Another one of those where Keith thinks Lance is straight.

Mutual pining. Ongoing.

and for those I don’t really have a category for:

On Thin Ice by Minadora

Keith is a hockey player that needs to practise some grace so he takes ice dancing lessons in Arena where his brother Shiro is an instructor. Keith thinks that Shiro will be his teacher. ha ha. Ha.

Anayway, it’s lovely. Sadly updates are very rare. But the chapters are long so it evens. Ongoing.

Kismet, Kill me by Jessadilla

*sigh* Probably will never be completed and, unfortunetly, it WILL leave you hanging. So keep it in mind if you’ll decide to give it a try.

But I had to put it on a list becacuse it’s one of the first etc etc and there is a sentence that will probably stay with me forever: „Lance is a person of many acqaintances, but very few friends”. And I get it, I so get it. When you’re charismatic you attract people easily. But only some of them will stay with you after knowing you better.

Keith falls in love at first sight but will he still like that charming stranger who’s actually rude, obnoxious and tactless when he’ll spend more time in his company?

….Ongoing. In theory, but it’s been a year so…

Objects in Motion (When Unbalanced) by Mytay

(Actually check out all of this author’s fics!)

This one is about how on every planet that Paladins visit citizens mistake Keith and Lance as a couple. It happens so often that Pidge decides to collect data and analize it from scientfic point of view. Completed.

I hope it was a helpful list~

Edit: I don’t know how could it happen but I forgot to add one more of my most favourite fanfics:

A Commutual Contract by SKayLanphear

Keith witness Lance’s “death” and that experience traumatize him. Later when Lance is A-okay he still needs to check on him and can’t get any sleep due to terrible nightmares. Turns out sleeping near Lance helps him get some rest at night, when he can always make sure his friend’s alive.

Great writing. Interesting study in depression (Lance) and feeling alienated in group (Keith). Ongoing- and I’m personally dying to know what happens next, because resent events sort of left us hanging.

anonymous asked:

Can you make a list of your bug head fic recs please?

Yes! There are so many amazing Bughead fics out there, you are in for a treat! 

Wicked Games by aliquitecontrary (ItsAryanna)- Betty is a famous supermodel with a creepy stalker, so she gets Jughead Jones a hot bodyguard assigned to her. I am obsessed! Anything written by @camelotskingz is amazing! I am obsessed with her stories.

To B.C. I Still Love You by aliquitecontrary (ItsAryanna)- Get out the tissues, this story is beautiful and heartbreaking. Jughead is a best selling author, his novel is about his relationship and break up with Betty Cooper. The angst is so real!

The Girl With The Journal by juggieiheadcoopers- The best Soulmate AU that I have ever read! Jughead writes journal entires everyday since he was sixteen years old about a blonde haired girl that he never met before. Betty finds his journal when he leaves it behind in a coffee shop and reads it. It is sooooo good!

The Serpent and Swan by jugandbettsdetectiveagency- The fandom was blessed with the beautiful pictures of Lili in a pink dress which inspired many new Royal AU’s. I am a sucker for Royal Bughead. This is one of the many awesome Royal fics.

Tacos and Tequila by jugandbettsdetevtiveagency- I love this story so much! It just finished :(, but it is an absolute masterpiece! Betty and Archie have plans for her to visit him at college for the weekend, but when she gets to his place in a snow storm she is greeted by Archie’s roommate Jughead. She finds out that Archie forgot about their plans and is away for the weekend. Bughead trapped together in a snow storm, it’s as amazing as it sounds!

Coop de Grace by justcorbeau- If you love a slow burn this is the perfect story for you! AU set in New York. I am only halfway through, but I am hooked.

Needing/Getting by slantedsunsight- This story is Ski trip Bughead. It is adorable, but hasn’t been updated in a bit. I recommend still reading the first two chapters.

Do You Believe in Fate? by jennimisk- Study Abroad in Italy AU. Such a beautiful story. I look forward to updates every week!

The Winged Beast by onceuponamirror- For those who love Serpent Jughead, this is the story for you. My girl Sabrina is featured as well. One of the first Bughead fics that I fell in love with.

Make It Work by Raptorlily- You can never go wrong with a classic fake dating slow burn to lovers. I am loving this story where Betty and Jughead pretend to be dating for Veronica and Archie’s wedding. Ongoing and I can’t wait to see how it plays out!

And Other Collisions by Raptorlily-  This story is an AU about what if Jughead had been at Cheryl’s party in 1x01. I adore this story. It has not been updated in a while, but fingers crossed that it is updated soon!

I Need My Girl by LILAYYYY-  This story is so unique! Jughead and Betty are roommates who both are in love with each other, but will not admit it to each other. This story features lots of angst and a bisexual Betty. Definitely one of my favorites!

I’ll Wait For You by AGirlNamedWhiskey- This is an AU where Betty is an army kid who moves around. She moves to Riverdale where she gets involved with Riverdale’s car racing scene. Jughead Jones is one of the best drivers in town. Ugh there are no words for how much I love this story!

Crowns by annoe- Another Royal Bughead AU. The story just began and I am along for the ride. 

The Reunion by dreamersshouldknowbetter- Bughead High School Reunion. Very sweet story, I adored it!

The Stacks by Malmo722- An amazing Bughead AU. I can’t explain how much I adore this story!

Blogs to follow for amazing stories-

Anything by @bughead4days​, Anything on her master list is incredible. She has a multi chapter story right now called Snake Skin it is absolutely amazing!

Anything by @betsforsythetrash! Her master list is amazing as well. Self Conclusion is one of my favorite Bughead fan fics of all time. King Crown’s Bar is a smutty story that is in progress right now that I can’t get enough of.

 @bughead-fic-request- I read everything they write as well! Girls on Film is marvelous!

More awesome blogs that post amazing stories-

@jugandbettsdetectiveagency @lusterrdust @wheninriverdale @wordsonpages1 @peacelovebughead @gellbellshead @juggieheadcoopers @bugheadandjughead @itstenafterfour

I all ready know that I am missing a few stories and blogs, so I am so sorry if I forgot you! There are soooo many well written Bughead stories the Bughead fandom is definitely blessed with talented writers. This makes the summer hiatus a lot less painful for sure!

I hope this answers your question xx

RPG Maker Fever Hanged by Four Dwarfs

Warning:This article may contain spoilers and the content inappropriate for children…or may not contain.But get the children away from the screen just in case.

It was the rainy day just like this one. I was in my room watching  porn the stars, when I’ve noticed the body hanging in the opposite window. Neighbor hung himself. While examining the scene I’ve found his laptop with unfinished article. I’ve got the laptop and went home. Later I got arrested for break-in, but before that I managed to post this article on tumblr. Enjoy!

1. Blight Dream

Blight Dream is an exploration adventure game, where you play as a girl, suffering from memory disorder ( don’t confuse with amnesia ), whose goal is to regain memories from the blank period of her life. But there’s one little problem-it seems that your brother isn’t really excited about you getting back your memories, that’s why he’s watching your every step and prevents all your attempts to remember. So, watch his movements and try not to get caught by him. But is it really your brother, who you should be afraid of? Play and see for yourself. Beside interesting plot, this game has high-quality visuals ( character’s 3D-models are similar to ones in remake of FF3 and CP:Blood Drive ) and wisely chosen soundtrack.

2. 1BeatHeart

Here goes a sequel-spinoff to 1bitHeart, without friend-making and QTE-scenes though. This time the main character is Misane-chan, who, along with Nanashi, is solving various murder cases in resort hotel. Gameplay is very similar to Ace Attorney games, logic is pretty simple, so, as long as you’ve played any detective games-you’ll be fine even without hints. Like it’s predecessor, 1BeatHeart has wonderful presentation – beautiful art and sprites along with catchy soundtrack and quality voice acting.

3.The Hanged Man

The Strange Men Series is probably one of most known game series in rpg-horror community, and, no doubt, one of the most interesting. Here goes the last game in the series, which concludes the main plotline, and makes clear some things, that were hanging in the air since the Crooked Man. The Hanged Man  introduces us new protagonist – Will, a bit unstable, but still nice boy with active imagination, who’s searching for his missing friend. Along the way he’ll meet many of our old acquaintances from previous games. Once again, game has fully voiced cutscenes, with quality voice acting for an indie-game. Gameplay, though, is more simple compared to predecessors, most of the game you’ll be exploring various locations and  solving puzzles, there’s no action cut-ins, except for quite complicated final chase. Overall, the Hanged Man  is an interesting game and very decent conclusion of the whole series.

4.Farethere City

Here goes the game, made by Segawa, the author of our favorite End Roll. Farethere City was his first game, and it’s bit more simple in terms of gameplay ( for example, there’s no rpg-elements and game’s world isn’t that big ). But when it comes to story, City is as good as ER, both sad and moving,-game starts with little kelp  (Mr.Turnip?) named Pigula, who has recently moved to a new city and wishes to open a shop, but something is definitely off with both city and our  hero. Visual part is as bright as one in the End Roll (including a bit of stylish disturbing artwork).So, if you liked End Roll and still want more, I highly suggest playing Farethere City.

5.June Bride Nightmare

What a beautiful wedding…and how quickly it turned into a nightmare. Our protagonist, Yuno, was so close to finding her happiness with the man she loves, but ended up being the only surviving person on her own wedding, and now she’s forced to play hide and seek with the mysterious maniac in the church, where wedding was held. Every time the maniac appears, you have a choice to sneak past him or to run for it by performing a QTE. Game has an interesting story, good gameplay and wonderful presentation. Even if you are far from  romance ( like myself, heh ), Bride still leaves the strong impression, especially the bittersweet true ending ( there’s also secret ending, but it isn’t that good, really ).

6.Little Red Riding Hood’s Wolf

Who doesn’t know the tale about Red Riding Hood? Famous tale indeed, and has many various interpretations, in most of them the girl gets eaten by wolf one way or another. But not this time. In this game granny is dead from the very beginning, little Red Riding Hood and the wolf are working together in order to find the murderer. Story is interesting and have some nice plot-twists (personally, I liked how the theme of split personality played in here ) and characters are nice. When it comes to gameplay, LRRHW plays like any other rpg-horror, so if you aren’t new to genre, you’ll easily beat this game in a hour or so. It’ll be quite pleasant hour.

7.Stray Cat Crossing

If you constantly play rpg-horrors and still haven’t got tired from amnesiac characters, I highly recommend you to play Stray Cat Crossing. First thing, that catches the eye is very detailed sprites and pixel artwork. Other one is dark atmosphere of haunted house with stylish designs and some grotesque well-animated cutscenes. Gameplay is mostly consists from searching the right items and solving simple riddles, but there’s also one frustrating chasing scene at the end of the first section of the house. Story may lack originality, but still good and teaches us to forgive, this time not others, but yourself, since sometimes there’s things that are beyond our control. And despite ending being optimistic, closing credits are a bit creepy.

8.Three Ghostly Roses

You find yourself in the strange place, greeted by mysterious man in the blue cape, you don’t remember anything about yourself, except for the name. Edmund Brigham. Doesn’t ring a bell? Nope, it doesn’t. To find out about your past and your purpose, you’ll need to carefully explore every corner of the dark and unwelcome world, before it’ll start to fall apart. TGR looks very similar to NES games and has wonderful original soundtrack, which perfectly fits to dark atmosphere of the haunted world. Also game has pretty unique battle system, where you watch the enemy’s movements and try to exploit it’s weakness. And, there’s no healing items, you recover HP by defeating the enemies, but despite that, difficulty level is quite fair.

9.Dreamfarer

Good sleep is important, isn’t it? It definitely is, but not for the people in Dreamfarer, who don’t need to sleep at all. In the society, described in the game, sleep is considered something out of ordinary, since no one’ve slept and seen a dreams for a long time. Yet, little girl, who has an ability to travel between other’s dreams, accidentally gets into a dream of a man, who is currently in comatose state in the hospital. To get back to reality, you’ll need to swap between girl and the man, since both of them see the same things from different perspectives, and help the inhabitants of the dream world. Dreamfarer is one of those games, which start as cute adventure and get darker and darker towards the end. This game has amazing fully redrawn graphics and stunning artwork (there’s literally tons of CGs ).

10.Shirakami-sama to Yon-no-Oni 

 Our next game is perfect if you are tired from jumpscares, suggestive  content and brain(or heart)-breaking stories. Shirakami is very heartwarming game about friendship between boy and four demons, who help him in search of his cousin, who went missing while preparing to upcoming festival. Game has warm atmosphere of small village, strong with it’s traditions, beautiful illustrations and interesting gameplay, based on main character’s perception. There’s 3 endings in total, to see all of them you’ll need to beat the game 3 times (it’ll take from 3 to 5 hours in total ) and every time story goes the different way. Currently, game ia available only in russian and japanese.

11.From The Next Door

When you see something extremely cheap-it’s always suspicious. In case of food it might be rotten ( not always though ), in case of newly acquired house-get ready to deal with abomination living next door ( and no, I don’t mean neighbors ). Usually, when you notice paranormal activity in your house-you try to get away from it as far as you can, but in case of our heroine Namie ( who is as “smart” as Ayumi Shinozaki in CP: Blood Drive )- you’ll wait until things will get reeeeally ugly. Despite main heroine’s stupidity ( or thanks to it ), the game came out really creepy and interesting. Additionally I would like to praise game’s stylish visuals reminiscent of GBC-games and good work with setting the right atmosphere. And, once again, if you’re not the sensitive type-I suggest you playing in complete darkness with headphones on.

12.Hansel

Despite the game’s title, you will meet neither Hansel nor Gretel, instead you are playing as twin brothers, one of them is timid and another is sharp-mouthed (oh well, they’re both little rascals, no matter how you look at it). Hansel is nice adventure game with variety of references to famous old fairy tales, good humor, adorable visuals and quite unexpected ending ( two endings, to be exact, since another one is unlocked after beating the game for the second time). Game is relatively short ( 30-40 minutes ) and puzzles can be easily solved without a guide.

13.Lavender

Lavender presents another look on the Rapunzel’s story, in which there’s no prince and evil witch isn’t that evil. Your goal in this game is to descend the tower to retrieve your birthday present, solving various unique puzzles ( from feeding plants to playing chess ) on your way down. Lavender has quality pixel graphics and overall good presentation, which helps to create the feeling that you’re traveling through old storybook. Personally, I really liked the game’s normal ending, but there’s also a secret one for those, who like, when plot starts to turn grim and bloody.

14.Dudley and The Mysterious Tower

There goes a new title, developed by Sen, but don’t expect second Mad Father or Misao. Dudley is far more simple in terms of both plot and presentation. But it doesn’t mean that the game has nothing to offer. You play as a courier, who has an important delivery to tower’s owner, and his dog. Each floor of the tower is designed as a puzzle, in order to solve which you’ll need to switch between courier and the dog, who can do things courier can’t ( like seeing ghosts and talking to other animals).To climb the tower and see the contents of so-called “delivery”  you’ll need about 40 minutes, so if you have some free time-be my guest.

15.Apocalypse Never

And once again our closing title belongs to “escape” genre, where you need to leave locked apartments by all means necessary. This time you play as carefree guy, whose drunken older sister has changed all locks in the house. Game is about 30 minutes long and has several endings, which depend on how fast you’ll manage to escape the house and meet up with a friend ( don’t forget to bring “that” with you ).Also game has good humor (some jokes are just hilarious) and nice art style.

fun facts from the ‘Beyond Stranger Things’ series on netflix (spoilers!!)

Classic Duffer Brothers moments:

  • The Snow Ball was always going to be the scene they were building to the whole season, and the scene between Nancy and Dustin there was always a part of that. That scene is based off of a real life conversation Matt Duffer had with his older female cousin while he was young, in which she basically told him the same things Nancy tells Dustin
  • They originally were going to have Will (or rather, the Mind Flayer acting as Will) kill Bob in episode four, after the speech he gives about the clown scaring him as a kid. However, Sean Astin lobbied hard for Bob to have a heroic death, and the Duffers ultimately felt like episode four was too soon for Will to become fully possessed
  • The Duffer brothers were held back in kindergarten because they only hung out with each other and didn’t socialize with the other children. By the same token, the pair would spend their lunches in high school sitting by themselves eating atop their car, which informed the scene with Nancy and Jonathan eating lunch together. Originally, the scene was supposed to be set in a field

Cute Kid Stuff:

  • The kiss between Max and Lucas at the Snow Ball was Caleb McLaughlin’s first kiss, which he was initially kind of pumped for; the novelty faded, though, when they couldn’t get the timing right and had to do take after take after take, and all the extras kept applauding
  • (this is my personal favorite) Finn Wolfhard and Millie Bobby Brown were more prepared for their kiss; so that Millie could have the right reaction, Finn would whisper like a ventriloquist “I’m coming in” right before he kissed her. In the finished shot, you can see his lips just barely moving as he whispers to her
  • Noah Schnapp and Millie are two of the closest friends in the cast despite almost never appearing together onscreen, and they hope they get more scenes together in future episodes
  • The purring that Dustin does throughout the season was initially improvised by Gaten Matarazzo
  • Millie loved doing scenes with David Harbour but hated the scenes where she was alone in Hopper’s cabin, just watching soaps and putting on blindfolds, she says really she felt like Eleven felt, bored and cooped-up
  • For the scenes with the pollywog, the kids acted with little rubber models of it, one of which they affectionately nicknamed “the sushi”
  • Gaten was the first child actor cast, but didn’t know that he already had the role when he went in for chemistry reads. He met Finn outside the audition waiting to go in, who apparently “looked like he was going to be sick,” and the two were so nervous that they barely spoke a word to each other
  • Millie was very motion sick on the suspended platform during the scene in which Eleven closes the gate, so she says she “channeled her vomit” into her performance
  • Shawn Levy, who directed many of the show’s episodes, says that when working with kids, you have to give directions that you would otherwise never give to adult actors; the most prominent example was when he had to say “stop slapping each other because it’s turning your faces red” – apparently the kids were playing some slapping game between takes
  • Three Musketeers is actually in Gaten’s top three favorite candies 

Other Funny Tidbits:

  • Dacre Montgomery had to do costume tests in which he had to literally show off his butt to the camera so they could find the right fit of jeans
  • Joe Keery was initially jealous of the fact that Dacre’s mullet was a wig which he could take off at the end of the day whereas Joe’s was his real hair, but he says that it grew on him, though, and he was almost sad to cut it off after filming was complete
  • When asked if he thought Hopper thinks that Bob is good for Joyce, David Harbour said “absolutely not” and that he supports “Jopper,” citing that “the sex with Hopper would be much better” (Millie and Noah expressed excitement over the possibility of Joyce and Hopper getting together, which would mean that Will and Eleven would be like siblings and they’d probably get to have scenes together)
  • Randy Haven, who plays Mr. Clarke, apparently gets science questions from fans all the time, which he can never answer because he knows nothing about science
  • It was Dacre’s idea to be seductively eating a cookie during his scene with Mrs. Wheeler
  • When Nancy and Jonathan are eating breakfast with Murray and the bit of egg falls off his fork, prompting him to say “oops,” it was completely accidental & unscripted. In the scene, Nancy appears to be amused and smiling at the situation, but it’s really just Natalia Dyer breaking character and trying not to laugh

Cool Behind-the-Scenes Trivia:

  • When filming began, the season wasn’t completely written yet, so there was plenty of room for adjustment. The writers knew that the pairing of Dustin and Steve would be comedic gold, but didn’t realize the emotional element that Gaten and Joe would bring to it, leading to the writers adjusting some of the scenes between them to add more pathos 
  • One of the writers of the show was visiting the set on the day of Bob’s death scene, and she just happened to be the perfect size to portray one of the demodogs, so they asked her if she wanted to the one to kill him, and she apparently loved it
  • When Joyce and Mike are showing Bob Will’s drawings, Joyce draws an X over the spot they need to find and Bob remarks, “What’s there? Pirate treasure?” This is an overt nod to The Goonies, the classic 80s movie in which Sean Astin plays a kid who goes looking for pirate treasure (It was because of The Goonies that the Duffer brothers were initially reluctant to cast Sean, as they feared he would be too distracting)
  • After Dustin ‘dies’ playing Dragon’s Lair, Lucas taunts him by saying that “Princess Daphne is still mine.” This foreshadows that Lucas ultimately ends up with Max rather than Dustin
  • When Eleven blows out the windows of Hopper’s cabin, the windows were all shattered for real, and David refused to use a stunt double
  • Dacre had Thanksgiving with the Duffers, where they listened to 80s music and brainstormed for the soundtrack
  • For the moment where Nancy stabs Will with a fire poker, they used a real poker but reused the “fake Will” dummy from season 1 
Waterparks Isn't A Real Band. A Conspiracy Theory:

okay follow me here.

Waterparks isn’t a real band. They are a manufactured plug-in to fill the void in the scene that catered predominately to the preteen/young teen girl audience. 5 seconds of summer had filled that void up until the end of 2015 when they fell off the face of the earth to take time for themselves and start on their third album, this is also when parts of their fanbase began weening themselves off to look for other bands to put their time into until they came back.

Waterparks was fully exposed when they were apart of the vans warped tour lineup last year. There is next to nothing about them before their warped tour performances. It is difficult to get your band on the warped lineup (if you’re in a band, you know that it isn’t the easiest thing to become apart of). Why was it almost *too* easy for them to get themselves on the lineup and to cultivate decent sized crowds during the tour? Some could argue talent, but is there more to it? Why was that tour, more or less, their debut as a band? And why are all three of them, from a marketing standpoint, so carefully crafted and sold in a way to cater to these young girls?

I’m going to focus solely on Geoff and Awsten here when speaking of images. Geoff’s personality is based in the foundation of being goofy and sensitive. He is the typical young guy that plays video games, loves pokémon, is obsessed with all things fantasy, and he wears a zelda necklace to drive that point home. He is arguably the sweetest member of the band when it comes to band/fan relationships and encounters. He supports and encourages fan art and talent. He makes sure that fans feel special and loved, and he is very sweet on his girlfriend on public social media platforms. He speaks both in person and on social media like a down to earth script for young girls.

Awsten, on the other hand, is the embodiment of that kawaii and quirky guy all these young girls fantasize about being with or being best friends with because he’s different! and funny! and his social media is very VERY young-driven to the point where he acts incredibly younger than just being an immature boy with a social media handle which goes with his constant yelling and caps lock. His dyed hair is just another addition to his image because it sets him apart and connects him to the fanbase because so many teen girls have colors in their hair (which isn’t negative in any way none of what i’m saying is derogatory towards young girls. i’m the biggest advocate for young girls. i’m just explaining a theory). and he wears colors, patterns, designs, and just overall outfits that are on trend for teens. Awsten Knight is the biggest selling point for the group- not just because he is the frontman. He is the manic pixie dream boy that sits very well with his name being spelled as “AWSTEN.” He is a con job manufactured to manipulate and capitalize off of young girls for the scene to make more money and gain popularity with that very valuable spot. Awsten Knight is a creation of many people. He was created in a board room.

Their music is the perfect blend of that pop-rock sound that has been missing from the scene for a long while now. They sound very similar to the neon pop-punk era that peaked between 2007-2011. The lyrics are very surface level, and they cater predominantly to a teen audience that they can relate to (this isn’t much of an indication of anything because many bands lyrics *can* be that way but it still stands here).

but everything from their marketing to their image to their brand to their album cover to their aesthetic to their stage presence and banter is driven to fill this void in the scene. I’ve also heard from a trustworthy friend that they don’t really allow new crew members (especially if they’re women) because the girlfriends aren’t comfortable with it. But, is this a coverup? Is it really because they don’t want anyone from the outside to get into the inner circle and figure out they aren’t a genuinely real band so they use the girlfriend excuse so it isn’t a bit off or strange? because if they didn’t they’d have the scares of being #exposed for what their true purpose is.

so yeah conspiracy theory thread: Waterparks is a manufactured band.

What Happens in Moondoor

Summary:  The reader is on a case with Sam and Dean.  Things come to a head in Moondoor.

Characters:  Dean x Reader, Sam, Charlie

Word count:  1750

Warnings: language

A/N:  This was for @jayankles #bailey’s birthday challenge and I picked the episode LARP and the Real Girl.

This was beta’d by mastabeta @wheresthekillswitch who is the bestest, fur sure!




The rumble of Baby’s engine has been doing its best to lull you to sleep, much to the road’s disappointment.  Unfortunately, the road is mounting an impressive offense and, instead of sleeping, you’re staring at the back of Dean.

Staring at his muscular shoulders leading up to his neck with those tantalizing short hairs.  Those hairs that go up and cover his head, which is home to his peridot green eyes, his nose that would make a sculptor weep with joy and his mouth.  His mouth that has so many times spoken words to comfort you or to make you laugh.  Now?  Now that mouth makes you think things you shouldn’t think.

After Dean disappeared in a blast of black goo, your heart shattered.  Once he was gone you realized just how much you cared for him, no, how much you loved him.  As you grieved his loss you let yourself feel what you hadn’t let yourself feel before.  It was the only way you’d made it through.

Since Dean came back, your whole world has been tipped on its side.  You were so happy he was alive, but you had no idea how to act around him now.  Easy silences and deep conversations have been replaced with awkward encounters and comments on the weather.

Every time you look at him, your need to touch him, to have him touch you, is so much that you can’t concentrate on anything else.  So, you’re closing off; keeping one-on-one interactions to a minimum and using Sam as a buffer.  It’s not smooth; you know Dean knows something is up, but it’s either this or leaving.

You just don’t know how to get back to the way it was before and it’s only getting worse.  Dean still hasn’t said exactly what happened to him in Purgatory.  The space between the two of you continues to grow and he’s more distant every day.  So, you’re focusing your energy on something you know you can do, saving people.

Exhaustion finally wins out and you drift off to sleep, Dean and Sam’s voices a lullaby, potholes be damned.

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The Sims 4 Screenshot Tips: How to Take Better Pictures of Your Sims

It’s a Snap!

Have you ever taken a screenshot while playing The Sims 4? Did it come out as good as you wanted? It’s fine if it didn’t! Taking good screenshots is a lot harder than hitting “Print Screen” and moving on. When we take the screenshots of The Sims 4 you see on our website, we put a lot of time into them, and consider everything from the storytelling to the composition and lighting.

If you want to take your The Sims 4 screens to the next level, we’ve put together some tips you can follow along with!

Decide on a subject. What is the focus of your screenshot? What story are you trying to tell? Whether it’s your hilarious Sim or a really fun animation, give yourself a direction to help focus the design of your shot around that particular subject. For this exercise, I want to show my Sim cooking.

QUICK TIP: If a Building or Lot is your subject, build out neighboring Lots and fill with Sims to give it some life.

Find the moment. This may be the most important tip. Find the exact frame you want to capture and build your shot around that. Play through the interaction a few times to get a sense of the animation. Pause the game to look at various frames in more detail and from multiple angles. Repeat until you find… The moment. Bingo!

Position your Camera. You’re going to need to get your camera into the perfect position. Luckily, there are a bunch of hotkeys for Camera Controls that might make that easier. Here are some to get started:

  • •    [tab] key = “Free Camera Mode”
  • •    [w, a, s, d, q, e] = Moves your camera
  • •    [z & x] = Zoom
  • •    [ctrl] + [5, 6, 7, 8, or 9] = Saves your camera positions
  • •    [5, 6, 7, 8, or 9] = Recalls your saved positions
  • •    [c] = captures and saves a screenshot

QUICK TIP: Search “Photography Composition Rules” online for some good techniques.

Consider time of day. Whether you’re outside or in a room with no windows, the time of day doesn’t just affect the lighting of your shot. A shadow can provide texture to an open area off lot. Earlier morning sunlight can drape over the carpet of your living room. Most importantly, it adds context to your story.

Toss in clutter items. It’s all about the details. Clutter items can help make a set feel lived in and give your Sims some ownership to the space.

QUICK TIP: Every wall is an opportunity, not a Garage Sale. Simplify your shot to keep the viewer focused on your subject.

Light your Sims. Have your scene set? All filled with the right objects? Sim in the right pose? Cool, now you can start lighting. The focus of my screenshot is my Sim. So I want to start lighting him before I light the rest of the scene. Try not to think of lighting a room, but rather where you want to draw the eye of the viewer. With too many lights, a scene loses depth and begins looking evenly lit and flat.

QUICK TIP: TheLamp Named Claudine” is great for lighting Sims without completely affecting the rest of your scene.

Add final polish. Minor adjustments to lighting, color and object placement. Consider using thought balloons to show what your Sim is thinking. The community has a collection online.

QUICK TIP: Keep walls up when taking screenshots.

And that’s it! Follow these tips, and you’re well on your way to taking better screenshots of your Sims.

Why “It” Is The Ultimate Nightmare Fuel

The 1990 TV-safe adaptation of Stephen King’s “It” is well regarded if only for Tim Curry’s strangely endearing performance as Pennywise The Dancing Clown. Even though Pennywise is a monster who abducts children to turn them into a hot lunch, Curry managed to steal the show and become an odd fan favorite with humor and charm.

The heavily R-rated 2017 version of “It” has no interest in making Pennywise a pleasant screen presence. In fact, director Andy Muschietti seems hell-bent on making your skin crawl for every single second that Bill Skarsgard’s terrifying painted face appears on screen. This damn clown and its many mind games are significant enough to keep your tank filled with nightmare fuel for the next decade.

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riverdale 201 meta

no one asked me but i’ve got Thoughts so i’m making the post anyway, because it’s been a long time since i’ve done a chunky meta and this is what i’m really here for, SO

all the world’s a stage

first of all, acting was fairly strong all around, strong chemistry, and bughead was particularly excellent in terms of continuing their pattern of healthy communication, even when that leads to uncomfortable truths.

diving into it, i could see the effect of the step they took in their relationship and the change that admitting love had, particularly on jug, all grins and teasing and breathing some much needed light of love into the character

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not just because it was such a spot of happiness amongst the heaviness of jug’s earlier arcs and this episode’s drama

but also because the bigger they are the harder they fall—

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I am currently very tired so this probably might not even make sense in the morning but… 

I’m imagining a D&D minigame (probably lasts 1-2 hours tops unless you’re having fun with it) meant to break the ice for new groups, in which the DM controls an adventuring party and the players control NPCs as they naturally pop up. Specifically, it could help new players get comfortable with roleplaying without the pressure of sticking to a character they just made. If you do this before the character creation stage, then even better because they may stumble into a character they like acting out.

Rules that I’m just rambling out please forgive me if they are nonsensical: 

  • It’s all improv. Don’t break a scene to look up game mechanics like prices, or which checks to make, or what would give advantage/disadvantage. This is about the acting so if it’ll throw off the groove, make it up on the spot. It’s all about quick thinking.
  • No modifiers. You’re all making things up on the spot so if you have to roll something, don’t waste time justifying who would have what stats. You could even go without dice altogether. The d20 is just an optional element of chance here.
  • Mandatory introductions. I don’t care how goofy it is. state your name, race, class/occupation, a random character trait, and how their day’s been going up until this point. As many as you can off the top of your head. Go nuts because things get silly before they get really creative, in my experience. Note: Character voices are encouraged. For funsies.
  • Everyone participates in a scene. No pressure on how much they interact, but in each new setting, every player has to put one NPC in that tavern, shopping square, riot crowd, etc.
  • Plot not needed. The adventuring party strategically wanders in a way that builds a town/city/etc as the players make it up. The DM isn’t in charge of telling a story here, just keeping the energy of the improv scene going. This includes-
  • Leading Questions. This one’s the challenge for you, DM who likely already has a control complex and likes to plan out every detail of everything in their world because it gives them a sense of security. If anything, you are the one who most needs to be good at rolling with whatever your players hand you. For the sole purposes of making you uncomfortable, the newcomer adventuring party knows absolutely nothing about this town. Thankfully, the citizens know everything about it. Which is good because you need directions to find your way out of your rented hovel room let alone to the temple–oh that’s right. Who’s the patron there? You sure don’t know! Better ask someone! Get that DMs?? YOU KNOW NOTHING. 
    • Important: If the scene starts slowing down, it’s up to you to either encourage and interact with these townsfolk some more, or get moving somewhere else.

Example scene: order of NPC choice is determined by an initiative roll. 

DM: “Alright, so four adventurers walk into the tavern you’re in–”
Player 1: “Oh! I call the bartender.”
Player 3: “Aw… I had a bit I was gonna do.”
Player 1: “Okay, okay fine, I’m the owner of the tavern, Marcus McMuffin the half orc–stop laughing–and uh… I have a tattoo of a dwarf lover that literally no one else knows about? And my day’s been…hm. It’s been awful because I got stood up for a meeting. DM, I basically live in here, so I’d know they’re new, right? I wanna know if these guys look like trouble makers.”
DM: “The Barbarian’s flexing at anyone who looks in his general direction but other than him fancying a typical bar brawl, they seem decent–if lost.”
Player 2: “I’m the elven bard in the corner and I start trying to seduce the Barbarian with my beautiful voice!!”
DM: “Listen… you can’t just use your character from the last game. Cherry the Elven Bard would’ve totally seduced the barbarian but who are you now?… Nah it’s fine, dude. Take your time. We’ll come back to you.”
Player 3: “I’m the crazy old village drunkard who’s a human named Steve–”
Player 1: “I thought you said you wanted the bartender!”
Player 3: “–Who samples a lot of the wares and is thus the village drunkard! I said I was doing a bit, jeez! DM, I start rambling loudly at the strangers about something that sounds like one of those super infuriating sidequests–you know the kind–where you have to go through a lot of bullshit busywork and the longest fetch quest of your life but there’s a promise of GREAT loot at the end so you consider it anyway. You know what I mean? What do I do for that, roll deception? Persuasion?”
DM: “Nope. No rolls. Personally, I am so on board with this but I need you to make this speech right here and I need you to sell it.” 
Player 3: “Oh boy.”

If for some reason you want to try this please give me a rundown of how it went because I feel like it’s the perfect recipe for hilarious trainwrecks that come with all good icebreakers. (I feel like it’d be a fun drinking game somehow? But I don’t play enough to know how to work alcohol in in a reasonable manner. I’ll leave that one up to house rules.)

Taverns & Tanneries, never coming to a game store near you lmao

Edit: I just realized that when the group starts playing a real campaign, you can embarrass them by working their goofily-named NPCs in, keeping an entirely straight face while doing so. Watch as they squirm and laugh-cry over having to discuss the fate of the world with Marcus McMuf’an. If only they’d known. 

If only they’d known what was to become of Marcus McMuffin.

His Cinderella

Summary: On the run from a crazy ex, Y/N runs up and kisses this random yet handsome guy. Oblivious to the fact that she’s capturing her greatest hero, The Flash’s mind, she goes on with her life. Though what happens on their next meet? Will Prince charming finally find his Cinderella?

Category: Falling in love
030: “Can I kiss you?”

Pairing: Barry Allen x doctor!reader
Words: 3155
Warning: none that I’m aware of… I used the word hell?

A/N: So just found out I’m gonna do my English exam next Friday. For both practice and pleasing you lovelies, I thought I’d try to write even more this upcoming week – though I’m not sure how this brilliant win/win idea will work out IRL, so don’t hold your breaths…:/

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Can I kiss you?!” A girl popped up in front of Barry. She was out of breath, her forehead shining from the sweat after a what-seemed-like-a long run. Just when Barry was about to answer, her lips met his. If it hadn’t been for the fact that she had taken him by surprise, he would have noticed so much more about her. Like the way her eyes sparkled when their gazes met, the way her hair seemed to perfectly frame her head, the way her chapped lips glowed in the daylight.

But she did take him by surprise, and all he could think of, were how those chapped, yet soft lips felt against his. It wasn’t an ordinary setting for Barry (to have random girls coming up kissing him). Though for some reason, it felt natural. So he closed his eyes and started kissing back – a very un-Barry and bold move, that he instantly regretted when the warm feeling disappeared not long after.

“Thanks! You’re a real hero!” It was just by pure luck, that Barry managed to get a slightly better look at her before she ran. The last thing he saw being a pair of red cheeks and Y/E/C eyes. It certainly was a way to brighten up his day – who wouldn’t have liked to get kissed by a girl? Though at the same time, Barry still felt something fishy about what had just happened, and he was dying to know why the sudden urge for the beautiful girl to kiss him: it wasn’t like that happened on a daily basis in Central City.

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Title: Faux Pas
Fandom: X-Men
Word Count: 1,307
Characters: Warren Worthington III x Reader, Jubilation Lee
Reader Gender: Female
Warnings: Alcohol mentions, swearing
Notes: Request from anon for “’You’re really hot, shame about the personality’ from one of your prompt lists (with warren please)”

Originally posted by brownvalerie

“Please let me set you up!”

“Absolutely fucking not.”

Conversations such as these were frequent between Warren Worthington III and Jubilation Lee. The latter of the two was nothing if not persistent – and the former was nothing if not stubborn.

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Sansa Stark: The Princess in the Tower

I’ve been thinking about the character archetype that Sansa occupies in ASOIAF universe, and what amused me was when put against her Stark siblings often Sansa seems to not fit in the fantasy genre that hinges so heavily on magic and/or fighting. I feel disappointed when reading analyses of the hero type Sansa occupies because it acknowledges only the most talked about themes: Beauty & the Beast and the Princess in the Tower. While a romance is a huge part of Sansa’s arc, her function is not solely as a paramore. While the step-parent figure is a huge part of her arc, luck isn’t all that helps Sansa survive. She does actively participate in trying to escape by engaging in deception, despite her reduced agency. She isn’t passive. This prompted me to look into the topic more closely into fairy tale and myths that her storyline alludes to, symbolically and structurally. While working on that post I realized while there were far more allusions that the books were making, the Princess in the Tower is the frame of reference her character type indicates. A number of themes Sansa’s storyline borrowed from other stories, but the one common thing is that Sansa often found herself in a very sheltered environment, even as a captive and using her mind to avoid reality. 

She is trapped in courts and castles where no one is her friend - not truly - and she is merely playing the game to survive, not rise. The archetype of the trickster is all that affords her some power in the system in becoming pawn to player but she doesn’t even fit that type completely because she doesn’t want to play the game. The problem with Sansa is that she doesn’t fit into easy compartments more than most characters. Perhaps, it is because she is an exploration that complicates the archetype of the Princess in the Tower, while it doesn’t deconstruct it to take on another type completely. The common thread of isolation and captivity remain constant. Many people ask why this is so. It’s because she doesn’t have the tools that others have and the one she has, she has to hone it before she can strike. However, there is another factor. Wilful ignorance when it comes to dealing with harsh realities. Sansa does get disillusioned over time, but she also actively avoids thinking about certain things, buries memories and even rewrites them for her convenience. If you look closely, Sansa has been a captive of something larger from the beginning of AGOT and pre-series, long before she visibly become a captive. She has always been sheltered and she was modelled in such a way by her Septa’s education as to how a lady should behave that her obedience of societal norms kept her from looking outside the window.

“I don’t care,” Arya said. “The wheelhouse doesn’t even have windows, you can’t see a thing.”

What could you want to see?” Sansa said, annoyed. She had been thrilled by the invitation, and her stupid sister was going to ruin everything, just as she’d feared. “It’s all just fields and farms and holdfasts.

It is not,” Arya said stubbornly. “If you came with us sometimes, you’d see.”  - Sansa I, AGOT

This scene summarises not only the crux of Sansa and Arya’s conflict, but also the defining hindrance in Sansa’s arc. Taking a tale like Red Riding Hood as a warning for young girls not to step into the forbidden forest, Sansa follows it without questioning the lesson. She is prejudiced about it because she has been taught to not look outside. Thus, Sansa has been a Princess in the Tower long before she was made Joffrey’s and Cersei’s or Littlefinger’s ward. A rare flower specifically grown in the sheltered setting of the glass gardens of Winterfell is how Sansa would be described in comparison to Arya, who would be a wildflower. One of the reasons so much of Sansa’s arc is taken up in captivity is to give the reader a sense of Sansa’s helplessness while falling under this archetype, clinging onto her cage even when she feels uncomfortable and escapes it, before he deconstructs and subverts it in a way that retains her femme characteristics. 

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anonymous asked:

Hey Nat, can you write about how the RFA+V+Searen would react to an MC that has a panic attack. I love your writing so much it would make me feel so much better. ( maybe not important but my name is Natalie how is your name spelled? )

Woohoo! A fellow Natalie! And yes, my name is spelled the same way :)

I’m actually really glad that you suggested this; So many people, including me, suffer from panic attacks and I think it is really important for people who don’t know much about anxiety and such to be aware of panic attacks and the emotional trauma it can put on someone. I’ve suffered with an anxiety disorder for the past five years, so I know what it’s like and how hard it can be. If anyone ever wants to talk to me about what stresses them out, what’s making them anxious, or anything, my inbox is always open :) <3

Originally posted by thenichibro

Before you guys read, I realize that panic attacks are different for everyone, so I based these off of my own, and the ‘symptoms’ I have had.

Also, I added Vanderwood because I love him so much ;3

RFA + Minor Trio aiding MC who’s having a panic attack

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Yoosung

  • You and Yoosung love to play LOLOL together; it’s a coupley thing you guys do.
  • And you always have fun teasing each other when playing.
  • However, today was a very important guild match and other guild members made it very clear that you could not mess up.
  • It’s a game, so no stress right?
  • Yeah, n o p e
  • You got not sleep over it, freaking out over what were seemingly light hearted comments about what would happen if you messed up.
  • And Yoosung was so excited and confident so you were not gonna back out.
  • But then the match came, and of course, you messed up big time and cost the whole match for everyone.
  • Insults were hurled at you from every angle it felt.
  • You were terrible, not a worthy opponent, shouldn’t be aloud to play the game,
  • And then you thought about how disappointed Yoosung must feel with you.
  • You felt the familiar clench in your chest, and your breathing became incredibly labored as if you almost forgot how to breathe.
  • Yoosung was really calm and knew exactly what was going on, so he turned off the computer and lead you over to the bed. He sat you on the edge and wrapped his small arms around you, pulling you to his chest.
  • He rubbed your arms and whispered soothing words to you until your breathing calmed down:
  • “It’s ok. You’re ok. Breathe, baby, just breathe with me.”
  • “Don’t worry, MC, it’s nothing. It’s just a stupid game, it’s not the end of the world.”
  • “It was so rude of them to do that, I’m so sorry.”
  • “You’re so brave.”
  • If that doesn’t do the trick, he will brew of a cup of your favorite tea and wrap you up in a blanket, putting a movie in the DVD player.
  • He will stay by your side the whole night and will not put the computer on once.

Zen

  • It was a warm summer’s evening when you and Zen decided to take a nice walk in the park,
  • The two of you were walking hand in hand, everyone once and a while sharing loving gazes at each other.
  • Everything was perfect until almost a hoard of people came over, some reporters and some fans, and they crowded the two of you.
  • You could deal with it at first, since this wasn’t the first time you’ve encountered some of his fans.
  • But then someone starting tugging at your hair. It was supposed to be a gesture to get your attention by Zen, but you went into full panic mode thinking it was a fan or reporter.
  • You felt as if walls were closing against you, and your chest felt tight and your legs were weak.
  • You were feeling dizzy and incredibly overwhelmed.
  • Before you knew it, you were having a full blown panic attack.
  • Zen managed to pry you out of the crown and ran with you in his arms away from the crowd and into an alleyway.
  • He set you gently down on the ground and started to frantically rub your arms, trying to calm you down.
  • “Jagiya. Just look into my eyes. Don’t look anywhere else. Keep breathing, slow breaths. You can do it.”
  • “S-someone p-p-pulled…”
  • “Don’t try to talk. Just focus on your breathing.”
  • When you calmed down and were able to breathe properly again, you confessed to Zen why you had such a panic attack and he felt horrible.
  • He was spurting apologies at you 1000 miles per hour. You had to kiss him to shut up.
  • He definitely spoiled you that night, and brought you a couple bouquets of flowers the next morning.

Jaehee

  • The morning started off smoothly by you two walking with your arms hooked, a few kisses shared, and matching outfits to your cafe.
  • Everything was so calm and relaxing at the cafe between people smiling, the quietness, the every so often clanking of tea glasses, and not too many people to crowd up the cafe.
  • These were the days you absolutely loved because you could sneak in the back and spend some time with Jaehee.
  • But the peacefulness of the cafe was soon disrupted by an angry customer.
  • Apparently, you had messed up their order.
  • It was something that could easily be fixed, but the man about two feet taller than you decided to give you more than a hard time.
  • He berated you, shouted, taunted you, called you names,
  • And it scared the hell out of you.
  • You found yourself falling to the ground, curling up into a ball while you panted heavily, unable to find your breath.
  • Jaehee heard all of the yelling and rushed out, shouting at the man and demanding that he leave.
  • She knelt down in front of you and straightened your legs, took your hands in hers and started rubbing circles onto your palms.
  • “Sweetheart, it’s ok, he’s gone. He’s not gonna hurt you.”
  • After the initial panic subsided, you apologize to Jaehee for making a scene.
  • You were grateful that there weren’t actually a lot of people in the cafe at that time.
  • “Don’t apologize, it’s ok to have panic attacks. You were put in a frightening situation, and I hope that never happens to you again. I won’t let anyone treat you like that. You deserve the utmost respect.”
  • You guys kissed and there were a couple ‘awe’s’ because you guys are just so damn cute, and you both went on with the day, the trauma turning into a distant memory.

Jumin

  • Honestly, anyone would be the slightest bit intimidated if they were in a room with a bunch of rich, businessmen and women who pretty much walked with a stick up their asses were rather judgemental.
  • Jumin assured you that you would be fine and everyone would love you.
  • But you didn’t really feel that way when you got to the party.
  • Immediately you felt that all eyes were on you.
  • And you couldn’t help but notice how the women walked with such poise and how they men’s eyes scanned around the room judging anyone who walked by them.
  • You turned to Jumin to express your concern, but to your shock he wasn’t there.
  • You frantically spun around in circles looking for him, calling his name a couple times.
  • But then you froze, and eyes were definitely on you as the saw they saw the small scene you made.
  • You pushed through the crowd of people, cut people in the lines for the bathroom and locked yourself in a single bathroom.
  • With your back against the wall, you slid to the ground, breathing becoming harder by the second.
  • Your hands and feet were numb, your chest hurt, and sweat was pooling at your brow.
  • Tears pooled at your eyes before cascading down your face.
  • There was a sudden rupture of knocks at the door, and your loving husbands soft voice, “Sweetheart, open the door. It’s me, MC.”
  • Slowly, you opened the door, and your were immediately brought into Jumin’s embrace. He stroked your hair and whispering calming words into your ears.
  • He was your rock at that moment.
  • “You’re ok. It’s gonna be ok. You’re not alone. I’m here.”
  • He took you home right after that, fuck the party. Your comfort and security was top priority, and if you were not comfortable at the party, then neither was he.

Seven/Saeyoung

  • It was during the first few days of you two meeting.
  • You were expecting him to be kind, happy to see you, but he treated you coldy and pushed you away.
  • You were trying to help him by making him food, bringing him chips, and trying to engage with him, but he wouldn’t take it.
  • He just continued to push you away.
  • You had just finished the sandwiches and were bringing them to Saeyoung. Your plan was to just set a plate next to him, but things went a little differently.
  • Before you could even set the plate down, he was snapping at you:
  • “Didn’t I tell you to leave me alone?”
  • Jumping, slightly startled, you accidently dropped the plate, and it smashed into little pieces on the ground, and the sandwich now was inedible.
  • It felt like the room was spinning as you feel to the ground, not really caring about the shards of glass around you.
  • You’re pretty sure you even heard him shout something about it,
  • But you could hardly comprehend your surroundings. You could hardly breathe.
  • You clutched your chest letting out a few heaves and shallow breaths.
  • Oh god, oh god, stop, stop, stop.
  • Warm arms suddenly wrapped around you, and you looked up the see yellow eyes looking into yours, concern displayed in them.
  • “Hey, shh, shh, it’s just a plate, it’s ok, I’ll sort it. Calm down and breathe with me.”
  • Seven helped you to breathe by slowing down his breathing and counting with you, until finally you felt as if you were able to breathe again.
  • “MC, it’s just a plate.”
  • “It’s not about the plate,” you huffed. “It’s you. I’m trying to help you and you keep pushing me away.”
  • Seven sighed, his brows crossing in irritation. “I told you MC that I’m dangerous. You don’t understand.”
  • “That’s not true, I understand everything. I understand you feel betrayed by V. I understand that your brother is in trouble and you are scared. I understand that you don’t understand your feelings. Please… Saeyoung.” His eyes softened at you calling him by his name. You had only just learnt that was his true name. “Please let me help you. I’m begging you.”
  • He nodded slowly, pulling you back in his hug, keeping you close by resting his chin on the top of your head.
  • He would try for you.

V

//Contains V route spoilers!!//

  • Oh god.
  • It happened within a split second, nothing could have stopped Rika from plunging the knife in his abdomen,
  • And yet you felt you could have done more,
  • And it was tearing you apart.
  • You tried to hold in your sobs as you waiting for emergency services to arrive.
  • You kept his head in your lap, stroking his mint hair,
  • And then the tears overflowed and began to fall down your face.
  • And your breathing became rapid as you were unable to control yourself. The familiar feeling in your chest had come back, you felt dizzy and lightheaded,
  • But you needed to stay strong for V.
  • But god it was so hard.
  • Even in such a state, V was more worried for you.
  • He timidly reached his hand up to touch your soft face, his thumb wiping at your tears. As he struggled to keep consciousness, he gave you a small smile and tried his best to share words of comfort.
  • “Hey, don’t cry. Countdown from 100 for me… Go on, you can do it, I know you can.”
  • You were astounded at how he was able to stay calm in this situation, and still help you while he was practically dying.
  • At the hospital, you laid in the bed next to him, your head next to his. When he woke up, you were the first thing for him to see, and he grinned.
  • “Thank you, V. I should have been stronger for you.”
  • “Don’t say that, MC. You were so strong.”

Saeran/Unknown

  • Uh, smol baby didn’t really know what to do when he found you freaking out on the floor, breathing heavily and rocking back and forth.
  • But he sure as hell was not gonna let you suffer.
  • He knew this was a panic attack, and he had taken note on everything that you had ever done for him when he had attacks.
  • He knelt to your level and carefully wrapped his arm around your shoulder, careful not to startle you.  
  • “MC, can you hear me.”
  • You nodded once, indicating you could hear him, even if it was muffled.
  • “Focus on my voice. Focus on my warmth. Focus on my breathing. Focus on the beat of my heart.”
  • He took your small hand in his and held it against his heart, emphasising steady breaths for you to imitate.
  • “You can do this. In… and out. You got this.”
  • Slowly, but steadily, you got your breath back and you’re shaking minimized gradually.
  • There was no point in denying that your attack made you incredibly exhausted, so you fell against Saeran’s chest, and he did not hesitate to wrap his arms fully around you.
  • He kissed the top of your forehead and let you relax for a few moments before asking if you knew what caused your attack.
  • You explained how college work was just getting on you lately. You had a project that needed to be finished but your partners were incompetent and had left it all to you, that you had an important essay that needed to be finished by the end of the week but you’d hardly got a paragraph in, that you were afraid you weren’t gonna major in what you desperately wanted to major in because you’re work was not always completed or accurate.
  • Saeran understand your panic and promised you he would help you with the project.
  • But first, ice cream.
  • No way were you able to work right now. You needed to take a break. So he lead you to the local ice cream parlor.
  • When you got back, you completed the project and got a head start on your essay. Saeran was incredibly proud of how diligent and intelligent you were.
  • He thought you didn’t give yourself enough credit.

Vanderwood

  • It had been three weeks since Vanderwood had left with Seven for a mission.
  • You’d hardly been able to speak with him since he’s hardly able to get to a phone.
  • You’ve talked to him maybe once and it was brief. You didn’t even get to say ‘I love you.’
  • When the phone rang, you pranced to it and answered it in a heartbeat. When you heard his rough voice, you were so happy.
  • “When will you be back?”
  • “Not for awhile. There was… an accident.”
  • “You’re not hurt… are you?”
  • He silence confirmed everything for you, and you felt the hot tears begin to spill down your face.
  • You nearly dropped the phone as you feel the ground, your legs going weak beneath you.
  • You clutched your chest and bent over, trying to calm your heavy breaths and slow them down, but you were honestly terrified.
  • What if he didn’t come home?
  • What if he got killed?
  • I don’t want to lose him.
  • Everything felt like it was crashing down upon you until you heard his voice through the phone. “MC, stop this now. You need to calm down, don’t get yourself worked up.”
  • That didn’t help too much but you felt your breathing start to slow.
  • “Remember our breathing exercises. Do those a couple times… I’ll do them with you if you like. Ready? Breathe in?”
  • When you were able to breath properly again, you let out a small apology, slightly embarrassed with yourself, but Vanderwood wasn’t about to let you feel that way.
  • “It’s fine. I understand. But listen to me, I’m fine, You’re fine, we’re fine. I’ll be coming home, I promise. Just wait a little more.”
  • The days waiting were incredibly lonely, but he kept his promise and made his way home to you, and he sucked up his pride and let you cuddle and kiss him all day.
  • And you guys had a lot of fun in the bedroom too. Gotta make up for lost time.

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RIP Petyr...

Well? I finally watched it. To be frank, I’m not really heartbroken or as upset as I thought I would be. Partly, I think it’s because I was prepared for what would happen. I’m very glad I read the spoilers ahead of time.

One thing I do want to say about that scene and Aidan’s brilliant acting chops…

LIttlefinger did not die… Petyr did. That was Petyr, the boy from the Fingers, the boy who was cut down by Brandon Stark for the girl he loved, Petyr that felt that final sting of humiliation from his past to be the moment of his death. Petyr died and Aidan was magnificent. It’s a testament to HOW WELL he knew this character. You saw him change from LF to Petyr and that was heartbreaking. Yes, he did horrible things. I’m not excusing that. I never have. Petyr was never a good man. But you have to look deeper than that. D&D refused to explore this side to his character WHICH would have given this scene more depth and meaning. During the meeting with Bran, that would have been a perfect opportunity to flashback to Petyr as a child when he was cut down. To see him as he was before he became LF. To see Petyr turn back into that boy before his death would have give that scene such gravitas. That’s what his character deserved after 7 damn seasons. But of course D&D are fucking horrible writers and are all about fan service.

I really must applaud Aidan for that scene. He IS a fantastic and gifted actor. I am actually grateful that some viewers/fans at least recognize and appreciate him for his talent. As I’ve said before, if everyone hated LF so much, I’d say Aidan did a great job as an actor. So bravo, my Irish prince! You were able to take absolute crap and turn it into something worth talking about.

That said, was the plot was still crap? Of course. The entire Winterfell/Stark storyline this season was a joke and so poorly constructed, but I’ve said that many times before now and won’t re-hash it. It was a disservice not only to Baelish but Sansa and Arya as well. It was pointless and stupid and not worthy of ANY of these characters. It was basically the show-runners being shit and writing themselves into a corner and now had to dig their arses out so late in the series.

I do want to add… Bran Stark’s visions has to be one of the biggest cop outs in story writing. It’s so lazy to give a character these supernatural powers when the story has been almost exclusively political game playing. Yeah, there’s dragons, the dead…but Bran can see current events from anywhere/whomever, the past… what was the point of anything if he can see what Cersei is up to? Dany? Iron born? Essos? It’s lazy writing. Instead of giving the character the growth they need to overcome their protagonists, etc… why bother? Brother Bran can see all! It takes away all element of surprise and drama in my opinion.

We see nothing that would convey Sansa and Arya had a meeting of the minds. All their scenes play out with natural tension and suspicion. No one was in Arya’s room but them. Then to have the viewer assume they naturally turned the tables and were in league with each other all along? It’s stupid. If people would set aside their blind hatred of Littlefinger for a second, they might see that this whole plot was a half baked hack job? When did Bran reveal his knowledge? Why BOTHER with a charade on Petyr when they could just have him killed at any time and place for any reason?

Season 5, Petyr stood there and said “Then I will die”. He told he would beg for his life if that’s what she wanted. BUT he wasn’t begging on his knees then even when she threatened to have Brienne cut him down. I don’t think he would have if Sansa gave the order WHICH would be natural considering she just escaped Ramsay. It would have been rational to kill him last season. I was certain he was going to die last season. And you know what? It would have made more sense. Why did she let him live? She said she didn’t need his army. She should have killed him and it would have been more understandable. She could have killed him right after the Vale came to save their arses but she keeps him around and treats him like rubbish…for what? That’s what I don’t get.

Why keep him around this season at all just to kill him off? If Sansa was so irritated by him and didn’t need him, she could have killed him at any time and obviously Royce wouldn’t have cared. She would have still had the Vale if she told him Petyr killed Lysa. This whole plot was stupid and senseless. Reducing a major character, and YES Baelish was a major and important character, a mastermind, the most dangerous man in Westeros… to a lovesick creeper who hasn’t the sense of his former characterization. This season Sansa basically told him to fuck off at every turn. Why the hell was he staying? Why try to plot the sisters against each other? Baelish is not a stupid man. Old Baelish would have been sitting back and plotting like he did with the Lannisters. Quiet and in the shadows waiting for the right moment.

So to have him breakdown this season just screams OCC and unnatural. His whole character was already dead from Episode 1. He only partially resurfaced as he ‘tricked’ Arya and the conversations in the last two episodes.

It doesn’t make any sense. Not for the Stark sisters or Baelish. I think most LF fans knew he was going to die as some point, but we all believed he deserved a death worthy of his character. His character started EVERYTHING since Season 1 began. You don’t show how cunning and smart a character is only to dumb him down because the ‘good/hero’ characters aren’t developed enough. That’s just poor writing and character development. I know I’ve hammered that home before too but it’s true. I like Sansa but to believe she and Arya outsmarted him on their own merits? Nope. They needed Bran to do that and that’s a cop out. Especially, when Bran said in a previous episode that Arya’s revenge didn’t matter, Sansa’s issues didn’t matter, all the political bs didn’t matter because the war with the Night King was more important (all after he met with LF). He treated the girl that saved his life as nothing. Boy, he sure changed his tune quick didn’t he? As well, as someone who says the politics don’t matter, he’s all bent on making sure Jon knows he’s a Targaryen, the true heir to the throne as soon as possible. Jon being the rightful heir isn’t going to give him magical powers to defeat the dead.

Ugh… there’s just no other word for it except lazy. Jon and Dany is so forced it’s cringeworthy. They have zero chemistry which makes it worse and frankly, it’s not Kit’s fault. I’ll give Kit credit. He’s actually been good this season. Emilia is just….omg. She is so wooden it’s actually quite sad. Every scene is the same facial expression. Her fucking dragon died and her face was just ….durrrrrrrr. She was good in Season 1-2 and it’s been downhill ever since. I really cannot believe how bad she is.

I actually want to give kudos to Peter Dinklage! The Tyrion I used to like returned for one damn scene. The scene with him and Cersei was great. Peter is another actor that is just being wasted with shitty writing. It was nice to see him in a good scene.

And I can’t believe I’m going to say it, but I like Sandor now. Honestly, he’s the only character other than Tormund that I can stand this season.

As I said before, Baelish’s character died at the end of Season 4. What Aidan was forced to swallow for three years was a waste of his time and talent. You can see it in his interviews. He’s too professional to say otherwise but you can feel he was not happy with how this ended up, the lack of scenes/screen time over the last few seasons, and he’s trying to make the best of it.

He gave a great performance. Poured his heart out. That alone made that scene bearable to watch.

I’m not longer angry about it. I feel sad because I was very invested in a character I liked. I still like the ship, I don’t care what anyone else says. I love the character still and even if he meets a grisly end in GRRM’s books, then so be it. I’m grateful to be introduced to an interesting character that captured my attention to the point of writing fiction. I thank Aidan for an amazing portrayal and bringing him to life. Both are sorely underappreciated.

If other creepyshippers and Baelish fans are upset and heartbroken, I understand. I fully expect many to jump ship and move on to other things. It’s to be expected and I don’t fault them. We were robbed of good storytelling and I think the bulk of the anger resided in there somewhere. It’s a cheapening of the story and shows just bad D&D are. It’s not just Baelish that has been ruined. Much of the story has too. Other interesting characters were ruined just the same and they were trying to cram too much in too little time. Wasting time on characters/scenes that went nowhere. Creating plots and stories that were pointless other than shock. They hired some great actors and wasted them. Hired some horrible actors and gave them long winded repetitive dialogue and scenes for years.

I think I’m not as upset or sad as I thought I was going to be because we all know this show was shitty but we were HOPING for better. There were some great actors and characters and we just HOPED it wasn’t going to go the way we thought it might. That there had to be something, a twist, something no one was expecting… anything original perhaps that kept us coming back each season. There has to be more to it than Jon/Dany defeats the Night King, they hook up, Jon is the rightful heir and everyone live happily ever after?

Obviously, that is a no. The story is full steam ahead to the dullest, most predictable ending possible with remaining characters that are either anticlimactic and you don’t really care what happens to them now or they are sad shells of their former selves. Even Cersei is turning into a pathetic caricature of herself. Others, you don’t give two shits about.

Littlefinger was really the first and sadly the last of the great protagonists of the story (even though I’m rooting for him and his new pet dragon, the Night King doesn’t count). Now it’s literally good vs evil. It’s been done to death. It’s been done better.

Thank you but no thank you HBO and GOT. I’m done with the series. It’s not sour grapes because my favorite character is gone. It’s merely because you’ve killed off all the interesting characters that made me want to watch in the first place, only to replace them with ones that would have had me switching the channel years ago.

anonymous asked:

Hey, I heard someone say the Hunger Games isn't immersive and I was wondering what is an immersive universe, and is it something I should be doing/writing? And how to do it? Thanks

Thanks for your question, love!  I’m very much in agreement with that person’s opinion of The Hunger Games.  While THG is a brilliant plot-driven series, I’ve never been able to “get into it”, for many of the reasons I will discuss here.

So immersive storytelling is definitely tricky, just because of the factors involved.  Instead of trying to get readers to a certain place, you’re trying to keep them there.  You’re trying to keep them from getting that feeling that you get when you’re watching TV and you notice the edges of the screen and the rest of the room and you break focus and you hear the clock ticking in the background until you completely lose track of the scene.  Immersion is the reason I couldn’t stay awake through any of the Thor movies.

Originally posted by thorduna

(Seriously, if he didn’t look like this, I wouldn’t have made it 10 minutes.)

My point in saying that, though, is that while the Thor movies have that zoning-out, thinking-about-what’s-for-dinner effect on me, they manage to totally captivate some other people!  So immersion, first of all, is different for every reader, every viewer.  I’m only able to give you my perspective on what makes a story captivating for me, so take my words with a grain of salt.

Anyway, now that that’s out of the way… the actual advice.


6 Keys to Immersive Storytelling

1. A Journey

A journey can be defined as many things: a physical journey from Point A to Point B (e.g. Lord of the Rings), or an emotional journey from a personal or interpersonal State A to State B (e.g. The Fault in Our Stars).  It can be defined as a story in which a moral is taught, the main character is changed, or the reader is changed for reading it.

I define a journey as this: a story throughout which the reader feels they are heading somewhere, and, by the end of which, feels either satisfied that they have arrived, or unsatisfied that they never quite made it.  In either scenario, there is a goal in mind – the only difference is whether or not the characters are victorious or not.  But victory doesn’t define the journey.  Motion does.

2. Relatable Characters

The only way for your story (and therefore, your readers) to keep moving is to be propelled by characters – and while The Hunger Games and Thor both certainly had characters, what they lacked, for me, was relatable characters.  No matter how compelling the journey of a story is, the reader has to both understand and care about whose journey it is.  Otherwise, you’re just watching Grey’s Anatomy.

*bitter cough*

3. Strong Imagery

Another way that the THG books fell short, for me, was their physical description of the story – the sensory experience of it.  For all the experiences Katniss went through, both physical and environmental, something about the description felt singular.  The reader didn’t get to experience the sights, sounds, and feelings of the environment.  They didn’t get to see each environment through Katniss’s eyes, through the tint of her emotions.  It felt empty, in a way.

And that’s a major part of immersion.  Make sure that your story isn’t experienced from an overhead camera, but through the sensations and emotions of your POV character.  Use your settings, and the way we experience them, to enrich the story and create that movie-effect!

4. Real Stakes

Even from the very first page, stakes are necessary to keep readers invested in the story.  Whether they’re small-scale stakes (getting to school on time) or large-scale (getting to the bomb in time), having a mystery or impending doom or just some carrot to dangle will make it more difficult for the mind to wander and the hand to close the book.

Just be careful not to make it hyper-intense all the time, or else it can feel gimmicky or melodramatic.  My main point here is to avoid stalling or creating too much lead-up/exposition without creating tension,  Slow starts = quick death.

5. Rich Narration

Whether you’re narrating, yourself, or through the voice of a character, a strong narrative voice is key to a compelling story.  A lot of this takes place in the second draft – editing and rewriting, once you’ve gotten the first draft out of the way.  It’s like putting together a bouquet of flowers – you’re not going to use all the flowers you grow, but you have to plant a bunch of different seeds and figure out which colors you like.  So let yourself out of your box!  Write all those beautiful descriptions and wacky humor and long, emotional tangents about your characters’ introspection.  Really fill your garden with every kind of flower you can cram in there, and let it simmer over the first draft.

Then, when you’re going back to edit, be sure not to let self-consciousness rule you.  Delete the unnecessary stuff, of course, but let yourself keep the personality.  Don’t try to make your story too clinical or perfect.  People are reading it for you and your voice, so let yourself get swept away, and they will be, too.  But if you sit there typing with your head somewhere else, that’s exactly how the audience will read it.

6. Authenticity

Seriously, this is the most important key for any story, and I can’t preach it enough: readers can tell.  Everything.  They can tell if you’re bored.  They can tell if you’re rushing or trying to slow everything down.  They can feel when you’re having fun and they can sense when you’re holding back.  They may not be aware exactly what the problem is with something like The Hunger Games (or whatever story any individual person finds non-immersive), but they’ll feel that vacancy all the same.

I could’ve gotten over Thor’s sheer lack of pacing technique.  I could’ve ignored The Hunger Games’ emotionless POV character.  I could (and still do, for complicated reasons) continue to watch Grey’s Anatomy even though they’ve exhausted their plots and continually create (and punish) their unlikable, soulless characters.  Those things are problems, but they’re not the reason why I can’t enjoy them.

The reason is that I don’t sense an honesty from the creators.  I don’t feel a personality behind the voices and the storytelling.  I don’t feel like I’ve gotten to know the person behind the pages (or the screen) at all.  And because of that, I didn’t get to meet a part of myself through these stories, either.  Instead, I’m just… bored.  And lost.


Anyway, that got hugely long and it’s super late, but I’m gonna publish this now and pray for few spelling errors.  I hope this answers your question, one way or another!  Thanks again, and good luck :)


If you need advice on general writing or fanfiction, you should maybe ask me!

this was originally posted on reddit, then shared on gallifreybase - an insight into moffat’s writing process, which i found quite fascinating (especially considering how lowly [?] people think of the effort he puts into his scripts)

“Production Notes for Doctor Who Magazine #514: The Last Time Round - Steven Moffat tells us what happened the day he sent in his final script for Doctor Who

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