“Ever since I started using Marcurio as a follower with my first dragonborn, I immediately fell in love with his sarcasm and sass. All my other dragonborns have had him as a follower, too, but when I made a female redguard dovahkiin, I decided not to hire Marcurio simply for a change, so I hired Vorstag, the mercenary at the Silver-Blood Inn in Markarth. Directly after hiring him I had to complete a quest in a dwarven ruin and the entire time I couldn’t stop thinking about how much Marcurio would have enjoyed seeing it and kept picking up random dwemer artifacts wanting to give them to him later. I ended up dismissing Vorstag right after that and running back to Riften to hire Marcurio again, and I was so happy to hear his snarky little voice.“
“I come bearing gifts!“ You exclaimed as you burst into your father’s office, setting the bag of goodies on his table. Kissing his cheek, you left quickly, putting a similar bag on Jordan’s desk as he wasn’t around before leaving the station altogether.
HP next gen sketchies! specifically scorpius, rose, albus, hugo and a bit of the other potterkids.
headcanons as follows: scorpius turns outs to be so happy-go-lucky that people - including his family - are really not sure what to do with him. rose inherits all the hair - and all the feels - in the world. albus has serious anxiety and is born already done with life. hugo - my one true favourite child - has a fantastic afro and forms real friendships with his chess set. and is short. forever short. james II and lily II carry over all the sarcasm and sass from their parents. there are more cousins floating around this school - “wait, are we related???” - and lots of hand-me-down friends - “oh wild, my mum sees the same PTSD therapist as your dad!”- at this point no one is keeping count. everyone hates each other. everyone begrudgingly love each other too…i guessss.
Not that I’m sadistic or anything, but what about Peridot being completely comfortable around Lapis? It means the whole package: sweetness, cuteness, sarcasm, and sass and all. It’s not gonna be a pretty picture. (… Well. Maybe I am a little sadistic.) But she can’t just change overnight, can she? Peridot can be a bit full of herself sometimes.. er, most of the times. I doubt that wouldn’t get in Lapis’ nerves.
I’d like to talk about snark today, specifically snark as used by fictional characters. No matter how it’s labeled, “snark,” “sarcasm,” and “sass” all have the misfortune of being used really badly by poor writers and even used to justify the rudeness of certain character with “they’re just being sassy” like with Regina Mills of Once Upon a Time. What do I mean?
Well, snark does not exist in a vacuum. When a character is snarky, they generally have a reason. Daria, queen of snark, is usually dissatisfied with things she encounters but also generally not motivated to do much more then comment, so sarcasm is her passive aggressive way of dealing with it. She also uses sarcasm to insult people, since a lot of characters she encounters are dumb enough to be blind to it, or there is someone she is trying to amuse with her wit. Generally speaking sarcasm is how she vents, it just sounds funny to the audience.
Sarcasm is also used to voice disapproval even when you know the person you’re disapproving of can hear you and gets the message. A lot of Damian Wayne’s snark as Robin was directed towards Dick Grayson and Stephanie Brown, letting them know that he didn’t think much of them. It was incredibly immature and passive aggressive…which made sense, given that Damian was all of ten years old.
Other reasons for sarcasm? Well, sometimes you’re trying to upset the person. Spider-Man’s quips, both sarcastic and snarky, are generally done both to enrage his enemies because then they make mistakes he can take advantage of, and to cover the fact that Spidey, especially in younger incarnations, is scared or at the very least nervous because a lot of villains are stronger than him. Since he’s going to fight them anyway, he needs to cover up that fear. The humorous side of the sass is to cover his fear, while the biting side is meant to push villains over the edge.
Now let’s circle back to Regina. Why is she snarky? “She just is” is not an acceptable answer becuase again snark does not exist in a vacuum. I think she falls mainly into the “passive aggressive” reason for snark, generally speaking, but Regina has the issue many characters who are poorly written snarkers have: she’s sarcastic even without reason. What was that quip about Mary-Margaret’s weight supposed to say other than “just a reminder, I do not like this person”? Regina’s snark is based in bitterness, not wit or “attitude” or anything else.
And then there’s the name calling. Yes, there are plenty of characters who have used the term “idiot” affectionately, however there are usually one of two qualifiers. 1) it is very, very obvious by their tone and expression that it is meant to be a term of endearment, because they are generally shown to be friends and/or 2) in the event another character starts acting like their “idiot” is actually stupid to where it hurts their feelings, the snarker will defend them. Regina has never given any indication she thinks the Charmings as anything but idiots. I cannot see the leaked line about her calling Emma “stupid” as being an unusual insult borne of grief because Regina seems to genuinely find Emma stupid most of the tie. There is no indication otherwise, Regina seems to genuinely not like these people, and so any “it’s an affectionate term” argument falls flat.
Let’s go back to Damian on this one. For all his snark, all his backtalk, all his complaining, he still thinks Dick is a good Batman. When Damian’s mother insults Dick in front of him, Damian instantly comes to his defense and protests that she doesn’t know Dick as well as he does and therefore doesn’t see how Dick is actually good at his job. Long after Dick’s given up on being Batman and is back to Nightwing (sticking Damian with Bruce) there’s a scene where Damian outright tells Dick that he thinks they were the best Batman and Robin duo.
Regina has never been shown to have those sorts of feelings for the Charmings. I’d honestly call “grudging respect” a long shot as of season 4, and so wonder why we’re supposed to consider her insults charming instead of, well, insults. Regina is still clearly very bitter and acting on that bitterness, not trying to be funny to amuse others or cover her own fears. Honestly I think the latter could have worked really well, but there’s been next to no foundation for it and so that goes out the window. So that is why Regina’s snark in general falls flat and frankly paints her in a worse light instead of a better one.
Am I the only one who truly, truly thinks the actors are coming into their roles? Initially, the acting in some of the earlier episodes was often sub-par, but I was fine with it because, like anything else, it takes time.
BUT THEN 1X07 AND THEY’RE ALL DOING SO, SO WELL WITH THEIR ROLES.
Dom nailed Jace’s sass and sarcasm in this episode, when before, it lacked sometimes. Kat had some lines and moments that felt authentically Clary; Simon was beautiful–so, so well done; Izzy and Alec have their dynamic downnnnnn; Harry isMagnus, I’m convinced–albeit, a softer, more compassionate one, but hey, we eventually get that later in the books, it’s just happening earlier here; Luke was starting to fit in as well; also, Simon’s family? Perf.
Like a lot of us have been saying all along to those haters of this show: good things happen to those who wait.
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