also i do not care about what tropes may not fit okay

anonymous asked:

do you think Mabel and Dipper fit the messiah/machiavel trope? cuz I do, and it makes me cry

Okay, I’ve never heard of this trope before so I had to do a bit of research. What I’ve gathered is that the trope is a type of teamwork, usually in the political sense: the shining charismatic leader and the vicious, cunning enforcer who supports the leader and/or their cause. The Messiah is the light and the Machieval is the shadow behind that light. The Messiah usually adheres to morality (like Jesus whom the term originates from); the Machieval favors expediency over morality (like Machiavelli whom the term originates from). Which all does sound like the kind of dynamic Dipper and Mabel have. Outside of the dynamic, I’d even say the individual titles, Machieval and Messiah, fit their characters too.

The Messiah in a narrative context is usually “the visionary, the leader, the savior, the person who may be literally god touched, or just god touched in the sense of the charisma, depth, and power of their vision or capacity to lead/embody that movement.”

Mabel is a natural born leader, there’s no doubt. Its easy for her to reach out and connect with others on an emotional level, and even inspire others to change for the better. She’s incredibly charismatic and charming, and her power even at 12 years old is enough to attract the attention of Gravity Falls’ villains, the gnomes and Gideon, who are insistent on making her their Queen. Seemingly effortlessly she can inspire others to help make her visions (trying out her idealistic version of management running the Mystery Shack, creating and constructing an entire sock opera in a week, etc.) a reality. All qualities of a good leader.

But a Messiah is more than a leader; they’re a savior. Mabel is also capable of seeing the good in others and offering forgiveness even if there’s no real evidence of this being true. She deems Pacifica and Robbie worthy of redemption. In NWHS she looks into Stan’s eyes, the windows to his soul, and judges him to be a good person worthy of being trusted and forgiven, despite all the bad things he’s done. After hearing Ford’s story in AToTS, Mabel basically instantly forgives the man and starts seeing him as another Grunkle she loves dearly, and wants nothing more than for Stan and Ford to forgive each other as she has forgiven them. When Dipper wants to rush into adulthood and becomes blinded by the supernatural, Mabel keeps him a child and reminds him of what’s truly important.

And like a Messiah, Mabel strives to be a good person. Yes, she’s flawed because she’s human. She can be aggressive and self-centered and impulsive. She can be blinded by her infatuations. She avoids emotional confrontation and would prefer to live in optimistic denial when she’s scared and life gets hard. But Mabel wants and tries to be a good, kind person. She goes out of her way to compliment others or brighten their days. She tries to do the right thing in any given situation, often playing morality police to Stan and Dipper. And when she’s wrong, she usually acknowledges that and apologizes. Mabel truly genuinely cares about other people and doing the right thing, and that’s more than most people can say.

Symbolically, Mabel takes on a Messiah-esque pose when she lets go of the button and essentially allows the universe to decide her, and everyone else’s, fates. In Weirdmaggadon she is literally seen as an icon of hope, inspiration, and guidance for Dipper and Gideon, and possibly Wendy and Soos as well. Her being alive and representing doing good, striving to be a good person despite her flaws, and having the ability to defeat Bill on her own (who is basically the “Devil” in this story) is what motivates them all to help find her and save her during the apocalypse and thus save the universe. So, yes, I think we can all agree that Mabel fits the Messiah trope quite well.

The Machiavel is a “term given to people who function in pragmatic, vicious, cunning ways. This is the person who holds the knife to the throat or the guns under the table. The one who blackmails, bribes, and does all the things that should never have to be done but must be done for the things they love.”

Dipper is not at all afraid to get his hands dirty to get what he wants and usually won’t hesitate to do what (he feels) must be done in a situation, even if that’s an immoral action. He’s a guile hero, ambitious, relying mostly on his wits, cunning and pragmatic with a grayscale sense of justice, all qualities that are very Machiavellian in nature. There are many, many examples of Dipper favoring expediency over morality shown in canon.

Like in Fight Fighters (lying and cheating to win a fight), Boss Mabel (ripping people off for money), The Golf War (cheating and sabotaging his sister’s competitor by manipulating others into doing what he wants) Sock Opera (making a literal deal with a demon to get what he wants), Society of the Blind Eye (using a memory erasing gun to erase the society member’s memories to prevent them from erasing anyone in town’s memories again, essentially committing the action he’s condemning the society for), A Tale of Two Stans (coming up with the idea to use the same gun on gov agents despite knowing the potential consequences the memory erasure could have on the agents’ sanities), the Stanchurian Candidate (mind-controlling his great uncle for political reasons, an action that’s literally compared to that of a villain in the show), etc. 

In Headhunters, Mabel remarks that Dipper is her sidekick, and this is sort of true. Dipper usually plays more of the supporter/enforcer role than the visionary like Mabel, which is an interesting perspective for a main protagonist and narrator of a story to have. Mabel generally has the ideas, and Dipper generally helps make them happen. He’s usually the one that constructs a plan to make sure Mabel’s idea is a success in situations where they work together like that. He’s strategizing and cheering her on behind-the-scenes when she’s up front in the spotlight working her magic. And he’s planning to tear down anyone who gets in their way. The episode I believe that embodies this dynamic best is Golf War.

Mabel wants to beat Pacifica at golf. Dipper supports Mabel and her goal. He decides manipulating the lilliputtins and cheating is the best course of action for Mabel to win the match. Mabel disagrees at first, trying to play morality police to Dipper, pointing out cheating is wrong, but Dipper convinces her to trust him against her better judgment. They go through with his plan. It backfires. Mabel says that rivalries are stupid and offers Pacifica friendship, and so forgiveness. Dipper does not apologize to anyone, nor acknowledges that what he did was wrong. Throughout this whole episode, you have Mabel as the leader, the public figure, the one playing the match, and later the savior as she deems Pacifica worthy of forgiveness, and Dipper as the enforcer, the planner, the one standing off to the side, the one ensuring Mabel wins and doing whatever he feels is necessary to achieve that. The Messiah and the Machiavel

And in fact, their physical positions on the castle emphasize this dynamic as well. Mabel is in the center like the King (or Queen), addressing the lilliputtins after being told Dipper’s plan, and Dipper is standing a little behind and beside her, closer to where the knight’s stationed (even borrowing the knight’s trumpet to garner everyone’s attention to Mabel).

Dipper and Mabel balance each other out, which I’m not sure is something that plays into the Messiah/Machiavel trope exactly, but is a large part of the twins’ dynamic. Mabel lets Dipper know when he’s taking things too far, and Dipper lets Mabel know when niceness isn’t gonna cut it, when someone doesn’t deserve her kindness. That’s not to say that the two are flat out opposites, however. The Messiah, like I said earlier, is still human. They have moments of selfishness and cruelty as Mabel does. And likewise, the Machiavel has moments of selflessness and kindness as Dipper does. Neither is one extreme or the other. Mabel may have a bigger heart than Dipper, but that doesn’t mean Dipper doesn’t have a heart at all. He does. He’s just more cynical and pragmatic (and arguably angrier) than Mabel is. 

Nor is it true that Mabel is always in the light and Dipper is always in the shadows. Generally you see them more in this way, but Mabel is capable of stepping back and happily supporting Dipper when he has an idea too or wants to take the lead, which is part of what makes them a good team. Mabel isn’t as ruthless as Dipper and Dipper isn’t as big-hearted as Mabel, so they can’t take on each other’s tropes in a reverse dynamic where Dipper is the leader and Mabel the supporter. But they’re both human, and they both try to help each other make the best choices.

So, yeah, I guess Mabel and Dipper fit the Messiah/Machiavel trope for the most part. This wicked fanart from Boss Mabel really shows that kind of dynamic between them too, with Mabel in the boss chair (the throne of sorts) and Dipper standing a little behind and beside her again like a bodyguard or second in command, whispering in her ear.

The 'Why Omegaverse' Question

I’m a very self-indulgent person, and so I like analyzing why I like the self-indulgent things I like to read almost as much as reading them. And well, currently I’m reading a Johnlock Omegaverse fic and it made me wonder why I almost always enjoy it so much.

Usually when the subject comes up, I’ve seen things like people enjoy the world-building, the gender dynamics exploration or the porn (usually that bit’s implied). To be honest, I’ve never actually seen people talk about it much. Not that people in fandom are all that shy about our porn, but wank happens just with the top/bottom discussions, forget Alpha/Omega discourse (not that I’ve actually ever seen that). It doesn’t completely translate. Like, I think people usually write Omega!John and bottom!John differently, although there’s more overlap in Omega!Sherlock and bottomlock. The storyline about how both Omega John and Sherlock resist their secondary gender’s stereotypes to be BAMFy fits both of them in different ways, just as the whole Alpha strut and self-confidence can be spun to fit them both. I think in my case, I find both options more pleasant in Omegaverse ‘cause often there’s more explicit characterization work to justify the differences in the fic’s John or Sherlock. Like, I’m a very picky reader that’s super sensitized to OOCness, and I think Omegaverse helps me 'cause the characterization divergence is there but is more consciously constructed as an AU. So I’m like, okay this is a bottomlock universe or a toplock universe, and I can go with it 'cause it’s never presented as the 'natural order of things’, so to speak. Of course, this is ironic 'cause the mainstream concept of the gender dynamic in-universe is usually all about the 'natural order of things’ being Alpha/Omega pairings. It’s just that you’re still dealing with these implicit or symbolic issues (feminization, projection, etc) a lot in regular fics, but I feel like it’s defanged if it’s directly acknowledged by the narrative.

This might be why it’s awkward to talk about enjoying Omegaverse porn, in a way. At least speaking for myself, there’s an underlying sense of discomfort in 'un-queering’ the pairing, even if you keep the characters’ equipment. At least if you’re not reading Alpha/Alpha or Omega/Omega fics (which are rare and I myself usually don’t read). I think for me, there’s an appeal in the absolute normalization of it, sort of the same way I enjoy 18-19th century novel Sherlock fusion fics with no homophobia. Like, you could say it’s erasing the queerness of the characters by making them play essentially heteronormative roles in the society (especially when one of the characters was literally male and one female in the original novel). Or you could say it’s simply that the fic’s erasing the other people’s problem, which is external to the actual relationship dynamics between the characters. In the case of Omegaverse, you’re still usually problematizing the gendered aspects of the relationship (ie, it’s not usually portrayed as absolute smooth sailing, ala a fluffy het romance), but you’re not coming at it from the same angle so it’s still refreshing. Is that what *I* like about it, though?

It’s a bonus, certainly. In the end, I do like the thinky world-building and the gender exploration stuff, but it’s not enough by itself. What makes Omegaverse a true guilty pleasure is usually the trope aspect: the chance to enjoy a classic iteration of the fuck-or-die trope combined with a soulmate trope. If you look at the usual fuck-or-die fics these days, they’re not generally romantic. They tend to be more straightforwardly dealing with issues of consent and trauma if they’re not pure rapefic PWP, whereas a lot of Omegaverse fic still allows you to have consent in-universe along with a focus on characterization and romance; PWPs are relatively rare. My point is, the trope’s original conceit was that both people secretly want it, and may be wary but interested and compatible (and at least initially/partly capable of consent, though you could have angst about the subject in many fics). It’s obviously problematic rather than romantic in a more realistic context, but this is why I enjoy the sci-fi premise of the Omegaverse. It’s quite possible to create these results using a different sci-fi/fantasy scenario (certain magical artifacts, alien spores, sometimes Sentinel/Guide, etc), but Omegaverse provides a ready template, whereas everything else requires constructing a complex plot from scratch. Of course, this is partly why I enjoyed them back in the day, but most fics I’ve seen lately just go with drugs and/or a villain as the immediate cause. Both of these are traumatic, being sort of the antithesis of a happy ending scenario. So… me no likey.

With the seemingly romantic soulmate trope taken alone in fics, most of what I see is also less than romantic, with the usual point being to problematize the soulmate bond scenario somehow. Otherwise it’s considered 'boring’. I just like my bond fics being about a happy, even joyous union, with the drama coming from the difficulty getting together or some other external source. Omegaverse fics generally use this type of approach. Call me old-fashioned. I know I am.

I think rather than the porn (which is really hit-or-miss in terms of how well even a good writer does with it), I’m into the soul-bonding and pheromonal attraction aspect of the trope. This might also be another reason why I don’t really care much who’s the Alpha or Omega: usually the desperation (another favorite trope!) goes both ways emotionally. The whole nature of the Omegaverse is about breaking down personal boundaries and forming a more perfect union, both physically and emotionally. I mean, usually this is a theme in most romantic pairings, but here it’s being made both emotionally explicit and natural (in-universe), whereas I tend to view super-fluffy fics (especially involving long-term commitment themes) with suspicion. This probably has something to do with me being a 'cold-prickly type’ reader. Normally, reading about marriage (essentially) would seem OOC or over-the-top to me somehow, whereas if you’re soul-bonded as an Alpha/Omega couple, well, you can’t really avoid it. There’s usually no (easy) divorce and/or polyamory option, etc. You’re just kinda stuck being in fluffy love forever, haha. I know a lot of people would find that stifling or even less romantic, but it suits me just fine. Though I could do without the babies, generally, in the end I even make the baby exception for Omega Sherlock (poor boy, haha). ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

ZoSan Fic Rec - One Piece

Finally (yes again), I’m doing the fic rec you’re all waiting for (esp you @sleepydrarry​, please stop harassing me lmao)

There will be a lot of Unda’s work on here but what can I say, I’ve fallen in love.

  • Vitriolic Best Buds - Unda : Or: why I shouldn’t read TV tropes late at night. Wanted to have a little fun with this trope that fits the boys to a T. Vague hostile romance if you squint a little or just a hostile bromance. Your choice. One shot. - Over protective Zoro and Sanji in a One Shot and so much cuteness, I can’t. Also Sanji and Zoro and not explicitly in a relationship but come on, everybody knows.
  • Memories - Stark_Black : Sanji has been in a coma for eleven months, but he’s lost his memory of the past two years. Now, he doesn’t remember Zoro, or the life the two of them had built together. - Apparently, in every fic rec that I do, I MUST have a fic with reserve. So here it is. The fic is great and the angst at the start is a KILLER but, I think it’s an old fic (like 2008), I mean, come on, there is BlackBerries and How To Save A Life. Also warning about some nearly sexist comments and not enough lube/prep.
  • The Roronoa Fruit - Stark_BlackTo Zoro’s surprise, Sanji takes a step towards friendship, using food as his cover. Now their new friendship is deepening fast and Sanji almost can’t keep up. - Oh, another one by Stark_Black ! Okay, I may have reserves about Memories but, The Roronoa Fruit is AWESOME. Just go read it, so much pining, I CAN’T. Kinda wish I could Obliviate myself and read it again.
  • The Not-So-Romatinc Tale of the Swordsman and the Cook - donutsandcoffee…as witnessed, told, and suffered through by the Bravest Warrior of the Sea, Usopp.Sanji loves Zoro. Zoro loves Sanji. They are also, somehow, obliviously, infuriatingly, in an unrequited love with each other.Usopp thinks he can do something about it. He really should have had more self-preservation instinct than that. - THIS ONE, this one, I died laughing in the floor. Luffy and his “It’s a Mystery Plan” and everybody is so on-character, I can’t even. It’s so awesome, and so funny and just go read it, mood-lift is assured.
  • Aural Pleasure - Unda : “It’d be almost funny if it weren’t so terrible, out of a whole sandy beach the directionally challenged Zoro manages to find the one rock to land head first on.” Zoro has to learn to talk again and in the process learns a bit about listening to Sanji. - OMG this one (yes I’m excited about every single fic on this rec, fight me). The angst in the fic is horribly good, I legit cried. 92k words and every single one of them is on point. It’s the fic that made me fall in love with Unda, All praise the ZoSan genius. Serisously, if there is only one fic to read in this rec, it’s this one. Also happy ending so… ;)
  • Once More With Feeling - Aviss : Sanji is given a second chance to set things right. And a third. And a fourth… - This one is the pure definition of angst. I cried A LOT. It’s super well-written and heart breaking and please, do read it.
  • Prison Blues - donutsandcoffee : Zoro gets lost, Sanji gets captured by the marines, the Strawhats break into the ship’s prison, and they all escape with a bang.Not exactly in that order, much to the confusion of Sanji’s cellmates. - 3rd person narrator, only one chapter, and incredibly funny. One of the first ZoSan fic I read and I also fell in love with the author.
  • Reactions - Unda : Sanji is happy to report that his food has never hurt anyone… until now. - Another Unda work, what can I say. This one is also awesome, and please go read it, I don’t even have the words to say how good it is. Just read it omg
  • go back to sleep - itsmylifekay : His skin tingles with an unfamiliar sensation and he shifts, mind becoming more alert as he takes in his surroundings and the strange, lingering warmth on his arm. If he concentrates hard enough, he can feel the fading shape of long fingers pressed into his skin.“Go back to sleep, stupid marimo,” he hears. Sanji is standing close by, pulling on the last of his clothes and straightening his tie. His voice is low in the softness of the early morning and Zoro grunts at the words. - This one is just fluff and pining and rainbow and unicorns. There’s a little of gore, I don’t remember it being bad but I’m not phased by it, so maybe you should be careful..
  • Fix Me - LunaStories : A story of despair, loss, and healing. An alternate scenario in which Sanji is the one who takes the damage from Kuma, rather than Zoro. Thriller Bark Arc.And even as there were shouts of horror around him, Zoro dashed to the blonde’s side, determined to give him a scolding (and then a beating after he healed) for the stupid stunt he had pulled.They all watched with varying degrees of surprise as Zoro reached Sanji, and with one tap on the shoulder…he fell. - OKAY SO. Everybody that knows me, know that I actually enjoy hurting myself and making myself cry to sleep and this fic goes into that category. Major Character Death, I’m warning you guys. But for the ones of you who have the same tastes as me, just go read it and enjoy. it’s fricking awesome and I keep reading it again and again, I can’t get enough of it.

Okay there’s already quite a lot of fics and I’m only half through my list of what I wanted to rec. So that’s means….. THERE’LL BE A 2ND PART (yes Em’, you’ll be able to harass me again, nice right ? lmao)

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed it and please don’t forget to leave kudos and comments to the authors ;)

SasuHina Psychologically Analyized

Yes it is here and it is 4 pages long, I prewrote this before I put on here thats how much I love you. But before you start reading, a couple housekeeping things:

1. If you are pro SS/NH do not read this

2. If you are pro SNS it might step on your toes depending on how you feel

3. It will call out on Sakura so pro Sakuras beware

4. You are not inclined to read this I am not forcing you to so if you feel this is not to your liking just click away fam

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Nobody Important; Part Two

Fandom: WWE

Pairing: Bo Dallas/Female Reader

Rating: Holy shit M.

AN: Again, no apologies. Happy Thirst Party Saturday, everyone! Tagging @tox-moxley @hardcorewwetrash @jazziethuqqins-blog @emmarablack @frenchtoast-syrup …I think that’s everyone! Enjoy!

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So, earlier when I was writing my post about Eggsy and Tilde, I realized that I need a whole separate post about how Eggsy loves and respects women.

So here, have a gifset of Eggsy loving and respecting the women in his life.  And also, have me telling you why every gif here is a good example (as well as discussing a few scenes that aren’t pictured). The wall of text under this read more is akin to the Great Wall of China.  Beware.

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Why does Tori get idolized?

Okay quick question- this is sorta a pet peeve of mine.

Everyone blames Asgore for Toriel leaving him but why does no one care that Toriel just abandoned her husband over a disagreement.

Look, Asgore isn’t perfect, I won’t ever say it. But why is Toriel not held accounrable at all?

It’s not like Asgore was mistreating her at all. We’re told that Toriel was disgusted with him and just… left. No tales of mistreatment on Asgore’s part, just a disagreement. Granted a rather big agreement, but still.

And she doesn’t just abandon Asgore, she abandons her people. She’s the Queen, and she just… leaves.Leaves them all to their fate. Instead of staying and trying to, I dunno, make the kingdom better, she just abandons them all. 

Tori could have left and continued to rule. She and Asgore could have split duties easily- Tori overseeing domestic issues, Asgore the guard. Awkward yes, but Asgore seems perfectly willing to work with Toriel and talk to her. It’s Tori who refuses to even speak to him. 

She just abandons everyone in favor of her own self-righteous views. And yet everyone loves her and demonizes Asgore. WHY?

And I say self-righteous cause most all monsters are on-board with Asgore’s plan… and with leaving. Toriel alone seems content to sit underground forever. 

I just… I don’t get it. No what Asgore did was objectively wrong but he was trying to save his people. Toriel may have been objectively more moral, but she abandoned everyone in favor of her beliefs. 

I know there’s a trope about this but I forget it… but essentially? Toriel considers her morals more important than the people around her; Asgore considers the people around him more important than his morals.

You may say “wait a minute, Tori protects the kids, how does she not care about others?” Remember her REASON for protecting Frisk? “ My expectations… My loneliness… My fear…   and “ Do not let ASGORE take your soul. His plan cannot be allowed to succeed. …….

(Also, off-topic but interesting quote. If you attack her after she stops attacking, she says, “ To think I was worried you wouldn’t fit out in there… Eheheheh!!! You really are no different than them! “ Um, monsters are “supposed” to be nice, right? Why does Toriel think being attacked when you show mercy is normal?)

But anyways. Look at her reasons. It isn’t because she’s worried about Frisk or doesn’t want him to die, it’s because she’s lonely and doesn’t want Asgore to win. Yes, she obviously cares about Frisk. I’m not denying that. 

Just… okay, lost souls dialogue for her and Asgore.

Tori: “This is for your own good.” As: “Forgive me for this”

Tori: “No one will leave again.” As “This is my duty”

Toriel is convinced she is correct in her actions. Asgore, on the other hand, knows he’s wrong and asks you to forgive him. That’s the difference between them. 

I personally like Asgore better but I’m also a utilitarian, so I’m far more willing to forgive him than most. But Toriel? I don’t like her. Or, well, I don’t like how the fandom idolizes her. Toriel isn’t perfect, none of the characters all. They all have their faults and issues. And Tori it’s her stubborn insistence of doing what she thinks is right, regardless of how it affects others. 

Yet most people treat her greatest flaw as a virtue… and I don’t get it. At all. 

So ya, if anyone can explain the love for tori, I’d love to learn it! 

Scarlet Heart: Ryeo Episode 6-7

[These posts contain spoilers up through the most recent airing episodes of the Kdrama as well as spoilers and comparisons to the original Cdrama. Be sure you’re caught up before reading. Also, this one got really overly long. I love you guys. Enjoy.]

I’ve been writing notes on these two episodes for days now, and there’s no way for me to cover all of my thoughts in one post. I’m going to have prioritize the things I’ve been thinking the most about, and because of that this going to be a very Wang So-heavy post.

I’ll apologize for that right now, because Hae Soo was really badass for these two hours and she deserves to have episode review dedicated to her alone. I can’t really complain about anything she did, her characterization, IU’s acting. It was all spot on for me. She remained so courageous throughout episode 6, but in a very human and believable way. It wasn’t that she wasn’t scared or vulnerable, it wasn’t that she wasn’t affected by the danger and violation went through, it was that she decided to act in her own behalf despite her fear and vulnerability.

She was willing to risk her life to maintain sovereignty over her own body, when all the combined efforts of her useless harem could do nothing to save her. She selflessly went to the palace to keep her princes from getting hurt for her. Then rather than submit to her own legally sanctioned rape by the king, she wielded the blade to cut her own wrist–not so she could kill herself, but so that she could live with herself.

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Magical Muslim-Monsters, Romani, Black Women and Latina Stereotypes

Anonymous asked: 

Okay so i am working on several stories with POC characters. I feel like a few of them may be tropes but i’ve checked and they don’t seem to match any? 

Magical Muslim and Monster Tropes

in one story there’s a trio of magical girls. one of them is a Muslim girl who was cursed into a spider creature. she is ashamed of this and views it negatively. would this relate to any monster Muslim stereotypes? she doesn’t drink blood. she rarely uses her magic, only if she absolutely has to.

Sassy Black Stereotypes in Children

in the second story there’s a trio of sisters. they are all Black and the daughters of the personification of heaven. the first sister is very young, only 7 or 8. she is very loud and sort of bold, i don’t want her to come across as a “sassy Black girl” stereotype, because later on she reveals she is only that way because her oldest sister doesn’t care for her as much as she should. the middle sister is a teenager, like 16, and spends a lot of time on her phone. she cares very much for her little sister. she doesn’t get along too well with the oldest sister either because she didn’t take care of their younger sister. she kind of fits the white girl starbucks stereotype but is shown to be caring and gentle on a regular basis. their oldest sister is disconnected and not really sure how to be a good sister after their mother left, but she tries her hardest. i think the second 2 characters are okay but im not sure about the first one.

Greedy Latina Stereotypes

in the last story (its fantasy) the entire main cast are POC. first off theres the main heroine. she is indigenous Guatemalan of Mayan descent. she lives in a village in England. She wears English style clothes and armor and speaks English, even though Spanish is her first language. she wants to fit in so people with see her as a hero, because being a hero is her goal in life. throughout the story she slowly starts reconnecting with her Guatemalan roots, like speaking Spanish more and wearing her mother’s huipils on occasions. at the very end of the story she has learned to preserve her parent’s culture while living in England. i don’t want her to come across a negative latina stereotype of liking money and being sort of greedy. (she is strong and kinda punk as well)

Romani Elf 

one of her friends is an elf and Romani with albinism. she isn’t an elf because shes albino or albino because she’s an elf, she’s just an albino elf. she can’t use magic as well as her brother can so i think that avoids “magical albino” but is there any issue with her being Romani? i couldnt find much in your tags on Romani in fantasy. what could i do to show her living a traditional Romani life without using stereotypes? (i know it may not make much sense for an elf to be Romani, but she is because of the way elves work in this world. i wont go into detail but basically elves are sort of seen as higher beings and since her parents chose to live with a group of Romani people, their children were born Romani.)

Saudi Arabian Djinn

2 of the side characters are a Tahitian mermaid (cookiecutter shark) who mostly acts a guide. at one point she tricks the first girl mentioned by leading her off and taking her valuables. im pretty sure that’s not a stereotype however. the other side character is a Saudi Arabian djinn who is not Muslim. she’s a traditional djinn, is there something wrong with her being Saudi and not Muslim? 

Motherly Black Queen and Angry Black Woman

And finally the 2 characters that i think are sort of problematic but i cant pinpoint why. The queen is a Black woman, she is very motherly towards her subjects but this is because she is the queen and she’s sort of the sad about it, like the subjects dont know how much empathy she has for them. she is very mysterious and magical. her counterpart is the villain, another Black woman who is connected to fire. she is the sun, basically, and shown to be abusive to the elf’s brother who had the stone her spirit was trapped in for a long time. she uses a lot of big, fancy words. she is so angry because she was trapped in the stone for so long, i dont want to play her as an angry Black woman stereotype though.

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anonymous asked:

Ok, this is not hate this is just me trying to understand. It's a common trope in comics that people have a horrible past/childhood - half of the people becoming heros because of that, the other half villains. Daredevils Wilson Fisk had an abusive past, and is one of the best characters in the MCU, loved by everyone as a villain, i don't get why Wardfans have a hard time accepting the same? I can only speculate that it's because he started as a totally different character.

First, I understand your intention was not to send hate, but I do want to point out that the dismissive tone which with you say “Wardfans” doesn’t save this from coming across as condescending and/or rude. However, I’m willing to give you the benefit of the doubt, because this wasn’t abusive or malicious, merely sort of dismissive - which, granted, could be the way I’m reading it as well.

That being said.

Yes, I understand the terrible past/childhood back story as being a common trope, especially in comic books. I am not discounting that. What also needs to be noted, though, is how, commonly, we are presented villain characters who have those dark pasts, when they are already past the point of being saved. That’s fairly damning. Once someone passes that point - and it seems the writers have finally inched Ward that far - there is little that can be done to cast them as anything but. However, the big, big difference here, is that, like I said: We don’t see them when they could go one way or another, we only see them in the aftermath.

We don’t see Natasha Romanoff when she’s burning down children’s hospitals, and killing innocents. We don’t see her being the villain, acting in terrible ways - we only see her as the final product, after someone came along and tried to help her. We only see her as a Hero.

With Ward, also, it’s very different. The writers gave him this backstory, and played up how he was abused, used, brainwashed. They strung along these points where Coulson says “Nobody’s Nobody” and “You can save someone from themselves if you get to them soon enough”, and let’s not forget the whole discussion between Coulson, May and Fury at the end of S1, the crux of which was that, whether it was one man or all of mankind, SHIELD had a duty to save and protect. That, framed in the shade of Ward being captured, seemed so promising. 

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FIVE ALARM (part 6)

a/n: What’s this?! A second chapter within 24 hours?! ^_^

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FIVE ALARM (part 6)

Elaine Peck may as well have been invisible to Holly. Before Gail could warn the brunette of her mother’s presence, Holly was inside the room and standing next to Gail’s bed, gripping her forearm and tracing her fingers over Gail’s uninjured temple in a highly intimate manner.

“H-hey,” Gail greeted,  anxious about what was about to happen.

“Hi,” Holly said, smiling down at her. “I’m so glad you’re okay. I kept going over all these possible scenarios in my head. And I didn’t know who to try and contact when you didn’t show up for—”

“Hey, Holly, look it’s my mother,” Gail interrupted before Holly could finish her sentence.

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Strange Magic: surprisingly satisfying

Okay, so, last night, on a whim, I watched the movie Strange Magic with AgentMalkere. Sure, it got a 16% on Rotten Tomatoes, but hell, the trailer looked fun and I’ve seen some art for it around and we were in the mood to watch a movie we could cheerfully tease but which had pretty art (and the art is VERY pretty in this movie, and very detailed). I sat down expecting a goofy flick with old pop songs, caricatures instead of characters, and a plot holier than a sieve. Loins girded, I hit the play button.

And I was surprised. First by the sheer number of songs they managed to fit in (seriously, they outdid Frozen), and secondly because… I really enjoyed it. Like, a lot. Were the characters archetypes we’ve seen many times before? Yes. Was the plot also something we’ve seen so many times we’ve lost count? Yes. But it was just so… charming.

AgentMalkere described it as being ‘like a fanfiction of another movie where the couple you wanted together in the end didn’t, so they’re fixing it.’ And they were right, that is very much what that movie feels like, like someone new to fanfiction sat down and went “I’m gonna make it all better!” There’s lots of elements of beginner fic-writers - the side characters, such as the antagonist’s minions, are very 2D, the story’s a little black and white in places, the plot isn’t strong, there’s plot points that just sort of exist to move the plot along without much explanation. Typical newbie mistakes.

At the same time, though, the characters who are main and secondary cast are really fun. Are they tropes? Yeah, but they are tropes in the hands of a person who really cares about these characters, who loves them a lot and wants them to be as cool and as fun as they can possibly be. This is like one of those fics where you read it and go “this wasn’t a great fic, I’ve read better. But I liked it, it made me feel good, and a lot of work obviously went into it.” Not to mention that there are some incredibly satisfying scenes and one incredibly cool bit of subtext, which I’m going to talk about under a cut because spoilers. Seriously, though, if you want a fun romp and don’t mind a lot of singing (which is actually really fun in places), check this one out, it’ll at least give you something to laugh at, and also, dang, that art! This movie is visually gorgeous! Er, there’s a slightly trippy part at the end involving the main camera being temporarily being replaced by a kaleidoscope, but it doesn’t last, you can look away for that bit, the final shot is wonderful!

Anyway, spoilers!

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anonymous asked:

Dude it's okay to acknowledge that bismuth does follow the pattern of angry violent large black women in the show. Internal justifications don't change that the show keeps making this sort of character that like it or not, is somewhat racist.

I agree that the angry black woman trope is really shitty and I agree that Bismuth definitely fits. However, while I think it’s fair to have a discussion about that, I can’t agree with the level of… I dunno, people very harshly criticizing the Crew for it? 

Because it’s like… so many people suddenly are acting like they don’t think the creators of this show know what they’re doing. Like they aren’t aware, aren’t very careful with what they write and include in this show. As if they’d purposefully indulge in this trope for bad reasons. 

I’m not gonna argue that there are clearly characters (Bismuth, Jasper, Sugilite) who are shown as very strong/angry/aggressive, and who happen to be coded non-white. However, every gem on the show is aggressive, if we’re being perfectly honest. Lapis was defensive of herself, fought the Crystal Gems, attacked children, hurt Greg, damaged Peridot’s personal property, and trapped Jasper in a fusion. Peridot, too, has tried to harm both the Crystal Gems and Steven. To say only characters like Bismuth and Jasper are shown as being aggressive is unfair. 

And it’s not like they’re the ONLY black-coded characters in this show, which I think is also important to point out. Ruby and Sapphire are both black-coded and while Ruby is def loud and opinionated, she’s shown as being very loving and kind. And then, of course, Sapphire doesn’t fit the trope at all. 

I guess what I’m saying is… Sugilite is an example of two (three?) very strong personalities coming together into one very dynamic being; Jasper is the antagonist, so of course she’s angry and aggressive; Bismuth has had very little screen time, but in only three episodes we got to see how much of a really interesting and complex character she is - there is more to her than her anger, and her bad choices that came from righteous places. 

Also the thing is… Like, despite it, aren’t you glad to have another really cool and compelling black-coded character, who is big and enthusiastic and was obviously well-liked, and who still has a lot of potential as a character? 

It’s like… Bismuth wasn’t made this way, wasn’t bubbled in the end, because she was coded black. This was always going to happen, but they gave her an awesome (and fitting!) design and then got a really great voice actress for her, and for the most part I see the ‘angry large black woman’ trope as an unfortunate coincidence due to a summation of many unrelated circumstances. 

I hope I’m making sense? See, the thing with me is, I’m all for calling consistently bad messages out, but only if there’s clear negative intent behind them. Not saying decent people can’t do bad things on accident, but I don’t think the Crewniverse would be so careless. They know what they’re doing, and they’re aware of their audience. 

I feel like I’m not explaining myself well… I may come back to this topic again, but it’s really broad and to an extent I feel like it’s not my place to say much (I’m mixed myself, only half-black, so it doesn’t specifically affect or strike a personal chord.)

Interview with Que-sera-sera!

Trying to catch up with Aussie isn’t easy! Time zones made this interview a week-long challenge, but we were able to get it done! Read below for some interesting things about Everlark and the land down under from @que-sera-sera88!

How did you get into the fandom? Did you start out through the books or the movies, and what drew you in?

Well I read the books after I heard about the first film (it hadn’t been made but had been cast) and it didn’t take me long to read all three of them. I really liked what Suzanne did and how she dealt with really horrific and traumatic subject matter and the characters she created were great because they’re complex and flawed. I was already on Tumblr and had a fandom but that was slowing down so I searched for THG and that’s how I joined. I started reading a lot of Everlark fan fic and was hooked. I also liked the general vibe of the fandom as well and how creative people were.

What fandom were you in before?

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anonymous asked:

ok so i know you dislike love triangles mostly, but i am thinking of incorporating one to an extent in something I am writing. can you please give me examples of love triangles you didn't like/detracted from the novel, and also any love triangles you think may have worked? I'm just trying to see what's successful and what's not to learn from, it doesn't have to be a long answer lol sorry if it seems like i'm pressuring you to share your opinion


Okay so the thing with love triangles is they’re not inherently evil. There’s just a few things to keep in mind if you’d like to write them well.

Note: I’m going to be using an example of a love triangle with one girl and two guys throughout this answer, as that’s the most common form I’ve read.

Don’t make it immediately obvious which of the two contenders will win your MC’s heart. A big part of the appeal of love triangles is the suspense - it’s like ‘will they, won’t they’, but doubled. If you make one guy fulfil every single desire your MC’s ever had, and give them explosive chemistry, while the other guy just happens to look nice but doesn’t make your MC feel anything, then readers know who she’s going to choose in the end. 

It’s become a popular trope in recent years for one of the contenders to treat the MC like shit; to talk down to her, to stalk her, to be ‘mysterious’ and ‘brooding’ (aka. ‘moody’ and ‘immature’). And then the other contender will be sweet and nice, but the MC will interpret this as them being the dreaded ‘safe and boring’. And she’ll choose to be with the arsehole guy who treated her like shit. Please don’t do this. Please don’t pit a genuinely caring guy against a guy who acts like a bully but then makes one declaration of love and wins the MC’s heart. It’s dangerous and unhealthy and unnecessary.

If your story is not a romance, do not let the love triangle become the focus. This is probably my biggest complaint ever against love triangles. Particularly with Paranormal-YA, books are marketed as being adventure stories or mysteries, but once you start reading you quickly discover - oh, no, the only real plot is the love triangle. It just so happens that one (or more) of the people have some vague supernatural characteristics. But that supernatural aspect is not the focus, the focus is the MC debating over dating the guy with light hair or the guy with dark hair.

TBH I’ve actually never read a love triangle where I’ve finished the book and thought, ‘Wow. That really added to the plot and characterisation, I’m so glad that vital aspect of the story was included.’ I personally have never read one that’s truly added something to the book.

The closest might have been Hermione/Ron/Lavender in HP, but even that got on my nerves.

It was handled okay in The Hunger Games. It was actually woven into the plot pretty damn well, but I feel like a fewww times Katniss verged slightly too close to focusing on romance while the world was ending.

I hated the love triangle in Twilight because, to me at least, it was so obvious she was going to end up with Edward. I didn’t think Jacob ever had a chance. (And of course there were a multitude of other problems with that series…)

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare has a love triangle that was written better than most, with viable chemistry between all three characters, and one thing this one got really right was putting emphasis on how being attracted to the same girl impacted the guys. That was a nice change. But still… I didn’t see why a love triangle was needed.

Fallen by Lauren Kate has a terrible one that fits every single negative trope associated with love triangles ever. Read it for an example of everything to avoid.

Here’s a list of books shelved as ‘Love Triangle’ on Goodreads, have a browse through those books and their reviews. The one star and four/five star reviews particularly can give you insight into what exactly gets on people’s nerves about love triangles, or what they adore about them.

Like I said above, love triangles aren’t inherently bad, and even for someone like me, who despises them, a love triangle alone isn’t enough to ruin a good book - as long as you don’t substitute plot for the love story. Let the romance take a back seat, make sure the plot advances, make sure your characters are fleshed out beyond ‘girl everyone loves’, ‘mysterious bad boy’, ‘bright nice boy’, and make sure they all have their priorities in order. 

I hope this helped, please let me know if you have any feedback or other questions!!