also that's just one interpretation but i like it and it makes sense for a lot of other reasons

Red & Blue Connection Theory

Be warned there’s gonna be Voltron s3 spoilers in here!! So if you don’t want to see that, look elsewhere. (Also this is super fucking long, I’m sorry.) 

Anyway so I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and what with (at least temporary) Red Paladin!Lance being confirmed, now is probably the time to post this.

Coincidentally, I’ve been spending the past couple weeks looking for foreshadow of the Red and Blue Lions have some kind of Special Connection and there is quite a bit, so I thought I’d share some of what I’ve found.

The gist of it is that I think Red and Blue have some kind of connection that the other lions don’t seem to have with each other. Of course all the lions have a special bond, but there seem to be a lot of hints that the connection between Red and Blue *coughs* and their pilots is something a little different––basically, that Lance and Keith have shown a lot more interest in/connection to each other’s lions than any of the other paladins have.

(And before everyone jumps down my throat, I’m NOT proposing a permanent lion switch so jot that down lol. But I do think temporary lion switches are Good so uhhhh fight me.)

I’m not sure how to go about explaining this, but I’m just gonna break it down to:

- Keith’s connection with Blue

- Lance’s connection with Red

- What Does It Mean

Here we go!!!

Keith & Blue

- I’m still caught up on this whole “Keith sensed the Blue Lion” thing. Granted, it could have something to do with his alien abilities™ (I’m still rooting for Keith with Altean ancestry, y’all) but I still question the choice of having Keith sense Blue, of all the lions. He only detects the location of two lions in canon, and they’re––you guessed it––Blue and Red. 

First we have some kinda vague “energy” that attracts Keith to Blue:

Then we have this part where Keith just … closes his eyes and senses Red somehow??

(These both happen in the first episode, I might add.)

Like I said, this could be some kinda sixth alien sense. But, I do also wonder if it was Blue trusting & calling out to Keith specifically, which is interesting considering he’s not even her paladin.

- Also in the first episode, when they find Blue, Keith & Lance are the first ones to approach her. Keith even reaches Blue before Lance does!

And then they’re both standing right in front of Blue, side-by-side, when she wakes up.

There is still a close-up on Lance when Blue awakens––but even so, everyone else has much more of a one-on-one first interaction with their lion, so this scene in particular stands out to me.

- Other than in the first episode we don’t get much of Keith interacting with Blue in s1 (except for him saving Blue for Lance in s1e06, which is cute!)

But then there’s also this moment in s2 where he starts asking Coran about whether there might have been Galra on earth before, and whether that could have something to do with Blue being on Earth:

Which is especially interesting now that we know that Keith is part Galra. So …. is it possible the previous Blue Paladin might’ve been Galra?? or even could have been an ancestor of Keith’s?

Then of course we have Lance emerging from his room at the mention of Blue, and accusing Keith of “having his eye on the Blue Lion since day one”:

This is … kinda odd considering Keith hasn’t outwardly shown any desire to pilot Blue as far as I can remember. So, obviously this is a throwback to the very first episode in which Keith first sensed Blue––and the fact that it was brought up again out of nowhere makes me suspicious that there’s Something there that hasn’t quite been addressed yet.

Lance & Red

- *rubs hands together* Now this is Extra Fun because now I know for a fact Lance is gonna fly the Red Lion at some point in s3 because it was in the trailer and all …

:’’))

Unfortunately I don’t get to say “I told you so” because I didn’t publish this post before then, but anyway! I’ve been looking for foreshadow of this and honestly?? If you ask me, there are hints of Red Paladin!Lance since the very first episode. (Again, I’m not suggesting Lance becomes Red Paladin forever, so please don’t kill me. But I do think Lance having some kind of connection with Red has been foreshadowed.)

- So!! In the first episode I noticed that when Allura assigns each of them a lion, she doesn’t technically assign Blue to Lance (because he interrupts her, lol). It’s just kind of assumed that he’s Blue Paladin since, well, he’s flown Blue. Now, I’m not saying he’s not the Blue Paladin––he is! Buuut I also find a couple things about this scene Intriguing:

1) Lance looks like he almost expects to be assigned the lion as Allura describes it (even though he already has a lion), and then seems a bit shocked/upset when it gets assigned to Keith instead.

2) Not only that, but you may notice the Red Lion hovers between BOTH of them, which is noteworthy because this doesn’t happen to anyone else when they get their lion assigned to them. Hmmmmmm…

- This may be an unpopular opinion but I actually … also think Lance shows some Red Paladin traits. Once again, that’s not to say that Lance doesn’t also fit into the role of Blue Paladin because of course he does, but I do think he shows traces of being capable of being Red Paladin as well.

Like listen, when Allura is assigning Red, these are her exact words: “The Red Lion is temperamental and the most difficult to master. … Its pilot needs to be someone who relies more on instincts than skill alone.”

So really the only qualifications here are: 1) Be skilled. 2) Have good instincts.

And Lance?? Fits those qualifications pretty damn well. He’s a skilled pilot, sharpshooter, and strategist. And he has very strong awareness/instincts as well (i.e. being able to identify the Rover clone super fast, being able to come up with a plan on the Balmera on the fly, etc.). There’s no reason why he can’t fly Red if you ask me.

- Also, when the Red Lion gets fire power for the first time Lance is like, “I want that!!” which is interesting … especially because (at least as far as I can remember) no one else expresses jealousy for another paladin’s lion that way.

And generally I just find it kinda funny that Lance accuses Keith of having his eye on the Blue Lion when Lance has like…canonically had his eye on the Red Lion from pretty early on. 

- In addition to all of the above, there does seem to be some foreshadow about Keith getting separated from Red (at least temporarily). i.e. he has that dream about Red rejecting him.

And there’s also that vision he has in BoM where Red is far away from him.

(Tag yourself I’m the people screaming.)

Could be coincidental …. or could be intentional to foreshadow something about a certain someone else temporarily taking over as Red Paladin.

- And lastly: it may not mean anything, but in GoLion (the original anime) Isamu/Lance was Red Paladin … So, could be a nod to the original!

And yes, he wore a blue outfit but piloted the Red Lion, don’t question it. Color coordination hadn’t been invented yet. 

What Does It Mean?!

- In general, there seems to be a lot of subtle foreshadow that there is Some kind of connection between the Red and Blue lions––or at least, to an extent, Keith and Lance have connections to each other’s lions as well as their own.

- It could mean they are both capable of piloting each other’s lions. I’ll say it again––I’m not suggesting a permanent lion swap or anything along those lines, because both paladins also have very strong connections to their own lions. (Also, I’m not sure about Blue Paladin!Keith at this point, although it’s hard to say since we don’t really know what the quintessence of the Blue Lion is yet.)

However, I think in certain situations their lions could be accepting of the other’s paladin (which of course we know is possible since Keith has piloted Black before, and in the s3 trailer it appears he does so again, as well as Lance piloting Red). So, I feel like that could be important.

- As for the reason behind this connection: It could be because their elements balance each other out (you know, the whole fire-and-ice thing), but what I’m really hoping is that there is some significance in the relationship between the previous Red & Blue Paladins (interpret that however you want––but yeah like, maybe they were good friends??? or …. more than that????) and their lions built up a strong connection because of that (or vice versa).

- TL;DR: I think it’s pretty much inevitable that Red & Blue/Keith & Lance have some kind of special connection (space ranger partners™ amiright) and if you ask me there are a lot of signs pointing in that direction. That’s all, bye.

My interpretation of the MOON signs

(You could probs relate your sun if you want maybe even your rising)

Aries: they take up your life: being loud, leaving mess on the stairs, creating arguments out of thin air and always filling the void with their drama. Very self-centred but oblivious to it so I’ll let it be. Problems they hav always someone else’s fault. Very loving and cuddly and express passion easily. Never stick to hobbies after announcing that its there biggest passion n cant survive without it. Though, they don’t wait around for things to be handed to them - they are always up to something interesting. Independent.

Taurus: they are great to spill your words upon and never flinch when u say something deep or shocking so it makes u chill af cause they are…Most of the time…they can get angered when things aren’t as it should as they are very stubborn. don’t like people who aren’t committed to friendship or plans/dreams and dont like people who dont give their stuff back. Seemed to hav cows eyes: very deep n dreamy and long eyelashes -often brown eyes that i know of or watery blue eyes. lov food or other luxuries.

Gemini: childlike, like everything light hearted and humorous. there has to always be words to fill up the quiet spaces otherwise they start to get agitated. Dont like boring people and will blatantly walk off or something. Nervouusss people. Tapping all the time. When they’re in a goood mood they’re goofy but can become detached and cold and become a bit of a smart arse. Like knowing their shit.

Cancer: homely people. Warm and loving to fault as they are always let down by others who do not give the same warmth and pure emotions back. I think they could probably guilt trip u many times. emotions are not hidden which is good and bad because shots are firedddd and their words filled venom when there really cheesed off. Like lots of nice things. also love cute fluffy animals. Love their family to be always near - protective can become smothering. Talk about the ‘good old days’ 24/7.

Leo: why are you so posey and dramatic? They like to tell a tall tale - love to add bits to the truth to make it more exciting - which is actually interesting to hear tbh so good job :) they love to be centre of attention obvs. Also hold their heads high and always seem taller than actually are. Full of exuberance. & they often believe in their abilities so they achieve good grades and r smarttt!

Virgo: lovs when people do little silly things for them because they like when people are as detail orientated as them. expect too much of people becaus they do too much for others. Nervous but lowkey cause their earthiness sort of makes it hum in the background. Has potential to be shady. I love their organisation, chills me the f out. Some reason i feel they be really good at ASMR videos because of their voice & movements. and they r actually quite talkative but its usually nothing too intellectual or snobbish just good natter. Bites their nails!

Libra: i dont get them. They dont make an imposing impression on me as they’re delicate and not too in ya face. Loves knitted jumpers and wearing light colours Ive noticed. Sweet n gentle. Probs could get away with murder. Gets really into things like a celeb or tv series for a while. Has fan blogs probably. like to talk about things such as kpop, clothes, items in their neat pencil case and make up. Idkkk

Scorpio: protectivveee. Intense. Passionate about theirs hobbies and interests. Can become lost in their own intellectual, abstract world forgetting what is truly important until they realise and become regretful and then hold many unresolved grudges. They are e m o t i o n a l but try to hide it - constantly simmering and on the verge of erupting. Though they are quite interested in their own passion - they’ll hype u up about yours and talk for hours about theirs and your own dreams. Abstract knowledge that seems to appear out of no where when they speak -unconventionally smart.

Sagittarius: want to escape reality. Someone i used to know would read a lot of books - probs erotic - she also used her work as escapism? her husband wouldn’t take her on holiday:( another i know comes across very cool and full of knowledge and like to says corny things like ‘you might as well live your life to the fullest because you’ve only got one’. acts like a philosopher. Has gooood taste in music. knows everyone and can keep good relationships with all of them.

Capricorn: thinks they’re are funny af but peeps often laugh at their jokes cause they’re just a bit shit. Tries to come across cool 😎looking for a for job but isn’t working out lol. Wants fame n fortune. they love to talk deep and intellectual without getting too personal. probably quite lovey dovey but it is buried deep inside them. likes to keep it light by listening to music or watching the telly otherwise there thoughts overwhelm them. ( i hav cap moon so might look like a different viewpoint to the others moon signs)

Aquarius: loves to make a point that they are different lol. Intellectual af cause they really smart. Can talk for hours on end but still likes down time. they are the world’s friend but they only let a few know the real them (if thats is actually the real them ). Quirky sense of humour. Hav big dreams and most likely succeed in pursuing them. they are very open about weird stories and experiences they hav had which is fun to hear. will hav something to say about every topic on earth - love to share an opinion.

Pisces: too kind for their own good. They know your weaknesses/insecurities from first time you meet. i think they have melancholy spells which they find themselves in a trance - i catch them staring blankly quite a lot. Love to ask if you’re okay. Mooody. Let down by humanity. Very chatty and has of cool things to say. Music may rule their life - musically talented in one case ik (probs used as escapism). Can be burdened with very unsettling thoughts of not being good enough; making sure they keep there reputation for being the nice guy which means getting pushed about

The M/M Shipping Thing: Misogyny, the Male Gaze, and Feminist and Queer Representation

Follow up post to this one, here. Read this to see my thoughts on the importance of allowing women to see men through a lens where male sexuality is something to be celebrated, not feared. Seems like a lot of people can relate to this, and I just love talking about it so have some more of my thoughts.

First of all, it’s a numbers game…

Going off of this point by @colt-kun which I’ve copied and pasted here. This gives a great overview of a purely statistical analysis of why m/m ships are more common.  

“There’s also the sheer numbers to take into account.

Take the first Avengers movie as an example (because frankly its one of the few recent blockbusters with two female speaking roles). Two females, Black Widow and Maria. Then eight males, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Hulk, Loki, Fury, Coulson.

Not counting polyships/selfships for ease of math, and using the characters cisgender identities bc that is what they are largely seen as (no disrespect meant to any trans/nb interpretations)

Possible f/m ships: 16 (35.5%)
Possible f/f ships: 1 (2.2%)
Possible m/m ships: 28 (62.2%)

That’s not even accounting for screentime, character chemistry, interaction times, etc. thats just the NUMBERS.

When there’s a large disparity in character gender then yeah, you’re going to see a heavy inclination to m/m ships because that’s really ALL THATS POSSIBLE. The fans have a natural desire for more story and romances, they want to world build and AU. We’ve done that since stories were first told.

So of COURSE you’re going to see a lot of women - of all sexual orientations - leaning towards m/m pairings because when there’s only potatoes at the buffet… you eat the potatoes. Think of all the shows an movies with only one female character in a cast of men. Is it really difficult to see WHY there’s a lot of m/m ships there?”

Mainstream media is male-centered and male-dominated.

Going beyond just the numbers the fact is that in the majority of popular films and TV shows many of the female characters aren’t well-rounded or on screen as much as most of the men. There is a tendency for women to be the secondary characters or maybe to have one main female character. This makes it hard to really relate to and invest in a lot of the female characters out there. Not that people don’t, but it’s not going to attract a huge following.

Take Supernatural (low hanging fruit I know) where even if there are a large number of women that appear throughout the series, there aren’t many that stick around(and let’s not even go there with all of the deaths and how sexist that is right now ha)or interact with each other in a way that would lead to a lot of shipping. Even in my lovely Hannibal fandom, the Marlana ship which people love and people write for just isn’t going to have as much of a following just based on the fact that they aren’t the main characters. And Marlana is a good example of a w/w ship where they aren’t objectified, don’t die, and still it’s a secondary focus. There obviously are some exceptions, but they are few and far between.

Originally posted by astudyinwinchester



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  • Someone: But how can you ship Oliver Wood with MARCUS FLINT
  • Me internally: Well, at surface it's the rivals to lovers trope. They are both the captain of their respective sports team. But not only that, they are the captain of the Slytherin and Gryffindor. Now, obviously Gryffindors and Slytherins already have that rivalry. But it feels like they feel they're meant to hate each other. In Half Blood Prince Harry said in his internal monologue when seeing Blaise that, to paraphrase, Slytherins and Gryffindors hate each other by default. Now lets look at Marcus and Oliver. You can make the claim they hate each other sure, but I question if they really do or if they feel they hate to, especially with spark of their rivalry. Oliver doesn't have this type of relationship with Cedric Digory of Roger Davis, only with Marcus. It's hard to make real judgements about their relationship since they're such minor characters. They already have a love for Quidditch in common, so that's a good basis for their relationship. It's also no secret that Slytherins are very flat characters, written as antagonistic. But I do have questions about Marcus. Since the Flint family is part of the sacred twenty-eight, he is possibly from a prestigious family, since many Slytherins do come from those sort of families. In a way we can assume that Marcus may have cold, elusive parents. While there's no way to prove that is canon, it does make you think. He does have quite a fiery personality, and that brings in the question of whether it is just how he is or he is devoid of affection. Oliver is obviously a very passionate person but not totally driven. So they could bring each other up. Since Marcus is a Slytherin he's ambitious and likely has a lot of drive. Therefore, Marcus can help Oliver focus his drive on things that aren't Quidditch and Oliver can provide the love he didn't get as a child. There's nothing that can be proved or disproven as they are so minor and everything can be up for interpretation. Now, Marcus is accused of being a short tempered person but Oliver can be quick to anger. Marcus does get joy out of stirring Oliver up. There's clearly a lot more to their relationship than is shown on the page. But also, when Draco's arm was still injured and Gryffindor was meant to play Slytherin, Marcus HIMSELF went up to Oliver to say they weren't playing. That doesn't make sense, right? Surely Marcus would tell Madam Hooch and she'd tell Oliver. So there's subtext to their relationship. There's A LOT more to their relationship than is shown on the page. There was clearly basis, especially since we don't see Angelina and Montague having any sort of a relationship. Especially not one that involved a spat over who got to practice. And their names even have meaning. A flint is a rock that sets wood on fire. So basically, their names involve a 'spark'. While this was probably used to signify their rivalry, like a spark causing conflict, sparks also refer to chemistry in romance. So their names could've also worked as being a symbol of their romantic relationship. There's also when they shake hands. They shake really tight. Why? Surely if you didn't like someone you wouldn't want to hold their hand too tight. While yes, it's described as trying to break each other's fingers, it's a bit extra. There's kist so clearly something to their relationship that really falls down onto how you feel about certain tropes but in a way, it could've worked in canon if done right. We don't know what Marcus did during the war either, he could've been at the Battle of Hogwarts. We don't know anything about him after Hogwarts really. He could've went to join his own Quidditch team so he and Oliver would've had run ins. Maybe without the expected rivalry they got along better. There's so much subtext, so much we can theorise or assume. There's just so many reasons.
  • Me externally: Rivals to lovers trope, duh

anonymous asked:

I'm still salty about Rhys's comment that Cassian would sleep with Feyre if she wanted to though, that's like the last thing Cassian would do :(

I totally get you nonnie, because there are some weird ways that the Inner Circle talks about Cassian re: sex. I don’t think that Rhys actually believed it though? He wasn’t being literal. We have to look at the context of the discussion and who Rhys is, what we know about how he interacts with Feyre (especially at this time since they are still… figuring things out), what he and Feyre were doing at the time. Here is the comment:

“Cassian tried to convince me last night not to take you. I thought he might even punch me.”
“Why?” I barely knew him.
“Who knows? With Cassian, he’s probably more interested in fucking you than protecting you.”
“You’re a pig.”
“You could, you know,” Rhys said, holding up the branch of a scrawny beech for me to slip under. “If you needed to move on in a physical sense, I’m sure Cassian would be more than happy to oblige.”
It felt like a test in itself. And it pissed me off enough that I crooned, “Then tell him to come to my room tonight.”

This scene is when they are going to the Weaver, and Rhys has a history of… goading Feyre, when she is upset for various reasons. He distracts her by annoying her, by pushing her buttons. I don’t think that his comment should be taken literally in any way. I mean… Rhys is clearly in love with Feyre, why would he actually suggest that??? And she recognizes what he is doing, moments later:

“A dangerous line—one Rhys was forcing me to walk to keep me from thinking about what I was about to face, about what a wreck I was inside.

Anger, this … flirtation, annoyance … He knew those were my crutches.

What I was about to encounter, then, must be truly harrowing if he wanted me going in there mad—thinking about sex, about anything but the Weaver of the Wood.”

However, there is a history of people making jokes about Cassian, but in this scene he gives shit back to Amren just as easily:

“No one warming your bed right now, Cassian? It must be so hard to be an Illyrian and have no thoughts in your head save for those about your favorite part.”
“You know I’m always happy to tangle in the sheets with you, Amren,” Cassian said, utterly unfazed by the silver eyes, the power radiating from her every pore. “I know how much you enjoy Illyrian—”

There was another comment on that post (I’m assuming your ask is a response to that) that explained how Cassian would have actually reacted to that situation of Feyre coming to him, and yeah, he is not actually up for sex with whoever the hell Rhys sends his way. And if we were to look at this from a different perspective, if Cassian were female, then we would definitely be looking at this as a sort-of taking away of his bodily autonomy, basically?

But this quote here is what makes me think that he is willing to play this role in particular circumstances, for the benefit of his friends, in a way:

“We’d just appeared in the mud outside the little house when Cassian drawled from behind us, “Well, it’s about time.”
The savage, wild snarl that ripped out of Rhys was like nothing I’d heard, and I gripped his arm as he whirled on Cassian.
Cassian looked at him and laughed.
But the Illyrian warriors in the camp began shooting into the sky, hauling women and children with them.
“Hard ride?” Cassian tied back his dark hair with a worn strap of leather.
Preternatural quiet now leaked from Rhys where the snarl had erupted a moment before. And rather than see him turn the camp to rubble I said, “When he bashes your teeth in, Cassian, don’t come crying to me.”
Cassian crossed his arms. “Mating bond chafing a bit, Rhys?”
Rhys said nothing.
Cassian snickered. “Feyre doesn’t look too tired. Maybe she could give me a ride—”
Rhys exploded.”

TBH, the way that Cassian is acting here is so like Mor - pretending to think this is funny, while also preparing himself for what he knows is coming, what he has baited Rhys into. It was necessary. He doesn’t literally think that Feyre will have sex with him. Just like Rhys never literally intended for her to approach Cassian. So… if you look at the context, think about what we know about the characters, I don’t see this as being such a problem as some others seem to.

If there is more evidence I would love to see it, if it challenges my ideas or not, because I honestly haven’t really spent any time thinking about this in too much detail - mostly because I don’t think that the Inner Circle is dysfunctional or that Cassian in any way is somehow… the victim of their disregard or disrespect. I almost didn’t even want to go into this aspect of Cassian’s character because… fandom history. I’d like to explore more of his character, either way. So that he isn’t just seen as a trope or a stereotype of himself. BUT, I think that if you look at his character’s parallels with Mor, the way that he is basically… subtly taking care of various needs? We get a lot deeper.

my queue is dead so im making a serious post

i’ve been lucky enough that i’m either not online enough or don’t follow the people that reblog all of the discourse and drama happening in the fandom rn.
in fact, i’m not even sure what the discourse is. i know some people are planning on leaving if nygmobblepot doesn’t become canon, but that’s about it.

that being said, discourse and drama is starting to crawl into the cracks of my dash. i see some of my fav blogs getting anon hate/aggression, i see people getting into arguments— it makes very little sense to me.

i’ve been in a lot of fandoms, a lot of volatile ones. i’ve never seen this level of engagement over what actors say and do, though. that seems to be where most people’s anger is coming from— “Person said x so that means z!” is something i see often.

what confuses me is that we all know language is meant to be interpreted, and we all know actors can’t be trusted to be truthful until after episodes air. (I don’t mean this in a “nygmobblepot can still be totally canon without any alternative!” sense but more of a “you never really know what’s gonna happen, so don’t get upset that someone foresees something different from you,” kind of way.)

none of this, to me, seems like a reason to be mean to anyone. like, we all have things we do and don’t like— for some of us that’s certain characters, certain storylines, certain relationships. and that’s okay. we can’t all like the same thing, which is why it’s so amazing to have a fandom so varied.

i don’t understand why anyone is attacking anyone else. this probably sounds painfully naïve and very stupid, but i think this fandom is something great. we have such a great mix of people— the show has brought new fans to a timeless piece of americana, and it’s given old fans a new piece of content and a new perspective on their big time favorites. i’ve had the privilege of meeting so many kind people through this fandom, supportive and friendly people who only wanted to help me enjoy the show more.

there are some issues that are ingrained in fandom that i don’t think we’ll ever overcome. the arguments about what is acceptable content to produce (i.e age gaps and abusive relationships and trauma and dub-con and incest) may never stop. and maybe that’s for the best, and maybe we should be pushing people to be critical of the effects of content.

but the point is, this fandom has something beautiful, and that’s the amount of people connected to it. there’s a fantastic thing there, to know that so many people love this show. (the fact that i can discuss gotham with my history professor is baffling— even further is it baffling that this is both of our first in-depth interactions with a piece of batman content! it’s very cool.)

i know some people are infuriating, and some people don’t agree with you, and some people just seem obnoxious and strange, but it costs zero dollars to be nice.

maybe we all just need to try to be a little nicer. a little more positive. a little more accepting that “i can enjoy this show while also being critical, and i don’t have to hate anyone who disagrees with me.”

or maybe we don’t. maybe this minefield style dashboard is what it’s supposed to be like. maybe that’s what fandom is about, being sucked into trenches and being forced to pick a side on something you didn’t even know had sides.

i just know that i’ve never seen a fandom battle so hard amongst itself before. and i only want everyone to be happy.

Character Analysis: Edgar Redmond’s moral compass

One of the most powerfull scenes for me in the Weston arc is when Maurice Cole finally gets a call-out. There are more strong scenes, of course, but big deal here is Edgar’s reaction. And that Edgar was hurt for more things that Maurice’s actions. I’ll elaborate. 

This is a very powerfull moment. He seems calm, but his posture is too perfect, his back is not rested on the backrest, I bet his voice is neutral, it just… has a seriousness so unlike him. He’s anything but calm. There is also resignation on him, and this hurts my heart.  

“I’m ashamed of my inability to judge people”. Pretty normal thing to say when someone betrayed you, isn’t? But the phrase before that, “Even you betrayed me…” leaves something on the air. He’s not surprised, because people has betrayed him before. Who could have betrayed him before? It wasn’t any of his closest friends aka the other prefects, and he’s a young man, betrayal seems like a strong word. He has lived this before and the question is how and who betrayed him.

A lot of things happen after it. Ciel becoming a fag, the cricket tournament. You may even forget the question or maybe not even take it into account in the first place (I know I didn’t). But then we have more context to what Edgar is saying. 

It’s clear why he didn’t go with the rest to see what was Maurice doing. I mean, yes, maybe Ciel told him to stay, but truth be told he probably was terrified to find himself again facing that (and no wonder why he is ashamed). 

Derrick was Edgar’s fag. Edgar has been fooled not once but twice, and in the same way. People who use other people to gain his trust.(And Ciel did it too, btw, just… in a different way). This is what trully bothers him, that they lied to him, and that he couldn’t see beyond their praises. 

He’s of course upset because they are shaming what Weston means, but it’s because he likes what Weston means and believes in this (and being honest is part of weston). Not because Weston’s set of value was something he thought it had to be done word by word because that’s what they teached him, but because weston fits with him and he thought everything was “meant to be”. 

And I think it comes down that Edgar is not really a rule freak. Not really. 

Everyone was calling on a Y. He’s the guy who gave this dude that had alcohol 4Y and Soma, who broke the house with an elephant, 5Y (talk about influence). He follows the rules lightly, at his own accord. He forgave Ciel because he was small and pretty and it was an honest mistake. 

I think Edgar’s morality is heavily based on his own perceptions of the world. What I mean is that Edgar would not have left himself be swallow by Weston’s ideals if he didn’t believe them fit for himself in the first place. He has this sense of detachment, he acts at his own free will, which is why he was so quickly into act like he did and hide everything as quick as he could. To put it more simply: he decided to be a puppet, and he would act like this in any contexts, in any set of values (cofcofbluesectcof). He’s a good prefect, he worked hard to achieve that, and he follows the rules, but he follows the rules not because he has to but because he trully believes in them and wants to honour them. He calls Lawrence by his name because the rule that says is forbidden is stupid and he likes to tease his childhood friend.

He and Gregory actually share this phylosophy. Greenhill was about to take himself to give himself up, if it weren’t for Gregory and Edgar’s mental resistence and disdain for silly moralities that don’t fit their own morality (as warped as it was on weston’s). Lawrence agreed to the plan when Gregory and Edgar took the charge of the situation, but he was as clueless as you can be before that.

 And I’m not saying Lawrence is a weak who followed his friends in everything and that he’s actual innocent. He’s not, he helped to hold Agares and was as involved as anyone. He was proud too to help. But Violet and Edgar were the ones controlling the situation after everything happened, taking charge of the mood, because they were the ones that announced it. “We’re in this together” .

Edgar really shows how far he will go for the things he believes and for the things he trust in. He really only cares about what he thinks fit, be it weston’s rules or blue cult’s morality. And what he apreciates the more in people is honesty and loyalty. Which is why the scene with Maurice cause a big impact in me now that I see Edgar like this. Damn Maurice. 

P.S: this is part of the reasons why I don’t believe they were actually brain-washed for the Blue Cult. I think they’re acting at their own will. This is why Gregory can dare to act melancholic, and all of them were tully happy to keep practicing even after Bravat told them to rest. Minus Gregory, maybe, they genuinily think this is good for them, they genuinily believe what the Blue Cult is preaching and they’re working hard because of this. Which only makes it more tragical at my sight. 

I do think Blue Cult is hiding information of them, of course. 

(You can disagree with the content of this post all you want, since is just an interpretation of his character). 

Bagginshield is Real---Ben Hur Theory

Theory: the Hobbit is ONE book that has been stretched into THREE movies. Bilbo, unlike, hella many protags has no forced heteromance to satiate the romantic audiences desire. One of the central conflicts and POIs is his growing and disintegrating relationship with Thorin (as well as the rest of the co. but Thorin specifically). To make some stretched and ‘eh’ movies slightly more interesting, like ben hur, the actors act out a non-textual story of Bilbo and Thorin falling in love with each other. And of course all of this would feel possible and without any repercussions for Jackson as far as following through on queerness goes because he knows Thorin is gonna die. 

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anonymous asked:

You mentioned a while ago that the film starring Olivia Hussey was your favorite film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. I was wondering why it's your favorite? :) I'd also like to thank you for taking the time to run this blog! I imagine you're busy with your academic life and all, and the fact that you spend part of your free time with us denotes such passion and devotion towards Shakespeare! It's wonderful. I wish my high school teachers had been like that. I learn so much thanks to you now :-)

What a sweet message! Thank you ^_^ I do get something out of running this blog too. It forces me to think about questions outside my immediate area of expertise, and to get my thoughts down in some cohesive way. I’m also a great believer in the idea that education shouldn’t be limited by money and other such constraints. I feel pretty strongly that everyone should have access to university-level information and thinking. So you could say this blog is a reflection of my ideology.

Don’t be too hard on your high school teachers though! I’m sure they were doing their best. They have all sorts of constraints and the tough job of ensuring that everyone does as well as they can in exams that lead to employment and college. Besides, many high school teachers aren’t experts in what they teach (and they need to cover a lot more material a lot more generally), so they might not be able to answer very specific or in-depth questions in the way an academic could.

As to your question about the Zeffirelli Romeo and Juliet… I guess a lot of it comes down to personal taste. It was also the very first Romeo and Juliet I saw (when I was 8). I’m actually not as interested in performance and adaptation as I am of texts, so most performances fall short for me, but within those constraints (including the fact that lines always get cut in productions) the Zeffirelli film works for me. I like the interpretation, the way it was acted, the setting, and the violence of Verona was depicted well. It’s also shot beautifully and works as a film (a constant problem with Shakespeare films is that they often try to film it like a stage production without adapting it to the new medium. In that sense the Baz Luhrmann film did a good job too). Zeffirelli is just a fantastic director who understands film.

The other big thing is that the actors playing Romeo and Juliet are young. I don’t say that you can’t play them older, or that there are no good performances that do so, but to me, the youth of the lovers is central to the meaning of the text. Shakespeare made Juliet a lot younger than in his source texts for a reason: it works its depiction of naive, excited love and coming of age narrative precisely because Romeo and Juliet are so young. I think it captures that crushing realisation one can have as one makes the transition from oblivious and happy childhood to the realisation that one is living in a society full of constraints and complications one was previously unaware of in one’s naivete.

But I’m not a performance or film critic and don’t feel up to going any further than this in talking about a film I don’t know as well as the texts. If you want to see more commentary from someone who is (understandably) obsessed with the film, you should have a look at @arisefairsun‘s 1968 film tag.

Wicdiv 30 day Challenge Day 24

What’s my ultimate Wicdiv theory ?

*cracks knuckles*

Okay. My theory concerns Woden’s identity.

It’s common belief in the fandom that Woden is in fact David Blake’s son, because the Ragnarock convention appears in one of Woden’s flashback images, and it’s a weird detail to mention in the first place.

But you know who else was at David Blake’s panel ?

David Blake.

I’m not saying this is true. In fact, I think this is quite unlikely. But there are several ways that could make sense, so I’m going to lay them out here. Here are the reasons that led me to this theory.

1)   Woden’s lack of “god quality”

We kind of all ruled that out as just the way his powers work, but isn’t it strange Woden is the only god who cannot use his powers for himself ? Woden/Mary Shelley doesn’t seem to have any problems using her powers herself, so it’s not the god, but this specific host. He lacks something. And the only requirement, as far as we can tell, to be a god, is to be young. Even the backcover says so : “every 90 years, 12 gods return as young people”. This Woden has to convey his powers through other young people… maybe because he lacks that youth himself.

(Also I just realized while putting this post together that his helmet here has exactly the same form as David Blake’s head in the picture I used above, as well as the same color as his eyes. This proves literally nothing but it’s quite funny.)

2)   Why is Woden so protective of what’s under his mask ?

“Because he’s disfigured”. Yes, as he was more than happy to tell Laura in issue #7. But here it is : if he has no problems telling he’s completely messed up under, why did he stop Brunhilde from talking about it in the first place ? He steps in at the convention right before she can talk about his appearance. We know that he doesn’t care about his bad reputation, and he says himself he’s disfigured. So why stop her unless that’s not actually the truth ? Additionally, when he’s talking to himself, he remains very vague about what happened. He always uses the phrase “giving up my face”, which is a weird way of saying you tried to give yourself powers and it went very wrong. Maybe what’s under this mask is not ugly as fuck, it’s just… someone who shouldn’t be there.

3)   This page.

Sooo many things that don’t make sense here. First off, how did he know Cass was investigating the shooters ? Secondly, what kind of interference is he talking about ? Magical interference ? Since when does he have fate-hindering powers ? And if that’s the case, what is that “slice of truth” he gave her ? Sounds like he was both watching from afar and being very close. However, their interactions have been more than sparse and none focused and the investigation.

If Woden is David Blake, then all of these questions find very simple answers. He knew what Cass was working on because she asked for his help as David Blake, and the interferences he’s talking about is very literally him feeding her bad or too much info, while confirming her prejudices about Luci. Of course, this interpretation also works if Woden is Blake’s son and they are working together, but in this case it’s strange to say “he” has thrown a lot of interferences. As a bonus, note that the two lowest inserted panels are a remix of panels used by David Blake during his explanation to Laura in issue #10, while they do not appear during the original convention in issue #6.

4)   Then who’s the infamous “pink Woden” ?

Even without my approach, there is clearly a connexion between Woden and the Blakes. So it was already suggested that David Blake was the one in the horned suit. But what if it’s actually the reverse ? Davic Blake is Woden, while his son is the pink Woden. The way Woden talks in these panels is very protective : “I won’t let her get you”. Given the father/son theme that was introduced during his with Cass in issue #8, such an attitude could perfectly be read as fatherly. From here, one can even expand that theory : maybe Blake took the place of his son so he wouldn’t have to die in two years ? Or purely out of selfishness, as he after all dedicated his life to the pantheon only to be no good for the job by a few decades ?

And, as possible foreshadowing, the horns might be reminiscent of Loki, Odin’s son (yes I know he’s his adoptive son, you get my point).

5)   And then there are the little details.

Woden’s hesitation in issue #21 from such a terrible individual makes more sense if you consider he’s himself a father.

Note how Woden isn’t included in “the children”. While we’re at it, why did Ananke decide to work with Woden ? I mean, she’s been handling it all by herself for millennia, it seems unlikely she decided to strike a deal just because she needed a handyman. Her willingness to work with him indicates more a relationship between adults than with a teenager.

And how do YOU know about housing bubbles ? I mean, I don’t know what you’re into guys, but personally I’d rank “housing market stock movement” below “feeding habits of large rodents” and right before “handkerchief making in the XIIIth Century” in my list of fields of expertise.

Alright, I think I’ve indulged my inner conspirationnist long enough. Better stop before I start adding red arrows on pictures with Paint. But yeah, I think it would make sense if it were true, which is more than I can say for climate-change denial. So there’s that.

Oaths and Doom and all that: The Beren and Finrod Edition

I said I wanted to produce more Beren content, so here you go.

During my time in the tumblr Silm famdom, I’ve seen a lot of posts about Finrod’s oath and his decision to join Beren’s quest, and I think most of them have been pretty inconsistent with what actually happens in canon. So here’s my take on that, first with quotes, then with a little headcanon/speculation of my own. 

It is told in the Lay of Leithian that Beren passed through Doriath unhindered, and came at length to the region of the Twilight Meres, and the Fens of Sirion; and leaving Thingol’s land he climbed the hills above the Falls of Sirion, where the river plunged underground with great noise. Thence he looked westward, and through the mist and rains that lay upon those hills he saw Talath Dirnen, the Guarded Plain, stretching between Sirion and Narog; and beyond he descried afar the highlands of Taur-en-Faroth that rose above Nargothrond. And being destitute, without hope or counsel, he turned his feet thither.

That’s it, folks. That’s Beren’s big plan when he goes to Nargothrond. He’s got nothing except for the clothes on his back and some ring he took off his dead dad’s severed hand so he would have something to remember Barahir by. With no other options, he decides to use the ring to get into Nargothrond, because at the very least he could use a good meal and maybe some better gear.

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anonymous asked:

Your analysis of Len's speech patterns is so amazingly detailed and wonderful. Sometimes while writing Barry I feel like I fall into too much of a generic voice so I was wondering if you've noticed anything that's really specific to Barry's speech?

I totally feel you, anon. 

I think because Barry is the protagonist, and because he’s this kinda nerdy (but not super nerdy) guy who gets enthusiastic about things he loves, deals in sarcasm and dry humor sometimes, and tries his best but leads with his emotions… well I think most people who write him end up doing so in part by projecting themselves onto him? Which there’s nothing inherently wrong with, and I’m sure I do it too, but it means he ends up sounding like us, or else not like anyone distinct, rather than as himself. It’s something I work hard to avoid in my fics sometimes, tbh.

Anyhoo, I also find his speech a little harder to dissect because there’s fewer things that just jump out, relative to Len’s. So I’ll talk about his patterns that go along with his specific word choices, like body and voice and such.

Because for starters, speech is at least half body language and facial expression. Barry uses broad, wide, gestures, especially with his arms and sometimes his whole body. He’s very kinetic, often pacing or moving or walking over to someone, and moves a lot when he’s emotional about something. Not that he can’t be subdued, but if he is, it’s for a reason, typically an emotional one. He’ll curl in on himself a lot too, if his energy is low, but if he’s subdued but has to face someone, then you just get a hunch to his shoulders unless he has to square off against them. 

He’s also a freaking bobble head, often giving his head a bit of a shake side to side, for laughing or teasing or disagreeing or exasperation. When he’s embarrassed or guilty he ducks his head, when he’s overwhelmed or exhausted he runs a hand over his face, when he’s tired but trying to focus he runs it through his hair and when he’s shy and hedging about something then he scratches the back of his head. When someone (read: when Iris) is upset with him, he’ll touch his face and then drop his hand then do it again, desperate and pleading, curling his fingers and uncurling them as he brings them toward his mouth then tries to barrel through an apology. That’s when he’s confronted. When he’s more ready to genuinely apologize, he gets more subdued.

Things Barry will say, hmm. 

Well, he’ll start a sentence and trail it off before getting straight to the point. A momentary hedge, so to speak. None of these are direct examples from his speech, but I bet you can imagine him saying all of them: “Yeah, about that…” and “This is… Look, you know as well as I do that–” and “I don’t know I just… There has got to be some way to fix this.”

That last one brings me to another point. Unlike characters (*cough*Len*cough*) who stress sometimes strange words to clearly hammer-home a point, Barry tends to only emphasize verbs in his speech, particularly the copula (basically, the first verb in the sentence). “What I do know–” and “We have to do something” and so on, and he tends to do it when he’s louder. (Thinking currently of “what I am is the guy who’s not fast enough to stop Wells!” from 1x22, where he actually enunciated the ‘fast enough’ bit as well, which is a rarity for his speech patterns).

That reminds me, in line with that, Barry has a tendency to sometimes ask questions in one breath and answer them in the next. He’s not really asking, he doesn’t say “what” but he poses things like a question. “Watching that happen in from of me? Living that? It was real to me.” (which he said about Earth 2).

Oh yeah, volume. Barry shouts when he’s angry. He gets quiet when he’s ashamed. 

He also brings other people into his speech. The example from above “you know as well as I do”? Well he does things like that, bringing the person he’s talking to around to his side by verbally including them in his statements. “You and I both know” and “We’ll think of something” and so on. He actually starts a lot of sentences with “you” it seems (contrasted with some people who have more “I” focused language). It shows a sort of mindset where he connects with his team and the people around him, brings them in to his perspective. An interdependent mindset.

What else? His sense of humor is something I feel like people miss at times? Barry’s not really laugh out loud funny, but he’s the first to smirk at an off-color joke (unless he’s already in a bad mood to begin with), or to widen his eyes at something awkward someone said. His actual humor tends to err on the side of a little self-deprecating but he can also direct it outward, normally slightly scathing and sarcastic. Actually, a good comparison would be Steve Rogers’s sense of humor in The Winter Soldier, if you’ve seen it? A bit of a troll when he’s in a good mood or flirting, but also dry as a freaking desert sometimes.

He’s also cocky, and when he is, he’s all smiles and humor and teasing people like “you know you love me” kind of stuff. He gets this ridiculous swagger and it’s adorable. 

When he’s annoyed or frustrated, that “for real?” attitude comes out too. 

Actually, that makes me think: he uses pretty clipped sentences. His speech patterns aren’t complex by any measure. The sentences tend toward short and have two clauses, at most, or you could interpret them as often having two clauses but those are very short and simple clauses. No run-ons in his dialogue, no excessive adjectives or adverbs except to emphasize and qualify. His speech is plain and not flowery (outside of romantic situations, at least). He doesn’t tend toward long speeches or explanations unless or until he’s put on the spot. His rambling is so awkward because he doesn’t normally get to talk and ramble, so when he does it spirals lol.

He also has a tendency to qualify things (unlike Len, lol), but he especially qualifies absolutes as absolutes. What do I mean? When he tells Joe about Earth 2 Joe West, he says “but you didn’t like me… at all.” He qualifies the statement “you didn’t like me” by making it even more absolute than it already was (whereas a typically qualifying clause hedges a sentence and makes it less absolute, not more). This is just sort of in line with his tendency, stated above, to give part of an idea, pause, then add the rest. To ask a question then deliver the answer, or to hedge and then get straightforward. 

Actually, that’s kind of neat, isn’t it? A lot of his speech is like a 1 step, 2 step kind of thing. (Another example of how this works, in the Time Vault in 2x17, “this Barry – your Barry?” He gets hyperspecific, even though he’s using the words here to manipulate).

For a more granular reading, unlike Len who uses words like “gotta” and “ain’t” and those extreme contractions, Barry doesn’t over-contract at all. He’ll use “gonna” maybe, but not “oughtta” (it would be “ought to” or some in-between of “ought’ta” almost), but does say “outta” instead of “out of”. Doesn’t say “lemme” but rather “let me” and doesn’t say “y’know” but “you know” (some of those are in contrast to Joe’s speech patterns, for the record). Barry uses “wasn’t” but more “’s not” rather than “isn’t”. “It’s not right” not “It isn’t right”. Mostly regular contractions other than that, like can’t and shouldn’t, it’s and “that’s” so on, etc. 

Barry’s also comfortable starting sentences with conjunctions, like ‘because’, ‘and’, and ‘but’ quite a lot. That’s typical of human speech though, if not formal writing.


And… this post is long enough so I should probably cap it there, rather than trying to dig around any more. If you have specific questions about his speech or movements or want more detail on anything I’ve brought up here, let me know!

ourdustytrails  asked:

I know you've talked a bit about Voltron Force's character design, but how you feel about the Lions? To me, the VF lions do have their own aesthetic appeal of being very angular and individually distinct, but I also feel like they make Voltron itself have a very cluttered design (the legs really don't fold in and they stick out, plus the colors are really saturated). Also, do you have a favorite version of the Lions (out of any series)?

oooh, this is a really interesting thing to ask about! :0

i do like how distinctive the VF lions are, and personally i like to think that’s because pidge and hunk have had upwards of a decade to tinker with them and develop them from basic vessels to something which really captures and enhances each individual pilot’s strengths (which is also how i can justify allura’s blue lion looking about twice as feminine as the others for some reason, you KNOW it wouldn’t have been designed that way for VF if sven was still piloting). 

(i also feel like the colours are so saturated because pidge chose them, and those are the shades he could see “normally” through his tinted goggles. or it’s intentionally to blind their enemies, lotor would probably be furious at being defeated by something so gaudy)

i’ve got to say i really enjoy the addition of a mane on black lion which indicates it as the leader, too! i absolutely understand (and agree with) what you mean about the cluttered fully-formed design which comes with the other lions being visually distinct, but as the central head of the pack (literally) it’s nice to give black lion that bit of extra pep to show it’s something special. i wish they wouldn’t use CGI for them though, i understand why they did it but all the VF CGI is so glaringly blatant and untextured…

each different version of the lions has its own strengths and weaknesses, but i think my favourite is probably VLD because of how it hearkens back to the golion origin story of “voltron” being sentient (before it was split into pieces and forced to rely on teamwork with others operating its lion parts if it was ever to reform). VLD really plays up the concept of the “chosen paladins” and the tangible bond between lion and pilot, which is something i didn’t like that VF played down to the point where anyone could just jump into any lion, no problem. like, sure, the cadets have got to train to be able to fly a lion in the first place, but it seems to boil down to “handling the temperamental machine” instead of forming a bond with an individual lion. they can sense who isn’t worthy to fly them but there’s a huge amount of interchangeability between the current pilots, and while that’s an interesting concept it really cuts out the magic. 

there’s even a scene in golion (and possibly voltron, i haven’t watched the episode dubbed) where it’s shown allura literally cannot fly black lion because she doesn’t have the bond with it that keith does, and i love that element of importance in the relationships between the lions and their chosen pilots. VF portrays the current pilots as… not exactly throwaway elements, but certainly easily replaceable ones, and that doubles as the lions not having an intricate say in who pilots them. i mean, you know VLD’s black lion wouldn’t have let keith give it up to daniel even for a second and that would have saved a whole lot of shit (i also like to imagine green lion wouldn’t have let pidge go because that was WRONG and BAD and i’m still not over the injustice). 

yeah, like… i enjoy the concept behind VLD best because it presents the lions as ancient celestial beings with unique consciousnesses and their own choice of pilots instead of just silent machines to fight with, mess around with, misuse/exploit without defense and play Musical Lions with. VF’s approach is a very literal interpretation of “robots”, which is also fun in its own way, but i still like that element of old magic in amongst all the wires and gears and other futuristic technology. 

anonymous asked:

omg please talk more about Ruby Slippers I saw a news thing on fb about "Once's first LBGT romance" and I was skeptical af. Plus the little trailer talked about MULAN and Ruby so I was super confused.

Thank you anon for greenlighting this and buckle up everyone else. I have a ton to say. This is a legit essay that has to go mostly under a cut. Oh, and this is JQ so if you vehemently disagree with anything said, direct the villagers with flaming torches my way. 

Now, first of all, shout out to the people who figured out the couple in this episode was going to be Red Kansas rather than Red Warrior because of the twin facts of (1) the title literally spelling it out and (2) the show being careful to use the silver slippers from the book rather than the red ones from the movie.

I know a lot of people wanted it to be Red Warrior but I kind of doubt Disney would have let that happen without a ton of pushback. Mulan’s a Disney Princess. You guys all saw the uproar that happened when they used two non-Disney characters. How much worse do you think it would have been if one of them was a prominent Disney character (who is in a canon relationship)? So, at the end of the day, I think that choice comes down to just corporate policy stuff more than anything else. If you’re not happy about that, A+E probably aren’t the ones to blame.(Although they are to blame for leaving Mulan hanging in general. Let Mulan be Happy 2k16).

Anyway, for the main part of this essay, we’re talking about the Red Kansas relationship so I’m gonna simplify things a bunch with this super scientific equation I just made up:

Romance=Chemistry+Time*

Simple, right? The only part I need to explain is the asterisk which stands for conventions of the genre. So, like, when you’re watching a musical and the couple meets and instantly falls in love, that asterisk compensates for lack of time and you don’t roll your eyes, you get me?

OUAT has 2 (well 1.5) of those asterisks working for it: Couple recognition and the above mentioned conventions of the genre.

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love and agency in Disney's 'Frozen'

Frozen’s denouement offers so many interpretations - whose heart needed to be thawed, who performed the act of true love, to what effect… what resonates with me is the idea that this act of love isn’t something you receive passively, it’s something you need to give. by “placing someone else’s needs before yours”, as Olaf puts it, you save yourself.

that’s why that particular movie’s happy ending makes so much sense (as opposed to, i dunno, Tangled’s (i loved the movie but Flynn’s resurrection at the end felt a bit forced narratively), and why i don’t think Kristoff’s kiss, no matter how sincere, would have done the trick: Anna’s heart never froze completely - the ice, which started spreading from her fingertips, was never going to get there because the moment she decided that giving everything she had to protect Elsa’s life was worth it, she broke the spell. that’s also why the healing process happens in reverse: the warmth spreads from her heart, bringing her back to life, because it never froze in the first place.

that’s for the literal ice in Anna’s heart, but there’s also the metaphorical one in Elsa’s, which is a lot harder to heal. she’s saved by two acts of love: the one she receives when Anna gives her life for her and Elsa realises just how much she was loved all along, and on a deeper level, the one she’s been performing over and over again since she was a child, putting Anna’s (and her kingdom’s) needs above her own well-being. sure, she locked herself away out of fear and anguish, but mostly out of love. it’s crystal clear when she turns around to look at Anna in her ice palace and sings Please go back home, your life awaits, go enjoy the sun and open up the gates. it’s no coincidence that the music takes on a very regal quality for a moment (00'34" to 00'42" in the second ‘For the first time in forever song’ from the OST), because right then and there, she’s not speaking out of fear, she knows exactly what she’s ready to give up. Olaf, a literal extension of Elsa’s love for Anna, was right when he told her that sometimes, the ultimate proof of love is to leave the person you cherish the most, which is what Elsa did. she was wrong of course, because isolation turned out to be an unsustainable, hurtful answer to her problems, but it doesn’t matter. she believed with all her heart that her own solitude was an acceptable price to pay to give Anna a chance at happiness.

when you’re capable of loving someone that much, your heart can’t freeze, be it literally (Anna) or symbolically (Elsa). when Anna tells Hans that he’s the only one with a frozen heart, it’s accurate, because he sees others as mere means, never as an end unto themselves. the typical Disney message, ~Love conquers all~, is usually such a cheesy turnoff… but Frozen’s subtle take on it really surprised and moved me: sure, being loved is incredibly important (by your sister, your lover, your friends, your reindeer), but ultimately, loving matters more than being loved. and loving (someone else, yourself…) isn’t a passive state of being, it’s an active one – if you live by it with all your heart, if you do what you can, things will be all right even when you stumble and make mistakes, because you’ve already saved yourself. 

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(also, off-topic but very important! you know how the lyrics are a little different in the Demi Lovato version of 'Let it go’, the one that plays when the credits roll? there’s a line i wish had been included in the movie version: I know I left a life behind, but I’m too relieved to grieve. for some reason, i really like that bit. anyway, the second time i saw the movie, my friend made a mistake and instead of the English + French subs version he wanted to see, we got tickets for the French dub and didn’t realise it until the icebreakers’ song started. i gasped in horror and wailed a bit, but promptly recovered because it was… amazing? so i got to hear the credits version of 'Let it go’ by Anaïs Delva and guys it’s so different, much better than the one by Demi Lovato! and that line I know I left a life behind, but I’m too relieved to grieve? well, it became Farewell to spring and summer, my witchcraft is what I prefer and i just ardfgdfgrt. i love those variations, they open up so many interpretations. you can listen to it here.)

anonymous asked:

Do you think John Winchester was homophobic? Maybe that's why Dean feels like he can't tell Sam about his feelings for Cas? Dean obviously knows he has feelings for/about Cas. But he refuses to acknowledge them to Sam, even when Sam asks directly (8x18), even though Sam makes it pretty clear that he already knows. We all know John raised Dean to be the manliest man to ever man, do you think John's influence is the reason for this?

Thanks for the question! Very interesting :) also - what follows is mostly my own interpretation based on canon as I don’t think there is a lot of textual evidence on these things… 

First of all,  I don’t believe that Dean explicitly knows about his feelings for Cas. I believe Dean is aware that his relationship to Cas is different to the one he has with Sam - but he hasn’t gotten as far as putting a name to it. I think it’s very difficult for Dean to differentiate between concepts such as ‘love’, ‘want’ and ‘need’. Mostly due to the neglect he suffered as a child and the skewed idea of ‘love’ that resulted of that (I’ve actually talked about this in a lot more detail here in case you’re interested). 

What happened in 8x18 and the conversation Dean refused to have with Sam wasn’t entirely due to Dean’s romantic feelings for Cas, I don’t think so. What Cas did left Dean in a very vulnerable place because it hit him precisely where it would hurt him the most: he basically laid himself bare in that crypt. He told one of his best friends he needed him and not to leave him… which goes against everything Dean Winchester usually does (Dean provides help and direction, he doesn’t ask for it… unless he’s in a very dark place). In Dean’s world, ‘need’ might as well be called ‘love’ (in any sense of the word). And despite all that, despite how defenseless Dean had felt, Cas left again. Cas once again implied he didn’t trust Dean with something - Dean who, only moments before, put himself in a completely vulnerable place in order to get through to Cas. So, when Sam wants to talk about it in 8x18, it’s not about shame or Dean not being ready to talk about his feelings for Cas or anything like that. It’s that Dean’s trust and vulnerability was thrown back at him as though it was nothing (just to be clear: I know that wasn’t Cas’ intention. But that’s what Dean took from it). It’s an incredibly intense emotion Dean is experiencing and reducing it to his romantic feelings for Cas doesn’t do it justice at all I think. On top of all that, Sam is his little brother after all - Dean doesn’t like to show weakness and his identity of The Protector is still in place. What happened between him and Cas goes way beyond feeling weak, Dean was left alone right after he admitted how much he needed Cas in his life. It’s important to understand that Dean needs people to need him in order to feel loved: so him saying he needs someone is HUGE and obviously places him in a very defenseless situation, completely bare of his usual protective layers. There’s no way he would’ve allowed himself to open up to Sam about that. (of course I do believe the intensity of his reaction stems from the fact that he loves Cas… but I don’t think he’s ready to understand that, not yet at least) .

Do I think John was homophobic… hm, well I think it’s complicated. I’m sure there are people out there who’ve thought about this issue a lot more in-depth and I feel a little bit ill-equipped talking about it, but still:  I believe he certainly didn’t teach his sons awareness or acted in any way that would suggest any doctrine other than ‘becoming a manly man’. Personally, I don’t think he’d have ‘wasted’ his time on homophobic slurs or the like, but he DID raise his sons in a very heteronormative way (or with internalized homophobia firmly set in place). There obviously was a lot of masculinity in his appearance as a role-model and he put a lot of focus on survival and strength and other military standards with the way he raised his sons and thereby completely disregarding any differing inclinations or desires his sons might have had. In fact, I’m certain he continuously compared traits which society typically associates with femininity to weakness - we see enough evidence of that in the way both Sam and Dean react to pain.

Obviously, this is something that affected Dean especially hard since he wanted to please his dad in any way he possibly could (which, for him, meant idolizing him, copying him, trying to become like him). So I’d say my stance is that John’s parenting had everything to do with Dean’s inability to define and accept his bisexuality which also led to occasional homophobic behavior (the 5x14 cupid scene for example). Not because of outright homophobia on John’s part but because of the normative image of a ‘proper man’ he instilled on Dean (although canon doesn’t really give us much information on that so this is more of a subjective interpretation).

Also, what I think is absolute key in this whole mess is the fact that because of the neglect Dean suffered and his intense fear of not being loved or not being needed enough, he never really developed the tools he’d need to properly identify his feelings with regards to Cas (or any man for that matter) AS WELL AS to fully embrace his occasional inclination toward behavior that stands opposite the ‘manly man’ image (although we keep seeing the occasional evidence that it’s there and it’s a significant part of who Dean is). I think for a long time, his idea of a happy or ‘proper’ ending was exactly what he lost when he was four: a picket-fence house and a fairy-tale marriage. 

— -> and since you’ve asked this question a couple of other people, I’ll link to their answers as well which are all very insightful (and I actually found it super fascinating to see how similar and yet different they all turned out): dustydreamsanddirtyscars answer is here and sleepsintheimpala posted hers here!

anonymous asked:

I don't know if you watched Zayn's interview in whole with Elvis Duran but I was impressed by this interview I approve. While you can see a few things following a potential narrative, that's inevitable. But he asked specific detail questions that were unique and I genuinely wanted to know the answer to. Also zayn talking about the boys I feel like (while now them coming together will likely be further down the road which is fine) it even more emphasizes a potential reunion in the future

Zayn made it seem like he didn’t have time to think. 1d was non stop (fits with the narrative, bc he JUST had to stop even though we all knew their contract ended soon - with that said it viably could’ve been too much but 1DHQ had to make a shot storm out of it). Anyway zayn just sounds like he needs time ever once in a while to reflect (another reason why a long break makes sense for OT4, over compensating) but in the future it’ll probs be more balanced mixed in with all of their solo stuff.


Reconciliation Narrative

I listened to the part that had video with it which was about 9 minutes.  

I got the same feeling you did about how him saying that he needed time to recollect himself and figure out his own feelings could easily be used as a way to introduce him wanting to be with the band again.  The idea of having to sort out your feelings implies that you may eventually want to go back to something you wish you hadn’t given up or realized wasn’t the main problem.  It could easily work for a narrative although there are lots of narratives that would make sense and 1DHQ tends to favor ones that don’t make sense at all, so you never know.

I think Zayn was, once again, trying to be very careful with the way he worded things to ensure that no one interpreted him as dissing 1D.  Things like him saying he needed space to collect himself, but avoiding saying he needed to get away.  

The whole autobiography thing was sort of a retraction as a whole with him saying that the purpose was to allow him to explain that all the things that made it look like he was dissing 1D or ungrateful were misinterpreted.  Of course none of that was an accident, but now they’re playing it like it was.  At least we’re moving in a more positive direction overall for official relations between Zayn and the rest of the band.

I do think we’re steadily getting closer to a full public reconciliation. Zayn’s been in contact with at least 3 of the 4 other members according to official narrative and nothing’s to say it’s not 4 out of 4.  Zayn said in March and then again in October or September that he had been talking to “some” members, so Harry could be covered by that.  Harry’s not a definite yes in the official narrative, but he’s not a definite no either.

Solo Louis & Niall’s Hair

I’m very hopeful that we have a deadline sometime in December if not when 2016 ends.  Both solo Louis and Niall’s hair in combination with Zayn getting closer to the band publicly again are some of the small things that seem to maybe point that way.

With Louis finally having his own turn at “Simon Says: This Member of 1D Will Have A Solo Contract With Syco”, that’s the set up for 5/5 to soon be announced with someone else.  

I realized that Louis’ single seems to be more on Steve Aoki’s side.  It’s his label that’s listed on it and it’s his PR that’s promoting it, so even though Louis has already released a solo, there’s no official sign of him being with Syco that I know of.  He’s not listed on Syco’s artist list either.  Who Louis actually signs with should be coming up relatively soon.

This might be wrong and just coincidental timing, but I get the feeling Niall is holding out on getting rid of the last blond in his hair until their contracts fully end.  I’ve always wondered if he wasn’t allowed to ditch the blond under contract because he wanted to way back in 2012 and said he was sick of it, then he never changed it.  He’s always had at least some blond even if most of his hair was brown at times.  It may be that he was stretching the limits of his terms by doing that, actually.

Anyway, I find it interesting that the front of his hair that has the blond is getting really long and floppy, yet he hasn’t cut it.  He could cut it and redye it, but my guess is that he doesn’t want to redye it and he also doesn’t want to get rid of the last bit of blond yet, so that’s why the front is so long right now.  I think he’s holding out for another few weeks maybe.

He might end up cutting it tomorrow and disproving me, but it’s just a hunch I’m feeling at the moment.

XP Stuff

Other than the reconciliation aspect and getting to see and hear Zayn, that interview made me kind of sick though.  There’s so much official narrative BS shoved into it that it’s hard to listen to.  Zayn does a pretty good job of getting through it though.

The autobiography talk was irritating, the Gigi talk was irritating, the collaboration talk was irritating, etc.  I think Zayn did the best he could with all of it, but the topics themselves are just infuriating.  He shouldn’t be stuck promoting other people more than his own music.  He shouldn’t be stuck pretending he wrote an autobiography when it appears to have just as much official narrative as any of the 1D books ever had.  He shouldn’t be stuck adding his voice to the soundtrack of an awful offensive movie series with an artist that doesn’t make any sense for him to work with.

I wanted to say it before and didn’t have a chance, so I’ll mention this here: every fan that’s acting as though Zayn betrayed Harry by “working” with Taylor is a hypocrite if they’re happy about Louis’ so-called friendship with Perrie.  It’s exactly the same thing whether you know about the bearding or not.  I’ve seen so many smug comments glorifying Perrie and Little Mix simply because they want Zayn to be the villain, and those same fans can’t recognize that Zayn is to Harry as Little Mix is to Taylor Swift.  

Conflicting Songwriting Narratives?

It seems like there are some opposing stories about where the song came from.  It honestly doesn’t sound like a Taylor Swift song to me, but the Daily Mail says that Taylor Swift, Sam Dew, and Jack Antonoff wrote it together. Apparently they got that from Lena Dunham who tweeted about it since she’s dating Jack Antonoff.  Those are also the credits listed on discogs.

However, during the interview, Zayn made it sound like he wrote the song and then she heard it, liked it, and wanted to add her voice to it.  They distinctly talked about it as if Zayn offered Taylor the opportunity of being on the song after it was written.  The guy who produced the song, I think Jack Antonoff, said that Zayn sent his parts in, but then the way Zayn said it in the interview sounded like Taylor recorded her parts and sent it to him to add in.  

Someone got their wires very crossed and my guess would be that it was Zayn since the writing credits don’t match what he said.  Maybe him messing that up was what caused them to pull another interview sabotage cancellation thing?

(edit: Ok, if Jack wrote the song and Zayn was supposed to sing it but had no writing credits, then Zayn played it for Taylor and offered her to sing on it too, then Taylor ended up with a songwriting credit on it too after that, THEN it works, but it’s somewhat convoluted)

I’m surprised that he was allowed on camera at all since I think this is only the 3rd video interview he’s done since going solo, but I guess that’s because it’s Taylor’s song.  I imagine he’s obliged to promote it as much as she demands even though he’s apparently not allowed to promote his own songs.

dropbearaboveyou  asked:

Why do you think the reason that Valentina reacted more positively to Len's approach then Ray's? Is it because Ray came off as a little bit of a stalker?

Oh, for a ton of reasons. And oh god did this ever get long, so it’s under a cut.

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anonymous asked:

I don't remember Koujaku's backstory being so stereotypical? He's very inconsistent! Koujaku was mad because the jealous wife beat his mom. She was one of his dad's girlfriends, but not a cowering domestic abuse victim in the drama CD. N+C overexaggerated to make the story more pitiful? She was nothing but an extorted pawn USED AGAINST a kid, weak, and a martyr who still didn't protect her kid. I imagined she at least made an effort, but that's not even true. This makes less sense than before!

As anon maybe I have to make disclaimers when talking about “domestic abuse” in fictional yaoi drama CDs. Abuse is abuse but Koujaku’s family circumstances were twisted into an even worse, more exaggerated situation. I’m criticizing the inconsistent writing. I label the mom ‘weak’ due to the summary. The stereotypical tactics to get sympathy for his story is poor (Yo mama a cliche, Koujaku). Portraying a parent’s role in abusive situations is ALSO touchy, and this was still not written well.

At first I was really confused as to why you’re even sending me this in the first place, but then I remembered that I’m regarded as the resident Koujaku expert, so I guess it’s to be expected.

I’m sure you meant well, anon, but this kind of struck a nerve for me so prepare for an unnecessary essay.

One of the things that I’ve always admired about Koujaku’s character is how realistic he is. He’s suffered through a great deal in his life, and is understandably damaged by it. Koujaku has built up a number of emotional barriers, putting on a false act around others. When he’s alone with Aoba, those barriers come down, and he turns into a sappy, dorky little mess. He hides this true self; his vulnerable self, away in favor of a smooth, ego-inflated persona to be used in public places. Because of this, he appears to be a genuinely happy person.

Sadly, that’s far from the truth.

Koujaku clearly suffers from depression (yet another thing that’s beautifully expanded upon in the drama cd, as my bae Madelezabeth points out). His struggle with depression is heart-wrenching, because it’s so wonderfully written. It makes you wonder how much of the Koujaku you see in game is a façade, and how much is his true, unfiltered personality. Anyone who has struggled with depression could agree that this is a very realistic interpretation. At times, it can be overwhelmingly difficult to distinguish yourself from your depression, and you can begin to wonder where your depression ends, and where you begin. As a result of his deep set emotional baggage, he romanticizes the one bit of happiness that he remembers from his childhood; Aoba. This is also a very understandable trait, and serves in making his character all the more realistic.

So, with such a complex character, it’s only expected that his mother is just as complex, right?

Abuse is abuse but Koujaku’s family circumstances were twisted into an even worse, more exaggerated situation. I’m criticizing the inconsistent writing.

In Koujaku’s route, it’s established that his father would beat him. I believe it’s also implied that he received some of the scars on his back through domestic abuse. Let me pose one questions to you, anon.

In a household where the father is blatantly abusing a child, is it likely that he then chooses not to abuse his mistress as well?

There are cases of spousal abuse where the child remains unharmed. However, if a parent strikes their child, they will most certainly strike their significant other, let alone a mistress with little to no respect in the household.

Now, that’s all simple enough. We’ve established that Koujaku’s mother was an abuse victim. Let’s move on to her reaction. Or rather, your reaction to her reaction-

She was nothing but an extorted pawn USED AGAINST a kid, weak, and a martyr who still didn’t protect her kid. I imagined she at least made an effort, but that’s not even true.

Okay, I’m going to have to stop you there.

Let me just say, I completely understand your frustration. His mother wasn’t defending herself or her son, which was a very bad reaction to have. The thing that makes this so realistic, however, is the fact that she reacts this way.

I’m very well educated in emotional manipulation, which can be achieved through physical and/or verbal abuse. I’ve seen a lot of it, and I’ve experienced a lot of it.

It’s one of the most disgusting feelings I’ve ever experienced. To know you’re being manipulated, to realize how utterly weak you are, is incredibly frustrating. It’s frustrating to the people around you, but it’s mostly frustrating to yourself. You’re very aware that you should be standing up for yourself or others, but you can’t. The abuser has molded and manipulated you through fear and degradation, and you simply can’t break the mold.

It’s degrading, and you know you’re being manipulated, but you can’t change it. You become convinced that you’re completely worthless, unworthy of helping yourself.

In short: you feel stuck. You’re stuck, and there’s no way out, and it’s infuriating and unfair and holy shit you want to change it so bad, but in the end you’re still just stuck.

She feels ultimately responsible for what’s happening, but can do nothing to fix it. If she stands up for herself, she’ll only receive more punishment. If her son stands up for her, he’ll only receive more punishment. She’s unable to change the situation at hand and all she can do is repeatedly apologize for what her son has to go through because of her. This also ties into her whispering “I’m sorry” over and over before dying in front of Koujaku (ouch). In her eyes, she’s been nothing but a burden for Koujaku. Everything was her fault; the tattoo, the abuse, everything.

She’s convinced herself that she’s useless.

So, yes. Get annoyed at her reaction, because that’s what you’re supposed to feel. Abuse victims rarely react how we would want them to, which is the very reason abuse continues to happen. It’s a cliché story because it’s something that happens every day, all over the world.

And that’s what makes characters like this so very real.