and he is the very prophet of this sort of trope

Rachel Elizabeth Dare: An Essay

(a.k.a. a discussion of the portrayal of strong female characters and their relationship with fandom, canon, and a whole bunch of other shit i wanted to scream about at 1:50 am)


it really Rattles My Gears that a character as cool as Rachel Elizabeth fucking Dare is constantly thrown under the bus.

“Percy Jackson and Rachel Dare had a really genuine and cool friendship that became obsolete as soon as Rachel was no longer a potential love interest for him” – @ofswordsandpens​ 

i’m gonna take it a step further and argue that Rachel stopped being a relevant character in the story as soon as she “lost” the role of a potential love interest. not to mention the fact that fandom seemed to collectively h a t e her ass because of that potential love interest. WHY THO? 

let’s fucking discuss.

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anonymous asked:

i just logged into my old wattpad account and made an attempt at reading a drarry fic and it was so bad and out of character so, im begging you, please suggest me the most well written, angstiest and in-character fics you know. please?

Haha I shall try my best :) Honestly though I feel like everyone has their own ideas of what exactly ‘canon characters’ means, but basically all these fics have in common strong characters with personalities that have been well though of (ignoring common tropes of sweet or girly Draco, confident or powerful Harry, etc.)

DRARRY + IN CHARACTER

Contracted (lomonaaeren)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 125k, Summary: Harry Potter is the perfect Auror, Jared Sandborn is the perfect Minister, and they control the wizarding world between them. One night, Draco Malfoy finds out why, and also what it might take to change things.

The Way Down (lettered)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 65.5k, Summary: Harry is overwhelmed by his own power and fame and angst, so he’s become a hermit. Draco Malfoy is tired of the melodrama.

Here’s The Pencil, Make It Work (ignatiustrout)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 49.4k, Summary: Harry thinks “Why is Malfoy working in a coffee shop in muggle London?” is a much simpler question than, “Are you going to accept that auror offer and, if you don’t, what will you do?”

Get Some (sara_holmes)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 81.2k, Summary: Harry is getting rather fed up with everyone treating him differently after the war, and catches hold of the one person who doesn’t seem to care about his hero status.

Such Great Heights (softlyforgotten)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 93.3k, Summary: Draco Malfoy, wide-eyed and pale and in a decidedly ragged shirt, was crouched next to the pile of whatever the dragon had been eating.Harry threw himself to a halt and yelled, “Merlin, how many times do I have to save your life?”

There’s A Pure-Blood Custom For That (lomonaaeren)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 105.5k, Summary: The day that Harry stops Draco Malfoy and his son from being bothered in the middle of Diagon Alley starts a strange series of interactions between him and Malfoy. Who knew there was a pure-blood custom for every situation?

Shine, Even In The Darkness (raitala)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 41k, Summary: Harry hasn’t seen Draco for over fifteen years, but now he’s showing up everywhere and Harry is sort of weirdly attracted to him, but that can’t be right?

The Business Of Saving Souls (RurouniHime)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 26k, Summary: Draco’s world is filled with ghosts, and not all of them are so easily banished.

House Proud (astolat)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 23.1k, Summary: His house liked Draco Malfoy more than him.

All Life Is Yours To Miss (Saras_Girl)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 115k, Summary: Professor Malfoy’s world is contained, controlled, and as solitary as he can make it, but when an act of petty revenge goes horribly awry, he and his trusty six-legged friend are thrown into Hogwarts life at the deep end and must learn to live, love and let go.

At Your Service (faithwood)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 95.7k, Summary: Hogwarts students are in danger; Harry is determined to save them all. There’s only one thing he knows for certain: Draco Malfoy is somehow involved.

Yours Is The Earth (Hold On, Hold On) (chickenlivesinpumpkin)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 127,175, Summary: When they first meet after the end of the war, Draco doesn’t want anything to do with Harry. But as time goes by, Draco’s growing love may be the only thing that can save them both, because after a serious accident in the Forbidden Forest, Draco’s personality begins to undergo subtle changes.

Trajectories (bookshop)

Rating: PG, WC: 35k, Summary: Rembrandt’s phrase in describing his painting: “Die meeste ende di naetureelste beweechgelickheijt”, can be translated as greatest, most natural movement (emotion or motive). 

Azoth (zeitgeistic)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 88.7k, Summary: Now that Harry is back at Hogwarts with Hermione for eighth year, he realises that something’s missing from his life, and it either has to do with Ron, his boggart, Snape, or Malfoy. Furthermore, what, exactly, does it mean when one’s life is defined by the desire to simultaneously impress and annoy a portrait? Harry has no idea; he’s too busy trying not to be in love with Malfoy to care.

Here And Now (Morgan_Elektra)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 27.8k, Summary: It’s been 5 years since the end of the war, but less than a week since Rita Skeeter outed Harry on the front page of The Prophet — and made some rather scandalous insinuations about him and his blond former nemesis. A chance (or is it?) encounter on a street corner reveals just how much has changed… and what remains the same. An over-sized courgette, some olive oil, a bottle of wine, and Ed Kowalczyk make things extra interesting.

Peeking Behind The Curtain (calrissian18)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 23.4k, Summary: Draco sees things he really, really wishes he didn’t. If only to get out of all the homework that comes with it.

All Our Secrets Laid Bare (firethesound)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 149k, Summary: Over the six years Draco Malfoy has been an Auror, four of his partners have turned up dead. Harry Potter is assigned as his newest partner to investigate just what is going on.

Holly And Hawthorn, Thistle And Thyme (bryoneybrynn)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 31k, Summary: After the war, Harry can’t shake the feeling that something is very wrong with him and he has a terrible feeling he knows what that “something” might be. He has a terrible feeling Malfoy might know, too.

The Pure And Simple Truth (lettered)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 65k, Summary: Harry, Draco, and Hermione go to a pub. Harry, Draco, and Pansy go to a pub. Harry, Draco, Pansy, and Hermione go to a pub. Harry, Draco, Hermione and Ron go to a pub. Harry, Draco, Hermione, Ron, and Pansy―you guessed it―go to a pub. I could go on. In fact, I did. Harry, Draco, Hermione, Pansy, Ron, Blaise, Luna, Goyle, Neville, and Theodore Nott go to a pub. In various combinations.

My Only Hate (VivacissimoVoce)

Rating: PG-13, WC: 35.4k, Summary: Harry has been cursed and now inhabits the wrong body. Draco Malfoy may be the only one who can help.

He Who Must Not Be Normal (lettered)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 40.9k, Summary: Potter has fame and fortune and posh clothes and all he wants is a simple life. Draco has a flat and a cat and a steady job and all he wants is a complicated life. Which makes you think this story has something exciting like body-swapping, but it doesn’t. Instead it has Indian takeaway and a blue jumper and people wanting a whole lot of what they can’t have, discovering themselves as they discover each other.

What’s New, Buenos Aires? (kedavranox)

Rating: NC-17, WC: 9,312, Summary: Draco and Harry are in the Portkey business! Hijinks ensue, Draco has a few panic attacks, Harry is seriously fit, and somehow they’re stranded in Argentina.

Eight Days (Part 1/10)

Part 1 of 3(?) of my contribution for @jilyfest. I went with a nice Quidditch player/reporter trope, with more tropes (+ SMUT whut up) to come.

This is for @prongsmydeer, who is a genius. This line (and thus this story) was allll hers. [AND WE’LL GET TO UK PANTS TOO SOON, I PROMISE. =D]

Links to: PART 2 + PART 3 + PART 4   + PART 5

DAY ONE

It all happens alarmingly quickly. One moment, he’s sprawled upon his chair, absentmindedly twirling his lanyard credentials about his finger, trying to muster up the enthusiasm to mingle at this deadly dull opening to-do for the week-long Quidditch recruitment exhibition…and in the next, someone strolls by, his bleeding lanyard gets caught, Quidditch reflexes have him grappling and lunging before thinking, and he somehow finds himself latched on to a stranger’s bum, no ifs-ands-buts-please-or-thank-yous about it.

It is then that James discovers there is simply no subtle way to remove one’s hand from someone else’s pants.

(Oh, bloody—trousers, not pants. Thirteen months playing in the American League, and suddenly he’s joined the ranks? If he survives this, he’s giving himself a proper welcome home baptismal in the Thames, that’s for certain. Diseases be damned, it’s the only way.)

(Fortunately, judging by the murderous look the trousered redhead is giving him now, there seems a strong possibility he won’t survive long enough to brave the dunk.)

Bugger.

“Shit—so terribly—that—I wasn’t—see—”

“Get your hand,” the redhead grits, “off my arse.”

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Game of Snobbery 05x06: A Book Reader’s Recap

For Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 6: “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

In Braavos, Arya Stark did her best to give us a plotline that was “close enough.” There was character development, man. Unfortunately, it may have been edited together out of order, because our favorite water dancer sort of forgot that getting rid of her clothing and items was giving up being Arya Stark. So she loudly asserted her Starkness while getting hit over and over again. Maybe it’s because she watched the “inside the episode” feature and thought that Needle was about revenge instead of Jon Snow’s smile too? No worries though: for the cult of faceless men (led by the man who inexplicably still has his sexy face), all you need to get in is a little euthanasia. Yes, Ayra was led Bathilda-Bagshot style to the wall of faces, which might have had some sort of impact at all if we had been given any screen-time with her up until that point. Or if we could see in the dark.

You know who’s NOT starved for screen-time? Our two Good Guys™. And yes, this awesome bro-trip showed how unproblematic they both are. Tyrion is prophetic and knew all about the mutiny! Jorah’s sad about Papa Bear and committed to Deadpan Targaryen for spiritual reasons! They’re such little charming smarties that they also convince Mr. Eko and his slavers to sail to the place where the literal Breaker-of-Chains and her mothafuckin’ dragons is ruling because she opened a fighting pit to freedmen. And thank the gods we were reminded of how well-endowed Tyrion is…what a card!

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Angel Heart (sort of) Initial Thoughts

Ok, so I rewatched (and probably should have taken notes because my mind is a leaky bucket right now) and I love it even more. Might as well start with the stuff I already flailed over.

1. The last scene, when Dean & Claire were talking and Claire did the whole “you keep an eye on him” bit killed me. Because come on, that is so romantically coded, in a pretty spectacular way. And the lovely little pan over to Cas, just in case we were in any doubt as to who she was talking about. And the fact that it was Dean she said it to: not Sam, not the both of them. Dean.

2. Dean and Cas, in the middle of a case, deciding on an impromptu shopping trip to “Hot Topical”. ROBBIE. This is something I need lots of fic of.

3. Dean clinging to Cas’s shoulder walking into the motel room after said shopping trip with zero personal space, then hurriedly dropping his arm (though not without a certain amount of hand trailing) on seeing Sam. Dean, honey: Sam is well aware of the way you and Cas need to reassure yourselves of each others presence through gratuitous shoulder grabs. It’s nothing he hasn’t seen before. Though, this is probably the first time since admitting to yourself what you want, so that may be it.

4. “Bring your daughter to work day” DADSTIEL. Thanks again, Robbie.

5. Dean rushing to help Cas as much as possible.

6. Dean defending Cas to Claire, much as Cas defended Dean, to try and show her that what Jimmy did helped so many people.

7. I cried over Amelia, but then I cried more over a crying Misha. It sucked that Amelia had to die, but IMO that was made up for by a) Amelia ending up in the same heaven as Jimmy, and b) Claire going to Jody’s!!! Robbie proving once again that he knows this fandom.

8. Amelia & Jimmy are actual soulmates, actually sharing a proper heaven. This is so different from what was shown for Sam and Dean in DSotM, which seems to very much confirm that they are not soulmates.

9. Though why did they fix the heaven/veil problem off screen? I assume Metatron getting kicked out meant that it all was all reset (though without the angels’ wings being fixed since they still need to use the portal to get in & out). Does this mean the prophet lever has been reset as well? Can there be a return of Kevin, or will another prophet pop up?

10. Sam amused me by twice separating himself from Dean & Cas.

11. Dean being honest again, this time with Claire, saying he doesn’t know if he’ll be ok but he’s gonna keep fighting. Oh Dean.

12. Amelia’s reunions with Cas & Claire were kinda heartbreaking, and I loved them.

13. Claire was a straight up Dean mirror, right through to hunting down her missing parent via said parent’s journal. Didn’t get a whole lot more blatant than that.

14. The return of smart Dean! Managing to work out that they were dealing with a Grigori, when even Cas had no idea. Interesting as well, that Dean knew the lore surrounding them, which send to imply that he’s researched a lot about angels. Gosh, I wonder why that could be. Also interesting is that the Grigori are said to be responsible for the Nephilim. Who knows if that’s true of the SPN Grigori, but I thought it worth noting.

Dean & Cas are just looking so relaxed around each other, and the subtext got ramped up yet another notch. Using Claire to facilitate another enormous romantic trope was more than I thought we’d ever get, and has me way excited over what is to come. The final reunion of Jimmy & Amelia was frankly beautiful, and wow I hope one day we get Misha getting to deliver another I love you.

Space Dandy and Buddhist Eschatology



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Space Dandy is a dandy in space. His adventures do not seem at first glance to adhere to a traditional continuity; characters often die but never fail to reappear, with no direct reference to their fates or indeed any of the events of prior episodes.  At first glance it seems as though Watanabe does not intend for there to be any overarching connection between episodes, as though he is simply riffing; anime series with total disregard for continuity are not unheard of. Theories further circulated among fans that the show exists in a multiverse, and each episode is in its own alternate universe, which is bolstered by the multiversal musings of the ending song, Hey, Everett, which references Hugh Everett III, an American physicist who first proposed the many-worlds interpretation (MWI) of quantum physics. This explanation fit the facts, but didn’t provide a whole lot of insight; without parallels or interactions between the alternate universes, the only thing this theory adds to the “riffing” concept is a trivial metaphysical framework.


But in episode 6, “The War of the Undies and Vests, Baby”, I was struck by a particular reference. As QT decides to abandon Meow and Dandy to their fates on the exploding planet, he says “Amen. Namu amida.” Looking up Namu amida, it seems to be a shortening of “namu amida butsu”, which is a traditional mantra from Pure Land Buddhism, a broad branch of Mahāyāna Buddhism and one of the most widely practiced traditions of Buddhism in East Asia. A blogger at Shin Ugly Blog writes: “‘NAMU AMIDA BUTSU’ is essentially nothing other than the entrusting mind of us sentient beings who rely on Amida to save us, bringing us to Buddhahood in the afterlife.” I am an outsider and a layperson in my knowledge of Buddhism, but thinking of this reference in terms of the many deaths of these characters brought to mind the Buddhist belief in the cycle of death and rebirth, and the literary tradition of the “Jataka” tales (which wikipedia defines: “These are the stories that tell about the previous lives of the Buddha, in both human and animal form. The future Buddha may appear in them as a king, an outcast, a god, an elephant—but, in whatever form, he exhibits some virtue that the tale thereby inculcates.”) Aspects of the show started to make a little more sense through this interpretive framework, but my basis was so tenuous that I thought it entirely likely that I was reading too much into the show and making connections where they didn’t exist.


And then came episode 7, “A Race in Space Is Dangerous, Baby”. Space Dandy, inspired by jealousy at the heroic reception of a spaceship racing celebrity named Prince at Dandy’s favorite breastaurant, Boobies, enters a galactic grand prix. He ends up neck and neck with Prince, and, as a “last resort” (his third or fourth last resort of the episode) he detonates a payload of bombs to push him over the finish line, and- “The bomb that had been prepared…the fluctuation in the amount of electric charge…magnetic flux density…metric slug…unknown fuel [Dandy’s fuel tank was partially filled with assorted garbage]…all of those things miraculously combined by chance…and…the steamed dumpling bursts open!”


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And we see a steamed dumpling, surrounded by a muddy mixture of garbage and fuel, open up and bloom like a lotus blossom. The Lotus Sutra is one of the most important texts of Mahayana Buddhism, and Gene Reeves writes “The symbolism of the lotus flower, rooted in mud and blooming in the air, is important for Mahayana Buddhism in general and for this Sutra.”


During a montage of transcendental imagery, we are told that Dandy “went faster than light and passed time, finally arriving in the distant future. And on the world 5.67 billion years in the future, what he saw…was…“


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The tumblr user GlobeGander writes on this image, finding many parallels between the life of Buddha Gautama and the first 7 episodes of Space Dandy:

“After encountering:


Old Age (Pops from Episode 2)


Sickness (The Zombie Plague in Episode 4)


and Death itself (Episode 1),


After declining the temptations of gold and glory, achieving an altruistic purpose in the process (Letting Adélie go in Episode 5),


By letting go of his earthly possessions(Discarding his magazines and junk to catch up to Prince in Episode 7),


Through Mastering the 7 Chakras,


Did Dandy attain true enlightenment, achieving the status of Buddha, achieving Nirvana, and truly becoming one with the flow of all things in the Formless Realm.


And he even got to keep the hair.”



But there’s still a further aspect of Buddhist thought at work here: Eschatology.


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“Remember, Dr. Gel, [Dandy] is the one that holds the key to the Gogol Empire– no, to the entire universe.” -Admiral Perry


Just as every religion has a creation story (with occasional exceptions that prove the rule; Jainism, for example, has no “creation story” as such but its literature does include a text that is a dialogue on how the universe was pre-eternally existent and could not have been “created”), every religion also has some sort of prophetic account of the future of the world/the end of all things. Norse mythology has Ragnarok, Christianity has the “parousia,” the second coming of Christ, Islam has the 12th Imam (and also works in the return of Jesus), Hinduism has the Kali Yuga and the doctrine of cycles. Buddhism has Maitreya.


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In Buddhism, “the” Buddha was Gautama, who was the first of this world to attain “Buddhahood” (a Buddha is a fully enlightened being). But it is taught that there will be another in this world to attain Buddhahood- Maitreya. Charles Upton in Legends of the End writes “The Mahayana Buddhists…assign Maitreya to the far distant Golden Age of the next [time] cycle, when the world will have finally recovered from the degeneration and apocalyptic end of this one; he does not inaugurate this cycle but only enters it when the time is ripe.” and the Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism says that “Stalwart scholiasts have calculated that his rebirth will occur 5.67 billion years after the death of Sakyamuni [Gautama Buddha, who is said to have died sometime in the 5th century BCE]” 5.67 billion years in the future is exactly where Dandy traveled to and had a vision of a pompadoured Buddha. And Perry’s comments seem to bolster Dandy’s eschatological importance.


Upton writes that earthly power is also tied up in the final appearance of Maitreya. “Maitreya will appear during the reign of a world monarch, a chakravartin (‘turner of the wheel.’).  …According to one story, [the king] will renounce his throne in order to follow Maitreya.” The 5.67 billion year wait seems to be due to the fact that “Such a conjunction between a Buddha and a chakravartin takes place very rarely.” The union of the world king and the messianic Buddha produces “the Buddhist version of the Hindu satyayuga or Golden Age, when worldly abundance and other-worldly bliss are not the opponents of final Liberation…but rather the disciples of it.” The Gogol Empire is a clear parallel to the world monarchy of Buddhist eschatology, and the rarity of the Maitreya to coincide with the chakravartin brings to mind the inability of the Gogol Empire to catch Dandy episode after episode.


As for the ending song about Mr. Everett, I know neither enough about Buddhism nor quantum physics to speak to the philosophical compatibility of ancient Buddhist metaphysics with the latest in quantum physics. However, without trying to pretend they fit together into a coherent cosmic worldview, one can simply interpret the alternate reality musings of the closing song as using the language of science to spin a metaphor for the infinite worlds spoken of by Gautama Buddha in the Apannaka Jataka- "Disciples,” the Buddha said “nowhere between the lowest of hells below and the highest heaven above, nowhere in all the infinite worlds that stretch right and left, is there the equal, much less the superior, of a Buddha.”


I am putting this forth solely as a proposal. The 5.67 billion year link seems pretty convincing to me, but there are still a lot of pieces to this that can’t be assembled at this point. Episodes 1 and 7 both end on huge explosions, and both end with “The End” whereas episodes 2-6 end on “To be continued…” What of the links between certain episodes? For example, in episode 6, QT abandons Dandy and Dandy rides an explosive shockwave; in episode 7, Dandy rides explosive shockwaves many times, and in the end abandons QT. What, if anything, does his crew represent? In Mahayana Buddhism a Buddha has three bodies: a physical body, a “reward-body” and a body which is the “embodiment of the truth itself”. Is there a correlation here? Can any spiritual progress towards Buddhahood be charted for Dandy across his rebirths? In some episodes he is extremely hedonistic and materialistic and cares nothing for collateral damage- in others he acts with compassion. Without a chronology to these “rebirths” it is difficult to make any claim of “progress.” Upton writes of one named Kashyapa, who was “a disciple of Shakyamuni who has remained in suspended animation through the ages until the time when he will emerge as herald of Maitreya.” Nothing I can think of yet correlates to Kashyapa, but the concept is such a classic scifi trope that it seems worth looking out for.


Only time will tell if any of what I argue here holds water.


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“We’re always chasing after wonder.
An earnest dream racing through the universe.
We start walking towards the future
in search of the selves we’ll become,
embracing the ceaseless pounding of our hearts.
Exiting the pipeline in a shower of stardust,
I watched as countless vistas spread out.
The sadness entangling me,
which I can’t quite carry will go away.
At the end of the infinite journey,
the present joins up with tomorrow.”