You reposted a post hating on Floriana Lima. Explain yourself.
Okay, let me be start by saying that her acting is superb and Maggie Sawyer is a lovely - albeit imperfect - character.
That being said, Floriana is incredibly problematic. She’s dating Casey Affleck - a known abuser - and defends him through and through. She even goes so far as to block people who speak out against him.
There’s also the issue of her taking a role meant for a Hispanic woman when she, herself, is white. As much as I’m aware that Chyler and Nathan were a part of the casting process, Flor shouldn’t have responded to a casting call for a character who was intended to be - and is canonically - Hispanic.
I love this because you can read his lips and look at his hand gestures and just know he’s saying “Oh look it’s daddy, hiiiiii!!” and who the fuck says that to anyone without using a patronising baby voice?!
So really; Sherlock is using a baby voice to try and teach Rosie works and hand signals so she responds well to him and isn’t that just some fine character dovelopment RIGHT there
i think today’s clip just makes me extra upset about tarjei / season three not winning. like, out of all the shit that’s happened this season, isak has been the one character who’s been completely honest, attempted to reach out to sana and include her, respectful of his boyfriend’s past, i could go on. it just feels like isak is the one character who went through something incredibly hard and has come out on the other side with nothing but love in his heart for other people. he’s making himself better. and he’s still so in character while doing all of that, he’s still isak. so many other characters are just falling back into their old mistakes and we’re forced to see their choices affect others negatively but not with him. and i don’t know how much of that is tarjei but i’m willing to bet that he’s played a big role in how his character chooses to respond to things. that’s important. he’s important.
Do you have any resources for writing characters on the autism spectrum?
Some of my most beloved characters in recent history also happen to be on the spectrum. Who comes to mind: Don Tillman of The Rosie Project/Effect, Christopher Boone of The Curious incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, and Marcelo Sandoval of Marcelo in the Real World.
One thing I noticed right off the bat about all three is the books are written in the first person POV of these characters. This POV is always the most effective way of gaining insight and understanding to your protagonist. No matter what, this intimacy between a reader and the protagonist will take away having to explain “why someone does what they do" and fills it in with how they feel about a matter.
If you are considering writing a protagonist on the spectrum this POV is worth considering. I have no further knowledge on the topic but there are wonderful articles listed below, that do a much better job of advising:
Please note. This is an incredibly brief overview of sources to get you started. I strongly suggest you do further research. Just like with any character you would want them to be unique, compelling and relatable first. If you approach this by attempting to create a relatable character, who happens to be on the spectrum, you are on a good track.
Hello! I really like your blog and was wondering how RFA+Saeran+V would react when they meet MC for the 1st time and realizing that MC is much shorter and younger looking than expected. I was wondering since I'm a 19 yr old girl, 4'11", and get told often that I look 12 and am still given kiddie menus at restaurants lol. You don't have to respond, I just thought this would be a funny scenario since some characters are really tall, thank you!
Haha, some of them would have a huge difference! Hope you like these~
This man is really tall
When he first met, he kind of looked over your head trying to find you in a crowd
He wasn’t taken very aback by your height
He think you’re cute being so tiny
But you do look very young which could cause trouble if he’s not careful
He’s very protective of you with the press, since he doesn’t want you caught up in drama
If you try to look a little taller, he’ll give you his opinion on different heels
Listens to your rants when others mistake your age
Sometimes he’ll take selfies to tease you, since you always end up cut off at first
You always have to stand on a table or something
Eventually, he just memorizes one specific angles so you can take it together
He won’t tease you if you can’t reach things though
He’ll get whatever you need, and even shifts things around in his house so you don’t feel bad
He’s used to being the shortest in his group of friends
He’s still growing though
If you feel really insecure about your height, he’ll try to cheer you up
“Maybe you’re still growing, like me!”
He secretly loves it when you wear oversized sweaters
The sweater paws make you look like a cute puppy
He likes to give you piggy back rides if you’re tired or want to see over a crowd
Your baby face doesn’t faze him that much
But if someone else says something to you, he’ll defend you
You both have a perfect height difference
He can easily rest his arm around you and you fit perfectly against his side
Loves to hug you from behind a lot
She’s an average height, but still pretty small
You guys aren’t that far off which means she has a shopping buddy
You and her start going shopping for heels every other week
You both fit each other’s clothes decently
Hers is a little big on you, but no big deal
You actually like wearing her clothes, because you look a lot more mature
Her style rubs off on you
You look like a child next to her a lot with your baby face
She also helps with that since she gives you tips on make up
Either way, she doesn’t care how you look
Your age is reflected in how you act, and she thinks you’re very wise and caring
Talk about height difference
He thought you were cute in the chats in the way you talked and acted
But seeing you in person, you were so tiny and adorable to him
Like with Zen, he was worried you might get caught up in some scandal because you two looked years apart
But with his cautious nature and the fact that the body guards basically hid you, there were no issues
He can tell when you’re feeling insecure about your height
On those bad days, you’ll end up finding a new pair of heels in your closet
Likes to find creative ways to kiss you smoothly
He’ll lean down asking you to fix his tie and then just steal a kiss
You like it when you’re sitting on one of those tall chairs
For once, you can easily kiss or hug him without straining on your toes
He makes sure there’s small step stools in every room, just in case you need things from the top shelves
You can’t tell whether you find it sweet or not…
He figured you were pretty tiny from your background info
But for some reason, in person you just seemed so much smaller
He actually loves teasing you about it
When you reacted negatively to the short jokes, he kinda stopped
Still got you in more subtle ways
Rests his arm on your head you might have almost killed him
Purposely holds things out of reach
But he’s still pretty considerate when you can’t reach things in the kitchen or dining room
Cuddling is really nice though
He’ll come up behind you when you’re sitting on floor and just envelop you in his arms and a blanket
One time, you were given a kids menu at a restaurant
He was suppressing his laughter when you were trying to explain to the embarrassed waiter
But you both colored with the crayons anyway
You once told him off for not taking care of himself
And he just casually commented
“What do know? Aren’t you like 12?”
You released some wrath on him until you found out he legit thought you were 12
He treated you like a normal adult after that
He makes references to your height, but not in a joking way
At least, that’s what he says…you never see the smirk he gives after you struggle
He’ll unconsciously pat your head as he walks by
The worst is when you two are walking
It’s so hard to keep up with his long strides
Whenever you’re on your tippy toes trying to reach something, he just gets it for you after watching you for a few minutes
Mutters “cute” but you never hear it
He can’t see very well when you first meet
When he moves to place a hand on your shoulder, he accidentally places it on your head
He apologizes for it profusely
Loves it when you hug him
He likes the feeling of your tiny arms around his torso
Also likes picking you up and spinning you around if you haven’t seen each other in awhile
He usually interrupts people if they start to make a joke about your height or something
He actually never realized you had a baby face
He was so accustomed to hearing your voice
Normally, you two talked about deep things, so he could tell your maturity level
Authors Notes: Ok so I’m really into both DEH and Heathers. One fateful day I watched a Heather’s anamatic followed by a DEH Waving Through A Window aniamatic that had the ‘school shooter chic’ thing and this fanfic was born. This is more mature than most of my fanfics, cause Heathers. So fair warning, it is the Dead Girl Walking scene and Connor is playing JD and Evan is Veronica. If you don’t know Heathers, go watch dead girl walking and then come read this. It won’t make sense otherwise. There is no smut, it’s all the on stage stuff, but it gets a little hot and heavy.
Tips for Writing Romance from A Passionate Defender of the Genre
Here’s the thing: romance is not inherently
It’s not automatically compelling.
Romance is one of the hardest things to write, but
if you’re clever and careful and pay attention, romance can also be one of the
most powerful tools a writer can wield. Not only because love is a powerful and
complex emotion worthy of exploration—although it is that—but because romance
can function as plot, conflict, character motivation, development,
world-building, etc. It can do so much heavy lifting for you, and in a way that
is engaging, evocative, and tone-setting.
But you can’t simply cry “Love!” and wait for the
applause. You gotta earn it.
Although I respect people’s opinions, I can never bring myself to understand why there is so much hatred for Hinata. She loved Naruto since the very very beginning. I think that itself is enough reason to adore her because she was never against him. He didn’t have to prove himself to her and she acknowledged his beautiful personality before anything else. Meanwhile, mostly everyone had to witness Naruto’s physical strength before actually taking him seriously. Hinata was on Naruto’s side even before he could summon a shadow clone properly, before he could call himself a ninja, when everyone was so fixated on the nine tails that they treated him like he wasn’t human.
Forgive me if it seems like I’m comparing but when people put team 7 before everything, I close my ears. Don’t get me wrong, I love team 7 but when I think about Naruto, I don’t just solely think about Team 7. When we put team 7′s bonds before everything else, we are demolishing the bonds that Naruto shared with others. We are demolishing the fact that Naruto was alone. Every aspect (even the bad ones) in Naruto’s life should all be taken into account and not just a fraction of it. The fact that he found the woman of his life, I would think that people would be happy because the manga starts with this…
And ends with…
If you truly think about it, Naruto’s life is being told chronologically from his years as a boy, to a teen, to a young adult, to a full grown man. The ending is quite beautiful because it shows us just how much Naruto has grown; the fact that he found love! Who would have ever thought that knucklehead Naruto would get married… being the first one out of Konoha 11 at that?! It shows that in the very beginning, he was bereft of love… and the ending is basically his earned blessing because now, he’s united with the woman who loved him even when he was just that kid who sat on the swings and sadly watched everyone from afar. It depicts his adulthood. When watching this wedding, we shouldn’t be thinking “Why did it not end with team 7!” Instead, we should be thinking “Naruto has grown up” or “He’s not that kid anymore!” It’s his wedding. That marks one of the best days of his life.
Meh, everyone’s entitle to think what they want. This is just how I look at it. This is why I truly adore Hinata and the ending. While I do feel like Kishimoto should have added more into the ending, I am still grateful for the results. In fact, it makes me want to cry when taking in the beginning of the manga to the ending. Watching Naruto as that lonely kid and seeing him now…Kishimoto did such a wonderful job with explaining the aspects of Naruto’s life. I am so proud of Naruto. He’s accomplished so much and now he’s gifted with a woman with such a beautiful heart.
She even faced death for him. We see this puny little kunoichi fight a super strong evil shinobi like Pein and lost with the intent of protecting and revealing her love for someone who has saved her from herself; someone who broke the chains of insecurity and self affliction out of her. That itself tells you that Hinata has a story of her own. She went through spiritual battles herself so you shouldn’t trivialize her feelings and the role she plays in Naruto’s life. She’s a person too… and she is not perfect. People spend so much time with expressing their hatred for her character when even Hinata herself admits her flaws and expresses her need for change; expresses how she doesn’t even like herself.
In a way it’s kind of like you tell someone “I hate you” and they respond “I hate myself.” She’s not ignorant of her character flaws and that itself makes her even more of an incredible character because this whole time, she acknowledged her bad sides and it gave her more of a reason to want to change into someone stronger. Naruto was the prime source of her strength because he is the perfect example of what she’s trying to become. He motivated her to pick herself up and continue to work hard as both a person and a ninja. In return, she felt like she owed him her life which is why she didn’t care if she died on the battle field. Her sacrifice confirmed how strong and genuine her love really is. This moment in the manga defines just how strong Hinata had become over the years as both a person and a ninja.
I don’t see why it is a problem that she wants to be by Naruto’s side. We are already aware of the fact that she loved him since young. When you love someone, being by their side is more like an instinct. This is why she impulsively intervened in the battle the way she did… and other times…
And, you wanna know something that I find hysterically hilarious? Is that she actually makes it her duty to be by his side. She legit wants to protect Naruto more than he does for her. She wants to be there for him more than she is actually capable… and she BLAMES HERSELF for why he always ends up being the one to save her in the end. It’s hilarious because this girl legit loves this guy and there are still people that don’t actually realize that (I respect your feelings though, but still). Even when she is tired and out of energy, she still tries to make a way to be by his side. Even when she knows she will die, she still tries to find a way. It is plain and simple… Hinata LOVES Naruto. Period, point blank.
But then again, who’s to say that she’s the only impulsive one?
Those subconscious feelings are stronger than a bitch.
Every time she helps Naruto, it is suddenly a “problem”. But, the crazy thing is… every time she DOES help him, he BENEFITS from it completely.
He even admits it every time. If it wasn’t for Hinata’s encouragement, he would have never had the confidence to defeat Neji in the final competition. In fact, he probably would have gotten his ass kicked simply put ^_^ He even THANKS Hinata for uplifting him so sincerely. Naruto’s depression vanished very quickly and now he is back to being himself… positive and full of energy; full of life and strength. Turns out, he actually likes Hinata as a person and understands her better.
Even her intervention during his battle with pein benefited him seeing that Naruto was going to die on spot after all. Next thing you know, he was able to meet his father, he was able to defeat pein, rewarded the title of the village hero, and luckily for him, he is still alive. He even acknowledges that Hinata’s sacrifice was a “save” on his part. He knows that Hinata wants to protect him hence he clearly assured her that she has already been doing that.
You want to know what’s really interesting about this panel? It reminds me of this…
Mind you, Naruto wasn’t exactly confident about his match against Neji (Like I mentioned before). Hinata uplifted him very quickly just like Naruto was able to uplift her as soon as he sensed how dejected she felt for being saved by him during the war. They are both very good at encouraging each other. It’s like an “eye for eye” sort of thing because they have the answer to each other’s insecurity. You would think that Naruto would have shared his worry to this team mates for those who believe that Team 7 is EVERYTHING. But apparently, he didn’t. For a girl that he considered weird, gloomy, dark , and timid , it truly amazes me that he entrust telling her about his weaknesses than the people he’s been “bonded” with throughout his early journey as a ninja. I’m not necessarily belittling the importance of Team 7 but rather proving that it is NOT the most important thing in the series. We have to be mindful of other characters too because they contribute a lot to Naruto’s character alone.
He even acknowledges the fact that she saved him from falling into the traps of Obito. He genuinely thanks her and also acknowledges that she “stayed at his side.” So, if Naruto can happily come to terms with that, then I don’t see the “problem.” In the end, he is back on his feet and being the happy knucklehead that we all know and love. We should be happy that Naruto has people like Hinata in his life that will sacrifice a leg and an arm for him; like his parents, like neji, etc. When putting Team 7 over everything, you are forgetting about those other precious people and things that were put in action to ensure his growth, his potential, and the extent of his passionate feelings as a character. Deny it or not, Hinata aligns with all of that and there is nothing no one can do about it.
“But Hinata isn’t relevant to the series because she doesn’t get a lot of screen time.”
Does the quantity of moments dictate how strongly Naruto feels about a person? Are we really going to let time away from a character dictate someone’s relevance to another person? Because, as far as I’m concern, Naruto has never spent a day with his mom or dad… but they are still upheld as important to him. Sasuke has been away from the leaf village for over 2 years. Even in their adult life, Sasuke has been away from the village for around 12 years (if I’m correct). It doesn’t change the fact that Naruto and Sasuke are very close. If screen time was genuinely relevant, then he would have let Sasuke go over the years that he actually spent time trying to find him. Jiraya has been dead for quite a long time… but Naruto’s feelings for Jiraya hasn’t changed. He still cherishes his god father with every drip of blood in his body. Gaara and Naruto are from different villages (we don’t get to see Gaara all of the time) but even that doesn’t dictate his bond with Naruto. Shikamaru is not even on Team 7 but he and Naruto are basically close as well… just like the of rest of konoha 11. Iruka hasn’t had all the screen time in the world but who did naruto ask to be his father in the wedding? Naruto even cherishes that sweet adorable ramen guy (the dude who NEVER gets screen time). So, can we please stop making everything about screen time? It doesn’t necessarily matter. The QUALITY of the moments he share with another character is what truly defines those special bonds. Believe it or not, he shared quality moments with Hinata hence there would be no point in the genjutsu meaning anything to him. Once he was able to genuinely decipher those moments, that is when he came to terms with his own feelings for the Hyuga. He was able to realize how he felt about Hinata all along… and it didn’t take THOUSANDTHS of moments for that to happen.
When asked specifically how much of the framing of “smile” is inspired by modern misogyny, show runner Melissa Rosenberg laughs before responding, “Let’s see. 100%” Rosenberg continues, “This is a character who is not defined by her gender. But those of us of the female persuasion, our lives are certainly informed by our gender and the misogyny around us.”