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  • what she says: I'm fine
  • what she means: I'm still incredibly conflicted about The Hobbit trilogy and the entire commercialization of JRR Tolkien's works. I don't mean to say "ugh if you only watched the movies and didn't read the books then you are lame trash" because I think that there is merit in the movies as their own story and, even as an avid fan, I admit that much of Tolkien's writing can be very difficult to read. If you liked the movies, the video games, the board games, and all the rest of the stuff that came out of Peter Jackson adapting Tolkien's work, then i'm happy for you. If all that is true and you have no intention of reading Tolkien's works, then I still am honestly very happy for you. But I struggle over how certain aspects of Peter Jackson's adaptations change people's views of Tolkien's work. And yeah I get it it sounds very cry baby "my movie adaptation isn't word for word the details of my favorite book" but it's honestly more than that. Tolkien codified so many tropes and so many mechanisms so prevalent in modern fantasy where it's almost impossible to imagine how different modern fantasy would be without his presence, or if it would even exist at all. Every small change that Jackson made to the narrative had ripples in people's perception of fantasy and is changing the landscape for modern fantasy literature more and more as the narrative that the movies present becomes the base of fantasy and new writers keep choosing drier and drier plot molds to work with. Peter Jackson made an executive decision to make the Lord of the Rings movies about the race of Men and subsequently The Hobbit about the Dwarves, Elves, and Men, removing viewers from the hobbits themselves, the intended in-universe avatar for the audience. Throughout all of the movies there are dissonant undertones of hobbits being the audience's eye into Middle Earth and the story being overly focused upon everything else. The effects aren't as blatant in Jackson's version of the Lord of the Rings as Frodo and Sam's story arc is too pivotal to change too drastically, but from the removal of The Battle of Bywater and even to smaller details such as having the Siege of Osgiliath be the climax for The Two Towers rather than Sam's fight with Shelob all end up changing the final message of the stories. The Lord of the Rings movies tell the audience that to change the world you need to either be living in places of conflict or be chosen by the conflict to see it to its end, and that if you succeed nearly all evil will be gone from the world. But the books are much more solemn and show that we cannot live as a people divided in a single world; that events seeming far off will find themselves bleeding outside our front door. The books remind us that evil is never gone, and that once a knife is taken out there still must be healing. And even after the healing, things won't be the same they were. Jackson's telling of The Lord of the Rings is far more fanciful than the narrative it's based on; the narrative that revived fantasy itself in the modern era. And while this isn't a bad thing (the Lord of the Rings movies were phenomenal), we find ourselves in a state where new writers see how fanciful the movies are, take their own stories and make them grittier, only to end up with nearly the same thing that Tolkien wrote only without the depth and detail because no author can be as skilled as Tolkien. And new authors aren't trying to be him nor should they try to be because they have their own story. But the skewed sense of fantasy we have as a culture has left the whole genre in a hole that George RR Martin has only begun to dig us out of. And goodness if Peter Jackson only made the Lord of the Rings then we still would have this problem, but with the adaptation of The Hobbit I'm starting to become afraid that we aren't even close to being done with the problem. And obviously the struggles modern fantasy is facing can't ALL be attributed to Peter Jackson as him and his crew have done a remarkable job of rendering Tolkien's universe, but The Hobbit movies took everything bad about the fantasy genre and supplanted itself as the base of fantasy right out from under Bilbo's large hairy feet! There are narrative loose ends all over the place (What happens to the Arkenstone? The town of Dale? Who rules in Erebor after The Battle of the Five Armies?), the main plot of the movie was switched from being a quirky picaresque to about an unnecessary love triangle (two of the characters in the love triangle not even appearing in the original work), the Dol Guldur sideplot was ruined by effects that looked like they came out of a 2005 desktop knock-off fantasy game, and the final battle stretched out so long that people are left tired before it was half over. It seems like Peter Jackson put in every overused fantasy trope he could find into The Hobbit trilogy and now everyone's freshest memory of fantasy is more flimsy and broken than some of the worst fantasy novels coming off of he shelves. All this being said, I don't hate the movies. I love the movies and I love just about anyone else who loves the movies. But is this what Tolkien would've wanted? He said himself that he thought the fanaticism surrounding his works failed to take into account the literal millennia of history that are in his world that he spent his entire life working on. Tolkien's works act not just as stories to make us think about far away and fictional places: they're vehicles we can use to analyze the way we live as a people, to see our history in a broader sense. I'm critical of Peter Jackson's adaptions of Tolkien's work because I honestly don't think I would've found Tolkien without Jackson's movies. I struggle over the fact that these movies, despite my love for them, are likely exactly what Tolkien wouldn't want to see his series become. I struggle because more and more movies keep fantasy in the white-cishet-male-glorification-in-northwestern-europe gutter far past it's expiration date. I struggle because authors who try to write fantasy that doesn't take place in a medieval europe carbon copy get laughed at and ignored because publishers think it won't sell because "Fantasy is White". I struggle because my love for Tolkien was only possible by him being the standard bearer of a consumerist engine he abhorred and honestly I'm scared that Tolkien's memory will be trapped this way forever.

anonymous asked:

sarah you're always the one i go to when 1d things are getting me down.. i felt so sick after reading that human trash wooton's article even though i feel like a lot of it isn't true. you don't think that stuff is true do you? obvs louis and harry aren't close anymore and neither are ot4 and zayn but like.. the rest of it?? was all so awful and i just need someone to tell me it was just nasty journalism

Okay, before we begin: One Direction are real people. Real people, even genuinely happy ones, pretty reliably have messy personal stuff and negative feelings! We don’t know what The Bad Stuff is for 1D, nor should we know, because it’s not our fucking business, but we are not doing ourselves any favors if we pretend like there’s no way there is any Bad Stuff. It’s life, and even though there’s SO MUCH GOOD STUFF, there’s also always gonna be Bad Stuff.

We all need to find a way to come to terms with the Bad Stuff. My personal tactic is to take whatever rumors are flying around and say “I doubt it and I’m not going to dwell on it, but how would I feel if it turned out to be true?” If the answer’s just “it would suck” or “I’d be worried for them,” then, well, that’s fine - I can file it away as a possibility and go back to focusing on the Good Stuff, aka 99% of everything because 1D are incredibly good to me always. I don’t think I’ve come across a situation yet where something seemed plausible and my answer went beyond “it would suck” to “I couldn’t be a fan anymore if that were true,” which is great.

BASICALLY, try to find the balance between focusing on the Good Stuff and being realistic about the fact that Bad Stuff exists. Don’t cling to “THIS DEFINITELY ISN’T TRUE SO THERE’S NOTHING TO BE WORRIED ABOUT” as your only reassurance, because bad stuff happens, and if you don’t find a way to process that and then set it aside, you’re either going to end up TOTALLY FUCKING BLINDSIDED by eventual bad news, or you’re going to end up refusing to accept it, which isn’t a great look.

So with all that said, while I generally encourage everyone to get in the habit of asking themselves “how would I feel if this turned out to be true?” as a means of self-preservation, LET’S RIP THIS THING TO SHREDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There are, unfortunately, some UNDENIABLE TRUTHS in this piece that we all must learn to live with:

  • Louis has taken leadership over the business stuff.
  • Louis is a little shit.
  • Louis is a little shit who may or may not have pissed off some anonymous dude at Sony by making the “ridiculous decision” not to perform at the Brit Awards because it would have cut into the one significant stretch of time off they’ve gotten in the last five years.
  • Niall loves everyone. Everyone loves Niall.
  • Liam and Louis are great friends.

IT’S ROUGH BUT WE HAVE TO TRY TO MAKE OUR PEACE WITH ALL OF THAT AND MOVE ON.

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anonymous asked:

I have a quick question, why does it make someone racist when they aren't attracted to African Americans? I would think that you would understand that situation the most. I personally am not (straight white female here, pretty average) am not attracted to most African Americans, and I hate that. I don't do it to be racist, I just can't control who I'm attracted to. Isn't saying I'm racist like saying someone gay is sexist?

well if you’re gonna say you’re not attracted to black people or any other race for that matter you’ve got to analyze those feelings to realize what exactly is driving them. people always argue that it’s just some unexplainable personal preference, but that’s pretty bunk if you ask me. if you’re going to say that a race is unattractive (to you) that can mean two things either together or separately:

  1. you think all members of that race look the same (and you find those traits unattractive) or
  2. you find darker skin tones unappealing

there’s really no other way to go about it if we’re talking about outward appearances, and if you’re going to say you aren’t attracted to a certain race for something other than phenotypes then that’s even more racist.

basically, within any given race there’s a huge diversity of different traits whether that be facial structure, skin tone, body shape, etc. that’s why when someone says they “aren’t attracted to short people” or something like that it’s different, because those things happen within and between different races.

also above i stated “darker” skin tones specifically because this isn’t something that happens to white people. nobody (in america at least) says that white people all look the same or are collectively unattractive (yes i have seen the jokes that say exactly this but these are jokes, people are all too serious about their right to be repulsed by different races) and that’s because the american beauty ideal is white. in america we have been socialized by our culture to believe that white people are more attractive, which is also why i don’t believe that its an intrinsic and personal sentiment– there’s proof that its not. just look at the people we see on tv, look at our models, look at the studies that show young children black and white are already stigmatized to believe that blackness can be equated with ugliness and badness. 

and again sexuality isn’t the same as race, all genders can exist through any and every racial or ethnic palette, and saying something like that is just really ignorant considering that race has absolutely nothing to do with how a person behaves or holds themselves only determines certain phenotypes, whereas gender is all about identity and expression, so being attracted to one or certain genders is not even in the same field.

no you cannot control who you’re attracted to. but you can work on being a better person, a more self-aware person, a freer and more independent person by being media literate and media critical, understanding and evaluating your own culture, and in that realizing what feelings are yours and what feelings you have been socialized into, and break free of those. i myself said racist drabble like “kid cudi is the only hot black guy” like two years ago but i’ve obviously changed.

being white in america is growing up racist. that’s pretty much just how it goes unless you have parents/guardians that seriously go against the grain. i was taught both verbally and through observation falsities about races for the first 18 years of my life and i still have to work every day to correct these thoughts. it’s a process. and if you don’t want to undergo that process then just keep your mouth shut because nobody needs to know which races you deem worthy of your attraction like you’re some god damn venus and everyone wants a piece your opinions on this matter are seriously unwarranted, unneeded, and unwanted and you’d be doing us all a favor by just shutting the hell up.