because i see characters as complex and the product of a situation

bts personality analysis: yoongi

yoongi is hard to analyse because his personality is so complex. he has a lot of sides that he shows the camera — the sleepy, the ‘swag’, the goofy. i think people misinterpret yoongi and see him as ‘lazy’ which is something that i cant even fathom thinking. we only see glimpses of this; when he is doing logs or vlives or at fanmeets — yoongi is the most passionate, kindest person i think ive ever seen. he has this desire so deep inside of him and in his mixtape, you could hear it. he has gone through so much to be where he is today and that makes him empathetic because he is aware of peoples struggles. yoongi is understanding. yoongi loves so deeply but doesn’t like to show it so he is perceived as cold. he cares so much about everything but he cant show it so he is perceived as careless. yoongi is irony. he is passion and desire and kindness wrapped all into one small body. please realise that yoongi cannot express his emotions as well as other members, so he puts his stories and thoughts into his songs.

yoongis personality is really layered, and i think that only a select few people that yoongi sees fit would be able to open him up and see all those layers. i feel like it would be hard to befriend yoongi because he seems to be selective in choosing who he likes and you have to be able to understand who he is and how he would react. but when you start to truly get to know him, yoongi is probably the most affectionate and clingy member in the group. he would be that boyfriend that acts like he doesnt want to be around you but really he would bring you in closer (literally in every analysis ive gone on a rant abt them i need TO STICK TO THE DAMN TOPIC AT  HAND). 

yoongi is very smart. he knows how emotions work and has developed a strong aura for himself which is very hard to do. although he is intelligent, he has a hard time with spontaneity. he needs to have a plan and needs to know everything that he is doing. in his vlive with hoseok, we could see the juxtaposition of their personalities: hoseok really just opened the face mask and put it on, but yoongi read the entire package front to back and followed the steps exactly as it was written. its a simple interaction but it is very telling about how yoongi reacts to situations. he is calculated without the cunning.

yoongi and jungkook are a relationship that is hard to define - i find that most jungkook related relationships are like this but ill get more into that in his analysis. both yoongi and jungkook have trouble expressing themselves so it wont be the most overtly affectionate relationship but i see them both having a lot of respect for one another and just a chill duo who just wanna have a relaxed time. yoongi and taehyung are a fun pair to analyse because they are so different; yoongi values realism and taehyung values optimism. they both see the world in juxtaposing ways and thats why i think that they would be a good pair since i believe that opposites do attract. yoongi and jimin are one of my favourite relationships in bangtan because jimin just wants to please yoongi and yoongi likes to be pleased so its just ?? so perfect??? i rlly dont have much more to say but i just love yoonmin. yoongi and hoseok are my #1 go-to relationship in bangtan. they are the most complex members and together they just fit together so perfectly, as if there personalities were made to be mended together. yoonseok!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i lvoe them. yoongi and namjoon are a genius pair. their combined creativity makes for a fierce track and i can only imagine the products that they have in the folders on their laptops. they both have such immense thoughts that together i feel like it would be too intense to sit in a room with them.  jin is most pliant when around yoongi, since yoongi’s character is pretty intense, i wouldn’t have thought that jin would be roommates with him; it just doesn’t seem like a good fit. but it really is kind of perfect. jin has the ability to adapt his personality and knows yoongi’s boundaries and that’s why i think he is the best person to be yoongi’s roommate.

min yoongi - infp/pisces. passionate, emotional, competent, perfectionist.

kim seokjin

Mixed Black African Girl (Cameroonian/French)

I’m a mixed black african girl who grew up and lived most of her life in Cameroon, in Central Africa. My dad is half-white (french) and half-black (cameroonian), and my mom is 100% cameroonian. There’s little to no black african characters in popular fiction, which has always bothered me, and it would be so nice to read about someone like me for once.

  • Culture and food

Cameroon is a country created during colonization, with borders defined by europeans. Because of that, Cameroon is actually made of 200 ethnic groups, each of them having their own language and culture. So the culture and daily habits vary a lot depending on which region of Cameroon you are in. In the big cities, though, everyone is mingled no matter where they’re from. However, so many different ethnic groups cohabiting together often causes tension. There are also a lot of stereotypes about every ethnic group.

I grew up in the central and coastal areas of the country, and I’m Bassa. The Bassa are one of the main ethnic groups in Cameroon. If your parents are from two different ethnic groups, it is decided that you officially belong to your father’s ethnic group. My mother is Bakoko but my father is Bassa, so I’m the latter. When I meet another Cameroonian, two of the first questions we usually ask each other are : What are you (meaning, what’s your ethnic group) ? and Where is you village ?

Villages are very important in the Cameroonian culture. Your village is where your father’s ancestors were born. Even if you’re not born there, you usually have grandparents or great-uncles or family friends living there, and if you have enough money to do so you must regularly visit your village. And usually, when people earn enough money, they send money to their village so that people living there can have a better life, build more houses and schools etc.

Cameroonian food is very diverse, and varies depending on the region. The national dish is Ndolé, a dish made with ndolé leaves, stewed nuts, and meat (fish, beef or shrimps). Other common foods are bobolo and miondo (food made out of fermented manioc), soya (spicy grilled meat on skewers), and plantain. My dad is half-french though, so at home we eat almost as much french food as cameroonian food (crème brûlée, shepherd’s pie, beef bourguignon, A LOT of bread and cheese).

  • Language

There are hundreds of different languages, but the official languages are French and English. Cameroon was colonized by France and England so Northern Cameroon mainly speaks english and central/southern Cameroon mainly speaks french. Most people also speak their ethnic group’s language. I don’t know how to speak Bassa, though, because neither do my parents. When me and my siblings were kids, our dad asked our baby-sitter to teach us, but she could only do so much and I only remember a few words.

  • Beauty Standards

Like most countries, there is a lot of colorism in Cameroon based on European beauty standards. When you’re a woman, the lighter you are, the prettier and more desirable you are considered. Dark skinned women are often mocked and considered not as pretty. A lot of people, mainly women but also men, use dangerous products to lighten their skin. Internalized racism and white beauty standards are very insidious, and a lot of people want to look like white people, including me when I was younger. As a kid I remember wishing i was a pretty blonde-haired blue-eyed white girl like the heroines of the books i was reading. Growing up I stopped wishing that, but I relaxed and straightened my hair a lot, wanting to have long straight hair without realizing that it was still an attempt to look like the ideal version of a white girl. I’m sure that if I had more black female characters to relate to when I was growing up, I wouldn’t have spend so many years hating myself without even realizing I was doing it.

Also, Cameroonians usually consider thick, curvy women to be the ideal beauty standard. But being thin is still an ideal broadcast by the media (especially that american and european media are heavily broadcast and consumed in Cameroon) so most women still diet a lot and go to the gym to lose weight.

  • Clothing

Women wear a lot of skirts and dresses, be it casual or for work. Most cameroonian schools have uniforms and mandatory hairstyles (either cornrows or short shaved hair).

Elderly people often wear more traditional clothes and outfits. The most prominent traditional item of clothing is the Kaba. The Kaba is a long dress made of wax fabric and other materials and is owned by pretty much every woman. The dress looks different depending on the situation : the Kaba you wear when you stay at home is usually very long and very loose, the Kaba you wear during official/formal events is more tight-fitting and stylized, etc.

  • Dating and Relationships

I’ve never dated anyone, but when I was in high school none of my friends ever told their parents they were seeing someone. Having your parents know about and meet the person you’re dating after only a few weeks or months is something that just doesn’t happen (unless someone gets pregnant). It’s when things get serious that you introduce them to your family. Also, a lot of parents would prefer their children to marry someone from the same ethnic group.

Homosexuality is still illegal there, and you can go to jail for being gay.

  • Home/Family life

My parents are still happily married, and I have 3 siblings. My parents are both close to their siblings, and I’m close to mine. Me and my siblings grew up with our cousins, we were always at each other’s houses. I pretty much consider most of my cousins as extra siblings. We have a very big extended family and every day I discover new distant cousins, aunts, great-uncles etc. My dad being half-french, when I was growing up we sometimes went to France during summer to visit his relatives living there.

In Cameroon, most people who have enough money to do so send their children to study abroad once they’ve graduated high school. I’m currently living in France for my studies, and most of my high school friends are also going to college in France, England, Canada, Brussels, South Africa etc.

  • Identity issues

Despite being only ¼ white, I’m very light-skinned. My siblings being much darker skinned, when I was a kid I thought I was adopted (i’m not, it’s just genetics). Cameroon being a black country, when someone is visibly mixed and light-skinned as i am, most people just label them “white”. A lot of people would refer to me as “the white” and it always really hurt me. My family wouldn’t understand why i was so angry and hurt, they’d say “they don’t mean anything by it, it’s just that you’re light” but the fact is it made me feel like i don’t belong. I’m cameroonian, i’ve lived in Cameroon almost my entire life, i’m black, and still some people see me as “other”, they see me as white. And so for a long time, I didn’t dare to call myself black, I’d say “I’m biracial” or “I’m mixed” instead because I somehow felt like a fraud. But I’m black and not white-passing at all, and I still experience racism abroad (but I’m aware I have a lot more privilege than dark skinned people).

  • Daily struggles

So I’m currently living in France. On one hand, sometimes white people are racist toward me, or just totally obnoxious and ignorant, trying to touch my natural hair and thinking that people in Cameroon don’t have computers or whatever. On the other hand, when I randomly meet other cameroonians and we start talking, they always assume that because i’m mixed i’ve lived my entire life in France and i don’t know anything about Cameroon. And there’s nothing wrong with being a child of immigrants and not knowing the country your parents or grandparents came from, but i know that if i wasn’t visibly mixed they wouldn’t question the fact that i know Cameroon and lived there my entire life.

  • Misconceptions

Because of how the media depict African countries, a lot of people think that everyone in Africa is extremely poor and starving, that we don’t have electricity and internet and that everyone lives in huts. Which is so false. We have rich people and poor people, we have huge modern cities and regular cities and small villages with huts, almost everyone has access to a tv and internet, etc.

  • Things I’d like to see less of

Cameroon and other african countries being depicted as poor unfortunate countries where everyone is starving and illiterate and waiting for the generous white people to save us. What we need is for people to see us as the humans we are, and to allow us to grow in peace.

  • Things I’d like to see more of

Black african characters being written as the complex human beings we are. Shy black african characters. Nerdy and hella smart black african characters. Mixed black african characters who struggle with their identity. LGBTQ black african characters.

  • Tropes/Stereotypes I’m tired of seeing.

The “savage”, “uncivilized” african. African characters who are aggressive, dumb and shout all the time. The poor africans in need of saving by white people.

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Creators Misunderstanding Their Fan Base: Undertale

I love Undertale, so do many others. However, I love Undertale because of the fan base. I have met so many kind and determined individuals that I wouldn’t have met otherwise if not for Undertale. Many of these people are artists, and it’s nice to see the same characters drawn in so many different styles. Even better is when there is a story written about Undertale, a what if this happened instead of this? Great examples of this are Dreamtale, by @jokublog (currently not theirs more about that later), Glitchverse, by @camilaart, and Xtale/Underverse, by Jackei/@xtaleunderverse. There are many more alternate stories/universes I would love to share but I really want to focus on these two right now. As you may or may not know, both these creators make animations/comics based off their story lines, and they are incredible. The amount of effort that goes into each and every frame of animation is jaw dropping to say the least. The story is also pretty great compared to most, especially Glitchtale’s constant subversion of every expectation and Underverse’s imaginative plot and character portrayal are no small feat either. It’s immediately clear that a lot of effort goes into their work to make it as great as possible and create their animations fairly quickly. However, I’m not here to simply sing their praises because the title isn’t “Amazing Undertale Universes You Have To See To Believe” no, this is “Creators Misunderstanding Their Fan Base: Undertale” 

 Recently a story came out about Joku threatening to use her fan base against another person who was just giving feedback on a shirt that they made. This led to them deleting their blog and now it’s being held by a nice individual so that Joku can have the name back if she wants. Joku makes sure people know that she is getting lots of hate over this misbehavior of hers. She’s making it seem like her fan base is full of haters that demand comics every week and don’t care about the person behind the project at all. Her “fans” led her to deleting her blog that she had used for a while now, over one small incident. That’s. Not. True. Joku’s fans are passionate, without a doubt, but they have huge amounts of respect for the amount of work that goes into this complex narrative that Joku is almost always working on. Joku, you’re fans are there, making fan art, liking your posts, and sending positive words your way, but you don’t care about that, do you? You just want to show everyone that you can overcome the haters by yourself, but you can’t, nobody can on their own. You say you ignore the haters, but dealing with what I’ve heard people say about you in silence, isn’t a great idea. If you open up more to your audience, show your real fans that you still care about them, I have no doubt that there will be a shift in the types of people who view your content. I along with many others didn’t hate you for what you did, was it a bit uncalled for? Yea, a little bit, but that one incident with someone WHO’S ALREADY FORGIVEN AND APOLOGIZED FOR MAKING IT PUBLIC, shouldn’t have led to you deleting your blog. The blog is being held for you, your choices are to reset back to zero and build your blog all over again, or quit and leave everyone.

 Jackei, the creator of Xtale and Underverse, is passionate about her work. Her amazing narrative and intense animations make it a joy to experience through and through, but she has her flaws as well. One day you’ll get a hilarious shitpost from Jackei about how she got braces, the next a comic about how she is having to stand against her fans barrage of negativity. I’m saying it right now that there is a difference in HATING and CRITICIZING and it’s easy to tell which is which. Hate usually is opinionated, relying on the same feeling from others to help boost their opinion into more of a fact. Fans that criticize a work however often point out actual problems with the product they were presented with. Maybe the animation was a bit low quality in some places, or maybe the dialog didn’t add anything to the situation, but whatever it is its a real problem that they just shed light on for you. Those fans care, unlike the haters you insist are your fans. Many people really love your intense devotion to your work, making comics often along with incredible animations that have breathtaking moments a plenty, but it sucks when someone you hugely respect talks down to you. You make it clear that whenever you get hate you try to deal with it in silence, and for the most part if you are a strong enough person that works out really well for you. Not only does it improve your image as a creator but it makes fans think much much more of you as a person. However, you show us that side of you way too much, and its clear you want to be that person you portray yourself as. You’ve gotten much better about showing us that you can withstand the hate sent your way, and your shitposts/memes are always a joy to behold, but why not show off the better side of your fan base, the people who really care about you and your work. It’d make a difference in how you view your fans. Just remember Jackei, haters shout loud because they want others to hear them, but when a fan comments, they don’t even expect an answer from anyone.

 Camila is an incredible artist as well, creating a 20 minute animation in less than 4 months is unreal. On top of that the animations feature a standard of quality not usually seen in animations made in the same amount of time. However, Camila is known to harp on people for asking when the latest episode is going to come out. Her response is usually a meme or her telling them to chill and just wait. Camila has the opposite issue that Jackei does, she will show all the asks about when the episode is coming out, making it seem like that’s all her fan base cares about. That and her talking down to her fans often, sometimes calling them stupid for not understanding a small detail in the animation. She’s who Jackei strives to be, impervious to all hate sent her way. To be honest, it’s not the best way to act towards your fans, sometimes people honestly just want to know because they are hyped for the next episode. Especially with the amount of information Camila will spoil about the episode, when in reality it’s mostly misdirection to make hers fans come to one conclusion before the episode even starts, just so she can subvert everyone’s expectations in the end. It’s incredible how many times I knew what would happen just because I followed Camila’s tumblr, @camilaart. Camila, I desperately wanted to donate $50 to you on patreon after you lost part of your house because I desired to talk to the biggest inspiration in my life at the time. To be honest I still want to, but I’m only 15 and I have no income for which to donate to either of you, sorry /;-;/. Camila, your awe inspiring, I just wish you would act more mature and be more loyal to people. After what happened to Jackei you threw her under the bus, reblogging what she said just to garner it more exposure. It’s shocking how many people you turn on after someone comes out with something bad about that person, like Jackei and Ultima almighty. You’re getting much better though about pointing out positive things, like animators and artists who have almost no exposure on youtube, is pretty amazing. It’d be amazing though, if you could use the positives to detract haters instead of memes. You’re a role model for some people whether you want to believe it or not, and sometimes people take anything that role models say as undeniable fact. Your on the right path, please don’t reset again. 

(Everything I said are just my thoughts on these two amazing animators, I just really want to get these out their so that maybe they will both see this post and reflect on themselves as creators. I plan to do more of these but I don’t what topics/people to do yet. And guys, don’t hate these artists just for me pointing out a few things wrong with them, that’s the complete opposite of what I’m trying to say. If you don’t like them, then just ignore them, it’s as simple as that. Thanks for reading this, it truly means a lot to me.) 

((OMG!!! THANK YOU GUYS I MADE A HUGE MISTAKE. I INTENDED TO MAKE IT 3 SECTIONS AND ACCIDENTALLY MADE TWO THE FIRST TIME COMBINING JACKEI AND JOKU I AM SO SORRY!!! THANK YOU FOR POINTING THIS OUT TO ME!))

Tumblr Needs To Chill: Let People Like Hamilton!

I’m so tired of seeing people being so rude to the Hamilton fandom. Especially when the Hamilton fandom are just minding their own business. For example, I’ll be scrolling and see a post sharing interesting or funny facts about the founding fathers. And there is always a guarantee that someone will hijack that post or send anon messages like, “The founding fathers were slave owners, so you’re a terrible human being for liking Hamilton or American History.” 

And you know what? I’ve had it. I have several responses to these accusations.

  • “The founding fathers were slave owners and you keep ignoring that.”

Let’s get the big one out of the way. Most of the founding fathers were slave owners. No one is denying or defending that. However, most of the fandom (and people who study American History) generally think ‘”That’s really disappointing to know… I wish things were different. America would have been a better place if these important figures were abolitionists.” But after that, they continue on to study more about the good and bad in history. That horrific part of history will always be there. And that will never change. BUT. BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT! Just because we don’t talk about it all the live long day does not mean we don’t acknowledge it. WE. KNOW.

However, there are so many amazing things the founding fathers did that can not be ignored. Like it or not, all of these people played an important part in creating a whole country basically from scratch. We don’t ignore the fact that they owned slaves, but we also don’t ignore the great things they’ve done to create a new nation either. Both are huge factors in our history. And we acknowledge both. 

We don’t see them as gods with no flaws. We see the founding fathers as they were. Real people, with real complex personalities and issues. They were right about a lot of things. And horribly wrong about others. They both did great and terrible things. Does the good justify the bad? Of course not! Everyone knows that! But just because people focus on the positive does not mean we diminish or ignore the negative! WE. KNOW. Okay, next!

“The musical glorifies slave owners!!! The show is racist and you’re racist if you like it!”

Did you watch the same musical as I did? Because in the show, Hamilton hated Jefferson because Jefferson owned slaves. They don’t ignore the issue or diminish it by pretending it never happened. Rather, they show that it was a thing and not every one supported it. However, they show the complex situations regarding slavery at the time. For example, it was mentioned in the beginning that Hamilton started career as a trading charter… which included ships with slaves from time to time. That’s messed up. What’s worse is that Hamilton was a poor 14 year old kid with no family and no way to support himself at the time. If he wasn’t given the job, he would have starved and died in the Caribbean. It would have been a horrifying job for an adult, but he was still a child. A child who seen the horrors of slavery with his own eyes. That’s terrible! But seeing those acts started his abolitionist worldview from an early age. They present in the opening song the complex childhood he had and you see how that influenced Hamilton when he fights against Jefferson later in life. And from the “Cabinet Battle 1″ song you can see that he is against slavery. Just because it’s not the main focus of the show, that doesn’t mean the issue is completely ignored. And if you want a more bold example, let’s talk about John Laurens.

*ahem*

JOHN LAURENS IN REAL LIFE AND IN THE SHOW WAS A WHITE GUY THAT PUBLICLY STOOD AGAINST SLAVERY. That’s one of the major focuses on his character! He has an entire verse in the second song the show about wanting to free slaves and mentions this goal multiple times within the show! And when he *spoilers* dies in the show, it’s treated as a huge tragedy because his dream of freeing the black troops died with him. It’s treated as a horrible tragedy.  And it was that event that caused Hamilton to kick start his political career because his best friend failed to accomplish that goal.  And after this event, Hamilton is way more vocal about the issue in the second act. He was NOT a slave owner and acted as a voice against the horrible common practice of his time. If the show did not have Laurens as a strong voice against slavery or if they had written him out of the show, then okay. I can kind of see the anger. But Laurens acts as a modern voice to those times. So stop treating every character as a racist when the show CLEARLY PLACES HISTORICAL CHARACTERS WHO WERE AGAINST SLAVERY IN THE FOREFRONT OF THE SHOW! 

And George Washington? If you watch any clip of the finale, when Eliza mentions how she fought against slavery, look at George. He hangs his head low and backs away ashamed. Because Washington could have done more. That’s. The. Point. The show never ignores the fact that slavery was an issue of their time. And they strongly say in the end that these people could have done more for those people! If the show really glorified slave owners they would have left out the complex aspects of Hamilton’s childhood from the show, completely taken out all mentions of slavery from the get go (or written Laurens out of the story), or deny that the founding fathers owned slaves within the show itself. But they acknowledge it and mention multiple times that slavery is a bad thing and the show presents itself in a sorrowful “we wish things were different” way.

Speaking of the show… apparently Hamilton the Musical as a whole is considered racist to some people. How? The show is the only one I can think of that stood for including many different kinds of ethnicities in one production. Seriously. I’ve never seen a show that is so inclusive of all actors from all ethnicities for the entire cast! Hamilton gave all kinds of actors a chance to be included. The show celebrates the creation of America by including a viewpoint of what America looks like today. How is that racist?

Is it because black people are playing slave owners? If that’s the case, then the point went completely over your head, my friend! Anyone could have played Jefferson. Anyone. So why isn’t Jefferson played by a white guy? Because, that is too common in modern media. There are soooo many movies about slavery that has the owner as a white guy, because yes, that’s what happened. Now, while this is historically accurate, there has been so many slavery stories in media that upon repeated viewings, the meaning of the message risks losing impact because today’s audience is so used to seeing the white guy owning the black guy. 

HOWEVER, when we see the black guy owning someone of the same ethnicity, it visually solidifies the anti-slavery message in a new and impactful way. The whole point is when you see a black man playing Jefferson, you’re supposed to feel a disconnect. Jefferson owned slaves. But we see him as a black man being a slave owner. We are supposed to feel uncomfortable because we see that they are the same. The same. As in, THE SAME HUMAN RACE. By showing how ridiculous it is for a black man to own someone from his own ethnicity, we are given a new strong visualization of why slavery shouldn’t have happened in a way that has never been done before in recent year.
In other words, IT’S VISUAL SYMBOLISM THAT SLAVERY IS WRONG BECAUSE WE ARE ALL HUMAN BEINGS! 

Also, how are people who like Hamilton racist? The Hamilton fandom has been so accepting of the diversity in the cast, it’s is mind blowing. I’ve seen people get angry because a black woman played Eponine in Les Mis. Or that a latino man portrayed The Phantom in an Andrew Lloyd Webber concert. But Hamilton? With every change to the cast, the fandom have been so supportive of diversity, regardless of who plays who. The show accepts anyone and everyone from every ethnicity and I fail to think of one other show that uses so much diversity. Hamilton has been accepted and celebrated by the majority of viewers because of this. And the fandom does wonders in showing broadway that diversity is something that should not be ignored, but celebrated.

“You’re advocating slavery by liking this show.”

That doesn’t make any sense. The actors don’t own slaves. Lin-Manuel Miranda doesn’t own slaves. There is no part in the show where someone tells someone that people should be slave owners. Most people who like Hamilton and American History do not fantasize about owning other people. Slavery is in the long distant past for most of the modern world! THANK GOD.

Again, most people who like American History or Hamilton are well aware of the good and the bad these people inhibited. They don’t deny the awful things these real people did, but they don’t ignore the good acts either. The founding fathers were real people. We don’t advocate everything they did. And we don’t treat them like perfect beings. The end.

“This actor supports an organization I don’t support, so they are evil and any show that uses them are evil too!”

I see this mindset all over Tumblr all the time. However, I’m starting to see it circulate within the same circles who keep harassing the Hamilton fandom.  So forgive me for the tangent, but this needs to be addressed as well.

Here’s a hypothetical situation. You have a friend. A close friend. One that has been with you through thick and think over many years. And you just find out that they support an organization that you don’t. Do you cut off that friendship because of that one fact? Most people wouldn’t, because that friendship is too important to them to risk losing.

This should apply to the things you like. When you like a show, movie, an actor, a writer, or anything- there is always going to be something about that thing that people or even yourself will not like. It is literally impossible to have someone who will have the exact same mindset as you. But everyone has a personal reason why they support or advocate something. It is not up to you to change that. Now, people’s opinions can change, and you can help shape other people… but most of the time, they will continue to live their own lives beyond your control. You can never really know someone inside and out. Don’t drop people just because you have a different viewpoint.

This applies to actors too. People are saying Lin is a horrible person because he donated to Autism Speaks. So was it a huge campaign? Did he ever say that Autism Speaks is the cure for Autism? Did he try to rally a bunch of people to donate to this organization? Actually no. He made one tweet talking about how he donated for a friend’s cause. And people fail to mention that this tweet was made over four years ago. That’s right. These people are using one tweet from OVER FOUR YEARS AGO as justification to harass an entire fandom. If you actually read the tweet, the post was more about supporting his friend than the organization itself. A lot of people donate to organizations for a friend’s need without really reading into the organization itself. You do realize that people can be unaware about these corporations, right? For crying out loud, my mom just learned the truth about PETA. And people are still acting like he’s a spokesman for Autism Speaks. Which obviously he’s not. He made one post from four years ago. Four years is a long time and people tend to change opinions in that span of time. Has he made another post about Autism Speaks? No. It’s just that one post, so it was most likely a one and done deal to support his friend.  That’s hardly something to hold an eternal grudge over. Especially since it happened OVER FOUR YEARS AGO and he hasn’t made another post about it since!

The other reason why people hate Lin is because he used the N word once and “didn’t apologize.” Yet what people don’t reveal is he was quoting David Diggs for the Hamiltome audiobook. He was quoting David Diggs, the black actor who played Jefferson. It was a direct quote and Lin read it word for word as directed for the audio book. That’s it. It’s not like he uses the N word as a derogatory term in daily life. It was a one and done deal for a direct quote in an audiobook. There’s a difference between saying something out of your own accord and quoting someone, especially for an audiobook. Yes the quote was censored in the book, but when you have an audio book, it’s hard to edit a quote without an audio or visual context. In situations like this, the reader has to go by what the director wants. It’s not their choice what’s written or what they should say instead. They just read what’s given to them. That’s the job!  If anything, y’all should have been mad that the director didn’t add a *beep* noise in the editing room. 

What annoys me about the whole thing is that it takes one person to post something with exaggerated or misinformed content. And with Tumblr’s already “walking on eggshells” and “one strike, you’re out” mentality, it is ridiculously easy to get people to blindly hate, when most of those people won’t even check to see if that information is true! Or if it’s in the right context. People in general need to do their own research before spreading exaggerated or falsified information. It literally took me two minutes to look all this up. Do your own research before jumping to conclusions.

Getting back on track. My main point is this. With very very few exceptions, people (living or dead) are not gods or devils and shouldn’t be treated as such. They are humans with their own complicated problems that result in their own individual opinions and thought processes. We are not ignorant of the negative just because we enjoy the positive. We know people are going to make mistakes.They have made mistakes! They are going to do things you will not like. This is a fact that will never change no matter what. However, you can still like the positive things they do or did! It is not a crime to enjoy the positives of someone. That doesn’t mean you’re ignoring the negative. Appreciating a famous person (past or present) does NOT mean you support everything they do. So please just leave people alone!

In conclusion, American History enthusiasts and Hamilton the Musical fans
DO NOT advocate everything that our founding fathers did. 

SO LET PEOPLE ENJOY RAPPING MUSICALS!

OKAY? 

OKAY.

twodemigodtraveleroflorien  asked:

Two questions! A) what would be good motives for a prince villain BESIDES tragic backstory B) Any advice for writing a redemption arc?

Wow, I’m in love with this ask. Antagonist motivations? REDEMPTION ARCS? Yes please!!

Okay, so the plan is, I’m going to address the first question first and the second one second. I think that seems reasonable. This might get a little lengthy, I can feel it in the wind, so we’ll see at what point we’ll probably need a Read More.

Question A: (Princely) Villain Motivations

1. Perhaps the most obvious is, well, power. I know a lot of people get pretty tired of the whole “powerful villain wants more power/land/control/riches.” But the fact is, it makes sense, particularly for an antagonist that was raised in power. Keep in mind the kind of childhood this Prince might have had, and all the things they might have been told since they were young. Since they were a child, and during their most formative years, they were likely told time and again how it is their duty as the heir and future leader to uphold the reputation, stature, and altogether power of the entire kingdom. That’s quite a lot of pressure to be under, and it’s hard to get out from under that idea.

Now I’m caught up in the psychology of this trope so here are some points that are somewhat related.

- The first thing they have to fear is looking bad. A Prince is a public figurehead, many are looking to him. That’s a lot of people to disappoint. And when your only counsel is potentially people who are leading you askew, it’s hard to avoid counting on the wrong advice while under pressure.

- These people they could potentially disappoint are both people they personally care about (family/friends) and people that they are responsible for (the citizens)

- Particularly if it’s family applying the pressure, then this care stands to lose everything they have ever known of they try to stand for what they actually think.

2. Noble Ends: Maybe this character kind of has some good ideas or intentions, but for whatever reason, the execution is less than the best- as in, noble ends but evil means. This can take a number of forms, but often you see noble-ends/evil-means characters doing things like putting other people in danger if it means saving one specific character, etc. For every character, this can be different. This particular character is interesting because they are in a position of political and military power, meaning that things are pretty high stakes within their personal lives, the interior of the kingdom, and in their entire country’s relationship with other entire countries. I’m sort of going of the assumption here that you have an idea of the kinds of things your villain does, just not why. 

One of the most often quoted phrases I see about antagonists is that “every villain is a hero in their own minds.” Really take that into consideration for this option in particular, but really it applies to any antagonist.

3. “The Puppet King” Approach: By this I am referring to the trope where a political or powerful figure is actually just being used or manipulated by others with ill intentions. This can be the result of many things, such as straight up blackmail, or the controlling people having leverage over them (like hostages) or, if you want to connect it back to the first idea, through emotional manipulations.

- Blackmail: The controllers have something against them that, if revealed, could be disastrous for the character.

- Leverage: The controllers have something the character desperately needs or wants and are holding it over their heads.

- Emotional Manipulation: Borderline Tragic Backstory, and relating to the first idea, but the controllers could be telling the character terrible things in order to get them to do terrible things- perhaps they told them that they are useless or worthless if they don’t do these things, and this character craves the validation, attention, interaction, etc that comes with pleasing these people. 

4. “They’re Not Evil, They’re Just Misguided”:  Maybe this character is completely misinformed about the situation. This could be an elaborate manipulation on someone else’s part, or really no single person’s intention, but the product of the environment in which this character lives. It sort of ties back to “Noble ends and evil means”, except with a lot more deception and miscommunication going on. Keep in mind, they still have to make the choice to do some terrible things, so it’s not like they didn’t have bad intentions ever.

There’s also a few things you should keep in mind when writing a character like this.

First… if some of these ideas make it look like I am giving the “villain” something to be pitied, or like they have qualities or intentions that one could actually understand, or even an actual (gasp) tragic backstory, it’s because I actually am. If you want to write a good villain, and I mean a really good villain, they have to be just as complex and psychologically believable as the hero. Not only that, but it helps readers keep in mind that no one is just born with a gun in their hand and murder in their hearts. That layer of real tragedy is sometimes needed to show people that hey, this person fell real hard, and that is not just their personal tragedy, but a tragedy of the very world we all live in.

That being said, I am going to jump into my second thing to keep in mind… This villain can have understandable intentions, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t gonna do villainous things. Make them do terrible, horrible, horrendous, awful, unforgivable things. After all, they aren’t really a “villain” if they don’t do entirely evil things sometimes. Yes, it kind of sucks that this person became this way, but now it’s a little too late. They are a threat that needs to be dealt with now, or they will only breed more tragedy. 

A villain’s “tragic backstory” only is meant to explain their actions, not to excuse them.

As for question two… I actually think I’m going to get back to you on that one. Redemption arcs deserve an entire post, because they are remarkably complex and I just can’t limit myself to only giving a handful of tips. I will be setting that post up probably later today, tomorrow at the latest.

Thanks for the questions, as always, and look for the redemption post on the horizon. 

~Penemue

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

[I didn’t want to make this too lengthy since it’s 1:00 am in the morning. I can’t be bothered to make a detailed analysis for Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo although I really wanted to express my admiration for it because I loved every bit of it.]

I have seen hype for this drama EVERYWHERE but as usual, I’ve never bothered to check it out. Now that I’ve started watching it (and already on the latest episode!), I can say that it’s such it’s exactly my type. How and why? I’ve never been much of a K-drama person, having W as the only drama I genuinely liked. I am extremely picky, if you haven’t noticed(cue the eye roll) Plus, this is a story between a weightlifter and a swimmer — that is not exactly appealing to me. But you see, the drama makes you feel so light-hearted but at the same time it doesn’t feel like the show slacks on the production and story just so it wouldn’t be too complex. It’s laidback without pushing it too much, so it shows you not just Kim Bok Joo and her budding relationship with Jung Joon Hyung, but also different depths of the characters that revolve in the story. As a matter of fact, it even shows you the side of the supposed rival, Si Ho, instead of making her look like a bad person without a reason just so the main couple’s relationship would stand out.
Each of the character’s personalities feel so realistic. The fact that they made characters like Jung Joon Hyung, struggling with PTSD, Song Si Ho, struggling with depression and eating disorders, and even the main character Kim Bok Joo sufferimg from the feeling of emptiness and hesitation may seem like a small thing to others but a very big thing to me. Although we belong in a completely different situation, them being athletes and me being the complete opposite, I experience the same problems, often feel like I have no idea what to do with my life, and have an eating disorder myself. Trying to overcome that is no easy job. Not only that, but it’s nice to see that real-life athletes get a representation of what they feel and how they may not seem as strong as they physically look. On the other hand, I also applaud Seon Ok and Nan Hee for being such strong women and for having great pride for their weightlifting skill. Although at times they may seem ashamed of it, they never gave up on it just because people told them weightlifting wasn’t for women. (I would also like to include how genuine their friendship felt like!)

All darker themes aside, as I’ve mentioned, it’s a drama you don’t have to think much about. The chemistry between Bok Joo and Joon Hyung, played by Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk respectively, will draw you in. It’s so natural and absolutely adorable. It’s cute and quirky without being too cheesy or pretentious. If you’d sum it up, their relationship is basically just these two college kids having casual banters, petty arguments, and crazy antics here and there with their friends and fellow college students. It’s like falling in love with your best friend, like the “I feel safe and carefree with you that’s why I like you” kind of way.

It’s definitely a recommend for everyone, especially for youths because I know you’ll be glad to have a show understand your struggles somehow, but at the same time make you stay up all night wriggling and screeching your butts off. It shows you both the beauty and the reality of youth. Can’t wait for episode 14!

It is 2016 ladies & gentlemen. There is absolutely no reason why our inclusion in mainstream television programming should STILL focus on these tired, lazy, DL characters and their associated “down low” experiences. It truly KILLS ME that producers are still seemingly perpetuating the idea that two black men can’t exist in an openly loving, monogamous, mentally & emotionally stable relationship. And if a black man does exist in a healthy union, his partner HAS to be of another ethnicity.

While I certainly am pleased to watch and support the Jamal Lyon’s, Tariq Muhammad’s & Milan Christopher’s of the world, I want to see them on screen in a way that reflects the reality of a changing, more accepting cultural landscape.

BLACK MEN DO EXIST IN ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER BLACK MEN who are out to their families, desire marriage, seek longterm partnership and are comfortable within their sexuality.

The large majority of us are NOT wasting our time chasing behind closeted rap stars & athletes who have not yet accepted their same sex attractions or feelings.

In my opinion, these “DL” storylines, though written & performed fairly well, do nothing at its core to lay bare the most visceral, romantic elements of male interaction. And because there are so few representations of gay, black men on screen, there is no time or space to waste on pure “entertainment”. We, as a community tend to accept and get excited about seeing these washed storylines because the only alternative in black, gay media comes in the form of start and stop web series’ made for YouTube or digital/print magazines that unfortunately never reach beyond a tiny segment of readers. I WANT TO SEE MY BROTHERS ON SCREEN accenting the sentiments of two men, living as partners, working to build a home together, establishing finances, raising a family and committed to loving one another, eternally.

It can be featured in the most basic form of two 22 year olds in their senior year of college: sharing their first apartment together, struggling to make ends meet, one working, the other unemployed, but both making sure the other eats daily and has his basic needs met. I’m not pitching fantasy situations here.

Networks and production companies need to STOP sensationalizing the “DL” man and his “struggle to be himself”. ITS TIRED. They do it specifically to throw black, gay men a bone (see… we included you) – all while echoing the perspective of the masses that suggests our interactions are abnormal or our carefree, sex filled, irresponsible, ungodly “lifestyles” are all the same. We are painted as being unworthy of traditional love.

It’s the antithesis of my reality and to those I most commonly meet, befriend and engage with across the country.

If God ever grants me the opportunity to create LGBT content beyond the Internet, it will be my priority to redefine the depictions of black gay male relationships – the connections we’ve established with ourselves, our families, our partners and the universe as a whole.

Xem VanAdams.
@xemsays.

Perceptive Functions

Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

Ne is about seeing all the possibilities, all the possible endings and directions of a situation. It synthesizes abstract ideas and easily understands connections between everything. People using Ne are able to connect up things, people, cases etc, that you would never imagine they would fit together. What is more, Ne takes one thing and it analyzes into many different things. Extroverted intuition is capable of entertaining multiple contradictory ideas simultaneously as it sees almost every side to every situation. It is predominantly a future-oriented function that examines all the possibilities of what could happen next. Those people are usually excitable (especially by the unknown or the totaly new) and highly creative. Ne people, can change the subject of a conversation so easily that you won’t even notice. They intrinsically enjoy debating ideas, exploring various interests and they view almost everything in life as challenging or fun. They also have vivid imaginations. They are constantly thinking about what to do or experience next, but have a difficult time sticking with just one idea or plan long-term. They get bored easily and they always need something different and new in order to keep up with.

Example: Someone gives to a Ne the word “Life”. Ne will act like: Life. Life is colour. Flowers have many colours so life is flowers. Flowers mean spring. My grandma loves spring. In spring I have my birthday. Spring is my friend’s Zoe (Zoe means Life in Greek) worst season. Birthday? Birthday is the best day in the world for each person. Did you know the world’s population is 6,5.000.000 +…. etc. That’s because Ne loves analyzing things in all possible ways and then connecting those things together.

Introverted Intuition (Ni):

Ni forms a framework of how the world works based on thorough, abstract analysis of past and current events. It aims to identify the “essence” of ideas, theories, people and situations in order to fit them into a larger schema. Introverted intuition is a forward thinking function that seeks to identify the optimal or most likely outcome of future events. People who lead with introverted intuition always try to find the most possible end in situations etc. They are usually intense people, focused and highly perceptive of inconsistencies that arise in their external environment. They enjoy riddles, puzzles and wordplay. When they end up in a conclusion, it’s really hard to make them change their minds because they think that what they guessed it’s the only right thing. They often experience “hunches” or “aha” moments that they may identify as epiphanies. They are excited by the unknown. They usually need time when forming an answer and often, they will return days after your last conversation in order to tell you something they thought or they learned during this period. While Ne is all about seeing all future possibilities (even the wrong ones), Ni is about seeing the one most sure/obvious possibility. Their intense foresight is a product of their future-oriented introverted intuition subtly pairing with their low extroverted sensing.

Example: A Ni is watching a complex movie with friends. One of the characters keeps saying that they feel alone, they don’t know or care about the future, they never smile etc. The Ni user will automatically conclude that this character will die or commit sucide eventually and they will probably be right. That’s because Ni knows to take in information from patterns, symbols, behaviour, unnoticed things etc and then to sum all those things up and find the final result.

Extroverted Sensing (Se):

Se is focused on taking in the world as it exists in the present moment. It is highly in tune with the sights, smells, sounds and general physical stimulus that surrounds it. Extroverted Sensing lives and thrives in the moment, more so than any other function. People who lead with Se are often naturally athletic, highly impulsive, observing and enjoy ever-changing stimuli. They place a high value on aesthetics and lust after the “finer things in life”. Extroverted sensors usually aren’t interested in over-analyzing a situation. They simply see what they want and they go for it. These types tend to exude a natural sense of confidence, as they are usually quite sure of who they are and what they want. If they want to say something, they say it. If they want to hear something in a noisy room, they will tell others to stop talking. They like doing sensory activities (or sports).

Example: When you try to read a book or do your homework or a project and you automatically turn your head and look at a butterfly out of the window, it’s your Se function noticing an external sound, figure etc and it wants you to stop doing what you’re doing and just keep looking at that butterfly. Se users would also want to go outside and touch the butterfly.

Introverted Sensing (Si):

Si is a detail-oriented, information storage function. It takes note of facts, events and occurrences exactly as they happen and categorizes them, somewhat like an internal filing system. This is a past-oriented function that dwells predominantly on what has been and it often gives way to nostalgia. People who lead with Si are organized and structured, as they believe in being prepared for any potential problem. They hold tradition in high esteem and believe that the tried and true method is always the best way of getting things done. Introverted sensors believe that the future will repeat the past, more so than any other type. They hate the unexpected and they always want to feel secure about anything. They hardly ever try new things or different methods of doing something because they see the good - old method as the best one. They also connect things that are happening now, with similar things that happend in the past. They are really good at remembering details such as names, numbers, dates, street names, adresses etc.

Example: A Si person looks at a red dress. The way they react will be like: Wow look at that dress. It reminds me of a longer, red dress my second cousin, Mary, was wearing four years ago in a school party next to that street at 8:30 PM, and she was so beautiful with that dress and I remember a tall, thin boy called Bob telling her… etc.

Decision - Making Functions

Introverted Feeling (Fi):

Fi is about deep analysis of personal emotional processes and morality. It seeks to break down emotions to their core and understand them as wholly as possible. It also develops a strong internal value system of right and wrong, which the Fi user employs to make decisions. Fi searches for the deeper meaning behind everything. Introverted feelers are highly aware of their own emotions, and when they put themselves in the shoes of others, they can often feel their pain or joy on a personal level. That means they cannot feel in the same way what others feel. They are sympathetic (understand the pain/joy), but not empathetic (feel the pain/joy of others). People who lead with Fi are compassionate, analytical and often highly concerned with moral issues. It is very common for them to be self-conscious because they find it hard to understand how others may react to something they do or say. They are usually highly creative or artistic, and may feel as though nobody else truly understands who they are deep down because their feelings are introverted, so they aren’t comfortable expressing how they feel outwardly. They express their passion through art, music, poetry etc. They have a rich inner world that they want to guard. They mainly advocate for staying true to yourself and do what makes you happy.

Example: In a survivor game, there is a Fi user that has to do something they don’t like/want to. Fi users would never do something they’d feel it’s wrong. Let’s suppose that someone tells them to kill an animal (a turtle, a fish etc). The Fi person will probably not do it because this is what their moral/ethic code of right-wrong tell them to do, even if that means they will not eat.

Extroverted Feeling (Fe):

Fe is highly concerned with maintaining social norms and keeping the peace. It is a decision-making function that strives to do what is best for the group and picks up naturally on the emotions of others. It is a mirroring function that may cause the user to have trouble deciphering and understanding their own feelings without the input of others. Extroverted feeling requires social interaction to stay fulfilled, more so than any other function. People who lead with Fe are highly reactive and sensitive to the feelings of others. They seek out social interaction relentlessly, as they feel the happiest and most alive when they are in the company of loved ones. They seek to maintain harmony and keep the peace at all costs – they cannot fully enjoy themselves unless the people around them are healthy, happy and comfortable. Although they do have personal moral standards, they usually try to create harmony and peace, even if that means sacrificing a part of their individuality. Warning! People who use Fe, will not feel healthy and happy, until everyone they care about is happy. If you see someone feeling sad by keeping harmony, it means they are not Fe. Maybe they are Fi. Fe is happy when everyone is happy. Fi wants everyone to be happy, but only if it is happy first.

Example: Five friends plan to go out for food and everyone wants to eat pizza except from a Fe user who wants Italian. The Fe user probably won’t tell what they really want to eat and they will agree with others on pizza, since they don’t want to ruin the atmosphere. This is what makes them happy, so they won’t feel sad for not eating pizza.

Extroverted Thinking (Te):

Te seeks to impose order on the external environment as efficiently and logically as possible. It’s about doing what you know and using your knowledge and information. It values productivity above all else and is a results-based, action-oriented function. Te wants to see results, it doesn’t care about the process or the system behind it. It naturally implements concrete plans for accomplishing goals and is quick to make decisions. People who lead with extroverted thinking are frank, decisive, calm, ambitious and highly productive in every capacity. They are natural leaders, goal-oriented in the workplace as they are quick to take charge and give orders. Extroverted thinkers may come across as bossy, hard, or opinionated to those who lack the function, but in reality they are simply pointing out what they believe to be the most efficient course of action for everyone involved. Te will ask “how the system works and what else can be done?” while Ti will ask “why the system works that way and what else is happening behind it?”. Te will not learn something they think it’s not useful or something that will not help them achieve.

Example: Te is given a program about a project that must be done. The schedule is like: First, we need to do x. After, we should tell y to do z so after these and these courses of action, the result should be like this. Te will probably not care about the process. They will overlook it and they will keep in mind just the result of the project. They will work the way they want in order to logically achieve their final goal, without showing importance on the process and the schedule.

Introverted Thinking (Ti):

Ti is an information-gathering function that seeks to form a framework for how and why the world works on a concrete, tangible level. It is adept at understanding systems and naturally notices inconsistencies within them. Ti seeks a thorough understanding of how things work as a whole. It wants to deconstruct things to look at the individual parts and see how things function together. Ti will also ask why, when etc. It cares about the process of things and not so much about the result. They cannot be satisfied with just a small answer or just what the goal is. They want to know everything about the process, about the idea behind it. They are logical, systematic and objective to a fault. Introverted thinkers will learn something for knowledge’s sake. It doesn’t matter if they will never use the information. They just want to know. Even if it’s useless. They ask a lot of questions about everything they think it’s questionable. They enjoy finding “short-cuts” that increase efficiency within a given system. Ti users are often heavily introverted, as they take a great deal of time to understand how things work before they feel comfortable sharing or acting on their knowledge. They prefer not talking about what they have in mind and they hate it when others think out loud.

Example: Ti is given a mathematical exercise which goes like: A=E. Ti will be annoyed by the exercise and the person that created it. That’s because Ti wants to see all the process. It doesn’t care that A equals E. They want to know the whole action. So they correct the exercise and they make it look like: A=B, B=C, C=D, D=E, so A=E.

Hope this helps ☺

Other people and Cartoon Network themselves don’t seem to understand WHY people hate Teen Titans Go

If you bring up TTG and your dislike of it, you’re either greeted with people who agree with you, or people who say ‘You’re living in the past’ or ‘It’s a KIDS show get over it’ or ‘This is different, it’s not meant to be taken seriously’

This is what people and Cartoon Network themselves fail to understand: We get that and pretty much fully accept this is not OUR Teen TItans

It’s not that we’re opposed to the idea of a comedic reboot of something we love at all, I mean it’s worked amazingly in the past! Sonic is really benefiting from it with the new cartoon series, and even something as serious as BATMAN turned into Batman Brave and the Bold, and a lot of people love that series!!

So it’s not the fact that they turned Teen Titans into a comedy: It’s the fact that they did it wrong on so many levels, and the fact that the show runners and the network itself act like literal children when it comes to criticism.

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anonymous asked:

Hi! What do you think of Cordelia's character? I've seen some people criticize her because she stubbornly refused to praise her father when that would have made this old man happy.

It’s difficult to come up with a full, convincing analysis of Cordelia because, although she’s crucial to the play, she’s not in it very much. But what she says when she’s on stage is worth analysing.

I definitely don’t think of Cordelia as the two-dimensional model of innocent, saintly virtue, as she was popularly portrayed from Restoration to early 20th century. Her penchant for attempting to quantify love is rather disturbing, for instance: ‘Haply when I shall shall wed, / That lord whose hand must take my plight shall carry / Half my love with him, half my care and duty’ (1.1.100-102). I mean, who thinks of what fraction of their love belongs to whom? In stark contrast here’s the way Juliet expresses herself: ‘My bounty is as boundless as the sea, / My love as deep; the more I give to thee, / The more I have, for both are infinite’ (Romeo and Juliet 2.2.132-35). Since Shakespeare depicts someone for whom love is infinity, his choice to make Cordelia quantify her love has got to be deliberate. Evidently, she’s quite a literalist, strong-willed, and practical girl who has a strong mind of her own; otherwise she wouldn’t come out with lines like ‘I want that glib and oily art / To speak and purpose not’ (1.1.226-27), which, though true, does sound distinctly bitter. Cordelia’s honesty is remarkable, but she’s also a product of Lear’s kingdom and the general trend of quantifying everything (it’s remarkable how many instances of numbers and counting there are in this play once you notice it). She’s not an evil character, but even in her small number of lines, she is painted in quite a complex way.

Stubborn is quite a good description of Cordelia, since she lacks flexibility, and is prepared to leave her ageing father with her sisters, knowing their faults full well: ‘I know you what you are’ (1.1.263). Still, it’s difficult to blame her for not engaging in a white lie that would still be a form of flattery, hard to distinguish from the lies of Goneril and Regan even if more kind in intention.

The real problem isn’t so much that she refuses to play along to her father’s wishes, it’s that her father’s wishes are also the wishes of her king. The love test at the beginning of Lear isn’t just a question of making her father happy. Cordelia’s refusal to speak could be taken as unreasonable, but Lear has made the whole thing a political act, a way of buying power from him. So Cordelia’s refusal to bow to her father’s wishes is a protest against the form in which that love is requested, it’s more political than it is personal, and as the play goes to show, it reveals some of the deep-seated problems at the heart of Lear’s kingdom. The events of the play are triggered by what happens during the love test, but Cordelia isn’t the cause of all of the problems, and making the old man happy would only have been covering over a gaping wound with a small bandage, refusing to acknowledge the problem that’s there.

Now, the remarkable thing about Cordelia is that she consistently treats Lear as a king rather than as her father. She always addresses him as ‘my lord’, ‘your majesty’, ‘sir’, ‘your highness’ (she does call him ‘my dear father’ [4.7.26] and uses the affectionate form ‘thou’, but only when he’s asleep, never in his hearing), even after their reunion and Lear’s insistence that he’s just a ‘foolish, fond old man’ (4.7.60). This is odd, especially considering that she’s a queen herself and not really a subject of Lear’s anymore. Cordelia is the one who’s most keen on getting her father back his kingdom, even when he’s transcended such things. She calls England ‘your own kingdom’, to which Lear replies ‘do not abuse me’ (4.7.76-77), and she leads the battle against the British forces (which, by the way, constitutes an invasion) when Lear shows no interest in getting back his kingdom. His speech as they’re led away to prison makes it clear that, by this point, all Lear wants is to be alone with Cordelia: ‘we two alone will sing like birds i’the cage’ (5.3.9). Cordelia, on the other hand, still sees her actions in relation to Lear as king: ‘For thee, oppressed King, I am cast down’ (5.3.5).

This treatment of Lear as a king does explain, to some extent, the reason why Cordelia’s more interested in speaking honestly than making Lear personally happy. There’s always the dichotomy between being a subject of the King and being a family member, and Cordelia places her duty and love to Lear as a subject of the king foremost. This would suggest that, like all of Lear’s more loyal subjects, she disagrees with his renunciation of power itself. I don’t say that Cordelia doesn’t love her father, since her actions prove that she does, but the strain in the relationship is caused by the difficulty of having an additional political dimension in a relationship, and a father who mixes the personal with the political without noticing that he’s doing so.

My thoughts on Cordelia’s character, as you can see, are far from simple. But then, this isn’t a simple play. I think the important thing is to take account of the full complexity of the play when dealing with character analysis and to give breathing space to a character’s ambiguities and inconsistencies as well as their situations. Since Cordelia is not just a daughter but a royal subject, she needs to be treated that way too.

inter-galactic-planet-ary  asked:

When I was thinking about ADWD I noticed I always got Pia and Penny confused, which made me wonder- Do you think they have similar roles re: Jaime and Tyrion character arcs?

let me proceed this with a caveat: pia is a much less significant character at the moment than penny.  i say that not because i don’t think she’s a valuable character or an interesting one (i think both of these things in fact) but because pia appears in drips and drabs across several characters storylines but not once has an extended conversation with the main characters, while penny is a major fixture in tyrion’s arc in a dance with dragons.  that means we have to take into account magnitude when looking at similarities and differences.

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Back On Top: Costuming Patti Lupone in “War Paint”, Part I

My post about Roman Holiday earlier this week should give you some idea of the admiration I hold for Catherine Zuber as a costumer and as a designer. This season, she was nominated for a Tony in one of my favorite productions of the year, War Paint. This is a classically structured musical that uses jazzy numbers to tell the story of Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, the two fierce rivals who basically invented the modern cosmetics industry. Costuming each of these women required a unique take, and  as such I’m going to devote two posts to the main characters in the musical, one apiece.

The first up (sure to please fellow Patti Lupone fans like @sadgirlz4patti ) is the indomitable Helena Rubinstein, who built an international cosmetics empire in the first half of the 20th century, battling anti-immigrant and anti-semitic sentiment, let alone sexism, to find her slice of American success. For a spitfire personality like her, there was only one choice the casting director could make: the divine Patti Lupone. But costuming one of Broadway’s most famous (or even infamous!) divas is a major challenge, not only because Ms Lupone has (well-deserved) high standards, but because she has a petite figure that demands special consideration by the costumer selected for the production.

Catherine Zuber was clearly inspired by the era during which Madame Rubinstein was most active and in which the musical is set: the 1920s through 1950s or so. As such, there are a number of wardrobe changes, and we can see the evolution of fashion in them. Because this is not a general fashion blog, I’m going to present these images and analyses thematically rather than chronologically; this is about the skill and artistry of Ms Zuber, not necessarily a history of the fashion industry.

The first costume I want to look at is one that has already become an iconic representation of the Rubinstein part in this musical, her purple outfit with matching hat:

The first word that comes to mind when I see this costume is “dramatic,” and with good reason. When dealing with a personality as big as Madame Rubinstein, the costumes have to match–but at the same time, they need to make sense with the actress and the part being played. Here, we see Ms Zuber using a variety of fabrics in order to make a maximum impact, and doing something we didn’t see a lot of in my other reviews: accessorizing! Yes, when dealing with costumery, a lot of attention has to be paid to the accessories, and we’ll look at those shirtly.

This outfit is a kind of skirtsuit when looked at from a distance, designed to look formal but businesslike, and still intended to leave an impression. For that reason, Ms Zuber has used three varied shades of bright purples: one for the body of the jacket, one for the satin blouse underneath, and a third shade for the hat which is close to that of the jacket, but different enough to allow it to be worn with a different colored outfit. The jacket is the most prominent piece of the ensemble, and is designed to stick out. Have a look at this other Playbill with some greater detail:

The jacket has some gold braiding and filigree work, which is a distinction we can draw from Linda Cho’s work in Anastasia. The braiding work is heavier, thicker, and designed to look visually impressive, putting one in mind of curtain ties and grand cords at some luxury hotel, holding back heavy drapery. While elegant in styling, they add some heft to the jacket and allow it to lay flat on Ms Lupone, especially given the jacket appears to be constructed from a rather light fabric; this is not unusual for pieces that are designed to be worn as part of a layered costume, since a heavier fabric would run the risk of the wearer overheating under stage lighting–not a good situation for any performance!

The jacket is unusual to the modern eye, as we can see from the first still: it’s meant to go below the knee, almost in a robe-like fashion. This is not unexpected with Madame Rubinstein’s character; a native of Eastern Europe, she would have preferred something that flowed even once she was an Australian and later American success. But the decoration doesn’t continue below the bust, unlike in some other costumes I’ve reviewed. Is that a feature or a bug?

To my mind, it’s a feature. Ms Zuber wants attention to be directed upwards on Ms Lupone’s body–as I mentioned earlier, she is quite petite, which means that you do not want people to be looking up and down the entire time (especially, as I’ll explain in a future post, when she is next to Christine Ebersole, her co-star for the production). By only accenting the top of the jacket, Ms Zuber keeps the audience’s attention where it belongs: near the actress’ face, while still giving off a wealthy, flashy feeling through the accents. This is furthered by the satin blouse and skirt underneath, which are a simple cut designed to allow the jacket to be the defining article of clothing in this scene.

As promised, however, we have to also look at the accessories. I’ll start at the top, because the hats that Ms Zuber produced are truly par excellence. Millinery (the formal term for hat-making) is a notoriously tricky art, all the more so in a theatre setting. Costumes have to be designed to take some abuse given the number of changes that are gone through in the course of an average show. Hats often suffer the most, so they need to be made to be durable. 

This one is relatively simple, as compared to the one I did a mini-review of earlier. It’s a simple velvet semi-conical cap designed to give Ms Lupone a bit more height on the stage, as well as match the outfit, and looks like something you absolutely could have scene on a fashionista of the Second World War era (as I’ve noted before, I could see this also being in my grandmother’s closet around that time, were she in a position to buy something this fine). The decoration of the hat is simple and understated: a simple gold fanned badge which matches the roping and accenting on the jacket, as well as the brooch on the right shoulder. It’s understated, but I think that it works here. When you costume a presence like Patti Lupone, you need to be cognizant that your costume can’t outshine the star. And here, Ms Zuber has succeeded.

Other outfits worn by the Madame Rubinstein character throughout the musical also display some of Ms Zuber’s eye for color and design. Here is one that is relatively simply colored, but complex in terms of texture and fabric:

Blue and white is a classic combination, and the choice to use an extremely light, almost gray blue to offset the white here is an interesting one. I’m not entirely sold (for once!) that it was the right way to go, but I can see why Ms Zuber made that decision. It blends with the background and scenery in the scene where this costume is featured, so it’s defensible, but I tend to prefer costumes where the accents are just a bit more pronounced. I do see that the under-layer of the dress is also a pale blue, but in this case I think a stronger accent color might have been a better contrast.

The body of the dress, however, is absolutely gorgeous. I’m not entirely sure on the fabric here, but it’s wonderfully light and sheer, with a lacy pattern throughout that puts one in mind, perhaps, of a spider’s web–in a good way. After all, this is a musical about figures who voraciously consumed their competition and built something remarkable. The weblike pattern on the gown itself is done with a delicate touch, which gives it the appearance of expense and quality without being overdone. What I really like is that, from a distance, the detail work would not be instantly apparent; instead, it would appear to help the dress float in air as Ms Lupone moves around, either on the settee or as she entered or exited the scene.

Given how long this post is, I’m going to close it here with some general commentary on the costumes worn by the Helena Rubinstein character, and I’ll do a separate post on the jewelry and the Blue Outfit I teased the other day; I think it’s better to break it up a little bit and give everyone a reason to keep reading!

Overall, costuming a star like Patti Lupone is not an easy task, but Ms Zuber’s choices are almost all perfect from my perspective. She has a happy talent for color matching and mixing as well as a masterful knowledge of color and an ability to balance the figure and stature of the star with her designs. Overall, I have to say that the Tony nomination was extraordinarily well-deserved, and I think that in another year, Ms Zuber would have added another award to her trophy case.

Next up for the blog: Ms Lupone’s jewelry and accessories, including a look at the Blue Hat and outfit in more depth than I was able to give them in my comment earlier in the week.

Watch this space!

“I want to continue watching the 100 to support the cast and crew. I don’t want them to be out of the job.”

I thought this would be a good place to start my first blog post. Is it called a blog here on tumblr? Still new here so bare with me.

Are you supporting the cast and crew by watching the show? Yes. Absolutely. But… read below.

The sentiment is great and the cast and crew DO work extremely hard. You’d be surprised at how much heart is put into every second on screen. Filming is over on the loo, so you are supporting the POSSIBILITY of the crew working on another season and “feeding their families” does not depend on this show alone. In reality, the cast and crew will be fine even if the show is cancelled. Here is why.

We are all essentially independent contractors; from the PA’s to the show runner. Once a show is “over” (whether it be in hiatus or cancelled), the future of our employment with that particular show is never guaranteed. Even if you’re part of a union, that never guarantees employment, it only guarantees that the production you work for will adhere to certain rules and regulations and your pay will not be below a certain amount. That is it. The rest will always depend on the person’s work ethic, networking abilities, and pure luck of the draw. Basically, once the show (or your contract) is done, you’re out of the job.

Does working on a show help raise your chances of working on it again the next season? Absolutely! And more than likely they’ll call you back and try to solidify a contract with you before another show grabs you (sounds familiar?). ADC’s situation isn’t privy to actors alone, this also applies to crew members. The only difference is crew can be replaced more easily than actors and productions aren’t necessarily “grabbing” for you to get back on board, it’s more along the lines of seeing if you’re available for the schedule they’ve produced. If not, on to the next *insert crew position here* on the list!

Even if a show is successful and goes on for multiple seasons, it doesn’t mean you’ll be working on it every season. Unless you screw up majorly or you acquired another gig, you will most likely be called back to work on the show again. Even so, not everyone is called back and depending on the needs of the show/production, they can change up the crew for whatever creative purpose is needed. For instance, the loo brought in a new costume designer for season 3, and because they are a key personnel in their department, they have the ability to bring in their own team members. Guess what happens then? Not only is the old costume designer out of the job, but possibly everyone below them in that department. So even though a show has been renewed for another season, it will never guarantee that the same crew members will be on board. 

Even during the production, the crew may not stay the same from the beginning to the end, although this mostly applies for “below the line” crew. A production frowns upon having someone just for a certain amount of time, but it does happen. Especially if a production really wants you back for whatever reason, they’ll figure out a way to have the rest of your unavailable dates covered (I will say that this is rare. Why hire someone who won’t be there for the entirety of the production when there are 100 qualified people that are available and will be there for the entirety?).

Bottom line: Our employment is never a guarantee. Contracts can always be bought out. Crews can revolve from season to season, sometimes DURING the season, and we are constantly looking for the next gig after the production is done.

Yes, everyone on the show will lose their employment if the show is cancelled, but we are never dependent on one show alone. That is not how you survive in the business and YOU WILL NOT SURVIVE if you’ve adopted that mentality. I’ve worked on several shows that have brought me back onto the next season, and many more which didn’t bring me back. So I constantly have to be looking and networking (and working my behind off during a production), so that I can survive in this business. The decision on whether I come back to a show usually lies with my availability (Ok… and pay. Pay helps a lot with the decision making). So if the loo is cancelled, more than likely the cast and crew already have a gig lined up to compensate. 

Now, in regards to the LGBT fans deserve better movement: I joined the industry BECAUSE of this damaging trope, and I can’t believe that this movement has finally begun, and why IT MUST CONTINUE!! I loved the loo. It wouldn’t have hurt this much if Lexa wasn’t the amazing and complex character (who was brought to life by the many departments on set and the amazing ADC and her partner in crime, Eliza) that she was. The loo became my most favorite show to the absolute worst. I was 100% sure that they would never succumb to the bury your gays trope by the way they handled Clexa’s storyline. I was dupped like the rest of you. 

And this is why the movement is beyond this show and storyline. We shouldn’t have to continue watching a show because there is bisexual (bad) representation on it. We should be able to move to another show and root for another lesbian character. But we can’t. And I’ve looked. And there is no one out there like Lexa, which is the type of character I want to see. So if you can hold on to that idea, the fact that we are fighting to make sure that there are 100 Lexa’s and 100 Clarke’s on screen. To the point where if one of them dies, it won’t matter because there will be more characters to pine over. Personally, that fight is more important than the temporary relief we get from watching a show that has already hurt the community with it’s action.

This post isn’t meant to shame those who still chooses to watch it. We all have our different fights and wants. I respect all of it. This is for those who have guilted themselves into watching a show and felt like it is their responsibility to keep the cast and crew fed. It’s not your responsibility. It never was.


PS. I’m a horrible writer, so there is a strong possibility that I didn’t communicate myself effectively above. Feel free to hit me up with anything that was unclear or any other questions you may have about the business. I will do what I can to clarify.

The Moonlight Witch’s Top 10 anime of 2016: Part Three

3. Yuri!!! on Ice

Yuri on Ice was one of the anime I was most strongly anticipating prior to the fall season. This show is the pet project of Sayo Yamamoto, one of the most talented directors working in anime at the moment and whose previous work I have greatly enjoyed. Typically Yamamoto’s work is more adult-orientated and artistic in nature than most anime so while I was expecting to enjoy Yuri on ice I wasn’t really expecting it to be a success outside of niche communities. Surprisingly the anime community proved me wrong with Yuri on Ice becoming one of the top sellers of the year and arguably the year’s most loved show. And I’m glad for that because it’s hard to think of a show that deserved it more.

The strongest theme Yuri on Ice has is love. And it’s easy to see that that theme of love came directly from its creators. Love permeates every aspect of this production and if I was awarding prizes based purely on how much passion creators poured into their work Yuri on ice would undeniably take the top spot. Everything about this show is so lovingly crafted, the characters, the artwork and the thought poured into their storylines. There was so much love given to this work and so much effort as well. Even as the show’s production began to crumble the animators kept stubbornly animating ice skating scenes which are extremely difficult for animators to create, speaking to the level of caring and effort put into this production.

Nowhere is that love clearer than with Yuri on Ice’s characters. If I was to write a list featuring my favourite casts of the year this show would most definitely feature prominently. The shows protagonist Yuuri Katsuki particularly impressed me: insecure everyman protagonists are quite common but I don’t think I’ve ever met one as well written or relatable as this. Yuuri’s anxiety issues, in particular, are handled with surprising realism and grace, but they also aren’t the sole total of his character. Viktor Nikiforov also surprised me, initially coming across as a little one-dimensional until episode 10 expanded my understanding of him remarkably. And then, of course, there’s the angry kitten Yuri Plisetsky who undoubtedly won character of the year in my heart. But it’s not just the main trio that made this cast so notable: the show does an excellent job of endearing us to all the characters that appear and giving them their own personalities and motivations, to the point where I and many viewers were deeply conflicted over who to root for during the final competition!

And then, of course, there’s one of the most remarkable things about this show, the thing that undoubtedly attracted the most speculation and attention and one of the things that makes this show truly special: a canonically gay couple as one of the primary focuses in a mainstream genre show. Teasing same-sex couples in anime is nothing new of course but for a show to go and make such a couple undeniably canon is incredibly rare. And Yuri on Ice isn’t a niche show at all: it’s one of the most popular anime of the year and a show that gained attention even outside of the anime community. A show where two men are unambiguously in a relationship, in a world where homophobia canonically does not exist was one of the most popular and well-made shows of the year. It’s easy to see why this is so remarkable and how much it means to so many people.

There’s a lot I could write about Yuri on Ice, and honestly, some of that would be negative. A lot of this show could have been improved on, from animation to plot progression but really to me, it didn’t matter. There are very few things that have made me as emotional watching them as Yuri on Ice, to the point that I honestly don’t want to tear it apart or even mildly critique it. I loved this show. So many people loved this show. And it’s so easy to see why.

2. Natsume Yuujinchou Go

Natsume Yuujinchou Go was another show whose airing I was highly anticipating. In fact, it speaks greatly of the quality of the number one show on this list that this show did not take the top spot. Natsume Yuujinchou is a franchise that kind of swept me off my feet. While I’m not picky about shows I watch, gentle slice-of-life things don’t generally feature heavily in my favourite shows lists. Fortunately however Natsume is so much more than that.

Natsume Yuujinchou is first and foremost an intimate character drama. It may not look it at first and it may not be as obvious or dramatic a character-driven show as most others but the slow gentle character development Natsume Takashi goes through over the course of the show is at the heart of the series. Natsume Yuujinchou doesn’t have melodramatic speeches or moments to make this obvious but when you look at our main character over the course of the show it’s remarkable how much he has grown, changing from someone perpetually lonely to being surrounded by people he cares for.

Natsume starts the show incredibly isolated and alienated from both the worlds he finds himself in. As a human who can see Yokai, he finds himself constantly alone seeing things that no one else can see and often being called a liar or strange because of it. But as a human, he can never truly fit in the world of Yokai either. Slowly over the course of the series Natsume finds people he can confide in, people who don’t understand him but love him anyway and even develops close relationships with many Yokai. As this goes on Natsume evolves from someone lonely and closed off to someone who can share his life with others.

By the current, fifth season Natsume’s world has evolved drastically. By this stage, Natsume has been thoroughly drawn into the unusual world of exorcists, but despite the fact that in many ways these are people who see the world as he does Natsume finds he does not truly fit here either. Many of the exorcists Natsume encounters are incredibly bitter about how their experiences with yokai have isolated them from human society, but despite his troubles Natsume lacks that same bitterness. He has a strong sense of empathy for both humans and yokai and is uncomfortable with the hardline and sometimes cruel approach that exorcists often take with them. More than that Natsume is beginning to discover that the world of exorcism has some very strict rules and they don’t always gel with his own encounters with the world of Yokai.

But even as the tension filled situation between Natsume and the exorcists develops Natsume Yuujinchou never loses sight of its roots. This is a show fuelled by small moments and intimate interactions between people - not plot. One of the best episodes in Natsume Go takes us right back to the beginning, telling us the story of how Natsume came to live in his foster parents household through the perspective of his foster mother Fujiwara Touko. It’s a heartwrenching episode contrasting the person Natsume has become against the lonely neglected child he once was and reminding us how remarkable it is that Natsume has developed to become the kind, empathic person he is today. And it’s incredibly touching to see Natsume from the perspective of someone who is blind to the world of Yokai, seeing only the occasional oddness in his behaviour - but who loves him unconditionally even if they don’t fully understand him. It is in small moments like this that Natsume Yuujinchou truly shines.

Natsume Yuujinchou is an excellent series and one I would recommend everyone try at some point. I’m delighted to see this manga return to animation after a gap of more than four years and ecstatic to hear that it has been renewed for a sixth season. Try Natsume Yuujinchou out. Even if it doesn’t sound like your cup of tea it might end up surprising you.

1. Mob Psycho 100

And here it is, the final, and top show on the list, and I honestly could not think of a show more deserving than this one to award the top spot. Mob Psycho 100 was one of the most highly anticipated anime of the year, both by me and by the anime community at large. It drew attention largely for being animated by studio BONES who are well known for their incredible productions and for being written by ONE the mangaka behind the incredibly popular One Punch Man. I enjoyed One Punch Man quite a bit. It was a fun and well-made series and it ended the year as No. 6 on my 2015 top shows list. Therefore is says quite a lot about Mob Psycho 100 that for me it blew One Punch Man out of the water.

Mob Psycho 100 is a triumph of a show. Everything in it is top tier, animation, art direction, storytelling, it’s hard to think of a single thing this show could have done better. The animation for Mob Psycho is not simply just “good” - it’s done with top tier skill and artistry. Mob Psycho 100 is blessed with not one, but two of the most talented visual artists in the medium: Yuzuru Tachikawa who in addition to Mob Psycho directed my last years No. 3 show Death Parade and Yoshimichi Kameda one of the best current animators who among other things has worked on Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and Evangelion 3.0. The talent shows. Mob Psycho 100 is not simply just well animated - it’s beautifully stylish faithfully depicting the original manga’s aesthetic, while updating it with beautiful artwork, to deliver a visual smorgasbord of talent.

However, all the beautiful animation in the world can’t save a show that is otherwise mediocre - fortunately, Mob Psycho 100 has so much more to offer than just animation. Its characters are some of the best written and most fully realised in anime. Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama is an incredibly sympathetic and appealing protagonist, but more than that he’s also a wonderfully deep character - a complex mix of many different traits from painful obliviousness to startling awareness and teenage awkwardness to repressed stoicism. It was wonderful to watch him struggle and grow as a person.

And the characters surrounding him are appealing as well. His “mentor” and endearing disaster of a human being Reigen Arataka has grown to be an immensely popular character for obvious reasons, none of the least of which is his surprisingly touching relationship with Mob. In addition, the relationship Mob has with his younger brother Ritsu proves to be surprisingly complex and kicks off most of the drama in the second half of the show. The side characters are appealing as well - the show ends by revisiting most of the minor characters that appeared throughout its run and I was surprised by how delighted I was to see most of them again. I’d particularly like to note Tome for making quite an impression on me despite not getting much screen time.

Mob Psycho’s themes are no less compelling. The story grapples with so many different thoughts and ideas, dealing with the mental health issues of a protagonist who has repressed his emotions with surprising realism, the complex mix of love and bitterness that can arise in relationships between siblings and the true nature of power and whether power actually matters. Probably the strongest theme in Mob Psycho 100 is the idea that having supernatural powers doesn’t make you special - or at least no more special than someone who has some other talent like intelligence or charisma. And it comes down strongly on the idea that perhaps the best trait a person can have is simply being kind to others

The true nature of power is analysed strongly through the character Reigen who is utterly powerless, and yet is one of the most significant characters in the show. Reigen commands attention from others through sheer (often feigned) confidence - and in this world, the illusion of power is a kind of power itself. Mob himself also exemplifies this by being someone who feels he has nothing but psychic powers, which despite being phenomenal have brought him little but trouble and have only fuelled his desire to fit into regular society. Another recurring trend in this show is villains who feel that their psychic abilities set them apart and make them special - only to crumble when confronted with someone more powerful than them, and reveal how pathetic they are underneath their abilities. Mob Psycho’s themes stand in sharp contrast to many other shows that prop up their protagonists for being “special” or “different” - this show is far more interested in praising mundane things, like simply being kind to other people.

Mob Psycho 100 is a show I came into with high expectations and which fully blew all of them away. It’s an incredibly stunning piece of work with awe-inspiring animation, fascinating and endearing characters and a plethora of thematic material. It was easily my favourite show of the year despite facing incredibly good competition and I am more than happy to award it my top spot for 2016.

(part one) (part two)

My intention was post this next friday, but I spent the day in my aunt’s house in the middle of nowhere and I’m completely bored now, so I’ll do it today since all my college papers and tests ended last week.

As I said it before, I will use some psychological theories which means it might not be everyone’s coup of tea (especially Freud’s that’s also my least favorite of them). Due to votes, my first topic will be: The evil that runs in the Luthor family and why do I think that Lena being a villain might not be the first route to take. The post will be fairly big, and the discussion won’t approach any ships. Do not bring that up, please. This is a character study not a relantionship study. Let’s all stay respectful since one Superc*rp shipper will also be tagged. Bear in mind that any ship is merely that, a ship. So let’s focus on what metters. Lena.


Freedom: To Skinner was pratically non-existant. He deeply belived that freendom is not a something that can be achieved. For him freedom could only be real if you are not under the control of any punishments or aversive control. So if you can quit your job without fear of if you will find another, than you are free. But if you still have to face the possible outcome of it than you aren’t free, you are trapped in the process of your behaviour. And in the real world every action causes a reaction. The mouse will press the bar and he will win water (positive reinforcement) if he doesn’t he won’t (punishment). No freedom at all. 

Persona: For Jung is one of our main archetypes. Is a mask we use in different sittuations to make people believe in what we want them to believe. They can be different according to where you are and who you are with. 


Now let’s talk about Lena. At first, when she appeared I didn’t know for sure what path she would take. I was refraining myself from trusting her (never trust a Luthor thing), but with every episode I saw myself incapable of not loving her. First because Katie is freaking gorgeous, and second because she has this way of acting that’s very alluring and seductive. 

We still don’t know much about her, except for the fact that she was indeed a Luthor all along and somehow had a bond with her father (Edipian Complex, she finds conection with a person that understands her and to whom she projects her own desires (libido - sexual energy). We call this a edipian triangle. The object of desire (father), the center (daughter) and the one who must castrate her daughter (mother), in the sense of making her understand that man is her father and that he’s already “taken”. (Not my words, Freud’s lol). The thing is, when all this complex is already solved, she will look for men that have some very similar traits as her father.  If I’m right about Rahul’s character that explain’s why somehow she ended up with a possible murderer (honestly I have no ideia what’s happening on that promo). 

But Lena is a strong character. She first appeared as someone who was trying to prove not all Luthor’s were bad people. So here lies the first question: is the evilness in Luthor’s family a similar trait? Okay, we know Lex is a psycopath, as Lillian and Lionel, but there are no theories, I reppeat, none, that assume that evil is a common trait among people from a same family, and that’s considering some fucked up theories we had/have. By assuming Lena will be like those who came first we are not only ostracizing her but already stating that people that came from bad families (parents) are doomed to have the same fate regardless of how hard they try. 

Let me give an example. One person I meet  has a grandfather that  worked as a millitary officer during the brazilian dictartorship. He tortured and killed more than 20 people during those dark days and claimed he was only doing he’s job and clearly has no guilt about it whatsoever. Her father didn’t took a better route himself, and now she has the weight of it on her shoulders. Her grandfather was a pratically a mass murderer, and she carries this with her until this day. Her last name is a memory - more like a scar - of it. Until this day I know how hard it is for her - even if we didn’t made the connection between last names - to know what people may think of her and her family. 

Lena has a last name that is a burden to bear. Luthor. Her brother was a crazy, megalomaniacal, psychotic bastard. Her mother not only is all the things I said it before but also a very manipulative person (much like Rhea), she even looks jealous and angry about Lena (I’m pretty sure that has to do with the fact she was the product of her husband’s affair). But I also feel a Evil Queen vibe from her, like she feels threatened by Lena’s youth and beauty (do not ask me why I was like a theory due to some scenes I saw and how she acted). But this pattern of behaviour from the both of them is very similar to some myths we have (mainly greek myths). And also the name of her father - her real father that was also a bastard -. How difficult must it be to deal with all that?

She came to LuthorCorp trying to earn back some trust. To prove to people she could do better and be better. She needed to prove that she wasn’t like those who came before. 

Now, talking about the freedom according to Skinner (her setting of possibilities wasn’t exactly big). Every action she had was in order to prove she was trust worthy, especially for Kara (who was probably her first friend). She wanted to be accepted but in order to do that she would have to against the woman that raised her. Consediring how much of a punishment that may be - because I think is save to assume that even though she had troubles with Lillian she was still connected to her in one way or another. She could easily follow her mother’s wishes (she would have Lillian’s love that she clearly wants) talk about positive reinforcement. She could just help her crazy mon and she would got what she wanted. Is a win for her. By betraying her, she clearly showed that she was willing to loose that if it meant doing the right thing. 

The evil we associate with the Luthor name comes from all we’ve seen. However, that doesn’t mean that everyone that comes from that family is doomed to a similar fate. Being bad has nothing to do with genetics and more like with a psicoses or with perversity. Not with a last name. Even if all the punishments and aversive control she might face - and if the lacking of freedom she has - Lena is still can choose another path since she’s very aware of the sins of her family.

So… Why making her bad isn’t the best ideia? For the very same things I mentioned previously. She is struggling with it to prove herself, so why erase all of her effort? Why take this from her? 

I admit, at that chess scene I was very  apprehensive, but then I remembered that scene could be read many ways: It can show that she knows how to play the long game and fool people (persona, she’s creating a mask and fooling everyone - Kara included), or that she’s simply playing against her mother (hence why she choose the white horse (?). 

So by making her arch merely a hero arch not only we will be destroying the endless possibilities we would have, but also giving people the message/ideia that you have to pay for the sins of your father. For people that were raised in very bad situations, or had the experience of knowing/living with someone deeply evil, it givens those people the ideia that no matter how much they tried they can’t become better than that. That all her efforts will be in vain in the end, because this is it, your father was a bad person therefore you will be as well. 

I want to see that Lena can truly be more than just Kara’s famale Lex version.

I want to see her as Lena. As a strong woman who is not afraid to fight. So stand up and to help when needed. I want to see her as true friend to Kara, not as someone who would stab her in the back. 

Lena is to deeply portrayed by Katie to end up like a bad person. Not that I don’t think she can’t give Lena the depth she needs even if that’s her fate, I do know she can pull that off, but I want a different story. I want a story where we find we can actually trust a Luthor. Where we can trust a Belfort, a Albuquerque. Or a Goebells. I want to see a history in which the  past (in these case your parents past) doesn’t definy and creates boundaries to that person’s future. I want to see L*na Luthor ( not a bad person, but only a person with a bad past). And I want people to trust that they can also be like her: badass, strong, brave, kind, smart, a Luthor, a good person and good friend.

I want TV to show that you can do better than before. That we are not bound to make the same mistakes of our parents. That we evolved. Lena is the best way of achieving that. 

@emarasmoak, @winelover1989, @lena-lipbite-luthor, and anyone who’s interested in seeing this discussion, come here lol. 

Girls/guys, sorry if isnt’t that good or for any possible mistakes, english is not my first language.  If anyone want’s to be included on the next discussions just give me a heads up. 

Twilight Saga MBTI

Bella Swan
ISFJ [THE DEFENDER]

Originally posted by gatitosarcoiris

ISFJs are the people-centric doers, using their considerable organisational ability to make sure people are taken care of and protected. They are extremely conscientious, hardworking, loyal and dedicated, to people, organisations, groups. Once they are allied to the cause they take their roles very seriously. They have incredibly clear and precise memories and are scarily accurate with facts, figures, names, faces - oh and any person who has slighted them! The ISFJ gathers facts and data and are painstakingly accurate with incredible attention to detail, and extremely methodical in their approach.


Edward Cullen
ISTJ [THE INSPECTOR]

Originally posted by vanelandia

Serious-minded, individualistic and thorough, the ISTJs like to plan, schedule and drive through to completion, in a logical linear sequence. Any deviation from the plan would be questioned and may take some convincing of its merits. The ISTJ is essentially the engine room, the behind-the-scenes worker making it happen. Concentration, willpower and persistence epitomises the ISTJ approach to work and to life and they will begin at the beginning and end at the end. Spontaneity and flexibility are less important to the ISTJ. Conservative and risk-averse ISTJs excel when it needs a steady hand and they are unlikely to EVER drop the ball.


Jacob Black
ESFP [THE ENTERTAINER]

Originally posted by jaylautner

The ESFP is interested in people and experiences and their dislike of rules and routine, are justified by their view that their reason for existing is to bring harmony, sympathy and support to peoples’ lives saying ‘I just had to do something to help.’ The keywords here are 'do’ and 'help;’ caring and practical in equal measure. The ESFP has an ability to make others feel so special. Down to earth and practical, ESFPs live in the here and now preferring to take life as it comes with the optimistic view that it’s bound to be good, (and if it isn’t then there’s always next time!).


Carlisle Cullen
INTP [THE LOGICIAN]

Originally posted by what-a-stupid-lamb

The INTP is very independent, and values independence in others. They can play the team game, but then prefer to go and get on with it, working in sporadic bursts of energy. Although quite deep and private, the INTP can at times seem totally outspoken because of their directness of communication and economy of words. Other people may assume that the INTP says very little. But this is only when there is nothing to say. The general chitchat of social life is not for them and they prefer to speak only about areas that interest them, things they consider important. There is an expedient side to the INTP character, and this means they will focus on the things, which interest them most, and can actually become totally absorbed in such activities.


Esme Cullen
ESFJ [THE SUPPORTER]

Originally posted by fortheloveofesme

Organised, caring and driven by duty the ESFJ loves to contribute and remain constantly valued, productive, busy and liked. The ESFJ has an action-orientation that they will channel into people, helping and finding practical solutions to people issues and they’ll work hard at making this happen as they are naturally oriented to the needs of those around them. Whilst the ESFJ wants everyone to feel valued, they will also want to feel part of the group themselves - they need to feel included. If someone is hurting, the ESFJ will be the first to respond. 


Emmett Cullen
ESTP [THE ADVENTURER]

Originally posted by allmygifs

The ESTP is constantly looking for the 'next big thing,’ and immersing themselves in social activities with gusto. The imaginative, reflective life is not for them, preferring to jump in and see what happens. Supreme optimists, ESTPs will work long and hard on activities which interest them but can switch tack entirely once they begin to lose this interest. The ESTP does not enjoy the constraints of deadlines, schedules or end-dates so if an ESTP does exactly what you asked them, it is only because they wanted to in the first place. ESTPs love to be at centre stage, demonstrating feats of wonder and daring.


Rosalie Cullen
ESTJ [THE EXECUTIVE]

Originally posted by twilight-stuff

The extrovert side means they will have little trouble letting everyone know exactly where they stand. They tend to dislike sloppiness or mess and engender order and discipline within projects, teams and situations. The desire to jump in and ‘do’ can also make the ESTJ very present focused and so they may not necessarily appreciate how such present actions may impinge on the future nor do they excel at predicting or anticipating future trends or forecasting as they are keen to make quick decisions and are built to get to closure as quickly as possible in order to get the job done. So the ESTJ may rush in without stopping to consider the full range of options open as their prime focus will be to get on with it and as such they may be difficult to budge from their preferred course of action.


Alice Cullen
INFJ [THE CONFIDANT]

Originally posted by delicateswn

Although gentle, and preferring to be out of the limelight, the INFJ will work long and hard behind the scenes to maintain harmony but they are also intensely independent, of both of thought and spirit, and will be outspoken in their defence of human values, the downtrodden, and the oppressed. Earnest and responsible INFJs often see themselves on a mission, and they take their missions very seriously. The views of the INFJ are very personal, built up over a long time and so anything which may be perceived as questioning their values may be dealt with in an unusually direct way, surprising those who saw only the quiet INFJ.


Jasper Hale
ISTP [THE VIRTUOSO]

Originally posted by mrhankey

The ISTP will be full-on, or full off - they don’t do shades of grey. The ISTP moves seamlessly from quiet bystander to active participant and leader in one fell swoop, then back again to invisible, apparently disinterested introvert. They are at their best in times of crisis and challenge. The ISTP is at their best in times of crisis and challenge, but will have little appetite for follow-through, as they will be waiting for a new complex challenge. Independent and self-contained the ISTP will be difficult to get to know as they will reveal only what they choose to reveal, when they choose to reveal it as that is their way, when they are ready.


Descriptions from Prelude Character Analysis.

The Great Feminist Manga and Anime Review: Dennou Coil

Dennou Coil (Commonly translated as either Cyber Coil or Coil: A Circle of Childrencould probably be best described as a 26 episode sci-fi coming-of-age story focused around two sixth-grade girls and their mysterious connection. This alone would make it a good pick for this review, but it also boasts a nicely varied and interesting cast of ladies as the majority of the main characters, including an older woman, has some empowering themes that include women overcoming exploitation and that which is holding them back as well as dealing with mental illness and it has relatively few problematic/alienating elements.

In addition to this, it’s just an extremely high quality series overall. The animation is great, taking clear inspiration from Studio Ghibli in it’s style and generally being very fluid and interesting to watch. The soundtrack is simply beautiful, particularly the violin-centered piece that plays during tragic or tense moments, the world building is thorough and complex and just wow. Your mileage may vary on how deeply it resonates with you, but objectively, I can call this anime a masterpiece, just because of the incredible production values and clear amount of effort and thought put into everything.

If the show has any flaws, I’d say it’s that sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the technical terms and that the first half of the story is somewhat slow. But stick around if you find that to be the case, because the second half really kicks into high gear, with constant twists and turns. Also, some of the revelations/explanations of character motivation and happenings come pretty late in the game sometimes in the form of exposition (once, egregiously, it was “as you know, Bob” exposition) but it’s true being confused does keep you hooked and watching to find out what the heck is going on. But these flaws are pretty minor compared to most shows, and they don’t detract much from this being an incredibly high quality and well done anime!

Sadly the series is not licensed except for an dramatically overpriced low quality ipad thing, but you can sure find it if you look.

The basic premise of Dennou Coil- It’s 2026, and cyber-glasses are incredibly popular among children. These glasses allow you to see a virtual world overlaid with the real world wherever you go (also you can email, call each other, and bring up music pretty instantly). The perks of this include virtual pets- the protagonist has a virtual dog- and other virtual objects, like currency. When you put on the virtual glasses, you also get a “cyberbody” overlaid with your real one. You can damage someone’s virtual body and they won’t be physically harmed, but the person has to pay to restore their virtual self. The main way to damage virtual objects and bodies is using a beam you shoot out of your forehead, or stuff similar to ofuda (paper talismans, they can also be used to track stuff). You can also conjure shields and things.

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anonymous asked:

Do you ship Jeff/Annie? I want to, but Jeff is so awful---obnoxious, arrogant, narcissistic, materialistic, manipulative, sneaky, extremely dishonest and an alcoholic. Other than that,, he's a real catch ;) Annie has a lot of flaws too---all the characters do---but at least Annie also has a lot of strengths. Jeff's one strength is 'sometimes not quite as horrible as he first appears to be.'

eh, i disagree that jeff’s only strength is that he’s sometimes not as horrible as he seems to be. you’re entitled to your opinion, of course, but i think that’s a serious oversimplification of the character. 

i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again: jeff winger is mentally ill. he has an eating disorder. he has depression. he has anxiety. he’s terrified of being vulnerable because - thanks to his jag off of a father - he’s convinced himself that he’s unlovable…that, should anyone actually get close enough to him, they’ll realize they don’t actually like him and leave. the arrogance is an act. most of the jeff personality we see in the first season is a carefully constructed persona that jeff thinks protects him from forming emotional bonds and giving people the power to hurt him like he was hurt by his father.

so, okay, a complex reason for being obnoxious, arrogant, narcissistic, manipulative, sneaky, and extremely dishonest does not a justification make. well, not necessarily anyway. (i didn’t include materialistic because i don’t see that as a flaw, really, and i think that’s a part of who jeff is no matter the personality he’s built for himself. i also didn’t include alcoholic because that’s a serious disease jeff deals with - along with his various other neuroses - and it’s perhaps a touch insensitive to include it as a character flaw.)

but i don’t actually think jeff is really most of those things. not at heart, anyway. let’s break it down trait by trait cause it’s friday night and i don’t have anything better to do

  1. obnoxious - you got me on this one. jeff can be super obnoxious in his abuse of sarcasm and his need to be right all the damn time. but i counter with this…name literally any member of the study group that’s not obnoxious. (you can’t and every single one of them is still lovable.)
  2. arrogant - jeff’s arrogance is a performance. it’s a mask, and a fragile one at that. put him in close proximity to anyone that shows they are competent at something jeff prides himself on, and his arrogance crumbles. (ex. rich. howie schwartz. frankie dart, at first.) he’s the most insecure person in the group, so he tries to ‘fake it till he makes it’
  3. narcissistic - god, jeff is so thoughtful and it breaks my heart. allow me to list a few examples of jeff putting his own feelings aside to do what’s best for members of the group. jeff participates in pierce’s spanish skit to make pierce feel like he’s a valuable part of the group. jeff stops britta from being suspended for cheating. jeff talks amber up to pierce because pierce desperately wants a family, does the right thing by telling pierce that amber’s stealing his money, then tells pierce that he does have a family in the study group. jeff reaches out to neil when he’s depressed and goes out of his way to make neil feel better. jeff intervenes during pillows and blankets the second he finds out troy and abed have started hurting each others’ feelings. jeff helps shirley and pierce resolve their business related fight and makes the best speech ever despite the fact that it might cost him his career later. i’m going to stop there, but jeff cares so deeply about his friends and the other people at greendale. 
  4. manipulative - again, you got me here. but you know who else is extremely good at twisting words and playing with emotions to get what they want out of a situation? annie. also, abed. 
  5. sneaky - hmm. i looked up the dictionary definition of this one (sly, to use underhanded tactics). i think this feeds into manipulative a little bit, and jeff was definitely a sneaky lawyer. but when it comes to his personal relationships, jeff’s surprisingly straightforward. sure, he’s very guarded and you have to stick around for a bit to get to the earnestness. but once it comes, there’s no stopping it. 
  6. extremely dishonest - he’s definitely woven some serious lies in the past. and, sure, he’ll do things like lie to the group about being sick to get out of moving annie when he really just needed a day to himself (and it certainly would have been easier to simply tell his friends that truth), but he’s always truthful when it matters.

in summary, i think jeff’s an incredibly complex, believable, and broken character with loads of redeeming qualities. it’s okay if you don’t, but i love the character with all my heart and sometimes relate all too well to him. 

Originally posted by sherralotz

From Dusk Till Dawn, Costume and Colors

One of the things that I like the most in movie and TV production is the costume. The people who work in this area rarely get much recognition, but they have to work in sync with everyone else in order for any story to be told in their best version. And the costume producers can only really work if they understand the characters they are dressing, and the experience these characters are going through, because the way a character dresses tells the audience just as much (sometimes even more) as what they are saying.

On From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, we have more obvious examples, like Malvado’s coat made of faces and Santanico’s necklace. But I’m talking about this, because I want to talk about another character and another interesting element: Kate Fuller and colors.

Kate has a really interesting arc, and that arc is shown a very simple and clever way in the way that she dresses, which is what I want to ramble about a little.

At the first moment we see her, Kate is wearing a combination of white and pink and these are her theme colors (except for a blue dress she’s wearing in a picture). We, as an audience, are conditioned to associate light tones with goodness and purity and pink with romantic feelings.

So Kate’s theme colors tell us a lot about her, and also Jacob and Scott. Jacob wears the same pastel tones, but the lack of color shows his current apathy, and the matching light tones between him and Kate compared to Scott’s dark grey clothes, despite the same weather, places him as the odd one out in that family; it foreshadows his hidden feelings and the dark path he will take by the end of the season.

The moment she meets the Geckos and becomes their hostage is marked by her shedding the pink as cover and bringing it under a plaid shirt with a touch of dark gray. Kate is scared, but she’s still very much her. Under the long-sleeved pink she has a white shirt with which she ends the season.

Season two brings Kate with a dressing pattern very similar to the Geckos’, with a dark tone covering white. Actually, she’s even more similar to Richie through the first couple of episodes. They keep changing from complete black to dark with a white element between scenes, which tells me they’re in much the same situation. Confused and in a general gray area.

From Dusk till Dawn has a complex pattern with dark tones. What I got is that whoever is in the darker path or has the darker intentions wears the darker tones for the scene. For example, at the beginning of the season, Sonja wears bright colors and green at most (a color associated with snakes, by the way), but at 2x07 she wears black in the same room where Santanico is wearing off-white, a character who never wore anything close to a light tone in a scene that wasn’t a flashback. Later we learn that Sonja called The Regulator to capture Santanico and inadvertently caused uncle Eddie’s death.

Compared to Sonja, Santanico was the “good” character in that scene, you see?

But I digress.

When she goes separate ways from Seth, Kate goes back to the light tones . She’s hopeful, she’s going to meet her brother and try to rebuild their lives…

But it does not last since their world has changed and she goes back to to the dark, greyish area she was heading towards when she was with Seth.

Thing is, by the end of the season, she’s matching Richie (and Seth too, but they don’t have scenes so…). And I find it interesting, since their dressing patterns were also matching by the beginning, that they ended up in the same place.

You could argue that she was similar to Seth too, but under all the black, Seth was always “himself” with the white.

While Kate and Richie kept oscilating between full black and light under dark. Like they are not sure of who they are supposed to be and can’t decide.

And they end up at the same place

Now look again at the girl of the first season, and now to who she’s become. There’s a whole story arc just in her clothes and isn’t it amazing storytelling?

PS: I wrote this on whim cause I got inspired and I knew if I stopped I wouldn’t come back so if the structure seems weird… Oopsies!

PS: Same reason I didn’t edit the stills so much, but they’re good, ok? u.u

Adventure Time MBTI

Marceline 
ISFP [The Artist]

Focusing on the here and now, the ISFP will live life to the full, cherishing the present moment, and finding real pleasure in the more sensory and practical activities such as painting or handicrafts. They need an inner balance, a kind of karma for their lives and this means keeping things as uncomplicated as possible. Planning and control are not for the ISFP, they much prefer to stay in the background doing the things they like, keeping a balance, which includes choosing to remain, happily disorganised. Quiet supporters, rarely will an ISFP be the leader, preferring to remain behind the scenes, observing, understanding, but saying very little.


Princess Bubblegum 
ENTJ [The Leader]

Organised, productive with high willpower, determination and an intense need to be constantly ‘on the go,’ the ENTJ will not sit back and see what life brings but will proactively go make it happen. Rarely intimidated and with a restless desire to achieve and with no problems going against the grain or being very direct with people. This is of course not intentional but they can display a lack of patience with those who don’t grasp things as quickly as they do, or who appear to be blocking the plan, and can be seen at times as intimidating overbearing in their desire to get the job done, moving from A-Z in the shortest possible time-frames.


Finn the Human 
ESFP [The Entertainer]

The ESFP is interested in people and experiences and their dislike of rules and routine, are justified by their view that their reason for existing is to bring harmony, sympathy and support to peoples’ lives saying ‘I just had to do something to help.’ The keywords here are 'do’ and 'help;’ caring and practical in equal measure. The ESFP has an ability to make others feel so special. Down to earth and practical, ESFPs live in the here and now preferring to take life as it comes with the optimistic view that it’s bound to be good, (and if it isn’t then there’s always next time!).


Jake the Dog 
ENTP [The Orginator]

Engaging, plausible and entertaining the ENTP will be like a breath of fresh air, infusing people and situations with a whole array of new ideas and creative ways of doing things. However, they can become bored and withdraw their energies as they go off in search of the next thrill. Curious, child-like wonder characterises the ENTP, they are flexible, open-minded and love possibilities. They tend to see everything as a challenge, seeing opportunities even in the most difficult of circumstances. ENTPs can at times display impatience with those whom they consider wrong, and may show little restraint in demonstrating this.


BMO 
INTP [The Scientist]

The INTP is intellectually curious and enjoys the more complex and theoretical problems, often for their own sake. Practical application has little interest for them, preferring to identify the solutions and then leave someone else to plan the work. They do however like things done properly and have very high standards. The routine, the detail bores them rigid and they will put off completing tasks, especially those that they see as unnecessary, preferring to 'blitz’ them nearer the deadline. For the INTP follow-through does not come naturally, and completion will be via huge bursts of energy at the last minute but it will be done.


Ice King 
ENFP [The Champion]

Friendly with endless energy the ENFP will be at the heart of where the people are, future oriented looking far beyond the obvious often seeing things that others fail to. They are driven by the new and have an insatiable curiosity making them mercurial, fresh and enthusiastic. However, having so many interests can mean that, at times, the ENFP may have trouble keeping still, prioritising and focusing on the task at hand, especially if something more interesting is looming. The routine and detail bore the ENFP who wants life, work and social to merge into one stimulating environment with endless possibilities shared with people.


Flame Princess
ESTP [The Doer]

The ESTP is constantly looking for the 'next big thing,’ and immersing themselves in social activities with gusto. The imaginative, reflective life is not for them, preferring to jump in and see what happens. Supreme optimists, ESTPs will work long and hard on activities which interest them but can switch tack entirely once they begin to lose this interest. The ESTP does not enjoy the constraints of deadlines, schedules or end-dates so if an ESTP does exactly what you asked them, it is only because they wanted to in the first place. ESTPs love to be at center stage, demonstrating feats of wonder and daring


Lady Rainicorn
ISFJ [The Defender]

ISFJs are the people-centric doers, using their considerable organisational ability to make sure people are taken care of and protected. They are extremely conscientious, hardworking, loyal and dedicated, to people, organisations, groups. Once they are allied to the cause they take their roles very seriously. They have incredibly clear and precise memories and are scarily accurate with facts, figures, names, faces - oh and any person who has slighted them! The ISFJ gathers facts and data and are painstakingly accurate with incredible attention to detail, and extremely methodical in their approach.


Lumpy Space Princess
ESFJ [The Supporter]

Organised, caring and driven by duty the ESFJ loves to contribute and remain constantly valued, productive, busy and liked. The ESFJ has an action-orientation that they will channel into people, helping and finding practical solutions to people issues and they’ll work hard at making this happen as they are naturally oriented to the needs of those around them. Whilst the ESFJ wants everyone to feel valued, they will also want to feel part of the group themselves - they need to feel included. If someone is hurting, the ESFJ will be the first to respond.


The Earl of Lemongrab
ESTJ [The Guardian]

ESTJs are the pragmatic organisers, they like to get things done and done properly. They have little time for anything ethereal, woolly or conceptual preferring facts, figures, plans and procedures. These are the action-oriented characters who cut to the car chase and move quickly to completion, taking the least circuitous route. The strength of the ESTJ is the desire, and ability, to adopt a decisive stance, take charge and get the job done which makes them 'natural’ leaders whom others will readily follow. 


Descriptions from Prelude Character Analysis.