blande male

You’re looking at me. Aren’t you? All the time. You think you know me. Well, I know nothing. Just a plastic doll, designed, I’m told, to stand embodying a male-created bland and standard wife, whose only job is prettying the Prince, and then, if possible, get pregnant with the royal and noble bump, to there produce an heir…and spare. But, being underestimated so does mean I can observe and plan and learn the way to rule. For I will be a queen unlike the ones before. My mother’s dad was in the North a miner born, my father came from Leeds, both of them when young and inexperienced did risk their house and all they had to try and make a business of their own. But it’s not just this stock I bring to these most distant regal realms, but something more important and precise. I have ambition for my husband, yes, and I hope my son will grow the finest King- but if I must put up with taunts, and make so public everything I am, then I demand things for myself. I ask no less than power to achieve my will in fair exchange for total service to the State. Yes this is what, enthroned, I will do. Not simply help my husband in his own crown, but wear one of my own.
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My favourite monologue delivered by the Duchess of Cambridge, played by Charlotte Riley, in the recent TV production of King Charles III. 

This is the first time I’ve seen Catherine portrayed as a person in her own right. It is how I have always seen her. She is more than a doll for public consumption. She knows what being royal takes and she’s pragmatic about it. She’s not easily intimidated. She has a delicate appearance but I’ve always seen her as someone with a backbone of steel underneath the surface. I think Charlotte as Kate was my favourite part of the show. 

What she says: I’m fine

What she means: The manic pixie dream girl trope was first described as a criticism of writers who use a quirky, attractive female character as nothing more than a way to open the eyes of a bland male character to the beauty of the world he lives in while she gives him everything he needs with no regard for herself but the trope has become interpreted as a criticism of the female character type itself rather than the writer’s treatment of her and female characters who display any semblance of the traits associated with the trope are immediately written off as “just another manic pixie dream girl” without a second thought

@crystaltoa asked a great question
Do they all have those curvy cheekplates back there, or is it just Gali?

And, well, it’s just Gali. The two Mata models that made it to the final build of the game are pretty bland, all the male Nuva models have a pretty standard lookin’ rectangular plate covering their robotic tookus, and our favorite master of shadows pretty much has nothing back there.

While we didn’t get to play as Gali Mata in the game, we did get to see her detailed model in action for the opening cutscene. Not only does she look a bit more shapely from the front

But if you look at the next few seconds frame-by-frame, not even the compression and fast movement can hide the fact that her model had some curves where her brothers’ didn’t

And, of course, there’s some convenient camera angles on top of it all, because why not?

It’s kinda unfair, really.
We all know it’s Pohatu that should have the fattest ass out of all of ‘em!

Hi this is my Strong Female Character she’s a 20-something white chick in a skin tight black suit that reveals her cleavage her only personality traits are being cool and hating men but also not hating men because she fucks the equally bland white male protagonist. Here’s a picture of her in the tits and ass pose.

anonymous asked:

Kodaka also seems to like the bland mellow male characters as protagonists. Extroverted protagonists with real talents or flaws. He has a boring taste in writing as the murders get predictable as fuck. I’ve gotten pretty much almost every victim, killer, survivor and mastermind write, because he’s obsessed with a repetitive formula.

Kodaka, sitting on his hands and knees inside a 7/11: what is my worst idea and how can it be implemented into chapter 3

anonymous asked:

Why do people genuinely believe that Harry wearing Nail Polish is a sign of coming out?

people don’t, larries do. larries, who live life by a very loose set of homophobic and transphobic stereotypes that change in a split second if their story requires it. larries, who are convinced to the very bottom of their soul, that fetishising two dudes in their 20s is TOTALLY NORMAL and that this is, indeed, a create your own adventure fic. larries, who have clearly never seen anyone outside of a very bland pop bubble (male musicians wearing nail polish, alert the press? what will the thousands of rock/metal/alt bands do? djalfjaldk). larries, who, in 2017, continue to refuse education and are in fact demons. so yeah, people don’t think that. larries do 😂

anonymous asked:

just out of curiosity why dont you like brotherhood ed?

i hope you weren’t looking forward to a long meta post, because tbh…i don’t even care about bh ed enough to salt on him on a deeper level than “i just dont like him.” and i think that speaks plenty.[wow i ended up ranting anyway. figures.] to ME, bh ed is just very bland. a cliche male protagonist on a show overflowing with masculinity where all the male heroes have to be strong and powerful and never emotionally vulnerable or morally wrong. he’s also just…more annoying to me. his angry outbursts are a heckuva lot more common than 03 ed (who while he has his berserk button, is actually a really calm person in comparison). he’s 80% a comic relief character, and even his serious moments i tend to find kinda laughable. then theres the All Lives Matter stance he took (bh didnt handle race well at all tbh) and the fact that he’s just uninteresting (not dynamic; unchanging). he’s always right and never really learns anything besides the cliche “the real alchemy adventure was the friends we made” (and im fine with cheesy tropes if they’re done in an interesting way. dont get me wrong i love the positivity in bh and the final confrontation with truth. i love the “our human relationships are more valuable than any knowledge or power” message. for those reasons i love brotherhood. i just cant really enjoy the actual show despite loving it because i think its execution of these powerful concepts across the individual episodes was extremely dull). 03 ed is deeply flawed and portrayed as such. any flaws that 03 ed and bh ed share, bh will glorify or ignore while 03 will provide scenes that show us how damaging those flaws are (ed’s angsty teen attitude for example, is shown to be hurtful to winry in 03 while in bh they romanticize it; in bh rose is painted as ignorant and stupid, while in 03 you want to side with her because ed cant stop mansplaining and being a prick, and his treatment of rose and actions in liore come back to bite him and teach him a lesson).

there are a ton of salty posts i made on my main blog before making this blog, but ive kept them off because they were pretty hateful rants which isnt the kind of attitude i wanna cultivate (i love critical analyses of things, but when i go unfiltered in an emotional tirade, im just spreading hate, which is very different from sharing a logical argument of why i might dislike something). ive said how the characters in bh left the series almost exactly how they entered, getting exactly what they wanted in the way that they wanted, which i dont like for the kind of story fma is. i tend to feel like…03 ed got a semi happy ending when he deserved a happy ending with all the hell and growth he went through (kid was psychologically broken multiple times in order for him to see the consequences of his actions and flaws) and that reinforced the show’s theme of how nothing is ever fair but the reward should be in your personal growth. bh ed got a “perfect” (””because i personally found the ending less than satisfying BECAUSE it was TOO perfect) ending when he deserved a semi-sweet ending, since he didn’t truly learn anything. he didn’t change as a person (again, besides the “friends make me strong” thing, which is fine, but not on its own) and never really made any mistakes besides the obvious human transmutation one. 

basically: bh is bland to me. he’s not a dynamic character like 03 ed is. he fits the idealistic nature of bh like all the other characters. But to me, a truly idealistic message must be conveyed with less than idealistic components, since true idealism is seeing the beauty in the ugliness. the warm idealism is born from the cold reality, and you cant have the former without the latter to back it up. (hence why i actually find 03, the token Pessimistic Anime, more idealistic and hopeful than even the wonderfully happy and upbeat brotherhood *edit: which feels like a very Fake and Artificial happiness to me) 

halfdeadhalfdrunk  asked:

Please preach about why 8-man is so easy to root for despite being superficially despicable.

Wataru Watari, author of Oregairu, has gone on record saying many times he doesn’t like a ton of stuff on how (japanese) fiction and content creators do stuff, specifically, the inherent formulaic nature and how generic and same-ish it gets: Japan is a culture of bandwagoning, so once one thing catches on, everyone, and I mean EVERYONE follows it.

He really doesn’t like that. So he took matters into his hands.

Hikigaya Hachiman is, and at the same time isn’t, the normally identifiable, relatable reclusive and solitary no-friends loner at school who gets thrust into a series of events that end up in the story and in him being in constant contact with these desirable, pretty girls he otherwise wouldn’t have had any chance of coming into contact with otherwise, also known as “romantic comedy” or “harem” (and make note of how I am avoiding the word “befriending” here). He is in the sense that he definitely is the loser, socially awkward protagonist that otaku should feel identified with to live vicariously through him, as is the case with basically any other modern school-setting piece of fiction in Japan in the last I don’t know how many years with maybe one or two exceptions. At the same time, he isn’t, however, and this is the very important part, because Hachiman hits too close home. He IS what the demographic of the usual romantic comedy is, with no sweet lies disguising the ugly package and no gateway into fantasyland letting one live vicariously through an ideal character who is everything the reader could want to be: Different and armed with an opportunity. Hachiman is not the “actually nice just socially awkward teen boy with perhaps a perverted reputation but actually very nice and legitimately good!”. Hachiman is the ugly truth. Hachiman hates himself, is bitter and jealous, doesn’t have any hope left, and, this is the best part, is an actual, medical case of depression. Not “fiction depression”. Actual, textbook, medical, real, cruel, painful depression. Following me so far? Let me elaborate so I can go deeper.

The generic romcom protagonist is someone who also has zero to few friends, a generic, blank slate of a male character who is just “understanding and legitimately good”, an extra addition to the main dish of romcom/harem that the demographic is looking for: The girls. It’s just a POV character that exists for two express purposes: 1) so the reader can relate and project through them, living vicariously through this bland male character and 2) for the girls to fall in love with him for this or that reason, which leads to the romcom/harem situations. This bland main character archetype is everything the normal unlikable as hell lonely otaku wants to be: Someone legitimately likable armed with opportunities, “opportunities” being “the childhood friend with a hidden crush”, the “loving younger sister who may or not be adoptive and who doesn’t really care about the whole incest thing”, the “assorted girls who have been thrust into contact with the main character”, etc. It also works because some people that aren’t unlikable as hell lonely otaku can, by all means, like this formula and have fun with it, and there’s nothing wrong with liking romcom, all I am saying here is that this is the technical process behind the construction of a romcom. Don’t take it from me, do your own research if you want.

The point I am trying to make here is that Watari breaks that into a million pieces with Hachiman.

Hachiman is not someone you want to identify with because not only actually unlikable and lonely people can identify with him a bit too much, but because he does encompass, at first, the pain and melancholy of a period Japanese media romanticizes way too much: High School. He is not having fun. He has abandoned all hope by the time the story starts. He has accepted that he deserves no happiness (one of many aspects of depression), and instead vies for loneliness, excusing it over and over as his true nature via many speeches that, through different wording, say the same: Humans are scary and I don’t want to be around them. When he does interact with others? He is awkward and nasty. He doesn’t know how to deal with people. He doesn’t want to. He hates it. Initially, it’s treated as a joke how many horrible experiences Hachiman had in Middle School, but as the novels advance/as the show advances, you see that everyone stops treating it as a punchline and instead they try to be kind about it with him. The only one who keeps treating these as jokes is Hachiman himself, which is brought up, because trying to make light comedy of one’s pain all the time, too, is part of depression. He is told to stop by Yuigahama and by Hiratsuka. He is told to please give himself the chance to deserve happiness. He doesn’t want to because he already decided he doesn’t deserve it, and this is not explicitly said, it is clearly visible in his actions. Show, don’t tell. Hachiman is a mess. You do not want to be Hachiman.

That is what makes him fascinating. He hits too close home to many of us’ pain. He is not someone we want to be, yet we want to see where he goes. He is a character, a person, of his own, not a bland main character meant to be used as the relatable vicarious living-through character. The thing with Hachiman is that he’s not a romcom character, he is the main character of a story that is not a romcom, as the title really clearly states.

The parallels grow apparent when you look at it technically: Hachiman has a little sister, except, this little sister also is a character all of herself instead of the usual over-protective-or-tsundere imouto masturbatory aid incest character usually associated with romcoms, this little sister is a spunky little pepper who gets along well with her brother as siblings and wants nothing more than to match him up with a girl, ANY girl. Hachiman has a childhood friend, except instead of being a twintailed-or-tomboy hot girl, it’s that fat chunni fuck who is only pathetic comedy relief except when he gets his guns on and, what do you know, is an actual superbro that helps out Hachiman in his moment of great need. As I’ve said in all these previous paragraphs, Hachiman is a lonely high school boy, except instead of being a bland, gold-hearted boy meant to be used as the object of the reader’s projection, he really is a mean bitter nasty fuck with serious attitude problems and a despicable, shameless nature when it comes to how he just doesn’t even want to work for himself. Hachiman ends up meeting these hot desirable girls, except they initially dislike him just as much as he dislikes them. He doesn’t want this. They don’t want this. He was just put up against the wall and into this shit by his teacher, the one damn person that apparently cares for the poor, bitter kid. If he had the option, he’d up and leave during the Oregairu early game and we’d have no novels/show.

To finally answer your question, it’s easy to root for Hachiman because we are constantly seeing him grow as a person, despite having hit the bottom, despite having been left a depressed, self-hating mess of a person. We see him go through these situations, and we see how his shitty experiences have affected him, and we want to see him change. What is his main method of problem solving initially? Self-sacrifice. He doesn’t mind bearing everyone’s hatred if it can solve a problem. Why? Because Hachiman hates himself and believes he deserves this hatred in the first place. It’s initially seen as something that gets results, but it soon becomes apparent it doesn’t. Not only does it horrify and hurt Yuigahama and Yukino, two people he has grown to become friends with after their joint struggling, but it also provides a quick fix to things that doesn’t really solve the problem’s root: Ruri still gets ostracized in her school even after he broke all the relations around her, for example. We see him do this to himself and we want him to stop, to see how he has legitimately impressed and helped the people around him without him even knowing, to stop using these methods, to maybe start believing in himself and his right to joy again. Taking the heat for someone else and sacrificing yourself for something or someone, in Japanese media in general, is seen as an exclusively righteous thing. Oregairu, as you can see, doesn’t share that view. We share for Hachiman because it’s refreshing to see things in more than the formulaic way without it being a heavy handed critic, because Oregairu is still, despite all that’s been said here, a funny and endearing story that will split your sides with some good jokes and catch your attention for real with its interesting developments. We see consequences to actions, and we see growth to the characters.

It’s easy to root for Hachiman because he feels like a person. We can relate to him in the sense that no doubt a lot of us had some of the problems he has. No doubt some of us were loners at school, or had/have depression, or maybe something as comparatively minor as being socially awkward. He doesn’t “get better” from one volume to the other, we see how long it takes, because change takes time. We are 11 volumes in and we are still seeing how Hachiman is growing and slowly but surely solving his inner demons. We root for him because he is a person we want to see win, because his adversity is palpable and you can’t help but feel invested in his victory. I want him to win. I want him to accept his happiness again. I want to see him discard the essence of self-destruction in favor of coming up with solutions that don’t involve gathering everyone’s hatred, like he has finally started doing, 11 volumes in. It doesn’t feel cheap. It’s not something that got solved from one moment to another. The healing has taken time, and it’s paying off.

It’s easy to root for Hachiman because it is only natural to want to root for someone who is trying so hard to get that genuine something he so dearly wishes for, someone who doesn’t have it conveniently easy (and man, does he have it hard), but keeps going anyways.