-First-and yes: official, reference to ages were “five teenagers”. Some of you say that this is simply because it sounds catchier, which really is a weak argument I find, as you are arguing against proof of Shiro being a teenager, even though that would actually make us, automatically, a healthier and safer fandom. Dreamworks and Netflix are all official studios/networks, what they say is what every consumer sees. They are involved in production and the airing of the show, thye allow it to happen, so if anyone gets to be official, they do. If you’re so for supporting a safe environment, you would’ve highlighted this option (five teenagers) in a heartbeat. But you didn’t. Instead 25 is apparently uncontested law, and hence drama.
-The official ages everyone sees. I can give you that the SDCC counts as an official video, with official members and official information. But you’re being hypocritical when you say it’s official and then proceed to ignore other official sources. That my friend, is called selective attention. Especially when the sources referring to Shiro as a teenager outnumber and in fact, outweigh the sources that don’t. “Five teenagers” is stated on Netflix. You know the show website that everyone goes on to watch awesome TV? I personally did not see the SDCC video until maybe the end of December. Yes, I have been on tumblr quite regularly, and on the voltron tag, yet I didn’t start hearing about age discourse until December, when I saw one of my gay ships once again being called pedophillic. Yay! But back to the point, is that if a regular tumblr like myself manages to not see a ‘really’ important/significant omnipotently official source, it can be guaranteed that many others don’t. Out of the 9 million viewers who watch Voltron, only a small percentage sees your ‘divine’ video, compared to everyone who sees “five teenagers.” So tell me again which age is more official?
-”Safe zone.” Tim Hedrick was the only staff member who was involved in the first discussion, then it was brought to the producers and him again. Dos Santos said ‘safe zone’, meaning that yes, that’s probably the oldest/youngest they can be. Important to note this video did not include multiple directors, nor fellow writer Mitch Iverson.
-Kallura and Shallura. No ship hate, but I have noticed antis do ship this combination, which is very hypocritical to me, in that Shiro is an adult when you want to feel morally superior when you say I’m disgusting for shipping sheith and should go to hell.
In conclusion, the fandom part that does the most harm are the antis. Yes, there are a few Sheith shippers out there with uncomfortable ideas, but I don’t forgive you for being an ass and telling me I support child abuse when all I want to see is two teenage boys being in love. Literally, I’m not even here for the smut stuff, I’m here for the cute/funny/sad content, not your f’ed up hate shit. Please focus your energies on real situations and real problems, not on telling users (some who are ironically minors and survivors btw) to go kill themselves for shipping ‘pedophilia’, when both characters have been officially referred to as teenagers, and the ship has received support from staff members (including ones in the video) because it is so ‘unhealthy’. The drive behind Shiro is an adult is mostly (not everyone) fueled by the need to justify why you hate Sheith and why your interpretation is better than ours, and unfortunately for us , the writer was so innocent of fandom warfare as to give you ammunition. And I am sorry for all those who have been affected by this discourse, not just to survivors, but also people who aren’t being recognised for the distress things like this can cause them (those with anxiety, those who are sensitive to homosexual relationships being associated with such things, depression etc- the latter which I am easily drawn back into whenever i feel i have escaped), those who have felt the need to ‘verify’ an opinion by talking about incredibly personal things. I’m personally okay with admitting about my depression, and how discussions like these can unfortunately, influence my mood no matter what I or others tell myself. I literally became so distressed by all the encouragements of suicide and being told i was supporting abuse that i literally became sick for the rest of the week, and so not only was I emotionally miserable, but bonus, physically miserable, it was a really shit week that I was constantly surrounding myself in Disney and Harry Potter content to feel slightly okay.
I just wanted to share my experience for those don’t want to share theirs, just so they can have a voice, about how your actions have probably been the most harmful thing in this fandom.
Rhys had been running a meeting of his own with the cybernetics department, when suddenly huge, holographic images of Jack appeared on the entire circumference of the room. Some of the employees started at the sudden appearance and wash of electric blue, but Rhys merely let out a smile and an affectionate roll of his eyes.
When Jack had been resurrected from the AI, he’d insisted that his new form be…”backwards compatible,” in his own words. Essentially, Jack had decided that omnipotence was really to his liking. He enjoyed being everywhere in Helios at once whenever he wanted to, remotely controlling anything that he could hack into, whether that be turrets or video displays or anything hooked up to the main body of Helios at all. So occasionally, Jack would plug himself into his chair in his office and appear at random, at will, all over the space station.
“Heyyyy there, kiddos,” Jack’s digitized voice blared over the conference room, the echoes from outside of the hall establishing that indeed, Jack was projecting all over Helios, “sorry to interrupt you busy bees, but daddy’s got something he wants to say.” Rhys snorted a little, casting a casual glance over to one of the glowing blue displays. He was probably the only person to take a personal announcement from Jack so nonchalantly. The rest of the employees in the room were on the edge of their seats, ears perked for whatever “announcement” Jack had in store for them.
“So, Rhys, Rhysie, you all know him….string bean, nice hair, stripes on one side of his clothes for some reason, sweet perky ass? Yeaaaaah you know him.” That caught Rhys’ attention, and indeed for a moment the looks of all the other employees in the room were fixed directly on him, before shifting back to the monitors. Rhys could feel a slight blush rising up in his cheeks. Oh no.
“Anyway, he’s been moanin’ and groanin’ about how I don’t tell him how I feel enough. Like, just cryin’ like a baby ‘cause daddy isn’t givin’ him enough attention or whatever. Oh, Jack—“ Rhys didn’t really think the falsetto sounded anything like his voice, “—I just can’t live without hearing your voice, please oh please whisper sweet nothings into my ear—you know how it goes. So,” the hologram of Jack took a big, dramatic breath. Rhys felt flush rise to his ears, covering his face up as he let out a moan of embarrassment.
“Here goes, I loooooove you, Rhysie, Love you so frickin’ much, my sweet little kitten. Now park your ass in my office as soon as possible, if you want more special attention from daddy.” The dark purr in Jack’s voice made Rhys flush for a completely different reason, placing his head against the meeting room table
anyway harry and louis have a playlist of songs like stuck on you and wouldn’t it be nice that they play in the mornings when they’re making breakfast and they both wear socks and slip on the floors while giggling and singing into kitchen utensils
maybe they’re just really intimidated by how omnipotent and flawless Hannibal is. he has everything that could possibly be planned out planned out. he has countless backups. he’s startlingly intelligent and stronger than he has any right to be. and Mads is literally playing the character like he’s Satan on the show.
he’s about as far away from a flawed, human character as you can get and that’s what’s so great about watching/reading him.
Right so. So. I am backs. I am bacK! its
Sunday again, which means its Star Wars RANT ALONG NIGHT: TFA EDITION, CHAPTER
IV! For those of u who don’t know the skinny, basically I am reading thru the
TFAnovelization chapter-by-chapter drunk on cheap wine and fast food,
annnnnddddd I rant about it! normally I have chocolate with this, but I am
actuallysick and drugged up to my eyeballs on bennydrill and i still gots the
wine, but no chocolate, so opted for ‘merican chinese fuud instead. I am
ANYWAYS. U can find a not-so-drunk word vomit
of dis thing here. You can find previous rant-alongs HERE:
Some of dis will make a lil’ bit of sense.
Most of it wont. As always, spelling mistakes with be left in for nostalgia.
ANYWAYS. THIS WEEK, ON HOW-ALAN-GETS-A-BONER.
CHAPTER IV (In which Finn makes his DARING
ESCAPE wITH the PRINCESS)
Last week: Kylo, evil brother of kyle,
gots a bit handsy with hoe-my-fair-is-fabulous, and by handsy I mean he
tortured him. Rey took BB to Niima, avoided
Uncle-my-midle-name-is-pedobear-Unkar, and generally acted like a heroine from a
harlequin novel. Finn began his escape with ZE PRINCESS. Ohtze had a breakdown
and began tew question her life choices. All of them.
THIS WEK: Finn continued to make his DARING
ESCAPE WITH THE PRINCESS. We learn tha t the princess is the best
pilot in the galaxy, so finn gots him a tie fightercuz princesses dig tie
fighters and ngl I want a tie fighter as a betrothal gift too. MEANWHILE,
general gingerfuck aka The Hux continues to act like a dumbfuck, and kyle
continues to tell general gingerfuck that he is dumb. Wat a winning
personality. Wat teamwork. These two are gonna go on to do great things, fer
Notes (regretting the food. My
stomachs is hurting)
I have whitewine again today, cuz white whine
is all I gots. I was gonna get some red but I got dristracted by drama and my
new story, so I forget.
My new one shot is really coo. S’veERRRYYYYY
depressing, cuz I AM STRESS, but that is okay cuz it means there will be
salt. Lots of salt, n’ I will mine it.
U THINK U CAN TELL ME TO WRITE FLUFF,
ANON. U THINK U CAN TELL THE OHTZ NOT TO BATHE IN THE RIVER OF BLOOD. DIS AINT
MY FIRST RODEO, COWBOY. THIS IS KFC AND I’M GONNA DOUBLE DOWN DAT SHIT UNTIL
YER HEART IS DYING FROM AN OVERLOAD OF GREASE. Salt dat muthfacker. This is how
we roll. @spacefugue is gonna join me. we gonna wrek u.
Pg 51, the princess aka Poe is sitting down
in the tie fighter, looking over his new toy. This should have been really coo,
because he’s sitting in a tie fight for the FIRST TIME, which is a GREAT TIME
to describe everything in detail thru SHOWING, but anal driver doesn’t do this.
Alan just tells us that poe is excited, and he just tells us what each thing is
supposed to do, instead of us/poe/de audience figuring it out for themselves,
which is hella boring. There are places to to ‘tell,’ but setting up a sceneis
NOT ONE of them. NOT ONE OF US.
ONE OF US. ONE OF US.
PG 52, when poe is talking bout the tie fight
and fin n is talking bout blasters, alan finally switches to showing instead of
telling, n this is good. He mixes dialogue up in the scene too, which breaks up
the monotony n’ makes things more interesting. He should ha done dis WAY sooner
Back. I left. I was gonnawrite this standing
up but the benadryl is messing with my head and I amSUPER dizzy now no I am
lying downs and drinkn the wine and this is NOT goig to end well
WE INTERUPT THIS REGULR PRGRM SCHEDULE TO
BRING U CATS
Everyone needs more cats.
Fuck my eyes hurt wat is WONRG with them ic
Pg 53,. All of it. everyone is in a panics as
finn an the princess try to make their DARING ESCAPE. This should have been a
really interesting scene, full of ACTION, but instead alan slips into really bad
omnipotent narrator voice and bores the fuck out of it. dis paraphrase is the worst:
“throughout the finalizer, confusion expanded
exponentially. Departments were alerted that normally went unexercised while the
ship was in orbit around peaceful planets. Off duty personal were roused to the
sounds of alarms ringing on their personal communicators. Contradictory
commands flew back and forth between bemused sections. A large majority f those alerted responded slowly and reluctantly, confident that what they were
responding to was nothing more than a drill.”
^So like, it it FINE to summarize like this if
u have already discussed this scene in detail before this, but anal driver
HASN’T. he has been BAD. At doing this. He hasn’t done it. very baa indeed. And
like, I know the temptation is der to write EVERYTHING, which is why he using
omnipotent narrator, but honestly sometime it better to hold stuf BACK. for
mystery, u know.
Pg 53, when th princess fires the ray gun
“where moments before there had been calm,
there no was bedlam, alarm, and fire.” <WAT CALM. SRSLY CALM, CUZ THE ONLY
CALM I SEE IS IN THE MONOTONY OF ALAN’S WRITING.
PG 54, there is perspective hopping
everywhere. it is really really confusing, and makes things moar confusing-er.
Pg 54, “a tight, humourless grin-OH MY GOD I
I FELL ASLEEP
I FEEL ASLEEP FOR SIX HOURS AND MY STOMACH IS
Never mix wine and Benadryl kidz. Nevar.it
will knock u out for like… forever AND THEN U WILL FEEL AWFUL AFTERWARD
Alreit, lets finish dis beast. I am not a
drunk anymore I don’t think think but I AM woozy af n’ haf awake. Same principal
Pg 54, “a tight, humorless grin crossed
poe’s face. “someone on that ship called me the best pilot in the Resistance. I wouldn’t want to disappoint him.”
<GAWD, ALAN. U TALKIN’ BOUT KYLO AND HOW COOL KYLO IS WITOUT THE KILO
PG 55. Pg 55 of a 260 pag book, finn FINALLY
gets a name.finally. wat da fuk is dis shut, youNEVER introduce names dis late.
Look at dis:
“unable to restrain himself, the tropper let
out a yell that echoed around the cockpit. “YES! Did you see that?” Peo whipped
the TIE fighter around the side of the Finalizer. “Told ya you could do it!
What’s your name?” “FN-2187.” “FN-whaa?”
^this ‘whaa’ is sOOOOOoooooo bad. Like dis
sounds like an old man speaking in the way he THINKS dem young folks talk, an
it comes off so stilted. And THIS is the way you introduce the name of one of
your man characters?????!
Pg 55 at the very bottom, we get insight into
how finn left and why he thinks the ways he does, but instead of SHOWING it,
alan TELLS IT. WHY. WHY WOULD U DO THIS. This isPERFECT opportunity for finn’s
growth and for us to see inside his head and how he views the world as HE
(finn) sees it, but instead alan just takes over and tells us how we’resuposed
to think instead?no. not cool. U just made a potentially really interesting
scene SUPR boring.
Pg 56, finn AND HIS DARING ESCPE
Wwith THE PRINCESSends. We are on page-fifty-fucking-6, and STILL no physical
description of finn. This has gone on for solong we’re moving from
dis-in-bad-writing shenanigans to
i-think-this-says-somethin-REALLY-ugly-about-yer-personal-biases levels of
bullshit. ESPECIALLY if boyega had already been cast by thispoint. If boyaga
had already been cast, alan has absolutely ZERO excuses for dis.
Pg 56, we are back with kylo-i-am-shreddies n’
general gingerfuck, aka The Hux.
Pg 56 “hux didn’t understand. It was beyond
comprehension” < I think a lot of things seem to be beyond yer
Pg 57, alan is describing how general
gingerfuck is going to fuck up finn and the princess, but liek instead of
SHOWING us this, he TELLS it and summarizes it down to a single paragraph. Dis
is boring af.
Pg 57, we start talkin bout how tall kylo is
“unable to see past the metallic mask, unable
to perceive eyes or mouth, one had to reply on subtle changes in voice and tone
to try to descry the tall man’s mood.”
^SEE. Tall. Like why mention it HERE? unless
u are totally obsessed??? Also who used the word “descry’ in a situation like
again. AGAIN, ANOTHER MENTION OF KYLO
BEING TALL. PG 57-58:
“He(Hux) would have inquired further, but the
taller figure had already turned and headed off.”
DAT IS TWO mentions of how tall kylo is in
less than a page during the middle of wat should be a very intense battle
sceen. Dat is two mentions of how tall and impressive kylo is in less than a
page, while we has gone for more than 58 pages without a single physical
description of finn. I know where ur priorities lie, alan. Ohtze sees. Ohtz knows.
Pg 60 “poe could not dispute finn’s logic, so
he ignored it” < wat DUMBFUCKERY IS DIS. AND THEY SENT YOU TO DO THE SUPER SECRET MISSIONS???? Nowonder resistance is
losing. The only reason they won is because general gingerfuck is dumber
Pg 60 “poe was not moving. His eyes were
shut. Blood streamed down his face. “no – noooo! Poe!” < dis is laughably bad dialogue. All the dialogue in dis
book is bad (see: rey sounding like harlequin romance lady) but dis bit is particularly painful. Also it rhyme
Pg 61, finn and the princess crash the tie
fighter. Finn gets the fuckoutta dodge mid-air, leaving a princess to go down
with the ship. Real classy finn. Real classy. U not even gonna get a second date
at this point!
After dis we go back to general gingerfuck.
He is having a very bad day and he is a leeting everyone know it
“biological traces are acceptable,” hux
murmured, “but a coupel of skulls would be better.” <SHIT hux. U harsh. U
are both mean AND dumb. This is bad combo. no dates for u either
Pg 63, finn is a crash on Jakku. Look:
“the dusky dune field stretched out in all
directions, to every horizon. Somehow blue sky and sand now seemed more
forbidding than the blackness of space. The warships that had largely been his
home were sealed, environmentally controlled little worlds. Anything one needed
was readily available, right at hand. Food, water, entertainment, sleeping
facilities: All were no more than a few steps away. It was more than a little
ironic that someone comfortable in the vastness of space should suddenly find
himself suffering from a touch of agoraphobia.”
^so like, dis is a GOOD description. It is a
nice combo of showing and teling, but this description of Jakku and the finalize
gets more attention to detail than finn himself (ad wat he looks like) and dis
Finn finds crashed tie fighter. He tires to
get the princess out of the crashed tire, but tire goes BOOm n POP and sinks
into sand. Finn is left all alone.
Oh my god
Oh my god look, pg 65
“he inhaled deeply, then screamed at the
empty planet, knowing as he did so that there was no one around to hear him. “I DON’T… KNOW WHAT… TO DO!”
this is the WORSt dialogue ever
like the WORST, and this is how u end yer
chapter? This is like ‘he’s taking the hobbits to isenguard’ bad. I AM
FINAL THOUGHTS (awake and feeling kinda
Did not really like this chapter. It had the
potential to be really tense and exciting and it wasnot. Like at all. Every
single action sequence was summarized and told, instead of shown in depth, an u
do not do this.
Also, dialogue was appallingly BAD and we still get
no physical description of finn.