but they would have to explain a lot of things

anonymous asked:

Hi there! I really love your analyses of VK, and was wondering if you could explain Kaname's motivations? I've always found it hard to understand who he was and why he was doing things, from killing purebloods as an ancestor, to deciding to protect Yuuki, then back to trying to eliminate the purebloods? It doesn't have to be anything long (of course unless you want it to be!!) Thanks!

Aww well thank you! I can certainly try. In my opinion, Kaname is a lot like Yuuki. In the first arc, everyone painted her as this bright light of their life, a selfless person who would do anything for the people she loved, and while this wasn’t entirely untrue, Yuuki eventually revealed to Zero that she had ulterior motives for getting close to him - she wanted to become the person he was dependent on, so that she wouldn’t be alone. She does the same thing with Kaname in the second arc, when she wonders if it’s wrong to want someone by her side so she doesn’t have to spend eternity alone. 

The reason I bring this up in relation to Kaname is because I believe he was guilty of the same thing. A lot of his fans would say that Kaname loves and cares about humans and wanting to protect them, because he only took a little of their blood in the village while he was the ancestor, because he was researching a way to kill purebloods, because he wanted to become the parent metal and later finally did. But, like Yuuki’s caring for Zero, Kaname’s concern for the humans was mostly a front for his real motive which I believe was to end his own eternal life because of his inability to accept who he was. That’s not to say he didn’t also have concern for the humans during this period, just like Yuuki obviously did still care for Zero. But he had ulterior motives. Kaname’s research on how to kill purebloods came before the purebloods got really bad, which is why the Ancestress interrupts him and says that she doesn’t believe his research will be necessary. Specifically, Kaname was using himself as the guinea pig and figuring out that only a pureblood could kill another pureblood. This is how he came upon the idea to become the parent metal, which would require his life.

I mentioned Kaname’s inability to accept who he was and I think his Ancestor days are really what highlight this. Rather than joining the other progenitors, Kaname chooses to live among the humans, hiding who he really is, sneakily taking their blood in the middle of the night with syringes rather than using his fangs. When they discover what he did and call him a monster, he doesn’t deny this claim, and it is this view of him standing alone as they force him out that reminds Yuuki of Zero. I think it is because she recognizes the self-loathing that comes from being a vampire when you’d much rather be human. Later, the Ancestress questions him on not taking a blood slave yet, and says something to him about forgetting how to use his fangs, the exact same phrasing Kaname uses with Yuuki during the period where she refused to accept her vampire self. Again, a parallel is made between Kaname and a character who struggled with vampirism. 

Chapter 64 shows Kaname’s past through his own perspective, and there are three things he highlights. His research into killing purebloods which would require his own life, the Ancestress using her own instead which I believe created resentment in Kaname’s heart, and Kaname’s memory of the humans perception of him as a monster and the question that I think was a continuation of the Ancestress’ words to him, which is how many times he asked himself why he was born this way.

Kaname did not want to be a vampire. He did not want to be a pureblood. He romanticizes the idea of being human and pictures it as a life full of sunlight and happiness, in comparison to Yuuki’s view, which is that being human allowed her to experience happiness but she was also weak and powerless and a burden to those who cared for her. 

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SO…

MY THERAPY SESSION WENT WELL, ACTUALLY.

I WAS WORRIED THAT THEY WOULDN’T BELIEVE ME, THAT I WOULD SPEND MORE TIME EXPLAINING THAN TALKING ABOUT HOW IT MADE ME FEEL…

BUT ACTUALLY, THE FIRST THING THEY SAY TO ME WAS

“I UNDERSTAND THE SITUATION IS COMPLICATED. DON’T WORRY ABOUT HOW I UNDERSTAND, JUST TELL ME HOW EVERYTHING HAS MADE YOU FEEL.”

IT WAS EXTREMELY HELPFUL… SO. I MENTIONED A LOT OF THINGS THIS YEAR. PAIN, LOVE, LONELINESS, TRUST….

VICES.

ALL KINDS OF THINGS. AND HAVING SOMEONE ON THE OUTSIDE TO JUST… TALK TO!! AND HAVE LISTEN WITHOUT TRYING TO FIX IT…

IT WAS REALLY REALLY NICE??!!?

I DIDN’T KNOW THIS KIND OF THING WAS SO USEFUL!!!!!! SO GOOD……

I CRIED A LOT AND THEY JUST LET ME CRY.

I DON’T THINK I’VE FELT SO… LIGHT? IN A LONG TIME.

IT’S VERY FREEING.

SANS AND I ARE GOING TO PLAY IN THE SNOW SOON AND THEN WE’LL GO DO A LITTLE SHOPPING AND EAT DINNER.

TODAY HAS BEEN REALLY GOOD!!!

Writing Antagonists

I received an influx of antagonist questions in the past few days, so I thought I’d compile my posts on the topic. I think I might have written a few others, but I think these are the most helpful. Thanks for your questions!

Understanding Your Antagonist

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how to make an antagonist realistic/relatable without excusing their bad behavior. Many of the questions are afraid that giving the antagonist back story is a poor way to give the villain a “pass” for all the terrible things they’ve done.  I’ve previously posted about antagonists and how you should focus on making them as real as your protagonist, which explains you need to develop their back story just as much as you would any other character. Here are a few tips that should help:

If you’re having trouble developing your antagonist, try to think about the story from their point-of-view.

For the most part, making your antagonist evil for no reason doesn’t make any sense. There’s usually a reason, even if it’s not 100% exposed to your readers. Everyone in your story should have a motive, just like they would in real life. Your antagonist thinks he is the main character. Your antagonist thinks he’s doing the RIGHT thing. Very rarely do villains with no motive work out or feel realistic (I know they have, but it’s a very hard thing to pull off). In the mind of your antagonist, your main character is stopping them from accomplishing their goals.

Discussing your antagonist’s bad childhood is not the same as trying to give him a “pass” for his evil ways. 

You just need to find a way to interweave his back story without it feeling forced. If you say “He was abused as a child and that’s why he treats other people so badly”, your story will feel flat. Finding a way to show that information instead of telling it is very important. You don’t need to flat out say why the antagonist is so bad, but you should help the readers come to their own conclusions. For example, maybe your antagonist becomes furious when someone mentions something about their father. The readers will be able to infer that there’s been some sort of issue between the antagonist and their father and we might start to understand the source of their rage.

Like I mentioned before, developing a realistic past for your antagonist is the same as developing any other character. 

Your main character has to have flaws and their flaws need to come from somewhere. I would suggest doing some research on real life serial killers and see what sort of places they came from. Sometimes it’s impossible to tell why people snapped, but there are usually some clues or some build up from that person’s past. You’ll get ideas for your own antagonist.

In order to make it seem like you’re not excusing what your antagonist has done, you need to remind the audience about free-will. 

If your antagonist has a past that seems like he was driven into doing evil deeds, there needs to be actions your antagonist has done while making his own decisions. Your readers need a way to understand that your antagonist is capable of making his own choices and can also stop what he or she is doing. Having a sympathetic antagonist is not a bad thing, but you need to make sure your readers relate more with your protagonist. Your readers should usually want your protagonist to come out on top.

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Why Bad Characters Aren’t Always Bad

This is a follow-up to my Why Good Characters Aren’t Always Good post, but this time I’m going to focus more on antagonists than protagonists. I previously talked about the differences between writing a strong character (well-written, developed, interesting) and writing a morally strong character. This time I’m going to talk about writing a strong antagonist that might also have strong morals. It’s important to remember that your antagonist will not always be wrong; they are just someone who opposes your protagonist.

Your antagonist won’t always do the wrong thing

Just like your protagonist won’t always do the right thing, your antagonist isn’t always trying to destroy the world. In fact, your antagonist might actually do the right thing every once in a while and they might be the one with all the right ideas. They might decide to save your protagonist, even if they don’t necessarily agree with what they’re doing. They might even side with your protagonists on some issues. The antagonist doesn’t always have to be out to completely destroy your protagonist, so keep that in mind. Take time to discover their motivations and how it will fit into your story.

Good vs. Good is an interesting way to think about characters

If you want to write an interesting story, think of your character conflict as good vs. good. Your protagonist thinks they are doing the right thing, but so does your antagonist in most cases. I know there have been cases when the antagonist is just an awful person, but most of the time they do think what they’re doing is necessary. If we find reasons to side with both your protagonist and antagonist, your story becomes very fascinating. Consider that both characters believe they are in the right.

Your antagonist might have the best intentions in mind

You protagonist is only the protagonist because it’s the character your story is focusing on. They’re the main character of your novel and the one we’re told to care about more. However, that doesn’t mean your protagonist is making all the right decisions and what they say goes. Your antagonist might also have the best intentions in mind. Some of the best stories are when your protagonist realizes that they might not have been making the best decisions OR when they see themselves in the antagonist. Remember, your antagonist might think they’re doing the right thing and they might intend to do something good.

It’s possible for your antagonist to care about your protagonist

Your antagonist and protagonist do not have to hate each other. As I mentioned before, your protagonist does not have to be the good one and your antagonist doesn’t have to be the evil one. They just oppose each other in some way. Usually whatever they want they can’t have unless the other one fails. This doesn’t mean that your antagonist can’t care about what happens to the protagonist. Stories become more interesting when the protagonist and antagonist have a relationship that goes beyond hating each other.

This post is intended to help you switch up how you look at antagonists, so hopefully you can explore this in your writing. Antagonists and protagonists come in many shapes and forms, so don’t always think one has to be “good” and one has to be “evil”. I usually think of the “wrong” character as the one who doesn’t change or develop throughout your story despite the information presented to them and the experiences they go through. Figure out what works for your novel and what helps make the plot most interesting/exciting.

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Reasons Why Your Antagonist is the Antagonist

Any antagonist or villain that doesn’t have a reason for being the antagonist will come off as a flat character. Even if you know as the writer why a character is doing something, you need to find ways to explain it to your readers. When you reveal this information is up to you, but you need to do it at some point to make your characters relatable and believable. Here are a few things that might explain why your antagonist is the antagonist:

Family behavior

Looking at your antagonist’s background is always a great way to explain why they are the way they are. Think about how your character’s parents had treated them in the past. Maybe their father was busy at work and didn’t have time for your antagonist. Maybe their mother left the family or never wanted a child. Though these particular situations do not make people “evil” or “bad”, they do help shape your character. Build the individual situations of your characters and use them to help explain why your character turned out the way they did.

Again, family behavior doesn’t always negatively affect a person and turn them into something bad, but it might have an impact on your character. Try to only include information about this behavior if it has helped develop your character in some way. Or consider the reverse. Family behavior like a mother being too caring or suffocating might have caused a character to act out. There are so many ways to do it!

Personal background

Outside of family behavior, your antagonist might have had some bad things happen to them.  Maybe they were bullied when they were younger or there’s something they wanted badly that they never got. Looking into your antagonist’s personal background will help you understand a lot about your character. Were they constantly made fun of? Did they witness something violent that helped shaped them as an adult? If a character has felt weak at certain times in their life, they might want some control over other people.  Consider these factors.

Mob mentality

An antagonist might be an antagonist simply because they got caught up in something bigger than themselves.  They might have heard something from other people and decided to join the cause. They might have gotten swept up in something they didn’t fully understand and gained power. Something might be so ingrained in them that they can’t see your protagonist’s point of view. A character can be susceptible to what everyone else is thinking, so conformity might be a factor that turns them into the antagonist.

Desperation

If someone is in a desperate situation, this will definitely shape their behavior. Consider the idea that your antagonist is just as desperate as your protagonist. They need to succeed. If they don’t, maybe something horrible might happen to them. A villain doesn’t always do things just because they want to stand in the way of the protagonist. They’re not just simply evil. There’s always a reason behind their actions and desperation might be one of them.

Remember, your antagonist isn’t always the bad person; they’re just someone who doesn’t want to see your protagonist to succeed. Their ideals clash and they believe different things. You should develop your antagonist just as much as your develop your protagonist. Explaining why they’re doing the things they’re doing will help your readers understand what’s happening.

-Kris Noel

This is honestly one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever heard. I really hope Game fucks him up, but he’ll have to be careful because Zimmerman might claim ‘stand your ground’ law after popping some shots off. As a side note, Game has a tattoo of Trayvon Martin on his leg, which explains a lot as to why this spectacle is happening.

“I would not be boxing for me, I’d be boxing for the legacy of Trayvon Martin and for his family. I would box him to knock him out. I would definitely take pleasure in it. It’s legal, and I want to show him you can solve your disputes without a weapon.” - Game

Hip-Hop Fights Back…literally.

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First Sentence Writing Prompts

Send me characters/pairings (and setting or anything else you want to see) and the number to one of the following first lines:

  1. “I know you’re afraid but we can’t hide in this closet forever.”
  2. “Nope, I absolutely refuse to touch that.”
  3. “How exactly did you manage to get stuck in there?”
  4. “Why is it suddenly purple?”
  5. “Pass me the sledgehammer.”
  6. “Explain it to me again - why do we need to pretend to be married?”
  7. “In my defense, I thought this would go a lot more smoothly.”
  8. “I don’t know how you get yourself into these situations.”
  9. “Careful, don’t drop – “
  10. “And that’s how I ended up standing naked on the Brooklyn Bridge on Christmas Eve.”
  11. “It’s sticky.”
  12. “You need to stop.”
  13. “Well that’s the single most impressive thing I’ve ever seen someone do.”
  14. “What’s with the pigtails?”
  15. “How have you made it this long without someone throwing you out an airlock or something?”
  16. “Ow, what was that for?”
  17. “Ugh, why did I eat that?”
  18. “In my defense, it seemed like a brilliant idea at the time.”
  19. “Run!”
  20. “Come on, give me one good reason not to jump in the lake.”
  21. “We’re going to be late if we don’t leave like 5 minutes ago.”
  22. “What do you mean by leaving?”
  23. “I’m trying very hard not to see all this as a metaphor for my life.”
  24. “Please tell me you know how to defuse a bomb.”
  25. “Where have you been, I was ready to call the police!”
  26. “No, the house is definitely not haunted, why do you ask?”
  27. “Get over here now and bring a tarp.”
  28. “I don’t care that it’s 2:00 am, we need pie.”
  29. “I’ve got everything under control.”
  30. “At this point, what else could possibly go wrong?”
Harry Potter Survey - send some messages!
  • Harry Potter- Explain a scar on your body.
  • Ron Weasley- Something you’re afraid of.
  • Hermione Granger- A subject you know a lot about.
  • Draco Malfoy- Closest green item to you.
  • Severus Snape- Your favorite Alcoholic beverage.
  • Rubeus Hagrid- Your favorite animal.
  • Luna Lovegood- Something about you other people find weird.
  • Neville Longbottom- Your favorite flower.
  • Fred and George Weasley- The last prank you pulled on someone, or someone pulled on you.
  • Voldemort- If you were to make a Horcrux, it would be…
  • Moaning Myrtle- The last thing to make you cry.
  • Sirius Black- Have you ever taken the blame for something you didn’t do?
  • Dobby- What is your most loved article of clothing?
  • Sybill Trelawney- When was the last time you experienced Deja Vu?
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  • Hedwig- What was your all-time favorite pet, or, if you’ve never had one, your all-time favorite birthday gift.
  • Albus Dumbledore- What is your proudest accomplishment?
‘Sans weird murder line actually tells us a lot’ theory

Ever since I saw the restaurant scene, I had thought that Sans randomly telling us that had he not spoken to Toriel beforehand he would have killed us was weirdly out of character. After all, Sans is a lot of things, but a dude who kills random child passerbys isn’t one of them. 

Now I just realized that the entire point to Sans telling us the story of his promise to Toriel was to explain that had Toriel not asked him to try and guide us down the right road, Sans would have done his ‘murder them until they quit in frustration’ tactic right at the very beginning of the game, rather then the end. Gameplay wise, this realization isn’t THAT important, because Sans can’t stop a player determined to get through him, so the game would have gone on roughly the same after that, but it’s VERY important as far as his characterization goes. 

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So pre-war people would have been a lot taller then the present day post-apoc folk right? I’m not taking the characters models as gospel since Bethesda wasn’t exactly branching out with body types. But it makes sense, lack of good nutrition plus radiation isn’t going to do wonders for the next generation. Animals tend to become smaller when resources are fewer, (the whole dinosaurs becoming birds over time thing)

  • I actually really love this headcanon because it means-
  • The enclave are basically the racist elves of Fallout.
  • power armour would be designed for much taller body types, explaining why the player character always seems to be better at using them then enemy types, and why there are exo-skeletons stripped and abandoned everywhere. (The BoS make their own and modify existing armour to fit them)
  • Active Vaults are the hidden elf villages of post-apoc America. Full of these freakishly tall clear skinned assholes.
  • Pre-war Ghouls become a lot more intimidating when most of them look like giants standing next to you.
  • No seriously the reason Edward Deegan can get into Diamond City is probably because he looks like he could clothes-line every city guard without slowing down.
  • Holy shit the feral Ghouls just got pants-shittingly more terrifying!
  • Supports the Tiny Hancock headcanon. Forever support the Tiny Hancock headcanon.
  • Nick is probably the pre-war average 6′0 like other gen 2s. He just seems really tall next to your average jane and joe commonwealth.
11.15: Dean Walks Into A Bar

How are we still debating this? I mean really.

Now normally I don’t usually consider the same things as a No Homo that a lot of people seem to (because bisexual means he likes BOTH, yes good okay), buuuut I’m not going to deny that “HEY, REMINDER THAT DEAN LIKES WOMEN, YES?” isn’t something that happens, and that it doesn’t end up being fodder for the Dean-is-straight-and-you-are-dumb people.

So. That fucking said.

The moments in this ep where a No Homo would have been shoved in not only just didn’t exist, but were DELIBERATELY PASSED OVER. Let me explain. –No, it’ll take too long, let me sum up.

Dean walks into the bar, and sees the girl dancing on the table.

He looks, but he doesn’t get invested. No smirking, no once-over, none of the tell-tale “aw yeah” reactions we usually get from Dean. The one who gets his attention is Rio, who gets a friendly, nonsexual nod of solidarity.

Then there’s a girl laying down on a table with her mouth open and being fed alcohol all sexy-like. Dean not only doesn’t look interested, but he gets that “oh, well, all right” face that people tend to make when they’re watching something that isn’t quite their thing.

And then he sees Gunner and makes a goddamn beeline.

Here’s his face when Gunner knows his name without asking and hands him a shot.

This is not subtle. It’s not played off as so much of a joke that it’s an effective No Homo. If you made it through tonight’s episode without at least suspecting that Dean isn’t straight, those Hetero Lenses are welded to your damn face.

Astrology Physiology

Every planet, sign and house have physiological correspondences which would explain a lot as we don’t always look like our ascendant. The Houses each rule a different part of our bodies, the planets affect how they appear and the signs give them a certain vibe, note that the houses and signs correspond with each other so they usually rule the same things (E.g Jupiter in the 9th House which is in Libra, Big (Jupiter) hips/thighs (9th House) that may be very feminine (Libra).)

*This is strictly appearance wise, if people would like a full, medical astrology post, let me know*

Houses/Signs

1st House/Aries: Head, Face, Physicality, Brain, Blood Vessels to the Brain and Facial bones

2nd House/Taurus: Voice Teeth, Throat, Neck and Bones

3rd House/Gemini: Shoulders, Collar bones and Hands

4th House/Cancer: Chest, Breasts, Ribs and Stomach

5th House/Leo: Spinal Chord and Back

6th House/Virgo: Abdomen and Stomach

7th House/Libra: Waist and skin

8th House/Scorpio:  Anus, Buttocks, Sexual Organs and pelvic bones

9th House/Sagittarius: Hips and Thighs

10th House/Capricorn: Knees and Joints

11th House/Aquarius: Ankles and Legs

12th House/Pisces: Feet and Toes

Planets

Sun: Provides health and vitality, generally is a bright, positive attribute

Moon: Fluctuation and instability in appearance is common here, warm and comforting features

Mercury: Sharp and clean-cut type of appearance

Venus: Feminine, aesthetically pleasing attributes

Mars: Rough, prominent, masculine attributes

Jupiter: Expansion, growth and largeness in the appearance

Saturn: Restriction, bony appearance

Uranus: Radical, uneven attributes

Neptune: Subtle, enchanting attributes

Pluto: Sexy, empowering attributes

I got mildly irritated by a certain interaction at Twitter this morning, and would like to just post a rant here. 

Admittedly I have not looked too thoroughly into Japan’s Copyrights Act (I’m not in my tip-top condition and I dread to do work-related things at home), but despite me rummaging through Google to see if anyone explained why Pixiv doesn’t allow art to be reproduced without permission, I came out with little to none. Sure, there are a lot of masterposts on how-tos and explaining that it’s in Pixiv’s terms of service, but that doesn’t explain why that is needed.

I’ll try to make it simple: Japan’s copyrights laws are ass-weird. 

Japan’s copyrights laws are ass-weird.

Japan’s copyrights laws are ass-weird.

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Messy

Summary: Seunghyun, your brother, leaves you all alone with Jiyong, who has been his best friend since the fucking womb. Shit gets really dirty. 

Warnings: Oh No, Minor Sex, Age Gap, Oppa!Kink, drug use, alcohol use, oral sex, rough sex, crying, begging, like a whole a lot of shit, be warned before reading, if this isnt ur thing just dont read it

Word Count: 5442

Editing Creds: @doom-dada-diggity 

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When ‘famous’ LGBTQ+ couples break up

This morning I was having a conversation with a straight friend about why it is so sad for the gay community when couples, like Shannon and Cammie or Stevie and Ally, break up. I’m sure a lot of people would agree with me when I say that we are heartbroken for these girls, who we both admire and have shared so much with. My love goes out to all four of them in this difficult time.

What I had to explain to my friend is why these break-ups have a much bigger impact than when the same thing happens with a straight couple. People rarely worry about straight people finding love because it’s pretty much a given in a heteronormative society. It’s easy to find a straight girl you relate to because there is an abundance. They’re everywhere. So when the many straight girls you relate to get into different relationships, it’s just not as big a deal. When those straight couples break up, you can be sad but let’s be honest, they’ll hardly struggle finding someone else. And you can just turn to another straight relationship to look up to because they’re everywhere.

It’s not the same in the gay community. We don’t have that luxury. We don’t have an abundance of gay role models to look up to and among that small group it’s not always easy to find someone you relate to personally. When we see couples on TV or YouTube that represent us in a very real and relatable way - a way that goes deeper than just our common sexuality - it provides hope. It provides a hope that if someone who is like me can find love, then so can I. There is such a history of tragedy and difficulties in the LGBTQ+ community that it’s important that the little representation that we have is positive and inspiring.

So if your ‘favourite’ couple breaks up, if the only representation of what you hope your relationship could be like breaks up, it’s not upsetting just because they won’t be making funny videos any more. It’s sad because that representation of your hope for love is gone and often, there isn’t anywhere else to turn.

I hope some of you can find comfort in knowing that you’re not alone in what you’re feeling now. I also want to say that although this is a sad and difficult time for all of us, it is so so much more difficult for the girls going through the break-ups. We need to show them support in this time and in time, we will hopefully watch them find the strength to keep doing what they do so well. I admire each and every one of them for sharing these pieces of their lives with the wider world and providing us with glimmers of hope for our own futures.

Until the rest of the world figures out how to be inclusive, we only have each other to hold on to. Let’s cling onto that and continue to support each other, our role models included. I promise it will only keep getting better.

Understanding Your Antagonist

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how to make an antagonist realistic/relatable without excusing their bad behavior. Many of the questions are afraid that giving the antagonist back story is a poor way to give the villain a “pass” for all the terrible things they’ve done.  I’ve previously posted about antagonists and how you should focus on making them as real as your protagonist, which explains you need to develop their back story just as much as you would any other character. Here are a few tips that should help:

If you’re having trouble developing your antagonist, try to think about the story from their point-of-view. For the most part, making your antagonist evil for no reason doesn’t make any sense. There’s usually a reason, even if it’s not 100% exposed to your readers. Everyone in your story should have a motive, just like they would in real life. Your antagonist thinks he is the main character. Your antagonist thinks he’s doing the RIGHT thing. Very rarely do villains with no motive work out or feel realistic (I know they have, but it’s a very hard thing to pull off). In the mind of your antagonist, your main character is stopping them from accomplishing their goals.

Discussing your antagonist’s bad childhood is not the same as trying to give him a “pass” for his evil ways. You just need to find a way to interweave his back story without it feeling forced. If you say “He was abused as a child and that’s why he treats other people so badly”, your story will feel flat. Finding a way to show that information instead of telling it is very important. You don’t need to flat out say why the antagonist is so bad, but you should help the readers come to their own conclusions. For example, maybe your antagonist becomes furious when someone mentions something about their father. The readers will be able to infer that there’s been some sort of issue between the antagonist and their father and we might start to understand the source of their rage.

Like I mentioned before, developing a realistic past for your antagonist is the same as developing any other character. Your main character has to have flaws and their flaws need to come from somewhere. I would suggest doing some research on real life serial killers and see what sort of places they came from. Sometimes it’s impossible to tell why people snapped, but there are usually some clues or some build up from that person’s past. You’ll get ideas for your own antagonist.

In order to make it seem like you’re not excusing what your antagonist has done, you need to remind the audience about free-will. If your antagonist has a past that seems like he was driven into doing evil deeds, there needs to be actions your antagonist has done while making his own decisions. Your readers need a way to understand that your antagonist is capable of making his own choices and can also stop what he or she is doing. Having a sympathetic antagonist is not a bad thing, but you need to make sure your readers relate more with your protagonist. Your readers should usually want your protagonist to come out on top.

Hope this helps!

-Kris Noel

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5 Weird Involuntary Human Behaviors Explained

Our body leaves a lot to autopilot, which is a good thing. Imagine having to walk through your day actively remembering not to pee your pants. That would be totally lame.

Some of our involuntary behaviors are pretty weird, though. Why do our eyes sometimes twitch? Why do we yawn? Why do some people sneeze when they look at the sun? Why do we hiccup, and how can we get rid of them?

Find out what science has to say about these weird behaviors in this week's It’s Okay To Be Smart! No yawning while watching.

Also, the YouTube show has its own Twitter account now! I know, it only took me two years to set it up. I’m good at internet. Follow @okaytobesmart for the latest videos, announcements, behind the scenes pics, Q&As, and extra goodies to go with each episode. 

sooo a lovely anon requested a tutorial on how to do something like this:

and i’m not really sure how to call that effect, but it’s actually really easy to make and i hope my incapability to explain won’t make it hard for you to understand :) you need some basic skills for this (how to make a gif and how to color it), i’ve already made tutorials on both of these things, you can find them here: [x]

aaaand here we go

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Before filming today’s tutorial I couldn’t resist taking a quick photo of these beauties in front of my ring light!

I ordered these via Boots online and I couldn’t wait for the email to say they were ready to be collected! I picked them up 2 days ago & I used them for the first time today.

There has been a lot of mixed reviews on the price of these brushes due to the jump in cost from the previous set by Real Techniques & Pixiwoo.
But as the girls explained in their recent video on their channel, this new Bold Metals Collection is a premium brush set aimed at professionals as well as makeup lovers. And as the girls have such a huge following, there would be a mammoth amount of disappointed fans if the new line was only available in a premium cosmetic outlet.
So it seemed the logical thing to do to make sure the brushes were accessible to everyone was to keep the sets in the high street!

I adored the original line from the girls, so to say I was excited about the launch of the Bold Metals Collection is an understatement!
And I’m most definitely not disappointed.
Where most brush brands fall short for me is the tautness of bristles. For instance the Pointed Crease brush from this range is p-e-r-f-e-c-t!!! The very tip of the bristles where the point forms has the right stiffness, and the bristles around it are the ideal softness to blend out the surrounding shadow.
Many others I’ve come across are too soft and the tip just sways back and forth with the rest of the hairs, which prevents it from doing what it’s meant to.

All the brushes are made from the softest synthetic hair, so they are completely animal cruelty free! Also, this means all the brushes can be used with both powder & cream products.

Another plus for me are the weighted handles. I’ve always used fully-leaded pencils for drawing, and found that having a little bit of weight to the pencil aided the process & the comfortability of drawing. And it’s the same with my makeup brushes. I think it’s all about balance.

There are 7 brushes in total within the range, but I didn’t purchase the angled liner as it’s the one type of brush I don’t really use or particularly like, not just from RT but from most brands. It’s just personal preference. I have 2 that I stick to if-and-when I do use them; a sable angled liner from Crown, and a synthetic one from Illamasqua (both used for brows) and as they say ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it’ but who knows, I may be persuaded to get it at a later date.

I love that the brushes are coloured differently according to their use. My favourite colour is the Rose Gold.

You can definitely tell these have been designed by professional makeup artists. They are a premium brush line that are 100% worth their price!

In the USA you can pick up the entire set in ULTA, and in the UK these are exclusive to Boots.

queerbaiting expose

Hi everyone! I’m working on a thing, an important thing! It’s a big project that aims to expose and explain queerbaiting to genpop folks who have no clue what it is or what it means. 

I’ve interviewed a lot of professional people already (psychotherapists, professors, etc) and now I’m at the stage where I really want to get some personal stories to flesh out and give voice to this huge issue that affects all of us! So if you would like to chat to me about this and possibly take part please msg me or comment in some way here :)

FYI I’m a journalist IRL so will be getting this published once it’s done. I had just started working on it when my orphanswanqueen account got deleted (typical!) so if you could reblog this post so it reaches as many folks as possible that would be swell. 

Originally posted by glxwndr

I'm still calling it now.....

…CeCe’s story from the 6A finale was a complete lie. She is not “Charles DiLaurentis/Drake”, she is actually “Bethany Young” (cover name for CeCe/Charlotte Drake), Mary Drake’s daughter and Alison’s cousin. Wren is the real Charles, born to Mary but adopted by the DiLaurentis family. That would still explain the two boys at the farm, Wren and Jason. CeCe just told the story the way she did to cover for the good doctor…which is very obvious he has a connection to Elliott, considering they have both been referenced as the “good doctor” and have British accents. Another thing I found fishy is how Mary Drake was in Radley and so was Marion Cavanaugh, who also looked an awful lot like Jessica. Marion…Mary. Strange coincidence. Or maybe a plot twist? Maybe I’m hoping but it all seems very strange and coincidental.