cathy strange

@compassionatedestiny (Starter! =D)

It was a normal day after school for a long haired brunette wearing glasses who was done with her classes for the day and was returning to her dorm. She walked down the halls of the Ra girls dorms and stopped at her door, humming softly to herself as she slowly opened it ready to relax. Inside, sitting on the floor, was her room mate and what appeared to be a cyclops monster having a tea party together.

Her mouth dropped open and she at first went back outside and closed the door again softly. ‘Okay, maybe I haven’t had enough sleep or I’m exhausted from class. I’m imagining things, I must be.’ she thought and rubbed her eyes before returning inside. They were still there. Now she wondered if she was going crazy and slowly asked, “M-Mikomi, who…who is that?” It looked like a duel monster spirit, but there was no way right? Maybe it was a guy in a costume.

anonymous asked:

Hi! Do you think Olicity and Felicity hatred in facebook and other sites will affect Arrow's direction in S4? Show runners always claim they listen to fans. If Lauriver was sidelined because of poor reception it received in S1, what prevents the show runners to let Olicity meet the same fate? I know story-wise it will make zero sense but after seeing S3 and Laurel's BC arc,I have a feeling that Arrow writers forgot how to say a good story and are focussing more on moments than a coherent story

Hi!

Honestly, I don’t think that any hatred directed at Felicity or Olicity coming from sites like Facebook will have any real effect on Arrow. I don’t want to come across as discouraging social media participation, but social media buzz comes from the loudest factions of fans rather than necessarily the largest. It’s why I never get too worked up about poll results. I have to believe that professionals in the entertainment industry are discerning enough with regard to fan feedback that hate based on nothing but personal disinclination would not be taken particularly seriously.

Now, if you’ll allow me to be snobby for a moment: I’m a firm believer in solid presentation and proper grammar if writing is to be given any weight whatsoever. I can’t speak for anybody else, but I’m willing to read through dissertations of dissenting opinions if they’re well-constructed and backed up with evidence. It’s why the “what didn’t work” sections of my reviews are frequently obscenely long; taking a firm stance on something demands firm support. I’ve said before that reviews of anything are fundamentally biased, but I think that a bias is worth consideration when it has textual support. Most of the hatred that I’ve seen for Olicity and Felicity has been based on divergences from comic lore

I don’t know that Lauriver was sidelined because of poor audience reception from Season 1. The producers have admitted to difficulties with writing plots for Laurel, and Lauriver is just one of the many casualties of the mishandling of her character.

I think the main factor that prevents the showrunners from flip-flopping on Olicity is that they’ve gone too far in establishing the relationship. Even when Laurel was being presented as Oliver’s One True Love, the producers kept an awful lot of romantic irons in the fire. I’m not sure that Season 1 Oliver could have pronounced monogamy, let alone celibacy. Laurel may have been the intended end of the road for him, but he sure was taking the scenic route in getting to her. Producers went back on Lauriver because they hadn’t set it up that they couldn’t.

The producers can’t go back on Olicity. I’ve always seen Oliver’s Season 3 celibacy not so much as Oliver restraining himself from chasing women as Oliver simply choosing monogamy. Sex hadn’t become shameful or sinful and undesirable for him; sex had become intrinsically connected to love in his mind, and so he did not casually partake in the physical act. He just didn’t want to share a bed with somebody else, and that’s so huge for his character. Oliver in love with Laurel was always tinged with Ollie; Oliver in love with Felicity is a whole new person.

Even their sex scene was different from Oliver’s previous sex scenes. With his other women, he usually showed up, exchanged a few words, and then somebody would lunge at the other as a pop song began to play over the soundtrack. With Felicity, they had a conversation about feelings that culminated with Felicity confessing her love, then proceeded to gaze into each other’s eyes as they undressed to the soft strains of their own theme. I’m notorious for not liking the phrase “making love,” but there’s really none other to describe their consummation in Nanda Parbat.

Sidebar: I’m even more notorious for hating the concept of “soul mates” in fiction. The only times that I have non-sarcastically referred to a couple as “soul mates” was with regard to Mulder and Scully on The X-Files and Heathcliff and Cathy in Wuthering Heights. 

Anyway, I can’t disagree with you that the writers focused more on big moments and the “Gotcha!” in Season 3. I think that Season 3 was handled like a Mad Lib in twenty-three parts: the big plot twists were planned and typed and made uncompromisable, and the attempts to fill in the rest were completely nonsensical. Laurel was going to become Black Canary. Ray Palmer was going to become the ATOM. Oliver was going to become Ra’s al Ghul. The nouns and verbs and adjectives thrown in to fill all of the blanks turns plots into meandering messes more often than not. I think that with careful planning, the writers are still capable of telling a good coherent story.

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