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My friend Aryana and I were talking about how so many of our favorite M/M pairings involve one or both dying… or “dying” and then coming back somehow. So I decided to write a poem for all of them, all at once.

This was inspired by a plethora of my ships. May it make you think of some of yours.

consider – post-Scarif, after some mission or the other, it’s just Bodhi, Chirrut and Baze in the mess hall or something (Cassian’s briefing the higher ups on what went down, and no one really knows where Jyn is). Bodhi’s unusually quiet, with Chirrut providing most of the conversation.

finally, Bodhi, in a very quiet voice, asks Baze and Chirrut what Jedha was like – he doesn’t remember a Jedha that wasn’t under Imperial rule, and he’s sure that Baze and Chirrut do. so Chirrut tells him, and Baze tells him, and they trade stories, telling each other of marketplaces filled with all sorts of wares, of vendors selling glass beads passing for kyber crystals to the unwary pilgrim, of games that Bodhi played when he was little and how they haven’t changed from the games that Baze and Chirrut played when they were little…

me, when create Space Rebellion AU at first: fun/indulgence/one-time thing/a little serious

Originally posted by vietouslememes

me, after rewrite and seasoning the AU: drama everywhere/angst/more drama, DEAD people/literally war AU/wounded/suffering

Originally posted by moa8

I am so sorry

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I saw this screen on Miiverse from Ford’s Holy Night Festival (married, without kid yet) so I just had to read the full text and eventually translated it due to…reasons 

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BIG HERO 6'S CHARACTERS ARE IMPORTANT, Y'ALL

I have to type my feelings they have nowhere else to go okay and I need everyone to think about this

(There are tiny spoilers in here so keep away from this post if you’re worried about that but a lot of this can be glimpsed in trailers and I tried to be intentionally mostly vague while still pointing things out)

BIG HERO 6 YOU GUYS

BIG HERO 6

okay so. SO. I am still crying over Tadashi Hamada and Baymax and Hiro’s story in general but wait no that’s not what this was supposed to be about lemme just skip over that because

RIGHT NOW I REALLY NEED TO DISCUSS THESE 4 AND I NEED YOU TO READ IT EVEN THOUGH IT’S LONG

• GoGo. “Woman up.” YES. FRICK YES. I AM IN LOOOOVE. And I also love how she was this tough girl who’s amazing at car chases and independent and stubborn but she’s not broody. SHE’S the one who pulls Hiro into a hug in one of the most emotional scenes. Like, I don’t think you understand how important this is to me?? She’s just as emotionally involved and present in everything as everyone else is; she doesn’t have to be declared a “tough girl” or “"strong character”“ by not having emotions. I was so afraid they’d make her emotionally distant or gruff but they didn’t and it made me so happy????? And even though she’s presented as this "tough girl” character, her style is still STYLISH at times in her own way; I particularly loved her superrrr short cuttoff jeans coupled with leggings. And then there’s also, like, her sleeveless white tanktop (“wife beater” but I hate that term)? I need to see the movie again purely to pay attention to her outfits. But basically… STEREOTYPES: DISMISSED.

• Honey Lemon. Tall willowy nerdy spectacled GIRLY Honey Lemon, who loves bright colors and loves chemistry and is infinitely excited by FRIENDS and INVENTIONS and ALL THE SCIENCE THINGS and takes freaking selfies and wears heels because she loves them even though she’s ridiculously tall. Whose chemical weapons are /IN A PURSE/, and her explosions are /IN BRIGHT COLORS/, and HER HAIR IS ALWAYS STYLIZED. Like, the ideas that women can’t be extremely feminine AND clever and that taking selfies or being excited by life is immature? Yeah RIGHT. Honey Lemon flounces by in her pink and orange and says your viewpoints are narrow as heck. STEREOTYPES: SMASHED.

Fred, who was comic relief, but was never once diminished by the others as being lesser because he wasn’t the “genius” brand of nerd. Fred, who just purely loved hanging out with these REALLY COOL people (and how awesome is that, like, friendly reminder that Science Nerds are shown as COOL in this film?) and even though he was the “comic book nerd” brand of nerd and they all teased him about it a little bit they ultimately loved him for it even though he was the “different” one in the group. Fred, who was never portrayed as lesser because he wasn’t studious and even though he wasn’t ACADEMICALLY smart he still was shown to ultimately be PRACTICALLY smart and he had many ideas because smartness comes in different forms. Which is so important and even if it’s not explicitly stated it’s still there and I fudging love it???? He’s shown as proof that what people assume about you isn’t always correct at first, because even if you wear your underwear in ABSURD WAYS and don’t love to study you aren’t LESSER OR AN IDIOT. And his character was a reminder that you can’t always assume you know someone’s home or family life just by looking at them. STEREOTYPES: INCINERATED. (Joke intended)

• & Wasabi. WASABIIIIIIII. Y'all. Freaking Wasabi. He makes my heart so happy with his existence. Firstly, he’s a POC whose voice doesn’t have Stereotypical Black Guy Inflections/Vocabulary, and it’s pretty sad that that’s something I feel the need to point out but it’s important to me because I feel like it’s a form of representation not done very often. Secondly, HE IS THE ONE WHO ACTS AS THE VOICE OF REASON AND IS SLIGHTLY NEUROTIC. He’s, like, the Hermione of the group? What the frick? “Everything has its place.” I was silently SCREAMING over how specific he is about his stuff, and how he’s the one to be like, DO YOU GUYS NOT CARE HOW DANGEROUS THIS IS?? And his DRIVING I was in HYSTERICS I’m not gonna say anything more specific because spoilers but OH MY GOSH. Wtf wtf maybe my mind is just drawing a blank (correct me if I’m wrong, I may be forgetting things in my excitement!) but I can’t remember any other time there’s been an animated black character who’s been treated in this way, which is basically the complete opposite of how POCs are typically most often treated in media?? Also: I love his hair. But anyway, STEREOTYPES: DESTROYED. Ahhhhhh!!!

this is so long I’m so sorry but the point is

• SEE THIS MOVIE

IT HAS SO MANY IMPORTANT LESSONS IN IT AND THAT IS SOMETHING I WOULD NEED A WHOLE OTHER POST TO GO OVER AND I’D NEED ANOTHER POST TO COVER HOW GREAT BAYMAX AND THE BROTHERS ARE AND THE STORYLINE ITSELF IS SO BEYOND GREAT TOO BUT

THIS IS AN “APPRECIATE THESE FOUR CHARACTERS AND WHAT THEY STAND FOR AND SHOW LITTLE KIDS” POST

and because ultimately, stereotype smashing aside, the entire premise of this film is that nerds can be heroes too and IT’S COOL TO BE SMART AND ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT ALL KINDS OF THINGS AND LIFE IN GENERAL and I’ve already seen some stories about little kids saying they want to learn science now “like Honey Lemon” etc. and that makes my heart happy 

so SUPPORT THIS MOVIE Y'ALL

YOU’LL ALSO REALLY ENJOY IT BECAUSE IT’S ABSOLUTELY GREAT AND YOU’LL LAUGH A N D CRY WOOOO

thank you for your time, please always remind people of the greatness that is this film, have a lovely day, etc. etc., thanks again, sayonara~

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This will truly be one for the history books, General Iroh. Just think, centuries from now, people will study the great Admiral Zhao, who destroyed the last of the Water Tribe civilization. You’re lucky you’re here to see it.

Lexa's Death Was Not Okay: A General Summary

Lexa’s death was wrong. It was not just like any other character death, it was not treating her equally despite her sexuality, it was not an unfortunate byproduct of living in the world of The 100, and it was not an interesting bit of writing that is a topic up for debate.

It was wrong.

I was expecting Lexa’s death, so I am not saying Lexa didn’t “need” to die; I am saying she didn’t deserve to die like this.

To those who would say The 100 is set in an unfair, cruel world, of which death is a part and sometimes those deaths are naturally unfair:

Dying, in itself, is already unfair. The world of The 100 is indeed unfair, and that is realistic, but the way in which a character dies can still have some method of justice to it.

Lexa’s death was unfair to her character, and it was sloppy writing.

I don’t need to describe Lexa’s character traits to you. These are known. I trust whoever is reading this understands who Lexa was as a character–a leader, a warrior, and a protector of her people above all else. She did not deserve to die from a stray bullet. She could’ve been assassinated–attacked by multiple people at once so she still went down, but she went down fighting. Her death could’ve gone any number of ways worthy of who she was. Lexa, as a character, deserved better.

However, rallying cries of “[this character] deserved better” can be heard across the land for all manners of characters and shows; so if that’s all this was–another unfair fictional death come about as a result of crappy writing–the response would not be of this magnitude. The crux of the problem is that Lexa’s death had layers of tragedy and horror to it that some people aren’t understanding, including the showrunner himself.

Media does not exist in a vacuum free from real-world implications.

Instead of being written in a way that did justice to her character and could’ve been explained as politically motivated, Lexa’s sloppily-written, stray-bullet death arguably came about as a direct result of her relationship with Clarke. This is potently significant, tragic, and wrong because Lexa and Clarke are queer.

We do not yet live in a world where the treatment and presentation of queer characters is no longer incredibly significant. Not all characters are created equal from page one. Not yet. Representation and history are irrevocably intertwined with media whether we like it or not, and historically, for decades, queer relationships have only ended in tragedy. There is a reason why the phrase “queer people don’t get happy endings” is used so often: they don’t. They don’t even get ambiguous endings (i.e., in this case, Lexa and Clarke parting ways and never being shown in canon together again, but there is still the possibility because they are alive). Instead, queer characters–and more specifically for the purposes of this post, queer relationships–get tragedy for “effect.”

And do you know how that tragedy is often shown?

Directly after happiness is achieved.

Two characters get together, and they’re happy, but.

Historically, in queer relationships shown in media, there is no “happily ever after.” There is always a “but.”

A terminal illness diagnosis. AIDS. A sudden death.

Happiness, and then the rug snatched out from under them.

This sends a message to viewers, especially those in the queer community. That message is actually how the concept originated: the idea that queer stories could be shown, but they cannot be happy, because to be queer is still inherently “wrong” and there will always be tragedy involved in such a life. The message is that you cannot be queer and happy, because it is not deserved.

This is untrue. Oh, it is so untrue. There are happy queer people all over the world, and they are living their happily ever afters. Never doubt that. But media is powerful (it is never “just a show”), and that is not what the media is saying.

This is why Lexa’s death was wrong.

Lexa and Clarke found their happiness, had their intimacy, and less than 5 minutes later it was shattered. Not only that, but it was shattered because of that happiness. Clarke was being targeted for loving and being in a relationship with Lexa, and Lexa died because of her love for and relationship with Clarke. Yet the writers didn’t even have the decency to let them exchange their love in words.

Lexa’s story and character were supposedly not defined by her sexuality, yet her main story was over once the storyline about her queerness was done; they built up her relationship with Clarke, and then as soon as it was done, she was gone.

Again: Lexa was not a heterosexual character, and Lexa and Clarke had a queer relationship, and that carries more weight because we do not yet live in a world where the treatment and presentation of queer characters is no longer incredibly significant. Non-tragic queer endings are rarely seen, and are not standard; there is an over-saturation of queer tragedy, a long list that now has Lexa as one of its most recent additions.

Media does not exist in a vacuum.

When discussing Lexa, we cannot acknowledge the positivity of the representation she brought to television, and then ignore the negative implications inherent in and the repercussions of her end.

Today, in our current society where equality and representation are still an uphill battle, to write a queer relationship (and push it, and promise queer fans that you can be trusted) is to shoulder a responsibility. It is a responsibility to do better. To do right by them. Representation is not simply bringing the character into existence (and queer people should not have to sit back and be grateful because “at least [the queer character] was there at all!”). Representation is also writing that character’s middle and their end in a way that is not tone-deaf to decades of history, and tragedy, and voices of those who have cried foul. It is the responsibility to write that character’s entire journey in a way that is just.

This was not justice.

Lexa deserved better.

And, more importantly, so did those who were watching her.

My thoughts on the end of Iron Man 3.

Under the cut because of spoilers. Don’t read this if you haven’t seen the movie yet, people! The cut is there for a reason (;

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I feel like a lot of people probably don’t understand why the film ended the way it did, or why it’s important that they show Tony making a few key decisions. Because I see it a certain way, I decided I’d make a post about explaining why I think Marvel did an excellent job portraying Tony’s character arc in all the right ways, and why I’m so proud of Tony Stark himself– if one can be proud of a fictional character, that is.

Overall, Iron Man 3 is about showing the man beneath the armor.

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anonymous asked:

Honest opinion of college? I don't drink or anything, and neither does my boyfriend. But he's going away to school and I'm still a high school senior. I'm nervous college is going to be outrageously peer pressuring and he's going to get into bad stuff. Is it as bad as everyone makes it seem or ...? Are there really "crazy college years" or is it just normal if you avoid the parties, ?

Hello lovely Anon (:

Here’s the thing… College really varies depending on both the person, and the school you go to. There are some universities that have notorious reputations for being “party schools” more than others. Often, these universities have football teams, or another sport that is positively huge in that area. A lot of the parties stem from involvement in sports—- or at least, the craziest ones seem to. The university I go to doesn’t have a football team, so that tones it down a bit, and it’s a private one meaning the student population is smaller. That being said, that doesn’t mean that parties don’t happen; I’m sure they do somewhere, because dorm life is dorm life. (I can’t entirely speak from experience as far as dorm life goes though, because I’m a commuter student, meaning I drive to school every day.) But what I’m trying to say by all this is that the environment he’ll be in will, of course, be a factor.

But here’s how I see it: It depends not only on the university your boyfriend is attending, but who he is as a person, individually. Is he focused on his studies? Is he the type of person who enjoys partying and could fall down the slippery slope into crazy college shenanigans? Has he been susceptible to peer pressure in the past? He needs to go into college with a mindset knowing (roughly) what he wants and what he’s set on doing in order to avoid going off the deep end. That’s important, and that will keep him on the track he needs to stay on.

The “crazy college years concept,” in my opinion, mainly stems from people who mean that college is that time for ~finding yourself.~ Trying out new experiences, getting into new things, and yes, not always making the right choices. That’s what they mean by that, and I can understand that to an extent, because college IS about that in a lot of ways… But just because everyone paints this picture of ~COLLEGE GLORY DAYS OF SELF-DISCOVERY~ doesn’t mean it has to equal to partying and drinking and rash decisions you regret the next morning. I have many friends who have gone off to college and avoided those temptations, but have “found themselves” and experienced new things all the same, even far from home. It’s truly about your focus, and learning to balance things in moderation.

From my personal college experience? I cannot even fathom how people have time to think about partying, let alone do the crazy stuff they do. There’s too much hard work and studying to be done haha. Free time is a luxury, at least for me. But I understand not everyone takes 5 classes and wants a specific 4.0 GPA. I get that. I’m the exception. There is definitely fun to be had, in both more positive and negative forms. There’s choices there.

But you know what? Maybe your boyfriend will screw up, while searching for those fun opportunities. Don’t expect him to be perfect all the time. Encourage him to make good decisions as best as you’re able, keep in contact, and attempt to keep your relationship strong. Remind him of why he’s there (once you guys talk it over and you’re aware of his goals). Don’t let him stray too far, but don’t expect him to never stray. He may, but listen: it’s not the end of the world if he does. You’ll try to help him get back on track, and ultimately, if he makes mistakes he WILL learn from them. Remind him that he can fall but get back up again, and be a better person for it.

Don’t fret. He’ll be alright (: And he’ll have fun and learn a heck of a lot while he’s at it, if all goes (mostly) well. Also, ENJOY YOUR SENIOR YEAR. Don’t worry so much about him that you forget to have fun in your own last year of high school. Both you AND him are important! <3

Hope that helps :D Sorry it’s so long. It’s a complicated thing hehe. Good luck!