characters talk about relationships

me trying to figure out what went through the writers’ heads when they had kara break up with james in episode 1, just to have her play the “will she, won’t she” game just 10 episodes later with a new guy

also me trying to understand why writers keep having other characters BUT the character in the possible relationship talk about how amazing they are together

“it’s so obvious”

also me trying to figure out why they brought a new character to the show, with great potential for an amazing storyline (evil aliens coming for him, is he the prince etc) just to have him reduced to a simple and shallow comic relief/love interest

me @ supergirl writers

anonymous asked:

ok, so this might be a kinda weird question but why do you think that Oikawa treats Yahaba differently than the way he treated Kageyama? since it seems like Yahaba has quite a bit of respect for him meaning that Oikawa probably treats him decently at the very least and yet he /is/ a rival setter. so like, did Oikawa treat Kageyama the way he did bc of his overwhelming abilities, or does he treat Yahaba differently bc he might feel guilty about how he treated Kageyama? thoughts?

I think Oikawa treats Yahaba differently because he’s not afraid of him. 

Their relationship is really fascinating to me, because both Yahaba and Kageyama have the same admiration for Oikawa, but two opposite relationships with him. I don’t think Oikawa ever felt or will feel guilty for the way he treated Kageyama, because when it comes to him Oikawa goes completely irrational, all his emotions take over his heart and brain, blinding him. Oikawa knows his days as the best setter are numbered and that Kageyama will surpass him in the long run, but he isn’t able to accept this faith, while recognizing how inevitable it is. He just tried to slow down the process in every way he could. 

On the other hand, Yahaba will be a good setter and a respected captain, but not as good and as respected as Oikawa is/was. Oikawa choose him as his heir and he does treat him significantly different from the others (he’s one of the few people he doesn’t use a nickname with, he’s just “Yahaba”). I’d love to see more of their interactions but I’m sure that Oikawa never held back with him, teaching him everything he knew because he wanted to leave Seijoh in good hands, of course, but mostly because no matter how much Yahaba is exposed to him, he’ll never, ever, surpass him. 

If you think about it, we have Haikyuu as we know it only because Oikawa treated Kageyama the way he did. If Oikawa treated Kageyama the same way he did with Yahaba, the scarred and emotionally bruised Kageyama that we know never would’ve existed, he’d be already Oikawa’s perfect successor and Seijoh’s new captain. Oikawa was the one triggering all the chain of events that led Kageyama to join Karasuno, to meet Hinata and well…we know the rest. 

So yeah, thank you Oikawa, I guess.

Olicity Screen time - Season 3

So lately I’ve been dipping my toe into the murky cesspit that is the Arrow Reddit, to see how the other half live. And it is, as others have said before, a teeming pile of unfounded Olicity and Felicity hatred. 

One of the mantras I see time and again about Olicity is that the ship ‘took up too much screentime’ in seasons 3 and 4 - widely known in those circles as the seasons where Arrow’s quality took a nosedive. The ship was too much of a focus; it took away valuable time that could have been spent on Laurel’s rise to BC, and other more ‘worthy’ plotlines. It has been repeated in that forum so often that it’s become a fact. 

The scientist in me couldn’t let that lie. Because facts require evidence. 

So I set out to disprove them. 

Let’s start with season 3 (season 4 to follow in a separate post)

Hypothesis: Olicity scenes actually took up a small % of the total run time of season 3 of Arrow

Methodology: I watched all the season 3 clips uploaded to YouTube by Olicity Queen and timed all the Olicity scenes. And by Olicity scenes, I included direct discussions about their relationship, declarations of love, instances of flirting or excessive eye contact, grieving, pining, indirect discussions about their relationship (i.e. one character talking to a non-ship character), PDA, heart-to-heart talks, etc. The only scenes excluded were those in which Felicity and Oliver were in mission mode (i.e. exclusively talking about the latest mission (i.e. shop talk, similar to what Oliver/Diggle engage in) with no PDA, heart eyes, etc).



Olicity scenes took up 7% of the total run time of season 3. And, on average, each episode had less than 3 minutes of ‘Olicity time’ (also 7%). 

Lets look at that in graph form:

I think this pretty much proves my hypothesis. 

Feel free to whip out this data the next time some hater claims Olicity took up too much time!


Send one to talk to my muse about their relationship with another character!

“I see you’ve met ____.”

“You and ____ seem pretty close.”

“I didn’t know you were friends with ____.”

“Woah, what’s your problem with ____?”

“___ really doesn’t like you.”

“I thought you should know, I saw you kissing ____.”

“Look, I know you slept with ____.”

“You do know that ____ is in love with you, right?”

“Well well well, someone has a crush on ____.”

“____ told me that you’ve been friends for years.”

“Are you related to ____ by any chance?”

“You seem frightened of ____.”

“You won’t be seeing ____ any more.”

“____ hurt you, didn’t they?”

“I’ve noticed that you’ve been spending a lot of time with ____.”

“Did you really spend the night with ____?”

“I heard you moved in with ____.”

Olicity Screen time - Season 4

As promised, following on from my previous post about season 3, I have compiled the data for season 4. 

Hypothesis: The total Olicity screen time in season 4 would be increased compared to season 3, but still overall a small % of the total run time.

Methodology: I watched all the season 4 clips uploaded to YouTube by Olicity Queen and timed all the Olicity scenes. And by Olicity scenes, I included direct discussions about their relationship, declarations of love, proposals, instances of flirting or excessive eye contact, pining, indirect discussions about their relationship (i.e. one character talking to a non-ship character), PDA, heart-to-heart talks, etc. The only scenes excluded were those in which Felicity and Oliver were in mission mode (i.e. exclusively talking about the latest mission (i.e. shop talk, similar to what Oliver/Diggle engage in) with no PDA, heart eyes, etc).


11% total screen time in season 4, with an average of 11% screen time per episode. 

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lgbtq representation in the raven cycle

Scrolling through the ‘pynch’ tag I’ve seen a lot of posts saying that Adam and Ronan aren’t good lgbtq representation because the word ‘gay’ or ‘bisexual’ are never used in the series, that pynch felt rushed, and that it was like Maggie decided they were queer halfway through the series in order to jump on the diversity bandwagon. 

If you are queer, you are more than entitled to think that them not actually labelling their sexuality is poor representation or isn’t good enough (if you are straight, I don’t care about your opinion). Personally, I don’t think it matters that the words are never shown because their sexualities are so explicitly depicted over the course of the novels. I read something that Maggie posted on her blog where she talked about not wanting to have to write that coming out narrative, that she wanted to show them being queer without having to them go through this narrative of coming out that draws such a clear line between straight characters and queer characters. Which I very much appreciate, as a queer person who is sick of coming out narratives being one of the few ones queer characters are allowed. I also think that the lack of labelling is perfectly okay because it is so clear that the characters are not only queer, but that Ronan is gay and Adam is bi, that the words don’t need to be used. And this from someone who normally has fits whenever writers refuse to call bisexual characters bisexual. 

It’s so clear Adam is bisexual because neither his relationship with Blue or his relationship with Ronan is prioritized over the other, or written to be lesser. Maggie describes Adams attraction to Blue and Ronan in the same terms and in the same way. His relationship with Blue is never given the treatment of ‘once I was with a guy, I realized how much I hadn’t been complete being with a woman’. Even when he’s beginning to realize that he returns Ronan’s feelings, he still acknowledged that he thinks Blue is attractive, even if he no longer has feelings for her. He also doesn’t have any ‘gay panic’ when Ronan kisses him, or at any point while he begins to realize that he returns Ronan’s feelings, which speaks pretty clearly, in my opinion, to him knowing he’s bi and being totally fine with it, even if he’s not out to his friends. Which I don’t think he was, partially because of the contrast with how his friends interact with Ronan. 

Reading the series, it was so obvious from book one that Ronan was queer. To be honest if you thought that was a change made halfway through, it’s because you were approaching it from a heteronormative view point, not because Maggie suddenly decided he was queer. One of my favourite lines is in the first book: ‘I’m always straight’ ‘That’s the biggest lie you’ve ever told’. This joke is exactly the kind of joke me and my friends would make with each other. That’s such a queer joke! It’s great! It makes it clear that not only is Ronan queer but both he and his friends are totally accepting of it! Ronan being gay is there in Maggie’s descriptions of how he thinks of Blue (and Orla) versus the other guys, in his interactions with Kavinsky (who is also obviously queer, but unlike Ronan hasn’t come to terms with it). It’s there in the small lines between him and his friends that acknowledge that he isn’t attracted to women. It’s VERY there in how he thinks of Adam. 

In terms of their relationship being rushed, I think that’s just another example of reading through a heteronormative lens versus reading and being open to the possibility of queer characters and relationships. In both the way Adam talks about Ronan and Ronan talks about Adam, their attraction to each other is clear. Adam might have developed feelings for Ronan after Ronan had already developed and accepted his feelings for Adam, but that doesn’t make them forced or rushed. A slow build relationship like theirs can’t by it’s very nature be forced or rushed to be honest, not when you can see Adam slowly beginning to return Ronan’s feelings. 

tl;dr if you think that it wasn’t obvious that Ronan and/or Adam were queer before they kissed, I recommend you reread the series with the fact of their queerness in mind. 

A really frustrating thing about reylos?

They’re not star wars fans.

Ok I’m sure some are. But overall? Eh, I don’t think so. 

The thing about reylo shippers is it’s almost comical how little fucks they give about anything else in the sw universe other than reylo. How often do you see a reylo shipper getting excited about an Ahsoka movie, or writing meta about R2D2, or being part of the Lando Calrissian Defense Squad? 

More often than not, when I see a blog from somebody who ships reylo (not necessarily a reylo sideblog!) reylo is pretty much the only sw thing they post about. They don’t care about Luke Skywalker. They don’t care about Finn. (They don’t actually even care about Rey, if we’re being honest). All they care about is their nasty ship and their weird, convoluted theories of how it will become canonical. The only time I really see reylo shippers talking about other parts of the sw universe is when they’re pulling out random elements from the OT, or prequels, or legends verse as “evidence” that “proves” reylo.

It’s so weird how this happened too, because it’s like this huge group of people who claim to be star wars fans, but all you ever see them talk about is one relationship between two characters in a single movie. And I would be willing to bet a lot of money that a large number of reylos didn’t consider themselves sw fans before TFA came out. Which, by itself, is not a problem! There’s nothing wrong with being a new star wars fan! That was a great thing that came from TFA, it revitalized the sw fandom and brought a lot of new, younger people into the fold and kickstarted a lot of people’s love for star wars! That’s awesome! But what isn’t cool is these people who are actively attempting to hijack an entire fandom, and a fandom culture which is FORTY YEARS OLD, and make the entire thing about a crappy ship between two characters who have only appeared in one movie in a vast fictional universe. It’s honestly so disrespectful to people who genuinely LOVE Star Wars and have loved it their entire life, who have swung around lightsabers since childhood and seen Leia as a role model and wanted to fly x-wings and gotten emotional over the droids. THAT’S the sort of thing Star Wars is about. There are so many iconic characters and elements of the Star Wars universe that reylos totally sideline constantly and don’t seem to care about whatsoever. It’s ridiculous that Star Wars has a rich fandom history spanning forty years, and that one group of obnoxious people with nasty kinks go all emo for a ridiculous pairing after seeing one movie and then decide that everything in the sw universe is related to them. 

The Star Wars universe and sw fandom is so much bigger than reylo. Reylo is just a tiny speck of a bad ship in a vast universe of Star Wars content. And yet the discussions on tumblr and the tags for characters and upcoming movies are all overflowing with a ridiculously high amount of reylo content compared to anything else. It’s so annoying and frustrating that anyone in any part of the Star Wars fandom inevitably has to come across a boatload of reylo content on a daily basis. And newsflash: people who ACTUALLY love Star Wars care about more than just a single pairing between two characters who are NEVER going to canonically get together. 

so @reylos, your fake is showing. 

Honestly I just love how other characters on the show bring up Magnus and Alec’s relationship like how Rafael brings up their relationship in 2x09 and so does Meliorn. I don’t know I just live for these moments when outside characters talk about their relationship.

Being in the Durarara community is really surreal, because it’s almost like we’re split down the middle. On one side are people who watched the anime, liked it, stick around for a few months, then leave. To them, Durarara was nothing more than a popcorn franchise. Whilst they were watching it, they enjoyed it, but never looked into the deeper meaning.

The other half have people who watched the anime, read the manga, scour the internet for every piece of info they can. They listen to character songs, and could spend hours talking about the complexity of the characters, the relationships, everything. They see the deeper meaning, they get it.

When you start a conversation with somebody about Drrr, you never know which side they’re a part of. You never know if they think Izaya is a good or bad person. You never know if they think about the symbolism. You never know if they even know about how the novels differ from the anime. It’s a unique, thrilling, and completely new conversation every time.

anonymous asked:

Since you're talking about fanfic: how do you balance writing original and fic? I am prouder of my original stuff, but fic feels so much /easier/ to get into, and I never get a rejection from AO3, and it's hard to keep going with original work.

This is an excellent question.

Speaking personally, I use fanfic as a way to boost my confidence: to try out new ideas, to improve my writing, and - yes - to reassure myself that, at a base level, I’m capable of writing things that other people want to read. I also use it to remind myself that I’m capable of finishing things, which is often the scariest part of writing original stuff: the knowledge that you could just give up, put aside a difficult WIP in favour of a new story without anybody being the wiser, and repeat that cycle so often that you never, in fact, finish anything. 

Original fic is harder because, of necessity, it demands more from us. Particularly if your original stuff is SFF or any sort of genre work, you have to worldbuild the setting in a way that makes sense to new readers, instead of being able to trust, as you can with fanfic, that the audience already knows what you’re talking about. The same goes for describing characters and setting up relationships and backstory: particularly when it comes to secondary or antagonist characters, you can get away with doing precious little work in fanfic, because all you have to do is drop the character’s name, and the audience already has a preexisting set of assumptions about who they are, why they matter and what they mean to the protagonists. In original stories, you have to set all that up yourself.

But the joy of writing original stories is that you get to set the canon. You get to say, “Everyone Is Queer, Not Because I Headcanoned It Or Because I’m Addressing Ten Years Of Unconfirmed Subtext, But Because I Am The Queer God Of This Tiny Queer Universe And As I Make It, So Shall It Be.” You get to say, “Let There Be Dragons,” and then you get to decide what type of dragon without people wondering why you’re taking so much time away from characters and romance to describe them. You don’t have to say, “I love this, but I wish there were more ladies, and especially ladies who don’t suffer or die or pine for undeserving assholes,” because you can, instead, say, “Let There Be Awesome Ladies.” You get to say, “White People Are Not The Default.” You get to say whatever the hell you want.

And while you can certainly do some of that stuff in fanfic, too, playing in your own sandbox - creating your own story - means that, potentially, you’re making a brand new sandbox for other people to play in, too. If there were no original works, we’d have nothing to fanfic about, which would be a tragedy. So yes, it’s hard, but it’s also worthwhile. Fanfic is awesome for its own sake, but original stuff is, too - the trick is to find a way to balance them, so that each type of writing refreshes and supports you for producing the other.

Hope that helps!

“Seriously, we are just good friends you all”

(Hey, hmm, Marshie’s mod and I were talking about all the shipping situation, and to be honest, we feel kind of uncomfortable with that. I know that it is normal for most of the people on Tumblr and other social media to ship characters and all, I get it, but please don’t do that with them. Also (if we talk about the character) Misa wouldn’t be in a romantic relationship with anyone because she can’t stand constant physical contact, hugs, kisses and all. We mods just like to draw them together, as friends, and that’s all. x3 -And in my case I love Marshie, so I found an excuse to draw them constantly. x3- So we would appreciate if you can stop sending asks about that. We hope you can understand)

Good Writing= Characters people can’t stop talking about

I used to watch Supergirl rarely ,fast forward through a lot of it & I used to get bored of it & move onto other shows. I never cared much for James or Lena, like I wouldn’t have cared at all if any of those relationships were canon. But Karamel all of a sudden pushed Supergirl to the top of my list of shows that I look forward to and people who don’t like the dynamic, can’t stop talking about it. They are obsessed with him & can’t stop complaining. Something about Supergirl, good or bad, is trending worldwide every week on twitter. I mean, I was annoyed by it at first but can you see what CW did here? They created such an interesting character that you can love him, you can hate him but you definitely cannot ignore him! The hate is good, because as long as people have passionate reactions, he’s going to be on the show and the way the audience responds to him  only ensures that he’s in here for the lang haul!

You know what’s a bad relationship/character for a TV show? One that no one talks about. That’s why characters are made imperfect & relationships have drama! So in a way all hose obsessed haters are good for Mon-El because Chris will be on the show as long as people respond to his character with passion.

reasons shadowhunters is great (and reasons you should give it a go)

  • six female characters who appear regularly and are all important
  • izzy is sexy and confident with her body but is NEVER slut shamed for her clothing choices
  • clary prefers to wear jeans and a t-shirt but is never made fun of by izzy (and in turn, she never shames izzy for not wearing them)
  • izzy and clary become friends straight away and don’t fight over ridiculous things
  • most of the cast is made up of different ethnicities
  • a bisexual character talks about and canonically has had relationships with both men and women (note: his actor ALWAYS refers to him as being bisexual)
  • the word bisexual is probably going to be used
  • a gay chracters struggles are treated with respect and he is supported gently by everyone
  • characters religions are addressed and shown
  • there may be an asexual character
  • shitty behaviour is called out
  • izzy is a respected and important character
  • the storyline improves with every episode
  • luke is a poc male who works for the police and is respected
  • touching without consent is addressed pretty damn quick
  • a gay character respectshis bisexual crush’s sexuality (which he did not in the books)
  • everybody respects magnus being bisexual
  • magnus and alec get as much screen time as the straight couples
  • raphael is invloved so much and he is beautiful
  • clary is an INCREDIBLY HUMAN chracter who can be selfish and makes mistakes (but she is still kind hearted and stong)
  • all of the actors deeply care about and respect their characters (and the way the fans feel about them)
  • the actors (and writers) genuinely interact with and listen to fans
  • alec doesn’t try to kill clary like in the books
Class - BBC Three
Coal Hill teens protect London from monsters in a drama from the universe of Doctor Who.

Gawd, if only the summary and name did the actual series even 1% of justice.

Everyone should watch (or at least see clips of) this show for so many reasons. I’ll actually be the first to say that, being a Doctor Who spinoff, the premise can be kind of cheesy and silly sometimes (Big Bad Enemy = Shadow Kin, how silly sounding).

But while the general plot-line doesn’t aim for the gold, it’s everything else - the characters, their interactions, motivations that really bring it all home.

You know all those shows you watch and make fun of due to their unrealistic portrayals of people, or moral codes, or relationships? This series does the exact opposite (or they’ll call themselves out while doing so).

Warning: No plot spoilers, but if want to know absolutely nothing about what may happen, then don’t read.

Here, we have two main characters (and I mean main, not like, supporting-main), in a homosexual relationship. And not only that, there is no drama or fanfare over the fact that they are both guys, just a consistent show of interactions any other couple would go through. There’s acknowledgement that being homosexual is still a struggle, but it doesn’t define the character. 

Here, we have a Nigerian girl genius as well as a jock Indian boy as main characters.

Here, the jock Indian boy doesn’t remain a jock Indian boy, but instead is also smart, loving, scared, cries, and talks about his Sikh faith.

Here, each character talks extensively about their complicated relationships with their parents, because they have greatly shaped and influenced them.

Here, even the parents are fleshed out with motivations and desires.

Here, the moral codes aren’t quite so clear cut, and you can do the right thing and still be damned.

Here, we have a labeled terrorist (self-dubbed freedom-fighter) who is ruthless and brutal but can still feel immense sorrow from loss without losing any edge on that ruthlessness.

Here, friends can say and do things that hurt each other, intentionally or not. Emotions aren’t binary. Everyone has things they’re insecure about, and it shows brilliantly. (And it’s also not like ‘Oh hey, it’s been a while since we showed Character A’s inner turmoils. Let’s add in a line here to hint towards a cathartic moment’)

Here, romantic relationships aren’t so clean either. There’s what you want to feel, and what you feel. Not everything gets resolved immediately, but you always move forward.

Here, white privilege gets mentioned / joked about in passing (er, sort of).

Here, anxiety is simply another thing that happens.

Here, extremely cheesy moments are broken by a sarcastic comment from someone.

Here, we have a gay alien prince. :)

No, I don’t think BBC Class is some amazing storyline sort of show, but it does all the little things right. And I hope more of TV and movies (especially movies, they are so backwards) can learn from this.

girlmartyr  asked:


What was my muse’s first heartbreak?

insert l/ucas s/cott here AKA her first real love and heartbreak. brooke is around sixteen years old when her relationship with lucas begins. going off of age alone, it’s easy to assume that she has never been as deeply connected with someone as she was with lucas. in addition to that, brooke is introduced with the mindset that no strings attached sex is much more favorable than being committed to someone. so even if she was in any relationships prior to lucas, and i use that word loosely, they were probably meaningless and fleeting. he was definitely a first. 

in the beginning, brooke never expected to become as involved with lucas as she did. it started as a conquest. she merely wanted to sleep with him, but he soon proved to be highly unlike the usual variety of guys she had been involved with and she liked that about him. after a bit of chasing, she started having these idealizations about what she thought dating someone was like. in retrospect, it was a great idea. like i said, she had never been in a stable, fully committed relationship before and the notion was intriguing. other people had it and they were happy and she wanted that too. so when she began to pursue lucas romantically, it wasn’t initially because she had actual feelings for him. that part didn’t come until later, but when it did, she threw herself into it headfirst . 

she was naive in her trust, turning over the entirety of her heart, unmindful of how vulnerable she was in doing so. she also went into this relationship with a lot of hope, expecting nothing but the best with no regard for the what ifs. so when she finds out that he has cheated on her, it’s a shock and it really alters the way she chooses to give herself from that point on. even when they give their relationship another shot, she is understandably fearful and reluctant to go through it again because she doesn’t want to go through the same heartbreak. ( spoiler alert : she does ! ) and it’s because of this particular experience that brooke continuously closes herself off to love throughout her life. y’all know how the story goes!