even if we don't see it

anonymous asked:

I really find it truly baffling when people say we're crazy for seeing subtext. I like it's not even up for debate, it's a non-deniable writing tool. But it's also a part of every day life and interactions. I just think people don't realize it doesn't have to be deep or extreme, examples are all around you and you do it every day in order to communicate.

If subtext wasn’t a valid form of conveying information, there would be no such thing as humor. People wouldn’t tell each other jokes, because nobody would understand them nor find them funny.

Subtext isn’t some imaginary or made up or fake part of a story. It’s the “between the lines” stuff that writers DON’T have to say in words because they believe their audience is going to pick up on it and understand it anyway.

We all do it every single day, in real life. We’re walking through the grocery store and see a harried looking woman with three small children picking up a large sheet cake, a bunch of balloons and a large quantity of snack foods. We might assume that she’s hosting a party, possibly for one of the small children. A closer look at the balloons, one of which says HAPPY BIRTHDAY!, then a glance at three children who seem to be about the same age and resemble one another to a startling degree, as well as a glance at the cake decorated with the words “Happy Birthday John, Mike, and Larry” and you’d probably feel pretty safe saying something to the little boys like, “Happy birthday guys! I hope you have a great time at your party!” and then offer some words of support and congrats to their mom.

ALL OF THAT WAS INFO YOU GLEANED FROM READING SUBTEXTUAL CUES. HUMAN BRAINS DO THIS 24/7.

And writers RELY on this fact.

They rely on our intrinsic understanding of human behavior, our ability to connect some of the dots in a story, to be able to “read between the lines.” In television and movies, they further rely on the actors’ skill to convey additional subtextual cues through body language and facial expressions and tone of voice. They rely on the director interpreting lines and scenes and capturing the right tone and feel of every shot. They rely on lighting and costuming and editors and vfx artists and musicians to bolster the feeling they’re trying to convey in every scene.

All of this adds layers to the subtext that human brains are capable of understanding and interpreting, because we’ve been exposed to this sort of storytelling and information-gathering our entire lives.

Even right now, I can hear someone in the kitchen. I hear the faucet running and silverware clattering. I can assume that Mr. Mittens is in there doing dishes. I don’t have to walk into the kitchen and see that for myself to prove it. I have more than enough subtextual evidence that I feel confident in wagering money that he’s washing the dishes. And yep, there’s the dishwasher drawer clanking too hard. If someone else was here, they’d likely draw the same conclusion. Unless they were being deliberately obtuse.

That’s how subtext works. The dishwashing currently happening in my kitchen isn’t any less valid because I’m merely inferring it from an overwhelming amount of indirect evidence, you know? Those dishes are still getting washed even if Mr. Mittens isn’t announcing his every move with words, narrating the entire event clearly to make it real. :P

To the Liverpool fans on Tumblr,

Okay so we hate each other and all that but can I just we are pretty great about this rivalry- (based on what I see from my corner of Tumblr anyway?) Like sure we make the usual jokes and cheer when the other loses but what’s a rivalry without that? And it’s a bit astonishing to me it never gets nasty. I have been on this site for over a year and I’ve seen such little drama between us, even around derbies, and this is Tumblr??? I may be cheering for Leicester tomorrow but I just wanted to say you guys are worthy rivals both on and off the pitch and I respect the heck out if you for that. ❤

–signed, one sentimental Manc

ok so like… mo… beware mo… well shoot. i think one thing is important that we realize is it has to have an even amount of letters, so that itll be done with two as it started with two… so lets see. mo-ns-te-r doesnt fit, but mo-ns-te-rs does. mo-re-in-k does not fit. mo-nd-ay fits (n perfectly so, bc the ‘ay’ would fall exactly on sunday). mo-rt-al-it-y doesnt fit, but mo-ra-li-ty does, although it makes no sense. mo-ti-on fits, as does mo-ti-on-pi-ct-ur-es. mo-vi-ng fits as well, n mo-vi-ng-pi-ct-ur-es also does. mo-re fits but its well. short n i doubt itd be a big reveal. mo-re-mo-ns-te-rs also fits, forgot to say.

the way i see it, heres the biggest candidates:

1. beware monday (finished on september 24th)

2. beware monsters (finished on september 25th)

3. beware motion pictures (finished on september 28th)

4. beware moving pictures (finished on september 28th)

5. beware more monsters (finished on september 28th)

if anyone has other ideas, let me know.

Finn : a complexe, well-rounded, loveable black character

Hux : a white guy we saw 3 minutes in the movie, who said 3 lines, so 
insignificant I didn’t even remember he was there after seeing the movie 

Here to shake things up

[Ko-fi / Redbubble]

one of my favorite things about malec is that they’re an adult, interracial lgbt couple. i know for many people in the lgbt community, coming out and coming into themselves didn’t happen until adulthood, especially poc. this includes me.

it means so much to me to see magnus, a man of color, and his recently-out boyfriend alec, living openly while cultivating their careers, managing familial relationships and making a home together. 

bless the stars
keith
bless the stars

MOOD: keith’s little laugh of relief when realizing he can go to shiro’s side

this is all i need to stay alive honestly

i can’t believe it’s sheith day  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (international holiday tbh)

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I wanted to tell you, but I was afraid it would open old wounds.

anonymous asked:

I feel so bad for the children who's parents spend all their food stamp money on junk food. I don't understand why you need to spend your last 150 dollars on snack cakes, chocolate, and soda when you have 4 small kids to feed..

Not your business. Heaven forbid people fucking enjoy the little things when life is fucking miserable when you’re poor. FUCK OFF! I’ve been on food stamps. We couldn’t take our kids to fun places or do anything memorable as a family. Our lives were basically check to check and on the edge of our seat to see if we could even have a Halloween or Christmas. Living poor is shit and I honestly considered killing myself so many times because I couldn’t do more to make my kids feel like kids and happy.  I’d rather pay for a poor kid to have a candy bar than some asshole who thinks poor people are the problem and not the tax evading rich people to get their second car or more.

Let me also remind you that healthy food has a high price and low shelf life. You can keep “junk” for months while a goddamn banana will go bad within three days of purchase. Not everyone can afford the gas or cab fare to drive to and from the store every fucking day. Try living on food stamps(equivalent) for a month and see if you can survive. Don’t judge til you know.

Choke on your caviar next time before opening your mouth. -Abby

(Technically it’s the 15th since it’s 1:38am)

So there’s one bit near the end of the Genocide Run that hit me pretty hard, personally. And as with most things that hit me very hard emotionally, it was a random almost throwaway line that wasn’t written to be focused on that much. But whether it intentionally held the meaning I took from it or not, it doesn’t change the fact that I DID take meaning from it.

When Flowey is monologuing near the very very end of the game and explaining what he went through, he talks about how he lacks the ability to feel anything for the people around him, and how desperately, frantically, he wishes he did. He talks about how, at first, he tried to help people. He talks about how at first it seemed to help, but every time it was time to let go, to move on, he got scared and couldn’t do it. He’d panic and reset instead. And how then he’d be right back where he started. And he would try helping everyone again.

But it became hollow. Everyone always said the exact same things, and did the exact same things. And nothing changed. And nothing new ever happened.

And eventually, just out of sheer desperation for SOMETHING new, he decided to kill everyone. And how that was at first a relief, but even that grew stale and empty as he did it over and over again. Until he was left with nothing, and there was nothing to care about, either for better or worse, but he couldn’t let go either. So he was trapped in this world where nothing ever changed, and he couldn’t make himself leave.

It’s a sad story, but it’s also a bit of a gut punch because of its implications.

Maybe in time, the person playing the game, the actual human being behind the keyboard, not the pixel character they control, would find themselves in the exact same situation. Eventually, things in a game stop changing. Characters always say the same things, do the same things. And maybe in time, as boredom takes over, the player would also try a genocide game just for SOMETHING new. But eventually even that will become empty and lead to nowhere after you do it enough.

I can’t really say if that’s true or not. I can’t say it’s false either.

But It’s 2 years now. And a lot of us are still here. And more importantly a lot of us still care. Quite deeply in fact.

And maybe we won’t care forever, maybe the same thing will happen, or more likely, we’d be the ones able to let go and move on to other things and let go. Maybe there’s no escaping that.

But it’s been 2 years, and at least for now, we’re still here.

There is also the possibility I’ve considered, that since the insane success of the game was never expected or anticipated at all, that the level of love it caused in gamers was a complete and utter surprise, maybe their ability to never fall into that cycle of apathy and just how long they can keep going, caring as hard as ever, will also be a complete surprise that was never foreseen.

Or even more simply, maybe Flowey just needed to be shown, as with so many things, he was wrong about that too.

Who knows. Honestly I can’t say how things will look in time. It could either way.


But at least by year 2 we were still here.

anonymous asked:

I bet Yuuri and Victor are actually really good at making each other laugh, like you don't really see that much in the serious but I feel like Yuuri secretly has a wicked sharp sense of humor, and we know Victor is so extra so he's just such a big goof to make Yuuri smile. And like this one time Victor made Yuuri laugh until he cried over something so silly and Yuuri was clinging to him because he couldnt stand up and then Yuuri said something even -funnier- and then Victor starts laughing <3333

that’s an adorable hc omg adfjdlfjalds