fairly interesting

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hayley atwell as catherine fedden | the line of beauty, pt. i

i reckon that star wars and harry potter have a lot in common in that neither of their creators were really prepared for what they created and so their fiction just isn’t strong enough. Like they’re both amazing (harry potter is my favourite thing ever really) but their worlds and plots are both so shaky when subjected to the level of dedicated scrutiny by the fanbase. And that’s because they were never really intended to be so carefully analysed, a great deal of effort went in to them of course but neither Lucas or Rowling was expecting to garner such a huge following. And they’ve both responded in the same way which is to try and expand and to come up with increasingly complicated  solutions, which has led to…mixed results i guess? But at no point would they be allowed to just say “X is like that because it’s fiction, I wrote it 10+ years ago: I didn’t think i would need to have some grand unified theory of this world.” They could never say that because it would ruin their world for so many fans and it would mean giving up creative control of this thing that they worked so hard on. Idk if that’s a bad thing or not: like u do u n all, but they aren’t and never expected, nor in all probability wanted to be, Tolkien even if we persist in treating them as such.

valentine’s day // dylan o’brien

Summary: Dylan falls in love with a girl who hates Valentine’s Day

Requested: no

Pairing: Dylan & Y/N

Warning: yes, mature language, themes, & smut throughout

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His long legs extended across her lap as he took a large gulp of the amber liquid. Sighing contently, he placed the glass bottle on the floor and snuggled deeper into his couch. Her hands were lazily drapped over his feet as she focused on the television. The movie that they had been watching was fairly interesting although she was having a bit of a hard time following the plot.

“Wait, is he the sister’s boyfriend?” Y/N asked her best friend who shook his head in return.

“No, that’s the guy they met at the bar who looks like the boyfriend.” Dylan explained.

Furrowing her eyebrows, Y/N continued to watch the film hoping somewhere along the way things would make sense.

This was their routine. Every Friday night for the past 3 years was spent on his lumpy couch drinking beer, eating pizza, and watching movies. As the ending credits started, Y/N let out a soft yawn as she extended her arms.

“What did you think?” Dylan asked, eager to know what she thought of the film. “I thought she was going to pick the boyfriend’s brother’s friend.” Y/N admitted with a giggle, thinking about the cliched love triangle movie she just watched. “The ending was very unexpected.”

Pulling his feet off of her lap, he sat on the edge of the couch.

“What about you?” She called out as he walked to the kitchen with his empty beer bottle.

“I was routing for the boyfriend’s brother’s friend too.” His laugh echoed throughout the kitchen.

Their friendship consisted of watching cheesy romance movies together, texts at 3am when they couldn’t sleep, and the comfort of knowing that they always had someone they could count on. It was completely platonic.

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the older i get, the harder and harder it is to find a book that really truly interests me beyond a superficial “i like this main character and the plot’s fairly interesting and i’ve heard good things about it so why not” so when i find a book that actually grabs me and enthralls me it’s the best feeling in the world

Why Fi is valuable in INTJs

I think that once and for all we should kill the stereotype that INTJs only care about themselves. I admit that the values that a Fi person holds can vary but being an INTJ doesn’t always pair up with selfishness.

I have to say that INTJs have a strong instinct of self-preservation - that I’ve also observed in other NTs types - but in their core, they’re passionate people and they deeply want to protect all they care about (let it be an idea, a group, or themselves) regardless of the cost. Fairly interesting is the fact that they could fight for something abstract as an idea just as intensely as the Idealists could do, but in their unique practical INTJ fashion. This is why developing Fi is important - there is a strength that comes from loving that works wonders with the INTJ driven and realistic attitude. Without that, INTJs are incomplete. The lack of this kind of passion is the reason why often stereotypical INTJ villains are shallow: they have an aim, they have a plan, but their motives are dull. In reality, our Fi is what backs us up when all the rest fails because it reminds us what we love, why we are fighting

That’s why I don’t get why people ask me if INTJs would be good to work for the community. Of course they would. If what they care about more than everything is the well-being of people, they will for sure fight with all they have to make that a reality.

Right, so now that I have revealed myself to be actual Ladybug trash, time to make this one post that’s been on my mind for a while. If you don’t follow me for Miraculous Ladybug stuff (a.k.a. all my followers) then sorry about this.

So, a big fad throughout the fandom at the moment is giving Miraculouses to the supporting cast, and I am SO BEHIND THIS. It would develop the show beyond the status quo and freshen it up spectacularly across seasons, because if it keeps being a magical girl monster-of-the-week show with wacky antics ad nauseum then I’m going to probably lose interest fairly quickly. Some of the most popular miraculous assignments are Alya receiving the fox miraculous, Nino receiving the turtle miraculous ( @thelastpilot ) and alternatively Lila receiving the real, actual fox miraculous. I’m going to throw my two cents in on what thematically would work with the rest of the show.

First of all, we know three miraculous holders for definite and one for almost definite. Marinette is Ladybug, Adrien is Cat Noir, Master Fu is the unnamed turtle hero and the likelihood is Gabriel is Hawkmoth/Papillon. The thing is, if you look at miraculous holders and their miraculouses, a pattern of character starts emerging.

Let’s start with Marinette.

Marinette is, in short, a clumsy klutz with terrible luck, who normally you wouldn’t trust with giving an ounce of responsibility to – not because she wouldn’t take it seriously, but because she seems totally incompetent. The ladybug miraculous, on the other hand, is the miraculous of luck itself, with the most responsibility of all the miraculouses – and indeed, when Marinette transforms into Ladybug, almost all her clumsiness goes straight out the nearest window and she gains HUGE amounts of responsibility – she’s the one responsible for cleaning up the mess after an Akuma attack. The miraculous is not given to Marinette because she’s the best person for the job – far from it, she acknowledges in the origins episode Alya would be a far better fit. However, what’s important is that she has the capacity to grow into the role of Ladybug – and she well and truly does.

Now, let’s look at Adrien.

Adrien is a rich kid who’s incredibly lucky – he’s had everything fall into his lap from a young age, and has had competence (fencing, multilingualism etc.) drilled into him, at the cost of not being able to loosen up and socialise. His miraculous transforms him into Cat Noir, the poster boy for destruction and bad luck, with a kwami, Plagg, who’s constantly getting himself into the kind of destructive shenanigans you’d expect from Marinette through his own hedonism. See the pattern? Adrien and Marinette both receive the miraculouses that don’t represent them – they represent everything they aren’t – but everything they could be if they developed.

Now let’s look at Master Fu and Gabriel, because they’re a little different, but equally as important.

Master Fu, on the surface, seems like an ideal fit for the turtle in terms of alignment. The turtle in symbolism represents age, wisdom, protection. Master Fu stands for all these things – but Master Fu is a miraculous holder beyond his prime. He is at the end of his development. I have a feeling if we ever saw young Fu, we’d see him as a figure of youthful energy, who just wants to let loose and have fun, possibly even be anti-authoritarian when it comes to adults. This should sound true of another character in the show, and I’ll get back to that.

Gabriel, if everything is hinting at what we think it’s hinting at, however, does not fit the butterfly miraculous at all. The butterfly represents stages of life, and change, moving on, transformation. It’s heavily hinted Gabriel’s wife is dead – at the very least, Hawkmoth/Papillon has Adrien’s mother’s picture in his locket. Hawkmoth/Papillon’s goal now seems to be to attain the miraculouses so he can resurrect his dead wife. He’s not accepting death, and he’s not accepting the creed of his miraculous – he’s rejecting it, twisting it, corrupting it, thus becoming the supervillain who uses his Kwami’s powers against their will.

When a miraculous is granted to an owner, they can choose to learn from it, or reject it. But most importantly, they are granted to people who lack the qualities their miraculouses represent – their character flaws are what the miraculous works to iron out. That being said, let’s look at Lila.

Lila is a compulsive liar. Her Akumatised form is presumably the actual hero that emerges from the fox miraculous – a hero of lies and illusions. This is unhealthy for her – the miraculous isn’t helping her overcome her weaknesses, it’s only accentuating her character flaws. Lila will never grow as a person if she truly becomes Volpina.

So who actually needs secrets, lies and illusions in their life? Well, it’d be someone for whom truth is all-consumingly destructive. Someone whose self-destructive pursuit of the truth puts not only herself, but other people in the line of fire, and whose Akumatised form represents truth at all costs. I’m talking, of course, about Alya.

This is why fox!Alya appeals to me so much – because Alya would be able to learn and grow from the fox miraculous, because it represents traits that she needs to attain. Now, let’s look at the other popular miraculous assignment – turtle!Nino. That thing I mentioned earlier? Here it comes again.

Nino is the epitome of youthful vigour in the show – everything from his style to his DJing to his horribly outdated slang in the English dub (seriously, who the hell is a Totally Radical Dude in the 21st Century!? No-one. No-one is who.) His Akumatised form is Bubbler, a childish clown who tries to exile all adults. If there’s one person in the show who NEEDS the turtle miraculous and its traits of wisdom, age and protection, it’s Nino. This miraculous was MADE for Nino – right down to the outdated slang, providing an added meta bonus to the English dub that Nino becomes a massive allusion to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

This is why I love fox!Alya and turtle!Nino – because they work thematically with who has already received miraculouses. This begs the question – what happens to Lila?

I’d like to suggest something I think no-one else has thought of. I present, a digression: Peacock!Lila.

Peacocks are about vision, kind-heartedness and integrity – the peacock miraculous represents everything the fox miraculous doesn’t. If Lila became the peacock miraculous hero, she’d learn and develop SO MUCH MORE than if she became Volpina. She’d truly have the redemption and character arc that she needs – she’d learn there are more ways to solve a problem than lies, and that truth can be just as valuable. Likewise, this is why Peacock!Alya would actually be unhealthy for her – because it would only drive her even deeper into her already destructive drive for truth and justice.

This is what I call the Miraculous Character Development Theory. I dunno, it was just a thing that occurred to me.

tl;dr: fox!Alya and turtle!Nino work thematically and so does the rather outlandish peacock!Lila. Sorry this has been a mile long post about a god damn kids’ show. I have… several problems.

Princess Leia, who was raised in the death throes  of democracy, probably had no friends or companions her age. Families were destroyed, and new families were forged from the ashes. And other families simply faded away - who had time, money or stability to have a family? Some silently disappearing in the night. Safety was a rare commodity.

Was it so surprising that the Queen and her Senator consort appeared one day with a beautiful baby girl? Alderaan was notable for its humanitarian efforts throughout the galaxy, and none moreso than the good senator, I heard that he went to the Jedi Temple himself to lend aide as it burned - this one personal step, to allow that pain into their home, was nothing more than an extension of that. What well-to-do person of means didn’t want to be seen with a Clone War baby on their hip (nevermind where it came from, but was the child so disimilar?)

A child raised entirely in echoing palaces, the hustle and bustle of diplomacy stifled by imperial weight. No equals to run and gossip and play.

Overheard whispered conversations her history lessons, self-defense her gymnastics. Pushed and pulled at the whims of adults; now ignored and condescended, now entirely the focus of the wrong doting adoring simpering attentions. Talked down to and bombarded with entirely too much information. Isolated from her peers, politics and oratory are her only means to reach out to the galaxy.

Unknowingly following the path of her birth mother. (A helmeted stranger visited the family’s private chambers on chilly autumn evening with a small gift and a sad, familiar eye for the tiny princess). Isolation turning bone to steel.

In local government by 15, a central player on the galactic stage by 18, Princess Leia never learned to play, never learned to consider anything beyond the moral, the political, the right. A means to an end, always. Compromise is never an option.

She is the teenager who will scold Lord Vader.

Many years later, meeting the young daughter of the Ghost leaders - 16 years old and already a Spectre shrouded in rumor - and seeing that same isolated intensity reflected back at her. So young, so bold, surely she was never that way? The young woman who was raised by a ragtag crew, so close and yet so distant, is more easy with a smile than the princess ever was. A smile that snaps at the edges if pressed too hard. Together they forge a partnership of absent companionship, politics learned too young, and the deepest understanding spanning the lifetime of the Alliance.

Jump!

This song really fits him too well.

Root and Shaw AU- 6 / ? : Random (15) - 

They are lawyers and they work for Thornhill and Decima.

1 - FBI x Detective

2 - Military

3 - With hood and zip ties

4 - CEO x Mediator - Part 1

5 - CEO x Mediator - Part 2

6 - Random - (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12)(13) (14) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) (21) (22)

I grew up on the lower east side. My father sold fruit. My mother sewed shirt-waists for a factory. Let me tell you, you don’t get to climb the American ladder without picking up some bad habits on the way. There’s a ceiling for certain types of people, based on how much money your parents have, your social class, your religion, your sex.

This scene in Agent Carter took my fairly placid interest in MCU Howard Stark and it was like pouring petrol on a flame. I don’t know if it was intentional, but we have just been given practically canonical Jewish Howard Stark. I’ve been doing some reading up on the history of the Jewish population of New York, and I’m pretty much sure these choices were deliberate.

First off, the lower east side - this was a hugely popular migrant area. In the early 1900s, it was predominantly Irish Catholics, but with the influx of Jewish people from Eastern Europe, fleeing the pogroms and persecution, by the time Howard was a kid, it would have been a predominantly Jewish area, with a Jewish population of up to 400,000 people. It was also one of the most densely inhabited parts of the city, with families crammed in tight into tenement blocks.

Then we have the jobs his parents have - because of restrictions placed on Jewish people, whether by their own religion or by anti-semitic rules of society, the majority of Jewish people were limited to working in trade, ie. selling produce. His mother “sewed shirtwaists”. Basically, this means she was working in the New York version of a sweat shop, infamously filled with migrants, to mass produce clothes. There was a tragic fire in a shirt-waist factory in NYC in the early 1900s, where dozens of women were killed because they had no way out. The majority of the women were Jewish. Of course, any ethnicity and/or class of people could work, but given their location and the jobs they have, it seems pretty clean-cut.

And then he says “the American Ladder”. These three little words distance him from his identity as a card-carrying white American. He’s talking about what he’s had to do to climb ‘their’ ladder. Not 'our’ ladder. This confirms that not only is he of migrant descent (see his place of residence), but is of an ethnicity not entirely welcomed in the country and that he may only be a first- or second- generation migrant.

I find this especially interesting given some of the comments in earlier episodes. He called Peggy and Jarvis “my two favourite foreigners”, which is intriguing given that he’s now pretty much raised a flag saying “I am not entirely as American as people think”.

And he saved Anna. So he’d known Jarvis? So they always got along. Yes. And? It’s one man. Howard knows lots of people. What possible reason could Howard Stark have for saving a Jewish woman and the man who tried to save her? It’s not just because he knew Jarvis. Oh no. Yes, that helped. Yes, he liked Jarvis. But Howard grew up surrounded by Eastern European Jewish families. He knew how bad it could get for them, and I would almost bet money on him knowing first-hand as well. And this man he knew risked his life to save a Jewish woman. That’s why Howard stepped in.

Now, I hear comments that the name Stark isn’t Jewish. I beg to differ, my friends! There are still Jewish Starks in New York to this day. And even if Stark didn’t originally start out as a Jewish name, unfortunately for a lot of Jewish families, it was easier to assimilate into the culture by hiding their Jewish origins, and the easiest way to do this was by changing their names. Often, it was done by changing it to something that sounded similar or something that sounded especially not-Jewish. And given that Stark is a German name that means Strong, hmm, I wonder why that might have been picked.

And as a gracenote, the final bit of Howard’s speech, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he talks first about money, religion, and social class. He came from the dumping ground for migrants. He lived where they were pretty much forced, by poverty and the need for cheap accommodation.

In summary: He was not from a wealthy family. He was not from a socially-accepted religion. He was not from a good social class. And every one of those things, he learned to hide, and he did it by lying. “The only way to break through that ceiling is to lie. So that’s my natural instinct: to lie”.

He hid behind his acquired name. He hid behind his hand-built reputation. He hid behind the wealth he garnered. He made himself the embodiment of the American dream, and given that everyone idolises him, they clearly don’t know where he came from, and he makes damn sure they don’t find out, because he doesn’t want to slip back down the American ladder.

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Shoot AU

Root was walking down the street and just like every day, her eyes wandered through the glass of a restaurant on her way home. The same girl was always there, sometimes their eyes met, sometimes smiles appeared on their faces. Today was a different day. Today, the beautiful stranger waved at Root with a smile on her lips. Root waved back, unable to contain her smile. Her heart missed a beat and suddenly, she became frightened. She began to run down the street and the brunette followed her. She hid behind a car and stopped moving. A thought came through her mind. How will she react the next day now that the other woman had seen her flee? Later she will surely berate herself for running like that. She should have stayed and talked to the beautiful brunette. Tomorrow will be an other day …

Something about Asajj Ventress’s old Padawan-status that was interesting to me...

When I first saw the flashbacks and her happily training under a Jedi’s wing, I thought it was fairly interesting that it never showed her at an actual Temple life or interacting with other Jedi aside from her Master in said flashbacks. And it seemed even the Jedi Order avoided referring to her as a fallen Jedi.

So while it was safe to call her a Padawan, I sorta suspected that she never had much formal education as a Jedi and was never really officially registered as a Padawan in the Jedi records.

When the book Dark Disciple came out, I think my suspicions were confirmed. She referred to resentment toward the Jedi Order for leaving her master stranded on a planet. And they were apparently stuck on that planet. And that clearly indicated she never had a true classroom education, never interacted with other Padawans, never knew camaraderie with Younglings, and never knew what it was to meet the Council face-to-face. 

So that sort of distance from the center of Jedi formal education is interesting and places her in a unique light side situation in her childhood.

Root and Shaw AU- 6 / ? : Random (10)

There’s no the Machine and Samaritan. Just two people fall in love with each other.

1 - FBI x Detective

2 - Military

3 - With hood and zip ties

4 - CEO x Mediator - Part 1

5 - CEO x Mediator - Part 2

6 - Random - (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)(11)(12)(13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19)(20) (21) (22)

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First thoughts on Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Interviews with Monster Girls):

 Director Ryou Andou is a very new industry face (GATE. Love Live Sunshine OP). And as I’ve always emphasized in the past, new directors are constantly bringing new ideas to anime production. In this episode, he makes uses of some really clever editing and transitions which keeps the conversations fairly engaging. The most interesting example was when Takahashi-sensei bumps into Hikari a 2nd time and the screen horizontally flips and in doing so, reverses Hikari’s position in the shot and in the conversation between the two of them. There is also some comedic moments that uses a increase in animation frame count to accentuate the awkwardness of Sakie-sensei evading contact with other people.

Demi-chan (Interviews with Monster Girls) turned out to be a surprisingly chill and mature story about a teacher counseling his demihuman students about their personal anxieties. It’s almost the complete opposite of Monster Musume Not that I have any problems with MonMusu. The show does not focus on fetishization or fanservice but rather makes a genuine shot at building these characters to be likeable and entertaining to listen to.

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Root and Shaw AU- 6 / ? : Random (1) - 

When they meet each other.

1 - FBI x Detective 

2 - Military

3 - With hood and zip ties

4 - CEO x Mediator - Part 1

5 - CEO x Mediator - Part 2 

6 - Random - (2) (3) (4)(5)(6)(7)(8)(9)(10)(11)(12)(13)(14) (15)(16) (17) (18) (19) (20) (21) (22)

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Shoot AU

Shaw was standing there, right in front of her. Her blue shirt slightly opened, revealing just enough skin to not leave much to the imagination. Root released a breath she didn’t know she was holding till now. Her eyes studied Shaw’s body from bottom to top. Her breathing was ragged and her mouth watered at the sight in front of her. Root had never seen a beauty like this before. She had never seen Shaw like this before … Her beautiful brown hair cascading on her shoulders was new to Root. The brunette’s eyes fluttered when Shaw offered her a sincere smile. Suddenly, Shaw sat on the desk close to Root then approached her with a dangerous look in her eyes. Root was her prey, but she didn’t mind being hunted by Shaw. A mischievous smile spread on her face and an apparent want in her eyes, Root raised her eyebrows and tilted her head to the side. They definitely will have a good time tonight …