fandom lawyering

[Image description: Definition of MURDER 1 : the crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought - was convicted of murder]

It’s also yet another word that Reylos evidently don’t know the meaning of if they’d say shit like this:

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anonymous said: reylos are pathetic. how can you guys like kylo ren? he’s a MURDERER

answer: Hello, anon, I could give you an elaborate answer, but I’ll follow your (lack of) logic and play along. Yes, Kylo Ren kills people.

But so does Finn. (image of Finn stabbing a Stormtrooper with a lightsaber)]

The post goes on with more examples from Poe, Han, and Rey, and ends with:

[Image description: Welcome to Star Wars, where major characters kill other people. Have a lovely day.]

I’m… actually shaking? This person equated Finn’s actions with those of a mass murderer. Literally every single one of the examples she posted–Finn at Takodana, Poe at Tuanul, and Rey at Takodana–were killings done in defense of self and others, thereby justified, therefore, hello, not murder.

This shitty “answer,” whether in ignorance or dishonesty, completely avoided the point of the question and drew a completely false moral equivalence, trying to blur a crucial boundary.

And you know what, I have people in my line who killed in defense of their loved ones and homes when my country was invaded. They were not murderers. Look at that definition again: Killing =/= Murder. How dare you?

Funny, isn’t it, how this group is so quick to cry “It’s just fiction!” when it comes to their ship, but when it comes to defending their murdering fave they’re so quick to change the definitions of real-life words and insult real people.

Conflict of Interest

Alright, folks, it’s been awhile and I’m rusty, so forgive me this self-indulgent fic drawing on the unnecessary research I’ve done recently for prosecutorial conflicts of interest.

E/R, lawyer AU, Modern AU, established relationship (of sorts).

“Your Honor, can we meet in chambers?”

Judge Fauchelevent sighed and just managed to avoid pinching the bridge of her nose. “Mr. Enjolras,” she said, drawing out the last syllable as an exaggerated sigh. “We’ve barely begun the arraignment. What is so important that it can’t even wait until the State brings forward charges?”

Enjolras straightened his tie, the red standing out starkly against his crisp white shirt and $2,000 suit, far nicer than the usual public defender could even consider affording. “I’d be happy to discuss it with Your Honor in chambers,” he said carefully.

Cosette rolled her eyes. “Approach the bench,” she ordered, watching as Enjolras stalked up to the bench while he conspicuously avoided glancing at the less well-dressed Assistant Defense Attorney who was taking his time ambling forward. “Mr. Enjolras,” Cosette said, a warning edge to her voice, “I’m sure whatever objection you want to raise on behalf of your client can wait until after the arraignment.”

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Under Development is now COMPLETE!!!!

Excerpt from the final chapter:

It took Derek most of the morning to work up the courage to seek out Stiles in his office.  The door was half open, and as Derek stood dithering outside he heard Stiles’ voice, the unusually sharp tones carrying easily into the hallway.

“I’ll take care of it,” Stiles snapped, just as Derek knocked softly and then pushed the door open.

“Hey, Derek,” Isaac greeted, a hesitant smile on his face.  “We were just —”

“We were just going over some last-minute changes on the Willamette River construction,” Stiles interrupted, hurriedly shoving papers back into a file.  And there it was again, a brief stutter in Stiles’ heartbeat, betraying the lie.  Other people lied so fluidly and indiscriminately that Derek wouldn’t even have registered it, but Stiles…Stiles never lied to Derek.

Stiles shoved the file into Isaac’s hands.  “I’ll take care of it,” he said again, his voice strangely intense.

Isaac nodded and turned to leave, passing by where Derek was still standing right inside the door.  On pure instinct, Derek reached out, pulling the file from his hands.

“Derek, wait — just let me explain —” Stiles started, but Derek barely heard him.  His ears were ringing, his attention completely focused on the file as he flipped through page after page.

anonymous asked:

ayo I know u a strong lady but how do you deal with ship haters in general?

I think the first thing that makes me not care is that I’m 23; I have so many other actual stressful or annoying things to worry about at this point in my life. 

HOWEVER, i would be lying if I said it doesn’t get under my skin once in a while. So this is my line of thinking during hate escapades:

I follow a very simple way of life, and that’s to be positive; make everything a positive! Someone is hating on my ship?? My ship must be really strong that they feel threatened. This is also a psych tactic on people who actually do worry if their notp actually has a chance; they will bombard it with negative posts to make it seem less likely. 

Another thing that I follow is the idea of attention; cross tagging and random hate posts are only attention seekers to start drama, so that the one side trying to defend that ship can be painted in a bad picture. So helpful tip, when you see hate in the tags? Don’t even bother responding to them. Just throw in some more love in the tags! Every time there’s hate in my favorite tags, I tend to post something, even if it’s just a simple little text post. 

And lastly; shipping is just in good fun, yes? Why should I let some random person who has no effect on my life be the one to ruin that fun? you do not allow some random blogger make you feel guilty for a fictional ship. Especially when that person doesn’t even have the cojones to say it off of anonymous. You’re not hurting anybody for thinking A and B look cute together instead of A and C, and what makes you happy is the most important. If it bothers that person so much, there’s blacklisting and even a handy block button. 

It’s a bit to read, sorry haha! But I hope my small tips can help you when you feel upset about shipping drama! 

I want to take a moment to apologize to everyone who followed me for “quality” Pokemon fanart and instead are getting fanart for a niche game in a niche fandom about Meiji-era lawyers

anonymous asked:

You like les mis too? Yay! Do you have any favorite meta or fic or history books about it? I'm always looking for new things to read; I love it! And you always have good recommendations :)

i love les mis, anon, yes, very much!  i have to admit that i haven’t read a massive amount about it, but let’s see what i can pull together for you.

things to read about les miserables:

the most important thing ever written about les mis was written by hugo himself and it is at the beginning of the novel:

So long as there shall exist, by reason of law and custom, a social condemnation, which, in the face of civilization, artificially creates hells on earth, and complicates a destiny that is divine, with human fatality; so long as the three problems of the age—the degradation of man by poverty, the ruin of women by starvation, and the dwarfing of childhood by physical and spiritual night—are not solved; so long as, in certain regions, social asphyxia shall be possible; in other words, and from a yet more extended point of view, so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, books like this cannot be useless

  • les miserables and irony”, a defense of the 2012 film against the tirades it attracted from critics by stanley fish in the ny times, which i love for articulating the importance of exactly what most of us seek from the musical especially: affirmation
  • some thoughts on les miserables and capitalist patriarchy” by sarah jaffe, one of if not my very favourite reading of valjean’s development, and love as revolution/redemption in the face of, you guessed it, capitalist patriarchy
  • re-reading that post reminded me that tumblr user isabelthespy made some really wonderful posts about les mis as she read it a couple years ago
  • the temptation of the impossible: victor hugo and les miserables by mario vargas llosa is the only book about les mis i’ve read and quite a while ago at that, but i remember mostly enjoying it

and a few articles that are interesting to ponder, whether you’re wholly sold on them or not (i have access to these through my uni if anyone is very curious):

  • “jean valjean’s dream: rehabilitation and redemption in les miserables” by michael hoffheimer
  • “on rereading french history in hugo’s les miserables” by angel metzidakis
  • “history’s unconscious in victor hugo’s les miserables” by rosalina de la carrera
  • les miserables: salvation from below” by victor brombert
  • “homelessness, wastelands, and barricades: transforming dystopian spaces in les miserables” by kathryn grossman

les miserables fic recs:

  • everything by goshemily.  i mean it.  secret agent man is her current masterpiece, though i’ve no doubt she’ll top it given some time, but i have to admit to an especial fondness for running in the street, which might well be my favourite les mis fic of all time
  • waferkya’s come as you are contains my favourite painting created by grantaire in any fic i’ve read, and i reread it far too often.  their eat not the heart is also lovely
  • sadly, gnomon is no longer up at ao3, but the rest of luchia’s stupid terrorist boys series is (gnomon has been reworked into an original novel by luchia and is available for pre-order here; as of now, the fic version is still archived on her tumblr here)
  • barricadeur’s how the future’s done is of course a fandom staple but i can’t not put it on this list because it is sweet and funny and well-timed and believable, and even if it wasn’t all these things it still contains the phrase “randian capitalist hellscape”, so
  • world ain’t ready is another fic that probably doesn’t need to be rec’d, and which will probably go on to achieve cult-status a la the shoebox project et al, but it’s so good, so good, and one of those rare things: a high school au that actually feels like it’s set in high school
  • lovesickness is, honestly and genuinely, one of the funniest fics i’ve ever read in any fandom, and i was in the harry potter fandom for years
  • accidental lawyers, wherein something truly awful happens to bahorel, is silly but lovely
  • postcardmystery is brilliant and fierce and ferocious, and exactly the sort of person who should write about the golden revolutionary trio, which she does, and oh, how she does
  • the golden mean is a canon era reckoning with grantaire’s alcoholism, and with witnessing the illness comes understanding
  • you’ll notice that almost all of these are modern aus.  i think there’s two reasons for that: the first is that, seeing as all but two of these are focused on enjolras and grantaire, (modern) aus are what allow them to grow as people; a necessity for them to meet realistically in the middle the way they so beautifully can.  but they don’t have the chance for that in canon, which is a large part of the reason why they only reach understanding at the moment of their deaths.  the other likely reason is, like emily said the other day (yesterday? idek anymore), les amis’ revolutionary praxis can be situated in 19th C politics, or it can be a prism for other thinkers who came later;  i’m a big fan of a lot of those thinkers who came later.  

bonus! some books to read if you loved les miserables:

  • the count of monte cristo, by alexandre dumas offers, in my opinion, a fascinating sort of mirror to jean valjean’s story in particular
  • the master and margarita by mikhail bulgakov is big and full of heart and humour and is scathingly, dangerously, revolutionary
  • and i added this specifically so i could say: please read michael ondaatje (who is a self-professed and ardent les miserables fan himself).  read his novels and his poetry, just read him, but in particular, for this specific post, read anil’s ghost, about a forensic pathologist conducting a human rights investigation in the midst of the sri lankan civil war:

Anil needed to comfort herself with old friends, sentences from books, voices she could trust.  ‘This is the dead-room,’ said Enjolras.  Who was Enjolras?  Someone in Les Miserables.  A book so much a favourite, so thick with human nature she wished it to accompany her into the afterlife.  She was working with a man who was efficient in his privacy, who would never unknot himself for anyone.  A paranoid is someone with all the facts, the joke went.  Maybe this was the only truth here.  In this rest house near Bandarawela with four skeletons.  You’re six hours away from Colombo and you’re whispering - think about that.

WHY DOES THIS FANDOM REQUIRE LAWYERS, FASHION DESIGNERS, JOURNALISTS, IT TECHNICIANS, DOCTORS, DENTISTS, PSYCHOLOGISTS, PR SPECIALISTS, PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS, TIMELINE MAKERS, NUTRITION EXPERTS, BODY LANGUAGE EXPERTS, SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERTS, VOCAL COACHES, SCIENTISTS, PHYSICIANS AND ALL KIND OF EXPERTS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON??

NEXT TIME I WILL CHOOSE WISER.

Laurel: *being an actual badass, and kick some ass* 

Arrow fandom: ugh, this isn’t even realistic, dumb Laurel.

Laurel: *being weak for once and have her ass kicked or being kidnapped*

Arrow fandom: ugh she is SO weak, Sara was so much better than her, she is just a midsell in destress, dumb Laurel.

Laurel: *don’t talk to Felicity as they’re not close yet*

Arrow fandom: ugh, look at how she ignores Felicity, she’s disrespectful, dumb Laurel.

Laurel: *talk to Felicity*

Arrow fandom: ugh, stop talking to her, she’s not your friend, dumb Laurel.

Laurel: *crying over Sara*

Arrow fandom: ugh, you two weren’t even close, dumb Laurel

Laurel: *stop crying over Sara and trying to make revenge*

Arrow fandom: ugh, why she isn’t even crying over Sara? she’s not even grieving her own sister, dumb Laurel

Laurel: *being a badass lawyer*

Arrow fandom: ugh, what a bore, dumb Laurel.

Laurel: *trying to follow her sister’s step*

Arrow fandom: ugh, she’ll never be Sara, dumb Laurel.

Laurel: *breathing*

Arrow fandom: ugh, dumb Laurel

Laurel:

Arrow Fandom: ugh