fandom: war

lj-writes reblogged your post and added:

Honestly this constant minimization of Finn’s pain and struggles by saying “he’s strong” “he’s pure” is almost as one-sided and flattening as “he’s a coward” or “he’s a liar.” I’ve even seen someone say he’s going to bounce back from the wound Kylo Ren inflicted on him because he’s a pure cinnamon roll wtf?!

On that note, can the conflation of strength with goodness and weakness with evil die forever please. It’s ableist and hurtful, and doesn’t even fit in this particular case. Kylo Ren didn’t commit murder because he buckled to some unbearable power, he FOUGHT his own conscience and overcame his love for his father to do what he did. That takes incredible willpower. And look at Finn in the moments leading up to and following his refusal to fire on prisoners–the poor guy was terrified, and arguably could not bring himself to fire after being so traumatized by Slip’s death. (Look up perpetration-induced traumatic stress, Kylo Ren probably has it.) Strength can help you do terrible things and weakness can hold you back from the edge.

Good points about “strength” vs. “weakness.”

Unpopular opinion

Real human lives matter more than fictional characters. Even characters and stories that mean a lot to you. People matter more than fandoms. If you bully and harass people because of their ships or headcanons, you need to stop and reevaluate things

  • Favorite Character: *dies*
  • Normal Person: oh that's sad.
  • My Brain: NOOO WHY ASFLKIBFJVDGNVFGNNBVFDX I CAN NO LONGER FUNCTION WHAT THE HELL WHY *throws self out of window* WHAT EVEN IS LIFE
AN ODE TO FANFICTION WRITERS:

FROM YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD FANFIC CONSUMER

Here’s to the newbies just starting out, the ones discovering their ability to twist and bend plots, characters and places to their will for the first time,

To the old faithfuls, who have kids at home and a full-time job but somehow still find the time to make us forget for a while,  

To the students who publish one-shots and sagas in-between study sessions,

To the ones who posted that one fic years ago and have since moved on, but whose story meant (and still means) so much to so many readers,  

To those of you who publish short, little things that pack the emotional punch of a freight train,

To the ones who update faithfully, and to the ones who don’t,

To the ones who weave lyrics into their stories, and the ones who deal in nothing but angst,

To those who don’t write in their native language, 

To the brave ones who do it despite their fear of rejection or criticism, 

To the ones who like to write with their friends, and the ones who do it alone because their friends wouldn’t understand, 

To the ones who spend hours researching in order to to make their world as real as possible, 

To to the poets and novelists and essayists and dreamers:  

Every single one of you is precious.  

You, along with all the other fandom artists and creators, lift us up and give us hope.  You make us laugh, you make us cry, you make us think and question and wonder.  You help us escape, sometimes, when we need it most.  You bring the unimaginable to life, you translate lofty words into ones we can smell, hear and taste, and you continually encourage and inspire us.  You’re wonderful and powerful and courageous and so, so loved, even if we aren’t always the best at letting you know it.  So this is for those of you with empty comment sections, with a concerning lack of kudos/likes/favs/bookmarks. Your stories make a difference, and they always will.  

So, from all of us to you:  

Thank you.

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Can we just just look at the amount of love and support other fandoms are giving to BTS’s Spring Day MV? ♡