Inspired by History Maker Couture, the fashion magazine from Kings in Couture by slightlied / @forovnix! AKA the Devil Wears Prada AU you’ve always wanted. That story’s made my life in so many ways ｡ﾟ(TヮT)ﾟ｡
So yeah.. about that whole studying for finals thing… I’ve currently fallen into a bottomless pit and can’t seem to stop drawing things from @doodledrawsthings ‘s lovely human Bill au and @videogamelover99 ‘s amazing fics.
SO YES the golf bag is real and it is so much better than I could have imagined.
1. It’s the most awful pattern of black and white. I hope this isn’t something they actually market, because…look at that. Also, it lacks gold trim or red highlights–both of which we know a certain someone is a fan of.
2. His name is on it in freaking impact font like it’s some sort of garbage meme.
3. His name is President Trump–meaning that if/when he leaves, it’s either going to stick with him as a reminder of his failures and the worst four-or-fewer years of his life, or it’s going to be sold and discarded like the rubbish that is his tenure.
4. His name is on a golf bag. This is his legacy.
5. They have the “Stanley Cup Champions” there to remind him of what quality looks like. They’re tooting their own horn, signing this piece of magnificent trolling like a professional graffiti artist tagging their work.
6. I can’t get over the Adidas logo for some reason. It’s just…up there at the top. Garish, gaudy, another piece of product placement along with everything else. Trump doesn’t even get to have his name adorning this thing along, it’s crowded in there with two other logos.
7. They gave him a golf bag instead of a jersey. They broke with a longstanding tradition to give him a half-joke, half-insult.
It’s the oxymoron that attracts us. Billowing black
cape, terrifying worldviews, a willingness to make the streets run red with
blood – and you know what would be hilarious? Them trying and failing to make
morning pancakes. You know what would really hit us in the feels? Watching them
show tenderness around a special someone.
Having a villain with a domestic side is lassoing a black
hole, and it’s a tantalizing thing to watch. However, anyone who’s indulged in
these daydreams with their own villains has probably encountered one very
specific issue: it makes them less evil. They lose their edge.
For example, look at Crowley from CW’s Supernatural. This was a guy to be feared at one point; arriving out
of nowhere at unexpected times, always playing both sides of the conflict, and
you could be certain he would skin anyone necessary to get what he wanted –
usually without getting a single drop of blood on his impeccable suit.
Flash forward to recent seasons, and we’ve seen Crowley cry
and whimper more times than Dean has died –which is saying something. At first,
it was fascinating to discover this powerful character actually had a tender
side; and now, when Crowley makes a threat, we’re about as afraid as when any
low-level demon makes one. This is because his evil was too compromised. He let
How can we avoid this mistake with our villains? The answer
isn’t making them crush puppies and hate butterflies at every turn; it’s in
balancing their core scariness with their softer side – giving them complexity,
giving us a bit of “aww,” and making their eventual whiplash back into
‘terrifying’ all the more wonderful.
For this, we’re going to use Epic
of Lilith by Ivars Ozols as an
example. This book centers on arguably the original female villain – Lilith,
the first woman of the Garden of Eden, who got on the “good guys’” bad side by
refusing to submit to someone who was clearly her equal. There won’t be any
spoilers below, but if you give the book a read (it’s an easy page turner), the
points will be driven home stronger.
Plus it’s a book with a great female villain who isn’t
objectified (don’t let the cover fool you, seriously) and prose that isn’t full
of sexual over- or undertones. Talk about a win, eh?