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When she wrote these words in that little cafe in Edinburgh, JK Rowling could never have known how true they would become.

Guys… The All for the Game series. It has the most perfect balance of an intensely violent game, crime syndicates, and cute boys who love other cute boys. I will defend this series until death. Even though there are a million other reasons why, do I really need more then the fact that Andreil is a thing?

Thank you for listening, that is all.

A very compelling poster for the upcoming MCU TV show, Inhumans, featuring Black Bolt, Medusa and Maximus the Mad! With the first episode debuting in cinemas in September, the rest of the show is expected to come out normally in the months that follow, giving the series that slight movie treatment which funnily enough was it’s original planned format.

anonymous asked:

the Not Like Other Girls Syndrome as a "feminist" writing trope is fundamentally flawed in that it forces girls to put down their peers who should be lifted up and I'm just really sick of YA bull shit

absolutely absolutely absolutely

it might seem feminist at first because it breaks the “classic” antifeminist structure – it makes a female character interesting/strong/intelligent/what have you. the idea that it’s possible for a woman to be a man’s equal is, on face, not inherently misogynist. but the message is the wrong one: it requires the female lead to justify her equal treatment by separating herself from the rest of her gender, who are considered implicitly inferior. 

YA falls into this trope i think sometimes by accident, because it favors the “Chosen One” plot device so heavily. (if some ancient prophecy or twist of fate throws your protagonist into the action, you don’t have to think about setting up the story conflict or character arc yourself!) the Female Chosen One gets the love interest often for the same reason that the Male Chosen One gets his love interest – they’re The Chosen One, and their reward for saving the day is heteronormative romantic conquest. when the guy is the Chosen One, it’s an issue because usually, his love interest isn’t that well developed, so the resolution comes across as objectifying the woman. the “reward” for his efforts, so to speak. if the Chosen One is a girl, but isn’t characterized all that well – as is disappointingly common – her male love interest often has little reason for liking her except “you’re special” and “you’re the most [nondescript adjective] i’ve ever met.” he likes her because she is Not Like Other Girls – because, by virtue of being The Special, she is unique, and therefore desirable, but implicitly unlike the other, unworthy normie ladies.

i’m sick of the Chosen One trope generally – i think it removes the burden to set up the story using character decisions by drawing on vague concepts of “destiny” and “prophecy” – but especially the Special Girl trope. if a guy likes a girl because she’s Special, he doesn’t actually like her, he just disdains other girls to the extent that she’s lovable by comparison.

on the other hand, Katniss Everdeen exemplifies a well-done female YA protagonist: she’s special, not because of a universal force choosing her, but because of her character and the choices she makes. her love interests like her for who she is (at least, I think so? ostensibly, anyway; they don’t like her because she’s a Special, anyway, which is what matters), and most importantly, there are other female characters in the series who demonstrate equal, if not superior qualities. i have mixed feelings about The Hunger Games, but its characterization of women – from Katniss’ frank self-interest to Prim’s naïve selflessness to President Coin’s moral ambiguity to Johanna’s ruthless intelligence – exemplifies the best of its genre, and a model for other books to aspire to. 

When your friend recommends a TV series or book that they know will break your heart.

Originally posted by anthoneezy

Most YA Novels VS Sarah J Maas Novels
  • Katniss: I'm really not that pretty.
  • Peeta: Your so beautiful.
  • Tris: I'm not pretty.
  • Four: I love your haircut, and you're gorgeous to me.
  • Clary: I'm not beautiful, or pretty, I'm just cute.
  • Jace: You're the most beautiful girl I've ever laid eyes on.
  • Aelin: I'm the most stunning being to ever grace this freaking planet.
  • Rowan: Yeah babe, even the bakery down the street heard you yell that.

Things that fucked me up in The Foxhole Court series (warning: spoilers):

  • Every single time Andrew did something just because Neil asked
  • “He pressed Andrew’s palm to the ugly scarring across Neil’s abdomen” 
  • Dan’s entire existence as the biggest boss in the galaxy
  • “You are a pipe dream.”
  • “I am not a pipe dream.  I’m not going anywhere.”
  • Renee saving Jean
  • Renee doing literally anything
  • Wymack hating that Neil flinches away from him and doing everything he can to prove he’s the good male role model Neil deserves???
  • “You hate me, remember?” “Every inch of you,” Andrew said.  “That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t blow you.” ANDREW LMAO
  • SHOWER BLOW JOB/CODDLING/ANDREW FINALLY LETTING GO ENOUGH TO LET NEIL SEE HIM FEEL PLEASURE (partly because he can’t bear to leave Neil’s side to take care of it alone FUCK)
  • “Yes or no?”
  • VIGOROUS CONSENT and Andreil knowing each other well enough to tell when the other isn’t in a good enough place to consent even when they think they are??
  • Neil calling Andrew a “drama queen” behind his back
  • Nicky getting the happiness he deserves in Erik
  • “Who’s humanizing who in that relationship, anyway?” NICKY OMFG
  • Andrew needing to map every single scar/wound on Neil’s body and Neil letting him
  • Andrew saying “I told you not to look at me like that” after Neil stares at him with fucking giant anime heart eyes when the sunlight hits his hair
  • Matt and his spikey hair (/everything)
  • Casual 3 hour bus chats where Andreil loses track of time smh
  • How fucking short Andreil is???  5 foot **nothing*** is right
  • Neil saying he wants a vacation and Andrew almost cutting Kevin’s dick off when he tries to get in the way of it
  • Honestly that whole woodland retreat with team bonding took me the fuck out
  • “The only one I’m interested in is you.”  Demi!Neil is watering every crop in my field??
  • “Thank you.  You were amazing.”  (aka me @ Nora Sakavic)