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uuuhshiny replied to your post “DAy one of the conference.  Daughter #1 crushed her panel! I’m so…”

Why there was no one??? Tell us what it was about. We’ll be your audience :)

Okay, here goes …

My argument is that many creators/writers/producers believe that the form (the plot and the words used) is the primary driving force behind meaning.  Follow me on this … think of how the writers responed to Charlie Bradbury’s death on Supernatural. “The plot led us there,” they said. “It’s what the plot demanded.” As if they, as writers, can’t change things.  

In literary studies, we call this idea formalism, i.e. the form is where meaning is passed from person to person.  The author doesn’t matter. The way readers/viewers respond doesn’t matter.  A formalist believes there are literal formulas for creating emotional responses.  A dog in a cage with big eyes = sadness, for example.  This is called the objective correlation. the right objects correlate to a reader reaction.

Now, flashforward to 2017.  I argue that millienial readers are way past formalism and into what I’d call transtructuralism.  It’s not the form or the structure of a story that’s the end all be all. It’s also not just the ability to take that form or structure apart and see the formulas (that’s postmodernism/poststructuralism).  It’s TRANStructural.  We’re in the age to transformation, where we not only take it apart, we change it. We see plots and characters as fluid and flexible.

What matters for a transtructural reading is that the basic core of the character or canon remains – everything else can be renegotiated.  In chemistry, “trans” describes an isomer that has two atoms at the center with other atoms circling, connected by bonds that can change. Transtructural readers shift and move those bonds around the two atoms – the parts that hold everything together.

Okay, if you’re still with me.  Here’s some examples: 

Jughead in the comics becomes asexual and no one blinks because he’s (a) always been more interested in food than anything else and (b) has never been in a relationship.  So the change doesn’t affect the core of the character.  Jughead stil equals goofy sidekick. 

Riri Williams, the new Iron Man, doesn’t work as well because the MCU has so closely linked Tony Stark/Robert Downey Jr to Iron Man that he has become one of the central atoms around which the mantle of Iron Man revolves. So she becomes Ironheart, a diminutive named young version. (see Hulkling, Iron Lad, etc.)

The new Ghostbusters movie shifted gender of the main characters, but otherwise everything else remained the same in terms of characters and plot. 

Making Le Fou gay in Beauty in the Beast live action didn’t work for either millienials or formalists.  For formalists, it violated the original form (He’s not gay!).  For transtructuralists, Le Fou’s center is a bumbling fool sidekick == and thus the change only serves to reinforce a negative stereotype that already existed. 

And then there’s making Cap and Magneto HYDRA.  At his center, Cap was created to fight Nazis and HYDRA.  You can make Cap evil, I argue … we have seen glimpses into his dark side – but making him HYDRA breaks apart the atoms that hold Cap together. No matter the rationale – mind bending/brainwashing – a Cap that works with HYDRA isn’t Captain America.  We can change the person wearing the uniform, put him in the Old West, make him a her without shattering the bonds. But he can’t be HYDRA. Neithr can Magneto, a Holocaust survivor. 

So, in the end, Marvel is taking the wrong lesson away from falling sales. It’s not that readers what read comics with women. Ms. Marvel and Jane Foster as Thor put that to rest; those runs sold well. It’s when they are more interested in plot, in creating “events” that fit the old formulas of shock and awe that people get frustrated and walk away. It’s when they make a character female and then give her sexist plots from writers who don’t understand female behavior. That’s the problem. 

uuuhshiny  asked:

OK rec me any shows with kneeling, slaves or collars stuff. The ones I haven't giffed yet ;)

Supernatural 12x13 has Lucifer kneeling and in a collar (even though he’s a villain it’s pretty good), also Dean is kneeling in 9x02. Penny Dreadful 2x09 Dorian Gray kneels, Spartacus 2x04 chains and kneeling, The Vampire Diaries 2x14 Damon in a collar,  The 100 2x11 Bellamy in a collar, Smallville 10x19 Oliver and Clark kneel, Da Vinci’s Demons 1x01 Leonardo in a collar, Buffy the Vampire Slayer 3x04 Angel is in a collar and kneeling, Legends of the Seeker 1x10 Richard is in a collar, The Originals 2x05 Elijah is chained up on his knees and in The Originals 1x10 Klaus is forced to his knees.  :)

uuuhshiny replied to your post “Welcome to another edition of “Shit Cake Does While Cleaning!””

but then again… I need a new couch…

uuuhshiny replied to your post “Welcome to another edition of “Shit Cake Does While Cleaning!””

… HOW????? ok… no don’t wanna know ;) cuz I’ll might repeat it :D

I was using the vaccuum hose with the extension to clean out under the couch cushions and didn’t realize I had the vaccuum sitting on the new rug. The plush texture of the rug caused teh roller brush to over heat which melted the synthetic fibers causing a rancid smell and the vaccuum to start smoking. I burned my hand when I touched the melted part of the rug; I thought I could just brush it back into place like a dummy. 

I put baking soda on the spots on the rug, opened the windows and ran the fan to get rid of the smell. 

anonymous asked:

You have lots of SGA here - what about SG1? There was sooooo much good whump in SG1. Maybe you could see if you could find a gifset of Daniel collapsing from withdrawal from the sarcophagus in Need? (I think it was S2?)

oooh, man. you are so right. the whump in SG1 is fantastic as well - it has some of my all time favorite whump! unfortunately, there seems to be a shameful lack of SG1 gifs on tumblr. :( and there weren’t very many SGA gifs either, before @uuuhshiny started feeding our obsession. ;)

and yessss. the Daniel!whump in that eppy was perfect. i’d actually forgotten about that ep! i’ll see what i can find! ;)

Originally posted by boldlygiffing

-WG

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Watch these two episodes one right after the other, these two scenes in particular, if you’re in the mood to break your heart over a thief and a hitter. Parker (in The Stork Job) and Eliot (in The Big Bang Job), are both confronting their painful pasts, and it struck me how very similar the rhythms of their words are as they talk about it. There’s that same moment of hesitation, that same painful pause before they make the damning admission that they’ve looked inside themselves and hated what they saw. They think of themselves as something gone wrong, corrupted, and they feel that whatever they’ve become is a fate they wouldn’t wish on anyone else.

It’s that feeling, I think, that drives their actions for the rest of these episodes. In The Stork Job, Parker risks everything to rescue those orphans, wanting to give them even the tiniest hope that their lives would get better, that they could have the childhood she never had. And in The Big Bang Job, Eliot kills more than a dozen men, and he does it for the team, he does it for the mission, and truth be told, the others on the team are also implicitly responsible for those deaths, but he asks Nate not to tell them. He doesn’t want them to have the same blood on his hands as he does, doesn’t want them to live with the weight that he carries every day.

This is why I will forever be raving about Leverage’s perfect ending. It’s perfect for all of them, but especially for these two. Parker finds a place where she is beloved and safe, and nothing says “you’re a part of this family” more than being given the honor of leading it. And Eliot, after years of being a weapon, gets to spend the rest of his life being a shield, gets to spend his days with people who entrust their lives to his protection. Parker’s wounds are caused by others hurting her, and Eliot’s guilt is caused by the hurt he brought others, but both of them find healing and redemption in the family they’ve made.

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