have not yet seen anyone in my follow list reblogging this so

Let me elaborate from the previous post.

You see, Lionsgate produces movies and distributes them in US, Canada, and UK. The rest of the world? They sale the rights to other local distribution companies to do promotion and sale them to theaters to show their movies. This is basically why Lionsgate has the tendency to have (mostly) bomb after bomb and yet the company is still very much alive. You see how each year they make a crappy low budget animated movie that comes out in January? Norm of the North, Alpha & Omega, Rock Dog, to name a few, all bombs, and yet they got profit out of all them. Why? Because from selling the international distribution rights they practically recovered the budget and they get nothing but profit afterwards. On the meanwhile, the small local distributors get a quick profit for a movie they didn’t payed that much and they hardly promoted. Is a win-win.

It’s because of this form of distribution Power Rangers is failing internationally. Take for instance in my country, Mexico. In the opening weekend the movie was #1 at the mexican box-office. This was while having less screens than Beauty and the Beast (which already had a week in theaters), it’s major competitor that weekend. And yet, by the next weekend, it was in less screens than newcomer Ghost in the Shell AND B&tB. Why? Because whatever incentives the big companies offered the theaters, it was something the small local company couldn’t compete with. The local distributor, however, already received their profit, and Lionsgate doesn’t get much from international box-office anyway. This applies to pretty much any part of the world, having irregular distribution and promotion from country to country.

And how does this applies to Power Rangers and why buying toys would help much more guarantee a sequel?

Well, you see, Power Rangers is obviously a much bigger than most of Lionsgate’s films. They really wanted this to be their big franchise after Hunger Games, and even though it doesn’t look like it, Lionsgate has been receiving nothing but profit since day 1. Between the sale of distribution rights, canadian tax incentives, that Saban/Toei put part of the money, and whatever quantity (spoilers?) Krispy Kreme paid, despite the $110m budget, what LG truly invested into making the movie would be around 25-30m. So they practically recovered their investment since opening day!

“So this means we are getting a sequel? :D”

Calm down. No, it doesn’t. Again, Lionsgate, really wanted this to be their very own entry into the superhero movie bandwagon, and they really wanted this to be their new moneymaker since HG, since the Divergent series couldn’t live up to that (add those to the list of films with so-so box-office to outright bombs, and yet they still made sequels and they’re currently making a tv series). And even thought they probably won’t receive the money they wanted, there is a second party here that could push them into making at least one sequel: Saban/Toei.

As meanwhile Lionsgate keeps most of the box-office profit, Saban/Toei get their profit from merchandise. If they get more than enough from toy sales, they WILL push for a sequel, either with or without Lionsgate (granted, Lionsgate is the only one who would make such a gamble, so they’re the sure bet). Truth is, that is Saban’s/Toei’s true money maker, toys. For Power Rangers -and it’s sister series, Super Sentai- ratings are pretty much irrelevant, toy sales is what keeps those series alive (in particularly SS has had some serious decline and their movies aren’t exactly hits, but toy sales are always hot).

And yeah, I know toys are expensive, but if you could get something, you’ll help more the chances of a sequel than going to watch it again this weekend.

(Although form what I’ve seen the toys are not that much expensive from a movie ticket in US? I saw someone posting their ticket and it was $16?! What the fuck? Checking the Toys R Us website a toy is $8, so it’s cheaper than going to the movies, the fuck? In Mexico it’s $6, $10 tops if you go to a premium theater, what the fuck is wrong with american ticket prices, what the f)

Although, the most important thing is…

Keep this movie alive.

By that, I mean, keep it relevant. When it’s home released, show it to anyone who enters your house. Because, if the movie gets a sequel, it will be a make it or break deal. If the sequel gets mediocre earnings, it will not get further more sequels. It needs to be a hit. And, for that we need to bring in more people to watch this one. Maybe not in theaters, but through any other way. I remember that when I entered this hellsite, Pacific Rim was very popular. One post particularly stayed with me due to how quickly irrelevant it became. It said something along the lines of wanting Pacific Rim to become the next Star Wars, with all sorts of merchandise and tie-in novels and expanded universe stuffs. But people on this place forget and move on easily. I still follow many of the the blogs from that time who reblogged that post, and yet, only a handful of them keep posting PR stuff (practically only kaiju and toku blogs that I follow keep posting PR related content semi-regularly). I wonder if op even has any PR content on their blog nowadays. Want further sequels? Then do not let that happen to Power Rangers. 

Lapidot Moments - The Masterpost

The “Lapidot Moments” series is an ongoing project that aims to discuss all of the possible hints and evidence for the Lapidot ship.  It covers the actual episodes of Steven Universe themselves, as well as possible hints from the Crewniverse and even topics such as the use of actual Peridot and Lapis Lazuli gemstones in crystal healing.

Please don’t look at this post expecting a simple bullet-pointed list - each point is followed by a link, which will take you to a post discussing that subject.  Everything being said is therefore being backed-up with some written analysis and/or images and GIFs from the show.

This masterpost will be updated (and possibly subsequently reblogged) each time we get more Lapidot hints/episodes/evidence.  

If anyone thinks that I’ve missed anything, please do let me know!  My inbox is always open.


HINTS & EVIDENCE IN THE SHOW
In chronological order

The Return

Log Date 7 15 2

Same Old World

Barn Mates

Too Short To Ride

Beta and Back To The Moon

  • Peridot and Lapis are so happy and relaxed around each other in Beta - it’s arguably the happpiest we’ve ever seen either of them.  They’ve set up a home together, give each other some quite telling looks, and Lapis is shown to be the only Gem who has ever truly taken an interest in what Peridot likes doing: http://jenhedgehog.tumblr.com/post/150739546058/beta-lets-take-a-moment-to

The Kindergarten Kid

Video Chat

Gem Harvest

The New Crystal Gems

Room For Ruby

General analysis from various episodes


HINTS FROM THE CREW


MISCELLANEOUS

a lot of the time i find myself in a rp whit a shit load of potential, but dying for no reason. everyone has a lot of muse, everyone is saying how they “hate how this is dying like how can this be happening”, everyone obviously logged on, yet there are only a couple people who dare to actually attempt to keep it alive. i wish i can say this has only happened once but lately i find myself in this position a lot, and by all the complaining in the rpt tags i know i am not alone on this. so, i decided to make a little rp helpers guide or whatever cause some people obviously need this. 

so here is:

8 TIPS ON HOW TO ATTEMPT TO KEEP A RP ALIVE

  1. don’t complain about the rp dying

i always see this and it always gets on my nerves. i’m not talking about those who post a starter and in the tags say “where is everyone at?” cause even though there is some complaining  involved in that, they are still doing more to try to keep it alive, actually posting a starter. i’m talking those who are obviously on the dash cause you see them post an ooc saying “this is dying i’m so sad :( :( :( “. that is not being active, thats just complaining, and being annoying (well a least for me. and if you really were so sad you would actually do something about it, maybe reply to a starter, then make one of your own, or something. DON’T BE THE COMPLAINER, THEY ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM.

       2. don’t blame the admins

although it is an admins job to run a rp, rarely is it ever actually an admins fault that a rp dies. keep in mind that along with running it, they also have parts in the rp, and like all of us do, they have lives outside the internet. if the main isn’t active for a day or two, so what? that doesn’t mean that the rp is dead, it means that the admins may have something else in their lives going on, or maybe even, that are participating in the rp, and doing their part to keep it alive? 

      3. don’t only reblog muse shit

in the past year or so, muse blogs have really made a difference in the rpc. now, we have a place to find things that can relate to our character, or a plot that they currently have with another character, and reblog them, giving people more of an in-depth sense of our chracters, from more then just statistics or a bio. i would be lying is i didn’t admit my love for this, cause it truly has made a difference. but, i cannot tell you how many times i have seen a rp slowly dying and there is that one person or in some cases, multiple people, who you know are on the dash, cause they are reblogging stuff, but instead of reblogging starters and replies, they are reblogging musings, or pictures. has this ever happened to you? you post a starter, and you worked hard on it, thinking of starters that are original is pretty hard, but you finally do it. how ever long after you see that little one thing on the tumblr refresh thing, telling you that there is something new on the dash. excited, you go, click on that refresh button, and when your dash reloads, its a quote, a picture, a gif set, something along those lines. now knowing someone is on the dash, you wait for that response, but it never comes. instead, your starter gets buried. #stopburyingstarterswithmusingshit2016. i’m not saying stop reblogging muse shit, please, if i did, that would make me a hypocrite. but mayb,e while your on the dash, and you happen to see a reply, or you happen to see a starter, or you see how no ones made a new starter in a day or two, why not make make posting actual rp stuff your priority?

     4. do be active 

this one is kind of a given, but i fee. as though lately, some people need a reminder. in order to keep a rp alive, you must simply be active! i know, i know, its hard to if no one else is on the dash, but, if your not gonna be the one to break the dead rp ice with a starter, then who is? what i have found out over my time in the rpc  is that activity is almost like a chain reaction. most of us are on at the same time, or at least once a day, yet for some reason everyone seems scared to post a starter, or even a reply, no one wants to be first. its like at a buffet or something, no one wants to be first in line, yet everyone wants to eat. so what can you do? be the first in line! start the activity up again! when it seems as though no ones on the dash, who cares? just post a starter, and reply to your other replies, and i’m sure the rest of the rp will start to be active again.

    5. if you don’t have muse, either try to get some or just leave the rp

i know some of us get very attached to some of our characters, and feel as though we can play them forever, yet, there always those times where are use just isn’t as high as it was before. it happens to the best of us. but, that doesn’t really give you an excuse to just abandon the rp. in my eyes, there are two ways to go about solving this problem. 1) you take a day or two, make an ooc saying that you just need a day or two but you promise to come back soon, let the admins know, and take that day or two, and try to develop your muse again. whether is that just taking that time to be off the dash, in the real world, looking through muse blogs, making photoshop shit for them, plotting with more people, i don’t know! but if you want to stay in the rp, with muse, i recommend doing this.  2) if you have attempted this last step and it just didn’t work, or you really just want out of the rp, just leave then. simple! i’m sure all the admins would understand, plus, i’m sure there is someone out there who will be more then happy to fill your role in the rp with whatever muse they have. 

    6. don’t ignore starters

this may seem like common sense, but i have seen this happen way too many times, where someone pot a starter, and then the complainer comes on, or the muse reblog person, orrr those people who mean well, do replies, but just for some reason don’t reply to start starter, instead make one of their own. part of keeping an rp active is being inclusive! sure, that person may not be your favorite, or you just don’t get their chara, or your muses don’t get along well, so what? if you want to keep the rp alive, your going to have to include everyone, thats just how it goes.

    7. promote!

this one may seem like it should only be reserved  for the admins, but it is not! promoting the rp to your friends or the rpc, either by talking about it, posting a link on your aim updates, posting a link to it on your rph/rpc, reblogging a main promote post on your rpt/rph, the list is endless. this way, your friends can join, people you met on aim yet don’t talk to anymore for whatever reason can jojn, those who are too lazy to go through the tags and just look at the rpt or rph tag for some reason can join, anyone can really! 

    8. try to get online

i know we all have outside lives from the rpc, but joining a rp, you are making a commitment to stay active. if something happens and you need some time off, thats when you ask the admins for a hiatus, and i’m sure they will understand and let you have some time off. but, if you find yourself bored, the dash slow, why not get involved, be active!

i know i’m going to get a message or two once i post this saying “ugh this is so annoying, this is all common sense blah blah blah,” but, lately from my own experience and from what i have seen people complaining about on the tags, i feel as though people need this reminder. also if majority of the rpc follows these tips, i’m sure rps would last a solid amount of time, and people can stop complaining. also, if anyone has any more tips, feel free to reblog and add them, or message me them!

Shipping and Bullying

I feel the need to talk about this. Sorry for the long post but I feel this is very important and needs to be said. I would appreciate it if everyone took the time to read through it, I’ve bolded the important parts for quick reading otherwise.

So I’m going through the WOY tags and I’m seeing hate about a certain ship (I won’t say what or point fingers) and I would just like to express how very disappointed I am in some fans. 

I know there have been shipping wars in the past and it can happen in any fandom but the Wander Over Yonder fandom has always been so supportive of one another and taken the show’s kind nature to heart. Most of the fans still do and I’m very proud of this fandom for that. 

If you support a ship then good for you, have fun with that ship! Whether it’s with canon or original characters, doesn’t matter. If it makes you happy then embrace the ship and be proud of it!

If you don’t support a ship, just ignore it and move on. DO NOT call others out on it or become a bully. You can download add-ons to blacklist the ship names so you don’t have to see it. Or you can block blogs that post those ships if it bothers you too much. You wouldn’t like it if someone insulted your favorite ship so don’t insult theirs.

Words hurt and people can be greatly affected by it. 

So think about what you are saying and how it may affect that person. You don’t know what that person is going through, some people are more sensitive than others and we have all seen first hand what bullying can lead to. Do not take that chance.

These differing opinions make the fandom more diverse and that is a fantastic thing. 

Despite these differences people can still ‘click’, people who disagree on ships can still be friends. Instead we should all be uniting over this great show and showing our love for it, supporting one another, inspiring each other and helping everyone to improve. That goes for the fan artists, the writers, the SaveWOY supporters, the “shit-posters”, the re-bloggers, anyone who is involved in this fandom. 

I too have my OTPs and NOTPs but all ships are welcome on this blog and I reblog every kind of ship, not only for myself but so my followers can see great art and the artists can get more exposure. (All shipping posts are tagged by their names so they can be black-listed if necessary). I love seeing how different everyone is yet how we are all still one big happy family, united by something we are all so passionate about.

If you are being bullied:

If you are experiencing any kind of bullying or harassment over a ship you like, go straight ahead and block the person doing so. Don’t give yourself time to mull over them and what they have said to you. Just go and block them. You’ll feel so much better for it.

If anyone is bullying you over your choice of ships (or for ANY reason) or harassing you please come to me. My ask box is open, my messenger is open. If you feel the need to vent or have a heart-to-heart, you are more than welcome to. I do not judge anyone based on their ships, you are all my friends.

I will not stand for bullying in this fandom, and while I may not be able to directly stop the bullies, I will do what I can to ensure that this fandom remains welcoming and safe for fans of all ages. EVERYONE should feel welcome and safe here and that they can all proudly contribute to this fandom.

The point I’m making is that nobody should feel bad about what they ship. Nobody should feel lesser than other fans and have to hide their ships or feel afraid to share them, and nobody should feel they are greater than others and bully other fans over their ships. We are all equals.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Stay safe and happy, friends.

Changes to the blog

Hello, my lovely followers! I’m sure most of you have seen the posts that have been floating around lately about minors following NSFW 18+ blogs. I’m going to jump on the bandwagon, but in the opposite way. I have some truly amazing followers that aren’t quite 18 yet and some of these gals are really close friends of mine on here.  Most of you that follow me know that I don’t write, read, or reblog smut, so it’s easier for me to stay a SFW blog.

When I started my Becca Recommends weekly list, I decided to include NSFW fics because people took the time to tag me and I wanted them to get recognition for their hard work.  I’m not trying to condemn anyone for writing smut, but as of right now, I will no longer be including NSFW fics on the weekly list. If you would like to take me off of your tag list, I completely understand and I will not be offended at all. 

This is a wonderful fandom to be a part of and I just want my blog to be a safe place for everyone to enjoy. Thank you, and I hope you all understand! 

 Becca 😊💞💞💞💞💞

Please welcome MissMil!

Hi everybody!  It’s finally my chance to repay the favor of introduction that @warp6 did for me a few months ago.  It’s my great pleasure to welcome @missmil to our Tumblr STV / JC fandom.  Many of you will recognize her from her writings on AO3 and ff.net and if you haven’t had the pleasure yet, please be sure to check her stuff out.   (http://archiveofourown.org/users/Miss_Mil/)

I’m going to attempt to list some folks here that I think she’d enjoy following and suggest you’ll want to follow her too.  I’m sure that I will be unintentionally missing a few, so please add to this!

MissMil, you’ll recognize some of the great AO3/ff.net writers here whose reputations precede themselves and some of whom have become my own personal posse. @cheile​ (ugh, go read “Four” and you’ll understand),  @lodessa (the Khalessi herself), @mia-cooper​ (well, if you don’t know her by now….), @carlynroth whose OC series is the most elaborately wonderful thing I’ve seen, @katesfire82 who apparently started writing at age 9 and needs to publish those early works, @oh-punky​ who happens to be my mirror half and graces us with perfect vignettes when she finds the time as @starfleet-vs-maquis​, @capt-nyc (aka. Little Obsesssions who, as warp6 put it, will make you w e e p sweet tears of angst), @warp6 (aka. m_class) who really needs to update her latest series before I die in anticipation but I forgive her because she led me here, @notimejustwords (aka. northernexposure) who is an actual professional at this but is so gracious and helpful while she likely sits at home and shakes her head at the rest of us, @talsi74656 thanks again for the Prixin comp!  @rawkfemme author of the Tumblr fandom creation that is ‘Thumbelina’, @rikersexblouse (aka. R_S_B) who has a fantastic Paris Family series going + bonus OP/KJ yumminess, @offical-harry-kim is fairly new and run by someone else I should know but can’t put my finger on is all things Harry, @captacorn who is another Tom/B’Elanna afficianado, @missyhissy3, @ricepips who does the most amazing little JC ficlets, @kjaneway314 who just…is great all around.

@emmikamikatze and @supernovacoffee run the most amazing series of caps titled “How not to to look at your captain/first officer.”  These two will absolutely make every single day on Tumblr worth it. And are, apparently, a bottomless pit of prompts and support.

@breezebree runs @thisdayintrek, @mulgrewsprimedirective and @ReplicatedCoffee which are all fantastic.

Some of the most supportive folks that I really don’t know very well but have learned to love dearly for their “likes” and comments and content:  @keelydelane, @timequaked, @captainandhercorgi, @cxionbonan, @relentless-fire, @joyful-voyager, @ailtara, @weary-hearted-queen, @danakathrynjaneway

Other blogs that brighten my every day include: @capsfromtrek, @ds9vgrconfessions, @txtsfromthedeltaquadrant, @katemulgrew, @static-warp-bubble, @incorrectvoyquotes, 

Ok, I think I’m done.  Again, sorry if i missed anyone!  Welcome MissMil!  I’m so glad you found your way over here (and that now I’m not the newbee!).  Don’t be shy, everyone is great.  Post and tag and like and reblog and you’ll find your way ;-)  Big awkward hug for you!

WRACONNECT returning…?
                           ( It might be sooner than you think! )

Hi everyone! Alexstrasza-mod here.

As I am sure a lot of you have noticed, WRACONNECT has not been active over the past few months. I’d like to extend my most sincerest apologies for the inactivity, as I personally have been dealing with disinterest in WoW as a whole, as well as being busy with my real life. But, if it’s one thing I personally enjoy, it’s being able to run a community project like this for you guys and create a space where people can meet and talk positively about the community.

However, if there is enough interest in the continuation of this project, I will be the only moderator of WRACONNECT. Without going into too much detail Ysera-mod and I have parted ways; meaning she is no longer a part of this blog and will not be assisting me in running it. At this stage, I am not looking for another moderator, and likely will be solo-running the project indefinitely. This means that content may be slightly slower than you guys are used too, but I will be working hard on things such a the bi-monthly listing and reblogging ads and content suggested to me by you guys!

What does this mean going forward?

Quite a lot of things, actually! Assuming that there is still interest in the community, I’d love to continue the project and be able to deliver content for you guys. Currently there are 253 people following this blog; meaning the potential for your ads/positivity to be seen is huge.

  • The bi-monthly list will be updated! Stay tuned for this one, though, as I would rather get your opinions/interest on the blog overall before I plunge into the listing.
  • More interaction with the community! I would love to be able to use this blog as a place to assist people looking to create events, boost characters and, in general, be active in the WRA community. Whilst it’s unlikely I’ll be returning to WoW yet, my goal would be to work with gm’s/content creators in the community to be able to boost their projects/guilds and even drabbles/writing. Feel free to get in contact with me over Tumblr IM if this is something you might be interested in!
  • Maybe a Discord/Chatroom? This will be a future, future project – as it is not something I can actively moderate and, for the sake of preserving a mild sense of anonymity, I’d rather not attach my personal Discord. However, the Discord would function as a drama-free zone for people to discuss events, find RP and chat with people they might not ordinarily see in the community. We’ll see what happens, though, so let me know how you feel about that!
  • Permanent ads will be updated! If your blog has been active in the past month, not to worry! Your stuff will not be removed. I’ll be cleaning up those pages and trying to make everything neat, tidy and up to date.
  • A new theme! Mostly just an update to the images to give you all something nice to look at but, again, it’s a future project. This theme functions well; it just needs some updates!

In conclusion,

If you took the time to read this wall of text – thank you! It was not my intention to bog anyone down with information, but it happened nonetheless. My plan for the moment is taking stock, gauging interest and getting a feel for the blog’s reception. If another project has sprung up in my absence, that’s totally fine! I’m more than happy to pass the mantle. If not, and you guys are interested in seeing this happen again, let me know. I’d love to do this on a part-time schedule as long as my personal obligations don’t get in the way.

What do you think?

So my erstwhile friend of too-long-to-count Mr. Feel (aka @thefeelofavideogame ) doesn’t want to be known as a “RWBY Guy”, this makes sense, RWBY is a very frustrating goddamn show, in so many damn ways. I’m doing him a favor of listing a bunch of problems with RWBY that he can just reblog for his followers since he doesn’t wanna deal with that shit.

Now, SOME CONTEXT: I’ve watched all of RWBY Seasons Volumes 1-3, I’ve seen maybe like, two episodes of RWBY Season 4. I know it had been improving but recently took yet -another- nosedive, and have written massive, massive amounts of words on the subject of RWBY’s incompetence, so I’m probably going to regurgitate a lot of points here that I’ve already ranted about to my friends in private to keep the word count from being too apocalyptically long.

I’m also going to be directly comparing RWBY to what it -wants- to be: a shonen-style anime romp, instead of any sort of high literature, just in case people think I’m some pretentious ass and not, y'know, a total nerd myself.

This list is not comprehensive, but is probably a good list of major production/storytelling faults. I’d need to do a whole series on this to talk about all the things wrong with RWBY, but a few major points of discontent, in no particular order:

1. Terrible, Terrible Pacing

Pacing makes or breaks a show for a ton of people, and RWBY’s pacing, for a show, is ridiculously awful. I’m gonna be rolling a lot of my issues into this large point, because RWBY has a problem with both set-up AND follow-through on points it tries to present. It does a lot of things wrong with this, in that it tries to blow past a lot of setup just to get to ‘the good part’, which is the kind of mistake you say fanfiction writers and NaNoWriMo novels make. You have to establish things if you want people to get emotionally invested! You can’t just force these four people together into a team, say 'okay, they’re a team now’, and then not elaborate on how they actually feel about each other at any point! Does anyone know what Team RWBY thinks about each other? Not really, because you get a laundry list of traits, get them referenced once, and then they assume for you to fill in the blanks. It’s sloppy and lazy.

Sloppy and lazy describe a lot of the other plot points RWBY puts forward. The show continually tries to introduce a cool new thing without even beginning to resolve the thing they’d already attempted to put forward. This gets really frustrating in the way they put forward the climaxes of the various seasons, because do you want to know how many times the members of the MAIN TEAM are relevant in a given finale?

0. 0 times. Twice they get pre-empted by a Cool New Thing, and the third time is supposed to be the Time They Lose And Everything Goes Wrong, Oh No, except you don’t CARE because they’ve accomplished NOTHING! They’re a vehicle for action scenes, nothing more. It’s not even a problem of runtime, because the Volume 4 episodes are now the length of your usual anime episode! They just don’t know how to effectively use their time.

Part of the problem with this, is…

2. Massive, massive cast bloat

Mr. Feel didn’t get far enough in for this to matter, but RWBY has a -huge- issue with introducing new characters for the sake of having new characters. To wit You have basically two teams full of main characters, which is four characters apiece. The cast does eventually slim down, only to add about three more characters for each one they trim off the list. And, as of this writing the cast is all over the fictional world, splitting the focus indefinitely to a point where the narrative is impossible to follow. A bunch of characters are superfluous, such as Neptune, -possibly- Sun, and basically Everyone They Introduce during the Tournament Arc. It gets to the point where they introduce new characters and can’t develop the ones they already have, with some… notable exceptions. Nearly all the main characters are about as flat as cardboard when it comes to personality, with viewers expected to fill in the blanks, only to never get any reward for inferring these character traits, because, again, RoosterTeeth is terrible at follow-through on their series.

But I’ve been talking like the foundations aren’t rotten, when they are, due to the fact that-

3. They ignore the basic ideas around what makes shonen fighting good

Okay, so, an unrelated friend once made this metaphor about how Shonen Fights should work, and I’ve been using it ever since, it’s how I tackle so many fights, and why I tend to dislike a lot of the fighting around RWBY.

The best Shonen fights are like puzzles. What I mean by that is that, at any given point, you know what your heroes have access to, and how each part works, and the excitement comes from not only learning what tools the heroes’ opponents have at their disposal, but also figuring out how exactly the heroes’ tools will come into play. Now, you may be thinking “Shonen break the rules with sudden power-ups all the time”, and I posit that, no, they really don’t. So long as something is alluded to being in the Hero’s toolbox, they can use it, even if this means it’s, in narrative context, a 'new’ power. The most iconic example I can think of, of that rule playing out, is Goku going Super Saiyan on Namek. It’s alluded to a bunch of times that the only thing Freiza is scared shitless of is a Super Saiyan. Vegeta tells Goku he doesn’t stand a chance unless he’s a Super Saiyan. From that point on, the idea of 'becoming a Super Saiyan’ is a tool that’s added to Goku’s 'toolbox’, that he eventually uses against Freiza.

RWBY doesn’t play by these rules. Everyone has a boatload of powers at their disposal - Aura, Dust, Semblances, and trick weapons - but none of them feel really well explained or well-distinguished. Dust can be combined in a bunch of different ways! Okay, how? Why do crystals and powdered dust both exist? What causes Semblances to exist or not? How -exactly- does Aura even -work-? Not only that, but then they introduce new powers, like Ruby’s 'Silver Eyes’, and then refuse to elaborate on them, treating them as exercises for the viewer.

Not only that, but the fights just. Don’t feel 'dynamic’, there doesn’t ever feel like there’s a change or a moment where things shake up. To make a videogame-based example, a lot of bosses tend to have 'Phases’ in it. These phases are well-defined, because they involve changing the way the players and the boss have to move. RWBY doesn’t do that. All the interesting different stuff is just different 'strings’ of combos, like in fighting games, which feel downright uninspired when you have to many different ways you can approach fights. Nope, just a varied combo string.

But all that could probably be forgiven if they just…

4. STOP PANDERING FOR GOD’S SAKE

Look, I get it. Everyone hates pandering unless they’re the one being pandered to. That’s how it’s always been, that’s how it’s likely always going to be. But there’s a level of -advanced- pandering that goes on in RWBY that is absolutely cringe-worthy on every level.

There’s throwaway characters based off of company in-jokes, the 'combat’ technique names are named after fandom’s ship names, the inclusion of a character just so a prominent member of their staff could voice a character whose existence is downright superfluous. Making a character more important than they seemed because fan reaction was popular. It goes as far as like.

Okay. I would be perhaps be the last person to talk about queerbaiting, as a straight white dude, and given certain fandoms’ overuse of the term, it’s been relatively diluted recently, but RWBY’s actions of pandering can be straight up queerbaiting, because, as it turns out, people wanted a narrative focused on girl heroes, and what they got was every plot beat being soaked up by dudes as each of the main team is effectively damselled in their own way. And yet they still try to spin it as the 'girls’ story’. It’s honestly kind of disgusting, and a topic for another post, but the real thing that probably makes me the most mad is…

5. Nobody at Rooster Teeth knows what they’re doing with the show, and never have

Don’t get me wrong. Monty Oum is an inspiration to me as someone who primarily works in creative space, trying to make creative things. Monty Oum was a creative force that will be sorely missed in this world. But Monty made one singular, huge fuckup which has kneecapped RWBY even worse than the show could ever do to itself.

There’s no story bible.

For those of you who don’t understand what that is, it’s exactly what it says it is. If you don’t know what something does, you refer to the story bible. If you don’t understand what the plot’s beats are supposed to be, you refer to the story bible. Over, and over, and over. Having a singular document to refer to is vital in a whole bunch of different areas. Game Design Docs, Story Bibles, Production Diaries/Bibles, they’re all more or less the same concept over different areas.

From what we know of the behind the scenes, there was a lot of stuff Monty had in mind that he just. Didn’t tell -anyone- else working on the show. He couldn’t have known he would have died so young, but that’s exactly why bibles exist. They’re there as contingencies, you make them so that, in case you aren’t there to work on something that’s so completely -you-, people can follow what you had in mind. So many things got dropped, shifted, moved around with Monty’s death that the show spent all of Volume 3 trying to recuperate, while gradually trying to salvage the show, but it’s clear they didn’t know what to do with a lot of pieces, and are just hoping that people are forgetting about them.

This is, quite honestly, inexcusable even for a 'semi-professional’ work. You can’t keep ideas to yourself. You have to share them, workshop them, write them -down-. That’s the only way anyone’s ever going to know what you’re going with, and a lack of a story bible is as much at fault for why RWBY is so frustrating.

I wanted to like the show, I really, truly, honestly did, but it’s made me so mad at every turn that I can’t even enjoy when it -tries- to improve, because I know it’ll continue to disappoint.

Don’t watch RWBY.

HOW TO WRITE A BIO
↳ By Lex

There is no right or wrong way, this is simply how I go about writing bios. I generally tend to write 3-4 paragraphs per bio, sometimes 5+, but for the sake of simplicity I’m going to keep this guide with the intention of writing a 3-4 paragraph bio. If you have any questions feel free to message rphelpdesk and I’d be happy to do my best! If you’ve found this useful, a like/reblog would be much appreciated.

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The Current Astroturfing Strategy

I’ve been having a bit of fun this week trying to figure out what the astroturfing strategy is regarding those blatant anons we all get in our inbox, and I’ve developed a little theory.

For anyone in the industry or who gets a bunch of these messages, this is probably all very obvious, but to me it’s still pretty interesting.

My main hypothesis is that there is a three step process:

  1. Blog Identification
  2. Ship Identification
  3. Substantive Ship Astroturfing

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goldennmami...also fusionmami and croppedheaux.

So before I begin I have to say this is insanely complicated to put into words and make it easy to follow and understand so if I confuse you at any point let me know so I can rephrase it. I am also going to do a quick recap on our first story about goldennmami and the events that followed that, it’ll help you to understand why this all comes together in the end. I may also add a flow chart at the end idk it might help? 

Okay here we go, i need prayers to write this so be kind to me it’s really difficult lmao:

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Dersha Fiction: Skylines-Chapter 5

Surprise! I posted it early! Again, thank you all for the love and support on this story! My heart gets so full every time I see a reblog, like or comment. You all are the best! Thanks! Click here for previous chapters. Enjoy

The deed was done. Derek and Ahsha had gone there and there was no turning back. Two days into her return and Ahsha had had sex with her ex. Twice! Feelings were still there and they were deep. When they first decided to split, Ahsha took off for New York the first chance she got. She never had to experience being around Derek after their breakup, until now. Their divorce was in the final stages and they would be meeting with their lawyers in the next few weeks. Ahsha was ready to go through with it. Derek had hurt her to the core and she still hadn’t recovered. Even after their actions in the past two days, Ahsha knew she had to let go. They couldn’t do this to each other. It wasn’t healthy. Her stubbornness didn’t allow her to open up to Derek about how she was really feeling. Instead, she was willing to let go of something she really didn’t want to see end.

Derek knew when Ahsha was closing up on him.  He had figured the pattern out early on in their relationship. First, there was the sex. Then there was the silent treatment or denial. After that, Ahsha completely shut down and acted as though nothing was bothering her. That was one thing that Derek hated about Ahsha. She refused to communicate with him when she was hurting.

Ahsha grabbed the last of her bags and rolled her suitcase to the car. Derek followed close behind her with larger bags. “Got everything,” he asked, opening the passenger door.

“Yes, I think so. The rest of it is on the way from New York,” Ahsha replied, climbing inside the truck. All of her furniture and the remainder of their clothes would be arriving the next day. Most of her things would have to be put into storage until she found a new place. Kyle Hart, her best friend, would be joining Ahsha for condo shopping later that week. There were four places that she already had in mind.  Finding a home was the number one thing on Ahsha’s list. Once she got settled into a place, she would be able to focus on work without the stress of looking for a new place to live.

“When do you move into your new condo,” Derek questioned, getting into the driver’s side.

“I have four to go see before I make my decision. I’m renting because I plan to move into a house. I just wanted to get settled on my job first. You know?”  Ahsha had entered phase two of shutting down on him. This was what Derek liked to call the denial phase. Although they had just sexed it up on the kitchen counter an hour earlier, Ahsha was going to act like nothing happened.

“Oh I see,” he sighed, before pulling out of the Roman residence driveway.

The drive to the hotel was a silent one. When they reached the hotel, Derek locked the doors and turned the car off. “We need to talk,” he said, turning to face Ahsha, who was still staring out the window.

“About what?”

About what? Was she serious? He had literally scrambled her eggs on the kitchen counter. They could start there. “Ahsha, we have had sex twice and you haven’t even been here for a week. I think there is a lot we can talk about.”

Ahsha mumbled something under her breath as she massaged her temples. Talking about her feelings was a constant struggle for her. Sloane was the exact same way and that horrible trait had rubbed off on her daughter. “About that… we can’t do that anymore, Derek. It…it complicates things even more.” Here she was lying to herself again. Everything was fine and dandy when they were in the moment. But when the real world smacked her right in the face, Ahsha knew she was in trouble. Her mind was telling her to stop whatever was happening with them for the last two days, but her heart was telling her to stay. Her heart had gotten her in trouble once before so she had to end this once and for all.

Like Ahsha, Derek’s communication wasn’t the best either. He was also conflicted on his feelings. Days ago, he was in his office telling Terrence that he was over Ahsha. Now here he was going back and forth with himself about whether or not he should fight for their love or not. “Yeah, it does,” Derek muttered, his hand still gripping the steering wheel.

“We just need to be cordial for our children. But we can’t do this again,” Ahsha added, her voice quivering with emotion. Before Derek could even console her, Ahsha was reaching for the door handle. “I can get the bus boy to help me. Thanks for letting me stay at your place.”

“You’re always welcome.” Ahsha raised a brow at him. “I mean…not in that way…but if you wanted to stay the night with the kids. I’ll call you later so we can meet up some time this week.”

“Okay, sounds good. Thanks Derek,” she said, her eyes never reconnecting with his.

“You’re welcome, Ahsha,” Derek replied as she shut the door.

They were back to being strangers.

……..

Ahsha hadn’t been to visit her parents since she had arrived back in town. Sloane quickly let her know how disappointed she was that she hadn’t seen her only child yet.

“You act like you can’t call anyone or come by to see us,” Sloane scolded. “Forget your manners after you left Cali?”

Ahsha chuckled on the other end. “Sorry ma, everything was hectic. I was meaning to call you earlier but I got…busy.”

“Yeah, yeah, yeah. At least Harper loves me. We have been having a blast in the garden. I’m teaching her the healthy way of living,” Sloane expressed. “Isn’t that right, Miss Busy Body?” Harper squealed with joy in the background.

“Now you know I love you too. I’m glad you’re bonding with Harp. She was really missing you,” Ahsha replied.

“You don’t sound well. You doing okay,” Sloane asked, her motherly instincts telling her that Ahsha was bothered.

“I’m good. Tired but good,” Ahsha lied. But her mother saw right through her façade.

“Ahsha,” her mother protested. “You know you can’t lie to me. What’s going on?”

There was no shutting down on Sloane Davenport. Although Ahsha had learned that trait from her mother, Sloane didn’t allow Ahsha to shut her out.

Taking a deep breath, Ahsha began, “I’m not sure about this divorce. I’m in a bad headspace right now.”

A mother knew her daughter the best. Mrs. Davenport knew when Ahsha said that she and Derek were getting a divorce that it wouldn’t be a good idea. She witnessed their love in person and could see that they needed to fight harder to save it. Instead, the damaged couple opted for divorce.

“You’ve already heard what I had to say about this divorce. Whatever you two decide, please make sure the babies are protected. Harper has been asking me if Pete and I would ever get a divorce. That’s not good, Ahsha,” Sloane explained.

The children were the most important beings to both Derek and Ahsha. Their children meant the world to them and it pained Ahsha to break their hearts. Tears formed in the corners of her eyes as she listened to her mother. “I’m trying my best to protect them but obviously I’m doing a horrible job.”

“Baby, don’t you ever doubt your parenting skills. You’re a great mother and your babies love you to pieces. Both of you are amazing parents. I’m sorry if I made you upset,” Sloane soothed, her motherly warmth still not easing Ahsha’s pain.

All the pain and confusion finally broke Ahsha for the first time in months. She had been holding on to a lot and now that she was back home, her heart was heavy. Too heavy for her to even carry. “I don’t know what to do. On one hand I want to work things out and on the other I can’t trust him. Being back home is just confusing me even more,” Ahsha sobbed into the phone. “I came back because I knew it would be good for the kids.”

“Ahsha, sweetie listen to me. Just calm down and breath. No one said it would be easy and I can’t tell you what to do. But know that I’m here to lean on whenever you need me. Okay?”

“Okay. Thanks mom. I’m sorry for crying in your ear,” Ahsha chuckled through tears.

“That’s what mommy is here for. I don’t mean to change the subject on you but do you think you could come over for dinner on Thursday night? Harper and Jackson will be here and I was going to invite Derek because Harper keeps begging me. But I won’t do that if it bothers you.”

The thought of being around Derek again sent a surge of heat between her legs. The last time they were in a kitchen together, he had her screaming his name from the counter. Ahsha decided to be mature and do this for Harper’s sake. That child was a daddy’s girl and would throw a fit if he didn’t come.

“No, invite him. It’s fine,” Ahsha stated, wiping away the last of her tears.

Sloane lit up at the sound of that. Like Harper, Sloane was hoping for a reunion. The mother just kept her mouth shut about it and played it neutral. “You sure? I don’t want to start something.”

Oh something had already started, Ahsha thought. “Yes, I’m sure.”

…………

As promised, Kyle joined Ahsha on her condo shopping adventure later that week. Kyle Hart had been Ahsha’s best friend since their days as Devil Girls. The moment they met, they clicked.  Miss Hart had quite the personality and southern accent to match. She could walk into a room and have people laughing without saying word. Kyle just had that warmth about her that made people want to keep her close. Ahsha missed her presence while in New York and was excited to spend some much needed time with her best friend. Maybe condo shopping would keep her mind off of Derek for a while.

“Tell me, how is living in New York. Believe it or not, I’ve never been,” Kyle gushed, linking Ahsha’s arm as they entered the prestigious Harper West Hollywood.  This was the fourth and final condo on Ahsha’s list and from the looks of it, it could turn out to be her favorite.

“I loved it. It’s very fast and busy but I managed. I didn’t enjoy the cold though,” Ahsha laughed. “You know I’m a Cali girl and I couldn’t get used to that part.”

“Mmmhhhmm. So tell me about your new boy toy. Is he fun,” Kyle pressed, her bright blue eyes widening in excitement.

Ahsha wasn’t in the mood to talk about Nate. He still hadn’t called her back and that was days ago. “We’re not serious.”

“Oh? I thought you were liking him. The age difference, huh.”

The eye roll Ahsha gave should have given Kyle her answer. “It’s not the age difference. I just don’t see myself with him long term, ya know?”

Being Ahsha’s best friend, Kyle could read her like a book. Ahsha’s dismissive attitude about Nate made it obvious that she had her heart set on someone else. “Hmm. So when did you and Derek sleep together?”

“What,” Ahsha gasped. “Why would you think that?”

Kyle laughed. “Come on, Ahsha. I know you! It’s pretty obvious that you two are screwing around again. The boy toy is out and D-Ro is back in…in more ways than one.”

“Kyle,” she exclaimed, trying to hide her guilty smile.

“Am I lying? When were you going to tell me? How was it,” Kyle asked, as they stopped in the middle of the lobby. “You know you can’t hide a thing from me, right?”

“It didn’t mean anything. I guess you can call it divorce sex,” Ahsha explained to her curious friend.

“Divorce sex my ass. I bet you two end up back together. Mark my words.”

They continued walking to the front desk. “No, we’re going through with it. The damage is done, Kyle.”

The sad tone in Ahsha’s voice was easy to detect and Kyle decided to get serious. “Have you talked to him?”

“About what?”

Kyle stopped in her tracks and grabbed her best friend’s hands. “It’s clear that you still love that man. And I can tell that he’s still in love with you. I don’t care who he’s dating, he’s thinking about Ahsha Roman. I’ll let you in on a little secret that you have to promise to keep.”

Ahsha nodded.

“Derek was torn up when you left for New York. I’ve never seen that man cry a day in my life but he cried when you left with the kids. He didn’t take it well at all,” Kyle explained. “He may act as though he loves that Aundrea chick, but that’s a lie. I can tell when Derek Roman is in love and it ain’t with her.”

That was news to Ahsha. Derek wasn’t the type to cry in front of people. The only time she had seen him cry was when Jackson was born. Jackson was their first child and there were a few complications along the way. “Well…I met Miss Aundrea and she’s a piece of work.”

“She’s more than that. I detect a gold, digging, low budget actress trying to get in Derek’s pockets. She even asked to be on my reality TV show,” Kyle stated, with a look of disgust.

“Oh goodness.”  

“I refuse to have my best friend’s, ex-husband’s new boo thang on Love and Country. That’s too much drama…though it makes for good television. Hmm,” Kyle hummed, pursing her lips.

“Love and Country? Really Kyle? I love you, girl,” Ahsha laughed, before they finally walked over to the receptionist’s desk.

Kyle could always put Ahsha in a good mood.

……….

Later that night

Harper and Jackson were beyond excited about having dinner with their grandparents and parents. Pete and Sloane helped the children prepare dinner and set the table.

“Mommy and daddy have to sit together,” Harper whispered in Jackson’s ear. “Okay?”

“You can’t force them to sit together, Harper,” Jackson sighed, shaking his head. His little sister always had a plan. “Dad has a girlfriend anyway.”

Harper covered her mouth and gasped dramatically. “A girlfriend? But he loves mommy.”

“And? He still has a girlfriend. Remember that lady that was at his house the other day?” Harper nodded, her curly fro bobbing to the side. “Well, she was at his job. That’s his girlfriend.”

The thought of her father having a girlfriend brought tears to her eyes. Her daddy was only supposed to be with her mommy and no other woman would fit. Harper crossed her arms and stomped off to find her grandpa.

Their parents arrived separately a few minutes later. While Sloane and Pete hugged and caught up with Ahsha, Derek joined Harper and Jackson in the kitchen.

“Hey kiddos,” Derek said, a smile spreading across his face. No matter what, his kids always made him smile. His kids were a light in his darkest moments.

“Hey,” Jackson replied, his attention focused on setting the table. Sloane had shown them where to place the utensils and plates earlier that day. Jackson was trying his best to remember and set everything perfectly.

Harper Lee on the other hand was ignoring her father. She wasn’t happy with him and her little frown told it all.

“Harp, daddy can’t get a hello?”

“No,” she muttered under her breath.

Derek didn’t play the disrespect game with adults and he surely wasn’t going to do it with his children. “Harper Lee Roman, I know you hear me talking to you.”

Tears began rolling down Harper’s cheeks as she slammed a napkin on the table. “You and mommy are supposed to love each other! I don’t want to have a new mommy!” With that, Harper ran out of the kitchen passing her grandparents and mother on their way in.

“Harper,” Ahsha exclaimed.

Derek’s heart ached. This wasn’t how he wanted things to go at all. He didn’t want his children thinking he loved them less because he wasn’t with Ahsha. “We should go see about her,” Derek told Ahsha, grabbing her hand as they went to find their daughter.

The parents found Harper in her grandparent’s room, curled up in the middle of the bed. Her tiny cries could be heard from the hallway.

“Harper,” Ahsha cooed as she climbed in the bed next to the small child. “Baby, it’s okay. Shhhh, I’m here.”

“I don’t want a new mommy,” Harper cried, resting her head on her mother’s shoulder. “I want daddy to love you and only you. A new mommy means you and daddy won’t be together.”

Ahsha glanced over at Derek with a helpless expression. What could either of them say to make Harper feel better?

Since the subject of Aundrea was his responsibility, Derek decided he would speak up. “Come here baby girl,” Derek said, patting the edge of the bed. Still wiping at her eyes, Harper crawled to the end of the mattress and sat down. Derek kneeled down next to her to be on her level. “You will always have one mommy and that’s the woman sitting right next to you. No one will ever take her place, you hear me? Just because we aren’t together…that doesn’t mean I love you or your brother any less. You will always be my baby girl and no one can change that, ever.”

“But…I want you and mommy to be together. I want you to love each other like nana and papa,” Harper continued crying. She was very upset and it seemed as though nothing would calm her down.

“We do love each other, sweetie,” Ahsha chimed in, kneeling on the other side of Harper. Derek was staring over at Ahsha as she consoled their youngest child. Seeing Ahsha in mother mode was one of the most beautiful things Derek had witnessed. She was amazing and he was thankful to have her as the mother of his kids.

“But you aren’t together. I don’t want you to breakup,” she replied, looking back and forth between her parents.

Derek and Ahsha didn’t have a reply for that. The idea of her parents not being together broke Harper’s heart. In all the fairytales she saw, the mother and father were happy. She wanted that same thing for her parents because in her eyes, life was a fairytale.

Instead of making matters worse, Derek and Ahsha wrapped their arms around Harper. “We’ll always be a family, no matter what,” Derek stated, kissing her tear stained cheek.

Harper seemed to like that answer and nodded. “Okay,” she muttered, hanging her head.

“Love you, stinker,” Ahsha said, tickling Harper’s sides causing her to giggle.

“There’s that smile I was looking for. Come on, let’s go eat this amazing dinner you helped fix,” Derek added, lifting Harper from the bed causing her to squeal.

Once the trio entered the dining room, the rest of the family was already seated. “Feeling better, Harp,” Pete asked.

“Yes, papa,” she replied, smiling widely. “Sit next to mommy, daddy!” Harper patted the two seats next to her and looked up at her parents.

“Okay,” Derek and Ahsha said in unison, following her orders.

Pete and Sloane chuckled at the adorable scene. “Hey, Harper. Your brother is in there finishing up the biscuits. Want to help me get the cupcakes you made,” Sloane asked.

“Yes!” That had Harper jumping out of her seat and running to the kitchen.

“She is definitely your child,” Sloane said to Ahsha.

When Sloane entered the kitchen, Harper was busy dragging a step stool over to the counter. “Nana, I need help.”  

“With what, honey?”

Harper peered over at Jackson who gave her a nod. “Help us make mommy and daddy go on a date,” she whispered into her grandmother’s ear.

Sloane wasn’t the type to do such a thing but if it would make her grandbabies happy, she was for it. “Deal,” Sloane whispered with a wink.

Thank you for reading! Hope you enjoyed.

Like I feel like tumblr’s reaction to this is so… based outside of the reality of things. People chose to frame the argument as “a cis person is playing a trans person” but they ignore several things:

First of all, Dallas Buyers Club is an indie film with a $5 million dollar budget, and an even smaller marketing budget.

Let me put this in context… To advertise “The Avengers”, Disney paid an estimated $4 million for the 30-second spot during the Superbowl. That is how TINY Dallas Buyers Club’s budget was. More context: Daniel Radcliffe earned $20 million for the final Harry Potter installment. Just him. One actor. 

In comparison, "12 Years a Slave" had a $20 million budget and also had a stellar cast of famous people both black and white. 

So let’s establish the objective reality that “Dallas” simply don’t have the money to promote this movie aggressively. 

Second, it’s not a comedy or an action film, so it’s either going Oscar or broke in the first place, but to get Oscar consideration, they need the “Oscar buzz”. Essentially the film had to rely on the established fan bases of big name stars and the gossip their fame generates in order to be talked about on the internet or in mainstream media. Every time some gossip mag writes an article on Jared or Matthew, they are likely to add “Jared Leto is currently filming ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ in ____ with___” and that generates interest, like people will go online and google “Dallas Buyers Club” and even if they might not be interested in the first place, they might be curious and learn about the people in the movie just by reading the summary. 

Because the reality is that this story is little knownand the majority of people aren’t interested in indie films. For example, my movie budget for an entire year is $100, and a movie is about $10~$13 dollars a ticket depending on if I’m seeing it in 3D or not. That’s about 9/10 movies max in one year… and “Dallas Buyers Club” STILL didn’t make that list. (Might buy it from google play tho if it doesn’t end up on netflix, I’d feel dirty pirating 12 Years a Slave and/or Dallas Buyers Club)

Now my family is pretty well off, solid middle class, no kids yet, so we can afford to set aside $100 just to see movies on top of everything else we want to do (vacationing every year in or out of the country, eating out, saving up for a baby, house renovations, bags shoes makeup etc) Not every other family has this kind of luxury if they don’t place “going to movies” that high on their list of entertainments. With the economy the way they are, maybe they’ll go and see 3~4 blockbusters a year, that’s it. You can’t expect a person to pay $10 out of pocket to see a movie they otherwise have no interest in.

They might go see this movie if they are a fan of McConaughey or Leto, and if someone less famous is casted for it, they simply don’t see the point in paying money to see it. Maybe they’ll pirate it when they saw it nominated for an Oscar, maybe not even that. 

It doesn’t make that person cis scum or transphobic or w/e. That person might be supportive of LGBT issues and votes accordingly, they just simply don’t and shouldn’t have to shell out money to see a movie about an issue that they might not hold so close to their hearts. 

Now, there’s a real issue of an indie movie maker putting in $5 million dollars in a movie and not have it gross more than the budget.

So their only target audience without the stars involved is 2 kinds of people: 

  1. people who cares about AIDS/LGBTQ issues enough to shell out the money to see it.
  2. True film fans who will see movies at film festivals or whatever is generating buzz on Rotten Tomatoes or w/e.

By casting already famous “stars” they are accessing a third target audience: fans of said “stars”. 

People need a earn a living.

Content Creators need to not only earn a living but build capital for their next project.

Just because they are “artists” doesn’t mean they have to adhere to a “moral high ground” according to tumblr sjw and then earn barely scraps to get by.

Before anyone say “they could have did _____ and still earned money”… let me tell you a wise Chinese meme that basically means “it’s easier to criticize the swimming technique of a drowning man when you are sitting on the shore" 

If the content creator had casted some little known actors: a male lead with AIDS, a transgender person for the supporting role… etc, but the movie didn’t do as well financially because of the lack of exposure, the critics are not the one bearing the financial responsibilities.  

In fact, Matthew McConaughey was paid an upfront fee in the low six figures (under $200,000) and I can only imagine Jared Leto earned way, way less. If you consider the publicity they bring to the film, budgetary wise, the movie is actually earning money by casting those two because they are getting back more than they paid the two in publicity well before awards season. The film gets free publicity and the actor takes a pay-cut to participate in a film that will better their career, it’s a mutually beneficial situation. 

Sometimes casting decision is not based on talent. 

Sometimes a casting decision is based on a complex equation of talent, connections with the right people, and the math of the monetary reward of their fame converted to publicity. 

Nobody should be saying "trans actors/actresses are just not as talented.” No. You asshole. Stop.

However, nobody should be trying to justify casting decisions only based on an argument of talent when the reality is that it’s much more complicated than that. 

If the director had a choice of two actors wanting the part. 

One actor is talented enough for the part and super famous, he will get invites to all the talk shows to promote the film, all the gossip papers will follow him while he’s doing the film, his fans will pay money to see the film.

One actor is just as, if not more talented. And for whatever life experiences, more fitting for the part, but nobody outside of a certain circle knows about him.

If I was a small time filmmaker and wanted a film made, after having to suck a dozen dicks (figuratively speaking… or literally, who the fuck knows) to scrape together five million dollars, I would chose the famous actor in a heartbeat.

The financial risk is exactly why television are way ahead of film in terms of representation and inclusion of social minorities in leading roles. It’s way cheaper to produce TV shows, and they could introduce a __whatever__ character, and if ratings drop, they have the option of writing the character off, if rating stays, they keep the character and the character develops. If it wasn’t from the get go, it gets cancelled. Shows get cancelled every season, networks recover, but it’s harder for smaller film production companies to bounce back from a loss, while larger film companies are risk averse because they have shareholders. Television also benefits from getting feedback in real time and can attempt to take risks and innovate from season to season.

Financial risk is the reason we’ve seen Disney Channel create a strong black female lead (that’s so raven) before they ever created a black princess movie.

Financial risk is the reason we’ve seen Disney Channel debut their first-ever lesbian couple but we probably won’t see queer representation never mind a lead in a Disney film. 

I really find the complete lack of understanding of financial risk extremely toxic to any kind of productive dialogue…

Like if sjw want representation, then reblog all the shows with GOOD REPRESENTATION. WATCH IT ON TV AND DON’T FUCKING PIRATE IT (unless you are in like Australia or something, in which case buy the damn DVD. If the issue is important enough for you, you should be able to budget a monetary support somehow. It’s easy for anyone with a keyboard to say they support this and that, and harder to actually donate to the cause). Support indie film makers as in see their films with actual money. SUPPORT KICKSTARTERS. No matter how much everyone whines on the internet, if there’s no money to be made, it’s not getting made.

I will never understand sjw who complains about poor representation and then turns around and pirate a show or movie that is diverse. If you don’t have cable, fine, but if you are a “nielsen family” (it means the cable counts what you watch), watch the damn thing or stream the show (which is free!) from the ACTUAL NETWORK’S WEBSITE.

You are on tumblr, so clearly you have internet access, SHOW content producers your support when they are doing something right!

But none of the sjw blogs I’ve came across ever talks about stuff like that, all they do is whine or distort the context of the representation they do have, or trivialize the role and then say it’s not enough.

Example, in Agents of SHIELD, the main character Skye is played by a mixed race actress, Chinese and some shade of white. The sjw loves to either conveniently ignore that or say the show never talks about her being part Chinese.

However, in the episode that reveals her background, she was explicitly told that she was discovered in a village in China, her heritage is not paraded around like that’s all she is, it came up when it was relevant to the story, and Culson and May didn’t make a big deal out of it. May didn’t go like “so I guess we are both Chinese”, and Skye wasn’t suddenly shown as something “exotic” and “foreign”. She is still Skye.

Or when it was revealed on Arrow that Black Canary is bi. Nobody batted a lash and treated her differently, she never came out and said “I’m bi”, nor did she have to explain to the other characters that she’s not “suddenly a lesbian”.

I’ve seen sjw talk about the show “Almost Human” and how Dorian is a “sidekick”… like he’s a main fucking character okay?! It’s possible to have two main characters okay?! Stop fucking invalidating Dorian’s importance in the series/plot by saying he’s a “sidekick” because he’s a fucking main character okay? (also he’s a cute bb and you should watch the show.)

anonymous asked:

i had a lot of respect for you as an artist but i'm pretty disappointed in you doing femslash february and your recent obsession with yuri. don't you think that's kind of fetishizing lesbians?

maybe it would be, if i weren’t a lesbian myself?

i’m actually going to answer this seriously because it’s something i want to talk about. 

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Hi, everyone!! This is my first follow forever to celebrate hitting 1.5k a couple days ago and my birthday today! If anything is messed up or if this screws up your notifications, I’m really sorry! I blog completely from mobile, so if everything falls apart you can just blame it on that!

First, of course I needed to make a special section for the squad. We don’t really have a name because we change it all the time, but anyway! I love all of you guys so much and you guys make me so happy! I can’t believe we’ve only been talking for a few months because it feels like years!

@justlouandme @viptwink @singingsoulmates @louistrashbaby @harryslavendersweater @bluntsbylouis @enamoredniall @parmahamwrap @larryisgenuinelyreal

Also a special section for the only two non one direction blogs that I follow. Tori, Thanairi, Ily guys a bunch!

@pizzamikel @tangerine247

This section is for all my wonderful mutuals! Being bolded means we’ve either talked, I’ve seen you reblog from me a lot, I really like your url, or I recognize you from my dash and I like your posts! If I miss anyone, I’m so sorry! Hopefully not a lot of url changes have begun for the holidays yet.

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And now, a section for my non mutuals that I love following.

@22tops @adidastommo @anchoredlou @arrowlouis @bearmustard @birdonahotdog @boatkink @boyfriendsfic @bromanceshmomance @bulletproofhalo @createdoutofnecessity @cyclonelouis @desiredlarry @diggingandfluff @fightmeloueh @foldablelouis @harryswhale @harryun @hickeylouis @intenselouis @larryappreciation @larrymvp @louismvp @louispdf @prettytruthsandlies @proudoflou @since-he-was-eighteen @stylinsobss @thebritishboyfriends @thelarrygodparents @thestylinsoncrew @tomlindoll @uhwellington @vansandburberry @whimperinglou @yourssincerelylarry @yslelf

Again, if I missed anyone, I’m really sorry!! I know this list is really long so it took a while to get it done and I wouldn’t be surprised if I accidentally missed a few people.

Sterek Fanfiction Recs Under 500 Kudos - 3/5

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It’s finally here, after how many days working on this! *wipes forehead*

First of all I’d like to thank everyone who helped me bring this to life by reccing stuff from other people. In alphabetic order: accordingtomel (AO3) ||alocalband(Fic Tag) (AO3) || blamethewolf (AO3) || ccainewise || dream-about-dancing(AO3) || erciareyes (Fic Tag) (AO3) || fuchswrites (Fic Tag) (AO3) ||greyhoundsgirl || hailtohale (AO3) (Fic Tag) || halesmut || herosterek(AO3) || knoxyd (AO3) (Fic Tag) || kolornadziei || pale-silver-comb (AO3) || picara93 ||redvelvet-things ||scruffysterek || shut-up-and-sterek (AO3) || stilessredhoodie(AO3) || vintage-bispy || warlockintothetardis || wolfcured and also, of course, the anonymous users. (If I didn’t add your AO3 and/or fic tag was because I couldn’t find it, so please message me if you do have one! Also, if I forgot someone - PLEASE message me. There were so many of you and so much to do, I don’t really know if I’m missing people or fics anymore. It’s all jumbled in my head. :3)

The following fics are all under 500 kudos and ordered by word count. Remember that a lot of people will be recced, but there are still thousands more who didn’t make it to this list. It’s now up to you to make your own lists or even just rec one fic at a time. Please don’t let the injustice of before prevail. I really hope this doesn’t stop with me. :)

I didn’t have the time to find the author’s blogs so I could tag them, so if you know who any of them are on tumblr, please reblog this post and mention them so they can see they are loved. And even if you don’t know any of them, please reblog anyway to help these authors get the attention they deserve.

Now to the fics! Happy readings. ^^


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I just need to take a moment to say that without my dear Lanni this story would not exist.  Seriously.  She is my fabulous beta, one of my dearest friends, and also in her words “the little voice in the back of your head that is like do the thing”. Plus she sends me ALL the bunnies. If you are reading this and enjoying it you probably should go thank her because she’s the raddest.

Also again I thank BK because every time she likes a chapter my little writing soul does a small happy dance and I don’t understand how this happened because she is definitely (way???) out of my league of talent.

Lastly I give an ENORMOUS thank you to everyone reading this.  This story has gotten so much positive feedback it is unbelievable. I’ve been hanging on to these ideas for a while, and I am ridiculously glad I finally decided to try to conquer this one. You all are so kind, and I cannot thank you enough for reading and for leaving me all of your fabulous feedback. It means so much to me. I never imagined this story being so well liked, and every new reblog, follow and like just leaves me in absolute awe.

Here is part three! Only one or two more bits to go.

Past Tense (part three)

(one, two, four, five, six, seven, eight or on FFN)

The list of people who know is growing—perhaps a bit too quickly for Emma’s liking.

David comes to the station with her despite her assurances that she can handle it alone, that she is just going to look into a few quick records and save the brunt of the case for tomorrow, after she’s at least been able to sleep on it.  Until she’s at least begun to be able to wrap her mind around this.  She hates that he knows her so well, nearly as well as Killian.  Dave assures her that anyone who knows her at all would know ‘saving it for tomorrow’ is bullshit.  She isn’t quite as sure but she is tired of arguing and folds, agreeing to allow him to follow behind them.

When they arrive, Killian is standing huddled at the door (and Milah is beside him in her red leather jacket now, damnit, and she absolutely doesn’t clench her teeth to keep them from grinding).  She pulls sharply into her favorite parking spot, the one right in front of the door (the one that used to be Graham’s, she realizes tensely.  The police cruiser still sits unused in back, part of Emma’s conditions in being deputy.  None of the police crap). She chews the inside of her lip as she glances sideways at Graham.

“You sure you wanna do this?” she asks.  His quiet expression does well to mask his feelings as his gaze runs along the station, and he slowly shakes his head.

“It still feels like last night,” he mutters, but his tone is more awed than upset, and he finally returns her gaze. “That man,” he says, and nods at the door, at Killian, “Is he the new deputy?”

She inhales deeply, a strange shame filling her that she absolutely hates.

He was dead.  She had moved on. Six years passed.

But to him… it has been only a night.

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anonymous asked:

Well shit Sqiggs I've suddenly become MSA trash (yes I know I'm late to the party) Any suggestions on how to properly drown myself in the fandom? Blogs to follow, things to read and look at?

Oh, BOY.  Well, let’s see… a lot of the blogs that were super active with MSA in the beginning have moved on to other things since then, BUT there are a whole buncha people I’d recommend looking into.  For starters, check out all the Mystery Masters’ blogs (all listed on the video description!):  @mysterybensmysteryblog, @artsyfeathersartsyblog , @heilos, @isaiahdjstuff, @koalacola, @noxidarts, @pbnflash, @chloepoisonhearts, and @elosandesketch.

As for fan blogs, jeez, uh… boy, that’s a toughie.  There are SO MANY I could recommend; there’s no way I could list them all here.  What I’d recommend is to follow a few that you see, go through their MSA tags (they tend to be variations on “mystery skulls,” “mystery skulls animated,” “MSA,” and so on and so forth.  You can also add “/search/mystery_skulls” to the end of any blog to actually SEARCH their blogs rather than going through the tags), and follow the names you see showing up more than once!

As for comics: there are two currently in progress by @hyperchronic and @anastasia-cherubin, and there have been several shorter beginnings to comics by many other users, including @ectoimp, @thepurpah, and a few others that are escaping my mind at the moment.

Fanfictions!  The ones I immediately think of are written by @hecallsmehischild (she has two, and the second one–still in progress–is unrelated to the first), @r5h, @paperbending, @the-headbop-wraith, @olimarina, @tyigra, @phantoms-lair (there’s a Singin’ in the Rain AU one and a Scooby Doo crossover one).  There’s also one by @thekookyfixer, I believe.  And I’m sure there are a ZILLION I’m forgetting at the moment.

Art blogs are kinda sorta like fanblogs in the sense that there are just SO MANY people who draw stuff for it!  I couldn’t possibly list ‘em all here, but you can find ‘em by going through folks’ MSA tags (like I indicated above).

Finally, there are some fan voice actors!  The ones who are most active in the MSA fandom (though I am POSITIVE there are more that I’ve not yet seen/don’t recall at the moment!) are @summer-of-the-shinx , @chisanaai, @pmseymourva, @amtrax, and @ceeblathers.

If anybody has more to add to any of these lists, please do so either in the comments or by reblogging the post!  I don’t wanna leave anyone out.

Anyhoot, MOST IMPORTANTLY: welcome, Anon, to the madness that seems to be the MSA fandom that has not moved on from the same music video for DARN NEAR AN ENTIRE YEAR.  Good to have you on board, and just in time for the sequel video hype, too! :D