he challenges her ; make her think outside the box

anonymous asked:

So... scully is not Mulder's "type"? What about Mulder? Is he her type?

Hooooo boy.  This is an interesting question, Anon, so forgive my long-winded diatribe complete with photos, but this topic fascinates me because Scully’s romantic history was written mostly by men, and therefore very BADLY.  So in answering this question I’m going to rely largely on canon, but also the more fleshed-out, three-dimensional Scully I’ve come to know through fanfiction and fanon as well.  

As far as Scully’s physical type goes, I’m guessing Fox Mulder breaks the mold, and we have a few men to compare him to that supports that assertion.  Here are the men we KNOW she was romantically involved with:

Ethan Minette (Scully’s boyfriend in the Pilot who was eventually written out):

Jack Willis (one of Scully’s instructors at the FBI Academy):

Daniel Waterston (One of Scully’s professors while she was in medical school):

Notable mentions go to Rob (the father of a child who Scully agreed to go on a date with and whom she presumably met while at her godson’s birthday party in The Jersey Devil):

Ed Jerse (who she agreed to go on a date with because she was presumably attracted to him, and who wouldn’t be):

And Sheriff Lucius Hartwell (who admittedly was a vampire, so Scully may have been affected by him because vampires are supposed to be “charming” and “seductive” but I kinda have a thing for Luke Wilson so I’m gonna include him for funsies):

I don’t think I’m forgetting anybody (and I’m deliberately leaving out Phillip Padgett because I don’t think Scully was attracted to him.  Fight me.).  There’s an argument to be made that Scully was also eventually attracted to Walter Skinner, John Doggett, and/or Monica Reyes, but that’s a post for another day.

So, let’s be real, most of the guys pictured above are not the GQ models that this guy is:

Originally posted by spookyymulder

HOWEVER, emotionally and mentally, Mulder abso-freaking-lutely fits the mold for Men Dana Scully Falls For.  Scully has a lot of Daddy Issues, as evidenced by what little we saw of the Ahab/Starbuck relationship in Beyond the Sea and One Breath, and I think that that manifests itself, as it often does, in the relationships she cultivates with the other men in her life.  Scully tends to be attracted to men in positions of power who can be domineering and overbearing.  Scully eventually ends up rebelling against these men because inevitably they think they know better than she does what’s best for her.  

We see that play out with Mulder, too, because he’s an authority figure (as the Agent who runs the X-Files division), he’s brilliant, he’s driven, and he’s passionate.  He also has a tendency to act alone (read: ditch her) or to keep things from her because he believes it to be in her best interest to do so (See: End Game, Emily, Per Manum).  He’s protecting her.  Keep in mind, Mulder is also working through his own family history by trying to save every woman he comes into contact with because of his own issues with Samantha, but again, another post for another day.

Where Mulder differs from all of her previous relationships, however, is that he respects Scully enough to let her make her own decisions, to be her own person.  He pushes her, it’s true, but he pushes her to be better, to do better, to think outside the rigid little boxes she compartmentalizes her life into, and he does so in a way that she finds challenging, if not exasperating.  He teaches her to wonder at the mysteries of the universe, not just to explain them away.  

Is Mulder Scully’s type?  I think the argument can be made that yes, he is, and no, he isn’t.  He might not be what she thought she always wanted, but he became what she never knew she needed.  

anonymous asked:

Can you say why Klaus is good for Caroline. Thabk you.

Absolutely! It’s actually a really interesting question, because Klaus being “good” for anyone is kind of a difficult think to wrap your head around, and Caroline is really the first person he’s had a positive influence on in a long time. Without a doubt they are both very good for each other in certain ways, but for Caroline someone like Klaus is really necessary at this point. And while I could go into why and how they’re both good for each other I actually find this specific question to be very interesting, especially in relation to today’s Klaroweek day, because TO’s absolute unwillingness to address Caroline’s significance to Klaus has really limited his character development in a lot of ways, whereas TVD’s willingness to explore it led to some of Caroline’s most vital character development ever in season 5. 

Something I’ve always found to be very interesting about Caroline as a character is how little faith she tends to put in her own perception of herself and the world around her and how much she relies on other’s perception of her and their world in order to form her own sense of self and sense of everything else. Caroline has spent so much of her life being undermined and underestimated that she trusts in others more than she trusts in herself. She also tries so hard to be accepted and to be the best that she looks at every guidepost and objective metric around her to make decisions and determine her behavior, and even if those choices don’t benefit her specifically she will still make them if she thinks it will get her closer to what she aspires to. Being in that kind of environment and being that type of person has led to Caroline having an extremely limited world view that she is afraid to step outside of. What is so fantastic about having to deal with Klaus is that it not only forces her to reexamine everything that she once thought was right and true, it forces her to really consider for the first time in her life how she feels about everything. 

It’s really a quite interesting dynamic to explore for Caroline, because even if she hears conflicting things from different people she really is always being told what she should or shouldn’t do, say, or think by someone else. The people in her life don’t have the faith that she can make the right decisions on her own, so they tell her what they think is best. Klaus is really the first person she meets to ever challenge that, he doesn’t just dare her to think outside of her normal box, he dares her to make these decisions on her own (which she does for him wonderfully as well). And he doesn’t just ask her what she thinks, what she wants, or how she feels, he respects and validates her choices even if those choices aren’t what he wants to hear. It seems like a painfully simple thing, but Klaus is really the first person to tell Caroline that she has value on her own, and for someone who constantly relies on others to shape her understanding of the world to realize that she is just as valuable as all of those she depends on gives Caroline an agency that she really never believed that she herself could have. 

And what’s so fascinating about that dynamic is that while it is on the one hand uniquely Klaroline, on the other hand it’s also something that Caroline gets to experience almost completely on her own in season 5. Caroline becomes the person that Klaus challenged her to become without Klaus. It’s entirely her decision, she finds that confidence and self-assurance that she was always lacking, and it’s not without irony that her development culminates in her decision to sleep with Klaus when he returns to Mystic Falls. She not only decides to do something that directly conflicts with what everyone else she knows would want, she’s unapologetic about it when they finally do find out. This is a girl who was made to feel guilty about being murdered and becoming a vampire because she basically had the bad luck of being friends with Elena, and she could now look in the faces of the people she loved and tell them that she made the choice she wanted to make and it didn’t make her a bad person. And that, my friends, is why I think aggressively excluding Caroline from Klaus’ story on TO was one of the worst mistakes they ever made. Klaus deserved to have these moments of clarity and real character development too, but he never got them because the writers were too afraid to risk more failure of their already failing narrative. But at least we’ll always have Carebear, and it’s kind of incredible that the big bad hybrid who destroys everyone around him managed to set Caroline on the path of becoming the person that she always wanted to be but never thought she could be by simply allowing her the room to become it.

redeaths replied to your post:phantasticallybeastlyreviews replied to…

from a screenwriting perspective you kinda have to adapt the leroux novel because the narrative cannot be easily translated to film w/o turning it into a detective thriller (which is kinda what leroux originally intended w/ the novel).

That’s really what Phantom is … and what an authentic miniseries (I don’t think it could be done in a 2 hour movie) would be.

It would follow the structure of a detective thriller, probably featuring Leroux’s fictional narrator as some sort of a narrating character (he is such a major part of the novel, and yet has been neglected in every adaptation).

There would be intrigue, opera, the budding romance between Christine and Raoul, and the tragedy of Erik’s story. It could be glorious. But it would be necessary to make Erik a relatively more minor character than he normally is, and to reveal him slowly, with the major reveal coming half way through the production.

Also, the majority of the viewer’s experience would be through Raoul’s perspective, as he watches the events unfold and tries to make sense of it all.

And Erik would NOT be some romantic, Byronic anti-hero. He would be a brilliant, unhinged, and utterly revolting anti-villain, making Christine’s task of sympathizing with him much more challenging, allowing her to come into her own as the hero that Leroux intended.

And very importantly, there would have to be Erik’s redemption, and his exchanging kisses with Christine. But not a lover’s kiss; these would be chaste yet emotionally charged forehead kisses (there is great power in Platonic forehead kisses!).

It could be done, but it would require a filmmaking team who could think outside of the box, and actually go back to the original material and understand it authentically as it was written.