heroic story


who thought it was a solid plan to put Anakin in charge of thousands of impressionable 12-year-olds honestly i ask you

Why we should use SAGA (sexuality and gender acceptance) as the new term for the LGBT community
  • It’s easy to say 
  • It includes everyone without needing to include 300 trillion letters in the acronym
  • The definition of Saga is “a long story of heroic achievement” which is an excellent way to describe the movement
  • it sounds hella cool 
Concerning Hobbits (of Color)

Okay it’s been a whole day and I’m still angry about that hobbit casting thing, so let’s lay down some Tolkien canon here.

Fact 1: Per Tolkien, there were originally three races of hobbit. The Stoors were a small group, they were broad and stocky, they grew facial hair, they liked rivers, and their skin color is not specified, so Tolkien probably meant them to be white (but there’s no reason they have to be, since again, not specified). The Fallohides were a tiny group, they were thin, pale and tall, they were bold and good with languages, and they like trees. The Harfoots were the distinct majority, they lived in holes, they had hairy feet, and they were brown. Tolkien is super clear on this. He explicitly calls out Harfoots as having browner skin than other hobbits when describing the races and he uses phrases like “nut-brown skin” and “long brown fingers” when describing specific hobbits to back it up.

Fact 2: Britain planted its ravenous imperial flag firmly in the soil of India three centuries before Tolkien wrote The Hobbit. He knew what a brown person looked like. He would know he was not evoking a slightly darker shade of Caucasian when he said a person had brown skin.

Fact 3: Bilbo, Frodo, and all of their friends are aristocracy. Sam is the only hobbit we ever meet who is an actual laborer. In Tolkien’s time, laborers worked in the sun and middle class and aristocracy stayed inside where there was something resembling temperature control. Apart from Sam and Aragorn, no one in the Fellowship (or Company) ever voluntarily got a sunburn. If Tolkien talks about brown skin he’s talking about brown skin, not a farmer’s tan.

Where does this leave us?

Well, Tolkien says that after colonizing the Shire, the three hobbit races mingled more closely and became one. This leaves us with two options.

Option A: He’s talking about that thing that sci-fi writers sometimes do where “everyone is mixed race.” So all three races would have smeared together into a single uniform color. What color? Mostly Harfoot, aka brown. The “strong strain of Fallohide” in the Tookish and Brandybuck lines means maybe they’re white-passing, but in this scenario all hobbits are brown.

Option B: He’s talking about a more melting-pot scenario where visual racial distinctions still exist but everyone lives side-by-side in a fairly uniform culure. The Tooks/Brandybucks having a “strong strain of Fallohide” means that they are themselves remaining strains of Fallohide, and are straight-up white. Merry, half Took and half Brandybuck, is thus white (possibly part Stoor, given Brandybuck comfort with water); Pippin, half Took and half Banks, is either white or biracial. The Baggins family, sensible owners of the oldest and most venerable hobbit-hole anyone knows of, are blatantly Harfoot, making Bilbo and Frodo (half Took and half Brandybuck respectively) also biracial. Fallohides being exclusively adventurous high-class types, and the Gamgees being staid low-class homebodies with a distrust of moving water, Sam is obviously Harfoot and thus completely brown. (Smeagol, a Stoor, is probably white, but as discussed above, doesn’t have to be.) In this scenario, a minimum of three of five heroic hobbits are various shades of brown, four out of five of them could be, and most background hobbits are brown.

In conclusion, if you think all hobbits are white, you are canonically wrong. If you geek out over Aragorn wearing the Ring of Barahir, rage about Faramir trying to take the Ring, and do not even notice, much less complain, that Sam, Bilbo and Frodo are being erroneously portrayed by white guys, you need to reexamine the focus of your nerdery.

Addition to the "humans are weird"/space orcs

The Human ability to survive even in horrible circumstances is uncanny. There are thousands of stories out there of humans after a disaster who are presumed dead only to have them stumble into town a few days later or people who survived on the open ocean for days or weeks.

This completely puzzles aliens. Their own kind has nearly a low chance of survival if they are in any physically stressful circumstances. It is not uncommon for certain species to voluntarily leave a group if they know they have a low chance of survival. Because of this most alien species have do not have a great will to live in the face of difficulty. Since this is common in space, people don’t really think about it much when they abandon someone who is slowing them down.
So when their human counterparts race out of safety to save one of their crew even as the ship around them is being blown to pieces, they all flip out. They can’t understand why someone in peak physical condition would risk harm to save someone who is probably already dead.
When the human comes back, carrying the lost crew member in their arms, and stumbles onto the escape pod just before the doors closed all of them are in shock.
Humans quickly become the heroic/stupid species. Stories pile up of their strange fascination of saving others just before death. Some of the more survival driven species begin to pick up on it and try saving their own too.

But unfortunately there is more than one story of aliens leaving a human behind, thinking them dead, only to be hunted down by the human who had to cut off their own arm before signaling another ship to pick them up and take them to a space hospital. The human’s old crew all get pummeled by the human as soon as he finds them. Each of them gets a good black eye from the human’s cybernetic arm

anonymous asked:

Honestly when I saw the picture of Dean looking up at Cas next episode, the first thing I thought about was Dean looking up and seeing Cas when he came to save him from hell. Maybe it was something with the lights or with Dean's expression, I don't know, but that's the first thing I thought about and I was reminded how incomprehensible Cas must have seemed to Dean at the time... It's such a romantic and heroic story

I know what you mean, but given that Dean doesn’t remember it, it’s hard for me to think of that part of their relationship as romantic… but yeah incomprehensible would definitely be it if he remembered!!

You know what IS romantic though and a standard trope in romances? (And I can’t help but think of all the times that balcony and those stairs are associated with Cas, even when the brothers come down the stairs talking about him…).

1. The Romeo and Juliet Balcony / Lovers trope.

Annnnnnd I’m gonna leave this one right here for fun too :)

2. The lovers gaze up trope in a range of other forums.

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3. The lover’s gaze up in SPN, but let’s be fair you know, I’m sure they aren’t aware and this is a total accident.

Bela & Dean

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Dean & Cas

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Cas & Dean

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DEAN & CAS 12x19

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So, umm…..

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look. if destiel doesn’t become canon. that’s fine. you know? that’s cool. i mean, just because they both could potentially be happy together, like, romantically and all, that’s fine. i don’t need that. it’s cool. as long as they remain best(est) of friends till the end of their days then that’s fine with me. i just want them to be happy, overall, and if that’s platonic then it’s cool with me. they don’t need to find a different kind of happiness within each other that they both have been pining for, a kind of love that will support and cherish them forever. i mean, it’s really ok. i’m fine. really. 

dean and cas don’t ever have to fall in love.

and i’m okay with that.

Type-Moon MC Guide 2015 (Part 3)

Last time we had the special titles, now we have the most awaited MCs of Type-Moon’s most popular franchise: Fate!

Meet the main contenders of the Holy Grail War in all the different Nasuverse universes:

Updated and edited

Fate/Stay Night (All 3 Routes):

Protagonist: Shirou Emiya

Deuteragonist: Rin Tohsaka (relegated to a tritagonist in the other routes outside hers, but overall, she’s this)

Heroines: Saber (Fate), Rin Tohsaka (Unlimited Blade Works) and Sakura Matou (Heaven’s Feel)

The bulk of Fate Stay Night’s plot relies heavily on protagonist Shirou’s conflict with his ideals, his relationships with the three main heroines, and his dream of one day becoming a hero of justice or an ideal hero to everyone. While you have the power to influence Shirou’s decisions, namely which route to pick among the three and which girl he should pursue, or better yet, how not to land in a Bad End (unless you want to see all those wacky Tiger Dojo antics, which you can only watch if you deliberately get Bad Ends - we all know you do -), most of the decisions in the VN are heavily reliant on you acting like Shirou and not as yourself, which is proof that Shirou is not your average run in the mill vanilla self-insert MCs in VNs nowadays (trust me, some of the “rational” choices there in the game are guaranteed to net you Bad Ends). Regardless of what anyone thinks of him as a character, it’s generally agreed that Shirou is one of the, if not the most complex MC in VN history.

On the other hand, while we all know that Shirou is the overall narrator and main character of the popular VN Fate/Stay Night, since it centers on his growth in different ways in all three routes (UBW being my favorite overall), Rin is the second most important character in the whole VN and I’m saying this not because I’m biased towards her, but because compared to Sakura and Saber, whose roles may be minimal outside their routes, Rin’s importance in all three routes never diminishes, regardless of her not being the main heroine of Fate and HF. There’s also the fact that her development heavily mirrors and runs parallel to Shirou’s in the entire VN, developing alongside him even outside UBW, and that she’s the narrator and MC in both the Prologue and the Epilogue of the game. She gets to narrate several times in UBW too. Love interest in the route or not, she’s definitely the main heroine here, even if Saber’s the poster girl for the series (Dang you Takeuuuuchiiiii!!!). 

By the way, they’re also the selectable main characters in the FHA mini-game Capsule Servant, so there.

Them aside, Saber gets the bulk of the focus in the Fate route, relegating Shirou’s MC status to that of a supporting protagonist (he’s still the main POV, but doesn’t quite have the hand on the plot compared to the next two routes), while Sakura is the main love interest in Heaven’s Feel, as the “princess” Shirou has to rescue amid the gray morality he faces there and the dark machinations behind the HGW.

In Fate/ Unlimited Codes, literally everyone in FSN (except Kuzuki for some reason tbh) is the protagonist, unlike Melty Blood since FUC is an alternate retelling of FSN in each of the characters’ POV.

Fate/Prototype and Fragments of Silver and Blue (prequel):

Protagonist: Ayaka Sajyou (Fate/Prototype) and Manaka Sajyou (Fragments of Silver and Blue prequel series)

Before Shirou, Rin and gender-flipped King Arthur existed, there was the shy but strong-willed Ayaka Sajyou and her Servant, the actual male King Arthur, Saber. Being Rin, Shirou, and Sakura’s prototype (being the main character with a penchant for attracting people of the opposite gender without really trying, she’s Shirou. Backstory, magical potential, relationship with her Servant, and personality-wise, she’s a fusion between Rin and Sakura), it would’ve been interesting to see if Nasu actually went through with this project before FSN. Would’ve been fun, I guess.

Then there was her crazy older sister, Manaka Sajyou, who is the main villain of the main series and the villain protagonist of Prototype’s prequel novel, Fragments of Silver and Blue, who serves as Ayaka’s Saber’s original Master there. If you gotta ask who she was prototype of in FSN, I’d say she’s a mix between FSN!Illya (inability to grow, plus her sweet childishness and sociopathic personality but without her heroic and sympathetic traits), Dark Sakura (her scary, psychopathic personality, insanity, and her connection to the Greater Grail. Unlike D!Sakura though, Manaka was already purposely and intentionally evil from the start whereas prior to darkening and after a series of breaking, Sakura was corrupted whereas Manaka didn’t need to be). If the novel’s anything, Manaka, powerlevel-wise, is, according to Nasu, omnipotence in human form. Poor Ayaka has a lot of problems in store for her.

Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya:

Protagonist: Illyasviel von Einzbern

Deuteragonist: Miyu Edelfelt

It’s a world where Illya gets to finally live a happy, normal (well, not for long) life in contrast to her FSN counterpart whose life was anything but unicorns and rainbows, what more could you ask for? 

Because their backgrounds are staunchly different from one another, the Illya in this verse is much more relaxed (well, if you don’t count her exasperation sometimes to her friends’ hijinks), is happier (yay!), is actually a regular (by a certain definition) kid instead of the experimented homunculus we all love, and is much, much more genuinely heroic than FSN!Illya, who is more than happy to give you one horrific Bad End to the next (she is heroic though, but is much more sociopathic than Prisma!Illya). She’s also a Magical Girl here, so yay!.

As for Miyu, she makes an awesome foil to this verse’s Illya and their relationship as friends is really sweet. Without spoiling much of the plot, let’s just say that Miyu here is the Fate! equivalent to PMMM’s Homura Akemi with a dash of Fate from Nanoha mixed into her. In the Fate ‘verse? She’s basically Sakura backstory-wise while she has bits of Alice’s (from Mahoyo) personality down.


Protagonist: Kiritsugu Emiya

Deuteragonist: Kirei Kotomine

Tritagonist: Waver Velvet

(All three are at the center)

In this story, we get to see how big of a contrast Kiritsugu was to Shirou back before the events of FSN happened as an ally of justice despite having nearly the same dreams and ideals with each other, and wow, what a difference it is (if you don’t count the Mind of Steel Bad End in HF and his other, possible future self that is *wink wink*)! Fate Zero shows us the inevitable tragic outcome of events that led to Kiritsugu’s ideals betraying him and ultimately destroying him by the end of Zero’s HGW and before the very start of FSN’s story.

Kirei gets to be the main antagonist and deut as well for being in direct opposition to Kiritsugu and the role his growth plays in the story (oh, you get to see how Team Yuetsu’s formed too). From passive foe with deep-seated issues he himself can’t even comprehend, to ironically a conscientious, sociopathic villain who takes glee in seeing people suffer before him, Kirei’s actions and machinations throughout the entire plot move the story along while building up a climactic climax and destined clash between him and Kiritsugu.

And finally, Waver’s character development here serves to give us the more traditional and heroic coming of age story in contrast to his fellow MCs above who followed a more nominally heroic, and in Kirei’s case, descent into villainy route. The story puts in a lot of focus on his relationship with his Rider too, and I’m glad they did ‘cause they delivered their development well. Oh, and he pops up in the epilogue of the 2015 UBW anime too as a special cameo.

Fate/Extra and Fate/Extra CCC

Protagonist: Hakuno(M)/ Hakunon(F) Kishinami

Deuteragonist: The Servant of the player’s choice: Saber (Nero), Archer (EMIYA), Caster (Tamamo no Mae) and in CCC, Gilgamesh

Compared to most silent MCs in their position, the Kishinamis of your choice have an actual personality and you don’t have to fill in the blanks yourself to imagine what they’re like, even though you don’t get to hear or see them speak in the entirety of your playthrough (you do get to see what goes on in their heads at least). 

As for the Servants, well, let’s just say that their backgrounds and relationships with Hakunon/ Hakuno are of equal importance to the game’s plot.

Fate/Hollow Ataraxia:

Protagonist: Bazett Fraga Mcremitz and Servant Avenger (Angra Mainyu)

Heroine: Caren Ortensia

Putting aside the SOL scenarios in FHA which focus more on the FSN crew having fun, we have the main plot of Bazett, an Enforcer from Mage’s Association who wakes up under strange circumstances with no recollection of the events that happened to her prior to the events of the 5th HGW whatsoever. Discovering a mysterious entity known as the Avenger-class Servant, or simply Avenger, who happens to look exactly like a darker version of a certain MC, Bazett finds out that every time she and Avenger die, time would always rewind itself to the first day of the events of FHA, creating a time loop with some deviations in the events that occur each time. In the midst of it all is Caren Ortensia, a mysterious nun who appears in Fuyuki to serve as Kirei’s replacement as both local priest and overseer. Just what is her connection to that fake priest? To find out, play the game, or, watch Carnival Phantasm.

Fate/School Life:

Protagonists: Kane HimuroYukika Saegusa and Kaede Makidera

This comedic 4-koma series follows the lives of the track trio, and tells us what they did while the 5th HGW was taking place in FSN. Hilarity ensues.

Fate/Strange Fake:

Protagonist: Literally all the contenders present, but Gilgamesh and Enkidu get emphasized focus here

Both the novel and the manga have no real set main protagonist in this Fate entry since literally everyone gets the limelight and their own personal chapters with them as the main character, but Gilgamesh and Enkidu’s stories are given the bigger spotlight here, at least in the earliest chapters.


Protagonists: Ruler (Jeanne d’ Arc) and Homunculus (eventually, Sieg)

The events of Apocrypha revolve around the battle between the Red and Black factions, and while the moral alignments between each side would vary, it’d be a bad idea to make any of the members of either team as a central protagonist without any biases on the side they’re on whatsoever. So the best choice for central protagonist/s would be someone from a neutral faction. This is why the Ruler faction, consisting of Ruler herself and the homunculus Sieg, are the main POVs and the main contenders of Apocrypha’s take on the HGW. Seeing the events of a War they’re not supposed to have direct participation in (Ruler’s job as an overseer of the War prohibits her from directly interfering in it unless the Grail is endangered) through their POV is a breath of fresh air.

Fate/Grand Order:

Protagonist/s: Shirouko and Rin-kun, I mean, Gudako and Gudao (Ritsuka Fujimaru for the male protagonist in the First Order anime)

Heroine/Deuteragonist: Mashu Kyrielite

Okay, those aren’t their official names, but that’s what the official 4koma and promotional materials called them so we’re sticking to them alright?

So the mobile game follows their exploits as the new members of the organization Chaldea, and they’re tasked to save the future from its foreseen inevitable end by competing in many different HGWs throughout different timelines. They also have the ability to summon more than one Servant too (that is if Kirei doesn’t spook you, otherwise…). Always faithfully by their side is FGO’s main heroine Mashu Kyrielite, their beloved kouhai who is fused with an unnamed Servant who wields a large and powerful shield in combat, using that Servant’s skills to fight and to protect the protagonist/s in battle.

Welp. That’s everyone folks! Tell me if I’m missing some people or otherwise. Toodles!

Putty in Your Hands

(Reader x Poe Dameron)

Word Count: 2560

Summary: Poe and the reader are the best of friends. Best friends that love each other very much. Best friends that care too much.

Warnings: fluff (with some angst i think?)

A/N: I’m always thinking about Poe. It’s one of my few flaws. It’s kind of annoying, me always thinking about space daddi. Anyway, enjoy this. I love Poe!! (ps check out that cute gif too i wanna marry him pls) (pps i keep rewatching the gif it is a mesmerizing piece of artwork)

not my gif but damn

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anonymous asked:

Ooooh if you ever get the chance it would be awesome to see some Harry Potter characters sorted into Leagues and Legends guilds

(Dear persons wondering what on earth Leagues and Legends is– it’s one of my original trilogies. There are five majors at the adventuring Academy where the story starts: heroic feats, combat specialist, mage, sage, and guide.

The first book is called Beanstalk and you can find all three as free ebooks at ejadelomax.com)

Harry, Chosen One, etc., etc., would come in as a heroic feats major despite never even mailing in an application. He would feel like an imposter.

Ron enters “undeclared” and gets put in the combat specialist major. Being a) a pureblood means he goes into one of the traditionally more respected majors (hero or combat spec) and being b) the impoverished and contentious sort of pureblood means it would be combat spec. He’d bumble and complain through the physical classes, and excel at all strategic thinking and logistical planning, but do poorly at actually turning in the assignments. Prof. Rhones would absolutely try to adopt him, and they would play a lot of chess. Ron would be filled with self-deprecatory jealousy about being Harry’s official sidekick.

Hermione is the sagiest sage to ever live. But she would also absolutely force Harry and Ron to start a Dumbledore’s Army/stable loft crew to teach all the non-combatant majors how to punch people. Punching people is very important to Hermione Granger.

Malfoy’s a hero major; Crabbe and Goyle are two combat specs who loom at his heels constantly.

Luna’s a mage major, but she’d have liked to be a guide. She wanders off for days or weeks sometimes and finds her way back by stars or trails of dropped wildflowers. “Just practicing,” she says. “Oh, did I miss a test?”

Neville nervously applied for guide but, because a) the Longbottoms are an old family name and b) his parents were casualties in service of the Leagues and c) his grandmother donates a lot of money to the school, they put him in heroic feats. He does not think he should be there. In the First Battle of Driftwood Island, he kills a fire demon single-handed using only a rusted magic sword and some gumption.

Every Weasley child for generations has attended the Academy. Bill is a mage, now studying down at the desert universities. Charlie applied for the guide major amd now is at the St. John’s Port University getting ready for a dragonology research trip up north. Percy was heroic feats, and now he works faithfully in the most mundane section of Bureau R&D. Fred’s a mage, and so shoe-horned into that major, but George isn’t. He gets into the sage major and drives Hermione insane because he keeps goofing off but then acing the tests anyway.

Ginny is the seventh of her siblings to attend the Academy, but unlike her brothers she’s only allowed two of the five majors– mage or sage. Unmagical, she takes the sage major to get through the gates and then slips in the back of every hero or combat spec class she can manage. She steals Harry and Ron’s homework and quizzes them left and right. When they graduate, she takes over the non-combatant combat lessons.

In their own era, the Marauders had been a League of their own, up in the mountains– James the hero, Sirius the combat spec, Remus the sage, Peter the guide, and Lily the mage. Ambushed by the mage slavers, James and Lily had died, Peter had vanished, and Sirius had been scapegoated for it. Remus retired into a teaching position at the Academy.

Good Comics That Had Bad Consequences

The Punisher Volume 1 (1986) & 2 (1987)

What they should have learned: Writers Mary Joe Duffy and later Mike Baron melded elements of men’s adventure novels and VHS-era crime films to superhero comics elevating Frank Castle from a fairly one-note Spider-Man foil to a compelling anti-hero whose popularity continues today.

What they actually learned:  Marvel and DC Comics churned out scores of deadly gun carrying anti-heroes trying to recreate Frank’s success over and over again.

Watchmen (1986)

What they should have learned: Alan Moore’s magnum opus is a one-of-a kind blend of world building, non-linear narrative, and alternative history to create a true mind-spinning work of unparalleled depth.

What they actually learned: Swearing and death scenes makes you “mature.”

Batman: The Killing Joke (1988)

What they should have learned: With it’s sickening violence, lurid nightmarish colors, and elaborate backgrounds Moore’s most controversial DC book is a masterpiece of tension that takes Batman & the Joker’s conflict to it’s furthest logical conclusion and intends to sicken the reader.

What they actually learned: Rather than being the apex of grimdark “The Killing Joke” inspires a generation of readers and writers to decide that Batman should ONLY be grimdark to the point that characters like Harley Quinn and The Mad Hatter have quadruple digit body-counts.  Also Barbara Gordon remains crippled for years despite Moore regretting making that part of the story.

Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man (1988)

What they should have learned:  A young artist takes some visual risks and becomes popular by eschewing Marvel’s house style of the time creating a unique and striking visual. The time experimenting with Spider-Man gives McFarlane the tools to create his wildly popular original series Spawn.

What they actually learned: Rather than inspire companies to take risks with their artists the popularity of McFarelane, Jim Lee, and Rob Liefeld inspire Marvel & DC to make their house style an amalgam of “The Image Style” resulting in eyesores like “Extreme Justice” and “Force Works.”

Bone (1991)

What they should have learned: By mixing cartoon antics and high fantasy Jeff Smith proved that child friendly comics can reach a wide audience and that cartoonish books don’t have to be simple or boring.

What they actually learned: Once the value of a mint condition copy of Bone #1 shot to $100 in Wizard’s Price Guide speculators started looking at black and white indy comics like they were lottery tickets.

Alias (2001)

What they should have learned: Another genre mash-up this neo-noir mix of violence, sex, super-heroics and gritty story-telling FINALLY gave Marvel a critically acclaimed Mature Readers title that could compete with DC’s Vertigo line.

What they actually learned: Writers see Bendis’s take on The Purple Man and conclude that sex crimes are an easy way to show how bad your villain is. Thus paving the way for sleaze-fests like “Identity Crisis” and “Kick-Ass II.” 

Ultimate Spider-Man #1 (2002)

What they should have learned: By taking a thoughtful slow build a young Brian Michael Bendis proved that with clever dialog and solid pacing that character building can be just as exciting as superhero action.

What they actually learned: You can pad-out a one-issue story to six issues then sell it as a trade.

Wonder Woman and the Importance of it’s WW1 Setting

I tried to make this as spoiler free as possible, but feel free to let me know if there’s anything egregious. or if you have your own thoughts on this. 

I know that I went into seeing Wonder Woman expecting to be entertained with another riff off of World War Two. That’s when super hero comics really came together as a genre, after all. Captain America #1, with its flag colored hero, came out a few years before America even entered World War Two, after all. All of the classic Golden Age heroes – Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Wonder Woman, Namor, the Human Torch, Captain America – all were created in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, and solidified their identities as heroes over the course of World War Two. 

You can imagine my surprise when Steve Trevor crashed into the Themyscira’s bay in an ancient plane, when the antagonists concoct a gas that will defeat gas masks, when Trevor stumbles over explaining that it’s “the great war, the war to end all wars”. 

When was the last time that you saw a World War One movie? I don’t mean an art house foreign film, or as part of a television show. I mean when was the last time that you saw a big budget, Hollywood backed, World War One movie? I would bet that you can’t name a one. If you could, I’ll make another bet that it was “All Quiet on the Western Front”, the most recent film adaptation of which was released in 1979. 

Now think of the last time you saw a World War Two movie. Again, a Big Budget, Hollywood backed affair. How many can you name now? Five? Fifteen? 

I have a theory about that. World War Two is able to stick into the American consciousness because we can be the heroes of World War Two. We weren’t the Heroes in the Vietnam War. We weren’t the heroes in the Korean War. We weren’t the heroes in World War One. You can go so far to say that it’s nearly impossible to pull a heroic story out of World War One, not the same way we can pull them out of World War Two. World War One was when an entire generation was wiped out physically and emotionally. It was a war where old men sitting safe in their headquarters would send five hundred men to die to gain five inches. It was a war where the blood shed on both sides was as tangible to the victors as it was the defeated. 

That is what makes it a perfect setting for a Wonder Woman film. One of the themes within the film is that everything is more complicated than anyone wants it to be, that nothing is black and white. Steve promises to take Diana to the war, but they have to go through so many different stops before they can. Sameer, the Turkish con man, wished to be an actor but “is the wrong color”. Charlie is a sniper who cannot shoot because of his shell shock. The smuggler called “Chief” is from the Blackfoot people, helping a scion of the people that took his people’s land. Diana goes to end the war, and finds it’s not as simple as she had planned. World War One was the product of a maelstrom of events and alliances happening all at just the right time to create a war that enveloped every country it could. 

So we have a complicated war to fit a complicated people, to show a new hero that people are complicated, but ultimately good.

Why Idris Elba Makes 'The Dark Tower' A Must-See In Theaters
You say you want actors like Idris Elba to headline big movies? Here's a chance to put your money where your mouth is...
By Scott Mendelson

Idris Elba has been essentially fan-casted for almost every major heroic franchise role in the last several years. This includes roles that would have naturally gone to a black actor (Black Panther, John Stewart, etc.) as well as those generally played by white actors (Dr. Who, James Bond, etc.). In the same way folks tend to throw out Kathryn Bigelow’s name on a director wish-list to show that they’ve heard of at least one prominent female director, Elba’s name gets tossed into fantasy cast lists by quite a few people who don’t know a ton of black actors off the top of their head beyond Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Samuel L. Jackson.

And yet, here we are, with Stephen King’s The Dark Tower being made into a feature film. And the main heroic character of said film, originally described as a riff on Clint Eastwood’s The Man with No Name from his 1960’s spaghetti westerns, is played by none other than Idris Elba. It’s as good a choice as any, as Elba smolders and holds the screen exactly as you’d expect the star of Luthor and The Wire to do so when given the opportunity to play a mythic gunslinger in a big-budget fantasy epic. His is the best performance in the movie, and that the picture works at all is due to his star turn.


But Idris Elba isn’t just playing a character in the Dark Tower who was a white guy in the Dark Tower books. He’s playing essentially the lead character in the movie. You’d think that this sort of thing would be more common 21-years after Independence Day, 20 years after Men in Black and 19 years after Blade. But we’re still more likely today to see a situation like Walt Disney’s Doctor Strange (where a male Asian character gets changed into a white female) or Ghost in the Shell (which essentially makes whitewashing/race bending into its core plot) than a situation where The Gunslinger just happens to be played by a well-known black actor for whom the role fits like a glove.


You think Charlie Hunnam’s career is going to be hurt at all from King Arthur: Legend of the Sword or Crimson Peak? You think Tom Hardy’s stock took even a slight tumble after Citizen 44 or The Drop? Josh Brolin (Jonah Hex, Labor Day, Oldboy, etc.) and Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs, Assassin’s Creed, The Counselor, etc.)  are borderline box office poison, but they still get to be Thanos, Cable, Magneto and Steve Jobs and Assassin S. Creed while the media tells Melissa McCarthy how to save her career over and over again. Elba is just as good, arguably better, in The Dark Tower as any of his white compatriots would have been. But that’s just half the battle.

I too wish The Dark Tower was a better movie, and I’m not necessarily in the mood to reward Sony and MRC for giving us a glorified TV pilot in place of what could have been the next Fellowship of the Ring. But it is also a rare opportunity for a black actor to play the kind of role that would otherwise have gone to a brooding white guy. Sony and MRC didn’t just race-swap a minor supporting character and shout about progress and inclusivity. They went and race-swapped the outright heroic lead of the story, which is a step further and one that (especially if you’re a fan of the actor) deserves $10 and 90-minutes of your time. As unfair as it is, we have to show the investors and the studios that actors like Idris Elba can succeed in these sorts of roles.

So what are you going to do about it? You may argue that Idris Elba should be James Bond, but have you seen Bastille Day? You say you want more non-white actors with leading roles in mainstream big-budget franchise pictures? Are you among those who tend to picture Idris Elba for every male hero/villain role that comes down the pike? He’s now playing the heroic lead, quite well, I might add, in Sony’s adaptation of The Dark Tower, playing a character who was white in the original books. So you better damn sure show up at the theater this month. Because here’s your chance to put your money where your mouth is.


I know some people may disagree, but the writer is making a fair point. Idris Elba is a great actor & Hollywood should take note.

When I was younger, I remember hearing stories of the one who loved more,
the one who fought harder,
the one who who went through hell to win their lovers love.
I remember thinking these stories were heroic,
that the hero was the one wearing their heart on their sleeve -
but I was wrong.
I grew up being this version of a hero,
loving all the wrong things for me,
watering all these dead flowers in hopes to bring them back to life.
You see, no one tells you that giving people the benefit of the doubt is the same thing as being naive.
I used to think that wearing my heart on my sleeve would pay off,
because those stories I remember when I was little,
made it seem like the happily ever after I always dreamed of.
Nobody tells you that the hero in those stories isn’t the hero at all.
There’s no romanticizing unrequited love,
there’s nothing bold about fighting for someone who doesn’t give a shit about you,
there’s nothing beautiful about continuously letting yourself down because you don’t know how to give up a fight that cannot be won.
I’ve learned this first hand,
that the hero is actually the one who knows how to drop the sword
when the battle has left you too beaten.
That the hero is the one that lets lovers beg for them,
knows how to be distant but soft,
knows the balance of too much and too little.
I only know how to give whole pieces of me,
so tell me, what’s so heroic about that?
I want to tell you the story of one who loved more,
the one who fought harder,
the one who went through hell to win their lovers love.
So let’s start by saying this:
This is not a love story, this is not boy saves girl -
there is no hero in this tale,
but a very broken soul…
One who gives too much, and feels too much, and loses themselves in the battle.
Don’t live your life giving away the best pieces of yourself,
to the girl who will never love you back the way she should.
You are not a hero, you deserve to be the one to save yourself
and to love the girl who knows how to love you back just as hard.
—  You’re not a hero in unrequited love, you’re the victim, (coloringtheworldwithwords)

let’s hope the queen that will take cersei down according to her prophecy will be sansa and not the imperialist daenerys. it would be more symbolic, more powerful if sansa is the queen that has made cersei paranoid throughout her entire life. dany being that queen would be too obvious and heroic. it’s horrible story telling.

anonymous asked:

When the SJW infestation ends at Marvel, what will you do for a job?

See, this is that thing where answering the question could make it sound like I agree with your premise that Marvel is ‘infested’ with something other than a desire to create heroic and uplifting stories. I don’t but, hey, keep slinging mud from behind your anon. It’s very courageous.

Anyway, it’s always good to keep options open when you have a creative career. Tastes change and it’s a rare creator who can stay relevant and at the forefront year after year, especially in a world constantly on the hunt for the new shiny thing. I try not to take any of this for granted.

I have multiple creator-owned comic series running right now and intend to have at least one creator-owned project I’m working on at any point in the foreseeable future. Creating new things I own (or co-own as the case is when collaborating with other wonderful people) and control can be a good way to help build a nest egg when work-for-hire projects aren’t steady. I’d recommend it to any creative person.

Also, I have a day job. Yup. I’m a full-time professor at Seneca College here in Toronto, coordinating and teaching in the school’s award-winning Animation Program as part of the Creative Arts faculty.

Is that okay? It sounds like you’re worried about my well being.

So I’m usually pretty quite in class, but last week I threw my pencil case at my English teacher for using “girl” as an insult and he was like super shocked and puzzled and then today at lunch he asked to talk to me, and he asked if I intended for the pencil case to hit him and I said yes, and he was so surprised that I felt so strongly about the girl insult that I chose to assault a teacher, and I said “I’m a feminist” and by the end of the conversation he said “I am very surprised. Keep being a feminist, because there’s not enough people willing to fight like that for gender equality, especially in a building full of teenagers. I think it’s great.” And I am so happy right now

Marcus Luttrell, (pictured top left and bottom third from the right), was a US Navy SEAL assigned to Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan, 2005.  The purpose of Operation Red Wings was to locate Ahmad Shah, a key Taliban affiliate believed to be hiding somewhere on the mountainous slopes of Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. However, the mission soon proved full of fatalities as a clash between the SEALs and Taliban forces resulted in the deaths of all the men pictured above, except for Luttrell. Although severely injured, Marcus Luttrell lay alive and hidden away in a wooded area, narrowly avoiding detection by passing enemies. 

Miraculously, Marcus was later discovered by a local villager named Mohammad Gulab, (pictured top) who was able to discretely assist the wounded US soldier and transport him back to his own home. Once there, all the villagers collectively sought to protect Luttrell in accordance with ‘Pashtunwali’, a set of ancient principles which outline that a community should provide protection for another individual against his/her enemies at all costs. He remained within the community for four days, during which time Gulab was brutally interrogated by the Taliban for hiding an American soldier. At one point, they broke into Gulab’s home and beat him for hours during questioning, and he was also told his entire family would be killed if he did not disclose Luttrell’s location. However, he bravely did not cooperate. Finally, the US Air Force sent in a helicopter to retrieve Marcus and he was transported home to safety.  

Since it emerged that Mohammad had been protecting a soldier of the opposition, the Taliban burned down his house and murdered his cousin, and several other attempts had also been made to take the lives of his children. Despite this, he expressed no regrets for what he did and the friendship forged between himself and Marcus. However, their relationship has since deteriorated. During Mohammad’s trip to the US, Luttrell had promised Gulab help with seeking asylum as his life was now in great danger, but he did not keep his promise due to a new busy lifestyle and Mohammad returned to insecurity in Afghanistan. Luttrell had also promised Gulab a significant amount of money from a book and movie deal to provide for his family, but this did not materialise while Luttrell profited hugely. Mohammad recalls returning home and having to sleep with a Kalashnikov by his side to protect himself and his family. 

Fortunately, Mohammad successfully sought refuge through the UN and he now lives in Fort Warth, Texas with his family. While he still struggles to support his family, he is simply grateful for their safety away from vigilante Taliban soldiers. The award winning movie ‘Lone Survivor’ is based on this heroic story, although Mohammad has raised concerns that aspects of the film have been fabricated in favour of Marcus’ version of events.