Last year, I wrote about the overwhelming optimism that drove the characters of the Eleventh Doctor’s era to overcome dark situations that could have destroyed them, and this year I want to return to that theme having now seen the last two episodes of series 9 and how that optimism had transformed but ultimately still triumphed.
Where the Eleventh Doctor’s era could be described much like a children’s fairy tale with characters who are put into truly horrifying situations that they overcome through the power of love, the Twelfth Doctor’s era brought the darker side of those stories into focus. Love remained one of the most powerful forces in the universe, but this era explored the reality that love doesn’t always last a lifetime, even for the main characters.
Rory and Amy left the show when their story was finished, and they lived long, happy lives, dying of old age off screen. We all know Cinderella will one day die and so will Amy Pond, but the picture book ends long before that day. When Amy Pond stopped being the Girl Who Waited, it was the beginning of the end of her time on the show, but River Song and Clara Oswald remained on the show long after the stories of ‘The Woman who Killed the Doctor” and “The Impossible Girl” had been resolved.
And they lived until their lives were cut short in tragic, yet heroic deaths. With the direction the show had been taking in series 8 and 9, their stories could have been bleak reminders of the reality that many people die before they ever reach old age, and what we think of as happily ever after is rare (if not impossible), but instead, their endings came with an acceptance of the inevitability of death, while at the same time allowing these women to control their fate in a way we can only dream of in the real world.
The show did not lose all of its optimism as it grew out of it’s fairy tale era, and instead of telling us that River and Clara won’t get their happily ever afters, it asked us to examine how we define happily ever after. Clara Oswald will face the raven and River Song will go to the Library, but those endings do not prevent them from having their own happily ever afters. These two characters are given the opportunity to seize the time they do have and live it the best they can so that when they die, they will have lived full lives on their own terms.
Happily ever after does not mean forever.
It’s a message we can all take to heart knowing that we too will not live forever.
Clara flies off to see the universe with her new companion, and River Song spends 24 years with the man she loves (and with a vortex manipulator and a time machine, it could easily be more than 24 years). They will both die, just as we will all die, but their stories are neither tragedies nor fairy tales. Their stories are examples of what fantasy does best - addressing the harsh realities of life while allowing the characters to do the things we wish we could do, taking both time and death into their own hands.
Hello again! So this is nothing too special, just an idea I had after the finale and then it kinda turned into something that hit me after the RWBY cast was on Always Open. It’s White Rose and I know the last two have been them so promises that the next After Hours will be something else.
Anyway, also wanted to say that Foxtrot is moving along and will have an update sooner than later. I’m also in the process of outlining a new fic for this hiatus that I’m really excited about and it’ll be coming when Foxtrot is concluded.
Enough from me. Here’s some BFF Weiss/Ruby
Despite the fact that she was exhausted and her muscles hurt
from training and it was already past midnight – Ruby was still awake.
It had been an extremely emotional day. Not only had her
sister returned, but they’d run into Weiss as well. They reunions had been
everything Ruby imagined they would be. A lot of crying and hugging and a few
times here Yang yelled at her – then one time where Weiss did. Then more
hugging and Weiss crying and Yang teasing Ruby when she kissed Weiss on the
She didn’t know what all the fuss was about, it was only
because that’s how her dad would always help her stop crying. She wanted to do
the same for Weiss. Yang’s snickers and teasing didn’t even make sense but was
Though that annoyance couldn’t replace the relief at seeing
her partner and big sister again. To have three members of team RWBY together
was so wonderful, even though they all felt Blake’s absence.
Yang had promised they’d find her too, that they’d be
together again. Yang was so confident, so strong and smiling so much – it made
Ruby’s heart swell.
The emotion of the day had overwhelmed her, and even after
Yang went out with Qrow and Weiss retired to the room she rented out, Ruby was
still wired up and unable to sleep.
Throughout life you will meet one person who is unlike any other. You could talk to this person for hours and never get bored, you could tell them things and they won’t judge you. This person is your soulmate, your best friend. Don’t ever let them go.
I like the idea of adopting a cat someday, but I’m fairly allergic and the only cats I can actually stand to be around for more than a couple of hours are special breeds like Cornish Rex, which… don’t exactly end up at shelters very often.
Sherry : I’ll show you something very interesting!! Gin : So… It’s you Bourbon! Vermouth : We’ll meet there Jodie : But… Shuu…
Akai: It’s useless!
Bourbon and Jodie are now confirmed to be involved in Episode ONE! Trailer also shows a silhouette of Akai(and his mouth towards the end), Vermouth, Ran doing karate, Heiji’s first meeting with Shinichi, Conan’s meeting with Kid, Sherry and Gin! You can also see someone(Vermouth) spinning the wheel and driving towards the end!
Little things Harry would do to make Valentine’s Day special
Spend hours thinking of just the right words to put in your card, crafting the perfect way to explain how much you mean to him.
Insist on taking photos as you open your gifts. And when you protest, saying you’re still in your pajamas, he replies, “Gotta have summat to show our future children, love.”
Buy you a dress in the same shade of baby pink made of the same silky material as your favorite shirt of his. Not so that you’ll stop wearing his, god no; he loves coming home and finding you draped in his shirt, soft legs peaking out from the hem. He loves you in it so much he wants to see all the ways a dress of the same kind would flatter you.
Follow you around, gyrating and singing, as you get ready for the day, pleading with you to sing along. And when you finally let him take your hand, he spins you in a circle, crooning, “Girl, you know I want your love. Your love was handmade for somebody like me.”
OH MY GOD STOP! I don’t know how much more my little shipper heart can take. Not only are we getting a 1 hour special about Naruto and Hinata’s wedding, we’re getting FIVE WHOLE EPISODES about it! If this is a dream, don’t wake me up.