i feel like a bad fan but i'm just done with the storyline

anonymous asked:

I think I'm the only one NOT team Emison. I think Marlene just did that to satisfy fans because she wants to be liked so badly and she knows she screwed us all for the sudden switch in storylines. Ali has always gone after older men, but suddenly she's a lesbian? Come on, being bisexual myself, I can easily tell this girl wasn't meant to be linked to Emily romantically.


I’m not personally team Emison. I don’t ship anything on this show.

But even if I did, I don’t think I could ship Emison. Which is unfortunate I think, because the need for representation is there. I just wouldn’t pick them for a couple to romantically model. And that’s because I do not trust Ali’s motives. I never will I suppose.

Most people are really convinced that Ali has changed a lot, and that she regrets all of her bad choices, etc. I mean most people including Sasha and Marlene. So, unless she’s getting a reveal in the finale, I’m afraid that canonically she’s just grown into a broken and scared and regretful young woman. And you can’t say that she hasn’t been written to have character growth.

Ali has had a lot of conversations where she talks about regretting what she’s done, and finally embracing her true self, etc. So, yes… it’s there.

My problem is what wasn’t there. Mainly any type of detailed account of her time on the run. Like I’m not joking when I say that itself should’ve been a few episodes. If Ali is completely clear of any bad intentions then, why did they work so hard to make her seem not credible?

People love to get defensive about Ali about how she’s changed, and we need to let it go and forgive her, but I can’t because this whole thing started with Ali, and I built my entire understanding of this universe on “Alison DiLaurentis: Manipulative young girl who knows the value of a good lie.” And if this show ever really wanted me to let go of that distrust of Ali, they’d have given more than they gave.

I really never bring this stuff up unless asked, because I do get how and why people feel so strongly about them. And who am I to tell you what a good wlw ship looks like on TV, when there’s very few of them, and I don’t ship to start with.

But from my perspective, since I distrust Ali, and they’ve never shown us her having attraction to any other female… it does feel a bit forced. I can’t help but look at this relationship and default to thinking about old Ali and saying “But what if she’s just manipulating Emily.”

I’m 98% certain that I’m meant to believe their love is beautiful and genuine, and that’s how it will stay. But, literally until the credits roll on this finale I’ll be waiting for her to drop the mask. Probably even after.

anonymous asked:

Like do u hate felicity bc she took laurels spot? Like cmon the chemistry between Stephen and KATIE just did not exist. It was bad. Like I love laurel, she was so much better apart. Also I'm sorry but Emily's acting is 100000x better than Katie's, katie is a brick. I'm not TRYNA hate but I just wanna understand why you're so hateful towards one female character? Why not just support both?

For starters, I don’t think Felicity “took Laurel’s spot.” The only character that exists to take Laurel’s spot is “Dinah Drake” and I have problems with that for reasons I’ve listed time and time again (and especially, most recently in a post that probably hasn’t escaped the first page of my blog). 

As for Felicity, there are a laundry list of reasons why I stopped enjoying the character. She’s a “reset to factory default settings” kind of character in that she’s one-dimensional and isn’t allowed to grow or evolve beyond what and who we’ve known her to be (which I think is a result of the writers thinking they’ve struck gold with her and don’t need to develop her). For a character to be that way, and get the level of attention/focus/screentime that she pulls week to week, it’s frustrating. There have been multiple instances where the writers have given her a great story, and chosen to do nothing with it, for example, when Felicity was attacked by Darhk and ended up in a wheelchair, the writers didn’t use it to propel her down an interesting, and character-building arc, instead they had a magical chip that restored her ability to walk and she was made to be completely fine — restored to factory default settings. I also find her to lack empathy, and empathy is a quality I admire in characters of fiction and people in real life, so it’s hard to relate to someone who refuses to put themselves in someone else’s shoes to understand their actions and their choices and somehow makes it all about themselves instead (eg. the entire situation with Samantha Clayton, and Oliver’s son). I think her storyline in Season 3 ruined her for me, specifically in her treatment of Ray. I will never understand how she could have played with his feelings like that and talked to Oliver as though she would drop Ray like a bag of shit the second he was willing to give in to his feelings for her (which she kind of ended up doing anyway). And to refuse telling Ray that she doesn’t love him, and has feelings for Oliver, but to still rock up at his place of business and be like, “hey can I borrow a jet?” And ya’ll can say “yeah but it was to save Thea” but she was like “lol let Thea die, it’s not worth it, Oliver.” Her entire romantic relationship with Oliver was forced and rushed and the feelings were fabricated for plot-purposes at the beginning of Season 3, and so it was impossible for me to enjoy them as a couple (and yes, it’s important to bring up because Felicity was basically just a love interest for Season 3 and Season 4). I also hate the fact that we’ve seen no fucking long-term consequences and/or guilt for her nuking Havenrock and for her losing Billy Malone. Ten thousand innocent lives are dead because of her, and she was guilt-ridden for a single scene in Season 5. And we had to see another shot of Emily Bett Rickards “trying to cry” over losing Billy, but we never got the time to invest in that relationship, and she never seems to acknowledge it in a real, human way but instead can use it as a way to justify being pushed into Helix? Again, it ties back to her being a “reset to default factory settings.” And most importantly, I hate that she never has to earn anything on the show — she never had to earn her job at Palmer Tech, or earn becoming CEO, she never had to earn being the main love interest of the show and that development is literally non-existent, she never had to earn being somewhat competent in the field to take on the League of Assassins or the Ghosts, or whoever else she’s fought, and in a show about earning your role as a hero and facing a crucible to become something else, she’s literally done shit all to get to where she’s been. And look, I was a huge fan of her in the first season. But I remember slowly getting sick of it in S2 because her dynamic, and her role was growing very stale. I know people like to think it’s because I’m a Laurel fan, and a Lauriver fan, but it’s not true. The reason I don’t like Felicity Smoak, in a nutshell, is because I fundamentally disagree with how she is written and until the writing changes to fix the issues that I have, there’s no way I can “support her.” But that’s the beauty of the world — we don’t all share the same opinion, and you coming into my inbox trying to say “support both” whilst not-so-subtly dragging Katie Cassidy… it’s not incentive for me to agree. 

I hope that answered the first part of your question. 

On the topic of terrible acting, my initial problem with Emily Bett Rickards was the way she spoke her lines — it often felt like she was reading off a script, and they were very monotonous and almost robotic. Moments where it felt a little better was when she was able to have some personality behind it, and/or some passion. And then it felt like she was improving (specifically the “keep fighting” scene in S2). But it’s still how she delivers the lines, and so I’m not a big fan of it. And beyond that, I don’t think she’s cut out to do serious and dramatic scenes that involve extreme emotions, like being distraught. As funny of a meme the “No, Ray, Olibur” thing is, it comes from a place of how awful the acting and the writing was in that scene to the point where it’s comical. But she’s great at comedy, and she’s great at being the comedic relief. I just don’t think she’s mastered the art of doing serious drama. I mean, did you see the episode of Legends where they tried to make her a superhero? Anyway, you opened the floor on discussing acting ability and so I thought I’d share as well :) 

Now, onto the chemistry part of the question. Chemistry is subjective. You don’t see it for Laurel and Oliver – that’s fine! Frankly, when I look at Oliver and Felicity, it’s kind of awkward. She looks way too young for him, or he looks way too old for her, or maybe it’s both. And the truth is, I don’t see romantic chemistry between them. I see that it’s written in the script for them to kiss and say “I love you”, and that’s how it feels. Scripted. Forced. I like the kind of chemistry that isn’t one-dimensional. I like that Laurel and Oliver can fight, and scream and have conflict and drama because they’re mature about it and it feels real and it feels like there’s all this history between them that bubbles up to the surface during those heated moments. I like that when they are together, romantically, it feels and looks like they belong and all that history has culminated in something beautiful and logical. I like that when they’re friends, you see a gentle side to them and a platform that was established and that will hold through anything. I don’t get that with Felicity and Oliver (mostly because the writing for them never warranted the relationship in the first place, but also because of the romantic chemistry lacking). But as I said, it’s subjective. You think Katie is a brick when she acts? Fine. I think Emily has very limited range and a lack of experience that shows in close to every episode. Each to their own. 

(I do want to say, though, that despite not being a fan of one’s acting ability, I have nothing against Emily Bett Rickards personally and actively do my part to make sure people from the LL don’t direct hate towards her on Twitter, which is more that I can say for the Olicity fandom that targets Katie)

Now, the reason I don’t and can’t support both is because I’m not willing to overlook serious flaws and spend my time on my blog being fake. If you go all the way back through my blog, you’ll see that I used to be a fan of both and I used to adore Felicity Smoak. I don’t anymore (for some of the reasons I mentioned above). Hope that answered your questions! 

Thank You (to Lokis like You)

A quick thing I need to say in regards to the MCU and its Loki.

Thank you.

To Taiki Waititi, of course, brilliant madman that he is. Ragnarok looks like it’s going to be a fun ride. In a more general sense I need to thank the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole for taking a pretty huge step forward for Marvel and its comics by shedding a bright new spotlight on these heroes and villains and their antics, drawing in fresh eyes and fans who might never have given the series a second thought otherwise. I was one of the latter.

I had only some hazy idea of who those spandex clad folks were from the X-Men films and the X-Men Evolution cartoon. (I was enamored with every version of Nightcrawler for a spell, got the action figure and everything.) But while I still kept Professor X’s gifted youngsters in a corner of my heart, I never really threw myself into any of the Marvel universes. They were just another cool thing to smile over, maybe record an episode, maybe pick up a back issue or two once in a while. No big deal.

Then the other kids started showing up. A number of Hulks and Spider-Men. Captain America and Bucky. Iron Man and Nick Fury. Thor and Loki.

I saw them all with my father, half from personal interest—Nolanverse Batman and some re-watchings of Blade had psyched me up for more superheroes—and half from just having something to share with Dad. It was fun.

But the one he liked the least was the one that held my attention the most, even months after it left the theater.


It wasn’t a masterpiece. It’d become obvious later in the franchise’s run that the MCU just didn’t see the need to put as much effort into it as they did with breadwinners like Stark and Rogers cavorting around with their human stories and conspiracies and intrigue. We all know that hours of additional footage were shaved off both Thor and Thor: the Dark World—supposedly for time reasons, though both films were rather stubby compared to their neighbors. As a result the movies offered to the public were missing key character moments only to be found when digging in the Blu-rays and the storylines seemed choppier for it.

Even so. I was interested.

Why? Because my oblivious ass had no idea these guys existed. Not as comic book characters, not as gods of Norse myth, nothing. This was all brand new territory, watered down as it was. I’d only had Greek myths in my head—because they are the Classic Mythology and therefore Most Important, say the public schools and community colleges—and these gods seemed more like deities I’d feel safer standing in a room with. For what little time and space they got, the Asgardians gave a glimpse of something unique. Yet even with this in mind, I might have set them on the same, ‘oh that’s nice,’ shelf as every other fandom if not for the dude with the horns.

Yes, Loki ‘Glassy-eyed, Shakespearian archetype, “TELL ME!!1!,” ‘Guys seriously we need to blur out the crotch give him a damn courtesy flap in the next costume,’ #DaddyIssues’ Odin/Laufeyson.

The character that Hiddleston put out there drew me most because, well, he was kind of a sore thumb. Here were all these big bombastic warrior gods and giants and comic book flotsam, there was him all dark and scheming, prepped and ready for a villainous cackling spell, and…

And he doesn’t cackle. Oh, he gets a proper ‘I’m so smart look at my plan coming to fruition fuck yeah’ smirk here and there, but there’s next to nothing of the original recipe asshole god I would come to know and hate-love in the comics. The Loki that Hiddleston put together in the MCU for that first film was interesting because he wasn’t just the clear cut, ‘Mwa ha ha,’ bad guy.

When he looks away as Odin lavishes praise on Thor in the coronation, when he shuts down as Heimdall cuts into him on the Bifrost, when he goes bug-eyed at the sight of his blue skin in the giant fight, when he tells the Warriors Three that he let it slip to a guard and thus to Odin where they were going so they wouldn’t be lost/killed, when he confronts Odin about his origins, when he murders Laufey in a display of fealty, when he goes into a psychological meltdown as Thor—Thor, who should be K.O.’d on Midgard after the Destroyer, after he froze Heimdall to keep him from mucking with the Bifrost, who should not be there, in his way, always in his way, suddenly lecturing him for trying to wipe out the frost giants after only three measly days on the mortal dirt ball when Thor himself went there to wage war and swing his hammer—when he cries out to Odin Allfather that he’d done all of it for him, for all of them, look, look where his loyalty lies, he is not a monster like them, not like the frost giants, he is of Asgard, he is an Odinson, Father, look Father, all of this was for you

“No, Loki.”

And then he goes quiet again. Perfectly quiet.

His grip loosens.

“Loki, no.”

He lets go.

Thor screams and Loki is quiet, quiet, dropping into the Void, expecting death—I think he expected it later when the Dark World came around too, but that’s another ramble—not caring either way.

Then he shows up in the after credits scene, clearly mangled and burnt by something, with the first hints of the warped bastard from the comics showing in the smile.

That was a hell of a thing to see in what was otherwise a very hasty B+ movie. I cared more about his story than any of the thunderbolts and lightning and pseudo-romance flying around. So I put the name Loki in Google.

And holy shit have I gone far since.

Here were the comics, a sprawling evolution for the Villain, the Child, the Magpie, and the Storyteller, the last’s tale still unfolding, marching out of the mold labeled God of Evil by pioneer writers (and by the first Christians to slap the mantle of the Devil on him).

Here were the mythos, a vision of laughter and guile, myriad shapes and ultimate despair, strange children and legendary world-ending wrath.

Here were all these people who knew of all these Lokis, all these stories, all the stories they made from those stories, these excellent fans and friends.

Since first seeing that live action Loki—a character very much pruned down from his roots, made subtler, sadder, more prone to use blades than magic—I have come to put the comics’ God of Stories and the Norsemen’s God of Mischief both on the shelf reserved for Favorite Troublemaking Fucker(s). But I would be doing a disservice to the character and the god if I did not give thanks to the version that first opened the door to the Trickster and everything they’ve gotten their sneaky fingers into.

So, thank you to the Loki of the MCU.

Thank you to Tom Hiddleston for making the character more than the sneering cookie cutter villain put down in the script. Thank you for coddling the sour green meanie as you have, for being as much a geek for him as your own fans, for making him too marketable to kill off for good, as has not been the case for so many other MCU baddies. Thank you for being the gateway jerk god to all the other iterations of the jerk god.

Thank you.

(Now if you could just talk to the directors about getting a wig that doesn’t look like it’s not been washed in three days…)

anonymous asked:

Hey! Just out of curiosity, I was wonderin what your opinion is on the theory that Jemma's character is majorly written around the whole "fitzsimmons" relationship + that she's only ever minimised to her relationship + never mentioned or celebrated for her actual strengths as a character, yet fitz is celebrated for both. D'you think there's some double standards goin on here? I'm seein a lot about it and agree that Jemma deserves more than being known as one half of fs - skimmons fic stalker

Well hello friend! This is under the cut because it’s long and also because there are some unpopular opinions here so…scroll on if you so desire!

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Robron fandom ramble

I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed with the Robron / Emmerdale fandom lately. It’s like I’m actually overwhelmed by how many talented people we have in this fandom (not necessarily in a bad way - it’s a good problem to have, really) - it’s like nothing I’ve ever really seen before.

My previous fandom was a lot smaller, and while there were many great people within it once upon a time, there weren’t many “voices”. There were probably only a handful of people who actually spoke about stuff (myself included), and everyone who did speak had pretty specific styles and voices and each of us seemed to have a role, which balanced things out. There was something for everyone, really, and the fact that there were so few of us who actually had things to say made it all so manageable, if that makes sense.

With this fandom it’s different. There are SO MANY people here, and so many who are just…..amazing. I don’t feel like there are any “big names”, or fandom “celebs” - I feel like there are too many amazingly talented people for those kinds of labels.

There are the people that make insane gifs and edits and artwork, there are the people that write beautiful fanfic and headcanons and meta and some wonderful freaks of nature who can do all of those things. There are those that theorise and can look back over episodes with such care and attention, there are those that speculate and are positive and level-headed and those who, even when having a total fangirl moment writing all in capital letters freaking the fuck out, can still write so wonderfully, can put a point across so beautifully, without even trying.

Whether it’s just a small text post with just one little paragraph (or even one sentence!) or a huge essay about Aaron or Robert or their relationship or the show in general, the level of talent displayed in this fandom literally blows my fucking mind.

It is a privilege to be a part of, but at the same time it makes me question my place here, it makes me feel like a drop in the ocean, it makes me a little insecure, because in my old fandom I was one of a few, my voice was loud because nobody was really shouting with me, but now I don’t really have a role, there are people far more talented than me, and sometimes I think of something to say but I see someone has said the same thing, albeit in a much briefer, purer, simpler yet wonderful way, or someone has said it with far more depth and beauty than I feel I could ever convey, and it makes me feel a little insignificant, which is hard when coming from a fandom where, for some time, I was considered quite significant.

And I know these are my own insecurities, my own paranoia, and it’s not a competition, and nobody has ever done anything to make me feel this way; if anything, people have been nothing but lovely, kind and encouraging towards me, people have been supportive or things I have written (actually, I have also been totally overwhelmed by how well-received some things I have written have been), and I feel like I’ve made some pretty great fandom-pals here, on all kinds of levels; I adore that one minute someone can be having a silly little “war” over a ship name, and the next they can be writing something serious and beautifully poetic, that we can all go from daft and fun and fangirly one minute to serious and mature essay-writers the next.

It’s amazing. I adore how versatile everyone is. I love how talented everyone is. Sometimes I can only sit back in awe, scroll through my dash and reblog the living crap out of all of these epic posts, whether they’re a funny little text/gif post or a mammoth essay about where a storyline is going, or a beautifully put together gif-set or an amazing piece of art.

Sometimes it actually BLOWS MY MIND. And as I said before, it’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced in any fandom I have ever been in.

I was on the fringes of the Robron/Emmerdale fandom from the very start, as I’ve been on tumblr since 2010 (I DON’T KNOW HOW EITHER) and would search #Emmerdale now and then to see if there was anything (answer: there was always literally nothing until Robron was born). It took a while for me to properly throw myself into the fandom myself and use my own voice; for so long I was just a reblogger, who contributed nothing of my own (and there is nothing wrong with that, fans/fandom members like that are just as valid) - I’m someone who has never liked to spread myself too thin and at the time I was clinging to my old fandom and still trying to make an effort within that, even though it was dying and I wasn’t particularly happy there, but I’m loyal to a fault and it took me a while to let go.

And honestly, falling deeply into this fandom, just becoming brave enough to use my voice and say what I wanted to say about characters and a show I have loved for more than a decade, was the best thing I have done in recent years. At first I felt out of place; all the fans seemed really new (which I thought was amazing but also a little intimidating) and I was genuinely insecure that people wouldn’t like me because I’d been around the show long before Robron (in hindsight I could see that was totally stupid of me to think that, but paranoia/insecurity is a fun thing lmao) but I was amazed at how quickly people welcomed me and even reached out to me and made an effort with me - and how there were plenty of older fans, just like me, too.

And it’s been quite some time now since I’ve been in deep, and I feel like I know so many of you even though not all of us have spoken about too much outside of our amazing show and ship.

What I’m trying to say is, you’re all fucking amazing, and I appreciate every one of you. Whether you’ve been watching the show for 48248 years or 3 months, you’re fucking awesome.

I get overwhelmed because I want to follow everyone, but I’ve always been scared of following too many people and then missing stuff because my dash is too busy. I’ve been on tumblr almost 7 years and I still only follow 394 people (and tbh, I reckon at least a hundred of those are since the Robron fandom was born) - and yet every day it seems like a new name pops up, having written something amazing, and I’m like “where did you spring from?!”, and I have to give them a follow, and it’s like…..WOW.

I could tag a whole bunch of people who I find ridiculously amazingly talented but I’d be here all fucking day, and I couldn’t possibly list everyone, and then I’d feel bad for everyone who I’d missed so….I won’t.

So as arse-kissy as this post might sound, I just want to say a giant THANK YOU to everyone who contributes to this fandom, on any scale, in any capacity….thank you. And thank you to those that follow me too; it makes me feel genuinely proud and I know it’s something I really need to hang on to when I’m feeling down on myself. All your kind words mean more to me than I could ever properly express and I need to hold onto that forever because sometimes I really, really need it.

So…..there were are. Keep doing what you’re all doing. Know that even if I give your post a reblog without saying anything too profound in response, whether in a reply or a message or even a tag (writing stuff in tags on reblogs to someone’s post is so important!!), just know it’s because I’m probably just feeling overwhelmed by how fucking awesome I think you are.

I have no idea where this has come from really, apart from this is just how I’ve been feeling lately, but in a nutshell….I love you. I love all of you. Even if I haven’t agreed with everything you’ve said, I still probably love you. I respect all of you. I’m overwhelmed and intimidated by all of your talents. Thank you for being amazing. KEEP DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING. Keep this fandom the best fucking fandom I’ve ever been in. Keep spreading the love and the positivity and the excitement, because by god, the next month or so of life in this fandom is going to be WILD and I’m so happy to be here going on this ride with you.

As always with my long posts; if you get to the end, thank you. This only makes me love you all the more.


Originally posted by justleavemebreathless

itsneumann  asked:

Hi, first I totally agree with you about kara's hair. As great as it looks, it's impractical lol. 2nd, it's not unrealistic for someone to suddenly and drastically change their minds. I've done it mid first date and I felt horrible but I couldn't change it (and trust me, I tried for weeks). I went from crushing HARD on this guy to realizing I did not want him romantically in the space of about 10 minutes. I see Kara and feel better that I'm not a piece of shit for that. Do you understand?

I understand what you’re saying but that was not the point of my post. Kara drastically changing her mind isn’t a problem in itself, it’s the context in which she changes her mind that is a problem.

1. I understand that in real life, changing your mind like this about a relationship happens. It happens quite a lot. But Supergirl is not reality, it’s a tv show. Tv shows can’t be the same as reality otherwise they’re not interesting anymore and lose their purpose (hell, even reality tv is scripted…). So narratively speaking, building up a romantic relationship for 20 episodes, then cancelling it for NO reason, is bad writing. And the audience feels cheated. They should have at least given Kara a real reason to ditch James other than “i don’t feel like it”. The storylines need to follow some logic, it’s a scripted text brainstormed by several grown people.

2. Kara unexpectedly ditching James was a racist move from the writers and the CW. If James was white, it would have never happened. But between s1 and s2, Supergirl switched from CBS to CW, and the CW is pretty racist. After the switch, Supergirl writers suddenly decided to cancel Karolsen (even though this ship was planned to happen since the beginning) because they felt it was “rushed” (??????) and “unrealistic” (?????) and “they don’t have chemistry” (????????????????????). Which are all the excuses white people love to give when asked why they don’t like an interracial couple. Kara and James took around 20 episodes to get together, Kara and Mon El took only 8 episodes to kiss but yeah no rushing, right ?

I don’t really give 2 fucks about ship wars. But me and other black fans are sick to our stomachs that in fucking 2016, some people still refuse the idea of a white woman dating a black man. That’s some A level racism right there, it’s so obvious the show didn’t even try to hide their racism : after 20 episodes of Kara pining after James, she breaks up with him for no reason, and the next day she meets a white boy who is an asshole to her and oh!!!! they fall in love. Like…… It’s like people in the Star Wars fandom refusing that Finn and Rey might get together, for the sole reason that Finn is black and Rey is white. They’d rather ship her with an asshole like Kylo Ren. A lot of people didn’t want Richonne to happen for the same reason. There is a pattern here we can’t ignore. Kara changing her mind isn’t about her as a person deciding what’s right for herself in terms of romantic relationships… it’s about James being the victim of racist writers. Not to mention that Karolsen aside, he’s been drastically sidelined in the general storylines.

Representation is important. Too often, black men in media are depicted as aggressive, macho and violent. And here we have James, who wears pink shirts tucked into his jeans, who is kind and gentle but no pushover, who is generally liked, who has an artistic profession (he’s a journalist but also a photographer, and seeing black men making art is still very rare in tv shows and movies). Even when he gets angry, he doesn’t become violent or disrespectful, he keeps his calm and never offends people on purpose. And he built this healthy, amazing relationship with Kara. And what did Supergirl writers do ? They decided that he wasn’t good enough to date a white woman and sidelined him and aside from the Guardian storyline, he isn’t seen that much anymore. Supergirl has always been a racist show but this. This. This made me feel like shit for several days, because once again media are telling us that no matter how good you are, if you’re black your rightful spot will be taken by a white person even though they are mediocre (and let’s be real, this Mon El…)

3. Let’s put the disgusting racism aside. Supergirl is a so-called feminist show (well it’s a white feminist show since they don’t care about women of color). But this season, they seem to have forgotten the feminist aspect of their show. They could have given Mon El any personality. Any ! And what did they chose ? To make him an insufferable selfish asshole, and Kara now has to spend her precious time trying to make him a better man even though he treats her and other people like shit. This is the romantic subplot of every bad macho action movie !! Why would they do that to Kara ?? Why would you make her leave a healthy and respectful relationship to make her fall in love with a disrespectful asshole ? They could have given Mon El a better behavior for god’s sake i love Chris Wood but i can’t even stand to look at Mon El because he’s insufferable. Supergirl’s main audience is young girls and rn the show is teaching them that a healthy relationship isn’t as good as investing emotional labor to try and make a better man out of an asshole who is not even nice to you. Well done feminism !! This post sums up very well what i’m trying to say, the most important in it are the tags people added. Read the tags.

Anyway to sum up this long post, i don’t really care about Kara changing her mind, I care about the fact that she changed her mind because the writers of her show are racist and sexist. Now, please read this and think about it, and for the love of god, if after reading this you feel the urge to send me an ask saying something like “But it’s not about race ! Not everything is about race ! Maybe they just thought Mon El was a better fit than James :)” then don’t. Sorry if i come across as snippy, but i just woke up and i’m tired of people treating me and other poc like assholes desperately wanting to see racism everywhere. A lot of people send me messages asking me to explain why some stuff is racist, and when i explain they are like “lol u stupid not everything is about race jeez also i have a black colleague and a black cat so i know what i’m talking about”. Because they never wanted to truly know or learn, they just wanted me to waste my time. Anyway if you’re not this kind of person, feel free to answer to this if you want to.

Long Rant on All Stars 2

I’m so torn on All Stars 2 because the challenges have been great and all the queens have been performing the motherfucking house down, like all of them have shown how much they’ve grown as performers and how their drag has evolved and hw fucking talented they all are we’ve had more than one episode in which you can’t really say someone did truly terrible. 

Like maaaan the Herstory of the World challenge gave me ALL OF MY LIFE. The Snatch Game was fantastic -easily one of the best out of all the seasons- and the commercials this week were all really funny.

But like, the judgings have been so bogus -they’re putting too much weight on the runway looks for the judgings-, and everything is so fucking obviously rigged for Alaska to win it, it loses half of the fun.

What they did to Adore was utter garbage. All the other queens have come out and said that Michelle’s critiques on Adore were personal and unnecessarily cutting. And putting her in the bottom just for her outfit? I’m getting tired of the show’s (and particularly Michelle’s) being so close-minded about drag. I’m guessing they were hoping Roxxxy or Tati who were kind of shady before, would send fan-favorite Adore home, eliminating the threat to Alaska and creating drama by making either of them look like a bitch. Too bad it backfired and now everyone is hating the show for that 

Detox beig on the bottom on week two was garbage too, she was pretty good on the Snatch Game and murdered the runway. Her performance was leagues above Roxxxy and Tatianna, but I guess they needed to stain her record somehow so she wouldn’t be competition for Alaska.

Then on week three Alaska botches the lipsync but it is conveniently ignored, and her outfit is criticized but somehow she is safe. Ginger, who gets some of the best critiques (”you deserve your own Broadway show”) is sent home because she had a bad ruway. Also conveniently, this time around there is no bottom three because then they would’ve had to put Alaska up there.

Week 4 Katya is sent to the bottom even though her clip with Detox was the judges’ favorite and her runway presentation wasn’t even bad (maybe lacking in spectacle). Guess having her in the bottom once wasn’t enough since she was now Alaska’s biggest competition, they needed to make sure she looked “weaker” in comparison. Meanwhile, Alaska fails the two-in-one looks (she literally threw a garbage bag on herself and tore it away), but somehow is one of the top two, and wins the lipsync even though Phi Phi outperforms her. I think the producers wanted to have their cake and eat it too: they wanted to further Phi Phi’s bitch storyline, but they also wanted to hype Alaska, so they gave her that win (and the $10K)  and let Phi Phi take the fall for Alyssa’s elimination.

Week 5 was probably the only one that had fair judgings, Alaska/Alyssa and Detox/Tatianna killed it, and Roxxxy and Phi Phi fell flat. Personally I think both should’ve gone home, since aside from runways, they weren’t bringing anything to the show but w/e. Also wish Ginger had returned since she was done dirty 100% and I’ll be bitter about for the rest of eternity.

And we come to week 6 in which Alaska is granted the win on a silver platter AGAIN. I mean her commercial was pretty good, but her runway was very blah and the “Anus” joke is getting super old super fast, and her winning the lipsync was 1000% bull, Katya was literally air-guitaring with her fucking leg! And what’s worse is that I feel the producers will let Roxxxy take the fall for Alaska’s bullshit decision.


I love the show, love the queens, and I certainly think Alaska is extremely talented and a very well-rounded queen that could easily snatch the crown. What’s got me frustrated is that she didn’t need all this bullshit favoritism to do it, but now when she does win, it’s gonna be bitter for everyone. It’s already backfiring, with a lot of the fans turning against Alaska, and I really hope the hate doesn’t take a toll on her like it has with so many other queens. And I really hope I don’t end up with a bitter aftertaste from this season. 


anonymous asked:

jfc, I've finally reached the point where I'm looking forward to no Castle-related news coming out. What was NF supposed to say? Where did he go wrong? Is he supposed to have a canned answer on hand for a favourite scene? Throw in a "S9 would have sucked!" at every opportunity? Name each and every cast member when acknowledging them in a three-minute video? Either he hated everything to do with Castle, or he wanted to hold onto it at the expense of the story, y'all can't have it both ways.

It just comes down to one basic point: there are people in this fandom who are gonna hate Nathan no matter what he says. If he had immediately had something in mind for a favorite scene/memory, people would complain because it didn’t mesh with what they thought it should be. If he had taken the time to name every single member of the cast, someone would complain because he wasn’t sincere enough. If he had said that he wasn’t sure that season nine would have been a good idea, that same group would accuse him of being a liar and just trying to get on the fans good side. 

And you know what? Screw em. If all you can do with your life is sit around and drum up ways to hate a guy for living his life and wanting to keep his job, you have a problem. I doubt that Nathan Fillion has done anything to personally hurt any of them, and it’s hilarious to me that people who claim to love Castle as a television show as much as they do can’t realize in the constant haterade that they put out there that, if not for Nathan, there would be no show. You don’t have to like it, and you don’t have to like him, but I think you do have to respect that this guy wanted to sign up to become Richard Castle and, for eight years, he led the charge in making the show what it is and, one way or another, keeping it on the air. 

You wanna know why he talks about Firefly and has very specific go to memories of the show? There are 13 episodes and a two hour movie. That’s about a year of his life, and a very limited pool of talking points. I’ve watched a pretty significant number of his panels over the years, and indeed he’s talked about the same dozen or so memories over and over. I can’t think of a time when people have asked him about Castle where he’s given the same answer twice. But, you know, he’s got eight years worth of stuff to draw from and, like it or not, the show’s structure is very basic: there is a murder, there is a b-plot, they solve the murder by the end of an episode. Lather, rinse, repeat. 

People want him to snap his fingers and be able to tell you exactly what he loved about this particular episode, or that particular episode and that’s some bullshit. These actors haven’t watched these episode over and over and over like we have; they’ve seen them once, if at all. They don’t have time or the inclination to dwell on their work, usually because they’re already onto the next script and the next episode and there just isn’t enough room in a brain to keep track of eight years of work. 

People like to claim that means he doesn’t care, which is also some bullshit. You know what Nathan Fillion cares about? The people on the set with him. For every story he tells, it comes with some behind the scenes anecdote. He remembers interactions with people more than he remembers what line he has to recite that day, and what that particular storyline was in that one episode in season three. And you know what? Good for him. It means that he doesn’t dwell on his work, that he puts more stock in interacting with the people that he saw for sixty hours a week for nine months a year, eight years in a row. Remembering the time he walked onto the loft set and saw a crew member playing a piano concerto when he thought no one was around is far more important and far more meaningful than being able to tell you what line he said in the opening scene of the season five premiere or what the most significant moment was for him between Castle and Beckett. 

You know who else might have trouble coming up with a favorite memory from the set? The fandom saint, Stana Katic. Eight years and 171 episodes (we aren’t counting XX and Cool Boys since she wasn’t onscreen) is a lot of material, and indeed I can remember back when she did interviews that if someone asked her a favorite memory she gave rather generic answers, but no one raked her over the coals for those. Instead it was fangirl feels and flailing about how much she understands the character and appreciates the storyline and the fans, etc, etc, etc. Likewise, Seamus Dever and Jon Huertas have been very honest in interviews that they have trouble recalling specific storylines or scenes, and usually if they talk about something, it’s because they remember something that happened between scenes or that messed up a take and they had to start over. 

But here’s the other thing, the show is over. I have no idea what people think they’re going to accomplish with continuing to yammer on about making Nathan the bad guy. Hate him or not, he’s gonna work again in the industry and there’s absolutely nothing that a fan is gonna say or do to change that so I legitimately don’t understand the point of it all, nor do I understand attacking people who don’t necessarily have a problem with him. It’s not going to change anything, and really it only serves to give the fans who follow and adore Stana a bad reputation, which is unfortunate because not all of them are crazy and take every opportunity to hate on Nathan. 

Plus, another important point, is that you really can like the both of them at the same time. Contrary to the belief of others, you can be fans of them both. I’m not really sure when it became a thing in this fandom that you had to choose one or the other, but that’s complete nonsense and, honestly, it says far more about the fan that it ever could about the actor. 

anonymous asked:

Can I be honest?The fact that they made Grace straight is not what angers me, but the way they did it. "I tried for you" after having sex with her, given she could have stopped at ANY time. It literally made me sick to my stomach the way they portrayed it and I wish they didn't pursue Gracevas if they didn't intend to do it right. The things they could have done. I was totally fine with Grace being straight until they made that storyline. Now I'm just... so bitter and sick. Fuck them seriously.

I feel the same way and you can rant to me about this as much as you want. No one would have cared about Grace turning out to be straight had they not embarked on this painful story knowing the end would always be Zoe getting hurt in the worst way possible all so they could use it a plot device for Zaya and Zoe’s self harm. And it really hurt Grace’s character for the longest time and even now I don’t think she’s 100% back to where she was before. There was nothing remotely okay with how the writers went about it and the aftermath was just as bad. They tried to play it off like it was “obvious” Grace was straight and into Zig all along but when most of the fandom had no idea it was coming, they’ve messed up. Even fans who did not ship Gracevas and believed ever since DLB it would be unrequited pointed out Grace being into Zig was BS. Definitely one of the biggest fuck ups Degrassi has ever done. 

anonymous asked:

Hi phil! im new to the star wars fandom (AND VERY LATE AND SORRY) buuuuut i wanted to know why everyone hates the prequels so much? I just dont get it. They werent as great as the originals were but they werent THAT bad. What gives? :-( cos now im kinda scared/embarrassed to admit to anyone i personally know that i like them??? Hahaha :-(

HI FRIEND okay first:


okay, now that that’s been said.

my explanation is likely not going to be half as eloquent as some others out there, but mostly, from what I’ve understood, most of the hate comes from an unhealthy amount of elitist nostalgia and the desperation to remain “special” and for a product to be solely catered to the needs and expectations of one particular demographic who is not prepared to explore new things.

I think. Often, their complaints about the prequels are nothing that you cannot make about the originals. Like (and I’ not even going to apologize for being bitter because I have no time or patience or love for gross purists sorry):

1) Wooden acting? Um, okay. I adore the ot cast, but were they EXCELLENT AWARD WINNING ACTORS? not really. I mean probably of all of them the one who most knew what he was doing (not counting the older more experienced actors - which, in the pt, they were the same calibre. Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Sam Jackson, Ian McDairmid … all those guys were great) was Ford. Mark’s acting improved over the course of the movies, as did Carrie’s but initially, both of them have like literally spoken the words “I had no clue what the hell I was doing”. But then, you can say the same thing about Hayden and Natalie’s acting from AOTC to ROTS - like, the acting in ROTS was good. At least as good as the acting in ROTJ. If you think otherwise, you are way overshooting the calibre of ROTJ - or, indeed, ESB, the Paragon Of Star Wars (or whatever. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore ESB and it’s probably my favorite, but uh. guys. chill. it’s not a masterpiece of cinema) 

2) Bad script/dialogue? I mean seriously, is the line “I was gonna go to Tosche station to pick up some power converters!” JAW DROPPINGLY WELL WRITTEN? OR ACTED? nah son. 

3) Another complaint: x character was annoying! Like. Okay son. That’s your opinion. I am sure many people found certain OT characters annoying too. Hell, your high-horsed up selves frequently complain about Luke Skywalker, hero of the whole damn franchise. Pls. Chill.

4) The blocking was badly done!!!! um, once again, see my references to the OT. they were NOT the paragon of well-done acting, blocking, or script delivery. 

5) Ew!! CGI!!! the OT didn’t have any CGI!!! bruh first of all I’m not sure what BTS photographs you’ve been looking at but the OT most definitely had CGI. Additionally, the colours, backdrops, and aesthetic of the PT were really beautiful. Sure, some of it may have been a little overdone, but compared to many action movies of today, that was nothing. Additionally, the aesthetic presented by the PT was done on purpose. The OT’s grey, blue, and block-coloured aesthetic actually changes over time, if you notice. A movie like ROTJ is far more colourful and alive than ESB, and I’m pretty sure we’ve talked before about how it’s a symbol of the victory over the grey-scale, oppressive empire? So the PT, with all its brilliant and lavish colouring, symbolizes the life that was present in the OR before being quashed by the Empire and the Dark Side. Padme, who comes from a planet brimming with life, whose costumes are colourful and intricately detailed out the wazoo, dies along with the Republic, taking with her those vibrant colours. The last scene with her death is on a grey-blue dead planet very reminiscent of the colours of ESB. Anyway there’s a whole discussion on female presence and the colouring of the movies that I won’t get into, but the gist of it is that the colouring choices were different from the OT for a reason. Idk why you can’t appreciate the difference.

6) Padme was a useless character! at this point I have nothing to say please just go

7) Why is Darth Vader a whiny kid? Ew! Okay son I mean I don’t know about you but the fact that Darth Vader, Biggest Villain OF All Time, had a realistic backstory wherein he was not actually Evil From The Start and mirrored his son’s compassion and vulnerability and there was a nice dialogue going about the balance between the light and dark side of the force and through him Yoda and Obi-Wan’s mistakes were more clearly highlighted and the Emperor and Empire were given reasons for their Evilness and Presence and Vader’s “loyalty” to Palpatine was further explored is, in fact, a very good thing. Making Anakin Skywalker a relatable character with realistic issues is good. RELATABLE BAD GUYS ARE GOOD. IT GAVE SO MUCH MORE POWER TO HIS FINAL STORY ARC AND LUKE’S UNDERSTANDING OF THE FORCE. Heck. 

anyway NONE OF THIS MEANS THE ORIGINALS WEREN’T GOOD. And you are at perfect liberty to prefer the OT to the PT, whatever, your entertainment time, your choice. But you’re not allowed to crap on other people’s preferences because you don’t think they’re nice. You’re not allowed to publicly demean everyone who grew up with the PT and not he OT and prefers the latter (what is the point of that is it only to make yourself feel like a special snowflake like pls stop). It’s fine to dislike Padme and ANakin’s romance, it’s fine to think that Cloud City is cooler than Coruscant. WHATEVER. your call. just. don’t crap on other people over your opinions, especially when their opinions are not hurting you or anyone else at all. thanks.

In conclusion I think that often the complaints made about the PT are because some fans of the OT ended up raising the OT on a pedestal and making it something it really wasn't’ (this super-serious Adult oscar-winning masterpiece of theatre and science fiction) and then compared the PT to that unrealistic unfounded standard? This happened to a lot of the characters, too; they were turned into something they actually weren’t by the fans and the marketting companies. Like seriously, this impression that all the male characters were Heroic Macho Badasses with rippling pecs and no feelings, or turning Leia into a sex toy? That. Is not. Canon. At all???? Basically the bottom line is that criticisms of these movies are 99% unfounded because most of the time, the criticism isn’t criticizing the things that actually NEED TO BE CRITICIZED, like the lack of diversity, or the use of racist stereotypes, or the objectification of women, etc. The things that are criticized are entirely opinion-based and honestly pretty silly (like boohoo, you don’t think that a planet that is made entirely out of water could exist. wow. amazing. so a planet made entirely out of sand is possible, but not one out of water? jeez, it’s a FICTIONAL GALAXY FAR AR AWAY, literally anything could happen. like they say it’s not science-y enough and then they turn around and criticize midichlorians for being TOO science-y God sorry but as I said I just have no time or patience for pt haters/ot purists). 

Personally, I have never felt the rift between the ot and the pt because of the order in which I saw the movies and how young I was when I did. For me, star wars isn’t star wars without every single story as part of a greater whole. I find myself incapable of taking one without the other, or preferring one over the other. I don’t know. But literally every character arc, and worldbuilding attempt, and storyline is in some way connected to the greater whole, and that’s part of why I think it’s so amazing! Additionally, the newest media that Disney’s been releasing like TCW and SWR are really really great in promoting diversity, reaching out to all star wars fans, and really broadening and expanding their horizons and growing with their fanbase and tackling some pretty real issues. So tl;dr, it’s fine to have preferences, but those preferences shouldn’t get in the way of the progress of the franchise, nor should they give you a free pass to ridicule, humiliate, or otherwise hate on the fans, actors, or creators of the PT and/or anything that isn’t the OT itself


anonymous asked:

what do you think about leanne's article with Eddy calling oq "possibly being one of the great true loves on the show"? First the cs stuff then this. I really feel like they are putting the nail in swan queen, idk but then there was the sq part in the article saying that E/R will grow closer, and have some charged scenes. I feel like they are continuing to bait us. Saying that would give false hope that something big would happen with them, or maybe even some sexual tension. I'm so done w/ ouat.

Didn’t even know that interview existed until I saw this ask :P It’s currently 3.15 am for me and I’m a lil bit drunk, so I apologize if I write anything that doesn’t make sense.

Okay, so. Lets put on our positivity goggles, crack another beer and let’s crack this mother Swan Queen style.

Leanne is very noticeably a C$ fangirl and her interview will no doubt reflect that. So Leanna loving C$ combined with the trolls of all trolls A & E, don’t take anything you read as face value.

Now interestingly enough, they didn’t say anything, that was bad for Swan Queen. On contrary.

They go out of their way to tell us that if you’re a C$ fan (H00k fan) you should keep watching! Witch means with the next episodes, things with H00k and Emma will get worse. They then go on to tell us that H00k will get his own storyline.

Like for real? Smack my ass and give me more beer., They’re most definitely giving H00k screentime that has nothing to do with Emma (cuz Emma will be off mackin on Regina, score!) to keep H00k fans around and happy!

“Well, I think like all drama, they will run the gambit. I will say, if you like Captain Swan, I would keep watching,”

“It’s less about dealing with the Dark One as his girlfriend, and more that Hook’s own past becomes more important and informs what’s going to happen going forward in relation to Emma and what she’s going through,” Horowitz revealed.

“.. in relation to Emma and what she’s going through”. Not “How that effects his relationship with Emma”. They’re making them two different people with two different storyline and they very much don’t say relationship. Keep that in mind as we continue..

0Q. It just get’s better for Swan Queen, honestly.

“Robin Hood is going to play a continuing part in this story, and in a more pronounced way, as the season progresses," 

However, Kitsis was quick to stress that Robin’s heart will remain tethered to Regina, not Zelena, in this "messy, complicated relationship.”

Do you feel like Robin and Regina have the possibility to be one of the great true loves of the series? “I hope so,” Kitsis said.

“When we saw Regina with Daniel, he told her to love again, and she is,” Kitsis continued. “So I would like to think that all of our relationships are pretty meaningful.”

“I think all the relationships on the show, at their core, have an element of hope and can be a true love and have great things happen to them,” Horowitz added. “Of course, sometimes in life, it doesn’t always work out but sometimes it does, so there’s always that hope that it will.”

That right there? That’s so so not in favor of 0Q. Robin H00d will stay for now. Yeah okay, I’m a fan of lamps, so whatever. They’re pretty useful tool when turned on so..

“Robin’s heart will remain tethered to Regina” They do not say Regina’s heart will remain tethered to Robin. That’s deliberate. And yeah it is a messy and complicated relationship (add in Regina being in love with Emma and it just about explodes!)

“Do they have the possibility to be one of the great true loves of the series? I hope so”. They’re barely even trying. But what was he supposed to say? This is a canon relationship, that if he reveals too much, their element of surprise will be ruined. He doesn’t say explicitly “yes. so much true love between the beloved and layered character Regina and her favorite lamp”. “I hope so” which translates to “no, but we don’t want to lose the fandom yet”.

“When we saw Regina with Daniel, he told her to love again, and she is,” Kitsis continued. “So I would like to think that all our relationships are pretty meaningful”

This part is so beautifully accurate, I kinda want to cry. Because that is exactly what H00d is. He is the catalyst that makes Regina dare hope for romantic love again, and their relationship will be very meaningful to Regina in the future. H00d is so so very much a soul mate to Regina. Our soulmates come into our lives and does something very very meaningful to us as a person, something that will affect our future, before we part ways.

H00d lets Regina open her eyes to the possibility of love again. He’s important.

 “I think all the relationships on the show, at their core, have an element of hope and can be a true love and have great things happen to them,” Horowitz added. “Of course, sometimes in life, it doesn’t always work out but sometimes it does, so there’s always that hope that it will.”

AKA all relationships serve a purpose, they will let our ladies hope for true love, see what can be theirs, and realize that the relationships right now are not it.

They specifically say “it doesn’t always work out”. That’s a warning to 0Q and C$. They could have worked out, but they didn’t (because they’re not swendgame.)

“I think that the Emma-Regina friendship/relationship continues to grow and deepen as they go through more and more together,” Horowitz spilled. “We’re going to certainly see some charged scenes between the two of them as we head towards the mid-season finale.”

friendship/realtionship.. Interesting.. They didn’t mention relationship with C$, but they mention friendship and relationship with these two. Their bond grows and deepens. They’re going to have more charged seasons the more we delve into the mid season finale (.. and it will move into 5b as well)

Like yo. Swendgame. It’s everywhere.

(Saw a spoiler they cast Hercules and Megara for 5b? I didn’t check facts or receipts, but if that’s for real? They’re so gonna parallel Swan Queen to Herc n Meg!)

Interview Source

Okay, I’m seeing a lot of commotion about the ‘Beckett’s already married!’ storyline and I’m writing this post because a) I’m very passionate about Kate Beckett and b) I just feel someone should explain the more critical interpretations people have for the trope.

Okay, so I’m bothered by the idea that Kate Beckett is already married because of the following reasons:

  1. It’s a ridiculous plot hole. Surely she’d have never been given the DC job if she had a husband with that bad of a record (he impersonated an FBI agent, which her DC job was practically the same as, c'mon). Plus, she’s a detective. They had an episode JUST before in which she was subject to a manhunt. You don’t think that would’ve come up then, if they decided to never bring it up during her entire law enforcement career? I know TV shows suspend our beliefs, but sometimes they just push the boundaries.
  2. It makes her seem dumb. She said something along the lines of (and I’m paraphrasing here) “I didn’t think it was real”. That’s just ridiculous, because she is the daughter of two BRILLIANT lawyers and was planning on becoming the first female chief of justice. Yes, she did have a “wild child” phase, but that doesn’t make her dumb. You cannot tell me she DIDN’T know.
  3. It reduces what she believes about marriage (what seems to have always been a moral she’s held tightly to, and does not seem to be because of her mother’s death - I imagine it’s because her parents were always so happily married, so much so that Jim was driven to drink after Johanna was murdered and he lost sight of his daughter). Also, Castle was the ONLY man that she ever wanted to marry. “One and done” was important to HER, not just the viewers. That’s partly why she waited so long, until she was mentally in a good place, to be with Castle - because HE was her one and done. The entire damn series has been about how their love is the kind of stuff you read about in fairy tales, and now that’s been made redundant. Yes, there’s no doubt they’ll move past this and that it won’t matter to them (though the insensitive jokes throughout the entire episode? Really, Castle?) especially because of the car crash. But it infringes on a huge part of her personality. That’s why - though I admittedly didn’t like it - Castle’s proposal was SO symbolic. He knows she’s a “one and done” kind of girl, has known since their second case together. It has always been a huge part of her and influences her relationships.

Nobody is saying that Kate Beckett’s character has been irrevocably destroyed. She is so much more than romance storylines - she’s a rare positive representation of women, and for mental health (eg Killshot) who isn’t surrounded by patriarchal/hegemonic ideology. It just shows that the show runners don’t truly understand their characters as well as they think they do - there’s been way too many OOC actions in the past 2 seasons to even ignore it - and that they’ve created a flaw within her that isn’t necessary. They’ve damaged PARTS of her character development. Not ALL.

Not liking the 'Beckett’s already married’ storyline doesn’t make anyone sexist. What’s sexist is Andrew Marlowe’s reason for it - because (not that she even does) God forbid a woman have any form of moral high ground over a man. Because they were NEVER unequal. They did NOT need to 'bring her down a notch’ because (again, paraphrasing Andrew Marlowe this time) she always looks down on Castle’s love life in the past (the dude has been married twice, and it’s not like he doesn’t joke about it, c'mon). Kate already knew that Castle’s marriages/flings/whatever (and it’s not as though she hides the fact that she’s enjoyed flings etc too) were in the past, just as hers, and that what they have ultimately surpasses all of that - as signified by Martha presenting her with the earrings, telling her that only “women of substance” have worn them.

I’m not telling you to agree with me. The LAST thing I would ever do is want to take away anyone’s enjoyment of an episode because of my own personal interpretation to it. What I’m trying to explain here is that fans have a RIGHT to be upset about the trope, just as people have the right to enjoy it. Stop. Attacking. Others. For. Having. Critical. Opinions.

Enjoying something? Doesn’t make you better than the ones who didn’t, and vice versa.

anonymous asked:

I've seen speculation about possibly happy things for Olicity by the finale. Maybe I'm a bit of a sceptic because as much as I love them, I'm not totally bought into sunsets and wedding bells. I just want a good story. I respect your outlook on shipping and remaining levelheaded and positive. I was wondering 1) how you think the season will end for Olicity 2) how you want it to and 3) what the fandom should do to recover if things don't turn out all roses and candlelight by the end. Thanks!!!!

I’m all about good story, Anon, and I don’t know.  I mean… what are people expecting exactly when you say “roses and candlelight”?  Obviously Arrow is coming back for another season, so it’s not like it’s the Mentalist giving Jane and Lisbon a big fluffy wedding, a baby, and wrapping things up forever before it fades to black.

I don’t think Arrow is going to end on a bad note for anything, really, at the finale.  That really isn’t their style. Look at how Season 1 and 2 ended.  They drew to a close on nice beats, wrapped up the season-long drama, and faded off to hiatus with a feeling of story closure and contentment with viewers ready to come back for a new season, a new story, a new chapter.

Do I think Oliver and Felicity are going to get married in the Chapel of Love, swearing their undying devotion to each other, and ride off in a car dragging tin cans with a “Just Married” sign on to have a honeymoon at Niagra Falls and make babies?  No.  Then again, I don’t think that’s what people are expecting at the end of this season either.  But I don’t think they’re going to leave Oliver and Felicity off in some weird bad spot either, especially when the writers/executives have said the ending of this season is like the end of a trilogy.  I expect Oliver & Felicity to be left off in a spot that allows their relationship to continue to grow, organically, next season without making huge leaps and jumps that advances them too quickly.  Slow and steady.  Slow-burn.  If you’re going to keep it, you gotta build it to last.

I fully expect more Ocean’s 11 style screwery going on before this season is over like they did the other ep with the whole dead-not-dead fake out con for a couple of reasons:

1. It’s sweeps & they want to shock you

2. It’s the finale 3 episodes

3. It’s Oliver and Felicity. I mean… seriously.  Look at what they’ve done all season long with Oliver and Felicity.  This is building to something somewhere.  And I don’t believe they’re going to leave it hanging in some unknown suspended status going into hiatus.

4. It’s sweeps.  Did I mention it’s sweeps?  Cause it’s sweeps.  Everything about these episodes will be about getting ratings, making your watch, and money, money, money.  Money!

But you know what I’m remembering?  I’m remembering what was going on in the fandom this time last season.  Do you remember that?  People (and I absolutely mean no offense by this to anyone) were all panicked that Slade was going to corrupt Oliver.  Felicity was going to betray Oliver!  Felicity was going to do something so horrible and evil to Oliver because Slade got to her that Oliver would be disgusted by her, turn on her, reject her, and the show was going to ruin the Oliver/Felicity relationship forever!  …remember that?  Look how that turned out.  Remember how Oliver’s “I love you” and following Olicity beach scene (You really sold it/We both did) was *all* anybody could talk about during hiatus? Did he mean it?  Did he not?  Etc.  Look where it led us in Season 3.

I am a total angst whore.  I come from soapdom.  I’m used to twists and turns and dark and bad things happening after bad things and usually I loved it!  Drama, conflict, and things getting worse and worse before they get better make for story you want to tune back into each day.  TV has one job for me: Entertain me.

That said, Arrow needs to end this season on a strong note (and with hope) for a couple of reasons.

1. You want to sell DVDs.  Give me a reason to buy DVDs, thecwarrow & warnerbrostv.  Because as of right now, you have me tempted (especially with the Oliver/Felicity storyline so far) but on a whole, I still haven’t pre-ordered my copy.  I think about it.  I’ve gone to look at it a few times and hovered my mouse over that 1-Click Buying option… but I’m waiting to see how that finale pans out before I plunk down $45 for a bluray set on a show that failed to give me:

  • Consistent Original Team Arrow Interaction (Oliver/Felicity/Diggle)
  • Consistent Oliver/Felicity interaction
  • Olicity stunts
  • Enough episodes I want to watch more than once. Now, granted, I got Felicity’s mom, Olicity ILYs, Olicity’s first love scene… but I can buy those handful of episodes individually (already have, in fact).

I need a reason to buy the DVDs.  A good season ending gives me that reason.

2. You want people talking during the hiatus to keep the Arrow buzz up and keep Arrow fresh in people’s minds until the show returns for Season 4 in October 2015.  That’s a long time away, and frankly, you’re not gonna get 5 months of buzz if you don’t end the show with something for your most vocal fans to oooh and aah and speculate over.

3. You want people to come back for Season 4.  There’s no doubt that this season has been Love It or Hate It for people.  Lots of debate about lots of things.  You need to end strong to make viewers WANT to come back for Season 4.  That means you have to end Arrow Season 3 in a way that makes it unforgettable, not ho-hum.

As for how to deal with disappointed expectations, I find the easiest way is this: Don’t have any. 

Look, we all have things we can have fun speculating and What If-ing, that’s half the fun.  But I find it best to keep one foot on the ground and realize things might not go that way.  It’s nice to hope and dream and everything and be excited but I’m not one of those people that say, “If it doesn’t happen this way I’m going to hate it!”  Sometimes I can’t see the forest through the trees in stories (Arrow’s been that way a lot for me this year, so I have a hard time deciding how I feel toward just about everything), so I sit and I watch and I wait to see how things shake out before I decide. 

I love speculating but I don’t get crushed when that speculation doesn’t come true either.  It’s all about balance.

Also, I think sometimes people overreact to other people’s speculation.  They’re just having fun.  They want something to talk about, laugh about, look forward to, and enjoy.  Often, they’re just amusing themselves between episodes.  Some people just love to spec and, come the next ep, they’ll start all over again with brand new theories now that more information has been added.  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but for some reason, others feel like they have to stomp into the party to start flipping tables and popping balloons and bring everybody down like it’s a bad thing to be having fun.  Everybody watches in their own way and that’s okay.

I think, especially going into the final 3 episodes it’s important to remember that these are the final 3 episodes (and sweeps!) so they’re going to pull out all the stops to get you worried, talking, and watching.  But it’s also the final 3 episodes.  Watch.  Wait.  Give that finale time to play out and the season end before jumping to conclusions about how something is going to end.  We only have 3 weeks left.  Don’t knee-jerk to every teaser, spoiler, article, etc., and don’t pre-judge or let people get you all worked up. 

Let it play out & then decide.

Me?  I’ll probably need a few days after the finale ep to decide what I think.  Sometimes I need to let it all percolate before I even understand what I understand.

Take it from Elsa...

Originally posted by h3ffalump

Today I want to talk about… how to take care of yourself as a fangirl. 

Becoming a fan of a show/book/movie/etc is a very involved process. When you’re fully immersed in fandom, it takes up a lot of your time, your attention, your heart, your creativity… it opens doors to friendship and community and so much entertainment, beyond the canon that inspired it to begin with. Fandom is also addictive. It becomes habit and hobby and obsession all rolled into one fabulous package. I love fandom, don’t you? 

But there’s a dark side, as there is with almost everything. And this happens when a show (or whatever) does something you don’t like. 

Now, I’m not going to tell people what they should do. Only you know what you should do.  But if you’re looking for advice (and some people have asked me about this), then I’ll tell you how I approach it, how experience has taught me to protect myself within the fandom experience. Yes, you heard me. Experience. I’ve been down the “disappointed by this fandom” road before. 

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