i figured there were some interesting parallel stuff with these two anyway

destielisgonnabecanon  asked:

hey there, i'm writing an essay about how destiel is real for a friend of mine and I was wondering what you think the most important pieces of meta that i should put in? can you recommend anything?

Hi - wow, that’s some dedication. All I did for my friends was send them some links - and, on one memorable occasion, I spent one entire 30 minutes conversation occasionally glancing at my (female&blinded by heteronormativity) friend’s lips instead of looking at her eyes, and by the end of it she was uncomfortable af and half convinced I was into her, and that’s when I presented her with a list of gifsets like -

- and basically dropped my mic and sashayed out.

(Man, I wish my hair was long enough to be flicked back.)

She changed her mind after that, by the way. And it’s really weird how most behaviours and gestures are used on screen precisely because we understand them as human things we all do on a deep level, and yet we’re suddenly unable to figure out what they mean if they’re not about a man and a woman. Uh.

(That applies to me as well, by the way. We see what we know about, not what is actually there, and that’s just inevitable - but can be unlearned, with some patience and many, many mistakes.)

Anyway, here are a bunch of things - I hope they’re useful.


Also, the entire S8, which was basically a demented Jane Eyre AU, and the entire S11, because, again, that Amara thing didn’t make sense without Destiel subtext, and finally @deanswingsbothways’ drunken rant (spoiler: contains the line “Destiel is not a story we are telling each other. Destiel is a story we are being told.” and bless).

You should also consider pimping your essay a bit, because there are a lot of posts and gifsets about how Destiel is regularly paralleled with canon couples on Supernatural, or follows the same rules as romantic relationships in movies. Here’s a bunch of them: Destiel and Sam/JessDestiel vs Dean/AnnaDestiel vs Sam/Amelia, Destiel vs David/VioletDestiel and Spuffy, Destiel and Clexa, Destiel and Phoebe/ColeDestiel vs Charlie/Gilda, Destiel vs every other couple on SupernaturalDestiel and Lucifer having funDestiel and romantic movies, Destiel and the Doctor, Destiel and Belle/Rumplestiltskin, Destiel and Tangled, Destiel and Saileen, and, of course, the beautiful and despairing trainwreck that was Repo Man.

And finally, there was that one time I went crazy and spent an entire weekend mapping every single love trope they’ve ever used around those two idiots in love, because I was just that fed up and the thing’s there, okay, and the more they say it’s not the more layers of tropes and mirrors and longing glances and narrative parallels they keep slathering on top of this thing, so, whatever and who even knows. At this point, you’re free to say it’ll never go canon because they’re homophobic or assume their audience is homophobic, and you’re free to say it’ll never go canon because of internal narrative reasons (God knows both Dean and Cas are never going to believe they’re actually good enough for each other), but to say there’s nothing there at all - that’s beyond whatever.

Anyway, my post is here, and these were the final conclusions:

As you may have guessed, this is something I’m sort of interested in - I came for the monsters and started to reblog stuff out of spite when I realized I was being treated like a crazy fangirl who sees love everywhere because women (right). If you’re looking for more sugary goodness, I tag stuff as destiel, spn meta (my own opinions), awesome meta (other people’s opinions), love tropes and parallels, and you can also have a look at some excellent meta writers who have eyes and therefore see Destiel and sometimes discuss it - people like @elizabethrobertajones​, @grey2510​, @tinkdw​, @bluestar86​, @mittensmorgul​, @floralmotif​, @k-vichan, @treefrogie84, @thevioletcaptain or @postmodernmulticoloredcloak (and I know I’m forgetting someone - that’s what sleeping four hours does to you, sorry). So, again - I know this post is a bit ‘join our cult’ (which is what you asked for, but still), but really - what I like about this fandom is that we can talk about stuff and we can disagree about stuff and still be friends, but this new idea currently spreading in the real world like wildfire - that not only you can have your own opinions (totally legit), but you can also have your own facts - nope. I hope your friend reads your essay (you’re welcome to share it, by the way) and sees that yes, there’s objectively something going on. If they still don’t, the final test is, “What if Cas were a woman? Would you see it then?” 

(And we all know the answer to that question, don’t we?)

Seriously, good luck.


EDIT - More great meta

( @destielisgonnabecanon - you’re welcome! Go win that bet! 😁)

The Schubert Problem

This is the first in a little two-part sequence about the history of the Schubert calculus. I like this story a lot because it highlights the really human aspect of doing math, and gives lie to the myth that good mathematics only comes from rigorous logical reasoning. Both of these posts are intended to be roughly independent and nontechnical (with the second one, admittedly, a bit more detail-oriented than the first).

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If you study some of the more geometric aspects of math, you at some point start to encounter a lot of objects having the name ‘Schubert’ attached to them: Schubert varieties, Schubert classes, Schubert polynomials. So who was Schubert, anyway?

Hermann Schubert was a German mathematician who worked in the mid-to-late 1800s. Note that he is not Franz Schubert, the famous Classical composer; instead he was a high-school teacher. Although not a member of the university system, he was an active researcher, working in a particularly combinatorial corner of algebraic geometry.

The trouble started when Schubert was trying to answer questions like the following:

Fix four lines in three-dimensional space, no two of which are parallel or intersecting. How many lines intersect all four of them?

If you’re anything like me, you say: there’s no way that’s enough information to give an answer, or even if it is, there’s no way the answer is anything interesting. But in fact, a miracle occurs. Not only is there an answer, but the answer is always the same: there are exactly two such lines!

Schubert was part of a group of people who were interested in answering these questions, and he figured out a brilliant way to do it. You could presumably figure this out by some very long and arduous computations with coordinates, but that’s not what Schubert did. For instance, this is how Schubert solved the problem above:

Let’s solve an easier problem: suppose that there are two pairs of intersecting lines in three-dimensional space, no two of which are parallel. Now, there is one obvious line that meets all four of the others: passing between the two points of intersection. A second line can be constructed as follows: each pair of intersecting lines spans a plane, so take the two planes defined by each pair, and they intersect in a line: that line meets all four of the others.

Now, pick one of the pairs of lines, and pull them apart (slowly?). By continuity considerations, there will still be two lines that intersect all four of them. And then do the same for the other pair and of course there will still be two lines that intersect all four, by conservation of number.

The first time you see this, you may not find this argument very convincing.

Well, turns out nobody else did either.

They said “now, wait just a second here, Schubes. What are these continuity considerations you’re talking about? What’s this whole conservation of number thing?” And Schubert was like “I dunno.”. And the math community said “What do you mean, you don’t know? You don’t have a proof?”. And he was like “Nah man, I don’t have a proof. I have the answer. Deal with it.”.

And they did deal with it. They had to, because he kept solving problems and he kept using these totally wonky methods and he kept getting the right answers. The thing that makes this story really weird is: lots of other people tried to get on this bandwagon, and tons of other people just couldn’t do it. They would do this whole simplifying assumption and try to do this whole “conservation of number” thing and they would just get completely wrong answers.

Eventually, the situation got so ridiculous that in 1900, David Hilbert wrote this as the 15th problem on his famous list:

The problem consists in this: To establish rigorously and with an exact determination of the limits of their validity those geometrical numbers which Schubert especially has determined on the basis of the so-called principle of special position, or conservation of number, by means of the enumerative calculus developed by him.

You can practically feel the frustration seeping out of these words, 117 years later.

Wikipedia lists this question as “partially resolved”. What is meant by this is, to this day, we still don’t really know what “conservation of number” actually means. Phrasing it in Hilbert’s language, we don’t understand the “limits of its validity”. However, in the end, people did figure out a way to do these computations rigorously, and so research interest in figuring out exactly where “number is conserved” has by and large died out.

I’ve already written a little bit about the technical tools which make this possible, but in the next post I’d like to talk about a high-level picture, and an “intermediate step” that I’d never really understood before.

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A Korrasami Analyses Part 1

I’m not the best at analyses, but let’s give it a shot! Anyway, this is about the pictured hug and Korra and Asami’s feelings for one another, particularly in season 3 (as their feelings are made pretty obvious in season 4, but I’ll still cover it in a part 2).

To start off with, I mentioned in an older post that this hug was pretty awkward and I feel I am right on that point. Not to mention this hug seems to get dismissed quite a bit and never looked at in detail, so I’m going to rectify that.

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Not anymore

Peter Hayes

Tease, light smut

Fandom: Divergent

Request: “If this is ok, could you please do a Peter from divergent smut where you’re not doing well in dauntless initiation so you practice punching and stuff while everyone’s asleep. Then Peter finds you and thinks your really attractive and he can’t keep his hands of you etc. ending in smut? ;) Thanks!”

Word count: 740

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anonymous asked:

Just read a interview with Tasya. I think she answered mostly about what we know in the end of season 4 and not much about what she knows about season 5. But she made me think about loyalties. If faced with that choice, do you think Bellamy and Echo will be loyal to each other or will they be loyal to their people? After 6 years, the spacekru will see each other like family but at the same time, Tasya said "you can take the girl outta Azgeda, but you can’t take the Azgeda out of the girl"

I finally got to read it. I liked what Tasya said despite that reviewer being totally biased shipper trash. I actually had to go and read some of her other reviews to make sure I was seeing what I saw, and the Tasya interview was actually LESS biased than her review of the whole season which totally misunderstood the show, the characters, the themes and the story. So exhausting. Anyway. Interestingly, Tasya’s defense of The 100 is the opposite of what this fawning fangirl writer says about The 100 when she tears it down.

Tasya however says some really interesting stuff that gives insight into Echo.

TT: I felt that people started seeing her differently this past year. Some saw beyond the warrior mask right away, and others are still warming up to her. Throughout season four, her armor starts to break, and beneath it is this vulnerable child who’s lost everything. She has to rebuild her world all over again, and deal with the trauma of the past.

At the end of the day, Echo isn’t inherently evil, she was trained to do one thing: protect Azgeda. Azgeda is a pretty brutal clan, so to survive, Echo cuts emotion out and focuses solely on strategy and execution (no pun intended). Part of humanizing Echo, as villainous as she was at the top of the season, was trying to figure out who she would be in today’s society. Along with my coach, we began looking at child soldiers and young terrorists. The stories of these kids really break my heart. Many were stolen from their families, and conditioned to behave a certain way. Finding Echo’s broken heart, and understanding that she must have been brutalized as a child, helped me bring her adult story to life.

Hopefully season five invites the audience to get to know a different side of Echo. But like they say, you can take the girl outta Azgeda, but you can’t take the Azgeda out of the girl. She’ll definitely retain her badass side that makes me love her so much. 

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Growing up without a family in a ruthless environment, Echo was put into training almost immediately. She lost her childhood to combat training, which hardened her, but it also cultivated this cool, capable badass we met in season four, and saw a glimpse of in season two. Azgeda would be a scary place for any orphan, even those who were training as assassins. Little Echo was conditioned to be ruthless. She had to protect herself from a variety of threats at every corner, never having a safe haven to call home. So it follows that she latched on to Queen Nia pretty tightly when Nia noticed her. By promoting Echo into the royal guard, Echo suddenly had status, protection, and a purpose. That was the closest thing to a family she ever knew. How sad is that? But her fear of abandonment, and her incapacity to trust others easily, are scars from her childhood that never leave her, which we see her struggle with in season four. She’s terrified of losing her “family,” and will go to great lengths to protect her kin.

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Reuniting with the ground is troubling for Echo. Octavia greatly threatens Echo’s assumed trust in her new ‘space family’. Loyalties will be tested once again at this terrifyingly awkward family reunion. How much Bellamy decides to trust or defend Echo is up to the writers. My hope is that Echo has finally found a home, and some friends. 

So while the interviewer keeps pushing Becho (again and again) Tasya is like ‘oh i love your enthusiasm’ and turns back to Echo as a wounded, orphaned child soldier who is searching for home and family. 

WHICH IS AN INTERESTING STORY. And one we don’t talk about enough because we want everything to be about shipping. 

What I’ve been thinking is that Echo turns her alliance from her King/Queen onto Bellamy as her leader and savior. What I’ve been hearing from JR and Bob and now Tasya is issues of family, parallels with Octavia, almost a father-child role, which is NOT shipping. It’s more that king/knight thing going on. 

If we can look at Echo and Bellamy’s relationship, and Echo’s character development along these lines, instead of shipping, either for or against, what we have is a good developing story that gives us a lot more room for narrative growth and conflict and redemption in season 5 than another ship or even a romantic triangle or jealousy or whatever. What WILL happen when Echo is faced with her Azgeda people coming out of the bunker, and her loyalty to her new king and family is tested. What will happen when confronted with the Queen of those people, Octavia, whom she’s replaced as Bellamy’s family? oh. wow. That’s a story. Y’all ask me about that one, not the B/xcho stuff.

But nope. Interviewer wants to keep her shipgoggles. Sorry you guys. You know I have problems with shipgoggles and I really get angry at professional reviewers who present their biases as objective analysis. 

Just because someone says something is an analysis, does not mean that their interpretation and hypothesis are correct. If I read the whole thing going “but that’s not how…” “but the other character…” “but that didn’t happen…” “but what about…?” “but… but… but..” then I don’t consider that a good analysis. 

fine. i wasn’t going to link back to the horrible reviewer but in the interest of letting you read for yourself. [x]  Add her to the list of bad professional reviewers I don’t respect. 

anonymous asked:

Kaito's FTEs have him claim a lot of crazy stuff happened to him e.g. pirate treasure, etc. Do you think he's lying about those stories, and do you think that back-story was meant to be a parallel to Ouma's tendency to lie as well? Kaito hates Ouma and his lies, but has lies of his own that he sees as harmless/exciting and thus okay?

I think he’s… uh, embellishing might be the word. Momota is nothing if not someone who loves embracing the hero role, and his FTEs highlight that pretty well. I definitely think his embellished, very shounen-esque stories are meant to parallel Ouma’s tendency to lie–although it’s ironic, since Ouma actually doesn’t talk much about his backstory at all, whereas Momota gives a super exaggerated version of his own.

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The Most Amazing Thing

Upon arrival at S.T.A.R. Labs, you realize that Team Flash is a little different than what you expected.

A/N: hey!! it’s so funny to me that the first part of this series has like 7 notes, then the second has like 49 lol. we’ll see how this trend goes!! this is kind of a necessary transition ‘chapter’, so to speak. the next installment should have some romance (4 parts in to this flash fic lmao…gotta love a slow burn). my ask is always open so if you like the series, shoot me some comments/questions/etc!! sorry if you’re athletic and some of this doesn’t apply to you but the dialogue was too funny not to write.

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Thoughts about Kaguya Otsutsuki + theories.

Okay, so I said I will be giving my insight on Kaguya Otsutsuki’s newest appearance in the recent chapter.

First of all, I will start with her appearance.

As we can all see, she looks like one hell of a badass lady! And she was. Recently, it seems that Kishi has a thing for making females powerful badasses. Props to you, Kish! In the end, the most powerful being in this manga was/is none other than a woman, haha.

But anyway, skipping that part, let’s come down to other stuff. From the asks you guys left in my inbox and from what I already saw from myself, many people linked Kaguya Otsutsukis with the Hyugas. While I am not denying the possibility, to me, given how Hyugas weren’t put in a spotlight in regards to all these connections, it has no relevance. However, that’s just me. So let’s continue with that I think, haha.

First of all, I want to say that these types of eyes aren’t exclusive for only the Hyuugas. Let’s remember another highly important figure in Narutoverse who had these types of eyes.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s none other than The Uzumaki Empress [like I like to call her], herself!

Not that I have anything against Kaguya being linked to Hyugas, far from me, however, her characteristics don’t speak to me in that direction. They do more, on this one.

Also, Mito has the same dignified figure as Kaguya herself, as we can see.

Everything, absolutely everything about Kaguya reminds me of none other than Mito Uzumaki. Her apparent mannerisms, her dignified air, this sternness they both seem to indicate, all, absolutely all of this leads me to believe that if there is any connection, it’s between these two ladies.

Also, like we just found out, Kaguya had two sons and Uzumakis are distant relatives of the Senju, which only means that, as we all wondered, the descendant of the Uzumakis is none other than the other son of Kaguya’s. As we can see, Kaguya has some signs on her forehead as well. We are not sure if they are seals or not, but it might be, given how both Hagoromo and his brother are referred to have sealed the Juubi inside them. They ought have known these techniques from someone and I wonder, from who other than their own mother?! Also, another proof is how, within the Uzumaki clan, the female members seem to hold a high spotlight. Yes, we also have Naruto and another unknown member of their clan, however, the figures of impact when it comes to Uzumaki are none other than the female members: Mito, Kushina, Karin and while half of it, Tsunade too and last but not least, with a connection, Sakura, who, by herself managed to master one of the hardest Uzumaki seals known to NV: The Byakugo seal. 

Speaking of which, let’s continue further with a slight connection I have seen myslef.

I will bring 3 images into ecuation:

I have theorized many times on this, but my theory lately seems to be getting a lot of contour. 

First of all, I am almost sure that the Dead Reaper Seal is none other than Kaguya herself. If you look, both Kaguya and the DRS have those two things in their forehead that look like big pimples, lol.

As we know, the DRS ends all life by using a knife with which he cuts the soul from the body. It basically ends your life, no matter how strong you are. Hagoromo referred to his mother in today’s chapter as being stronger than anyone. I think this is no coincidence given the fact that DRS is one of the most feared sealing techniques in NV.

However, seeing the latest particularities, these things can only lead me to Sakura. Not only Kaguya is eerily similar to Mito, which Sakura parallels in a way, however, seeing as how she seems to be reincarnated to speak like this, in the DRS, and seeing that knife the DRS uses, this can only lead me to believe that there is some sort of parallelism between her and Sakura and we will soon know exactly what.

As a further proof on this, stands also, Hagoromo’s words: “People used to call my mother The Rabbit Goddess or the Demon”.

With the Demon, I think I was clear enough with the connection, however, let’s refer also to that other part also: The Rabbit Goddess.

As we all know, the Rabbit Goddess makes clear reference to Kaguya’s name, but what people also might not know is that Princess Kaguya and Konohana Sakuya-hime are said to might be one and the same given that both of them were referred for their beauty. 

Hagoromo said to Naruto that it doesn’t matter from where his mother came from, but I think we all know it and suspect it: his mother came from the moon, as the tale of Kaguya-hime tells us that she is sent from the Heaven to earth because she has stolen the medicine of immortality. Doesn’t it medicine + immortality right you something?! To me it screams Mito Uzumaki, Tsunade and Sakura. 

Also, what’s interesting about Sakura’s name is that the word Sakura is said to be derived from Konohana no Sakuya-hime.

Konohana no Sakuya hime was used to indicate “the goddess that is beautiful as much as when that flower on the tree blooms”. 

In Naruto we all know which tree and what flower we’re talking about. And as it seems, the tree and its flower is in high connection with the moon itself, therefore, establishing a slight connection with Sakura since well:

1. Sakura’s name is a flower.

2. Sakura’s DB says at a certain point that Sakura blooms on the battlefield.

3. Canonically, people may want it or not, Sakura has been called beautiful.

4. As we know, the flower is said to be going to put everyone into a big genjutsu via the moon. Well, someone has to break that genjutsu. Who was very-well known for her genjutsu aptitude and who, at the age of 12, broke a high-level genjutsu?!

Yup, all these lead, indeed, to none other than Sakura.

Now, to pin-point exactly what it will be, what techniques or relevance, she might get, I can’t.

However, with all these references, I am more than sure that it’s connected to Sakura and the fact that she, as a civilian, was able to master high Uzumaki fuuinjutsu which in the story, seems to be connected to none other than Kaguya Otsutsuki herself.

With that being said, that’s what I wanted to say in regards to Kaguya Otsutsuki and my theory on how Sakura might be relevant in all this.

Hope you enjoyed! ^_^

Yours truly,

Chatte.

PS: This theory is connected with another one which can also connect with a possible Slug Sage Mode for Sakura, via Kaguya Otsutsuki and Kimmimaro Kaguya.

anonymous asked:

Hi do you know any canon Larry fics? Don't worry if you don't know any! :) x

hi darling!  i do!  i hope this list is sufficient!

okay, so one of the first fics in this fandom i ever read was bravery by @andthensusays and she hooked me.  it’s her fault.  she has some other ficlets that are also canon compliant, if i remember correctly, but all her stuff is wonderful.

between me and you is a sort of cute headcanon ficlet by @stylesforstiles.  it’s cute and i just really love it.

these next two are…kinda canon compliant.  it’s hard to explain, but i think they are both similar in a way.  they are kinda…parallel universe canon compliant future fic?  or at least.  they were when they were written.  but yeah.  so they kinda straddle the line of canon compliant and au, if that makes sense.  the first is and then a bit by @infinitelymint and the other is burn to ash by @bethaboolou.  they are very different from each other but both are fantastic and just.  read them if you haven’t already.

it’s just that it’s delicate is sooooooo adorable!  it’s the fluffiest x factor fic ever and i just.  i love it very much a lot.  

every arrow that i aim is true is kinda another one of those canon compliant future fics?  it’s super cute and takes place during a break in the band…or after the band breaks up (i’m the worst at remembering details), but yeah.  it’s great.

like you’ve been here before is another canon compliant future fic and it takes place years after the band had ended and is focused on the boys writing the true story of one direction.  it’s a good read for sure.

always in my heart by @tellmethisisnotlove is one of those fics that is canon compliant but not at the same time.  it’s canon compliant but under the condition that h&l broke up, if that makes sense.  it is heart wrenching and gorgeous and yeah.  for sure read it.

for a foreseen invocation this one is also canon compliant but has the boys breaking up before tmh and having to still be in the band together despite that and it’s just…sorry i’m tired and at a loss of words but it’s super awesome or i wouldn’t have bookmarked it!  haha

your hand in mine DON’T THINK TWICE JUST READ THIS IT IS THE FLUFFIEST OF FLUFF AND YOU CAN’T HELP BUT BE FILLED WITH WARM FUZZIES AFTERWARDS JUST DO IT!

speaking of fluff, check out everything by @fuzzypurplestuff because almost all of their stuff is canon compliant and is just fantastic.  their ao3 is found here.  another person with a good amount of canon compliant fic is @ashavahishta and their fics can be found here.

so this one is complicated.  midnight dancers is sooooo great and it is also kinda canon compliant…they tagged it as alt-canon and i like that.  that’s what a lot of these are…but anyway, it has multiple endings that you can choose between and it’s just…really good.  hard to explain but i love it.  it kinda pits tomlinshaw against larry and…it’s so well done.  

the things there might be pictures of series by @andyouknowitis is super fantastic.  it’s mostly canon compliant future fic with a bit of a twist, but it’s wonderful.  absolutely.  lj has an incredible gift with words and makes you just want to live with those characters.  highly recommend this series!

like a timebomb ticking is another fic by @infinitelymint and just.  if you need a good cry with a happy ending then do this one.  this fic is one of those fics that changed my life?  like…it’s amazingly well done and just…yeah.  it’s canon compiant future fic again and just.  yeah.  beautiful.

this crown of thorns is an incredible fic that is deep and not as fluffy and fun as some of the others on here.  it is a really interesting character study of how their situation could actually be affecting the boys, harry in particular, and it’s incredibly well done.

to the ends of the earth by @stylinsoncity is another that could be considered alt-canon and it’s gorgeous.  listen to the playlist while reading too, i promise you won’t regret it.  i call it the idaho fic, and you’ll easily figure out why.

let’s take the world by storm is the canon compliant kink exploration fic you never even knew you needed but you really REALLY do.

and if this ridiculous list isn’t enough for you, @allthelarryfics has a list of canon compliant fics for you here!  i hope this helps and sorry it got so long…i didn’t realize i had so many in my bookmarks that fit the canon compliant factor haha

The Last Mabelcorn Analysis

OK, wow. Just wow. This episode just blew me away, in like, so many ways. The Last Mabelcorn was so great, but one thing that interested me was that the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it raised as many questions as it answered. And I mean, I know most GF episodes do that, but you’d think one with mostly backstory would do more answering than questioning. But nope! I thought of so many questions, and then some people pointed out other things! So here, I felt like writing an analysis on the episode. Hope you don’t mind if it’s not usually the sort of thing I post on this blog- I couldn’t resist.

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Alright so everybody wants to know what I think about Beth surviving that shot to the head. So let me be clear. I’m on the fence. I fell in love with Beth when Daryl did ok. So I really cannot subject myself to that kind of heartbreak again. With that said, I think most of the theories floating around are awesome and I’m admiring them from a safe distance. It’s hard to believe she might still be alive after what we saw. It wasn’t just a bullet graze. It was full on in the head, shown up close and personal. And they carried her body out. Prepare to read a novel now.

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GM Goodbye (aka Ilha Das Flores) teasers

Gah writing a teaser post is hard bc I want to give you guys stuff but I don’t want to give away too much, it’s a hard line to toe. But anyways, here we go:

Jacobs’ pre-show talk: basically he explains what the game changer is and said how last week (Sweet Sixteen) we saw how the girls had life all figured out. I forget the exact wording but it was all tongue in cheek (and I believe the audience chuckled) because clearly the girls don’t actually have it figured out. Anyway, his talk basically set up context for the current episode (and imo hinted at the GMW kids as unreliable narrators stuff). Robert, the audience guy, told us the episode was the season finale.

Okay so the episode….this is gonna be a little disjointed since I only have my phone and I can’t remember all I wrote the first time when my draft didn’t save, but here we go:

-When life altering circumstances head our way, how do we react? What do we prioritize? And what do we fight for (or not) against the change? And for some people, does pressure turn them into diamonds or dust? Sweet Sixteen introduced the big surprise and now IDF/GB sees how the kids and adults react to it.

-What happened to the *original* core 4 (ot3 + someone else/not Lucas)? And could it happen again?

-Belgium 1831 (I nearly flipped when I walked into the studio and saw it already on the board!). Yes, we *finally* learn about it…..but with a twist. Learning about it and having it actually applied to the kids are two very different things….

-Farkle doesn’t explode, but it seems like there is a lot of stuff internally going on, so s4 should be interesting for him.

-How are important decisions made? This is a big theme in the episode. Cory brings it up and the kids discuss it in history class. Uncle Eric, voice of reason, comes through with this one in the following scene, and hint….it’s not by nature. Let’s just say this episode really hints at how wruh the kids were in SL. (And yes, Eric’s way is definitely right, the decision made in this episode proves that)

-Ava and Auggie are in husband/wife mode (vs focusing on their friendship aspect like in GMHS2) throughout the whole episode so I think it’s veryyyyy interesting that Ava and Farkle share a direct dialogue parallel 👀

-Everyone needs a bay window

-Since it’s already out there, yes there is a Markle cheek kiss (Maya initiated) it’s cute af. I love their friendship so much

-Speaking of sweet friendship moments, Riley and Zay get one, as do Riley and Smackle.

-Smarkle has some interesting dialogue at Topanga’s that made me 👀🤔 but I need to see the final cut because their facial expressions during it are gonna be important

-Josh shows up for like a hot second to sit with the clique 6 (asks to join them at Topanga’s) and Maya says like one line about him to Riley. I have no idea where the exaggerated/false Joshaya rumors came from, but Josh’s role is minimal in this episode.

-I don’t need to say too much since I’ve already covered it, but yes Rilucas basically break up but it’s ambiguous if they ever get back together once circumstances change back (oh man, there’s a certain BMW episode I can’t wait to be gif-ed for #spotthedifference)

-Brave New World flashback

-Farkle vs Lucas….spot the damn difference!!

-emotional Rilaya done in one take.

-so many hugs of various characters! Can’t wait to see the final cut for them!

-Okay so the BMW reunion. Essentially, Jacobs gives us the ultimate wish list (obviously not everything but a lot of the big ones). Shawn & Turner. Morgan x 2. Riley and her grandparents. Eric and his parents. Harley. Stuart. Feeny at the Matthews’!! And then the show basically indicated this (BMW stuff) is over. It’s a revolution and the BMW characters get their moments and/or better endings, now it’s time for GMW characters to make the world their own (and presumably break out of the BMW direct parallels they’re incorrectly boxed into). Bring on s4 please!

I’ll finish this off with 10 out of context quotes to hopefully hold y'all over:

-“History is history” “Let them rewrite history”

-“What about artificial intelligence??”

-“What about the fury of a woman scorned?”

-“I taught you that!”

-“Will you hold your Topanga horses!?”

-“I know emotions now!”

-“Ahhhhhhhh!!!!”

-“From now on, when people ask who my first girlfriend was, I’ll always say Riley Matthews”

-“Bay window right now”

-“….Not yet”

Politics in LOK: A Follow-up Discussion

I received some musings from an LOK fan “LadyNightingaleSong” directed at A^3’s Political Analysis of LOK (go read that if you haven’t!). The following is a political discussion between Robin, A^3, and myself. It’s long but hopefully thought-provoking? Anyway, enjoy!


LadyNightingaleSong:

Considering that your essay deals with the political ideologies the Korra antagonists uphold, are relentlessly trying to impose and how their personal backgrounds justify/molded their views; wouldn’t it be worth discussing Suyin Beifong’s matriarchy, especially since it holds the key to many of the aspects of Kuvira’s political stances? While I agree with the essay in general -and by the way, A^3, it is straightforward genius-, I felt that the way Bryke explained Kuvira by a bizarre combination of Suyin’s guarded comments and her orphan status was insufficient.

Also, is it possible to re-label Suyin as an “enlightened despot” rather than a matriarch?

We are shown that other than her command, nothing like a council or a similar political body participates in the exercise of power; Aiwei and guard captain Kuvira respond to no one else but her. She invests greatly in creative outlets, or avenues where creativity may greatly contribute to the prosperity of Zaofu; she even receives refugees and encourages them to pursue their own potential, and this will not only benefit their rehabilitation, but add more to the glory of her city… and considering who envisioned, bought the land to built the place and supervises the continuity of it, it can be safe to say that it is also for the fortune and glory of Suyin Beifong herself.

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Wy’s Current Reads

So I just cleared my tabs out a week or two ago so I could actually open a bunch of stuff to write a school paper and I wouldn’t have to scroll over through fifty tabs to get there. And since they were all fic I figured I’d do a post about all the stuff I’ve read in the last… three months ish.

They continue to be all Steve/Bucky I believe, and a lot of them were pulled from other rec lists that passed my dash. So thank you to all the people I follow for reccing awesome stories!

Anyway, a quick run down of the fics I’ve read and enjoyed in the last couple months:

** indicates a particular favorite

Straight Up AUs

Pitch and Flame by twinagonies

For the MCU AU Fest.

A wholly unnecessary fake boyfriend/espionage fic, in which connections are missed, they get together by getting out, and we are what we do.

I didn’t know I needed a fake relationship espionage au until now!

May You Live in Interesting Times by DisappointMe

Fate has a way of putting in front of us that which we most try to leave behind.

For the White Collar AU prompt at the Steve/Bucky Fest.

I need WAY more fics about criminal Steve Rogers. So many.

Broken Dicks and Bloody Noses by nerakrose

Steve and Bucky meet in the ER, and then keep meeting in the ER because they are both knuckleheads who keep getting beaten up by other people.

Some of the alternative titles to this fic are “DATENIGHT ON THE STITCHING WARD” “A ROOM FOR THIS EMERGENCY” “A HOSPITAL BED FOR TWO” and “THE WAITING ROOM OF LOVE”, all courtesy of palavapeite. Yes, in all caps.

Seriously my favorite kind of aus are the ones with multiple hospital visits. (Not kidding.)

The Daily Rogers by nonymos

College AU. May contain exchange students, a Starbucks addiction, daddy issues, anger issues, closets and how to get out of them, the ever-ominous influence of social networks, various levels of betrayal, awfully poor life choices, but also, ultimately, real chunks of love.

College aus are the bomb! Of all school related aus they are second only to Teacher aus which are much rarer.

The Only Way Out is Through by Brenda

Sergeant James “Bucky” Barnes had been a soldier, and a damned good one.  Until everything went to hell behind enemy lines, and his squad was captured.  But it wasn’t the injuries he’d sustained or the long recovery that had changed his life forever.  It had been the man who’d rescued him.  A man he’d never forgotten and still hadn’t properly thanked.

Today, he was going to change that.

A modern au! Also very fun. I love modern aus with injured soldiers Steve and Bucky.

Red (White & Blue) by counteragent

“I’m dangerous,” Steve said softly, because he couldn’t say, I’m terrified. He couldn’t say, It’s killing me.

Minor spoiler? Vampire au! I love a well done vampire au. Basically as long as there’s physical or emotional turmoil, I’m game.

*******Poppies of the Field by Kaasknot

 “Thank you for purchasing a StarkTech Companion ‘Bot! Please state your name for licensing.”

Wherein Bucky is a severely agoraphobic combat veteran, and Steve is the android he buys out of loneliness.

Oh god this fic destroyed me. I don’t read android aus. They straddle my line where good becomes uncomfortable. Especially human/robot romances. But, like most of my hard lines in fanfic there is always an exception if the fic is JUST THAT GOOD. and this fic is SO DAMN GOOD. It starts out all fluffy and gets you invested and then all of a sudden it all goes balls up and I swear I nearly cried. Some of the images in the latter chapters are so vivid and some of them are so disturbing that the phrases still turn my stomach. (”vacuum snap” still makes me shudder). BUT ITS IN A GOOD WAY. ITS SO INTENSE AND AMAZING. READ THIS PLEASE.

Among the Lillies by togina

Sometimes he thought only the blind could see farther than the nose on their face.

An AU where Bucky is blind. This fic is so coherent and satisfying to read. The story comes together in such a way that parallels the movies and the ending ties it all up with a bow.

The One-Armed Tailor by ACometAppears

When Steve manages to wreck the first Captain America suit he got after waking up in the 21st century, he decides to go to a tailor Natasha recommends to him, to make him a new one. At least, that’s why he goes originally. He gets more than he bargained for.

Bucky the Tailor of Super Hero Suits! Just read this the other day. It’s adorable!


Post Winter Soldier and Canon-Divergent

**Pull the curtains and blinds to let the light in by defcontwo

This is the first, hardest lesson: his mind and body may be a battleground but it’s his fucking battleground and no one else’s.

This fic isn’t very long but its got a great depth to it. I love all the things left unsaid. Bucky’s relationship with his extended family in the future, his relationship with Steve, his recovery.

Sleepwalk Back to the Battle Site by ftmsteverogers

“I’m going to track down every HYDRA agent that’s left,” Bucky says, buckling his gun deftly to his belt.  “And then I’m going to kill them.”

“Oh,” Steve says.

“Come with me?” Bucky asks, dangerous hands tucked into his pockets.

Part one follows Steve trying to deal with his own issues post Winter Soldier, and then it becomes a Murder Roadtrip fic, which is extra great.

**do you remember? ‘cause I do by vrooom

“Not your cup of tea?” Steve asks breathlessly. James turns around to look at him, and all the acrid remarks on his tongue fade away as he takes in Steve’s face. Steve’s hair is sticking up at odd angles, face slightly pink from the wind whipping against it. He’s openly laughing, eyes crinkled as he walks over to join James.

“It’s totally my cup of tea,” James replies deadpan. “In fact, it’s like those cups of tea that are so great you never want to try them again, just in case it’ll disappoint the second time. Let’s never go on it again.”

the diner au fic that no one asked for

This one is in canon divergent rather than AUs because it diverges from the MCU before Winter Soldier but the rest of canon still stands. I adore diner aus. I especially like fics like this where Bucky learns to recover by living his own small life working in a diner or a mechanic’s or whatever.

Fluff by MoreThanSlightly (cadignan)

“Dr. Foster, this is a tower full of highly trained soldiers, spies, and geniuses. If we can’t track down and subdue a frith—um, small Asgardian mammal, then nobody can,” Steve says. He tries to look reassuring. It must not be working. She’s still looking around like it might pop out at any moment.

“Frithrkottr,” she says. She takes a deep breath and tucks some errant strands of hair behind her ear. “It’s furry. Kitten-sized.”

“A real cause for panic,” he says, trying to make her smile.

She doesn’t look calmed.

This fic is technically canon compliant! I love this adorable romp of a fic. Its ridiculous and fluffy and sweet.

Unquiet by Dira Sudis (dsudis)

 A few hours before dawn Steve woke up already in the process of running to Bucky’s room, shield in hand. He hesitated at the closed door, and only then registered that the sound that woke him had been a strangely prolonged shattering of glass.

Post Winter Soldier. This is a ghost story. (It’s so good)

There’s My Territory by Dira Sudis (dsudis)

“That’s the beauty of this stuff,” the salesman said, tilting his head toward the display Bucky had been looking at. “Nobody knows what you’re keeping under your clothes. That’s between you and yourself.”

This one is Steve/Bucky/Sam. This fascination with men in lingerie was never something I was into. But this fic is just lovely. Bucky’s reclaiming of himself and the slow process that takes him here is really well done.

**Dream of Caramel: or, A Recipe for Disaster by gwyneth rhys (gwyneth)

But none of that explains why right now Clint’s pants are literally on fire and Barnes is pitching an entire five-pound bag of pastry flour straight at Clint’s crotch with his metal arm.

I just. This fic. This fic is so hilarious and amazing and yeah. Such a ride.

New York is the Ocean (and the ocean is bleedin’ salt) by defcontwo

It is 1970, and ten minutes and however many blocks ago, Rebecca Barnes looked across the street and out of the corner of her eye, saw a man ascending from the U-Bahn and set off down the street. He had on a dark coat and he walked with a deep, heavy weight to his gait, a swagger with no joy in it, and for all that he walked with his head down, she saw enough to be sure, in that moment so completely dead certain, that he wore her brother’s face.

The trouble is, James Buchanan Barnes has been dead for twenty-six years.

This fic actually does not involve Steve and Bucky. It’s about Rebecca Barnes and Peggy. And its so melancholy and lovely.

Nietzche Is Dead by mambo

“God is dead.” —Nietzsche
“Nietzsche is dead.” —God
“Doesn’t matter if God is dead, or Nietzsche, or both.” —Sam Wilson

Bucky lives six blocks away from Steve and they both pine like assholes. The funny interludes where they talk on Bucky’s high tech walkie talkies really tie it all together!

**Sparked Up Like A Book Of Matches by Sena

Steve lives in Stark Tower and doesn’t have much to do when he’s not going after Hydra strongholds.  He attends charity events to make Pepper happy.  He goes hiking with Sam.  He hangs out with Clint in Bed-Stuy and watches Dog Cops.  Sometimes Tony gives him super alcohol in a sippy cup.  Sometimes he sees Bucky out of the corner of his eye and wonders if it’s real or if he’s starting to lose his mind.

Alternately, the one with terrible jokes, a foot chase through the Lower East Side, and a tiny little robot named Shitcan.

This fic is deliciously melancholy. It’s hilarious in parts and heartwrenching in others. But its the little details that really get me. Like Shitcan the robot, the alcohol sippy cup, and Steve’s elephant drugs in lollipops.

A Little Honey & a Little Sun by Kvikindi

me: “I kind of want to write a fic where Bucky doesn’t decide to become a superhero.”

me: “Like a fic where he becomes a pacifist beekeeper in upstate New York.”

aka: The Emotionally Repressed Bee Farm Love Story

Exactly what it says on the tin. I love fics that write about Bucky and/or Steve making a life outside of superheroing. Out in the country or whatever. Finding a little peace out in the wilds. Bucky and Steve’s sort of awkward relationship here really feels familiar. That nostalgic longing.


Kid Fics

*****Medvezhonok by lanyon

The Winter Soldier is on the run and no one is more surprised than he is by the fact that he is accompanied by a little boy who seems convinced that he is his father:

“What’s that, Papa?”

Papa flinches and looks at Stefan. “It’s called a Kalashnikov,” he says, in a strange voice. “You’re not to touch it, okay?”

Oh my god. Kid fics have been my JAM recently and this one TAKES THE CAKE. It hits all the buttons from dangerous daddy!Bucky to Russian pet names and tragic backstory. And its told from Stefan’s point of view! I must have reread the last chapter of this fic like five times immediately after I finished the whole fic. I love this fic so damn much.

**Some Guardian Angels Have Missing Parts by hufflepirate

Bucky Barnes has been tailing the Avengers ever since Steve got dragged back in to help them instead of continuing his search for Bucky.  That makes him the first on the scene when the Avengers are hit by a spell that leaves them deaged into 6-year-olds.  He knows how to finish the fight and rescue them, but gaining their trust, looking after them, and getting them back to their old selves isn’t so easy.   Luckily, he has watched Steve long enough to know he can trust Sam Wilson, and that just might be enough to get them by…

This fic is adorable! The issues each child has and how Bucky and then Sam deal with them is perfect. The trust they build up together and the way the children change Bucky - I just. I need more kid fic in my life

Mirror, mirror, on the wall...

So… in the excitement from the new episode, I’ve started to revert back to my theorizin’ ways. I have tons of posts I want to make, but I thought I’d first address some symbolism that I’ve been noticing for a while but didn’t make sense of it until AToTS.

Spoilers, of course, for anyone who hasn’t seen the new episode.

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