i have a lot of larry feels after that last series

So I finally went into my list of bookmarks and tried to find the fave fics i’ve read so far.. and i think this is it :)) Please read the tags and stay safe!! Enjoy x

Autumn Leaves by suspendrs (28k)

“Brave?” Harry frowns, caught off guard. “No, not particularly.”

“You seem brave,” Louis decides, pushing off the wall and stepping on the butt of his cigarette. “You are strong, and you are not mean. That’s good,” he assures, touching Harry’s arm gently.

“Thank you, but that’s not true,” Harry smiles ruefully. “I’m really not anything special.”

Or, Harry is an American soldier in France during World War II, and Louis is a French waiter that doesn’t mean to fall in love with him.

Mute by TroubledPro (123k)

How is love supposed to speak, when one can’t even choke out the words?
Louis’ life was a joke through his witty words.
Harry’s life was a joke through his lack of words.
Louis was classed as a normal child; mentally and physically.
Harry was classed as an abnormal child; mentally and physically.
Louis could speak.
Harry could not.
Harry had progressive mutism.
Louis did not.

Escapade by dolce_piccante (146k)

In the grand scheme of things, finding a date for a wedding should be no problem for Louis Tomlinson. 

He’s rich. He’s handsome. He’s reasonably well behaved. But when the wedding is for his lifelong best friend (and former boyfriend), and is happening in under a month, finding a date for the ceremony and accompanying festivities becomes more of an adventure than he ever could have planned for.

As You Are by zarah5 (139k)

AU. Five years after The X Factor launched his career as a radio host and songwriter, Louis Tomlinson returns as a judge. Falling for a contestant is the last thing he needs. It’s also against his contract.

The only reason Harry auditions for The X Factor is because his best mate signed the two of them up as some kind of joke. Harry doesn’t get the big deal—not until he’s faced with this season’s judges and realises that one of them used to be his desperate, impossible teenage crush.

And down the long and silent street by whimsicule (86k)

The year is 1881 and if you’re alone in this world you might as well be dead, because starving dogs have no mercy.

Or: Wherein Louis and Harry are on the opposite ends of the social ladder, but their paths still cross on the filthy streets Louis calls his home. The odds are staked against them from the beginning, and even more when Louis’ past finally catches up with him.

With All My Heart, And More by littlelady (32k)

“A young John Doe, probably in his mid-twenties. He was found out on the street, lying in the snow completely beaten up, covered in blood. Internal bleeding, collapsed lung, the bones in his leg completely shattered, sprained wrist, dislocated shoulder, severe concussion, cut and bruised all over. He had more broken ribs than whole.”

“Is he in the ICU? Room 405?”

“Is he one of yours?”

“Yeah, looks like it.”

When Harry is left to die after having gotten abused and seriously injured by his ex-boyfriend, he is brought into the hospital where Louis works as a nurse. Louis instantly feels the need to take care of him, maybe a bit more than he usually does with his other patients. But only because Harry survived the abuse, it doesn’t mean that they are out of the woods yet. They still have a long and hard journey ahead of them filled with cries, fear and pain, but also with joy, laughter and lots of love.

domestic monsters series by g_uttertrash (234k)  

(this is the summary of chapter 1: come on, jump out at me)

Harry is a witch from a long line of power, an ancient line that’s one of the strongest left alive in their hemisphere. He can cast spells without a word if need be, fly on a broomstick, and has a black cat (a kitten, really) named Felix that is his animal familiar. He can shape galaxies in his cupped hands and can destroy them just as easily. He can choose exactly how to use his power, for encouragement and support, or for more nefarious causes if he wishes to.

And as fate would have it, he’s scared of haunted houses.

(Harry is a witch who carries around a stuffed pumpkin, Louis is a vampire with too much time on his hands, and their best mates Zayn & Niall aren’t exactly what they seem…)

Shake Me Down by AGreatPerhaps12 (209k)

Harry’s new to college, fresh out of Catholic school and conversion therapy camp, and Louis runs the campus LGBTQIA organization.

Bring Your Body Baby (I Could Bring You Fame) by theboyfriendstagram (84k)

Eighteen year old Harry Styles just graduated high school and landed a summer job as a waterboy for his favorite football team. His job description is simple: be ready to hand water and towels to players if needed. That didn’t seem to include Louis Tomlinson though, a twenty-three year old, recently transferred Paris Saint-German player, who seems to like making Harry’s job much more difficult than it has to be.

OR  

A self-indulgent AU that takes place over the summer of 2015. 18 year old Harry hates pining after people he can’t have, and 23 year old footballer Louis loves flirting with people even though it never means anything.

we’re still going, eight in the morning by nooelgallagher & yoursongonmyheart (32k)

Harry washes his hands quickly before grabbing his phone. His screen lights up to 3 notifications.

DJTommo is now following you!

@DJTommo mentioned you in a tweet!

Direct Message from @DJTommo!

Harry yelps, throwing his phone to Niall who just barely catches it.

Niall looks down at the phone, seeing first the tweet, then the DM. He tosses the phone back to Harry, who nearly drops it. “What are ya doing, mate! Answer him!”

Harry thinks for a moment about what he wants to say. This is his chance to actually talk to Louis Tomlinson. Louis Tomlinson messaged him directly. He can say anything he wants. He begins typing, his fingers shaky.

Niall comes over to stand next to Harry and peers down, looking to see what he wrote. When he does, he lets out a groan.

…Or, the one where Harry owns a bakery, Louis is a radio DJ, and Niall and Liam roll their eyes at their incessant flirting.

hold onto you stars by vashtaneradas (16k)

au; harry’s in the army, louis’ back home, and ninety days is a lifetime.

What are Ace Attorney Characters like in the original Japanese Version?

mxearthling asked me:

hello!! i found your AA “pronoun” and honorifc post in the tag and it was really interesting!! i was wondering if you could expand on blackquill, edgeworth, and klavier in particular when it comes to how they refer to themselves/what others call them? i am INSANELY curious.

This is an interesting Question I got a while back. Now that I’ve replayed some of the games AND am playing Spirit of Justice I feel more up to try and answer it. That said, I am going to go through all Ace Attorney main characters, meaning Defense Lawyers, Detectives, Assistants and Prosecutors, and will give you a profile of how they were written in Japanese, comparing it a little to the original. 

This post might be edited when I realize I misremembered something or learn something new.

That said, let’s go!

Currently on this list:

  • Phoenix Wright
  • Mia Fey
  • Maya Fey
  • Miles Edgeworth
  • Dick Gumshoe
  • Pearl Fey
  • Franziska Von Karma
  • Ema Skye
  • Kay Faraday
  • Apollo Justice
  • Trucy Wright
  • Athena Cykes
  • Klavier Gavin
  • Simon Blackquill

Phoenix Wright

Japanese Name: 成歩堂龍一(Naruhodô Ryûichi)

Japanese Name Meaning: “Naruhodô” is a pun on “Naruhodo”, a Japanese phrase akin to the English phrase “I see(what you mean).” “Ryûichi” means “Dragon”, and the ending of the name indicates that he was the firstborn son of his family. This “Dragon” is presumably what served as the inspiration for naming him “Phoenix” in the English localization. 

Refers to himself as: “Boku”, a rather soft-sounding way for men to say “I”, albeit it’s still less formal than “Watashi” would be. This makes me sound younger than a professional who would be using “Watashi”, since older men tend to prefer “Watashi” in their work life. While we’re at “Boku”, contrary to what you may have heard, women *do* use it veeeeeery rarely, albeit women using this in real life are usually seen as eccentric and odd. It’s more common for women to use it in poetic writing, though. In any case, Phoenix’ “Boku” is written in Hiragana, indicating that it sounds especially soft, hinting at his generally mild-mannered personality. 

Referred to by the Textboxes as: “Naruhodo”, with a short “o”, openly acknowledging the pun.

Referred to by others as: Maya, Pearl and Mia call him “Naruhodo-kun”, with the short “o”. Trials and Tribulations indicates that Phoenix tried to stop Mia from constantly cutting off the “O” in the end of his name, but she never did, so the punny nickname stuck. Larry and Edgeworth both call him by his last name, “Naruhodô”, without a honorific, which is common among male friends. Apollo and Athena correctly refer to him as “Naruhodô-san” (with the long “O”). Trucy calls him “Papa”, which explains the writing on his beanie. The Judge calls him “Naruhodô-kun”. Blackquil calls him “Naru-no-ji”.

His Speech-style: Somewhat casual, he does sound like a pretty typical, mild-mannered young man, using less polite forms when talking to Maya and more polite forms when talking to certain witnesses or the Judge. He uses the very common, polite “Desu-Masu” forms (which most people in Japan use when they’re talking to anyone other than their closest friends and family) a lot more frequently than a lot of other characters in the series.

Notes: Probably the character who carried over best in the translation. His averageness definitely helped.

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anonymous asked:

Hey, hun!!! Can you recommend some really well written fic with plot, good utterance, good descriptions, just skillfully written ones.

I was supposed to make this fic rec long time ago (are you the same anon than weeks ago?) so here we are, let’s do this tonight.

- Coup de Foudre : Harry moves to the front door accompanied by insistent lightning flashes. He acknowledges it could also be a murderer on the other side and that he will likely be dead in five minutes.It should stop him. It doesn’t. Harry decides not to waste another second and calls through to the other side, “Just a second.” He turns the key in the latch and opens it and—everything around him drops away in one long cloud coming into another cloud. (15k)

- my heart’s a stereo (and this melody is meant for you) : Louis Tomlinson, an ex-boybander now stuck in the rut of a comfortable has-been, gets the chance to resuscitate his career when a pop star asks him to write a duet for her highly-anticipated comeback album. Through a chance encounter, he finds a quirky lyricist in Harry Styles, the curly-haired baker and former writer with an above-average sense of rhyme and inexplicable interest in personal questions.Or: the Music & Lyrics AU that no one asked for, in which Louis is Hugh Grant, and Harry is Drew Barrymore, and the slow burn is (hopefully) worth the wait. (122k)

- over fire and water (for your love): non au; where a car accident changes everything, except for what they call home. (6k)

- once upon a dream : Louis is psychic and gets caught in the middle of a murder investigation led by FBI Special Agent Harry Styles.aka. the Medium/Criminal Minds-inspired AU no one ever asked for. (33k)

- Cameras Flashing  : With his breakout single platinum three times over and his second album still selling out in stores around the world, Louis Tomlinson has made it to the top. However, his position as Pop Heartthrob of the Decade is threatened by the edgier, more artistic Zayn, who happens to be releasing an album a week after Louis’ upcoming third. Louis needs something groundbreaking- scandalous, even- to push past him in the charts. Much to Louis’ dismay, his PR team calls in The Sexpert. Consulting with PR firm Shady, Lane and Associates pays the bills so that Harry Styles can spend his down time doing what he really loves: poring over data. On weekends and late into the evenings, he researches gender, presentation, and sexual orientation, analysing the longitudinal study that is his father’s life’s work. That is, until his newest client, the popstar with the fascinating secret, drags him off his couch and frighteningly close to the spotlight. As the album’s release date approaches, will Tomlinson and Styles be able to pull off the most risky PR scheme of the millennium and beat Zayn in sales or will the heat of their feelings for each other compromise everything? (81k)

- a house built out of stone : Louis has a used bookshop and Harry has a habit of claiming things that don’t belong to him. (22k)

- To Give You a Hand to Hold : Marine Louis Tomlinson is medically discharged when an IED explodes in Afghanistan. Months later, he’s reunited Stateside with his Navy medic Harry Styles. The two of them shelter each other even as they refuse to admit they’re in the throes of PTSD, until one night nearly destroys them.   (26k)

- taking tips and getting stoned : Louis drives a taxi. He hasn’t seen Harry in eight years when they have a chance meeting. A lot has changed in that time. But not everything. (24k)

- on a thousand miles and more       : That’s why, after Granada, they decide to stick to the places they went to together.  Retrospectively, maybe that’s when it becomes less of a holiday and more of a pilgrimage. Louis thinks he’s beginning to understand what they’re searching for. It’s something akin to closure, but not closure exactly. Something more tenuous than that. More difficult to put into words.  Something like the first exhalation you take after a particularly horrendous nightmare and you think god, it wasn’t real, it wasn’t real, it wasn’t real.   Except that, in their case, it was.“[Harry and Louis go back to the places that made them who they are.] (12k)

- we’re only stones around the sun       : Harry used to talk about him like that once, months ago when he wouldn’t let himself linger on touches that lasted a beat too long or looks that held unspoken promises. Back then it’d been easy, with the hiding of feelings, now it’s all a mess, complicated and hard. He doesn’t know where one feeling starts and another one stops, how he’s supposed to figure it all out. He doesn’t know where to begin, which thread to pick up and begin untangling, where it’s going to lead him if he does. He doesn’t know if he wants to find out. or, Harry finds that he can’t ignore his feelings for his best friend when the months start ticking down to Louis’s graduation. (46k)

- 210 Days : Harry is in the army and Louis is back in New York. Together, they get through Harry’s six month leave by sending a series of letters back and forth. They’ve done it before, and they can do it again. (16k)

UPDATE (last update on April 3rd 2017)

- Feels Like Coming Home  : The last thing Harry Styles expects when he’s hanging out at the Someday Cafe in Somerville one rainy October day is for his ex, Louis Tomlinson to walk through the door, but that’s exactly what happens. After a spectacularly ugly break-up three years prior, Harry hasn’t heard one word from Louis, and he’s moved on. Gotten over him. But having Louis back in his life, not to mention working at the restaurant where he’s a chef, isn’t easy, and the feelings that Harry thought he’d left turn out to be not so easily forgotten. This is a story about love and the power of forgiveness, and how the hard choices we make define us, and change our lives. (60k)

- Where Your Heart Is  : Louis is ready for his brand new adventure. So what if he suffers from a genetic condition that prevents him from being touched? College is going to be awesome. It has to. Karma kind of owes him right now. Forget about his overprotective mother, or Liam– his entirely too chipper step brother– or his mess of a roommate. Forget about the gloves he has to wear at all times. He’s here to expand his knowledge, write and drown himself in books – No matter how distracting ‘Hallway Boy’ may be– The obnoxious, flirty frat wannabe determined to become the bane of Louis’ existence.Or, a college AU set in San Francisco where two lost boys who seemingly have nothing in common find inspiration, each other, and themselves in the process. (154k)

Queer Characters In The Media

WARNING SPOILER ALERT!!!

Queer characters always suffer from a tragic endings. In almost every single show/film/game etc, (usually) a bisexual/lesbian character dies from a tragic disaster. Of course, the media uses these female characters to reel in the LGBT+ community and once it has all the little gays hooked, one of the queer characters (usually the bisexual?? idk why??) die. In almost every single film(etc) i have watched/played, I am ALWAYS dissapointed in the end result. All the lesbian ships are constantly killed off. Here is a description of the most beautifully tragic lesbian couples to exist. (note: all these characters are such amazing representations for the young -even closeted- LGBTQA+ youth out there)

The Last Of Us DLC 

 First we have Ellie and Riley. The cutest little 14 year old girls who possibly have no idea about sexuality. I guess this heavily suggests that without a compelling society, love would be a whole lot of easier. Besides the DEATH OF RILEY. (this was my first ever gay ship) - 

- Skins Season 3,4(+7) 

 OKAY. Here we have Emily and Naomi (Noamily) of course, as a couple, they have a lot of complications (damn heteros love to make queer relationships shitty). So their relationship is very rocky, but in the end, they’re both alive and in a very loving relationship. Despite the constant fighting and cheating- they’re in love- right? WroNG. you think everything is fine? just you wait. season 7 is a bitch. The writers decided ‘hey u no wat. we havent killed a gay off yet’, so THEY DECIDED TO GIVE NAOMI CANCER. LOVELY ISN’T IT? SO NAOMI DIES AND EMILY IS LEFT ALONE. The last episode was the death of Naomi. So again, we (the viewers) have no closure to anything other than a broken heart of a favourite queer character. 

- Orange Is The New Black 

Okay, so Orange Is The New Black. Alex and Piper used to be in a lesbian relationship togehter (but grossly, Piper was engaged to Larry, ew). So far, nothing really annoying -such as death- has really taken place. There is nothing sad about this ‘couple’. Piper is just a piece of shit and Alex deserves better. (OITNB is still releasing episodes, so can’t wait bcs I bet oNE WILL DIE) 

- Life Is Strange 

WELL. HERE WE ARE. THE SHIP THAT RUINED MY LIFE. Throughout the hole Life Is Strange game, it was heavily suggested that Max and Chloe were BFFS, but, Chloe deffs had feelings for max in a really gay way. The heteros continuously brushed it away and just said they were just platonic friends (lol GalPals Amirite). Pricefield was such an intense ship, a lot of people didn’t like Chloe’s character because she was in love with Max, but WARREN was in love with Max, so ofc good old heteronormativity forced Max and Warren so much it legit caused so much drama in the LIS fandom. I mean- I have cried so much over this ship I can’t really form words to describe how distressed I am.CHLOE FUCKING DIES. OVER AND OVER. She was MEANT to die. At the end of the game, you choose to save Chloe or sacrifice her. OKAY PRICEFIELD SHIPPERS. YOU EITHER GET TO MAKE OUT WITH HER AND THEN SACRIFICE HER, SEE NATHAN KILL HER (AGAIN) AND THEN GO TO HER FUNERAL. or u cld save her and the ending is shit (but bae over bay, right???) 

- Orphan Black 

 hERE WE HAVE COSIMA AND DELPHINE FROM ORPHAN BLACK. IT’S ALL CUTE RIGHT? WELL BESIDES THE FACT THAT EVERYONE (our friendly heterosexuals) HATES DELPHINE. LETS JUST SAY THAT THE UNFATHOMABLE CONNECTION COSIMA+DELPHINE HAVE wAS THE MOST INTENSE I HAVE EXPERIENCED. Delphine tries to do right bye Cosima, they are both so inlove. BUT OFC. at the end of season 2, the writers like to leave us hanging on a cliff hanger- allowing us think that Cosima could have possibly died. BUT DON’T WORRY. SHE IS ALIVE AND WELL. Cophine goes through the pain and torture of fighting-eventually breaking up (not really, they’re so inlove with each other). BUT THINGS ARE OKAY. RIGHT? WRONG. THE WRITERS DID THAT THING WHERE THEY LEAVE US ON A CLIFF HANGER ENDING, WHERE DELPHINE GETS SHOT. EVERYONE IS CERTAIN THAT THIS LITTLE PUPPY IS DEAD. GONE. SHIP-DESTROYED.  

- Carmilla

okay so this is a youtube series called ‘Carmilla’. So far, it’s pretty good, other than the fact that Laura and Carm took a break (just to keep the gays on edge lol). But since this is actually a cute little harmless youtube series, I HOPE. MAN I HOPE, that no one will actually die??? gOD. i lOVE THEM SM. 

- Faking It

well, i mean. Karma and Amy, god.. Karma- she, she is just so straight. Why is Liam even a character?? if he didn’t exist, maybe Karm would ADMIT SHE IS IN LOVE WITH HER BEST FRIEND, AMY. but nO, EVEN A SHOW ABOUT THE LGBTQA+ COMMUNITY, THE GAYS STILL DON’T GET THE LOVE THEY DESERVE. man, Amy is actually stuck in the ‘friendzone’ (more like ‘shit im not gay for her’ zone tbh) now, I kNOW this show won’t actually kill a character off, so that’s always a plus.

- Sense 8

OKAY. WELL. I LOVE THIS SHOW. I LOVE NOMI AND AMANITA. SENSE 8 IS A BRILLIANT SHOW AND I SHIP ALMOST EVERY CHARACTER (yes, even the straights. this show is brILLIANT.) nothing has happened to this amazing couple and I CERTAINLY HOPE nothing ever will. But hey, she is blonde. and everyone lOVES to kill the blonde one.

- The 100

CLARKE AND LEXA. CLEXA. WELL YOU KNOW WHAT. AFTER ALL THIS,. I SHOULND’T EVEN BE UPSET, YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE WE ALL KNEW IT WAS COMING. LEXA WAS TOO GOOD. IT FINALLY HAPPENED. THEY GOT TOGEHTER. THEY WERE FINALLY HAPPY. THEY MADE LOVE. CLARKE AND LEXA MADE FUCKING LOVE. AND LEXA JUST HAS TO GO AND GET HERSElf sHOT?? BY ONE OF HER OWN??? man, i fUckIN KNEW IT WOULD HAPPEN.

we have all been lead on by these LGBT+ characters. we have been sucked into the world of their lives, only to be torn down and disappointed for the 100th time. I am so sick and tired of every SINGLE representation of a queer person in the film industry, because no mattER FUCKING WHAT. ONE WILL DIE. THE OTHER WILL FADE AWAY. OR WE JUST WON’T GET THE ENDING WE DESERVE.

Circumstantial evidence for Caryl

As requested. This is all the stuff that keeps me having hope, makes me believe Caryl is the only choice, and makes me think it’s looming closer.

Season 7:

  • Daryl’s flashes in One Day You Won’t Be include the No Sanctuary hug, and Seed shoulder rub. (they also show Rick twice, and Maggie once) 

On screen in s6:

  • Daryl turning back to Alexandria when they hear the horn. When asked if it was for Rick, Norman says he is not allowed to say whey but it’s not for Rick. 
  • Daryl seeing the Alexandria sign that says “A New Start” and spurred on to return home by that. When Daryl and Carol have had that exchange several times. Daryl: “Let’s start over” to Carol in 5x02 (see also Gimple quotes)
  • The Cherokee Rose in 6x06. Norman states it’s for Daryl and Carol. It is revealed it was Gimple’s doing to put the Cherokee rose in this episode, where it has no connection to the plot.
  • Abe asking Daryl if he’s thought about settling down.
  • Daryl’s scenes almost all being related to couples and what they will do for each other: Sasha and Abe, Tara and Denise, Dwight and Sherry
  • Daryl’s protective response to Jesus complimenting the cookie baker.
  • Daryl is shown to be the one who goes to Carol in Same Boat, and hugs her, when it could have been Rick or anyone else in the group. Their interactions are paralleled with Gleggie in the same scene.
  • Denise’s speech to Daryl before she dies. She impacts the knowledge that what is stupid is not telling someone you love them when you get the chance, and that not facing your emotional issues is bigger than anything else and she wishes Daryl (and Rosita) would do that:  “I could’ve gone with Tara. I could’ve told her I loved her, but I didn’t because I was afraid. That’s what’s stupid. Not coming out here, not facing my shit. And it makes me sick that you guys aren’t even trying because you’re strong and you’re smart and you’re both really good people, and if you don’t wake… up… and face your..”


Parallels:

  • In the LA Times interview, Melissa says Daryl and Carol’s stories are running in parallel.
  • Carol turning to cigarettes as part of her self-torture. The use of cigarettes is strongly connected to Daryl - including in Consumed with Noah, and in Twice as Far when they share smokes and Carol leaves Daryl her cigarettes. Gimple says Carol is strongly associated with smoke. 
  • Carol ends up at the Kingdom with Shiva the tiger. Daryl is shown and has the bat pointed to him when Negan says “catch a tiger by the toe”. (see also comic storylines)


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MTVS Epic Rewatch  #155

VM 3x04 Charlie Don’t Surf

1) Let’s be real, this episode is kind of a drag, and it’s only worth a watch for all the Logan angsty feels okay? Because of that, this should be ranty.

2) 

VERONICA: This is a bad idea.
KEITH: No, it’s not.
VERONICA: You only thinks it’s not ‘cause you came up with it.
KEITH: Ergo, how could it be bad? Math, sweetie. Me plus idea equals good.

Hm, what could this “idea” they’re talking about be…?

FYI, Logan is never a bad idea, okay?

3) Veronica is totally freaking out, and tbh, we can’t blame her considering one of the last times Keith and Logan were at the Mars’ home together this happened…

Keith certainly wasn’t - and to this day kind of isn’t - a member of the Logan Echolls Fan Club (I’ll get to the Keith/Logan stuff later) but Veronica had been dating Logan for a few months now, they were going steady, and didn’t Veronica want the two leading men in her life to get together and get along? Oh right. I totally forgot about Veronica’s need to compartmentalize. Never mind.

Anyway, it’s so cute to watch her freaking out and then to watch Logan tease her a bit… 

LOGAN: Can I mention that my eyes adored you? I got it. No calling you bobcat, no talk of milky thighs.

…but then he sincerely reassures her…

LOGAN: Veronica? I won’t say anything bad.

And not only does this calm her down, but it also makes her hold her hand out to him (a striking parallel to Logan holding his hand out to her when arriving at his house in A Trip to the Dentist…) in a “we’re doing this together, we’re a team” sort of way. I’m here for this shit, Rob Thomas. 100% in.

Also, this whole scene is a nice reversal of the “meet the parents” typical scene. It’s usually the person meeting their significant other’s parent the one on freak-out mode, not the other way around. But it makes sense that Logan is the collected one here (although I’m 100% he wasn’t all that collected on the inside…). Logan might be a jackass occasionally, and he certainly was a smartass to Keith on more than one occasion. But he’s not stupid. And more importantly, he loves Veronica and he knows how important her dad is to her, so he’s certainly not going to do anything to ruin the evening for either of them. At least, not on purpose…

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larryquirks  asked:

Fav fics?

These are all Larry, cause, duh.

Fandom famous (or infamous) fics that I love:

  • These Inconvenient Fireworks (??? over 100k?)
    No synopsis given, but basically Louis is a High School drama teacher who is shit at relationships, Harry is the new assistant football coach and is everything Louis needs, Niall is the music dude with a secret, Zayn is an English teacher with a crush and a habit of setting things on fire because reasons and Liam is an oblivious fireman. You HAVE to read this fic.
  • Wear It Like A Crown (141k)
    AU. As part of a team of fixers hired to handle a gay scandal in Buckingham Palace, Louis expects Prince Harry to be a lot of things—most notably a royally spoilt brat. Never mind that the very same Prince Harry used to star in quite a number of Louis’ teenage fantasies. 
  • Pull Me Under (140k)
    AU. As the first British footballer to come out at the prime of his career, it helps that Louis Tomlinson is in a long-term, committed relationship. Even if that relationship is fake. (Featuring Niall as Louis’ favourite teammate, Liam as Louis’ agent, and Zayn as Liam’s boyfriend, who just happens to be good friends with one Harry Styles.)
  • As You Are (139k)
    AU. Five years after The X Factor launched his career as a radio host and songwriter, Louis Tomlinson returns as a judge. Falling for a contestant is the last thing he needs. It’s also against his contract.The only reason Harry auditions for The X Factor is because his best mate signed the two of them up as some kind of joke. Harry doesn’t get the big deal—not until he’s faced with this season’s judges and realises that one of them used to be his desperate, impossible teenage crush.
  • And Then A Bit (158k)
    “We’d like to give the fans what they want.” Magee states, placing his hand on the table in front of him and leaning forward. “We want to give them Larry Stylinson.”
    Or, take a parallel universe where Louis and Harry were never together, mix in a two year hiatus and an impending comeback, pour in a dash of lost fans, two tablespoons of strong friendship and a Modest! employee with a good idea. Add a squeeze of pretending to be a couple, lots of kisses and a tattoo or two. Stir. Serve: the mother of all publicity stunts.(aka Harry and Louis fake a relationship for publicity. Eventually it becomes a lot less fake and a lot more real.)
  • Just Me, You, And This Box of Matches (87k) (Crack fic)
    Louis is fairly sure that his new neighbour is going to destroy him. And also their apartment building, and the dumpsters outside, and all the forests within a thirty mile radius. But. Mostly him.
  • Red Brick Heart (98k)
    Harry has only had his room for thirty-two minutes when it stops being his.
    Uni AU. Harry had turned up at the halls of residence expecting fun, new friends, and maybe a life experience or two. What he doesn’t expect is a surprise roommate who’s loud and dramatic and obsessed with tea and is maybe, actually, all he’s ever wanted.
  • Gods & Monsters (201k)
    The instructions were simple: seduce and destroy Harry Styles. Not once did they discuss the option of Louis actually falling in love. So, naturally, that’s exactly what he did.
  • Three French Hems (20k)
    In which Louis is a designer at Burberry and Harry spends December wearing Lanvin… and Lanvin… and Lanvin.
  • Love Is A Rebellious Bird (134k)
    AU in which the boys still make music. Louis is the concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra, Harry is the New! and Exciting! interim conductor/ex-cello prodigy who “has made Mozart cool again” according to Esquire Magazine (Louis hates him immediately, which is definitely why he internet stalked him in his dark bedroom late at night that one time), and Niall is the best. Zayn and Liam are around too.
    Don’t hum Bolero.
  • Wild And Unruly (123k)
    Harry is a cowboy sitting on the biggest oil reservoir in Wyoming, and Louis is the paralegal assigned to pressure him into selling his land.
  • My Heart Is Breathing For This Moment (159k) (Underage ish)
    When Louis first saw Harry at the 2010 X Factor Auditions, he thought he was watching a peculiarly special stranger. But Harry has known Louis ever since he was five years old.
    Because Louis has a rare genetic disorder that causes him to Time Travel to important moments in his past and in his future - and to Harry, always to Harry. When they’re put into a band together, it seems like everything Harry has been waiting and wishing for has finally come true. Except for the small fact that Louis doesn’t know that Harry is in love with him- that Harry’s always been in love with him. Fate, it would seem, is just getting started.
    A story about growing up and growing together, and the impossible love that makes it all worthwhile.
  • The Finish Line (Is A Good Place For Us To Start) (121k)
    Louis Tomlinson, one-time Formula 1 World Champion, is looking forward to the 2013 season. He’s got Zayn in his garage and Liam in his ear, he’s got Cowell Racing backing him despite former indiscretions, he’s got experience and the best race car out there. Not to mention he’s the only racer they have, after Oliver dropped out late last year.
    It hasn’t occurred to him that Oliver would have to be replaced by February. That is, until he finds himself at a party celebrating Harry Styles leaving Ferrari for Cowell. Harry hotshot Styles, who broke a record last year and is probably looking to make a big splash. Harry Styles, who is talented and somewhat intimidating. Harry Styles, who left Ferrari for reasons unknown and seems kind of lonely and harmless in person. Lonely, harmless, hot as fuck. Whatever.
    The first thing Louis does is take him under his wing. From there it’s nine months of slow-burning romance, the past catching up to them, turning into the human puppy pile that is OT5 and a lot of feelings until, of course, reaching the finish line.

Personal Favourites (Some of these are GREAT and under appreciated, others just are good but connect to me really well):

  • Learning To Eat (28k)
    Celebrity chef Louis Tomlinson has a problem. He’s opening his first restaurant in 9 weeks, and he has yet to hire a pastry chef- apparently people think he’s ‘standoffish’ and ‘rude’ and ‘quick to temper’. Whatever. He ends up saddled with an annoying, happy-go lucky rookie who also happens to be obnoxiously good looking. His tv presenter and pop star best friends only add to the drama, and for fucks sake would everyone please stop quoting Julia Child?!
    Kitchen AU where Harry helps Louis re-learn how to eat. (METAPHORICALLY)
  • i’ll be yours to keep (17k) (This was a gift for me - I LOVE it)
    louis should’ve thought a lot more about who he said his fake boyfriend is, especially since he and his “significant other” kinda hate each other. most of the time.
  • Reckless Serenade (10k)
    A Hogwarts AU where Harry and Louis hate each other, but then an acromantula makes them not. Also, there are lots of awkward moments involving erection éclairs and Drarry erotica.
  • we’re looking for something dumb to do (4k)
    harry and louis decide that they need to come up with the best senior prank possible. if it means pretending that they’re married, that’s a sacrifice they’re willing to make.
  • if these sheets were the states, and you were miles away (13k)
    In which Harry is at school in England and he’s terrible at French, Louis is an English kid living in France and they’re forced to be penpals for a school project. Niall doesn’t like mornings, Liam makes an accidental friend, and Zayn is not at all subtle.
  • Completely unaware (you make me smile) (6k)
    Five times everyone thinks that Harry and Louis are dating (and the one time they are).
  • always one foot on the ground (47k)
    “Listen. We’ll spend the next month pretending to be madly, outrageously in love. And then, we’ll stage a breakup so horrendous and heartbreaking that Liam and Zayn regret setting us up on this ridiculous blind date for the rest of their lives. You in?“The Valentines Day themed AU where Liam and Zayn won’t leave Louis alone about his policy against dating, Louis enlists Harry on the fake boyfriends adventure of a lifetime, and Niall is not above bribing everyone with food to get what he wants.
  • For Better, Worse And Mischief (I’m All Yours) (37k)
    The One Direction PR management team decides that Harry needs to get married. Harry doesn’t want to. Louis comes up with the perfect solution to the problem.
  • (your heartbeat) rang true inside my bones (32k)
    Harry goes as Louis’ date for a weekend wedding. He ends up taking the role a bit too seriously.
    “Hey,” Harry hears himself say just as Louis climbs back into the car. He ducks down, holding onto the roof to look at Louis who cocks his brow at him and says, “What?”
    “I meant it,” Harry starts. “Like, I’d do it. I’d be your date for the wedding. If it’d make you feel less awful about being there and if you want me to, I’ll do it. I promise I’ll be good.”
  • for now (and forever) (83k)
    “It’s nice that you want to offer that, but I just can’t do that. First of all, it’s illegal.”
    Louis shakes his head vigorously. “No, no. It’s not like one of us is gunning for a visa.”
    “Listen to yourself,” Harry laughs, shaking Louis’ shoulders. “Don’t you think it’s a bit weird to con the country you’re supposed to be serving?”
    Louis is going into the Army, Harry is going nowhere, and there’s nothing like a little identity fraud between friends.
  • the wanting comes in waves (25k)
    Harry and Louis are journalists who stalk movie star Liam Payne to an Irish castle for a weekend. Through a series of convenient misunderstandings, this particular undercover mission involves Harry and Louis pretending to be engaged. It’s your classic fake boyfriends AU with a dollop of heist AU, some Ireland, and a healthy serving of “boys who can’t sort out their feelings.”

That’s all I can find for now, because I unfortunately do not keep track of fics. There are a lot of royal AUs I love that aren’t there, as well as basically everything. 

[Low key self promo… Read my first fic Crash (it’s… okay, not very interesting), and my WIP crack fic chicken nuggets and the end of animal cruelty (it’s… interesting, maybe too interesting)]

🍂 Top 20 October Fics 🍂

1.- the impossible now by Anonymous (49k)

A wish on Christmas Eve sends Louis to an alternate dimension where Harry is a member of One Direction.

2.- When The Stars Come Out by  BriaMaria (30k)

[Or the one where Louis pretends to be Gemma’s boyfriend for her horrid cousin’s wedding but fate is a nasty jerk and throws Harry in his way.].

3.-  Another Day Gettin’ Into Trouble by  whoknows [@crazyupsetter] (25k)

Harry’s drunk when the idea occurs to him. He’s also a pop star, so sometimes his drunk ideas turn into actual things instead of just ideas. The clone-a-willy kit is one of them.      

4.- Day 7: Long Road to Love Leads Back to You by  Anonymous (9k)

(Harry is feeling cranky and lonely after a long week. Louis’ offhand comment about a co-worker’s maternity leave starts a conversation that gets Harry out of his head and into his heart.).

5.- We’ll get it right in the end.  by Anonymous (53k)

Harry Styles is what the media is currently revolving around. He’s young, he’s attractive and apparently good at everything. A singer song-writer and the new face of Captain America soon encounters himself amidst a problem when he finds himself falling for the person he’s not supposed to, an elite professional escort, Louis Tomlinson.

Keep reading

06/12/2015

fanfic rec (top 10)

(please read all tags before reading any of the ones suggested as some might cause triggers)

So Put Your Hands In (The Holes Of My Sweater) - by Kat_rawr  - 21k

“Are you gonna kiss me then?” He asks so quiet he isn’t even sure Louis heard him.

“I think it’s bad luck if I don’t.“ Louis’ breath is hot on Harry’s skin in the cold air. They stand in the dark; Louis’ face only lit up by the yellow-ish light from the street light a few metres away. The light over the door of their building hasn’t worked in years.

“Okay,” Harry says, and of course his cheeks heat up. There are definitely butterflies in stomach and his mouth is definitely dry.

or,

Harry and Louis go on a lot of not-dates.

make my wish come true - by deblond - 4k

“Did you know that there’s a hole in your tights?”
“Yes,” Louis answers with as much dignity as he can muster. “Any particular reason you’re staring at my ass, Harold?”
“It’s a good ass,” Harry says smirking. “And it’s Harry.”

Or, Louis works as Santa’s elf at the mall. He meets Harry.

you can keep me in the pocket of your ripped jeans - by hilourry - 23k

Louis Tomlinson is an English fashion designer. Harry Styles is an American football player. Their paths cross through twitter.

all the lights are full of colour - by infinitelymint - 26k

So, fast-forwarding eight years from the day Harry met Louis, he is now a twenty-seven year old owner of one of the most up-and-coming eating establishments on the London restaurant scene, father of two wonderful boys and… separated from his husband. Now, that last part definitely was never a part of the original plan.

Or, Harry and Louis are separated, but for the sake of their two sons, they choose to spend Christmas together. It may just lead to a Christmas miracle.

These Rays Of Light Begin To Intersect - by Anonymous - 20k

After Harry’s first experience of heartbreak, he creates a break up bucket list that he gives himself a month to complete. Shoplifting, Streaking, Spending too much money, and getting revenge are just a few that Louis has agreed to help him out with, but the number one item on the list makes Harry much too nervous to reveal.

(Au. Harry’s just gotten out of a suffocating relationship and to make himself feel better, he enlists Louis on a bucket list mission of uneventful adventures.)

In Hotel Rooms - by soontobebritish - 2k

“Like seeing me show off with other people around?”

“Mmm,” Louis hums, rolling his hips against Harry. “Do I like watching you lay back with your legs spread open, dramatically mouthing the words? Like watching you arch your back for someone that isn’t me? Like watching you put on a show that everyone in the world is gonna be able to queue up?”

He grinds down against Harry even harder and watches his eyes flutter as his response gets cut off with a moan. Louis leans down closer, mouth nipping at Harry’s bottom lip. He pushes a few stray curls away from Harry’s eyes as he whispers, “Why wouldn’t I love watching you thrust up as you sing? Watch you pick at the buttons on this silky shirt that clearly shows how hard your nipples are?”

Watching Harry film the “Perfect” music video is more than Louis can take.

**And It’s Snowing - by b0yfriendsinl0ve - 12k

Harry meets Louis when he’s six years old and lost in the middle of ‘Toys R Us’. And it’s snowing. (THIS WAS MY FAVOURITE ONE!!) 

For a foreseen invocation - by vanityscare - 32k

And Louis knows what flavour Harry is. Harry’s flavour is quick, stolen kisses in the X-Factor house; it’s long summer nights spent lying on the lawn in their back yard, pretending to be star gazing in spite of the all-consuming city lights; it’s tingling laughs muffled by colliding lips; it’s soft skin gone hot from clumsy, frantic sex; it’s a never-ending series of fights, some petty and pointless, others not; it’s tears pooling in Harry’s eyes after another, “No” from Louis. It’s a lost love shot into space by a wobbly bottle rocket and swallowed by a black hole just when it was on the brink of landing on a star.

(Or, the one where Harry and Louis haven’t had an easy time co-existing as band mates since their breakup right before the release of Take me home and have no desire to give into the insistent pressure put on their shoulders by the universe to pry open old wounds.)

You Don’t Need Me To Show The Way - by LoadedGunn - 6k

But right there, on Harry’s iPod, is a folder entitled Lou Sappy Sappy Long Indie Hipster 80’s Love Songs Mixtape.

Louis expects a sappy mix tape. He might even expect his own shitty versions of Foo Fighter songs. What he doesn’t expect is clicking on “AUD-20101223” and suddenly hearing loud moaning. He gasps and scrambles to pause it, so shocked the iPod drops right to Harry’s stomach. Harry looks absolutely mortified, even more than he did when Louis played High School Musical. He’s blushing so furiously his face bypassed rosy straight to flaming red, and his mouth is closing and opening like he can’t think of a single thing to say.

Then Louis starts laughing uproariously. “Hiiii, I’m Harry from Cheshire, when I’m on the road I like listening to indie music and gay porn.”

Or, 2011 fic where Harry rides dick for the first time and Louis appreciates technology.

Every Arrow That I Aim Is True - by estrella30 - 24k

“I can see you don’t believe me,” Harry says, pretending to be stern. Louis chuckles a little but doesn’t get out of the bed. “Anyway, I texted Liam and told him you’re with me. He said to stay here as long as you need, and he’ll deal with the show over there until you want to come back, all right?”

Louis doesn’t say anything again so Harry whispers, “Just stay here with me for a while, yeah? I’ll take care of you.”

Louis is quiet. He never picks his head up, but Harry can see the pillow move from where he’s nodding and his fingers tighten around Harry’s. “Yeah,” Louis says. “Yeah, all right.”

Updated Larry Fic Rec

Hey babes, I just spent some time updating my fic rec for you guys to check out. Please message me your favorite fics! I would love to check them out. Also let me know what you think of any of these fics if you’ve already read them.

Fic Recs

1. My Heart Is Breathing for This Moment in Time

When Louis first saw Harry at the 2010 X Factor Auditions, he thought he was watching a peculiarly special stranger. But Harry has known Louis ever since he was five years old.

Because Louis has a rare genetic disorder that causes him to Time Travel to important moments in his past and in his future - and to Harry, always to Harry. When they’re put into a band together, it seems like everything Harry has been waiting and wishing for has finally come true. Except for the small fact that Louis doesn’t know that Harry is in love with him- that Harry’s always been in love with him. Fate, it would seem, is just getting started.

A story about growing up and growing together, and the impossible love that makes it all worthwhile.

-My favorite fic of all time. Hands down, 100%. In my opinion, it is one of, if not, THE most well written Larry fics ever. It will take you on an emotional roller coaster, full of laughing and crying. And i do have to warn you, that is not finished. But still absolutely worth reading. I could go on and on about this fic for days. But all I really have to say is that if you ship Larry at all, or are interested in their relationship, read this, please.

2. Catch Me, I’m Falling

I don’t know if you get to choose who you fall in love with, who ends up taking a little piece of your heart with them when they leave. If someone had asked me, I don’t think I would have chosen Harry Styles, and I don’t know if he’d have chosen me. But standing here, looking back through the crystal clear lens of hindsight, I like my choices.

A fic based off The Fault In Our Stars, an absolutely lovely novel by John Green.

- I’m still not over this fic. It’s written beautifully and made me cry like a baby. One of my favorite Larry fics, by far.

3. Fading

Louis knows about beauty; the combination of qualities that pleases the aesthetic senses. He creates that combination every day in the garments he designs while studying fashion at uni. The cut of the design, the color of the fabric, the intricacy of the stitching; it all comes together to create something beautiful. When the science student with the long legs and dimpled smile agrees to model for him, Louis decides he’s found beauty personified. Harry just thinks Louis needs someone to show him how beautiful he is.

-I couldn’t stop reading this fic. This was the first Larry fic I’d read where one of them had an eating disorder. Really great character development and a pleasure to read.

4. Sinister

Harry is an accused rapist and murderer, and is placed into a mental rehab on plead of insanity. Louis Tomlinson, his therapist, tries to aid him to mental stability, but that requires more than just talking.

-Never have I been more attached to any characters in a fan fiction. This was honestly better than most books I’ve ever read. If you only ever read one fic, make it this one. It’s dark and kind of twister but so well written.I was literally sobbing at some points.

5. May You Enjoy Your New Life

It begins for them all at the bungalow –

‘Alright, time to lay out the cards. We’re in this together and hopefully, for the long haul, yeah? So I think – you know, we should just be honest. It’s deal-breakers time. That thing that like, if we’re gonna hate you or something, just tell us all now.’

When One Direction begins, Harry Styles is a sixteen-year-old boy foundering under the pressure of impending fatherhood. His ability to balance the sobering responsibility of caring for his tiny daughter, Millie, and the exhilaration of seeing his own dreams coming to fruition affects not only his future, but those of Liam, Zayn, Niall, and Louis, who never expected fealty to be the key to their success. But Liam is the first to show him how to grow up without growing old, and Zayn is the first to defend from the public what is private and precious. Louis — Louis is the first for a lot of things; for most of the moments of Millie’s life and for the moments of Harry’s that matter. And Niall is the first to toast when Millie is born: Go maire sibh bhur saol nua — ‘may you enjoy your new life.”

- This fic will have you completely hooked. The characterization for all the characters is brilliant. I read this whole fic in a day. It was adorable and heart warming and just the right amount of sexy. Perfect.

6. 52 Birthdays With Lou

- I just assume that everyone has read this, but if you haven’t go do it. Right now. Leaves my sobbing like a baby every time, but still one oft he best things I’ve read. Just go read it. Now

7. Fugue

Harry falls asleep a 17 year-old who lives in Cheshire and is probably rockstar Louis Tomlinson’s biggest fan. He wakes up 24 with a wedding ring on his finger, two kids, and Louis Tomlinson attempting to wake him up with a blow job. The doctor calls it organic retrograde amnesia, says he might never get back the last seven years of his life. The only thing that feels the same is how he feels when Louis touches him, and maybe that’s enough to make him fall in love all over again.

-I love a good amnesia fic. This one was so adorable, and hot and just ugh. So good. And there’s babies. I just loved it. A great read, check it out

8. love is a word (you gave it a name)

“It’s worth it anyway,” says Harry, looking into Louis’s eyes. He’s untucked his hair from behind his ear, and it falls down in silky strands to obscure his face. He looks so painfully young, even after everything. Louis’s strong, strong boy. “Just for the two of us. We get to be selfish for a little while.”

it’s christmas. in between snowman building, tree shopping, and ill-advised skating on a frozen lake, louis and harry get ready to take the most important step of their lives.

-Ah, this gave me so hope. It was very realistic, and that’s what I loved most about it. And it’s very christmassy and fluffy. The ending made me cry cause it was so emotional. Made me proud to believe in larry.

9. 13 Reasons Why

You can’t stop the future.

You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret…is to press play.

Louis Tomlinson doesn’t want anything to do with the tapes Harry Styles made. Harry is dead. His secrets should be buried with him. Then Harry’s voice tells Louis that his name is on the tapes—and that he is, in some way, responsible for his death. All through the night, Louis keeps listening. He follows Harry’s recorded words through the streets of London….and what he discovers changes his life forever.

-Yes this is based on the book, which I have not read. But I did read the fic and I was absolutely enthralled. I could not stop reading, I had to figure out what happened. A great great story, only improved by our beautiful boys.

10. Faith and Trust and Pixie Dust

Harry Styles and his son, Lucas, are spending four days at Disneyland for Lucas’ sixth birthday. Louis Tomlinson is Peter Pan there, and takes a shine to both the boys. He gives them tickets to a Peter Pan show that night, and spends the evening with the two before spending the night with Harry. Lucas and Harry both find themselves getting attachd to Louis, and Louis finds the same himself.

 -What more could you need? Harry as a father, Louis as Peter Pan and a Disneyland vacation. Enough said.

11. vows

Harry and Louis have a dog, a cat, half a dozen kids, and a whole lot of trouble.

-The description does this series no justice. I was absolutely blown away with how well written this was, and how utterly beautifully domestic it was. Take the time to read it, you’ll thank me.

12. And Then a Bit

“We’d like to give the fans what they want.” Magee states, placing his hand on the table in front of him and leaning forward. “We want to give them Larry Stylinson.”

Or, take a parallel universe where Louis and Harry were never together, mix in a two year hiatus and an impending comeback, pour in a dash of lost fans, two tablespoons of strong friendship and a Modest! employee with a good idea. Add a squeeze of pretending to be a couple, lots of kisses and a tattoo or two. Stir. Serve: the mother of all publicity stunts.

(aka Harry and Louis fake a relationship for publicity. Eventually it becomes a lot less fake and a lot more real.)

-The mother of all publicity stunts is right. I loved this fic. It was realistic, and fun to read and had me yelling at my computer screen at some points. And it changed the way I feel about Something Great completely. Read it please.

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THE PJ’S (1999)

an American stop-motion animated television series, created by Eddie Murphy, Larry Wilmore, and Steve Tompkins. It portrayed life in an urban public housing project, modeled after the Cabrini–Green Housing Projects in Chicago. The series starred Eddie Murphy, and was produced by Imagine Entertainment by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, The Murphy Company and Will Vinton Studios in association with Touchstone Television.

Why was it special?: IT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST, IF NOT THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL BLACK ANIMATED SITCOM MADE FOR PRIME TIME TELEVISION

Ahh, the PJ’s, what can I say about it that millions of other haven’t said before me. It managed to carve out a successful viewership for itself on prime time television as an adult focused animated comedy despite stiff competition from The Simpsons and South Park.

I feel a bit of shame in saying that I didn’t really watch it. I didn’t watch much of The Simpsons either but that’s a story for another day. I’d catch bits and pieces of the PJ’s here or there  and be enchanted by the stop-motion animation but I never sat down and watched it until it was shown for a brief time on Adult Swim year later.

I enjoyed it quite a bunch. I mostly had the show on as background noise while I was putting off sleeping but I still felt entranced by the animation just like when I was a kid. I also got quite a kick out of the many antics of the residents of the Hilton-Jacobs Projects, particularly all of the zany, hyper-exaggerated personalities. The quality of writing was pretty high, I didn’t understand a lot of the jokes since they made references that kind of flew over my head but the fact that they had so much energy in their lines is what really made me laugh.

What is it about this show that made it an award winning hit with audiences and critics? I wish I could answer that question but I just don’t know. Is it the fact that Eddie Murphy was attached to it? Is it because it had a similar sort of style of humor to The Simpsons but wrapped up in a totally different package?

Let’s maybe get an idea from some folks who might know better. Today we’re joined by both Ash and Pix so let’s turn the platform over to them.

Ladies first so Ash, what do you have to say about the PJ’s?



Growing up not only as a young black girl living in the projects but also growing up on Wallace and Gromit , Gumby , and of course a big fan of Eddie Murphy , The PJs truly spoke to me .

Despite running 3 seasons , having an ensemble voice cast , and collecting prestigious accolades ( Emmys and one Annie Award ) this series still falls under the radar unfortunately . But it’s the year 2015 and the nostalgia bandwagon is still running high right ? so I am more than happy to add my two cents and hopefully introduce others to this series .

In this age of tumblr , the discussion of representation is discussed more than ever if you ask me so this a good time to discuss this series’ entertainment value and what it stood for.

Eddie Murphy was one of the masterminds behind this series , in addition to that he also lended his voice work along with prominent black talents such as Loretta Devine , Janet Duboise , and Jenifer Lewis . It gets much better knowing that brilliant George Clinton blessed our ears with his sounds.

Our show’s main character Thurgood Stubbs was rather obnoxious for the most part but nonetheless entertaining , had this character just arrived in the year 2015 he would have been picked apart by people who didn’t consume the product . It’s very fortunate that this series was released when it was because it didn’t really sugar coat what it was like to live in the projects and I can tell you first hand that if you had this upbringing there was most likely a Thurgood in the neighborhood as well as the nosey elderly lady ( Mrs. Avery ) who often got under people’s skin.

Some people may not like to see these things displayed in the media because they feel that stereotypes are being perpetuated. But due to the time of it’s release and the lack of social justice hovering , it allowed people to say “ Hey this show speaks to me ” and while it may not have been embraced like the Simpsons was , as I mentioned earlier it lasted 3 seasons and collected a few Emmys as well as an Annie Award which speaks volumes .

For anyone interested in this series you are in luck since the show is now airing on MTV2 which again says something about it’s worth .

While it may not appeal to the suburban prudes and the hive mind , this show represents people in other corners of the country who can laugh and say “ We have one of those in my neighborhood ” I just hope that those individuals can be open with their satisfaction with the series .



And Pix, how about you, whaddya got for us?



You know I remember really wanting to like The PJ’s when it first came out.
There were a lot of elements within it that should have made it an instant winner in my book.


It’s animation style was claymation, which besides MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch, was never utilized in the states, especially for television. It a major network show that stared a black cast, which was also nearly unheard of in the late 90’s. And it partially came from the brain of Eddie Murphy, who despite his “Party All The Time” shenanigans and many career missteps, is a comedian/actor who arguably will be mentioned in the same breath as Richard Pryor when it comes to the most influential black comedians.

On paper, it’s was a bold show. Heck, even now a show like the PJ’s would still seem kind of ahead of the curve.

Yet despite all these elements, I was never really a huge fan of this show.

It’s not bad.

In fact, it’s fair to say that FOX has had much worse when it comes to an animated show starring black characters (side eyes to the lazy Cleveland Show). But there are a few inner and outside elements related to the show that made it hard for me to really love it.

On the inside, most of the humor or jokes were actually kind of hit or miss. Cheap even, coming off at times as something I would have found during the opening days of UPN.

Yeah, anyone else, remember “Homeboys In Outer Space?”

No?

Great.

That’s not to say that you can’t do stellar urban comedy. In fact, FOX showed that you could years prior thanks to legendary sketch show In Living Color. And the PJ’s at the time could shine as well to me, but never to the point that you would expect from something related to Eddie Murphy, Larry Willmore, and Matt Groening.

But maybe the real problem is that The PJS never had enough time to fully become as great as it promised to me. A lot of animated shows have rough starts before becoming fan favorites. I mean there’s no way you could look me in the eyes, and tell me that the first couple of seasons of The Simpsons, although charming, were a bit rough compared to the onslaught of comedic gems it delivered later before withering. And maybe that’s the case with this show. It did only last three seasons. Maybe season four would have been the one to fully convert me.


We’ll never know.


Pretty differing viewpoints but insightful none-the-less. Thanks guys

TRIVIA

CLOSING THOUGHTS

3 seasons worked out pretty good for this show in my opinion. It was kind of losing steam, by the end of season 3. There’s also the fact that there was rumors  persisting the show of Eddie Murphy leaving due to disputes with Fox executives or he was just b-flat busy with a movie meant that the series was losing one of its main draws. So it’s probably a good thing that it was cut before it started to overstay its welcome.

All and all, this was certainly an enjoyable watch and an example that black animation can survive on prime time t.v.

The Top 10 Harry/Louis Fics of 2014 (on AO3)

The top  Harry/Louis fics of 2014 on AO3, sorted by kudos on January 2, 2015.  Anything pre-2014 has been skipped. :)

1. The Top 10 Chaptered Harry/Louis Fics Here and the Top 10 Harry/Louis One Shots Here, other lists Here

 1.  Wear It Like A Crown by Zarah5

AU. As part of a team of fixers hired to handle a gay scandal in Buckingham Palace, Louis expects Prince Harry to be a lot of things—most notably a royally spoilt brat. Never mind that the very same Prince Harry used to star in quite a number of Louis’ teenage fantasies.

 2.  Four’s Company by Vampire_angel_z

Short Summary: The alpha triplets need a mate. Louis is too perfect to be true.

3.  Baby Heaven’s in your Eyes by Theboyfriendstagram

They couldn’t be more different if they tried. Louis Tomlinson is 17 years old and in his last year of the most prestigious private school in Doncaster. Everyone who attends his school knows him thanks to his incredibly rich family, sassy attitude and gorgeous girlfriend, Eleanor Calder. If there’s one thing that completely annoys him, it’s that there is a poor community college right across the street.

Harry Styles is 19 years old, and (once again) in his last year of college. He goes to community college in Doncaster. He never shows up to classes and if he actually bothers to, he’s either high or drunk; sometimes both. His skin is littered with tattoos and if there’s one thing he absolutely hates, it’s the snobby students attending the private school right across from his.

 Or a sixth form!AU where Harry is the fucked up bad boy with too many problems, Louis is the perfect rich boy with too much money and their schools are right across from each other. They meet at a party and that’s the last (and maybe the only) thing they need.

4.  And Then a Bit by Infinitelymint

“We’d like to give the fans what they want.” Magee states, placing his hand on the table in front of him and leaning forward. “We want to give them Larry Stylinson.”

Or, take a parallel universe where Louis and Harry were never together, mix in a two year hiatus and an impending comeback, pour in a dash of lost fans, two tablespoons of strong friendship and a Modest! employee with a good idea. Add a squeeze of pretending to be a couple, lots of kisses and a tattoo or two. Stir. Serve: the mother of all publicity stunts.

(aka Harry and Louis fake a relationship for publicity. Eventually it becomes a lot less fake and a lot more real.)

5. You’ll Breathe Me In (You Won’t Release) by LoadedGunn

His first driving lesson with Louis takes place on a Saturday.

Harry stumbles out through the front gate in thrown-on baggy jeans and his ratty Ramones shirt, sees Louis leaning casually against the car, and his knees nearly give out. Apparently “not another surly teacher” meant a drop dead gorgeous twenty-something scruffy guy with shaggy brown hair and cheekbones sharp enough to chop a salad with. Clearly, Robin’s trying to get Harry killed at seventeen.

Or, the AU where Louis is a 25-year-old driving instructor and Harry is a 17-year-old virgin who’s really awful at seduction, except for the time he gets Louis to fall for him and fuck him senseless and take him on kinky adventures.

Part 1 of the driving instructor fic series

6. It’s My Pleasure To Introduce You by LoadedGunn

Louis cannot help himself. He stretches a bit so he can whisper in Harry’s ear, “That’s what I’d do to you, when you’re close to coming. Just think. You’ll be so overwhelmed but you won’t want it to end, not really, so I’ll switch it to the seventh setting, give you just a few seconds to catch your breath but then it’ll rock inside you, right against your spot, so hard you won’t be able to breathe, but before you can finally come it’ll stop again. How long do you think you could keep it there, just staying right on the edge?”

“I couldn’t,” Harry whispers, definitely shivering now. “I just couldn’t tease myself like that, I’d have to touch my cock. If I wanted to… I’d need someone to do it for me.”

Louis slips his hands from Harry’s fingers to his wrist, where he clutches hard. “You would.”

Or, the AU where Louis is the most helpful sex shop salesperson in the history of sex shops, and Harry really was just looking for a vibrator with simple instructions (yet ended up getting a hands-on demonstration).

Part 1 of sex shop fic (dildornado ‘verse)

7. From Eight Until Late, I Think About You by Supernope

After finding out that his University of Brighton roommate has a YouTube channel, Harry starts up his own channel, on which he posts videos of himself doing weekly challenges. He strikes up a friendship with Louis, a popular youtuber in London, that starts in the comments on their videos and progresses to texting, skyping, and talking about each other in their own videos far too often. They fall for each other long-distance, but put off meeting face-to-face as long as possible, too nervous that they’ll screw it all up.

Involves a bunch of YouTube challenges (AKA excuses for Harry to get naked), some awkward snapchat mishaps, and a whole lot of pining.

8. We’ll Play Hide and Seek To Turn This Around (Give Me Love Like Never Before) by Wankerville

So here’s the thing,” he starts. “I didn’t mean what I said a few weeks ago to like, hurt your feelings or anything. If you like painting your nails, then you should do that, and not like, care if anyone else doesn’t like it because their opinions shouldn’t matter, you know?” Louis takes a breath, finally glancing over to see the boy wide-eyed and pink-cheeked. On a whim, he adds, “And like, I noticed you scraping it off and you haven’t been wearing any and I think you should because that’s what you like.”
or an au where harry paints his nails and drinks strawberry milk and is too nervous for it to be nothing and louis’ just trying to figure out whats wrong with him

Part 1 of strawberry milk fic

9.  Empty Skies by Green_feelings

For three years, Harry has been running from his past. Now, he is moving to London and pledges to fulfil his only dream – making it big in the music industry. Not everyone has a place, though, and the competition is tough. As is his past catching up on him.

Louis is part of the biggest boy band of the world, and getting there had meant a lot of hard work, as well as sacrificing parts of his heart and soul. He’s still happy. Maybe not as happy as he could be, but who is he to complain?

Featuring Perrie as Harry’s adorable flatmate, Niall as his manager, and Liam and Zayn as Louis’ bandmates.

10. Counting The Steps Between Us by Zarah5

AU. So, yeah. That year abroad helped Harry establish that he is in love with his best friend. Now, if Louis would stop treating him like a little brother, that would be awesome. (Additional ingredients: a collapsing tree house, a lot of pining, the other three boys as Louis’ new best mates from university, and a camping trip. Serve hot.)

Same Closet, Different Strategies, Different Effects

 Louis is “the gay one”

During the X factor and shortly thereafter, most casual observers without any emotional bias may very quickly have come to the conclusion that Louis was gay. The usual gay stereotypes, such as him having flamboyant and camp mannerisms would have been the biggest indication. This would not have gone unnoticed by the management of the band, so they would have reacted to this almost immediately. The band all went through media training when they were signed up. It’s almost certain that they would have devised a plan of action of how to deal with the perception of Louis’ sexuality.

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The 'And...' Series.

Just a snapshot of their days in these lives they’re living.

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They all exist in the same space and are essentially canon compliant, following through in the same timeline, but can be read as one-shots if you wish.

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Also on Ao3: The And Series

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A larry fic rec for paddy, my sister!!

Okay parentinglarenting here are some fics I liked a lot.  This is NOT a comprehensive list. ahah obviously.  but anyway, to start out I’m just going to try to give you an overview of some fics of various lengths that I thought were good.  I’ll probably get overly enthusiastic about things, sorry.  Let me know if you have questions!! 

Butterfly Gun by Eravain (100k)

summary:  Harry has never been much of a fighter, but—as always—where Louis Tomlinson is concerned, a lot of things stop being true. 1940’s AU. Even after six years apart, they can’t forget their shared wartime childhood.

This fic is so emotional and well-written.  I got all sort of deep pains in my heart from it and almost cried a few times.  In general I recommend all the stuff eravain has written.  

leave it to the breeze by Hattalove (81k)

 Louis couldn’t be prouder of his bake, but there’s something—there’s something. Something about Harry Styles and the earnest way he measures, pours, mixes, scrapes. Something about the tip of his tongue poking out of his mouth as he knocks the air out of his batter.

or a great british bake off au in which louis cares about winning and winning only, harry is made of sunshine and rainbow sprinkles, and niall sticks his nose into other people’s business. also featuring liam as louis’s best friend-slash-concerned mother, and zayn as a macaron connoisseur.

Harry and Louis are both great in this and the sexual tension is like A++++++++++++.  I felt like I was dying.  Also it was funny.  Same thing as with eravain, I recommend anything by hattalove.  I particularly like amaryllis (the werewolf fic) and ever ever after (an enchanted AU) also.

  little wings on my shoes by juliusschmidt (39k)

You have C Lunch?”  Louis asks, peering over at Harry’s work. The problem Harry’s just finished is printed neatly, the correct answer circled. Harry’s finger marks the next problem in his book as he copies it onto the page. It doesn’t look like he’s stealing the answers out of the back. Nice.

 He’s dimpled and smart.

 And probably gay.

[The American High School AU in which no one is cool (except Niall) and Harry wears a rainbow bracelet.]

This fic is so great because it really feels like they are real high school students.  Also they are nerdish in a real life kind of way.  Like we were in high school.  (okay, ahahah I know you are like, easing into this fic thing a little bit, but if you wanted to branch out – first, alert me – and then I will explain ABO fic to you and then you can read the harry you little shit series that juliusschmidt is doing, because it’s amazing.)

One For Luck by leavingonatrain (58k so far)

The first time they talk isn’t the first time they’ve met.

No, the very first time Louis remembers hearing Harry Styles’ deep, deep voice, he’s just won gold at the World Equestrian Games and he’s officially back on Great Britain’s Olympic team. He’s also three sheets to the wind, drunk on victory and champagne, and there’s a gorgeous boy whispering in his ear. Life’s grand.

or: Louis and Harry are professional riders on the same Olympic team.

Okay this is a WIP, just FYI.  I love it because the subject reminds me of Jilly Cooper, and also the tone is just like that, too.  I’m not sure how to describe it.  Witty and unsentimental, but not cynical?  I don’t know.  Anyway, it super works for me and I get really happy whenever it updates. 

Roadblock by LoadedGunn (19k)

 No one can say Louis isn’t motivated to win The Amazing Race. He wants to be the best partner Liam can have, and his mum could definitely use the million quid. But. He noticed Harry two seconds after reading their first clue and then sort of hasn’t stopped. How could he, Harry’s a two-metre, tattooed, good-humoured charmer who probably has an arsenal of bad jokes and fifty pets with unimaginative names. So he kept an eye on him, like he would all their competitors. Just to measure him up.

Or, an Amazing Race AU where Louis and Liam are the driven, athletic guys who are in it to win it, Harry and Niall are the useless best friends that get by due to luck and possibly magic, and somewhere between Italy and Japan Louis falls inconveniently in love. (Also Zayn is the supermodel host.)

You probably wouldn’t go wrong reading all the LoadedGunn that is available.  There is great dialogue and it’s always genuinely funny.  I also like it how the tone is always warm. This Amazing Race one is super re-readable. I also really love the Formula One AU.

Curtains, Cataclysms, and Constellations by aclosetlarryshipper (30k)

Harry doesn’t understand the boy next door.

People don’t normally send surreptitious messages through the form of symbolic emotion and quick glances if they want to be left alone. Right?

No. His new neighbour is trying to say something to him.

(And if Harry decides to devote his entire summer to figuring him out, it will be a summer well spent.)

I love this fic it made me laugh out loud really hard on the hammock last year while we were in long island. 

Gotta Make You Understand by shipsdrifting (5k)

“Hey!” Niall exclaims, nudging Harry in the side. “Hey, isn’t that - Wait. Why are you so red?” His eyes narrow for a moment, and then he hits Harry on the shoulder again, harder. “No fucking way,” he breathes, his face growing impossibly wide with glee. “Are you actually fucking telling me you’ve been coming – no, sneaking - around here every week in secret because you still have a mad crush on Louis Tomlinson?”

Or, Uni AU in which Gemma, Liam and Louis are One Direction, and Harry is the World’s Most Supportive Brother - really.

Just super cute and like a little tiny bit of mini angst.  hahaha i love mini angst where you know it’s not going to hurt for that long so it’s the best. 

I’ve been stuck inside (your heart-shaped box) by colourexplosion (6k)

AU. Harry and Louis meet for the first time when they have to kiss on camera for Zayn’s art project.

Just really cute flirting and then sex. ahaha what more could you want??  Also, I am finally going to read colourexplosion’s iceskating fic now but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be great!!!! 

my heart is breathing for this moment in time by usedtothebeach (160k) 

When Louis first saw Harry at the 2010 X Factor Auditions, he thought he was watching a peculiarly special stranger. But Harry has known Louis ever since he was five years old.

Because Louis has a rare genetic disorder that causes him to Time Travel to important moments in his past and in his future - and to Harry, always to Harry. When they’re put into a band together, it seems like everything Harry has been waiting and wishing for has finally come true. Except for the small fact that Louis doesn’t know that Harry is in love with him- that Harry’s always been in love with him. Fate, it would seem, is just getting started.

A story about growing up and growing together, and the impossible love that makes it all worthwhile.

It’s based off the time traveler’s wife, I don’t know if you read that book.  Anyway, it’s VERY well written.  Again, I don’t know how adventurous you are willing to get, but this author also wrote a SUPER good mpregish type fic.  It’s really melancholy but like, I don’t know, so well written.  

these sweet thoughts by Adelagia (40k)

When Louis has the worst day of his life, it’s only because Harry hasn’t accidentally walked into it yet.

Featuring Louis as Ariel in a production of The Tempest, Harry as a happily overworked pastry chef, Niall their cheerleader, Zayn their less vocal but equally enthusiastic cheerleader, Kinder Surprises, stiff peaks, and someone getting punched by mistake.

I just felt happy the whole time while I was reading it.  ahah that’s pretty much what I remember from it. Also this author wrote a fairy AU that made me cry, so you could read that too. 

Okay, that seems like enough for now.  There is so much GREAT FIC.  So like, whenever you want more, just tell me and I’ll make another rec. In fact here is a link to a marcel fic rec I did in advance. 

Clubby Goes To Brooklyn

A friend and fellow comic found me on Facebook (an easy place to find people who often have to be in states where they don’t know anyone) and he was bummed out. He had just bombed hard.

There’s nothing worse than bombing for a comedian. It’s all the self doubt you constantly feel after choosing this insane profession concentrated into one series of excruciating moments you have to live through in real time. It’s a complete rejection of the sum total of your creative efforts by the very people you are trying to please. And the best part? Stand up performance has an effect where it feels like time slows down. You are making so many decisions in lightning fast intervals that it seems like minutes take five minutes. So you get to experience this rejection of your life’s work for twice as long as it took.

Whatever you’ve done in the past doesn’t matter when you’re bombing. Life is only the present moment. And in the present moment, you are terrible. That is why we have such dire names for the act of bombing. The most common in 2014 is “I ate it.” The “it” is kept vague, so the listener can imagine whatever would be most horrible to them. Sometimes you go for specificity. “I ate shit.” The Spinal Tap-esque “I ate a shit sandwich.” “I died” “I took a shit up there.” In the HBO special “Talking Funny”, Jerry Seinfeld talks about a set that “went right in the toilet.”

So when a comedian comes to you with a bombing story, your heart goes out to them. A little bit of you feels how awful they felt by osmosis, just hearing about it. Even comics who are deliberately edgy and provocative hate bombing. Sara Silverman may have material that part of America is bound to find offensive, but SHE thinks its funny, and feels bad when the audience she has presented it to disagrees. Anthony Jeselnick knows that half the tables may hate his dark jokes, but he wants the other half to love them, and when they don’t, he feels as bad as anyone does who just failed at the thing they have been working on their entire life. Even in horrible situations where you are almost bound to fail (and I disagree with Mr. Seinfeld when he says there are no bad audiences, of course there are) it sucks. I bombed hard in a corporate banquet hall in Canada. After-wards I could tell myself that the lights were on, the people were eating and didn’t know there would be a show, and I was in the center of a massive room with no stage, and it would all be true. But my mouth went dry and my armpits turned into lakes while it happened regardless.

“It’s worse,” my friend went on. “I bombed in an alt room. I always bomb in alt rooms and it’s fucking me up!” This is a real and consequential worry in today’s comedy world. As the great Moshe Kasher says, “your act has to be smart enough that you do well in an alt room, and strong enough that you do well in a club.”

My friend went on, “A lot of the people I started with ran the room and I just felt like a road hack asshole.”

If you are not a comedian or an aspiring comedian, those last few quotes may have been incomprehensible, at least the parts that weren’t about feeling like an asshole, to which anyone can relate. An “alt room” is the 2014 shortened jargon for a room that features “alternative comedy,” a 90’s term first coined for the comedy of Patton Oswalt, Janeane Garofolo, Blaine Capatch, and other like-minded comics who were going against the tired formulaic cable-television mode of the comics of the late 1980’s. And a “road hack” is a damning comedy insult describing comedians who take lowest common denominator unoriginal comedy to bars and comedy clubs outside of major cities.

He went on, “What do I have to change to do well in alt rooms?” It’s a question I get asked a lot. And rightly so.

In 2014 I did standup comedy at the Meltdown Show in the back of a comic book store on Sunset Boulevard, at Whiplash at the UCB improv theater in New York, at the Littlefield Theater and Canyon Gallery in Brooklyn, at the Hot Tub show in Los Angeles, the Hollywood Theater in Portland, and the Grawlix show at the Bug Theater in Denver. You cannot get more “alt” than these shows. I don’t say this to brag. There are at least 300 comedians who can all say the same thing. I mention it because in the same year I made most of my living in standard comedy clubs in places like Kokomo, Indiana, Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and I did essentially the same act I did in Brooklyn. Are there certain references I don’t bother with in the Midwest? Sure. I have a bit about hipsters that I don’t do outside of big cities, but only because the reference would be obscure enough to them to make the bit a waste of their time, just as I wouldn’t do in depth material about Los Angeles in Montreal. But are there pandery bits I would do in Indiana that I would hide from the city folk? No.

But man did there used to be. When I came up as a comedian, from about 1998-2002, there was a TON of stuff I wouldn’t do in a hip comedy room if I was given a court order. I let the whims of the front row of Best Western hotel bar crowds dictate what I did every night. If they liked it, it was in. Did it matter that I got in to standup because of the avant-garde comedy of Monty Python, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, The Christopher Guest movies, The Larry Sanders Show, and Mr. Show with Bob and David? No. It mattered that I didn’t want a day job, these were the gigs I got, and I didn’t want to lose them.

I was good at it too. I hit my punchlines about Atari graphics, being high, hand jobs, and how some song lyrics don’t make a lot of sense. I sold my embarrassing bumper stickers that said, “You’re a Gayrod.” The bit was about being called that as a kid, and wasn’t on its face homophobic, but even at 25 I was smart enough to know that might not be why they were buying it. And smart enough to feel guilty about it. But not courageous enough to cut the bit. I was following guys who cracked bullwhips, did nothing but shit on their marriages, and made more Lorena Bobbit, 4 hour erection, and Monica Lewinsky jokes than Steven King has stories about writers in danger in Maine. And they would KILL. I wanted to survive.

I wasn’t the only one who felt I had a hacky act. The one room in the city that could be called “alternative,” a pool hall showcase called the Elevated, didn’t book me for years. To my scene, I was a “road guy.”

The only thing that saved me was a room in Chicago called the Lyons Den. Much has been made of this legendary open mic, so instrumental in the careers of Pete Holmes, Kumail Nanjiani, Kyle Kinane, TJ Miller, and Hannibal Buress. But the comedy there, and in its predecessor, Mark Geary’s Red Lion, was smart. It was informed by a city perspective. I would perform there once a week (I may have made my living in Cracker Barrel country, but my apartment was in Wicker Park.) I always felt intimidated by the other comics’ inventive jokes and pressure to equal them. I could comfort myself that those jokes would die in Wassau, WI, but I knew they were doing what I wanted to be doing.

Pete Holmes described the environment of the Den as “our little version of the Shire. We were all happy Hobbits creating jokes for each other. Then we would go out on the road in the Midwest and it was like Mordor. You’d come back and just hope you didn’t get any Orc on you.” I had a ton of Orc on me. One of the big ones you meet at the end of “Fellowship.” When I came back to the Den every Monday, I felt nervous and intimidated by the burgeoning comedic voices around me. I would pare down my act, and leave out the “dumb” jokes. And what hurt more was knowing that my Chicago comedy peers had the same influences I did. I was pandering.

Eventually I found a way to make about five of the Den minutes work enough on the road, and to my good fortune, those minutes became the sets that would allow me to win the comedy portion of CBS’ “Star Search” in 2003. That got me to L.A.

But even in L.A. I was a club guy. That’s what I knew. The sensibility of the club with the two drink minimum, the brick wall, and the audience full of tourists and “regular folk.” That was the crowd I was attuned to, and that was the crowd I twisted myself into a pretzel to please. In L.A. I played the Laugh Factory. In New York, the Comic Strip. Fine clubs. Great clubs. But clubs. The exact scene and sensibility the alt comics were rebelling against. I was pretty successful in this style. You can watch my “Ramen Noodles” bit from the Laugh Factory to observe it. I put on a phony swagger. I make sure my topics are all general and universal. I write what I think they want to hear, not what I want to say. I am proud of the work I did in that period, but it doesn’t accurately reflect my comic tastes or my real self. I could walk the walk in the clubs, but it wasn’t really me. And the club crowds were always going to prefer the genuine article to a Bob and David fan tying himself in knots trying to be Dane Cook. And I was miserable.

My peers were mostly comic actors. Standup was secondary to them. A means to the end of being famous. People who were in it to express themselves, who’s main focus was the art of standup comedy itself, I didn’t know where they were. Except I knew how to find out. Two of my friends from the Den days, the last time the “alt comic” side of myself felt supported, Matt Braunger and Kyle Kinane, moved to Los Angeles. The others, Pete, TJ, Hannibal, Kumail, moved to New York City, and they wouldn’t re enter my life for a few more years. Kyle and Matt hated the idea of getting “orc” all over themselves. Being a road hack was a fate worse than death to them. And they were willing to keep their day jobs to make sure it never happened. They toiled away closed captioning TV shows in the day time, and went out to the L.A. alt rooms at night. They made none of the money I did from standup, but were honing an act that was true to their own vision and no one else’s. I told Matt about my predicament in 2005. “Come to the UCB Christmas Party,” he said. I did, and it was the single best decision I made since becoming a standup. I am now performing only material I am proud of, and have a group of brilliant minds I get to create with all over the United States, and audiences who will follow me where ever I choose to go, and an act that I wouldn’t be embarrassed to share with the men and women who made me a comedy fan in the first place. An act I can go back in to the mainstream clubs with, and make that same front row in Wisconsin laugh without pandering to them with hack bullshit.

So when someone says “I’m a club guy. How do you do alt rooms?” I think I’m someone you can listen to on the subject.

First of all, I think there is a false reading of the definition of “Alternative Comedy.” It’s partly just because the name is dumb. Alternative comedy? “The alternative to comedy is drama,” said Ali LeRoi to the guffaws of the club guys at the 2000 Chicago Comedy Fest.

There is a disdain between the two camps that an outsider to the world of comedians may not know about. Club comics feel like “alt” comics could only survive in their womb-like atmospheres where they are pampered by too polite crowds. The genius club comic (who I might add does extremely well in alt rooms) Bill Burr had a famous rant on just this topic. They could never kill a club at midnight and are therefore not as good as a club comic, who has chops to survive hostile crowds. This is the same argument the Catskills comics of the late 50’s and early 60’s had about Lenny Bruce, Woody Allen, and the other East Village comics, who were the first to write personal material. “They only kill among college nerds. Put ‘em in Atlantic City and they’d eat a dick.” I will concede this point. I have done alt material in A.C. And sometimes dick is on my menu. The other knock on it is that if it’s so “Alternative” why isn’t it more left of center?

“I’ve seen alternative comedians,” says a typical complaint. “They’re not weird. It’s just jokes. What’s so alternative about it? There’s weirder stuff in a club.” They are missing the point. The name comes from the 90’s. Journalists ran with it because it seemed like a parallel to what was happening in music. 1980’s hair bands were out of date. The new bands were the answer to that cookie cutter mindset. They called themselves Alternative (or rather Spin and Rolling Stone called them that regardless of what Mr. Cobain and Mr. Vedder thought they were doing.) So, easy analogy. Kevin Meaney equals Journey. Patton Oswalt equals The Pixies. The Pixies are Alternative Rock. Hello, Alternative Comedy. As you can imagine, this is fucked. And this reading of the term leads to the confusion we face today.

The “alternative” in “Alternative Comedy” didn’t refer to the comedy at all. “It referred to the venue,” said Dana Gould, who is as wise and knowledgeable as a thousand rabbis, and one of the godfathers of the original 90’s alt scene. “Our shows were not at comedy clubs,” he told me. “They were at bars and restaurants and black box theaters and rock clubs, and anywhere they would let us put on a show.” They were alternative to the Comedy Store and the Improv, where the two drink minimum and the Zagat guide walk-in, and the standards of the Leno show, still dictated what was on the stage. When club comics approach the alt scene and don’t see the crazy out there performances they are expecting, some of it stems from this mistake. It is true that smashing watermelons and talking out of a puppet’s mouth are actually further from “regular” standup than most of what you would find at Whiplash, even though Gallagher and Dunham would never be called alternative. That’s because it’s not what’s on the stage that’s the biggest difference between club comedy and the alt scene. In fact, on a modern bill, there will be quite a bit of crossover between the two worlds, no matter what building you are in. Marc Maron famously starts his nights in L.A. at an alt room, and finishes them up in the Original Room of the Comedy Store, the blueprint of the modern club. It’s not who’s on stage who puts the alt in alt comedy. It’s who is in the seats.

Let’s go back to the East Village in the early 1960’s one more time. There’s an audience of college nerds and bohemian hipsters. They’re socially liberal. They like jazz and political folk music. They like smart comedy. They are watching all three in a small basement club in lower Manhattan. In between jazz acts they watch socially conscious and intellectually daring comedians who are writing personal material about their lives. As the Long Playing Record makes listening to entire performances at home possible for the first time, they make stars out of Richard Pryor and George Carlin, and the modern standup comedian (as opposed the the 1940’s Borshct Belt man making mother in law jokes that someone else wrote) is born. This left of center intellectual audience sticks with comedy through the boom in the 1980’s and they launch the careers of Steve Martin, Stephen Wright, Bill Hicks, and Emo Phillips. But then the intense sexism and homophobia of the 1980’s and early 1990’s turn them sour on stand up. Eddie Murphy yelling about “faggots” is the first blow. Then Sam Kinison screaming about “whores” and yelling at Africans for being poor, capped off by Andrew “Dice” Clay filling stadiums with comedy that was not only reactionary, but also stupid, proved that there was nothing left in standup for the hipsters and nerds and lefties and they pulled out. Good bye.

They were a huge part of the standup audience. Perhaps the most integral part. They were the people who made the entire thing possible, sitting there in the East Village and following Lenny Bruce as he traveled the American consciousness. Take them out and you get a crash, just as if you took whiskey drinkers out of country music. They were the people who loved this thing most, and they were gone.

They didn’t stop wanting to laugh, but the brick wall and the microphone represented a place where they weren’t welcome, and the ideas they heard coming out of that microphone were not worth buying two drinks to hear. So someone had to come along and make comedy for them. And they weren’t gonna do it in the clubs. So back to the theaters and bars and East Village music clubs it goes, as Patton and Janeane and Dana and Paul F. Tompkins and Maria Bamford replace the beatnik comics of the 1950’s.

It’s not the CHEESE of the 1980’s the alt comics rebelled against, it’s the REACTIONARY MATERIAL. The original fans of modern standup comedy had no use for the Rush Limbaugh Revival Meeting that their art form had devolved into, and neither did their 1990’s equivalents. It is no surprise to me that the message of Chris Rock’s “Bring the Pain,” and The Chappelle Show began the modern standup revival. Finally there was something that the people who loved the genre most wanted to hear again. It’s not Kevin Meaney equals Journey that was the problem. It’s Dice Equals Guns N’ Roses’ “One in a Million”

So that’s who’s in the seats at an alt show. The same people who were in the seats at the dawn of standup. Finally. Once again. After we drove them out, some smart comedians in the 1990’s found a way to welcome them back. The college nerds. The liberals. The bohemians. The people who got this shit off the ground. And they don’t want to see it ruined again. They don’t want to see Meltdown become The Chuckle Hut. When you perform for them, just remember the cardinal rule of comedy: entertain the people there in front of you. In an alt room, you are performing for an audience of discerning fans who love this stuff. “The treat comedy like its opera!” said a reverent Todd Glass about the Los Angeles alt scene. Are there some bandwagon jumpers? Sure. You couldn’t sell that many tickets a week to purists alone. But at the core of an alt show are smart, mostly lefty (although there are a fair amount of righty libertarian types too) people who don’t want to be talked down to. They don’t want to be told to “make some noise.” They aren’t gonna respond to “where my ladies at?” They aren’t going to appreciate jokes full of generalities. “All men are this,” “All women are that,” “Black people are this way,” isn’t going to work because they don’t see people as monolithic types that march in lockstep. Basically if a comedian is telling jokes that stem from the idea that beer commercials are right about the human genders, they will bomb in an alt room. Is there crappy comedy that makes alt crowds laugh that actually sucks? Yes! If I hear one more joke about whatever movie just came out and why it is bad, or one more 1990’s comic book reference without a joke behind it, I may knock myself out with my chair. But there is crappy stuff in every genre. Is there a lefty bias? Yeah. Will they entertain conservative ideas as long as you don’t insult them or put them down? Absolutely, as the Christian Southern club comic Nate Bargatze proves every night he goes up at Meltdown or UCB and destroys.

Is there a womb like mentality that makes it too easy to kill? I don’t know. A. I don’t see that as bad. I face enough hecklers on the road I am happy there is a shrine to comedy somewhere where they are not welcome. B. A reverent audience is a great thing. Aren’t you more excited to please the people who care the most about the thing you are doing? I’d be happy to have my music enjoyed at a state fair, but much happier to watch it go over at Carnegie Hall.

What was the joke my friend bombed with? It was about “Chick flicks being like porn for women, and crying at the Notebook being like jacking off.” None of the people in the seats see themselves as what Cosmo and Maxim put out as women and men, and this joke, even with the sexist language removed was not going to ring true in the 2014 equivalent of the East Village jazz club. It was the content of the comedy, not the form or structure, that doomed him.

Club comics unnecessarily fret that certain types of comedy are simply too mainstream for an alt room. Nonsense. One Liners work fine. Ask Anthony Jeselnick. Guitar Comedy? Garfunkel and Oates kill. Impressions? James Adomian does them to huge applause breaks. Magic? Talk to Meltdown favorite Justin Willman. There’s no genre that is inherently hacky if you find a way to present it that is your own. This is the widest and most narrow art form in the world. As long as the people in the seats do one specific thing over and over again, you can make them do it literally any way you want. It’s not the style of performance that will get a club comic in trouble in alt land. It’s the worldview of the comic they are concerned with. The opinions and the style of delivering those opinions is what will get you in trouble there.

Any comic can conquer an alt room. And countless club comics have. Jim Gaffigan, Bill Burr, Tom Wilson, Ian Edwards, Deon Cole, Dan Levy, Mo Mandel… I have seen all of them kill. As Kyle Kinane says, “you start out comedy behind a fence, whatever fence your scene was, urban, club, whatever, but eventually you grow enough to just step over it.”

In the end, the “new adjustment” that must be made in an alt room, is the oldest rule in comedy. Make the people in front of you laugh. It’s the same rule that got me in trouble pandering to Best Western audiences so long ago. But it’s a different group of people, who care much more about the thing I do for a living.

“Well then, aren’t you just pandering to that front row instead of the Best Western front row?” you might ask. No, because one of the things the front row at Meltdown doesn’t like, is pandering. And for the most part, they’re smart enough to see it. If you treat them as people you don’t already have figured out, as people who might not be like the “typical person” the media presents, you will do fine. Because these people aren’t the “typical person.” But in the end, is anyone? The only thing you won’t sell to an alt crowd is stupidity, lazy thinking, outright homophobia, racism, and sexism. That will fail there. But shouldn’t it fail everywhere?

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Harry Styles is a fan of One Direction, like not a massive one but they’re cool. He doesn’t go to their concerts, but he buys their CDs and it’d be cool to meet them. What he doesn’t expect is actually meeting them and it just so happens he has a crush on, Louis Tomlinson. That night takes an unexpected turn and they find themselves in bed together. The thing about it is Louis has a girlfriend, like an actual girlfriend and not some beard. The other thing is that, well Harry is a bit special and he’s about to find out just how special he is.

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Arrow 5x01: Legacy: Everything Old is New Again

“Oliver’s dead!” my husband called to me from the living room as he queued up the DVR to watch Survivor.  “There’s his grave, he’s dead.”

And I swear, as I poured my glass of wine, I didn’t know if he was kidding.  Honestly, my first thought was, “Wow, they are taking the Flashpoint thing to its obvious and gruesome end!”

Because that was my mindset going into tonight’s episode.  I had absolutely no idea what was going to happen or how I would feel about it.  4B was when I lost faith in the writers.  The spoilers were unpromising.  Fandom’s reaction at time approached apocalyptic.  I would find myself getting mad, really mad, and come on here to hash it all out in a rage-fueled meta - and then stop myself.  Wait and see, I thought.  Just wait and see.  Don’t spiral out on speculation.  Wait until there’s something to be angry about before you get angry.

So I sat on my couch, sipped my wine, and watch 5x01.

And, you know what?  It wasn’t bad.

Last year, I praised Arrow’s season opener.  I said Arrow had returned to form, it was awesome, I paraphrased Oliver’s “I’m happy line.”  I’m not doing that this season.  I’m not going to get my hopes up, not unless the writing warrants it.  At this point, the best I can do is say, It wasn’t bad.  If that’s too negative, I understand; no one has to read these rambles.  But if you, too, are wondering what to make of this new Arrow, then follow me below.

A Love Letter to the Fans

That term gets thrown out a lot.  Love letter to the fans.  It usually means a special episode bringing back old characters.  On that front, 5x01 doesn’t fit the bill - but there were so many little moments, so many callbacks, that I feel like it was all the same.  This was an episode you could watch, and enjoy, without having seen every episode.  But if you have, and if you’ve seen them multiple times, and if you can cite them chapter and verse - in short, if you are on this website talking about Arrow, then there was a lot of little moments to enjoy.

There was Oliver shooting an arrow into Wild Dog’s knee, just like he did Roy, immediately tagging the young man a new protege, a new sidekick.  There was the return of Anatoli - a character we haven’t seen or even heard of since the end of Season Two.  And he just reappeared; no big reveal or fanfare was needed.  The show just expected us to remember this man who promised to teach Oliver Russian.  And the first thing he does?  He dislocates Oliver’s thumbs.  Last season, Oliver got his Chinese characters tattoo in a one-off episode from Constantine.  That moment always felt out of place, like the writers realized they’d forgotten to give that tattoo a origin story and so stuck it in at the last minute.  Anatoli dislocating Oliver’s thumbs did not feel that way to me.  It felt organic and realistic.  I don’t need to see Anatoli actual teach Oliver how to escape a zip tie.  He said he would.  I trust that he did.

Speaking of zip ties, the callback to the pilot here was one of the strongest scenes in the episode.  It’s the show circling back, reminding us where Oliver was four years ago, showing us how far he’s come, revealing how much he still needs to grow.  Season One Oliver attacked his captors with barely suppressed rage; Season Five Oliver was methodical and exacting.  Both snap the man’s neck, both tell him, “No one can know my secret.”  But they are protecting different things.  2012 Oliver thought he was the only one who could take down the names on this father’s list; it was a personal vendetta.  Now, in 2016, Oliver is fighting for his city, but it is still largely a solo mission.

Oliver repeatedly says in this episode that he’s alone out there, that it’s just him.  This is exactly how he started the series.  Except while Season One Oliver wanted to be alone, today Oliver has at least somewhat learned the lesson of asking people for help.  This Oliver’s problem is that, up until the very end of the episode, he’s very passive about getting that help.  He’s waiting from Diggle and Thea to come back, instead of actively looking for more help.  As I said, I’m keeping expectations and excitement low for now, but I am looking forward to seeing Oliver train these new recruits.  We have some idea of how he’ll do as a mentor from watching him with Roy and Barry, and Grumpy Mentor Oliver is one of my faves.  The Black Canary arc failed in part because the show rushed her training.  If the writers can resist blowing past this important plot development, they might have something really good on their hands.

Quick Shots (because I have 28 minutes before I have to pick up the boys)

- I’m actually intrigued and kind of glad that Oliver has placed killing back on the table.  When justified, I think killing absolutely can be in the service of the greater good.  Now, it looks like Oliver is resorting back to indiscriminate killing, which would not be good, but I think this is part of his process of achieving balance.  More on this from very intelligent people can be found here.

- Flashbacks were a highlight of the episode - is this Bizarro Arrow?  Finally, we get Bratva and the return of Anatoli.  I’m loving Anatoli.  I love watching him be this affable mobster with a stone-cold heart.  You want to go up against Kovar?  Sure, I’ll help you - after my men beat you to a pulp and you undergo ruthless Bratva initiation.  Island bonding doesn’t get you a free pass, Oliver; you gotta earn that Kapitan Star just like everybody else.  Also, I never thought I’d say this - But Flashback Wig is back and I’m loving it.

- Cutty Church is the villain Danny Brickwell wanted to be.  

- I’m enjoying the return to a darker, grittier Arrow and Oliver.  I know we all love 4A, but even at the time I remember thinking this New and Improved Oliver was too zen.  Nothing rankled him.  He never shouted, he never got upset.  Last night we saw shades of Season Two Oliver, who is probably my favorite Oliver.  I don’t need Oliver to be a ray of sunshine; give me moderately broody Oliver any day (note I said moderately.  I don’t need 1A Oliver back).

- James Bamford’s direction has improved - or maybe it’s just easier to follow a fight scene when there’s one hero involved.  Either way, the only scene where I really noticed the camera was during Oliver’s announcement of the ACU, when it swopped around him, to the cops, and back around to Oliver.  When it happened, I thought, “Oh, right, Bamford directed this.”  But other than that a more solid effort than his other episodes.

- The fact that Oliver binged watched The West Wing makes me so very happy.

- I hope we get more of Thea and Lance’s recovery.  Especially Lance, who was a drunk in his first scene and apparently sober 35 minutes later.  Not saying I want this to be the Quentin Larry Lance Show (yes I am), but a bit more nuance on his recovery would be welcome.  Likewise with Thea.  I know we’ve been told she is a great Chief of Staff, but I want to see it.  And if she can work in the following line, that’d be awesome: “My brother is a good man.  He doesn’t hold grudges.  That what he has me for.”

- So, uh - Where was Flashpoint?  Was it all just to piss us off?

- And speaking of pissed off fans: Felicity has a boyfriend.  I honestly am so apathetic about this plot and character.  I seriously do not care that she has a boyfriend.  I think a lot of the disruption in the fandom was that people were talking past each other.  Sure, some were upset because they believed this would be the end of Olicity.  But others, like me, are not upset about this for that reason.  I know Oliver and Felicity are endgame.  I know this boyfriend is a pitstop.  What angers me is the PR and spoilers surrounding it.  What will anger me is if we don’t get any kind of development out of this.  What will anger me is if the boyfriend is used as a tool to get Felicity back together with Oliver - that is, that she realizes she can never love Boyfriend like she loves Oliver.  Oliver and Felicity broke up for very real reasons, and those need to be addressed.  I know Marc Guggenheim said they settled all that over the summer.  Bullshit.  I do not believe either of these Conceal Don’t Feel fools talked it out over the summer.  I think they discussed enough to get to a detente, but seriously doubt they’ve solved all their issues.  Because if they had, they’d be back together.

- Going off this: I know the premiere had a lot of material to get through, and Arrow should actually be commended for show some semblance of restraint as far as plot they chewed through.  That said, the next episode better shed more light on Digg in the military and especially focus on Felicity and Havenrock.  This can’t just be solved in a Very Special Episode and then forgotten.  The show owes it to the fans and the character to do this right.

- And finally, when Oliver said some may question why they were spending money on a gold statue of Black Canary, I laughed.  When they revealed the statute, it became clear they had not spent that much money on it.  I get that Laurel’s death needs to be mentioned, but let’s not canonize her just yet.  And as for her request that she not be the last Black Canary - oh Geez.  Do not put Felicity in a mask, dead show.  You need a new Canary?  I’ve always said, Season Three would have been a lot better if Thea took up that mantle as a way to atone for unknowingly killing Sara.  It’s not too late for you to go there, show.

Overall, it was not as bad as I feared it would be.  I’m interested to meet the new recruits, because it looks like the show might actually be introducing newbies in the right way this time.  But I’m holding back my optimism.  One decent episode is not enough to restore my faith.  Like Mulder, I want to believe, but like Scully, I’m gonna need some empirical evidence in order to do so.

'American Idol' Accused of Exploiting Transgender Singer: 'Every Show Is Trying to Get a Trans Person'

Did American Idol try to jump on the transgender bandwagon? That’s what 21-year-old musician Ryan Cassata – a transgender singer, songwriter and activist – claims happened when he was contacted by a casting director after initially being rejected by the show.

Cassata tells Billboard that in October of last year, he was invited to audition by producers the night before the San Francisco tryouts. The Bay Shore, N.Y., native isn’t sure how the show found out about him but guesses that producers saw his YouTube channel, which currently has more than 23,000 subscribers.

“I never reached out to them,” he said. “Never in my life would I have been like, ‘I’m going to try out for American Idol.’”

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The show never said a word about the singer being transgender, and the singer decided to give it a shot. “They allowed me to skip the first three stages of auditions,” he said.

Alas, it was not to be. Cassata was cut (he said he was told he wasn’t “contemporary enough”), and that was the end of his Idol journey – or so he thought.

Cassata says he got a call from the show this spring asking him to audition again. This was around the same time Olympian Bruce Jenner was reintroduced to the word as Caitlyn Jenner with high-profile interviews, a Vanity Fair cover and a new reality series on E! Cassata says he outright refused the offer.

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“I was contacted again in June after Caitlyn Jenner was in the media, and the first thing they said to me is, 'We want a transgender person on this show,'” he said. “They don’t want a singer and transgender; they want someone that’s transgender and a singer, and that’s not the right reason to go on the show. So now I’m 'contemporary enough’ because being trans is such a hot-button issue in the media right now.”

He says he argued for a full nine minutes on the phone, resisting the offer. “They were begging me to go on the show,“ he said. "I am making a record right now – the only good thing that would come from American Idol is I would be able to make a record, and I am already making a record. I have a name in the indie music world. I have toured nationally. I don’t really need American Idol.”

In a YouTube video and an impassioned note posted to his Facebook page last week, Cassata derided the show for exploitation:

 

When contacted by Billboard about Cassata’s claims, American Idol sent this statement: “American Idol searches far and wide to ensure that talent in any part of the country has a chance to audition. There are various ways for individuals to audition including our open calls, posting their auditions online, our east and west coast bus tours, through partner apps, etc.

“Our audition team has often reached out to former participants to audition again,” the statement continued. “Many find that their voice improves over a year and they have greater success in their second or third attempt. American Idol is about finding great talent and the show welcomes diversity in its participants. We will look into the veracity of the statements in Ryan Cassata’s open letter.”

Before American Idol came calling, Cassata says he was part of the “first wave” of educational and positive representation of non-binary identities in the public eye, having appeared on Larry King Live and The Tyra Banks Show. “I think every television show is trying to get a trans person on their show [now]; it’s trendy,” he said. “I have been out for a long time now and I was out when there was no positive representation at all in the media. I was one of the first waves that [helped hosts get] the terminology correct on television, and now it’s blowing up really quickly and the media does not know how to deal with it at all.”

He added that he doesn’t think the media is handling the subject correctly. “It’s a lot of exploitation, and most of the representation in the media right now is very binary and they are just showing gender as male and female and stereotypical feminine and very stereotypical masculine,” he said. “They are not showing anyone in between, and there are so many people that are in between, and I am afraid that all of those people are left out and feel alone.”

When asked if rejecting the show is a missed opportunity to showcase his talent and represent other aspects of the transgender community on a larger platform, Cassata stuck to his guns. “I think American Idol controls their contestants,” he said. “I don’t think I would have the freedom to express myself exactly the way I want to on their show.”

Cassata said he has other ways to express himself now. He  is currently in New York recording an album with Barb Morrison, who has worked with Blondie and Rufus Wainwright. He said he has already put out nine albums, including the recently released Soul Sounds. Samplings from the record can be heard on his website.

“I got into music when I was 6,” he said. “I always knew it was a passion for me.”

Cassata came out as transgender shortly after, and ever since the age of 13, he has been an outspoken activist on transgender issues. “I gave a keynote speech at a Long Island conference when I was 13 years old and began making motivational speeches when I was 13,” said Cassata, who added that he travels all over the country speaking and playing music at colleges and “sharing my story in the hope that other youth won’t feel so alone.”

In the meantime, Cassata said he has been making strides on his own by being featured in the documentary Songs for Alexis and in the film Beemus, directed by Lauren Wolkstein. He also performed at dates on the Vans Warped Tour in 2013 and this summer after winning the tour’s Battle of the Bands contest both years. “I think I am the first openly transgender person to play the Vans Warped Tour,” he said.

Cassata said his album is coming along nicely and has all kinds of flavors on it, including folk, hip-hop, punk and even his American Idol audition song: Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.” “It’s funny that I am doing it now,” he said, “And it sounds good, so I guess when they hear it, they will be like, 'Oh no!'”

Watch Cassata perform at the 2015 Warped Tour: