i just don't know what to say honestly i just loved it because i thought the characters are great and so is the story

anonymous asked:

I honestly tried so hard not to ship Destiel but it's just one of those ships y'know you just kinda accidentally ship and I really don't wanna cause some of the fandom is kinda toxic but I can't help but to ship it

Dude, SAME.

Originally posted by findyourownhappyending

Honestly, I’ve never shipped anything before (I liked it when Spike x Buffy did eventually go somewhere and was kinda beautiful but I didn’t really ship it), I didn’t even know what shipping was until I found tumblr a few months ago, I’m mostly straight (I’m a bit fluid but meh, mostly straight), and I never really thought about representation that much beyond ‘yeah, thats a great thing, there should be more of it’. 

So I just watched the show (on my own) with no previous knowledge of anything at all and…. well…. it was so obvious?!

I mean, I just binge watched the show last year because I love sci-fi and I was in a bit of a bad place and needed a distraction and had watched all the Buffy/True Blood/GoT I could and was looking for something new.

I loved seasons 1-3, I did, but then, enter Castiel and literally, my life has kind of changed?! I have an obsessive personality anyway but…. jeez. What a character and WHAT A ROMANTIC GLORIOUS LOVE STORY!

And then it just dragged… and dragged…. and yet also GREW so much?! 

So, like, what exactly are they doing? Well, I believe they know exactly what they are doing, especially since Dabb took over, but hey, let’s see…. but my blog description is ‘endgame Destiel positive’ so you know what I mean ;)

It’s all THERE, they all know its there, the writers USE it in their plots, the editors make it visually obvious, it’s even referenced in the show, the actors all KNOW, I mean come on!

Originally posted by literarycasualty

It’s not our fault if they use all the romance tropes with these two.

I think it is very relevant that so many Destiel meta-writers and shippers have a background in understanding stories, being teachers, journalists, book worms, cinematography students etc etc and therefore can make pretty good conclusions from the material that is being shown.

I mean, the overall story of these two characters is that one is a fallen, rebellious Angel who just wants to feel Human and belong somewhere and loves caring for others and one is a faithless man with abandonment issues who just wants someone to stay with and care for him.

Said fallen Angel rebels and does it, all of it for Him, eventually looking to Him instead of God, is in return called ‘family’ and cared for himself. 

Said Human learns to have Faith in and through his Angel and through this in himself, which is a key part of his overall story in the whole show.

They’re WRITTEN as each other’s canonical other half (see this post about how its a romantic and not a buddy story according to literary guidelines).

Their story is like so many rom-com, shakespearean and classical for that matter love/mythical stories where they start out on opposite sides and kind of meet in the middle you know? The idea being that they ‘complete’ each other and lead themselves to be the best that they can be and who they really are and want to be deep down? As these two clearly do?!

I’ve said before and I’ll say again, Dean and Cas are canonically central to each other’s CORE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT and their endgames are INTERLINKED.

Originally posted by sooper-dee-dooper-natural

I mean, if this was a guy and a girl and it was a movie, so all the story was shown in 1h30 minutes and at the end they were like oh, no, but you see, they’re just FRIENDS. Literally everyone would just be like WHAT?!

The fact that Disney movies and romcoms are so highly parallel-able with Destiel, because it fits that literary box - as a romance, not a buddy story or a drama or even a familial story, it does up to a point, but it definitely transcends this and moves into romance realms pretty early on, like, season 5 FFS.

It’s not our fault, the show made us do it.

If fandom wank is a problem for you, well, I don’t like it either, I guess no one does apart from the ones instigating it who seem to get a high off it, I just blacklist on tumblr and I don’t attend cons, so… meh, I have this gorgeous little space where we all know and all discuss what is happening and it is lovely, feel free to join us :)

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm writing a story settled in a future where after a war, people built a new society. I've noticed that my setting is extremely vague and confusionary. I don't know when i have to insert details since i'm writing in 1st person. Like, I jave characters, I have a decent plot, I have a nice world building, but when writing I'm leaving the latter out and it's a problem. Do you have any advice? Thanks!

Setting and World Description

I love this question, because I think it’s a really, really common problem, and it’s one I’ve faced on numerous occasions. We’re often told that we should know our setting really, really well, and that we should be able to describe it in great detail. But when it comes time to put that concept into practice in the story, nothing seems to work. It all feels “info-dumpy,” or like we’re trying too hard to paint the picture, and we start to fear that we might be boring our readers, who honestly just want to know what happens in the setting. 

So how do we execute setting description in such a way that it’s informative and engaging? 

First, the real reason we need all this info…

Imagine you’ve got a small town as your setting, with a major street that runs through it. Along the street, there are several small businesses. During story prep, you may have done sketches of this street, or at least made a small diagram to lay out where all the businesses are. You may have even gotten really detailed and dotted bus stops or traffic lights, to the point where you can visualize this street perfectly

So now you go to write your first chapter. Your protagonist leaves home and walks down the street towards the bus stop to go off to work. As they walk the street, you start thinking, “Man, this is the perfect opportunity to describe all the businesses they’re passing by!” So you start to do that, and it all starts to sound like you’re giving directions. “To the left of the flower shop is the post office,” and so on, and so on. 

But here’s the big revelation to this whole conundrum. Just because you know it, doesn’t mean you have to show it. 

The reason it’s encouraged to do so much setting development isn’t so you can pass it on to your reader. At least, not everything. It’s so you know where things are, and you can navigate the world better. 

Let’s say you did zero setting development, and as you were writing chapter one, you decided to have the protagonist mail a package. You throw in a brief detail about the post office being a two-minute walk from the protagonist’s house. Then, much later, your protagonist is buying some flowers, and you throw in a detail about the post office worker loading a truck outside, because the post office is right next door. And then the protagonist takes the bus home….except, didn’t you say in chapter one that they were just a couple minutes walk from the post office? Are there two post offices? Or did they just take a bus unnecessarily? 

See, the real reason it’s so important to know how things are laid out in your setting is so that you don’t make mistakes like this. If you had made a diagram of your town, you would know where all these things were.

Side note: And just to add here, this does not mean that you have to make a diagram of a fictional town before you start writing in it. If you’re not much of a planner, and this sounds awful to you, then just make one as you go. In chapter one, when your protagonist walks to the post office, make a quick little map with a couple squares that shows how close your protagonist is to the post office. And as you mention other buildings, add them to this map. Then you’re not adding extra things you don’t need.

So in conclusion on this point, don’t feel like you have to add in all the details that you’ve worked out ahead of time. There will be some that you need to share with readers, but there will also be many that you only need to help you stay consistent throughout the story.

How do I add the necessary info?

When adding setting details, they need to be relevant. And if they’re not relevant, you need to make them relevant. We’ll continue with our small town/post office/flower shop example.

For the sake of simplicity, we’ll say that the flower shop and the post office are next to each other. If your protagonist is only visiting the post office, then the location of the flower shop is irrelevant. But if the flower shop being there is a detail that you feel the readers should know, or it’s something you want to include as a stylistic choice to add depth to your setting, then we need to make it relevant. So how do we do that?

Give the protagonist a reason to either A) Think about the flower shop or B) Notice something around the flower shop.

  • A) Think about the flower shop.

As she’s waiting in line at the post office, she may have a clear view of the flower shop through the window. But don’t just have her observe it. Have it trigger some kind of thought. Maybe she has a sick friend or relative, and it reminds her that she should buy them some flowers. Or she’s done something wrong, and flowers might be a nice peace offering. Or maybe it reminds her that her garden is overgrown and it needs tending. Any of these thoughts actually trigger deeper plot development, which makes them a double whammy.  Who is sick? What did she do wrong? Why is her garden overgrown? Is it always overgrown or is there something in her life that’s causing her to slack on this?

Whatever route you decide to go with, you’ve now made that flower shop relevant to the protagonist’s inner conflict, even if all it’s doing is triggering something.

  • B) Notice something around the flower shop.

This “something” could be something about the exterior of the building, or an employee they can see through the window or who is out on the street, or it could even be a couple of people standing outside the flower shop talking or doing something. The significance here isn’t so much the flower shop, but rather what’s happening around the flower shop.

In describing whatever is happening, you would say something like, “In front of the flower shop next door…” and then write the situation. In this method, you’re not giving special meaning or significance to the flower shop; you’re simply adding more color to your setting by mentioning that there is one, and a reader can visualize the scene even better if they picture a window of flowers behind whatever is happening. It ends up serving a huge purpose in just a few innocuous words.

The Bigger Picture 

Okay, all flower shops and post offices aside, good setting description is integrated when a character “bumps into it,” either literally or figuratively. Describe settings when a character enters them, or when they’re thinking about them. If you feel like the description is necessary, then you need to find a reason to get the character to either go there, or else think about going there, or remember going there. It needs to have context with other story information.

When it comes to complex world-building details, you follow the same principle. If there are unique circumstances that your character has to face in the world you’ve created, explain them in moments when the character is either facing those circumstances, or when they’re thinking about facing them or remembering facing them. 

I suppose you could argue that I’m making this more complicated than it needs to be, because there are readers that love description for description’s sake, but for many readers, we need context. We need to know that what we’re reading is telling a story and moving events forward, rather than just informing us or educating us on a story world. 

Plan minor story events around exposition. Make things happen in your story that help to reveal the important details of your world and setting. It might seem clunky when you first start doing this, but if you’re patient with yourself, eventually you’ll be integrating description and world backstory like a pro. 

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deanwinchester-1979  asked:

I don't get why people are so upset. I mean Crowley's character has been stagnant for a while and though I loved him (and Mark more so) where else could his chara go? While Luci ( and his arc) has been wildly OOC and awful, most the eps of 12 have been better than 9-11, and an AU world to explore has SO MANY possibilities! Yeah Cas died, but we all know he's not staying dead. I've not been excited for a premier since 1-5 and I can honestly say I am looking forward to 13

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Some people are excited about S13 and some people are devastated. Both are valid and we can agree to disagree as long as it is done respectfully. That said, your post struck a chord because we are seeing “Yeah Cas died, but” and “SO MANY possibilities [in S13]”, going hand-in-hand with the idea that being negative about S12/13 is somehow wrong or misguided and must be corrected. 

The DFF mods are with the OP and many other Cas fans who have strong negative feelings about the S12 finale. Those feelings are valid. The list of reasons to not trust SPN writers to skillfully deal with the fallout of the S12 finale is as long, if not longer than the list of all the positive possibilities. We know, we’ve kept receipts.  And so we shared OP’s ask, empathized (“Friend, we feel ya”), and provided some links to feel good posts.

We are aware that there are folks like yourself excited about S12/13 and that’s cool. Be Free to Squee on your blog!!! But what we are also seeing in some corners of fandom that is not cool is dismissing the feelings of those who don’t agree with them or schooling them on how they should feel. Through the years Cas fans have had to deal with their feelings and love for this character being dismissed, disregarded and belittled by different fractions of SPN fandom. So when Castiel Angel of Thursday, with the crack in his chassis and too much heart gets stabbed in the back and is left lying in the dirt in the final moments of the finale, listing all the reasons to be happy really doesn’t help. 

Remember, a little compassion goes a long way. 

But since you and so many other fans have said “ Yeah Cas died, but we all know he’s not staying dead.” here’s a short list of some other times when fandom said “Cas/Misha will be fine!” and TPTB answered with “What show are you watching?” 

Heavy spoilers for seasons 7-12 and season 13 speculation under the cut

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anonymous asked:

i don't want to be a pessimist here, i really hope destiel is endgame and after s12, and after i read some of your meta, (which is amazing btw), i mostly believe it will be, but i shipped johnlock too, and all the subtext and even text and the foreshadowing and all those hints that johnlock is endgame was all for nothing...or maybe just for queerbaiting, and i was really butthurt about it that i'm afraid to put any hopes up for destiel, how do you think destiel is different than johnlock?

I may be a bit controversial on tumblr about Johnlock because…. well I didn’t really see it like it was blatant and going to be canon, I saw it as subtext that was something they added to give it a bit of pizazz without thinking they were actually in love or that it would be endgame canon. 

I really enjoyed the first seasons of Sherlock (I just cannot get my head around how the last season worked at all, maybe I need to try again, but it just didn’t make any sense to me) and my interpretation was that Sherlock might be a bit romantically interested in John, but push come to shove he was more intellectually interested in him and the friendship they forged and I never really saw John as being romantically interested in Sherlock at all.

I felt like they added the subtext, which for me, was subtext only, to add a bit of spice to their chemistry and their character bond, but without actually meaning to make it romantic.

Now I see this differently to Destiel in that I read Destiel as 1. much more blatant because of the continuous and abundant nature of it, given that it is now nearly 9 years and much more material to work with due to there being…. around 135 hours of SPN since season 4 v 15 hours of Sherlock

2. But also that it is written into the script in terms of the fact that it has a real effect on the PLOT, not just sitting alongside it as subtext to be ‘enjoyed’ (I say ‘enjoyed’ because I know how painful it was to fans who really wanted it and it didn’t happen but for a lot of people I think it did add to the enjoyment of the show by deepening their character bond). Whole seasons don’t make sense without taking into account the deep feelings between Dean and Cas, I mean… seasons 4-6 are all about Cas saving the world because of his love for Dean, season 7 is one big long metaphor for Dean’s innermost thoughts and depression about Cas, season 11′s mytharc plots rests on Dean’s love for Cas and how Amara uses it… 

I totally feel for anyone who felt queerbaited by Johnlock because I genuinely do think that they put subtext in there on purpose thinking it would be a great addition to the chemistry but had no intention of going through with it as it was just that, a fanciful way to deepen their connection without it really being actually scripted love (honestly this is wanky, but I really don’t rate Martin Freeman as an actor, I find him so cold that it wouldn’t surprise me if they upped the written subtext in order to counter his wooden performance),  I just don’t think they realised how much people would feel cheated by it.

With Dean and Cas, their story is much longer as stated above which enables it to go much deeper into so many more romantic tropes, for them to be portrayed as much more of the romance than the buddy trope, I think they fulfil like 67% of romance tropes? where most couples on tv / in movies settle at most around 10-25% ish? This is because they are able to do so due to the pure length of time we have been watching them and because they are actively portraying it in this way. I’m trying to remember how many Dean and Sam fill and Sam and Cas fill? I think Dean/Sam is like 12% and Cas/Sam is probably about 2%! So there is a real reason why it is so strong with just these two…

Season 12 is all about taking it now from the subtext into the text, we have been watching it with a similar “will they won’t they” attitude towards TPTB as with Johnlock up til now, even though it was scripted and much more plot - related I believe, there was still a chance that they would potentially back out, even if it didn’t make sense for the story, it was still a possibility because I think a lot of the GA don’t really see the way that the story doesn’t make sense without it.

For example in season 11, I think many of the GA just look at the top level and don’t read into WHY Amara couldn’t contact Dean without going through Cas, how her forced bond with Dean was not as strong as his chosen bond with Cas even though she was GOD’S SISTER or WHY Amara’s whole interactions with Dean were all about him repressing his emotions, loving, but it being clouded in shame, holding himself back. 

I mean some people were shocked at some of what Dean said in 12x22, they were also shocked at how Dean acted in 12x11 and a lot of this season said he was OOC, which he absolutely WAS NOT, he was entirely HIMSELF and that was the point! That he had DROPPED the facade so his true self was showing through in snippets and I’m sure these people will be absolutely shocked when he acts more and more like this in season 13.

I feel like to get through to some people Dean literally has to say something blatant like “Sammy I’m done pretending, this is me, deal with it, oh and by the way, I like dudes too” before taking a big bite of a Chicken Parmeggiano and ordering an ice cream sundae and getting back to business, cos man the point is, he’s not that different, there’s just a few things he keeps locked away, but his whole character isn’t going to change.

Anyway, same goes for Destiel, it’s going to have to be eased in slowly but made blatant now and I feel like season 12 was the first part and season 13 should be the second, before it can go canon, so that people aren’t shocked by it, in exactly the same way as they did Performing!Dean this season, ramping up the subtext before taking it into the text and then finally making it canon.

So now after season 12 it feels to me that with all the bad PR around queer baiting with Sherlock, with all the bad PR around Supernatural (if you google queer baiting SPN comes up on the first page), it would be diabolically stupid for the new showrunner to ramp up the subtext like this and bring it into the text as he did from mid season 11 onwards, without taking it towards endgame canon.

It doesn’t mean they will for 100% sure but I would be so confused if they didn’t now, it would literally be the worst kind of ongoing, not just subtextual but textual now queerbaiting and a total shambles of a PR disaster as well as making NO sense to their own story which has been so carefully crafted for over a decade. 

I don’t think they’re THAT stupid to take a beautiful story and rip the soul of it out, destroying their credibility as writers as well as PR Hell…

I have trust in Andrew Dabb until proven otherwise :)

anonymous asked:

Here's a title :D "Blood Maelstrom" Honestly, I don't know how you're going to make that a story--

send me a made up fic title and i’ll write a fic for it

(i felt compelled to start with this one because you basically challenged me)

Blood Maelstorm

“You arrive at Graystryke’s city gates,” Yakov says, glancing at the players over his laptop. “The city is a fortress, with tall stone walls guarding the city against the valley, and no guards seem to be around. You can hear nothing but the sound of the cascade to your left…”

“I climb the wall,” Yurio says, leaning back in his chair and grabbing his D20. He rolls it despite Yakov’s sigh, not waiting for an answer as he does a quick math. “Fuck. I don’t, apparently. Got a six.”

“You run face first into the wall,” Yakov grunts.

“That’s bullshit,” Yuri kicks the table, making all players fumble on the surface to keep their dices in place. “Shadowcraft is not that dumb. What kind of wall is that?”

“A magical wall that does not like asshole rogues like Shadowcraft. Find another way in.”

“Can I roll for perception?” Yuuri asks, earning a quick nod from Yakov that makes him reach for his die immediately. He hums something under his breath. “I, uh… 23? With modifiers.”

“OK. You notice there are people watching you, hiding in the cliffs. It’s not very tall, though, and you can see maybe five of them.”

“Are they friendly?” Yuuri bites the tip of his pen, Yakov simply shrugs. “Fuck. Right, um. I tell our party that.”

“I’ll fuck them up,” Yuri announces in his character voice, raspy and low. “Alright, Yakov, don’t let me down this time. I’m going for it. I’m climbing the fucking cliff and piercing a dagger through their fucking skulls.”

“What if they’re friendly, though?” Victor asks.

“Why would they be hiding if they’re friendly, you idiot?”

Victor shrugs, “They could be scared. Maybe there was an attack on the city.”

“Do you think the whole city is just five people?”

“They could be survivors,“ Victor shrugs, wrapping his arm around Yuuri’s shoulder.

“They hear you discussing and come down from their hiding spot,” Yakov says, monotone, his dice rolling behind the makeshift screen between players and DM. After some thinking, and the character’s general fuss over a possible attack as the DM starts taking notes on their stats, Yakov speaks again. “Everyone, roll for initiative. They are bandits, and two of them come right to you, Victor. Two archers stay behind, while a taller, stronger warrior falls behind, his eyes trained on Yuuri- I mean, Atsushi. What do you do?”

“I stand in front of… Peregrinus Toughbutt,” Yuuri tries his best to say Victor’s character’s name without laughing. “I draw my sword and say nothing.”

“I hide,” Yuri says, showing his die. “I got a natural 20. They don’t even know I exist. I’m going to hide behind a rock with Mila and sharpen my daggers.”

With a smile curling Victor’s lip, he says, “I cast Lube on their feet.”

The table looses it. Except for Yakov, who rests his head on his hands. 

“Honestly, Yakov, what were you expecting? It’s my only spell so far.”

“It’s called Oil and you know it,” Georgi chuckles. “And you know a basic healing spell too. Maybe Fireball?”

“Nope, I thought about getting Fireball but chose to improve Lube instead.” 

“OK, I have Fireball, we can combine spells.”

“Why do you need Lube anyway?” Yuri rolls his eyes, resting his feet on the table. “It’s such a dumb spell.”

“I need it for Yuuri’s sword,” Victor winks, making Yuuri shudder dramatically in response, and if there was any chance of getting through the battle seriously that opportunity is completely wasted. It’s all sexual innuendos from there on. 

The fight takes a good hour to finish, with all characters taking turns to attack, Victor’s Lube on fire on the floor, Mila and Yuri popping in and out of the fight and Yuuri killing pretty much all bandits single-handedly. 

“Vitya, love…” Yuuri hums after the fight. “Can you change your spells, maybe?”

The look Victor gives him is of utter betrayal, his jaw dramatically dropping in mock-offense. “Yuuri?”

“I mean… I appreciate your thought and all, but maybe focus on healing spells while Georgi focuses on destruction magic?” He asks with a sheepish wink. “To balance the party, I mean.”

“Yes, Vitya, please I’m begging you,” Yakov murmurs, rubbing his temples. “Anything but lube jokes.”

With a sigh of defeat, Victor agrees with the proposal, receiving a new character sheet from Yakov all too quickly along with a spells book.

“Just make sure to grab at least attack spell,” Georgi murmurs as he goes through the spells book with Victor, helping him find all the healing spells they would need. 

And Victor wouldn’t be Victor if he wasn’t a dork. 

“Can I pick Arcane Punch?” He asks Yakov, who nods dismissively as he listens to Mila’s action. “Great. I’m calling it Toughbutt’s Magic Fisting.”

Yuuri bursts out in laughter and Yakov gives up on the campaign for the day. 

anonymous asked:

hi! i was wondering if you would mind giving some klance fic recs? i love klance but voltron fandom is vaguely terrifying to wade into AND you have really good taste & opinions & write awesome fanfic yourself so i feel like you would know some good ones!! (but obvs feel free to ignore this if you don't want to do it)

Oops this took way longer to make than I thought it would. I think most of the fics I rec will be fics most folks would’ve rec’d already, but here’s a small list! Canon-type stuff up top, AU stuff (what little there is) at the bottom.

Also, I marked fics as complete/incomplete, but most of these are oneshots, or they’re done. There’s only like four incomplete fics on this list.

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About season 3

Alright, I assume not many people, if any, will read it, especially since I wont talk about ships like Klance, Kallura, Sheith, Shatt etc …

But these thoughts have been trotting in my head since season 2 came out, and beyond, and I need to write them down and share them somewhere. But if you don’t mind  reading a french gal rambling on about stuff, then be my guest.

WARNING : kinda long and kinda not organised, at all. I have also never thought up “theories” for a show before.

First : Shiro and the rebels.

So, assuming that Shiro reunites with Matt and helps the rebels, how did he get there ?

I have no logical idea. The best thing I got is that maybe the rebels have a genius in their rank (or a machine) who figured out a way to capture Zarkon by using his bayard. As we can see in the new teaser, some people in the universe still know about Voltron, and I guess the rebels know about it too, and know that Zarkon has a bayard.

Let’s imagine for a moment, that they are waiting for Zarkon to use his bayard, for some reason they can read how much energy it gives out or something like that, and use it to teleport it’s bearer, but it always fails because it doesn’t give out enough power or something. But then Shiro gets a hold of it and uses it to activate the blazing sword. I guess this would release enough energy, and he would be teleported into a cage or whatever the rebellion built to keep Zarkon in.

Just imagine the rebels’ faces when they capture a human instead of the galra emperor. Bonus points if Matt is there and almost faints when he recognizes Shiro.

Then again, they probably just found him unconscious on some random planet or something.

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After 200+ hours of playing  Breath of the Wild, I have finished my adventure. Here are my thoughts. (Spoilers)

So, almost two months after its release, I have officially completed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and oh boy, do I have a lot to say about this game. I’m a little hesitant to call this a review, I guess, because it’s not organized too well or intent on giving a score or anything silly like that. But considering my love for this series and acknowledging this game as a huge departure from what many have grown used to, its got my head spinning with a whole bunch of thoughts that I just feel like dumping somewhere. This is mostly an art blog, it feels a little weird sticking this here but I honestly don’t know where else I’d put it. I’ll try to organize my brain and keep things as short as possible, but for the most part I’m just gonna jump in.

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anonymous asked:

This might be kind of weird but, have you ever imagined seeing things from a dragon hunter's perspective?Believing that dragons are to be treated like farm animals (or even below them), getting pissed at the dragon riders for destroying anything you've tried to build, constantly being attacked and your hard works are ruined. It's pretty hard being a dragon hunter too isn't it? Of course I don't think this way personally, but wouldn't it be interesting if the story is told by the opposite side?

I don’t think this is an odd thought at all! I like it! I honestly wish that more of this perspective-switching were done in media. The best antagonists, and most realistic, are those whose perspectives are understandable. Human beings tend to have decent reasons for behaving as they do; the dragon hunters are no exception.

Honestly, I think that the dragon hunters can be presented even more favorably than how you described them. Your description of the dragon hunters might perhaps be interpreted to some readers as the hunters looking at the dragons with little concern or even contempt, and a lot of focus on their own personal problems. But I think that there are a lot of ways we can legitimately humanize and make sympathetic the dragon hunter characters. It doesn’t mean we have to agree with all of their actions, but I think they have a very fair case for being humanizable and understandable.

Trading animals is nothing new to human civilization. I’m not going to go into the morals of whether or not this should be the case, but the fact is that countless humans across countless civilizations have hunted, fished, and domesticated animals to be eaten for millennia. How long has humankind raised pigs, chickens, and cows for consumption and survival? How long have people hunted elk and deer or fished salmon and trout out of the waters? The dragon hunters are pretty normal people to capture dragons and then sell the creatures for profit. It’s been in human trade for innumerable species for millennia to do things like this.

Really, the oddballs are the Hairy Hooligans. Everyone else in the Barbaric Archipelago across dozens of islands… are pretty accustomed to dragons being fought in battle or captured for trade. Dragons aren’t pets, dragons aren’t friends.. .they’re enemy creatures. It’s normal to hunt or fight dragons in this society, just as it’s normal to eat chicken or fish. It’s only the Hairy Hooligan Vikings who have befriended the dragons… and very recently, at that.

So I don’t think we need to talk about the dragon hunters looking “down” upon dragons in some sort of contemptuous or unsympathetic way. It’s not like they’re attacking family pets. They’re not being crueler than normal in this society to dragons. From their perspective, they’re just living their day-to-day lives doing typical societal things in how you treat dragons, just as most cultures don’t mind if you eat a chicken for dinner.

From the dragon hunter’s perspective, Hiccup’s gang are complete oddballs. Those kids are doing something monumentally bizarre. The kids are disrupting good, honest, economic trade. The Hairy Hooligans are flying around and being lawless menaces, disrupting legal trade and making it harder for these hunters to earn their honest wages.

The dragon hunters are engaging in a common Viking trade that has demand across lots of islands. The dragon hunters are going to be people with real lives and real cares. There are going to be brother dragon hunters who are doing this together, and find great happiness in engaging in this activity. They are the heroes who sail bravely across the islands and capture the dangerous beasts that burden their island homes. Some Vikings are proud warriors who defend their home from invaders; the dragon hunters are those who fight the most dangerous enemies, the dragons themselves! There are going to be husbands and wives on the dragon hunter crews with families back home. They will have families that they love and care about; this dragon hunting is their income, and the means by which they can feed their spouse and children and maybe their elderly parents they’re taking care of at home. They will be upset when their ship gets sunk and they’re stranded on an island… Hiccup’s destroyed their ship, meaning it’ll be many more months before they can sail home to see their baby child. And there are going to be dragon hunters who have no one to return to, who constantly sail across the archipelago because there’s nothing back “home,” but have found a mission and a goal and a purpose on the open seas conducting this trade. There are going to be dragon hunters who question Viggo’s trade practices and wonder if they are ethical, but know they have no other job to go to if they quit. There are going to be dragon hunters who have a mean streak in them and enjoy harming the dragons. There are going to be other dragon hunters who respect the dragons they capture, and look with awe at the creature on the other side of the cage bars.

The dragon hunters are going to be people with happy tales and sad tales and tales of family and love and honor and moral questions and conflicted feelings and senses of pride and conviction and happiness and more. They don’t have to be any more villainous than Stoick was in HTTYD when he wanted to fight the dragons Hiccup wanted to save.

Sure, yes, there will be devious dragon hunters. We’ve seen some of them on the shows. Some of them enjoy capturing or threatening harm to Hiccup and the gang. Some of them have a bit too much of a violent streak to them. Some are going to be greedy for power and wealth. Totally. There will be bad apples in this bunch. But not all of them have to be, and if we really look at RTTE from their perspective, we’re going to see a lot of motivations that are very understandable and not at all… dark and demonic.

I love what you say about Hiccup and the gang being a nuisance! From the perspective of an everyday dragon hunter, Hiccup and the gang are being horrifically annoying. They’re do-gooder vigilantes harping after a cause that basically nobody cares about. They’re screwing up all the hard work you put into things, they’re being EXTREMELY reckless damaging SO MUCH expensive property (LIKE ENTIRE SHIPS THOSE ARE NOT CHEAP), they’re messing up the trade of multiple islands, they’re being unreasonable about what society and civilization is typically like. These unruly kids might believe in their cause, but from the perspective of the dragon hunter, it’s going to be a pretty ridiculous and pointless cause. All the fires the youths have set, all the buildings they have collapsed, all the ships they have sunk… I’m sure there are more than a few dragon hunters who wish these obnoxious kids would pay for the damage they caused. You are, as you so aptly put, being constantly attacked and your plans put to ruin as a dragon hunter.

I’m not going to say I agree with the dragon hunter perspective, either. I’m not going to say that them attacking Dragon’s Edge and fighting teenagers with weapons is ever okay. It’s not okay. And there are so many other things they do that are not okay. The entire point of the first HTTYD is that the Vikings don’t have to be violent to dragons, after all. Dragon hunters could treat the dragons better. But there’s definitely a way to turn this story around, look at their perspective, and understand why - even if their actions aren’t always right - there’s a reason they’re doing what they’re doing.

monkeyisapainswedish  asked:

Alright, you know what? Your constant Generation Kill spams are making me feel weird, because I've only seen the first episode, and I didn't really like it. Obviously, you more than like it – understatement of the year 😂 –, and so I have decided to give you the chance to convince me to watch the whole thing. What makes it good? Which are your favorite characters? Which episode is the best? Anything else you think might win me over? Hit me with your best shot 😆

Whew! Ok, while I don’t think I am the best person for this (as I am still a real newb in the Gen Kill fandom) I am certainly willing to try to explain what makes it so gosh darn good. Cause you’re right, ‘more than like it’ just does not cover the way that I feel about this show and these guys.

First, I’d like to say this: I do not think Generation Kill is for everybody. There are people who have watched the whole thing and decided it wasn’t for them, or at least don’t feel the hype. There are moments in the show that are really upsetting - they don’t hold back. There’s violence (and the results of that violence shown a lot), racism, sexism, slurs, derogatory language used throughout by characters you are meant to really like. And it’s not like Band of Brothers or the Pacific. It’s not made by the same people, it’s not of the same war or even era. Expecting it to be just a modern take on BoB or Pacific is going to leave you disappointed. So, I completely get it if by the end of watching it (if that’s what you end up doing) it didn’t grab you the way it did for me and many others.

Now, with that disclaimer out of the way, let’s see if I can get at the root of what makes Generation Kill so great (spoiler alert, I probably won’t be able to do that, but I’m sure gonna skim some surfaces).

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anonymous asked:

Gami I've been going through your Harry tag for about an hour now and though I love all the Dunkirk stuff, I still don't know what you thought of the movie and Harry's performance! I probably missed it so I'll just ask again;) I thought it was a great film and I'm honestly impressed with Harry. He has a much bigger role than I expected! In terms of spoken lines he practically tops the chart. So proud of our boy haha!^^

I don’t think I said anything because I was writing a super-long, complex review about the structure and techniques of Dunkirk and how they apply to the theme. I haven’t actually finished that yet.

I loved Dunkirk 100%.  I think it was brilliantly written, directed, produced, filmed, edited, and acted.  This is sort of a jerky thing to say, but I honestly think the few people complaining about Dunkirk only don’t like it because they utterly missed the point.  You can’t go into Dunkirk measuring it by the patterns and tropes of every other war movie because it’s not cut from the same cloth.  It wasn’t supposed to be from the start.

Harry fits right in with the rest of the cast and in an ensemble movie like Dunkirk, that’s really the absolute best he could do.  Dunkirk may well get some Oscar nominations, but it’s very likely they won’t get any acting ones except for Mark Rylance as supporting actor maybe.  It’s not that the acting was bad, but that the movie isn’t focused on individual characters in the same way most movies are.  

The fact that Harry fits in and plays his part as well as anyone else does is very good.  The movie is all about immersion, so if anything were to take you out of it like bad acting, that would be a failure.

This doesn’t really clinch Harry’s acting ability for outsiders because they’ll be saying something like “but can he carry more weight in a role outside of a non-character-focused ensemble”.  However, because I’ve already seen Harry be hammy and I’ve already seen him be charming as hell, the only thing I didn’t know was if he could be serious and if he could be subtle. It turns out he can do both, so I think he could take on absolutely any role given some time and experience.  It would be a crime if we never got to see him in a rom-com though.

It’s true that Harry has quite a few of the lines in the movie and most of the really memorable ones.  I’ve only seen the movie once so far, so now that I know everything that happens with his character, I want to go back and watch it again to see it from a new perspective.

I find it funny that Harry’s narrative is that he just fell into acting because he likes Chris Nolan.  Like… what singer with no real professional acting experience up and decides to audition for a movie like Christopher Nolan’s just because he likes the movies that director makes even though he doesn’t have any particular desire to act otherwise?  It doesn’t really make sense.  Also, if you think about it, what they’re saying is that the first and only audition he ever did (because he’s not interested in acting apparently, just in Christopher Nolan’s movies), he beat out thousands of people to win the role.  That’s pretty insane the way they’re framing it.

To be clear, I do think he won his audition fair and square, but I don’t think he went into this without the intent to break into acting.  I would wager he auditioned for more than just Dunkirk.  I think he was looking for the right project.  He definitely got acting lessons considering his marked improvement between the Steal My Girl music video and the Between Us perfume ad.

He’s being coy about whether he’ll continue acting, just like he was coy about his plans for the break during the end of OTRA interviews.  At the time I could tell that he was purposefully avoiding talking about / hiding something he had planned.  Right now, I swear he’s doing the same.  I don’t know that he has anything else lined up, but I definitely think he intends to continue acting in the future.  He’s just not saying it right now.

Overall, the image being projected is that he takes acting seriously when he does it, but that he’s not trying too hard to become a “famous” or “respected” actor.  This reminds me of the fact that Louis, Liam, and Niall have all claimed that they didn’t intend to have solo careers at all and just fell into it.  I might buy it from one of them, but not the same basic story from all 3.  

There are various strategic reasons they might be playing their narratives this way, but I couldn’t say exactly why with any certainty.  For Harry, they could be trying to avoid too much pressure and too many expectations.  They could also be trying to keep the focus on Dunkirk rather than making Harry too big of a spectacle (as much as they reasonably can).  

Niall’s image is very laidback, so not pushing too hard for a career fits that image.  Louis’ been assigned the underdog image, so not intending to go solo fits with his image as well.  The reason for Liam’s narrative stumps me a little more, but I’m sure there’s something I’m missing.  Then again, there might be a larger group reason that all of them are spouting the same lines.

I digress ;P  My point was that Harry did quite well and that I expect we’ll be seeing more of him acting in the future no matter what he’s saying during promo.

Yeah I hate TV Negan. Get over it.

I’ve been thinking about how a lot of the Negan bloggers on here (esp members of a certain group) have come to the conclusion that I’m just some ‘salty bitch’ that must be avoided at all costs, or laughed at because I’m soooo angry. And honestly, yeah I am angry about what has been done to TV Negan but I think my anger is justified.

The thing is… with TV-only Negan fans… you didn’t have to work to love him. You ‘loved’ Negan at first sight…because Oh, hot JDM! Wow, this guy is so hot! So much information about Negan was available to you at your fingertips: what would happen to him, how his character evolved, what Lucille means to him, everything.

Comic Negan fans had to wait for this information, watch it unfold over the span of years. We slowly grew to know Negan and love him. It wasn’t a lustful instant flame in the heart, but a slow burn.

You didn’t wait for three years with bated breath for when Negan would be on TV, jumping at every little sign he might appear, spending hours speculating who would play him, both dreading and anticipating it because this is your favorite character ever and you were so scared they’d mess him up.

You didn’t cheer when you saw JDM cast because you thought he was perfect, because his enthusiasm for Negan was great, because Kirkman and Gimple assured Negan would be as close to the comics as possible…

And then you didn’t suffer a blow of disappointment when TV Negan finally jumped from the RV and he had a beard…and he was… skinny? And he was so quiet and stifled and just not like Negan at all… But you waffled up and down with emotion and vowed to at least give him a chance.

And then you didn’t feel the anger and hurt and disappointment and helplessness with each passing episode as they wrote Negan further and further away from the character you absolutely adored. And yet seeing everyone praise him and love him right from the get-go because… he’s hot. Praising him for every trait that is not a -true Negan- trait. But you don’t understand the frustration of that, because how could you?

Ie: I once had a GOT fan message me how they could no longer watch the show because it was so far from the books. And I love the GOT show, but never read the books. So while I could understand their anger - I couldn’t really understand it…because all I knew was the show and how much I liked it.

So I see people laughing at me behind my back and calling me names and giggling because I’m so salty, and what’s they’re to be salty about… because TV Negan is just so fine and awesome! But not realizing how hurtful it was to me (and others) to see our favorite turned into a mutated abomination of his original self.

You laugh because no one reads my stories and yet I’ve been working on my fic for more than a year before TV Negan ever showed up, never got many views because back then… there weren’t a lot of Negan fans…and now there are, but they’re fans of TV Negan - who is not the same Negan. Yeah, it does hurt to be overlooked, it hurts so much but you don’t understand how that feels because people loved your stories from the get-go. You take it for granted that your work is accepted and read. But I just get laughed at whenever I express frustration. Because I deserve it because I’m such an arrogant bitch who dares to hate TV Negan.

But honestly, I don’t care. I like the original Negan, you like this other version.l And that’s fine -and I’ve always said it’s fine- and now I realize I don’t care if you don’t like me. I don’t care if you think I’m a bitch full of sodium. I have a reason to be. And I have people who agree with me and follow me and love Comic Negan and so why do I need anyone else’s approval. I don’t. I’ll always be here for comic Negan and trying to give him a space amongst all the TV Negan stuff and I always encourage people to get to know him, and my ask box is always open for questions regarding him.

So, that’s my say. If you want to talk shit about me, that’s cool. Go for it. But as long as I’m a fan of Comic Negan, I’m not going anywhere.

anonymous asked:

i totally get the excitement as someone who's Vietnamese and grew up w/ a lot of internalized racism largely bc of white media, but isn't it wrong to have a Vietnamese actor play a Korean person? Is it really good representation if it's actively erasing the actual ethnicity of the character (by a Korean author, no less), who should rightly be played by an actor of her actual ethnicity? This isn't an attack or anything, & sorry if this is raining on the parade--just wanted to get your opinion!

no yeah totally great and valid point!! i completely understand everyone’s qualms about having a vietnamese actress playing the role of a korean girl because it does in fact perpetuate the whole notion of “all asians are the same” when really asian americans are comprised of multiple, diverse, and distinct ethnicities, not just one.

(in all honesty, part of me feels like they chose lana because she’s already got a foot in the industry with her role in x-men so she’ll garner more exposure for the movie)

but we are still so far from where we should be in terms of representation in the media that i think the fact that we are getting a teen romantic comedy movie featuring a main asian american cast at all is an incredibly monumental step for asian americans. from my perspective, the asian american community still shares a certain identity, no matter our specific ethnicities, that binds our experiences together.

of course, i’m not trying to equate the cultural experiences of a vietnamese american with those of a korean american (and please let me know if you find any of my opinions offensive) but i feel like we also have to take into account the story being told. lara jean’s story is not about her half-korean identity; it’s about her first love. how i’ve always seen it was that jenny han was trying to prove to the world that asian americans can have modern, everyday love stories too – we’re not some “exotic” group confined to kung fu and manga and period dramas.

we see the characters make that same point too. lara jean has an “asians only” rule when dressing up for halloween (not specifically “koreans only”); margot encourages LJ to join an asian american organization in college (not specifically a korean organization). i think this speaks to the fact that while our cultures may differ, our experiences as asian americans in white america are in fact plenty similar. lara jean may connect with her family and her mom through her distinctly korean roots (as seen with her references to korean food and of course traveling to korea with her sisters and grandmother) but her experiences in everyday life (that pushed her to choose to only dress up as asian characters, for example) pertain to the wider asian american experience.

so yes, acknowledge the issues when it comes to casting a different asian ethnicity for an asian american character, especially when production is made of primarily non-asian people (i think neither the director nor screenwriter is asian?). but also i think it’s important as a community to encourage and support asian american actors in all types of roles because we need white people to realize that our presence in major roles can be successful. the success of asian americans in film and television means more roles will be written for us, which in turn will give asian americans the option to actually choose to play a character of their ethnicity rather than settle for one that’s close enough.

idk i’m sorry if i seem biased in this situation because i am in fact vietnamese and so seeing my favorite book character being played by someone of my ethnicity (one in which it’s rare to find prominent actors) is a kind of special that’s difficult to put into words. i really don’t mean to condone erasing lara jean’s korean identity; i just feel like we have so much more out there in the media to fight for as a community that again, it’s important that we support these asian american actors anyway. 

i remember when ki hong lee played a vietnamese character on unbreakable kimmy schmidt and i was furious because ki hong is korean not vietnamese and it felt like once again, hollywood didn’t give a shit about us and just needed an asian dude to fill the (VERY RACIST) role. i also remember that, despite all of that, i was honestly overjoyed that ki hong was essentially a main supporting character of a very popular show. i was so proud to see him on that screen and i knew that the exposure would allow him better opportunities for better roles (and also i just love ki hong in general).

tbh idek what point i was trying to make with this abominably long reply (kudos to you if you read this whole thing lol i just have a lot of feelings about asian american representation). i guess what i’m trying to say is: to my korean friends out there, you are 100% justified in feeling angry about the casting choice, but i’m asking you as a fellow asian american to please consider being supportive anyway of a vietnamese american actress playing the main character of this very important movie

anonymous asked:

Oh Lo. Please teach me your ways. I mean I'm not even overly negative about everything, but how can you always be so excited./see the positives with each new spoiler/quote? I wish I could lol. Cos seriously, IM's definition of 'fun' and mine appear to be vastly different. This mainly boring scheming Robert plpt continues into next year? We're not getting a reunion til 2018 are we? Lord, they really want to test our patience don't they? Have we not paid are dues yet? haha! Who's exit you think?

do you know what anon, it’s weird, but i was actually thinking about what i would say to someone earlier today, if they asked me how i tend to stay positive???? it’s like our brains just know sometimes lmao - but that’s why you’re about to get a weirdly deep answer instead of what i usually say here

and honestly, i was thinking about this because i was thinking about life in general and how much i believe in the power of positive thinking? and how incredibly well it works? in fandom terms particularly, it’s a life saviour - in life it’s can be a lot more of a struggle to remind yourself but yk we’re not getting that deep we’re just talking about a soap

i get that it sounds like bullshit, but it works for me literally every single time. i’ve found that complaining about things is literally giving voice to negative thoughts and giving voice to negative thoughts is giving power so that they can breed more negative thoughts and before you know it, you’re sinking down this weird self-made hole of sadness - and not only that, but it spreads to other people, because humans are like feelings sponges and we feed off other people’s emotions a lot - it’s hard to be the lone person feeling one way in a room of people feeling the other. it’s like subconscious peer pressure.

but then the opposite - looking at the positives, being as steadfast and determined and strict with yourselves to look at the good sides of everything, is fucking life changing. there are like one thousand and one ted talks on this - like, you wouldn’t believe how many damn ted talks there are. anyway, because i was in this weird mood this morning and reflecting on it, i watched one that used a quote from wayne dyer - “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”


it’s true. if i look at spoilers and look for the positives and literally refuse to give voice to the negative, pull myself back to the positives whenever i do, and beyond that encourage that positivity in others through humour or happy thoughts so that maybe it spreads - and if i do it enough times that it becomes natural to me, a natural response to anything and everything, then… well… everything gets a hell of a lot more fun and enjoyable and those things that maybe i once thought were negative and worrying somehow turn into positives. and that’s not me desperately trying to tell myself something is good - it just genuinely does become something that inspires good feelings in me, happiness and excitement and whatever. i can’t really explain how well it works - you have to experience it. but like now? now i literally fucking love that rob and rebecca had a one night stand lmao. like. i love that god damn story beat so much. it’s just about changing the way you look at things - so when i used to look at that scene, all i ever saw was jfc why i don’t actually want this - but after really and honestly thinking about it in every way, by about acknowledging that i can’t change it and then looking at it from every angle, i look at that scene now and i see the show committing to showing just how affect robert is about everything, and also playing out a soap trope in what is literally the most shippy way possible. i see a scene that is, perversely, entirely about robert’s love for aaron and also a scene that gives me a great look at who robert is as a character and the way he reacts in situations. 

it sounds ridiculous? like, it really god damn does, but like… actually, why does it matter if it sounds ridiculous if i’m having fun and hopefully making other people smile occasionally lmao

also, beyond this, i’m also all about accepting the things i cannot change - and the writing of emmerdale? that’s a thing i cannot change. so why fight it? why not just buckle in and enjoy the ride? what the hell else am i gonna do? 

so yeah, anyway, it’s not about paying dues or anything, it’s not about making us suffer for our crimes of loving too much lmaooo  - they’re just…. it’s a soap and they’re telling a story that ultimately has robert and aaron interacting regularly and still being stupidly in love and eventually reuniting properly. so all i can do and all i want to do is find ways to enjoy the journey - and this is true of every storyline ever. 

and the result of me giving as much voice as i can to the things i enjoy and literally just ignoring any thoughts i may have or thoughts other people have about what they don’t because i don’t find them helpful (sorry all other ppl i love you i just gotta do me) - is that what we’ve had so far has been so much fun for me. i enjoy aaron and robert interacting in a - in a way, very abuse era-esque manner, obviously in an entirely different context. like - they both want to be together but they can’t - and now the feelings are there but only tenfold and so their scenes always have that bubbling underneath. a little bit of subtextual love and angst is fun. yes i want them to get back together and make out and cuddle and all that good and lovely jazz but like… that’s not the only way to enjoy their scenes, i don’t think. why would anyone ever rewatch the lighter relationshippy aspects of the abuse storyline if it was?

like - the smitten kitten scene? maxine’s episode where they go to find sandra? rob dealing with aaron leaving to see family in ireland for a bit (#parallel) and literally just trying to get info about how he’s doing out of chas on a daily if not hourly basis? they weren’t together during any of that. so why do they need to be together as a couple to have amazing, wonderful scenes now? why does them being split up automatically mean we’re in for months of no robron at all? because that hasn’t been what i’ve seen so far and from everything that has been said, that isn’t what they seem to have in store for us going forward.

obviously, you know, you gotta do you etc etc but… yeah, this is literally my secret lmao. just… idk. it took me a long af time to learn this and i had to go through a lot of sadness to get there but… idk the idea of being sad about a soap all the time just isn’t something i’m interested in for a way to spend my free time. so i don’t spend it that way. 

basically, what i’m saying is, this isn’t just innately me, irrationally excited about all things ever. it’s something i learnt to do and it changed my god damn life for the better in every damn way.

(i think it does make me a horrible person to try and be salty with when it comes to plot or spoilers though because i will, with all the love and good intentions in the world, probably refuse to let a conversation wallow in that misery and probably change the subject to something happier in order to preserve the hard work i’ve done on myself)

idk idk hopefully this doesn’t sound like a flipping lecture or whatever but this ask just came at a hilariously appropriate time for where my head has been at this morning


Alright, I’m gonna finally stop procrastinating and write this post! Sorry about taking so long, anon, haha. 

So, what I listed in my introductory post was… wow, a lot. But I’ve put a lot of thought into this character, believe me, so I’ll hopefully be able to give you a bunch of info and stuff under each category! So! We’ve got likes and dislikes, which is basic character shit that most people know already, but, like I said, I’ll go a little more in-depth. 

A lot of this depends on your interpretation of the character, and what kind of AU they’re in, if it’s not canonverse. But, we’ve got some of the basics that probably should be kept the same, like an independent variable in science, right? So (and this is the bare minimum, imo), we all know that our boy likes material things, like pasta, pizza, tomatoes, so on. Food, I guess, haha. Also, Spain. And that doesn’t have to be romantic, if you don’t want it to, though most people will make it romantic. Such is the nature of Hetalia. It’s all gay. But, if you wanted it to be friendship-based, there’s a HUGE amount of canon material that shows that they are, at the very least, good friends. 

I’m gonna skip fears for now, and sort of continue this train of thought, moving on to personality and common misconceptions about his personality. So, in most works that I’ve seen, the key trait that I’ve seen portrayed is that our boy is, to put it simply, an asshole. And, anon, that annoys me too. There are so many more facets to his personality than that. Buuut, while on the subject of him being an asshole, I’m gonna ask this. Why? 

As a writer who puts a lot of thought into making characters believable, asking yourself that question is really fucking important. There has to be a reason a character acts a certain way, or it’s going to feel contrived and fake. So, let’s get an example out of the example box. Put on your hard-hats, guys. 

In canon, Romano acts like a dick, yes, to people he doesn’t know well, and even to people he does. So, let’s ask ourselves, why? There are tons of reasons. Romano feels overlooked and overshadowed by his little brother really early on, yes? That’s canon. People have tried to use him to get his grandfather’s inheritance, too, I remember him saying. I don’t remember the exact line, but that suggests that something has obviously happened before. And probably multiple times. Something important to remember is that if people screw you over too many times, it becomes really hard to trust anyone. I have experience with this. So, there’s one thing. He’s afraid of being used. And he reacts a little differently than some people would to this. Instead of just shutting himself away, he decides to actively push others away, as a sort of unsaid warning. “Don’t come any closer if you don’t want to get hurt.”

I didn’t even go into his insecurities about his brother, wow. So, people, following the canon example, he’s said that he feels worthless compared to his brother, being a worse artist and a much more rude person overall. Let’s go in a little deeper, shall we? Even though it’s not directly stated, that I know of, Romano cares a lot about how people perceive him. And this actually a really great chance for some angst/internal conflict. He wants people to think that he’s not someone to be taken lightly, yes? Because he wants to keep people away, he wants to protect his heart, he doesn’t want to get hurt. But, at the same time, he doesn’t want to be seen as the “asshole of Europe”. He wants people to admire him, like anyone would. And you know what, it probably hurts, a whole fucking lot, that he’s seen as the lesser brother. If anyone wants to argue with me on this, I’m just going to point something out. Romano’s the older bro, yes? Veneziano is the younger bro. But listen, my dudes, Veneziano is referred to as Italy by the whole world. I would feel bitter, and probably erased, too.

So, he’s got a lot of insecurities. There are so many chances to use them to your advantage, guys. And, luckily, with this character, I see those addressed a whole lot. Let’s move onto another common misconception. Or, more accurately, an overlooked character trait. 

Guys, Romano’s a fucking dork. There’s endless evidence for that. Every single one of his lines in the English dub, holy SHIT. Someone made a compilation, and I laughed for like five minutes straight. Even if you’re going to make something completely serious, just remember that time he tried to belittle Germany with a mustache. 

On the subject of serious stuff, this is a little side note, PLEASE REMEMBER TO BALANCE OUT YOUR ANGST WITH GOOD TIMES TOO! Really, my dudes, even if you’re writing an angst-filled historical fic, if it’s all heavy angst, all the time, it’s just depressing and honestly kind of unrealistic. And I hate to bring it up, but Hetaoni is a really good example of a fanwork that balanced out everything really well. To this day, I haven’t found anything that’s broken me inside as much as that fucking game, but somehow, guess what, it still had funny, lighthearted moments amidst the chaos. What a miracle. Well balanced stories can still break your heart. End side note.

Let’s see, what’s another common misconception that bugs the hell out of me because it’s not in character… Oh, yes. This one actually applies to both Italy bros. I’m going to say this many, many times, probably. 

Stop. Making. Them. Idiots. 

This is probably one of the things that annoys me the most. My dudes, I get that in canon, they’re portrayed as empty-headed, but fucking listen to me. If you’re going to write something that characterizes the bros realistically, they’re not going to be fucking dumbasses. Listen, guys. Hetalia as a whole reduces characters down to some of their most basic traits, being a parody, but they still manage to give nearly every character some depth. I’m gonna say it again. It’s a comedy, a parody of history. So, if you’re going to try to write some angsty, realistic historical thing (I love those when they’re done right), don’t just make the circumstances realistic, make the characters realistic, too. There’s no way that Romano, being alive for over a thousand years, doesn’t know how to hold and shoot a fucking gun. Remember the mafia? Those are some scary motherfuckers. 

I feel like I have so much more to say, but I don’t really remember it all right now, so I’ll probably come back to this post later, haha. Anon, if you want to chat about m’boy, I’m always up for a conversation!! I love seeing different people’s perspective on characters, so I’d probably love to chat with you! Have a good day, everybody!

anonymous asked:

This isn't meant to be mean. I just want an answer and you're pretty good at explaining stuff but why does tumblr hate Anna and Elsa from frozen but love rapunzel from tangled? I don't mean this in an offensive way but why don't they mind rapunzel adding to the long list of white princess

Not mean at all! I invite discussion! and I thank you for your question! I don’t know if I’m the most qualified person on Tumblr to speak on the issue.For two reasons…one is, I’m not all of Tumblr- I am but one individual with one mind and one stream of thoughts. I don’t base my opinions on what the Tumblr collective thinks I like to form my own. and Two- I don’t eat breath and sleep Disney politics, yes I do keep a finger on the pulse of what’s going on because as an aspiring animator I feel obligated to dissect the big names in the biz, but there are tumblr users who DO dedicate a ton of time and effort into putting Disney under a microscope and are probably 100X more informed than me such as - Racebent Disney + Feminist Disney  + Disney For Princesses +This could have been Frozen

If you’d really like to see me break down Tumblr’s beef with Frozen you can read my lengthy reply to another anon HERE.

Now to really answer your question! why do people on Tumblr seem to prefer Rapunzel from Tangled over Anna and Elsa from Frozen. I honestly haven’t noticed a huge discrepancy between peoples preferences because I’ve been clued in on “Tangled” years before the movie actually came out and if I recall correctly people were bitching about it Rapunzel even then. I was really excited about this movie when I first heard about it because Rapunzel was one of my favorite fairy tales as a small child! I had very long hair myself and I didn’t get out much because I was bullied a lot by the children in my neighborhood. Needless to say I found myself in an imprisoned girl with long hair. So when the movie was announced I felt an instant connection to it. However there is a catch to this. The Rapunzel I saw in the sneak peeks was very, very different from the ones I grew up with.

That is Rapunzel from the Fairy Tales for every child series. She was the first beautiful brown Rapunzel in my life but she was not alone. Chalkzone had their own version of Rapunzel starring Queen Rapsheeba who is an actress/singer/rapper. 

These were the Rapunzel’s of the 90’s and I loved them both because I, as a child with very long curly, wild hair, I could relate.

When the pictures for Tangled - AT THE NAME was titled Rapunzel: Unbraided surfaced My heart sank.

Didn’t we already have three blonde princesses who are white in Cinderella, Aurora and Eilonwy? I could stretch it to six if I included Tinker Belle, Alice and Giselle. but Tink and Alice aren’t princesses in title and Giselle can’t legally be used in merch because Disney would have to pay the actress for using her likeness. And I know I’m going to get shit for including Eilonwy but she’s still a Disney princesses even if people don’t know who the fuck she is. The only reason she does not appear on official merchandise is because initially her movie had a poor box office performance BUT I DIGRESS.

So it was a little jarring to say the least to see yet another skinny, pretty, blonde, white princess with light colored eyes. The only thing that makes Rapunzel stand out from her fellow princesses is that she has freckles. Which is great! but it really is a pittance in terms of mold breaking character design. So Rapunzel is not without it’s problems. even before Tumblr was a thing people were complaining about the over abundance of cookie cutter princesses. They just didn’t have as much social media sites to vent too as we do now and by the time those sites came along everyone got their gripes about Rapunzel and her design out of their system or simply didn’t care to discuss it at length anymore. Because truth be told stories about Tangled have been circulating the web since 2004. one & two.  By the time the movie rolled around in 2010 everyone who cared was just so done with it.

Now in terms of how Tangled relates to Frozen I’m going to stress that context is very important. I’m pretty sure Rapunzel was the first white princess we had in a 10 year gap of Disney princesses during the Disney Renaissance. People are more willing to accept her because she was the first in awhile. the passage of time is very important here. Between 2010 and 2013 we’ve had 4 white princess in succession. that adds up to one white princess per year in a very short time period. The little girls who are seeing these movies? Disney’s 5 - 10 year old demographic? that is all they are going to see for a very long time. Rapunzel, Merida, Anna and Elsa have literally flooded the market. Disney seems to be going backwards in terms of female marketability.

People are bitching about Anna and Elsa because not only are they both blonde and white there are two of them! and the reason they keep getting compared to Rapunzel is because they both look so much like her! when confronted with this Disney pulled some frat boy answer out of their ass about how Women’s faces are so much harder to animate or some junk!? are you fucking serious!? I shouldn’t even have to point out why this is a problem- but in case I do here are for links for you to look into. one , two

The very IDEA that a multibillion dollar corporation- that’s right, Billions with a B. is basically going “weh, it’s too hard!” is insulting! it’s even more so insulting when you look at the fact their predecessors. Tex Avery. Who made one of the hottest cartoon females in existence, Red was very expressive! ask anyone whose attracted to her if they are less attracted to her because she emotes and I doubt you’ll get a “No”

Now I know that Red isn’t Disney but I brought her up beside she inspired the undisputed hottest cartoon character to ever grace the silver screen. Jessica Rabbit. Who had not only her own distinctive face shape but also had a wide range of expressions.

Even Disney’s straight to video squeals that hardly anyone ever watches that had a much smaller budget than their theatrical release counterparts have attractive women in them with a wide range of face shapes and expressions!

The above is from Mulan 2 and are Princesses Ting Ting, Su and Mei. Everyone loves to excuse Frozen by going ” WELL Elsa and Anna look so much alike because they are sisters!” Yes, they are sisters but they’re not fucking twins. Mulan 2 featured 3 Chinese sisters who all looked distinctive from each other without anyone confusing them for each other or confusing them for past Disney princesses (such as the constant confusion between Rapunzel and Anna) So the very idea that Disney thinks the public is so stupid as to not point this out is laughable. They had the technology to not fuck this up 10 years ago, they have the technology to do it now.

Now let me break it down even further and limit my griping just to the officially sanctioned Disney princesses. (we’re going to Ignore the fact that Mulan isn’t a princess in title she is the wife of a war general and that characters like Eilonwy and Kida are royalty by title but are often excluded from the lime light)

That’s them. the Holy 11 which will soon be 13 when Anna and Elsa have their coronation

How many white princesses are there? Nine, How many Black princesses? One, how many Arab princesses? One, How many Native American Princesses? One, How many Chinese Princesses? none One. If you don’t see how that doesn’t add up then you are part of the problem.

There are a ton of separate issues going on with Frozen and Tangled only had to deal with a few of them.With Tiana Disney has proven that they are capable of handling a WoC with the respect and dignity she deserves, Elsa and Anna have near identical face molds to Rapunzel- it’s honestly like Disney didn’t even try to make them different. People probably would have bitched less about them being white if they at least didn’t look like the same white person. I’ve seen the movie twice now and I still fuck up their names because they basically look like the same person. I know there’s a lot of people out there who like to sympathetic with Disney and go ” but it’s HARD!” when Disney does shit like create engines for unique hair flow and snow flakes but oh, the characters FACES aren’t that important! just the way their hair flows and fucking snow flakes are.

So…in conclusion…is Frozen WORSE than Tangled in terms of problematic Disney bullshit? No, I don’t think so. I just think it’s a matter of timing and Frozen being the straw that broke the camels back.

It was still a really great movie and had it’s own ground breaking moments but not any that mattered a great deal or hadn’t been done before.

ollyollyoxenfreelitbm  asked:

Hi! I saw some of your recent asks and thought I'd ask why you don't like AU's or swap, etc.? I'm honestly just curious and you always have such well-formed, articulate thoughts and ideas (I enjoy your blog and art very much). Thanks again for everything you do! <3

I should preface this by saying, I can still enjoy some of the AU fanworks if they’re done well enough, or still manage to capture the magic of the original game. UnderFell started out that way, like an extra hard mode pacifist run, and I still have a soft spot for most Fell!Paps artworks that depict him as trying REALLY HARD to be an edgelord, but not being very good at it. Tsundere Paps presses my buttons.

And like, the mere sight of them doesn’t offend me, it’s more of a “meh, this doesn’t excite me” feeling.

But generally, it’s because they feel so far removed from the source, it’s like something else entirely.

The characters almost never feel like their original counterparts? And often they take themselves very seriously, with themes of abuse and death and being tortured. I’m not against those things, I enjoy a good angsty fic now and then. But it’s not typically what’s on my mind when I want to look at Undertale stuff, you know?

I should say– Undertale is delightful and warm and human in a way that most stories aren’t. I want more of that rare feeling it gave me. If I wanted straight up angst or straight up silliness, there are tons of other things around me that I could go for.  

My other, and probably biggest, barrier is that they’re almost ALL ABOUT SANS.

I love Sans. I love Sans Having Problems™. In the past year, this blog has been like, 80% Sans.

But I like thinking about him with the other characters. I like thinking about how they all influence each other, how they all populate this world and make it full. How they’d all grow and change after going to the surface. It’s not just about him being the hero or having a sad or overcoming his dark and certainly unpleasant past. How do the other elements of the story shape him? He doesn’t exist in a void. his dad does

Most of the AUs seem to forget that anyone exists besides the skelebros? Even to the point where there are some AUs made up of many different versions of Sans. …Iiiiii’m just not interested. 

The blueberry annoys me the most because I feel like the basis of his popularity is “Sans is my favorite, but the best character in the game is Papyrus. You know what would make Papyrus better? Making him Sans.” That’s just… not compelling to me in the slightest. His design is cute tho’! I’ll concede that.

Swap in particular seems to flatten everyone into caricatures of themselves. A lot of the nuance and complexity is lost.

I like AUs like StoryShift, where it nails the feeling and tone of the game. The characters are still in-character, even if they’re shifted around into different roles. And there’s been a few more minor ones that felt ‘right’.

I’m not against big deviations from the source. It just… has to have something in common with it more than Sans’ face. You know, some of the love that made the original special. 

…It’s comparable to how I feel about the Wizard of Oz. I love the whimsy of the original books, and even the original movie. It’s frustrating to watch all these modern movies and shows come out that completely ignore that whimsy, as if it’s undesirable and the only parts worth saving are the character names and locations.

I want more of the magical, nonsensical “it just is”-ness of the original. Go on an adventure and make lots of wacky friends along the way. I’m not here for the drama. I’m sure there are lots of people out there that prefer that, and that’s fine. But for me… no thanks. 

anonymous asked:

Hello! I need some help. I have had little to no motivation to write anything lately, and whenever I do, I cut it out after a few hours. So, I finally got one idea but I have no idea how to create this character. I want to write a story about a female homicide detective who solves cases with a fellow detective that she falls in love with who is also female, but I don't want the entire story to be revolved around love. So, I guess I'm asking, how do I keep motivation and write this story? Thanks!

Any time motivation is shot, I like to first do a systems check- are you well? Have you slept and eaten? This is my favorite go-to checklist of self care. (I know sometimes things seem obvious, but honestly, sometimes I feel like I’m losing my tenuous grip on humanity only to realize that I just needed a shower). I, and a lot of people I know think that we are Terminators and can function just fine without taking care of ourselves, but the truth is that doing optimal work (especially creative work) is really hard unless you’re keeping the ol’ engine well looked after. 

Okay- once you know that you’re in the best operating condition that you can be, if you’re still not feeling motivated, it’s time to look at other strategies. 
A lot of people have this idea that motivation and inspiration drift down on downy wings to bestow ideas on creative types. The truth is, most creative people spend a lot of time chasing motivation and inspiration down with a stick. 

My recommendation is to add structure to your writing routine. Your structure can be anything that works for you, but once you get a pattern down that you know works, stick to it! Aggressively defend and uphold what works for you.
Things you might want to add to your routine:

- Deadlines. I know. Deadlines are the worst. But they put a fire under you and help blot out thoughts about perfection and ‘what if this is actually terrible.’ My anatomy professor’s mantra of “It doesn’t have to be perfect, it has to be Wednesday” kept me going through that class, and trying to draw a damn pelvis in perspective every week. 

- Exercise. Move your body! Taking a brisk walk before sitting down to write can get your blood pumping and your brain gears whirring. If the weather is disgusting or your bum knee is acting up or Doc Erica wants you to be consuming more calories before you start an exercise routine, try to at least get some fresh air or sun- open a window, take your writing outdoors, sit in front of your SAD lamp if you need to. 

- Environment. Make yourself a writing happy place. Maybe coffee shops are your jam, or you’d like to write in the park. I find that sitting up in a comfy but upright chair with a table does wonders, but maybe lying on your belly is your true form and most powerful state for writing. 
Things to consider:
+ Temperature- Do you like to be warm and snug? A little chilly?
+ Light- Cover of darkness? Natural light? Twinkle lights? Lamp?
+ Snacks- You wanna snack on something healthy while you work for fuel? Reward yourself when you’re done with something made out of sugar? Coffee can help you focus, and icy cold water with a bit of lemon is bracing. 
+ Music- Music without lyrics, or with very familiar lyrics tends to be ideal. 

- Other People. Other people can be really great for holding you to your deadlines, talking to you about what you’re planning, celebrating when you hit your wordcount, or even just being pumped about a new chapter. Being totally self motivated is hard! 

- Achievable, Consistent Goals. Make yourself a daily writing goal. Make it something that seems really, really easy- 100 words a day, say. Something easily within your power, whatever your power is right now. Focus on hitting your mark, and working consistently. Reward yourself for meeting your goals, and then step up your goals when you’re meeting them all the time. Making a habit of working consistently will serve you better than working hard a couple times a month. 

Separating the Steps. Try doing your planning and researching as separate things from actually writing. Making an outline before your writing session can really help keep you focused and on task. 

- Eliminate Distractions. You know what’s easier than writing? A lot of things. Most things. Not writing, for damn sure. Creation takes far more effort than destruction or consumption. It’s easy and comfortable to take the path of least resistance and turn on Netflix to burn up a couple hours without having to generate your own things. That’s not a bad thing (sometimes in our lives we honestly need 15 hour Netflix breaks from the horrors of existence and that’s okay). If you want to create things, though, take yourself away from easier, amusing activities. Legend has it that Neil Gaiman sometimes borrows friends’ summer homes so that he can hold himself hostage with no distractions until he’s written his draft. If you’re not that hardcore, asking your roommate to change the wifi password can suffice. 

- Tell People To Fuck Off. This is your time! Defend it as viciously as you can. (I mean, don’t tell your ma to fuck off if she’s a nice lady, but she’ll understand if you ask to call her back in an hour, because you’re in the middle of something). 

As for your story, I think you have a really interesting premise! Homicide detectives sounds like a really exciting backdrop for a romance, and there’s a lot of potential for a subplot there (or a main plot, if you want the romance to take a back seat to catching The Blue Mountain Killer). 
While creating your character, consider what you already know (she’s a homicide detective, she has a crush on her coworker), and then start asking questions about what you don’t know (what made her want to become a detective? What does she think of her job? Is she good at her job? What does she like about her coworker? Did they always get along?) 
What does she want? What problems is she going to encounter in the story? What does she think the solutions are to her problems? 
While you’re figuring out your main character, I’d do some research into homicide detectives, homicide cases, and probably tackle some crime dramas while you’re at it. 

I hope this helps! Good luck out there. 

My theory on The Heir's ending...
  • This is the first time in my fiction-reading life that I cannot choose or predict with confidence who I think would ultimately end up with the protagonist.
  • ((Curse you Kiera for creating such adorable guy contestants!!!))
  • But my bet is that Eadlyn would ultimately choose between Kile and Erik, two of the guys I believe she has the most chemistry with, but at the same time both have to overcome respective conflicts to be together.
  • To be honest, when we were first introduced to Kile, a guy Eadlyn wouldn't want to be with who happened to be Marlee's son and was conveniently placed into the Selection, my first reaction was "Oh no, this love story is gonna be sooooo predictable."
  • But as the story went by, I felt myself rooting for Kidlyn. Unlike Aspen in the first trilogy, Kile was interestingly different and quite out of the norm from the regular predictable love interests. His chemistry with Eadlyn during the Selection was surprisingly exciting, although for now it's mostly physical.
  • Kile might fall for Eadlyn for real. But we all know he's not the type who would want to be roped down by the Royal Family, and he's made that very clear. People may think that since Kile's the "childhood friend", he'd automatically belong to the trope where he'd never in a million years be chosen in the end by the protagonist.
  • What they don't understand is that Kile doesn't exactly fit that trope. Sure they grew up together, but up until the Selection, they didn't like being with each other. In fact, both abhorred the thought of them getting paired together (I really think either Josie or Marlee put his name in the Selection).
  • But unlike the "Childhood Friend" trope, Kile isn't a bland character who you would immediately toss away as soon as you find out he's in love with the protagonist.
  • And unlike the "Hate-At-First-Sight-Which-Turns-To-Love" trope AKA the Tsundere type, Kile DOES know the real Eadlyn, mostly her negative side, and honestly it's more or less justified. And he's DEFINITELY not pissing her off because that's how he shows his affection.
  • He said it himself, he let his frustration for being trapped into the castle walls into his actions towards Eadlyn.
  • His actions are quite understandable, and it's great how even though he's known as someone Eadlyn grew up with, we're still getting to know this love interest, and only during the Selection did both Eadlyn and Kile realize that there really is more to a person when you get stuck in some bad situation.
  • Plus, they'd make a really good Designer couple <3 they could collaborate and make beautiful creations together!
  • Erik, while a part of me hoped that he didn't start developing romantic feelings for Eadlyn in this book (I wanted a slow, gradual pace. But I still ship them too), I knew that something was going to happen between the two the moment they first met.
  • As their relationship developed, especially when Erik led Eadlyn to safety during the Kitchen wars, I began thinking "Oh, maybe there really is hope between these two!".
  • Erik has somewhat became Eadlyn's safety blanket during the Selection, a genuine friend who has no ulterior or romantic motives to become close to her, which is what exactly Eadlyn needs at this time. I don't know if Eadlyn realized that her feelings for Erik have turned romantic, but it's obvious that Erik has fallen for her.
  • Except (gasp!) He's not part of the Selection. The only reason he's there was to be Henri's translator (whom I absolutely love in this book! Henri's just an adorable sweetie pie!). It's clear that this guy's struggling between the rules and his feelings, also since he adores Henri as well.
  • Which brings him into the same category as Kile in which either one of the two contenders or Eadlyn would have to sacrifice something huge in order to be with Eadlyn.
  • The easiest route for Eadlyn would definitely be choosing either Hale or Ean. But we know these two would never really have a chance, although I guess we can't say for sure about Ean but we'd definitely know that it wouldn't be because of love.
  • Henri... as much as I love him, he's never gonna be it (although a little part of me wants him to be The One).
  • It all boils down to Kile and Erik, two people whom Eadlyn would have to sacrifice for if she decides to choose either of them.
  • So my theory about the conclusion is... *drumroll please*
  • That Eadlyn would NOT become Illea's future Queen.
  • I believe that the crown would be passed down to Kaden.
  • There MUST be a reason why Eadlyn keeps complaining about having this responsibility, and why Kaden seems to be so wise and knowledgeable about the kingdom's problems WITHOUT being forced to, even moreso than Eadlyn.
  • Simple as that, if Eadlyn abdicates the throne, then there wouldn't be a problem with her choosing either Kile or Erik.
  • Now I know this would not sit well with some readers especially feminists or plain ol' readers who're sick of seeing female protagonists throw their rationality out for love.
  • I mean, why would she give up the throne (not to mention becoming the first female ruler of Illea) for a bunch of losers whom she's fallen in love with???
  • Well, I would've been the first to complain if it weren't for the fact that Eadlyn keeps complaining and complaining about becoming Queen to the point of irritating me.
  • If anything, the fact that she's the future Queen isn't something positive for her even though it's supposed to be. Rather, it destroyed something inside her that could've made her happier as a human being even without romance to think about.
  • Not every person is fit to rule a kingdom or rather feels forced to do the job but is somewhat failing. It just so happens that Eady's one of them, and coincidentally she's female.
  • I'm not trying to put down women since I'm a girl myself. What I'm trying to say is that man or woman, this could happen to anyone. It's just a cause of bad timing.
  • So in conclusion, I think Eady's not going to be The Heir. She may choose a guy during the end of the Selection, but that doesn't guarantee that everything will sail as smoothly as Maxon and America's love story.
  • Now returning back to Kile and Erik, although it's really difficult to decide whom Eadlyn might end up with, I'd have to say that I'm leaning a tad bit more to Kile.
  • It can't be a coincidence that America and Marlee's offsprings are given a chance to develop feelings, or the fact that both are interested in designing (granted, in different courses) and freedom beyond the castle walls.
  • Erik may be a really nice guy whose understanding, comforting personality compliments Eadlyn's rather outwardly harsh but surprisingly fragile personality.
  • But Eadlyn might not really need that anymore when she's free of her reign.
  • Kile already understands Eadlyn, not to mention they have been technically living together since they were babies. They'd definitely relate to each other more than Erik would, and seeing their progress in The Heir, it wouldn't be so far-fetched to see them grow together until they just couldn't bear to leave the other.
  • So there. That's my take on how The Heir series would end, or rather who Eadlyn would end up with. Note that this is only a theory and does not have to be taken seriously.
  • All this aside... HOW CAN I WAIT ANOTHER WHOLE YEAR FOR THE NEXT BOOK?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
I was thinking...

With the anniversary of Davy Jones’ death next week, sometimes I think I don’t have as much right to grieve for Davy as many others, for the simple reason that when Davy passed away, I didn’t regard myself as a fan of the Monkees. Yeah, I liked the songs that I knew - the songs that everybody knows - but I wasn’t a fan. What little I knew about them was from my mum briefly telling me about their show and showing me the back of her Monkees records.

Davy had a face that I knew and a name that I recognised. My biggest exposure to him (that I can recall) came just a day or two before he died. BBC2 aired a documentary called I’m In A Boyband!. It’s basically my favourite documentary ever and you should check it out because if you love boybands as much as I do then it’ll be right up your street!! But ANYWAY. This documentary featured chats with boybanders of past and present, from One Direction to Boyzone to Five to the Jackson Five etc. etc., and it also featured Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz. I remember thinking Davy was funny and sassy and I really liked him. I remember being confused - and also surprised - that he was British, because “I thought the Monkees were American??”. But I liked him a lot and thought he was a joker. I remember after that show aired, my sister said she wanted to get The Monkees show on DVD.

So Davy passed away just a couple of days after this. I remember reading it online and was like “no way!”. I remember telling my mum (or my sister might’ve actually?) and my mum was actually really upset. Even my dad was like “oh no, really?”. My mum was only 5 (almost 6) when The Monkees first aired here but I believe she watched re-runs when she was a little older. She had often spoken about how much she loved them (Peter had always been her favourite) when she was a child/young teen, so she was naturally crushed when she learnt that one of them had passed away.

I was sad to hear that Davy had died (especially when I heard about him leaving behind four daughters, one of which is only a year older than me), but I didn’t feel a personal sense of loss because at that point he didn’t play a significant role in my life. I had no idea that less than six months later I would be obsessed with the Monkees. I had no clue at all!

Davy’s death certainly piqued my interest in the band - but only a little. My sister did try to find the show on DVD, but it was always way too expensive on Amazon. I don’t know if the price went up after Davy died or what. But it was July or August when ITV aired a programme called We Love The Monkees that really started my journey into Monkeedom. This documenary was made part in memory of Davy, and I remember watching it with my family. I really liked it and was really intrigued by a band that was also a TV show. After this, my mum had a gander on ebay and found both seasons of The Monkees for a reasonable price. We sat down to watch the first few episodes together and the rest, as they say, WAS HISTORY.

While my mum brought these DVDs as a piece of nostalgia and to show me and my sister what she was into when she was a kidda, she had no idea that we would both fall in love just as hard - maybe even harder! - than she did like 40-odd years before. In the end it was me and my sister who sat up late watching episode after episode *every single night*. And the episodes we loved most we’d watch again before we moved onto the next one because we’re massive nerds, OBVS.

That’s my story of how I got into the Monkees. Everything else sort of followed on from there. But going back to Davy… Everything I learnt about the band, I learnt after Davy had gone. Watching all the documentaries, reading all the books, trawling through hundreds of pages of #the monkees tag picking up any piece of information I could find, listening to all the music I could get my hands on - I didn’t have to deal with the pain of knowing him and loving him and losing him. I have no idea if this is a good thing or not. On the one hand, it would’ve been nice to have been a hardcore fan while all the guys were still with us. It would’ve been nice to dream that some day I’d get to see them all live together (as unlikely as they may have been!). But on the otherhand, I’m glad I didn’t have to hear that he’d gone being the fan that I am today. I’m one of these people that do feel the deaths of ‘celebrities’ quite deeply. Some people find that stupid, but fuck you. I have a heart, SOZ.

So that brings me back to the start of this post; do I have a right to grieve for Davy when I hardly “knew” him when he was alive? I can’t go back and relive my despair and heartache of learning of his loss. I remember it, but it wasn’t that kick in the stomach that it would’ve been had it happened now. I learnt about and grew to love Davy when he was already gone. Does that mean I don’t have as much right to be sad as the people who were fans before he died that he isn’t here anymore?

I’ll always be able to relate to Davy on a different level than I can relate to the other Monkees because A) BRITISH, and B) bitchy (lmao). I always somehow managed to find his bitchiness and bitterness about the other guys more funny than upsetting, but that’s not to say I didn’t find some of the comments he made about the guys to be totally uncalled for and unecessary. Sometimes he crossed the line. There was a definite bitterness within Davy, a cattiness, and sometimes I wonder why that was. I try not to think about it too much because it makes me sad. But you could tell that underneath that was a really nice, good-hearted bloke. And lets be honest, everyone can be - and is - a bitch, it’s just Davy sometimes didn’t filter it. In a way you have to admire his honesty..!

I wish there could’ve been one last hurrah. I wish there could’ve been a final tour with all four of them getting along and having fun. Even if I wasn’t there to see it, or a fan at the time to see it, to know that it had happened would’ve been more than enough for me. Micky spoke about how they were planning to tour - all of them - before Davy died. I’d like to believe this was true, but I’m honestly not so sure. I hope it’s true. The fact that Mike came back so soon after Davy passed suggests maybe it really *was* true. To think that they were at least all talking, communicating, making plans…that’s a really nice thought. It’s heartbreaking that those potential plans didn’t come to light, but to know that they were there in the first place is really comforting. I’ve always been someone who just wants people to get along. When bands I’ve loved have broken up in the past, to me it’s been more of “I hope they’re still best friends/haven’t fallen out.” as opposed to “OH NO I won’t get to see them live again!”. I really hope that when Davy passed away, some of that bitterness from before (especially his bitterness towards Mike) had lifted.

I know things have been said about Davy’s young wife, but I really don’t know a great deal about that - and to be honest, from the little bits and pieces I have heard - I don’t think I want to. What I do know is that he had four daughters who adored him, and he adored them too, and that’s something that can never, ever go away.

Davy was short. Davy didn’t have the best singing voice in the world. Davy didn’t really play any instruments in the Monkees (not consistantly, anyway). Davy was bitchy. But Davy had so much more than all of those things. He had charm. He had charisma. He had the cutest face the world of pop has ever seen. He was the orginal boyband heart-throb. He had a heart of gold. He was generous and kind. He was a great actor. He was funny as hell, both as the character of Davy and the real Davy. He had grade-A dance moves that I’m jealous of. He was a performer. An entertainer. He was the voice of Daydream Believer, one of the most joyful and feel-good pop jams of all time. He was a wonderful father. He loved his horses. You can tell that he was a top bloke. And you can also tell that, despite everything, he loved the Monkees. The Monkees as a whole, and the Monkees as individuals - Micky, Peter and Mike.

I still have no idea if I have much right to grieve for Davy Jones. But what I do know is that I wish he was still here.