i love so many and there are so many examples



Happy 1 year anniversary!

Thank you to @thatsthat24 for creating such an amazing series that has affected and influenced so many people in so many ways. These videos are not only super entertaining and hilarious, they are an incredible example being set for people who are struggling with life and its hardships. You provided young people with a constructive way of analyzing and dealing with certain uncomfortable situations. Thank god we have you to be such a shining light in a dark world. Keep doing what you’re doing, Thomas.

We love you♥

(for @yoituuri and @starryfeathers. I accidentally deleted this whole thing once so hopefully it doesn’t happen again/ it’s not rushed. I hope you enjoy you two, and anybody else who reads this!)

I made a post about my favorite boy Victor not too long ago, and I mentioned a shot in passing that I really loved, but because it wasn’t the focus of the post, I didn’t go into it. I would like to now. Here it is:

This is the first glimpse of Victor we get within canon. Well, beyond the opening sequence with Yuuri watching Victor skate as they grow up but I think we can all agree that was outside of canon and can be discarded here.


It’s a damn good first glimpse. As you’ve probably already noticed, Victor’s eyes are covered. Deliberately. Dude fuckin does a twirl and the camera is framed in such a way that we don’t get to see his eyes until he looks up for the cameras. That’s an interesting touch, for several reasons. 

First, when a character’s eyes are not visible, it implies something is hidden within them. A trait, motivation, true emotions, etc etc. 

Secondly, the fact that we can’t see Victor’s eyes until he turns to the cameras with that fake-ass media smile. In this scene, we’re being treated as the public. Victor is immediately hiding from us and the rest of the world. You know, something he does all the goddamn time.

Victor is scarily good at masking. For those who don’t know what I mean, masking is the act of hiding one’s true personality, desires, and/or emotions to conform to society. I mask due to past trauma. Victor masks to meet public expectation. 

You’ve probably guessed already that masking is incredibly unhealthy–it’s repression, after all. If it gets bad enough, you’ll stop knowing where masking ends and you begin. Sometimes it takes me months to figure out how I feel about something because I need to sort through so many layers of masking and anxiety and doubt. It’s really difficult sometimes. 

We see tons of lovely examples of Victor masking throughout the show. Here are a few off the top of my head: 

(^absolutely terrified vitya trying to be smooth)

(^living up to his press image)

(^so incredibly upset on so many levels but he doesn’t dare show it)

(^pissed enough that yuuri picks up on it. and then acts dishonestly w/ yuuri by trying to come off as pleasant)

(i love that yuuri is comfortable enough by this point to call victor out on his bs. if you’re gonna get mad, get mad) 

(you can actually see Victor’s hand shake if you watch the scene. boy is so pissed and he’s holding it in)

etc etc. 

Victor is actually incredibly reserved in all the emotions he shows, especially if it’s anger or sadness. For most of the series, he only lets himself go in front of Yuuri or alone. Victor hides from himself, he hides from Yuuri, and it helps no one in the end. 

The beach sequence, actually, is important to this idea too. As we know, Victor asks Yuuri what he wants them to be. 

And then he lists off all these options before essentially asking to go out with him, but in a way that says he’s too scared to do it outright.

Now, this is partially to gauge Yuuri’s feelings towards him, but it’s also highly revealing of Victor’s self-worth. He’s willing to put on any mask, any persona to be with Yuuri. Yuuri, of course, doesn’t want this at all. 


And looking at Victor’s reaction (guarded surprise)

This may be the first time Victor has been asked to just be himself. 

So if Victor was a world champion at 16

(boy is 15-16 in that article)

He must have been skating for a while beforehand. We can probably approximate by saying he started competitions around the time Yuri did, which I estimate to be about 12-13. However, Victor does say this 

And if we’re to believe him, 27-20=7, and therefore something happened at the age of 7 to force Victor into backing away from others and working himself to the bone. Uhm, wow. I don’t know how accurate it is to say that, but regardless, he’s been in the public eye for a long fuckin time. 

Victor has spent this long fuckin time building an image: elegance, confidence, charming yet untouchable. The perfect playboy, in a way. This is the person he presents to the public. I think he’s been masking like this for so long he forgot that this isn’t who he is–Victor has the ability to be all those things, but it’s not who he is. Victor is excitable, bubbly, caring, vulnerable, depressed, lonely, hardworking…Yuuri, by asking Victor to be himself, released a metaphorical floodgate on Victor’s emotions. He’s broken that carefully crafted persona. 

Victor is now publicly goofy and affectionate

(i love how he hides his face a little here…how cute and shy while showing off that he’s yuuri’s)

And can drop his composure comfortably 

(also vitya always wears gloves to competitions until they get the rings and then victor keeps the gloves off completely :v) 

I love that Victor’s relationship with Yuuri has allowed him to find himself again, and peel away those masks to live and breathe and love as he was always meant to. 

I was speaking to the lady that works for Make-A-Wish and she said that back in the day when they started the Make a Wish charity people always used to want to go meet Robert Downey Jr. or Jack Sparrow or go to this crazy thing but recently the people that they get asked to hook people up with the most are YouTubers. And I was wondering why and the girl said that because most of the young people that are part of Make-A-Wish spent most of their time in hospitals, dealing with their illnesses, they obviously spend a lot of time on the Internet and then would naturally stumble across YouTubers. And when they have lots of time in hospitals, going through all these treatments or recovering from things, YouTubers are the people who they spend their time watching instead of stuff in the cinema. You know, simultaneously that’s so like… it’s heart-warming and it’s nice and then it’s also kind of sad. But it just really make you kind of happy that a) such an amazing charity is there, doing things but then also for YouTubers, you know, like Markiplier who does so many - he’s amazing obviously for a billion reasons - but whenever me and Phil get to do it, it’s just such a nice thing.

@danisnotonfire during his live show on the 14th of February 2017

Quotes from Dan (30/?)

One of the many reasons I love YouTubers. It’s also a perfect example of the amazing impact their content have on the people watching.

Creators Misunderstanding Their Fan Base: Undertale

I love Undertale, so do many others. However, I love Undertale because of the fan base. I have met so many kind and determined individuals that I wouldn’t have met otherwise if not for Undertale. Many of these people are artists, and it’s nice to see the same characters drawn in so many different styles. Even better is when there is a story written about Undertale, a what if this happened instead of this? Great examples of this are Dreamtale, by @jokublog (currently not theirs more about that later), Glitchverse, by @camilaart, and Xtale/Underverse, by Jackei/@xtaleunderverse. There are many more alternate stories/universes I would love to share but I really want to focus on these two right now. As you may or may not know, both these creators make animations/comics based off their story lines, and they are incredible. The amount of effort that goes into each and every frame of animation is jaw dropping to say the least. The story is also pretty great compared to most, especially Glitchtale’s constant subversion of every expectation and Underverse’s imaginative plot and character portrayal are no small feat either. It’s immediately clear that a lot of effort goes into their work to make it as great as possible and create their animations fairly quickly. However, I’m not here to simply sing their praises because the title isn’t “Amazing Undertale Universes You Have To See To Believe” no, this is “Creators Misunderstanding Their Fan Base: Undertale” 

 Recently a story came out about Joku threatening to use her fan base against another person who was just giving feedback on a shirt that they made. This led to them deleting their blog and now it’s being held by a nice individual so that Joku can have the name back if she wants. Joku makes sure people know that she is getting lots of hate over this misbehavior of hers. She’s making it seem like her fan base is full of haters that demand comics every week and don’t care about the person behind the project at all. Her “fans” led her to deleting her blog that she had used for a while now, over one small incident. That’s. Not. True. Joku’s fans are passionate, without a doubt, but they have huge amounts of respect for the amount of work that goes into this complex narrative that Joku is almost always working on. Joku, you’re fans are there, making fan art, liking your posts, and sending positive words your way, but you don’t care about that, do you? You just want to show everyone that you can overcome the haters by yourself, but you can’t, nobody can on their own. You say you ignore the haters, but dealing with what I’ve heard people say about you in silence, isn’t a great idea. If you open up more to your audience, show your real fans that you still care about them, I have no doubt that there will be a shift in the types of people who view your content. I along with many others didn’t hate you for what you did, was it a bit uncalled for? Yea, a little bit, but that one incident with someone WHO’S ALREADY FORGIVEN AND APOLOGIZED FOR MAKING IT PUBLIC, shouldn’t have led to you deleting your blog. The blog is being held for you, your choices are to reset back to zero and build your blog all over again, or quit and leave everyone.

 Jackei, the creator of Xtale and Underverse, is passionate about her work. Her amazing narrative and intense animations make it a joy to experience through and through, but she has her flaws as well. One day you’ll get a hilarious shitpost from Jackei about how she got braces, the next a comic about how she is having to stand against her fans barrage of negativity. I’m saying it right now that there is a difference in HATING and CRITICIZING and it’s easy to tell which is which. Hate usually is opinionated, relying on the same feeling from others to help boost their opinion into more of a fact. Fans that criticize a work however often point out actual problems with the product they were presented with. Maybe the animation was a bit low quality in some places, or maybe the dialog didn’t add anything to the situation, but whatever it is its a real problem that they just shed light on for you. Those fans care, unlike the haters you insist are your fans. Many people really love your intense devotion to your work, making comics often along with incredible animations that have breathtaking moments a plenty, but it sucks when someone you hugely respect talks down to you. You make it clear that whenever you get hate you try to deal with it in silence, and for the most part if you are a strong enough person that works out really well for you. Not only does it improve your image as a creator but it makes fans think much much more of you as a person. However, you show us that side of you way too much, and its clear you want to be that person you portray yourself as. You’ve gotten much better about showing us that you can withstand the hate sent your way, and your shitposts/memes are always a joy to behold, but why not show off the better side of your fan base, the people who really care about you and your work. It’d make a difference in how you view your fans. Just remember Jackei, haters shout loud because they want others to hear them, but when a fan comments, they don’t even expect an answer from anyone.

 Camila is an incredible artist as well, creating a 20 minute animation in less than 4 months is unreal. On top of that the animations feature a standard of quality not usually seen in animations made in the same amount of time. However, Camila is known to harp on people for asking when the latest episode is going to come out. Her response is usually a meme or her telling them to chill and just wait. Camila has the opposite issue that Jackei does, she will show all the asks about when the episode is coming out, making it seem like that’s all her fan base cares about. That and her talking down to her fans often, sometimes calling them stupid for not understanding a small detail in the animation. She’s who Jackei strives to be, impervious to all hate sent her way. To be honest, it’s not the best way to act towards your fans, sometimes people honestly just want to know because they are hyped for the next episode. Especially with the amount of information Camila will spoil about the episode, when in reality it’s mostly misdirection to make hers fans come to one conclusion before the episode even starts, just so she can subvert everyone’s expectations in the end. It’s incredible how many times I knew what would happen just because I followed Camila’s tumblr, @camilaart. Camila, I desperately wanted to donate $50 to you on patreon after you lost part of your house because I desired to talk to the biggest inspiration in my life at the time. To be honest I still want to, but I’m only 15 and I have no income for which to donate to either of you, sorry /;-;/. Camila, your awe inspiring, I just wish you would act more mature and be more loyal to people. After what happened to Jackei you threw her under the bus, reblogging what she said just to garner it more exposure. It’s shocking how many people you turn on after someone comes out with something bad about that person, like Jackei and Ultima almighty. You’re getting much better though about pointing out positive things, like animators and artists who have almost no exposure on youtube, is pretty amazing. It’d be amazing though, if you could use the positives to detract haters instead of memes. You’re a role model for some people whether you want to believe it or not, and sometimes people take anything that role models say as undeniable fact. Your on the right path, please don’t reset again. 

(Everything I said are just my thoughts on these two amazing animators, I just really want to get these out their so that maybe they will both see this post and reflect on themselves as creators. I plan to do more of these but I don’t what topics/people to do yet. And guys, don’t hate these artists just for me pointing out a few things wrong with them, that’s the complete opposite of what I’m trying to say. If you don’t like them, then just ignore them, it’s as simple as that. Thanks for reading this, it truly means a lot to me.) 


anonymous asked:

For the ships ask: Who's the one that's better at teasing: Hannigram :)

Are you kidding me?? Will Graham, most definitely. I mean, have you seen that little shit at work?

Okay, okay, so, first off (EXAMPLE NO. 1):

WHAT TH E FUCK IS THIS. MR. “I should dress up in a pretty, salmon button up with some tight, dark pants to enhance/define my ass. Also, maybe I should cut and style my hair? Maybe even leave a little curl?” for when I go to see Hannibal again?? FUCKCIN


I still have the coppery smell of blood on my hands. I can’t remember seeing the crime scene before I saw myself killing her. I know I didn’t kill her. I couldn’t have. But I remember cutting into her. I remember watching her die”.




WHY DID HE DO THIS??? WHAT WAS THE MOTIVE OF HIM DOING THIS?? “Oh, since I’m saying goodbye to Hannibal and am about to leave his ass forever, maybe I should put my hand on the glass of his cell- give him a little taste of what he could have had.”






“Look what I did. This is what you like/want, isn’t it?”


I’m not even gonna go into detail about this.

But, like, what??







you know they fucked on that table afterwards tho


This scene. THIS SCENE. 


And yes, it was human flesh. Will got it from Randall Tier- not Freddie. 










Now, that’s all I have- though there are so many more! SO MANY MORE.

Have a good day, love- I really enjoyed answering this! <33

anonymous asked:

Do you have a fave xmen? I always loved nightcrawler and colossus, but boy are they never going to get focused on much

GAMBIT. ALWAYS GAMBIT. MY BOY, GAMBIT. i also love nightcrawler, but GAMBIT. and ORORO AND REMY ARE THE BEST BROTP. i would do. anything. for them to get a miniseries together. being bros. specifically remy is like ororo’s big brother on account of how they met and, look, i just can’t believe that they ever really managed to shake that dynamic, she’s like the smart younger sister and he’s the bad boy older brother who would do anything for her and and and ;w;

unfortunately Gambit has become Plot Hole Spackle as well as sometimes acting as a literal convenient shrubbery to hide other peoples’ nudity so he’s the most misused and accidentally powerful character in x-men, and i will probably never get the Gambit And Stormy’s Robin Hood Adventures series that i really want out of life

anonymous asked:

I struggle with knowing what is a "good price" for things. How much should I be paying per pound for chicken breasts? Strawberries? Cucumbers? Like produce and meat is weird and I don't know at what price I should buy and at what point I should pass. Sometimes I'll see bogo sales on chicken breasts and my parents will say "yeah that's an okay price sure not great though" and I just ??? Any good guides on when to buy?

I love this question so much- because finding the items you need for the right prices can be frustrating.

Here are some general tips that I hope will help:

1. Prices fluctuate. There are so many different reasons that product prices can fluctuate- increased demand, shortages, changing seasons, etc. Buy your favorite produce cheap whenever possible, and buy it in bulk.

2. Store brand. You’ll find that most supermarkets have their own brand of many popular items. For example- Stop & Shop brand oats and Quaker Oats. Same product, different branding. I guarantee you that the store brand will be significantly cheaper and will taste much the same! It’s my recommendation that you choose store brands over name brands 100% of the time.

3. Skip organic. Have ya’ll seen that Ali Wong special on Netflix? She talks about striving to live that “Whole Foods, organic, sliced mango” lifestyle. That is ultimately the lifestyle that I think we’d all like to live, being able to afford organic produce whenever we wanted. But the fact is- organic is sometimes as much as three times the price of non organic produce. And unless you’re a real food connoisseur, you won’t be able to taste the difference. So don’t try to.

4. Store cards. After you find your go-to supermarket, sign up for a store card ASAP. This card should be free of charge, and will save you a significant amount of money on random produce. Some cards even offer reward programs, like money off of gas or whatever. Worth it.

5. Compare prices. If you’re still unsure what classifies as a “good price” for something, compare product brand prices. Look at how much the product is charging per pound (substitute your measuring method) and choose the best deal. Sometimes things advertised as “on sale” are actually more expensive than other items that are not on sale. 

Sorry this took me so long to get through! I’ve been filling in for people at work and haven’t really had time to think.

Some things I want to say

I feel like making another post about this even though I’ve done it like a million times.

Its ok to be a Anti-shipper.
Dude, I’m not mad at you for not shipping this thing that I ship.
That’s cool and totally fine and valid opinion to have.

I’m mad because so many you Anti’s of so many ships in so many fandoms go around attacking people for these things.
Its fucking stupid and wrong.

Look, I’m going to give a example of a Fiction vs Reality thing.

I love Rick Sanchez.
I think he’s a interesting and amazing character. He’s intelligent and witty and self aware and such a well done character to look at.
Now, if I was forced to be around a real life alcoholic, narcissistic, megalomaniac then I’d either kill myself or run so goddamn far away.
I still love Rick as a character. But just that, A CHARACTER. Rick would be a awful person and NOT someone I would ever ever be around in the real world.

By the logic of Tumblr, Rick and Morty should be canceled and completely destroyed because it shows alcoholism, abuse and lots of other “problematic” things.
We should get rid of it forever!! What if someone watches it and thinks its ok to snort alien crystals and murder their multi-timeline selfs!!!!!!

But of course, that’s fucking stupid.

Rick and Morty is a beautiful and amazing show that makes me genuinely happy to know it got to exist. Some of the characters suck but that’s because their characters and that’s it.
Same applys to ships.
I ship RickMorty, I find their relationship interesting and complex and its something I like to read/write about.

Does this mean that I suddenly want to go shove my non existent dick down some children’s throats?

F u c k n o

We should not and will not censor art because some people don’t like it.

Anti’s say that it makes children more likely to be targeted if they see something like Maxvid because they’ll think its “normal”.
Ok no. First of all, you have to be 13 to use Tumblr and if a fucking 13+ year old sees some Maxvid or RickMorty fanart and thinks “oh yea that’s completely normal, good and healthy!”
Then just,
What the fuck?
How stupid are you that you see something on the internet and go “yea that’s exactly how real life works because fiction isn’t real and no one lies on the internet”

b O I.

And a lot of you guys seem to genuinely think that pedophilia literally only happened because a few people drew some pictures.

Yeah, no.

That’s a serious mental problem that doesn’t just happen because someone drew a picture of a kid and a triangle.

Again, I’m not mad if you don’t ship what I ship.
I mad because people go around calling me and a lot of other people these fucked up words, sending death threats and other not ok things.

You can rant and scream that we’re being problematic and horrible people but at the end of the day all we did was write a dumb story and draw something while you told someone they were a rapist pedophile

If you see something that upsets or triggers you or just something you don’t like then block the person, block the tag or just ignore it

Ship what you ship.
Don’t ship whatever you want.
Just don’t actually attack or hurt anyone, ok?


One of my least favorite things is when a younger person is interested in something or just like, talks about some general subject and an older person is like ????? what??? you weren’t even alive/you were so young when X!! like imagine if you started talking about how much you love Shakespeare and some rando time traveled just to tell you “But you weren’t even alive when he was writing!” like did you know that it’s a lot more fun if you expand your interests to things that haven’t existed exclusively in your lifespan & that the past will inevitably affect the present so it’s good to be aware of it

Male protectiveness is not synonymous with male chauvinism. It should be encouraged and admired as the wonderful (and yes, at least in part specifically male) virtue that it is, not scoffed at or eradicated in the name of equality.

anonymous asked:

that trash gif set you posted has me like 😂😂😂😂😂😂 because nasty pants was sitting right next to him and Steveo didn't give a single crap. he just kept staring at Em and I think that's just lovely af

oh my god, the first time I saw that vid, I literally screamed. they are un-fucking-believable. pants was trying to talk to him at the very beginning, and his ass was already staring at emily. and then she turns around to sing rock your body at him when it wasn’t even at that part of the song. and he nods his head at her and raises his hands. i hate them!!!!! they’ve ruined my life lmao. in lindsey’s video, he’s still staring at her, paying no attention whatsoever to all white next to him. when emily wasn’t even around them, he looked so fucking uncomfortable, like he couldn’t wait to get out of that pedicab. i’m sorry, if you don’t believe in trash after sdcc weekend, you’re a willfully ignorant, blind stan who doesn’t want to see what’s right in front of them, or you’re just a casual viewer who doesn’t care enough to look further. no man that’s in love with his wife looks at his costar the way he looks at emily or acts the way that he does around emily. just the other day he was talking about how he and emily try to make love scenes as explicit as they can get on the cw when other costars normally talk about how fucking awkward they are? apparently not for them. and a man that’s in love with his wife certainly doesn’t talk condescendingly about said wife and tells stories that make her seem like the awful person she is. i mean, for god’s sake, he’s fucking admitted to taking pleasure in making her feel bad. not to mention, even if emily wasn’t even in the picture, he’s still miserable af whenever trousers is around. trashdom is not delusional, they just look at what’s there. and what’s there is that steve doesn’t give a fuck about little miss three push up bras anymore. he hasn’t for a looooong time. he’s so very clearly in love with a beautiful blonde he sees at work everyday. if the trailer’s rocking, don’t come knocking. anyway, end of long trash rant. 220/10, 25k!

oniichan-p-deactivated20170628  asked:

Hi Guys!~ Can I ask something? Is it possible for a cybertronian to have two different optic colors, and if they did how would it be for them? Would others think there outliers? How would they be treated? Also on the topic of optics, we all know that Jazz wheres a visor. Many people think Jazz could be blind or he could have a strange eye color. What do you think whats up with Jazz's eyes. Can transformers also be cannibals? (I'm sorry for asking so many questions, I just love you guys so much)!

Great question! There are a few examples of Transformers with heterochromia. Check out Botanica from Beast Machines:

and Slicedice from Robots in Disguise!

It doesn’t seem regarded as any more unusual among Transformers than it is among people, and they’re treated just fine! 

In regards to visors, it tends to vary from artist to artist exactly how they work - that is to say, if the Transformer is “wearing” the visor over a pair of “normal” optics that will become visible if the visor is removed or smashed, or if the visor IS their optics. With Jazz specifically, though, here’s an answer you likely didn’t expect - way back in ‘86, the Marvel UK comic showed us what he had under his visor, and it was a pair of normal, yellow eyes!

In regards to cannibalism, the answer’s a yes, but with the understanding that it’s not the same thing as human cannibalism, since Transformers don’t normally “eat” metal in that way (unless they’re an Insecticon or a Sharkticon or something like that!). But, they have been known to rip other Transformers to pieces for parts to replace their own damaged bodies, which is their race’s equivalent of what we think of as cannibalism, since it’s been referred to in-story with that term. Take the time the Decepticons were stranded on an asteroid and took to tearing each other apart to survive…

Also, since do all run on energon, and energon is both “blood” as well as “fuel,” you could say they could drink another Transformer, rather than eat them!

Though the fact they’re robots makes it… easier to disassemble and repurpose their parts, don’t think it’s not still a horrific thing in Transformer society! Transformers Prime detailed how harvesting a transformation cog from a dead body was an act so ghoulish, even Megatron wouldn’t commit it!

(Then Megatron chopped off a dead robot’s arm and replaced his own with it. Plumb those new depths, Megatron!)

Hope that answers your questions!

anonymous asked:

I'm not sure we'll get gray's answer. I'm sure we'll see them together as a couple, but i'm not sure we'll have time to actually see gray confess.

The thing is though, it wouldn’t make sense not to see it. Because not only were we promised on panel in the manga:

But ALSO by the author himself at Japan Expo.

Fan: Will Gray give Juvia an answer or will he make her wait?

Mashima: I think everyone wants to know his true feelings/how he truly feels, so yes, we can expect an answer soon enough.

Announcer: Ah, love love.

I understand your concerns because 2 chapters isn’t a lot of time to properly resolve many plot points and tie up loose ends. Mashima-sensei has let us down on multiple occasions, but when it comes to truly important events, he does deliver. Examples: Tartaros Finale and Chapter 499. It’s hard to believe we would be short changed our canon moment, especially after he’s teased this pairing throughout the entire series for so many years and knows it’s what many fans want to see. Story telling wise, Gruvia needs closure. It is a MAIN ship with a great deal of screen time. Juvia will not be in a forever unrequited love passed the ending (I know you didn’t say this, but just throwing it out there).

He also wouldn’t have avoided a proper reunion since chapter 499 (the two passing out, Gray going after Zeref, and then not talking about what happened but rather acting normally around each other) if he wasn’t going to save it all for canon. He even reminded us a few chapters ago by having Gray outright say he must apologize properly to Juvia. Why add that in if there would be no follow up. There would be no point in any of these things in this post if we were never meant to see Gray’s answer.  We should have faith in Mashima-sensei until the very end.

anonymous asked:

Where exactly does this idea of Sam being arrogant come from?! At least with the accusation of being "selfish" I can pinpoint the scenes in which some people must have either wildly misinterpreted Sam's motivations or took the other character's hurt feelings/perspective (probably Dean's) at face value and concluded selfishness without looking any further but ... arrogant?!! o_O Where?!! No, really ... where does that even come from?! Seriously, actually asking, cause I'm coming up empty here ...

I wish I knew, Anon. This answer comes only from my minimal experience with these sorts of accusations and some guesswork.

  • I’ve seen some people call Sam arrogant because—well, because he’s smart, and because he’s not a wilting flower. If he thinks someone is wrong or their actions are harmful to others, he’ll speak out. On occasion, when Dean uses incorrect language or does something questionable, Sam will correct him with the accepted term or offer the patented Sam Winchester eye roll. This is not arrogance, but some people interpret it as such.
  • Some people call Sam arrogant because, while he loves his brother more than life itself and shows it all the time in countless ways, he does not do what some portions of fandom think he should and offer up effusive praise of Dean. Some people have a view of Dean that is informed by widely-accepted (and unsupported) fanon rather than by canon. They feel that Sam owes Dean some sort of reverence and frankly impossible 24/7 support. 
  • A fair number have also bought into many of the wild fanon assumptions specifically about Dean’s life and upbringing which just aren’t supported by actual canon. Just to offer a few examples… there are certain portions of SPN fandom who believe…
    •  that Dean starved for Sam (not at all supported by canon; the opposite is actually true and the evidence they use to back up their claims is cherry-picked at best), 
    • that Dean was abused physically by John while Sam was not and/or had a terrible childhood while Sam’s was privileged (not at all the case, and here’s some more on that topic–and some more)
    • That Sam has never shown gratefulness or love or care for his brother’s wellbeing (not so, and these are only a few of many examples, not even including the time he doomed himself to suffering and eventual, inevitable death by taking back his Hell memories just so he could wake up and be there for Dean)
    • and that Sam’s introversion and ineptitude with emotional expression means he doesn’t love Dean as much as Dean loves him (I can’t think of any meta right off the bat, but I think it’s pretty solid fact that a number of people who find Sam arrogant or selfish simply don’t register the emotional responses that are so apparent to me and many other viewers as genuine care. Even when he is in extraordinary mental or physical pain, Sam tends to think things out and express himself clearly, no matter how much turmoil he’s experiencing. Many people expect violent and destructive emotional outbursts–the kind Dean displays when he simply can’t hold himself together anymore–and they reason that since Sam’s expression of emotion is more subdued, his experience of those emotions is also either subdued or absent. As someone who expresses emotion much like Sam does, I can 100% guarantee you that is not the case, and it’s alarming to me that people assume so.)
    • Thanks to these assumptions, which many of them accept as fact, some viewers see Sam’s lack of effusive praise and gratefulness as arrogance and lack of feeling. It’s absolutely untrue, but it’s the only conclusion one can safely arrive at if one accepts the above assumptions as fact.
  • Finally, I suppose that some people assume Sam is arrogant because acknowledging that he isn’t infringes upon their interpretation of the show and its characters. I’m not saying this is common, and I’m not pointing my fingers at anyone, but there are some viewers who, (likely thanks to the culture on Tumblr and similar sites), need to believe their fav is flawless in order to justify liking him. If Dean is flawless, then Sam must be flawed. If Dean is selfless, then Sam must be selfish. If Dean is humble, Sam must be arrogant. If Dean is empathetic, then Sam must be apathetic (or even, memorably, a sociopath who performs but doesn’t feel emotion and uses Dean to get what he wants -__-). Dean, however, is a complex, deeply flawed character who has survived in a world where morality is muddled and survival demands sacrifice. In order to assume that Dean is flawless and solely a victim (but never an aggressor), such viewers have to jump through a number of hoops and radically reinterpret canon. Those interpretations often, if not always, cast Sam as a villain or arrogant, ungrateful child in contrast to Dean’s white knight. It is an unfair and inaccurate interpretation, but there ya go.

Understanding that my favorite character is flawed and broken and in need of help makes my viewing of the show more nuanced, but one thing I can’t even entertain is the idea that Sam is arrogant. He simply isn’t, and I have never seen any evidence to the contrary, especially since most of the “evidence” people offer is of times when Sam was literally high on some form of drug or mad with grief. 

torpedoesarts  asked:

Hi there, and welcome to the new mods. :) Hope you're all doing well! I got a question about writing villains. I don't mind if it takes a long time to answer, so feel free to put this to the bottom of the list if you've got a backlog, I have a feeling it'll be a hard one to tackle - or if you don't answer it at all that's fine too! Here goes: I have a really hard time writing villains. I've read and absorbed loads of advice on how to write them well, that's not the problem. (1)

My problem is that I don’t CARE enough about villains. All efforts I make to flesh them out feel like a mandatory chore, and (like anything you write out of obligation rather than enthusiasm) it shows in my writing. No matter how much work I put into the villains, they feel flat, and you can tell in the narrative that I had zero enthusiasm for it, that the villain is only there at all because the hero needed an enemy. (2)

I care more about my heroes and don’t want to spend time with villains, and forcing myself to puts me in a rut and puts me off working on my story altogether. I also find most villains in other stories unappealing, especially the extremely evil, power-hungry types. Do you have any advice for how to tackle this problem, to get inspired to work on something your story needs, when you don’t want to work on that? PS. Sorry for the length of this, I didn’t realise it’d got so long! (3 - end)

Hi, love!  Thanks so much for your question :)

Many of us have felt exactly what you’re feeling right now.  Villains are such an integral part of a good story, yet they’re written so distantly (and often poorly) in modern fiction that it’s hard to get a good example.  Even the Harry Potter series, which can be hailed for many great attributes, left us wanting a bit when it came to Voldemort.  I always got that same impression from J.K. Rowling – she had all these amazing characters, but when it got down to the villain, it felt like she just thought of a menacing name, removed a random body part, and called it a day.

Originally posted by yerr-a-wizard-harry

The good news there is that, despite a somewhat two-dimensional antagonist, J.K. Rowling had no problem selling her story.  Antagonists are important, but they’re not going to make or break your story – so if this is an area where you need improvement, that’s okay.  Take it slowly and give yourself grace while you work through this :)

Writing Villains – What Makes It Difficult?

With that out of the way, I’ll address your problem.  It sounds like you’re having trouble connecting with villains, and it’s the root of that issue that interests me.  Ask yourself: what is it about a villain that feels uninteresting or unlikable to you?  What deters you?  Could it be that you struggle to write characters who…

  • are immoral or dishonorable?  You may not want to write your villains because their personalities or actions are abhorrent to you.  The more evil a villain, the more prominent this problem is – if you truly hate the antagonist’s actions, you may be reluctant to write them.  You may even feel gross when you get to their scenes.

If this is the case: I’d suggest you try to dig into the reasons why their moral compass has been compromised.  Think about the character’s past and personality.  Were there influences in their life that desensitized them to this type of behavior?  What inspires them to act this way?  The more human and realistic these reasons are, the easier it will be for you to understand their actions.

  • interrupt, harm, or conflict with your protagonist?  Sometimes when we develop our stories, we become attached to our protagonists – so much so that we begin to dislike any enemy or obstacle to the protagonist.  It may be that if you’re strongly in support of your hero and their goal, the idea of writing the antagonist becomes sour in your mind.

If this is the case: Think of how the villain’s actions will affect your protagonist positively.  Wanting to protect your protagonist from all evil (or just the really strong evil) may sound ideal, but it’s really denying your hero a chance to grow.  How do the obstacles and setbacks change your protagonist?  Does your hero grow into a more resilient person?  Do they meet new people who will change their lives forever?  Do they learn more about themselves?  If you find that the villain’s actions don’t change your character in the long-term at all, then you may have a plot problem.

  • are not relatable to you?  There can be two causes for this.  For one, we as writers naturally create protagonists who we can support, appreciate, and relate to.  So the next logical jump is to create villains who are the exact opposite of all those things.  You may need to diversify your villain – make their personality more complex, and not just bad bad bad.
    The second cause of unrelatable villains – when people do bad things in real life, others often struggle to understand why.  That’s the major question when tragedy strikes: why did this happen?  Why would they do this?  People with strong morals just don’t know how to think like that  They can’t rationalize how these actions benefit the villain, or how the villain can live with themselves afterward.

If this is the case: Rewrite the outline of the story through your villain’s perspective, as if this is their story.  Think about those big scenes where the villain succeeds, fails, plots, attacks – imagine them through their eyes.  What are they feeling?  What are they gaining and what are they losing?  What do they want, and why do they want it so badly?  Why are they doing what they’re doing?  If you can’t answer these questions, that’s your problem right there.

  • aren’t as extreme as you feel they ought to be?  For any number of reasons, many writers wind up “softening” their villains before the final draft.  For some, they feel they’re “wasting space” on the villain or letting the story become too dark or dramatic.  For others, they just feel uncomfortable unleashing their “inner evil” like that.  For some still, they never let their villains get too extreme in the first place.  Either way, if you’re writing a muted version of a true villain, it’s going to wind up boring you!

If this is the case: Let them get nasty.  Get some paper and just brainstorm the worst possible things for your villain to do (while staying true to their character and motivations).  For a second, forget about the age rating or demographic of your story.  Think of terrible things.  Think of actions that would change your story, change your protagonist’s life, in irreparable ways.  Don’t hold back!  Even if you don’t use most of these ideas, get them out there and see how they taste.  You’ll feel more freedom when the antagonist is on the page – the true sense of power, knowing that your villain (and you, by extension) could do anything and no one can stop you.

  • you know are going to fail?  Writing a story can be like watching a movie when someone’s already spoiled the ending for you.  You know exactly how things end up, and the only decision left is, are you going to take part anyway?  Is the journey important enough that you’ll watch, even when you know the endgame?  And most importantly, will knowing the ending affect how you experience the journey?  Logically, you should be able to just make the decision to watch the movie.  But it’s not that easy.

If this is the case: Consider the ending.  Is the villain truly going to lose in every way?  Are they going to come away with any kind of victory, even if they ultimately fail or die?  And even if they don’t find happiness or victory, how can you improve their journey to make it worth the time?  How can you make an interesting enough villain that you can write their story, even knowing exactly how it ends?  This is a true problem of any character, of course, but it’s the most challenging for villains, who often wind up with the worst endings.  This is, in my mind, the most challenging hurdle when writing villains.

Of course, there are other less common reasons to struggle with villains, so if none of these address your concern, send another ask and we’ll get back to you.  I hope you can find the cause behind your problem! :)

Happy writing!

- Mod Joanna ♥️

If you need advice on general writing or fanfiction, you should maybe ask us!


I realize now that I’m attracted to you for the the same reason I can’t be with you. You can’t change. And I have no problem with that, but it clearly means I have a problem with myself… But I know how it goes with us; I lose who I am and become part of you. Because in a strange way, you’re better at what I do without even trying. 

Yours and nobody else’s, Unity

My LA Reputation Secret Sessions Story :D

(i realize that this post is long so i decided to break it into fun little sections with names inspired by friends episodes :D )

The One Where Taylor Nation Attacked Me

On Thursday, October 19th I got the taylor nation dm :D The one that made my heart beat faster than ever. I stared at the blue little “new message” circle for what felt like hours (it was minutes, tops) and it had me crying and shaking at 10:24 am in my school’s dining plaza probably weirding out everyone around me. I was honestly minding my own business freaking out over the Gorgeous announcement when this happened. I could not believe it I couldn’t even breathe properly, but I opened the message and there it was, the all caps CONFIDENTIAL and everything.

The gag is, in the days before that moment i constantly shoved that thought in the back of my head because i didn’t want to be sad knowing that it would never happen to me. Yet even with it shoved in the back of my head I had such a feeling of hope. Sooo many people tried saying 1) taylor loves me 2) they think i’m gonna meet taylor this era or 3) they want me to meet taylor and as happy as that was for me it felt so :( bc it was such BLIND HOPE and i felt like it would honestly never happen for me. Ironically, i made so many tweets being sure that this would never happen to me, for example:

(the amount of old tweets or posts of mine where taylor proved me wrong and has made me look like boo boo the fool is hilarious)

but it wasn’t blind hope :D

Also, three hours before my taylornation message, I randomly tweeted “Don’t you see the starlight, starlight, don’t you dream impossible things!” which is….wild…like i can’t believe the universe works that way.

(point being i hope you guys who haven’t met taylor yet know you shouldn’t ever stop believing that this could happen for you. I know it feels like aimless dreams and impossible wishes but it definitely could happen for you, especially when your idol is trying just as hard to reach you.)

*taylor swift voice* next chapter

The One When It Was October  22nd

i have never felt so many emotions before in my life and i’m literally the most over emotional person in the world. my organs were flipping inside of me my heart was ready to jump out of my chest and there wasn’t enough air. it was such a feeling you guys. I was riding in my car with my parents where they would drop me off and i’d like to first of all thank the world that there is a 1989 secret sessions video out there so I could prove to my parents that this is a thing Taylor does and it wasn’t a scam and i wasn’t going to get kidnapped. My mom was legit scared to let me go and said “Lizbeth if you’re not back by 11 i’m gonna call the police” laasdkljakljs it was so funny (I got back at 11:17 she was scared but she obviously did not call the police she just waited outside the meetup with other worrisome/waiting parents) but anyway i checked in i met up with people and a lot of us knew NO ONe or just made friends with anyone we could find or some people did get to meet up with friends which was so nice …honestly everyone in that room was just very friendly and very happy for each other and just happy in general. We were all going through the same “i can’t believe this is real and it’s happening to me” thoughts. So we got loaded into the bus and everyone was chatting and excited and nervous and excited and happy and just in shock. 

The One Where I’m In Taylor Swift’s Home

holy fucking shit??!!?!?!?!?!?! it was soo beautiful and big and we stayed in the pool area and were greeted with refreshments and food/snacks that i was too nervous to eat (except 1 rep cookie). When we were called inside, the room was very cozy and warm and there were candles everywhere and blankets and pillows and i loved it it was very intimate. I was so excited for her to just pop up and she did, she came in from the back and we all started screaming :D you can hear people start to sniffle bc honestly most of us were just on/off crying the whole night. She was so cute she did a little happy dance holding her laptop and there was extra screaming when we saw Alana, Jack, Ruby Rose, etc it was just so surreal. You guys…taylor was there….. she was so close and this wasn’t some high quality video interview i was watching her from this was my own two eyes and she was right there. She greeted us and explained how it’s gonna go and told us how excited she was to be doing this for us. You guys she loves us so much, not just the 100 fans in that room but everyone of us on here. She wants to do this, she’s excited to do this. She is also the happiest I’ve ever seen her be. throughout the whole night I just got very emotional at how happy she was and how sure of herself she was and just how cute it was seeing her so :D. Honestly, the fact that I’ve always called her my best friend but this time in that room she was talking to us and sharing stories with us like we were best friends was….wow. I love her. We danced to LWYMMD and it was so fun and the entire room just radiated :D :D :D :D!!!! and everyone was having the time of their lives just dancing with her. She truly wanted everyone to have a good time and made sure everyone knew how happy she was to have you there. Many of us have eye-contact moments and it’s completely amazing to know. Like that’s just how much you can tell Taylor was really dedicated to making this night feel special for all of us. i love her idk if i’ve mentioned this, i love her. fun fact: i love her

The One When I Liztened To ‘reputation’

just kidding i have a few words that i can say :D !

It was so good. It was so so so good. My face went through every emoji possible the whole album through. Sonically and lyrically it stunned us all and it was so enjoyable and full of bops and classic Taylor Swift genius writing, but like on a whole other level of amazing. That’s all I’ll say :D (Also the pre-releases, as much as i love them and would die for them, aren’t the peak of the album trust me, there’s soooo much more)(y’all are gonna be so shook)(i still am)(im also so proud of her you can tell she’s proud of her work and she very much should be)

The One When The Night Was Flawless And It Finally Happened

I have loved Taylor for as long as I can remember. She’s my #1. She’s always been, like she’s genuinely my best friend. Her saying “you are the longest and best relationship that I have ever had” that one time at the 2013 BMA’s was the most validating thing. Because like…i know. She’s been there when I was sad and when I was happy and when I needed someone. I’ve loved and defended that woman to anyone for years and have dealt with sooo many teasings and “she doesn’t even know you”s. So the fact that this happened was…….. wow.

As I was getting closer and closer in line the butterflies (the beautiful kind) were going wild inside of me. I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe i got to be here. I spent the last three days convinced i was gonna get a message that it was a mistake and she didn’t mean to invite me or it was gonna be cancelled or i couldn’t go or something because i was honestly so in denial. but it was almost my turn and the feeling when it’s hitting you that this moment you’ve wanted for so long is here is the most amazing and exhilarating feeling in the world. 

When it was my turn I walked up to her and was greeted with open arms and said “hi I’m liz” and she goes “Yeah i know you’re lizbeth right’ and i like gasped and was like “omg how did you know” and she’s like “yeah you’re lizbeth” :D :D :D :D (HER SAYING LIZBETH ACTUALLY MEANT SO MUCH TO ME I MADE A POST ABT IT) so i was like “taylor…i have to get this all out because if i don’t i’m gonna hate myself” and she laughed at me. queen of laughing. and then i just went for it and said “taylor, you’re my best friend.” and she said “aww” and I continued “like you are really my best friend. you’ve been there for me in my lowest moments and in my happiest moments. I love you so much. Like i literally sing with you in my car all the time and make sure it’s loud enough so it sounds like we’re singing together” and she laughed and went “oh my god i love that it’s like we’re duetting” and I’m like “yeah we are duetting taylor we honestly go off!!!” and then got serious again and told her about how there was an entire year period where I would cry myself to sleep every night listening to Safe & Sound because that year was so bad for me and it was so comforting to listen to. Then she gasped and said “oh my god” with the most concerned and loving look in her eyes. And i said thank you for everything and she grabbed my hands into hers and said “thank /you/ for everything i love that thank you” and then she went on about how happy she was that she was doing this and how she loved getting to do this for us and even with jack being there how nice it was for them to be seeing our reactions to the work they made. and she goes “and your reactions to eVERYTHING i love that” and i was like “oh my god taylor all those reactions were so genuine” “i know they were!” “because that album was just so so good it was so amazing i loved it so much!” and she said thank you :D 

when it was time for our picture she asked what kind of picture i wanted and i was like a hugging pic but for Reasons. and she looked at me like she was ready to #lizten which i appreciated. so i explained that there’s a picture of Taylena hugging at an awards show i couldn’t remember i probably looked sTUPID when she asked which one it was and i was like guh…idr…. but anyway i was like i wanna be on this side bc Selena was on that said and i was like “taylor i love you and Selena so much you have no idea I literally call myself taylena’s daughter and everyone agre-” and she cuts me off and goes “oh we would definitely adopt you we would totally adopt you she would want to adopt you i can confirm that she would want to adopt you”…. IF Y’ALL COULD SEE THE DUMB LOOK ON MY FACE…………. GUH….. every time i call taylena mom now it’s gonna be #legit ….wow….anyway i was shook. so we got into position i was like another reason i wanted to be on this side is because when I met her i was on this side of our pic too and she goes “oh i like that I love your attention to detail”…wow…..queen of compliments. and then we :D (((also quick mention that the fact that she has curly hair again also meant…a  lot to me..not that she doesn’t always look good in any hairstyle ever but i’ve just always been insecure about my curly hair and seeing that she’s embracing hers again makes me emo.))))

so i hugged her one last time and told her i loved her and she told me she loved me and i walked out of the room still looking at her, facing her as i walked backwards and she still looked at me and that was it…I got handed my reputation merch bag and couldn’t stop smiling on my way out. :D

I am so happy and so grateful for her and everything she’s done for me and I feel so blessed to have gotten to thank her for it all.

@taylornation​ thank you for all the work you did to help make this possible for all of us too.

@taylorswift I love you and I miss you already. i can’t wait to see our picture together. you are still my best friend and will always continue to be. i’ll also be sending you the adoption papers for you and Selena to sign soon. :D

anonymous asked:

i love how you write bakura because, really, he's such a great character and YGO does him so dirty. He has a super sympathetic backstory and motivation, like, how could anyone see the pharaoh as a good guy in that conflict. but that disparity is never addressed in the plot and he's never painted with any depth by the universe he's in and it drives me crazy when they just make him act like a needlessly evil asshole like they did in DSOD, it makes 0 sense with what we know of his motivations.

It’s infuriating! I re-read some of the TKB manga-fight scenes to research for the end of Beautiful, and seriously the BIG MAIN REASON that everyone in the royal court feels completely justified in fighting Bakura is because of one, little label


TKB flat out tells them that Diabound isn’t evil. It is clear for everyone to see that Diabound isn’t evil.

But repeatedly they say that a thief can’t have a good ka

They never think that a thief is also a *person* and if a *person* is screaming about justice with a god-like soul floating beside him … then maybe (just maybe) they should hear his story before attacking him.

But they can’t see the person under the label. 

And this is why I’ll always believe that Atem, and not the Thief King, is the one that needs a redemption arc. He never truly understands how his biases, his pride, and his willful ignorance of his own kingdom caused his own problems. 

Duel Monsters were originally souls of criminals. We see an example of the priests collecting such a soul right before we meet TKB. Think of how many Duel Monsters there are, and each one was someone’s pain and suffering. It’s amazing that Atem never questions that perhaps, if there were so many criminals whose souls became corrupted, then perhaps something was wrong with the way he was governing his kingdom.