i love so many and there are so many examples

“There are several countries I want to go to, but the one I really want to go to is England. I really like the culture, too, and there are so many wonderful things out there. For example, University of Cambridge and I would love to go to the campus. I just really like England.” 

“I’ve traveled to several countries and seen so many parts of the world. I do want to go back to a few of them, though. Like Greece and Croatia. They’re both really nice places to be at. But I would love to go to Cambridge with Petey. He’s talked about it a lot, and it was a college he wanted to attend. Being able to see him visit it would make me happy.” 

(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.

Anyway.

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. 

🚨 HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP ALERT!🚨

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.) 

((OMG!!! THANK YOU GUYS I MADE A HUGE MISTAKE. I INTENDED TO MAKE IT 3 SECTIONS AND ACCIDENTALLY MADE TWO THE FIRST TIME COMBINING JACKEI AND JOKU I AM SO SORRY!!! THANK YOU FOR POINTING THIS OUT TO ME!))

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

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:

Ok so where "do I find the ENXP crowd"? Preferred habitat? Likes? Mating rituals? What to do if I spot one? Do they bite?

Haha, okay, I’m glad you asked because I’ve been procrastinating on making a post like this for awhile and now I gotta. So here goes. Also guys, I’m dividing this male/female so I’m sorry if it doesn’t apply to you, but I don’t have time for any more descriptions (this is gonna be long)

As written by a female ENTP who knows many ENXPs…

How to find ENTPs

Male

  • Male ENTPs look like the rest of the typical dudes around at first glance. But on closer inspection, they probably have a haircut that is supposed to be trendy but isn’t well-maintained and they also probably have crazy socks, or a crazy scarf, or are making some sort of stupid joke as you observe them
  • They joke all the time. Like there is not a time when you’re talking to them and they’re not thinking or talking about jokes. Could be memes, funny animals, slogans or advertisements…really just anything humorous. And they spew it.
  • They’re the annoying ones in the room. ENTPs are called “class clowns” but honestly I don’t find that to be a super accurate description of us since we’re pretty darn ambiverted. So it’ll be the guy in your class or office that’s really annoying yet funny and has outrageous philosophical or political views. Or has a crazy backstory/family life. Something crazy, I promise
  • Can be pretty shy or socially awkward, many ENTPs have Asperger’s
  • They are very silly and tacky. They wear comical shirts, have smirky expressions all the time, and are actual super softies. Like we’re talking hopeless romantic softie if they’re not super unhealthy. The stereotype is that ENTPs are “bouncy” with relationships and go from partner to partner, but that is largely untrue for both sexes. We may have a lot of partners, but we typically go into the relationship at least trying to make it work long term. It’s only that we break up with people a lot based on the fact that we feel like there’s a lot of stagnancy/we get bored/think that our partner is incompatible with us since we’re “hiding” our true selves, etc.
  • Really bad at using social media 
    • Most guys only have a few pictures on their pages, if they have a social media page at all (this is personal experience, not true for all of them, just seems to be a trend)
  • Wide variety of skills/ineterests/hobbies
    • ENTP friend loves skiing, lifting, exercising…and then is unhealthily obsessed with pug puppies and memes
  • Are usually friends with the STP crowd or the NF crowd, either or
    • Does usually have another NTP friend that’s pretty close to them

Keep reading

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

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

EXAMPLE NO. 2:

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”.

THIS IS HANNIBAL RIGHT AFTER HE SAID THIS:

WILL GRAHAM WAS A TEASE BEFORE HE EVEN KNEW HE WAS BEING A TEASE. 

EXAMPLE NO. 3:

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.”

ARE YOU KIDDING ME, GRAHAM??

EXAMPLE NO. 4:

HE KNOWS HOW MUCH HANNIBAL WANTS THEM TO BE MURDER HUSBANDS, AND THEN HE GOES AND DOES THIS.

JUST

TEARS A CHUNK OF FLESH FROM ANOTHER MAN’S FACE AND THEN SPITS IT OUT ON A PLATE. LIKE.

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

EXAMPLE NO. 5:

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

But, like, what??

Will. 

WIL L.

EXAMPLE NO. 6:

I’M LITERALLY. 

THIS WAS WHEN THEY DID THE LITTLE MASH-UP OF THEIR FACES AND THEN CUT AWAY.

HOW DARE YO U, BRYAN

you know they fucked on that table afterwards tho

EXAMPLE NO. 7

This scene. THIS SCENE. 

WILL GRAHAM KNEW HE WAS ABOUT TO CONSUME HUMAN FLESH WITH HANNIBAL. HE BROUGHT LITERAL, ACTUAL HUMAN FLESH TO HANNIBAL’S KITCHEN, AND THEN HE HELPED HIM COOK IT AND THEN THEY ATE IT. AND WILL WAS SMILING AT HANNIBAL AS HE DID IT. 

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

EXAMPLE NO. 8:

NOW, FOR THE GRAND FINALE. “PRETTY PLEASE” WILL GRAHAM.

LIKE. 

HANNIBAL WAS SO NOT DOWN FOR DOING WHAT THE FBI WANTED. HE KNEW THAT THEY WANTED TO KILL HIM/WANTED HIM DEAD.

BUT THEN WILL- BEAUTIFUL, “INNOCENT” WILL GRAHAM HAD THE AUDACITY TO MARCH RIGHT ON INTO HIS CELL AND GIVE HIM THE “BROW” WHILE ALSO SAYING A SWEET LITTLE “please”. 

LIKE, FUCK ME MAN.

FUCK. ME. 

NO WONDER THIS CANNIBAL’S THIRSTY AF.

**

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

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.

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!

One of the (many many many) things I love about Thor is that He is so impossibly vast, it is impossible to narrow down His associations.

Take the ‘4 elements’ for example. (Which is a scientific inaccuracy in and of itself, but that’s not the point of this post, so…)

He could certainly be considered a fire god. The flames of a blacksmith’s forge, of lightning when it strikes a tree, of His fiery red hair.

He could be considered an earth deity. His mother was definitely one. He has associations with oak trees, which grow from the fertile earth, and with earthy animals such as goats.

He could be considered a water god, if you consider the fact that thunder and rain and storms, definitely His domain, are manifestations of water.

He could be considered an air deity. Thunder and lightning strike through the air, as does mjölnir when He throws it. Some even depict His goats as pulling His chariot through the sky, and thus through the air.

Thor defies elemental association.

I love Him so much.

prettyphobia  asked:

Do you think it's possible the writers will bring back cas in a female vessel right away and that's how we'll get deans proclamations of love and the kiss we've all been waiting for then? Or do you think we will get what we all hope for with "our cas" and dean.

Originally posted by oliverbmthlml

Lol, no but seriously…. no.

Noone would stand for it.

That would piss off the antis cos they don’t like the character CAS as well as Misha so meh they’d still be pissed and it would ROYALLY piss off all the shippers and for the GA / the main audience and non - audience it make the CW seen as so homophobic it would be a PR DISASTER, can you IMAGINE?!!!

I mean, small, 1% chance they might make AU Cas female or something just to show the UST and make it blatant for the GA, but we will eventually get Misha Cas back and the UST / love will REMAIN and it will just be more obvious.

Look, I say Destiel is endgame, and I do utterly believe this. Do I think we will for sure get even a kiss let alone a roll in the hay? THAT I’m not sure of, it depends what the actors are comfortable with ON SCREEN cos don’t even get me started on Cockles, but also the network etc etc they may not want to show this on screen. 

Lesbians is fine, its a fetish but guys kissing? Eww. Don’t even…. man I could write for hours on that but that is unfortunately the case for so many people, I literally just shouted about this to my family this weekend so I’m still sore about it, sorry.

So yeah, do I think we will know it is romantic by endgame? 99% sure.  Do I think we will see them actually kiss? Only 80% sure. Do I think we will see a modest sex scene? Well I HOPE SO to freaking make the point that it can be beautiful and not fetishised or “gross”, but my hopes go down to like 20% tbh.

So… yeah. Sorry I’m usually pretty positive on my blog because I write about the narrative and how well it is written, but when it comes to the production side, I think there is only so far Dabb can go and man do we NEED it for not just representation but to make true on the story, but could you imagine…. I’ve talked to a few people recently about what a HUGE DEAL Destiel could be when it is made canon.

A SLOW BURN DECADE LONG LOVE STORY? BETWEEN TWO GUYS? ONE WHO IS SO CLOSETED HE IS IN NARNIA? WHO LEARNS TO LOVE HIMSELF? WHO OVERCOMES DEPRESSION, ALCOHOLISM, SELF LOATHING AND LITERALLY SAVES THE WORLD - AND GETS HIS REWARD AT THE END?

This could be life changing for so many people as well as taught in cinema / writing courses for decades to come as an example of the longest and best written love story ever told as well as a personal growth story, a story about faith and trust and love… it is AMAZING and if it DOESN’T happen it literally is so WASTED an opportunity I can’t even comprehend it.

The fact that it has been overlooked by so many precisely because it is M/M is also brilliant in how they can now turn this around, it’s literally a metaphor for real life queer couples who get mistaken for siblings or whatever all the time…

It’s such an opportunity to show that LOVE is LOVE and how well it fits with their individual personal growth stories, it doesn’t FIX their own stories but leads them to be the best them that they can be, this is the point of any romance… and for real life at the moment it is PERFECT, it is PERFECTLY timed where people need this kind of story, not even just the queer community but anyone who feels alone, rejected, to see how Family don’t end in Blood and LOVE IS LOVE.

I mean literally…. this is such an opportunity for the network, the writers, the actors, the showrunner, the producers to show how inclusive and progressive they are, to show the guys ridiculously good acting skills, that casual viewers on rewatching will pick up on all the UST from seasons 4-5 then the growth from UST to CARING to LOVE, to show the amazing writing skills at starting, continuing and tieing off this so subtle love story that so many didn’t see it until season 12/13 when it will be more obvious…

It could be a PR GOLD MINE for the CW and everyone involved… I so hope and I can't believe they would waste it after building it so much in s12…

aquaticmonstrosities  asked:

Hello there, I hope you are having a phenomenal day! I'd like to know why ENFJ characters don't seem to pop up as much in fictional media. Do you think it has to do with the prominence of given situations portrayed in media, or do ENFJ characters don't seem to have much of a role in these said situations?

Well, I would say protagonists are most commonly ISFP, ESFP, and ENFP. This comes from American media (the one thing America exports) being rooted in a Sensate society. We also value Fi highly in our individualism, of doing what is right counter to any system. We focus on our uniqueness and how we all have something to say. So our heroes often contain these qualities. It is why it is hard to find Marvel heroes that aren’t ISFP…

I think although there aren’t as many ENFJs as other types represented, ENFJ characters make major impacts on us in fiction. The number one example is Wonder Woman. 

Originally posted by diana-prince

There is a reason why so many feel her message right now. We need Fe, we need social harmony and love. We need the functions to understand others and to work together. Her messages are inspiring in her pursuit of Truth and Love. Helping others is her first instinct, not reactionary action. She thinks things through and thinks of the social consequences. She questions what her actions will mean for society, what they imply. Her Ni is needed in our climate right now. We need to question our perspectives and how we treat one another, and improve on our society. As an ENFJ she embodies these messages.

Meanwhile, Anna Karenina is the heroine of what many claim to be one of the best novels of all time.

Originally posted by everlastingstarlight

She defies social normatives, while being hyper aware of them and their consequences. She questions them, struggling to find her sense of self within society that does not allow her to question such things. She is on a path of finding her independence separate from what her relationships define her as. As an ENFJ unable to do this she succumbs completely to her Inferior Ti, taking her life. Her journey as a woman in such circumstances, resonates today.

Then we have Frasier who got his own spin-off to have a very long lasting sit-com focusing just on him and his INFJ brother. There is Clara Oswald, one of the most popular companions on Doctor Who. We have Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender who is the bleeding heart of the show. There is the iconic Mary Poppins! MARY POPPINS! 

I could go on, but I think my point is made. ENFJs may not be high in numbers, but they are characters that stay with us, that inspire us, that change us. They are utterly memorable. (ENFJ characters are often my personal favorites, btw.)

anonymous asked:

hi! first of all i love your art and i've been super inspired by your animations!! i'm an animation student too and i'd like to know more about your school if you don't mind? it's in denmark right? what is the level for entering? the cost? i just have one year left to get my bachelors degree in 2d/3d animation and im looking for 2d oriented schools... otherwise, how is it going for you? (sorry if im asking too much! i'm very lost)

Hi! Thank you! and yeah sure!

First of all, here is a link to the schools website: http://www.animwork.dk/en/

It is in Denmark, Viborg. To enter you must have finished high school (or our nordic equivalent gymnasium), you have to prepare a portfolio according to the requirements on the website, write a personal letter. Then, if you pass the first round, you have to do a test and an interview (the test can be done here or via skype).

In Nordic countries, tutition is not a thing, I don’t pay anything. We do have a material fee, which includes programs, computer at school, drawing tablet, pens, sketchbooks, papers, school trips etc. It is 2200 danish kr/month.

I don’t know how it works if you come from outside Eu, if you have to pay, but I’m pretty sure you don’t (since we do have a couple of students that are, and I’ve never heard them mentioning it)

The school is not 2d oriented though. 1st year is 2d only, 2nd year is 3d only (though the last couple of assignments can be in 2d if you ask nicely), 3rd year is dedicated to creating the bachelor film in teams of around 10 people, and you choose which film you want to work on yourself. 4th year is internship.

The character animation program is a Bachelor, with 3 years + at least 3 months internship, graduating january your 4th year.


For me it’s going okay! I like 2d better, I don’t think I can…. live? Without drawing? so 3d can be fun but I just can’t love it the same way.

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THE 100 II Season one - Graphic Book

“Survival isn’t who you are. It’s who you become.”

Make sure he gets home before dawn!, featuring Brian Callahan & Lestat de Lioncourt by @lousysharkbutt 

I recently commissioned this fanart of @gairid‘s OC Brian & Lestat for @gairid‘s birthday (which was October 22!) *slaps myself with rolled up magazine for the delay* To my knowledge, this is the first fanart of Brain <3 It’s based on this pic, More fanart of OC’s, people!

ANYWAY thank you @gairid (aka @vampchronfic) for writing some of my favorite VC fanfic, your writing really captures our beloved vampires, and your worldbuilding is so rich and vibrant, it’s such a treasure, and thank you for sharing your headcanons with us, and being a wonderful friend to me for so many years now. You taught me fandom etiquette by example when I was a baby fanged trash kitten. You’re an inspiration to me and many others in so many ways <333

Thank you @lousysharkbutt, I love your style, and the transparent side panels definitely add a little extra pizzaz! You are in fact a magnificent shark butt, and a pleasure to work with in the commissioner-artist relationship. I encourage anyone to commission this artist!

anonymous asked:

got any fic recs?

This is so hard to answer too omg there’s so many fics I love but I am an absolute fool and never think to save/bookmark any of it anywhere

I’ll try find a few though, but again there are So Many this list hardly does it justice at all qq

  • Tea, Latte, Coffee or Spice? everyone’s fav collection of one-shots of so many rarepairs, probably included in every LL fic rec lists ever (and rightfully so)
  • The Flood that Follows rin/maki softball AU? a prime example of how I can only bring myself to care about sports if it’s gay (and this one’s rly interesting and cool)
  • No Brand Girl been a loooong time since I read this but I remember it really fondly.. nico/maki 
  • The Knight and The Maiden best AU ever, nozo/eli centric w other main pairings if I remember correctly, SUCH a neat plot imo
  • Purrfect Partners cat angels. need I say more
  • You, on Christmas Eve BIBINOZO FLUFF!!!!! BIBINOZO FLUFF god im gay

OK I DEFINTELY HAVE…SO MANY MORE but i have to do school maybe I’ll add later