What are your top 3 reasons to watch trollhunters?
1. The plot. Don’t let the first couple of episodes fool you; its complex and interesting in the same vein as Percy Jackson and Harry Potter, and the whole show is heavily driven by the plot, like a drawn out movie. I find it nicely paced as well. I was never bored and always wanted to keep watching to see what happens next.
2. The relationships between the characters. They’re just so genuine and well-developed and great. I especially love Jim’s friendship with Toby as well as the complicated dynamic Jim, the hero, has with Strickler, a villain. Also the makeshift family that forms between Blinky, Arrrgh, Toby, Jim, Draal, and (later) Claire.
3. The villains are multi-dimensional and morality in the show itself is not black and white. You have villains being tempted to do good. Heroes being tempted to do bad. Villains who aren’t wicked by nature. Villains who join the heroes. A hero you discover initially began as a villain in the past. Heroes who have prejudiced and flawed ideals. It’s wonderful. Contrary to most family-friendly stories too, one of the rules of Trollhunting is finishing the fight as opposed to believing killing a villain makes you as bad as the villain, something I really appreciate.
Those are my top 3, but there’s so much more, my dude.
SHIPPING INFO / answer the following for your muse(s) so people know how shipping works on your blog.REPOST. Don’t reblog.
WHAT’S YOUR OTP FOR YOUR MUSE?: Ez + Happiness. (I say as I inflict pain forever) WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO RP WHEN IT COMES TO SHIPPING?: I’m open to pretty much anything tbh I love angst and complicated dynamics. HOW LARGE DOES THE AGE GAP HAVE TO BE TO MAKE IT UNCOMFORTABLE?: As long as everyone in question is over the age of 18 I’m not too bothered. Plus Ez is older than creation despite her youthful glow (unless we doin’ an au or something) sOOOOOOO. ARE YOU SELECTIVE WHEN SHIPPING?: Yes. Sometimes muses don’t click, writing styles don’t flow, ect ect. HOW FAR DO STEAMY MOMENTS HAVE TO GO BEFORE THEY’RE CONSIDERED NSFW?: When them hands start to wander and clothes come off is usually around the time I start tagging. WHO ARE OTHER MUSES YOU SHIP YOUR MUSE WITH?: I have a pretty big handful of ships now that I think about it lmao. One day I’ll make a page for them. Ez is usually 900% in love with all of @witcheswrath ’s muses tho. DOES ONE HAVE TO ASK TO SHIP WITH YOU?: It’s always nice to know where one stands and what ones intentions are, you know? I know there are people that get nervous about asking though ( myself included b/c female oc stigma yIKES ) Communication is super important. If you feel compelled to hop into my inbox and be like yo these guys could be interesting together I encourage it completely! Is it mandatory? Nah. HOW OFTEN DO YOU LIKE TO SHIP?: I’M NOT SURE HOW TO ANSWER THIS TBH. I like to ship as often as anyone? I don’t really have a preference. Ez is challenging. Her nature makes her the easiest and most difficult muse to ship. It depends on the verse and it depends on how well the characters click. ARE YOU MULTI-SHIP?: I am! ARE YOU SHIP OBSESSED OR SHIP MORE-OR-LESS?: I think I’m an even split right down the middle. In her truest form, Ez is pretty much unshippable unless you’re a personification or some other divine creature.I mean regardless I’m usually screaming about something in my head or with friends, but I try to remain composed on my dash –– ‘cause u know if ur an oc and u like to ship u should feel bad abt that forever ‘cause its bad and ur bad~~ WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SHIP IN YOUR CURRENT FANDOM?:I AM MY OWN FANDOM !! Honestly I love all my ships with Ezra equally, they’re all fantastic and they give her big emotions which is always fun to write. FINALLY, HOW DOES ONE SHIP WITH YOU?: Legit just slam dunk yourself in my IM and be like YO. Also where’s that one post though that’s like -send me content and say ‘it them’ and i’ll probably ship it- because that’s Relatable. I’m the most laid back easy going person ever about shit like this so don’t ever feel like you can’t pop up and talk about it. I feel like we as a community need to discuss forced shipping, what it means, and how it effects us at some point because there’s this giant cloud of anxiety blanketing everyone regarding this subject.
i’m lowkey considering making samson a fandomless oc, but keeping him a st/ilinski and twin in his teen wolf verse ? idk, there’s a lot i wanna do with him and sometimes i can’t because of the canon that is already in place that i don’t want to mess up, or take away from. but at the same time, in tw verses i love his complicated dynamic with s.tiles, so … would you all still be interested in writing with him if i made that change ? . there wouldn’t be too many major changes, except to his home life out of his tw verse.
My feelings about this show are… complicated these days, but I still love these two and their dynamic. I don’t often get invested in ships, but there was something about this one that filled me with warmth and happiness. Ended up digging out my fabric paints today and realized I had this tank top waiting to be decorated with something amazing, and I just had to do a little minimalist Shallura.
Whovian Feminism Reviews “The Husbands of River Song”
I have fallen madly in and out of love with River Song’s character multiple times over the course of her story. I was swept off my feet by “Silence in the Library,” cringed throughout most of “The Wedding of River Song” and “The Angels Take Manhattan,” and found that River could somehow still tug at my heart in “The Name of the Doctor.” Brilliantly and implausibly, “The Husbands of River Song” had me falling madly in love with River again. It was fun, full of wit, and managed to strike the perfect balance between Christmas cheer and melancholy. While it was a beautiful send-off for River Song, it also crystalized all of my complicated feelings about the Doctor and River’s relationship.
The Doctor has now had to say good-bye to two of his dearest friends in two consecutive episodes, the poor guy. Even the TARDIS is feeling bad for him and attempting to cheer him up with hologramatic Christmas antlers. But as he embarks on his last journey with River, I wonder how much he’s truly changed following Clara’s departure. While he eventually understood and accepted that his time with Clara had ended and that he had to let her face the Raven, he’s reluctant to let River do the same.
The Doctor’s attitude towards endings — and River’s enabling of that attitude — has always been one of my major concerns about their relationship. I could accept the Doctor being petulant and childish about having to say good-bye to his friends if it was treated as such, but instead River tacitly condones and feeds into that attitude, especially in “The Angels Take Manhattan.” The Eleventh Doctor was practically throwing a tantrum over the possibility that Amy would leave him, and River responded by breaking her own wrist to try to give him hope that time could be re-written. She then told Amy: “Never let [the Doctor] see the damage. And never, ever let him see you age. He doesn’t like endings.” Instead of challenging the Doctor’s behavior and telling him to grow the fuck up, River accepted putting herself through physical and emotional pain to try to protect the Doctor from painful truths. It’s an incredibly harmful and self-destructive attitude.
But now River is up against a post-Series 9 Twelfth Doctor. Clara has forced him to accept that he can’t keep avoiding endings for his own selfish reasons, and this time around he’s the one telling River that “not everything can be avoided.” But although he has finally stopped postponing their last night together at the Singing Towers of Darillium, he’s still looking for loopholes to prevent River’s life from ending. There is the loophole that River knows about (their last night on Darillium will last 24 years) and the one she doesn’t know about (her new sonic screwdriver will allow the Tenth Doctor to upload her consciousness to the Library after her death).
I thought seeing the Doctor present River with her own sonic screwdriver and preemptively ‘saving’ her from her fate in the Library would make me happy, but instead, it’s left me feeling incredibly conflicted. In spite of the Doctor’s protests to River that times have to end, he’s still postponing her death for his own selfish reasons. We know now that River’s life in the Library’s computer isn’t entirely a happy one, and that the Doctor never visits her again after uploading her. So although the Doctor has managed to find one last loophole to make him feel better about her sacrifice in the Library, he saves her without thinking about whether or not living the remainder of her life in a computer database is what she would want.
Of course, there are legitimate reasons that the Doctor “has” to give River this sonic screwdriver. In part, he’s trapped by his own past. He remembers that his older self planted the sonic screwdriver on River so that his younger self could upload her consciousness, so he has to do the same thing to avoid a paradox. But there is a certain tragedy to the fact that right when the Doctor finally accepts that everything ends and everybody dies, he has to trap River in a bootstrap paradox to appease a younger version of himself who hasn’t learned to accept that yet.
But although the Twelfth Doctor has finally learned to accept that everything ends, he can’t stop himself from being bitter about it. In a pique of cynicism, he tells River that there’s no such thing as “Happily ever after,” to which River responds: “Happy ever after doesn’t mean forever. It just means time. A little time.”
It’s the same lesson that River, Donna, and Clara have been trying to teach him since “Forest of the Dead.” They may not live forever, but they lived happily in the time they had. River may hope for one final loophole to extend her time with the Doctor, but she doesn’t resent endings like he does. Like Clara, she’s not afraid to Face the Raven when her time comes. And there’s a lovely visual parallel in the Doctor and River’s final moments together on the balcony. As the Doctor prepares to say good-bye one last time to River, knowing she is about to go to her death in the Library, she is cloaked in a mantle of black, Raven-like feathers.
Although “The Husbands of River Song” left me feeling conflicted about River’s death, I was ultimately very happy with where it left River and the Doctor’s relationship. The Doctor was finally confronted with his worst behaviors in their complicated marriage. And I just love Peter Capaldi and Alex Kingston’s dynamic together.
This is entirely my personal feeling on the matter, but I never really bought into a romance between River and the Eleventh Doctor. For some reason the chemistry between Kingston and Matt Smith never felt right to me, and their grand romantic moments (e.g. their confrontation in “The Wedding of River Song”) usually left me feeling uncomfortable. But the Twelfth Doctor and River Song just clicked for me. There was something about the way Capaldi played that scene with Kingston when River finally realizes “the Surgeon” is actually her Doctor; the adoring tenderness in his eyes, the quiet way he says “Hello, Sweetie.” I was 100% sold in that moment.
Beyond the inexplicable fluctuations in a fangirl’s shipping preferences, there were other tangible reasons I finally appreciated the Doctor and River’s relationship. In a series of quiet moments, the Doctor is forced to question his role in River’s life. When River says that men automatically believe any story they’re the hero of, you can see the Doctor quietly questioning whether or not he has overestimated his importance in her life by casting himself as the hero of her story. When River confesses her fear that she is going to die soon because her diary is nearly full, he realizes that his actions have inadvertently had an awful impact on her. And when she tells King Hydroflax that the Doctor never loved her, and the robot confirms that she truly believes it, you can see the Doctor’s quiet devastation that he has left her with this impression. And it all happens without River romanticizing his behaviors or tacitly condoning them. This time River doesn’t say “Never let him see the damage.” This time the Doctor is forced to confront all the damage he has caused.
In their final confrontations, I can see glimpses of the romance I wish we could’ve had earlier. The Doctor and River have always been at odds with each other, moving backwards through each other’s timelines, and have tended to view the other as a legendary, almost monolithic figure. To River, the Doctor has been a figure which has alternately controlled and guided nearly her entire life from birth. To the Doctor, River is alternately a mystery and a tragedy waiting to happen.
This episode occurs at a rare moment where they are on nearly equal footing, but they still can’t quite see through the legends they’ve built up around the other person. We have River’s impassioned speech about how the Doctor is as distant as the stars and impassive as a sunset, and her quiet observation that you can’t expect a monolith to love you back. And then we have the Doctor quietly confessing in the last scene on the balcony that he views her as a monolithic, larger than life figure too. He hints that, to him, she has been as distant and incomprehensible as the Singing Towers. This, more than anything else that has occurred between them, is the true tragedy of the Doctor and River’s marriage.
But I think what I loved most about “The Husbands of River Song” is that this was truly River Song’s story. We finally got to see what River is like on her own: an adventurer, an archaeologist with a sonic trowel, a bit of a rogue and a thief, and a more destructive brand of time traveller. She isn’t afraid to take the knowledge she has about the past, present, and future and use it to her own benefit.
And we finally got on-screen confirmation of River Song’s bisexuality, including on-screen flirtation with another woman and canonical confirmation that River has been married to at least two women. The next step, of course, would be to have a relationship portrayed on-screen, and to show on-screen displays of affection and romance between women that go beyond a silly “we kissed to share oxygen” moment. But I’m pleased with what we got in this episode. I also love that fandom has headcannoned River’s second wife as Clara. All I’m saying is that Big Finish or the new spin-off “Class” should definitely use this idea in the future.
Most of all, I loved how this episode gave us a glimpse into the legend of River Song. We were frequently given hints of River’s exploits outside of her adventures with the Doctor and often told that she was almost as legendary as the Doctor himself, but we never really got to see that play out on-screen. But this time around, the Doctor is the side-kick in River Song’s story. She completely owns the stage and it is her actions that drive the plot. Most of the time, it’s the Doctor who is standing around looking impressed while River is doing something extremely clever. It’s a nice way of re-centering the story around River and her actions after so much of her narrative in Doctor Who has revolved around the Doctor. I just wish we had more time to see this side of River Song before she left us for good.
okay here’s the thing. everyone should be watching Empire. like i don’t want to tell you what to do or anything but please watch Empire??
like it has
canonically queer main characters
strong female characters who aren’t all strong in the same way and aren’t just this cookie cutter archetype of what a badass woman should be (also a bunch of really diverse body types)
a canonically bipolar main character
brother dynamics?? i know how tumblr loves complicated relationships between brothers
a lot of hot people. like. so many hot people.
a kick ass soundtrack. like i don’t even really like hip hop or r&b but i really love the soundtrack a lot??
stylish as fuck characters like everyone knows how to dress themselves this is a blessing
as much of a social justice agenda as they can fit into the first season of tv show without it getting pulled. they talk about police brutality and racism and classism and the system of racially-motivated inequality in the US (!!!)
diversity!! the show has at least two white main characters and a ton of white side characters it’s very inclusive (also two different bi-racial queer couples and a bunch of bi-racial relationships you’re welcome)
Thorki is certainly my #1, but occasionally, I find myself in the mood for a little blond-on-blond action. I started reading Hiddlesworth because a few of the Thorki authors I love write it, and I’ve never looked back! Here are a few Hiddlesworth fics worth checking out if you haven’t read them.
“And My Hands are Tempted Once Again” by @curds-writes is so damn hot that it’s a fic I’ve gone back to several times when I’m in the mood for porny Hiddlesworth goodness. Chris is a porn star who breaks in newbie Tom for his first shoot, only to find that the chemistry is amazing but there are complications getting in the way. I love the power dynamic between the two and the sex is super-steamy.
“She Works Hard for Her Money” by @dangereuse has manipulative Chris getting Tom to dress up in lingerie for him in order to pay off a debt, and then forcing Tom into all kinds of compromising situations. The setup really does it for me and the dynamic is red-hot; if you’re ok with dub/non-con, you’ll find that this fic is deviously good because it’s wrong in the best way possible.
“I Forget the Difference Between Seduction and Arson” by townpariah is amazingly dark, lush, and atmospheric - honestly, I wish this was expanded into an entire series. Inspired by “John Wick,” Chris is a former hitman who is approached by his old boss’ son, Tom, who will do absolutely anything (read: ANYTHING) to get Chris to work for him again. This is a home-run on all possible levels.
“Between Us Now, Two Thrown Together” by @fickleobsessions is a very satisfying one-shot homage to E.M. Forster’s “Maurice,” with Tom as the upper-class gentleman who is drawn to lower-class Chris. The sexual tension between them is especially delicious since they have to hide it in public.