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Two and a Half Minutes

Warning - I don’t care if you ship Sasusaku, Narusaku, Narusasu, or Naruhina this post is gonna hurt. It’s long - but that’s because it is addressing something that has been going on a long time.

So, the fandom, myself included, have been giving Sakura Haruno a lot of sh** for her “two and a half minute” date with Sasuke.

But I’ve been rereading the series - and a realization slowly dawned on me. A realization that Sakura Haruno - one of my most hated characters - might in fact be one of the most tragic characters in all of fiction.

Now, if you’re out of the loop, the “two and a half minute” date meme comes from Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 17. Ino takes Sakura to where she had her first date with Sasuke. 

Sakura remarks, with a wistful smile, that the date only lasted two and a half minutes.

Now, many people view the above as Studio Pierrot being “biased” against Sasusaku. That since the above episode is anime original, that it’s just Studio Pierrot crapping all over Sakura and Sasuke because they dislike the characters. I fundamentally disagree with this view. There’s many reasons i disagree with this view - the notion of an entire studio disliking a character is absurd and childish, Sumire was an anime original character but she is appearing in the manga as well - Boruto had a movie before the manga proper started - but the main reason I disagree with this view is because I think the shortness of the date - along with other visual elements - hints towards a plot that has been going on since the very beginning of Naruto as a series

So before we ask “what significance does two and a half minutes have?”, let’s examine where Sakura sits when she “reminisces” about her date.

From behind, Sakura sits on the left side of the bench. Now, remember - she’s reminiscing about her first date with Sasuke here. Try and figure out what’s wrong with the above picture - specifically, the problem with Sakura sitting on the left side of the bench. Give up? Well, remember, this is supposed to be Sakura and Sasuke’s first date. Sakure and Sasuke do not begin dating until chapter 700. With the above in mind - that the first date is sometime after chapter 699 - and with Sakura sitting where she sits - there’s something she and Sasuke cannot do.

Hold hands.

If Sakura sat on the right side of the bench - then Sasuke would have to sit on the left. To hold hands, Sakura would have to hold out her right hand - and Sasuke his left. But Sasuke can’t do that.

He lost his left hand in his fight with Naruto in chapter 699. 

So what’s going on? Is the evil Studio Pierrot painting Sasuke and Sakura as so clumsy as to not sit properly to hold hands?

No, I don’t think so. But before you write off Sakura’s placement on the left side of the bench as a coincidence, remember, Studio Pierrot has been very persistent about Sasuke’s missing left hand. In the second ED, Sayonara Moon Town, Sarada reaches for Sasuke’s left hand - which of course isn’t there.

The imagery here is obvious - Sarada doesn’t know her father well enough to know he is missing his left hand. But there’s more left hand imagery in the ED than that.

Specifically, towards the end. Sarada sees a blurry picture of her mother and her father holding her hands - with Sasuke using his left right hand. But when Sarada puts her glasses on - the image is revealed for the fake it is. Just as Sasuke never held Sarada with his left hand, Sarada’s family was never truly united.

There’s a lot to say about Sarada - she is in my opinion the most interesting character in Boruto by a mile. But this post is about Sakura - and about understanding Sakura’s dilemma - Sakura’s tragedy. I will not mince words to appease the concerns of shippers - what Sakura Haruno faces transcends OTPs and petty shipping. 

So I’ve been saying that I do not think Studio Pierrot is biased against Sasusaku. I stand by that statement 100%. However, I do think Studio Pierrot portrays Sasusaku for what it is - a broken marriage.

Primarily, it is Sasuke’s absence that causes the Uchiha family stress - but ultimately, it is Sasuke’s lack of communication that hints towards broader problems. Sasuke leaves Konoha, Sakura, and Sarada to investigate the Moon People. 80% of his missions take place in locations where cell phones do not work. In a healthy marriage - you’d expect Sasuke to still vist and contact Sakura and Sarada once in a while - but in the show…

For those who think Studio Pierrot is the devil, note that in the manga Gaiden story written by Kishimoto, Sarada never met her father once either - and in terms of letters, keepsakes, and momentos, all Sarada and Sakura have are a pair of glasses, and a picture.

Now, I am not trying to demonize Sasuke - or any character. But what I am doing, and what Studio Pierrot is doing - is humanizing them. Boruto as a series focuses on what happens after the “happy ending” - after the hero achieves his dreams and saves the day. 

The easiest thing in the world a sequel can do is rehash the first story. It’s a rather simple fanfic level of writing a bad sequel strives for - all the characters from the first series marry, have kids, and are completely content for the rest of their lives, as their carbon copy kids retrace their steps. 

Boruto is not a bad sequel. Boruto is an extremely good sequel - because Boruto takes risks - and realistically appraises what happens after the end.

For example - what happens to the dango obsessed badass fighting ninja after the war is won and peace prevails?


She gets an office job and becomes fat.

What happens when Naruto becomes Hokage like he always dreamed?

He gets swamped with paperwork, and his family life is strained.

So it’s no surprise that when Sakura marries the guy who tried to kill her on multiple occasions, that their married life would be unstable, and unhappy. That Sakura would go into denial, and insist that Sasuke loved her - going into violent mood swings when even the slightest bit of doubt was cast onto that premise. This is Boruto, folks. It is a sequel that takes risks and builds upon the foundation that Naruto laid. It isn’t needlessly dark - but it isn’t unrealistically sappy either.

As I mentioned previously - I hated Sakura for the longest time, because I just could not figure out why she was in love in with Sasuke.

Not only did Sasuke try to kill her -

But he explicitly viewed her as worthless

And has held a low opinion of her since the start.

Even Sasuke seems confused by Sakura’s love for her - and calls it a “fantasy.”

And for the longest time - I agreed with him. I did think Sakura’s love for Sasuke was a fantasy - that her feelings were fake, shallow, worthless.

But that’s not the case at all. Sakura is, in fact, the most genuine character in the series. Her feelings were not wrong. What was wrong with Sakura, were the circumstances that led her to her broken marriage. -And the fantasy she IS trapped in. 

So let’s return to Sakura, Ino, and the bench.

Remember what Sakura said - her first date with Sasuke was near a bench, and that the first date only lasted two minutes and thirty seconds.

Can we think of anything from the original series involving Sakura, Sasuke, a bench, and a time limit? Well, rather than a time limit, a reason for the date between Sasuke and Sakura to end prematurely.

I can. The bench isn’t quite the same, but Sakura is sitting on the right side of it. Now, when I say go back to the original series, I mean go back allllllll the way to chapter 3 of Naruto.

You might realize what’s up immediately, but play along. View these events through Sakura’s perspective.

Sakura is bummed. She’s angsting over her appearance - she doesn’t think Sasuke will like her. But her depression fades away as the boy she has a crush on appears - and looks at her with warm eyes.

Sakura fantasizes about Sasuke telling her a cheesy one-liner - and then immediately dismisses it. She’s not a kid. She’s not living in fantasy. But then, miracles of miracles - her fantasy becomes true.

At a time when she was down on herself - Sasuke came over to her - flirted with her - and made her daydreams into reality.

They say a cynic is just a romantic who secretly wants to be proven wrong. And here, Sakura’s cynicism was smashed apart - by a boy with warm eyes.

But just as she leans in to kiss her prince -

He leaves.

Sakura’s encounter with Sasuke must not have lasted long. All said - probably no more than two and a half minutes. But two and a half minutes is a long time for a girl with low self esteem - and for a boy with warm eyes to cheer her up-

But unlike Sakura - we know the truth of her “first date” with Sasuke. We know that the Sasuke with warm eyes was in fact Naruto.

Naruto, immature, and with a crush on Sakura. He disguised himself as Sasuke, and Sakura fell in love with Sasuke. What once was a childish crush became something more - how could it not?

But I don’t think Naruto is aware of the repercussions of his actions. By coming to Sakura when he did - Naruto made Sakura fall in love with a Sasuke that didn’t exist.

A Sasuke with Sasuke’s appearance, but Naruto’s warmth. And for all the bad Sasuke did, Sakura didn’t forget that warmth. She became a romantic - determined to save Sasuke - to save the boy that saved her.

But Sakura was never told that the Sasuke she fell in love with was Sasuke dressed up as Naruto. That isn’t to say she oblivious. Read the following - and consider the implications of Sakura switching from talking about Naruto in the third person, to addressing Naruto in the second person.

See? She starts talking about Naruto in the third person - but then turns to “Sasuke”, and says “All I want is for you to acknowledge me.”

Sakura is no dummy - and one thing established from the start is that Naruto is good at transformation jutsu. She seems to have her suspicion the Sasuke she sees is Naruto - but she doesn’t seem to really mind who the boy with warm eyes is. Such warmness and emotional honestly causes Naruto to understand his crush on her.

But Sakura is left without closure. And when she sees Sasuke’s heroism on Team 9 - it begins to make more and more sense to her that she is in fact in love with Sasuke.

Even when Sasuke turns evil - and attempts to kill her, Sakura is determined to save him. Or as Kakashi puts it…

But Sakura’s doubt - or perhaps her search for the boy she fell in love with - it does come up again. This time in Shippuden. When she confesses her love to Naruto.

Her confession is clumsy, and awkward. She has to explain why she doesn’t love Sasuke anymore - and it all sounds terribly unconvincing.

But then she says this.

“I realized… who you really are.”

It is snowing when Sakura confesses. Snow equates to love in Japan - and Hinata and Naruto are given plenty time in the snow to showcase their love.

But to all of what Sakura says, Naruto says in return -

“I hate people who lie to themselves!”

It makes sense, from Naruto’s perspective. Sakura has been so desperate to get Sasuke back - and there’s no way someone like her could love someone like him.

But while Naruto remembers all the times Sakura pleaded to save Sasuke, he forgets the time he and her almost kissed by the bench.

He forgets because much like Sakura, he has low self esteem. He can’t imagine someone would love him. Not just a tsundere like Sakura - his future beloved wife needed to confess to him and almost die multiple times before Naruto could get it through his head that he was loved. And speaking of tsunderes - guess what Naruto acts like when he realizes he loves Hinata?

A tsundere. Just like Sakura. There was a time when Sakura loved Naruto, and when Naruto loved Sakura - but due to their low self-esteem, and circumstances beyond their control - along with misunderstandings up the yin-yang, they never got to be a couple. it’s ironic, it’s tragic, and its awful - but I have a strong feeling it’s the truth.

But while Naruto ended up with a wife that loved him, and he loved back - Sakura ended up in an uneasy marriage - one built upon misunderstandings and compromise.

Sasuke felt guilt for his actions - and Sasuke needed to rebuild his clan. As for why he would marry Sakura, well, grim necessity might be a way to describe it.

And why Sakura would marry Sasuke - well - surely, he was the boy she was chasing. Naruto told her not to lie to herself, after all.

And when it comes to her love of Sasuke, Sakura definitely isn’t lying.

…Right?

I FUCKING HATE THIS ANIME (i love it really)

OKAY OKAY LIKE

I’M WATCHING THIS NEW ANIME CALLED NET-JUU NO SUSUME RIGHT?!

Originally posted by loserwhowatchesanime

It’s about a 30 year old woman who dropped out of the work force to become a shut in and play MMO video games, she winds up falling in love over the internet an shit, right?

THING IS, THIS BITCH IS ME, I SWEAR TO GOD FROM THE LOOKS (and hair lenght)

Originally posted by saki-yama-hime

TO THE FACT THAT I’M ONLY LIKE 5 MINUTES INTO THE FIRST FUCKING EPISODE AND I SWEAR TO GOD SHE IS ME

RIGHT LIKE HER FAVOURITE MMO GOT CANNED SO SHE CRIED AND TRIED LOOKING FOR A NEW ONE?!

FOUND ONE AND HER FUCKING REASON FOR CHOOSING IT?!

“THE CHARACTERS LOOK CUTE AND THE ART IS PRETTY, LETS TRY IT!”

BITCH THAT’S MY CRITERIA FOR PLAYING MMO GAMES (and most games in general) IT’S WHY I CAN’T PLAY SKYRIM OR OBLIVION GAMES BECAUSE THEY LOOK UGLY TO ME BUT GIMME BREATHE OF THE WILD OR MARIO ODYSSEY AND I KNOW I’LL HAVE BLAST.

BUT THEN SHE SAYS

“I’M NOT YOUR AVERAGE NEET THOUGH, I CHOOSE THE NEET LIFE”

AND

JUST

FUCKING SAME?! Like I’m a working NEET like, I am a full time freelance artist cause I need to pay the bills SOMEHOW, but by all accounts I am a fucking NEET and I fucking choose this life and wouldn’t want a corporate job at all, but…BUT SERIOUSLY

WELL SHE STARTED THE GAME AND MADE A CHARACTER

Originally posted by loserwhowatchesanime

THE BLUE HAIRED GUY AND JUST, HOLY SHIT I ALWAYS PLAY GUY CHARACTERS LIKE IT’S RARE I PLAY A FEMALE

BUT

FUCK

SHE JUST KEPT GETTING HER ASS HANDED TO HER IN THE GAME, AND A CUTE ASS PLAYER CAME TO HER ASKING IF SHE NEEDED HELP IF SHE WAS OKAY RIGHT?! AND MY REACTION WAS

HOLY SHIT THIS CHARACTERS CUTE

Originally posted by thenichibro

SO GUESS FUCKING WHAT GUYS

THE PROTAGONIST

THOUGHT THE SAME

They made my life

into an anime

Originally posted by liberty-or-dess

SOMEONE FUCKING HELP ME

I love this show so far holy fuck

anonymous asked:

Any K-Drama recommendations? 😋 I've been googling but I trust your opinions ( BTW I love funny anything 😍)

ahhh there’s so many that I haven’t watched~

Goblin is the first kdrama I’ve watched from start to finish and it’s one of my all time favorite shows hands down…like I’m not even lying when I say cried at least twice every single episode. I can’t really describe much of the plot bc I’d end up giving it away and spoiling it, but you’re gonna have your heart broken at least 5 times during this show so just pls pls pls watch it and come cry about it with me *blows a candle for Kim Shin* ALSO THE SOUNDTRACK IS ABSOLUTE PERFECTION OML GO LISTEN TO IT AND CRY

Legend of the Blue Sea is suuuuch a beautiful show. Try not to fall for the handsome bad guy towards the end bc that’s what happened to me and I’m deceased after it. If you really like mermaids (and Jinyoung from got7 ;;););););) then you’ll love this tbh and since you said you liked funny shows, I’d highly recommend this one. The three male main characters are all like the 3 musketeers and the lead girl is so cute and loveable and I fell for her during the first 5 minutes
Also there’s so much revenge in this show that you can’t help but feel satisfied during some episodes and embarrass yourself ahem ahem

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo is fkin adorable and everything about the two leads relationship is goals (they’re actually dating in real life agsgdjgkgk).
It’s about the two kids in a sports university in their journey to overcoming the stresses of youth and the struggles of relationships, not only with each other, but their family (it’s really heartbreaking esp towards the end) and everything about their relationship is pure…like its not the typical “I hate you but we’re suddenly falling in love” kinda thing, it’s just so natural and friendly and awwww I’m shipping them forever

Scarlet Heart is one of the ones that I’ve recently watched and I had no idea that baekhyun was in it lmao that was just the icing on the cake. There’s sooooo many people that you’re gonna fall for in this one, good luck not getting your heart broken (also don’t fall for the bad guy fml ×2) it’s more of a historic drama but it’s hella corny and funny sometimes, and ofc you’ve got the *love triangle* intensity going on (at least in the beginning) but I loved it even though it wasn’t one of my favorites

Cheese in the Trap is also a cute romantic comedy with a lil mystery and twists…I might be one of the few people who think this but I really didn’t like the ending…like I’m not gonna spoil it or say anything bc you should watch it and make up your own mind about it. But I loved it and you’re gonna fall for the whole cast bc everyone was lovable (yes everyone omfg)

I’ve watched some pilots of others but I couldn’t seem to get into them as much as these ones so if you have any more suggestions feel free to let me know~~

Unrelated dir. Joanna Hogg (2007)

My mileage varies with films described as ozuian (that would be a reference to Japanese director Yasujirō Ozu noted for his poetic and spare films). If it’s a film I dislike it’s like spending hours watching paint dry. But if it’s a film I connect with even the smallest gestures feel revelatory. 

Thankfully I loved spending 100 minutes with the characters of Joanna Hogg’s debut film Unrelated. The film centres around Anna, a middle-aged woman who we first see solo, tugging her luggage down an empty country road in the middle of the night. She is greeted by her oldest friend Verena who is staying in an Italian villa with her husband, children and a few members of their extended family. 

The group is sharply divided into two camps: the “olds”, made up of the parents, and the “youngs” made up of their teenage children. Without question from either party, Anna finds herself slipping in with the “youngs”. And why not? Though she’s of the same age as their parents Anna is pointedly not a parent and still bears the stilted awkwardness of a school girl. Around the dinner table when someone offers Anna a cigarette, Verena interrupts and tells the story of how when they were schoolgirls Anna only hung out with the smokers once and coughed so loudly they were caught by their teachers. Anna smiles shyly at the story but it’s not a flattering one, which is silently noted by Oakley (a pre-fame Tom Hiddleston), one of the “youngs”.

Later, on an excursion that includes all the “youngs” and Anna, Oakley offers her pot which she accepts and inhales so delicately you can feel her willing herself not to cough and relive her childhood humiliation. It’s moments like these which build up Anna’s quiet slow-burning attraction to Oakley. He may be young enough to be her son, but their relationship is more like that of an awkward ugly-duckling to the school hero. And rather than see her as a parental figure he treats her as a peer, dubbing himself a bad influences after she smokes, encouraging her to sneak away from the “olds” to chug down his father’s special hoard of liquor, and asking her pointed questions about love, sex, marriage and monogamy.   

But just as you think that the movie is going to take a gruesome turn, Hogg upends expectations. Around the half-way point Anna propositions Oakley and he turns her down in a charming and light-hearted way. But no rejection, no matter how delicate comes without sting, and if the first half of the movie is a slow flirtation between a woman and a boy that teeters on the verge of becoming sexual, the second half is Anna’s painful road to establishing herself as an adult in ways that are uneasy but with a result that is both satisfactory and true.   

Despite the location, there’s not a lot of cinematographic eye-candy in the film, but Hogg has a real genius for where to turn her camera. A fight between Oakley and his father is only heard in shouts that leak out threw the open windows of the villa as the rest of the characters cluster miserably around the pool. A car accident is seen only in it’s aftermath as the “youngs” and Anna stand around in the cold watching a tow-truck try to pull it out of a ditch. Anna’s growing attraction to Oakley is sensed as the camera hones in on her wistful face at the breakfast table as Oakley dances in and out of frame, his arms coming close but never quite touching Anna as he reaches for cereal, for milk. 

And perhaps the strongest bit of genius from Hogg is the way in which she refuses to sexualize Oakley. I’ve seen many films that examine age-gaps in pairings (almost always with a much younger woman) in which the camera leers incessantly. Not so in Hogg’s Unrelated. It’s sad that this, too, feels like a revelation, but despite the fact that Anna has sexual feelings for him, Hogg’s camera always treats Oakley with respect. Not only does it keep the film from being exploitative but it also allows the audience to keep their focus where Hogg wants it, directly on Anna’s journey as she struggles through the messy business of what it means to be an adult. 

anonymous asked:

Which scene got u totally hooked on KC?

The first KC scene I ever watched was 5x11 on youtube because up till then I’d only ever seen early TVD. I thought they had amazing chemistry, I loved the back and forth, as soon as I heard Klaus ask Caroline for her ‘confession’ I got hooked and I had to know the backstory behind these two characters.

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The other was 4x18. Becuase it’s so friggin domestic. It’s like Klaus is hiding from his wife and she finds him and at first, he’s put out but then he’s so friggin whipped he basically gives in to all her last minute unreasonable demands just because she tilts her head and bats her eyelashes. I wrote a whole meta about it here

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anonymous asked:

I love that you're doing Sims Sterek! :D your pictures are so cute. but I'm so curious now like what are they like? what are their jobs? who else is in your sim world?? lol i'm sorry i just want to know everything now.

Oh man anon, I am spending WAY too much of my life on this game right now. It’s so addicting. But yes, alright, let me flail with you.

First, we’ve got the Hale House household, which consists of Derek, Stiles, and Paige. I created Paige mainly because I started the game and made about half a girl character before realizing I needed to make it TW!Sims, and I decided the character looked more like Paige than anyone else. But then I really liked the idea of Paige as like a childhood friend figure for Derek, and I also kind of wanted to see if Stiles and Derek would connect with a third character in the picture. (Which they did!! Immediately, with zero prompting from me.) 

(OK yes, eventual prompting. Because that’s how Sims works. But not initial prompting.)

So yeah, Hale household:

Derek Boyd
[I decided to give the sims different last names because… I don’t know why. Boyd was the third randomization that came up for Derek’s last name and I had to keep it.]

Derek’s a family-oriented, romantic, gloomy sim who’s also an amazing musician. He fell in love with his roommate, Stiles, pretty much as soon as they moved in together, and they developed a slow-burn romance over the course of a few months while he gained fame as a musician.

He’s particularly close to his big sister Laura, who lived next door to them in the city, and frequents the gym in between shifts at work. But he’s always happiest when he’s around his family.

Stiles Johnson
[Haha, get it? …I’m a dork.]

Stiles is a literal genius, which comes in handy for his career as a scientist. He’s also geeky and playful, and knows just how to get his husband out of a slump when he’s feeling down.

Paige Krasikeva
[Which is actually her real last name, but I made her first, before I decided to be cute about it.]

Paige is a writer with aspirations to become a bestselling novelist, and often writes stories inspired by her two roommates, such as Boy with the Blue Eyes, Don’t be Such a Sourwolf, SoulsickPretty Good Pair, Orange and Blue, and the surprise hit bestselling children’s book, The Adventures of Sheepgoat! 

Devon Johnson-Boyd

The angelic toddler daughter of Derek and Stiles. A quick learner and super sweet, she takes a quick liking to almost everyone she meets (although she does seem strangely put off by her “aunt” Erica…)

Devon’s adoption inspired the Hale household to move from their city apartment to the suburbs, where they built an awesome house by the river and settled in happily.

Which brings us to…

The Beta House

Erica Star
[Because “King” felt too obvious, “reyes” sounds like sunlight, and there was an option to get star tattoos on her back. *shrugs*]

Flirty but a romantic at heart, this outgoing and self-assured art critic knows how to go after what she wants. She’s quick to bond with strangers but is also tough when need be, and the handiest around the house whenever anything goes wrong. She’s also got a secret soft side which she expresses through painting, and is branching into books too because why not do it all, right?

After a few abstract flirtations around town she eventually fell into a windswept romance with her roommate…

Boyd Vernon
[Literally I just wanted everyone to call him Boyd, so I flopped the name direction.]

Boyd is a natural loner and a bookworm with “good guy” programmed into his DNA. It takes him a while to warm up to strangers and he usually relies on his wife, Erica, to handle the brunt of their social interactions. 

It’s a good thing his job as a tech genius lets him interact with clients long distance, but he has a handful of friends he’s particularly attached to, including Paige and Derek. 

[painting Erica made the day after she and Boyd got married. I can’t with them.]

Isaac Écharpe
[Because… I’m a dork. That’s the only reason.]

So I’m gonna go ahead and admit that I had no idea what to do with Isaac. Personality-wise, career-wise… with every other character something felt natural, but with him I was struggling so I ended up making him a neat, perfectionist foodie which comes in handy for his career as a chef. Isaac took an immediate dislike to Stiles (fitting), who made himself too comfortable in his apartment on their first visit, and their relationship hasn’t recovered since. He does have a lot of casual friends and gets along well enough with his two roommates, but he’s often tense and temperamental, and never really connected with any of the Hale household.

Alpha House

For a long time, Alpha house was just Laura, before I decided playing a one person household was too boring and made Cora Laura and Derek’s younger sister moved into the city. Most recently I’ve decided to combine Alpha and Beta houses together so I can keep an eye on all five of them at once, and they’re all living comfortably in the spacious apartment the Hale house vacated when they moved to the suburbs. I still think of them separately but they share space now *shrugs*

Laura Boyd

Is a confident, charismatic natural born leader. (Her aspiration is literally called “leader of the pack” because I couldn’t not.) She’s also moving up the ranks fast at the local police department, but she always takes time to look after her gloomy little brother and her younger sister, which might make trouble eventually because…

Cora Boyd

…is heading down a decidedly dark path since she moved into the city. Her naturally mischievous nature has pulled her into a life of crime as a ringleader for a number of crimes around the city, and she has a tendency toward kleptomania she’s got no qualms in indulging in. A natural tomboy and self-proclaimed “bro,” she enjoys sports and working out in her free time, and is playing the field with a pair of love interests after just a few short weeks in the city.

And ok, “official description” over with, I’m going to launch into the Extended Adventures of Cora for a minute because she’s new and might actually be my favorite character at the moment. I invented her halfway hoping she and Isaac might connect because I needed someone for Isaac to bond with, but their moods literally dropped to “bored” 30 seconds into their first conversation. But she ended up being really interesting to play anyway. I love the idea of Cora being a criminal, living one apartment-length away from Laura… and that they’re both still so genuinely close and cool with each other. I don’t know, it’s weird but I love it.

She also connected with Stiles right away  –– mischievous and playful, I should have guessed –– and they’ve developed an adorable sibling-relationship, jibing each other and generally being jerks to each other in a loving way, and he never gets annoyed by her “snark” (mischievous actions) the way other characters do.

She’s also casually dating two girls; the first one is someone she really liked at first named Jade.

but the second time they hung out Jade got weirdly pissed at her for no reason and the third time they hung out, Jade literally invited her to a bar and walked out on her six seconds later. So Cora went and met another girl, Luna (meant to be? :P) who’s sweet and romantic and Cora genuinely likes.

But… since Cora’s a criminal, she’s decided to keep seeing Jade as well… so she can pickpocket from her as payback, because she’s got kleptomaniac urges to satisfy and she’s not prone to forgive easily.

I mean… I shouldn’t love her, but she’s awesome.

So ok, these descriptions got a lot longer as I went on. I was trying to be good at first so I said nearly nothing about Sterek ;P But that’s everyone so far!

Presentable Liberty Explained?

Where do I begin? (Spoilers ahead.)

At first glance, many can mistake it for an heartbreaking tale of an absurd apocalypse.To others, this obviously isn’t the case. However, it took me a full 24 hours of thought to figure out why a game developer would ever have a reason to put someone through this.

Friends that you cannot reach out to. A virus consuming an entire population. A virus created by desire, unsuccessfully attempted to be cured by money. Pathetic half-hearted attempts to make you happy, as that is what is requested by the antagonist…

It became clear to me that Presentable Liberty was a story about depression, and the way people attempt to address it. I’ll attempt to explain.

Referred to only by the title “friend,” your character is locked away in his (we’ll say ‘his’ for simplicity’s sake) pathetic, imprisoning life while outside sources attempt to keep him occupied and happy

However, I should start by describing the antagonist. He is referred to as Dr. Money. He committed unspeakable crimes in the pursuit of happiness. His need for money was fulfilled by the creation of the virus, and an expensive antidote that had no effect on it. 

It is my belief that Dr. Money is Society and its Expectations personified. It is with this hypothesis that I investigate the rest of the game.

There is Salvador, the explorer. The embodiment of curiosity. He sends you tales of his exploration and endeavors. He sends you a bug friend, and hand crafted souvenirs. In his letters, he attempts to take you on his journey to cheer you up. Eventually, he realizes this isn’t enough, and attempts to break you out of your secluded life to be with you, and to show you that there’s more to life.

In the process of breaking you out; in his attempts to show you the world and bring you happiness, he electrocutes himself and dies. 

Dr. Money inadvertently ended Salvador’s life. Society has inadvertently removed your capacity for wonder and curiosity. 

There is Mr. Smiley. He is determined to help you, but unlike Salvador, it is not for selfless reasons. He is bound by contract to make you happy by Dr. Money, the antagonist, with the lives of his daughters on the line. Going back to the Dr. Money hypothesis, Mr. Smiley aids you because he strongly feels that society requires that of him. He sends you disingenuous letters and terrible video games in an attempt to keep you happy. Not for the sake of keeping you happy, however. On the contrary, he only cares about your happiness because it is tied so closely to his. 

He later reveals that Dr. Money did not keep his end of the contract. The happiness he was promised was not fulfilled. He goes on to say that he was never your friend. That he did it all because of Dr. Money. He then sells all his organs for payment up-front, and buys you one last video game with his dying acts. 

Finally, there’s Charlotte. She is quite complicated. On the surface, she could be love. Perhaps, more specifically, unfulfilled love. But she’s more than that. She’s doubt. She’s hope. Most importantly, she’s depressed. She’s depressed and you are helpless to do anything about it. You cannot send her messages. You cannot tell her that you are alive, that she is the only reason that your existence is bearable. You cannot help Charlotte, because you are in exactly the same situation as her. She is locked away, alone in her bakery just as you are locked in your prison cell. You are both isolated in your imprisoning lives. One depressed person cannot help another. 

She gives you hope. She keeps you happy. She keeps you alive until Salvador gives you freedom. But you could not reciprocate. You could not give her love, or happiness, or hope. 

Minutes before you found yourself in a position to help her, Charlotte killed herself.

The only loose end now is your character. There are two endings. 

The first is when you escape against Dr. Money’s directions when Salvador shuts down the power. You follow your curiosity and find yourself in a dark world. The only place is Charlotte’s Bakery, bloodstained and empty, where you can find her last note to you. Your curiosity, enabled by Salvador, has revealed to you the realistic world; dark, empty, dead. I presume the character goes on to escape from Dr. Money and live the rest of his life in seclusion and darkness. The metaphor is pretty self-explanatory here; if you see the world outside of the lens society has imposed on you, this is what you see. Of course, the character’s depression is probably still in play, effecting how he perceives his surroundings. 

The second ending is the obedient ending. You follow Dr. Money’s directions and stay in the cell. The epilogue reveals that you live a few more days, playing your video game, not thinking about the world. When your cell door opens, revealing a shadowy figure, the only thought in your head is “Friend?” 

That is your last thought.

This ending depicts living by society’s expectations. If you do as you’re told, you can ignore the darkness around you. You can live in bliss. And maybe, just maybe, your final thoughts will be happy.

In conclusion, I believe Presentable Liberty is a description of how society deals with depression. Of course, that is my interpretation, and I am not imposing it on anyone else. I’m sure you guys will find things wrong with this hypothesis, but I just needed to get my thoughts on paper. 

eene-fangirl  asked:

What is your favorite thing about Edd’s character in A Fistful of Ed? Is there more of a reason behind why he is upset?

When it first came out, I loved A Fistful of Ed for a lot of reasons!  First of all, Raven’s scenes are the highlight of season 5 for me, I had loved her art since before she worked for the show, so it was really exciting to see her do the bulk of an episode, and for it to be upgraded from an 11-minute story to a two-parter.  

Secondly, Edd was a hard character for me to understand, he has a lot of traits and a fairly consistent only-rational-character role in the series, but AKA didn’t always try to connect his actions to details about his life outside of each episode, the way that the writers clearly understand Eddy’s home life even if they rarely address it. I can’t remember where/when it was brought up, but season 5 was suggested to be thought of as Edd’s season, after season 4′s finale revealed the spotlight to be on Eddy.  While Edd did take the focus more often at that point, I didn’t feel like anyone but Raven was digging into his inner life and making him as much of a main character as Eddy. So it was even MORE exciting when it became clear how much the episode was turned over to Raven’s understanding of him.

 THIRD, I couldn’t believe I was finally getting what I’d always been asking for. GENUINE EMOTIONS!  As much as I value simple slice-of-life stories, the way the style developed toward complicated expressions was begging for a more serious tone than just the show’s usual topics of outrage and failure.  When the storyboards were being pitched, there was push-back behind the scenes because it was so unusual to play a scene as outwardly dramatic and break the characters down to tears.  But from what I hear it was actually Danny who was most interested in seeing Raven’s vision through, and gave it the green light. I am so grateful that we got the story the way it was originally pitched, because there’s really very little else in the show that suggests how strongly Ed and Edd feel about each other and their group, and we need to see them finally erupt so that Eddy’s exposed backstory in Big Picture Show doesn’t feel out of place in an otherwise numb universe.  That they managed to find such an emotional story while not letting up the violence at all is especially impressive.  For once, beating people up feels cohesive to the character development, instead of a shortcut to slapstick.  It’s also a humongous relief after the focus on the Eds’ increased suffering for the past two seasons, it puts a really nice bow on everything without actually being an ending.

I should also probably bring up the 3-day marathon of the first 5 seasons, leading up to the premiere of Fistful, which was being advertised as the last episode ever, despite ads running during the final day for the Invaded special (and the fandom being completely aware that two winter episodes and a movie were on the way as well). “The Best Day Edder” marathon in April 2007, making fun of a similar-but-disappointing “Best Day Ever” SpongeBob marathon from November 2006, was a dream come true for me, a brief moment where EEnE was treated like CN’s proudest project and celebrated for being the network’s longest-running series.  The end of the episode left me quaking, I was so satisfied and excited to see the Eds start winning and protecting each other.  The whole marathon was a really inspiring experience for me.

Compared to that, I was pretty depressed leading up to the next series finale, Big Picture Show.  It felt significantly more final, and more than two years passed between Fistful and BPS, so it was really nerve-wracking waiting to see if AKA could pull off another big emotional feat.  But when information about Edd’s deleted dodgeball-incident-retelling was presented to me, it really cemented my love for the show and permanently renewed my obsession with Fistful.

Basically, after starting school in another town, Toddler Edd was targeted in dodgeball by the other students, who were presumably a little older and jealous of his advanced grades. This provoked Edd to build a dodgeball cannon and go around the school mutilating other students.  He ultimately regretted seeing how much damage he could do to the human body and was further traumatized by the shame and ridicule after being arrested, forced to give a public apology and kicked out of his first town.  He moved to Peach Creek, hid any evidence he had of the incident in his hat so he knew where it was, and attempted to reinvent himself. It works phenomenally as a backstory for his warring morality and dark side, it would’ve worked well to finally put him on the same level of “bad but improving” as Ed and Eddy, and most of all, it does nothing but support and reinvent previous episodes without retconning anything.

It affects one scene in ‘Ed in a Halfshell’ and one scene in ‘Every Which Way But Ed’, but it affects ALL of ‘A Fistful of Ed’, because Edd’s clumsiness isn’t just being misinterpreted as him being a tough guy. The kids frame it as “it’s always the quiet ones,” suggesting they think Edd has finally snapped from their bullying, and the severity of their injuries makes them treat him like a soon-to-be killer.  They have no idea Edd has actually been through that reality already, but it very clearly wears on him throughout each scene, until he’s finally crying in front of everyone on the cafeteria floor.  Edd struggles to defend himself for an impressively long time, but the final straw being Ed’s mom banning Edd from his friends suggests that Ed and Eddy are the only people who give Edd the strength to forget he was ever MORE violent than the rest of the characters. When I watch the scene of him alone, in the dark, working and crying in the botany room, it’s now very easy to see that he’s not just thinking about the events of Fistful.  He’s stepping back and taking a look at his life, everyone he’s hurt, wondering if he can ever escape it or if it will eventually return to haunt him in every town he ever lives in.  Edd probably struggles a lot with forgiving himself– he knows he has to if he’s ever going to move on, but he’s completely betrayed his morals and in retrospect it probably explains why he accepts so much abuse in Peach Creek.

Big Picture Show is the other half of the dodgeball incident coming back to haunt Edd.  Fistful makes him think about the acts he committed and the judgement he faced, but it probably helps Edd make it to the cafeteria scene that he knows he didn’t actually do anything and that he was hurting himself at the same time these acts were occurring.  In Big Picture Show, the scam not only forces him to see the kids gorily injured, with chunks of their bodies missing, it also causes him to be banished from yet another town by yet another set of angry schoolkids.  This (and ‘A Town Called Ed’) plays into why I approach Eddy and Bro’s backstories with so much “history repeating itself”– almost ALL of Edd’s story has been about him having to face the same guilt over and over with slight changes.  I wish that the final cut of the movie had included his backstory so that we didn’t have to piece the most important part of his character together from insider info, but it’s still impressive enough to me that so much of it IS visible, even if only through Edd internalizing it in Fistful and BPS.

ghost quartet - nytw next door - october 8, 2017

H'okay, so, this may all be a little blurry around the edges because the circumstances in which I traveled to and from New York on Sunday were not ideal and the anxiety around them muted parts of my brain more than I would have liked. BUT. Here we are.

First of all, it was humid as dicks and the house manager was very kind and let us inside the air conditioned lobby like, twenty minutes early, bless him.

Obviously “sixty-five seat black box theatre” implies that the space is small, but…man, the space is small. That was excellent, really–it added to the intimacy of the show–but it was still weird to walk into a space the size of my living room and dining room combined and have that be all. We sat in the section next to the door and, as I implied yesterday, I was directly behind Brent. If I could do it again, I probably would have sat in either of the other sections, just because that meant I really only saw Brent during “Fathers and Sons,” but the place is so tiny it really hardly mattered. And, speaking of tininess/hardly mattering, the reserved seats were just the first row of each section and definitely not worth the additional thirty bucks, imo. This run is over, but if you’re going to another Next Door performance that does a similar seating style, just…fyi.

The set dressing is great. It would have been cool if the seating was a little more informal, but it still felt like you were hanging out in your friends’ basement, listening to them tell you an elaborate story. There were neat little touches around all of their stations–there was a little bear and a little pot of honey on the table next to Brent, as well as a mason jar, which I initially took to be a reference to his verse in “Four Friends,” but it turns out Brent just takes water in his whiskey. (I mean, it might have ALSO been a nod to that, but it also served a practical purpose.)

I had listened to the music a few times last spring and a few times in August and a few times this month, in preparation, so I was familiar with the story and the songs, but seeing it live definitely adds another dimension. There were certain bits of staging that were surprises to me, and certain bits of staging that made things that pop up on the McKittrick recording make a lot more sense, heh.

Anyway, I’m gonna do this old school.

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Hi so this is the story of how I LOST MY SHIT meeting Jennifer Morrison after her play. I’ll do a recap of THAT first and then i’ll get on about meeting her.

So the play? Very good. Jen in the play, HOLY MAMA JAMMA. She was amazing! Being able to see her live was such a mesmerising experience, because you could tell by the way she strutted around on the stage that she was in her ELEMENT. 

And also that part with the oversized polo top, along with the lingerie underneath? She took that damn top off within the first 20 minutes of the show and I was basically dying in my seat. How I managed to function after that, IDEK. 

It was wonderful being able to see her as somebody unlike those characters we know and love her for. Her character, Stephanie, reminds me so much of myself. From the familial issues, to the her problems with control, it reminds me and I hope everyone else in watching that play, that the moral of the story is that broken people don’t need to stay broken. It’s up to you on how you want to change that. 

So here’s the part about meeting her!! After the play, I high-tailed it outside because I wasn’t too sure whether or not she was gonna make it through the crowd. 

While I was waiting, I had this entire list of what I was gonna say to her and lo and behold, when it came time to meet her and get my playbill signed all I could say was that I was such a big fan and I loved the show. I was so starstruck! 

Jennifer was so nice and took her time with EVERY single fan. She had so many fans who had come out to see her from different parts of USA and the world, and she was beyond generous with those who wanted photos (like me who wanted ANOTHER ONE because my selfie was blurry). But what really stood out to me was how genuine, beautiful and happy she was. I haven’t met her in other circumstances but seeing her so alive and definitely doing something she loves makes me so giddy with joy. 

It was so surreal meeting her, and it was probably one of the highlights of my trip! After nearly 4 days, I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE I DID. 

If you have the chance to see the play, please do! The play itself is wonderful, meeting Jen after it was such a lovely little bonus. 

jackieforman  asked:

Yes! Your tag is perfect <3 I was wondering if you could recommend me some fanfics about Jackie? I don't mind ships, I just want stories where Jackie is the star. Thank you!

That’s actually difficult for me because I haven’t truly read much fics, since I have trust issues. But I can recommend you fics in which Jackie is well characterized. Like,

Out of the Flames by MistyMountainHop

Summary: A life-consuming fire connects Jackie and Eric in unforeseen ways, but it also creates a blazing wall between them. Eight years later, Jackie braves the flames and ends up on Eric’s doorstep, but will her arrival heal their burns or incinerate them both to ashes?

Comment: I see you are EJ shipper, so I put this one in the first place. You may like it more than the others I mention here. Jackie has grown up a lot in this story. She has something that has hurt her to no end, but she has also found the way to be happy again. Is a great Jackie moves on story.

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RWBY Love: Ruby Rose

Starting a new text-series, so I might as well start with my absolute favorite character – Ruby Rose. 

Back in 2014, my friend introduced me to RWBY. We did martial arts at the time, and I was known for visibly flipping out over every weapon used in performances ever. I wanted to know all about them. Therefore, she told me that I needed to see the “anime all about me.” 

I laughed, but when she didn’t give up, I decided to check it out. I fell absolutely in love with Ruby Rose within the first five minutes of the show. 

Even in volume one, Ruby was the hero that I always have aspired to be. I’ve wanted to be a hero and help others, while still being myself, and Ruby shows how we can do that. Although she’s certainly grown immensely from being the silly, 15-year-old Signal student, one thing that’s stayed constant over four seasons is her heroism and selfless attitude. 

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GUYS i really don’t know how to feel about scalia. I mean i love Scott and Malia so so so much and all i want for them is pure happiness and joy and PEACE. But i also love and stan kira so hard?? and i can’t stand to see Scott making out with someone else when we haven’t even got any closure for Scira??? i mean he HAS HER TAIL. THE SYMBOL OF HER IMMORTALITY. and yet the writers didn’t even bother to bring her back for her endgame with scott or even probably mention her at all. I’m so conflicted and I feel so cheated because first Scott lost Allison and now Kira and I feel like the writers putting Scalia together was just a last minute decision because they wanted him to have a love interest but they didn’t have the time to introduce a new character and build up a relationship from scratch. so they just stuck those two together. And don’t get me wrong their makeout scene was SO HOT and THEY ARE SO HOT and i really truly wanna let myself ship them but i feel so bad?? idk this just sucks. Also now its like every one (scott malia lydia and stiles) has made out with everyone on the show and im kinda getting gossip girl vibes. UGH. WHY CANT THE WRITERS JUST DO SOMETHING RIGHT FOR ONCE. HOW HARD WOULD IT HAVE BEEN TO BRING KIRA BACK. YOU BROUGHT ETHAN JACKSON DEREK GERARD AND FRIKEN KATE BACK. WHY NOT KIRA????please tell me what you guys think about all this cuz i’m very lost  

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Joshifer Daily Reminder: There’s a lovely and super accurate passage from the movie Crazy, Stupid, Love when Steve Carell’s character talks about how he feels about his wife, Julianne Moore’s Emily:

“I met my soul mate when I was fifteen years old and I’ve loved her every minute, every day since I first bought her that mint chocolate chip cone. I have loved her through the birth of our three perfect children. I have loved her, even when I’ve hated her. You married couples will understand that one.”

No one drives you as crazy as the one you love the most. And that was one of the biggest changes between Jen and Josh in this last promo for MJ2.  There were so many instances of love (kisses, hugs, constant touching) but there were also soooo many instances of real-life, long-term couple bickering.  Here are two people who presumably only see each other a few times a year, yet they drive each other crazy and are arguing about everyday, mundane things - like playing your music non-stop or constantly being late and making the other person wait.  That happens every day in my house and it happens ever day in Jen and Josh’s too.

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#SyaoRereads: The Sparrow by Goldberry

It’s #NejiTenMonth this July, so in the spirit of celebration for my favorite Naruto OTP (next to the unfathomable ShinoHina, haha!), I’m re-reading and reviewing NejiTen stories that really, really left an impression on me.

Today, I’m starting with who I personally feel is the best NejiTen author in the fandom.  Goldberry crafts such excellent, in-character stories. (I reckon she understands Neji and Tenten far better than Kishimoto himself does!)

Among her library of great reads, I consider The Sparrow as my favorite. I don’t usually like angst, but I fell in love at first read with this fanfic.

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For those who haven’t read it yet, spoilers abound. Also, please go and read the story right now. It’s goddamn beautiful.

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Inktober 2017 Day 15: Coraline Jones (Coraline)

“I don’t want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted just like that, and it didn’t mean anything? What then?”

If I had to pick a movie that defined my childhood, it’d probably be Coraline. Of course, I read the book and I love it to bits, but the visuals of Coraline completely sold me from the first few minutes. Every detail, color choice and character design comes together to make something truly beautiful. Coraline herself is a character I hold dear to my heart, and I had to include her!
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Why I Loved Zootopia’s Judy Hopps

Very few times do I ever find a character that ends up meaning more to me than a real person would. And when I entered the cinema for Zootopia, I didn’t think this would happen. From the trailers, it seemed like Nick would be the one I loved and Judy one I’d be indifferent with.

Well, well, never was I more wrong.

Not that I don’t love Nick. I love him, but Judy…gosh, I fell in love with Judy from the very first minute. She was everything I loved in a character, and I ended up rooting for her so much throughout the movie. There are plenty of reasons why I love this energizer bunny, but here are my top four:

She tries.

One of the rules of Pixar’s storytelling is that you admire a character more for his/her trying than his/her successes. I’ m well aware this isn’t Pixar, but for Judy, that was the exact reason why I loved her so much from the beginning.

From the very first scene, I fell in love with how determined she was. I was rooting for her to succeed because I saw how much she wanted it – I saw how much she was trying. Even if the world told her it wasn’t possible, that it wasn’t common at all for a bunny to be a cop, she didn’t listen to ‘em. Instead, she held her head up high and said, “Well then, I guess I’ll have to be the first.”

Since that line, I knew I was going to spend the entire movie hoping she succeeded.

She’s clever as heck.

Damn, this bunny is clever. I’m so happy Disney didn’t just make another cute but ditzy heroine like Rapunzel or Anna – man, this girl’s got the BRAINS. I was so impressed with how she got out of certain situations, like when she got Nick to solve the crime with her, or how she got to go inside the car without having to climb the fence.

Also, her training montage clearly shows how she uses her bunnyness to her best ability. She doesn’t give up because she’s small or weak – instead, she uses her abilities as a bunny to succeed.

Not to mention her one-liners are pretty clever. Like that multiplying joke.

She has flaws and makes mistakes.

One of the reasons why I didn’t like Rapunzel or Anna was how…perfect they were. Even their supposed flaws were passed off as cute or quirky. Well, you won’t get any of that in this movie. Judy Hopps is flawed and the movie doesn’t make light of it either. Instead, they use her flaws to create a more wonderful character – and to further preach the themes, of course.

I guess it’s pretty cliché for me to say I love a character for their flaws, but I’ve noticed that the characters people usually hate, I love. I love characters whose flaws and mistakes aren’t brushed aside. I don’t think Judy Hopps is hated (her plushies sold out faster than Nick’s, and for some reason, that actually kind of makes me happy) but I’m glad even she made mistakes. Mistakes that had consequences.

(No spoilers, of course.)

She and Nick have the greatest chemistry in a Disney movie ever.

Okay, so this is more like a bonus reason. But don’t the two have such great chemistry together?! How could you not ship them? (Doesn’t matter if it’s platonic or romantic.)

So there you go, fellow Disney lovers! Did you guys love Zootopia as much as I did?

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The Tragic End of Lady Lola and Lorcisse...

Yep, I’m back just to write this piece and say goodbye to my fav character on Reign and the Lorcisse ship.

Still reeling from Monday’s Reign season 3′s finale, it was tough to watch. As I realize just what was going to happen to Lola, the tears started coming down. First when Narcisse screamed out Lola’s name, I choked. But what really got to me was Lola begging Narcisse to remind her son that she loves him everyday.

And even then I that point I thought there might be some chance that Lola will be saved at the very last minute. But once you see Narcisse fighting his way to get to Lola and getting stopped by the guards you know there is no way Lola will get out of this one. Not a chance. And then the ax swings and I was left baffled with tears streaming down my face.

*Cue me almost throwing my TV to the ground*

I screamed as Narcisse screamed. Even more gruesome, as if the writers want to spit it in our face that Lola is definitely dead, we see a shot of her headless body, with another close up shot of Narcisse’s devastated face.

It felt like multiple gut punches to the stomach and repeated stab wounds to the heart.

That’s when I got angry, like real angry. And I’ll admit it’s been a while since a fictional death effected me this emotionally. I couldn’t even sleep that night. I can’t tell whether that’s a good or bad thing. But I have to give credit where credit was due to Craig Parker and Anna Popplewell’s performance, because I felt that blow. And I realize there won’t be anymore of that acting or chemistry between them next season.


So how do I feel about this plotline? Obviously I’m not happy with it. Reign has lost one of it’s strongest actresses. Lola’s character was just beginning to get better again. Strategic, wise, loyal. She could’ve continued playing a great double agent spy for the two queens. The last two episodes of Lorcisse was great as well, with them actually scheming and plotting together. I had hope that they would continue with that further,

But of course they didn’t. The carrot was dangled in front of the audience and cruelly ripped away. The biggest tragedy was that Lola thought what she did was in service of her queen when in fact it was not. She was manipulated and lied to. Her life ended exactly the way it started as she said in the very first episode, a PAWN.


Also it’s not just the tragedy of Lola’s death. But all the people around her. Her son Jean has now lost BOTH his parents, and barely at the age of two-ish? He’ll never remember his mother or father. Narcisse may do right by him to honor Lola but I don’t think it will be the same as an actual mother’s love.

Mary just lost the last friend that was truly loyal to her, she is now surrounded by schemers and plotters and liars with questionable loyalties everywhere she goes.

This is Narcisse’s fifth wife that died under tragic circumstances. The man truly is cursed. Not to mention Lola was the one woman he loved deeply. When he said he wanted to protect her, he meant every word, so much so that he sliced up Elizabeth’s guards just to try and get to her. Stupid and desperate move but we all know that it came from love.

And the final tragedy of Lorcisse. I actually never would’ve thought it would end so…permanently. Perhaps they break up but never this. But they put the kibosh on that and hit the final nail on the coffin. It was devastating to say the least. I still stand by the fact that Lorcisse was the best ship ever on Reign. Why? because it felt real. There was minimal lust in the beginning and had a beautiful build up. They didn’t fall in love within an episode. Their relationship slowly grew out of mutual respect, then admiration, then love. They both did not try to change one another instead they accepted each others flaws and filled the part that was missing with each other. They had major arguments and disagreements but the love was still there. Lola was her own woman and Narcisse was his own man.


So right now I’m tethering over watching season 4. I feel like the only plotline I want to see is Narcisse getting his hands on John Knox and finding out he was the one who manipulated Lola. If there ever was a time Narcisse should be the vicious man that he is, now is the time! Narcisse running a sword through John Knox will be a glorious scene.


This is goodbye to my dear sweet Lady Lola and the awesome Anna Popplewell. You were what got me to watch the show in season 1 and stick around all this time. Lola deserved so much better then what she got out of life. But she was brave, loyal, and slaying truth bombs to the end…


And to Lorcisse…

(These glorious GIFs are not mine)


Can we get some alternate happy ending fanfiction posted up stat? Just looking at these GIF are making my tear up again…

-Lunatiger