i really like the first two seasons of skins

sid’s like an artist, man

so geno wants a tattoo, you know, and he’s not going to settle for anyone but the best. and the best is in halifax and his name is sidney crosby. geno exchanges a few emails with the shop and he likes what sidney (call me sid) comes up with for him so when the season is over, he makes a stop in nova scotia. 

sid’s not at all what geno expected. he looks like he should be a school teacher or something. he doesn’t even have any tattoos! taylor, who works at sid’s shop during the summer, just laughs at geno when he says that. 

‘sid’s covered. you’re just not allowed to see them.’

which of course, makes geno want to see them all the more. 

the design is perfect of course and when geno lies down on the table in sid’s room, he’s nervous and excited and kind of forgetting english. sid’s fucking gorgeous okay and even if he is wearing an extremely dorky polo shirt and a habs cap, geno wants to do dirty things to him. 

and the tattoo kind of tells sid enough about geno to know that geno’s family. and okay, geno may have looked up sidney crosby and poked around on google enough to know that sid’s gay. he also knows that’s why sid quit hockey even though he was considered the #1 prospect in the world when he was 17. 

geno doesn’t understand walking away from hockey, but he does understand hiding being gay. he’s been doing that for years. 

‘i’m surprised you didn’t want a stanley cup tattoo,’ sid says over the hum of the machine, the pain sharp and focused on the patch of skin above geno’s shoulder blade.

‘maybe that next,’ geno says when sid pauses to wipe ink off his skin. ‘this first.’

‘i can finish all of the outline in this session. you’ll have to come back for the color,’ sid says, dipping the needle in the black ink again. ‘and you can’t put pads on right after i do that. you need a least a week, more like two.’

‘i come back before season,’ geno turns his head to the other side to look at sid. 

‘i want you to think really hard about the color we talked about,’ sid says after a minute of silence between the two of them. geno can hear another tattoo machine buzzing through the wall. ‘you can’t take this back.’

 ‘won’t want to.’

sid gets back to work and geno closes his eyes against the pain. it’s sharp and insistent, a burning heat where sid touches his skin. it’s exhilarating and arousing and geno kind of loves it.

when sid is done the outline, hours later, geno’s whole body is buzzing with excitement, adrenaline spiking through his veins. sid helps him stand up and it’s so obvious that geno is hard in his sweats. sid keeps a hand on his shoulder as geno looks in a mirror at his back. 

the russian crest is perfect and huge. it covers most of his back and it’s gorgeous, stark black against his reddened skin. sid’s style is hyperrealistic but his color is always abstract and watery and delicate. geno can’t wait for that part.

‘perfect.’ geno’s voice is hoarse and sid’s hand squeezes his shoulder firmly. ‘will look great when is rainbow.’

So I’m probably going to get hate for saying this but tbh I don’t care about the skin color of TV characters or movie characters. At all.

I don’t friggin care about “whitewashing”

I don’t care if the entire cast is black

I don’t care if the entire cast is white

I don’t care if the entire cast is purple with polkadots made out of the friggin color from H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out of Space”

LISTEN: You don’t need a character to have the same skin color as you to be able to relate to them.

You do not need a character to have the same skin color as you to be able to enjoy them.

And believe me, I know. I’m not black and yet there are some black characters whom I really relate to and enjoy.

Case in point? Iris West from CW’s The Flash. For the first season I was kinda neutral towards her, but when she landed a journalistic job and became more aware of Barry’s feelings towards her I really started to grow attached. I’m a journalistic writer like Iris, I’ve got two siblings like Iris, I’m here for emotional support like Iris, if my brother/boyfriend was a superhero I’d probably run around getting myself into trouble like Iris, too. #IrisWestIsTheNextLoisLane

My point is that you don’t have to have the same skin color as someone to be able to relate to them!

My point is that skin color doesn’t matter because we’re all humans. People of every ethnicity go through the same struggles, such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Love
  • Heartache
  • Loss
  • Abuse
  • Rape
  • Poverty
  • Loneliness
  • Responsibility
  • Guilt
  • Emptiness
  • Hopelessness
  • Envy
  • Vanity & Pride
  • Anger
  • Yeah basically all the 7 deadly sins

I could go on but I think y’all get the point.

I just can’t see any reason for why we need to have exactly 25% black characters and 25% Asian characters and 25% Muslim characters and–

like, for the love of Dormammu I don’t care, just give me a compelling character who’s going through a relatable struggle

I can understand why it would matter if you’re trying to make a film that focuses specifically on racism, or the Holocaust, or oppression as a key theme. Then I can understand why casting and skin color matters.

But the vast majority of entertainment are about superheroes and ninja turtles and starship captains and elves and teenage drama and adult drama. Most of these shows and movies take place in privileged America where your biggest dilemma is the fact that they took Doctor Who off of Netflix, not the fact that you fear getting shot in the streets because of your skin color.

To clarify: I’m not against having a diverse cast. I’m not saying that we should just turn a blind eye to racism. I’m not saying hate crimes don’t happen in America.

What I’m saying is that if you really want to make a change, focus less on entertainment (which you are so very privileged to receive in the first place) and more on the REAL issues in the world, like the fact that people are dying for being LGBT, women are being raped. Stop complaining about how some dumb TV show didn’t cast enough black people and try doing something substantial for once. Go out and join a club that actually raises funds to help people or something.

I feel like we’re getting worked up over all the wrong things.

Sorry if I triggered anyone out there.

Originally posted by robotjedi

Why we love SKAM or why SKAM is not "just a teenage drama show"

I’ve been asked by my friends “why do you like SKAM?”, and all I could say was that I didn’t really know why. I just liked it. So I just thought for a while, why did I actually like SKAM, and it came to me.

So, the thing is, it all started for me with SKAM, when I read so many people’s posts about being SO excited about the show. So I was like, ok, let me see what’s the fuss all about. And, because the fuss itself was about namely season 3, I decided to watch season 3 directly, skipping the first two seasons. (Which is a HUGE exception for me, since I am a perfectionist and like keeping things perfect. TBH, I still don’t know why I watched season 3 at once, and the fact that I watched it all, cause it’s hard to persuade me to start ANY new series whatsoever).

And so, I watched the third season, and, man, did I like it. I just fell in love with the characters! Not just the actors (but them too, cause you know our sweeties). I loved the plot, the concept, all… I didn’t realisr at the time, how MASSIVE it all was. And since I hadn’t watched the first two seasons at the time, I still absolutely loved it.

None of my friends watched it, or even knew about it. First, I didn’t really want them to know about it and watch. I wanted to keep it all to myself. But then I started ‘advertising’ it to them and even made them start watching it. But how big my disappointment was when I found out they didn’t really like it! I hadn’t expectex it at all. One of them told me her friend said it was similar to Skins and Gossip Girl, while the other one asked me wht I actually liked it, and then told me she didn’t really enjoy it.

Ok, yes, let’s sort something out. Yes, after watching season 3, the first two seasons impressed me on a much lesser scale. But still, they did. And how can they mislike the teen drama it’s supposed to be, if they themselves watch Gossip Girl? (I am not trying to say Gossip Girl is not interesting, though I didn’t really get into it after watching a few episodes).

And now, finally, I come to the part, where it all began. Why do I (and all of us, fans) REALLY love SKAM for?

Cause it’s not just the 'hotties’, the drama, the twists.

It’s also the spirit.

SKAM raises SO many socially important questions, and all of the teen drama is just a background.

In the first season it was about what true friendship was (both Eva and her old friend story, and our bus squad with all of their disagreements, Jonas and Isak), it was betrayal (Jonas, Eva, Isak), and what a true relationship was (Eva, her friend and Jonas, Chris and his girlfriend), about standing up for yourself (like Vilde tried, and how Noora did it for her), about having problems with parents (Noora and Isak), about being smart (Sana), and of course, about finding yourself, about understanding what YOU is, what your opinion is, and what does it matter (Eva’s story was all about it). And don’t forget the small things and the “intro” at the very beginning in the first episode of every season. Remember the speech Jonas wrote? However casually they might be talking about it, it still makes you think about what is really happening in the world right now, about what we should really be thinking about.

The second season not only continues some of the topics of the first season, but introduces new ones. It’s got friendship, relationships, family (William’s brother), stereotypes (about William being a jerk), standing up for your friends (not just for Vilde, but for Jonas and Chris), what is justice (William and Noora even argued because of it), what is violence (because of this too), what is war and how it affects our lives (the whole immigrant thing), it partially introduces the topics of homosexuality, depression, being pregnant at a young age and even patriotism. And again, don’t forget the small things matter!

In season 3 it’s a whole new story. Homosexuality is obviously the central theme here, getting out of the closet (cause it really does take a LOT of courage), friendship, parent problems, bipolarity, religion, particularly Islam, faith in yourself and in the people around you, finding, discovering yourself, understanding people’s motives and why they lie or do certain things, love! (it really does get into Isak, does it?)

And now we’ve got season 4 which has even a broader range of topics, some of them SO important in our days. Islam is the main theme, slavery, homosexuality, the way spiritually raised people can restrict themselves, or rather choose not to do certain things, because (as Sana said yet in season 3), “I just feel that my faith is more important to me, than drinking or having sex.” And even though her faith is more important to Sana, she is still a human, so she loves and lives, though she leads a Muslim lifestyle anyway. And she manages to have norwegian friends, while doing everything her religion expects her to do. And she doesn’t feel bad about it (well, most of the time, cause her mom, and that hint of some chemistry between Noora and Younas, and I think this inner fight of Sana’s will also be important.) We only have almost two episodes and there’s already so much to them!

And did I mention the fact that the show, by taking different characters every season and making the central problems different and spending so much time on the media enhancement (youtube, instagram, chat snaps), literally puts us into the shoes of these characters and makes us think of the problems we encounter DAILY nowadays? All of these topics are important someway in the world we live in right now, and I am really happy there is a show that tries to spread the word to all people. Make them think.

So, once again, why is it better than Skins and Gossip Girl? Cause it deals with so many common life problems and not just high school teen drama. (By the way, they are all mostly broke, or don’t have enough money which is one more thing teenagers encounter on a daily basis.)

So, to some up, SKAM is a wonderful TV-show, and I am so thankful to the people who made this, because they are definitely considerate ones. SKAM deals with so many daily-life social problems, and if you watched SKAM and didn’t like it, you just probably didn’t notice all of these themes. Just rewatch again and I hope you’ll see.

(P.S. The coolest thing is the music literally. I’ve never come upon a show that had such accurate choice of music. Songs play just at the perfect moment!)

I was just looking at a gif set of Even from episode 1 and I was noticing how like… perfect he looked? And not saying that he doesn’t still look gorgeous and perfect in the later episodes but hear me out… I was wondering if it was a conscious creative decision to make him almost look too perfect at the beginning? Like cover up his flaws with makeup, style his hair perfectly, maybe highlight some of his features more (lips, cheekbones, eyes) because to Isak he was this beautiful Ken doll almost? And when he first met him, he didn’t know anything about his problems. Almost like Isak wasn’t seeing him as a human, but more of like this untouchable god. And I noticed that as the season went on, we gradually started seeing him with less and less “enhancement” if you will.. his skin is natural, his hair less styled.. idk if this is a thing they consciously thought of, but I was just kinda taken aback by how perfect he looked in the first two episodes before Isak really started to get to know him.

anonymous asked:

if the l word decided to have a reunion episode, movie, or season, what would you like to see? if you were writing it, what would happen to all the girls? where would they be in life? just curious what your views are on it. xx

This is a really good question. First off all, they should do it Skins season seven style. A few different storylines that cover each of the characters. Maybe there could be a Bette/Tina episode, an Alice/Shane episode, and a Jenny episode. Helena and possibly Max and Tasha could be featured in the Alice/Shane episode, and Kit in Bette/Tina’s (kind of like how Naomily was featured in Effy’s series). 

To me, Bette/Tina’s storyline would be the easiest to tackle. I wouldn’t have them break up or anything because that’s been done to death. Maybe some parenting struggles, Angelica being bullied for her two moms, another child (now in preschool) maybe requiring more attention than they have to give. Maybe this would cause a move back to LA from New York and a reunion with all their friends. This might sound boring but I’ll explain why it won’t be when I get to Jenny’s story.

Alice and Shane would still be best friends living in LA, hanging out almost daily. Except now, Alice is engaged, and not to Tasha. During her nearly year long stint in prison (being falsely convicted for Jenny’s *murder*), their relationship again fell apart. The thing is, she’s been engaged for two and half years and the wedding planning hasn’t moved forward much at all. Her fiancee is everything she thought she wanted, but she can’t help but think about Tasha and worry if she’s settling for comfortable but boring in lieu of passionate yet imperfect. Quickly approaching 40, Alice also feels pressure to think about having her own children (possibly going to Tina for advice). She ends up deciding to break off her engagement and has Tina accompany her to a fertility clinic. As they get out of the car, they’re spotted by Tasha who happens to be just across the street. Does Tasha approach Alice or does she let her go for good? (Dun dun dunnnn…….)

Shane is still single and with her closest friend making more and more grown up decisions, she’s starting to feel pressure to make some of her own. But she’s still the same old Shane and gives in to temptation over and over again. Clearly the audience doesn’t get sick of Shane just boning different girls over and over again (neither do I really I mean do you) but the real story line begins when Helena comes back from a three month long vacation in the Bahamas. Tan and sexy (late season five looks ahem) and irresistible to all (as per usual), Shane tries to forget that stir inside she felt the first and only time they kissed, nearly six years before. After a convoluted talk with Alice (in which Alice has no idea what she’s talking about but tries to help anyway), Shane holds on to a very specific piece of advice. Alice told her that some of the best and most lasting relationships are the ones that start out as friendships (enter a very Alice-like quip about Jenny to sort of lead into her episode). 

Jenny is alive and well. In fact, she’s better than ever, and all of her ex friends are aware of this. The difference is, Jenny’s now living in New York City, writing a column for a top fashion/lifestyle magazine (let’s say Marie Claire)(let’s also have a Carrie Bradshaw-esque sequence because happy stylish Jenny is my favorite Jenny) and compiling a book of mini memoirs that detail the lives of compulsive liars and sufferers of Borderline Personality Disorder. At first wanting to purely curate, she decides to add her own story. But not having written a book since Lez Girls, she’s suddenly forced to think about her old life in Los Angeles. 

Jenny decides to write all her old friends, beginning with Bette and Tina. She’s heard lots of things about Bette’s new gallery and was even invited to the opening a year or so prior, but declined. She knew the invitation wasn’t from Bette, but from Tina, and refused to interfere with their lives again. She writes to them to ask for permission to use their names or likeness in her memoir, something she tries to not feel regret for neglecting in the past. The new Jenny is not apologetic about her past, but at the request of her therapist, simply chooses to focus on the present and future. 

Upon receiving the letter, we get a flashback from Bette’s point of view on the night of Jenny’s “death.” This is what makes it possible for her to be alive, because in Bette’s flashback we’ll see that Jenny never actually died. She fell into a coma and was presumed to be the victim of an attempted murder. But defying all odds, she awakened, and after a short period of rehabilitation, packed up and moved away without a word to anyone. Anyone except the authorities, which is how Alice finally was released from prison.

Jenny ends up receiving a reply from Bette and Tina, a short note saying they would like to meet up in person. In Los Angeles.

Then we could have a flash forward. It’s six months later. Alice is pregnant and deciding to raise the baby alone, but has only recently began dating Tasha again. She’s optimistic about her future, but finally at peace, knowing she’s made the right decisions. Shane had developed a crush on Helena and after a night of drunken sex (which we don’t get to see, because you should always leave them wanting more), they decide to try romance, but it fizzles quickly. Thankfully their friendship is not negatively affected at all, and they move forward closer than ever. Shane’s newfound sense of responsibility comes from her new career (owner of her own salon, professional portrait photographer), and the purchase of her first home. We could have her walking into it, completely empty, having the camera pan up from her hand (holding the keys to the front door) to her face, which is smiling and satisfied. Bette and Tina return to West Hollywood and settle into their old neighborhood. Tina finally becomes the head of the household, and Bette’s maternal instincts come out in full force now that she’s a full time stay at home mom. Imagine a sequence where we see Bette on the floor in loose fitting linen pants with their son, finger painting (rip my heart out tbh). And then we see Jenny, back in NYC, walking out of a bookstore with her new memoir in hand. The camera zooms in to the words “New York Times best seller” and the episode ends as she walks into her apartment and presses her answering machine button. 

“Hey Jenny. It’s me.” Jenny hears Shane’s voice and stops dead in her tracks. What could she possibly want?

And the screen fades to black.

okay so before i made a post abt this but it wasn’t clear so here i G O. - skins formatted episodes for the check please tv adaption would be really interesting!!! - if you don’t know how skins is formatted here is is the episode list just you kind of know what i mean before i say anything else. if you don’t feel like clicking on the link, basically every episode centers around one or two people, and they’re the featured character in that episode. the other characters still appear, but more as background/plot devices, if that makes sense? honestly i think it’s a really cool way to make every character important to the story as opposed to just focusing on one or two characters. so here i go!

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