i really like these. they do a great job at setting up the mood of the series

Go Go ‘Power Rangers’ (2017 Review)

Is this good? Is this bad? Will my inner-child allow me to judge this appropriately?

“Power Rangers” is a reboot of the classic 1990s action-packed children’s show “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” which in turn is based on the Japanese tokusatsu “Super Sentai Series.” It’s directed by Dean Israelite and stars a cast of young actors, as well as Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader and Elizabeth Banks. The film is set in the small, fictional town of Angel Grove, where local high school students Jason Scott, Kimberly Hart and Billy Cranston (Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott and RJ Cyler, respectively) are all caught up in detention. Through a series of shenanigans, they come across Trini and Zack (Becky G and Ludi Lin, respectively) as they all discover an ancient, otherworldly construct. It’s there where they meet Zordon (Cranston) and his robot assistant Alpha 5 (voiced by Hader), and attain the responsibility of becoming a powerful team known as the Power Rangers, and to stop the destruction of an ancient, powerful witch known as Rita Repulsa (Banks). 

This is the absolute perfect “what if” movie. The answer to “what if they remade ‘Power Rangers’ for adults” question. This is the film we asked for, albeit cautiously. We really owe it to franchises such as the “Transformers” series, because without them, this film would be seen as an impossible reach.

Being a millennial, I was very much a child when “Power Rangers” had its long television run, and I stayed true through each incarnation, from “Mighty Morphin” to “Lightspeed Rescue,” and considered myself a retired fan after “Dino Thunder” (I was already in middle school at the time). So yes, shameful as it is, I know my shit. As you can see, I want this to be good. But was it?

Yes. Surprisingly, it was pretty good. It’s not shockingly “I thought this was going to be shit but it ended up being amazingly amazing” good. It’s just good.

Here’s one thing that the film does better than the TV show: the acting. In a great departure from the “Saved by the Bell” mood that the 90s actors gave us, we now have grounded, realistic, rebellious teenagers. These new actors fit the “teenagers with attitude” description way better than the 90s actors ever did. You have Montgomery as Jason, playing the rebel who ends up having to deal with the most responsibility. Scott plays Kimberly, the girl who does a good job of not just being the obligatory female casting, or the fighting damsel-in-distress, unlike the original. The dialogue between these two is usually filled with charm, whether its casual banter or a proclamation of their contempt for Angel Grove. 

But they do something different with the rest of the cast, which helps to modernize them. Cyler as Billy provides the humor and keeps the grittiness from ever getting lower and lower. Of the five teenagers, he is the one with the most charisma But he also serves to represent autistic teens everywhere. Yes, unlike the television counterpart, they made the Blue Ranger autistic, which is a pretty bold and commendable step for something based off a children’s property.

To keep the ball rolling, they then make Becky G’s Trini represent lesbians and confused, oppressed teenagers everywhere. Okay, this film had me at shedding light on autism, but encouraging more LGBT representation? Hats off to you, Lionsgate and Saban. Despite this, I found Becky G’s performance to be slightly annoying until about halfway through the movie, when they developed her much more, and gave her a more integral role in the plot. 

While I praised the rest of the cast, I’d have to drop the axe on Ludi Lin as Zack, the Black Ranger.  Compared to all these convincing performances, Lin’s is absolutely haphazard. The way he is introduced is to set up how much of a cocky outsider he is, so naturally he’s by himself. He then starts speaking to himself, which is one of my absolute biggest pet peeves in a movie. I despise movie moments where normal-functioning people start speaking or quipping to themselves, the only sensible reason being that the writers assume the audience is too dumb to know what the character is thinking. I get it if a character has schizophrenia or another mental illness, or if the words are limited to comedic inner-banter, but not in this case. He’s someone with decent social-competence and no reason to quarrel with himself, other than provide exposition to the audience.

But like Trini, I did find him to be much less annoying when he opened up. They gave him a pretty touching backstory with his own troubles, and they make his motivations really apparent. And just to keep the ball rolling, he’s also the most foreign one of the group, being bilingual, unlike the original black ranger. Now that I think about it, many of the Power Ranger series’ casts don’t feature any overtly foreign characters, apart from maybe of an alien race. 

That is precisely why this casting works. Whether or not you find these characters annoying, you can’t doubt that they’re there for a good reason, and you might even warm up to them as the movie progresses. They also help to introduce bouts of political correctness, but they aren’t preachy or condescending about it (which is really the only good way to go about political correctness). They represent people of various colors, mental states and social capabilities, showing (but not telling) that everyone is capable of extraordinary things as long as they have camaraderie.

I can’t say much about Cranston as Zordon. It’s a great homage, seeing as how Cranston has actually been a part of “Power Rangers” since the original television show, where he voiced many of the villains they face. I do love his voice-work here, and while it took some getting used to, I ended up really liking how they presented him. Rather than a chubby, floating head in a tube, they made him manifest into a wall, kind of like one of those pinpression toys. Not to mention they could have easily made him a one-dimensional character. But they went above and beyond to give him his own arc, his own set of feelings and doubts, and a world of lore behind him.

If you thought Alpha 5 was annoying in the television show, then you can rest your worries because Bill Hader fixed him up good. The original’s voice was so high-pitched and screechy; basically in typical 90s fashion (or how the 90s thought Aliens would sound like). This time, he just kind of does the same thing he did as Fear from “Inside Out,” except less screaming. His design had me slightly worried but I got used to it.

Now, Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa has me split down the middle. On the one hand, I do like that at least ONE person in this entire film is trying to recall the absurdity and campiness of the original series. At the same time, I found her to be over-the-top, and incredibly outlandish compared to the rest of the grounded cast. She is guilty of overacting here, which is both a blessing and a curse. The prosthetics on her are amazing though, from both start to finish. She starts out as an outright horror character, which is something I didn’t expect to see even in the gritty version of a children’s property. 

If you kept up with me for this long, you know that a recurring theme here is that this film takes several risks that are rather uncharacteristic of a children’s property. Sure, there are hints of silliness to try and match the youthful appeal of the original, but they also throw in more mature bits of humor, about things such as drug tests and jacking off a cow (no joke). Me personally, I welcome these jokes. If anything, this is much more of a film for the adults who grew up watching “Power Rangers,” rather than children. The maturity really shines through in the form of character development and chemistry.

I must say that if you are bringing a child to watch this, keep in mind there will be mild swearing, and several mature jokes.

A common criticism (ad nauseam, pretty much) is that this film is a forced collision between two different movies. Two thirds of the movie is essentially the origin story, which focuses mainly on character development. At the same time, this is the section that appeals to the audience the most, whether you’re fans of the original or not. No one comes into anything titled “Power Rangers” and expects to feel for the characters. But through one particular scene where all the characters develop a kinship, we develop a peculiar attachment to each of them. It was at this moment that I’m glad these people are the ones I’m spending five more movies with (Yup, that’s right).

But when it sticks to the original, it definitely sticks, and that’s where the last third of the movie comes in. If you’re looking for cool looking suits fighting monsters with martial arts and gymnastics, you will get it. If you’re looking for giant robot dinosaurs battling another giant monster, you will get it. And MOST OF ALL, if you want to, at least once, hear the iconic theme song, you will get it. In all it’s pure, epic goodness.

But this is where I have to defend my appreciation for this movie, because many people will come in accusing me of being “blinded by nostalgia.” Despite having these borrowed features from the original show, there is really nothing nostalgic about it. The action here is far better than most of the show’s episodes. There is no silliness to be had apart from what would be silly by realistic standards (as opposed to having two obligatory bully characters).

Even some elements taken from the show are vastly different. Case in point: Rita, who in this film is actually getting shit done by herself rather than sitting up in some moon tower yelling at everyone.

Even the formula of the show is broken up here. Back then, everything was so fast-paced to where every time a new series was brought in, the new team of Power Rangers would unrealistically form intimate familial connection and extraordinary abilities within 20 minutes. This film actually shows you that the Power Rangers had to train for this, both physically and mentally. They didn’t just have these abilities bestowed upon them as a result of the plot rushing it together. You see them work for it, which is something I really appreciated about it.

I had to bring that up because many of the people who didn’t like this film will be quick to see reactions like mine and guilt me for “nostalgia.” But that “tone difference” that they’re faulting this for is the reason why you can’t pin nostalgia on this. All that means is that everything I liked about this film has been on its own merits, maybe (at most) perpetuated by quick little homages to the original. 

I suppose before I wrap this up I should mention one more thing. Not really a problem, but more like something I wish happened: I wish they played the theme song more. It was wonderful hearing the iconic theme song, perfectly borrowed from the 1995 film, and at the height of its “Power Ranger-ness.” But I felt that if they really were gonna throw it in there, they should have totally owned it and at least left it playing for a bit longer. If not that, then at least make an instrumental cover to play in the background during the climax, rather than GODDAMN KANYE.

This is a film that has fans and critics alike split down the middle, but it’s pretty clear that everyone who hates it is hating it for the same two reasons: (1) It has a massive tone-clash towards the end, and (2) It caters way too much toward product promotion for Krispy Kreme donuts. I do agree with the latter, make no mistake. But when I hear people complain about this tone-clash, it reminds me of people who complained about the “slow parts” of every other superhero film, whether it’s “Captain America: Civil War,” or “Batman v Superman.” Apart from being a “Power Rangers” movie, this is also an origin story film. And for something as ridiculous as “Power Rangers,” it definitely requires a slow initiation process. To get us going on a six-movie deal, the creators will have to help casual viewers acclimate to the premise, because chances are the naysayers are the ones who skipped out on this franchise as children, and therefore missed their window of opportunity. Ironic how a movie based on a children’s property requires a mature level of patience from the audience.

As I said before, if you came into this wanting to see colored suits, martial arts, explosions and giant robots, you will get it. If you’re dragged into this film but appreciate elements like character development and chemistry, you will get that too. As someone who enjoys both, I actually would go so far as to say I loved this movie. I don’t care if I’m alone on this, but I can comfortably say that I loved the “Power Rangers” movie.

She Likes (Bittersweet Love)

A part of the drabble series When Two Worlds Collide for the 500 Followers Celebration.

Pairing: Bucky x Reader x Sebastian Stan

Summary: Bucky is scared that another man was better at making you happy. 

A/N: A continuation of Double Take. This is the last part of the drabble series (though let’s be real, this one is not a drabble)!! Thank you guys for being the most awesome readers a writer could ever wish for, thank you for following me and reading my stuff, you have no idea how happy you guys have made me.

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The One That Got Away [Chapter One]

Originally posted by chaisoo

Series Request from the amazing @jinbumg7 !!! Hope you enjoy, dearest! I tweaked it just a tiny, tiny bit, hope you don’t mind :)

Series Genre: Angst/Fluff/Smut

Warnings: None


You awoke to the sound of your phone vibrating on your nightstand. You groaned sleepily, the sun was just barely up. Who could be calling this early? Didn’t they know you needed your sleep?

“Hello?” you grumbled.

“Happy anniversary!!!” You heard an excited Jaebum yell from the other end.

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Bound By Platinum Pt.1

Bts x Reader {Vampire/Prostitute Au!} (a)(f)(eventual smut)

Warnings: Sexual references, slight blood

An offer that has flexible hours, amazing benefits, and great pay- it was perfect. Signing a contract and being hired that day is exactly what you needed except…maybe you should’ve read the fine print

Wordcount: 5k+

Chapter written by: @rbuns

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‘Adonis.’

For what it was, the building before you wasn’t terribly obvious. You wouldn’t have guessed that it was a brothel just from looking at it. Sure, under the right lighting it might have looked a little sketchy, but now, bathed in the soft, fading light of dusk, it seemed strangely appealing. It was wedged, almost hidden, between two larger buildings, yet wasn’t all that small. Each dark brick was perfectly in place, nothing was broken, not a mark was on the heavily tinted windows and there wasn’t even any rubbish on the pavement in front of it. There weren’t many signs, only one above the front door displaying the name of the establishment. ‘Adonis’. For some reason it made you want to laugh, but you were too nervous.

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Love Triumphs Part 18: End of the Convention

Jared Padalecki x Reader

1150 Words

Story Summary: AU (I love Gen, and love her with Jared.) Jared and Gen have split up, but are still friendly. You, the Reader have recently started acting on Supernatural, and have fallen in love with Jared. Both of you get hate due to the fact that you are much younger than he is.

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To say you were relieved that photos went well would be an understatement. Each fan, or group of fans were nice and courteous, even when asking for awkward, and sometimes the weirdest poses you had ever heard of.

Soon, you were once again in the green room, Jared and Jensen at your side as you took a little break before the two men went onto the stage for their panel. Relaxing against Jared’s chest, you watched as Jensen strummed his guitar.  "You’re really good at that.“ You told Jensen, feeling Jared stiffen a little behind you. "What? He is.”

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CAN’T FEAR YOUR OWN WORLD Part 3 Full Translation.

TN: When this third part was released on the Bleach/Jump+ app, Narita tweeted that “main house” was written in place of “branch house” in one line, I’ve spotted that line and made those amendments in my translation below already. He apologised for any confusion and has stated this will be corrected in the printed book version. Also sorry this is really late but I got super busy again but I thought I should finish this translation up now since the next part comes out at midnight tonight on the app. Very long chapter btw.


Chapter 2

 

Several days later - Rukongai.

Hisagi Shūhei is engaged in two different occupations at the same time.

One of those occupations is his professional duties as Squad 9 vice captain, which everyone knows.

The other is being the editor-in-chief of the Seireitei Communication.

Seireitei Communication is a public institution magazine that is occasionally circulated throughout​ Seireitei and as far as some parts of Rukongai, it is basically under the management of the 9th division.

Naturally, it ought to be treated as equal occupations, but because the nature of the work differs too greatly from primary Shinigami duties, it was in effect, perceived by society as something akin to a side job.

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Fanfic Recommendations

DISCLAIMER:  These are a list of fan fics I have read and enjoyed. It is just a beginning, I am sure to add more later. In addition, there are excellent fics not on this list, I am sure. 

I have added a little about what I love about each story, so this is a rather big post, and it goes under a cut.


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The Simple Things Aren’t Always So Simple - A Little Patience

Word Count: 1582

Warnings: Smoking, drinking, mentions of divorce (kinda lame, really)

A/N:  So my dear good friend @spntrista tells me in great detail about a dream she had about Jensen. It has inspired this series. Let’s all remember that this is FICTION and I do not in ANYWAY condone cheating on your spouse or partner. This is simply a work of fiction, please regard it as such. I mean no disrespect to Jensen or his family. Thank you.

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I couldn’t believe the life I was living right now. I was Jensen Ackles’ nanny. I wasn’t just the nanny, I had been sleeping with Jensen for more than a week and it was phenomenal. Everything about this man was unbelievable. He was a good cook, he was an amazing dad, he was a great listener and an attentive lover.

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Thank Reed Morano For The Nightmarish Beauty Of 'Handmaid's Tale'
The show earned an impressive 13 Emmy nods, one of which could go to Morano.

When director Reed Morano heard about “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu’s then-developing adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel, she was determined to get on board.

She’d heard that execs had their hearts set on a famous male director (who she declined to name) to guide the pilot episode, but thought she’d toss her hat in the ring anyway. Given the opportunity to present her vision to series producers, she ― a director with less experience and name recognition ― came prepared: with a scrupulously detailed 70-page lookbook stuffed with photographs, film stills and a corresponding playlist that, together, outlined the appearance, sound and emotional feel of a show that’d go on to score an impressive 13 Emmy nominations.

Yes, Morano got the job. (And she’s nominated for a 2017 Emmy for Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series because of it.)

“I’ve never directed a pilot before,” she told The New York Times. “They were basically betting on me, and what I was proposing, based on my previous work, but I had only directed one feature at that point, and one episode of television. They’ve already asked me to come back for the second season. I would love to, because I feel like, in many ways, it’s my show, and it’s so specific to my aesthetic.”

The show is, in many ways, Morano’s show. Created by producer Bruce Miller, based on source material from the beloved Canadian author Atwood, and cast to the brim with powerful actors like Elisabeth Moss, the series was poised for greatness before she joined the team. But without Morano, known for her work as a director on “Meadowland” and a cinematographer on Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” and HBO’s “Divorce,” the series might never have achieved the nightmarish beauty that’s become its signature. She’s responsible for the show’s first three episodes, marked visually by an unnerving symmetry, heart-stopping close-up shots and eerie use of natural light. The proceeding seven episodes, guided by a melange of directors, hew closely to the frightening world she built.

We spoke to Morano ahead of the Season 1 finale of “Handmaid’s Tale” about her unique strategy to landing a job, the emotional weight of directing such a dramatic story, and why she’s still asking herself, “Could this happen to me?”

I heard you speak at the 92Y about how you got involved with “Handmaid’s Tale.” In particular, how you created a 70-page lookbook for your meeting with Hulu, outlining in impressive detail the vision you had for the series. What motivated you to go to such lengths to get the job, despite the fact that, as you’ve mentioned, a big male director was already tied to the project?

Well, I wanted the job and that I knew I wasn’t a likely hire. I was honestly ready to do whatever I needed to get it. I thought, I’m going to go all out and get as detailed as possible about what I would do with every aspect of the show. It’s probably the first time I really realized that pitching for a pilot is one of the most competitive things because […] you get to tell the story, you get to create the world and create the tone, and basically create a narrative language that is going to be followed for the rest of the series, ideally. It’s like the best job! It’s the closest thing to making a movie on TV. I just thought, I’m going to go all out. I have no choice, because I’m not a known quality, I have to work harder ― or maybe a lot harder.

What was inside the lookbook?

So I took what I knew from making lookbooks as a cinematographer and expanded upon that. A lot of the lookbook is imagery, with some quotes from Margaret Atwood’s book; imagery that felt like shots that would be in the show, gathered from photography and stills from certain movies as references. There’s a section that sort of just set the mood and described what the tone of the whole show would be. And then there were sections that described the tone of the characters and performances, and what the sound design would be like, and how it would play into the storytelling and create an atmosphere. And because the show had voiceover, I would basically explain how I was going to visualize that and how I would differentiate the flashback world from the present-day. I did a whole section on the editing, and how it would be edited. I wrote pages and pages.

Really, I just brought up ideas that we ended up using in the show. Like, shooting flashback scenes like fleeting memories, with a kind of impressionistic, romantic, vérité camera. And not doing standard coverage, so that much like a memory, you don’t remember seeing everything, you just remember certain things. And just in general, the way the show would be shot, in terms of the choices of camera movement and lenses.

Did you think at all about how about how the concept of a dystopia translates visually? For example, you have a lot of orderly, symmetrical shots in the first three episodes, or eerie shots where the handmaids are perfectly arranged in their uniform clothing. Did these sort of aesthetic considerations derive from any personal conception of what a dystopia looked like?

Well, yeah, I think there’s almost a mechanical nature to some of the shots. Everything I wanted to do came from an emotional place and an emotional way of telling a story with a camera. And there is something disturbing about all these red dots arranged perfectly in a line, almost as if they’re just objects. The handmaids are just basically objects; they’re property.

There is something kind of disturbing about that, maybe even on a subliminal level, thinking about futuristic films that I’ve seen or grew up on. Even “Star Wars” and seeing Stormtroopers all lined up, and then you see all these handmaids all lined up. There is something a little otherworldly about it. There is something militaristic about it. When I think about dystopia, those kinds of things come to mind: the cold arrangement of objects. And there’s also this idea, particularly in “The Handmaid’s Tale” ― and this might not be true of other dystopian stories ― but for a lot of them, this loss of individuality tends to be a common theme. For that reason as well, this idea of symmetry and things mirroring each other and lots of objects looking the same … their arrangement being so perfect almost becomes inhuman.

One of my favorite scenes was the birthing scene in the second episode, when you strike these really stark contrasts between the experiences of the wives and the experiences of the handmaids. [Editor’s Note: In this scene, a handmaid is physically giving birth to a child while the wife of the commander who impregnated the handmaid is pretending to be in labor behind her.] Can you tell me a little bit about what you were trying to communicate in this scene?

I mean, just how bizarre it is, you know? The idea of these wives emulating the experiences so they could feel better about the fact that they’re not only taking the children from these women, they are also taking away the experience that they are having ― or, at least, diminishing it, by imagining that they could be feeling what that person is feeling in the moment.

For me, I just thought about the feeling that you have after you give birth to a child, which, I have two boys who are 8 years old and 6 years old. The instant feeling I had after I gave birth was you couldn’t get that baby in my hands fast enough. To imagine a scenario when the minute you give birth you part ways with this human that you’ve been growing in your body for the past 10 months and thinking about in every way, because you can’t not think about it because it affects everything, and then to have somebody take the baby away and know that it’s never really going to be yours. I can’t even pretend to know what that feels like.

All I know is that when I gave birth to my son, the first one was a C-section and the second one was a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). But the first one I had to wait until I could feel a feeling again in my whole body to interact with my son. The [hospital staff] were like, “It’s going to be at least two hours, so just rest in the recovery room.” But I was so desperate to see him, that it felt like that scene in “Kill Bill” where she’s in the back of the truck and she’s like, “Wiggle your big toe.” I was awake the whole time pretty much and in 45 minutes I got to move my leg, so then she let me go see my son. Anyway, it sort of all comes from, you know, when anyone is making anything, they relate it to their own personal experiences. For me, everything that was happening was so bizarre to me in that scene, but you have to think about the most important part. There might be a lot of things happening at once, a lot of power struggles and interesting dynamics, but the most important thing for me to focus on in that scene is the fact that this girl who has given birth to a child ― it’s being torn away from her. And that’s ultimately one of the biggest crimes in the story.

Does that sort of emotional attachment to a scene ever complicate the way you shoot? Does it ever make it difficult for you to bring a scene to life? Or was there a scene in “Handmaid’s Tale” that was particularly tricky for this reason?

Oh, I don’t know, there are so many tricky scenes that are difficult to do for different reasons. But not too difficult to do, because they’re still, like … you kind of have to go all in, especially for actors, they just have to go all in and accept you’re going to go to this place. Not for any sort of particular reason personally, but even shooting the salvaging [in which the handmaid’s beat an alleged rapist to death] was scary. Really scary. There were many moments where I was watching Lizzy [Elisabeth Moss] or some of the other actors going through something thinking, “I think I’m going crazy with them.” Because you are in that world for however many months. It starts to blur the lines between what’s real and what’s the story you’re telling.

If I could pick another scene, probably the protest [before June became a handmaid] was the most interesting because we had shot that in October and I think, for me, the hardest part for editing was … that was after the election [of President Donald Trump]. I looked at it very differently. It was emotionally even more difficult than when we shot the [scene].

Did those emotions affect the way you edited the scene?

Not really, because even when I was editing it, it was well before the Women’s March that happened in January. When that happened, that was really crazy. What’s interesting about editing the protest scene prior to that even happening was that I still had some weird feeling like … Is this something that could happen? How do you get there? That was the question I kept asking myself in edits. Is this going to happen? What are the steps that it takes to get to this point?

Are you still asking yourself that question as you look ahead to Season 2?

Yeah, you kind of just keep a closer eye on the world around you. Margaret [Atwood] says so many things that resonate all the time ― they resonated in the past and they resonate now. The one [quote] that I’ve mentioned before is, “Nothing changes instantaneously: in a gradually heating bathtub you’d be boiled to death before you knew it.” To me, that says it all.

But I actually was watching things change in our country pretty instantaneously. There were a few days in the first weeks after the election where there was a new law being overturned every day, or a new law being made to get rid of an old bill. There were so many changes in the first few days that I was like, this isn’t even gradual. This is, after the fourth [change], I was like, “Hello? Is anyone seeing what’s happening right now? This is insane.”

And not to get political, but in a broader sense ― in terms of the world, not just in terms of here in our country ― there are things we should be more aware of. Because we’re so sheltered here, in America, typically. […] We have this whole thing of “this can’t happen to me, this happens to people over there.” So when something does happen here it’s like, “Oh my God, poor us.” But this is happening all the time in other parts of the world, while you sit here on your cushy couch on Instagram. Of course, I’m referring to myself. That’s who I talk to when I think about these things. You just think that all these other people who are politically active are going to take care of it for you. Well, guess what? They’re not. You have to take care of it for you. If you don’t say something, you only have yourself to blame.

Are you on board for Season 2?

We’re just talking about it now. They’ve asked me to come back for Season 2, and do whatever episodes I want to do, however many I want to do, and I can’t really say right now, but I am going to do whatever I can, schedule permitting, because I love the cast so much. And all my bosses on the show were pretty amazing, because, as you can see, they creatively let me have a lot of fun and take a lot of risks. And I’d love to do something crazy again.

Play it again, Jack III: MFMM fics you love to reread

“I just need to read it one more time, Dot.”

Finally I have cut-and-mixed a new installment of fics about the Miss Fisher world that you love to go back to and read! Again, thank you so much to all who sent me fic recommendations, and people that hasn’t – yes, I have one more post to come, so there is still some room for more!

Earlier posts: 

Play it again, Jack I (letter from @quiltingmom)
Play it again, Jack II (mixed recommendations)
The original ask


mokuyoubi, “The Heart Grows Fonder“. Reread by @rubycaspar

When I first discovered MFMM and felt the need to go through every T-rated and higher fic on AO3 to combat the ridiculous UST of the show, this fic was the one I went searching for again when I was done. There are so many things I love about it – the tension, the playfulness, the dream-like quality of the setup (especially if you read the preceding story, “In-Between Days”, first). And it’s everything that I personally was imagining for a smutty Phrack reunion – quick, passionate, desperate, steamy and loving – and so it was exactly what I wanted to read having just finished the series. I absolutely love it and re-read it all the time.


CollingwoodGirl/ @jeneenp,  “Sweltering”. Reread by @omgimsarahtoo

I love @jeneenp’s stories in general, but this one sticks in my head. I love the pure sensory overload of it – the descriptions of the summer heat wave, and Jack sitting at his desk in his shirtsleeves, and the wild heat that rises up between them… and that’s just in the first chapter! Chapter 2 has sassy Jack and humor and seduction, and chapter 3… well, I’ll just say the heat isn’t only in the temperature. Have your fans ready! This was written before series 3 aired, so it picks up where “Unnatural Habits” and “Murder Under the Mistletoe” leave off, with the aborted kiss (thanks, Aunt P) and "If I lock my door, no one could get in” and all of the tension that has built up between our two detectives. This story takes that tension and ratchets it up even higher, deftly weaving in Phrack’s care and cameraderie even as it brings them to a rather explosive peak. It’s just, in my opinion, divine.


mardia, “a lack of pretense”. Reread by @rithebard

I really like how this ends. I won’t say but Jack is drugged and Phryne finds him and takes him home. You have to read the story to understand.


“500 Words: 60. Caustic” by @firesign23. Reread by @kanste

This is another one that hurts soooo good. The whole fight feels so real and leaves me in tears every single time. If you need a pic up, there are also two fix fics for this one: “Balm” by @edeainfj/deedeeinfj and “Ask me again” by YouKnowMeAsJ.


The dress that needed to come back.

@omgimsarahtoo, “A More Lethal Dress“. Reread by @kanste

I think we all remember that beautiful dress Phryne wears to her first dinner with Lin. Sarah did all Lin not-fans a favour to make her wear it for Jack instead. The result is gorgeous, smutty gold. Like always the Sarah’s smut is wonderful. The seduction atmosphere is spot on and sets you in the mood perfectly. I also love the image of past weeks of their relationship, think dinner with kisses and cuddling.


@scruggzi, “The Long Road to Patagonia”. Reread by @zannadubs23

Crossover fic with Doctor Who. I’ve been a big Doctor Who fan for most of my life, so I probably enjoyed this more than is reasonable. Maybe not. It’s really well done with the two story bases perfectly merged. Scruggzi has a great feel for both universes and her Doctor felt genuine and perfectly suited to traveling with our favorite Lady Detective. 


@firesign23, “A Glass Splinter”. Reread by @bumblemama

A fic I reread semi-regularly is “A Glass Splinter”. Last night I read it again, straight through. It’s such a gorgeous story arc, full of the characters we all know and love but with a different starting point. The AU is fully as compelling; but I think because we all know the cases, there is more scope to explore the relationship. It’s a salient reminder of how much they each hold themselves back in the series. And while we are all wishing they hadn’t, there could be truly sad outcomes if they weren’t so reserved.


@edeainfj/ deedeeinfj , “The Fixed Foot”. Reread by @omgimsarahtoo

This story, when it came out, was controversial – it might still be, but I don’t even care. I love it with unrestrained madness, and I go back to it regularly. In it, Jack has agreed that he is willing to have an open relationship with Phryne, and it opens with her taking advantage of that for the first time. It’s painful as he goes through the terror that she won’t really come back to him, that he isn’t enough for her, that the fact that she wants other men means that she doesn’t love him – but it’s redeemed as he begins to understand what those others do for her and how they aren’t a commentary on how he pleases her or how much she loves him. It’s incredibly affirming of their differences and their relationship, and add to that it’s gorgeously written.


Gingham, “Repentance”. Reread by @whopooh

This story envisions a version of their reunion that is in equal measure beautiful and sad. Phryne comes back to Melbourne, not understanding why Jack never came or wrote her while she was in England, just to find out he’s in a very bad spot after a case that went wrong. It is heartbreaking and hopeful, and in a way that makes me want to go back there now and then. One of my favourite scenes is when Phryne finds out that Jack had in fact bought a ticket to England, and that he still carries it around with him in his pocket.


Modern Phryne. Equally discombobulated Jack.

@aljwritesphryne, “The YACI-verse”. Reread by @kanste

The fic series YACI really made me love modern AU’s and it is another feel good fic for me. I love that Phryne is not only a PI but also a social media personality. The use of Twitter/Facebook is fantastic as is the slow development of Phryne’s and Jack’s relationship. There are so many little add-ons to the main story from @aljwritesphryne that give us glimpses into the Phrack life. She did such a fantastic job with the characterisation! In my opinion this is exactly like those two would be if they would live today.


Xfphiles, “Devil in the Light”. Reread by @rithebard

Jack and Phryne are not talking after the death in the race car episode. Phryne is hunting for a missing heiress and finds a white slavery ring. She gets kidnapped and Jack has only one thought in mind. Find her. He almost loses himself doing it. This story really captured me for so many reasons. The loneliness of both of them missing the other. And what Jack went through and would do for Phryne, because he loved her so much. Beautiful. (I love this whole series.)


LemmingDancer, “Perchance to Dream”. Reread by @rithebard

Once again, Jack and Phryne are not talking after the death in the race car episode. This time Jack kidnapped and this time Phryne is desperately hunting for him and realizing just how much she loves him. This is a top favorite of mine. I go back to it again and again. It really gives you how both Jack and Phryne are feeling throughout the story. How they are both dealing with this situation and you feel like you are with them.


@mercurialbianca, “I Ask No Man Pardon”. Reread by @kanste

This one is not a Phrack story but Rosie’s story with a little bit of Phrack. I love the way Bianca wrote Rosie. I have a soft spot for Rosie in the show and I love that EC didn’t go the "nasty Ex” route. The friendship and later sexual attraction between Rosie and Phryne is very well written. I’m not a writer myself but I can imagine it is difficult to write a threesome and make it sexy and loving at the same time. I love the Phrack relationship Bianca wrote (as usual) but by the end Rosie is my star and I’m rooting for her and her new life. (The smut is very hot too).


Soupsouffle, “The Scent of a Lady (Detective)“. Reread by @kanste

Phryne is out of town with Mac and leaves something for Jack to remember her. This is pure Phrack Porn. If you are cold this will make you hot. Soupsouffle manages to create so many wonderful images of our favourite couple and I never looked at tissues the same way again.


Man just having had an Art Experience.

CollingwoodGirl/ @jeneenp, “The Artist and The Muse”. Reread by @kanste

Phryne finds out that Jack sat down for a painting while she was in England. I love the visuals that CollingwoodGirl creates in this one. The trust they are giving each other is very hot for me.

CollingwoodGirl/ @jeneenp, “The Artist and The Muse”. Reread by @geenee27

The first time I read this story it left me stunned, it was that good. The prose is exquisite – my words would just not do it justice. Suffice it to say, the writer paints (pun intended) such a beautiful, erotic and intimate portrait of every inch of Jack (effing) Robinson I am drawn to this work again and again. I love Phryne’s initial reaction to the whole scenario, her curiosity, her doubt, her little jealousy about this other women. And her reaction when she finally finds out the truth:

“Oh Jack.” Her voice sounds faraway with her hand covering her mouth – like she’s caught up in a dream.

Drinking in the eloquence of the charcoal lines, the finesse of the chalk as it casts a glow over the lithe nude figure, her fingers dart forward. She wants to see him through the eyes of this artist, to trace that familiar landscape in a completely unfamiliar way, to imagine herself as the one who rendered the very essence of him.

And Jack’s feelings concerning all that follows. 

He can’t possibly hope to do anything but grin. This is what he loves most about her, he thinks. That he can surprise her – even shock her – without fear of judgment or the reprisal of stony silence.

(…)

He fists his free hand into her hair and kisses her, making silent promises with his mouth. In her open-armed acceptance, he has found freedom.

And if the story wasn’t fantastic enough, Collingwoodgirl gives us the gift of finding the actual picture and it is glorious. 


@missingmissfisher, “Never expected”. Reread by @rithebard

Once again I love so many of @missingmissfisher‘s tales but I chose this one. Phryne and Jack go undercover as a married couple, Fern and Archie Jones. They are in England, Jack is there to see Phryne but also to help a friend from Scotland Yard. This is just such a delightful story. Not only do they have fun of being undercover but they get to finally explore their relationship. Love!


Lenore, “New Mutiny”. Reread by @kanste

After an explosion Jack loses is memory and can’t remember anything that happened after the War. I love how the writer manages to keep the characters and the UST of the series while doing a very believable amnesia.

Lenore, “New Mutiny”. Reread by @rithebard

Jack has amnesia he can’t remember anything since the war. Not where he lives, or what he now does, not Hugh Collins and of course not Phryne Fisher. But because of all the horrors he saw in hospitals during the war he does nothing. Just uses his will to make everyone including Phryne think he is fine. Love this story. This is also a favorite. I go back to it over and over. Just to see how Jack’s mind works, how he figures things out and what he really feels toward Phryne. Beautiful.

Lenore, “New Mutiny” (and the podfic of the same) and @rubycaspar, “And you yourself shall keep the key of it”. Reread by @whopooh

I too adore Lenore’s fic and have gone back to it several times. There is something utterly delicious in Jack trying to figure out his relatonship to this strange woman that seems to commandeer his life. Like here:

She leans in closer. "Jack.”

Maybe this is what they are to each other. Maybe all he needs to do is—he reaches for her before the thought has a chance to fully form. He rests his hand against her cheek, just like in the dream, his thumb stroking along her jaw as he presses their mouths together. She comes easily with a soft pleased sound, her body swaying in toward his. But it’s after just the slightest stutter of surprise. He might not even have noticed that if he weren’t so attuned to her.

He draws back in confusion. “I—” It’s clear now that this isn’t how they are, and he has no notion of how to explain himself, apart from offering a confession he has no intention of making.

I also love @rubycaspar‘s take on the amnesia trope, “And you yourself shall keep the key of it”, and even though it isn’t finished yet, I have already found myself rereading it for the tension of Jack trying to figure things out. It has a much sadder lining, as Phryne is aware of what is happening, and it’s beautiful both in the fun and the sad parts.


That’s all for today. And anyone feeling the urge, I’m happy to receive more recommendations!

007 Themed Rec List: Featuring Writers & Artists from 2017′s Teamdoubleoh

Originally posted by maryjosez

There’s a lot of good written and visual art produced by our 00s, so here’s a work I’ve enjoyed from each writer/artist over the course of their Bond fandom careers. Some works are fluffy, some are smutty, some are angsty, some are long, some are short…all of it is fantastic! It was pretty hard to narrow it down, but I did my best.

 See all works under the cut because holy crap this post got long

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Namjoon - Dope Series

You were a semi-successful photographer, moving into this luxurious apartment, and he worked the day shift, operating the building’s only elevator. 

Genre: Fluff | Smut
Members:  Namjoon x Reader
Word count: 5250


Masterlist

Seokjin | Yoongi | Hoseok | Namjoon | Jimin | Taehyung | Jungkook

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Repercussions of the Ramifications

PART DEUX

So this was pretty widely requested. Part two of Luke Pretends to be your SO. Calling it the Repercussions of the Ramifications.

You wake up way too early the next morning for a text from your little sister.

-You are plastered all over Twitter with Luke Hemmings. Would you care to talk about this?

You glance at the time, noting it was still before 7 am.

-Why are you awake before 7? And what do you mean plastered all over Twitter?

Soon your sister is sending you different stories linking you, the unknown new girl, to the Luke Hemmings, and from the looks of it, the fans weren’t too pleased.

-It’s not what it looks like. You respond.

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Bulletproof: Chapter 6

This chapter is pretty much just anxieties pov of the last chapter, and it’s pretty short, but the next chapter should be up really soon so you won’t be waiting too long this time! The next few chapters are probably going to be pretty anx focused, so I hope you like sarcasm. I’m honestly having a lot of fun writing this, and I’ve finally got a bit of a plan for the plot, so expect this to be a… r e a l l y long series.

All the positivity you guys have sent me is super encouraging and I can’t thank you enough. I’m actually considering getting my ao3 account working again, because I know Tumblr isn’t great for finding and reading fics :/ let me know if you think that’d be a good idea!!

Warnings: none for this chapter, but let me know if you think I should add something.


Chapter 6:

For the second time that day, Alex found himself sitting at a table in Pattons Plants, not working. He knew he should go back, but this was too weird to just go about his day. He stared down at the gold embossed card in his hands, already a little dog eared, thinking about how he got it.

He had just set up again, rare smile on his face. He hung on to his good mood like a cliff edge, refusing to let it slip away.
Logan and Patton were certainly… characters. He tried not to think about the fact that he couldn’t get close to them, that he probably wouldn’t ask about that job, no matter how promising. Instead he picked one of the more upbeat songs in his roster, and started playing. Over done, maybe, but over done pays. And he liked the song.

/Don’t take this the wrong way
You knew who I was
Every step that I ran to you.
Only blue or black days
Electing strange perfections
In any stranger I choose./

He let himself think, mind wandering, what would it be like to play there. Maybe a night set, with the lights dimmed. Dinner crowd scattered around tables, drinks in hand. He wouldn’t have to see their faces if he used the right lighting, making them faceless figures. Except… in his mind, he could clearly see Logan and Patton in the front row, just like they were inside. Comfortable. Welcoming. He shook his head, focusing on the song.

/Would things be easier
If there was a right way?
Honey there is no right way.
And so I fall in love
Just a little oh a little bit
Every day with someone new/

He sang every bit of what he wanted. He sang how much of him wanted to go back inside and talk again. He sang how much he wanted an easy friendship like that, how he wanted someone who could read him like a book, how he wanted someone who knew his coffee order like it was tattooed on the tip of their tongue.

/There’s an art to life’s distractions
Some how escape the burning weight
The art of scraping through
Some like to imagine
The dark caress of someone else
Oh I guess any thrill will do/

He loved being alone, but loneliness point blank sucked. It always felt so needy. There was no way to be causal about it, you wanted someone who knew you like you’d been friends for years, but you had to start on the ground level and build your way up. He tried the same carefree tone that the singer used, but it only made him sound more desperate. He threw himself into the song again, ignoring the hole in his chest.

/Would things be easier
If there was no right way?
Honey, there is no right way/

He continued the chorus, watching people pass by. There was a man in crisp white slacks who kept glancing at him from where he was talking to someone holding a stack of paperwork. He must have come out of a nearby building a good five minutes ago. Something about the way he held himself, or maybe it was how expensive everything about him looked set off Alex’s ‘the man’ reflex. He held eye contact with the sunglasses for the next few lines as his voice lowered, trying not to smirk as the guys face got red as his shirt and he nearly dropped his papers.

/I wake at the first cringe of morning
And my hearts already sinned
How pure how sweet the love beneath
Yeah you would pray for him/

Alex didn’t see himself as having many talents, but one that he treasured, and exploited whenever possible, was making authority figures really, really nervous. This might have been more flirty than terrifying, but the reaction was still pretty funny. Not like anything would come of it. No harm done.

He continued with the song, voice lightening, letting his head lean back against the building, eyes closed. It was pretty much just chorus from then on, so he cut it a little shorter than the original so his throat didn’t give out before the song ended and he could get some water. He didn’t do loud, belting songs for that exact reason, and this one was already lower than he usually sang. When he opened his eyes for the last few lines, the guy had moved to lean against a tree, watching him. Clearly someone used to getting what he wanted, but Alex would admit. The guy was hot. Preppy, which was not usually his type, but in a kind of slightly disheveled I-care-but-I-don’t-want-you-to-think-I-do way. He looked like a singer Alex saw on billboards sometimes. It was almost uncanny. As he finished the song, the guy started clapping.
/wow. Yup. He’s a douche. An attractive douche, but still a douche./
A few passers by clapped along halfheartedly, like they didn’t really know what they where clapping for. To be fair, they probably didn’t. The song usually faded to background noise for most people. They probably forgot he was even there. The fancy guy walked over to him, hips swaying.
/oh you think you’re great, don’t you. Cute./
Alex pretended he didn’t notice, counting the cash he had in the case.
“Anyone told you you’ve got a fantastic voice?” Alex snorted. “Only when they want something.” He took a slug of water from a crumpled bottle next to his case. “What if I wanted to work with you?” He saw a card out of the corner of his eye, and turned to read it. He had to fight not to spit his water all over the guys shoes. (They looked like they cost more than Alexs apartment.)

/Kingdom Records
Princey
Singer, Artist
princey@kingrecords.com/

He looked up at the guy, thinking back to the billboards.
/oooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh no./
Attractive douche was a 100% certified pop star, with an insane fan base and more money than Alex would know what to do with. And he was standing there, with his sunglasses pushed up onto his head, having the gall to look nervous.
Alex had to remind himself to close his jaw.

“You… wanna work with me?”

He sounded a little too incredulous, but thank god he didn’t sound like a star struck idiot. Princey looked more sure of himself, nodding.

“Yes. I’d love to.”

Alex had to recalibrate his entire view on reality again. He squinted at the guy.

“… ok. Why?” Princey looked taken aback.
“…Why?”
“Uh, yea? You want an extra hand to get you some insane coffee order or-”
“what? No! I- I want to sing with you-”

The door banged open in the middle of Princeys sentence, revealing Logan.

From what Alex had gathered, Logan was a very put together guy. Like, 'you’d want him on your apocalypse team because he didn’t seem to crack under any kind of pressure’ kinda put together.
Logan did not look put together now, though.

Princeys eyes widened noticeably, flicking from Logan to Alex. “I-think about my offer- I should really go-”
“ROMAN?”
Alex would not have guessed that Logan was a drill sergeant in a past life, but apparently Alex was wrong about a lot of things today.
“Yup, time to go”
Princey flinched again, starting a tactical retreat (running the hell away,) still clutching his papers. Alex watched in amazement as Logan practically chased one of the most famous men in the city back to his car.
Oh god. He had. So many questions.

The Lore You Know (Part Three)

Status: Part Three of Four
Word Count: 5.6K
Category: Multi-Part, Mystery, Creature Hunt, Humor, Behind-the-scenes Canon-Compliant
Rating: 18+ [for language/sexual situations]
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Sam + Female O.C./Reader; Dean + #2 Female O.C.
Warnings: Coarse language; mild-to-moderate allusions to sex/activities of a sexual nature
Author’s Note(s): Post-story
Overall Summary:  see Part One
Part Two Summary: The agent finds some common ground with Dean; the mara claims a third victim; suspicions are revealed     

:  PART ONE  :  PART TWO  :  PART THREE  :  PART FOUR + EPILOGUE :


MONDAY NIGHT

The universe was determined to bone me.

The breakdown for what I planned on being a more-than-riveting night included:

  • Me;
  • Sam;
  • Semi-celebratory vodka on the rocks;
  • Semi-nudity;
  • Full nudity;
  • No waitress, no Dean, no interruptions.

But there I was, coming down the walkway from the ice machines, replenished bucket in hand, when I saw Dean standing in front of his room, just beginning to turn the key. I slowed my pace. He twisted the knob, cracked the door, but then tilted his head back and rolled his eyes heavenward.

“Didn’t even hear the car,” I commented, taking out my toothpick and tossing it away as I was coming closer.

“I wish you’d choke on one of those things.”

“Aw, it’ll take more than that to put me down. So - get stood up?”

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How do I keep my main characters in character?

A guide by the great MadFox for fanfiction writers (though RPers may also benefit)

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Characterization is hard. 

Some people can do it without thinking, and others make very deliberate word choices that wind up sounding slightly OOC. The key to characterization is to keep in mind that your characters are real people. As a young writer, I regarded characters as my friends. As an older writer, I regarded characters as tools. Both of these views are wrong.

If you treat characters like friends, they’ll quickly become bland. This is especially true with original characters. Your storylines will be dull and you’ll wonder, “I have such a good plot! So why is this story so boring?” However, using characters as tools will either result in unrealistic emotions or very few emotions at all. The characters will act in ways that they don’t act in canon. So how DO you treat your characters?

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anonymous asked:

Oh, wow, I was shocked to find there were other people who weren't taken by S2 Demelza - she's seems to be the fandom darling right now, but I disliked her immensely; it felt like Demelza was written as being shrill and vindictive. Already, I see fanfics that are justifying *spoilers, just in case* her behavior with Hugh in S3, when I don't see one solitary difference her relationship with him and Ross' with Elizabeth. It isn't karmatic justice - it is Demelza being a hypocrite.

Very well said, dear Nonnie. ‘Shrill’ and ‘vindictive’ are two very good descriptions of S2 Demelza, next to ‘overbearing’ and ‘dramamtic’. I really don’t know what happened to this character and I can only guess that due to the positive response the screenwriters wanted to increase her popularity. The mistake they made with that was that almost the entire season 2 is more or less being told from Demelza’s point of view, which gets both boring and a little bit strained after the middle of the season. All the other characters suffer immensely from this preferation of Demelza and the very modern approach she gets, most of all Ross.

S1 Ross and Demelza were a couple with great dynamics, different and yet alike. Demelza was shy in the beginning and remains so until the very end, and yet she also was the voice of reason that Ross would listen to. She had the ability to set Ross’ head straight when he was in one of his moods. Naturally, the longer they’re married and the better she gets to know her husband, she develops, loses her shyness, dares to contradict him or even scolds him. It would have been normal to see that in season 2 as their marriage progresses. However, instead Demelza becomes this constantly sulking house dragon while Ross degenerates into a mere cardboard cutout of his former self. Aidan had some very powerful, intense scenes - good and bad ones in terms of character - in season 1; there’s almost nothing left for him in S2 as Demelza takes the stage.

What really gets on my nerves is her constant assuming that Ross is cheating on her, even way before anything happens with Elizabeth. They way it was planned, I suppose, was for the viewer to see how many small incidents add up to create her doubts. Eleanor does a good job portraying Demelza’s growing insecurity about herself and her looks (because she perceives Elizabeth as prettier and everyone around her seems to do so, too) and how she interprets small, insignificant things the wrong way, but on the large scale all her acting can’t help the show’s botched pacing and inability to portray timelines correctly.

Like, for example we never really see how much time Ross actually spends in Trenwith. There’s a few scenes with Elizabeth and it’s said one or two times that he goes there often, but that’s never really elaborated upon. What should have happened to explain why Demelza is so irritated with him is that we should have seen him go to meet with Elizabeth at least once in each episode, or have someone say that he’s there again, have him come home late etc. There’s attempts to show that, but it just doesn’t add up into one complete picture. Which is why it’s so strange to the viewer when Demelza comes up to Elizabeth in the carriage and talks crap about ‘you’re welcome to him as long as you remember where he belongs’ - it just seems to come out of the blue and looks like Demelza is just in a sour mood all the time.

What Romelza fans often seem to forget is that Demelza, too, has her very own agenda. It was her who seduced Ross in order to achieve her own ends. Both book and film Demelza has ulterior motives for her actions. In the series it is hinted that she does at least fancy Ross (re the nude bathing scene and others where she creeps up on him), but in the end it comes down to her sleeping with him in order to save her ass from her father. She literally decides that seducing her employer (who she knows is heartbroken and miserably in love with another girl!) is the only way to secure a life and a future for herself. In the book, she makes it very clear that she intends to act on it that night because she considers Ross ‘ripe’ to be plucked. She’s just lucky that Ross is too drunk and/or can’t be arsed to bother when she pulls that stunt with the dress, or who knows…..she’s been studying his drinking habits very closely, so maybe she knew exactly when the time was right to set her elaborate plan into motion…

Elizabeth on the other hand flirts with Ross, but she has an entirely different motivation for it. Elizabeth needs to know where he stands; where she stands in relation to him. She needs to know if they’re still friends and if she can rely on him if she needs him. And she knows very well that she might need Ross sooner or later. I’m not saying that she anticipates Francis’ death in any way or that she has an inkling of the tragedy that’s going to happen, BUT: By the end of S1 she knows that her entirely life(style) and social position are at stake. Things are not well with Francis; he’s drinking, gambling away his inheritance and openly courting other women. He’s also angry with Elizabeth and she knows that he could very well discard her / leave her / kick her out any day. Moreover, he’s on the verge of becoming a mindless drunk who could any day get involved in a deadly brawl, have an accident, or simply drink his entire family to ruin. There’s a very real chance of Francis going to debtor’s prison for a long while if he doesn’t find a way to pay his debts. 

In all of these cases Elizabeth would have to look to the nearest source for help and support, and that’s not her parents. As the mother of the Poldark heir she would have to apply to Ross as the then family patriarch for help, so she needs to be on good terms with him. Can’t hurt that he still has a thing for her (and she for him, obviously), so she’s kind of testing the waters, seeing how far she can go in order to secure his goodwill. I don’t say that by the end of S1 she had in mind to marry him if anything should happen to Francis, but maybe she had some “what if…” thoughts and she’s not to blame for it. 

And isn’t it kind of endearing (and real) how they both have come to love their respective partners, but they still have this little bit of feelings for each other? That Christmas scene at Trenwith was soooo well done. How they both play out what could have been, and they smile wistfully at each other, and you almost expect them to kiss and start an affair, but they don’t. The only really stupid scene Elizabeth had was the one at the banquet where she talks about a woman loving two men. What she says isn’t wrong, but the entire set up - where she says it and after they’ve established a shaky friendship trying to forget the past - it couldn’t be timed worse. Even Ross looks at her like “Are you drunk???” If they had let her say those words during the Christmas scene, the impact would have been so much better and it would have helped explain anything that happens later between them.

As for Demelza and Hugh, I don’t care for them in the least, but I think there IS a difference to Ross and Elizabeth. As Ross points out to Demelza himself when she tries to make him jealous with the McNeill episode: Elizabeth was his first love and he was hers; he has loved her for close to 10 years and has never stopped loving her (which Demelza was aware of from the start!). There’s a deep affection between the two of them and Elizabeth is right in saying that they will always hold a piece of each other’s heart. Demelza on the other hand doesn’t even like McNeill very much, and what she has for Hugh is no more than a fancy, a crush at best (and maybe another revenge on her part depending on how they portray it in the series) and can in no way compare to Ross’ and Elizabeth’s tragic love story. 

Sorry this got so long…I just had to let the rant happen ^^

Author Interview -- mysilverylining
This week’s author interview is with the up and coming Veronica Mars fic writer, mysilverylining. Maybe you’ve heard of her? Duh. Of course you have! She’s currently got two WIPs. “Sometimes You Can’t Make it On Your Own,” a season one AU starting with 1.03, “Meet John Smith,” and “Neptune,” a future-fic that takes place five years after the finale. 
1. When you’re not writing fic, what are you doing?
I’m always writing fic.  Sure, sometimes it’s the same paragraphs, over and over again, for weeks in a row.  But whichever chapter I’m working on is always open on my task bar.  Judging and taunting me.  
Sometimes I sleep.  Sometimes I work.  I spend too much time commuting in my car.  I watch a gazillion TV shows, but always seem to miss everything important - hello, ADD.  I buy ridiculous kitchen gadgets I’ll never use and have no place to store (strawberry slicer, anyone?).  I start fanvids I’ll never finish.  I’m mostly ignored by my Aspie kid.  Used as furniture by one cat.  Stared at creepily by the other one (whom I’m convinced is plotting my murder).  
And Tumblr.  Always always Tumblr.  
2. Had you ever written before you started writing for Veronica Mars? What inspired you to start writing for VMars? 
I hadn’t even read any fanfiction before watching Veronica Mars.  I’d actually avoided reading ff for years.  
I binged all three seasons in a fever, and then went crazy online searching for fanvids and forum discussions, recaps and meta.  I’d never gone through show withdrawal like that before, and I remember feeling like nothing would fill that Veronica Mars shaped hole.    
One day, seeing a link to a highly recommended fic, I finally said “Fuck it,” and clicked.  Luckily, that fic happened to be “A Strange New Story Every Time”, which left such a strong impression that I started devouring all the fic I could find.  Why did I wait so long?  I’ve always made up stories in my head to help myself fall asleep, and Logan and Veronica started taking center stage.  
I started a dozen or so stories in a OneNote notebook.  Some were painfully awful.  Some, were promising enough that I still intend to complete them someday.  The first one I finished was this crazypants amalgamation of the Pilot, Credit Where Credit Due, and You Think You Know Somebody - all smushed-together on the same timeline - where Veronicatakes Logan up on his offer to “Come with”.  They end up solving the Chardo case and the Troy case on this long field trip to TJ, while snarking and squabbling the entire time.  Until…you know.  That one will never see the light of day, but it gave me an idea how much I love writing.  Especially that time period.      
The first fic I ever worked up the nerve to publish was ‘I Hate You Because’.  I would have been happy if four or five people had read and enjoyed it.  The response to that fic absolutely floored me, and gave me the encouragement to keep writing.      
3. Biggest Veronica Mars fanfiction pet peeve?   
I’m really not very hard to please.  I can find something to like in almost anything.  But there are a few things that irk me.
  • Logan acting like a Neanderthal who has a nervous breakdown every time Veronica leaves the house.  Canonically, the only time he ever worried about her job was after Mercer/Moe shaved her head.  Over-protectiveness is NOT Logan’s default setting.  He doesn’t mind being the cavalry, but in three seasons, he only tried to stop her from doing her job one time - after proof that she was being targeted.  Logan LOVES, admires, and respects Veronica as the badass P.I. she is.  I’ll forgive it in a story, if she’s had death threats or a stalker in-universe.  But if she’s just going out for a routine stakeout?  Nope.  
  • Overly neurotic characters.  Of course,they all have major issues, which should be explored and addressed.  They’re from Neptune after all.  But if those issues are like a black hole that sucks all of the joy out of the story, I. Just. Can’t.  
  • Logan trading his entire personality to be Veronica’s Generic CW love interest who always says and does the right thing.  Happens a lot in S1 fics where Logan learns of Veronica’s rape or difficulties after Lilly’s death, and completely forgets how to snark.  Jason Dohring’s expressive face can sell it, but in writing, Logan needs to have an edge.  He needs to be dramatic and a little pissy.  Morally gray.  Cocky.  The same goes for Dick with regards to Mac.  You can’t turn him into Piz, throw a “Dude” in every sentence, and expect me to accept it as Dick.
  • The word “ministrations”.  Acceptable if Veronica is cleaning Logan’s wounds or nursing him back to health, but takes me right out of a love scene every time.  Kills the mood, because it summons images of Neosporin, peroxide, and gauze pads.    
  • “The petite blonde”.  This phrase is like nails on a chalkboard to me when it’s used in place of a proper name or pronoun.  Same with “the older detective”, “the shorter boy”, “the younger sibling”, etc…  I’d rather see the name/pronoun overused, than to see this.  The exception would be when we’re reading about character(s) who haven’t yet been introduced by name.  Does this make me a horrible person?

4. Why do you think it is that Veronica Mars, out of all the shows out there, is the one that has wormed its way into your heart in such a profound way?  
I love Veronica to death.  I admire her and identify with her.  I root for her and cheer for her always.   
But Logan is my heart.  My muse.  The fictional love-of-my-life.  
No character has ever gotten under my skin like that jackass.  I want to write ALL of his stories.  Pre-series unbroken (merely fractured) Logan.  Pilot OPJ Logan.  Reluctant Veronica-stan Logan.  Angry self-destructive S2 Logan.  Maturing S3 Logan.  Rebuilding S4 Logan.  Future, healthy-member-of-society Logan.  Future re-OPJ’d Logan.  All of them.  
5. Season three of the series saw a number of hardcore fans give Rob Thomas the side-eye, and many left the fandom. Two part questions: a) what kept you sticking through season three? b) and is there anything you felt season three handled particularly well?
I’ve never hated S3 as much as most people do.  Sure, I hated the straw feminists, the keister egg rape, Tim Foyle, and his hideous wig.  But there was plenty of greatness in S3.    
Many of my all-time favorite Logan/Veronica moments are in Season 3.  I could spend forever watching 'Actual-Married-Couple' L/V.  Sharing meals.  Bantering.  Supporting each other.  They’re not acting on pure passion like in S1.  They know each other inside out.  They love each other.  They've chosen each other.  And it’s beautiful.  I HATED the Madison debacle, but I loved Every. Single. Other. Thing. between them.  I loved their happy scenes.  I loved their sad scenes.  Their fight scenes.  Even their post-breakup scenes (was their chemistry ever stronger?).  
Season 3 gave us perfect onscreen pairings.  Logan / Wallace, Veronica / Prof Landry, Veronica / Dean O'Dell, Logan / Heather Buttons, Mac / Max (So what?  I liked it), Piz / Desmond Fellows, Veronica / Dick, Veronica /Jeff Ratner (love him or hate him, he was the perfect snarky foil for Veronica), and my personal favorite, Logan / Mac.  
Season 3 ended with two stellar episodes, and set-up so many threads for an amazing Season 4.  I’m going to write that story someday, dammit!  Seriously.   
6. Were there any storylines in the series, movie, or now book that you started off loving but ended up not caring for? How would you have handled it differently?
That’s a hard one.  I won’t even touch on the straw feminists.  Everyone else has already said it, and probably better than I could.  This is a hard question, because the things I would most change - the Madison debacle for example - weren’t things I ever started off loving.  
The closest I can come to answering in the spirit of the question would be the S2 L/V/D triangle.  I didn’t start off loving it, but I was initially okay with V/D dating.  I felt that since they were “cruelly ripped apart by fate” according to the narrative, it was inevitable that they would try again eventually, and I wanted to just get it over with.  
As much as I love (and would hate to lose) those flashback scenes from the Summer of LoVe, I think the better story might have been to have Wallace be the one at the door.  I would have handled it differently by Veronica actuallynoticing Duncan’s transgressions, calling him on his shit, and kicking him and his Madonna/Whore complex to the curb.  Veronica should have had the epiphany that NORMAL wasn’t really doing it for her.    
I would NOT have had Duncan ride off into the sunset, halo still shining.  I would have had him stay in Neptune and battle for custody of his daughter.  I would have had him experience consequences for his choices just like Wallace, Weevil, and Logan. I would have had him embrace his noir roots and “go dark”.  Become a villain.      
7. You are currently posting chapters for two stories: a season one AU and a future fic. Are there any challenges inherent in writing two stories so different from one another at the same time?
I think the biggest challenge is remembering to use Past Tense when writing Sometimes.  Present tense is the natural fit for me, and I really have to force myself to switch.  
Characterization is not a problem between Neptune and Sometimes.  
Where I’m actually struggling now is in keeping Neptune separate from movie and book canon.  
One of the main premises of Neptune is how people adapt and change based on the events in their life.  How adversity can bring out the very best or very worst in people.  Logan has a very detailed and complex backstory that will eventually explain exactly how he came to be the person he is.  So does Veronica.  And Madison.  Mac has dealt with the death of her bio-mom.  Wallace is divorced.  Characters that haven’t even been introduced yet have gone through profound changes.  (Not Dick - he’s the same).  
The changes in each of these characters are very important, as they speak to the actions and decisions they’ve taken and will take in the story’s future.       
Where I struggle is that during editing, I keep finding myself trying to align characterization to new canon - which would be disastrous to my story. 
My Veronica is more haunted than new!canon V.  My Gia hasn’t experienced the same horrible circumstances as new!canon Gia.  My Logan is similar, but is a bit cockier.  
I just have to hope my readers can understand that this was plotted and outlined well before the movie was ever announced, so it is what it is, and the characters are who they need to be.  Even when it conflicts with what we know now.   
8. What is one moment or scene from any of your fics that you’re really proud of? What is it about that specific moment?
There have been one or two scenes that made me laugh so hard I almost cried when I was writing them.  There’s a scene I wrote for Neptune months ago, that probably won’t be published for many more months, that makes me bawl my fucking eyes out.  
For my published works, I would have to go with Chapter 11 of Sometimes.  It’s the chapter that contains the car chase - which gives me an adrenaline rush, and Duncan’s long flashback to the L/V/D origin story - which makes me physically ache for Veronica (and Logan).  
My favorite stories are the ones that create visceral reactions while reading.  Ones that give me butterflies in my tummy or make my gut clench from pain.  PetPluto is a master at this.  Everything she writes creates this kind of reaction in me.  Ghostcat as well.  But I rarely experience it reading my own stuff - except for that Chapter 11.
9. Pick a character or two from Veronica Mars that you write for. What are three things you like to keep in mind when writing for that specific character(s)?
Good question.  I don’t really have any hard and fast rules for characterizations.  With Logan, I do try to keep in mind (1) what’s going on inside his head? where is his internal energy?  (2) who is his audience and what kind of performance is he putting on for them? (3) what are his hands doing?     
10. It’s the year 2030. Where are Veronica and Logan and what are they up to?
Snarkily ever after.  Married - for practical reasons.  Being told “family-only” by the Navy every time she tried to get any information about Logan, was not cutting it for Veronica, and Logan will take her any way he can get her.  Two kids - the first, a result of an over-enthusiastic reunion.  The second one planned - once they realize they aren’t actually miserable failures as parent.  
Solid.  Nine years apart puts all of their problems in perspective, as does two high-risk careers, age, and wisdom.  Of course, they still squabble occasionally.  For the fun of it.  And for the making up.           
Veronica is still detectiving.  Logan runs a part-time flight school (for his love of flying), and provides muscle for Veronica’s cases.
He still makes her say “Woof!”