i've heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason

Wicked Lyric Meme
  • "Isn't it nice to know that good will conquer evil?"
  • "No one mourns the wicked."
  • "The good man scorns the wicked."
  • "Goodness knows, the wickeds lives are only."
  • "Goodness knows, the wicked die alone."
  • "Are people born wicked? Or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?"
  • "Have another drink, my dark eyed beauty."
  • "Woe to those who spurn what goodness they are shown."
  • "Many years I have waited for a gift like yours to appear."
  • "My future is unlimited."
  • "What is this feeling so sudden and new?"
  • "Let's just say, I loathe it all."
  • "Every little trait, however small, makes my very flesh begin to crawl."
  • "There's a strange exhilaration in such total detestation."
  • "I will be loathing you my whole life long."
  • "These things are sent to try us."
  • "The trouble with school is they always try to teach the wrong lesson."
  • "Life's more painless for the brainless."
  • "It's just life, so keep dancing through."
  • "Life is fraughtless for the thoughtless."
  • "Those who don't try never look foolish."
  • "I hope you'll save at least one dance for me. I'll be right there. Waiting. All night."
  • "It's clear we deserve each other."
  • "Finally for this one night, I'm about to have a fun night."
  • "Black is this year's pink."
  • "I've got something to confess. A reason, well, why I asked you here tonight."
  • "We deserve each other. Don't we?"
  • "I've decided to make you my new project."
  • "When someone needs a makeover, I simply have to take over."
  • "You're gonna be popular!"
  • "I'll teach you the proper ploys when you talk to boys, little ways to flirt and flounce."
  • "I'll help you be popular!"
  • "Don't be offended by my frank analysis, think of it as personality dialysis."
  • "Did they have brains or knowledge? Don't make me laugh!"
  • "It's not about aptitude, its the way you're viewed."
  • "He could be that boy, but I'm not that girl."
  • "Don't dream too far."
  • "Don't lose sight of who you are."
  • "Wishing only wounds the heart."
  • "One short day full of so much to do."
  • "I think we've found the place where we belong."
  • "One short day to have a lifetime of fun."
  • "I am a sentimental man who's always longed to be a father."
  • "I think everyone deserves the chance to fly."
  • "Why couldn't you have stayed calm for once instead of flying off the handle!"
  • "I hope you're happy how you hurt your cause forever."
  • "I hope you're proud how you would grovel in submission to feed your own ambition."
  • "I don't want it- no- I can't want it anymore."
  • "Something has changed within me. Something is not the same."
  • "I'm through with playing by the rules of someone else's game."
  • "It's time to try defying gravity."
  • "Can't I make you understand youre having delusions of grandeur?"
  • "I'm through accepting limits cuz someone says they're so."
  • "Some things I cannot change but til I try, I'll never know."
  • "If that's love it comes at much too high a cost."
  • "I really hope you get it and you don't live to regret it."
  • "If in flying solo, at least I'm flying free."
  • "Happy is what happens when all your dreams come true."
  • "People are so empty headed, they'll believe anything."
  • "I can't harbor a fugitive. I'm an elected official."
  • "There isn't a spell for everything."
  • "Finally from these powers, something good."
  • "Surely now I'll matter less to you. You won't mind my leaving here tonight."
  • "I've got to go appeal to her. Express the way I feel for her."
  • "You're going to lose your heart to me, I tell you."
  • "I never asked for this or planned it in advance."
  • "If you insist I will be wonderful."
  • "Where I'm from we believe all sorts of things that aren't true. We call it history."
  • "A rich man's a thief or a philanthropist."
  • "Is one a crusader or a ruthless invader?"
  • "It's all in which label is able to persist."
  • "I need help believing you're with me tonight."
  • "My wildest dreamings could not foresee lying beside you with you wanting me."
  • "I'll make every last moment last as long as you're mine."
  • "Maybe I'm brainless, maybe I'm wise, but you've got me seeing through different eyes."
  • "Somehow I've fallen under your spell."
  • "Say there's no future for us as a pair."
  • "Know I'll be here holding you as long as you're mine."
  • "It's just...for the first time, I feel wicked."
  • "Let his flesh not be torn."
  • "Let his blood leave no stain."
  • "Let him never die."
  • "You're the latest victim of my greatest achievment in a long career of distress."
  • "No good deed goes unpunished. That's my new creed."
  • "Was I really seeking good or just seeking attention?"
  • "No good deed will I do again!"
  • "Wickedness must be punished. Evil effectively eliminated."
  • "I've heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason, bringing something we must learn."
  • "We are led to those who help us most to grow if we let them."
  • "I know I'm wrong am today because I knew you."
  • "Who can say if I've been changed for the better."
  • "Because I knew you, I have been changed for good."
  • "So much of me is made of what I learned from you."
  • "I ask forgiveness for the things I've done you blame me for."
Ed Sheeran sentence starters
  • "I saw a shooting star and thought of you."
  • "You were lying next to me, I looked across and fell in love."
  • "If you wanna put this on me, that’s fine, I never blamed you for anything at all."
  • "The world looks better through your eyes."
  • "It's only been one night of love and maybe that is not enough."
  • "If I fall for you, would you fall too?"
  • "It's not a homeless life for me, it's just I'm home less than I'd like to be."
  • "I haven't slept for the past week, two hours ain't enough for me."
  • "I'm drunk off last nights whisky and coke."
  • "You can stay with me forever or you could stay with me for now."
  • "Outside the day is up and calling, but I don't have to be so, please go back to sleep."
  • "Never been better since all the therapy."
  • "And you know, if I let you go, I'll still keep you safe."
  • "You are the one I fall asleep with but never wake up to."
  • "The worst things in life come free to us."
  • "I wanna be drunk when I wake up on the right side of the wrong bed."
  • "What didn't kill me, it never made me stronger at all."
  • "I know I'll never hold you like I used to."
  • "I'll be drunk again to feel a little love."
  • "I know you'll never love me like you used to."
  • "I found your hair band on my bedroom floor, the only evidence that you've been here before."
  • "I don't drink like everybody else, I do it to forget things about myself."
  • "There's no chance that we'll work it out."
  • "I said that's fine, but you're the only one that knows I lied."
  • "Everybody said we'd be together forever."
  • "Everything's great and everything's sure, but you live in your halls and I live in a tour bus."
  • "Pain is only relevant if it still hurts."
  • "If I was gonna go somewhere, I'd be there by now."
  • "I should ink my skin with your name."
  • "I should run you a hot bath and fill it up with bubbles."
  • "You should never cut your hair 'cause I love the way you flick it off your shoulder."
  • "You will never know just how beautiful you are to me."
  • "Maybe you're hoping for a fairy tale, too."
  • "This is the start of something beautiful."
  • "And it's dark in a cold December, but I've got you to keep me warm."
  • "I'm out of touch, I'm out of love."
  • "I think I love you better now."
  • "Playing a different show every night in front of a new crowd."
  • "Let me sing and do my thing and move to greener pastures."
  • "You need me, man, I don’t need you."
  • "Never be anything but a singer-songwriter, yeah."
  • "People think that I’m bound to blow up."
  • "I haven’t got a house, plus I live on a couch."
  • "They say I’m up and coming like I'm fucking in an elevator."
  • "Settle down with me, and I'll be your safety, you'll be my lady."
  • "I'm falling for your eyes, but they don't know me yet."
  • "Give me love like her, 'cause lately I've been waking up alone."
  • "All I want is the taste that your lips allow."
  • "Give me love like never before, 'cause lately I've been craving more."
  • "It's been a while but I still feel the same... maybe I should let you go."
  • "Another love that's gone to waste."
  • "If I kissed you, will your mouth read this truth?"
  • "Darling, how I miss you."
  • "You made me scream, but then I made you cry."
  • "Maybe you should learn to love her like the way you wanna be loved."
  • "I never told her that I liked the way she dances slightly out of time and pretends she knows the words to a song she's never heard."
  • "You’re not her, though I try to see you differently."
  • "I will try to find another one who suited me as well as her."
  • "We never even tried, we never even talked, we never even thought in the long run."
  • "Whenever it was painful, whenever I was away, I’d miss you."
  • "I didn't mean to break your heart."
  • "Everybody falls apart sometimes."
  • "I know you've found another one, but won't you just hold me tonight."
  • "They don't know we don't speak anymore."
  • "I will stop trying to fall in love again... it never works out anyway."
  • "But I am not anything like I was."
  • "I don't wanna lose a lover and friend in one night if that's alright."
  • "I shouldn't have fucked with your mind and your life too many times."
  • "I never meant to sleep around, I was just lonely."
  • "When I see my future, it is with you."
  • "We're not friends, nor have we ever been."
  • "If they find out, will it all go wrong?"
  • "We're not friends, we could be anything."
  • "Friends don't treat me like you do."
  • "Tell me that you turned down the man who asked for your hand 'cause you're waiting for me."
  • "I know, you're gonna be away a while, but I've got no plans at all to leave."
  • "Just promise me, you'll never leave again."
  • "Just promise me, you'll always be a friend."
  • "Everything changes, but we'll be strangers if we see this through."
  • "I've been sat with you for most of the night, ignoring everybody here."
  • "Don't you worry if I disappear."
  • "I'm not really looking for another mistake."
  • "I was never looking for a friend."
  • "Maybe you could swing by my room around ten, baby, bring a lemon and a bottle of gin."
  • "Baby, if you wanted me then you should've just said."
  • "Maybe we'll go together and just figure it out."
  • "Trust and respect is what we do this for."
  • "You didn't need to take him to bed that's all."
  • "I never saw him as a threat until you disappeared with him to have sex of course."
  • "It's not like we were both on tour, we were staying on the same fucking hotel floor."
  • "I wasn't looking for a promise or commitment, but it was never just fun and I thought you were different."
  • "This is not the way you realize what you wanted."
  • "It's a bit too much, too late if I'm honest."
  • "Getting high as two kites when we needed to breathe."
  • "I'd disappear, you'd call me selfish, I understand but I can't help it."
  • "So we can either deal with the pain and wait to get on a plane."
  • "You should go, 'cause I ain't ever coming home."
  • "I've been livin' on the road, but then again you should know."
  • "You won't ever be alone... wait for me to come home."
  • "Loving can heal, loving can mend your soul."
  • "When I'm away, I will remember how you kissed me."
  • "How'd I get so faded?"
  • "I feel the chemicals burn in my bloodstream."
  • "I've been looking for a lover, thought I'd find her in a bottle."
  • "I'll be feeling this tomorrow."
  • "You look so wonderful in your dress, I love your hair like that."
  • "We are surrounded by all of these lies and people who talk too much."
  • "You got the kind of look in your eyes as if no one knows anything but us."
  • "All that you are is all that I'll ever need."
  • "Just don’t expect me back this evening."
  • "I love him from my skin to my bones but I don’t wanna live in his home."
  • "I was raised to keep quiet."
  • "I don't wanna hate you."
  • "I kind of knew you liked the dude from private school."
  • "I knew he had his eyes on you."
  • "He's not the right guy for you."
  • "Don't hate me 'cause I write the truth."
  • "I would never lie to you but it was never fine to lose you."
  • "I'm just disgusted with the skeletons you sleep with in your closet."
  • "Fact is you're mad at me because I backtrack so casually."
  • "You're practically my family, if we married then I'll guess you'd have to be."
  • "Tragically our love just lost the will to live, but would I kill to give it one more shot? I think not."
  • "I don't love you, baby, I don't need you... I don't want you anymore."
  • "I'm not cut out for life on the road 'cause I didn't know I'd miss you this much."
  • "I guess I'm not the man that you need."
  • "Ever since you went to uni, I've been sofa surfing with a rucksack full of less cash and I guess that could get bad."
  • "When I broke the industry, that's when I broke your heart."
  • "I was supposed to chart and celebrate, but good things are over fast."
  • "I tend to turn you off and switch on my professional features, then I turn the music off and all I'm left with is to pick up my personal pieces."
  • "Success is nothing if you have no one left to share it with."
  • "I know you have a day job, but mine is 24/7."
  • "I still love you and I need you by my side if I could."
  • "The irony is if my career and music didn't exist, in 6 years, you'd probably be my wife with a kid."
  • "I'll die from a thrill, go down in history as just a wasted talent."
  • "Eventually I'll be fine, I know that it was never meant to be."
  • "These things happen for a reason and you can't change shit."
  • "Take my apology, I'm sorry for the honesty, but I had to get this off my chest."
  • "I will be loving you 'til we're 70."
  • "People fall in love in mysterious ways."
  • "I fall in love with you every single day."
  • "For four years I never had a place to stay."
  • "At 16 years old, I moved out of my home."
  • "I tattooed the lyrics onto my arm."
  • "I'll hold ya and you'll think of him."
  • "I'll never trust you again, you can just be a friend."
  • "If we should die tonight, then we should all die together."
Scattered Fragments | II (M)

parts: ➳ 1 | 2 | 3

a BTS series // ft. various members

summary: missing a good 7 years of your life, you are desperately trying to figure out what happened, but no one seems to be telling the truth.

genre: angst, psychological, smut

word count: 2.5k

a/n: hey guys! i hope you’re liking the series so far. Please, please, if you have time, I would love to hear some feedback from you guys! It would really help a lot! thanks ><

               “Americano, your favourite.” He places the steaming drink in front of you as he sits down. His presence was captivating, that’s what you noticed one thing about Jung Hoseok. How he moves and how he carries himself, it was confident and often earned glances from other girls. However, he was still able to maintain a bright aura that made him friendly and easy to approach. It was appalling to you how you became associated with someone like him, a person with a status like his. Although, you’ve noticed major changes in yourself as well, bringing you back to when you first stood in front of a full-length mirror since your awake.


              Mouth gasping lightly at the image reflecting off the mirror, the person that was staring right back at you was unrecognizable. The apparent baby fat on your cheeks have disappeared, along with your asymmetrically bob cut that you’ve been trying to fix since your second year. Instead, it was replaced with long and wavy locks that flowed to your chest. The healthy amount of body weight you used to carry is now gone, making your petite frame apparent.

              The biggest change though, was the fact that the stranger’s eyes looked almost dead.

              Tears unconsciously rolled down, staining your pretty cheeks as your lips quivered. You hazily brought your hands to your face, softly touching the wetness of your tears. Lost and confused to why you suddenly started crying, you ask the reflection.

              “What on earth happened to you, Y/N?”

              Then a familiar dull pain overwhelms you.


               “Pardon?” Hoseok shifts in his seat, leaning closer to you to catch what you were saying.

               “I…I didn’t know that I liked to drink Americano.” You stare at the hot black liquid in the cup, before finding Hoseok’s look of surprise plastered on his face.

               “You’d never go on a day without a cup though, saying that the other drinks are too high in calories.” He ponders for a while, then stands up and smiles brightly at you. “I’ll get you a new drink then, what would you like?”

               You shake your head frantically, “No! It’s fine really, I’m alright with drinking this. I just- I seem to have forgotten a lot of things.” Before you could bring the cup to your lips to take a sip, a hand grabs the coffee out of your hold.

                “What kind of a boyfriend would I be if I can’t even get my girl’s favorite drink right?” Hoseok grins at you and light pinches your cheeks. You were about to refuse by reaching for the cup but he pulls it even further out of your reach. “Now tell me what you want before I order every drink on the menu.” He mischievously warns you, eyes crinkling into crescent moons.

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anonymous asked:

since I've read your many rants (and also loved them so dont stop pls) about how unfairly Dick treated Tim when he chose Damian over him, what do you think would be the best course of action for the three of them to not end up hatting each other? like, what do you think they should have done instead of ... what they did... Should Dick still choose Damian? should tim have stayed?? I would love to know what you think

The thing that is so aggravating is that a lot of Tim’s angst within the Batfam could have been avoided. I’m not sure if it was negligence on DC’s part, choosing to focus on the Dick/Dami duo or if they really, really wanted to make Tim’s life a living hell. So bad things were already happening to Tim which couldn’t be avoided (IE everyone dying) but Dick/Alfred/superhero community could have been so much better.

1. Fucking Talk to Tim- Like honestly?? Dick literally stripped Robin away from Tim without much ceremony. I get that Dick had his own problems and I get that he thought that Damian needed Robin. But, dammit, Dick should have known how painful it was to have a beloved family member fire you for no reason. That’s the entire reason Dick/Bruce were estranged for awhile, and you thought Tim would react well to you doing the exact same thing??? Dick should have sat down and explained what he was doing and why and asked for Tim’s help and understanding. Tim might’ve been a little hurt but with the explanation and some understanding, he would have been better off giving up his title.

2. Believe Tim about Bruce- or at least treat him better. Tim is not some crazy nut who makes up theories. The batfam and the superhero community knows this, therefore when Tim comes forward (with reasonable evidence!) That Bruce was still alive, they should have at least heard him out. Half the League has died and come back, it’s not that unreasonable. Even if they didn’t believe him, they should have offered care and support and allowed Tim to search and work out his grief keeping in touch with him and junk. Dick literally said Dick was crazy maybe even some talk of putting him in Arkham which is so disrespectful I want to spit.

3. Keep in mind that Tim was suffering, a lot- Tim has been through the fucking wringer that year between Steph, his dad, Kon, Bart, Bruce. Like I know Dick was devastated by the loss of his adoptive father and was grieving on his own plus taking up the Bat mantle but gee Dick, multiply your hurt by 5 and take away your support system and see how you’re doing then? The Family did a pretty shit job of giving Tim any support during that difficult time. Like I understand Damian needed care and support too but honestly Dick and Alfred’s vision narrowed right down to the baby bat cutting out a lot of care and attention to the others (though to be fair, Jay was waaaaaay off the reservation at the time)

TL;DR: If the family/heroes had talked to Tim about giving up his title, listened to him in regards to Bruce’s possible survival and was more open and attentive over Tim’s mounting pile of tragedies, our boy would be in a much better place physically and emotionally. They really failed him, it wouldn’t have been that difficult to care for both Tim and Dami but the choice was made and I think it will affect Tim’s relationships with them for a very, very long time after. Once people you trusted implicitly treat you like that, there’s always the possibility it’ll happen again. 

“I’d fight for you.” “Please don’t.”

Nursey’s hand caught his wrist before he could take a swing. He turned in outrage at the murmured, “Chill, Dex,” from behind him.

Chill?! CHILL? You heard what he said!” Dex raged, waving his hand wildly in the direction of the moron in question, who had finally gotten the message that it would be in his best interests to fuck off.

Nursey tugged him to a bench at the edge of the quad that afforded some privacy, being half-overhung by a tree.

“I know what he said. He said it about me, after all.”

Dex ran his hands through his hair and tugged in frustration. “Argh! I thought I would be done having to fight people like that after high school.”

“Just… let it go.”

“I don’t want to let it go!” He threw himself down on the bench. “How can you be so calm about this? I know you care about shit. I know you do! Why are you like this? Be mad, dammit!”

Nursey sat down and rubbed his hands over his face. When he looked up, Dex watched in shock as he saw Nursey’s mask actually fall away for the first time he could ever remember.

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Listening to For Good
  • me: Ok don't cry this time, we're in public. Dry eyes. Dry eyes.
  • Elphaba: "I'm limited...just look at me..."
  • me: *eyes water*
  • Glinda: "I've heard it said, that people come into our lives for a reason..."
  • me: *sniffling* Oh my gosh my feels, oh Glinda
  • Elphaba: "It well may be, that we will never meet again in this life time, so let me say before we part..."
  • me: *dramatically sobbing*
  • Elphaba: "And now whatever way our stories end, I know you have rewritten mine by being my friend..."
  • me: *chocking on tears* how can this be so fucking beautiful yet so fucking sad???
  • Elphaba: "And just to clear the air..."
  • me: *weeping* this is all just too much
  • Glinda: "Like a comet...
  • Elphaba: "Like a ship from it mooring..."
  • Galinda: "..as it passes a sun..."
  • Elphaba: "....by a wind off the sea..."
  • me: *rocking back and forth in fetal position* they harmonize so well oh my god I can't even
  • Elphaba & Glinda: "I do believe I have been changed for the better..."
  • me: *on the floor crying loudly*
  • Elphaba & Glinda: "Because I knew you...I have been chaaaanngged for goooood.
  • me: *drowning in tears*
  • Wicked: I've heard it said
  • Me: *sniff*
  • Wicked: That people come into our lives for a reason
  • Bringing something we must learn
  • And we are led
  • To those who help us most to grow
  • If we let them
  • And we help them in return
  • Me: *sniff sniff*
  • Wicked: Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
  • But I know I'm who I am today
  • Because I knew you...
  • Me: *drowns in a puddle of my own tears*

anonymous asked:

Do you think that Pike behaves more like someone who has been radicalized rather than a dictator? I know a lot of people see him that was but I don't feel that's right. Not that this is excusing him for any actions, but I feel like in the same way terrorists are radicalized bc they're vulnerable he was bc of what he experienced. His actions are still wrong and he perhaps does become more authoritarian as he gains power but that wasn't what he originally intended?

OH ANON, MY FAVORITE ANON buckle up because I have got some Thoughts on this topic.

To start off, a caveat: the way Pike’s story unfolded (particularly in 3A) is pretty shaky. The bones of an amazing arc and character are there, but the narrative doesn’t place enough weight on Pike’s concerns or the very real threats Arkadia is facing; the show itself focuses heavily on the violence Pike is capable of until 3B, so I don’t mean to mount a full-throated defense of the show’s handling of Pike. I do, however, mean to mount that defense when it comes to Pike as a character.

That said, I think it’s important to look at the political setup on the Ark. They’re rocking something of a Totalitarian democracy as it is. As far as I can suss out, the people elect their chancellor, who then holds close to unilateral power. The only check on the chancellor is the council–a council that incoming chancellor appoints. Then you have the Exodus Charter, which gives the chancellor the right to treat any crime as a felony. That’s a recipe for some truly effed up politics.

All the chancellors we’ve seen have been fine with making life and death choices based on their own agenda. Jaha and Abby both display a level of comfort with authoritarian rule–I adore Abby, but she’s no less guilty of “it’s my way because I have the pin, now do what I told you to do” way of governance than the rest of our motley chancellor crew. Pike absolutely sees himself as the ultimate authority once the pin is his, but that’s because… well, he is. I have a lot of feelings about how his arc went down in the narrative, but in terms of “what is going on in that shiny, shiny head of yours, Charles Pike” it pretty much scans.

For a concrete example of this, Pike’s order of execution is often spun as being beyond the pale or “out of nowhere”, but that’s not only pretty typical, it’s one of the few actions Pike takes that I will categorically defend. Quite obviously, as a viewer I didn’t want Pike to win and get three of my favorite characters killed, but Kane didn’t truss him up to hand him over to the grounders so they could have a stirring debate or play a game of checkers. He was, in essence, playing an active part the assassination of his legally elected chancellor. If Pike had gone after Abby rather than Indra’s army in 3A, I can’t imagine that we’d say he shouldn’t be punished in whatever way she deemed necessary. The same applies here. It wasn’t the outcome I wanted as a viewer, but from a dispassionate standpoint Pike is the one with the law on his side.

There was a scene left on the cutting room floor where Pike begged Kane to recant and allow Pike to save him, and I wish to God it had been left in. Showing the audience that Pike was ready to pass the sentence and swing the sword and that he tried to find another way before going to the worst option on the table would have made the choice land as less cold and more the only choice he felt was left to him.

This is where I think they fell down most. Pike can seem cold or dictatorial because the narrative doesn’t emphasize that these choices aren’t ones he makes lightly, and because the show doesn’t spend enough time walking the walk that it’s factually wrong but entirely reasonable to view the world through his myopic lens.

The massacre of Indra’s army is the most egregious example of that second issue (and the one I would full-stop get rid of if I had a hand in the writing) but the lack of emphasis later on, say, the fact that Pike wanted to take that village’s land because Arkadia genuinely needs it to survive made him seem violent and arbitrary to many viewers, rather than a desperate man taking desperate measures.

The way I look at the Charles Pike who rolls up on Arkadia is best summed up through a ridiculous analogy, but go with me. Let’s say you’ve never heard of blonds before. Not just haven’t met one, but didn’t even think they were a thing. Then you find out a bunch of kids you feel personally responsible for have been killed by these mysterious blonds. You lose contact with all those kids, so who knows what happened to them, and then it’s your turn to go meet these blonds.

The first interaction you have with blonds yourself ends in dead children. Then for nearly half a year, they try and kill you and everybody you love. They’re the boogeyman, for all intents and purposes, and by the time you find your friends again, every single blond person you’ve met has tried aggressively to murder your face right off. So, being a logical person who still would rather not die, you make it clear that blonds are super dangerous and to be avoided at all costs.

Your buddy is like, “No! I promise, your empirical evidence is wrong. You were just around the wrong blonds, our blonds are friendly.”

You’re skeptical, but you go with it because he’s your friend and hey, maybe he’s right and you’ve just been hanging with the wrong crowd. Then more than half the people you managed to drag out of the wilderness (including the last remaining children) die in an explosion set off by those pesky blonds. You go to your friend like “so, we can agree I’m right now, yes? Because of how I was just proved right?” and he not only tells you you’re still wrong, he tells you that you’re not allowed to do anything about all those people who just died. How ready are you to listen to your friend once everybody votes and they give you a mandate to lead as you see fit?

Tldr: I think the question of “is Pike a dictator” ends up more or less moot by virtue of every chancellor being a dictator. The argument is a valid one, but he’s no more or less dictatorial than Jaha or even Abby.

anonymous asked:

Sorry I saw your rant on that Japanese feminism post or what not but you mentioned your friend from Japan telling you the difference between their anime fandom and our's and, if you wouldn't mind, could you explain a bit? I've always been Really curious about how it is there. Sorry if this has been asked already!

What are you sorry for? I love sharing experiences and information! Though, I am not sure I can relay what my friend said 100%… But I’ll try to.

First of all, Japanese Anime/Manga/Games Fandom is not as inclusive as western Fans tend to think it is. While there’s overall less flame wars and internet rudeness and 2Chan is definitely tamer than 4Chan (I heard Futaba can be quite dangerous, though), this is mostly because the “clique” mentality is even more developed than in the west. In the West, if you’re an Anime Fan, you’ll be interacting with pretty much all types of Anime Fans. In Japan, Fans of a certain genre keep to fans of a certain genre and women keep to women and men keep to men. Also, Japanese Fandom says Japanese, they generally do not branch out and search contact to foreign fans.

Fans use the term “Otaku” among each other, but as it is sort of offensive to be an outsider using the term, the academic discourse has come to prefer the term “Subculture”. This is different from other “slur” terms in the way that “Otaku” have used the term Otaku to refer each other ever since before negative connotations have come to be. The negative connotations came to be due to the media spreading the image of Otaku as murderous, perverted man-children removed from reality. So when an outsider uses the term “Otaku” it is generally assumed that they are using it in this negative context and are thus offensive. If I used the term, however, my friend wouldn’t be offended, because she has seen the inside of my dorm room and knows it is covered in posters and figurines and Manga stacked up on the ledges. So the “Otaku” that Miyazaki uses isn’t the same “Otaku” that the general fan uses. Miyazaki says “Otaku” but is actually referring to the “Moe-Kei-Elitists” which have been dominating the market for several years now (and really, he has any reason to hate, because they have been fetishizing his characters as well.) “Otaku” as in simply “Geek” IS a meaning that does exist, however, you need to be WITHIN the Geek-spectrum to safely use the term without calling forth the wrong connotation.

Japanese Fandom has the advantage of being greater in numbers, as, despite being a “hidden Subculture” in Japan, they are still enough to be able to communicate, meet and have fairly large events together which outscale our Anime Conventions by far. I was on Comiket - which, by the way, is financed through commercial space given through the Anime Industry and is free of charge to visit - and the numbers of people and stands there were insane. It was really just a self-published comicbook market, but there was EVERYONE there, fans of any Fandom you can imagine and shippers of all armadas and they were talking, buying, cosplaying and just having a good time, even without all the event stuff that we are used to, like panels or shows or so on. Though, of course, the groups kept to themselves. Men stuck to men, women to women, cosplayers to cosplayers (and cosplay-admirers). I got a few odd looks when I checked out a Touhou booth to get an Artbook for my boyfriend. 

In the West, there is the image of Akihabara being the “Otaku Mekka”, while this is true, it’s actually more of a “Male Otaku Mekka”; female Fans are far more likely to be found shopping in Ikebukuro. While Akihabara is about 75% drilled towards the Moe-Kei Audience; thus, male Otaku, Ikebukuro is drilled 75% towards the Fujoshi Audience and thus female Otaku. Though, you will find both genders shopping in both districts, the distribution differs. I am neither a Moe-Kei Fan, nor a Fujoshi, so I kinda have to change around between where I go shopping to find everything I want.

After all, not all Otaku are into Fanservice; my friend is one of the female Otaku who quit Free! after the first three episodes because she, quote “Had no idea what the plot was even trying to tell her.” She’s kinda like me; Fanservice alone doesn’t satisfy her, she needs proper plot and characters too. So yeah, believe it or not, but despite the strong exclusiveness, Japanese Fans are just as diverse as anywhere else. There’s Fans who think Cosplayers are insane, Moe-Kei Fans who think Fujoshi are evil, Fujoshi who think Moe-Kei Fans are evil, people who are into “obscure” western movies and draw Doujinshi on that, while others just watch and tilt their heads - Yes, “Avengers” Doujinshi EXIST, I saw them on Comiket - etc. etc. etc. 

It’s fascinating how much is similar and yet different, really. I came to Japan with the intent to study Fan-Culture and am really quite satisfied with my results so far. I learned so much and gained a so much broader understanding. It is always interesting to discuss how Western Fandom sees certain things with my friend and ask her how it is in Japanese Fandom. The times I get “Onaji!” (The same) for an reply really are just as often as I get “Zenzen chigau!” (Totally different). Of course, issues of translation and dubbing are totally foreign to the Japanese Audience except when it comes to Disney movies, because most Live Action Movies only receive subtitles there. 

My friend once asked me if “English Seiyuu” - she used the term “Seiyuu” for voice actors in general, regardless of country - are just as famous and celebrated as their Japanese counterparts. I explained to her that, while we have famous voice actors like Yuri Lowenthal or Vic Mignogna, they are not as great celebrities as the Japanese Seiyuu by far; Mostly because the celebration of voice actors is a trend that has its roots in the Anime Fandom and the Western Fandom is just too small to make that big of a difference there. It is quite interesting whenever I engage in discussions like this with her. We learn a lot about the other’s culture from each other - not only Fanculture, but in general. 

rainygalaxynerd  asked:

Hey, I really enjoy your SPN metas. I was curious about your view on the W. brothers' childhood. Or, about one specific detail about it, anyways - I agree the rest is canon or implied through the characters' actions throughout the show. How do you know John was an alcoholic? I've seen many interpretations, but as far as I've heard he's never been seen drinking on the show. Is it your (and many others') headcanon or do you know something for real? Please tell :)

Hey - again, thanks for your question - I apologize if I couldn’t get on it right away. So, the truth is - I love writing fanfiction, and I do enjoy writing metas as well, but I haven’t been in the fandom very long (and never knew what belonging to a fandom even meant until last year) and trying to do some research into this question really reminded me of that. Because, I have to admit, I never even thought about this issue, but apparently there is a fierce, brutal divide between people who see John as an abusive drunk in canon and people who don’t - and this divide seems to run, rather neatly, along the fault line of that other split in our fandom (which means, quite honestly, that most of what I read about John today I simply can’t take very seriously).

No, I think it all boils down to - once again - what we do with our subtext. Do we see it? Do we believe it? Do we think it’s there for a reason?

If the answer to those questions is no, then John is - sort of alright. Sure, he did leave his boys alone now and then, and Sam and Dean didn’t have the easiest relationship with him, but we never saw him drunk or violent on screen, and that’s that.

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Send my muse one of the following: Wicked edition!
  • "She's dead!"
  • "Isn't it nice to know that good will conquer evil?"
  • "No one mourns the wicked."
  • "The wicked's lives are lonely."
  • "Are people born wicked?"
  • "The baby is unnaturally green!"
  • "Good news!"
  • "I'm limited."
  • "I've heard it said that people come into our lifetimes for a reason."
  • "But I know I'm who I am today because I knew you."
  • "I have been changed for good."
  • "It may well be that we will never meet again."
  • "So much of me is made of what I learned from you."
  • "I ask forgiveness."
  • "There's blame to share."
  • "Kill the witch!"
  • "I'll be heartless killing her!"
  • "Let his blood leave no stain."
  • "Let him never die."
  • "No good deed goes unpunished."
  • "Was I really seeking good or just seeking attention?"
  • "All helpful urges should be circumvented."
  • "I'm wicked through and through."
  • "Kiss me too fiercely."
  • "As long as you're mine."
  • "Somehow I've fallen under your spell."
  • "I'll wake up my body and make up for lost time."
  • "It's just, for the first time I feel...wicked."
  • "Wishing only wounds the heart."
  • "I'm not that girl."
  • "I never asked for this or planned it in advance."
  • "What can I say? I got carried away."
  • "They called me wonderful."
  • "We believe all sorts of things that aren't true. We call it history."
  • "The most celebrated are the rehabilitated."
  • "Trust me-it's fun."
  • "I hear her soul is so unclean pure water can melt her."
  • "People are so empty-headed, they'll believe anything!"
  • "Why couldn't you have stayed calm for once?"
  • "I hope you're happy now."
  • "I hope you're proud how you would grovel in submission."
  • "I'm through with playing by the rules of someone else's game."
  • "It's time to try defying gravity."
  • "I'm through accepting limits cause someone says they're so."
  • "Well if that's love it comes at much too high a cost."
  • "Kiss me goodbye."
  • "I hope you're happy in the end."
  • "Everyone deserves the chance to fly."
  • "I am a sentimental man."
  • "He could be that boy, but I'm not that girl."
  • "Don't remember that rush of joy."
  • "Wishing only wounds the heart."
  • "You really don't have to do that..."
  • "You're gonna be popular!"
  • "Life's more painless for the brainless."

anonymous asked:

not even a shawol (i've been cursed to be an exo-L[oser] instead) but i need shinee protected AT ALL COSTS--wrapped in bubble wrap, padding, cement, and thrown into a safe--if sm tryna play this bullshit. they our only hope.

People keep saying this but …I mean outside of jokingly showing up and threatening lives (I’m saying this so the EFF-BEE-EYE doesn’t come and snatch me up)….what exactly can we do?

SNSD wasn’t some fly by the seat of your pants group. SNSD is THE biggest girl group in the world. THE. And SONES are no joke. I’ve met a few of them. Passionate is an understatement. And even they, with their pink oceans and unwavering love for SNSD, couldn’t prevent this.

There is literally nothing we can do as fans but be fans. I know that sounds…powerless and in a sense we are. We are powerless in situations like these. They could say SHINee was being pulled apart at the seams tomorrow and the only thing we could do is express (vehemently) our anger.

Anger is like not to stop a company, now INFAMOUSLY known for being a factor in groups breaking, from breaking up another. If it didn’t stop with DBSK, if it didn’t stop with S.E.S. and HOT, if it didn’t stop with Super Junior, SNSD, and EXO, there is nothing we can do if they zero in on SHINee. 

Now there are two addendum to that very foreboding message.

1. I don’t think SHINee is in any danger. Group dynamics mean a lot in these situations. From what I’ve heard, all the members are absolutely fine with each other (baring any in group fights, arguments, disagreements because that’s bound to happen. Think about it. If YOU argue with your friends from time to time, they most certainly do). I’ve never heard SHINee express any wish to not be in SHINee. And now with moves to possibly give them solo shine, they are probably more than content in their situation.

2.I haven’t seen a reason for SM to even bother SHINee right now. As it stands, they are literally the only solid piece (and no, Red Velvet does not count. Let’s be real here. You can still smell the milk on their breath) SM has left. Unless the CEO is just crazy as hell (this is still up for debate) I don’t see him messing around (up for debate, no telling at this point)

Like I said, at the end of the day, our job is to be a support base. If they stay together FOREVER, we’ll be there. If they start picking members off, we are there to support ALL the pieces. That’s literally the only thing we can do. (Unless y'all want to start petitions and start marching. Might not solve nothing but to make us look absolutely insane but HEY! You only live once) 

Hang Up - Requested (Ashton)

Hello, so Anon requested (could you make an imagine where your on the phone with your boyfriend ashton and you get annoyed for a small reason and hang up on him and he calls you back to settle things out) again Hayley (masht0ncak3) wrote this one, however i (Chelsea) did add a little in (I checked it was okay with Hayley first of course), so yeah we hope you like it. 

‘Hey babe’ Ashton had rung you, since he’s on tour and you haven’t seen each other for 3 months.

'Hey, how’s tour?’  You sat down on your sofa getting comfy since you knew you’d be on the phone for a while.

'It’s amazing, the fans are getting crazier each night’ You smiled, it made you happy that he was enjoying himself, but in the back of your mind you couldn’t help but think maybe he wasn’t missing you, he was out having so much fun that maybe he just didn’t miss you at all.

'Yeah I’ve seen the pictures, some of the girls seem so dedicated and loyal’ You would never admit it to Ashton but sometimes you got jealous and self-conscious when looking at the pictures of him and the fans. You couldn’t help it, some of them were gorgeous and with him being so far away you worried that he’d cheat on you but you’d come to your senses and realise that Ashton would never do that to you.

'Yeah they are, it’s weird that people actually love our music’

'It’s amazing I don’t see how they couldn’t, they’d be crazy not to’ he laughed a little and you know your doing a good job of hiding how affected you are.

'Thanks babe, how’s home?’

You sighed ‘It’s alright, gets I get a little lonely every now and again but I’ll cope, I watched your interview the other day..’ you cant help but bring it up, the words coming out before you had time to think about them. Normally you loved watching their interviews because it made you realise just how lucky you were to have all four of them in your life but this interview was different though it didn’t put a smile on your face at all.

'Oh yeah, it was a great interview’

'Was it really?’ you answered harshly.

'What’s wrong babe?’ You could hear the concern in his voice as he spoke.

'One thing you miss back home Ashton?’ You repeated the question they had been asked in the interview.

'Babe’ He started but you cut him off

'Don’t babe me Ashton, do you not miss me? At all?! You could have told me that I didn’t mean anything to you rather than playing along. I get it your out living your dream having fun’ you feel the tears coming to your eyes hurt mixed with anger.

’(Y/N) it wasn’t like that, I just didn’t want the boys winding me up about it, you know what they’re like’

'Yeah I do Ashton but do you realise how it made me feel? Thinking that you didn’t give a shit about me! I’m stuck here and you can’t even say you miss me in an interview’ you cry, thinking back to how your heart felt heavy watching the video.

'I do care about you, I miss you so much babe I just wasn’t in the mood for them to start making comments about it on TV’ he tried to explain and any other time you would have agreed, you wouldn’t have made a big deal about it but this weeks been crappy and your taking it out on him.

'Whatever Ashton, I don’t want to hear your excuses’ you spit.

You heard him sigh through the phone and you could picture him running his hand through his hair something he does when he is annoyed or frustrated ‘(Y/N) please listen to me’ he tries again but your don’t want to hear it.

'I’ve gotta go’ You said and hung up not wanting to make the argument worse. You threw your phone onto the bed and decided to go for a run to clear your head. You got changed and headed outside.

—————————————————————————————————

You got back and grabbed your phone seeing 10 missed calls off Ashton and text messages asking you to pick up and saying sorry. You sighed and your phone began to ring again, you answered it.

’(Y/N)? Finally, Where have you been? I was so worried’ his voice is a little groggy and you hope he hasn’t been crying.

'I went for a run Ashton, not into a prison full of murderers’ you replied bluntly.

'There was no need for that’ he sounded hurt at your tone.

'I’m sorry’ you sigh, exhausted from your run and your anger towards him, tired of being alone, tired of missing him all the time.

'So am I. I shouldn’t have said I didn’t miss you just to keep the boys quiet. It wasn’t fair on you, I miss you so much babe, you know I do’ he explains.

'I miss you too Ashton, im just missing you so much and you not saying you missed me it really hurt. I thought you were going to break up with me or that you’d found some else…I just…..god I miss you so much’ you cry, letting him hear how much you miss him, the feelings you had been hlding in for months.

'I know, I should have thought about your feelings. I don’t ever want to loose you okay? I love you so much (Y/N) I don’t ever want anybody else. Baby  please don’t cry’ he begs, sniffing a little himself. You smiled, you’d never get tired of hearing Ashton say that he loved you. It was the best feeling in the world knowing that the person you love, loves you back.

'I love you to Ash’

‘Do you forgive me?’

'Of course, tell the boys I said hello. I need to go shopping now though’

'We’ll facetime when your back? And we can sort for you to come out a spend a couple of days with us really soon’

You nodded ‘Okay, I love you’

'I love you to, and I miss you lots’ he whispers.

also, here is a thing that I've said before but I think it bears repeating

This is not in any way to derail the proper horror and indignation everyone should feel about what happened to internleland or the microaggressions that it seems like virtually all POC in this fandom are dealing with. All the anger and sadness is justified.

In the midst of it, though, I see something to be encouraged by.

I’ve in various fandoms for over ten years now, so I’ve got a lot of history and precedent to draw from when I say the following.

The fact that WTNV is even having a storm over an issue of race is a sign of measurable progress compared to, let me draw a number from my hat and say eight years ago, because that is when I remember a discussion taking place in Angel fandom. (Like, Buffy-spinoff Angel, not Supernatural angels.)

There was a character named Gunn. He was…just fucking amazing. He was kind of the Tamika Flynn of vampire-infested inner city Los Angeles? The first vampires (apart from Angel himself) that we met in the show were explicit metaphors for rich white privileged dudes and their power. And Gunn was the leader of a group of mostly black young people who were living in warehouses and shoplifting to eat because they spent their days riding around in a van killing vampires, because their people were being preyed on and no one was fucking helping. Kind of like how things are exactly that way in real life, sans vampires.

I was 24. And for the first time, I heard a POC fan that I considered a friend pleading with Angel fandom to pay Gunn a little more attention. Instead of endlessly slashing just the white dudes. She broke down why Gunn was amazing. (She actually made THE MOST AMAZING fanvid that is sadly vanished from the internet now but I wish I could make you all watch it.) She pointed out that the character people liked slashing with Angel the most actually had a much deeper and more intense connection with Gunn.

Here’s what’s different between then and now:

1. Mimesere (the fan in question) got backed up by like three people. The rest of the people in fandom were either actively hostile and trotting out all the same shit we’re hearing now, like HDU shame us for liking the characters we like it has NOTHING to do with RACE HDU HDU, or they were people like, well, me. Who felt vaguely uncomfortable with the implications of the fact that I’d barely noticed Gunn up to that point, didn’t really know how to unpack that discomfort, so made a very pointless comment on the post that I liked Gunn but I just didn’t “get” him. And mimesere replied politely, even though I was essentially derailing, or at least making a very useless non-contribution to an important discussion.

(BTW: I had every reason to “get” Gunn. I get Gunn harder than anyone else on that show now, and I always would have, if it had ever occurred to me to even LOOK at him, which it hadn’t back when the show was on the air, because I hadn’t yet swallowed the red pill.)

2. The Gunn thing didn’t blow up into a massive firestorm that lit up the whole fandom, and you know why? Because there were maybe three people going to bat for fandom needing to examine the whole topic of white supremacy in media, and most people? They didn’t even get angry. They snored. They scrolled by. They dismissed the whole thing.

3. Gunn was the only significant character of color on the whole show. The only other one, if I’m remembering right, was one of the evil lawyers, and we barely saw him. So, one character of color, very few fans going to bat for him, fandom easily and comfortably ignores the whole thing.

That was 2006. Maybe some of you were kids, but I was 24, so I’ve got that perspective. Now, fast-forward to the present day.

1. Fans who are POC don’t have to seek their representation in just one character (who despite his awesomeness was more or less a sidekick.) They get a whole buffet. They get a MAIN CHARACTER–who is one half of the ship in a mono-shipping fandom. There more than one kind of non-white character–there’s black, Latino, Asian, Indian characters. And holy fucking God, they have WOMEN. WOMEN OF COLOR. Do you know how rare that was just eight years ago? 

2. The showrunners are explicitly, vocally committed to diversity. Having come from several fandoms where the fans were more or less united in their justifiable disgust for gross showrunners, that is amazing.

3. Now, I’ve not told you anything you don’t already know in points 1 and 2. You already know what Night Vale is and what Fink and Cranor are like. That’s why you’re here. But this is the part that’s important. This is the part where I can look at the shitstorm in fandom and feel a kind of grim pride and satisfaction, even with all there is to be angry about and disgusted by:

The struggle is in the open now. Not just to POC, who never had the luxury of ignoring it, but to everyone. There is no possibility of sweeping it under the carpet where the white folks don’t have to look. The demands of POC and their allies are loud and unrepentant. A large part of the reason we’ve got a shitstorm going in the first place is that some people are having a temper tantrum over the fact that this time there is no possibility of ignoring the issues we’ve raised, or our demands that the whitewashing cease, or that attitudes contributing to the invisibility of POC be called out and examined.

This is probably slim comfort to the people who have suffered the most. Even to me it is, as I said, only a grim kind of satisfaction, but I think it’s a reason not to despair, or to think that what’s happening here is only sheer negativity. Most of that negativity is coming from people who don’t like their fun getting spoiled by some truth. Those people are whining for nothing. The Social Justice Warriors? They’re fighting for something. That is the opposite of a negative. It’s a striving towards a positive.

If you’re battle-weary, there’s no shame taking a break, taking care of yourself, shrugging the shit away. But if you’re all wide-eyed and baffled and frustrated that people won’t just let you have your fun–you’re missing something huge. Take another look.