impossible characters

i’ve been thinking about all those posts about “we need female heroes who do girly things”/”why is the female hero always such a tomboy” and then the response posts that are like “uhhh actually we don’t really have any really masculine female heroes either” so i was trying to figure it out—what do we have, exactly?

and really what we get is women who eschew “girly” things while still managing to look like society’s ideal woman. they would never touch eyeliner (they’re too busy with Important Things), but their eyeliner is immaculate. they have a huge, varied wardrobe, but wouldn’t be caught dead actually shopping for clothes. and it reminds me of the expectation that women must be effortlessly beautiful. don’t wear makeup or you’ll seem self-absorbed—but god forbid you look like you’re not wearing makeup. it’s interesting to me, that the impossibilities imposed on female characters are the same ones imposed on real women.


I just love living in a constant tire fire, so this was inevitable. GTAV ruined me in a very unique way. This is only the beginning, you should probably unfollow.

anonymous asked:

I have a character who did not have much interaction with others during her childhood. Would this have any lasting effects on her?

Being around other people is CRITICAL for a child’s development.

Okay. So I’m going to talk about two levels of isolation here.

The first level is going to be the Romanian Orphanage level of neglect.

The backstory is a bit complicated, but the upshot is that Romania suddenly had a hell of a lot of unwanted children, most of which had to be raised in institutional orphanages. There were not enough caregivers for the amount of children they had to deal with.

So what ended up happening is that babies were left in their cribs, 24/7, and fed and changed on a strict schedule. The babies learned not to cry, because it didn’t make a caregiver come running any faster. They didn’t have toys; all they could do is stare at their hands or the ceiling.

That lack of stimulation was found to have pretty significantly negative effects as the kids grew up. These kids are often physically stunted – they’re not as big as they should be for their age. Their brains are often actually physically smaller. They have lower IQs. They struggle with language. They also have problems with attachment.

Things do start to get better if the character is put into a foster home quickly, but they may still have emotional and psychological problems (there are some links below for further research).

Now. The other level of isolation I’m going to talk about is, for lack of a better term, the horror stories. These are children who were raised in extreme isolation by severely abusive caretakers, if they had caretakers at all.

Most children who are completely isolated or severely deprived of interaction have not learned, or have extreme difficulties with, language.

They also have difficulty with basic motor skills. There’s something in our brain called “mirror neurons.” @scriptbrainscientist will be able to elaborate more, but basically it boils down to “Monkey see, monkey do.” We learn how to do things because we mimic the behaviors of people around us. If there’s no one around the character, they won’t know how to do things. The character won’t know how to put on clothes or tie their shoes. They won’t know how to use a fork or knife. They may not even know how to walk.

Even if the character does have some social interaction, if they are mostly isolated, the level of interaction they get isn’t enough to foster normal development.

Now. That’s not to say that the character won’t ever be able to develop language and learn those skills. This kind of thing is not seen often enough for psychologists to make that kind of a conclusion. But every report we’ve seen so far says that feral or isolated kids never reach the level of functioning of same-age peers.

The best-studied case of a child being raised in isolation is that of a girl who was nicknamed “Genie.” 

I’m putting the rest of this post under the jump because what was done to her is nothing short of horrific.

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An Impossible Choice

Characters:  Dean x Reader, Sam, Caleb

Summary: Reader joins the Winchester’s to hunt. Her brother worries about her due to their reputations.  

Word Count:  3221

Warnings:  Smut, angst, death 

As always, feedback is welcomed and appreciated.  Tags are at the bottom.

Originally posted by jordanwinchesterimagines

An Impossible Choice

“The Winchesters are dangerous, I don’t like it,” Caleb says.

Rolling your eyes, you reply, “Seriously, Cal, I can handle myself.”

“I’m not talking about hunting, (Y/N). Dean has a bit of a…reputation.”

“Like I said, I can handle myself. It’s just a hunt. Bobby said they need backup. Strictly professional.” You pat your older brother on the shoulder, giving a light squeeze. “Thanks for looking out for me, though.”

No matter how old you are, no matter how good of a hunter you are, Cal will always treat you like his kid sister. You were twins, for fucks sake. He was older by two minutes and sixteen seconds.  It didn’t matter how many kills you had under your belt (seventeen more than him, but who’s counting?). He’d stepped up after dad died, taking care of you and mom, but that was years ago. You’d already been hunting on your own when that shifter took out dad, a full grown adult at that time. But you’d given up on trying to get Cal to stop treating you like a kid ages ago. It was a lost cause. You were smart, you knew when to fight and when to back down.

“You can always come with me,” you suggest, knowing full well he can’t.

“Oh, shut up,” he says, flapping a hand at you. “Just…be careful, k?”

“Of course, big bro.”

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“What draws me to a character is always something I find quite impossible to communicate, the character has to do something to you, impose some form of transformation on you that you must adhere to and honour and feeling a duty to that character to tell their story. When I feel that “need” to play a character then I fight for it, sometimes I lose that fight but I’ll always fight for what I believe in, it has to feel vital and I’ve been so fortunate so far to have been given the opportunities I’ve been given.”

anonymous asked:

Could you explain a little bit more on why you think the JP fandom is focusing on the "look at me~" part of the drama instead of Chihoko stuff (what you mentioned in your ask abt the event). I'm just wondering what you mean about that, or if you could explain that part a bit better than it seems it was in the snippets we got from Twitter? Thank you for all you do :>

Hello! I think it’s a matter of wording… Like, some lines sound more impressive in Japanese. There are some parts I remember very clearly and some where I had forgotten the exact wording, but yesterday I could find a very complete and accurate Japanese report of the drama (to be honest I find it hard to believe that someone could have written such a perfect report by just taking notes on paper, but.. yeah…).

My impression is based on the fanarts/fancomics I’ve seen. Of course, I cannot possibly have seen each and every single fanart about the event, but for example let’s say that I’ve seen about 300 Japanese fanarts and 50 foreign fanarts (numbers are not exact but they are close to what I’ve seen so far). Out of all the Japanese ones, none of them used the line that in English has been translated by some as “I could search all over the world~”, while I’ve seen at least 5-7 foreign fanarts about it. That’s quite a difference. The reason is that this line doesn’t sound as “deep” in Japanese at all, so Japanese people don’t give it so much importance, it’s just Yuuri trying to convince Victor to get down.

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The Quick Decisions of Characters

In many actions scenes - like fight scenes, especially - our characters have to rely on their wit and intuition alone to make sure they survive until the next scene. In the heat of the moment, they have to decide where to hit, how to dodge, if it’s safe to look around to see what might help them. As writers, we can use all these things to our advantage in crafting our stories.

So, the first thing you’ll want to do is drop your character into a situation they would consider stressful. It doesn’t necessarily have to be stressful, but that element can give them some issue in making the actual decision. If your end goal is to have them make the “wrong” decision, that stress will be something that makes it easier to achieve.

Most people, whether they know it or not, tend to walk into certain situations with a pre-made plan in mind. That normally doesn’t too do well in the field of creating a need for quick decisions, so what we do then it make it impossible for your character to carry out their initial plan. At this point, they should be too far gone to be able to turn back, which literally forces them to make these quick decisions that determine their future.

Remember that everything happening will have its later consequences. But, this is quick time - they don’t have the time to consider which is best in the long run. Your character should be making the choices that will benefit them in the here and now. They’ll get out of their sticky situation and deal with the consequences later - which could lead to another issue.

Now, every decision your character makes should push the plot forward in some way, shape, or form. Maybe they have to choose someone to save or a path to take them to safety; it’s decisions like these that normally have the largest impact. After the decision is made, make sure the choice’s full consequences are carried out. Cause and affect should be a major factor here; if it isn’t, your readers are likely to full a little short-changed if nothing else.

So, that’s all I’ve got for you today! I really hope this helped whoever needed it; if you want to see another topic covered, don’t forget to leave a message in my ask box! Until then, much love! <333

Honestly what is the deal with 90% of fbawtft fanfic writers headcanoning Tina and Queenie as not having been raised Jewish? What is the deal with making them Jewish in name only? In having them celebrate Christmas? This is the first real representation I’ve ever had in a mainstream movie but you guys insist on taking it away, because… why? It’s inconvenient? You just like Christmas so much?

doc-scarecrow  asked:

These retro pop artists certainly had some...unique outfits for the women in their stories.

As with Zen Rock Gardens, the beauty of the dresses comes from what isn’t there. They always seem like comic opera Valkyrie outfits, which brings to mind a good quote from Isaac Asimov: “history is the trade secret of science fiction.”

We often have a good chuckle out of implausible and scanty women’s spacesuits, but the trend in technology is to make something bulky less conspicuous, less obvious, smaller and more miniaturized. Eventually, a spacesuit would not be that all that different from normal clothing. The trouble with so much science fiction is, it’s visions are too conservative.

Although whether something is plausible or not may be asking the wrong question when it comes to certain artists. The point isn’t practicality, and asking they be that way is a little like asking why anime and manga characters have impossible hair. It’s all a question of stylization, not representational realism.

We haven’t seen a lot of the sexy spacesuit of late, and I think it’s because, sometime in between 2008-2014, male geeks started to believe liking sex and looking at women was bad. Take the different reaction to Sin City and Sin City 2, which is interesting because they’re a near-perfect science experiment in variable control: they are the exact same movie, made with the exact same creative team. The only difference is one came out in a different time.