in which i contribute again

Just in case y'all hadn't seen episode 1 in a while

When we first see Keith receive his bayard, his sword manifests (as expected) but the shield on his armor does as well.

Which doesn’t seem that odd because, I mean, all the Paladins have these. What’s the deal?

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this week has been really weird and i get the feeling that something shady this way comes

We amused ourselves last night by constructing an AU where Homestuck is a beloved film or television series and the cast members hang out and give interviews. 

Regarding Finn, Finnrey, and Racism

My attitude toward finnrey has changed drastically over the last several months, and I think it’s time that I talked about it. In part because discussing fandom racism is the only way to reduce it, but mostly because I think it’s very important to examine my own media consumption, and to consider how my interests can reflect personal prejudices (which I may or may not even realize I’m harboring).

After I started shipping reylo, reading fic for it, and following reylo-friendly blogs on tumblr, I developed a somewhat dismissive attitude toward Finn and Rey as a couple. I always liked finnrey well enough, and I thought it had the potential to be very romantic and pretty sexy. But after seeing about a thousand posts float across my dash calling finnrey fluffy, saccharine, omg so adorbs! etc. etc., I sort of accepted that idea without thinking much of it.

A few months ago, I was in a skype chat with @mnemehoshiko, and I said something along the lines of “finnrey is cute, but I don’t think I’d personally enjoy writing it, because I love mining angst, and it’s such an inherently fluffy ship.” I must say, dear mneme deserves a round of applause for not telling me to fuck right off with that dumbassery. Instead, she very kindly and calmly pointed out that there are a lot of ways to explore Finn and Rey’s dynamic, and that it wouldn’t be very hard to write them in an angsty way if I wanted to. I’ve given that conversation a lot of thought since then, and it’s raised several questions:

1) finnrey is a great ship with a ton of potential. It features the film’s co-leads, and coming out of TFA, it’s (arguably) got the best shot of becoming canon. So why does this ship remain so much less popular than the likes of reylo and kylux?

2) If I can make James Potter and Lily Evans (minor characters whom readers know next to nothing about in Harry Potter canon) angsty as hell in my fics, then why couldn’t I do the same for Rey and Finn?

3) Most of the things I write are canon-divergent or AU as hell, and I rarely feel that ships are “inherently” much of anything, so why did I think finnrey had to be inherently free of conflict?

4) Finn is a defecting stormtrooper who escaped a life of abuse and subjugation at the hands of the First Order. He’s certainly a good person, but he’s also incredibly complex, so why is his character so often reduced to a sexless, uncomplicated “sweet cinnamon roll uwu” in certain areas of Star Wars fandom?

I think the answer to all of these questions should be fairly clear. Sometimes racism is so obvious that you can’t miss it, and sometimes it expresses itself in more subtle ways. There are many fans of color who can (and frequently do) speak to the problems of racism in fandom much more eloquently, and with far greater personal knowledge, than I can. I won’t presume to explain how racism works, or give a speech about how to fix it, given that this is a problem I’ll never suffer from myself, and which I could contribute to again, being a white woman.

Mostly, I just want to say thank you to mneme for making me think more critically about my attitude toward Finn and finnrey, as well as their treatment in this fandom, and to apologize if my ignorance ever made her uncomfortable.

Our little corner of Star Wars fandom is a great place, full of talented artists and wonderful people. So let’s do our best to keep it a healthy, safe space for everyone.