interesting people doing really interesting things

In Faces of Evil Arin brought up the fact that before on tumblr fans had been saying that he was in the closet and repressed transgender. This must really bother him because that was at least, like, 3 years ago now? Unless it was happening again but I don’t remember a second time. That first time just really stuck with him. 

beyond-the-disguise  asked:

Bryke can't do romance, look at Korra S1-2. It was a trainwreak.

There’s also continuing interest in whomever Korra is dating. Diane Pangilinan ‏@twinklelydy asked “do u have any plans for developing Korra’s love life?”

Konietzko: It seems to me that people are uninterested in that. They get completely angry when we have fun with the teen romance stuff. I don’t know. I’m going to leave that alone.

It may seem a little weird that people would be interested in a cartoon character’s dating habits, but I think some fans do really care.

Konietzko: This is my new theory. Fans are more interested in imagining relationships between a myriad of pairings. But they’re profoundly disinterested in seeing any of those things manifest themselves on the show. So who knows, whatever. Mike and I as writers, we wrote it the way we found it to be entertaining, and that struck a chord with some, but maybe not with some others.

*Facepalm* No, I don’t think most fans have anything against seeing relationships play out. But that never happened. Mako and Korra had no relationship playing out. It was just a bunch of drama, and they broke up in Book 2 just to start the love triangle all over again.

The romance in TLOK was a trainwreck. It was a big reason why the show lost a lot of viewers after Books 1 and 2, and Book 3 had such bad ratings. Even though Book 3 was good. The romance was just as bad in ATLA.

anonymous asked:

There is a big difference between having an interest in morbid things and fucking worshipping and obsessing over someone who MURDERED other people. Yeah, their human but they shouldn't fucking be idolized for taking lives away from innocent people. You stupid fucking CUNT.

I know, anon! that’s why I don’t worship murderers!!!

see, I think murder and rape and abuse are awful awful things, and that’s why i’m interested in them and the criminals who commit them. I want to help people; victims, criminals, and families of both. I do not worship anyone or anything, actually. I don’t even really obsess. I think Jeffrey Dahmer is physically attractive, but that has nothing to do with who he is as a person, I just think he was a good looking dude. He wasn’t a good person, he did vile things and deserved to go to prison and pay for the crimes he committed.

Also, I am interested in his case specifically because I do feel connected to him in a way, and I do feel that we have a lot of things in common, mentally and personality wise. Again, that doesn’t mean I think what he did was okay, it just means there’s a reason why I focus on his case so heavily on my other blog.

I don’t condone murder, anon. I never have and I never will. Maybe next time you’ll think critically and logically and maybe ask me a few questions before assuming things about me.

How to attract the signs!

Aries: Be open! be confident, playful & understand their deepest and complicated emotions. Don’t be too clingy, judgemental, or underestimate them, because this is what the dislike the most! Aries people love people with strong personalities, try not to be too shy or timid around them too. Compliment their physical looks and their personalities. Aries people are also really generous, so if they offer you to show you something or give you an advice accept it! they like being helpful. be an honest person, don’t be too serious or demand/order them to do something.

Taurus: Have the same interests as them! teach them and show them new interesting things. Make them feel safe when they’re around you. Be loyal, trustworthy and a good listener. Encourage them and compliment them on the things they like to do the most! something important you need to know about a taurus is that there are times they like to be alone, so try not to take up their space & give them some time.Always be honest and truthful, once they find out you’re lying they’ll stop talking to you instantly. be easy-going, don’t rush, be a down-to-earth person and show your interest of nature!

Gemini: Gemini people like fun & energetic people, but not immature. This sign gets bored easily and loses interest quickly, so avoid talking and doing the same things! Gemini people are also attracted to smart people, so show them your interesting side. Teach them new things and show them new places. Compliment them on their brains and smartness, also their physical looks. Be there for them when they need it. This sign likes to poke you and test you, so always be honest and real. Be playful! Be open, social, kind and generous.

Cancer: Make them feel safe and comfortable. Let them know that you’re accepting, loyal and trustworthy. This sign can have strong mood and emotional swings, so take it in, they want a person who’s going to be there for them whenever they need it! Be affectionate towards them & be gentle. Cancer is a water sign, so be ready for the heaviest waves. Don’t be loud or yell at them. Give them genuine compliments on the things they like to do! try to be positive and make them laugh.

Leo: Be outgoing! Entertain them and show them your funny side. shower them with admiration. Always be positive! their biggest turn off is negativity or insecurity. Listen to them carefully. This sign loves adventures, so show them and take them to new places! Don’t demand or try to control them. Somethings you should remember: they typically hate being alone (unless  if they tell you they want to be alone), they like affection & attention. 

Virgo: Don’t be fake or lie. This sign can easily read you. Try avoiding bold compliments too! They don’t care much about looks, just make sure you’re in a good hygiene & not messy at all. Compliment them on their brains & looks! don’t be egoistic, but be confident. Show them your smart side, but don’t boast. Try not to invade their need of privacy sometimes, and respect their need for being alone too. 

Libra: Compliment their looks! shower them with affection. Make them laugh, give them attention. Libras get bored quickly too! So try not to always do and talk about the same things. Catch their interest by your looks, but mainly your personality. Be honest with them, be a good listener because libras sometimes need it. Be open and out-going, make them laugh, ask them about themselves and show interest, be flirty. Libras dislike people who are selfish, rude & people who dont treat them equal. Libras are interested in artistic, creative & people with good imaginations!

Scorpio: Tell them what you like, what you like to do, tell them about your passions. Be mysterious, let them play guessing game. Make them curious and ask more questions. Tell them interesting things! things that will catch their interest. Be direct, be genuine, trustworthy, loyal & caring. If you want them to like you, hear their thoughts & feelings. Give them helpful advice, let them feel secure. Don’t ever lie to them, they can read you easily too. Don’t try to control them. Scorpios go mainly for people they can trust, this sign can have trust issues sometimes, if you break the trust they give you expect your whole life to change in a second. be there for them, don’t tell them they’re too sensitive. Respect their need of privacy sometimes. Take them out to private places, show them new interesting things!

Sagittarius: To catch this sign’s interest, be a positive person! give them good vibes about you. Make them laugh! Sagittarius are known to be travel lovers & adventurous, take them out to new places they’ve never been to before, share your views on life & your life story, tell them interesting stories you know. be out-going & open, ask them questions about themselves and hear them out. Don’t try to control them or tell them what to do, they hate being controlled or tied down! 

Capricorn: Capricorns don’t care much about looks, just make sure you’re not messy. Be direct! they hate playing guessing games, but also don’t rush. Compliment their hard work and the things they like to do the most & their sense of humour. Show them your funny side! try not to be dull or negative. make them know you’re trust worthy. connect to them on an intellectual level. Ask them for advice, capricorns like knowing that they’ve helped someone & they’re the best at giving advice. Show off your knowledge and wisdom, but don’t boast. don’t be loud or embarrassing, especially in public, they hate being embarrassed in public!

Aquarius: Be creative, show them your artistic and imaginative side. Aquarius people love conversations about deep subjects, and share the same views as them. They like to be alone sometimes, so try not to be clingy! When an Aquarian offers help, say yes! they like helping other people and knowing they did good. Tell them how sweet and caring they are! Aquarians are very wise and knowledgeable, compliment them on their brains & wisdom. Share your knowledge too. Tell them things they don’t know and talk about bigger things!

Pisces: Show them your emotional and sensitive side! Always make them feel included, don’t ever make them feel rejected, excluded or disliked. open up to them. Tell them more about your self. Compliment them on what they like to do the most/their hobbies, be affectionate and always seem interested in them. talk softly, try not to be loud. take them out on art museums or exhibitions, share your stories together. Be loyal, truthful, trustworthy & make them feel in a safe place! 

Sword Oratoria

So awhile back I picked up the first volume of the Danmachi spinoff LN in a buy two get one free sale thinking that it was a manga. I was initially disappointed because I didn’t really want a LN at the time, but since I bought it I figured I might as well go ahead and read it. 

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s certainly not the pinnacle of fantasy writing, but I was engaged in the story and wanted to know what was going to happen next. I appreciate that in the spinoff it focuses on Aiz and her familia doing badass things in the dungeon rather than Bell being a newb and getting stronger. Aiz is already basically a god among men, and it lets the story go somewhere different than the original. 

While the writing is for the most part fairly simple (though I suspect this is partly because of it being translated and also that LNs are typically aimed at a younger audience and tend to not use a lot of advanced Kanji, which probably translates to the somewhat punctual and simple sentences that LN translations seem to have) the author has a real knack for describing large scale tactical battles. Sure Aiz is pretty OP and well wreck things, but in the really lower levels of the dungeon if they don’t work together and have a strong battle plan they’re just gonna die. 

I also appreciate that in the LN the world is fleshed out a lot more. World building is one of my favorite things in a show or book, and the Danmachi anime didn’t go into too much depth about the various things. The LN goes into much much more depth about how all the systems work, the various familia, cool little things about the world and so on. Also the dungeon is just fucking cool. Each floor can be completely unique, with almost no restrictions placed on what it has to look like or be which leaves the author with incredible freedom to dream up the wildest floors they possibly want. 

I wasn’t really expecting to enjoy this book very much, but it’s a solid fun read. Something like a 6-7/10 if I’m going to give it numbers. If you liked Danmachi at all, or sort of liked it but wanted a different view of the world this is a nice book to pick up. Only the first volume has been officially translated, but they seem to be coming out with new official translations every couple months. I’m sure there are fan translations floating around too, but I haven’t looked for them. 

So ya, fun book. There is an anime adaption scheduled sometime this year too. I think next season, but maybe the one after. That should be fun. 

An update on the lost special and Apple Tree Yard

Seems like someone knows we’re talking about this.

Suddenly there is new information on the Apple Tree Yard page which looks very interesting. Not only have they added similar programmes (which was blank before, because obviously you can’t recommend similar programmes when the first episode of a series has not even been aired yet), Sherlock TFP also mysteriously makes an appearance there.

Even more interesting is the fact that they apparently filed Sherlock under LEGAL&COURTROOM DRAMA, because that is obviously the first thing that comes to people’s minds when thinking of Sherlock.

Also, this ‘little’ thing:

There will be 4 episodes…of what exactly? Do they really need to reconfirm something that has been publicly known since they announced the mini-series Apple Tree Yard? Who actually cares how many episodes this thing has? Why the sudden need to empasize the number of episodes?

They know we’re talking about this.

There will be 4 episodes.

First meta on this is here.

Also, please have a look at this post by @london2go which sums up the meta on Apple Tree Yard and Sherlock quite nicely.

Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel Interview with Glamour

Glamour: How have you both changed this time around?

Alexis Bledel: I’m definitely more grateful. It’s like a chance to have a do-over. You never really get that in life. To get to reimagine the same character eight years later, it’s kind of great, creatively, to get to do that. You get to take all the things that you find interesting about the character and then hopefully inject that with whatever you picked up along the way personally.

Lauren Graham: I’m just in a different place in my career [now]. Back then, you auditioned for something and did the job. Here, it was a freer discussion and a grown-up relationship with the creator of the show. I think we both felt we could really only do this if there was a dialogue where we could weigh in. We lived with these people as long as anybody and feel very protective and interested in what they would do. Amy was, in a different way, open to that. It just felt much more collaborative and fun. [We could ask] “What if? And what about this? I don’t know! Would she?” So that made it feel in a different phase, too.

Glamour: Why are Rory and Lorelai so compelling together?

Alexis: Because they’re so different, like The Odd Couple. They have opposite personalities and preferences, but there are enough overlaps in their habits that make them able to hang out as friends. They really compliment one another and are each really distinctly drawn characters in their own right, so you care about both of them as well as what they mean to each other.

Glamour: When you got the script for the revival, what was the first thing you wanted to know?

Lauren: I couldn’t read the last script for a long time, and it just so happened we were shooting other scenes and it became like a joke. [Amy Sherman-Palladino] was like, “You have to read the last one before you perform it!” I was nervous what the ending would be. I just wanted to know where [Lorelai] was, and I wanted to hear things that made me feel like we had story to tell—that it wasn’t going to feel like, we’re trottin’ these old girls out for another round around the gazebo! I know the kind of answer you would like, but that’s not what this show is. Nothing happens, in a way. [Laughs] There are not necessarily big events, but how are we spending this time, and what’s the character arc, and what’s the weird journey because it’s always a weird journey! And when Amy said a couple of things to me, I said, “Oh, that’s wonderful and weird! Sign me up!” You just wanted to hear that her voice was still vivid.
Glamour: Alexis, how has Rory changed? Is she less idyllic?

Alexis: Rory has grown up, and I would say she is less idyllic now. [She’s] maybe been worn down by various challenges she has had to face in her adult life, but underneath her weariness she still has a streak of winning positivity that maybe was instilled during her small town upbringing, as well as a hardworking, can-do attitude.

Glamour: Is there a specific moment that you can’t wait for the audience to see?

Lauren: There’s so much, honestly, it’s…a) we’re not supposed to say anything, but b) it really isn’t that because if you’re a fan of the old show, tell me five things we ever did. We don’t do much! We walk and talk, we drink a lot of coffee, we love each other, and we have some conflicts. Lorelai goes on a particular kind of journey to get a question answered within herself. [That journey] was the first [thing] Amy told me, and I thought, “That’s amazing.”

Glamour: What was your first impression of each other when you first met?

Alexis: We met in the lobby of the hotel we were all staying at in Canada right before we went to dinner with Amy and Dan. That was the first time we met, and it felt like it was all of a sudden because it wasn’t an organized…I mean, we knew we were going to have dinner…

Lauren: That’s crazy, isn’t that now to think of? We didn’t read together, they didn’t sit us down, they just were like, “Yeah.”

Alexis: I was 18, and I just remember Lauren was a real professional actress, and this was my first job. [Laughs] She had all the poise and confidence and energy of a performer! That was a new thing for me. I didn’t know how to be that yet, so I just remember being a little bit…

Lauren: Overwhelmed, you had to be…

Alexis: Dazzled [by her].

Lauren: Oh, dazzled! I like dazzled!

Alexis: [Laughs] Like, “Oh, wow, she knows how to do [this]!”

Lauren: But even when I look back—in that pilot, [I’m like], “Where’d I get that confidence?!” I didn’t know as much as I know now then. In a way, I think your trajectory in this business can be vulnerable and you don’t know, and then you maybe get to a point…I always feel confident in this material, and I was like, “Yes! This is what I know how to do best!” But part of it is just how I managed feeling vulnerable.

Glamour: Lauren, do you remember what you thought of Alexis?

Lauren: Now that you talk about the lobby [of the hotel], she seemed new. But I also thought [she was] perfect for the character. Perfect. I thought we hit it off, and I thought that in enough ways, we look alike. I just I kept trying to put myself in her shoes. I came in from summer stock and kind of a different route, and I was always impressed by how much just natural ability she had from the beginning.

How to tell if you’re passionate about something:

You, with your passion: I only have 8 hours to [do passion] today?!? THAT’S NOT ENOUGH TIIIIIIIMMMMEEE!!

You, with an interest: Hm, 8 hours… eeeeh that’s loads of time. I hope I can keep my attention on [thing].

(I woke up this morning thinking “oh man I only have from 8AM-3PM to draw and I got really sad?)

My first Liveblog begins now! The show I have chosen is Steven Universe. I have heard quite a few good and interesting things about it, but am mostly going into this blind. I don’t even know the names of the main characters! What I do know is…

1: It’s about magical living rock people. I am quite interested in this because growing up, geology and precious stones were my obsession,  where other kids had dinosaurs and space. So this maaaaay end up being the show I wish I had growing up.

2: It’s very heavy on the LGBT themes. This fascinates me due to this being a family cartoon on Cartoon Network. Is it really written tactfully and with care, or is it gay just because it can be? Time will tell.

So yes, as I begin the first episode, please be respectful and don’t spoil anything. Heck, I don’t know if there is anything TO spoil. All I know is that I want to experience the whole of this show for myself.

Also, Tumblr still hasn’t fully unlocked for me yet (this is my very first time using the site) and I’m REALLY hoping I can come back and sort this first episode all nice and tidy retroactively.

Let’s begin!


The Selca.

The selfie in 2016.

Six ways.


I didn’t expect to do this but thanks, to @diaryofanangryasianguy and @the-loved, I got tagged. Tumblr is interesting.

The selfie is also an interesting phenomenon. It did not emerge fully until the last ten years or so. Snapchat, which I have and can provide you with my username if you request it, really capitalized on the selfie and became immensely popular.

Think about a post on social media in general. Do you delete posts if they don’t get enough likes, or do you keep them up there? I SEE YOU.

Let’s take it a step further and think about how you respond to things in general. What happens when something good happens? People have a tendency to attribute such positive events to their own personhood–their own traits. If something bad happens, people are more likely to externalize the attribution and point to something not based on themselves.

Just because a selfie gets a lot of likes does not necessarily mean you look amazing, and just because it gets no likes does not necessarily mean that people do not understand what beauty is. Get over yourself!

On the flip side, if you constantly attribute positive events to external factors and attribute negative events to your own characteristics, you’re more likely to have some insecurities. You’re greater than you think.

It’s about balance and self-compassion. Pictures are basically subjective art forms anyway.

…and on that note, I’m subjectively tagging @calvinphambam, @ghostlyghoul104, @hipstirrednotshaken, @jfurrr, @r0b0h, and @vlsf to post six 2016 selfies and tag six others to do the same!

(Did anyone think I would not do my usual picture plus long caption thing just because I was tagged? Of course not!)

anonymous asked:

People say you're nice but you blocked me on my roleplay blog and all I did was send you my ideas :/ sooo

(If this is who I am assuming it is, you not only tried to force me to smut with you, even after I declined, but you also refused to accept that I am very busy and cannot spend every moment roleplaying.)

What would be really interesting for people to see is how beautiful things grow out of shit because nobody ever believes that. Everyone thinks that Beethoven had his string quartets completely in his head. They somehow appeared there and formed in his head. And all he had to do was write them down and they would kind of be manifest to the world. But I think what is so interesting, and what would really be a lesson everybody should learn is that things come out of nothing, things evolve out of nothing. The tiniest seed in the right situation turns into the most beautiful forest. And then the most promising seed in the wrong situation turns into nothing. I think this would be important for people to understand because it gives people confidence in their own lives to know that’s how things work. If you walk around with the idea that there are some people who are so gifted, they have these wonderful things in their head, but you’re not one of them, you’re just sort of a normal person, you could never do anything like that, then you live a different kind of life. You could have another kind of life where you could say, “Well, I know that things come from nothing very much, start from unpromising beginnings, and I’m an unpromising beginning, and I could start something.”

Brian Eno

How to Live a Life that is Meaningful

1. First, figure out what matters most to you.

2. Have the courage to live that life, no matter how hard it is, and no matter how much others mock or criticise you because of it.

3. Don’t look to others for affirmation and approval. You need to be true to yourself, and not to others.

4. Discover what you’re really passionate about. What makes you lose all sense of time, and leaves you feeling relaxed and fulfilled?

5. Be willing to experiment with other interests, too. We’re usually interested in lots of different things, and that brings balance to our personality.

6. Respect and listen to that quiet inner voice. That will redirect you if you start to veer off course.

7. Pursue excellence in everything you do. Work hard, acquire knowledge, and develop your skills.

8. Invest your knowledge and abilities in making a real difference in the lives of other people.

9. Make friends with failure – it’s a crucial part of growth. It means that you are trying, and not wasting your life.

10. Build strong and lasting relationships. Little else will matter if you end up all alone.

anonymous asked:

people find out that ouija boards actually worked this whole time

Well, some of them worked some of the time before the Transcendence. Depended on when it was used and what it was made of and who did the using and so on.

After the Transcendence, though…that’s when things got really interesting.

(As an interesting historical aside, in reality Ouija boards were never about contacting the dead - originally they were a very popular board game of sorts, based on the curious human tendency to spell out words on it without consciously deciding to do so. Then ‘The Exorcist’ came out and the popularity of it as a game plummeted due to its sudden association with the occult and so forth. Its use in seances is a relatively recent development. The more you know…) 

I’m gonna have a little rant in the tags.


person of interest [s1] starters
  • “I’m a really private person.”
  • “So you see, knowledge is not my problem. Doing something with that knowledge… That’s where you’d come in.”
  • “You need a purpose. More specifically, you need a job.”
  • “Sooner or later both of us will probably wind up dead. Actually dead this time. I said I’d tell you the truth. Didn’t say you’d like it.”
  • “Bad things happen to people every day. You can’t stop them.”
  • “I don’t have any friends. I don’t have any family left, either. Went around the world looking for bad guys, There were plenty of you right here all along.”
  • “But I’ve got two rules. One, you so much as hurt anybody, and I’ll kill you. I don’t particularly like killing people, but I’m very good at it. And two… You have to be more careful.”
  • “I get it. You’re like me. A killer. A genuine bad guy. Then I don’t have to explain to you what happened to those people on that boat. You already know.”
  • “I know what it’s like to lose someone. And to feel the need to disappear. But, trust me, you don’t want to leave people behind.”
  • “Killing in battle, in combat, is one thing. Killing someone up close, someone who can’t fight back, that takes a different sort of killer.”
  • “That’s one of the things you learn over there. In the end we’re all alone and no one’s coming to save you.”
  • “Tell me to wait for you. Say those words and I will.”
  • “If you’d like a raise, you just have to ask.”
  • “The report, please. I did say please.”
  • “Or maybe there are no good people, maybe there are only good decisions.”
  • “No question is ever innocent from you. You’re trying to determine whether I come here often. Armed with that knowledge, you’ll try to figure out where I live.”
  • “Yeah, I’m not great at keeping in touch with people.”
  • “I suppose time will tell which one of us is right.”
  • “No small talk, no questions. You stay in the car and keep your eyes on the road.”
  • “You wanna know where people hide things, [name]? Underneath.”
  • “How do I know you’re not one of them?”
  • “May I at least have your name before we commit grand theft auto together?”
  • “If you stay out of my way, I’ll stay out of yours.”
  • “Yeah, the benefits of no one knowing who you are or what you look like. That’s gone now, I suppose. It’s time to evolve. I’m ready for the next step.”
  • “Thing about organized crime? It was organized. Things worked. Trains ran on time. This new guy… he knows the rules.”
  • “I breached the space/time continuum. Not really… but I did sense my privacy being invaded…”
  • “He’s an incredibly dangerous, incredibly gifted man who’s been almost destroyed by the things he was made to do. He’s always looking for someone to trust, but his paranoia makes trust impossible.”
  • “When I was nine years old, my brothers decided I needed to learn swim, so they tossed me into the deep end of the pool. Took a few minutes, but I figured it out.”
  • “I looked for a I’m-sorry-I-got-you-shot card, but they were all out…”
  • “Thanks for that news flash [name]. Here I was planning to move at a sloth like pace and get myself captured.”
  • “He’s one of those rich loner types, the kind you’d call strange if he didn’t have so much cash. He’s ‘eccentric.’”
  • “A little advice: if you’re going to do something wrong… do it right!”
  • “We didn’t hack in, we were let in. It’s a honeypot. Program is sophisticated. They’re using a worm to infect any devices connected to our private network. Including our phones. They’re listening to us right now. Destroy your phone. You know how to find me.”
  • “This guy spent so much time being someone else, he probably doesn’t know who he is anymore.”
  • “The most efficient way to lose is a fight is to act without knowing your enemy.“
  • “I’m not sure I’m in favor of our troubling arrangement, especially when you disappear on mysterious business.“
  • “You read Sun Tzu?”
  • “You think you’re the first person to put a gun to my head?”
  • “The safest I’ve ever been was when I was anonymous.”
  • “This really isn’t working… one of us always being here - minding the baby!”
  • “The trouble with children, you never know how they’re gonna turn out.”
  • “Who I am doesn’t matter right now. What matters is, I know who you are.”
  • “You two think you’re safe because there’s just one of me. That I’m weak and that you’re strong. That’s not strength. That’s weakness. Look at you… a bunch of jealous idiots. Liars, betraying each other. I don’t need that. I get my strength from being alone, and that’s why I’m gonna destroy all of you.”
  • “Short list of people crazy enough to take on the entire leadership of the Cosa Nostra?”
  • “It all comes down to a matter of trust, the foundation of any healthy relationship. I just need to know where this is headed.”
  • “Once we become predictable, we become vulnerable.”
  • “I’m surprised, [name]. That nice young lady seemed somehow impervious to your charms.”
  • “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not trying to kill you.”

anonymous asked:

Any tips for people trying to find purpose?

I think one of the most important things is to not force anything. Like find something really interests you. It could be flowers, cars, birds, fitness, books, drawing, games (that’s mine anyway) and just fully devote yourself to it for a while. Learn about it, find out new an interesting things everyday, do active research because you enjoy learning something about the thing(s) you love.


It’s interesting doing these press junkets and having people come up to me and say, ‘All these strong women, strong women.’ It’s like well, we’re just actually women in this movie. We had a filmmaker that understood that the truth of women is they are powerful enough, and that we don’t want be put on pedestals or made to be super, unnaturally strong and capable of doing things that we’re not capable of doing, but what we are capable of doing is really interesting, and really informs a story like this especially. — Charlize Theron

ladywarwick  asked:

Say there was a shape-shifter that imprinted, can you think of any loopholes they could possibly exploit so that they'd still be able to exercise their free will and avoid some of that "what my imprint says goes" mentality?

I hope so? I really really hope so.  The loss of free will is just the most horrible thing to me, and renders like everything else … meaningless. 

Which is, as an aside, why I am more interested in Twilight vampirism than some other mythologies.  In some mythos, the vampires lack free will and just become wholly evil or demonic, and that, to me, is way less interesting and even way less frightening than stories like Twilight where they DO still have their free will, and (some) human memories, and the same personality. Because most of them still end up killing people.  If you kill people because your soul/essence/personality/free-will/whatever was erased, meh. It’s not really your fault it’s like how you don’t blame a zombie or a wild animal. But if they DO retain human reason and thought and will, then embracing a vampiric lifestyle becomes so much more fraught and scary. It’s like the supernatural version of people who fall under the spell of an evil dictator and commit awful acts. We all think “I wouldn’t do that” but . .  

Of course imprinting doesn’t have the killing people angle. If anything, it seems like it must be, at least in part, keeping them “human” or at least invested in humanity by linking them to one specific human to protect and adore. In canon it seems like everything is in the hands of the imprintee–maybe they could get some free will back if their imprintee understand the situation and wants/needs them to have it? But I also like to think, to bring it back to vampires, if vampires can overrule their supernatural instincts then SURELY wolves could, too. I like to think imprinting is sort of like hypnosis. It’s said when under hypnosis you won’t do anything that you wouldn’t do in a fully conscious state. That is, no hypnotist could make you kill someone if you were not naturally a murderer. So I sort of imagine there are some ‘hard lines’ that an imprinted wolf wouldn’t cross and that might “snap them out of it?”  If Renesmee asked Jacob to kill someone for her because she needed blood, might that snap him out of it (I don’t necessarily think she would, but as an extreme example). 

I also like the idea that other bonds, other loves that predate the imprint might give some free will. If the imprintee hated the wolf’s mother or father or brother or sister or friend or whoever, and ordered him not to see that person anymore. .. might that be something they could say ‘no’ to? I know Jacob describes it as all those ties being cut, but I just can’t wrap my head around that. You don’t stop caring about the other people in your life when you fall in love. Your priorities might change, but those other relationships remain.