if a vampire was just like "hey, wanna bone?" do you think i'd say no? hesitate even slightly? do you take me for a goddamn idiot, incapable of appreciating and gratefully receiving gifts that the universe decides to bestow upon me? c'mon now
reasons why the princess diaries 2 is actually the best movie ever made
ok so i know that when we were all young fanchildren we all watched this movie and sighed dreamily. but i am here to tell u that this movie is even better than u remember
1. the main conflict in the movie is the arranged marriage. i’m gonna stop right here, because princesses in arranged marriages are a classic fanfiction trope that we are all trash for. don’t lie to yourself. but it gets BETTER. not only is there an arranged marriage… the guy she’s arranged to marry is actually a really chill dude. u like this dude. u know they would be good friends and partners. he would make a good king. but sHE DOESNT LOVE HIM!!! she doesn’t love him. and it would be so easy for the narrative to say ~oh look at this selfish girl she has a handsome titled good man ready to marry her she’s so SELFISH for wanting passion and true love, so naive~ (see fuckboys: i’m so nice and handsome why doesn’t she love me she’s horrible) instead the narrative presents her not marrying him as a perfectly valid choice and one the viewer sides with her on. the narrative supports her choice and makes it clear it was the right decision. ADDITIONALLY, the solution presented to fix the arranged marriage problem is to DESTROY THE PATRIARCHY. like???? don’t fuck with me this movie is perfect
2. literally the other main conflict is the love interest. he’s essentially a conman trying to convince mia to fall passionately in love with him so he can steal the throne. but along the way… he falls in love with her. THIS IS LITERALLY THE PLOT OF THREE THOUSAND FANFICTIONS PEOPLE
3. speaking of fanfiction…this movie is one. like, i’m not even joking. the first princess diaries movie essentially compiled the first 3 books into a movie, but the sequel wasn’t based on the books at all. disney just pulled something out of their asses and was like “this will make the fangirls happy”
4. at the beginning of the movie mia graduates from princeton’s woodrow wilson school of international affairs… literally one of the best international studies programs on the planet.. then she’s flown to a castle…where she’s a princess..and has hot men falling all over her…and wears ballgowns…like…mia is such a mary sue but somehow the movie manages to avoid making her one AT ALL
5. also holy shit??! mia doesn’t just stand around looking pretty as a princess.. she’s clearly really smart and genuinely cares about the people of genovia and does her best to serve them well even to it’s hard work… like damn mia is fucking committed to being a good queen she’s not just a princess because castles make good backdrops for romances
6. the queen/joe YAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS u fucking know u shipped that shit
7. THE ENTIRE MOVIE IS ABOUT FUCKING THE PATRIARCHY. MIA IS PORTRAYED AS KIND AND SENSITIVE BUT THAT ADDS TO HER APPEAL AS A RULER NOT DETRACTS FROM IT. AT THE END OF THE MOVIE SHE’S LIKE “fuck these rules written by old white men, i’m gonna make my own less sexist rules” AND THEN SHE FUCKING DOES?!? SHE FUCKING CALLS OUT THE SEXISM OF THE LAWS AND THEN CHANGES THEM. HELLO WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT! GOODBYE BOYS CLUBS! A WOMAN IS FULLY CAPABLE OF RULING ON HER OWN WITHOUT A MAN AND SHE FUCKING DRILLS THAT INTO THEIR GODDAMN HEADS
8. chris pine. what a hot piece of ass amiright
9. the number of times something fucking bizarre happens to mia and she theoretically looks into the camera like she’s on the office is comedic gold honestly. the maids?? flirting with her arranged husband?? climbing out a window?? the fAKE LEG!? mia is just trying to live her life but the universe keeps fucking it up. i feel u mia.
in sum i have n o idea how the fuck this movie got made but goddamn is it not god’s gift to man
course I’m instantly going to bring up the great big debate again,
because the premiere pretty much confirmed one thing: when it comes
to whether or not Jack was controlling Cas at the end of S12, it is
PURPOSELY ambiguous. We are supposed
to be wondering about it. We are supposed
to be questioning it.
so far? I’m feeling pretty damn good about what I was reading from
the situation: Jack was
controlling Cas and Kelly, but he was not doing it on purpose, or
else he just isn’t aware that it was wrong at all.
How do you speak English?
My mother taught me.
So you talked to her.
is one of those incredibly ambiguous lines that could be read
multiple ways, but this screams to me that Jack and Kelly, at one
point in her pregnancy, that Jack considered them to be “one.”
(And yikes, that’s
creepy.) That’s also incredibly close to Cas saying that it was
him, but also the child that burned Dagon. That says to me that at
the very least, there’s a good chance that Jack was INFLUENCING
And um… your… powers. Did she teach you those, too?
No, I… I don’t know
why these things happen. It’s like I’m me, but… not me.
this totally supports my theory that Jack isn’t doing it on
In fact, this is actually interesting on a few different levels,
because that could even imply that what’s controlling Cas and Kelly
wasn’t Jack at all, but his powers. I mean, coupled with Kelly insisting that Sam and Dean can’t “take
away what makes him special,” and Cas insisting that the child is
“born with all of his power?” That almost makes it seem like
Jack’s powers are a separate entity from Jack. It was the POWER
that wanted to be born, and not Jack, if that makes sense. That’s goddamn alarming and also really interesting.
Jack: My father is Castiel.
My mother, she said that Castiel, he would keep me safe. She said the
world was a dangerous place. That’s why I couldn’t be a baby or a
child. I… that’s why I had to grow up fast. That’s
why I chose him
to be my father.
much confirms that Jack chose Cas, not that Cas chose Jack.
“So you… changed your mind?”
“No. No, nothing’s changed. He’s still the devil’s kid. He’s
still evil. He still
brainwashed Kelly and Cas.
And even if he hasn’t gone Big Bad yet, he will.”
that 100% supports the fact that we are supposed to be questioning
that’s fucking STELLAR. That’s a HUGE part of what I wanted. The
answer is still out there, but at least the question is being asked.
I know a lot of people were doubting that it would be addressed at
all, and it certainly looks like it’s going to be.
The Mary Jane Watson of the original Spider-Man films gets a hell of a lot of flak. She’s usually labelled a ‘no-personality damsel in distress’, before then being called some variation of 'a clingy, whiny, self-centered two-timer’. Quite aside from the fact that her detractors accuse her of having no personality before immediately going on to describe her personality (well, a small part of it), they’ve somehow managed to miss why she’s 'clingy, whiny and self-centered’:
Because she was abused!
This isn’t a minor detail, either: it’s very clearly shown that MJ’s abusive father affected her self-esteem massively. In a scene between Peter and MJ in Spider-Man 3, she’s upset - really upset - because of a mildly critical review. Like, really mildly critical. Peter can’t understand why. “That’s a critic, that’s just something you’ll have to get used to.” But MJ can’t understand why he can’t understand. “I look at these words and it’s like my father wrote them.” She’s been told her whole life she’s worthless, why should it stop now? It’s an overreaction, but it makes perfect sense.
Know what else makes perfect sense? MJ’s tangled relationships with men, especially Peter and Harry. She dates Harry straight out of high school, and hey, I love Harry, I really do - but he wants a say in how she dresses, for God’s sake. He loves her but (probably due to coming from a loveless household himself) he’s a terrible boyfriend. And MJ’s doesn’t even quite trust him to accept her- she’s sensitive about the social divide between them, between 'trash’ and people like the Osborns, but she sticks around anyway, because, like I said, Harry loves her, he thinks she’s beautiful, and he’s rich and good-looking and if someone like that (or John Jameson, another rich and successful young man) wants her how worthless can she be? MJ wants a man in her life, she wants to prove her father wrong, prove she is loveable - if one man lets her down, maybe another one won’t. As soon as Harry fails her she turns to Peter; as soon as Peter fails her a movie or two later she turns back to the now more grown-up Harry. And before you ask, yes, I’ve lost count of the amount of times she’s called 'slut’ or 'skank’ for this by fandom, whereas the boys get away with virtually every instance of unpleasant behaviour towards her.
I’m not saying MJ is a saint, mind. Actually, that’s pretty much the point: she isn’t. Leaving John Jameson at the altar with a note was really quite cruel; when she lost her job she should have told Peter about it; she should also have had a proper conversation with him about the Gwen situation; and she shouldn’t have prejudged Gwen herself (a totally innocent party throughout all of Spider-Man 3) so harshly. MJ fucks up, you know, she really does - but that’s okay. The movies don’t judge her for her sex life, her rough patches, her frequent need for reassurance, or her ambition. When Norman behaves in a downright misogynist way to her (remember him leering at her chest mere minutes before he calls her a gold-digger? She’s nineteen at most at that point. I think he deserved that stab in the dick) we aren’t meant to think he’s right, we’re meant to think he's horrible. Yet I’ve seen an unnerving amount of people agree with him. Which is absolutely endemic of a wider problem, but anyway - back to MJ as a person -
There’s more than one kind of female character, and I am absolutely, absolutely here for the flawed, messed up, not-really-all-that-kickass ones. MJ’s clingy because she wants to be loved, she’s 'whiny’ (sigh) because people treat or have treated her actually really badly, and she’s self-centered because you know what abusers try to do? Deny their victims a sense of self. Almost every part of MJ’s life is trying to prove her father wrong, trying to fight back against her abuser by succeeding in life and loving others (and herself) the best that she can, and I think that makes her easily as good a role model as Spider-Man. The movies themselves seem to agree with me. How about you?
Since I don’t think I’ve actually written this reasoning out yet, and I kinda mentioned it on the podcast… I’m being contrary again and not intending to.
They doubled down on there being consequences for the specific action of breaking a blood oath, which Cas did by killing Billie.
And yet none of the terrible things that happened in the last half of the season were a consequence of that action.
Cas died by Lucifer’s hand. Lucifer was out because Crowley didn’t let him go back to the cage, but he was out in the first place because Cas let him out. The events of the finale were the culmination of decisions that had been made by Cas and Crowley themselves, which resulted in their deaths.
And if we wanna trace this whole series of events back, Cas let Lucifer out of the cage in order to help defeat the Darkness, which was let due to Sam’s endless search to remove the Mark of Cain from Dean’s arm, which Dean took willingly at Crowley’s deliverance in order to stop Abaddon, who would have not been a problem anymore if Dean hadn’t convinced Sam to not finish the trials to seal the gates of hell. *deep breath*
And the Men of Letters appeared in response as a response to all of those events as a side effect - another type of consequence.
I look at Cas’s decision to kill Billie, and if have to compare it to something else contained in this season, two things are coming to mind: Dean’s original deal with Billie in order to escape the military, and Mary’s deal with Azazel.
(Side note: I have always just considered all of their stupid deals to be stupid decisions. All of their deals have been stupid decisions, but not all of their stupid decisions have been deals. Point being: I equate the two quite heavily.)
We never got to see the consequences of Dean’s deal because it was broken, but we knew what the consequences were: a Winchester would die.
Mary brought John back to life, which set off an earlier series of events and another series of consequences, which Dean listed off for her one by one by one. Sam’s powers. Being Lucifer’s vessel. Going to hell.
Other stupid decisions have a fairly defined path of consequences. And Cas’s specific stupid decision of breaking a blood oath should have consequences specifically tied to that decision.
When this show has been fairly consistent about how ‘there’s always consequences’ and 'there’s always a price that you pay in blood’ and when they mention 'consequences on a cosmic scale,’ I just don’t get why they would pull this weird gimmicky 'there’s always consequences EXCEPT FOR THIS ONE TIME.’
making the rounds right now is Human!Cas versus Angel!Cas as the
endgame. I think the bulk of it got posted when I was in the car
driving south, so I missed much of the discussion.
Here’s my opinion
no one asked for (and I can’t find a good thread to attach this to, so I’m starting yet another one because I’m an asshole):
humanity is incredibly symbolic, and to me it represents a very real
situation that happens all the time.
When I look at an
ongoing plot of this show, I tend to take it out of the supernatural
context and put it into a real world context in order for it to make
sense, and I feel like there are times where we are meant to
do that. For example, Sam’s demon blood storyline was addiction
born out of hopelessness. The Gadreel storyline is another good
example of this: if you take Sam’s possession out of it, Dean
forcing Cas out of their home was really about protecting Sam and not
Gadreel forcing Dean to throw Cas out. Another more overt example of
this is the episode Red Meat,
when even in an episode involving werewolves and a reaper, the show
took the deals and the sacrifices and
codependency in general out
of the supernatural context and put it into
the real world context; Sam was shot by a real gun, and
Dean downed a ton of real
likely why I have the opinion that Cas’s endgame is humanity,
because to me it’s about family,
and having the ability and freedom to choose your own family.
family has treated him like crap from the beginning. They’ve
tortured him, they’ve brainwashed him, they’ve
attempted to force their beliefs on him, and they’ve
given him ultimatums. They come to him when they want or need
something, and not because they actually
want him there or respect who
he is. The exceptions to this (Hannah, Samandriel) were killed.
to me, it really seems like remaining an angel over choosing to
become human is the equivalent of choosing an abusive family over a
better one, whereas choosing
humanity is realizing where his real family is.
Warnings: implied smut, maybe language because I can’t help it, otherwise straight fluff
A/N: this is for the lovely @jpadjackles double birthday challenge! I loved all the songs you chose for us, but this one will forever be one of my favorites! Hope you like what I did with it, and thank you for hosting!
A/N/N: Huge enormous thank you to my twin @deanssweetheart23 for listening to me whine, reading everything over and basically being the best damn support system a writer could ask for. Love ya, twin.