sooo i don't really have a question but i would like an analysis of the new amazingphil video if you have one,, or just your favorite moments, idk i just want you to talk about it, i love your "reviews"
hahaha of course i’ll talk about it!!!!! it’s interesting bc when i first watched this i was actually like not that into it??? it just felt like 10 very calm and chill mins of dnp hanging out which is obviously great but i think i was sort of distracted so i was like mmmm it wasn’t as entertaining as their usual collabs, esp bc on first watch i was like, dan keeps going for these weird dark jokes about torture n maiming and it’s all v Standard Fare but then i thought about it more and realized ,, if this isn’t the biggest evidence yet about how far they’ve come and evolved since last year then idk what is??? like i just can’t believe it’s gotten to the point where i could watch 10 minutes of dan softly playing around with phil’s hair and both of them being a bit calmer and more muted in front of the camera, freely touching each other and joking around about more Mature Themes (hats off to the dildo joke and the “safety word” bit) and have all of that feel completely STANDARD and unsurprising!!! it’s just crazy to me that they’ve normalized these behaviors so much that a video like this could feel so completely expected and ~chill~
but then i watched it a second and third time (bc duh) when i was less distracted and there really were so many little moments that stood out to me and so many cute smiles and soft lil jokes that made me wanna melt and it was all just so good. it’s nowhere near their funniest or most captivating video but it’s just vv vv v v soft and chill and natural. when comparing it to something like pastel edits which is probs a close parallel in terms of them playing dress up and touching each other a bit in direct response to a fan request, you can see how this one is far softer and a little bit less performed–they seem less ‘on’ for lack of a better term, and a lot more laid back, dan doesn’t spend as much time demeaning the idea or teasing the fan base for wanting it, and all of it is just so enjoyable to watch. i’ve included (way too many) timestamps below (plus way too many screenshots, as usual, of stupidly cute moments ugh):
5 seconds in this is already alarmingly cute w dan grumbling behind the pillow that phil wants to give him a creative nickname and phil giggling and looking down at him when he starts complaining
:17 dan gives phil permission to just call him dan and phil looks cute n happy about it
:27 dan needs to reiterate he was a nerd in school
:34 ‘japes’ k dan
:48 i live for the way phil looks so earnest and excited when he asks dan why he decided to ‘embrace the curls’ like he genuinely wants to hear dan explain this .. phil is genuinely obsessed w dan’s curls he wasn’t lyin when he said that in the pastel edits vid :(
1:00 i hope phil was the one who chose that photo as an example of dan’s hair looking good in a pic,, phil thinks dan’s best look is his crunchy 2013 leather jacket n his scoop neck t shirt … #confirmed
1:10 ‘you’ve left me alone!’ calm down phil he’s right next to u
1:12 did phil pick that photo too .. the one of dan in his tank top n hair straightened to within an inch of its life and silvery earrings making a pouty face ,,, lmao i love that he’s picking the cringiest emo-est throwbacks possible
1:54 phil’s like ‘i thought we could eat 400 crusts to see if my hair goes curly’ and it’s altogether a lame joke but dan is staring at him like he’s the most beautiful person on earth. i’d be uncomfortable if i wasn’t so busy melting. then phil stares at dan giggling and it’s all a bit much for me
2:41 ‘what’d happen if i balded you right now?’ dan is so concerned for phil’s well-being that he forgets how to grammar
2:45 the fuckin dildo joke i s2g why are they making sly references to dildos in a g-rated hair curling video why did phil immediately follow dan saying ‘that looks like something else’ by going ‘ooo’ and shoving the curler near dan’s mouth why are they gross
3:21 dan unnecessarily rubbing the curler all over phil’s shoulder and neck … ok
3:41 phil sounds so serious when he asks dan if he thinks the curly hair will suit him, like he really needs dan’s Hot Take on this important issue but dan’s just shuts him down hahaha. i feel like this is reminiscent of the faceapp vid in which dan was completely NOT DOWN with any alteration to phil’s appearance whatsoever bc (vom) he thinks phil is perf jst the way he is (i might actually be sick)
3:47 idk why but i’m obsessed w phil saying ‘dan, don’t mess about with it’ and dan responding ‘i’m nOT’ in his whiny voice w his eyes all wide. cute
3:56 lmao dan bringing up babuse (i can’t type that without thinking of ‘let me see that babussy’ i hate the fucking internet) and saying it was the last time he was on this bed, i am living for these bants and also phil’s expression of mock horror
4:08 ‘curl me up, bess’
4:11 dan’s going for ‘teen nick jonas but without the face’ his crush is going strong i see,, and then he can’t even follow through and tell phil his face doesn’t compare to nick jonas’s so he turns it into a joke about burning his face instead, nice save bro
4:27 THIS KILLED ME THEYRE JST TALKING N DAN JUST BRUSHES ASIDE A BIT OF PHILS FRINGE FOR NO REASON AT ALL HE JST WANTS TO PLAY W HIS HAIR ITS CUTE N IM DYIN
5:01 something about this bit when dan’s like ‘got a whole clump it’s undignified’ and their proximity, the way their arms are sort of pressed together and it looks like dan could be resting his hand on phil’s leg and dan is also sort of just looking down at phil ,,, Good
5:08 when phil kinda squeaks and pulls away all of a sudden i feel like dan is legit actually concerned he could burn phil as evidenced by his voice going all high pitched when he’s like ‘you can’t do that!!!!’
5:13 more completely unnecessary dan playing around w phil’s fringe n brushing it away. it goes on for like 8 seconds plus there’s a jump cut in the middle of it lmao,,, ugh the way he touches phil’s hair is so soft it makes me feel things
5:32 ‘gonna pork you up phil’ does dan know the meaning of ‘pork’ as a verb ?? ? ? ??? ?????? for reference:
5:36 ‘my life is flashing before my eyes’ ‘ooo is it really boring’ dan is showing yet again that he flirts like a five year old who pulls their crush’s pigtails in the playground grOW UP MATE. phil loves it tho
6:03 omg idk why but i LOVED phil saying ‘i’m finding you so disturbing right now’ it feels so authentic??? something about the way he phrased it is so funny??????? like he genuinely needs dan to take it down a notch w the grim humor lmao
6:47 ‘we need a safety word’ oh my god these boring vanilla fucks call a safe word a ‘safety word’ could they be LAMER hahaha (in all seriousness i can’t even believe that’s a joke dan went for at all let alone on this channel and that phil just chuckled n went along with it what the fuck what a time we live in honestly,, the flirting and touching and the whole premise of a dan-curls-phil’s-hair video is already so much but, like, let’s just add a fucking allusion to bdsm into the mix while we’re at it!!!!!!! wtf!!!)
the whole sped up montage of dan doing the curling is just rife w gratuitous hair touching so like obvi i immediately turned the speed down to .5 and just sat back to enjoy it (also @kay-okays uploaded a slowed down version here if ya wanna look at that or like bookmark it for ur own uses ,, whatever ur into m8)
7:18 those two gentle pats that dan gives to the back of phil’s head before phil looks at his finished hair … so fucking adorable bc it’s the way dan pats down his own hair when he’s fixing it pls save me
7:29 dan obvi needs to make it a point to emphasize they have the same hair again as has been his constant refrain about their haircuts for the last like 3 years (tbh i’m convinced that he literally misses having the same hair as phil which is gross and just as sappy as i’d expect from him) and in order to demonstrate how ALIKE they are again he proceeds to mirror phil playing w his fringe bc why not ..
‘this was the only thing that was separating us’ PLS
7:38 dan’s Hot Take 2.0: ‘you look like a cool australian surfer … like a weird goth one that has never been to the beach’
8:14 dan asserts on phil’s behalf that phil ‘needs’ the edge of his emo fringe and phil immediately agrees. rip to anyone who was hoping quiff!phil might be on the horizon
8:39 dan goes defensive about how he could’ve done a better job and phil immediately jumps in to say that he thinks dan did well in the most sincere voice of all time, accompanied w cute/soft smile
and then he cuts dan off entirely to remind him that he didn’t burn phil’s face off and to v fervently thank him (he litro NODS while he thanks him it’s so SERIOUS) and then dan does some weird touchy thing to phil’s chest or arm or both and phil decides to boop dan’s cheek and you should really SLOW IT DOWN bc when you do, you notice it’s more of like a lil squeeze as opposed to just a v light tap and it’s gROSS:
8:59 then, since this video has far too much dan gratuitously touching phil and phil was surely feeling deprived, phil reaches over to give dan a ‘zayn curl’ and play w dan’s fringe a bit n at this point i’ve had Enough of this cute ass shit
9:20 dan couldn’t just leave it there, he needs to take a moment to re-assert the ~dnp don’t go outside or go to parties or talk to people Ever~ branding just in case ANYONE forgot (but also seems like a low key way for dan to gently remind the audience not to get attached to this in any way bc it will probs never happen again)
9:40 phil dubs dan the “original curly man” n idk how to feel about this but i suppose that is a fitting conclusion to this absolute roller coaster of emotions
ugh. just a really great video. i’m sorry this post is massive,, there’s jst so much here and i needed to have pics of ALL OF IT
Still, the dusk was fading into the obsidian hue of night, and Tooru had an impression to make. Blue flames in one uplifted palm, the silk of the gloves already ashes scattered in the emperor’s wake. The gift, finally awakened, his father had said, laughing in elation when the divine fire had first burst out of Tooru, scorching the skin off his left thigh.
The elfire, a boon that ran in the bloodline of those deemed worthy to sit on the throne.
A tribute to (sing with me) A Song of Conquest and Fate, an iwaoi exchange fic written by @hweiro that I A D O R E… Not only is it fantastically written with great character moments and interesting tidbits of worldbuilding, it is the perfect storm of Things I Like (iwaoi, fantasy AU, vidya game xover(ish))–so if you like those things too, you should check it out. (♡∀♡)
Gratuitous artistic liberties taken for costuming, but I wanted to give Tooru’s outfit some FE Fates flavor lol. Thanks for letting me draw fanart based on your work!!
“I hate how SuFin shippers make Finland say “Su-san”. I’m a SuFin shipper myself, don’t get me wrong, but it just really gets on my nerves. If anything, he’d call Sweden by his Finnish name Ruotsi or just Sve, you know? Like the other Nordics (How Denmark calls Sweden Sverige and Iceland calls Sweden Sví)“
It’s even canon that Finland calls the other Nordics by their Finnish names since he calls Denmark Tanska.
Why do people do this? Two words, my dear viewer.
- Mod V
(Edit: I realized I misspelled “Tanska” as “Tanksa”. My bad! XD)
Hello, I am trying to avoid falling into the pit fall that is trying to write a female character who is very in control of her sexuality and also dresses in fairley reveling way, without objectifing her. She dresses like she does because she wants it to be very clear to every one around her that it is not a matter of whether not she could punt you through a wall but rather how far you would go after that. and she is well out of the 'confused' period of her life, and into the 'proud to be me' .
Hello! For the purposes of this response, I’m going to assume you’re a (heterosexual?) male author, in which the first step I’d recommend for writing about this is to consult as many women as possible about it. Seeing as I am a women, I’d say you’re ahead of the game in this department.
Next, here are some personal tips and rules of thumb for writing about sexual female characters without sexualizing them:
1. Treat them as people.
Regardless of how promiscuous, attractive, and sexual your character is, she will have defining traits beyond that. Focus on your character’s personality before you describe her appearance. Spend some time working out her idiosyncrasies, quirks, likes and dislikes, that don’t involve sex. Make sure she’s a well-rounded character before you even think about focusing on her sexuality; her appearance should be an afterthought, not a defining feature.
This goes for characters of all genders: regardless of how stunningly attractive they’re emphasized to be, regardless of the author’s relentless descriptions of their “rock hard abs” or “ample breasts,” the characters I find most attractive are invariably the ones with a strong and well-defined personality.
Basically, regardless of how sexy your character is, she is, first and foremost, a person, with a fully developed personality. Remember that, and you’ll be several steps ahead of your fellow male authors.
2. Make sure she’s dressed practically and appropriately.
Revealing clothes are great. I’ll show cleavage like nobody’s business. But don’t fall into the false empowerment purgatory of ridiculously revealing clothes that are neither appropriate to the situation nor practical for what your character is doing.
For instance, if your character is kicking ass and taking names, she should not be doing it like this:
If your character is setting out for a fight, avoid gratuitous cleavage, showing too much skin, and basically anything that looks like it could just as easily be exhibited in a Victoria’s Secret ad.
Some more practical options for your female characters include full-body spandex (like male superheroes have been wearing since spandex was invented), cargo pants and tank tops, and athletic-wear. I also personally enjoy basically any character in full-body latex or leather, and it’s totally not because its a personal kink of mine.
In a quiet, controlled, dress up-y setting, your character can wear the revealing clothes she prefers, but there are some basic guidelines for this as well:
3. Stay away from gratuitously focusing on breasts.
“My full breasts swelled invitingly over the lacy rim of my sports bra.” “Her small breasts swung loosely beneath her poncho.” “She purred as she contentedly patted her young breasts dry.”
So many male writers do this, and it never fails to grate on me. Even if your character is wearing the most cleavage-bearing, Jessica Rabbit-esque getup imaginable, she will not be thinking about her boobs 24/7, especially if it’s told in the first person.
The only time I’m actively thinking about my breasts is when I’m thinking about how much they’re fucking annoying me. Right now, for example, I’m thinking about them because all my bras are in the wash and the only one available was one of my mom’s sports bras, and it feels like a goddamn binder.
Do I love them? Am I happy to have them? Yes, but sometimes they fucking suck, man.
On that note, however, the feeling of taking off a bra is heavenly, and I do occasionally like putting my hands on them for no particular reason.
If you want to emphasize that your character is physically beautiful, and she’s wearing revealing clothing, here are a few body parts that I wish authors would pay more attention to:
“The lean, well-defined muscles of her back rippled like liquid.”
“The slit up the side of her evening gown showed off a smooth expanse of thigh.”
“Her hair was braided to one side, calling attention to her slender neck and sharp jawline and showing off her toned shoulders.”
This might be the queer gal in me talking, but I’d say that’s a definite improvement.
4. Allow her to have physical flaws.
“Her lovely sloping waist gave way to voluptuous hips, perfectly mirroring the ample roundness of her bosoms. Luscious locks of silky blond hair framed her heart-shaped face and high cheekbones, accentuating lush lips and a petite button nose, large eyes framed with lush lashes.”
This is a condensed version of the descriptions I’ve read. Authors, particularly male authors, will take up entire pages describing flawlessly beautiful female characters that probably couldn’t exist outside of a magazine.
Don’t do this. Even if your character is stunningly gorgeous, it’s her physical idiosyncrasies that will make her memorable. Give her a honking laugh, a birthmark, a scar, one crooked tooth that stands out in an otherwise perfect smile.
Moreover, as a general rule of thumb, stay away from cutesy descriptors “petite button noses,” “doe eyes,” “lush, long lashes,” “doll-like,” “porcelain skin,” and basically anything else that sounds as though you’re describing a children’s toy. One or two characters can have these features, but when every female character sounds like a porcelain doll, it gets tiresome.
Confession time: I like to endow my male characters with these traits just to throw people. A lot of my male main characters will be described as having large, doe-like eyes with long lashes, lush pink lips, delicate features, and/or basically everything else cute and “feminine” with which female characters are frequently endowed.
I feel like it’s quietly subversive, because there’s a lot of pressure for male characters to constantly be masculine (if not, it’s usually presented as comedy relief), just as it’s customary for female characters to consistently be effortlessly cute, delicate, and feminine.
Your female characters will not always be cute, delicate, and feminine. Even the most gorgeous people in the world will occasionally wake up with static-y, bird’s nest hair and dark raccoon circles under their eyes. They get body odor, they go to the bathroom, they get bad breath, they get unsightly rashes, have allergic reactions, get bug bites.
Granted, you probably won’t need to describe that in gratuitous detail, but you need to realize that women aren’t goddesses. If your character has perfect makeup, she’s put a lot of time and energy into learning how to do perfect makeup, applying it every morning, et cetera. If she has a perfect body, she probably works out a lot, eats a steadily healthy diet, and/or has some pretty perfect genes. Traditional femininity is hard work; it isn’t simply a natural state of being for women and girls.
Basically, it all goes back to point one: treat your female characters as people.
5. Be open to criticism.
This applies for writing all marginalized groups to which you don’t belong. I can and do write characters of color, for example, but I need to be open to criticism from actual people of color for when I’m doing it wrong.
If you’re straight (which I am not), you can and should write queer characters, but you need to be open to the critiques of actual queer people when they tell you how to improve.
And you (and again, I’m only assuming you’re male here, as it isn’t specified) can and should write female characters, but you need to keep an open ear to real women if they say you aren’t doing it right.
This isn’t personal, and it doesn’t mean you’re a bad person; what a lot of people need to understand on this website (and the internet in general) is that we will never reach a state of total ideological purity, just as we will never understand the experience of groups to which we do not belong.
Accept it, commit to the journey of bettering yourself as a person and as a creator, and realize that criticism is not a personal insult to you; it’s a means by which you can grow.
I got hit with some SDS tags today and thank you for those but I’ve selfie’d twice in the last few days which exceeds my preferred monthly selfie rate by several thousand percent so here is an MRI of my spine from 4 years ago.
I almost didn’t post this bc I was embarrassed but then I was like wait literally who the fuck cares
I gained almost 25 pounds after my ex died. Which is fine. Weight is not bad.
What’s bad is being unable to exercise because being alone with your thoughts sends you into a panic attack. What’s bad is binge eating pints (plural) of ben & jerry’s and chasing them with taquitos and a bag of potato chips because it makes you forget for a second how much you hate yourself. What’s bad is feeling powerless, stuck, trapped in a body you used to love pushing for 14 miles at a time on any given Sunday.
Anyway. I’ve come a long way since then. This isn’t a ton of progress but everyday I feel more powerful and that’s just….a really big deal for me right now. So shirtless selfie it is 🤓
They’re too old for this. They’re too old for this yet Iwaizumi always goes along with it and the spark in Oikawa’s chest glows like a candle - bright and warm, settled in between his ribs.
The bed dips when Iwaizumi sneaks under the covers. It’s a cold January night, with the temperature finally dropping below 0, turning the morning air crisp and chilly like it’s going to snow soon. But Iwaizumi is warm and solid and Oikawa shuffles closer until his knees press agains Iwaizumi’s legs and his fingertips brush his ribs.
Iwaizumi is laying on his back, something he has been doing during their sleepovers lately. The air is chilly, Iwaizumi doesn’t look at Oikawa while they share a bed anymore, simple as that. Oikawa doesn’t bring it up, afraid Iwaizumi will pull further away or decide agains the whole sleeping together altogether.
“You’re so clingy,” complains Iwaizumi without a real bite to his words.
There is a soft intake of breath but Iwaizumi doesn’t answer. His muscles are tense under Oikawa’s fingertips as he shifts his palms, moves it slowly towards Iwaizumi’s stomach, ghosting over the smooth, warm skin there.
He’s pushing it, he knows. But Iwaizumi doesn’t stop him and Oikawa is undeniably drawn to him, just like a moth to a flame.
“Oikawa.” It sounds as a warning, but Oikawa presses forward until he fits his face in the crook of Iwaizumi’s neck. He can smell him - deep, earthy and a little bit sweet from the shower gel his mother buys.
“I won’t do anything,” he mumbles, his lips brushing the skin of Iwaizumi’s neck as he speaks. He wonders what it’d feel like to kiss him there, right below the ear.
“Okay.” Iwaizumi’s voice cracks. “Okay,” he repeats and takes a deep breath.
Oikawa isn’t sure what exactly he’s doing, isn’t sure why Iwaizumi’s letting him, but in the silence of his bedroom, in the darkness of the night, he allows his heart to lead.
Iwaizumi’s heartbeat is quickened, insistent under Oikawa’s fingertips and he presses there, his thumb rubbing soft whorls towards his collarbone, slow but certain.
“Go to sleep, idiot,” Iwaizumi croaks and Oikawa laughs.
“Always the sweet talker. No wonder you can’t get a girlfriend,” Oikawa teases but Iwaizumi doesn’t take the jab; something that he’s usually quick to get hotheaded over.
“Don’t say that,” he says instead and Oikawa’s hand freezes over his chest.
“Mmm?” Oikawa hums and his fingers flinch in an attempt to suppress his nervousness.
Iwaizumi palm finds Oikawa’s under the blankets, covers it – warm and slightly sweaty – over his chest and Oikawa holds his breath. Holds it until he desperately needs to breath again, until the pain of it is stronger than the heaviness of his feelings, like stones in his stomach.
He wonders if Iwaizumi can hear his erratic heartbeat in the silence of the room.
“I can hear you thinking,” Iwaizumi murmurs, his voice regaining it’s usual steadiness.
“Yeah, people do that from time to time, Iwa-chan. Maybe you can–”
“Shut up, you idiot,” Iwaizumi cuts him off, cuts his defensive mechanism right in the middle of it. “Just go to sleep, we have practice tomorrow.”
And Oikawa isn’t sure what to reply, what to do. He lets the silence drag between them, focuses on the feeling of Iwaizumi’s palm above his, Iwaizumi’s steady heartbeat below it, the soft velvety feeling of his skin. It’s like all the pieces of the puzzle are right there, yet he’s afraid to put the together.
He feels hot and flushed and confused but he closes his eyes and presses his nose into Iwaizumi’s neck, lets the heat coil in his stomach, pleasant and exciting.
It takes him hours until he falls asleep but he somehow feels a step closer to solving the puzzle.
Wash: I am trying to redeem myself for the things I have done but am not sure I am capable of being a good person again. Tucker: I am finally trying to better myself after years of apathy but it is hard to know when I am making the right decision. Grif: When I am thrust into a leadership position I subconsciously emulate the person who has tormented me for years. Felix: My pride was severely wounded by a man I don’t respect by exploiting character flaws I refuse to admit I have. Locus: I cannot achieve my ideal of the perfect soldier because I am actually a human being with flaws and feelings. Lopez: La única persona quien entiende lo que estoy diciendo es el hombre loco que está tratando a matarnos.
I'm glad you enjoyed the twist but my problem is that for me it kind of doomed/ruined CS, because I just really can't see a believable way for Emma and the Charmings to forgive him and come back for this, like how can Emma want to marry him now or the Charmings want to have him in their family? And I know they've forgiven Regina for worse but she's not going to marry into their family. This just seems too convoluted to actually work out and just seems gratuitous to me. I'm happy for (cont)
(part 2) for every who is and will enjoy this plot twist and angst, I truly am, I just hope I was able to do the same but I cannot, I feel they crossed a line they won’t be able to satisfactorily cross back for me :(
Well, first I am truly sorry that you can’t enjoy it. I hope the way it plays out lets you change your mind …
But for me, this is all about intent.
Captain Hook didn’t kill David’s father … he killed a guy who had witnessed him killing the king’s guards. I mean, yeah, it turns out it was David’s father but …
The Charming family knows how bad Killian was. He told them how he killed his own father. He admitted to Emma that he killed a guy who called him a name. He was a villainy villain who only cared about himself and his vengeance … and now it turns out that there is a real face on one of his victims.
It’s not like he knew this for years and hid it … he just found out and he’s going to have to wrestle with what to do … even better, we’re going to see him talk about his feelings on the subject! (and here I thought Emma would be the only one emoting to Archie!)
So, I have full confidence that he will confess this to Emma within the next few weeks and set out to make things as right as he can.
It’s a test for Hook but also one for the heroes … someone deserves forgiveness only when they haven’t hurt you directly? Nope, that’s not something a hero would do.
I am just so thrilled to find out that Hook has such an incredibly juicy plot in 6B. It’s going to be a hell of a ride!