Hey, I'm not being arsey or argumentative or anything, I just wondered if you'd explain why Cal is racist? Is it just that he doesn't like the reds?
You’re nothing arsey at all! I’d love to try to answer this question. To be honest though, I thought about not answering this, simply because the comment I made on that post was sort of uncalled for. I was referring to the anti stuff that I have been seeing about Cal, and one of his biggest flaws which is that he doesn’t exactly treat all reds as equals to silvers. He acts as if silvers are better than reds and most of the people in the fandom have sort of come up with “bloodist” as the term for this. And as much as I agree that he perhaps isn’t the best ally, I think that he is certainly trying to fix this part of himself. I do believe that he meant what he said in his speech to the Silvers in Kings Cage, and I believe that he really does want to try to see reds and silvers as equals. A lot of people who are against him though, say that he obviously only cares about Mare, and that he believes all other reds do not matter. To that point, I would just like to say that he did work with all the New Bloods at the Notch, and he did go out and try to help them. He risked his life to save them.
I suppose that my problem with the whole argument is that people who make it continually cry that in a realistic world, Cal is a terrible ally. I want to raise the point that if you want to be extremely realistic about this whole situation, then you should also take into consideration that realistically he was born and raised to believe certain people were below him. Even in our very real world, prejudice and racism are spread by example. Children see their parents and grandparents (people that society has dictated they should respect and listen to) treating people in a horrible way. They then take that information, process it, and say alright, well that’s the way I need to act. I think it’s extremely unrealistic that antis forget this and just assume that changing your prejudices is like flicking a light switch on or off. It most certainly is not, especially when you were born and raised under those thoughts. Those beliefs become a part of your very foundation, and they’re hard to just ignore. It certainly is possible to change your perception of things, and it is possible to change your thoughts, but it takes a lot of work to change something as deeply rooted as a belief. In my opinion, this is also where his belief that he should be king comes from. Imagine if your entire life you were told that you had to do something when you got older, that you have been born for that purpose. You would probably grow up believing that that right was yours, and that it defines who you are. Without the crown, Cal probably thinks he is nothing, which is never a nice place to be no matter who you are. Being vulnerable is not always easy, and the crown is something that acts as armor, it acts as a part of who Cal is. So I’m very sorry if I believe that it’s obvious that he would still want that crown. I’m not saying he should have it, but it certainly cant be ignored that he’s always been under the impression that he has to have it, that having it is the only way to solve problems. In a summary, it is very hard to break out of our up bringing.
I think it’s just a little unfair that people are screaming foul about this whole thing too, when other characters in the series have prejudice as well. No one is crying foul about Evangeline, who literally threw a glass on the ground and made a Red servant clean it up just so that she could piss off Mare and Farley. I see no one crying for social justice about that, or for her other actions. And I believe the reason for this is because she is a woman, so she is sacred and no one can touch her. I, in my honest opinion, think that if Cal was a female character, everyone would be supporting his efforts and saying that he is trying and doing a great job doing so. Everyone lets the female characters slide, but the males are always ripped apart and over analyzed. I’m not saying that men should be “protected at all costs” but I am saying that these characters are equal in all respects. Both the males and the females have prejudice, the reds and the silvers both have flaws. They are all human in their own respects, I’m simply saying we should take that fact into consideration.
Anyway, my rant is done. Sorry to take so long to answer your question, I hope I was able to answer it for you. (:
Just a reminder: all good things in a fandon will reach the toxic areas of a fandom. It’s unavoidable and all we can do is just remember that these things are good regardless of what the toxic people say about it.
I’ve spent the last four hours (and goddamn it I should be finishing my war literature report) reading through @http://xenophonspeaks.tumblr.com/ BakuTodo fanfics 🙈 (I’m sorry for the weird link, but I couldn’t make it work otherwise) I’m actually not a BakuTodo shipper, but boy, his writing is so godly amazing, I couldn’t keep my eyes from the screen. You absolutely need to check him out! I promise it’s worth every second of your time. I never found myself laughing and smiling so much over a piece of writing I just read before 💫 He is also having an ao3, I’m leaving the link right here http://archiveofourown.org/users/XenophonSpeaks/pseuds/XenophonSpeaks I’ve only read BakuTodo so far, but from what I’ve seen he’s also doing TodoDeku prompts on his blog. He also seems to write for SnK and I think he’s part of the BSD and YoI fandom as well (I feel like I just hit the jackpot) I’m going to investigate this further ✌
I’d better hurry up before it gets too late and my gurl is yelling at me again 😖 Senpai tries to be early in bed, I promise~
How do you come up with titles? Game Theory specifically.
I usually just…make them up. And sometimes I research them. I get mad if it takes me longer than thirty minutes to think of a title, lol.
Game Theory - Is an economic, political and psychological series of mathematical models used to find the optimal way to win games. Specifically, it can be used to find the optimal strategy in chess. Augus was King of the Unseelie (the black king on the chessboard) and Gwyn was King of the Seelie (the white king). Game Theory just seemed to fit those two playing mindgames with each other in the beginning. I have since been advised that if I want to publish, I may need to trash the title, since it doesn’t scream ‘fantasy erotica’ or sounds more like a non-fiction manual.
I came up with it in about 20 minutes, researching chess movies, since I knew I wanted the title to be based on chess moves. I’m pretty sure that was just ‘Wiki led me here in 20 minutes and I don’t hate it.’
I was lazy with The Golden Age that Never Was and From the Darkness We Rise / Into Shadows We Fall. (In retrospect, the titles are way better flipped - even though I can justify why they’re not, even I recognise that book one should’ve been called Into Shadows We Fall and book two should’ve been called From the Darkness We Rise lol)
The Court of Five Thrones I brainstormed, though I can’t find the
piece of paper where I wrote down a thousand ideas. I wanted it to have
a proper fantasy-esque title. And it also gave me something to anchor
into towards the end of Game Theory and throughout COFT. The Ice Plague was
pretty easy, since it was just named after what the central issue is in
the series, lol. Also it was unique. There’s no other book called that.
Stuck on the Puzzle is named after an Alex Turner song, where the lyrics don’t quite fit but the chorus is perfect: ‘When I saw your fingers dimming the lights, like you’re used to being told that you’re trouble, and I spent all night, stuck on the puzzle.’ While the story is told from Cullen’s perspective, the title is actually from Bull’s. (Though it works for both.) Took about 20 minutes to think of that one.
The Wind that Cuts the Night is from a Radioface song called ‘Pound of Flesh.’ I was on a Radioface bender at the time, but it’s possible to get 4 million titles for a story from Radioface songs, lol.
Blackwood was originally The Lost Wolves of Blackwood and I legit brainstormed about 60 titles over several months and was never happy with any of them. It included titles like ‘Lens Flare’ and ‘Far from Home’ and ‘The Blackwood Alpha’ and the absolutely fucking terrible ‘the Beta that Wasn’t’ (haha it’s so bad, I had to put it here). *cringe* (Also, that was never a serious candidate, I feel like it’s worth noting that brainstorming is about putting down the worst ideas along with everything else, just to get it out of your head and make room for new ideas lol).
The Wildness Within was one of those grabby ‘came up with it in ten minutes’ titles. I don’t like to overthink titles, because generally speaking, I think a lot of titles are actually shitty and unmemorable (for all books in general), and what I love most about stories are the story. Like, I don’t love The Golden Age that Never Was but it’s too late to change the title now, and everyone calls it Golden Age or TGA or TGATNW or whatever. This does have the downside of me choosing genuinely terrible titles sometimes for things I’m going to spend more than a year working on.
But yeah, I…don’t believe in ‘perfect’ titles. Though I am pretty chuffed with COFT and TIP. I hate titling short stories the most, and actually just tend to title them simply. ‘Street Dancer’ was about *drumrolls* a street dancer. And ‘The Repairer’ was about *drumrolls* a repairer. Winter Syndicate, my sci fi series is about…a Syndicate set in a place that has three versions of winter, lol, and very few other seasons. TGATNW is pretty much what it says on the tin - it’s about a Golden Age that isn’t really very Golden Age-y at all.
you seem to be focused on your taemin han au which is fabulous because i love this doggo son he's adorable. but omg i would DIE for your mint eye flipped au where the only 'good' characters are mc, rika and saeran that would be AMAZING.
yeah but … do u really wanna see that level of angst :D
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