less pretty than the actual thing still

Having fun, Cuddle Muffin?” Harry asked, folding his arms over the side of the rubber ring and resting his head on his hands. Harry realised too late that this brought his face dangerously close to Malfoy’s thighs, but he couldn’t go back now.

“Of course, mon petit chou,” Draco replied curtly.

“Going French now, are we?” Harry teased.

“French is the language of love, don’t you know,” Draco said, and Harry’s heart skipped a beat as Lucius’s words from the night before echoed in his head.

“Somehow you make it sound less loving,” Harry grinned. “What does mon petit chou mean, anyway?”

“My little cabbage,” Draco answered with a grin of his own. “I reckon that suits you, actually; you’re pretty small and bitter.”

“I’m neither of those things!” Harry retorted, affronted. “I’m like an inch shorter than you at the most-”

“But you’re still shorter than me, thus you’re small,” Draco interrupted. “And you look pretty peeved about that, which makes you bitter, as well.
—  Twice Yours by leontina

kestrelyn  asked:

I couldn't find anything in your previous posts about this, so I was wondering what your take on horse carriage tourism is. It's becoming a big issue in my city, Charleston, SC, where the local animal society (partnered with HSUS, which makes me initially wary) is trying to shut down carriage companies. Recently a horse went down during a tour and there was a big incident about whether he was hurt, or adhering to the training to not struggle to get up in order to avoid harness entanglement.

That was Big John, right? I’ve seen the video and I know the actual context. He did what he was trained to do and laid still. Draft horses can really hurt themselves or other horses if they struggle, so they’re trained to just wait to be released. Anything involved with HSUS is pretty much going to have twisted messaging, so that’s a good thing to have noted. It was the horse’s first work for the day and he’d gone less than 10 blocks, tripped, couldn’t recover, so he went down and then laid still. He was seen by a vet immediately before being cleared for work again. 

In general well-run carriage horses programs aren’t harmful. They’re generally frequently seen by vets and well fed and are honestly more at risk of harm from the activists who try to screw up the business than they are from the work they’re being asked to do. I’ve seen carriage businesses I didn’t like before - one I remember thinking that all the horses really needed their hooves trimmed - but overall they’re not evil. They use draft horses for the purpose they’ve been bred for (which some people might inherently take issue with) and they’re taken pretty good care of by the businesses I’m familiar with. 

anonymous asked:

Can you imagine dating Monty and trying to keep it quiet when you go to the dance but he gets super jealous when he sees you talking to other guys

I really love the idea of Monty and you trying to keep your relationship quiet. I don’t know why, but it’s one of my favorite head canons for him. I literally have an entire fic outlined in my head surrounding the topic that I don’t think I’ll ever get around to writing but ANYWAY I digress.

You’d obviously be rocking whatever outfit you chose to wear and the confidence you’d be exuding would make Monty’s breath catch in his throat. And as much as he’s trying to act cool and “hook up” with other girls, it’s you that he’s always drawn back to you, it’s you that matters, it’s you who he wants to hook up with later that night.

But then he sees you talking to a few random guys, to Tony, to Alex, to fucking Cory of all people, and his fists clench and he just can’t take it. He thought he’d be able to enjoy himself and just dance around and have a good time, he thought he’d be okay acting like you flirting with other guys didn’t bother him, like you were just another person at the dance who he might hit on for a little bit in passing, but he’s realizing with every new person you talk to that his resilience is less and less.

And pretty soon he’s making his way across the dance floor–complete tunnel vision for you–and he thinks about shoving away the guy you’re talking to until he realizes it’s Jeff. He’d shove a lot of people, but never Jeff. So now he’s not quite sure what to do, because he’s much more used to dealing with things physically rather than verbally, and his fists are still clenched as he stands next to you and Jeff, not actually saying hi or anything, just standing there, and you know he’s irritated, so you smile and cheerily say, “Hey, Monty! Want to dance?” Instead of waiting for an answer your just reach out and take him by the wrist, pulling him out to the dance floor and wrapping your arms around his neck. You lean in close, so that you can whisper into his ear. “Are you okay?” you ask, even though he’s clearly not, and you feel his arms tense around you. “Monty…let’s just leave. Let’s just go hand out somewhere else. Alone.”

And you can feel him not curtly, and he huskily says, “Yeah, okay.” So the two of you make your way to the doors, and you’re home free, and as soon as you’re outside you can see the anxiety and jealousy wash away, and you just sort of roll your eyes, because Monty has nothing to worry about.

anonymous asked:

How would Russ, Red, Stretch, and Classic Sans react to his crush just randomly walking up to him, pulling out a ridiculously huge bag of weed and saying "you and me. Let's get destroyed off this shit" and then when they're both high af crush just goes "you're so incredibly perfect and I really love you so much like we should get married and have a nice life and everything and stuff I think about it a lot like spending my life with you"

Okay….my apologies if I let my fantasies run wild….let me indulge in my pure self insert love for Rus. 

Also, like….I’ve never smoke or gotten high (I’m a good noodle) so this might be not accurate. 

*Implied NSFW, but nothing is explicit. I’d say PG-13

Swapfell Papyrus 

Hell to the fucking yes. Rus eagerly smokes the weed with you, but not as much as you so he could watch over you and make sure that you don’t hurt yourself or do anything stupid. You get a little handsy with him, and he hesitantly accepts it, even kissing you, sliding his hands under your shirt, touching you everywhere. Had he been sober, Rus would’ve kept his distance from you since you’re not in the right mind right now, but despite taking less than you, Rus is still pretty high. 

When you confess your feelings for him, he gets a new kind of high, proclaiming that he feels the same way, and the two of you just start laughing. How silly! You like him, he likes you, why did it take so long?! Neither of you should have to wait anymore, you two should get married! And Rus actually marries you, Vegas style. 

The next day, once the both of you sober up, Rus realizes what happened and screams. Fuck he really messed things up didn’t he? He fucking married you and yeah, okay, maybe that thought is kinda nice, but he didn’t want it to be like this! After making breakfast, the two of you sit down and have a long discussion on what to do. You suggest that after the craziness that happened yesterday, it’s better to just put this aside for now and deal with it another day. Rus happily agrees. 

But later, turns into weeks, months, years, and in between that time, you and Rus have grown closer than ever before. Neither of you officially asked each other out, but it’s pretty much agreed that you two are an item now. 

Pretty soon, the both of you forgot all about the accidental marriage until Undyne asked when you two are tying the knot during a dinner party with all your friends. 

“Oh, we’re already married,” Rus shrugs as you giggle by his side. 

The sound of everyone’s glasses dropping was priceless. 

Underfell Sans

Oh my god, he loves you so much, give him some that shit. As soon as the both of you are as high as a cloud, Red gets a little handsy with you and the two of you start making out. Not only are you his crush, but you’re also his FWB so it’s nothing new. 

But then, you confess your feelings for him, and oh god, Red.exe has crashed. He teleports out of there as soon as possible, stumbling into Grillbys since that’s the first place he thought of, and drowns himself in alcohol. It’s not that he’s unhappy, but Red was not expecting at all and he hates surprises. Plus, he’s high as fuck, so he’s not in the right mind. 

Then Red remembers he left you alone in his room….half naked….with your recent confession fresh from your lips. Fuck! He’s such an idiot! He teleports back, but finds you asleep so peacefully on his bed. The skeleton sighs, a tiny smile on the edge of his mouth as he tucks you under the blankets and slides in next to you, kissing you gently on your head. 

“i love you too, sweetheart.” 

Underswap Papyrus 

Are you sure you wanna give him that? Blue is going to be sooooo pissed. But Stretch is never one for healthy choices so together, you two go through the entire bag. As the two of you slump in the cushions of the couch, you relax in his arms and confess your feelings for him. 

“Haha same,” Stretch laughs before he realizes you really said, then jolt up, pushing you into the couch, “Wait you really mean that?! You wanna get married?!” 

Your eyes blown wide, you slowly nod your head, and the skeleton attacks you with a full on makeout session, sliding his heads underneath your clothes, “Let’s get married then!” 

But first, Stretch throws off his hoodie and you toss your pants, to celebrate your engagement. The next morning, the two of you shit faced, he realizes what happens, and you both call off the engagement, mostly because it was too ridiculous, but you two do start dating and a few years later…..the engagement is back on. 

Undertale Sans

Classic isn’t much of a drug person. Sure, he’s experiment several times, especially during the bad runs, but he’s happy right now and feeling like a massive piece of shit the next day doesn’t quite appeal to him, so he declines. He’ll happily watch you get high though, and watch over you so nothing goes wrong. Classic smiles and laughs at your hilarious antics, even recording some of them and use them as blackmail for future purposes. 

But then you wrap yourself around his body, straddling his lap with the dopest grin and his soul skips a beat as you confess your feelings. His face flushes a bright cyan blue and he picks you up and gently sets you back down on the couch. He doesn’t say anything about it the entire night and just takes care of you until you fall asleep.

Sans believes your confession, and he’s ecstatic that you feel the same way, but he rather hear you say it when you’re normal. If you don’t remember that you confessed, he’ll tell you what happened and then ask you out. 

anonymous asked:

I think the worst thing I've seen was people saying Magnus isn't petty enough to be angry at Alec for torturing him(lmfao..how is it petty for Magnus to be traumatized?). And the people who defend Alec's asking for Magnus' dna and saying he has to follow orders or he'll be punished. Sorry to say, but whatever "punishment" he received would be far less than what downworlders endure. What Magnus endured.

Also, I’m actually pretty certain that while people were irritated by Alec not listening to his gut more or what Magnus!Valentine was saying, even when what he was saying was shit there was no way Valentine would know. What set people off and made them upset is that after what Magnus has been through, he’s now going to be asked for his hair. By his boyfriend. Because the clave is planning on treating downworlders like animals. And there are still Alec stans defending that.

Honestly, all of this.

Here’s the thing. If, in the long run, all of this is what really helps Alec to separate himself from the Clave? Awesome. But in the meantime do not act like Alec should be continually praised for the small ways he’s grown or given patience in regards to the way he fucks up. Right now Alec still views Magnus, whether he realizes it or not, as an exception to the downworlder rule. It’s a category that both Luke and Simon also fall into but from which Meliorn and Raphael, for example, are exempt. 

The fact that now the Clave plans to push the downworlders further and Alec seems to be going along with it- going so far as to go to his boyfriend who was just tortured and nearly executed by the Clave while stuck in the body of a genocidal shadowhunter who wants to exterminate all downworlders- is fucking problematic.

Which. Is fine. Alec can be problematic. He is problematic. He’s still influenced by his upbringing regardless of how much he may respect Luke and love and respect Magnus. He’s learning. 

The problem is that his stans seem unable to realize this. And instead, the moment you dare to care more about Magnus or to point out that what Alec is doing/has done is not okay, they feel the need to write 5000 word essays on the glory that is Alexander Lightwood. 

Fuck that.

I love Alec so much, I do. I love that he’s (hopefully) learning and growing and will be someone who actually understands how wrong the Clave is. But I’m never going to not be critical of him, even in this growth process. 

What happened in 2x12, bad writing or not (it was), is still canon. Yes, I’m sorry he’s going to feel guilty. But to be honest? He should. In killing Jocelyn there was not really anything for him to feel guilty about. None of that was under his control, though I understand he still feels that guilt and acts under the weight of it. But in this? In not doing the absolute most to make sure his boyfriend really wasn’t trapped in Valentine’s body? Sorry, he deserves that guilt. Magnus deserved better. 

I hope he learns from it, I hope he and Magnus become stronger because of it. But in the meantime, I care more about Magnus Bane and the fucking torture and trauma he’s just endured than I do about Alec’s guilt. 

anonymous asked:

okay i so called Netflix & spoke to them & they said that yes they have been getting a LOT of calls but they have 0 plans for a season 3 & they feel that the show has run its course

yeah i got that response too one time, then i got another one saying that feedback was important and they were taking it into account, then got another one saying that an special episode for closure sounded like a good idea

the thing is, customer service doesn’t know shit, that’s why everyone gets something different, like, i work as a social media manager and i can tell u i bullshit my way through most messages i have to answer, companies literally always leave u hanging when u ask them for their official statement to anything

the important thing is that what u say get typed down and sent to whoever the fuck is in charge of customer feedback, so what customer service tells you doesn’t matter, what matters is that your call ends in the long list of complain about this thing 

and still, it’s a fucking long shot, if you read between the lines of what cast and creators have said its easy to guess that the decision came out of nowhere and is pretty much set in stone (they all sound so defeated and we know how much they love the show), which leads me believe that it had little to do with fans or viewership (it got cancelled in less than a month! i know people who like the show that havent had time to watch s2 yet bc people have things to do with their lives!)

imo, sense8 is just expensive, even if half the earth watched it, it would still be expensive, and netflix was willing to put up with that before, in 2015, when thy were trying to get a bigger international audience (and sense8 was perfected for that, it was actually way more popular everywhere else but the us), but now they pretty much have monopolized the streaming market so they don’t care anymore, they already have the audience, it’s way simpler and more affordable to just copy network television and produce mainstream garbage that’s cheap and gets a bigger audience

but hell, im going to continue to fight for it bc this show means a lot to me, at least until netflix releases a more serious statement

sorry this got very rambly

Peaceful Slumber

 “Kamui!” One hand levelled next to his mouth, Takumi scanned the area. Thick trees and green leaves were all he could see. But the figure of the dragon princess was nowhere to be found. A frown tugged the corners of his mouth. Where is she? Again his head whipped left and right. For an astral kingdom, the Hoshidan prince was quite surprised to see just how big and vast the forest was.

 He then stopped once he spotted a familiar figure.

 “There you are!” Breathing a small sigh of relief, Takumi picked up his pace. “I’ve been looking everywhere for you. Gods, and you actually made me worry so much as to why you didn’t show up for ar…chery…practice…” Words stumbled out as faint mumbles once he got a clear image of her.

 There she was, snoozing peacefully under a shade of one of the trees, giving neither care nor hesitance about the world around her as slumber took hold.

 Takumi swore a laugh almost burst out of a cupped mouth.

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sky00asara  asked:

Khr Question: Do you think Tsuna every really (truly and full heartedly) harmonized with his gaurdian? It's just that in Cannon they never really acted how I'd expect someone who've you SOULBONDED with would? Is it just me??

Hmm. By the time of the Future Arc, I like to think he was on the way? One of the things that I did really like about KHR was that there were no immediate “Oh we’re best friends forever and everything is normal” friendships. Tsuna liked most of his Guardians from the beginning (except Mukuro, for obvious reasons) but it took him a while to love them, and I felt that was pretty realistic, especially with all the other things going on. 

By the Arcobaleno Arc, it was getting more and more obvious that they were bonding, but it was a gradual process. If the manga had shown us a year or two into the future, I think it would have been the full soulbond idea, but at that point it was too early. And that was totally okay with me. 

Imo KHR is pretty cool in that it subverts a lot of the standard shounen tropes while still managing to play them more or less straight. It’s Tsuna who’s willing to sacrifice for his friends, but who’s still learning how to say “I can” instead of just giving up, and actually building friendships with the people who’ve become attached to him. There are a lot of the usual ideas, but more than being about flashy battles and “I’m going to die for my friends” it’s Tsuna figuring out how to care and realizing that he can actually do things. More than in most manga, his friends give him a reason to try, and I think that’s beautiful. 

so i finally got around to doing one of those su redesigns that ive seen so much! i decided to do peridot because though shes pretty great, she does need some fixing. 

the biggest change i made was in color scheme. i made it more monochromatic and less saturated so it wasnt such an eyestrain. i also stuck with more yellow-green hues to better resemble the actual peridot stone shes based on. 

another thing is the hair. her current style looks more like some kind of helmet, so i gave her something more hair looking while still keeping the angular shape and feel. 

i didnt really do anything to her outfit other than give her the long anticipated crystal gem star. and yeah! thats it

HCs about Team Dynamics

Not necessarily theories, just ideas on how dramatic irony can be a consistent theme even with the new teammates.


  • Marinette likes Adrien but isn’t comfortable interacting with him. Although it only gets easier as they become closer.

  • Ladybug is comfortable with Chat Noir but doesn’t share his feelings. She starts noticing a subtle attraction towards him throughout S2.

Adrien/Chat Noir

  • Adrien is friendly with Marinette but isn’t attracted to her. He starts becoming more interested as they become closer.

  • Chat Noir likes Ladybug but can’t seem to get past the walls she puts between them. She starts steadily letting them down throughout S2.

Chloe/Queen Bee

  • Marinette and Chloe have too much bad blood to really get along. Chloe still has jealousy/bitterness towards Marinette and Marinette can’t help but be suspicious of Chloe even when she seems less obnoxious. Often when things go wrong she can’t help but blame Chloe and assume any denial is just a lie.

    However Ladybug and Queen Bee get along pretty well. Marinette can be impatient with the new girl but she’s more forgiving since there’s no history between them. Queen Bee technically doesn’t have the reputation or sway of Chloe Bourgeois so the anonymity actually allows her to cool the pride. This makes her more tolerable than Chloe, who’s had a bit of an attitude change but still saves face through snottiness. (Think the end of Antibug).

  • Chloe is still romantically interested in Adrien but Queen Bee couldn’t be less attracted to Chat Noir. It’s that anonymity and lack of awkward unrequited attraction that allows them to develop a genuine friendship. With nothing holding them back, they’re finally free to make stupid jokes together.


  • Alya is still best friends with Marinette, enemies with Chloe, and platonic friendly acquaintances with Adrien. She still doesn’t trust Chloe and still tries to match-make Marinette and Adrien.

  • Fox actually has a rocky start with Ladybug due to the Volpina incident. Even though Ladybug decides to give her the benefit of the doubt, it still makes her nervous that Fox’s powers are basically lying. This greatly annoys and upsets Alya but she still respects Ladybug as a hero.

  • Fox and Queen Bee have a fairly okay relationship. She gets along with Fox for the same reasons she can get along with Ladybug and Chat Noir. They’re also a combined third-wheel to an established duo and that’s kind of a bonding experience.

  • Alya thinks Chat Noir is cute (Astruc’s words) so she’ll lightly flirt and laugh at his ridiculousness. It doesn’t necessarily make Ladybug jealous but it does bother her. It’s partly because he’s her teammate, partly because it reminds her of Volpina, and partly feelings she doesn’t understand. Fox still supports Chat Noir getting with Ladybug, but she might not be against a rebound if he can’t get Ladybug and things get turbulent with Nino (with her never being available and all).

captainqueer-oflesbos  asked:

wait a minute the waiscoats are supposed to have sleeves?

Yes! Until about the mid-eighteenth century, most men’s waistcoats had sleeves, and sleeveless ones didn’t appear at all until several decades after James and Thomas are lounging around in their shirtsleeves in the flashbacks. The sleeved waistcoats looked pretty much the same as men’s actual coats, except usually the upper back and sleeves, except the cuffs, would be made of a cheaper fabric, as they wouldn’t be visible when wearing the coat over it.

So, yeah, they’d be basically wearing two coats on top of each other. It seems kind of silly now, but hey, fashion evolves, and the whole idea of the three-piece suit was less than a hundred years old; they were still figuring things out.

Here’s an example from the V&A–it’s from the 1730s, so the shape is much sleeker than it would’ve been a few decades earlier, but it shows off that plainer fabric in the sleeves:

And here’s one that looks like it’s a bit earlier (the “skirt” of the waistcoat is much fuller, as it would’ve been very early in the century), and while it doesn’t have different fabric sewn in, you can see the same idea expressed in the pattern of the embroidery, leaving most of the sleeve and the upper back section plain:

anonymous asked:

hey, I just wanted to tell you that your opinions are so wonderful and well-articulated! I was looking at some asks today on the account ant*phannie. I believe that dnp are probably in some kind of romantic relationship, but I'm very easily influenced by other people's opinions. Sometimes I wonder if I (and a large portion of the phandom) are "delusional" for believing that dnp could be together romantically? Do you ever doubt your own opinions on the subject or second guess yourself?

i’m not going to pretend like i’ve never doubted my stance on the issue–of course i have! and if not my stance itself, then i’ve at the very least doubted the ethics of posting about dnp with the implicit premise that they are in fact romantically involved, when they have seemed to prefer that the public view their relationship ambiguously and not label it beyond friendship. however, these doubts have all but disappeared, especially in the last few months. for me, the most common cause of doubts in their relationship status itself have been the following (and i’ll tell you why each of them is no longer an issue for me):

1. the near implausibility, just logistically, of keeping their involvement a secret for so long. to me it’s always been baffling to the point of incomprehensibility that over the span of seven years nothing has slipped, they’ve never been spotted in compromising positions, no one has ever outed them substantively (ofc i don’t entirely believe that’s true as there have been a number of slip-ups for sure, but nothing that they haven’t been able to cover w excuses and nothing overt enough as to be incontrovertible “evidence” of anything). this argument is compelling but ultimately doesn’t hold water for me. it’s actually pretty reasonable that they don’t get spotted “in compromising positions” because they’re very careful and controlled when in public, and actually are a lot less recognizable than they may seem from within this fandom. their fan base at largest estimate is like 6M people (the number of ppl subscribed to dan plus a few hundred thousand potential viewers who aren’t subscribed), and i’d estimate that the number of people who actually care deeply about dnp’s personal matters and relationship are probably closer to 500-800,000, if that, based off of various things like the number of views on phil lester vs. praying mantis (that’s still sub-1M views nearly a year and a half after it was posted). although thats still an enormous number, its way fewer than we’re generally led to believe and it’s dispersed across the globe. it means that they can probably go to a lot of places without being spotted and do a lot of things without us ever finding out. as for the lack of outing by friends/peers/colleagues/etc. i just think that it’s a pretty obvious taboo for people in general to out anyone as being lgbtq or in a non-het relationship. but even if you don’t buy that most of dnp’s colleagues and peers have basic integrity, i think even a person with malicious intent, or a desire for attention as being the person to out dnp, wouldn’t go through with it, bc if they did, one or two things would happen: either no one would believe them or they’d get an unbelievable amount of hate and criticism for violating the privacy of two of the most well-liked and respected people on this platform. it could completely destroy someone’s career if they were a youtuber, and send them into a maelstrom of hate even if they weren’t.

2. the lack of apparent incentive for dnp to remain ambiguous/closeted if they’re truly together. i see this argument all the time. basically, dnp aren’t together bc they say (said) they aren’t together, and what motivation do they have to lie? sometimes i wonder that myself, but it’s honestly a pretty easy question to answer. short answer: they’re closeted and there’s an infinite number of reasons why they would want to stay that way. i’d also clarify that if they were together, they haven’t “lied” about it outside of a span of about eight months that happened five years ago. as i’ve mentioned in various posts before, that span of eight months was pretty clearly in direct response to a giant privacy invasion and the exposure of potential evidence of their romantic involvement. at bare minimum, their interest in keeping their relationship under wraps is so that it never overshadows their creative content and so that their professional careers would never actually, literally be dependent on each other (though they clearly don’t mind so much if that happens anymore). and then countless reasons on top of that. the public doesn’t have any right to their private affairs for instance. perhaps one or both of them were struggling w their sexuality. if you’re cynical, maybe the ambiguity is good for them for other reasons–bc the speculation drives interest in their content. maybe they didn’t want to diminish their chances of being hired as presenting duos for giant corporations like the BBC and the BRITS (bc you know that if they were an out couple, interest in their presenting abilities would be greatly eclipsed by all of the baggage of their relationship status). maybe they themselves don’t have a label for their connection/relationship/partnership and as a result never bothered trying to come up with one for the public… etc. etc. etc. maybe even a combination of all of these, and more.

as for doubts about the ethics of posting about them as though it were confirmed that they’re together… i’ll admit i’ve barely questioned it especially in the last few months in which they themselves seem to be making concerted efforts to blur the lines of their behavior in the public eye. but mostly, i just don’t care bc i’m one person, my personal opinions on, and arguments about, this issue are immensely inconsequential in the face of the sheer size of their audience, and i think it’d be pretty presumptuous of me to think that i’m out here changing anyone’s mind on dnp’s relationship or identities. i also don’t care if i am doing that, bc i don’t think anything i post is invasive or incites my followers to be invasive, nor do my opinions draw upon information that dnp have expressly tried to keep private. these are the conclusions i’ve reached based on what is publicly available to me and after trying to make myself as thoroughly informed as possible on dnp and their situation. hope this makes sense!!!!

my concluding recommendation: stay off the anti blogs for your own sanity and health hahah. and focus on what’s happening right now, in the present, rather than the angry words of a scared boy from five years ago trying to protect the thing that was most precious to him.

I’m Sorry For Coining the Phrase “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” | Nathan Rabin

When I coined the term “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” in an essay about the movie “Elizabethtown” in 2007, I never could have imagined how that phrase would explode. Describing the film’s adorably daffy love interest played by Kirsten Dunst, I defined the MPDG as a fantasy figure who “exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.”

That day in 2007, I remember watching “Elizabethtown” and being distracted by the preposterousness of its heroine, Claire. Dunst’s psychotically bubbly stewardess seemed to belong in some magical, otherworldly realm — hence the “pixie” — offering up her phone number to strangers and drawing whimsical maps to help her man find his way. And as Dunst cavorted across the screen, I thought also of Natalie Portman in “Garden State,” a similarly carefree nymphet who is the accessory to Zach Braff’s character development. It’s an archetype, I realized, that taps into a particular male fantasy: of being saved from depression and ennui by a fantasy woman who sweeps in like a glittery breeze to save you from yourself, then disappears once her work is done.

When I hit “publish” on that piece, the first entry in a column I called “My Year of Flops,” I was pretty proud of myself. I felt as if I had tapped into something that had been a part of our culture for a long time and given it a catchy, descriptive name — a name with what Malcolm Gladwell might call “stickiness.”

But I should clarify a few things here. The trope of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl is a fundamentally sexist one, since it makes women seem less like autonomous, independent entities than appealing props to help mopey, sad white men self-actualize. Within that context, the phrase was useful precisely because, while still fairly flexible, it also benefited from a certain specificity. Claire was an unusually pure example of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl — a fancifully if thinly conceived flibbertigibbet who has no reason to exist except to cheer up one miserable guy.

The response to my review was pretty positive but relatively sleepy. The A.V. Club was a whole lot smaller back then and the phrase didn’t really gain traction until a year later, when my colleague Tasha Robinson proposed doing a list of Manic Pixie Dream Girls for the “Inventory” feature of our site. The list, published in 2008, was titled “16 films featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls,” and featured, along with Dunst and Portman, Diane Keaton in “Annie Hall” and Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

I remember thinking, even back then, that a whole list of Manic Pixie Dream Girls might be stretching the conceit too far. The archetype of the free-spirited life-lover who cheers up a male sad-sack had existed in the culture for ages. But by giving an idea a name and a fuzzy definition, you apparently also give it power. And in my case, that power spun out of control.

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Dragon Ball Z Kai - The same show with less episodes

Akame ga Kill - The show where everyone dies and nobody cares because it’s so on the edge it’s liable to fall off it

Parasyte - Philosophical debates, teenage wangst and a whole lot of body horror

Samurai Champloo - Two Guys, A Girl and a Hip Hop soundtrack

Naruto Shippuden - Half filler, a quarter flashbacks and and 10 percent magical ninja trying to save his boyfriend who doesn’t want to be saved

One Piece - The pirates who don’t do anything piratey but have long winded friendship speeches because of tragic childhoods

Michiko & Hatchin - A 22 episode road trip where all we really learn is most men are douche bags

Sword Art Online II - Kirito proves he can be OP in any game and Reki Kawahara demnds you feel bad about PTSD and Aids and plays the rapey guy card again

KILL la KILL - The show with kill in the title where pretty much nobody dies but pretty much everybody gets naked

Attack on Titan - One guy aspires to kill all the giant naked people and get back to his father’s basement but accomplishes neither

Gurren Lagann - The over the top giant robot bromance that is last good thing Gainax will ever do but still has an ending that will make you rage

Deadman Wonderland - Grimdark anime Superjail that is somehow still less violent than actual Super Jail that tells you to go read the manga if you want to see how it concludes

InuYasha: The Final Act - The rushed conclusion to the fantasy adventures that liked to take their sweet time meandering about

InuYasha - The adventures of a kinda annoying school girl, her dog boyfriend, and their colorful companions who all conveniently want to kill the same guy that goes wherever the plot demands because Naraku

Bleach - The long-winded bloated shounen epic that didn’t know when to quit so it got cancelled instead

Space Dandy - One man’s quest for boobs and bootie in which Watanabe tells his friends to do whatever the hell they want with mixed results

Cowboy Bebop - The show largely regarded a masterpiece which just about everyone on the ASMB is sick of

Ghost in the Shell: SAC - Philosophical cyber-punk cop show that’s can be about as dull as any other cop show

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - The reboot based on the manga that is sure you already saw the other anime or at least read the manga

Hellsing Ultimate - Nazi vampires try to start world War 3 and are stopped by a vampire who is so OP even a macguffin designed to end him isn’t enough to do the job

Beware the Batman - WB tries to reinvigorate Batman when nobody asked them to using fugly CGI and few of the iconic characters so naturally it had to finish at 2:30 in the morning far away from the intended demographic

Black Lagoon - The show about actual pirates that nobody watched

Blue Exorcist - The most kid friendly show about people who want to kill Satan

Sword Art Online - .hack//Legend of the Twilight Bracelet with more incest, a ridiculous OP protagonist and just as much Bryce Papenbrook

ThunderCats 2011 - Dramatic re-imagining of the popular 80s franchise that started decently but quickly turned to Everybody Hates Lion-O

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Star Wars at it’s boring-est but it at least proves a CGI cartoon can look darn good with a decent budget

Samurai Jack - Witness robots bleed oil dramatically as a samurai wanders around for as long as the creator wills it

Sym-Bionic Titan - The show about giant robots and teenage romance that proved Genndy Tartakovsky is without a shadow of a doubt, an ass man

FLCL - An allegory for puberty done with a giant robot, a giant iron and giant eyebrows

IGPX - Mech battles with half the excitment of a Formula 1 Race

Eureka seveN - The coming of age story about an insufferable character who gets punched a lot and falls in love with a plant or something

Tenchi GXP - Not the Tenchi you were looking for and the reason we wont see another Tenchi series on Toonami ever again

Soul Eater - Mr. Death’s school for gifted monster hunters that ends badly but apparently not as badly as the manga does

Naruto - A boy graduates from magical ninja school and develops a mancrush on his rival while a pedophile plots from shadows

Samurai 7 - The upteenth retelling of the Seven Samurai but this time with giant robots and much less compelling characters

Casshern Sins - Gritty reboot of a vintage anime that bored the audience to sleep

Ben 10: Alien Force - When Ben Tennyson gets older and more serious he’s just as much of a brat without having the excuse that he’s still a child

Bakugan: Battle Brawlers - The Cartoon Network distributed Yu-Gi-Oh/Beyblade hybrid that was as bad as Wulin Warriors and holds the record for shortest run on Toonami with one episode period

Blue Dragon - That time Microsoft wanted a a multi-platform cross-over hit but ended up with another generic shounen adventure series that didn’t catch on

The Prince of Tennis - Tennis Ball Z

MAR - A total loser goes to another world where he gains super powers so he can save a kingdom because why the hell not?

Yu-Gi-Oh GX - Mr. Kaiba’s school for gifted card players

Pokemon Chronicles - The side stories you probably didn’t ask to see but at least they didn’t have Ash

Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo - Fist of the North Star meets Johnny Bravo

Zatch Bell - Where Pokemon battles are fought with children instead of monsters kept in balls

Rave Master - Mashima’s prior attempt at a shounen epic that is at least somewhat more original than Fairy Tail but still suffers from feeling generic as all get out

Storm Hawks - Largely forgetable Canadian show intended to sell toys

Megas XLR - Giant robot show for anime loving gamers by anime loving gamers which was too busy making references to resolve it’s plot before it got cancelled

Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes - The reason why we don’t let the French animate American super heroes, leave that shiz to the Koreans

The Batman - The first time WBA tried to re-invigorate Batman when nobody asked them to, during their “anime phase”

Justice League: Unlimited - WB’s valiant attempt to make use of their vast hero library when all anyone cared about was Batman

Teen Titans - WB’s answer to the popularity of Justice League and Dragon Ball Z

Wulin Warriors - Abridged version of a popular Taiwanese puppet show that was the worst thing Toonami ever played

Duel Masters - Sometimes a spoof on Yu-Gi-Oh, sometimes not, depending on dub

D.I.C.E. - Bandai decided Gundam wasn’t for America and tried to make something more tailor made for Americans and sucked at that too

SD Gundam - Bandai decided it would be easier to sell Gundam toys for a show that was actually appropriate for children to watch, at least it wasn’t Doozy Bots

Gundam SEED - Mobile Suit Gundam: bishounen edition, and nobody watched it either

G Gundam - Gundam meets pro-wrestling where people talk with the fists of giant robots

Mobile Suit Gundam - Trailblazing anime that no kids watched in 2001 because it was so dang old by the time it got here

Gundam Wing - 5 probably gay bishounen make war look cool with giant robots

Rurouni Kenshin - The story of a wandering swordsman who just wants to leave his past behind him but constantly has it come back to bite his ass

Yu Yu Hakusho - The bait and switch show that throws in a tournament whenever the writer can’t think of anything else to do and you love it anyway

Dragon Ball Z - Muscluar strangers get into fights and stare at eachother for longer than one might consider appropriate

Dragon Ball - The whimsical adventures of Goku and friends before they turned out to be aliens and got too serious for toilets

Dragon Ball GT - When TOEI tried to recreate the fun of Dragon Ball and the intensity of DBZ and failed at both

Cyborg 009 - Reboot of a classic anime that nobody watched because it still looked like classic anime

Astroboy Boy 2003 - See Cyborg 009 only this was way more Americanized

.hack//SIGN - That time Bandai wanted a a multi-platform cross-over hit and ended up with an interesting concept for a game/anime that was poorly executed by BeeTrain at their BeeTrainiest

Star Wars: Clone Wars Mini-Series - Probably the best Star Wars anything since the original trilogy but it was glorified filler for the pre-quel trilogy

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - The first good 80s cartoon reboot that died like all other 80s cartoons reboots would, poor toy sales

Transformers: Armada - Transformers meets Pokemon

Zoids Chaotic Century / Guardian Force - When toyetic shows succeed at having a compelling plot

Zoids ZERO - People fight with sentient zords to sell toys

Card Captors - Poor attempt at adapting a fun shoujo about a girl and her magical cards saving the world

Hamtaro - The cute show about hamsters that literally only the CN executives thought was a good idea for Toonami to show

Justice League - The show DC made to draw attention to other characters than Batman when Superman alone wouldn’t do the job

Batman Beyond - The 2nd best Spider-Man cartoon ever made

Superman: The Animated Series - The excellent Superman cartoon that was over-shadowed by the Dark Knight

Batman: The Animated Series - The show that started the golden age of American action animation that upon retrospect had a lot of dull episodes

Big O - Japanese Batman with giant robots and a really convoluted story

Outlaw Star - Two guys find an android girl in a suitcase and jack a ship and Joss Wedon swears he didn’t rip this off

Tenchi in Tokyo - The reason we didn’t see another Tenchi series for a long long time

Tenchi Universe - Alternate telling of Tenchi because why the hell not?

Tenchi Muyo - The pioneer of the harem genre that we still can’t believe aired on a children’s network

Ronin Warriors - 5 bishounen save the world using toyetic battle armors

Sailor Moon - A crybaby is given super powers to save the world but thankfully so are her much more tolerable friends

ReBoot - CGI on a TV budget in the 90s showing the adventures that go on inside of your computer, where you the user always ruin everything

The Superfriends - The popular superhero cartoon that is laughably bad but continues to be homaged to this day

The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest - Re-imaging of vintage adventure series that was cutting edge at the time but looks like crap now

The Roulete - Roughly Turner’s last attempt at making use of their old action brands until they delved into more self-parody for Adult Swim

Voltron - The world’s first abridged anime

ThunderCats - The poorly acted and poorly animated fantasy adventure from the 80s about cat people who don’t wear enough clothes

Suga’s Ideal Girl.

Originally posted by hugtae

Please note that this is purely a figment of my imagination of what I imagine Suga’s s/o to be like. It’s purely fictional and probably holds no meaning.

First off, Yoongi’s girl would be someone who is able to capture the attention of people, without having to do much, but she would detest the attention. She would be the type of girl who doesn’t really do anything in particular to stand out, but for some reason, people just notice her, and there would be many who wish to be like her. People tend to be afraid of her because of her aloof appearance, but when you get to know her, she’s really a sweetheart.

She would be wise, and would be energetic to a certain extent. She would have an interest in composing and producing, and would have respect/love for hip hop. She would be someone who appears to be strong mentally/emotionally to the public, but in truth, she would actually be pretty sensitive. Despite being sensitive, she would be able to control her emotions well, and she will not let naysayers talk her into believing she is worth less than what she is really worth.

She would be confident in herself to a large extent, but she would still be humble. She would be aware of all her strengths and weaknesses, but she wouldn’t particularly have to have things done her way.

She would make a perfect listening ear, spending a lot of her time listening to Yoongi talk about music, composing, producing, anecdotes, etc. She would also be very determined, able to fulfil all the goals she sets for herself. She would be passionate in anything she does, and although she may not seem like it, she would be willing to help out anyone, even if the person was her biggest enemy.

She would be pretty intuitive, just like Yoongi. She would be able to tell who was good or bad, and if she didn’t like what Yoongi was doing, she would be upfront about it. She wouldn’t be particularly straightforward/direct, but when it comes to Yoongi, she would want only the best for him, so she would try to participate in a lot of decision making for Yoongi.

She wouldn’t really have a specific hobby; she’d be the type of girl who is willing to try new things, only if the need arises.

What would be most attractive about her to Yoongi would be the fact that she’s extremely private. She would be someone who hardly spoke of herself amongst friends – she would play the role of advisor, and would not be very fond of being questioned.

She would be someone who sticks to mainly self and family. She would have a mind-set where she doesn’t see a point in telling people her problems, because she thinks she’s able to deal with them alone. When you think you know her, she surprises you with something new, and there isn’t a day that goes by where Yoongi isn’t able to learn something different about her. When faced with difficulties, she would want to deal with them alone, while putting up a front in front of Yoongi. However, given time, she will begin to open up to him.

She would be the leader in her group of friends, which mainly consists of guys, and she would also be an ambivert, tending towards the introverted side. She would go to great lengths to make Yoongi smile, and her favourite kind of dates would be those where they cuddle in bed, having a good rest from working so hard.

anonymous asked:

I thought your love for Merlin was stronger than anything else. Why did you ditch her for Melascula? I feel betrayed.

excuse me?

i’m sorry, but why the fuck are you assuming that i care any less for merlin just because my url has changed? i’m genuinely pretty mad about this, actually. sending me asks calling me a traitor and shit like this - what the fuck gives you the right? how absolutely entitled do you have to be to say stuff like that? the sheer goddamn arrogance? i don’t care if you’re all different people or if you’re the same person, it’s still a dick thing to do.

you have absolutely no idea how hard it was for me to change my url. i ultimately decided to because i was overjoyed that melascula - a character i’ve made no secret of loving since her debut - was alive, and i wanted to celebrate. i stressed over it for days before deciding to go ahead and do it.

i still love merlin a lot; she’s my favourite nnt character and one of my favourite anime characters in general. i adore merlin. the only reason i haven’t tried to get the merlin url is because it’s owned by a famous comedian with a wikipedia page - it’s not likely i’ll ever get it from him. i’ve been ladymerlin for three years, and i thought it’d be nice to give it a change. instead, i get anons like you calling me a traitor - insinuating that i’ve somehow betrayed merlin by changing my url. what the hell?

my love for merlin doesn’t mean that i can’t love other characters too. merlin would probably be appalled by that thought, actually. this is my personal blog, run by me, about the characters that i love; and just because merlin is and always will be top dog, doesn’t mean that i can’t appreciate the others too.

cut the entitlement. i’m sick and tired of pandering to other people all the time, doing what others want me to do and thinking what others want me to think. this is my blog, dedicated to the characters that i love. let me run it my own way. stop harassing me and calling me a traitor because i’ve done something that makes me happy.

Okay so. As I said when I’d posted the sketch, there’s this commission of mine still floating about somewhere for the ghost Stan AU. I still like parts of it, but when I did it I actually ended up improving pretty quick afterwards so I don’t really care for it. It gets on my mind a lot just because it was one of my more popular things and still gets reblogged now and again.

I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way to get it off my mind is to redo it. Well. This is less of a redo and more of a similar piece than anything.
@thesnadger commissioned the first one from me, and had commissioned me since and she’s really nice. So I actually hope she likes this one too to kind of make up for the ‘meh’ quality of the last one~

justatraveller said: Ironfalcon and some fluffy cafe au ❤ (if you’re inspired :))

Yeah, I can work with this….


“So which one is the cute coffee guy you keep mooning to Steve about?” Natasha asked, appearing from thin air to sit across from Sam.

He startled, glanced at her with wide eyes, and hissed, “Nat!”

She blinked at him, slow, unimpressed. “Chillax, Sam.” Her nails clicked over the top of her laptop. “I wasn’t talking that loud, and no one’s really paying attention to us. So which guy? Someone that works here?”

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