How about Anakin eventually "takes up the cross" of his love for Obi Wan and either becomes an angel or a human again?
Are you here on behalf of your fellow demon, Anakin Skywalker? Are you trying to convince me to write about the tortured and painful love he develops for a pious man of the cloth, Obi-Wan Kenobi? Are you looking for a looooong slow burn between them? Something where Anakin is redeemed by the love of a charming, sensitive and perhaps deeply wounded Priest Kenobi?
Orrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr perhaps, for our ObiAniDala fans, a world where Padme is indeed an angel, a Seraphim made of fire and the Words of God. She destroys injustice with a single swing of her fiery blade and she advocates for the lost, the forgotten and the forsaken before the great heavenly princes of the Sephirot.
She comes across our favorite holy man at his darkest moment, perhaps at the nadir of his life before seeking redemption and peace through service to the Almighty. Perhaps she took the form of a friendly woman, someone Ben could talk to, lean on, someone who understood what it was like to have the love of your life ripped from you arms by a cold, unfeeling world and tell you to move on as if your heart was still beating and your lungs were still working.
Humans are so easy to love, Padme tells herself. Like Anakin. No. He’s nothing like Anakin.
Human lives are so short. He will be dead soon. Padme tells herself, laughing at his jokes and eating takeout with him. Anakin is as immortal as she is, not that she has seen him since the Fall, since she lost him.
One human cannot possibly be enough, Padme tells herself, even as she knows she is falling, failing, again. He will never replace my Ani. He cannot.
But somehow, none of that seems to matter.
He is so kind and caring. So charming and gentlemanly. And his smile makes her toes curl and her body ache to pull him into her arms and kiss that smug little smirk off his face.
They are spending a happy afternoon discussing a book they are reading together, sitting cozily on the couch and laughing at shared jokes when there is a knock on the door and the world turns on its head.
“Where is he? Where is the karking Putti that’s been hanging around you? I can smell that feathered bastard on you! You belong to me!” a familiar snarl comes from the foyer and Padme finds herself draw, inexorably against her will towards the arguing voices.
“I do not belong to you! And what the hell is a putti? It this more of your nonsense? You cannot keep barging in here whenever you like!” An offended angry huff.
“You do too belong to me!” a furious snarl and the sounds of a passionate kiss. “Don’t worry, Ben. I won’t do anything… permanent to the little chubby pain in the ass. I’ll just scare him off? P-Padme?”
She stares into the eyes of her long lost love, her beautiful and broken Fallen One. “Anakin? What are you doing here?”
Ben promptly passes out because even the most pious and devout of believers can only handle so much angelic and demonic energy.
Angel and Demon let out a simultaneous cry of dismay and rush to his side.
Later, when he’s come back around, Ben will be stunned to find that not only is Anakin’s “Nonsense” real but that Padme has wings to boot.
Send me a character and I’ll provide a brief headcanon on the following topics:
a lesson they learned in their childhood: “Difficult” seems to mean something different to everyone else.
a reason they have for getting out of bed each morning: Depends on canon point, really. Prior to finding a DN, he’s probably doing it because you have to go through the motions of every day life before you can actually do anything of consequence, and there might be a small chance of something interesting happening. Later canon, he has a world to fix.
a fear: I think at the core of it, Light has this kind of ennui stemming from the thought that despite his best efforts into things that really matter to him, nothing will actually change from the status quo because society and human nature are slow to change.
a strength: He’doesn’t find the prospect of grinding work daunting. He’s disciplined and has a good work ethic.
how they think others perceive them: The golden boy. He gives the world his best face and he knows he can be cute/charming/impressive as he needs to be.
how they perceive themselves: Gifted. He knows he’s smart and that he’ll be going places in the future.
whether or not they consider themselves a ‘decent’ person: Yep, definitely. He views himself as a model hard working, law abiding citizen who only wants the best for society.
a temptation / proclivity they have: He has random habits that mostly manifest when he’s bored? Pen twirling, staring out of windows, daydreaming, wondering why time can’t go faster.
an alternate career to what they have in canon (if applicable): Could see him becoming a prosecutor, but pretty much he’s going to follow in his dad’s footsteps, join the NPA and eventually become the director general…. and maybe find himself a cabinet position way down the line.
how they waste time: Video games with Sayu or Ryuk, going for walks
I know this is overdramatic of me, but a huge part of me wishes I never watched Samurai Jack. The ending was too much for me to bare and I honestly have no idea on how to cope with it properly. I've never been so distraught over a cartoon before and I'm just... help me
The ending truly and genuinely made me bawl. I’ve never bawled so hard over an ending sjdnjsdn (AND IS STILL WILL WHEN I WATCH OR THINK OF THE ENDING)
I mean I bawled when GF ended, but that was more over the series being done forever, not the ending itself since it had a happy ending.
SJ hit me hard both over it being done forever AND THE FACT THAT MY SON IS SAD AND WATCHED THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE DISAPPEAR BEFORE HIS EYES AND CRIED…I STILL CANNOT HANDLE IT. …I still love my pure boy a lot (and my beautiful leaf girl) and I still love the series a lot. My love for its characters and stuff keep me going lol
Written by CECIL CASTELLUCCI • Art by MARLEY ZARCONE and ANDE PARKS • Cover by BECKY CLOONAN Backup story art by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE Variant cover by LESLIE HUNG Shade goes to Hollywood! Following her adventures in New Mexico, our girl heads to Tinseltown on her search to find the actress who played Honey in her favorite Earth TV show. What she finds is a woman who is older than the one she saw on the black-and-white broadcast, but also one whose years and experience will teach her more than Shade could ever expect. Now, if Shade can just apply those life lessons before her pursuers from Meta catch up with her… On sale AUGUST 2 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
Coming from a fan all the way in South America, Guyana... you rock, your fan fictions rock, Risuka rocks, Ace rocks, Luffy's rubber and adorable, and Sabo is my spirit animal! Lol A question... Has Risuka ever been in instances where she finds herself singing songs from her past life and everyone is just watching her like... 'wtf?'
Hello Chickadee from South America (that is quite far indeed, how are things in your little corner of the world?)
Most probably, especially now that she’s got a good voice as opposed to the not so good (tone deaf) one she had in the life before.
But yes, she has belted Queen songs (and others such as Pina Coladas and the Disney songs, can’t forget the Disney songs) out at the top of her lungs thinking she’s alone when, hey guess what, she’s not so alone after all.
Sabo’s nearly cracked a rib listening to ‘I’ll make a man out of you’ before today,
I believe that our souls, our core, the thing that makes our bodies animate, are made of energy.
And I fully believe that the souls I have had true connections with throughout my life, before this consciousness, we were all intertwined. Some of us are even made from the same source of energy.
Different energies are drawn to each other and I truly feel like the people we connect with, that’s just our raw energy experiencing a force/pull to another raw energy.
That explains soulmates, both platonic and romantic. It explains ghosts/paranormal stuff.
I believe that no matter what form, our energies are bound to intertwine for all of eternity.
I believe that when my mother’s energy left her body, when she died, some of her energy clung to me and it is forever with me. It’s intertwined with mine.
I believe that my cat, my precious Ivan Ooze, her energy and mine are not strangers. We have found our way to each other countless times throughout our existence. Maybe through different forms each time, but in this time, right now, this is the way we’ve found each other. Her a cat and me a human. Maybe next time it will be the other way around.
This explains love at first sight. It explains meeting someone and instantly connecting.
Idk, I have a lot of thoughts about this, a lot of which are difficult to articulate.
hello Tumblr family. I highly recommend this youtube series about Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) life. It will boost your iman and it is really great. Covers his life from before he was a prophet to his last days.
not many people on here know this but ariana grande and her music have saved my life many times before. i started on twitter as ‘soaringariana’ and i became her fan of the month in december 2012, her last one ever. she talked to me, tweeted me, and direct messaged me like i was her friend. i felt as if i was something more than a fan and i know that’s true, ariana’s fans are her family. she is hurting, do not blame this tragedy on her when she had absolutely nothing to do with the twenty-two innocent lives lost. she loved them all and i can tell you she is feeling their deaths very personally.
I don’t recall much about how I got to Earth, Light be told I don’t recall any of a life before it. I guess that is part of dying. The fact was I had made my way to this blue marble and something got the drop on me, somehow I ended up dead. In the end it doesn’t really matter how, I died, and was reborn something greater.
What I do remember was my little friend though, at least it was my first memory in this new life. Humans speak often of a tunnel of light, go into it they said, claiming you would reach a better place, claiming you to reach heaven… I doubt that my Ghost was an angel leading me to the promised land, or that was really what they were talking about as they knew nothing of the Traveler. But it seemed similar.
A MESSAGE FROM AVI Hello everyone. If you haven’t yet watched the video then these words might come as a shock to you. If you have watched, know that this is exactly what I would have said in the video, if filming it wasn’t one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to do. This morning, I announced that I will be taking a step back from PTX. I’ve struggled with this decision a lot. It has been the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make in my life. Before I explain why, I want you all to know that the past 6 years have been the most unbelievable years of my life. The things we’ve accomplished, the places we’ve seen, the people we’ve touched with our music… It surpasses anything that I could have ever dreamed up for my life. I believe one of the big reasons why we have been so successful and accomplished all that we have is because of the unbelievably fast pace that we keep. Throughout my journey with PTX, this pace has always been a struggle for me. It’s been hard for me not to be with my family and friends when I need them or when they need me. It’s been hard to not be able to escape into nature when I’m feeling overwhelmed or just need some time to myself. Through all of this, I’ve done my best and I’ve kept pushing myself to keep up. Really, the reason why I’ve been able to push so hard and for so long has been because of you guys. You all have inspired me and lifted me up every single day and, for that, I am eternally grateful. I do love you all so very much, but I’ve come to a point where I just can’t keep up anymore and I would never want to inhibit any type of success that we have because I truly do believe in everything that we’ve done and everything that they will do. I just know that I can no longer continue at this pace and so I have to do what’s best for the group and I have to do what’s best for me. I do want you all to know that I’m still going to be doing music and I’m going to be doing it with my whole heart. I will ALWAYS do my best to lift others up with my voice. I hope that you’ll all support my decision and that you can understand where I’m coming from. And regardless of anything, I just want to thank you for all that you’ve given to me. I have been so unbelievably blessed and humbled to be a part of all your lives in any way and I wanted you to hear this from me. From my voice. And from my heart. I love you all deeply and I thank you for everything. Truly. And just so you know, I will still be performing at all of our announced shows, so come say hi and give me a hug. I love hugs. Avi
I know the announcement is already going around tumblr but I thought I’d upload the video. Watching it made me realize how sad and sorry he is. And even though I’m upset about the news, I think I’m more worried about him. I’m seeing lots of support and love for him on the internet, and I hope he’ll see it. Hopefully his decision will allow him to take back control of his life, get some rest and focus on whatever he wants. Maybe he’ll finally ask Sara Bareilles out, who knows… I just want him to be happy. It’s going to be hard for the band and for us fans, but both Avi and Pentatonix will still be able to make good music and succeed; except now he’s going to be able to breathe and go at his own pace. Also, give him a hug from me if you can! x
Five reasons to watch Netflix's new Anne of Green Gables adaption, Anne With An "E"...
So I didn’t think I would need to make a post like this but negative reviews that don’t do the show justice (particularly that horrible vanity fair article) have apparently left me no choice…. Overall, Netflix’s Anne With An “E” or simply Anne The Series as it was called when it originally aired on the CBC in Canada, is wonderful.
here are five reasons why you should watch Anne With An “E” on Netflix:
1. Anne herself, Amybeth McNulty.
Amybeth completely captures Anne’s spirit. I swear it’s like someone shook the book and Amybeth fell out of it. She plays Anne with all the dreaminess, quirkiness, and charm that we know and love, as well as adding more depth to her than we’ve seen in previous adaptions. This brings me to my next point…
2. Anne is portrayed as an abuse and trauma survivor, as she should be!
Sure, we all love thelighthearted humor of Anne’s many misadventures in the original stories, and that’s still there in Anne With An “E”, but Anne was also the victim of a lot of mental and physical neglect and abuse in her past life before being adopted by the Cuthberts. In the show, she suffers from symptoms of PTSD and the effects of her past trauma are evident. The result of adding more details of Anne’s past do make the show darker at times, but the dark times only make the light times shine brighter, and we know there are more light times to come in Anne’s story!
3. Besides Amybeth, the rest of the cast is superb as well!
All around, the casting is spot on and the acting is spectacular! I don’t even know what else to say here, but everyone is just so wonderful!!!
And don’t think I’d forget… you can count on me to give a special shout-out to everyone’s favorite slate smack recipient, Gilbert Blythe.
Lucas Jade Zumann is PERFECT as Gilbert. He brings a slyness and playfulness to Gilbert that was there in the books but glossed over in other adaptions. And by the way, his chemistry with Amybeth McNulty is everything you could ever ask for and more…
(side note: I would also like to throw out a special mention to Aunt Josephine Barry, no spoilers but she’s more lovable than she’s ever been)
4. The show tackles timeless and contemporary themes of identity, feminism, bullying, and prejudice.
Anne’s life, realistically, doesn't become all sunshine and rainbows as soon as she comes to Avonlea. She struggles to fit in and faces bullying at school. The show also addresses issues of sexism and classism and does a great job at it while accurately (for the most part) staying within the time period it is portraying.
5. Everything about the show is high quality.
From the aforementioned acting to the cinematography, music, costume design, sets, editing, and the GORGEOUS opening title sequence, everything is the highest quality and you can tell how much thought, time, effort, and passion went into the making of this show.
Please give it a chance and check it out on Netflix, given the opportunity the show could grow and get even better if it is renewed for future seasons!
Friendship Comes First: What (Good) Fanfiction Can Teach Us About the Romantic Subplot.
I love all forms of storytelling: television, books, movies, you name it. As long as it’s quality, its ripe for the picking.
It’s so easy for me to become engrossed in the lives and psychologies of fictitious characters, to care for them as though they’re people I really know. Which, on some metaphysical level, I suppose is true, but that’s a topic for another essay.
However, in the midst of all my possibly Asperger’s-fueled hyper-fixation and nerdery, there’s one inevitable aspect of seemingly every plot to which I will almost always role my eyes and click the fast-forward button: the goddamned romantic subplot.
So many times have I seen the exact same variation of romantic love between fifty homogeneous couples, and each time, I failed to see the appeal: in books, the smirking, obnoxious male love interest will woo the object of his desire through flagrant disrespect, the same toned bodies will copulate furiously on my television screens (typically at the exact same moment my parents or small siblings will walk into the room), the same vapid, flirtatious stares and generic dialogue will be exchanged.
But where’s the basis for it? Yes, these people are stressed to be attracted to one another to the point of obnoxiousness, but do they even like each other as individuals? Are they even friends? Is there any three-dimensionality to their relationship besides sizing each other up and deciding to bump uglies?
Simply and also sadly, the answer is very rarely. And so, it
seemed to me that romance was not my cup of tea, both in the
fictitious world and out of it. Or so it seemed.
Because it was then, at approximately seventeen, that I discovered
a remarkable phenomenon that would change my life forever:
Never before had I been so enraptured in the relationships of
fictional characters, and I was baffled as to why. Yes, I’ve
read a tremendous deal of fanfiction that is, in fact, book quality,
but as an avid bibliophile, I was perplexed as to why I’d never
been so captivated by the romantic endeavors of a published author as
I was by the passion-projects of writers not much older than I was.
After a lot of time, careful consideration, and the illuminating
words of some of my fellow bloggers, however, I believe I can finally
put words as to why.
1. Give your characters a narrative purpose (besides being The Love Interest.)
Do you ever wonder what inspires Supernatural fans
to tirelessly churn out fics about their favorite human-on-angel
pairing? I have, and this is someone who’s a proud proponent
of the stuff.
The sheer magnitude of free literature available, constantly repositing the
pair in all manor of situations and walks of life, is absolutely
baffling, and undeniably impressive. Indeed, some of the best works of romantic literature – and yes, I do consider fanfiction to be a form of literature – I have ever come across were starring none other than this specific pairing: from the infamous Twist and Shout (which I don’t recommend if you ever want to listen to Elvis Presley music, visit a beach, or feel joy ever again) to the charming Have Love, Will Travel (probably my personal favorite), some truly beautiful love stories have blossomed from a pairing that has never even been confirmed onscreen to have romantic connotations.
Perhaps just as baffling is the other end of the spectrum: Lisa Braeden. Lisa, for those unfamiliar, is basically posited as the love of Dean’s life, with whom he lived for a year before being forced to give up his dream of a family life and return to full-time demon busting. They’ve canonically kissed, had sex, shared a bed, and everything typically associated with an onscreen couple.
Yet comparatively no fanworks exist about them. When Lisa does appear in a fic, she is usual Castiel’s rival for Dean’s affections, or simply a hapless bystander.
Why is this? Well, a disillusioned observer might point to straight women’s apparent predilection towards fetishizing male homosexuality (I, for the record, am not straight myself; I’m a proud bisexual who, thus far, has only dated women.) I’m inclined to retort that this isn’t giving female fans nearly enough credit.
For starters, remove all context from each relationship and examine them with a critical eye: on the one hand, you have Castiel, Dean’s angelic savior from forty years in perdition. Castiel is clearly fascinated with Dean, appearing in his bedroom, somewhat suggestively (advertently or otherwise) inquiring about his dreams, watching him sleep, routinely invading his personal space, and ultimately rebelling against heaven in accordance with Dean’s wishes.
On the other hand, you have Lisa, a perfectly nice character who’s introduced as “the bendiest weekend of (Dean’s) life” and…well, that’s about it. She’s later shown as a sort of amalgamation of Dean’s subconscious desire for a mother figure and normal life, but she, as a character, remains somewhat underdeveloped and hollow.
You can’t expect fans to hold the two relationships to the same caliber and then cry internalized misogyny and fetishization of gay and bisexual men when they don’t.
The fact of the matter is, onscreen “friendships” are typically much more developed, much more three-dimensional, and much more ideal of what a truly epic romantic plot should be. A character with a clear place in the narrative and three dimensional characterization all their own will almost always be more charismatic than a character who’s introduced as exclusively The Love Interest.
This is not to say that what makes fanfiction so great is that it sexualizes or romanticizes friendship. In fact, I’m inclined to believe it’s the other way around.
Which brings me to my next point…
2. Make sure your characters are friends.
It’s a romance for the ages. A love like no other. They’re soulmates, yin and yang, a match made in the stars.
But do they enjoy each other’s company? Laugh at each other’s jokes? Take part in each other’s interests? Are they even friends?
The sad fact of the matter is, romance and erotica are, as a whole, starved for values of friendship and camaraderie.
This is something I realized only after my love of fanfiction took root, when I tried to return to my normal sources of adult entertainment (romance, erotica, and porn) and found them, by comparison, almost bafflingly lacking in warmth and camaraderie.
What I think makes fanfiction so addictive is the fact that it’s built upon the established relationships of two or more characters (the Onceler and company notwithstanding) who, typically, care for one another as friends and compatriots.
Look at some of the internet’s favorite pairings: Dean Winchester and Castiel remain a classic. Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers are always crowd-pleasers. Kara Denvers and Lena Luthor are seeing a rise in popularity. We all know Sherlock has somewhat fallen from grace, but the union of its two main characters still retains a devoted following.
This is no accident: despite lacking onscreen confirmation, these characters have proven themselves to care for one another as more than objects of their sexual desire. They’re friends, with relationships based in loyalty and warmth that are, unfortunately, sorely lacking in typical fictional romances.
Once you get a taste of this brand of friendship-infused romance, in fanfiction or otherwise, it’s hard to go back.
This isn’t just limited to quote-unquote “fanon” couples, either: couples such as Mulder and Scully, Bones and Booth, Yuuri and Victor, and Ladybug and Chat Noir can all attribute their popularity to this strong basis in friendship, camaraderie, and mutual respect.
This is also the leading cause as to why the formerly booming 50 Shades franchise, and other arguably sexist, abusive dynamics, are struggling at the box office.
Which reminds me…
3. Make sure your characters are equals.
Unless you’re writing a Lolita-esque social commentary, it’s probably your best bet to keep your characters on fairly equal ground.
I mean this in every sense of the word, too: I have a difficult time getting invested in a romance when there’s a pretty blatant power imbalance, which oftentimes occurs due to the implicit sexism of the entertainment industry.
Disproportionately young actresses are assigned as love interests to much older men, such as Emma Watson’s twenty-something-year-old character lusting over a man almost twenty years her senior in Irrational Man.
Physically mediocre or average-looking male characters are frequently pared with stunningly beautiful women who like them because they’re “nice,” fueling the existing mentality of all self-proclaimed “nice guys” who think society owes them a hot girl.
I love Splash and the Fifth Element as much as anybody, but both films incorporate all these tropes in ample proportions, and it’s frankly ridiculous. (On the topic of Splash, however, I’m greatly looking forward to a subversion of this trope in its remake, starring Channing Tatum as the titular merman and Julianne Belle as his human love interest.)
On the other hand, you have fanfiction. I’ve read numerous essays professing that fanfiction is becoming increasingly popular due to the fact that same-sex relationships tend to be implicitly devoid of these sex-based imbalances, and I’m inclined to agree.
However, I’ve read others stating that male-male pairings tend to be so popular because male characters are typically more well-developed by writers, making it perfectly understandable that fans would be more invested in a possible romance between two characters of equal multidimensionality (see point 1) than one that is sorrowfully underdeveloped. I’m inclined to think that this theory is even more on point.
Because look at some of the successful onscreen relationships I listed prior: we root for Bones and Booth’s inevitable union the same way we swoon over slowburn fanfiction, delighting in Mulder and Scully’s banter and craving their interaction.
These are, in my opinion, some examples of straight couples done right, because they’re portrayed as friends (see the previous point), and just as importantly, as equals.
Last, but certainly not least, the male characters in both pairings are depicted as having nothing but respect for their female compatriots, depending on their intellectual know how and not being ashamed to say so.
A more contemporary example that gets this wrong? Well, not to offend any fans of the pairing, but Mon-El and Kara, a la Supergirl. Mon-El was, at the beginnings of his arc, consistently disrespectful towards Kara, putting her down and insulting her in the very same episodes in which her female compatriot – Lena Luthor – is shown vocally admiring and praising her.
Mon-El has since improved on his behavior, but the damage is done: I still have a difficult time seeing him as a likeable character, much less a suitable love interest for my beloved Kara.
These are just a few recommendations, based on the ways in which my somewhat obsessive love of transformative literature (i.e. good fanfiction) have helped me as a writer and helped me view the implicit problems with mainstream romance with a more discerning and critical eye.
Here, I could provide a counterpoint with the recurring problems I’ve noticed in fanfiction, or I could go into some recomendations for writing explicitly gay and lesbian relationships. Both of these, however, are topics worthy of another essay.
Disclaimer: I am assuming that any and all readers are trying for an enjoyable, healthy romantic subplot with equally charismatic, consenting, and likable characters. Dysfunctionality can be just as interesting from a literary standpoint, but again, this is a topic for another essay.
There will be essays like this published at least once every other week, so be sure to follow my blog and stay tuned for future writing advice and observations!