like this is such a flawed and interesting relationship

anonymous asked:

If you have the time and if you don't mind, what are some books you really recommend? Doesn't have to be all time faves, but anything that pops into mind that you want more ppl to read and love, Extra points if lgbt+ , i got the whole summer with little to do and i wanna spend it reading some good quality writing and honestly so far your recs have introduced me to so many faves its unbelievable

[blushes profusely] oh wow, thank you!!!  i’m so glad you’ve trusted me enough to check out some of the stuff i reblog; that is like the ultimate compliment, i can’t even???  i don’t mind at all(!), fair warning though: i only started recording what i read partway through last year and my mind is like a sieve so i’ll do my absolute best to remember what’s sang to me in the recent past.  warning number two: i’m in an open relationship with absolutely every genre out there so i’ll try to note which belongs where so you can avoid those that hold no interest for you.


  • i’ll give you the sun.  i loved this book, the writing is fucking transformative and all the characters are so damn likable, while still being realistically flawed human beings.
  • the raven cycle (tetralogy).  definitely my favorite series since harry potter.  the writing, the world-building, the characters, it’s all on top-form.  i wrote a little, mini non-spoilery review of it: here, back when i was better (worse?) wordly-wise and my feels were brand new.
  • more happy than not.  i’m still not sure how i feel about this book.  it was hard, but it felt very true to the characters and the lingo and style matched the ages of the players and i have a lot of respect for that.
  • the watchmaker of filigree street.  woooow i loved this book.  i admit ‘historical fiction’ kind of makes me cringe.  it never precludes me from reading a book but it does knock it down the list by a book or five because they’re often very dense and very clunky and end up taking me ages to get through.  but this one was gorgeous.  i loved the plot, the attention lovingly placed on every character and the historical elements.  the surprise gay in an already brilliant book felt like winning the lottery honestly.
  • captive prince (trilogy).  okay, truthfully, i’m only putting this on here because the second book is such a high point for me.  it was never bad at any point but it had unfortunately been hyped far too much for it to live up to my, admittedly, very high expectations.  hopefully it’ll fare better with you?
  • everything i never told you.  i go back and forth on this one.  i like the writing a lot, i like the LGBT aspect a lot, and i like the mystery aspect a lot but there are definitely characters i would cut out entirely for sheer predictability if i could and that killed a lot of my enjoyment at the time (but i think much more highly of it in retrospect?).  so, take that as you like.
  • aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe.  if there’s a book that handles its characters with more care or respect or consideration then i haven’t run into it.  i love the way this is written and the people it’s populated with.
  • flying lessons & other stories.  a bunch of uber talented authors writing a bunch of uber diverse and LGBT-focused stories and, yes, that is exactly as awesome as it sounds.
  • the song of achilles.  it is utterly heart-breaking but so rich, honestly.


  • the diviners.  (also has a minor LGBT character, who may play a bigger role in the sequel?)  fair warning, i have not read the sequel, lair of dreams, because it is somehow still not out in paperback (yes, i read physical books, yes, i pretty exclusively read paperbacks so i can lug them everywhere with me, YES, I PRE-ORDERED THIS ALMOST TWO YEARS AGO AND IT’S STILL NOT OUT, NOT THAT I’M BITTER ABOUT THAT OR ANYTHING) so i can’t speak to that one finishing on a high note as i don’t know.  but this was the first historical novel i managed to like in a long while.  it does such a good job of fusing in 1920s lingo and dress and aspects that i couldn’t help but love it.  add in the fantasy elements and i can admit i’m the perfect sucker for it.
  • the scorpio races.  i’m not sure why but it took me a long-ass time to get into this book, i wasn’t flipping pages with gusto until well towards the end but - especially as i was reading so much YA at the time - i really appreciated coming across a romance that lets both people come into it as themselves and stay themselves, neither puck nor sean were ever smashed or crumpled or shaved away to fit into their relationship, which was so refreshing.  plus the water horses were fucking cool.
  • the night circus.  the writing, the atmosphere, the circus.  just… it is all very whoa.
  • all the birds in the sky.  i loved this writing style and these characters and the magical elements.


  • i’ll meet you there.  there was something about this and i just… ended up liking it way more than i expected to.  i might’ve just read it at exactly the right time, i’m not sure, but i really enjoyed it.
  • the invoice.  this is honestly just hella cute and so freaking surreal.  swedes, man.


  • why not me?  i like mindy kaling a lot.  i make no apologies for that.  plus you can read both her books in about five seconds, haha.


  • station eleven.  i loved this book.  the way the narrative is woven is so refreshing and i wish the comic book miranda was writing in this book was a real thing more than anything else in the woooorld.
  • illuminae.  hot DAMN this book was cool.  the plot was rock solid, the characters were hilarious and badass and the graphics made out of text and spiraling words and just the way this thing is put together?  shit, it’s worth your money and then some.
  • a robot in the garden.  okay this is just cute as hell.  i can’t even with tang, he’s the most adorable robot to ever adorable.
  • annihilation (southern reach trilogy).  (LGBT minor characters.)  okay, honestly?  i don’t know.  this was freaking zany but i was invested as fuck in all the kookiness for reasons i can’t articulately elaborate on.
  • the martian.  hilarious, engaging, SPACE.  what more do you want?


  • things we lost in the fire.  this is more atmospheric than anything but, damn, could this get me wishing i wasn’t reading this in the dark or looking over my shoulder to make absolutely sure no one was standing behind me.  it’s a book of short stories (by the way, i love books of short stories and i definitely realize that is not true for everyone) and each one is so well-delivered and stylized.  i really enjoyed reading this.
  • let the right one in.  okay, this is legit horror so definitely stay away if you’re easily squicked out but it is harrrrrd to find good horror (at least in my opinion) and this definitely, definitely qualifies.
  • horrorstör.  i honestly had such low expectations for this, a horror story set in a wannabe-ikea, but it ended up being so ridiculous and strange and funny that i was won over by the finish.
  • the girl with all the gifts.  holy unique and well-executed zombie idea, batman!


  • the bigness of the world.  there were definitely ones here that hit better than others but the ones i liked, i really liked!

GRAPHIC NOVELS (i read a lot of these so, um, prepare yourself)

  • saga.  (LGBT minor characters as well.)  this is world-building to a degree that i’m convinced did not exist before.  just, i can’t say enough amazing things about this series and the staggering amount of imagination that regularly goes into it.
  • ms. marvel.  heart-warming as fuck.  it’s definitely really easy to lose faith in the world these days, luckily kamala is there to remind you that people are primarily and genuinely good.
  • black science.  this is another one that took just an insane amount of imagination to cook up.  i got off to kind of a rocky start with this one but the gray-ness of all the characters really speaks to me, and that doesn’t really blossom until later in the series.
  • spider-man/deadpool.  this was very satisfying for my super duper spideypool-shipping mind.  joe and ed did us so good, and joe basically said in his sign-off: i made it absolutely as gay as they would let me, haha.
  • the wicked + the divine.  (LGBT minor characters that you’re going to get way too attached to, and retroactively.  it’s awful [sobs].)  the concept for this, gods reincarnating into teenagers before they burn up their hosts after a predetermined set of time, is so fucking cool.  the humor and the characters and the plot is all just aces.
  • iceman (LGBT MAIN CHARACTER).  okay, so this just started.  like issue #2 was only released days ago but 1) i am liking it so far and 2) marvel did it so dirty and barely advertised bobby - an openly homosexual superhero - was getting his own series, like, i found out about it the day before it went on sale and i keep my ear fairly close to the ground (not as close as some BY A LOT, but closer than the lay person i’d say) so if you can support it, please do!  pre-orders mean a lot in terms of numbers. :))))
  • descender.  admittedly, this starts out rooough.  because the main character, TIM-21 (and his little dog too), are annoying as hell.  he’s an android so there’s no dimension to him so he’s booooring as all get out but i am so glad i stuck with it through to the next trade because, probably picking up on the unsustainability of him as a main character, he gets shuffled off and the side characters get the stage and they rock so hard.
  • paper girls. (LGBT main characters.)  i’m kind of just convinced that brian k. vaughan can do no wrong at this point.  his plots are so tight and mind-blowing and badass.
  • monstress.  here’s a little tid-bit about me: female comic book writers are 100% more likely to get my money and my time because they are so damn rare and this series is unique, badass, and eye-opening.
  • black monday murders.  i’m a little premature with this since there’s only one volume and i usually try to wait until there are at least two but i check up on a volume two a lot so that definitely means something intrigued me!
  • nailbiter.  okay, i haven’t read the final volume yet ‘cause i’m reluctant to let it go but, so far, a series about multiple serial killers all being from the same town has me VERY HOOKED.

i wish i could remember more but this is honestly way better than i expected to do, haha.  they’re definitely not all my all-time faves but they’re ones that have stuck with me for one reason or another and that i didn’t feel i wasted my time on, so that’s something, right?  i hope this helps get you started and that you don’t think too awfully of me when you inevitably run across ones that aren’t your cup of tea!

anonymous asked:

Do you think it's fair to start a relationship with someone if you're depressed?

This is a very interesting concept. I realize that at the inception of a budding (or potential) relationship with someone, it is best practice to showcase your most refined and flawless self. You want to the person of interest to think you’re perfect, you want them to like you. People are inherently flawed, however. The nuance between individuals makes us exactly that; individual. One’s allergy to peanuts, phobia of heights, reluctance to anything spicy (me af), susceptibility to depression, everything about us makes us who we are. When gauging the morality of a decision, especially when it’s not exclusively your emotions being weighed in the equation, I’m not so sure I have enough information to answer the question you’re asking. What I do believe is true in life, is love is the most beautiful thing we as humans do, make and feel. Without love, life would be utterly meaningless. We need it for purpose. We need it for passion. Love makes colors more vibrant, sounds more euphonious, food more delicious. We as humans have been able to manufacture a great many things, like clothes to keep us warm and drugs to make us “happy”, but something we cannot develop in a laboratory is love. It is something we cannot buy, it is something we cannot cheat. True love is the most precious and authentic display we can gift this world.
So, do I think it’s fair or unfair to start a relationship with someone if you’re depressed? I think it’s selfish to deny yourself and the world the opportunity to love. Be honest with your partner. Relationships take work, but love is in fact the most beautiful thing in this life.

I Want To Know You

This spread is for getting to know a person, spirit, or deity! It lays everything out and is probably going to snatch/roast you. Proceed with caution and hopes of honesty. 

1. Who you are. 

This card can be a card you place as a signifier of who you’re doing your work on if you know (for example, for myself I always place Queen of Wands, or for one of my spirit guides, I place Sirius.), or a card that you draw to answer a question. 

2. The good part of you. 

This is the good part of you. I ALWAYS go for the positive definition for this card, reversed or not, because the intention of this spread is to have a positive thing here. 

3. The bad part of you. 

This is where you get snatched, alright? Don’t be upset. I’m going to make a further spread on how to target this card specifically, but this is the card that shows either your insecurity, your main flaw, or something that you’ve recently hecked up. 

4. The downside to your good.

Every beautiful thing has an ugly side, and this is what the bad part of your good is. For me, it’s usually like “Hey, you’re really generous and kind, but you are emotionally unstable and draining yourself.” 

5. The upside to your bad. 

This is where your bad helps you. An example for myself is like, “Hey, you find really unhealthy relationships, but you’re great at cutting ties.”


If anyone is interested, I’ll do this for them, just shoot me a message with your name or initials and the spread name!

fic recs  [ ✗ ]

 posted: 6/13/17

This is all opinion based but personally I think you should all give these a chance, even if they aren’t what you normally like to read. There are many fics that I have enjoyed, but these are the ones that stick out most to me. This will definitely be updated as time goes on.

Title: Mr. Min by @ellieljade [ ongoing ]

Pairing: Yoongi x Reader x Jungkook

Synopsis ━ Your CEO caught your attention the first day you started your new job and it seems the attraction is mutual. Too bad he’s only interested in a relationship that benefits him.

Thoughts ━ So Ellie is literally my idol her writing is amazing and Jesus fucking Christ Mr. Min is always a pleasure to read. The characters are all flawed in some way and that’s what makes me love them so much. There’s a love ‘V’ in this fic (if you didn’t already notice) but it’s done in a way that isn’t tasteless or immature. If you love smut and a hell of a lot of angst, read this and all of her other work and be blessed.

Title: Away From The Sun by @inktae​ [ complete ]

Pairing: Taehyung x Reader

Synopsis ━ Soulmate AU

Thoughts ━ Honestly this was so amazingly beautiful. Everything that Mariale writes is amazing but this fic had me missing someone that I’ve never even met before, lol. If you’re a space geek and love a good soulmate story, this is the one for you. It’s a long fic that really is one of my favorites and it’s just ugh so good.

Title: Grey Area by @blushoseoks [ ongoing ]

Pairing: Yoongi x Reader

Synopsis ━ And just like that, your fate was sealed - because Min Yoongi was absolutely going to destroy you. But hell, if you weren’t going to let him, or bask happily in the flames as he did so. And sadly, at the time, you didn’t think that your thoughts would become so literal.

Thoughts ━ Emna’s writing is so amazing and refreshing to me. Her characters are alll so unqiue and I’ve never enjoyed a soulmate au like this as much as I enjoy Grey Area. I can’t wait to figure out every twist and turn because I swear the suspense is killing me. If you like angst and character(!)development, this is your fanfic.

Title: Hiraeth by @jungkxook​ [ ongoing ]

Pairing: Jungkook x Reader

Synopsis ━ (n.) a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past.

Thoughts ━ Okay so here’s the thing: I have never been one for zombie aus just for the simple fact that I never thought I’d be into it. I love zombie/apocalypse games, though, and when I saw that this was inspired by The Last of Us I was immediately intrigued. I had seen Hiraeth on my dashboard before but never gave it a second thought, now I’m crying over characters and not wanting it to end. This fic is so amazing and you will cry, heads up. It’s almost over and I’m nervous because if you know the game you know that there’s always a calm before the storm - and I’m not ready for what might come. Absolutely amazing, check out the rest of their work honestly and treat yo self.

Part of yourself that will be vague or you will be confused about

Neptune in 1st: How you see yourself. You will be confused about who you are and will keep searching for yourself in other people’s eyes until you realize that people’s reaction and image of you is not what defines you but how you view yourself does. 

Neptune in 2nd: Money. You are probably bad at saving calculating money and you easily give them to who ever needs it. you will waste your money on art and music and your work can be related to art and music. 

Neptune in 3rd: Your thinking is blurred. your ideas are scattered and unorganized , you also may have problem in focusing and you may stutter when you speak. when you speak your words are always soft and sweet. relationship with siblings is very victimizing as you may always take the blame for their mistakes. 

Neptune in 4th: Meaning of family. you will have idealistic views of how a family should be but you may be disappointed because your family do not hold these views. you will always be confused about your roots and mother as you can never clearly see your mother. she may haven’t been there for you when you needed her or she doesn’t provide you with the amount of love that you need. 

Neptune in 5th: Passion. You are passionate about many thing yet you don’t know what they are and every time you think you finally found something you are passionate about you lose interest fast and go to another one.  

Neptune in 6th: Work. You procrastinate a lot in your work and tend to be lazy and you lose energy fast. you are also probably bad at organizing work and you are messy when it comes to your health as you might forget eating or drinking water sometimes. 

Neptune in 7th: Relationships. You fall in love easily and you tend to idealize that person and see them as angels but when you realize they have flaws too you become disoriented and confused. you want love like that exists in movies and dramas where both of the lovers sacrifice and die for each other. 

Neptune in 8th: Intimacy. You will be confused about intimacy and might give of yourself too much and sacrifice for your partner a lot. You will have fears of abandonment and alone which might make you clingy and you might turn a blind eye to your partner's flaws just to keep the relationship going. Just like Neptune in 7th you will idealize these relationships and you will see your partner as an angel instead of who they really are.

Neptune in 9th: Beliefs. You will be confused about what you believe in or what people make you believe in. People may play with your beliefs and make you believe their own beliefs. Sometimes you will feel empty when it comes to faith and beliefs. You might change your beliefs constantly until you find the right one.    

Neptune in 10th: Ambition. You will be confused about what is it that you want to work in and you might work different jobs until you find the right one. You will have vague relationships with authorities (father as well) as they will true to mold you to their own liking. People will see what they want to see in you but not the real you.  

Neptune 11th: Friendships. You will have lots of confusing friendships, you will be idealistic when it comes to your friends and you will see them as you want to them to be but not for who they really are. May have artistic and introverted friends and you may also end relationships suddenly because they become harmful to you than good. Very idealistic and you want to be able to live in a utopia one day. 

Neptune 12th: Dreams. You will have weird dreams that sometimes may be a prediction or a message to warn you about something, maybe its your subconscious trying to make sense of everything that is going on or is actually trying to help you to full wake up and be aware of your surroundings. in your dreams you will feel like Alice falling in the rabbit hole and with no way out. in your dreams you will feel everything and will interact with the objects in your dreams at the same time you will also be watching the dream as if it is a movie.   


There seems to be a pattern when it comes to couples in South Park. Person A wears a secondary color which is a combination of the two primary colors Person B wears.

Here is the “main” couple of South Park, Stan and Wendy. Stan wears Red and Blue, and Wendy wears purple. In this couple we can also see a second color comparasin, with Wendy wearing yellow and Stan wearing brown. It could be said that yellow is a brighter version of brown, showing how Wendy is a more cheerful character than her counterpart.

This is the second most prominent couple in South Park, Craig and Tweek. Craig wears blue and yellow, and Tweek wears green. It seems as though the person wearing the two primary colors is usually the more emotionally repressed of the pair, and perhaps the duality represents two different sides of the character which only the person bearing their corresponding secondary color can put together?

Okay, so the two most canon couples in South Park share this color scheme pattern. But how can we apply this? Can this predict which couples in the future will become canon?

There is a lot of evidence throughout the show that this couple will eventually become canon one way or another. With Cartman’s sexual fixation on Kyle (the Imaginationland trilogy only being the most dastic example of this) and Kyle’s jealous nature (not only in season 20, but also in the episode “It’s a Jersey Thing” where Kyle fought agressively to protect him from a woman who tried to rape him) and feeling of responsibility (he’s almost always the one to save Cartman when he’s in over his head). The color scheme rule works here too, with Cartman wearing yellow and blue and Kyle wearing green. There is also a complimentary color scheme going on here, Kyle’s green and orange contrasting nicely against Cartman’s red and blue, symbolizing how they’re complete opposites and yet are most successful when they work together.

Now, just in case you guys think I just pulled some random thing I noticed out of thin air to show you my OTP is “canon” or whatever, let me show you this:

Eric Cartman and Heidi Turner also follow this pattern. Cartman wears yellow and blue, Heidi wears red and green. Notice how Cartman doesn’t wear red when he’s around her, because that would contrast with the green in a way that suggests conflict, which is something their relationship lacks. There is, however, a hint of orange in Heidi’s hat, which contrasts with Cartman’s blue and suggests that their relationship will eventually come into conflict - something interesting I’d like to point out here is that Heidi didn’t start actually wearing the hat until season 20, setting her apart from the background cast and establishing her as a foreground character much like Wendy. The inclusion of the hat symbolizes a redefining of her character as a powerful genious, but it also foreshadows the inevitable conflict. As much as Cartman tries to redefine himself as Eric, he won’t be able to escape his own character flaws, and this will eventually be the downfall of their relationship.

Now, just for fun, I’m going to see which other couples would fall under this pattern…

Clyde wears red and blue, Token wears purple. I’m not going to claim to know anything about their relationship, but according to their color schemes, they would make a very nice couple.

Professor Chaos wears blue and a little bit of red, Mysterion wears purple and green (green and red are complimentary colors) (it’ll be interesting to see how they interact in Fractured But Whole)

Femslash February couples meme day 23

Femslash February couples meme

Day 23: the couple you like writing/creating content for most of all (and why)

Kitty and Illyana are two of my favorite X-men. I love Illyana’s dark magik, sarcasm, and angst about being unable to control her inner demons. I love Kitty’s sense of humor, cleverness - in computer science like in politics - and I love the girls’ flaws too.

One of the things who inspire me to write shippy stuff is the kind of relationship where there’s subtext, enough of it to really believe in the relationship, but it’s frustratingly not canon. And they have been this for too long. ^^ Well, first, in the whole Claremont arc.

(Also, Kitty’s been recently named “the queerest X-men” and sounds like a repressed bisexual, and Illyana never had a male love interest, and both lesbians and aro and/or ace people would like to have her but still she’s very probably queer. She’s got at least one lesbian and one bisexual alternate versions)

Also, I love the evolution of their relationship. The uneasy beginning, when for Kitty Illyana was “just” her boyfriend’s tiny sister she babysat, turned into a teenager by dark magics. Where for Illyana Kitty was “just” an alternate version of the mentor she had to kill.

Then them growing into teammates and best friends.

Well, with sort of competing teams, but still best friends, and I love what the plot did with their psychic link.

And then Illyana sacrificed herself and became an innocent child again, and Kitty was torn between being happy for her and losing her best friend, and honestly even if it stopped here I would have loved their story and ficced a lot (I have).

But they made Illyana come back! And even if at the beginning they were estranged first (lazy writing), then angry at each other (not lazy but I didn’t like it), and then Bendis had them reconcile, yeah! (then he shipped Kitty to space, not yeah)

So they have potential futures together. Lots of them. To be honest, when Kitty was leading the young X-men as “professor K” and Illyana was part of Magneto and Cyclops’ team, I had some hopes for them to be the Xavier and Magneto of next generation. They can be best friends and will always be, but they have also potential to be adversaries - but also to be a team by themselves. It didn’t go here, but Marvel is still the fandom of hundreds of AUs.

Some “canon AUs” for them:

So many possibilities!

Also, they have this “science and magic” vibe that I always love. And the contrast between their so weird lifes and very relatable personalities will always work for me.

(And I have a friend who ship them, so at least one person will read my fics. It really helps.)

I should write them again.

this episode was…so good omg.

it’s rare to see a love interest in a kids show (or really any show??) that isn’t depicted in black or white; either they’re perfect and they end up with the main character forever or they’re evil and are cut from the show. but jonah is starting to seek like a really..real character. andi starts out seeing him as this perfect person and realizes that he isn’t. that doesn’t necessarily mean jonah is a bad guy or shouldn’t be friends with andi, just that he has flaws too and he needs to work on them before they can have any meaningful relationship, romantic or not

A Little Web Series Love

Hello there! Here are some cool web series (webseries?? Ugh I can’t decide if it’s one word or two. The struggle continue) that you should watch! Here’s the what & the why: 

Middlemarch: The Series: 

“Middlemarch: The Series” is a modernized vlog-style web series adaptation of George Eliot’s “Middlemarch.” 

This show is a delight. It has an innovative format (vlog + documentary), it is beautifully filmed with a gr8 aesthetic, and it’s a story you can really sink into. Right now I’m hearing Billie’s words about how it’s difficult to define what you like about a piece of art. I’m trying here! There’s also a lot of ANGST and FEELINGS and I’m LIVING for it. 

The Emma Agenda

“The Emma Agenda” is a modern adaptation of “Emma” by Jane Austen, created by Quip Modest Productions.”

This is a real fresh and fun take on Emma! I don’t wanna spoil it but the way *certain things* are being adapted is fantastic and it’s charming and cute and I can’t wait for the Emma/Jordan relationship to really blossom. Eep! Plus, I mean, it’s another series by Queen Jules. So. 

Away From It All

“A modern web series adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’, told in a multimedia format.”

Okay I am definitely biased because I worked on this show but it has a special place in my heart, ok?? The setting of fictional Weatherbury is its own characters in the show; it feels like a real place that you can visit just by watching Liddy’s vlogs or Gabe’s Facebook videos to his friends. The characters are wonderfully flawed and interesting and if you’re looking for a wee bit of drama, you’ll find it in AfitA. 


“Horizons is an original young adult web series created by the collaborating young creators at Betwixt Productions.”

This. Show. The writing is TOP NOTCH, the romance is sweet, the characters are funny and complex. While it feels like a YA dystopian novel, the issues that are discussed are (unfortunately) very relevant to real life right now. Basically, Horizons made me feel all the feels. Plus the costumes and makeup are really cool! 

The Adventures of Serena Berg

“A new LGBTQ+ literary webseries based on Cyrano de Bergerac.”

Roxanne is an adorable nerd and I love her and if you watch the show for anything watch it for Roxanne. Or Serena, who describes herself as “your favorite transgender asshole.” As you can tell, she is sassy AF which I always appreciate. AND it takes place at college which is my fave setting. Bonus: the closed captions are a hoot. 


“ELLIPSES is an original sci-fi webseries about love, friendship, and the scientific method, told through the main character’s in-universe vlogs.”

This is such a fun (and funny!) original series. Science + time travel + feelings = love. (This is not a proven statement. I don’t know how to do the science good. Sorry, Dot.) I’ve learned a lot of science-y things while watching this, and Dot is one of those characters you want to slap/shake and hug at the same time. 

The Better Strangers

“The Better Strangers is a web series adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It and is the sequel to ‘A Document of Madness’.”

So I know this is a sequel to ADOM, but I actually haven’t watched that one yet! Still, this series stands on its own. It’s fun and college-y and also touches on important topics like abusive relationships. Rose and Orlando are unabashedly my faves, and I wish Orlando’s vlog wasn’t fictional. Plus: lightsabers!!

I’m still so behind on my web series watching from being in production on Merry Maidens so I’m sure there are lots of lovely shows I am missing, but I hope this lil’ write up has INTRIGUED you. Now go watch internet shows. 

I’m just so happy with the way YOI subverted all the expected tropes with Victor’s character? I never expected him to be evil or an inherently bad person or dying or something sinister like that. This was clearly not this kind of show from the beginning. 

But seriously the smartest writing in the entire show might be the way they crafted those early episodes to give us the impression of Victor as a rather… hedonistic playboy; impulsive and eccentric. A man who needed to learn love, compassion, etc. The flaws we do see from him add to this impression; he can be very tactless, he’s forgetful, etc. Both of these flaws can easily be tied to selfishness or being uncaring, but they’re just flaws he happens to have (the lack of tact likely because he has so few close interpersonal relationships). The reason he comes across hedonistic is because for once in his life he’s actually allowing himself to enjoy himself, which he hasn’t had a chance to do before. And of course as for the touchy feely playboy thing well… see episode ten (this is not normal for him. It’s just toward Yuuri who he honestly thought was romantically interested in him). 

He’s selfish, he only thinks of himself. Yakov says so. At this point in time we have no reason not to trust this outside perspective. The Eros story is clearly meant to make us think of Victor. He’s the playboy who comes to town, and Yuuri is the beautiful woman that has captured his attention. 

But the show just FLIPS THAT ON ITS HEAD Victor is not that at all and I… love it??  The thing is, none of those things (Yakov’s comments, the Eros story) come from Victor himself, and all of the above are totally different with full context (once we discover it i.e. after the banquet reveal) or are misconceptions. 

And Victor is SO much better a character for this. 

It’s expert writing. It’s so good. I love this show. 

The interesting thing to me about Elliot and Tyrell’s relationship is that you can clear-cut have a good guy versus a bad guy. That’s the way we sort of set it up at the beginning of the whole show. What’s incredibly fascinating to me is, what if these two people actually have a connection? What if literally the guy we’re supposed to hate actually loves our hero? And there isn’t this sort of conventional antagonistic relationship that they have — that it’s out of love, as opposed to hate, that there’s this friction, that there’s this battle? I always thought that was interesting, that usually the hero and the villain of any story are deeply flawed characters. Well, what if these two have the same flaws and are two sides of the same coin, and they both see that and feel that and connect on that? I think there’s something a lot more complicated there. We can go into a lot of deeper levels into what that relationship and that conflict will look like going forward.

anonymous asked:

But you do rag on Peter/Spider-Man A LOT. Why?

i do not!! i rag on deadpool equally as much, if not more,, ask anybody. deadpool is a literal murderer. i’ve had trouble writing this finale of ask-spiderpool because i believe that wade has Far more to apologise for than peter, (wade is absolutely selfish and nearly every action wade’s taken on ask-spiderpool has been driven by selfishness – wade lied to peter for a very long time to keep peter’s attention on him) and on TOP of that i fully believe wade is stubborn enough to not apologise for some of the things he did. wade is flawed. he’s so flawed that he’s either a writer’s dream or a writer’s nightmare. i figure that’s pretty much a given. do you know deadpool? everything he does is terrible, mostly. do you want me to harp on about how terrible deadpool is?? i will. he kills people. also!! he’s profoundly interesting. and what else is interesting? poking flaws in other characters. flaws are interesting. conflict is interesting. wade and peter arguing is the interesting part of their relationship, to me. and it’s so much harder to root for a couple when there’s only one character in the wrong. if wade was the only screw-up,, wouldn’t you be like “fuck.. why does pete even waste his time, man..”  spider-man has a million reasons to dislike deadpool. deadpool can’t just have unwavering respect for spider-man. that relationship isn’t fair. that relationship isn’t interesting. that relationship is one sided. spider-man needs to be taken down a peg or two. they both need to have something to learn by the end of it. at least,, that’s how i feel. i wouldn’t have invested so much into it if that wasn’t the case. 

look,, i love these characters and the reason is because their flaws are interesting and are something i want to see being conquered. neither of them are perfect, please,, that is so bori n g  

virulentbunny  asked:

i'd love to hear ur analysis of romsemary's flaws tbh, if ur willing

well, my friend @shut-in-princess summed it up pretty well in reply to the original ask:

Of course the VrisKan part is probably just mine and her’s subjective preference.  I’m also gonna have to put this under a read more because it got way wordier than I was expecting.

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anonymous asked:

What's your opinion on Emori/memori in general? I'm not a fan of her, personally. She's badass and she's a survivor but she's too cruel for my liking. And I know why she is this way but still, especially after the newest clip. Let's just leave Raven out of it ok girl? And idk about memori. I don't think she's a great influence on him but she does make him happy, and I think she really does care about him and only him.

Originally posted by raven-gifs

I love Emori. She’s a badass bitch and no excuses. And I don’t mean badass as in, dominating everyone with flashy fighting. I mean Bad. Ass. Bitch. She is NOT a flat “Strong Female Character,” who acts like a stereotypical male hero without earning it, and rejecting feminine characteristics.

She’s a survivor. Not a hero. She’s a mutant. She’s a reject. She’s a robber. She’s an outlaw. She will do whatever she needs to get by. Murphy is her people. Everyone else is a means to an end. She’s been ground down and she’s clawed her way to where she is. And she’s NOT on top. She’s not a winner. She’s not powerful. She’s lost everything and she clings to what she has left, John. She doesn’t trust anyone but him, for good reason. She’s smart and suspicious. And loving. She has hopes and dreams even if they are small dreams of a little bunker to ride out the apocalypse. 

That is a GOOD character. 

She is not a Disney princess. She’s not an ingenue. She’s not a helper person. She’s not “good” person. But she’s interesting and her choices affect the story and our heroes.

Would I follow her lead? Not in a million. Would a trust her? Nope. Do I like her? 


And it’s fantastic that with a character as flawed and complicated as that, as tough and ruthless as she is, she has such a tender, gentle relationship with Murphy. You say she’s a bad influence on Murphy? Do you forget that this is the boy who peed on a kid? Hanged Bellamy? He’s come a long way, but he’s not a Disney prince, either. Emori brought him back to humanity. Gave him a reason to love and trust someone, gave him a reason to think beyond his own survival. Again. This is a good story. Their relationship is interesting and realistic. 

I don’t look for my favorite stories to be stories of perfect people. I like flawed characters making hard decisions and becoming better people. And I don’t think Raven is some delicate flower who needs to be protected. I don’t think Raven would appreciate being treated like that, either. In fact, it’s part of her character that she doesn’t. She’s more like Murphy and Emori than she is like Clarke or Abby, to be quite honest. She’s the one who felt no remorse at torturing Lincoln. The one ready to blow up the bridge or army or generator. She’s the one who accused Bellamy and Clarke of being killers, and denied Abby medicine to treat patients. She’s growing and changing and becoming more humane, but no. Raven is not a Disney princess either. And I like that about her. 

anonymous asked:

Is the reason why femlash fics are so few because the ships are fairly a new thing? Or just gaining popularity? I feel like luna/ginny is just new. Or is it just only getting popular in tumblr lately? It's so frustrating. The lack of femslash fics. :(

Also most femslash fics are either short fluffy ones or smutty ones. No really long ones with proper development. It’s so sad.

This is a question that needs a really thought out analysis of fandom culture as a whole, and doesn’t just have one answer. I’ll try to talk about a few. One of the reasons is that the main, and well-developed side characters are usually male. People read and write about protagonists more because there’s just more knowledge and depth available, it makes writing and connecting with the character easier. This is of course directly connected to real life gender dynamics and societal beliefs. Speaking of which, they influence the fandom a lot. Sexism in fandoms is real and very evident. How many female bashing fics have we encountered, especially in slash fandoms? How many times we’ve seen female characters get hated on for qualities and flaws a male character would’ve been happily excused or forgiven for? A direct example of the most common attitudes toward the grief of Cho Chang and Severus Snape. Who gets more sympathy? Sexism doesn’t end with attitudes toward characters as well. There’s also that implicit belief that a story, or even a relationship, must have a male to be interesting or meaningful. I know this sounds like a terrible accusation, but we all have varying degrees of sexism to unlearn inside of us and some of us naturally project those to their fandom experiences.
Lets try another approach. Here is the demographic information of the AO3 census survey. One important point the note is that according to this data, 80% of ao3 users are female, and 29% of the participants are straight. This, along with my own observations, points to the obvious. There are a good portion of straight people, who are mostly female, interacting with content they’re interested in and apparently that’s slash. I don’t like to generalize or stereotype fandom as a whole, but i’d have to be really ignorant to say that mlm commodification/fetishization doesn’t play a part here. It’s not a nice thought, but homophobia (especially against wlw) is very much alive and well in fandoms. 
But… that can’t be it, right? That’s not the fandom we interact with? Surely, those people do exist, and we do come across them from time to time, but are they really the majority? No, actually they aren’t. Back to our data, when combined 49% of the participants identified as not heterosexual, and 55% identified as belonging to a gender, sexual and/or romantic minority. So why is there so little femslash content in a community that is in majority formed by non-cishet females? Two explanations come to me. One, women don’t feel comfortable reading/writing about female sexuality because they’ve been actively taught that it was shameful and should be kept secret. I’ve heard multiple LGBT female fans say that it felt too personal to write about femslash. And two, and perhaps the most explicit factor. There aren’t enough people who support femslash content creators because of the reasons above and maybe more. Femslash writers get only a scrap of attention and appreciation slash writers receive. The lack of likes, notes, hits, kudos and comments results in them not being motivated to get involved with bigger projects, or stop writing femslash all together. 
A little disclaimer, these are all my personal thoughts about the subject, which are mostly HP fandom centric and made by thinking about the majorities in demographics. I’m not targeting any one group, or disregarding any other. 

honestly and i love mass effect so much because it’s such a perfect example of the ‘found family’ trope. like, for all it’s flaws, bioware set up so so many intricate relationships not just between shep and love interests, but between everyone, between all the different crew members and ground teams and species and ugh they pull off so much world-building and character-building just through npc’s various dialogues even when you can’t interact with them and wow i love mass effect

my final statement on Kevin’s adaptation

Look I’ve gone my arguments about the inevitability of adaptational impossibility in shifting a narrative from an immersive and intensely imaginative reading experience to a cohesive audio-visual presentation of certain filmmakers’ visions–it’s never gonna get things Exactly Right to Please Everyone

and also Sullivan fucked a fair few things up from the books we can all admit that because it’s on view for all to see and has been for literally decades

but my final argument is this















look I own the first two Sullivan Anne movies on DVD

I watch them I enjoy them I love them for a lot of reasons

but much like my relationship dynamic with my tunnel-visioned conservative-voting father whatever love I feel does not mean I’m gonna DEFEND IT AGAINST ALL COMERS AND IGNORE ITS FLAWS like there’s moments you just gotta go “oh my god, dad, I love you but shut up,” and “Kevin who the fuck told you it was alright to write in a dodgy as fuck aging love interest with smoker’s teeth?”

I’m not going to insist that Anne the Series be everybody’s cup of tea

but I am going to ask all the affronted purists to return the favour

one fan’s grimdark shitshow is another fan’s moving and refreshing new take

one fan’s Definitive Classic is another fan’s “ehh it could have been a lot better”

anonymous asked:

What do you love about Sansa Stark?

Anon, prepare yourself because the  anwer is LONG. There are a lot of things that I love about her (she is my favorite character in ASOIAF afterall..). 

The first reason  that comes to mind is that she is NORMAL. She starts the story as a very avarage 12 years old, she loves stories of knights and songs about love. She wants to live in a fairytale. These are all things that made me feel connected to her from the start. 

I love her flaws: how  sometimes she cant face the truth, because it scares her.  It makes her more relatable. Her relationship with lies its one of the most interesting things in the books. (the unkiss! the trident incident! and i can go on and on…). 

I love her kindness, how she saved Dontos, or helped Lancel. 

Her desire to be loved and to find someone to love. This is something that breaks my heart, I dont like how some people accuse Sansa on being power hungry and wanting to be queen because she wants to rule everyone (looking at you dumb and dumber). Thats not what i understand from her story. Sansa wants to be loved, she wants to love. To the point that she betrays her father for it (it was a betrayal….just not for power but FOR LOVE). 

“How well I know that, child,” Cersei said, her voice so kind and sweet. “Why else should you have come to me and told me of your father’s plan to send you away from us, if not for love?

“It was for love,” Sansa said in a rush. “Father wouldn’t even give me leave to say farewell.” She was the good girl, the obedient girl, but she had felt as wicked as Arya that morning, sneaking away from Septa Mordane, defying her lord father. She had never done anything so willful before, and she would never have done it then if she hadn’t loved Joffrey as much as she did” 

Tyrion was surprised. “Truly? His own daughter?“ Sansa had always seemed such a sweet child, tender and courteous.

The girl was wet with love. She would have done anything for Joffrey, until he cut off her father’s head and called it mercy. That put an end to that.“ 

Once she had loved Prince Joffrey with all her heart, and admired and trusted his mother, the queen. They had repaid that love and trust with her father’s head. Sansa would never make that mistake again.

Wich brings me to another reason as to why i love Sansa: she learns from her mistakes. She adapts. She uses the hard lessons to be better. 

How she loves to sew and dance, how she uses her femine traits, her lady courtesy as an armor. Sansa is not just a lady, she is THE LADY.  She rappresents all that is good about that term.

Ser Boros was an ugly man with a broad chest and short, bandy legs. His nose was flat, his cheeks baggy with jowls, his hair grey and brittle. Today he wore white velvet, and his snowy cloak was fastened with a lion brooch. The beast had the soft sheen of gold, and his eyes were tiny rubies. "You look very handsome and splendid this morning, Ser Boros,” Sansa told him. A lady remembered her courtesies, and she was resolved to be a lady no matter what.

Sansa felt that she ought to say something. What was it that Septa Mordane used to tell her? A lady’s armor is courtesy, that was it. She donned her armor and said, “I’m sorry my lady mother took you captive, my lord." 

How Smart she is. (but i hate how she doesnt believe in herself..she doesnt trust her instinct because she lost lady) 

Her relationship with Bran (how similiar they are, both young and loved children whose hopes and dreams are broken early in their life)

Her (very problematic but real) relatioship with her sister Arya. 

Her strange link  with the greek goodness Persephone (who blossomed in the spring but is the Queen of Winter) 

How Grrm is setting up the classical story of the student who surpasses the master with her and littlefinger. 

Her strange parallels with Jon snow (maaan i could go on and on on those…)

How she brings out the kindest side of  the characters personality  like Tyrion, Sandor and yes even Dontos. 

How she looks like Catelyn but has the same sense of honor as Ned.

How she calls her self: the blood of Winterfell. How even after joffrey and the lannisters, and losing her direwolf she is still A STARK.

How she builds a castle in the snow which rappresents her home. 

But my ultime reason for loving Sansa stark with all of my heart is this quote:

There are gods, she told herself, and there are true knights too. All the stories can’t be lies.  

This is important for me because Sansa is a person what endured beatings, and awful men and is afraid for  her life since she was a 12 years old who has seen the “love of her life” kill her father. Still after all she has suffered, she believes that there are good people, that the hope is not all lost. She didnt become cynical, she becomes stronger but not hateful. 

anonymous asked:

I hope people know that most lapidot shippers hate the current state of the show + their relationship. This isn't what we wanted. There are pretty much no new (post Log Date 7 15 2) lapidot shippers, 99% of us started back when Lapis and Peridot were still interesting and well-designed characters with a lot of potential..... there were like 59976457 ways for lapidot to be a deep and interesting relationship between flawed people and the Crewniverse chose NONE of them

I honestly feel really sorry for you guys! You didn’t deserve this to happen to your ship!!