Yaho! I just want to say your blog is really cool! Anyways... i would like to request something like this? "Bokuto showing off Akaashi vs. Oikawa showing off Iwa-chan" Ty :3
~THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE~
Bokuto showing off Akaashi:
- Bokuto is very proud of Akaashi
- And he is not afraid to make it known when Akaashi does something good
- If Akaashi got the best grade in the class, Bokuto would flat out start cheering and congratulating him, saying that Akaashi is so smart and devoted
- If Akaashi set the volleyball at the most perfect angle, Bokuto would miss it just to admire its delicacy… then he’d laugh and compliment on how perfect it was. “Yeah! Just like that, Akaashi!”
- Bokuto is also very passionate with how Akaashi actually sets the ball. His fingertips are soft and gentle against the surface, and with a light, firm push, Akaashi sets the ball into the air. Bokuto is never afraid to compliment or show off Akaashi about his skills, especially in front of the whole volleyball team or in front of teachers, and even Akaashi’s parents. “Your son is so talented.” “Isn’t Akaashi so skilled?! Look at him go!!!” “WOOHOO AKAASHI! OHO”
- To be honest, Bokuto is actually all about Akaashi’s looks and will call him beautiful anyday. “Look how handsome he is~” The way Akaashi’s slightly curly hair rests upon his nicely sculpted face makes Bokuto go wild. The way his eyes pierce Bokuto’s makes Bokuto get hyped up, and the occasional smile Akaashi will give sends Bokuto to the moon. Let’s not even mention Akaashi’s beautiful body and stature…
- Bokuto highkey wants to make Akaashi the mvp of every volleyball game they have, but he sadly has to control himself
- Sometimes Bokuto will go up to random people and be like, “DID YOU HEAR WHAT AKAASHI DID DURING OUR GAME?!”
- While students in class are sharing their accomplishments, Bokuto will join in on the conversation and be like, “Oh yeah? Well my buddy Akaashi did this the other day~”
- Tbh Bokuto will secretly tape a piece of paper to Akaashi’s shirt while he’s walking down the hall, the paper having written on it “I’m a good boy!”
Oikawa showing off Iwa-chan:
- Oikawa gets a lot of attention for his looks and his skills
- He loves it, but he really wants to show people how great Iwaizumi can be and how good of a person he is for putting up with Oikawa for so long
- Oikawa isn’t really showy with Iwa-chan because he wants to keep him all for himself, but he does like to make Iwaizumi feel proud
- “Ah Iwa-chan still did better than everyone else today ~ except me aha!”
- *Oikawa’s eye sparkle* “IWA-CHAN, NICE SPIKE!”
- When Oikawa takes pictures with Iwaizumi, he ALWAYS comments on how good Iwa’s pose it or how cool his hair looks
- ^He even comments on Iwaizumi’s photos, telling him how awesome he looks, and that people should totally check him out
- Iwaizumi is very helpful towards people, and Oikawa really really wants people to know that
- Like at practice, Oikawa will talk for quite a few minutes about how Iwa-chan helped out this old lady cross a street or helped some students with their homework, and he’ll go on about it in detail, praising Iwaizumi
- “Isn’t he so supportive? How come my Iwa-chan doesn’t help me *dramatic pose*”
- Expects the team to highfive Iwaizumi and tell him good job
- If Iwaizumi gets a question right in class or makes an appropriate move during volleyball, Oikawa is so amazed, and he’s dying to scream about it
- “IWA-CHAN, SO SMART!”
- Oikawa highkey nominates Iwaizumi for everything:
- Nominated him as prom QUEEN… “His face is too good not to win! Don’t you see it?”
- Also voted for him to be class president… “Iwa-chan is so much more thoughtful and intelligent than everyone else, so how can he not win?”
- Even though Oikawa likes attention from his regular group of girls, he sometimes really wants to pull Iwaizumi into the circle for fun, hoping that he can show off his really great friend and tell everybody that Oikawa only hangs out with the coolest of people
- Oikawa’s graduation speech is literally all about how Iwaizumi helped him???
- If Oikawa sees Iwa-chan from a distance, he will literally sprint towards him and hop/cling onto his back, yelling “I’M ON THE AMAZING IWA-CHANNNN~”
Dear Amie: It’s not Olicity, you’re right. It’s Shitty Writing and Sexism & Misogyny.
Now, you may be wondering why this is specifically addressed to you. This is addressed to you because you wrote an article to say why Laurel was the biggest problem on Arrow and how it had nothing to do with Olicity. I’ll concede your point that the problems on Arrow have nothing to do with Olicity, strictly as a couple, asd a romantic pairing, there is technically nothing wrong with Olicity.
But you’re wrong about Laurel. And let’s go through it point by point.
Now, if you’ve been in this fandom any at all, you’ve heard the phrase uttered, “OMG STEPHEN AND EMILY HAVE CHEMISTRY THAT IS JUST OFF THE CHARTS” and also heard the phrase, “OMG, Katie and Stephen’s scene are as sexy as cardboard.”
So here’s the thing, those are both wrong.
The reason is because chemistry, in this context, is not the objective chemicals that make a reaction to make new chemicals kind of chemistry, but rather the subjective oh my god, i love when these two actors make heart eyes at each other, that really sells their love story.
In this context, chemistry is subjective. So what you see is not the same thing I see, is not the same thing William Shatner sees, is not the same thing Katie Cassidy sees.
You’re sold on the happy go lucky romance of a 25 year old whose life experience includes having a lacrosse stalker in college and a 30 year old broken man who literally pined for five years trying to get back to his exgirlfrend? Congrats. You’re amazing.
However, just because you’re sold on it, does not mean everyone is. And does not mean everyone shares your view. Presenting it as fact does not help your argument. Because I’m not sold on this couple, which intrinsically has problems for me.
You know what I’m sold on? The 30 year old man who pined for five years, trying to get back to his exgirlfriend and is trying to be man she saw and the 29 year old survivor who loves him enough to let him leave when he needs to, who is the woman who shaped him.
There are plenty of people who aren’t sold on either. There are plenty who are sold on both. You do not get to decide the baseline for chemistry.
But this “Stephen only has chemistry with emily” line is just the “one special girl” trope and I’m over it, because it just gives people an excuse for their internalized misogyny.
Now, something we can both agree on. The writing has gone downhill, because they saw a popular couple and decided to start shoving it in, hoping to make their big cash cow, while simultaneously ripping down their main heroine.
In season 1, Laurel was a blatantly clear foil for Oliver, someone who doled out justice the legal way, someone who looked out for people using her real identity, and someone who instead of taking five years to decide what he wanted, jumped with both feet into helping.
Laurel had been hurt because HE LITERALLY DIED SCREWING HER SISTER, but no, she’s just supposed to get over that. She’s supposed to be nice and pretty and forgive him, even though he’s kind of a dick still. This very first scene, which you say robs her of her humanity, gives her humanity to me. She’s allowed to angry in a way that genre women are never allowed to angry at the hero. Yes, maybe it’s a little over the top, but if my boyfriend died sleeping with my sister and came back to life, I might be a little over the top too.
Then in season 2, they rip her down, because she was just too happy last season and so they put her through storylines of addiction, which would have been great, if we could have gotten more than four scenes of it. The addiction storyline was lacking because the people in her life were lacking. Both Oliver and Quentin knew about Laurel’s withdrawal from the world and did nothing about it. Her dad lied in an attempt to get her to go to a program meeting. And the reason Laurel scenes were cut to have “I’m your girl” moments which served no purpose other than to give people something to squee about.
In s3, literally every super villain has given some kind of spiel about Oliver and Felicity. Or the villains have gone after them in some way. When supervillains are giving you love advice, maybe it’s time to reevaluate your decision. Maybe when your first instinct is to say “but you can’t marry her” when a queer woman is being forced into a marriage with rape elements in it, maybe it’s time to reevaluate. And maybe it’s time when actual character development gets pushed aside for a sex scene.
Season 3 is the worst season out of all of them, with the exception of a few episodes, because flashbacks were boring and there wasn’t a lot of payoff, malcolm killing sara was never fully explained, felicity taking over episodes (like ‘the fallen’) which should have been about other people, annihilating felicity’s character, an absurd jealousy angle, Oliver’s descent into showing just how shitty of a person he actually is, not to mention the casual racism/sexism/homophobia that has been this whole “Oliver is the next Ra’s and Nyssa will be forced to marry him” that also includes elements of corrective rape, so I mean congrats.
There are problems with the way Laurel is written, I will say that any day of the week, but it’s not because of Laurel as a mixture of characteristics and it’s not because of what we’re seeing on screen, because KCass is doing the best with what she gets. It’s because Marc & Co. are hilariously bad at having more than one female in a major role in an episode without having one of them suffer.
3. Sara Lance
Sara lance was not Laurel’s competition. Sara Lance, unabashed feminist would gouge your eyes out for comparing them, not the least of which is because Sara looked up to Laurel as the real definition of a hero.
Sara lance did not die so that you could compare her to Laurel from beyond the grave. Sara gave Laurel her jacket. Sara passed the mantle. That was symbolic, but we all knew what that meant. Sara knew that eventually her sister would get frustrated with the system. Sara knew this. Sara knew that the system had failed Laurel, personally and it was only a matter of time, before the system would fail her at her at a professional level.
Laurel spent years not being able to grieve for her sister and not being able to be angry with her, so when her sister came back, yeah she said some shit. And the thing is, had Sara been the only one in the room, Sara would have accepted that. And maybe we wouldn’t have had to spend several episodes where Laurel had to be mad at her sister, because if it had just been Sara, she would have accepted it. Sara even says “to blame her” because she feels like she deserves that criticism.
But you know why we didn’t get a scene early on about Sara and Laurel coming to terms with Laurel’s anger? Because the writer’s decided it wasn’t important. What they thought was more important were scenes of Quentin yelling at Laurel to feel happy that they had finally gotten Sara back, even though it had never once occurred to him, that the biggest burden Sara’s death brough was on Laurel, not on him.
4. The Media
Now, you take the fact that media doesn’t like Laurel Lance as some kind of divine sign that something is wrong in the universe, and the thing wrong is Laurel Lance.
See, when you line up those articles about how Laurel is the weakest character on Arrow and she’s been the media punching bag, to me there is something almost always at play.
Because see article entitled “X Number of Annoying TV Characters” and almost, without a doubt, there will be an overwhelming number of women. Because women on TV and in movies and in media in general are held up to a ridiculously high standard that unless a women is being fuckable on accident due to being written that way, they are berated and beheaded by the media.
When a woman has a normal reaction to an antihero doing fucked up shit, she’s a bitch who won’t let him have any fun. This has gotten so prevalent it even has a name. It’s called the Skyler White Effect.
This whole wazoo about Laurel being unrelateable, despite having a normal reaction to just about everything and the media crucifying her for it, let’s just call it what it is. It’s sexism. Sexism and misogyny and you played right into it.
5. Katie Cassidy
You do not know Katie Cassidy. I do not know Katie Cassidy. The only thing we get to know about Katie Cassidy is the carefully groomed media, social and otherwise, presence that she has.
You do not know what she was thinking when she posted a tweet and you do not know what she was thinking when she deleted that same tweet. You do not know because you do not know Katie Cassidy. Citing a woman who’s reaction to bullying is well I’m not gonna do it, but I’m not gonna stop is kind of bullshit too. Because she also does not know Katie Cassidy.
Katie didn’t just endure some cyberbullying in season 2. Katie endured a literal campaign to get her kicked off the show, because her character was standing in the way of a ship that she has no opinion on. Katie literally had to deal with the same people you’re quoting high regard wanting her kicked out of a job she loves, because they think the the show should be specifically tailored to them and no one else.
Katie Cassidy is consistently the only one who gets asked about Lauriver, because guess what people want to know about romance, and everyone else is dying to ask Stephen about Olicity since he cannot shut up about it. And that’s great. They both feel passionately about their characters being happy, but you know what they don’t have?
A say in what actually makes it to the screen. They’re not writers. They’re not directors. They’re not editors. They are not the network. They do not have a say in what goes down. They show up and do a job.
Literally Katie Cassidy could say she wanted Felicity dead, Helena to come back, and for Tommy and Oliver together in bed with her at once, and it wouldn’t make it any more true than if said it, because I don’t have a say it what makes it on screen either. She is allowed to have opinions that support her character.
She is allowed to think differently than you. That does not mean she is putting Emily or Stephen or anyone down. And Katie has always talked very clearly in “maybes” and “in my opinion, i’m not the writer” when giving her opinion which is a lot more than I can say for some people on the show.
And once again, if you weren’t there, you don’t get to have an “objective” opinion on what Katie said, because you don’t know how she said it, you don’t know if she was joking or not. You have seen something and taken it and extrapolated from it. This is a real person with a real life. And you don’t know her.
Stop hating Katie for doing the same thing that Stephen does. Because it’s transparent. It’s misogyny and it needs to stop.
I met Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles tonight. We found out they were filming right by Hana’s house so we went to watch and they were both shooting there and I nearly died. Their butts were glorious and Jared kept running his hands through his hair like someone out of a covergirl add. Jensen kept waving at us and then a crew member came over and said the boys would take some group photos with us which was REALLY SPECIAL BECAUSE THEY LITERALLY NEVER DO THAT. So then they came over later and took pictures with us and Jensen stood right behind me like so close I could literally feel his leg on my back and it was amazing. So we got pictures and then I shook both of their hands and HOLY SHIT THEY ARE BOTH REALLY GOOD AT SHAKING HANDS LIKE THEIR GRIP IS SO FIRM. And I’d heard so much about how they’re both so tall but I figured “whatever I’m tall and my dad is 6’4” so I thought I would be used to it but NO. I WAS NOT PREPARED THEY ARE GIGANTIC. And it was really cold and JARED actually APOLOGISED to all of us for the fact that we had to stand in the cold and he is like the nicest human being I have ever met. J2 kept roaring at each other like dinosaurs on set and I nearly died laughing. Then when they left we all waved goodbye and we shouted “sweet dreams!” to Jared and he shouted back “Come on have you seen this show? I’m gonna have nightmares!” And then he blew us kisses as he was driven away. They were both so amazingly awesome and there were some other characters there too but I won’t spoil it for you by revealing who they were. J2 were so sweet and nice to all of us and the crew was so great too. They’re all such great actors and I learned a lot as an actor myself just from watching them all film. PLUS I TOOK SELFIES WITH THE IMPALA AND GOT AN AUDIO RECORDING OF ITS ENGINE (WHICH IS ONE OF THE SEXIEST SOUNDS I HAVE EVER HEARD BTW) I’m going to need to do this again sometime. They were some of the nicest people I have ever met.
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I am in the office, and I’ve been relegated to using the spare laptop because the computer I normally use is being an absolutely raging dick, and I had a little look at the browser history to try and find an old thing wot I needed, and GUYS
I have just discovered that on that very same day, after I had told him about Medusa, he’d GOOGLED ‘GREEK MYTHOLOGICAL BEASTS’ AND ‘GREEK MYTHOLOGY MEDUSA’ AND ‘SNAKE CREATURES MYTHS’
I am such a good influence, you guys
also he then went on to play a mermaid dress up game, which is fucking hilarious to me because I have known this kid since he was literally 4 years old and he drew a picture of me as a mermaid, and I’m genuinely really happy that mermaids are still a huge part of his life