more than this loser

I’ve seen articles claiming that Kids These Days find Luigi more relatable than Mario because he’s a goofy loser, but I think that’s a superficial reading of what makes his character tick.

The thing about Luigi is that when you look at what he’s actually capable of, he’s totally not a goofy loser - he just get treated like one with no particular justification.

He’s ever inch the unstoppable badass that Mario is, but he gets absolutely zero respect or acknowledgment for it because Mario is more photogenic and has better PR.

Basically, Luigi is a stark illustration of the fact that talent and hard work have nothing to do with actual success: you can work twice as hard and accomplish twice as much and fail to receive half the recognition of somebody who just happened to be in the right place and know the right people.

What could be more relatable than that?

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                         Well, at least somebody’s on my side

I think we don’t give enough credit to the friendships in this show. Friends are SO IMPORTANT! Yes, we’re all obviously hooked on the even x isak storyline, but let’s not forget the wonderful and amazing friendships that are built in this show (from Season 1 till now). The absolute absence of ANY adult person just magnifies the importance of having a supportive, encouraging group of friends. That having these people around teaches you and helps you develop as a person. It teaches us how to be a good friend to others too, how to react when someone comes to us with a problem, how to be there for someone. And that you can find family and love in a group of your peers just makes me so damn emotional.

I gotta say, out of all the pokemon villains, I’ve never resonated with team skull more. Unlike the past 5(?) teams, they’re aren’t trying to pretend to to be “Good Guys.” They embrace the roll of edgelords. But there is so much more to them than that.

I mean, look at these losers. They’re dramatic, have low self confidence, self aware of their “edginess”, typically come from troubled backgrounds and genuinely care for each other. They’re a bunch of kids and teenagers who treat each other with nothing kindness.

They’re family. 

This is honest to God the first time I’ve been in one place for longer than forty eight hours in the past year and it’s the bloody weirdest feeling in the world. Does no one else prefer being on the road and travelling to being settled and stuck in one place? Like what exactly is appealing about being tied to one place for an extended period of time? 

Anyway, alright, down to the gritty business. I’m Matty, I play rubbish music for a living, I take nothing seriously, and if you could point me to the best place in LA to have a pint, we’ll be buddies real quick.

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The Fast and the Furious meets The Hunger Games in acclaimed author Chris Wooding’s blistering vision of the future.

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Cassica and Shiara are best friends. They couldn’t be more different, but their differences work to their advantage – especially when they’re drag racing. Cassica is fearless and determined, making her the perfect driver for daring, photo-finish victories. Shiara is intelligent and creative, able to build cars out of scrap and formulate daring strategies from the passenger’s seat.

Now they’ve set their sights on the Widowmaker – the biggest, most anticipated, and most dangerous race of the year. The winners get a pass to a life of luxury and fame. The losers, more often than not, die in fiery explosions. And even if Cassica and Shiara survive the deadly three-day challenge … their friendship might be roadkill.

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