been thinking a lot about how the adventure zone handles representation and why it’s so satisfying and well done… i think a lot of it is because the mcelboys understand that diversity is realistic, natural, and frankly just more interesting.
that’s why it usually doesn’t feel forced or tokenistic. there’s an understanding that as the real world is diverse, so should fantasy be. they’ve also taken the time to listen to criticism levelled at them; justin’s hesitance over making taako’s sexuality explicit once griffin pointed out the possible negative connotations of his character voice, their decision to rework the designs of the characters in the official graphic novel once people complained about the whole main cast being white. it’s not pandering, it’s a genuine commitment to creating an interesting and believeable world that their diverse listenership can relate to.
it’s natural and non-sensationalised - queer characters in particular don’t have a big shock reveal, it’s just a part of who they are. take roswell as an example - they’re agender/nb because of course they are. if you think about it for more than four seconds it’s pretty obvious that arbitrarily assigning a gender to a powerful earth construct would be a much weirder decision.
taking away that automatic assumption that all characters should be cisgender & heterosexual as their default setting makes inclusivity easy - when griffin asks clint about merle’s marriage, he doesn’t automatically ask about his wife, he says ‘husband or wife’. little things like that make so much difference.
i’m not saying it’s always perfect, but jesus, they’re really trying. and usually succeeding. as white (i’m assuming) cishet guys they would not have been dragged for neglecting diversity, but they did it anyway. we need more content creators like them, who treat representation as something natural and normal and interesting rather than an annoying obligation.
tl;dr i love taz & the mcelboys a lot and i think about it all the time
Just Sorey being upset not being able to show off his beautiful partner (ʘ‿ʘ )
Honestly I really wish Mikleo can be seen sometimes. idk i just feel a tinge of loneliness, especially if someone so close to me is basically invisible to the world. Even though we see each other at the same level but yet so different.
Now that TOZ anime is back i am begging to be fed MORE. HELLO GUYS!!
Naboo was indeed an odd choice for an action of this sort, a planet at the edge of the galaxy, not particularly important in the scheme of things. Its ruler, Amidala, was something of an unknown. New to the throne, she had only been Queen a few months before the blockade had begun. She was young, but it was rumored she was prodigiously talented and extremely well trained. It was said she could hold her own with anyone in a political arena. It was said she could be circumspect or bold when necessary, and was wise beyond her years.
The Jedi had been shown a hologram of Amidala before they left Coruscant. The Queen favored theatrical paint and ornate dress, cloaking herself in trappings and makeup that disguised her true appearance while lending her an aura of both splendor and beauty. She was a chameleon of sorts, masking herself to the world at large and finding companionship almost exclusively with a cadre of handmaidens who were always with her. ♛
ok so as i said regarding this excerpt from the winter soldier novel, i have realized that Official Movie Novelizer is my true calling and would like to apply for that position immediately. to prove i am prepared for this responsibility, i have used the passage in question as a jumping off point and written the rest of the scene. as u know, the official novelization goes like this:
Then Steve decided to open up as
well. “I grew up with a guy. We grew up together.”
Sam knew by the tone in Steve’s voice it was someone who had served with him.
“He make it back?” Sam asked.
Steve sighed and looked to the floor, pain in his eyes. “Killed in action.”
There was a silence between them for a few seconds before Steve continued,
“I’ve been through a lot of changes. I don’t know if anything hit me as hard as
“We fight for our guys, ya know?” Sam said.
now i have not actually read this book but i am reasonably sure that the next few paragraphs should go like this:
“I do know,” said Steve, looking deep
into Sam’s eyes. “Nothing’s ever been more important to me than my
Sam was getting a certain vibe from Steve but he didn’t want to jump to
any conclusions. Maybe this was just the way guys acted back in 1943. Still,
nothing ventured, nothing gained. “Like if I had a guy right now, I would definitely treat him right.”
Steve looked in
both directions like he was making sure they were alone and stepped closer to
Sam. “This is amazing. No one I’ve met since I woke up understands me the
way you do.”
Sam was sad to think of Steve alienated and suffering. “Oh, hey man…I’m here
Steve’s face lit
up. “Really? Do you wanna leave your fulfilling and socially useful job to
risk your life defying the American government at my side?”
Sam wanted to
explain to this hot sweet hunk of dumbass that you can’t be so open and
trusting with someone you basically met five minutes ago. On the other hand, Steve had
assessed him correctly. Sam knew himself to be intrepid and loyal, a brilliant
fighter with a built-in skepticism about the American government’s commitment
to civil liberties. Plus, Steve looked so excited and happy Sam didn’t have the
heart to say no. There was just one potential problem.
what if your guy turns up alive with a bunch of assault rifles and starts shooting
Steve bit his
lip, clearly giving the matter some thought. Then he put his hand on Sam’s arm.
“That wouldn’t be a problem for us, Sam. Of course I’d still love him…but I
have so much love to give.”
Sam felt ambivalent
about the possibility of having to share Steve with a brainwashed cyborg
assassin, but after all it was only a hypothetical. “Okay,” he said
do it?” Steve dropped to one knee, overcome with joy. “Really, Sam?”
Steve,” Sam said, taking Steve’s hand. “I’ll marry you.”
marvel pls contact me for an interview at your earliest convenience
FOREVER BElonging WITH
YOU is a direct sequel to the new official novel WE DO knot ALWAYS LOVE YOU. Picking up right where it left off as
Ichigo, Orihime, Chad, and Ishida are leaving Renji and Rukia’s wedding
reception this work covers the night of the wedding up to the day Ichika is
born as the newlyweds learn to navigate their new life together while preparing
for the impending arrival of their first child. RenRuki is front and center for
the majority of the story but just like WDkALY it ends with a heavy focus on
The exact date of the wedding ceremony is unknown so for the
sake of story specificity I have set it on December 27th…the day
the novel was released in stores. Ichika’s birthday is also unknown as of yet
and again I have taken liberties with this.
Because WDkALY has not been fully translated into English
yet there may be some discrepancies that come to light later on. However I
have done my absolute best to ensure everything is as accurate as possible
based on what we have so far.
This may be the longest piece of
writing I’ve done to date, and all while I was not in the best of health. I’m
very proud of this accomplishment.
Along with this silly mock cover you’re in for 8 decently sized chapters (or “Parts” as they’re called within the text) and 18 illustrations. The writing part is complete and I will try to post a chapter every few days or so as I finish up the illustrations.
(Fair warning: This one is definitely nsfw and for mature readers only.)