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Matthew Daddario Quotes
  • "We call our shoes ‘sneakers,’ right? But they're not really sneaking."
  • "Can't wait till they invent phones with keyboards."
  • "I don't know this guy. He came to hang out so I complimented his hair."
  • "How many artichokes can you eat in one sitting?"
  • "No, go back to my idea!"
  • "Maybe, they'll throw the books out. Just not follow the books anymore."
  • "Hey guys did everyone floss today? You gotta floss every day. Otherwise, your dentist makes you feel bad."
  • "I play piano but I won't call it a talent."
  • "I'm the funniest person in the cast and that's simply because everybody else is so painfully unfunny."
  • "There is literally no memory left in my phone. I took fourteen thousand blue sky photos and I need all of them."
  • "Send him photos of fried chicken and crab cakes."
  • "I have a dentist appt tomorrow. I'm not gonna brush my teeth tonight. Also not going to shower. This is going to be painful for everyone."
  • "You are not trash, you are lovely!"
  • "Don't sign contracts in your blood. It's usually not required by any reputable party."
  • "He's slippin' out his little tongue eating snail treats off the ground."
  • "I will eat anywhere in the house. I'll eat cheese crackers in bed!"
  • "He looks down and sees this wonderful man. He hops down there and smooches that man right on the face. Right in front of everyone."
  • "...it's not fair that he is more handsome than me!!!"
  • "Don't do the hokey pokey around witches."
  • "They're never gonna release the deleted scenes to you guys because they're racy and inappropriate."
  • "This video is going on social media!"
  • "I'm ashamed to admit I lied about the selfies. The phone is 98% cow pictures and I can't delete them. I need a new phone. Forgive me."
  • "Thank god I started sandpapering my feet when I was four."
  • "Is Alec appreciating at an increased rate because of an increase in demand? Or is it the same rate as before."
  • "Note, some alpaca do not appreciate head pats."
  • "If humans lived in barns, we'd be smelly, too."
  • "Had to delete all my cow photos to make room for selfies, so I will say 'I appreciate you, cows.'"
  • "Wow. It's spelled Gollum. Wow. So disappointed. Hiding my own cell phone for the next two weeks."
  • "You're a little kitty cat. Yummy, yummy, yummy, yummy kitty cat, kitty cat."
  • "Sometimes when I travel between dimensions, I think, man, I should really buy a sailboat."
  • "If I was running for President, my VP would be a well trained golden retriever."
  • "Who's not going to watch Hamlet in space? I mean, Space Hamlet!"
  • "I just think we should all acknowledge what is awesome about Harry!"
  • "I like eating food after dark."
  • "Generally, people avoid kissing their sister in a healthy life."
  • "If you don't like my zebra leggings, it's because you just don't understand zebra leggings."
  • "I think we should provide more showers for cows."
  • "If I'm having a bad day, I eat pizza."
  • "I hope Google uses the same algorithm to encrypt my email as my pocket does to tie knots with my headphones."
  • "I would own a farm. Not like growing crops but maybe have a few animals like cows, and maybe an alpaca or a llama. I would chop wood all day."
  • "Dog. #dog. Dog. Dog."
  • "Had fun tweeting with/at you guys. Phone is about to die. Gonna go get more double-A batteries."
  • "The jackhammer has been joined by his friend, the concrete saw. Rare that you get two music legends right outside your window like this."
  • "Interdimensional cat smuggling is severely punished. But you can make a killing on the black cat market."
  • "You should just give up on me like I did. So done with me right now I can't even."
  • "What am I fan of? No one's ever asked me this before! Oh man."
  • "I don't know why they say that. I think they're poking fun at me."
  • "Congrats. You deserve that sailboat."
  • "I don't know. I don't have any pet peeve. Yapping little dogs, I guess. Buttons that don't go up right."
  • "Donkeys look like rabbit horses."
  • "Everyone is all, 'follow your heart.' If that worked I'd be watching Shadowhunters in my spaceship."
  • "Am I making this up?"
  • "I don't condone it, but I understand it, and therefore, I will not pass judgment on it."
  • "I can eat a pound of pork rinds."
  • "I am your bird king!"
  • "Baby pigs or baby cows? They're both good options."
  • "I have deleted a single photo from my phone. I have room for one selfie. Living on the edge. If it happens, no second chances."
  • "She gets it at a Shadowhunter tailor where we get all our stuff. Are you serious?"
  • "My cell phone is not the most important thing in my life. It just feels that way."
  • "Kill her immediately. Problem solved."
  • "You're not me? Most people aren't, in my experience."
  • "Man I've spent a whole year talking about sailboats and I could have just jumped on this SHIP."
  • "Reminder not to cite 'game of thrones' as my motivation for getting into politics."
  • "To all the people who threaten to punch me in the face... Do I have to be concerned or is that a love thing?"
  • "Put this on?! Fit it on my body?!"
  • "I’m going to shave today. Nobody will recognize me and I’ll have to reintroduce myself to all my friends."
  • "Don't get me started on this question."
  • "Okay, quick question. What does it mean when someone says they are your 'trash?' Asking for a friend..."
  • "Wait, 'SexyBack' is by Justin Timberlake?"
  • "Everyone's smooching everyone and Alec just wants to do his job. That's why he's the best and deserves a big smooch."

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! 2016 hasn’t been the best in many, many ways, including my writing. It’s been an extremely stressful year between school, college apps, and more, uh, global issues, and as a result I’ve spent less time on tumblr, less time talking to you guys, and definitely less time writing. Regardless, I managed to get 73,980 words written, which, while not nearly as many as last time, is still pretty good for this Hell Year. So here’s a huge thank you to everyone who’s continued to support me and read my writing. I love and appreciate you and your kind words so, so much, and here’s a roundup of the fics I managed to get out this year: 

A Different Kind of Alpha
Derek regains his footing and stands over the man, who can’t be more than twenty. He has brown hair and what might be moles, but it’s hard to tell past the layer of blood and grime he’s covered in. At the very least, Derek’s sure they’ve never met before.

The man looks up at him with wide eyes, his entire body trembling.

“I’m Derek Hale,” Derek begins again, letting his eyes bleed red to make his point. “Alpha of the-”

The man cuts him off once more, this time by passing out. From the looks of him, it’s a wonder it didn’t happen sooner. 


In which Stiles is kidnapped by the alpha pack and manages to escape after two months of torture, only to end up on the territory of yet another alpha. Luckily for him, it turns out to be one Derek Hale, who definitely got more than he bargained for when he went to investigate a strange noise. 

To Make It Right

In a society where the werewolves have been enslaved by the humans, Derek has had enough owners to know who the real monsters are. He’s also had enough to know not to trust a word out of Stiles’ mouth, no matter how nice an act he puts on.The only thing that’s kept Derek going for all these years is guilt. Now, though, he has a mission that might just allow him to set some of this right.

If only he can get away from Stiles.


In which Derek’s been abused all his life, Stiles just wants to show him he’s not like his past owners, and they’ve both got a plan. The only question is, whose is more flawed?

Pack Human Things and Star Wars Slings
In a fit of desperation, though it’s more likely to result in Stiles’ hand being bitten off than anything else, he flings out an arm to shove the hulking hellhound away. Well, at least he tries to. What actually happens is that his forearm barely makes it six inches off the ground before weakly flopping back down, sending pain shooting up his arm.

Fuck, what did this thing do to his shoulder?

Stiles cries out incoherently, trying to get someone’s attention. No one else shows up, though, and a moment later the creature looms even closer, and looks him right in the eyes. Oh, good. At least this whole thing is satisfying for someone. Right as Stiles is about to tear his gaze away and try to come to terms with his own mortality in a matter of seconds, the monster’s eyes flash blue. Stiles doesn’t think he’s ever been so relieved in his life.

“Not a monster,” he slurs, mostly to himself. “J’st Derek. Thank fuck.”


‘Stiles dislocates his shoulder in battle and Derek has to reset it’ au

Think of Me Fondly 

Perhaps the worst part of this whole situation, worse than the torture and the pain and the desperation, is that Stiles is here to watch it all.

Well, not Stiles. Not really.

Derek realized long ago that the man before him is only a hallucination, a horrible trick conjured up by his lonely, strained, pitiful mind. He supposes some small part of himself finds the idea of Stiles being here comforting. For the rest of him? It’s torture. Well, torture on torture. It’s almost too much, the way Not-Stiles looks at him with those big, brown eyes, like he’s sad and angry and hopeless all at once.

Derek knows the feeling.


In which Derek is kidnapped, and after a head injury, begins to hallucinate Stiles. It doesn’t take long for the hallucinations to go from a nuisance to Derek’s safe space, nor does it take long after Derek’s rescue for him to spill a secret to the real Stiles.

It’s a Wonderful Life 

“Yeah,” he says, rolling his eyes. “You’re right, Stiles. Maybe it’d just be better if I was never born at all.”

“Hmm,” Stiles says. “Huh.” He starts talking to the ceiling again, and Derek’s seriously beginning to wonder if this guy escaped from Eichen. “You think that would work? Hmm. Yeah, I getcha. Alright.” He looks back at Derek. “You’ve got your wish.”


“You’ve never been born.“

“You’re crazy,” Derek huffs. “Absolutely out of your mind.”

“The jury’s still out on that one,” Stiles says, shrugging. “But I suggest you take a quick look in the mirror.”

Derek’s reluctant to look away from a potential hunter, but what he sees when he glances over is enough to make him full-on turn his back to the man. He staggers forward and grabs at the sink, using it to hold himself up.

His eyes are glowing gold.

Not red. Not even blue.



It’s a Wonderful Life AU in which Derek wishes he were never born, Stiles is angel who sets out to show him just how terrible that would be, and things turn out far better than anyone could’ve expected.


Sterek Christmas | Stoyd Kiss | Sterek Teens | Sterek Pickup Line | McHaleinski Stuck in a Tree | Stisaac Cuddling | Sterek in a Jungle | Scerek Hospital | Sterek Famous Musician | Sciles Summer Camp | Sciles Paramedic | Allira Music Festival

The Signs From A Libra's Perspective
  • Aries: You guys are hilarious for starters. Always find a way to cheer me up, and even though we clash sometimes you always understand me at the end of the day. Love to explore, and I am so down to follow you anywhere. Killer sense of style, surprisingly amazing/ecclectic music taste. HARD WORKERS. When you guys zero in on something BOY DO YOU ZERO IN.
  • Taurus: My partners in crime. You guys are so deep, and I am so honored I've seen that side of you. You're two steps ahead of everyone at all times, but nobody knows except for me. Total boss ass bitches--unstoppable. When you care about someone you really care about them, but when you don't its hilarious and I live for all the shade you throw! Also the biggest underdogs who I champion 24/7.
  • Gemini: My roof in the pouring rain. Complex individuals who are so misunderstood it breaks my heart. They build up walls but boy when they tear them down for you they are AMAZING. Great listeners, always there for me, HILARIOUS. Always someone I can have fun with, so special to me. I can 1000% let my hair down with them and they can do the same with me. Has no issue telling the truth, so analytical. They have huge hearts but are so lowkey about it. Great sense of style, the greatest taste in music. They are their own worst enemies though, nobody can criticize a Gemini more than they do themselves. LOVEABLE ASSHOLES.
  • Cancer: Though they are stereotyped to be very sensitive, nurturing and that weird "uwu" type of person--I beg to differ. Every Cancer I know is a badass and very practical. Ultra snarky and sarcastic little shits AND I LIVE FOR IT. They always have something rad going on with their hair too, very rebellious. They do have a sensitive though, and they try hard to conceal it by rebelling--but I see you guys it's okay to feel that way!!
  • Leo: IS THERE ANYTHING A LEO CAN'T DO?? When I think of you guys, the quote "Anything you can do I can do better" reverberates in my mind. Leo's are the closest thing I get to a physical version of a reality check. They are the ones who bring me down when my head is in the clouds and I get too idealisitc. Confident in various aspect of life but lack that same confidence in others. Bright minds, extremely intelligent. Sometimes can be very unsympathetic, often overlook emotions. Funloving, they are the center of attention and rightfully so. Charming, know how to get what they want out of anyone. Great taste in cinema, my favorite person to debate with. ALWAYS check in on me even when I don't have the time for them, always make time for me no matter how busy and I appreciate them for it so much. Cunning, excellent orators--such cadence in their speech it blows me away.
  • Virgo: I either love you guys or I....don't. To those that I love dearly you are everywhere at once, you are more than what you fear at night in bed. Brave souls with creative minds--always thinking outside the box! Such Casanovas though like how do you guys get all the bitches??? Teach me your ways! Always listen to my advice. SO.FREAKING.ORGANIZED. Great with money, channel their emotions into their creative outlets. One with nature, really at peace when they are content with their surroundings. Very logical and objective..but not the best with understanding why they may feel a certain way.
  • Libra: Oh hey...you're me?? Awkward. What's up? Every Libra I know is a huge people pleaser. Has a hard time saying no..like a really hard time saying no. Lowkey assholes. (especially Libra guys) We're kind of on another planet sometimes, the worst texters I know but yet we're always on our phones?? Hands down THE STYLISH OF THE ZODIAC OK?? Such nerds though..take their academic careers so seriously. Either super shy--that type of kid who doesn't talk and then says something really real/ funny and everyone is like ?!!!?!?!?!? or THE LIFE OF THE FREAKING PARTY. Passive aggressive little fucks and I live for it when it isn't directed towards me. Great listeners, give you the best advice. Hate when we feel taken advanatage of...usually know when we are being taken advantage of. Fiercely loyal, flirty (WE THINK WERE BEING FRIENDLY OK) Lowkey really sad we can't save the world with our idealistic visions.
  • Scorpio: Like virgos..I love you or I...don't. Your quiet nature reassures me, but I know your emotions are like a volcano. Very hands on, dark, hilarious. Some of you come for advice and listen to me...others not so much. Introverted Scorpios are my favorites, and I live for your insight. Your passion astounds me! As for extroverted types: BE YOURSELF. I PROMISE YOU PEOPLE LIKE YOU MORE IF YOU STOP FAKING IT. Either extemely selfless or extremely selfish--a lot of extremes with you guys. Very vocal, have an issue with being wrong though. (it's ok I do too)
  • Sagittarius: SO.FREAKING.FUNNY. I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH. You know how to party and how to throw one even better. Amazing at whatever profession they choose to go into. Have an eye for colors, more so than anyone else. Excellent cooks, killer makeup artists. Like Geminis, they too have big hearts it just is under alot of snarkiness. Would go to the end of the earth for someone they care about. SO.FIERCE. IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD. However, do NOT wrong them--you will either be dead to them or they will make your life a living hell. They are my driving force, they ask me to jump and I say "How high?"
  • Capricorn: Yes, they are hard workers, yes, they are everything the astrology stereotypes say about them. Capricorns are sweethearts but you have to go on a journey to discover this. They will only show you this side if they deem you good enough, and that is because they don't want you to hurt them. Loyal, oddly incredibly athletic??? SUCH DORKS. Deep down, they need you though, so be there for your Capricorn. When they are certain about who they are they are a delight, when they are uncertain of who they are it is a living nightmare.
  • Aquarius: Oh Aquarius....what can I say about Aquarius. Some of you are my detached weirdo alien bffs...others well damn. The only one of the zodiac who is fully capable of making me the happiest person alive or the most miserable person alive. Your attention shifts a lot, you're never forward, one minute you chase me the next I'm chasing you. We are like cat and mouse. There is a side to you only few have seen, some days I am grateful I have seen it and other days I wish you never showed me it because it makes judging every thing you do even harder. The smartest people I know, walking Wikipedias--super cool, so goofy. Someone who I would sadly go to the ends of the earth for no matter what. You bring out the best in me and the very worst in me. I wish we loved each other in the same way, I wish you loved me like I love you but I'm okay with that at this point.
  • Pisces: Misunderstood souls. Old souls who deserve the world. You inspire me to strive to help everyone all the time and to love everyone all the time. It breaks my heart to see you mistreated because you deserve to be SO HAPPY. Never lose sight of your humanity because one day you will be in a better place and you will need it. Deeply sensitive but not in the critical whiny baby way--they are extremely intuitive and are often overlooked. Brilliant writers, their pieces will move you and bring tears to your eyes. Simultaneously a cutie pie and a freaking BOMBSHELL VIXEN. LOVES SPACE SO MUCH. Empowering. I wish you loved yourself as much as I love you.
Mystic Messenger Tickles! (HCS)

It iiish time again for me and Mia aka @tickly-writing to combine our trashy minds and give you guys some headcanons!

We both got asks for Mystic Messenger hcs, so that’s what we’ll be doing. I only started playing two days ago but I’m seriously hooked, and it’s all Mia’s fault<3

So here they are, for all these lovelies a bunch of tickly hcs, under the cut!

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anonymous asked:

Hey, I know this is kind of a random ask, but can you do an analysis on Astrid's good points? There's been a lot of hate surrounding her lately, especially in terms of Hiccstrid, and I don't know, I would just like to see some positive things about her character, because I know those things exist, even if other people can't see it. :(


Astrid is a human being, and like all human beings, full of strengths and weaknesses. It is true that Astrid contains a number of flaws to her character - just like Hiccup does, and Stoick, and Ruffnut, and Gobber, and everyone else in How to Train Your Dragon. She also has some incredibly admirable strengths. There are a number of striking positive qualities I notice about her:

  • She is an extraordinarily gifted athlete
  • She is an incredibly hard and dedicated worker who never gives up
  • She is intelligent and well-studied
  • She is a very talented dragon trainer
  • She is a very empathetic and encouraging individual
  • She is a good follower and model citizen

Astrid the Athlete

One of the most well-recognized traits Astrid has is of being a warrior and an athlete. This reputation is incredibly well-deserved! I almost don’t need to talk about this skillset… I can just plop a few gifs in here, smile, and say, “Yeah, that’s right. She’s amazing.”

Just watch that gif above a few times. In about two and a half seconds, Astrid bends over backwards in a sliding limbo move to dodge Stormfly’s tail, front handsprings over a barrel, somersaults forward, grabs a shield, and holds it up before she can be shot by spines. She does that in less than three seconds. That is completely out of this world and demonstrates the full extent of Astrid’s dexterous, quick-footed, gymnast-like athleticism. How can she react so quickly? It’s like she has to predict where Stormfly’s spines are going to land!

This sort of talent does not develop overnight. It requires extensive training and hard discipline over the course of many, many years. It requires incredible strength and quick, practiced coordination. In order to become this athletic of a fighter, Astrid would have had to be doing this since she was little more than a toddler. By the time Astrid is a teenager in the first How to Train Your Dragon movie, she probably has already been diligently practicing her moves for a decade. None of the other youths come even close to this amount of responsible dedication or extensive training.

Astrid is in fact leaps and strides more skillful than any of the strong, fit adults we have ever watched in How to Train Your Dragon. No one else comes close to matching her speed, quick wits, flexibility, and gymnast-like tumbles. And her skills include both strong offensive attacks and nimble-footed defense, as well as training in archery, the axe, hand-to-hand combat/wrestling, and I imagine even the sword. The way she handles the sword in “Gronckle Iron” at least indicates she knows what a good blade should feel like… and how to use it.

We really cannot appreciate her enough. I know we watch so many action movies in which women and men are skillful fighters, yet Astrid’s gifts are above and beyond what 97% of the human population could accomplish.

And she never lets herself slack off. She is an incredible stuntswoman in her teenaged years, and even by the time of How to Train Your Dragon 2, she can hop and flip her way through any obstacle. I marvel over her extreme athleticism during the dragon racing scene here.

Like, oh my Odin, who just decides to do flips on a moving dragon? These guys are probably flying forty miles an hour hundreds of feet in the air!

And yet she does it with ease and complete trust she’ll be okay. She’s that confident and practiced in her abilities. The more you think about it, the more incredible it is.

Astrid the Overachiever

Astrid is probably the most dogged and determined character to succeed in life. She enters Dragon Training in HTTYD with a bold adamancy to come in first. When Hiccup begins to best her in class, she responds by practicing more in her spare time. Astrid is someone who has well-disciplined training skills; she knows how to improve herself and drive herself to success. It in fact bothers her when she sees someone else failing to drive themselves to their potential.

Her athletic prowess is one enormous proof of her incredible diligence. She is no lazy sportswoman, but a dedicated, ever-training warrior with the discipline of the very best. She is an achiever.

Not only do we see that achievement in Dragon Training, but we see it elsewhere. The world turns into a dragon friendly environment. Astrid once was the Viking youth with the greatest talents at killing and fighting dragons. She then becomes one of the most talented Viking youths at riding dragons, too. She also demonstrates high knowledge and capability of different species and other academic knowledge. She is flexible and capable of learning and achieving in any field. Astrid knows how to drive herself and build herself into something special at whatever she puts her mind to. 

She is probably then the most versatile of the members in the Dragon Academy. She masters an incredible array of skills from dragon lore to dragon racing.

Astrid the Intellect

I think sometimes we forget how intelligent Astrid is. She is not pure muscle, but a very crafty and thoughtful woman, too. Astrid is the individual who speaks with some of the most common sense of anyone in her peer group; she is seen critiquing and correcting Hiccup far more than once in Riders and Defenders of Berk. When Hiccup is not the one formulating the plan, Astrid tends to be the one spouting the ideas. Astrid has practical knowledge and can assess a variety of situations with great level-headed reasoning.

She also knows her texts. She’s got common sense and she’s got academic prowess. In How to Train Your Dragon, we see right away that Astrid has already read “The Book of Dragons.” Only she and nerdy Fishlegs have done that. Astrid is a student and capable of sitting down, reading, and learning information. At one point in Riders of Berk, we see her and Fishlegs go into a game of trivia against Snotlout and the twins, and she and Fishlegs dominate it. Astrid is answering the questions, not letting Fishlegs dominate the game. She knows her stuff. If she were in this modern world, she would be getting A’s on her report card. She potentially, depending on your headcanons, could even be getting more A’s than Hiccup.

Astrid the Dragon Trainer

Astrid’s skills flying and training a dragon are impressive. Her gymnastics skills are not limited whatsoever by the high speeds and elevations of flight. Furthermore, she has taught Stormfly to execute very precise commands and is able to get her dragon to aim and shoot spineshots wherever she desires. She and her dragon form a bond where the two know exactly what the other wants; when we see her flying full-speed, she and Stormfly could almost be as one. The youths, when they talk about dragon flying abilities, always place her right after Hiccup. And they’ve got very good reason to.

Astrid has a very fascinating approach to dragon training. She can teach dragons how to do more than straightforward things. While others can teach dragons to fly in certain directions or follow simple verbal commands, Astrid is able to teach a Terrible Terror the very sophisticated art of stealth movement. “Sneaky” does something that is almost uncharacteristic of a Terrible Terror, which tends to be a rather obnoxious and upfront sort of dragon. And she does this in a day. How do you even begin teaching a dragon to do that?

She is able to place a lot of trust in her dragons. She trusts Stormfly to do what she desires even when she does not vocalize any commands aloud. She trusts Stormfly to catch her and fly safely when she is off doing acrobatics. Astrid can do blind jumps and leaps and flips and fully believe her dragon will be there to catch her. That takes enormous time, training, and trust, indicating an amazing ability to bond with a dragon and understand them.

She’s just as good of a dragon rider as Hiccup is. And based on her skillsets, she can do some things he can’t.

Astrid the Empath

I can never talk enough about this wonderful trait of hers. It is true that Astrid can be a belligerent and affrontive individual, aggressive and sharp of tongue, with a mind oriented towards passionate action in times of duress. However, she also has a very tender, soft side which is astoundingly empathetic. She is probably the most empathetic and encouraging of all the dragon riders. Astrid knows how to listen to someone, understand them, and bolster their spirits. She does not give them the answer to their question, but instead empowers them to solve their own problems.

We see Astrid do this again and again. In the first movie, Astrid asks Hiccup what to do before the Kill Ring scene. Afterwards, when Hiccup feels like giving up, she tells him it’s important he was the first Viking to ride a dragon, and then encourages him to go off and do something crazy and stupid. In Riders of Berk Astrid supports Hiccup on his treasure hunting quest because she knows he wants to impress Stoick. In HTTYD 2 she tells Hiccup that the answers to his identity questions are inside his heart, but she goes off flying with him on the map project anyway because she knows it’s how he’s handling his own restlessness. She lifts Hiccup up and then supports the choices he makes. I cannot talk enough about how she especially supports Hiccup. What she does is amazing!

She not only does this with Hiccup, but we see this occur with Heather as well. Astrid and Heather are able to bond in Race to the Edge and become fast friends. She understands when Heather needs to leave Snotlout and the larger group as a whole, taking her away for one-on-one girl bonding time. Later, when Heather wishes to go after Dagur, Astrid understands this is dangerous and knows when to say “No.” But she cares enough for Heather that - as foolish of a decision as it is - she changes her mind. It’s because of how much she cares.

Astrid is an empath. She is not a cold, hard, brutal warrior. She does not live fueled on anger and temper. Not all the time. She knows how to care and bolster up peoples’ spirits. It’s no wonder that Astrid takes the forefront of creating new holiday traditions in Gift of the Night Fury to build peoples’ Snoggletog spirits! She wants to make the people of Berk happy. And frankly, did the eggs not explode, she would have had a very good and cheery idea.

Astrid the Model Citizen

Astrid is not a level five leader. She is not someone who devises revolutionary, out-of-the-box ideas. However, she is an incredible follower - something that every leader and group truly, truly needs. What she does is just as important as Hiccup when he takes the helm. What Astrid can do is stand up and be the citizen that Berk needs, executing plans, supporting Hiccup’s decisions, and taking on the talents that are Berk’s greatest assets.

Basically, Astrid can stand up and always do exactly what Berk needs for her at the given time. She does not balk, she does not argue her way is better, but she understands the sense of what needs to be done… and she goes out and does it. With great speed. With great skill. With great success.

No wonder Stoick is so proud and bubbly of her at the start of How to Train Your Dragon 2. Astrid is a wonderful woman full of many laudable facets. She’s a great personality with a deep heart. She’s a loyal citizen, a model for all of Berk. She’s deeply intelligent, full of common sense and knowledge of many things. She’s a warrior and an athlete. And she’s definitely someone to applaud and appreciate.

Fluffy Klaroline at a cabin in the snow, this is far fluffier than I’ve ever gone, pretty sure I gave myself a cavity. Little itty bit of smut, and ta-daaaa.

Caroline shivered, snuggling further into the covers of the rather large bed. She’d been tossing and turning for almost an hour, the sounds of Klaus’ howling keeping her up.

Turning on her side to face his side of the bed, she looked bewildered at the numbers that read on the clock. Klaus has always been an early riser, but this was seriously insane. It was three o’clock in the morning and he was running around in the forest—as a wolf.

Groaning at what was to come, she tossed the covers off, instantly regretting the decision. The chilly air hitting her bare skin wasn’t even remotely pleasant. Quickly making her way to the foot of the bed, she recalled Klaus’ discarded henley, exactly where she’d remembered she’d tossed it upon their arrival to the room.

Currently they were in a cabin in Switzerland, it was her favorite of the one’s they had. Klaus was more partial to the one in Alaska, but given that—for the first time ever—it was her idea to come spend a couple of weeks up here, he was willing to comply with whatever location she chose.

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The signs and romantic relationships (by me, a Virgo)
  • Aries: I honestly haven't encountered enough Aries in my life. Maybe I have, but I wasn't aware that they were around me. But from experience, I know they are passionate, hard-working, and restless. I can see hooking up with an Aries, perhaps maintaining a platonic relationship with one. I think that an Aries would get bored of me (a Virgo) in a relationship. I don't think that I am spontaneous enough to keep up with an Aries. The way to get to an Aries' heart is to be ride or die. Be by their side if they have $5 or $500. At the end of the day, they want to be unconditionally loved.
  • Taurus: What stubborn bulls they are! But don't worry if you are in a relationship with one, they're amazing. I click with Tauruses really well because they are so patient and willing to listen to what people have to say. They are willing to get to know people for who they are on the inside, and rarely judge a book by its cover. Tauruses want things their own way and will fight super subconsciously to get things their way. Like a Taurus could be priming you to think a certain way without you even knowing it. But I can see a relationship with one in the long haul. If you want someone who will be honest with you and stick by your side during rough patches, go for a Taurus.
  • Gemini: Oh dear god. They are extreme hits or misses for me! I don't want to perpetuate the "two-faced, attitude problem" gemini tumblr stereotype, but it does speak some truth. However, there are some geminis who are down to earth and just want what's best for their partner or friend. They will go the extra mile for the ones they care about and not stop at anything. But, they will do the same thing for themselves. Most of the time, they will be completely loyal to you, as long as doing so doesn't conflict with their own interests. But once they fall in love with you, they'll do anything for you. Once they get an idea in their head, GOOD FUCKING LUCK trying to get them to think a different way.
  • Cancer: Wifey material tbh. They are so intuitive, kind, and affectionate. The "moody, over-emotional" Cancer stereotype does hold true in many romantic situations though. If you disappoint a Cancer, they will take it very hard and most likely blame themselves, and eventually, you, for their feelings. In spite of this, Cancers make great partners to form firm, emotional, spiritual, and physical bonds with. Like Tauruses, they will take the time to listen to you and get to know you, and most likely accept you in spite of your faults. But don't mistake their kindness and acceptance for weakness. A cancer can drag your ass down the street if you betray them.
  • Leo: WHY DO LEOS HAVE TO BE SO DAMN SEXY?!?!?!?!? Maybe it's the way that they carry themselves so effortlessly! Like you guys can do anything that you set your minds to. However, you can be conceited... But usually for a good reason. When you're in a relationship with a Leo, don't be surprised if they're different around their friends than they are around you. They can't help it; they're like chameleons. They tend to feed off of the energy around them, and fit in with any clique they come across. Don't perceive this as them being "fake." It's just in their nature. However, beware of a Leo who does everything to blend in with everyone else, but doesn't know who they are when they're alone.
  • Virgo: My sign! Virgos get a lot of hate for being "nit-picky, neurotic, and critical." To some extent, this criticism is well warranted. We tend to over-analyze everything and our minds never stop racing. But when we're in love, we fall head-over-heels. Virgos notice everything, the good, the bad, and the ugly. When a Virgo you're involved with brings up one of your negative qualities, they aren't trying to bring you down. They actually want to help you improve. A Virgo is a healer by nature, and we'll do anything to help you grow as a person. And if you're ever sad or completely broken, a Virgo will do anything to make you feel better. They most likely know how to cheer you up, since they always notice what makes you happy! And they also know what gets you going sexually. However, Virgos can be blunt, and critical of themselves and project their insecurities onto other people. CALL A VIRGO OUT ON THEIR BULLSHIT. ALWAYS. We appreciate the honesty and we will work on our faults.
  • Libra: It's easy to fall for a Libra. They have the whole romantic package: extroverted, kind, romantic, charismatic... Hell, they're even ruled by the planet of love, Venus! A Libra falls in love hard, and will treat you like royalty. However, when times get tough, Libra can show a much colder, stand-offish, mean side to them. Like Geminis, Libras can have "2 personalities," and they absolutely HATE being told this. But once a Libra has shown their true colors, you know that they trust you. When you have mutual trust with a libra, you can have an amazing relationship. However, unlike Virgos, Libras are not blunt and do not like blunt people. Calling a Libra out on their bullshit can be hard, as they are very defensive to criticism and tend to take things very personally. Master communication with a Libra, and master your relationship.
  • Scorpio: COMPLICATED SHAWTYS. Scorpios are mysterious, sensual, aggressive, and vindictive. But if you can get to know a scorpio and accept them in spite of their temper, you can have an incredible relationship. Scorpios have a reputation for being able to hold grudges, and that reputation is absolutely correct! Screw over a scorpio, and they'll never forget. But on the flip side of that, if you warm a scorpio's heart, and make them feel loved unconditionally, they will always remember and have a "little thing for ya." Perhaps this is why scorpios have so many platonic flings. Whenever someone touches their hearts, they won't forget it, and they try and see if something good can come of it. Underneath their tough, introverted exterior, they are the sweetest, most vulnerable human beings who just need to feel secure, loved, and accepted. Like Virgos, it is okay to call Scorpios out on their bullshit. They may get mad at first, but they'll think about it, and realize that you meant well for them. They will forgive you if they know you were critiquing them from the heart. In this sense, they make great marriage material. But if you betray a Scorpio, or show that you are fake or two-faced...Kiss your relationship good BYE.
  • Sagittarius: My moon sign! Like an Aries, a Sagittarius needs a partner who is, to some extent, spontaneous. They need someone who wants bigger and better things, someone who wants to travel and experience everything. Being in love with a Sagittarius is magical- They always look for the positive in things and will help you see the glass as half full in the darkest times. Some claim that Sags are not suited for monogamous, committed relationships... This is simply untrue. A Sagittarius just needs their own space, and cannot feel tied down. Let a Sagittarius release energy by any means they need. It's always good to notice their restlessness, and let them blow off some steam, be it from working out, going hiking, dancing, drawing, etc. A Sagittarius needs to be trusted. If you don't trust a Sagittarius, you will misinterpret their restlessness for apathy in the relationship. If you have trust problems and constantly accuse a Sag of cheating, you will push them away. This is why Sags end up hooking up with many people, but only falling deeply in love with a few.
  • Capricorn: Above all, Capricorns are people with intention. They always have a plan, whether they know it or not. They always know what their next step is. If you're in a relationship with a Capricorn, they see a future for it. They don't want to be romantically involved with someone they can't picture spending the rest of their lives with. But this doesn't mean that Capricorns aren't ones for casual sex. If they just want to hook up, they JUST want to hook up. Having clear intentions is a good thing, but a Capricorn's downfall is that they sometimes don't communicate their intentions! They could hook up with someone, and be frustrated as to why that person keeps contacting them, when in reality, the cap didn't establish a boundary. They are rather secretive, and have a hard time asking for help with problems that they're having. But they are amazing people to confide in. They are the most trustworthy sign in the zodiac imo. When you're in love with a Cap, you will know all of their secrets and they will know all of yours. Unlike Scorpio, Capricorn isn't a vengeful sign. They won't use your secrets and weaknesses against you, but like Taurus and Virgo, they will fight with you subconsciously fight you from afar. Don't be surprised if things "mysteriously fall apart" after you screw over a Capricorn.
  • Aquarius: They are aloof and mysterious, yet so empathetic and humanitarian. They have fantasies of making the world a better place, by all means necessary. An Aquarius almost always has good intentions, and goes above and beyond to impress and help you. An aquarius loves hard, with all of their heart, even though they may have a hard time showing. People sometimes have problems getting Aquarians to express themselves. And when an Aquarius is confronted on this, they're confused; they feel that they communicate their feelings and their love normally. It will be difficult for them to shift their perspective, but once they do, it'll be magical. Aquarians LOVE to be sarcastic, and will bond with you over sarcastic humor. However, Aquarians will date someone out of spite. They often go for "rebound" relationships to prove to their exes that they are fine alone, when in reality, they are hurting hard from breakups. If you want to "test" their love by seeing how jealous or clingy you can make them, MOVE ASIDE, YOU HAVE THE WRONG PERSON FOR THIS. Aquarians don't get jealous easily, and they are very trusting people. In this way, they are great partners for Sagittarians. I notice as a Virgo that Aquarians are attracted to me. I think Aquas are attracted to a Virgo's healing power, as they are natural humanitarians. Unlike other air signs (Gemini and Libra), they don't have 2 personalities. What you see is what you get. Since they are aloof, people tend to underestimate Aquarians. And they get proven so so SO wrong.
  • Pisces: A Pisces is a true sweetheart. When they truly care about you, they're the ones who will take you out for pancakes and try to support you by any needs necessary. Not only that, they'll help you dream to escape reality. They're very intuitive and can have psychic qualities. They can read you and know when something is bothering you. A Pisces is the person who will listen to your story, and nod along when everyone else is engaging in side conversations and ignoring you. They can be a bit socially awkward, so if you aren't traditionally extroverted, they will be able to understand you and talk to you. However, they can be very whiny and over-sensitive. If they do not channel their emotions effectively, they can be aggressive or secretive. If a Pisces is building up their emotions, something seemingly arbitrary can send them into a trance. When you love a Pisces, you need to seek to understand them, and help them deal with their emotions. Like Sagittarius, they need to channel their energy, although they don't seem outwardly restless. As with Cancer, pity the fool who mistakes a Pisces' kindness for weakness. They will go OFF on you if you betray them. Overall, they are great partners.
Of Princesses And Scoundrels

Emma gets one last addition to her team for the trip to the Underworld, and Killian makes a new friend. Because scoundrels don’t stay dead.

(I blame @qqueenofhades for at least half of this.)

Emma expects the mist that roils out across the lake, the boat that parts it like an ominous cheese knife, the dark figure standing at the prow. She expects to feel a little sense of dread at the idea of marching into the Underworld, and she does, a little shiver running up her spine.

She does not expect the portal.

But there it is, a shimmer in the air coalescing into a swirling vortex of bright yellow light a little distance away, up in the sky.

And the thing that emerges from it…

The ovoid shape hovers in the air for a moment, long enough for Emma’s jaw to drop.

“Really?” she asks no one in particular. “Aliens, too?”

Henry is grinning. “Awesome.”

The spaceship settles down almost gently onto the grass. The whine of its engines slides down the scale and dies. There’s a hiss as white steam vents from a few places in the irregular hull. It’s a dilapidated-looking thing, Emma reflects, the hull blackened as if by fire in several places.

A ramp lowers on one side, and a figure strides down it.

It’s not an alien. It’s a perfectly normal-looking human woman. She’s short, slender, and dark-haired, and she’s dressed in grey pants, sensible boots, and a white tunic and blouse. She seems perfectly at ease with everyone staring at her. Her dark eyes sweep the group, and settle on Emma.

“Greetings,” she says, with a smile that transforms her features from a little forbidding to strikingly beautiful. “I’m sorry to intrude. My name is Leia Organa Solo. I was told this is the way to a place called the Underworld.”

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So my sister is finally finishing Inquisition for the first time, and she’s miraculously unspoiled as to the ending. I asked her to describe Solas as a character, and she started saying some interesting stuff. Coming from someone who doesn’t know spoilers about the game, her impressions are really fun, and weirdly insightful… so I started writing them down

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chuklebrotherz  asked:

Another Combat Totes prompt. Velvet decides to play the part of the Easter Bunny for the Easter holidays. Unfortunately for her, she accidentally uses the wrong type of "bunny costume". Coco can't seem to handle the situation well.

Holy shit. Tbh, I don’t think anyone would end up handling that situation well. Poor Coco. Here ya go.

Donation prompt info!

Velvet was so excited for her new temporary job. 

It was a one day only type deal, considering she would only be working the day before Easter, and she wasn’t even doing it for the bit of money. Rather, she was doing it solely for the joy of making children smile.

Coco had gone to the mall early with her that day, both to support Velvet and to keep the customers in line. She hadn’t officially been hired as a security guard, but she’d taken the liberty upon herself to protect Velvet at all costs.

After all, an angelic, adorable rabbit Faunus girl dressed in the cutest clothes and wearing the brightest smile and speaking with the kindest, sweetest voice ever was likely to attract a bit of unwanted attention sooner or later. Coco was determined to keep anyone over the age of ten just as many meters away from her teammate.

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joanbright  asked:

I'm trying to type a person and I can't tell whether they're a really well-rounded ESTJ or ESFP. Could you compare & contrast the two types for me? I'd appreciate if you focused on the Tert. Ne vs Inf. Ni, because that's what I'm having the most trouble pinpointing. Thank you

These two.

My work is done.

I would scoff at the idea of mixing an ESFP and ESTJ up if it didn’t occasionally happen to me, where I sense a lot of “sensor in general” and a strong Te in a character. I even though Trubel in Grimm (ESTJ) might be an ESFP for the first several episodes she appeared in, because she’s such a take-charge / action in the moment character. Se/Te are the same in that regard… they charge right in and take control of a situation. But no, Trubel is Te/Si. All business.

But … back to Ron and Hermione. He’s the ESFP, she’s the ESTJ. (Before you say no, Hermione is not an extrovert … remember, she’s the one always forming groups … and bossing people around … and has those pesky inferior Fi emotions that she finds it hard to control. Oh, yes, she is indeed an ESTJ.)

What’s Ron about? Fun. Procrastinating about homework.

What’s Hermione about? Homework. Responsibilities. Keeping the boys in line.

Let’s talk about Harry’s mysterious broom, shall we? It turned up out of nowhere and Ron’s reaction was: “Hey, this is cool… and it’s new… and it’s a better broom than anyone else in this school has … let’s go try it out!” Typical Se. Objective reality, seeing the potential for all the fun he could be having on that broom. Living in the moment. Pursuing whatever interests are right before him.

Hermione’s reaction was way different: what if the broom is cursed? What if it’s how someone is trying to hurt Harry? Logical questions. Te/Ne stuff, in fact. Te assessed the situation objectively … not allowing emotions to get in the way (unlike Ron) … came to a rational conclusion that makes total sense … and then told McGonagall about the broom. Low-order Ne is suspicious and a tad bit fearful at times of the future and of the unknown. This broom came out of nowhere… that is suspicious… and we know someone is after Harry right now… so better safe than sorry, right? 

Se and Fi using Ron and Harry didn’t think so, but every SJ who read that book was probably on Hermione’s side.

Whenever you encounter someone who slams on the proverbial brakes on an idea because CAUTION: WE MUST BE CAREFUL… you’re dealing with Si. Se does not slam on the brakes. Se hits the accelerator.

Ne seeks to build connections. Harry + Broom = Potential Danger. Two objective ideas outside Hermione that she is connecting together. Same thing with Professor Lupin. She read a chapter in her book on werewolves and noticed that Lupin’s mysterious illnesses coincided with the symptoms so she concluded… werewolf. Quite obvious, really… right? No?

Ni is more about intuition tied to the person using it, focused on the things that person is interested about. Ron’s Ni is about his ideal for the future, his dream, what the Mirror of Erised showed him … him, alone, and important. No family. No friends. Just Ron … being true to himself and being awesome. But more than that, you’ll notice that his decisions are all emotional. Based on what HE is feeling at the time. Sometimes, his emotions are irrational and this causes friction with Harry… and Hermione. But, emotions drive his decisions in a way that they do NOT drive Hermione’s.

Think about how easily the locket influenced Ron (and Harry), and how little it seemed to change Hermione … because their emotions are much closer to the surface and far more impacting on their decisions on a continual basis. Ron stormed off and left them. He regretted it a minute later, but it was too late. Se/Fi/Te kicked on and he was gone. Hermione stayed … miserable… emotional … but her Te/Si kept her with Harry. Duty first, emotions later.

ESFP or ESTJ? Look for impulsiveness vs. taskmaster. Emotional decisions and tactical ones.

Puppy Therapy

A/N: THERE’S NO READER, just Bucky with a puppy (ft. some Avengers). ALSO, I’m not planning on making a second part, might reconsider if requested.

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Warning(s): Some cursing, PTSD 

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anonymous asked:

i get what you're doing here and that you're trying to do good, but you can't just switch the gender to women to show how if it was about women and not men it'd be wrong because women and men face different struggles and women are still oppressed by men (and don't say it is up for interpretation because regardless of what you say it is clear what you're trying to do)

To trick more people into appreciating pigeons?

Aside from that this blog isn’t trying to do good (or the opposite). It’s not run with a grand ambition of changing things or anything like that. It’s just something I find interesting, to see what posts make me feel uncomfortable or provoke a stronger reaction in me than the original might.
If other people find it interesting too then I’m flattered that it’s not just me. If they don’t, that’s understandable and I certainly don’t think they’re terrible people for not liking it.

Obviously I do have my own opinions! I don’t think there are many that I’ve thought “this post is only acceptable before/after inversion”. Usually I think that both versions of the post are either fair or nasty or just reaching. But sometimes changing them makes me think that it sounds worse, or more reasonable, even when the sentiment is the same.

Some people might take that as proof that only one version makes sense (whether because of social structures or what have you). Some might think differently. It all depends on the person, and although I certainly do have my own opinions, it’s why I don’t make my own comments on the posts, not even in the tags. I don’t want people to influence people; I’d rather see what they think. Sometimes I agree with the comments, sometimes I don’t (and sometimes I’m admittedly amused by them!).

I’m not a cold, logical robot, but I try to at least keep the posts themselves uninfluenced the best I can. That might give the impression that I fully approve of everything this blog posts (or so I’m guessing, judging by some of the messages I receive), but oh well.
I’ll give my opinions on any particular post if asked specifically, though. In fact, I can’t be stopped.

I certainly agree that women and men face different struggles, and have done throughout history: unlike race and sexuality, women and men have been roughly half each of the population all over the world, since humans first existed. There’s been a lot of time for gender roles, expectations and stereotypes to form, and a lot of time for people to both thrive and be hurt by them.

But “oppression” is a strong word that is overused. In places like the USA, I don’t think women are oppressed (nor men). Not when women have the right to an education, to healthcare, to work, vote, own businesses, choose who they marry, who they divorce, whether they want children, receive support for raising children, be protected by the law, be protected from genital mutilation, own weapons, own land, earn money, spend money, drive, run for positions in government… etc.

That’s not to say that sexism and misogyny don’t exist, but “oppressed” (and “patriarchy”) seems to me insulting, not only towards the women in the world who don’t have such rights, but to the changes that have been made to allow those rights to be commonplace and maybe taken for granted. Of course that doesn’t mean it’s perfect, and there will always be criminals and bigots, but it’s nowhere near a system of oppression.

For this reason, some of the posts made on here have the details changed, e.g. “women who work instead of looking after the kids are selfish” might be changed to “men who stay at home with the kids instead of working are lazy”. The expectations are different: women have historically been homemakers, men have historically been breadwinners.
Which doesn’t mean that it’s how it should be, just that it’s how a lot of people see things, even now, and even if they’re not conscious of it. Women who would rather focus on their career and men who would rather focus on their children may be seen as being “right”.

These things take time to change, the more people feel comfortable to do what they want rather than what they feel they should. Talking about how things should be gender-neutral is nowhere near as effective as people going out and doing it and proving that the world doesn’t collapse into flames.

Which is a little off-topic, I know <:

A lot of the posts on there, though, are more simply along the lines of “[gender] are bad and I hate them” or “this [wo/man] was really mean to me, this proves that they all are shit”. These are just changed as they are, because the sentiment is the same.

Regardless of arguments about social structures, people are shaped by their experiences. Someone abused and hurt by a particular gender may well be cautious or even hostile towards other people of the same gender. But aside from anything else, it’s silly to say that it’s reasonable to feel that way towards men, but bigoted to feel that way towards women.

Encouraging people to feel animosity towards a certain gender (on this site, it’s usually towards men, but it applies to women as well) is harmful, and I don’t mean just because it’s bad for those who are hated. One thing I really don’t like about this current wave of feminism is encouraging women and girls (particularly those with limited experience of the world) to hate and fear men. They’re told that if they reject a man they will probably be killed. They’re told that they’re likely to be raped. They’re told that if they enter a certain fields of work they will be harassed or patronized or hated.

There are shitty people in the world, yes, in all demographics. But there are wonderful people, and ultimately normal, unremarkable, good people. Normal people rarely make the news. They are busy thinking about their own families, friends, careers and loved ones, too busy to think about making a stranger’s life miserable. Most people in the world laugh at jokes and read magazines and wear sweaters and have headaches and eat oranges and accidentally break mugs like you or me.

We don’t hear about the thousands of planes that take off and land without incident, or the millions of car journeys that end safely. And we don’t think about the people we walk by every day who don’t attack, harass or annoy us, which is most of them, and which is the expected way to behave. It’s only the very very few people who do, and get people going home and writing angry blog posts about the guy who catcalled them, or the woman who made inappropriate comments to them, and it gets condensed down to So Many People Of This Gender Are Terrible.

And people read about those bad experiences, and only those experiences, and it seems like it must be the majority. So they tell other people, and believe overestimated statistics, and everyone gets more afraid.
That’s what I don’t like about this wave of feminism. It’s not empowering. It’s like it wants women and girls to be frightened, and live in fear of men and not live out full lives or do the jobs they want to do. It gets people into a state where one bad comment can destroy them and validate everything bad they’ve ever heard.

All of which is a way of emphasizing that… it shouldn’t be brushed off as “well, historically [wo/men] have done x y and z” or “but all these crimes are committed by [wo/men] so we should assume they’re all bad”. It’s ridiculous to defend it as being fine when directed towards one gender and not the other, particularly when based on someone else’s experiences.

Either it’s fine both ways or it’s fine neither way. I’d much rather it be the latter. Life’s too short. That’s my take on the whole thing, anyway.

anonymous asked:

I ask this as an incredibly dense person who loves studying media despite having no knowledge of it :) I think that the Blind Banker is a bit more generic as far as directing styles go when compared to other episodes, and yet I can't really figure out why (apart from the significantly less amount of onscreen text etc). Could you possibly explain the Blind Banker directing and what makes it different to other episodes? I think your analysis' are brilliant, hence why I'm asking.

Hi Anon, you’ve had the nerve to point out the elephant in the room, haven’t you? I haven’t written much about TBB at all have I? Here’s what I have done:

The world of Sherlock seasons one and two came together under the direction of Paul McGuigan whose background was in feature films. He actually had very limited TV experience, having done just one TV pilot before. So what did his cinematic mindset bring to the table? He thought bigger and braver, to my mind. Here’s an example:

The Sherlock pilot had a (reportedly) WHOPPING £800,000 budget, but you can’t tell by looking at it. 221b is completely hideous, for starters.  It’s clearly a tv set. There’s no illusion that it’s a real flat at all.  What’s different between it and S1′s 221b? Let’s start with the production design. McGuigan and Arwel Wyn Jones share a fetish for wallpaper. Here’s the blah wallpaper Arwel chose for the pilot. 

And here’s the choice he made for McGuigan’s first episode. Legend has it that even Paul thought Arwel’s selection was too bold.

This is where you can see Arwel’s genius. I don’t think the famous flocked wallpaper is too bold at all. I think Arwel knew on a gut level that it wasn’t.  I think it looked too bold to McGuigan who knew wallpaper is key, and insisted on it using it in his films, but was used to getting horrifying results from his production designers. Look at just some of the walls from Lucky Number Slevin.

It appears to me that McGuigan had a bold(ish) idea about texture in production design and Arwel was able to realize brilliantly. They brought out the best in each other.

McGuigan also likes green and contrast. The Sherlock production team took what were meh results on his films and turned those preferences into something beautiful in the show.

All this to say that this is the level of work that went into creating the environment of The Great Game, the look and style that McGuigan would retain for ASiP. Steven Thompson’s script, TBB, however, was filmed in the middle.

Here’s was Steve Lawes, S1′s director of photography had to say about the shift in directors:

It was quite interesting because when we did the first series where I worked with Euros [Lyn] on the second block [The Blind Banker] — it’s always strange working on the show when you get different directors. You just get used to one director and you usually get tired by the end of the block you’ve worked with one director and then the next director comes along and I call them the Duracell Bunny. They turn up with all these ideas, all energized and like the whole crew is knackered. Very rarely are they able to say, “I really like what you’ve done before and we’re going to continue it.” Very often what they want to do is they want to change things because they want to do things their way. It’s quite difficult for me because you set up a style or something and you get into this gear with somebody and all of the sudden you get a week to spend and it’s like— you’ve been in a relationship. you’ve worked so intensely with somebody and you’re almost like in a relationship with them and all of the sudden you’re supposed to go — oh you’re working with this person. And sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t work. It can be hard. (x)

Paul McGuigan made no bones about it in a 2010 interview. He didn’t like Lyn shooting TBB.

Question: So you do episodes one and episode three?

Paul McGuigan: I did one and three. I did Steven’s and Mark’s [scripts].

Q: With someone else doing the second one is it not a bit weird?

PM: Yeah I didn’t like it. I’ll be quite honest with you, I didn’t like someone else doing number two. I don’t think any director would, but it was impossible for me to shoot three in the time that they had. So I had to give it up and they gave it to Euros Lyn who directed some episodes of Doctor Who and he’s a capable guy.

Before Sherlock, Lyn was known as a Doctor Who director. He’d done 12 DW eps (!) in five years as well as 5 Torchwoods. While McGuigan calls Lyn a capable guy, he admits that he himself is completely unconcerned with Doctor Who

Q: It’s also probably a good time for Sherlock to come out after Steven has been receiving a lot of praise for the new Doctor Who series.

PM: To be honest with you, I’m not a Doctor Who fan. I couldn’t care less about Doctor Who. Mark and Steven would kill me for saying that, but they know it. It’s not because I don’t think their writing is great – I’ve watched a couple of Mark’s ones and I’ve saw most of Steven’s ones and I can appreciate the writing in it, the writing is phenomenal, but as telly I don’t tend to sit down and watch it.

So we know McGuigan didn’t like Lyn taking over. We know he’d seen some of the rebooted Doctor Who and isn’t interested in it– what might he think about the results of a Who director taking over “his” show?

TBB has some beautiful, beautiful moments. But it looks so different b/c Lyn’s experience and style were different. Frankly, to me, Doctor Who’s influence on TBB is clear. It’s got that hokey, campy feel. That said, Lyn went on to do much more interesting TV including running eps 3, 4, and 5 of the tremendously successful season one of Broadchurch. And, to be fair to Lyn, we can’t forget that Steven Thompson’s script for TBB is shit. McGuigan doesn’t say that, but he emphasizes that he does Steven and Mark’s scripts. That held true for S2 as well. 

Soooo… I’m not really offering you specific evidence from TBB as an explanation but hopefully you’ve got some info that might help you begin to answer your question for yourself. :-) Let me know what you think!