otherwise the movie makes no sense

I don’t mean to come off as aggressive, but truth be told, I’m about to utterly destroy this interview with Dove Cameron. I am not doing this because I don’t like her, I’m just infuriated by this theory. I am a reader, and I read the prequel books before watching the movies. This stuff doesn’t align with the books, and I’m peeved about it. All my fellow Divergent and PJO fans know that when a movie doesn’t follow the books, WE. GET. MAD!

Let’s start with the claim that Uma and Mal’s rivalry is partially based around Harry. Here is where that actually comes from. Uma and Mal were partners-in-petty-crime when they were little kids, kinda like bffs. One day, the two wanted to prank Cruella De Vil by dumping sea sludge on her. However, the sludge spilled and Mal slipped off the dock. Uma initially laughs at the accident, but she becomes panicked as she desperately searches for her friend, who also can’t swim. Mal never actually fell off the pier. She appears behind Uma and dumps a bucket of smelly shrimp on her head. The smell of shrimp never went away, and Mal nicknamed her Shrimpy. Since then, the two were always in competition. (“from the sandbox to the doomball court”) Their 13th bday parties were even on the same day. “Mal always came out on top.” Uma’s fury intensifies when Mal is selected to go to Auradon and not her. Uma is envious of Mal because she always beat Uma, and Uma just wants to win. Their bad blood is based on a gradual one-sided battle and years of jealousy. Basing it on a guy belittles Uma’s motives and makes her look petty. She’s not; she has millions of reasons to hate Mal, and none of them are Harry.

Now let’s talk about Evie. Actually, let’s talk about their whole gang’s origins. It started as Mal and Jay, the worst kids of Dragon Hall and partners-in-crime. Carlos was a runty nerd in school, and Evie was the new girl. She was castleschooled (homeschooled) her whole life because when she and Evil Queen were banished when they she was a kid. Why? Because her birthday party was the same day as Mal’s, and everyone went to Evie’s. Mal was upset, so Maleficent banished the Evil Queen and her daughter to a lonely castle. Bottom line, Mal started out hating Evie. When Evie goes to Dragon Hall, her first friend is Carlos, and neither are too keen on being evil. One day, Maleficent asks Mal to retrieve her dragon eye scepter from the Isle of the Doomed, and Mal hatches a scheme to make Evie grab it and fall into a death-like sleep. Thus, the rotten four is born. Mal brings Jay and invites Evie who brings Carlos. However, Mal develops as a person over the journey and saves Evie from death by grabbing the scepter herself (She only sleeps for a few minutes because she’s related to Maleficent). Bottom line is that Evie was not some replacement for a kicked out gang member. Uma was never apart of Mal’s gang because it started long after Uma and Mal’s rivalry began, and Evie was one of the original members of the gang anyway. Suggesting otherwise puts majority of Mal’s character development to waste and disregards her relationship with Evie. Also, Uma was never in her gang, but she constantly tried to join. Mal claimed she wasn’t big or bad enough, but she was actually threatened by the presence of leader who might just be as evil as her. Thus, the rivalry intensifies. Again, Uma has plenty of reasons to hate Mal.

The part saying Harry and Mal were each other’s first loves makes next to no sense. The evidence for this lies more in the first movie. First, Evie says Mal never had a boyfriend. Next, Mal says that there isn’t really dating on the Isle, just gang activity. Finally, she tells Ben that she doesn’t know what love is. Saying that Harry was Mal’s first love makes illegitimate Ben’s efforts to help Mal learn how to love. It’s Mal’s discovery of love that enables her to develop as a character and defeat her mother. Dating Ben was supposed to be what transformed Mal, and implying that she has loved another before makes her development in the first movie almost meaningless.

Now for the part about Harry getting dumped and joining Uma’s gang. Uma doesn’t get a crew until after the events of the first movie because she concludes that she needs one to beat Mal’s gang. Uma is described as Harry’s longest friend on the Isle, meaning he knew her before he knew Mal. And yes, THEY ACTUALLY SAID FREIND!! When they were young, Uma started ordering him around, and he let her(Gil was there too, but he drifted away and came back when he found out they needed a crew). When Uma says she wants a crew and a ship, she makes a bet with Harry. The winner is captain and the loser is first mate. Ya’ll can figure out who won. Anyway, Harry was always friends with Uma, and he joins Uma’s crew because he wants to, not because of a silly rivalry between former gang mates and a broken heart. There is no mention of a distaste for Mal on his part. In fact, when Uma is hell-bent on getting a crew so she can beat Mal, he wants her to lighten up and have fun with him by causing mischief or something. He doesn’t care about the kids in Bore-don; he just cares that Uma’s upset. The idea that Harry joins Uma’s crew in spite of Mal downplays Harry and Uma’s friendship.

In glorious conclusion, this theory makes a mockery out of the books written to support the movies. Why bother having Melissa De La Cruz write them if you’re not going to agree with the story line? I feel like the actors and directors should read these books so they understand their characters’ motivation. I mean, didn’t Dove Cameron do a promotional video for Rise of the Isle of the Lost? I thought she read it!

I’m not doing this in spite of Dove’s relationship with Thomas. Their personal life is none of our concern, and as a fandom we need to respect that. However, her story does harm to the canon in the following ways: it bases Uma and Mal’s years of tension on a guy and petty gang drama, it turns the beginnings of Evie and Mal’s relationship into a mere replacing of someone else, it turns Ben’s role as Mal’s reason to be good into a lack luster second rate, and it makes Uma and Harry’s relationship based purely on mutual hatred for Mal.

Their backstory is nice, but I ask that they keep their personal life and professional life separate. I really liked the books, but this makes them pointless. If they’re going to force this onto us, don’t expect me to believe a word of it. It lacks evidence from the written text, puts De La Cruz’s work to waste, and shoots down loads of character/relationship development.

Thank you for your consideration.

Ok so I feel like some people still don’t get it:

Like, do y'all not realize that Zendaya is the MCU version of Mary Jane?? She’s obviously not the same character exactly, just like how Liz’s character wasn’t exactly the same as Liz Allen from the comics, but it’s the same general idea. Liz from spiderman homecoming is peter’s high school crush, and vice Versa from the comics, however in the movie version there was a modern twist-just like with Zendaya’s character.

And news flash: there’s NOT going to be another Mary Jane popping up later in the movie series: it makes no sense to have two ppl be nicknamed “MJ”. Just face the facts: Zendaya is MJ/MCU Mary Jane, and will be playing a much larger role in the future. Otherwise, there was no reason for her to be in the first movie at all.

You can see the looks she gives peter in the movie, signifying that she likes/is interested in him. The directors did not chose to do that for no reason. This MJ or “Michelle” is being set up to be Peters official and canon love interest in the next films, or else they would not have Zendaya doing so much PR with Tom alone, have her chemistry read with him, and so forth. Zendaya’ already been more or less confirmed to return in the second movie, which will allow them to develop their relationship more, but the fact stands:

(SPOILER BELOW 🚨) Zendaya is M(ichelle)ary Jane Watson. Maybe not exactly the same from the comics, but she is serving to be Peters canon and main love interest in the series by coining her nickname MJ, proving that there can be yet another twist to the oh so familiar spiderman story that we all know. Why do you think the directors chose to create Michelle’s character in place of the original MJ?? Why is aunt May so young?? Why did they make Liz allen’s father the vulture?? Why do you think they left out uncle ben’s story, or peter getting bitten by the spider?? Because it’s something NEW. They wanted to be original and modern with something being rebooted for the third time in a row. (Also iron man was in no way this involved with Peter’s life in the comics or any other movie but I don’t see y'all pressed over that..💅🏿)

I guess I just don’t understand why everyone is in so much denial over Zendaya being MJ–it could be a race or ignorance thing, idk. But that doesn’t change the fact that she is MJ and she is potentially Peter Parkers love interest. So stop all that whining with the “she’s not Mary Jane” cuz she clearly is the marvel version of it, and deal with it, it won’t kill you.

anonymous asked:

This album is such a smoke & mirror by now well always tbh I always thought it's shady and now during DUNKIRK haha sure

I know right?? No one in their right mind would want an album out for him that time.

I mean… Remember his mixtape? Remember the song titles that were released? I mean by all means he can release one tomorrow and maybe none of them will be about love (however his balance of released songs says otherwise) but I still think he won’t ever want to lie about any of his songs, ever.

The junk he piled up as a response for the question about iicf was heartbreaking. His face was twitching from repeating that yeah we played it on the piano.. yeah. Instead of telling the truth.

I believe he made it perfectly clear what kind of image he wants for himself. Another Man, no winter gf, Dunkirk.

An album in the middle of a movie promo season makes no sense.

At least not until the new team is announced and the band is reunited PLUS HL are out.

Remember this ‘album’ has been in the works since 2013 and it’s still nowhere. I believe that yes, he will want to release music but not in the near future and definitely not during/ before Dunkirk.

anonymous asked:

Who did it first with Aizawa!

Aizawa Shouta

Who asked who out first?

You asked him out. You knew he had little interest in romance, and felt intimidated by that, but nonetheless knew nothing would happen if you didn’t at least try. He takes a few minutes to decide, wondering if he could handle a relationship at the moment, before deciding to give it a try. He makes it clear things may not work out, but he doesn’t mind having a nice date. 

Who initiated the first kiss?

He did. It was a nice date, peaceful, but you had a hard time sensing the mood from Aizawa. You two had chatted, he’d bought dinner while you bought the movie, and it had felt like you were getting along, but it was hard to tell how he really felt. He’s swift with his kiss, in and out before you even know what’s happened. 

Who said I love you first?

You did. His ability to have no facial expression threw you off after you confessed, and he remained as unreadable as possible for a few moments after. His response is very quiet, soft, but puts him in a much more vulnerable light than you’d ever seen him before. 

Who would have the others picture as their phone background? 

Aizawa stays paranoid about villains ever getting to you, so his phone is blank of any pictures of you. Your name is also just a code name because he doesn’t want you to be hunted down should anything happen to him and his phone end up in the wrong hands. 

Who proposes? 

He does. It’s done very casually, mid-conversation while you’re talking about the future. Aizawa had doubts about ever being married, and if you didn’t want to be he wouldn’t be offended, but he thought, why not make it official? He would continue the conversation as normal after you accept his proposal. 

Who does the dishes?

Whoever gets to them first, really. He’ll do it when he’s not busy or working on something for class, but he’s mostly out of the house doing things as a hero. Sometimes when he’s home late at night you can hear him cleaning them in the kitchen while he waits to get tired enough to sleep. 

Who’s the first to wake up in the morning?

Sometimes Aizawa doesn’t even go to bed, so he beats you there. His sleeping schedule is very erratic so most mornings he is awake ahead of you, but on the rare chance he catches a break, he’ll sleep in until about noon. He always grumbles about waking up later than normal though, because it makes him feel extra groggy the rest of the day. 

Who gets to pick the movie type on movie nights?

Sometimes there are movies he really wants to see, and he enjoys horror and thriller movies, even mystery too (he likes seeing if his skills for sensing deceit are still in tact). Otherwise, if he has nothing in mind beforehand he’d let you pick whatever you want. 

Who lavishes the other one in gifts?

He’ll give you a little something here and there, but only if he knows you’ll like what he gives you. He prefers not receiving gifts because the clutter of random objects around his house drives him mad but if you get him something like clothes or shoes, he’d be happy. 

Who worries more about the other?

Aizawa isn’t overly worried about you, but he does have his own set of fears he has to deal with. Being a hero, especially one at the prestigious U.A., could put a target on your back. He tries to get you to remain vigilant even if you aren’t a hero, because you never know when a villain would strike. 

Okay, we need to talk about Legolas's mother

Since she is not mentioned by Tolkien, the Elvenqueen has been subject to us filling her in according to our own imaginations. While I do respect the creative freedom afforded to each in fashioning this character, there are some general trends for which I would like to offer alternatives.

The Elvenqueen is often depicted in fanart and fanfics as blonde, understandable considering Legolas possesses golden hair. However, unless Thranduil married a Vanyarin elf, which next to improbable considering all of them had sailed before the First Age, it is very unlikely that the Elvenqueen is blonde. Regardless of whether she is Sindarin or Silvan, the most common attributions of her ethnicity, she would most likely have dark hair, prevalent in both of these cultures. She might have had red hair if she hailed from the line of Feanor, but considering Oropher and Thranduil’s Doriathrim origin and disdain for Noldorin elves, it’s unlikely Thranduil would have married a descendant of the Kinslayers.

You might say, “But don’t Thranduil and Celeborn, Sindar elves, possess light hair?” Thranduil might have had an Vanyarin ancestor or his family line featured a genetic anomaly of golden hair, but the overwhelming majority of Sindar elves possessed dark hair. As for Celeborn, he possessed silver hair, indicative of his royal Telerin blood as he was a kinsman of Thingol. This would also apply to Cirdan the Shipwright.

Another problem I have with the Elvenqueen is her characterization. She’s often epitomized as this kind, magnanimous, and gentle lady. This depiction flattens her personality and causes her to be shallow. She is created in the mold of a perfect queen, wife, and mother, with little depth beyond those three positions. Her value and importance as a character are derived not from herself but from her relationship with her husband and son. This flawless presentation is boring, and I would urge adding imperfections and motives to create texture and complexities in an otherwise bland character.

One more problem I have is that the Elvenqueen died, most likely at Gundabad. Legolas’s breezy comment regarding her death in the movies is Peter Jackson’s attempt at cohesiveness. Gundabad is hundreds of miles north of Mirkwood, and given Oropher and Thranduil’s isolationism, it makes no sense for them to engage with Gundabad. The Elvenqueen could still be alive, though not necessarily present in Mirkwood.

These are my thoughts, gathered from what I understand about Tolkien’s writings. But then again, de gustibus non est disputandum.

Ryuuji Suguro’s Ideal S/O! 

(This was a request from @southernsassypeach and is clearly new ground for me? I dunno how I feel about it cause its so specific. I usually like to make my stuff kinda vague if I can so that it can be applicable to many people instead of just a specific few? But! I’m just trying something new here! So - if ya’ll like this feel free to send in more requests like this? If ya’ll think this is problematic - tell me and I’ll probably erase this. Okay! Sorry for the long disclaimer! I hope you like this!) 

  • has a soft spot for blondes? natural or dyed 
  • (tho its not a necessity obvi)
  • also really loves someone with curves
  • loves that there’s more to grab onto 
  • ‘More to love’ is what he likes to say about it
  • he thinks he wants someone who’s serious and very adult-y
  • but
  • to be honest he needs someone who can just relax and laugh off the little things 
  • someone who isn’t afraid to i dunno 
  • put bubbles in his hair when ya’ll are doing the dishes together 
  • or
  • bring a water gun in the house, spray him, and lure him outside to continue the water fight 
  • stuff like that 
  • he’s very serious on his own - he needs someone who’ll make him ease up on himself 
  • he also needs someone who wouldn’t be afraid to tell him when he’s wrong 
  • someone who could snap him out of whatever’s bothering him and make him realize that he’s okay 
  • but still someone who wouldn’t mind him waking up every morning at 5:30 to go running
  • someone who wouldn’t mind the endless studying everyday after classes 
  • someone who would love listening to him reciting sutras 
  • he probably wouldn’t study as long as he does now when he’s with you 
  • he’d probs end up curling up with you 
  • or watching a movie/show with you 
  • or ya’ll would go out somewhere together 
  • he’d prefer to be with someone who would take school/work seriously 
  • otherwise he’d probably bicker with you about your studying/work habits 
  • but so long as you don’t have any bad habits (like smoking or drinking or anything harmful) - he’s pretty chill about whatever 
  • (but like - can you imagine smoking weed with Bon tho?) 
The Basic Anglophone Les Mis Adaptation Formula

Or BALMAF for short

If you’ve seen more than one non-musical Les Mis movie in English (whether it’s American OR British), you might have noticed that sometimes they’re eerily similar to each other. I’m talking about the 1935, 1952, 1978 and 1998 movies, as seen above.

I honestly think these are all at least somewhat based on each other. They all follow the same rough structure, they share suspiciously specific details… it’s not really hard to make the connections. So I figured I’d try to put that structure into words.

Disclaimer: I’m not necessarily saying these are all bad things. (Although most of them are.) They’re just shared features and I get that plot needs to be streamlined when you adapt a giant novel into a movie. But it’s amusing to make fun of them. Also I only included the ones that show up in at least three of the movies.


BASIC STRUCTURE:

1: This is the story of Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert, everybody else is mostly just there to drive the plot forward.

2: Prison porn, lots of prison porn Okay okay not literal porn but you know what I mean. (exception: ‘98)

3: Fantine? Who’s that? Oh right Cosette’s mom. I guess we should give her a couple of scenes then… (exception: in ‘98 Fantine gets an actual story arc.)

4: We should really linger on this Montreuil-sur-Mer part of the plot, that’s the good stuff (but we can’t call the town “Montreuil-sur-Mer”, that would be ridiculous.)

5: The Thénardiers can only appear once, when Valjean goes to pick up Cosette, or not at all. Who needs all those plot points later on, this story is about the EPIC CHASE between Valjean and Javert!

6: You can have either Gavroche or adult Éponine but never both and they’re not related to the Thénardiers because we’re done with the Thénardiers already, didn’t I just tell you? Child Éponine may be allowed with the Thénardiers but she’s never named and has no lines.

7: Wow, Hugo really went off the plot rails after they arrive in Paris, didn’t he? There’s barely anything about Javert hunting Valjean in here! Let’s fix that and remove all this irrelevant stuff about all these side characters. We’ll just keep the love story because you gotta have a love story

8: I guess the revolution thing is kind of cool as a set piece for Valjean and Javert’s DRAMATIC REUNION. But we don’t really need to explain the politics and ideology and the fighting and all the minor character stuff, all that has nothing to do with Valjean and Javert!

9: Oh wait I guess we should still kill off whichever not!Thénardier kid we decided to include, though, for Dramatic Effect and to show how Tragic and Horrible revolutions are. (Exception: in ‘52 Gavroche doesn’t die)

10: Obviously Javert should go to the barricades to find Valjean, that’s much more important to him than “spying on the revolutionaries” lol (exception: '78)

11: Sewer chase scene! Yes, finally we’re back to the REAL story of Les Mis! Javert chasing Valjean in the sewers!

12: Well, Javert is dead so I guess we’re done now. VALJEAN WON! WHOO! HAPPY ENDING!


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volturisecretary  asked:

The whole "confrontation" still has me salty af lmao. So- I'm curious...If you would have directed the Breaking Dawn part 2 movie, how would you have changed the portray of the Volturi?

If I had any control over Breaking Dawn and its plot it’s entirety would be so, so different, ahah! I mentioned it in a post, but if the whole “Bella’s pregnant with a vampire/human hybrid” plot took place, the whole thing would have to change because otherwise it doesn’t make sense?

BUT that’s more of me nitpicking the books plot rather than the movies, so I’ll leave that alone for now. For the movies the casting is the first thing that I would change, for sure.

(since I’m bad with faces and can’t for the life of me find a irl fan-casting that I can decide upon, I’ll just draw up the differences in appearance, because?? i have too much spare time on my hands already so what the hell right?)

(movie versions on the left, how i personally imagine them on the right)

  (these are just my personal headcanons i dont mind other imaginings at all. except for movie aro. he’s still the awful equivalent of a fever dream, and i hate him more than i hate myself. which is a lot.)

  • I’d also actually include?? Sulpicia and Athenodora??? Because they are??? Important??? why weren’t they there????
  • I’D ACTUALLY ALSO PUT RENATA IN BECAUSE WHY DID THEY LEAVE HER OUT AS WELL?????? 
  • Also I’d make Jane and Alec a little younger, and actually played by twins. Also they would probably have burn marks?
  • Demetri I would have in his original dark skin like in the book

  • Felix and Heidi are fine I’m okay with that casting tbh

anonymous asked:

Do you have any tips on writing good characters that exist alongside kaiju?

Ooh! Interesting question.
Ok, first and foremost - make your characters interesting or engaging. Or failing that, at least unique and weird.
Also, give them reasons to be there, and have it make some sort of sense.
Soldiers are tricky, because by nature, their job is to operate on less information and to follow orders. So unless you’re doing a Cloverfield thing and your characters have very limited information, find a method of imparting crucial plot information to characters who otherwise would neither know or care. This is why main characters in kaiju movies are typically scientists or at least renegades who think outside of the box. Skull Island found a near-perfect way to get its characters to be in the army though.
And try to give them something to DO. If your characters wind up gawking at the monsters fighting for more than a moment or two, try to reconsider what they’re doing and what you can add to the events to make it more engaging.

Good examples:
Kong: Skull Island - although the characters are very archetypal, the writing stays snappy and fun, which makes the heavier moments sink in. The best character, John C. Reilly, has gone half-crazy on the island. BUT he’s not devoid of empathy or humanity because the Iwi have looked out for him, and his bond with a former enemy, Gunpei, made an indelible mark on him (I openly weep every time I see that part before the credits).
And, here’s the big part - the characters have plenty to do during the final battle. The Skull Devil wants to eat them, so they’re running. Kong intervenes, but isn’t doing well. So using leftover material from various storms and wrecks becomes a major element in the battle, especially since Marlowe and Gunpei had found parts of an old B52 and mounted it on the Gray Fox as a defense for whatever might try to stop them. Ergo, the leftover characters show up for a quick rescue/distraction while Kong is able to turn the tide. Excellent stuff.

GMK is another good example - the characters are surprisingly rich, with the relationship between Yuri and her father being strained, but still loving and supportive, even though they personally represent the two generations that the film is specifically placing at odds, which is what causes the conflict in the first place.
Yuri herself seeks personal glory, but finds that, through discovering events bigger than she is, that she can be a documentarian and still honor those who are fighting for the future of the country. It’s not much, but it’s the best she can do.
Then, her life is put in danger during the final battle, and her father pushes himself and his men to find a way to defeat Godzilla while Ghidorah struggles to bring him down as well.

See? The action is CONSTANTLY moving. The characters aren’t casually tossed aside like in GODZILLA 2000.
Even in Biollante, when the characters are sidelined so the monsters can fight, it’s a short but satisfying battle, and the characters’ own journeys are at least somewhat resolved AFTER the battle.

An interesting example is the ending of G'14. Now, THAT movie has a nearly perfect example of how to edit a climactic monster conflict to keep the action bouncing between the kaiju and the humans, and both have effects on the other. I still say that the interplay between Godzilla being ganged up on by the Mutos -> Ford destroying the nest and distracting them -> the female menacing Ford -> Godzilla getting a second wind (just as a small set of examples) is indicative of a master’s class in action film editing and writing.
Unfortunately, by the finale, most filmgoers were exhausted by the un-engaging leads that all they cared about was the monster action, so the brilliance of the editing here is lost on most of them.
A classic example is Mothra vs Godzilla, which has a rock-solid central cast who do spend a portion of the first battle observing, but then Honda wisely gave them a mission to complete during the final battle to avoid repeating the same actions for the characters and to give the battle higher stakes. Contrived? Yes, but it’s a good example of being able to see how the filmmakers are thinking and how they are making efforts between limited time and budget to make the film WORK.

Went off the rails a bit…Hopefully that helps!

anonymous asked:

The thing is, I never read Legends, so I always saw the warrior mandalorians as imperialist. Both of the houses we see (Kryze and Viszla) are headed by white, blonde families and Clan Wren are the descendants of a people who were conquered, converted to Mandalorian ideals, and placed in a subordinate position under Viszla. Bo Katan, a traditionalist, rejects Maul as unfit to rule because he's an alien. And this was all decided before the reboot with Legends so....I'm confused.

Confusion is totally understandable! 

For the record, because this got so long, it has to go under a cut. I apologize for the length, and if my tone is off it’s not intentional. I’m, essentially, info-dumping, because there’s a lot of extraneous information that applies to the arcs I’m gonna try to address under the cut. I’m also reading your ask as if you didn’t see Satine’s New Mandalorians as imperialist, bc that seems to be what you’re implying in the ask? If I’m off, I apologize in advance.

Also even though I say “you” in this reply, I don’t mean you specifically, I’m meaning to address a general “you,” not you you.


The short answer is that even if you are not familiar with Legends material, reading only one of the two houses as imperialist kind of misses all of the subtext conveyed purely by the information presented in the arcs themselves, and oversimplifies imperialism. It is easy to miss, though, and imperialism itself is a complex subject that isn’t discussed as well as it should be.

But, ultimately, even if we were to ignore Legends and only look at canon material, we still have what boils down to this:

The New Mandalorians, an all white faction of mandalorians:

  • exiled people of a differing cultural philosophy
  • has a society not achievable through means that don’t involve steps towards ethnic cleansing 
  • declared pre-established nonwhite mandalorians as not mandalorian, thereby stripping any claim to that cultural identity, in the same vein as calling them the equivalent of savage
  • were part of a regime change backed by an outside stronger, larger military force invested in that regime change

All of these things, together, paint House Kryze and the New Mandalorians as Imperialist. Regardless of Legends material, regardless of how anyone feels about Death Watch.

And even though the writing does not really carry the kind of awareness that definitely points to a lesson on imperialism, if we entertain that as the conclusion to all of the arcs … it would have been more effective to make Sundari diverse in comparison to Death Watch, and have that diversity leverage Death Watch’s war crimes directly, rather than make Sundari the accidental genocidal Imperialist power by poor design decision.

Furthermore, as much as I would rather not bring it up as it’s always used as a straw man argument against the existence of racism, the fact is that Imperialism is not the sole purview of white people. Chinese Imperialism exists. Japanese Imperialism exists. Both are as effective analogues for Imperialism, and both are closer to actual Mandalorian history than the space!Nazi aesthetic the writers went with—not just for obvious reasons, but because the space!Nazi aesthetic implicates an altogether different type of imperialism

And it’s a type that completely distracts from and undermines the ultimate goals of their storytelling in those arcs. 

Moving on to that last point, though … that scene where Bo-Katan rejected Maul, can be read differently—as in, she did not reject him because he was an alien so much as she rejected Maul because he wasn’t mandalorian. Or it could be both of those things, but it’s an important distinction to make—it’s important to not forget all of the things Bo-Katan, specifically, was fighting for.

Bo-Katan fought to save the culture Satine was trying to eradicate — and in terms of cultural genocide, if Maul was to take up his position as leader of mandalorians, that is just trading one type of cultural genocide for another.

It is, under no circumstance, the same as framing it as a simple rejection of Maul because he’s an alien. Him being an alien literally does not matter in that moment, tradition or not, because Maul had no stake in it—because it’s not his culture on the precipice of extinction. To treat that scene like it was … well, was to miss the point.

The very long longer answer goes under the cut.

To warn you about what’s under the cut, as it’s, again, very, very long. I’m basically going into a detailed explanation about: 

  • Legends & why/how Legends applies to the Mandalore arcs
  • a longer diatribe on imperialism:
    To Legends or Not to Legends
    Why does Legends help the New Mandalorians?
  • how & why the New Mandalorians are Imperialist:
    A Diatribe on Imperialism
  • and their platform is transparent and hypocritical w/o the additional context of Legends to soften the edges: 
    Satine Kryze and the New Mandalorian’s Transparently Hypocritical Political Platform, and more on Jango Fett
  • a longer explanation on Bo-Katan and Maul: 
    Xenophobia versus Continued Cultural Genocide
  • the actual events that are contextually relevant to the Mandalore arcs:
    Legends: The Aftermath of the Mandalorian Wars
    Legends: The Mandalorian Excision
  • what I mean by the Fetts were established as mandalorian before the Mandalore arcs aired: 
    Why the decanonization of the Fetts matters, in the context of the story and canon
    An aside: Separating “Boba Fett” from “Mandalorian” after 30+ years

As I’ve said, it’s a lot. Mostly meant to be used as a reference, I guess. I apologize if I repeat myself too much. I wrote this in chunks and threw it together, so if it’s messy or even more confusing, that’s 100% on me.

[[ EDIT:: it has since come to my attention that George Lucas was the mind behind the retcon, stated once in a special featurette for TCW DVD set for Season 2. Him being known and expected to be (hopefuly for obvious reasons) incredibly racist makes it all a little less surprising, but no less fucked up. That the writers still stick with it now, after he’s out, is disappointing, and I maintain that that tweet by Hidalgo was unnecessary. Nothing else about the argument changes except on who to blame and criticize more than the others. ]]

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anonymous asked:

*inhales* oh goody, another au to be obsessed with. what are the squads powers?? does the squip take the role of ms. peregrine? do you think we'll need to read the book or watch the movie to fully understand this au?

YEP…it just never ends with me RIP

The others are telling me not to give it away lol but I can give a little information!

So yes, the Squip does take Miss Peregrine’s place, meaning he has control over time. It’s not the exact same as what she can do, but his main power is time control! And unlike my RPO AU you do not need to read the book to understand more! This is something that can stand by itself without any support from the book–it’s just based off the book/movie. My RPO AU is directly centered around the novel so yeah;; (I mean you can read the about section of that ask blog and get all the information you need, but I highly suggest reading RPO since it provides a lot of information I’d have to explain otherwise, while this AU does not need such things, if that makes sense;;)

All you need to know about this AU is that–all the BMC kids live together in one house, the Squip is their caretaker and protects them, they have special abilities which set them apart from normal humans, and they’re being hunted by people after their powers. That’s all! A much easier explanation than RPO lol

I already showed Michael so yes, his powers have to do with plants, he can basically manifest plants out of the ground with ease. He likes making flower crowns for everybody and flowers bloom out of him depending on what he’s feeling;; He’s not in full control of his powers yet so they tend to go out of control sometimes–he’ll wake up to see his room is covered in vines or something ridiculous like that lol! When he gets scared or doesn’t want anyone coming near him he’ll encase himself in prickly thorn bushes. Sometimes this happens against his will and he’ll be trapped inside until he can calm himself down enough to make them disappear (Michael in the thorn bush by himself~). Most times though Jeremy will brave the thorn bush and rescue Michael, and Michael always cries since Jeremy’s covered in scratches by the time he gets to him ;w; But yeah he’s always working on growing plants and flowers and manages his own flower garden in the back of the house. Everyone knows not to mess with him since he’s capable of filling their rooms with poison ivy and other dangerous plants lol;; Of course he’s got the biggest crush in the world on Jeremy, we’re not sure if they’re gonna be dating at the start of the blog or if that’ll be a part of our main story–Michael working up to dating Jeremy eventually. We’ll see!
Oh and also Michael grows weed too lolol he finds that aspect of his powers to be the best and the most hilarious because the Squip tells him to stop smoking it but Michael’s like “I have an infinite free supply nah man”

All of the kids are coming to terms with how to use their powers in a safe environment and they also have to be very careful since they’re being hunted which is why the Squip is protecting them all. But yeah it’s gonna be tons of fun and I’m really excited for the AU and the blog and running it with my friends ;w; They’re both super cool and I love them to death and I’m just!! Really pumped to do this with them it’s gonna be a good time!

R: Their s/o only eats sugary food.

Requested by anonymous:

Bts reaction to there S/O eat sugary food and doesn’t like any type of salty foods please? 💞

A/N: You’d be in luck in South Korea, apparently everything there has a sweet aftertaste. EVEN PIZZA AND SHIT, like don’t do that wtf?

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CONFESSION: 

I feel like if there was to be a DAO Live Action, the warden would have to be a dalish elf. To me, it makes the most sense - they were kind of forced into the Wardens, otherwise they would have died. Yeah, any of them would be really good, or even having a larger group that shows all the backgrounds, but I feel like the “main protagonist” would be best portrayed by a dalish elf. Simply for plots sake, esp if they do all 3 games.

Sim Q&A tag
Tagged by @charmedsims (Thanks! :)
and tagging: @floppant, @inabadromance, @simmerberlin, @simsontherope and @quiddity-jones

I’m picking Haino, since I’m not going to play her for a while.
Sim’s name:
Haino Bertha Gergen

1. What is your sim’s favorite food?
Everything you can eat out of a bowl
2. What is your sim’s favorite color?
Black
3. What is your sim’s zodiac sign?
Virgo
4. Does your sim believe in “love at first sight”?
Yes, or maybe. Tho she’s more practical than romantic.
5. What is your sim’s sexuality?
Straight
6. Is your Sim a cat or dog person? (or both?)
Cat!
7. Adding to the previous question, if your sim were to have a cat and/or dog, what kind/breed(s) would it be?
She has two siamese cats! (well, at least she will for real, in november!)
8. Does your Sim have a best friend?
Yes, her old roomie Kris Dorst, who still lives in San Myshuno.
9. Does your Sim have a favorite life stage?
No
10. What is your sim’s ethnicity?
Takemizuan/Windenburger
11. If your Sim could travel to anywhere in the world, where would they visit?
Probably a tropical world, since she never been to one…
12. If your Sim was a castaway on a distant, uncharted island, who would they bring?
W
13. Does your Sim have a favorite tv show and/or movie?
Lately she’s been watching a lot of workout shows while eating animal crackers, otherwise, no. She doesn’t watch tv that often.
14. Does your sim believe in the “simulation theory”?
I have to quote @charmedsims here, because it’s the perfect answer: “Maybe she does. To her it would make sense as to why her life is complete shit.”
15. Does your Sim have a favorite kind of clothing to wear?
She’s a thrift shopper, so anything old, unique and preferable black.
16. Does your Sim have a lucky charm?

No
17. What kind of music or singers does your sim listen to?
Shoegaze/Dream pop
18. Does your Sim have a favorite family activity to do together?
Uhm, maybe play music together? Her mom is a famous violinist.
19. What is your sim’s age?
22 soon 23
20. Does your Sim have a dream job?
Tech guru! Right now she’s a code monkey at STP (spin the plumbob)
21. What is your sim’s favorite beverage?
Black tea and beer
22. What is your sim’s favorite dessert?
Blue Moon Ice Cream
23. Does your Sim have any siblings? if so, do they get along with all of them?
She has a half sister, Ibbie and she loves her very much!
24. What activity/hobby makes your sim the happiest?
Travelling, camping, thrift shopping
25. If you could meet your sim, would you be friends with them?

Uhm, yeah, she seems cool ;P  

anonymous asked:

I was actually the only one who was happy when RomanceGate happened. It makes total sense, they are going to set the romance up for later and have Rey and Ben spend time with each other, get to understand one another a little bit before it happens, it couldn't happen directly after he just murdered his father and reached a personal low point. Since we know that it's impossible to have a romance so early for Reylo, it would have been disturbing if Rian said otherwise, bc it wouldn't involve Kylo.

Yes, I think these are good points. While I still don’t think that we can take Reylo for granted, I believe it makes perfect sense that full-blown romance is put on hold while the characters are moved into the right position for that to happen later on. 

I must say that I’m reminded of Letter Never Sent, which is one of the movies Rian cited as an influence on Episode VIII. There is no central romance as such in Letter Never Sent, and what romance there is is either taken for granted (the acknowledged couple of Tanya and Andrei) or left suppressed, simmering and unspoken (Sergei’s unrequited love for Tanya).

While I don’t expect TLJ to mimic either of those dynamics one for one (particularly because Rian seems to have pointed away from there being an unrequited romance in his film), I do think Rian could easily be taking lessons from how Letter Never Sent is infused with emotion, attraction and longing without ever making romance a focal point. 

I think people tend to forget that while Rey’s presence also erases Finn’s importance, she has also erases Poe’s importance in addition to his importance to Finn.

I’ve seen a lot of people saying that Finn joined the Resistance for Rey, and that he was able to break free from a fascist regime because of Rey—but that isn’t the case.

First and foremost, Finn didn’t really need anyone to help him break free from the First Order, this was something he did himself. But his push to leave the First Order was Poe (not to realize the FO was wrong—he realized that before). Poe gave him a chance of escape, it was in seeing how wrong Poe was treated in addition to the villagers on Jakku, Finn decided that not only did he need to get Poe out, but he needed to get himself out too.

He knew Poe was a Resistance pilot, and knew the risk he was taking helping a Resistance pilot—but he still aided him.

And the goal for the both of them was to find BB-8, and go to the Resistance base. Finn and Poe are friends by now, there is already and established relationship and both are willing to risk their lives and go on this journey together. If they had not been shot down, and had found BB-8—Finn would have gone to the Resistance base with Poe, no question.

There was no hesitation in breaking Poe out and there would have been no hesitation, in following his new and only friend, to the Resistance especially if Finn knew it as a.) a new life and b.) a way he could do what’s right. Finn mentioned to Poe that he was helping him break out because it was the right thing to do—that implies that regardless, he was trying to make up for the horrors of the First Order despite the fact that he wasn’t really to blame for them.  And Poe was an important Catalyst for this. He and Poe helped each other break free, and for Finn this is more figuratively than literally. And if Poe had been present after the crash, there is no doubt Finn would accompany him all the way.

Finn’s pushing force for joining the Resistance shouldn’t have been Rey, because Poe was already there. Poe had already made such an impact on Finn. The fact that the writers decided to make Poe absent for the majority of the movie makes it appear otherwise and further goes to replace his importance to Finn, with Rey’s importance to Finn. This erases Poe’s character in more ways than one.

Hope this makes sense, and stay tune for a similar post that will go over how Jyn erases Cassian’s importance :D

Okay so about Helsa in Frozen 2

At this point in time, it doesn’t matter to me if Helsa becomes canon or not. (I might have already talked about this), because thinking about it, just like any ship in the frozen fandom (besides Kristanna which is canon) Helsa is possible but still a bit of a longshot. So really at this point in time of waiting for the sequel, or even a gosh darn cast list, I don’t need a kiss or anything between Hans and Elsa.
All I’d want from the sequel, is Hans being redeemed. Him and Elsa working together in a twist of events, because that would be hella more interesting, especially for a Disney film. The villain and hero working together, maybe as a win win situation, hans helps Elsa, so Elsa helps him, or for a common goal, or to fight a common enemy.

I mean it was said 3 years ago (yes three gosh darn years ago) that the writers want to redeem Hans. But how they redeem him has so many routes to take. How Helsa becomes canon or not, isn’t a concern of mine. I love Helsa, but even to me, if hans and Elsa become friends and show signs or forgiveness, maybe even Hans showing feelings by the end of the film, that’s still canon in my eyes.
Cause that to me has an infinitely more interesting story then just a typical “problem, new character comes and helps save the day by new villian”, cause let’s be honest… Having a villain redeemed in an animated Disney film is already a huge fantastic step than doing typical things.

Also, it’s definitley a longshot rumour of Anna becoming the villain, because it makes no sense. How could Anna, who risked her life for his sister, who was shut out by her for years, randomly become evil?
I don’t know, but what I find appealing about the idea, is Elsa isn’t going along to fight Anna, but to try and save her. Just like Anna saved Elsa.
Anna didn’t give up on Elsa, so Elsa obviously won’t give up on Anna.
Plus, Elsa was in some form a villain in the first film, having her take a role similar to Anna’s in the first film is a good idea.
But how would Hans come into the mix?
Kristoff would make more sense, but at the same time, Kristoff working with Elsa could cause confusing and the idea they’d fall for each other. Hans too, still had some connection to Anna. And it would be more open to how Hans and Elsa’s relationship could grow. Become bigger enemies, just walk out of each others lives forever, become friends, or even spark affection, but again, it’s open to much more of a story arc and interactions.
Kristoff and Hans share qualities of having an unknown past according to the viewer, but all kristoff knows is how he grew up with ice harvesters. For all we know he never knew his parents, or his line of history, and a story where he finds those things out, would be more fitting in a story where Anna discovers it with him, not Elsa. And having a sequel with Elsa basically the villain again, is a boring recreation of the first movie. (That’s why it’s unfortunate you didn’t learn more about Kristoff in the first film, but they were focusing on the sisters relationship)
Hans on the other hand, We don’t know alot of why he just came to Arendelle and did what he did. All his actions and facial details, his personality changes depending on who he’s speaking to, they’re all details to a past we never learned about.
Jen Lee stated that Hans’ actions were caused by lack of love… That seems like a very important detail they forgot to add.

Ursula used to work in the palace, and was kicked out. The stepmother in snow-white didn’t want to be second most beautiful. Heck, even Turbo was explained in wreck it Ralph and he was a hidden villain like Bellweather in Zootopia (she too had her actions explained), so why would they keep that out for Hans, who was a hidden villain?
And don’t give me the bullshit of “Hans is just an evil guy”, no he’s not. Bellweather was oppressed cause she’s a sheep and said to not be able to do anything. Turbo was taken down from his pedestal of stardom so suddenly, after being the best for so long. Jen Lee had to tell everyone why Hans did what he did cause they left it out of the first film.

Connection between wanting him redeemed? Maybe so it can be explained in a sequel. I’m starting to see it that way.

(Where was I going with this.. I had a point)

Basically, Hans being in the next film, seems like it was planned to begin with.
HE WAS IN THE FROZEN FEVER SHORT, PEOPLE! HE DIDNT NEED TO BE, AND HAD NO REASON TO BE, BUT THEY STILL ADDED HIM?? WHY?

I’ll tell you why.

Hans is connected to all the characters wether you like it or not. And if anything, he seems like he’s part of their group, more so then Gaston was to Belle, more so to King Candy to Vanellope. And you can see that too, don’t tell me you can’t.
Even the Duke of Wesleton doesn’t fit with the group.
To me, anything that was a spin-off for Frozen, *cough* Lego short film *cough*
Just didn’t seem right.. and that’s because Hans wasn’t there. Even showing him somehow, would make everything feel better.
Some people didn’t like Frozen Fever, but in a way, it was still slightly better, because they had shown Hans, because Hans is still a connection to them. And him being officially added to the gang, just… Evens things out.
I don’t know how to explain it better, but if anyone understands what I’m saying, that, Hans just has to be there. He has to be in the sequel, otherwise it won’t make sense. It won’t feel right. Then please elaborate better.
Even if he fills a silly typical revenge role, (that doesn’t fit his character) that’s more fitting then him not being in it at all.
Disagree if you want, but I’m serious. And I’m sure you’d understand too if he isn’t in Frozen 2. I can predict now that if he’s not in Frozen 2, the movie will just feel off. Somehow.

Remember the post-Avengers fics where everyone would move into the Tower and have movie nights, pull pranks, and realize that they may have finally found a family within this odd group of misfits? Those were good times… And we’re hoping to bring them back!

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