Since I’ve been asked about this specifically a number of times I thought it would be helpful to just make a post.
So “Molly is John’s mirror” not some clever subtext that someone in the tinfoil hat brigade discovered. It is, in fact, a very old trope of the “Ms. Male” or “Distaff counterpart” that certain fans are applying here.
Basically it means taking a male character, slapping a female signifier on him, and voila! Same shit, new character.
One of the most recognizable examples is Ms. Pac Man. In order to appeal to the female market. Media Execs simply slap a lipstick and bow on whatever they happen to be making at that moment and hey! look! inclusivity! Buy our stuff, dumb ladies!
Here are some reasons why this is problematic:
1. It diminishes the female character’s role to her relationship with a male.
2. It does not leave room for dimension as this character is not her own person. She is merely a “girl version” of someone else.
3. It reduces female identity to shitty gendered signifiers (pink, frills, sparkles etc…)
Usually this goes hand in hand with the “Smurfette principle”. Where women are tokenized as the “girl” in an all-male cast. She may be a character that has other qualities but the one given highest import is that she is female in a way that remains very rigidly within the scope of the social gender binary.
This is not how Molly Hooper was written. She’s being read that way by fans who have a lot of internalized misogyny that they are projecting onto her character.
So far the only overlap I have seen is that Molly likes ugly jumpers and she’s nice.
But Molly wears ugly jumpers far more often than John, yet it’s a characteristic that belongs to him by default?
And let’s be honest, John is really not that nice. I mean sometimes kinda, but only if there’s something in it for him. (eg: getting to be the “hero”, flirting with women, looking superior to Sherlock) but apart from that, he’s just kind of a jerk who treats his non-neurotypical friend like some lovable “idiot savant”. Any one of us who met him in person would probably instantly label him as a “fuckboy” because well… the shoe fits.
Molly has a level of kindness that is completely unprecedented. Her kindness and loyalty are her trademark characteristics and I, personally think, that it’s very not good to hand that off to John just to make him seem better or to apply more validation to a fan-made narrative that actively works to erase female characters.
Hey guys, I feel like I should’ve put this up like, probably a month ago but eh, better late than never I guess.
Anyway, I’m pretty sure you’ve noticed the lack of update recently save for a few fan submissions. What I’m going to say isn’t really anything new, but yeah, school’s taking quite a toll on me, so much so that I just don’t have the drive to actually draw any Hamiltots or to answer asks. And if I come onto the blog, I’ll just feel guilty because I’m getting to any of your questions.
Don’t get me wrong, Hamiltots isn’t stopping, it’s just probably going to be on hold for a while. A hiatus I guess. But only for two weeks, at most a month. Hopefully, once I’m done with school, I’ll get my drive back to draw more Hamiltots. The ask box and submissions would be closed for the time being (cuz I’m afraid of feeling overwhelmed with asks still piling up.)
Thanks again, so much for sticking around, guys. And to all the new people who followed recently, sorry you joined at such a slow period of time.
This picture should give you a better idea of what I’m going through at the moment.
Fun fact: I’m 23 years old and I’m studying animation at an art college.
And that’s not some random anime character, my hair actually looks like that. I also have an actual jacket like that.
Edit: If you still want to see me post art and school stuff other than Hamiltots, you can follow me on Instagram. It’s Cattlingarts_
I first met Rusty at one of the con’s a few years ago and I commissioned an out of work derpy themed drink recipe and he did a tarot card reading for me too! I don’t remember what the outcome of the tarot card reading was but it was a fun time.
However I really became friends with Rusty during last year’s Trotcon. We ended up being roommates and we were both on the tumblr panel. He was a really chill guy to hang with, and was a super supportive guy. I remember him really supporting @theghostlymuse when someone broke one of her home made statuettes. One of my favorite parts of the con was staying up super late in the lobby of the last night of the con talking about Dungeons and Dragons and other nerdy stuff with him and a bunch of other bronies and tumblrpon mods.
And if you haven’t heard he makes some pretty mean booze! :3 He brought a bunch of handmade drinks for everyone who roomed with him and the Honey Vanilla Infused Vodka he gave me was the tastiest drink I’ve ever had!
One thing I really do regret is that we talked about the Out of Work Derpy drink recipe he made for me and he asked for me to forward it to him so he could make a proper Rusty Nail Post on his blog for it and I just never got around to digging through my old Con scrap book and finding it… Till now. :/
But in the little time I knew Rusty I think he’d want this recipe shared!
Normally Rusty Uses the best high end ingredients and liquors when making a Themed drink. But he knew the moment I told him about the theme of the blog that only the cheap stuff would suffice!
An Out of Work Derpy
1oz Smirinoff Blueberry
2oz Pinapple Juice
Chilled Martini Glass
Making an Out of Work Derpy.
Chill a Martini glass; Rinse the martini glass. Do not dry it. Simply place it inside the freezer and wait 10 to 15 minutes for the glass to freeze. The post-rinse water surroundings will help make the glass freeze more quickly.
Add Ice, both Vodkas and pineapple juice to cocktail shaker.
Welp, hopefully I did rusty’s style justice! According to Rusty this drink should taste like you are actually eating a blueberry muffin :3 I’ve yet to try it out irl cause I literally just refound the recipe and I don’t have the supplies yet, but rest assured I’m gonna make this drink this weekend in honor of Rusty!
Oh and here is what the original recipe card I got from Rusty looks like:
The paladins have a mental connection to their lions, right? What if one day, they’re explaining the concept of The Lion King to Allura and Coran for some reason, maybe someone quoted the movie and it started a discussion, but meanwhile the lions are listening in very intently. Because it’s a story about lions
Imagine the lions becoming very excited about The Lion King and like, becoming obsessed with it. They find a rocky outcropping on an alien planet and suddenly the Black Lion lands on it and poses and does the big roar a la Simba at the end, and the other lions roar back. Every single paladin has “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” stuck in their head at the same time for a week. Shiro gets the shock of his life one day when the Yellow Lion picks him up by the scruff of his armor and “presents” him to the cheering lions while the Black Lion watches peacefully in the background. Blue and Red trade off being Scar in the “Long Live the King” moment, and throwing each other off of stuff. It is Lion King pandemonium
The Paladins, Coran, and Allura are really, really confused, but as long as Voltron can still be formed they’re just going to chalk it up to the lions being so old they’ve developed some odd quirks
Hi!! So I'm an """"""""advanced""""""""" artist I guess and I'd like to do commissions n stuff but I already fail at reaching people with my art in the way of getting followers u know and... HOW DO YOU DO THAT I SCREAM AND CRY I am really in need of money in the moment bc my pc kilss itself and aaaaa ;;
i’ve been really lucky in terms of reaching an audience so i don’t know what advice i can give! i will say though that ive been posting my art online since i was 12 years old so i’ve been around almost a decade (even tho most of that decade was spent making embarrassing things) (and still is) and thats probably been significant in gathering a following.
make what you feel passionately about and people will naturally be drawn to that passion. remember that online numbers and figures don’t always translate into financial success or “real world” success!! the only answer is work, work, work… 😭 making stuff for the sole purpose of getting followers will burn you out so quickly. also, be active in the community - talk to other artists, appreciate their work & support them in the way you’d want someone else to support you. ever heard of “scenius”? look it up
welp, i’m useless, if anyone else had advice on getting yourself out there then feel free to add to this?
does anyone ever really let go? is there a moment that exists when the rope snaps, the lights turn off, the outpour of blood and guts and soft longing ends? and our soul’s finally get a break from the jealousy, from the clenching of what could have been.
or will i always smell old spice and remember the taste of an Italian boy’s smile? or have the ache around my throat as tight as the ring around his finger?
i chase after love because i remember what it was like. and i want it again. i know what could have been and that’s not something i can stop remembering.
so today marks the one month anniversary of me creating a bap blog to post my lame jokes on. after just over 4 weeks’ time i am also approaching 500 followers and i just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for finding this blog interesting enough to stick around with. it honestly feels a bit surreal to think of how quickly things have gone; especially since it feels like i just fell ass-first into the b.a.p part of tumblr and without warning started yelling at people until they grew to like me.
running this blog has been the highlight of the last month of my life, and i can honestly say that creating it and getting in touch with so many sweet babyz have been one of my best decisions in the last few years (along with starting to listen to b.a.p again and learning to drink tea without sweeteners).
the fact that people are enjoying my posts, from edits to shitposts to text post memes to me picking fights withbeing wrongfully attacked by my mutuals is incredibly flattering and, truthfully, nothing makes me feel better than hearing someone say i’ve brightened their day (i still read the tags on my posts like a creep and seeing peoples’ tags makes me so happy).
thank you folks for hanging around, let’s keep supporting B.A.P together! ♡
I admit, Thrawn didn’t do as much for me on Rebels as I hoped he would, but this book absolutely shot him back onto my radar and I found myself super engaged, despite that I’m not usually that interested in the Empire!
I thought Zahn did a really good job of balancing references to the great span of Star Wars stuff, from the references to the Clone War era elements to old Legends canon bits, while still being very much new canon. I can’t say I was that invested in the post-ROTJ EU, I knew enough to get by and I have a lot of fondness for it, but it wasn’t my hardcore jam like some other areas of Star Wars. So maybe I’m not the best person to say that Zahn felt respectful of what had come before while still keeping with the new, but that’s still how I feel.
But this moment is what really caught my eye. HOLY SHIT, IS THAT AN OBLIQUE REFERENCE TO THE YUUZHAN VONG?? I don’t actually expect them to make an appearance, they almost assuredly can’t be the major threat post-ROTJ and I assume Disney will eventually have post-ST movies in a decade from now or so. But it was a neat reference and a really interesting explanation for Thrawn’s role in the Empire.
I liked that it wasn’t a OMG MAJOR PLOT TWIST!!11 moment, but instead that it felt like, ah, yes, okay, that explains why Thrawn would align himself with the Empire, something that never quite fully made sense to me. I mean, the book definitely treats Thrawn as smarter than he is, so many of the observations he makes aren’t that clever, but that’s just part of the pitfalls of writing for a genius character and the writing is so goddamned engaging and charismatic that I had no problem rolling with it.
But, given that we can look at this conversation with hindsight, that Thrawn’s motivation is basically, “I’m here to assess if your Empire would be a better ally or a better opponent to wound and let the Looming Enemy consume you while we prepare elsewhere.” with the statement that the Republic had too many opposing viewpoints, it was doomed to failure, it feels kind of… look, buddy, I kind of get what you’re saying, but a) the Republic lasted for like a thousand years and b) Palpatine’s Empire lasted twenty-four years. You can qualify it all you like that, oh, Palpatine’s not a great leader, but the idea of an Empire is sound, but the point still is that the Empire was nothing in the scope of what the Republic had been.
But I’m nitpicking, on something that I don’t even feel is against the character’s reasonable conclusion, given what they do/don’t know. I find it believable that Thrawn would see it that way! And it does make me really, really wonder what the galaxy might have been like with Thrawn on the side of the Rebellion and the New Republic. Or, hell, even the Republic before Palpatine brought it all down. (Probably not that great. He was pretty shit at politics, as the book took care to show.)
Overall, I think the book was a GREAT backstory for Thrawn, it genuinely made me like the character again, I would read a dozen more novels just like this one and I hope that Zahn gets a chance to write the character again, because I thought he did a really good job of showing Thrawn’s pov, which is not at all easy for a character like this. There was just the right amount of focusing on his appreciation for art without hammering it in too hard and I grew to enjoy Pryce’s character and her role in the story and I even really like the OC that worked for Thrawn! The main antagonist Nightswan wasn’t quite what he could have been, but I still found myself engaged and wondering about what might have been, in other circumstances. Certainly, this book captured my thoughts and my attention and I love the implication that the Yuuzhan Vong might still be out there.
The book won’t quite unseat Ahsoka as my favorite of the new canon books, but it certainly is on my top five list!
*squats down and looks at the audience like an afterschool special*
hey so you may have noticed I haven’t been posting very much at all lately. The truth is that a lot of stuff in my life recently has suddenly been hitting the fan and, honestly, I don’t feel the need to keep this blog running if I don’t have the time or energy to do so. Between important plans going under, my mom averaging 3 trips to the ER per week, my very old dog standing on his last legs and I’m the only one who can really take care of him, and other life responsibilities catching up to me, running this blog at the moment isn’t really a concern of mine. I’m not deleting or anything and I definitely have plans to get back to it eventually, but only when things in my life have kind of ironed out and I feel good about doing so. So sorry for the lack of content but chya’ know, life and stuff happens.
Tae: a snack would be very nice right now. As long as I don’t have to become part of the disaster that the others are in at the moment. -sigh- I guarantee at least one of them is gonna end up hurting themself…
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Yes, what you wrote about Robert and the comparison to Cain is all true, but it's all headcanon, bc we stan for Robert and we look deeper than what the show is giving us. But unlike Cain, we never see that on screen. We never see Robert having long heart to hearts like Cain or moments of insight. Yeah, he doesn't have anyone to offload to, but they could still show him talking to his dad's grave, looking at an old photo, idk, sth that would show the general audience what we see is there...
Ahhhh I certainly want more although this ain’t just headcanon. what my post was based on–it’s canon. I’d certainly love more moments where he maybe ponders a photograph or stops by his dad’s grave, but we can’t act as if similar stuff hasn’t happened tbf! Starting from his return and moving forward:
drops a rose at his father’s grave in his very first return scene
stops by tenant’s cottage (where the sugdens used to live) before having any other scenes
talks with chrissie on the steps of home farm before they buy it about his insecurities regarding andy and his dad, why he’s so uncomfortable returning to emmerdale, etc–quite a great little convo
that horrible bar west scene where rob’s a dick to aaron–you know, that meanness overshadows something else that happened there, which is that robert tried to open to aaron about smth, that pain and jealousy he feels about not getting any say in what happens to his dad’s ring–and he’s just shut down immediately, ahhh (and he was shut down by diane before when he talked to her, vic, & andy about being upset)
that time robert tried to arrange a memorial to their mother & they all gathered around her grave but lawrence fucked it up, leaving andy angry
i mean, christmas day, robert cried to andy about how much he felt he missed out on knowing their dad & how excluded he felt
before home farm week with robron, the whole reason aaron even accepts rob back? not because of the “i love you”… but because vic says that deep down, she believes robert is good. that’s what sold it him–that vic believes robert is good to his inner circle, and it’s the truth. it’s canon.
crying to aaron about how much he loves him, how he’s the worst mistake, how he has to protect his secret bc it would kill andy if he knew
crying to andy about how he didn’t mean to kill katie, how awful he feels
the max king road parallel–the way robert breaks down like, “you killed mum!” showing he’s harboring all this pain from his childhood to this day, like?? he ain’t getting over shit, man, this dude feels shit deeply and holds on tight. it’s sooooooo canon.
it’s sort of a consistent theme that robert cares deeply but the people around him don’t notice/care/whatever else. this goes way back to before Ryan Hawley’s Robert Sugden–most memorable for me the brief return he had for his father’s funeral where he just hung around in the background and refused to speak to anyone, but he had to be there for his dad–and vic complains that robert is so rude not to show up, but she’s wrong… you know… they just get it wrong but the audience knows the truth.