So I like to think a lot about how the five paladins all have their associated elements but Coran and Allura don’t seem to, and, as a result, I’ve been kind of ascribing elements to them on my own time.
Allura’s is pretty straightforwards, considering the incredible shows of fluorescence related to her power, and while she wears deep blue and pink, both colors that have been “hers” in the past, VLD Allura’s character color, as indicated heavily in her clothes, her hair, and the Castle that is pretty much her Lion, is white.
I think that Allura’s element is light, and it really fits- with the implicit divinity, the ethereal aesthetics. She’s the team’s guiding light (as a leader) and also their beacon of hope (the entire team cannot go on without her, and times where it seems like she’s taken out of the picture have been the grimmest moments the team has faced)
Allura also explores concepts of enlightenment, empowerment, and a sense of a higher cause. However, she’s also explored sensitively as just one person trying to carry that higher force. At her strongest moments, she is radiant, in tune with higher forces, able to evoke outright miraculous reversals of a situation- at her lower moments, she’s scared, isolated, a tiny match in an incredibly bleak situation. Just one person, young, vulnerable, and not completely sure of what she’s doing at all.
Allura’s the one who, talking to the paladins, suggests that it was the hand of destiny that brought them to her. Fate and such things are often believed to be foretold by the stars, and the main system Allura uses to control the castle manifests as a starfield that she’s able to control.
Again using ATLA allusions, I think Allura is a bit of an avatar figure, not linked to any of the Lion elements specifically but kind of… uniting them, in a fashion. And Shiro, her co-leader, is coincidentally someone who’s sky motif specifically features the night sky, or the depths of space: surrounded by stars.
But then I got onto the subject of Coran, and, stumbled across a surprising, but, fitting, element for him:
I think Coran’s element is darkness.
Compared to the other members of the team, Coran wears rather dark clothes despite the white and blue highlights- his ‘unique’ color seems to be a deep blue-black distinct from Shiro’s gray-black.
And the easiest way to sum up Coran is, he’s kind of the consummate support figure. Unlike all the other members, he never has his own vehicle- but he’s there as support to Allura, trying to make everything run smoothly behind the scenes almost singlehandedly. And “behind the scenes” is pretty much where Coran lives- if Allura and the paladins are all actors, Coran is a terrifyingly effective one-man stage crew.
Light and darkness are seen as archetypal enemies, but, in Voltron’s rhetoric, just because elements are traditionally “opposed” means nothing for their actual relationship, Keith and Lance, fire and ice, squabble occasionally but at their best slot together into an incredibly effective team. Coran, as the oldest and most experienced member of the team, would be the most secured in his element.
If Allura’s symbol is light- anything placed close to a bright light will cast a very long, deep shadow. Light and darkness are very close to each other and interact closely in the real, practical world, even though fiction tends to turn them into polar opposites that war with one another.
Coran disappears. He moves in the background. The rare times we see him out on missions so far he’s employed obfuscation and disguise tactics, as well as sudden ambushes. Factoring in the comic stories, he also successfully faked being held hostage convincingly enough to fool all the paladins.
honestly ya got me. she was always pretty scummy, she was incredibly islamophobic, transphobic, and (if im remembering right) racist even at her Peak Feminist stage. she was really big in 2011/2012 but seemed to lose her following after she kept being ugly and evil, and now she seems to be making a comeback after having been “redpilled” - which, if yall remember the red pill subreddit, basically means shes openly embracing being the devil incarnate as opposed to continuing to act like shes a Woke Feminist Kween™.
its not shocking at all. like not in the least. she was a piece of garbage then and shes a piece of garbage now. basically her “revealing” that shes now an anti-sjw is exactly the same as finding out that the overtly racist, transmisogynist, evil garbage can radfem celestia went on to openly become a nazi. as she stated very eloquently in her “”“reveal””” (air quotes) article - “to the radical feminists (read: laci green) - you are closer to me than you think you are”
celestia may be beelzebub in the flesh but thats a fact. radfems are basically one rung on the ladder away from just being open nazis and laci green is no fucking exception
tl;dr laci green used to pretend to be a Woke Bae™, but now shes no longer pretending and is showing everyone openly that she is a garbage human being and also a “red piller” (lmao)
i dont mind. we'll live in a old spooky castle and deck it out with awesome sensory stuff and secret passages and little rooms and cubbyholes and there'll be a bridge leading to a treehouse with great wifi signal
have an air of confidence that others are attracted to and appreciate. their independence is admirable
when they really like someone, they can become quite shy in how they pursue them (but usually, an aries being ‘lowkey’ is… pretty noticeable)
suffer from incredible mood swings when things aren’t going their way – tendency to become self destructive
they use harsh sarcasm a lot and even when they know they’ve crossed a line, they’re too stubborn to admit it
so highly in tune with their surroundings (people, nature, etc.) they feel a great deal of empathy for their environment and it affects them strongly
they take the time to practice, which a lot of other signs don’t have the patience for
have a hard time finding out what they deserve, but when they realize they’re worth something amazing they become empowered
love to feel comfortable and secure, but can rely too much on other people for those things. lack independence when it comes to their emotions
their cold demeanor isn’t intentional, they care a lot and face a lot of insecurities. they just don’t like to show that vulnerability
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ as a human being
getting called out for a lack of emotional availability isn’t uncommon for a gemini, they are intellectual communicators and it takes a while until they can set a comfortable space to discuss feelings
they’ll completely lose themselves in the brief moment that emotions break free and resort to blaming others, using cruel language, and hiding themselves
they give great first impressions: calm and collected on the outside but an emotional wreck on the inside
super loyal to their friends and partners, they are overwhelmed with affection that it is easier for them to physically express their feelings rather than verbally
have a tendency to replicate rather than create
the more intense a situation is, the more a cancer lowkey lives for it, and they attract a lot of drama into their lives
attracts popularity and attention. yes, they crave it, but it comes to them so naturally anyway
can go from the sweetest person to meanest within seconds when they’ve been crossed.
will question why everyone else can’t be like them and see their opinions as facts, making them so set on the idea that everything must go their way
promotes self love to everyone when they’re really judgmental about themselves and others
they are capable of being friends with any kind of person that appeals to them, they are genuinely nice to people
doesn’t get why everyone is mad but is easily irritated by the smallest things
portrayed as a neurotic sign, but never actually looks at the consequences of what they’re really doing
easily neglectful towards close ones. it’s unintentional, but it happens
have a beauty that they can’t always see, but others recognize it and are drawn to it
actually very independent and puts theirs needs first, it never seems like it because they don’t want a selfish reputation, so they’re good at concealing these intentions
falls in love easier than the other signs but also has commitment issues and oftentimes lacks guts to initiate anything. they rely on their fantasies for sanity.
may be indecisive, but to them, they are looking at the whole situation from every angle and sees valid points in all of them. they like to think that their opinions are current and relevant to that moment rather than contradictory
develop a sense of humor that makes them become the life of the party, it’s cynical but it’s funny because it’s true
humble about their talents and as judgmental as they seem, they realize that at the end of the day we are all human
are very invested in the lives of others and likes to analyze them, but are secretive of their own life and rarely even tell the people closest to them of their secrets
their possessiveness comes out in their relationships, and nobody sees that side except their partner or their children (they can be overly controlling in this way)
full of creative ideas but lacks the initiative to pursue them most times, often needing the stimulation from others whether it be one person or one hundred
ever-changing beings, they have a lot of mystique to them that attracts others but they never pick up the hint that people adore them
quite hypocritical. will call you out on your wrong-doings but won’t reflect on their own behavior – complain about stubbornness but don’t see they are too
it can be hard to tell whether they’re 100% receptive but they are actually very attentive, they just never show it in their facial expressions or body language
their art is the most breathtaking, no matter the medium. it’s ahead of their time and truly original
they have a cool exterior that makes them appear as slightly arrogant, but only the people closest to them are exposed to their softer side and insecurities.
feels a great deal of discontent. they don’t enjoy being alone and prefer to have someone around, even if they’re not talking, but just for the company. otherwise, they drown in their thoughts
can be emotionally manipulative. they can victimize themselves completely out of context and use it as a method to gain attention
easy to talk to, know a lot about things but don’t usually flaunt it. they understand the bigger picture
aren’t much of humanitarians as they’re portrayed since they don’t connect with people on a personal level. they lack fulfillment but don’t make the effort to reach out.
close relationships for an aquarius are usually not as deep as close relationships for other signs. very flighty and very detached.
lacks empathy and will use emotion as a tool to delude others when necessary. they’ll give the commitment only when they mean it but they are not emotional beings.
are easily inspired and take the time to research their interests
they lowkey live for drama and almost use it as a tool to keep themselves grounded rather than plain old self-care
the sign that dwells the most on their past. within first few minutes of conversation with them, they’ll bring up a bad experience as they are very sentimental of their roots
they blame personal problems on other people and punish them for it
What do you think about Ariana grande and the charity concert
I think it’s fucking incredible that not even 2 weeks after that happened, she managed to organise the whole thing. I think it’s incredible that every bit of money that is made is going to help the families of those who died and the victims that survived but not without significant pain and suffering. I think it’s pretty incredible that she was apparently in hysterics and inconsolable for nearly 24 hours after it happened, but she came back to the city it happened in to give something good to those people. I think it’s incredible to see the support of so many other artists for the people of Manchester. I think it’s the best thing that could have happened honestly. They wanted us scared, they wanted us to be scared to do what we love, that’s why they targeted the place they targeted. And instead we’ve put on an even bigger show, brought even more people together, spread love and support and acceptance. It’s the most beautiful show of support and the best fuck you to everything the people that plan these attacks stand for.
Before this all happened, I didn’t really pay Ariana any attention, and I wasn’t a fan of her music. But after all of this, and the grace and poise and class that she’s responded to this situation with, I have nothing but respect for her.
“Chris Pine was a rare and special casting. We wanted a man
who was the true parallel to Diana. A giant spirit who is the kind of man one
aspires to be, but isn’t afraid to be complex and leave room for and even
compliment another. He is the kind of man women want to believe is out there.
He’s also one of the best actors I’ve ever worked with.”
“He is so skilled, wonderful and funny. He’s such a
talented guy. He came alive in this environment where he genuinely experienced
the dynamic. He actually brought a performance that is so stunning to this film
because he did something so tricky where he brought all the comic relief. Chris
has those skills to call upon him when we needed it. We were able to go
somewhere pretty incredible with him.”
“I cannot believe how perfect Chris was, from the moment we
thought of him to the moment he played every second in this movie. Chris is one
of the most talented actors I’ve ever worked with in my life. But also, he’s a
real man, very comfortable with his masculinity, so much so that he’s not
sexiest at all. He completely takes other people on their own face value and is
willing to leave space for them, and as a result he’s the perfect boyfriend for
Wonder Woman because it’s someone who could actually look at her and admire her
and appreciate her and it didn’t take anything away from him. And then he just
made us all laugh all the time.”
“Chris is such a gift to this movie because he gave integrity
to Steve Trevor. Steve Trevor is intrinsic to her story line. So, we needed to
find the perfect guy. Chris is so honorable, hilarious and charming.”
So, a week or so ago I made a post about wanting to learn about Finn’s parentage. Naturally, as with seemingly most posts about Finn that get more than a hundred notes a couple of comments were posted that derailed my post from its original intent.
Sure, some were worse than others, but even the ones that might have been posted with no ill intent still held a similar message: Finn doesn’t need to learn about his parents.
Let’s just ignore the fact that this fandom has been borderline obsessed with Rey’s parentage for over a year now and at no point have I seen anyone say that she doesn’t need to know who her parents are because “She found family in Finn” or whatever because that bit of hypocrisy is a discussion for another post.
No, what this post is going to be about has more to do with why I want Finn to learn about his parents after I got yet another person pleading the case for why Finn doesn’t need parents on that post. Because it actually goes just a bit deeper for me then just wanting Finn to have blood relatives of his own.
You see…I’m black. African American specifically, and like many people who are a part of the African diaspora I don’t know exactly where my ancestors originally hailed from. I don’t know what their culture was like, what religions they practiced, the languages they spoke etc. And being disconnected from that part of my heritage has always kinda left me with a hurt feeling in my chest.
Now let me be clear for a moment and say that black people aren’t a monolith so this thing that I’m describing is not something every black person has experienced or can relate to. I’m just talking about my experiences. But anyway back to my point. Finn getting a chance to meet his parent(s) is more than just him getting reconnected with his blood relatives.
Because if/when Finn meets his parents is the moment he gets to learn about what planet he’s from. What his planet’s culture is like, what language they speak, how they view or practice the Force and a number of other things and experiences that Finn will get a chance to reconnect to.
Finn reconnecting with his planet and his culture after getting ripped away from it when he was young and forced to assimilate into an oppressive and abusive regime would be pretty incredible to see and that’s why Finn meeting his parents is so important to me.
I’m sure your comments on how Finn doesn’t need parents and that Rey and Poe are his family now have good intentions, but they really aren’t needed.
Did you really convince little Steve Rogers that the fireworks on the fourth of July were for his birthday?
that was the handiwork of one mrs sara rogers, who used to take her little asthmatic arrhythmic tiny baby son on the roof to watch the fireworks on his birthday. (mostly so that they didnt have to be in the apartment with steves dad, who had shellshock which he medicated with waaaay too much alcohol, and he was always worse on the fourth, since it sounded like there were explosions going off everywhere. steves dad died when he was three, and my ma said once that mrs rogers might have missed him, but she didnt miss the bruises he left.)
as it happened, that was how i first met steve–on the roof of the building when i was four and he was turning one. i actually remember it, which is pretty incredible considering how old i was and how swiss-cheese my brain is. but there was mrs sara, with her tiny little baby on her hip. i’d never seen anybody so fair-skinned and blonde as mrs sara and stevie, and the lights off the fireworks painted them all sorts of colors. most of the other little kids were crying and had to be brought inside because the noise scared them, but not baby stevie–he was reaching his little bitty baby hands up, trying to grab the sparkly fireworks. probably the noise didnt bother him because he was partially deaf, but mrs sara always insisted that it was just that he had more courage than could fit inside him.
generally, she also mentioned that all that courage had taken up the space where his common sense was supposed to be.
when steve was three, he said his favorite color was america–by which he meant red, white, and blue, because that was the colors for his birthday, and everyone always celebrated with him.
even after mrs sara died, us barneses kept up the fireworks story, and i passed it on to the howlies eventually.
i dont know how old steve was when he figured out that the whole city wasnt just throwing him a huge birthday celebration, but im sure that if you asked him, he’d still insist the fireworks were for him.
whatever PR schmuck decided to name him captain america probably had no idea how accurate a name it was.
This theory was originally developed by derekscorner and revised last night. I delve into the theory a little bit myself and came up with something pretty incredible. Again, most of this theory is in credit to derekscorner. All I’ve done is branch it out a little more. You can read the original post along with what I came up with here.
Kingdom Hearts is never entirely clear on how it’s universe works. The only trustworthy information you can get is spoken by characters in cut scenes, usually rather vague and said with symbolism, or it’s hidden somewhere in the “Reports” you recover throughout all of the games.
Because of this, the game can constantly flex it’s rules to bring about more scenarios and fix discrepancies it might have had in the past. But assuming, with the release 1.5+2.5 for the PS4, all of those discrepancies were fixed and the game is official, theories about this game will now become all the more relevant. And sensible.
Most things in Kingdom Hearts can be explained away in a rather convoluted essay. However, there are still select few scenarios that fans can’t seem to tackle because it wouldn’t make sense for how the game’s universe operates. One of these leading scenarios is the issue of bringing the lost Nobodies back into existence. I’m talking about Roxas, Naminé, and Xion.
jessicamarcia requested: Jungkook + Idol/Fan AU Pairing: Jungkook | Reader Genre: Fluff Word Count: 17,378 Author’s Note: Tbh I had some apprehension about this request because an idea I stumbled upon that just kept coming back to me was directly from this fantasy I kept about having about what would happen if I ever meet Jungkook and how and this just feels very personal to me as a result. Regardless, I decided to share because I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t decide to contribute my pain to the fandom.
ALSO, sentences in italics are being spoken in Korean.
Summary: You never understood the gravity of your position as an intern working Kcon until you fall for one of your favorite idols, Jeon Jungkook—quite literally too.
Sometimes you think you have a lot of mixed feelings when it comes to your job.
On one hand, it’s a pretty incredible opportunity, one that you acknowledge not a lot of people get to experience first hand: which is working as an intern in the event operations department for Kcon—the annual Korean convention in which big Kpop groups will travel around the world to bring their music and their joy to the international fanbase. For someone who never actually had the means and the ability to make the trip as an audience member of your own accord, it’s fascinating to witness the back-the-scenes sight of how much effort and how much time goes into planning and organizing an event of this scale.
And because Kcon it in of itself is half a convention and half a concert, there were always many people needed to cover the different subsections of the event, which is where your role as an intern came into play. Given that there were two interns in the department of organizing the physicality of the event, you were put on the team mainly in charge of organizing the convention while the other intern assisted with scheduling of the talents and making sure the performances would go by smoothly.
But on the other end of that spectrum, working with vendors really allows you to see how many people handle responsibility and deadlines and it makes you want to pull the hair out of your roots. You like to think of yourself as a fairly reasonable person, giving a vendor 24 hours to respond to emails at the latest before having to resort to more emails and phone call—but this is absolutely ridiculous.