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“Everyone thinks we’re dating.” Simon randomly announced in the middle of of his and Jace’s second weekly movie nights.

Jace hit the pause button on the remote and gave Simon a quizzical look. “And?”

“That doesn’t bother you?”


Simon stared at Jace. “It doesn’t?”

“Why would it?” Jace asked, raising an eyebrow. “I mean… aren’t we?”


“Aren’t we dating?” Jace repeated. “I mean, this is a date, right?”

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3 times simon flirts with jace in serious situations + 1 time jace gives it a try by hexicity 

‘“Well–well you should come to the library. With me. So that we–so that I could check you out.”There’s a brief silence during which Jace considers opening the car door and letting the demons have him for dinner, but Simon’s sudden bursting laugh halts any and all thoughts.“Dude.” Simon heaves between laughs, wiping at his eyes. “Oh, Jace, that was so bad. Oh man, oh Jace. Oh no.”’

worlds apart by banesexual 

‘highschool AU where Simon is the biggest nerd for space and the guys on the football team like to tease him, except for Jace Lightwood: captain and star quarterback who thinks it’s super cute.

slight misunderstandings by madzielightbane

‘jace and simon reflect on their feelings about why neither of them seemed affected by simon drinking jace’s blood as vampire’s usually have much more significant an effect on people.’

the obi-wan for me by the_magnificentbane

‘Jace never thought he’d be grateful to be forced to work on the day of the new Star Wars’ film’s release, all because Alec decided to cash in one of his favors so he could go on a date with that guy from last week, but turns out working instead of watching the movie wasn’t too bad.’

he’s got something special by rocketshiptospace

‘“I’m in love,” Simon declares, as he joins his friends at their table in the library.“Groundbreaking news,” Raphael deadpans, “Really, I’m shocked. This is too much. I can’t handle the pure surprise that comes with this revelation. I had never expected this. Next you’re going to tell me you’re in love with Jace, of all people. Then my mind will truly be blown.”Or, Simon is in love with Jace. He hates Christian Ozera, a famous singer. It’s a lot more complicated than it sounds.’

call it magic by rocketshiptospace

‘The cutting boards are at it again. Or, well, they are fine for most of the morning, until Jace comes in and they start circling around his middle like they’re trying to sacrifice him to the food gods. Or something. At least they aren’t chanting anything.“Just one normal day,” Jace says, “Just one day I want to come in here and be like ‘Hi Simon, here’s your delivery!’ and that’s it. Just once.”“You and me both,” Maia says, eyeing one of the cutting boards currently circling Jace. It’s holding a half chopped tomato she had been working on.“It’s charming,” Simon says, with the voice of someone who has had to repeat that exact phrase way too many times. “It adds character.”Or, Simon owns a sandwich shop with a haunted kitchen. Jace delivers his bread.’

only fools by rocketshiptospace

‘Jace looks conflicted now and Simon places a reassuring hand on his shoulder. “I know what you’re thinking: ‘Simon Lewis, what does he know about dating?’ Well, from experience, very little. But I’ve been friends with Clary all my life, and on top of that I’ve watched enough rom-coms to be able to confidently call myself an expert. You’ll be successfully dating Clary before you can even say ‘Simon you’re an idiot’. Trust me.”or, Simon convinces himself Jace is into Clary, and like the Amazing Best Friend that he is, tries to teach Jace how to properly wine and dine her. It doesn’t really go as planned.’

youremarvelous ha respondido a tu publicación “re: fanfic tropes: oh crap! there are fanfics of us…”

thank you Chris for sending them a fluffy coffee shop au to start with. Viktor goes on a fanfiction reading binge until Yuuri has to cut him off when he cries over a cheating fic. Yuuri makes a (not so secret) account and writes the infamous “Viktor does the dishes” fic that has garnered 5k kudos and 2k bookmarks

Viktor Nikiforov ✔ @v_nikiforov
I absolutely cannot believe some people

Viktor Nikiforov ✔ @v_nikiforov
I would never cheat on yuuri!

Viktor Nikiforov ✔ @v_nikiforov
he is the love of my life HE IS MY LIFE

Viktor Nikiforov ✔ @v_nikiforov
do people think so little of me???

Viktor Nikiforov ✔ @v_nikiforov
what have I ever done to make them think I’d do something like

Viktor Nikiforov ✔ @v_nikiforov
he could never take the trash out again and I’d still love him

Viktor Nikiforov ✔ @v_nikiforov

Yuri Plisetsky ✔ @yuri_plisetsky
@v_nikiforov @katsuki_y what the hell is going on right now

Katsuki Yuuri ✔ @katsuki_y
@v_nikiforov Please come out of the bathroom and stop reading fanfiction wow

Katsuki Yuuri ✔ @katsuki_y
@christophe_gc This is all your fault

nerddaydreamer18  asked:

Hi @ohtze! I love your Star Wars meta & am particularly intrigued by "Death and the Maiden." Do you have any book recommendations to learn more about literary tropes? Also, what are some of your favorite books of all time? Thanks!!

Re tropes: nothing off the top of my head that I would personally recommend. It always tends to be talked about as part of a larger body of work, rather than the main topic? I’d definitely read anything on archetypal literary criticism, though.

Honestly if you’re looking for an easy-to-use, tropes-all-in-one-place compendium, works. It’s not classical archetype-oriented, but it’s a great introduction to modern/pop-cultural artifacts.

Favorite books of all time (genre is in brackets):

  • The Darkangel Trilogy, by Meredith Ann Pierce (dark science fantasy/tragic romance, sO GOOD OH GOD I THIRST I CRAVE SO FORMATIVE ON MY MIND I’M SHAKING)
  • The Silver Metal Lover, by Tanith Lee (dark science fantasy, robot fucking everywhere)
  • Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien (epic fantasy, Elves Making Stupid Decisions™)
  • Dune, by Frank Herbert (science fantasy, #my aesthetic)
  • The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov (science fiction, excellent world-building, terrible female characters. Like, all three of them. In a story spanning hundreds of thousands of years)
  • Memory, Sorrow & Thorn Trilogy by Tad Williams (epic fantasy, precursor to the “Game of Thrones” style of fantasy. If you’re looking for a nice mix between Tolkien and G.R.R. Martin, this is it)
  • Lady of the Forest, by Jennifer Roberson (historical romance, retelling of the Robin Hood and Maid Marian legend. Shameless fluff, but well written)
  • Flowers in the Attic, by V.C. Andrews (”family drama.” Incest. Incest everywhere)
  • The Chalice and the Blade, by Glenna Mcreynolds (pornographic historical romance. High-key medieval smut between former-male-escort-turned-Danish-sorcerer and Welsh magical-girl-destined-to-do-the-deed-on-the-Wild-Hunt. I shit you not)
  • This vampire novel set in Toronto, Ontario that was really good but for the life of me I can’t remember the name, it’s been ages

There’s more, but I’m forgetting the names. It’ll come to me eventually.


                     so you’re saying your feelings for me -

                                                             they’re real, skye. they always have been.

skyeward week day 1: favourite episode
↳ nothing personal

Fic Rec:  Under My Skin by @poetgirl925

“ AU Skyeward. As a specialist, Grant Ward values control and order in his missions. But when he’s paired for a long term undercover op with Skye, a former Rising Tide hacker he previously butted heads with, his infamous control is tested. Posing as a newly engaged couple, they’re wary partners in a mission that could prove fatal if they can’t learn to trust each other. ”

I want LGBTQIAP immortality to become a trope.

Literal immortality. It would be the best way to bury the Bury Your Gays trope. So to get the ball rolling, I thought of a few story ideas:

  • A rom-com bout a trans woman and a goddess who fall in love. The goddess’ family isn’t happy about her falling in love with a mortal, so she makes the woman a goddess herself.
  • Adventure story about a gay PhD candidate who is collecting oral history as part of his research and stumbles onto the key to finding the Fountain of Youth.
  • A bisexual nb person and an aroace woman who are qp partners and who also happen to be immortals tasked with guarding the secret to the philosopher’s stone.
  • Pansexual cyborg interstellar Robin Hood whose enhancements include nanobots that prevent aging and illness and repair even the gravest of injuries. The galactic government want to catch the person both for their crimes and their tech.
  • Polysexual person becomes trusted adviser to fairy royalty and is rewarded with immortality.
  • Intersex lawyer pulls a “The Devil and Daniel Webster” and saves a client from a Faustian bargain. The angels are so impressed they make them heaven’s lawyer.
The Strange Case of Starship Iris (Podcast) - TV Tropes
The Strange Case of Starship Iris is a sci fi/mystery/comedy/thriller radio drama set in the year 2189, after Earth narrowly won a war against extraterrestrials. It follows biologist Violet Liu, the only surviving crewmember of the science vessel …

HEY so starship iris has a TV tropes page now, which automatically makes us a thousand times more legit than we were 24 hours ago, when we did not have a TV tropes page. i may have done a happy flailing dance. you should definitely check it out.

(also, and i’m not suggesting anything, but there’s lots of room to add to it. you know. if you needed a reason to give the show a re-listen.)

Okay now that I’m on the subject I’m gonna rant about it.

I’ll preface this with that I love Voltron. I love it so much. I think it’s a super fun and clever show and that Tumblr has placed such ridiculous expectations on it in some aspects that it’s no wonder people are somewhat disappointed. I think this was a great season and I had a fun time watching it. But that being said…

Voltron treated a lot of its characters like tropes this season.

I’m going to fall back on an old quote from Alex Hirsch to start this because it really spoke to me when I first read it.

The important bit here? “I try not to pigeonhole these characters into “ONE TYPE.” They lose their humanity if you do that.”

Pidge, Hunk, and Lance all got shoved into tropes this season. Lance and Hunk’s treatments seem particularly worse just because they were shoved into “comic relief” tropes, but Pidge wasn’t treated too great either. Just look at what each of them does this season:

Pidge: Techno Babble. Boy, does she do a lot of it. There’s some sort of problem? Well, Pidge is SMURT, send her! And make sure she talks about it quickly and unintelligibly to show the audience that she’s so smart. Make sure someone, usually Lance, replies with an “IN ENGLISH?

This trope exists to establish one character is smart and it CAN be effective… But not if you’ve pre established that the others are smart too. Hunk is the mechanic. Hunk is not an idiot. He should be able to follow at least a few of Pidge’s ramblings. Hell, most of them were super easy to follow! (Especially the hypothesis one, that was completely unnecessary). See this post for discussion on how easy it would be to fix this trope from the Hunk/Lance side of the equation.

It’s honestly not even fair to Pidge to reduce her down to that. More on this in a bit.

Lance: Flirting and dumb jokes. I don’t even have to link to a trope because they’re that basic. Lance (when he has screen time this season) is basically going to be the one to make a pass at a woman when he doesn’t have to or to make an irreverent comment the whole team just looks at him for. 

Sure, it can be funny. Sure, you’ve written his character to be such. But this can’t be the ONLY ASPECT YOU SHOW THE AUDIENCE. Give them good moments outside of that “one time they do something cool to show the audience he isn’t a complete idiot.” I’ll get back to Lance in a minute.

Hunk: Food jokes. This poor guy. 90% of the time in this season, someone will say something and Hunk will relate it to food and mention how hungry he is. Not mentioning the harm of giving the fat character the food trope, let’s just go with the idea that it’s a part of his character. Fine. But there are still right and wrong ways to pull this off and the irony here is that Voltron does both in the span of a single season. 
Right: Baking cookies to calm down and clear your mind. Taking over the mall food court to make people happy. Both of these things are positive uses of Hunk’s canonical love of food that make sense in the situation and even add to his character. Neither are played strictly for laughs.
Wrong: “What are you guys thinking about?” “Zarko-” “CALZONES. What? I’m hungry.” (The OTHER irony is Voltron has pulled off this interrupting with irreverent stuff well with Hunk before with the whole sporks thing. That pulled it off SO MUCH BETTER and was honestly one of the funniest things in season one. This was so forced and so stupidly written)

I think the reason Voltron falls into this is because its main cast is HUGE. Seven characters total. Six if we don’t count Coran, because honestly I don’t see him getting a character arc at any point (which I can accept because seven is just too many characters to give equal attention to). But still. Six. For comparison? The original main cast of Gravity Falls was three. Steven Universe started with four. 

You know the whole “modern cartoons season one is fun times and season two is ENTER THE APOCALYPSE”? There’s an important reason for that. You need time to develop your characters. You need time to give them moments to shine and let the audience get to know them. That way, when plot stuff happens, they all have reasons to act the way they do. Voltron season one was IMMEDIATELY overly plot heavy, and the characters suffered for it.

The way Voltron chooses to show us its characters strengths and flaws is through character arcs. Pidge goes through one in season one where we find out about her past and her motivations. It was great! Created a three-dimensional character! Hunk has one in season one where he discovers what it really means to fight and why they’re all out here. He wants to protect the Balmerans more than anyone else and sees why Voltron is needed. Great writing! 

Yet the writers seem to have forgotten this! There’s no point to a character arc unless you keep that growth and have the characters act on it from that point on. Take my other main complaint with this season: how Galra Keith was treated. It was built up amazingly and had a fantastic episode for its reveal.

And then… nothing. We didn’t see Keith react to it much, we didn’t see him tell the team (and man, that would have been a GREAT scene), and I’m afraid it’s just going to be written off next season as a plot point. Is he going to have trouble accepting it? Is he going to want to talk to the others about it every now and then? Is Hunk joking about it really helping him normalize it for himself? Or are the writers just going to make it “okay now Keith can open doors and shit?” I hope with the reveal of Altean Haggar we’re going to get some cool parallels and character moments, but I don’t know.

Point being, Voltron writes these great arcs but then re-tropes their characters when they’re done with them, which is sloppy writing. It’s mainly because there are so many characters that it’s tough to give them all great moments in every episode. Which I get it! I get that you can’t let them all shine every episode! Occasionally someone should step back and be a bit more trope-ish for the sake of keeping a good flow in an episode. But not all the time, and certainly not because that character has already had a complete character arc and “had their moment.” 

Lance is heavily hinted at getting an arc next season about his self-doubt, which will be amazing. But this isn’t enough. The show must remember its character growth and keep it with the characters. 

Characters are more than just their most prominent trait.