Here’s a really long list of a ton of the more simple/generic AU’s I’ve seen floating around. I made this list for personal reference and figured having so many all in one place might be helpful to others, too. I tried my best to alphabetize but I can’t promise it’s entirely correct. Hope you enjoy!
-1920’s -1920’s con artist -1940’s noir -1960’s -3DS friends -6 weeks to live
-A Walk to Remember -Accidentally falls asleep on stranger -Accidentally hugging stranger thinking they’re someone else -Accidentally read their journal -Accidentally swapped items and have to return it -Accidentally take each other’s bags -Action hero -Addicts -Adventure -Affair -Afterlife -Airport -Airport bar -Aladdin -Alchemists Alice in Wonderland -Alpha/beta/omega -Alternate history -Amnesia -Ancient Egypt -Ancient mediterraneans -Ancient orientals -Ancient slavs -Android and human -Animal -Angel -Antique shop -Apocalypse -Archaeologists -Architect -Around the world -Arranged marriage -Arthurian era -Artist -Assassins -Asylum -Author and fan
-Babysitter -Back in time -Bakery -Band/musician -Bank robbers -Bar -Barista(s) -Battle of the bands -Bayside -Beach -Beauty and the Beast -Childhood friends reunited -Big Brother -Blind -Blind date -Boarding school -Bonnie and Clyde -Book club -Bookshop -Borrow payphone money -Both cosplay same character at con -Both stood up for blind dates -Break up -Bride Wars -Brothel -Bucket list -Butler
-Camp counselors -Camping -Carnival -Castaways -Catfish -Catfish uncoverer -Celebrity -Centaur -Changeling -Charmed -Cheerleading -Childhood companions -Cinderella -Circus -Civil war (American or otherwise) -Civilian and agent -Clubbing -Coffeeshop -College -College roommates -Comic artist and assistant -Conartists -Cop/detective -Costars in a movie -Cowboy -Craigslist meetup -Crashed their car -Crime spree -Criminal -Criminals on the run -Cruel Intentions -Cruise ship -Cursed -Cyber date -Cyberpunk -Cyborg
-Death race -Demon -Demon and angel -Detective -Deserted island -Destructive relationship -Disneyworld cosplayers -Dinosaurs -Disturbia -Doctor(s) -Doctor and patient -Doctor Who -Dog walker -Domestic -Dragon -Dream -Drug smugglers -Drunk calling the wrong person -Drunk texting a stranger -During war
-Edwardian era -Egyptologists -Elements (earth, water, fire, air) -Elf -Elizabethan era -Enchanted -English class -Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind -Eternal winter -Explorers (any time period)
-Fair -Fairy -Fairytale -Fake family -Faking It -Family doctor -Famous and fan -Farm -FBI -Festival -Fight Club -First time -Flower Shop -Forbidden romance -Foreign exchange program -Forest -Fortune cookie -Fortune teller and customer -Found their dog -Found their phone number in a library book -Fraternity -Freakshow -Friends with benefits -Fugitive -Futuristic -Futuristic resistance
-Game of life and death -Game of Thrones -Game show -Gang -Garden -Gardening -Gay for pay -Genderbend -Genderswap -Genie -Gets into a cab to find someone already in it -Gets lost at airport -Girl/guy next door -Ghibli movie -Ghost Adventures -Ghosts in love -Go to the same support group -Gods/demigods -Government spy -Greek God and Roman counterpart -Gypsy
-Hair stylist/makeup artist and actor/model -Halloween -Halloween party -Haunted -Haunted house -Have to take pictures for photography project -Heaven vs. Hell -Help moving -Heroes -Hidden talents -High class thieves -High School -High School reunion -High School teachers -Hiking -Hipster -Hitchhiker -Hitman -Hogwarts -Homeless -Horseback riding -Horror -Host/hostess and customer -Hostage -Hotel staff and guest -Hotel workers -Huge blizzard and only one hotel room left -Hunger Games -Hush Hush
-Jane Austen story -Journalists -Jurassic Park -Jury -Just keep running into each other everywhere -Juvie
-Kidnapping/ransom -Kindergarten teacher -Kiss bet -Kissogram -Kitsune
-Lab partners -Labyrinth -Laundromat -Law firm -Librarian -Library -Life guard -Little mermaid/merman -Looking for Alaska -Lose virginity bet -Lost -Lost at sea -Love triangle
-Mafia -Magic -Maid -Mailman and person who receives a lot of mail -Makeover -Marriage -Marriage contract -Masseuse -Masquerade -Mechanic -Medieval -Med school -Meet in diner at 2am -Mental hospital -Mermaid/merman/merfolk -Met at Comicon -Met on Tumblr -Met through online rpg -Military -Military school -Mindreader -Mirror world -Mistaken identity -Missed the same flight -Model -Modern royalty -Modern Tangled -Monster hunters -Monsters -Mortal Instruments -Movie rental shop -Movie star -Movie theater job -Murder mystery -Music bar -Music conservatory -Music teacher -Musician and fan -Mythology
-Nanny -Neolithic/tribal -New guy/girl -New Orleans -New neighbors -Nightmare on Elm Street Nuclear apocalypse -Nurse(s) -Nurse and patient Nursing home -Nymph
-Ocean -Office -Once Upon a Time -One’s blind and falls in love with the other’s voice -On of them is turned into a child -On opposite sides of a war - POW or spying -Orchestra player/pianist and concertgoer -Out walking their dog who starts chasing another person’s dog
-Pacific Rim -Paired together during an ice breaker -Pandemic apocalypse -Paralysis -Paramedics -Parenting -Park -Partners in crime (literally) -Partners in dance class -Past lives -Patients in mental hospital -Patients in same hospital ward -Pen pals -Personal trainer -Peter Pan -Pet runs away and other person finds it -Phantom of the Opera -Phone sex worker -Photographer -Photographer and model -Pilots -Pirate -Pirate and mermaid -Pixie -Poetry class -Pokemon -Police -Porn star -Poses nude for art students -Pretty Little Liars -Prisoner and guard -Prisoners/escaped prisoners -Private detective and client -Private investigator -Prohibition era -Project partners -Prom -Protester and police -Prostitute/escort -Public demonstrations -Punk rock
-Ranch -Reality TV show -Rebels against the government -Rebellion -Rehab -Reincarnation -Restaurant -Reunited -Rich family and servants -Riding the same bus -Riding the same bus multiple times -Rivals -Roadtrip -Roadtrip, serial killer -Roller derby -Robot -Roommates -Royalty and servant -Runaway royalty and confused commoner -Runaways -Running late for the same flight
-Sailor and mercreature -Sandman -SAW -Scavenger hunt -Scifi -Scream -Screenwriter and director -Sculptor -Selkie -Serial killer -Servant -Sex pact -Sex shop -Sex shop owner -Sex tape -Sex worker -Seven deadly sins -Shakespeare play -Share same layover -Sharing an umbrella -Siblings -Siblings best friend -Sits next to each other at an orchestra -Sits next to each other in theater -Sits next to each other on turbulent flight -Sitting by same wall plug -Skateboarder(s) -Skipping school -Slayer(s) -Sleepwalker -Sleepwalker in college dorm -Small town -Snowboarder(s) -Snowball fight, hits passerby -Snowhite and the Huntsman -Soldiers on opposing sides -‘Sorry about stealing your wallet last year, no I wasn’t drunk’ -Soul mates -Soulless -Space pirates -Space travel -Spartacus -gladiators or freed slaves against the Roman army -Specialty shop -Spectrumswap -Spin the bottle -Spring break -Stage magician and audience participant -Stardust -Step-siblings -Stranded -Steampunk -Strip club -Stripper -Struggling artists -Student and teacher -Study abroad -Stuffed animal becomes a person -Sucked into a video game -Suddenly become disabled/handicap -Suddenly caught in the rain -Summer job -Summer school -Superhero -Supernatural -Supernatural hunters -Superpowers -Surfing -Survivor
-Tailor and customer -Taken hostage at bank robbery -Tattoos and piercings -Tattoo parlor -Teacher and student -Ten Inch Hero -Terminal illness -The Breakfast Club -The Labyrinth -The one that got away -The Princess Diaries -The Vow -Theme park -Theme park mascots -Theme park workers -Theater -Therapist and patient -Therapist and patient in mental institution -Thieves on the run -Time traveler -Titanic -Tourist -Train ride -Translator -Trapped in an elevator -Trapped on a deserted island together -Treasure hunting -Triplets -Tutor and student -TV host -Twins
-Undercover lovers -Undercover stripper -Underwear model -Underworld -vampires vs lycans -Use someone’s charger -Use someone’s hotspot
-Vacation -Vampire -Veronica Mars -Vikings -Violinist(s) -Virtual world
-Waiter(s) -Wake up together in Vegas -Wedding -Werecat -Werewolves -What Happens in Vegas -White House -Wild West -Witch trials -Wizard AU where one accidentally apparates into the wrong house -World War II -Writer and editor -Wrong bag
spent the last few days scribbling ideas for a couple of characters i’ve had floating around my head for a lil while
this is bonnie, she’s one of a pair of characters i’ve been scribbling recently she has a lot of money and a fleet of robot butlers and servants at her disposal she’s also a bit short tempered and very strongly bound to her principles but obviously the important bit’s the money >:]
From Invader Poonchy: Zim screaming (and pretty much crying) after thinking something horrible had happened to Gir.
Yep, I rest my case; Zim is capable of genuinely caring for others beside himself. He cares A LOT about Gir. He’s the closest thing he’s got to a companion. Have you seen the bug when he just wants to talk? He’s not a people person, but he’ll talk to strangers if he can’t keep his feelings to himself anymore.
When you’re alone, you have no one to share your thoughts with. You’re just stuck with yourself, pondering about what you did today, that ugly dress the neighbor lady wore, that thing some person did that spited you… No one’s gonna talk to you about what’s on the news, or ask you how your day’s been. And if you find one person remotely interested in what you have to say, you’ll probably end up blabbing too much because you rarely have the opportunity to talk at all. That’s Zim; when he tells a random boy what Dib did to him, when he talks to that guy on Foodcourtia, he just vomits out all the pent up frustrations of the day onto random strangers who could care less. It’s a one-sided, intimate conversation where one person’s confused while the other’s just rambling on about their personal problems.
And then the Tallest give him Gir, a little robot servant. Something that’s supposed to obey his every command and make his life easier. Turns out it’s got a bit more personality than other SIR units (a trashy one, but still), and it pretty much does the opposite of what it’s supposed to do. And what does he do? He keeps it anyway. He has casual conversations with it, watches TV with it, eats it’s waffles (even after he’s sick), spoils it with tacos and cookies… You could say he keeps Gir because it was given to him by the Tallest, but what about the genuinely concerned screaming you just heard? What about Zim promising the moon to Gir, or being worried about “poor Gir”, or feeling bad for making Gir cry and having an amazing amount of patience towards him?
In short, Zim see’s Gir as a companion, something he needs, but doesn’t completely get from Gir (it’s sadly a one sided relationship), thus why he still vents to strangers. He basically has only one friend/best friend, after that there’s nothing to take Gir’s place. Not even Minimoose could replace Gir. And while he still has his invader
mien to hold up, he still cares for that little robot more than he let’s on.
Hello! I decided to make this list in case anyone needed a new TV show to watch! My recs are going to go from favorite to least favorite (although some are so close that they are basically tied) Just so you all remember, also, these are just my opinions of the shows and you may not agree with me, and I’m sorry if I rec a show that you absolutely hate, because that was not my intention!
So yes, my all time favorite show is not Teen Wolf. Lost is just such an amazing tv series, and I wish they were still making seasons! It is a completed show with I think 5 seasons? This TV series is about a plane that crashes on a strange island. It’s full of mystery with some comedy and action and it is just really good. It follows the stories of all the different people who were on the plane, and this show is so mysterious that by the end you may still have questions.
If you like shows such as: Twin Peaks, Dexter, The X-Files, Stranger Things etc. this show might be something you’d enjoy!
2. Teen Wolf
So even though in my opinion Teen Wolf has gone downhill, I honestly believe this show, particularly the earlier seasons, is really great. It’s romantic, it’s funny, and it has werewolves in it. It also may be a little cheesy, especially in the first season, but I don’t mind personally.
If you like shows such as: Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, Shannara Chronicles, True Blood, etc. this might be a show for you!
So this one is pretty much tied with Teen Wolf (honestly it should probably be above it but oh well) So the thing I love about this show is the comedy and mystery! There are twists and turns and it’s entertaining and interesting and all the actors do an amazing job! The fandom can be toxic, though, just a fair warning. But honestly it really is a great show that I can not praise enough because I spent hours binge watching this and squealing about it and it is so deep and has plot twists and it’s just amazing! Yeah.
If you likes shows such as: Breaking Bad, Fargo, Elementary, Person of Interest, Black Mirror, Mr. Robot, etc, this show could be something you’d enjoy!
So this is a thriller show that is very dark and has very mature, disturbing parts sometimes. But, it also has some comedy and honestly it is just an amazing preformance and story. Obviously, this is similar to the movie Fargo, but it continues on with another season, and a 3rd season is supposed to come out sometime this year! All of the actors are just so talented. The main character in season one is actually Martin Freeman, and in season 2 one of the main characters is Kirsten Dunst. Also, this show has seemingly different seasons that all connect. It is just so amazing like honestly I could probably put this one 1st or 2nd but it is kind of disturbing.
If you like shows such as: Sherlock, Lost, Breaking Bad, Narcos, Mr. Robot, True Detective, etc. then try out this show!
5. A Series of Unfortunate Events
If you haven’t heard of it, this series is a Netflix series based off of books. Many people may recall the movie, and I can say that the tv series is very different in many ways that make me prefer it much more to the movie. Firstly, Neil Patrick Harris does an amazing job portraying Count Olaf (the main bad guy). This TV series is meant to be kind of cheesy with a dark, creepy undertone. Also, it is full of mysteries! I really love how they’ve changed it and the casting in my opinion is much better! So far, the 1st season is the only one out, but I have no doubt that there will be more.
If you like shows such as: Dexter, The X-Files, Psych, Veronica Mars, etc. you should watch this show!
6. The Flash
So this show is obviously about the superhero the Flash. The things I really enjoy about this is the action and the plots for each season. The first season especially is my favorite. Seriously though this show is super entertaining and interesting and has a great diverse cast!
If you like shows such as: Arrow, Heroes, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, etc. you should watch this show!
7. The Office
If you’ve never seen the office, this is a comedy show with romance too! It is extremely funny, thus having it be my top comedy show! It has 9 seasons, so you’ll have tons of episodes to watch, and it’s all on Netflix and finished filming! Seriously if you have not watched this show and you love comedies, WATCH IT!
If you like shows such as: Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, How I Met Your Mother, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, etc. watch this show!
8. Parks and Rec
It’s so hard to choose between the Office and Parks and Rec. They are both super hilarious! Parks and Rec is also about the workplace, the people at Parks and Recreation. It has amazing characters and development and jokes and I love it! Plus, it is all finished and has a ton of seasons to enjoy! (7)!
If you like shows such as: The Office, Big Bang Theory, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Last Man on Earth, etc. then this show is for you!
9. Stranger Things
So, if you haven’t already heard about this show, this is basically the popular Netflix original that a lot of people are talking about! It reminds me of the movie E.T., just more modernized. It follows the story of a boy who goes missing, but it’s more than meets the eye. It is a supernatural/thriller show and honestly I thought it would be cheesy, but it’s not! It’s actually really interesting and spooky and mysterious and cute and I like it quite a bit! They only have 1 season so far, but they are releasing a new season this year!
If you like shows such as: Lost, X-Files, Supernatural, Teen Wolf, etc. you should try out this show!
If you haven’t heard of it, this is a newish show about this woman who is found and has no memory and tattoos all over her body. The FBI works to figure out who put them there and why. First of all, the plot is interesting, there is a ton of action and a little mystery and drama and romance. It really is entertaining and I just really enjoy the overall thrill of this show!
If you likes shows such as : CSI, Lost, The Blacklist, Criminal Minds, The Flash, How to Get Away With Murder, etc., then you definitely need to try out this show!!!
11. The Last Man on Earth
Honestly I’m surprised this one is not higher up on my list!!! It is so hilarious and I think it just gets better with each season, in my personal opinion. It’s the story of the (seemingly) last man on earth after being wiped out from a virus! It is just so funny and has some thriller/mystery elements, actually!! It gets serious sometimes and it is just so perfect.
If you likes shows such as: Parks and Rec, The Office, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Brooklyn 99, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, etc. you should totally try watching this show!
12. Wayward Pines
This show is about a strange town with secrets. It’s a mystery/thriller/supernatural show, and it’s really good, but also kinda strange. In my opinion, I enjoyed the 2nd season more than the 1st, but a lot of people disagree, so you’d have to watch it to decide for yourself! They currently only have 2 seasons, but I think they’re making a third? Anyways but if you like tons of mystery and thrills and stuff you’d probably like this show!
If you like shows such as: Twin Peaks, Stranger Things, Under the Dome, Bones, etc., you might want to give this show a try!
So this is a mini series (I think 6 or 8 episodes total?) and it’s based off of the novel 11.22.63 by Stephen King. Basically, it’s about a guy who goes back in time to try to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy. So it is kinda historical but I mean it’s still time travel soooo. I would call it a myster/thriller mostly, with some history of course. (If you haven’t been able to tell yet, myster/thriller is my FAVORITE genre)
If you like shows such as: Under the Dome, Westworld, Sense 8, etc., you should check this show out!
14. Steven Universe
Okay first of all yes I know this is a cartoon but IT IS SO MASTERFULLY MADE LIKE OH MY GOD. It deals with stereotypes and has lesbian relationships and it is adorable and interesting and the plot is actually so intriguing as it gets more into the show. Watching the first episodes, or maybe even the first half of the first season, it seems really cheesy and annoying but honestly it gets so deep and amazing. It’s about a boy named Steven who is half human and ‘half gem’ and he lives with this rebel group of gems called the crystal gems and it’s all about their trials and it probably sounds stupid to you if you’ve never seen it but I swear to you, in my opinion, it is one of the best cartoons I’ve ever watched.
If you like shows such as: Adventure Time, Gravity Falls, etc., then watch this show!!!
So this last one was really tough because honestly there are a lot of other TV Shows that I like but this show is really interesting. It is about these robots who are like servants to the humans, but there are some ‘rebels’ or whatever you would call them who have human emotions and it’s about trying to find one of the synths who has been taken by a family and I mean I enjoyed it personally but it is about robots so you have to be into that kind of show.
If you likes shows such as: Wayward Pines, Stranger Things, Westworld, Black Mirror, etc. you should try out this show!
Hi! I'm really interested in seeing Human Cas as the end of his arc, and I've seen that you have one or two opinions really cool about that too so I was wondering if you would elaborate what you think of it?
Hi! Man, that is one complicated question! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to talk about it - this is going to be a bit long and quite possibly overly nerdy, so I apologize in advance.
First of all - as @thejabberwock said last week, the idea that Cas needs to become human in order to complete some kind of character development or be worthy of a human’s love or whatever else is slightly horrifying.
Interestingly, this whole theme - supernatural creatures giving up their identity to find love - is not some old mythology trope, because in Western mythology and folklore, love between a human and a supernatural creature simply doesn’t work, and there’s no way around it. On the one end of the spectrum, you’ve got your god/human relationships, and there what happens is generally a) human spies on god’s true form, dies horribly, b) god tries to do something nice for human, kills him horribly in freak accident, c) god’s friend gets jealous, human dies horribly, d) human gets pregnant, dies horribly, e) human has a lick of sense, turns down god, is raped or turns into a tree, or f) love story is disregarded because the important bit is that a hero is born, and behold. On the other end of the spectrum, you get your selkie/fae storylines, and I keep seeing posts on tumblr like Don’t hide your selkie’s pelt, #trust and #respect, and I’m sure OP means well, but that’s plain bullshit. The whole point of those stories is that you can’t change your fundamental nature, and those creatures may love a human for a time, but ultimately they belong in their own realm and that’s sad and heartbreaking, but also how the world works. So, if a selkie finds her pelt, she will desert her family even if she truly loves her human husband (and often she does: that’s the tragedy); if you sleep with a sidhe, she’ll probably come back as a pregnant doe and deliver a human baby for you and then fuck off, because she can’t help it; and in the rare cases (I know only of one) where a fae is actively trying to deny the call of the wild to be with you, well, you’ll fuck it up, because that’s what humans do (and plese, do ask me about it - that story is too long for this post but is also the best story EVER). So, well - traditionally, this stuff doesn’t work, but I’m not sure it has to do with racism and cautionary tales - after all, there are plenty of stories about men marrying princess ‘from beyond the sea’ and whatever - I think we simply know in our bones that when it comes to the divine, we’re outgunned and we should be very careful - and sticking your dick into something that’s been alive for five centuries is not a good way of being careful.
So, long and winding introduction aside - if a supernatural creature giving up their immortality to be with their human lover is not a mythology trope, where the hell does it come from?
Well - in part, it comes from the other part of our humanity: fairy tales. Now, unlike myths, fairy tales are more about teaching good behaviour than God and the afterlife, and what tends to happen there is that men are pushed to become more of what they are, while women are invited to become less of what they are (just as it happens in real life). In fairy tales, men leave their houses and their countries, pretend to be noblemen, make use of magical objects, lie through their teeth, fight outsized opponents and ultimately end up with a title and a bride. Women, on the other hand, generally keep their eyes down, accept shitty gifts gratefully, clean when they’re told to, and put others first. Giving up a piece of yourself in order to belong - that’s not what gods do; it’s what women do, and this propaganda has been so successful that we all live like that, mostly without even realizing it - we accept that our life is ours (sort of) only until we become mothers or wives; and then we put aside our own ambitions and focus on our husband’s and kids’. In this sense, it is telling that a selkie - a creature of folklore and myth - will go back to the sea and fuck you very much, but the girl who lived in an apple (an old fairy tale from Bologna), like many of her fruity friends, is freed from the enchantment when she’s eighteen - and she promptly marries the prince who’d been obsessing over the mysterious hottie who came out of his fruit bowl every night.
It’s also important to stress, however, that traditional fairy tales are only partly at fault for our selfish asses wanting angels and selkies to drop everything and cook us dinner every night: much of the blame (if not all, let’s be honest) is on Andersen’s The Little Mermaid- where, let’s not forget about it, what the mermaid wants is not only love, but also an immortal soul and access to the Christian Heaven - stuff monsters like her don’t have. And, well - I think in time Andersen’s tales came to be seen as some universal thing, when in reality they were very personal nightmares of Andersen himself - a tortured, unhappy, repressed bisexual man who’d been abused in his childhood and presumably tried to get past his own inability to have a fulfilling emotional and sexual life by writing overly grotesque and decidely anti-women stories.
(We all know about The Little Mermaid, but another highlight would be Red Shoes, in which a selfish girl who has the nerve to go to Mass wearing red shoes finds they are enchanted and can’t stop dancing until her feet are chopped off with an axe; charmingly, the heroine is named after Andersen’s half-sister.)
If we consider this precedent, I think what @thejabberwock said is spot-on: for Cas, becoming human includes some element of self-mutilation: just like the little mermaid had to give up her voice and her family, Cas would lose something irreplaceable by choosing to leave Heaven behind. And also - narratively, that choice would frame him as ‘the woman in the relationship’ once and for all, because male heroes just don’t do this stuff; and that, in my opinion, would be a huge loss. What I find so fascinating about Dean and Cas slowly falling for each other is the careful balance of traditional gender roles and how neither character is boxed in; how Dean, our muscle car and hard rock hero, is often pushed into what would be the woman’s role - only he’s not pushed at all, but walks there willingy, and that’s plain spectacular.
That said, the SPN universe chose to frame the opposition between humans and non humans has been framed in a slightly different way from traditional storytelling - even if the narrative isn’t always coherent.
aka a list of things I want to read, some of which I can’t be bothered to write because I have too many projects already
disclaimer because i know someone is going to complain: this is my personal wishlist that i’m sharing to help inspire some story ideas so if something you want is absent from this list then make your own damn list and remind yourself that i am not a robot servant who caters to your every want
An accurate portrayal of a banshee
Gay and bi male characters who have strong friendships and emotional connections with other men without being attracted to them/in love with them (half of this is dependent on how fans (especially female fans) interpret the relationship)
Medieval fantasy inspired by the Gaels, i.e. the actual Gaels, not the crap you see in the “Celtic” tag on tumblr
Slavic-inspired medieval fantasy
Related to #3, I’d like to see tanistry in medieval fantasy because I’m sick of primogeniture-based conflicts
Something with ancient Carthage
A hunter-gatherer population with ascribed status, i.e. people are born into different social classes (this is uncommon for nomadic, foraging populations)
More detailed world building, e.g. people choosing the more expensive yet less functional/weaker material to build their house because it reflects that they have money, or gardens in a dry/desert environment being a sign of status and wealth
Masculine gay male characters who don’t [insert super-feminine thing here] in one scene so that the writer can introduce some comic relief/prove to the audience that he really is gay
Straight male characters who are feminine
Lgbt+ characters who are apathetic about being lgbt+
Gay/bi male characters who don’t have any love interests/romantic subplots
Welsh-based names in a fantasy that are actually Welsh-based and not just English names or keyboard smashes with excess Ys and DDs and Ws and Fs.
A male witch in a contemporary setting who isn’t dark and mysterious and who doesn’t have to be feminine to believably engage in something typically associated with women
True gray morality. I want to be fighting myself over which side I agree with. Every side should have really good and really bad reasons for doing what they’re going. They should have both positive and negative consequences if they reach their goal. All sides should have characters we love and characters we hate. No character should be wholly or mostly “good” or “evil”. All of their reasons, their goals, their actions, and their consequences should differ and should have both negative and positive effects.
I want the “chosen one” to lose. Badly. I want them to get their ass kicked and I don’t want them to have a comeback.
A fight to the death where the reader desperately wants both characters to live. And none of this “oh, we found a way for both of them to live!” crap. I want someone dead.
I need some antagonists that I actually hate. Like Umbridge. Or Delilah (Dishonored). Or Joffrey.
Overweight male characters WHO AREN’T SUPER TALL.
I want the Hagrids and the McGonagalls and the Mr and Mrs Weasleys of the world to betray the protagonist. Give me that character who is obviously trustworthy and rip my heart out.
I need fantasy worlds to give actual names to places. “The Great Sea” and “The Dark Forest” and “The Central River” and “West Plains” and “Southwestia” are crap names. I know that there are some places in our world that are actually called stuff like this, but when you’re writing fantasy you have every chance in the world to come up with something better.
Why is everyone always late to something at the start of a story? Stop being late. Wake up earlier. If your little brother is holding you back then say “sucks for you” and go on without him.
Your grandfather’s sword is rusty and dull and the pommel fell off. Just let it die. Just get a new sword. A better sword.
I want a protagonist who has already left home. They’re not on an adventure yet or anything. They’re just “in between” places right now. Or maybe they just like to always be on the move. Or maybe they’re a hunter and only have temporary homes.
Dwarves without beards and elves without pointy ears.
I want the protagonist to upgrade as they get better at whatever it is they do. Sure, there’s sentimental value in The First Sword or The First Horse, but there are better things out there. Longer-lasting things. Play some video games and take a damn hint.
Good, detailed world building. I want the world to feel real yet unfamiliar.
Worlds that exist with little context. They just are. They’re just magical, nonsensical places that still seem to make sense by themselves.
Put the magic back in fantasy. I want rare magical plants with glowing sap within the stem that hardens and shatters into a few precious gems. I want these gems to have a 10% chance of granting a small wish before turning into a rainbow diamond and a 90% chance of exploding into a pinch of orange dust that, once you’ve gathered enough, can be used in a healing cream.
Fat characters who aren’t dumb/evil/killed off immediately/portrayed as pathetic losers.
I want things to change within the story. I don’t want them to be magically resurrected.restored because the author can’t seem to let go.
YA that takes place during a long school break, like summer break or winter break, so that nothing takes place during school.
Flip the trend: male characters use stealth/non-violence to settle conflicts, women use violence.
Guaranteed Obedience, Learned Helplessness & the Power of Aversive Motivators
Practically all of horsblr should know my stance on the fear based training techniques promoted by Clinton Anderson by now. I try to dedicate at least some time each week to answering questions related to ethical training practices and methods of training. I try to make it a mission of mine to give the average horse enthusiast at least some sort “learning theory” education in the hopes of slowly helping people make a transition from purely traditional training to a style based more on rewards, even if its just a little bit at a time. I too am still learning and growing.
I usually try to be decently optimistic about the current trends in the industry. Clicker training is a growing phenomenon, big name clinicians have expressed interest in the clicker, and many folks are discussing the 4 quadrants and their place in the training regime. Clicker training is taking social media by storm and I’ve seen more of the “big” instagram accounts begin to openly advertise their clicker based methods or clicker trained behaviors, thereby lessening the stigma against the practice…
IZ Issue #17 Discussion - Part 2: “Selfish Human!”
O.K, let’s start off with the fact that this issue begins with Zim dressed as a Girly Ranger, cute dress and all. Why isn’t this part one? How dare you question my arbitrary way of doing things!
I just love how good Zim is at fitting into certain circles. He’s such a good Girly Ranger that he already knows the “Girly Ranger 73 Rules of Conduct.” What a dedicated noodle.
Anyway, let’s talk about the reason Zim’s there in the first place:
This is in response to Dib saying: “To think I was just moments away from exposing you for the evil space-horror you really are!”
Can we take a moment to appreciate the irony of Zim calling Dib out for being selfish? If you’ve followed me long enough, you might recall what I’ve said in my Abducted Review about Zim being quick to call others out on faults he himself may have (the pot calls the kettle black). This is called psychological projection, and Zim does it a lot. It’s part of his character, he tends to defend himself against his “not very good” qualities by denying that they exist, and attributing them to others. Denial is one of this fascinating little snot’s way of coping with the fact that he’s… not as great as he’d like to be…
Anyway, Zim is actually right… kinda. It depends on how much Dib actually cares about his fellow humans in contrast to the glory he’d get if he actually succeeds in exposing Zim (the comic hints that his child-like mind is still simple enough to want to shower in that glory and be what every kid dreams of being: a hero). But that doesn’t change the fact that Zim was actually being self-less in this case. Let me remind you that this isn’t the first time Zim has been masquerading as a Girly Ranger. He was so close to stealing another box FOR GIR. He just called DIB out on being selfish for whining about not getting to bust his cover to the Girly Rangers, while he dressed up as a little girl, integrated himself into the group, and memorized their 73 rules of conduct, all to spoil Gir with a box of cookies so that he could keep him clean.
What was that about Zim being unable to care about others beside himself? To say that Zim is completely self-absorbed would be a flanderization of his complex character.
So let’s end this with the fact that Zim’s method of getting his robot servant to obey him is by spoiling him. He’s like a frustrated parent, trying to bribe his kid with their favorite cookies so he can finally wash their clothes. Ain’t that sweet?
The room was made of cold metal, no windows to the outside world to be seen. Inside the vast room were rows upon rows of capsules, each containing a red, icosahedron jewel suspended in midair. All except for one, which held a figure almost indistinguishable in the dim lighting. Approaching this capsule was the mastermind behind the mass-production of these jewels: Dr. Eggman.
“Oh, Sonic. How I hate him.” he found himself grumbling. “And all of that loathing has been focused into this invincible instrument of destruction!” he motioned to the figure in the capsule, his voice rising into a triumphant shout as he continued. “Every defeat, every humiliation at the hedgehog’s hands will be returned a thousand fold by my unstoppable creation!” With a low chuckle, he pushed aside one of his servant robots to take a better look at the figure he referred as his ultimate masterpiece.
“This is my dream come true,” he said quietly. His voice rose once again, his constant change in tone displaying a man trying to keep his manic ecstasy in check and continuously failing. “With this, I can expand my Eggman Empire across the globe and take over the world!” With that declaration, he erupted into laughter. He truly seemed mad to anyone watching; in this case, his two servant robots, dubbed Orbot and Cubot, the former of which decided to speak up.
“I must say, you really outdid yourself this time, boss!” he exclaimed. “I wasn’t sure you would be able to find a use for him after that stunt he pulled, but you surpassed all expectations!”
“Yeah, the boss really means business this time!” Cubot piped up. Eggman paused his laughter in order to respond, although he ignored Cubot’s comment entirely.
“Oh, he’s going to be plenty useful,” he chuckled softly. “Now, let’s go for a test run, shall we?”
Jack’s pretty sure he hasn’t cleaned his own sheets in his life.
At least, not very recently—when you have an automatic bedmaker and several robotic servants tending to the general upkeep of your penthouse, you tend to not think about those kind of mundane tasks. So when Rhys strips the sheets and comforters off the bed and gives the robot maids a break, trundling towards the laundry room with his arms so full of bedding Jack’s not sure if he can see where he’s going, the alpha is a bit confused.
“What’s the big deal, pumpkin? You gotta laundry fetish or something?” Jack teases as Rhys shoves the sheets and blankets into the all-in-one washer and dryer, material fitting easily into the kind of massive, state-of-the-art machine one would reasonably expect from someone of Jack’s wealth. A coy, eager smile plays on Rhys’ lips as he turns it on, leaving the machine humming and trembling slightly as he nudges Jack out of the room.
But Jack still doesn’t get the excitement when the machine’s timer goes off, sending a quaint chime throughout the penthouse that has Rhys’ racing to it with an eager pep in his step. He doesn’t get it when Rhys runs to the bedroom and quickly tucks the sheets into the bed, before lumping the comforters on top and diving inside.
“Oooooh my gooood,” Rhys practically moans, his voice muffled by the thick layers of bedding as he cuddles up inside the belly of the comforters. Jack shakes his head, sniffing at the smell of fresh cotton and flowery detergent he can pick out amongst Rhys’ own scent.
“Hmm, so, about that laundry fetish…”
Rhys’ head pops out from the ample folds of the comforters, his hair tousled and cheeks a happy pink.
“It’s so nice and warm, guess you don’t get it,” Rhys scoffs, blowing up a loose strand of hair, “alpha.”
“Pffft, whatever kiddo, I’m tempted to get in there just to show you this isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.” Rhys’ eyebrows raised in a challenge, eventually prompting a dismissive Jack to crawl atop the bed, flouting all the way until he was wrapped up alongside Rhys.
The blankets were like a wonderfully warm hug, softness blooming all around his body, the fresh scent filling his nose and making him feel docile as a snipped bullymong. Despite slight annoyance at Rhys’ knowing look, he let out a pleased chuff, rubbing his nose into the delightfully warm bedding.
“It’s nice, isn’t it?” The teasing smile on Rhys’ lips was just begging to get pecked off. Jack let out an affable grunt as he kissed him, snaking his arm around the omega’s waist as the fresh warmth melted him into a cuddly mess.
That class thing you just posted is really cool and informative!! If u could do one of those 4 maids eventually that'd be super duper cool :D thnx for posting great content!
A Maid maintains their aspect or maintains with their aspect
Jane Crocker - Maid of Life
Aradia Megido - Maid of Time
Porrim Maryam - Maid of Space
To be a Maid is to struggle with your aspect, and when your job is to maintain and ensure its success, it can be tricky to help your session in a substantial way. Nonetheless, Maids are some of the most powerful and important people in Paradox Space.
The verb associated with Maids is “maintain”. Maids in the real world are associated with cleaning, upkeep, and maintenance. Their job is to ensure that whatever they’re in charge of continues to exist, and this matches what we know about Maids very well. The most obvious example is Aradia, who spent her time as a ghost/robot as a servant of Time to keep the timeline going as it should and became the keeper of the dead when she ascended. Since death and endings are key motifs of Time, it makes sense that she’d care for the dead and keep the dreambubbles - the ultimate ending for any doomed version of a player - safe and pleasant.
Despite being the keepers of their aspect, Maids often have trouble coming to terms with it and accepting it.
- Jane, the Maid of Life, has trouble being optimistic and growing past her cautious pessimism prior to entering the game.
- Aradia, the Maid of Time, begins her life carefree with little regard for the timeline before being violently murdered.
- Porrim, the Maid of Space, refuses to be the caretaker and maternal figure her caste demanded of her and rejects that part of her.
In each case, the Maids struggle to come to terms with their aspect and allowing themselves to be a part of it. In the cases of Jane and Porrim, it’s clear that they have trouble seeing themselves putting themselves into their aspect. From Aranea’s exposition stand in Openbound, we know that she challenged the roles assigned to her by her place as a jade blood on Beforus. She resented what she was supposed to be even through her session. The Dancestors made practically no progress on their Genesis Frog for this very reason: she refused to be anyone’s Space player.
Jane followed a similar yet slightly less extreme pattern. Before her game started, she wanted to follow her life’s design with little exception (wanting to be the Heiress to Crockercorp, all changes through the order that follows). She was rarely optimistic and refused to look outside of the box at her situation (dismissing Roxy and not believing her, Dirk, or Calliope until the day of the game). Even the structure of her minigame as you explore her planet, the rigid Myst style look at the Land of Crypts and Helium, follows Doom’s order and rigidity rather than Life’s open nature.
Aradia follows this pattern as well, but in the opposite manner. Before that grave FLARP session that shattered Tavros’s spine, blew off Vriska’s arm/eye, blinded Terezi, and killed her, Aradia had few ties to Time. She could hear the dead and she had an interest in archaeology (two admittedly major connections), but her actions were relatively reflected by her happy and cheerful demeanor. After she died, however, she plummeted into her connection with Time at a terrifying rate. She became fatalistic, depressed, focused on imminent destruction and obsessed with the preservation of the timeline. The hundreds upon hundreds of Aradiabots only help to connect these traits.
This all links to show that being a Maid means to try and balance both your aspect and its inverse. Jane struggled with Doom and Life, Porrim with Time and Space, and Aradia with Space and Time. But over the course of their individual adventures, each of them managed to find that balance.
- Shortly after the Trickster incident and being forcibly shown the opposite side of her personality, Jane became a fully realized Maid of Life, allowing her to assist her friends and become a valuable asset to the final battle as well as a successful entrepreneur in Universe C.
- Once given back her emotions, personality, life, and the such after the last Aradiabot exploded, Aradia was fully realized as a Maid of Time and became the gleeful guide for the recently deceased in the dreambubbles.
- Porrim and the other Dancestors were never fully realized, but once given an eternity to reflect on her life, she realized the benefits of being a Maid of Space and was able to help Kanaya to better herself as a Sylph of Space and a rainbow drinker.
Finding a balance in your life is never easy, especially when you’re also spending your time surviving a deadly and difficult game for the survival of your species. But that is the challenge all Maids must face, and to succeed is to find and maintain that balance not only in your own life, but also in your group, your planet, and your session as a whole.
(also thank you so much! next will be the rage aspect, followed by the seer class!)
Frankly we as a species deserve to have robots kill us anyway so i welcome the robot apocolypse! It’ll probably come from shitheads treating robots with consciousness as servants/inanimate objects, and in which case i applaud the robots for murdering them