season 1 is about her bending

Voltron/Avatar AU

Okay, okay, okay, so I know this has been done a million times by now, but I wanted to tackle the idea from my own personal narrative perspective. So, here we go –


 Characters:

 Shiro – Gifted earthbender that was raised inside Ba Sing Se and was being trained as a member of the Dai Li before he was abducted by firebenders and taken prisoner. His abduction was a result of a plan by the Fire Nation to secretly infiltrate the Earth Kingdom and take down its most gifted benders. Before he was realized as being talented and brought in to train for the Dai Li, he lived in the lower ring of the city with Keith, who’d he’d long since adopted as a younger brother. They found out during their youth, however, that Keith was a firebender, which Shiro told Keith had to be kept secret. He encouraged Keith to learn his talents nonetheless, if only for self-defense. After he’s kidnapped, he loses his arm and his tortured, etc, and eventually develops metalbending out of sheer desperation to escape. Metalbending is what allowed him to create and use a metal arm as replacement for the one he lost. He eventually gets away—after learning that the Dai Li has been corrupted and secretly overtaken by firebenders—and goes back to the city to find Keith. But when he returns to Ba Sing Se, he comes home to find that Keith is gone and clearly has been for some time.

 Keith – Firebender. A very good firebender, in fact, but too ashamed of his talents to really do much with them. He grew up with Shiro in the lower ring of Ba Sing Se—basically poor—and grows so distressed when Shiro disappears that he lashes out at the Ba Sing Se law enforcers. His status as a firebender is revealed and he has no choice but to flee the city. He’d planned on leaving anyway to go looking for Shiro, and so it becomes his mission to find his older brother—even if he has to search the entire world. Unbeknownst to Keith, however, he was tossed out of the Fire Nation palace as a baby because he was an unwanted bastard son to the Fire Lord. Also, spoilers, he’s the Avatar as well, but is unaware of the fact due to how subdued he’s been forced to keep his talents his whole life. Lots of drama for Keith, haha. Poor child just wants his brother back. Oh well.  

 Lance – Waterbender from the Northern Water Tribe. Prince, though he’s nowhere near being in line to become chief. Still, there are plenty of responsibilities he has, but he decides to run away in search of adventure instead, wanting—more than anything—to be a hero and stand out, basically. He’s had this plan since he was a child—was his dream to see the world—and so he spent a lot of time not only mastering waterbending, but the spiritual connection and teachings of the Northern Water Tribe, as well as healing despite the fact that, as a male, he wouldn’t normally know how to heal. Though he wasn’t the most gifted waterbender, he spent most of his youth studying and practicing in preparation for his big leap out into the world. As a result of being a healer and having studied the spirits extensively, he’s very knowledgeable, but generally keeps these things to himself (wants to be a lady’s man, not a nerd, basically). He is a bit spoiled nonetheless, and doesn’t have a real realistic idea of what’s going on in the world. He and Keith are both opposites and foils as a result of their upbringing and positions.

 Pidge – Waterbender from the Foggy Swamp Tribe. Her father was an inventor from the Earth Kingdom, however, who found himself studying the energy levels of the swamp area before meeting her mother and promptly falling in love. Her brother and father are earthbenders, while she and her mother are waterbenders. And while she is trained in the techniques of swamp people waterbending, Pidge is far more interested in technology and the things her father studies. Her father and brother make regular trips into the earth kingdom—for research supplies, etc—and eventually end up abducted by the Fire Nation for being meddlers or something. Which inspires Pidge to leave her home in search of them, determined to rescue them much like Keith is aiming to rescue Shiro. She isn’t one to be trifled with, however. While she doesn’t have much interest in bending, she is trained and is more than capable of defending herself, as well as using the plants around her to her advantage. She and Lance practice very different types of waterbending as a result, but this doesn’t come between them or anything. They probably bond over it, actually.  

 Hunk – Earthbender. He’s from a small village to the north that is occupied by the Fire Nation and generally has no interest in getting involved with business outside of it. However, when Lance shows up and causes a ruckus (no doubt by accident), he gets caught up in it and ends up wanted by the fire nation and unable to return home because, if he did, he’d be putting his family in danger (they’re already in danger from the Fire Nation, but Hunk is kind of sheltered and naïve). So he ends up tagging along with Lance, deciding that he’d simply go to the Fire Nation higher ups and explain the misunderstanding, thus clearing his name and allowing him to go home. Obviously, he learns that this isn’t really going to work and that the conflict is much larger than he and Lance really realized. Upon seeing how people are suffering because of the Fire Nation, Hunk vows to do all he can to stop it.

 Allura and Coran – The last two airbenders in the world. They were originally part of a secret society that—after the airbenders were basically destroyed—vowed to find the new avatar (who was murdered during the airbender raids) and return balance to the world. However, the society has basically died out and so Allura and Coran are all that’s left. They’re still going around the world, searching, but to say the mission has kind of become hopeless is a bit of an understatement. Still, they’re determined, convinced that if they can find the Avatar, they can stop the Fire Nation.

Story:

 And so we have our misfit team of heroes whose paths eventually cross. Lance and Hunk come together first, and then probably end up with Pidge as a result of trying to help her (likely when she doesn’t need help), before those three maybe meet Keith in a prison where he’s searching for Shiro (they’re there because Pidge is looking for her family in the same place). Meanwhile, Shiro is hunting for Keith, knowing more about him than he realizes (Shiro knows Keith is the avatar, which is half the reason he was so protective over him. He probably saw him accidentally bend earth or something, but then lied and said he’d done it instead). He meets up with Allura and Coran, and as they have a shared interest in finding the avatar, they team up. Likely the two teams meet up as the finale of season 1 or something, where it’s revealed during a dramatic battle or something that Keith is the avatar before they all make a break for it.

 Hunk and Shiro end up as Keith’s earthbending teachers, Allura is his airbending teacher, and Lance is his waterbending teacher (though neither are happy about it. Pidge doesn’t really have the knowledge to teach waterbending, or so she claims, though she does end up teaching Keith a thing or two as well). Water ends up being the element Keith has the most trouble with, which of course spurs antagonism between him and Lance. And when it’s revealed that Keith is actually a bastard prince from the fire nation, this makes things between him and Allura rather tense as well. While all this is happening, Lotor is around causing trouble like Azula did and we’re getting a more in-depth look at what Fire Lord Zarkon is really aiming to do. Basically he not only wants to take over the world, but the spirit world as well (which Haggar, his right hand lady and spiritual expert, thinks is silly—he should be content with the normal world, obv). Zarkon is looking for the avatar not to kill them, but to somehow remove the spirit of Raava and merge with it himself. This is becoming increasingly more difficult for him to do, however—especially with Keith getting stronger—and so he learns instead (maybe from the owl library that he forced his way into) about Vaatu being imprisoned and decides to instead merge with that spirit. Which is kind of what brings us to the season 2 finale. Probably the main group has split up because they’re fighting and they all get reunited in the end, where Keith tries to fight Zarkon and fails. And it’s Lance, who maybe shows up last, that uses his knowledge of spirits (which has basically been lost to Allura and Coran, despite them being airbenders) to separate Vaatu from Zarkon before a dark avatar can really be created. But as a result, he, Lance, ends up attached to Vaatu. Why? Because he and Keith were painted as foils for a reason, that’s why.

 So basically Lance is all sorts of fucked up now, and is dealing with some pretty dark shit that Keith has to help him with, which kind of allows a friendship to form between them where there previously hadn’t been one. Through a lot of interaction and development between all the characters, they eventually come to understand that Vaatu being attached to a human is similar to having him imprisoned and that, so long as Lance remains uncorrupted, he should be able to function as a second avatar. After all, it’s about balance in the end, dark and light, yin and yang, and so while Keith and Lance seemingly oppose each other, they also complement each other. Thus Lance is the first Dark Avatar, a new avatar that will be reborn along with the original and will need to be trained in how to master the evil inside them or something like that. He gets to learn all the elements too, but probably isn’t a master by the time we reach the end of season 3, unlike Keith. Meanwhile, Zarkon is pissed and is like, fine, I don’t get an avatar spirit, I’ll create my own and he basically uses secrets taught to him by Haggar to harness raw spirit power for his own gain. Now he’s really dangerous and threatens all the worlds with potential destruction. And yeah, all of team avatar(s) have to work together to stop him!

I can’t decide if I should do a more in-depth outline for this or not. Like, one that reflects the importance of all the other characters, not just Lance and Keith, haha! Because, obv, they’re all crucial. I mean, clearly Shiro needs to have a personal connection to Zarkon, maybe even some kind of connection to the spirit world. And, like, I was thinking of trying to incorporate the lions as spirits of some kind too. I dunno–we’ll see XD

Originally posted by planced

So, if you put Lance down in front of a camera and tell him to talk about anything he wants, he’ll babble about Allura for 3 minutes straight. Relatable.

Honestly, though, I really enjoyed the vlog. Of course Lance wouldn’t talk about his insecurities, and I don’t know why you all expected him to. They manifest in his unconscious mind; he’s only aware of them a little bit, and he doesn’t like to think about them because they make him upset. He wants to talk about things that are easy to talk about, that he likes talking about, so he talks about Allura.

I really am sad that he’s not gonna end up with her, just because he likes her SO much. But it’s extremely obvious that he won’t, even when you don’t factor in what Lauren and Joaquim said. By how much they’ve emphasized that he thinks she likes him back, whether it’s all for show or not, it would be a LITTLE creepy to have her reciprocate, and it wouldn’t allow Lance to mature as a character. I still love and ship All/urance, but yeah, definitely, 100% not gonna happen.

Also, hi, yes, Lance isn’t a word person. That’s been established. I’ve talked before about how much I hate when people bend over backwards to make him secretly a genius in bad circumstances, because guess what? Some people aren’t good at numbers! Some people aren’t good with words! Just because Lance isn’t a math/science person or a poet laureate doesn’t mean he’s not smart in other ways.

We’ve known since season 1 that he likes Allura and fools himself into thinking she likes him back. We’ve know since season 1 that he only starts talking about what’s bothering him when SOMETHING IS ACTIVELY BOTHERING HIM. We’ve known since season 1 that he’s not good at math, that he mixes up his words sometimes. None of what was in the vlog was new information, but it still gave us valuable insight into his frame of mind and what he naturally likes to talk about. If you’re upset by his characterization, then I’m sorry, but you’ve been so wrapped up in his fanon persona that you’ve failed to take into consideration what his canon personality is, and that he’s capable of having negative traits.

anonymous asked:

did you see the turf wars leak with ks talking (not the kiss)

yes i saw them

there were five leaks, here they all are: 1 2 3 4 5. yes i know the artist said not to share them which is exactly why i’m sharing them, that korra hater can seethe

ok so the talking scene

k: remember when we first met, and you took me racecar driving?
a: i remember how terrified you were.
k: was not! anyway… what i remember the most was how relieved i felt.
a: relieved?
k: yeah. my whole life, i was always told i was too wild, too emotional, too intense, but it turned out you could be just as intense as me. i’ve never had anyone in my life who got me the way you do.

what. first of all that’s not when they met, they already knew each other for months at that point. second of all why tf is asami saying korra was terrified. does this look terrified to you

i am SO tired of them propping asami up by tearing korra down. it’s not cute considering asami is thin, light-skinned, and feminine, whereas korra is muscular, dark-skinned, gender-nonconforming. and it’s blatant retconning. 1) korra was in no way scared 2) asami is not, has never been, and will never be as intense as korra 3) korra was not “relieved” in that scene. that’s literally just a lie. the racing scene has always been my favorite korrasami moment because it shows that asami has a side that korra can appreciate. end of story. korra had nothing to be “relieved” about because she already spent the whole season doing what she loves the most, bending, with mako and bolin. that’s where she found her validation, not asami being able to ****ing drive. why would an ability asami has be more important to korra than korra’s own abilities. like they’re literally ERASING the heart of korra’s character to prop up asami. this is literally my worst nightmare of how they would handle korrasami come to life. why couldn’t they just respect what actually happened which is that they only started getting close in book 3 and are only just now starting to be a couple. they don’t have some long romantic history, they barely know each other and it’s up to these comics to create their relationship, not pretend it already exists. WITHOUT erasing how important the pre-book 3 time of korra’s life was. what can i expect though their idea of representation is like 30 seconds of talking to each other in which korra is always apologizing. i just wish they would keep their hands off of book 1.

Shit Danita always says and does in the last 5 seasons:

1. Dracarys

2. How awesome she is

3. Asks how GreyWorm and Missandei’s love life is going

4. How she is barren

5. Burns people alive while having her orgasm face 

6. She only pets Drogon

7. She gives speeches about how she will kill all those who don’t bend the knee

8. She has the “I am better and smarter than you” face when she talks to pretty much everyone

Game of Thrones: An Angry Recap

Season 7 Episode 7: The Dragon and the Wolf

Outside of King’s Landing:

As Dany’s troops are positioning themselves all around King’s Landing, Bronn and Jaime have a deep and meaningful discussion about the construct of masculinity between the conflicting priorities of cocks and what-even-is-the-point-of-not-having-a-cock. Oh, the subtle socio-anthropological nuances of Game of Thrones, more refined each episode.

But back to Dany’s troops! The Unsullied, motionless as ever, stand still as an army of Dothraki rides through their ranks making… scary noises? Where did they pick those up? I’m pretty sure the Dothraki were not yodeling like that in season 1. But, whatever, who cares about continuity? Most characters have been replaced by a caricature of themselves this season, so why not make the Dothraki more foreign and more different? Apparently it’s supposed to make for some good TV instead of, you know, raising a lot of eyebrows and bordering offensiveness.

The real Team Dany, meanwhile, sails into King’s Landing, and we find out that Jon is completely healed! Based on the established timelines, it took him about 10 minutes to heal and put his cothes back on, as this is approximately the time it takes to sail from the North to King’s Landing. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Aaaaaaaaaand our sexist joke counter immediately goes DING! as Tyrion mentions the far superior King’s Landing brothels. I mean… sure. The best brothel in show!universe was undoubtedly Littlefinger’s fine establishment, which is not operating any more, so… someone else must have taken over? And how would Tyrion even know? Has he been to all the brothels? (Okay, he probably has.) Based on the show’s characterization, I’d say the best brothels are in Dorne, but… who cares. Maybe D&D are contractually obligated to mention sex all the time. Or they probably just think it’s worthy of all the Emmys, which, sadly, seems to be the case. Ugh.

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I’m gonna repeat this:

  • With or without the Undercover/Political/Sacrificial Jon theories, I think Jon/Sansa have a high chance of happening because of the personal and political importance/partnership they’ve developed that Jon/Dany or even Jon alone as King cannot solve. Jon will lose the North immediately once the North knows he’s Targaryen. So what North-South alliance? Jon may somewhat have the South but he lacks the connections and he loses his home? There’s nothing to gain here. By bending the knee he further pushed himself into a corner where only a marriage alliance with Sansa, now known as his cousin, can win back allegiance. So actually it’s a lose-lose situation for Jon/Dany; the only gain here is that Jon still remembers his duty to the North and House Stark. Not even using ship substance but merely the limited possible political outcomes.

Don’t say it’s not a possibility because GRRM was willing to let Jon end up with one of his sister-cousins in the original outline - and in that one Sansa got married to Joffrey, gave birth to his children and died making Arya clearly the key to the North and also had a storyline with Tyrion. Maybe not definite, but it is a stronger possibility than before season 6 happened and the very strange directional choices that were made last season and this season in their scenes. 

  • With or without these theories, Dany is still going down a darker path where she is walking the fine line between hero and villain. In Westeros she is certainly perceived as an antagonist and it’s only a matter of time before she burns a city with civilians to the ground because there is so much mention of it. She might get one last redemptive act, but she and her dragons are doomed to die in this story. 
  • Undercover/Political/Sacrificial Jon theories are not for shipping reasons but to restore faith that Jon hasn’t forgotten the North, the Starks and his loyalty to duty and honour. It’s about bending the knee and what it implies for the storyline running from season 1 about Northern independence. You can say that independence in the time of survival being at stake is foolish but he had her help so this is just plain stupidity on Jon’s part that establishes him as an incompetent ruler. Yes, D&D suck and they messed up this season beyond any sense but there isn’t even the ambiguity of the Sansa/Arya storyline that can make their intent seem in character compared to what is going on with Jon if one believes he didn’t play Dany. Why did he do it? Why does he never mention his family after 7x04? What’s with Kit’s odd acting choices ONLY in their scenes? This to salvage Jon for me as a fan of his character. No reviewer bought it on the show and despite its huge fanbase, tv critics ripped it apart for more reasons than just the incest argument. 
  • Like it or not, Northern Independence is a big deal at least in principle while they don’t want either Cersei or Dany as options of rulers ruling over a consolidated Westeros. Dismissing its importance when it has taken up a huge chunk of the series - books and show - goes to show how much at odds Dany and the North are and how problematic this situation is. 
  • If Jon is Ned 2.0 well Ned lied half his life to keep Jon alive at the cost of his wife and Jon having a very strained relationship and Jon developing major issues, was plotting to overthrow the Lannisters before LF betrayed him and also he chose to declare himself a traitor for Sansa’s survival instead of honour (when he didn’t have any other choice) so ruling it out using this argument is very weak. 
  • Undercover Jon, Sacrificial Jon, Political Jon theories are all different theories that are merely trying to find an explanation for why Jon would give up the North while he had a choice and wasn’t pressurized. They all disagree on the extent to which Jon could’ve planned his actions but they agree on one thing: Jon wouldn’t just give up the North without a plan. While there is evidence in the books that book!Jon would be far more calculative and manipulative, the show has watered down every character so even Jon has been separated from that expectation. But what if it was a milder, not-so-cunning but still politically-aware approach compared to Book!Jon’s cunningness? That’s what we’re going with. 
  • Of course, it can be written off as “D&D aren’t smart enough for that” and yes, they aren’t and this is the only argument that has the most standing, which says a lot about it being in character. But if GRRM wrote it in the outline he gave them, they have to include it - no matter how badly executed. Like all theories it’s tentative, but if you have a better explanation while saying Jon wasn’t stupid/disloyal in pulling this move(that is inconsistent with his choosing duty/family first) while he had a choice, then I’m all ears. But I am yet to hear a theory that explains it without dismissing the importance of Northern independence as a principle and the point of choice in this situation.  

So it comes down to why is this theory so concentrated to a section within the Jon/Sansa fandom? Maybe because everyone has accepted Jon/Dany as a foregone conclusion since the start of the series - books or show - because “ice and fire” and vague prophecies even as they grew more incompatible to ever work. So now that it’s happened and D&D messed up the writing this season, especially in its later episodes, it can be just blamed on bad execution. It’s only the section of the fandom who began to question if it was too obvious and a red herring and question what purpose does their relationship really serve in the story. People who don’t even see value in it can’t think of Jon having another alternative because they assume he has no other love interests so he’s either going to end up with Dany or alone. But what purpose does it serve except alienating Jon from his own people? That can’t be the conclusion of his character arc. But people either accept it or resign themselves to it. That’s the only difference. 

Just because we’re seeking a better explanation doesn’t make us delusional or problematic - which is a stretch in this situation because it’s misconstruing the fact that power dynamics don’t simply stop at being defined by gender but also hierarchies and its more intersectional (Dany had more power than Jon initially and she held him prisoner) and is not even considering the sacrificial Jon part in the mix. People aren’t fixed in their theories but rather they’re trying to explain certain actions in an already bad season. Not everyone is sold on D&D doing it, but if there’s one thing people who are willing to entertain the possibility it is that if show!Jon still is consistent with his priorities, he has to be hiding something. 

I only ask two questions: 1) Why do you dismiss it so readily? 2) How are you so sure when authorial intent is in question? 

Last but not the least, discourse and theorizing is part of fandom activity especially when it is a work in progress and here we have two works in progress that have differences and it’s trying to understand the books to explain the show and vice versa. People will get theories wrong but none of us can know for sure because the original and adapted material are works in progress and the authorial intent is put under scrutiny. If you’re pessimistic that’s you. Plenty of theories are churned out, ignore it. It’s just another random theory you don’t agree with it and probably won’t even happen. Also, for the sake of decency, it would help for people to try having civil conversations and discussions with people if they disagree and want to understand why certain people support certain theories. It’s easy to throw labels around and close conversation. If you don’t want to be part of it, just scroll past. It’s not that hard. One post can have a context that you don’t understand that the OP takes as a given. That’s why clarifying goes a long way. 

If you’re pissed about the number of alternative names Dany gets, it started initially because people kept yelling “stop showing up in the tag” when people never tagged them such. When show!Dany was obviously coming off as a hypocrite (which she’s been for seasons but she didn’t have any POV characters opposing her but rather slavers and misogynists before) it became a way of sarcasm and then it took on a life of it’s own. Personally, I still write Dany because I’m a pretty serious person. But people criticizing Dany is not uncalled for or to make another character look better. If anything it’s delayed. Fandoms (and just the internet honestly) are weird entities that become living organisms of their own. Dany the character is criticised unrelated to fandom first and foremost. She might have started out a hero but she’s no longer so definitely that and if Sansa is still criticized for acting out of privilege when she was 11 even as she started losing it over the series, why can’t Dany be criticized because she’s acting out of it now and has a larger impact on countries and its populations? If you ridicule a sub-fandom, it ends up looking inward and assuming that is its only audience. Such has become the language with which it operates. If you make a fandom feel it can be heard outside itself, such a state could be avoided and it is more considerate of the way it says things. 

Anyway, live and let live. 

DKF’s Game of Thrones S7E4 Reactions

Littlefinger’s master plan: 

1) Give a Stark a knife that reminds him of the time I betrayed their family. 

2) Bring up the Red Wedding out of nowhere, to get him right pissed off. 

3) ????? 

4) Fuck Sansa.

Actual conversation I had in the office this morning:

Them: “Here’s that thing you asked for.”

Me: “…Thank you.”

Them: “Can I give you a disingenuous compliment and subtly ask you for a raise?”

Me: “Ehhhhhh, nah.”

Them: “….”

Me: “[Bad thing they did, that they didn’t know I knew about]. Bye.”

Thanks, Bran!

Jon’s master plan: 

1) Get Dany in a cave, where I do my best work. 

2) Show her how deep I am with my appreciation for abstract art.

3) Stare.

4) Blush and back up a bit when she stares back.

Dany’s master plan:

1) Tell Jon to bend the knee.

2) Let him whinge about it.

3) Get in his grill until he blushes and backs up.

4) Repeat as necessary until the inevitable happens.

5) When the inevitable happens, belt his ass once for every time she had to tell him.

Davos’s master plan: 

1) Make thirsty, cringey small talk with Missandei. 

2) Crash and burn. 

3) Repeat hopelessly.

Davos hitting on Missandei:

Davos: How you doin’?

Missandei:

Davos:

Missandei (via Nathalie Emmanuel) is awesome this season. When Jon got to Dragonstone, she introduced herself as “the queen’s most trusted advisor” while Tyrion was standing right next to her. That is one of the most underrated badass moments of this season. That and she friend-zoned Davos before they were even friends.

Tyrion Gets the Priebus Treatment

Tyrion: We took Casterly Rock, but it was kinda pointless, and we lost Highgarden, and Euron burned a bunch of our ships again.

Dany:

(She was told she would receive a continent, and she did not receive a continent.)

Theon’s life ever since he took Winterfell:

Battle Reaction:

Daenerys is at her best when she listens to the more experienced men around her…And then does whatever the fuck she wants anyway. You saw it at Drogo’s funeral pyre, at the House of the Undying, at Astapor, at Vaes Dothrak, and in her last days in Meereen. Yes, it’s nice to have advisors, and they’ve helped her avoid some of her worst urges. But if she’d listened to them every time, she’d be dead many times over by now. She is so many goddamn steps ahead of everyone it’s not even funny.

I have many cogent moral arguments in favor of her actions during that battle. But you know what? Fuck it. I waited six years to watch her ride a bigass dragon with a bigass horde of Dothraki behind her, and burn the shit out of some Lannisters. I finally saw it, and it was glorious. I don’t care about the morality. I hope when Tyrion starts his handwringing next week, she tells him if he wants to save the Tarlys so bad, he can eat her pussy and spit the juice out on the flame.

anonymous asked:

i realized you shipped delena at some point and you think both stefan and were abusives but damon is more? and the reason why u stopped shipping them is because damon abuses her and the writers don't allow her to say things like "you know what else blew? being sired to you" with her humanity on? like the writers don't acknowledge the abuse of delena and doesn't allow elena to fight back?

I have been involved in TVD fandom for about eightish years. My opinions were informed by the unfinished nature of the canon and the people I’ve been surrounded by. I’ve grown and changed since, say, season four of TVD. Lost friends and gained new ones, whose reactions to TVD informed my own. The fact that the story is closed means very nature of how I interact with the text changes. My view of Stefan nearly killing Elena in mid season three has changed from the moment I saw it, to the seasons that came after it, to how I see it now.

I don’t like to say that Damon abused Elena more than Stefan or vice versa. Mostly, because I find quantifying something abuse impossible, fruitless, and honestly missing the point.

But here is what I can say about my feelings/thoughts as of now: Damon’s entire relationship with Elena has been about him dominating and using her with very little care for her as a person in her right. Stefan and Elena’s relationship started when they were both in very dark places, where they found some light and hope in one another. Their relationship had its highs and lows. There were times when the relationship was a source of growth and healing for them both - but there were also times when one of them hurt the other.

I don’t think anyone has ever hurt Elena as much as Stefan. He kidnapped her, shoved his blood in her throat, and threatened to turn her into a vampire. Hurting Klaus was one of his goals - but taking everything he knew about Elena, her fears and dreams and hopes, and using it against her. He wanted to make her hate him. Elena seeing through it and loving him anyway was not what I’d call a healthy choice made from a well adjusted person.

Season three also ends with, perhaps, the most powerful act of love in the entire narrative: Stefan saving Matt instead of Elena. In that moment, he cemented not only his love for Elena, but also his respect for her. He knows how much guilt she carries for being at the center of a supernatural war, he knows she blames herself for all the death around her. He knew that saving Matt was more important her than living and he put her desires ahead of his own. It broke his heart to let her die, but he did it anyway. It was an act of sacrificial love, perhaps the most powerful kind of all. 

Season four turns it head on their dynamic some more, with Elena taking Stefan’s worst fears and hopes and dreams and using them to hurt him. Elena kills that waitress to punish <em>Stefan</em>, not Damon. Of course, Elena never has as much power because of the sire bond and having her humanity turned off against her will - but it says something about the dynamic nature of their relationship that Elena uses what power she does have to hurt Stefan when it suited her needs (as Stefan did with her).

Stefan and Elena’s relationship is rich with meaning. Plec and Williamson have talked extensively about what their relationship meant to the narrative and to each character involved. Williamson’s views Delena as disposable and not at all important to Elena’s journey. Plec can talk extensively about what Delena means to Damon - but very little about what it means to Elena. For Plec, Delena is about Damon and it really shows.

Look, the most interesting Damon/Elena ever were was in early season three. Elena wanted Damon, but was afraid of what that said about her - that she was attracted to a monster who killed her brother and abused her best friends. Caroline said it made her human. And so season three became about Elena decided what kind of person she wanted to be. At the end of the day, she saw Stefan - the man who always got back up and tried to rise above his mistakes - as the person she wanted to make a life with. She wanted to keep Damon, all the dark parts of herself she hated, but she felt she had to make a choice.

But it never goes anywhere after that, at least not for Elena. The most interesting she is is in the start of season six when she wishes away her love for Damon, in part, because she’s tied so much of herself into loving Damon she no longer knew who she was without him.

And then she took him back because of reasons (Nina was leaving, time to neatly tie up Delena instead of continuing with the Stefan/Damon/Elena triangle - the lack of Stefan->Caroline development in season five and six wasn’t an accident - Stefan was never going to end up happily ever after with Caroline if Nina had stayed). Damon/Elena stopped trying to say and do anything with Elena, so I lost interest in even reading against what I believe was authorial intent, like I did with so much of Damon/Elena is seasons 1-4ish. I mean, whenever Elena’s perspective was highlighted, it was her breaking up with him, her bending her morals to be with him, her erasing her memories of him, her not bothering to write about him while waxing poetry about her other epic love instead. As a fan of Elena, there’s only so much I can do with that.

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Summary: Shiro’s new coach calls him by his first name. He’s not quite sure how to feel about this. (Shallura ice skating AU 1/?)

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Shiro can’t remember the last time someone he knew well called him Takashi, yet here he was, six months into the season with a coach that still called him by his full name. And weirdly enough, he wasn’t all that inclined to correct her.

“Takashi, bend your knees more, I want to see some height!”

He grins–and it’s stupid, to be smiling on the ice in the middle of a practice while he can feel the sweat drip down his back. But it’s hard not to smile at the sound of Allura’s voice, or in her presence, or at the thought of her.

Shiro’s got it pretty bad, he can admit that.

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Standing alone: Why I love Lin Beifong

(Spoilers, a very long piece of personal opinions and interpretations, ahead)

Let’s talk about Lin Beifong. And it’s kind of impossible to talk about Lin Beifong without talking about “LinZin”, but that’s the point. I remember her from way back in Season 1 Episode 6, “And the winner is”, when Lin’s voice and eyes soften when she tells Tenzin they are helping each other out at the Pro-Bending finals “like old times”. What a contrast that was, from the anger and coldness we saw from her before. I remember Lin asking Tenzin not to turn back when she jumps onto the Equalist airship for a battle to the death, all so Tenzin’s family has a chance to escape. I remember Lin turning her battle of words with Su to a real battle when Su flippantly brought up Tenzin in their argument. I know everyone has their own interpretation of the show, but I always thought it’s so painfully obvious that Lin hasn’t moved on from Tenzin, and I love LoK for showing us that despite all this, Lin can survive. 

There are too many stories – books, movies, TV shows – that focus on people finding the one, the one true love of their life, who will make their life and happiness complete. But what if the world doesn’t work like that? What if the world didn’t miraculously pair us all off for a happy ending? What are the stories of those people who end up alone for one reason or another? 

I love the “LinZin” story because it’s one of those stories. As far as I can tell, Lin’s separation from Tenzin was not rooted in a lack of love but differences in what they wanted in a future together. Tenzin wanted children. Lin didn’t. Perhaps they have always loved each other, but they won’t be happy together. In the end, they separated to pursue their own paths, and it doesn’t feel fair because Tenzin ends up with the family and Airbender legacy he wanted but Lin is still alone after all these years. And the loneliness bothers Lin. Lin, who withstood having her face scarred and her bending removed with determinedly dry eyes, broken down in tears when Korra reminds her that she is still a bitter, lonely woman. Although that happened during the “Metal Clan” episode, and the loneliness likely referred to Lin’s relationship with her family as well as her past with Tenzin, the fact still stands – Lin is alone, and she doesn’t really want to be. 

Unlike your typical relationship storyline, Lin’s romantic journey doesn’t end with Lin and Tenzin choosing their relationship over everything and everyone else, nor is about Lin resenting Tenzin for finding happiness with Pema, and nor is it about Lin finding love with someone else. It ends with Lin and Tenzin rekindling a friendship that probably defined their childhood, with the children of heroes becoming heroes in their own right, with two platonic friends fighting side by side to save the world. Lin chooses justice, kindness, and not to sacrifice the sense of self she held onto even as it drove her and Tenzin apart. Lin can bear the pain of losing a love, not by denying love or repeating it, but taking the best of it – the understanding, empathy, and camaraderie – and make something good out of that. Even though it takes a long time, Lin finds a place in the world despite her heartbreak. Maybe she will always feel the heartbreak in some parts of her, bur Lin’s life carries on in a meaningful, positive manner, even as she stands alone.   

(Toph and Suyin are no less pivotal figures in Lin’s story, but this post is getting too long as it is.) 

I love Lin’s story because in the end, it ends well even though it isn’t perfect. Her relationship with Tenzin is such a big part of her, yet she has to brave the emptiness and bitterness of being without him. She seems to have so much less, compared to Tenzin. She seems to have it so much harder, compared to Suyin. She ends up alone not because she wants to be alone, but because she didn’t find the right person with whom to share her life. Many villains in fiction have turned to the dark side for less.  And yet for all the horrible hands fate has dealt her, Lin comes out a hero. 

It takes strength to accept and bear the pain that will inevitably enter into our lives. It takes strength to stand alone in a world that focuses so much on the idea of romance and love. But that’s the kind of strength that helps Lin find peace in the world, and I think that’s the kind of strength that allows Lin the clarity to make decisions that make her a hero. 

anonymous asked:

Just watched your most recent Topic of the Week video about Aang/Korra. Korra may have started off with more 'power-ups', but it seems like Bryke was too busy making sure that she was getting beat up and tortured to really do anything capable. As confident as she tries to seem, she really seemed insecure about her being the Avatar because from day one, (The past lives could have helped her with this, namely Kyoshi. Thanks, Bryke.) no one treated her like a human being except Bolin...

…From the jump, she’s brought down from a social aspect and… eventually it goes from that to physically and emotionally. Regardless of how you feel about her personality, (which made me really mad and really happy at some points, her smile is infectious) it really made me uncomfortable watching how much they hurt this character…

…Taking away her bending, past lives, torturing her with poison while she’s bound in chains, having Zaheer beat her down while she was out of commission because of that, and taking away her mobility, leaving her depressed and with PTSD for however many years.. All of that is just too much. It angered me watching this that they took this strong, confident, naive, brash, ready to go, willing to learn woman and turned her into a blank canvas of emotions by the end…

…I mean, the girl is a powerhouse and the first thing you choose to do is toss her into unnecessary romance, make it so that she loses most of her fights against major villains, (you can’t tell me that the girl who can throw full grown people through shop windows and has been training everyday of her secluded life is going to just be thrown around like that. Bryke can really get out of here with that shit.) and then just torture the hell out of her…?

…All of this angered me to no end. Korra deserved an infinite number of times better than that. Sorry, this was a rant. I just wanted to share. Such a beautiful, strong character….just wasted… I’m just glad she got her happy ending, no matter how under developed it was.

I understand what you’re saying and I get your frustration, but the important thing is that none of those punishments and none of that suffering ever lasted. Korra loses her bending? She gets it back plus interest at the end of that same finale. Korra loses her past lives? She never cared about that anyway and it had zero effect on her character (and she didn’t even lose a bit of power in the Avatar State). Korra beaten and wheelchair bound with PTSD? Timeskip and she’s out of the wheelchair and the PTSD was reduced to just being bad metal that gets taken out and then bam Korra is back! She never truly suffered and none of that ever had any effect on her character.

I have little doubt that Bryke put in those in order to avoid her being called a Mary Sue. If she suffers then she can’t be a one! But the suffering was so poorly written, and honestly mismatched with her actions, that it didn’t mean anything. She gets punished hard for the wrong things and then when she does something horrible she gets away scotch free. Try to take on Amon without a real plan? LOSE YOUR BENDING (then get it back). Try to start another world war in order to benefit only her hometown? Threaten to murder a judge? Violently attack people? Nope never mentioned again. It’s just plain bad writing.

I agree that Korra was likable (at first) but her writing led her in circles. Every season something would happen that you’d think would make her grow, then bam she reverts back into Korra from episode 1 with maybe a slight change. She was a reckless hothead who would rather get into a fight than do her duty. The fun part about characters like that is seeing them grow and mature into being better people. Like Zuko in ATLA. He started off the show as a selfish dick but ended it as a good guy who turned against his family and gave up his nobility to do the right thing. Korra needed development like that. She needed to grow. And at times she displayed growth. 

One of my favorite moments that was unfortunately undone was when Korra told Mako to go to Asami because she really needed him after finding out her dad was an Equalist. It showed great maturity for Korra to openly tell the guy she likes to go to another girl, especially since she’d already displayed a complete disregard for Asami dating Mako. Unfortunately that was undone and Mako randomly hooked up with Korra, but in that moment she really showed promise. If they kept up with things like that she would have ended up being a very likable character.

Ultimately Korra was written badly. She had so much promise in the beginning of Book 1 but ultimately ended up being just a walking plot device to make stuff happen. She was never allowed to really grow or shine in her own series. For being the main character she ended up being very plain and boring. She just repeated the same beats and ultimately fell flat as a character. It was entirely the result of Bryke’s crappy writing that led Korra to being such a lackluster character.

Things I Love About LoK

Goal: Write 1 thought every day re: why I love The Legend of Korra until I finish rewatching the series.

#97: Korra’s spiritual journey in “A New Spiritual Age.”

The mini journey that Korra goes through in “A New Spiritual Age” is one of my favorite parts of this season. The episode starts out with Korra reacting poorly to spirit meerkats that surround her.  Her first reaction is to try to bend at them, but she discovers that 1) she can’t bend in the spirit world and 2) it only pisses off the spirit meerkats more:

The episode then separates Korra from Jinora and, brilliantly, reverts Korra to Baby Korra, which is both adorable (because who doesn’t love Baby Korra’s belly?) and thematically fitting in that Baby Korra represents Korra’s spiritual and emotional immaturity at this point in the series: 

Then in walks a familiar face – the perfect character to guide Baby Korra in her spiritual development – Spirit Iroh.  It was total fan service, and as a fan I totally shrieked at Iroh’s appearance.  (I’d be curious to hear how non-ATLA watchers reacted.)  But it was also fitting for the story.  I would have been happy if this were Iroh’s one and only appearance in LoK.  

I love the scene where Baby Korra recognizes Wan’s teapot, and Iroh tells her “ when you make tea in it, you can still taste a little light in every cup.”  It emphasizes the effortless connection between Korra and her past lives.  And it’s also adorable:

Most importantly, Iroh teaches Baby Korra the importance of emotional self-regulation: 

Young Korra: I can make the Sun shine?
Uncle Iroh: Even in the Material World, you will find that if you look for the light, you can often find it. But if you look for the dark, that is all you will ever see.

It’s a lesson that Baby Korra immediately puts to use as she journeys to return the baby dragon-bird back to its nest. She keeps calm, maintains her positivity, and transforms dark spirits into friendly ones: 

And when she completes her mini-journey by helpfing the dragon-bird spirit … 

She’s transformed back to her regular size, representing that she has learned and internalized this lesson. We then see her work together with the fully formed dragon-bird spirit (instead of reflexively striking out in fear): 

It’s a super literal journey.  But it’s also well done.  Baby Korra is the writers’ explicit recognition that Korra had a lot of growing to do.  And in this episode, we see her grow (literally) after learning a valuable lesson from Iroh.  Love it! 

Be Mine

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Notes: Part 3

Part 1, Part 2

“Fetch, Nat!” Jared throws a tennis ball across the beach towards a group of rocks. Not long after you and Jared had gotten together, he moved out of his shared apartment with Jensen and the two of you moved to Texas, Jared’s home-state. Now, after season two, the two of you had been happily dating for over a year and life had never been so incredible. The love that you and Jared experienced together was indescribable, everything about him was magical.

“Good girl, Nat.” You bend down to pet her after she brings back the ball. Jared grabs your hand and the two of you make your way down the beach, Nat in tow, the water just licking at your feet.

“I still can’t believe this.” Jared mutters.

“Whats wrong, baby?” You squeeze his hand, hoping and praying that he wasn’t  going through another rough spot.

“Nothing’s wrong, I just can’t believe that after a year, I still love you so much I have butterflies in my stomach.” He smiles down at you, and you blush flicking your eyes away for just a moment to look at the sand, then moving back to make eye contact with him.

“I love you too Jared, I don’t think I’ve ever been happier.” You nuzzle your head into his bicep, making him sigh with approval. Letting go of your hand, he steps in front of you, making eye contact the whole time as he gets down on one knee.

“I’m really glad you say that, because I feel the exact same way.” Jared pulls out a small box from his back pocket and your breath catches in the back of your throat.

Swallowing, he looks up at you with kind, caring, hopeful eyes, “Y/N, I thought about this moment over and over for the past month and a half, but I couldn’t figure out any better way to say this. I love you, I love you more than you could possibly begin to understand. I want to spend the rest of my life with you, I want to wake up every morning next to you, my beautiful wife, and have our kids come running into our room, and just be happy, together.” Jared wipes a tear from his eye as you wipe several from yours, “Y/F/N, will you marry me?”

“Yes Jared, a hundred times yes.” You shout, wanting the whole world to know that you were finally going to marry the love of your life. Sticking out your left hand, Jared takes hold of it, and puts on the most beautiful wedding ring you have ever seen. When he finishes and stands up, you run into his arms, although he’s only a foot away. Feeling his strong, but gentle hands run up your back and through your hair, you wish for the moment to last for eternity.

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“Back on set for season 3, you guys ready to do this?” Jensen meets up with you and Jared on set for Supernatural.

“Hell yeah!” You give him a quick hello hug.

“That’s ironic enough.” Jared says. You nudge him on the shoulder so he knows how cheesy his joke is.

“So, let me see it.” Jensen grins at you.

“See what?” You are a bit creeped out by his look.

“Duh, the engagement ring. I got your wedding invitation a week ago.” Jensen gives you a questioning look, and you stick out your left hand to show him the flower shaped ring Jared had gotten for you.

“Damn Padalecki, I didn’t know you were making that kind of money.” Jensen said to Jared.

“Sorry Jensen, can’t say that next year, I’ll be a Padalecki too.” You smile up at Jared and he wraps his arm around you. Jensen just scoffs and walks away to get the three of you coffee.

“Think now would be a good time to ask him to be a groomsman?” Jared jokes around.

“No, not exactly. We’ll have to take him out to that bar and get him drunk later.” You smirk.

Soon enough, everyone is coming up to you two, the producers, the actors, even the extras. It feels like another paparazzi attack. Jensen somehow makes his way to through the crowd and delivers the promised coffee.

Over the intercom you hear, “Congratulations Jared and Y/N on your engagement, now everyone get your asses back to work.” Everyone laughs and all of you walk off to your changing rooms. Upsettingly enough, you will have to take the ring off for shooting, but you don’t want to leave it in the dressing room; anyone could walk in. Knocking on Jared’s door, you see he is all dressed and ready to go.

“Hey Babe, mind putting this in your shirt pocket?” You ask, referring to the breast pocket on all of his flannel shirts.

“Sure.” He takes it from you. Leaning down he kisses you, softly and slowly.

“We got a few more minutes before curtain call. You get up on your tiptoes, grab Jared collar, and kiss him a couple more times.

“Padalecki, Ackles, Y/L/N, and Beaver on set 15.” The intercom booms. Letting go of Jared collar, you smooth out his shirt, and he wipes your foundation off his lips.

“Looks like we’ll have to save that for later.” He smirks and the two of you make your way over to the Impala.

I just feel so blah about the TW Styd!a thing. I mean, look at how they had to bend over backwards to make it happen: they had to fire Arden Cho and drop Scira to make room for Styd!a that’s now the main couple (HR’s words) and focal point (JD’s words). And they had to drop both Stalia and Marrish, the ships that they have been building up for 2.5 seasons without resolution - Stiles literally broke up with Malia over her being a supportive GF. Basically, they destroyed 3 interesting ships to make 1 happen. That just does not compute.

If Styd!a happened after S3B, I would’ve cheered. Now though? No. Just no. After Lydia kept refusing Stiles over and over again, he moved on. And this? This is basically him walking backwards, the whole lesson of “no means no, move on” is erased. This is them saying, be the Nice Guy long enough and the Prom Queen will see the light. 

sourwolfiehale  asked:

Hi i saw you recently post about skam so what is about and where can be found?

OH MY GOD, FINALLY AN EXCUSE TO GUSH ABOUT SKAM!!!  THANK YOU, YOU GLORIOUS HUMAN BEING.  Okay, Skam is a Norwegian web series that is currently in its third season and follows students at Nissen, a high school in Oslo.  The idea is to immerse you in the fictional life of whatever major character the season has chosen to focus on, so they have social media accounts (Instagram, for example) that are updated throughout the week, as well as text exchanges, until we get a new episode on Friday.

Season 1 is about Eva.  The squad™ in this season, I can’t even fucking explain it to you.  We’re plopped down in Eva’s life, which is given the impression of already being well-lived in, as she meets the friends who are going to stick.  There’s Sana, who probably has the most badass introduction of any character in fictional history (goddamn, I love her), Vilde, who’s high-maintenance and kind-hearted, Chris, who is extremely comfortable in her own skin and hilarious to be sure, and Noora, who is one of the most thoughtful and socially cognizant young characters I’ve ever seen on screen and who has one of the best first lines ever: “Girls who call other girls sluts have 90% more chance of getting chlamydia.”

It’s more real, both in terms of behavior - it digs in better to what millennials are actually like rather than the cliches of what we’re like, and in terms of losing the Hollywood-style glam - kids get zits, their thighs touch, they smudge or mismatch their make-up, etc.  They’re not professionally put together, they’re high school students.  And this show, my God, it has so far embraced creeds, sexualities, body types and races with such care and delicacy that it warms my cold, cold heart.  And most just blend into the background without mention, it’s a part of society that people are different in a myriad of different ways - bellissimo.

I think this is my favorite season just for the fact that I think it’s so, so important to see girls taking care of other girls - THE WAY THESE GIRLS CONSISTENTLY DO - and watching them build this bond between them was damn good.

Season 2 (part 1) | (part 2) is about Noora.  Noora.  Noora, Noora, Noora.  Noora is so special because she’s not inflexible and hard, she’s not portrayed as a bitch or frigid, while still getting to be - completely undeniably - a strong character, with a backbone and then some.  You rarely get to see one without the other when it comes to women but HERE SHE IS.  She has extremely solid opinions and ideas about the way the world should work but also recognizes that she doesn’t know everything, that she can be wrong and that sometimes she needs to bend.  Her interactions with Sana in this season are some of my all-time favorite interplays between any of the characters ever.

Season 3 is about Isak.  Isak has been lurking in the background of seasons 1 and 2 and by the end of season 1 we’re twigged to the fact that he’s likely gay.  Season 3 is him coming to terms with that and his realistic and emotional relationship with Even is probably some of the best romance (romance, period) that I’ve ever seen.  But honestly?  HONESTLY?  My favorite thing about this is his squad™, because at every turn they are such boys.  Horrible teenage boys who talk nonstop about hooking up and can be awkward around feelings but who are also fucking bros.  The scene of Isak, Jonas, Mahdi and Magnus sitting around a table and strategizing what Isak should say to Even?  I can live off the goodness in that sequence for years.  Dead serious.  And Isak is almost never made to feel different by them.  When he tells Jonas the person he likes isn’t a girl, Jonas doesn’t even have a visible reaction, just guesses a boy instead and when Isak tries to play ‘straight guy’ before he comes out and make fun of a gay man, Jonas shuts him down so fast and so hard that Isak nearly swallows his tongue.  Mahdi is horrified that the school might think he fought with Isak because he’s gay, that people are saying he’s a homophobe (and this is before he even knows Isak is gay).  And Magnus finally gets to meet Even and throws his arms around him because anybody that important to Isak is going to be that important to him too.  Special mentions for a moving speech given by Eskild (Isak’s out and proud roommate) and Sana this season too.

Basically: I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS SHOW ENOUGH.  Especially as I know people in my neck of the woods are in need of this kind of pure and heart-warming goodness these days.  I promise you: it delivers.  All links are embedded in the season mentions SO GET WATCHING.

Now for Korra

Okay, so, now to talk about Korra. I was sent an ask that wanted to know how I felt about the line where Korra says she felt she needed to go through 3 years of suffering to me more compassionate, even to people like Kuvira.

It does make me uncomfortable. On some level, I understand what the writers are going for. A component to empathy is the understanding of the pain other people go through and empathy can certainly be a huge component of compassion (though it’s not strictly neccessary to have empathy to be compassionate). I think that struggling with mental illness, struggling with abuse and struggling with social prejudices is certainly a big reason why I’m so invested in changing things for the better.

On the other hand, there’s a lot of unfortunate stuff in that. I think it’s a bit harmful to say you need to suffer to be more compassionate. There are tons of people who suffer who are not at all compassionate. There are people who live happy lives who can and should be expected to be as compassionate as someone who suffered.  It almost romanticizes suffering to an extent, and that’s dangerous. 

I doubt this was the writers intention, but it also plays into the nasty idea going around the fandom that Korra needed to be “humbled”. Which, is very harmful when considering Korra is a female character of color. There is a HUGE history in fiction of women of color being “bought low” and “humbled”.

This was actually something a lot of woc pointed out in the wake of finale. jhenne-bean talked about it on her blog as I remember. I had hoped Korra’s arc would be what I saw as a missed oppurtunity in season 1- that she’d learn she was a worthwhile person while disabled, and that she was more than the Avatar, that she was an important person even without her bending. This did not happen, and I feel that’s a shame. It was sort of brushed upon it with the whole “does the world need you” think, but never fully addressed. I really thought this would have been a valuable thing to address about Korra as a character, since she wraps so much of her worth in being the Avatar, plus a postive message to send about disabled people being whole and valuable, but it wasn’t to be. So the whole “does the world need you” and Korra’s issues with seeing herself as a failure were kind of…not really addressed as they should have been, imo.

Instead the ultimate thrust of Korra’s narrative was for her to work through her trauma and come out a more compassionate and stronger person. And I can’t deny there’s unfortunate aspects to that, with Korra being a female character of color. Her narrative was being a fearless, confident woman who got the shit beat out of her over and over again, who was victimized a LOT and then had to endure her trauma and come out whole, with the ultimate lesson that being vicitimized had taught her to be more compassionate. That’s just really uncomfortable that so much of Korra’s narrative was about that downward spiral.

Compare it to Aang’s narrative- no one ever implied that losing his people was essential to his compassion. His narrative was about starting out being scared and unsteady as a hero, only to become very strong. Korra’s narrative was about starting out strong, but hey, she’s not empathetic enough so let’s have her lose her strength and endure horrible trauma to become moreso. 

I mean compare Asami and Korra’s narrative to Mako and Bolin’s- Asami and Korra’s narratives were all about enduring tragedy and being beaten down. Mako and Bolin’s narratives were about gaining new skills, getting cool new jobs, gaining family, gaining confidence. That’s…really uncomfortable.

Again, it’s the idea that male strength is about winning fights and female strength is about enduring loss in fiction. And it’s unfortunate Korra plays into that REALLY STRONGLY. 

I won’t say there aren’t really great things about Korra’s narrative. I felt the examination of what seemed to be PTSD and depression in her was surprisingly realistic for a kid’s show and really, really valuable. It ended a little more neatly than it might’ve in real life, but how long and arduous and not at all easy the process was was actually pretty accurate (speaking from experience for the depression part, the PTSD part not at all). I’ve talked before  about how women often endure trauma in media, yet their feelings, perspective, struggle and recovery are rarely thoroughly explored. They either break down completely or grin and bear it with no exploration. The latter happened for Asami, but neither happened for Korra. The show explored her illness and journey with care and detail, and as a woman with mental illness, that is incredibly valuable to me and probably valuable to a lot of people out there.

It is valuable to show kids you can survive trauma, even if it isn’t easy, that you can find valuable things in any experience- if it wasn’t for the history re: female characters and women of color in particular w/ trauma I’d praise that aspect fully.

Korra’s narrative also really focused on her breaking tradition, finding a third option in many cases, and defying the status quo to bring positive change to the world re: the spirits and stuff. The last two seasons also really focused a lot on her relationships with other women and having her rescue even a woman going against her, see herself in that woman and bonding with her is a very positive message (lil bit magical girl-ish even). A lot of the things Korra did were about overturning old values and subverting expectations, and that’s something I like. The end of her narrative had her changing the world on her own terms and winning the day, and that’s great. She’s a powerful character, no doubt. 

And then there’s Korrasami, which I’m never going to stop loving.

So, I love Korra a lot. But there is a ton of potential to her character that was so underutilized, so many things not addressed and a lot of unfortunate tropes in play for her narrative.

In hindsight, her narrative would have been so much stronger if she’s lost her bending at the end of season 1, had her crisis of confidence/recovery/mental illness stuff throughout season 2, learned to be comfortable with herself as Korra rather than The Avatar, that self-actualization leads to her getting her bending back herself and she spends the next two seasons kicking ass and getting stronger. Then idea being she needed to love herself, not that she needed to suffer for compassion. That would have dodged most of the unfortanate aspects and been a kickass character arc. Alas, it was not to be. 

In the end, Korra is a valuable, wonderful character. But was she treated as well as she deserved to be? Not at all.

jimhopprr  asked:

do u ever think about marcus' background and history and who his dad was because i do a lot

YES I DO AND SO CLEARLY DO LOTS OF OTHER PEOPLE

Okay, so.  Let’s break it down.  What do we know?

We know Kane’s father isn’t in the picture, and hasn’t been for a long time.  Kane never mentions him, and neither does Vera.  Nobody ever says anything about his father.  In a world where slut-shaming still exists (witness “Grounder Pounder” as Octavia’s nickname), it’s unlikely that Vera would retain her revered religious position if she had gotten pregnant by some random guy who then took off, the way we see the guards disrespect Aurora and Bellamy.  But there’s none of that energy around the Kanes, which means he’s probably dead, and has been for a long time.

We know that Marcus and his mother were close when he was young (he’s the one who tended the tree as a child) but grew apart at some point along the way.

We know the Kanes aren’t from the upper classes.  Vera’s church is small and humble and it looks like a bunch of folding chairs in a basement, and if she was a socially-important person, attending her services would be something you do to rack up points with the elite.  But the people who are there don’t look wealthy or fancy and neither does Vera.  From this it seems unlikely that Kane’s dad had a high social position; Vera seems to move very comfortably among the lower classes.

We know that Vera is full of tremendous empathy, shows no judgment of her son no matter how massively he fucks up, and is full of hope that he’ll come back to her faith one day.  She believes in redemption and forgiveness, but not in a naive way.  When she puts her arms around Marcus and lets him cry, she does so with the air of a woman who’s seen some shit.  From there, and this takes us more into headcanon territory, it makes me wonder about whether or not her marriage was happy.

We know that the closest male influence in Kane’s adult life is Thelonious Jaha, whose mental picture of him is staggeringly limited.  Jaha praises Kane’s “strength unweakened by sentiment.”  He values the virtues of being cold, pragmatic, unfeeling, because he believes that is what makes a good leader.  Kane appears, even from the beginning, to have moments where he resists that, but he doesn’t question it or fight back against Jaha until the moment Jaha stops being the guiding influence on Kane’s life and is replaced by Abby.

We know that Kane arrested Jake Griffin, knowing he had a child who would be left fatherless, and we know he arrested Clarke very shortly after her father was arrested, and we see him have very little reaction (that I can remember) to the fate of Wells.  From this, it seems that the Kane we meet in Season 1 is pretty unsentimental about fatherhood and families.

We see that Abby and Jaha wear their privilege comfortably, like people who grew up in the upper classes and just expect that the rules will bend to accommodate them.  We see that Kane is the one who is a stickler for law and order, by the book, never deviating from the Exodus Charter. 

We know that S1 Kane holds himself at a physical distance from nearly everyone, like he’s wearing armor, which makes the moments where his mother holds him and where he pulls the half-conscious Abby into his arms palpably startling by contrast.  We know that by the time we reach S3, as Jaha’s influence over Kane fades more and more and his love for Abby grows and grows, that those were artificial learned behaviors.  We see him hug Pike and Jaha with his whole body when they’re reunited.  We see him place a comforting hand on Bellamy’s or Clarke’s shoulder in times of need.  We see him reach out to grab Abby’s wrist and pull her back when she’s walking into danger.  We see Kane initiating touch as a way to give comfort or encouragement or protection, and we see it come naturally to him, but we also saw from the very beginning that for some reason he forced himself to lock that away.  He doesn’t have that kind of intimacy with Callie.

We see Kane’s desperation to pull Bellamy back from Pike’s influence and the frustration he feels when he can’t get him to listen.

Okay, so those are the things that we know, or the things that we can assume from the things that we know.  Here’s what I think.

I think Kane’s dad was an asshole.  Maybe an alcoholic, maybe violent, but certainly distant and cold and uncommunicative.  Certainly it seems more likely that it’s through his dad that Kane knows all about Nygel than through Vera.  I think Kane grew up starved for touch and affection and his mother was all he had.  I think they were poor and came from somewhere like Factory Station and maybe his dad was in the guards too, or maybe worked another steady but lower-class job, the kind of job where you don’t get a lot of respect and there’s nowhere up to go and it makes you bitter and you can’t get ahead.  I think Kane’s childhood home life was terrible and he joined the guards, the way so many poor kids join the army, because it’s the only path out of the life they’re stuck in.  And I think he craved that order and certainty - craved the consistency of military organization, always knowing what time to get up in the morning and what the rules are - because he didn’t have that at home.  I think he threw himself into that career and rose through the ranks based on sheer tenacious force of will and by being the most disciplined, because he was terrified of turning out like his father.  I think he learned about what it means to be a man from his father and from Jaha and that they both taught him emotions are weak and you should box them up and put them away.  I don’t think his dad hugged him.  I don’t think he had any idea how men show affection to other men, until Abby’s presence in his life normalized the idea that people touch each other and that it’s okay, and then he realized how badly that was something he needed.  I think he’s still startled when someone else initiates touch with him - like when Abby kisses his cheek - because he didn’t grow up in a house where that was okay, the way Clarke did.  (And Abby, too, seems like the kind of person who grew up in a family where you hug people or hold their hands or kiss them to show affection.  It comes easily to her.)  I think seeing how the Charles Pike he knew has changed since coming to earth breaks his heart, and I think the sense of urgency he feels about pulling Bellamy back from his influence is because he knows what happens once you start going down that road.  I think the reason he doesn’t realize he’s become everyone’s dad - panicking about Octavia being in danger, supporting Clarke as leader, mentoring Bellamy - and he’s so overwhelmed by all the things he’s feeling in that scene where he goes to see Abby in Medical, is because he simply does not have the context for the fact that this is what good fathers do.  I don’t think he ever felt his dad worry about him - whether he was safe, whether he was turning into a good person, whether the people around him were good influences - the way he worries about those kids, and the fact that he’s surprised by it means he has no idea this is how parents like Abby feel all the time.  I think Abby was the first person in his life besides his mother that he ever trusted enough to left himself be vulnerable, show weakness, cry, ask for help.  I think he has a huge, loving, warm heart and he grew up in an environment where men were told not to show that, and he gravitated towards Jaha because Jaha is the kind of man Kane understood - the kind of man like his father was.  Maybe a little warmer, a little less hostile, because Jaha did have a child he clearly cared about, but still, a man who thinks what men do, what leaders do, what fathers do, is swallow their emotions and put their heads down and soldier on.  And I think the way Kane treats the kids - the way he listens to Clarke, takes her so seriously, the way he trusts Octavia and Harper and Miller with such incredibly important work, the way he fights for Bellamy to come back to the right side - tells us how hard he’s trying to be a better father than the father that he got himself.

And I think Abby knows all of this without having to be told any of it, and it’s part of why she loves him.

Shadowhunters TV show: Analyze/Address issues (updated as more information is provided)

So, as many of you or not many of you might know, The Mortal Instruments 6-book series is being transformed into a TV show after the movie bombed at the box office. 

The thing about the movie is that, it was (now having seen what the TV show has been filming in Toronto) fairly accurate. It followed the order of the events just like in the book (plot-wise) and they casted actors who canonically fit the descriptions written from the books. The only thing that was weird and off-putting about the movie was how people judged the actors’ appearances such as: Lily’s hair color, Jamie’s physique, Magnus’s lack of pants, Simon was not a rat, short Izzy, old Alec, etc, and how they did the ending with the exploding Portal and snowflakes and suicidal Valentine and the ending was just a mess. 

So Constantin Film decided to reinvent the franchise into a TV show on ABC Family. Many people are worried that the network is:

1. Not going to promote it right or enough.

2. Turn it into a teeny-boppy show with too many romance problems and unnecessary stretched out drama. 

To reassure those who still have doubts about Shadowhunters being on ABC Family, the person who is directing/co-producing the show is McgsWonderland: 

He produced Supernatural on CW, which is a VERY popular TV show and has garnered millions and millions of fans and he also directed the movie Charlie’s Angels which has VERY badass female characters in it. He has been the one posting all those cool and awesome BTS photos from the ShadowhuntersTV set on Twitter, so you should probably follow him. 

We cannot do anything about the way the show will be marketed or promoted, but rest assured the show is in good hands (director-wise).

Next, let’s talk about the cast. Here’s our main cast (aka TEAM GOOD): 

Okay, I think we can all agree that these casting decisions are absolutely ON POINT (looks-wise). I mean, canonically Asian Magnus, tall/broody Alec, short/redhead Clary, blond/conventionally attractive Jace, dark-haired/sexy Izzy, and cinnamon-bun/too adorbs for this world Simon. They are all absolutely perfect for their roles. I know a lot of people are very attached to the old movie!cast but let me tell you, there has never been a more well-assembled and attractive cast like the Shadowhunters TV show. Talent-wise, we’ll just have to see until the show airs! In the mean time, you can check out each actors’/actress’ IMBd page for their credentials. 

Some issues that I’ve noticed in the fandom lately regarding the cast/how the character is being represented in the show:

1. Alec’s blue eyes/sweaters/tattered clothes: In some photos, such as this one: 

It looks like Alec has blue eyes thus meaning the actor Matthew Daddario is wearing blue contacts, but after using my semi-good editing skills, I have come to the conclusion that he is in fact NOT wearing blue eye contacts, but it is just the filter being used in the photo. If this upsets some people, please know that a character’s eye color does not define a character. I am very aware that the blue eyes connect to another beloved character: Will Herondale. But as you should know and be made aware of: if this Shadowhunters TV show centering on the Mortal Instruments series is not successful, we will NOT get a Shadowhunters TV show centering on the Infernal Devices. 

Moving on, about Alec’s sweaters and tattered clothes: We currently do not know if Alec will be wearing sweaters but we do know that he will have tattered sleeves, with evidence from this photo (unless this photo is part of a scene where Alec gets attacked by a demon and that is why his sleeve is tattered, then rest assured knowing the costume department is sticking to the books). 

2. Izzy’s clothes or lack thereof/red pendant: After McG posted this picture (down below), a lot of fans complained that Izzy was being over sexualized in the show. Another outlook on the photo was that many fans embraced this new look on Izzy and said that she is a canonically sexy character and that the wardrobe choices being made fit her description. Both views are correct and yet wrong. Yes, it is absolutely NOT okay to oversexualize a female character or any character at all just for viewing pleasure or to add eye candy to the show. But it is also NOT okay to slut shame a character that is canonically sexy and knows it. I think it is about time that we kind of have to step back and look at the photo in an objective position and realize that the story is becoming modernized (the books were written in a 2007 time frame) and considering that Jace, Alec, and Izzy are going to be in an all-ages club (yet lurking with downworlders and nasty demons) with probably edm music, etc, her outfit fits the setting. It is a disguise. I repeat: A DISGUISE!  That also includes the wig, for those wondering. Yes, Izzy is not supposed to show her runes, but the show will be discussing glamour and it is possible that Izzy will be covered by the glamour, thus solving that problem. (Yes, some glamour are strong enough to hide even from shadowhunters and demons and downworlders). All in all, Izzy will be wearing clothes that make her feel confident and comfortable, as she would prefer if she was real. 

The pendant will most likely be added either later in season 1 with Camille giving it to her since Camille’s character has been added to the show very early or in season 2 when the character of Maryse will be added and it could be a gift from her mother (passed through the bloodline and all). Or the writers could be screwing with us, and we might never get the pendant…who knows.

3. Clary’s clothes/heels: This keeps coming up, so I might as well add it. But in this photo posted by McG, 

Clary is wearing what could be the show’s take on the modern female shadowhunter gear. I believe the reason why so many people are wary of the fact that Clary is wearing such cool clothes is because she doesn’t wear shadowhunter gear until City of Glass/book 3/season 3 and that it feels like Clary would never wear such clothes. Clary is being thrusted into the Shadow World full speed ahead and it seems to me that the TV show is embracing it to the point where Clary will be most likely wearing gear in the first episode. I believe that this is a technique to also thrust the audience into the Shadow World with Clary, therefore, it makes sense why she is wearing gear so early in the season because the producers want the audience to immerse themselves into the world and what better way to do that, then to do it along with Clary? If you do not like what she wears, then that is subjective to each person, but as the main heroine in our story, she is entitled to wear whatever she wants and to be quite frank, Clary in the books always wanted to look cool and badass and was really never treated like a cool or badass character until book 4 when she finally started to train with Jace professionally, remember that book lovers? I think it is about time Clary got her chance to headline the badass and cool front this time around, especially with those rocking heels. (Clothes/heels most likely given to her by Isabelle in episode 1)

4. Simon’s hotness/Hotel Dumort: Don’t worry. This is not Teen Wolf. And Simon won’t become hot. Yet (; (Vampire mojo and all) 

UPDATE: Regarding the Hotel Dumort Scene: Simon is most likely going to be turned a vampire in Season 1, according to this photo, because it is very similar to the scene in COA where the whole gang is in the cemetery, surrounding Simon.  

5. Race-bending cast decisions: I am choosing to not speak so thoroughly about this topic here because I already did in this. Read at your leisure. http://missteetran.tumblr.com/post/121368140739/about-the-camille-casting 

But I’d like to remind the fandom that just because you have an opinion about the cast being racially miscast (or as I like to put it, taking account of what the real world really consists of: multi-cultural people), know that those of you who are complaining about the race thing probably have a limited world view and grew up that way, and should probably keep your opinion to yourselves, because like it or not, the world does not explicitly revolve around white people (and for those comparing white people to the Clave/shadowhunters and minority people to downworlders…fuck you. Because how racist is that. If you’ve read the books, you should know 100% how racist that is, considering how COB, COA, COG revolves around Valentine being extremely prejudice towards downworlders just for their so called disease ridden blood). 

All the other cast members are listed on the Shadowhunters TV show IMDb page. 

Next, let’s talk about some of the plot changes we know SO FAR. 

1. Magnus will own the Pandemonium Club: As some have noticed, but in most TV shows, there is always a center meeting place. I find it unlikely that the Pandemonium Club will be the show’s main center meeting place, for the Institute makes the most sense. Though, it will most likely be switched to Magnus’ apartment in book 5/season 5 and on. I don’t think this is much of an issue because I believe the show wants to establish TEAM GOOD real quickly to help audiences be able to differentiate between who is good and who is bad (considering the addition of downworlders like Camille and Meliorn, downworlders do have an in between gray area) and with all the world building needed for the show, getting this out of the way helps smooth the story. You have to admit, the world building and Raziel this and Mortal Cup that is a lot to keep track of for those who haven’t read the books.  

2. MTV states that they meet up at Pandemonium. They as in Clary and Jace (with Simon). That remains unchanged from the book, but what we know from the videos McG has released on Twitter, that the fight with the blue-haired demon will be changed to a full on battle out in the open in the club. If you want to check out the video, go to McGsWonderland’s Twitter. 

3. Luke is a police officer of NYPD. I believe there is a post surfing around somewhere how this is not much of a stretch from the book and would probably help streamline the story a lot better. Luke is meant to represent as the father figure to Clary/ the gang probably in finding demons and about the mysterious murders (possibly tied to Valentine). 

4. After inspecting the photos of Clary crying with her runny makeup (look at the black clothes/necklace) and her pandemonium outfit in other photos, I have come to the conclusion that Clary will be getting attacked by the demon late at night in her mother’s apartment and her mother will be kidnapped on the same night as the Pandemonium scene. Look at these photos: 

So therefore the episode goes as follows: (based purely on my mediocre detective skills). 

Clary goes to the Brooklyn School of Art, seemingly on a normal day which also happens to be the day of her birthday, (possibly see bits and pieces of downworld because at this point, the glamour spells put on her mind are starting to fade) and goes to Java Jones after school with Simon. There she gets invited or proposes to Simon to go to the all ages club Pandemonium for her birthday. Then Clary will go home to change into these cool black clothes she’s probably picked out the night before and she finds a gift from her mother in the living room. Speed up to later that evening, she’s about to enter the club, when she notices Jace all in black and he notices her looking at him, probably feeling weirded out and alarmed that this mundie girl can see him and Simon is completely confused as well as to why Clary is focusing attentively on what seems to him as just plain air, when Jace approaches Clary, asking her if she can see him, and to be careful…etc. Then when Clary is in the club with Simon trying to enjoy herself, she sees a clubber who seem to have fangs (the vampire clubber listed on IMDb page) and then she sees Izzy, Alec and Jace. Magnus probably appears somewhere in there. Then a fight starts to happen between the shadowhunters and the demons that Izzy has attracted. Clary and Simon run out with all the other people in the club who have run out and then Clary, all frazzled, gets a phone call from her mother telling her not to come home. So of course, Clary goes home and finds her mother gone and her apartment ransacked. She calls Luke at the police station but then the ravener demon then attacks her. She kills it (this is just wishful thinking) and then Jace swoops in and carries her out back to the Institute. When she wakes up, she’s in the Institute surrounded by Jace, Izzy and Alec. And then the episode ends with her all confused. 

That is my theory of how the pilot for the show will be like. Any added thoughts are welcome. 

5. There have been recent rumors from SpoilerTV that we do not know if they are true, but we can still assess them. 

- Elements from City of Ashes will be featured including the introduction of Camille and Meliorn: We already know this with the recent uploads of Vimeo auditions for both those characters.
- Meliorn becomes involved with two characters, using one for information: Most likely Isabelle and I believe the other will be either Magnus (just my mere guess, not confirmed).
- Someone is held hostage by the vampires in an attempt to learn more about the Mortal Cup: Most likely Simon. Though, it is unlikely that Simon will be in rat form for the same issue is with the TV show just as it was with non-rat movie!Simon.
- The City of Bones is visited during an early episode: This is not an issue at all, because in order for the gang to venture out and find some answers, they first go to Clary’s house at the crime scene and then go to the City of Bones to figure out why there is a block on Clary’s mind. This is following the book. 

All in all, I think that the show will most likely be VERY different from the books but I believe the changes will give us something to look forward to and that the character arcs and relationships will stay the same and world building will also stay fairly accurate to the books. 

Please do not send hate or negative thoughts to the cast or crew due to the changes, because most likely whatever you demand from them will not be granted. If you gather many people to support one common thing you want to see in the show such as Izzy’s necklace, possibly it might pop up in the show one way or another. 

If there are any comments or any information you want me to add, please feel free to send me a message through my ask box or leave one after you reblog this post. Also, if you plan on screenshotting any part of this post and posting it on Instagram or Twitter or Facebook, please give me credit from my tumblr. Thanks! 

PS: All photos either from Google or McG’s or Ed Decter’s Twitter.

Making God Bleed or, How Legend of Korra Nails Handling Its Main Character

We’ve all been extremely vocal for quite some time about the way Asami, Mako, Bolin, and others have been handled throughout the seasons.  However, one character who has been consistently handled nearly flawlessly has been Korra herself. Below I’ll map out and describe the processes involved in molding her, but here are three words (in order) to summarize it: event, choice, consequences. 

 “The narrator cannot escape the consequences of the story he is telling.” – Anton Chekov

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okay putting all this “losing the past lives connection was a necessary evil, etc.” discussion aside for a moment let’s look back to what korra’s gone through in the last two season finales:

she lost her bending (temporarily) in book 1.

she lost her connection to her past lives (permanently) in book 2.

so what the heck is she going to lose in the next two books?! ಠิ﹏ಠิ