I don’t really prefer Ladrien over the ships as far as, like, me writing and creating personally. I write a lot more Adrienette and Ladynoir, for example. However, when it comes to observing and consuming other things, I prefer Ladrien mostly because a lot of what’s put out there otherwise isn’t my cup of tea, especially Marichat. Ladynoir is usually fine, and Adrienette is usually okay, but it can portray Mari as a little more spineless and insecure than is canon (she gets a bit nervous and excited sometimes, that’s it). Marichat tends to do that as well, but then also layers romantic stereotypes on top–the princess type in her tower approached by the flirtatious “bad boy,” etc. It’s so overdone and, generally, out of character. Not only that, but it tends to invalidate the feelings Marinette and Adrien already have with this idea that Chat Noir and Marinette are the “realer” versions of the characters.
But you didn’t ask why I don’t like Marichat, lol, you asked why I DO like Ladrien.
Ladrien breaks a lot of the stereotypes Marichat succumbs to. Adrien becomes the one in the tower to be impressed, Mari remains the one with power. It flips the gender tropes on their heads while still remaining more in-character. Narratively, Adrien is the princess in Miraculous Ladybug while Marinette is the leading man that takes control. She’s the one that’s morally questionable (stealing, constant tardiness, manipulative, etc) and that performs the more masculine role, whereas Chat, while he can be rash, is the moral compass as well as the one looking to escape his implied “royal” position by teaming up with Ladybug (he’s also the supporter and the one to encourage, which is, again, a position a woman is generally given). You look at princesses getting saved by the daring bad boy, romcoms with the good-girl that gets with the questionable ruffian, etc, etc, and it’s no wonder these tropes dominate Marichat interpretations–it’s easy, we’re bombarded with it, and we’re taught to look for it. Ladrien goes against the grain and, because it does, it makes it harder to create because one has to actually think about how to approach it–it tends to be more insightful not only because it requires more than the expected, but because it’s more reflective of the character’s positions.
A princess is in a “tower” because she’s a prisoner–just look at any classic disney movie and, nine times out of ten, the princess is a prisoner of some sort. In Miraculous Ladybug, Adrien is the prisoner, not Marinette. People put her on her balcony thinking that it’s what represents the princess tower, but Adrien’s position is far more representative of that trope than Marinette’s. She already has freedom, she has confidence, she has talent, she has a comfortable position in her social hierarchy. Adrien is the one that lacks friends, that lacks social skills, that lacks freedom. He’s the one that needs to be “rescued.”
Yet people see him in his cat suit and listen to his silly flirting and just toss him into the bad-boy-dropping-in-on-the-princess stereotype without even thinking about it. They look at his appearance and his flirty personality and portray him as some smooth, tongue in cheek sex symbol when (as has been stated by Astruc several times) he’s really a socially awkward dork who can’t express himself as Adrien and doesn’t know how to flirt as Chat, so he goes over the top. To add insult to injury, Marinette gets the socially awkward treatment in Marichat–she’s usually some insecure, distraught girl who views Ladybug as something she’s not, when in reality she IS Ladybug and is generally just as confident as Marinette as she is her super-heroine counterpart. I get tired of meek, insecure, “princess,” out of character Marinette and I get tired of sex god, smooth, out of character Chat.
It’s damn near impossible to write Ladrien this way. By default of the way the romantic trope is being flipped, they end up more in character. Not only that, but it’s not invalidating Marinette and Adrien’s feelings as Marichat tends to with all this “oh, Adrien/Ladybug is just an image” bullshit that drives me crazy.
I’m not gonna lie, my love of Ladrien is directly linked to my loathing of Marichat. Not all Marichat is bad, don’t get me wrong. But it’s SO popular and oftentimes done SO thoughtlessly that I just get tired of it. And because Ladrien is outside the easy and expected, it tends to be more refreshing and thoughtful. It’s like a breath of fresh air.
In the end though, the love square is all the same. I prefer Ladrien because of fandom issues, not because of anything in the show. Marichat in the show is fine too–it’s how people interpret it that irritates me.
What's your personal opinion about romantic rf? I love their friendship, but I also hate shows where all the friends end up dating each other. I'm not totally against it, but if they were to happen I feel like the friendship between Smackle and Riley (one of my favorite friendships that deserves more screen time) and Farkle and Lucas would be damaged.
I don’t ship it at all. I’ve said it before, but I honestly believe that Farkle’s “romantic” love for both girls in the early episodes of the show is more of an act/exaggeration/misunderstanding of what love really is then actual romantic feelings, and that as he grew up and more content with who he is and developed a greater understanding of his feelings and his place in the group he dialed that back a lot. I think he realized that while he does love Riley and Maya and is incredibly close with both of them, it’s not the same kind of love that he initially thought it was.
I love how close he and Riley are, but I personally don’t see it as romantic at this point, and I’m quite confident they’re not going there on the show, for many of the same reasons I don’t see them going to LM.
I once had a dream that I was in class (It was either in between classes or we were having a free period or something.) and I was joking around with this guy I had a crush on back then. For some reason I ended up sitting in his lap (so out of character for me?!?!) and he was being really cute and lovey-dovey and stuff and at that moment I remember thinking, “I know this is a dream, but I better not wake up right now, because I am really enjoying this.” It was so weird, but then again knowing that I’m dreaming happens to me a lot.
So I’ve heard a bit about people wanting special spooky Halloween skins for Overwatch but all I really wanna see is them all doing dumb impressions of eachother with varying degrees of accuracy and effort
you imagine that new pokemon getting a super doting trainer thinking it
has successfully disguised as a pikachu, only to have its wooden tail
fall off one day, poor thing would have a panic attack over if their
trainer will still want them i bet
okay arguably i got a little carried away BUT this idea was way too cute not to run with..! ;u;
i had considered making a comic with a child, but then i thought mimikkyu’s “““tail”““““““ would be a perfect height for a walking stick - and it makes them more huggable anyway!! or at least, sylvester thinks so ^q^
Isn’t it arrogant to put a price on whether life is ‘higher’ or ‘lower,’ Kaneki? We are just bags of meat. The weak bow down and the strong devour them. Rather, if you compared them to all living things, it’s humans who have shaved away the most lives. We are different than them.