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Different reactions to Joseph

Me the day DD was announced: Joseph looks like that rich arrogant douchebag. Who would want to date him.
Me the day they introduced Joseph: I take every bad thing I said about you back omg. What a cinnamon roll™. He loves baking with his children, what a darling ;;
Me when I played DD: I love him so much omg look at him. He gave us cookies oh dear. How can you hate him.
Me seeing stuff about the cult end: Wow you know what? Fuck you. I trusted you and you fucking asshole just omg this is the worst, I got played by a white man. Now he wants me dead jfc would you look at that.
Me after his canon route:….. I mean…. I didn’t… I well… Okay I fucking guess
Me now: Joseph Christiansen is a complex and human character, who’s not a demon cause that cult ending is scrapped apparently. Of course he’s not good and innocent like we all thought but he also isn’t a bad person. It’s stupid to assume that he’s abusive or that Mary is abusive, when they both are bad in their own way but also have good traits. It is human to have flaws, which makes characters interesting and I hope that we will get a good ending, where he and Mary end their marriage and try to work out all their problems and maybe become good friends after this. Still it doesn’t change the fact that I love you.

the best part about homecoming is that peter got tony involved in his vlog. like, the kid literally had tony say “a minor upgrade” so he could edit it in when he saw the new suit and when tony saw peter was filming himself he just joined in and started making jokes

Also, I’m getting really frustrated with people’s “don’t excuse Magnus, Alec was just doing his job!!!” because yes he was and he made what he thought was the right call but did everyone just forget that Magnus is the High Warlock of Brooklyn? That protecting other warlock’s, and downworlders as a whole, has been his m o since the first time we saw him? Imagine being Magnus and finding out that not only does the man who tried to kill you, who slaughtered your people, who tortured and drugged one of your oldest friend’s, who’s demon murdered another, has a weapon that could allow him to finish the job? And not only that, but you’re boyfriend of all people, knew about it and said nothing? Can you imagine the betrayal Magnus must have felt? Busting his ass to help Shadowhunters, to convince the downworld that this time, this time it will be different, only to find out one of the people you trust most in the world left you fighting blind? From what we understand of Magnus, his anger is not centered in the fact that Alec didn’t tell him something. It’s that Alec didn’t tell him something that put lives in danger, lives Magnus feels responsible for. He’s angry because he feel Alec didn’t see him as trustworthy enough to carry that secret, despite all the trust he’s extended to Alec. From Magnus’s perspective, Alec put the Clave’s secrets over Downworlder lives. We see that wasn’t Alec’s intention, Luke sees it too or is trying too( having been on both sides now), but Magnus has been alive a long time, he’s seen the clave put itself before the downworld before and he’s lost friends because of that, so his perspective is colored by a lot of history and a lot of hurt. So when Alec says, “lets not make this personal”, he’s missing the fact that, for Magnus, it already was personal. Just in the framing of the show, we know Magnus had to bury Ragnar. We know he had to heal the damage that Valentine did to Dot. It’s already personal for Magnus in a way it isn’t for Alec. I think part of their getting though this is going to be Alec coming to terms with who Magnus is to the downworld and understanding the Clave’s hand in what Magnus has had to go through.

yellow-eyed-asshats  asked:

I have a question that may come out sounding kinda rude, but why can't writers write poc as people, put them through the same trials and tribulations as caucasian characters? This may come out sounding different that what I've asked in my head so if that's the case, I'm terribly sorry

Writing About PoC Trials and Tribulations

I understand where you’re coming from, because it looks unequal when you take it simply as “humans struggle, so why can’t we write about PoC struggling?”

What Topics To Avoid isn’t talking about struggle in general, which is where the confusion comes from.

Yes, you can write PoC struggling. This is not the question at hand.

What that post was pointing out is PoC struggle is rarely individual trials and tribulations like white characters.

When a white character struggles, they are struggling with something that is an individual struggle that is treated as a universal narrative for that person’s individual issues (like, everyone’s felt like an underdog at one point for various reasons). But if you look at the dominant stories for PoC, the struggle is directly because of their ethnicity, such as segregation, or a racial-based war, and/or colonialism, to name a few. The plot falls apart when the ethnicity/situation is changed.

We are asking you to look at why you are attracted to struggles that come directly as a result of being a certain ethnicity. 

Starcrossed lovers are fine, but why does every starcrossed lovers story involving a PoC have to be set at a time when interracial marriage was illegal, and/or in a setting where one side’s family hate the other for their skin tone?

An underdog with less experience is fine, but why does every underdog involving a PoC involve somebody who came from an impoverished background and low quality schools because it’s in a predominantly PoC neighbourhood?

The question we want white writers to ask is: “does my character struggle and experience pain primarily because of their ethnic background, does my character experience a unique struggle because of their ethnic background, or is my struggle primarily because of individual circumstances that are informed by the ethnicities at hand?”

If they experience a struggle primarily because of their ethnic background (ie- segregation), then that is a very nuanced narrative that should be left alone by outsiders because it’s exploiting another person’s pain for your plot.

If they experience a struggle heavily informed because of their ethnic background (ie- underdog because of racism, navigating a system that has particularly potent institutionalized racism like the psychiatric system), then that is an identity story that should be left alone by outsiders because it’s treating various isms (racism, classism, colourism) as a tragic backstory to overcome.

If they experience a struggle where their ethnicity plays a part but only minor events change if you switch around ethnicity (ie- starcrossed lovers where one side is very closed off), then it’s primarily because of individual circumstance that can be written by outsiders who do enough research.

I recently saw a very cute concept where a boy falls in love with a Muslim girl who keeps halal. He tried to win her heart by cooking, but she refused to eat it because it wasn’t halal. Once he discovered what the issue was, he learned all about halal cooking and made her halal meals to win her heart.

This story is only moderately informed by the girl’s customs. The story could be simply that she’s a picky eater, allergic to some foods, or has specific tastes. Because you can swap out a few things for it, this story isn’t About Being Muslim. The plot would’ve changed based on what it was, but the actual plot point could be anything.

But if there was a similar “guy falls for Muslim girl” situation and his family was Islamophobic, that would be using Islamophobia for plot pain and reinforcing all the gross stuff Muslims go through because of Islamophobia.

Hope that clears things up.

~ Mod Lesya