Why Newt Scamander is NOT a cinnamon roll and why he’s
First of all, I am NOT saying that I hate Newt at all – I
LOVE Newt, I LOVE Eddie and I’ve loved watching Eddie act since I saw him in
“The Theory of Everything”. I think Eddie is fantastic, and I do love Newt’s
HAVING SAID THAT, this rant is more to do with the fandom
than anything else – as in, me being pissed off with the fandom because of
their “Newt is a precious cinnamon roll/Newt is too good for this world/Newt is
perfect/Newt needs protecting” mentality. This isn’t all of the fandom, of
course, but it’s a fair few and I’ve found myself getting gradually more and
more infuriated over the past few months about it. This shouldn’t be regarded
as hate, more as a retort/insight as to why I disagree with this silly
Let me start off by saying: Newt Scamander is VERY flawed.
There, I said it.
Newt is NOT perfect. He’s awkward, has little to no regard
for other humans, and is pretty untrustworthy to be honest. How? I present to
you, an extract from the screenplay:
So, you got your wand permit? All foreigners have to have them in New York.
I made a postal application weeks ago
Small but think: if he’s lying about a postal application,
chances are he’s lying about a lot more important stuff too. Either way, she
was going to write him up. He had very little to gain from lying. I would also
like to add that he’s breaking yet another law (even if it’s silly, it’s still
breaking a law).
The thing that we, the audience, have to understand about
Newt is that we like him because we know he’s a protagonist – we know he’s
Eddie, we know the kind of person he is even before we watch the film. But if
you look at it from an inside perspective – i.e. someone who lives in the
universe of the film – he’s shady as fuck. He not only didn’t bother with a
wand permit application, he also smuggled beasts into the country illegally (he
had full knowledge of what he was doing, don’t deny it), apparated with a
No-Maj, then didn’t obliviate that No-Maj, accidentally set a Niffler loose in
a bank and basically decided “hey, fuck the law, I’d rather expose wizards than
lose my Niffler/miss the egg hatching” when he apparated with Jacob. Standing
on the steps of the bank, talking to an abusive woman/leader of the NSPS, he
probably looked even more suspicious (especially seeing as she openly called
him “friend” – which, to be honest, doesn’t really mean a lot but just imagine
you’re there and that happens…you’d probably be a bit iffy about it).
How else is Newt untrustworthy in the first half of the
film? He lies to Tina about why he’s in New York in the first place and he then
blackmails Jacob into sneaking away from the girls’ apartment even though they
gave them food and hot cocoa. You know when Newt says “you do realize that once
they see you’ve stopped sweating, they’ll obliviate you in a heartbeat”? It’s
sly blackmail. He knows that Jacob doesn’t want his memory wiped, he knows that
Jacob is enjoying this new world that he’s been exposed to, and Newt is using
that to his advantage. The choice in front of Jacob he’s setting out is: “Help
me find my creatures and remain in this wonderful world…or, you know, stay here
and have your memory wiped”.
I’m not denying the friendship between Newt and Jacob –
their friendship is wonderful. But at this point, they aren’t exactly friends
really, even if they’re starting to head that way. Newt was perfectly happy to
attempt to sneak out of the apartment on his own before Queenie called him out
– part of the reason he’s probably bringing Jacob is because he knows that
Jacob will say something otherwise. I mean, Jacob is a good guy – he didn’t
want to leave because he knew it would be rude to just leave the girls after
all they had done for them. I’m not saying that Newt isn’t a good guy, I’m
Newt also has a total disregard for other humans/safety;
“yep, let me throw a Swooping Evil in a No-Maj’s face for a joke”. Total dick
move, even if he thought he knew what he was doing. “No-Maj is lying on the
floor bleeding – nah, he’s fine, where’s the creatures?”. “Let me bring a
No-Maj on a hunt to find potentially dangerous creatures”.
Actual thing in the screenplay when Jacob has been bitten by
“With TINA’S back turned, NEWT makes towards the door”
What makes Newt turn back?
“TINA emits a guttural scream as
the Murtlap comes scuttling out (…) NEWT spins, catching the creature by the
Newt wasn’t concerned at all for Jacob – “oh, it’s not
serious”. Yeah, maybe not to a wizard but to a No-Maj whose physiology is
different? Potentially extremely dangerous.
But, yeah, no - Newt is absolutely perfect of course so we’ll forget about it. (sarcasm)
He isn’t just awkward either, okay? He had no problem
dragging Jacob down into the case, nor when it came to pushing Tina’s hair back
at the docks. Every time I see a fic where he stutters out “I-I-I-I l-lo-love
you”, I puke in my mouth a bit. That is so OOC and silly. When it’s humans he
knows and likes (loves, in Tina’s case, fight me), he’s more confident and
assured – so please stop saying that he’s awkward and will forever be so
awkward that he cannot have human friends/love interests.
Newt has great qualities, of course, I’m not denying
that…but please stop writing him/saying he’s perfect…or that he’s “too good for
this world”/”too pure”/”too innocent”. He’s really not. He’s flawed, as all the
best characters should be, and if you love his character then you should also
be able to say “he’s got flaws and that’s okay”.
With this image of him being “perfect”, there comes my next
pet-peeve: Tina hate.
I have legit seen people say that Newt is “too good/perfect”
for Tina. I can’t even begin to sum up the stupidity of that idea; shipping
aside, they’re both flawed characters in their own ways and that’s totally
fine. I feel that some of the Tina-hate stems from either jealousy or the idea
that Newt is too perfect; it’s like “oh, my OC is perfect because she’s just
like Newt”. Please, no. Don’t.
Tina-hate also seems to stem from the fact that she “turned
Newt in”. The usual rant goes here: a) it was her job, b) he’s pretty shady, c)
you’d all complain if she put a guy she barely knew over getting her career
back on track….etc. etc. Suddenly, because Tina DID HER JOB and it happened to
involve arresting Newt, that makes her the fandom’s number one enemy.
Tina isn’t the only one I’ve seen receive hate: I legit saw
someone say that they hated Queenie for “forcing Newt to get with Tina” and I
just…? Since fucking when? How does “you need a giver” translate as “you have
no choice but to marry my sister and live in Dorset with her”?
As I said, this fandom is so obsessed with the idea of
“precious cinnamon roll Newt is too good too pure he needs protection”. He’s
NOT this. Please stop making him like this. He’s a flawed man, he makes
mistakes, as do we all, he’s far from perfect.
As I said before, I love Newt, he’s a great character, but
the way that the fandom categorizes him as “a perfect sexy wonderful cinnamon
roll who is too good for this world” is actually vomit-inducing and makes me
start wanting to hate him – it genuinely puts me off being in the fandom when
they push the idea that a character is too flawless, and Newt isn’t flawless
which is why he’s a great character.
This rant made little to no sense really and I’m now off to
Hey, James, what would you consider the perfect crime.
*thinking about all the crimes he's gotten away with* Hmmm.... I don't...
Steve, please, this is easy.
I break into Tiffany's at midnight. Do I go for the vault? No, I go for the chandelier. It's priceless. As I'm taking it down, a woman catches me. She tells me to stop. It's her father's business. She's Tiffany. I say no. We make love all night. In the morning, the cops come and I escape in one of their uniforms. I tell her to meet me in Mexico, but I go to Canada. I don't trust her. Besides, I like the cold. Thirty years later, I get a postcard. I have a son and he's the chief of police. This is where the story gets interesting. I tell Tiffany to meet me in Paris by the Trocadero. She's been waiting for me all these years. She's never taken another lover. I don't care. I don't show up. I go to Berlin. That's where I stashed the chandelier.
Summary: After being rejected by your best friend Bucky, Sam sets you up with one of his friends, on the condition that if the date doesn’t go well, you have to sign up for a dating app. The date doesn’t go well. As you begin to look for love in other places, Bucky starts to feel something he never felt before. Jealous.
Bucky Barnes X Reader
Word Count: 1274
Warnings: It’s a little angsty.. And there is bad language!
A/N: All of the support and comments that I have been receiving on this series has really made me feel so great and totally inspired!! I’m sorry this part is.. Well.. You’ll see.. Feedback as always would be amazing!! Thank you for reading xoxo
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I have two lipsticks in a Matte finish (pictured left) and two in the Velvet finish (pictured right). Here are the swatches in both natural daylight and under mobile flash. You can see that the product stay true to the shade of the lipstick bullet even under the flash. Their staying power is fantastic and I had to use an oil-based remover to get them off my arm.
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The kit comes with a little mixing tray, a primer liquid and the metallic eyeshadow. Again, 10 shades are available in this collection and I have 3 of them to show you. The consistency is very creamy and it glides on with ease using your finger or a brush. It’s a thick medium and a little goes a long, so you can use the primer to dilute the cream but I feel the thickness adds to the intense metallic pay-off.
I have swatched the eyeshadow straight from the pot on the left, and on the right I have mixed the eyeshadow with a tiny amount of the primer. If you use too much you get more of a wishy-washy pay-off so bare that in mind. Personally, I don’t really see the point of the primer. There wasn’t any obviously contrast with and without the primer (unless you use too much) and it lasted just the same without. I think it’s phenomenal all on it’s own! I will definitely be stocking more of these in my kit.
Each Colour Chrome Kit retails at £14.99
The last three swatches I have to show you are from the MyShadow Cream Eyeshadow Collection. Once more there are 10 beautiful shades available in this range. Just to clarify incase you thought I had swatched the same shade twice, I happened to chose 2 almost identical eyeshadows from this assembly. I’m quite surprised by how similar they are, in my opinion I think one should have been a bit deeper or brighter in tone to differentiate the two.
The MyShadow Cream Eyeshadows are less shiny than the Colour Chrome pots, but still have a gorgeous shimmery glow. The consistency is creamy with a smooth finish compare to the thick finish of the Chrome pots, and would go on the eyes best with your finger rather than using a brush.
Each pot retails at £6.99
Overall, I am a massive fan of these products and I am excited by what Models Own have produced for us thus far! They have hit the floor running and I look forward to seeing AND trying more from them throughout 2017!
Let me know if you have tried any of the Models Own makeup and what you think?
the sun was in the sky, shining unusually bright among the white and puffy clouds. despite the numerous rays, the atmosphere was not heated, but warm, like butterflies in one’s stomach or the chirping of a bird on a tree. the whole world felt bright, calm, peaceful.
magnus couldn’t help but smile as he felt lips so familiar and as sweet as champagne (and making his heart pound and whirl like the bubbles in the festive, sparkling wine) press kiss after lingering kiss all over his face, each kiss accompanied with whispered words of “i love you” “you’re my everything” “you’re so beautiful” “i missed you”. the welcomed presence of alec lightwood was all around him as the shadowhunter was practically in his lap as they sat on the couch on the balcony. the already honeyed and soft air was accompanied and caressed with soft laughter and kisses that were sugary, delicious and as rich as the finest dessert.
magnus laughed and turned his head to the side, trying to read a report sent to him that morning from a client in venezuela. this didn’t deter alec in the slightest, following him and pecking his cheek and jawline.
“kiss me.” alec hummed against his skin, low and raspy and content, and if that didn’t make magnus weak in the knees, nothing else would. still, he remained strong, looking over alec’s shoulder to read the report, giggling as he felt alec’s fingers try to move his jaw towards his eager and kiss deprived mouth.
“patience is a virtue,” magnus sighed, smiling softly and alec settled for placing kisses along magnus’ neck, slow kisses that were deep and were carefully placed. “give me a few minutes, then i will kiss you to your heart’s content, alexander.”
“honestly, if you told me to wait a lifetime, i would do it,” alec mumbled, his lips brushing against magnus’ throat with every word. “I meant what I said, I can’t live without you.”
magnus’ breath hitched and he almost dropped the report altogether. even though him and his darling alexander had made up a few days ago, had kissed under the stars on that tipsy and dreamy night, a night that tasted of victory and freedom, his declaration still shook him to the very core.
magnus slowly set the report down behind him and nudged alec so that his face would reappear from where it was tucked into the crook of his neck. god, he had missed alec in the morning. hair wild, smile sleepy and soft, always so touchy and cuddly and wanting nothing more than to stay in bed with magnus and trade kisses and hold him. wearing magnus’ sweatpants and an old t-shirt, he looked absolutely dashing, a smudge of flour still lingering on his face after he had offered to make magnus pancakes, probably wiping his cheek absentmindedly in the middle of the process.
magnus hoped that alec knew one hundred percent that he had captured his heart completely and was very much alright with it being in his possession.
“I missed you, you stupid shadowhunter,” magnus whispered with a bit of a chuckle but with clear sincerity, brushing his nose against alec’s as his hands cupped alec’s face. aec crumbled at his touch, inhaling magnus’ cologne and his shampoo and the other various scents of their home.
“i’m never going to leave you ever again,” alec replied, kissing the corner of magnus’ mouth softly. “please never let me go.”
magnus responded by pulling alec in for a hug, their legs tangling and their hearts both pounding but the feeling of security and love radiated from their embrace as alec tucked his head into magnus’ shoulder.
“don’t you have a report to read?” alec asked after a few minutes and magnus pulled away, disbelief on his face.
“unbelievable. one minute ago, you didn’t care!” he smacked alec’s chest playfully. “you absolute menace, you.”
“just keeping my beautiful boyfriend on track is all,” alec said innocently, pecking magnus on the lips. “go, do what you need to do. I’m not going anywhere.” magnus grinned, remembering the last time he said those exact same words to alec in what felt oh so long ago. he untangled himself from alec’s arms and legs and stood up, still holding alec’s hand.
“let’s go to lunch later, okay? How does mexican sound?”
alec kissed magnus’ hand in his adoringly. “sounds fantastic.”
they stayed like that, holding hands before magnus pulled slowly away, his fingers sliding out of alec’s while backing away towards the door, both of them beaming at each other in that way that let others around them know that they were utterly in love.
for the first time in weeks, both magnus and alec felt complete.
and it took magnus quite a while to stop smiling so much that his cheeks hurt and actually start reading that stupid report.
also speaking of botw (no spoilers–except for what’s Not in the game, I guess): I’m absolutely loving it so far and trying to pull myself away from it long enough to do some fanart, but my only real criticism thusfar is why has Nintendo yet again relegated Ganon’s role just to some Vague Evil Presence??? We already had that with SS (sort of) and once was enough tbh. Like his characterization started to get good with OoT, peaked at WW, was still decent but I felt lost some of that good direction by TP, and now we’re back again to the villain of the series being more of a concept than a character. (unless of course there’s something I don’t know about later in the game, but I haven’t heard anything, so…) For a game that’s making so many positive strides towards more well rounded storytelling (the memory cutscenes, lots more npcs, more dialogue, etc), and especially in one with some more mature themes, the neglect of one of the three central characters is killin me, man. How you gonna finally bring back Gerudos and not have a well developed Ganondorf ))): BOO