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The Other Ryn - Chapter 1 - KaerWrites - Dragon Age: Inquisition [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 21/?
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dragon Age (Video Games), Dragon Age - All Media Types
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Male Inquisitor/Dorian Pavus, Male Lavellan/Dorian Pavus
Characters: Male Lavellan, Dorian Pavus
Additional Tags: time travel-ish, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Multiple/Alternate Realities
Series: Part 3 of Redcliff Amulet
Summary:

Every choice matters - every choice has consequences. An accident with Alexius’s amulet brought Dorian to another world, where a different Inquisitor made all the difference in the Inquisition as he knew it. Now back in his original reality, Dorian sets off in search of clan Lavellan - and the Inquisitor who could have been.

So About That Whole Thing

LONG COMIC BOOK RANT INCOMING:

Okay some things need to be said:

1. If you’re going to write a smug thunk-piece about the “failure” of “diversity” in comics, maybe don’t use the cover image of a book that’s had 4 collections on the NYT graphic books bestseller list, won a Hugo and cleaned up at Angouleme. Just because you HOPE it’s on the chopping block, oh Riders of the Brohirrim, doesn’t mean it is.

2. I will tell you exactly why Ms Marvel works: it didn’t set out to be Ms Marvel. We were originally going to pitch it as a 10 issue limited series. I had a 3 issue exit strategy because I assumed we were going to get canned. There was no “diversity initiative” anywhere–getting that thing made at all was a struggle. It was a given that any character without AT LEAST a 20-year history would tank. Everybody, myself included, assumed this series was going to work out the same way.

3. That freed us–by “us” I mean the whole creative team–to tell exactly the story we wanted to tell. We had nothing to lose, nothing to overcome but low expectations. That gave us room to break a lot of rules.

STUFF THAT IS DIFFICULT TO REPLICATE AND IMPOSSIBLE TO PLAN:

1. Unexpected audiences. We are at a point in history when the role of religion is at a tremendous inflection point. What I didn’t realize was that the anxieties felt by young Muslims are also felt by young Mormons, evangelicals, orthodox Jews, and others. A h-u-g-e reason Ms Marvel has struck the chord it has is because it deals with the role of traditionalist faith in the context of social justice, and there was–apparently–an untapped audience of people from a wide variety of faith backgrounds who were eager for a story like this. Nobody could have predicted or planned for that. That’s being in the right place at the right time with the right story burning a hole in your pocket. Plenty of other stuff I’ve written and liked has fallen with a huge thud. That’s the norm. Exceptions are great when they happen, but hard to plan.

2. The paradox of low expectations. The bar was set pretty low for Ms Marvel, but because of Ms Marvel’s success, that bar got set much higher for similar books that came later.

STUFF THAT IS ENTIRELY AVOIDABLE:

1. This is a personal opinion, but IMO launching a legacy character by killing off or humiliating the original character sets the legacy character up for failure. Who wants a legacy if the legacy is shitty?

2. Diversity as a form of performative guilt doesn’t work. Let’s scrap the word diversity entirely and replace it with authenticity and realism. This is not a new world. This is *the world.*

3. Never try to be the next whoever. Be the first and only you. People smell BS a mile away.

4. The direct market and the book market have diverged. Never the twain shall meet. We need to accept this and move on, and market accordingly.

5. Not for nothing, but there is a direct correlation between the quote unquote “diverse” Big 2 properties that have done well (Luke Cage, Black Panther, Ms Marvel, Batgirl) and properties that have A STRONG SENSE OF PLACE. It’s not “diversity” that draws those elusive untapped audiences, it’s *particularity.* This is a vital distinction nobody seems to make. This goes back to authenticity and realism.

AND FINALLY

On a practical level, this is not really a story about “diversity” at all. It’s a story about the rise of YA comics. If you look at it that way, the things that sell and don’t sell (AND THE MARKETS THEY SELL IN VS THE MARKETS THEY DON’T SELL IN) start to make a different kind of sense.

4

#is this not love tho?
#are these not similar situations? #broadly speaking that is

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I know she’s a villain but I love Marcia Warren as Vivian Norbury. 

I love her poise under pressure, and I love the desperate grip she keeps on her dignity in the face of Sherlock’s verbal assault.  I love her smart but unflashy style, I love her dramatic choice of setting, I love her rueful humor when she realizes the jig is up, I love her poorly-judged refusal to let Sherlock have the last word.

I love Vivian Norbury.

inlibdingcolor  asked:

So why exactly do a full reboot?

For the same reason the original DuckTales changed the setting of the comics to present day, shipped off Donald, moved the nephews in with Scrooge, and introduced Launchpad, Webby, Beakley, Duckworth etc.: to provide today’s kids with a sense of ownership in the series and relateability.

There was a (very brief) second where we considered a continuation, with Scrooge missing and the family coming together to find him. But that required kids to know A LOT about a 30 year old show and provided a high barrier to entry. Starting from scratch allowed us to pay homage to (and incorporate) everything that came before while creating new relationships, backstories, dynamics, and legends, including some stuff that wasn’t covered by the original from the comics.

I keep pointing to all the wildly different adaptations of Batman (from Dick Sprang to Frank Miller to ‘66 to Burton to TAS to Brave and The Bold to Nolan to Lego). You can change certain elements, performers, tones, etc, but they’re all Batman. The character is strong enough to withstand interpretation. I believe that’s also true of Scrooge and co.

At the end of the day, our job is to try to give today’s kids the same feeling we had when we watched the original series. Getting caught up in old continuity would have gotten in the way of that.

anonymous asked:

what's wrong with ghost in the shell? i've never seen it or the original

there’s literally several things wrong with the movie and i dont have the links to them right now but what it comes down to are these points:

  1. blatant whitewashing of a story of japanese origins, set in japan?? 
  2. racist in the way they killed off the japanese backstory in the movie in a very roundabout way that had tones of “whites are better”
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Say hello to the Garden Trolls! A fan made sub species of troll that are related to the Rainbow Trolls. 

They are a race of Trolls found in the far reaches of the forest. They are kin of the Trolls found in the original Troll Tree, the Rainbow Trolls. Typically keeping close to the ground, building burrows and shacks along tree roots. They are peaceful creatures but be careful not to cross them because they will come back for vengeance. 

This is an open, Free-to-Make sub species, you don’t have to ask me to create one! Just tag it as garden troll or tag me in it so i can see what you made!!

Click the read more for all the lore details!

Keep reading

Seriously why does no one talk about the YJ tie-in comics?

I feel like not a lot of people are aware that this exists. Because if you’re looking to temporarily satisfy your YJ needs after binge-watching the show, this is it. Not to mention, this is all canon and written by the creators of the show. This comic has almost anything you ever wanted.

Supey and Wally bonding time?

Bam! Bro-time with the Wall-man! [this takes place after the Cadmus break-in before Batman made his decision]


Curious about what caused the team to become superheroes?

Bam! The smol children’s humble origins 


Ever wondered what set off Superboy’s weird hatred of monkeys?

Ka-blam! Holy green creepy psychotic monkeys, Batman!


Did you ever pine to see the team and their mentors to work together more?

Bam! Look at these snarky children and their mentors! [heh, I included that Kid Flash/The Flash panel for that Endgame foreshadowing…]


Remember the beginning of “Downtime” and ever wondered what happened in that failed mission with Clayface?

Bam! Children getting wrecked by this ugly monster!


Or remember when Beastboy mentioned that poisonous flower incident incident in “Earthlings”?

Bam! Connor trying to be a sweet boyfriend to M’gann! 


Ever wanted to know how Jaime ended up joining the team?

Bam! Nightwing and Wondergirl recruiting this sweet child (this is also where many started shipping Wonderbeetle due to their interactions in the comic).

This isn’t all of it, of course. There is this and way more. I’d say that the writing is of course on-par with the show. There’s so many plot-twists that were certainly unexpected when I first read through these. Some of these are fun (like the team sitting around a campfire and telling their stories) but there are others that are more serious, like the type of stories you’d expect to find in the show.

Also, not only can you show support for YJ by watching it on Netflix, buying the comics show your support to Warner Bros as well. So if you can afford it, I’d say give it a shot!