the pathos

anonymous asked:

i hope lady tremaine's redemption arc is done correctly if they attempt it because we have yet to see regina fully own up for hunting down a child, trying to murder snow since she was a child up until way into adulthood, separating her from her newborn daughter and husband. ultimately the writers had snow apologize for being bratty and almost damn near say she deserved all of it and i sure as hell hope we won't get some fucked up cinderella/lady tremaine dynamic à la snow/regina

You say to … the biggest Snow and Regina relationship fan in the fandom.  I’d LOVE to see a relationship with that much depth and pathos again.  We should be so lucky.

hollywoodreporter.com
Berlin: Oscar Isaac to Star in WWII Thriller 'The Garbo Network'
He'll play Juan Pujol Garcia, an eccentric double-agent who with no military or covert training.

William Wheeler wrote the script, which is based on the true story of Juan Pujol Garcia, an eccentric double-agent who with no military or covert training, somehow persuaded both the Germans and the British to hire him as a spy. As it turned out, his real allegiance was to England, and working closely with MI5, he created a fictional network of 27 spies said to be spread out over England, Scotland, and Ireland, supplying him with critical information about British troop movements and military planning. He actually made the whole thing up, but it was a turning point in the war, enabling the English to deceive the Germans about the invasion of Normandy.

Storyscape Entertainment’s Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein, Chuck Weinstock, Jason Spire and Isaac are producing.

This is a tricky part. There are very few actors who can do both pathos and comic grandiosity,” said Weinstock. “Oscar is one of them, and we feel very lucky to have him.”

Me regarding love in LWA

So.. anyone remember this? My very succinct review of Episode 10.

Because it is time to talk a bit about this character, Andrew Hanbridge. First things first:

I don’t dislike Andrew

I think he’s a decent character and have gotten better characterization after his first two appearances, but that he was implemented in a bad way and got put in a show where he wasn’t truly needed.

Because that is the thing, Andrew was introduced in the LWA series rather than in the OVAs.

A big appeal of Little Witch Academia’s OVAs for many people (myself included) was the fact that it had an all-girls cast. It is exceedingly rare for an anime to have an all-girls cast and to not be revolving around blatant ‘girly’ themes. Little Witch Academia is not inherently girly, it is just a bunch of teenage girls learning to become witches. By cutting away the boys, the series removed the need to include common teenage girl depiction tropes such as excessive focus on romance, boys, looks etc. Instead the series allows the different girls’ character traits and interests come to the fore.

However, with the introduction of Andrew in the series, Trigger regressed to rely on some of these clichés. In the first episode Andrew appears, all the students go gaga for this stoic, aloof guy solely because he is famous and rumoured to be handsome. So basically all the witch students of Luna Nova (except Lotte, Sucy and Diana) are shown to be gossipy, superficial teenage girls. This portrayal betrays the series earlier depiction of varied and multifaceted girl characters. If a pretty boy is around, then they get reduced to this one-dimensional clichéd stereotype. So the way Andrew was implemented into the series detracts from one of the strong points of the series.

What is Andrew’s role in the series? Reportedly, Trigger wanted him to be Akko’s connection to the ‘muggle’ world, so to speak. But personally, very seldom does he feel like he actually fulfils that purpose.

Instead, it feels like he mostly just behaves like a male ‘Diana’ and made to appear in scenarios where Diana couldn’t perform the same function. Both come from aristocratic families, both are well-spoken and rational-minded, both use careful rational rhetoric to solve problems and both of their character growths’ is because of them continually being amazed and inspired by Akko.

But why? Why would you keep around two characters that are so similar in personality and in character development (at least on paper)?

This is why Andrew being teased as a romantic interest to Akko feels like such a slap in the face to everyone who loved Akko and Diana’s chemistry already back in the OVAs. It makes it seem that Andrew wasn’t introduced despite Diana already existing, but because of it. Like Trigger wanted to cash in on Diana and Akko’s chemistry but turn it into something more ‘acceptable’ for the general audience.

But this is where Trigger confuses the hell out of me. If Andrew is the endgame romantic interest, why isn’t it more clearly established at this point? Why has there been so relatively little time for developing Akko and Andrew together then? Why did Trigger go full speed ahead to develope and show how much Akko and Diana deeply care for eachother rather than with Akko and Andrew instead? Why is there so much focus on and interaction between Akko and Diana in the openings, while Andrew is barely there and doesn’t appear together with Akko?

And to quote from this:

There is only one character holding hands with Akko in the OP. And that character isn’t Andrew.

Because there is one thing that makes me mad, and that is ‘Dianakko’ detractors that refuse to acknowledge Akko and Diana’s deeper connection.

Because the way Akko and Diana have grown so close, despite their differences and initial misunderstandings, shows that there is an unspoken deeper bond between them. Even when they looked down on eachother, they still both show admiration and care for eachother, with neither of them knowing why. There was something that slowly over time drew them closer.

So I must say, as a lesbian, the level of affection displayed by Diana and Akko is to me beyond than ‘just being friends’.

If anyone would carelessly throw themselves into danger to save me like Diana and Akko do for eachother;

if anyone would scream with a desperate worry for me like Diana and Akko do for eachother;

if anyone would keep looking at me with a look full of care and concern like how Akko and Diana look at eachother;

if anyone would tell me to keep trying and chase my dreams, while grabbing my hands and being moved to tears, like how Akko did to Diana;

if anyone would tell me “You continue to astonish me in unexpected ways” while them thinking about every time I’ve amazed and impressed them like Diana did to Akko;

if anyone invited me on a broom like this

or if anyone looked at me like this before replying to my invititation;

if anyone would do such things like these, I would consider them loving me.

However, some people will never accept two girl characters loving each other unless they are being intimately physically affectionate, like kissing eachother. Until they are, it can be handwaved away and be explained that they are just “Gal Pals”, “very good friends” and so on.

If we switched out Diana above for Andrew, so that Akko and Andrew had shared all those interactions, you would definitely see people claiming that they are in love based on those.

This is a double standard that is sadly very real in real life too. Girl-loving girls have to go great lengths for their love to be considered “real” in the eyes of some.

Something that made me feel like I had giant pit in my stomach around the time Episode 10 was released, was how some ‘Ankko’ posts included gifs like these:

What the actual fuck? These moments were somehow considered “sweet Ankko moments” by some fans. One shows Akko being hurt by Andrew, while the other show how Akko very uncomfortably gets forcibly pushed to the wall by a love-drugged Andrew.

Both of these moments made me feel highly uncomfortable and feel genuine distress for Akko in these situations when I watched them. Neither of these abusive moments should be considered sweet or romantic. It is not a good representation of ‘Ankko’ or even Andrew himself alone. And I feel I can’t take any criticism of Dianakko in any serious regard from anyone who did feel these moments were “romantic”.

For me, ‘Dianakko’ is not a case of fanservice, it is a matter of representation.

Either on purpose or by accident, Trigger has managed to write one of the most heartfelt and organic depictions in animation of two girls managing to put aside their vast differences and come to closely understand eachother through what at least I would describe as love. I don’t even ‘need’ A Big Damn Kiss or a dramatic declaration of love. I’d rather want an ending more like the ending of The Legend of Korra, with Akko and Diana leaving together on a broom, to work on a shared future and a shared dream, with room for them growing further closer together and figure out what it means for them. Depictions of girls deeply caring for each other and slowly falling in love are rare outside shows not specifically focusing on girls’ love, thus I feel Diana and Akko are important.

I hope that Trigger soon either finally cements a final pairing and gently lets one part down, or that there will be no confirmed endgame romance. Trigger’s vagueness is just tiring at this point.

So I’m sorry Trigger and Andrew, but I’ve actually had enough of this dude.

March 1, 2017 >> A little early morning early morning studying of my favorite body system for my patho test later today ft. breakfast smoothie. Pro-Tip: there’s spinach in that smoothie adding all kinds of nutrients and you can’t even see or taste it 👍🏼

Ti avrei portato nei musei, e davanti al quadro più bello mi sarei soffermata, non ad osservare questo, ma ad osservare te. Che eri più bello di qualunque quadro esposto al Louvre o all'Hermitage, che davanti ad una Venere di Botticelli o ad una Notte Stellata di Van Gogh, eri tu a farmi mancare il fiato. Che davanti alla sinuosità delle figure e alla bellezza di Apollo e Dafne, avrei preferito guardare la tua meraviglia, il tuo stupore, la tua appassionata ricerca di frutti del bello da contemplare.
Ti avrei portato a guardare i più disparati tramonti, come per dire “il giorno sta per finire, ma tu sei con me”. E davanti a quello spettacolo, sarei rimasta ad ammirare così tanta bellezza, così tanto splendore. E non parlo del sole che cala, ma di te. Tu che eri il mio più bel tramonto, meraviglioso in tutte le sue sfumature, in tutte le sue varianti e sfaccettature.
Ti avrei portato al concerto del tuo cantante preferito e ti avrei dedicato una, due canzoni, giusto per non esagerare. E ti avrei baciato, quando ad essere cantata sarebbe stata quella canzone, quella che ci rappresenta, o che ti rappresenta. E quando ci avrebbero chiesto “com'è stato?”, tu avresti risposto “bellissimo”, il concerto. Io avrei risposto “bellissimo”, tu.
Ti avrei portato in giro per il mondo, che scoprire posti nuovi è bello, ma con te al mio fianco di più. E fra tutte le città da sentire “mie”, mi sarei trovata a casa in ognuna di esse, perché la mia casa eri tu.
Ti avrei portato in uno di quei posti pieni di libri, non importa se una libreria, una biblioteca, o un mercatino. Ti avrei portato in mezzo a tutta quelle storie, e vite, ed emozioni, in cui potremmo perderci entrambi. E in quella mischia di odori, che sai quanto ami, non avrei potuto che pensare al tuo profumo.
Ti avrei portato sotto un cielo pieno di stelle, quel cielo che mi mozza il fiato ogni volta, come se fosse la prima. Un po’ come facevi tu, che più ti guardavo più volevo guardarti, e non mi stancavo, non avrei potuto. Che ogni volta che ti amavo era come la prima volta, ma con più intensità, e con più forza. Come amavo un cielo stellato, da morire, ma te un po’ di più.
Ti avrei reso protagonista indiscusso dei miei scritti, e ti avrei dedicato le più belle poesie. Tu, che per me eri la prosa più bella, la metafora più sfuggente e al contempo limpida e significativa, l'ossimoro della mia poesia.
Ti avrei donato il mio cuore, col quale amarti; le mie mani, con le quali avrei scritto di te, di noi, con le quali avrei dipinto di un tempo migliore; i miei occhi, con i quali vederti, viverti, sognarti, ammirarti, e amarti; le mie labbra, con le quali dar vita alle poesie che di te scrivevo; e me, così che tu te ne prenda cura, come io ho fatto con te.
Ti avrei reso immortale, nel mio cuore, nella mia anima, in quelle parole che ho scritto per te solamente, nei miei gesti, nelle mie pene e sofferenze, e nella mia felicità.
Ti avrei dipinto eroe, e nefando. E avrei dipinto di quell'amore crudele di cui eravamo vittime inconsce, la cui unica sorte scelta e voluta è sempre stata la fine.
Ma avrei continuato anche allora, nel buio, con le mani legate, a “scrivere” di te. Ad amarti come si ama qualcosa di infinito, senza limiti, senza misure. Ad amare, te, e me. Tu, che eri il mio pathos, ed io, che ero il tuo logos.

7

So this is an eternal farewell. Then we must speak the most pathetic language that we can think of. With thees and thous? That way we will never forget the pathos of this moment.

Lil Tidbits From Thomas’s Livestream on Instagram

-Virgil’s name does come from “vigilant”
-Thomas is also aware Virgil is a Roman poet
-Thomas and Joan wanted to do the pathos/logos/ethos thing, but neither Roman or Virgil really fit ethos
-They almost had Virgil be the other side of pathos, which according to them is basically anxiety
-Roman’s name did come from romance/romanticism/Rome/medieval knight Era
-Joan has been helping write the Sanders Side script since Valentine’s Day
-THERE ARE OTHER SIDES
-They might do a video about the sides and which Hogwarts Houses they are, they specifically mentioned getting the redeeming Anxiety arc out of the way first before they did that
-Joan came up with Logan’s line that went along the lines of “it’s better for society to be anxious than complacent”
-They both very carefully left out any information about “the others” except that other sides exist
-Thomas likes the idea of dying his eyebrows in a gradient of black to purple, to match his future purple hair
-They might do a Halloween Sanders sides video where the sides are in costumes and more of Virgil’s room
-They didn’t say anything about seeing the others rooms though :(

If any of you also saw the Livestream and can remember more facts, feel free to add on!

Let Me Touch Your Fire

Pairing: Bucky X Mutant!Reader

Summary: You’re a mutant who was experimented on by Stryker. He changed your mutation so instead of feeling others’ emotions and transferring emotions to them, you can now only transfer emotions and you feel nothing.

Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4   Part 5   Part 6   Part 7   Part 8

Language

(This post is going around.  Since I pretty much like the post, I’m making my own post rather than introducing this in the responses there, but I do want to link to it for context.)

A really cool and classy trans lady I corresponded with for a while on a different social site used words like “transsexual” and “transgendered.”  She spoke of herself as being born in the wrong body, and she spoke of herself as being biologically male, MTF.

She was in her late 60s.

I did not correct her.  I would not in a hundred years have dared.  

Given the social climate and hostility she had endured, I was fortunate to be speaking to her at all.

I have occasionally seen younger people criticizing older people quite harshly for that sort of thing.  That hurts.

The use of language changes, my friends.

It is so, so very important to help people outside the community understand what language is most appropriate, and it’s important to discuss this stuff within the community so that we can reach some kind of consensus (however messy) moving forward.

It is also very, very important to respect the elders among us, and to understand that their experiences and the wisdom they have to share with us are of tremendous importance and incalculable value.  And the language they use?  Is part of their history, and our history, and respecting that fact in all its complexity is part of respecting them . . . and respecting ourselves as a community.

Language is so important, but in thirty years I guarantee you some of the language we defend so vigorously now will be woefully outdated, and many of us will still be clinging to it, much to the consternation of the younger generation.  

I’m not saying it isn’t important to strive to create the most respectful, helpful language possible, and educate others when it is right to do so.  It is vitally necessary that we do so.  But we have to remember that this is a process that, thank heavens, never, ever ends.

Language cannot, and should not, stop evolving.  Look at us.  Look at all of us.  So beautiful, so many.  We are a dynamic community, a vivid community, full of art and history and passion and pathos and great, great power.  Something so lively is always surrounded by change.  That is so beautiful, and should be welcomed going forward … and it should be respected looking back.

There are words not yet invented that will apply to those not yet born.  Those people should be respected when they join us.  And the words we use now, they are good for now, and we should be respected.  And our elders should be respected.  Letting language take that from us is a horrifying prospect.

So.  Let us not forget that language is primarily meant to be what helps bind us together.  Let us remember not to let it set us apart, to squeeze us like a fist.

Please remember your history when discussing language.  You will eventually be part of our history.  You already are.  Please.  Go with open hands.

buzzfeed.com
All Of The Marvel Studios Movie Villains, Ranked From Worst To Best
Being boring is bad, and not in a good way. (Now featuring Spider-Man: Homecoming!) Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS!
By Adam B. Vary

1. Loki (Tom Hiddleston)

Thor, The Avengers, and Thor: The Dark World

Was there ever any doubt who would be No. 1? Thor’s adopted younger brother could have been a sniveling brat pining for the throne. But Tom Hiddleston brought such rich pathos to the character — and Joss Whedon wrote him to be such a dramatic, dynamic villain in The Avengers — that Loki has quickly and deservedly become one of the great movie villains of the last 25 years, period. The only question is: When is he going to get his own movie, already?

I think, too, that part of the reason why this episode and this arc is hitting so hard is because it wound up being a really intensely honest portrayal of depression and substance abuse in a livestreamed D&D game. That’s… not something you necessarily expect to be signing up for when you start watching, especially since that particular character arc started off as purely comedic.

Sam has talked about how the whole cast has played the same characters for so many years that they feel a real responsibility to be honest and genuine with their choices, and he’s also said that he feels he owes it to the people he knows who’ve been through this not to take it lightly and to portray it as accurately as he can.

And the thing about that kind of honesty? It really hurts to watch, especially if you’re not sure whether resolution and catharsis are coming anytime soon. I had a rough time getting through 85, because both Scanlan’s lashing-out and understandable-but-unfair attacks on his friends and VM’s well-meaning but just-the-wrong-thing-to-say responses were deeply, personally familiar as the things you hear both from folks who have never been through it and from folks who know exactly where you’re at but whose depression manifested in a different way that happened to catch fewer people in the crossfire (Vax in particular comes to mind there—he was saying the things he needed to hear from a friend back then, which were not the things Scanlan needed to hear in the moment). It hurt because it was raw, because there’s no easy way to put somebody at fault for the conflict, and because the other players were reacting so genuinely with such a familiar combination of betrayal, defensiveness, anger, frustration, and above all hurt and concern.

For me, personally, the episode was cathartic in a strange sort of way, because Scanlan was able to remove himself from the part of his life that was the epicenter of his misery, and he was able to recognize that the only thing that had a chance in hell of pushing him toward recovery was getting to know his daughter as a person rather than as a symbol he couldn’t disappoint (sound familiar to his relationship with Pike?). Sam’s talked and hinted for a while now about how Scanlan’s been putting more and more pressure on himself to be something different since he met Kaylie, and you just know that a lot of Scanlan’s “how could you not recognize there was something wrong with me?” comments were directed toward himself as well as the group.

And to me, the thing that kept the episode from descending into a horrible morass of hurt feelings was the moment when everyone in the argument sort of took a step back and had that realization of “okay, this is a fight, this is a serious fight we’re having, and it’s because we’re family”. Because this show’s always, always emphasized the validity and importance of the family you make, and despite some very serious conflicts that come up between them, the love’s always there and no conflict is flat-out insurmountable. Some conflicts can’t be resolved with constant painstaking conversation, some wounds can’t keep getting exposed to the air if you want them to heal properly, and Scanlan recognized that things were just going to get worse if he didn’t have some time to himself for a while.

So… it’s rough, but one of the biggest strengths of this show is its ability to evoke pathos without wallowing, to find hope and humor and fun even in the worst places imaginable, and this whole mess with Taryon felt like the best possible way to keep that narrative going while still giving the characters agency and treating this thing with the gravity it deserves. It’s going to be challenging, and everyone’s gonna be raw and grieving for a while, but I honestly think the end result’s going to be worlds more positive and hopeful than what would’ve happened had Scanlan stayed on and continued to spiral. If nothing else, I have a whole lotta trust in these players’ devotion to giving their characters development that isn’t just pain for pain’s sake, so I have no doubt that Scanlan will return at some point.

I joked about how great it is that the group can now band together through their dislike for Taryon, but that’s actually really true—the worst part of 85 was the moment when it looked like the rest of the party might fracture over this loss. But in the end, they all sought each other out in ones and twos throughout the night and came back together in the morning. I’m honestly very excited to get to know the new Vox Machina that survives this (and also kind of wants to kick Taryon’s ass).

Change sucks. No question. But this, to me, felt like a change that was necessary but also hopeful. It felt like the only way forward that didn’t end with a body, and that’s something this show and these characters have always put in the effort to find.

Mj is one of my favorite characters in spider-man homecoming but one of the only things we know about her is that she reads alot of books. These books give really great insight into her character plus I could use a new summer reading list so if anyone else is wondering, these are the books MJ is reading in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

 Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham 

  • “W. Somerset Maugham’s masterwork is the coming-of-age story of Philip Carey, a sensitive young man consumed by an unrequited and self-destructive love. Born with a clubfoot, Philip is orphaned as a child and raised by unsympathetic relatives. Sent to a boarding school where he has difficulty fitting in, he grows up with an intense longing for love, art, and experience. After failing to become an artist in Paris, he begins medical studies in London, where he meets Mildred, a cold-hearted waitress with whom he falls into a powerful, tortured, life-altering love affair. A brilliant and deeply moving portrayal of the price of passion and the universal desire for connection, Of Human Bondage stands as one of the most accomplished novels in English literature.

This book is heavy on themes like emotional detachment, lonliness, and mechanical melancholy especially when its contrasted with things like the desire for love and companionship. 

Invitation to a Beheading by Vladimir Naboko

  • Invitation to a Beheading embodies a vision of a bizarre and irrational world. In an unnamed dream country, the young man Cincinnatus C. is condemned to death by beheading for “gnostical turpitude,” an imaginary crime that defies definition. Cincinnatus spends his last days in an absurd jail, where he is visited by chimerical jailers, an executioner who masquerades as a fellow prisoner, and by his in-laws, who lug their furniture with them into his cell. When Cincinnatus is led out to be executed, he simply wills his executioners out of existence: they disappear, along with the whole world they inhabit.“

This book’s main character is sentenced to prison and eventually to death due to his inability to fit in and thus defying what it means to be human. Its very existential. Think of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy but spookier. MJ is reading this book on the bus ride to Washington.

The rest of these books MJ isnt seen reading but she is seen carrying them around. 

The Adolescent by Fyodor Dostoevsky’s

  • The narrator and protagonist of Dostoevsky’s novel The Adolescent (first published in English as A Raw Youth) is Arkady Dolgoruky, a naive 19-year-old boy bursting with ambition and opinions. The illegitimate son of a dissipated landowner, he is torn between his desire to expose his father’s wrongdoing and the desire to win his love. He travels to St. Petersburg to confront the father he barely knows, inspired by an inchoate dream of communion and armed with a mysterious document that he believes gives him power over others. This new English version by the most acclaimed of Dostoevsky’s translators is a masterpiece of pathos and high comedy.

I haven’t read this one but if you’re up for a comedic Russian coming of age tell, about a boy with daddy issues then go for it. 

The Wings of the Dove by Henry James

  • The Wings of the Dove is the story of Milly Theale, a naïve, doomed American heiress, and a pair of lovers, Kate Croy and Merton Densher, who conspire to obtain her fortune. In this witty tragedy of treachery, self-deception, and betrayal, Henry James weaves together three ill-fated and wholly human destinies unexpectedly linked by desire, greed, and salvation.

This seems like a very wealthy woman is very ill and while some people love her, others are just looking out for themselves. This one is free on amazon! 

Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe

  • The Woman in the Dunes, by celebrated writer and thinker Kobo Abe, combines the essence of myth, suspense and the existential novel. After missing the last bus home following a day trip to the seashore, an amateur entomologist is offered lodging for the night at the bottom of a vast sand pit. But when he attempts to leave the next morning, he quickly discovers that the locals have other plans. Held captive with seemingly no chance of escape, he is tasked with shoveling back the ever-advancing sand dunes that threaten to destroy the village. His only companion is an odd young woman. Together their fates become intertwined as they work side by side at this Sisyphean task.

I haven’t read this one either but as the character is forced into the labor intensive yet mundane and seemingly fruitless task of shovelling sand, it kind of reminds me of The Myth of Sispyphus. Sisyphus was condemned to carry a rock up a hill only to have it roll back down once he reached the top, forcing him to start all over in a never ending cycle. This seems like an existential novel thats concerned with the frivolities of life. Also, this is written by one of Japan’s most acclaimed novelists so PoC writers, represent!

That’s all the novels I could pick out and google. All of these descriptions come from Amazon! To start, I would highly recommend the first two and even though these books give great insight onto MJ’s character in Spiderman and into her future role in the Marvel lore, they are also great reads on their own! 

Happy Reading!