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Guide to TV Tropes, Part 1: Tropes are Not Bad

Pylon @constablewrites here! You may know me as the one who likes sending people to TV Tropes. The site is a fantastic resource and can really help writers develop their understanding of story–but it can also be intimidating and frankly dangerous. So I’m here to share some wisdom not just about the site, but about the idea of tropes in the first place.

What is a trope?

Let’s start by defining terms here. For our purposes, a trope is a specific storytelling element that is recognizable in multiple works. The concept of having characters, of stories having acts like plays, of multiple plotlines, all those basic, fundamental concepts are technically tropes.

This is a very broad definition, but that’s on purpose. It’s difficult to discuss something that doesn’t have a name, so that’s what tropes are: a way to give names to those concepts and elements we recognize so we can talk about them, and so that we can be clear that we’re talking about the same thing.

But people talk about tropes like they’re a bad thing.

When someone uses “trope” in a pejorative way, they’re usually talking about a trope that is deployed uncritically, without new context. Tropes can very easily become cliches when they get regurgitated wholesale, but that does not make a trope inherently bad, and that doesn’t mean that new life can’t be breathed into tired tropes.

So why is it important to know tropes?

Essentially, it’s hard to break the rules effectively if you don’t know what they are. Media doesn’t exist in a vacuum; your story is in conversation with everything that came before and everything that will come after. You know that guy who tries to hide that he came to class late, until he smugly makes a point that was already thoroughly discussed 20 minutes ago? Don’t be that guy. (Want to know how many people are out there hawking Hunger Games clones who genuinely have no idea that franchise exists? It’s a much higher number than you just thought of, I promise you.)

What about originality? If it’s been done before it’s not original!

Think of tropes like Lego bricks. It’s not about what bits you have, it’s about how you put them together. That’s how you can take most of the same pieces from this:

…and end up with this:

Take a bunch of spy tropes that have been overused to the point of parody and give them to superheroes, and you have something that feels fresh. A stock character that’s usually male might look very different as a female, even if they otherwise fulfill the same role. Throwing film noir and detective tropes into a setting with magic and monsters invented a whole new genre. And so on. You don’t have to reinvent or twist every element to have something new; you can get just as much mileage out of turning a single trope on its head and thoroughly exploring the implications of that.

Ultimately, you can’t mess with audience expectations if you don’t know what they are. That one death in Avengers: Age of Ultron completely shocked me because the movie is screaming at the top of its lungs that it’s gonna kill a different character. (Worth noting is that I saw it with a friend who didn’t pick up on those cues at all, and thus had a completely different reaction. Knowing those expectations can cut both ways.) Tropes represent the shared language of storytelling that your readers have learned, consciously and subconsciously, and are bringing to the table. You need to understand that language if you want to speak to them effectively.

Hopefully now you understand why it might be beneficial to spend some time on TV Tropes. But don’t dive in just yet! Otherwise you’ll emerge blinking into the light a week later, muttering about egregious sliding scales and realizing that no one’s been feeding your cat and you probably don’t have a job anymore. Tune in next time where we’ll discuss how to use the site effectively and avoid the black hole.


Edit by Werew: Here is the next part of this post! Happy Troping!

Some extracts from the press kit distributed by Mongrel Media:

As the stage was being set in the Perlman house, the actors began arriving in Crema, where they got apartments, began preparing for their roles and getting to know each other. Timothée Chalamet, who had the most to do, arrived five weeks early. Hammer arrived shortly after, and Chalamet was one of the first people he met. 

“I heard somebody practicing piano, and they said, ‘Oh, that’s Timmy!’ and I said ‘I want to meet him!’” The two actors became inseparable in the weeks leading up to shooting. “We rode bikes, we listened to music, we talked, we went to meals, we hung out in many of the same places you see us in the movie,” says Hammer. After shooting commenced, the two rehearsed their scenes every night before shooting. The intimacy and chemistry that became palpable on screen grew out of the closeness the two actors developed in real life.

Says Chalamet: “When you first see Elio and Oliver kiss, and the first time they really make love, the shots play out for awhile. You see the awkwardness and the physical tension in a way where, if there were a million cuts, would be lost.” Says Hammer: “I think a lot of movie sex scenes are about: ‘What angles look best?’ But in this movie what you see are two people hungrily exploring each other’s bodies. And I think it feels organically like the first time you have a sexual experience with someone new: where there’s uncertainty, there’s that unknown, there’s all those things that you’re figuring out as you go.”

The famous peach scene from the book shows how eroticism is utilized in the film to illuminate the inner lives of the characters. “What’s going on with Elio in that scene is a combination of that longing for Oliver and also the all too relatable phenomena of not knowing where to place your overabundant sexual energy when you’re 16, 17, 18,” says Chalamet. “But when Oliver arrives, the weight of him leaving for what could be forever is hitting Elio for the first time, in addition to the shame and embarrassment of being caught in this almost feral act. I think the combination of those sensations proves to be tremendously overwhelming.” 

“When Elio’s character becomes emotional, that’s the moment Oliver realizes a line has been crossed that he didn’t realize was there,” says Hammer. “Now, instead of being domineering, now is the time for him to slow down. This isn’t just about me, this has to be good for both of us, and it becomes a really sweet tender moment where they both end up on the same exact page.”

anonymous asked:

What are your thoughts on Wanda? One thing that really really bothers me about her is that her crimes aren't really acknowledged? I feel like cap especially infantilizes her a bit, if she's old enough to be a full avenger, she's not a kid. Plus that line 'i can't control their fear only my own' sounds great except she terrorised the avengers with their worst fears, literally invaded their minds which was also never addressed by any of them?? Honestly how can there be any trust for her at all?

How can there be any trust for Tony, who for years didn’t give a shit that he built bombs that destroyed lives?

How can there be any trust for Natasha, who was raised from childhood to be a remorseless killer for the KGB, and murdered untold numbers of innocents?

How can there be any trust for Bruce, when his alter ego destroys cities and leaves profound carnage in his wake?

How can there be any trust for Thor, who isn’t even from earth, and who happily started a war for his own ego and considered all non-Asgardians inferior races and advocated for genocide of the Jotnar?

How come fandom is (rightfully) willing to accept the redemption arcs of every other character, accept their growth and heroism, but always wants to fucking shit on Wanda?

Like with many, many, many other heroes, Wanda fucked up, learned, and grew as a person, and became a hero. We even get to watch it happen. But it baffles me that people somehow choose to be willfully ignorant so they can make the foreign refugee woman a scapegoat for the actions of the privileged rich white guy, and it frankly is one of the more disgusting habits of this fandom and pisses me right the fuck off. 

One thing that really really bothers me about her is that her crimes aren’t really acknowledged?

Yeah, funny how Bruce Banner is on trial for all the people Hulk killed and Tony TOTALLY faced a tribunal for war crimes for– oh wait! They didn’t! We don’t lock up all our superheroes for the shit they do because let’s face it, the genre would be really boring if we did. But funny enough, WANDA DOES GET LOCKED UP. And blamed for things that are absolutely not her fault. She owns her misdeeds in AOU in the very same movie by changing sides, risking her life, and being willing to die taking Ultron down in atonement for her role in the whole situation. At the end, she has lost everything; her home, her family, her twin, and only by Vision’s intervention has she not also given her life. How much more do you need her to suffer? And why are people like you only demanding punishment for Wanda and not demanding the accountability of every other character who has ever done wrong – like, say, Tony for building Ultron in the first place?

I feel like cap especially infantilizes her a bit, if she’s old enough to be a full avenger, she’s not a kid.

I really hate how Wanda-Antis latch on to this line and blatantly and deliberately misinterpret it, when context is perfectly clear in the scene. When Steve says “She’s just a kid” he isn’t saying “she’s a child” – If Steve were infantilizing her, he wouldn’t go speak to her with respect as an equal, he wouldn’t trust her to have his back in battle, and unlike Tony, he wouldn’t drag an actual child into battle. With that line he’s responding to Tony’s COMPLETE AND TOTAL DEHUMANIZATION OF HER when he refers to her as a weapon and not a person. Steve is highlighting that she is a person, a person who is young and capable of mistakes and still learning, and a person who is  VULNERABLE (Keep in mind Wanda is 20, she’s old enough that she can make her choice to join the Avengers, but her development was interrupted due to having her childhood stripped away from her and growing up as an orphan in a warzone), and that she should maybe be protected and guided instead of scapegoated and exploited. (Plus Tony seems to think Peter at fifteen is old enough to be an Avenger, but still treats him like a child to be grounded, so maybe Steve isn’t the character we need to be looking at critically here when it comes to full avenger vs. kid) 

Plus that line ‘i can’t control their fear only my own’ sounds great except she terrorised the avengers with their worst fears, literally invaded their minds which was also never addressed by any of them?? 

Again, you are taking a line completely out of context, on purpose. “I can’t control their fear, only my own” is describing the fact that she can’t control the public’s perception of her. She can’t – and wouldn’t – get in the mind of every single citizen to change how they see her and feel about her. But she can control how she responds, and how she reacts to her own deep-seated insecurities. 

You’re right that we don’t see everything on screen showing how the other Avengers got past her being in their heads. But since she’s been on the team all this time, and they are working together, presumably amends were made at some point. They weren’t shown explicitly to us, true. But the movie makers I guess assumed we’re reasonably intelligent enough to figure out it happened at some point. I’d be willing to guess that it even happened before the end scene of AOU where we see her joining the formal Avengers roster. Time has passed, and forgiveness has clearly happened offscreen. Maybe fandom can take a note from the actual heroes, and realize that forgiveness is, you know, a thing. If it bothers you that it wasn’t in the movie, go write a fic to fill it in. 

It’s also worth noting that even when she is fighting HYDRA terrorists, or in the pitched Avengers battle in Leipzig, Wanda never resorts to getting into the heads of others. There is clearly a line that has been established that going into people’s heads is too far, and even when she is locked up, bound and collared like an animal, Wanda never crosses that line again.

But Wanda haters apparently never bother to notice that.

My thoughts on Wanda are that she was a child who lost her family to violence, grew up in a warzone, and then was recruited as a teen/young adult in a time of desperation by an organization that lied to her, used her, changed her, and exploited her (the official MCU comic tie-in shows that Wanda and Pietro did not know that Strucker was HYDRA). She’d grown up scared, angry, and surrounded by violence, with a burning thirst for revenge. But when she realized how many civilians were being hurt in her quest for revenge, realized that it was misguided and wrong, she changed her course. She switched sides, and was willing to lay her life down to make right her wrongs. She lost EVERYTHING – her home destroyed, her twin dead – and instead of taking time to mourn or try to find her own life, she joined the Avengers so that she could continue to try to do good and stop people like Rumlow. And despite the horrors that have defined her life, she remains sensitive; she blames herself for everything, is clearly empathetic (she’s on the brink of tears when Ross shows the footage of destruction), and struggles with her insecurities and sense of self-worth. She went through a rather typical arc of ‘misguided-antagonist-turned-hero’, choosing to continue with being a hero to make up for her past. 

And yet, while fandom eats up this arc with every other character it applies to, they reject Wanda and treat her like shit so they can justify other characters’ dehumanization of her. And I think that’s pretty fucking shitty, anon. 

The soap star

Wes was an incredibly handsome actor. With his tall height and perfectly toned body, the girls swooned over him. He had a pretty boy face and a six pack that must have taken years to cultivate. He was never going to set the world on fire with his acting skills, jumping from three year stints on different soaps, where he usually played the pretty-but-dumb sports guy with a good heart, and even better body. Wes had won several ‘sexiest male’ awards over the years and never struggled to pick up girls, or guys, when he went out.

Mike hated Wes with a passion. He’d always been one step behind him in every role. The pair looked quite similar in appearance and even played brothers in one small tv movie role. If ever they went up for the same role however, Wes was always the one to get it. The frustration built inside of Mike like a fire that couldn’t quite catch. But as Mike’s mother always told him, keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

It was for that reason that Mike decided to make Wes his new best friend. He put on the charm and researched anything that Wes showed the slightest interest in, so that he would have plenty to talk to him about when he saw him. A few months later, Mike was getting his place completely renovated and dropped several hints about moving in with Wes while the work was done. There was a reason why Wes got the pretty-but-dumb roles; Mike was moving in.

Wes was just finishing up on his latest three year soap role and his agent was already lining him up for the next. Wes looked exhausted every night coming home, and although Mike knew he was looking forward to the break, his agent looked unlikely to let him have it.

‘Why don’t you take a year out after you finish this role next month?’ asked Mike, trying to express concern for his buddy.

‘A year off?’ asked Wes. Clearly the idea had never occurred to him.

‘Sure. I mean, you’ve been working since you were 16. You’re 36 now. That’s 20 years! You have enough money in the bank to last you several lifetimes, why not just take a year out and enjoy yourself?’ reasoned Mike.

‘I could certainly do with some time out’ sighed Wes, rubbing his tired eyes. ‘My agent wants me to take on this football character role next month though. She seems quite keen on it, says it will be good for my career.’

‘Of course she does. Marla doesn’t want her income to drop, does she? She’s just a selfish old bat. I told you to drop her ages ago’ said Mike, trying to convey the anger in his voice that he wanted Wes to feel.

A few beers later and Wes was beginning to like the idea of taking time off. By the end of the evening, Mike had encouraged Wes to leave a message on his agent, Marla’s machine. He wasn’t interested in any new roles at the moment. He was taking some time out.

‘How did she react?’ asked Mike tentatively the next day.

‘She went nuts’ laughed Wes, settling in to the chair next to Mike, beer in hand. ‘But I told her, I’ve been working for 20 years and it’s time I took some time for myself. I even asked her not to contact me until next year’ smiled Wes, raising his beer in the air before taking a swig. Mike copied him. This had worked out even better than he intended.

Wes’ last day arrived and Mike surprised him by turning up on set as he said goodbye to all his fellow cast mates. Mike had done a short three month stint playing a villain last year, so he was very much welcome there. Wes looked touched that he had come. Mike got the sense that Wes was developing a small crush on him. Mike might even have acted upon it, had the circumstances been different. As it was, Wes was a threat to Mike’s career, and nothing and nobody was going to stop him from reaching the top of his game.

Mike drove them both home. He’d taken the afternoon off from his current job to be here. He wanted to start Wes’ career break off with a bang.

‘I thought of the best place to take you to celebrate you for the start of your time off!’ he enthused. ‘Where does Marla tell all her clients never to go?’ grinned Mike.

Wes caught on straight away. ‘No way?’ he grinned conspiratorially with Mike. ‘Fat boy’s burgers?’

‘That’s the one!’ smiled Mike. ‘You can eat what you like now. As long as you start getting back in to shape a month or so before you get back to work, you’re pretty much free to eat and do what you want now.’

‘Fuck!’ marvelled Wes. ‘I didn’t even think about that! You’re right!’

Even Mike was surprised at the amount of food Wes ordered. Years of repression had turned him into quite the greedy boy when he was let loose. ‘This tastes amazing!’ marvelled Wes, sat in the passenger seat of Mike’s sports car, surrounded by his trash.

‘You think that’s good?’ smiled Mike. ‘You wait until I show you the rest of what you’ve been missing out on sticking to Marla’s regime.’ They pulled up at some traffic lights and Mike turned to Wes. ‘I’m going to make sure you have the best time; you deserve it man’ he said, trying to convey sincerity whilst he looked into Wes’ eyes, who seemed genuinely moved by how kind he was. Yes, grinned Mike as he turned back to the wheel, the poor guy was definitely falling in love with him. That was going to make this a lot easier for him. He looked across at Wes’ flat stomach. So long, he thought, grinning.

Mike’s tour of the best food places in LA took several weeks to complete. He’d drive Wes around, whilst he gorged himself in the passenger seat. Wes relaxed into the lazy lifestyle with incredible ease. He’d stay up late into the night, ordering pizza, whilst playing video games and then spend most of the morning in bed. Sometimes he wasn’t even dressed by the time Mike got home, but was still walking around in his boxer shorts. Mike liked those days the best. Wes’ six pack was gone surprisingly quickly, replaced by a bulging muscle gut. Wes had always had a cute bubble butt, but now it seemed slightly thicker and bulged out more. The waist band of his underwear edging lower and lower, threatening to show his crack.

‘Maybe I need to slow down on the eating’ reasoned Wes, looking at his gut as he sat in the passenger seat on the way to get food that night. ‘I’m starting to look pregnant!’ he laughed.

‘Haha!’ laughed Mike, taking side glances at his gut whilst he drove, pleased to have an opportunity to look at what he was doing to Wes. ‘Yeah, isn’t it great?’ he smiled. ‘Now I know I’m doing a good job of helping you to enjoy your break. And it’s a nice big ‘fuck you’ to Marla working you so hard for all these years.’ He smiled at Wes who smiled back at him, feeling the warmth of friendship Mike was conveying. ‘Don’t worry buddy’ he said, patting Wes’ small gut, ‘I’ll help you get back into shape before you head back in to work. Just enjoy yourself. You still have 9 months left of your break. Don’t stress!’

Another month and even Wes’ pecs were softening up. A firm solid belly arched out proudly and a small double chin formed on Wes’ face. Wes rarely got dressed in the day time, sitting there in hi boxers in the day, competing with other gamers online. Mike looked on proudly. Wes was now too fat to compete with him for the same roles. Provided that Wes kept this fat on him, he was no longer a threat to Mike.

To celebrate, Mike took Wes to the beach for a day of surfing. Nothing made him feel better than looking at Wes’ pumped up belly and, just to sweeten the deal, a little anonymous call to a couple of photographers would guarantee that the rest of Hollywood would see what had happened to Wes.

Two days later, Marla was on the phone, nagging Wes about his weight. Wes looked stressed as hell when Mike came back that day. ‘What’s the matter?’ he asked.

‘Marla. I told her not to contact me whilst I’m on my break but she saw some pictures of us at the beach the other day and has been on at me to lose weight. I told her, like you said, I still have eight months to enjoy before I head back to work, but she just won’t listen.’

‘What a bitch!’ spat Mike, enjoying every second of this. ‘Cut her loose Wes, you don’t need her man. If she doesn’t respect your time off, you can’t work with someone like that.’

Wes was boiling with rage. ‘You’re right’ he shouted, hastily dialing Marla and composing himself before he spoke. ‘Marla, I think our time working together has come to an end. You’re fired. Don’t contact me again.’ He breathed a sigh of relief and Mike went over to give him a manly hug to congratulate him, feeling surprisingly turned on by the gut that pressed into him as he leaned in to hug Wes.

‘Come on, let’s go celebrate with that cheesecake place you like!’ smiled Mike, already grabbing his car keys.

That night, lying in bed, Mike searched for the pictures from their beach trip. He found an article on a website that was using them. There they both were; Mike’s perfectly toned body providing the perfect contrast to Wes’ firm pot belly. The photographs had rings circling all of Wes’ new fat and a picture was put of his toned physique from a beach picture the previous year. The article praised Mike for his fine body and absolutely went to town on Wes; delighting in how fat he had got and how lazy and greedy he must be to let himself go like this. Mike’s cock stood to attention as he read what they said and he gazed at the pictures of Wes. He’d never felt so turned on. ‘You think that’s a fat belly’ he whispered to his phone where he was looking at the pictures, tugging himself off. ‘You just wait! I’ve barely even started.’ He came everywhere, all over himself.

The next morning, he was greeted by the sight of Wes’ butt crack as Wes’ underwear were now officially too small to contain his bulging ass. Mike had the day off and wanted to start Wes off with a fattening, fried breakfast. Just as Mike had expected, Wes rose from his bed as soon as he started to smell the food being cooked. ‘What’s the occasion? You don’t usually cook breakfast’ asked Wes as he rubbed sleep from his eyes.

‘We’re celebrating!’ smiled Mike, serving up a huge plate of food to Wes. ‘Here’s to your freedom from Marla! Plus, I’ve got an audition for that police drama I was telling you about. I was hoping I could convince you to come shopping with me for some clothes. I have practically nothing that fits the character in my wardrobe.’

At the mall, Mike made sure the day was all about Wes. He complemented everything Wes showed the slightest interest in. Before they returned home, Wes had a mountain of new clothes that fit his new, thicker physique.

Four months later and Wes’ gut was looking large and in charge. It stood out proudly in everything he wore and he was constantly tugging at his t shirts as they slid up to rest on his belly, exposing the soft underbelly underneath. Neither of the boys had been dating in the last few months, they were just enjoying each other’s company. Mike looked at Wes and knew, even if he started dieting now, he’d never lose all the weight he had gained within four months when he wanted to start working again. His cock twitched every time he caught a glimpse of Wes’ huge gut or witnessed his massive gluttony in action.

‘Could you head to the store, we’re out of milk’ asked Mike one morning as he was feeling especially turned on by Wes.

‘Maybe not today, this t shirt is a little snug and I don’t want to get any pictures taken of me’ said Wes, not moving from the couch.

‘You think you’re going to get papped on the way to the store?’ chuckled Mike. ‘I’m sure they have more important things to do than hide around the corner on a Tuesday morning, waiting for you to go to the store,’ laughed Mike. Wes still wasn’t budging. ‘Anyway, I got this t shirt, it’s an XXL for when I don’t want to be looked at, nice and loose. Just wear that.’

Wes got up with some interest in the t shirt. ‘You know, you’re right, loose fitting stuff would probably work quite well. He took his t shirt off and replaced it with the huge t shirt, admiring himself in the mirror. ‘Yeah, I like it, you’d never know I’d put on a few lbs in this’ he said, impressed by the idea. He nodded at Mike and hastily went out the door to walk to the store. Mike grinned and quickly phoned up a photographer. It was a baking hot day meaning that, within no time, that t shirt was going to be clinging to every bulge Wes had. That fat boy was going to show the world what he’d done to himself!

Wes returned home, feeling smug that the loose clothes worked so well and immediately went online to order a load more before settling down the watch TV all day. Mike snuck upstairs that evening to search for any articles about Wes’ gains. In no time the internet was awash with pictures of him that morning, marching to the store, led by his fat gut, clearly visible as the loose fabric stuck to every inch of him, making him look even fatter, if that was possible. Wes was still blissfully ignorant of the media storm surrounding him as he watched old movies downstairs. Mike came several times reading the comments people had left, looking at the pictures. The commentators estimated that Wes had gained anywhere between 70-100lbs of pure fat.

‘Fuck me! Wes has ballooned! I can’t believe it, he used to be so fit.’

‘Ugh, gross, I can’t believe Wes is so fat now’

‘What a fat pig! What’s this guy been eating?’

‘Haha, it’s so funny when hot guys get fat’

‘I used to have the biggest crush on this guy, but yuck, look at him now. His belly looks like beach ball’

‘Guys, forget the belly, look at that fat ass on him! LOL!’

Mike was so turned on, he even went down to cook up a few snacks for Wes as he settled in to his late night gaming session. He’d never been more turned on by anyone in his life.

Three months later and Mike sped home excitedly. He couldn’t wait to see Wes. The fat porker was going to be so excited for him.

‘I got the part!’ he burst out as he walked in through the door. ‘I’m the lead in the new Marvel movie! Can you believe it? This is the big time!’ he shouted.

Wes got up off his fat ass to come and hug him. His huge ball gut, leading the way and pressing in to Mike as he was given a massive congratulatory hug. ‘No one deserves it more than you’ he said kindly.

Never one to miss an opportunity, Mike used the occasion to coax Wes into a massive take out order and the pair of them sat there in front of a mountain of food. Wes ripped into the food like never before; a huge glutton. Afterwards, Wes heaved himself up and in to the living room.

‘Seems like this is a new start for both of us’ he said. ‘I’ll have to head back to work in two months so I’m going to start getting back my six pack’. Mike almost burst out laughing at the idea that Wes could lose all that lard in two months. Even that idea that he could ever lose that massive gut now he was so greedy was enough to make Mike smile. Wes removed his t shirt and flexed in the mirror, admiring the big arms he still had. His gut poured out under his chest and his hefty butt threatened to burst the seams of his tight shorts.

‘Maybe you don’t have to go back to work’ said Mike, seemingly lured in by the magnetic pull of Wes’ huge gut and equally huge bubble butt. ‘We’re filming in London for six months, I was thinking that maybe you could come along.’

Wes chuckled. ‘Why on Earth would you want me there?’ he asked.

‘I dunno, maybe for the same reason that I’ve been living here, despite the fact that the renovation work on my place was finished six months ago.’ Wes, turned to him, shocked at the genuine emotion that Mike was showing.

‘But why is that?’ he asked.

‘Because, maybe, being here, seeing you every day. You’re going to think I’m crazy’ said Mike turning away.

‘Go on’ said Wes, pulling him around to face him.

‘Well, I never used to be attracted to you. I thought you were just like everyone else here in LA, a plastic Ken doll. But seeing you these last few months as you’ve relaxed, put on a bit of weight, I’ve started to fall… in love with you.’

‘You have?’ asked Wes, barely hiding the delight in his voice. ‘And this belly’ he stroked the shelf at the top of his gut, ‘you like this?’

Mike nodded, not speaking. He wasn’t sure how Wes was going to respond. Wes turned slightly to the side as he contemplated. ‘So all those times, we went out for food and you saw me putting on weight, you were enjoying that?’

Mike nodded again, flushing red in the face.

‘Hey, don’t feel bad about it!’ said Wes, holding Mike by both shoulders, his gut almost touching Mike’s own flat stomach. ‘I’ve been attracted to you since the moment I first saw you. I’d have done anything to be with you.’

Mike still seemed slightly ashamed of himself, forcing Wes to continue. ‘Hell, I still would do anything to be with you’ he chuckled, leaning his gut into Mike and whispering in to his ear. ‘Know any good food places to eat in London?’

I’m going to talk about why Kingsman: The Golden Circle was a terrible sequel. 

After watching this movie, I thought about how to tell if a sequel is going to disappoint. What I realised was that the more star-studded a sequel’s cast is, the less chance that it’s going to have the same charm of its predecessor.

Largely, this is because it means the movie is now relying on big names to rake in more success than the (surprisingly successful) prequel. For some reason, this means plot and characters take a backseat. When Wolverine was announced to feature in X-Men: Days of Future Past, it was the writers coming out from the shadows with their hands in the air: a creative surrender.

I feared that Kingsman: The Golden Circle would suffer from this. With Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry joining the cast, I wondered how they were going to develop their exisiting cast: specifically, Sophie Cookson’s Roxy Morton, and Mark Strong’s Merlin.

Prior to this film, I had been excited about Roxy finally wearing the Kingsman’s suit and fulfilling her role as Lancelot to a larger capacity than in the first movie. Matthew Vaughn had also added to my excitement by Clearly Stating that Merlin was going to be revealed as a gay man in this sequel.

These were exciting developments that I felt might be pushed aside by the new, star-studded cast. 

But I was hopeful. I thought - hey - Halle Berry! We needed more women. We needed more characters of colour - of which this movie would already be lacking, even with Halle Berry joining the cast. So while there was a bit of trepidation, there was also a bit of hope. The first movie was so great! I should have a little more trust.

I should have remembered X-Men: First Class.

(I talk about where the movie goes wrong - spoilers under the cut.)

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Individual Success PT1(Shawn Mendes x Reader)

I made this imagine with Fred Weasley on my Harry Potter blog, and decided to make a Shawn version with it. There will be more parts so I BEG YOU to be patient because there will be a happy ending. Don’t get fooled by the first couple sentences that Shawn ends up with Camila okay there will be more parts!!!!! Leave feedback hope u enjoy oxxxoxoxoxo


« Y/N! Y/N you look stunning! Can we get a smile?”

Y/N flashed her signature smile at the cameras, ears blocking out, out of habit, the thousands of screams of fans. It wasn’t that she didn’t appreciate her huge fanbase, but come on, she’d like to keep her eardrums intact.

She walked along the red carpet.

Shawn got out of his cab, and lent a hand out to his girlfriend.

“Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes! Hollywood’s sweetest couple! Smile!”

Shawn kissed Camila on the cheek and walked onto the carpet with her. He moved on slowly down the carpet towards the center of it.

Nearing the middle of the carpet, Y/N turned her head and spotted Shawn Mendes. Her breath hitched in her lungs.

Shawn smiled and looked in front of him. His hand fell from Camila’s waist. Standing in front of him was Y/N Y/L/N.

They locked eyes as the same memories played inside both of their heads.

-

Shawn walked into the bright small Los Angeles café, looking forward to the caffeine he was going to get.

He walked up to the cashier, who had her (hair color) hair tied up in a messy ponytail. She looked up from what looked like a script and smiled.

“Oh my god Shawn Mendes! Oh gosh, I’m so sorry I’m being totally unprofessional haha. Um what can I get you?” she smiled brightly.

Shawn smiled widely at her. Smiling looked good on her.

“Um can I get a triple shot latte?”

“Yeah sure. I’m assuming you got a big day ahead of ya?” She laughed as she started preparing his drink.

“Yeah actually, got a lot of press conferences today.” He glanced down at the pack of papers she was holding. It was indeed a script, more precisely what looked like a musical.

“Triple shot latte.” She said, placing a cup down in front of him.

“Thank you so much um-“ he looked at her nametag. “Y/N.”

“My pleasure. Shawn.” Y/N grinned.

“Um may I ask if that’s a script?”

“Oh yeah, I um have an audition for a musical in a couple weeks.”

“Wow, best of luck!”

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Y/N took a deep deep breath before walking into the audition room. The movie musical she was auditioning for was called “Summer of Love” and the character was the main love interest.

Walking in, she spotted a table of directors and, Shawn.

“U-um hi!” Y/N stuttered. What was he doing here?!

“Hi Y/N, thank you for being here today. So, you are auditioning for Shawn’s character’s love interest. Um, why don’t we turn to page 41 and read from the top?”

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“Hello Y/N, this is Amy from casting. I’m calling to tell you that you got the part! It’s a six-week shoot, we start on Monday.”

“OH MY GOD!”

+

Articles read:

Shawn Mendes and new upcoming actress Y/N Y/L/N to star in musical movie “Summer of Love”

Shawn Mendes’ love interest will be played by Y/N Y/L/N, brand new actress

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Shooting the movie was amazing. Y/N and Shawn had this natural chemistry and their attraction on camera was the most natural thing ever.

After each shoot, Y/N and Shawn hung out; at times practicing their scenes, at times just watching their favourite movies together, at times going out late into the night downtown to see the lights of the tall LA buildings.

+

Pictures of Y/N and Shawn surfaced on the internet, in magazines… Pictures of them laughing together, of them leaving set in sweats and a cup of coffee in hand, snapchats of them on set together goofing around.

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“Hello this is BroadwayToday.com and here we are with two absolutely talented actors both making their film debut in the musical «Summer of Love», welcome Shawn Mendes and Y/N Y/L/N!”

Y/N and Shawn sat down, Shawn put his arm around Y/N’s shoulder comfortably.

“So, this is both your first movie. Congratulations by the way! How does it feel?”

“Wow, it’s so cool. Actually when I was a kid, I wanted to become an actor so it’s really out of this world for me right now.” Shawn said.

“Ah the anticipated how do you feel question.” Y/N laughed.

Shawn chuckled, and looked at her.

“Well I moved from Canada five years ago to become an actress, and every single day had been a struggle for me. But luckily I had an amazing family and friends circle betting on me, so I kept on pushing and bam here I am!”

“Oh Y/N, I didn’t know you were from Canada!” The interviewer said.

“Montreal actually.” Shawn interjected as Y/N opened her mouth to say the same answer.

“Hahaha you two seem very close!”

“I guess we are.” Y/N grinned. “We became really close of course during this entire shoot and we hung out every day actually.”

“Shawn, what do you think of Y/N?”

“Oh god, where do I start. She’s annoying, irritating-“

“Shut up!” Y/N punched him amicably.

“I’m kiddiing.” Shawn said to her. “Y/N is honestly a perfect mix of funny, kind, goofy, artistic and um… “

“And um what mister?”

“Fun.” Shawn finished.

“Well if you don’t mind me asking are you two-“

“If you’re gonna say dating, I’m going to say yes.” Y/N said. “JUST KIDDING. Oh shit, I already see the paparazzi twisting this around.”

“Yeah, maybe this wasn’t a question to joke around with, the media die for this kind of stuff.” Shawn smiled down at her.

+

“Alright guys last shot of the whole movie. The kiss scene. Make it fire. Action!”

Y/N and Shawn undeniably had feelings for each other. What was a little crush turned slowly into more, and after a long six weeks, their feelings have blossomed into a beautiful love waiting to be announced.

Shawn looked into Y/N’s eyes, and took her hand in his. Y/N smiled up at him and closed her eyes as she felt his lips on hers.

And in this moment, they were not their characters, they were Y/N and Shawn and their kiss lit up fireworks in their minds.

+

“Wow you look beautiful.” Shawn gushed. Y/N blushed.

“We’ve been a couple for two months and you say that to me every day, you know?”

“Well how can I not, it would be a sin not to tell you you are beautiful.”
“I love you Shawn.”

“I love you more love.”

Shawn pulled Y/N into a kiss.

“Whoa whoa whoa there tiger. Red lipstick.” Y/N smirked.

“Fuck it.” Shawn said, pulling her close again.

On their way to the premiere, he wiped the lipstick off his face.

“You know, eeeverybody thinks we’re dating.” Shawn said.

“Well we are.” Y/N giggled.

“So do you think we should just tell them and make it official?”

“I don’t see why not, since we’re not very subtle anyway.” Y/N laughed.

The two stepped out on the carpet to a round of shouts and camera flashes.

“Y/N! Y/N you look amazing! Oh and you came with Shawn!”

“Yeah actually we have a little announcement to make.” Y/N said, looking at the cameras.

Shawn was looking at her, and said:

“Yeah and that announcement is-“
He pulled Y/N into his arms and kissed her. Y/N smiled up at him.

And in that moment, each other was all existed.

+

“Y/N have you seen my sweater-“

Shawn looked up to quite a sight. There y/N was, sitting in his apartment kitchen, wearing his sweater and fuzzy socks, coffee mug in one hand, book in another.

“Hmm?” She looked up.

“Nothing.” Shawn said, sitting beside her, kissing her cheek.

+

Shawn’s career was flourishing and he was preparing his biggest tour yet, he was going to be on the road for a year and a half.

Y/N meanwhile, had been to numerous auditions, but hasn’t gotten a part since Summer of Love.

+

“Shawn are you coming to bed baby?” Y/N hugged him from behind, as he was hunched over contracts and international concert venue information sheets.

“Hmm yeah.”

Y/N went to bed alone, waiting for his body to warm her up.

+

“Hello love.” Shawn said coming back home.

On the kitchen counter was a note.

“Hey Shawn, I got three auditions in a row tonight. See ya in the morning.”

+

“We never spend time together anymore!”

“Well maybe I’d see you more often if you weren’t involved in tour preparations 24/7!”

“I’d see you more often Y/N if you weren’t trying to get every movie role available in America!”

“I’m sorry if I’m ambitious and want things in life!”

“I have ambitions too!”

Y/N sat down, tears streaming down her face. Shawn flopped down onto a chair, hand going through his hair nervously.

“What’s happening to us Shawn?”

“I-I don’t know.”

“Our goals, careers they’re just. They’re driving us apart.”

“I miss how we used to be.”

“We’re still the same people, we’re just so busy you know? Anyways, I got an audition in ten minutes we’ll um we’ll talk later.”

“I’ll come with you.”

The cab ride, Shawn held Y/N’s hand. Their minds left their careers, their jobs, their schedules and just focused on this intimate moment. As they pulled up to the building however, it all came rushing back.

Y/N’s audition went well. She was borderline trying, having been rejected for every role she auditioned in the past year. This just made the casters see her natural self though, and they loved her.

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Outside of the audition building, on a park bench overlooking the city.

“So, what do we do Y/N?”

“I don’t know. Nothing. You’ll have to go on tour, because that’s what you love; and I’ll stay here and you know, wait for responses.”

“I’ll never forget you Y/N. I don’t think I’ll ever stop loving you. When I met you, my life was changed because of you.”

“And I will always love you Shawn. Maybe we’ll find out way back to each other.” Y/N smiled sadly.

+

The camera flashes and shouts came back into Shawn and Y/N’s ears. Y/N blinked and Shawn swallowed as they both turned away from each other and smiled to the cameras.

Y/N turned her head slightly to look back at Shawn. He did the same. In their eyes there still was a hint of love that would not fade.

Y/N smiled at him, and Shawn gave her a small one back.

They weren’t with each other, but all of their other dreams had come true. Y/N was an Oscar-winning actress and Shawn had taken home his first Grammys. It just wasn’t with each other that it all happened.

PART2. Btw in ur requests take off anon so u can get a notif when i answer it 

After a few weeks on set for Zootopia, a new movie made to break boundaries in Hollywood, lead actors Nick and Judy have been completely civil and professional

                                          … until now.


Nick: I learned two things that day. One, I was never gonna let anyone see that they got to me.

Judy(tentative): And two?

Nick: If the world’s only gonna see a Fox as shifty and untrustworthy, there’s no point in trying to be anything else.

Judy: Nate, you are so much more than that. *places paw on his arm*

Nick:*glances over to her* …

Judy: *clears throat* Uh..

Director Bogo: CUT! CUT! Wilde, what happened to your JAM CAMS line?!

Nick: Sorry. I blanked out a second there.

Director Bogo: Alright everyone! Take five! *storms off*

Judy: *rushes out of the movie’s sky tram set*

2min later: Judy sits at the makeup chair as the artists fluff her fur.

Nick: You really think the first Bunny cop would need this much primping?

Judy: *signals makeup artists to stop* Look, I know you’re new to the business, but they don’t give mammals like me chances like this. You’re making us look bad.

Nick: Me? At least I got this role without blackmailing some-

Judy: SHH! *looks over shoulder* Rumors spread like wildfire in these places.

Nick: Rumors. Yeah alright. *smirks*

Judy: *rolls eyes* Listen. Every character I’ve played has been some ditzy, little Bunny in pink and frills. This is a real role and it’s going to change my whole career. Do you understand?

Nick: Hey it’s the same for me too, Sweetheart. It’s my first role that’s not a criminal or druggie.

Judy: Well at least you got serious storylines in the past.

Nick: *smirk falls*

Judy: *crosses arms* Whenever there’s a silly, harmless Bunny on TV it makes everyone think it’s okay to patronize us and call us the C-word. They think that’s how we all are.

Nick: …Are you serious right now?

Judy: Of course I am. This is a real issue among prey like me.

Nick: And what do you think it means when everyone sees Foxes as the shady bad guys on every show and movie? Honestly, this movie is progressive and it still has me cast as a conman.

Judy: …

Nick: Well?

Judy: *shrugs and looks away* I.. I didn’t think about that.

Nick: Well your character has already. What do you think the “you’re more than that” line is saying? She knows how mammals see Foxes and she sees Nate for who he is deep down. You want your career to take off? Maybe learn a few things about the world first. *walks way*

Judy: Hey, don’t- !

Director Bogo: Back to set everyone! We’re behind schedule!

The workers rush around getting to their places as the lead actors stomp back to the set, trying to get back into character.

10 Movies You Should Watch This Halloween 2017

October is here, and now is the time to get into the Halloween spirit! Instead of the traditional “best of” Halloween movie list (don’t need to mention yet again how much I love The Shining, the first two Halloween films, and The Exorcist), here are a list of 10 movies (in release date order) that may not be as well known or not usually listed among the upper echelon of scary movies but perfect for this 2017 Halloween season and worth a look.

Eraserhead (1977)

“In Heaven everything is fine…”

The spectacular new season of Twin Peaks just came to an end last month, so this Halloween would be the perfect time to take a look back at David Lynch’s brilliant feature film debut on its 40th anniversary.  The film create a sense of total dread and darkness in its beautiful black-and-white cinematography, eerie sound design, and well-acted performances. It is pure horror!  The film has inspired a significant number filmmakers over the years, including Stanley Kubrick while he worked on The Shining. It may be one of the most important movies ever made!


Phantasm (1979)

“Boooy!”

This cult-classic horror film was remastered in HD this past year (with the help of JJ Abrams) so this Halloween would be the first time to experience the film in its full visual glory.  I love the creepy music, eerie sets, and low-fi feel of the film; feels like being in a haunted house. Really high quality for such a low budget and some really good scares, especially Angus Scrimm as the menacing Tall Man. If you like movies such as Stranger Things, Super 8, and the Halloween series you will love Phantasm!


Vincent (1982)

“Vincent is nice when his aunt comes to see him, but imagines dipping her in wax for his wax museum.”

This early Tim Burton stop-motion short film is a masterpiece! Vincent Price provides the narration with great inflection.  The animation is top-notch and some of the best stop-motion work ever; love the dark visuals and music.  At some points it feels like we are getting a glimpse at Tim Burton’s childhood.  The short celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, and its influence shows in the many stop-motion films that have been released since (i.e. Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, ParaNorman, Frankenweenie). It’s almost as if all stop-motion animated films have to be horror-themed and this one was the first.


Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

“Happy, happy Halloween, Halloween, Halloween! Happy, happy Halloween, Silver Shamrock!”

Most overlook this film and pass on it as “the one without Michael Myers,” but Season of the Witch is actually a great horror film in its own respect. John Carpenter’s idea of having a different Halloween-themed story with each sequel while maintaining some of the same crew and cast (albeit in different roles) was way ahead of its time and now seems to be commonplace with American Horror Story changing its story and characters every year.  I love the cinematography, special effects, scary soundtrack, especially the dark “Silver Shamrock” commercial song.  The movie also celebrates its 35th anniversary this Halloween.  Definitely worth another look because it is actually a good horror movie, especially if one doesn’t think of it as a Halloween sequel.


Return to Oz (1985)

“There’s no place like home!”

Many see this movie as the weird Wizard of Oz sequel. However, it stands on its own as a truly unique fantasy adventure film. It is actually quite dark in parts; more in the likes of The Neverending Story or The Dark Crystal than the 1939 original.  This movie is great for Halloween with the fall setting, the Halloween visuals (i.e. Jack Pumpkinhead, the thousand-head wicked witch Mombi), and the spooky interpretation of Oz.


Stephen King’s It (1990)

“They ALL float down here. When you’re down here with us, you’ll float too!”

If you like the new IT adaptation (or if you don’t), definitely check out the 1990 original. The new film has more impressive special effects and is a better movie overall, but the 1990 miniseries holds a special nostalgic place in my heart and is much scarier thanks mostly to Tim Curry’s terrifying performance as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. This film also would make a great introduction to the horror genre to younger viewers because it scary without the excessive gore or gratuitous sex found in many horror films.


Halloweentown (1998)

“Being normal is vastly overrated.”

With the passing of star Debbie Reynolds this past December, this Halloween is the perfect time to pay tribute to the late actress by watching one of her best films.  My siblings and I watched this film and its sequels (the 2nd one is good too, 3rd and 4th are not so much) every Halloween at our grandparents’ house. Not really scary as much as it is a fun Halloween movie. I love the decorative set designs of the town (it’s a place I would love to visit if it were real) and the cool costumes used for all the monster characters who live in Halloweentown. It’s a movie all ages can enjoy!


The Sixth Sense (1999)

“I see dead people.”

With writer-director M. Night Shyamalan making a successful career comeback earlier this year with Split, this Halloween is the perfect time to take a look back at the film that made him a celebrity filmmaker. The atmosphere and performances are incredible!  I used to watch this film for the horror elements as a kid and in my teen year, but now as an adult, I see this more as a film about love and relationships.  There are some scenes that really hit me deeply on an emotional level, especially in the scene where Cole tells his mom how much her mother really loved her and the final scene with Malcolm and his wife.  One watching this movie can see why Shyamalan was at one point thought to be the next Spielberg.


Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007)

“Behind these eyes one finds only blackness, the absence of light.  These are the eyes of a psychopath.”

This Halloween marks the 10th anniversary of Rob Zombie’s Halloween film (my dad and I saw it theaters on opening day when I was a high school freshman). It is quite possibly the best horror film of the past 15 years! Though not as much of classic or as scary as the 1978 original, the 2007 film stands above other horror remakes (i.e. Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Fog, Prom Night, Psycho, Amityville Horror) and succeeds by being its own thing and not trying to be a carbon copy of the original.  I especially like the performances including Malcolm McDowell as Dr. Loomis and Daeg Faerch as young Michael Myers.  Also some really great cinematography and use of colors and overall pacing that gives the story a grand scope.  Plus it has a killer soundtrack featuring awesome songs like “God of Thunder” by KISS, “Baby, I Love Your Way” by Peter Frampton, and “Love Hurts” by Nazareth.


Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

“Always check your candy.”

Good elements of dark comedy are sprinkled throughout this colorful horror anthology. I like how the film is several Halloween-themed shorts that are all tied together.  It’s the rare horror film that is both fun and scary!  Also check out writer-director Michael Dougherty’s short animated precursor “Season’s Greetings,” really retro and creative!



Happy Halloween!  By the way, as an added treat, here is a picture from my animated Halloween short in post-production called “Halloween Cat.”

anonymous asked:

The phandom seems a little dead recently and it's upsetting. People aren't getting as excited or bothered as they used to be and are leaving. The whole "soft and neat" thing didn't really get as much recognition as "pro tip" and "don't cry craft" did and it's all very sad...why do you think that is?

hmmm i’m inclined to disagree w this actually. to respond to your example specifically, i am hopeful that “soft and neat” didn’t catch on because the fandom finally realized that spamming a random catch phrase from a dnp video in the comment sections of other videos is actually pretty rude and a little bit obnoxious. don’t think it has any bearing on the fervor of the fandom more generally. overall i suppose it’s been a bit quiet the last few days because dnp are back home and therefore have been sharing less interesting stuff on social media and haven’t posted a gaming vid or collab in like a week (which in itself should be a testament to how much 2017 has involved them ramping up their commitment to youtube if just a week without a gaming vid but two phil videos and two live shows feels like too little content). but i would definitely say that in my nearly two years of following them and this fandom i genuinely believe the last 6-7 months have been the most exciting and engaging time to be in this community or at least to be in the position of caring about dnp and their lives. so much has shifted, i feel that their content has been more entertaining than ever, they’ve lowered their boundaries with us in substantive ways which gives us more to talk about, they’ve been consistent with live shows, and, maybe most importantly, they are visibly happier than possibly ever. i’ll hands down take this era with videos every few days, family vacays, cute candid pics, worldwide travel, a gentler dan constantly discussing his same gender attraction and rejecting gender roles, a more relaxed phil flirting with dan and also talking about boys from time to time, and all of the potential and uncertainty of their professional futures over the past two years (which were very characterized by their focus on the tour and book and movies and resulted in videos maybe once every couple of weeks with stiffer behavior) any day. and i think a lot of people feel the same. i feel like every little thing they’ve done has produced so much discussion, every selfie has yielded incredible art, every story they share generates lots of fic, and everything is generally so positive!! people seem so happy to see them happy and that feels like the dominant tone and emotion amongst the community right now and i think it’s amazing :)

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Pairing/s: Thorin x wife!reader, Richard Armitage x fem!reader

Setting/Timeline: The War of the Ring, real world, reincarnation!AU, Durins live!AU

Warning(s)/Genre(s): Death, angst

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A/N: Pardon me for any errors if you see any. And I might have this as a mini-series, might. ;)

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anonymous asked:

I was wondering if you could do a list or something of everything from the books that’s in the movies and tv show universe? Like every detail, character, plot or influence no matter how small or big?

Unfortunately I’m never going to be able to get it all, and it’s be quite the time-consuming project to try! However, thankfully the httyd book fandom is very good about picking up parallels, and I’ve previously made a list on this same topic! Here’s a semi-updated list about many of the movie and tv show parallels. Friends, feel free to tack on if you think of other parallels! It’s fun to see all the parallels that there really are!

Obviously… this is going to be resplendent in spoilers across both the books and DreamWorks franchise.

FIRST MOVIE

  • The first movie has the general plot structure of the first book and is clearly inspired from it. It is the story of a young boy who trains with other youths his age in the ways of his tribe. By completing training, he can do a rite of passage and demonstrate he is one of the tribe. However, he fails this rite of passage and is cast out of the tribe by his father. Then an enormous dragon threatens the village. Hiccup leads the other youths to defeat the dragon. Ultimately, his own dragon Toothless saves his life and guarantees victory before he gets eaten. Hiccup’s relationship with Toothless grows throughout this adventure.  
  • Berk is a small island with unpleasant weather. Especially, it’s cold.
  • Lots of the same characters - Hiccup, Toothless, Stoick, Gobber, Tuffnut, Snotlout, Alvin, and Fishlegs. Gobber remains the teacher of the students and Snotlout remains a bit of a cocky, self-important nagger against Hiccup. Stoick’s design with an enormous beard is consistent. We also have a dragon named Stormfly and a Monstrous Nightmare named Hookfang in the books!
  • Monstrous Nightmares are seen as a status symbol in Berk. The Monstrous Nightmare is considered the dragon for the chief and his family in the books. The Monstrous Nightmare is the dragon only the bravest kill in the first movie.
  • Astrid is inspired off of Camicazi. Both are bold, blonde female characters with great fighting abilities who are close to Hiccup and own a dragon named Stormfly.
  • Berk owns a dragon manual written by a renowned Viking. In the books, Professor Yobbish wrote “How to Train Your Dragon,” the ultimate guide for the Hairy Hooligans. The Hairy Hooligans revere this book as the means of how to control dragons. In the DreamWorks movies, Bork the Bold wrote the Dragon Manual, the book the Hairy Hooligans respect as the authority for how to control dragons.
  • Dragon species with the same names - Nadders, Monstrous Nightmares, Gronckles, Purple Death. The Gronckle’s design is also notably similar between book and film, and while the Monstrous Nightmare is larger in the movies, but you can see the similarities in appearance to the ones in the books.
  • Hiccup confronts the Red/Green Death. Book!Hiccup fights the Green Death to protect Berk. DW!Hiccup fights the Red Death to protect Berk as well. Hiccup nearly dies from this encounter and is saved by Toothless. In the books he’s swallowed by the Green Death and saved by Toothless coming in to save the day… in the movies Hiccup is caught by Toothless before plunging into an explosion and crashing to the ground.
  • Hiccup loses part of a lower limb. DW!Hiccup loses a leg. Book!Hiccup loses a toe in How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword.
  • Gothi the elder is the movie’s version of Old Wrinkly, a wise elderly member of the tribe with magical connections. It’s to note DreamWorks was originally going to have much more magic in the early drafts of HTTYD.
  • Spitelout takes the same role as Baggybum. He is the spiteful, nagging Viking close to Stoick’s side who seems to question the chief. He’s the father of Snotlout. Spitelout was originally planned on having a larger role in early HTTYD drafts… back when those drafts were closer to the books. We can see in the resulting movie and shows the threads of Spitelout’s resemblance to Baggybum (and Snotlout and Hiccup being cousins).
  • The phrase “kill on sight.” Not an intentional parallel, but in the first HTTYD movie Hiccup reads in the dragon manual that every dragon is, “Extremely dangerous. Kill on sight.” Book!Hiccup’s wanted poster also has the phrase “Kill him on sight.”
  • One of the statues in the HTTYD movies has a helmet similar to book!Hiccup’s. This helmet has one broken horn. Some fans have considered this a parallel to book!Hiccup’s broken-horned helmet.
  • Toothless is a rare, powerful, “special,” and feared species. The Night Fury is a dragon regarded and feared because no one has seen it and lived to tell the tale. The Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus is the greatest, most powerful, and most feared species of dragon in the books.
  • Fishlegs was originally going to ride the Hideous Zippleback. And in the books, Fishlegs’ dragon has three heads!

RIDERS OF BERK / DEFENDERS OF BERK

  • Hiccup owns a small, obnoxious green dragon. The Terrible Terrors were initially designed to be book!Toothless, back when DreamWorks planned on making the movie closer to the books. In DOB, Hiccup gets a small, green Terrible Terror named Sharpshot… who acts similarly to the small, obnoxious green dragon Toothless in the books.
  • Viking students learn how to train small dragons. “Best in Show” is a story where Hiccup and the other Dragon Riders attempt to train Terrible Terrors and show their skills. It’s similar to the rite of passage in the first book, where Hiccup and the other students in Berk must show how they have mastered training a small hunting dragon.
  • Hiccup collects ancient family treasure. Both book!Hiccup and DW!Hiccup follow a map and other clues to locate an ancient family treasure, a treasure that only someone like Hiccup specifically could find. In ROB “Portrait of Hiccup as a Young Buff Man,” Hiccup follows Hamish the Second’s treasure trail - something “only a hiccup” could do. In the books Hiccup the Third collects The King’s Things from Grimbeard the Ghastly - something only Grimbeard the Ghastly’s prophecied heir could do.
  • Basically… all of “Portait of Hiccup as a Buff Young Man” gives off book vibes. It shows Hiccup insecure about how his father regards him, showing that Stoick sometimes gets carried away with ideas of his son as a stronger, more “typical” Viking. We also learn that Hiccup has an ancestor in the past, Hamish the Second, who was a runt… just like Hiccup in the books learns about Hiccup the Second and Hiccup the First.
  • Snotlout and Hiccup constantly bicker… and part of the reason is because Snotlout is jealous of Hiccup’s status and achievements.  These two do not get along. Snotlout often acts rudely toward Hiccup. In “Defiant One” Snotlout shows he is jealous of Hiccup, just like Snotlout reveals to Hiccup in How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero that he’s fought Hiccup much due to jealousy. But, in the end, Snotlout and Hiccup make up when Snotlout does a bold, heroic action (compare “Cast Out Part 2″ with the end of the eleventh book).
  • Alvin the Treacherous. He’s a chief of the Outcasts who battles against Hiccup in both show and book series! The presence of Alvin the Treacherous and the Outcast Tribe is a clear inspiration from the books.
  • The Berserker Tribe. This is a tribe from both the books and shows.
  • Dagur versus Norbert. Dagur the Deranged and Norbert the Nutjob are both chiefs with deep intelligence but a wild sense of “crazy” unpredictability.
  • Fishlegs is a wannabe poet and musician. Fishlegs writes his own poetry and sings songs during Riders and Defenders of Berk. Fishlegs in the books wishes to be a bard and writes his own (terrible) poetry.
  • Dragons demonstrate similar abilities between book and show. For example, Changewings are dragons that can turn themselves perfectly invisible, like multiple species from the books can (ex: Stealth Dragon).
  • The eggs explode! In both books and DreamWorks franchise, dragons hatch through exploding eggs.

RACE TO THE EDGE

  • Hiccup’s name. Hiccup Haddock the Third is mentioned in the show… referring to the full name of the book’s protagonist, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third.
  • Fishlegs is believed to have allergies against dragons. Fishlegs has allergies to dragons in the books. DW!Fishlegs is suspected to be allergic to Meatlug in “Big Man on Berk.”
  • Snotlout mentions wanting to be chief. Snotlout makes several comments about how he is almost like the chief. It’s an interesting call-out to the book’s Snotface Snotlout, who spends most of the series trying so hard to become chief himself.
  • Snotlout tries to become leader. Snotlout is always trying to become the chief of Berk in the books. Snotlout tries to take over Hiccup’’s leadership and become the leader of the dragon riders in “Not Lout.”
  • Snotlout and Hiccup physically fight. Snotlout tries to fight and kill Hiccup in multiple books. In “The Zippleback Experience,” Snotlout is supposed to attack Hiccup to make Barf and Belch believe Hiccup’s life is in danger. The result is Hiccup punching Snotlout.
  • Snotlout death references. They’re everywhere. Snotlout making a comment, “What’s one little arrow going to do?” - when he gets shot by an arrow in the books. Snotlout flying to take a hit from an arrow/quarrel for Hiccup in the skies during “Not Lout.” Snotlout falling from his dragon into the ocean and believing he’s dead in “Snotlout’s Angels.”
  • Dagur’s false death goes down similar to Snotlout’s book death. Dagur becomes a protagonist after trying to kill Hiccup for eons. When he is finally accepted as an ally, he goes forth to tackle an enormous enemy in a sacrifice to protect Hiccup. He is downed from his dragon and plunges into ocean waters.
  • An enemy falls into a volcano, gets burnt, but survives. Alvin the Treacherous falls into a volcano at the end of “How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale” when he tries to take the Fire Stone from Hiccup. Viggo falls into a volcano at the end of “Shell Shocked Part 2″ when he tries to take the Dragon Eye. Both enemies come back to fight Hiccup another day.
  • An enemy infiltrates Berk to learn information by pretending to be a friendly, common worker. Alvin the Treacherous pretends to be Alvin the Poor-But-Honest Farmer. Trader Johann pretends to be a foppish ally to the Hairy Hooligans. But both are seeking a more sinister gain.
  • The brand of a slave. Hiccup is marked as a slave in the book series. In Race to the Edge, the dragon hunters almost brand Hiccup on the face with what would basically have been a mark of ownership.
  • Hiccup fights with a sword. Hiccup spars with Inferno during Race to the Edge, and of course he has epic battles with Endeavor throughout the book series.
  • Potatoes. There are lots of hidden potatoes in RTTE. Potatoes are quite important in the books, naturally, and this is a silly call-out to that!
  • A gladiator ring with dragons. In “Stryke Out,” dragons are forced to fight one another in the ring. In How to Speak Dragonese, Hiccup, Camicazi, and Fishlegs are part of a gladiator spectacle that involves dragons eating other dragons. 
  • Hiccup is pulled beneath sand by a dangerous dragon. Hiccup is pulled underground in How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel by the Monster of the Amber Slavelands. Hiccup is pulled underground from a sandy beach in “Sandbusted.”
  • One of Hiccup’s closest companions will die unless a cure can be found from an impossible-to-find ingredient. There are marked similarities between the ideas of “Buffalord Soldier” and How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse. In the books, Fishlegs is believed to be dying from the sting of a Venomous Vorpent. The cure involves finding a potato, a legendary vegetable that is not believed to exist by most people… and which is said to only be found in America by others. In the show, Astrid is becoming increasingly ill from the deadly Scourge of Odin. The cure requires the gang to find the Buffalord, a dragon believed to be extinct.
  • Hiccup and Fishlegs are best friends.
  • Hiccup gets kidnapped. This is the central plot of “Midnight Scrum.” Hiccup gets kidnapped as a child - mentioned in How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury - and he also has an unpleasant hostage situation with the Romans in How to Speak Dragonese.
  • More dragon species similarities. The Riproarer feels like the Cavern Crasher. The Grimoras feel somewhat like Nanodragons. The Snow Wraith feels a little bit like Sabre-Tooth Driver Dragons. Some fans feel like the Slitherwing looks somewhat like the dragon of the Slavemark.
  • Dragons hatching from volcanoes. The Eruptodon egg must be placed in a ceremonial location in the center of a volcano to hatch properly. The Fire Dragon also can only hatch from a volcano’s eruption.
  • Characters seeking out their fathers. Dagur and Heather search for clues of Oswald the Agreeable. Fishlegs spends the majority of the book series trying to find his family and home tribe. Both Dagur and Fishlegs receive disappointing news about their father’s status.
  • Vikings build inventions far beyond their time. Norbert the Nutjob creates a steamboat. Hiccup builds equipment that can take him to the bottom of the ocean.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

  • Eret’s brand versus the Slavemark.
  • Northern non-Viking tribes. The Northern Wanderers from the books could be compared to Eret’s people, the Sami.
  • Stoick jumps in front of a deadly shot to save Hiccup’s life. Stoick jumps in front of an arrow to try to save Hiccup’s life in How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse, somewhat akin to how Stoick jumps in front of Toothless’ blast in How to Train Your Dragon 2.
  • Hiccup’s butt-kicking mothers neglecting parental duties through quests far from home… quests that their son ultimately fulfills. Valhallarama constantly quests away from Berk to find the King’s Things rather than spending time with her son. In the end, Hiccup collects the King’s Things. Valka leaves Berk entirely to protect dragons. She is not there to raise her son. In the end, Hiccup becomes the chief of Berk, the link between humans and dragons this world needs. In the end, both mothers realize that they have spent too little time with their son when he was growing up, and end up supporting him in his heroic endeavors.
  • Dragons that change color by mood. The Hobblegrunt changes its color depending on its mood, just like the Mood Dragon.
  • Sea dragons that breathe ice. The Doomfang is a giant Sea Dragon with a freezing breath. The Bewilderbeast is an enormous “ice spitter.”
  • Toothless shields Hiccup from an enormous dragon. In HTTYD 2, Toothless jumps in front of the Bewilderbeast’s ice blast and shields Hiccup last-second with his wing. In How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury, Toothless jumps in front of Furious to shield Hiccup. It’s to note that even the Bewilderbeast and Furious have parallels!
  • A chief sacrifices himself to save Hiccup… and Hiccup goes on to become leader. In How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury, Hiccup’s cousin Snotlout had become chief of the Hairy Hooligans before dying to save Hiccup. Hiccup’s father Stoick in the movies dies to save his son.
  • Villain!Valka versus Furious. The initial script for HTTYD 2 pitted Valka as an antagonist who believed that humans and dragons could not live together in harmony, so she attacked Berk and waged war against humans to free the dragon species. She commanded an enormous, behemoth Bewilderbeast in her fights - the King of all Dragons. Sound familiar? Furious is an enormous, behemoth dragon - the King of all Dragons - who wages war against humanity and attacks Berk because he believed that humans and dragons could not live together in harmony. Even the Valka that appears in our final HTTYD 2 bears similarities to Furious. She still does have the mentality humans and dragons cannot coexist in peace.
  • Drago and Drago’s Bewilderbeast versus Furious. Drago ultimately still has a lot of the same parallels to Furious that villain!Valka does. He commands an enormous dragon army against Berk with the King of all Dragons. Drago + his Bewilderbeast fill somewhat similar roles to Furious in the books. 
  • A potential three way war. The original plan of HTTYD 2 has some interesting set-ups that seem parallel to the final conflict in the books. In the books, there is a three-way war between dragon-friendly humans, dragon-hating humans, and human-hating dragons. In HTTYD 2, Valka was going to be pro-dragon and anti-human life Furious; Drago was going to be pro-human and anti-dragon like the Alvinsmen; and Hiccup was pro-human, pro-dragon like he is in the books. The reason I say potential three-way war is that it’s said Drago was going to be brought up, but not necessarily fleshed out or built upon in the original second movie drafts… the main battle scenes we see of the early storyboards are all seemingly between Berk and Valka.
  • The Red Rage versus the Bewilderbeast’s control. The dragon kings lead dragons in a mind-altered stated. The Red Rage causes dragons to angrily attack humans. Drago’s Bewilderbeast can control dragon minds - even to the point of dragons attacking their friends. Book!Toothless falls under the Red Rage briefly, and of course DW!Toothless is forced to shoot at Hiccup.
  • Berk is attacked and destroyed. Furious’ dragons blaze Berk down in fire. Drago, Furious’ equivalent, sends his Bewilderbeast to Berk. The village is wrecked by the dragon’s ice. 
  • Becoming a Hero the Hard Way. Both stories are about Hiccup becoming a Hero the Hard Way. Hiccup becomes a chief in HTTYD 2, while in the books, Hiccup becomes King of the Wilderwest. Both of them are initially unwilling to take up this leadership role, but ultimately fulfill it. And both Hiccups’ ideal is to create a world where humans and dragons live together in peace.
  • Hiccup is shown to be the one, unique individual who can fulfill the leadership role of his people. Hiccup is prophecied to be Grimbeard the Ghastly’s Heir in the books. Valka in the movies says, “You have the heart of a chief and the soul of a dragon. Only you can bring our worlds together.”

OTHER MATERIALS

  • Reference to Old Wrinkly. Old Wrinkly’s Cauldron is available for sale in School of Dragons.
  • Wartihog, Speedifist, and Clueless are residents of Berk. Several of Hiccup’s classmates from the books are NPCs in School of Dragons: Wartihog, Speedifist, and Clueless.
  • Dragon species. The Devilish Dervish and Windwalker are dragons available to hatch and ride in School of Dragons.
  • Hiccup’s far-traveled ancestor. In School of Dragons, Stoick is mentioned as having a great-grandfather who traveled far and wide. His great-grandfather in the books, Grimbeard the Ghastly, is someone who definitely sailed great distances. Furthermore, the family name is called the “Horrendous Haddocks.”
  • Rise of Berk introduces the Green Death.
  • The comic book “The Legend of Ragnarok” is about the Purple Death attacking Berk. Not only that, but Hiccup makes a reference to the dragon sleeping thousands of years under the sea. The Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus dragons (including the Purple Death) slept underneath the sea for thousands of years before coming to Berk’s shore in the first book.
  • The comic book “The Endless Night” introduces a female sorceress villain. Skuld doesn’t have much in common with Excellinor, but it is still to note this similarity.
  • How to Train Your Dragon 3 will be about the dragons disappearing, Hiccup making a choice that will affect humans and dragon’s future, and Hiccup actualizing as a leader. The books are of course about the dragons disappearing, Hiccup trying to unite humans and dragons, and Hiccup becoming King of the Wilderwest.
Tumblr and Representation

When it comes to tumblr and representation, it reminds me a lot of that story of the christian woman who asked if the bible was being sold at the book shop in the airport. She got angry when she found out they didn’t sell the bible, but when the guy who worked at the shop asked if she was going to buy the bible, she said she wasn’t. She was just making sure if they sold the bible or not. 

That’s what tumblr is. Tumblr is that white christian lady who gets angry when the book store doesn’t sell the bible, yet if the bible were offered, they wouldn’t take it. They beg for representation and when it’s being handed to them they completely ignore it in favor of something else.

One big example is with Marvel. Everyone on Tumblr was clamoring at Marvel for not giving proper representation in their movies. White guy after white guy has been casted back to back. The women of their universe were pushed to the background and relegated to love interest roles. And with all that clamoring and all that anger, all of you still went out of your way to give them your money, to give them your support, to over analyze every interaction and laud Marvel for their brilliance when really they’re just pushing the same formula down our throats and have been for the past 11 movies. Everyone is so fixated on the lack of representation in Marvel yet completely ignore the representation that is being showed elsewhere. And this is where DC comes in.

With the start of the DC Extended Universe, WB, DC, and Zack Snyder have gone out of their way to provide representation within their universe. We will finally get a female led superhero movie. Half of the Justice League is POC. They have a native Hawaiian playing Aquaman, they have Cyborg, they casted a jewish man as the Flash, an Israeli as Wonder Woman, and they will feature John Stewart as the Green Lantern. Wonder Woman is coming out in 2017, and she already made her appearance in Batman v Superman. The Suicide Squad also features Will Smith, Viola Davis, Jay Hernandez, Karen Fukuhara, and so on. DC doesn’t just provide representation in their movies, but in their TV shows too with POC and with LGBTQ as well. The fact that there is more representation in one DC TV show then there is with all of the MCU is astounding. 

And what’s even more astounding is the fact that Tumblr will go out of their way to completely ignore this representation. We have all of these great shows with great writing. They address issues that minorities deal with, POC and LGBTQ aren’t used as props. They’re not used as their token minority that so many studios feel the obligation to have. They are genuine characters that provide to the story. 

Now that DC has launched their extended universe with Batman v Superman, it was met with so much negativity. What everyone on here fails to understand is that the negativity isn’t coming from the fans and the casual movie goers, but from the critics who have been outright slandering this movie since they first announced it at Comic Con 3 years ago. These are the very same critics that praised Age of Ultron for its phenomenal story line when in reality, it was met with a lot of backlash from the fans. These are the same critics that praised Joss Whedon for relegating Black Widow into nothing more than a casual romance, just so the Hulk can experience his man pain. These are the same critics that praised Iron Man 3 for it’s fantastic story, when yet again, it was met with so much backlash from the general public. Now ask yourself, are these the critics you’re going to trust. These very same critics that have praised everything you hated about the movie?

Batman v Superman isn’t supposed to be fun. It’s not supposed to be family friendly. What it is meant to be is an exploration on humanity. How far will a person go to protect the one’s they love? How much power is too much power? Is there a possibility that the person everyone can trust on can suddenly turn their back on them? This story deals with how people manage loss, destruction, helplessness. There’s nothing funny about that. There’s nothing funny about dealing with the repercussions of death and destruction. 

The DCEU is something that we need. We will finally be gaining representation that Marvel has denied us over and over again. Think about this the next time you decide to listen to the critics. Think about this the next time you see another photo set or text post on why Marvel is the best and DC sucks.Because agreeing to them is acquiescing to the idea that we don’t deserve representation. That we’ll be perfectly fine with seeing another 15 more movies where it’s the straight white male who’s the hero and the token black character and female character who will be pushed to the side. That’s what you’re agreeing to when you watch those movies. That’s what you’re agreeing to when you slander the ones who are willing to offer you representation. 

Don’t ask for representation only to reject it when it’s shown. If you want representation, then support the people who give representation.

EXO: Ways To Say I Love You

A/N: Hello, anon! I enjoyed writing this considering I’m also a foreigner myself ^_^ Enjoy~

Minseok (Xiumin)

—Minseok has heard you say it over a million times. Before you two go to bed, or when you give him his morning coffee, he’ll always hear those words, like angels singing. He’ll be too shy to ask if you can teach him, but after hesitating, he’ll finally ask. The two of you would be sitting in your living room while you teach him how to say “I love you“ in your native language. He’d sometimes mispronounce a few words, but when he finally gets the hang of it, he never stopped telling you how much he loves you.

Junmyeon (Suho)

—Junmyeon always loved the way your accent changes when you speak using your native language. He rarely heard you use your language, only hearing it when you’re on the phone with your mom. One day he called you from the living room to talk. Thinking it was something serious, you started getting nervous. However, when Junmyeon started talking about how he should know how to speak your language, you couldn’t help but laugh at his cuteness. You did try to teach him. The most important word “I love you“ in your thick native accent.

Yixing (Lay)

—You were awakened by soft mumbles beside you. The sunray peaking through the cracks of the curtains, shining down on your boyfriend’s face. Yixing was beside you, lying on his back, head facing towards you. He was mumbling incoherent words, until you heard a familiar word. He was trying to say “I love you” in your native language, except due to his accent, couldn’t get it right. You smiled at him before speaking in your native language. Good morning indeed.

Baekhyun

—You and your boyfriend made a bet on who can translate words the most, with him speaking Korean and you in your native language. You weren’t even sure if it was a game because none of you were winning. 20 minutes later, the both of you only had 2 points each. Baekhyun fell silent when you said “I love you“ in your language. His face became bright red, he tried covering his face with a pillow. The both of you forgot about the bet, instead, Baekhyun listened to you speak. He’d copy whatever you said, but his favorite was your “I love you“

Jongdae (Chen)

—In return to teaching you how to write Hangul, you offered to teach Jongdae how to speak your native language. He had always been asking you to teach him, but even though you were willing, he was just busy being an Idol. Now that they were given a few weeks off, it’s a great time to finally teach him.

You first started with the basics, like “Hello” and “Good morning”. Jongdae was quick to catch up, but there was one word he can’t seem to get. You’ve been repeating “I love you” numerous times but he still wanted you to repeat it. Little do you know, he knows what it means. He just loved hearing those words leave your lips.

Chanyeol

—Chanyeol was so nervous when the day he’ll meet your parents drew near. He knew your family rarely used English, and is sure as hell doesn’t speak Korean. So in preparation, you taught him a few basic words and sentences in order to look neat in front of your family. He’d catch a few good words, enough to communicate the whole night. But “I Love You“ wasn’t just for the night, it was for your whole lifetime.

Kyungsoo (D.O.)

—What are the chances that Kyungsoo will be portraying as the love interest of a foreigner in his new movie. And the foreigner happens to be the same race as you. Coincidence? I think not. To prepare for his big role, you served as his tutor. You explained the meaning of the foreign words written on the script while speaking in your strong accent. It was hard for Kyungsoo to focus for he was too lost in your own voice.

“And this means I love you.“  “I love you too.” You wished this script will never end.

Jongin (Kai)

—Jongin laughs every time he hears you speak your language. It wasn’t because he found your words weird, but because he was not used to hearing your voice and tone change in just a few seconds. You would be the fluent English speaking girlfriend, then in a swift moment you’d become a whole different person just by saying “I love you“ in your language. He’ll ask you to repeat it again and again, until he starts saying it to himself. The whole day he would just say “I love you“ to you and nothing else.

Sehun

—Sehun has always adored your language. The thought of saying something in a different language yet same meaning amazed him, especially since his own girlfriend is bilingual. He’d excitedly ask you to teach him, asking how to say “I’m beautiful“ or “Spoil me“ in your language. But what made your heart melt was when he asked how to say “I love you“. After telling him, he teased you by saying he couldn’t wait telling it to Vivi. You’ll act hurt, then he’ll comfort you using those sweet words.

I also do ships!~

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review (SPOILERS INCLUDED)

Yesterday I went to the cinema and watched the fifth movie of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean. As I heard the subtitle Dead Men Tell No Tales I was really exited - what a great title! And the trailer was awesome and I wanted to watch this movie so badly, I have waited ages for it to come out. So here is my review and again, this is just my opinion on the movie (before you start: I’m really sorry if there are any mistakes in this text, I’m just very tired and a mess :D).

Originally posted by kaipurge

The story itself was a good one. I liked the story line but I think it was a little bit too much sometimes. Just finding the trident to destroy Will’s the curse and getting rid of Salazar at the same time would be enough. But there was a lot more going on with the witch and the finding-my-fathers-legacy-thing with Carina and later the wedding was just a little bit too much. What I don’t get is why they involved the figurehead of the Silent Mary in the fight scene of Jack and Salazar - I mean fighting against “just” an undead Capitán is not easy at all. What I really liked is the flashback to young Jack and how he trapped Salazar and his crew in the Devil’s Triangle. In the end of the scene you could see how Jack become the new captain and his crew gives him tributes; They gave him some jewelry which he wears in his hair which was a pretty cool idea to tell how Jack got them. Salazar told Barbossa in the end of the scene why Jack’s surname is Sparrow which was another little detail I reeeaally liked. You get to know Jack better and I liked that a lot you have much more information.

Originally posted by only-johnny-depp

The underwater scenes were a cool idea but it took me a bit to find out where the water is, so where the undead crew can be and where Carina, Jack and Henry could stand - that was a little bit confused. The destroying of the trident was very fast when you compare that scene to the On Stranger Tides scene with the hole chalice-thing, it was very rushed. But the underwater thing was really cool, the hole setting was awesome! I expected more magic, you could see some but not that much as in the last movie which made me a little bit sad.  I nearly cried in the end, as Barbossa jumped of the anchor and killed the human Salazar to safe his daughter and her friends, that made me really sad.

Originally posted by depplicious

The reunion of Will and Elizabeth was very heart warming and as Jack said the last sentence, I felt very happy and nearly cried again: “Now, bring me that horizon!”

The jokes were funny, I laughed a lot. “Captain Salamander” is going to be a running gag in my clique, I see it coming :D. The donkey jokes were really cool too - the hole movie was funny, the characters were just hilarious, the jokes were well placed.

What I also don’t get is why they always change the title in the countries. I watched it in Germany so the title is Salazar’s Rache (engl. Salazar’s Revenge). Don’t get me wrong the revenge-title still sounds cool (because Salazar wants revenge) but you don’t really get the Dead-Men-Tell-No-Tales-Part: Salazar only keeps one member of a ships crew alive so he can tell the tale later - and this is the connection with the title, so why change it?

The camera angles were really good! One of my faves where Salazar was about to drown in the Devil’s Triangle and slowly turned around; then he was facing the audience and opened his eyes - brilliant!

Originally posted by ghostcaptainsalazar

The ship scenes were awesome, the camera went in the bird’s-eye view over the ships and later along the ships. The shots of Salazar and Jack fighting on top of the cannons were not bad either, it was really intense with and you could feel the rising action with it.

Originally posted by becauseitisjohnnydepp

I was really disappointed that I didn’t heard the music that much because I was focused on the screen; I bloody love Hans Zimmer’s music and the Pirates of the Caribbean themes are one of his best, I can play He’s a pirate, Jack Sparrow, Davy Jones, Mermaids or Blackbeard all day long. But I couldn’t experience his music that much in this movie. I’m gonna look the music up later but in the cinema I barely had a connection to it. Of course, I recognized the most used songs which were placed perfectly but I think putting the music a little bit in the foreground would have made it even better. But what I’ve heard was awesome – great job Hans!

So then to the actors! I won’t gonna fangirl that much so you are not going to read a hole essay about every actor in the movie :D:

Johnny Depp: Captain Jack Sparrow. The pirate. Well played, mate, well played. He was just excellent as Captain Jack Sparrow as usual: funny, with good and bead ideas and his love is the sea (and the Black Pearl).

Originally posted by depplovers

Geoffrey Rush: Captain Hector Barbossa. The legend. I could die for his “Jaaaaaaack!” it’s just the best. Barbossa is one of my fave characters/villains of all time, Geoffrey is just an amazing actor and I was really sad as Barbossa died - but he did it for his daughter. Heroes always get remembered but you know legends never die.

Originally posted by gwenjonesevans

Brenton Thwaites: Henry Turner. The son. He was the one I was most exited about as a new character. Henry was a great character he kept the story line running and interacted really good with the other characters. Brenton, you did a great job, I liked Henry a lot!

Originally posted by becauseitisjohnnydepp

Kaya Scodelario: Carina Smyth/Barbossa. The believer. Carina is always focused and believes in the book, her father gave her. In the end her faith was the solution of the problem and she also got to know who her father is. Kaya’s facial expressions were very good - her hole acting was good, I really liked the way she portrait Carina!

Originally posted by bedpostsongs

Javier Bardem: Captáin Armando Salazar. The villain. Bad, cruel and very well played. He was scary and interesting at the same time Javier did a very good job! He portrait him way different than other villains and that made it good; seeing someone playing a character likely Barbossa or Davy Jones wouldn’t be that interesting, right? And every good story need an old fashion villain – Salazar was a great one.

Originally posted by becauseitisjohnnydepp

(Just found out that Paul McCartney was Uncle Jack - I didn’t recognize him! But the role was very funny I liked that they included another family member of Jack.)

To summarize the hole movie I just wanted to say again that I really liked the movie, I can’t wait when the DVD is out and I can do a hole Pirates of the Caribbean movie night with my girls! There were parts I didn’t like and parts I loved but I think every movie has that and everyone likes and dislikes parts of movies ;). I would highly recommend you to watch this movie (especially in 3D - it was just the best!) it is really good: You laugh, you cry, you have a good time and it’s very exciting.

Originally posted by octarine-flash

I’m not sure if I want another Pirates of the Caribbean movie or not; I can’t decide. One part of me screams “YEEEEEEES, OH MY GOD PLEASE DO ANOTHER ONE!!” and the other part is like “Nah, that’s a good ending, let it be.” As we walked out of the cinema my friend Tessa told me she was feeling the same about it; but a hole new series with Henry Turner would be awesome which I totally agree on. But as I said, I’m not sure and I’m not the one deciding if they gonna do another movie; If they make one, I’m gonna watch it, obviously :D!

I will always be a big fan of Pirates of the Caribbean, the movies are one of my faves. I just wanna say again, this is just my opinion on this movie so don’t be mad at me, aye?

Originally posted by sakurafavjd

While the Razzies appear to challenge the industry’s laziness, it also seems to perpetuate Hollywood’s prejudiced social norms. For example, in 2015 – incidentally the year that Laverne Cox became the first transgender person be nominated for an acting Emmy – the Razzies couldn’t stop themselves referring to Transformers: Age Of Extinction as “Trannies #4.” We’re sure you’ll agree that this is clearly the bravest joke an award show dedicating to punching up at cynical Hollywood elites could make. We’re kind of amazed the Razzie for Worst Picture isn’t called “The Gayest Movie Of The Year Award.” When your whole schtick is pointing a mocking finger at how hacky Hollywood can be, you need to at least try harder than the movies you claim to hate so much.

Black actors don’t exactly receive a fair hearing from the Razzie crew, either. In the past 35 years, black actors have won Academy Awards only 13 times – that’s less than one out of every ten awards. Oddly enough, that’s still an impressive score, seeing how few nonwhite roles there are in Hollywood. But in the same timespan, the Razzies have bestowed 14 awards to black actors, because when it comes to hating things, the world suddenly becomes an absolute meritocracy.

Look, it’s not like we’re saying that 2004’s Catwoman didn’t deserve to be cat-pooped on for being horrible, but it’s not like Halle Berry had a million chances to become a black lead in a superhero movie either. The Razzies had a chance to be more than a dart to throw at shitty movies, a truly outside-the-box ceremony that could have turned on Hollywood’s deeply entrenched racism by pointing out that the best franchise Hollywood had to offer Academy-Award-winning actress Halle Berry was an indecipherable bastardization of a beloved female icon. (In the film, Catwoman has to bring down an evil cosmetics empire, because women be shopping.) But instead, the Razzies are usually as lazy and cynical as whatever Adam Sandler movie they’ve nominated this year.

4 Reasons The Razzies Suck (And Should Be Abolished Forever)

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you think you’re in love. that girl nancy, she is nice, you like spending time with her, she’s funny and sexy as hell. you could spend all nights long fucking her. you don’t talk much but it doesn’t matter. you’re not good with words, she works with her body, not with her mouth… scratch that, she works great with her mouth but she says only one word. it’s your name when she comes. your friends don’t mind her but they don’t like when she hangs around. they find her irritating and boring when she’s trying to put her hand in your pants when you’re all together in a bar. she gets drunk very quickly but that works for you. she’s easier this way. you don’t have to talk, you can fuck all night and then she sleeps through whole day and you get to enjoy the silence. it’s a perfect agreement between you two and you think it’s love.

until she breaks up with you.

that’s when you realize you were in a relationship with no love involved. it doesn’t hurt the way it’s supposed to, you’re not sad, you don’t drink yourself stupid, you’re not even mad at her. you both end up in bed, to say goodbye in your favorite language. then she packs her things, kisses you goodbye and leaves with her older brother, who’s always hated you. you wave them goodbye, sit at your desk and write a new chapter to your book. she’s worth mentioning.

you think you’re in love when you meet carole. she’s a little bit crazy and she talks a little bit too much but you don’t mind. it’s a nice change to hear some words. nancy was only moaning your name, and with carole you can discuss politics. not that she has any idea about politics. but she’s against every rule in american law and that fascinates you. she only agrees in bed with you. you find a perfect way to communicate and yet again, your actions speak louder than words.

your friends accept her, they like when she comes to the parties with you. she’s fun to be with, she sings well and bakes delicious brownies. you’re kind of proud when your mother says she’s okay. no matter how old you are, your mother’s opinion is always the best. although she’s not that enthusiastic when you and carole visit her, she’s still smiling at you two. that’s something, you think.

it’s amazing how well women can lie. she looks into your eyes and swears she’s not fucking johnny and you believe her because why would she ever lie to you? you saw the truth in her pretty eyes and decided to screw it, you were happy and you wanted to trust her. you think you’re in love with carole so why would you ruin this?

one day you come home earlier than she thought and you see them together in your bed. you’ve never heard anyone speaking so fast and dressing up the same time. she apologizes, begs you to stay, cries her heart out. she promises you johnny doesn’t matter and johnny’s still there, laying in your bed, not knowing what to do. so you shrug and smile at them. you wish them well, grab your keys and walk out. you call her later that day and tell her to pack her things. once again, you wish her good luck with johnny and she calls you a son of a bitch for letting go of her so quickly.

that’s when you realize you weren’t in love with her. you let go so quickly and the very next day you don’t remember her face.

you don’t mention her in your book.

there’s another girl that a name you don’t even remember. she’s nice but only until she says she’s married and her husband is screwing her best friend. you don’t want to be a part of this messed up situation so you fuck her one night and you let her sleep by your side for a few days and then you tell her to go talk to her husband. she sends you a christmas card and thanks you for fixing her marriage. you feel kind of proud.

after cindy you decide to stop. you need a break from women, they just drive you crazy. you focus on your job and writing, you start acting and somehow you’re good. people want to hire you, you go from one audition to another and you get roles and you make your mother proud.

thanks to one movie you meet vicky and you think you fall in love. she’s kind of perfect. she’s tall and blonde, she makes every guy crazy. you’re so lucky, that’s what all of your friends say. you feel the same, to be honest. she’s the most beautiful of all the women you’ve ever been with. she makes you smile whenever she comes to your apartment. you spend hours on talking, kissing, fucking. she makes you dinners and you take her to the movies. you support each other on auditions. you comfort each other when you don’t get the roles. it’s a perfect relationship, you think. all of your friends love her and you think you may too.

she’s the one who tells you to go to this audition. you’re not so sure about it, you want to be mature, play in mature movies. you don’t find a show about aliens any kind of interesting. you tell her that many times but she says that it can be fun. she wants to go to the audition with you but you tell her not to. you don’t want to work with her, it could ruin your perfect relationship.

vicky calls your agent and tells her that you said yes. so you agree to go to that stupid audition. you practice and you just don’t feel it. the character is a weirdo, the scene is not interesting, the show is lame. it’s going to be just pilot, no one’s gonna buy that.

she drives you to the studio and kisses you to make you feel better. you don’t but at least she tried.

“you’re gonna be great.” she tells you and gives you an encouraging smile. you wanna say you know you’re gonna be great but the show’s gonna suck but you bite your tongue. she really believes in you and you think that after everything, you owe her that.

you get out of a car and take a deep breathe. you can do this, you whisper to yourself and step in to the studio. it’s pretty nice and there are some people murmuring to themselves, repeating the lines you know practically by heart.

you look around and you see some pretty girls. they smile and wink at you and you chuckle. if only you weren’t with vicky, you could easily find replacement for her. you could get lost in one or another’s arms. you smile at them and sit on one of the plastic chairs. you read the script once and twice and you get bored. you start walking around the hallway again and focus on your plans after the audition.

one girl starts talking to you at some point but she’s totally boring and you just smile and nod. you start looking around the room once again and that’s when your heart stops beating.

and then it starts beating faster than ever.

and that’s when your hands start trembling and sweating.

that’s when you see her.