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I’m Back!

I survived hiking over 20 miles with over 2,000 feet of elevation gain, along thousand foot drops and upstream through a river. I have some wonderful inspiration for books I won’t get to write for years. I’ll stick some pictures into my quarterly video, once I actually get around to filming it.

There probably won’t be any new posts until Sunday. Shame on me.

To all my new followers, please message me! I’d love to hear about whatever you’re currently writing or reading. 

(Also thank you everyone who wished my happy things for my vacation. I love you guys <3 )

anonymous asked:

When Kass Morgan gave the right to make The 100 a tv show, do you think she could've put certain stipulations down? Like that certain characters shouldn't die, etc? I always wondered if she asked for Bellarke to become a thing. It sounds ridiculous but it's always been so clear that they're building up Bellarke while at the same time JR and the cast would say they didn't see them as romantic, etc? So I'd wonder if maybe they didn't necessarily want Bellarke but had to make it happen. thoughts?

I guess I thought that because if I were an author, and I gave a company the right to make a tv show out of my characters, I wouldn’t want them to change certain things that were dear to me. So if I really loved a couple in my book, I’d make sure the tv show wouldn’t change that that status and make them end up with other people. And it’s clear KM loves Bellarke. But at the same time it sounds ridiculous that she’d put Bellarke down in her contract as something that had to happen. Thoughts?

They way I heard it, I don’t have the evidence to back this up, but I saw it and it was good enough for me way back when, is that this was not Kass Morgan’s intellectual property to start with. She was HIRED to write the YA novel, and JR was hired to write the pilot. The two stories were written from the same basic set up and starting plot, and the same main characters, and were allowed to go in their divergent directions. The 100 the tv show is not an adaptation of The 100, the novel. They are both original stories based on the same premise. 

The original premise, however, included Bellarke as a the main couple. 

JR had the freedom to follow Bellarke as the center romance if he wanted. Or to dump Bellarke as the romance. Or, if he so desired, to delay the center romance of Bellarke so that he could focus on the action and politics and adventure and non-romantic relationships and also on building a truly epic, slow burn romance that makes the whole story better.

You can say, like many have, that JR chose to dump the central romance of Bellarke and make it platonic, but then you’re going to have to take into account all the clearly non-platonic music, visual cues, fades, dialogue, eye contact, cinematography, plot, and script to screen.

“Take into account” does not mean, “ignore and pretend it’s not there” the way so much of the fandom does. Or calling people delusional, heteronormative lesophobes for seeing the canon evidence and pointing it out, which is just an attempt to discredit the ideas without ever actually addressing them.

If JR didn’t want Bellarke to happen, then he wouldn’t be telling the story from the pilot. And we wouldn’t have the visual journey of Bellarke hand holding. And we wouldn’t have the fades and the bellarke theme. 

If he was being forced to tell Bellarke and he didn’t want to, he would have made them romantic a long time ago, and then had them break up and move on from it, becoming awesomely platonic and saving the world that way.

Instead he hinted at it, at held it away. Camouflaged it. Smoke and mirrored it. Hint. Switch the story. Hint. Show a different romance. Hint. Run away. Prestidigitation. 

I don’t know how many ways I can say this. 

This isn’t someone NOT telling a romance story. This is what a romance story looks like. This is a highly committed romance story with  three years of investment into a developing romantic connection. This is not an accident. Putting them into a shot with their faces inches apart as they stare intensely into each other’s eyes before darting down to glance at lips is not a “whoops!” If they didn’t want them staring at lips, they wouldn’t be showing it. Staring at lips is a visual cue that kissing is on someone’s mind. Bellamy feeding Clarke that chip and us sitting there rewinding a million times trying to decide if Bellamy touched her lip or not is not us reading into something that isn’t there. JR had them FILM THAT SCENE DOZENS OF TIMES. Eliza joked about it. She had to spit the chip out again and again to do reshoots. Do you know how expensive it is to film things? They spent thousands of dollars on that chip feeding/lip brushing scene to make us focus on it and question it and obsess over it and wonder. 

YES. These moments are subjective and we can say they mean romance or platonic, but the very fact that the show is spending all this money on putting in scenes that force us to question if something is platonic or romantic IS TELLING A STORY WHERE ROMANCE IS ALWAYS ONE OF THE OPTIONS. ALWAYS. Will they? Won’t they? That is the essence of a romance story.

That is how you tell a romance that hooks the audience. 

We’re hooked. 

anonymous asked:

Hey I saw your post about the pitifully limited range of asian actors in fancasts and shamefully have to admit that your post about spans my knowledge, and was wondering if you could share a few of your faves? It would be awesome to learn of a few new actors to check out. If not that's totally cool! Thank you! <3

There are so many wonderful Asian actors, and the thing is that Asia in general has an incredibly robust film/tv industry which produces thousands of projects every year. My faves are definitely biased to Chinese celebrities because of my own exposure, but here are some of my personal faves for your consideration:

Xiaolu Li (33) 李小璐 an award winning Chinese actress who you might recognise as one of the antagonists (Pop Girl) fighting Chris Evans in the 2009 film Push. 

Vicki Zhao (40) 赵薇, a A-List film star, director, and pop artist who has starred in over a dozen box office hits and is one of the most famous women in China. She was the star of the latest Chinese adaptation of Mulan. And you might have seen her in Red Cliff or Shaolin Soccer, that film with the ridiculous dough making scene.

Bonus because this is absolutely my aesthetic:

Wallace Chung (41) 钟汉良, aka THE male lead in Chinese television, one of the industry’s highest paid actors who has the rare gift of both good looks and incredible acting talent. His following is enormous, and has played one half of one of the most significant slash pairings in Chinese fandom history (pictured below).

Li Bing Bing (43) 李冰冰, NOT to be confused with Fan Bing Bing, another notable Chinese actress (don’t do it). She is a hugely successful and has had important roles in a number of Hollywood productions, you might know her as the crazy white haired lady in Forbidden Kingdom, or the only person who got anything done in Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Abe Hiroshi (51)  阿部 寛

A Japanese actor who has starred a series of cult hit tv shows and multi-genre films. You may have seen him in Godzilla: 2000. Thermae Romae is something I firmly believe everyone should experience at least once in their lives, starring a Japanese man playing an Ancient Rome who visits modern day Japan in a curious incidence of… yellowashing?