they know we are going to hate their cliffhangers

Castiel, Prince of Hell. It’s catchy. It rhymes.

I warned y’all that this speculation might piss people off, so I’ll just go ahead and throw it up there in the title so that way you can skip it if you so choose.

We know we’re in for a hell of a cliffhanger this year. (”You guys are going to hate me.” - Mark Pellegrino. Or something like that.) I mean, we always are, because that’s what the show does… but how about more of one than usual? 

Could Cas be next season’s Big Bad, as a Prince of Hell?

Yeah, yeah – I know. Many of you are just gonna smile politely, nod, and whisper to each other about that one lady yelling about glowing eyes again. (I do yell about eyeballs a lot. Have I mentioned that I like glowing eyes today? Well, if you didn’t know - I dig glowing eyeballs. That said, there’s way more to this than glowing eyeballs.)

But hear me out if you have the patience, because I have a bunch of words here explaining why I’m seeing this (even though I’m gonna say there’s like… a 7.3% chance of this actually happening, just because I like pulling totally random stats out of my butt). I already know @mittensmorgul​ does NOT see this happening at all. But if/when it doesn’t happen, maybe somebody will be inspired to write an awesome canon-divergent fic over the summer.

So, if you’re interested, surge on ahead.

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In 2002 when I was pregnant with my twins, I went into labor at 22 weeks. I was rushed to the ER and they stopped it; however, I was put on hospital bed rest for the remainder of my pregnancy. (It was a hellish pregnancy with a lot of issues; none of which are here nor there.)

I was bored out of my skull. I hadn’t, at that point, learned any of the language yet. The internet was not accessible the way it is now; Finnish television at that point was six channels, most of which didn’t actually have programming during the daytime. I lay in my narrow hospital bed and stared at the walls all day, desperately lonely and shut off from the world around me. It was not a good time for me.

My wife went to the local library to see if there was anything in English for me to read. She found, on the shelves, three fat books that were known as The Farseer Trilogy by an author named Robin Hobb. I’m actually known for being a speed reader, so she figured even if they were just some fantasy fluff it would at least get me through a couple of days.

They were not, as it happens, fluff. Instead, they were some of the best and most amazing fiction I had ever read, full of real and flawed characters, heartbreak and glory. I inhaled them, and she promptly went online and ordered me not only my own copies of those books but the entirety of The Liveship Traders trilogy and the first book of The Tawny Man trilogy. I inhaled them as well, and then re-read them again.

My wife had what I am pretty sure was undiagnosed dyslexia. She was sharply intelligent and her English was excellent when I met her (and became so good, over the years spent with me, that she often passed for a native speaker). However, reading in her own language was a struggle for her and reading in English was worse. I’d introduced her to audiobooks with Jim Dale’s amazing renditions of the Harry Potter books and she got a great deal of enjoyment out of listening to books that way.

I kept raving on and on to her about how much I loved these books and how much she would love them as well. (She resembled, in no small amount, Fitz himself; the same intelligence and stubbornness and competence and failure to see what was right in front of their faces.) Finally, I had her sit next to me on one of her daily visits to the hospital and I started to read Assassin’s Apprentice aloud to her.

And that’s how it went. I read to her all of the books that had been published at that point; when The Golden Fool came out when my twins were just a few months old I inhaled it first and then read to her in between breastfeeding and diapers and very little sleep. She never did get those particular books on tape; those were our special books, the ones I read to her.

I’ve never been very good at reading aloud. I taught myself how to read when I was two; I only learned the alphabet when I was four and didn’t read aloud until I was about nine or so. I was assbackwards about the entire thing. So reading aloud to her was a challenge for me, for sure. It was also something that we loved to do together. And as I read them aloud I found that I got a whole new enjoyment out of the books, a deeper awareness of what they meant, a stronger connection with the characters. Sometimes I’d cry and we’d have to take a break; sometimes she’d get mad at foolish choices the characters would make and would yell at the book and refuse to listen for a week just to punish them. 

We had been looking forward to Fool’s Quest when she died. 

It was published only a few months after she died and I inhaled it, read it through my numbness and my grief. Then, after I had read it to myself I read it aloud, sitting in my bed after my kids had gone to sleep. Why? I don’t know. Maybe I was hoping she’d hear me. She always hated a cliffhanger, and I guess I couldn’t bear to think of her out there somewhere, not knowing what was going to happen next. It took a long time to read. I cried a lot. I recognized the parts where she would have shouted at the characters for being stupid and I would have to stop, sobbing, shouting at her for being stupid, for dying, for leaving me alone.

Today is the European release date for Assassin’s Fate. I got my pre-ordered copy in the mail yesterday; I’m not sure why (but it’s actually not the first time it has happened to me). I told myself that I would just read a few chapters in the late afternoon. Please. I stayed up until 4 am, inhaling it, sobbing my heart out.

I expect, now that I have read it to myself, that I will read it aloud for her. She’d love it, I know. Even when she’d yell at the characters for doing something she thought was stupid.

I am not the writer that Robin Hobb is. That’s not false modesty on my part; I know I am not. She is, quite frankly, a master storyteller, the absolute best I have ever read. I do owe my deep and abiding love for my characters, with all of their flaws, to her, however. She taught me, as both a reader and a writer, how incredibly important it is to have characters that are so real, so flawed and good and alive that you can feel them sitting next to you, living and breathing right off of the page. Oh, her plots are fantastic, don’t get me wrong; politics, magic, life, death. These are not throwaway fluffy fantasy books, her worldbuilding is unparalleled and amazing. They are all cracking good stories. But it’s the characters that keep drawing me back. Flawed, stubborn, loving and dangerous Fitz, an unreliable narrator whom we still manage to see through other eyes. The Fool, brilliant and tortured and never able to just live without trying to twist the puppet strings of fate.

And love. These are books about love; romantic love, parental love, fraternal love, and the kind of love that transcends all of that, the kind of love that connects beings so tightly together that they lose all sense of the individual.

The ending of this book was exactly that; an ending. A glorious, perfect, heartbreaking ending. An amazing tour de force that drew together sixteen books over the course of twenty-two years. Some of you have expressed surprise and/or amazement that I have been weaving together plot points since Please Excuse My Penmanship and all I have to say to you is that I learned from a master. I learned from the very best.

anonymous asked:

since you mention in your FAQs that viktor's version will continue beyond the timeline of umfb&mha, i was wondering, will we have to wait to see a happy ending until the companion fic is over too? i guess what i'm also asking is, are you planning on ending this current fic unresolved or on a cliffhanger of sorts? thanks very much

First I am overly in love with your fic and it kills me more than when the YOI was on-going and I started watching since chapter 9. It was hell. So, congrats. I hate you and love you. Don’t know which one more. Maybe like Yuuri, you ruined my life(?) with more addition I can’t handle but then I can’t hate you because I love you? Anyways, I have a question: Will umfb have an actual happy ending, or are you planning to have a different ending, let’s call it *true* ending on the companion fic?

I’m going to answer these two together because the answer is the same.

umfb&mha has a happy ending but it is not a complete ending. What I mean is, there is a happy ending and a resolution but there are still threads left hanging and things that still need to happen which will be wrapped up fully at the end of the companion fic. So I wont leave you on angst or anything but there is a very definite benefit to reading the companion fic because not only will you see more of the resolution that happens directly after umfb ends but also into their lives in the future 

Ok what really gets my goat about series of unfortunate events coming back into popularity is that because of this people are fighting over which adaptation is better, the movie or the show.

The movie, stand alone outside of the books, is great. It’s a great movie with a beautiful soundtrack and great actors. It fits the main theme of the books, being macabre humor, but still makes it it’s own. Some people hate it because it wrapped up the series in three books, but you have to remember this was a movie that they didn’t know if they were going to get a sequel to. They end it on a slight cliffhanger where count Olaf is still at large and we don’t know anything about the spy glass and the secret society, but nothing too drastic in case they can’t make the sequel, which they didn’t. But, you hold it side by side with the books, there are definitely some differences and a few are pretty major to a fan of the series.

The show on Netflix is as close to the books as you can get, but if someone dives into the show without knowing at least a little about the original series, I can see how they would be confused about what’s happening at first. It follows the storyline to a T, and plans to make at least two episodes for every book. They end season one on a good bit of cliffhanger because they only get to book four, which grips the people already invested and makes them want more, while the movie leaves some questions but also leaves the audience fairly satisfied. What I like about the series adaption is that they highlight some of the plot points that were on the back burner in the book, like how actually terrible all of these events are and the level of incompetence from adults and society.

My point is, I personally love both adaptions in their own ways. I love the movie because it was the first adaption of my favorite childhood book series, as well as it told the story decently. I love the show because it brings back the nostalgia of the books and it feels like they are literally being read to me in technicolor. You can like both of them, you don’t have to pick a side. As someone who has been around in this fandom for a very long time, it really isn’t that big of a deal if someone likes one more than the other.

Trader Johann is TRAITOR Johann?!?! Say it ain’t so?!?!

Man, oh man, this is bad!! Having watched the last episodes of Race to the Edge, it has ended with a shocking twist and cliffhanger as it revealed that Johann, who was thought to be an ally to Hiccup and his friends, is really working for the bad guys! I know there might be several fans who are hating him right now, but I wonder how all this came to be, and how are Hiccup and the others going to react at this terrible twist of fate? Plus what is the Dragon Eye revealing from the two episodes that got the baddies so keen on? We just have to wait to find out, thought I’m still shocked from this twist, I really liked Johann being the good guys’ friend and ally too…

My mixed reactions right now from the last episode:

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Something Extraordinary

Summary: Emma is a contestant on MasterChef. Killian is the celebrity chef who comes in to mentor for a week. It turns out they have far more in common than they ever expected.

A/N: Possibly the stupidest thing I’ve ever written? Haha


If she was being completely honest, Emma entered MasterChef for the express purpose of pissing off Neal. 

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anonymous asked:

Of course they didn't make it clear in the first issue, they weren't going to spoil it. You clearly don't know how cliffhangers are meant to work.

Oh man, oh man.

Anon, I woke up this morning, saw this ask, and was filled with glee. Absolute glee. Because never have I been more qualified to take someone to church. 

So background. Hello Anon. My name is Iz and I’m an English major with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in alternative media (aka film, comics and graphics). And I am more than qualified to tell you how you have missed the point in a manner so epic, I’m honestly impressed.

Okay, so to your original claim, that this is a cliffhanger and revealing it the first issue would ruin the point: that’s correct. If we we’re told in advance that Cap was being controlled, it would indeed ruin the cliffhanger. That isn’t to say we wouldn’t have a cliffhanger at all (there would still be the cliffhanger on how we would fix Cap, or exactly how Skull did it) but the original over the top shock value cliffhanger would be gone. 

However, when it comes to media, we shouldn’t look at a cliffhanger and ask only if it’s a successful cliffhanger by the definition. Because media does not exist in a vacuum, we also must ask if this is an effective cliffhanger with outside factors of society and history.

The cliffhanger discussed is an effective cliffhanger on its own, if we throw it into the vacuum of space. It does its job. It grabs attention. But once we hold it up to history, and society? It falls rather flat. 

1. Given the media of comics often going for shock value that will go viral, this cliffhanger was meant not to attract the attention of readers and carry them to the next issue, but to foster outrage headlines and attention as a marketing ploy. It’s purpose is multilayered with a marketing view, and while on its own, this isn’t so bad we must also consider-

2. The writing disregards an understanding in the recent history of antisemitism in Marvel comics (X) and on it’s own without knowing that it would be a fakeout, it strikes as a troubling trend. And while you might say people should know it was a fakeout-

3. The marketing choice as mentioned in point one which is meant to make headlines, often attracts the attention of non-comic book readers who don’t understand the constant shifting of comics canon. To them, this story appeared as the new status quo, and because it was all over the news, kids who normally wouldn’t have read the comics saw it and we’re upset. And while you might claim that they should have known better anyway and done some research-

4. Even with the research, the story comes off as tone deaf to recent criticisms of Marvel writing, which involves racism, antisemitism, and storylines that often hurt POC just for shock value. Plus with the rise of Donald Trump in mainstream American culture-

5. The cliffhanger echoes a situation a lot of POC are terribly used to, where someone they thought was a friend turns out to be against them all along. While Spencer likely did not know this, to not do his research is a failing and also echoes my last point-

6. This is just shitty writing. The “good guy was evil all along and the opposite as we thought” is a stupid plot twist, especially in comics where we know this will all be reconed in a hot minute. Anyone who read this issue and had a history in comics knew this was going to be a fakeout, which makes this whole “dramatic twist” meaningless. The writers insisting that it was “for reals” didn’t impact us, only the general public who then thought a man they looked up to was a racist this entire time echoing recent points. And because outrage goes faster than corrections, many will likely still think so, esp kids. 

7. This storyline in general looks to be bad writing, because while looking at the nature of hate groups is interesting with the rise of Trump, the original shock value and outrage will overshadow any point Spencer is trying to make. To state Steve was brainwashed at the beginning and make the cliffhanger reside on how we were going to get him back wouldn’t have detracted from the main story’s point on how hate groups feed on the poor working class. But with this all over and done with, that story is less likely to be noticed over the loud screaming.

So yes anon, I know how a cliffhanger works. I’ve seen great ones (Ms. Marvel’s mom revealing she knows about her superheroing, Donnie’s attack in TMNT) But a cliffhanger has to do more than just provide suspense. It has to provide suspense while keeping in mind outside factors, and society. Just like any other writing. So, to conclude-

Take your “fake geek girl” rant and shove it up your own ass. 

anonymous asked:

Someone go back in time to tell Chris Carter how shitty his decision would be to end season 10 with a shitty cliffhanger with NO promise of a new season please? I just finished season 10 and I hated him so much right now wtf????

THIS IS ME. THIS IS WHAT I’M MAD ABOUT. You just don’t do that after 23 years unless you know you’re filming a new season tomorrow, and maybe not even then. New X-Files episodes at this point should be a bonus. We should be able to enjoy season 11 speculation without worrying about whether a major cliffhanger will ever get resolved. It’s been too long. Mulder and Scully are tired. I’m tired.

Carter Covington - Faking It season 3/series end spoilers.

“On my last show [10 Things I Hate About You], we ended on crazy cliffhangers,” Covington says. “There was no resolution and it was really hard for me. On this show, I’m really trying to feed some answers [this season] so that if the show were to end, there wouldn’t feel like everything got dropped off a cliff. I had that in my mind this season, just knowing the way TV works, you just never know if you’re going to get more. Should this show not go past this season, I think it’s rewarding in its own right.”

“Breaking this season was hard because I know where I want the show to go. I know where I want to wrap it up,” Covington says. “But we’re not at that point yet. At least, MTV has not told me that we are at that point yet. So I had to figure out what these episodes were going to be about if I can’t take it to where I want to take it yet.”

Most importantly, Carter seems to hear our concerns about a possible cancellation. We might finally get some resolution/development, even if it’s not Karmy endgame like most of us hope for. This is very important information regardless. Also, maybe there are hopes for a 3b? Fingers crossed. So far the news are better than expected. 

Thank you for the info, @lazarusgirl .