they understand her

fitzskye friendship is literally all i care about

that and fitz being the first one tO DO THE THING

NO SKYE UR INHUMAN

Honestly, the fact that Emma is the one with the most potential for darkness and everything doesn’t surprise me.

'But she's the savior, the product of true love, that completely goes against everything her character is!'

Yeah, I know.

But Regina has been evil. She’s been there, done that, and while I dislike her at times, she is trying to move past it and she is making an effort to put her misdeeds behind her. She wants to be a better person for Henry, and maybe herself too, so she can finally get her happy ending. She’s not going to risk that progress without it being completely degrading to her character. 

Emma, on the other hand, has never really walked on the dark side. She had a terrible childhood, getting tossed from foster home to foster home. She was a petty theft, and she even went to jail. She committed a few minor crimes, but she was never evil or dark, even though she has a villain’s backstory. Emma grew up without her parents’ love, was betrayed by someone she thought was her true love, gave her baby, who she could grow to love, up for adoption…you get the gist. But she’s been the epitome of good since she got to Storybrooke. 

All that potential to be evil was built up inside Emma for her entire life. She strives to do the right thing, even if it’s hard, because she’s a genuinely good person. In another universe, though, Emma could have been a villain that gave Regina and Rumple a run for their money.

Instead, she’s a wonderful person who saved her archenemy from a fire in season one, and when confronted, said that she would save her again, “because that’s what decent people do.” Emma does what’s best for the people around her, and once she lets herself love someone, she loves so deeply. She would do anything for Henry, and even if she sometimes wishes that her relationship with her parents was different, she’s just grateful to have found them. Emma has accepted Killian for everything he is and loves him and all his flaws, because she knows that she’s a little broken too. She has such great support from all the people who care about her and I think that really makes a difference. 

But imagine if that support network wasn’t there for her. What then?

All the self doubt, all of those feelings of abandonment and betrayal would come rushing back to the surface. Emma’s bad experiences would come back to haunt her, causing her to shut herself off and eye everyone with mistrust. Regina grew up in similar circumstances to Emma - her mother raised her with an iron fist, her first true love was killed by that same mother…she felt isolated, trapped, and she turned to magic and darkness. Regina had no support network other than her father, who wasn’t powerful enough to protect her from Cora, and we saw how that turned out. An evil queen was born. 

Emma HAS the support network and thanks to Elsa she’s learned to love herself. I highly doubt that she will walk on the dark side. This is the woman who is a firm believer in second chances, who isn’t cynical despite having every reason to be. 

It’s one thing to say that Emma has the potential to be dark. It’s another for her to actually BECOME dark. 

I 1000% agree that Emma, out of everyone in town, has the most potential to become evil. Doesn’t mean I think she will be.

blueelectricangelsprobablylostrightnow, rhiannon42, witchofdathomir, tinierpurplefishes, and pearlyunicorn

Thank you. I needed the voices of support, there. I really did.

I think what gets me is not someone finding the character ‘annoying’. That’s totally an ‘eh, personal preference, whatever’ thing that’s pretty easy for me to brush off. What was bothering me is that I worry about whether the reasons they find her annoying are actually because of larger structural/pacing problems that I’m already super conscious of. If so, I think there’s actually quite a bit of truth to that criticism. The longer comment was something about not feeling there was a reason for Ness to be there at all — which is an understandable feeling at this point, and relates to my above worry. She and Kaidan probably should have been made more continuously integral, or left out. 

They have moments to shine, but they kind of come and go.

I do have a plan for her (beyond being all cuddlebunnies with Sam), but since it may be months at this rate before it shows up, it’s easy to understand the point of view that she’s just taking up space — and that hits my concerns about my writing commitment/speed, pacing issues, and whether I should ever have added two PoV’s in the first place. I’m afraid that the cool stuff is coming too late, the story got going too slowly, and I’m losing track of important things trying to juggle too much… er, is that everything? Also I wrote good sex scenes that should’ve happened earlier, haven’t talked nearly enough about Rhi’s worries about the crucible, haven’t spent enough time with EDI, etc etc etc ad nauseum.

LOTS OF WRITING ANGST YES.

But thank you for reassuring my fragile author ego. <3


  • person:oh my gosh Taylor Swift can't sing.
  • me:*shoves the Speak Now World Tour Live CD, Riptide Cover and the Pop Goes Live 4 version of Shake it Off.*
  • person:She's still dumb all she writes about is boys.
  • me:*glares and shoves Clean, Bad Blood, Tied Together With a Smile, and The Best Day down their throats*
  • person:well she's such a bitch
  • me:*shows Taylor interacting with her fans, giving them wonderful advice, and sending gifts and being a wonderful person in general*
  • person:oh..i didn't really...
  • me:
  • person:
  • me:fuckin fight me.
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”[…] Pansy Parkinson, who—all of seventeen and faced with the possibility of her own death, the death of all her classmates, at the hands of the men and women outside, many of whom (despite the masks they wear) she knows she’s known for her entire life—caves to the fear Voldemort is counting on and makes a statement that gets herself and her housemates banned from the fight. Pansy Parkinson, who must live with that statement for the rest of her life, from those who heard it and those who heard about it. Pansy Parkinson, who must catch hell from all quarters—from those on the “Side of Light,” certainly, but also from those who point to her as the reason behind the continuing vilification of Slytherin house […]” (x)

JK ROWLING: [creates a prejudiced archetypal bully character of “dubious morality” whom she slowly reveals to be a perfect foil of the hero, who is the way he is because of his upbringing, “[who undergoes] dreadful trials as a direct result of his family’s misguided principles”, who denies “essential parts of himself”, who is “damaged” because of his “suppression of inner conflict”, who has a “dual nature”, “[wishes] to be a better man” and has some “unextinguished good” in his heart]

JK ROWLING: it’s unnerving that you would ever like this character!!!!! GIRLS always romanticise the BAD BOY!!! these are UNHEALTHY FANTASIES you silly girls!!!!! cold common sense!!!!!!!!

tiny josie!

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I imagine Hange got too nervous and too drunk and of course Levi is too fucking romantically awkward to understand subtlety so it was a disaster

but they both know already so whatever (they’ll just wake up in the morning and pretend the entire conversation never happened anyway)

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sketchdump of my current inquisititties!

an angry elf rogue, a human mage who wants to free all the mages, and a  qunari who is 1000% convinced she was sent by the maker

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I’m not talking about for no reason.
I’m talking about for a very, very specific reason.

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i got two requests for the bellarke reunion after mount weather SO!

(this little comic is full of wishful thinking and not what i actually think will happen but a girl can dream)

pls ignore the inconsistency of bellamy’s face.

But consider:

  • Annabeth taking the SAT’s five times with extended time and large print format before getting scores she’s happy with
  • Annabeth refusing to listen to her school counselors “advice” that “college may not be for her.”
  • Annabeth telling off teachers who say she’s bright but doesn’t apply herself because she works twice as hard as everyone else to get the same grades
  • Demigod’s who start printing school textbooks in Ancient Greek to help out students who have a harder time reading in English
  • Percy getting like an 1100 on the SAT’s but being completely over the moon about it
  • Hazel being thrilled to find out there is an actual word other than “lazy” to describe kids like her
  • Hazel getting a formal dyslexia diagnoses just for closure
  • Nobody on the Argo II being able to read each others handwriting because it is all just a hot mess
  • Basically mentioning the seven’s learning disabilities in any way shape or form
  • Dyslexic demigods

That is all.

lauren was truly the highlight for me last night - seeing her so comfortable and confident with her body on stage made ME feel good. not to mention she’s so freaking talented at singing AND dancing. and her part in the brave honest beautiful intro made me cry like a baby. people can slut shame her all they want, but she knows who she is and she’s clearly very proud of that person. as fans we know who she truly is, and i couldn’t be prouder of her.