this speech though


How long ago was it that the two of us agreed that Flint threatened to be the end of us all? That he would find ways of driving us over and over again into that storm till there was none of us left?

How is this not just the next storm in a very long line of them?

I don’t understand where this fandom mentality comes from that everyone has to like all the characters within a book/series/movie? And people start fighting you if you don’t like one character to the same extent as they do?

Like, be happy that people enjoy their favourite character (or ship). That they are so inspired by them that they write fanfic, draw fanart or develop headcanons for them. They share their love and you can do the same with your favourite characters - that’s the point of fandom.

But attacking other fans because they don’t include every single character for reasons that they are entirely their own? It doesn’t matter if you agree or not. Everyone has preferences and they are allowed to have them.

Seriously, since “Winter” was released, this fandom has become a minefield.
And I don’t mean that the character of Winter changed it, but it’s the tone of the discussions. It’s not so much about respectful, informative discussions anymore. It’s gotten nasty with a few people insulting and bullying other fans for their preferences with a self-righteousness that is seriously uncalled for.

Because now, if you don’t include a certain character, you are called out for whatever inane reason. I once got the question once why I didn’t include a certain ship for a story idea I had. Why is that any of their concern? It’s my story idea, either you like it or not but I’m not playing character bingo and include everyone just because the fandom thinks I have to because they are in the original story. That’s what fanfic is for, to expand on the characters you love, maybe all of them or just one of them, but that isn’t anyone’s business. If I see a story tagged with Character X, I’m not asking the author, “hey, where’s Character Y?” That story isn’t for me, so I move on to stories that are.

Because here’s the thing: No one owes you anything.

No one has to write a fic you enjoy.

No one has to draw a fanart that you can reblog.

No one has to spend their time of the day on characters they don’t like just because they feel pressured to do so.

But: Everyone deserves respect. Or, at least, just because someone has a different opinion, it doesn’t give you the right to insult them. Opinions are not facts.

You don’t have to agree with someone but it’s not too much to ask to treat them with a minimum of respect. Especially over something as personal and random as favourite characters/ships.

For next year, I do hope we leave this kind of mentality behind us, so people can resume creating content they enjoy for people who appreciate it, without being attacked for not doing it as some people might see fit. I’m not naive, I know there will always be drama and shipper wars or whatever. But this year, it was no fun being in the TLC fandom. And I say this especially in regard to the TLC shipweeks.

The creators of shipweeks are putting a lot of effort into it. The fans are putting a lot of effort into their work, too. So, if you are not happy that your character/ship/brotp isn’t as included as much as you would like, create your own content. Spread the love. But respect other people’s choices.

And for every other fan: Just have lots of fun with TLC, with your favourite characters and ships and don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t allowed to.

anonymous asked:

Do you have any tips for writing Cullen?

Let me first start out by saying that he comes easiest to me because we’re very similar people. That doesn’t help anybody, so I hope I’ve articulated some tips that work well. This is purely how I view the character, so all opinions and observations are my own. If they help veer you into the right direction, bully. If not, then just ignore.

He’s a busy guy.
First, I recommend listening to his banter. It’s established in Inquisition that he is married to his job, hyper-focusing for hours or even days without rest. He’s curt with his page and peppers his lines with sighs of indignation and annoyance. He isn’t someone who likes to or even can drop what he’s doing to concentrate on something else at will. His dialogue varies depending on how “in the zone” he is.

He uses contractions sparingly.
He tends to veer toward a more formal manner of speech, though not nearly as much as Solas. The best way I can think to word it is try to find a more polite way of saying something. (”D’you wanna… vs. “Perhaps you would like to…)

  • “With what? They have only words at their disposal.”
  • “At first they merely humored me, but I must have shown promise.”
  • “I was not sorry to leave at the time. I did not expect to return. Now – between the Divine’s murder and the Breach – I’ve arrived to find nothing but chaos.”
  • “Few who survived the Blight have fond memories of that time. I would prefer not to speak of it.”
  • “Is it? I hope they’re right about you. We’ve lost a lot of people getting you here.”

-I’ve noticed he tends to use more contractions when under pressure or stress. This fits very well into his busy-body persona. Reading his notes on the War Table is a good reference, as well.

He’s nostalgic.
His dialogue is rife with fond memories of happier times. Heck, he even has a side quest named that. When he’s reminiscing, he’s more open to expression and laughter.

  • (Laughs.) “I wanted to be. I wasn’t always successful. Watching a candle burn down while reciting the Chant of Transfigurations wasn’t the most exciting task. I admit, my mind sometimes wandered.”
  • (Smiling.) “The poor recruit ran into the dining hall in nothing but his knickers!”

-Get more liquor in him and his guard goes way down. Keep in mind that he still maintains his same speech pattern when inebriated. Look at the difference between him at the start of the Wicked Grace scene toward the end:

  • “You seem to have enough people. I have a thousand things to do.”
  • (When the Inquisitor asks for another round of drinks.) (Smiling.) “I’ll get them! Don’t start without me!”

He’s prone to a black and white manner of thinking.
I can go on about my asperger’s headcanon, but putting that aside, he’s a character who sees himself and the world around him as polar opposites, and this tendency feeds into his need to be perfect (ie defeat Corypheus by raising a massively successful army, free from lyrium). This comes out during his Perseverance quest. What’s his response to suffering withdrawal and trying to put in a resignation? Anger. A meltdown. Punching a wall. He likes to feel in control, and loses his temper when he feels caged.

He panics when people go “off script.”
Seriously, when was a time Cullen succeeded with language? He’s purely a man of action, and seems to keep himself centered on a particular subject. (Should you choose his first flirt option and ask to hear his lecture you’ll see it right away.) When people veer from it, he becomes flustered. I’m afraid I only have romance dialogue examples of this.

Cullen: Inquisitor! We were…
Leliana: Eagerly awaiting your presence…some more than others.
Cullen: I wasn’t…I mean, I was…we have work to do.

Inquisitor: “A life of service and sacrifice. Are templars also expected to give up… physical temptations?”
Cullen: “Physical? Why…” (Clears throat.) “Why would you… That’s not expected. Templars can marry – although there are rules about it, and the Order must grant permission… Some may choose to give up more to prove their devotion, but it’s, um, not required.”
: “Have you?”
Cullen: “Me? I… um… no. I’ve taken no such vows. Maker’s breath – can we speak of something else?”

He has a dry, exhausted wit.
He actually tries jokes. They are just subtle and sarcastic. I find his sense of humor similar to Blackwall’s, though the latter is more warm and welcoming.

  • “While I was there, Qunari occupied and then attacked the city, the viscount’s murder caused political unrest, relations between mages and templars fell apart, an apostate blew up the Chantry, and the Knight-Commander went mad. Other than that, it was fine.”
  • “At this point, the headache I’m developing is preferable to the company.”

He’s not going to say sorry…until he does.
This is specifically pertaining to his romance arc, but if you choose to write it it’s good to note that while he remains unapologetic in his worldviews, when it comes to consent and his partner’s comfort? It’s a different picture. 

  • (After kissing Inquisitor.) “I’m sorry.”
  • ”Does it bother you?”
  • ”I didn’t mean to worry you.”

Stims, glorious stims.
Make use of his stance: arms crossed, guarded, clutching his sword. The way he flexes his neck or rubs at the base of his skull. The shifting of his feet. Pinching the bridge of his nose. There are characters like Cassandra or Solas who stand perfectly still in conversation, arms crossed behind their back in scenes. Cullen’s body language is far more expressive, and indicative of his level of comfort (or discomfort).

Album of the Year 2.0

‪I didn’t want Adele to win because as much as I love her, LEMONADE was the superior album. Adele’s acceptance speech was great though. Ladies and gentlemen, that’s feminism. Women appreciating each other, regardless of race and competition. Women ensuring the recognition of other women. The Grammy’s made a mistake, but Adele did not.

A lesser person would have screamed and yelled at Trump during those debates.

A lesser person would have lost their shit a thousand times over at the stupidity of his campaign.

A lesser person would have stooped to his level to prove a point or to gain followers.

A lesser person would have cried and wept during that final speech.

Not Hillary, though.

Not Hillary.

12x11 Speculation

Okay first of all, I have no real clue if Cas is in this episode- but based on this promo, I think he may be? Or at least referred to by Dean-

My theory is that the video of that huge fight and Cas bleeding out has nothing to do with 12x11. Misha’s tweet suggests something really serious and we know Cas is in 12x12, so it can’t be 12x11.

Dean’s little speech though, looks like it might be from his memory loss episode.

12x11 might start off fun and cute, Dean regressing to a more impish, carefree state but slowly he starts slipping, losing integral parts of himself, however broken, however scarred.

“My name is Dean Winchester. Sam is my brother. Mary Winchester is my mom, and Cast - Cas, he is - my best friend.”

That line- it’s like he’s struggling to retain his sense of self, to remember the people he loves, the ones who ground him in reality. 

And that little hitch of breath before Cas’s name- it’s like he recalls his first encounter with Castiel, Angel of the Lord. Only, it’s Cas now- Cas, his best friend. Cas, one of the most important people in the world to him. Cas, one of the three people he cannot afford to forget. 

I’m dying for this episode, really. I just want this, to be honest. Even if Cas’s not in the episode, I want his presence felt and that line- if it is in 12x11, then it’s everything I’ve been wanting. Cas being an important presence on-screen and off. 

look, i’m not in favor of jumping to violence as the immediate solution to bigotry but if you see posts about violence against fascists (groups which actively seek to enact violence and spread rhetoric which directly and indirectly results in violence against marginalized people) and your first instinct is to jump in to defend the FASCISTS or parrot the tired “don’t fight hate with hate :(((” drivel, you are not trustworthy.

fascism gets people killed. verbal violence isn’t “less serious” than physical violence. the act of saying “[specific minority] is ruining our country and must be eliminated” is violence and actions in response to that must be seen as self defense. liberals seem to love this idea that, if nobody throws a punch, no violence is occurring, even though hate speech, propaganda, and bigoted policy changes are shown to hurt people in even more terrifying ways than one-on-one physical violence.

куƖυx vs. stormpilot

Disclaimer: I lowkey ship куƖυx (+ am kin with kylo) and highkey ship stormpilot. So. There’s that.

Anyway, here’s my answer to all the arguments on why people like куƖυx more than stormpilot.

куƖυx is better than stormpilot because people like villains more.

Untrue, as seen here. A quality people do seem to like more would probably be… very pale skin. Cough cough.

куƖυx is better than stormpilot because there’s more opportunity for angst.

This is one of the strangest things I have ever heard. It’s bizarre to even put this on this list– Poe is a torture survivor who’s had to kill F.O. people all the time. Talk about how he feels about being tortured. Talk about his trauma. Talk about the fact that the best pilot in the Resistance was captured. Talk about him wondering about how many people he killed who might have defected. (provided you are not demonizing him for these actions.) Can nobody relate to feeling awful and guilty the minute something bad happens to you?

And Finn– Finn was brainwashed, abused, hurt from the moment he was kidnapped by the First Order. At every interval, they tried to squash the goodness out of him, but couldn’t. He was an outsider, someone shunned by other stormtroopers. He had no nickname. Finn had to leave behind everything he used to believe in, everyone he used to know and love and respect, to get out of the First Order. Is there nothing to be written about trying to learn to hate someone you used to look up to?

куƖυx angst seems to stem from them being captured (or killed) and Kylo falling to the dark. Which is… fine, depending on how that’s written (killing fascists is a good thing, friends), but it’s not like there’s suddenly more capacity for angst.

Also, this is the stuff you get when you click the ‘tag sort’ feature on AO3.

[fics blurred for authors’ privacy]

The literal first tag is fluff. Then you have modern AUs, then angst.

And stormpilot?

The same thing. Stormpilot and kylux both have the top same three tags. In addition, ‘hurt/comfort’ (which I personally think of as a cross between fluff and angst) is higher in the stormpilot fandom than it is in the kylux fandom.

Of course, куƖυx (and its woman-centric fandom) does have that lovely anal sex tag. And blowjobs. 

This brings us to our next point!

куƖυx is better than stormpilot because it’s kinkier.

First of all, no offense, but shut up.

Second of all, yes offense, but if you’re a woman and you’re choosing gay ships based on level of kink, you’re a disgusting homophobic fetishist and I hope you step on a gay lego.

Anyway. This argument, so far, I have only seen come from women, who should not care about gay ships just for the kink. If you need gay ships to be kinky, you’re probably oversexualizing and fetishizing them.

But this isn’t even true. 

There are both racist and homophobic implications to this statement even beyond the fetishizing nature of it, so here we go:

It’s racist because it desexualizes men of color. Surprise, surprise– men of color can be very attractive. Finn/John Boyega in particular is quite thicc.

I mean, they also both look like they just emerged from the sun fully formed and angelic, but that’s my personal opinion, so let’s move along. The tl;dr of this section is that just assuming men of color have less sex than or aren’t as hot as or aren’t as kinky as white men is! racist!!

And it’s homophobic in this case as well, because what are Poe and Finn? Heroes. What are Kylo and Hux? Villains.

So the gay villains are sexual, but the gay heroes aren’t…? And that’s a totally fine message to you?

Congratulations on vilifying gay men for having sex and acting like being sexual is somehow now a crime for gay men. Wonderful. Amazing. A great accomplishment. (/sarcasm)

Go step on another gay lego.

куƖυx is better than stormpilot because kylo/hux is/are mentally ill coded.

No, they aren’t.

Yes, Kylo is yelly and gets mad quickly, but not everyone who gets mad quickly or throws tantrums is mentally ill? He’s immature. That’s the point of the story there.

Now, I don’t want to pretend that mentally ill people can’t identify with Kylo. As a mentally ill person, I relate to Kylo because I’m so scared of messing everything up and hurting people that I imagine myself as equal to someone who purposefully murders people because of internalized ableism. I understand being mentally ill and relating to villainous characters.

Anyway, Hux isn’t mentally ill coded, and you could argue he’s feminine-coded and maybe (maybe!!!!!) a little gay-coded, but. No. He is not mentally ill coded, no matter how much the fandom likes to give him autistic traits (+ being autistic is a neurodivergence, not a mental illness. So.)

куƖυx is better than stormpilot because [insert something about SJWs ruining stormpilot fandom]


I keep seeing people say this who have no record of being ‘’’harassed by SJWs’’’ in the stormpilot fandom. I keep seeing this said by people who were never in the stormpilot fandom. I am honestly kind of shocked at the ugly racism that spews from the people who claim this?

If you can’t take the time or energy to make your fics about black men or latino men not racist (essentially, not steeped in racist stereotypes), you’re a racist. Like, there it is, I don’t know what to tell you.

As a person with ADHD who has extreme difficulties with focusing and reading long texts, it is not that hard– here’s a wonderful blog about stereotypes to avoid. If you need other help, you can ask the actual people of color in fandom (who do exist.)

Perhaps stop demonizing people of color who speak out on racism when what you really mean is “I’m lazy and can’t bear to do five minutes of research.”

Especially when you turn around and research sex positions, sex toys, AU settings, and time periods for your fics.

Especially when your record of being spoken to politely by people of color is full of you victimizing yourself, saying you don’t care, and not changing a thing.

Anyway. There are the main things I see. Hopefully that explained my views.

i like how oboro always shows up whenever something dramatic happens only to get killed again a few pages later