what have you done to me bryke

The Search, its problems, and how to fix it.  Part 5, Azula

I’ve written extensively about “The Search” ATLA comics, how they’ve disappointed me, and how I would have done them differently

I’ve written about Ursa, Ozai, Zuko, and explained my idea for a rewrite.

But I haven’t talked about Azula yet.

This one will be brief compared to my others, because I feel my issues with Azula can be more quickly explained.

So here it is, Azula, her problems, and some ways we could fix them.

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I think one really important thing, which differentiates the Makorra/Korrasami conflict from the Kataang/Zutara one, is that even if you ship Makorra hardcore and feel upset at this ending, which I understand - I really do, and I sympathize - you can feel hurt and post about your disappointments, but I do think that it’s worth acknowledging the amazing step in terms of social issues and representation that Bryke has taken.

Yes, it would be nice to have your ship be endgame, but even if you feel sad and bitter about Korrasami being endgame, on an intellectual, real-world level, you have to applaud Bryke for what they’ve done. This is a HUGE step in the media, and it matters. It matters so much that a mainstream show for children has a same-sex relationship, that kids growing up watching LOK and figuring out their own feelings and sexualities are going to see people like themselves. You can ship Makorra as much as you want - I think Bryke has also done something great in leaving their relationship open enough for plenty of fics and fanarts to ensue - but I think it’s pretty ignorant to hate the fact that Korrasami became canon if it has such a positive impact on real people’s lives in the real world.

So I got an anon overnight (I deleted it because it pissed me off) that took issue with what I said in a post. This one:

“Like Aang and Katara, Korra and Asami share a deep bond of friendship, love, understanding, and trust.”

Basically it was “blah blah blah that’s wrong” and “blah blah blah Mako and Korra also share this”, and that it’s ludicrous to think that Korra and Asami wouldn’t break up because Mako and Korra share the same bond and they broke up.

That’s it, I’ve fucking had it with people. I’m going to say these once and only once so you better pay attention.

1) Yes, Mako and Korra share a bond of friendship, but not to the extent that Korra and Asami do. Who did/does Korra confide in? Asami. Who does Korra not fucking argue with all the time? Asami. Who does Korra seem to trust more overall? Asami. Who did Korra become immediately attached to at the hip with after she and Mako broke it off for good? ASAMI. Who does she apologize to when she had no need to apologize? ASAMI FUCKING SATO. Oh, and who’s the one who took care of Korra after she was poisoned? Asami! To let someone you know see you and take care of you in such a vulnerable state takes some deep trust. Deep trust.

Korra’s bond with Asami is far stronger than Korra’s bond with Mako, so don’t pull this bullshit with me! Mako and Korra never had the trust and love that Korra and Asami have, that’s why they broke up in the first place. Mako betrayed her trust big time, something that Asami has never done. It’s a damn miracle they recovered their friendship in the first place!

2) Do you realize how hard Bryan and Mike fought with Nickelodeon to get Korrasami to be canon? Do you?! After all that fucking work, do you really believe they would have them break up?!

Not to mention what Korrasami means to a lot of people in this world!

You people piss me the fuck off!

continentturtle

replied to your post

“On Zaofu’s yonic imagery, I’ve done some poking around and I’m pretty…”

I think you shouldn’t look for facts to support your theory. The facts we have support that Zaofu is based on the Lotus Temple. Nothing more.

It’s not a theory that the Lotus Temple is yonic or that Zaofu is run by someone who was introduced to us as “the matriarch,” lol. I’m just talking about its implications in the grander scheme of what Bryke was going for. Zaofu stands in contrast to Ba Sing Se and Republic City. What were they trying to say with that?

Believe me, I could write a reaching essay on what it means that Kuvira turns the domes into Mega Maid, and point out how it’s Mako (Mr. Gendered Anxiety) who is the one that blows it up. But looking at Zaofu’s presentation (both architecture and seeming gender roles) and asking if this is consciously evocative of a matriarchy? It’s hardly a liberal reading.

anonymous asked:

Korrasami made me feel validated and normal as a bisexual woman. It made me happy that, for once, the thing I wanted but sincerely didn’t expect to happen in a series happened and then Bryke’s words just made it better. Korrasami is the first time I have cried over a fictional couple. I want to thank Bryan and Michael for doing the brave thing, for fighting, for not giving up. Let there be many more Korrasamis*

mod yakfrost here - Korrasami helps me in the exact same way. I am queer and never in a million years did I think Korrasami would happen, I figured I would have them together in my own fantasy au after the finale…but when they walked into that beam holding hands the tears were running down my face, because they had become two women i could now further relate to on an even deeper level

I’m so grateful to Bryke for what they’ve done, or what they have attempted - the fact that we’ve had a celebration like this proves how much these means to a lot of people, including you and me. 8)

ME ON TUMBLR NOW BE LIKE

*sees makorra on my dash*

UGH DON’T TOUCH ME WHY

*sees makorra rant on my dash*

YES! THIS IS ME! I FEEL YOU SO MUCH MAN! THERE WERE JUST AS MAY MAKORRA SCENES AS KORRASAMI SCENES.

*sees korrasami directly after this*

WHY DID IT BECOME CANON THO? WE NEEDED MORE REAL ROMANTIC MOMENTS BETWEEN THEM DAMMIT! 

*looks within myself*

BUT THE MESSAGE WAS SO POWERFUL

*sees korrasami fanat after avoiding tumblr for a few minutes*

AND THEY LOOK SO CUTE AND HAPPY THO. THIS ISN’T SO BAD!

*likes korrasami fanart*

WHAT AM I DOING!?

*sees makorra again*

GODDAMMIT I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH BUT I’M OKAY WITH YOU GUYS NOT BEING TOGETHER AS OF NOW. YOU ARE MY FLAGSHIP. MY OTP OF OTPS. YOUR DEVELOPMENT WAS GREAT AND IT ONE OF THE GREATEST RELATIONSHIPS I’VE SEEN. I SAIL YOU FOREVER.

*sees even more miscellaneous korrasami stuff on my dash*

OKAYYYYY…I STILL DON’T SHIP YOU CAUSE I NEED MORE TO BELIEVE THAT YOU GUYS ARE IN LOVE BUT I RESPECT YOU FOR WHAT BRYKE MADE YOU STAND FOR AND UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE SHIP YOU BUT I JUST CAN’T RIGHT NOW AND I’M SORRY FOR THAT!

*thinks about this past 5 minutes of my life*

IS THIS MY LIFE NOW LEGEND OF KORRA!? WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME!? 

*sobs internally*

BUT I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU! YOU’RE THE BEST AND MY FAVOURITE SHOW ALONG WITH ATLA EVER!

*refreshes my dash*

OKAY NOW THAT MY OUTLOOK IS CLEAR LET’S TRY THIS AGAIN!

*the cycle resumes*

GOD FUCKING DAMMIT!

This has been a day in the life of a conflicted fangirl. 

*fin*