who so serious

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🎃🎃 THIS IS HALLOWEEN 🎃 🎃

You know what gets me everytime?

when Allura is giving away the bayards..

and everyone get their own special weapon

and look so cool

and excited

and happy

and then comes Shiro’s turn…

And you knoooooooo he was watching them all get all the weapons and getting all excited himself like “oooh I wonder what my bayard is gonna turn into! the black one must be a very special one! cuz i dun see it here.. Allura is probably saving the best for last!”

and hes standing there like “I’m so ready! give it to me! sooo ready! gimme!

and Allura’s just

Shiro, I’m afraid your bayard was lost with its paladin.

and his face just goes:

and then he like smiles and all “I guess i’ll just have to make do..

LIKE NOOOOOO GIVE SHIRO A DAMN BAYARD!! YOU KNOOOO HE WANTED HIS OWN BAYARD SO BAD AND YOU JUST WENT AND BROKE HIS HEART LIKE THAT!!! LIKE “YOU GET ONE, AND YOU GET ONE, AND EVERYONE GET ONE, BUT NONE FOR YOU SHIRO, SORRY!” ALLURA COULDNT LIKE TELL HIM BEFORE THAT HIS BAYARD WAS MISSING?? WHAT IS THIS NONSENSE?? MOST HEARTBREAKING MOMENT IN SEASON 1 RIGHT HERE. SHIRO BETTER GET THAT BAYARD IN SEASON 2 I SWEAR. JUST LOOK AT THAT HEARTBROKEN FACE! HE WANTED ONE SO BAD!

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*hysterical laughing in the distance*

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Azurrin Week 2016 Day 5: Song


Bonus:

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“I’m sure the Library will be in good hands.”

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.

@girderednerve got me thinking about Jack and the Samwell archives.

Freshman Jack who’s so intent and serious, so specific in his questions, the archivists think he’s a grad student. He pursues his questions carefully, and cements his good impression by overhearing that a librarian needs a French-speaker to help her sort a series of new acquisitions to special collections, and volunteering to translate.

They let him deep into the archives–past the stacks of published books, past the official archives and their carefully-filed documents. He treats the books carefully and reverently, pulls on his white cotton gloves before handling old photographs at the edges.  They let him look through the handwritten journals famous literary alumni bequeathed to the school, concert programs from 1911 and photography negatives from Winter Screw 1978.

In a jumbled box, scarcely sorted since it was inventoried decades ago, he finds the Samwell Men’s Hockey archives and records from before Faber was built.  Pictures of the team practicing on the Pond, which they did until the first indoor arena was built in 1956. Original stat sheets, the pencil on them faint and fragile.

Pictures–so many pictures.  Team photographs Jack recognizes from Faber, but also action shots during games, candids from practice, and people in street clothes in what Jack thinks, if he squints, is the old hockey house–the one the men’s team vacated in 1985 for the current Haus, so the women’s team could move into the old one.

Two Samwell players in hockey gear, locked in an embrace on ice.  The men are kissing. With a trembling hand Jack flips it over and reads: SMH 1947 Hurlston #78 and Maxwell #13. Don’t mind Max & Hurley, they’ve been joined at the hip since Italy in ‘43.

“Can I, uh…” he says to an archivist, then swallows to keep his dry throat from closing. “Can I make copies of some of these?”

Diamond City’s littlest detectives

I think one of the biggest issues at play here is the definition of the word “harassment”. What most people don’t seem to understand is that there is a dictionary definition of a word and a contextual, or real world, nuanced, applied version of the same word.

It could be easy to read the definition of harassment as “something that disturbs or upsets” and immediately snap to the conclusion that yes, these people are harassing these other people because their word have both disturbed and upset said people. But let’s put that into a twenty-first century, Internet based context.

You may not like someone’s opinion. There are plenty of things I read on the Internet on a daily basis that I find gross, wrong, reprehensible, or in disagreement with my own ethos. This doesn’t make them harassment. For example, I had a news story done about me when I was seventeen years old. My parents consented to have my story, my likeness, my face, my voice, my words, all of it under the control of the network who presented that story. This story was a public story, available for public consumption and commentary. And trust me, the commentary was plentiful and a good majority of it was not nice. In fact, it was downright awful.

It wasn’t harassment, though. I had, momentarily, become a public figure. (By no means a celebrity, let’s not get dramatic and be honest here lol), portions of my life and story becoming public along with them. If these people had made threats against my person, had threatened my personal information or safety, or had repeatedly contacted me personally, THAT would have been harassment. But rude remarks? Cutting words and opinions about my public story and situation? That’s not harassment.

“But people have been repeatedly contacting the family with these words”, you say. Fair enough. But the legal system in this country takes things on a case by case basis. Which means the “one person represents all you Larries” bullshit that is a beloved line to drop doesn’t apply here.

The blogger in question has stated her opinion on public stories made available for public consumption on many occasions. That is not harassment, no matter how you dislike it or disagree with it, it simply isn’t. Taking someone’s home address and phone and likeness and giving it to a stranger without that person’s consent? That’s definitely harassment.

Just because someone says things you don’t like doesn’t mean you have grounds for legal action. So… try again, I guess.