write their entire commentary of a post

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Essay basics.

See my previous powerpoint post on note-taking and thesis statements for additional advice.

Contact me if you need clarifications.

EDIT: With regard to paragraph structure, I was describing one body paragraph - assertion, context, evidence, commentary - with two slides. Don’t devote an entire paragraph to the assertion and context and another to the evidence and commentary - that’s a little nutty.

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So I finally got the art I commissioned for my OCs Azura and Cas! Keep in mind this is apparently full colour and detail, paid for at a very low price of $73.60 USD, and after waiting for more than 2 months :)

If you guys wanna see the beef that I’ve been going on about, it’s under the cut. 

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Untamed

 {Nessian after ACOWAR, part two of The Blue-gray Fire series }

Summary: After a letter of one of the illyrian females, Rhysand decides to change his approach with those traditional, ancient illyrian camps, sending the person that they would fear as much as they feared Amren for centuries as emissary and Cassian’s partner. The camp’s lord soon discover that he said just the wrong thing.

You can also read in AO3.

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The soft pressure on her body felt familiar, just as the heat of his hands around her waist, holding her close, shielding her from any harm, sharing the warmth of his body. Her own arms curled above his shoulders, fingertips brushing the line of his hair, sometimes toying with its strands, others scraping his scalp lightly. The silk feeling of his long hair, tied loosely, worked as a good distraction from the iced lands.

Nesta thought about her own hair, braided beautifully by Nuala, forgetting for a moment that she had shielded them since Cassian raised to the skies. It was automatic now, after so many months of training, she barely needed to think about it.

It was the next part of Nesta’s training, after Amren discovered - and stormed about - how she had decided to work her physical skills. It has been a matter of time to have her at Nesta’s door.

When the younger tried to say that she was mastering one thing at a time, Amren just threw her against a wall with the strength of an elephant, a glamour so strong that the whole house trembled, and, instead of apologizing, she statemented that it would never happen if Nesta had a shield to protect herself. Which was how she ended up, after one entire week of angry glares and annoying encounters, getting two training programs, 5 days a week.

And Amren has always been the one to kick her ass.

No matter how much her powers had changed, Amren’s personality remained the same, just as her way of teaching, pushing Nesta until her limits and beyond. She could already produce fire of some sort, a blue, cold flame that destroyed everything it touched, she had her mental shields made of light and steel, her physical shields, invisible and efficient, but Amren wasn’t done.

The high fae had decided that Nesta would be able to create an armour of some sort, a second skin made of the same destructive energy she held tightly inside. Obviously, Nesta had no idea of how to do it and Amren only told her to release that power and see what would happen.

As if.

Releasing her power wasn’t a challenge, she had created, since her first step out the cauldron, walls after walls to contain it and, after almost a decade being something other than human, she still couldn’t be brave enough to open the damper of her power, to flood the world and drown everyone.

Somehow, after hours of training, Nesta managed to open a slit from her insides and what happened next took away even Amren’s breath.

A white, almost translucid layer started its way, coming from inside her skin, using the joints of her fingers, her knuckles, as passage. It went down, past her nails, covering everything in a bright, smoke-like tissue. It passed the edge of her fingers, slowly curving right after, sharpening like talons.

Nesta had look at it so astonished that Amren had to call her name and tell her to keep going. She pushed, as hard as she could without losing the grip on her control, trying to stay in balance, stepping carefully over that thin line.

The layer moved up, hugging her hand fully, her wrists. The feeling of it was sensational, a rightness that she had never felt – at least never about her own abilities. Her thoughts drifted to him, the other thing that made her feel right and the power disappeared, a wave of complete exhaustion spreading along her body and mind.

“Good work, girl.” Amren had said, a cat-like smile in her tiny face.

She hadn’t managed get out of the bed in the next day, her insides feeling sore enough to a lifetime. Even after three weeks of practicing the same thing, she could still feel the traces of soreness as her body relaxed on Cassian’s, thinking again about Rhysand’s orders.

He has been silent and pissed after the letter he received. It came from one the illyrian females, one of the small group that completed the challenge, rite, whatever, telling him about how the girls have been kept out of the sparring ring again, how they started to teach the males to ignore them, so they wouldn’t want to learn who to defend themselves, how it all started in one of the most ancient, traditional camps and would affect their surroundings very soon.

Cassian had been dealing with them forever and Rhysand’s benevolence reached its end. That’s why he sent Nesta as his Emissary, why she was dressed in a night court outfit made of pure white, shining like a goddess, a tick line of kajal around her eyes, her eyelids long and seductive. Cruel, sharp and tempting.

Devlon had called her a witch before the war with Hybern, he had feared her for it, and he has always been a progressist of some sort. In those first war camps, where women were treated like nothing, like less powerful and worthy than men, she could be the devastation in the shape of a woman.

“Just let them see you while Cassian says the rules, it will be enough.” Feyre had assured, but Nesta wasn’t worried about herself, she was worried about what they did to those females.

Cassian’s body changed, as if he could feel the anger boiling in her veins, his own response being some sort of preoccupation. She was getting good at this, reading people’s emotion by their scent, was useful.

“You’re concerned.” Nesta pointed, not moving an inch from where her head was resting in his shoulder.

“Yes. I must be.” Cassian’s tone was serious, something she didn’t hear often and his arms tightened around her when he did a loop to avoid an air current.

“My shields are very efficient, if you didn’t notice.” The sharpness in her tone was automatic and she didn’t expect him to laugh.

A low, deep, throaty sound escaped Cassian’s mouth, blowing hot air down her neck, where his lips almost brushed. The vibration in his body echoed on hers.

“I’m concerned about them. You’re a hurricane, Nesta, there’s not how to be ready for you.”

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the-winter-passage  asked:

I'm curious, in an earlier post about South Park, you mentioned (I'm not sure if jokingly or not) that you considered yourself an SJW type and I'm wondering if that's true because I never really viewed you that way, I always saw you as more level-headed and nowhere near as extreme. Again, it could have been a joke and I couldn't see it but again, I am curious on the whole thing.

Hahaha, oh, yeah I was definitely being facetious there.  I don’t consider myself an “SJW” in the sense of the exaggerated caricature that the phrase calls to mind (ie. I don’t make call-out posts, I don’t actively search for ‘problematic’ content to get angry about), and I mean, like you said, you follow me, you don’t view me that way, so you know what I mean.

But “social justice” is definitely something I care about, and my political stance is pretty liberal.  So, for the sake of ease, if you just clump “Liberal/SJW/PC” together; those are the kinds of issues and talking points they’ve been taking stabs at in the last few seasons of SP.  And I’ve seen a number of posts from their more libertarian/whatever fanbase who are “glad they’re finally taking those SJW-types down a peg” (despite the term SJW never actually being used in the show, but I guess that’s neither here nor there). 

I was just poking fun at myself because for the last few seasons I’ve been overly-critical of the show, and  c o i n c i d e n t a l l y  the last few seasons have been targeting issues that I care about, and coming to conclusions that don’t sit right with me.  What’s REALLY happening is I feel like their conclusions have been lazy and misinformed, and then I go online and see people writing up articles congratulating SP on “really cleverly skewering the SJW/PC movement” or whatever, when in reality the episodes feel like someone said an SJW-buzzword in a game of ‘Telephone’ and they concocted an episode based on whatever distortion of the word got to them after being repeated through 10 other people.  Like… I’m offended, but not because the ~biting social commentary~ is melting my delicate snowflake ears.  I’m offended that it’s been so laaaazy. 

BUUUUUTTTTTT, it’s FAR easier to just lean into the joke and call myself an SJW, haha. 

Anyway, I hope that clarifies what I meant!  I’m sure writing up this entire post has destroyed any remaining notion of me being level-headed, jkjkjfdjfhdjf, but I appreciate you saying that.  Thank you!

EXO as Tumblr Bloggers {Requested}

“EXO as tumblr blogs? Like what would they post and stuff? And, like, full EXO?”

Here you go anon!

Xiumin: Doesn’t post but comes for all the of the amazing fan fics. Has a notebook full of stories he wants to write but scared that no one will like them.

Luhan: Simple images of scenic views and aesthetic shots of everyday essentials. Throws in pics of naked ladies every now and then because it’s “artistic”.

Kris: Fascinated by outdated memes. Likes to watch sports highlight clips. Got reblogged 100,000 times when he made a post about being a galaxy man and everyone thought he was a real life astronaut.

Suho: Reblogs entirely from Just Girly Things. Posts recipes and floral arrangements. Follower count went up by 200% when he blogged a video of him cooking breakfast shirtless.

Lay: Political posts and social commentaries. Always ready to defend a cause. Won’t stop until world peace is achieved one note at a time.

Baekhyun: No order at all. In a TON of fandoms. One post he wrote was about finding out the real parentage of Taehyung and the next was how Tony Stark would ask you to prom.

Chen: Posts musical covers from his favorite Broadway shows. Has another blog that he made just so that he can give likes to his main. Has a draft full of dancing penguin vids.

Chanyeol: Dank memes everywhere. Reblogs videos of extreme sports accidents and pokemon go cheat tips.

D.O.: Has no profile picture or background image. Follows people just so that he can like their posts then unlike them later.

Tao: Fills his page with all the clothes he wants in his closet. Spends his time trying to make the most “scene” mood boards. Changes his url name every other day.

Kai: Reblogs nothing but fluffy animal pictures. Forgets his password a lot. Has 5 followers and 3 of them are porn bots.

Sehun: A tumblr boy. Just posts selfies. Has 20k followers. Once wrote an original post about the “Unknown Struggles of People Prettier Than You” and set the record for most followers lost in 30 seconds.

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THIS IS A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: “Warning”

Is the cop or am I the one who’s really dangerous?

Okay, before I say anything about this song I’d really just like for us to sit for a minute and appreciate the bassline. Mike Dirnt Is Important, remember? And it’s not just because he’s a very good bass player (he is), but because he’s also an incredibly good writer of bass parts. He builds his lines into the songs so well, deepening and enhancing the melodies as much as he drives the rhythm. This is one the best examples of how good he is at it: it’s him powering this whole song, and he makes it look so effortless you barely even notice if you’re not paying attention.

The original idea for “Warning” was to write a song with lyrics taken entirely from signs and labels. A good portion of the lyrics are still exactly this, but some commentary was added in as the song developed, like the line I’ve used as an epigraph for this post. I like that line not just because - well, because of its accuracy, the laser-focus on the truth versus what we’re told the truth is long before our current crisis of faith in police forces. Anyone who has been disenfranchised by society has known not to trust the cops for almost as long as the cops have existed, of course, but Billie Joe’s recognition of the danger that police can present reveals something twofold about him: first of all, it speaks to his life experiences in Rodeo and Oakland as a disenfranchised teen and punk. Secondly and more importantly it shows, in 2000, an understanding that the “dangers” society warns us about aren’t always the true danger, or violence, being enacted upon us. Following societal rules doesn’t ensure our safety - it ensures the safety of the structures and people that created those rules in the first place.

It seems like it should be a simple thing, but even a lot of activists fail to understand it: if inequality is built into the way a society exists, it is that societal structure that is violent and oppressive, and there is no way to “fix” it while abiding by its rules. People have criticized Green Day’s politics for being too simplistic, particularly on American Idiot, but I think “Warning” shows a deeper understanding of both politics and power than they are generally assumed to possess.

Also, for being an acoustic song, it sure is a banger.

- Jacqui // @sandovers

plz rite moar

You know… I love getting comments on A03. The positive ones, at least, although for whatever reason I’ve never had many flames. I also love polite concrit and basically hearing any honest reaction.

And given that fewer people comment than used to, I’m not going to be particular about the nature of the positive comments I get. I hear so many people say that they don’t leave comments because they’re too anxious worried they’ll get it wrong somehow. 

So, I really don’t think all the “How dare you ask me to write more, how dare you ask for a sequel, how dare you ask for an update” posts I’ve been seeing are helpful to anyone. Why? I honestly don’t get it. Someone likes your writing enough to want more of it and you yell at them for telling you so? Sure, a comment saying “more” without any attached praise or commentary isn’t as nice as along, juicy comment full of squee and detail–but it’s still a positive comment. It still demonstrates that the reader liked what they read.

I hear a lot about how writers don’t owe their readers anything. Speaking as a writer, I don’t entirely agree with that. I feel that I owe my readers respect and gratitude. I’ll give them sufficient warnings for my content, I’ll thank them when they say nice things about my work, I’ll do my best to give them a story that makes sense and is satisfying. That aside, do we think that readers owe us anything? 

I honestly don’t understand why people are ranting about getting “please write more” comments. Any kind comment is a good comment. I don’t think it serves any purpose to pressure readers to comment according to rules. 

Husband

Summary: Kazuma’s thoughts on a certain word.

Author’s Notes: This story is a fic inspired by a certain moment in @tobiasbotte ‘s Resembling Bliss. (The entire series is highly recommended, honestly, you should make time to read it one day.) My first fic of fic ever. Short but I really had a certain image in my head and it wouldn’t come out. (There’s more commentary about my ficlet on the AO3 link if you’re interested.)

Lily (@ladygreyfist) is to blame for me posting this now but also giving special thanks to April (@spones-in-my-bones) who read this first and has supported my YYH fic writing endeavors since the beginning.

This fic is also uploaded on AO3.


Husband.

The word dances around in his head and in his mouth, the word falling from his lips and the man next to him. Stares at the flutter of his eyelashes, red peering out at him, reflecting his face in his irises.

Husband, the demon with a soft smile as he catches him awake, eyes tracing the curve of his face, his hair.

Husband, moaned into skin and into his neck, into his ear.

Husband.

This is his husband, warm and beside him and inside him, tangled up in all the parts that matter.

The smooth sound of his voice in his ear as he said for the first time — husband — teasing and full of promises.

He shivers, thinking it so, burrows deep in his chest.

He never loved the word more than he does now.

Husband.

Always.


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Tumblr Fact or Fiction - Doctor Who - Judoon Platoon on the Moon

Claim:  Russell T. Davis included the phrase “Judoon platoon upon the moon” deliberately to give David a hard time - as it is pronounced differently in David’s natural Scottish accent as opposed to the Doctor’s Estuary accent.

History:  This claim didn’t originate on Tumblr - it’s been around since the episode aired and has managed to worm it’s way into many (fan-updated) wikis as though it is fact – but can anyone find an actual citation for this (Wikipedia couldn’t find one)?  Is it actually fact?

Source of the myth:  On March 28, 2007 David appeared on Chris Moyles’ radio show to promote series 3 of Doctor Who. They discussed Smith and Jones (featuring the quote in question). The hosts were also quite taken by David’s Scottish accent.  Among the quotes on the show:  
CM:  Do you ever get halfway through a scene and go, "Sorry I’m gonna have to stop, that’s too Scottish?”
DT:  Ehhh… no.  I don’t think I do really.
[later, after David tells them the name of the episode’s baddie]
CM: I think Russell T. Davies purposefully writes alien names that sound Scottish…
DT:  Yeah, to try to catch me out?
CM:  Absolutely!
DT: I think he does, yeah.  And there’s a line where I have to say, “Judoon platoon upon the moon.”
[everyone laughs]
CM:  Isn’t that the knife that you wear in your sock when you wear the kilt?
DT:  That’s a sgian-dubh.
CM:  Judoon platoon upon the moon?
DT:  Yeah
CM:  He’s definitely done that to wind you up!
DT:  [laughs] Yeah, he probably has.
CM:  [goes off on some imaginary scenario where RTD sits at home shouting to his wife(!!) to come up with Scottish-sounding names]

Source:  [ youtube ]

So, I believe that’s the source of the myth - and you would think that DT himself is a very good source, right?  But David really only jokingly agrees with Moyles’ suggestion, saying that’s “probably” what RTD does, so I don’t think that can be taken as fact.

Discounting the myth:
On the DVD commentary track for Series 4 episode The Poison Sky (which was recorded right before The Poison Sky aired in the UK), Susie Liggat (producer) asked RTD:
SL:  Now, a thing that I’ve always wondered, with you two chaps in the room, is: Do you, Russell, set David the odd really difficult thing to say to see whether… like Raxicalla-whatever that one is?
RTD: No, to be honest.  I know what you mean, it could look like that.
SL:  Sometimes I think, nobody…
DT:  The square root of Pi to 30 decimal places wasn’t easy, Russell… thank you.  For episode 10.
RTD: [laughs loudly]
SL:  It feels like there’s sort of a gamesmanship, I suppose, about it.  Like, is he going to look this up in the Latin, ancient Greek…
RTD: I don’t really!  Honestly.  I just sit there and think of the Doctor. Absolutely honestly.  And that, unfortunately for you, that is what the Doctor is like as a man.  This version of the Doctor loves words. I think he talks to himself a lot of the time - he’s listening to himself.  He enjoys… He does puns that nobody even gets.
DT:  I love it, to be honest!
[…]
RTD: I do remember this year thinking, in Pompeii, that “Species designation according to the universal ratification of the Shadow Proclamation” [big laugh] I remember putting that in and thinking, that’s a laugh!  I think that’s the only time I’ve ever thought, “that’s a bit of a laugh”, actually.  Let’s have a go at that one.

Conclusion:
Unless someone knows of a quote where RTD admits that he came up with the Judoon name/phrase to give David a challenge, I think we can’t count this myth as fact.  It started as a joke from Chris Moyles, and later Russell said that he doesn’t deliberately write lines in an effort to trip up David. This evidence isn’t entirely conclusive – RTD admittedly lied to protect plotlines and such, and people sometimes forget why they did certain things over time, but I don’t believe we have conclusive evidence that this myth is true. DT and RTD did the Smith and Jones DVD commentary together, and the line/reason for the name “Judoon” didn’t come up at that time.  Unless someone can provide a quote where RTD admits it to be fact, I personally count this as an untrue myth.

Sources referenced in this post:
[ part 2 of the Chris Moyles interview on YouTube ]
[DVD commentary for The Poison Sky - I don’t have a link, just the DVD]

Disclaimer:
I make no claim of being the keeper of all Doctor Who knowledge, and I’m certainly not perfect, but I can share the sources that I’m aware of and provide a place to gather evidence as to the veracity (or lack thereof) of these claims. Please let me know if you are aware of real, verifiable quotes from RTD or another knowledgeable member of the cast/crew and I’ll add it to the list of evidence. 

Other “Who Fact or Fiction” links (tag): 
The “shoes photo” from The Idiot’s Lantern isn’t David and Billie (or is it?)
David hadn’t seen Billie since Doomsday, and was surprised to see her in Stolen Earth

Another little hint at Rey’s past and possibly where she comes from....

Maybe someone’s already said this, in which case I apologize in advance for sounding like a broken tape recorder.

Rey mentions that she never knew there was so much green in the whole galaxy. Now, we could just assume that she thinks that because she’s spent the most of her life living in Jakku, but I think it’s a little illogical to assume that nobody has memories of their life before the age of five years old.

To me, this suggests that either she has actually lived her entire life on Jakku (entirely possible at this stage) or, perhaps, she has lived her life in captivity. Let me explain.

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Nobody in the Force Awakens recognizes her. Many people argue against this, but I think this is true. But if she’s so damn important, and I think we can all agree at least that that’s true, then why does nobody recognize her? Logically, she has been living in isolation since she was a little girl, so one could say that that explains it. But taking into the fact that ‘Rey’ is probably not her true name (the helmet we see at the beginning of the film all but confirms this), this suggests that it is entirely possible that people have heard of her or know her but do not recognize her (as JJ rightly says in TFA commentary concerning Kylo Ren). So maybe Han, Leia, Kylo, Snoke all know her, but don’t realize that this scavenger “Rey” is the missing force sensitive from years before.

I just posted something about her vision, and I’ve just put together another theory. This is not entirely just my imagination, but a lot of it is purely speculation. It’s just fun to come up with different scenarios. Again, I am not suggesting that what I write below is 100% what is going to happen. I have more chances of winning the lottery than that ever happening.

I believe that Rey’s parents have dark origins. I think a lot of us know where this comes from (Kylo and Rey are yin and yang, so if Kylo comes from the light side, naturally Rey comes from the dark side). I also believe that they followed Snoke, and possibly the First Order. I don’t know what or who they are, I am not even suggesting that they are Sith, but in this scenario, they are supporters of Snoke.

We know now from Bloodline that Snoke has been watching Kylo ever since he was a baby. As the son of Princess Leia Organa, the fact that she had a force sensitive son wouldn’t have been a secret. Everybody in the galaxy would have known, so this explains why Snoke would know about Ben Solo.

So in my previous post I wrote about how Rey’s parents may have betrayed Snoke. Perhaps they were aware of what Snoke was doing with Ben Solo and secretly did not approve. And, when a decade later, they had a child of their own and realized it was force sensitive, they didn’t want their child to be manipulated by Snoke, and eventually betrayed him by running away, living in seclusion, away from all forms of life. This would have a very Star Wars like feel because the parents, while terrible, tend to do anything in order to save their children, this included betrayal (we see that with Vader, and possibly Jyn’s father, although in his case, it’s sort of the opposite way round).

This would explain why Rey has seen so little of the world, even before she was on Jakku. This would also explain why Snoke is so interested in Rey after Kylo discovers her force abilities, and it is entirely possible that one of Snoke’s missions is to find this lost girl he has spent nearly two decades searching for. It could be that what JJ meant by “he’s heard of this girl” is that it is in fact Snoke who has been telling Kylo Ren of a force sensitive girl who escaped his grasp, not Luke, Leia or Han.

As for whether the trio knew about this girl, that is up for debate, but it depends on who Rey’s parents really are.

As for why Rey ends up on Jakku?

We know that she hears a voice saying “I’ll come back sweetheart, I promise.”

So based on that, I would rule out that Rey was abducted or mistakenly put on Jakku, at least for now.

So that would suggest that her parents left her there on purpose. Why would they take such drastic steps?

Well, we don’t have enough information to know that yet.

Finally, I would like to just add that it would be very interesting to see that Snoke has taken away something which belonged to Luke’s family, while Luke has, unwittingly, ended up with something Snoke believes belongs to him. It would make for another very nice mirror image, concerning her connection with Kylo Ren and it would also give Kylo just another reason to pursue Rey over Luke when they meet on Ahch-To, since Rey is what Snoke wants.

Is it hate...or an odd kind of love?

What’s really interesting about the two anti-Tonys I’m dealing with right now is how absolutely OBSESSED they are with RDJ and Tony Stark. It’s almost like an oddball sort of twisted love.(If you look back a few posts on my Tumblr you can easily find the Discourse ™ that includes their “commentary,” such as it is. It ALWAYS devolves to swearing and epithets from them - which is around the time I know I’ve won…)

Generally when I hate something - particularly in fandom, which ain’t brain surgery and it’s not like anyone is forcing us to be in fandom or to see or hear certain things - I just avoid it. There are certain actors I don’t particularly like or enjoy, but honestly, on Tumblr I just avoid blogs that are devoted to them or bloggers who I know love them. And if that actor pops up on my dash now and then, I just ignore them and move on. Maybe with a little internal shudder.  Why would I want to waste my precious time hating an actor or a fictional character or spending so much time doing it?  I’d rather be positive and hang out with fellow fans and talk about what we LOVE.  I don’t post screeds against characters or actors I may happen to dislike, and I don’t devote a single iota of my talent or efforts or precious time to writing about them or hating on them. Why would I?  Why would anyone?  First of all, it’s rude to the people who like that character or actor. Second, it’s just a big waste of time. Third - if you’re negative, and you base your life on hate, it almost always rebounds on you in a kind of karmic circle. Negative energy rarely hurts those you aim it at, but it can hurt YOU.

LOL, but these folks have built entire blogs obsessing over hating Tony Stark. They write long, crabbed, railing comments under pro-Tony posts. They are utterly consumed with Tony Stark, putting a great amount of effort into locating and bird-dogging pro-Stark posts and inserting their rambling, expletive-dotted commentary. Who does that? Someone who is rude and flat-out mean-spirited. Someone who obviously has a lot of time to waste. And someone who IS, without doubt, completely obsessed. It makes you think they really love him, deep down.

Answerin’ Asks #1: TogaFuka

@butt—stallion asked:

“ Speaking of personal thoughts,is it possible you may one day give us your thoughts on Togafuka and why it may/may not work? “


NOTICE: I SUCK AT WRITING THINGS ON THE SPOT. APOLOGIES FOR REPETITIONS AND AWFUL PUNCTUATION OR GRAMMAR.

So I didn’t think the second thing I’d get to post on this blog would be about something I dislike but I’ll be as fair as possible concerning this.

A big thing to think about when people ship characters together, and what their goal is when pairing two characters together is. The majority just wanna see two characters be together and be in a romantic relationship with each other, usually involving lovey-dovey stuff. So going on dates, living life together, etc.

However recently it’s come to my attention that people can ship characters outside of just wanting to see the two love each other. Some wanna see opposites come to an attraction for one another, some just wanna put two characters together to see one or both of them suffer, while some just wanna see two characters together purely based on visuals.

All of the above are pretty legit reasons, even if I don’t agree with it. Honestly most shipping is done for one’s self, so if you can convince yourself it’ll work, then that’s what matters really.

Anyways, moving past that, in the traditional sense of two people coming to love one another and care for each other and all that lovey-dovey shit, then no. I don’t think TogaFuka could work on a purely romantic aspect.

There’s lots of reasons for this, but the biggest one is that clearly Togami has no interest. In almost every single approach, interaction or mention of the two, Togami shows clear signs of disgust and that he doesn’t want her there. He usually emphasizes this by making her do things that she undoubtedly will do because I feel Togami recognizes just how obsessive she is and takes advantage of that. From making her hold her breath, telling her she smells disgusting, telling her to get as far as away as him as possible and even implications of having her electrocute herself for his sake(although Fukawa was the narrator of this information and she was delusional during it so I might be reaching with this one), it’s clear these are all methods in which he was trying to remove her from most situations he was in, even if the best he could do is silence her.

Going ahead with that, it should honestly also be evident that Togami abuses Fukawa, especially emotionally and mentally. The amount of times he shoots down anything she has to say or insults her for basically just existing is ridiculous considering there’s a whole bunch of other kids there too. The worst part is that the narrative for the most port plays this up as laughs or focus on how far Fukawa herself is reaching. The first exchange you see between the two is Togami telling Fukawa she stinks and to go take a bath in a way that’s clearly meant to make it clear he sincerely thought poorly of her. However Touko quickly flips it in a way where she says “Amazing, he really cares since he told me to go bathe!” and since Makoto goes along with it, the reader is also just kind of lead to assume that Togami was indeed being nice. After all, if the protagonist/main narrator of the story said it was fine, why question it, right?

This leads me to the next bit that bothers me and that is that it makes no sense for Fukawa to be crushing on Togami past Chapter 2. As Fukawa reveals to Makoto in her free time events, it was not uncommon for other students, especially boys, to make fun of her, take advantage of her and play tricks on her. When she had a crush, she put all her feelings into something she wrote when the crush was moving away and when the boy responded by pinning it up for everyone to see and leaving afterwards, it hurt Fukawa enough that Genocider Syo became a thing. And then Genocider Syo went so far as to find where the kid had moved and killed him. So during Chapter 2, when Fukawa confides her feelings with Togami and proves its real by telling her she’s Genocider Syo, Togami essentially does the same thing the boy did: Take something that was meant to be secret and throwing it out in the open for everyone to see.

This leads to Fukawa telling Togami she hates him, and when Genocider shows up, she tells him to shut up and insults him immediately. It’s clear that from that point on, neither Fukawa nor Syo have any romantic feelings towards Togami and honestly just want to kill him then and there. While most would say that’s as far as it goes and it gets dismissed after Chapter 2, it doesn’t.

Well into Chapter 4, there’s still sprinklings that not only is Genocider Syo angry with how Togami treats them, but that she literally holds it in. She actively hates it, but can’t act on it due to the rules of the killing game. These lines are again written in a way where the reader is supposed to just take it as funny throw away lines but these are an important part of trying to understand both Fukawa and Syo characters. Why would she put up with how Togami treats her?

This leads me to my final point, which is that I firmly believe that Fukawa does not truly love Togami. As mentioned above, after Togami betrayed Fukawa’s trust, it makes sense for her to feel like she did all those years ago with the boy who did the same which was with resentment and an urge to kill. Aside from that, if we take a look at how she interacts with Makoto in School Mode, we can see that she reacts just as well, if not even better with him than she ever does with Togami. Syo’s reactions are especially over-the-top, with her praises being especially thoughtful. However since School Mode is written in such a way to pander to any player, this honestly just leads me to believe any guy who treats Fukawa well has a fair shot with her. So that’d be a lot of the DR boys, if they’re willing to be as patient or thoughtful as Makoto is. To pull from a real source of how I know it’s true, I go to AE where, as soon as Haiji Towa is introduced, Fukawa immediately stops giving any sort of a fuck for Togami and looks ready to stay there with Towa instead simply because he’s rich. So this just kind of seals it that Fukawa is deep down either a gold digger or a woman who just really wants to be with someone who has power while deep down being a hopeless romantic that would love to meet anyone who truly does love her for who she is, kind of like Makoto or Komaru.

It isn’t until Towa makes it clear he’s being a weenie who won’t do anything until the time is right that Fukawa snaps out of it. Which makes no sense since Togami did the same thing in DR1(he actively did nothing to contribute until Chapter 5), but by this point the readers have been clogged with flimsy reasons as to why Togami is totally a good guy™ that we don’t even question Fukawa.

Looking beyond personalities though, I feel that they both hold each other back as characters. Let’s think about it, in both Chapters 1 and 2, Togami is a very antagonistic person who actively makes it clear that everyone should be participating in the killing game as to entertain him and do what he wants. However, once chapter 2 ends and Chapter 3 establishes Genocider as a character, Togami’s antagonistic streak just reaches a screeching halt out of nowhere. He’s still actively an asshole who shits on everyone, but he isn’t calling for people to kill each other anymore or willing to go out of his way to mess crime scenes like before. And why is this? Because Syo’s constantly chasing him down, and has literally driven him to the point where he can only hang out in the men’s locker rooms.

This potentially great villain just gets reduced to nothing more than a joke, usually because of Genocider’s and Fukawa’s actions. Usually I’d revel in this, because it’s exactly what he deserves for all the nonsense in Chapters 1 and 2, but it’s impossible to get anything out of it when Genocider’s proclaiming her love of him while doing it.

On top of that it’s hard to swallow that out of everyone else who could’ve survived, we got someone who’s character essentially gets neutered and is now known as nothing more than a smug rich guy who says mean things but then smiles and says ‘but’ followed by a word of praise(unless it concerns Fukawa in which case he doesn’t smile and tells her to go away). Or he’s the butt of a light joke.

Like hell, the guy who’s supposed to be running the Togami conglomerate is getting constantly harassed by some nerd/fujoshi and when he tries to save a city he gets captured by a bunch of kids and held hostage and the other time he tries to save anyone he gets crushed under a bunch of rocks? At this point Togami just comes off as almost as pathetic as Towa, just in a different way and it’s all for the sake of trying to make him a character that isn’t meant to be a complete asshole when it’s clear he’d benefit way better as a character if he just was an asshole as intended.

Then there’s Fukawa and Genocider. I’m conflicted, because on the one hand,  Fukawa is given some weird kind of confidence when it comes to Togami. As is clear as day in AE, she is more than willing to step up to bat and succeed with flying colors if it’s for the sake of him. Fukawa is an incredibly strong, yet humble girl who hides behind a catty attitude and a feeling that she’ll fail. And by the end of AE she realizes that there is more to life besides Togami and that he doesn’t have to be everything in her life. And that’s great! I love that.

However in DR3, that awesome lesson gets entirely thrown away in less than 24 minutes. Which is why I feel she is being held back by Togami. Now I know what most will say, that DR3 is bad and shouldn’t be taken as anything at all, but in a way it’s almost commentary on how people ship the two. Of course, I don’t think DR3′s writers were being anywhere that genius, but literally everything that makes Fukawa a great individual on her own gets tossed aside for the sake of being nothing more than Togami’s arm candy. Which sucks since after AE, Fukawa was completely set up to grow further, by not only accepting friends in her life and letting go of her attachment to her one sided crush to become a strong individual all her own.

Yet no one seems to want that? No one wants Fukawa to actually grow too much as a character, and that’s not just shown by the fanbase but by how the anime’s writers thought people would wanna see Touko. And the worst part is lots of Fukawa’s fans loved it in DR3. They loved that she was willing to throw away everything she’d learned and developed if it meant she got to be with Togami, since clearly that’s the only thing that could make Fukawa happy. It’s not like we just went through a whole game where Fukawa was happy with someone else for a change, nope.

Then there’s the one that I personally hate the most. It’s no secret but I really, really like Genocider Syo as a character. She’s a rough, independent, confident girl who literally says everything that comes to her mind regardless of how offensive, mean or unneeded it is. On top of that she’s more than capable of handling herself and her whole birth was made as a defense mechanism for Fukawa. Someone to remove everyone who would hurt Fukawa from her life so she wouldn’t be hurt again.

She’s clearly rebellious, and plays by her own rules and I’m honestly all about characters like that. She really does remind me of a blend of a Sukeban and a Yandere, and the fact she takes center stage whenever she goes on with her comments easily made her my top 3 easily.

So to see this character who’s supposed to be terrifyingly scary turn into nothing more than a subservient pawn to someone who clearly does not deserve it is beyond irritating. Especially when the first thing she told him was that she hated him. It’s beyond dumb that one of the guys who hurt Fukawa get away from being killed because of some bullshit exception that not even Kodaka himself or really anyone else con properly justify.

The only reason we’re given is that Fukawa’s feelings are shared by Syo, so the reason why Syo loves Togami is because Fukawa does. And sure, I’d buy that, but as evidenced above, Fukawa hates Togami, and shows various times she doesn’t truly love him, so why? It’s just plain dumb and makes no sense and honestly Syo deserves much better than that as a character.


So there we go, why I don’t think TogaFuka works as a romantic couple or honestly as a positive couple for each other. However you also asked how it might work and honestly I could see it from two angles where it could work.

The first being that it’s completely for the sake of making Fukawa’s dream come true. This would just be completely butchering Togami’s character but since the games and anime themselves have no trouble doing that to anyone, who am I to stop someone from making Togami fall in love with Fukawa over her proving herself time and time again.

The second and honestly more realistic of the two is possible a Harley/Joker kind of couple. Toxic, unhealthy and involving the two basically just hurting one another, but mostly with Togami just treating Fukawa poorly and her taking it as her just having to try better next time. I’m definitely not a fan of this kind of stuff, but I could see it working for them, even if inevitably neither are happy in the long run.

I hope that answered everything!

Okay now that I am home I am going to spill my love for this movie all over the place I AM NOT SORRY. 

But before I begin – I saw this movie in a fairly crowded theater, for a Saturday afternoon, and as soon as Ramon Tikaram came onscreen, I sighed “Hello, Dorian!”, and a woman in the row ahead of me turned around and whispered “I know! I know!” It was glorious

NOW: I am ready to fight the next person who comes out and says Jupiter Ascending is a terrible movie because it is not, it is smart and goofy and doesn’t take itself too seriously. It invites everyone to be in on the joke, the audience included, but it doesn’t pull any punches either. 

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I blame babygate and the missing reply feature for things being so bitter around here… replies from your favs who know you the best when you write a sarcastic post or reply to an anon completely changes the mood and your tumblr experience. because people who dont know you check replies and see that other people are laughing or theres like added commentary to your post and it just lightens the entire mood of your dash because theres less chance of people taking things the wrong way… replies just make things a lot more personal. now everyone is bitter af and posting indirects in their tags and every conversation or confrontation happens privately so theres no public resolution or discussion which leaves everyone misinformed and then that creates unnecessary drama as people are none the wiser and it’s a continuous cycle.

and well… babygate killed us when we had so many hopes and dreams… so yeah.

ibelieveinthelittletreetopper  asked:

Was there realy a fandom split/wank after season EIGHT? that was when I first really got into the fandom and it seemed like the entire thing was full of happy bunker fic and Destiel...

(Hope you don’t mind that I answer this publicly, in case other people were interested in this little bit of fandom history…)

Okay, so I’m not sure how widespread the post-S8 fandom split/wank really was, but from my perspective, it was HUGE.  I got into Supernatural in the summer between season 7 and season 8 when my husband and I marathoned the entire series, just in time to start watching S8 live.  I got into reading meta even before I finished watching all of season 7 and I started writing meta in October of 2012, so I was really intensely into the show, very quickly.  I found several other meta writers who I really, really liked and respected and admired and enjoyed following and who followed me and provided great feedback on my writing and commentaries.  It was, honestly, one of the most vibrant and exciting periods of my fandom life.

And then the last few episodes of season 8 happened, and my dash was filled with wank.  Angry, angry wank, the like of which I had never seen.  Some of these meta writers that I followed at the time hated the direction that it went in and felt betrayed by it.  Which is certainly understandable, but that it turned the entire atmosphere into this horrible toxic mess for some time.  Some of the posts I saw were almost abusive towards those who were still in the fandom.  And it really upset me, because that is something I can’t stand.  Look, it’s fine to be upset, it’s fine to vent, but to attack people for being still in the fandom, for still finding something special or for wanting to cling to something they have loved for a long time?  And in such a cruel way?  It was unacceptable.  Look, most of us love Supernatural because of deeply personal reasons, so to insult other fans like that was a deep cruelty to my mind.

It seemed really big to me because it was the first time I saw such up-close and personal fandom wank in the SPN fandom, and because these were people I respected and admired and who had had a positive impact on me and my fandom experience.  To see such behaviour from them was extremely jarring to me.  Additionally, I only followed a very limited number of people, so it suddenly seemed that my entire dash was filled with toxicity, so I know that I’m probably over-perceiving how bad that split actually was.

Most of the people who I have seen upset over the S11 finale, a lot of them seem to be upset, but they haven’t turned against their followers or against other fans for still wanting to be involved, yet.  It’s why I really like defilerwyrm’s post on the issue, it was very eloquent and it actually made me feel a lot better this morning to see.  

Anyways, thank you for the ask, hope you’re having a great day!