#Tony isn’t the all-American good guy kid of superhero #It’s not that he doesn’t know how to be selfless or put the cause above himself #It’s that he doesn’t know how to show that he doesn’t FEEL like the all-American good guy #So he hides behind different masks #One as Iron Man #And one as Tony Stark #genius billionaire playboy philanthropist #who jokes about the most important things #and acts like he has everything under control #because he needs to #because he’s afraid if people look close enough they’ll see how he really feels #how he isn’t ‘good’ enough #and he doesn’t feel like he’s worth it #so when push comes to shove #he’ll take the course of action that will take himself out of the equation #or make people hate him #so everyone else makes it out okay #because he may not be worth it #but if he can save as many people as possible #then THAT is worth it to him
Sansa Stark is not a little bird.
A lot of Sansa fans embrace her ‘little bird’ nickname, and frankly, I don’t get it.
It’s an insult. Sandor says it as an insult to her intelligence, basically saying that she doesn’t have a mind of her own and that she merely repeats what she is taught to say. Whenever Sansa recalls him saying this, she’s ashamed of herself.
Sansa is a wolf. Being a Stark is important to Sansa. It’s part of her identity, and she finds strength in it. “I’m a Stark, yes, I can be brave.” She finds strength in her own identity, and that’s hugely important.
#look at him #god made him special #he made cas different #there isn’t a flaw in the design #cas was built a different model for a reason #it was so that the programmning wouldn’t take #god made one upgraded angel with unlimited saves and restarts #because he needed one angel to look out for humanity #cas isn’t broken #he’s just right #god couldn’t trust the archangels #or the upper level management #instead he put all of HIS faith into a foot soldier #too much heart isn’t castiel’s problem #it’s his purpose
Pros-and-cons of Sherlock and Elementary, rebloggable by request
I thought it was time to give some thought to what the Doctor-assistant relationship is, what function the assistant has on the show, how Doctor Who distributes personal qualities by gender, and why I now hate this lovely show that I used to love.
“[in Moffat’s Who] the woman is not of interest for her character or her abilities, but for some fundamental mystery in her being. The mystery isn’t even a secret she’s keeping, something over which she has control - it’s something she does not know about, that the Doctor must puzzle out in his own mind. It’s not about her, it’s about what’s wrong with her. When Steven Moffat took over Doctor Who, women became a problem.”
I love this article.
“I think with RTD vs. Moffat, it’s like the difference between someone who has just never really thought about how sexist he is vs. someone who doesn’t give a fuck because he’s certain all women are like this. All of RTDs women are capable of saving the world, and often do, entirely on their own steam; its the in-between moments where he makes them excitable about weddings and how cute David Tennant is. For Moffat women, the weddings and attractive Doctor are the point; saving the universe is just a distraction.”
“Under Moffat’s watch the Doctor has morphed from an alien who loves humans and feels their pain and experiences love and desire and empathy to a stunted, child-like and extremely bloody irritating space-goon who flaps about like an injured moth when other people’s emotions are making him uncomfortable. And makes sexist jokes about how women are scary. And wants his married companions to sleep in bunk beds. And can save human lives but does not seem to understand human feelings. Who would travel with this man? He might be zany and charming and have nice boots, but he is fundamentally cold and unrelatable.”
when people say jon snow is boring i wonder if we’re reading the same books because jon snow:
- is a progressive feminist
- is one of very few democratically elected leaders in westeros
- slowly and systematically tried to change the rules and traditions of the organization he was elected leader of
- he tried to get the night’s watch to join forces with the wildlings
- he tried to get the night’s watch to join forces with women
- literally jon snow is turning shit on its head at the wall
- and no one in the rest of westeros is even noticing
- FREAKING BUILT TERRY KISER/LIV TYLER; he surely had plenty of assistance from Dirk and Roxy, but that is not the accomplishment of a boy who is either stupid or unsuited to face challenging tasks
- kept up a tightly scheduled correspondence with Jade for years to ensure that Terry/Liv, the Warhammer of Zillyhoo, the Needles of Echidna, Ahab’s Crosshairs, and the Royal Deringer would get to John and his friends exactly when they needed them
- was so focused on the above that he tore apart his cookalizer and refrigerator, subsequently living solely off of canned food for weeks, in order to use the uranium in them
- went out and sought out Dirk’s brutal and aggressive robot of a “gift” to retrieve its uranium heart when he needed to send the finished Uber Bunny
- is a talented marksman
- has a wide, varied and colourful vocabulary that he employs in a very witty and articulate fashion
- was the one who came up with the idea that he, Roxy, and Dirk each send Jane a customized bunny for her birthday
- had his home destroyed and found his grandmother murdered in front of him when he was a little boy
- carved out a life for himself all alone on a monster-infested island in the middle of nowhere for around a decade
- has lived that life knowing - if doubtless trying his best to forget - that the world is spinning grandly on without him, not knowing or caring that he’s there on his little island, and that if something terrible were to happen to him, it might be weeks or months before anyone knew about it, if anyone ever did find out at all
- is actually quite often (definitely not always) impressively astute with regard to his friends’ feelings and respective characters; the problem is really that he second-guesses himself and sidesteps examining the implications of what he’s figured out
- was perfectly well aware that all of his friends had crushes on him; the reason why he didn’t act on them (bringing up the topic, etc.) was partially that he didn’t want to be presumptuous and partially that he was nervous about the prospect of sorting out their feelings and his own
- is so inept with feelings and with people because a) he had only ever known one other human being in person in his entire life and the bulk of his interactions with his friends have taken place via the internet; b) let us keep in mind that he is a sixteen year old boy
- didn’t entertain the notion that Jane might still be romantically interested in him because she told him she wasn’t, and didn’t consider that she might be growing tired of his talking about his issues with Dirk because she told him she didn’t mind; recall that Jake views whole-heartedly taking people at their word as a hallmark of relating to them
- was legitimately interested in and attracted to Dirk as a romantic partner, and honestly wanted to try dating him, but Dirk - by his own admission - was so controlling and insecure and demanding that Jake came to absolutely dread talking to him about needing space
- didn’t want to break up with Dirk because he knew it would hurt his feelings
- has made many mistakes and can be insensitive and impulsive and short-sighted and short-tempered and even mean, but is overwhelmingly, by default, achingly sincere and sweet and friendly and sees the best in everyone
- is so much smarter and braver than anyone ever gives him credit for, least of all himself
Vulture: Why do you think he saves Brienne? He didn’t have to. Up until their capture, he was her prisoner.
I’m not sure he really knows why, but there is something about her. She has dignity, she has pure morals, and she’s someone you can trust. It’s the first time he’s been forced to have a relationship with another grown-up who he’s not related to. And that has a deeper impact on him than he would have imagined possible. He didn’t respect her at first, but he respects her now. And I think any relationship, whether romantic or friendship, the core value of that is respect. Their relationship isn’t about an attraction, but about two people meeting and in many ways seeing themselves in the other person.
Vulture: It’s his first normal, healthy relationship.
I also mentioned that Ben and Leslie from Parks and Rec are a much more ideal pairing. The recent wedding episode, which was funny and charming and had a genuine emotional honesty, was very typical of the series and why I recommend the show to just about everybody. Ben’s vows in particular remembered back to the beginnings of their relationship and underscored the arc both of them have gone through - like a good relationship should, their pairing hasn’t changed their fundamental characters but has improved them as individuals.
When we first meet Ben, he is bitter and cynical and a bit jaded, having already gone through a failed political career and resigned himself to mid-level bureaucracy, seemingly having given up hope on being able to do good work that helps people. Meeting Leslie is like a catalyst for him. He is a good guy but he needed to feel inspired and to be reminded that it’s still possible to be driven by optimism and hope. His transformation is a slow build and never betrays his core, they never do such a drastic shift that he flip-flops and becomes a new character, he is as pragmatic, sensible and straight-laced as he always was, they just reopen another facet. This is what good relationships and the important people in our lives should do: not change us but help us find our better, truer selves. Leslie’s infectious enthusiasm and perpetual optimism has a positive effect on everyone around her (truly, it touches just about every single character at some point or another) but it made the biggest impact on Ben. He loves her for her but also for what she’s done for an entire community and also what she’s done for his own relationship with himself. He sees the best of everyone in Leslie, the best of what people are capable of.
Leslie isn’t altered by Ben coming into her life, but she is galvanized. In the first couple seasons, she is written as a failure at love, she can’t make any relationship stick and the big ongoing storyline is that she’s bouncing from guy to guy, unable to make a connection. I think this is legit because she is failing to connect on a deeper, ideological level until she meets Ben. Leslie cares a lot about ideology, she is guided almost entirely by her beliefs and values with pragmatic concerns scarcely figuring into it, so for her, an ideal mate is someone who shares her convictions. So it makes sense that she can’t make it work with anyone else, nobody else is at her level in terms of core belief system. As bad as she at dating, she’s good at her job and has a strong vision for her future and the world she lives in, she does deserve someone compatible.
I do have to say that her pining after Mark Brendanawicz was really pathetic and terrible because she was reducing herself to grovelling in an attempt to gain the affections of an apathetic chauvinist which betrays her feminist sensibilities. But, although that’s not OK, it is OK that she went through that because it makes a good point: people really DO sometimes fail themselves when they’re trying to impress others romantically and better people, which Leslie eminently is, realize this and move on stronger and more self-aware for it. Mark represented the opposite of the kind of guy who can make Leslie happy: she made herself less like herself to please him. Ben helps her more fully realize her individuality, which is why he’s a good man to marry a feminist. She doesn’t need or want a white knight to “save” her and he respects and appreciates her too much to be that for her. This is the truth of good, lasting relationships: It’s not about finding your “missing piece” or someone to prop you up like a crutch, it’s about people entirely comfortable with who they are as individuals and already whole simply being emboldened and strengthened by someone else. I think the writers picked up on that energy between these two characters. Michael Schur has said that the original intent was to have Ben be just another passing phase, not unlike Louis CK or Justin Theroux but there was something special in what each of them did for each other and also themselves.
The “name changing” bit was great (probably too cutesy but who cares? it’s too charming to argue) because it was very in-character and typical of Leslie and Ben’s common sense of humor. They make one another happy, which is obviously important, in addition to making one another more productive as members of society and self-actualized. They are just fun. And shit gets done when they work together because they have opposite but mutually beneficial strengths and weaknesses: Ben is practical, realistic and level-headed but also a bit square and boring. Leslie is ultra proactive, energetic and optimistic but also a bit untethered and rudderless - he anchors her and she ignites him and it’s a good match since they both have the same value set and core principles and therefore end goals in sight.
In general, Parks And Rec is about stories and characters that have a real-world resonance (relative to it being a fictional sitcom, of course) that balances against the bright-eyed optimism pretty nicely. While never being infuriatingly saccharine in a false, contrived manner, it’s a show about people staying true to their better nature and bettering themselves and the world around them and it rewards decency and positivity as much as possible. To that ends, it’s best that Ben and Leslie found one another instead of the original premise, which was a never-ending string of failed up-and-down relationships. These two together is possibly the best thing about the show and almost definitely my favorite thing on TV.
ETA: please give proper credit if you cite this or any of meta, cos this stuff takes time and effort y’all.
So yesterday when I made this post, many people wanted to know why Voldermort’a pet snake being named ‘Nagini’ was racially problematic. I was surprised that people hadn’t considered this, but then again desi issues/culture are hardly visible in mainstream media. But today I kept getting anons either professing complete shock about Naagini’s* significance, OR telling me that my interpretations were wrong. So I decided to write this meta on Naagini, the HP verse and mythological snake symbols. But first I’m gonna give some you some backstory about why Naagini bothers me so much and how Rowling seems to have missed out on some cultural context.
One of my favourite stories as a child was the one about Buddha and Mucalinda, the Snake King. Shortly after attaining enlightenment, the Buddha is travelling through a forest when he gets caught in a terrible storm. The great serpent, Mucalinda, shelters the Buddha by spreading it’s vast seven-headed hood over him, and permitting the Buddha to sit on his coils. Many statues depicting this scene are found throughout Sri Lanka. There was one at the junction close to my school that I would always stare at. The sight of the Buddha serenely meditating under the protection of a huge and powerful cobra is a striking one that captured my imagination as a child. Years later, I’m still moved on a deep, wordless level by this image.