"im not racist i hate everyone equally" yeah, hey buddy how’s the sixth grade goin
I have some rough days ahead of me, but I will get through this. ⛅️😊
Ramsay Bolton by Ayami Kojima
what is this magical thing
like tbh i feel like my problem with the “dark and gritty!!” trend in modern stories is this
there’s this idea in our culture that cynicism is realistic? that only children believe in happy endings, that people are ultimately selfish and greedy and seeing with clear eyes means seeing the world as an awful place
that idealism is— easy, i guess. butterflies and sunshine and love are easy things to have in your head.
but i’ve known since i was fifteen that idealism— faith in humanity— optimism— is the most difficult thing in the entire world.
i constantly struggle to have faith in humanity, because it’s really, really easy to lose it. it’s easy to look at the news and go “what were you expecting? of course humans behave this way.” it’s easy to see the world and go “ugh, there’s no hope there.” and the years when i believed that were easy. miserable— but easy.
it is hard work to see the good in people. it is hard work to hope. it is hard work to keep faith and love and joy and appreciation for beauty in my daily life.
and when moviemakers and tv producers and writers go “omg!!! all characters are selfish and act poorly and don’t love each other, nothing ever happens that is happy or good, that’s so much more realistic, that’s so much more adult”
no, it’s not
it’s the most childish thing i can imagine.
One of the prevailing theories right now is that dystopias and “gritty” fiction are so popular because life’s going pretty rough for a lot of people these days. (Income disparity, etc etc etc.) And I can see a lot of value in fiction that emphasizes the heroes being able to triumph eventually over a Byzantine and horrible system that codifies unfairness and grinds people into dust. (Even if the price of that triumph is high.)
But I also think there’s a big difference that needs to be understood between the dark, dystopian backdrop (and right now, man, even I have some serious dystopia fatigue) and this constant attempt to make characters “edgy” and “dark” and morally ambiguous. I think the most recent, egregious example of that was in Man of Steel, when a situation is manufactured to force Superman to kill Zod. But it also makes me keep thinking back to one of the disagreements I had with Stina during the recent Skiffy and Fanty in which we discussed BBC’s Sherlock.
A character having a moral center or a sense of hope or empathy with others does not perforce mean they have no complexity or that the world they occupy is black and white. Just look around us. The world can be a shitty place sometimes. And yet most people—and the ultimate goal of a good character is for them to be as complex and fully realized as a person—manage to be good, and loving, and empathetic, and have faith in others. And of course, sometimes we fail to be those things, and that is part of what makes us human. Then we get over our failures and find new ways to fail.
Frankly, I think it actually takes that complexity away from a character, to reduce them to a series of (often contrived) traumas and then never let them move past it because manpain is gritty and somehow sexy.
Living things grow.
Boys of Stark by FrAlichen
What’s it like to work alongside so many other women of color?
"All my ex-girlfriends are Asian."
If you’ve ever come across this charming come-on, you’ve probably been exposed to yellow fever
YES, THERE IS NOW A MUCH NEEDED GIF SET FOR THIS!
do u ever look at someone’s characterization of one of ur faves and just sit there offended on behalf of the character
Yeah, but the problem is that it’s the showrunner.
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"You can’t just throw in diversity for the sake of it, it has to make sense"
please god i hope i wake up next to a cinnamon bun