"No you fool!! You could fall!!"
WHY IS THIS THE MOST ADORABLE THING THAT I’VE EVER SEEN
Francis Lawrence answered my question on Gale…
What do you all think?
adcaelum ha dicho I think him saying they speak for peace vs war is exactly the sort of disgustingly gross cop-out I feared. Calling active resistance among oppressed people groups “war” and nothing else is shudder worthy. But sadly not even remotely surprising.
i feel this. i understand that MJ has this limited understanding of resistance, but this isn’t just some war it’s a rebellion against an authoritarian regime. that kills people. cuts out their tongues, works their bodies to the breaking point, is the source of major environmental crises that causes the cave-in that kills katniss and gale’s dads in the first place, and then takes children to play in the games.
not to mention the fact that peeta isn’t some white flower dove either—he advocates for revolution in catching fire too, technically speaking before gale even does, at the capitol ball. and he doesn’t speak for peace in MJ either, because the capitol hijacks him and he never fully gets his voice back. when he does get control of himself, he fights alongside katniss as best he can. key word being fights. as well they all should. because it’s an authoritarian regime that kills people and uses their bodies as capital.
this is the kind of limited thinking that brought us the travesty known as MJ in the first place, and i am not excited about seeing those misjudgments played out on screen.
Just going to echo elyssa and reiterate that in CF K/G/P are presented as a triumvirate, each representing a different pillar of revolutionary politics (symbol/soldier/politician). This isn’t a standard love triangle or straightforward either-or situation. It most definitely isn’t a balanced triangle in MJ when Peeta is barely a character.
To suggest that Peeta speaks for any stance on the war in MJ in the same way that Gale stands for rebellion is seriously misguided. The binary in question isn’t between Gale/Peeta but that between Gale/Katniss. Peeta’s role in MJ is to demonstrate the cost of rebellion. That Katniss ends up with Peeta is indicative of her myopia, her reactive psychology and her ultimate unwillingness to prioritise the rebellion over the safety of her loved ones. Gale is absolutely dedicated to the rebellion and needs to see it through to the end. Katniss just wants to go home in the knowledge that her family is safe.
God bless Tolkien.
Two households, both alike in dignity,
in Middle Earth, where we lay our scene
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal realms of these two foes
A pair of star-cross’d brothers make their life
Whose misadventure Sauron overthrows,
And with his death, end their people’s strife.
Their fearful passage, that shall death mark’d prove
And the continuance of their parents’ rage
Which but The One Ring’s end, naught could remove,
Is now, like, twelve hours’ traffic of our stage;
The which of you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
did you just rewrite shakespeare for lord of the rings and make it work better than the original
ENGLISH LITERATURE NERDGASM OF EPIC PROPORTION!
this thing is the best thing.
John Barrowman at FandomFest 2013 (x)
'Never apologize for being nerdy.'
non-nerds don’t apologize for being dickheads
reason 3259768 why i love this man
For an event so plagued with insanity, this man made the weekend worthwhile.
Crap is a sign of life. New bad stories are a sign that this genre — fan fiction, the genre I adore the most - is alive and well. Bad stories mean new people are trying to write in it, and people are trying to do new things with it, and maybe new people are joining the audience, too. When only the best and most popular are writing in a genre, it’s on its deathbed. (See: Westerns and Louis L’Amour.) I want this genre to be here forever, because I want to read it forever. So I’m happy that teenagers are posting Mary Sue stories to the Archive of Our Own.
Does that mean you have to be happy? Nope. I can’t make you do anything. (I can think you’re wrong, but hey, being wrong on the internet is a time-honored tradition among our people.) But when you start making fun of a writer and bullying her in the comments of her story, simply because she’s writing something you think is bad and embarrassing, well, that’s when I say: shut the fuck up or get the fuck out. Because she’s not a problem. She’s just doing what we’re all doing — having fun, playing with words, throwing something out there on the internet to see if other people like it.
But you. You’re trying to stop someone from having fun. You’re trying to shame people into not writing anymore. And that, folks — that is the definition of shitty behavior. (Mary Sue fantasies, on the other hand, are just the definition of human behavior.) It’s bad for people, it’s bad for the future, and it’s bad for the genre. So you’re a problem.
This? Is really, really important (not re: me, as I am old, mean, and soulless, but re: writers who are not old, mean, and soulless), especially when you are talking about public commentary, and especially when you are talking about commentary that is unsolicited.
If you really want to improve the quality of Fic At Large, by all means, strike up relationships where you can have meaningful dialogues with other writers and provide trustworthy and meaningful commentary on their work, and (ideally! mutual beta love is the best love!) where they can do the same for you. In fact, if such a concept tickles your fancy, I know of a writing/making shit club that you might find interesting! But there is a world of difference between participating in a community in which people mutually solicit and provide suggestions for one another to help each other out, and leaving mean, snarky, abusive comments directly on someone else’s fic.
This is extra extra true if you could be construed as being in a position of power relative to them, which, if they are a new writer and you are not, you are.
I do not have enough words or reaction gifs to truly emphasize just how incredibly, incredibly important this is. The culture of mocking fanfiction on the internet (which almost always entails mocking girls when they write, and particularly young girls) is toxic and really sexist at its core, and, in a culture that mocks literally almost anything and everything young girls do, takes away one more space for young girls to do things. And those spaces are really, really important, because they’re places where young girls are creating and sharing things because they want to—they have a vested interest in this thing, and are taking a really big risk by trying something new (writing) and sharing it publicly (AO3, FF.net, wherever) for others to read (who are, more often than not, strangers, even in fandom communities). And mocking that process or leaving vitriolic, spiteful comments, mocks the girl who took that risk. And that’s teaching her to not take risks; to not share her work; to not, in fact, write or create ever again. And that’s the most detrimental thing you can do—to a girl, to a community, to a genre, and to art and creating in general.(via ally-wonderland)