Today is our traditional Mid-Autumn festival and tomorrow is the Bagginses’ birthday. So I’m thinking of celebrating them together.🎂🎉🥮🌕 Here’s a special birthday-moon-cake. Happy Mid-Autumn and Happy Hobbit Day!
Those people who constantly reblog your stuff but you never really talk:
I do notice my regulars. You guys are the best.
“Regulars” makes me feel like a bar-tender…
Wiping down my dash at the end of an evening, I see your read-more, over-hear your rant in the tags, so I pour you a drink.
“…what’s troubling you, kid?”
I notice when you like 20 of my posts in a row, I hope y'all realize.
One thing I would love to see fandom get away from is an obsession with canon. So many fans seem unhappy when what they wanted to see doesn’t become canon, and I am here to tell you that this is exactly what fandom should be for!
Canon is great and all, and if you’re jiving with it, fantastic. But if you’re not, if canon veers in a direction you don’t enjoy, or there are just aspects of canon that aren’t your thing, then fandom is exactly the place you should be able to disregard them. Explore whatever rabbit hole you like. Create alternate timelines to suit your tastes, ship non-canon ships, ship all the ships, end things differently. Do what you like, and stop getting hung up on what canon says. Fandom should be about pursuing your joy, even if (and often especially if) that joy veers of the well-trod canon paths.
Canon is a guideline that brings us all together. It’s not the law. It’s not the only path you can walk. Please, I’m telling you, the sooner you give up canon fundamentalism and embrace the fanon that makes you happiest, the healthier and happier everyone is going to be in fandom.
FINALLY 👏 SOMEONE 👏 SAID 👏 IT. 👏 ALL OF IT. 👏ALL AT ONCE. 👏
(Thank you @fallingawkwardly for bringing this to my attention.)
Brandon Taylor is great.
while brandon taylor is p cool, actually stopping to address like half of these would bog your story down in some of the most fantastically pointless, reader unfriendly, and unnecessary detailing ever written since the silmarillion was slapped down on the intake desk at george allen & unwin, and amounts to little more than pedantic nerd-flexing, “how did they agree on a systematised measure of time”? are you KIDDING ME?? more like how the fuck could you possible convince your read that yes, it matters, please don’t go, just another 500 words on my in-universe ‘mathematics in the context of social sciences’ textbook that my illiterate character happened to be thumbing through. it’s important to work on your world building, obviously, but there is a pretty hard limit to what you need to show your reader, and when you cross that line, unless you happen to be the reincarnated soul of terry pratchett, it becomes flabby, boring, and distracting from the actual story. YES to getting rid of senseless misogynistic tropes and putting more effort into crafting your story, NO to including the fucking ancestral migrations of horses.
Like it’s great to address a lot of these, but honestly, unless it’s a key part of explaining major plot points, it belongs in like your unseen Bible of Your World™ or as fridge logic for the reader.
Sometimes, suspension of disbelief is the way to go so as to get on with the fucking story.
Yeah, @brood-mother mentions the Silmarillion, but critically Tolkien did not publish the Silmarillion (his son published it after his death). Tolkien wrote the Silmarillion for him, and then drew from its lore when he was writing the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. Which is the right way to do it, if you want your Lore to get that granular. YOU have the master copy of the all the background shit, and you can have one of your characters bust out singing part of the Song of Beren and Lúthien if it becomes relevant. But not if it gets in the way of the story being told.
And if people DO get that invested in your lore later, then that’s still a different book.
And some of those are not good points, thanks. There’s a reason for feminist stories about women disguising themselves as men to be warriors. It’s fucking historical fact that women did that. For millenia. Do we also need stories in which women just get to be warriors? Yes. But FFS, a story is not automatically antifeminist for using that trope. And as long as male specfic fans keep saying that women can’t do things like pass as male warriors, we will continue to need both factual stories and fictional ones about women doing those things. Also, peasants can have a few high-quality goddamn sheep and make their own few outfits. Not that any fantasy novel I’ve ever read says anything about everyone having high quality wool. Thick oak forests can grow in places with cold winters as long as they have warmer (but not necessarily very warm) summers, and continue to exist because they are fucking vast and nobody’s had time to cut them all down, and sometimes when they’re less vast because they’re protected by the crown and nobody’s allowed to cut them down. The same soil that makes for good forest doesn’t necessarily make for good farmland, especially right after it’s been forest. Some of these things have good story reasons. Some of them are based on things that have good historical or physical reasons.
Not saying he has no good points. He does. But some of this list is bullshit. And, as has been pointed out, you can’t actually include most of this shit.
As a worldbuilder who is currently dealing with “attempting SOME SORT of logical economy (ironically for The Fair Folk who have magic) because I want to see a ruler who actually RULES, and her unwilling adventures get in the way,” working out the nitty-gritty details of the culture and environment and religion is both fascinating and tedious as shit!
“Who domesticated that wheat you’re making into your bread?” Bitch, I don’t know that about our world! It happened at least seven thousand years ago, probably closer to twice that, and I’m not even convinced I know where (was it the fertile cresent?)
If I, a person with access to the internet and a decent interest in history, cannot answer that, why should a random character in a fantasy setting know that?
TBH, having characters in your story who DON’T know every bit of trivia and detailed history of specific stuffs is much more spot on.
Is my blacksmith in the sticks gonna know the exact date the last king bit it and who all of his heirs were? Does he even care? Does it even affect him personally beyond maybe some supplies getting backed up?
Is every rando NPC class citizen gonna know the most ancient and undistorted version of their world’s lore or history in the original ancient tongue it was rendered in or are they more likely to know the local gossip in their own language?
Is this ancient tablet a curse or a complaint about the quality of copper delivered?
You know the whole reason why I haven’t left Tumblr after all these years is because this site is so introvert friendly.
I don’t have the attention span or much less the strength to keep up with Discord conventions (bc apparently fandom is more in Discord these days?? I am not a talkative person to even take part in a group chat *shivers*) or follow with whatever’s going down on Twitter.
I can come on here, make a post into the void and reblog a bunch of posts then ramble in the tags. It’s great. You don’t have to be a person here, you can be a faceless blog and have a grand old time.
OH GOD YES
The idea of fandom stuff moving over to discord makes my skin crawl, I won’t lie. Do you remember about 10 years back when people on tumblr tried to make Tumblr Groups where they would make people apply to be a part of the group and get approved and then once you were approved you were allowed to put in your bio that you were a member of XYZ Shippers #4819 or some crap? And that tanked after about twelve seconds.
That’s what fandom on discord servers feels like to me, but ramped up. Because here on tumblr no one has their finger on a button that can boot another fan out for petty crap. We can cultivate our experiences with tagging and blocking and blacklists. A discord server is entirely at the whims of the server owner.
I think I may be on to something here
Bengali rhymes (ছড়া) are so fascinating to me like,,, they’re loaded with stories, history in its rawest form,,, you can hear the voices of common people, especially women, from generations, maybe centuries ago, who were forgotten but left their imprints on the world all the same. (Not to be a broken record on main but that’s what history is!! It’s remembering, it’s looking back and knowing you’re not alone!)
^ these are some of my favourites because they give me many Feels. If I was more comprehensible I could make observations on how they provide insights to the lives of the women who made them, their love for their children, their domestic lives, their pain in their married lives, customs important to them like jamai shashthi, their colloquial language.
But rn I’m losing my mind because of how, idk, how tangible it is, how you can read these and Feel the emotions of the women who made them? Mothers trying to put their babies to sleep or comforting them or just fawning over them, maybe tired after a long day but full of love for their children. Or young women crying silently over the oven, unable to tell anyone how they’re suffering at their in-laws. Or slightly older women feeling done™ when their husbands are being dumb or neighbours disrupt their chores. Idk I just have so many feels help
Today’a aesthetic: ostensibly reformed supervillains who are still extremely sinister, but constantly skate the razor’s edge of plausible deniability and nobody can ever prove they’re up to anything illegal.
Bonus points if they do the thing where their words say they’re both hurt and disappointed that everyone is so suspicious of them, but their tone says they find those suspicions funny as hell.
I’m also very fond of “reformed villain who is genuinely doing good things, but in an extremely sinister way”. The thinking has changed, but the maniacal monologues are a habit.
I see Megamind post-movie as being exactly this kind of hero.￼
how toph picks clothes
i have a fun headcanon that the gaang describes colours of clothes to toph (not that she cares much to begin with lol, only if she asks) as expiriences!
suki’s not that great at it but toph understands her just fine
Sometimes I wonder whether my comfort characters would love me irl, but then I realise I don’t need to. They would love me,,, because they’re my comfort characters and no two people interpret media the same way, when you adopt a fictional character you put a little bit of your soul in them. You imagine them in a way unique to you. They are your comfort characters in a way they can’t be anyone else’s, the creator may have made them but you made them personal to you. Does that make sense