The thing that fascinates me about Asami is that she’s a good person. Her mother was brutally murdered. Her father is a bigot and terrorist. Her boyfriend cheats on her and lies to her. Her best friend/crush/girlfriend almost dies in front of her and then leaves for three years. Her father does die in front of her. She ticks every box on the villain backstory checklist, but she’s not. Even when that required giving up her father and her lifestyle. She’s the real deal. Don’t ever tell me good is boring.
To be fair, part of the reason she checks every box on the villain backstory list (at least the pre-Korra stuff) is because she was originally written to be the villain. That initial familial motivation was laid down so that she could convincingly betray Team Avatar. The fan reaction to her (and her interactions with Korra) made the producers shift her intended storyline from “evil spy” to “trusted ally.” And to their credit, they also realized that none of that initial backstory actually obligated her to be a villain. And none of that initial backstory felt out of character when she wasn’t.
Me as a writer: It must be perfect, or they will all know I am a fraud, and no one will love me.
Me as a reader: Give us your tired verses, your poor prose, your half formed 2am conceptions yearning to be realised-
Me, writing: stop with the clichés. nobody wants to read about how there was only one bed
Me, reading: THERE’S ONLY ONE BEDRLKFNDWKRÖDDWWLNCFMCXÖDLWMXDCMXMLMDCMXBED
Anyone else has like… The inability to form habits?
Like normal people, they repeat something daily for a couple weeks and it sticks. They might miss a day here or there, but the overall habit is formed.
Me? I can push myself to do the same task daily for 8 months, forget one day, and it’s gone. I realize 3 weeks later that i have not done it a single time since.
it just hit me that there are children watching toh . there are children growing up with a queer cast and children seeing that as, above all, NORMAL, and children seeing luz and amity being treated like any other teenage love story, and children seeing two older queers, raine and eda, loving each other and getting second chances, and children just seeing toh . there are children growing up with the owl house and i am so happy for them
My love letter to the queer silver lining of 2020
A lot of revolutionary, unprecedented things happened in 2020 — that… goes without saying
But among all the chaos, one thing I can be grateful for was the surge of queer representation in western animation
I feel lucky to be alive in this time of change, and I’m also excited for the younger generation who gets to grow up with these explicitly queer shows
It gives me hope that this kind of representation will make it easier for them to figure things out :’)
Here’s to a safe, happy, and loving 2021, and here’s to being seen!! ❤️🌟
Korra and Asami only held hands because Nickelodeon wouldn’t let them do more. Nick infamously cancelled Korra and put out the rest of season 4 as a webseries only.
Marceline and Princess Bubblegum only kiss in the very final episode because Cartoon Network wouldn’t let them do more. There are a ton of interviews with Pendelton and with the voice actresses where they talk about the CN censorship.
Steven Universe got as far as it did because Rebecca Sugar fought tooth and nail, and risked the show getting cancelled (which it did in many countries, if not heavily censored), because Cartoon Network wouldn’t let her. Ruby was often dubbed over with a male voice, and Pearl/Rose interactions were completely cut.
She-Ra managed to do it largely because it was specifically on Netflix only, and even then, Noelle has said they had to build 4 seasons of storyline very subtly around it so they had enough ammo to convince the execs that Catradora was the only logical conclusion to this show they had already aired. She didn’t just go in on Day 1 and make it gay; she had to plan many years in advance for how to set up her argument. Her argument, y’all.
And now we have The Owl House. Which is an absolutely wonderful show. And it’s so amazing that we actually get to see queer characters get the kind of representation that so many straight characters get. And it’s amazing we get to see the romance build up, instead of just a quick peck in the series finale!
Let’s not forget that in the US, it was illegal for gay people to get married until 2015. Korra aired in 2012. In Texas, it was a punishable felony to even be gay until 2003. No, literally. Just being gay was an arrestable offense here in Texas until 2003. We have come a really long way in 20 years!
But don’t fucking dare disrespect any of these other shows by saying they didn’t try, or that their representation didn’t matter. The Owl House is standing on the shoulders of giants. Lumity is only where it is because Korrasami and Bubbline helped get them there.
i hope you heal from the things no one ever apologized for
and I hope you heal from the things you don’t want to talk about
I hope you heal from the things no one else knows you went through
I hope you heal from the way you treated yourself.