Me: river of teeth was such a great read, I should make some meaningful fanart to express my feelings towards it
If I was remaking the Princess Bride I’d have Buttercup hire Vizzini, Inigo and Fezzik herself to help her fake her death and take her away so she could go and seek out the Dread Pirate Roberts and get revenge for Westley’s death, and also get out of the marriage to Humperdinck, so she rocks up on the ship in disguise and this time Westley doesn’t recognise *her*, but she realises it’s Westley and she’s just making loads of snide remarks trying to figure out why he’s been merrily fucking about on a boat this whole time, meanwhile Westley’s having a little bit of a bi moment about Buttercup-in-disguise but because he’s loyal as fuck he’s not going to do anything about it but they get into a fight and Buttercup is like ‘Why the hell did you just fucking leave your girlfriend to fuck around being a pirate you could at least have written a letter’ and he’s like 'Oh I’m sorry???? What on earth would you know about it, this is none of your concern, I should’ve killed you when you came on board’ and of course during this scene they’re also having a very tense sword fight with Inigo making quips from the sidelines like a sports commentator, and Buttercup’s like 'WELL WHY DON’T YOU JUST KILL ME THEN, FARM BOY???’ But then the ship lurches to the side and she gets thrown overboard and Westley is like 'Oh my God I’m so stupid!!!!’ So then he has to dive in after and pull her out.
I LOVE THIS??!?
Once she’s back in the boat she and Westley have a heart a heart conversation and it’s very cute (Inigo and Fezzik are throwing rhyming couplets back and forth in the background).
Humperdinck is still trying to start a war, so when he hears his prospective bride is captured! by pirates! he chases them, and captures them all as soon as their boat makes landfall. Westley, Inigo, Fezzik, and Vizzini all go to the dungeons, and Buttercup is confined to the court physician’s rooms to ‘recover her wits’ from her ‘scare with the pirates’ (translation: she’s spitting mad and has a sword now and has to be restrained to keep from Murdering Humperdinck).
The gang in the dungeons are all in separate cells, so they each organize their own jailbreak. Fezzik just. breaks his door, Vizzini confuses his guard into handing him the keys to the door, Inigo has his ‘Father, guide my sword’ moment and finds a secret passageway out, and Westley is just sitting outside his cell waiting for them, both of his guards knocked out. he claims they turned on each other and then he picked his lock.
Meanwhile, Humperdinck releases Buttercup, which was a mistake, because now she gets to beat him up and give the ‘to the pain’ speech. Inigo has his conclusion with the six-fingered-man, meanwhile Westley finds the queen, convinces her that Humperdinck has been warmongering, and she decides to crown her younger child instead. Westley meets up with Buttercup, and together they find Inigo and Fezzik (who has grabbed the horses).
Inigo becomes the next Dread Pirate Roberts and Fezzik goes with him. Humperdinck never recovers from the scandal and gets shoved in a monastery somewhere out of embarrassment. Westley and Buttercup become wandering swords, just Robin Hooding their way through life, settling down to be farmers in their old age.
“Well,” said Inigo, shrugging, “I myself am no stranger to murder plots. I just don’t know that the four of us can fight an entire crew of pirates.”
They were drawing quite close to the Revenge, now.
Vizzini scoffed. “Obviously not. They say Roberts is a bloodthirsty pirate, but too honorable for his own good. Our employer will simply challenge him to a duel.” He glanced forward, to the front of the boat, where the enigmatic figure who had purchased their services stared intently ahead, and continued in an undertone. “And, since we’ve been paid in advance, the outcome matters little.”
Train to Busan is one of the only good zombie flicks because all the people that are regarded as liabilities in zombie media (children, elderly, pregnant women, the homeless, etc) are the ones who go the farthest helping each other, while the strict self-preservationists die because of their refusal to help each other.
I’ve come to hate so many apocalypse films because it’s always about survivors having only rely on themselves and/or become worse than the actual threat at hand, when survival means nothing if you lose your humanity in the process.
not going to lie i am kind of obsessed with annabeth at 12 years old watching one of those “is megalodon still out there?” bullshit ass documentaries and she wholeheartedly buys into it because she’s 12 and still thinks that if it airs on animal planet or the history channel it must be accurate, so she tells percy all about the totally real facts and figures and percy’s like “that’s bullshit. if we had giant sharks we’d know. that’s such bullshit” and there’s like….. you know how they canonically email each other when they’re not at camp? there’s like half the email dedicated to “here’s what i did this week” and then 15 paragraphs about their megalodon argument. neither of them do any research about it because annabeth thinks she’s done the research by watching the documentary, and percy is a) dyslexic, and as much as he wants to stick it to annabeth he will not be reading anything he does not have to, and b) why would he READ he can just ASK THE FUCKING SHARKS. but he’s stuck in NYC so he can’t ask any sharks until the summer, and the fact that percy is disagreeing with her means that annabeth is digging her heels into this argument and refusing to budge, so it’s a completely inane back and forth argument because both these 12 year olds are just making up their own arguments to try and own the other, and eventually percy defaults to going i am a SON of POSEIDON i think i KNOW A THING OR TWO ABOUT SHARKS i am BASICALLY KIND OF RELATED TO ALL SHARKS EVERYWHERE BECAUSE MY DAD MADE ALL OF THEM TOO SO SUCK IT. and then he hits send on that particular email and has an existential crisis because, if his dad is the ocean, and made all the things in the ocean, and also horses, are they all his siblings? or were the first ones of each species his siblings, and now it’s kind of questionable? how many genetic steps away is he from a fucking manta ray? he can’t ponder for long because sally reads his email to annabeth over his shoulder and grounds him for telling annabeth to suck it, and makes him write an apology email.
and then they get to camp and naturally the megalodon argument falls to the wayside because of the fact that percy and annabeth’s lives are a mcdonald’s playplace for gods and titans to do what they want. but i’d like to think during the downtime in sea of monsters, annabeth resurrects the argument and percy’s like I’M ASKING THE FUCKING SHARKS and marches to the bay and patiently waits for a shark to answer his I’m The Son Of Poseidon And I Have A Question call, and it does happen to be a traveling great white that answers. percy’s like “i’ve gotta win this argument please tell me megalodon is extinct” and after crossing the language barrier, the shark explains that yes, megalodon is extinct. they don’t call their ancestor sharks megalodon, sharks have their own words for their ancestor sharks, and because percy as tiny lord of the ocean is technically partially their god he gets to understand special shark language. but nobody else does, so when percy is explaining this interaction to annabeth and tries to repeat the shark-word for megalodon, he opens his mouth and makes a rumbling-clicking-bad-ear sound, and annabeth calls him a liar and swears he’s making up this entire shark interaction and he can’t prove anything. percy is so mad. he goes back to the ocean and talks to another shark because he’s like I’M RIGHT AND SHE WON’T LISTEN and this shark, a bull shark, helpfully suggests that cannibalism might be the answer, because he’s a shark. the conversation kind of devolved into percy nervously asking if all ocean life everywhere is technically related to him, and the bull shark is like no, no, no, that’s not how it works, son of poseidon. you’re not related to US. you’re related to the WATER. and the bull shark sounds so happy that he could help that percy just beams at him and goes “thanks!” even though internally he’s more confused than ever, and he has to sit at the bottom of the ocean having an existential crisis
cut to many years and near-death situations later, after percy’s gap….. years, in which he just did not care for the prospect of college, and annabeth kicking her own ass during undergrad and now moving on to graduate school (shhh the chases can afford it), percy’s wandered into a marine biology track. the megalodon argument has been buried by less fun arguments, like percy arguing that annabeth should help do his laundry because she pretty much only wears his clothes anyway. percy has made College Friends, and he’s really excited to introduce his beautiful, wonderful, best friend-girlfriend to his College Friends. annabeth starts the conversation by going “i think megalodon is still out there” and percy’s Marine Biology College Friends all turn to stare at percy while percy chokes on his own spit and tries (read: fails) to breathe
sorry i know this is annoying but WAP at the magnus institute…… elias and peter running thru with their tiddies our in silk and heels peeking in doors oh you’ve got tim stoker doing the splits! jon pulling his hair out but in a highly sexualised way! whores in this house there’s whores in this house there’s
Juno: Peter is too tall for me to kiss him on the lips. What should I do?
Jet: Tackle him.
Buddy: Dump him.
Rita: Kick him in the shin.
Vespa: Punch him in the stomach. Then, when he doubles over in pain, kill him.
Peter: NO TO ALL OF THOSE. JUST ASK ME TO LEAN DOWN!
Nile saw Joe praying very early one morning in Tangier, kneeling with his eyes closed, an open window nearby casting a blade of light across him. The call to prayer was long gone outside, but the peace of being up very early was still lingering, air heavy with dust and salt and nobody else awake yet.
Nile had been a Marine long enough to know when it was intrusion to stare, and her mother had raised a person who had never liked people who didn’t mind their own damn business, so she turned around and left him to it, finding herself in the tiny, slanted kitchen of their safehouse with nothing to do with her hands.
She hadn’t taken off her crucifix, but she’d thought maybe at some point someone would make her.
one of my favorite things about fullmetal alchemist is how at the beginning of the series you’re like “it doesn’t make sense for the amestrian government to give state alchemists unlimited funding with no oversight” and by the end you’re like OH!
I think I just love that what looks like a bit of lazy worldbuilding turns out to be a very deliberately developed consequence of a key plot point you don’t understand until dozens of chapters after its established
I love all the “if Sokka was a bender” takes and all BUT if Sokka was a bender he woulda found the loophole of utilizing his bending so he could use all the other elements as well in weird “well technically” ways and it would just piss Aang off I can feel it
Sokka, after reading one book on chemistry: so I guess I can bend all elements if I focus hard enough on the oxygen part, got it.
Sokka to himself really quietly: fire is just REALLY hot water. Technically
no one knows anything but us By quidhitch (AO3, T, 3586 w, Durk, friends to lovers, Post- canon)
Sokka grips Zuko’s forearm and hauls himself up with a grunt. “Man, remember when you were honorable?”
“At least I’m not a twenty-five year old man who still calls people ‘dweeb’.”
“Fire Dweeb,” Sokka sighs, like he’s remembering his own stroke of brilliance. “Classic. I’ve still got it.”
Or, for one evening and one evening only, Sokka and Zuko are twenty-somethings on a date in Republic City.
The Good Vanilla by Haicrescendo (AO3, G, 5620w, post war, Zuko can cook, enemies to friends to lovers)
“Sokka’s beautiful friendship with Zuko doesn’t start with breaking Dad out of jail. That’s just what he tells people.
Sokka’s beautiful friendship with Zuko started the day he realizes that he knows how to cook.
Feat. breakup cake, an attempted assassination, and eating out of the pan like dirty heathens.”
It’s after the third time that Zuko calls for a time out to spit his hair out of his mouth that Sokka asks, “Do you want me to braid that for you?”
There are entire stories that can be told through a person’s hair. Zuko would know better than anyone else.
Growing Pains by callmecaramleh (AO3, G, 9893 w, Meeting the parents, fluff, angst, coming out, bakoda, post war)
Sokka brings Zuko home to re-meet his dad.
Ignition Point by Yuu_chi (AO3, M, 18929w, post canon, getting together, bender sokka)
Most people know they’re a bender since birth. Sokka just had to discover it at twenty when he accidentally burns his own house down.
this love burns so yellow (becoming orange and in its time, exploding) by meliebee (AO3, T, 18767, Civil war, Post-war, past mai/zuko, ANGST)
Ten months after Zuko is crowned at seventeen, he faces his first coup.
*Zuko centric. Mostly deals with the after affects of the war on the fire nation and how zuko deals with it. One of my faves*
“Thanks for coming with me,” Sokka said, leaning against the balcony.
“Did I have a choice?” Zuko asked, wincing at how harsh it sounded.
Sokka just scoffed. “Uh, yeah. Nobody can make you do anything, you’re the Fire Lord. There’s like, two people on this planet who can tell you what to do and you’d listen— the Avatar and your uncle.”
“Three,” Zuko corrected.
“Three people who can make me do stuff I don’t want to do,” Zuko said, softly. “The Avatar, my uncle, and you.”
Approaching the 10th anniversary of his coronation, Fire Lord Zuko hopes that by the time they return to the capital he’ll have another thing to celebrate: his engagement to Sokka.
*one of my faves made me cry* Prequal is here: in the crowded pale moonlight
Strange Young World by CSHfic, VSfic (AO3, T, 8770 w, Pinning zuko, angst, assanation attempt, pre get together, post war)
In the weeks following the war, Zuko faces a gauntlet of Agni Kai challengers. Sokka worries.
Real Slow by surveycorpsjean (AO3, M, 21490w, Pinning Zuko, Pinning sokka, Angst, Fluff, Humor, Getting together, Parent Zukka, Assassination attempt, Sokka has a sexuality crisis (minor), Ambassador sokka, betrothal necklace, friends to lovers, durk, post war)
“I see.” Zuko closes the scroll. “Is the Water Tribe sending a replacement?”
“Uh yeah,” Sokka gestures to himself dramatically. “You’re looking at him.”
*one of my faves*
Days and Nights We Lost to Weakness by Kirazalea (AO3, T, 3135w, Gay Azula, Gay Zuko, Azula redemtion, of screen Azula/Ty Lee, Post War, of screen Zukka)
Zuko never wanted to visit his father’s cell again, but he needs to do it one more time.
He’s spent far too much of his life living in fear of the man that controlled his every decision and now he’s finally ready to say something he should have said a long time ago.
*Zuko tells his dad where to stick it One of my faves)
A Problematic Peace by stmangos PT1(AO3, T, 14145w, Past Mai/zuko, Past Jet/zuko, Oblivious Zuko, Pinning Zuko, Homophobia, Biphobia, Bi Zuko, coming out, Zuko Angst, Past sokka/suki, Post War, two part series)
It’s a little bit hard to sleep alone in an empty palace when you’ve just gotten used to having friends, a little bit hard to lead a nation when your family’s gruesome legacy still colors everything you do, and a little bit hard to hold onto your last vestiges of heterosexuality when you’re starting to realize that you never had them in the first place.
*one of my faves Pt 1 mainly deals with zuko figuring out his sexuality*
Made to Last by stmangos PT2 of A Problematic Peace (AO3, T, 18771w , Past Mai/zuko, Past Jet/zuko, Oblivious Zuko, Pinning Zuko, Homophobia, Biphobia, Bi Zuko, coming out, Zuko Angst, Past sokka/suki, Post War, Pt 2, coming out, assasination attempt)
Sokka’s been in the Fire Nation for a while now, so he totally knows the ropes– except, that is, as regards his brain rebelling against him, a pro-Ozai group orchestrating attacks, and the ever-present mental rigmarole of how he and Zuko will get out of this damn closet.
*one of my faves*
for love and turtleducks by snowandfire (AO3, G, 3063w, fluff, zuko adopts a turtle duck, emotional healing, oblivious zuko)
Newly crowned fire lord zuko raises an orphaned baby turtleduck and learns how to give love without apprehension
*one of my faves*
The Consequences of Knowing by azenki (AO3, G, 2871w, sad so sad, secret relationship (kinda))
Zuko’s eighteen years old and drinking a lukewarm cup of jasmine tea when Sokka turns to him and says, “You know I’m in love with you, right?”
Zuko doesn’t choke on his tea. He keeps drinking it, then stops drinking it, then sets it down on the table with a quiet clink.
“Yeah,” he answers, his voice almost inaudible over the faint crackling of the torch. “I know.”
Or: Sokka’s in love with Zuko. Zuko knows this. Zuko’s in love with Sokka. Sokka knows this.
They’re not meant to be in love. Everyone knows this.
*one of my faves*
Those Who Favor Fire by CSHfic, VSfic @voidcenturyscholar @klabautermanns (AO3, T, 30652w, kid-fic, fake death, angst, izumi, established relationship, spymaster sokka)
After a failed attempt on his life, Sokka fakes his death, dons a disguise, and infiltrates the would-be assassin’s ranks in an attempt to bring them down from the inside.
Zuko learns of his husband’s tragic death, mourns, and vows revenge.
*one of my faves Great plot and lots of emotion loved it*
ANYWAY you cannot convince me that the air nomads didn’t have any sort of trade good based on the flying bison and aang just didn’t have the time or safety to make and sell any of these while trying to stop ozai. they probably did so much spinning just because drop spindles are super transportable, it’s something to do while flying long distances, there’s always a weaver somewhere willing to buy yarn, and there’s always, always large amounts of shed fur just. around. look at how much came off of appa that one episode. so much fur
so three things happen the summer after ozai is defeated and appa starts shedding in earnest again
- aang starts spinning and selling yarn because that’s What You Do and he’s clinging REAL HARD to every possible air nomad tradition because, well, who else will remember these things?
- toph hears about this and scruffs him before he can sell too much because she’s a merchants daughter and holy shit aang do you understand what you’re selling?? yarn from the last known sky bison! the avatar’s own spirit guide!! spun by the avatars own hand!!!! what are you doing aang!!!!!! she has to drag katara in at this point because aang is real unhappy with the idea that his normal flying bison yarn of, uh, questionable quality is being sold to exclusive high class weavers so they can make shawls for filthy rich nobles for baaaaaank just on the basis of his name. this isn’t how the monks did it :/ and he doesn’t WANT a lot of money anyway! he’s a monk!! he only asks for what he needs to survive!! anyway katara manages to talk toph around to donating most of the money to reconstruction efforts, charities, and orphanages and convinces aang that having an emergency fund is a good thing and he should keep something. aang accidentally ends up with a reasonably full bank account and is really confused about how that happened, why it’s there, and what he’s supposed to do with it
- there is a real weird period of time where it’s In Fashion for high noble ladies to have shawls and scarves dyed the same color as aangs clothes (because that’s how you know it’s made with special avatar yarn!) or have images of appa woven into them (can you imagine a shawl that’s just a full length body shot of appa?? amazing) and all the earth kingdom nobility are just rocking green and orange like nbd. weaving decorative shawls with slubby yarn becomes really in fashion, too, because aang is not great at spinning. he’s 13 and it’s boring, ok?
- BONUS sokka is just. so mad. you could have been making bank with appa the whole time we were scrambling around the planet aang? do you realize how much more food we could have had? how many more hot baths?? how could you betray me like this
(probably the air nomads also did a lot of weaving but it was mostly the pregnant nuns and the really old nomads so it’s a little off aangs radar. and does aang eat cheese? it never comes up in series but I would also believe that the nomads made a lot of air bison cheese and bison butter tea)
headcanon accepted re: sky bison products
you said SPINNING on a DROP SPINDLE and i instantly went YES. OH GOD YES.
i bet sky bison yarn is really strong but probably not super soft - we see in the show that the fibers are really long, which lends itself well to strong yarns that can stand up to a lot of wear and tear (silk yarn is INCREDIBLE when it comes to being hard-wearing, and that’s mostly because silk is basically an INFINITELY LONG FIBER). But because it’s so long and comes from such a large animal, it’s probably really coarse and thick.
I’m imagining most of those high-class ladies would be wearing at least one layer underneath their shawls, because bison yarn is probably pretty itchy if you’re used to high quality wool, silk, or fine linen. Especially bison yarn spun by a 13yo who doesn’t really like spinning.
unless of course the air nomads bred their bison specifically for soft fur, but generally when you’re breeding for stuff like that, you need different breeds for different purposes. appa’s pretty clearly a long-distance riding bison, which would probably have been a different breed than whichever ones would have been bred for soft fur. most species of domesticated animal that are dual+ purpose (i.e. meat/milk/wool/transportation) have breeds that can only do one or two of those well, and the others not as great.
the air nomads obviously would not have been breeding for meat, because vegetarians. For long distance travel and a nomadic lifestyle I bet they would have wanted a travel/milk dual purpose breed, but because they can regulate their body temperature with airbending, soft warm yarn might not have been a high priority for that breed.
which is a lot of words to say “appa-fur yarn is ITCHY”
My impression is that the sky bisons aren’t actually domesticated, so much as semi-sentient and choosing to partner with the air nomads, so I don’t think they’d be bred for anything, much less soft hair.
I actually headcanon spinning as something air nomad kids would be taught to do from a young age to burn off energy and stress and make it easier for them to learn to meditate, so I think Aang would probably be decent at making yarn that’s evenly spun, but probably wouldn’t have the experience to make super fine thread.
I would assume that appa has a double layer coat like most high altitude herd animals, so even without selective breeding the insulating inner layer would probably be suuuper soft. just look up qiviut for an idea of how soft and expensive muskox fur can get, and the skeins of bison fur yarn I have aren’t noticeably different from something like alpaca. assuming that appa sheds a proportionate amount of undercoat to muskox or bison (up to seven pounds a year) there is going to be a LOT of snuggly undercoat to turn into snuggly Soft Things
and I’ve seen a couple people say that aang would probably have learned spinning pretty young and be fairly competent at it, and I agree! I def meant the questionable yarn quality to be a statement on his attention span and post-war schedule, not skill (I don’t really know how to spin so idk if constantly starting and stopping and not paying any attention anyway would effect the consistency any? it just Felt Right)
I’ve never spun anything like qiviut - the most exotic thing I’ve spun is alpaca, unless folks think silk is more exotic - so I didn’t think about the double coat! Don’t they usually need special treatment to separate the topcoat from the undercoat, tho? I wouldn’t be surprised if Aang either didn’t know or wasn’t very good at separating from them.
I *do* spin on a drop spindle, tho, and the biggest problem with stopping and starting often is keeping the single the same width, but you have the same problem stopping and starting ANY kind of spinning project. In some ways, a drop spindle makes it easier to control that than a regular spinning wheel - you have a lot more control over the fiber and the yarn you’re spinning, so you can be more precise. My drop spindle yarns tend to be very regular and compact, while my spinning wheel yarns are more varied and lofty.
However, now I’m picturing the moment when you spin your single a little too thin, and the drop spindle lives up to its name - from hundreds or even thousands of feet in the air! Plummetting off the side of the air bison, with the older nomads scrambling to catch it…
I can totally imagine that the air nomads hat special spindles with gliders (like his stick where he glides with) to spin with airbending as a practice for beginner benders, or in a similar stile as the hand spinning wheels from India, but for air nomads!
And wouldn’t the process from start to finish be a good lesson in great fullness? Like how long it takes from baby bison to clothes
Maby even a live milestone. From first bison who chosen you to your first own robe/Stola??
It could even be that the Air Nomad’s robes were MADE out of sky bison fur, if the under coat was a) incredibly soft (I bet they’d wear the over coat too just because they didn’t really care about worldly possessions and comfortability) and b) their only farm animal was the sky bison. That’s what the Air Nomad’s wear, is Sky bison wool clothes.
Also, to the person who said Sky Bisons would only shed about seven pounds a year, I would like to counter that idea with the fact that Appa is GARGANTUAN. He has enough room on his saddle to carry literally six or seven children and their equipment on his back without much complaint, of which these children are not too much smaller than adults. An ox or an Alpaca or a normal Bison are tiny compared to Appa.
Appa’d have a metric butt ton of under fur on his body. I’d say about twenty to thirty pounds of under fur, with more on top, at the very least.
ok so I didn’t know that supported spindles existed and YES, very much yes to those. I love that.
I was actually trying to say that if muskox shed seven pounds we could use that to extrapolate how much appa shed if he shed proportionate to his size, not that appa would only shed seven pounds
ok, adhd rabbit hole time because I just looked up the average size of muskoxen and the approximate size of appa and, uh. apparently muskoxen are 900lbs full grown and appa is ten tons. over TWENTY TIMES THE SIZE OF A MUSKOX. obvs that’s doesn’t actually tell us anything about appas actual height and length but that’s the only solid number the show gives us and thirty pounds of underfur is starting to seem pretty conservative. it might be closer to 120lbs???
which is a weird way to say that I bet the air nomads had lots of crazy air powered spinning contraptions (and I’m still assuming that anything they had that wasn’t easily transportable was dealt with by pregnant nuns and aang wasn’t really introduced to it yet) and they just churned out textiles. literally everything fabric the nomads used was probably bison fur in some way because there was just. so. much. fur.
Textiles Tumblr coming in clutch to build the air nomad trade empire
Seven Devils, written by me (Laura Lam, author of books like Pantomime, Goldilocks, False Hearts) and Elizabeth May (author of The Falconer), is out in ONE WEEK, August 4th (which is also my birthday)! Each day we’re introducing you to a character from the team.
NYX: THE SOLDIER “The Empire treated me like I was just a weapon to aim and fire. I wasn’t any different from the Mors in my hand. You can’t even begin to imagine how many people I killed.“
Former royal guard
Likes: shooting people
Dislikes: people (with 6 exceptions)
The thorns on Nyx’s tattoos, drawn below, are her notable, sanctioned kills for the Empire. She wears two heavy rings that have tally marks carved for covert assassinations. She was programmed to be loyal to the Empire from birth, but later became able to resist the coding.
Oner reviewer said: “If you love Star Wars, but always wanted more from Princess Leia, or if you loved seeing the Ladies of Marvel in Endgame come together to protect Peter Parker, then yes. Yes. This is FOR YOU."
Another: “Fury Road meets Guardians of the Galaxy, and make it queer.”
BE GAY. DO CRIME. IN SPACE.
(Help spreading the word also appreciated. Thanks!)
There eventually comes a lull, and so they go to Malta.
It took nearly two years of taking sacrament, preaching guidance to anyone who wanted it (or didn’t), and righteously killing as many usurpers as possible before Nicky could confidently say he belonged to God and God alone. It took two days spent glutted on pastry and Joe’s cock to make him take it all back.
“For some time, Hollywood has marketed family entertainment according to a two-pronged strategy, with cute stuff and kinetic motion for the kids and sly pop-cultural references and tame double entendres for mom and dad. Miyazaki has no interest in such trickery, or in the alternative method, most successfully deployed in Pixar features like Finding Nemo, Toy Story 3 and Inside/Out, of blending silliness with sentimentality.”
“Most films made for children are flashy adventure-comedies. Structurally and tonally, they feel almost exactly like blockbusters made for adults, scrubbed of any potentially offensive material. They aren’t so much made for children as they’re made to be not not for children. It’s perhaps telling that the genre is generally called “Family,” rather than “Children’s.” The films are designed to be pleasing to a broad, age-diverse audience, but they’re not necessarily specially made for young minds.”
“My Neighbor Totoro, on the other hand, is a genuine children’s film, attuned to child psychology. Satsuki and Mei move and speak like children: they run and romp, giggle and yell. The sibling dynamic is sensitively rendered: Satsuki is eager to impress her parents but sometimes succumbs to silliness, while Mei is Satsuki’s shadow and echo (with an independent streak). But perhaps most uniquely, My Neighbor Totoro follows children’s goals and concerns. Its protagonists aren’t given a mission or a call to adventure - in the absence of a larger drama, they create their own, as children in stable environments do. They play.”
“Consider the sequence just before Mei first encounters Totoro. Satsuki has left for school, and Dad is working from home, so Mei dons a hat and a shoulder bag and tells her father that she’s “off to run some errands” - The film is hers for the next ten minutes, with very little dialogue. She’s seized by ideas, and then abandons them; her goals switch from moment to moment. First she wants to play “flower shop” with her dad, but then she becomes distracted by a pool full of tadpoles. Then, of course, she needs a bucket to catch tadpoles in - but the bucket has a hole in it. And on it goes, but we’re never bored, because Mei is never bored.”
“[…] You can only ride a ride so many times before the thrill wears off. But a child can never exhaust the possibilities of a park or a neighborhood or a forest, and Totoro exists in this mode. The film is made up of travel and transit and exploration, set against lush, evocative landscapes that seem to extend far beyond the frame. We enter the film driving along a dirt road past houses and rice paddies; we follow Mei as she clambers through a thicket and into the forest; we walk home from school with the girls, ducking into a shrine to take shelter from the rain; we run past endless green fields with Satsuki as she searches for Mei. The psychic center of Totoro’s world is an impossibly giant camphor tree covered in moss. The girls climb over it, bow to it as a forest-guardian, and at one point fly high above it, with the help of Totoro. Much like Totoro himself, the tree is enormous and initially intimidating, but ultimately a source of shelter and inspiration.”
“My Neighbor Totoro has a story, but it’s the kind of story that a child might make up, or that a parent might tell as a bedtime story, prodded along by the refrain, “And then what happened?” This kind of whimsicality is actually baked into Miyazaki’s process: he begins animating his films before they’re fully written. Totoro has chase scenes and fantastical creatures, but these are flights of fancy rooted in a familiar world. A big part of being a kid is watching and waiting, and Miyazaki understands this. When Mei catches a glimpse of a small Totoro running under her house, she crouches down and stares into the gap, waiting. Miyazaki holds on this image: we wait with her. Magical things happen, but most of life happens in between those things—and there is a kind of gentle magic, for a child, in seeing those in-betweens brought to life truthfully on screen.”
A.O. Scott and Lauren Wilford on “My Neighbor Totoro”, 2017.
#eliot imprints he imprints so hard all while very loudly insisting that HE IS NOT IN THIS FOR THE REVOLUTION#HE IS NOT IN IT FOR YOU PRINCESS#literally no one believes him#probably because eliot keeps taking the blows and saving their hides#sophie catches a cold and eliot shows up scowling with a container of tom kha kai#nate stumbles out of the bar after last call fumblng for his keys and eliot is there; leaning against the SUV and looking unimpressed#once hardison hears something strange from the basement—when he goes to investigate he finds eliot working out#to a playlist of hardison’s techno remixes#one of parker’s old foster homes burns down; the one she Doesn’t Talk About—eliot comes in the next day smelling of smoke#”……what I spent the weekend making barbeque why do you even care man?”#I’M IN IT FOR THE MONEY eliot insists to literally no one listening (via thebloggingjob)
*sobs about Elliot Spencer*
#Eliot Spencer#he’s that marshmallow that’s been in the back of the cupboard for so long#that when you pull it out it feels hard on the outside#but inside it’s still soft and fluffy#and he acts like he’s so damn angry that someone would think he’s marshmallowy#while proceeding to be an actual marshmallow#with a scowl (via @cobrilee)
Cultural appropriation and cultural sharing in Avatar: The Last Airbender compared.
Reblogging myself to talk about the ‘Disrespectful’ gif because Mai and Ty Lee’s disrespect in that scene is toward not only the Kyoshi Warriors’ culture but to the Warriors themselves as well. But that’s always the case, isn’t it? Cultural disrespect always goes with personal disrespect. Always.
Mai and Ty Lee’s attitude here plays into a really pernicious stereotype about women in colonialized cultures, that they are hypersexual seductresses out to sink their claws into men, especially men of the colonializing group. Of course the reality is that men of the colonizing group, and often women as well, hypersexualize and prey on the colonized people.
I mean, the Kyoshi Warriors were foraging in the middle of nowhere. They weren’t dressed up to look pretty: their clothes and war paint were their uniforms and ties to their heritage, not look-at-me-I’m-so-beautiful decorations. Yet so ingrained were the stereotypes Mai and Ty Lee had been taught about Earth Kingdom women, they took one look at the Kyoshi Warriors and dismissed them as exotic, sexualized creatures. The Fire Nation girls even seem to take OFFENSE at how the Warriors are dressed, as though their clothes are somehow demeaning or a provocation.
In the process Mai and Ty Lee subtly set themselves up as the more liberated women, the serious fighters as oppsed to these frivolous foreign girls. And I’m willing to bet a lot that the Fire Nation used its comparative gender equality for propaganda purposes, harping on the need to save the oppressed Water Tribe and Earth Kingdom women from Water Tribe and Earth Kingdom men. Sozin’s own stated motivation for starting the war was exactly what we would call a white savior complex if he were white. This is how white feminism and the white savior complex work to reinforce colonialism in our world.
While all the characters in ATLA are coded as POC, mostly Asians, these dynamics of colonialism and supremacy apply across culture and race. In fact I’m quite happy that ATLA depicts these issues between nonwhite peoples. Though colonialism by European and European-descended cultures is the most dominant currently in our world (hence the descriptor ‘white’), it has never been solely a European issue. Just look at how the Air Nomads are explicitly based on Tibet, which is suffering from decades of Chinese colonialism. China and other nonwhite colonializing powers have used their lack of European descent as a shield, but it’s not a defense. Just because European colonization has been massively destructive doesn’t mean other peoples can’t be oppressive as well.
I’d like to add to this idea that Earth Kingdom women are treated to a gendered form of racial or ethnic prejudice, because it runs though more than just the interactions Azula and her minions have with the Kyoshi Warriors. In “Zuko Alone,” for example, when Iroh sends Azula an Earth Kingdom doll, he writes, “And for Azula, a new friend. She wears the latest fashion for Earth Kingdom girls.“ What’s stressed are the aesthetics of her dress, and a hobby that Azula, and later Mai and Ty Lee, plainly associates with girlyness, not only femininity, but a childish, useless femininity.
This derision of Earth Kingdom girls and women as “girly” and overly feminine comes up again not only during the battle with the Kyoshi Warriors, but after as well. Mai for example talks about wanting to get out of the girly disguise she has to wear, i. e., dressing as a Kyoshi Warrior, and when Ty Lee suggests that the Kyoshi Warriors have less depressing make up than Mai.
We can contrast this with what Suki says about her uniform: “It’s a warrior’s uniform. You should be proud. The silk threads symbolizes the brave blood that flows through our veins. The gold insignia represents the honor of the warrior’s heart.”
Later, in the Comic “Going Home Again,” Azula puts a brainwashed Joo Dee in nominal charge of Ba Sing Se because she is so pliable. If the subjugation of Earth Kingdom girls is a rallying cry for public support for the war in the Fire Nation, it certainly does not trickle down to what happens on the ground. Just as normally happens in real life, Azula is perfectly happy to take over exploiting Earth Kingdom women in a gendered way similar to the way Long Feng did. There isn’t any enlightened spreading of feminist values here, not when gendered exploitation is so useful to the new colonial government.
The implied view that all Earth Kingdom women are oppressed also shows a cultural flattening of the Earth Kingdom. It’s pretty clear from the series that Kyoshi Island culturally distinct from Ba Sing Se or Gaoling. They have different gender roles and norms, and this is entirely ignored by Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee. This is also common to colonial powers historically, and still common today. Think of the way so many white western people treat East Asian ethnicities as interchangeable, especially with regards to and fetishization. In many ways, the implied attitudes of the Fire Nation people toward Earth Kingdom women and girls functions as a G-rated version of that same fetishization process.
Yup, the thing about the colonialist savior complex is that there’s no actual saving involved. These women are exploited in rhetoric to justify colonialism, and also in reality as well. It’s no wonder the Dai Li switched allegiance to Azula–she perpetuated the same system they were part of and benefited from, she just played the game better than Long Feng did.
One of the things I really liked about ATLA was how it showed the Fire Nation’s distorted perception of other cultures compared to their perceptions of themselves. The Kyoshi Warriors are a good example of this as you point out, as is what Earthbending means for Haru vs. the prison warden’s contempt for Earthbenders in the episode “Imprisoned.” The Earth Kingdom and Water Tribe characters have prejudices against Fire Nation people, too, with nearly deadly results when Jet tries to wipe out a village, but it’s also clear that the harm isn’t equal when the Water Tribes and the Earth Kingdoms are undergoing systematic genocide while the Fire Nation is facing, at its outskirts, insurgent pushback–some of it terrorist in nature, as in Jet’s case–from its aggression.
I like how the show’s response to all these complex issues was showing the diversity not only between common groupings but within them. Some Earth Kingdom women, like the Ba Sing Se upper crust, really are pampered and hyperfeminine, and that in itself isn’t a bad thing (though the system of economic exploitation underlying their luxury certainly is), the show’s subtle devaluation of girliness as bad notwithstanding. Katara, Toph, and Sokka all find something to enjoy in the Ba Sing Se high culture that caters to and is shaped by noblewomen. Some Earth Kingdom women are warriors and healers, others are everyday working class people like Jin. That kind of variety is a great antidote to the flattening view the Fire Nation imposed on other cultures, and in a way the whole show gives the lie to the idea of Asian interchangeability. (I mean it’s not perfect–it still follows the trope of “Asia” being primarily East Asia, with what could be a Southeast Asia analogue played largely as a joke and the Tibet stand-in presented as already dead and gone. But one story can’t do everything, and I can still enjoy it while seeing where it falls into common traps of thought.)
It also explains why Katara is weirdly sexualized in “The Ember Island Players,” and why she is the only girl to receive this treatment in the play.
Here, the play denotes Katara to the role of the exotic foreigner that’s meant to be feminine and hypersexualized.
This also adds a much more uncomfortable note to the “Crossroads” portion of the play, almost making play!Katara a temptress where all canon!Katara did was offer to heal his scar.
Yue also gets this treatment, but Katara somehow has more cleavage:
Also, they’re still more sexualized then the girls from the other nations.
Omg I never even made that connection! (Maybe because I seldom felt the need to go back and watch EIP…) Good catch!