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I’ve sure A LOT of people on Tumblr uses the lovely site for various things. 

Currently they’re being hit with a DMCA Claim thanks to HBO. And even though it’s just for 2 shows, the DMCA is trying to close all their galleries.

So, please take a moment out to sign their petition to HBO, trying to get them to drop the DMCA.

It can be found here

(Source: corahaleps)

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In which Jaime required coffee in order to sit through the wedding vows. [x]


(Source: maimedlion)

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Through the House of the Undying Ones and What Daenerys Targaryen Found There. ( Part I

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Through the House of the Undying Ones and What Daenerys Targaryen Found There. ( Part II )

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'The female mind is certainly a devious one, my lord.'
Vetinari looked at his secretary in surprise. ‘Well, of course it is. It has to deal with the male one.’
―Terry Pratchett, Unseen Academicals (via mysharona1987)
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Can someone help me to like Thor again?



I mean this post sincerely. I want to start out with this statement. This post is not one of my critical analysis posts (though I do want to explain where my feelings are coming from.) I really, really want to like Thor, so that I can read and enjoy and more importantly write and enjoy Thor as…

Frankly, I’ve got nothin’. I liked the original movie so much, and disliked The Avengers intensely (heh, I think you’re aware of that!) I didn’t despise The Dark World as much as the mess that came before it, but the big “ooh, Thor no longer loves Loki” heartwrench I was supposed to feel certainly didn’t happen, because that is how Thor has been acting from the very first movie. I thought part of his redemption arc in the first movie included the recognition that he was a terrible brother, and that trying to repair that would be part of his character arc going forward.

Um, no.

However, The Avengers was such a gawdawful mess in terms of the characterization of… well, everyone… that I’ve solved my problem by deciding it’s an alternate universe story. If I go see the new Cap movie, or ever bother with another Iron Man installment, it will be under the personal understanding that That Movie didn’t happen.

The problem with this is, Thor and his movies are of course inextricably linked to That Movie in ways I can’t ignore. And Thor, from being an arrogant, good-hearted frat boy who needed a kick up the bum, has been transformed into a humourless self-righteous paragon of authorial indulgence (he hasn’t learned not to solve his problems by killing them, the writers just make sure he never encounters anyone who doesn’t need killin’, and he never has to make a moral decision because whatever decision Thor makes is therefore moral. Nice work if you can get it.)

I resent That Movie in part for killing dead a series of fluffy, cracky fics called “Tales From the Avengers’ Mansion” that I had great fun writing, right up to the point I realized Marvel had made Loki into one-dimensional EEEEEEvil and Thor didn’t give a crap about him. But with the Housemates stories, I just keep writing Thor as the guy who watched his brother fall and realized he might have played an unwitting part in it.

I’m not saying this to push my fics because I know you already know them—I’m just saying that for my own fannish enjoyment, I decided it was okay for me to, as the Band once said, Take what I need and leave the rest. And for me, everything post-Thor makes me dislike the character, so I just stick to an alternate universe in which none of it ever happened.

Thank you, fellow-the-Avengers-hater. :)

Posted 2 days ago

Can someone help me to like Thor again?




I mean this post sincerely. I want to start out with this statement. This post is not one of my critical analysis posts (though I do want to explain where my feelings are coming from.) I really, really want to like Thor, so that I can read and enjoy and more importantly write and enjoy Thor as…

You know what just occurred to me: all Thor’s Informed Attributes of being a loving, caring brother—those are only referred to in meta, by the creators. In the actual movies themselves, I don’t think anyone refers to Thor caring about Loki. The only person who is ever referred to as caring about Loki is Frigga, in Thor 2. So really, if I ignore the commentary around the movie and stick to what’s onscreen, it’s emotionally all of a piece: Thor and Loki were affectionate as kids, grew apart, and as adults Thor has no interest in Loki unless he wants something from him, while Loki gives every sign of painful jealousy and also possibly longing to have the old relationship back. I think Loki cares about Thor (not necessarily for him) but canon itself never gives any indication it’s reciprocated.

So my frustration is with the creators more than the character. Thor himself is a self-righteous dick and a terrible brother (and he’s not even a very good friend unless you’re human and he feels he needs to protect you—he’s completely cavalier with his loyal followers and uses them as much as he does Loki) but he’s not really a hypocrite, unless he’s made declarations I’ve blocked from my mind.

Doesn’t make me like him better, mind!

That’s the worst part, is that Thor’s dickishness makes total sense given their cultural and familial context in MCU. The story makes sense as is. It’s not a NICE story. It’s a very fucked-up dynamic being portrayed. But it’s realistic, and even consistent, if you accept it at face value. Which is probably why I had to give up fighting it. I can’t deny that the House of Odin as a literally textbook Narcissist’s Family makes hella sense, even if it’s not the story I want to see.

Posted 2 days ago

Can someone help me to like Thor again?



I mean this post sincerely. I want to start out with this statement. This post is not one of my critical analysis posts (though I do want to explain where my feelings are coming from.) I really, really want to like Thor, so that I can read and enjoy and more importantly write and enjoy Thor as a character. I have greatly enjoyed my time in this fandom in a very great part because of Odinson brofeels and I don’t want to lose that.

So my fundamental conflict stems from the fact that Loki is my favorite: not because he’s a better person than Thor (he definitely isn’t) but because he’s twisted and complex and fascinating and there is so, so much potential for greatness in him if he could just get his shit sorted out. Thor is OK, but not in and of himself interesting to me — it is his conflict with Loki, and the yin-yang balance of light and dark between them, that makes him interesting.

The problem is this: I like characters that like the characters I like. (Try saying that one five times fast.) If characters care about and show affection towards my favorites, then I like them in turn. If they don’t, if they’re cruel or callous, then I dislike them in equal measure.

And for the last two movies, I have not seen much evidence that Thor cares about Loki. I simply have not. I know we have been told, over and over again, that Thor is a caring and loving person with regard to his brother. I don’t see it. As far as I’m concerned it is an Informed Attribute. I know what we are supposed to see, but what I see is that Thor cares for Loki only when Loki is useful or convenient to him, and not one bit further. I don’t see devotion. I don’t see loyalty. I don’t even see consideration. And I certainly don’t see love.

This problem is mostly coming to a head in the wake of seeing Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier, where we actually got a chance to see, in the relationship between Steve and Bucky, what that kind of devotion and love towards a man who was once as close as your own heart and is now an enemy really looks like. I didn’t see it in Thor. I see it now in Steve. And instead of making me happy it just makes me intensely, insanely frustrated, because it just highlights the absence of what I looked for in Thor and did not find. (And quite honestly kind of jealous, not that I wish Cap/Bucky devotees anything but the best.)

I am aware that my feelings are irrational, that the character can be whoever I want him to be and that one fictional canon is not more legitimate than another. But that doesn’t banish them and bring back the joy I started out this fandom feeling. I really want to bring that joy back. So please, followers, if you can think of anything that would get me to like Thor again, please share it with me. Really good Brodinson fics. Specific runs of comic books (if you have any advice on where I can get them.) Thoughtful meta posts. It’s open floor here.

I guess it depends on how you feel about Odin, but my response has basically been to blame Odin for everything.

If you think about it, the moral lesson imposed in the first movie is “Whatever Odin says is right.”  Thor didn’t learn that killing other people is bad, (see Avengers, where his first on-screen actions include trying to kill Iron Man), or that designating an entire race as “monstrous” is bad, (see the entirety of TDW), but he did learn that killing other people without Odin’s permission is bad.  Hence the whole “There will never be a wiser king than you…” line.

Thor wasn’t there for Loki’s nervous breakdown.  All he knows is what Odin told him.  And I highly doubt that Odin sat him down and said, “Look, I fucked up.”  From the sequels and art books, it seems a lot more likely that Odin told him Loki was a usurper, that he wanted Thor’s throne, that he sent the Destroyer to Midgard not as a response to treason but just because he hated Thor that much, and that anything he said to the contrary on the Bifrost was him being manipulative.  With Loki gone for two years, only to suddenly reappear on Midgard demanding a throne, Thor doesn’t really have any reason not to believe that’s what’s going on.  

In TDW we see a lot of flipflopping with Loki between “I can’t trust you, you’re not my brother, you’re just a criminal that I need to throw back in the dungeons, you’re going to betray me and then I’ll kill you” and “I can trust you, you’re my brother, my entire plan relies on you not betraying me.”  The first is what Odin’s been telling him.  The second is what I think he actually believes.  But with his entire “moral” arc in Thor revolving around him learning that Odin is always right, it’s not really surprising that his first inclination is to treat Loki like Odin did, as a “stolen relic” and a criminal rather than a member of the family.  I can’t blame him for that.


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Men want what they want.

So much of our culture caters to giving men what they want. A high school student invites model Kate Upton to attend his prom, and he’s congratulated for his audacity. A male fan at a Beyoncé concert reaches up to the stage to slap her ass because her ass is there, her ass is magnificent, and he wants to feel it. The science fiction fandom community is once again having a heated discussion, across the Internet, about the ongoing problem of sexual harassment at conventions — countless women are telling all manner of stories about how, without their consent, they are groped, ogled, lured into hotel rooms under false pretenses, physically lifted off the ground, and more.

But men want what they want. We should all lighten up.

It’s hard not to feel humorless as a woman and a feminist, to recognize misogyny in so many forms, some great and some small, and know you’re not imagining things. It’s hard to be told to lighten up because if you lighten up any more, you’re going to float the fuck away. The problem is not that one of these things is happening, it’s that they are all happening, concurrently and constantly.

These are just songs. They are just jokes. They are just movies. It’s just a hug. They’re just breasts. Smile, you’re beautiful. Can’t a man pay you a compliment? In truth, this is all a symptom of a much more virulent cultural sickness — one where women exist to satisfy the whims of men, one where a woman’s worth is consistently diminished or entirely ignored.

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Today I was thinking about that moment in TDW when Thor saves Loki from a vortex. I’m irritated that they put that moment in the movie; are we supposed to forget that Thor was going to kill Loki himself once he’d served his purpose? Or possibly (though not very probably)…

So here’s my thought on the threats from the oathbreakers, actually:

They are traitors and they know it on one level or another. They had no proof that Loki was doing anything wrong (and I highly suspect that not one of them would see trying to kill frost giants as wrong - certainly they had no objections to doing so with Thor in contravention to their oaths of vassalage to Odin.) So the choices are Loki as irredeemably bad from the start which washes out their ledger, or they are traitors to the Crown. It’s like Elizabeth I of England: she could not be both Catholic and queen. Not a difficult choice.

In any halfway serious monarchy, these people would find themselves “too exhausted by the exigencies of court” and “desperately in need of country air” as they contemplate the allergy their necks have to axes. Hogun would find himself inconsolably homesick for Vanaheim. The queen would send one of her ladies to accompany Sif so that she is not without companionship in her “illness.” Volstagg would be made aware that his children were suffering in court and needed his company.

Oh, aye. But this is all dependent on the idea that this is a decently-written monarchy, and that the oathbreakers are indeed the only ones who have written everything Loki has done off to clean their own reputations in these movies. It seems as though most of Asgard’s court has done this, and not one will call the others out in fear that they will be the ones brought to public attention.

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This is like the cutest thing ever. It’s from the gif-set I reblogged.

Taking its first steps, and after successfully doing so, the chick goes “Yay!”


It’s so freaking cute.