A DISNEY PRINCESS FIRSTWhat we're really excited to see is the courageous Princess Merida in Pixar's Brave, who challenges her family and country's customs while wielding a bow and arrow on horseback - now that's a real Disney princess "first."
At first I thought this was someone being sarcastic, then I realized it it was something someone actually said.
Don't get me wrong, at some point I'll most likely be seeing Brave myself, and the idea of an animated Pixar film taking place in ancient Scotland is all kinds of neat, but come on. Even when I saw the trailer the whole, "MERIDA THAT IS NOT LADY-LIKE" had me nearly rolling my eyes. I'm really, really hoping the film isn't going to prop itself up on, "there is a young and feisty girl BUT SHE ISN'T LIKE OTHER GIRLS BECAUSE SHE WANTS TO BE A WARRIOR AND DO THINGS ONLY BOYS DO AND EVERYONE THINKS IT'S WRONG BECAUSE IT'S NOT LADY-LIKE BUT BECAUSE SHE'D RATHER
Female VillainsAs you probably already know, I really like villain characters, but it sort of makes me sad how often female villains seem like they have this rule where it's like they're required to be ~*sexy*~ first and then villains second. Or they have to be voluptuous or seductive femme fatales first and foremost and then be evil and cunning second (the level of evil and cunning really depending on the character, but still). Having a "sexy" female villainess isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the fact it's so much more prevalent with females as opposed to males and feels more like this unwritten rule and obligatory mold for them still disappoints me. I notice a lot in superhero comics the villainesses will be far more likely (if not always) wearing something far sexier or revealing as opposed to the males, and even then they'll have the same cut-n-paste sexy body type (and sometimes even the same face shapes, eye, and lip shapes) while the males are usually more clothed and meant to have tFemale Villains2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Popular Fan ArtThis has been bothering me for some time now, and I've seen this sort of behavior even before I joined dA, but some folks honestly need to stop acting like artists who happen to draw fan art or fan comics for "popular" series automatically makes them "cheap" or that they're somehow shallow people because of it. People can actually, you know, like a series that's popular and end up wanting to draw fan works because they want to. Popular or well-known works or series are going to have lots of fans, so it's not exactly unnatural that more people might be inclined to draw fan art for certain series. It's one thing if you're not a fan of something popular, because it's completely normal for people to have preferences, but when you're just being dismissive of someone else entirely or looking down on them just because the subject matter they choose to draw is "popular" then it makes you look petty and/or jealous. Because, let's be honest, there are people who get really pissed and uptiPopular Fan Art2 years ago in Personal More Like This
feminism: you're doing it wrongI like how a female is more likely to get flack for not liking a character (especially one of the same gender) and accused of self-hatred or misogyny than a male would. I also like how females are more likely to overlook if the person hating on a female character is a guy because apparently focusing on alleged self-hating and misogyny with females in fandom takes precedence over a dude saying something possibly sexist and focusing on witch-hunting self-hating females is more important.feminism: you're doing it wrong2 years ago in Personal More Like This
"Boy, I'm really glad the new mystery character to be introduced into the series won't be a female because I SHUDDER TO THINK of all the supposed HATE and MISOGYNY she'll get from the FEMALES IN THIS FANDOM," I say to myself at a hypocritically backwards attempt at feminism in which I blatantly assume that most other female members of my own gender are inherently hateful and misogynistic towards their own gender while self-righteously putting myself on a pedestal to judge my own sex and make the assumpti
DrugsTo repeat what I've said in another post, I like how whenever someone passingly mentions they smoke cigarettes or use pot there is almost always another person that has to jump in and give a ten mile speech about why "they'll never do drugs" or how it's a "disgusting habit" and make all these condescending remarks about the person even though the person never actually forced drugs on them or just happened to mention their habit in brief passing during a conversation.Drugs2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It basically goes in line of this:
Person: "Yeah, sometimes I smoke a little when I draw or use pot occasionally. It helps me to unwind."
Other person: "You know what, that's really sad of you. I would never touch drugs. I don't need drugs, I'm so much better than that. It's really pathetic that you have turn to drugs to get like that that's really sad and disgusting I just don't see the point you must be pretty lazy and worthless to do something like that. I WOULD NEVER, EVER touch drugs. EVER. I will never
special snowflake partyGetting pretty sick of the following:special snowflake party1 year ago in Personal More Like This
"other people/normal people: let's have sex and party and drink and do drugs lololol
me: gonna sit at home blogging and watching anime and doctor who and sherlock and snacking"
1) Despite masquerading behind a veil of this 'innocent' self-described "quirkiness" it's actually pretty haughty and pretentious when looked at from another angle.
2) It reeks of blatant and unabashed special snowflakism (almost in the same vein as those other posts with, "i would rather prefer to stay online and being a fanboy/fangirl than doin drugs or havin sex and party liek most kidz my age reblargh if u agree").
Actually, the entire mentality reeks of this really distorted idea that one can't be a partier or drinker/smoker and simultaneously be a frequent internet user or enjoy "nerdy" or "geeky" pursuits as well. Do you honestly think, given this day and age and how widespread and necessary computers have become, that you're the only one "addic
more romantic shit in fiction that pisses me offThere's always been this one cliche in fiction that's been incessantly nagging at me. I take it most of you are already incredibly familiar with high school and campus settings in fiction equipped with the jock, nerd, unobtainable beautiful cheerleader stereotypes and whatnot that's been prevalent in a shit ton of films since forever. So you're probably familiar with the old story of the nerdy/awkward/uncool guy that gets picked on constantly or doesn't fit in who's like obsessed with the hot cheerleader who's going out with the big, mean nasty ol' jock.more romantic shit in fiction that pisses me off2 years ago in Personal More Like This
But something I've noticed is how in a number of these stories the popular handsome jock guy is like the school's BIGGEST douchebag and everyone that doesn't worship him is either deathly scared of him or they at least -know- he's this massive reaming assfuck that shouldn't be messed with or else he'll ruin their lives or some shit so they stay the fuck out of his way.
And the jock's hot beautiful girlfriend will always seem like she's
the standards of nerdom have fallenNerds then: A highly studious individual who lacks social skills or an incredibly intelligent and skilled expert in certain field(s) with a generally shy, awkward, or introverted personality.the standards of nerdom have fallen2 years ago in Personal More Like This
(Edit: although being shy/introverted may not always be a necessity)
Nerds now: People who feel the need to take the most mundane media, technology, or pop culture-related things and plaster "I'm such a nerd!11" after every single observation regarding fandom, technology, or video games.
"That guy's blue hat looks like Sonic the Hedgehog! Oh my god, I'm such a nerd! XD"
"I recognize that logo from Zelda!!! I'm such a nerd!"
"Just bought myself Modern Warfare or another extremely popular game. Gosh, I'm SUCH nerd! XD"
"lol picture of myself in thick-rimmed glasses in a cute pose I'M SUCH A NERD, GUYS."
"i keep takin pictures of myself in glasses and oh my god im so nerdy and the most awkward person i know let me just take six hundred more photos to show all these strangers what an awkward goofball
Reverse Nice Guy SyndromeI'm just going to dub it "Reverse Nice Guy Syndrome" for now because I don't know if there's a proper title for it, but I've noticed that there's a peculiar little bug that hits various people (although certainly not limited to "guys") that causes them to genuinely believe other people (or certain individuals) "owe" them attraction. In short, it's basically like "Nice Guy" syndrome in that it involves a feeling of self-entitlement, but in this case it can sometimes be a somewhat backwards attempt at empowerment in that the "syndrome" causes people to believe that if another person does not feel attracted to them, physically or otherwise, it is automatically the other person's fault entirely, and they are labelled as "shallow" (or an asshole, jerk, bitch, haughty, etc.) simply because they do not have an attraction to or possess a desire to sleep with the "deserving" individual. Like the "Nice Guy," the person always feels like they are the victim in the situation, and in many cases isReverse Nice Guy Syndrome1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Breaking News: Skinny people actually existI've wanted to get this off my chest for a while, and I'm going to say that, at this point, I grow deathly tired of people attacking others for being "skinny" and acting as though being "skinny" is a loathsome or subhuman thing to be. Turns out, it's not. A lot of people are naturally skinny, myself included, and I think it's nothing short of a load of BS when people try to act like "lol real men have meat and women have curves why do you go for bones when you could have a piece of this hurrhurr." Having a preference is fine, it's okay for some people to prefer different body shapes, but when you start elevating yourself and talking down or insisting someone of a smaller size is comparable to "bones" or something "only dogs would want," you look like a shallow fucking douche.Breaking News: Skinny people actually exist2 years ago in Personal More Like This
And I've seen a number of people campaign for things like, "say no to size zero" and then following up with something like, "some girls are big and some are small and some are size zero and some aren
Of Wolves and TrollsFor an animal that's consistently idolized as powerful, majestic, and fierce, the wolf has virtually the pussiest fanbase of any animal I've seen. I still come home from work to see angry wolf comments on my page, on deviations, and in notes from time to time, but I will say that if you're going to insult me for not worshiping your "pwecious wolfie" on my page or anywhere, you could at least have the courtesy and the genital fortification to not block me because you're too much of a little bitch to withstand a reply because you thought you could dish it but not take it (not that your insults are very good or clever to begin with). Then again, it's not surprising since you've already demonstrated that you're too sensitive to deal with that not everyone worships the animal you like. How very "wolf" of you. I've had people drop by and call me names or simply tell me I sucked despite my never having spoken to them before, but I suppose that's to be expected from people who've consisOf Wolves and Trolls2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Korra: When Extremes Meet - ThoughtsBefore I go into more depth on my review of the episode and my overall thoughts, I'd just like to say that this is the first time in ages that a television show (I don't watch tv very much), let alone an animated television show, has left me feeling so giddy and intrigued. I was practically rocking back and forth and bouncing off the walls by the time the credits for episode 8 rolled, like some obsessively hyperactive kid in an asylum with colorful candy-coated walls.Korra: When Extremes Meet - Thoughts2 years ago in Personal More Like This
That being said, I genuinely liked, no, LOVED and ENJOYED this episode far more than I did with episode 7 (which was also a pretty good). This is an episode where we get to see more bender-on-non-bender oppression play out (when before it was limited to mostly talk and bender triad activity) and it culminates with Tarrlok abusing his political power to place an unfair curfew on all non-benders while successfully arresting and imprisoning every member of Korra's gang. The highlight of this episode was mainly that we get to
On HumorI think a lot of people assume that just being spontaneous and random automatically makes them automatically funny people, but a lot of the funniest people I've come into contact with were actually pretty intelligent people who knew how to analyze the world around them and derive humor from observations they made of various objects in their lives. Especially since imo, a lot of incredibly funny jokes or punchlines have the audience going, "oh my god, that's so true" or have them relate on some level.On Humor2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I think there are a lot of instances where "random" humor can be funny, or at least when a person or sequence pulls something that's so far out of left field that it overrides all sense of dumbfoundedness and slams your brain straight into the realms of hilarity, but a lot of times (usually with younger people) they think just saying, "I LIKE CHEESECAKE" or "WAFFLES PIE CHEESE I AM SO RANDUMB LOLOLOLZ" makes them "special" or
change for the betterI know there's a lot of emphasis commonly put on "you're fine the way you are" or "don't change anything about yourself, you're perfect!" but while I've found that family and friends are often those that are most extremely guilty of this, I've found that in some cases it can be better to disregard them and go with your gut feeling.change for the better2 years ago in Personal More Like This
For example, I remember in high school I had a friend who often worried about their weight and would talk to me about their weight issues regarding their health and how it bothered them while they had another group of friends who would keep insisting that they were "completely fine" and "were good the way they were" despite the fact that their friends kept reassuring them, it was clearly still something that gnawed at them and bothered them on some level considering that they still showed a lot of sadness and upset feelings whenever they mentioned the topic with me away from their other group of friends. Later on during one of the breaks, I remember they cam
you mean there's more to a work than PAIRINGS?!!1Putting it up because I think it applies to a number of things.you mean there's more to a work than PAIRINGS?!!12 years ago in Personal More Like This
In regards to this post: http://alexds1.tumblr.com/post/16330218225/there-is-but-one-step-from-the-grotesque-to-the
I think a number of things in regards to what the OP was saying were seriously taken out of context. I'm also going to say upfront that I don't really watch the Sherlock show, and, yes, I am fine with slash and femmeslash and all that on many occasions. That being said, I find their post, despite it being geared towards the SH fandom, to be incredibly applicable with a number of fandoms. While reading their post, I never once got the vibe the OP was saying anything remotely close to "slash is bad" or "asexuality is bad" or "you're not a real fan if you didn't read the original Holmes books." To be honest, I don't think they were even saying (or even implying), "you're a shitty fan if you like slashing these characters and you like porn of them."
Honestly, I think the main point of their post wasn't you're
fandom things I don't understandIf there are two things I don't understand with fandoms it's when:fandom things I don't understand2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1) People say "so-and-so doesn't get enough love" or "this character could use more attention" when it's actually one of the most popular characters in the fandom and you can find at least six billion pieces of fanart or material related to said character by doing one search alone.
2) People think they're "special" or "just weird like that ^__^" for liking 'psycho' characters. The "lol yea im sort of different becuz my fetish is crazy guys/chicks/characters and i guess that makes me strange lolol xD" variety.
Because seeing at least ten million characters, original or established, with the same 'tude grin, blood-covered mouth, goffick or scene attire, and "i-will-lick-this-bloody-knife-to-show-how-hardcore-i-am" generic anime "crazy person" pose is something you'd never find in a million years.
Actually, no. I do understand. I just think it's dumb.
That is all.
Edit: To prevent misunderstanding, that's not to say there
Thoughts on Korra: Out of the PastThe opening scene alone gave me a creepy vibe, what with Tarrlok just levitating a helpless Korra into a metal prison through bloodbending alone.Thoughts on Korra: Out of the Past1 year ago in Personal More Like This
But, oh lord, Tarrlok. I'm fully aware that a number of people had already theorized that he was Yakone's son or at least had some relation to Yakone (I was sort of on the 50/50 fence and mostly figured that if he wasn't the son, he'd at least have some connection or relation of some sort), but now we have official confirmation. But in all seriousness, that...was fast. The previous episode had built up this entire thing on Tarrlok and how formidable he could truly be, but I didn't expect (or want) his streak to end this soon. I knew there'd be a chance he'd get his bending removed or meet with some dark fate, but just...not one episode later. Especially since he raised the stakes so highly in the previous installment.
This was probably the scariest Amon appearance yet, and the scene with Tarrlok and Amon in the shed just gave me straight horr
The WHUTler - I Like Analysis but this is RidicI love a good analysis as much as the next person. Even the ones that are meant to be satirical, comedic, or generally sarcastic. But I think there are times when people just get so into something (or a character) that they feel the need to over-analyze their every action or just look into it to the point where they either end up seeing something that isn't there, or take something and make it out to be deeper than it actually is.The WHUTler - I Like Analysis but this is Ridic2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I see a lot of GIF sets for shows like Sherlock, Avengers/Thor, and Doctor Who that do a lot of, "let's take a GIF set or images from this scene and write a complex analysis for this character or that character or this scene."
And then, most recently, we have the Once-ler fandom.
I'll admit that I didn't watch the entire Lorax film, but I've seen enough clips/scenes from the movie as well as GIF sets and summaries/reviews to know pretty much how all of it goes down. The overall general consensus seems to be that the movie was fairly shitty, although th
ur review is not niceOne thing that I really, really don't get is when people get upset and asshurt over negative reviews of something they like.ur review is not nice2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Actually, no, I DO get why they get upset (typical case of "you're saying bad things about things I enjoy omg stop it"), I just think it's incredibly stupid and childish.
"Omg I HATE it that people are giving F.3.A.R. and Duke Nukem Forever bad reviews fucking STOP IT, those were good games grrr I liked them. fucking haters"
Or, "all you critics need to stop saying shit about Pirates 4 that film was AWESOME and you can all suck it".
Look, if I find a review of something I like to be just, even if it happens to be negative, I have absolutely no problem with that. At least, not usually or unless I feel like the reviewer is picking at something that's not even there.
For instance, I personally enjoyed the game Perseus Mandate, but it got some of the lowest scores in the F.E.A.R. series and a number of reviewers saw it as a
Fans, Giving, and TakingI've seen numerous instances of this before, fans going "crazy" and whatnot, but I've never really given as much thought to the "give-and-take" aspect of being a fan until recently.Fans, Giving, and Taking2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Apparently some people cross the line of "being a fan" and delve straight into territory that involves acting like a grabby, entitled, ravenous individual that thinks a specific person or person(s) owes them simply because they -are- "fans."
I'm talking about those who supposedly admire an individual (or individuals) and think that -because- they admire said individual(s) that it's completely fine to engage in demanding and otherwise incredibly pressuring behavior. As in, "I really admire your work and what you do" instead becomes "what can I GET from you, how MUCH can I get from you, and what do you OWE me." The admired and idolized person in question becomes a sort of "thing" that, in the eyes of certain people, exists to just keep "giving" to them.
I know with certain people and works we ex
Oh, Billie Boyhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9c_Kus-ppcOh, Billie Boy1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Ladies and gentlemen, this is how a self-entitled forty-year-old man-diva acts.
GD hasn't been that relevant to my life since high school, but what sort of makes it worse is the fact that so many people are defending it.
People (rightfully) commented that it's actually not okay for a forty-year-old rocker to throw a tantrum and angrily destroy equipment on-stage only to be told "they have no respect" and "fuck you guys"? Really? I wasn't aware we were all supposed to worship and respect the same individual just because his fans felt a certain way about him.
Likewise, the fact you think "his band has been around for over twenty years" and "he's a rock star that got cut by a shitty pop musician" are valid excuses for throwing the manchild equivalent of baby tantrums onstage is just sad on so many levels. I could have sworn that, like so many of you have said in defense of him, having been a musician for over twenty years, he'd have a b
pokemon is still pretty much the same shitWhen it comes to reboots, remakes, and new installments I can go either way depending on how they're done. Sometimes I think reboots or new installments are utter garbage or just fucking stupid compared to their predecessors (or just COMPLETELY deviate from their roots to the point of not being recognizable), other times I think they're pretty alright (or, in some few cases, even better).pokemon is still pretty much the same shit2 years ago in Personal More Like This
But seriously, despite the fact people still complain about how we "shouldn't" have added anything to the original 150 pokemon, I'm gonna be honest and say that I think it would have been a downright waste to have that entire expanse of pokemon lore and universe with every new game containing the same zubats, geodudes, and pikachus over and over an over. I've seen people say things like, "this is dumb, let's just make new regions but with the same pokemon" but seriously? I don't want to buy and play different games in different lands just so I can catch the same shit that I own in every other p
My Thoughts on SchoolOn this topic, there are a few things I want to talk about, the first and foremost being that I recently received acceptance from SCAD and that I'm pretty damn happy about that. I was searching for schools for a while and SCAD was probably in like my top 3 (I was leaning towards either SCAD or SVA as my biggest two, but some of my family didn't want me going all the way to NYC). Seriously, if I took a time machine and backtracked to around ten months ago and told my past self I'd be accepted into an art school like that, I would've probably gotten all bitter and copped a "yeah right, you friggin' liar" sort of attitude. But altering your environment, growing more independent, and changing your intended major does funny things.My Thoughts on School2 years ago in Personal More Like This
That being said, even before getting into art schools, college searches aren't anything new to me and what really, really grinds on me is how people will bash or rate a school down just because they "think the party life sucks" or "the workload is u
I'm Genuinely AskingQuestion: If you were a writer or artist or other such creative individual and a series you created became popular, would you spend time delving into the "fandom" your series? I'm not really talking about just casually browsing fanart or fanfics for amusement or whatever, I'm talking about really, really getting into the gritty depths of the fanbase and seeing what people thought about your work, such as this pairing or that pairing, what characters were popular, which characters were hated and reviled, which shipping wars took place, what fans thought about plot developments, fandom drama, fan theories, etc. I guess what I'm asking is, would you allow yourself to get drawn into the really nitty-gritty drama and dark roiling underbelly of your fanbase and if so, would you allow looking at all that to influence further developments on your work (such as who ends up with who, how the plot turns, who gets killed off, whatever, it could be anything)? Or would you regard it and be able to gI'm Genuinely Asking2 years ago in Personal More Like This