…the use of the term Mary-Sue comes with an obvious assumption attached: if characters like this are simply unacceptable by definition, then there must be other types of characters out there that are OK. After all, not every single female character ever written can possibly be a Mary-Sue. Even the people who cling to the term Mary-Sue as if it was their long-lost twin would not dispute that.
The Mary-Sue is a ‘fake girl’. A plastic girl, an unrealistic girl, a perfect girl. Her opposite number in that case must be a real girl. A human girl. A realistic girl. An imperfect girl. Fictional ladies whose failures and flaws are right there on the page. Ladies who cannot be dismissed as ‘too perfect’ or ‘wish fulfilment’. Let’s call this type of character a Sarah-Jane.
Now, because Sarah-Janes are in total contrast to the Mary-Sue, defying all the traits that are supposed to make a Mary-Sue unacceptable, then the Sarah-Jane, by definition, must be acceptable. I mean, obviously they’re not as tightly defined as the Mary-Sue type, and because their major trait is that they’re realistic, they’re going to vary a lot. But they must be the kind of character that readers want to see. The kind that readers will embrace. The kind that they will at least give a chance.
Yeah. No. It turns out the vast majority of talk about Sarah-Janes - realistic, flawed, prominent female characters in fiction - *still* centres on what is wrong with them, and all the reasons they are SO ANNOYING for… not being perfect?
Zoë Marriott, “Real Girls, Fake Girls, Everybody Hates Girls”
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I love monsters, I identify with monsters.
Key animation sequence in episode 8 of Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人). It is amazingly detailed for a shot that wasn’t even a close-up.
have you ever just looked at someone and thought, my fucking god i love you. i love every goddamn ounce. i love your bones and your soul. but I’m a loser, who just doesn’t wanna lose you. i can lose fucking everything, but not you. oh god. not you.
The opposite of albinism called melanism, a recessive trait where the skin and fur are all black.
This right here is when I broke down.
Levi hands over the Recon Corps crest claiming it to be someone else’s just to help the soldier get some closure. It wasn’t his friends, it was Petra’s. We saw him looking over his squads bodies and we also see him looking upon the crest on Petra’s chest. It was the final piece of Petra that Levi had left before he effectively watched her die a second time. He willingly hands it over to a comrade to comfort him.
This man has lost everything in the space of not even 24 hours and yet he is willing to hand over the last piece of his squad, his friends, his family that he has left to help another person. So don’t ever fucking say that Levi doesn’t care or that he is an asshole with no emotions because Levi cares more than most of the fucking cast do put together. Just because he doesn’t break down into a heap of emotions on the floor doesn’t mean he isn’t hurting inside, because he really fucking is. He always, always puts others before himself and never questions it. You should be praising him as a fucking saint because he cares more than we’ll ever know.
The oh so graceful and precious Charlotte La Bouff
Confession: I just really want nice neat non-abstract architecture and interior design in DAI, I don’t know why but that’s among my favorite things in video games, it gives a really nice aesthetic and makes the whole part with getting into character/identifying with a character much easier. Honestly, when I pretend-play dragon age in the Sims I just spend 90% of the whole game designing the houses and community lots, that’s how much I like nice interior and architecture.
CONFESSION: I love and respect Sebastian for his conviction, and I’m ashamed that when I first started his DLC I went into it with a “corrupt the sexy priest” fantasy. I’m glad his romances are written the way they are, even when it’s hard for me and Hawke to accept.