the bigger picture [new ch.4]

EXPLOSION!

Explosion near Diagon Alley injures none, but causes mass destruction, amounting to over a thousand galleons in damages as well as a significant number of memory modifications. Is this the work of a new anti-Muggle organisation, or just a strengthening solution gone wrong? Albert Sommerby investigates, pictures unavailable owing to unfortunate circumstances.


the vanishing cabinet [new one-shot]


Q:
talk to me about the dark side of nerd girl culture pls (asked by Anonymous)
A:

oddhour:

oh god you jump me with this question.

I think the dark side applies similarly to nerd girls and guys, but it’s usually never discussed about girls—which I’ll get to later.

The dark side of nerddom starts with an overblown sense of superiority paired with crippling insecurity. Brains over brawn, anti-popularity, anti-extroversion, anti-feminine, anti-anything threatening what they like. There are the socially awkward who make excuses for their awkwardness rather than attempt to fix it; social skills are important, you shouldn’t be proud of lacking them. Then there are introverts who make it everyone else’s responsibility to mind their shyness and don’t ever consider extrovert needs. Obsessive fans who aggressively push Doctor Who to their friends and being offended when their friends—gasp—don’t share their tastes, and then get super elitist about watching quality British programming.

There is a difference between “being true to yourself” and “not being an ass.” Unless you’re in a restrictive environment, you’re probably not bullied because you like weird things—it’s because you’re annoying and judgmental and maybe a bully yourself.

Now a tangent on nerd girl representation:

Nerd girls, specifically, fascinate me because they’re relatively new to the mainstream. Fandom communities have never been so big. Industries are finally paying a little attention to them. Everyone is still struggling to define them.

I think nerd girls have a harder time finding their identity because they’re pretty much tossed a single archetype: smart introverts. Portrayed as bookish, morally superior, always correct, insecure about their appearance/femininity. Oops, I described Hermione. There is much more to Hermione, but that part of her doesn’t get discussed which is the problem—we don’t discuss smart girls’ flaws. We don’t explore their arrogance, their obsessions, their other insecurities… largely because many smart girls are a male-fantasy version of the nerd girl (not only is she smart and virtuous, she grows up beautiful). Movie!Hermione definitely falls under this, and the downplaying of her flaws was intentional. Another problem is that great female characters may exist but we need to analyze them the way we analyze male characters, not just as “strong” or “female," because the majority of discussion around good female characters centers on how they’re good female role models.

And that just isn’t equivalent.

Besides, I might’ve grown up less of a little snot if there were more varied nerds on TV.


greenkneehighs:

26px:

the writing reference “said is dead” post is bad

said is not dead. said is very much alive and should be predominantly used in fiction writing, because if you always use words like mumble and observe and articulate and state and express then it will get very noticeable and irritating!! use “said” and “asked” more than anything, and substitute other fancier words in only when necessary and when it will enrich the content of your writing.

#THIS #you use flavor to highlight something and for flavor you need contrast #if everything is murmured or mumbled or exclaimed or drawled #it’s all going to be one big soupy oversalted mess


Gnossienne
n. a moment of awareness that someone you’ve known for years still has a private and mysterious inner life, and somewhere in the hallways of their personality is a door locked from the inside, a stairway leading to a wing of the house that you’ve never fully explored—an unfinished attic that will remain maddeningly unknowable to you, because ultimately neither of you has a map, or a master key, or any way of knowing exactly where you stand. (via cyberwave)

I know it was you, Damian. You broke my heart.

let’s just pretend that gubby has watched the godfather films and knows what is going on. basically, in the second film, michael realises that fredo has betrayed him and gives him the KISS OF DEATH (couldn’t manip that looool so sybil’s just creeping in the background) and then has him killed while he fishes on the lake.

gubby’s assured me that this won’t happen - that their relationship is different - but can’t wait to see what happens when sybil finds out he’s a spy


a super-long response on etc, gender roles, and its female characters


:) 



The Importance of The Unlikable Heroine

gingerhaze:

clairelegrand:

I’ve always had this tendency to apologize for everything—even things that aren’t my fault, things that actually hurt me or were wrongs against me.

It’s become automatic, a compulsion I am constantly fighting. Even more disturbingly, I’ve discovered in conversations with my female friends that…

Oh, this is fantastic. Long post, but read the whole thing. Unlikeable heroines 4eva.

These are the “difficult” characters. They demand our love but they won’t make it easy. The unlikable heroine provokes us. She is murky and muddled. We don’t always understand her. She may not flaunt her flaws but she won’t deny them. She experiences moral dilemmas, and most of the time recognizes when she has done something wrong, but in the meantime she will let herself be angry, and it isn’t endearing, cute, or fleeting. It is mighty and it is terrifying. It puts her at odds with her surroundings, and it isn’t always easy for readers to swallow.

She isn’t always courageous. She may not be conventionally strong; her strength may be difficult to see. She doesn’t always stand up for herself, or for what is right. She is not always nice. She is a hellion, a harpy, a bitch, a shrew, a whiner, a crybaby, a coward. She lies even to herself.

In other words, she fails to walk the fine line we have drawn for our heroines, the narrow parameters in which a heroine must exist to achieve that elusive “likability.”