Henry Cavill and Chris Evans shirtless together in a movie.
This is very relevant to my interests.
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auronlu said: Rikku, Babylon 5 crossover AU
(This is the last AU prompt request I’ve gotten. Any more takers?)
"Well, here’s your problem." The young mechanic with the tangled blond braids clambered out of the Whitestar’s duct and jumped to her feet, a crystal clutched in her free hand. "This is cracked, so it’s not sending the right signals to the engine."
She handed the crystal to Captain Sheridan, who made a show of examining it, even though it looked exactly like every other crystal in the ship to him. ”I see,” he said, then passed it back to her. “Can you fix it— I’m sorry, what was your name again?”
"Rikku," she said. "Rikku Brothers. I came on in the last rotation from the station. It’s my first time on a Whitestar, and can I just say how awesome it is to finally be aboard?"
She grinned at him, and John had to smile back. “You sure can,” he replied. “Well, Rikku, can you fix it?”
She shook her head. “It’s not really a fixing kind of situation. It’s broken, and broken good. We’ll have to get a new one.”
"A new one it is." Sheridan waved Lennier over from his station at the console. "Lennier, can you show Rikku to the machine— shop, or whatever it is where we make new parts."
"Of course." Lennier bowed to her, fingers steepled, and Rikku returned the gesture. "This way, please."
Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them. Tagged by sehnsuchttraum.
I know I’ve done this meme before; now I’m wondering how similar the lists are, or if they change over time.
Well, I’ve always said that I’d be happy to wait as long as I need to for the next Dragon Age as long as it’s a better game for it. Now I get to test that proposition. ;)
Reasons why i dislike slash shipping in fandoms:
White boys over everything. Every. Single. Time. No time for pocs not even interracial slash. Erasure and villainization of female characters. Especially woc. Using women as props for your white boys fantasy. Faux feminism. Strong women! Needs no love!I don’t think people realize how important poc/interracial ships are. Slash, femslash, even hetero, yes, hetero. We get so little representation already so excuse me if i don’t appreciate your erasure (hate) of pocs characters/ships to prop your ship.
agreed. this is a problem.
but the problem occurs not because of fans, but because of writers. white men are written interesting, multi-layered, and dynamic. their relaionships (mostly friendships) get the most screen time and focus. white men are usually the fan’s focus because they’re near always the writers’ focus.
with a few exceptions, women are generally used as props by the writers. women of color and people of color in general are shoved in the back seat. representation matters and we desperately need more of it from the writers.
to use sherlock as an example, i don’t think its fans’ fault that few people care about Donovan. i think she’s the only named poc and one of the very few women. even Anderson got a larger role later on than she did! sherlock, john, greg, mycroft, and even anderson are infinitely more fleshed out and that is the problem.
more solid representation of poc, women, and other minorities in media, as actual characters instead of props
while this is partly true i still feel that most fans have yet to acknowledge and take responsibility of the hate and backlash they themselves contributed to poc characters in fandoms. writers are to be blamed for poorly written poc characters yes but it does not give fandoms the excuse to use this as a reasons to justify their hate/dislike towards these characters.
Also most fandoms does not even acknowledge the problematic writing, their hate is automatically directed to the character just for simply existing especially more so when it threatens their ship. And in this case, the popular ones in fandoms : white hetero and slash ships.
i believe it’s more than a matter of which character has been given more depth and dynamic. because if not how then do you explain the hate directed towards poc characters with strong writing? Characters such as Martha of Doctor Who, Marie Laveau of AHS, Gwen of Merlin, Jessica Pearson of Suits?
i just … it’s hard enough to enjoy a show with so few good depictions of minorities but when you are unable to have a safe space to appreciate undervalued and underwritten characters without coming across hate it gets frustrating.
All of this!
Let’s not forget that fandom will happily create backstories and justifications for their white male faves at the drop of a hat, but refuses to even try to imagine why women, POC, and WOC characters might act the way that they do.
Fandom is happy to ship white male characters that have barely canonically interacted (see: Mycroft/Lestrade, Clint/Coulson (in the MCU), etc.), but eagerly tears down canonical relationships that have been developed onscreen that involve WOC (particularly if they’re black) (see: Arthur/Gwen, Spock/Uhura (Nu!Trek), etc.), and disproportionately demonizes those women. Not to mention the fact that fandom rarely considers shipping POC with their close onscreen friends, and when people do, loudly wonders why “they can’t just be friends” and complains about how the POC character “doesn’t need a love interest” (see: Tony/Rhodey, Ichabod/Abbie, etc.). Compare this to fandom’s treatment of white characters who are close friends, or even siblings (ex: John/Sherlock, Dean/Sam, etc.)!
I don’t deny that the media has a lot of issues and could definitely do with giving POC/WOC/women more focus and development, but that isn’t the entire issue here. Fandom is culpable for its own actions as much as the source material is.
I don’t have anything against white dudeslash in and of itself — I’ve read some excellent stories, I get the draw for shipping certain characters together, and I definitely understand the desire for representation — but as a fanbase/genre in general, it tends to treat characters that aren’t white men very poorly.
janiemcpants said: The Warden and companion of your choice, gods trapped in human bodies.
(I don’t know if this is quite AU, since the gods are from DA canon, but it’s what came to mind immediately. Also… rather more than three sentences, oops.)
Andraste opened her eyes and stretched for the first time in a thousand years, arching her back; it felt good to have a body again. She held out a hand: it was young, slim, strong, graceful. Her robes were tattered, Chasind from the look of them. A human woman, then, and a mage — Andraste could feel the power coursing through Her, the connection to the Fade close by, the tang of lyrium on the back of Her tongue. But where was She? What force could have called Her back to the mortal world?
She looked up and around Her, and found She was on a dais in a cave, standing in front of a metal urn. With a start she recognized it — it was Her own urn. The urn that held Her ashes. Turning, She looked at the small band in the cavern: a woman with red hair who stood at a distance, wide eyes blinking back tears of rapture; a human male dressed in dented armor, kneeling, head bowed, a hand clasped over his heart; and a Dalish elf, dark vaslin on dark skin, a frown furrowing his brow. He held a flask between his nimble fingers, and red liquid swirled within. Andraste narrowed Her eyes; she has seen men like this before.
"Who?" She raised Her arms, staff at the ready. "Who dares disturb this sacred place?"
The elf stepped back, a sparkle of red passing over his eyes. “Good day, my lady Andraste. You don’t recognize me?” His scowl transformed into a quick grin that somehow made him look angrier than before, and then She knew him.
"Fen’Harel. The Dread Wolf. I should have known no one else would be so bold." Andraste swiveled her staff to point at him. "And you force this elf to do your bidding?"
Fen’Harel chuckled. “Not at all. Unlike your vessel, mine is willing.” He cocked his head to the side. “Don’t tell me you can’t feel her, straining at the bonds you’ve wrapped around her soul.”
Andraste shook her head, even as a small voice nagged at her. Pushing doubt from her mind, she began to reach for her power. “You are a liar, Dread Wolf. A liar and a cheat. Now let that man go, and begone from this place!”
His smile widened, baring perfect teeth. “We’ll see about that.” He drew his bow and loosed an arrow in a single motion, his magic sending the weapon through the air; Andraste countered with a quick spell of protection, and then the battle was joined in earnest.