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The Importance of Mary Sue

geekmehard:

unwinona:

When I was in Ninth Grade, I won a thing.  

That thing, in particular, was a thirty dollar Barnes & Noble gift certificate.  I was still too young for a part-time job, so I didn’t have this kind of spending cash on me, ever.  I felt like a god.

Drunk with power, I fancy-stepped my way to my local B&N.  I was ready to choose new books based solely on the most important of qualities…BADASS COVER ART.  I walked away with a handful of paperbacks, most of which were horrible (I’m looking at you, Man-Kzin Wars III) or simply forgettable.  

One book did not disappoint.  I fell down the rabbit hole into a series that proved to be as badass as the cover art promised (Again, Man-Kzin Wars III, way to drop the ball on that one).  With more than a dozen books in the series, I devoured them.  I bought cassette tapes of ballads sung by bards in the stories.  And the characters.  Oh, the characters.  I loved them.  Gryphons, mages, but most importantly, lots of women.  Different kinds of women.  So many amazing women.  I looked up to them, wrote bad fiction that lifted entire portions of dialogue and character descriptions, dreamed of writing something that the author would include in an anthology.

This year I decided in a fit of nostalgia to revisit the books I loved so damn much.  I wanted to reconnect with my old friends…

…and I found myself facing Mary Sues.  Lots of them.  Perfect, perfect, perfect.  A fantasy world full of Anakin Skywalkers and Nancy Drews and Wesley Crushers.  I felt crushed.  I had remembered such complex, deep characters and didn’t see those women in front of me at all anymore.  Where were those strong women who kept me safe through the worst four years of my life?

Which led me to an important realization as I soldiered on through book after book.  That’s why I needed them.  Because they were Mary Sues.  These books were not written to draw my attention to all the ugly bumps and whiskers of the real world.  They were somewhere to hide.  I was painfully aware that I was being judged by my peers and adults and found lacking.  I was a fuckup.  And sometimes a fuckup needs to feel like a Mary Sue.  As an adult, these characters felt a little thin because they lacked the real world knowledge I, as an adult, had learned and earned.  But that’s the thing…these books weren’t FOR this current version of myself.   Who I am now doesn’t need a flawless hero because I’m comfortable with the idea that valuable people are also flawed.

There is a reason that most fanfiction authors, specifically girls, start with a Mary Sue.  It’s because girls are taught that they are never enough.  You can’t be too loud, too quiet, too smart, too stupid.  You can’t ask too many questions or know too many answers.  No one is flocking to you for advice.  Then something wonderful happens.  The girl who was told she’s stupid finds out that she can be a better wizard than Albus Dumbledore.  And that is something very important.  Terrible at sports?  You’re a warrior who does backflips and Legolas thinks you’re THE BEST.   No friends?  You get a standing ovation from Han Solo and the entire Rebel Alliance when you crash-land safely on Hoth after blowing up the Super Double Death Star.  It’s all about you.  Everyone in your favorite universe is TOTALLY ALL ABOUT YOU.

I started writing fanfiction the way most girls did, by re-inventing themselves.  

Mary Sues exist because children who are told they’re nothing want to be everything.  

As a girl, being “selfish” was the worst thing you could be.  Now you live in Narnia and Prince Caspian just proposed marriage to you.  Why?  Your SELF is what saved everyone from that sea serpent.  Plus your hair looks totally great braided like that.

In time, hopefully, these hardworking fanfiction authors realize that it’s okay to be somewhere in the middle and their characters adjust to respond to that.  As people grow and learn, characters grow and learn.  Turns out your Elven Mage is more interesting if he isn’t also the best swordsman in the kingdom.  Not everyone needs to be hopelessly in love with your Queen for her to be a great ruler.  There are all kinds of ways for people to start owning who they are, and embracing the things that make them so beautifully weird and complicated.

Personally, though, I think it’s a lot more fun learning how to trust yourself and others if you all happen to be riding dragons.

Mary Sues exist because children who are told they’re nothing want to be everything.

A girl making herself the hero of her own story is a radical act. Stop shaming girls for doing it. Stop shaming yourself for it. 

(via themarysue)

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randomredux:

lacalacabby:

Can we make a petition for Oded Fehr to be cast as Doctor Strange? Is it possible because it needs to be done. Also he has a twitter so we should prolly tell him and Kevin Feige and the Marvel Office to make this happen. Twitter trend #OdedFehrForStrange and reasons why is should happen.

Also I want someone other than Jack Sparrow cosplaying as Sorcerer Supreme which is basically how it’s going to go if Johnny Depp is cast.

I CAN GET BEHIND THIS.

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mresundance:

goldenheartedrose:

jimthewebspinner:

u-serist:

theroguefeminist:

batched:

I literally do not care about your gender, sexuality or skin colour.

I literally only care about whether you’re a nice fucking human being or not.

so basically you’re racist, sexist and homophobic

How, how, how, could that possibly be interpreted that way.  Just that statement by itself is baffling.

Wouldn’t inherently call OP any of those things, but saying you “don’t care” is a rly bad way of wording things.

Yeah, not caring is erasive.

Look, I care about gender, sexuality, and skin color, because they are a part of each human being’s experience and life and who they are. 

But at the end of the day, if you are not a nice fucking human being, I don’t want to be around you.

I wonder how many “social justice” folks on Tumblr like to talk the talk here, but have every gone and done something outside of writing stuff on Tumblr. Yaknow? Like community building, education, protesting, etc etc — all the million other things that you do when you don’t just talk the talk, but also walk the walk and work with others — who might not agree with you on certain details — but are nonetheless working with you for a common, greater end goal. 

And deriding the OP based on no evidence except your own assumptions is pretty close to being a “not nice fucking human being” in my book. It’s more like being an presumptive snooty ass, but I can give people the benefit if the doubt if I’m reading this wrong. 

TBH, I would rather hang out with moderate, compassionate, and informed conservatives who would help someone out in need — no questions asked — than a lot of the hyper liberal folks who talk big but turn a blind eye to people who need really help, because it’s too “uncomfortable”. 

The older I get, the less I care about the particulars of people’s actual political affiliations in some ways, and the more I care about what their own words and actions say about them, and if they treat others with dignity and empathy. 

It’s nice you believe in social justice, but act on it with compassion, not righteous, better-than-thou indignation.

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The Feminine Ending
Fandoms

thefeminineending:

Fandoms cover of Lorde’s “Royals:

We’ve never played a sport without a broom
We catch the midnight screening of a movie
We’d follow Indy through a tomb,
We write fanfic like it’s our duty.

And we’re always like one ring, brown coats,
Shippin’ in a chatroom
Night Vale, Kobol, meet me up on Mount Doom,
We don’t care, we drive Deloreans in our dreams.
And everybody’s like, Disney, X-Men,
Gotham City blackness
Jacob, Edward, Peeta, Gale, and Katniss.
We don’t care, we’re just caught up in their love affairs.

'Cause we live in the fandoms
Gallifrey is in our blood
Sports and clubbing ain’t for us
We crave a different kind of buzz.
And we’ll find it at Hogwarts
With Mario and Luigi
And in Hyrule
And in Final Fantasy.

We’ve memorized Konami code
We buy the comic on the day its released
And everypony ‘round here knows
that our friendship is literally magic

And we’re always like Star Trek, Marvel,
Camping out at Halfblood
Benders, Scoobies, Hannibal’s a hot stud.
We don’t care, we fly starships in our dreams.
And everybody’s like, Downton Abbey,
follow me on tumblr,
Amy, Rory, Sherlock, and his Doctor.
We don’t care, we’re just caught up in their love affairs.

'Cause we live in the fandoms
Gallifrey is in our blood
Sports and clubbing ain’t for us
We crave a different kind of buzz.
And we’ll find it at Hogwarts
With Mario and Luigi
And in Hyrule
And in Final Fantasy.

Ooh ooh oh
We fight evil with Sam and Dean
Cosplay is not for Halloween
Ooh ooh oh
A long, long time ago…
We just wanna win the Game of Thrones

'Cause we live in the fandoms
Gallifrey is in our blood
Sports and clubbing ain’t for us
We crave a different kind of buzz.
And we’ll find it at Hogwarts
With Mario and Luigi
And in Hyrule
And in Final Fantasy.

____________________

With special thanks to @razedphoenix for his lyrical help and infinite patience.

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earthstory:

An island with a hole in itIn March of 1954 this island exploded. This is Bikini Atoll, site of many American nuclear weapons tests in the middle of the 20th century.The crater you see on this image from the Operational Land Imager on NASA’s Landsat 8 spacecraft was produced during a test of a new American thermonuclear weapon design. The bomb was expected to explode with a force of 4-6 megatons, but instead, it wound up releasing energy equivalent to 15 megatons of TNT, making it one of the most powerful nuclear tests ever conducted. The explosion was so large that it destroyed much of the equipment set up to monitor it and also scattered radioactive material over a huge area. Although the population of Bikini Atoll had been evacuated years beforehand, so much material was thrown up that inhabitants of other nearby islands were given large doses of radiation; those residents weren’t evacuated until several days afterwards when they began showing symptoms of radiation poisoning. A Japanese fishing boat was also in the area and the crew did not realize that the light they saw in the distance was a nuclear explosion; one crewman reportedly died due to exposure.The test prompted protests worldwide due to the exposure of so many to radiation; eventually those protests helped lead to the ending of atmospheric nuclear testing. To this day it is unclear why the Americans miscalculated so badly on the test’s expected energy; whatever the cause was, it remains classified.Portions of the population of Bikini Atoll attempted to return several decades after the tests but it was found that soils on the island remained contaminated and it was not safe to eat foods grown from those soils. To this day, this series of islands remains largely uninhabited.-JBBImage credit:http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=83237Read more:http://www.history.co.uk/shows/ghost-fleet-of-the-bikini-atollhttp://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/02/bikini-atoll-nuclear-test-60-yearshttp://www.ctbto.org/specials/testing-times/1-march-1954-castle-bravo/http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nukevault/ebb459/http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/bomb/filmmore/reference/interview/marthasmith01.html

earthstory:

An island with a hole in it

In March of 1954 this island exploded. This is Bikini Atoll, site of many American nuclear weapons tests in the middle of the 20th century.

The crater you see on this image from the Operational Land Imager on NASA’s Landsat 8 spacecraft was produced during a test of a new American thermonuclear weapon design. 

The bomb was expected to explode with a force of 4-6 megatons, but instead, it wound up releasing energy equivalent to 15 megatons of TNT, making it one of the most powerful nuclear tests ever conducted. 

The explosion was so large that it destroyed much of the equipment set up to monitor it and also scattered radioactive material over a huge area. Although the population of Bikini Atoll had been evacuated years beforehand, so much material was thrown up that inhabitants of other nearby islands were given large doses of radiation; those residents weren’t evacuated until several days afterwards when they began showing symptoms of radiation poisoning. A Japanese fishing boat was also in the area and the crew did not realize that the light they saw in the distance was a nuclear explosion; one crewman reportedly died due to exposure.

The test prompted protests worldwide due to the exposure of so many to radiation; eventually those protests helped lead to the ending of atmospheric nuclear testing. To this day it is unclear why the Americans miscalculated so badly on the test’s expected energy; whatever the cause was, it remains classified.

Portions of the population of Bikini Atoll attempted to return several decades after the tests but it was found that soils on the island remained contaminated and it was not safe to eat foods grown from those soils. To this day, this series of islands remains largely uninhabited.

-JBB

Image credit:
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=83237

Read more:
http://www.history.co.uk/shows/ghost-fleet-of-the-bikini-atoll
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/02/bikini-atoll-nuclear-test-60-years
http://www.ctbto.org/specials/testing-times/1-march-1954-castle-bravo/
http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nukevault/ebb459/
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/bomb/filmmore/reference/interview/marthasmith01.html

(via geologychronicles)