This is really interesting - speaking as someone who’s never tried to make music in an analogue or digital way. One of the things I noticed in the “what should music writers know?” debates a couple of weeks ago - and I don’t want to reopen them, honestly! - was how the discussion (pro and anti) seemed to default to things like “how are chords made”, “waht is a key”, with very little (if any) discussion about rhythm, let alone the programming and making of rhythm. But if knowing how songwriters build songs around chords is vital, surely knowing the basic techniques and assumptions of digital music-making is just as important for understanding how modern music works and sounds? Not that anyone was arguing otherwise, they just weren’t mentioning that stuff. But ultimately, it seems to me that the reason - or at least a very big reason - for technical knowledge, as a critic, is it allows you to have more informed discussions about the choices made in the creative process.
Scott Summers is not a good man. And he’s mostly reconciled to that. Wolverine really wants to be a good man, to have honour; Scott has excoriated that ambition. He was a good man once, when he should have still been a boy but he’s had it systematically stripped out of him. Either by literally getting possessed by Apocalypse or through the loving manipulations of all the creeps who’ve been in his head (and maybe Apocalypse and Sinister loved him more than Xavier could at least, valued him for something other than their own oppositional validation) and all the times he found himself incapable of not loving Jean Grey. And especially the times he realised that loving her didn’t mean he didn’t want to hurt her or to love other people.
Scott is a shit parent of too many children lost to alternate cruelties, just to let him know he’s not just a failure in this plane of existence. And he’s an orphaned child and a lost brother and with all those things stacked up, he’s ok with being hated. (Hasn’t always been but has got quite into it now) And he’s ok with people who haven’t spent their Entire. Goddamned. Lives. trying to prevent genocide thinking he’s a piece of shit because fuck them, that’s why.
(he cares about Emma’s opinion, probably doesn’t care about Magneto’s, cares about Cable, tries not to hurt Rachel and probably has deep self-loathing sulks about it sometimes, disappearing for hours)
Scott is forever entangled with Logan and Logan thinks there will be a time when they win. Thinks that for all his dirty kill squads and the gallons of blood, some honourable notion will prevail. That this dog’s day will come and they’ll sit on the porch with a beer and reminisce about all those years they spent trying to survive. And Scott… doesn’t think that. Even if he became an Avenger, if everything was reconciled, he’d end up restlessly pursuing things for the rest of his life- he’s been too hurt to not need more justice than he’s ever going to be able to get.
But like. Scott is, if not a good man then a great soldier. Comics! Scott is quite like MCU Fury, I think? They’re not good people. They don’t need to be, they need to be what they forged themselves into- Scott is way more manipulated than Fury, of course, so the thing he forged himself into (and then undid, unbecoming, broken under the weight of the Dark Phoenix) and this self-abusive thing he can be if it works for survival are way more fucked up than Fury could ever be but. Scott! You ignoble, broken protector.
(Of course, Scott actually is a good man)
(and now there is a noble, hopeful boy Scott and older Scott can look at him and feel… not a great deal because older Scott is altered almost on a genetic level by now)
(the other young X-Men fuck him up more, I think? Obviously Jean but I think he’d be more sad about seeing un-fucked-up -at least, not totally- him and Beast be friends)
Why I don’t
Haha lol there is nothing not even the shitty AvX stuff that i dislike about Scott wait hang on the way he and Emma aren’t banging at the minute but I can’t blame him for that
Favorite episode (scene if movie)
Hummmm. I really liked prison!Scott in AvX: Consequences, when he was goading Logan to kill him because it was the absolute darkest thing but also quite a surprisingly selfish moment for Scott.
I really, really like him in Uncanny X-Men towards the end of Volume 1 and throughout Volume 2 but I think current, self-hating and wrestling-to-get-the-selfishly-distracting-nature-of-his-bottomless-loathing-for-Scott-Summers-under-wraps-and-have-a-war!Scott is kind of very great.
Haha this is from the shitty movies, of all the places but the bit where Wolverine asks how he knows if Scott is Scott and Cyclops just sighs and with the absolute most world weary, clipped delivery ever says “you’re a dick”.
The black and gold one from Uncanny V2 where the cowl looks like a hood when it’s down. BOYS IN HOODIES what a delight.
To be honest, Emma again; they are a really good team. But he obviously has the forever hate thing with Logan and also he and Steve Rogers have their moments.
Oh, just that he like, hides in small dark spaces and Doesn’t Cry but feels horrible for like hours at a time, sometimes but I think that’s actually canon anyway.
Uh. I like Scott. I think that’s pretty unpopular.
He and Emma get back together and they’re still really mad at each other for ages but not in a bickering way.
To be honest I think the worst things that can happen to Scott Summers are going to happen anyway. I hope he doesn’t end up accidentally killing Logan or something, that would suck.
Oh god. I hope he doesn’t marry Jean again. That would also suck for them both.
What if Steve Rogers DID have a tumblr tho? To like... pass the time while being flown in for missions. Would there be lots of Avengers fanart rebageld?Would there be cute puppies? Would there be food tumbls? Would there be a "this is how you draw hands" post?
I somehow missed this important missive from Rachel and now I am having 1034874905685 feelings. Nat stealing Steve’s phone like ‘hey what are you looking at’ so she can tease him and then both of them getting really into mermaid fandom, Steve shyly starting an art blog and everyone being like ‘wow u draw the Avengers so good this is really true’ and him never mentioning it, Steve starting a new unflattering Tony Stark meme every week, Steve making a blog of pictures from newspapers of the Hulk with googly eyes stuck on, to cheer Bruce up, Steve nightblogging, 75% asleep and banged up on the way back from a mission like ‘do u ever look at ur friends and just think about what pizza they would be?’
'give me a character' meme: rachel from animorphs? or any character from animorphs. look, i just need more people to talk about animorphs. ANIMORPHS. *inner ten-yo still sobbing*
Oh my god, oh my god. Oh my god. HERE ARE ALL OF MY FEELINGS, LAID BARE UPON THE INTERNET.
Why I like them
Rachel is…. fucjk. Rachel is EVERYTHING. Rachel is brutality and elegance and disappointment and an endless capacity for self-hurt for a bigger cause. Rachel is the warrior princess of the group, the one that can be relied upon to be the most unstoppably violent, the most unerringly vicious- Rachel can do the dirty wetworks, make the choices no one else wants to have on them.
And it’s cus gorgeous, golden Rachel feels like she is eternally coming up short inside. She’s the failed gymnast, betrayed by nothing more deliberate or mutable than her own growing, violent body; this beautiful thing that she likes turning into giant predatory animals so she can tear things apart in a way that quiets the other stuff for a bit. And because she’s beautiful, she can be violent and they call her Xena, think it looks glorious and admirable and heroic as she loses her fucking mind at the same time as never having felt more perfect.
And Tobias, of course; the girl who loves the hawk. And maybe it’s easier for her that way? In a strange way. Except that it’s hard, hard, hard and that’s why Rachel can do it. Because she’s pathologically incapable of taking an easy route- if she spent even a few seconds of her life not waging war, she’d fall apart now. From the first second they wade in, Rachel has found a thing -regardless of how unhealthy a thing or how much it is not actually an answer- that makes her feel better. And she’s irrefutably good at it; you never get to be bad at waging war because if you were bad at it, you’d be dead. And Rachel isn’t scared of death (at least, not in the moment) because it’s not the same as failure.
Also she likes Szechuan shrimp and she leaves it in the fridge until it goes rancid cus she was too busy being allergic to alligator DNA but. Rachel. <333333
I HAVE SOME FEELINGS. I haven’t read these books for fifteen years and I still have SOME FEELINGS.
Why I don’t
There is literally nothing I dislike about Rachel, except the bits that are uncomfortably close to myself and then the general self-hate bleeds over sometimes, I guess. (Rachel is better than me on every level)
Favorite episode (scene if movie)
When they go to the dance and Tobias needs to turn out of human form and Rachel has a minor moment of selfishness because she really wants sometimes. And then she lets him go. And understands.
UGH all of it. Oh! All her interactions with the Hork Bajir.
It really has been too long for me to remember specific lines. But there’s… when she’s about to plunge through her bedroom ceiling cus she changes into an alligator unexpectedly she’s thinking something kind of stupid and this sticks in my head.
TRANSFORMED INTO GRIZZLY BEAR
Anyone who says Rachel/Tobias is not the greatest romance of our times. Well.
Rachel and Cassie. They are very different, of course and they grow to kind of disapprove of each other if they’d looked at each other too hard because this is war but. They avert their eyes cus they’re friends and you do that for pals.
Uh. I guess. Everything above?
If anyone hates on Rachel, which is the only way we could disagree, I’m gonna come round to your house and transform into a bear and and and
I haven’t read the end of Animorphs. I hope she went out with death and glory.
I was promised to another— I lived with someone. You forget these things when you’re touched.
Even before I was touched, I belonged to you; you had only to look at me.
—louise gluck, “the burning heart,” vita nova
Tonight you’re mine, baby— Does he know you’ll never go back?
—one direction, “does he know,” midnight memories
Obviously the stupid anon put this idea in my head but the melange of things on my dash currently has left me super angry that there are seemingly 0 fics on AO3 where Louis Tomlinson is the Winter Soldier.
If hating humanity is one of your more interesting points that you pride yourself on then you are very boring and are not invited to my birthday party, ever, and there’s gonna be cake and you can’t have that cake
Well not to wade into a discussion I literally have no stake in but Louis is still clearly the one of One Direction I would bang were my banging one of One Direction a key element of saving the universe. I am … Ok who said he wasn’t hot? I mean, a little underfed perhaps but they’re all skinny as nuts from my perspective. I vote less touring more pasties and they’ll all be fine. Or mo touring mo pasties whatever fits to them really or just you know, letting them do things and have things and work out things and just thinking it’s good that they mostly seem to be enjoying things, no matter how far outside our own experience these things lie cus fuck I’m not a member of an internationally awarded boyband what the hell would I know.
i have been trying to organise my thoughts about the winter soldier (as a figure), and i have finally got them down. this is a long post. i’m not sure which warnings this needs - basically, any warnings that you’d give to anyone before they see the winter soldier for the first time.
“Your work has been a gift to mankind. You shaped the century. And I need you to do it one more time.”
Before Captain America: TWS came out, we heard this line in the trailer, framed as if Alexander Pierce was addressing it to Steve Rogers. But in the film, it’s used in an address to The Winter Soldier. Which makes sense.
When Pierce says he “shaped the century”, we know he doesn’t mean the 21st. The Winter Soldier, as far as we can piece together, was a key tool of HYDRA’s post-WWII on. He carried out a handful of well-chosen assassinations that helped to move history in the direction HYDRA wanted. He probably killed Tony Stark’s parents (who helped to found SHIELD). He killed diplomats, politicians. Relatively small scale, precise actions that were primed to have the most influence. So, what? If he “shaped the century” then we know what he’s supposed to have helped along through these actions. Unrest. Rebellion. States splintering. Countries gaining independence. Governments selling weapons to other governments. Wars won, but mostly wars lost. “Regimes fall every day,” Natasha says in the Avengers. “I tend not to weep over that. I’m Russian. Or I was.”
Okay no but really, I am never going to get over Sam Wilson.
Just — the way we are introduced to him in the Winter Soldier. He’s just met Steve; Steve, who puts up bravado and friendly sarcasm and banter, who’s always okay because he’s Captain America and that’s what everyone…