escapekit:

Cityscapes

San Francisco based artist Jeremy Mann paints gritty cityscapes of cities in the US. 

Gorgeous.

(Source: redrabbit7.com, via wilwheaton)

the-real-seebs:

batreaux:

You bump into a man on the subway wearing a trenchcoat. You apologize and he responds “Its alright. We’re only human. All of us. All of us here are human. Yep. Very human. I’m probably the most human here! You betcha.” and then the trenchcoat falls and the figure collapses and roughly 1000 salamanders scatter around the train 

Rift did it: “Hello, fellow air-breather! It certainly is a nice day in the above-lands.”

Heh.

in-alptraum-verloren:

vastderp:

Mary Sue is not any girl character who dares to be larger than life. That interpretation is fairly recent and incredibly annoying.

Mary Sue is that character who, when they show up, every other character and the narrative itself becomes little more than a reflection of his or her presence and activities. The writer wants us all to be as fixated on Mary Sue as they are, and the pressure that puts on the reader is the source of the animosity. 

This.  Also, Mary Sue is only called “Mary Sue” because that was the name of the character that started the trend.  “Gary Stu” only exists because someone felt the word needed a male-coded version which is unnecessary.  The word is merely a term defining a set of behaviors and writing style.

In addition, look at ANY Mary Sue Litmus test.  They (usually) state outright, that a character can be too boring as well.  A character that scores too low can be as bad as one who scores too high, because characters can be interesting without being the sole focus of the narrative’s attention.

Furthermore, a character can still rate as a Mary Sue and be a good character.  A classic example is Morpheus, from Sandman.   He raises a lot of the Mary Sue red flags, but because of how the author writes and handles the character, he avoids falling into the trap of the narrative revolving around him.

Any character is only as good as the person writing them.  So it’s possible for a Mary Sue to be a good character!  But it's far easier for them to be a bad one.  And yes, there is a tendency for people to misuse the word when they dislike a character because it’s easy to slap a negative label on them that carries a lot of connotations to it then actually explain why you dislike a character.

But this idea that Mary Sues are strictly female characters who, as the OP puts it “dare to be larger than life” is bogus.

I just skimmed over the Mary Sue articles on Wikipedia, Fanlore and TV Tropes to do some fact-checking:

  • A Trekkie’s Tale was a parody fic written in 1973 to satirize a pre-existing trend.
  • It appears that, in some fandom circles, people were throwing the Mary Sue label at pretty much any female character way back in the eighties.

Most of this was before my time, but I have a theory about what might’ve happened.

  1. In the seventies, the term “Mary Sue” is coined to refer to a specific type of character and a specific type of story.
  2. In the eighties, some people continues to use the in the term in the classical sense, while others start using the term broadly to bash pretty much any female character.
  3. In the nineties, some segments of the fandom community are using Mary Sue as a gender neutral term, and often use male characters such as Wesley Crusher, James Tiberius Kirk, Luke Skywalker and Lion-O as well-known, canon examples.
  4. By the 20th century, there wasn’t much overlap between the fandom communities which use Mary Sue as a gender-neutral term for special snowflake type characters (such as LiveJournal) and the fandom communities where sexist douchebros used Mary Sue as a general term for any female character ever.
  5. A few years ago, websites such as TV Tropes and Tumblr attracted a lot of people from a lot of fandoms. So then you had people who sincerely believed that Mary Sue wasn’t sexist because they’ve mostly seen it used in a gender-neutral way arguing with people who sincerely believed that Mary Sue was sexist because they’ve mostly seen it being used in a sexist way. (I’ve seen it used in both contexts on the WoW story forums.)

I’m guessing that it’s probably going to take a while for fandoms to sort this thing out out.

Anonymous asked: what's wrong with the name gary stu? or do you just not like it?

vastderp:

professorprof:

vastderp:

pkmn-trainer-touko-tajiri:

vastderp:

pkmn-trainer-touko-tajiri:

vastderp:

it was picked for such a superficial reason, to rhyme with Mary Sue, and it sounds nothing like any name someone would choose for such a character. Gary? Stu??? these are potbellied, hairy factory workers, not wish fulfillment on legs. it’s twee and cutesy in the wrong way.

call him Sephiroth Johnson, call him Akita Inutama, call him Chance Storm, call him anything that sounds like someone really trying hard to make a cool character, just please don’t call him Gary Stu!

Sasuke Cloud is too cool for Gary Stu

SASUKE FUCKING CLOUD

too far?

exactly far enough to really hurt

Seriously guys. James Bond.

the worst sue of them all holy shit

What about “The Wesley”?

INTERNETS

the-real-seebs:

karenhealey:

INTERNETS OMG

"FEELS" HAS BEEN A LEGIT TERM SINCE AT LEAST 1782:

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The Duchess, by Amanda Foreman.

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, really wrote a real letter to her mother complaining about the feels in 1782.

I love everything.

Apparently I now have English usage feels.

Wow, so people were already talking about feels two centuries before AOL? Cool!

supersugoiautism:

dangerolive:

slasher9485:

All figurine refernces.

1. Moogle-Final Fantasy Series

2. Gitaroo Man-Gitaroo Man

3. Sanic-I don’t know where the hell man

4. Cloud Strife-Final Fantasy 7

Woops I need to fucking watch this show

uh you used the wrong sonic picture you dingus its this one:

The one on the left also looks a lot like Pikachu. Like, some kind of Mogachu or Pikachoogle?

And the blue one looks like some kind of weird Sonic / Nu hybrid.

(via cherrylimesalt)

captaingumdrop:

muddaytires:

1037135:

self-dunk

……”uh oh”

you can see the exact moment where it realizes how bad it fucked up

(=TェT=)

captaingumdrop:

muddaytires:

1037135:

self-dunk

……”uh oh”

you can see the exact moment where it realizes how bad it fucked up

(=TェT=)

(Source: gifak-net, via cherrylimesalt)

shitshilarious:

iliveinmattsmithspants:

territorialcreep:

itseasytoremember:

whythefuckareyouromeo:


0ver-doze:

omg they are so offended if you lick them back. 

Fun fact! Dogs lick the mouths of those they consider higher in rank! So if you lick them back, they are not offended, they just don’t see themselves as higher than you and they are confused! The second dog must be a very loyal dog because he or she literally refuses to be licked back haha! I love dogs.

i started reading that expecting an angry rant and it turned out to be one of the nicest things ever.

I have reblogged this like ten times

My cat grooms me. What does that mean?

It means your cat thinks your style is wack and is trying to help

Fun fact! Puppies also lick faces when they’re hungry.

shitshilarious:

iliveinmattsmithspants:

territorialcreep:

itseasytoremember:

whythefuckareyouromeo:


0ver-doze
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omg they are so offended if you lick them back. 

Fun fact! Dogs lick the mouths of those they consider higher in rank! So if you lick them back, they are not offended, they just don’t see themselves as higher than you and they are confused! The second dog must be a very loyal dog because he or she literally refuses to be licked back haha! I love dogs.

i started reading that expecting an angry rant and it turned out to be one of the nicest things ever.

I have reblogged this like ten times

My cat grooms me. What does that mean?

It means your cat thinks your style is wack and is trying to help

Fun fact! Puppies also lick faces when they’re hungry.

(Source: kingjrific, via cherrylimesalt)

fursasaida:

L.P.D.: Libertarian Police Department

Lol.

(via vastderp)

arrantsagacity:

So my new tablet arrived last week, and I decided to start with some Homestuck fanart for the 5th anniversary. (Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite ready in time, but anyway, here it is.)
Made with Manga Studio 5 and GIMP 2.8.
Reference image: http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006637

Cross-posting from my art Tumblr.

arrantsagacity:

So my new tablet arrived last week, and I decided to start with some Homestuck fanart for the 5th anniversary. (Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite ready in time, but anyway, here it is.)

Made with Manga Studio 5 and GIMP 2.8.

Reference image: http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006637

Cross-posting from my art Tumblr.

Anonymous asked: ...i may be slow in noticing this, but are galley's 'i's all crosses because he's so detached from his sense of self, and he's literally crossing out himself from every sentence since his quirk renders him unable to say 'I'? that's really clever

jumpingjacktrash:

vastderp:

yeah, and also because his voice cracks a lot. there’s also the way gemini’s symbol looks like two i’s together, but i didn’t think about it at the time.

hemoflipped crazy!nobility!galley avoids “u” instead because he’s terrified of other people >:D

my favorite fantroll of all time :3

I figured it was probably some sort of voice cracking / radio static type thing (that’s also how I interpret all the numbers in Mituna’s quirk), but I didn’t notice the parallels between Galley’s quirk and Enterprise’s quirk from One of Our Submarines until now.

blackphoenix77:

eschergirls:


2goldensnitches submitted:






Chizuru Mochizuki from Nyan Koi and her, uh, rather unorthodox way of delivering the mail…?

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night nor being chewed up by a dragon stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.





How is she still alive? O.O

What if she’s actually a bunch of cats who tried to cleverly disguise themselves as a human using a tracksuit and mannequin parts?

blackphoenix77:

eschergirls:

Chizuru Mochizuki from Nyan Koi and her, uh, rather unorthodox way of delivering the mail…?

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night nor being chewed up by a dragon stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

How is she still alive? O.O

What if she’s actually a bunch of cats who tried to cleverly disguise themselves as a human using a tracksuit and mannequin parts?

land-of-blitheness-and-catharsis:

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omfg, well, we ARE talking about a series that only came into being to sell toys of giant killer robots from space that turn into firetrucks and VW beetles and tape recorders, it kinda comes with the territory

I mean, have you SEEN the Transformers wiki???

On the one hand, it’s an unbelievably extensive, useful and well-maintained database chronicling every single event in TF history, featuring contributions from actual TF writers

On the other…

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Just take a look at the plot synopsis for the movie tie-in game, christ
The entire (RIDICULOUSLY HUGE) site is written and run by a bunch of smartass nerds, it’s utterly beautiful and very much representative of the fandom as a whole

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I recently discovered TFwiki, and it is a work of art!

imgoingtofavourdisastrous:

land-of-blitheness-and-catharsis:

GUYS

SCHOOL ENDS THIS FRIDAY

AS IN LEGITIMATELY ENDS FOREVER

AND YOU KNOW HOW OUR GRADING SYSTEM GOES FROM 1 (HELL YEAH!!!) TO 5 (HEAVENS NO!!!)

ANd YOU NEED A GRADE AVERAGE OF BELOW 1.5 TO GET A SCHOLARSHIP ($$$$$$$$$$$)

GUYS.

I FUCKING DID IT. I DID IT & I FEEL INCREDIBLY POWERFUL & BASICALLY UNSTOPPABLE

All that’s left to do is graduate and!!! I can do it!!! Like I’m not even lying to myself to feel better this time I can ACTUALLY DO IT it’s BASICALLY NOT EVEN A BIG DEAL ANYMORE

Usually before Important Events I’m always like yeah!!! FORCE THAT ENTHUSIASM!!! FAKE THAT CONFIDENCE UNTIL IT’S REAL and

I think I might have reached that point??? I think I’m actually there now like, I did it and I will continue to…. keep…. didding it…. and I honestly believe that and just WOOOOOOOOOO //BLOWS INTO NOISEMAKER FOR 5 MINUTES STRAIGHT

I’M SORRY THIS IS CHEESY I’M JUST. I’M STILL GIDDY. I’M VIBRATING OUT OF MY CHAIR BASICALLY. I MIGHT DELETE THIS LATER THERE’S NO REASON TO KEEP THIS POST

oh yeah also pssssssst

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Official petition to change the name of Homestuck’s birthday to Shaypril Glurpeenth.

Yay, another thing to look forward to on 4/13!

Congratulations on the scholarship!

the Bechdel test, the Ellen Willis test, ALL THE TESTS: or, a handy guide to feminist critiques of narrative

the-real-seebs:

rachelfershleiser:

jennirl:

(reference for when i am trying to explain these to people and they are looking at me like “huh”):

  • the Bechdel test: does the story have a) more than one women, b) who talk to each other, c) about something other than a man.
  • the Ellen Willis test: if you flip the genders, does the story still make sense?
  • the Sexy Lamp test (courtesy of Kelly Sue DeConnick): can you replace your female character with a sexy lamp and still have the story work? if yes, YOU ARE A HACK.
  • the Mako Mori test: there is a) at least one female character, b) who gets her own narrative arc, c) that is not about supporting a man’s story.
  • the Tauriel test (which i made up in response to The Hobbit 2 [which passes] and Skyfall [which fails]): a) there is a woman, b) WHO IS GOOD AT HER JOB.

and in justification of my recent TV obsessions, i would like to note that Scandal, The Vampire Diaries, Buffy, and Nikita (ALL HAIL MAGGIE Q) pass all of these tests with flying colors.

UPDATE: i just discovered the Finkbeiner test and it is FANTASTIC.

A vital contribution to American Lettres.

A note: The Bechdel test gains a lot of weight when you compare it with the gender-flipped Bechdel test: “Are there two men who talk to each other about something other than a woman?” Without that, you might theorize that maybe movies are just romance-heavy or something, but no, I’ve not yet actually thought of a movie which has characters with speaking roles that doesn’t pass the gender-flipped Bechdel test. There might be some somewhere, but it’s rare.

I can think of a few examples off the top of my head, but yeah, it’s pretty frakkin’ rare. In contrast, the Bechdel Test failure rate is shockingly high in the mainstream media, even for Academy Award Best Picture nominees.