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emma—woodhouse:

theoniongirl:

emma—woodhouse:

the “they’re just fictional characters” card was what a lot of people used to justify their tweets to lydia during the lbd’s run (scroll to the tweets favorited before feb 7th 2013 and after jan 30th 2013 for stuff exclusively about her sex tape).

it’s a really big deal that transmedia is this enabling for people’s comments, even if slut-shaming on full force in the lbd pales in scale to a few questions in a q&a video not even about the person answering the questions. but regardless of the scale, what is said matters. if you wouldn’t do/condone such a thing in real life, why does it become okay to do it to fictional characters in a real medium? i don’t have any super big conclusions out of this, because my thoughts on the question i just posed aren’t very solid either. primarily, i just don’t want to see anyone use the justification above to allow out-of-the-norm online behavior go unnoticed and not discussed.

Here’s the thing- I totally agree that people shouldn’t be jerks to real or fictional people! …but those examples aren’t remotely similar.

The biggest problem with the Lydia stuff was that tweeting nasty things to characters was begun and actively encouraged by a member of the team. It was social manipulation to make fans feel worse later on.

The Candlewasters are not being rude to and asking leading questions of their own characters, nor are they encouraging people to ask inappropriate questions.

There is such a massive difference between the situation behind the Lydia tweets and one question to Ben that he didn’t even understand enough to answer that I don’t think they can be considered at the same level.

that’s what i get for shooting my mouth off lol (sorry it’s taken me so long to reply)

i didn’t know it was super encouraged by one of the writers (i assume we’re talking about rachel kiley here though). there are still lots of things i’m in the dark about re: the lydia bennet fandom conflicts in the lbd. i probably need a primer at this point.

anyway, i agree with your reasoning. i was just worried and made the post because i saw someone use that line of reasoning i mentioned when the original post about it to the tag surfaced. it set off some alarm bells for me at first, and i thought it through and figured it wasn’t a false alarm. hence the post and the comparison. it was a bad move on my part that i’ve spent the better part of the day coming to terms with.

Oh, don’t worry about it! Tumblr didn’t even tell me you’d responded until just now!

And yeah, Rachel Kiley was who I was referring to. It’s probably best at this point to not delve too deeply into the Lydia conflicts. That way lies madness and fighting and general unpleasantness. I’m still pissed about how it was handled and how fans behaved toward other fans about it…

I totally get the being worried! I was doing some thinking about that, though, and I’ve come to the following sorta-conclusion- I think a lot of fans tend to fall into two categories:

1- They see the show as pure entertainment, aren’t into immersion, and so don’t think twice about asking super personal questions because they see the whole things as entirely fictional, and why wouldn’t you ask questions like that of an author/writer/producer?

2- They love the immersion and have fun interacting with the characters as though they are real people.

I think the biggest problem would be when people who are into immersion and treating characters like real people are the ones asking the personal questions (or being jerks to characters).

Does that make sense? Like, I feel like you shouldn’t be a person who both says “Oh, I love Character A, they’re so fun to chat with on Twitter” and “what does it matter what I say to them, they’re fictional.

But that there are also people who don’t see a problem because they’re approaching it as asking a creator about their product and not asking a person about their friends’ love lives.

Am I making sense? It’s still a theory I’m rolling around in my brain…

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emma—woodhouse:

the “they’re just fictional characters” card was what a lot of people used to justify their tweets to lydia during the lbd’s run (scroll to the tweets favorited before feb 7th 2013 and after jan 30th 2013 for stuff exclusively about her sex tape).

it’s a really big deal that transmedia is this enabling for people’s comments, even if slut-shaming on full force in the lbd pales in scale to a few questions in a q&a video not even about the person answering the questions. but regardless of the scale, what is said matters. if you wouldn’t do/condone such a thing in real life, why does it become okay to do it to fictional characters in a real medium? i don’t have any super big conclusions out of this, because my thoughts on the question i just posed aren’t very solid either. primarily, i just don’t want to see anyone use the justification above to allow out-of-the-norm online behavior go unnoticed and not discussed.

Here’s the thing- I totally agree that people shouldn’t be jerks to real or fictional people! …but those examples aren’t remotely similar.

The biggest problem with the Lydia stuff was that tweeting nasty things to characters was begun and actively encouraged by a member of the team. It was social manipulation to make fans feel worse later on.

The Candlewasters are not being rude to and asking leading questions of their own characters, nor are they encouraging people to ask inappropriate questions.

There is such a massive difference between the situation behind the Lydia tweets and one question to Ben that he didn’t even understand enough to answer that I don’t think they can be considered at the same level.

mymodernmet:

UK-based artist Robin Wight uses stainless steel wire to form stunning, dynamic sculptures of winged fairies dancing in the wind.

(via kiramizuno)

This has been a terrible month for writing… though mostly that’s because we’re back in our (sorta) hometown where all our friends and family are and because we’ve had vacations and weddings and all sorts of fun things.

But I could really use three straight days of nothing where I can settle in with a glass or three of moscato and make my inner critic shut the hell up so I can write something.

Maybe next week. Hopefully this cold will be gone by then (chances of cold being replaced by death cough: 95%).

eisuverse:

believersneverdie5:

FUCK YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

Holy crap are these for real? Avengers Civil War, Black Panther AND World War Hulk? Also, Inhumans? Doesn’t Inhumans mean we get Fantastic Four back to Marvel Studios too?

Though, severely disappointed that I’m not seeing my Carol Danvers movie…

(Source: thatmovieguydoe, via kiramizuno)

ButWhy do they hurt? 

(via emilysidhe)

Why not a Darcy POV book? We could have gotten conversations with Gigi and Fitz and Bing and Caroline. We could have expanded on so many more characters!

With Lydia, we get… Mary. Maybe.

A Lydia diary is probably going to directly contradict most of Lizzie’s, because of the way the Lizzie/Lydia conflict is written in the first place.

Lizzie was a good sister. Lydia was objectively not (even taking into account Lizzie as an “unreliable narrator,” which doesn’t mean what most people seem to think it means). Lydia did a lot of irresponsible and illegal things.

In the videos and first novel, they show us Lydia rejecting Lizzie’s loving sisterhood, but tell us that it’s Lizzie’s fault. That’s enough to give a viewer/reader whiplash.

If you want to make Lydia sympathetic, you need to demonize Lizzie. Except Lizzie didn’t do anything wrong.

Book 2 is confirmed from Lydia’s POV?

Ugh. No. I get that the vocal minority is in favor of this, but Lydia went from annoying but interesting to infuriating, melodramatic, and awful, and the way her story was written was trite, forced, and cheap.

Badly done, Bernie. Badly done indeed.

pattilikestodraw:

Kind of obsessed with this brilliant webseries right now - a vlog adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing in NEW ZEALAND (what more could you want!) - and I was kind of desperate to make fanart right away, sooo… Please go check it out on Youtube, friends. (If there are any inaccuracies, I apologize - we lost power and I had no reference for like 60% of making this :(()

#NMTD#Team Love Gods#Team Blessed#this is wow#actually so gorgeous#Hero Duke#Meg#Ursula#Pedro Donaldson#Balthazar#Claudio#Benedick Hobbes#Beatrice Duke#SO BEAUTIFUL THOUGH#can we make those t-shirts?#do they already exist?#we love you#*sparkle heart emoji*#thank-you!#(you’ve caught us at a time where we’re all online and we’re all so flattered and this is so cute ah!!)#all the lil details!!#^^

…if this is a shirt (or becomes a shirt), I want to know and I want one. Yes.

pattilikestodraw:

Kind of obsessed with this brilliant webseries right now - a vlog adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing in NEW ZEALAND (what more could you want!) - and I was kind of desperate to make fanart right away, sooo… Please go check it out on Youtube, friends. (If there are any inaccuracies, I apologize - we lost power and I had no reference for like 60% of making this :(()

…if this is a shirt (or becomes a shirt), I want to know and I want one. Yes.

(via thecandlewasters)

After other vlog adaptations of classics, I gotta say… I am SUPER impressed with Nothing Much to Do. The acting is very organic- all the melodrama is in teenagers being teenagers and not overplayed for angst and feels. The adaption is working out well (can I just say that the wonky aspect ratio in Dogberry and Verges’ videos is a touch that delights me to no end? it’s fantastic!), and I’m really, really interested to see how they’ve chosen to adapt the whole climax of the play. 

I love the play, but it gets SUPER problematic, especially in our modern times. I’ve been impressed enough by the ongoing videos that I am excited and not dreading seeing how it’s adapted!

And the professional behavior of the team is just leaps and bounds ahead of others. This is how you do it. Respectful responses to asks, no tearing down fan opinions… It’s refreshing and lovely to see. Grats, candlewasters. You’re pretty amazing!