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Jul 22

Anonymous said: Hi! I'm looking for an inception fic, (and I sort of think you wrote it but I'm not sure?) and it seems like you are The Person who might know. Eames dissapears, Arthur freaks, Cobb says "who??" when Arthur asks him for help and then dismisses the comment as a bad joke but it is still a CREEPY moment and a CREEPY atmosphere and then Arthur is kind of spiralling and finds a note from Eames in his own handwriting. ETC. I love that fic. This is killin' me. Please help.

I didn’t remember this fic but eleveninches did! The fic you want is by Delires, and here you go! :) 

Anonymous said: Re: your latest article - While the relationship built up slowly, it's pretty clear that Cecil is queer in the very first episode.

Actually, there’s at least one interview where Cecil Baldwin talks about how he didn’t realize it at first, that he didn’t realize the character was meant to be queer, and that he thought his initial description of Carlos’ perfect hair in that first episode was a very generalized, “the whole town loves him, we all have crushes on the beautiful person” kind of thing. So I definitely don’t think it was clear from the first episode if the actor playing him didn’t even realize it.

Thanks for reading!

Jul 21

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'Sherlock,' 'Teen Wolf,' 'Supernatural,' among top targets for fanfic writers -

dailydot:

Why do some characters inspire a ton of fanfiction, while others are perennially ignored?

The true answer would probably require an entire book to articulate, but this is just one of the questions raised by this year’s unofficial census of the most popular fanfic pairings on Archive of our Own.

One of Ao3’s strengths is its tagging system, which is stupendously in-depth. It allows writers to make their work searchable through various categories including fandom, pairing, word count, and an ever-expanding list of more specific content tags.

These tags make it very easy to see which topics are popular among fanfic writers—or at least, among the fanfic writers on Ao3. Using the ship tags, Tumblr user centrumlumina has figured out the 100 most popular pairings on Ao3, a sequel to last year’s census.

The most noticeable trend is that 71 of the top 100 pairings are male/male slash, with the vast majority of popular relationships being between two white characters. The first character of color shows up at  No. 23: Scott McCall from Teen Wolf, paired with his ex-girlfriend Allison Argent.

[No points for guessing what the top 3 ships are]

dailydot:

HOW TO KILL YOUR SLASH FANDOM IN 5 STEPS OR LESS
Step one: Introduce two characters (or bandmates) with especially compelling chemistry. Once you’ve realized that fans are really enjoying their character/bandmate interaction, film them interacting even more to generate interest.
Step two: Recognizing that you’re sitting on a goldmine of potential fans for this one pairing, court the fandom by both acknowledging the existence of the ship and embracing the fans who ship it.
As a bonus, make in-show references to the ship for funsies!
Step three: Once you realize that fans have latched on to the ship as the primary reason they’re watching the show or band, start to freak out distance yourself from the pairing and issue denials.
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(Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.)

dailydot:

HOW TO KILL YOUR SLASH FANDOM IN 5 STEPS OR LESS

Step one: Introduce two characters (or bandmates) with especially compelling chemistry. Once you’ve realized that fans are really enjoying their character/bandmate interaction, film them interacting even more to generate interest.

Step two: Recognizing that you’re sitting on a goldmine of potential fans for this one pairing, court the fandom by both acknowledging the existence of the ship and embracing the fans who ship it.

As a bonus, make in-show references to the ship for funsies!

Step three: Once you realize that fans have latched on to the ship as the primary reason they’re watching the show or band, start to freak out distance yourself from the pairing and issue denials.

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(Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.)

Jul 20

Are you as well-read as JK Rowling? (No.)

One of the best things about the new Robert Galbraith is that it’s a meta-novel that functions both as a commentary on the crazy-as-fuck allegorical symbolism of classic English literature in the 16th and 17th century, as a commentary on revenge fantasies, and also as a revenge tragedy, which also internally features numerous writers of revenge fantasies. To that end, every one of the chapter epigraphs features a different 16th- or 17th-century revenge play, because JK Rowling, classics major, is 200x more well-read than any of us will ever be.

The quotes are awesome and now I want to go read all of these. Of the plays/works listed below I have read exactly zero, though I have read and loved another satirical work by Ben Jonson, Volpone. I really want to read the Spanish Soldier and the White Devil, in particular, also all the Congreve plays. A+++ Jo.

Robert Galbraith’s Revenge Tragedies:

The False One, Francis Beaumont and John Flectcher

The Little French Lawyer, Francis Beaumont and John Flectcher

The Revenge of Bussy D’Ambois, George Chapman

The Noble Spanish Soldier, Thomas Dekker

The Honest Whore, Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton

The Double-Dealer, William Congreve

Love For Love, William Congreve

The Mourning Bride, William Congreve

The Old Bachelor, William Congreve

The Way of the World, William Congreve

The Bloody Brother, John Fletcher

Orlando Furioso, Robert Greene

Epicoene, or The Silent Woman, Ben Jonson

Every Man in His Humour, Ben Jonson

The Spanish Tragedie, Thomas Kyd

Endymion, the Man in the Moon, John Lyly

Hero and Leander, Christopher Marlowe

The Revenger’s Tragedy, Thomas Middleton

Timon of Athens, William Shakespeare

The Duchess of Malfi, John Webster

The White Devil, John Webster

What Ms Marvel's rare 6th printing means for diversity in comics -

lauriehalseanderson:

dailydot:

Kamala Khan has enraptured the world as many times as she’s saved it. Now, the plucky Pakistani-American teen who made history as the new Ms Marvel, comics’ first ever lead Muslim superhero, is getting a rare sixth printing—and heralding a new era of diversity in comics.

Although the world of comics occupies an increasingly large part of the pop cultural domain—last year the industry did about $800 million in sales—the number of people who actually buy comics is relatively small. Most comics only average about 3,000 copies per printing; with Kamala now on her sixth printing, she’s headed towards a whopping 20,000 print copies sold. 

Still, to put things in perspective, sixth printings are major milestones in the world of comics. Spider-Man Issue #583, the one with President Obama on the cover, only made it to a fifth printing despite making international headlines. Kamala now joins an elite lineup of bestselling comics that have performed beyond all expectations.

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SEE, PUBLISHING WORLD!!

Not only is diversity interesting and cool and fun and healthy and good for everyone, IT FREAKING SELLS!

Signal boost, please!

Jul 18

Writing Dialogue, Part Three: A rec list of amazing dialogue!

(Part One is here, Part Two is here!)

In order to write good dialogue, you should read good dialogue, and I don’t just mean witty snap-snap-banter-callback routines like the kind you get in Buffy and The Gilmore Girls. Let’s face it, in general your characters are never going to be as witty as the Gilmore girls. SAD BUT TRUE. :(

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but! HERE ARE SOME THINGS WITH AMAZING DIALOGUE, YOU SHOULD READ AND/OR WATCH THEM (most of these are plays or books with film adaptations!): 

What would go on your list of media with amazing dialogue? I’m 100% certain i’ve left off important things that need to go on here. It’s Friday, cut me some slack.