Beautifully Tragic

vanishedschism:

Seriously though, if you don’t think asexual representation is important, you need to get educated, because it is really hard to live in a sex-centric culture and not be interested in sex. 

I have seen so many posts about finding out about asexuality after joining tumblr and you know what word almost all over them have in common? Broken. 

And that’s fucked up. 

So many people seriously claimed that Hiccup acted so OOC in HTTYD2 he wasn't Hiccup anymore. It's ridiculous, I mean they accused Dean of ruining the character, HIS character. I hate when people think they know more about Hiccup than his own creators >:(
Anonymous

avannak:

gwewen:

avannak:

Well, whoever these people are really got their heads up their asses about their own, rather skewed, interpretation of Hiccup.

Gah… I could really write a whole essay on how positively Hiccup Hiccup was in HTTYD2.  The Ego and Uncertainty.  His Brash Daring and Independence.  His Shame and Defiance.  All of it was in movie one, all of it was in movie two, and the difference in age, experience, and setting was beautifully, beautifully developed and connected.  But these are all things I’ve written 10,000 times before so I can’t possibly repeat myself or my fingers would explode.

Dean didn’t ruin anything about Hiccup.  I was positively impressed with how Hiccup’s aged and behaved—how his very present traits were developed in the New Berk (aka, his Berk).  How he had similar struggles but had grown comfortable with former partial-insecurities—as most 15—>20 year olds do.

HTTYD1 Hiccup was a tenacious, peculiarly-confident, inquisitive, defiant, courageous, even-tempered, empathetic boy who simply struggled to fit in with his world. It was a change in setting that made Hiccup seem different, with some contributions of age, but certainly not a change in character.  Not remotely.

I can only imagine that those who really thought Hiccup was unnaturally changed or OOC in HTTYD2 lack similar experiences.

I think in many cases is because it was easier to sympatize with Hiccup’s plight in the first movie and consequently be more tolerant to his less ‘desiderable traits’. After all many people felt sorry for him and still victimize him both in and outisde fanfiction as if he was a poor bullied darling only because he was different and not apt at weapons. The fact he’s supposed to blew things up on a regular basis is often cosidered unimportant.

HTTYD2 Hiccup is not a poor lost sould anymore, so he has nothing that can make people emphatize with him so strongly. He starts not as an underdog but as someone with a position and a happy life and this takes away the rose-colored glasses from his character and makes his flaws unavoidable. Probably the pacing issues don’t help with letting people adjust to his choices as well.

I also think many people are still in a sort of cultural shock and will make peace with him as soon as they are out of the ‘first movie nostalgia’ and have the time to mull it over more objectively.

Oh, I hear you.  I think in younger cases its easier to sympathize with Hiccup’s first movie plight (honestly, I watch it now and I just tisk at him).  I’m going to strongly disagree about that second paragraph though. (Unless you were still being facetious about perceptions XD) 

Second movie Hiccup is very easy to sympathize with to any young adult, which was exactly what I and others had speculated before the movie came out, and exactly Dean was going for (as revealed in later interviews).  I suppose the issue is that it’s a struggle you can’t really relate to unless you’ve experienced it.  You think being awkward and unable to fit in with your peers is tough?  Try being shoved out into society, flailing and dissatisfied (seriously, who cares what your friends think of you, get your shit together).  It’s less cute, that’s for sure, but has greater consequences.

Hiccup’s got a future job ahead of him that he’s trying to avoid making eye-contact with.  He’s trying to enjoy this new life he discovered while knowing it’s going to come to an end.  Despite everything that happens, he knows he can’t be his father—he’s just figured out his strengths (still figuring it out, really) and still feels the need to continue to build on them.  He wants to reach his potential and he wants to be able to apply it in the world.  Life is moving at a pace he doesn’t know how to deal with—that is the young adult struggle.  He’s trying to balance what makes him happy to what others expect of him and it’s basically a similar situation to his adolescent struggles just on a much larger scale, with much larger consequences.

His plight in the first movie led him to shooting down Toothless—an act that he managed to make work for himself. His plight in the second movie led to him becoming chief… :(

Basically, instead of [how do I become one of them? how do I get approval?] we get [Who am I? How do I apply myself to the world? How do I find happiness and success without compromising who I am?]

And in his internal desperation to prove that he had some understanding of who he was and how to successfully apply it to adulthood, Hiccup clung to his ‘peace keeping abilities’ and pushed to meet Drago.  There was a distress in that moment that was obvious to me, as well as relatable.  If Hiccup couldn’t find his niche in something he had done well in the past, would he be destined to try and be the same sort of chief his father was?  Would his life be a constant prison of uncertainty and disquiet?

Ahahaha, I don’t know what I’m saying anymore. Just that Hiccup’s HTTYD2 struggles were, if anything, more relatable for me.  HTTYD1 struggles were relatable as well—but more as a memory. Less potent.

I’m the Avatar, doing my Avatar thing, keeping the world safe. 
what would cloudjumper be in the modern au?
Anonymous

avannak:

An Owl of course!

aquilastyle:

Muslimah weightlifter wins right to compete in modest clothing

Heavy lifting doesn’t unnerve Kulsoom Abdullah, who has helped to throw open the doors for Muslim women in the international weightlifting arena. 

the-right-writing:

What does that mean?

  • Hatred is an emotion. No hatred allowed.
  • Same with anger. “No emotions” also means “no negative emotions.”
  • They need a goal programmed in so that they don’t just sit around doing nothing.
  • It’s possible to have “don’t kill people” programmed and…
Do you think that somehow, someway, toothless should get at least one speaking line to hiccup in the third movie (let's just say magic for the sake of it) or do you think that it would be better of that their relationship is a nonverbal one, more focused on raw understanding of each-other?
Anonymous

avannak:

Toothless does speak to Hiccup… all the time! Verbally!  Not in English, of course (and no, I don’t think he should be speaking any human language to Hiccup ever), but, as we’ve seen in HTTYD2, he verbally responds to Hiccup all the time now. It’s lovely and I certainly expect move of it :)

floozys:

floozys:

my feminist goal is not to convince men that girls are of value, my feminist goal is to achieve a future where the judgement of our value isn’t in the hands of men. 

and this goes for, especially goes for, trans girls, girls of colour, disabled girls and LGBTQA+ girls. 

girls, all girls, and if you believe otherwise don’t reblog this.