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My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.

And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.

Elizabeth Bear - My Least Favorite Trope (via owldee)


Sketching! My favorite faerie is the Nuckelavee. Its name, for the record, is the lingual equivalent of the primordial sludge from which the word “Satan” crawled. I fancy this means it is the progenitor of the devil, the original evil - although Faerie doesn’t distinguish between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ in the same way that we do. For my Sprout story project.

Eva and the Nuckelavee have an acquaintanceship in Sprout. ~ominous jazz hands~

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