This is for an experiment. Please help.
WHY ARE THERE PEOPLE WHO DON’T
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John Crichton + tickles my pickle
#the thing i love so much about john crichton is that he is nominally the leading man #but rapidly undermines every macho romantic trope there is #he is the physically less capable to the trained sublime warrior that is aeryn sun #he’s considered an idiot barbarian by most species he encounters #he rapidly eschews and abandons almost every inhibition or notion of normality he has #which includes the trappings of macho-ness (which - interestingly - he only assumes #when he is impersonating a peacekeeper captain) #he’s emotionally raw and vulnerable and unstable - #in fact in some story arcs occupies the same kind of narrative role as women often get shunted into a la river song #the one with otherworldly power or knowledge or capacity that makes them terrifying and a target and often out of control of their own agenc #agency #and he swings wildly from being a figure of absolute ridiculousness or absurdity to terrifying violent lows #i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again #in any other show these people would be the villains #they are branded as fugitives and terrorists and it *gets* to them #they get compromised and make stupid cruel selfish choices oriented entirely around self-preservation and home #and family #and john crichton devolves entirely from his polished scientist-astronaut daredevil leading man #into something much more peculiar and subversive and viscerally thrilling #and he keeps his heart the whole way through
he’s being fucking paid to be pretend to be a dragon
that’s 7-year old me’s fucking dream
This is something that will make me smile even in my worst moods.
#I’m sorry but all I see is Joker doing this during a crew meeting
I’M SO FUCKING MAD
EVERYBODY SIT DOWN BECAUSE HANARS IS ABOUT TO EXPLAIN WHY THAT MASS EFFECT 3 POST BY THAT DOUCHENOODLE ON FUCKING FACEBOOK IS EXACTLY WHY FEMALE SHEPARD NEEDS TO HAPPEN
IT’S GOING TO BE A LOT OF CAPS AND I’M GOING TO SAY FUCK AND SHIT A LOT SO IF YOU’RE NOT INTO CAPS OR FUCK OR SHIT THEN JUST SKIP TO THE FUCKIN’ END MAN
FIRST OF ALL I’D LIKE TO SAY A HUGE FUCK YOU TO WHOEVER RUNS THAT FACEBOOK PAGE. I’M FAIRLY CERTAIN IT’S NOT ANYONE AT BIOWARE, BUT RATHER A FAN PAGE, BUT THEY ARE ALSO CLEARLY A SACK OF BIGOTED SHIT, SO THERE’S THAT.
1) “Female gamers are still the minority”
OK BUDDY WELL HERE LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT RESEARCH. Recent studies show that as many as (or possibly more than) 45% of gamers are females. So you’re talking about a 10% point spread between males and females. Keep in mind: we’re also talking about the RPG genre specifically, whereas to my knowledge the 45% is a general number.
Dear studio executives: let’s talk female gamers.
Imagine if you will an environment where every single time you walk in the door, you risk being taunted, being underestimated, being alienated, or worse: harassed. Imagine that you love that environment so much (not the people, but rather what the environment itself offers) that despite death threats and RAPE threats and threats of bodily harm, you come back. Day after day, you show up faithfully. Maybe some days you don’t speak, and you slip under the radar, and for one day you’ve done what you love without having to put up with the horrid ways of other people in that environment.
Now imagine that an environment identical to the one you love is created with the ability for you to enter it completely alone. No one else is around to hear you speak, and thus discover your gender, no one is around to ask you to ‘suck [their] dick’ or ‘be their xbox gf’ or whatever those lonely losers do nowadays. No one is around telling you that they’re going to rape and kill you if you fuck up this round. And more than that? You’re playing the game as the most badass character in the franchise.
That’s what RPGs do. To be honest, I would hazard a guess that when it comes to RPGs, you’re looking at a larger female fanbase than male simply because of the sanctuary provided by playing in a bubble.
Dear studio executives: let’s talk bottom line.
[All statistics discussed in this section are from an MPAA report which can be found here]
Conservatively 45% of your fan base is female. I know that the goal of any franchise has to be to ideally capture a larger audience than you did in the previous release. So 45% of your audience is female. Here are the moviegoer statistics for 2012:
52% of moviegoers are female. FIFTY. TWO. PERCENT.
This is despite the fact that there are hardly ANY female leads. This is despite the fact that women are constantly shit on in the entertainment industry.
Now imagine if you created a movie rife with strong women. And these strong women were central to an interesting plot, amazing cinematography (same as would have been afforded a male counterpart), and that they were multifaceted, interesting characters. Maybe some of that 52% would start coming your way. Even if they’d never heard of Mass Effect- it would appeal to them.
And hey, here’s the best part: Once they’ve watched the movie, maybe 20% of those women who’d never played Mass Effect before would be so fascinated, so intrigued, and so excited, that the first thing they do is rush to pick up the games so that they can see what happens next.
Okay, I lied, that was half of the best part. The REAL best part is that these characters already exist. They’ve already been written, fleshed out, and made whole. You don’t have to write them. THEY FUCKING EXIST.
2) “The cast of characters already has several strong female leads”
I’m going to skip over the fact that you mention Jack and Miranda who don’t show up until Mass Effect 2 and that you COMPLETELY refrain from mentioning the fact that the Mass Effect series has nearly double the number of strong males than it does females and move right into:
FUCK. YOU. TWICE. How many movies have been made where the director looks at the cast assembled before him and says ‘you know what? we already have a TON of strong and multifaceted male characters, why don’t we make the lead a female?’ I can guarantee you that the number is so small as to be completely irrelevant. The only time that gender comes up as a defining concern is when the gender is ‘female.’
(Much in the same way that i doubt many people ever said ‘we have too many white characters, time to cast a person of color!’ and it’s certainly never been ‘we have too many white supporting characters, time to cast a lead POC’ except in situations where the role could ONLY have been played by a POC- but this specific rant is about gender so I digress)
What you’re saying when you say this, Facebook fuckrepository, is that the stories of strong women (or POC) don’t deserve to be told. That they’re irrelevant.
When you cast a female Shepard instead of a male Shepard, here’s what’s going to happen: you’re going to appeal to people you’ve never appealed to before. Not every female plays video games. As pointed out- males are the (SLIGHT) majority. But maybe if video games were a more welcoming environment- if the execs put in the effort to show women that they DO want to share stories about women, and that they WILL put in the time and effort to make a movie about a female lead that’s as badass and grandiose as its male counterpart would have been, how many more females are you going to draw in?
You know what else will happen? You’ll show women that their stories deserve to be told. Little girls will grow up saying they want to be like Commander Shepard, or Liara T’Soni. Little girls and women alike will be shown that they can be the fucking heroes, and not just the supporting characters. And you’ll be appealing to people you never even knew you could reach.
The confidence and the pride instilled in women by casting a female Commander Shepard far outweighs the potential butthurt that some males will feel by you not casting a female shepard.
3. ‘Studios are afraid of casting female leads in these types of films…’
Yes. Because the Underworld franchise was a total bomb. What’s Resident Evil? The Hunger Games? Never heard of ‘em. Kill Bill? Nah.
Oh, and don’t let me forget those ‘Alien’ movies. Man, female leads really fucked those movies over, didn’t they?
Not to mention Pacific Rim- If you think Raleigh Beckett was the only lead character in that film, then you and I saw vastly different movies.
Think about what you’ve said, Facebook guy. Think about it long, and hard, and then sit directly down onto the largest, thickest saguaro cactus that you can find you FUCKING ABSOLUTE TRACTOR.
I’m so sick of hearing this ‘female leads don’t sell’ bullshit. Fact: if a movie features a strong female lead (and isn’t a fucking shitty ass romantic comedy which is all women seem to be the leads in- not that there’s anything wrong with enjoying romcoms but GIVE ME SCI FI GOD DAMMIT), I am 95% more likely to go see that movie, and I can almost guaranfuckingtee that a LOT of women feel the same way.
So stop trying to use your own personal (bigoted) opinions to justify why a film studio is or is not going to/should or should not do something.
tl;dr: female leads sell. women need representation. stop being a prick. Cast a god damn female commander Shepard.
Life Season 2: Dani Reese
My baby. Wanting nothing more than loyalty and to be able to trust someone to be there for her. Her whole life. Her whole life. Her father betrayed her by not being there and appearing not to care. Her mother betrayed her by not protecting her when she needed it. The job betrayed her by putting her in a position where she was so, so hurt and then being iffy because she did what was asked. Her LT betrayed her because she put strings on her support and friendship and didn’t see what was happening.
And Charlie. Jesus, Charlie. A chore that became a touchstone. Someone who confronted her with one of her worst fears within three minutes of meeting her. Who asked her if someone ever loved her enough to die for her. Loved her enough to try and protect her when she needed it the most. And the stone-cold, horrible answer was at that time? NO. She’d never felt that loved. She didn’t feel like she deserved to be that loved. Maybe she still didn’t at the end, but in the end? Charlie was there. He threw himself in front of a bullet for her. He proved she could trust him. And better yet? HE CAME BACK. That joy you see in the last gif there? Yes, that’s love. That’s joy. But more, that’s Dani being sure about someone for the first time in her life. Sure that she can trust someone. That someone will be next to her in her journey.
Take a trip to Rapture.
Stare at the gif for at least 30 seconds. Then look at at any of the images of Rapture.
(via: Reddit user supergalacticcaptain)
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When Steve Kloves (who wrote the majority of the Potter screenplays) met J.K. Rowling for the first time, he told her straight up that Hermione was his favorite character. Rowling admitted to being relieved, and who could blame her? It was more likely for Hermione to end up disrespected on screen—she wouldn’t be the first female hero to get butchered in the reels.
But this resulted in an undercutting of Ron’s entire character from the first movie. Don’t believe it? When the trio go after the Philosopher’s Stone, they face a series of tests that demand each of their skills in turn. Time likely demanded that this sequence be cut down, and so Hermione’s test—solving Professor Snape’s potion riddle—was removed entirely. To make up for this, she gets them out of the Devil’s Snare, Professor Sprout’s deadly plant. Hermione shouts to Harry and Ron to relax so the foliage will release them—but Ron continues to panic and moan (in campiest fashion possible because he’s played by a child actor and these things are always requested of them), requiring Hermione to blast the thing with a sunlight spell.
In the book, Hermione is the one who panics. She remembers what her lessons taught her—that the Devil’s Snare will recoil at fire—but balks at their lack of matches while they are being strangled to death. Ron immediately shrieks to the rescue YOU ARE A WITCH YOU HAVE A WAND YOU KNOW SPELLS WHAT ARE MATCHES.
It’s a simple change, but it makes such a marked difference in how both characters come off to an audience. Rather than a near-infant, incapable of following the clearest directions, Ron is the even-keeled nitty-gritty one. He’s a tactician, the one who will find the simplest answer to a problem provided that the situation is dire enough to ensure his clear head. Ron is good under pressure and brave to boot. He’s also hilarious.
It is easy to write this off as an actor problem; Emma Watson matured and improved much faster than her costars in terms of talent—and Steve Kloves liked her portrayal so much that he started giving her many of Ron’s important lines. During The Prisoner of Azkaban, Sirius Black is trying to get to Peter Pettigrew (currently disguised as Scabbers the Rat), but Ron and Hermione are convinced he’s after Harry. In the book, Ron stares up defiantly from his mangled, broken leg and tells Sirius Black that if he wants Harry, he’ll have to get through his friends first.
Yeah, my leg hurts way too much, Hermione. You take this one. But say it’s from me. And in the film, it’s Hermione who boldly steps in the line of fire while Ron sobs in pain and babbles incoherently.
These rewrites not only depict Ron as an idiot coward—they also make him an outright jerk. When Professor Snape snaps at Hermione yet again for being an insufferable know-it-all, movie-Ron gives her a look and drawls, “He’s right, you know.” Wait, what?! Harry, why are you friends with this prick? Well, maybe because the Ron Weasley that J.K. Rowling put on paper was in that exact same situation, and immediately leapt to Hermione’s defense when she was being abused by a teacher—“You asked us a question and she knows the answer! Why ask if you don’t want to be told?”