One of the most overused tropes in the entirety of narrative fiction is the Romantic triangle. It is partly my fault for watching stuff like Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf etc where basically every single romantic relationship devolves into a romantic triangle eventually.
The problem I have with this is that it turns love into a competition. You are competing with another boy to get a girl. You are competing with another girl to get a boy. You are competing with another boy to get a boy and all the possible variations on that.
Love IS a competition, but it should be with yourself. You are competing against yourself to become a better person to be worthy of that which you want (a boy, a girl, a robot, an alien a whatever strikes your fancy). By turning it into a romantic triangle you are taking the focus off of making these characters better and helping them evolve through their relationship. No, you don’t have to be better in general, you have to be better than x, y or z.
Like in TVD where Stefan and Damon try to out-nice-guy each other to get to Elena. Nevermind that Stefan is exactly the same tortured soul he was at the beginning of the show, Damon is exactly as fucked up and self-destructive as he was at the beginning of the show, and Elena is still as uninteresting and prone to bad decisions as she always was.
And don’t even get me started on Caroline/Klaus/Tyler.
I see shippers be like Caroline should be with Klaus, or Caroline should’ve stayed with Tyler. MOTHERFUCKING WHY? Is she a better person? Would she truly be happy? Would she have some positive fucking life experiences through these relationships?
Romantic triangles also lead to shipping wars. One of the most positive fandoms I’ve seen is the one for Razer/Aya/Razaya. No shipping wars to speak of, because that relationship was build on HEALING (Razer’s case) and LEARNING (Aya’s case), not COMPETITION.
Uhm, this is not ok.
Getting Quicksilver to whore himself out to sell fast-food is not ok. He already looks dopey as fuck in his get-up that looks like something the boys from Duran Duran would have hidden in their closet somewhere from the golden year of 80’s New Age.
But now you use Quicksilver to sell burgers. Quicksilver… Pietro Maximoff… the dude who’s superpower is to run really fast… That’s like using Wonder Woman to promote Hooters. Fast food and running very fast don’t go well together and NO, you are not fucking clever marketing people because you thought of it!
Furthermore, all X-men and all X-men related characters should not be used in such blatant examples of product placement, soulless marketing and perverse advertising for the simple reason that they are symbols of COUNTER FUCKING CULTURE. Being different, being against the system, perservering. None more so than Quicksilver who is by far the least marketable character in this fucking movie (if you go by the comic book origin anyway).
See this quote right here:
QUICKSILVER: None of your business. Tell me doctor… Have you ever stood in line at a banking machine behind a person who didn’t know how to use it? Or wanted to buy stamps at the post office, and the fellow in front of you wants to know every single way he can ship his package to Istanbul? Or gotten some counter idiot at Burger King who cant comprehend “Whopper, No Pickles?”
DR SAMSON: Well… yes… I suppose…
QUICKSILVER: And how do you feel on those occasions?
DR SAMSON: Impatient. Irritated. A little angry sometimes.
QUICKSILVER: Precisely. Because your life is being slowed to a crawl by the inabilities or the inconvenient behavior of others. It’s not a rational or considerate attitude to have, but there it is. Now, Imagine, Doctor, that everyone you work with, everywhere you go your entire world is filled with people who cant work cash machines. I’d venture to say, Doctor, that you too would suffer from PMS. Get the picture? Not so puzzling now, is it?
THAT is Quicksilver, the real one, the asshole, the one who hates idiots working in Burger King, the one kids SHOULD look up to.
But you may ask, all superheroes are supposedly counter-culture and all superheroes are used to sell stuff, what’s so different this time. This time they used the actual fucking actor in his full costume to promote their product and going by their campaign they’re trying to make a connection between eating their crap and becoming an X-men.
EATING JUNK WILL NOT TURN YOU INTO A FUCKING SUPERHERO… unless you want to become the Blob.
I’m not saying don’t eat fast-food cause that’s your fucking choice and your life. Do whatever you want. What I’m saying is that if you have a kid and your kid loves the X-men he should love them for the right reasons, like teaching him its ok to be different, stand up for what you believe in, FUCK THE MAN (unless that man is your daddy).
He should not love the X-men because they market products for companies that clearly don’t give a fuck that your kid might some day suffer from obesity.
Big things happening in Portland!
It’s early but I’m pretty sure they mispelled David Giuntoli’s name. :)
During a Reddit AMA , Sarah Michelle Gellar put an end to the immortal question: Angel or Spike?
May I remind you that SMG married Freddie Prinze Jr. Is it really THAT shocking that she prefers Bangel to Spuffy?
1. Of course he would fuck her! He’s been portrayed as a virgin looking to lose it since the first episode and he’s possessed and he’s suffering from an incurable disease. Homeboy wanted to get some before he dropped dead.
2. That being said… didn’t the old dead guy smell?
3. And didn’t they use protection?
4. And while we’re at it, sex makes guys really sleepy you know…
5. Why was Malia in the insane asylum anyway, with the exception of hitting Stiles (and pretty much everybody in the show has done that by now) she seemed really well adjusted.
6. Incredibly well adjusted in fact. There’s nothing to give away the fact that this was a girl that spent the last years of her life as a coyote in the wild. She seemed like any other hot twenty-something pretending to be a teenager.
7. Even her fucking hair is perfect.
8. Almost as if… she’s been put in this episode ONLY to have sex with Stiles and later be all damsel-in-distressy. Again.
9. The second she fucked Stiles she was out of the mental institution. Where is her dad? How did she get released so fast? Did she voluntarily check herself in? And how come nobody bothered to look for three fucking missing teenagers that weren’t in their rooms the whole night!?
10. But the most nonsensical thing about Stalia and the episode is that I don’t think Stiles would sacrifice his sanity and endanger his friends and family for the sake of Malia. Yes, he wouldn’t want to be responsible for her death, but he already saved the bitch and she wound up in the mental hospital. It’s not like he put her there! I still think Stiles would chose his dad/friends over Malia, even after everything. Basically we’re meant to believe that for one quick virgins-going-at-it-so-you-know-it-wasn’t-good fuck he sacrificed the safety of his dad, his friends. And Stiles wouldn’t do that. I think.
This is why I don’t ship Olicity. Because Oliver Queen… is a man-slut. He is not ABOVE Felicity, it’s not a situation where the dorky girl needs to make the cool guy see her for the beautiful special sexy snowflake she is.
He is the one who is fucked up. He is beneath her. (emotionally speaking)
If there’s one aspect of Oliver Queen’s personality that they managed to adapt to the TV show (more so than even Smallville did) is that Green Arrow is a man-slut who uses sex to hide his intimacy/commitment issues.
Oliver is simply not in the place to sustain a long term relationship because clearly his pain is the greatest pain that has ever pained. Acting on impulse to save Felicity’s life is not putting somebody else’s needs above his own, which is what Felicity does every single fucking time. And I don’t appreciate him calling back Barry to the party to be with Felicity. I don’t appreciate it because five fucking minutes later he RESENTED Felicity for staying in Central City to take care of Barry when he’s in a FUCKING coma.
This is what happens. Oliver gets emotional about shit, he fucks women to feel better. And maybe I’m being harsh in calling him a manslut, but so far I’ve seen him have sex five times (Laurel, that cop chick, Isabel, Huntress, Sara) and only 1 of those times (cop chick) with somebody he was in a committed relationship with. He probably fucked Shado too, and while you could call that a committed relationship (nobody else on the island except Slade… and well… I’ll leave you with that mental image) the fact that he would involve himself with somebody romantically and sexually AFTER cheating on Laurel AND after Sara died because of him (or so he thought) and DURING the time he supposedly missed Laurel like crazy.. again tells me that he kinda forgets his moral compass when pussy is involved.
HOMEGIRL DON’T NEED THAT KIND OF BULLSHIT IN HER LIFE… I don’t care how fine and rich and awesome Oliver is.
HOWEVER, I am open to Oliver growing and changing through their friendship… which may eventually turn him into a suitable romantic partner for her.
Honestly I would have this problem with Katrina even if I didn’t ship Ichabbie. Because it’s still 250 freakin years and no, I don’t plan on giving her a cookie for SURVIVING. That’s like praising the Headless Horseman for having no head. :)
I’ll give her mad props though if she manages to escape by her own damn self.
Clearly when she wants to, she can reach out to the living (like she did with Abbie). That’s the kind of thing I want to see more from her in the future. That at least she tried and she’s still trying. She’s actively fighting Moloch or whatever baddies are in there with her. That’s what active INTERESTING characters do.
What the heck has she been doing for the past 250 years?
I don’t know if time passes differently in Purgatory or not or at least if she experiences time passing differently or not, but 250 years of isolation and living in fear has to mess with a person’s mind somehow. But whenever Ichabod finds her she’s like, just hanging out in Purgatory.
Going every day to light a candle for her kid and whatnot. And if you think about it, she basically outlived her kid (from what she knows any way). So why would she still do that?
This isn’t a slight against the character. I have nothing against Katrina or the actress, but when people ask me why I prefer Abbie to Katrina at least I can tell them that Abbie gets shit done, Katrina sat on her metaphysical ass for 250 years waiting for Ichabod to come save her or the Headless Horseman to claim her.
Now I don’t know if we’ll see more of what she’s been up to in all that time but I certainly hope she did something. Even go evil at some point or for good. Otherwise she’s such a passive uninteresting character.