a moment of silence for the people whos notp is the most popular ship in what ever fandom they are in


treat yo self. watch cap 2 again. watch cap 2 every day. who the fuck cares


Reading fanfiction is the worst because you start out with “I’ll just read this cute one shot” then suddenly it’s four am and you have 12 tabs open and you’re crying again because THEY DESERVE TO BE HAPPY WHY CANT THEY JUST BE HAPPY



True story my therapist told me it is 100% natural and healthy to have attachments to fictional characters, especially strong hero types because they may have flaws but in the end they always save the day and some people just need that constant positive force in their life.

You don’t understand how perfect this is.

AO3 Accounts



Probably all my followers know this, but in case you don’t: ANYONE can get an account on AO3. You don’t have to be a writer, artist, or other fanart creator. All you have to do is request an invite, and currently I believe the wait is something like 24 hours.

Reasons to get an account:

  • You can see all the fic that’s locked to members only! Especially important for sports fandoms where lots of people lock their fic for RPF reasons.
  • You can comment on fics that are locked or have anon commenting turned off.
  • You can use AO3’s bookmark function (which some people use as a rec function, for example)
  • You can turn on the history function, which then keeps track of EVERY FIC YOU EVER CLICK ON

AO3! Accounts are for everyone! \o/

FYI, all. 

Writing and reading fanfiction isn’t just something you do; it’s a way of thinking critically about the media you consume, of being aware of all the implicit assumptions that a canonical work carries with it, and of considering the possibility that those assumptions might not be the only way things have to be.


I often forget that superheroes are supposed to be these hyper-masculine male fantasies because I spend so much time talking about their emotional vulnerabilities and imagining them in lacy thongs

Do any of y’all trashbabies have fanlore accounts? I’ve been convinced to write up an article on the Hydra Trash Party for the edification of people who think it has something to do with fondly calling Sebastian Stan a hobo (IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FONDLY CALLING SEBASTIAN STAN A HOBO), but it will… benefit from other people’s contributions.

Or someone else jumping in ahead of me to actually write it. If you were into that.

(Source: powerofhumanlove)





Mutant 101 - Professor Xavier Should Put In A Call To Her Parents - 5 Year Old Mia Stares Down marvelentertainment's Cast Of Guardians Of The Galaxy As She Crushes Them In A Game Of GotG Trivia On jimmykimmellive [X

Vin Diesel in the background looking at her like “SHE’S PERFECT.  WANT ONE.”

I thought girls didn’t like Super Heroes.

You thought what? 

Also, bless five-year-old girls who can confidently pronounce the words ‘cybernetic enhancements’ because they’re so interested in superhero adventures that they saw no obstacle to learning anything at all to understand them better.

And can do it wearing a pink flower headband, if they feel like it.



(behold, three girls and one boy avidly reading new comic books in New York City, 1947, photographed by Ruth Orkin)

What girls don’t like is when they’re patronised, and herded towards titles designed according to what grown men think girls are supposed to like, and ignored with regard to titles that those men assume are just for boys and men. What girls don’t like is not being allowed to choose for themselves what they like. 

This is not a new concept. This is noted in Chaucer. What every woman most desires is to choose her own way.

(Source: mutant-101)

Rules: In a text post, list ten FICS that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” works, or even all the same pairing or fandom, just the fics that have touched you or that stuck with you somehow. Tag ten friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them!

I was tagged by etharei! Here goes:

1. Guerillas by helenish (it’s the series under the picture, scroll down a little.)
(Nsync | Joey/Justin & Chris/JC & …Lance/Britney maybe? | Rating: ??)
This is the fic that lured me into actually reading slash as a genre—a friend had tried me on some fluffy G-rated popslash months earlier and I kind of went “eh, why do I care about these sparkly dance guys on a bus?” but then they were FREEDOM FIGHTERS IN AN UNSPECIFIED SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY and there was LONGING and JUSTIN’S LITTLE SHOOOOOOOES and I was hooked.

2.MPREG by Rhys (linked via Wayback, since Rhys’s site is defunct and this one isn’t on AO3.)
(Nsync | Chris/Lance | Rating: NC-17)
This was the first time I read and liked mpreg fic, largely because IT CONTAINED A MANUTERUS DIAGRAM. And, since I eventually did wind up writing my own bit of mpreg, I have always felt a debt to this story.

3. Lust Over Pendle by AJ Hall
(Harry Potter | Draco/Neville | Rating: R)
Draco/Neville! Village life! I read a lot in Harry Potter while writing almost nothing, and the fandom obliged me by turning out all these enormous epics that stood beautifully alone as novels, and I have loved SO MANY of them, but Lust Over Pendle was one of the first.

4. Transfigurations by resonant8
(Harry Potter | Harry/Draco | Rating: Explicit)
Speaking of beautiful HP fic novels—this is possibly my formative H/D story—the beautiful spellwork, the fascinating sideways look at American wizardry, all of it. LOVE.

5. The World Turned Upside Down by astolat
(Master & Commander | Aubery/Maturin | Rating: Explicit)
Favorite genderswap everrrrrr, with all the societal implications and repercussions and Jack having a baby and just YES. FAVE.

6. Jeeves and the Hole in Time by Mice
(Jeeves & Wooster | Bertie/Jeeves | Rating: Explicit)
Bertie and Jeeves fall through a hole in time and wind up in Seattle in 2009. Pining, h/c, a delightful crew of OCs, DID I MENTION PINING AND H/C. SO GREAT.

…man now I want the story where THIS is how Steve and/or Bucky got to the future. Ahem.

7. needs must by thatotherperv (Suits | Mike/Harvey | Rating: Explicit) I’ve never seen a single episode of Suits. I don’t care. This is fantastic. If, you know, you are into young men in financial distress making money as professional submissives. WHICH I AM.

…man now I also want this as a Steve/Bucky story but okay MOVING ON.

8. Anarchy in the U. K. by Yahtzee
(X-Men | Erik/Charles | Rating: Explicit)
Royalty AU! With the awful press of publicity and corgis and this amazing ability Yahtzee has for keeping the tension of the story high without ever once tipping over into unpleasant dread or over the top melodrama or people making stupid choices just to give the story a twist or drag out the angst. Just, gorgeous.

9. Stand Fast in Your Enchantments by devildoll
(Teen Wolf | Derek/Stiles | Rating: Explicit)
I have such a thing for feral Derek, and such a thing for characters trapped together, and I loved this.

…yep, definitely want this as a Steve/Bucky story too. @_________@

10. your blue-eyed boys by Feather
(Captain America | Bucky/Steve | Rating: Mature)
This ALREADY IS a Steve/Bucky story! :D And it’s my favorite of all Bucky-recovery stories, wtih the long slow recovery and the finely calibrated hurt/comfort and the slow unfolding from the claustrophobic little duo into a wider community and I love it so, so much.

I tag: riverlight82, iuliamentis, feanorinleatherpants, wintercyan, therealallecto, helenish, missmollyetc, rubyandhergingercat, sheafrotherdon, giddygeek

…while “the female gaze” is attracted by things like a naked, sweaty Chris Evans or Idris Elba, it’s also attracted by things like: men smiling in sweaters, men crying (DON’T LIE TUMBLR), barefoot fragile Sebastian Stan in the rain on Political Animals, men holding babies, men speaking foreign languages, Mark Ruffalo, and a whole bunch of weird stuff on Ao3 that I don’t even wanna get into. And that’s just “the female gaze as it pertains to men.”


Thinking about the thing I just reblogged on tumblr discussion (public vs private) reminded me of a thought I’ve had before, that social interaction on tumblr reminds me in some ways of social interaction on early, not so much in the way it happens but the overall culture of fan people hacking a system not really meant for communication/discussion into a social hangout spot.

Because early was definitely used that way. It wasn’t meant for it, but since it was one of the only places online where a lot of people from different fandoms congregated in the same place (and also one of the few places where people who were new to a particular fandom could find other like-minded fans) you had a lot of people using it that way. So you got an ongoing back-and-forth between comments and author’s notes; you had discussion in the comments, not specifically story-related but also, say, over an actor’s eye color or the finer points of characterization in a particular episode or whatever; you had authors soliciting input via comments, using their author’s notes to soapbox on the latest developments in canon, or posting chapters of long stories that were just commentary/reaction to reader input — blog posts, basically; you had stories designed along choose-your-own-adventure lines; you had people using their author’s notes to drive traffic/conversation to their website, blog, or mailing list elsewhere, and so forth.

The difference, I guess, is that whereas tumblr more or less ignores system hacks like xkit etc, actively discouraged this kind of extracurricular discussion, and eventually changes to the system and the rules made it next to impossible for people to go on doing a lot of what they used to do. And LJ got big around that time, so people decamped en masse for that because it was clearly superior to ffn for having conversations (though ffn hung onto a culture of long, chatty author’s notes for a really long time). But it’s just interesting to me because tumblr does remind me of it, a little bit, even though the overall culture and the kinds of discussion are different.