i want to follow more les mis blogs that aren’t e/R centered! i don’t mind the ship in any way, i’m just looking for some variation on my dash. so please like or reblog this if you blog about other les mis things and i’ll check you out? can be other ships or no ships at all. 🙂
“Jean Valjean had just attained his twenty-fifth year. He took the father’s place, and, in his turn, supported the sister who had brought him up. This was done simply as a duty and even a little churlishly on the part of Jean Valjean. Thus his youth had been spent in rude and ill-paid toil. He had never known a “kind woman friend” in his native parts. He had not had the time to fall in love.”
I really, really hate fandom policing. I hated it when I was twelve and was so afraid to read slash because OMG DICKS TOUCHING WHAT and I hated it when I was fifteen and was smuggling the yaois under my mattress so I would always have a supply of top notch garbage to read, and I am 24 and I hate it now.
Here is the thing: YOU CONTROL what you take in. I am not responsible for your consumption of Hydra Trash party noncon, I am not responsible for your consumption of pegging smut, and I am not responsible for your consumption of fluffy sickfic. I am not responsible for you consuming anything.
I might be responsible for writing that noncon or pegging or sickfic, but I did not make you read it. I did not hand it to you, I did not give it to you. I created it, and made it available for those who want to enjoy.
If you don’t like it, if you don’t want it, then you don’t have to read it.
That choice made, the choice not to consume a type of fic or art, also means you don’t get to drag the person who wrote it.
That is a damn slippery slope.
Fandom is a “safe space” but not in the way that it protects you from things that you don’t want to see or don’t like or are offended by. Fandom is, and has traditionally been, a space for people to create and explore with out being told “no” by outside media. Fandom is where you can find out if you don’t fit in the boxes society tells you to, or it you just really, really like reading about Bucky getting repeatedly rammed in the ass by Hydra agents sans lube.
And no matter how well-meaning you are, you don’t get to tell other fans what they can and cannot write, or draw, or enjoy.
When you start telling people what they can create or enjoy, you invalidate the purpose of fandom, and create a situation where instead of free exploration, we have something similar to mainstream media in which certain tropes or topics are not allowed. This limits the free expression, exploration and innovation so highly prized in fandom.
Maybe what they draw is illegal in five states, and highly restricted in several countries. Maybe it’s offensive, maybe it’s inaccurate, or just plain bad.
It doesn’t matter.
You don’t get to tell fans how to enjoy fandom. You mind your own path, your write your own fic, you write meta on why x trope is offensive/problematic/bad but you do not tell other fans how to enjoy fandom.
“Fandom is a “safe space” but not in the way that it protects you from things that you don’t want to see or don’t like or are offended by. Fandom is, and has traditionally been, a space for people to create and explore with out being told “no” by outside media.”
THIS!!! THIS is the TRUE definition of fandom as a ‘safe space’. It is a ‘safe space’ for creators.
“You do not tell other fans how to enjoy fandom.”
This needs 99,999,999 notes.
There comes a point where you, not your teachers and not your parents or guardians, are responsible for what media you consume. It’s not for others to censor themselves to protect you from what you don’t want.Heed warnings. If something doesn’t have warnings, either don’t read/watch/listen to it or search out reviews that will tell you if it’s something you would be OK reading/watching/listening to. Descending on a creator or creators and demanding they not create something or shaming them for doing so because you don’t approve is censorship and furthermore, it’s hubris of the highest order.
Lost in the excitement of winning a Golden Globe, Slater forgot to thank his costar, but immediately made up for it backstage. Malek later responded:
“You know, when he left his wife was at the table and she told me ‘Christian had a lot to say about you and he didn’t get to because of course the music comes up pretty quickly.’ And I just saw him right now and I go, ‘You don’t have to say anything to me. I get it every second I work with you. I get to work with someone who gives me strength everyday.’ I look at him as, and he looks at me as an equal. And so he doesn’t have to say anything. I respect him, I admire him, and that’s the end of that.”
To put it technically, Padme got totally screwed during the editing process of both Attatck of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. She was easily the most deleted character in both films, with entire subplots excised that drastically undermined her personal motivations and importance to the overall saga.
All of these scenes are available within these two longer videos, if you’ve never seen them or want to rewatch:
5. “A Stirring in the Senate (Bail’s Office)” (ROTS; 07:24-09:22)
Three major scenes were cut from ROTS dealing with the formation of the Rebellion in the shadow of Palpatine’s growing power, of which Padme was a key founder. I’ll say more of this subplot later, but I will say that a major aspect of Padme’s character marginalized in ROTS due to these cuts was her position as a political nemesis of Palpatine.
4. “Padme’s Bedroom” (AOTC; 12:06-13:28)
This is a scene that really would have helped the Anakin/Padme romance, it’s true importance is due to the stories Padme tells about the holopictures that hang on her wall. In one she is exuberant and passionate, hugging two alien children. In another she is stoic and reserved, ready for her first day as a junior legislature. Both of these offer a look into Padme’s past, which we almost never receive. We also get a peek at the pain she herself holds within: those kids she was hugging were members of a species whose sun was about to explode; Padme was a part of a project to save the children, but the kids were never able to adapt off-world and they all ultimately died. Having to deal with helplessness, extinction, and survivor’s guilt before she’s ten years old, and still ending up as good a person as she is: that takes strength
3. “Padme Addresses the Senate” (AOTC; 00:01-01:58)
I have a pretty simple reason for loving this scene: “My noble colleagues. Less than an hour ago an assassination attempt was made against my life.”
Less than an hour ago! I know there’s no shortage of Padme being a badass in this movie, but I personally find this way more stone cold than waving a blaster around. Someone tries to kill her, she loses a very good friend (and six others apparently), and then she immediately strolls into the Senate anyway. Knowing that one of the beings in that room likely tried to kill her.
Besides, this would have reinforced Padme’s role as a political nemesis of Palpatine AND helped the audience understand that Padme had transitioned from Queen to Senator.
But, really, she’s just badass.
2. “Padme’s Parents House” (AOTC; 09:00-12:05)
There are too many reasons to count why cutting this scene was criminal. Helping add some spark and depth to the Anakin/Padme romance, offering the audience a look at Padme’s mother, father, sister, and nieces, and showing a largely different side of Padme are some major ones. Besides the radical change in attire (you’re fooling no one, Padme), we get to see her loosen up and be a daughter/sister. Immediately she’s much more like a 24 year old, blurting out “we’re STARVING!” to her mom, rolling her eyes at her sister, and staring longingly out windows at a hot boy hoping no one will notice (while, once again, absolutely everyone noticed).
1. “Seeds of Rebellion (Padme’s Apartment)” (ROTS; 09:23-10:25)
I began and ended with elements cut from Padme’s Rebellion subplot, because I feel that’s the biggest blow to her importance in the saga as a whole. In the theatrical cut it is still possible to infer that she helped found the Rebellion, because she is so close to Bail and Mon and is such a staunch defender of freedom. But the audience shouldn’t have had to infer, and at least one of the three rebellion scenes should have made it into the film.
With Padme as an explicit founder of the Rebellion, then Leia leading it and Luke joining it in the OT becomes so much more powerful. It also helps give depth to the resolution of Padme’s “original sin:” being the one who got Palpatine elected Chancellor. The OT becomes the story of Padme and Anakin’s kids helping fix their parents’ biggest mistakes: Leia fixes her mother’s political FUBAR, while Luke fixes their father and the mess he made of the Jedi religion.