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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Anonymous asked: Could we have a list of those tropes? Because I'm a Steve/Sam shipper, and even I admit that its fanon, not a 'canon love interest' - I could see some of those tropes for everyone, personally. I've seen the movie three times now, and I really don't see it as more ""canon""-trope supported then any other ship.

[I think this is in reference to this post about looking out for Cap/Falcon romance tropes in CATWS.]

I think you may have misunderstood what I was trying to say. I don’t think that Sam Wilson is literally Steve’s “canon love interest,” but I DO think that he was introduced in a way that fits with many popular and recognised romance tropes. I wrote more about this in my post about Falcon and Black Widow’s roles in CATWS:

"From Sam’s introduction scene right at the beginning of the movie, he’s instantly characterised as an appealing and fundamentally ~good character. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to describe that park scene as a "meet cute,” with Steve being so drawn to Sam that he has to befriend him, and Sam being so open and receptive that he invites Steve to come visit him where he works. On their second meeting, Steve is impressed by Sam’s work as a counsellor for military veterans, and Sam and Steve almost immediately open up to each other about intensely personal aspects of their life: the death of Sam’s best friend, and Steve’s uncertainty about his life in the 21st century. This exchange has such an impact on both of them that Steve feels able to show up on Sam’s doorstep as a fugitive, and Sam is willing to risk his life to fight alongside him. The film ends with the implication that Sam is going to quit his job to go help Steve track down the Winter Soldier.”

Basically, this is not the way we’re used to seeing straight men interact in movies. Even in popular fiction about emotionally intense male/male friendships, it’s rarely a case of two men being super happy to meet each other for the first time and then immediately opening up to each other on an emotional level. We’re more used to seeing situations where two guys have spent many years developing a deep relationship (i.e. Supernatural, where the guys are literally brothers), or buddy-cop type dynamics where they’re forced into closeness despite personal differences. Those two scenarios are also where we get most of what we think of as “slashy” tropes, which aren’t really the same as the kind of hetero romance tropes I’m talking about here.

I don’t particularly think there’s an overabundance of homoerotic subtext between Sam and Steve in the way there is between, say, Holmes and Watson. What I did notice was that Sam Wilson’s role, as I explained in the quote above, is thematically similar to that of a female love interest. You can read the rest of my thoughts on this here.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
If there’s one defining characteristic of fandom, it’s that we all care deeply about the one true interpretation as meant by the author/writer/producer right up until we disagree with them and kill them immediately and write the one true true interpretation in their blood.  Seperis (via astolat)
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

a man wrote an article about this mysterious new Fan Fiction craze, and oh boy did we all learn a lot from it.

Sunday, March 23, 2014



i wrote this ages ago when my friend convinced me to give MCU fic a try and i live-texted it

and this is before i got to tony/loki fic too

basically me but then I made myself at home in the Clint/Phil fandom


Monday, March 17, 2014


A bunch of people seemed interested in the idea of a Tumblr/Twitter/fandom meetup in Glasgow, so here we go!

WHEN: 8pm, Saturday March 22, 2014.

WHERE: Mono, 12 Kings Court, Glasgow.

Mono is a cool vegetarian cafe/bar, and there isn’t a band playing on Saturday night so it shouldn’t be too loud. Closest train stations: Argyle Street and Glasgow Central.

WHO: Tumblr people! Fandom people! People from the Internet! A couple of you already messaged to ask if it’d all be people who know each other already or something, and the answer is NO. This is a public event, so people from Tumblr/fandom can hang out IRL. Me and gracierocket are already friends, but aside from that, I expect most people will be strangers. You can always bring someone along if you feel nervous! :)

I’ll be reblogging this once a day for the next week to make sure everyone sees it. Please reblog this post if you want to signal boost it to any Scottish friends! :)

If you want to come along, please RSVP with a reply or send me an askbox message so I know how many people are gonna show up!



oh my god i just realised that i compeltely FAILED to include a VITAL fanfic in my most recent fanfic rec list.

that fic is the Blood on Steel series by MonstrousRegiment, which is

wait for it


Yes, that’s right. A crossover between the Anne Hathaway movie adaptation of a YA fairytale romance novel based on Cinderella, and a brutally violent piece of art cinema by Nicolas Winding Refn, about a wordless Norse warrior.

The reason for this crossover is because Ella Enchanted stars Hugh Dancy as Prince Charmont (ie, Prince Charming), and Valhalla Rising stars Mads Mikkelsen as One-Eye, the wordless Norse warrior-slave. So, prince Charmont/One-Eye is KIND OF like Will Graham/Hannibal Lecter in NBC’s Hannibal, except not, because they obviously have completely different personalities.

I love this type of fanfic because it’s such a labour of perposterous love, and aims for such a niche audience. HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE SEEN BOTH ELLA ENCHANTED AND VALHALLA RISING? Not I. But who cares. The Blood on Steel fics involve cartoon prince Hugh Dancy freeing brutal Norse warrior Mads Mikkelsen from slavery, and bringing him back to his utopian fairytale kingdom. This is possibly the most esoteric six-degrees-of-separation slashfic crossover I have ever read, but IT WORKS, IT WORKS. Read it, if only for the novelty value that THIS FANFIC EXISTS, AND IT’S LONG, AND IT’S PRETTY GOOD, AND IT HAS A SEQUEL.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


My friend gracierocket is moving to Glasgow soon, and I’m thinking of arranging a Tumblr meetup so she can meet some local fandomish people!

I’ve seen posts about Tumblr/fandom meetups before, but they always seemed to be in places like London or New York or LA. Maybe there just aren’t many Tumblr/fandom people near Glasgow, IDK. But in the interests of finding that out for sure, I’ve decided to arrange a meeetup myself! :)

So: please reblog/reply/askbox me if you like the sound of a Tumblr/fandom meetup in Glasgow! If enough people seem interested, I’ll organize something at a bar or restaurant on the evening of Saturday March 22nd (or Friday 21st, if more people are free then.)