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I've come to hate the term "badass female character" because kicking everybody's ass is all good and well, but what else is there to her? I hate the notion that a woman in movies, especially in the action/adventure/superhero genre, can only be her own person, strong and independent, when she is perfect at everything.

Which is why I don't want to see a Black Widow solo movie. I have seen no flaw and no weakeness to her character that could be explored in a solo film. Her only "issue" so far was shown in a flashback in AoU and was later a little bit more explored in her scene with Banner. But there has to be more to her than what is - or actually, is not in this case - literally between her legs! Why not delve deeper into the impact of her decisions on her friendship with the other Avengers? For god's sake, she switches sides in Civil War!! How is backstabbing others not a character flaw that's explored more? As a former solo assassin, the avengers (except for Hawkeye) are probably her first real experience of friendship and close camaraderie. So why not show how her "highest-bidder" decision-making from her assassin days impacts her relationship with the others? She's more than a love interest and a pretty body to look at.

So now I'm really worried about Rey in Star Wars VIII. I like her in TFA but so far she's just nice and... pleasant, and most of all, she's perfect at everything. EVERYTHING. She resists force torture, she can apparently fly any big spaceship without actual practice, and she knows how to use the force not only to defend but also fight and mind control with it. WTF does she need Luke Skywalker to train her??? What I need from her in VIII now is for her to make a big mistake that has nothing to do with outside circumstances, she has to make a wrong decision with severe consequences. Just like Luke in Empire. And it's even more urgent with her than with Luke because when she's already so perfect, what character development would be left to explore?

What's most important about this whole "badass female character" issue is that being perfect isn't what's interesting about a character. It's their flaws and weaknesses that contrasts their strengths and skills. We as an audience don't relate to perfect characters. We respond to their struggles with their own flaws. Take Saitama from the anime One Punch Man. He's a parody of the whole shounen genre by defeating every opponent with one single punch. He IS the strongest person in the manga. But he isn't boring, far from it. He wants to be a famous, recognized hero but you could say that his powers are so unbelievable that people would rather explain away how he defeats such strong villains than actually acknowledge that he is that powerful. He's also incredibly unremarkable and leads a very simple and boring life, which is a nice contrast to his otherwise unmatched strength.

The other thing that annoys me about this, too, is that asking for help or getting help is seen as weak for a "badass" character. No, it's not. She doesn't suddenly become a damsel in distress because she needs help. Knowing and accepting help is not a sign of weakness. Realizing when one is out of their depth and in need of help is a way for the character to grow as a person. Sometimes asking for help is the bravest thing you can do.

What else can i say... The badass female character is as much of a trope as the damsel in distress. It's unrealistic, unrelatable and boring as fuck. No wonder I hate female characters in media so much.
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Jan. 14th, 2016 04:24 pm
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It's 2016! Happy new year!

I've been neglecting my LJ for a while =/  But I've been busy and my life has been mostly uninteresting lol. Well, I did go on vacation to California (and a side trip to Nevada and Arizona to see Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon respectively) in October with my bro and sis. Other than that I got back into knitting, this time socks. My first try but they turned out pretty well XD

Lately, I've been listening to more kpop because I find western pop music to be very boring nowadays. Both structure and melody of the songs aren't as complex as kpop songs. I don't feel challenged =/ Add to that, their dance music videos are amazing. Like how can they move their bodies like that?! Unreal. FYI I'm referring to the boy bands because all the girls do is shake their ass, gyrating their bodies and looking seductive and/or cute >_>;

The horrible thing about getting into kpop is learning about the industry itself. I know that the entertainment industry as a whole is really shitty but at least in the west you have unions to protect the artists. In SKorea that's nonexistent - and so is their health and breaks and vacations and love life and perhaps their sanity. They get worked to the bone without breaks and sleep, constantly moving, constantly being entertaining to the public. If you're interested in hearing more and in more detail, check out the youtube channel "eatyourkimchi". The youtubers live in SKorea and have worked in the entertainment industry for a bit and have friends there.

But even just looking up one band and watching their interviews and bts stuff, you can see how fucked up they live. You see them constantly sleeping/napping somewhere because they're just so exhausted. One band casually tells the viewers how they were basically starved when they were 13/14-year-old trainees and had to live in a rat-infested apartment together. That's child abuse FFS!! Another band is shown living in a 2-room apartment - all 7 of them sleeping in one room, 3 bunk beds and 1 single futon on the floor, 1 bathroom for them all and the other room was basically a storage for their clothes and also laundry. That's what I could make out from the video but JFC that's no way to live! I watched another video of a third band. I think the episode was part of their own show, and at the beginning of it, they were told they would get to go on vacation. The look of surprise, astonishment, utter glee and disbelief was plastered on all of their faces (and that should tell you sth already). But of course there was a catch: They could each choose their destination but a camera team would go with them to film........................... They were still happy about it of course because otherwise, they wouldn't get a vacation, ever.

I admire their talents and skills, their music and works but mostly I feel sorry for them. Being able to follow your dreams and to live out your passion is one thing but working oneself to death for it can't be worth it.

One short note about the Korean fans: I'm sure not all of them are like that but from what I could gather, they are fanatics, like completely crazy fans who will go to any lengths to get the attention of their beloved idol. Stalkers seem to be absolutely common but what really baffles me is how they treat their idols when they aren't "working hard". There's a story about an actress who was so exhausted from filming non-stop that she couldn't stand it anymore, booked a flight to the US for the weekend just to get a break. And the fans attacked her, railed at her for daring to take a break. It's apparently also really common to get an IV drip if an idol faints or collapses during work. They get the drip and are back on set right away. I watched a video of one calling his band member during a show. He asked the other one what he was doing, and the other guy just casually says that he's getting a drip. The reply was sth along the lines of "Ah, I see." How is that not a big deal??

Anyway, somehow this turned into a kpop rant. Well deserved to be honest though.

I hope you all had a good start into the new year.

Until next time!
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I love what you write, your ideas and your passion but for the love of god, run a goddamn spell check on your stories before you post them!

If you don't have a beta reader at hand (and many don't), do yourselves a favour and get your work checked by the programme you write with, like Word which has an excellent auto-correct feature for both spelling AND grammar! Listen, GRAMMAR CHECK! I never really properly appreciated this feature of Word before but now that I'm reading (fan) fiction, it has never been more relevant. It has better grammar than you do. WHY ARE YOU NOT USING IT???

And if you don't have Word, maybe you use the free software OpenOffice. Get this: it has spell check, too! And they're also developing a grammar check. Or perhaps you prefer online tools like Evernote to write. Guess what? SPELL CHECK! Granted, it doesn't correct grammar but killing typos is more than you'd do yourself.

Truth of the matter is that I have stopped reading several stories midway because I couldn't stand the atrocious grammatical errors, typos and mistaken words. It's a damn shame because your stories surely deserve to be read. I also get if your first language isn't English but trust me, you non-English speakers have so much better grammar skills than native speakers. And believe it or not, but you can notice by the mistakes if the writer is a native speaker or not.

So here's a list of things that really make me want to gouge out my eyes:

  • you're / your

  • it's / its

  • then / than

  • would of, could of, should of DO NOT EXIST! And the worst thing is that I've actually read "sort've" instead of "sort of" before... it almost made me cry in frustration

  • plurals of nouns with apostrophe, f.ex. hand's, house's, car's  (WTF?)

  • 3rd person S with apostrophe: he eat's, she love's, it sit's (Srsly, WTF is your problem???)

  • to / too / two (I'm not kidding about the last one)

  • incorrect past participles: he has ate, i have did, we had took  (btw, the one exception I'm trying to get used to because it's also a correct form is "she has proved". But I honestly like "she has proven" a whole lot better.)

  • negation + too = either: "I don't like horses, either."  (maybe too at the end is correct as well but it sounds so wrong to me)

  • adjectives instead of adverbs

  • literally

  • "to not" instead of "not to"

  • whose not who's

These are the ones I could remember from the top of my head. There's probably more ... and that's really sad. I love the internet but it has done shite for grammar, spelling and punctuation.

If you have more such mistakes, leave a comment.

Last but not least, here's something to really fuck with your grammatical sensitivity:

"You're friend say's that your sort've trying too learned grammar proper but the essay's I asked you two right aren't wrote very good. I could of gave you more exercise's so too not mess up in the future, but your more of a hopeless case then I would of thought. I literally pulled out my hair when I red you're essay's. First we need to work on you're basic's through, than you're text won't be riddled with mistake's any more."

Writing this took such effort, my head's hurting now x_x  Btw, there's 31 mistakes in that paragraph. Have fun finding them all lol.
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I just read this disturbing article about a man sentenced for possessing manga images depicting young girls in revealing and suggestive poses and engaging in sexual acts. You know, the regular ecchi and hentai pics. Read the article. It's worth it. Might make you angry though.

What really disturbs and appals me is that the judge bascially made his decision with the argument "it's close enough, let's lock him up".
What. The. Fuck. That's not how the law should work. As the article points out, the man was sentenced for a thought crime, i.e. nobody was harmed but just thinking about it marks him a criminal. By that logic, they should also lock up all people who are into BDSM for assault and battery because omg, they like to spank and whip people for sexual pleasure! *GASP*

Isn't that great? People, we can pack up. I'm pretty sure reading and owning yaoi or any anime or manga is now a crime (because, you know, fan service...) as well as owning compromising fanart. No, scratch that. Just having thoughts is gonna get you thrown into prison.

Welcome to the 21st century, where thinking is discouraged...
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Because he really needs it... I'm not kidding.

So here's the thing: Yesterday my dad got a letter - a bill, to be precise of over 240€ for allegedly registering at a shopping website (fee for 12 months membership).
I haven't talked to him yet but from what I could find on google, a simple click on their facebook ads will apparently fuck you over like that.

Not too long ago, my sister helped him refute another scam on his mobile phone that charged him 5€ per week(!) because he just clicked on sth.

A few months ago, I had already cancelled another scam on his phone, and guess what? He didn't think anything of the fees that kept getting deducted for weeks!

My dad's not stupid, ok. He's a hard-working, intelligent man but the internet challenges his language skills from time to time. And I know that even you don't stop to read the general terms and conditions, especially not in a language that's not your mothertongue.

Having said that, he's not careful on the internet. At all. His computer is infested with viruses, malware, spyware, trojans and other shit. I already try to regularly clean it up, and I've tried telling him to let anti-virus programs run on a schedule to ensure that his computer will be alright, at least for a while. I've also installed plugins and addons in his browser to give him pointers where he shouldn't click and to protect him from incoming shit. I've told him not to register on any websites that aren't legit. But tbh? Hope's lost. I need to fucking kill his computer and re-install the system to get rid of everything.

...And then my mom tells me not to be so angry and irritated all the time when I have to deal with the aftermath of shit like this.

┻━┻ ︵╰(ಠ益ಠ)╯︵ ┻━┻
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Well, isn't this just great? Skype has just force-logged me out and refuses to let me log in again unless I upgrade to the latest version.

The reason why I never upgraded beyond 4.2 is because I liked seeing my own profile picture (lots of One Piece pics; definitely not my own face) and also, I very much enjoyed the non-invasive ads that were neither blinking or otherwise obnoxious. But above all, I thought it was a change for the worse when version 5.x came out, all new and shiny: Blocky layout, difficult navigation, and it didn't run as smoothly anymore.

With the latest force-upgrade though, Microsoft isn't making any friends. While I'm sure my computer can handle the newest version, some ppl actually cannot run the newest version. I wonder who thought it was a great idea to disable the older versions and go all dictatorship on the rest of their users.

Not cool, Microsoft, not cool. At all.

I'm considering not upgrading Skype at all and leaving it for dead. I even tried using Skype via Trillian but one look at their developer's blog told me that Microsoft has also disabled the SkypeKit that Trillian has used to implement it in their program. Great.

From what I also gathered, the new Skype takes up a whole lot more memory, has more annoying ads, spies on messages and videos. There's probably more shit about the new version.

If anyone knows of a good alternative with chat AND video, please let me know. Thanks!

What a shame, Skype. You sold your fucking soul when you made that deal with the devil. I wouldn't say that Microsoft is bad, usually. But wow, Skype, M went in dry and fucked you hard. Really. Fucking. Hard.
My friend, we had a good time but you're beyond help now. I sincerely wish it were different but there is nothing I can do but to say goodbye.

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I really, really hate working in design.


Because I have to work on my weekends.

Why does it piss me off now? (It has happened many times before after all.)

Because I just got another job in, today on Saturday at 3:45 PM.
Deadline: of-ucking-course Monday morning.

Another fucked weekend, yay.
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I haven't posted in 1.5 months?? Sorry... I've been busy though.

Anyway, I just finished adjusting, tweaking and fixing the website for the company I work with. I'm telling you, this was a fucking nightmare. My bosses called me up to tell me on last fucking Friday (2 days ago) that they want to launch the new website on Monday (tomorrow). The website at that point was half-done, the whole thing in a different language was still missing and I had to fix almost all graphics on it. Least to say, yesterday alone I spent 14 bloody hrs straight on this damn thing. I ran into more problems than one and last night I slept 4 hrs or so. All in all, I worked 27.5 hrs on the website since Friday.

Yay, a whole weekend fucked completely and I still have a project for class to turn in tomorrow before 8 AM -__-

God, I wish my bosses would finally realize that I CANNOT work with a deadline only a few days away! The least they could've done was tell me the approximate date for the launch. This has happened so many times before. Their fucking time management is one big pile of dogshit.
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My little brother, 22, is a little piece of shit.

On the 15th September this year my parents wanted to celebrate their 35th anniversary with us kids. My mom had set this date back in May already and let us all know to keep this date free for it. So what happened? My br-- no, I mean this fucking shit piece dumbass called my parents yesterday evening, telling them he can't make it on that day because - now get this - HE'S GOING ON A FUCKING VACATION with friends, which apparently is more important than spending one fucking day with the parents for their anniversary!


Unlike the rest of the fam, he's the extrovert, the "free spirit" if you want to call him that. And I get that, I accept and respect that. But the way he's been treating us family, or rather my parents, is like a punch to the face and a kick to the nether regions. Obviously because they're parents, they weren't happy with some decisions he made, but eventually they let him, even support him with a bit of the little money they have. Instead of showing some respect and gratitude, he opted for a no-show on my parents' anniversary.
Also, my older brother lent him almost up to 2k €. However, instead of paying pack the money, this idiot actually raids his savings account for the vacation. Now even my generous older brother said he won't give him any cash anymore.

I have no more words for this piece of shit. I told him time and time again that he has to stop caring solely about his personal fun time and start handling his finances properly. He has no sense of money and it's not like he even has a stable job to pay for all his partying. All the people he gets help from, he'd kick them to the curb without a blink of an eye.

He's fucking up his life for good. I'd help him if he turned over a new leaf but until then he's on his fucking own.

Can't tell you how angry and disappointed I am.
The 15th is gonna be amazing /sarcasm
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Honestly, I have no idea why I thought going back to university was a good idea. Why, why, why...?!
If you read my last rant, you'd think I'd be happy that I got accepted. But now I just think that I must be mad to ever believe that going back to the dreadful studying was the way to go.

Classes start in October and I still need to send out my enrollment application. Studying costs a lot of money. Money that I don't have. And how do I know that I won't fail my classes because of fucking maths... I haven't done anything more than a bit of calcuating prices, percentages and a bit more complex stuff in my online astronomy class in the last SIX YEARS.

*bangs head against wall*
I'm so fucking doomed. Why the heck did I think this is gonna help me. Why, why, why...?!

I wish I were a cat. Do whatever I want, come and go as I please, no responsibilities, no duties. I'm so not fit to be human o|¯|_

Also, the worst thing is that I don't even know what else to do if not going back to uni. A friend asked me that yesterday. He wanted to know what I wanted to do on short term, like the next month. I had no clue. Isn't that pathetic? I have no ambitions, no goal, no reason to live (nah, not gonna think about suicide, don't worry). Wouldn't it be nice to be Patrick from Spongebob? Literally live under a rock, have no money but still be happy as fuck. And you'd be so dumb you wouldn't even realise how pathetic your life is.

...and that shows how fucking lost I am in life. Just like 1.5 years ago. Nothing has changed.
The only commendable thing I have started since then is picking up writing as a new hobby. I may or may not post something here for you to read. It will be f-locked though.

*sighs and crawls back into bed*
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Time for a rant again.

SFW but language, mind you )

Whale oil beef hooked. /irish accent
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Added the following to my rec list.


The Destroying Angel by Jaci Peet possibly deleted/discontinued
Summary, ica's verdict )


More Out of Life by Happy Hippie
Summary, ica's verdict )

Rant ahead. Read at your own risk. )


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