if I’ve ever commented on your fic:
please know that there’s a good chance I’m reading it at the ass crack of dawn half asleep so when I leave a comment saying “akdkf omg I loved this, so good friend” it actually means:
“This piece was so gorgeous, eloquent, and so brilliantly written that I felt like you dug your hands into my chest and gave my heart a tender squeeze. Your use of symbolism and mood was incredibly nuanced and beautiful, and I appreciate all the thought that went into writing this. Please know your work is appreciated and I support you as an author. Thank you for writing this!”
but I simply do not have the brain cells left to write that out
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Say what you want about BBC Merlin, but none of the actors had to go as hard as they did with their performances. It was a show for kids, the CGI was shite, and on Robin Hood (which was the series before Merlin) no one except Richard Armitage bothered to act as seriously.
But the fact that they did is what makes it so popular, what makes it endure, what pushes it and its characters and ships up the list in the fandom metrics each year. The actors took it seriously, they left an amazing legacy, particularly Colin Morgan and Bradley James. Even the devastation of the ending couldn’t break the fandom apart because it was sad, but it was so well done you almost didn’t mind. And that’s why a show which ended eight years ago is still so strong in the hearts of so many people.
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Can people please shut the fuck up about how “shipping every male character is harmful to the male friendship representation”
Literally almost every single peace of media has platonic male friendships in it and almost none of them ends up in a canon relationship. So there IS representation. Some people shipping those characters don’t take away their canon friendship.
And it doesn’t only happen to the male friendships. Every close female and male/female friendship you see on screen will always have people shipping them.
Because guess what? That’s how fandoms work. It doesn’t only happen with male friendships.
Are we really ignoring all the people who assume every man and woman who breaths the same air are canonically in love with each other? But somehow it’s only a problem when queer people do it.
Are we really ignoring how we get so little male/female friendships in media without writers turning it romantic at some point?
But we never get to see two close male leads of an action movie kissing at the end do we? So shut up about “friendship representation” You have tons of platonic friendships.
And the thing is, a lot of people who say this don’t even care about platonic friendships or mlm fetishization by straight girls. They’re just trying to find a way to put queer ships down. They never say “I think this two specific characters are good friends so I don’t like it when people ship them”
Instead, it’s always “these characters showed a little pinch of interest to opposite gender so they’re straight. just let people be friends and stop making everything gay”
Because they’re not actually mad about people shipping two close friends together. They’re mad about people offering the possibility of some fictional characters not being straight
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