INTP, German, 22, female, hopelessly romantic hobby artist, annoyed queer. Current obsessions: Les Misérables and Game of Thrones are ruining my life, what else is new.
Stannis is my king, Combeferre my husband, Margaery Tyrell my wife, and Fullmetal Alchemist my holy book.
Florist Grantaire making the most beautiful bouquets and wreaths and arrangements for people, and he falls a little bit in love with Enjolras and sends him flowers secretly, without realising that Enjolras is sort of allergic…
Somewhere mentioned that there should be a X-Men: Days of Future Past poster with Erik and Charles in the positions of Thor and Jane in this poster from Thor: The Dark World. I tried. :P
A++ would watch 5 times.
Sometimes the thing we need most is to just cry in our mother’s arms…
Can’t we just organize a les mis week to promote non-fanon based headcanons, art and fan fictions?
I admit the reason behind this is rather selfish, but am I really the only one tired of seeing the same old things?
Ferre with glasses, Jehan as an androgynous guy with braided, red or blonde hair and light eyes, covered in flowers, curly-haired Courfeyrac who has only one thing in mind, big guy Bahorel who lives only for bar fights, Grantaire cured of his addictions only thanks to Enjolras’ love, ginger!Feuilly who only talks about Poland, Joly and bald and black Bossuet only used for comic relief.
(I’m talking about Les Amis because I blog about them mostly).
This started as a critic to character designs, but there are many tropes here that I constantly see everyday. I’m not saying they are bad or should be erased from the fandom, I don’t have something against them, but I despise the lack of diversity. Every interpretation of the characters is okay, but when is only ONE interpretation, it could get boring.
I want to encourage people to get creative with new designs, including poc and different genders and sexualities.
Could we give it a try?
On the one hand, I agree that promoting diversity is never a bad thing, especially when it comes to tropes that seem overwhelmingly popular, to the point of erasing other interpretations.
That being said…
If you’re tired of seeing the same old things, perhaps the impetus needs to not be on writers and creators to do something about that, but rather you — the broad you, not you specifically — to do something about it. There are a lot of fics (and artwork, though I admit fics are more my area) that don’t rely on those tropes that already exist, and by saying that those are the same tropes you keep seeing, that tells me that you’re not reading those fics.
And as a fic writer who has occasionally written things that push back against some of those tropes, often to find that the fics that do push back against those tropes get less recognition, less notes, and less readership, it irks me to see this being suggested as if this isn’t already something that happens, that has happened, and that will continue to happen, even if people aren’t reading said things. At what point does the impetus fall not on the creators to ensure that they’re writing or drawing things that don’t fall into fanon tropes, but on the readers to seek out the fics and artwork that already don’t?
So maybe the idea needs to be less about new material — though I doubt anyone in the fandom would mind so much if more or new people wanted to contribute in that regard — and more about taking the time to seek out the things that already exist that don’t fall into fanon, and promote those and bring recognition to authors and artists who most likely didn’t receive it the first time around because what they wrote or drew or created didn’t fall into the fanon tropes that people seem to love.
People want this massive list of things in a relationship, I just want someone to fucking love me.