If you’ve sent me a message and I haven’t answered it yet, PLEASE don’t think I’m ignoring you! I just have quite a few in my inbox right now and haven’t been able to answer them all yet—if you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve probably noticed that I am not the most, ahem, brief person, haha. Sometimes it takes me a while to answer messages because I’m typing up a mini-essay for a response. ;)
But rest assured, I will answer them all! It just might take me a day or two. <3
Have you seen the new Scarecrow action figure for Arkham Knight? Looks kike it wasn't fear toxin affecting his look. I can't figure out how to attach a pic on mobile, but googling Scarecrow Arkham Knight action figure should bring it right up.
DID YOU JUST SAY NEW SCARECROW ARKHAM KNIGHT FIGURE?!
It looks great! Very detailed, and it gives us an idea of what his entire costume looks like. Thank you for telling me about it! :D
THOSE HARLEY GIFS ARE SO FUCKING GREAT YOU'RE SO ADORABLE GOD DAMMIT.
THANK YOUUUUUUUUU <3
And thank you to everyone else who left me such nice comments! You have no idea how happy it makes me that people like my cosplay, particularly because I was so nervous to do it! :D
As a writer yourself and someone who's opinion I highly respect, I had a question as someone who is an aspiring writer, specifically a screenwriter, when it comes to writing proper representation, what is the best way to go about writing characters that can be misinterpreted as negative representations of any particular group? I am constantly paranoid about attempting to write characters of different races then my own or female characters because I don't want to screw it up by accident. Advice?
This is something that I worry about as well. I would never want to write anything that hurt another person, or anything that was offensive or insensitive towards someone’s race, gender, or sexuality. The best way to prevent that from happening is to always be aware of how your writing may affect your readers, and to educate yourself as much as possible.
This is an excellent Tumblr post for white writers on how to write POC in a way that is respectful and accurate. I personally found it very helpful and informative, and it taught me that some of the things that I thought were inoffensive were actually hurtful, which led to me realizing that I needed to educate myself more and not be ignorant.
When writing female characters, I think the two biggest no-nos are A.) to sexualize them and B.) to make her entire existence revolve around men. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have a sexy character or a character who is in love with a man—it means that you need to make sure that they’re balanced, developed characters beyond their sexuality or their relationships. Take Catwoman, for example: she’s a sensual woman who embraces her sexuality and is in love with Batman, but she also has her own goals, ambitions, motivations, personality traits, flaws, etc. In other words, she’s a complex, fleshed-out character who is not limited to her relationship with Batman and her body. Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick infamously coined the simple but true sexy lamp test, which basically states that if you can replace your female character with a sexy lamp and not have it drastically affect your story, then you have failed as a writer. And then there’s The Bechdel Test, which refers to women discussing subjects other than men.
The fact that you’re concerned and willing to learn means that you’re aware of how important it is to create accurate and dignified characters. It’s usually the arrogant writers who insist that only their own personal views matter and refuse to listen to anything that resembles criticism that perpetuate harmful stereotypes, not the ones who put effort into learning. No writer is immune to error, of course, and even the most well-intentioned people have done ignorant things. And if that ever happens to you, then apologize, recognize your mistake, and work to never again repeat it. The more effort you put into educating yourself, the less likely you are to fail. :)
And thank you so much for saying that you respect my opinion. That really means a lot to me! :D
Hi I just wanted to tell you I love you blog. Keep up the good work.
First attempt at Harley gifs! I’m not very happy with how they turned out tbh and I’ll probably end up reshooting.
Someone suggested that I make some gifs of myself in Harley cosplay, and I think that would be really fun sooooooo I’m gonna go do my makeup and play around and see what I can come up with. :D