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Nyssa of Traken
26 December 2012 @ 06:54 pm
As I've said, I don't hate fanon Zutara. Ship what you want, it's no skin off my back.  But there's been a shit storm of epic proportions on tumblr the last few days with a bunch of Bryke-bashing and character-bashing and "whyyyy couldn't it be canonnnnnnn waaaah whine whine whine"  entitlement bullshit, which really pisses me off.  The gods of ATLA declare that Kataang is canon and Zutara is weird and would never last, you're just going to have to learn to deal with that.  You are not in any way owed ANYTHING by the creators. Don't like it? Don't watch the damn series, then.

So I made these.  They will never see the light of day on tumblr, because I have no desire to contribute to the insanity over there, but very few people read my LJ so I figure it's safe enough to post them here where only a select handful of people who will appreciate the lulz and not get butthurt about it.

Therefore, prepare for pic-dump below the cut...

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Nyssa of Traken
15 November 2012 @ 03:07 am
Much has been said on the subject of Aang's love for Katara, and for good reason. It's pretty profound and downright magical how much he loves her. Less has been said, however, on Katara's love for Aang. And when it comes right down to it, she loves him just as much.

I've seen it suggested that because maybe Katara doesn't love Aang the way he loves her.  And if she doesn't love Aang then clearly she loves Zuko, right?  I'd like to take just a second to throw out some reasons why that argument's kind of full of holes.

Now, bear in mind that, although I am refuting arguments here and do in fact regard these from the mouths of Zutarians (from whom I have principally heard them), I am not attacking Zutara shippers nor their ship. As I've said before (multiple times), extreme AU, noncanon Zutara is fine by me. Fanon, do your worst (or best, or whatever). I am quite bothered by the insistence that Zutara was somehow canon/should have been canon, for a variety of reasons that are not the point of this post at all, but regardless of that opinion, this post is not intended to offend, merely to explain.  I refute arguments and present my own in what I hope is a calm and logic-filled manner.

Have I mentioned how much I dislike being in a fandom with an even more brutal ship war than the Clana V Clois ship war in the SV fandom, making disclaimers like this necessary?  ATLA is great and many parts of the fandom are great... but can't we all just shut up and agree to disagree?  We all love Avatar.  Can't we celebrate that instead of lobbing interwebz-grenades at each other?

As usual, a TL;DR meta is beneath the cut...Collapse )
Nyssa of Traken
30 October 2012 @ 02:39 pm
Have we established by now that I don't like Zutara? 

I love the development of their relationship as outlined in canon over the course of the series, because it's very indicative of the way they grow as people, but imagining them together romantically? Bleck. I've been known to read a Zutara fanfic on occasion, and it always completely baffles me.  It's not so much that I can't see them together in a sexual way (totally can, and it's totally hot), but I can't see them together in a romantic way (which is a related, but very different thing). They're basically a crack ship.  Now, I have no problems with crack ships. Remember my E et E phase?  I love me some cracky goodness.

But bear something in mind: Enjolras and Eponine never actually met in canon. There was no evidence for OR against their romance.  Zuko and Katara spent an awful lot of time with each other, and there's still VERY little evidence for, and a LOT against their supposed romance.  That's the difference here.  E et E is plausible because they're blank canvases concerning each other. Zuko and Katara are very, very painted-in with regards to each other, and very little of it points to "I MUST SHIP THIS."

I'd like to take a moment to include a few of the reasons why. I'm also gonna poke a few holes in some of the more popular Zutara-ship fanfic tropes I've noticed with this list.  Bear in mind that this is not a complete, nor a flawless argument. It's just a few points I think need to be made.

As usual... TL;DR is to follow...Collapse )
Nyssa of Traken
24 October 2012 @ 01:24 am
Every time I witness yet another epic descent into the shipping war that is this fandom, I want to facepalm hard enough to somehow magically give myself air-bender tattoos. Come on, guys. We all love ATLA.  I know I frequently post my thoughts/opinions about various characters or ships on my journal of journalyness here, but my goal is always to present a well-reasoned explanation of my perspective, not character-bashing.

So let's play nice, okay?  I'm a multi-shipper 'round here in these parts.  I'm now gonna tell you what I think in brief of every Avatar ship I can think of (with special focus given to those couplings at the heart of the shipping wars).  Just because I can, and so that at some point in the future, if anybody asks me how I ship for this ship-crazy fandom, I can just point to this rather than typing it out over and over again.

Ships Galore...Collapse )Seriously, you can't guess?Collapse )
Basically what it boils down to is this: I can't picture Aang with anyone but Katara and I can't picture Katara with anyone but Aang, and I can't picture Mai with anyone but Zuko (Zuko is free to boink whoever he likes), but I can pretty much picture any other permutations.

And Gran-Gran totally had a thing with Uncle Iroh on her journey from the North Pole to the South Pole.  IT HAPPENED.

Current Mood: mellowmellow
Nyssa of Traken
19 October 2012 @ 11:22 pm
Okay, I don't get Zutara. I don't.  If you ship Zutara, that's all cool and stuff. I'm not gonna hate on you as a person because you ship Katara and Zuko. I'm sure you're lovely, and we both love Avatar so we'd probably get along quite swimmingly. I just happen to think your preferred ship is off the wall bizarro-crazy. Fanon Zutara is fine. It really is. If you want to write yourself a fanfic in which Zuko and Katara end up together, great. Do what you want. I won't read it, but I refuse to hate on you for it. Shipper wars are frustrating and painful for everybody involved, and I don't want to drag myself or anyone else down to the level of base name-calling like that. So Fanon Zutara can trundle on its merry little way and everybody's happy.

What I have an issue with is the absolute insistence that Zutara woulda/coulda/shoulda been canon.

I'm probably gonna post a long rant about this at some point, but for now I'm gonna restrain myself to one single reason why:

   Th ere is absolutely no canon evidence for Zutara.     

Ship-tease? Absolutely, because Bryke just loved whipping the fandom into a frenzy whenever possible. But some subtle ship-tease ≠ evidence. One creepily suggestive line in The Waterbending Scroll plus them eventually not hating each other to the point of death threats anymore doesn't really constitute a solid foundation for love.

Don't believe me? Why don't we let Zuko and Katara speak for themselves, then?
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Nyssa of Traken
12 October 2012 @ 03:19 am
Yes. You heard right.  I am a MAJOR fangirl for Avatar: The Last Airbender.  I was Aang's age when the series first premiered, and my fangirliness has not declined with age.  Last week I went back and watched the whole series straight through and realized that somehow I had actually forgotten at least 20% of how frakking AMAZING that show was.

I know, I know. "Avatar is a kids show!" the haters cry.  I have two responses to this:
First... Yeah, it might've been intended as a kid's show, but how many kids shows do you know of that have straight up murder, torture, brainwashing, global devastation, brutal fight scenes, intense moral and metaphysical quandaries, and hysterical insanity for more than one main character?
Second... THE MOST BADASS LADIES EVAR!!!!!!!!111!1!!1ONE1

Y'all know I'm a complete and utter sucker for strong female characters.  There are a lot of those out there if you know where to look. I mean, really.  But I have literally never seen another show/story/fandom/whatever with a more thorough collection of powerful, competent women. I can't think of a single Avatar girl who wasn't amazingly strong... and in such varied ways! There wasn't just one kind of strength or one way of making your way in the world as a girl promoted as being somehow better than the others.  That's rare.  And it's at least 40% of the reason I still love the show so much to this day (and Legend of Korra, too...)

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The thing I find most interesting about the characters of Avatar is that although in some ways they fit certain tropes (Katara is Protagonist Girl (or Protagonist's Girl, depending on how you look at it), Toph is The Tough Chick, Yue is The Sweetheart, etc.), at the same time they're not cliches. They fill certain archetypal roles, but they're a great deal better-developed than that.
Nyssa of Traken
17 August 2012 @ 08:42 pm
Just a random analysis of how different people found out the Secret, or different times Clark thought about telling them the secret.

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Nyssa of Traken
08 August 2012 @ 06:54 pm
Oy, I should just give it up.  Anybody who's still clinging to Clana at this point is obviously as hard-core die-for-my-ship for Clana as I am for Clois, and unlikely to be swayed by logic and reason, but unfortunately Clana shipping just drives me up the wall and I have to get this stuff out of my head SOMEHOW, and the comment section on YouTube seems like a really bad place for that, for obvious reasons...

The following are 5 reasons why Clark and Lana are incompatible...Collapse )

...And with that rather odd metaphor, I'll conclude this epic-length post and officially rest my case (at least until the next time the YouTube comments section pisses me off and sends me on another rant, anyway).

Lana and Clark may have loved each other, but love is not enough. Love is the reason that you fight through the hard things. It's the best part of any relationship. But it's not the only thing a relationship needs. A successful relationship also needs trust, respect, friendship, and the willingness to work through obstacles (even obstacles within the relationship itself) as a couple. Clark and Lana had the love, alright, but they did not have ANY of the other elements. They didn't often trust each other, they didn't often respect each other, and despite all their talk of "we're just friends" in the first two seasons, they weren't ever really friends in the way Clark was with the other girls in his life (including the woman he married, who declared him to be her best friend). And when two people find it easier to just give up rather than try to untangle their problems, I wouldn't call that "working through obstacles."
Nyssa of Traken
Lois Lane is the greatest character on Smallville. It's a realization I came to recently. I confess, I always suspected it, but having finally seen the entire series, I can now confirm that it is true and absolutely so. I could go on and on about why this is, but I'll refrain, because one Brick-length rant is enough for the month, don't you think?  Therefore, I'll limit it to one specific reason: morals. As in, Lois Lane is the only character who consistently has them.

Don't believe me?

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Nyssa of Traken
14 March 2012 @ 02:11 am
Once upon a time (not so long ago really but damn does it feel like an eternity and a half!), I was young, and did not watch television. My family didn't own a TV. And then, when I was in middle school, we bought one, and in doing so I discovered the miracle that is Smallville. Smallville was my first obsession, at least, my first TV-based one, because I'm pretty sure that LOTR ruled my life between the ages of 5 and 12 my great love, my absolute devotion for all of junior high and a decent majority of high school, which will probably tell you a great deal more about me than anyone actually needs to know. Anyway, after season 7, I just... quit watching. Clark was being annoyingly stupid with regards to The Lana Issue/his destiny/Kara/just about freaking everything, the subplots seemed scattered and random (which I think in retrospect was a result of the writer's strike cocking everything up as opposed to Smallville just sucking which I should have known wasn't possible), and I was just plain tired of being disappointed in my lifelong hero (I was a Superman fan way before I was a Smallville fan, you see).

Then, in January, I found myself wondering, "Whatever happened to that show?"  So I watched the final three seasons over the course of a week (and downed more coffee than Lois Lane does in a year to accomplish this), and to my amazement, with the exception of the Arc of Infinite Stupidity (you know what I'm talking about), it was some of the best television I've ever watched.

One thing keeps bugging me,
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