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The People Who Don't like Hamilton

I found this article here, about the people who buck the tide and have reservations about he musical Hamilton. Now we all like what we like dislike what we don't, and I don’t want to convince anyone out of their artistic opinions, but nonetheless I disagree with some of the arguments made, and want to talk about it.

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Tennis Match Meme

Meme from lokifan.

So, let’s do the tennis match meme: ask me a question in comments (RL or fandom) and I’ll answer and then ask YOU a question that’s somehow related to yours.

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Our Roles in This Whole Thing

I'm still re-watching SPN season 9. I just finished The Purge. I have to say, Sam and Dean's conversations at the end of Sharp Teeth and The Purge don't make a lot of sense to me. It's clear that Sam is very upset about the Gadreel situation, but it is not clear what, specifically, he is most upset about. He seems to equate Dean tricking him into being possessed with Gadreel to Dean talking him out the trials - too very different things. The conversations are very strange, and not very well-written.

But - Jared Padalecki acts the hell out of it. It drives me crazy when people talk about how mean Sam is in these conversations, because just his face watching Dean at the end of Road Trip and at other points is so empathetic. He's upset with Dean, but he still sympathizes with Dean.

And I still think Dean suggested killing Maritza in The Purge for no other reason than to mess with Sam.
So I read this argument on tumblr, and for the most part I want to stay out of it. But one of the arguers made an argument that disturbed me.

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11 Icons from Buffy Season 7

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I'm rewatching 9.06, Heaven Can't Wait, and this moment stuck out at me:

Dean finds Castiel working at a gas station store, and says to him: "This is not you, man. You are above this."

Um, Dean shops heavily at gas station stores. Who does he think works at them and keeps them up and running - inferior people?

It particularly startles be because I was very involved in SPN fandom in S9-S10, and I don't remember anyone pointing out this particular moment. As a Sam fan, I sometimes got tired of Dean fans who perceived Sam as classist and Dean not. This moment definitely shows that Dean can be classist with the best of them.

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Fanfiction First Line Meme

Stolen from kikimay:

Rules: List the first lines of your last ten published stories. See if there are any patterns yourself, or if anyone else notices any! Tag up to ten friends!

I don't have many stories, but I have a little over ten! So:

1. Everyone's Saying It

It was really Yoko who ruined it all.

2. Had a Bad Day

Let's tell this story backwards.

3. Such an Idiot

It was an April morning in 1970 when George Harrison read the headlines that rocked the world and changed his life.

4. Broken Glass

In a hotel room in America in 1964, Paul McCartney has a dream.

5. The Evening After

When she arrived at her apartment that evening, Toshiko Sato had a headache.

6. A Moment in 1974

"We didn't know you were going to be recording today," Linda said, fooling no one - not John, not his young companion May Pang, not any of the session musicians.

7. A Little Unwell

Dean was in the men's room when Sam's cell rang.

8. Little Star

Leah Alamilla was in the middle of doing a book inventory when her cell phone vibrated.

9. Not Just Some Murderer

When Amy went on the run as a girl, she killed people.

10. Going with Vampires

"I don't go with vampires," he says, and then there she is, night after night, with a look in her eyes that is nothing like the look in the eyes of the woman his heart belongs to.

I won't be tagging anyone. Consider yourself tagged if it pleases you.

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It's a known piece of wisdom among writers of stories that one should not write a story with the intent of sending a message. Variations on the quote: "If you have a message, call Western Union" abound.

But is that really true? Such classic works as the Narnia books, and the movie Casablanca (named second best movie of all time by the American Film Institute in 1998) were all written with very specific agenda message in mind. C.S. Lewis was writing a metaphor about Christianity - Murray Burnett and Joan Alison, the author of the original screenplay that became Casasblanca wanted to write a story to convince America to join World War II.

The books Black Beauty and Uncle Tom's Cabin don't usually make people's top ten lists, but they had a huge impact on their world, using narrative to change people's opinions. Uncle Tom's Cabin had such an impact that upon meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe during the height of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln supposedly said: "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war!" Stowe could have used Western Union for her message, but I don't think she would have gotten the message through as effectively.

So, in short, of course there are many lousy stories out there trying to preach a message, but there are plenty of lousy stories out there that aren't preaching a message. A great story can have a message.

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Structure of BtVS Finales

I've been thinking about the structure of the seven BtVS finales, noticing that there seem to be five basic structures.

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