A different perspective, a positive one.

ouathinktank-metacommentary:

As some of us have become understandably cynical after a whip-lash inducing PR fest that seems intent on bringing critical minds back into the fold while simultaneously telling them to ‘relax and enjoy the Hook-Hood show’, as cast and creators bombard us with hot and cold, rude and kind (subtext, dismissal, ignoring, sweaters – keepwatching, nohate?) there remains a need to have some sense of our own agency as viewers. Hegemony is a flawed theory if there is no resilience among the oppressed? Either way, there still are some of those who manage to steer clear from all the PR/cast/fandom dramarama, of all the blame-placing and feelings of betrayal, hurt and deception. Some of them just watch the show and interpret it in their own way. Because there is no such thing as ‘misinterpretation’ in a show that is solely left to our own interpretation – so whatever we all see, feel and want… is individual, and just as valid. Listen to your audience. Someone (we think it was the drunk guy passed out in a hammock in our meta-backyard ;) said that once.

What follows is someone else’s perspective. Resilience, Agency and Audience Interpretation—might be the title. Or, ‘Subtext does still matter and don’t throw the dirty human out with the dirty bathwater’? Let’s call it that. 

- your TTMC staff presents you our tumblr-less friend.

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Ok. So apparently I am NOT “an intelligent viewer”. Because I have a parallel universe interpretation, of…well, everything?   

It is not easy being a lone alien. The more I studied the show, the further I found myself drifting in my alien pod from Planet Fandom (I feel like Henry, circa S1—you think I’m crazy?!). And the more I hesitate sharing my ‘delusional version’.  I didn’t get my own tumblr because the more I learned about the fandom, the harder it became to maintain a clear perspective of the onscreen drama and I realised, without a doubt,  if I became more inserted in the fandom, I would NOT be able to come up with what I have. Because everything about the media/PR/fandom is deceptive and contradicts everything I have been able to garner from watching the show (closely).  And it is only in refusing to let those distractions blind me that I have been able to see the love story hidden in plain sight (along with in no small part, my appreciation for the genre—because that is the key).

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This is the most thoughtful and intriguing analysis of OUAT I’ve ever seen, I encourage everyone to take a look. No matter if you agree or not, or are even fans of OUAT or not, there’s something to be had for everyone in an analysis of narrative methods I think.

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the-queen-and-her-sheriff:

Not now, Swan…

I’m probably putting way more thought into the writing than the writers do, but I just had this flash when I saw this .GIF (awesome, awesome .GIF btw). Imagine that Regina here represents Swen and Emma represents OUAT/the writers.

Emma: “Swen…”

Regina: “Not now, OUAT.”

Emma: “But, things were going so well. We were all getting along and being happy?”

Regina: “Yes things were going great, FOR YOU. Then like always the hammer inevitably comes down on me because those cast as villains apparently don’t get happy endings in this story. Only happy moments before the hammer falls.”

Emma: (sighs) “Look I know it’s not easy. I do see you and what you have to go through, and we’re both fighting to not be cast in our typical molds but the problem is that the people we’re fighting are our friends and family. People who support us even if they don’t understand that how they see us can be more damaging then helpful sometimes. Sometimes we have to concede a few battles to keep the peace and continue the greater struggle without casualties.”

Regina: “That’s very diplomatic dear, and easy to say when you’re not the one with pitchforks at your door whenever something goes wrong. Even when I’m not involved I’m still a suspect. Yes I’ve done not so good things (and been somewhat over dramatic at times), but so has everyone else. And some are doing alot worse and not remorseful in the least. So you trying to keep the peace to fight another day is pointless because there will be casualties, just lucky for you that the only casualty might be me.”

Emma: “You’re right, most would see that as an acceptable cost, and I have sided with those who think so at times. I’m not proud of some things I feel forced to do and I don’t always know what’s best, but I fight the best way I know how. And you may never believe it but it matters to me if you get a happy ending too, and I will fight for it. Just not at the cost of everything else.”

Regina: “Then I guess we’re at a stalemate. You’ll fight how you feel is right to, and I’ll fight the way I’ve done all my life- for survival. If one of us actually wins against the rest maybe we’ll get those happy endings we’re dreaming of, if either of us survives that long.”

With that a battle weary but determined Regina walks away. Leaving behind a just as weary White Knight who feels alone and unfulfilled in a town full of their supporters.

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So many levels of meta I’m drowning in right now, I don’t even remember if this is reality or not.

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Emma tracked down Regina at her house, where Regina was on the floor crying like her heart was broken, and Emma vowed that Regina will have a happy ending; as Savior, Emma will make SURE Regina gets her happy ending, and holy SHIT if Regina or Emma were a male character this would be all over mainstream entertainment news as like the most romantic scene in OUAT history if not ABC history. I mean, come on.

Lily Sparks 4.01 (via fuckyeahxanthe)

Thank you Lily Sparks, for making us laugh at love. Again:)

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scribb1es:

Oh COME on…
1. Six inch heels - when feeling like crawling into a hole and weeping over the sads, grown-ass women must always keep their eyeball-bleedingly high heels firmly on. Apparently.
2. Ab toning - it’s best to sort of let your painfully encased heels dangle and flap around a bit cos that way you can multitask with a few leg raises to get abs of steel to show off to the savior later. And no, no, this does not look silly at all.
3. Dress slits - every woman knows you don’t sit like this in a skirt like this without expecting that hideous ripping sound that chills one to the bone. Nuh uh, not risking it. A mayor with a penchant for tight skirts would definitely know basic Dress-Slit Physics 101.
4. Marble floor - freezing cold ass in 0.002 seconds. Sure, that’s exactly where you’d wanna park your butt to fully wallow in the blues.
5. Incorrect positioning of the Savior - Wrong side of the door. And if you rewind and look really closely you can spot that Emma is not bringing  double-fudge choc-chip ice cream. Tsk. Did men write this?

This. So this:)

scribb1es:

Oh COME on…

1. Six inch heels - when feeling like crawling into a hole and weeping over the sads, grown-ass women must always keep their eyeball-bleedingly high heels firmly on. Apparently.

2. Ab toning - it’s best to sort of let your painfully encased heels dangle and flap around a bit cos that way you can multitask with a few leg raises to get abs of steel to show off to the savior later. And no, no, this does not look silly at all.

3. Dress slits - every woman knows you don’t sit like this in a skirt like this without expecting that hideous ripping sound that chills one to the bone. Nuh uh, not risking it. A mayor with a penchant for tight skirts would definitely know basic Dress-Slit Physics 101.

4. Marble floor - freezing cold ass in 0.002 seconds. Sure, that’s exactly where you’d wanna park your butt to fully wallow in the blues.

5. Incorrect positioning of the Savior - Wrong side of the door. And if you rewind and look really closely you can spot that Emma is not bringing  double-fudge choc-chip ice cream. Tsk. Did men write this?

This. So this:)

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knowledgeequalsblackpower:

mrjynntastic:

one of my fav scenes to be honest, cause lawd knws if they allowed black folks in the league maaaaaaan listen, alot of what ifs possiblities 

This film, “A League of Their Own” dedicates so many scenes to issues like sexism.

Yet, blink too fast and you’ll miss this short scene…the one that shows how Black women were barred from the league.

The Black woman is supposed to represent Mamie “Peanut” Johnson (who actually did try out for the league). She wasn’t allowed to play and went on to be one of the few women to play with men in the Negro League. 

I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A FILM ABOUT JOHNSON AND THE OTHER WOMEN WHO PLAYED FOR THE NEGRO LEAGUE! But Hollywood …

F*ck Hollywood, we make our own stories in this world;)

(Source: jopolniaczek)

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amaninprogress:

i will literally reblog this every time i see it

Word:)

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