Anonymous said: Is Julius Kane American?
… you know, actually, I’m not sure. I thought he was because Carter is, but he might only have settled down in LA later on when he got married - I don’t recall if the books ever say where he was born and raised? Just that he was an Egyptologist who traveled the world. On the one hand, if he and his brother Amos trained at the First Nome, they could very well have been born in Egypt - though the location of the Kane family mansion in Brooklyn seems to suggest that the Kanes have lived in America for a long time. I’ll need to do a reread of the series if I want to verify, haha.
Anonymous said: I have a question about the Kane Chronicles... what is Sadie supposed to look like? She's described as being fair-skinned and having light hair and blue eyes, and I know blue eyes/light hair/light skin =/= white, but in her official portrait she has straight blonde hair and is very pale. But I thought she and her brother were black? If I drew her like her official portrait, would that be whitewashing? I'm really confused.
Kids with parents of different races sometimes favor one parent over the other rather than looking mixed, per se. It’s rare, but not unheard of, and the Kanes have a white mother and African-American father. Sadie’s described as the splitting image of her mother, as well as pale enough that people are surprised that she and Carter are siblings, so I wouldn’t call it whitewashing if you drew her like her official portrait. I do prefer drawing her with more AA features, but that’s a personal preference.
(HoO/BoO spoilers) okay so i’ve seen a lot of people hesitant to ship solangelo
due to the the fact that they still ship percico/jasico/some other nico ship
and i’m just here to tell you it’s OKAY to ship WHATEVER at the SAME TIME. (like, seriously, really, for anything)
why I ship percico: because percy is a piece of crap(ilu percy) and nico crushes on him ANYWAY. nico can take in the bad of percy with the good and that’s some srs crushing there, my friend. I believe that having percy would make nico happy and all nico shippers rlly want is a happy nico (its tru).
why I ship jasico: because jason is good friends with nico and trusts him and (tries to) understand him and they’re just a cute ship i cant explain it ok. jason + nico= happy nico. yay! winner!
why I ship solangelo: OKAY LET’S GET SOMETHING STRAIGHT HERE, riordan did not make solangelo canon, he made it AMBIGUOUSLY CANON. At least: nico has a one sided crush and will just really wants to be friends. At most: nico likes will and will is interested in nico also.
the possibility of either is enough to make me ship it but mostly I ship it because of the reasons i ship percico/jasico: happy nico. I don’t care about canon/non-canon.
my interpretation of nico in BoO is that through reyna(precious child), he was able to look at his feelings and take his own advice which prompted him to begin to heal. I don’t believe that “will healed nico”. If anybody besides nico is to take credit for nico healing it would be reyna (and maybe the coach HAHA) but w/e.
So I believe that because nico began the process of healing himself, he was able to look at will with fresh eyes and say: “do i like this guy? he’s giving me skeletal butterflies in the tum tum. welp, hey, if i like this guy, i’m going to like this guy. so be it.”
ANYWAY, unless you have some personal deal with “conflicting ships”(why tho), it doesn’t really matter why you want to ship a thing, if you want to, PLEASE GO AHEAD! Do it! Ship whatever! At the same time! Make cute art! Make cute fics! Make cute headcanons! Who cares, look how cute these boys are!
i’m waiting for someone to write epic meta on why the reason bucky is so popular with female fans is bc his storyline being about being stripped of agency and personal autonomy resonates particularly with female experiences
I think you… just did it?
Yeah, this must be why most of the fic on AO3 is written with really great Black Widow, who’s never sidelined, ignored, or turned into a series of Dad Jokes. Because her plotline is about the same things.
Or why there’s a tonne of fanworks and meta about Gamora.
I’m not discounting or dismissing female fans who find that Bucky’s narrative resonates with them. But I think there’s meta to be written about how this storyline of being stripped of agency and personal autonomy, a storyline that applies to at least two female characters in the MCU, was not considered narratively important until it happened to a white man.
Fandom is notorious for wanting storylines that resonate with female experiences but dismissing female characters, such that even when we have two women whose storylines match that they’re ignored in favor of the dude. And THEN fandom is notorious for writing long essays about how they like the male character because he represents their experience in ways they’ve never seen before, without ever acknowledging that women are having that same storyline in more explicitly gendered terms right there.
That’s fandom in a microcosm. And I’m pretty sure that’s the point theladymonsters was making.
All of the above is true, but I wouldn’t blame media consumers so much as media creators.
Bucky’s storyline and experience with losing agency and autonomy is played out in an extremely engaging way. The movies show his before, during, and (presumably and hopefully) will show his after.
Natasha’s loss of agency and autonomy isn’t explicitly shown in the movies like Bucky’s is. (I believe it’s played out in the comics but I don’t know for sure). We only get an ‘after’ of Natasha; the way that she’s trying to rebuild and recreate herself. Her story is aftermath, not process.
Gamora’s storyline was handled terribly. There’s a lot of much better meta than I could write about this, but suffice it to say that the main thing that I took from that movie was “dear god i wish the movie actually addressed Gamora and Nebula in any substantial way”. Gamora’s reaction to her loss of agency revolved around Quill, rather than herself, and therefore, I think, packed a lot less punch.
Point being, Bucky’s experience is the one fandom latches onto because it has the best source material. It elicits the most emotional response because it was explored more and better than the stories of the women. Because misogyny.
#basically i don’t like blaming female fans for their engagement with media
For myself, I’ve made my peace with the fact that I want to work out all my issues of female experience on the bodies of male characters because it gives me a little distance from it. When those bad things happen to female characters, it’s too real, too close. I don’t want stories about women suffering violence and dehumanization; I want stories about women who are strong and fierce. I want stories about women who are as safe as I hope I am (and know I’m probably not). When I want a story about suffering and helplessness you’re damn straight I want it to be about a man, because I don’t want it to be about me.