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"[With Elsa, it] definitely was intentional to show anxiety and depression." - JENNIFER LEE (x)


Like yes, I agree with the major criticisms going around tumblr re: racism and heteronormativity and not enough major female characters YES, they’re all valid points.  I just don’t understand the bloodlust towards Frozen more than, say, Tangled.  These issues aren’t unique to this movie; they’re widespread societal problems and that leaks into our media.  It can still be a good/enjoyable movie.  I see you SJWers enjoying Aladdin at the same time and that shit’s racist as hell.  Just because something has problematic elements doesn’t make it bad.

BUT THIS CHARACTER IS SO FUCKING IMPORTANT.  Because little girls are obsessed with her, they’re latching on to her.  Little girls love Elsa.  And she’s a Disney Princess with major neuroses.  (I know this is Anna’s story but Elsa’s more popular.)  And it shows a main female character with major anxiety and depression issues, and it shows her as a powerful, strong, loving person around those issues, and it shows her as an incredibly positive character. 

A lot of people are saying that the story would’ve been better if Elsa’d been the antagonist, and she was originally intended to be until that changed in development.  And you know what, it’s for the best because she’s a protagonist with mental issues.  It’s easy and common to give those to a villain.  Villains are twisted and they hurt people because they’re not Good People.  Disney Princesses might not be perfect but they’re damn close to it and their faults are charming and cute and not crippling.  Elsa’s issues and her failure to deal with them are crippling.

So many teens and adults have identified with her issues, and seeing them portrayed in a positive and beloved character is so fucking important, because children see that not just scary weirdos have mental issues.  Elsa hurts people because of her issues.  She doesn’t mean to but she hurts her parents and sister and kingdom and strangers, emotionally and physically.  And she’s a Good Guy.  Not only is she a Good Guy, she’s a Disney Princess.  They’re not supposed to hurt people — except oh maybe hurt feelings because they were following their dreams or something saccharine like that.

And she makes a series of bad choices, selfish choices, because she can’t deal with her issues.  Just like real people.  She’s not a bad person because she makes bad choices stemming from her neuroses.  Little kids see someone who’s awesome! with anxiety and depression and they see that she’s more than just her issues, and she’s deserving of love


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Alaric Saltzman Drabble Week

Like with Bonnie Bennett, you don’t see many drabbles or fanfictions revolving around Alaric, although he features in plenty of other fics as a secondary character, so this appreciation week is dedicated to writing fics and drabbles to celebrate our love for this rugged history teacher/vampire hunter. 

Like with the Bonnie Bennett Drabble Week (which is still ongoing, just remember to use the tag bbdw14 to tag your entries so I can reblog them), there is no time frame, just write up your drabbles and tag them as asdw14 so I can reblog all the entries. You can take part in a few or all of the days specified but you don’t have to do them in order, and you can make them platonic or romantic, it’s completely up to you, just note that the specified pairings listed aren’t necessarily romantically canon, they’re just whoever Alaric has interacted with on the show.

Day 1 Alaric x Jenna

Day 2 Alaric x Isobel

Day 3 Alaric x Damon

Day 4 Alaric x Elena

Day 5 Alaric x Jeremy 

Day 6 Alaric x Meredith

Day 7 Alaric x ? (use this day to either write solely about Alaric, or to write about a pairing which hasn’t already been mentioned, so can be AU, crack!ship, and anything else in between)

Even if you don’t take part, would really appreciate people spreading the word about this, and the Bonnie Bennett post as well which can be found here so that as many people as possible know about both events and can take part as they’re is no time limit, but would like some as soon as so that I know if I do more events like this people will respond and take part. 

Enjoy, have fun, and let’s give Mystic Falls’ finest history teacher all the recognition he deserves! 

Thanks guys! 



Anonymous asked:

in the last episode I was almost starting to like Elena again, she was being her old self with Stefan and then in the end of the episode she runs back to damon's room and I was like: THERE SHE IS! STUPID ANNOYING ELENA. There's no hope for her.


Elena!! Was!! Not!! Acting!! Like!! Her!! Old!! Self!!!

That Elena you saw was a hallucination! The Elena happily married with Stefan was created by Markos to manipulate the doppelgängers! Hell, the whole “universe” and “epic love” story was created by Markos. There is nothing special about Elena or Stefan’s love, and the whole point of this episode was to have Stefan and Elena move on for good. To reconcile that they were happy but now they are over and to be okay with it.

Elena was very consistent with her behavior throughout the episode. When she stared having hallucinations, the first thing she did was run to Damon for help, not to Stefan. It’s not shocker she went back to Damon after having that conversation with Stefan (which, by the way, was just for them to say “we are friends and our romantic relationship is over forever”). Because even though this episode was marketed as a Stelena episode, it was actually a Delena episode.

Do you think Elena will ever grow up and stop running back to Damon? The more she does that the more backwards her growth is. Him pushing her away should be good though… if she gets the hint


As sweet as the conversation between Stefan and Elena was, I have a few problems with it. Mostly what it reveals about what the writers consider to be the definition of love.

The first thing is Stefan commenting that he and Elena grew apart naturally. That did not happen. They were supernaturally…

I feel like they were just fishing for a reason to validate the Stelena breakup when in fact there isn’t.
I was also hoping they meant you can’t be friends with your ex, like DE right now, and just badly worded it? It certainly didn’t apply to SE’s relationship.

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