I’m not an artist and I jizzed myself.
If you get this for an artist, it’s pretty much a guarantee you’ll get laid that night.
Oh, my dear art friends, you want the very best, don’t you?
20 Red, 2 white, 1 purple. It’ll all make sense later…
So, I run the risk of getting a bit controversial here, but something was said to me today (in person, not online) - a sentiment I’ve seen and heard many times - which has inspired the need for a (probably lengthy) ramble. This might sound a tad aggressive, but it’s a pet peeve of mine, and as a champion of fandom and all it entails, I hate to let this go unsaid. (I think a lot of people can relate to this, too.)
Too often, I think, when fans express admiration or thanks for someone who exists in the public sphere - someone famous, which has become a dirty word - we are met with this need to stamp down our enthusiasm. “Remember,” I was told, “they’re just people, not some other being.” Here’s the thing, though: I think it is abhorrent to devalue those just people and the profound ways that they touch our lives out of the belief that only some intangible, otherworldly being has the right to affect us on that level. Or to imply that our feelings - real, honest, heartfelt feelings - of admiration, respect, or even love (and often with it, a powerful desire to interact with these people) are in any way tied to a belief on our part that anyone is not human (or that these feelings are something ridiculous like misplaced worship). Or, furthermore, that these feelings we have are somehow not legitimate because these people are not a part of our day to day lives in the way we traditionally conceive of that - in having a physical, personal presence through talking to us face to face and engaging “actively” with us. Because there are other equally real, equally tangible ways to affect people, without ever setting foot in the same room as them (we are, after all, not just our bodies). This is what the internet has taught us (what stories - books, tv, and movies - and their corresponding fandoms have taught us), but there are so many skeptics who still refuse to listen and understand.
I am a war of h e a d vs h e a r t
and it’s always this way
i’ll always love you ‘cause we grew up together and you helped make me who i am. i just wanted you to know there will be a piece of you in me always, and i’m grateful for that. whatever someone you become, and wherever you are in the world, i’m sending you love. you’re my friend to the end.
— her (2013)
Pedro Pascal at San Diego Comic Con 2014 ( image source )
Harry & Hermione + longing looks