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Unfortunately the chat I was alluding to in my previous entry - the one I was hoping to do at the end of this month - will have to get pushed back. I'm going to have to spend the end of this month traveling overseas for a funeral instead.

I found out early yesterday morning and was debating whether or not to say anything. I can't help but feel like mentioning it at all is some twisty cry for attention on my part no matter how cathartic it might actually be. Especially considering the whole reluctant BNF thing. But my mood's also been all over the place since yesterday morning and there's a good chance I could hulk out or at the very least say something really pissy and hurtful if I don't at least acknowledge it. So. This is me, acknowledging it. I don't know how hard it is to picture, but all the angry, emotional, soap-opera-esque intensity of FEELING there is in TEF with all the various characters? The stuff that you've read and the stuff that's forthcoming? I don't know what I'm saying. Maybe just that I spend a lot of time there. And I get people saying How are you able to write these characters this way, asking me how I do it so well, and that's the problem, I don't actually feel like I do it well, because I'm just writing how I feel, and most of the time I feel angry. I feel angry and pissy and bitter all the fucking time. And that's basically all I'm doing, is cordoning off all these individual bits and pieces of this me-monster into different people. I don't know. It's nothing special. Everybody on this planet is angry and pissy and bitter, all the fucking time, just like me. I'm not doing anything different, besides maybe writing it down and shoving into a bunch of cartoon characters, I guess. That's all. Sorry about the angst. I thought it was something you outgrew, but not really, huh? It just gets channeled into all these other little parts of yourself and festers like this little rotten thing inside you instead of going all Harry Potter Book 5.

Anyway. I've been planning a couple of posts for a while. I'm determined to get through as many questions as I can this weekend (and I'm not forcing myself, really, I'll have the time and things to fill my time are good for me right now) and I've been working on and off on a semi-detailed rundown of my various TEF!playlists. The Blues are up first, because, well, they start with "B" and that comes before "G" and "R." It turned into more of a project than I expected it to; you'll see what I mean. Then there's other stuff that I'm not calling to mind at the moment. Oh! A few days ago I thought about doing something special, inspired by the (fake) strangers kissing vid that went viral earlier this week. Maybe in April. We'll see.

For the record, if anyone offers their sympathies, I really do appreciate it, but I'd rather you commented with a link to something funny or happy or fluffy. Something to make me smile. I wallow enough as it is and sympathy only tends to enable that, which isn't healthy for me. In fact, let's make that a rule for the comments on this post! Something happy/fluffy/funny, if not all of the above!

(Speaking of happy things, the recent fanart by waffleswithketchup posted to the fanblog and lockwoodspenis' TEF re-read liveblog! Those things make me so happy. Thanks guys ♥ I'm very sorry to have immortalized these shout-outs in a post filled with my whinging.)
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The other day I read a post where the blogger basically stated that they would be sure to download Monday's Dance Pantsed PpG Special on account of the reveal a few weeks back publicly affirming that WB/CTN doesn't care about catering to girls, and as a result CTN doesn't deserve the ratings or revenue. Which is poor thinking.

I understand the sentiment behind it - no, we should not continue to support a company that chooses to marginalize its female viewers - but refusing to watch the ONE SPECIAL, the ONE CTN SHOW whose main characters are all girls is not the way to do it. Companies need to know that a property featuring little girls being total badasses has value. They need to see it kill in the ratings, they need to see it move merchandise, they need to see it rocket to the top of iTunes' and Amazon's top downloaded show.

So here's my request, from one fan to (hopefully) many: watch the special on Monday. ON TV. If, like me, you don't have cable, try to view it the most legit way you can. If you have Christmas money or gift cards leftover, buy the episode on iTunes or Amazon. (I purchased a TV Pass - Amazon's version of a subscription to their video content - for the special, in an effort to demonstrate that I love this property so much that I am willing to pre-order it, sight unseen.) If you are flush with cash, visit CTN's online store and buy some merch. They just released a couple of fucking awesome t-shirts and are offering a sweet little PpG charm bracelet as a gift with $30 purchase. (I... have multiples coming. Cough.)

The sad truth of the business is it all comes down to numbers. Money talks. And if you have the means to, and girls' programming means something to you...

Anyway, that's all I have to say, besides I'm really looking forward to Monday's special. Obviously. (Kevin Dart posted an anon comment on his blog that actually came from me, shhh.)

Also there is this adorable fanart that was inspired by my fuckery in this post ♥ Thank you for indulging me!
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A while back this became a (very!) small issue for me, and it was swiftly corrected, so I didn't make a big deal of it. I was lucky enough to have one of my readers* catch and confront the perpetrator, as it were, and I was even luckier that said perpetrator did not get defensive or belligerent, but contacted me personally instead. After a private exchange the fic was removed with no ill feelings towards each other. I was extremely pleased and happy with the outcome especially since others have not been so lucky in the past.

After giving it all some thought, I wanted to go ahead and share what I said in the exchange in the hopes that it can help other writers out there struggling with inspiration and the craft.

Thanks for your message. I think the best thing for you to do would be to try writing a new beginning from scratch.

I know it's hard work writing - believe me, I know! - and that sometimes it's just so much easier to work with an existing story and change a word here and there to make things feel like they're yours somehow. But that path - the easier path - is less rewarding in the end, and if you are serious about writing, it's also extremely detrimental to your growth as a writer.

Right now, as it is, this story you've written still isn't really yours. And even if it diverges in future chapters, the fact remains that the beginning still doesn't really belong to you. It's someone else's work, someone else's time. My work and my time, actually.

It's because of that work and time I put into [fic name omitted] that I am so happy and proud of how it's turned out. It was - and still is - extremely difficult work. But I couldn't be prouder of the end result.

I want you to be able to experience that too, but the only way you can do that is if you start over, using your own words, taking your own time to make your story uniquely yours and nobody else's. And you can absolutely do that. I know it's hard, but it isn't impossible. Trust me. I was there once too. Sometimes I still am.

Rewrite your story. Look to me for inspiration if you want, but make the words and the story your own. It may be one of the hardest things you have ever done, but if you keep at it, you can do it.

Good luck.

(*Many thanks to [profile] kidstandout.)
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(This entry was motivated by this post on the fan tumblr, and I would like to take the time to please ask everyone to treat the asker with respect before responding. This is something that comes up with a fair number of readers, not just this one, and I've finally decided to respond myself.)

It always surprises me how many readers believe that the Reds are the most “perfect” or well-rounded characters. I try to refrain from discussing this at too much length because when it comes to bigger thematic elements I really don't want to be planting my words or thoughts in anybody's mouth – I don't want to tell anyone how to “read” my story. I would rather they come to those conclusions based on my ability to carry those points across in my writing. I have admittedly used this as a measure of how good a job I am doing – if people get it, I have succeeded! Hooray! If they don't, that tells me there is something I can work on clarifying. (The road to bettering yourself never ends.)

However, in the case of the Reds, I have received some pretty divided feedback. There are obviously readers who love the characters, both individually and as a “couple” as portrayed in TEF. There are also readers who feel the Reds are unfairly elevated above their siblings, that too much attention is paid to them, and also, why are they so perfect and great at everything? That's impossible. Nobody in real life is like that.

(Let's set aside the issue that this is a fic about cartoon heroines who are canonically perceived by their entire city as perfect and great, and also that Blossom is, canonically, the Powerpuff Girl most likely to strike the finishing blow (see “Stuck Up, Up, and Away,” “Ice Sore,” “Abracadaver,” “Mime for a Change,” aaaaand I'm going to stop because I don't need to be listing like 80% of the series' run of episodes here). I assume we have all watched the same show, so let's just get to the real meat of this business.)

I have brought up the issue a few times, mostly with regards to Blossom and a perceived Mary Sue-ishness about her (an opinion that I still vehemently disagree with), but for the most part refrained from delving deeply into the issue because, again, I don't want to tell people how to read the story, it is merely my job to tell it. I have realized, though, that this isn't an issue of me or the narrative not being clear. This is an issue of having wildly different opinions about what makes a person “perfect.” And having a different opinion doesn't mean you are reading the story wrong, so if you are in that camp, I hope you don't take this as an attack! I simply want to explain where I am (and perhaps several other readers are) coming from when I perceive the Reds as “imperfect” people.

Yes, Blossom and Brick are great at many things. )

I hope I've explained myself adequately. Again, this isn't intended to invalidate anyone's criticism, this is intended to explain the mindset I am approaching with regards to writing the Reds. I hope this entry doesn't deter any current readers from reading further, or from future criticism. I always welcome and encourage discussion!

There's more that I haven't touched on, but good holy Christ it is late and I need the sleep. Although, apropos of nothing I have rambled about tonight, if somebody could tell mirakelsey on tumblr that her rendition of the girls is one of my favorites so far (my God, her posing is FANTASTIC), please do! I don't have tumblr (and I will not get one, so please don't urge me to as your pleas will fall on selectively deaf ears) and she doesn't allow anonymous asks. So. Yes. If the Internet fairies could do that, that would be awesomesauce. (For the record, and always, thank you to everyone who has done fanart of TEF. I do see all of it and I squee and I save it in a little folder on my 'puter for safekeeping. Every piece, no matter how big or small, matters so much to me. Thank you ♥)
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I reached a reluctant conclusion the other day after sending this letter to the TEF/MTH fanblog—I'm becoming a BNF.

I say reluctant for a few reasons, one of them being that I feel rather presumptuous in saying that because outside of writing the fic and posting on my lj and lurking about on tumblr, I don't actively engage in fandom enough to warrant the title. I assume that the only other fans who know or consider TEF/MTH a “big deal” are those actively seeking out a PpG/RrB story. I probably assume incorrectly, considering the amount of messages and reviews I get nowadays from folks saying they keep seeing posts on tumblr about it. (Prior to that it was deviantart.)

I'm not sure where to go with this or what I'm getting at. I notice that the way I interact with the fandom is now changing, probably as a direct result of fan culture itself changing. Tumblr is where it's at these days, and while it's awesome, from what I've seen there's a little less open dialogue that happens. (I have other thoughts on tumblr that might get posted someday, just not today.) I mean, just look at the terminology. On LJ you had friendslists. On tumblr you have followers. That's a large reason why I haven't joined tumblr—just the implications that are coded into its usage freaks me out a little. While there are tons of great, long-form articles posted very frequently, at its core tumblr is conducive to microblogging. Like Facebook, another thing that freaks me out.

I say it freaks me out, but the phrase doesn't quite fit. It discomforts me, a little. There.

And this isn't a judgment on anybody! I do not think lesser of anyone for having a tumblr or a Facebook account. I just recognize that it isn't for me.

But back to what I was saying. The way I interact with fandom is changing. I don't have the conversations I used to, and this is largely due to me needing to tip the scales in favor of real life for the past few years and people coming and going, as is typical. But the way fellow fans approach me has definitely changed. I get the feeling that... people feel like they can't approach me, or they approach me with these expectations that I'm going to be mean, or dismissive, or pretentious. (Obviously I'm not going to share any private correspondence that reflects this, so you'll have to take me at my word that it's happened enough to warrant my concern.)

I don't blame anyone for those expectations, but I can't help but feel a little stunned by it. And... well, that's kind of what finally clued me in and got me to admit what I'm admitting now: I'm becoming a BNF. Shit, I probably already am one.

I looked at my numbers on ffnet the other day. They're big. There's a fan tumblr with 400+ followers. That's big, too. People are asking lately if CTN has contacted me (!!!) and no, they haven't, to satisfy everyone's curiosity. Those aren't things that happen to or questions that get asked of just any old fan.

I hope I'm not coming off as boastful or arrogant right now. To tell you the truth, it kinda terrifies me.

I'm not saying I don't like getting those favorites or reviews, or that there's a fan tumblr, or that you guys are interested enough in what I have to say to regularly ask me questions! I love you for all those things. I love what you've given me in return for what I've been trying to give fandom. I am just incredibly overwhelmed and near-paralyzed at the idea of being even a small celebrity in this sandbox we call the PpG fandom. I never expected things to get this big. Then again, I guess nobody ever does, even though some might really, really hope.

I could spend hours trying to elaborate on the anxieties and apprehensions I have about this, but for the most part they've already been covered in this essay. But beyond that, I do want you all to know that I'm just like you. Thank you for the accolades and the love, but at the heart of it, I'm still a regular old fan.

All the same, thanks for loving what I do. All the support really does help keep me going. Thanks for finding value in what I do ♥
Let's talk about the arduous task of what happens to a TEF chapter before it gets posted.

At least five mornings a week... )

That's all to say that there's a lot that goes into each chapter of TEF. A lot of readers get very demanding about the next chapter, and I know I've said it before but I'll say it again, every time—TEF is a big part of my life and my betas' lives, but it's not the only part. We are each of us adults, with full time responsibilities and relationships. My entire day cannot be centered around TEF, and my betas can't drop everything they're doing to beta a 60-90 page chapter—the quality of the feedback they give me requires a good amount of time on their part to read and digest 20,000-30,000 words at a time. I don't even know how many times they read a chapter, to be honest, but since we do multiple rounds of notes, I know it's more than once.

Most of you know (and have commented!) on how long reading a single chapter took you. [profile] mathkid and[personal profile] juxtaposie read a single chapter over and over, and they're not just reading—they're doing quality control. I know several of you have done re-reads (♥!), but my betas have to re-read the same chapter over and over and keep an eye out for every little thing that's changed. I do indicate it in red and include detailed notation on what's been changed on each page, but that doesn't change the fact that it's still tens of thousands of words to read through. TEF is currently over 200,000 words long. How many hours of editing—which is still work, even if it's on something you enjoy reading—do you think has been spent on a fic of such immense length?

But I'm blabbering. The whole point of this was to try and de-mystify the process of writing TEF as much as possible for those of you who were interested. I'm immensely happy and flattered by the appreciative comments, I really am! I thank you all for bearing with the wait. I just also want to point out that this whole thing isn't an easy lay or a one night stand or even a summer fling—it's a fucking commitment and has been for a good few years. Like any relationship, writing TEF isn't this magical thing that just happens—it's work. Work that I love, but most definitely work. But I do care about it enough to keep it going, and at the very least, I want you guys to recognize that. ♥
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My skill for introduction is really suffering these days, so permit me the lack of one here while I just get to the point of this entry: I get really frustrated with how sex/sexual awakening/sexual desire is presented in fic. And, you know, most other media.

Moving right along... )

Anyway. This has been rattling around in my head for awhile because when writing a high school fic the topic of sex is inevitably going to come up. Depending on what sort of scene I'm writing, I try to look at every aspect of what I like and don't like about that type of scene, and let that inform my own take on the subject. So I guess the major takeaway from this is, yes: Sex is going to come up in TEF. Although if you frequent the fan tumblr, you're probably already aware. Cheers!
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I have been having a difficult time lately with fandom, and, subsequently, myself, and after poking and prodding at the things that have been giving me the most difficulty I've uncovered aspects of myself that I wasn't willing to acknowledge before. It's been an ongoing thing, progressing further and further the older I get, and it's now that it's something I've spent some time thinking about I can't say I'm very happy about it.

I had this whole big entry planned out when news and concept art of the 2013 PpG Special was released—first, I planned a SQUEEful yet rational post reacting to the immensely negative “fan” response to the concept art, which then morphed into a reservedly snarky yet very angry post where I basically called the “fans” by the crudest, most offensive insults I could think of (usually involving genitialia; my eventual favorite that has now worked its way into my actual spoken vernacular is “thundercunt”), and then I wavered back and forth for awhile between the two, but then—finally—there was only me, sinking into this sad sort of depression about what was revealed by further reflection on all this business and its effect on me.

I am not going to be eloquent about this because I have little eloquence in me these days, and I don't have the energy to be really angry about it anymore (nor do I want to be angry about it—it saps too much energy from me, of every kind, including the increasingly short-supplied creative energy I'm so desperately trying to reclaim). There's only just enough energy to keep me pretty bummed out every time I get into that headspace.

But I could talk circles around this all day, going “Wah wah meeeeeeeeeeee” and I already hate when I'm on the receiving end of that sort of thing; to be the source of it is just doubly insulting to myself. Abluh. Anyway.

Let's just pretend there's nobody out there who isn't excited about the special for a second. Let's just pretend that people don't keep getting the creator of the original series wrong. Let's pretend that people are willing to reserve judgment until proven wrong (or right) by the actual product, let's pretend that people actually know who the fuck Kevin Dart is, let's pretend that basically any fairweather fan who thinks that all it takes to make you an expert on anything is to have flipped on the television and watched it because it was on. Let me pretend for a second that no naysayers exist, so I can have this next paragraph (plus one).

I love the Powerpuff Girls. I love the art style Kevin Dart has conceived for the show. I love Kevin Dart's work! Dart is one of the most respected names in the animation industry, so seeing his name attached to the new PpG special is nothing short of euphoric for me. No matter that McCracken isn't involved in it—though I can't lie and say I'm not a little disappointed, I think bringing Dart and Dave Smith on to handle the special was one of the absolute best, smartest moves CTN could've made. For those of you who are not aware (and I daresay most of you do not, and this is not a criticism), Smith was responsible for several of the best episodes of the PpG series, including my personal favorite, “The Powerpuff Girls' Best Rainy Day Adventure Ever.” CTN does not have a history of making especially good programming decisions, but damned if they haven't been responsible for getting some of the best fucking cartoons on the air, PERIOD. (Keeping them on the air is another story, but let's table that discussion for another day.) As far as Dart is concerned, have you seen his artwork? IT'S FUCKING BEAUTIFUL. Not just the work he's done as an artist in the animation industry, but as an artist, PERIOD. Fucking astounding. Beautiful, amazing work. AND HE'S ON THE NEW POWERPUFF GIRLS SPECIAL FOR 2013. OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD. HOLD ME. I THINK I'M HYPERVENTILATING. That's like the equivalent of being told you're getting a burger and going, “Yay, I love burgers!” and then finding out that not only are you getting a burger, you're getting a burger made of the highest quality grade A grass-fed ground beef flavored with truffle oil with a side of truffle cheese fries and a sparkling beverage of your choice to wash it all down and then you can follow it up with your favorite dessert (might I suggest a delicately flavored pear-champagne sorbet) and OH BY THE WAY IT'S TOTALLY COMPED SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY A THING, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SIT BACK AND ENJOY THIS HOLY CREATION OF GOODNESS THAT'S LIABLE TO ELEVATE YOUR STANDARD OF LIVING BY FIVE THOUSAND FUCKING POINTS, I MEAN ARE YOU SERIOUS BECAUSE ALL I WAS ACTUALLY EXPECTING WAS A DECENT BURGER BUT ALL THIS, THIS IS SO, SO MUCH BETTER, YES PLEASE ABSO-FUCKING-LUTELY YES HOW DID YOU KNOW?! IS IT CARTOON CHRISTMAS?!

Oh, you say the chef isn't the same? Oh, well, that's kind of disappointing, but it's okay! Because God knows there are a good deal of other chefs out there who are just as capable of creating something really wonderful and amazing that I know I'll enjoy. I'm flexible. I'm game. My body is ready. Bring it on! NO, REALLY, PLEASE, GIVE IT TO ME.

There. That's my two paragraphs. Those are the paragraphs I wish I was seeing around the internet more. But mostly I see a lot of people complaining. Mostly I see a lot of people insulting a really talented artist whose work I love and admire. It's especially galling to see them refer to themselves as fans when the majority of them steal the show by downloading it off the internet, half of them can't even get the fucking creator right (no disrespect, but you MLP:FiM peeps need to step the fuck down and get your facts straight; Faust wasn't on PpG until fucking Season Four FOR THE RECORD), and then there's those thundercunts taking the “animation fan's” stance and criticizing the animation style/fact that it's cg WHEN THEY NOT ONLY HAVEN'T SEEN ANY ANIMATION FOR THE SHOW YET, BUT ARE SUCH SHIT FANS OF ANIMATION THAT THEY CAN'T EVEN RECOGNIZE THE NAMES OF TWO ACTUAL INDUSTRY TALENTS COMING TOGETHER TO WORK ON THIS FUCKING SPECIAL, NOR RECOGNIZE THE BEAUTIFULLY STYLIZED WORK BEING DONE IN CG BY KEVIN DART HIMSELF ON THE OPENING TITLES FOR RANDY CUNNINGHAM AND DISNEY IN ONE OF THEIR MOST FAMOUS ANIMATED SHORTS UP FOR THE OSCAR THIS YEAR. (Surprise, assholes! CG doesn't all look like fucking Dreamworks TV shows! If you were TRUE animation fans, you would know and recognize the actual work currently being done to play with and push the medium, but you don't because the majority of you who claim to be fans are in reality FUCKING IDIOTS BLOWING SHIT OUT YOUR ASS.)

There. That's my angry paragraph. (See, you're progressing through my arc with me.) And now: the sad revelation about the type of person I realized I am.

Go back and glance over that paragraph I wrote prior to the two detailing my excitement, as well as the paragraph after. I used really loaded, condescending language. I insulted others for being what I perceived as inferior to me. I practically outright stated “This is what makes you a good fan. This is what makes you a bad fan.” I reacted badly to others' reactions and dismissed them as being stupid, lesser. I placed their thoughts and opinions below mine, which I clearly perceive as superior. Never mind that most of these people are just kids. I mean, how short-sighted can I be? How elitist? I've always prided myself on not having that sort of attitude, and yet... Holy Hell, I really have crossed the line into BOFQ territory. (Damn! But, really. Fuck.)

And the problem is it's not just fandom where I'm like that now. This attitude—this angry superiority complex of mine that I've been feeding for the past few years—is coloring too many shades of my life. Fandom, work, relationships, you name it. I don't consider that the hallmark of a good person. And so I haven't been very happy with myself.

I don't have a solution for it (and I'm not looking for one, so while I appreciate the sentiments of anyone out there reading, I can't say that I will be in a very good frame of mind to receive what I will interpret as people telling me how to “fix” this issue (and I doubt any of you are professionals certified to deal with this sort of problem anyway) so please keep those types of comments to yourself) but on the plus side, it's off my chest. Maybe I can finally get back to my more creative endeavours without that hanging over me. And that sex entry I promised. Which will happen. Eventually.

ETA: Btw, because I keep getting this question: YES, I'M STILL WORKING ON TEF. (Not sure why I bothered saying this; the only people who keep asking don't appear to know how to click on links or use the internet to find out basic information anyway.) (Wow, again! See my superiority complex at work. God, what kind of person am I becoming?)
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But some talk about PpG/RrB physiology first! )

Really. Thank you. ♥

Another aside before I start banging out some trivia! I'm sure most of you are aware (if not, well, I guess I'm a bigger nerd than you) that CTN recently celebrated their 20th anniversary, and commissioned I Love Dust (based in London) to animate this lovely 2-minute bumper for them.

I think they did lovely work (although I missed the thick line quality when it went into that black-and-white segment; Dexter was just missing that certain je ne sais quoi to his look) and still can't believe how much my chest literally - literally - swells when I hear that little bursty sfx that is the Girls taking off or in flight. A whole decade+ later and I'm still so affected by so small a thing.

This, truly, is what it means to be a complete, utter PpG fan!dork.

Well. To further expound upon that. ETA: You guys, I totally forgot the Beach Chapter was up next for trivia. Oh, God. This is going to be fun.

Some of the boys later claimed a chorus of Hallelujah had echoed in the skies at first sight of Buttercup's toned stomach. Others argued the music didn't start until the shirt had passed into higher, holier territory. )

OKAY YOU KNOW WHAT I will have to continue this later! Stay cool, everyone. Wear condoms. Don't do drugs. TYFYT
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You guys, I love this show so much.

For those of you who can't name specific episodes by name like other dorks that may or may not be making lj posts about it, "The Mane Event" is the ep where Blossom's hair gets COMPLETELY BUTCHERED by Buttercup and Bubbles, to the point where all of Townsville (and the monster (and her own FATHER (and the audience too))) is laughing their asses off at how ridiculous she looks. I mean, it's awful, but it's HILARIOUS, and it's also super fucking amazing, and this is why.

gif set sourced from bubbley-boo

In the beginning of the ep you see all the Girls waking up. Bubbles gets up with horrible bedhead.

Buttercup gets up with horrible bedhead.

Blossom gets up--


So you think the natural progression of things is Bubbles and Buttercup are going to be super jealous of their perfect leader-slash-sister's perfect hair. But the great, amazing, wonderful thing is? THEY'RE NOT.

In the very next shot her sisters are smiling! Seeing their pretty sister with their pretty hair actually makes them happy. They spend the morning brushing it and playing with it (BUTTERCUP BUILDS A FUCKING RACE TRACK IN HER HAIR, SHE SHOULD STYLE ALL THE HAIRS) and helping her do it up! They never spend a single moment bitching about how much they hate Blossom for having beautiful hair that doesn't turn into a disaster area within a night. They don't make snarky remarks about who the fuck cares if your hair is gorgeous in the morning. They never at any point exude any jealousy towards her for her hair whatsoever.

Instead they revel in it with her. (They also inadvertently mutilate it within seconds, but they weren't being actively malicious. They were genuinely trying to fix it. They were just very, very bad at it.)

You know, as girls we're constantly expected (I think moreso than dudes) to always be jealous of other successful girls and women - because they're prettier, or they have nicer hair, or they have nicer clothes, or they're skinnier, etc., etc., etc. So isn't it just so great and awesome and amazing that all that business is completely absent from a show geared towards young girls starring three superpowered sisters?

(Granted, there is jealousy in "Ice Sore," but that is different - we aren't talking about a purely physical trait there (and so much of women's self-worth, particularly when you look at the media that's marketed to us, is supposed to revolve around being physically attractive); we are talking about a superpowered ability one girl gets that the rest of the team EXPECTS they should have because they all share the same powers.)

So when I see other fics depicting Bubbles or Buttercup (ESPECIALLY Buttercup) as being super-resentful or jealous of Blossom-in-high-school, I'm not really into it. And I understand that feelings can change as we get older, and we become more insecure as we go through puberty, so it's not entirely unreasonable. But I'm also not really into the idea (and expectation) that we're automatically conditioned to hate any other woman we see who we perceive as being "prettier" than us. I'd rather do as Bubbles and Buttercup did.

Up to the point where they fucked it up, that is.

tl;dr - "The Mane Event" is great, everyone should watch it, then come back here so we can gush. ♥

I made this post instead of working on TEF today. NO REGRETS
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