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10 December 2017 @ 10:05 pm
Coupla goodies!  
First off, a little arty thing, a commission for a lovely fangirl (who I'm not sure has an LJ journal? But at any rate...)

Jared Padalecki, ballerino. (I'd be lying if I said this wasn't delightfully fun to draw.)



We based it on a poster of a ballerina in London, but added our own spin. Digital, many errant photorefs. Click to embiggen.

ALSO! I think I mentioned this a bit ago, but I started contributing occasional thoughts to a site called SpnHunters, over at the FanSided network. There's this saying, and I've always dug it: "Don't like the game? Get in it." Lately, there's been a rash of pop culture articles and fandom behavior that has seriously short-changed mah boy Sam Winchester and the dude who plays him, Jared Padalecki. (You may have heard of them? *cough*) And y'all know how I feel about that. (Too much, weirdo, quit yer stanning.) I've done my share of grousing--for which I'm not always proud--but where does that really get us? It might blow off steam, but ultimately, it accomplishes nothing save make Sam-n-Dean fans look like sour, irrelevant malcontents. It ain't a good look, y'all.

Now, that's not to say we can't "criticize the thing we love", as the old fandom cliché goes, or must be The Positivity Brigade 24/7, but there's a way to generate interest and support (and maybe even vent a little) without marginalizing or throwing anyone under the bus. If we still want to, that is. (I fault NO ONE for looking at the current state of SPN affairs, and decide to throw in the salty ol' towel.) But this is my only fandom, and I figure if I want to see it drive off into the sunset with a modicum of dignity (too late? maybe...), or even vaguely resemble the universe and characters that I once loved, I'm gonna have to keep the flame burning just a little bit longer.

So to that end, I wrote this article, and I'd really appreciate it if you'd check it out:

Why Sam and Dean are still the cornerstones of my Supernatural

Leave a comment there or here, if you're so inclined! I have many thoughts about Show, and its future. I'm sure I'll expand on said thoughts during hiatus somewhere ...

Thanks, flist! *smooooooch*
 
 
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borgmama1of5borgmama1of5 on December 11th, 2017 04:38 am (UTC)
Legs!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: WEEEEEE!quickreaver on December 11th, 2017 05:01 am (UTC)
TWO OF THEM, EVEN,
roxymissrose: Dean and Samroxymissrose on December 11th, 2017 04:49 am (UTC)
What a beautiful Jared!

I liked your article. You pin down exactly what makes SpN so riveting for me. Dean, and Sam. I don't think you can have one without the other. Sure, Castiel is an important character on the show and in their lives-- Dean (and Sam) consider him family. We know, though, that Cas could never take Sam's place for Dean, or vice versa. Like you say, there is no one in the world who knows Dean as well as Sam. No one is going to. The show's main story is what they'll do for each other, how far they'll both go for each other. Granted, I've thought that they were dangerously, unhealthily, ridiculously wrapped up in each other, but that's the logical part of me talking. The fannish part of me is swooning and flinging rose petals and in general cheering it on. I'd be unhappy if they suddenly started behaving like the average person would. Where's the magic in that?
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: WEEEEEE!quickreaver on December 11th, 2017 05:10 am (UTC)
EXACTLY. If I wanted to watch healthy, well-adjusted people doing healthy, well-adjusted things, I'd watch the Disney channel. What gives us a rush in our fantasy lives IS FANTASY! It can be anything we want it to be. Pretty much. Thanks for reading, lady!
(no subject) - roxymissrose on December 11th, 2017 05:19 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - milly_gal on December 12th, 2017 06:14 am (UTC) (Expand)
Amber: Bumamberdreams on December 11th, 2017 11:16 am (UTC)
Pretty in pink!

I shall go read your article forthwith!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: WEEEEEE!quickreaver on December 11th, 2017 03:00 pm (UTC)
JJ1564: Christmas phone boxesjj1564 on December 11th, 2017 01:29 pm (UTC)
Wow, ballerino Jared is beautiful! I love his hair, his ass, his legs and his toes...*stares again*

I'll pop over and read your article shortly.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: WEEEEEE!quickreaver on December 11th, 2017 03:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you thank you, lovely!
madebyme_x: Defaultmadebyme_x on December 11th, 2017 04:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love your ballerina Jared! The hair, those legs; it's just such a pretty image - makes me smile from ear to ear!!!

And yay to your article - I really couldn't agree more! For me, there is no Sam without Dean, or Dean without Sam - you can't have one without the other, they're a package deal (and a very pretty one too!) The heart of the show is the brothers, and I strongly believe that's why we'd had the longevity we've had - people tune in for the boys and for their very complicated relationship, that might not be all that healthy, but who wants that? Not me. I like the extremes that their relationship tests, and what that means for the world and everyone it.

As I suspect you know, I'm a Sam!girl (although I don't usually like to say that, maybe because it reminds of season 4 horrors where we all fought about which 'side' you were on, or maybe because I'm a Sam!girl who loves Dean just like Sam does) and I thank you for taking action in spreading some positivity about our boy, and I'm sure Dean would join in too, because we know he hates it when people say mean things about his brother ;)

Take care lovely *hugs*
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: WEEEEEE!quickreaver on December 14th, 2017 07:25 pm (UTC)
SAM!GIRLS, RIIIIIISE.

Re. season 4's rumpus, I wouldn't worry. That's ages ago, and times have changed SO much ... I think you're more likely to get a kerfuffle between shippers rather than Sam!girls vs. Dean!girls. There will always be extremists, but I have such lovely Dean!girls in my circle, who love Sam too, I have no problem admitting to my Sam!girl status. If someone doesn't like how I swing? Hey, fandom is big enough for all of us.

You're one of the sweetest peeps I know. How could anyone not like you?? :D
(no subject) - madebyme_x on December 15th, 2017 10:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
gingersnap1224: slidersgingersnap1224 on December 11th, 2017 07:11 pm (UTC)
Great article! It's a show about brothers, both of them. I can't imagine one without the other.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: WEEEEEE!quickreaver on December 14th, 2017 07:26 pm (UTC)
EXACTLY. I loves dem both. Thanks bunches for giving it a read!
There's a scientific explanation for that: Boys - 4x14 knifehugemind on December 11th, 2017 09:11 pm (UTC)
the fact they will burn down the world for each other just as quickly as they’ll sacrifice themselves for the same world

THIS. *points at words* EXACTLY THIS. The Winchester boys and their relationship are why I kept watching the show after seeing the pilot and why I still keep watching - the show would definitely not be the same if either one was missing.

Ballerino!Jared is so pretty! <3

The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: WEEEEEE!quickreaver on December 14th, 2017 07:27 pm (UTC)
*smooooooch!* Happy holidays, you!
milly_gal: Christmas Wolfmilly_gal on December 12th, 2017 06:13 am (UTC)
Ballerina!Jared is a thing of beauty! ♥-♥

The article is excellent, beautifully written and well thought out, also eloquent. I could not agree more on all the points within and hun, the fact they will burn down the world for each other just as quickly as they’ll sacrifice themselves for the same world, no truer words! Thanks for sharing it was a wonderful read :)
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: WEEEEEE!quickreaver on December 14th, 2017 07:29 pm (UTC)
There has been so much marginalizing of Sam and Dean--IN THEIR OWN SHOW--that I just needed to get that off my chest. I mean, I completely understand TPTB shifting priority to Wayward Sisters right now; it's their next, best hope to extend the franchise. But for pete's sake, gang, let's not neglect the flagship characters in the process. THAT'S my concern. But time will tell...
(no subject) - milly_gal on December 15th, 2017 07:51 am (UTC) (Expand)
Masja: smilemasja_17 on December 12th, 2017 08:26 am (UTC)
Ballerina!Jared is gorgeous! Well done m'lady!

I'll go read your article as soon as possible, @ work now though...

<3
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: WEEEEEE!quickreaver on December 14th, 2017 07:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks TWICE, peanut!
Nobody's laughing now: SPN - FC Sam balletlavinialavender on December 12th, 2017 08:33 am (UTC)
I LOVE THIS ART SO MUCH OMG OMG OMG OMG. EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. HEARTS IN MY EYES. (The colors and Jared's pose and bun and the line of his muscles...seriously, everything!)

I can't wait to read that post you linked -- ugh, just so behind on everything. :(
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: WEEEEEE!quickreaver on December 14th, 2017 07:31 pm (UTC)
I AM SO BEHIND TOO. But I knew you'd especially appreciate the art. ;) Thanks always, lovely. <3
Silvia: BigBang2010AmriaDeansillie82 on December 13th, 2017 06:55 pm (UTC)
Loved that article, I was nodding along pretty much the entire time. :)
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: WEEEEEE!quickreaver on December 14th, 2017 07:31 pm (UTC)
\0/!!
The Long and Winding Road: wincestamypond45 on December 14th, 2017 11:30 am (UTC)
On behalf of at least one fan who agrees with practically everything you wrote in this article, thank you. There’s so much fake news and knee-jerk criticism circulating social media right now (and that’s not counting all the SPN wank!) I think it’s really good to be reminded (endlessly, if necessary!) that what the Winchesters offer is overall a really good message. Keep on keepin’ on, fighting the good fight, doing your best to make the world a better place than you found it.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: WEEEEEE!quickreaver on December 14th, 2017 07:41 pm (UTC)
It's all about the heart, right? All the griping, all the fluff and periphery frou-frou, is nothing without the heart. Thanks for the kindest words ever, lady!
annie46: podgeannie46 on December 14th, 2017 12:52 pm (UTC)
Your article is completely and utterly correct!! I review the show for Support Supernatural and, recently, it is completely alienating me and it is only my deep love and devotion to Sam (and his brother) that is keeping me watching. I used to look forward to the programme, get excited week by week but it has now become a bit of a habit, something that I do because I've always done it.

The brothers are being treated like guests in - what I consider - to be their show. There is a cast of thousands now with some characters totally awful (Claire Novak and the new evil white suited demon to name but a few) and of no interest to me.

I agree with what you say 100% and - I know what I say in my reviews or here - is just an opinion but I'm hoping that many share my views and that my show, the show I love will excite me again rather than just crawl off and die or - worse still - become something I can no longer watch or invest in...
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffin: WEEEEEE!quickreaver on December 14th, 2017 07:44 pm (UTC)
It's tough. We (and by this, I mean Sam, Dean, and their steadfast fans) are being painted as obsolete, and sure, it's stings. Best we can do is enjoy what we do, BE KIND, and carry on. There will always be corners of fandom for us.