Holmes brothers + excluding themselves from the rest.
The hebrew title for Game of Thrones is actually translated to Games of the Throne. Because if we translated the english title literally, it would be the same as the Hebrew name for Musical Chairs.
this just in game of thrones is actually the world’s longest and deadliest game of musical chairs
it really is except there’s only one chair and it’s really uncomfortable
ginsberg giving his nipple in a box to peggy was something that was ~expected~, but don having hallucinations and seeing dead people since s1 is the “language of the show”???????
pggyolson, have I told you lately that I love you
Don Draper seeing an alarming number of dead people.
i find it strange that people are dismissing the idea that don draper could possibly have a mental illness while they were completely able to believe it of ginsberg even prior to 7x05
like, don has a long history of hallucinating over the course of the show, and not always people he’s known who died - he hallucinated megan as a hippie girl at that party in la, and like, i’ve smoked a lot of weed and it’s never caused me to have that kind of hyperrealistic hallucination so i’m not gonna buy it was just because he was on drugs, and i don’t think there’s any explanation for that time he very vividly hallucinated murdering a woman and hiding the body - i forget, was that the same time he was on speed? or was he just drunk? i have never once had such a vivid, realistic hallucination under the influence of alcohol or marijuana, and i don’t know anyone else who has. i suppose you could write that episode off as a dream, but in conjunction with his other breaks from reality, it points towards a pattern of hallucinations.
people were willing to accept that ginsberg was “obviously” crazy because he had a traumatic past, despite us never having witnessed his supposed psychosis from his pov (prior to 7x05, he expressed one delusion, and had one panic attack, both of which we saw only as outsiders, and both of which are hardly exclusive to people with schizophrenia) but these same people deny that don might possibly also be mentally ill when we’ve seen repeated severe breaks from reality from his point of view, episodes that are being written off as metaphorical or artistic or dreams
dude straight up hallucinates all the time, and often in ways that are obviously not just metaphors because he sincerely thought he murdered that woman
schizophrenia is triggered (but not CAUSED) by stress - you’re either born with the potential to manifest schizophrenia or you’re not, and then it tends to manifest in adulthood as a reaction to extreme stress (like the loss of a marriage or job, or the death of a friend…). there is strong evidence pointing towards schizophrenia being largely genetic - your risk factor goes up exponentially the closer you’re related to someone else with schizophrenia. on the other hand, dissociation like ginsberg expressed is often caused by traumatic abuse in childhood (like say, being born in a concentration camp). for some victims of extreme abuse, dissociation is the mind’s way of protecting itself. prior to 7x05 it was much more believable, to me, to say that ginsberg has something like dissociative disorder not otherwise specified, or generalised anxiety disorder, or complex ptsd, something that, if you view all of don’s hallucinations as psychotic breaks (i don’t believe that don is schizophrenic either, but that he has had psychotic breaks shown on-screen seems undeniable to me), the two may well have in common.
it’s always been pretty obvious to me that don has a mental illness, and the difference in the way the two characters are treated on the show is really weird
Anonymous said: Dear Ivy, I used to think fan fiction was silly. Then I came across "The Progress of Sherlock Holmes" and, well... I'm reading it for the gazillionth time now and I just wanted to say thank you for writing this and sharing it.
Ha! Well, thanks! I am honoured by this compliment, anon.
There is a tremendous amount of shame involved in fanfiction, and I am as guilty of it as anyone. I have written fanfiction (obviously), and (obviously) it has taken many hours of my life to write it and engage with the aftermath of having written it, and I don’t regret that. But I still don’t talk about it with people outside of fandom, and until recently most people I know well didn’t know I wrote fiction at all.
The only reason I’ve been talking about writing in real life lately is because I’m querying agents with a completed (non-fanfiction, obviously) manuscript and I feel like it’s finally okay to mention that I like to write. A friend of mine announced that she has read everything I’ve written in the last three years, and I had to hold back a lol, because of course she only means the things I’ve written that aren’t fanfiction, which, you know, in terms of base word count, is upwards of 250K words, easy. (She read the 150K of non-fanfiction writing I did at the same time, thinking that must be it!) Why don’t I mention fanfiction in real life?
Shame. Because it’s silly. Yep.
I hate that I feel that way, I really do. Because fandom is amazing and supportive and a training ground like no other. I have met amazing people through fandom. I have learned more than I probably ever would have otherwise, ever, about writing and building a story because of my time in fandom. I love how fandom reacts and responds to popular culture practically in spite of the official rules and expectations. It’s a hotbed of innovation and thought as well as pure enjoyment and fun. There are edges of it that get obsessive, unhealthy, and possibly even dangerous, as we know, but it’s such a tiny proportion compared with all the squee and joy and creativity and positive interaction that makes up the other 99.9% of the fannish life. The closest corollary to fandom is academia, as far as I can see. People who commit a portion of their lives to some esoteric thing, and make friends who also like that esoteric thing and write lots of words about that esoteric thing? Yeah.
But somehow we end up with that “silly” label. Why is that? I wish I were a better defender of our cultures, but I feel it too. And I hate that. Because I’m afraid it’s considered silly because it’s meant to be a hobby teenage girls dig, and as a culture we seem to hate teenage girls. I hate that my own feelings about it are in any way influenced by something so stupid and so sexist, but there you go.
Why is it silly? Being a sports fan isn’t considered silly. Fantasy football leagues, virtual golf games, the cosplay that is wearing a jersey and going to a match/game isn’t considered weird at all. So why is fanfiction silly? Because it can be smutty? Since when are smutty things silly? Hello, R rated films. Edgy X rated arthouse flicks. What?
We know there’s no actual line between “real” writing and fanfiction writing (though I am completely guilty of making a distinction between my “fanfiction” and my “real writing”). TV writers write about characters they didn’t create. Retold stories like Wicked aren’t considered silly. Hell: screenwriters who adapt novels are considered to be professionals in their trade, even though they’re basically rewriting a story they didn’t come up with in a world they didn’t build. Licensed stories as part of franchises like Star Wars or Star Trek are considered real books written by actual authors (thank you, @dianeduane!). So why is fanfiction so silly?
Barely legal? That doesn’t seem to be in question anymore. That’s not usually why people take issue. They think it’s a trite hobby, a waste time time. Silly. Right?
But I feel it too, anon. I feel it too. I hate it, but I feel it.
I wish I didn’t.