Cammien Ray

The two-way process of story telling is worth participation. Or, I ship things. 24, Darvey, Olicity, Sherlolly, Clone Club, Nemily, Pipex, TGW, Ezria, Dandy, New Girl, Scandal, FitzSimmons, Charlie/Paul, Jannie, Joemma, Glee... *trails off*


How it’s done.

I’m sharing this poster with the permission of klarolicityswan, the talented creator, not because it is fabulous, though it is, but instead because it is a fantastic example of how to credit images. 

The credit is clear, readable, and tastefully incorporated under the Arrow season three information. 

I’d like to point out how she has enough respect for the image she has created to not obstruct the focal point with a distracting and unprofessional watermark of her url or name. She has not ruined the content she is providing by plastering a credit taking up half of the picture. In short, she has not made the image the background for an advertisement of her tumblr url. 

She has chosen to tastefully include just a credit at the bottom. If she did want to watermark the center of the picture for any reason, she could always do so using a subtle, nearly transparent credit of any size. An example of this technique can be seen, for example, on Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s wedding photos. In short, it would never be necessary to destroy the image by haphazardly slapping a url across the center. 

On the topic of watermarks, it may be interesting to know that scanning the pages of, say, a magazine article and then photoshopping, say, your tumblr url onto them before posting them is illegal. Additionally, it’s unbecomingly attention-seeking. 

So, kudos to the creator of this poster. It’s fantastic, and the crediting procedure is tasteful and efficient. Thank you for letting me share it with comments and compliments about your process. I hope this fandom continues to include many creators with such taste and professionalism.

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putting my favorite people in a thing → Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Idris Elba as John Smith
Gina Torres
as Jane Smith

"Your aim’s as bad as your cooking sweetheart…and that’s saying something!"

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"I should have been there for you, Charlie."
    "You were there for me, baby."

god they’re amazing 

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You’ll always be my girl, Felicity.

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vintagelucystark: Do you accept snowbarry in your life as your shipp and savior?

I have, thank you for asking. Long live SnowBarry.

(Seriously, the treatment of the relationship between Caitlin Snow, a brilliant and dangerously curious woman on a possible antihero trajectory, and Barry Allen, the idealistic and emotionally absolute man who is dependent on her in their mutual partnership in scientific exploration and heroics, is very important to me.)

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That pink yoga mat has got me feeling some kinda way 

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Anonymous: 'I will publicly stand by the opinion that how Felicity Smoak will be written and portrayed is the single most important decision being made for television right now.- Do you care to elaborate on that??


So when thinking about how important the portrayal of a character is, there a few things to take into consideration: how many people are watching? who are they? and then, of course, what is the point being made by the existence of the character?

1. How many people are watching: Arrow is the highest rated show on the CW. So, a lot. But not THE most watched show in all of television. However if we look at question 2…

2. Who is watching: Teens and young adults. Females more than males but still a large number of both. This is where we start to see why this is so important. You’ve got quite a lot of people in your audience here who are just starting to make critical life decisions about who they will be and what they want to do and what that will look like. And what are they going to see… question 3…

3. What is the point of this character: So I wrote a thing after season one about why Felicity Smoak is important. To make this a bit shorter that that, I’ll say the main point lies in the concept of worth. There is an outcry for “strong female characters.” Why “strong”? Because strength is the characteristic most associated with worth… in men. So we’ve been through a ridiculous number of years with female characters written with so little worth to the story. They were there to deliver a message to spur the guy onward. They were there to be the light at the end of the tunnel for a guy on a journey. They were there to die. That’s all. And with the push for the presence of women who have worth in a story, who HAVE a story for that matter, we see so many instances where the method of giving worth to a woman is to give her the characteristic that is traditionally used to give worth to a man: strength. Essentially, we see male characters, with the name changed to female. 

Felicity Smoak is different. Through a perfect storm of fortunate writing, exceptional circumstances, and truly fantastic delivery, we’ve received a female character who is engaging, brilliant, daring, intimidated but also intimidating, witty, nervous over heights but chill about redesigning the entire tech system in a secret team’s headquarters. She’s needed by other characters, not for either her love OR her expertise, but for her love AND her expertise. 

When I was 15, I watched a female character with a perpetual scowl and a purple blouse hack into shit and save the world and save the hero and piss some people off and also earn the undying trust of some others, and generally become a hero, without ever getting ripped and wearing leather. I watched Chloe O’Brian go from the tech girl to the most important woman in the whole show and I watched her get the honor of saying the final line in a television empire, and somewhere along the way it clicked for me that women could look like this. She could be loved and not die to advance an angst plot. She could be skilled and not be a martial arts master. She could have WORTH without just being STRONG. 

And so I didn’t see the developing skills and interests I had as something that was in competition with my ability to be loved. And when sometimes people came along who tried to make me feel that way, I knew better. Not JUST because of my favorite tv character. But it helped. And help is all it takes some times. 

Felicity Smoak can, is, and will be that for MANY people. And while Felicity is in a show typically watched by the young demographic which desperately needs her, what she represents is ageless. 

How the creators of this character chose to develop and portray her, what level of worth they give her, will be an unretractable message to a mass of people who will, consciously or not, be watching this, waiting for the answer to the question: What happens to someone like Felicity Smoak?

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I thought you had a thing for stronger women.

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I will publicly stand by the opinion that how Felicity Smoak will be written and portrayed is the single most important decision being made for television right now.

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I’m so ajskelfjlk over the angst and tension I’m crying

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Revenge Appreciation Week || Day Six: Favorite relationship - Nolan and Emily

As far as me sticking by your side, I think you know by now I’m not going anywhere.

The only ones who matter

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“She does not behave with him as others do. She’s natural, has no problems, and she’s got a knack for getting into trouble! He doesn’t have a clue that she’s going to be the love of his life.” 

[The original quote was on Lois and Clark. insp. (x)]

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i ’ l l  a l w a y s  s t a y  f o r  y o u

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The Den (2013)

I don’t really do the movie thing all that often, and I do scary even less often than that, but this was a good one. It wasn’t too heavy on the horror, the acting was on point, and the premise is intriguing, for those of us who are pretty internet heavy.

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Charlie | Briggs - 2x12
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adore this scene - so angsty!

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So these are adorable and this is an amazing ship that really I think has a lot to offer in terms of being an example to a lot of ships, but I’d like to point out something very technical here: the watermark.

FANDOM, listen. THIS is what a watermark should look like. Tasteful and nearly invisible. Respect your photo or art enough to not destroy it with a large ugly mark across the middle of your picture. By all means, watermark the whole image, but not with some large green ribbon or juvenile text of your URL across the focal point of the image.

It is 2014 in the year of our lord and this childish idiocracy of giant gross text ruining the 3 grainy pics of some favs at a convention, or a large tacky banner across someone’s art or manip. Respect your work. If it is worth watermarking, it is worth preserving the integrity of the image by using a tasteful watermark.

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