In real life, pretty much everybody reacts to tragedy differently. So why is it that every author has their pet reaction to tragedy that all their characters use? Not only is it unrealistic, but it takes away the chance for the characters’ different reactions to reveal things about themselves.
Possible reactions to tragedy (not an exhaustive list):
- Distracting oneself with mindless activities
- Distracting oneself with others’ humor
- Distracting oneself by making jokes
- Distracting oneself by reading/watching/playing stories
- Distracting oneself with hard mental work
- Distracting oneself with hard physical work
- Distracting oneself with creative endeavors
- Distracting oneself by chatting with friends about normal things
- Talking to friends about the tragedy
- Talking to authority figures about the tragedy
- Talking anonymously with strangers about the tragedy (if possible)
- Getting wrapped up in others’ problems
- Staying unusually silent
- Crying loudly
- Crying silently
- Doing everything possible not to cry
- Taking unhealthy risks
- Going for revenge against whoever one can blame
- Punching random objects
- Throwing random objects
- Lashing out against friends and family members
- Trying to prevent a similar tragedy from happening
- Eating more than usual
- Not eating
- Taking mind-altering substances
- Getting in unhealthy relationships
- Isolating oneself
- Obsessing over routine
- Numbness combined with apathy
- Numbness combined with going through one’s normal motions
- Trying to get things back the way they were
- No reaction at first but a reaction hits later in greater force
- No reaction at all. Emotions relating to the tragedy just fail to load. Note that this can happen to anybody and does not mark a character as a sociopath.
Characters can have more than one reaction at the same time, one reaction after another, or different reactions to different tragedies.
I usually don’t reblog these but oh my god
i love retail robin
That bird is on point.
I have finally found my spirit animal.
I am the retail robin. He is me. We are one.
Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without Tim Burton
(From top to bottom: Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Corpse Bride, Alice in Wonderland, Sleepy Hollow, Edward Scissorhands, Sweeny Todd, Dark Shadows, Frankenweenie)
Asked by Anonymous
you a bitch
It’s called copula deletion, or zero copula. Many languages and dialects, including Ancient Greek and Russian, delete the copula (the verb to be) when the context is obvious.
So an utterance like “you a bitch” in AAVE is not an example of a misused you, but an example of a sentence that deletes the copular verb (are), which is a perfectly valid thing to do in that dialect, just as deleting an /r/ after a vowel is a perfectly valid thing to do in an upper-class British dialect.
What’s more, it’s been shown that copula deletion occurs in AAVE exactly in those contexts where copula contraction occurs in so-called “Standard American English.” That is, the basic sentence “You are great” can become “You’re great” in SAE and “You great” in AAVE, but “I know who you are” cannot become “I know who you’re” in SAE, and according to reports, neither can you get “I know who you” in AAVE.
In other words, AAVE is a set of grammatical rules just as complex and systematic as SAE, and the widespread belief that it is not is nothing more than yet another manifestation of deeply internalized racism.
Prince Harry and John Barrowman both do a mutual high five/ass slap combo omg
Can we just appreciate that John smacked Prince Harry’s royal ass so hard that the guy actually had to rub himself a little while John waves his hand
Can we just appreciate that John smacked Prince Harry’s royal ass
It’s basically illegal not to reblog this.