thinkin bout naruko x imaizumi by e
YOOO YES MAKE THAT POST!! man i always just plug the chinese into gtranslate and have it read it back to me IM ACTUALLY THAT BAD AT CN SOB. i’m glad your language classes were fun though UGH IT MUSTA BEEN SO INTERESTING
ahhh but it requires so much writing mebbe some time… when i’m done playing 仙剑奇侠传五 lmfao (that game has literally been my entire life since I’ve come back from China what are priorities)
yea i never really enjoyed chinese lessons in the past when they were forced on me by parents/grandparents but by college i was like ok if i don’t find /some/ way to practice i’m going to forget everything and my pride won’t let me do that b/c goddamnit i’m Chinese! and luckily my teachers had enough faith in us to give us some pretty damn challenging material (by the last year we weren’t using a textbook, she was just picking selections off the net and having us analyze things)
but tbh any language will get to be hella interesting once you become fluent enough to actually hold discussions using it. i’d totally encourage you to take classes or however you choose if you want to improve your chinese skills! i was able to find some meetups for practicing mandarin in the bay area, and i’m sure there are plenty in ny!
LMAOOOO NOOOOOO THIS IS SO CUTE (also i hope you don’t mind that i published your last few asks instead of answering privately sljkdfds but i can remove it sob HAHAHA SO MUCH COMMENTARY FELT SELFISH TO KEEP TO MYSELF ah…)
lmfao no problem! tbh halfway thru my series of asks i regretted not just making a post b/c i had forgotten exactly what i had said previously hence the convolutedness haha
yeh i have a lot of things to say about how chinese culture is evolving and the self-criticism going on in society rn it’s all very fascinating!!! esp with the perspective of an outsider! (i rly wish i had taken more chinese classes in college tbh or had done the study abroad program in china b/c in the advanced chinese language courses i took we did a lot of discussion and literary analysis which was really useful/fun! plus the chinese language courses were taught by actual chinese people which is a plus, unlike the lit courses which were all taught by old white men surprise surprise)
it rly makes me want to hang out more on the chinese webs but i am just too lazy when it comes to reading chinese. tweets i can handle b/c it’s character limited (granted even then you can say 129038129038x more in chinese than you can in english with character limits). also formal chinese is so just difficult to parse sometimes b/c you can say jump with sooooo many different connotations and with so few characters. for me to read chinese i have to get into an entirely different headspace, which is why since i’ve come back from my china trip it’s taken me forever to try and english properly again
LOL OMG… my chinese is so bad but the gist of this is so cute
b…. boy’s can’t receive roses? babyyyy
that’s the most important part of that convo imo
well that and his names for everyone ie calling NASA 大叔 oh and he also calls the moon moon-kun and 嫦娥 三姐 shoot me now i can’t handle thisss
(in response to a science education weibo talking about what it actually takes to blow up the moon since it’s the archenemy of astronomers, big boss of all werewolves, and the last remaining hideout of the nazis)
Jade Rabbit getting mad at ppl for misgendering him and forcing him into gender roles omfg
so i’m on the Jade Rabbit rover’s weibo and it’s so adorableeee
@NASA中文：一支玫瑰花送给远离地球的你们，机遇号火星车，@好奇号火星车_Curiosity，@月球车玉兔，祝元宵节快乐，Off the Earth, for the Earth！
@月球车玉兔：啊，第一次收到玫瑰花！ 我记得这是以前NASA大叔为纪念哈勃望远镜工作21年，晒出的哈勃前辈摄影作品。这两个星系在一起时也被叫做“Arp 273”~//@POCKN: 这是位于仙女座的两星系，离地球约300万光年。大的编号UGC 1810，小的UGC 1813。
Yeah… I get that feeling sometimes too and I wish I could express it better. It’s so easy to just over-eat at work and then do a series of sedentary activities after work. I should probably go to the doctor and get a full check-up to see what’s up with my health.
On another note, we should exercise together sometime! What kind of sports do you like?
ngl my plan with the new fsa that work’s giving us is to go all out in health-land b/c hey don’t have to pay taxes on medical expenses hell ye!! but depending on that is going to give me a way to procrastinate which is bad
sure! sports-wise i enjoyed dodgeball a lot even if i rly suck haha and uhhh i was gonna try out the archery range in gg park sometime but i never got around to it. and swimming i like swimming b/c u don’t feel all sweaty and gross!
I like how the blond kid is taking this very seriously and is all solemn
And the other kid is trying v. hard not to laugh
sorry for any mistakes, pls let me knw if you catch any
warnings: nsfw, dubcon/coercion, incubus!Kaworu
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Oh, you poor sweetie. Please don’t feel at all self-conscious about asking this question, because it’s totally fine, and I so appreciate you saying you like the books (and I would love to have a TV show!) but this is actually something that comes up a lot. This ask about my books is really nice, which is why I chose it, because people have told me they find hostile asks upsetting. I do myself.
Since this question DOES come up a lot, sometimes in not-so-nice ways, I figured maybe I could use this nice question and write some kind of Ultimate Tumblr Answer to all such questions so I wouldn’t have to answer it again.
This is going to be kind of a BIG answer and it might feel overwhelming, so check out of it any time after the simple answer, which is:
None. Zero. Zip. Nada.
There is no Supernatural in my books. I promise you.
I have only seen a few episodes of the first season of Supernatural, back maybe six years ago, and I didn’t enjoy it. (Which doesn’t mean that people can’t enjoy it. Many people cooler than me enjoy it. I have a brilliant lady astrophysicist friend who owns all the box sets!) I’m not going to go into why I didn’t enjoy it, because then people will come and argue with me about my judgy ways, and criticise all the stuff like Vampire Diaries and Teen Wolf that I do like. Fair enough, people. Let us all like what we like, accept that we like different things, and everything will be lovely!
I always feel like I have to be careful talking about Supernatural: if any Supernatural fans read the Demon’s Lexicon series and think to themselves, ‘Hey, this contains some of the stuff what I like, i.e. demons and brothers (the only two things TDL and SPN have in common)’ - then fabulous. I want people to read my books, and whatever way they get to my books is wonderful.
But it’s also important to be clear and honest: I would not base a book series on a TV show I never saw much of, and which I didn’t enjoy. That would be a lot of time to devote to stuff I didn’t enjoy! I wouldn’t do it. (Why do people think I would? Well, we’ll get to that later.)
There are a lot of demon stories out there, and a lot of family stories out there, but here are some obvious dissimilarities between Supernatural and the Demon’s Lexicon series:
1. The brothers in Supernatural are actually blood related, while the brothers I wrote about are not blood related. They are not even the same species.
2. One of the brothers in Demon’s Lexicon is disabled.
3. Road-Trip-Through-Small-Town America is a very distinct aesthetic Supernatural seemed to be going for. Can’t be achieved when your setting is England. The magic system itself is rooted in American folklore—mine is totally different.
4. There are ladies in my series who are present in every book and important, whereas I do not believe the Supernatural series has a female lead present in every episode or indeed season.
5. There’s also a queer character present and important in every book, and I do not believe the Supernatural series has a queer character present in every episode. Or indeed season.
6. There are no angels in my world and I understand angels become pretty important in Supernatural. Obviously, they like angels and I like—other stuff.
This has come out seeming judgy of Supernatural after all. I understand that Supernatural now has a queer lady character played by Felicia Day, and that’s excellent. I don’t mean to bag on Supernatural. But it is a very different story to the story in my books, and its creators have very different priorities to me, and I think that’s pretty clear.
There’s something else to be discussed here, which is that people may say unto me: Why’d you write books about brothers and demons if you didn’t want people to think your books were fanfiction, you dumb jerk?
I have two answers to that.
1) I can write what I like and I think it’s gross to say that I can’t.
2) It wouldn’t have mattered what I wrote about. Every book I’ve ever written gets this. My books haven’t just been called Supernatural fanfiction. They get called Harry Potter fanfiction, too. Definitely! How would I have the ability to come up with my own characters?
No, the hero of Demon’s Lexicon is definitely Harry Potter. (Y’all remember that Harry Potter was an evil demon, right?) And Unspoken is definitely Harry Potter too. (Y’all remember that Harry Potter was a part-Japanese sassy girl detective? As well as being an evil demon. That Harry Potter. Such a multi-faceted individual.)
My books are also Twilight fanfiction. (What isn’t?) And Full Metal Alchemist fanfiction. Just ceaseless fanfiction. And that means of course that the books are very, very bad.
My books get called fanfiction all the time, I think, for two reasons:
a) I am a girl. Dudes get to write perceived-as-derivative/actually-derivative fiction all the time and it’s a HOMAGE, but girls can’t do either. People decide girls’ stuff is derivative and lousy all the time, whereas boys’ stuff is part of a literary tradition and an important conversation. This is sexist and terrible.
Neil Gaiman referenced Asimov in Neverwhere:
And G.K. Chesterton in Coraline:
And William Gibson in Neverwhere:
Yet I do not see Neil Gaiman getting chased around and called a plagiarist like I was this summer when I wrote three words which also appear in the Hunger Games! (And before that, as it turns out, in The Emperor’s New Groove. Llamas, sue the Hunger Games!)
I am very tired of seeing women insulted for things every dude in the world is allowed to do. It is not literary critique. It is violent misogyny.
b) I used to write fanfiction. (These two issues—sexism and fanfiction—are actually very closely intertwined, because writing fanfiction is something that mostly girls do, and thus like all things Associated With Ladies, such as sewing and pink, is treated as dumb and worthless. And fanfiction, as I’m going to discuss, provides people with a narrative that go ‘why this lady actually sucks’ and people love narratives which say that.)
For those who didn’t know I used to write fanfiction, it’s obviously irrelevant to your opinion of me, and honestly, you can cut out here. Definitely if the person who asked me about Supernatural this time around wants to cut out here… they should. I am about to get mad. It is not your fault. I have just got this too many times, and I have had it up to here.
When someone is traditionally published after writing fanfiction, they get treated like trash, both by people who think fanfiction is weird rubbish and by people who themselves like to write and read fanfiction.