20-something. Québécoise. Writer. Dreamer. Living in my own world more than reality.
This? Everything I love and everything that inspires me. Main fandoms : MCU, Adam Lambert.
People have written a lot of touchy-feely pieces on this subject but I thought I’d get right to the heart of the matter
This is 1000% more motivating than every preachy “real writers write every day” post on all of Tumblr.
And if you’re a fanfic writer the odds are very good that someone will be approaching that table like “OMFG SINGLE LAYER CAKES ARE MY BULLETPROOF KINK BLESS YOU”
I used to really hate the scene in CA:TFA where Peggy storms off after catching Steve and Pvt Lorraine, you know, the one where Steve accuses Peggy of fucking Howard. I used to want to scream “MY BB STEVE WOULD NEVER” because Steve ugh stop being an idiot you’re better than this. But I started thinking about it and honestly, no matter what excuses my gut wants to make, Steve is clearly not better than this. He has some shitty attitudes that he falls back on in moments of weakness. My fave is problematic in a way that makes sense, but he’s called out on it, and I like that better.
(Although tbh, I wish there had been a scene where Steve explicitly apologizes for being a jerk,
along with more Howling Commandos footage.)
People tend to be quick to forget what it’s like to have it tough when they have it easy, and I think this is a scene where Steve really forgot where he came from. Steve had the super-soldier serum magically to turn him into the “ideal man,” and suddenly, for the first time in his life, he’s taken seriously. He’s riding high on people rewarding his bravery instead of bashing his face in for it.
But Peggy? Peggy’s exactly the same as she was before she met Steve. She still has to work twice as hard as her colleagues to get maybe half the recognition. She has to prove to her superiors that she deserves her job every single day. She has to fight for her place in the military structure, for the assignments she’s more than capable of doing. She’s put blood, sweat, and tears into her work, and she thought she found a kindred spirit in Steve. Not only that, but she wants to believe that Steve is better than everyone else. After all, if there’s one man like Steve, and if Steve can find people he trusts, maybe there are actually more men like Steve, and maybe things are starting to look up for Peggy.
So when Steve pulls that shit, she’s just disappointed.
People have been treating him like a Perfect Soldier, i.e., a Real Man (TM) for months now. They’ve had him acting the part for so long that he probably started to believe it. Before, he became accustomed to being trampled over, shoved to the side, overlooked, etc., so he’s not used to having the power to hurt people. I don’t even think it occurred to him that’s a thing that could happen after the serum. He assumed that he could stay the same by acting according to what he feels is right based on how people are treating him (like he always has). What Steve failed to notice is that by nature of receiving his new body and the superhuman physical power that came with it, he was also given incredible amounts of social power, such that the world is no longer picking fights with him. He has to learn that he’s not always in the right just by nature of who he is anymore. And Steve fucks it up, not because Steve himself is a failure or a bad person, but because he forgets.
Because you don’t just become a good person because someone tells you that you have the capacity for it. A good
manperson is not something you are simply by nature of being. It’s not even about making a choice to be a good man, or wanting to be one. It’s a series of choices that you have to be continually making.
So THANK GOD for Peggy standing up to Steve, for getting in his face and saying, “check yourself before you wreck yourself, Rogers.”
I love this in particular for the point about suddenly having privilege when before he had none. (Like those anecdotes from men who discover, after transitioning from female, that they’re treated differently all of a sudden, getting told their work is better than “their sister’s,” etc.) Like, I enjoy fanon’s Social Justice Steve Rogers, but I like him better when he is still in the process of becoming a better person. I like the idea that he occasionally says clueless stuff around Sam about, like, but race doesn’t really matter it’s all about the inside and Sam is like “… No, Steve, the fact that I’m black is in fact something that matters in lots of ways,” that kind of thing. Where he takes over a task for a veteran with a prosthetic arm because he’s big and fast and uses those abilities without thinking before being reminded that she can, in fact, do it for herself.
And what makes that version of Steve Rogers great in my head is that, when he fucks up and does something problematic and gets called on it, he goes “oh, shit, I’d better work on that.”
anyway A+ meta would incorporate into characterization again
some muggleborn like “i want to be an astronaut when i grow up!”
wizard kids like “wtf is an astronaut”
"oh you know…the people who go to the moon"
You noticed wizard kids aren’t given much in the way of options or education, eh? How about that job market!
*so much laughing*