Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t been very active lately. There are several reasons for it, and while I don’t really feel guilty that I’m not replying to threads anymore (nobody ever should, it should always be fun and not feel like a duty), I still feel that I shouldn’t just disappear without further notice.
There are a few things that have bothered me lately. Not to the point where I got angry or anything, but to the point where it took the fun out of even refreshing my dash.
First of all, I’m not a fan of this whole Rise of the Brave Tangled Dragons stuff. To this day, I haven’t watched HTTYD, not because I don’t like it - because honestly, hating a movie you have never watched is utterly stupid - just because I haven’t had the chance yet. And the whole topic seems to be okay, but it just doesn’t interest me that much. I may watch the movie at some point, and I may like it… but I still will not understand what’s so great about crossing all Dreamworks movies and pairing the characters like they live in the same world. To me, this is like pairing (and shipping) Darth Vader and Mister Spock. Or Gandalf and Dumbledore. I just don’t see the point, especially since I have never once read a really good explanation on how they end up in the same world/time/whatever. But then again, I never actively looked for fics or RPs.
Now don’t get me wrong - you can ship whatever you want, but I’m just not a fan of it. And since most people in the RotG fandom seem to be shipping it, there are of course lots of posts about it. I don’t mind them, they just get mildly annoying if tons of RotBTD gifs take up about 80% of my dash. And I don’t really want to unfollow anyone just posting that stuff, because I know I sometimes reblog completely unrelated stuff as well.
Talking about ships… I do play an OC myself, but ever since I created him, I have felt like it would be an audacity to just write any kind of connection to the canon characters in his background story. Of course, he’s in the Golden Army, so he did always have a connection to Kozmotis (no matter how little), but… well. I’ve seen a lot of OCs who have a background story like “best and only friend of Pitch, brother of Jack, lover of Kozmotis, husband of Jamie” and similar. I’m not going to call them Mary-Sues, but they are at least very close to what I think is a Mary-Sue. I absolutely don’t mind if a RP consists of OC and canon character getting together and making out, but already writing them to be together, either sexually or just in a friendship kind of way is just… it makes me really uncomfortable around these characters. I rarely RP with them, because I know there will always be certain expectations, expectations I am rarely willing to meet. I feel forced when RPing with these characters. I feel like I hurt their muns whenever I don’t meet these (often very obvious) expectations.
Which brings me to the next thing that’s been bothering me, but that’s something that’ll always happen when people RP: Not being able to distinguish between IC and OOC. I have experienced extreme cases of this (“I will kill myself if your character leaves mine!” etc.), and if I notice that someone does indeed take something too personally that happens to their character, it’s a reason for me to instantly unfollow them and stay the fuck away. I don’t mean being sad when your character experienced something sad, or being happy when your character is happy, that’s perfectly fine and it happens to all of us. But being depressed or even suicidal if your character doesn’t get what you want him to, that’s highly dangerous. Trying to find a relationship for your character because you yourself, as a mun, feel lonely, that’s even more dangerous. And I’ve seen it happen quite often on Tumblr. I’m not here to tell people what to do with their lives, but I know I will stay the hell away from these people RP wise.
Last but not least, I feel old whenever I’m on here, and I feel like I don’t belong anymore. People on Tumblr seem to be around 12-18 years old - which is not bad, not at all - but everything on here seems to be so… short lived. To me, it feels like most people put very little effort into their characters, even less if they’re canon characters and everyone already knows them anyway, and their RPs are just as short lived. And when a new movie/book/series comes out, they are gone from their old fandom in an instant. Just to compare this to the kind of RP I do: My oldest character, an OC, is currently 17 years old - meaning he has existed for 17 years, not that he’s a 17 year old boy. I don’t really RP him anymore, at least not at the moment, but he has quite a story. I love RP with plot and character development and similar, but lately, most of the stuff I’ve been reading on my dash is just quick smut, not more than 3-4 lines most of the time. I don’t mind smut, but it gets incredibly boring when it is the only thing happening. I want to RP an action movie, where sex can happen, but it’s not mandatory. Not a porn movie. Yes, relationships are interesting to RP, but they are not the only interesting thing to RP.
I can be quite a crazy person to say the least when I get comfortable around someone, but the whole OMFFGFGFGGG I sHIP IT SO HaRD OFMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111111111111 stuff just isn’t my style. Maybe I really am too old for Tumblr. I believe I am generation 4chan and Reddit, and we’re old. Too old for some things, it seems.
Anyway. Sorry about the long rant. Sorry about the threads I will possibly never reply to anymore. I don’t know yet if I’ll stay or not, I can’t promise anything. If not - thanks for all the inspiration and the good times, because most of the time, I’ve had a blast on Tumblr.