dental hygiene tip: brush your teeth like you’re about to go and make out with natalie dormer
fun fact: i got the idea to make this post while i was at work. i then thought about kissing natalie dormer, got distracted, and walked into a shelf in front of like three people
the way mulder bends himself nearly double under an umbrella to properly cover scully
What were your inspirations, especially since [Tauriel] is a completely created character; what brought you to bring that power because there were a lot of ways you could have played that role that would have been along the lines of what we usually see for a girl in an action movie where she’s not in the adventure, she’s the prize…?
in yet another installment of “literally no one asked me to make this”
In Japanese folklore, Gashadokuro, also known as Odokuro, are giant skeletons, fifteen times taller than an average person. They can reach huge sizes (up to about 90 feet tall), and are constructed from the bones of people who have died from starvation. Their bones are collected into this giant skeleton creature which is filled with intense anger and a thirst for human blood. He wanders around at night, grinding his teeth and making a “gachi gachi” sound. The giant skeleton towers so high above the ground and walks so quietly that he can be almost invisible. The only warning you get when the giant skeleton is near is a strange and inexplicable ringing in your ears.
If the Gashadokuro finds you, he will reach down with his bony hand and snatch you off the ground. Then he will pluck your head off and suck the blood out of your headless body until his thirst is quenched.
so i forget who it was, but a couple months back someone informed me about an omitted line from the original “charlie gets crippled” screenplay in which dennis and dee say something along the lines of “we should’ve gotten rid of [frank] when we had the chance” - basically insinuating that as children they had some plan, however noncommittal, to kill one or both of their parents. not only do i agree that frank’s reappearance jumpstarts the twins acting upon their darker neuroses, i also believe that they’re pretty aware of how terrible an impact their childhood has had on them and have done much in their power to escape it
forgive me if a lot of this is more conjecture than canon (i’ve been immersed in writing iasip meta for way too long) but i believe that dennis measures his success in relation to dee’s failure. he sees dee as this distorted funhouse reflection of himself, like what he could have been if he weren’t the Dominant Twin (which i don’t fully believe he is, but that’s another story for another time), and every time she embarrasses herself or reaches really far and misses or what have you, dennis considers it an accomplishment on his part, even if it has nothing to do with him, because dee looking bad makes him look better in comparison. and i genuinely honestly think that this is ENTIRELY because of their mom and the way she explicitly favored dennis over dee and constantly reminded them both that dennis was so much better. dennis has this narcissistic god complex that his mom instilled in him through giving him praise instead of affection…..
….while dee, on the other hand, sees the world in a marginally more realistic light, because while we’ve seen that she does have pretty low self esteem, she’s also still fighting for herself and for what she wants to do with her life. if she fully believed everything her mom (and to a lesser extent, her dad) told her about herself, she probably would have given up on her dreams, but she’s determined to show them, the world and dennis that they’re wrong - so determined that she goes overboard and doesn’t work for her dream in any kind of realistic way, instead just “putting in the hours” and forcing herself into these awkward uncomfortable situations that don’t help her at all. dee KNOWS how awful her upbringing was, dee KNOWS what monsters her parents where and that every form of self-loathing they tried to instill in her from a very young age can’t possibly be accurate
and i don’t necessarily consider everything about season 1 canon, but if we’re going to go that route then yeah, they were definitely less scummy and awful Before Frank than they are After Frank, and there could absolutely be a relationship between those two thinks. because dennis’s god complex and disdain towards dee are so strongly linked to his childhood, the further he is able to distance himself from that childhood, the less those facets of his personality consume him. meanwhile, dee isn’t nearly as determined to one-up her brother when she doesn’t have the hatred of her parents hanging over her, because feeling the need to prove herself to dennis is really a manifestation of feeling the need to prove herself to her parents. season 1 dennis and dee are occasionally even CIVIL towards one another, and not in the codependent co-conspiratorial way that we sometimes see in later seasons, but in a way that you might see your typical tv comedy brother and sister behaving. dee thinks dennis is a piece of shit and tells him so in like, season 1 episode 2, but it isn’t such a personal thing to her as it becomes, and dennis might need dee around to further fuel his narcissism, but he isn’t quite so consumed with “controlling the situation, and her, as i always have and always will”
and then once frank shows up it’s like they regress ten, fifteen years and all those horrible violent thoughts that they felt towards themselves and their parents and each other reawaken and all at once they are both more united (against a common enemy) and more divided (because of their separate but similar needs to be better than each other) and it doesn’t even have so much to do with frank directly, frank doesn’t give a shit about those two, as it has to do with how they see each other and the rest of the world. dennis and dee are both each other’s evil twin, out to be the worst they can possibly be.