This is a holdover from pre-tumblr fandom when (at least for me) there was a degree to shipping.
A couple I ship together doesn’t automatically get the One True Pairing title for me because they have to be a One True Pair-- the ship I ship above all else. Two characters, no matter the circumstance I see will always be right for each other.
Sometimes a ship never rises to OTP levels, but that’s okay, epic love is not the end all and be all. I also love the concept of the love after true love pairings, a concept I owe to The OC.
Then, there’s the golden OTP to end All OTPs, the few OTPairings that rise above all else, in any universe, multiverse they will always be together and mostly these pairings were formed during my formative years: Lois and Clark, Elizabeth and Darcy.
(I still can’t forgive that one show where a Superfan entered the book and ends up with Darcy, also she had more chemistry with Wickham.)
I love Fullmetal Alchemist, both versions! Although not the movie versions of the first FMA.
Hiromu Arakawa wrote FMA so well and with so many amazing characters! She wrote so many awesome women in the story. And I love how the worldbuilding made so much sense the world's system of magic was really inventive!
I love the concept of Equivalent Exchange and the consequences that comes with it, Equivalent Exchange embodied the phrase: 'all magic comes with a price'.
I also love all the relationships in the show and how, at the end of the day Roy and Riza know they can't really atone for the atrocities they commited against the Ishvalan people, all they can do to move forward is to take steps that it won't happen again.
I love the relationship between Ed and Alphonse. I love how they're all badass in their own way, and I love that this story isn't your average shounen story where the protagonist only cared about the next fight to prove they were strong and skilled.
Ed and Al worked toward a goal that made sense to who they were.
Arakawa deserves all the awards!
My next self-care move: taking a nap.
I didn't like to take a nap when I was a kid but as I grew up I began to appreciate naps, a 20 minute nap is usually good for me.
There are days when I don't and I get really grumpy.
Also, I work in a job that requires me to be around people and I usually escape into a quiet place or walk away alone around a mall, it's usually a a good replacement to naps when I can't take a nap. Being around too many people saps my energy and I get really grumpy.
For self-care, I like to indulge in foot massages. I love foot massages.
It’s very affordable where I live and when I’ve finished managing an event I like to get a foot massage the next day.
I prefer foot massages especially after standing up the whole day and rushing around-- events tend to go awry and there’s also a lot of hurrying up and waiting.
We do, actually!
I celebrate the New Year in typical Filipino fashion: Celebrate with family and then eat Noche Buena dinner while setting off fireworks to usher out the last year and ring in new one.
I think the superstition is the noise and fireworks will drive out the bad juju of the previous year while welcoming the new year, believe me, last night I was doing my share being noisy and loud as I possibly can.
Also, while I know I’ve stopped growing I still jump at midnight hoping I’d still grow a few centimeters, and then we eat 12 grapes at midnight for good luck.
The family reunions are noisy and happy and filled to the brim with food. My uncle invests a lot of money in the fireworks.
Today, New Year’s Day we go to another family reunion, this time with the extended family on my dad’s side. There’s usually mass involved since one of my uncles is a priest and then another round of eating!
As a people, we love to eat and we love to share what we eat, if any guests come to our house the usual phrase after greeting them is: ‘Kain tayo!’ or ‘Let’s eat!’
Pick a date in January and give me something to talk about. TV, books, movies, music, poetry, fandom, writing, food, travel, fictional characters (&/or pairings) and all of their feelings, stuff about my life, whatever.
You don’t have to be following me or ever have commented to request a topic.
If you’re doing the meme, I’ll leave topics for you, too! Feel free to link me at any time if you want one.
Feel free to suggest multiple topics/dates.
Feel free to just leave a topic and no date. I’ll fill it in.
January 1 - since it’s new year’s, are there any traditions you do to celebrate/welcome in the new year? | tumblr for wombatmisty
January 2 -
January 3 - Something you did each day for self-care | tumblr for daybreak777
January 4 - Something you did each day for self-care. pt 2 | tumblr for daybreak777
January 5 - (Thoughts on) Fullmetal Alchemist? | dreamwidth ghostmartyr
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January 7 - What’s the essential difference between a couple that’s something you ship and a couple that’s an otp? | tumblr terapsina
January 8 -
January 9 - Analyze Buffy’s three (romantic) relationships on the show and what they each represent during that time in her life | tumblr for seekingoutfriday
January 10 - How about some of your thoughts on Person of Interest as a whole after the finale | tumblr for darlulu
January 11 -
January 12 - what would your fantasy sixth season of Person of Interest been like? | tumblr for netgirl_y2k
January 13 - Harold-as-ghost ending headcanon | tumblr for ghostmartyr
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January 15 - What would your ideal Star Wars fic be? | tumblr for musesfool
January 16 - What kind of book would you really like to read but can’t because it hasn’t been written? | tumblr for terapsina
January 17 -
January 18 - Farscape: The best scifi set on a sentient prison transport or the best scifi set on a sentient prison transport? | tumblr for lazylaziel
January 19 - Thoughts on if shaw was in an AU where robots/synthetics had a prominent and humanoid-esque presence (which would be plenty of video games, tv shows, and also Terminator)? you can factor in her pre-Team Machine or post-, whichever works for you. would she consider robots that look like humans to be alive? does she think being sentient equates being alive? do robots have a soul? does she think The Machine has a soul? Samaritan? | tumblr for
January 20 - What are your most favorite and least favorite things about crossovers? | tumblr for terapsina
January 21 -
January 22 - Favorite vacation you've ever taken? | tumblr for chaila
January 23 - What pieces of media (books, TV, movies, comics, etc) do you revisit most often and why? | tumblr for chaila
January 24 - Headcanon about Shaw as a doctor | tumblr for potcpoi
January 25 - Headcanon about Shaw and Cole and Hersh at the ISA | tumblr for potcpoi
January 26 - what are your thoughts on an AU of the original trilogy with a swap of Kenobi/Luke with Ahsoka/Leia? Say the major events stay mostly the same but in your opinion, how would it pan out from the end of Rogue One/beginning of A New Hope? | tumblr for ayrki
January 27 - Shaw pondering on the differences between working with the ISA/working with team machine and in particular the differences between her boss at the ISA and Harold | tumblr for potcpoi
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January 29 -
January 30 - A year after return 0, where is Shaw? Does she have people helping her in her continued mission to save numbers? | tumblr for fangirlcommunitycenter
January 31 - Headcanon what you think Shaw would be doing had the Machine not come back on line for seekingoutfriday
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I really love Harold and Shaw’s relationship.
They had a contentious start to their working relationship-- not as contentious as Harold’s relationship with Root, that’s a category all on its own.
One of the reasons why I love their relationship was how unexpected it was. They didn’t have the best of beginnings but their start was not the worst thing ever (yes, okay I’ve been watching Galavant).
They clashed on almost everything. Harold seemed to expect the worst from Shaw and Shaw in turn seemed to be testing her limits with Harold and John. More Harold than John when she realized as long as she kept her shooting away from center mass John was okay with everything else.[[MORE]]
To be honest, I wasn’t fond with how the writers decided Harold and Shaw would clash and yes, this is something I lay on the writers feet and not the characters. I knew they would clash at the beginning and I thought the scene in Trojan Horse was the preview to the type of dynamic we would see in season 3.
I loved their scene in Trojan Horse they were both snippy and snarky at each other while still maintaining a kind of cool attitude and that would be the norm for season 3.
This is why I was irked with how the writer’s decided to write Harold and Shaw’s prickly early work relationship, thank goodness they eventually course corrected.
Introducing Dillinger (RAM) helped too. Dillinger wasn’t just a counterpoint to John but a warning for Harold. I think Harold was afraid Shaw would turn into another Dillinger.
Razgovor was the beginning of a turning point in their working relationship where Harold realized Shaw can be trusted to, if not care for, take a Number’s safety personally.
Shaw realized Harold wasn’t a hardline kind of boss who would slap penalties at her for failing but it was in Lethe and Aletheia when their working relationship turned for the better.
IMO the two-parter was important for Harold and Shaw, it was important for Harold to learn to trust and rely on Shaw and for Shaw it gave her a glimpse into Harold before he was the reclusive billionaire.
After the two-parter Harold seemed to trust Shaw a lot more and he seemed more comfortable around her, Shaw also seemed to ease up around Harold and she started to tease Harold more in a similar but slightly different way she did with John.
One thing Shaw also learned to do is how to ‘speak Harold’. Initially Shaw had a difficult time getting Harold to approve any of her plans because to him they seemed brash (Shaw actually took time to explain her plans to Harold, whereas Mr. International Spy would just steal a truck and t-bone another car). By season 4 Shaw got Harold to play along to scare the barista and the green light for stealing from a security company.
In season 4 I think because of Shaw’s job as a make up counter girl Shaw and Harold got to spend more time together. After all being a thief isn’t a full time gig either, and professor would have some free time too.
Harold and Shaw planned how to approach a Number (Wingman) and Harold was comfortable leaving all the tech support job to Shaw when he was away in Hong Kong (Pretenders) and Harold’s become familiar with Shaw’s favorite sandwich at Park’s (The Cold War).
I think Harold became fond of Shaw despite her penchant for appearing out of nowhere to give him a minor heart attack, and her way of consuming his top shelf liquor like water or her ‘binary moral compass’.
I’d like to think that they bonded over good food and chemistry -- although that’s a topic Shaw discussed sparingly because she wouldn’t want to be branded as a ‘nerd’. I also think she didn’t mind the other responsibilities that came with a dog like washing Bear (somehow, Detective Riley is always out chasing a perp), walking Bear, and feeding Bear which I think Harold appreciated.
One of the things I regret is that they didn’t show us more of Harold’s grief at losing Shaw, understandably the focus was on Root and later on John but they did show the effects losing Shaw had on Harold:
Claire: “You wouldn't just leave me here for dead.”
Harold: “That may have been true once, but that was before I lost someone, someone dear. She's gone now, and I won't risk losing anyone else.”
(Eventually, of course, despite knowing it was a trap Harold can’t just leave Claire even if he was angry he can’t make himself walk away because of the possibility that Claire can be helped. But the mere fact that Harold almost did leave Claire was big.)
Person of Interest has a lot of interesting relationship dynamics within the team but Harold and Shaw have a special place in my heart.
I think at the end of the day Harold and Shaw are similar, the way John and Root are similar to each other, but they’re more subtle in their similarities. For one I don’t think they both need an outside impetus or direction to be driven into something, they have a certainty about who they are that is not easy to shake.
And I really the POI Noir photo above I think the photo encapsulates everything I love about Harold and Shaw.
Fandom: Person of Interest
Music: Kiss with a fist by Florence and the Machine
Summary: a kiss with a fist is better than none.
Beta: Thanks to dealanexmachina, treonb
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Pick a date below and give me a topic, and I'll ramble on. It can be anything from fandom-related (specific characters, actors, storylines, episodes, etc.) to life-related to pizza preferences to whatever you want.
They will probably be brief, or not, depending on the subject. Also, I reserve the right to decline prompts that I don't feel equipped to meet.
Topics: you can get an idea from my tags/from the stuff I usually ramble about/from things you maybe wish I talked about more but don't. Also, please feel free to check out last year's posts, i.e. the topics I've already written about.
January 10 “Shaw and her relationship progression with Harold” @potcpoi
January 18 "If it had been Sarah who died (by accident, since she had no reason to kill herself) on that subway station, and Beth who lived and had to live as Sarah for a while, what would have happened? Not just with Beth, but everyone?" selenak
January 22 Ahsoka Tano for musesfool