RWBY: A Gem In Progressive Character Development

original character designs by einlee

original character designs by einlee

There are a lot of awesome things on deviantART. While browsing about a year ago, I kept finding fanart of these four characters. Naturally, I looked up what they were from and found out they are the main characters of a show called RWBY (pronounced “ruby”). When I first started watching the series, I thought the writers were going to abuse the fact most of the main characters are female and oversexualize them. To my relief, they don’t. The characters are treated like human beings, and they’re respected for their fighting prowess. Even when the characters seem to be modeled from female archetypes! Not only that, but the writers avoid using the nice guy trope, or in this case how no decent guy ever gets a date. The character progression is well done, and I couldn’t be more excited to see where this series goes!

Spoilers after the jump!

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Web Crush Wednesdays: Cindy

Oh my god, you guys, I am so excited to bring you today’s Web Crush. With Halloween drawing ever closer (which, yes, I will remind you of every week in October) I’m sure a lot of us have got our own favorite spooky movies that we devour to get into the right mood. Little Shop of Horrors, The Ring, Halloweentown—the list is literally endless. Today’s Web Crush comes from one of the deviously clever minds behind the timeless favorites Beetlejuice and The Addams Family, so you know it’s got to be good. Dear viewers, let me welcome you to the Cinderella re-make where the clock has skipped right past twelve and rung at thirteen ‘o clock; let me welcome you to the world of Cindy.

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Web Crush Wednesdays: MisSpelled

web crush wednesdaysToday I bring you a fun, mysterious, exciting, and spooky web series that is definitely worth your time. MisSpelled is about five young women who all discover one day that they have magical powers and are witches. Though the girls don’t always get along, and certainly don’t always see eye to eye, they begin working together to use their witchy powers. Especially when one of the girls, Gladys, accidentally kills her boyfriend, Ian, when she loses control of her powers. Together the girls—Nina, Emma, Quinn, and Stella—try to help Gladys bring Ian back to life, but with some disastrous consequences.

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Web Crush Wednesdays: Emma Approved

Web Crush WednesdaysThis week’s web crush is the just-concluded webseries Emma Approved. Brought to you by Pemberley Digital, the creators of the wonderful Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Emma Approved is an excellent modern adaptation webseries of Jane Austen’s Emma.

A few slight spoilers for the webseries below.

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Web Crush Wednesday Addams?

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Gentle Readers,

I’m not a big fan of horror, or horror-themed things. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the novelty of having the piss scared out of me, or jump scares. I just don’t appreciate the direction that a lot of horror or supernatural drama has taken in recent years, with several notable exceptions. NBC’s Dracula is a good example of a show that I’ll watch, despite its genre, because there’s more to it than supernatural angst and sexual tension. Why yes, I am throwing shade. More importantly, I try not to let to my distaste for horror be mistaken for an aversion to things that are dark, and neither should you.

Melissa Hunter

Melissa Hunter

Even better than things that are dark, are things that are dark and funny. I won’t bother to beat out this point, since it’s obvious. Suffice it to say that many of the best things are to be found at the intersection of creepy and kooky. So, I present to you Adult Wednesday Addams. The six webisode series is the brainchild of one Melissa Hunter, writer, actor, and comedian who has developed some other great comedy working with Comedy Central, the Upright Citizens Brigade, and Demetri Martin. Now, I’m going to get back to Adult Wednesday Addams, but to tell you what’s so great about it, I have to tell you what was so great about The Addams Family. Which is totally unnecessary, but I’m going to do it anyway.

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Mileena of Mortal Kombat

One of my favorite video games as a kid was Mortal Kombat, a one-on-one arcade fighter which my mother would absolutely not allow me to play at home due to its violence and scantily clad female characters. Well, as a young boy those just happened to be my favorite things about the game, and you can think of me what you want after that admission. One of my favorite characters was Mileena, for absolutely no reason other than she was hot (I was shallow, get over it). It turned out that she actually was a really interesting character, though I didn’t know this until much later.

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