So ship talk.
I used to be up for shipping like, everything in south park, despite being generally freaked out by the fandom, but I think I’ve basically outgrown all the pairings I used to like and the dynamics aren’t particularly appealing anymore.
I am still deeply invested in Craig and Tweek. Like, hideously, achingly into it. Gosh. Wow. Wow. I wish people did it justice more often.
Also now attached to the idea of Stan/Wendy/Kyle which I am??? apparently??? alone in??? But I love it a LOT recently why doesn’t everybody ship it?
Also also still have a soft spot for Cristophe and Gregory if only because of bad accents and having met a great friend through the pairing.
There’s no point to this I’m just listing my south park ships. People should talk to me about south park, I mean, it is very much a thing I am still into let’s go people get on my cut paper animation train here it’s an express trip straight to hell I can promise you that.
I like Tweek and Craig, but I really don’t like the way they’re written or portrayed, more often than not, when they’re paired together in fic or art. :-( IT’S SUCH A CUTE PAIR THOUGH augh
I just generally like them as friends anyway, since they’re two of my favorite characters, but for some reason the pairing just slays me in the worst way, sigh.
I kind of hate the way people write/draw them 95% of the time, but that other 5% is absolute gold.
i have a deep desire for someone to draw a thing
here is the thing
this is really, really important
please help this holiday miracle happen for all of us
they mail everyone christmas cards with this image
So far my success in writing seems to fall into two categories; either it makes people cry, or it makes them want to watch other people cry.
frdging also has connotations of unnecessary brutality. it comes from when some superheros gf was stuffed in a fridge right? gratuitously brutal and also possibly gendered too: it mostly happens to girlfriends
I believe that is where the term comes from yes!
I definitely consider it a gendered issue, but I tend to apply the idea to any character who is in the minority. (Ex. Boyd on Teen Wolf, Darwin in X-Men First Class, both black characters killed off in stupid and seemingly pointless ways.)
I try to keep these icky things in mind when I write, so I don’t screw it up and add more bad writing to the world. I’d hate to hurt people’s feelings through careless character fridging.
If their death has nothing to do with them, if there was no personal point to their death, if the focus is on someone else, it’s fridging
its probably one of those ymmv things but fridging often seems like one of those things that generally happens to love interests mainly to give the usually male lead something to angst about while legit death has a much bigger purpose.
I see where you guys are coming from. I see a lot of fridged love interests in action movies and the like. Plot device deaths are definitely…fridgey. But I guess what I wonder is, any character death will move the plot forward in some way, right? So is killing a character and portraying how others grow in the wake of that death always fridging? Or can it potentially be an effective and interesting way to explore grief and so on? (I’m not arguing either way, just honestly wondering on this.)
I get the impression a character is fridged as a character device whose only service to the plot was to die, and thus motivate the story
So a character can die in a myriad of ways as long as they provide to the story in their living contribution as well
I wrote a whole big long response to this but it deleted itself when I posted it WELL.
I believe what I originally put was something along the lines of:
What about characters who are dead before the story starts? For example, Lily Potter in the Harry Potter series. Female character dies saving her son, allowing not only for him the be motivated and the plot to move forward later, but technically allows for the whole story to START.
Would we consider her (and harry’s dad!) fridged for their murders at the start of the story? Or is there a less negative connotation to these deaths?
(Thanks for replying guys, this is all really interesting to me and I’m trying to puzzle it out!)
A storytelling question.
Where would you make the distinction between killing off a character as part of the course of a story, and fridging that character?