Anonymous asked
you had one non-american/white, non-stick thin character and you get a white,blonde stick thin actress to play her

queersci:

fishingboatproceeds:

1. I have never written a central female character who was described as thin other than Lindsey Lee Wells. Also, Margo and Q are two of the only white-identified people I’ve written, so I don’t really know how to respond to that part of your statement.

2. I do not cast the movie adaptations of my books. I am a novelist, not a casting director. I did not choose who would play Margo anymore than I choose where the movie will be filmed or what the budget or soundtrack will be.

3. That said, I think Cara will do a wonderful job as Margo. As I’ve learned in the past few hours, a lot of people who don’t know Cara have extremely strong opinions about her as a person, which is weird, because they don’t know her. They have a lot of opinions about her body, too, especially its supposed inadequacies. Cara is living, on a much larger stage, the Margo Roth Spiegelman experience: She receives massive amounts of attention but she’s more a mirror than a window. The way people respond to her seems to be a reflection of one’s own experience and worldview more than it has anything to do with the actual person Cara is. I think this is part of why Cara’s audition was so powerful: Her understanding of Margo is deep and profound and about a lot more than the shape of her body.

But, John, you were so involved in tfios. You were on set, which makes us assume that you talk with the directors and kind of educate them on the story. You’re an executive producer on Paper Towns. You can make suggestions and sure, there’s a good chance they won’t go with your suggestions but you can still make them, even just here on the internet. Even reblogging a fancast where not everyone is thin and white would show us that you have an issue with all white casts when you didn’t read them as such. What we need is you acknowledging that you didn’t write anyone but Margo and Q as white. 

Hell, I’m pretty sure you can personally go up to Jake Schreier and go “Hey man, just wondering about casting and what the casting calls sound like. Just making sure that the call for these characters here *hands list* isn’t just for white people because as I’m sure you know because you read my book, I never classified a race for them. Also, as you know because you read my book but just in case you forgot, Margo is written as being on the heavier side. You’re the director, you can do whatever, I just wanted to reinstate how I personally wrote these characters. Just so you know.”

Because the issue I’m having here is that you were so involved in one movie and now are saying you have no say in anything, when I’m pretty sure that’s not true. We know how Hollywood works, we know that you have no CONTROL over anything. I just have this horrible feeling that you saying “I don’t have a say in casting” is a cover up for “I didn’t even send a single unsolicited email talking about casting, I didn’t even bring up Margo’s weight anywhere NEAR Hollywood, I haven’t talked with anyone about anything.”

Because you have a duty, John, to speak up for your community. Throw your hat into the ring, you know how the people who love your books, who are going to see this movie, will react.

Do you know you can totally distance yourself from this project? You can.You don’t HAVE to support this. You can take a stance and say “I’m disappointed the movies based on my books don’t have the same amount of representation my books have.”

I’m sure Cara is great. She’s talented and kind, I love her a lot. She’s beautiful and I am not poking holes in her appearance and it’s terrible that people are. I haven’t seen anyone actually attacking Cara as a person (but I’d love if you sent me towards them so I can give them a good verbal beating). Here’s the thing with your response to this comment, though: It’s not about Cara at all. It is about representation in Hollywood. We had a chance at a heavier female lead and that was taken away. If we can’t even get representation in a movie based on (what you claim to be) a diverse source material, how are we ever going to get representation? 

Some fans of Paper Towns are going to be so hurt that one out of the two YA book to movie adaptation characters that they connected to in terms of looks was taken from them and yes, they might lash out at Cara and I do not endorse that. It’s going to be the same if Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor is cast as a blonde thin woman.

Your response sounds a lot like “Stop skinny shaming! Your just angry with your own bodies!” and I trust you can see that. Here’s the thing: “Skinny shaming” is nothing compared to fat shaming. Saying that we HOPED for representation and diversity is not ”having opinions about her body and her supposed inadequacies.” I don’t have an opinion on Cara’s body, other than thinking she’s beautiful. I do have an opinion on Hollywood’s white-washing and um skinny-washing.

I wish your responses would be less accusatory. I know it’s hard to get tone over text but it sounds like your trying to make this OUR problem. Like “how dare you ask why they cast a white skinny person for a non-white (?), non-skinny role? Cara is perfect and we are both upset that you would even say something like this.” Representation is Hollywood is AN ACTUAL ISSUE and we were just hoping that this role would give us a crumb of diversity. You got it right that it’s a reflection of our own experience and world view. My experience is seeing no curvy/chubby characters as “romantic leads” (of which I know Margo is not technically). My experience is that I’m a punch-line. Don’t make this into a “it’s just about you.” You are educated in social justice, John. You KNOW that this is an actual issue. Don’t try and turn it into a “sexist trolls on the internet are at it again they don’t think Cara looks right for the part, they are just so angry so they troll” thing because you KNOW that’s not what’s happening. You know it and you’re trying hide it.

idreamofprospit:

acemarius:

george blagden is 23

fra fee is 27

???????????????

And Eddie Redmayne is 32. EDDIE REDMAYNE OF ALL PEOPLE IS 9 YEARS OLDER THAN GEORGE BLAGDEN.

night-people:

xharries:

Put a letter from A-Z in my ask and I’ll tell you 1 thing I love which starts with that letter.

THIS IS CUTE PLEASE

(Source: tru2002)

kumagawa:

u right tho..white privilege just some tumblr bullshit..def. not applicable in the real world..damn

black-eyed-bucky:

teeny-claws:

virgo-dragon:

dreadful-secrets:

kayleeromesburg:

Fuck this. Fuck this post so much.
Do not tell me you’re best friend would not sit in at your lunch table for three fucking days just staring blankly at your old seat wishing that you were there  to fill the space with laughter.
Do not tell me your younger brother would not break down in the middle of class because you guys started talking about your favorite type of subject in school.
Do not tell me your mother  would not stare into the mirror with trembling lips wishing she could be bringing you home from the hospital rather than having to escort you away in a casket to the nearest graveyard.
Do not tell me your father would not begin working the night shifts to distract himself of the silence at home because you’re not up until the ungodly hours of the night talking to what’s-his/her-face on the phone because you guys are so in love.
Do not tell me your boyfriend/girlfriend would not go into your room and put on the last hoodie you wore trying to desperately imprint your sent onto their skin so they never forget your smell.
Do not tell me your friends would not stare blankly  at the gymnasium wall after the principal has announced your death to the entire school making no sound trying to convince themselves this is just another one of your impractical jokes.
Do NOT fucking TELL ME this bullshit line of how the stars would still appear the sun would still come out the earth would still rotate and the seasons will still change because without YOU you lil beautiful piece of human being none of these people will want ANY of that to happen.
So yes.
Fuck this.
Fuck this post so much.

Reblogging for the comment because damn

Almost made me cry.

fucking preach. each and every one of you is important. someone loves you

I am actually crying right now.

black-eyed-bucky:

teeny-claws:

virgo-dragon:

dreadful-secrets:

kayleeromesburg:

Fuck this.
Fuck this post so much.

Do not tell me
you’re best friend
would not sit in at your lunch table
for three fucking days
just staring blankly at your old seat
wishing that you were there
to fill the space with laughter.

Do not tell me
your younger brother
would not break down
in the middle of class
because you guys started talking about
your favorite type of subject
in school.

Do not tell me
your mother
would not stare into the mirror
with trembling lips
wishing she could be
bringing you home from the hospital
rather than having to escort you away
in a casket to the nearest graveyard.

Do not tell me
your father
would not begin working
the night shifts
to distract himself
of the silence at home
because you’re not up
until the ungodly hours of the night
talking to what’s-his/her-face
on the phone
because you guys are so in love.

Do not tell me
your boyfriend/girlfriend
would not go into your room
and put on the last hoodie you wore
trying to desperately imprint
your sent onto their skin
so they never forget your smell.

Do not tell me
your friends
would not stare blankly
at the gymnasium wall
after the principal has announced
your death
to the entire school
making no sound
trying to convince themselves
this is just another one of
your impractical jokes.

Do NOT fucking TELL ME
this bullshit line
of how the stars would still appear
the sun would still come out
the earth would still rotate
and the seasons will still change
because without YOU
you lil beautiful piece of human being
none of these people will want
ANY of that to happen.

So yes.

Fuck this.

Fuck this post so much.

Reblogging for the comment because damn

Almost made me cry.

fucking preach. each and every one of you is important. someone loves you

I am actually crying right now.

Feminism is not about who opens the jar.

It is not about who pays for the date. It is not about who moves the couch. It is not about who kills the bugs. It is not about who cooks the dinner. It’s not even about who stays home with the kids, as long as the decision was made together, after thinking carefully about your situation and coming to an agreement that makes sense for your particular marriage and family.

It is about making sure that nobody ever has to do anything by “default” because of their gender. The stronger person should move the couch. The person who enjoys cooking more, has more time for it, and/or is better at it should do the cooking. Sometimes the stronger person is male, sometimes not. Sometimes the person who is best suited for cooking is female, sometimes not. You should do what works.

But it is also about letting people know that it is okay to change. If you’re a woman who wants to become stronger, that’s great. If you’re a man who wants to learn how to cook, that’s also great. You might start out with a relationship where the guy opens all the jars and the girl cooks all the meals, but you might find that you want to try something else. So try it.

roisinlikesbooks:

ninthdoctorsbutt:

YESTERDAY EVENING I WAS WONDERING WHY REMUS LOVED CHOCOLATE SO MUCH WHEN I REALISED

CHOCOLATE IS POISONOUS FOR DOGS

WHAT IF YOUNG REMUS STARTED LOVING CHOCOLATE BECAUSE HE THOUGHT IT KILLED THE WOLF PART OF HIM

just once I want a Lupin headcanon that doesn’t make me want to set myself on fire

happyless:

ultrafacts:

aussietory:

third-way-is-best-way:

tuxedoandex:

kvotheunkvothe:

ultrafacts:

Source For more facts follow Ultrafacts

EVERY TIME SOMEONE BRINGS UP THE LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA I GET SO ANGRY.

but why

Because it got burned. All of that knowledge, lost forever.



The library was destroyed over 1000’s of years ago. The library consisted of thousands of scrolls and books about mathematics, engineering, physiology, geography, blueprints, medicine, plays, & important scriptures. Thinkers from all over the Mediterranean used to come to Alexandria to study.Most of the major work of civilization up until that point was lost. If the library still survived till this day, society may have been more advanced and we would sure know more about the ancient world.

***INSANELY PAINFUL SHRIEKING***

happyless:

ultrafacts:

aussietory:

third-way-is-best-way:

tuxedoandex:

kvotheunkvothe:

ultrafacts:

Source For more facts follow Ultrafacts

EVERY TIME SOMEONE BRINGS UP THE LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA I GET SO ANGRY.

but why

Because it got burned. All of that knowledge, lost forever.

The library was destroyed over 1000’s of years ago. The library consisted of thousands of scrolls and books about mathematics, engineering, physiology, geography, blueprints, medicine, plays, & important scriptures. Thinkers from all over the Mediterranean used to come to Alexandria to study.Most of the major work of civilization up until that point was lost. If the library still survived till this day, society may have been more advanced and we would sure know more about the ancient world.

***INSANELY PAINFUL SHRIEKING***