kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)
[personal profile] kate_nepveu
That was so meta I'm not even sure I can unpack all the layers.

It's about what fans (Lars) want in a narrative, or think they want, or really want. The dangers of artists (Steven, in the middle section) trying to please the presumed desires of the audience over all else. And the need for artists (both Steven and Amethyst) to be aware of what they're getting out of creating and how that might change. And being thoughtful to your collaborators!

I am not the audience for the wrestling jokes, and mostly I couldn't fall into it because I was aware how very, very meta it was, but it was a nice little Amethyst-Steven beat.

Also, what an exceedingly meta section we are in: roleplay in "The New Crystal Gems", Room!Rose in "Storm in the Room," allyship & shoving yourself into stories where you don't actually belong in "Rocknaldo." I'm not sure I wouldn't have liked these to be spread out a little bit.

Date: Sunday, March 5th, 2017 12:46 am (UTC)
rosefox: Green books on library shelves. (Default)
From: [personal profile] rosefox
I couldn't help hearing "that's our special thing!" in a poly context; "you did our special thing with someone else/want to stop doing our special thing" is a major, major cause of poly problems. Come to think of it, so is "tell me who you want me to be for you". These are all crucial how to relationship things as well as commentary on how creators and consumers interact.

In the context of Steven's lack of closure with Rose (which has been so much on his mind), I imagine Amethyst unilaterally ending a relationship element with him would have been extra hard, and I'm glad that they got to collaborate on creating closure together. He really needed a situation where he had some agency. He's gotten so used to being pushed around, which I think fed into his insecurity over Lars's unhappiness with the Tiger Philanthropist gig.

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