So I was doing a little thinking about the names of our Red Lotus villains—“Ming Hua” is obviously Chinese, and “P’Li” appears to be completely made up for the purposes of the show, but the guys’ names are rather interesting. To explain why, I need to talk about the names in my sandbender/desert fic.
When I decided I was going to write a sandbender story and needed names for my OCs, I checked the Avatar Wiki for info on the few sandbender characters we get in AtLA’s “The Desert.” The only sandbender whose name we hear on-screen is Ghashuin, the thief whose gang kidnaps Appa. The credits give the name of his father (the only other sandbender speaking role in the episode) as Sha-Mo (a homophone of the French word for “camel,” haha), and the Avatar Wiki quotes the old Nickelodeon AtLA website as saying his mother’s name was Yulduz—though she doesn’t appear in the episode at all, because she’s dead. When I tried to figure out which language/culture those names came from, they turned up as northwestern Chinese (“sha-mo” means “desert” in Mandarin) and Altaic (Uzbek). But I couldn’t find any other Uzbek names that I thought would wear well over a dozen chapters of longfic, so I decided to go with Mongolian names instead—for example, “Altan” is Mongolian for “golden.” (I’d just read a story set in Mongolia with a major character named Dzaya, so I’d test-driven that name myself, and I figured Mongolia was close enough culturally to what the AtLA writers were going for—the Si Wong may look a lot like the Sahara, but in all other ways the creators seem to be going for “Central Asian desert” rather than “North African desert.”)
We all know AtLA/LoK writers don’t choose their names randomly, and that cultural diversity and accuracy are important to them. When they’re not conjured up just to sound cool (like Korra), character names fall into patterns according to their nation—airbender names are Tibetan, Water Tribe names are Inuit, the Fire Nation gets a smattering of Japanese, and Chinese predominates in the Earth Kingdom but can turn up practically anywhere else.
Anyway, here’s what all this has to do with Book 3: the names “Zaheer” and “Ghazan” don’t fall into the usual Chinese/Japanese/Inuit/Tibetan pattern. After an admittedly not-too-exhaustive investigation, they appear to be Pakistani/North Indian and Mongolian, respectively—pretty close to being Central Asian, in other words.
Since the only other place in the Avatarverse where such unusual names turn up is the desert episodes (and it’s safe to assume they’re both from the Earth Kingdom, especially since Ghazan is an earthbender)… what if one or both of these guys turns out to be (descendants of) sandbenders? That would explain how they turn up in the desert, perhaps prompting the Krew to chase them there… Suppose Suyin’s throwaway line about “living in a sandbender commune” turns out to be the key to tracking them down?
Even if they are sandbenders, that culture may or may not be relevant to the overall plot… but from where I sit it would be awfully cool to have sandbender villains for Book 3. ^_^
songs in a different language you like and then you look up the lyrics and it’s actually some fucked up shit
everybody’s assuming that book 3’s episode 10 title “long live the queen” is referring to the earth queen but. let’s be real.
they’re obviously talking about asami sato
This scene is very very very important to me
modern day shakespeare adaptions that should exist
- southern gothic macbeth. the bloody, brutal themes of the play in the suffocating atmosphere of the genre. the imagery of lady macbeth’s hands dripping with blood! the witches! macbeth’s madness when he believes the swamp has actually come to life to kill him! it’s like it was made for this play
- political othello. make him secretary of defense or state. imagine a house of cards like environment. addresses issues of current racism and misogyny in politics, and Iago’s jealous/obsessive love for Othello with very clear homo-erotic undertones. like extremely explicit and how that translates in such a masculine setting to understand Iago’s intent.
- police hamlet. hamlet senior as the deputy in nyc. his mysterious death draws his son home from stanford/harvard/what-have-you. a modern day noir-like detective mystery. emphasis on ophelia’s depression and subsequent decent into madness by popping too many pills. the way the “respectful” upper-class tear themselves apart splashed all across the media.
- the tempest as lost.
- titus andronicus as a proper horror movie, set in the current war in the middle east.
- college midsummer nights dream. the fairyland is a popular night club. lots of dubstep music and drugs slipped in dark corners of the dance floor.
important ship tropes:
- fake dating
- SECRET dating
- being locked in a room or trapped in a small space
- huDDLING FOR WARMTH
- BEING ON THE BRINK OF ADMITTING THEIR FEELINGS FOR EACH OTHER BUT THEN GETTING INTERRUPTED
- finishing each other’s sentences, KNOWING WHAT THE OTHER IS ABOUT TO SAY
- tou chi NG!!!! FOr eheA DS!!!!!!11!!
- wearing each other’s clothes
- doing that thing where they accidentally get real close and, like, stare meaningfully at each other for a few seconds too long
- channeling the inner romcom and having an epiphany about how much they care about each other and RACING TO CONFESS THEIR LOVE
- fucking. Now or Never Kiss
- HEIGHT DIFFERENCES
- defending each other to scathing tertiary or otherwise minor characters but ONLY WHEN THE OTHER ISN’T AROUND
- reincarnation or time loop or OOOOH TIME TRAVEL SCENARIOS
- dramatically saving each other from certain death or barely surviving something that almost makes the other break down and just smirking wearily and mumbling flippant smartass remarks to HIDE THE DEPTH OF THEIR FEELINGS
- undercover as lovers, the classic
- ALMOST KISSING. like getting so close that they start to close their eyes and hold their breath and then SOMETHING HAPPENS and they jump apart, that is MORE VALUABLE THAN ANY ACTUAL KISSING
- casually sitting on each other’s laps during ensemble cast conversations or scenes
- did i mention F AKE DATinG
”brah help me im falling off this cliff brah”
”but brah i cant grab your hand thats hand holding and thats gay brah”
Yeah so Kai saving the bisons was great, and Su and Lin making up was also great, but is no one going to talk about how Ming Hua can drive with her water arms LIKE A BAMF
i’m just gonna pretend daft punk was in pacific rim. i’m gonna pretend that they pilot a jaeger called electroma bravo and they blast house music with the kaidonovskys and when stacker shows raliegh around the shatterdome he’s like, “that’s thomas and guy-man. french. they never take their helmets off.”