A little while ago I sent the AO3 a suggestion, and wowwwww it paid off.
Really I mostly just use tumblr to follow tags, and that is how I found filter-me-ao3 which is awesome and led me to a few AO3 newsposts that explained how to filter things out. Link to the roundup here.
The ID numbers are amazing, but they don’t cover everything so I wrote in and asked if they could eventually maybe post some of the ID numbers for some of the additional tags, too, so filtering those out would be easier.
I got a note back saying that they’d pass on the suggestion to the people who actually do the posts…
And then they attached a HUGE LIST OF ID NUMBERS. Or really TWO lists. One of just popular tags and then one of a bunch of popular AUs. SO MANY TAGS.
So I decided to share.
Here, tumblr. Have like 200 tag ID numbers to filter out on the AO3 if you want! (Or maybe a little under because I took some of the AU tags off of the first list because they were in the second too.)
And THANK YOU AO3 THIS IS THE BEST.
Anonymous said: Oh my god, that gif of hannah and cas in the car with cas driving reminds me so much of dean and cas's car scenes:'-( Cas is taking Dean's place and Hannah is taking Cas's as far as roles this season. Exciting! I'm thinking this either going to end with Hannah dying for Cas (giving her grace to him or something like that) or Cas telling Hannah he can't go with them to heaven, that he wants to stay with dean on earth, and she'll be the one to lead the angels and heaven.
Definitely, and I’m sure we’ll see more of that parallel. If Cas/Hannah is meant to push Cas into realizing his feelings for Dean, then having Hannah parallel Cas is crucial for that understanding. If Cas can see himself in Hannah, then he’ll have to wonder who it is that he’s pining after. Plus, it’ll be yet another instance of Dean and Cas’ arcs paralleling, which is just fantastic because it puts them on equal ground.
As for Hannah’s fate, I think you’re right- although I’m really, really hoping it’s the second option. Not only would that allow TPTB to resolve some of the conflict with the angels, but it would also be a fitting end to Hannah’s arc: if in the course of this season she learns to appreciate humanity the way angels were always supposed to, then she will be the perfect leader for Heaven, because she’s already on the road to understanding what it means to have free will. Also, I really hope it’s not the first option, because it would be yet another dead female angel, and all for the sake of a love interest, which is problematic on a couple of different levels.
I’ve been thinking about Death. hehe I mean, that I’ve been thinking about how whenever reapers have encountered people on the brink of death — Dean, Bobby, etc. — it’s because it was “their time” to go. It wasn’t a choice, and if the person fought to stay past their time, they ended up becoming vengeful as Bobby did. I assume that didn’t happen to Dean because John took his place.
When Sam encountered Death in 9.01, it wasn’t that way at all. It was a kind of negotiation in which the choice was entirely Sam’s. Sam led the conversation, and like the Bobby construct, Death reassured Sam about dying. It leads me to believe that Death, like Bobby and Dean, was a part of Sam’s mind. Dean/Ezekiel saw Death when he entered Sam’s mind, but that makes sense because he was a construct just like the cabin itself.
If this theory is true, then there was no agreement that Death guaranteed no one would be able to bring Sam back. It was wishful thinking on Sam’s part — another reassurance that choosing to die was the right thing to do.
I’ve seen reports that Julian Richings has said he played it as real and reports that he said Death was Sam’s projection, so who knows? Originally I thought it was real, but people have convinced me it wasn’t.
It makes sense that a regular reaper didn’t show up because that was after the angel fall event. Perhaps if a reaper does not show up when it may actually be someone’s “time”, the person goes through something like Sam did…they have to invent their own guides to/in the afterlife because an actual one isn’t there.
That would mean that not only does Sam’s agreement with Death not apply, but he also would have ended up stuck in the Veil (according to ghost Kevin).
Of course, Sam and Dean didn’t know that at that point, so it doesn’t invalidate Sam’s choice or excuse Dean’s action, but it’s there none the less.
Also….I admit I haven’t seen I’m No Angel or Slumber Party since they originally aired so I might be forgetting something, but might that also explain what appeared to be a plot-hole with Kevin’s statement about souls getting stuck in the Veil since Metatron took over? Cas came back to life calling out Dean’s name, right? Well, if Cas is inventing his own afterlife guides, I strongly suspect Dean would be one of them. And Charlie was imagining Christmas with her family, right? Why shouldn’t she invent that setting like Sam invented the cabin setting with his closest people there. (Charlie’s read the books. If I were her, Dean and Sam are about the last people I’d want to guide me on the question of should I let go and go on to Heaven or should I try to stick around on Earth as a ghost.) Just because Dorothy said it was Charlie’s Heaven doesn’t mean anything, because Dorothy’s previous experiences with death were before the angel fall event.
I almost wonder if Metatron didn’t put some kind of binding spell on Death like Lucifer did and the guys tried to do (or did…I can’t remember if they were successful or not). It seems like Death should be doing something about the reaper situation and the Veil situation even if he doesn’t care about non-reaper angels and demons and such.
*stares out into the distance with the world-weary eyes of someone who has been made to think too deeply about this again*
I never even realised how Sam’s journey towards death/Death was literally nothing like the time Bobby had the same experience, which we can take as the canon normal way someone dies, especially since it’s backed up in the same episode by Rufus saying the exact same thing happened to him so it wasn’t anything special about Bobby’s head. That was all conjured memories and Bobby was semi-passive in what he could see except for the option of opening/closing doors deeper in his mind, but it also changed without him doing anything. Sam had total control of several hypothetical situations and none of it was played as a memory - in fact it opens with a trick opening to make you think it’s a continuation of events just before he slipped into the coma.
Either Sam has freakish powers of mental creation despite all the psychic being looooong knocked out of him, or he was indeed in a totally different state. Having recently watched Road Trip I’m thinking of the happy cheerleader ghoul dream that Gadreel stuck Sam in to keep him pacified; it had similar “this is all a dream” lighting, as well as characters showing up in visualised forms rather than their true selves. If anything we should have had a Sam vs Gadreel!Sam moment or something since both had the same face at that point. The only time he ever saw Gadreel’s vessel before that point was for 0.0001 seconds between “there ain’t no me if there ain’t no you” and Gadreel jumping him. He even wiped Sam’s memory of the incident (I think? I remember he and Dean walking out of the hospital talking about Sam not remembering stuff in 9x01 anyways) so seeing Gadreel in his non-Sam vessel (poor dude didn’t even have a name) there and then again in the “Cast him out!” sequence sort of draws a line between the 2 moments, showing that Sam subconsciously knows Gadreel and that is the only memory he could have of him looking like that. Not sure what I’m saying about the sequence in Sam’s head in 9x01 except that there’s a lot of similarity there with conjured spaces and stuff.
I’ve been trying to piece together the reapers for a while just for my own mental clarity and it makes sense as you say here that they were somehow grounded/knocked out of their normal routine right at the fall, considering by 9x03 we’re seeing them wandering around in visible sight instead of moving through the veil, and how there were suddenly so many of them on-hand.
Assuming the veil was closed and Death could have been a projection, Dean/Gadreel didn’t/may not have known that and the fact that Sam knows Death personally and can therefore conjure him up in his mind at will would throw them off - they hear Death and have no reason to assume it *isn’t* Death, hence suddenly acting quickly and impulsively.
Meh, just throwing around some more thoughts sparked this. :) Not sure I have an actual conclusion or theory on the matter really.
I mean, you know that whole “we only use 10% of our brains” thing is crap, right? So you know that a certain amount of painfully inaccurate science is part of the price of admission.
Aside from that issue, I loved it. In the beginning it took a somewhat experimental approach to visual storytelling; by the end I felt like I’d watched a much more satisfying version of the movie that 2001: A Space Odyssey tried to be. The fake science was different but the theme was the same.
Okay, so you want to write things. Many things. Beautiful things! Things that seem so awesome in your head! But you have just one tiny, itty-bitty problem:
Everything you write is total, complete shit. It’s so shit you want to print it out just so you can set it on fire so nobody else will ever see it. Maybe someone told you your writing was shit. Maybe you have a bad writing habit or something that plagues you constantly (mine is typos. Horrible, horrible typos). Maybe your idea is so awesome that you’re afraid you’ll ruin it. Well, I have a awesome, wonderful news just for you. One of those secrets that people forget to share. Here it goes:
Writing crap is good for you.
You don’t believe me. Crap is crap! Writing isn’t worth it if all you’re going to write is crap, right? Wrong. Fucking wrong. Fuck that shit so hard. Fuck it until it burns. Writing crap is good for you. Crap is the fertilizer in which your ideas grow. Your shitty first draft will become a beautiful flower, even if it takes many washings to get the stink off. What is crap now can be remade into not crap later, even if that later is much, much later.
Or maybe your crap isn’t worth rewriting. Maybe it’s just best to bury it quietly, with a fond farewell or a bottle of whiskey. You know what? It still did you good to write it. Crap today will improve your writing in the future. It will! You’ll learn where your strengths are. You’ll improve your weaknesses. You’ll reuse ideas you buried, or retweak them in ways you like.
Don’t be afraid to write crap. Don’t feel bad if you think you are writing crap. Everyone writes crap. Your favorite book had a shitty first draft. Your favorite authors had bad writing days. The journalist you admire had her stories rejected. The blogger you follow left his shitty posts on the drawing board.
Everyone writes crap. Don’t let it stop you from writing at all.
Yesterday I met a Harry Potter fan with a Dark Mark tattoo. Today I’m watching a Doctor Who episode in which land mines turn people into trees. Idek.