I've always been planning this, but since gossipgirl_anon is lost to us forever and Ed's birthday is in six days, I'm pushing out this post now and dedicating it to gossipgirl_anon as well as making this an individual "birthday present" for Ed. I understand he will not see this. Some of the fans that have tried to contact his people are legit crazy. I'll be nice enough not to call them out individually.
Also, this post is about putting the fun back in fandom and not this srs bizness #savechuckandblair/"take back the boards" mess running around that alienates those desperate for an abusive fictional couple to reunite on a television show from everyone else. And not only fandom--we're talking casual viewers (even people hoping Chuck and Blair get together outside of fandom!), reviewers, TV writers who leak TV spoilers, bloggers and even the writers themselves. Chuck and Blair not being together is not a fucking life-or-death situation. Anyone participating in #savechuckandblair/"take back the boards" will be embarrassed five years after they've done this, I guarantee.
This entry will remain public and since my journal doesn't allow anonymous comments, Chuckistan anons can stay mad. And if they do have accounts, I'm screening non-friend comments, lol.
And, fair warning, this entry will be image-heavy. Then again, the only people I know that have a seriously slow internet connection are my aunt and uncle. They have a huge Sony VISIO TV (no Blu-Ray or HDTV setup) but they still have AOL from, like, the 90s or something. And dialup. I am not kidding.
A lot of Chuckistans think Ed is perfect, flawless, whatever. (Names will not be mentioned, but it's about as long as the Chuckistan shippers' list on FanForum.) Comments like that bother me. For one, no one IRL is perfect, flawless, etc. (I only use those terms occasionally because I'm on ONTD and sometimes I feel snarky. IDK about the rest of Chuckistan.) For another, Ed has his flaws that make him human: for example, he has crooked teeth and at least an overbite and has unexplained scars over his eyes.
Also, Ed has friends that Chuckistan doesn't care about in their dream world of Ed and Leighton Having a Secret Affair. Like Todd DiCiurcio. Or this dude.
How anyone can claim Ed is "perfect"...you know, I blame Stephanie Mayer and her line of thinking that's poisoning everything from GG to The Mortal Instruments to possibly even The Hunger Games four-movie series. The Chuckistans claiming Ed is without flaws are imagining an Ed that's more Cullen than Westwick. End of story.
Granted, I started watching Gossip Girl in 2009 because of Tyra Banks, and somehow I was hooked because of Chuck and Blair (eww). But over time, Chuck and Blair's relationship bored me. S3 had the two bickering over and over again in nearly every episode they were in, a visual equivalent of the cliché park bench play in theater. (The horrible things Chuck said and did to Blair didn't click until later.)
After repeated viewings of S3, I came to see Chuck as Cookie Monster, in large part because of Ed's eyes.
I saw Blair as a Kit-Cat Clock because of the way her eyes would move back and forth during those boring scenes. This lead to this:
A forced meme was born.
I've only seen three S4 episodes: 4.07 (by request) 4.08 (because I was intrigued by the opening scene, which I will not speak of again) and 4.20 (because of NO ONE UNDERSTANDS WHAT WE HAAAAAAAAVE).
I was asked to make gifs of the piano sex from 4.07 most of us knew about because there weren't power-hungry girlsss terrorizing the fandom and everyone involved with watching or working the show professionally. (Also, leaked scripts.) So I watched 4.07 to see the scenes I needed to gif 4.07 with, found a DL of 4.07 later and made these:
If it isn't apparent already, yeah, you can tell Ed hates playing Chuck Bass.
Eventually I made more Cookie Monster things.
I think this was my most popular Cookie Monster thing while the meme was still active. I made it after apologizing for a crash during the Dark Knight gif I was working on. (Orignally the gif was too long, anyway).
It was remixed. By me. With a bad fanfiction quote making me lament the general lack of canon-aware betas in Gossip Girl fanfiction.
A few months ago I wanted to check out video software because I was having problems with Windows Movie Maker. I came up with some videos, playing around with PowerDirector, and I came up with some videos. I put them on Vimeo. Here's one of them:
In conclusion, I'll probably make more of these. After finishing the community_tv banners (there will be a separate post for those as well), I want to step back a little and focus on my real life, so I probably won't do a lot of fandom stuff this summer. Except for het_bigbang , because I've signed on for graphics for that. Hopefully until the show ends or gets cancelled or whatever, they'll be more Cookies and hopefully a community to show them all off in that cares. (Cookie appearing in FFAF posts is a no.)