Author has written 29 stories for High School Musical, X-Men: Evolution, and Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure.
I am a writer. Whether or not I'm a talented one is for you, my readers, to decide.
I've dappled in other fandoms, but only one has managed to stick. It just so happens that this fandom is that of the goofy, cheesy, and often considered insufferable, High School Musical series. This is entirely due to the existence of the one and only Ryan Evans, and his unbelievable level of UST, that is, Unresolved Sexual Tension with the movies' lead male character, Troy Bolton. Since I will never forgive Disney for refusing to explore the perfect relationship between these two characters, I take it upon myself to bring Ryan and Troy together. As they should be.
I try my best to be a very open-minded individual, and I apply this to the reading of other people's work, as well. There are a few topics that just do not sit right with me while reading fanfiction, however, such as incest between parent and child, "twin"cest, bestiality, strange fetishes, and any type of abuse; physical, emotional, psychological, etc. that is supposed to be considered, "romantic".
If your story makes me think, I will be certain to give it a review that is, hopefully, well thought out.
In the twelfth century, homosexuals were burned alive, and endured unspeakable torture. Oscar Wilde, an amazing writer, and Leonardo da Vinci, a great scientific mind, were arrested for engaging in homosexual activity. Even today, in 2012, people's rights to express themselves are being limited by an unaccepting, ignorant world. Way back in the seventies, a courageous man named Harvey Milk, worked toward change, and today, 40 years later, we are a lot closer to seeing the change he wanted realized. However, a future where all sexualities and races are accepted and viewed as equal, is still a far off dream. We need to continue to follow in his footsteps, and footsteps of other great civil rights leaders, and take a stand. It's high time for the rest of the world to banish the mindset of those who lived during the Dark Ages.
So, in other words, to anyone who is actually ignorant enough to leave a comment on any of my stories, or the stories of any of my fellow authors, expressing their homophobia via an "Ewwwww! *insert character's name here* isn't gay! Why would you make them gay?!", or something of the like, please, don't be offended if I poke fun at you for being so primitive-minded.
Love is love no matter what form it's in, and, while I may not be capable of very much, I will work to do whatever I can to make the world that much more accepting of a place.
Here's what you really need to know.
Couples that I support in the High School Musical series: Yes, I know very well that these movies aren't the greatest things ever committed to celluloid. They feature bad writing, numerous plot holes, a rage-inducing attempt to de-gay a certain character, a hypocritical message, an utterly deplorable message, the most outrageous glorification of an abusive relationship by a company that has made its name on "wholesome values", that I've ever seen, an attempt to display girl-on-boy sexual harassment as something that should be played for laughs, and some of the songs are borderline unbearable.
However, in 2006, I fell head over heels in love with Ryan Evans, and in 2007, I developed an interest in his relationship with Troy Bolton. Since then, I've had a passionate love affair with both characters and their dynamic, and as of 2013, I've yet to find anything that could take their place in my heart. Like it or not, for better or worse, this is my main fandom. And as a result, almost all of my stories will feature these characters.
Troy Bolton/Ryan Evans (Tryan)- My OTP (One True Pairing). The sexually confused golden boy athlete with a "Billy Elliot" plot, who is the victim of an emotionally abusive relationship, and the adorable, mildly socially awkward, flamboyantly gay theater kid who is always there to support his exceptionally attractive "friend".
What can I say? Troy and Ryan have so much chemistry, and so many moments, scripted or ad-libbed, that all but holler in the faces of the viewers that there is definitely an attraction that goes beyond friendship between these two characters. Even when the two of them are pitted against one another, in the first movie, where they both end up competing for the same role in the school musical, there is an unspoken level of respect between them.
I'm not sure who to blame/want to hug and bake cookies for for the existence of such chemistry between two male characters in a Disney movie series- although it's most likely Zac Efron and Lucas Grabeel, the actors responsible for bringing these boys to life on-screen so flawlessly, who you can hold accountable- but I'm definitely not complaining. The flamboyantly gay theater king with a heart of gold, and the sexually confused high school golden boy who has a slight hero complex, have so much more potential to me than a whiny, selfish, immature, brat who is supposedly a "genius", being paired with the same sweet, sexually confused golden boy. Especially since this so-called "genius" girl continually hurts and holds this boy back while she's with him.
The relationship between Troy Bolton and Ryan Evans is, by far, the greatest piece of writing and continuity that the series has to offer, and the most progressive relationship to ever come out of a Disney movie.
And, for all of you nay sayers out there who insist that we're all simply "imagining" the attraction between Ryan and Troy, or that Troy couldn't possibly be gay, I'd like to direct you to the article where Ryan is officially stated as being 'outed', and this quote directly from Zac Efron, himself.
As far as I'm concerned, in Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure, when Ryan makes his cameo appearance, Troy was waiting for the blond out in the car, and Troy rushed up the stairs to save Ryan from Sharpay's pull-out-bed-of-doom. No one will ever convince me otherwise!
Couples I Can't Tolerate/Won't Work With:
Ryan Evans/Any female character- Just, no. Ryan is gay. Come on, now.
The bottom line is, Troy and Gabriella's relationship is abusive. Gabriella never wants to take any of the blame when things go wrong. She hefts all of it on Troy, constantly vilifying and belittling him. She never gives him room to talk, or defend himself. Despite the fact that Troy confided in her that he is very uncomfortable with being placed on a pedestal by everyone all of the time, she expresses in song at least three times that she wants him to live up her fairy-tale ideal of what he "should" be. Troy is a human being who makes mistakes, and has feelings that can be, and are hurt many times, especially by Gabriella (sometimes while she's wearing a smug smirk on her face).
That's not good enough for Gabriella, though. She's a "genius" who was able to get into one of the top research institutions in the country, and she wants, "a wish upon a star that's coming true", and a, "prince", for a boyfriend. No matter how dedicated Troy is to her, or how much effort he puts into making their relationship work, no matter how sweet, or how romantic he is, he will never be good enough for Gabriella. She's the girl who told him to hold off on thinking about his future, berated him instead of supporting him when he pursued a scholarship opportunity, and then stared blankly at him before talking about how she wanted the perfect prom when her boyfriend was completely clueless about what he was doing with his future. She's the girl who wasn't willing to fight for him in HSM2 after they were together for six months, and he hadn't so much as pressured her for a kiss in all that time. She's the girl who was more than willing to break-up with him because she couldn't handle the pain of having to say goodbye to her friends. She guilt-trips him into doing what she wants him to do, and eroded his will power until he couldn't even make up his mind without her there to tell him what to do, which is why he wound up following her to college.
When I think about the possibility of the two of them growing up and getting married, I throw up a little in my mouth, and my soul shrivels up and dies. This dialogue from Glee's Will and Terri Schuester, suits them almost to a T. "This relationship works because you don't feel good about yourself." "This relationship works, because I love you!" Because, even though Troy doesn't love Gabriella, the entirety of their relationship consists of Troy giving his all, being vilified for trying to better himself, having his sense of self shattered until he believes that "nothing works" without Gabriella, and that he can't make his own friends without her "changing" him, and "changing them", getting reduced to codependency on a girl who couldn't care less about him, and receiving nothing but pain in return for his sacrifices. Indeed, if Troy had the self-esteem to acknowledge how poorly he's being treated, and that he can do, and deserves so much better, he would have left Gabriella for Ryan in a heartbeat.
Everything about Troyella physically sickens me. That's probably why one of my favorite Tryan fanfictions period, is a story that takes place in an alternate universe where Gabriella doesn't exist.
I try my best to portray Gabriella fairly, but vilifying her is almost impossible to avoid when, in canon, she is directly responsible for decimating Troy's self-esteem.
Troy Bolton/Sharpay Evans (Troypay)- Once again, I detailed here why this couple doesn't work for me. Troypay is extremely one sided. Sharpay wants Troy for the perks that come with him. He's just another prize to claim, for her. She pursues him, ignoring both his nearly constant protests, and the fact that he's already in a relationship. She uses her status as his employers' daughter to blackmail him into promising to sing with her, and then proceeds to sexually harass him throughout the rehearsal for their duet.
And, Troy's discomfort with Sharpay is established in the first movie. He laughs at a joke that Chad makes about Sharpay spending the winter vacation, "shopping for mirrors", in HSM, hides and runs away from Sharpay twice, says that Ryan is "easier to dance with" than Sharpay, while Sharpay is in earshot, and he laughs when Ryan lowers Sharpay and Tiara off of the stage in HSM3.
Honestly, I simply fail to understand the appeal of trying to pair a teenage boy up with the girl who sexually harasses him. I'd also like to add that, if a sixteen year old boy whom hasn't gotten to first base in the six months that he's been with his girlfriend, constantly refuses the advances of a hot, rich, popular girl, he is most definitely not interested.
And, he's probably more than a little bit gay.
Chad Danforth/Ryan Evans (Chyan)- You'd have to be completely oblivious to not see the blatant homoeroticism that is the entirety of "I Don't Dance". I get that. I also sort of get the appeal of this pairing. It's the two "side-kick" characters, as well as the jock and the flamboyantly gay theater kid. It's cute.
But, re-watching the movies has caused my dislike for Chyan, which was caused, in part, by its baffling popularity, to intensify. I already went into great detail explaining my issues with this pairing, and why it would never realistically work out.
At the end of the day, Chad “doesn’t dance”, while Troy thinks that Ryan is “easier to dance with”. There is no contest in my eyes.
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