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 Title: Too Late Baby
Artist: Foxy Shazam
Source: Once Upon a Time
*Spoilers for S1 and 2, character death.*

Summary: Rumpelstiltskin: The Autobiography of an Unreliable Narrator

Made for Vividcon's Challenge Amnesty Show, 2013 (Self-Portrait, natch)

THANK YOU to [ profile] sweetestdrain for being my beta, especially for help and advice about how to structure the ending.

Download (xvid): here (57 MB)

This started out as a straight up Rumpel vid with a sort of Rumbelle angle.  It started right before The Crocodile aired.  AHAHA.   But actually I was putting off doing my Festivid assignment, so I felt guilty and went and did that instead.  

And then the rest of season 2 happened, and I got derailed a bit.  From the beginning, there was always going to be a "BELLE, HONEY, JUST WATCH OUT OKAY?" but it sorted of transformed into a broader critque. I never wanted to make Rumpel a woobie, and I feel like I avoided that.

I love Rumpelstiltskin, I love OUAT and the world building and I definitely am on board with Rumbelle but...c'mon, guys.  I like charismatic villains but I think it's important to be honest about what they are.  Part of what shifted the focus of this vid was fandom's reaction to Milah (Rumpel's wife and Bae's mother).  Like, there were such stunning double-standards about her I thought I'd fallen backwards in Supernatural fandom ( offense?).  Such was the lady-hates.  I mean like: "I'm GLAD he killed her because she ABANDONED HER SON and that's LITERALLY THE WORST THING YOU CAN DO omg poor Rumpel I hope Belle will forgive him for HELL OF MURDERS"

I wanted to make a vid that demonstrates what I love about this character, but without apologetics for the fucked up things he does.  He's a monster, straight up.  He does horrendous things and he may be beyond redemption.  *He* would want you to believe that he's been really hard-done by, and no one has ever really loved him blah blah blah--but there's another side of the story.  Neil knows it.  Neil is not taking any of your nonsense, Rum. 

I was kind of panicked when this premiered in Challenge, because I knew there were Rumpel fans around and I thought it would get laughs in a few places (LITERALISM, FLOUNCING!).  I think it still went over well, and I didn't expect people to get my mostly-for-my-own-benefit framing device, but folks seemed to See What I Did There in a more general sense, so I tentatively call this a success.  Any disagreements may be posted below :)
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