I will never understand people who hate Dany and think she's brutal and evil and just out to conquer and burn the world... you mean this little girl, neglected and abused her whole life, who suffered tragedy after tragedy, lost the two people she loved most in her young life (two people who also abused her) and used her magic creatures to fight slavery and injustice because she is so soft hearted she literally cannot walk away from suffering... she's my favorite literary hero, not a mad queen
I’m glad you sent this ask because I’ve been meaning to address something that has been coming up of late (again), the idea that Dany will turn into a Mad Queen or become some kind of villain.
I had mentioned in a previous ask that one should consider when coming up with a theory how the theory affects the overall story and the character arc, if the theory is about a character. Basically, ask yourself, what is the narrative purpose of your theory. How does the theory fit into the overarching narrative of the story? And can you get here without distorting the parameters of the character and the narrative.
The theory of Dany being the Mad Queen or becoming a villain has been around for a while now. If we were to distill what is at the core of this theory I think we come up with two schools of thought. The first is, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”. The thinking is that Dany with her slave revolution created a lot of instability in Essos, primarily economic, which some believe is a worst environment then the centuries of slavery that had a stable economy.
I think we first need to address the proverb of “the road to hell" which doesn’t mean what way too many people think it means. If you look up the definition in google you get “promises and plans must be put into action, or else they are useless.” nice and concise. Basically, had Dany promoted abolition, and incited a revolution but never actually helped in the revolution and just created chaos that never led to anything but more trouble for the slaves, then yeah, the road to hell would apply. But that’s not what Dany did, did she? She backed up her revolution and put all her resources into fighting slavery. She set her dreams of sailing to Westeros aside so that she could make sure the people of Slaver’s Bay stayed free. Now, plenty of mistakes were made along the way, however, in the end (if we go by show canon) she was able to accomplish her goal and set and keep the slaves free. It was bloody and it was painful but in the end millions of people will benefit from the revolution she started because Dany took action.
Now let’s go back to the other school of thought, that Dany will turn into a Mad Queen because her father was the Mad King. This one I’ve always found really hard to understand. Throughout the course of the books and the show Dany is made aware of who and what her father was. This becomes a theme for her, knowing who her father was she becomes hyper-aware of her actions and scrutinizes them through that lens. She so doesn’t want to be her father (and unconsciously is righting the wrongs of her ancestors as I’ve noted before) that she measures all her action against what she believes her father would have done, and when she comes up short she feels doubts about being the good and just queen she wants to be.
Now, I find it really hard to reconcile the Mad Queen theories with the Dany we know. She’s actively seeking to do the right thing, doesn’t always achieve it, but continues to work on it. She hasn’t given up on this, in fact the last time we saw her on the show, she was taking the sound advice of her Hand, and taking a more measured approach. Why, if we continue to see a person who is constantly self checking, do some fans believe she will change out of the blue. Dany wield an extraordinary amount of people, enough to corrupt most people and yet she continues to seek the council of others and to have people around her who aren’t afraid to tell her the truth.
A Song of Ice and Fire is a coming of age tale and it’s part of Dany’s narrative to confront the past, what her father was, who her ancestors truly were. The Targaryens were a mixed bunch, like any other family. You had the great and you had your horrible, and knowing this drives Dany to do better. This hasn’t changed throughout the story, so why would it change now. What would be the purpose? How would that fit into her narrative? The answer is, it doesn’t fit because there is no purpose. Just a small note but I have to point out the double standard that exist in the fandom. Jon Snow is also a Targaryen but nobody claims he’s going to turn mad.
Sorry I hijacked your ask, I had to get this off my chest.
Hi! I just love your work and style, it is truly amazing! May I ask how long it usually takes you to make each artwork? It takes me nearly a month to make something because I'm so slow and from what I've seen of your process videos, you work so confidently.
Sometimes it takes me a short time to finish a painting, and sometimes it takes a long while. For example, I only used two hours to paint this, and about eight hours on this one.
I don’t think the time I spend on a drawing is a big problem. What really matters is the final work is “comfort”. Sometimes, I spend a lot of time making preparations before completing a painting. In this way, I will not get lost in the middle. Sometimes, I draw on the spur of the moment, so it does not take me long.
Hey! Your colouring is always so perfect! I'm new to digital art and when I colour, it looks fine on my laptop but on my phone/home computer it is VERY over saturated. I tried calibrating my laptop but I got nothing. Your art from my phone to my laptop is relatively the same (a lil duller on my computer but I figure that's just the size adjustment of the resolution) so I was wondering what you do to get your colour so perfect? What resolution and dpi do you use?? Thanks! Love your art❤️❤️
Thank you! :) I’m not entirely sure but I guess the phone screen shows the actuall colours, at least I read it somewhere, or maybe heard… Anyway, I calibrated my laptop at the beginning too because the colours were really weird. I think the graphic card is also important but I’m not an expert at those so I won’t help you. When I was buying my laptop, which is super old now, I asked about something that would allow me to see colours pretty accurately for art stuff. I use approximately (it changes all the time) 4000x5000 px (or A3, A4) canvases with 300dpi, though I know other artists go for 460dpi. But it’s important in case you want to print your art, it doesn’t affect the way the colours look like on your computer screen (at least I think so xD). I save my drawings in png format for better quality. I’m sorry I can’t help you more. Maybe there are smarter people who can give you any advice?
With everything that's going on with the group right now, I really wish that Youngjae will be able to release some of his own music as well. He has such a beautiful voice and I can totally imagine him singing in OST for kdramas and such. I also heard that he wants to be in musicals? I really really hope he gets the chance to do those kind of things as well 😔
I also wish the same thing for our sunshine Youngjae. I don’t think that it would be difficult decision to let Youngjae releases his own music (as he has done that on his SoundCloud acc) or has solo activities like singing for OST (which I always wanted for Youngjae to get the chance to do this) or be in a musical which Youngjae himself said before that he would be happy if he were given the chance to do musical. I don’t wanna sound like I’m being greedy when it comes to Youngjae but I do think that Youngjae deserves the same opportunities like the other members too you know having solo activities to expose more of his talent. The public haven’t seen Youngjae’s full talent or potential yet and I think this would be the great timing to at least give Youngjae some solo activities. Right now, I pray really really hard for Youngjae to at least have something in store for him.