and don't nobody judge how i live my life! i so don't need that right now!

anonymous asked:

Hello there! I saw some raven boys posts from you and they were beautiful and made me want to read the series... would you mind explain why you like it? Like, I don't know, some things about it seem a bit cliche, so is it good cliche? Do they make it work? Or is it the kind of book you read and it's not that good but it's a guilty pleasure? I'm so sorry I don't know how to ask this, but what are the pros and cons of reading it? If you're okay with telling me, of course. Thanks a lot! ^^

All right, first off: this is not a guilty pleasure book.  This is a ‘shout it from the rooftops, shake strangers on the street, hide copies under your friends’ mattresses until they’re forced to investigate why they’re sleeping on a foot-high lump’ book.  This is a ‘me staring at you from a dark corner in your bedroom, eyes lighting up every time you turn a page, only for my shoulders to sag when I realize it is not the last page and I can’t blurt out all my feels to you’ book.  This is that book.  This isn’t a ‘if I want to keep my dignity, no one will ever know I read this book’ book.  Because those books?  Those books usually involve gay dinosaurs who improperly try to “fix” the office copy machine, if you catch my drift.

I’ve said too much.

Now I can empathize with you about this seeming cliché because I read the blurby thing on the back and I thought, superiorly, about this book series that would one day own my soul and all the baubles I’ve ever treasured (just ‘cause it’s greedy like that and my soul was already marked way down):

HAH!  That sounds terrible, who would read this?  Let me guess: Girl falls in love with boy, impediment!, love triangle, everyone’s better than the best version of themselves to the point where they’re clearly pod-people aliens, insert plot I don’t care about, insert female protagonist I will never relate to, insert shirtless boy and we’ll get a summer blockbuster that’s a lot of action, a lot of skin, and zero percent substance.  Oh and also, apparently, ghosts.

This is what I thought.  I have taken floggings regularly to try to atone for ever having these thoughts.  Maggie (Stiefvater) - the author (we are on a first name/nickname basis, obviously) - recently updated said blurby on her tumblr, @maggie-stiefvater, which I think does the whole thing a lot more justice:

A host of co-dependent teens with a battery of psychological issues comb rural Virginia for a dead Welsh king with dubious magical powers. Trees talk; hitmen put down roots; dead people live; living people die. Cars are described in loving detail. Fuckweasel. A house full of psychics tells everybody the future and drinks a lot on-page considering it’s a young adult series. Nobody kisses anybody, which is weird because everybody loves everybody. There’s rich boys! Poor boys! Sad boys! Angry boys! Raven boys! Collect them all!  (x)

If that already didn’t assuage all your doubts, don’t worry, I’ll talk some more!

There are a ton of people out there who will rhapsodize to you about Adam and Ronan, the loud and subtle and lush and bleak and other glorious contradictions that their growing relationship is.  About Gansey and Blue and the inevitable tragedy of their gut-swooping, heart-stomping romance.  About Noah and his murdered/remembered smudginess.  Because those stories are just that good - they come together to be even better - so finding people who want to yell through your mail slot about all those things while you try to block them out, is not hard.  It’s all found family, lifelong friendships and spelunking in caves.  What about that doesn’t sound like something you want to have in your life, right?

For me, what made me go: OH! This is my kind of book, was - first and foremost, the writing.  I didn’t care about the dead Welsh king plot because he’s dead and Welsh and I’ve already got a crown in my room that I almost never wear.  Talk about a lot of stuff I don’t need, right?  But the introduction of each of the titular Raven Boys characters was done uniquely, gorgeously and in a way that immediately made me want to know them.  Well, as Maggie says of Ronan, in a way that made me want them to approve of me.  Which is a strange feeling to have about fictional people, but knowing that didn’t make me any less zealous about proving myself.

I was more on guard with Blue, because - totally unfairly - I am a harsher judge when it comes to female characters.  But, being a female character, I feel I have a little more knowledge in this area and therefore can be a little more snooty about it.  (Which enables me to dig that crown out and put it to some use finally.)  Then Blue opened her mouth and we get her first(ish, we’re not talking about the actual first exchange because I don’t want to talk about that, or think about it, OH MY GOD, WHY ARE YOU EVEN BRINGING THIS UP, I FEEL SO ATTACKED RIGHT NOW.) exchange with Gansey:

Blue: “Do you see how I’m wearing this apron?  It means I’m working.  For a living.”

Gansey: “I’ll take care of it.”

Blue: “Take care of it?”

Gansey: “Yeah.  How much do you make in an hour?  I’ll take care of it.  And I’ll talk to your manager.”

Blue: “I am not a prostitute.”

Which is roughly the time I put down the book, pulled out a white t-shirt, painted the words: ‘Blue Sargent #1 5eva’ on it and wore it for a week straight.  Like you do.

There’s also:

  • A hitman who stole my heart, with a daisy chain and a pink switchblade
  • Everything out of Piper Greenmantle’s mouth
  • Everything out of Jesse Dittley’s mouth
  • Every fantastic individual who lives at 300 Fox Way
  • The color aquamarine
  • Some stuff with time
  • Some stuff with trees
  • Some stuff with dreams
  • Hand lotion that means a lot more than just hand lotion
  • Rotary phones
  • Squash one,
  • Squash two–

Oh right, so final count, in the pros column I wrote: 1,067,310 and in the cons column I wrote:  …  Oh no, I guess I just ripped that off, chewed it up and spit it out in a misshapen saliva-soaked wad next to the pros column.

I think that makes the scoring pretty clear.  If you still decide you don’t want to read it, that’s cool too - though one side of your mattress may get uncomfortably high.

I know nothing about that however.

'Frozen' Starter Sentences
  • "Beware the frozen heart."
  • "The skies awake, so I'm awake!"
  • "Do you wanna build a snowman?"
  • "The heart is not so easily changed."
  • "There is beauty in it....but also great danger."
  • "Fear will be your enemy."
  • "Come on let's go and play."
  • "I never see you anymore."
  • "We used to be best buddies."
  • "I wish you would tell me why!"
  • "It doesn't have to be a snowman."
  • "Conceal it, don't feel it. Don't let it show."
  • "I think some company is overdue, I've started talking to the pictures on the walls."
  • "I don't want to hurt you!"
  • "______ please, I know you're in there."
  • "People have been asking where you're been."
  • "They say have courage and I'm trying to."
  • "I'm right out here for you, just let me in."
  • "We only have each other."
  • "What are we gonna do?"
  • "Why have a ballroom with no balls?"
  • "There'll be actual real live people, it'll be totally strange."
  • "Wow am I so ready for this change."
  • "For the first time in forever, there'll be music, there'll be light."
  • "Don't know if I'm elated or gassy, but I'm somewhere in that zone."
  • "For the first time in forever, I won't be alone."
  • "I can't wait to meet everyone!"
  • "What if I meet the one?"
  • "I suddenly see him standing there, a beautiful stranger, tall and fair."
  • "I wanna stuff some chocolate in my face."
  • "Which is totally bizarre."
  • "Nothing like the life I've led so far."
  • "For the first time in forever, I could be noticed by someone."
  • "And I know it's totally crazy."
  • "At least I've got a chance."
  • "Don't let them in, don't let them see."
  • "Be the good girl you always have to be."
  • "Make one wrong move and everyone will know."
  • "But it's only for today."
  • "It's agony to wait."
  • "A chance to change my lonely world."
  • "A chance to find true love."
  • "Nothing's in my way."
  • "I'm awkward, you're gorgeous."
  • "Wait, what?"
  • "Like the chicken with the face of a monkey!"
  • "Your physique helps, I'm sure."
  • "Can I just say something crazy?"
  • "I love crazy!"
  • "I've been searching my whole life to find my own place."
  • "It's nothing like I've ever known before."
  • "Love is an open door."
  • "I mean it's crazy, we finish each others-"
  • "Sandwiches!"
  • "That's what I was gonna say!"
  • "I've never met someone who thinks so much like me."
  • "Jinx! Jinx again!"
  • "You and I were just meant to be."
  • "Say goodbye to the pain of the past."
  • "Can I say something crazy? Will you marry me?"
  • "Can I say something even crazier? Yes!"
  • "I'm sorry, I'm confused."
  • "May I talk to you please? Alone?"
  • "You can't marr someone you just met!"
  • You can if it's true love!"
  • "Oh, _____, what do you know about true love?"
  • "All you know is how to shut people out."
  • "I can't live like this anymore!"
  • "Why do you shut me out? Why do you shut the world out?"
  • "What are you so afraid of?!"
  • "I'm completely ordinary!"
  • "She/he would never hurt me."
  • "A kingdom of isolation, and it looks like I'm the queen."
  • "Couldn't keep it in, heaven knows I tried."
  • "Don't let them know? Well know they know!"
  • "Let it go."
  • "Can't hold it back anymore."
  • "I don't care what they're going to say."
  • The cold never bothered me anyway."
  • "You'll never see me cry."
  • "Here I stand, and here I'll stay."
  • "I'm never going back."
  • "The past is in the past."
  • "That perfect girl/guy is gone."
  • "She/he's a stinker."
  • "Snow. It had to be snow."
  • "Ooh, and sauna!"
  • "Hoo-hoo!"
  • "Big summer blowout!"
  • "Now back up, while I deal with this crook here."
  • "Reindeers are better than people."
  • "Yeah, people will beat you and curse you and cheat you."
  • "Everyone of them's bad, except you."
  • "But people smell better than reindeers."
  • "That's once again true, for all except you."
  • "We leave now, right now."
  • "Hold on, we like to go fast!"
  • "Wait, you got engaged to someone you just met that?!"
  • Didn't your parents ever warn you about strangers?"
  • "Foot size doesn't matter."
  • "What if you hate the way he picks his nose? And eats it."
  • "All men do it."
  • "Are you some sort of love expert?"
  • "Because I don't trust your judgement."
  • "Who marries a man she just met?!"
  • "It's true love!"
  • "You almost set me on fire!"
  • "But I just paid it off."
  • "I understand if you don't want to help me anymore."
  • "This whole thing has ruined me for helping anyone else."
  • "Sometimes I really don't like you."
  • "No, not yellow. Yellow and snow? No go."
  • "You're creepy."
  • "It's just a head!"
  • "Why are you hanging off the earth like a bat?"
  • "Hi, I'm ____ and I like warm hugs."
  • "Who's the funky looking reindeer over there?"
  • "I don't know why, but I've always loved the idea of summer."
  • "I'm guessing you don't have much experience with heat."
  • "Sometimes I like to imagine what it will be like when summer does come."
  • "The hot and the cold are both so intense, put them together it just makes sense."
  • "Winter's a good time to stay in and cuddle."
  • "I'm gonna tell him."
  • "Don't you dare!"
  • "Somebody's gotta tell him."
  • "Oh look at that, I've been impaled."
  • "I wouldn't put your foot there. Or there."
  • "Nobody wants to be alone. Except maybe you."
  • "That was like a crazy trust exercise."
  • "I'm gonna cry."
  • "Go ahead, I won't judge."
  • "Do you think she knows how to knock?"
  • "It opened! That's a first."
  • "It's a palace made of ice! Ice is my life!"
  • "Please don't shut me out again."
  • "Please don't slam the door."
  • "You don't have to keep your distance anymore."
  • "I will be right here."
  • "You mean well, but leave me be."
  • "Just stay away, and you'll be safe from me."
  • "I'm such a fool, I can't be free."
  • "We can face this thing together."
  • "What power do you have to stop me?"
  • 'It is not nice to throw people!"
  • "Don't talk to him like that."
  • "My hair? Look at your hair!"
  • "You hesitated."
  • "I like to consider myself a love expert."
  • "Take off your clothes!"
  • "Why are you holding back from such a man/woman?"
  • "So he's got a few flaws."
  • "You can fix this fixer upper with a little bit of love."
  • "He only likes to tinkle in the woods."
  • "She/he's engaged to someone else, okay?"
  • "Only an act of true love can thaw a frozen heart."
  • "Don't be the monster they fear you are."
  • "Oh, ______ if only there was someone out there who loved you."
  • "Love is putting someone elses needs before yours."
  • "Some people are worth melting for."
  • "The only frozen heart around here is yours."
  • "I could kiss you! Well, I'd like to. May we? May I? Wait, what?"
Signs based off ppl I know 💫
  • Aries: TBH don't let anyone dull your shine. We all know you can do things on your own. You're fun and wild and most of the time, that's a good thing. People around you worry sometimes and that's a good thing. Do you and do it proud.
  • Taurus: you are not boring. People can count on you and you're an amazing person and the people around need to show some appreciation for you !!! You worry about the future a little too much, but it's okay to plan ahead. Remember to live right now, okay? You deserve to be happy !!!
  • Gemini: You never seem to trust the right people and you depend people that aren't going to be there for you. You just need to find someone that will grow with you and will experience things w/ you !! You're creative and sarcastic & You have good taste in music and have weird hobbies and you eat odd foods LMAO
  • Cancer: don't let people hold stuff from the past against you. You change all the time, that's okay. You can be a bit cocky, too. I think you just need to find a place where you can feel safe. You like talking about things that you like. You also do a lot of weird shit lol so you need someone in your life that won't judge you
  • Leo: your desires are going to get you somewhere. You like a little bit of everything. I think you have many talents and your personality attracts an audience. People like you DUDE !!!
  • Virgo: you're one of tHE SWEETEST PEOPLE EVER !!! You're really committed to relationships you feel confident in. You have strong opinions and you take action. You love the people around you and you're creative and really sweet. Ok. You're nice to everyone and you deserve the world TBH
  • Libra: you fall for people that you can't have. It always seems to be the wrong time. This doesn't mean that you won't ever find love, you are loved. You're good at masking your feelings. People love you DUDE !! You have good taste in music and clothes. If you worry less, everything will seem less crazy mAN !!!
  • Scorpio: you're a bit quiet around people you don't necessarily like. When people you care about hurt you, you're hurt but you recover quickly. You're a bit sassy and confident around certain people. You should continue to work hard until you achieve your goals and you're also really freaking CUTE !
  • Sagittarius: you like a bit of everything and you like being the first to do things. Sometimes, you feel trapped but remember that nothing is forever. You need to do things on your own sometimes and that's okay !!! Space is good. You're optimistic. You're honest and you care a lot and one day you'll find your person !!!
  • Capricorn: not everyone is going to love you n that's okay !!! Lots of people do. You're creative and you should start a penny or weird sock collection TBH you work hard and you get what you deserve. Don't focus on the negative PLEASE !!!! 😊
  • Aquarius: you're very opinionated and you can't admit when you're wrong. You're also talented and curious and you're a trendsetter sometimes. Please, never be afraid of showing how you actually feel. You're at your best when you can just be you.
  • Pisces: you're a dreamer. You're intelligent. Don't forget where you started and how you became who you are now. If you ever feel confused, go to someone you trust and talk about it. Sometimes, you need another person's input to have clarity. Don't ever feel like nobody cares about you, because that's not true. 💞