Since I appear to be returning to books for the time being.
So shout out if you’re fans of:
The Dresden Files
The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning
The Nicholas Flamel Series
A Court of Thorns and Roses
The God’s of the Night Series by Nina Bangs
The Black Dagger Brotherhood
The House of Night Series
The Dark Hunter Series
The Anita Blake Series
Not so much anymore but I read the series when I was a kid, enjoyed them a lot. The books are cringeworthy at best as actual pieces of literature and full of wild nonsense regarding all kinds of things. BUT. the characters are two dimensional enough to be likable and the description of ritual and elemental magic was always very comforting to me when I was younger :)
Why I think that Zoey Redbird is a problematic choice for being the heroine in a young adult novel
So I know I’m hell late for reading House of Night and my opinion on it. But I still want to write about why I think that it is problematic to choose Zoey as the good girl and heroine in a book that a lot of young girls will read/have read.
• From the beginning on, Zoey calls girls that are sexually active sluts. She calls girls in her old school that make out with their boyfriends slutty, she calls Aphrodite a slut for having sex with Erik, her b o y f r i e n d at that time even though Erik and Aphrodite should be 17-19.
• She calls having sex making “the nasty” and judges everyone else for it, boys and girls
• She is possesive and jealous when Erik talks to other girls, but at the same time whines over her exboyfriend all the time. Giving girls the feeling that it is okay to treat your partner unequal even if you do the same shit.
• She judges Erik and thinks about breaking up with him because he had sex before her, even though she secretly meets up with her exboyfriend and makes out with him, drinking his blood and even impriting with him. Which basically means that she can’t stay away from him even if she wanted to
• She then continues to judge Erik without telling him the truth and cheats on him behind his back.
• She keeps being jealous and possesive even though she now starks hooking up with another guy, and still calls Aphrodite a slut, even though she hadn’t had sex with anyone after breaking up with Erik.
• After several books there is like NO development of character for that perpective. She still sees girls who have sex with people as lesser, calls them sluts etc.
• She gets super pissed at Stark, her current boyfriend, because he is jealous of her falling for yet another guy. Even though she would n e v e r allow stark to have an affair besides her, she would break up with him and be super pissed.
My main problem with Zoey is that she is really sexist when it comes to other people, and she totally neglects her own behaviour. She is depicted as that good girl and the heroine who most of the time is right with her opinions and feelings. And I think it’s really problematic to have the main heroine call other sexually active girls sluts, while being a hypocrite herself. Zoey even teaches that not being equal to your partner, here that she is allowed to have several guys whether her SO is not allowed so, is totally okay and fine.
I cringe whenever Zoey opens her mouth, and I glad I read the books being older than 16 or 17, because Zoey could have had a huge impact on me. One that would not have been good.
Hello, while I was in high school/middle school I read a serious of books in which the main group of characters worshiped the goddess Nyx and her consort, Erebus. Though it is a fictional book, I feel a connection to the goddess they describe and the way the utilize the casting of circles connected to the elements to worship her, closely related to Native American beliefs. I was wondering if you could shed some light on the goddess, or guide me to where to begin my research. Peace be with you
This is going to turn into a lot of word vomit because I have so many things to say about this. If you’re referencing the House of Night books then let me tell you a little something:
That’s exactly where I got my start worshipping Nyx.
When it comes to the practice of calling to the elements and casting circles and such, I say go for it. Research what the different elements can stand for, apply them to spells, etc. But do NOT appropriate any Native practices you may find in the books if you are not of that Native tribe i.e. You can smoke cleanse, but don’t call it smudging; you can research any native practices without actually putting them into practice. I believe some Native cultures allow practice if you make the effort to go learn from an actual Native teacher and adhere to their rules about their religions. But that’s some, not all and I may be mistaken.
When it comes to Nyx, there’s not a lot to read on her. As much as I enjoyed the HoN books when I was in high school (although I do like the first few over the last few) they don’t paint Nyx in the most accurate light. Sure she’s a loving goddess, but she is also a jealous goddess, a powerful goddess. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve mentioned that even Zeus dared not upset her because he feared her.
Working with Nyx (and even Erebus, though I have less of a relationship with him) can be a little tricky. In my personal experience, she likes it to be made obvious that you need her help. Sometimes I’ll just outright say “Okay, I really need some help here. I don’t have much to offer but I’ll leave a dark chocolate Godiva bar on the altar” because sometimes that’s all you can do.
The elemental worship factor is nice, especially because if I’m feeling like getting a different kind of help (other than that the night and darkness provide) I’ll call on the elements. I’ve gone with lots of the cliche affiliations, like wind for messages, fire for passion, water for change, earth for grounding, and spirit for strengthening myself personally. Even casting a circle and calling all the elements for their abstract combined power, just to give your spells or rituals or anything else a little boost. But respect the powers you are asking for help, whether they be deities or other powers found in nature.
If you have any more specific questions, or fi you want to talk about the book series (because I’m always down for that) you can message me on my pagan blog :)