todays twitter dump is seungchuchu themed because they are the best boys!! dedicated to @llyn-on-ice because she showed me part of something she was writing and it inspired most of this and also she inspires me every day of my life
everyone’s so worried about how ben solo just returning to the person he was before kylo ren would be “too easy” after all he’s done. how adopting that name would mean regression for the character and a lack of culpability for the things he did as kylo ren.
and I have to wonder, has it ever occurred to anyone that ben solo has never really existed at all? that there is no ben solo for him to return to? that there was never a time ben existed alone in his own mind, allowed to develop his own thoughts and view of the world outside of another’s manipulation and lies? that he never had the chance to develop into the person ben would have grown up to be, since snoke began grooming him long before even his adolescence?
how exactly, I have to ask, would ben building himself from the ground up be “too easy”? how would forcing him to do the tough and painful work of getting to know himself as himself equal regression for this character? how would becoming someone capable of understanding the moral weight of what he’s done to his galaxy and his family and himself be negating culpability for the things he’s done?
snoke didn’t give ben the chance to become someone new - he was molding him into kylo ren from the beginning.
and I can’t help feeling that ben reclaiming his name is an important step in defining himself for himself, for the first time ever.
JK Rowling did something incredible with Harry Potter: she presented grey characters to a young audience. The series has an obvious good x bad dynamic, but some very important people are grey: James, Sirius, Dumbledore, Snape. You can get angry and call me names all you want, but it’s a fact that the four of them did very good and very bad things in canon. Some did more bad, others did more good, but they’re neither angels, nor devils, all of them. And there’s a great lesson in this that, based on some confessions, many clearly don’t understand yet. That life is complex. Everyone is multidimensional. In real life, everyone is grey. The people you love, your favorite people they can also do wrong, commit crimes, they most likely already did hurt someone real badly some day. And this should help you learn not to completely vilify people, because you don’t know what they’re going through and how they got where they are, and because in most cases redemption is possible. Learning and changing is possible. I’m not saying that hurting people shouldn’t be frowned upon, it should, it has to be judged and fought against. But UNDERSTANDING the context, the people involved is so important. This is why we don’t simply kill off everyone that makes a mistake. Yes, we all have light and dark inside us. Going between them is a matter of choice, but note this: some get that choice easily delivered to them, while others struggle. Learn to understand the struggles. We don’t get the same conditions in life.
in the manga the writing was only scribbles, but in the OVA it’s all real words. real small words that i can only take an educated guess at
I have been thinking seriously about this, but even as a real god, there are times when you get distracted, and these gaps in your attention are a constant worry. For example, after bathing, when you pass through a room where shinki are present and cross in front of the TV while undressed, like the other day. Certainly this attitude may be preferable to [being overly formal?], but it would be nice if you would give a little more consideration to [??]. Additionally, while I’m not necessarily complaining about your divine garb, I have concerns about always wearing clothes that expose your shoulders and chest like that. As such, if there happened to be some other god who addressed you rudely because of it, while it is certainly that person who is at fault, I still feel that it would be better for you to put on even just one more layer. Furthermore, I already mentioned this, but [something about being too kind and unable to abandon spirits and naming too many shinki being worrisome]. On the other hand, there is the matter of your scant familiarity with your various shinki, which perhaps I should not dare to mention here, but I cite as a matter of concern as it might possibly reduce your burden. Though I do feel that [it] is always excessive, because there are reasons for being a [?] god it cannot be completely denied; but again, as a shinki, it is always a point of concern.
I forgot to add, the other day while [?], Kuraha noticed [?]. Although I would not want you to stay armed all the time, it may be prudent to be a little more careful.
As a person who bears the wishes and pain of many, it may seem impossible, but I hope there will come a day when you can rest without being bound to anyone.
One more thing. All of us shinki are willing to do all we can to increase your popularity and make you the center of the Seven. I think that appeal is in the [?].
Person A and Person B share a creative writing class and never speak to each other, don’t even really know the other exists outside of their name getting called during rollcall. But they’re like writing partners for a really popular fanfic online or roleplay partners on a forum. They only find out they know each other during a critique during class when one of them (or both) uses their characters during a rough draft reading and the styles are super similar to the person they work with online.