“And does not my desire to write come from a tendency toward introversion begun when I was small, brought up as I was in the fairy-tale world of Mary Poppins and Winnie-the-Pooh?
Did not that set me apart from most of my school mates? — the fact that I got all A’s and was “different” from the rough-and-tumble Conways — how I am not quite sure, but “different” as the animal with the touch of human hands about him when he returns to the herd.
All this may be a subtle way of egoistically separating myself from the common herd, but take it for what it’s worth.
As for free will, there is such a narrow crack of it for man to move in, crushed as he is from birth by environment, heredity, time and event and local convention.
If I had been born of Italian parents in one of the caves in the hills I would be a prostitute at the age of 12 or so because I had to live (why?) and that was the only way open.
If I was born into a wealthy New York family with pseudo-cultural leanings, I would have had my coming-out party along with the rest of them, and be equipped with fur coats, social contacts, and a blasé pout.
How do I know? I don’t; I can only guess. I wouldn’t be I. But I am I now; and so many other millions are so irretrievably their own special variety of “I” that I can hardly bear to think of it.
I: how firm a letter; how reassuring the three strokes: one vertical, proud and assertive, and then the two short horizontal lines in quick, smug succession. The pen scratches on the paper … I … I … I … I … I … I.” (x)
@BananaMcGee1 Here’s a stat for you to find: How many times have any of the players cried on the show? Anonymous asked: It would be cool to have a list of all the times the cast and characters cried in the show.
Ironically enough, after making that post about people on tumblr who say “I’m a biologist and I know that gender is a social construct and there are more than two genders!” and how bullshit they are, I’ve gotten a lot of people saying exactly that to me. It’s hilarious, because they completely ignore things such as brain structure differences between males and females and supply no facts at all to even suggest that they know what they are talking about.
Here’s an article on brain structure for your reading pleasure and a handy PowerPoint about the fertilization process so I’m not a complete hypocrite:
Why wouldn't Tessa have Shadowhunter speed and strength? Isn't Nephilim blood dominant?
She never seems to show it in canon though.
She can’t keep up with the boys when they run after the Automaton at Ravenscar Manor (possibly you could write that off to corset and nice shoes).
When she trains, she progresses as well as Sophie does, if the Nephilim blood was selecting for that speed/strength then it should have shown through. She should have been better than Sophie and we’re never given any reason to believe that’s true.
She can’t bear runes either so what she gets from her Shadowhunter blood is not complete.
The books use a very 19th century explanation of heredity too. I mean obviously Nephilim genes aren’t completely dominant because Will looks like his mother. So if you think about it more as complex heredity then it makes sense.
The Nephilim Blood is dominant means “A Shadowhunter is a Shadowhunter, always,” but I’m not taking it as a science definition.
BUT BUT BUT
I think either interpretation is valid from the canon we have.
I choose to skew Tessa more toward her warlock heritage than her Shadowhunter heritage but I will admit that’s an active choice. I am deeply invested in Tessa being on par with Magnus - different powers but on that same level of scary powerful magic.
If you were writing a Tessa with full Nephilim strength, I think that would be a completely defensible interpretation of the character.
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