i don't care that there are a million versions of this lol

anonymous asked:

can you please do the rambling on how great adam and ronan are for each other :)

I’d be more than happy to. This is going to be extremely rushed and not well articulated so apologies, but it’s all there. 

Basically, they understand each other so so well. We have ronan saying he knew what a face looked like when it was just about to break, and how he knew “Adam had fracture lines all over him.” this is, correct me if i’m wrong which i think i am, probably one of the only times one of the gangsey actually points out that they are aware that adam is clearly Not Okay, he’s close to a breaking point, and even though he may try to hide it it’s very obvious. It’s ronan having a clear understanding of how adam is suffering from his recent trauma. And then to go with that we have adam letting ronan trash things while remaining completely calm, not even flinching once, and then telling gansey that he “can’t kill his demons” which in turn shows perfectly clearly that Adam is very well aware of how ronan needs to overcome his own anger and hurt to start recovering properly, probably because he knows that’s what he needs to do himself, and that he can’t save him.

Then we have ronan actually helping adam out in the best way he possibly could by fixing his rent, and the fact that adam doesn’t even get mad at him, the way he does when he thinks its gansey, because he obviously doesn’t associate ronan and his help as a way of ronan trying to control him speaks volumes. Not to mention the fact that ronan helped adam find a place to stay after the incident with his father and helped him move into said place because he knows and understands that adam doesn’t want to stay at monmouth. He never once complains about the way adam see’s things and his principles. And then in turn adam willingly helps ronan get rid of greenmantle. I mean this is a serious guy who could very easily kill both of them, or worse, there were a million ways them going after him could have gone wrong but adam doesn’t even worry. He puts that brilliant mind of his to work and executes the perfect plan to get rid of him, all for ronan. Ronan literally asks him for help and adam’s like “lol no, i have homework” but then finds the time to do it anyway. I mean come on, how can anybody not see how much adam actually cares about ronan at that point? 

Also this gem of a quote: “Ronan knew a great deal about how Adam worked. It was possible Adam had always been aware of this…” i mean adam knows ronan knows him best, knows how he thinks and functions. He offers him up the task of taking greenmantle down knowing adam would enjoy the puzzle of it all. And in return we have Adam always 100% aware of the fact that ronan hates school but never judging or calling him out on it, despite the fact that adam himself values academia so very much. He never once pushes ronan to attend school, he repeatedly tells gansey he can’t make ronan go if ronan doesn’t want to. That ronan has to get his act together himself, and no matter what he does gansey can’t do it for him.  Again, very clear evidence that they get each other so well. And this isn’t even like the romantic feelings between them, this is just them as two friends who are very acutely aware of the way the other functions. 

Which leads me onto the romantic gestures, the hand cream from ronan for adam’s hands, the mixtapes, the way adam’s apartment is a place ronan clearly turns to for comfort and spends a lot of his time at, so much so that adam is more used to him being there than gansey. And you know it would’ve been so so great if stiefvater expanded on this in trk but alas she didn’t. Anyway, the fact that they offer each other these little gestures of comfort that actually mean more than they probably realise again says enough about how great they are for each other. 

And then finally when they do both start to act on their feelings for each other in trk we have adam throwing out the intention of happiness to cabeswater and it playing the bass of ronan’s crappy music. And adam does all of that just to see one of ronan’s rare softer smiles, that usually directs towards matthew, directed at him and it makes him feel as charged as making the deal with cabeswater. Like jesus christ adam has it bad if that’s how he feels from just one smile. He even feels affection at the way ronan’s tone of voice changed when he spoke to his mother. Like get a fucking grip adam. But he’s not alone in that seeing as ronan would fucking “start wars and burn cities” for adam’s smile. A smile. Just one smile from each other and they feel like they could do impossible things. 

And most fucking importantly the way that adam knows from the very beginning that ronan is not something to be played with, that it isn’t a game, that ronan is all or nothing when it comes to having a significant other, is more evidence that adam is so great for ronan because he is not going to mess around with him. He’s not going to lead him on and act on his feelings if he knows he isn’t committed himself. Ronan kisses him and the first thing he does is seek out advice on what it means to truly know and feel like you’re in love with someone, because he does not. want. to. mess. with. ronan. And the fact that he skips like and jumps straight to love is just fucking incredible tbh. 

And then by the end of the book we have them both willing to die for each other. Ronan would rather die than hurt adam, even to save his own life from a possessed adam, even though adam is begging him to stop him. And Adam scrying in the backseat despite the risk of him dying without anyone noticing, and describing ronan’s ragged breathing and his inability to do anything as the worst thing. Like i don’t even feel the need to explain this. I mean they don’t even hesitate. They would do anything for each other, at this point, how is that alone not enough proof that they are so great for each other?   

There are probably a million other things i could mention but when it comes down to it they ultimately have a great dynamic because they get each other so fucking well and that makes them perfect for each other. Like i honestly don’t know what version of the books you read if you can’t see that.

irony-ruined-my-life  asked:

Hi so I saw your post about being Taiwanese and man that really sucks I'm so sorry wow, could you do me a huge favour and fill me in? I had no idea this was going on and I'd like to be aware of it if it's not too intrusive or something you don't wanna talk about, sorry again for bothering this is a really dumb question

It’s really really complicated because it’s not only politics, but I’ll give a simplified version. I did not learn any of this in Taiwan, nor from my parents or school, so hopefully I am as neutral as I can be. But please, if you have the chance it’s best to study it from different perspectives and make your own decision on what you think it’s true!

I personally think wikipedia is a great place to learn about this: [history of Taiwan] [cross-strait relations] [political status of Taiwan]

Terms:

  • Republic of China (ROC): Current government of Taiwan. Governed China during 1912-1949.
  • People’s Republic of China (PRC): Current government of Mainland China.
  • KMT: One of two major parties in Taiwan. Founded ROC. Pro-unification (sort of).
  • DPP: The other major party. Pro-independence.
  • When I use the word Taiwan or Mainland, I mean the geographic location without any political context.
  • Note that governments and the people should never be viewed as one.

Timeline:

  • Before 1662, Taiwan (and its Aboriginals) was colonized by various powers (Dutch, Spainish…). Zheng of the Ming Dynasty drove the Dutch out and establish his own government on the Island.
  • 1683, Zheng surrenders to Qing Dynasty. Taiwan becomes part of Qing China as a result.
  • 1895 Qing lost to Japan and gives Taiwan away. Japan rules Taiwan for about 50 years.
  • Meanwhile KMT overthrows Qing and establishes ROC in Mainland.
  • After WW2, Taiwan was returned to ROC (there is actually a loophole here; documents only said Japan was to give up Taiwan, but didn’t specify that China gets to take it back).
  • Civil war between KMT and the communist party. KMT escapes to Taiwan, communists establishes PRC in Mainland. Both sides claim they are the only China.
  • 1949-1987 Taiwan was under martial law (more on this later)
  • 1970s, ROC is replaced by PRC in the United Nation and therefore is no longer recognized. USA breaks off diplomatic relations with ROC to establish relations with PRC. Most other countries follow.
  • 1996 first presidential election in the history of ROC.

Current situation of Taiwanese people:

  • ROC flags are not allowed to be shown in any official events, conferences, competitions etc outside Taiwan (such as the London Olympics flag incident). We usually have another flag specifically designed for the event.
  • The national anthem is replaced by the flag anthem in events.
  • We have to use “Chinese Taipei” for the name (the “Chinese” here meaning the ethnicity). Some countries force Taiwanese to put down “Taiwan, China” on documents. 
  • The above absolutely cannot appear in Mainland. Singers get banned and attacked all the time if they’re not careful (Tzuyu is only one out of many cases). Chinese TV news covered the flag pin on our president’s shirt just before the “historic” first meeting ever of the two leader last November lmao
  • We can travel with our ROC passport, but a while ago the UN offices stop accepting it as a valid ID (but we can use driver licences issued by ROC lol). To travel to Mainland we have to get a “Taiwan compatriot permit”.
  • Basically whenever something can be interpreted as “Taiwan independence”, PRC jumps in and pressures the country or committee to stop it.

Some important events that changed many Taiwanese’s view on their identity:

  • Qiandao Lake Incident (1994): Mysterious murder of 32 Taiwanese tourists and local guides on a boat in Mainland. Lots of censorship, unprofessional investigation, reports not matching, officials disrespecting the victim’s families, hurried execution of the “suspects”. After the incident, for the first time there were more people identifying as Taiwanese than Chinese in Taiwan, and supporters of Taiwan independence went up by 10%.
  • Third Taiwan Strait Crisis (1995-96): A series of missile tests in the waters between Taiwan and Mainland in response to Taiwan’s first presidential election.
  • 921 Earthquake (1999): China asked that others ask for approval before sending help, Chinese oversea units opened accounts for donation under “Province of Taiwan, China”, delayed Russian plane, and “helped” Taiwan thank the world.
  • SARS Outbreak (2003): Lots of censorship, which was really dangerous for Taiwan because we are not in the World Health Organization. Chinese newspaper also lied about providing Taiwan vaccines.
  • World Health Assembly (2003): After SARS, Taiwan asked again to be included in WHO. USA, Japan and the EU supported the idea, but China said “to invite Taiwan to WHO is 於法不符, 於理不容, 於情不合” (sorry I have no idea how to translate this; basically “nonsense”). When a reporter asked “did you hear need of the 23 million Taiwanese?”, the Chinese diplomat replied “we already refused. Didn’t you hear the committee’s decision? Who cares about you guys.”
  • Sunflower Student Movement (2014): A protest against the undemocratic processes of KMT signing the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement between Taiwan and Mainland, organized by mostly young students and activists. Inspired many young people to get involved in politics, and lead to the creation of many new parties and the rise of the “third power” in this year’s (2016) election. From what I see, this was also a huge spark for the current conflicts between the older and younger generations.*
  • China still has thousands of missiles pointed at us, and if we are to say we want to be independent, they won’t hesitate to use it… is what they say.
  • Some people argue that they don’t want to be Chinese because the “bad image” of the current China. I will not talk about this because it’s an uncomfortable topic to discuss.

* The current generation is said to be “born pro-independent”, because from birth most of us have zero attachment or affection toward Mainland China and PRC, unlike the generations before who are either born in Mainland (or second generation), or taught that they were Chinese since childhood by KMT.

But the “Taiwan problem” is not only because the “two Chinas” wouldn’t recognize each other. There are tons of conflicts within Taiwan itself. Until 1996, KMT basically had dictatorship over the island, and were quite corrupted. During the martial law / white terror period, Lots of people were robbed, imprisoned, tortured, assassinated and executed (see 228 massacreFormosa Magazine incident,  Lin Family Massacre). A huge part of KMT’s money came from this. These lead to the rise of the other parties, the major one being DPP. Depending on whether they were treated better by the Japanese or KMT, Taiwanese divided into two sides (hence the “are we ROC or Taiwan?” argument). 

KMT realized it is no longer possible to take back Mainland, so they started leaning towards PRC. One time a Chinese official came to visit Taiwan, and KMT (elected at the time) pulled down every ROC flag that could be seen and arrested people for holding flags. You’d think people would all support DPP by this time, but because the only time they ever got elected and everyone had hope for a change, the president was discovered to be corrupted. Also the older generation who had been through war just wants a peaceful life, so they hate any change that could take it away. In short, Taiwan is divided into two in everything: KMT— DPP, unification — independence, status quo — change, older — younger generations.

The side that supports KMT generally prefers status quo, because otherwise it means conflict. The extreme ones tend to support unification. The opposing DPP generally leans more toward independence. The extreme ones on this side tends to want absolutely nothing to do with China, therefore wants to abandon the name “ROC” and be independent as “Taiwan”. These are the people the PRC hates the most. 

Basically, if everyone understood and respected each other’s opinions and values, none of these would’ve happened.

Edit: I should mention that up until the Qiandao Lake Incident, most Taiwanese identify themselves as Chinese, because that’s what the KMT had been teaching them.

Edit 2: How did I forget the assassinations of Henry Liu and Chen Wen Chen.