i think the third book

simbathelegend  asked:

Hey, I am asking a girl to prom and you're her favorite author. Could you give me ideas how to ask using your books.

Hmmmmmmmm I’m horrible at this kind of stuff but depending on if she’s read the third book, I think asking her “choose me” would work. Or asking her to join the Scarlet Prom Guard?

So I bought a court of thorns and roses a while ago cause I liked the cover and just never got around to reading it, but I see a lot of people on tumblr talk about it and like, im so confused now? Cause I’m about to start reading and it’s just like this dude Tamlin, and I’m like who is he? Wheres the paint covered bat dude Rhys? I thought he was the love interest? I’m so confused??? This is why reading books that are popular on tumblr are experiences. Is bat dude even a character? An actual love interest? Who knows. Not me. Tumblr does.

one of the most emotional moments in any book for me is the end of Ancillary Justice, when Breq wakes up in a hospital bed, genuinely confused why people  bothered to give her medical treatment and try to keep her alive, and even give her priority over “actual” people

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This week I watched all of the Hunger Games films with Pieter and I really loved them. But I don’t think that I will pick up the second and third book in this trilogy anytime soon. You can read why in my latest blogpost 🙊

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anonymous asked:

P1: Your post about the concept of Vairāgya is very interesting! I think it completely debunks the third book of Legend of Korra, because it implies that the interpretation of Guru Laghima's teachings by Zaheer is nonsense: P'li is Zaheer's earthly tether; P'li dies, so Zaheer is able to detach from his earthly tether and "enter the void and become wind". That's no Vairāgya.

P2: Many people thought that Zaheer had unlocked his seventh chakra and he could fly because of this “way of detachment”, but that’s wrong. I think your post confirms that Bryke didn’t know what they were doing when they were dealing with fundamental concepts of the Eastern Philosophies. Guess who wrote the episode “Enter the Void” of LoK: Michael Dante DiMartino.

Oh, yeah. I so agree. Not surprised at all Mike wrote that episode. TLOK takes quite a few liberties with the Eastern philosophy component and definitely presents it in a very Western way. The writing was operating under the same ideas about detachment as the original show. Like the idea that having strong affection for a girlfriend is an “earthly tether” that you must get rid of to achieve enlightenment. Since Zaheer was able to fly, its not surprising that people assumed he was able to unlock his highest chakra the way Aang could not: by letting Katara go. I’m sure that’s what Mike was getting at. Zaheer was the opposite of Aang.

Since Mike wrote Enter the Void, he probably had some of the same misconceptions of this concept in the original show. After all, it was Mike who actually directed The Crossroads of Destiny. So when Aang never let Katara go, it was depicted as the “correct” choice and never brought up again to reinforce that view. I mean, only a cold and heartless unfeeling person could “let go” of the woman they love, right? Letting go of his “earthly tether” is shown as something only a villain would do. Rejecting the way of detachment was seen as Aang being heroic. In a way, Aang was lucky that Azula shot him before he let go The end is very Kataang-y to romanticize this. But detachment is actually supposed to make you more loving and happy. 

The word ‘Vairagya’ has no exact equivalent in English language. It is roughly translated as ‘dispassion’. Dispassion also denotes general lack of enthusiasm or lack of interest in any thing – but ‘vairagya’ doesn’t mean lack of enthusiasm or interest.

‘Vairagya’ is a state of mind where the mind is not attached or coloured by the inner world (thoughts, emotions, feelings, memories, intellect, ego-sense etc) or the outer world. It does not mean that the mind is running away from the inner world or the outer world. Mind is free to use the thoughts, emotions, feelings, memories, intellect and the ego-sense. Mind is also free to perceive the outer world and act upon it. The perception of reality is not coloured by anything.  The decisions and actions are also unbiased and spontaneous. There is no doer ship. ‘Vairagya’ is always accompanied by a razor sharp awareness of the inner and outer reality.  Only in the state of complete ‘Vairagya’ the ‘Truth’ can be perceived as it is.

There is a common misconception that a person having ‘vairagya’ can not experience ‘love’. The reality is ‘love’ in its most pure form can only be experienced by a ‘Vairagi’ person. In fact he, who is endowed with ‘Vairagya’ can only be the greatest lover. Most pure form of ‘Love’ is love sans any feverishness, attachments, expectations. Pure love is unconditional love. It is the way the ‘Divine’ loves everyone.

Love does not mean saying,  “Ooh, you are so beautiful, I love you soooo much” and so on.  Loving other person means being totally with that person. Unconditionally accepting other person as he or she is. Dropping all judgements or comparisons.  Feeling that the other person is extension of your own self. Only a ‘Vairagi’ person can be a true lover. Only  a ‘Vairagi’ can really understand other person.

A ‘Vairagi’ is in-fact in love with the entire creation. He is always in a state of ‘one ness’ with everything inside and outside. How can the greatest lover lack enthusiasm. He has to be full of enthusiasm about life. Love and enthusiasm can not be separated. You will never see a lover without interest or enthusiasm.

Adi Shankaracharya has explained in “Bhaja Govindam”: “Kasya sukham na karoti viraaga” – meaning ‘Vairagya’ brings all the happiness. Sri Sri Ravishankarji says, “Vairagya is happiness devoid of feverishness.”  

Detaching yourself from loved ones is definitely not what is needed to unlock the highest chakra or be a fully realized Avatar. If it were, then Kuruk and Roku would never have been able to love or marry, as Kataangers love to point out. Zaheer is no Guru Pathik or Iroh. He isn’t some spiritually enlightened person, so I didn’t really like how he was kind of portrayed as one and that he was doing something spiritual or profound when he started flying after P’Li died. Someone like Iroh is really “detached”. He can find happiness simply wandering the streets of the lower ring of Ba Sing Se, and lovingly offer advice to someone who tried to mug him, without expecting anything in return. He’s trying to help Zuko with this way of detachment.

True Vairagya is about not getting caught up in materialistic or worldly pursuits looking for happiness. For instance, with Zuko. He is devastated at first that they are living in exile and he doesn’t have the comforts and luxuries he used to have. He starts stealing, and he feels entitled to do this because he thinks he’s royalty and people should be giving him whatever he wants. After being poor for a while, he is losing hope for his future. He is convinced that the only way he can be happy is to capture the Avatar. All through the show he is attached to that one outcome and pins all of his hopes on being a prince again. He wants more than a life serving tea, as he says. He is looking at only his outside circumstances for happiness and fulfillment. He is focused on attachment and it has brought him nothing but misery so far.

But what happens later? He has a chance to capture Appa. This is probably the best chance to capture Aang that he’s ever had. But he lets Appa go, effectively throwing away any chance he thought he had of ever going home again. And then he lets his Blue Spirit mask go, too. And how does he feel after this? Zuko is extremely happy for the first time in the whole show. Why? Because he did the right thing and in his heart he knew that. He was living with love instead of attachment and that is what made him happy. Not going back to his life of luxury as a prince. His inner spiritual perspective changed and brought on his happiness, not his outer circumstances. He could then go back to the life serving tea with a new sense of fulfillment and happiness. That is Vairagya, in a nutshell. 

anonymous asked:

What is your opinion on the episode "Sonically Ever After"?

Good episode, weird and slightly uneven (the ending is rather rushed and doesn’t make sense, and there’s a rather melancholic feeling one gets when Sonic says that there will be more Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog when this will be the last production episode). However it does feature some humorous puns and faces, and like a lot of AoStH stuff it presents ideas that I personally feel would be great to explore with Sonic. In this case a prototype of the storybook games (in fact, it is a storybook game for the first half) but adds a twist of giving Robotnik allies and powers from the book. I think if they were to make a third storybook game (never going to happen, let’s be real) then something like this episode would not be a bad idea.

Also, Tails’ ‘I’m a guuurl?!’ reaction is always funny.

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the foxes:  nicholas hemmick // #8 // backliner

The Fox bus was pelted with more than one crumpled beer can as it crawled through campus. Nicky pulled the window down to yell insults, but Wymack threatened him into silence. Nicky settled for flipping Belmonte students off.

i was tagged by @thaknows​. thank you!!

Rules: tag 9 people you want to know better

Relationship status: single as ever

Favorite color: green!!

Last song I listened to: back stabbin’ betty by cage the elephant

Last movie I watched: i rewatched gone girl kinda recently but i can’t remember if that’s the last thing i watched….

Top 3 characters: this is too broad lol like out of all the books?? movies??? tv shows??? that’s too many characters to choose from

Top 3 ships: milex (but not in a pushy way or anything - i have mixed feelings about shipping real people), mulder and scully….i don’t think i have a third

Books I’m currently reading: neverwhere by neil gaiman but i haven’t actually picked it up since like december haha. sometimes i go through a book a week and other times it’s more like a book every six months lol

i tag @humpuukia @thunder-thiefs @cornerstonealex @yourgirlcarmen

The only problem with reading Stormlight Archive, is that once you’re done reading Stormlight Archive, all you want is more Stormlight Archive…

RAVENCLAW: “I’m a real self-educated kind of guy. I read voraciously. Every book I ever bought, I have. I can’t throw it away. Some of them are in warehouses. I’ve got a library that I keep the ones I really like. I look around my library some nights and I do these terrible things to myself – I count up the books and think, how long I might have to live and think, ‘Fuck, I can’t read two-thirds of these books.’ It overwhelms me with sadness.” –David Bowie

was tagged by my bro  @appetite-for-distraction 

RULES: Answer and tag nine people

Relationship status: Single
Favourite color: Black, Blue, Silver
Lipstick or chapstick: uhm both? I run around with chapstick 24/7, but when going out I’m a sucker for lipstick lately
Last song I listened to: Emperor’s new clothes - Panic! at the Disco
Last movie I watched: like I fucking know,… probably Teit Meistä Kauniin again. 
Top 3 fictional characters: Loki Laufeyson, Bucky Barnes, and right now: Magnus Bane (probably forever tbh.
Top 3 ships: MALEC!!!, Adommy… and I don’t really think I have a third one? 
Book I am currently reading:
 uhm.. nothing. Motley Crue’s “The Dirt” is kinda waiting to be read

and I tag @oculeths and  @rock-0f-ages
(like I fucking know 9 people)

Been working on my Grimoire lately. Its starting to come together. I’ve decided to use this as more of a text book so remember all the things I seem to forget. I really want to hand paint/write everything so I can put my intent into ever stroke. This is my third book but I think its going to be a long lasting one. I would love to see some other books or even some pages. 


-Daisymoon

Want to know what really, really annoys me about the TMI/TID fandom? (the reason I ditched that fandom tbh)

Everyone in it is so overly dramatic. I mean, they freak out about every goddamned thing, even though Cassandra Clare’s writing is like fanservice galore. Her books, although very well written (I like her style), always cater to what the fans want, and are frankly extremely unbelievable. Especially in the TMI series. I mean think of the third book. You mean to tell me that a few teenage shadowhunters (only two of which are actually, like, good) and a few downworlders all make it out alive after a fucking battle with thousands of immortal demons? And that the one person who comes closest to dying is the very powerful warlock that is hundreds of years old? Yeah fucking right. Not to mention that although the stakes are often very high, Cassandra’s main good-guys always get the happy ending. She never ever kills off the protagonists, even if the odds of at least one of them dying are sky-high. Only the bad guys ever die. In TID, the only protagonist that is killed is Jessamine, but only after she aligned herself with the antagonists. 

Yet all members of the fandom are constantly talking about how Cassandra is, like, ripping their hearts out. And every time a new book comes out, they are all terrified that she’ll kill off their favorite character. I mean, have they not read the other books? Do you not understand that Cassandra will never take a risk? 

Jesus fucking Christ. 

the people we find in the pages we fold

This is an author!reader and wonwoo scenario because one fine morning, I woke up extremely soft to Wonwoo’s charm and love for books that I just had to.

• so you’re a writer!!! cute glasses and all!!!
• and you recently published a novel that you’re super excited about
• you hype it up so much and make everyone read it
• also you’re lowkey your biggest fan shhhh
• anyway, since you’re extra, during your free time, you loiter around nearby bookstores
• the staff totally know you and just make fun of you when you’re there
• you usually stand next to where your book was displayed
• sometimes you pick it up and TALK OBNOXIOUSLY LOUD ABOUT HOW GOOD IT IS
• it worked sometimes lol
• but today, when you entered the store and you had this whole dramatic plan in your head to reel more people to buy your book,
• you see one tall guy reading the synopsis of YOUR book
• you were thrilled to say the least
• bc!!! somebody’s holding your book without you forcing them to!!!!
• and that someone is really good looking with a dorky haircut and harry potter glasses!!!
• ARE THOSE SWEATER PAWS OH MY–
• anyway, like the respectable author you are, you hide in the bookshelf across him and watch
• he frowns a lil bit at it
• you are Alarmed
• he was about to put it back when you casually slid in
• by casually i mean you almost fell over running
• and the guy was like “woah there”
• and you were like “THAT’S A GREAT BOOK YOU GOT THERE MHMMM”
• and he arches his eyebrow amusingly
• and your heart skips a beat lmao
• he smiles, “you think so?”
• you’re still sorta distracted by his nice face, so you don’t look at him much but you nod. “i know so.”
• the guy suppresses a grin before he goes, “i did want to get it but, i don’t know. did you like the plot when you read it?”
• and you nod like you know what you’re doing. “it’s like super good and im not just saying this because–”
• you stop yourself from assassinating your dignity
• “because what?”
• “uh, nothing. it’s a good book though.”
• “hmm okay i’ll buy it” and he winks
• hE wiNkS!!!!!!1!1!
• then he swerves past you towards the counter and you’re like
• that was nice????
• you smile to yourself a bit before hunting–i mean, finding more potential buyers
• but like wow what a guy you hope you see him again
• after a long day of harrassment–i mean, advertisment of your book
• and you convinced about four people yay!!!!!
• you went back to your apartment
• and you find WHAT IS THIS the cute boy from the bookstore???
• he’s sitting at the lobby stairs
• reading YOUR book
• and his glasses perched at the tip of his nose (how hot)
• you were surprised for a second
• and looked like an idiot gaping at him
• finally he looks up
• AND HIS FACE MORPHS INTO THE SUN LIKE IS THIS WHAT SMILING DOES TO BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
• but you’re chill abt it (you think)
• and he says, “hi, i’m wonwoo. i live a floor below you.”
• and you’re like ???? uhhhh
• he chuckles and says, “i don’t think you know me bc you’re new and all to the building but i saw you carrying your books when they got published and i’m a fan to be honest.”
• and you’re still trying to form words in your mouth
• “this is my third copy, i think. i like books and my neighbor made one. i couldn’t let that pass.”
• AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
• you blink at him. he stands in front of you.
• frICK WHAT A BEAUT
• also bc he totally knows your secret now and you think he’s judging you
• he thinks it’s cute but you don’t know that awwww
• you finally spit out your name
• and he nods in understanding
• and your still like not breathing bc what do next???
• and wonwoo and his SWEATER PAWS gives you your book and you stare at it
• and wonwoo is waiting for you
• and you stare at him
• he’s like “can you sign this for me?”
• YOU GRIN LIKE A KID (which makes wonwoo’s heart flutter bc honestly he thought he creeped you out by waiting in the lobby like a weirdo haha dork)
• you take out your sparkly sharpie pen and sign the book and wonwoo’s hand is brushing yours (HFJMAHSAMSMAGSJAJ)
• after you finish, you muster up the courage to ask if he liked it so far.
• “hmmm, it’s a great book and im not just saying this bc i want to take the author out for coffee.”
• and you’re just like
• woah there boi
• you almost slipped at how smooth that line was
• you laugh and ask him to go to this coffee shop with you down the road where you wrote lots of parts of the book
• and wonwoo was ACTUALLY excited pls hold me
• on the way there, he asked genuine questions which made you feel like soaring bc wow!!! somebody liked your thoughts this much!!!!
• and wonwoo was enjoying how you light up whenever he talks about your book and honestly after weeks of trying to catch your attention in book stores and lobbies AND EVERYWHERE, he was so happy to finally talk to you
• wonwoo lied. he actually had six copies of your book.
• just because he waited in book stores a lot so he can talk to you
• how extra
• but anyway, he was forced to buy the books sometimes bc he stood there for so long and you were always book store hopping
• finally though
• he knew your little sales tactics !!!
• and he tells you this in the coffee shop amidst blushing and steaming coffee
• you melt into a pudding
• you and wonwoo talked for a long time and woops time has slipped and your chairs actually kept getting closer woops
• at the end of the night, you walk back home together, still talking about books pls control yourselves nerds
•and he takes you to your apartment
• you both say good night
• and also a see you tomorrow AJU NICE
• and you were really into his vibe and also this cute boy has had a crush on you for a while!!! what an honor im crying
• and after you entered, you guys totally do that thing where you lean back on the door and you bite your lip and sigh dreamily
• yes in filipino we call that kilig now you know
• and wonwoo takes your book out of his coat pocket and kisses it as he walks away bc THANK BOOKS AMIRITE LADIES
• wow im so giddy now God Bless
• i hope you guys date so the nerds will be together i hope so
• what a happy ending i can die in peace wow

Rhysand Defense Post

Alright, so I’ve been seeing a lot of anti-Rhysand posts lately, and while everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion when it comes to characters, it is NOT okay to bash people who like a character.  If I’m going on the Rhysand or ACOTAR tag, it’s because I’m interested in seeing theories or fan art; instead, I am seeing more and more people attacking Rhysand fans for liking him.

This is not cool, nor is it okay. People go on Tumblr to have fun, create media, and interact with other fans, not get bashed by other Tumblr users.

That aside, it has come to a point where I feel the need to create a Rhysand Defense post, particularly against the accusations that Rhysand is terrible/abusive/how-could-you-like-such-a-character-you-terrible-person?

First off, just because you like a character doesn’t mean that character isn’t problematic in some ways. Rhysand is problematic (but, honestly, so is Tamlin. He’s no angel either, and we don’t know what he will be like when he is no longer trying to break the curse).  Rhysand is set up as a villain and later transforms into an anti-hero of sorts. He is SUPPOSED to seem awful, but the whole point of ACOTAR (and the Beauty and the Beast tale it models) is that nothing is as it seems. Everyone wears a mask, and perhaps Rhysand most of all.  While Tamlin wears a physical mask and must mask his intentions because of the curse, Rhysand’s mask is much more subtle: he is forced to always play a role, no matter how terrible.  He is Amarantha’s whore, the traitor to the courts who revels in taking her commands. In reality, he is a defeated, imprisoned leader who is doing everything in his limited power to protect his people—to the extent that he lets himself be sexually abused/raped for 49 years. He must play the part of submissive villain/lackey, because that is the position that gives him the most power on the chess board.  Trapped Under the Mountain, he is better able to work from the shadows as a villain-figure to orchestrate Amarantha’s downfall and show small mercies to her victims.

So yes, if you read Rhysand’s character on a basic level, he seems pretty awful.  He forces Feyre into a bargain, forces her to attend Amarantha’s party (where he makes her drink Fairy wine and then dance), and later he kisses her in the hallway.  But Rhysand doesn’t have much of a choice; in every single one of those actions he is setting the chess board to help Feyre defeat Amarantha and not get them all killed.  Clare Beddor’s death and the deaths of the three High Lords who had already rebelled shows what’s at stake, and only Rhysand is cunning enough to outplay the ultimate queen on this chess board.

As Sarah’s theme of masks indicates, you must look beyond a character’s mask to see his/her true intentions.  Rhysand, the High Lord of the Night Court (which not only has a bad reputation according to the Spring Court, but also connotes our own fear of darkness, monsters, and nightmares), is a prime example.  With Tamlin out of commission for the last third of the book, Sarah is encouraging us to examine other characters on a deeper level, not just the expected “Beast” character in Tamlin.  It’s like its own test, in a sense.

So, an analysis of Rhysand’s actions, based on the limited knowledge we are given in ACOTAR:

-Rhysand is not a flat, evil villain.  Actually, we see throughout ACOTAR that he tries to help others.

1. During Fire Night, Rhysand saves Feyre from the other fae who were going to rape her. Though he exudes danger (and sexiness), his first action in regards to Feyre is saving her. This in itself is a signal to pay attention: Rhysand is a power player, and his dangerous/evil appearance does not always match his intentions/actions.  (Mind you, I believe there may have been some ulterior motivations during Fire Night, but we can’t be sure about that until ACOMAF.)

2. Rhysand does not tell Amarantha that Clare Beddor wasn’t Feyre.  That would have been game over since Feyre would have been captured, tortured, and crucified; no riddles and tasks for her.  Rather than exact revenge on the girl that failed to save them, he was going to let the girl he met on Fire Night go.  All seven courts were consigned to their fate at this point, and Rhysand tried to spare her life.  (There was nothing he could have done for Clare; her life was forfeit the second she was brought Under the Mountain.)

3. Rhysand kills the summer fae rather than shatter his mind, all while protecting the summer court’s secret from Amarantha.  Watched by all the fae Under the Mountain and told by Amarantha to shatter the runaway’s mind, this scene’s purpose is to show that Rhysand is constantly being tested.  He deals with the pressure with his normal strategy: calm, “shoulders loose”, a saunter in his step, and with “not a stitch out of place.”  All tactics that he whispers into Feyre’s mind after the second task.  He teaches her his mask, to hide one’s true self and keep oneself together and sane when everyone is waiting for the slightest hint of vulnerability.  This scene does more than show Rhys’s method in dealing with his tests; it also reveals his sense of mercy.  In the moment he kills the fae, he tries to choose the more merciful route, though there is still a cost. It is the lesser of two evils, however, and that is all Rhysand has to work with.  We have already seen what happens when one refuses to play the game; they become Tamlin, whose refusal to make sacrifices sentenced all the courts to an endless tyranny under Amarantha’s rule.

4. On this note, Rhysand is constantly being tested. Even Feyre notes it when she is forced to clean out his fireplace.  Since Rhysand bet on her in the first test, Amarantha’s chore was testing Rhysand to see if he had a soft spot for Feyre.  Rhysand knows this, and he stares at Feyre before evading her comments. He knows Feyre can see through his mask, and he respects her for it (to the point of admiration, really).  It seems he can’t help letting his mask slip around her, which is why he shows her his wings, a huge vulnerability he tells very few about.  He then helps her finish the task and mind controls the guards into not forcing anymore deadly chores on her.

-Rhysand helps Feyre repeatedly throughout the trials, though some of the ways he must help her are unsavory.

1. So, we of course have the infamous bargain scene when Rhysand heals Feyre’s arm in return for a week a month in the Night Court.  This is a very complicated scene, so I’ll try to keep it short.  The bargain does a number of things. First, it allows Rhys to telepathically communicate with Feyre.  This is instrumental since it is not only the sole reason why Feyre survives the second task (since she can’t read), but it also enables Rhys to lend Feyre the mental strength she needs to remain strong in front of Amarantha after the task was over.  Second, the bargain’s mark is an excellent way to make Tamlin want to kill Amarantha even more (for their bargain is really a result of the whole Amarantha situation anyway).  Third—well, I don’t think we’ll really know the third reason until ACOMAF.  We know that book two is a Hades/Persephone retelling, and the original 2 week (later reduced to 1 week) time length correlates with the 6 months (or 3 months in some retellings) that Persephone must spend with her husband in the underworld.  I think there is another reason why Rhys really wants Feyre at his court. Sarah said that Rhys will be hard-put to hold onto his secrets once Feyre starts visiting, and I can’t help but think that his secrets are tied to the bargain somehow.

Whatever his reasons, Rhys is desperate for this bargain, though he can’t let Feyre know that and blow his cover. He tries to persuade her with logic, and when she refuses, his frustration breaks through and he twists the bone splinter in her arm.  Which is super gross, of course, but I think this moment demonstrates a number of things about Rhysand.  First, it shows the slipping of his calm mask; he is truly desperate in this moment. Second, it shows that he will do whatever he needs to in order to save his court (and the other courts’ whose fates are now lumped with his).  Do I approve of his actions? No, definitely not, but I can understand why he would act that way in the situation. He is morally gray in this scene.

2. The wine/dancing scene.  This is probably the argument I see the most often, but when you look at it strategically, Rhysand’s actions are understandable.  Are they morally correct?  Not really. But most of the characters in ACOTAR are forced to make morally gray choices.  Tamlin must consign multiple sentries to get murdered in order to move the curse along (and his eventual refusal to do so would have sealed everyone’s doom had Feyre not come back); Feyre must kill two innocent faeries in the last task, an action that haunts her at the end of book 1 and is sure to still affect her in book 2. In ACOTAR, Rhys is the one who is constantly forced to make gray choices.  He doesn’t have much of a choice; the game must be played, and if he didn’t act the way he did Under the Mountain, Feyre would have had a much worse fate in store for her.

So, Rhysand is faced with a problem. With Amarantha’s suspicions raised after his betting on Feyre in the first task and his subsequent inaction when she is set up to fail the chore in his room, Rhys has to reaffirm his position as Amarantha’s lackey, protect Feyre from further awfulness, and move his plan along by getting Tamlin to see the bargain’s mark.  Amarantha’s nightly parties are the best way to kill three birds with one stone.  By dressing up Feyre in skimpy clothes, marking her with his tattoo, and making her get drunk/dance for him, he sets up the courts, Amarantha, and us as readers for the reaction he wants: disgust and horror—lo, the villain! Feyre appears to be his property, the whore for Amarantha’s whore.  Not only is Amarantha now appeased (since she sees human love as fickle already), but the situation also enrages Tamlin, who has to watch this happen every night.  He gets angrier every night, while Amarantha—seeing the humiliation that Feyre is supposedly going through—doesn’t see any reason to come up with worse terrors to force on her. The parties also gets Feyre out of her prison cell, which was slowly driving her crazy.  

But what about the drunk dancing?  Again, Rhys is all about appearances.  He knows that the skimpy clothes, the marks, and the dancing would be humiliating for Feyre, but it is a necessary evil.  The clothes and the black ink mark her as his “property” of sorts; no one would dare touch her anywhere when her entire body is marked with that paint.  As for the humiliation and dancing?  It is part of the act, a necessity to pull off the ruse.  So what does he do? He makes her drink so she can forget. It’s an escape, a fact that Feyre recognizes: “After I drank the wine, though, I was mercifully unaware of what was happening.” Rhysand, again, is trying to show mercy. Feyre, who can’t keep up a mask as well as Rhysand, is spared from having to do so; he tries to make her forget, and in doing so, he’s trying to protect her, as much as he can in that situation. In fact, we see that Rhys also drinks the wine to forget when he needs to as well. After he is forced to kill the summer fae, Rhys downs a goblet of wine with Feyre.  He is not as cool about his actions as he tries to appear.  As for the dancing, Rhys points out to Feyre that in all the nights she danced for him, he never touched her beyond her waist and arms.  He doesn’t feel her up or take advantage of her, nor does he pass her to any other fae who could have hurt her.  As someone who has been sexually abused himself, Rhys does not violate Feyre in this way.

3. This leads to the next key scene, when Rhysand kisses Feyre in the hallway. Again, context is so important to this scene.  Rhys hears Amarantha approaching and knows what she’s about to see: Feyre’s paint smudged pretty much everywhere and none of it on Rhys.  Who else would do that, if not Rhys? Why, a certain high lord who enjoys springtime.  Amarantha isn’t dumb; she’d figure that out, and it would be game over.  So, Rhys kisses Feyre and covers himself in paint while doing so.  An unfaithful human? Amarantha would expect nothing less.  Her whore whoring out another person? Well, she would let him have his fun, though he will pay for it later.  (Rhysand visits Feyre in her cell later that night, his tunic “unbuttoned at the top” as he talks about his hatred for Amarantha and his role serving in her bedroom.  It’s insinuated that he was just sexually abused/raped again.)  Feyre recognizes that Rhys saved both her and Tamlin by kissing her. Without his intercession, Tamlin’s and Feyre’s lust for each other would have doomed all the courts.

The kissing scene also emphasizes another important point about Rhys—perhaps the most important point for his character.  It is his main drive as a character, the one that spurs him to take terrible actions.  When Rhys berates Feyre for being a fool for going off with Tamlin when anyone could have been watching, she asks him “What do you care?” Rhys’s response is incredibly important.  His cool mask finally slips.  He is so insulted, so frustrated, that his wings and talons appear.  The “baser” side of him that he so rarely shows—the “wrath” that twists his features [OOOHHHH, is this the Fury that has to do with A Court of Mist and Fury????]—comes to the fore when he whispers, “What do I care? […] What do I care?”  Why does he care? Because he is just like Feyre in that he will do whatever it takes to protect those who are important to him.  For Feyre, it was her family (and later Tamlin and the courts); for Rhysand, it is his court.  All of his actions are because of his court, because of the people he is responsible for—his people who are enslaved to a sadistic tyrant who would kill them all if the whim took her.  He cares because he has sacrificed so much—his body, his freedom—and he has planned so long.  He has worked so hard to set Feyre up to succeed, all for it to almost fail because Feyre and Tamlin couldn’t hold on for one more day.  

This scene is meant to reinforce Rhys’s similarities to Feyre.  As Sarah said in an interview, Feyre and Rhys are both Slytherins.  They are cunning, ambitious, and protective of a select group of people (as opposed to say, Gryffindors like Harry who have a bit of a hero complex and want to save everyone).  So yes, while Rhys does bad things in ACOTAR, he is a complex anti-hero.  Night is not all evil; it is also beautiful, with both light and shadow.  Rhys is a leader and a victim, locked between a rock and a hard place, and he acts accordingly.  In times of war, people rarely act in black or white; it is a whole pallet of grays and shadows.

And finally, Sarah really brings out the lighter colors in Rhys’s shadowy character at the end of ACOTAR, both in the cell before the third task and during the final battle against Amarantha.  

1. In the cell, Rhys finally throws away his mask when he talks to Feyre. Feyre notes that Rhys is being more candid than he has ever been before.  He is no longer perfectly neat, he rubs at his face, and his voice is no longer smooth and mocking.  He “snaps” that he only wants some peace and quiet, and Feyre thinks about how “the swagger and nastiness were gone.” He even jokes playfully with her before talking to her about the fate they would be facing in the third task the next day.

Importantly, Feyre addresses the ultimate question surrounding Rhys’s character in this scene.  When he asks her why she thinks he does what he does, Feyre says, “because you’re a monster.” But that is the basic answer, and ignores many of the cues about Rhys’s character that she has picked up on during the trials.  Rhys’s response? “True, but I’m also a pragmatist.” He explains his reasoning and logic then, and it is definitely that of a strategist (or a Slytherin). He cares for his “territory,” for his “remaining people, enslaved to a tyrant queen who can end their lives with a single word.” Selected to be Amarantha’s whore, he is uniquely able to bring her downfall. And Feyre understands. She feels sympathy for him.  Understanding what Rhys has gone through, she “might have reached a hand toward him, might have offered [her] apologies—but every thought had dried up in [her] head.  What Amarantha had done to him…” Rather than wound him with her words like she knows she could, she realizes that Rhysand alone has been keeping her alive; he is the one who has stopped her from “shattering” (particularly after the second task. He licked her tears, knowing it would annoy her and snap her out of her mood).  She feels a bond with him. And their bond is recognized when Feyre acknowledges that Rhys could have asked for everyday of her life in their bargain and she would have said yes.  He didn’t have to show her mercy and let her barter down to a week.  Having taken off his proverbial mask in this scene, Rhys acknowledges that Feyre has once more seen through him, and merely allows a “half-smile […] on his sensuous lips” before he answers “‘I know’” and vanishes.

2. Rhysand’s public display as a hero-in-disguise is finalized in the battle scene, when Amarantha is trying to kill Feyre and all hope is essentially lost. Rather than stay in the shadows, Rhys throws himself into the fight to not only save his court, but to fight beside Feyre.  As he later tells Feyre at their parting, “I didn’t want you to fight alone. Or die alone.” This line mirrors Feyre’s from earlier at the Spring Court, when she tells Tamlin that she wouldn’t want to fight or die alone. Rhys no longer only cares about his court; he cares about Feyre as well. Rhys is not an evil character; he is a character who is forced to do bad things, both for his survival and for the survival of his court and those he cares about.  When Feyre is being beaten by Amarantha, it is not Tamlin who screams Feyre’s name, but Rhysand.

So, in summary, when I’m asked why I like Rhysand’s character, it is because he is arguably the most complex and interesting character in the entire story.  His actions are not always morally upright, but they do shed light on the human condition and what people—especially leaders—are forced to do in times of war and defeat.  Unlike Tamlin, Rhys never takes his fate lying down; he never gives up fighting.  He fights tooth and nail, and with his greatest asset—his mind.  Beyond that, I feel like the moments and conversations between Rhysand and Feyre carry much more meaning and poignancy than those between Tamlin and Feyre. Though I love Tamlin (I just want him to be happy >.<), to me the relationship between Feyre and Rhysand is packed with more chemistry, tension (both character tension and sexual tension), and understanding—even though they have less page time together.  Feyre and Rhysand are very much alike on a deeper level. Feyre can’t help but speak her mind around him, while Rhys lets his mask drop and his vulnerabilities show around her. They fight for each other, and when they part at the end of ACOTAR, Feyre talks to Rhys about how she feels about her transformation and her murders, where she couldn’t bring herself to tell Tam.  Looking into Rhys’s eyes, she sees that the shadows in his eyes—not entirely of his own making—are just like hers.  (In this open conversation, their relationship reminds me of Aelin and Rowan’s, where they feel they can tell each other things others wouldn’t understand/would judge them for.)  They have bonded while Under the Mountain, and now have a deeper understanding of each other as a result. I can’t wait to see how their relationship continues to develop in book 2, as well as everyone else’s relationships.  How will Feyre’s guilt factor in to events? Her harrowing powers?  Why did Rhys stumble and flee at the end of ACOTAR? What did it mean when Feyre saw out of Rhys’s eyes? Are we going to see more of Lucien’s brothers?  How will Rhys, Lucien, and Tam act now that they no longer have to wear masks?  How is Feyre’s time at the Night Court going to be, and where is the King of Hybern in all of this?

All in all, I love the characters in ACOTAR, Rhysand included.  He is wonderfully complex, and his ability to polarize people speaks to Sarah’s ability to create characters that inspire reactions in her readers. Please don’t bash him or the fans who do like him just because you don’t. All you do is hurt people’s feelings, and that is no way to celebrate Sarah’s writing or world.  If you have problems with a character, you are of course free to critique/criticize, but use reasons/textual support and respect others’ opinions.  I’ve seen people bashing character/ship fans on both the ACOTAR and TOG tags (especially with the release of Queen of Shadows), and mostly it just makes me sad.  Simply bashing people, calling them terrible, and insinuating that there is something wrong with them mentally for liking a character is utterly wrong.

Yes, I like Rhysand as a character, and there is nothing wrong with me (or any other Tumblr-user) for liking him.  He is problematic (hooray, problematic faves), but many characters are problematic. Just because you like a character doesn’t mean you approve of all of his/her actions.  I honestly believe that Rhys’s character arc in book 2 is probably gonna blow us all away because Sarah is just awesome like that.  Until then, I hope this post will open more positive conversations on the Rhysand/ACOTAR/TOG/QOS tags.

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thepolyglotgirl  asked:

Hello. I hope you don't mind, but do you know of any good resources for learning ASL?

No problem at all!

The majority of my ASL comes from self-studying (though practicing often with two Deaf friends I had was crucial), so hopefully I’ll be able to provide some good resources!

Firstly, I think it’s important to say that the way I learned ASL is at the beginning is largely through vocab acquisition. I think most people learning ASL start off signing with very English word order and structure, and over time as you get exposed to grammatical aspects as well as aspects of ASL that I hesitate to mark as grammar—it might be more appropriate to say that it is style instead—you get away from English. So if you want to just start off translating a song word for word (as I see many people on YouTube doing) by using a dictionary and practicing that way, that would work! That’s kind of how I fell in love with the language. Though it’s very important to say that this type of signing is not ASL but rather something like SEE (Signing Exact English).

With that said, onto the resources:

http://lifeprint.com/

Amazing website. This is how I got started with ASL. You can use their dictionary for words you want to know as well as lessons which can be found here to get you going. I like this one because, although the focus is mainly on vocab, there are some very important grammatical lessons (body shifting, what to do with your eyebrows with questions or in general, topicalization, non-manual markers, etc.).

http://www.aslpro.com/

Huge dictionary: you will see on the left a series of dictionaries, of which I really have only used the Main Dictionary page, but the Phrase Dictionary looks awesome for absorbing aspects of grammar. This dictionary is a must.

http://www.signingsavvy.com/

Another ASL dictionary. Apparently there are better features for paying members, but I’ve never paid for it and it’s useful nonetheless.

http://www.handspeak.com/

Another dictionary. Not much to say about this one besides that it could be a good resource.

http://www.google.com/

Obviously awesome resource if you want to look something up, such as something about the grammar, a word that you can’t find in the dictionaries, and so on.

https://www.youtube.com/

Also amazing resource because you can get tons of exposure to a variety of styles of signing. ASL has a huge amount of variation with style, with some people using English word order and words like to be and the and then others whose signing does not resemble English whatsoever. Most people are somewhere in the middle, but because ASL isn’t incredibly unified you are going to see a lot of variation in terms of vocabulary, how ideas are expressed, and so on. Basically just search anything with ‘Deaf’ in it, ASL storytelling, ASL lessons, etc. and you will find some helpful resources. I have a YouTube channel that you can get to by clicking here that may be of some help to you! I post occasional ASL videos (in ASL with English captions) and, though I am not a native signer, most Deaf people I have met didn’t realize I wasn’t deaf until I said it directly, so I probably sign moderately well?

Signing Naturally book series

Though these books are old and not organized in the best fashion, it’s a good resource for picking up grammatical aspects of ASL. I’m not the biggest fan of it but I’ve spent a lot of time dissecting the stories and scenarios (storytelling is a huge part of ASL and you will be seeing it and hearing about it all the time if you learn ASL), though I don’t think I really went through the third book. They really need to get on updating those books.

Some things to consider:

Because most of the resources I have put here are pretty old, many of the signs are outdated. That’s why it’s important not only to search words in multiple dictionaries but also to ask signers. All Deaf people I have met are very willing to help out.

I would highly recommend you take a class after you’ve got the basics of ASL down. I spent the first semester of my first year of college self-studying, and then I took ASL 4 (I was more appropriate for the advanced ASL discussion course but they felt uncomfortable letting me skip 4-5 classes and it was already hard enough to convince them to get me into level 4, but anyway). Like I said, getting exposure from a variety of signers is important, and teachers at higher levels generally use very beautiful, interesting, and helpful styles of signing. 

Taking a class also exposes you to Deaf culture, which is a HUGE part of ASL learning. Like, you just HAVE to learn the culture along with ASL. The language and the culture are so tied together, so much of ASL poetry (most interesting and beautiful thing in the fucking world, let me tell you) and storytelling have to do with Deaf people’s experiences, struggles, and so on. Even the history is interesting to learn—and I can’t stand history except for that of Deaf people—and much of it is about discrimination, audism, Deaf pride, Deaf vs. deaf, Deaf rights, etc. 

It is very common for people to use what is called Simultaneous Communication (SimCom), which is basically signing and talking at the same time. I do it all the time with one of my best friends who is Deaf but hears and speaks well because of cochlear implants and speech therapy. The signing obviously becomes more English, so I would recommend avoiding this type of signing so as to learn “real” ASL (i.e. signing without speaking), but, since this is a very common means of communication, you might want to get used to it too, depending on who you interact with.

Kind of similar, but there is a wide variety of degrees to which people mouth the English translation of their signs. For some, they literally just mouth the English sentence while they sign, which is more or less SimCom but without voicing. For others, it is most of the individual words that they are signing such that, if you took the words mouthed and put that into a sentence, it wouldn’t be grammatical (or maybe even understandable) in English. Still others only do it for some words and in particular not when you have some kind of non-manual marker (I might make a post or a video going into greater detail about this later). And finally, there are some who do not mouth anything and use only non-manual markers—you will find this most often in storytelling and not often in casual conversation or even a classroom or professional setting. This mostly depends on one’s background with signing, how fluent they are in the native, etc.

I’m sure I’m forgetting something but I hope this helps to some extent! Of course, if you (or anyone else) has any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me and I will try my best!