I KNOW I FEEL YOU I AM TRYING TO WRITE A PAPER AND IT'S JUST CALLING TO ME I LITERALLY JUST CAN'T ANYMORE honestly with all the friendships who even needs ships JUST KIDDING but no THE FREINDSHIPS ARE MY LIFE BLOOD I SWEAR ernest and mal and ROSARIO cutest thing EVER. and hypothetically is that situation were to happen i would say that the url is in very good hands (and that i might possibly have zipporahplease saved)
I hope you don’t mind if I publish this ask ‘cause it got really long and meta-like and I thought it might be good if other people read it too.
PSA: It’s relatively spoiler-free, in my opinion.
I am fully entrusting your capable hands with that url because it is golden. Just like the one you currently have right now.
I knew snatching up cindydunn was one of the few good ideas I’ve ever had.
Also, actually getting to read about Maks made me that much happier and proud of my url :D :D :D
I KNOW RIGHT!! I love all the interconnected friendships, it’s crazy crazy crazy. And I screamed with joy when The Big Seven was finally made official in Auntie/Sherriff Roxanne’s living room. For a while I had been worried that we wouldn’t get to see them interact as an entire group but ofc Kitty doesn’t disappoint when it comes to these things.
ALL THE FRIENDSHIPS. I WILL NOT SHUT ABOUT THE FRIENDSHIPS. THERE ARE SO MANY COMBINATIONS:
that little snippet of Maks/Zip being biffles over Zip trying to woo Cindy with oranges
Cindy/Zip (romantically and otherwise)
Mal/Ellie (romantically and otherwise)
Okay, so I have this thing where I love friendships and frequently there will be a natural progression into loving that friendship turn into a ship. But like, not in a way that makes me an agressive ship-crazy fangirl, just that I can appreciate them in both settings or even in-between. You feel me?
UGH. FUCKING, EVERYBODY. FUCK THEIR HEARTBREAKING FRIENDSHIPS.
HERE BE A BIT OF SPOILERS
I THINK ONE OF MY FAVORITE PARTS WAS THEM ALL COMING TOGETHER AT THE NIGHT GAMES. Even if my heart was thrown into a shredder.
Though I have to say, one of the things that surprised me most was that there was mostly an emphasis on characters, interaction, and the development of both along with the world-building. Also, there was a lot of establishing of conflicts to come rather there being a Big Bad to deal with in a climactic sort of way.
Which left me gob-smacked because that’s how most people (at least in the west) think novels should be written but this one wasn’t??? And I love that??? That it kinda challenged the progression of a story. I mean, that happens to me a lot when I write a story but most of the time I get told that it’s unprofessional, lazy, and that it doesn’t work.
So I’m really ridiculously proud that Kitty did it. I don’t think I described correctly or coherently but I felt that there was a definite challenge towards the usual progression of novel-length books.
To be honest, it goes along amazingly well with the Origins book title. Book One is the set-up, as Book Ones tend to be, but I think it took to the next level by focusing on the setting up of characters/interactions/development/world-building/super important conflicts-to-be and mostly forgoed the whole climactic super suspenseful baddie showdown that generally goes down ¾ into a book.
END SLIGHT SPOILERS
OKAY. AND CAN WE TALK ABOUT ALL THE OTHER GREAT THINGS IN THIS BOOK.
Ya know how a lot of people complain about personal politics being shoved down your throat? You’ll have people getting their “wholesome” panties in a bunch when queer/PoC/sizeism/and other isms are addressed and a whole bunch of blah blah blah about keeping that out of the main media.
Which makes me furious but anywho, what I love is that Kitty brought to light a lot of these topics in a way that I (personally) think that should never be pegged as being shoehorned down nitpicky icky people’s throats.
For example: There was Marshal’s comment about figurative and literal white hats, the fact that the two amazing ladies such as June and Amira subtly drive the wheels for the clueless but charming white good-looking men that society more readily accepts as capable leaders, Mal realizing that the name Malek would bring up a lot of uneccesary questions and the unwanted kind of attention to it rather than just Mal which could be short for a lot of things but hopefully not something that the public would immediately brand as not white and therefore untrustworthy.
And there’s still a whole more than I’m missing, tbh.
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE. Ignorant people bitch about it being too much work and politically correct to write a diverse cast but Kitty absolutely killed it (and that ridiculous notion). So we have your unapologetically fat young white woman, pansexual white male (bear in mind that ladies tend to be a bit more readily accepted as anything other than straight or lesbian), lesbian white woman with a learning disability (correct me on the last one if I’m wrong), heterosexual Arab male (who’s heterosexuality may have possibly been hinted at not just being cut-and-dry het and more complicated than that but that’s just my two cents of meta), All-American white male who’s into the ladies but may also possibly be into boys somewhere down the road (which I believe Word of God semi-confired or at least hinted at), bisexual (made canon by Word of God, not yet by the text) Latina female, and so and so forth.
I also may or may not be ridiculously ecstatic that the only sane and whole family presented is made up of two mothers, their daughters, and their dog.
But I digress, the point is that people will bitch about being pressured into having diversity and representation into their work but look at how simple it can be. All these things just are. Sure, they help shape the characters because that’s what traits tend to do. And that’s all they are. Traits. Somethings that make up who you are but don’t solely define who you are.
Anywhozzle, that pretty much makes up a small part of my thoughts after reading TPC: Origins.
If anyone wants to have a bounce-back-and-forth of ideas and general TPC fangasming/dicussion, my askbox is open.
My family assures me more like judges me frequently that I’m not.
I don’t know. I’m somewhere between tomboy and girly girl, like a lot of people I guess.
I mean, I enjoy look kickass in a dress, if it’s not caked I’m okay with make-up, and fixing up my hair is awesome sometimes because it makes me look like a completely different person - it’s the curse of the curls.
Before I go into tl;dr mode, what I’m trying to say is that I certainly like a lot of stereotypically “girly” things and “tomboy” things.
9. What is the weirdest place you have slept in?
I once slept at the high school library. Though I don’t think that’s really weird. It was for a National Honor Society end-of-the-year sleepover and it was epically nerdtastic.
Oh I remember another weird (???) place I slept in. When I was 11 years old I stayed a weekend at a beach house rented by step-uncle’s girlfriend. The sort of weird part though is that we slept outside on the beach (tbh no one really went into the house, it was all beach all the time). The next morning I woke up to 19 mosquito bites on my face because I was the only stupid one enough not to have put a blanket covering my face.
Though it was back when my nose was always sniffly and I couldn’t breathe well otherwise. So not really that stupid…