full version of my slavemark post: for anon
here u go anon! i also fixed some typos that were in the original post and i didnt notice, and took out the parts that were aimed at the mutuals on my main djsgasrk
ok ok ok can i talk about my current hyperfixation for a little bit? im reading the how to train your dragon books but i started them when i was younger and never finished them despite how much i liked them, and im finishing them now and i just finished the 7th book and dear god
the main character, hiccup horrendous haddock iii (who is VERY, VERY different from the one in the movies btw) had been kidnapped, and found out that the people who had kidnapped him had 190 slaves on their boat. all of them were native people from the area they were at. hiccup promised to get them out, and in order to make sure he kept this promise, the slaves gave him the slavemark that they all had. now, this mark is something that puts hiccup in a lot danger, it could get him exiled from the tribe he’s supposed to rule, it could get him killed
but, like every other httyd book thus far, the epilogue is a message from hiccup to the readers, and this is what he says about the slavemark:
“the slavemark has been quite the burden to bear, and made my task [to create a new, better world at home] much harder. but thor was right to give me the slavemark. […] maybe all kings should be given the slavemark, to remind them that they are slaves to their people, not the other way around. and to help them never forget what it feels like to be a child… to be small, and weak, and helpless. perhaps my vision does not seem as revolutionary to readers of the future. […]”
but F*CK, guys, in a way, it IS still revolutionary!! because our rulers today (or at least, the rulers of the u.s.) are NOT working for the greater good, do NOT remember what it feels like to be small, and weak, and helpless.
it’s INCREDIBLE and SAD that a character in a children’s book can be wiser than the people of power in our world today!!!
and f*ck, man, i get so defensive over these books when they’re compared to the movies, i always say the books are better. this is why!!! not only do the books have amazing story lines, loveable and brilliant characters, and are VERY VERY funny at times, but they teach amazing lessons to kids!! lessons that even the smallest, most uninteresting people (or dragons, for that matter) can be great heroes, and that the more-fortunate should ALWAYS help those in need and i love it so so much these books have changed my life holy f*ck
anyway hey thanks to anyone who read this, and please, PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD read these books if you haven’t they’re so good