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corvonildo  asked:

Do you agree that Aegon's storyline is just a big test for all the other characters?

Yes, he serves as a test for Dany and Tyrion, but *enormous intake of breath*

I think Aegon’s role in the story cuts deeper than that. What Aegon is, is fantasy. He is epitome and emissary of the genre. Every detail is in place. The exile prince, his squad of mentors, his waiting army, the sun catching the dewdrops on the breeze as it teases his banners. It’s all there, all perfect, an idealized genre self-portrait captured as if on the big screen…and then the projector breaks, and the film snaps and starts to burn.

Because of course *zoom out* there’s this entire other story around that cozy lil self-contained bubble narrative, one called A Song of Ice and Fire that’s been going on for five books! And once that bubble bursts and the self-contained narrative sets out to conquer that big ol’ pre-existing narrative, well, that’s when the jaws clamp shut.

See, Varys is certain that he’s cut the Gordian Knot for good this time. He’s figured out how to save the world. He’s got this gigantic practical joke simmering in the genre’s juices. He’s tying up the loose ends, putting the final pieces in place, happy to preen in public while secretly plotting to pull everyone back from the abyss if he has to personally send millions into the Void himself to do it. He will wade across oceans of blood, Utopia forever calling from just over the horizon…

If that all sounds familiar, I think that’s because it’s supposed to.

Ozymandias’ blood-soaked joke was built (in-universe, no less!) from the stuff of horror and scifi comics, decades’ worth of pulp detritus mashed together into one Ur-Image, and Varys’ joke too is designed as fulfillment and parody of the generic ideal, with medieval fantasy as the genre in question. To the Citizens of Westeros, and The Readers Who Inquire Within It: here is my answer to my riddle. The “perfect prince.” Don’t look too closely, now! You might smudge the paint!

And that’s the problem: the generic ideal is an image, nothing more. Aegon’s probably a Blackfyre, he’s not the main character, Dany is coming with fire and blood. His name was stolen for him, a disguise as much as the hair dye. There’s no *there* there. In essence, GRRM is laying out the genre’s shortcomings as a built-in counter-narrative to his own, illuminating what he’s done differently with the actual protagonists. Here’s what it would look like if the Targaryen claimant came back to Westeros with an army right after they were introduced. See how it doesn’t feel earned, compared to Dany, who we’ve seen struggle for multiple books in Essos with power and death and the longing for home? Here’s how it would go if Rhaegar’s son knew all along who he was and what his destiny was, all handed to him on a platter. See how empty that is, compared to Jon, who has had to build his own identity from scraps and fragments and the hard-earned certainty that the wildlings are among the people he is sworn to protect?

If the genre-reconstructionist drumbeat throughout ASOIAF is we can tell these stories better, than Aegon’s storyline is an absolutely necessary part of that whole. This is the story not told better; these are the tropes left unvarnished and unexamined, and as such this is the kind of fantasy that needs to be put to bed. The ironic scare quotes that seem to hover around every narrative element in Aegon’s story are there by design. Like a lot of self-conscious genre commentary, it borders on parody, and as such, it is supposed to feel fake. The real deal is elsewhere in the narrative, where being the hero is slow, fitful, complicated, deeply human, impossibly moving work. Tell these stories better; the “perfect prince” as a cherished ideal must die so that Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, the imperfect princes, may live.

To what emotional end, one might reasonably inquire? The pathos, as with any dream-machine that explodes shortly after takeoff, comes from the dreams put into it. Duck inventing his own name, Haldon missing half his maester, Jon Connington chasing his ghosts into the grave…castoffs and exiles all, shoring their fragments against the ruin. They’re projecting it all onto the boy, just like Varys, just like the reader does to so many cookie-cutter genre protagonists. The sadness comes from peeling back all those layers and realizing that Young Griff is just a random kid who could’ve been happy riding the Rhoyne for the rest of his days. Instead, somebody told him he was Aegon VI Targaryen, the main character of a fantasy story, and ruined his life.

Aegon is the “mummer’s dragon,” which makes him a puppet, which makes his story about thinking you’re the protagonist even though you’re actually a puppet, and “the hero never dies” but puppets burn. Take a look at his not-cousin Quentyn, his fellow Not The Hero squinted at by the narrative spotlight in ADWD, if you’re wondering at his fate. Georgie very deliberately soaked Quent in tropes like they were gasoline, and then lit the match. He’s doing the same for poor Aegon.

As such, for me, Aegon ranks alongside Quentyn and First Book Sansa in terms of the author’s angriest writing about his own genre. Fantasy here is rendered as a series of mirages designed to funnel you onto the slaughterhouse floor. “What am I doing here? Father, why?” ADWD is bitter and direct about the lies these kids are being told, from the ashes of the dragonpit beneath the Great Pyramid to the trail of skeletons outside Varamyr’s lair. Beyond satire, beyond deconstruction, this is the author recreating the entire genre as a subplot and then burning it down. This, the author is saying with Aegon’s story-within-a-story, this is what you’re used to. It’s what I’m used to. And it’s not good enough. Here are its bones, Jon and Dany and the readers back home: build something better with them.

Aegon is a sword swung at Gordian’s Knot, only for it to shatter. I think we are meant to see him as Tyrion saw him, that night in the Sorrows: perfect and frozen, staring at the Stranger as it crawls toward him with its hands outstretched, not believing until it’s too late that it’s for real this time.

The archetype crumbles into the abyss. Fantasy dies. Fantasy is born. Fantasy lives again. Aegon’s bones are picked clean in no time, and the stories are prowling, hungry. Come on, step right up, who wants to be the hero? You? You? You…?

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she’s trying her best

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super self indulgent but because it’s my birthday here are some sketches of my DnD character, Sherry! She’s a dwarf paladin, team mom, and will absolutely kick your ass.

Some of the most iconic quotes from Ragnarok

You’re lucky i have really good memory.

-”Now you might be wondering, why i, Thor the god of thunder ended up here” 

-”Hold on, let me just circle back around- i thought we were really connecting just then” 

-”BEHOLD- my stuff”

-”I named this one Des and this one Troy. Together they are destroy” 

-*upon seeing Loki’s statue* “what the-” 

-”Hello Father.” “Oh shit”

-”I present Thor, prince of-” “No no no, you had one job.” 

-”I swear i left him right here” “Right here on the sidewalk or in that nursing home that’s being demolished?

-”I don’t know, i’m not a witch” “No? Why do you dress like one then?” 

-”I can’t believe you’re alive, i saw you die, i mourned for you!” “Im honored?” 

-”I HAVE BEEN FALLING FOR THIRTY MINUTES” 

-”you think you’re some kind of sorcerer? Don’t you think for a second you second rate-” 

-”Kneel” “I beg your pardon?” 

-”she’s the, It starts with a b” “trash” 

-”I don’t see thunder, but i do see sparkles!” 

-”Oh do you know each other?” “I’ve never met this man in my life” 

-”He’s my brother!” “Adopted.” 

-”aw now he’s threatening me” 

-”DIRECT ME TO WHO’S ASS I HAVE TO KICK” 

-*being dragged away* “AGH LOKI”

-”It sounds like you had a very intimate relationship with your hammer, so much that losing it was comparable to losing a loved one” “that’s a nice way of putting it” 

-”YES! WE KNOW EACH OTHER, HE’S A FRIEND FROM WORK!” 

-”Oh and Loki, Loki’s alive! Loki, look who it is!” “I have to get off this planet” 

-”YES, THAT’S HOW IT FEELS!” “Sorry i’m just a fan of the sport” 

-”What’s the team called?” “the uh.. revengers” 

-”i want revenge, you want revenge, and you uh..” “I’m.. undecided” 

-”Surprise!” “OW!” 

-”MBLERG ITS ME” 

-”THE SUNS GETTING LOW THE SUNS GETTING LOW” “Would you stop that?!” -”You’ve been on other planets before!” “yeah! one!” “Well, now it’s two”

-”wait you’re just using me to get to the hulk. That’s gross” 

-”Just give me twelve hours” “i can do it in 2″ “…I can do it in one” 

-”Were going through there” “the devils anus?” 

-”We might as well be strangers now, two sons of the crown set adrift” “I thought you didn’t want to talk about it” “…Heres the thing” 

-”Loki, i thought the world of you, but lets face it, our paths diverged a long time ago”

-*holding back tears* “yeah, maybe it’s for the best if we never see each other again”  

-”Hey, lets do get help” “what?” “Get help” “No, that’s humiliating” 

-”Do you have any other ideas?” “No” “were doing it.” 

-”Help my brother’s dying, get help!” *Flings loki at enemies* “HELP HIM” 

-”It’s a luxury ship, like for orgies and stuff” “did she just say this ship was used for orgies” “yeah, don’t touch anything” 

-”I CAN’T FLY THIS THING” “USE ONE OF YOUR PHD’S YOU HAVE PLENTY” “YEAH BUT NONE OF THEM ARE FOR FLYING ALIEN SPACE SHIPS!” 

-”This looks like a gun” *fireworks and loud music erupt from spaceship* 

-”In return, i wish to be granted safe passage through the anus” 

-”You know i don’t like that word” “What? mainframe?” “What? why would you think-? Slaves!” “Oh sorry sir, prisoners with jobs” 

-”YOUR SAVIOR HAS ARRIVED!” 

-”But man, you’re really the worst” 

-”Who are you? Thor, god of hammers?” 

-”I saw you coming” “Of course you did” 

-”You’re late” 

-”Hit her with your thunder!” “I just hit her with the biggest thunder bolt in the history of thunder and it didn’t do anything!” 

-”HULK NO! CAN YOU FOR ONCE JUST NOT SMASH!” “BUT BIG MONSTER!’

-”Asgard is not a place, it’s a people” 

-”Oh Miek’s dead, i stomped on him and felt bad so i’ve kind of just been holding him all day”  

-”It suits you” “I might hug you if you were here” “I’m here” 

-”Do you think it’s a good idea to go back to earth?” “Of course, the people there love me!” “…Do you think its a good idea to bring ME back to earth?” 


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Isabelle but as different Animal Villager types!
I like to draw Isabelle whenever I feel down _(:3 」∠)_
[Please do not repost]

au where bitty comes from a family of, like, eight siblings…and he’s the tallest of them all.

Types of Stranger Things blogs:

Part 1

Blessed, positive energy, probably won’t hurt you:

The Steve Stan: has loved Steve since season one, rolls their eyes when you say he was redeemed in season two, blurry Joe Keery pictures, dad Steve headcanons/memes

The Soft Mileven Shipper: reblogs every gif set of the kiss™, listens to Every Breath You Take everyday, doesn’t ship Millie and Finn, respects other ships, isn’t homophobic

The IT Fan: crossovers with ST and IT, wants the two casts to hang out more than anything, loves Africa by Toto, doesn’t know if you’re talking about Mike Hanlon or Mike Wheeler but loves both of them with all their heart

The Heterophobe: hardcore ships Byeler, believes in lesbian Max, despises Billy and wants you to know it, Henclair, Elmax, tired of the straights testing them, doesn’t need your approval

The Will Byers Fan: always super nice, kind of stressed, wants to know what’s wrong with their boy, probably ships Byeler but that’s not their main focus, biggest advocate for Noah Schnapp winning an Emmy

Part 2

Tag yourself!

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~*⍣☆puberty☆⍣*~

I found out that when I said “I couldn’t wait for him to be taller” I really couldn’t.