People complain about Rick Riordan “beating a dead horse” but HE CAN BEAT ALL THE DEAD HORSES HE LIKES.
Rick Riordan has actively added diverse characters in all of his books to represent more kids. Characters in his books include:
a Arab-American, Muslim Valkyrie (Magnus Chase)
a deaf/mute elf who uses sign language (Magnus Chase)
a Hispanic son of Hephaestus (Heroes of Olympus)
a half-Cherokee daughter of Aphrodite (Heroes of Olympus)
a Chinese son of Mars (Heroes of Olympus)
a bisexual God/Teen (Trials of Apollo)
a happy and loving gay couple, Nico and Will (Trials of Apollo)
a black male dwarf that loves fashion and design (Magnus Chase)
a black daughter of Hades (Heroes of Olympus)
a genderfluid, transgender warrior of Odin (Magnus Chase)
kids with ADHD and dyslexia (All greek/roman demigods in Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus)
POC siblings of mixed heritage, Carter and Sadie Kane (The Kane Chronicles)
and that’s just off the top of my head! This is not at all a conclusive list!!
When Rick Riordan first revealed Nico, a son of Hades in his best-selling Heroes of Olympus series, as gay people asked him “why?” and he said because he wanted kids to see themselves in his books and that all kids need to be able to see themselves in literature and find reassurance that they’re fine just the way they are. HE PORTRAYS ALL OF THESE KIDS AS HEROES. This is SO SO IMPORTANT
So unlike some people who beat dead horses and don’t even try to be diverse (*cough*JKROWLING*cough*) at least Riordan is constantly adding more and more young heroes and heroines that are diverse, well-rounded, and important.
THAT’S GREAT AND I WILL BUY EVERY SINGLE ONE OF HIS DEAD HORSE BEATING NOVELS FIGHT ME
Look I love Rick and Morty to pieces, but its one of Those Shows…every time I meet someone who also likes it im like “ok…are you a ‘this show depicts messed up people doing bad things but it has a lot to offer stylistically and writing wise’ fan or are you a ‘i completely missed the point of this show and the only parts I like are the ones that I’ve twisted into validating my messed up world view’ fan?”
Reasons why Rick Sanchez is a true millenial icon despite being a 60-80 year old man:
-had to move back in with family
-will do vaguely (and somewhat less vaguely) illegal things to make money
-super mega ultra not straight
-full of self-loathing
-Super Depressed™ but pretends he’s fine
-gets excited about tv, video games, snack food, anything that involves instant gratification that makes life even slightly more bearable
-is v disillusioned
-is just the kind of guy to complain about memes and then go and post 500 memes
-live fast die young(ish)
-doesn’t care any more
-solves problems in extremely unhealthy ways but ignores it and hopes it’ll work itself out
-“I don’t care about what other people think” *secretly cares very much what other people think*
-is easily entertained by weird shit
-has killed several industries and desecrated more than one tradition
-doesn’t believe in love but wants to
i highkey hope that morty keeps shading on rick and it keeps getting stronger until rick is forced to deal with the fact hes a toxic shitface who is poison for anyone within a hundred miles of him and that rick either gets better or just fucken leaves the smith family alone so they can work out their issues that HE caused
Okay but…. The thing that rlly bothers me…. Why did the demigods never like… Get ADHD medication? Like… It’s a thing. That works. That you can increase the dose of until it does. …..It’s bothered me since the Lightning Thief…. This is why I shouldn’t pay attention to tiny details and should just focus on the good stuff.
WHEN SOMEONE WHO HAPPENS TO HAVE A PENIS SITS WITH A BUNCH OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE VAGINAS AND SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE “oh they’re gay”. AND WHEN SOMEONE WHO HAPPENS TO HAVE A VAGINA SITS WITH A BUNCH OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE PENISES AND PEOPLE ARE LIKE “oh they’re such a slut” LIKE CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME HOW THERE IS ANY CORRELATION BETWEEN GENITALS AND SEATING ARRANGEMENTS! LIKE PLEASE GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS AND REALIZE THAT PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT GENITALS CAN BE FRIENDS AND ALSO SOME PEOPLE DON’T THINK ABOUT HAVING SEX 24/7 OR SOMETIMES EVER!!!
Imma rant about the deeper shit in this goddamn show/episode for a sec… (specifically Rick’s opinion of Morty)
I know everyone was freaking out about how it wasn’t Morty that the message was for. BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER. First of all, when they were in their room before Rick got drunk, he was clearly jealous of all the attention and admiration Morty gave the Vindicators. ALSO, Rick automatically assumed that the message from “Drunk Rick” was about Morty because that was the first person who came to mind who he would make a message like that for because he actually cares about Morty a lot.
Ok I’m done here. Reblog if you agree and because I want notes
But I love how even though Morty was demeaned as “the mentally retarded kid we take pictures with” he’s literally the only reason anyone made it out of there alive. If morty has been in charge then everyone would have lived actually. But the rest of the vindicators were too busy bickering amongst themselves to really notice so honestly the most heroic of the whole bunch is Morty and it’s kind of tragic and at the end he didn’t even get to really even revel in that because of how self absorbed the others were.
Imagine the thought of the white male lead being with a black female, really have people still pressed. Like people are acting like Rick and Michonne just jumped into to bed as soon as Michonne was introduced. It took 3 seasons for them to get together. In that time period, Michonne has been Rick’s partner, best friend, confidant and the mother figure for his kids. Michonne has been the only female adult that Carl has opened up to, and look for guidance when he can’t turn to Rick. Michonne takes care of Judith, so don’t be surprise when she starts calling Michonne “mommy”. So for you to say that Rick and Michonne do not match each other as an excuse for why they shouldn’t be together, I just need you to come out one time and say that seeing a black woman and a white man together on tv, bothers you. Because let us be honest, Lori was not a match for Rick. Because if Lori truly had love Rick she would not have jumped in bed with Shane, who was her husband’s best friend, even if she thought her husband was dead. Then Jesse came, and if we are honest with ourselves, was not a necessary character. But people jumped on the ship because she was a blonde hair and blue eye woman, that needed saving and wanted Rick to save her. Yet she is the root cause of Carl losing his eye.
You guys just do not like the fact that Michonne is not submissive, and she can stand equally with Rick and take charge. Also to the people who commented about not liking Michonne’s emotional breakdown in episode 7X12, saying Michonne is too strong for that. Did we miss the first episode of season 7 when she was begging Negan to not hurt Rick and Carl? Did we miss the episode when Michonne first held Judith and cried? Did we miss the episode when she searched for Rick and Carl when the prison was overthrown and everyone were separated. So you thought when Rick seemed to be eaten by walkers, that Michonne would be emotionless? It is possible for a woman to be strong, not be submissive and still be in touch with her emotions. So if the Richonne haters can kindly crawl back into the hole they came from, I would be extremely happy.
Me: (about Solas) So basically he’s in the unfortunate position of actually having the power to evoke instantaneous change the world but then must shoulder the responsibility when those actions are inevitably flawed as he is not actually a god. So keeps trying to fix it, ultimately leading to more destruction.
He: (having never played the game) So, in essence, this dude is putting himself on a pedestal then hating himself when he can’t possibly live up to these insane standards, and so then putting himself on progressively higher pedestals trying to fix his increasingly huge failings rather than accepting his limitations.
Me: Yeah! Exactly!
He: So how is it that a character who is approximately 8,000 years old is still struggling with a 35-year-old’s problem?
Me: …. huh…. that is a very good question…
He: Sounds to me like this guy needs a beer and a Rick and Morty episode to chill the fuck out.
Me: Oh my god… that’s exactly what he needs! That’s all he’s ever needed.