give me a Hamlet who believes he must be cruel to be kind
a Hamlet whose “I loved you not” is choked out like the lie it is. whose words to Ophelia begin stumbling and contradictory but build to viciousness, tears in his eyes barely in check. Hamlet, whose attacks upon her femininity are calculated and careful, hitting her where it hurts most. a Hamlet who tragically mistakenly believes aiming for her most intimate insecurities, betraying that trust born of a tender love, will make a cleaner break of it all and keep her away from him, away from the doom that he sees settling over Elsinore like a black cloud.
give me a Hamlet who acts, as he always does, from a sense of necessity. Hamlet who protects those he loves by betraying them. Hamlet whose mistake was acting too much on his own, making true the isolation and single-minded purpose he promised the ghost of his father. Hamlet who walks away from Ophelia disgusted with himself, self-loathing and heartbroken but that’s nothing new.
give me a Hamlet whose lamentations and rage at her graveside don’t feel hypocritical. a Hamlet who loved her and hates how he failed to keep her away from all this death, driving her to it instead. a Hamlet who sees that the pain he caused with good intentions only continues to build.
give me a Hamlet quietly begging that, in Ophelia’s orisons, all the sins he is about to commit against her be remembered.
I need to talk about this for a second. This is from Magnificent Eight, while Kendra is still dating Ray. This is after they’ve gotten back from their two years stuck in the 50s.
I love Kendra, I do. But this…this upsets and frustrates me. She could be going after the woman who gave her flashbacks (her former self) to try to find a way to kill Savage. Instead, she says she’s going to…find Carter.
I get that they’re soulmates, I do! But this isn’t fair to Ray. Ray puts all of himself into this relationship, and Kendra has never seen it as something that will last. And instead of being honest with him, she lies to him about it. She lets him believe that she’s in this for the long haul.
I honestly feel like this relationship served both of them poorly. Kendra, for her agency, Ray, for the fact that we’ve only seen him be someone’s second choice.
I wish they had let Kendra stand on her own after Carter died, without feeling the need to shove her into an unhealthy and uneven relationship.
I wish they would let Ray be someone’s first choice for one, and give him someone who will respect his wishes, who will be honest with him, and who will actually be in it for the long haul.
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I don’t know if you’ve noticed it - I mean, probably every anti-(insert book/author/fandom/whatever) has noticed, but yeah - there is this trend in reviewing beloved books that doesn’t involve any criticism, although there is actually a lot to talk about.
Because I am a piece of shit, I’m going with Throne of Glass.
DISCLAIMER: You might have guessed it already, but this is not about bashing the author or the book. This is an observation of mine and Throne of Glass is the most popular example of so-called “reviewers” to sugarcoat everything. And since I’ve read Throne of Glass myself, I chose this example, because it wouldn’t make any sense to go with popular books like “Red Queen” or whatever since I haven’t read them. Got it? Good.
So, Throne of Glass is a beloved book series, the fandom is huge and watching this hype from afar, I came to realize that one could think Throne of Glass is flawless. Or more like “There is like this tiny thing that doesn’t make sense, but OH MY GAAHWD ZIS BOOK IS STILL SOOOOO GOOD.”
You get what I mean.
Acknowledging that a book has flaws and pointing them out, whilst also pointing out the good things, sounds like a good thing to do in a review. And as long as it is done in a believable way, there is no problem with it.
What is a problem though is simply lying to your audience.
Here comes the reason why I’ve chosen Throne of Glass as an example: Before I read the series, I’ve seen big YouTubers and trustful reviewers talking about the first book as if it was the cure for cancer. It was praised and obviously loved and I was like: “Hey, that sounds like a really good book! And I am in desperate need for a good book!”
So I went on to buy the book and I read it. I was underwhelmed. I was “Hm, okay, taste is subjective, so maybe this one was just not for me”, but then I realized this nasty tendency that every popular book was praised as a cure for cancer.
I can already smell the bullshit here.
Liking a book as a reviewer is one thing, but if you really want to review a book truthfully, you have to think critically. Ask yourself basic questions like “Does this plot make sense the way it is written? Are the characters believable? Why are certain things happening the way they happen? Where is a proper explanation for this or that phenomenon?”
Whilst reading Throne of Glass, I’ve asked myself these things and I couldn’t help but to feel that the story was weak, that gaping plot holes existed, that there was a lack of explanations in order to keep everything a secret, that some things didn’t make any sense, that the deus-ex-machina-card was played in an unnecessary way. And that’s only considering the plot.
Which is way, as I said, I was underwhelmed. You could say, I was disappointed, because the premise was just so promising. And if I hadn’t known any better, I would have thought that these Booktubers who praised the books just read the blurb and nothing more.
Listen, this is not about diversity or anything like that. As I’ve stated in a previous post, it is up to Sarah whether she wants her world to be a certain way or not and it is up to the publishers and editors to decide whether Sarah’s world fits their program or not.
This is about basic writing skills. If you are not able to write consistently, then I have to ask myself why the publisher or an editor hasn’t pointed out these obvious problems and inauthenticity. The thing with Throne of Glass - and this is my opinion, so don’t lynch me - is that it sounds like a roughly edited first draft. You could have easily edited out half of the content of the book and we’d still have a basic idea what the story is about.
So, why did big YouTubers praise it? Because that’s how criticism works today. You want to critique a beloved book? Well, better keep it to yourself, because your arguments are already invalid.
THIS IS NOT HOW CRITICISM WORKS. THIS IS NOT HOW REVIEWING A BOOK WORKS.
And I hate to see people getting all offended when you are trying to point out plotholes or inconsistencies and putting words in your mouth you never said.
Example: an honest reviewer: So, the book was an ok-read, though there are some things about the plot – first comment: YOU ARE SUCH A HATER HOW DARE YOU ATTACKING THE AUTHOR THEY DID NOTHING WRONG IT IS THEIR WORLD YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO BASH THEM
Why. Just. Why.
Can we please stop that? Can we please to lying to people about books and their quality? This, guys, is part of the reason why inauthentic books are getting published day after day after day. Because reviewers don’t tell the truth, they rather animate their audience to by this popular book and whoever says bad things about it, is just a hater.
With this book-buying-behavior we encourage publishers that the books they are publishing are good, that they are wanted, when in fact there are so many people who thought it was just not good and wasted potential.
And that’s just said. We’ve created this devil’s circle and now it is nearly impossible to break it.
Great. That’s really motivating me to keep reading books! (not)
I’ve actually really, really, really, really, realllllly wanted to draw her for THE LONGEST time. So I thought I’d do a little doodle of her for Inktober!
I highly doubt that she would ever, ever, ever see this, but if she does…I hope she likes it! o(≧∇≦o)
I used one of Dean’s many, beautiful photos of Sarah, the top one from THIS, as inspiration. I wasn’t really going to add the shading but I just kept going and going..The hair she had in that photo is probably my favourite hairstyle of hers!
‘A One Time Thing’ mini fic. Post epilogue. (Because of course Killian would coach a kid’s hockey team. Of course.)
So this fic comes from ohmyohpioneer messaging me about seeing tiny tots playing hockey, and then it just spiraled out of control and this happened.
So, you know. Enjoy.
It’s far from surprising when Aidan announces that he’s going to play hockey this year.
(Because, naturally, he announces it, rather than asks.)
He’s grown up being carted off to Killian’s games, and Henry’s; and while the men in his life get together to watch sports in general, as Killian, David, and Robin play hockey together, naturally that’s the one they’re most enthused about.
Aidan’s also a very physical child, so it figures he’d choose a sport like hockey, as opposed to, say, golf.
In another completely unsurprising turn of events, it is Killian who worries about it.
“What if he gets hurt?”
Emma rolls her eyes.
“You play hockey. Henry plays hockey. He’s not made of glass.”
(And while it is true—and while it is also true that Aidan is hardly a delicate flower, always wanting to roughhouse and wrestle, forever running at things and jumping off things—still, Killian worries.)
“He’ll be fine, Killian.”
“Of course he will,” he says after a moment. “Because I’ll be coaching.”
Soft, pale lavender
Soft morning light
Your soft hair strewn across the pillows
Your hand soft in mine
The soft whisper of your breath over my cheek
Laughter that tries to be soft
But when it’s 12:45 and the porch light is soft in the window laughter isn’t soft
The smell of your perfume is soft at the base of your neck
And my lips are soft on your collar bone
And I forgot what it felt like to be soft until you dragged your soft fingertips over my spine, your words soft in my ear telling me that I’m safe
Your voice making the world go soft and quiet
But I’m supposed to be writing about things that remind me of you and not how you made me trust again in your softness and in mine.
Feeling loved for the first time (for real)
On Saturday one of the co-founders of bisexual-books, Ellie got married. Yes, that is her on top looking like an adorable little cupcake in her dress. She also had a rainbow of cupcakes instead of wedding cake….. so of course we arranged them so the bi pride ones were together :D Other co-founder of the blog Sarah performed the ceremony, including a pagan handfasting.
So please join us in wishing Ellie and her husband Randy a long and happy journey together! <3