sea trolls

Someone mentioned this term in a lower post where I was being harassed for refusing to argue with someone who I think is an obvious alt-right troll. I’d never heard of it before so off to urban dictionary I ran and man… It’s right on.

You do not have to engage with people like this. You don’t owe every person in your path an explanation.

This happened to me around Christmas. A guy messaged me, called me a dumb bitch, etc. I didn’t engaged with him because, why would I? He kept messaging me demanding why I didn’t respond. Citing his language to me I asked why would I want to.

He said he’d apologize if I would debate with him and answer his questions. I tried debating with him on and off for about a day. Finally it was Christmas Eve and I just realized I was getting no where so I told him that we had to agree to disagree. That angered him and said I’d promised I’d answer his questions. I’d felt like I had as best I could.

I told him again I was done.

He immediately took back his apology, resumed his insults, and essentially said that since I wouldn’t endlessly defend my case I was worthless and everything I said was worthless.

I realized then this whole conversation has been a mistake. He was willing to swear at and insult me and only apologize and show respect if I did everything he said no questions.

That was not respect and it was my mistake for not recognizing it earlier.

I’ll say again… You don’t owe everyone in your path an explanation. If you do decide to engage someone it can be on your terms.

Your worth and your beliefs don’t have to be validated by every troll under the bridge.

anonymous asked:

do you have any book recs?

anon bby i always have book recs  ôヮô and here is an extensive list (just for you :D haha) sorted out by genre. i’ve bolded some of my personal favourites, too.


descriptive dystopia

  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy
  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
  • Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien
  • Blood Red Road by Moira Young
  • Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness
  • The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Long Walk by Stephen King
  • Matched by Ally Condie
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • The Memory Palace by Hari Kunzru
  • Partials by Dan Wells
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  • Unwind by Neal Shusterman

you mustn’t forget YA fiction

  • 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Any Way the Wind Blows by Carlin Grant
  • Artemis Fowl by Erin Colfer
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
  • Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time by Mark Maddon
  • Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • Honey Girl by Lisa Freeman
  • I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  • Jerkbait by Mia Siegert
  • Just One Day by Gayle Forman
  • Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
  • Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • The Lost Prince by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
  • On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  • The Only Alien on the Planet by Kristen D. Randle
  • Peak by Roland Smith
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • So B. It by Sarah Weeks
  • South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
  • This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki & Mariko Tamaki
  • Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
  • A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

facinating fantasy

  • The 13th Reality: The Journal of Curious Letters by James Dashner
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • The Akhenaten Adventure (Children of the Lamp) by P.B. Kerr
  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  • Black: The Birth of Evil (The Circle series) by Ted Dekker
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Drift by Sharon Carter Rogers
  • Everlost by Neal Shusterman
  • Every Day by David Levithan
  • Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
  • The Green Mile by Stephen King
  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  • The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  • Leven Thumps by Obert Skye
  • The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
  • The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
  • Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
  • The Prestige by Christopher Priest
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Reckless by Cornelia Funke
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  • The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
  • The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  • Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, & Deborah Biancotti

high/epic fantasy

  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • A Darkher Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab 
  • Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
  • Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
  • The Dragon’s Blade: The Reborn King by Michael R. Miller
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  • Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
  • Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
  • Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  • Saga by Bryan K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  • The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

fantastic fairytales

  • Beastly by Alex Flinn
  • Bewitching by Alex Flinn
  • Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Cloaked by Alex Flinn
  • East by Edith Pattou
  • Ever by Gail Carson Levine
  • Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
  • The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
  • Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn
  • Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
  • Reckless by Cornelia Funke
  • The Storyteller’s Daughter by Cameron Dokey
  • Wild Orchid by Cameron Dokey

serious(ly good) sci-fi (not dystopian)

  • Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
  • Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
  • The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • The Host by Stephanie Meyer
  • The Hollow City by Dan Wells
  • The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Virals by Kathy Reichs

terrific thrillers/fast-paced reads

  • Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
  • Burn by Ted Dekker
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  • GONE by Michael Grant
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Hollow City by Dan Wells
  • Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • The Merciless by Danielle Vega
  • The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston
  • Phantoms by Dean Koontz
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 
  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
  • Thr3e by Ted Dekker
  • Watchers by Dean Koontz
  • The Wheelman by Duane Swierczynski

ready to read romance

  • Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger
  • Austenland by Shannon Hale
  • Every Day by David Levithan
  • Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta 
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  • South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf
  • Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

promising paranormal romance

  • Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  • Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  • The Host by Stephanie Meyer
  • The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
  • The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

absolutely astounding adult fiction

  • Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg
  • City of the Mind by Penelope Lively
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  • Fried Green Tomatoes At the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley
  • Illusions: Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston
  • Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
  • Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  • The Wheelman by Duane Swierczinski

mighty mystery

  • Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • The Green Mile by Stephen King
  • I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
  • The Lost Prince by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  • Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Nancy Drew (all of them!) by Carolyn Keene
  • On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  • The Prestige by Christopher Priest
  • The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
  • The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  • Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  • Thr3e by Ted Dekker
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • The Vanishing by Wendy Webb

honestly the best historical fiction

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Fried Green Tomatoes At the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The King’s Shadow by Elizabeth Alder
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  • Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
  • The Lost Prince by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
  • Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood
  • The Vanishing by Wendy Webb

classy classics

  • Brave, New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
  • Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  • Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Nurston
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

popular (and not) plays

  • House Arrest by Anna Deavere Smith
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • The Mountaintop by Katori Hall
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare 
  • Trifles by Susan Glaspell
  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

notable non-fiction

  • 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
  • The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s by Jennifer Worth
  • Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  • Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
  • Dude, You’re A Fag by C.J. Pascoe
  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
  • Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies: A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite by June Casagrande
  • Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash
  • My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler
  • My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir by Samantha Abeel
  • Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data by Charles Wheelan 
  • Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers by Lillian Faderman
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester 
  • Reading Stephen King: Issues of Censorship, Student Choice, and Popular Literature by Brenda Miller Power
  • The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Abortion Service by Laura Kaplan
  • The Profession of Violence by John Pearson
  • The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings by Jan Harold Brunvand
  • You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

brilliant books about books 

  • The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy by Wilson Leah
  • Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon by Melissa Anelli
  • Repotting Harry Potter: A Professor’s Book-By-Book Guide for the Serious Re-Reader by James W. Thomas
  • The Wand in the World: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy by Leonard S. Marcus

poignant poetry

  • Out Of The Dust by Karen Hesse
  • Poems from Homeroom: A Writer’s Place to Start by Kathi Appelt
  • Split Image by Mel Glenn
  • Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Sister Went Crazy by Sonya Sones
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

books for book-lovers

  • 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
  • The Anybodies by N.E. Bode
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • The Professor and The Madman by Simon Winchester
  • Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

My theory on Troll evolution

Okiias, I was thinking about some Bio stuff to do with Trolls, their hemospectrum and how it must have evolved. Just little theories, ‘cause I get bored easily and think too much about Biology.
So, I’m going to start off with it’s evolution, 'cause that just seems like a logical starting point (though all my points will probably end up in a big mixed mess). The higher up the hemospectrum a troll is the more “pure” their blood is said to be, with the purest blooded being Sea-Dwellers, so it’s pretty safe to assume that Sea-Dwellers happened first (much like life on earth) and the rest of the race (Land-Dwellers) evolved from that starting point but what caused that evolution?
What has happened here is that an entire sub-spieces of trolls has appeared and that can only really happen with a few factors present, these factors being genetic mutation and some sort of breeding barrier/ motive to leave the water. The barrier could have been geographical (change in the land-scape, seperating two populations), reproductive (lack of attraction or inability to reproduce) or ecological (change in temperature, humidity ect.).

Now, let’s take a step back and look at a more familiar planet: Earth! When did we leave the water? It was mostly down to what was the second largest extinction event in the history of our planet. I won’t go into the specifics, but the temperature started normal, became extremely hot (not to mention the light intesity) and ended in an ice age. At this point all fauna on earth was underwater, but the water was becoming cold and stromy and as ice caps grew, the water receeded. Some animals found it nessisairy to eveolve lungs and stay in a safer, on-land habitat.
Extinctions are the greatest evolutionary drive and it is more than possiblle that it was behind the formation of land-dwelling trolls and ultimatly the hemospectrum.
Also, note that though we are assuming that the sea-dwelling population was the origenal and yet they have the lowest population. This is simply because any trolls incapeable of eating from a larger pallet (as food became scarce and being picky would have been a major issue) or reteating to deeper waters (away from the storms) would have been wiped out. This also explains the strength and life expectancy of the highbloods as not only would they have had to be strong, but they would require a long life in order to reproduce succesfully within that life-time.

So as trolls venture on-land, there are now more ecological niches to fill. This is where blood colour comes in.

In the webcomic, Karkat’s blood is showen to be the same as human blood with Aradia’s (the lowest on the specterum) being a deep red. This could be because of high levels of heamoglobin, a protien that bonds with oxygen and is coloured red by the iron present. This would suggest that the “rust bloods” would live in places with less oxygen- possibly high hills/ mountians (possible reflected in Aradia’s lusus?). However, if their blood is thick with red blood cells, they’ll have fewer white blood cells, explaining their lower life expectancy.
Here on earth we also have animals that have bile in their blood, colouring it green. This could allow for a quicker digestive system and a means of poisoning predetors who manage to break their skin. Moving down the hills, we now have less need for the extra heamoglobin, but there are more predetors and we want to be more high energy to escape them and have more ease in avoiding death if caught, so the iron cound decreases and the bile increases (but only to a safe level). Room is also left over from the drop in hemoglobin, allowing more white blood cells and a greater life expectancy. You’re blood is now a pale brown, perhaps even yellow or yellow-green.
Now we’re on an oxygen rich ground, perhaps a forest, and we don’t really need something that picks up so much of the damned stuff! Aha! what about Hemocyanin? It doesn’t pick up as much oxygen as hemoglobin and gives off a blue colour when oxidised. As a result of this, long bouts of energy aren’t a thing you do and because of the mix of bile and our new, blue blood, you now have either green or teal blood. With less bile (as a teal blood) you must now fight off predetors with sheer strength and as a behavioural instinct, you are more violent than your lower blooded counterparts and may also even take to living in trees to escape predation. It would help if you were a little stronger. Like our sea dwelling ancestors! What is it we lost?
As this is another planet we’re on about, different protiens may have evolved. One of the functions of protien is to build muscle mass, so let’s have a theoretical (this is all hypothesis anyway, so let’s go nuts!) protien that allows faster sythesis of muscle mass (let’s call it protien x for now) and maybe this is a deep blue colour. Woop! You’re now a cerulian blood! But you’re moving further from the forest and hemocyanin is no longer a very good thing- how are you going to power these new muscles without a sufficiant supply of oxygen? Okay, let’s get (slowly) switching back to hemoglobin. Your protien x count has increased along with your ablity to synthesise muscle mass and if you really wanted to, you could become stronger than equius! You’re an indigo blood. From here on your protien x count will stay constant as we don’t really need any more strength. You need your increasing capeability to take up oxygen so as you can breath in the depths of the sea as well as supply oxygen to a swim bladder. This adaptation would have kept our “pure bloods” alive all thoes years ago as they had to retreat to more oxygen deprived depths.

So there’s how land trolls could have happened and a possible formation of the hemospectrum but I seem to have a bump in this. There are several sub spieces now! How will they reproduce? What?! NO!In these small populations, the trolls will becom inbred and that simply won’t do…
Ah ha! Just give the role of reproducing our species to another animal! And without parents, we can use more animals to raise them.

<<insert concluding paragraph here>>


The Little Mermaid

Mermaids are popular lately. I guess that makes now as good a time as any to talk about Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.

Which desperately needs to be talked about. Seriously, the situation is dire.

Everyone knows the Disney version, which I happen to like very much, but it’s a different story, about different things. Starting with the Disney version, we’re all sort of trained to see Prince Charming as the only possible happy ending.

Most people also know that in Andersen’s version, the mermaid dies in the end. And this is where things get difficult. First, there are a lot of picture books that end with her dying, and they have Andersen’s name on the front, and naturally everyone assumes they’re telling the original story.  If you read a twenty page picture book that was just the Disney story condensed, until suddenly it ended with death, you did not read the original.

Also, there’s this idea going around that she committed suicide because the prince didn’t love her. That is not what happened at all, and I don’t know how the rumor got started, but it really bugs me.

So I’ve got a collection of Andersen’s fairy tales in front of me right now, and I’m actually really frustrated because the title page doesn’t name a translator, but it’s got 47 of his stories in it, and my dad bought it in Germany. The Little Mermaid is 35 pages without illustrations, I have done my research, and I’m completely sure it’s the real, full story.

The mermaid’s got a bunch of sisters. They’re all kind of interested in our world, because they’re not allowed to go to the surface until they reach a certain age. But the novelty wears off for the others. Our mermaid, much like Ariel, is a little obsessed. Already, this is about more than a cute boy. The mortal world is something that fascinated her long before she met the cute boy.

And then she saves his life. And she’s got a crush on him. It’s bad. She spies on him a lot. Her sisters help her find his house. But she doesn’t actually do anything. Days pass. Maybe weeks. Probably weeks. And then she talks to her grandma, and finds out that although they have much shorter lifespans, humans have immortal souls.

This is important.  The Little Mermaid is part of a large group of folk and fairy tales with this same basic idea. Humanoid creatures that are not human have human rationality, but lack immortal souls. It’s terrible, because they have the ability to understand exactly what they’re missing. So these creatures—fairies, elves, trolls, assorted sea beings—have one shot at a soul. Some stories say you only have to marry a human, others say you have to bear his children (sucks to be a merman, I guess).

She’s been obsessed with humanity forever, and she’s totally in love with this guy. But it’s not until she learns about the soul that she does anything. This is about the boy, yeah, but it’s also about the soul, and in the long run the soul is more important.

So she goes to the sea witch—who, by the way, warns her that this is stupid. And the deal is that she can become a human (which will be intensely painful), in exchange for her tongue (she cuts it out), and if he marries her, she gets the soul. If he marries no one, presumably she lives a normal human life, and dies in thirty or forty years with no soul. (The text really isn’t clear here.) But if he marries someone else, then she dies and turns into sea foam (which sounds weird but apparently it’s what all mermaids do when they die). Really, it’s a pretty generous deadline for a witch.

The prince finds her naked on the beach and takes her home, like a stray dog or something. A lot like a stray dog. Seriously. Let’s look at this relationship.

Everyone was enchanted by her, especially the prince, who called her his little foundling…The prince said she was to stay with him forever, and she was allowed to sleep outside his door on a velvet cushion.

A velvet cushion. Wow. Talk about your healthy romantic relationships. Not a bedroom. Not a bed. She is allowed to sleep on a cushion in the hallway.

What a privilege. I am so jealous.

Next, he has some boys’ clothes made for her so they can ride horses together.

Is she his pet? Is she is little brother? I have no idea. When I told my mom the story, she said, “So basically what he wants is a pet friend.” I think that sums up the situation pretty nicely.

But wait, there’s more.

Day by day the prince grew fonder of her. He loved her the way one loves a dear, good child, but to make her his wife did not occur to him at all.

’Of course I love you best,’ said the prince, ‘for…You are devoted to me, and you resemble  a young girl I once saw but will certainly never find again…She was the only one I could love in this world. But you look like her…and so good fortune has sent you to me. We shall never be parted!’

Then his parents want him to go meet a princess. He tells the mermaid:

‘I cannot love her. She doesn’t look like the beautiful girl in the temple, whom you resemble. If I should ever choose a bride, you would be the more likely one, my mute little foundling with the sparkling eyes!’

And this is where it gets really interesting:

And he kissed her rosy mouth, played with her long hair, and rested his head upon her heart, which dreamed of mortal happiness and an immortal soul.

Which she’s never gonna get. Why? Because this guy’s a loser.

You give a girl a nice little doggy bed. You treat her like a boy. You talk to her like a child. You tell her you love someone else. And what do you do next? You kiss her.

This is not Prince Eric. This is not Disney. Reading this story, I don’t want her to end up with this prince. That’s not a happy ending at all. He doesn’t even treat her like a person, and she deserves so much better.

So the prince goes and meets this princess. And the princess ends up being the girl that he loves from the temple. (He thinks she saved his life. Actually it was the mermaid. I’m really curious about what would have happened if he’d learned the truth.)

He’s going to marry her immediately. The deal with the witch says our mermaid dies the first morning after the wedding. She holds the bride’s train. She participates in the wedding that’s going to kill her, because she’s a sweet person who really loves this guy who treats her like a pet, and it is devastating.

Her sisters are also really sweet. They made a deal with the sea witch, too. In exchange for all of their hair, they get a knife, and they tell our mermaid:

Before the sun rises, you must plunge it into the prince’s heart! And when his warm blood spatters your feet, they will grow together into a fishtail, and you will become a mermaid again and can sink down into the water to us, and live your three hundred years before you turn into the lifeless, salty sea foam.

His life for a do over. I’d totally take that deal.

Maybe not. But I have a long list of fictional people I would like to slap, stab, or strangle, and he is definitely on it.

Anyway, the little mermaid is a much better person than me, and she’s not gonna kill this guy. She jumps into the sea. I think this is where people get the suicide idea, but the sun is just coming up now. She’s about to turn into sea foam, and being a very considerate sort of person, she’s going to do it in the water, so no one has to clean her up. She is literally seconds away from a natural death. She’s not killing herself. Knowing that she’s going to die regardless, she is choosing a place to die in.

And it’s quote time.

Once more she gazed at the prince with dimming eyes, then plunged from the ship down into the sea. And she felt her body dissolving into foam.

Now the sun rose out of the sea. The mild, warm rays fell on the deathly cold sea foam, and the little mermaid did not feel death…she saw the clear sun, and up above her floated hundreds of lovely transparent creatures…The little mermaid saw that she had a body like theirs. It rose higher and higher out of the foam.

So she becomes a Daughter of the Air. Daughters of the Air create their own souls with good deeds. It takes about three hundred years. So basically she gets to hang around for the length of her normal mermaid lifespan, and then she’ll have a soul and she can go to Heaven. Also she gets to talk again. This is not actually a tragic ending. She wins. She gets the soul. She doesn’t get the prince, but I have a feeling the Daughters of the Air are gonna treat her a lot better than he did, so who cares? She’s going to Heaven.

Now at the very end Andersen mentions that if the Daughters fly past a naughty child, they’ll get another year added to their 300, but mostly this seems to be a scare tactic for young readers, so let’s just focus on the happy part where the little mermaid does technically die, but also gets eternal life.

Also, if you want to read more of this type of story, where marriage=soul, you should totally check out Undine, by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué. It was written before The Little Mermaid, it also involves a sea person, it’s much more painful, it’s a little more explicitly religious, and it is absolutely beautiful. Also it’s free online, and George MacDonald Approved:

Were I asked, what is a fairytale? I should reply, Read Undine: that is a fairytale … of all fairytales I know, I think Undine the most beautiful.

-Age: 7 Alternian Solar Sweeps
-Likes: investigation, jewels, royality, torture, kids young trolls.
-Dislikes: foolishness, lowbloods, dirt, old trolls.
-Correspondent Planet: Land of Blankness and Roses
-Lusus: Ferretmaid
-Fetch Modus: Balance
-Strife Specibus: magicbookkind
-Title: Witch of Light
-Moon: Derse
-Ancestor: Dominant
-Blood color: Purple
-Screen name: goodGrubsitter [GG]

Your name is SHIIRA HANYEO. You’re close to troll maturity. You are a really INTELLIGENT GORGEOUS and COLD lady troll. You are also a  SEA DWELLER, you live in a huge submarine cave which rises to the surface in the form of a tower, SUPERBLY decorated with luxury items, jewels and artistic masterpieces. You live with your lusus, FERRETMAID. She is cold like you, but she is incredibly useful. She feeds you and keeps the hive spotless.

You are a researcher, a SCIENTIST!! … or thats what you’d like, sadly, you are too stupid. Your investigations are about LOWBLOODS and their PSIIONICS, following your ancestors footsteps. You hate them, you hate lowblood caste. You are always pushing them to their limit, mutilating and torturing them, and later, offering their severed limbs as food for your lusus. Nevertheless, you don’t feel the same hatred if they are CHILDREN or GRUBS. You feel an “strange excitement” towards them, in a mad ,WONDERFUL way.

Yet, you’re still too stupid, so your research is not progressing as you’d like, you end up being more interested in art, sculptures and… hot art. You know what I mean.

Your strife specibus is a magic boo-WHO SAID MAGIC?! Magic doesn’t exist, OF COURSE! Your MAGICBOOKKIND is an heritage of your Ancestor, equipped with the latest scientific technology! However, you are not able to decipher the most of its pages, so you only can use some skills. Science is really difficult!

Your trolltag is goodGrubsitter and your speech is hIIglly sofIIstIIcated. You often use a realllly technIIcall llanguage, but you just act like you are clever and well-spoken, when it turns out you are very foullmouthed and rude, specIIalllly wIIth old trolllls.

(you also lost your leg in that accident you dont want to remember…)

Let’s Be Outcasts (ch 14/?) (AR/Kankri)

Part 2 of cyber!bunny Apocalypse ‘verse (tumblr)

ch: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

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Summary: Divergent AU where AR and Li'l Seb get kicked into a new universe with some snazzy new cyborg bodies. They’re still working out the bugs.

In which AR discovers that kidnapping rarely solves more problems than it creates, Mituna breaks out of a lab (with some help), and Seb continues to take good care of his Bro.


You have this weird thing where you find him sort of offensive and charming and hilarious all at the same time and you can’t put your finger on the fascination.  Probably you’re going to die of it. 


Ch 13.

Cutting through the streets of a patchwork city, following the trail marked by a small robot bunny turned cyborg child, you attempt to explain your life to a troll you were thinking about murdering not 72 hours ago.

You don’t know how long it’ll take you to catch up with Seb, but you’ve got a looming mystery device de-activation to keep on schedule with, so you treat Kankri to the outline version of your backstory.  And by outline you mean you leave some things out entirely.  Wallowing in old memories is not on your emotional to-do list for the foreseeable future, and anyway, you’re hoping that the caffeinated cliffnotes rendition will make you sound less like a crazy person.

Alternate realities and reality altering games, check; watery sea Hitler dystopia, check; trolls and humans from previous game iterations, check.  Teenagers creating artificial intelligence brain-clones in their bedrooms… eh.  What are the odds of that being plot relevant, really?

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Books based on/inspired by Norse Mythology

As some of you already know, I’m writing my MA thesis on “Norse Mythology in popular literature, with an emphasis on children’s and YA literature” (current working title).

Here’s a list of books that have been recommended to me by my friends and followers, sorted by language (not nationality of the author!). I’m still looking for more Icelandic, Swedish and German books. If you know anything, please let me know!



Madsen, Peter: Ulven er løs.

Olsen, Lars-Henrik: Erik Menneskesøn.

Sølvsten, Malene: Ravnenes hvisken.

Teller, Janne: Odins ø.



Armstrong, Kelley und Marr, Melissa: Loki’s Wolves.

Cromwell, Bernhard: The Last Kingdom.

Day George, Jessica: Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow.

Durst, Sarah Beth: Ice.

Ember, Julia: The Seafarer’s Kiss.

Farmer, Nancy: Sea of Trolls.

Gaiman, Neil: American Gods.

Gaiman, Neil: Norse Mythology.

Gaiman, Neil: Odd and the Frost Giants.

Garner, Alan: The Weirdstone of Brisingamen.

Harris, Joanne: The Gospel of Loki.

Harris, Joanne: Runemarks.

Jones, Diana Wynne: Eight Days of Luke.

Pattou, Edith: East.

Paulson, Ingrid: Valkyrie Rising.

Simner, Janni Lee: Thief Eyes.

Riordan, Rick: Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer.



Istin, Jean-Luc: Le Crépuscule des dieux.



Blazon, Nina: Silfur – Die Nacht der silbernen Augen.

Gerdom, Susanne: Projekt Armageddon.

Hennen, Bernhard und Corvus, Robert: Die Phileasson Saga – Nordwärts.

Jager, Jennifer Alice: Witches of Norway 1: Nordlichtzauber.

Schaumlöffel, Anette: Die vergessenen Götter.



Sigmarsdóttir, Sif: Freyju saga – Múrinn.



Moen Halsve, Mari: Halvgudene.

Oldertrøen, John Olav: Isilds vrede.

Pettersen, Siri: Odinsbarn.

Tornes, Tonje: Hulder.



Hildebrandt, Johanne: Freja.

sweatersnscarves  asked:

Do you think baby sea trolls are born knowing how to swim? Or do they have to learn? Do they maybe forget when they pupate into toddler trolls from grubs and have to learn again? :o

I personally believe they are born in water! 
Like the brooding caverns have these little tide pools where they pupate.

Seadwellers get water trials as well as regular troll trials. But rank divides them a bit.

When they pupate into a toddler I think they’re a weird webby chubby toddler combo thingie.

But that’s just my headcanon! I think swimming is ingrained in them from day 1 and it’s more for survival than anything. Gotta keep up with their ocean luses!