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So I’m seriously not supposed to ask any questions right now?

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ohnowhatreyoudoing  asked:

I'm not sure if you've been asked this and divert me to that ask, but what is the purpose of Dany seeing the vision of Robb at the Red Wedding in The House of the Undying Ones? It really doesn't affect her at all, unless if she meets Jon and they discuss it somehow. Unless it was a way for GRRM to do some foreshadowing to the reader, it doesn't do anything for Danys story.

Dany’s vision of the Red Wedding in the House of the Undying could indeed be a way of making her more personally sympathetic to the Starks and to Jon, once she actually hears about the Red Wedding of course. Especially since at the moment, Dany has no sympathy to the Starks whatsoever, and refers to them as “the Usurper’s dogs” per her lessons from Viserys.

But yes, that vision does probably exist for Doylist reasons, as foreshadowing. It’s like the Ghost of High Heart’s prophecies, like Patchface’s prophecies – those characters who hear them don’t do anything about them and have no idea what they mean. (Those who overhear Patchface’s rhymes don’t even realize he’s a prophet.) They’re strictly for the reader to puzzle over.

However, for a more Watsonian approach, some believe that the Red Wedding was such a traumatic event on a spiritual level, on a meta level, that it tore open the astral plane (to borrow a phrase from Marvel comics), bouncing back echoes of its horror into the past, for anyone with any psychic sensitivity to pick up. And so we have the Undying:

Farther on she came upon a feast of corpses. Savagely slaughtered, the feasters lay strewn across overturned chairs and hacked trestle tables, asprawl in pools of congealing blood. Some had lost limbs, even heads. Severed hands clutched bloody cups, wooden spoons, roast fowl, heels of bread. In a throne above them sat a dead man with the head of a wolf. He wore an iron crown and held a leg of lamb in one hand as a king might hold a scepter, and his eyes followed Dany with mute appeal.  –ACOK, Daenerys IV 

Patchface:

When the fool saw Davos, he jerked to a sudden halt, the bells on his antlered tin helmet going ting-a-ling, ting-a-ling. Hopping from one foot to the other, he sang, “Fool’s blood, king’s blood, blood on the maiden’s thigh, but chains for the guests and chains for the bridegroom, aye aye aye.” –ASOS, Davos II

The Ghost of High Heart:

“I dreamt of a roaring river and a woman that was a fish. Dead she drifted, with red tears on her cheeks, but when her eyes did open, oh, I woke from terror.” –ASOS, Arya IV

“I dreamt a wolf howling in the rain, but no one heard his grief,” the dwarf woman was saying. “I dreamt such a clangor I thought my head might burst, drums and horns and pipes and screams, but the saddest sound was the little bells.” –ASOS, Arya VIII

Bran (though note his vision may have occurred not before, but at the moment the Red Wedding happened):

The dream he’d had… the dream Summer had had… No, I mustn’t think about that dream. He had not even told the Reeds, though Meera at least seemed to sense that something was wrong. If he never talked of it maybe he could forget he ever dreamed it, and then it wouldn’t have happened and Robb and Grey Wind would still be… –ASOS, Bran IV

And even Theon:

That night he dreamed of the feast Ned Stark had thrown when King Robert came to Winterfell. The hall rang with music and laughter, though the cold winds were rising outside. At first it was all wine and roast meat, and Theon was making japes and eyeing the serving girls and having himself a fine time… until he noticed that the room was growing darker. The music did not seem so jolly then; he heard discords and strange silences, and notes that hung in the air bleeding. Suddenly the wine turned bitter in his mouth, and when he looked up from his cup he saw that he was dining with the dead.
King Robert sat with his guts spilling out on the table from the great gash in his belly, and Lord Eddard was headless beside him. Corpses lined the benches below, grey-brown flesh sloughing off their bones as they raised their cups to toast, worms crawling in and out of the holes that were their eyes. He knew them, every one; Jory Cassel and Fat Tom, Porther and Cayn and Hullen the master of horse, and all the others who had ridden south to King’s Landing never to return. Mikken and Chayle sat together, one dripping blood and the other water. Benfred Tallhart and his Wild Hares filled most of a table. The miller’s wife was there as well, and Farlen, even the wildling Theon had killed in the wolfswood the day he had saved Bran’s life.
But there were others with faces he had never known in life, faces he had seen only in stone. The slim, sad girl who wore a crown of pale blue roses and a white gown spattered with gore could only be Lyanna. Her brother Brandon stood beside her, and their father Lord Rickard just behind. Along the walls figures half-seen moved through the shadows, pale shades with long grim faces. The sight of them sent fear shivering through Theon sharp as a knife. And then the tall doors opened with a crash, and a freezing gale blew down the hall, and Robb came walking out of the night. Grey Wind stalked beside, eyes burning, and man and wolf alike bled from half a hundred savage wounds. 

–ACOK, Theon V

(Note some believe Melisandre must have also observed something in her flames, thus her leeches ritual to establish her credibility as a magical practitioner to Stannis.)

But the fact that so many pick up images of the Red Wedding before it happens means it can’t just be foreshadowing. There’s a purpose to it. Perhaps it’s to establish the sheer blasphemy of that massacre and the violation of guest right that made the Freys pariahs, cursed by gods and men. Perhaps it’s to establish that prophecies and dreams are true, for all that the dosh khaleen’s apparently failed prophecy about Rhaego seemed to prove otherwise. And perhaps it is indeed to show that there’s a higher level of thought, a collective unconscious, that can be affected by earthly deeds and affect those more sensitive to that plane.

I really couldn’t say for sure. But what ever it might be, it’s still fascinating to me…

anonymous asked:

Do you think there's a way to help Antis understand that helping minors to develop nuanced critical thinking skills about the content that they read, and educating them about how to protect themselves from predators and recognize potentially abusive situations, is a far more effective and enduring solution than the futile task of trying to eliminate all 'problematic' content? If their goal is sincerely to protect kids online, this feels like a no-brainer...

It seems very obvious, doesn’t it? but unfortunately … no, I don’t think there’s a way to help antis see things differently. Definitely not from the outside. fully-invested antis have a strong interest in having a righteous cause, an impossible task, and never considering achievable alternatives because …

anti-shipping is about control. a lot of anti-shippers have little to no control over their real lives for a variety of reasons. they turn to fandom as a space to get away from their real lives, but because web 2.0 is terrible, even that space is pretty uncontrollable, full of people enjoying things that are upsetting. Anti-shipping is a way of controlling fandom space; it’s the one way some of these people can throw around their weight and feel less helpless.

anti-shipping is about feeling righteous. ever had somebody say something awful and incorrect to you and felt a powerful rush of fury and superiority? anti-shipping is partially about generating that feeling. It’s a sense of knowing that you’re right, and because you’re right, you’re also better. You feel good because you know you’re on the side of good, and it’s your duty to smite the asshole before you.

anti-shipping is cult-like. I shove this essay at people a lot, but ‘How Good People and Well-Intentioned Groups Can Go Bad’ really captures the dynamics of anti-shipping as a community. some highlights:

  • antis must believe they are under attack. antis view themselves as protecting minors, survivors, and marginalized people from potentially harmful fandom content; therefore, they must believe that minors, survivors, and marginalized people are under constant attack by adults, non-survivors, and privileged people to justify their cause. many antis fall under one or more of these categories, so they are protecting not just others, but also themselves.
  • antis must believe that there is no such thing as going too far in the name of their cause. in the name of eradicating potentially harmful content in fandom, all things must be permissible, even things that would otherwise be inexcusable. online harassment, death threats, suicide baiting, dogpiling, cyberbullying, callouts, defamation, doxxing, filing false reports, destruction of property, and physical assault are all justified if it contributes to this purpose.
  • antis must believe that their way of thinking is the only right way. protecting minors/survivors/etc = eradicating potentially harmful fan content. there is no other way. if there are any viable alternatives - any other options that will protect minors/survivors/etc, or a way to eradicate the dangerous content without attacking others - it threatens their ability to think of themselves as doing good. 
  • antis must believe that the input of anyone who isn’t an anti is inherently worthless. to avoid any possibility of finding out they’re in the wrong, anti-shippers predetermine that the opinions, identities, or experiences of anyone who isn’t an anti-shipper must be utterly worthless. they don’t need to read any outside opinions or arguments - antis already know that they’re a total waste of time.
  • all of the above collectively let anti-shippers dodge feeling guilty for overlooking or causing harm to outsiders, and also preserves internal harmony, which is maintained by keeping absolute lockstep with one another.

if the goal is feasible - if it’s possible to achieve total eradication of anything anti-shippers don’t like - they won’t have anything to be anti- to anymore. this is not a desirable state because anti-shippers are getting emotional fulfillment out of feeling in powerful, in control, and morally superior. if there’s nobody around to be angry at, it’s hard to get an emotional rise out of being angry, and if there’s nobody doing bad things, they can’t feel attacked by it.

that said: most antis are really genuine in their desire to protect people; they just have bought into a method that’s ineffective at anything except making them feel good and that can only be justified by ignoring every other option. as a result antis are often dealing with their own self-inflicted hell on top of whatever hell the real world has inflicted on them, and they have to be willing to face losing their friends and maybe a guilty conscience if they want to get out. that’s hard, y’all - really, really hard!  so I get why most of them can’t even read a counter-argument: it’s dangerous to them.

but I think all we can do is keep trying to share more helpful knowledge with everyone else as much as we can and be as kind as possible to any anti who genuinely asks for information.

anonymous asked:

as a yongguk stan it must be frustrating to see himchan leech of yongguks hardwork and complain about yongguk's production choices what a shitty guy he aint even contributing anything to this group other than his bitch ass raspy trucker voice lel thats not even talent

B.A.P (Korean: 비에이피; an acronym for Best Absolute Perfect[2]) is a South Korean boy group formed in 2011 under TS Entertainment. The group’s six members are Yongguk, Youngjae, Daehyun, Himchan, Jongup, and Zelo.B.A.P made their musical debut with the single “Warrior” on January 27, 2012, and did not go through a lawsuit to be disrespected by some anon jackass.

Fun fact: I am officially (a few days over) a year and a half clean!!! I never EVER thought I would get this far. It’s… a little overwhelming actually. I don’t know how much longer it will last, but this is a huge milestone so I’m going to enjoy it!

You believe in equality?

Then you must believe that men should be allowed to cry, just like women are, without being called names for it.

Then you must believe men are allowed to wear revealing clothing and should be encouraged to wear makeup, just like women are. They’re either both encouraged, or both discuraged.

Then you must believe women don’t have to shave any body hair. If they have to do it, then men should be held at the same standards. It’s either both or none.

Then you must believe that bills should be split. No one is here to babysit you. Work for your money and pay the bills together (unless you decide that it’s best for one of you to not work and be a stay at home parent), but if not, be responsible!

Then you must believe some women can overpower some men and a man can be just as vulnarable as a woman in some situations.

Then you must believe women should be muscular too, or men shouldn’t have to be muscular.

Then you must believe a woman with facial hair (a mustache or sideburns) is the same as a man with facial hair and she shouldn’t be made fun of.

Then you must believe boys don’t have to be tall.

Then you must believe both partners should look good and they should equally pay on dates.

Then you must believe fat women should be treated with the same respect as fat men.

Then you mustn’t laugh at men who dress with feminine clothes or women who dress with masculine clothes.

Then you mustn’t discriminate men or women when it comes to “gendered” jobs. If a boy wants to be a babysitter, give him a change. If a woman wants to be a boxing player, give her a chance.

Then you must believe that skinny boys shouldn’t be told to “bulk up”. Also, accept that some people find them attractive just the way they are.

Then you must believe a woman shouldn’t look good in order to be taken seriously, just like a man.

Then you must believe men and women should be promoted the same in the media. If men are presented as average, with not so beautiful traits and facial hair, then so should women.

Then you must believe stay at home dads are just as valid as working dads.

Then you must believe that women need to work the same amount of time as men in order to be paid the same as men. You can’t go home and be paid the same as someone who works over time.

Then you must believe women can also be veterans.

Then you must believe that daughters should also be taught how to fight and defend themselves.

Then you must stop saying “man up”.

Then you must believe that men can be victims too sometimes and aren’t always the powerful one.

Then you must believe that house chores and childcare should be shared equally between the partners.

Also if you say “not all men” when men are generalized, don’t forget to say “not all women” when women are generalized.

anonymous asked:

I would LOVE to hear your opinions on Hybern if you ever feel interested in writing it all out

Why, thank you for asking anonym^^

I think that Maas put zero thoughts into Hybern. Literally. She needed an enemy, she made them former slavers who want slaves again and to destroy any doubts about them, she has them boast about (sexual) violence at any chance. The king doesn’t even have a name which is hilarious, and calling the pro-slavery faction in the old war “loyalists” without ever explaining what the term means or who they were “loyal” to is extremely lazy.

The country of Hybern doesn’t get much of a description at all, not even when the inner circle goes there in acomaf. Literally “nothingness”, bleakness, cliffs, a barren land, an off-white castle, that’s it. I wonder how Hybern could have gathered the forces, goods and money to raise an army to attack Prythian. Hybern doesn’t trade, out of spite because of the treatry against slavery, so how did they recover from the loss of forced work? How do they nurture their population? How did they, without trade, prosper as a nation? Have they advanced technically? Have they found more productive ways to live since they had to change their way of life profoundly? Why are they still bothered by something that happened 500 years ago? How do they have enough workers to conscript a considerable number of them for the army?

Is it all magic? And if it is, why has Hybern such greater magic than Prythian faes? They’ve only had the cauldron for a short time, so is it like the king magicked food and weaponry from the cauldron and conscripted his soldiers last minute?  IDK, Maas never explains this and I think I already thought more about Hybern than her. But this would explain a lot. There might have been propaganda as well. “Fight now, and you’ll never have to work again!” Or something. “Hybern deserve better!” I suppose mostly lesser fairies have to do most of the work since the end of slavery, as it happened in Prythian. This would give a chance for an interesting development, but I’ll come to that later.

The Hybern army consists of carousing, violent drinkers. They do not prepare themselves for battle but party instead and this “fun” includes torturing humans. As I said above, this is obviously for showing how evil they are, which again transmits the image they aren’t people but monsters who should be killed. But this also means they are bad soldiers. This colludes with my assumption above, that the Hybern soldiers were recruited last minute and aren’t disciplined and are only in to finally abuse some humans again. But you can’t win if you party the night before the fight, even less so if your soldiers are hardly trained. And the king is supposed to be insane. All in all, this portrays them as a force that is, if not easy, but still certainly to be defeated. After this information was stated in the book, I could no longer take the war any seriously.

The time Tarquin kills the surrending Hybern soldiers is just the peak of the iceberg. The Hyberns aren’t people, they are evil and must be killed, don’t ever feel bad for killing any of them, war crimes don’t exists and ransoming prisoners isn’t a possiblity. Sigh. This states how little Maas knows about medieval warfare. War prisoners are a thing, they’re useful bargaining chips and are often incarcerated for years. But even the end of the book, all of the Hybern army die, no matter how they came to be in that army or if they are ready to surrender once the king is defeated. Which is kinda the point of killing the leader, right? So you might negotiate with someone more open to peace?? But Feyre has magical knowing powers and insists they would all continue to fight to the death because they “felt wronged”, wtf is wrong with you, Feyre? Give them a chance to surrender, and many will say yes. Unless their officers force them to go on which doesn’t change how wrong it is to not even offer them the change when their commander is gone, their super weapon is stolen and their allies have deserted while another aerial army has arrived to wreak havok. But no, let Amren kill them all …

You know, I see Hybern kind of like Nazi Germany, however Maas has intended them. We learn so much of our past in school, so the connection came automatically. Germany lost in WW 1 and had to bear hard consequences due to the contract of Versailles which wore very hard on the population. But the country still managed to install a democracy for the first time, even though it was barely able to funtion. The frustration over the contract of Versailles, the political chaos, the Great Depression of 1929 and the growing fascist movements paved the way for Hitler’s Machtergreifung (rise to power, but Machtergreifung is the idiomatic term) 1933 and with a lot of propaganda, instigation and justifying of national superiority, WW 2 and the Holocaust happened. You should know about this. But all in all, the similarity should be clear: frustrated war losers rise up again to take what they think should be theirs. And I think, given that such stories are actual histories of actual people, you can’t write a story that dehumanizes a fantasy people written as nazis into monsters, even if they did evil things. That’s a toxic way to think because it isn’t a solution for real life conflicts. Enemies are people. Soldiers are people. Nazis are people. They should face justice and punishment but writing them as monsters you can kill with no remorse erases the complexicity of warfare and politics.

If you destroy Hybern as it happened after the first war, they’ll still feel wronged. It is necessary to negotiate and to help those who are left behind, to really start to have diplomatic relations and fucking PEACE. But the book doesn’t give an answer again, all that is talked about in the meeting after the battle is Prythian, their treaty with the humans, and gossip. No one gives a shit about Hybern when now is exactly the time to talk with those governing the island to sign a peace treaty, ask for reparations, set up a new government, exchange ambassadors and all that stuff I only think off the top of my head right now. It’s gross how Maas ignores this necessity and has her characters only talk about themselves. It’s the final nail in the coffin to confirm that Hybern is only there to be an enemy, not a country.

But there would be great potential and if Maas has any inspiration, she should write about Hybern in the sequels. The biggest chance is to give power to the lesser fairies, which I have suggested are the working class in Hybern. Tarquin hints at justice and equality for them in acomaf but this is never mentioned again while it should be considered. The inequality of lesser fairies is just another fantasy version of racism and white supremacy: Maas says lesser fairies exist, but they don’t matter in the story, as if no marginalized people matter to her.

The lesser fairies should take over Hybern. A huge part of the Hybern population has been killed in the war and that has to change the nation massively. New people have to be put in ruling and administrative positions, possibly a lot of the intellectuals are gone, probably many male citizens as well, and all in all the country is to be shaped anew - at best into an ally. But this requires communication and I need to see it.

…..

If I even read the sequels, that is.

TBH, anonymous asks make me a bit uncomfortable because I never know if you will ever read this post, buried by new ones, or if you’re even on tumblr. I hope you find the chance anyway.

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JIN:Meeting a tiger

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i just witnessed a goddamn miracle

i was transporting my snakes to my dad’s house and i took reese out of the pillowcase i had her in and noticed the skin around her neck was flaky. as in, stuck shed flaky. so i go to help it off of her and realize that she had already had At Least one layer of stuck shed on her since when i fuckin bought her. it took like half an hour to peel the shit off and i swear to god she is a new animal. she actually looks like a proper calabar. black face and all. i feel fuckin awful she’s had so many problems since i got her but she’s gotten so much better. she must feel so relieved??? i can’t imagine how uncomfortable that must have felt, the poor child. 

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