Guys the past twelve years of my life just made sense
We all know Sozin’s plan and “the avatar is the Fire Nation’s greatest threat” blah blah blah but listen. Twelve years after Roku died, Sozin attack the Air Nomads. He thought he killed the Avatar. Then where did he send troops? The Southern Water Tribe. The avatar was to be born of water next. They didn’t bother with the Northern Water Tribe until 100 years later when Zhao went ape shit, I think that they stopped because they knew Aang was hiding somewhere. Where was their third target? The Earth Kingdom, more specifically, Ba Sing Se, the heart of the Earth Kingdom. My friend asked me when we were watching AtLA “they know that if they kill Aang that the avatar will just be reborn, right?” So then I thought of the Red Lotus from Korra, their plan was to kill her in the Avatar State to end the cycle. Sozin wasn’t stupid, and Sozin’s best friend was the Avatar. He would have known that the Avatar would just be reborn. So why didn’t he try to end the cycle like Zaheer? I’m like 100% certain that Fire Lord Sozin’s ORIGINAL plan was to go through the other three nations, the order of the cycle, killing any benders that could be the avatar. He was trying to cheat his way through the cycle to get another Fire Nation Avatar. He even made a point to Roku that the Avatar and the Fire Lord could, in fact, take over the world. He needed a new Avatar to mold to help him take over the world.
I’ve just realised why I love the Final Agni Kai so much (and why it’s the best fight in Avatar). They are both fighting like each other.
Zuko is confident and at peace with himself. His firebending is the best it has ever been and Azula is unhinged. So he stays on the defensive, exploits her weaknesses and exploits her unhinged mentality by antagonising her into fighting on his terms (e.g. “No lighting today?”) and making her do what he wants.
But Azula is fighting like Zuko. She is constantly on the offensive and driven by rage and a desperate need to prove herself. She’s caving under her family issues, feelings of abandonment and the slights that have been made on her honour. Because of this, she is blind to Zuko’s actions and can only focus on giving the battle her all and proving herself to her father. Hence why she falls for Zuko’s trap (e.g. “I’ll show you lightning!”)
I just love this show, and I find even more reasons to love it every day.
What I love most about this show is that it isn’t like regular kid shows which gives us a good and bad side
In those “regular” kids shows, they’re the good guys, the others are the bad guys, not necessarily with a good reason
In those “regular” kids shows, war is portrayed as they are evil and we are good and we must defeat them cuz then they won’t be evil anymore
In AtlA, this isn’t the way they portray the war
Yes, the war is between the “evil” fire nation and the good other nations
in this show, there are bad sides about the good other nations, and good sides about the bad fire nation
Because when they get to ba sing se, in the “good” earth kingdom, they immediately figure out the corrupt ways of the dai li to keep the city in their control
They see the dai li teaming up with the enemy, they see betrayal
When they get to the fire nation, of course they’ll see the bad people eagerly supporting the fire lord, but they also see normal people living their daily lives while there’s an all out war going on
The fire nation wasn’t necessarily evil, it was the fire lord, and the people that followed him, that were the true poison of the nation
The earth kingdom wasn’t necessarily good either, because it was corrupted by a few tirants trying to control everything and everyone around them
This is what real war is
There isn’t just good and evil, there isn’t just black and white
It’s all just grey, and by making allies and enemies you try to see the real colors of certain people
Anyway I just love that this show taught me all this, that I never see black and white, I see shades of grey (no not fifty)
I just love this show and I’m definetly gonna have my kids watch the heck out of it
Books with badass female characters (An ever growing list)
✮ (¸.•´✶ (★•**•. ★"Nevertheless, she persisted"
::Updated Feb 17, 2017::
Note: Numbers reflect the number the book is in its respective series & not reading order. The list is written in reading order.
📚 Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas 0. Prequel: Assassins Blade 1. Throne of Glass 2. Crown of Midnight 3. Heir of Fire 4. Queen of Shadows 5. Empire of Storms
5.5. Untitled Novella (Fall 2017) 6. Final book (TBD release in 2018)
📚 A Court of Thorns & Roses series by Sarah J Maas 1. A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) 2. A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOMAF) 3. A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOWAR) (Release date May 2, 2017)
📚 Kingmaker Chronicles by Amanda Bouchet
1. A Promise of Fire
2. Breath of Fire
3. Heart on Fire (2018)
📚 An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir 1. An Ember in the Ashes 2. A Torch Against the Night
3. Untitled (2018)
4. Untitled (2019)
📚 Queen of the Tearling series by Erika Johansen 1. The Queen of the Tearling (Emma Watson is Executive Producer for the film.) 2. The Invasion of the Tearling 3. The Fate of the Tearling
📚 The Witchlands series by Susan Dennard 1. Truthwitch 2. Windwitch
3. Bloodwitch (2018)
4. TBD (2019) ***Note: Truthwitch took until page 112-114 for me to get into it. Then it took off running.
📚 The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
1. Shadow and Bone
2. Storm and Siege
3. Ruin and Rising
📚 Six of Crows Series by Leigh Bardugo 1. Six of Crows 2. Crooked Kingdom
📚 Daughter of Smoke & Bone series by Laini Taylor 1. Daughter of Smoke & Bone 2. Days of Blood & Starlight
2.5 Night of Cake & Puppets novella 3. Dreams of Gods & Monsters
📚 The Conquerers Saga by Kiersten White 1. And I Darken 2. Now I Rise (June 27, 2017)
3. Untitled (2018)
📚 Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard
1. Red Queen
2. Glass Sword
2.5 Cruel Crown novella
3. King’s Cage
4. Untitled (2018)
📚 The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater 1. The Raven Boys 2. The Dream Thieves 3. Blue Lily, Lily Blue 4. The Raven King
📚 The Checquy Files series by Daniel O'Malley 1. The Rook 2. Stiletto 3. ? TBD ?
📚 All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness 1. A Discovery of Witches 2. Shadow of Night 3. The Book of Life
📚 The Hunger Games series by Susanne Collins 1. The Hunger Games 2. Catching Fire 3. Mockingjay