The book says that Pippin is the only one of the four hobbits who hasn’t “come of age.” He was a young and immature teenager-in-Hobbit-years who (in the beginning of the story) thought and acted like a young and immature teenager.
They didn’t have time for this in the films, but book-Elrond initially refused to let Pippin join the Fellowship. He was like “these Hobbits are fine, but I draw the line at this one. He’s too young.”
Why does he let him join? Because Elrond thought that if Pippin had understood his decision, he would have joined anyway. If Pippin were mature enough to know what he was doing, he would’ve made the same choice. But he wasn’t.
So it kinda bothers me when other members of the fellowship mock Pippin for being a fool? (side eyes Gandalf). Of course he’s a fool– he wasn’t mature enough for this journey and you all knew it.
All the hobbits went through hell, but Pippin wasn’t even an adult when he was thrown into war and death and survivor’s guilt and blaming himself for Boromir’s death and all that other insane trauma….
All cats have stars, but they are not the same things for different cats. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems… But all these stars are silent. You-You alone will have stars as no cat else has them…
In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars will be laughing when you look at the sky at night..You, only you, will have stars that can laugh! And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will purr and be content that you have known me… You will always be my fur-riend.”
Classicat #14: The Little Purr-ince, from the book by Antoine de Saint Expurry
Many cats read this expecting a cute and upbeat kitten’s book, and are surprised to find it is one of the Saddest books ever written
In the fourth book Harry is so shaken by what happens in the graveyard and the rebirth of Voldemort that Sirius turns back into a dog and sneaks into Hogwarts to cuddle with him in the hospital wing so that he isn’t alone. This perfectly shows how much Sirus cares about Harry, that he would be willing to risk everything just to make him feel a little safer and a little better. This also serves as a good remind that Harry is only 14 at this point, and is going through things that no child should EVER have to go through, as you see him truly vulnerable. All around I wish this was in the movie.
favorite underappreciated book series aesthetics [3/ ∞]
His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford’s Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs. Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this multilayered narrative, however, nothing is as it seems. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the alethiometer. All around her children are disappearing—victims of so-called “Gobblers"—and being used as subjects in terrible experiments that separate humans from their daemons, creatures that reflect each person’s inner being. And somehow, both Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter are involved.
“It’s hard to be different,” Scarborough said. “And perhaps the best answer is not to tolerate differences, not even to accept them. But to celebrate them. Maybe then those who are different would feel more loved, and less, well, tolerated.”
I haven’t read a TON of sci-fi but I did my best !!
THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US by Emily Skrutskie. Futuristic pirates, giant sea monsters, 2 girls falling in love. sooo original, quality gay content, buy it, read it, LOVE IT. I made a power point about it.
THE SUPERNATURALIST by Eoin Colfer. an underappreciated fave tm. also futuristic, v difficult to explain, but original and weird in an awesome way.
THE LUNAR CHRONICLES by Marissa Meyers it’s not SUPER sci-fi ish– very much YA Sci-Fi, I would say– but there are LOTS OF LADIES, cool representation, etc. it’s a good time.
SAGA, by Brian Vaughan, IF you do graphic novels and are up for some Mature Content (nudity, violence, general… weirdness…) it’s about two soldiers from opposing planets falling in love and just trying to Live Their Lives and raise their baby while Literally Everyone tries to kill them
CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell. a Chosen One story that subverts all the tropes in the most fantastic ways, involves a mage boy falling in love with his vampire roommate????? precious & gay & good af?????
THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black. FAERIES and MAGIC and HORNED BOYS SLEEPING IN COFFINS and DARK MAGICAL WOODS and SIBLING RELATIONSHIPS and ANYWAYS THIS A FAVE
13 TREASURES by Michelle Harrison is middle-grade and i’m not a fan of the whole trilogy, but the first book is dark and creepy af (esp for middle grade) involves fairies & a really creepy clever mystery and ahhhhhh I love it
DREAMER’S POOL by Juliet Marillier. adult fantasy. this book isn’t actually A Fave but the second book in the series is GREAT and I ADORE the main characters. also every book has a ~mystery~ and they’re all v interesting
UPROOTED by Naomi Novik. can i get an UNDERAPPRECIATED FAVE SCREAM. this book………….. it’s like a fairy tale…… but it’s not….. and it’s better….. and the writing is incredible……… and i am not even worthy of trying to explain how good it is
THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray. This is more???? paranormal ish than fantasy BUT it’s SO GOOD. set in the 1920s but actually acknowledges the ISSUES of the 1920s (such as racism) in a great way, has characters of color, a disabled character, lgbtq+ characters, and is totally lit.
BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS by Shannon Hale (or anything by Shannon Hale!) Middle grade but can totally be enjoyed by someone older. female characters written by a badass feminist author. obscure fairy tale retellings. hell yeah.
………can u tell I read more fantasy than scifi?
THANKS FOR ASKING I LOVE ASKS HAVE FUN READING BLESS UP
I’m trying to get more into book aesthetics. I’ve done a few already, but I’m running low on inspiration so this is just a small PSA that you should feel free to pop in my ask and suggest other books/characters that I can do one for.
I’ll have had to have read the book, obvs, but I’ll definitely be happy to take suggestions. Bonus points if it’s an ownvoices or underappreciated book! (I love SoC but I don’t think I can contribute anything to the already excellent quality/volume of aesthetics out there!)
If I take recs, I’ll obviously tag you in the final post (although anon is all good too).
Something that I feel is really underappreciated is Shane’s book tour prices. Like, whenever big YouTubers (or even YTers a lot smaller than Shane) go on tour, the tickets are always $40-60+ (which is 100% fine and understandable) but the price to meet Shane is literally only $22??? And that includes the book??? The book literally costs near 20 bucks so that leaves like, what, $5 for the actual meeting him part? And then part (most) of that ~$5 presumably goes towards the bookstore that’s hosting him and the publishing company that’s letting him tour, so we can imagine how little he’s actually earning from that $22.
He could easily charge upwards to $40 for tickets and people would still come. But he doesn’t because he knows some people struggle with $$$ and he just wants his fans to meet him without stressing over the financial issue of it and just ?? Wow I love Shane
For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. At least, not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and probing eyes, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure who to trust—she can’t decide whether she should fall into Patch’s arms or run and hide from him. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth more unsettling than any feeling Patch evokes. For Nora stands amid an ancient battle between the immortal and those who have fallen—and choosing the wrong side will cost her life.
Can we just take a second to remember that Ronan and Adam rate parking lots w/ how well they can ride a shopping cart around it? Like two lanky teenage boys hop into one shopping cart and roll around in grocery store parking lots. And after they crash and laugh, they rate it on a scale from A to F? Like its a fucking school? I can't w/ these two.
This is such an underappreciated part of the books like THAT HAPPENS and I die