I think I might come across as a far more reasonable person if I told you that teen girl vengeance was a theme that just started cropping up naturally in my work, but the truth is I make the conscious decision to explore it every time I sit down to write. Teen girls wreaking havoc in the face of individual monsters and hateful sociopolitical systems is very much my wheelhouse. That’s largely because I like teen girls. I’ve been one. And I know that during the time I was a teen girl, all my teen girl friends were interesting, complicated people: we were funny, creative, political, warm, cynical, intelligent, hard-working, and inexplicably passionate about the 1992 Disney musical Newsies. I think all adolescent girls contain these multitudes.

But still the same tired stereotypes persist (and carry over to the way we talk about grown women): girls are dumb and slutty and dramatic and irrational. I know I internalized a lot of that stuff when I was young and let it affect the way I acted—it was important for me at that time to behave in ways that could never be construed as typical. For a long time, the highest compliment a boy could pay me was, ‘You’re not like other girls.’ Now, I find that so infuriating—why wouldn’t I want to be like other girls? Other girls are amazing!

I think a lot of the time I’m starting from a place of anger on behalf of my younger self, a girl who worked hard to limit myself, to make myself smaller, so that boys would want to hang out with me. The characters I write tend to be girls who have tried hard for a long time to act in a similar way and are forced by circumstance or pure exhaustion to snap and start fucking shit up on a grand scale.

—  I talked to Adrienne Celt about Vivian Apple, short stories, Kelly Link, Doctor Who, and teen girl vengeance, and today the whole thing is up on The Butter! Big day, folks, let’s eat a bagel.

                            vengeance        
                   is like a cup of poisoned wine
                                        ȿweet
                                     ȿeductive
                                        ℓethal
                                            ·
                   a sip for you & and a sip for me

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GOOD GIRLS GET REVENGE [♀] Because there should be more stories and songs about women coming back and committing terrible acts of vengeance against the people who have wronged them.

you oughta know alanis morissette | one way or another blondie | zombie the pretty reckless | misery business paramore | seven devils florence + the machine | goddess banks | walk away dia frampton | vow garbage | bust your windows jazmine sullivan |karma lady 

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AGRON LOOKING AT NASIR: Part 1/?

I feel like this speaks a lot to Agron’s characterization. There’s no love at first sight, he underestimates Nasir because he’s a body slave. He doesn’t see the potential the man has, unlike Spartacus who does. Spartacus’ the one who arms Nasir before and then after, even when Nasir had made an attempt on his life. It’s through these things that Agron finds respect for Nasir, and how he falls for him.

-Insert sappy, famous, John Green A Fault in Our Stars quote here-