fuck spider-man 3
i just want 2 hours of flash going through the 5 stages of grief after finding out peter is spider-man
here’s some unpopular opinions i have about nikolai:
have i read percy jackson? no
do i love the cosplayers? yes!!!!!
(ps. i do want to read i just haven’t been in the mood for that)
i haven’t read a book in two weeks
but olympics au and hunger games au yes
I just… I’m so sick of this movement in YA toward gritty Bad Boy/Strong Woman romances and plots that are only about power and revenge. If I pick up another highly-recommended book wherein the dark-haired white boy love interest is a violent abuser and the vast majority of the readership seems to eat up a romance where the characters don’t even like each other I think I’m gonna go postal. Shadow and Bone, which I loved, seems to speak directly to this on so many levels: Alina’s sun powers come and go, but her inner strength, her protective spirit, her resolve only grows throughout the series, and she ends the trilogy not politically powerful, but happy, and loved, and at home. Leigh just so masterfully sets up the powerful-ingenue and ancient-magic-user dynamic, gives them all the poetic symmetry in the world, all of the promises of power and magic, and none of the ingredients for actual love. Everything the Darkling does is a lie. Alina rightly sees him at the end of the path she’s on and turns away and gives everything to stop him. Bardugo’s work directly refutes this trend in YA and people just blatantly ignore it in favor of romanticizing the Darkling.
It honestly scares me so much that not just teenage girls but grown, thirty-year-old women, and the majority of people who read books like ACoTaR and ToG compare them to books like Howl’s Moving Castle and SaB without any critical eye to the character’s moral actions, desire to improve, and willingness to actually love the Badass Female Character instead of just being obsessed with her and pandering to the sexual fantasies of readers. (And, god, not even well: there is fantastic erotica in the world, and Sarah Janet Maas has written exactly none of it.)
Turning stories of love and found family into stories of the Powered Magical Badass Woman doing Whatever She Wants (or wondering why in the world Alina didn’t join the man who sold Genya into sexual slavery in being an imperialist, manipulative conquerors for the sake of Cool Points) is super dangerous. Fiction doesn’t have to adhere to Puritanical moral standards or be without flaw, but reinterpreting evil characters with no desire to be better as Hot Sad Boys sexualises and romanticizes abuse. There’s not another way around it. It has real-world repercussions.
And God, can you really read the line, ‘they had an ordinary life, full of ordinary things– if love can ever be called that,’ and wish that Alina has decided to rule the world instead?
dont you think its weird. dont you think its weird that the space race last time was two of the biggest powers in the world. and now its a handful of rich men. dont you think its weird they can afford that. dont you think its bad that rich men can afford the same things as the government.
dont you think its weird that while the world is suffering and poverty is everywhere, where there’s wars and climate change and human pain and homelessness. the same month I’ve watched people die on the news from unbearable heat and unprecedented flooding. that a rich handful of men are going to space, causing more carbon emissions. dont you think its weird that instead of putting their vast amount of money to use for good they’re using it to find a way off the planet theyre destroying.
dont you think its really fucking weird.
Inej: What is wrong with us? I mean, none of us have any healthy coping mechanisms. We’re all so-
Nina: Matthias knits.
Nina: Matthias knits.
Matthias: *Knitting a sweater in the corner* The demjin gets cold, shut up.
⚠️spoilers for the hunger games trilogy⚠️
one of the things i really liked in the books was seeing katniss relationship with her father
i believe he’s not even mentioned in the movies
⚠️spoilers for mockingjay⚠️
so recently i’ve been listening to the hunger games audio books and i’m now in mockingjay (i’ve already seen the movies)
was no one going to tell me who boggs is cause i just figured out who he is when he was dying
It’s really strange and weird for you to say that if people interpret Alina differently they are “self inserting” why are you making assumptions? In the books Alina was miserable at the orphanage. In the show Alina legit says she wouldn’t like to live on a farm with Mal. Ppl are allowed to interpret things differently without being called liars
SHE DOESN’T END UP ON A FARM, SHE RUNS AN ORPHANAGE, DO YOU PEOPLE ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE ISTG
And also! She wasn’t ‘miserable’ at Keramzin - that doesn’t work as a blanket statement! She was until Mal arrived, and that’s the key difference! Quote:
“Before Mal, Keramzin had been a place of terrors, long nights spent crying in the dark, older children who ignored me, cold and empty rooms. But then Mal had arrived and all of that had changed. The dark hallways became places to hide and play. The lonely woods became places to explore. Keramzin became our palace, our kingdom, and I wasn’t afraid anymore.”
The point is that Alina and Mal decide to rebuild the orphanage, and they choose to do that - just as the Darkling chooses to burn it and kill Ana Kuya, knowing that that place is the closest physical embodiment of a home and a mother Alina has - and they make Keramzin a place for children. The descriptions of Keramzin in the prologue of S&B v the epilogue of R&R are starkly different. It becomes a place which is itself a place of freedom and joy and peace for children, not a place which Alina and Mal had to create that themselves as children. Mal states very early on in S&B that sometimes he misses Keramzin and Ana Kuya; because it was their home.
At this point anon, yes, I very much can call people liars, because this fandom has an excruciating habit of stating completely incorrect information and going “Here look A FACT how dare you argue different”, and then those of us who… actually pull canonical book quotes out… are accused of 'not allowing other interpretations’.
Alina’s ending is happy. She is happy. I call it self-insert because you yourself can say 'If I was her I wouldn’t want that.’ That’s fine. But to interpret her as a character to be unhappy at the end is just… a completely incorrect interpretation. Alina was not unhappy at the orphanage as a blanket statement - she was unhappy until Mal came along, and then the orphanage became their 'kingdom’. Any ending where she is with Mal, in the place which is so symbolic to them that when Mal thinks he is dying he says “I’ll meet you in the meadow” (because even in DEATH he knows he can find her there) is one which is happy for her. Alina does not end up at a farm, she runs an orphanage, so I very much need that farm quote to stop being pulled out as 'evidence’ that her ending is bad WHEN SHE DOESN’T END UP AT A FARM. Good day.
(coming from a devoted malina and denya shipper)
i headcannon that alina and genya dated in the little palace
like alina spend months there and the way she describes genya is not platonic
they stared dating after alina finally learned how to use her powers and stayed together until a few days before the fete (i don’t know how long that was in the books but in this is about 3 months)
they kept being friends after this and never told anyone until they mentioned in a dinner (i also headcannon that they, zoya, nikolai, tamar etc, have dinner once a month to catch up) and everyone else is like ‘what?’
i watched young royas this weekend and one of the things i really liked was how they did social media
a lot of shows (especially netflix´s shows) are really bad at this but this one felt preatty normal
Disability pride month
July is Disability Pride Month. The first Disability Pride started in Boston, MA in 1990 but it has since become an international celebration. The aim of Disability Pride is described by the founders of Disability Pride NYC to “promote inclusion, awareness, and visibility of people with disabilities, and redefine public perception of disability”.
(ID: an image of the Disability Pride flag. The background is black, with blue, yellow, white, red and green lightning bolts in the center, one of each color. End of ID)
The disability pride flag
The Disability Pride flag has some very interesting symbolism interpreted by the artist which include:
The Black Field: this field is to represent the disabled people who have lost their lives due to not only their illness, but also negligence, suicide, and eugenics.
The Lightning Bolt: the shape of the lightning bold represent the non-lateral lives that many disabled people live, often having to adapt themselves or their physical routes to get around an inaccessible society.
The Colours: each colour on this flag represents a different aspect of disability or impairment:
Blue: mental illness
Yellow: cognitive and intellectual disabilities
Green: sensory perception disabilities
Red: physical disabilities
White: invisible and undiagnosed disabilities
i will never forgive the s&b fandom for taking mal, an angry, bitter, traumatised 17yo boy with ptsd who just wants to see his best friend safe and turning him into some abusive, toxic monster. to many people, mal is not allowed to show his trauma symptoms bc his coping mechanisms aren’t neat or soft or palatable. he drinks and fights and he’s self destructive and volatile, and he has every right to be. he is a traumatised teenager. trauma doesn’t always make people kinder or softer. mal’s trauma made him rougher around the edges, and that’s still just as valid as ‘softer’ trauma symptoms.
so can we start hunting down white liberals now or what
The full picture is even more heart breaking after you open the uncropped version. Just a heads-up, it’s rough
Nah let’s post it. Let’s feel it. Don’t look away.
I notice alot of my followers on here skipping these posts just to mess with my lgbt ones, suspiciously the white popular ones.
Heres a not so friendly reminder, as an lgbt metis person, i dont give a single fuck what your blog is themed or if this is too painful for you to look at. Reblog this post. Reblog this post with the sources of the 751 children who were found.
Your compliance and silence as well as the compliance and silence of your ancestors is what allowed these schools to open and kill first nations children. The children of MY people.
Dont follow me if you cant reblog this post or the one with sources to your political blog or your most popular blog. Add trigger warnings if you must but if your political blog is only focused on the harms you personally face like being lgbt then you need to see some bigger pictures and stop being afraid of angering your racist mutural or actually saying some shit about racism. If you can reblog some antifa graphics or add blm to your bio to be a surface level ally, you can reblog some sources on the genocide first nations people faced and still face today.
They were CHILDREN.
They were murdered in cold blood.
malina soulmate marks au headcanons
the first letter of their soulmate’s name appears written somewhere on their body when they reach the age of 17
(spoilers for all of the grisha trilogy)
- mal and alina don’t really know the date of their birth because at the orphanage they were given the Duke’s birthday. they are more excited about finding out the real date of their births than they are about the mark. they have an ongoing bet on who is actually older. mal thinks it’s him because he is taller which alina thinks is a ridiculous concept.
- dubrov is the one who sees mal’s mark first. it happens when they’re hunting the stag and mal is changing clothes. down his shoulder blade, a small “A” engraved. mal has no idea when the mark appeared and he has no alina to share it with, so what even is the point?
- alina carries her mark without knowing. it’s a small “M” engraved on her wrist, hidden by the sea whip’s fetter.
- when mal is getting the tattoo tolya asks him about the mark but he refuses to answer. tolya makes the mark a part of the tattoo anyway.
- the first time alina sees her mark is after the battle, mal’s blood on her hands and wrists, the fetter broken, the emptnisses she’s feeling consuming her.
- they don’t talk much about it afterwards, but mal makes a habit to absentedly touch her mark with his thumb whenever they’re holding hands while alina likes to trace the tattoo and hovers over the mark whenever mal is lying asleep.
I read once someone saying “Alina ended up the same way she started” — when talking about hating the ending. But that’s not accurate.
Alina started as an orphan in the First Army, with not friends except for Mal (and the cartographers, which weren’t even her friends). She was insecure, with a low self stem, with not clear path on her own future except duty.
Alina ended up the trilogy as the owner and runner of an orphanage. She became confident, assertive, someone that learned about her own power and value. She made long lasting friends and connections that have allowed her to support all those people she now hosts.
Alina didn’t need to end on a throne or as a villain to get “character development”, or to suddenly be interested in being a queen — her character development was on how she values herself and those around her. What she learned about power and what it means to the world. She became the light of her own life (and others in need). You can’t read the epilogue and think that’s the same Alina from Book 1.