actually i think the beatles destroyed yoko ono’s career
the world wasn’t ready. she would have done numbers on tiktok
celebrities used to be so cool man jane fonda still gets arrested at protests marilyn monroe was under investigation by the CIA for being a communist hedy lamarr invented wifi what happened
Good to note that there’s still celebrities with really solid pasts and presents! Samuel L Jackson was an usher at MLK’s funeral, took his college’s board of directors hostage, and was majorly involved in the black power movement until he had to leave Atlanta for his own safety. John Boyega has *been* on the ground in London’s anti-police brutality protests. Jason Momoa has delayed filming on multiple projects because he’s been in Hawaii protesting for land sovereignty. People are still doing shit!
unpopular opinion but it’s cool if you don’t want to be in love
like, idk. I used to feel so compelled to make excuses for being single, whether it was self-deprecating jokes about myself or insisting that I was too busy for a relationship or making myself go out on uncomfortable and pointless dates just to make a show of trying to not be single. there’s such an expectation that if you’re single you should be actively working of changing that, and it’s like. nah. there are 9999 other things you can be focusing your time and energy on and if you don’t really feel like being in a relationship now or ever that’s cool.
True whether someone is aromantic or not
Do you ever think about how staggeringly in bad taste it is that Gandalf brought a firework that turns into Smaug to Bilbo’s birthday party
Like how were you hoping that would go
*gandalf voice* so bilbo lived to be 111 huh? it would be a shame if someone or something caused him to go into c a r d i a c a r r e s t
Gandalf: I’m still not a hundred percent sure that magic ring is artificially extending Bilbo’s life, so let’s run some tests.
i would note that bilbo was the only person at the party not even slightly alarmed, so possibly gandalf just knows him well
#like he’s seen an actual dragon#why would he believe in the firework#if released at the proper time that firework would have allowed Bilbo to gloat enormously about everything he finds cool about himself#gandalf probably worked really hard on it!
Yeah, it was probably intended as a visual aid for the story of Bilbo’s Great Aventures!
The fable of the Tower of Babel demonstrates aptly that God is a tyrant. Humanity was banding together to do cool shit and God needed to maintain his monopoly over all the cool shit in the world so people would have a reason to worship him, so he cursed them and made it difficult for them to ever band together again.
“If God were not dead it would be necessary to kill him.”
humans: invent god
also humans: kill god
god: what the fuck
Ik you’ve been fed a lot of bs about Christianity by people who pretend to be christians so I’m just gonna straighten stuff out and you can take it or you can leave it, I’d just like every to know :) /pos /gen (I’m a bisexual disciple of the lord, I don’t call myself a Christian cause Christians super suck)
The Tower of Babel wasn’t a “look what we can do!” It was a “fuck you God! We’re better than you!” which is why they were struck down. Imagine you buy an ant farm and you like these ants a LOT but one day a few of them start spelling “Fuck Off” in grain, you’d probably separate them or kill a few because even though you like them, at the end of the day they’re still tiny creatures that you provide for and they’re telling you to fuck off, and that they’re more powerful and better than you.
I think it’s important to note that our physical existence means very little in the grand scheme of things, so God cares little for it. Our souls, our true spiritual beings, matter far more and are eternal. So changing our language is a very small footnote in God’s story and plan.
Also, if you read the Bible literally, you’re reading it incorrectly! 90% of the Bible is metaphors. The story of Babel takes place during a time that we know other languages already existed, so it’s not really an explanation of how other languages happened. The Tower of Babel is more of a fable about the power of God VS the power of humans.
oh your god is such an asshole
what the fuuuuuck
first of all, if my ant farm had learned to spell this would be amazing, and if they’d learn to swear at me this would just be hilarious.
and second of all I literally cannot imagine deciding to use violence against someone to prove i’m “better” than them unless I secretly believe they are an actual threat I need to intimidate. Was God actually scared? Because if not, why would he react like that rather than ignore it?
on an unrelated note I am reminded of Sandkings, a delightful sci-fi story about what happens if you’re a mean god to your ant farm.
I think this script sums up the reason I got into the old guard and couldn't get into the avengers/other 'superhero' or action movie teams. And that reason is plain and simply that the old guard look like they do their own vacuuming.
good morning i thought it was going to be something about found family and actually writing relationships between your characters and the easy familiarity between all of them but you know what? you’re fucking Correct
You know, I’ve been talking a lot about changes made to TYK’s narrative choices in adaptation, but there’s one thread that, surprisingly, made it into the show – despite both characters involved being transformed beyond recognition from their novel counterparts:
the parallel between Zhou Zishu and the Scorpion.
In the novel, Scorpion is an ambitious and cunning man who manipulates events from behind the scenes for his own goals. His methods are unscrupulous, no deed is too dirty; the ends, in his opinion, very much justify the means.
This description, of course, also applies to Zhou Zishu, especially as he is in Qi Ye. Both Scorpion and Zishu had commited abominable things for the sake of their goals – there are, indeed, echoes of Zhou Zishu’s Qi Ye crimes in several things Scorpion does in Tian Ya Ke, – and both of them are very much unapologetic about them.
The only difference is that Scorpion’s goal is to elevate himself, while Zhou Zishu, as Lord Seventh puts it in chapter 67, “has done those deeds that the heavens would strike him down for, but not one of them was committed out of selfish desires for his own ends” – and it is exactly this discrepancy that eventually allows Zhou Zishu to put that life behind him.
In the narrative, the Scorpion serves as a ‘dark mirror’ parallel to Zishu – the worst possible version of him, so to speak. Their last confrontation, then, becomes a symbolic victory over that aspect of himself for Zishu, coming on the heels of him realizing he no longer wants to be a chessmaster watching over the board from the shadows and tearing the last mask off his face.
The adaptation, of course, could not portray Zhou Zishu exactly as he is in the novels – an unapologetically murderous protagonist was not going to fly with the c-nsorship, for one. So the things that novel Zishu had done of his own volition, because he believed them necessary, show Zishu was manipulated into.
Now, when watching the show, I initially did not understand the decision to change the relationship between Scorpion and Zhao Jing. In the novel, Scorpion is the one who plays Zhao Jing (as well as his other clients) to eventually reap the benefits for himself; in the show, it is Zhao Jing who is manipulating the Scorpion.
But this shift does work to preserve the parallel between Zishu and the Scorpion. In the show, both of them are exploited as tools of bloodshed by those with great ambitions; both of them eventually cripple the men they used to follow. The Scorpion still functions as a dark mirror of what Zhou Zishu has been and could become, and it is only Zhou Zishu’s resolve in disentangling himself from Prince Jin that sets them apart.
WORD OF HONOR: PRESENTING THE ROMANCE THROUGH TRADITIONAL WUXIA TROPES.
There is a reason why to the Chinese audience, WenZhou’s relationship is indisputably romantic. It’s because there are very specific visual cues used to show romance in wuxia, and WOH uses the exact same visual language on WenZhou. These tropes are blatantly recognizable from the wuxia/guzhuang dramas we all grew up watching.
1. Fated meeting in a peach blossom forest.
Although in this case, fate has a name and it is Wen Kexing.
2. Sucking poison from the other’s shoulder.
Worth mentioning that in the book, the wound was on Zhou Zishu’s arm. The drama deliberately took it up a notch and chose the more tropey version.
3. When the disguise (usually the female lead disguised as a man) is removed, the love interest can’t stop staring.
Later on (ep 13) there is a scene where Zhou Zishu is trying on a fake beard that looks exactly like the ones female leads use to disguise themselves.
4. Spinning together in mid-air during a fight, the love interest’s hands on the other’s waist. Slow motion. Eyes firmly locked together.
Usually male lead saving the female lead. For example, there is a very similar scene between Yang Guo and Xiao Longnv from Condor Heroes. In fact, if you’ve seen it, you’ll recognize similarities between the visual cues used for the two couples.
5. Martial siblings falling in love.
Yes, this is a common thing in wuxia. And no, it is not incest, nor does it make the dynamic any less romantic. What the hell. Martial siblings are often coded as romantic in wuxia, and there are actual examples in the show itself: Wen Kexing’s parents were shixiong/shimei and Gao Xiaolian eventually married her shixiong, Deng Kuan.
6. One of them getting kidnapped (usually the female lead) by their sect/family and the love interest swooping in dramatically to save them.
And yes, riding on the same horse.
7. One of them is from an evil/unorthodox sect and it causes problems for the couple. The person is hailed as a villain and the other one challenges all of jianghu to stand by their beloved.
Their confrontation with Ye Baiyi is also a good example: Zhou Zishu defending Wen Kexing despite him being the Ghost Valley Master and choosing to die with him instead letting Ye Baiyi kill him alone. Going against the jianghu is a common trial for lovers in wuxia. Yang Guo and Xiao Longnv went through something similar as well.
8. The male lead fixing the female lead’s hair and putting a hairpin on it. Then she looks at her reflection on bronze mirror. This usually happens the morning after the wedding night
This is a very blatant romance trope in guzhuang, so much that I instinctively went “they got married??” when I first saw it. A lot of us were surprised this even made it in. They even had a lingering shot of Zhou Zishu smiling at a bronze mirror!
9. Falling off a cliff together, or one falling and the other jumping in immediately to save them.
WOH gave us both versions. The first one was before they found Senior Long (which also gave us another common trope: the couple spending time in a cave while the other is injured/knocked out) and the cliff scene in the latter episodes where Zhou Zishu jumps in after Wen Kexing.
10. Dual Cultivation to save/heal the other.
Know who else cultivated in a cold place and also ended up as immortal lovers after going through trials and tribulations for each other? Yang Guo and Xiao Longnv again! (Yes, I am a big fan of Condor Heroes) arguably the most famous couple in wuxia. If you’ve seen the wucai bros reaction series, they all clapped and said “It’s just like in Condor Heroes! They are immortal lovers!”
There is honestly a lot more, depending on how detailed you want to get. The point is that it wasn’t just the flirting, the hugs, or the poetry. Wen Kexing and Zhou Zishu’s relationship itself was presented in the visual language of traditional wuxia romance, but this time in a love story between two men. WenZhou was written in the language of love.
Yeerks really present a moral minefield. If you attack them when they’re in the pool, they’re helpless. If you fight them as Controllers, you’re killing enslaved innocents. If you capture Controllers and hold them for three days, you’re torturing and starving prisoners of war. The Andalites seem chill with making consistently appalling choices but if if you have any reservations you really end up in a bind here.
I feel like the ‘cleanest’ outcome is capturing Controllers and threatening to starve them of Kandrona rays if they don’t leave their hosts, and once they leave locking them in like… a pool jail or something, but that strategy doesn’t scale when you’re fighting a guerilla war against an invading colonizing force.
this is why I love every reddit debate about this series… there are only painfully hard choices to defend
It seems to me that the simplest and easiest option would actually be to talk with them and find a non-violent solution. I nominate Cassie, Tobias, and Marco to lead the negotiations.
Bold of you to assume Marco would find a non-violent solution.
Marco is there to keep the other two from just blindly accepting the first thing they hear.
The solution to the op’s conundrum is to have the yeerk infest a death row person or other “acceptable” target or a chee-made host robot sans ai.
Yes! I mean no to the death row thing, but absolutely yes to robot bodies for the Yeerks! You don’t even need the Chee for it! Use the box the Andalites made in book 54 and let the humans attach limbs to it. Our robotics might not be at Chee levels yet but it’s still good!
Oh yes, my answer was for is if you’re still planning to kill the yeerk but don’t want to kill something helpless nor an innocent host.
Best thing to do overall is get them some robot bodies, stat! Else very temporary infestation of nonsentient creatures if you’re sure the yeerk’s just gonna play around as a cat and treat the cat nicely, but who knows how the cat’s gonna feel about that before you do that and that’s really only a good option for the yeerk experiencing senses and having fun, not for work or daily life.
Robots are the best option overall, so long as you can get enough sensory data in there and translated for the yeerk, and assuming it’s not making them the equivalent of touchstarved or the like not touching actual neural tissue or having a companion mind.
Or as I’ve seen the fandom suggest numerous times, we could just be like “Hey does anybody want a superinteligent brain friend” and watch people line up around the block to voluntarily host a Yeerk.
hey everyone, just chiming in to say that the suggestion of infesting prisoners with Yeerks, whether on death row or not, is deeply DEEPLY messed up and not a “solution” to anything!
As nice as the “brain friend” option is, you can only use it if the Yeeks are no longer hostile. Otherwise, it’s just literally the Sharing again. And in fact, even if the yeerks are no longer hostile on a species level, you still need to set up infrastructure so the host has a safe space during feeding where they can be like “actually, no this isn’t working out” no questions asked etc b/c the potential for abuse is huge and there is simply no way to make that not the case.
If u walk into any pub in Britain you will immediately see at least 5 men who look like this
Four, now, may Prince Philip rest in peace.
hey fuck off with that, may he absolutely not rest in peace
I mean I don’t like the alternative, where he rests intermittently and we have to keep putting him back in the fucking tomb
was that not what was already happening? I assumed he looked ‘already entombed’ because he was
That’s how I know i don’t like it, I guess what I mean is let ME rest in peace
My brain, having a meltdown like a toddler: I just can’t do it! I don’t want to !! I can’t!!
Me, parenting my tired toddler brain: Take a deep breath, it’s going to be ok. We don’t have to do everything today that’s overwhelming you. Let’s pick the most important thing to work on, ok? What’s the smallest step we can do to work towards that?
My toddler brain, wiping away tears: Um, I think we should…open up the important spreadsheet and look at the first row.
Me, parenting my tired toddler brain: Great! Let’s do that, and then we can have a popsicle, ok?
My toddler brain: *nods through drying tears, upset, but cooperative*
THIS IS HOW YOU MINDFULLY ACCEPT YOUR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS, THOUGH.
I’m a clinical psychologist, and I use this example with literally everyone I work with where the goal is to give thoughts and feelings space in a non-judgmental way. We literally never grow out of this need for compassion, but when we become adults we must become skilled in giving that same compassion to ourselves.
Admittedly sometimes much like with a toddler the only viable option is to go to a quiet contained place and wait until the screaming stops and the toddler brain is capable of listening.
I learned from nannying toddlers how to handle my own outbursts of anger and stress because I imagine how I would handle it if it was a child and it seriously helps
if you don’t answer to five or six different names how am I supposed to relate to you
when I was a camp counselor I got so used to kids calling me by the wrong name that I started answering to literally any word beginning with D said in the right tone of voice
my campers gleefully discovered this and would address me as “Dead Bird” and “Door Knob” and cackle with delight when I’d automatically look up
there’s something kind of interesting about fandoms where there’s this….. impulse to constantly qualify that you don’t think the canon material is good. even in fan circles for a show, people are afraid to just admit that they like the show
people are always constantly qualifying their love for the canon material with “yeah, i watched the episode…. but there were so many bad writing choices” and “wow, fandom sure is better than canon, huh? if the canon writers are outplayed by fandom, how embarrassing is that? canon is so embarrassing”
like are we just ashamed to admit that we like it? are we too proud to admit to unironically liking the thing that we all came to admire together?
like guys, I’m not drawing fanart because the show is bad and embarrassing. I’m drawing fanart for it because I unironically enjoyed my time watching it and it filled me with joy. and I feel like that’s true for…. nearly everyone who joins a fandom.
i’m not saying it’s bad to criticize canon work. that’s great! and there are a lot of good points being made too! i just feel like there’s this expectation in fandom that everyone constantly qualifies that they’re aware of every flaw, no matter how unproblematic, in the media they consume. like it’s a culture where making “it’s bad writing” memes for every minor plot hole makes you smarter and less “cringey” than all your peers
Sometimes good parents make mistakes.
There might come a day when you look at your parent who loves you, tries their best, never abused you, and realize that they don’t always know best. And it’s a weird thing to come to terms with. To know you were loved but there were still bad things that they did accidentally. But even if it’s small you’re allowed to struggle with it. You don’t need to have been through the worst kind of abuse to question your parents.
This isn’t a post about abusive and/or manipulative parents. It’s about things like your mom leaving you with an irrational fear of germs or your dad trying to get you on a diet when you’re a kid because he believes the studies about weight affecting health. Not intentional harm and not abuse. Just garden variety mistakes.
this has 100% been talked about before but younger members of the lgbt community (especially on tumblr) NEED to understand that “gay panic” doesn’t mean “oh no i’m a teen panicking because i might be gay” it means “literal legal defense used in cases where a person has murdered someone upon finding out they were gay”
the gay panic defense states that if someone finds out you are gay you do not need to have threatened them, spoken to them, or even know of their existence- they now have the right to murder you under self-defense laws bc you letting them find out you’re gay antagonized and “panicked” them.
Only a handful of states have outlawed this horrific legal tactic. Ten have conclusively banned it as of June 2020, and 12 states have put the topic on the table for debate.
The American Bar Association is staunchly in opposition to this discriminatory practice being used by legal defense teams. They published this helpful article last July that explains the legal ins and outs of it, its legal history, and some action steps to take if you want to get involved in making sure ALL STATES get laws on the books that prohibit the gay/trans panic defense.
Content Warning: The article mentions incidents of violence and murder against LGBTQ+ individuals, when it gives examples of high-profile cases where the gay/trans panic defense has been successful and unsuccessful. To go straight to the action steps, scroll to the bottom where you’ll find a list.
i’m so glad this post has been gaining traction and that people have been adding more information; the two overwhelming responses to this post have been “yeah, this refers to hate crimes and it’s not right to dilute that” and “oh shit, i never knew! i need to remember this!”
if you never knew the history of this phrase, it’s not a personal or moral failing. it’s just information that hadn’t gotten to you but is important to remember. follow the links. do your research. take action.
Small preface: look, I’m not anywhere near being qualified to speak broadly about wuxia, but since nobody with better knowledge had written this meta, I decided to just give it a try. If anybody has their own thoughts and especially corrections to add, please feel free to!
Today, I want to talk about Wen Kexing’s parents as they are presented in the novel, changes made to their story in adaptation, and how it ties into the genre shift between the novel and the show. Before getting into their actual stories though, let’s first take a quick look at a wrong assumption made by Zhou Zishu once:
(chapters 32-33, tl wenbuxing)
Interestingly, Zhou Zishu had already guessed Wen Kexing’s parentage correctly prior to this scene, recognizing Wen Ruyu’s swordsmanship, so why does he rescind that version? There’s a multitude of reasons, and I’m not entirely joking when describing them as Zhou Zishu’s genre awareness.
Who is Wen Kexing? Current master of the Ghost Valley, someone who’s keeping a close eye on the Lapis Armor situation, and a martial genius who can go toe to toe with a literal immortal.
Who is Rong Xuan? Someone with connection to the Ghost Valley, someone whose legacy is sealed by Lapis Armor, and a martial genius whose techniques are believed to be so exceptional they’d elevate one to a status of peerless master overnight.
Then, who is Wen Ruyu? Well, comparatively, a nobody. His name may have been well-known back in the day, but a couple decades later the only one who remembers him is Zhou-walking-wikipedia-Zishu.
Going off those facts, it makes sense to suspect that Wen Kexing is connected to Rong Xuan – both from within a story and from the reader’s perspective. After all, that would make for a neat plotline – the prodigal son of an unjustly murdered genius father coming back years later to set things right and/or enact revenge…
But Tian Ya Ke’s narrative does not follow the rules of plot convenience – in fact, it deliberately subverts them. Wen Kexing is exactly who he says he is – the son of an almost-nobody who came to be where he is by a combination of desire to survive and pure chance.
And this is where we come to the changes in adaptation. In the novel, Wen Ruyu is not part of Rong Xuan’s group. He happened to know Long Que and happened to be travelling with him, but that’s it. Wen Kexing’s parents were but bystanders who accidentally got dragged into the whole Lapis Armor mess and suffered for it; the reason Zhao Jing does not realize who Wen Kexing is – despite both visual resemblance and the use of his original surname – is that for Zhao Jing, Wen Kexing’s parents were just that unimportant, mere stepping stones for his rise to power. Why would he remember their faces or names? And that’s exactly why he is completely blindsided by Wen Kexing. How could someone with no exceptional heritage climb high enough to impede him?
The answer is, of course, step by bloody step.
The show changes that. Wen Ruyu, renamed Zhen Ruyu, becomes part of Rong Xuan’s circle. His sorry fate is entangled with that group’s tragedy – he isn’t a completely unrelated collateral the way he is in the novel. The name change was also necessary for the show’s plot to work because, unlike novel’s Wen couple, show’s Zhen couple is remembered; here, were Wen Kexing to use his original surname, it would definitely alert his enemy.
Now, I have read a few analyses of SHL’s wuxia tropes, but I haven’t seen any that would tackle TYK as a subversion of the genre (except in brief mentions or asides). Ngl, I pray for the day someone with sufficient knowledge writes a comprehensive meta on the topic. But I do believe the changes to Wen Kexing’s backstory outlined above stem from the differences in approach to genre.
TYK, being a subversion, refuses to play by the rules and make Wen Kexing’s ~mysterious parentage~ matter to the plot; in fact, it posits that it’s only mysterious because it’s so utterly mundane. SHL, in a way, circles back to the tropes TYK was moving away from: the assumption that Wen Kexing is Rong Xuan’s son is also wrong here, but much closer to the truth – SHL’s Wen Kexing’s parents were connected to the Lapis Armor by more than just coincidence, they were someone of note, their names are remembered. Here, when Zhou Zishu asks “Is your surname truly Wen?”, the answer is not clear-cut at all.
No one in the Black Widow movie actually has a terrible Russian accent.
Melina, Alexei, and Yelena are just mocking Natasha for what they consider excessive assimilation.
I mean, living with Captain America? Really? You don’t think that’s taking it a little far, Natalia?
“Please stop trying to sound like you’re attempting to outsmart Moose and Squirrel,” she says, burying her head in her arms.
They ignore her and make their Russian accents even worse.
Natasha attempts to answer them in actual Russian and Melina looks her dead in the eye and says, in the worst Russian accent Natasha can imagine, “No, Natalia. We speak English. Because we are Americans now.”
Never forgetting the time Julie, her mom, and I few to NC. And when you use a chair, you get on first and get off last. (On this freakishly narrow chair they strap you on while they put the actual chair - with your name on it - in the cargo, like a stroller.) And when we finally get off the plane, Julie’s chair isn’t there. ANOTHER PASSENGER SAID IT WAS HIS AND THEY JUST. GAVE IT TO HIM? IT HAD JULIE WRITTEN ON THE TAG. And then there were stewards trying to track down the wheelchair thief, and Julie’s stuck on this tiny, foot-wide chair until they finally show up the guy is angry she’s “taking it away from him”. Worst travel day.
I wish “they gave my chair away/somebody stole my chair” was an unusual story but unfortunately it happens a lot.
My best advice is to read up on the Air Carrier Access Act, learn your rights and then insist on having your wheelchair in the in-cabin wheelchair closet - which is your legal right. Not only is your chair a lot less likely to get damaged, it’s a lot less likely to get stolen, too. I also recommend taking the wheels off and putting them in the overhead stowage (yes they have to let you).
Since disabled people get off the plane last your chair is still going to be sitting on the jetway alone for a while. It’s hard to run away with a chair with no wheels. Other removable parts work too - for example if you have a rigid chair back that comes off, put it in the overhead.
So what if Xue Yang, instead of being the very physical touchy clingy type, actually lumps pretty much all contact in with the bad touch variety, and Xiao Xingchen is actually the one to have to put himself out there first, get Xue Yang used to soft caresses, disguise touch in hair-fixing, brush his hand when passing him something, surprise him by sitting too close to him around the fire, knee just grazing his…
“People have always felt a sort of ownership over art, and that’s actually good. It’s why you keep a book on your shelf and return to it, it’s why you hang a picture on your wall that speaks to you. But when this gets out of hand and you mistake access or a personal connection with your rights, as happens so often in our Internet age, it leads to a dangerous sense of entitlement. That’s why readers feel empowered to complain, directly to the creator, that a book or show doesn’t have absolutely everything they want: the romantic pairing they’d hoped for, the language they find most friendly, the ending they desired. And it’s also why, for instance, the last Harry Potter book leaked on the internet before it was officially published: fans saw the book as something they were owed, not the product of labor that deserved compensation. Not that J.K. Rowling needs more money—but she, and all authors, deserve to have their work recognized as work.
“Consumers hold a pernicious power, so this trend towards free content won’t reverse itself unless we want it to. This is a sad thing, and we will all be much worse off if we can only hear stories from people who can afford to write.”
Please please please do NOT pirate books if you want to keep having books to read. The median income for full-time authors in 2017 is reported at $20,857. That means half of all authors reporting income made LESS.
And of the authors that reported that they were, in fact, full-time authors, only 63% had ANY earnings to report. The average of those who did earn something was $43,247. Which means, looking at the difference between the median and average, the average is heavily weighted by the superstars.
MOST of your favorite authors are either working a second (or third, or more) job, have a partner who earns more money, or is living hand-to-mouth, or some combination of the three.
Libraries are your friends. Most have ebook collections now. I know readers gotta eat, but writers do too.
Someone whose book isn’t out for another 4 months, and is ALREADY being pirated :(
Oh gosh :( this really hit me: “This is a sad thing, and we will all be much worse off if we can only hear stories from people who can afford to write.”
Another post about how piracy meant that her publisher cut the print run on the last book because the previous book wasn’t selling as well and how she teamed up with her brother to prove that online piracy was responsible for the lower sales
If you cannot afford to buy books, please go through your public library! When you get a library card, you’ll also be able to sign up to rent audiobooks; a librarian can help you if you’re not sure how. Libraries are an important part of the book ecosystem, and when you get a book for free from the library, you’re still supporting the author.
Adding to this: do not return ebooks purchased on Amazon for a refund. There are a disturbing number of people who read the whole (or nearly whole) ebook and then return for refund. The author loses money when you do that, and not Amazon. Just use the library if you don’t want to pay for it. Libraries have ebooks these days too.