That time when Romana I conspired with the senior manager of the company to murder her unloved husband for money and freedom.
(Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Dream)
L A D I E S ★ favorite teenage girl
S A N S A S T A R K ( G a m e o f T h r o n e s )
And then there’s Sansa. Sansa Stark, who named her deadly, killer direwolf Lady. And she trained her to be gentle, and quiet, and sweet and loving. And then what happens? The Baratheons have her killed. So now Sansa is so alone, having lost her family, her home and her Lady. But she is the exact opposite of what her father said would happen to wolves who end up alone. Ned Stark said that the only way they could survive was to stick together, and that was never an option. Robb had their mother. Rickon and Bran had Winterfell and then each other. Jon is on the wall, with his brothers, and then across it with Ygritte, then back to the wall. Arya had Gendry, and is still linked to Nymeria. But Sansa has absolutely no one who is her family. So she takes the strength and poise of a lady, and turns it into something as deadly and defensive as a direwolf’s fangs and claws. She knows that she is alone, and that no one is coming for her, so she adapts. She plays the game, she keeps her mouth shut, she stays alive.
Because the best way to hide a wolf, to keep people feeling safe, is to make them think it’s just a well-trained dog.
Meta from here. Graphic quotes from poem here.
UGH YOU GUYS ALL HAVE SUCH GREAT RESPONSES TO THAT POST AND I KEEP GOING TO RESPOND TO THEM AND THEN TYPING A WALL OF MORE WORDS AND THEN REALIZING THAT I AM NOT MENTALLY EQUIPPED AT THIS TIME TO HAVE THIS CONVERSATION COHERENTLY AND DELETING IT ALL.
You say “ensemble cast” I hear “You’re going to become far too invested in one or two emotionally damaged middle aged character(s) and join a small but dedicated fandom where you’ll obsess over every minute detail when they are on screen. Any sort of physical contact or eye contact will be interpreted as an act of passion and you’ll miss large plot lines because you’ll be too busy staring at their movements out of focus.”
I feel conflicted, because on one hand I firmly believe that “write characters with no specific gender/race/sexuality/etc. and then apply a diverse range of those qualities realistically” is the right thing to do, but in a setting that reflects our actual world… is it wrong to ignore the fact that I as a woman have been shaped by the world around me to be different than a man, that I as a white cis person have been shaped differently than someone non-white or non-cis gendered, that I as a bisexual have been shaped differently than someone straight/gay/asexual/etc?
TL;DR: How do we convey that we all have the same opportunity when we do not all have the same opportunity? That we are inequal not in what we have to offer the world, but in what the world has to offer us? Why don’t more fictional stories try to address this?
hE’s eVEN GOT SANTA FOOLED
I don’t know how to tell you this, Santa, but… THE COOKIES ARE PEOPLE!