Another force to contend with. Another power player who has decided to use me as a piece in her games
She says this as if she didn’t try to manipulate things first. I mean, here, Katniss has spent a month taking naps even while everyone around her tries to point out that there’s a lot of pain and destruction going on, and she won’t so much as help with domestic chores the whole time. Then, she makes all sorts of demands, starting with a useless trip to D12 and progressing to special pardons.
All Coin did in return was say “fine, but you’d better actually deliver on your end.”
And for the great sin of trying to actually get shit done in the face of Katniss’s childish antics, she’s being painted as Machiavellian. The only way this makes any sense is if you actually subscribe to the belief that Katniss, as an “important person,” is inherently deserving, and therefore it’s “wrong” of Coin to not give her stuff freely. That is the only way this statement makes any sense, because it sure doesn’t cut it over here in reality.
The stink of unwashed bodies, stale urine, and infection breaks through the cloud of antiseptic
…what kind of antiseptic are you guys using? You’ve got to pretty much be choking on the stuff to get it to cover up urine.
Entirely depends on the story. Sometimes, that can work out well, but you have to be careful about it. There shouldn’t be a sense that the MC is twisting in mental knots just to keep their thoughts away from the secret, because that makes it too obnoxious. Either they don’t know the information themselves and therefore can’t think of it, or you need to write carefully so that their thoughts sound natural while they also just happen to avoid alighting on certain things. (Unless you have a conversational narration style, and the MC is actually talking to the reader, then it’s a bit easier to get away with “and then…oh, well, I shouldn’t tell you that.”)
Haven’t seen it. It’s only showing at 4 in the afternoon at our local theater. Such an awkward time to go to the movies; I’d have to leave work early to manage it. :\
If you have anything to add, please tell me. Everything I know comes from…well, reading stories about people like your parents. You would know much more than me on that account.
“Katniss?” Prim whispers. She’s awake, peering at me through the darkness. “What’s wrong?”
“Nothing. Just a bad dream. Go back to sleep.” It’s automatic. Shutting Prim and my mother out of things to shield them.
Okay, but why? We actually have very little evidence that they wouldn’t be able to handle anything. In part because the book has zero fucks to give about these characters as anything more than set props for Katniss. Her mother had a breakdown, yes, but she also pulled herself out of it, which speaks volumes. And she’s got a much different support system now, so she’d likely be able to handle stress a lot better, and every time we see her she’s perfectly competent.
Now, one could argue quite reasonably that this is just Katniss’s perspective. Her mom checked out once, so she doesn’t put any stress on her anymore, despite any evidence that she’s changed. Prim she still sees as a little kid, even though she’s old enough to start hearing a few things now. So yes, Katniss could still be hesitant because of how she personally sees things, not because of these things being objectively true. But in that case, the book takes the least interesting option by never changing Katniss’s opinion. She remains stubbornly believing this, with no consequence, when something like this in a better book would be considered a character arc.
"It’s for my Queer and Feminist Comparative Literature Theory class."
“Let me write that down…”
“I took it more for the teacher than the class. My school was all-male until the sixties, and she was one of the first teachers at the women’s college. She’s really respected.”
“So what’s one important thing she’s taught you?”
“… about how it’s important for feminists to evaluate everyday occurrences. How even routine personal interactions are political. Everything is significant, and even little things have meaning.”
“Is it possible to see too much meaning in little things?”
“Well, there does seem to be some people who go around looking for things to be angry about. But if the alternative is to be desensitized to how small things affect us, I think it’s better to be overly sensitive.”
I dump the bag onto a seat, where the loathsome creature begins a low, deep-throated growl. “Oh, shut up,” I tell the bag
You shut up. How do you not realize that he’s scared? Even if you are stupid enough to think cats work just like humans, how would you like to be stuffed unceremoniously into a bag and then literally tossed about without any regard to your well-being?
Every Fairy-Tale Ending Has a Price… .
Orphaned as a child in the crumbling village of Tulan, Elara is determined to learn her true identity, even if it means wielding a dagger. Meanwhile, in Galandria’s royal capital, Princess Wilha stands out as someone to either worship or fear. Though no one knows why the king has always made her conceal her face—including Wilha herself.
When an assassination attempt threatens the peace of neighboring kingdoms, Elara and Wilha are brought face to face … with a chance at claiming new identities. However, with dark revelations now surfacing, both girls will need to decide if brighter futures are worth the binding risks.
I’d give Elara’s part of this book five stars, Wilhamina’s part three stars, and so the average comes out to four stars. The book was easy to get sucked into, in part thanks to the invisible and smooth writing, and I found myself eagerly reading it long past the point where I should have gone to bed. But as much as I enjoyed the plot overall, Wilha…just really didn’t do it for me. I read her parts the fastest just because I wanted to get through them.