* Originally posted on 7/6/2013 This is another rant about people's treatment of Snape. I'm getting extremely tired of being told that Sev is a sadist. He's not.
Nothing I'm saying in this rant hasn't been noted by other Snape fen, you can find all of these points in my favorite essays. But I want to consolidate them here.
The definition of a sadist is "someone who obtains pleasure from inflicting pain on others". Severus is the opposite of a sadist, going out of his way to save people from harm or pain. We have plenty of scenes to prove that, although most HP fans don't agree.
people seem to think that Legolas's stunts in the films are
over-the-top, and deserving of scorn. They say that such stunts are a
deviation from Tolkien. This list is to show that the contrary is
true – Tolkien created and used such 'action elves'. It is, in
fact, an inherent part of being an elf.*
*This essay is
a part of my 'Tolkien and Gender' series. You must
Intro before reading this essay.*
Arwen is my
favorite character, and I identify with her strongly. In fact, I
became a Tolkien fan because of her. Yes, you read that right. Arwen
is an amazing character, and I find the way a lot of people
frequently interpret her incredibly problematic.
Most people say
that 'she doesn't do anything' and that she is 'passive' or
or allowing what happens or what others do, without active response
or resistance.” Submit means “to yield or surrender (oneself) to
the will or authority of another.” They mean that Arwen does
nothing to assert herself, influence events around her, or change her
place in life. That she is, in short, a trophy bride.
could be further from the truth. With as little
page time as Arwen has, she has quite an active role and an enormous
effect on the plot.
Originally posted 10/10/2013 As
a diehard Harry Potter fan, like most, I have been pulled into the
world of shipping. I have been a Harry/Hermione fan from the
beginning, and will defend them to the death. However, unlike some of
my fellow Harmonians, Deathly Hallows is my favorite book. I
have read – and loved – essays that have gone through one of the
books and pulled all the Harmony parts. This has been done for every
book (yes, even Half-Blood Prince). I decided to do one for
Deathly Hallows because it is my favorite book.
page numbers refer to the US hardback editions. Enjoy!
A lot of Harmony shippers (and maybe others, I'm not
sure) have thought that Hermione's character was butchered,
regressed, destroyed for OBHWF, etc. That we were dealing with an
entirely new character, not our Hermione. I disagree. Don't
misunderstand me, I am a die-hard Harmony shipper, and HBP is my
least favorite of all the books. (All page numbers refer to the US
hardcover editions. All quotes are from HBP unless otherwise
This is a heavily revised and expanded version of my original Anti
Harry/Ginny essay. I've pulled the other one offline. I was greatly
inspired by Darynthe's antiHarry/Ginny essay, written after the fifth book. This wouldn't
have been possible without the inspiration that essay gave me.
have all read the books. We know who ends up with whom. But a lot of
fans, including me, are not happy with the way the relationships
worked out. This is my essay on the Harry/Ginny relationship and why
it would not work out in the end. Now, to start off I would like to
say that I don't hate Ginny, I don't think she's a slut, etc.
Overall, I'm indifferent to her. She's not my favorite character and
she's not my least favorite.
reason I don't like this pairing is because they have nothing
substantial. So now I'm going to take you through their relationship
through quotes from the books. When you see this: …... it means
that I took out part of the scene that has no relevance, or I've
skipped to a new place in the chapter.
I know that J.K. Rowling has been planning their relationship from
the beginning, that the first scene at Kings Cross was supposed to
set up Harry/Ginny and Hermione/Ron. But J.K. Rowling's opinion is
just that – her opinion. We all view things differently, we all
have our own versions of the characters, and we all have our own
opinions on the characters and the things that happen. When it comes
to the actual texts, her opinion doesn't matter any more than ours
does. Just because she is the author doesn't mean that her
interpretation and opinion automatically outweighs anyone else's. In
fact, her opinion often contradicts what was written in the books.
So, her opinion holds no weight in this essay. I will not be
including anything from her interviews. The only thing I will be
working with is the published text.
essay is a part of my 'Tolkien and Gender' series. You must
read my Intro before reading this essay. This essay was updated after the BotFA Extended Edition was released.*
writing this essay because of all the conversations revolving around
Tauriel. There have been many outraged posts about how Tauriel is
sexist. Frankly, they make me feel sad. Because there is nothing
sexist about Tauriel. I feel sad because people are taking all of the
rage and hurt they have gotten from being mistreated by the
Patriarchy, to enforce the Patriarchy.
me repeat, there is nothing sexist about Tauriel. Raging about
her only ingrains sexism deeper into our psyche.
is a list of most quotes that use the word “fair” in a way that
means something other than physical beauty within LotR.
I have compiled this list because it is one of my key points in the
frequent misunderstandings of Tolkien's writing style.*
wrote this essay because I love the friendship between Legolas and Aragorn as
much as I love the Arwen/Aragorn ship – which is saying something! It
infuriates me that the
friendship between Legolas and Aragorn not only gets overlooked most
of the time, but that some people even outright deny that it is
The idea for this series came to me
when I was writing the end of my Éowyn
essay. Tolkien faces a lot of criticism from people for supposedly
being 'sexist' in his works. Overall, Tolkien's works are not
sexist. I agree it is very problematic that only 18% of the characters are female.
works take a very
refreshing and nuanced look at sexism, and this has been largely
overlooked or dismissed.
This is all about the Unseen Plane,
especially as it relates to Elves. Gandalf's comments in “Many
Meetings” makes it clear that the 'wraith-world' and the 'unseen
plane' are the same world. What do we know about this Plane, and what
do we know about its relation to Elves and Men?
For me, one of the most heart wrenching
parts of LotR is the
relationship between Aragorn and Elrond (alright, there are a
lot of heart wrenching parts,
this is just one of them). I do not agree with comparing Elrond to
Thingol, because the situations are completely different. However, I
don't believe that everything was alright between them.
*This essay is a part of my 'Tolkien and Gender' series. You must read my Intro before reading this essay. This essay is what inspired me to write the series.*
When discussing Tolkien, gender, and
feminism, very few characters are as talked about as Éowyn.
Understanding her character arc is crucial to understanding the
systematic damnation of sexism that is present in the majority of
*Trigger Warnings: We're going to be talking about bodies, sex, rape, etc. Some “vulgar” or “explicit” words will be used.*
Oh dear, you're probably saying. An essay on feminism and society? I am well aware that this is a confusing, overwhelming, and touchy topic for society. There are a lot of misconceptions out there about feminism; and there are a lot of 'feminists' who promote sexism. What I want to do is talk about all of that. Now, I'm going to be linking to other people's articles. I may not agree with every single word or idea in them, but I agree with the overall point, or the connection I specify.
This is a companion piece to my essay
on defining abuse. There I go over the things not
to do in relationships. Here is a list of the articles that tell you
exactly what to do,
and what's truly important. Many of the points in these articles are
true for any relationship; not just romantic ones. Therefore, they
are relevant to everyone.