Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Defending Hermione: Hermione Jean Granger in Half-Blood Prince

Originally posted 4/20/2013

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 specified.)

Only Several Sunlit Days: The Ultimate Anti Harry/Ginny Essay

Originally posted 1/5/2013

* 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.
We 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.
The 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.
Also, 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.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Tauriel of the Woodland Realm

*This 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.*

I'm 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.

Let me repeat, there is nothing sexist about Tauriel. Raging about her only ingrains sexism deeper into our psyche.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Appendix: Fair

*This 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.*