May. 2, 2013
“The boy with blond curls and gray eyes (…) It took five, ten, fifteen years for me to agree. But Peeta wanted them so badly. (…) Carrying the boy was a little easier.”
oh my actual god who can read this and not be viscerally repulsed. She didn’t want children. She didn’t want children for fifteen years and he wore her down because he “wanted them so badly.” “A little easier.” Oh my god. She didn’t want children, she didn’t want the stereotypically nurturing feminine role, and…her happy ending, her ‘healing’ was being forced to conform to that?
I didn’t get the ship from the moment that he had the whole ~~betrayed~~ scene on the train ride about how Katniss had been acting completely out of character for all these interviews and he - who’d stalked her for years - had so little grasp of who she was as a person that he saw no aberration and was ~stunned~ when he found out it wasn’t true. He doesn’t love her because a) he bloody STALKED her and b) he has no concept or respect for her as a person. UGH.
Though to be fair I wouldn’t dislike Peeta (Nice Guy(tm) extraordinaire) so much if pretty much every single effing other person wasn’t guilting and shaming and deriding Katniss about not wanting or appreciating Peeta.
A fucking million times this.
(Source: probablystilladoreyou, via katnissisoliveskinneddealwithit)
Apr. 25, 2013
I have found the whistler, a wizened old man in a faded red shirt and overalls. His eyes meet mine. What happens next is not an accident. It is too well executed to be spontaneous, because it happens in complete unison. Every person in the crowd presses the three middle fingers of their left hand against their lips and extends them to me. It’s our sign from District 12, the last good-bye I gave Rue in the arena.
We could have had it alllllllllllllllllllllll.
Apr. 21, 2013
Octavia E. Butler, African American science fiction writer.
To read her novel Kindred click HERE.
(I have just read this one novel so far and she has shaken up my world already)
I love that novel- recommend
Octavia butler is incredible and if you are into science fiction or fantasy or female authors at all she is required reading.
I’m on the last book of Lilith’s Brood and it’s fucking amazing.
Apr. 15, 2013
Sherri L. Smith
First came the storms.
Then came the Fever.
And the Wall.
After a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever, the Gulf Coast has been quarantined. Years later, residents of the Outer States are under the assumption that life in the Delta is all but extinct… but in reality, a new primitive society has been born.
Fen de la Guerre is living with the O-Positive blood tribe in the Delta when they are ambushed. Left with her tribe leader’s newborn, Fen is determined to get the baby to a better life over the wall before her blood becomes tainted. Fen meets Daniel, a scientist from the Outer States who has snuck into the Delta illegally. Brought together by chance, kept together by danger, Fen and Daniel navigate the wasteland of Orleans. In the end, they are each other’s last hope for survival.
Sherri L. Smith delivers an expertly crafted story about a fierce heroine whose powerful voice and firm determination will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
My wishlist just keeps getting longer & longer.
Apr. 9, 2013
If I were in the Hunger Games I would use one of the parachutes and gift containers and put all kinds of poisonous berries in them and then climb trees and send them down to unsuspecting tributes. Oh, you thought you were getting a nice fruit salad? Think again. POISON.
You should volunteer as tribute, you evil genius
Apr. 9, 2013
gale hawthorne, district 12 and angry young men of colour
So I’m going to go out on a limb and say (as a veteran of the tracked tag, if nothing else) that the way huge swathes of ‘The Hunger Games’ fandom talks about Gale Hawthorne is super problematic.
It’s a tough thing to do, to talk about any of the characters in the series and do it fairly when the narrative itself is rife with problems - both in terms of what it picks up on and what it leaves out. But I think fandom tends to ignore those problematic aspects which aren’t convenient to their reading of the text, at the expense of misunderstanding several of its key figures. If I was someone looking in from the outside, who had never picked up a single copy of the books, I would, from fandom’s response, infer that Gale was the villain of the piece (or at least the final act) - the volatile, bloody mirror to Peeta’s good. And when you think about that contextually, when you think about that in conjunction with the fact that if we accept Katniss to be a POC then Gale is too, it follows that the portrait that we get in the books of one of the sole male POC characters fighting for his homeland is one who is paranoid, militant, downright violent. Which isn’t just problematic, but offensive as well - to put such a one-dimensional face on the subjugated people of colour partaking in the revolution, as well as feeding into long-held stereotypes of what a person of colour fighting for their rights looks like.
The fly in the ointment being - despite the fact that Collins drops in the racial commentary without ever exploring it any further - that is simply not who Gale is in the text. Yes, Gale is uncompromising, yes, he resorts to violence but if he’s not one of the heroes of the series, he’s certainly not one of its villains either. And for fandom to dismiss him as such is a disservice to his character. For fandom to single out Gale for his possessiveness, claiming that such a character trait is in evidence in the ‘Gale is mine. I am his’ line - a line not spoken by Gale, but by Katniss - is not just a disservice to his character, but completely baffling. And for fandom to glorify Katniss’ racial heritage whilst erasing (via ignoring) Gale’s, is adding insult to injury. Sure, you have your favourites, you have the ship that you prefer - but that doesn’t mean you get to prioritise which character of colour’s experiences have more intrinsic value, that’s neither a sensitive nor a respectful reading of these books.
And Gale isn’t a poorly hewn together caricature of what a POC revolutionary might look like either, all overflowing anger and inflammatory action - Collins’ writing has its faults, but that’s still never a place it goes. His character is not just defined by a single act - by the violence of the bombs he creates or Prim’s death - his character is informed by what he spends his life experiencing and what he shapes that to mean. Yes, he is single-minded in his determination and he believes that the ends justifies the means (in contrast to Peeta who sees the ends as the means) and if you don’t think that’s the right way to run a revolution, well that’s your prerogative. But that doesn’t mean Gale’s anger is without justifiable cause, that we can blame him whole-heartedly for his actions without charting the multitude of steps it takes to get him there, and it certainly doesn’t mean that his characterisation is of a man of colour who revolves solely around his anger.
Gale is angry, I won’t deny it, but he’s romantic too - romantic in the sense of being an idealist, after all he falls in love with the girl who is yes, his childhood friend but also the symbol of the whole goddamn revolution. He is hopeful and he is penitent and he moves back to District 2 - to the very district he helps destroy, because he knows that sometimes the cost of a revolution can be the soft spots inside you but you don’t need to carry that cost, that weight, for the rest of your life. He’s a complex character, he’s multifaceted and contradictory and I think his race charges his narrative as much as Katniss does hers. To ignore that part of him (whilst exulting that part of Katniss) is blatantly unfair and to flatten him into a stereotype that he’s not, is as offensive as it is nonsensical.
Also, just to briefly add —
I’d also further argue that this fandom is left with a choice. Interpretations of texts are about choices, and should we agree that Katniss is a woman of color (which not everyone in this fandom does, but I do) and that, therefore, Gale is a man of color, we are left with options. We can choose to recognize that in the moments that Collins deplores Gale’s revolutionary positioning and in the moments that she posits political revolutionary violence as just as oppressive as state-sponsored violence, she is establishing an incredibly problematic racial and political rhetoric and note the problematics of the text as such, or we can choose to buy into that line of thinking and condemn Gale for it as well. Extratextually, Gale’s actions are all completely within the scope of any ethics of war you want to look at bar outright pacifism; it’s only intratextually that he’s condemned for it, and this fandom needs to examine why that is and what that means for this series. And we have a responsibility to examine the problematics of all that and recognize that even if Collins is willing to take a disparaging position toward a man of color for revolutionary violence with the goal of liberation from state-sponsored and endemic oppression, we as readers do not have to do the same.
I do think that Collins is unsure of her political rhetoric in most of Mockingjay. At times she invokes the need for revolution and at other times she condemns it, ultimately suggesting that the rebels may be just as bad if not worse than the ruling regime which is often the case in real life but given the paradigms of this series is, frankly, mortifying. But no matter how she ultimately comes down on that issue — which she doesn’t, really, because Mockingjay has no space for resolution of any kind — for fandom to flatten Gale down to a one-dimensional villain who manipulates Katniss (which is not in any way textual) and who uses violence to attain his goals (which is textual) within the constructs of a racialized narrative is a problematic of the fandom itself. His violence is political. It does not happen in a vacuum, and it is not hapless. To say ‘oh, Gale is violent’ without looking at what kind of violence he performs or why he does it is overwhelmingly limited thinking.
Apr. 6, 2013
Is this a Thing? Sci-fi/dystopian thrillers by Asian American and Asian Canadian authors!
Dualed by Elsie Chapman
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Adaptation by Malinda Lo
Legend by Marie Lu
What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang
I have read ALL of these books and they are ALL FANTASTIC!!!! Go Asian American/Canadian authors!!!
Apr. 2, 2013
think about the concept of a library. that’s one thing that humanity didn’t fuck up. we did a good thing when we made libraries
(Source: jav-incandenza, via veganweedsoup)
Mar. 31, 2013
[image description: the page of acknowledgments and the cover of How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir by Amber Dawn. The acknowledgments page says “Gratitude to the Musqueam, Tsiel-Waututh, and Squamish people, and acknowledgement that I live (and write) on unceded Indigenous land / A heartfelt thanks to: / The praiseworthy team at Arsenal Pulp Press—Brian Lam, Robert Ballantyne, Susan Safyan, Gerilee McBride, and Cynara Geissler / The Lambda Literary Foundation and the Writers’ Trust of Canada for their generous support and recognition”]
Best acknowledgements page ever?
(The rest of the book is pretty awesome, too.)
Order How Poetry Saved My Life by Amber Dawn from the publisher, Arsenal Pulp Press
or also from Amazon
“Amber Dawn’s acclaimed first novel Sub Rosa, a darkly intoxicating fantasy about a group of magical prostitutes who band together to fend off bad johns in a fantastical underworld, won a Lambda Literary Award in 2011. While the plot of the book was wildly imaginative, it was also based on the author’s own experience as a sex worker in the 1990s and early 2000s, and on her coming out as lesbian.”
Mar. 27, 2013
Everything beautiful brings her to mind. I see her in the yellow flowers that grow in the Meadow by my house. I see her in the Mockingjays that sing in the trees. But most of all, I see her in my sister, Prim.
(Source: ruestribute, via veganemelda)
Mar. 25, 2013
@santinojrivera @chicano_soul had you guys in mind lol, #readBannedBooks #sanfrancisco #lamission