“My mother once told me that trauma is like Lord of the Rings. You go through this crazy, life-altering thing that almost kills you (like say having to drop the one ring into Mount Doom), and that thing by definition cannot possibly be understood by someone who hasn’t gone through it. They can sympathize sure, but they’ll never really know, and more than likely they’ll expect you to move on from the thing fairly quickly. And they can’t be blamed, people are just like that, but that’s not how it works.
Some lucky people are like Sam. They can go straight home, get married, have a whole bunch of curly headed Hobbit babies and pick up their gardening right where they left off, content to forget the whole thing and live out their days in peace. Lots of people however, are like Frodo, and they don’t come home the same person they were when they left, and everything is more horrible and more hard then it ever was before. The old wounds sting and the ghost of the weight of the one ring still weighs heavy on their minds, and they don’t fit in at home anymore, so they get on boats go sailing away to the Undying West to look for the sort of peace that can only come from within. Frodos can’t cope, and most of us are Frodos when we start out.
But if we move past the urge to hide or lash out, my mother always told me, we can become Pippin and Merry. They never ignored what had happened to them, but they were malleable and receptive to change. They became civic leaders and great storytellers; they we able to turn all that fear and anger and grief into narratives that others could delight in and learn from, and they used the skills they had learned in battle to protect their homeland. They were fortified by what had happened to them, they wore it like armor and used it to their advantage.
It is our trauma that turns us into guardians, my mother told me, it is suffering that strengthens our skin and softens our hearts, and if we learn to live with the ghosts of what had been done to us, we just may be able to save others from the same fate.”
S.T.Gibson (via sarahtaylorgibson)
This is very nice, but it’s quite the other way around. Lord of the Rings is like trauma. It was written as a metaphor for trauma. That’s….that’s the way books work.
number one pet peeve of all academia related to literature:
- when men are characters but women are symbols
oh no, that’s definitely academia. not the authors fault AT ALL.
I Don’t Think Chuck Shurley is God and Eric Kripke Isn’t Allowed To Tell Me I’m Wrong
Now this post, unlike my other analysis posts, is indeed “meta”, because it’s a discussion of authorial intent about a story about authorial intent. Amazing.
So here’s the deal. I’m not in the Supernatural fandom per se, but I do think it’s pretty fun, that the Kim Manners era stuff was incredible, and that the season 1-5 arc was some pretty great long-form epic fantasy. Obviously, I’m super late to the game, writing analysis of the five season arc when we’re going into s10, but I just have to get this out there. I’ve noticed that the fans overall have, for the past four years, accepted the “Chuck is God” theory, even doing that cutesy thing of saying things like, “Thank Chuck” and “Chuck damnit”. And the reason this theory is so prevalent is that, well, Eric Kripke said it was true.
Well, fuck that.
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@WorstMuse is a relic of the human race
what if instead of a same gender detective partnership who keep getting mistaken for a romantic couple, you had a same gender romantic couple who keep getting mistaken for detectives
‘hello, I’m sam darling, and this is my partner gregory hitch’ ‘AH YES THE PRIVATE DETECTIVES’ ‘what??? no we just came for some ice cream why is there police tape everywhere’
“Authors were shy, unsociable creatures, atoning for their lack of social aptitude by inventing their own companions and conversations.”
– Agatha Christie (via writingquotes)
“During the packed panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the Saga writer noted that while today, Joss Whedon and George R.R. Martin are considered cultural monsters for killing off beloved characters, death used to be a more common feature of popular fiction. One problem, he believes, is that too many characters live in the hands of corporations and are therefore considered too precious to kill. Vaughn feels that takes away one of the things that makes fiction so valuable.”
Brian K. Vaughn And Fiona Staples Reveal What’s Ahead For Saga (via wilwheaton)
wtf tho don’t even play there was no goddamn reason Odysseus should have lived through all that shit. He went through like TWENTY SHIPWRECKS and he kept living because SOMETHING had to keep the story going!
The heroes always live because they’re the heroes. This isn’t new.
“Poetry, the best of it, is lunar and is concerned with the essential insanities. Journalism is solar (there are numerous newspapers named The Sun, none called The Moon) and is devoted to the inessential.”
– Tom Robbins (via blackballoonpublishing)
1st draft: Tell your story
2nd draft: Tell your story right
3rd draft: Tell your story well
4th draft: Fuck. No. This wasn’t what I wanted to write at all.
5th draft: Drink
6th draft: Give up and send it in as is