When life gives you lemons, give them to a hobo in New York

sophiereads-sophiewrites:

acciobenedictcumberbatch:

lupinatic:

here-is-the-place:

When people say these books are children’s books, as if to demean them, I balk. These books dealt with themes that adults do not fully understand or wish to. It dealt with racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, prejudice, and general ignorance. These books taught us that it doesn’t matter how you were raised, but that you get to choose to be kind, loyal, brave, and true. They taught us to be strong under the pressures of this world and to hold fast to what we know to be right. These books taught me so much, they changed me as a person. So just because they’re set against a fantastical backdrop with young protagonists does not mean that their value is any less real.

This.

First book: Starts with the double murder of a pair of twenty-one year olds who were much missed and leaving their baby son a war orphan. A child growing up in abusive conditions that would give Cinderella the horrors. Dealing with peers and teachers who are bullies. The fickleness of fame (from the darling of Gryffindor to the outcast.) The idea that there are things worth fighting and dying for, spoken by the child protagonist. Three children promptly acting on that willingness to sacrifice their lives, and two of them getting injured doing so.

Second book: The equivalent of racism with the pro-pureblood attitude. Plot driven by an eleven year old girl being groomed and then used by a charming, handsome older male. The imbalance of power and resultant abuse inherent in slavery. Fraud perpetuated by stealing something very intimate.

Third book: The equivalent of ableism with a decent, kind and competant adult being considered less than human because he has an illness that adversely affects his behaviour at certain times. A justice system that is the opposite of just. Promises of removing an abused child from the abusive environment can’t always be kept. The innocent suffer while the guilty thrive.

Fouth book: More fickleness of fame. The privileged mistreating and undermining the underprivileged because they can. A master punishing a slave for his own misjudgment, and the slave blaming herself. A sports tournament which involves mortal risk being cheered by spectators. A wonderful young man being murdered simply because he was in the way. A young boy being tortured, humilated and nearly murdered.

Fifth book: PTSD in the teenage protagonist. Severe depression in the protagonist’s godfather, triggered by inherited mental health issues and being forced to stay in a house where abuse occured. A bigoted tyrant who lives to crush everyone under her heel, torturing a teenager for telling the truth in the name of the government (and trying to suck his soul out too). The discovery that your idols can have feet of clay after all. An effort to save the life of someone dear and precious actually costing that very same life. The loss of a father-figure and the resultant guilt.

Sixth book: The idea that a soul can be broken beyond repair. Drugs with the potential for date rape are shown as having achieved exactly that in at least one case, resulting in a pregnancy. Well-meaning chauvinism trying to control the love life of a young woman. Internalised prejuidce resulting in refusing the one you love, not out of lack of love but out of fear of tainting them. The mortality of those that seem powerful and larger than life.

Seventh book: Bad situations can get worse, to the point where even the privileged end up suffering and afraid. More internalised prejudice and fear hysterical terror of tainting those you love. Self-sacrifice and the loss of loved ones, EVERYWHERE. Those who are bitter are often so with a reason. The necessity of defeating your inner demons, even though it’s never as cool as it sounds. Don’t underestimate those that are enslaved. Other people’s culture isn’t always like your own. Things often come full circle (war ending with the death of a dearly-loved pair of new parents and their orphaned baby son living with his dead mother’s blood relative instead of his young godfather). Even if ‘all is well’ the world is still imperfect, because it’s full of us brilliant imperfect humans.

 
So… still think that Harry Potter is a kid’s series with no depth?

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thewhimsyturtle:

Happiness is a pretty little sachet that smells like sugar cookies!

Mommy made this sachet years before I was born. You can see more details about it over here.

This. Is. So. Cute!!

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fuckitandflee:

The real problem with books-turned-movies isn’t “omg they didn’t include every single word in the book” it’s “omg they completely overlooked the main theme, threw out any significant allegories, took away all the emotional pull, an turned it into a boring action movie with a love triangle in it”

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trust-me-im-satan:

sleep:

all

i

asked

you

to

do

was

close

my

fucking

door

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(via gingie-snaps)

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casfucker:

it’s 3 in the afternoon and i just remembered how fucking pisSED I AM THAT SAM AND CAS WON’T BE WORKING TOGETHER TO SAVE/FIND/WHATEVER DEMON!DEAN GOD WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS SHOW WHY CAN’T IT GIVE ME ONE THING JUST THIS ONE THING
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I really want to know how it went from a show about team free will to basically two different shows. (I’m talking after Cas was introduced not before) Like why does Cas get a seperate plot line? I get he has issues the brothers don’t have, but it doesn’t mean he abandons them and vice versa. I like Cas he’s one of my favorite characters because of his complexity but honestly, if you’re basically gonna give Cas his own show and have him barely interact with the brothers, I’d like it better if he wasn’t there. Right now if feels like the only reason he’s on the show at all is for a fanservice. It sucks to see one of my favorite characters being pushed off to the side as if he doesn’t matter. As if at the last second they remeber that he’s actually there. For me he’s an important aspect of the show, but he can’t be if he doesn’t interact with the two main characters of it and if that’s the way he’s gonna continue to be he might as well be gone.

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greeneyesandleatherjackets:

bornavillain:

thecrimsonalchemist:

There are just some sounds that everyone loves:

  • Shoes on gravel
  • Crackling of a fire
  • The snapping of necks of those who think they can disrespect you
  • Cats purring

what was that middle one

crackling of a fire

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yall-mothafuckas-need-misha:

badassbitchfromhades:

freckledtrekkie:

doctorsherlocklokison:

captainmjolnir:

I’ve never understood the stereotype that women are more likely to faint at blood

I mean seriously

what do you think we do every month

THEY WEREN’T SUPPOSED TO KNOW ABOUT THE WEREWOLF THING

AWH COME ON GUYS THAT WAS A SECRET FOR A REASON

I guess we have to come clean about the cult sacrafices too huh

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Well now we do

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I connect with this very deeply

I connect with this very deeply

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5 days ago
spn writers:here's an idea
spn writers:human!cas
spn fandom:omg this is a great opportunity to explore the facets of cas's character and how he's affected by the change and how his relationships with dean and sam are affected and
spn writers:yeah, we're going to use it as an excuse to remind you how compLETELY HETEROSEXUAL HE IS
spn fandom:...
spn writers:here's an idea
spn writers:demon!dean
spn fandom:omg this is a great opportunity to explore the facets of dean's character and how he's affected by the change and how his relationships with sam and cas are affected and
spn writers:yeah, we're going to use it as an excuse to remind you how compLETELY HETEROSEXUAL HE IS
spn fandom:...
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Castiel is so fucking sassy i want him to be my best friend

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