worldsnotsaid
worldsnotsaid
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worldsnotsaid · 6 hours ago
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i really wish ppl would stop acting like nes/ta is some calculating asshole constantly trying to insult cas/sian in the hardest hitting way possible. she doesn’t do that. yk what she does do? reject him, as is her fucking right. cas/sian acts entitled to her affections while simultaneously belittling her and she responds as she fucking should! whatever bullshit ac0sf was trying to pull abt her making cas/sian feel lesser for being a lesser faerie or for being a bastard was just blatantly incorrect. she rejects him, but at no point does SHE ever bring those things into the equation, it’s entirely HIS baggage making him unreasonably infer those things from a basic rejection.
and really, the way her REJECTIONS are are treated as her personally trying to grievously emotionally wound cas/sian? complete misogyny. men are not entitled to women’s affections no matter what. it’s perfectly valid for her to tell him to fuck off bc all he’s done is insult her since they met, bc of his absolutely atrocious behavior in ac0fas, bc she doesn’t need a goddamn reason to reject someone’s advances. the ac0tar fandom is so goddamn sexist idek why they bother to read books with female protagonists in the first place, since they’re clearly so much more interested in their entitled male faves being rewarded for their bad behavior with whatever woman they’re into.
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worldsnotsaid · 8 hours ago
"Nesta never worked for anything, even before she was depressed. If she did something, was because her sister was pushing her. She never had a reason to be mean, she just was mean. She always lived by her sister expense and even so she felt in the right to humiliate her. She used from personal stuff to hurt Cassian, she was constantly calculating ways to make him suffer."
this is a excerpt of a rant from another blog that is completely pro feyre and i was wondering what you would say to it
Hi anon!
There is always a lot to unpack with N/esta, so this will probably be long-ish (maybe??). I like to talk about her because I do think she is complex, not because SJM honestly crafted her to be, but because I honestly don't think SJM thought about the implication of writing a young girl in poverty -- what that would honestly look like, which I think is complex. I look at this in parts. With respect to this person's opinions! Sorry for typos!
"Nesta never worked for anything, even before she was depressed. If she did something, was because her sister was pushing her."
In my "Cinderella + F/eyre + Katniss" post, I talked about how I hated F/eyre and N/esta's dynamic, and I think this quote represents a reason why -- and not because of this person's opinion, but because of how N/esta is framed in relation to F/eyre. In the referred post, I compared N/esta and F/eyre to Katniss and Prim, because I think there are a lot of similarities. Before I get there though, I'll say that as far as SJM's intention, this person isn't actually wrong. I think she intended for N/esta to be seen in this way; that is, she is this evil, raging bitch with nothing to be angry at (and I will totally get there, because wow). But in its execution, it was done horribly. But, in TAR, N/esta isn’t a hunter, she isn’t a good person, but I think the idea that she had to be is a testament to what’s wrong with YA, and with how we look at women in fantasy. Because F/eyre his framed as being Good TM, while her sisters are framed for being villains because they reacted to poverty differently than F/eyre. F/eyre, who seems not just have forgotten what it was like to have lived In a manner, to have been indoctrinated in one form of life, only for that to have been flipped on it’s head because of someone else’s ambition. When was N/esta not depressed? What makes people think she was supposed to be a happy person during those years in poverty? I don’t defend N/esta’s behavior — wrong is wrong — but I do question the narrative decisions and implications in their dynamic. Because I think it speaks to ideas of purity that persist especially in YA and Fantasy, in regards to women.
SJM goes out of her way to craft this extremely misogynistic world, where it is extremely hard for women to actually move up unless they are high-born or married into it. Yet, when the consequence of having such a world manifests realistically unto both N/esta and E/lain, it is seen as a bad thing. N/esta did work to towards a goal. She had been groomed to marry, and become a lady devoted to the standards of her society, and then that was ripped away from her. She found herself in a place where none of the skills she'd spent so long learning were no longer applicable. And even if SF hadn't been written, these assumptions, given the vague mention of their childhood would be an easy thing to guess.
But more than that, there's this idea that she's in control of her oppression -- and that is absolutely not what poverty is. That's not how poverty works at all. N/esta has no power.
F/eyre is always positioned as "odd" -- meaning her behavior (though inconsistent asf) isn't standard. While N/esta was groomed, F/eyre had free rein to do whatever she wanted, and thus, those expectations were never actually put on her. That responsibility to wed well so that her sisters can live an easy life. It's an equal sacrifice to F/eyre's hunting, and is never expounded on by the text. The abuse she suffered written off in one sentence. It would have been more interesting if N/esta's dislike for F/eyre stemmed from the freedom F/eyre had during their childhood, whereas, N/esta was indoctrinated and abused for about fifteen years.
But more than than, I think people immediately infantilize F/eyre because her own narration does, and here’s what I mean:
She's honestly one of the more...less likable characters in this series, more so than bitchy N/esta. And this is because her choices are always treated very strangely. For example, F/eyre becomes hungry enough that she chooses to venture into the woods for food. She does this because she is going to starve. She decides to share this food with her family for five years, despite them not contributing. But the thing is, F/eyre still hunts for herself, she just inadvertently feeds her family too. Like when F/eyre hunts in the woods, she's not hunting for herself and then her family. She provides for herself and then stretches it for her family. I think this could totally be a good character trait for F/eyre, but the problem is SJM is telling is two conflicting things: (1) that F/eyre loves her family and that's why she hunts (2) that F/eyre was forced into this decision. Poverty shaped her decision, not her sisters. F/eyre has the choice to just...not hunt for her family. No one forced her into that job, she feels an obligation to do it.
Further, what backs up this claim, even more, is the fact that the family had about two years of relative (kind of?) financial assistance. F/eyre didn’t hunt during those years, nor did she do anything other than just be a child. That makes the mother’s promise even an even dumber addition to the story because the hunting was a decision that F/eyre made when their money ran out, she didn't just start hunting solely because her mother told her to.
This is the same for her decision to go UTM, to save her love interest, and then the story acts like F/eyre went there to actually save a whole continent of people. Like no. If T/amlin hadn't gone UTM, F/eyre would not have either. She went to save T/am and inadvertently broke the curse. But throughout the story, F/eyre’s decisions, are always trying to be more than impulsive, irrational choices. F/eyre was warned about the danger of UTM, no one forced her to go, but her narration treats it like she didn’t make those choices, they are always treated like she was forced into them. And it matters. It really does. Because that’s F/eyre saying she understands what’s going to happen, and going anyway. And again, that would have been a great character trait — honestly. But loving one man doesn’t mean she’s a good person. T/amlin loved F/eyre, and he's still pretty shitty of a guy.
She never had a reason to be mean, she just was mean. She always lived at her sister's expense and even so she felt in the right to humiliate her.
I agree, N/esta took her anger out on F/eyre. I don't think anyone justifies N/esta behavior in TAR. People understand it, but's not a shining moment for her. But she has no reason to be mean? Really? Is she supposed to be happy? To automatically bottle up her trauma and run into the woods with a bow and arrow? Unlike Feyre's character, N/esta is actually has a personality beyond the five years of poverty they faced. And I don't mean to disregard this person's opinion, I agree that N/esta's behavior, in the beginning, is tasteless at most, but F/eyre admits that they're both like that.
I partially agree with the second sentence. She's lived off of Feyre's hunting, there's not really an argument there. N/esta does help, reluctantly, but we honestly don't spend enough time with their family to actually understand their dynamic. N/esta is shown to help hesitantly, but F/eyre literally has the choice to just not hunt. N/esta even says she'd sell her body had F/eyre not hunted.
She used personal stuff to hurt Cassian, she was constantly calculating ways to make him suffer."
Okay, C/assian was literally the first one to jab at N/esta. He antagonized her the first day he met her, judging her off of what F/eyre told her. This is also, of course, made worse by the fact that C/assian is a Fae warrior -- who are the oppressor of the humans. F/eyre brings the man who literally responsible for their mutual Friend's death, with his soldiers, who insult and are strained in their reactions towards the sisters, and the first thing that comes out of his mouth is how "N/esta let F/eyre hunt." That's an ugly introduction. C/assian insults N/esta more than naught, and N/esta bites back. He's five hundred years old. How in the world are her words "making him suffer". Why would she suddenly just like this oppressor?? In TAR, I don't like N/esta's behavior, but in the rest of the series??? I can't honestly bring myself to dislike her. In SF, C/assian just straight-up insults N/esta all the same, but she's a monster for returning the sentiment? Not to me, she's not.
Overall, the way N/esta's is framed is ultimately the culprit. It would have taken maybe a paragraph to flesh her out just a tad bit more, for SJM to actually understand the implication behind the world she created. I can't really hate when people hate these characters because the vessel for telling this story is far too skewed. I feel like F/eyre and N/esta had the potential to be amazing. The skeleton and ideas are there, it's just the skill and ignorance on these subjects that end up being the downfall.
Thanks, anon!
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worldsnotsaid · a day ago
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I always thought it was funny that when F.eyre gets to the Night Court, R.hysand does the same thing T.amlin did in Spring — that is dress her up in clothes she has no say in wearing. Even the Starfall dress isn’t something F.eyre chose to wear, it’s something that R.hys dresses her up in. It would have been interesting if F.eyre told R.hys —“I want to chose x” because she was denied that in the Spring Court, but that’s not what we get.
It’s okay for R.hys to play dress-up because the Night Court is just positioned as better. Not that F.eyre actually gets to make these decisions. Also, I don’t even understand F.eyre’s abhorrence of the Spring Court dresses/culture? Like she seems to hate everything after UTM and there’s literally never any reason why she likes the clothes in TAR and hates them in MAF onward? F.eyre’s trauma only ever seems to move the plot along from one place to another, even when some of her feelings never really make any sense? When F.eyre kills the Fae in TAR, she’s depressed — yet she never feels any sympathy for Andras until after UTM. The entirety of TAR F.eyre never grapples with the fact that she killed an innocent man with hate in her heart, but it’s only when the plot demands that emotion is valid enough to move the plot along, that’s F.eyre acknowledges it. In FAS, F.eyre is like “I can’t believe I killed some random wolf lol” and I’m like — you mean when you killed a MAN? And never inquired about the living, breathing MAN you murdered? She is just so disjointed, ugh
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worldsnotsaid · 2 days ago
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whenever I finally realize that one of my mutuals is a sideblog and that the random user that’s been liking my posts was my mutual all along I feel like bruce willis at the end of the sixth sense
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worldsnotsaid · 2 days ago
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If you didn’t want to be assimilated into into my found family then you should have killed me when you had the chance
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worldsnotsaid · 2 days ago
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I can’t believe the Rise of Skywalker was so bad it killed my love for Star Wars. I’ve never had something I loved so dearly just ruin me like that. It’s been years since TLJ and fewer since TROS and I’m still like raw about it. I wish I had Tumblr then, cause that really hurt. I was so immersed in that fandom and it was so bitter to be let down that bad. From the racism, to the character assassination, the fandom and franchise just let me down so hard. It’s to the point where I’ve actively avoided the fandom for so long because I literally can’t stand it.
But a part of me misses that fandom so much, ughhh😭. It’s soooo homey.
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worldsnotsaid · 2 days ago
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I think this Nesta debate that always rages on has to do with the harmful affects fanon has on the story. It’s actually not just with Nesta, but even more specifically people like Elain, Lucien, Tamlin. Feyre is also a great character whose characterization is highly dependent on what has been imposed upon her, not was actually written in the story. For example, when people say that Feyre loves Nesta and Elain — through her hunting — when Feyre’s narration treats her hunting as an obligation, not an expression of love. And we get this time and time again. Where Feyre’s actions are in contrast to her narration. Feyre does selfless things? Not really. She does things that directly affect/benefit her, but the text perceives them as selfless acts (i.e. going UTM, fighting in Adriata, hunting in the forest). They’re not good for the sake of good, its good for the sake of Feyre. These actions directly serve Feyre first and just so happen to benefit others.
With Tamlin — and I think he and Elain are kind of the worst victims of fanon — it’s literally a free for all. Both he and and Elain are often characterized by broad statements that directly contradict what was written in the story, and because SJM usually forgets/refreshes her memory of the story with wiki/her fans generalizations, the characters become mismatched. For example, Tamlin states that he never actually worked for Hybern, and when he comes to the meeting he proved that he did play spy. But literally the books picks and chooses when this is canon, and so do the fans. Tamlin is labeled a misogynist, but he’s not. He’s not a misogynist. Saying that they’re were no High Ladies was not a misogynist thing to say. They literally don’t exist and never have. Is he abusive? Yes. But even that element of his character is literally always généralized to draw a distinction from Rhysand. It’s always “he’s an abuser and that’s why he abused Feyre” when his reasoning for abusing Feyre is literally the same as Rhys. Tamlin didn’t look down on Feyre because he thought she was naturally below him, he abused her because he was paranoid from the events UTM. And while dynamics do play a part in that, his neglect of Feyre stemmed from a fear of losing her. The same instinct that literally drove Rhysand to withhold the information from Feyre in SF, or the fact that they were mates in MAF.
Elain is also just always horribly conceptualized by everyone one. Whether it’s SJM not knowing what the hell to do with her, or with fans calling her abusive (bc no?? Elain without a doubt is not abusive). She may be an opportunist, but that’s not a bad thing. Nor am I ever going to shame her for being meek. It’s also in the way she’s considered either sweet and kind, despite never actually doing anything of the sort, or whether she’s never allowed the room to make mistakes because she is horribly characterized by SJM and fans alike.
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worldsnotsaid · 2 days ago
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People act like Nesta is like ten years older than F.eyre. She’s only three years older. Elain is only two. F.eyre, Nesta, and Elain were all children/teenagers during their years of poverty. Nesta is being blamed for being...a child. People act like she’s a psychopath and not a physically and mentally abused child during those years. Like she never forced F.eyre to do anything. F.eyre made those decisions herself. F.eyre chose to go in the forest, no one let her — she went. She has always had the choice to just not hunt. Like I feel like people blame Nesta and Elain for F.eyre’s decisions! They were all teenagers, they were all victims — Nesta even more so when the were in wealth.
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worldsnotsaid · 2 days ago
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People act like Nesta is like ten years older than F.eyre. She’s only three years older. Elain is only two. F.eyre, Nesta, and Elain were all children/teenagers during their years of poverty. Nesta is being blamed for being...a child. People act like she’s a psychopath and not a physically and mentally abused child during those years. Like she never forced F.eyre to do anything. F.eyre made those decisions herself. F.eyre chose to go in the forest, no one let her — she went. She has always had the choice to just not hunt. Like I feel like people blame Nesta and Elain for F.eyre’s decisions! They were all teenagers, they were all victims — Nesta even more so when the were in wealth.
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worldsnotsaid · 3 days ago
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Jeez, Grace and Ben have so much drama😭 I feel like she’s kind of not understanding towards Ben, y’know. I mean I understand her, I’ll never knock her because she’s been through hell. But I just think she sometimes dismisses Ben’s struggles? And maybe how big of a change all of this is for him? And Cal.
Oh, and poor Michaela. Her life is just so complicated too😭
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worldsnotsaid · 3 days ago
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Nesta built a relationship with Emerie and Gwyn over a six-to-eight month period. That’s actually an extremely valid amount of time to cultivate a friendship/sisterhood. Though the Blood Rite in itself was a rushed development, the relationship between Nesta, Emerie, and Gwyn was actually well done. I think it was the most wholesome dynamic she’s ever written. And even while their bout in the Blood Rite was a questionable victory —it’s actually a much more realistic time frame (with them going up against people who are relatively young adults too), than almost all of F.eyre’s opponents MAF onward. It’s not a knock on F.eyre, it’s just that the arguments against N.esta completely undermine the fact that F.eyre only really had two months of training compared to N.esta’s six months. Or that F.eyre’s relationships are time wise, more underdeveloped than N.esta.
F.eyre’s relationship with the Inner Circle was about two-and-a-half months in the making. She literally mates with R.hysand after only really knowing him for three months. And he abused her for almost three months prior to her mating with him. F.eyre has...no one. No one who wasn’t R.hysand’s friend first. I think it’s valid for N.esta to not vibe with F.eyre. F.eyre hunting doesn’t make N.esta obligated to like her. Just as a parent isn’t entitled to a child’s love because the take care of them, N.esta isn’t obligated to love or even like F.eyre, While Silver Flames was a horrible book, I think the Valkyries were actually one of the best written, and realistic friendships SJM has written.
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worldsnotsaid · 6 days ago
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Okay, another thing. T/amlin was F/eyre’s abuser, there’s no really a argument about that. But F/eyre’s revenge should have been for T/amlin, because in the end, the best course of action would have just been to...leave T/amlin alone. Because R/hysand is also F/eyre’s abuser and she NEVER holds him accountable or even has an open conversation about what he did to her.
F/eyre had the opportunity to devulge what she knew, and honestly, so did T/amlin but that’s not what she did. Instead of literally, LITERALLY having a conversation about the actual threat of H/ybern — which up to this point NONE of the High Lords are aware of, F/eyre sets up elaborate honey-traps that did way more damage than good. T/amlin’s army/image of strength was the only thing keeping H/ybern from invading. That’s basic war knowledge. But because neither of them, specifically F/eyre (only because she has access to valuable knowledge that T/amlin isn’t privy to), ever talk, the infiltration of Spring did nothing. There isn’t even a scenario where F/eyre’s infiltration would have been logical.
R/hysand’s court was synonymous with A/marantha, R/hysand himself withheld information from everyone, I just don’t see how this is a fault of T/amlin. T/amlin being F/eyre’s abuser did not give her the right to hurt other people. She was no better than T/amlin when she let her rage get to her. All those people In Summer and Spring are dead or displaced because a literal DIPLOMAT could not sit down and have a conversation, and put P/rythian first.
I mean, F/eyre is entitled to anger, but she literally made the decision to become High Lady and then immediately showed that was unfit for it. And whether or not T/amlin aided H/ybern isn’t even confirmed by the end of it all. She gains nothing. She never ascertains the depth of the alliance. Never asks question worth anything. F/eyre’s plan was just so idiotic for so many reason, I could go on for ever.
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worldsnotsaid · 6 days ago
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And lastly — sorry my thoughts are scattered. T/amlin wasn’t a bad leader before TAR. This is something that was literally just acknowledged by A/mren in SF. And also by F/eyre AS she is destroying the court. Other than the framing of the Tithe, the Spring Court isn’t under a horrible High Lord. T/amlin literally helped people escape A/marantha while His Darkness killed. And because the Spring Court severely underdeveloped, the idea that T/amlin is a bad leader when he is a traumatized, paranoid man on the border while and army that literally never ends is looming on the horizon. Throughout the entirety of MAF and TAR T/amlin is doing his job, that’s literally one of F/eyre’s complaints — that he was ALWAYS working.
Compare that to R/hysand who has the luxury of an untouched society that is pré established, while his court sits on the far end of the territory. Like the amount of responsibility on T/amlin was high. Like he gets a lot of flack for just...not having access to the same facilities as R:hys. F/eyre wasn’t showing anybody “the real T/amlin because it’s established that T/amlin is depressed, he’s literally having a psyche break. His sentries followed him because he WAS good. F/eyre’s plan was just exactly what I/anthe was doing.
End of my rants, I think😭
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worldsnotsaid · 6 days ago
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R/hysand literally sold out the entirety of P/rythian to protect his friends. And did so for fifty years. T/amlin, while a horrible spy I must say, never did anything against P/rythian while under H/ybern’ s occupation.
His Court was under occupation, he never actually aided H/ybern, and it is acknowledged by F/eyre and R/hysand that he always had the intention to betray H/ybern. When F/eyre DESTROYED the court — and we will ignore the logistics for a second — SHE let H/ybern walk right in. Something that IS acknowledged in the text by T/arquin. Did T/amlin not rally B/eron and destroy the Faebane and blow his cover to save F/eyre???
What did R/hysand do again before TAR? He sold out his country quite literally. T/amlin’s sentries really only quit because F/eyre LIED AND mind-r*ped the guards to believe H/ybern has abused her. She roped in all these innocent people just to lie in the end and for it to mean nothing. And when asked if T/amlin’s alliance meant anything to what she’d done, R/hysand refused to hold her accountable. It is acknowledged by even F/eyre herself that she is responsible, like ughh
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worldsnotsaid · 6 days ago
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I love how R/hysand basically commits a mass murder of the Illyrians who “willingly worked for A/marantha, despite the fact that he also worked for A/marantha and willingly killed on her behalf while he left places like Illyria to rot in favor of a place that nobody knew existed.
This literally undermines his reason of not handling the problems in both Illyria and CoN, because we see he is willing to use his brute power to exert laws.
R/hysand literally forgets that he was A/marantha’s most trusted advisor. The actions of radical Illyrians soldiers pale in comparison to a literal god-like High Lord, enacting violence on behalf of a tyrant.
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worldsnotsaid · 7 days ago
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I honestly don’t mind differing opinions on my account. I won’t really get up in arms when stans have an honest, respectful interaction with my opinions — that’s literally the point of this blog. But please don’t come on my page passive-aggressively, disrespectfully, all of that. If you have a problem with my content, you can just block the tags?? or just block me for that matter. Doing straw-man because you love a character isn’t really a conversation and if you can’t honestly critique the problems with the REAL world implication of said character’s actions then maybe you need to have a honest conversation with yourself. It doesn’t hurt me to discuss how some characters like N/esta or T/amlin have done horrible things because they are flawed characters and have done shitty things. I don’t have to hammer home the severity of their actions because they’re already demonized. But the problem is that people think F/eyre and R/hys’s trauma = good people. R/hysand is a victim of SA and a perpetrator of it. F/eyre is a victim of domestic abuse...but that doesn’t mean that she’s exempt from the things she’s done that are kind of just villainous. She also exerted control of someone’s life because SHE thought SHE knew best. Having a traumatic backstory doesn’t make you a good person. R/hys doing the bare minimum doesn’t erase the shifty things he has done. Nor does it exempt him from the fact that his literally willfully aligned himself with a tyrant to protect his court while literally destroying the rest of the country.
I can talk about how bad everyone is. It’s not hurting me because ALL of the characters in this series are conceptually flawed. As they stand, they’re all bad characters as far as how SJM handles them. Whether the live or die or whatever...that’s up to SJM. I can have that conversation because the whole point of this blog is to critique the series.
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worldsnotsaid · 9 days ago
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R/hys stans will jump through loops and holes to justify s*xual assault. And because what he did is so clearly assault, people flock to justify it because they can’t ignore that it happen like they do with most of his abuse.
R/hysand only did most of that stuff because of his weird ass feelings for F/eyre, because he allowed C/lare B/eddor to die without trying to “preserve her”. He admits that a lot of his behavior UTM stemmed from jealousy.
But the fact that people will literally sit up her and justify s*xual assault when it’s not justifiable disturb me. That is abuse apologism.
If you like R/hysand for reasons that go beyond TAR, I’m not faulting you, he’s positioned as someone who is supposed to be liked. But to justify his abuse because “F/eyre forgave him” — what? F/eyre can’t even remember the horrors he put her through because he DRUGGED HER. That’s ugly. Fantasy doesn’t mean that s*xual assault is okay. That is a real world problem that is absolutely prevalent. This fact that R/hysand is always justified for his behavior shows that SJM has created a narrative which praises predators.
Even if F/eyre wanted to be angry, she can’t even remember what he did to her, how it felt, because he took even that autonomy away from her. T/amlin’s abuse is at least conceptualized — tangible in the text. F/eyre forgiving R/hysand means nothing because she can’t even recall what he did to her. So R/hysand’s narrative is able to replace to reality.
For the love a God, if you like R/hysand because he’s some dark evil lord — JUST SAY THAT. Stop trying to validate your own likes by undermining the severity of what’s been done. If you like his behavior throughout the series because that’s what you like just own that and stop trying to justify why everyone should ignore his.
R/hysand is abusive, trying to defend the abuse is not good. If you like R/hys because that’s your type of character, no one can change that, but please stop trying to say how it’s just “dark” or how you “agree”. It was abuse, it was s*xual assault, that’s IS a fact.
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worldsnotsaid · 10 days ago
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Enemies-to-lovers, but instead of featuring a villain redemption arc, the heroic one is getting progressively more corrupt, unhinged and fucked up, and the one who was originally the clear-cut villain out of the two is just like "well mark me down as scared and horny"
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worldsnotsaid · 10 days ago
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I’m writing a post about N/esta but I saw something that grinded my gears so here is a rant about L/ucien’s treatment too:
Something that makes me SCREAM is when people just...assume R/hys and L/ucien should be friends when R/hysand has been quite disgusting to L/ucien. R/hysand laughed at L/ucien for getting whipped. Even though L/ucien literally risked his LIFE for F/eyre. He threatened L/ucien’s mother because L/ucien was trying to protect F/eyre from him??? And R/hys literally assaulted her In his face.
R/hys has been horrible to L/ucien, and then had the NERVE, the AUDACITY to say he disliked his treatment of F/eyre UTM. You mean when he gave her Actual clothes after R/hys drugged and left her in a cell, throwing up the only good she had because of the drugs??? When he gave her the cloak and had to be the one to tell F/eyre that what R/hysand did to her? How F/eyre was nearly naked in that cell, cold and sick because of what R/hys did to her?How he embarrassed her? You mean when L/ucien almost died TWICE UTM because he healed her WITHOUT having to trap her in some ugly ass bond.
Or when R/hys threatened him again when L/ucien had every right to apprehensive about her. I’m sorry, I fucking hate that L/ucien reports to that abusive asshole, after leaving a similar dynamic. Get L/ucien out of the NC and away from anyone connected to F/eyre or R/hys. “Better friend” my ASS. When has F/eyre ever been a better friend? When has she ever stood up for L/ucien when R/hys was in the wrong? When did she ever give L/ucien a fraction of the friendship and sacrifice L/ucien has???
It’s the way people also just act like R/hys had been a better friend to L/ucien that TAR!Tam was? That’s not true. Like people are like saying H/elion and E/ris should get revenge on T/am (and that right goes to L/ucien to begin!!!) but both of them abandoned him, and E/ris was a horrible brother to L/ucien. With H/elion there’s slack because there situation is complicated and we don’t know if he even knows, but T/amlin had been a better brother to L/ucien than E/ris ever was — let’s just not try to like act like he wasn’t. Could they build a relationship, sure? But L/ucien couldn’t even believe that E/ris was capable of a good deed in WAR, so I have NO idea where this is coming from. L/ucien went from abusive MAF! Tam to the same dynamic with the Night Court. God, H/elion PLEASE come get your son.
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worldsnotsaid · 14 days ago
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No seriously!!
And to some extent, he did in MAF, but then he also tries to be both the hero and villain and it’s doesn’t mesh. SJM wants him to be this dark lord whose evil but also doesn’t want to commit to the consequence of his villainy. He’s both the tortured hero and the villain who only cares for his own. But if that’s the case, something has to give.
If R/hysand was an evil guy who loved F/eyre and didn’t care what he had to do to get her, that would fix already a lot of the problems. T/amlin is conceptually a mediocre/boring character in the beginning, F/eyre being seduced by R/hysand despite his evilness would have been a better story to read and would fix so many problems with R/hysand.
But then we’d get a similar dynamic to Shadow and Bone where that type of romance will always be centered around R/hysand being a Darkling-esque villain — is which he already is. People can never truly love him, those types of characters are always written to fall.
So this is like a Darkling Fanfic where everyone pretends he’s the hero because he has a “cause “ even when their actions hurt the very same people it’s supposed benefit. R/hysand doesn’t make sense. He wants to be the Ultimate Victim but also the evil Lord who kills. It’s jarring and literally undermines the entire purpose of the story.
Also, can someone point to me — in all five books in this series — when R/hysand apologized for his behavior UTM. To anyone, not even just F/eyre. When did R/hysand say “I’m sorry” or “My bad” instead of just trying to justify being an abuser to the whole world.
People always way that R/hysand apologized to F/eyre. BUT he never does that. The closest he comes to even acknowledging anything close to an apology is when he says he wishes he can take back the kids — but that’s not an apology. He wasn’t even sorry that it happened but rather that he didn’t “make it good for her”
But I’ll wait. Until someone can pull out a passage of R/hysand apologizing to ANYONE for his behavior UTM.
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