thank you anon (✿◠‿◠)
ahh i watched the first season and a few episodes of the second but imo it’s nowhere near as good as atla :’( i was very very interested in the equalists in s1 but i think that tlok kinda dropped the ball with that. i wish they had gone for the same slow-burn story over 3 seasons (as in atla) exploring the anti-bender movement and the revolution and AH i don’t know why the showrunners decided to neatly wrap up that intrigue in one season it felt like so much wasted potential
there are some great characters in tlok but the construction of atla was. as close to perfect as one can get with storytelling. not even “for a kid’s show.” just in general.
i’m going to college soon and i wanted to start going by my given name
omg bless you i might do a comprehensive reign thoughts post soon
i didn’t say it wasn’t real poetry, i said i thought it was lazy poetry. imo anyone can write something and call it poetry and there’s no rubric for whether or not something is “real poetry”
i’ve often seen people call writing the “most personal thing” in the world etc but like, the nature of writing and being a writer is to share one’s work and to open oneself to criticism. the most productive thing i have ever done as a writer was to submit my work to be workshopped by my peers in a class because we’re too close to our own work to critique it properly
as a consumer of literature i’m allowed to say i think someone’s writing is lazy. a teacher would say that about a creative writing piece; a peer editing it would say that about a creative writing piece. i would say that about the writing of an author i love and whose work i greatly admire. not being an elitist does not equate to placing every work above criticism.
but i was there for about 75% of this summer
don’t hint even a little bit, not even with a glint in your eye
let that shock wash over him
just go ahead and let him see it unfold with absolutely no idea it’s coming
i just cannot
I don’t ever see people calling Gale’s actions 100% justified or excusing them completely. Do I consider him morally perfect? Do I think that the people who died because of his weapons don’t matter? Absolutely not. But what I consistently hated about THG is the way violent resistance is treated—as automatically evil. Is it automatically righteous? No, it’s not that either—war is terror, and horror, and within its confines the right thing to do is seldom clear.
I do not blame Gale for what he did. Starving the Districts was violence. Putting their children in the Games was violence. The Capitol was mercilessly violent to the citizens of Panem for years. Gale fought back with violence. What choice was left to him, or any of the other revolutionaries? Peaceful protest and strongly worded pamphlets was never going to take down the Capitol.
What makes war stories so compelling is how morally impossible they are—it is wrong to kill, yes, but is it still wrong if someone else is rushing at you with a gun? At what point is one working for the “greater good”, and does such a thing exist? That’s what I often disliked about the series, or rather its fandom, for acting as if there was a “right” choice at all.
So yes, I guess, I hold Gale responsible for the war crimes the OP listed. But that doesn’t make him evil. And it is so exhausting and unfair and frankly, boring, to say that it does.
plus omfg that post ending with “mAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL” lmaO