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
ahhhhhhhh anon i’m so glad to offer you any support/help at all!!!!!
(what a lovely message to get hello welcome 2 my blog & self)
WELCOME TO THE CLUB OF PEOPLE-WHO-ASK-ME-HOW-PARIS-IS-WHEN-I’M-NOT-LIVING THERE
i’m sorry anon it’s a sore subject
I’m living in Rennes, in the northwest of France, through a high school study abroad program called SYA that my school sends kids to every year! It’s for juniors and seniors. The application process is fairly easy and imo it’s better than living in Paris because much fewer people speak English here than in Paris—so you’re forced to utilize your French! I would really recommend it to anyone in high school looking to study abroad—there are also programs in Spain, China, and Italy.
i feel like i get this question on the reg and it’s gonna be really depressing when i finally have to respond “no”
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
it’s the same blog i just switched back to my old url about a week or two ago now
i don’t mind it! i think kristen’s a pretty good choice—just not mine personally. i think she’s somehow too serene for me to see her as a perfect arya.
i hate this question because i feel like what it’s really asking every time is actually “how much do i have to respect you”
how big is your sphere of influence? how many other people listen to you? by which measure i can judge how seriously i myself should take you?