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Why I think the ‘Severus being in love with Lily’ thing in Deathly Hallows is complete bull

Hey guys.

Again, it’s been a while since I last posted; I guess I’m waiting for topics that I know I can write a lot about.  So, even though I finished the ‘Deathly Hallows’ a long time ago, and doubt I’ll read it again- due to the fact that reading it made me cry the whole way through- whatwith the new movie and all, I have gotten back into the fandom ie. reading fanfics, looking at fanart etc.  From the time I read the chapter that detailed Severus’ supposed love for Lily, I didn’t buy it, and now I think I’ve gathered my thoughts enough to explain why.

There is absolutely nothing in the prior books that suggests that Sev was in love with Lily; in fact, after the fifth book, I was under the impression he loathed her almost as much as James.  This seems really out of place since pretty much everything that shows up in the seventh book is hinted at in the previous books.  One of my favourite part of Rowling’s writing is the fact that there were so many little things in the previous books that seemed insignificant enough for the reader to forget but then proved to be important by the end of the series.

So, why does Sev’s ‘great love’ for Lily come as such a surprise? Personally, my thought is that Rowling was halfway through writing DH when she suddenly realised that she still hadn’t given Sev much of a backstory.  So then she decides, why not insert a little twist and say that he loved Harry’s mom all along?  Wouldn’t that be shocking?  Now, I’m not trying to disparage J.K Rowling or anything-I still think she’s a brilliant writer- I just think she did that particular part of the story hastily and poorly.

Now, looking past the fact that the only prior depiction of an interaction between the two is negative, let’s actually analyse the interaction.  The explanation for what happened in the memory is that Severus had just been tortured by the marauders and so was lashing out at the first person he could, namely Lily.  Most people accept that explanation. I don’t.  Not for a second. Here’s why.

The term ‘mudblood’ is considered an extremely insulting, derogatory term in the wizarding world, somewhat similar to the word ‘nigger’ in ours but in some ways worse because whereas some people actually use the word ‘nigger’ as a term of endearment, or ‘cool’ term, the term ‘mudblood’ is always considered offensive in the wizarding world.

So why, pray tell, would somebody who is supposedly ‘so in love’ with somebody else, call them such an abhorrent name on a whim?  Well, somebody might say that he said it out of anger and he didn’t really mean it.  Again, I beg to differ.

Anger is an emotion that, like all emotions, when felt strongly, can loosen one’s inhibitions.  That is to say, anything a person says while angry; that person truly believes at some level.  Another way to explain it is; when people are really angry, they tend to just spout things off, right? So, how could they possibly have time to make anything up?

This is why I think that the fact that Sev called Lily a mudblood belies the fact that at some level, he truly believed she was.  And now, I must ask, how on earth could somebody be as ‘in love’ with somebody as Severus claims to be with Lily in DH, and still think of them as being deserving of a derogatory, offensive name? I don’t believe they can be.  As much as the idea is kind of nice and fits in with the majority of the plot, I just don’t think it’s realistic in the slightest.

So there you have it; my thoughts on why Severus couldn’t have been in love with Lily, or at least, as in love as he suggests he was.

Catch ya later!

-Daine

Polyamory VS. Monogamy?

Well, I haven’t posted in a long time because I couldn’t decide what to post on but I finally decided to do a topic that has been floating around my head for a while.

I don’t really understand the whole ‘monogamy is better than polygamy’ thing.

Now, keep in mind that I have no interest in a romantic relationship and so am making these remarks as sort of an unbiased spectator.

To me, love seems to be all about wanting to spend time with a particular person.  Of course, people probably don’t want to spend ALL their time together so what does it matter if a particular person also spends time with another person?  If you’re getting to spend the time you want to, with the person you love, why should you care if he/she also spends time with another?  When you ask yourself why you feel strongly that your ‘partner’ should be ‘faithful’ to you, do you get a straight answer?  To be perfectly blunt, this whole ‘he/she has to be faithful to only you’  seems like a bunch of B.S stuffed into your subconscious by people at the top of the social hierarchy that have decided that their way is the right way.  It doesn’t even make sense.  People say that encountering their ‘partner’ has helped make them a better person, right?  Well, what if they let themselves encounter and have relationships with multiple people?  Don’t you think that they would be much better people for it?

There is a series of books that I’m reading called ‘House of Night’.  I really like the books but there is one thing that I wish could be different.  The main character, Zoey, ends up in this debacle with having three sorta-boyfriends; Heath, Erik and Stark.  Of course, the community of readers have separated into respective ‘teams’, each wanting Zoey to choose a particular guy.  I say, why can’t she be together with all three of them?  Now, I didn’t like Erik so I’m glad she dumped his ass, but I wish she could’ve been with both Heath and Stark.  Here’s my analysis.

Zoey had very different, but still close, relationships with both of them.  Heath had been her childhood sweetheart, always being there for her through thick and thin, and Stark was a guy who she had an instant connection with and who has pledged to protect her.  Now let’s look at what would happen if they forced Zoey to choose; she would crush one of the guy’s feelings and subsequently alienate part of herself.  Surely the guy forcing her to choose would know this so I don’t understand why they would want to see the other guy hurt.  Why wish pain on another person for your own selfishness?  That is why I believe that the idea of monogamy is essentially based on greed and selfishness, which is ironic seeing as Christianity has been the biggest pusher of monogamy historically and yet there’s the seven deadly sins which includes avarice(greed) and pride(selfishness).

The reason I have put the word partner in quotation marks is because it implies that you should only have a relationship with one person.  I personally don’t like all these rules and labels.  I think that you should just go through life and do what you want to do (within reason of course).  If you want to spend time with them, if you don’t, don’t, if you want to be intimate with them, be intimate with them etc.  That actually brings me to another thing I don’t really understand. Marriage. Why assume that you’ll always want to be with a particular person and tie yourself to them?  I mean, if you love them currently, great, but why not just be together currently?  Why isn’t that good enough?

Well, it’s late at night so I can’t remember the rest of my argument so I’ll just leave it at this and then maybe add to it later.

-Daine

The reason Twilight disturbs me

****This is not a twilight bashing post, it only involves truthful analysis****

Although I liked the twilight books when I was reading them, I have now had time to really think about what happened in them and I find it extremely disturbing that these books are so popular.

Here, I’ll say it right out and then explain my logic;

Those books groom young girls to enter abusive relationships. 

The centre of the whole plotline is the starting of an abusive relationship.

      Case Point #1 – Edward watched Bella sleep even before he was in a relationship with her.

Okay, creepy but not indicative of a possible abusive relationship.  But along with the next two…

     Case Point #2 – He has to know where she is at all times, as well as whom she is with.

Every single talk show I’ve watched that has talked about abusive relationships mentions how this is an early warning sign.

and…..

      Case Point #3 – When he didn’t want her to go anywhere, he unhooked the cables in her car engine

WHAT THE HELL?!?!?

Why is nobody else creeped out by this?!

Everybody else who doesn’t like Twilight says stuff like “oh, vampires aren’t supposed to sparkle”

…that’s all?  You honestly don’t see the real problem here?  (I’m not attacking anybody, I’m just really flabbergasted that I seem to be the only one who can see this)

Well anyways, back to how this relates to young girls being groomed to go into abusive relationships.

Twilight is extremely popular, especially with young girls.  Although Jacob Black has his share of fangirls, Edward definitely has the largest group of girls in love with him.  Are you starting to see how this is a problem?  Girls everywhere think that Edward is the perfect guy.  Because the above three things are explained away as being done in the name of protecting Bella, girls just think they make him more ‘romantic’ rather than seeing them for the red flags that they are.  They read the books and think that, that is how a relationship is and in fact, that’s what they should WANT in a relationship.

It gives me the willies because it is actually like girls everywhere are being groomed to go into abusive relationships.

*shudders*

****Logical analysis done, the following may be considered Twilight bashing****

I found some awesome videos poking fun at Twilight.  They’re hilarious.  Here they are.

Kevin Richardson and other stuff

Okay, I did my third exam today so decided to take some time to post a blog entry.

A month or so ago, I stumbled on an amazing video on youtube.  It’s actually a clip from a news show.

Intrigued, I searched out all the other videos on youtube about him.  You have to mention lion in the search box because apparently there’s a Kevin Richardson who used to be part of the Backstreet Boys.  Anyway, this person is a truly incredible individual and the relationships he has with the lions are awe inspring.  Probably the clip that reveals the most about how strong his relationships with the lions and lionesses are is this one;

Like the speaker said, lionesses are extremely protective of their cubs so the fact that one offered her cub to Kevin speaks volumes about her relationship with him.

After ferreting out all the clips I could find, I discovered that he had written a book with someone else; basically an autobiography of his life with the lions and how he came to start working with them.  As soon as I could, Iwent to the local Chapters and bought it.  It was fantastic!  Such an enjoyable read.  He had little individual stories for each of the different animals he’s formed relationships with.  The only thing I would say was a bit of a downside to the book was that it hopped along the timeline rather than following it chronologically.  One story would lead into another story which came years after, which would lead to another story years before and it could get a bit confusing sometimes.  That’s my only complaint though and it’s technical.  The actual story content is awesome, I had to fight to make myself put it down so that I could study for midterms.

I have looked through all the courses available to me through my animal biology major and I have decided to take the two animal behaviour courses available, largely because Kevin’s work has reall piqued my interest.  I have also been interested in psychology for a while so this is a good way to tie it into what I’m doing.  Kevin Richardson has been a great inspiration to me and I hope to sometime be able to do something like he is doing, that would definitely be my dream.  Even if not professionally,  I now know that I can hope to acheive a relationship like that with any exotic animals I decide to raise.  Believe me, I know what it’ll take and I am willing to put it in.  I could go on right now about how raising an exotic animal and raising a child might not be all that different but I’m going to leave that for a future post as it will be rather lengthy.

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On to the other stuff I mentioned.  I found a youtube clip I love and think you’ll like too;

I thought I’d put that as your humour source since I’m too exhausted to put up a quote from “How to be a Canadian”.  I probably will in future posts though.  Until next time.

– Daine

Quickie

I haven’t posted here in a while because I’m focusing so much on studying for my exam tonight but I thought I’d just make a quick post with two fan-made videos I love that have to do with Harry Potter.

First, the hilarious Harry Potter rap;

And now a parody trailer made with Harry Potter clips.  It’s a very cute Harry/Hermione video in a  weird, sort of twisted way lol.

And now another quote from “How to be a Canadian” It’s talking about the average 8.5 hours of sleep is spent by a Canadian.  It is particularly applicable to me;

“From our own estimates, this includes 5 hours and 10 minutes of actual sleep, 15 minutes of pillow adjustment, 10 minutes of lying still with your eyes closed while you wait to fall asleep, 25 minutes of tossing and turning, 30 minutes of longing for sleep, 40 minutes of thinking you will never get to sleep again, 55 minutes spent staring at the ceiling contemplating your own mortality and 15 minutes (broken up into three convenient 5-minute periods) of fitful sleep squeezed in between repeated bashings of your clock when the snooze alarm goes off, waking you up to face another day of being alive.  Hoo-ray.”

My Stance on Exotic Animals

Okay, you might have noticed that in my bloglist, I’ve posted some links to some sites that are all about exotic animals.  About a year ago, I accidentally came across an article that was against exotic ownership.  After reading it, I was intrigued by the issue and decided that if I was going to properly understand it and come to my own conclusion as to what my opinion on it would be, I needed to find some pro-exotics articles.  After a fair amount of searching and reading through of negative articles, I managed to find some positive information, which then led me to more positive information.  Although all of those articles contributed to my decision to work towards eventually owning one or more exotics, a youtube video is what really tipped the scales for me.  It is called ‘Exotic Animal Owners Under Attack’ and it is a slideshow of images of exotic animals and their people interacting, put together by REXANO, the organisation of REsponsible EXotic ANimal Owners.  Here it is;

How can you not be convinced that exotic animals can make great pets after that?  Notice that I used the word ‘can’ because exotic animals are not for everybody, just like domestic cats, dogs, and horses, respectively, aren’t for everybody.

As a note, REXANO has collected statistics that show that only 20 deaths in between 1990 and 2008 were caused by captive big cats.  That’s about 1 a year, which can be compared to 4 a year from fireworks discharge, 48 a year from lightning and 45,343 a year from automobile accidents.  From that information, you would think that cars and fireworks would be banned before ownership of big cats.

I could go on and on stating my opinions on this subject and explaining why what a lot of animal activists say is wrong but I’ll try to not make this too long.  First of all, I want to confront the whole “they should be in the wild, they’ll be happier there” thing. 

1) There is very little wild left because of humans.  Oh sure, there are humongous nature reserves, but as those are surrounded by a fence, any animals that reside there are technically in captivitty.

2) In the ‘wild’ the typical life of an animal consists of; not always knowing if it’ll have enough food, living in constant fear of predators/rivals, and eventually dying a very painful death due to starvation, disease, or being ripped to pieces by predators or rival carnivores.  Compare that to living in something that protects from the elements (whether that be a house or a constructed den in an enclosure), being guaranteed food regularly, getting vaccinated and therefore protected from the majority of diseases they would encounter in the ‘wild’, having a large enclosure to run and play in, and last but not least, being loved on and spoiled by their human family.

Now, you might be shaking your head at the computer screen going ‘no, that’s not how it is, exotic animals are alway kept in horrible conditions and spend their life angry.’  Unfortunately, the only times you’ve probably heard about exotic animals being kept is when they’re being abused, neglected, or have attacked somebody.  That is for two reasons; because animal rights activists want you to see only the bad stuff, and/or the media only shows you things that are considered ‘news’.

When I first got into researching exotics, I was most interested in tigers.  Now through being at exoticcatz.com, I know that I will be getting a serval first and possibly own a slightly larger cat like a lynx or cougar before finally getting a lion or tiger.  I’m also starting to like the idea of a lion a bit more partly due to hearing about others’ experiences with them and partly because of the work of Kevin Richardson (whom I will probably post about in the future).  Other exotics that I would like to eventually own at one point or another are;

a wolf or wolfdog

a kangaroo

an arctic fox

a jackal

a hyena

a bear

a peacock

a deer

a wallaby

and probably quite a few others I will decide that I would like.

Although there are other things I would like to discuss on this topic, I’ll leave them for another post.

And here is yet another quote from “How to be a Canadian”  They are actually two different sentences; one on being a newfoundlander, and one on being a quebecker, that are linked.

“Nefoundlanders rank-far and away- as having the most sex of any Canadians…Newfoundlanders are also the friendliest people in Canada.  Of course they’re friendly.  They want to have sex with you….The Quebecois are among the friendliest people in Canada outside of Newfoundland.  And yes, their motives are probably the same.”

The name I’ve chosen

Okay, I do have to do some chemistry homework before going to a Yule celebration but Idecided to first make a quick post here.  I said in my last post that Daine isn’t my real name, so I thought I’d give you a little insight as to why I chose that name. 

Daine is the main character in The Immortals quartet, written by Tamora Pierce.  Although she is Veralidaine Sarrasri throughout that quartet, she shows up as Veralidaine Salmalin in the proceeding one.  There are currently three quartets and one series consisting of two books by Tamora Pierce that are placed in the fictional kingdom of Tortall. 

Perhaps one of the things I love about her work is that she keeps the quartets connected; the main character in one quartet will most likely show up once or twice, if not be a constant secondary character in another.  In chronological order, the quartets (and series) are The Song of the Lioness quartet, The Immortals quartet, The Protector of the Small quartet, and the Trickster series.  I would strongly recommend books written by Tamora Pierce, she is definitely one of the top fantasy writers of this time.

Now, one of the major reasons I like Daine so much is probably the fact that she has the ability to speak with and shapeshift into animals.  You’ll learn in future posts that I am a big animal lover.  Also though, she has a strong sense of right and wrong.  When she is hunting, she closes of the part of her mind that normally calls animals to her, and in doing so, makes sure that she doesn’t have an unfair advantage over the animals.

So now that you have a better idea on why I chose the name Daine, I will leave you with another hilarious citation from “How to be a Canadian”

“Lunenburg was also the home of the famous Bluenose schooner, as seen on Canadian coins.  What few people realize*, however, is that the portrait of the Bluenose that appears on the 10-cent piece is a life-size rendering.  Understandably, many visitors to Nova Scotia are a bit disappointed when they first see the Bluenose tethered in its harbour”

*I was shocked and appalled to see realise spelled with a z in a canadian book.  I am very proud of the fact that we spell some things differently from americans, e.g. realise, colour, favourite, and hope that those differences remain in tact in Canadian literature.