Dying Arts

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so I was thinking about Night of Cake and Puppets and how it’s great because it is this cheerful moment in a frequently not cheerful series

and it made me realize that Daughter of Smoke and Bone is really one of those stories that is really at its heart about people

about how people relate to each other

and it uses all these mythological creatures but at it’s heart is about humanity and friendships and love and how much, how intensely, those things matter

and Night of Cake and Puppets is this optional novella that takes place in the middle of the first book that shows you the lovely sweet parts of the things that are going on in this big epic world

and that in that it is pretty much doing for its story what Citadel does for Mass Effect

I feel like there is so much demand for increasingly grimdark fiction and I think that’s legitimate because the world is super fucked up and this kind of stuff is part of how you can deal with that, or take catharsis from it, or whatever else

but the really important ones for me are the ones that deal with all of that shit and still have friendships and love at the center

Zuzana, Mik, Ziri, Issa and Karou laughing together through broken attempts at each other’s languages—

The Disreputable Dog somehow pulling soap out of the ether for Lirael and spitting it out at her feet because she knows her mistress desperately wants a wash—

The Avengers eating shawarma—

Shepard not just helping everyone through what they have to do before they go on a suicide mission but spending time to talk to them and then they surprise her with jokes and songs and history—

Every game of Pyramid ever played on the Galactica—

Bee and Cat finally reunited after months of tumultuous plot-relevant happenings sharing a bed and falling back into their routine of sleeping side by side, holding hands—

these are so important

fiction teaches us to be brave and it teaches us to love and I think sometimes we need it to teach us to take a break and look at what is so brilliant and funny and shining and sweet

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Until you’re about the age of twenty, you read everything, and you like it simply because you are reading it. Then between twenty and thirty you pick what you want, and you read the best, you read all the great works. After that you sit and wait for them to be written. But you know, the least known, the least famous writers, they are the better ones.
Rest in peace, Gabriel García Márquez. (via theatlantic)

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