i talk about music a lot, & have a tendency to post songs that are stuck in my head in the hope that they will get stuck in your head instead. you're welcome.
I thought it was a Tortall/Mulan crossover as well and was like holy shit Neal would squash Mushu with his boot while explaining to Mulan that if she really wants to be a knight she just has to hang out with the right crowd and he's probably flirting with her and blushing let's be real and Mulan is all wtf is with this kid until Kel exasperatedly peels him off and offers to introduce her to Alanna and Neal sputters and is like DON'T LADY WILL SCARE HER OFF PLEASE KEL dammit now I need this
shang and lord wyldon facepalming in unison every time neal talks, chien-po & friends taking owen and his cousins under their wings, merric singing a “a girl worth fighting for” on marches until peachblosson bites him. INTERNET, MAKE IT HAPPEN.
meanwhile neal is singing i’ll make a man out of you to a confused mulan.
i thought we were doing a tortall/mulan crossover and now i’m sad. (mushu would drive neal C R A Z Y why isn’t this real?)
Can you say more about Tris being asexual? I missed the post where this was brought up originally. I think it's a really interesting theory. Its not how I read it but when I was reading the books, I had never heard of asexuality - its a very new idea to me so I'd love to hear more. Especially in regard to TP!
The only recent post on Tris and asexuality was the ask from earlier today. We have talked about it in the past though. A few months ago, I think.
But for a quick overview, Tris is viewed by some people as falling somewhere on the asexual spectrum, which means she does not, to one degree or another, experience sexual attraction. This is the most basic definition. For more information please check out the list at the end of the post.
It is not explicitly stated in canon how she identifies, and pretty much the only things said about Tris and sex are a few vague statements of books being more important and some unfortunate experiences with boys in her mid teens. (Additionally, please do not assume that because she had a few short relationships that ended pretty horribly that this is what made her asexual. This can be an inaccurate assumption that many sexual people make. Asexuality functions the same as any other orientation in the sense of it being a part of who you are, acknowledged or not.)
In regards to Tamora Pierce’s other works, I believe Tris might be the only character who can be read this way. (Someone please correct me if I’m wrong.)
And if asexuality is something new you’d like to know more about, here are a few resources you can check out:
i also read kel as falling on the asexual spectrum. she has crushes, but (a) she’s not necessarily aromantic, (b) they could be read as squishes, and (c) hormones/society can mix a lot of things up for you. in her relationship with cleon, she’s not shown as being terribly interested in sex/making out/having a relationship, except when he’s around and making things happen. she gets frustrated with people for obsessing over sex and relationships, and she’s one of the very few female main characters ANYWHERE, not just in tammy’s books, that ends her series solo and 100% happy about it. even if she’s not asexual, she’s a great role model for those of us who are.
(i’ve also seen raoul read as demisexual. and honestly, a case can be made for plenty of other characters, depending on how you interpret their actions. i’ve seen a compelling argument for tony stark being on the asexual spectrum, so the sky’s the limit.)
"Sir, I learned so much from you," [Kel] said at last. "You’re the kind of knight I want to be."
He regarded her with the strangest expression in his eyes. “I am not,” he said. “But that you believe it is the greatest compliment I will ever receive.
so I’ve been re-reading Squire since I don’t remember much and couldn’t figure out why all of Mark Reads was flipping out about it.
And I’m just. So not looking forward to Joren’s trial and all that because I’m 100% that the comments will divulge into Jon hate again and I’ll have to either ignore everything or create about 12 different rant posts defending things. I am, however, looking for Mark freaking out when Joren gets killed by the Chamber. That. That will be a good.
In happier news I found this line: “Daine and Numair, seated with them, were too busy talking about books…” and now I’m just imaging it and it’s cute and I want to draw it.
I hope things don’t turn towards Jon hate. The trial aftermath scene is one of the ones that made me really love Jon’s portrayal and I hope other readers acknowledge the trick of presenting the same character in different ways depending on viewpoint. Plus the fact that he actually is a good king.
i am a pretty vocal hater of jon, but i think the trial scene is one of the better examples of what a good king he can be. change doesn’t happen overnight and jon (and thayet, who is one of the best things that ever happened to jon/tortall) knows this and is frustrated by this, and i think it really comes through here.