“kill myself” was the most common answer when they contemplated the possibility of life as a girl
Yeah, tell me again how misogyny “isn’t real” and men and boys actually “love”, “like” and “respect the female sex”? This is how deep misogynistic propaganda runs in this world. Men and boys are so viscerally contemptuous of anything or anyone who/that is female or feminine, or perceived to be female or feminine, that they would rather commit suicide than to be associated with— or become a member of— the female sex. As Germaine Greer said, “women have no idea how much men hate them.”
they would rather die then be treated how they treat us
Just imagine Neville taking Luna to St. Mungo’s to meet his parents. At first he is a little nervous - not as much as his grandmother though, she rather keep those visits between her and her grandson - but as it turns out, there is no need to worry.
Even the doctors and nurses are touched and impressed by the gentle and unabashedly open way this peculiar, young girl has with them. Especially Neville’s mother quickly developes a particularly strong bond with Luna. It’s probably the closest she has come to making a real friend in seventeen years.
They play easy boardgames - it turns out Luna never threw away any of her childhood toys - and miraculously Alice never loses. They learn how to fold little birds and butterflies out of candy wrappers and Luna makes them fly around the room, while Alice watches with a beaming smile on her face. Luna tells Alice all about her own mother - how she died and how much she still misses her every day. She tells her about her life with Neville ("He’s going to be a great professor some day. He still doesn’t believe Nargles live in mistletoes, but dont worry, I’m working on it."). One day, as they are saying their goodbyes, Alice surprises them all by suddenly engulfing Luna in a tight hug. Neville doesn’t lose any time and proposes on their way home.
And this is why to me Neville / Luna is the best alteration of book!canon in the history of movie adaptions.
Amy Pond + violence
She defaults to violence and weaponry from the very beginning — our introduction to adult!Amy is her cricket bat — but she’s not always effective. Gradually she gets more dangerous, but doesn’t think about what that means until she kills a human* being. After that she moves away from automatic/reckless violence.
This is one of the things I find most fascinating about Amy: she’s BY FAR the most casually violent companion of New Who.
I’ve always seen Amy as being the one companion who was so weirdly eager and able to jump into the world of the Doctor almost without a second thought. Their relationship became so strong so fast, unlike the build for, say, Rose, who displayed a bit more (healthy and believable) ambivalence, if not outright suspicion of the Doctor. I think it was Amy’s utter willingness to become part of the Doctor’s life and missions that made it easier for her to accept the things she feels she was meant to do, including “violent” things.
But, then, now i also realize that there is a foundation/premise for this: as a little girl, she met and waited for the Doctor. She remained hopeful throughout her formative years — even her neighbors and friend knew about the strange man she was waiting for. I guess that premise works in two ways: 1. she’s had a lot of time imagining what adventures he’ll take her on and, consequently, she’s had a lot of time to psychologically, emotionally and perhaps even physically prepare herself for all sorts of scenarios she came up with; and 2. the fact that her faith was finally rewarded, i.e., he did come back for her, must have made her more susceptible to fully and more quickly trust the Doctor.
So, yeah, Amy was more than capable of violence, because she must have been like a little soldier preparing for battles she hoped to encounter once her Raggedy Man came back.
I’ve just cried laughing at the comments on a Jamie Oliver recipe, there was a typo on the website and everyone put 13 lemons into a pasta sauce and didn’t even question it. Imagine eating 13 lemons, the recipe was for 4 people, imagine having that much trust in Jamie Oliver.
A good story
can come in many forms;
or a tale.
It doesn’t matter where it comes from,
or how it was made,
as long as it touches
That is what makes a story.