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as small as a world

My name is Jo; I am a twenty-something trying to learn to live a life of purpose. Or just a life, period.

OK I'll take the bait -- how fucked up is Kavinsky REALLY? I'm expecting at least an 5 on the Richter scale of heartbreak. asked by fullmetaloptimist

maggie-stiefvater:

Okay, I’ll take the bait back, because I’m young and crotchety.

Note, spoilers for Dream Thieves will abound.

SPOILERS

SPOILERS

SPOILERS

SPOILING THINGS

Readers can interpret the events of the book in all sorts of ways, obviously, but here are things that happen canonically in The Dream Thieves:

  • Kavinsky drugs his mother without her knowledge
  • Kavinsky pursues Ronan with multiple text messages and gifts that indicate he has observed Ronan closely — i.e., copies of bracelets Ronan always wears and Ronan’s driver’s license
  • Kavinsky generally calls Ronan either gay or a girl
  • Kavinsky is seen once with a girl, who he calls “bitch”
  • Kavinsky has at least one dead companion who he dreamed a perfectly obedient replacement for — it is heavily implied that Kavinsky was somehow responsible for the guy’s death.
  • Kavinsky claims to have killed his own father (but this is debatable, as Kavinsky clearly is a liar)
  • Kavinsky tries to get Ronan to give up his friends
  • Kavinsky touches Ronan’s head, taps Ronan’s teeth with a pen, leaves stuff at Ronan’s home when he knows he won’t be there
  • Kavinsky gives Ronan a drug that renders Ronan immobile and barely conscious and then, while Ronan is helpless — and only then — sensually touches Ronan’s body (Ronan tells himself this might be a dream)
  • Ronan tells Kavinsky that they will never be an item, but Kavinsky keeps texting him
  • Kavinsky tells Ronan that consent is overrated (which echoes him continuously stepping into Ronan’s space without permission)
  • Kavinsky ultimately grows frustrated that Ronan will not give in, kidnaps Ronan’s brother, drugs him, and stuffs him in the trunk of a car to provoke a reaction from Ronan.

Here are other things that are canonical:

  • Kavinsky is a scary, terrible predator
  • Kavinsky has a very logical backstory that leads him to this place
  • Kavinsky chooses to be led to this place

Here are other, other things, also canonical:

  • Kavinsky can pull things from his dreams, has an absent (possibly dead) father, and an absent (largely useless) mother
  • Ronan can pull things from his dreams, has an absent (definitely dead) father, and an absent (largely useless) mother

I very much enjoyed writing Kavinsky — as a character, he challenged and delighted me. And I really wanted him to challenge and delight readers. One of the main ideas I’m exploring as I write the Raven Cycle is the question: how much are you a product of your upbringing? And can you overcome the terrible parts of it to become something better? All of the characters engage with these questions, which I find fiendishly interesting in real life. Kavinsky and Ronan both get the same set of circumstances and handle them in very different ways. It’s a choice.

So do I like Kavinsky? Out of all the characters I have ever written, he is one of my favorites.* Top four, probably. Or five, since four is an ugly number. But he’s a terrible person, more terrible because he chose it every. step. of. the. way. A logical backstory is not justification for trampling over consent, for kidnapping, for harassment.

Otherwise Adam would be justified in hitting Blue when he was angry, because he was hit by his father.

Kavinsky’s scale on the Richter scale of heartbreak? I’ll give him a solid 9, where 10 = absolutely zero evidence of desire to change.

These are all of my thoughts on Kavinsky. Your mileage may vary.

*ETA: I mean, people: I painted my car like his.

Super interesting character exploration by the author. Tagging spoilers because now I know Cait’s going to read the series and I don’t want anything ruined for her. :)

aletteronastring:

small-as-a-world:

aletteronastring:

booksandhotchocolate:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released seven years ago - July 21, 2007.

I remember going to the release with Cait. I was number 20 in line because she had camped out for me the entire day before. She had to walk to Kinkos to pee. Also we sat in her parents’ car reading the first several chapters after we got our books, and she got to Hedwig before me and we were all sobbing and it was terrible. And then I took the next day off work at my library job, and we were understaffed because so many employees had taken work off to read. Memories.

Haha, that’s right. Though to be entirely fair, I didn’t camp out all day, I camped out overnight from like 11:30 PM to 9 AM when they started giving out the wristbands with 9 other people, everyone else started showing up around 6. I remember there being a terrible jumble because it was by last name and it was split into multiple lines and I was L and yours was at a different table and I almost got in a fight since I “jumped the line”, but I got your wristband immediately after mine and then I had to get everyone else’s as well. And I didn’t sleep all day because I was so excited, even though I’d been up all night, and then I stayed up all night reading, with crying breaks, and passed out (on my open book) around 6 right as the trio was brought to Malfoy Manor. My timing was impeccable. I also remember that once you got to Hedwig, we got out of the car and were hugging and crying because my friend Jon was (and remains) a much slower reader and hadn’t gotten to that part. What an emotional night, but what a time to be alive. And together!

Reblogging again for more memories. I remember jumping out of the car and hugging now. :)

Ugh it was such the worst/best.

aletteronastring:

booksandhotchocolate:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released seven years ago - July 21, 2007.

I remember going to the release with Cait. I was number 20 in line because she had camped out for me the entire day before. She had to walk to Kinkos to pee. Also we sat in her parents’ car reading the first several chapters after we got our books, and she got to Hedwig before me and we were all sobbing and it was terrible. And then I took the next day off work at my library job, and we were understaffed because so many employees had taken work off to read. Memories.

"It’s never really felt like I’ve been getting to know you. It’s always felt like I was remembering you from something. As if in every lifetime you and I have ever lived, we have chosen to come back and find each other and fall in love all over again. Over and over. For all eternity. And I just feel so lucky that I found you so soon in this lifetime, because all I want to do, all I’ve ever wanted to do is spend my life loving you.”

(Source: fee-bee, via triddlegrl)

(Source: rojorojo, via kattekin)

kattekin:

this is a gargoyle
cobb county animal control wrote “dog” on his papers but I am not convinced

One of my favorite dogs and I’ve never even met him.

kattekin:

this is a gargoyle

cobb county animal control wrote “dog” on his papers but I am not convinced

One of my favorite dogs and I’ve never even met him.


You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving.Anatole France

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving.
Anatole France

(Source: kristina-kiki, via wbnamerica)

And why get angry at Helen?
As if she singlehandedly destroyed those
multitudes of men.
As if she all alone
made this wound in us.

—Spoken by Klytaimestra in Aiskhylos’s Agamemnon, translated by Anne Carson. (via patricknathan)

(via maggie-stiefvater)

flowerbombed:

bye

flowerbombed:

bye

(Source: sloppy, via danaboulos)

p0kemina:

fragmentedd:

Beauty or brains? 

Fuck that, it’s not a dichotomy. Let’s not act like mascara glues girls eyes so shut that they can’t read a word of Dickens or solve a trig problem. Let’s talk about how no boy has ever been asked if he’d rather get his Bachelor’s or get married; no boy has ever been told that he’s too handsome to run for office. So why cover up my tits so you can take me seriously? 

Beauty or brains? I’ll take ‘em all, thanks.

Slam fuckin’ dunk thank u

(Source: grrrlproblems, via aletteronastring)

archiviostore:

archives / Katie Holmes in N.21 green chiffon dress . ↬ @philippe_a_f_rinaudo http://j.mp/1vuZs44

archiviostore:

archives / Katie Holmes in N.21 green chiffon dress . ↬ @philippe_a_f_rinaudo http://j.mp/1vuZs44

(via joshboonemovies)

just remembering how Maggie Stiefvater called my husband revoltingly delightful, and I woke him up gasping and freaking out

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