sheamackenzie said: I MISS YOOOOOOOU! I’m so disappointed I couldn’t go this weekend. :( ::hugs::
OMG, I miss you too!! I was a little heart-broken when I heard you wouldn’t be able to make it. But I’ll be in your area before heading to DragonCon, so if you’re free I WILL FIND YOU!
errandofmercy said: oh my gosh you’re so lovely! I’m so happy I finally get to see what you look like instead of your steering wheel :p
*blush* Thank you! Now I’m thinking I’ll have to post all the really bad pics, so you can get the true me. ^_^;; You know, I never really thought about the fact that people who don’t know me will associate me with my steering wheel and cheetah. I really should update it so it’s my current car with Mr. Cheetah…. :P
just remember that had voldemort picked neville to kill instead of harry and nevile was the boy who lived/the chosen one if neville had that lightening bolt scar severus snape would still be a death eater
it’s not like he thought being a death eater was wrong — it wasn’t until something directly affected him did he reconsider and idk about you but that is not my definition of “bravery” in the slightest
That…is actually a really good point
Wait…. I don’t care what initiates the change in a person- anyone who takes a moment to re-evaluate their life and come to the conclusion that they held some seriously screwed up beliefs, and then go to lengths to rectify their actions deserves at least a teeny bit of respect.
Snape probably would have not changed his mind without the influence of Dumbledore, brought on by his massively creepy feelings about Lily. I agree with that whole-heartedly. And if he had, he would likely have ended up with a story less impressive than Regulus Black’s. But he didn’t. He spied, he lied, he did plenty of dangerous things that WERE courageous, and with time he changed his mind.
And in my view of the world, changing your mind can take an awful lot of courage. And being courageous doesn’t make you a good person.
Snape is a multi-faceted character, and I think sometimes we paint him completely one way or another.
Okay, I’ll take the bait back, because I’m young and crotchety.
Note, spoilers for Dream Thieves will abound.
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:
Here are other things that are canonical:
Here are other, other things, also canonical:
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.