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fullmetaloptimist said: 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.

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.

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prokopetz:

You were so focused on whether you COULD do it, you never stopped to ask whether you SHOULD.” - Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park

the quote made it

Mother of god

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cross off the books you’ve read

triwizarded:

list from npr’s best young adult books

inspiration from ronahld

Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
The Lord of the Rings (series), by J.R.R. Tolkien
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
Looking for Alaska, by John Green 
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
The Giver (series), by Lois Lowry
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (series), by Douglas Adams
The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton 
Anne of Green Gables (series), by Lucy Maud Montgomery
His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
Divergent (series), by Veronica Roth 
Paper Towns, by John Green
The Mortal Instruments (series), by Cassandra Clare 
An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green
Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
Twilight (series), by Stephenie Meyer 
Uglies (series), by Scott Westerfeld
The Infernal Devices (series), by Cassandra Clare
Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie 
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (series), by Anne Brashares
The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green, David Levithan
Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous 
Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones
Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli 
A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
Vampire Academy (series), by Richelle Mead
Abhorsen Trilogy Old Kingdom Trilogy (series), by Garth Nix
Dune, by Frank Herbert 
Discworld Tiffany Aching (series), by Terry Pratchett
My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult 
The Dark is Rising (series), by Susan Cooper
Graceling (series), Kristin Cashore 
Forever…, by Judy Blume
Earthsea (series), by Ursula K. Le Guin 
Inheritance Cycle (series), by Christopher Paolini
The Princess Diaries (series), by Meg Cabot
The Song of the Lioness (series), by Tamora Pierce
Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
Delirium (series), by Lauren Oliver
Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins 
Hush, Hush Saga (series), by Becca Fitzpatrick
13 Little Blue Envelopes, by Maureen Johnson
It’s Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini
The Gemma Doyle Trilogy (series), by Libba Bray 
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros
Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier 
Just Listen, by Sarah Dessen
Ring of Endless Light, by Madeleine L’Engle 
The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen
The Bartimaeus Trilogy (series), by Jonathan Stroud 
Bloodlines (series), by Richelle Mead
Fallen (series), by Lauren Kate 
House of Night (series), by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith 
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver 
Unwind, by Neal Shusterman
The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle 
The Maze Runner Trilogy (series), by James Dashner
If I Stay, by Gayle Forman 
The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley
Crank (series), by Ellen Hopkins 
Matched (series), by Allie Condie
Gallagher Girls (series), by Ally Carter
The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale
Daughter of the Lioness Tricksters (series), by Tamora Pierce 
I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak
The Immortals (series), by Tamora Pierce 
The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (series), by Patricia C. Wrede
Chaos Walking (series), by Patrick Ness 
Circle of Magic (series), by Tamora Pierce
Daughter of Smoke & Bone, by Laini Taylor 
Feed, by M.T. Anderson
Weetzie Bat (series), by Francesca Lia Block 
Along for the Ride, by Sarah Dessen
Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (series), by Louise Rennison 
Leviathan (series), by Scott Westerfeld
The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci (series), by Diana Wynne Jones
This Lullaby, by Sarah Dessen
Gone (series), by Michael Grant
The Shiver Trilogy (series), by Maggie Stiefvater 
The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley
Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson 
Betsy-Tacy Books (series), by Maud Hart Lovelace

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Disney Princesses as sloths.

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somebody put this on a fucking t shirt

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Quotes from the Dad, the Trooper

  • Dad: fuck the police
  • Dad: wait
  • Dad: wait don't fuck the police
  • Dad: take the police out to a nice dinner and get to know the police.
  • Dad: you can't really fix stupid but you sure can arrest it
  • Dad: they think I'm gonna arrest them for smoking pot how cute
  • Dad: I'm just gonna take their tasty cakes cause well tasty cakes
  • Dad: can you fucking not
  • Dad: cops drink coffee cause it's dark and bitter like our souls
  • Dad: I don't understand the doughnut stereotype
  • Dad: of course I like doughnuts
  • Dad: everyone likes doughnuts
  • Dad: if you don't like doughnuts in going to arrest you for being dumb
  • Dad: that's the dumbest law I've ever heard
  • Dad: ba da da da da you're an idiot
  • Dad: you have the right to remain silent and I have the right to think you're an idiot
  • Dad: I hate people
  • Dad: if your BAC is higher than your IQ I'm arresting you
  • Dad: see it's funny cause your IQ is 0
  • Dad: put him in da river
  • Dad: wait no we don't have a river
  • Dad: uhm
  • Dad: stick him in the fridge until further notice
  • Dad: you can bitch all you want I have the gun
  • Dad: you have the right to go fuck yourself
  • Dad: that's it I retire
  • Dad: I've arrested this guy 4 times
  • Dad: for public nudity
  • Dad: how does he keep getting out?!
  • Dad: and why can't he find his pants
  • Dad: if she hadn't married me your mother would be a famous criminal master mind
  • Dad: she's a criminal master mind now
  • Dad: she's just not famous
  • Dad: cause I keep covering up her tracks
  • Dad: is this evidence I don't even know
  • Dad: that's it everyone's going to prison everyone
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i like my fictional boys brooding and intelligent, with a shit-ton of tragic backstory and daddy issues

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appreciate brown eyes more bc the people with brown eyes are grown up forcing to believe fuckin blue and green and grey are beautiful and either detest or get incredibly happy when someone compliments their eye color stop letting this happen

there are people with brown eyes reblogging this and theyre talking about still being sad with their eye color and this is exactly why we need hype about brown eyes

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