People criticizing TFIOS because Gus sounds pretentious???
that was the point???
like literally at his fake funeral his best friend talks about how fucking pretentious he is and how annoying it was???
It was one of his character flaws? He was deliberately written that way?
You’re not being clever or critical by pointing it out, you are literally stating a fact about the novel that the author deliberately wrote
So this little cigarette right here has sparked a whole new brand of TFiOS hate, much of which is coming from people who claimed to love the book.
Many people are now pointing out how “pretentious” Augustus is, and I can’t help but think, You’re only just now realizing this. He was written to be a seemingly pretentious and arrogant person. The acknowledgement of this is actually highly important because, without it, the book loses the message that a hero’s journey is that of strength to weakness.
Augustus Waters has big dreams for himself. He wants to be known and remembered; he wants to be a hero; he wants to be seen as perfect. But there’s already something standing in his way… He has a disability, and society tells him that a person cannot be both perfect and disabled. So what does he do? He creates a persona for himself. He tries to appear older and wiser than he is. But the pretentious side of him is NOT who he truly is. It’s all an act. (This is evident in the fact that he often uses words in the wrong context.)
And when his cancer returns, we begin to see his mask cracking. The true Augustus begins to bleed through… Hazel even takes notice of this from time to time. And by the time we get to the gas station scene, Augustus is no longer the picture of perfection he was when we met him. The play has been canceled. The actor must reveal himself. And he’s revealed to be a weak, defenseless boy, succumbing to the cancer that is made of him.
THE PRETENTIOUSNESS IS INTENTIONAL. It stands to show Augustus’s journey from flawless to flawed, from strong to weak. It’s the key to understanding that Augustus was the hero he always wanted to be, even if he didn’t realized it.
I’m doing a little study of people I’m connected to. I would love it if you could tell me what you see as the difference emotionally between a good romantic relationship and your most solid friendship. I am interested in your personal experience of this concept. I’m trying to understand how different people see this. I would love to hear your side of the story!
Just had to discipline a kid at work today. Not a fun experience. He was running around the floor with some of the toys. I told him two times that the toys needed to be kept in the toy corner. When he came running around with the toys the third time, I knew I had to do something. As soon as he saw me coming, he tried to hide under our train table, but I asked him to come out because that was not safe. I reminded him that I had already told him about the toys and that I needed… him to show me I could trust him to do the right thing. He wouldn’t really look at me while I was saying it, but he nodded when I asked him if he understood. A little while later, I had seen that he had stayed in the toy area the whole time and that he was doing what I had asked. I went over there. As soon as he saw me coming, his eyes welled up and he turned away. I asked him his name, which he was able to say, though he was on the verge of tears. I thanked him for doing such a good job and told him I was proud of him. I let him pick a sticker out of our special box and shook his hand. His eyes were still wet when I left him, but the crying hadn’t escalated. I hope I made the right choices in that situation. Anyone have any advice?
I had a dream last night about this community sort of based on a cross between vampires and Firefly’s Reevers in that about half of the people are feeders and the other half are donaters, only they both have to do their part at least once in 24 hours or they die. They can make it through the first 8 hours with little trouble. After the next 8 hours, they have a severe headache. By the 24 hour mark, they drop dead. Now, here’s the catch. Blood type plays in as a part of it. Type O vampires can take from anyone. Type A and B are more specific, but not too hard to find. But this is a small town. What if one of the vampires found out she was AB? Because in my head, the vampirism thing doesn’t start until age 21. What if that feeder who found out she was AB had been taken away from the community by her father (who’s not part of the community) when she was young and some of the community had to go and try to rescue her? A very small percentage of people have AB blood. What if they weren’t sure if when they got back to the village they would find someone to donate to her? I asked all these questions in my head. Also, the town has a western aesthetic, for some reason.
imagine if people were born with traits based on their zodiac signs so like aries had ram horns and hoofs like a satyr and shit how rad would that be
i would be a giant fucking crab
I don’t necessarily think that I want to be a centaur.
I’d have ram horns and Husband would have bull horns.
I’m curious about what it’d be like for Gemini, Virgo, Libra, and Aquarius.
I’d have bull horns. Many jokes would be made about them.
So many people I know would have scorpion tails.
Would I just have to carry a massive clay jug of water around all the time? Like, I don’t get it.
I think I would just be twins. That’s so boring.