Also (while I'm on the subject) it's kinda.. wild that Hill has so many ~Thoughts On The Working Class~ when he's literally the son of a billionaire.
Like, at least King was actually legit poor before he became like one of the 20th century's wealthiest authors. And, yeah okay; Hill was born before King "made it". Technically. Just.
Also it's kinda way more obvious in the TV version (I think because Manx spends more time "young" than the book implies?) that this is totally at least a partial parody of TWILIGHT except, like. Aimed at a different market.
Except the thing is? If you're "parodying" something in that way? Yeah, you're not actually parodying that thing; you're parodying its *audience*.
Which... well. Ref. how fucking much this story hates teenage girls and 🤔 🤔 🤔
So... this has actually been pretty faithful to the book (at least the first main "era" of the book) which is... kinda unexpected?
Also Lou remains the best character and 100% does not deserve the fat shamey shit the narrative puts him through I stg.
(Which kind of like... the ~problematic elements in the novel are deeeeeeeefinitely more noticeable in the TV series. Like... yikes.)
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@lj_writes Nope, same definition.
In a practical sense yes, the state will often have to use forms of violence (because that's by-definition what having the monopoly on violence means). But I still never think it should be comfortable with that, *especially* in situations where said violence seems "self-evidently" justified.
(And yes, I'm aware this is often quite a confronting position to take.)
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@lj_writes When you're talking about state violence, STRONG disagree. That rationale ("self-defence") is exactly the one the US used to justify murdering thousands of people in Afghanistan and Iraq, and is trying on Iran.
(This is also why states are not individuals; in individual cases I think you can make heat-of-the-moment/self-defence style arguments for killings. But states don't *have* "crimes of passion". Different rules/standards need to apply.)
@lindentreeisle @alpine_thistle @lj_writes Even then I'd oppose it; I believe it's fundamentally destructive to a polity for its embodied expression, i.e. the State, to be that comfortable with rationalizing violence.
The "point" of a State in the modern sense is that it is the entity that holds the monopoly on violence. It should *never* be comfortable with wielding that violence, especially not against itself (i.e. its own citizens).
"hey... that's good for the bushfires, right?"
Eeh. I mean, it can help control them but what it's actually going to mean is that all the loose topsoil and toxic ash and burnt shit is going to wash downhill, and very likely contaminate the ocean/a bunch of rivers/sources of drinking water.
So, like... y'know...
@alpine_thistle Ironically this brand is not that expensive, objectively, as far as beauty products go. But they have a *reputation* for being super expensive/~aspirational, so…
@vamp Honestly 9 times out of I see people resorting to epithets it’s because they’re hitting pronoun antecedent agreement problems, but don’t *know* that’s what they’re struggling with (and thus the fix).
The other time it’s time travel and people are having to deal with two of the same characters in one scene*. :P
* In which case a tight POV is usually an easy “invisible” fix.
I had a dream I adopted a stray pet galah for some reason and we went to the pet store to buy it a “sleeping cage” (it was going to be free range when we were home) but the aisles of the pet store kept shifting and every time we found one bird cage we could never find it again.
Obviously this is my subconscious telling me it’s shitty to keep large parrots as pets.
@vamp Nuuuuu! Don't do it! There is always a better way! :O
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