LKH has said some truly brainless and offensive things regarding the Rodger’s killings, so I’m pretty pissed at her. I am not in the mood to be nice about her work considering how much hatred she piles onto women.
What, did a woman piss in your cornflakes or something? WHAT DID WE DO TO DESERVE SUCH HATRED?
I’d started to shake and couldn’t seem to stop. It was as if I’d been waiting for him so I could finally fall apart. I didn’t cry, just let him hold me while I shook.
You are doing nothing to convince me that shower scene was consensual. How can a professional author be so oblivious to what they’re fucking writing? How do you so completely fail at your job and yet still keep doing it?
It turns out that Anita is shaking and near crying because she’s afraid JC is angry at her. Oh, that’s healthy. That’s a healthy reaction. Surely, if you are cringing in fear from the man you love your relationship is the greatest love that ever loved. How do you fail at writing a loving relationship?
JC is not angry. He expects Anita to be angry for him giving her the ardeur. I’d be pissed. The ‘ardeur’ (gaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh) is ‘the fire, the burning hunger’. It’s a need to ‘feed’ off sexual energy otherwise you die. Or something. Why did he give it to her? How is it passed on? Why isn’t she angry about it? I’d be fucking angry if I suddenly lost my entire life because my abusive boyfriend suddenly thought I should enjoy being raped. Instead, Anita asks when she can control it and admits to being scared. Those are both sensible responses to such a fucked up situation.
He held my face between his hands.
STOP TOUCHING FACES.
“Ma petite, it has been over four hundred years since I first woke with the ardeur raging in me, but I remember. All those years, and I still remember that the cry for flesh was almost worse than the cry for blood.”
And you thought giving it to your girlfriend was a good idea because….
Nathanvile drives them to the Circus and JC goes ‘Eh, I’ll ditch you now. I’m not interested in comforting you, my OBVIOUSLY SACRED AND TRAUMATISED GIRLFRIEND, or helping you with this metaphysical magic I gave you that will tear you apart from the inside’.
Jason opens the door for them, because this shit sundae needs a pea on top.
The rest of us walked more sedately down the stairs, able to walk three abreast, because none of us were large people.
Why did you say that. Why did you think that was fucking necessary?
Jason tries to nag Anita into explaining what happened, but she’s not interested in talking. Jason offers Nathaniel to share his bed for the night because he ‘doesn’t see many visitors’. What the frick? Jason is sad because the female ‘vampire freaks’ are interested in ‘Jean-Claude’s pet werewolf’ and not him. Anita is surprised that Jason wants a deep and meaningful relationship over casual sex. Way to kick your friend. Jason is sad that the people who come to gawp at vampires think he’s one of the freaks. I’d be sorry but this is Jason so I can’t be.
Anita hugs him and says he’s just as worthy as everyone else – he’s not a freak! Jason disagrees.
“You hate the monsters. You hate being different. You accept that you’re different, but you don’t like it.”
… that’s a fucking Mobius strip of logical reasoning there. Anita says that this is right, and Jason teases her about admitting she’s wrong. Hey, look, genuine character interaction that doesn’t feel forced or unnatural! How unusual! Jason asks Anita whether she’s really going to be a wereleopard, then raises his hackles at Nathanvile for being glad that Anita might stay as Nimir-Ra.
As if there was ever any debate that she wouldn’t.
Anita and Jason bicker about the fate of Gregory. Anita tells Jason how awful Richard is for wanting the pack to be democratic instead of a murderous dictatorship and how Richard is a meanie. Jason tells her how much better it’d be if she was in charge as lupa which makes Anita start on a shitfit. How dare someone question her judgement! How dare someone try to argue that fascism is awful! She then gets so angry she wants to lunge at him.
Why are you a fucking awful human being Anita?
“Richard may be a bleeding-heart, flag waving right-winger, but he’s also fair, and he really does try to put the best interests of the pack before his own.”
I thought ‘bleeding-heart’ was a term thrown at liberals. And how come wanting democracy makes you politically right wing? What the fuck is the logic in these books?
Anyway, Jason is worried about Jacob becoming packmaster – why don’t you just fucking kill him yourself, or vote to oust him from the pack? – and wants Anita to do something. She yells at him for getting in her face. Um, no, YOU got in his face because he dared to disagree with you, when you started going on about the pack structure that you know nothing about because you’ve never bothered to be interested in the politics of the werewolf pack.
I hate Anita.
Jason has to apologise to her for daring to speak out of term and then asks her again to deal with Jacob. Why? Because she wants to kill Jacob. Which he knows because… um… Anita wants to kill everyone. Anita sniffily replies that pack matters are nothing to do with her any more, EVEN THOUGH SHE KEEPS TELLING PEOPLE IN THE PACK WHAT THEY SHOULD AND SHOULD NOT TO.
“They don’t know you like I do,” he said.
I pulled away from him gently. “What’s that supposed to mean?”
“It means that once you’ve given your friendship – your protection – to someone, you take care of them, even if they don’t want you to.”
- Anita is hostile at normal, cliché sentences.
- Anita cannot understand normal cliché sentences.
- I don’t think that Anita has one single friend. She doesn’t behave like a friend. You never see her having fun, or spending time with them, or even thinking of others. She doesn’t understand friendship.
- HA! Like when she just wanted to kill you for disagreeing with her?
- I wouldn’t want Anita looking after me. It’d probably end with my dog butchered and my budgie vivisected.
- Here is a video of my budgie singing along to songs from The Simpsons. BECAUSE HE IS TOO CUTE.
Anita proclaims she is sick and tired of doing dirty work but Jason says there’s no one better at it. Anita feels sad that she has killed and tortured countless people. But only for a little bit, because god forbid there be any consequences to anything in this book.
I am going to eat chocolate cake and think of pretty things.
What pretty things for you, my readers? What pretty things ease the shackles of misogyny?