alanna of trebond (and pirate’s swoop and olau) | rose leslie
‘While you do the right thing, I do the necessary thing.’
rachel; grizzly bear, eagle, elephant
does anyone else imagine Rhaegar always punctuating everything he says with sound effects from his harp
“this wine is excellent” *enthusiastic glissando*
“I am disappointed in you” *two sad notes in a minor key*
“dad please don’t burn the country down” *series of soft yet angry plucked chords*
don’t pay too much attention to this, if you please
okay I don’t know about you guys but Evvy was a really formative character for me. I read Street Magic when I was about thirteen years old, before I started watching A:TLA and I was like OMIGOD SHE’S FROM A COUNTRY THAT’S CLEARLY ANALOGOUS TO CHINA AND SHE’S A MAGE. it was one of the first times I had come across someone who was supposed to represent someone like me in a high fantasy book and I was super excited
I kept thinking about this idea where when she and Briar and Rosethorn travel to Yanjing they come across this town where is said to live a blind mage with a special kind of ambient nature magic expressed through martial art (remember in Magic Steps when Sandry was trying to find Pasco a teacher she mentioned shamans in Yanjing who dance their magic?)
and I kept thinking about how awesome it would be if Evvy ever met Toph
and then this got made
I know I still haven’t done Marco’s portrait in this set, but I needed a happy Rachel & Cassie sketch tonight. Female friendship is my favourite.
Alanna the Lioness
I grew up reading Tamora Pierce’s books, and finally had the chance to meet her in 2011 at a book signing. Sigh. I remember the first time I read about Alanna, and my sudden need to be a knight in armor.
this is an interesting article on the current state of the American Girl company…i havent paid attention to AG in a long time but they were actually a hugely formative part of my childhood…i def had one of those make-your-own dolls but man i loved the books! the books definitely talked pretty frankly about contemporary issues for each era…and the general message was always really strong: girls in the series came from a lot of different backgrounds and time periods but they all had dreams and friends and hopes!! just like you!!! it was pretty rad, so it feels weird to read that the newer ones might not be as much like that…
did you guys read the American Girl books? my favorites were Addy and Samantha, but i read at least one or two from most of them…who were your favorites?
UGH. I saw that article the other day, and I already knew that Mattel had bought Pleasant Co. a while ago and sort of knew about this already, but it still made me so sad. Those books WERE my childhood, and they were so so important - showing American history through the eyes of 10-11 year old girls and NOT completely glossing over the bad stuff, and basically stories all about girls growing up and being about THEM and their hopes and dreams and messing things up but then getting better and being strong and OMG GIRLLLLSSSSSS.
All of them were great (I had all of the books through Josefina, I was too old when Kit came out) but my favorites were particularly Felicity, Addy, and Samantha. Samantha was always going to be a favorite just because she was the only one I actually had the doll of (they’re expensive!) but her friendship with Nellie and the books treatment of classism and child labor and votes for women were amazing. And Felicity was just baller, and Addy’s books were objectively the best (GIRL ESCAPED FROM SLAVERY WITH HER MOM omg Addy forever <3 <3 <3).
But this is why when I recently moved I reluctantly but willingly gave my American Girl books to goodwill. I’d had them for so many years and will always treasure their stories, but I NEED girls right now and girls in the future to be able to read these stories because they were super important to my childhood and the way that such companies are going right now these stories are harder and harder to find for little girls, and that makes me sad.
young elia and oberyn martell they make me sad
quick study break with my favorite lady knights