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Okay, okay, I’m going to tell you what Hermione sees in Ron.
A trio is a balancing act, right? They’re equalizers of each other. Harry’s like the action, Hermione’s the brains, Ron’s the heart. Hermione has been assassinated in these movies, and I mean that genuinely—by giving her every single positive character trait that Ron has, they have assassinated her character in the movies. She’s been harmed by being made to be less human, because everything good Ron has, she’s been given.
So, for instance: “If you want to kill Harry, you’re going to have to kill me too”—RON, leg is broken, he’s in pain, gets up and stands in front of Harry and says this. Who gets that line in the movie? Hermione.
“Fear of a name increases the fear of the thing itself.” Hermione doesn’t say Voldemort’s name until well into the books—that’s Dumbledore’s line. When does Hermione say it in the movies? Beginning of Movie 2.
When the Devil’s Snare is curling itself around everybody, Hermione panics, and Ron is the one who keeps his head and says “Are you a witch or not?” In the movie, everybody else panics and Hermione keeps her head and does the biggest, brightest flare of sunlight spell there ever was.
So, Hermione—all her flaws were shaved away in the films. And that sounds like you’re making a kick-ass, amazing character, and what you’re doing is dehumanizing her. And it pisses me off. It really does.
In the books, they balance each other out, because where Hermione gets frazzled and maybe her rationality overtakes some of her instinct, Ron has that to back it up; Ron has a kind of emotional grounding that can keep Hermione’s hyper-rationalness in check. Sometimes Hermione’s super-logical nature grates Harry and bothers him, and isn’t the thing he needs even if it’s the right thing, like when she says “You have a saving people thing.” That is the thing that Harry needed to hear, she’s a hundred percent right, but the way she does it is wrong. That’s the classic “she’s super logical, she’s super brilliant, but she doesn’t know how to handle people emotionally,” at least Harry.
So in the books they are this balanced group, and in the movies, in the movies—hell, not even Harry is good enough for Hermione in the movies. No one’s good enough for Hermione in the movies—God isn’t good enough for Hermione in the movies! Hermione is everybody’s everything in the movies.
Harry’s idea to jump on the dragon in the books, who gets it in the movies? Hermione, who hates to fly. Hermione, who overcomes her withering fear of flying to take over Harry’s big idea to get out of the—like, why does Hermione get all these moments?
[John: Because we need to market the movie to girls.]
I think girls like the books, period. And like the Hermione in the books, and like the Hermione in the books just fine before Hollywood made her idealized and perfect. And if they would have trusted that, they would have been just fine.
Would the movies have been bad if she was as awesome as she was in the books, and as human as she was in the books? Would the movies get worse?
She IS a strong girl character. This is the thing that pisses me off. They are equating “strong” with superhuman. To me, the Hermione in the book is twelve times stronger than the completely unreachable ideal of Hermione in the movies. Give me the Hermione in the book who’s human and has flaws any single day of the week.
Here’s a classic example: When Snape in the first book yells at Hermione for being an insufferable know-it-all, do you want to know what Ron says in the book? “Well, you’re asking the questions, and she has to answer. Why ask if you don’t want to be told?” What does he say in the movie? “He’s got a point, you know.” Ron? Would never do that. Would NEVER do that, even before he liked Hermione. Ron would never do that.
— Melissa Anelli THROWS IT DOWN about the way Ron and Hermione have been adapted in the movies on the latest episode of PotterCast. Listen here. This glorious rant starts at about 49:00.
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Hungarian Goulash Soup
This is one of my mom’s staple recipes. She invented it, based on various ghoulash and stew recipes she’d had. It’s one of my biggest comfort foods EVER. I’ve modified it a bit for my own tastes. This is definitely a cooking-noob recipe - it’s pretty hard to screw up. Also it makes a ton and freezes well.
It will be like soup when you first make it, but it will turn into a stew/goulash type substance as it sits and the pasta soaks up the moisture. It’s delish either way. The above photo represents the later-stage stew/goulash iteration - as you can tell by my classeh leftovers container.
- 2 lbs ground sirloin (90/10 at least - you can also make this recipe with diced beef shoulder or stew meet but I prefer ground sirloin)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 1 tbsp caraway seeds (optional, if you like caraway)
- 1 can (14-16 oz) diced tomatoes with juice
- 8 cups beef stock
- 1 tbsp beef bouillon (try to use Better than Bouillon - stay away from the icky cubes)
- 2 cups tomato juice (not sauce, JUICE) plus extra (buy the regular 24 oz can)
- 2 cups diced carrots
- 2 cups diced celery
- 2 cups diced potatoes (I leave the skin on)
- 2 cups chopped cabbage
- 2 cups macaroni (or other pasta)
Brown the ground beef and onion in the olive oil with the caraway seeds. Do not drain. Add the other ingredients except the pasta. Taste the broth; you can add more bouillon if you want. You’ll need salt. Probably a lot of it, given that this recipe is mostly beef and tomatoes, two of the biggest salt-suckers ever. I also add this spice blend that my local spice shop makes that’s a Hungarian butcher blend - it has paprika and stuff. Add more spices if you want. Paprika is a good bet.
Simmer for 2-3 hours. If the liquid gets low, replenish with tomato juice. About half an hour before you serve, add in the pasta.
if anything befell you, I would go mad, Robb.
"All I know is that my contract is for six years. But I do have my Direwolf. I adopted the dog that played her because I felt so bad when she died. She’s called Zuni and lives at home with me."
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, “A Time to Hole Up And a Time to Kick Ass” in We Don’t Need Another Wave (via irresistible-revolution)
this essay changed my life when i read it as a teenager, and was also the essay i wrote about to win a large scholarship that allowed me to move to the bay area and subsequently go to a college that nearly ended my existence, except now i’m a college drop out crazy brown femme homo, and a lot happier, and the person who wrote this is now my friend i love dearly who buys me red velvet cupcake sandwiches in times of crisis, so. it all comes full circle, right?