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.
Day 11/30: Favorite character introduction?
"This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that’s barely our of it’s diapers. I’m old, Dean. Very old. So I invite you to contemplate how insignificant I find you."
How far do you think Doctor Lecter would go in his therapy to treating a patient?
Day 10/30: Favorite Cas character?
I’ve always had a thing for villains, and apart from the original Castiel I’d have to say Godstiel is my favorite. The pure power that radiated off him was fantastic.
i still can’t believe americans don’t call car parks
car parks wtf
is that where you bring your car on weekends so it can play with other cars
NO IT’S WHERE YOU PARK YOUR FUCKING CAR
Almost like an area of land, a lot if you will, for parking cars. A parking lot.
Bat Luck [130/365]by DaphneNg
My mum found him in our garden. Newborn, can’t even open his eyes. She nearly stepped on him, if he hadn’t been making these tiny weak batscreeching noises. He’s the most adorable thing ever! We fed him goat’s milk and he started clinging on to things and he dangled upside down, he now lives with us in a shoebox until he’s old / well enough to fly away. We still don’t quite know what to with him though. [link] [link] [link]
HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW ME?
Answer which one you think would fit me and leave it in my askbox.
- Tall or short?
- Crazy or calm?
- Brunette or blonde?
- Over 20 years old or under?
- Single or in relationship?
- Straight, gay or bi?
- Lazy or bouncy?
- Big dreamer or take things as they come?
- Try three different outfits at morning or just wear anything?
- Prefer flats or high heels?
- Curly or straight hair?
- Sleep with light on or off?