I’m reblogging this because it says a lot of the things that I wanted to say and makes some really great points.
To begin talking about this issue, let me set a scene for you. Let’s say you’ve been petrified and are lying in the Hospital Wing, but as is mentioned later in the storyline, you can see and hear what’s going on. Your boyfriend comes in and gets a musical number while you just lie there. When…
Oh my God, this is heaven-sent.
It took me like 50 years to understand what this is about
But now I get it and it’s awesome
But the thing is, said is not something that should be avoided at all costs. The main advantage of “said” is that it is unobtrusive, so if you have a lot of “dialogue”, said doesn’t take away from that. However, if you’re describing a character’s tone, then avoid “Said [adverb]”.
(Source: bekahboo2391, via theanderson-hummels)
Okay, the title relates to both the quote surrounding an infamous scene in Looking for Alaska and the author’s statement about this.
And why yes, that’s TWO John Green posts in one month.
(under the cut because spoilers,(debate over) sex, and swearing)
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Dear John Green,
Apparently, it is your birthday today. I’m not a hundred percent sure that this is true as I just saw it on my tumblr dash. Let me check Wikipedia. Okay. It is.
The thing is, before I discovered Nerdfightaria through my friend Marygrace, I probably wouldn’t have done that. So many of your videos (and Hank’s, but it’s not his birthday today so…) reminded me that I should appreciate the knowledge that’s available with a five second google search, and that learning about things is cool. Those aren’t things that I hear every day, so to see a community that loves learning and knowledge is super awesome.
Through these videos, I discovered your books. The first one I read was The Fault in our Stars. I’d have to say TFioS is my favorite not just because it introduced me to all of the other novels you wrote, but for the first time, I felt enthusiastic about my hometown. If you’re one of the approximately four residents of Indianapolis who are not Colts fans, like me, there’s not much going on in Indianapolis to be proud of, to be quite honest. However, there was something really exciting about reading a New York Times bestselling novel and saying “I live there!”.* I read my way through all of your other books, and there was something about all of them that reminded me just how much a good book meant.
I’m really glad I joined the nerdfighter community, too. It’s impressive that a group of smart, funny people has sprung up around a series of youtube videos. Since you and Hank created those youtube videos, I have to give credit where credit is due. However, all of Nerdfighteria’s accomplishments are its own, so I’ll just end this paragraph here.
Anyway, Happy Birthday, John. And as surprisingly few people here say, Don’t forget to be awesome.
*By the way, yes, I was the fan at LeakyCon who mentioned that I live about ten minutes away from most of the locations in that book. Except Amsterdam. I do not live ten minutes away from Amsterdam.
Um spoilers for JMOMS? That’s about it. Under the cut because I know a lot of my followers don’t care.
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Okay. I just have to
refudiate refute some things I’ve seen on Facebook that prove that nobody, like, does, any like, f***ing research(1) regarding the Chick-Fil-A controversy.
First, let’s explain what’s going on. Chick-Fil-A founder and president S. Truett Cathy has come under fire for donating over five million dollars over the past decade to Anti-LGBT organizations (2). Answering as “guilty as charged” to operating under “the Biblical definition of the family unit” (3)
So, let’s clear a few things up here just from those two sentences alone.
- This is more than just “Some conservative making anti-gay statements”
- He has confirmed his discriminatory practices
- There is money involved.
I cannot stress that last point. Money from Cathy’s non for profit organization, WinShape, was donating money to these organizations (4). This money had to come from somewhere, which is why there is a boycott going on.
Some people who still support Chick-Fil-A claim that they support the organization on the grounds of “supporting free speech” and waive of protesters with “the first amendment”. I’ve seen it all over Facebook. Let’s first start with the incorrect use of the first amendment. The purpose behind it was to prevent government censorship of citizens, allowing them to criticize the government. I’m not going to cite this because this is basic American civics. So, let’s look at what’s going on here.
Things that are involved in the first amendment
- The rights of citizens in relation to the government
Things that are not in the first amendment
- Fast food restaurants
- The response of citizens in relation to discriminatory actions.
Are we clear on that? If not, let’s put it another way. The first amendment gives you the right to say what you want and defends you from government censorship. It does not defend you from someone else using their first amendment right to criticize how you’re using your first amendment right and criticize your actions (5). It also says nothing about where people should and shouldn’t spend their money.
Nobody involved in the boycott is trying to censor Cathy. He can say what he wants and most of the people involved in the movement won’t try to stop him. They’re obviously not forcing people to avoid chick-fil-a, as they still have supporters. They’re just not going to his restaurant, which they are well within their right to do.
Because believe it or not, the LGBT+ community and its allies have the first amendment right, too.
- For those of you non-StarKid followers, that’s a reference to a Darren Criss quote.
- If you don’t know what that phrase means get out from under your rock and go see the world. Also thank you for making my blog the main website for your rock. also (Statement source)
- This was mentioned in previous sources. I’m too lazy to find a new one.
- Unless they’re lying. However, since all of the information against Chick-Fil-A is verifiable, I’m not going to go into that.