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  1. That's what I meant when I said I could justify each thought or action. It makes narrative sense that the eggs give her strength. Reading it, however, It's still awkward and off for me.
  2. I don't think you have to relate to every quality about a character. Earlier I said I related to Arya. I was thinking about Arya in Winterfell surrounded by her family. I can't relate to what she has become, but her at the start of the story, absolutely. I can relate to Dany always second guessing herself even while pushing forward with what she feels is right. I understand Cat's decision making processes, even though they don't end well. I had a little Sansa in me - idealistically believing that people were good, and that the world has rules and you should respect them. I was also a little like Brienne or the Mormont ladies when I was the only girl who refused to wear a dress for a school program. My teacher and parents strongly encouraged it, but I didn't want to and won that fight. Cersei isn't wrong when she notices how differently she and Jaime were treated growing up and resents it. I could go through the male characters as well and find bits I can relate to, and I kind of think that's the genius of what GRRM is doing. These characters feel like real people with real strengths and flaws. I'm not focusing on the non PoV characters because we don't really get to see what they are, just what others perceive them to be. I agree there are some really strong characters in that bunch, and I don't mean to dismiss them. We just can't evaluate them in the same way. These are extraordinary characters doing extraordinary things, so I'm guessing most of us don't relate to the more extreme aspects of these women (and men). But they are all human enough that we can recognize familiar things in their make-up.
  3. I'm not sure how to respond. I think GRRM writes characters well, period. In general, I don't find many things that ring false in his characterizations.There do tend to be some that are over the top, but not in his PoVs. Ramsey and Joffrey are cartoon villains, to an extent Lysa too. We get part of their story and see them from the outside looking in. I tend to forgive these because stories need color and catalysts to move the action along. Among his PoV characters, Dany didn't ring true to me as a young bride to Drogo. When I try to pin point a specific thing, I hesitate and can justify each action or thought, but as a whole, it just felt off to me. She seemed too confidant in herself and taking control of her life and sexuality with Drogo, especially when the major influence on her life was Viserys who bullied and threatened her. I can't say it won't resonate for someone else, but for me, this was the hardest PoV to connect to and understand/believe. The one I most connected to and just groked was Arya. There are steroetypes for a reason. Specifically I'll say young Arya who wanted to swordfight with the boys and screw the needlework. I wanted to play little league football when I was young, but girls were not allowed to. My dad was a coach, so I went and would practice with them, I knew all the plays and could catch and throw a tackle, but I couldn't be on the team. I had always been a cheerleader for them (Go Colts!) but once I was of age with the boys playing, I didn't want to anymore. So that whole thing where Arya is forced to sew is like me being pigeonholed into being a cheerleader. I didn't hate cheerleading, but I resented it because it was the only acceptable outlet for me. So, had he given us progress? Probably, but I don't think it was necessarily intentional. I think he just really has a gift for characterization and he doesn't distinguish between male and female. I'm having trouble with the word 'progress'. I'm not sure what you're looking for, exactly. I think the progress is the higher bar he sets for writing quality in general, not specifically for women.
  4. I think the threat to unseat Moore. if elected, is a hollow one. And honestly, I don't think they should. Moore is a huge piece of shit and a contemptible human, but if Alabama voters decide they are ok with him representing them, then their vote should count. I will hate them forever for inflicting him on the Senate and giving him a platform and power, but that's their call, isn't it?
  5. I don't know why I expected anyone to chose anything other than Dayne for the Dornish. I get it, but I've always been drawn to the Blackmonts. Fist of all, their sigil is a vulture carrying a baby. I want to know that story. I also liked that Lady Larra Blackmont accompanied Oberyn to King's Landing and thus showing off the Dornish sensibilities when it comes to inheritance. And they seem to have a connection to the Vulture Kings who opposed the Iron Throne. They've always been one of my favorite houses overall, even though next to nothing is known about them. I don't have super strong feelings about other minor houses, but the Manderly's do have a soft spot in my heart, especially young Wylla. Loyal and fierce - it's a good combination.
  6. Twelve / thirteen is absolutely an appropriate time for romantic relationships. And I loved the first kisses - they were so adorably innocent. Especially Lucas and Max. Just a quick touch of the lips and everyone is all giddy and happy. It was adorable. It was especially funny to hear the kids talk about it in the after show because they genuinely were all giggly and awkward about their respective kissing scenes.
  7. It's being covered, just not 'can't escape it' coverage. I think that it's not that it's not news, it's just not surprising news.
  8. Your examples are of specific artists, not art. I think there is an important difference. And I'm really walking away this time.
  9. Yep. I personally didn't queue for specific games, but I sure as hell loved watching Dragon's Lair. It was hard to get a look because so many other people were trying to as well. I never did understand how people knew who's quarters were whose and how more fights didn't break out over it. a few quarters, sure, you can keep track, but those rows were long and always full. I saw some people using paint or nail polish to mark their quarters, but mostly not.
  10. You know, I didn't think about it but that feels true to me. The arcade was a place to hang out on the weekends when your parents dropped you off at the mall. Me and my friends did this ALL the time. Warning: sexist comment coming up. There were definitely games that attracted boys v girls and vice verse. Obviously not exclusively, but it was a reality for me and my friends. Any game was better than no game, but I preferred Centipede and Dig Dug over Asteroid or other games. The best was obviously Joust and I will fight anyone who says otherwise. Also, there were not enough people gathered around watching the boys play Dragon's Lair. That game was always absolutely packed with people watching and quarters lining the screen.
  11. I remember wanting to play an elf but I didn't roll high enough. Good thing Elle rolled a 30 for INT then.
  12. Not so obscure to D&D fans these days, I'm thinking. Do you watch Critcal Role?
  13. Since people here right now actually seem to remember playing in the early 80s, I have a question. When we rolled up characters, we rolled out stats and THEN decided what the character was going to be, right? Like I couldn't be a wizard if I rolled a low INT, right? Am I misremembering or did my DM misinterpret or am I just crazy?