As you’ve probably guessed if you’ve ever thought about it, the silent “p” in “psychopath” isn’t there just to confuse; the Ancient Greek letter “ψ” (called Ψι) represents the sound /ps/, which is used in the word “ψυχή,” which meant “soul” and was pronounced /pʰsyː.kʰɛ᷄ː/. “Psychopath” is derived from “ψυχή” and “πάθος” (suffering), and like many greek loanwords, the latin alphabet renders “ψ” as “ps.” I assume since /ps/ isn’t an especially easy way for non-greeks to begin a word, it therefore became just /s/ in other languages.
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I had intended to touch upon this in my actual review of Chapter 16, but it slipped my mind when I actually sat down to write the review. In case anyone needs further evidence in support of my claim that the direwolf’s slaughter had almost no effect on the characters, I found a quote by the author about just that while making sure I hadn’t misremembered anything.
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Now, I think people have a tendency to apply the term “Mary-Sue” to just about any character they dislike or find irritating. A common summary of what constitutes a “Mary-Sue” is simply that a character is perfect, idealized, has no faults, or always does the right thing; I fervently believe this definition to be quite inaccurate.
For me, whether one is a Mary-Sue is not a question of perfection but one of accountability. Sex also plays a substantial role in the equation. To put it most simply, a Mary-Sue is a character who acts merely as a vessel through whom the author may live out their—often sexual—fantasies.
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After looking at the first chapter of George R. R. Martin’s abhorrent A Song of Ice and Fire series, it almost goes without saying that we should, without warning, jump fifteen chapters ahead to one of the very worst this series has to offer, doesn’t it? Therefore I will jump straight to reviewing the chapter that should have made me quit reading this awful series.
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In my last post concerning A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, I reviewed the prologue. In today’s post, I shall review the first chapter. Surprisingly, there’s actually one line of dialogue I like in this chapter. Unsurprisingly, however, there is only one line I like.
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A great deal of what I’ve written thus far has been in preparation for this review. Unfortunately for me, its subject cannot be properly critiqued in a single article. For quite a while I was at a loss for how to start this review, and no part of this has been easy.
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The name Twilight applies to a lot of things, and to avoid confusing some laughable teen-vampire-romance with the main character of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, I now always refer to Stephanie Meyer’s work as “The Twilight Saga” so as not to associate it with any good work of high-fantasy. There’s also an owl with that name in Kathryn Lasky’s Guardians of Ga’Hoole series, and I’ve heard there’s also one in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and who knows how many other stories).
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I recently watched a Doug Walker (Nostalgia-Critic) video about the Disney princesses. He said that he couldn’t put his finger on why princesses make one feel so uneasy until he saw Bridge to Terabithia, a dreadful film that ends with the brother being the king while his sister is a princess (all in their deranged fantasy, of course). This made Walker realize that it’s not the role of a princess that causes unease, but the title itself: that boys are cast as kings but the girl is always a princess. Why not a queen?
Indeed, queens in Disney movies are most often portrayed as malevolent. Walker attributes this to an image of innocence and youth, power and responsibility but not too much power or responsibility. I think there’s a better explanation for why children don’t seem to jump so readily at the mention of a queen, and it has a lot more to do with British history, and a lot less to do with an image of subservience. Continue reading Why is the Princess Favoured Over the Queen?