Light at the End | Carlos Gotay Martínez
I love Arianne because she’s ordinary in so many ways—she’s not a warrior, she’s not especially book-smart; she makes judgment errors; and her favorite things are pretty boys and getting drunk and hanging out with friends and getting into trouble. But she’s got charm and passion and courage and interpersonal skills and the ability to read people really well, and she is able to grow and change, and I can’t wait to see what she does next.
I forgot to add that I also like her because she isn’t a snob—and part of that is Dornish culture but it’s mentioned that she has friends from all strata of society. And that’s one of the tools in her arsenal. Like the Tyrells, she doesn’t underestimate what the love and cooperation of the common people can do. She is already well-known and beloved in Dorne, and not just because she is a princess—her brother Quentyn is hardly known there. She makes an effort to get to know people. And her attention to everyone already semi-succeeds for her once—if she didn’t pay close attention to her maidservant and the fact that she seemed romantically interested in Garin, she wouldn’t have devised her successful ploy to get a letter out of the tower. She can and does use this ability to manipulate people, but she also has genuine appreciation for the people she knows.
I recently read a meta about her that said that although she likes to scheme she isn’t all that clever. But I think she is very clever—she might not be Tyene or Sarella or Doran (yet) but that’s partly because she hasn’t yet had to step up and be tested. Look at how she weighs her decisions—knowing not to appeal to the Yronwoods because they fostered her brother, doubting Quentyn’s decision to sail out through Oldtown, being rightfully afraid of Jon Connington because a man who can fake his own death for that long is going to be subtle and patient. And her being not-so-great at Cyvasse isn’t because she’s not a strategic thinker, but because she chooses the pieces she likes. It’s symbolic of the struggle in her life at large—does she make decisions based on her immediate desires and what’s pretty, or does she defer her gratification for the sake of her family and her kingdom? Does she remain a pampered child or does she sacrifice her comfort and innocence to be a worthy heir? She hasn’t been tested fully yet, and it remains to be seen whether her judgment will be correct, but even if she fails it won’t necessarily mean that she’s not intelligent, only that someone else played the game better, or had better resources, or was in the right place at the right time. That’s the amazing thing about these books—anyone can fail (or succeed) anyone can die (or triumph), and it isn’t a matter of one hero knocking down obstacles, but of many capable, strong people fighting for limited resources and, like Barristan Selmy said, on any given day, anyone can win depending on circumstances.
Agreed with all of this.
This is also why I think Dany and Arianne would get along well; they both struggle with what they want vs. what’s best for family/kingdom, and I think they both have a lot to learn. And they both care a lot about people regardless of social class.
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“I fall in love with human beings based on who they are,” she tells the magazine, “not based on what they do or what sex they are.”
DID SHAILENE JUST SAY WHAT WE ALL WANTED TO HEAR? SHE IS LIKE THE FIRST ACTRESS WHO SAYS IT LIKE THAT. SHE DIDNT SAY SHE WAS GAY BUT SHE IS JUST LIKE ALL OF US. WE ALWAYS WANTED PEOPLE TO SAY THAT WE FALL IN LOVE WITH PEOPLE AND NOT WITH A GENDER AND FINALLY SOMEONE SAID IT. YOU GO SHAILENE WOODLEY.
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OK got an email from Jo that I think has two pictures in it but I can only see one of them right now so here it is it’s a dog that is sneaky and possibly huge. It’s hard to be sure but I think the dog is pretty close to the camera instead of having a head the size of two people.
Thanks Jo I’ll see if I can figure out how to know about the second dog later.
Deleted scene from the critically acclaimed film, Gravity.