"I figure if Rudy couldn’t have Liesel, no-one from that world could."
Markus Zusak (via hislovelysummergirl)
Okay, confession time. This is the one thing that bugs me about this otherwise flippin amazing book - the sense that Rudy is somehow entitled to Liesel. The fact that he’s constantly asking her for kisses even though she keeps saying no is bad enough (yes, they’re kids and he’s mostly joking, but still, no means no) but the fact that when he dies we’re told to feel that “she should have kissed him when she had the chance” just completely invalidates her personal agency. Notably, Rudy himself never resents Liesel for not kissing him, but the narrative does. Remember kids, if your friend asks for romantic/sexual favors, you should give them to him even if you don’t want to because he deserves them, and if you don’t you’ve completely failed to reciprocate his niceness and you will feel horrible about it later.
and obviously that wasn’t the point Zusak was intending to make. he wanted to express that Liesel really did romantically love Rudy, but she didn’t know it until it was too late. he obviously thought of the kisses as something sweet and innocent and probably never realized how the exact same scenario could apply to sexual pressure and coercion and Nice Guy Syndrome. but after a point, intent doesn’t really matter—the Unfortunate Implications are still there and still creepy, and they really bothered me.
I loved this book so much but every time the kissing thing was brought up I had to do the mental equivalent of putting my hands over my ears and yelling “LALALA, NARRATIVE, I CAN’T HEAR YOU IMPLICITLY SHAMING A LITTLE GIRL FOR EXERTING HER BODILY AUTONOMY, LALALA” (via humboldt-squid)
humboldt-squid asked: Mister Bogleech, how did your "Noisy Tenant" universe get that name?
I made it up in my teens and intended it to invoke titles such as “Resident Evil” and “Silent Hill” only cornier and more awkward, like an off-brand rip-off of them.
The joke doesn’t really work, but that’s why I still like it. It still has an Engrish-y ring to it that I think suits what the setting has turned into more than ever.
goreelemental asked: So, like, I learned something I should've known forever. I went to the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Aquarium in Gatlinburg, TN for spring break (fantastic, by the way--they took fantastic care of their animals!) and while I was there, I learned that Moray Eels are like space puppies, in that they enjoy lazing around on rocks and like to be pet by the aquarium workers. I also learned that pufferfish cram all their organs to one side when they puff up, seriously limiting their life-spans.
Yup! Morays seem to have a lot of circumstantial species-crossing social tendencies; even though they live alone and normally love to eat small crustaceans, they will welcome cleaner shrimp and other symbiotes.
Some predatory fish have also learned how to “recruit” morays to help them hunt. If a big grouper can’t get a prey animal out of a narrow crevice, it will go find a moray eel and waggle its head as a signal. The eel will then follow it back to the prey’s hideout and squeeze in after it.
So it’s not surprising they can become very tame and trusting towards extremely different creatures, like humans. Male and female morays also court each other by touch, so cuddles probably make them feel calm and safe.