Anonymous asked:"It's a metaphor" I have no doubt that you completely understand and stand by this statement that the act of putting an unlit cigarette in Augustus Waters' mouth is in fact a metaphor. But for some folks, we don't see it asa metaphor, we see it as situational irony, or a simple statement. Please explain how it is a metaphor.
Well, a character in a novel saying that something is a metaphor is not the same thing as the author of the novel saying that it’s a metaphor. Gus’s intellectual grasp often exceeds his reach (he calls a monologue a soliloquy, and misuses quite a few of the bigger words in his vocabulary). But I do think the cigarette is a metaphor, albeit a different one for us than it is for him.
Gus’s idea is that the cigarette is a metaphor for illness, and he keeps it unlit and in his mouth as an expression of his power over illness. “You put the killing thing between your teeth but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.” Gus’s thinking here is that HE has the power. This is why he tends to use the cigarette when he’s feeling nervous or powerless. (He’s also using the most famous commercially available carcinogen to make this statement, so obviously there’s a connection there in his mind: Humans can prevent cancer by not smoking; cancer is something we can have power over; your job is not to give cancer the power to kill you; etc.)
But of course Gus is wrong about all of this, or at least almost all of it. You may have SOME control over whether you die of cancer (you can choose not to smoke), but in most cases humans don’t have control over illness. “You don’t give it the power to do its killing” imagines more agency over illness than we actually have, because in the end much of the fault is in the stars, not in ourselves. So to us, the unlit cigarette is a metaphor for our false perception of control, and our urgent need to feel in control. It’s no coincidence, then, that when Gus’s life is spiraling out of control and he finds himself powerless before fate, he tries (and fails) to buy cigarettes.
Anonymous asked:I think you are amazing and awesome. I'm a huge fan of Drarrytexts, but you are much more important than the blog, I rather want you well then see the blog upload. I really hope you are getting happier soon cause you deserve it. I love your work. From a huge fan and hope could be a friend to such an amazing person as you. 😊
Thank you very much. :) I hope we can be friends. Message me off anon?
Anonymous asked:I just wanted to say that you are fantastic. What you are doing with your harry potter blog, is fantastic. The way that you are turning Harry Potter (a thing story that we all grew up with, that help shaped our lives so drastically) and using it to help people who have eating disorders or self harm is phenomenal and world changing. But, at that same time, please don't feel pressured to run these blogs for so many people to the point where it is taking over your life. No one wants that. stay cool
Anonymous asked:Hullo sweetie! Just wanted to drop by and tell u how awesome u r, n also an amazing mod, u r doing great (: don't be sad, u arent ruining all cause u r just making it different n that's never wrong U can be whatever u wanna be (: take care honey❤😘❤
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Anonymous asked:ily you cutie. you are amazing, smart, adorable. You are so important, I just wanted to remind you of that, you cutie patotie. You are so important, and i know im just repeating myself, but I swear, YOU ARE IMPORTANT. YOU, my dear, are the main character of your own story, and you have to keep on going, for the next chapter, the rest of the series.
YOU ARE WONDERFUL AND TREAT ME VERY WELL! *hugs* THANK YOU!
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Anonymous asked:Just thought I would randomly tell you you are awesome and amazing, and your blog always makes me laugh and smile! Also you are a great mod on Drarry Texts, and I really hope you start to feel happier (I realize you don't just POOF get happy, but still I really do hope you do if that makes sense) I find your random texts posts, or even just your posts about what your doing and how your life is interesting, so PLEASE never stop blogging, and please just keep going. You can do it. - A friend
Thank you! And YAY! NEW FRIEND!
Anonymous asked:Err hello, from Drarrytexts. I just wanna say sorry you feel so bad about yourself. I know this probably doesnt help because i feel the same way/have friends who feel the same way and it doesnt help at all when someone says this. But anyway, I wanted to say that you are NOT ruining Drarrytexts. Everyone has bad days, bad weeks, bad months. Its so cool that you still wanna be a mod- thanks man. Take all the time you need and f the haters. Hope you'll find the light in ya and everything else. :*<3
Thank you very much. I’ve just been busy lately with relationship drama and school drama and all sorts of things.