carrie and allison have known each other since middle school, which means at any given time i’m more prone to thinking about what they were like as 14-year-olds than actually writing the present day of the comic
Okay, okay, I’m going to tell you what Hermione sees in Ron.
A trio is a balancing act, right? They’re equalizers of each other. Harry’s like the action, Hermione’s the brains, Ron’s the heart. Hermione has been assassinated in these movies, and I mean that genuinely—by giving her every single positive character trait that Ron has, they have assassinated her character in the movies. She’s been harmed by being made to be less human, because everything good Ron has, she’s been given.
So, for instance: “If you want to kill Harry, you’re going to have to kill me too”—RON, leg is broken, he’s in pain, gets up and stands in front of Harry and says this. Who gets that line in the movie? Hermione.
“Fear of a name increases the fear of the thing itself.” Hermione doesn’t say Voldemort’s name until well into the books—that’s Dumbledore’s line. When does Hermione say it in the movies? Beginning of Movie 2.
When the Devil’s Snare is curling itself around everybody, Hermione panics, and Ron is the one who keeps his head and says “Are you a witch or not?” In the movie, everybody else panics and Hermione keeps her head and does the biggest, brightest flare of sunlight spell there ever was.
So, Hermione—all her flaws were shaved away in the films. And that sounds like you’re making a kick-ass, amazing character, and what you’re doing is dehumanizing her. And it pisses me off. It really does.
In the books, they balance each other out, because where Hermione gets frazzled and maybe her rationality overtakes some of her instinct, Ron has that to back it up; Ron has a kind of emotional grounding that can keep Hermione’s hyper-rationalness in check. Sometimes Hermione’s super-logical nature grates Harry and bothers him, and isn’t the thing he needs even if it’s the right thing, like when she says “You have a saving people thing.” That is the thing that Harry needed to hear, she’s a hundred percent right, but the way she does it is wrong. That’s the classic “she’s super logical, she’s super brilliant, but she doesn’t know how to handle people emotionally,” at least Harry.
So in the books they are this balanced group, and in the movies, in the movies—hell, not even Harry is good enough for Hermione in the movies. No one’s good enough for Hermione in the movies—God isn’t good enough for Hermione in the movies! Hermione is everybody’s everything in the movies.
Harry’s idea to jump on the dragon in the books, who gets it in the movies? Hermione, who hates to fly. Hermione, who overcomes her withering fear of flying to take over Harry’s big idea to get out of the—like, why does Hermione get all these moments?
[John: Because we need to market the movie to girls.]
I think girls like the books, period. And like the Hermione in the books, and like the Hermione in the books just fine before Hollywood made her idealized and perfect. And if they would have trusted that, they would have been just fine.
Would the movies have been bad if she was as awesome as she was in the books, and as human as she was in the books? Would the movies get worse?
She IS a strong girl character. This is the thing that pisses me off. They are equating “strong” with superhuman. To me, the Hermione in the book is twelve times stronger than the completely unreachable ideal of Hermione in the movies. Give me the Hermione in the book who’s human and has flaws any single day of the week.
Here’s a classic example: When Snape in the first book yells at Hermione for being an insufferable know-it-all, do you want to know what Ron says in the book? “Well, you’re asking the questions, and she has to answer. Why ask if you don’t want to be told?” What does he say in the movie? “He’s got a point, you know.” Ron? Would never do that. Would NEVER do that, even before he liked Hermione. Ron would never do that.—Melissa Anelli THROWS IT DOWN about the way Ron and Hermione have been adapted in the movies on the latest episode of PotterCast. Listen here. This glorious rant starts at about 49:00. (via karakamos)
Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red (13.00, Sephora) Perfect true red for any skin color. I don’t care if you are purple, you will look good in this lipstick. AND! AND! It stays on all effing day. I wore this sassy lil bitch throughout Thanksgiving Dinner when I forcefed myself mashed potatoes and freebased stuffing and this shit hung ON. I have gotten ASS drunk in this and my eyes look like 2 raccoon eyes and my lips look flawless. This thing is a miracle.
Mac Rebel (15.00, Macy’s) This is the sexiest. It smells like vanilla and looks like you’ve rubbed berries all over your mouth or just drank wine. Doesn’t dry your lips out and looks great on all skin tones: dark and olive skin with Rebel makes you look like you’re one of those Fall-Loving Girls who shops at Anthro and knits scarves and is just so chic. Lighter skin and you are bound to look like Lorde at a damn tea-party. All who wear look like they are rolling around in leaves and celebrating the fall time in really nice boots.
Mac Cyber (15.00, Macy’s) CONGRATS you have been crowned the New Supreme. This is the kind of lipstick that takes some confidence to put on and leave the house with, but once you do it is so worth it. It makes you look and feel like you eat men’s hearts, have ravens for pets, and maybe you are the devil. I want to descend from chandeliers in this lipstick. I wear this when I want to feel like a sex demon.
Too-Faced Beaty Balm Lip Injections in Never Enough Nude (21.00, Sephora) Do you remember when you were 14 and first stepped into Sephora and kept rubbing that lip venom all over yourself and your friends and it hurt ? That world is BACK baby! This time in a super moisturizing lip balm that actually has a really nice color to it and doesn’t look glossy or overly botoxy. I chose nude, which is a universal color if you’re not very olive or darker. If you are darker-toned, I would suggest the berry or pink color they sell. Still! The point is this lip balm makes your lips freak out and explode and tingle without drying them out. Seriously. You will look like Meghan Fox after she goes to the…dr. Your lips EXPLODE! I felt very French and also maybe very Vegas. Just don’t put this anywhere else on your body or you’ll look like you maybe have leprosy. And super sexy lips! Note: It burns.
This looks like the type of horse that will lure you onto his back and then carry you into a lake.
Kelpie. Or possibly a Pooka. Do not trust horses who show up in the middle of nowhere and seem to want to give you a ride.
It’s in Tanith Lee, I believe… "Go nowhere on a horse that fades."
Some delicious (and super easy) dishes I cooked last week.