“This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals—sounds that say listen to this, it is important.”—
Interviewer:Give us your best tip for overcoming depression.
Stephen Fry:To regard it as being like the weather. It's not your responsibility that it's raining, but it is real when it rains, and the fact that it's raining does not mean that the rain is never going to stop. The only thing to do is to believe that, one day, it won't be raining and accept it so you can find a mental umbrella to shield yourself from the worst. The sun will eventually come up.
“All your words are but to say: you are a woman, and your part is in the house. But when the men have died in battle and honor, you have leave to be burned in the house, for the men will need it no more. But I am of the House of Eorl and not a serving-woman. I can ride and wield blade, and I do not fear either pain or death”
“What do you fear, lady?” he asked.
“A cage,” she said. “To stay behind bars, until use and old age and accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire”—Lady Eowyn to Aragorn in Return of the King (via lipstick-feminists)
“The first time that Katniss has to go into the cylinder and she goes up into the arena and looks around and sees it for the first time,” says Lawrence. “Knowing that when that trumpet blows she could die. The thing that’s great about her is she’s not a murderer. She’s a hunter, but she’s not a killer. I told Gary, ‘I totally understand if you don’t hire me, but please remember that after Katniss shoots a bow and kills someone her face cannot be badass. It has to be broken.’ She has to be heartbroken because she just took another person’s life. It’s so tempting, especially with a cool, big budget franchise movie, but we have to remember that she’s a 16-year-old girl who’s being forced to do this. These kids are only killing each other because if they don’t, they’ll die. It’s needless, pointless, unjustified violence. So there’s nothing cool about her. It’s not like she looks around the arena and goes ‘Yeah, I got this, I’m going to do this.’ I think she looks around terrified and thinks, ‘Well there are all the million different ways that I can die.”—
This quote is the reason I have high hopes for the Hunger Games films. Kinda want to hug Jennifer Lawrence for fighting for the role, and the character of the role. Because this is exactly it. She’s not a badass, and what separates Katniss is that she only kills when it’s her only option. She is a broken girl who spent half her life taking care of her family and now has to try and save her own life in an impossible circumstance, as yet another way of taking care of her family. Against crazy odds. Against 23 potential killers. Against a dictatorship. Against freaking EVERYTHING. While trying to remain true to herself. That first kill, and any others after… they are terrible, for her and everyone. What she does to Cato is so stunning at that moment because it reaffirms who she is, right before the end. It’s what connects her to the world outside the arena, in Panem. It’s what makes her the Mockingjay. AND JENNIFER LAWRENCE GETS IT. I love her.