7 Things Women Writers are sick of hearing.
"Why is your lead always a girl?"
"Who’s her love interest, then?"
"What kind of young adult do you write?" (I don’t write YA…)
"Oh, you do fantasy? Like Twilight?"
"Women just can’t write men. I mean, men can kind of do both just because it’s been done so much, but women always write men too girly."
"Are you going to hide your name like JK Rowling so you can get published?"
AND THE WORST ONE: Upon hearing my writing group is predominantly women… “Oh, I don’t think that’s for me. I do serious writing.”
Sad to see her give in. She grows increasingly despairing as the season progresses.
Let’s hope S7 will see the fight on Sookie restored.
Brian Buckner said in one of his interviews: “This is a man who doesn’t want to love, and doesn’t want to feel pain, and every connection he has to people ends in pain. So if Eric could be an island, he would be. So with Nora gone, and having sought vengeance for her death, he found that the pain was still there and he doesn’t want to feel it again. So he retreated and returned home. That’s as much as the audience is meant to know. For now.”
No man is an island, by John Donne
No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.
*****'No Man is an island' is an expression that emphasises a person's connectedness to his/her surroundings (the celebrated passage from number 17 in Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions)-thus harrowingly bringing home that a person's own predicament is not particular to him(her)self but shared with the whole of nature. All funeral bells toll for us all. Donne is stating that the death of any individual is something others can learn from, should they understand it properly.
I can completely understand Eric’s grief and need for solitude after going through so much pain, loss and rejection. I can also understand that he wanted to exclude himself from everything and everyone and return to his homeland, to his very roots. But Eric does come back after surviving burning on the mountain top and there is perhaps a glimmer of hope that Eric also finds peace and meaningful reasons to carry on. The deaths of Godric and Nora were catastrophic, but ultimately defining points in Eric’s life and as Donne’s sermon teaches, they can be learned from; that Eric has to be involved in the affairs, that he is a piece of a big picture and that he is a part of others as much as they are part of him. It is a difficult position for the Viking but one that can potentially make him reach out and become what he was born to be.
I certainly hope so. His arc has been heading in that direction scince S2 . All we need is for the writers to see it that way too which at this point fills most of us with a sense of dread that they will not.
If we take Buckner at his word, then what Eric runs away from is pain, not love. I don’t think the point is that he doesn’t want to love. It’s that he doesn’t want the pain that, he knows only too well, comes with it.
I, too, hope that this is where he’s headed: overcoming the pain and embracing love.
i do these when i dont know what to do
Mother of Dragons “They have my dragons. A mother does not flee without her children….They are my children, and they are the only children I will ever have.”
Jessica Lange, King Kong (1976)