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Snowflake Challenge

Day 2

In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


So, two things I think. The first is Ronin Warriors/Samurai Troopers. This is a show I first saw years ago, and I came in late - I turned on the tv and saw this lovely redhead getting his ass kicked by pretty much everyone. (Spoilers: he totally deserved it. I'd have wanted to kick his ass, considering.) But the setting of the park seemed like an enchanted forest, and it felt like a noble warrior getting kidnapped (also not entirely wrong it's complicated) and this was the first time I wanted to write for something, wanted to make something in response to what I feeling in a fannish sense. I'd always gone around singing little songs to myself and writing poetry, but this felt different.

The second is Terry Pratchett. I have seen a lot of people over the years say that he opened their eyes to things, made them see the world in a different way, but for me it wasn't that. For me it was interacting with the world in a different way; all the sarcasm and awareness I'd already had, although his phrasing made it easier to understand and express to other people? But for me the important part was: and here's what you do next. Here's how someone changes that thing they don't like about themselves, with Granny Weatherwax and Sam Vimes holding the line not only against other people's evil but against their own. It's all the things in his writing that say we are none of us the people we'd like to be, and that's okay, you just have to work on it. Here's how.

And, not incidentally, how to look at everyone and see a person instead of an other, even to the end. Dwarves, trolls, golems, goblins, orcs - he pursued bringing every race in his canon in out of the cold in a way that always makes me cry a little. I just wish he'd been able to finish the last Tiffany Aching book - I would really have loved to see the redemption of the elf queen play out fully.
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