Ben Affleck, books, currently reading, Harry Potter, J K Rowling, motherhood, Netflix, recently watched, Will Arnett

SUNDAY RUNDOWN – THAT’S WHAT SHE READ

It’s Mother’s Day so I hope you all treated your mothers with something lovely. Or that your children surprised you with something wonderful. On Instagram today I’ve been celebrating my favourite literary mother: Molly Weasley. There aren’t many positive examples of motherhood in the world of Harry Potter because, quite frankly, there aren’t many of them. The main two that we experience are Molly and Narcissa Malfoy. I know Tonk’s has Teddy but she’s a mother for about half a book or something. Plus, you could argue that her decision to leave her newborn baby to go into battle was the wrong one. I realise she was fighting for the freedom of the wizarding world and it was a tough decision. However, you could argue that, having basically just given birth, she would have been distracted and perhaps not in the best frame of mind to fight. Essentially the decision to have her leave her baby was so JK Rowling had symmetry between Teddy and Harry. I hate plot points that only exist for reasons beyond the narrative itself. Anyway, this isn’t the time to start another rant about the Harry Potter author. I have a rundown to write.

Currently Reading

  • The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion
Still enjoying this but, at the moment, it’s not quite as addictive as The Rosie Project. I’m empathising with a middle-aged man more than I ever thought possible but I’m not sure the main character is quite as easy to love as Don Tilman was (even with the aspects of Simsion’s characterisation that I disagreed with). Still, it’s a story about lost love and getting older. Those are things that every reader can relate to. Plus, it’s still super easy to read without being too simplistic. Simsion has a skill to make things palatable. 
Recently Purchased
  • There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce by Morgan Parker
I am so glad that I bought this. It’s a fantastic selection of poetry that use political and pop culture references to explore what it means to be a black American woman in the 21st century. I’ve only read a handful of these poems so far but I’m already super excited. 

Recently Watched
  • Chasing Amy
After my book review of The Animators last Tuesday, I wanted to find a relevant title to review for TBT. I couldn’t think of any until I stumbled across this Kevin Smith classic on Netflix. A film about a comic book creator and questions about sexual identity. It’ll work.
  • Netflix binges: BoJack Horseman, Ricky and Morty
I finished BoJack Horseman this week and I really enjoyed it. I’m not sure it was as good as I’d been told it would be but it was enjoyable enough. The third series was nowhere near as good as the second but it was still better than the first. I have hope for a season 4. Whilst going through Netflix to find a new series to watch (I’m still putting off Iron Fist cause I’m too scared it’ll be another Luke Cage and I’ll never go back to it). I keep passing Flaked, another Will Arnett series, but it just seems like BoJack set in real life minus the horse. Is he destined to play the same part over and over again? So I decided to rewatch all of Rick and Morty and I’m so glad I did. It’s a fucking awesome show.
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death, George RR Martin, irk and ire, motherhood, women

RANTING ABOUT GAME OF THRONES: A WEEK OF IRK AND IRE – Cer-say what you want but she really fucking loves her kids

I’m a very petty person. I realise this is kind of a given considering I’ve just dedicated a week of my life to moaning about my favourite television show on the blog I write that very few people know exists. But there you have it, I’m really fucking petty. How did I come to this startling discovery? Recently on Facebook I saw a comment on a friends Game of Thrones related status that spelt the name “Cersei” incorrectly. It was something like “Cercey”and I honestly cringed at the sight of it. Now I don’t know the guy who made the mistake but I was incredibly tempted to correct it for him. Which is fucking stupid. The only reason I know how to spell it is because I’ve read the books. It’s not exactly a common name. It’s also completely pointless because it’s a fucking TV show. It’s not as if I’m defending the person’s honour because the person isn’t real. It all comes down to me being a massive dick that likes proving people wrong.

Cersei Lannister is the evil bitch that everyone loves to hate. She’s the person who has been secretly pulling the strings that caused most of you beloved characters to die. I mean, let’s not forget that the whole War of the Five Kings came about so nobody would find out she was shagging her brother. She’s half of the reason that everything kicked off in Westeros and she’s continued to fuck shit up with every subsequent move she’s made. She out her psychotic son on the throne, gave power to the wrong people and became so drunk and paranoid that she stopped making logical decisions. Basically, she’s the worst thing to happen to the Seven Kingdoms since the Mad King.

However, as we have so often been reminded, Cersei has one redeeming feature. Her one shining point amidst all the hatred was the love of her children… well that and her cheekbones. There is perhaps no mother in the series who has done more to protect and care for her children than the Queen. Of course, that’s mostly down to the fact that she’s one of the few mothers that we meet and the other notable one, Catelyn Stark, spent most of her time in the series away from her brood. All Cersei has done in the show is to ensure that her children get the respect and power that she thinks they deserve. There isn’t a fucking thing that woman wouldn’t do if she thought it was in her kids’ best interests.

She loves her children unquestionably, even when they are super creepy and really fucking evil. She was afraid of what Joffrey could do but she still loved him. So, it seemed wildly out of character that, in the final episode of season 6, Cersei would face the death of her only living child in such a calm way. She blew up the Sept of Baelor because she was batshit crazy and to rid herself of her enemies in one go. She tried to keep Tommen safe by locking him in his room. Of course, she could have guessed that the death of his wife would hit the King hard. Although, she probably didn’t expect him to jump out of a fucking window or she’d have at least ensured the thing was locked.

When her children have died previously we’ve seen Cersei suffer. Even the death of Joffrey the crazy motherfucker, hit her hard. Myrcella’s death nearly finished her off completely. Yet, we have no emotional reaction at all regarding Tommen. He jumps out of the window and the next thing we know Cersei is very calmly telling people they’ll have the ceremony in the Throne Room… on account of some psycho blowing up the Sept and shit. Then she goes and names herself Queen cool as a cucumber. You know, as if her only living child hadn’t just splattered himself all over King’s Landing.

You could argue that Tommen was such a dull and non-existent character that even Cersei didn’t care about his death. I mean it was thanks to him that we’re still unsure if Clegane bowl will ever happen. The most interesting thing about Tommen is his fucking cat, Ser Pounce, and fuck knows what’ll happen to him now his owner is dead. Still, if she’s the kind of mother that we we’re supposed to believe then we deserved more of an emotional breakdown. If we’re meant to believe that this final death, part of the prophecy that has haunted Cersei her entire life, pushes her into becoming the Mad Queen then I would have liked some recognition of that on screen.

We’ve always known that Cersei wanted power but that never came at the expense of her children. She was always whispering in their ears but she knew that them becoming rulers was just as good as her becoming one. So it’s fucking crazy that the TV show makes it seem as though Tommen’s death was actually advantageous to her. If she’d wanted the Iron Throne then she should have let Tommen die with Margaery. She clearly wanted him safe. Not getting to see her emotional reaction to her youngest son’s death takes away the only aspect of her character that ever humanised her. It deletes everything that ever made her feel real. Now she’s literally just the Mad Queen intent on killing everyone with Wild Fire. Instead of a woman so angry at the world because of the deaths of her children that she decides everyone must pay. The one thing Cersei always had was depth. Until she was robbed of it in the finale.

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