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Notes 30209

ternoway

15 July 2014

"It's a metaphor" I have no doubt that you completely understand and stand by this statement that the act of putting an unlit cigarette in Augustus Waters' mouth is in fact a metaphor. But for some folks, we don't see it asa metaphor, we see it as situational irony, or a simple statement. Please explain how it is a metaphor.

(Anonymous)

fishingboatproceeds:

Well, a character in a novel saying that something is a metaphor is not the same thing as the author of the novel saying that it’s a metaphor. Gus’s intellectual grasp often exceeds his reach (he calls a monologue a soliloquy, and misuses quite a few of the bigger words in his vocabulary). But I do think the cigarette is a metaphor, albeit a different one for us than it is for him.

Gus’s idea is that the cigarette is a metaphor for illness, and he keeps it unlit and in his mouth as an expression of his power over illness. “You put the killing thing between your teeth but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.” Gus’s thinking here is that HE has the power. This is why he tends to use the cigarette when he’s feeling nervous or powerless. (He’s also using the most famous commercially available carcinogen to make this statement, so obviously there’s a connection there in his mind: Humans can prevent cancer by not smoking; cancer is something we can have power over; your job is not to give cancer the power to kill you; etc.) 

But of course Gus is wrong about all of this, or at least almost all of it. You may have SOME control over whether you die of cancer (you can choose not to smoke), but in most cases humans don’t have control over illness. “You don’t give it the power to do its killing” imagines more agency over illness than we actually have, because in the end much of the fault is in the stars, not in ourselves. So to us, the unlit cigarette is a metaphor for our false perception of control, and our urgent need to feel in control. It’s no coincidence, then, that when Gus’s life is spiraling out of control and he finds himself powerless before fate, he tries (and fails) to buy cigarettes.

Spoiler alert if you haven’t finished The Fault in Our Stars!

Notes 61899

ternoway

10 July 2014

lacigreen:

this is rape culture, and it has got to stop.  stay strong jada.

Notes 7146

ternoway

1 July 2014

notoveraninepointeight:

DFTBApologetic

Canadian nerdfighters, eh?

(Just in time for Canada Day too)

Available on all kinds of cool stuff on Redbubble (x)

Here’s how it looks on a shirt, for instance

(via fishingboatproceeds)

Notes 9278

ternoway

26 June 2014

fishingboatproceeds:

With Hank and Tyler…and Hannah Hart!

Overwhelmed by the awesomeness of the picture!!!

Notes 170935

ternoway

26 June 2014

laura-thesedays:

SIGNAL BOOST THIS NEWS! Seriously, how come this isn’t all over tumblr? Angelina Jolie presided over the largest ever global anti-rape summit. She is using her celebrity for good. She is addressing rape in wartime and in conflict zones, which is where it is perpetuated on the most massive scale and in which context always has been used as a weapon.

Feminists of tumblr should get behind this woman. Let’s stop the perpetual erasure and trivialization of women in the media through their sexualization and start looking at the work that they do. Her acts here are easily in danger of being eclipsed by her image in the tabloids which is more concerned with her relationship to Brad Pitt and the fact that she is a sex symbol than the important feminist work that she is performing RIGHT NOW. 

I am such a fan of this lady… and she does not deserve to be trivialized for being a woman, a sex symbol, and a celebrity. Here, she is working for social justice for women all over the world. She’s doing what’s right.

(Source: queen-angelina, via lacigreen)

Notes 9872

ternoway

9 June 2014

edwardspoonhands:

allicat-strike:

:)

I WA WAITING FOR IT TO BE OFFICIAL BUT I GUESS IT’S OFFICIAL NOW!

Notes 6151

ternoway

7 June 2014

edwardspoonhands:

illuminatedkira:

The most important part of Hank’s latest video, tbh

Agreed

This is a great mammal! 

(Source: rnalias)

Notes 25209

ternoway

7 June 2014

fishingboatproceeds:

Hazel and Gus in Amsterdam on the last day of the #tfios movie shoot. Don’t have words for how I’m feeling now, but thanks SO MUCH for caring about this story and responding to it so generously.

Notes 46940

ternoway

7 June 2014

fishingboatproceeds:

holeysaintgeorge:

holeysaintgeorge:

I just miss my friend a lot

Feeling this real bad right now

For those of you who are new here, Esther Earl was a nerdfighter who inspired much of The Fault in Our Stars and many projects in nerdfighteria, including Esther Day. Esther’s story, This Star Won’t Go Out, was published this year.

Esther’s family started a foundation in her honor, also called This Star Won’t Go Out, that provides direct financial support to families of children with cancer so that they can pay for gas and hotel stays and lost work and other costs associated with caring for sick children. The Earls are wonderful people who do great work, and you can donate to TSWGO here.

Notes 72

ternoway

4 June 2014

HAHAHAHHAAH

HAHAHAHHAAH

(Source: shiantipierce)

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