Sentenced: Shiri’s 9-6-15 Edition
Malakor didn’t give her the automatic, ‘you’re doing the right thing’ response, for which she was grateful. It was impossible to know if she was making the right choice. And even if she was doing ‘the right thing,’ what comfort was that to her?”
Two phrases, commonly used in books/movies/comics etc that drive me crazy with writerly rage: “you’re doing the right thing” or “it’s what he/she/it would have wanted.” How does either of those make a bad situation better? What does either of them mean in the face of an horrific tragedy?
This quote from Rhonda Mason’s The Empress Game explains the insidious nature of brushing the portentous and life-changing, even universe changing, aside so easily far more beautifully and viscerally than I have ever been able.