History Headscratchers / MercyThompson

8th Jan '16 6:46:43 PM BattleMaster
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*** It's explicitly stated that Bran has been controlling the amount of information released to the public regarding werewolves to make them seem nicer and less dangerous than they really are. Pack Magic and the way dominance works in packs are definitely things that wouldn't be mentioned.
12th Dec '15 7:52:44 PM Darnaguen
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** This troper agrees, they probably didn't let to much information slip out in the big outting; instead they just stated 'we change shape, we can control it, its a magical thing, deal..'

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** This troper agrees, they probably didn't let to much information slip out in the big outting; instead they just stated 'we change shape, we can control it, its a magical thing, deal..''
* Why on earth is Mercy suddenly at odds with Stefan again in ''Frost Burned''?. She hesitates to call him in a very dire situation where she literally has no other allies left to contact, and he's all of a sudden on her 'not sure if friend/ally' list even though the last time we checked they were perfectly amicable and had been supporting each other through some difficult times. There's no real explanation, only vague implications he's been more vampire-y lately. Nothing specific. Only explanation I can think of is Stefan having tried to distance himself from Mercy on purpose due to the blood bond thing, which Mercy as the first person narrator would be unaware of, but the whole thing is still bizarrely handled.
12th Dec '15 7:41:47 PM Darnaguen
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** Mercy's assault aside, the prevalence of rape that we see in werewolf society struck me as a pointed commentary on the problematic relationship between two feminist fairy tales: patriarchy and rape culture. The female werewolves lack both the numbers and physical capability to demand social equality, and in a culture that encourages and enforces hierarchy through dominance and aggression, it's not surprising the violence is taken out on them. The problem is likely exacerbated by the fact that the women are completely objectified (Honey literally states that alpha's have an unchallenged right to unmated females as they please) and by the reality that many of the male leaders were raised in time periods where women as property was an acceptable cultural standard. The lesson I read was less "use rape for drama" and more "these conditions promote sexual violence."

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** Mercy's assault aside, the prevalence of rape that we see in werewolf society struck me as a pointed commentary on the problematic relationship between two feminist fairy tales: patriarchy and rape culture. The female werewolves lack both the numbers and physical capability to demand social equality, and in a culture that encourages and enforces hierarchy through dominance and aggression, it's not surprising the violence is taken out on them. The problem is likely exacerbated by the fact that the women are completely objectified (Honey literally states that alpha's have an unchallenged right to unmated females as they please) and by the reality that many of the male leaders were raised in time periods where women as property was an acceptable cultural standard. The lesson I read was less "use rape for drama" and more "these conditions promote sexual violence."
12th Dec '15 9:58:53 AM Alex_Baldwin
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** Mercy's assault aside, the prevalence of rape that we see in werewolf society struck me as a pointed commentary on the problematic relationship between patriarchy and rape culture. The female werewolves lack both the numbers and physical capability to demand social equality, and in a culture that encourages and enforces hierarchy through dominance and aggression, it's not surprising the violence is taken out on them. The problem is likely exacerbated by the fact that the women are completely objectified (Honey literally states that alpha's have an unchallenged right to unmated females as they please) and by the reality that many of the male leaders were raised in time periods where women as property was an acceptable cultural standard. The lesson I read was less "use rape for drama" and more "these conditions promote sexual violence."

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** Mercy's assault aside, the prevalence of rape that we see in werewolf society struck me as a pointed commentary on the problematic relationship between two feminist fairy tales: patriarchy and rape culture. The female werewolves lack both the numbers and physical capability to demand social equality, and in a culture that encourages and enforces hierarchy through dominance and aggression, it's not surprising the violence is taken out on them. The problem is likely exacerbated by the fact that the women are completely objectified (Honey literally states that alpha's have an unchallenged right to unmated females as they please) and by the reality that many of the male leaders were raised in time periods where women as property was an acceptable cultural standard. The lesson I read was less "use rape for drama" and more "these conditions promote sexual violence."
2nd Aug '15 1:05:02 AM chaochan
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** While I'm sometimes conflicted about how it's portrayed in the story, the intent of Adam's behavior in book struck me as less intentionally abusive so much as reflective of the ongoing conflict of werewolf nature, the battle between the man's instincts and the wolf's. Adam the man might have wanted to pick up the phone, call the police, and file a report about the boys who attacked Jessie. Adam's wolf, on the other hand, saw a threat to his pack and wanted the kill. Two sets of instincts at war with each other, and both strong enough that outside intervention was needed to calm it down. It's made explictly clear in series that werewolves are NOT like natural wolves, that their nature is inherently more violent, aggressive, and oppressive. With Adam, you get a sense of how much being a werewolf really is a curse in Mercy's world, why he has such intense loathing for what he is and of what he's capable.
2nd Aug '15 12:43:03 AM chaochan
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** Mercy's assault aside, the prevalence of rape that we see in werewolf society struck me as a pointed commentary on the problematic relationship between patriarchy and rape culture. The female werewolves lack both the numbers and physical capability to demand social equality, and in a culture that encourages and enforces hierarchy through dominance and aggression, it's not surprising the violence is taken out on them. The problem is likely exacerbated by the fact that the women are completely objectified (Honey literally states that alpha's have an unchallenged right to unmated females as they please) and by the reality that many of the male leaders were raised in time periods where women as properly was an acceptable cultural standard. The lesson I read was less "use rape for drama" and more "these conditions promote sexual violence."

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** Mercy's assault aside, the prevalence of rape that we see in werewolf society struck me as a pointed commentary on the problematic relationship between patriarchy and rape culture. The female werewolves lack both the numbers and physical capability to demand social equality, and in a culture that encourages and enforces hierarchy through dominance and aggression, it's not surprising the violence is taken out on them. The problem is likely exacerbated by the fact that the women are completely objectified (Honey literally states that alpha's have an unchallenged right to unmated females as they please) and by the reality that many of the male leaders were raised in time periods where women as properly property was an acceptable cultural standard. The lesson I read was less "use rape for drama" and more "these conditions promote sexual violence."
2nd Aug '15 12:42:39 AM chaochan
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** The shift in perspective also supports the thematic intent of the work. The Mercy Thompson series is an individual's experience as she navigates a world filled with magic and monstrosities. The Alpha and Omega series is about complement, how two people from very different backgrounds use their unique strengths to take on the world.
28th Mar '15 9:57:40 PM chaochan
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***Part of the problem with the first person narrative of the novels is that time lapses can only be viewed through Mercy's interpretation. While there are debatable issues regarding the treatment of Samuel's recovery, it's easy to forget that [[spoiler: there's an entire month that Mercy loses while under the thrall of the fairy queen. In that period, not only was he reunited with Ariana, somebody he cared for deeply from his past, but his father and the rest of the pack were there to stabilize him while they were looking for Mercy. There were hints that he was slowly coming around before that, but Ariana served as the tipping point for him coming back to himself.]] This being said, I think it was wise of Patricia Biggs to include backstory on [[spoiler: Ariana]] and Samuel in ''Shifting Shadows'' because it further develops the reason why their reunion was so meaningful - [[spoiler: with her, he found not only love again but his ''humanity.'']]
21st Mar '15 9:23:58 PM chaochan
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**Mercy's assault aside, the prevalence of rape that we see in werewolf society struck me as a pointed commentary on the problematic relationship between patriarchy and rape culture. The female werewolves lack both the numbers and physical capability to demand social equality, and in a culture that encourages and enforces hierarchy through dominance and aggression, it's not surprising the violence is taken out on them. The problem is likely exacerbated by the fact that the women are completely objectified (Honey literally states that alpha's have an unchallenged right to unmated females as they please) and by the reality that many of the male leaders were raised in time periods where women as properly was an acceptable cultural standard. The lesson I read was less "use rape for drama" and more "these conditions promote sexual violence."
13th Aug '14 3:44:20 PM CrowTR0bot
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*** ''and yes while he is abusive he is also truthfully caring and loving and a good father figure also.'' Aren't those two things mutually exclusive?
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