- deryn: and we'll never be royals
- newkirk: (royals)
Every time I read a really good Leviathan fic I remember why I liked the series so much, but I also remember why there’s such a bittersweet feeling to it all. It shouldn’t really be that way since the canon ending is a very happy one, and it took me some time to figure out why the books left such a burning hole in my chest for weeks… but now I know that it’s because maybe people like Alek and Deryn don’t exist in real life, and maybe partnerships like the one they found in each other, when they were both so young, don’t really exist either. You can spend the rest of your life longing for an Alek or a Deryn, but if you’re reading this and you’re over twenty you’re very likely to die without ever finding that, because nothing you find now can ever be that innocent or that generous.
I wish I could do typography or something. All I really want is a poster I can print and put in my room that says “What would Deryn Sharp do?” to remind me not to care about what other people think; to get my head in the game and work hard; to be tough as nails when the situation calls for it; and to remind me to be entirely honest with the people I care about. (Weird how a character whose career is based on deceiving everybody about her sex is one of the most honest, what-you-see-is-what-you-get characters I’ve ever read about.)
I’ve just tried to experiment with some fonts but oh my god, I really suck at this.
Let’s all take a moment to appreciate the fact that Deryn Sharp managed to attract and kiss a boy and a girl, both of whom are attracted to girls all while dressed like a boy.
Reason number 2752418393 why Deryn Sharp is better than you.
Because of one thing or another, during our weekly meet-up, my best friends and I ended up talking about the two world wars and their proximate causes. I was excited to share what I knew about the first world war—going on and on about the assassination of Franz Ferdinand and the death of the Austrio-Hungarian empire—until I realized that I wasn’t sure what was fictional and what wasn’t; I think I absorbed too much of what was in the Leviathan series’ alternate history, and not enough of my own history books.
I know we love Edith now, but I’m rewatching series 1 of Downton Abbey and I’m back to hating her guts over the Turkish embassy thing. There are just some lines you don’t cross. I wish I could bash her nose in. It’s not just because of how it affects Mary—Edith gave no thought to how it would affect the rest of her family.
Also, I had a thrilling moment when the family had just come from London for the season and Mrs Hughes tells Lord and Lady Grantham that the talk of the village was “the murder of the Austrian archduke.” I didn’t know at the time that this was supposed to foreshadow the start of the war. I know it now, but I also know that somewhere in the world Alek is learning to pilot a walker on his own and Deryn Sharp has just made her way onto the Leviathan airship. :D I love it when fandoms collide.