Cyborgs were too smart, people had complained. They were cheating the average man out of his wages.
Cyborgs were too skilled. They were taking jobs away from hardworking, average citizens.
Cyborgs were too strong. They shouldn’t be allowed to compete in sporting events with regular people. It gave them an unfair advantage.
And then one small group of cyborgs had gone on a spree of violence and theft and destruction, demonstrating just how dangerous they could be."
Cress, Chapter 34
In the Lunar Chronicles, cyborgs have always stood as a symbol for prejudice and discrimination. It’s no accident that Linh Cinder is a woman of color, and the fact that she is adds extra resonance to her struggle—it draws a parallel between fictional discrimination and the sexism and racism that run rampant in our own world.
Cinder and Scarlet were subtle about the parallels, letting readers connect the dots for themselves. But Cress takes them a step farther. It uses the fictional construct of cyborg discrimination to make a sharp critique of our own prejudices.
Because isn’t this exactly how we talk about the Other? They’re thieves and cheats, benefiting off the undeserved benevolence of the system. They’re taking away our jobs, our glory, our opportunities, things that we had first, that we therefore deserve. Then those little bits of resentment build to a mountain of anger and spite, and as soon as one person steps a toe out of line, we seize the opportunity to condemn the entire group.
That is one of the best things about Cress: it turns subtext into real text and takes a much more obvious social stand. This series is going in a fantastic direction, and I can’t wait to see what Winter brings.
more hogwarts house pride than actual school pride
#don’t be fooled this is the saddest children’s movie ever made
I like how he’s the luckiest kid “in America”, like there’s some Candian asshole with two giant robots.
2009 was 5 years ago let that sink in
Rosie finally opens her mouth and it’s fucking flawless.
there’s something really interesting in this passage that I wanted to point out
Trelawney assumes that Harry was born in midwinter because of his “dark hair” and “mean stature” and “tragic losses so young in life”
Tom Riddle was born in midwinter, is describe in CoS as resembling Harry, and his mother died right after his birth
Harry has a piece of Voldemort’s soul in him
that’s why Trelawney made that assumption
I pointed this out in my Harry Potter class today and everyone started yelling and about five people told me to go to hell
this was so confusing when i first read it because i’m australian and in australia july IS midwinter
You have a Harry Potter class?
To me this was honestly the scariest scene in the film.
Thank god that little girl will never have the chance to.
i feel like mr. brightside is one of those songs you’re gonna hear on the radio in the car 20 years from now after not hearing it in forever and your gonna just start sobbing bUT ITS JUST THE PRICE I PAY DESTINY IS CALLLLINGNG M E and your kids are gonna be like is she okay