March 27th, 2010

jiip sad

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As one who (cough) had a werewolf viewpoint character in an endless head RPG when I was young not that young at all, I was interested by this post. Everything about werewolves makes sense if you consider that they're based on what humans think wolves are. True. And true also the lack of 19th century literary backup to the werewolf image, that makes them so much the red headed stepchildren of the fantasy world.

That said, I have to admit I found Tanya Huff's werewolves who act like wolves somehow unsatisfactory. Possibly because werewolves to me *aren't* wolves entirely: they're humans who turn into wolves, who therefore are symbols of innate human violence. The same way that vampires act as symbols of seductive sexuality /power, rather more elegant traits that IMO contribute to vampires' alpha status in the horror hierarchy. I mean, I'm all for non-violent werewolves if you can do them; not fond of E Bear but her wolves were the best part of whatever that book was called. But no one has quite pinged my werewolf sweet spot yet.

Then there's an entry on dreams, recurring. I'd forgotten that I too occasionally have the 'more rooms in the house than you thought' one. I like that one-- the rooms that open off the ordinary ones are always lovely.
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ima ichiko shikigami

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That 'Japanese the Japanese Don't Know' manga has a Finnish student introducing himself. 'The Japanese think a lot of Finnish names sound weird' he says good naturedly. I thought the mangaka was being funny, but no- googling reveals that Minna and Henna are common female names, and Aho and Pantsu are actual surnames, alas. Dunno about Minna Aho, but Henna Pantsu is a real person.

Othrwise, just made the best veg soup ever, for certain definitions of ever.
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