“Everyone thinks of them in terms of poisoned apples and glass coffins, and forgets that they represent girls who walked into dark forests and remade them into their own reflections.”—Indexing, Seanan McGuire
I can’t remember his exact words, but they came down to a refusal to renounce, from the clarifying distance of calm middle age, those passionate imaginings of intellectual adolescence. Loyalty like that is really important. Your ability to regroup/ without cynicism (Thom Gunn) means that you stand by the ways that you loved (the way you did your freshman roommate, a doomed candidate, or your first girl-friend) even after you know that you have to leave them.
“I want women and men to be allowed to be weak and strong and happy and sad — human, basically. The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a “feminist” story, the woman kicks ass and wins. That’s not feminist, that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with.”—Natalie Portman