Is it understandable that Snape feels the way he feels? Absolutely. Is it acceptable that his actions in response to his own feelings continually harm others? Not so much.
The point is not that Severus Snape was a monster and no one should ever think well of him. The point is that Severus Snape is not a hero, and wouldn’t want to be called one. He is a man burdened by real demons, who makes the wrong choices, who pays for it with everything that is dear to him. And he’s the one who makes that bed. He knows he has to lie in it, knows that’s what he earned for himself, and that’s why he does everything in his power to make it right.
It’s what makes Severus Snape such a mesmerizing character in the first place. He doesn’t want to be coddled by anyone who feels for him, who wants to ease his pain. He would probably feel pretty awkward about Harry using his name to christen one of the Potter brood. Severus Snape doesn’t need pity because he’s not meant to be pitied—the owning of his failures are what make him exceptional.
And that is far more interesting than being a martyr any day.
I felt this was relevant due to the drastic vilification, and martyrization on the other side, of Snape that has been occurring recently.
Finally, someone who can see Snape in his fascinating complexity without worshiping or vilifying him! I don’t have any love for his character, but I do respect his courage in trying to right his wrongs and being the best double agent in literature.
Anonymous asked: Maybe a loaded question, but if you had one piece of advice for an aspiring comic book writer, what might it be?
Read books on history. Honest to god, this is my number one piece of advice for writers. Most non-fiction books will give you SOME ideas for stories, but books on historical events and persons are huge idea factories, in a way that the internet just doesn’t quite replicate.
So every time I go to a book shop, I check their remainder shelves for books on interesting historical events and grab them up. It is a person with a very poor imagination indeed who can’t come up with ideas after reading this stuff…My first Deadpool villain was based on King Ludwig II, the ‘mad king,’ of Bavaria. Secret Six dealt directly with prison allegories based on North Korea, China, and Ireland. The beastmaster story in Red Sonja is based on Roman arenas in rural Wales.
This stuff is precious as gold and you can get it for almost nothing on sale at bookshops anywhere.
For the actual PROCESS of writing, the advice I have is FINISH something. Start SMALL, a column or a paragraph or a very, very short story. FINISH. That’s what counts. The act of writing teaches skills, but the act of FINISHING teaches confidence. And you will NEED CONFIDENCE.
Finish things. Finish your story and do another. An unfinished story does no one any good. FINISH.
There are things you should be able to talk about with your best friend, but when your best friend practically canonized a portmanteau for a relationship you don’t even have, you hold back a little. So Lily doesn’t really have anyone she can call at the end of the day and say, “ugh, I just really miss kissing.”