I wanted to hold off on this post until I had actually finished Homeland. Couldn't do it; it was burning in me to post, so much so that I only got four hours of sleep last night because I couldn't stop thinking about it. I'm only about halfway through it--it's an ebook, I can't take it around the apartment with me, and that's cutting down on my reading time. So bear that in mind.
Here at the beginning let us greet and acknowledge the elephant in the room: the black race of elves are the evil ones. This white girl can probably not say anything new about that, and will probably miss a lot of shit about it, so we'll move along.
I cannot help but experience the drow in a way other than I'm sure Salvatore intended. I am a feminist, and so any culture that has the women in charge and doing woman-centered things (let me take a moment to savor fuck yes birth magic right at the beginning and she's on a birthing stool not lying back in a bed male doctor hovering over her telling her what birth is and how to push
) is going to get some fist-bumps from me. Then there is the whole Slytherin aspect: do whatever works, but if you get caught that's a big fail and you will be punished.
Now, I hasten to add, when Slytherins are actually setting the rules in the first place that actually makes no sense. But when you live in a world run by Gryffindors and/or others who will not understand the nuances--or when it turns out the rules are fucking stupid
--it can be important. But that's a discussion for the post on Slytherin social justice so we'll move along again.
And here comes the big but.But
my enjoyment of this culture on a feminist and Slytherin level is, I guess I will call it, tainted
by the obvious assumption that I am supposed to experience this culture as evil.
Now, the drow are evil. No getting around that.( And we're walking, and we're walking... )