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Screw writing “strong” women. Write interesting women. Write well-rounded women. Write complicated women. Write a woman who kicks ass, write a woman who cowers in a corner. Write a woman who’s desperate for a husband. Write a woman who doesn’t need a man. Write women who cry, women who rant, women who are shy, women who don’t take no shit, women who need validation and women who don’t care what anybody thinks. THEY ARE ALL OKAY, and all those things could exist in THE SAME WOMAN. Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong. Write characters who are people.(x)

AU: Damon as Enzo and Elena as Maggie.
∟ "Actually, there was one. Her name was Elena. Where’d you meet her? Here of all places. She was working for Dr. Whitmore. Charming? Oh, she was. Very. She was kind to me. She used to sit here in the hallway taking notes while she observed me. That’s how you fell for her? Oh, she was also stunningly beautiful. Ah. You have to understand she — she wasn’t part of the torture and the experiments.”

(Source: bigbadvampire)

Every faction conditions its members to think and act a certain way. And most people do it. For most people, it’s not hard to learn, to find a pattern of thought that works and stay that way. But our minds move in a dozen different directions. We can’t be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders. It means we can’t be controlled. And it means that no matter what they do, we will always cause trouble for them.

(Source: beatriceprir)

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