That all those photosets placing Tyrion in Slytherin rather than Ravenclaw because he “doesn’t value knowledge for knowledge’s sake” show a really really big disconnect between the way a lot of the fandom views Tyrion and the way I do. (Surprise, surprise, right?) Like, these people are putting Tyrion in Slytherin because it’s ambition for power that drives his thirst for knowledge? Are you kidding me?
First of all, I think we all know that there’s no way I would agree that it’s a want of power that drives Tyrion at all. It’s a want for love; power is, for Tyrion, a means to an end - just as much as these people are saying knowledge is.
But the thing is, I don’t even understand how you can deny that Tyrion loves learning just to learn. As a child, he tore through books about dragons, even after he was told they no longer lived and he had no hope of ever encountering one. What possible practical use could that have had? Similarly, even though Tyrion was well aware his father had no intention of letting him ever hold Casterly Rock, he continued to read books on rulers long past, on places other nobles in Westeros thought of as base and barbaric, on warring and ruling and gardening and whatever else he could get his hands on.
Tyrion likes learning - and one might even say, it was his minimal self-worth brought on by his complete lack of affection/positive affirmation that drove him to it in the first place. Tyrion is smart because it is the only thing he can be. So even if Tyrion really was interested in knowledge only so that it might help him to gain power, that power would hardly be his defining motivation anyway. I guess you could argue that for Tyrion knowledge = power = acceptance/love?
But no, I’m sorry. I think Tyrion finds learning fun. I think he’s naturally inquisitive and curious and my god, he wanted to be a maester once. It kind of hurts me to imagine him as a boy whose thirst for knowledge hasn’t been twisted into his only means of recognition yet. Hell, he was even probably kind of annoying - that kind who asks why all the time.
Anyway, I don’t know what the point of this post was - other than that I don’t think it’s all that clear that Tyrion is a Slytherin.
“Winter will never come for the likes of us. Should we die in battle, they will surely sing of us, and it’s always summer in the songs. In the songs all knights are gallant, all maids are beautiful, and the sun is always shining.”—Brienne of Tarth (via allthemlittlestars)
Fans. A word so preloaded with fear, doubt and odd wonder that Joss Whedon has started referring to his fans as ‘peeps’. In this blog, I attempt to explain what I’ve seen of fandom, and what I think it means right now. It’s a powerful, confusing, developing mess which cannot be ignored.
^ Fran Kranz, Dichen Lachman and a fan on set of “LUST FOR LOVE”.
Every entertainment company wants them for their franchise. Actors want to engage fans. Nobody quite understands the dynamic of what that means yet - technology is changing the nature of entertainment consumption and interaction at 1000 miles per hour right now. It’s a very different world for fans than 15 years ago. The thing which has changed most of all is visibility, and interactivity. No longer are fans just a ‘thing’ people have. They’re right there, all over your web browser, turning up at your events, sending you tweets, and it’s new, scary and unbelievably important.