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06 October 2010 @ 10:12 pm
I just finished the eARC of _Cyroburn_  
Bujold, you BASTARD.
 
 
Adrian Turtleadrian_turtle on October 7th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
I meant it sincerely. It's extraordinarily rare to see the modern insult "bastard" aimed at a woman. (The traditional insult is "person whose parents were not married." Mercifully, that no longer seems to be an active term of abuse.) In recent decades, "you bastard!" seems to translate as "you are a man who is stretching custom in ways I don't like!" I'm happy to see it used to mean, "you are a person who is stretching custom in ways I don't like!"

I'm sorry your depression has been so bad, and I hope you feel better soon.
Janet Miles, CAP-OM: readerjanetmiles on October 7th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
I'm happy to see it used to mean, "you are a person who is stretching custom in ways I don't like!"

I generally to use it as "You are a person who has done something that has hurt someone else, and that pisses me off". I can get pretty wrapped up in good stories, such that when the author does something horrible to a character, I feel angry / sad / hurt / gutted / whatever.

I get over it a lot faster when the injured party is an imaginary character, though, and can wryly agree with jhetley that the author is doing zir job and making the story compelling.