Dragons Can Fly and it is Spelled S-T-E-P-H-E-N-I-E
Typical discussions is forums like the center around opinion. In matters of opinion, every one's is pretty much of equal value. Some opinions may be more informed than other, but that doesn't make them necessarily of greater value. We typically share opinions to explore areas of thought we have yet to explore. So in this environment seldom is someone actually wrong; however, it does happen.
To be wrong in this kind of forum, one must be arguing against the author herself. I can envision a conversation that goes something like this:
- I always pictured Bella with green eyes, and isn't it wonderful that Edward had green eyes too before he became a vampire.
- Excuse me, Bella has brown eyes.
- No, No, I always pictured her having green eyes.
- It says quite clearly in Midnight Sun that she has chocolate-brown eyes.
- Oh, but Midnight Sun is an unpublished work and Stephenie Meyer (SM) may change her mind, so I don't consider that authoritative.
- While answering a question SM said that Bella has brown eyes.
In Breaking Dawn Jacob describes Bella as having brown eyes, Edward says that Renesmee has Bella's brown eyes.
Dragons can fly and it is spelled S-T-E-P-H-E-N-I-E :-)
I had such a discussion in the discussion, “NESSIE WAS A ***S T U P I D*** IDEA. What was Stephine meyer thinking, when she wrote Braking dawn??”. One of the topics of debate was the point that Nessie was impossible because everybody knows that Vampires are dead and therefore can't have children. This was the catalyst for my blog entry, “Yes, Virgina, Vampires Can Father Children”. It got so bad that I had to throw up my hands and give up, and here is what I said as best as I can remember.
Dragons Can Fly
Some one could post that Dragon's can't fly because their bodies are too big and their wings are too small.
I could respond that of course Dragon's can't fly because the aren't real. Because Dragons are fantastic, it is only necessary that the author live within the general Dragon mythology and be internally consistent.
I could explain that although not all legendary Dragons can fly, there are many that do. I could point that flying Dragons are popular in fiction siting Smaug from the Hobit
, Saphira from Eragon
, Strabo from Magic Kingdom for Sale – Sold!
, Vermithrax from Dragonslayer
, etc. This makes it very clear that flying Dragons are well within the boundaries of Dragon Mythology.
I could also point out that Dragon's are magical creatures, and many posit that Dragon flight is more magical that physical. Also some believe that just as many fish have air bladders that provide buoyancy in the water allowing them to float at any depth, that Dragons have hydrogen bladders that provide buoyancy in the air. This means that their wings are not needed for lift only for propulsion. This also explains the Dragon's fire breath.
He could then dig in his heals and say their bodies are still too big and their wings are still too small. They can't fly. He is still a valuable person. His opinions are still worthwhile, but in this case he is just wrong. W-R-O-N-G wrong!
It is spelled S-T-E-P-H-E-N-I-E
Spelling was not the creator of that discussion's greatest virtue. She took a lot of grief for that. More than I think that she deserved actually. However, since she even misspelled the author's name, I couldn't resist the following argument.
Some one could post a message spelling Stephenie Meyer's name S-T-E-P-H-I-N-E.
I could respond that it is spelled S-T-E-P-H-E-N-I-E.
She could reply, I have a girl friend name Stephine and I know that that is how she spells her name.
I could respond that I believe that your friend spells her name that way. When ever I type Stephenie in MS Word it is underlined and MS Word wants to replace it with S-T-E-P-H-A-N-I-E. That doesn't mean anything. Checkout her website at www.stepheniemeyer.com. That is the official website of Stephenie Meyer. It is run by her brother Seth who really ought to know how to spell her name. Look at her book covers, they all spell her name S-T-E-P-H-E-N-I-E, and her publisher ought to know.
She could dig in her heals and respond, I am sure that it is S-T-E-P-H-I-N-E. Her opinions are still worthwhile, but in this case she is just wrong. W-R-O-N-G wrong!
Although opinions typically aren't wrong, when one disagrees with the author about the content of her story, then he or she is just wrong. One can say that he feels that it would be a better story if Bella eyes were green and not brown. That would be a valid opinion, but to say that her eyes are green is simply wrong. One can say that she feels that it would have been a better story if SM followed the more popular line of vampire mythology and her vampires couldn't father children. That would be a valid opinion, but to say that vampires can't father children is simply wrong.
Sometime people are just wrong. This doesn't mean that they are stupid or ignorant or that I feel contempt for them. Sometimes just about everything that can be said has been said, and it is time to move on.