Also, I want you to know that I stood up for an HOUR in a bathroom stall to continue reading this book, because I couldn’t read where authority was watching. I can say no more—but it took pains to read this book. Believe me.
(By the way, this only discusses Levana as she is described in Fairest; we can chat about her role in the rest of the books later.)
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Classification :: Δ01234578!#*&
Role :: Politician (queen of Luna)
Motivations :: Chaos (dissolution of Earth’s current government), Evil (hurting others for her benefit), Idealism (herself), Insanity/Psychology (mental abuse), Insubordination (public servant), Lifestyle (Lunar independence), Gain (a husband, resources for the moon), Power (global empress)
Bonus :: Superpower (glamour), Minions (Lunars, Feral Army), Lair (the moon), Family Ties (Winter, Cinder)
abused—Levana experienced the physical and mental trauma of Channary’s lunar gift as a child, which is highly forbidden (you’ll ruin their brains)
insane—she’s insane because her sister screwed with her brain and maybe she was born that way
scarred—literally in this sense, she is physically mutilated and impaired from her sister’s cruel game
victimized—between her family’s abuses and lunar culture, she is displaced from a healthy childhood
hidden—she guards her heart and her body, because she cannot trust anyone
isolated—Levana doesn’t meet someone she can call a friend until she’s well into her teens
dreamer—she pretends to have what she wants, even at the cost of her own reputation
pursuing—she hunts her desires, even if that means traumatizing a man by pretending to be his dead wife
deluded—though she did have a mean insanity to her, she also saw true romance where it did not exist
infertile—which isn’t usually a sixteen-year-old’s top priority, but it mattered to her
detached—whether it’s her husband, niece, stepdaughter, or sister, there is no one she truly loves or trusts completely; when she tries, it ends badly
rejected—when she shows her true face to her husband, he is unwilling to accept her
untrustworthy—Levana decides when and where she tells and believes the truth; if this story was a first person POV I wonder if we’d have any idea of what actually happened
obligated—there’s no way she loves Winter, but she takes care of her to this day because she did love her husband (more or less)
leader—hate her or no, she can and has made good, strong decisions on behalf of her moon
loyal—she has a strong attachment to her home, her nation, her moon
dutiful—she does whatever she believes is expected, required, or necessary of her
committed—especially in comparison with her sister, she puts in extra work for the good of Luna
selective—Levana only selects and confides in whom she considers the best
mastermind—she thinks about things in terms of how far she has to climb; her goals motivate her
murderous—is there another word for someone who tries to burn up a three-year-old in flames?
merciful—that’s her word for making sure the baby dies (though that didn’t happen, either)
out-of-control—as she gets more caught up in what she wants she loses touch with her humanity
ridiculous—SHE TOTALLY HAD OPTIONS. SHE COULD HAVE HAD SURGERY. THEY WOULD HAVE REPAIRED HER SKIN, FACE, EYE. But NOOOOOO I HAVE TO GO BE SOME FREAKO LADY WHO PREFERS TO CLING TO BAD IDEAS AND PUBLIC SHAME THAT MAKES COMPLETE SENSE
proud—she isn’t willing to sacrifice her autonomy and so maintains her scars
self-absorbed—she is so preoccupied with her own appearance she makes mirrors and reflective glass illegal
demanding—what Levana wants, Levana gets
manipulative—she gets people to marry her, kill her husband, do as she asks, and consider her words not because they’re good ideas, but because she can make people want what she wants
sympathetic—you feel sorry for her, and that is the truth
unsympathetic—you also end up hating her; the fact that she comes from a sad place does not justify murdering everybody
cold—by the end, we see that Levana is the heartless queen ready to take over the world we all know and love; her change is complete
immoral—it’s rare that I would straight-up say this about a villain, but the thing about Levana is that she does morally impermissible things with good intentions but for the wrong reasons; you can feel bad for her, but good luck arguing that she is a moral woman
idealism doesn’t make an Alpha—although Levana has high ideals, they mostly revolve around the central idea that she is perfect, powerful, and deserving of her subjects’ love and praise. It’s an ideal (I suppose) but because there is no element of legacy (it’s not for Cinder, Winter, and probably not an heir) it’s hard to say she’s acting with an Alpha’s ideals.
we love her and hate her—admittedly, by the end I liked Levana even less, but much of the story explains (but does not justify) why Levana is this Levana. She could have ended up as senseless as Channary, but she didn’t. She could have been sane, but she wasn’t. She could have learned what real love was, but that was impossible. We pity her—but we also learn that she’s still very, very unforgivable.
image dictates—some of Levana’s suffering comes from her physical body, which she always has to hide. Levana is in power, she has minions to wait on her at all times, she will never starve and she will never go wanting. But she still isn’t free, in part because she sees herself as a victim of her own reflection.
ambition defeats logic—it’s not even a villain thing, it’s a person thing. Would it be more logical to greet earth on friendly terms and find a compromise that allowed for trade without the insubordination of the moon as a colony? Probably, assuming politics could even get that far. Does Levana try? No. She just decides to kill a huge percentage of the population in a system of biological warfare and will take over the planet when they’re done suffering. Cunning, but not what I would call logical.