Friday, April 3, 2015

WBI: Levana (Fairest Lens)

I cannot in good conscience allow you to read this if you haven’t read Fairest yet. If you haven’t read Fairest by Marissa Meyer, go away. Seriously, you’re the best, but please… LEAVE UNTIL YOU’VE READ THE BOOK. The full impact is better felt in one glop as the whole story dawns on you.

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.)

Photo Credit: Goodreads


WBI Profile


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)

A Study


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

*ahem*

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

Big Idea


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.

“Maybe she truly was hideous. But so long as she could deceive everyone, what did it matter?”–Fairest, by Marissa Meyer

What do you think of Levana as a politician? Do you have other ideas about her most defining traits? (I don’t have Fairest with me so it’s hard to say some things.)


6 comments :

  1. I was going to read this but to be honest, Marissa Meyer IS on my TBR (although very far down =/) So I'm gonna bookmark and set this aside until I've read it. c:

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    1. You made the right choice, my friend. You COULD read it, but I bet you'll enjoy the books better without the spoilers. Let me know what you think when you read it! :)

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  2. I haven't read this series yet! But everyone says it's great. I'll come back to this post one day :)

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    1. It is, it's great. You should read it. But, let me know what you think when you do get around to reading, since I know we all have different preferences!

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  3. I heard this book is really good! After your post I am definetely going to read it if I get it! :) Cause sadly I don't know If you can buy them in my country. :(

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    1. Yes, you should definitely try to read the series if possible. I hope it's available for you! (If not, that would be super sad. :( )

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