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So of late I dragged my girlfriend down into the pit of YA feeeeeelings which is the Raven Cycle, and she is having a lot of fun. She read them all of the books in a very short space of time, and then messaged me with, "Why did I return them? I want to read them again," and then trawled through pages and pages of fic in the hope of fulfilling her desire for more.

This all happened because I was at her place the other day, rereading the Dream Thieves for the purpose of planning a fic (we will see how this goes; I am not the best at finishing projects, but I have high hopes), and I mentioned to her that there was homoerotic drag racing, which was of course, exactly her cup of tea.

Anyway, the upshot of this is that I ordered all three current books on Book Depository, and preordered the final one - and they arrived at my house yesterday! This is very exciting. I have never ordered a book online before, and it's like shopping but without the effort of shopping. You just look at things, and then you click on them, and then they appear. (Okay, so admittedly some of your money goes away in this process also, but less than if I had done it in person, and also I have a job now!) And now I am ready to fill them with sticky notes!

In unrelated things, I keep seeing those soulmates AU posts appear on Tumblr. You know the ones: "imagine if the world was black and white, and you only started seeing in colour when you met your soulmate", "imagine if their first words to you were tattooed on your wrist", "imagine if it was their last words".

You may want to skip the rest of this paragraph if you enjoy those AUs, unless you really want to explain the appeal to me, because I don't get the appeal, and honestly the implications of the soulmates idea make me angry.

The idea that there's a predestined someone out there for you seems....well, for one, it seems like the opposite of romantic, a relationship that only exists because it was predetermined. It's missing all the getting-to-know-each-other and the deciding-if-this-is-right-for-you parts. But then if people try and add any of that gradual developing stuff, it just seems to emphasise the lack of free will. These people aren't into each other yet: they're just here because they know this is their only option for a romantic relationship; it's written in the stars that nothing else will be as good. I am just puzzled. I would much prefer to read a story where two people choose each other, out of all the people they've ever met, because they've looked around and figured out that this relationship is going to be what they want, than one where people meet each other and know immediately that they're going to have to learn to love this person, because no-one else is going to make them feel as strongly.

Romance is just...not magic, or at least, not to me, and I wish more people would start showing it as stories about people who like the way they fit together, rather than stories about people who feel *mystically drawn to each other* or whose relationships were predestined before they even met.

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Date: March 24th, 2016 02:05 pm (UTC)
isis: ravens from the cover of The Dream Thieves (raven cycle)
From: [personal profile] isis
Honestly, the only soulmate stories I enjoy are the ones which subvert the trope, where the soulmates are actually in relationships with others and are made miserable by their soulmateness!

On the other hand, the Raven Cycle does edge into soulmate territory, at least with Blue and Gansey. On the other other hand, that's certainly not a shiny happy scenario there, so maybe that's why I liked it!

And I agree, ordering things online is all the good things about shopping without actually shopping (which I hate). I finally decided that I despise clothes shopping so much I will just buy clothes online from places which have easy returns, and so far this is SO MUCH BETTER.

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Date: March 24th, 2016 02:54 pm (UTC)
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (Default)
From: [personal profile] schneefink
In general I like the soulbond trope, but not because of the "soul" part, I just like telepathic & empathic bonds. For example I've read fic where people feel "bond potential" with various others, sometimes to varying degrees, and can then choose whether to pursue that option or not. What I dislike are AUs where soulbonds are unbreakable and the couple is unwilling at first but then ends up happily together, it just seems a bit, idk, almost creepy to me. (That's why the only soulbond fic I wrote yet has the couple break the bond.)

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Date: March 24th, 2016 04:23 pm (UTC)
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (Default)
From: [personal profile] lizcommotion
^ This

I like some of the Mercedes Lackey books for this, despite other issues I have (like "jumping immediately into unhealthy relationship, TRAGIC QUEER DEATHs, etc")

Raven cycle eh? *is probably going to dive into bookland soon* *in between game lands*

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Date: March 25th, 2016 03:30 am (UTC)
umadoshi: (kittens - sharing a chair)
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
Raven cycle eh? *is probably going to dive into bookland soon* *in between game lands*

The Raven Cycle is lovely, and the final book is coming out (fairly) soon! *^^*

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Date: March 29th, 2016 11:27 am (UTC)
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (Default)
From: [personal profile] schneefink
I think "soulmates" is a more extreme variant on the "arranged marriage" trope, and "involuntary fake dating": two people who maybe don't like each other much at the beginning are forced together by circumstances and eventually start to like/love each other. Arranged marriage stories also often present the marriage as the only choice, except there are usually still other options even if they are all terrible. I don't like the lack of choice, but I do sometimes like arranged marriage stories, it depends on how it's written.

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Date: March 24th, 2016 11:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dhampyresa
I am mostly ineterested in this AU for the trope subversion and the worldbuilding.

I wrote the trope once for a Hannibal/Scipio AU, if you want you can find details of the worldbuilding here, but it boils down to: no one knows what the names MEAN, Rome and Carthage react very differently.
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