itsnotmymind: (dru)
Patricia McKillip's Riddle-Master Trilogy is my favorite fantasy trilogy. Don't get me wrong: I love The Lord of the Rings. But I found parts of the book to drag terribly. While the Riddle-Master Trilogy has a few confusing, hard-to-read sections, it never got as dull as, say, The Road to Isengard (Nothing happens in that chapter!). And on an emotional level, the McKillip's trilogy spoke to me completely, in a very personal way.

So I will write meta on this trilogy. I I know it is unlikely that anyone will read it or understand it. But this is a public livejournal - who knows who could stumble upon it.

I want to write about Raederle.

The second most beautiful woman in the three portions of An )
itsnotmymind: (jack profile)
“A riddle is a tale so familiar you no longer see it; it’s simply there, like the air you breathe, the ancient names of Kings echoing in the corners of your house, the sunlight in the corner of your eye; until one day you look at it and something shapeless, voiceless in you opens a third eye and sees it as you have never seen it before. The you are left with the knowledge of the nameless question in you, and the tale that is no longer meaningless but the one thing in the world that has meaning anymore.”

- Raederle, Heir of Sea and Fire by Patricia McKillip
itsnotmymind: (tosh pendant)
Growing up, I far preferred platonic relationships in stories to romantic relationships, but there were a few romances that I shipped.

When I was fifteen years old and read The Riddle-Master Trilogy by Patricia McKillip, I was taken with Deth and the Morgol's relationship, and thought it was one of the most mature romantic relationships I'd encountered in a book. Later on, I realized that I felt this way because it was a relationship where both parties rarely saw each other. She was ruling her land. He was always traveling in his role as the High One's harpist. It is mature, of course, that they weren't teenagers who wanted to be together 24/7, but still strange to me that one of my favorite romances was one I loved basically because they rarely saw each other. They had duties and roles and those took precedence over their love. Their love for each does, in fact, become very important to the plot, but it is a low-key romance that co-exists with other relationships.

Another romance I liked as a teenager was Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, from the Spider-Man comics. That was interesting one because Peter was interested in Mary Jane physically from the moment they met, but dismissed her as too shallow to have a relationship. It wasn't until they'd both been through a lot of growing up that they became a couple.

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