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Paul said: So Lessa and F'lar are a couple because their dragons get it together. F'lar and Lessa but also F'Lar and Lessa's relationship encouraging Ramoth. Lessa was the Weyrwoman of Benden Weyr during the Ninth Pass, and the last much more personable; developing a genuinely loving relationship with F'lar. And trike, that meme image is incredibly annoying. . Zoe, I don't agree that the way Lessa/F'Lar's relationship was written was a critism of domestic abuse.
Dragons mate in the air, after several male dragons chase after the female, who is basically in heat. If the female is gold, the longer and harder the flight until she is caught, the more and better eggs she will lay. Greens are infertile and lay no eggs.
However, in either case, longer flights help relieve the sexual tension for those males who do not catch her. Just a note — the dragons are riderless during these flights.
This is usually between the two riders with it not counting in terms of other relationships or with each rider having a preferred partner waiting. Mating flight sex is very passionate and somewhat violent, and the riders have no choice about it.
But it very much counts in this case. She is also a virgin in her 20s and while she knows what sex entails, and has seen many a green mating flight, she is not told exactly what a mating flight entails for the rider. He is ten years or so older and definitely NOT a virgin or inexperienced. Surely a young female would not remain unmolested.
Lessa was well able to take care of herself, though. She combined her filthy hair and clothes with a stooped posture and a mental ability to control others to some degree that made any such predator see her as old and less desirable than others. They met on the day Ramoth Hatched. Ramoth rose on her mating flight about three years later.
Lessa spent all that time in the Weyr. Because having their dragons mate, in this case, makes them as good as married, and husbands do have perogatives, right? Gotta share her bed. Well, as in all good Romances, Lessa does fall in love with him and so all is forgiven. In Dragonquest, we have a very different conundrum. Brekke, who rides and at this point, they realize that weyrwomen should, in fact, ride their dragons the gold dragon Wirenth, is a Good Girl. She is sweet and obedient and conscientious.
Southern Weyr is in a area with infrequent threadfall, and a very pleasant climate all year round, so it serves as the hospital for injured dragonriders, and Brekke is the main nurse. Therefore, as Wirenth has yet to rise, she is still a virgin, very much in love with the brown rider who found her on Search.
Browns, of course, do NOT fly queens. Enough to have had five children.
This is very bad, of course. She even puts her duties on the ever-willing Brekke to have fun. She hates Brekke, whom she regards as weak.
Kylara was nobility, raised to run a Major Hold, but was searched just before her wedding. But she is a Bad Girl. There he falls in love with Brekke himself.
Boy howdy, does this bring back some memories.
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And yeah, it gets intense. But the Pern books were different for a couple of reasons. First, and maybe most importantly, was that I came across the Pern books independently, or rather, from someone outside my family.
It was actually my sixth grade teacher, Mrs. My nerd-love for every other thing that has come since — cough Lord of the Rings cough — is intrinsically linked with this first love. Like, obsessive, Idris-Elba-stalking love. At one point, I just gave up buying new copies and used an elastic band to hold the pages together. Anyway, I devoured every single Pern book, and then when I reached the end, I did what every normal fan would do.
I picked up my pen and started writing my own Pern stories, and thus was a fanfiction writer born. I just thought I was being really resourceful. Ah, the folly of youth. I used to do re-reads all the time, but I think the last one was in high school, ages and ages ago. Would my love for it endure, or would all of my fond memories be ripped violently to shreds? Lessa is more concerned with avenging her family, murdered ten years ago when she was a young child.
Lessa will have to solve a centuries-old mystery and decide whether she is willing to risk her life, and that of her beloved dragon, to save all of Pern.
I mean, come on. Almost every aspect feels believeable and authentic.
In the words of Liz Lemon, I want to go to there. The characters are also great. Talk about a role model.
And put the two of them together — yum! I personally felt the characters were very meaty, and I thought their motivations clear by the end of the novel. Dragonflight is without a doubt far too rushed, and far too short — a chicken egg sort of problem. Again, I have to disagree. Another great thing about Dragonflight is that it defies categorization.