Date: 2017-05-20 07:02 am (UTC)
novin_ha: LoVe Lives ruined, bloodshed. Epic. ([vm] epic)
From: [personal profile] novin_ha
First of all, I read Shards once as a teen and forgot about the series. Then I read the entire series (save for Falling) since March (it was my Women's Day pick).

I might be a little weird about how much I love Aral Vorkosigan. I wrote about this in my reviews on goodreads, but basically throughout my teens I was huge on Richelieu, the fictional/historical character, the original Evil First Minister Who Sort of Saves the Day Somehow. And there are literally so many parallels (including the thing with forbidden duels)! And I just like prime minister characters. In addition, I have a shameful fetish about sexy bi dudes in fiction (watch me read historical romance hoping for glimpses of secret dude exes). My wife makes fun of me about this all the time.

I was spoiled for Cryoburn and I'm glad I had been because otherwise...

But basically reading Gentleman Jole was interrupted by legit crying a lot and gave me a migraine.

Ha! I actually... hate Bothari. I get what Bujold is doing with him, but I directly blame him and Piotr for Miles being such a sexist asshole (the entire chivalry angle + always trying to manipulate / one-up women he's in love with, ugh). And poor Elena Bothari.

I think I don't mind Bujold not giving us Jole/Aral on screen. I guess this way it's perfect in my head and if she'd written it and shared it (I think I've read somewhere that she'd admitted to having written more than a little Jole/Aral stuff, just not for publication? But that may have been like, someone's comment in a discussion post and totally fake) it could have come off wrong in so many ways. (I confess I'm not a huge fan of straight-women-writing-gay-men stuff, slash or ofic - I mean, some of it is amazing, but I approach with caution because often it feels exploitative to me, or else makes me sad about how little f/f there is in similarly mainstream stories).

I will come back! to respond to the parts about Ivan, Byerly and CVA in another comment later! Because now I have to go earn money :(
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