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I don’t know about you, but I totally identified with Joon. And I LOVE this song.
I have a commenter (Lisa) on my blog who asked me if I knew any books like The Bronze Horseman, and I had thought she meant in scope (the book is epic) -but she meant if I knew any hero/heroine that would do ANYTHING for eachother. Now-know that the relationship between Tatiana and Alexander in TBH starts when she is young, spans a war, her coming to America alone thinking he’s dead and then they have a reunion and the THREE BOOKS are like 800 pages EACH. It’s EPIC, and gutwrenching and heartbreaking and it gives you hope that that kind of love still exists in this world.
So when I started thinking along those lines of HOW they love each other, and realized that all of the titles I had given her were older historicals-I started wondering- are modern romances too psychologically correct?
I hear all the time that readers want heroines that are Whole people without their heroes. Now, Tatiana was not whole. She came from a dysfunctional family, and she was so young, but they grew together. They worked out their issues and flaws. And when I realized that I had listed historicals, I wondered if the same parameters weren’t placed upon on historical heroines? That they didn’t have to be all self analyzing and correct? Do we allow them more room to love for their ignorance of The Psych 101 Right Thing To Do?
If The Bronze Horseman had been written as a contemporary, we would MOCK Tatiana for staying with Alexander, we would be cynical that they would stay together, we would call her (not TSTL, she’s NOT) ignorant and innocent and she should grow up and get over him.
But is that a disservice to our characters? How far are willing to believe in Love At All Cost?
“The dog found by workers was too far gone to save — another example of how pets are becoming the newest victims of the nation’s mortgage crisis as homeowners leave animals behind when they can no longer afford their property.Pets “are getting dumped all over,” said Traci Jennings, president of the Humane Society of Stanislaus County in northern California. “Farmers are finding dogs dumped on their grazing grounds, while house cats are showing up in wild cat colonies.””
“PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – It was lunchtime in one of Haiti’s worst slums, and Charlene Dumas was eating mud. With food prices rising, Haiti’s poorest can’t afford even a daily plate of rice, and some take desperate measures to fill their bellies. Charlene, 16 with a 1-month-old son, has come to rely on a traditional Haitian remedy for hunger pangs: cookies made of dried yellow dirt from the country’s central plateau.”
God bless Bonnie, who sees this stuff and doesn’t curl up into fetal ball and cry.