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Weyrwoman discovers time travel to solve problem. The characterisation is poor and the relationship between F'lar (Weyrleader) and Lessa is having sex with other women (but we're informed because he's keen on Lessa really it's okay ). Dragonflight focuses as much on Lessa and F'lar's relationship and Lessa's That emotional narrative is intertwined with a problem with a sciencebased. First issue on the books is rape. Which is why it doesn't count if there are other relationships. F'lar was surprised Lessa was virgin. After all.
Posted on December 30, by mamadeb Issues. Oh, my goodness, do I have issues. Because they are vast and ugly and often convoluted, and form huge swathes of the plots, so they cannot be ignored. First issue on the books is rape. Rape occurs in all three books, under the guise of marital right, or Romance or simply teenage boys will be boys, and that last is actually one of the ickiest of the lot.
Once again, there are spoilers beyond this point so be warned.
Novel Review - Dragonflight | WWEnd
They usually keep this under control, only communicating with their bondmates or other selected people. 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. It is very clear and supported in the text that Menolly and Sebell is the canonical relationship Menolly is in. So far, I have freshly as in, the past 3 days re-read Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and Dragondrums.
They are the new YA paperback editions, with the saturated colors and symbollic firelizard icons on front, not the old ones with the pretty Rowena art unless you count the new covers cribbing the faulty 4-limbed firelizard design from her.
If you really, really wanted to stretch it, you could tag the scene in Dragonsong where Robinton physically picks Menolly up and carries her across the bowl as one using a romantic trope But given Menolly is written as a child at this time although McCaffrey HAS had a male romantic partner have contact with their future mates during the women's childhoods in both Damia and Pegasus in Flightyou could equally cast him in the much more probable role of father carrying his daughter out of danger.
So, all in all, "Nothing to see here, move on. There are 2 scenes where Sebell drapes his arm over Menolly's shoulders; this seems to be his way of indicating his romantic interest in Menolly.
The first scene is located fairly early in Dragondrums, where Piemur and Menolly go to meet Sebell as he returns home from Southern. Sebell gets off his boat, and when he reaches Menolly and Piemur, puts his arms over both their shoulders.
Page 39 of the US paperback of Dragondrums: Sebell threw an arm across Piemur's shoulders, telling him to cheer up, and draped his other arm about Menolly.
Then he guided them towards the holdstables. There was a look on Sebell's face that suggested to Piemur that the companionable arm about his shoulders had been an excuse for the one about Menolly's.
The observation cheered Piemur for he knew something no other apprentice did. Maybe not even Master Robinton. One thing is interesting is the, "Or did he? It feels a bit like author-insertion into the POV there, cluing the reader into something.
What, I'm not sure, and I may be putting too much meaning into it. Of course, reading too much meaning into things is the fun part!
Next one is page of the US paperback of Dragondrums: He's got out of the drumheights and acquired himself a queen fire lizard egg. For all we know, he may meet us at the Hold gates with it, smiling in that ingenuous fashion of his, when you and I know he's as devious as Meron! Sebell's such a boy, teasing her and pretending he didn't do it in case she gets mad.
Putting his arm over your shoulder. Putting his arm over your shoulder? The "arm-over-Menolly's-shoulders" is repeated by Robinton in a scene that keeps catching me with other sources of possible subtext as well. Here's the scene, from page of the US paperback of Dragondrums: He saw the half of the great Hall door swing into darkness and wagered with himself who waited for him there in the dark.
Any news from Piemur? This scene is hard for me to interpret. There's several things going on here: Menolly is attached to Robinton in such a way that she will camp the Hall's front doors waiting for him, and Robinton knows this.AUBtv - The Positive Side with Lar and Shar - The Many Faces Of Relationships
Menolly certainly wasn't camping anything in Dragonsinger. The word choice of "cried" is a trigger-word. I actually think I'm remembering love scenes from The Rowan and Damia where the female leads are reacting to their respective dudes. I don't have quotes for these books, but I think this is part of why the phrasing here gets my attention Menolly, above and beyond camping out the front doors, is openly showing her affection for Robinton in a fairly strong manner, shown by the use of the word "cries" which plays a role in the romantic scenes in other series written by AMC.
The arm-over-shoulders could be innocent, but it echos Sebell's moves elsewhere in the books, so it might be deliberate, given that Sebell is generally thought to be something of his Master's mirror So Sebell's overall character development across the series might be dealing with some retcons that could make this assumption shaky.
The word choice of "slender" catches me at well. Menolly's always been tall, and mistakable for a lad in Dragonsong at least due to her size, but slender? 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. You see dragons, and automatically think, duh, fantasy, but as is revealed in the prologue, Pern was settled by humans looking to colonize habitable planets.
Way to defy convention before it was even cool, McCaffrey. You are my hero. So what about the not-so-good aspects? After I reread this book, I was all, hell yeah, that was awesome, McCaffrey, you are a legend… but then I had to grudgingly admit that there were some things that bothered me, things that left a sour taste in my mouth.
Like many readers, I felt there were some serious problems with gender, sexuality, and classism. And the class thing was so exhausting. However, as much as these two things bothered me, when I really sat down to think about it, they both make sense, in a strange way.
Pern may have been colonized in the distant future, but Pernese society, as we are introduced to it in Dragonflight, had regressed, not advanced.