Alive-Again

anonymous asked:

Please don't make fun of me, but Brandon/Marianne are my top OTP. I feel like open, spirited, passionate Marianne makes him feel happy and alive again while he showed her what true goodness, love and romantic heroism really is. I relate to Marianne a lot, and to me Brandon is the best of Darcy without the haughty arrogance :) Elinor/Brandon would have been okay, but to me Marianne/Brandon are each what the other truly needs and would be happiest with. I totally respect that most disagree!

Anon, I’ve written 50k+ Marianne/Brandon fanfic without entirely having meant to do so. It just…happened. Brandon (and Marianne) are not without their character flaws, but they ultimately can work well together.

Personally I see Elinor and Brandon being better friends than lovers, from Elinor’s inward responses to Brandon in the text. (She kind of rolls her eyes at his dueling Willoughby. Like, Marianne is impressed by those kinds of pointless dramatics For Honour…Elinor is not.) I think Austen deliberately included that, as well as Elinor’s astonished/amused reaction to Mrs. Jennings’ presumption that Elinor and the Colonel are engaged (when the Colonel’s ‘offer’ has been the living for Edward,) to illustrate that theirs is very much a platonic mutual respect and regard.

People will ship what they want to ship, for a variety of reasons, and when I was younger I did go through an Elinor/Brandon phase, myself…but upon several re-reads, my zeal for the ship faded and now I just can’t find any motivation for it. A lot would have to shift their circumstances, characters, and perceptions for them to even begin to entertain thoughts of a romantic bond with one another. (As with most ships people will insist on, I only ask that they lay their groundwork and put in the effort to build up a believable trail of background reasoning for it to happen at all.) I tend to trust Austen’s canon pairings for her own characters. When a relationship or a match is a poor idea due to irreconcilable differences in character, she finds ways of saying so or showing it as such.

(I mean, I have my Least Favourite Austen heroes who end up with heroines who deserved better, but frankly those Better Men don’t appear in those books, and only exist as an abstract, so there’s no-one I can point to and say “they would be better for her.”)

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wizarding placesthe burrow. it looked as though it had once been a large stone pigpen, but extra rooms had been added here and there until it was several stories high and so crooked it looked as though it were held up by magic. four or five chimneys were perched on top of the red roof. a lopsided sign stuck in the ground near the entrance read, the burrow.