discover of romance

like… do you guys ever ask yourselves why it’s so common for young lgbt people to id as ace/aro because as someone who has been there and done that i’m uhhh inclined to say it’s almost always internalized homophobia and/or transphobia and i don’t know why you guys are more comfortable promoting that to kids than just idk letting them figure their shit out and discover sex and romance on their own terms! i mean i know exactly why i just hate you for it

Shoutout to the aromantics who don’t hate being aro. Shoutout to the aros who were happy, not devastated, when they found out they were aro. Shoutout to aros who felt relief, not sadness and mourning, when they realized they didn’t have to keep forcing crushes and getting into uncomfortable romantic relationships anymore because they finally discovered that romance wasn’t the only option. Shoutout to the aros who like their orientation and wouldn’t change it if they were given the choice, despite even the “accepting” communities assuming that they must be miserable and that they must wish they weren’t aro. Shoutout all the aros who don’t fit the narrative of self-loathing misery and never see themselves represented because no one ever talks about aros who are happy with themselves and like their orientation.

Imagine Loki is with the Avengers as punishment & he tries to help, but his general bad luck causes more destruction. You are told to befriend and romance him to keep his destructive tendencies in check. You do your job well and Loki falls for you, hard. He courts you properly and treats you like a queen. He feels happy for the first time in a long while, & it shows. But it makes you uncomfortable, knowing you’re lying. Then one day, he discovers the truth. It breaks him, & it isn’t pretty.

reasons why you should read “of fire and stars”
  • gay princesses!!!! that should say it all tbh this list doesn’t even need to continue but i will anyways because of how much i love this book
  • one of the princesses (Denna) is conventional, proper, has been betrothed to a prince since she was a child
  • the other princess (Mare) is unconventional- loves horses and spends her days in the stables instead of attending to royal duties. super sarcastic and always mouths off, especially to her brother (who is marrying Denna). i love her tbh 
  • denna falls in love with mare instead of the prince, who she is engaged to!! honestly it’s. classic
  • slow burn wlw romance that we Deserve
  • hate to love relationship (or more accurately, hate to friendship to love)
  • it’s actually written by a woman who is married to another woman!!! (not sure what her sexual orientation is but!)
  • there’s a scene where denna sees mare in a gown for the first time and it was the cutest shit ever
  • just a lot of cute fluffy stuff in general scattered through the whole thing
  • denna’s fire affinity and using fire as a metaphor for how denna feels for mare !!!
  • the whole “my dress is stuck can you help me unlace it” trope
  • the scenes where the finally kiss/sleep together are so pure and well written and i felt some type of way, bye
  • the whole forbidden romance aspect….. having said romance discovered and them being kept away from each other…… meeting in secret……. how could u not want that angsty shit
  • princesses saving each other!!!
  • they don’t die at the end
  • happily ever after. gay princesses together forever

this is the only thing i’m going to say about the arcana’s pricing fiasco, but the paid content isn’t really “optional” if you’re forced to be an asshole in order to not take the paid dialogue choices