b/c I said something unnecessarily asshole like about Nesta this morning and now I want to atone:
I just want to say that I’m supremely happy that Sarah has given us a female character that essentially fits the cold, unavailable, but will do nice things for you behind your back, Mr. Darcy archetype. This is a type we see repeated in male characters in like every romance novel. And readers often go ape shit for these men. I for one, love Mr. Darcy, but find that the archetype gets boring the more it is repeated. That’s why i love rhys so much- he is very up front about how much he cares. And he cries. It’s great.
So it’s been really interesting to see how the fandom reacts to Nesta. I have written a bunch of posts on how I think the conversation around her character is normally flawed because people either defend her because they love her or shit on her because they think she’s horrible. Nesta is neither perfect nor horrible. She’s just a normal person who has some issues (like anyone else in the book). So while I think that she has a lot of things she needs to work on, my critiques of her come from a genuine place of loving her. I dont love everything about her, or all her qualities, but I love how interesting and layered she is. I love that she makes for such great discourse. But I dont love that people cant seem to have pleasant discourse where they aren’t insulting…
Anyways, Nesta Archeron is great, but Nesta is still a character who can be critiqued, and this makes her an infinitely more interesting and better designed character than some others. but let me say it for the thousandth time: critiquing a character is just literary studies it doesnt mean i hate them or think they are horrible. It means I think they are interesting.