Why I'm OK with the romance in Fire and Hemlock
This has been languishing, unfinished, in my drafts for months. Now seemed an appropriate time to finish and post it.
Not every one is comfortable with the romance in Fire and Hemlock, and with good reason.
But, all things considered, I like it. So I thought I’d talk about why…
I’ve written before about how I’m interested in seeing problematic power dynamics explored in fictional romances (so long as I am ultimately convinced that the couple see - and treat - each other as equals). I’m not sure if Fire and Hemlock quite fits that category, if only because for so much of the story there isn’t a romance.
But the novel does explore a relationship that is problematic. Moreover, it acknowledges the problems, and this means the characters have to deal with them.
Book spoilers. Also, this is long… Consider yourself warned.