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Miraculous Ladybug, “(text me) maybe?”

Summary: Sequel to this. Or: Marinette copes with the fact that she’s the devil. 

Rating: G

Pairing: Adrinette friendship (also typical Marinette crushing but w/e)


Marinette is the worst person in the world.

“No, you’re not,” Alya says for the umpteenth time that morning, rubbing Marinette’s back in a motion that was at first comforting but is now absentminded and bored. The two are sitting on the floor of one of their school’s (blessedly empty) bathrooms, and have been having the same conversation for about fifteen minutes.

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rosymoonfaery  asked:

What would you say wuthering heights is about if not love? I'm not disagreeing, just interested/curious :)

I definitely think it’s about love!! Just not romantic or sexual love. I mean, it’s about a million things, but if you’re just talking about Catherine and Heathcliff’s relationship, I think they (and the novel) have been misinterpreted throughout the centuries as a romantic love story, to the fault of advertising, film adaptations, etc. People have been trying to fit into a nice little box since it came out and you just can’t do that with this novel. 

Imo, it’s not that WH isn’t a love story, it’s that it’s not a Love Story. Often the wrong aspects of the novel/their relationship are emphasized. 

The love between C and H is spiritual. The thesis of their relationship is that they’re the same person, that that person(s) is the same as the landscape; they reflect in each other and the moors reflect in them and vice versa. Catherine’s famous scene where she says “I am Heathcliff” and “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same,” has less to do with anything Victorian readers would have considered romantic love, ie marriage, hand holding, kissing, etc, and have much more to do with a spiritual affinity. You get this again from Heathcliff when he says “I cannot live without my soul” when Catherine dies. 

I certainly think they would’ve gotten married and possibly had sex (though imo that’s up for debate, as their love is entirely sexless in the novel, and it’s not even a point of consideration for them tbh) if things had turned out differently. But I don’t believe C and H truly cared whether or not they were married to each other or could sexually consummate their love; instead, they just wanted loyal devotion to each other and to simply be around each other. 

The entire novel is C and H striving to return to the landscape of their childhood (which, also interestingly, is the time period during which they are quite ungendered, which reinforces the lack of interest in marriage–I could go on about the portrayal of gender too), and to their relationship during this time. They are trying less to be married than to just plain ol’ be together. Their love is beyond marriage and romance; it exists on a higher plane than that. Marriage is framed as an act of convenience. Heathcliff doesn’t run away because he’s heartbroken Cathy won’t marry him–he leaves because she chooses Edgar over him (and thus herself/her truer nature), which would put a full stop to any semblance of what they had as children, and would further force Heathcliff into abusive servitude under Hindley and further distance from Cathy.

Emily Brontë is fascinating because she’s often described as child-like, despite also described as a genius by many scholars and critics. Her views on religion–from little we know about it–also seem to be reflected in WH. Some people have gone so far as to call her a “mystic”; her religious views were certainly unorthodox in the Victorian era. And I bring this up because so much of WH actually deals with conventional Christian religion, or more accurately, a rejection of it. C and H are both told they are not suited for heaven, and in turn, they feel heaven is not suited for them (“I’ve no more business to marry Edgar Linton than I have to be in heaven” / ”To-day, I am within sight of my heaven”, Heathcliff says when he knows he’s going to die soon and see Cathy). All this subscribes to WH’s concept of the soul, being connected to other souls, being connected to the earth. So, basically, once again you have this idea of love in WH being spiritual oneness.  

Like, I certainly understand why WH is advertised as a love story because it is love, and I do think romantic love is involved between C and H, it’s just not what the novel is about and it’s not what C and H are focused on themselves. I think they would’ve been just as happy unmarried/without sex as long as they were together at WH. Their paradise is each other, being together on the moors. Death liberates them from societal conventions and gender norms. Their love is above romance, above sex. 

Wuthering Heights’ Grand Satisfying and Sweeping, Our Protagonists Finally Get Their In-Love Happy Ending (think Lizzie telling Darcy she loves him, think Jane rushing back to Rochester) is that they both die and get to live out eternity together as ghosts on the moors of Wuthering Heights. There’s no kisses, no proposals, no pledging of hands in marriage or love. The love-ending of Wuthering Heights is simply that their spirits are (re)united.