I’ve just finished the original, unabridged Beauty and the Beast novella by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and thought it had some fascinating implications for Jaime/Brienne. Thoughts below. Some of these won’t be anything new, and people more familiar with ASoIaF than I should be able to extend (or dispute) these insights. 

I’ve always thought it one of the most convincing arguments for Jaime/Brienne that GRRM modelled their relationship on Beauty and the Beast: a tale which centres around a romance, where a beautiful character learns to love a beastly one, and through her love transforms him. Of course, Jaime and Brienne’s dynamic is far more subtle and complex. Brienne is physically ugly but noble and tender-hearted (per Jaime, SoS ch. 1: “As well dress a cow in silk as this one”). Jaime is physically beautiful but morally reprehensible (per Brienne, SoS ch. 1: “Talk with Ser Cleos then. I have no words for monsters”). So on one level, Brienne is the beast whom Jaime slowly comes to care for and through that he begins to transform himself: he performs a conscientious act in rescuing her from the bear at Harrenhal, for example. On another level, Jaime is the beast whom Brienne comes to care for and in doing so begins to transform him (or at least her perspective of him; he is no longer a “monster” to her). 

A collocation of parallels: 

  • Beauty and the Beast –> “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”
  • Beauty is the Beast’s captive. Jaime begins A Storm of Swords as Brienne’s captive. 
  • The Beast is cursed not only to be physically hideous but “a dull creature”. Brienne is, aside from being physically ugly, awkward and not witty/clever with words.
  • The Beast’s true form is revealed to Beauty in dreams. Jaime dreams of Brienne: “In this light she could almost be a beauty, he thought. In this light she could almost be a knight.”
  • Beauty over the course of the narrative learns to “distrust appearances, to let her heart guide her, and not her eyes”. Could a parallel be drawn between this and the fact that Cersei’s influence on Jaime diminishes as Brienne’s increases? 
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asoiaf meme - [4] deaths: Aerys Targaryen

First, I killed the pyromancer. And then when the king turned to flee, I drove my sword into his back. ‘Burn them all,’ he kept saying. 'Burn them all.’ I don’t think he expected to die. He… he meant to… burn with the rest of us and rise again, reborn as a dragon to turn his enemies to ash. I slit his throat to make sure that didn’t happen.

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asoiaf meme [¼] quotes

Sansa, permit me to share a bit of womanly wisdom with you on this very special day. Love is poison. A sweet poison, yes, but it will kill you all the same.

the game of irony..

sansa, a beautiful stark girl, wanted a beautiful young prince but was treated like a princess, only by his uncle, the imp

tyrion lost faith in love years ago, thinks that he’s not worth of lady’s love and respect but was described by sansa as “kind” and “gentle”

arya didn’t want a prince, didn’t want a man at all but had/has a crush on gendry, the real son of robert baratheon, young and handsome man

gendry dislikes all highborns but eddard stark’s daughter is ok

jaime, the golden son, thought that he was attracted only to his sister, cersei but fell in love with a woman far less attractive

brienne hates guys like jaime but loves jaime

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“So it’s true. The bastards took your sword hand.” 
I have a new one, made of gold. There’s much to be said for being one-handed. I drink less wine for fear of spilling and am seldom inclined to scratch my arse at court

asoiaf/got meme  → 6/10 (main) characters: jaime lannister

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So many vows. They make you swear and swear. Defend the king. Obey the king. Keep his secrets. Do his bidding. Your life for his. But obey your father. Love your sister. Protect the innocent. Defend the weak. Respect the gods. Obey the laws. It’s too much. No matter what you do, you’re forsaking one vow or the other.

another meme I will never finish | [7/10] male characters ♡ j a i m e  l a n n i s t e r
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Jaime & Brienne: A Summary
By Nikolaj Coster Waldau

“There was a combination of things happening. He was captured, then suddenly he got off, he got free but he was stuck with this woman that he despised…Brienne and then of course through that journey, I think that was the first time ever he spent more than 5 minutes with another woman so suddenly he’s forced together with this woman and he meets possibly for the first time someone who doesn’t have any of the trademarks of the people he’s usually around. She’s not ironic, she’s not sarcastic, she’s just one to one. She’s very honest, she’s honorable, she has no sense of humor which is funny to him but she walks the walk and she talks the talk, right? And he gains a real respect from the unlikeliest of places. He never imagined that he would learn to respect a woman like he respects Brienne, so suddenly he finds himself risking his life for this woman.“

Interviewer: “From the bear.“
Nikolaj: “No, before the bear she’s about to get raped and then his hand is cut off.“
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