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The thing is, Stiles doesn’t quite know how to approach the topic.

He and Derek have been married for almost two years now, after having been in a relationship for five, and they’re finally in a good place to start discussing the whole kids thing. Stiles isn’t stupid. He knows Derek has always been on edge when it came to starting a family after what happened to his own. It had practically taken Stiles a full year to convince Derek that he deserved a chance at happiness before Derek had finally agreed to go on a date with him. It had taken another full year for Derek to get it through his thick-but-admittedly-pretty skull that Stiles was in it for real—

(“For realsies,” Derek had repeated flatly. Stiles gave him a dazzling smile, all the while sliding his arms around Derek’s waist and pecking him just under his jaw.

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anonymous asked:

Read that female noble and pirate captain Q & A, and my mind immediately went to the OUAT fandom: Emma Swan is a royal heir, but grew up in the real world foster system, so she knows guns and self-defence, possibly knives, due to her job, but has only been taught sword fighting for a very short time (6 months? more like 6 weeks), while Killian Jones aka Captain Hook, has been around for 300 years most of which has been spent suviving the deathtrap called Neverland. So yeah.

Well, one could assume it was a question referring to Once Upon a Time. However, the Lady and the Scoundrel (noble or otherwise) has been a fixture in the Romance sub-genre for a long, long, long time. Pirates, specifically, have fit into this role and if you wandered over to the Romance section or even just the Fiction section of your local bookstore you’ll find at least a dozen books featuring a dangerous sexy pirate as the romantic lead. In fact, the popularity of the noble pirate is a large part of what The Princess Bride (both book and movie) is poking fun at, but we can take this one all the way back to Robin Hood and Maid Marian (and further). Sometimes (often) our hero is a down on his luck/exiled/poor nobleman/gentleman trying to make the best of his situation but despite his scoundrel ways he’s a honorable man. Sometimes, he’s Jack Sparrow.

In fact, here are some lists.

Historical Pirate Romance Books from Goodreads

Popular Pirate Romance Books from Goodreads

Best Pirate Historical romance from Amazon

Best Ship Captain & Pirate Romance Novels also from Amazon

Pirate Romance from Paperback Swap

Off the top of my head:

Captain Blood (1935) Falsely confused of conspiracy with rebels when he’s caught treating a wounded man, Doctor Peter Blood (Errol Flynn) is condemned in the English courts and sentenced to be sold into slavery in the Caribbean. Bought by the headstrong and compassionate niece of a local plantation owner (Olivia de Havilland) before he is sentenced to the salt mine. The two flirt and then as chance would have it, Port Royal is attacked by the Spanish. Blood leads a revolt among his fellow English slaves and they steal the galleon while the Spaniards are occupied taking the town. They then take to the high seas to make their name as (honorable) pirates.

(You can pretty much repeat this formula for most of the Flynn and other swashbuckling heroes in the Hollywood Golden Age. Both the The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and The Seahawk (1940) fit as variations on a tried and true method i.e. noble lady falls for noble bandit/scoundrel/pirate/privateer.)

The Star Wars Trilogy Han and Leia, obviously.

The Princess Bride

Multiple Disney movies, including: Tangled, Aladdin, The Lady and the Tramp, The Aristocats, etc, which all fit into variations of this formula.

Fables, Snow White and Bigby, the Big Bad Wolf.

So, Once Upon a Time is only the most “recent” in a long line of novels and media the previous question might have been referring to. It’s true that pirates haven’t been as popular in media as they were sixty to seventy years ago, but the scoundrel has never really drifted far from the public media consciousness.

However, this question brings up a common problem that usually gets associated with our treatment of nobles which is that they are “naturally better”. The historical advantage the royalty and the nobility had over everyone else in Europe is education. They were generally better warriors because they had the training and the necessary time to devote to their training. They had the money to raise their castles and afford better mercenaries, better equipment i.e armor, weapons, etc. You start a child training when he or she is six, you will turn out with a better product. For example: when I was in Kindergarten, I was always bored because while the class was practicing our ABCs, I was already reading full sentences. Was it because I was smarter than the other kids? No. The reason I was reading was because my parents read to me constantly as a baby. They spent time with me and regardless of intelligence, it was the luxury of a good preschool and parents who had the time to be attentive and saw the value of education. We tend to discount the importance our backgrounds play in shaping who we are, especially if we come from privileged ones. Knowledge is power, after all.

Anyone could be as good as a noble or a royal, provided they had the time to spend all day in the dueling clubs, to practice their jousting, and the money to buy land and take part in gentlemanly pursuits instead of working the fields to feed their family. Other than being horribly inbred, there is no genetic or natural superiority that separates the rich from the rest of the human population. This is the reason the rise of the middle class scared the ever-loving bejeebus out of them because their entire position was built on the ignorance of the general population.

I’ll leave my  discussion of OUAT below the cut.

-Michi

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