Feminism/fandom question: do you think Percy and Annabeth wouldn't have kids? I know there's a bunch of fanart and fics for it, but I feel like they've been through so much that it wouldn't be a priority--or reality--for them. Personally, I just like the idea of two people in love whose love is not shown as worthwhile etc ~just because~ they have kids (which seems to be a popular trope, unfortunately). What do you think?
Oh man I definitely agree that couples without children are just as important as ones with kids, and that they’re majorly underrepresented in mainstream media and fandom.
Personally, I love the idea of Percabeth with kids because I think that they’re used to being surrounded by people they care about (Sally, for Percy, and all the campers, for Annabeth) and that Percy particularly has a knack for bonding with kids and teaching them. He’s also just.. naturally inclined to be the type of guy who wants kids, he has that paternal instinct, you know? Like in the crossover with The Kane Chronicles he goes off on a tangent about how much he loves Annabeth and how if they have a daughter she’ll probably be a lot like Sadie, while they’re in the middle of a fight and that should reasonably be the last thing on his mind.
Also, I myself love children (obviously) and so I project that part of myself on my favourite characters.
I definitely also understand people who think that Percy and Annabeth wouldn’t want children after the traumatic circumstances of their own childhoods, and because it would be an extra challenge for them with the dangers of being demigods and their own trauma. I think either option is valid for them as a couple.