I went with the Baudelaire parents. To have brought three intelligent and resourceful children up, they must have had a good marriage, too. It is kind of fun to fill in the gaps of what they may have been like from the clues we get in the books.
Faith is being sure about what we hope for, being convinced about things we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16
Post by Violent Bun Fortuna on Feb 15, 2019 18:26:57 GMT -5
I like your reasoning, Foxy!
I went with Violet and Quigley, because, well, they’re my favourite couple, but quite apart from just liking them the best I really enjoy the way their relationship is developed, and how tantalisingly tragic it is. It stays fresh and interesting, it’s very sad but also romantic and sweet. And I always appreciate how quiet and uncomplicated they are as a pair; they don’t have to deal with any betrayals or potential betrayals or presumed deaths or jealousy or accusations of crime or differing morals/switching sides or adultery or any of the other things various couples in ASOUE go through — they’re just ‘particularly fond’ of each other, and that’s enough to keep so many readers invested in them as a pair.
My impression is that there existed a certain subset of readers who were (consciously or unconsciously) desperate for romance in ASoUE. This urgency for something the books weren't providing was perhaps responsible for certain unsavoury trends in the fandom; the pallid, barely-hinted-at deeper feelings experienced between the elder Baudelaires and the early Quagmire triplets were some sustenance, but it wasn't until Quigley came along that people were finally given something that existed as a little more than implication. Hence the fandom at large dropped Duncan as a potential partner for Violet like a hot rock the second Quigley came along; while Isadora provided a safe fallback option when Fiona turned out to be a more complex individual with actual priorities of her own.
Post by Violent Bun Fortuna on Feb 16, 2019 7:47:18 GMT -5
An interesting idea ... For my own part I never particularly wanted there to be romantic plots anymore than I didn't want them -- either way was fine.
In regards to Klaus/Fiona, I always find it interesting that some people (and this goes for many fandoms and pairings, not just ASOUE) like to ignore or disregard a pairing simply because they don't like one or both of the people involved. Personally, I don't like Fiona much, but that doesn't mean her relationship with Klaus is invalid. Indeed, I enjoy it more for that very reason: it makes things interesting to have that variety of characters. She and Klaus quite clearly shared feelings for each other which Klaus and Isadora didn't, and that's fine, and I liked seeing the trajectory of their relationship take such a different turn from Violet and Quigley's.